Slow blogging ahead

It’s not like I post every day or anything so this shouldn’t be a huge surprise to anyone, but for the rest of the week and into the next, don’t expect much in the way of posting.

I’ve got a big “do” on for work this week and then next week I’ll be on our remote property without internet service so you’ll hear from me when I get back.

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Next Steps

So, now we’ve got our property, the title issues are resolved, everything is looking good, so now we’ve got to get started making the place functional.

There are several things that are high on the priority list so figuring out what to tackle first is going to be a challenge, especially considering the limited time I’ll have to work out there. It’s enough of a distance away from where we’re living now, that just going out for a weekend isn’t really worthwhile, we’d basically get there one evening, set up camp, have maybe a half a day to get some work done, then have to break down camp and head home to be ready for work on Monday.

Fortunately, I’m given plenty of vacation time from my employer and I’ve gotten quite a bit of time banked up so the plan is for once a month or so, take a couple of vacation days and go out there for a long weekend. As often as possible, I’ll coordinate it around holidays so we’ll have an extra day to add. That means we’ll be spending most of our holidays on the property working instead of relaxing with friends and family, but sacrifices must be made.

So the next step is figuring out priorities. There are lots of things that need to be done and there’s only one of me so I’ve got to get things prioritized correctly. I’d be happy to get some input on this from people who’ve “been there and done that”.

So, here are the priorities as I see them in broad strokes:

1. Electricity (need that for the well pump if nothing else)
2. Water (get the well running, get a pressure tank put in)
3. Security (get a fence put up along the road and gates across the access points)
4. Trash/junk/burned down house cleanup
After this is where it starts to get a bit hazy, but the above will keep us busy for a while.

We’ll still need to clear the land I plan on putting a garden/orchard in. I want to get the fruit trees (and asparagus patch…I love asparagus) planted as soon as practical because they’ll take three years to start bearing fruit. The earlier we get them in, the sooner they’ll be productive. Having a tractor would make clearing and preparing that land much easier, but I don’t want to buy a tractor until I’ve got a secure, weather protected place to keep it.

So, do I build a pole barn first, then buy a tractor, then start clearing the land for the fruit trees? Or should I try to get some land cleared for the fruit trees and get them in before worrying about the barn and tractor? Also, where’s the barn gonna go? I don’t want to build it, and then two or three years from now when it’s time to put up a house, decide it’s in the wrong place.

If anyone has any advice or alternative viewpoints for the above, I’m happy to hear them.

So, those are the broad strokes. Here’s what I plan to accomplish on my trip there next week:

High on the priority list is getting the well operational so we’ve got water and don’t have to haul it out there. We do have a small spring on the property that, with a filter system we could use for some things, but just being able to turn on a tap would be much better. That means getting the electricity turned on, so I think that should be my first priority and what I’m going to invest my upcoming trip on.

As I’ve mentioned before, there’s already a pole out there with a meter and an outlet. It’s connected from the road through two power poles, one of which has a transformer mounted on it. I don’t know if the transformer’s good or not, but I assume that’s the power company’s responsibility. It’s on my property, and I know of no easements so I could be wrong…but I’d think that would be on them if the transformer’s bad. It’s not like I can buy one at Lowes.

Also, I’m not sure what amperage of service was provided before and what the existing wiring can support now. Since I want to run the well off it, as well as power tools, lighting and some other things we’ll need to run, I think I need at least 100 amp service.

Also, with just an outlet, there’s no main breaker or breaker box for adding circuits. I think I need to add a breaker box with a main and the ability to add at least 6 more breakers. One two pole for the 220v well pump. One single to run to the pump house for a light and possibly heater strip to keep the pressure tank above freezing in the winter. One single for the shed…this one will be a shed light and an outlet to plug in a router for internet that we’ll eventually get hooked up. One for an outdoor outlet near wherever we decide to put the campsite and one spare (or maybe an additional outdoor outlet somewhere else).

I could get away with a box with only 4 spots if it can support tandem breakers, but I’d rather have too much capacity than not enough.

