1 October 2016 Taos Valley RV Park (Taos, NM)

This is Panel #3 which I like a lot. The curves were drawn using circles which I hope I can use when I try drawing knots again. I tried before and failed but this pattern has given me hope.

I have one more Panel that will be drawn like the previous three have been. Then comes one about twice as wide that I will draw only once and it is difficult. A LOT of pieces and it would probably have been easier to do in a larger scale but I have started and hate to start over. It is going to take some time.

I linked to a Brandon Smith article on 22 September. In that article he "examined the basic philosophies that define what he calls the liberty movement" and promised a follow up article. He has done so with How The ‘Deplorables’ Can Save America which is a long article but worth the time it takes to read it. He and Fred Reed are of kindred souls by what he has written in his "The End Of Forced Multiculturalism" or "The Eradication Of Language Policing" paragraphs. I quote his closing.

As mentioned in my first article on the “deplorables,” these changes – which represent a redress of grievances over decades of American corruption –will not take place without years of struggle and sacrifice. Again, this is not about a Trump presidency or any other future election. This is about action on the part of regular men and women, average conservatives, everyday. This is about self sufficiency, localized economies, the return of individual producers, the refusal to comply with social justice-based laws and legislation, the return of community-based security rather than reliance on state and federal security, local efforts for border security, the punishment of criminal financial institutions, etc.; all of which will probably come at the cost of a fight with the establishment.

President Obama is intent on having a 'legacy'. I believe that he will have one but it will not be the one of his choice. A Silhouette in the Sunset by uncola, the nom de plume of the blogger, has written Obama's legacy in my opinion. I have quoted his closing and recommend the posting.

So let us speak no more of the dusky one. This man of shadows. This man of many names. The one for hope and change. The man of our times. His presidency represents the dying light of day before the setting sun; the fall season before winter comes. His legacy will resonate into the coming age like the sounds of autumn leaves rustling in an open doorway. The seasons turn, the days bring change and most care not the reason. Revolutions rise and revolutions fade; we reap what has been sown and in the end, ill-fated winds blow. For most, they will never know the reasons for the season. But for those that do, they can sense it as it wafts foul upon the evening air. It smells like treason.

30 September 2016 Taos Valley RV Park (Taos, NM)

Read Will Rogers column 88 years ago: WA301 September 30, 1928

I have had an extreme contrast in neighbors these past couple of days. On my west side there has been a non-descript Kia SUV (maybe $25,000 new) that the couple had to unload so they would have a place to sleep. They did plug in to electric so I assume that they had a heater or heater blankets. They did not cause my 12v lights to dim!

On the east side I had a Sportsmobile 4x4. The starting price for the Standard Floor Plan with Penthouse Top and Bed for that is $69,500 and it would not have anything the SUV didn't have except a little more room and 4x4. A fully equipped van that is 10 or 12 years old will sell for about that same price. Fully equipped new would be over $100,000.

Tile #7 in the 3-uniform group. This is also the seventh to use dodecagons as the main focus with six now to come that use a hexagon then a final dodecagon.

The selected quote is the closing to Corrupt and Deranged by Robert Gore. This is just a teaser, you need to read the article to find out about the choice that the child in the story faced. It is a good article.

Hillary Clinton wins support not despite her corruption and derangement, but because of it, especially among the establishment. Their rackets need a participant and patron. Donald Trump is hardly a naively honest child, but he has had the temerity to question a few rackets, notably immigration, trade, and the warfare state’s global empire. Questioning that last one—because it’s the largest and most lucrative—has provoked copious quantities of vehement vitriol.
Truth can awaken minds and rouse people to action, posing an obvious threat to the corrupt and deranged. Should Trump win the election, he will assuredly be presented with the same choice as the child in the story: get with the program or die. Odds are he folds, in which case those of us rooting for meaningful change will be left with the hope that the inevitable collapse occurs before we die.

I have no comment other than Undocumented Shopping: Legacy of an African President by Fred Reed is a suggested read.

29 September 2016 Taos Valley RV Park (Taos, NM)

Spectacular sunrise this morning. Mostly cloudy and the sun turned them to gold. It was also much, much warmer with the low at 49° which was too high for my gloves and wool cap. It may be gearing up for next Tuesday which is now expected to be 30° and Wednesday to also be freezing.

Verizon has always been a PIA with their 'usage' reporting but now they have stopped reporting daily usage on a Log that they once had. They are 'improving' their reporting and have broken down the usage into a lot of categories but do not show daily usage. Worthless! I now rely on NetWorx and have been disconnecting from Verizon almost every day when NetWorx shows that I have reached my self imposed limit. This is happening more and more often so Verizon is doing something with their 'improvements' in addition to not reporting daily usage.

The Park WIFI here is like almost every Park WIFI that I have ever tried to use. Most of the time it is Worthless! Especially bad late in the afternoon when all the Class As are loading up their multiple TVs with movies for the night.

In spite of these two poor internet connections I was able to get the Will Rogers weekly articles copied and formatted for another month. Getting that done cut into my drawing and reading time but it is done.

