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DONATIONS for web hosting expenses

Help defray the costs of hosting this website. My annual bill reminds me that I ought to offer you the opportunity to help me afford my publishing empire. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Without help it is around $700 a year out of my pockets. It went up a lot last year when I upgraded to a faster, stronger, better hosting plan. I cut it back slightly last week, but it is still a bigger chunk than a rational pensioner would toss out just to have a soapbox. I set up a donation button below that accepts PayPal payments or credit card payments through them. As the panhandlers on the street say with their cardboard signs, ANYTHING HELPS. – Ted – […]

this break is tough to maintain

I am having a hard time NOT going to my normal sources for news. I feel like I’m walking through a wilderness of lions, tigers and bears with my eyes closed and ear muffs on. Yeah, I’m edgy and working hard to resist Going There. The other side of the coin is that my own thinking is taking over. Stuff that has been suppressed is now bubbling to the surface. The READ –> RESPOND process has temporarily been suspended… replaced with THINKING… strange concept… I suppose we all ought to try if from time to time. I’m holding myself to a week off. I don’t know what happens after that. We will find out. […]

don’t bring me no bad news

My daughter’s 8th grade class put on the play WIZ. I loved it… likely helped that my little girl who had done so poorly academically shone in dedication to learn and perform two leading roles… doing a good job of building sets, costumes, memorizing lines, actions and tunes very well. A dramatic change inspired by performing arts. I was completely taken with their song “Don’t Give Me No Bad News”. Tear them up, Grammar Nazis That tune has come to my mind many times in the ensuing 20+ years. Click the PLAY arrow on the right for an audio-only version. You can listen to it while you read on. While not knowing what is going on, or what is […]

why Idaho Liberty went AWOL

I changed my web hosting plan to save a few bucks. It has been a MAN VS MACHINE struggle to get my websites back up and available ever since. Perhaps old brain VS new technology … or patience VS intracacy … or something like that. Machine slapped me around for several days now. My web host encourages the use of a third-party service to prevent malicious players from flooding my website with bogus requests that would bury it and their servers hosting me. Siteground was wonderful, backing up and moving my stuff intact from one server to the less expensive one. They gave me a couple things to do with clear instructions and I was off and running. BUT […]

Idaholiberty post categories

On the right column of every page in this blog is the above heading. Underneath is a list of every category here and the number of posts that fall under that category. Many of my posts touch multiple categories so I check off all that apply when I publish an article. That works for you when interested in a particular topic. Yesterday I was looking for a particular post with my favorite video describing Q. It was too hard to find for something as significant to current events. I therefore added a new category: Q vs the swamp. I went back through some of my recent posts to add appropriate ones to that list, but did not go too far, […]

Idaholiberty arises from the ashes

Something changed. I don’t know what or how, but it became relatively easy for me to cross post from my other blogs. I begrudged the time it was taking me to re-craft articles from Bitterroot Bugle.com, The Fixer.biz, and Ted Dunlap.net that I thought would fit here. So I quit. Today the cross posting is working like it did years ago. I don’t know how or why, but there it is.

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 […]

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. […]

snow shoveling for old men

Recognizing the area requiring snow removal FAR EXCEEDED my shoveling capabilities I bought the Ariens snow blower when I moved here August 2017. Age and way too much snow caught up with me. My wrists, right arm, knees and back were not up to the amount of supplemental shoveling required here. Enter our new Polaris Sportsman with plow. HOORAY!!! This combination of tools is exactly what I need to maintain our driveway and parking spaces without beating myself to incapacity. In a week and a half I have become convinced I own the right tools. The combination is perfect with each complimenting the other. I still use the snow shovel and snow pushers a little, but there is very little […]

Who Am I?

sailing the San Francisco Bay on my Nacra 5.8 catamaran Claire Wolf called me a Renaissance Man. I had to look it up, but found she is correct. I have yet to meet anyone who dabbles with as much as I do. Writer, reader, publisher, webmaster Activist, organizer, politician, Libertarian Philosopher, economist, sociologist, psychologist Mid-level rifleman, handgunner, careful ammo reloader Husband, Dad, grandpa, son, friend, neighbor, stalwart teammate 1%-er high-performance-driver from 2 to 18 wheels, street and track Organic gardener, small-farmer, teacher, chicken-rancher, landscaper Amateur radio teacher, proponent, planner, organizer, provider, student Nutritionist, herbalist, naturalpath, organic shopper, ingredient reader Trombone and upright bass musician, band manager, teacher, student Woodworker, metalworker, mechanic, fabricator, inventor, handyman, fixer Prepper, self-defense advocate, militia proponent […]

Happy Couch Potato Day

The temperature outside is supposed to get up to 20 or so. I am planning to fire up the shop woodstove, change tires on the pickup I parked therein yesterday, change bedding in the chicken coop nesting boxes and tinker on a couple things in my so-far poorly insulated shop with the chill mostly gone. But I do remember decades ago hanging out with people who ran televisions all day long every January 1st. Maybe I should do something extra-ordinary, more memorable than another day puttering around the house.

what I’ve been up to

concrete apron for shop entrance I was not sure, but suspected I would enjoy having a cement mixer to complete little odds’n’ends concrete jobs around the homestead. Concrete work is notoriously physically demanding … that’s otherwise known as Hard Work. But I imagined doing little bits at a time at an old man pace. How hard could two or three batches in a high-quality small-batch mixer be? I know, I know, questions like that often bite you in the sitter-downer. However, the pleasure is all mine. I AM able to get little jobs done without abusing overly abusing my antiquated body. The satisfaction of accomplishment and gratification in having the completed product smoke any passing aches that may have come […]