1 September
Custer's Gulch RV Park
Custer, SD
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The weather guessers were close yesterday, it reached a high of 83°. They have also revised the 73 that they were forecasting for today to a more reasonable 79. The 10 day forecast is mostly low 80s but then starting Sunday the 8th they drop down into the low 70s with Monday the 9th expected to be 70 (I don't think so). However, the low this morning was 45° and felt colder than that so maybe colder autumn weather is on its way.

The cayenne hot sauce that I put together yesterday is beginning to season the vinegar. It was moderately hot when I used some this morning but it has been less than 24 hours. It won't get as hot as my habanero experiment did but it is going to work great and will be hotter than almost all of the commercial hot sauce that I have ever bought. I think I may have a winner.

Yahoo has been at it again. Improving stuff, fixing stuff. They fixed My Yahoo! so well that it would not open this morning. It has been opening slowly for the past couple of days so I guess they got everything how they wanted it this morning - not open at all. It did come back to opening slowly later. I was able to work around their fixes with Windows 8 and Firefox still working but it would have been nice if they had simply LEFT IT ALONE.

Have devoted some time to getting a dental appointment in Del Rio, TX or across the border there in Mexico. I know where I'm going to stay while there so I'm now trying to find where I'll stay on my way and what my route will be.

I must give the President credit where credit is due, he can turn a phrase. I have italicized the particular phrase that I'm referring to from his speech yesterday.
Good afternoon, everybody. Ten days ago, the world watched in horror as men, women and children were massacred in Syria in the worst chemical weapons attack of the 21st century. Yesterday the United States presented a powerful case that the Syrian government was responsible for this attack on its own people.
The Halabja poison gas attack also known as Halabja massacre or Bloody Friday, was a genocidal massacre against the Kurdish people that took place on March 16, 1988, during the closing days of the Iran–Iraq War, when chemical weapons were used by the Iraqi government's forces in the Kurdish town of Halabja in Southern Kurdistan. The attack killed between 3,200 and 5,000 people, and injured around 7,000 to 10,000 more, most of them civilians; thousands more died of complications, diseases, and birth defects in the years after the attack. This obviously happened in the 20th century long before Senator Obama was firmly against President Bush's War in Iraq.

Obama, speaking at an anti-war rally in Chicago on Oct. 2, 2002 said that while Saddam was a brutal tyrant, that was not enough to justify using military force to remove him from power.
Now, let me be clear – I suffer no illusions about Saddam Hussein, he is a brutal man. A ruthless man. A man who butchers his own people to secure his own power. He has repeatedly defied U.N. resolutions, thwarted U.N. inspection teams, developed chemical and biological weapons, and coveted nuclear capacity. He's a bad guy. The world, and the Iraqi people, would be better off without him.
He apparently lost his nerve and made the smart political decision. He has finally asked Congress for approval to go to war. If Congress gives him the approval then he can launch a few cruise missiles and/or send in a few drones and restore his appearance of manliness. If Congress should deny him approval he still has the option to go for it all on his own or can use the denial for campaign purposes in 2014.

2 September
Custer's Gulch RV Park
Custer, SD
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The weather guessers missed the high temperature by predicting too high again it was only 76° yesterday. The revised high expected today is 82, tomorrow 86 then cooler but jump back up to 90 on Friday but Monday the 9th still forecast to be 70 (Where do they come up with these big fluctuations). Slightly warmer this morning with the low at 48°.

leftpic The Park has been completely full for the Labor Day Weekend. There were even two RVs that were dry camping at the mouth of Custer's Gulch where it becomes Golden Valley. One of them moved up to the west loop where I am at within minutes of a space opening up yesterday. I noticed this morning that there was one open space in the lower Gulch and expect to see a migration begin around noon.

This stone gate 'post' is on the south side of a road that at one time entered Custer State Park from Golden Valley to the west. There is another 'post' on the north side that is shorter because it is elevated on a slight hill. From the looks of it I am guessing that it was built by the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) in the late 1930s. The 'road' to the west has not been used for maybe 10-15 years and there is a steel gate now between the two rock 'posts'. The road to the east, inside Custer State Park, does appear to still be used and allows access to hiking trails from the gate.

3 September
Custer's Gulch RV Park
Custer, SD
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The weather guessers got yesterday about right, it was 82°. They also revised that strange expected high of 90 on Friday to 84 but starting Saturday the forecast is for the low 70s. A LOT warmer this morning with the low at 64°, 80° by 10:00 and the wind was dead calm. I think it might exceed the expected 81.

rightpic There was only a small migration yesterday. Had 5 leave from this west loop but 2 moved in during the afternoon. I noticed only about a dozen empty spaces in the rest of the Park as we walked to the trash dumpster this morning. There and back was our morning walk, I felt like I needed a rest day and so far Patches has agreed. She was snoring on the couch for a little while early this morning after her breakfast.

