Tuesday, June 29, 2010

A Word About The Sexes

When men need to get together to do manly things, one of the jobs of women is to understand this without pitching a bitch about it. If a man needs a woman's permission to be a man, then she isn't fit to be his woman.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Through Warrior Eyes

"Those people treated me with extraordinary friendship. One man attached himself to me as soon as I entered the hut, spread down new mats for me to sit on, gave me fish, berries, roots, etc. All the men of the other houses came and smoked with me. In the evening an old woman presented in a bowl made of light-colored horn, a kind of syrup made of made of dried berries which the natives call shele-well. They gave me a kind of soup made of bread of the shele-well berries mixed with roots, which they present in neat trenchers made of wood."

~ said of the Clatsop Indians by William Clark, December 9th, 1805

"I gave Sergeant Pryor his instructions and a letter to Mr. Haney... with a view to engage Mr. Haney to prevail on some of the best-informed and most influential chiefs of the different bands of Sioux to accompany us to the seat of our government, with a view to let them see our population and resources, which I believe is the surest guarantee of savage fidelity to any nation -- that of a government possessing the power of punishing promptly every aggression."

~ William Clark, July 23rd, 1806

Mass grave of dead Lakota after Wounded Knee Massacre, 1890

Before there was ever an "America," this was a land of many nations. Having nearly destroyed them all, it is only a matter of time before the scales of justice are balanced. When a government is built on crushing peoples' souls, its own fate will follow accordingly.

As well it should.

"Time evolves and comes to a place where it renews again. There is first a purification time and then there's renewal time. We are getting very close to this time now. We were told that we would see America come and go. In a sense, America is dying -- from within, because we forgot the instructions of how to live on Earth."

~ Floyd Red Crow Westerman


There are four directions and four virtues. Who knows what they are?


Each of us is born with one of them. The others we must find for ourselves.

~ Lakota Sioux teachings, from the TV miniseries "Into The West"

Friday, June 25, 2010

Creation And Destruction Are The Same

The road to nowhere leads to me. ~ Ozzy Osbourne

The Tunnels Through Which They Left

And I went with them, eager for a better world than this.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Internet Kill Switch

America: Where a person who stands up for his rights is always in the wrong.

Land of the Free...

Look At Us

If you avoid breaking laws and do what you're told and ignore the poor, the oppressed and the downtrodden - you probably won't be bothered. If you try to right what is wrong, however, you will surely meet great opposition and run the risk of imprisonment or death.

~ Leonard Peltier

Watch Documentary "Incident At Oglala"

Monday, June 21, 2010

For The Solstice

The Sun as seen from Chaco Canyon.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

John Trudell

From The Musselshell

"Whilst I viewed those mountains, I felt a secret pleasure in finding myself so near the head of the -- heretofore conceived -- boundless Missouri. But when I reflected on the difficulties which this snowy barrier would most probably throw in my way to the Pacific Ocean, and the sufferings and hardship of myself and party in them, it in some measure counterbalanced the joy I had felt in the first moments in which I gazed on them. But, as I have always held it little short of criminality to anticipate evils, I will allow it to be a good, comfortable road until I am compelled to believe otherwise."

~ William Clark, May 26, 1805

Saturday, June 19, 2010

No Enclosures

I was born upon a prairie where the wind blew free and there was nothing to break the light of the sun. I was born where there were no enclosures and where everything drew a free breath. I want to die there, and not within walls.

~ Ten Bears, Yamparika Comanche (1790 - 1872)

Friday, June 18, 2010

Your Guide To The Apocalypse

We have four choices....

1. I think the world is ending, and I'm preparing for it.

2. I think the world is ending, but I'm not preparing for it.

3. I don't think the world is ending, and I'm not preparing for it.

4. I don't think the world is ending, but I'm preparing for it.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

~ Robert Frost (1874 - 1963)


There is only one remaining fundamental question:

"Are you carrying the fire?"

Gone Camping...

For those who don't know, this was the end of the trail for Lewis & Clark. Formerly known as Fort Canby (which I prefer) it is now Cape Disappointment. It was the first place I ever camped in Washington, and I have since been back many times over the years. It's been too long since my last visit, so off I go... My site is right next to the beach on the far side of the cliff in this photo. Sunday night I'll fall asleep to the sound of the ocean and say "thank you" for all the special memories and beautiful places in my life that I'm lucky enough to experience before I die.

Friday, June 11, 2010


There can be only one. ~ Highlander

Freedom Is A War

What is this life? Project Slave War? You'd think by age 39 I'd have some things figured out, but I still don't understand what the fuck is going on.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010


No one is free who has not obtained the empire of himself.
~ Pythagoras


"A hurricane builds energy as it moves across the ocean, sucking up warm, moist tro­pical air from the surface and dispensing cooler air aloft. Think of this as the storm breathing in and out. The hurricane escalates until this "breathing" is disrupted, like when the storm makes landfall. At this point, the storm quickly loses its momentum and power, but not without unleashing wind speeds as high as 185 mph (300 kph) on coastal areas."

