Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Simple nuts and bolts of the stock market these days.............

Ford Motor Company                $9.90

TESLA                               $214

Saturday, June 01, 2019

Student Debt Loan Problem Solved, the Dean Parisian version

It’s an innovative strategy that totally and permanently resolves this problem in a new and exciting way.
Ready?
Here goes.

How about you pay your own student debt?


That’s it. It’s as elegant as it is simple. You. Pay. Your. Own. Debts.
If you follow this bold, one-step program – the one step is you paying your debts – then you will eventually be debt-free. And best of all, I won’t have to pay any of your debts.
See, a lot of Democrat politicians are promising “free college,” but what they really mean is “free for you.” Someone has to pay, and that someone is me, and I need to level with you.
I am not interested in paying for your college.
Now, some may call me “greedy” or “selfish” for not wishing to work and then have the money I earned taken from me to provide things to you that you want but did not pay for instead of being able to spend it – the “it” being the money I earned – on things that I want. I am okay with that. I would much prefer having people who fundamentally misunderstand the concepts of greed and selfishness call me “greedy” and “selfish” than subsidize their educations, educations that evidently did not include learning about basic concepts like greed and selfishness.
I understand that your priorities for my money may differ from mine, but it being my money, my priorities should take precedence. Here is a short, partial list of things that I prioritize for my money over paying off your student loan debts:
1. A  new sweet German RV to travel America
2. A delicious tri-tip sandwich
3. A beautiful barn filled with man-toys
4. Guns and ammo
5. A pedicure for my wife
6. A pedicure for me
7. A pedicure for my fat Cocker Spaniel BOO
8. Literally anything else but your student loan debt
Now, those who support the idea of taking my money to give it to someone else so that someone else can have things he, she or xe wants rarely put it so bluntly. It’s never, “Well, I want this education but I don’t want to do the things necessary to pay for it. I want you other people to do the things necessary to pay for it.” Instead, it’s always put in some other way that makes them taking our money to spend on things they want appear as a favor to us, the people expected to do the work.
For instance, sometimes they say that us working to give other people free stuff is an “investment.” Again with the not understanding what words means, because where I come  from, you can rest assured that is not an investment.
Traditionally, with an investment, one gets a return on investment. No one ever explains what my return on investment for Kaden’s Marxist Puppetry degree might be, other than an occasional latte which I would still have to pay for. I prefer that I instead determine how to invest my own money in order to benefit myself, which I do not see as unreasonable since it is my money. Which I earned by working.
This is the beauty of my one-step student loan plan. It puts all this controversy aside. Pay your own student loan off. That’s it. End of discussion. Now get to work.
Note that I am not pointing out how I managed to fund my own education without asking strangers to chip in – actually, without forcing them to chip in, because if you don’t pay your taxes designed to fund “free college” people with guns will come to haul you away. The argument that “I paid for mine so you should pay for you own” is valid, but we need not even reach it. No one should ever be forced to give other people free stuff. It’s my money, and that’s reason enough why you can’t have it.

Saturday, May 25, 2019

This might run ATT shares up a penny or nickel!

Three weeks ago, a CNN executive suggested that talk of impending layoffs were nothing more than a "crazy rumor." Last week, the network laid off nearly all of the Atlanta-based staff that cover health care, according to Fox News and confirmed by TVNewser - a media watchdog site founded by CNN's Brian Stelter.   
"Basically the whole division" is set to lose their jobs, according to an anonymous Fox News source who said that employees were notified on Tuesday of the layoffs. 
A CNN spokesperson told Stelter's TVNewser: "As part of the normal course of business, our newsgathering team made a small restructure earlier this week that ultimately impacts 6-7 employees within CNN’s Health Unit.”
Many health department staffers met with human resources on Tuesday. Katz noted that correspondent Elizabeth Cohen is also safe.
Staffers are shocked, as the health department is considered successful and CNN recently declared that no layoffs were imminent. -Fox News
On May 7, CNN Executive Vice President Allison Gollust told Fox News: "There are no mass layoffs at CNN. I have no idea where that crazy rumor came from. We have recently offered a voluntary buyout option for employees, and just over 100 people voluntarily decided to take it. That's it," adding "We have nearly 4,000 people at CNN… and around 100 of them exercised the option for a program that was offered. That's it. Those are the facts." 
TVNewser adds that "CNN’s Southeast Bureau in Atlanta, CNN Health and CNN Climate will now be under one leadership, something that was not the case before." 
Of note, CNN's prime-time ratings dropped 26% in April - the worst month for total viewers since October 2015, according to Nielsen Media Research. 
The slide came right after special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia report found no collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign - a narrative CNN bet their reputation on for over two years

Friday, May 24, 2019

Memorial Day. 2019


Without mentioning any names it is the United States military that keep you and I and everyone we know safe at night.

Thank you to the motivated and dedicated men and women who have served and serve today.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Think. Just think..............

“You can ignore reality but you cannot ignore the consequences of reality.”- Ayn Rand

TESLA

I assume most TESLA owners have a little bit on the ball.

Maybe I assume wrong, that has been known to happen.

Why would anyone want to put their life in the hands of a TESLA autopilot?   I just can't imagine myself doing that.