I was also thinking about getting a single box that has the meter housing and the breakers to simplify things. I don’t need a meter housing, but it’s not that much more expensive to get a combined unit than it is to just get the breaker panel.

So, my goals for the upcoming trip. Go to the power company, find out if they can tell me what amperage of service is out there now, start my contract with them and maybe set up an appointment to get someone out there to check the transformer and wiring to the meter. Also they sell the electrical permits so I’ll buy the permits I need there.

Oh, remember when I told you that the property used to be two parcels? They had different addresses. The meter is actually on the smaller parcel that had an address that no longer exists, so the existing service that the power company has in their records is for an address that’s no longer there. I hope that doesn’t cause too much trouble to straighten out, but I won’t know until I talk to them.

At any rate, then it will be time to get to work. Either add the breaker panel to the existing meter service, or replace the meter base completely with a combination unit…I’m leaning toward the latter. Possibly upgrade the wire between the service entrance and the meter if necessary for 100 amp service. Wire the shed up and get a light and a couple of outlets installed. Run wire to the well pump (this will be an event, it’s probably about 60 feet from the pump house to the power pole and I’ll have to dig a trench for the cable(s). I could rent a trencher, but the closest equipment rental place I could find is about 45 minutes away so I’d end up paying for an hour and a half of rental just in travel time. Not sure it’s worth it. I can dig a 60 foot trench by hand, it will just take time.

Anyway, I’ll also need to decide where our “established” camp site’s going to be an run a wire to that, sink a post and put an outlet there. Once all that’s done, I can try to set up an inspection. I doubt I’ll be able to get it done that week, especially so close to Christmas, so I’ll likely have to schedule that for the next trip in a month or so, but I at least hope to have it all ready to be inspected so I can get that handled next time and hopefully get the power turned on.

I’ll take pictures as I can and update with progress after the trip.

Any thoughts, especially for things I may not be considering but should be, are welcome.

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The saga of the Title

OK, so I’ve related the story of finding the property up to the point where we made an offer.

The seller accepted the offer within a day or two and then the next phase began…trying to get it done.

I will not purchase a property without a clear title and title insurance. In the few times I’ve purchased property in my life, this has never been an issue, it’s been mainly a formality. Not this time.

The first problem revolved around the fact that the property we bought was actually two separate parcels. The second parcel was a rectangle of about 2 acres that was completely enclosed within the larger parcel. Basically, the people who owned the big piece at one point gave the smaller piece to one of their children to put a trailer on and live on.

The people who owned the big parcel had passed away without a will. Somehow the property passed to a descendent without any record of the ownership being passed and that descendant subsequently passed (after burning her house down semi-intentionally (she meant to start the fire on the front porch but didn’t intend to burn the house down) and going to jail for arson as a result). The seller was a second generation descendent of the listed owners and the executor of the estate of the last person who lived there. In summary, ownership was a bit murky…additionally, there were several other descendants (and their descendants) who had a potential ownership interest as well.

As for the smaller parcel, it had apparently been sold or gifted to another extended family member at some point, but there had also had a judgement against it for taxes, had been seized by the county, the county had tried to auction it off, but no one bought it, then the delinquent owner paid the taxes and got ownership of the property back. Wow.

So, the seller and the title company had to track down every possible descendent of the owners of the big parcel and get them to sign quitclaim deeds relinquishing any ownership interest in the property. They also had to ensure that the same was done for the smaller property, because ownership there was a little vague as well, they also had to ensure that the county signed off on vacating their acquisition of the property and that all the taxes had been paid. There was also some other document that needed to be signed by any people with potential ownership interest that were senior citizens to certify that they were clear on what the implications of signing the quitclaim deeds were and that they weren’t being taken advantage of.

Needless to say, this took quite a long time.

Honestly, had the property not been so perfectly suited for our needs, we’d have dropped out as soon as it became obvious that closing was going to go past the expiration of our initial contract, but the bottom line is that the property fit our needs perfectly. I hated to pass it up and not find anything else suitable, so we stayed in there…for a while.

