Abaco

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  • Gender Male
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  • Interests Fishing, Enjoying the Beach, Investing, Boxing
  1. On occassion I'll ride my bike to work. I ride a big mountain bike and the treck is 16 miles each way, most of it along a local river away from cars and roads. I love the ride. It's really beautiful. But, the other day in the office I made the comment that the Chinese, over the past 20 years have gone from bicycles to BMWs - and next time I ride my bike in to work I'm going to wear a Chinaman's hat. A few people understood and laughed pretty good at that. That is where we are heading in America. When I look at how many worthless American dollars I spend each month to feed my truck I wince.
  2. Just got back from another trip. We were chasing bluefin on this trip, with an emphasis on "chasing". They are hard to fish for because they are boat shy. I caught a couple: one on the 40-pound range and one near 70-pounds. I also brought home a few yellowtail. The bluefin is the finest meat I've ever eaten. The bluefin really pulls hard when hooked. They are an amazing animial. I may get a mount of my larger one for the "fish wall" at home.
  3. Life and Values

    I probably have the strangest response. If the stranger were a child, I would save them. If the pet was the dog I had to put down a couple years ago I would save the dog unless the stranger were a child. If it was some other pet, I would save the stranger. My last pet, a beautiful, intelligent Aussie cattle dog, was a very special animial. I've had many pets but he was the only one who was like a child to me. We were very close. I miss him every day, still.
  4. Thanks ewv. I really appreciate your input on this. I hadn't thought of the pragmatist facet here. But, I can see that now that you mention it. It is a kind of "do what is collectively best, no matter what liberty might be trampled". I see that so often it makes my head spin. It is a meme that has really taken hold across the political spectrum and been effective at smearing the line in the middle.
  5. You guys give me hope. There are times, more so recently, when I hear people who call themselves conservatives come out with amazing statist, totalitarian, leftist garbage. I'm sure my jaw drops...I just don't feel it. This post-constitutional era you menion, ewv, seems to be quickening. And, most troubling, is that a vast majority of the population just doesn't see it, or couldn't care less. They could have the mayor show up and say, "Give me your wife and daughter for the safety of the town." and they'd do it. Has anybody seen Mark Dice's clips on youtube? They are really amazing. Hey'll go out with a clipboard and petition for things like, "Let's take gun owners and put them in camps, for Obama." And most people sign it. He'll have people sign a petition for euthanasia. Some people are so disconnected that he'll call them a "zombie" to their face and they don't seem to notice. LOL. I shouldn't laugh because this kind of thing never ends well.
  6. We recently had a murder solved in our region. Over a year ago a 13-year old girl was murdered at a local school, at night. In an effort to look for the killer, the police immediately took DNA swabs of the children who attend the school without notifying the parents. This is a junior high - 12, 13-year olds. The parents didn't find out about it until they picked up their kids from school that day. A debate raged in the local newspaper about that and now that it appears they found the killer, it rages again. I'm seeing something that, like many other arguments I see recently, lead me to believe that people who call themselves conservative may be missing the point. Perhaps I'm wrong, I admit. But, many who make comments on the newspaper website make claims like, "liberals keep fighting DNA testing...". These people go on to argue that warrantless DNA testing of children without parental consent is ok. It just so happens that they may have found the killer, 23 years old, via a DNA test taken when he was arrested in the past for another crime. Per our law, if you are arrested you can have your DNA tested. I don't have much of a problem with that. None of the DNA testing of the kids turned up anything. I hear many people say things like, "Go ahead and take my DNA. I'm not a criminal." But, I have to think back about how I've seen government clerks completely mess up information on me for simpler items. I'm not comfortable with having my government take kids' DNA samples without parental consent during an investigation. I'm not in favor of the government taking anybody's DNA samples without consent unless that person has at least been arrested. I realize that DNA testing may be necessary to bring charges. But, this attitude I see from people who say that the government should be able to do this and that "liberals" don't like it: I don't quite get that. It smacks of intrusion to me. Am I missing the boat? Is it conservative to be in favor of what I see as a degradation of choice? What about the sanctity of one's own body? Does a conservative gladly surrender that if there's a crime committed in our community? We recently passed a law in California that (if I remember the age correctly) allows schools to administer medical treatment to children at and after the age of 12 without parental consent. As a parent, and as somebody who values personal choice, this kind of thing really sounds off alarm bells for me. While some conservatives may say, "Go ahead and take my DNA because I'm innocent." I think, "You don't need my DNA, I'm innocent." What are others' thoughts on this? Thanks...
  7. Well said, Arnold. On a slightly related note: I remember seeing an interview with a marriage counselor many years ago and he said something that really stuck with me. He said that, in his experience, couples who expressed contempt for each other were doomed to break apart. Examples could be saying, "Oh, you don't know what you're talking about...", "Whatever!", etc. I've since remained forever guarded against ever talking to my spouse in a manner like that. Oh...there are times when I've been ticked, but I always work to stay focused and explain, in clear terms, what a problem might be and how we can solve it. I enjoy a good marriage to a beautiful woman.
  8. This is America?