Jake Fisher, Consumer Reports’ senior director of auto testing slammed the technology: 
“The system’s role should be to help the driver, but the way this technology is deployed, it’s the other way around. It’s incredibly nearsighted. It doesn’t appear to react to brake lights or turn signals, it can’t anticipate what other drivers will do, and as a result, you constantly have to be one step ahead of it."
CR said that multiple testers reported that the Tesla "often changed lanes in ways that a safe human driver would not—cutting too closely in front of other cars, and passing on the right." The article also expressed concern about Tesla's claims that three rearward-facing cameras could detect fast approaching objects.
Fisher continued: "The system has trouble responding to vehicles that approach quickly from behind. Because of this, the system will often cut off a vehicle that is going a much faster speed since it doesn’t seem to sense the oncoming car until it’s relatively close."
Fisher also said that merging is an issue for the software: “It is reluctant to merge in heavy traffic, but when it does, it often immediately applies the brakes to create space behind the follow car—this can be a rude surprise to the vehicle you cut off.”
"In essence, the system does the easy stuff, but the human needs to intervene when things get more complicated," Fisher continued.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

San Diego, truly America's Finest City...........

Flights from Texas' Rio Grande Valley to San Diego were slated to begin on Friday - continuing three times a week indefinitely.

Each flight will carry 120 - 135 people, according to the Border Patrol's interim San Diego sector chief, Douglas Harrison. 

Conservatively, that means at least 1,440 migrants per month, or 17,280 annually. 

The San Diego area has suffered from a lack of diversity and the strength therein for a long time. We are working with the President to make sure that we get our fair share of immigrants for a change, as the New England states have been showered in the gifts of diversity for some time. 

We feel that this is finally the time to make the San Diego area a delicious melting pot of color and strength. Our initial focus will be on the Carmel Valley area, expanding to Del Mar Heights and La Jolla. To do this we may have to forgo some of the usual background and health assessments so that we can get as many dreamers as possible. With hard work we will make San Diego great again. 

Thursday, May 16, 2019

De Blasio for President

You can't make this up.

Want to see a city that is screwed up?   Want to see a city in rapid decline?

Look at New York City.

Want to see a city run by a Mayor who doesn't have a clue on how to make NYC or America great? 

This kook thinks he can be President?   GMAFB...........

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Mothers Day, 2019. A rough week indeed..........

Obituary


Wanda Dean Hild, age 79, of Crossville, TN, passed away Tuesday, May 07, 2019 at Cumberland House in Crossville, TN.  She was born August 13, 1939 in Crossville, TN, daughter of Edgar Leland Sherrill & Minnie (Nail) Sherrill of Crab Orchard. 

Wanda was a homemaker and an avid flower gardener.  Over the years she received many awards in local fairs for her canning, gardening, cooking, sewing and painting.  She was a member of the Home Demonstration Club and enjoyed learning new crafts and sharing her experience with others.  She was also a Sunday School teacher at the churches she attended, Bradbury United Methodist Church in Kingston, TN and more recently Oaklawn Baptist Church, Crossville, and loved teaching Bible School.  She loved to share her flower arrangements with friends and frequently provided the flowers for church services on Sunday.

Wanda is survived by her husband, Charles “Pepper” Hild of Crossville to whom she was married 63 years.  In the last years of her life she suffered from Alzheimer’s and Charles lovingly and faithfully dedicated himself to her care.  Wanda also leaves behind her daughter, Pamela Sue Parisian (Dean) and son, Adam Fredrick Hild (Lisa) both of Crossville.  Her grandchildren, whom she loved dearly are Hunter Parisian, CO, Jordan Parisian, GA, Leland (Destiny) Hild and Nathaniel (Megan) Hild, of Crossville and her Great-Grandchildren Branson, Slade, Piper and Scout. 

In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her brothers - Armonell Sherrill, Jody Sherrill, and Andrew "Buddy" Sherrill and sisters - Connie Davis, Pansy Oberg, Nellie Ann Skeen, Opal McNeal.  The lives of her siblings spanned a century with her oldest brother, Army being born in 1919.

A Memorial Service was held Thursday evening at Oaklawn Baptist church where pastor David Mahan gave the eulogy and her daughter and son shared treasured memories of their mom and the quotes that she used to provide them positive encouragement and prepare them for life - Words of Wisdom from Wanda.  Her husband, Charles spoke and graciously thanked the church, extended family and friends for their caring support.

The family encourages donations to the Hospice of Cumberland County, at 30 East Adams Street, Crossville, TN 38555 who provided excellent care and assistance. 

Thursday, May 09, 2019

There is one in every crowd...............

It probably plays out in every restaurant in America at one time or another.   It seems to always be the proud Democrat, getting loud, abrasive and nasty towards our President.

For sure, he's not perfect.  He's not Hillary. He's trying hard to drain the maggots from the infested D.C. machine.

What he is doing is keeping the dangerous far left at bay, at least for the moment.

Dude, you made an ass of yourself.

Think about it.

Trump is the only person standing between you and total fucking chaos.




Monday, May 06, 2019

Need a good laugh...........?

Imagine this.  Get ready now.

You will laugh your ass off.

Imagine waking up in January of 2021 and turning on your social media device and wait for it, imagine, saying to yourself,

President Cory Booker.    He's my President.

You can't make this up.   Liberals like Cory Booker would destroy this nation faster than Barry Soetoro did.

IDF. Light the candle...................

Not one of the more than 20 candidates for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination in 2020 tweeted this past weekend about the nearly 700 rockets that Palestinian terrorists in Gaza launched against Israel over two days.

A ceasefire between Hamas, the Palestinian terror organization that controls the Gaza Strip, and Israel went into effect Monday morning. But in the nearly two days since the Palestinian attacks started, killing four Israelis, not one Democrat saw fit to comment on social media about the subject — and there are scant signs any commented elsewhere.