The problem is that we really wanted to have a property secured by summer so we could start getting it squared away during the late summer and fall, and this was taking way too long. Our contract expired, was extended, expired again and was extended again…all with seemingly little being accomplished.

All this time we were waiting and there was no guarantee that everything was going to get done. If one person with an ownership interest made unreasonable demands (say, insisting that they be paid far in excess of what their interest is worth) to sign the quitclaim deed, the deal could fall through and we’d end up with nothing.

The thing is, I was worried about inflationary pressures that were building and didn’t want to keep waiting forever, not getting the land in the end and wind up having to pay much more for a different, less suitable property later on. We were wasting time waiting for a property that may never become available.

So, after three months or so, after the most recent extension expired, we dropped the contract and started looking again.

We spent the next couple of months repeating the process we’d started on before. I even took a trip out to look at another property that looked promising, but it wasn’t laid out well. The property lines on three sides were on ridgelines and the only really useable land was a narrow strip in the valley down the middle.

After months of looking and researching and finding nothing suitable, we got a call from our realtor. The seller of the property we’d made an offer on had retained the title lawyer after we’d dropped the contract and had continued working on the issues. He said they’d assured him that they’d gotten all the issues resolved and that they were still willing to sell at the original offer price.

So, we reinstated the offer and signed a new contract. This time, it went (relatively) smoothly and within a reasonable time we were in the final stages of finalizing everything. We ended up signing the final paperwork some 7 months after making the original offer.

It was a long, frustrating, exhausting process, but all’s well that ends well and we now own the perfect property with a clear title and title insurance intact.

By the way, in the process the two parcels were combined back into one so we only have one title to worry about.

You may have noticed when I posted the map image from my phone, there is a “notch” in the property lines at the southwest corner. That was another distant relative who had bought or been gifted an acre of the original property to put a trailer on. The trailer is still there, but we can’t tell if anyone is living there or not and the listed owner has passed. We’re watching for that little chunk to come up for sale and if it does and the price is reasonable, we’ll try to buy it too which will even out our rectangle and make the property right about 20 acres total.

Of course, the title issues will probably be just as bad with that one as with the rest, so the price will really have to be reasonable to make it worth the effort. Time will tell.

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HA!

Disclaimer: I hate Twitter (and facebook, and youtube, and……). I don’t have an account, I won’t have an account, and I generally won’t link to twits, or tweets or whatever bird brained name they have for their useless medium, but I have to make an exception for this one because it’s just too funny to pass up:

https://twitter.com/V_its_me888/status/1468601406559035392

It’s funny, because it’s not too far from what we can foresee in our future.

Hat tip to Miguel.GFZ at The Gun Free Zone.

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The Quest for Land

So, in documenting experiences surrounding our remote undisclosed location as I mentioned I was going to do, I suppose I ought to go back to the beginning.

The first step was finding the land to purchase. Sounds simple doesn’t it? Not so fast.

The first big problem was the fact that we were looking for land a significant distance away from our current residence. We couldn’t just trot over in the evening and look a place over; it took more planning than that.

We were concentrating on the area we chose for several reasons: we were looking for land in a state that was firmly in the “Free America” category. While I believe that ultimately all of the red states will eventually fall prey to the leftist virus spreading throughout the land, we are hoping that the state we chose will resist long enough for us to reach our eternal rest before the jackboots take control. That’s only a hope, but one of the points in buying rural land is that rural areas tend to be the last to fall. The cities go first, but then for them to build the population of socialists up enough to outvote the rural citizens and take over all branches of the state government takes time. Usually decades. So we should be good.

We also wanted land in a mountainous region as it lends more privacy and defensibility to the homestead. While it’s possible to approach our land from the “back” side, you have to go over a mountain ridgeline to do it. Limiting approach vectors is good policy. Also, mountains make great backstops when it’s time to put in the gun range. As an added bonus, we love riding our motorcycles in the mountains. After we move to the new land, to do that, we’ll only have to leave the driveway.

