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Behold Sabo: “The Right Wing Banksy”

 

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Hey Folks! I came across and artist today who you might find interesting. He comes from the same mindset as Banksy and other street artists that are trying to spread a message. Unlike all of the others, Sabo (pronounced SAY-bo) is firmly committed to the right. As a matter of fact, he has become known as the “Right Wing Banksy.” After leaving the Marine Corps, he has spent his life lampooning the left.

Here is a quick taste of his art.

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Very nice!

 

 

Why Now?? I’ll Tell You Why

 

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A woman that I have known for quite a few years asked me on Facebook yesterday why I have become so political recently. Before I get into how I responded to her, let me just say that I have been reasonably political my entire life. As someone who leans more to the right, I learned during the eight years of Obama’s presidency not to say much. Why you might ask?

What exactly did we learn during Obama’s presidency?

We learned that although the left says that they are proponents of free speech, nothing could be further from the truth. No matter how logical, well thought out and factually correct an argument is, the quickest way to combat it is to immediately call that person a racist, sexist, homophobe, misogynist and islamophobe. This way they never have to counter that well thought out argument with facts.

We also learned that the idea that democrats are the “tolerant” party is a myth. I have never seen a group that was more intolerant  of other people’s views in my entire life. Just try to disagree with someone on the left and you’ll see what I mean.

We learned that by combining the previous two paragraphs you have the modern day American left.

So why then have I just now started being more vocal? Here’s why. When Trump became the party’s candidate for President, it seemed like the previous eight years had never ended. As I said to my friend, if you disagreed with Obama and his policies, you were a racist. It wasn’t possible to actually just be able to disagree with them, you just hated minorities. Now Trump comes along and if you support him, you are a racist.

What??? Wait a second. I was a racist because I didn’t like Obama and now I’m a racist because I support Trump? Hmmm…You sensing a predictable sickening pattern here?

Add to this the inability of the left to accept the fact that he is our President, and you have a recipe for disaster. The childish and often times absolutely crazy behavior displayed by the left since the election is legendary. The screaming at the sky, harassing politicians and private citizens for supporting a politician is insane.

So from now on I refuse to sit by and let the left get away with what they believe is their right. The days of bullying, harassing and violence are over. I will not sit idly by and accept the usual tactics from the left. It’s about time the right in this country respond and counter the lies and hypocrisy that the left has been spewing for way too many years.

When did it become a crime in this country to hold an opposing view? When did it become a crime in this country to think that it was ok to call people names because they don’t agree with you?

Since Kavanaugh was nominated the left has become more unhinged than right after the election. They over played their hand this time and it could come back to haunt them.

And that’s why I will not remain silent anymore.

As always, if you are offended by this or don’t like what I have written, I don’t care.

All Aboard!!! The Hypocrisy Train Is Pulling Out Of The Station!

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I have just been reading tweets from people who aren’t that thrilled that Senator Collins is going to vote yes for Kavanaugh. Summing it up, most of them are saying that survivors will never be believed and that Collins has betrayed all women. It goes on and on and on.

Ok. So where were all of these woman when Juanita Broderick was accusing Bill Clinton of rape and was ignored by the left?  What was Hillary doing to each of the women who accused Bill of indiscretions? (I’m being kind by saying “indiscretions”) She was shaming them and trying to discredit them.

How soon they forget. How quickly they jump on the hypocrisy train. You folks on the left really have to get your priorities straight. The fact that you have ignored Hillary and her sickening treatment of woman for over 25 years just makes this little charade against Kavanaugh just that, a charade.

Who has truly betrayed women? It’s you, not Senator Collins. Your hypocrisy is beyond mind boggling and it is you who should be ashamed of what is happening.

So before you continue saying that anyone who votes for Kavanaugh will never see a moment of peace, take a good long look at yourselves in the mirror. You can’t have it both ways. Survivors just don’t exist on the left side of the aisle. The next stop on the hypocrisy train might be one you don’t like.

Oh My…This Is Beyond Insanity

We have to have an FBI investigation they cried. This is shameful they whined. We can’t proceed without an investigation they brayed. So what happens? An FBI investigation is done, and now???? It’s not good enough.

I’m sorry, but you folks have gone off of the deep end. We know what you are trying to do. You aren’t slick as you think you are. We get it! It doesn’t matter who the nominee is, you folks on the left will repeat what has been going on since before Kavanaugh was even nominated. The holier than thou posturing has really made you look like squirrels that have taken too much acid.

All of this behavior is a direct result of having a president for eight years who went unchecked by not only everyone in his own party, but the media as well.

Now that someone is actually calling you on your hypocrisy and slimy behavior, you can’t handle it. Boo-Hoo.

How could this have been different for all of you on the left? Run a candidate next time that doesn’t think that they are owed the presidency. Actually campaigning might help as well. Unfortunately this is just more sour grapes because you lost.

Sorry folks, in this case you don’t get a ribbon for second place.

As always, if this offends in any way, shape or form…I don’t care.

Hmmm…What About The Men??

I have tried my best to keep this blog free of politics because quite frankly, I like hiking more. But for the longest time now politicians on both sides of the aisle have proven that they are nothing but lying cretins who thrive on a scorched earth policy. I have listened to the accusations being thrown at Brett Kavanaugh since he was nominated. But one thing I have not heard, especially from the left is, what about the man? What if he is truly innocent?