President Donald Trump and his administration pledged their full support for Israel’s strikes in self-defense. The silence of the Democrats was first flagged by retired New York Assemblyman Dov Hikind, who has been a fierce critic of his party’s anti-Israel drift in recent years. Breitbart News reviewed the Twitter feeds of every Democratic presidential candidate and found no comments about the situation in Gaza and Israel.

Friday, May 03, 2019

Remember these numbers. $737 Billion and 2,400 Americans

The big numbers that are missing in this article is the number of limbs blown off, the number of suicides and the amount of money the American taxpayer is on the hook for to rehab the United States military men and women maimed in this conflict.

"The command said they no longer saw decision-making value in these data," reads a report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR). 
In remarks to reporters last week, John Sopko, the special inspector general, criticized what he called a trend toward less openness by the military authorities who are advising, training and assisting Afghan security forces. -AP
"I don’t think it makes sense," said Sopko. "The Afghan people know which districts are controlled by the Taliban. The Taliban obviously know which districts they control. Our military knows it. Everybody in Afghanistan knows it. The only people who don’t know what’s going on are the people who are paying for all of this, and that’s the American taxpayer."
The move comes amid a stalemate within the Trump administration, as the Pentagon has proposed sending nearly 4,000 more US troops into the conflict, which many in the White House oppose. Some in the White House have even propsed withdrawing completely(i.e. the non-interventionism platform Trump campaigned on) or handing over the American effort to private security contractors. 
And as AP notes, the decision to restrict battlefield information is but the most recent step in a trend of less transparency about the war in recent years - often at the insistence of the Afghan government, which has in previous instances stopped the US military from disclosing how many Afghans had been killed in battle, and the overall attrition within the Afghan army. 
The latest clampdown also aligns with President Donald Trump’s complaint that the U.S. gives away too much war information, although there is no evidence that this had any influence on the latest decision.
A government watchdog agency that monitors the U.S. war effort, now in its 18th year, said in a report to Congress on Wednesday that the U.S. military command in Kabul is no longer producing “district control data,” which shows the number of Afghan districts — and the percentage of their population — controlled by the government compared to the Taliban. -AP
In January, President Trump criticized the disclosure of battlefield information - telling reporters "Some IG goes over there, who are mostly appointed by President Obama — but we’ll have ours, too — and he goes over there, and they do a report on every single thing that’s happening, and they release it to the public," adding "What kind of stuff is this? We’re fighting wars, and they’re doing reports and releasing it to the public? Now, the public means the enemy. The enemy reads those reports; they study every line of it."
Trump then told acting defense secretary, Patrick Shanahan: "I don’t want it to happen anymore, Mr. Secretary."
When the US military last released battlefield data in January, it revealed that "Afghan government control was stagnant or slipping," according to the report, which adds that the share of the population under Afghan government control or influence - "a figure that was largely unchanged from May 2017 to July 2018 at about 65 percent" - had dropped in October 2018 to 63.5 percent. The Afghan government's control or influence of districts overall fell almost 2% to 53.8 percent
Less than two years ago, a top American commander in Afghanistan called population control “most telling.” Gen. John Nicholson told reporters in November 2017 that he wanted to see the figure, then about two-thirds, increase to at least 80 percent, with the Taliban holding only about 10 percent and the rest contested.
“And this, we believe, is the critical mass necessary to drive the enemy to irrelevance,” Nicholson said then.
Nicholson’s successor, Gen. Scott Miller, believes there already are enough such assessments available to the public, including one produced by intelligence agencies. -AP
"We are focused on setting the conditions for a political settlement to safeguard our national interests," said Col. David M. Butler, a spokesman for Gen. Miller in a Tuesday email exchange with AP. "The district stability assessment that was previously provided by DOD was redundant and did little to serve our mission of protecting our citizens and allies."
The Trump administration, meanwhile, has been making a hard push to encourage the Taliban and Afghan government to engage in peace talks after the Taliban launched a recent spring military offensive. The group has refused to speak directly with representatives from Kabul, which they view as a US puppet. 
The war in Afghanistan is largely forgotten in much of America, as is the enormous, continuing financial cost. This year the Pentagon budget includes $4.9 billion to provide the Afghan army and police with everything from equipment and supplies to salaries and food. That is one piece of a wider array of “reconstruction” assistance the U.S. government has provided since the war began in 2001, totaling $132 billion. -AP
The United States has spent $737 billion on the war and lost over 2,400 lives, according to the Pentagon. 

Thursday, May 02, 2019

CNN. Pathetic excuse for driving ATT earnings. I miss anything?

CNN just had its worst month for ratings in four years as the network lost 26 per cent of viewers compared to a year ago.
“April ranks as CNN’s lowest-rated month among total viewers in nearly four years, since October 2015,” reports Forbes.
The network’s flagship primetime show, Cuomo Primetime, drew a total of just 917,000 viewers in April, which is its worst performance ever.
The show ranked 26th on the list of primetime shows across all networks. Perhaps that has something to do with host Chris Cuomo’s repeated praise for Antifa.
In the key 25-54 demographic, CNN was also down by a whopping 41 per cent
CNN’s ratings have clearly been impacted by the collapse of the ‘Russian collusion’ narrative following the damp squib which was the release of the Mueller report.
The network repeatedly pushed the narrative that the report was going to damning, staking whatever credibility they had left on a hysterical pipe dream that never came to fruition.
On the day of the report’s release, a CNN panel featured eight people who completely agreed with each other.
Perhaps the network should consider re-introducing diversity of opinion in order to recapture some of the viewers who have abandoned it in droves.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Greatest HERO to freedom in the world...........


Read what Edward Snowden has to say on Julian Assange.

Trump needs to get his head on straight and free Assange.

Snowden on Assange, a great read!