Another consideration, the land had to be inexpensive enough for us to be able to afford to buy it, and still have enough money to develop it and make it useable as a homestead. We wanted at least some of the land to be woods so we can leave it in its natural state, but also needed enough flattish, clearable land to put a house, barn, garden, etc on.

It had to have road frontage. I don’t want to have to deal with easements and getting power to land that isn’t right on the road can be an expensive proposition. There’s lots of undeveloped “recreational/hunting” land available for cheap, but if you want to use it for a home site, developing it and getting utilities set up can get expensive quick. The only real options for something like that is “off grid” and I’m not prepared to go there yet. I’d like to have the option, but don’t want it to be the ONLY option.

The land had to be big enough to do all of that and maintain a decent spacing between my home and the neighbor’s…we were really looking for something between 20 and 30 acres.

So, with all that criteria in mind, we started using all the typical search tools…Zillow, Realty.com and a few similar tools specifically designed around rural and undeveloped land. That helped, but those tools kind of suck. I’d set the filters to, say, “10+ acres” and “$100k or less” and I’d get listings for city houses on postage stamp lots because there was no acreage listed, and huge mega ranches because the price said “Call for price” or “any reasonable offer” wherein it was obvious that “reasonable” is defined in 7 or 8 figures.

Even when the filtering is done, none of the tools offered all the filters I’d have wanted so we had to wade through listing after listing that didn’t fit our criteria.

Then, when we found a property that looked interesting, I’d start researching. Look at Satellite views, check the FEMA flood maps, find out what county it’s in and look for problematic county ordinances, check to see if it’s in any kind of “protected” status (wetlands, protected species, watershed areas, etc).

If it passed all of those checks, then the next step was often the most difficult. Try to get in contact with the listing agent or seller. Sometimes they would respond, sometimes not. If they responded, then we started asking the requisite questions:

Are there any easements? Do all the wood, mineral, water and other rights convey? Is there a current survey? Is the title clear? Are there any known environmental hazards, hazardous waste issues, restrictions on use? Has there been a perk test for suitability for a septic system? Is a well viable?

Often, they would fail to respond to any of the questions, or they would answer some of them and ignore the rest. If we asked any follow up questions, that was usually the last we heard from them.

Apparently there are enough investment corporations and/or rich people willing to buy land sight unseen that they don’t need to worry much about dealing with the questions from pesky people like us who actually were intending to use the land ourselves.

After going through this crap for a few months, I decided we needed to narrow our search down to a specific three or four county area and find a local realtor to act as our buyers agent. That would enable them to help us communicate with the sellers and their agents and they had access to some research resources that we didn’t.

That was a great idea until after about the 5th Realtor in that area I spoke with once and then wouldn’t return my calls any more. Apparently, they didn’t feel we were serious and thought they’d be spending a bunch of time on us to no avail. Either that our our requirements were just too stringent for the amount of money we were able to spend (and, therefore, the amount of commission they would get).

We finally ended up finding a realtor who would work with us. I’d love to give out his name publicly but that would break opsec because he’s easy to find. He really did a bang-up job for us and we now consider him a local friend in the area that we can rely on when we need something. He’s a good dude. If you’re looking for land similar to what I’ve been describing, e-mail me. If you’re interested in the area he works, I’ll give you a referral.

At any rate, finally equipped with a local realtor to help us out, the search started in earnest. We took some recommendations from him, took some that we’d found online that we were interested in, and a couple that we’d heard about from word of mouth and made a list of the properties we’d like to take a look at, then we took a trip out there.

The one we ended up buying was the third one we looked at that day. It is actually smaller than my low limit, but knowing that it already had power lines, a well and a septic tank made it worth taking a look and I’m glad we did. Although on the smallish side, it is laid out exactly the way we’d hoped to find and was perfect for our purposes.

We made an offer on the spot.

And so the saga of the title began. Next time.