Now before you get all self-righteous and start calling me names and saying I don’t care, it is about time to talk about the other side of this. We all have friends, relatives and acquaintances who are male. What if one of them were accused with something as horrible as what we have seen? Knowing your friend, relative, or acquaintance as well as you do, would you immediately jump on the she’s right and he’s wrong band wagon?

I have an almost 22 year old son who I have spent years preaching the importance of avoiding situations that might be misconstrued. I have gone on and on about drinking, over drinking and using drugs at parties. I have tried to raise him with a moral system that would make him think about putting himself into a situation that could damaging. I hope that he has listened. To this point he has not been in any type of compromising situation that could ruin his life. Is it by luck or through his upbringing? Or both?

Is it just a matter of time before he becomes one of the accused?

Of course I am not saying women are not sexually assaulted. They are. But’s let’s focus on that instead of demonizing every living male. The calls for all Republican males to be castrated is repulsive. Where is the anger at that.

Yes, women do make up stories for whatever the reason might be. Yes, that is a fact. But the left keeps coming up with more and more ridiculous claims. Think about that when it is your son, father, cousin or friend who has been accused. Will it matter if you know he is innocent? If you know that he couldn’t have done what he is accused of? According to the left it won’t matter. He’s guilty. He has to pay!

Be it through career, job or reputation,  (or all three) he will pay!!!!

Once again, think about it if your friend, relative or acquaintance was on the receiving end of a vicious attack like this. I’ll bet you would sing a different tune.

As noted on some of my Facebook posts recently, if you are in any way offended by this post, I don’t care. Comments are more than welcome but please keep them clean.

I’ll end my rant here.

Camino de Santiago

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A couple of days ago I wrote that after careful consideration, a thru hike of the Appalachian Trail was not going to happen. After consulting with my doctor, the fact that something could happen during a thru hike related to being dehydrated and my kidneys was too much to ignore. Also, if I were to get injured on the trail, I’m not confident that I would be able to either get out under my own power or be able to contact someone for help. This latest incident really made me think!

So what am I to do? A couple of years ago two of my colleagues completed a portion of the Santiago de Compostela. As I sat in my usual spot earlier this summer waiting and waiting for my ankle to heal, I thought about that and began researching what it would take to hike the entire Camino Frances.

What is the Santiago de Compostela you might ask? (taken from Wikipedia)

“The Camino de Santiago “Pilgrimage of Compostela”; known in English as the Way of Saint James among other names, is a network of pilgrims’ ways serving pilgrimage to the shrine of the apostle Saint James the Great in the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia in northwestern Spain, where tradition has it that the remains of the saint are buried. Many follow its routes as a form of spiritual path or retreat for their spiritual growth. It is also popular with hiking and cycling enthusiasts and organized tour groups.”

Although there are many different routes to get to Santiago, “The commonly agreed-upon route for El Camino de Santiago (a.k.a. the Way of St. James) begins at Saint Jean Pied de Port, France, and travels 500 miles through four of Spain’s 15 regions, ending at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia.” This is the route that I intend to take.

Because so many people choose to hike, walk or bike the Camino, it has actually become a livelihood for the poeple living there and as a result has been broken up into 32 stages. Although the distance of each of the stages are similar, the difficulty can range from really difficult to really easy. It all depends on the day. They say you should allow for a total of 35 days to hike the Camino Frances, but some take longer, some shorter. There are so many towns and villages along the way so that if you decide that you want to go longer one day or cut a day short, it’s all up to you.

This is the main reason I have chosen to hike the Camino Frances. The fact that being isolated along the Camino is next to impossible, water is plentiful and places to stay are in abundance makes this an ideal place to spend a month or two right after I retire. You can even add on mileage at the end to add a hundred or so miles to your trek!

So the dream for now to thru hike the AT is gone. That’s ok. The large amount of other places to experience what it offers can be found elsewhere and I think that I have found it.

Has anyone reading this hiked any part of the Camino de Santiago?  Is anyone planning to do so? Let me know. 

 

 

Disconnect

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In his essay about silence, noted explorer, author and publisher Erling Kagge notes three things-1) The basic state in our brain is one of chaos, 2) An abundance of activities leaves us with a feeling of experiential poverty and 3) We are living in the age of noise.

Why does he say this? Think about it. What do we do every day? We wake up and what is the first thing we do? We look at our phones. We check e-mails, texts and phone messages. We get to work and do the same. After work we repeat the process and it never seems like we get off of the electronic devices crazy train.

One of the things I learned while I was in the hospital a couple of months ago was that nothing happened to me when I couldn’t use my cell phone or ipad (to face time). The world didn’t end, I didn’t cease to exist or go crazy. I just did what I did when I was a kid, I read books. Honestly, I didn’t care that i couldn’t access my phone.

Imagine this-six days of quiet. Not total silence (I was in a hospital), but I did not have the usual distractions that we are all forced to endure every day. I will admit that it was nice. My mind became uncluttered and I didn’t find myself checking the phone or ipad for messages, notification and e-mails.

My idea is a simple one. Take one day a week and disconnect. It’s not that difficult. As a matter fact, it’s really quite nice. I did it and survived.

Does anyone out there do anything to disconnect on a daily basis? I would love to read some of your thoughts.