Friday, April 05, 2019

NY Times. All you need to know.............

Click on this link and see what they are famous for.

NY Times doing what it does best!

Walter Williams preaching my story for Native America as well............

The root of the problem, particularly among black Americans, is the breakdown of the family unit where fathers are absent.  In 1938, 11% of blacks were born to unmarried women.  By 1965, that number had grown to 25%.  Now it’s about 75%.
Even during slavery, when marriage between blacks was illegal, a higher percentage of black children were raised by their biological mothers and fathers than today.  In 1940, 86% of black children were born inside marriage.  Today, only 35% of black children are born inside marriage.
Having no father in the home has a serious impact.  Children with no father in the home are five times more likely to be poor and commit crime, nine times more likely to drop out of school and 20 times more likely to be in prison.
Our generous welfare system, in effect, allows women to ‘marry the government’.  Plus, there is shortage of marriageable black men because they’ve dropped out of school, wound up in jail and haven’t much of a future.
Unfortunately, many blacks followed the advice of white liberal academics such as Johns Hopkins professor Andrew Cherlin who in the 1960s argued that “the most detrimental aspect of the absence of fathers from one-parent families is not the lack of a male presence but the lack of male income.”
Cherlin’s vision suggested that fathers were unimportant and, if black females “married the government”, black fathers would be redundant.
Most of today’s major problems encountered by black people have little or nothing to do with racial discrimination and a legacy of slavery.  People who make those excuses are doing a grave disservice to black people.
The major problems black people face are not amenable to political solutions and government anti-poverty programs.  If they were, then they’d be solved by the more than $20 trillion the nation has spent on poverty programs since 1965.  As comic strip character Pogo said, “We have met the enemy, and he is us.”
WALTER E. WILLIAMS is a professor of economics at George Mason University. 

Monday, April 01, 2019

April Fools this isn't........

April 1, yes, it's Aprils Fools Day but this is no BS.

Jack Dorsey, the liberal that runs TWITTER is unpalatable.     

He is what is wrong with America. 

 
 

Sunday, March 31, 2019

San Franfreakshow....................

Tonight I logged in.   I see i have a new account assigned to my firm.
I don't want this account assigned to my firm.  I don't know these people.   I don't want anything to do with them.  

They live in San Francisco.  I would never consider going to San Francisco after having lived in LaJolla CA for 10 years and visiting San Francisco often.

I don't have the stomach to visit San Franfreakshow and see all the homeless, the feces, the needles and smell  the stench of human filth everywhere.

 A once great city now reduced to socialism's finest hour. 

California.  It's what liberal Democratic policies have created. 

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Indian Country for the WIN

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court handed down an opinion on the case Washington State Department of Licensing v. Cougar Den, Inc. (16-1498) In a plurality opinion written by Justice Breyer and joined by Justices Sotomayor and Kagen, the Court upheld a ruling by the State of Washington that the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation's (Yakama Nation) wholesale fuel distributor, Cougar Den, Inc. does not have to pay a state fuel tax.

"Really, this case just tells an old and familiar story. The state of Washington includes millions of acres that the Yakamas ceded to the United States under significant pressure. In return, the government supplied a handful of modest promises. The state is now dissatisfied with the consequences of one of those promises. It is a new day, and now it wants more. But today and to its credit, the court holds the parties to the terms of their deal. It is the least we can do."

 

- Justice Neil Gorsuch, Concurring Opinion 

Monday, March 18, 2019

LYFT to IPO?

With the company expected to trade at only 10x revenues and less than a -$1 billion annual loss, this deal looks exceptionally compelling!  How could the underwriters let this go at such a cheap price?  Truly disgraceful!

Here is what I wrote many years ago.

"IPO’s are not part of our methodology for several reasons.  Most of their problems stem from the deliberate underpricing of new shares, which creates a huge wealth transfer from a newly public company to the customers of an investment banking firm.  Shareholders are better off in the long run with a higher net worth than with an artificially and temporarily high stock price. IPO’s are allocated to clients who pay the big commissions. Those responsible for the well-being of a company are the directors.   If they were held liable for the eradication of corporate assets, the mispricings would end.  At Chippewa Partners we don’t play the IPO game by paying commissions for syndicate allocations, period.  Our only focus is making money for our clients."


Dean T. Parisian, Chairman,  in a letter to Barrons and The Wall Street Journal

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Tax Refunds

Interesting to see how big the industry around tax refunds has grown. 

How is it that people don’t know that letting the federal government hang on to their money all year long is actually costing them?

Thursday, February 07, 2019

#Delete Facebook. Why I quit Facebook

Last week on my way to the Super Bowl in Atlanta I was cruising along at the speed limit listening to CNBC on Sirius XM radio.  Nothing unusual about that.  I listen to CNBC when driving, never when watching it on TV in my office.  In the office I only turn the sound on when a few people I greatly respect are on.  It seems I listen to fewer and fewer these days, some guests having been banished from the station for simply telling it like it is.  Honesty seems to be able to derail the media faster than Bill Clinton headed after an intern, Elizabeth Warren headed to a Harvard pow-wow or our President hitting the send button to his twitter feed!

So, on comes a corporate executive from Facebook.

I listened.  I listened some more.  Earnings calls, of which I've  probably listened to thousands of calls over the years, can be tedious, boring and funny.  Sorting truth from bullshit comes naturally for me, probably something I picked up in law school.  For sure I am always listening to voice inflection and for words being couched.  It's fairly easy to tell when an exec isn't reading from the script that was prepared and practiced with the PR firm.