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Pearl Harbor Day

I realize I’ve exceeded my recommended daily allowance of posts today, but I couldn’t let December 7th pass without comment, especially on the 80th Anniversary.

My father was too young to serve in WWII (he was only 5 on December 7, 1941) but he was a huge WWII buff and there were lots and lots of WWII history books around my house growing up.

I was a voracious reader as a youth so I was exposed to quite a bit of WWII history through those books. I was especially enamored with Naval history, which was the impetus for me enlisting in the Navy at 17. I knew I was going to be a Sailor from the time I was about 12.

Anyway, as a result, Pearl Harbor Day has always been a seminal date for me.

The importance of that day faded somewhat at about 9:05am on September 11, 2001, but it still has significance to me and so I thought it worth a mention.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think 9/11 was more significant than 12/7, or that 12/7 is any less a date that will live in infamy; it’s just that I was around and was active duty military on 9/11 so it hits a bit closer to home.

What brought this to mind is the basic fact that most of the people I work with are young. I work in a department in my company that is primarily made up of entry level positions, so most of my co-workers are recent college graduates. They’re all younger than my kids, a couple not much older than my oldest grandkids.

Most of them don’t know anything about the significance of December 7. If I say “Pearl Harbor” some of them (not all) may have some vague notion that it had something to do with WWII, or that it was an attack, but most don’t really “get” it and wouldn’t remember the date had any significance if I didn’t mention it.

Heck, most of them don’t remember 9/11…they were literally infants then.

It’s ancient history to them, and irrelevant.

But considering what’s been happening in our military lately, what with purging patriots in the name of “domestic extremism” and “white supremacy”, espousing critical race theory, and subordinating readiness to political correctness, I think it’s important to reflect on what led up to the attack on 12/7.

It, after all, wasn’t an attack on an undefended civilian target, it was an attack on one of our most important military assets in the middle of a heavily defended military base, and at the time of the attack, the rest of the world had already been at war for over two years so we should have been on the alert.

The point is that 12/7/1941 is a case study in allowing the military to become complacent and in failing to take world threats seriously enough. Allowing our military to focus on anything other than combat readiness and effectiveness during this troubled time is a recipe for disaster. We ignore the lessons of history at our peril.

Of course, that’s pretty much what humans do, so I imagine when the next “date that will live in infamy” occurs, we won’t be any more prepared for it than we ever have been.

“To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace.”
~ George Washington

And, of course, the antipode is equally true: To be militarily unprepared is one of the most effectual ways of inviting war.

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Remote Undisclosed Location

I’ve mentioned in the past that My wife and I recently purchased a remote undisclosed location for “get the heck out of dodge”, recreational and, ultimately, a retirement home purposes.

I’ve decided to try to document some of my experiences with this in my blog. I don’t want to give away too much information for opsec purposes, but I think I can do it and still retain our privacy if I’m careful.

At any rate, consider this the first post of the series. I’ve created a new category “Undisclosed Location” for this series of posts.

First, I haven’t had the chance to get out to the place since we closed on the purchase. The last time I’ve been out there was a few days before closing, just to make sure everything looked OK and nothing terrible had happened between us finding it and closing. Other than being pretty overgrown, everything was good.

Since then, I’ve been working on a project in this house (remodeling a bathroom) and haven’t had an opportunity to get out there, but I haven’t been idle.

I’ve contacted the power company that serves the area and have gotten information from the local fire marshal on what it will take to get the already installed power meter turned on. Right now it’s just a meter and an outlet on a pole. I’m going to expand that service so I’m going to add a breaker box with a master and some additional circuits. I want to power the shed that’s right next to the pole and I hope to get internet connected there. That way I can put in a router and install some security cameras so I can keep an eye on the place while we’re not there.

There’s already a well on the property. The pump hasn’t been run in a while but I’m hoping it still works. I’ve been in contact with the company that originally drilled and installed it and they gave me information on the well itself and the type of pump that’s installed. I’m going to run a circuit from the panel to the pump and get it running. If the pump doesn’t work, I’ll get the well company out to troubleshoot and possibly replace the pump.