There were many quotable passages in Bureaucracy by Von Mises but this one struck my as very appropriate during this election season. This was the shortest of the three books that I have read recently by Von Mises and included many of the same points that he made in Omnipotent Government and Socialism. Knowing what I do now I would recommend they be read in the inverse order that I read them.

Representative democracy cannot subsist if a great part of the voters are on the government pay roll. If the members of parliament no longer consider themselves mandatories of the taxpayers but deputies of those receiving salaries, wages, subsidies, doles, and other benefits from the treasury, democracy is done for. This is one of the antinomies inherent in present-day constitutional issues. It has made many people despair of the future of democracy. As they became convinced that the trend toward more government interference with business, toward more offices with more employees, toward more doles and subsidies is inevitable, they could not help losing confidence in government by the people.

Bureaucracy is a political book written by Austrian School economist and libertarian thinker Ludwig von Mises. The author's stated motivation in writing the book is his concern with the spread of socialist ideals and the increasing bureaucratization of economic life. While he does not deny the necessity of certain bureaucratic structures for the smooth operation of any civilized state, he disagrees with the extent to which it has come to dominate the public life of European countries and the United States. The author's purpose is to demonstrate that the negative aspects of bureaucracy are not a result of bad policies or corruption as the public tends to think but are necessarily built into bureaucratic structures due to the very tasks these structures have to deal with. The main body of the book is therefore devoted to a comparison between private enterprise on the one hand and bureaucratic agencies/public enterprise on the other. - Wikipedia

Who Lost Last Night’s Presidential Debate? America Did by Nick Bernabe is another opinion on who won the first debate. I have quoted his opening but he goes on at length to explain how America lost the debate. Good article!

Trump’s supporters and conservative media say he won. Hillary’s supporters and the liberal media say she won. But who lost the presidential debate last night? Well, America did.
America lost because Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are among the most unliked candidates in American political history. We lost because Trump is a billionaire who spent his entire career benefiting from politicians to make his fortune. We lost because Hillary is a politician who spent her entire political career benefiting from billionaires to make her powerful (and rich).

28 September 2016 Taos Valley RV Park (Taos, NM)

It came real close to the predicted low in the 40s but was still in the 30s with a slight wind. Not too bad with rest of this week being about the same. But starting next Monday the weather guessers have the low forecast in the 30s with Tuesday guessed to be 32°. I think it will be cold and I'll need to use my basement heater to make sure my water pipes don't freeze.

The month is almost over and I just remembered that I need to set up some more Will Rogers weekly articles. I'll be doing that today and mix that effort with time on the couch reading my new Harry Turtledove novel borrowed from the Sierra Vista library. I had a difficult time finding their web page that I use to borrow books so Bookmarked it this time. Now if I can keep from throwing it away next time should be easy.

This is panel #2, drawn twice then colored differently just because I can.

Why There is Trump by Raúl Ilargi Meijer is a good article but the part that I have quoted is excellent because he agrees with my thinking. He also writes about what we have to look forward to if The Hill wins but it is not nearly as interesting as what he has to say about The Donald.

Donald Trump, and I say this mere hours after the first debate, may still lose the election, but it doesn’t truly matter. He’s just the figure head -dare we say bobble head?- for a development, even a revolution, that he doesn’t control any more than you and I do. He’s got a role to play but he didn’t write it. If he wins, his program too, like all the others, will be targeted towards more growth, and there’s no such thing available. And while in a no-growth scenario it’ll be a good thing for America to bring jobs back home, as is Trump’s message, they won’t spell anything that even comes close to growth...Trump has a role to play in this whether he wins the election or not. He’s the big red flashing American warning sign that the increase in poverty that has so far been felt only among those who it has hit, will shake the familiar political landscape on its foundations, and that this landscape will never return...But anyway, that’s where Trump comes from, and he doesn’t understand the half of it. Trump is there because everything else failed. And he will fail too, win or lose.

Candidate who deleted 30,000 emails & smashed Blackberrys accused the other of ‘hiding something’ by Doug Powers provides a humorous analysis of The Debate. Recommended read.

"How can a President put somebody to work the next day after he is inaugurated? What can one man put them to doing that the other fellow could not? If I have a lot in a city and expect to build on it, engaging a lot of men, do you think I am going to let the thing lay idle for four more years just because the man I liked was not elected?" - Will Rogers from IT’S ALL OVER NOW 1928

27 September 2016 Taos Valley RV Park (Taos, NM)

I did not watch "The Debate" but it is no surprise that the Ministry of Propaganda have declared The Hill to be the winner on points. She didn't get a KO however and there are still two rounds left in the fight. Most of the Alt-News sites that I read rank this first fight a tie with challenger, The Donald, getting a win for staying in the fight against two opponents. The Hill getting a win for staying vertical for the full 90 minutes.

From what little I have read the big winner was Lester Holt, the moderator. He bowing to pressure from the Hillary Clinton campaign and the liberal media by “fact-checking” Republican nominee Donald Trump and went easy on The Hill. Holt lived up to the expectations of his peers and appears to have avoided the condemnation that Matt Lauer received. He didn't KO The Donald either but he did his job.