I heard enough.  I heard enough lies.  I heard an exec being a great liar.  I have heard a million lies by corporate executives over the years.  On conference calls, in their offices, face-to-face in restaurants, on private telephone calls.  Many of the names escape me but the lies haunt me.   We invested hard earned money that belonged to our clients in the shares of their companies.  I could name 100 companies off the top of my head where the story I was told was so wrong, so blatant, so bullshit that those clowns, male and female, should be taken to the woodshed.  Or worse.  Don't worry though, the SEC won't do a thing about any of it.   They have bigger fish to fry than EBITDA lies.   Well maybe, maybe not, Elon Musk does come to mind.

So after listening to the Facebook earnings call I decided to put my money exactly where my feelings where.  To jettison the beast.  To starve it.  So, like many I know,  I simply hit the delete button.  No goodbyes, no second thought.  Just doing what my heart told me to do.  Remove myself from having my key strokes sold, my "eye's monetized, to get away from the privacy invasion, the mind games and muck of doing whatever it takes for a company on a global basis to market to the masses by their online behaviour.

Yes, the lies, distortion, propaganda and  mind games will continue until our nation doesn't it.   I made the call to drop it.  No more inane political chicanery, no more "news" custom tailored to what I last looked up on my cell phone.  No more solicitation for hotels at the last destination I looked up.  None.

Done.

Finished.

The beast will carry on without me.

I have everything I ever prayed for.  I am a lucky man, husband and father.  My health is good.  Having traveled to 6 continents the 7th is on my bucket list.  Maybe I'll get there, maybe not.    My wide circle of friends often call me lucky; it's nice having more friends than I could ever imagine and funny enough they all seem to be made prior to Facebook!

For now, I know where I stand, all I need to do is stand there.

Imagine life without Facebook.

If you try it I promise you will call and thank me!   



Taxes moving people

Dear Mr. Cuomo,
We are hoping you will keep raising taxes on wealthy people in New York.
Your tax increases are a wonderful boon to the unemployed, lazy and those who are poor.
We hope you will continue this for many years!  
Very truly yours,
The Florida, Carolina's, N. Georgia & Arizona Association of Real Estate Brokers    


Sunday, January 27, 2019

So long Dallas, Texas, hello Tennessee


Dallas Texas.    One of America’s finest.  Thank you.  

Thank you for the memories.

To the best State Fair on Planet Earth, thank you.  To the arts scene and the philanthropic bent of its patrons, thank you.  To the trains, the airports, forward thinkers at the Dept of Transportation, the Uber and Lyft professionals, what a great ride!   To the Stars, Rangers and Cowboys and all the Texas cowboys who ride and ranch across this great state, and of course the great ATT PBR event that brings the worlds best to Dallas, thank you.   To the Mavericks, keep working to get better and good luck in keeping your owner off the bench and his mouth shut.   To the Dallas Safari Club leadership and membership best of luck and thank you for all you do in conservation across the planet.   To the high school bass fishing scene, keep it going.  To the Texas high school footballers, you guys set the bar in America! 

To the great restaurants in Dallas and those who toil to serve the likes of me, thank you.  The French Room in the Adolphus is a TOP FIVE on my life list!   To the Capital Grille, Fearings, Perry's, Del Frisco Double Eagle, Yao Fuzi in Plano, Steel, Mercury, Meza Maya, Doc B's, Bistro 31, Pacifica Grill, just keeping doing what you all do so well.  To the Texas night life on McKinney, don’t stop doing what you do, even for old guys like me it is world class and very entertaining.  To Ryan and Emma Jean at the Rattlesnake Bar in the Ritz, thank you for all the good times. To the great bartenders at the action-packed Moxies, you guys are great in a crowded theatre of testosterone and story-telling.   To mates Lindsey and Nicole, how can I thank you enough?  Your care and concern for taking care of BOO was so appreciated.  I wish you both the very best in your careers.  To my black, gay friend Ronnie, I wish you tremendous success with your line of cosmetics.  To Brandi Coco King, keep on making Dallas a better place with your smile and attitude.  To my old friend and teammate, Mike Miller and his wife, Cindy, I wish you both the very best in retirement and in your golf game.   To the breakfast crew at the Zsa Zsa Hotel, thank you for your excellent service.   
To the Ft. Worth Stock Show, please keep getting better and better, there’s nothing like it.  To the Katy Trail walkers, keep on keeping on, you made it a pleasure to hammer out the miles.  And to the owners of the ICE HOUSE, you do one heck of a job for an outdoor venue.   To pastor Robert Jeffress thank you for bringing His word to so many,  you are in charge of one of the best church’s in the world.   To the great men and women of the Dallas Police Department your attitude and demeanor in a world on a dopamine binge is heroic after putting up with the carnage inflicted on your brothers a couple years ago.   I hope the DPD pension mess gets straightened out sooner rather than later!  And last but not least to the morning shift crew at the Waffle House on Ross, keep those eggs scrambled and the coffee hot and quiet. 

To the many corporate chieftains who call Dallas home, thank you for your civic responsibility to make Dallas a better city every year.  To Chloe, who took care of us for so long at Ruth's Chris, thank you.  To the big money people, whoever you are, that are behind the caretakers at the park on Harry Hynes Blvd  and Cedar Springs a huge shout-out, your generosity never went unnoticed.

Dallas, you are everything a city could want, keep it that way.  The Dallas vibe is a beautiful thing, may it always reflect the friendliness, the pride and the people of the Great State of Texas!

As the new offices of Chippewa Partners are complete, I look forward to Tennessee, but Dallas, you will always hold a special place in my heart!    Hook 'em horns!!!!!!!!!!!          