~ How Stuff Works

Now imagine a hurricane that sucks up all that oil in the Gulf, throws it aloft and then slams into the coast, covering everything in goo... No one will be singing in the rain, that's for sure.

As long as we're going to use oil, we should be drilling onshore rather than offshore. If this disaster had happened on land, I think it'd have been less damaging and easier to contain. Oil and natural gas production is found on less than one percent of the 262 million acres controlled by the BLM. The more people protest domestic onshore drilling, the more oil production will be pushed to extreme places where the risks are higher and the consequences more dire. Part of environmental responsibility is weighing our options and choosing the one that does the least damage in the event of a catastrophe.

Energy Development on Public Lands


Music, in performance, is a type of sculpture. The air in the performance is sculpted into something. ~ Frank Zappa

Tuesday, June 8, 2010


Your best teacher is your last mistake. ~ Ralph Nader


Oil is like a wild animal. Whoever captures it has it.
~ Jean Paul Getty

I think the devil will not have you damned, lest the oil that's in you should set hell on fire. ~ William Shakespeare

Monday, June 7, 2010


"In the desert

I saw a creature, naked, bestial,

Who, squatting upon the ground,

Held his heart in his hands,

And ate of it.

I said: "Is it good, friend?

"It is bitter-bitter," he answered;

"But I like it

Because it is bitter,

And because it is my heart.”

~ Stephen Crane

Saturday, June 5, 2010

The Road

There is a road from the eye to the heart that does not go through the intellect. ~ G.K. Chesterton

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Get It Right & Keep It The Same

For as long as I can remember my favorite car has always been the Ford Model T. As I kid I simply thought it looked cool, and I still do. I think I would have liked living back then and discovering the countryside from behind the wheel of one. It's funny to think there was a time when no American knew how to drive, but I bet it would have been fun to be one of the first to learn how.

Regarded as the first affordable automobile, the Ford Model T opened up travel for the common middle class American. Being one myself, and also a guy who likes road trips, that's something I can appreciate. I like that Ford paid his workers a wage proportionate to the cost of the cars they built for him so they could each have one themselves. With four months wages, a man could proudly drive home in a car he himself had helped build.

Ford said, "I will build a car for the great multitude. It will be large enough for the family, but small enough for the individual to run and care for. It will be constructed of the best materials, by the best men to be hired, after the simplest designs that modern engineering can devise. But it will be so low in price that no man making a good salary will be unable to own one—and enjoy with his family the blessing of hours of pleasure in God's great open spaces."

Compared to today's standards, Ford's common sense is astounding. Notice his vision includes hiring "the best men," not the tired huddled masses of wretched refuse, as are the sort championed in Emma Lazarus' "famous" poem. There's nothing wrong with being tired or wretched (I've been there), but I don't think there's any virtue to specifically targeting that type of person to come to your country or work for your company. I'm pretty sure the two Hungarian immigrants who designed the Model T were of a fundamentally different character. Simple designs, good materials and affordability are concepts that make a lot more sense than slaving away to pay off a 5-year loan for an overpriced piece of complicated, foreign built high-tech crap that is purposely designed to be difficult to work on and obsolete by the time it's paid for.

One version of the Model T was run on ethyl alcohol, to be made at home by the self-reliant farmer. That same idea applied today might be to run cars on electricity made from solar panels at the homes of self-reliant city dwellers. My emphasis here isn't on the particular technical solution, but on the thinking behind it, because I believe it's that type of thinking that can help unfuck America. It's not that we go backward, it's that we move forward by taking the good ideas from the past with us. Cars just don't have to be cars. We can build them to do other things. Some of Ford's cars, for example, were put to work on the farm, jacked up and used to power other belt-driven equipment. Certainly this same concept can be updated for the cars and the needs of the modern driver today.

A friend of mine once told me, "You don't like change." I started to argue the point and then thought about it, realizing that in a way he was right. I don't like changing simple, reliable things that work simply to create more complicated crap that doesn't. I also don't like being charged more for it when the older, more affordable stuff worked just fine. There's no need for it. The only thing that is served by building junk is the greed of unprincipled people who screw the working class instead of helping them improve their individual lives to make the country better.

Ford's ideology was "get it right and keep it the same." He did, and it worked -- so well that he didn't need to buy (waste money on) any advertising between 1917 and 1923 because his stuff was good enough to speak for itself. By 1925 his cars were just under $2700 in today's money. That's a fair price -- certainly better than a 2010 Hyundai Accent which costs $8000 more.

I'm not sure what the answers are, but I know where to look for the spirit that gives rise to them. It's a certain attitude and sense of life mixed with competent, sensible craftsmanship. Ford's cars were so durable that many of them and their parts were still in running order nearly a century later. Reading about the man who built them puts me in contact with a force I don't really have words for, but it gives me a proud feeling, one that feels like a path to a vision of what we could be. America is our vehicle. We should think of it as a Model T, where T stands for truth, and build a country that lasts.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010


If the furnace is hot enough, it will burn anything.

~ John Parker

Tuesday, June 1, 2010


So true...

1st Day of June

Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around.

~ Henry David Thoreau