    Thanks ewv and PhilO. I have certainly thought of other countries in the past few years. It's funny because when I was speaking to my friend who lost her kids the topic of New Zealand came up. She won't leave without her children, however. It has prompted me to "travel lightly" in a way. I sold my rental property. I have been in touch with the largest commercial bank in New Zealand about parking money there - learning that process. A friend of mine who's Iranian and travels home regularly has told me stories about being searched by the FBI often on his way out, just to make sure he's not leaving the U.S. with more than $10K on his person. Oh yeah...that's freedom. Once you have children in America the subject of White Blackmail starts to rear it's ugly head. I was warned by an attorney when my son was 2 that if I angered our school district I could expect to find CPS waiting for us at our front door after the meeting. This is sick stuff, folks. Look at that video clip. These are very dangerous people. I can't help but feel that the only reason they did this to a black mother (who's probably single) is because it was a sort of test case - a shot over the bow. They wanted to get a reaction they could gage with hopes of not stirring the mainstream media or getting the ire of the majority. We have to learn of it here on forums like this and youtube. But, this stuff happens all the time. Here in my town about 2 months ago a nice, young couple didn't agree with a doctor's diagnosis and prescribed treatment for their child. So, they left the hospital with the child and went directly to another hospital for a second opinion. The staff at the first hospital called CPS and the child was taken. The child wasn't in danger, according to the news coverage. I heard the couple in an interview and it just sounded like an abduction by CPS. The parents are white and educated. The baby was eventually returned with no charges. This kind of thing happens all the time and there's little to no outrage. I don't get it. It's troubling.
  9. This is America?

    OK, I checked - and, yes, it's that story. I personally know a lady who had her three children taken away from her and her husband. One of her children had special needs. The school district made an offer of FAPE for the next school year to provide services for the child. She disagreed with the district's recommendations and, completely within the law, opted to not sign the district's offer. There is a stipulation in the law called "Stay Put" that allows a parent to just continue the services the district offered the previous year. No big deal. Well, the district decided to get my friend in front a judge who didn't know the law and the judge agreed with the district's claim that our friend is "not a fit parent" due to her refusal to sign the offer of FAPE. The judge agreed and her three children were taken away and placed in the foster system. Last I had heard, well over a year later, she had not gotten her children back. She was allowed to visit with them. it destroyed her life. Her weight plummeted from the strain and I was shocked when I last saw her. It was horrible. This episode had a large impact on how I view our government and our society. Our district was involved and I pulled my child from our district. I want nothing to do with them - he has autism. There are people in government who hate children, hate families. And, ironically, many of these types work in public education. Last time I served jury duty a fellow juror had been charged and tried for child molestation. Where did he work? Our school district. These are dangerous people. I am sure that we will have vaccination of children at gunpoint in my lifetime. Recently in my town, we had school officials, accompanied by police, going door-to-door to give vaccinations. I think it's surreal. What if a parent says, "That's ok. I opt to skip the chicken pox vaccine this year." Do they get swat-teamed? Sounds nuts, I admit. it is nuts.
  10. This is America?

    Is this the story about the mother who's child was taken because she refused to give her psych meds? I can't use the link here but will check it out tonight. I am starting to get involved in a small political party that is working to bolster parental rights. We have had a few laws passed here in California that actually remove parental rights when it comes to medical treatments. This, by the way, is pretty silent at this time but will certainly grow into a war and will surely divide the country. There will be a large percentage of citizens who oppose parental rights.
  11. Elevated estradiol

    Look into a supplement called tribulus. I take it in phases. I don't know about the availability of such supplements is in Sweden.
  12. "The Planet Will Boil" (yes, that's a quote)

    I heard that clip this morning. I am stunned at how stupid it sounds. How have we fallen this far?...
  13. "Thanks You, IRS"

    Mark Dice has made many similar clips. Since I have a sick sense of humor I find them pretty funny. In similar clips you'll see the man on the street agreeing that conservatives should be put in prison camps, admitting that Memorial Day is to memorialize dead surfers...it just goes on and on. This country is finished. These people mate and vote. We are so finished...
  14. Edward Snowden

    ewv - I'm thinking along the lines of your commentary. And, this leads me to something that has troubled me quite a bit lately. As you mention, there is a period of "disintegration and mixed characteristics", and this is what I think I've been observing among my fellow conservatives over the past decade. It's like watching a ping pong match where the players actually switch sides. I've seen some of my friends who are conservatives argue emotionally for government largess. I've seen them argue against the sanctity of life, against free distribution of information that had nothing to do with national security. These positions, coming from people I've known to be conservatives, confuses me. I only wonder if I'm seeing the same thing when Boehner calls Snowden a "traitor". My first question is, "based on what?" It's not that I disagree. I just want to hear why he's a traitor. Once again - I believe that Snowden's bone to pick was that our government was spying on any of us. I've heard him say so. Will he be executed now? It's quite possible. I once knew a beautiful woman from Columbia. She fled and came to Seattle when I lived there. In Columbia the government police might come to your door and say, "We need a computer. We'll be back in three days to get it." If you don't have it when they come back the man of the house has an accident. I seriously think some people I know personally and who call themselves "conservative" would argue that such a thing is justified because it's to help the police and the police fight crime, and fighting crime is conservative. I'm not exaggerating. One conservative friend recently said we need to go into Syria and start killing people. I asked him why he had this position and he had no answer. None. How long until I hear some of my conservative friends arguing for gun control? I've heard them argue for forced abortion. See how the waters are being muddied? Maybe I'm seeing something that was always there and I was just being naive.
  15. Edward Snowden

    I've not gotten a chance to dig deeply into what he was saying. But, wasn't his issue along the lines of domestic warrantless tapping of American citizens? Maybe it wasn't, but that's what I thought got him to blow the whistle. I think we're talking about two different things, John. But sure - If he's blowing the whistle on government surveilance of suspected terrorists in foreign communications there's really no issue. And, Boehner would be correct.