So my first priorities are going to be to get power turned on and then get the well running. That will enable us to more easily camp on the property while doing other things.

One of the other things I did was use a trick I learned from my work: I used the survey and the state’s property plat maps to get the GPS coordinates of the property lines. I entered those coordinates into a spreadsheet and then converted that into a .kml file.

Then I found an “offline” mapping app for my phone. This allows me to view maps and GPS location without a cell or wifi connection. I paid a few dollars extra for an add on that allows the import of .kml files and imported the property lines GPS locations. That gives me an overlay of the property on the offline map, that I can then use while I’m exploring the property to see where I am in relation to the property lines and such. I want to be able to be sure I’m actually still on my property when I find features to explore or things to do.

I fuzzed out the gps coordinates and blocked out some details along the road to protect privacy, but here’s what it looks like on my phone:

And that’s what the property looks like. The southeast edge is the low end along the road, and the Northwest end is basically the ridgeline. I’m thinking a mountain will make a pretty good backstop.

I’m hoping to take a trip out there in a couple of weeks so I’ll let you know how things go.

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End of an Era

Back when Microwave Ovens were really becoming standard equipment for the typical kitchen, I bought my first Microwave from the Navy Exchange while stationed in Rota Spain. I don’t recall what we paid for it, but it wasn’t cheap. It was a Panasonic NE-8050 in the 700 Watt range*.

The reason I’m bringing it up is because not only was that the first Microwave I purchased, up until about a week ago, it was the ONLY microwave I’ve ever purchased.

That beast made it through multiple Permanent Changes of Station, moves within this region, kitchen remodels, the abuse of 2 kids from when the oldest was just a baby through their teenage years and beyond, probably hundreds of thousands of uses.

The only issue I’d ever had with it was after one move, it had apparently been jarred hard enough to dislodge the plastic insulation sheet between the control buttons and the switches. I was able to fix it without much trouble.

Well, about two weeks ago, I noticed that the turntable had stopped turning. It would lurch every once in a while, but wouldn’t rotate, making the food heat unevenly.

I could most likely fix it again, but a couple of factors led my wife and I to just decide to put the old girl out to pasture (the Microwave, not my wife).

First, it’s so old, even fixing the turntable won’t ensure longevity. Something major like the magnetron could go at any time so I could fix it this week and next week it could go out again.

Second, it’s only 700 Watts. Modern microwaves, even the little cheap ones, are generally more powerful than that. Getting a new one would mean faster reheat and cook times. We just decided it was worth it to modernize.

We ended up buying another highly rated Panasonic unit, this one 1250 Watts, about the same size (it’s wider and deeper but not quite as tall). This one was made in Korea rather than Japan so who knows whether it’s built to the same quality as the old one. I guess we’ll know in a few decades if we live that long. To be honest, I’m not expecting it to last past a decade. More likely 5 years or so. They just don’t make them like they used to.

Anyway, For posterity sake, here’s the model plate with the manufacture date from the venerable old warhorse.

After 38 years of service, here’s wishing our trusty old Microwave fair winds and following seas; enjoy your retirement.

*Bonus internet points if you get the vague movie reference from about the same time frame.

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Going Viral

It’s a damn good thing they created these faux “vaccines” and started forcing everyone to get them, otherwise, this might have gotten bad.

Europe crossed 75 million coronavirus cases on Friday, according to a Reuters tally, as the region braces for the new Omicron variant at a time when hospitals in some countries are already strained by the current surge.

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You will take our help and you will like it!

Two of the basic tenets of the leftist religion are that:
A) Members of minority ethnic groups are inferior to whites and as such are unable to succeed in America without the benevolent assistance of white liberals
and
B) Assisting these minority ethnic groups by implementing white liberal policies upon them demonstrates the superiority and charitable nature of white liberals.

Of course, that’s really just a smoke screen for keeping members of minority ethnic groups “in their place”. How plausible is it that liberals really believe that providing the catalyst for the destruction of black families and forcing blacks to become dependent on the government for their survival is actually good for them?