Drudge is showing the results of a lot of polls to pick the winner of the debates with BIG differences depending on the poll taker and their audience. The one that I found very interesting was Slate, a rather solid Left-wing media member, that was showing The Donald leading with 54.3% of 42,418 votes. There will be a lot of spin today and by the talking head TV shows on Sunday.

In this quote Von Mises is writing about what has happened in the United States. Remember, he was writing this in 1944, can you imagine what he would write today?

This equilibrium in the distribution of jurisdictional powers was entirely upset by the policy of interventionism. New powers accrued not to the member states but to the federal government. Every step toward more government interference and toward more planning means at the same time an expansion of the jurisdiction of the central government. Washington and Berne were once the seats of the federal governments; today they are capitals in the true sense of the word, and the states and the cantons are virtually reduced to the status of provinces. It is a very significant fact that the adversaries of the trend toward more government control describe their opposition as a fight against Washington and against Berne, i.e., against centralization. It is conceived as a contest of state’s rights versus the central power.

This book was much easier to read than the previous Von Mises. It is historical rather than philosophical and written for the average reader rather than his peers. I have one more of his that is the shortest of the three that I downloaded. I messed up the previous converted .pdf download and did it again but this time selected ePub format and then used Calibre to convert it for Kindle. The customer review that I have selected to speak for me is only part of what was said but is the part that I feel the most important in describing the book.

Omnipotent is the most historical of Mises' books. This book is important as a historical work. It is also important because it explains the international aspects of the calculation critique of socialism better than his other works. Omnipotent Government also shows that Mises was not anti-empirical. Mises stressed the importance of theory because he rejected empirical analysis. Mises stressed the need for logically valid theory as the means of understanding history. As Mises notes towards the end of this book, the Classical Liberal program of free trade was rejected because people did not understand the importance of international division of labor. To put it simply, this book serves as an example of how history should be done. - Amazon Customer Review

26 September 2016 Taos Valley RV Park (Taos, NM)

Just before I posted yesterday I noticed that the 12v lights were no longer dimming, the converter was not making any noise and my neighbor looked like he was preparing to leave. I went out and asked him if he had been running an electric heater during the night and in the early morning. He said that he had been. I am sure as I can be that my problem was low voltage, the same problem that kept kicking my Surge Guard off.

Went through my shopping routine with added chores. Dumped holding tanks on the way out of the Park and first on the agenda in town was to do laundry. Got that started an while it was washing I got started on this posting.

With laundry finished I went into Smith's and pick up groceries for the week. It is very convenient to be able to park in one spot and walk to the laundry and grocery. I can not think of any other place that I have camped where that was possible.

Then went to have breakfast at Old Martina's Hall. I knew it was going to be expensive because I had checked the hours of operation and menu on their web site. Not open, web site hours not correct. This is not uncommon, even having the hours posted on the web site is uncommon so I am not surprised anymore when this happens. Since I was already of the mindset to have an expensive breakfast I went back to Earlenes Public House and had their Greek Omelet again.

I think this article probably has it right Debate fix is in…for Hillary Clinton - we will see.

Vegas wouldn’t touch this one with a 10-foot pole. It’s fixed.
Whatever happens on Long Island, Hillary will immediately be declared the winner by 98 percent of the press. The headlines are already written, the phony-baloney polls and focus groups are ready to roll.

I have a few more quotes from Omnipotent Government: The Rise of the Total State and Total War. Recently there has been some 'discussion' by economist, other than Right-wing wackos i.e. Left-wing wackos, about a return to a gold standard. It is not going to happen in this country however; the Establishment needs a devalued currency and inflation to avoid bankruptcy. Now China and Russia are a different story and present a huge problem for the Establishment because they may return to a gold standard and become the world reserve currency.

In a market economy the rate of interest has a tendency to correspond to the amount of this difference in the valuation of future goods and present goods. True, governments can reduce the rate of interest in the short run. They can issue additional paper money. They can open the way to credit expansion by the banks. They can thus create an artificial boom and the appearance of prosperity. But such a boom is bound to collapse soon or late and to bring about a depression. The gold standard put a check on governmental plans for easy money. It was impossible to indulge in credit expansion and yet cling to the gold parity permanently fixed by law. Governments had to choose between the gold standard and their—in the long run disastrous—policy of credit expansion. The gold standard did not collapse. The governments destroyed it.
All governments, however, are firmly resolved not to relinquish inflation and credit expansion. They have all sold their souls to the devil of easy money. It is a great comfort to every administration to be able to make its citizens happy by spending. For public opinion will then attribute the resulting boom to its current rulers. The inevitable slump will occur later and burden their successors. It is the typical policy of après nous le déluge [I don't care what happens after I'm gone]. Lord Keynes, the champion of this policy, says: “In the long run we are all dead.” But unfortunately nearly all of us outlive the short run. We are destined to spend decades paying for the easy money orgy of a few years.