Tuesday, January 01, 2019

2018. MONTANA. COLORADO



I hope your year was as good as mine.  I turned 65 on 12/20!  I’m a senior.  Yesterday the young girl in a McDonalds served me a “senior coffee” without even asking for it! C’mon man, how’d she know I had a birthday?  I reckon I have that “senior” look going on.   Tell me again how I got to 65?  Seems like only yesterday the body looked sleeker, the legs moved far faster, but for sure, the years aren’t slowing down.  Lets hope the best is yet to come and that 65 is the new 40!    One of the things I want to do in 2019 is to write more. This will be my first shot.   If you get bored, I'll need to work harder.  And yes, just like you, I miss the hunting season, any hunting season.  I miss the early morning stars.  I miss the steaming hot coffee spilling in my lap.  I miss the glass hanging around my neck.  I miss the mid-day sun that provides a mid-day siesta on whatever out-of-the-wind place I feel like.  I miss grunting putting on my boots.  I miss making darn sure the TP is in the fanny pack.  I miss the rush of getting to where you want to be when first light shows in the east.  I miss the laughter of friends.  I miss the anticipation.  I miss the sights and sounds and smells of it all.  Whether it’s winged fowl, bulls, bucks or song dogs I miss it.  I know you do to.

2018 was a fun year.  If laughs were money, I’d be filthy rich.  I started my hunting season off with a trip down south.  Way down south.  South as in Argentina.

I chronicled the trip in a post that can be found here, just click on the link: 


By the time you read this I will for the first time in my life, be a Tennessee resident.

We bought some property in Cumberland County in 2005 that is now our permanent residence.   I hope to have the opportunity to wear out the coyotes, fox and cats in the coming years so don’t hesitate to inquire if “your” fawn crop could use some experienced help in the years to come.  If you want to be killing those big bombers down the road every coyotes death today helps your cause.  My grandfathers were both good trappers;  I have always been a good student.  Trapping my way through college is what gave me an early “stash” to head west to find some opportunity in California a short 40 years ago.
And speaking of trapping I am here to give-back.  If you, your son, daughter or grandchild would like some instruction don’t hesitate to ask. If the trapping community doesn't get more younger people involved these days the future is dim.  Trapping built this country.  I can speak coyote. Passing the torch is something I can do and getting help can do wonders on your coyote intel.  Many,  if not most, novice coyote trappers do an excellent job of coyote education and it can raise havoc with a beginner’s confidence.  Remember, it is far more difficult to reeducate coyotes to get caught than it is to educate trappers!
I do business with and have learned the lessons from some of the top trappers in the nation and have taken coyotes from sea-to-sea and a lot of states in-between. Guys like Tim Caven, Dave Amberg, Ray Milligan, Bob Young, Mark June, Gary Meis, Mike Martinz, Dwaine Knouse and John Graham all have contributed to my understanding of song dogs.    I like to think I have a lifetime of coyote education behind me and like a coyote, being an opportunist,  in understanding what I am to look for and what is before me, has helped me in life.  

It's been a short 40 years ago for me.  In January of 1979 I loaded my Mazda and headed west.  It was 30 degrees below zero when I left Minnesota and took off for San Diego.  I spent 10 years in California and wouldn’t change a single day of it.  It was good to me.  I may never again set foot in the state but the 1980’s served me well and hunting mule deer on Camp Pendleton was a highlight.  I guess the only thing I would have changed would have been to own a bigger sailboat.  Living in San Diego and working in LaJolla was living the dream.  I miss the ocean swims and my only regret is that I didn’t hunt Baja Mexico or kill enough migrating sea ducks.
As I have gotten older a lot of things have crystalized in my thinking of what hunting is all about.  To me, hunting always meant a lot.  Hunting started early for me.  I was fortunate in growing up.  I had parents who cared and later in life I learned I chose great parents.    I had a dad who wanted me to hunt with him.  A dad who took me gopher trapping in the first grade with a kid who remains a very close friend of mine today, Dave Amberg, creator of the Amberg snare.  If you are a serious trapper you know Dave Amberg.  I hunted with Dave again this fall. Back then we earned a quarter for every pair of front feet on a pocket gopher.  That was big money in the first grade!  

Growing up, Dad gave of his time, we didn’t have much money.  Dad was a role-model who growing up was the first guy in his office.  In 1944 he volunteered for the US Army Air Corps where he served until the end of the war and was a bomber pilot. In my early youth Dad ran his own business and was a member of a flying club. As a kid he would fly us around west central Minnesota looking for big whitetail bucks that lived in those cattail swamps that no one could ever get to. 

I had good mentors.  My boss in Montana, pushing 96 years of age today was a very hard worker.  My grandfather, a simple farmer who quit school in the 8th grade to work the farm, the one I lived with in college was the hardest working man I have ever met in my life.  Trapping in college started me on my way to an education that my degrees in economics and social science never could.  Outside of working on a ranch, at the moccasin factory in high school in Pine Ridge, SD  and at the State of MN Highway Dept in college I have never had a real job in my life.  I never, ever had a salary or a guaranteed paycheck, in my life.  My entire income in life has always been based on me getting out and getting the job done without a boss telling me what to do.  I’ve not had any daily instructions from a boss, never had a “job description”, and never had anyone give me “creative” direction, I always came up with that on my own. My job was to help people.  

Trapping taught me about hard work, to never quit, the early bird gets the worm, to keep hammering and to understand that hard work also required smarts and increasing the learning curve to make more money. While I am on the subject, the job I had at the State of MN was the worst job on earth. It was my first exposure to how taxpayers get hosed, of how brown-nosing works, of how politics often plays such a huge role in getting ahead and how hard some state workers “work” to not get caught not working!   Yuck, just thinking back on it gives me nausea and I am sure not much has changed in working for the man.   If you are in a job like that you are on my prayer list.  

