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Idaho Liberty .com is moving

It has taken me a long time to reach this decision, but I will be retiring this website. I have been posting almost exactly the same content at Bitterroot Bugle .com since I moved from Idaho in 2013, and reinvigorated that old-time newspaper name from this territory last used in the late 1800s. I encourage you to replace any link for Idaho Liberty that you may have stored with one to Bitterroot Bugle .com. Ted Dunlap playing with the Grand Canyon in a trombone choir of echoes on one otherwise quiet February 1st morning … utilizing a pitch-adjustable bugle Montana elk bull bugling its territorial claimsI was amazed and thrilled when the first name for my Montana blog that jumped […]

flood warning

This epic snow will go somewhere when it melts. Are the ‘somewheres’ in your area going to handle that easily or should you be making plans for flooding? As I mentioned in The Blizzard of ’19 last month, this unnatural heavy snow is setting us up for a special spring melt season. Here in The Bitterroot we stand at 143% of a normal water year. That is one piece of the flooding risk matrix. There is a large potential flow for our river. The threat gets REAL when warm rains bring the snow down in too big of a hurry for the river banks to contain. ——– the KPAX article warns ——– Ravalli County residents urged to prepare for […]

dimbulb savings time

Sure is a shame about the hour I am losing this weekend. It was the one hour of the year I intended to spend worshiping our government… maybe next year. While there is even a .gov website describing circadian rhythms, other than the governments of Arizona and Hawaii, the rest of the governments within the USofA seem to be clueless about it. I’ll put it in simple terms even a legislator can comprehend: Messing with our clocks messes us up. The ONLY purpose it serves is to twice every year demonstrate governmental control over our daily lives. It COSTS the economy money. It kills hundreds of people every year. And, most importantly, It pisses me off. One year I skipped […]

gear reviews

I have read of, seen photos and videos of five star rating factories in China. It used to be that eBay, Amazon and others gave shoppers great value in their reviews and ratings. Price being equal, purchasing equations favored online because the ratings and reviews led you from the poorly designed or constructed to the good stuff. No more. Large buildings stuffed with cheap computers, great Internet access and hundreds of full-time low-wage workers crank out reviews for products undeserving of one five star rating, let alone thousands of them. An average review rating of 4 1/2 stars may well mean ten honest one-star review being overwhelmed by the manufacturer’s ratings factory. Reviews now read like e-mail or Craigslist scams: […]

gee, the weather seems odd …

This post, which is near and dear to my heart, comes from USA Watchdog.com. There is no superior expert on our side than Dane Wigington. In the article and video below, Greg Hunter and Dane talk about the importance of awakening the masses to what is going on over our heads and right in front of our faces. I continue to be amazed that people can avoid seeing it. Her is some help in seeing what many of us see. Ted Dane Wigington – We Face Abrupt Climate Collapse By Greg Hunter On March 6, 2019 In Political Analysis 64 Comments By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com  Climate engineering researcher Dane Wigington says this year’s unusually cold winter in the United States was […]

background check nonsense

My ‘pen pal’ from Ammo.com sent me the message below on the background check requirement to purchase firearms. I figure it is good enough to share.  We kind-of have an idea of the background checks that “protect us” from bad guys getting guns.  Well, at least that is how the congresscritters sold the package.  It is instead just one of the continuing assaults on the natural human right to self defense. The images included herein are mine. Don’t blame Ammo.com. They struck me as appropriate. Ted ———————-     Here I am again… In your inbox on this cold yet sunny afternoon. At least that’s the weather here in the good ole Show-Me State. I breach your inbox today to […]

minimum wage

This political cartoon was just too good to pass up. I will want to find it someday, so here it is for future reference. I talked about it during the 2006 governor debates. If an employer has a job that someone wants to do there is no third party with business in the transaction. Entry level jobs are a place where work ethic and employee-employer relations are practiced. They are not intended to be the end of worker development nor wage growth. The reality of competition works both ways. Customers put downward pressures on prices. Employees must provide profitable service or the business fails. Congresscritters who face no price pressures, who almost universally have no clue as to operation […]

drug crisis

Politicians mean drugs they have laws against when using this phrase. They are close, like only 180-degrees off. It is their war on people using non-prescription drugs and their rules against natural healers that drive people in the wrong directions. Current polls vary, but at least two thirds of us support REPEAL of all laws against cannabis users and its use as medicine that was safely self-administered for centuries. Note: I did not say “legalize” on purpose. I will welcome reduced government malfeasance on this topic, but until their toxic presence in the world of cannibis is no more, we are all the losers. The winners? Big Pharma, Prison-Industrial Complex, organized crime, asset forfeiture collectors and a few others […]

Our Rights

By Eric Peters     What are our “rights” – and where do they come from? This is the question which answers all the others. The Bill of Rights, it is said, grants our rights. This is a horrible and dangerous idea; one all too many Americans have been bamboozled into believing. Anything which is granted can also be taken away – which of course is just what’s happened and precisely why it was so important to convince Americans that their rights are granted  . . . in order to get them to accept their being taken away. In fact, the Bill was written specifically as a statement of fact, intended to acknowledge our inviolable rights. To put a finer […]

painting with pastels

It is official I am an artist You can plainly see I now have my Artistic License I came by it honestly Made it myself ———— I have long been wanting to do more drawing and painting than will fit in the little squares of my wall calendar with Sharpie pens. I never quite get around to it. Years ago I inherited some water color tools from my Step Dad. Even that did not get me started. So I signed up for the Pastel Painting class the Bitterroot College offered this January/February. THAT WORKED. I did a lot of gearing up for a type of painting I had not considered, but it turns out I really like the medium. […]

How “Saving Gas” Costs a Fortune

By Eric Peters     FiatChrysler just made the latest payment – $77 million – which was actually a fine for failing to make its cars “save” enough fuel . . . for Uncle’s tastes. Irrespective of FCA customers’ tastes. FiatChrysler’s model lineup – the ones that sell well – are big cars like the Dodge Charger and big SUVs like the Jeep Grand Cherokee – and Uncle is not happy about it. Similarly about Jaguars ($46.2 million in fines) and Mercedes ($28.2 million) and other car brands that don’t make cars “efficiently” enough to make Uncle happy. These get socked with fines as above, every year. It is not small change. And it will become even more change soon, if […]

Democrats put on their Socialist clothes

Mistaken Futures Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page And so the Democratic Party has gone and hoisted the flag of “socialism” on the mizzenmast of its foundering hulk as it sets sail for the edge of the world. Bad call by a ship without a captain, and I’ll tell you why. Socialism was the response to a particular set of circumstances in time that drove the rise of industrial societies. Those circumstances are going, going, gone. The suspicion of industry’s dreadful effects on the human condition first sparked in the public imagination with William Blake’s poem “Jerusalem” in 1804 and its reference to England’s newly-built “dark satanic mills.” Industry at the grand scale overturned everyday life in the […]