How many believe that enabling Hispanics in this country illegally to work “under the table” for cash at extremely low wages is actually good for the Hispanics (and the American workers they’re displacing) rather than for the corporations who hire them?

How many believe that pushing “Native Americans” out of the public eye and suppressing all recognition of them and their role in US history is going to be good for the tribes?

There are plenty more examples I could cite, but you get the idea. Liberal elitists tend to be highly educated, you can’t tell me they don’t understand how damaging their policies really are. They’re not stupid.

The last one I mentioned is actually the subject of this post.

When I was in the Navy, one of my best friends was an American Indian. I believe he was Pomo but I’m not sure my memory serves. He HATED the term “Native American”. He referred to his wife as “the squaw” and his kids as “the three little Indians”.

He grew up on a reservation in California. The schools were horrible, he ended up being pulled out by his parents and homeschooled until he got his GED. He scored well on the mechanical aptitude part of the ASVAB and, although his score was low overall, was enlisted as a Jet Engine Mechanic. The fact that his education was a bit lacking (to say the least) notwithstanding, he was very intelligent and was an absolute genius with troubleshooting and repairing jet engines.

At any rate, he hated all the politically correct BS and wouldn’t tolerate it around him. He was proud of his Indian heritage and didn’t feel any need to be “protected” by liberal busybodies. According to him, the majority of Indians he knew felt the same way.

That brings us to Colorado today.

Colorado has fallen prey to the spreading of the liberal virus. Liberals turn their home states into a high tax, ultra-regulated, crime ridden hell hole that’s intolerable to live in, so many middle class liberals flee to places with a better environment to raise their families. Incapable of understanding exactly what it was that went so horribly wrong in their home state, as soon as they get settled, they immediately start trying to turn their adopted home into a clone of the place they just escaped.

Virginia is the latest to succumb to the disease (the recent elections, in my opinion, were an outlier having to do with outrage over the school board nonsense, the current Republican Governor is a temporary glitch, not a return to norms). Colorado has been in its grip for years.

The liberal government in Colorado decided they needed to spare the Indians from the indignity of being honored and remembered through school mascots and passed a low requiring any school in the state with an Indian related mascot to change it by early next year.

The benefactors of this liberal benevolence were so thankful to the liberals for looking out for their interests that they…filed a lawsuit to stop implementation of the law.

All of this is to bring us to the current news…the benevolent Colorado courts have decided to honor the heritage of Colorado American Indians, by refusing to grant an injunction halting implementation of the law.

Not because there’s no chance of the lawsuit succeeding, but because the implementation date isn’t until next year so it must not be an “emergency” right? Except…

“Recently Arickaree School District R-2 received a letter from the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs (the “CCIA Letter”). Notwithstanding the deadlines for compliance set forth in SB 21-116, the CCIA Letter demanded that “All districts and charter schools must notify BEST of their intent to apply by November 30, 2021.”

Basically, although the schools don’t have to change their mascots until early next year, they have to commit to doing so and begin the process now.

The Indians’ point is that the injunction is necessary because after the schools commit to the change and start spending money to implement it, there’s little chance they’ll change it back if the lawsuit is successful in a year or two.

So, in a nutshell, the benevolent and charitable liberals in Colorado want to erase Indians from public view to spare those poor Indians from the indignity of being honored and memorialized in mascots, despite the Indians themselves filing a lawsuit to stop it. Isn’t that nice of them?

I wonder if their next move will be to start changing Indian place names. Starting at the state level: Connecticut, the Dakotas, Ohio, Iowa, Massachusetts, Mississippi, etc etc etc. They’ve all gotta go. Then we can start in on the city names, rivers, parks, mountain ranges.

If we’re thorough, we could completely eliminate “Native Americans” from public recollection and the only thing they’ll be remembered for is places like the Potawatomi Bingo Casino. That will be great for their self-esteem won’t it?

It’s a feature, not a bug.

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