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Driveway at end of tree row on the right Our little road has some newcomers somewhere up the far end who must have lived on a freeway in their past life. They are blowing by my driveway at 50-60 miles per hour. As many rural roads do, this one has driveways all along its length meaning that high speed drivers create a high risk of collision with people pulling out onto the road. One neighbor made their situation worse by putting up a privacy fence such that they are on the road before able to see if anyone is coming their way. This will not end without incident. Somebody ought to do something Turns out I am somebody High speed […]

Ted on trombone + friends

Since moving to The Bitterroot, groups with room for my trombone playing are hard to come by. My fall-back option is my computer and studio speakers running Music Minus One recordings while I pretend to have a real band or small combo to play along with. I used my new-to-me-then Canon camera to record two representative samples of my main Bitterroot trombone gigs. The miniature internal microphone certainly does precious little to capture any sound quality that might exist were we listening live. The artsy photographic effects were fortuitous accidents. I did not know I had turned them on (or how), but am happy with the result. Most summers find me playing a bit part in our community band… that […]

TARGET: BITTERROOT

On June 4th I published the warning from ANTIFA that they were heading out to make rural America feel just as unsafe as their big city counterparts. Here is the headline and a blurb from that article: BULLETIN: Antifa moving attacks to rural heartland this weekend “Today Natural News has learned that Antifa operatives are organizing a plan to bus large numbers of Antifa terrorists to the vicinity of Sparta, Illinois, where they will be directed to target rural white Americans by burning farm houses and killing livestock. The purpose of the attack, according to sources, is so that Antifa can send a message to white America that “not even rural whites are safe” from the reach of Antifa, and […]

crushing American exceptionalism

In October 2007, my small-town community of Grangeville had a shot at breaking out of stagnation. Sadly it devolved into the same old “community leaders” making sure nothing changed. BUT that isn’t what I’m writing about here. That 12 year old post is here: Idaho Liberty.com – Community Vision. The numbers may have changed slightly; were I betting I would say for the worse. A startling revelation came to us from the facilitator at those meetings and stuck with me: 40% of American 12-year-olds expected to create their own businesses; to be self-employed and even employers as adults. That number drops to 4% by high school graduation. You and I can see it happen. We may not know his number […]

communities that don’t burn

I share a video describing a community whose members fireproofed it against ANTIFA, other agitators, and those manipulating them for agendas unfavorable to normal people – I consider you and I to be in the latter category, but I could define it more narrowly to be those who do not want to destroy other people’s life, liberty and property. The video is of a post-action report by a townie who along with many, many, many neighbors headed off a frighteningly well orchestrated attack. Without ANY violence from either side. While not stressed, the two really spooky aspects of the assaults described are the tactical organization and the type of people running the operation that is steering the low-level rioters to […]

BULLETIN: Antifa moving attacks to rural heartland this weekend

This just came to me. I am putting it out without delay for obvious reasons. While they may adjust their plans based on being exposed, the general drift of this report is a warning to us in the “safe” low population areas. Warning: While the frontline of the rioters may be half-wit mommie’s boys, the captains of these actions are clearly well-versed in 4th-generation-warfare doctrine. This is a much more dangerous enemy than it appears to be. Our feeling of security does not fit their plan to have us beg for martial law. Community posse, upgraded neighborhood watch, however you want to view it or whatever you want to call it, complacency at this time is dangerous. Main bulletin below […]

Rioting and Civil Unrest – Special Report

I have just been introduced to “Bear Nation” and his current “Intel Report”. Excellent. Worth every one of the 28 minutes. Where we are. What YOU should do about it. Heck with wishes, fishes, hopes, plans … GET A MOVE ON. For more information: Bear Independent .com – Ted –

Is rural Montana THE ANSWER?

On May 26th I published a look into the near future for those who choose the city life: The Scary Truth About Living in Big Cities During the Turbulent Times Ahead. One of the points Jeff Thomas made might have rural Montanans feeling a bit smug as he singles us out for honorable mention: … So, we’ll see panic exits—large numbers of people attempting to leave as a result of some ‘last-straw’ event. It may be similar to the 1930s – the Okies loading up their Model A trucks with their possessions and driving to California. Only this time, it will be Montana, and other rural places where the existing residents are known to be self-reliant… He goes on […]

on the bright side

An interesting effect of the social distancing fad is the reaction in what they like to call “The criminal justice system”. Prison and jail populations are being reduced coast to coast by various means. Courts are on holiday. Enforcers are advised to skip interacting with the public over burned out taillights and silly harassments they used to delight in. Is this the Libertarian dream … the end of victimless crimes? Victimless Crime Constitutes 86% of the Federal Prison Population Did cannabis prohibition just end? Is Constitutional Carry now the law of the land? Locally, Ravalli County has nearly eliminated courts, arrests and incarceration. Benjamin Franklin stated it as, “it is better [one hundred] guilty Persons should escape than that […]

Darby Dog Derby 2020

I led a team of ham radio operators who provided two-way radio communications throughout the two day event. It really was fun for all… the mushers, the comms guys and the visitors who came to watch the show. I mostly stay secluded in my comms truck shell, “The Beast” where my mobile radio has the speaker volume so I can hear radio traffic over the dog noise. I did step out to take a few photos and three short video clips that I share here. Darby Dog Derby Skijor 11 start from Ted Dunlap on Vimeo. Darby Dog Derby 8 Dog hookup part 1 from Ted Dunlap on Vimeo. Darby Dog Derby 8 Dog hookup part 2 from Ted Dunlap […]

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 […]

ham class begins in March

I am bringing another amateur radio operator licensing class to Darby, Montana. I have not keept track, but think I have personally assisted 15 or 20 people to earning their FCC licenses through my study groups in the Darby, Montana library. My track record garnered me the assignment as the local ham club (BARC) education coordinator. The club has many people who know radio A LOT better than I do, but none who can teach as well. The snide saying goes, “Those who CAN, DO. Those who cannot, TEACH”. I’m okay wearing that. Good instructors are as rare as good anything else. I did not choose this calling, blessing or curse. It chose me. Run with your talents. If you […]