For anyone interested my career can be readily covered by a quick click on this website:

https://www.nativeamericanadvisors.com/

My first deer hunting trip was to the big woods of northern MN.  I was in the 5th grade in November of 1964.  I was 11 years old, 5’4”, 75 pounds and my license cost $5.00.  I was using a .30-.30 and missed 2 deer out of a stand that was so poorly constructed I am amazed I didn’t fall out of it.  I missed because I got too excited.  I still get excited.  I still miss. I hope you do to. It’s one of the quarter million reasons I still hunt.    Here I am on my first deer hunt.  50 years later I still have vivid memories of what happened on that trip!  Good stuff and the start of bigger things.
We all have our firsts in life.  Like you I remember the first deer I killed.  The second and third not so much but the memory of Deer #1 probably stays with you too.  I shot this doe on the 5th shot with a .30-.30, open sights, shooting nearly straight down into the North Dakota badlands on opening day.   I skipped school that day (parents approved) as the ND rifle season started mid-day on a Friday.  Emerson Baker, my junior high basketball coach literally kicked me in the ass when he saw me in the hall on Monday.  He kicked me so hard he should have broken my pelvis.  If he were still alive and I saw him on the street today there is a good chance I would kick his ass.  You see, he was a control freak.  A coach with a problem, there are a lot of them.  He reminds me of Nick Saban berating his players these days. He was about 6’7”.  He kicked me for going deer hunting instead of going to his basketball practice. These days he would have been convicted of assault.  I got my first deer wearing orange, it was the law. Dad said deer can’t see colors and it will keep you safe.  I listened and preach orange today.  I like to think I had my priorities in order then.  I hope I still do today.    
My first 4-point, (western count) came in the fall of 1970 in the southern end of the Black Hills above Angostura Dam.  We were actually on a deer drive for muleys and this buck busted out.  Missed the first shot and he then ran towards me and killed him at close range.  Note no sling, no scope.  I probably killed my first 25 deer with no scope as Dad couldn't afford spending money on a scope.   
This fall, like every fall before was memorable.  The little things make it the best.  Here is a weasel in winter coat.
In 2014 my wife and I made a dream happen.  Growing up I worked on a large ranch in MT during my high school years.  We bought some property in Montana.  452 acres on the tax rolls to be exact.  Two miles of river front on an oxbow on the Yellowstone River.  A property that with hard work has improved its capacity to grow deer to maturity.  We took three bucks this year and not enough does.  My brother-in-law, Adam Hild of Crossville, TN and his son, Nathaniel Hild kicked things off with these two dandy’s.   The buck Adam killed would have probably been dead in another couple of weeks.  It had a bad smell, weighed maybe 125 pounds and had a fecal problem as you can see.  Nice double droppers on Nat's buck!
The buck also had these lesions on its brisket.  Rough.
Nathaniel understands the importance of hard work in putting in time and effort to kill mature deer in TN and in years to come will no doubt show you some good racks.  Here is a buck he killed in TN this fall.  His screen name is NEWT. Give him a shout-out!     
My good friend Ron from Tifton Georgia came out and killed a nice buck.  Ron and I have been hunting together since the fall of 1992 when he invited me to hunt his family farm in South Georgia.  I didn’t have any of my orange gear so I made do, used his .35 with open sights and with no climbing stand, shot a small buck while standing on a stump.   It was the first deer I shot after the birth of my first son.  I know what you are thinking.  Yes, a corny picture but it cemented a hell of a friendship and started the carnage on a good number of elk and deer across the country.
Ron has a genetic defect.  We call it the lack of a hold-back gene and Ron has been married several times to prove it!  Ron just can’t help himself at times and as many times as I told him to just sit back and give himself time to find a really big buck on my Montana river bottom what did he do?  Yup, you guessed right.  The very first buck that walked by his stand, at first light on the first day of a planned 7 day hunt he didn’t hold back.  He hammered a dandy.  
As you can imagine, the buck/doe ratio is wacked on my ranch and there isn't much I can do about it.  Nonresidents pay nearly 3 figures to kill a lonely doe.  We took several does off the property this fall. Here is a friend of ours, Parker Smith, from Belgrade, MT who shot a fine doe.  Parker also killed a cow elk and a nice Pope n Young black bear last fall.  He goes hard and is a good hunter.  
As for me, I didn’t kill a deer on my property in Montana.  In fact, never killed a deer in Montana last fall for that matter. Saw a monster whitetail, didn’t get a shot.   My oldest son, Hunter, now a Captain in the United States Air Force didn’t kill either.  He passed on some great bucks and killed a coyote.  We like to hunt.  I don't know who had more fun.  It’s not about the kill.  It’s about the right buck and some luck.  My youngest son, Jordan, now a senior in college at the U of GA, majoring in electrical engineering didn’t even draw a Montana hunting tag.  Even though his parents pay thousands in property tax and feed a couple hundred deer year-round he was shut out of the opportunity to hunt.  That’s life.  Hopefully next year.    
        
