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Ted’s essays

un cramped

I have had muscle cramps a lot lately. The standard natural health answer is to add magnesium, perhaps some calcium too. “Bananas” is a popular prescription. But I have been taking magnesium and calcium supplements with my late breakfast and a multi-vitamin and mineral supplement with my dinner. Why isn’t this working? But fail it does. Friday I was fed up with that failure and took a moment to look at the fine print. Aww Shucks! Operating under the assumption that they always tend to overdose on their percentages was not particularly wise. My Kirkland Mature Multi that I choose because they are uniquely modest in their problematic-for-me vitamin B loading, only provides 13% of my recommended magnesium. My Dr. […]

Darby ham radio classes

Earn Your FCC Amateur Radio License HAM radios can communicate across the yard and around the world. They reach places, and in times when no other form of communication available to us can. Yes, there is a test. Everyone in my study groups has passed those tests. Amateur radio license categories are Technician, General, and Amateur Extra, with the knowledge and testing requirements going up as the licensed uses expand. This course will focus on achieving passing grades on the Technician exam, with appropriate understanding of the knowledge expected of Tech-licensed radio operators. Our textbook will be the ARRL Technician Class License Manual. It includes all the information you need to correctly answer every test question, along with text of […]

redirecting the pro-life effort

I have been an active Libertarian for most of the last 16 years. I have likely been to four score or more meetings of libertarians. Often the discussion moves rapidly over areas of agreement to focus on animated discussions where we do not agree. The pro-life vs pro-choice question is one of the main ones. Nobody wins that argument. Remember, this is a group that eschews existing rules and rulers in favor of philosophically proper and theoretically pure. No pre-existing guidelines carry weight in these arguments. For us there is no agreed upon role for government in this question. That means neither paying for abortions nor monitoring and controlling womens’ reproductive systems. Those who would use government force to ban […]

who is a fascist?

People are jumping up and calling our government “FASCIST” now. That is good news. Recognizing it is the first step in resisting, and possibly restoring liberty. I welcome them to our side. Of course they are a wee bit late to the party. The new administration did not implement fascism in its first week. Fascism was established by the prior administration, and the one before that, and the one before that, and the one before that … I wrote and published this in IdahoLiberty.com 6 1/2 years ago. Who’s a Fascist? “…That is what FASCISM means. Perhaps it is okay. Maybe I should say that most of us obviously think it okay to live, but uncomfortable to admit to. Nevertheless, […]

implementing 4th Amendment

USofA Constitution, Amendment IV The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized. Of course these protections are long gone. (Sorry Ben) Warrantless searches of homes, often by violent teams of men above the law number in the thousands every year, and continue to rise. Heavily armed checkpoints on public roads are regularly set up with forced medical investigation of bodies as well as searches of travelers’ vehicles. Phone calls and correspondence are nearly 100% […]

happy days

I am not believing in DC magic. I do not expect to see the Potomac Swamp drained. Money, power, vice and corruption will remain far more popular than liberty. BUT, I won’t have to see bits and pieces of that nauseating synchronized show where the Clinton, Obama and Media whores constantly lie to a worshiping audience of trusting souls who I could otherwise happily share Earth with. Photos and quotes from those two disgusting pseudo-humans will finally drop off my news feeds. The media and The White House will be at odds instead of teammates. THAT loss of power is a glorious benefit to the election results if nothing else improves. Not much else is assured, but those are […]

new marshal in town

As I write, it is past midnight, January 20th in Washington DC. Donald Trump, whose records are not sealed and birth certificate not forged, is the POTUS. The First Lady is a woman. The paid and volunteer rioters did their thing, but none of it horrible. Maybe 2 million bikers made a difference, or DC police, military, Secret Service, those portions of the FBI who didn’t like the official direction of the prior administration, or dozens of other groups. No matter. I am thrilled that Soros and company failed one more time. We have escaped the scourge that has been, and was scheduled to continue control to the bitter end. The destroyers have to develop new plans. Don’t worry for […]

no magic bullets

I have recently been looking into subsonic rifle loads for full-sized bullets. By full-size I mean enough power to be considered adequate for hunting and defensive purposes. Less recoil and less noise are attractive, but I have found that sub-sonic rimfire (.22LR) can’t even clean-kill whistle pigs. One way to go, of course, would be to just get a carbine that shoots pistol ammunition for the purpose. The popular handgun loads all come with subsonic options or, as in .45, never do go supersonic. The speed of sound is about 1,130 feet per second. That varies a bit depending on conditions. I feel comfortable working with 1050 and below as subsonic and figure 1200 and above to be supersonic. The […]