I had an elk-deer combination tag in Montana and had the privilege to hunt a 25 section (640 acres is a section or square mile) ranch after the owners party departed.  They shot 5 bulls on the property the first week and like last year had pretty much ran all of the elk OFF the property before I got in there.  Elk are nomadic, not like deer that are territorial.  Elk just leave after the gun fire erupts and will run 10 or 20 miles after a barrage.   Last fall I never saw a single elk on the ranch.  This year I saw 4 elk and killed this bull.   I was hunting an area that with the sun and wind conditions I thought could turn one up and I got lucky.  I killed the bull on the second shot, dead run, double lunged him with my BAR .243, probably 85 yards out.  He was bedded with a cow and a calf and he followed them at full tilt.  Yea, sure, you might say, a lucky shot.  No, just 50 some years of hunting smart and shooting animals on the move. Coyotes, fox, beaver on the river,  I have probably killed more deer on the run or trot or walk than most people have ever shot.  I have wounded and lost 2 deer in my life, neither running.  They still haunt me.  One a great whitetail in ND, and the other, a fine muley in MT.  I doubt either animal died but there was blood initially in both instances.       
I love hunting alone and in big country.  When I am way from it, it keeps tugging on me.  I am still undecided if it is the actual hunting or just being in such remote and desolate country that I enjoy but either is enough to keep me doing what I grew up doing and what I love. 
The winter last year was horrendous on wildlife in Montana.  I found 27 deer carcasses on my property in March.  Many were killed by the maker of these tracks. Coyotes and bobcats found yearlings weak and easy meals.
I also found 11 dead this fall, all fairly near a water source.  You guessed right.  EHD or blue-tongue get some every year on my ranch.
On the last day of the season I made the 93 mile jaunt north to give a big muley one last whirl.  It is always such a great feeling to strike out from the truck in the dark and be in position to find movement early.   At first light I found a great buck on the hunt, moving along at a solid clip.  I knew I had to back off the canyon rim and run to get caught up to him as he was about a half mile from a boundary fence and I had to catch him.  I have always said that killing big muleys and big bulls invariably is a game of nanoseconds and inches.  And oftentimes being able to run is important.  Well, I got up to the rim, caught my breath, and slowly, ever so slowly, shooting sticks at the ready moved up to get a glimpse of Mr. Big.  I figured it would be a downhill 250 yard shot at most.  Well, even the best laid plans go to hell in a handbasket.   The buck was somehow coming up the canyon rim on a trail and we  came face-to-face at about 10 yards.  Geez.  It all happened so fast.  He busted out along the rim and there happened to be a small hill between us so I had to run around the hill and try to catch a shot but it was futile.  Maybe next year if he makes it.  It was the only deer I saw that day.  25 sections, 1 deer.   The deer population in that country is terrible.  Winterkill was hard to believe and it will be years before the population will get back to where it was just a few years ago.   Coyotes, cats, eagles need to eat.   The population is without a doubt less than one deer per square mile.  I doubt MT Game Fish Parks biologists will recommend any changes in the harvest.  Too much money at stake. I wish MT would shut down the season on mule deer bucks on November 15.  Wyoming, Utah and Colorado all give their herds a shot at breeding without gunfire.  Those big boys get awful stupid and most residents simply do the "Ford-Sneak" and bag their deer from the truck in the last couple weeks of the season.  If they shut it down earlier it would allow more bucks, bigger bucks and better hunting for guys like me who ground pound the rough stuff.  
  
In early December I headed to Colorado.  I hunted with an outfitter and had a landowner voucher which gave me a non-resident license to hunt anywhere in a specific GMU, game-management unit.    It was good fun on the eastern plains, saw some good deer and learned that killing a deer in wind gusting to 55 mph is impossible.    All in all it was a good hunt.   I killed a buck at 435 yards with a 6.5 Creedmoor.  He went down and never flinched.  Nice caliber, I was impressed with the lack of recoil.  I think I would like to own one and will start my due diligence in late January.
All too often I have found myself, having lived in Texas, in a group where the subject of hunting arises. Many people who only have a TV  hunting show for reference think I spend my time “hunting” in a elevated stand with corn feeders blazing away at pigs.  I do my best to explain to them my desire to hunt deer far away from that type of setting but it usually reverts to the concept of shooting and not hunting which makes my eyes glaze over after a few minutes, similar to when I am at a cocktail party and listening to small talk which I often refer to as ego-generated mind babble.  

History doesn't have a reverse gear and there are no do-overs in parenting.  We all have the same amount of time every single day to do our best.  I always tried to accept the world for what it is and work hard to exploit the opportunities I was given.  Sometimes they are hard to see. This past year I have shut off the TV and stayed away from the trance of the lies and bias of a defeated establishment.  Hunting has shown me how important pacing  one's life is and how important being able to haul ass is too.  It's proven that you are only out of the game when you quit.  There are alot of high peaks and deep canyons in life, all possible to get over if you want to pay the price, your price, not mine.   Those trips many times will take from you, to get you out of that comfort zone.  Those ridges and that rough water will always be there.  In my mind I live deer everyday all year long and have for years. What keeps me going is that I know my time is limited for quality hunting. The day will come where I won't get to hunt like I did.  The legs won't allow it, so I feel like I have to give it everything I can, while I can.  I still can. In closing let me tell you what I would like to see at 65 in 2019.  To see less fraud and farce. To see fewer lies from society. To see less instant replay and less end-zone theatrics.  To see less bullshit and more personal responsibility.  Less government ie my tax dollars and more man up and do it.  To see fewer tweets from our President  on the stock market and Hillary Clinton brought to account.  To see a far smaller balance sheet at our Central Bank and a Fed audit.  To see a level playing field in our capital markets infrastructure. To see less war and less class warfare.  And to continue to hear a large sucking sound in D.C. and in a perfect world to have the Montana legislature shorten the mule deer season by a week to 10 days. More bucks, bigger bucks for the kids and hunters who hunt.  Hey, 65 isn't too old to dream! And thanks for coming along with me!       

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