In this picture French Creek flows through the small valley from left to right. It was just around the small hill to the right that gold was discovered on July 27, 1874 during Custer's Black Hills Expedition. The town of Custer is about 2 miles up stream or to the left in the picture. The foreground shows some of the rock mine tailings that have been pushed down a hill that had its top flattened somewhat.

I had a thought (scary, Huh?) about the potential Syrian War that I have not read anywhere. What if Congress does NOT authorize the President to launch his 'red line' slap at Assad, he orders 'His Military' to do it and the military refuses. For that matter I'm not convinced that the President can issue a legal order to attack Syria even with the approval of Congress.

I believe that it requires UN approval or the UN is worthless as an organization for maintaining peace between nations. I think 'Our Military' would have every right to refuse to attack because the President would be issuing an unlawful order and they as well as the President could face indictment for war crimes.

Following that same line of thought, why has the President NOT brought charges against Assad at the International Criminal Court? Is it because he does not have the evidence to convince the court that Assad was responsible? Or why has the President not unleashed his Drone War Machine and assassinated Assad or sent in a Seal team to do it on the ground? He seems to think that he has the authority to do that anyplace in the world, why not Assad in Syria?

4 September
Custer's Gulch RV Park
Custer, SD
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The weather guessers were very far off the mark, too low for a change, we got up to 87°. That has not caused them to rethink their prediction for today, they are sticking with that 81° that they expected yesterday. I think they are going to be low again just not by as much.

leftpic We did a short walking day yesterday. I was tired in the morning and because of the heat Patches was tired in the afternoon. We did just a little over a mile in the afternoon and she laid down twice on some nice cool grass in the shade so I know the heat was getting to her.

I think all of the problems that I have been having with My Yahoo! were caused by their month long daily change of their logo, what they are promoting as '30 Days of Change'. Tomorrow, will be the end of that foolishness - maybe. They also managed to add more advertising, which I never open, to the Inbox Page of Yahoo! Mail that is in a distracting position on the page which I am sure was their intent.

What you see here is Golden Valley with Custer's Gulch entering into it from the right. French Creek is flowing in from the left side along the trees, crosses the road at about the road curve and then turns south (right) between the hill on the right and those in the distance. Not the best picture but I was trying to capture the glow of the sun just before it rose thru the gap in the hills. This was taken on the way back home so we had completed about 1.5 miles of our morning walk in twilight.

President Obama is attempting to walk back his huffing and puffing of a year ago with this statement today; "I didn't set a red line. The world set a red line." If this were true then the UN Security Council would have been the one to have drawn the line a year ago not President Obama.

The President let his overweening ego get him in this position, or as they colloquially say in Texas 'he let his alligator mouth overload his humming bird ass', and is now looking for a way to bow out without it looking like he is bowing and scraping.

The President desperately needs to extract himself from Syria, it is not the winning strategy for 2014 that he is hoping for. He is loosing his hard core liberal base, other than the African-American/Black/Negro portion, if this poll is any indication.

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) with over 950,000 members nation-wide believe in fighting for bold progressive change. Founded in 2009 by Adam Green, a former MoveOn online organizer and Democratic party communications worker, and Stephanie Taylor, former MoveOn and SEIU organizer, the PCCC has been at the forefront fighting for progressive change ever since.
President Obama’s liberal activist base is adamantly opposed to military strikes in Syria, according to a new survey the Progressive Change Campaign Committee released Wednesday.
PCCC says more than 57,000 of its activists weighed in, and 73 percent of them opposed the U.S. taking action in Syria. Just 18 percent supported strikes, and just 14 percent said the U.S. should go ahead unilaterally if it can’t find any allies.
Indeed, a majority of the activists don’t believe Mr. Obama and Secretary of State John F. Kerry are being honest when they lay out their justifications for taking military action.
Even Chris Matthews understands how the President has put the Democrats in Congress in a position that may force them to support the President even if they genuinely oppose the military action. I wonder how many of them are going to 'fall on their swords' for the President?
I think the Democrats are going to be forced to sacrifice men and women who really, really don’t want to vote for this. They’re going to have to vote for it to save the president’s hide. That’s a bad position to put your party in.
5 September
Custer's Gulch RV Park
Custer, SD
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WOW, did we get some weather last night just before sun set. The first clue that something was happening was a VERY loud crack on the roof. That was then followed by many, many more. I quickly looked out the window and could see 1" hail bouncing off the grass about a foot in the air. I don't think it did any damage but it had Patches very upset until it stopped. The official measurement was 0.19" of rain with a 20-40% chance for more during the next 3-4 days.

I was right with my prediction for yesterday, we got up to 85°. The weather guessers have now seen the error of their ways and increased their expected high for today to 84°. I think they are going to be close today and hope that their forecast of highs in the 70s starting Sunday proves to be correct.

We did a short afternoon walk yesterday because of the heat and I felt a couple drops of rain on my head. Was afraid that the one black cloud up there was targeting me. Patches could not resist the nice cool patch of grass again and had a nice roll in it on the way home.

leftpic rightpic If you read as many RV 'travel' blogs as I do and read all the Comments I'm sure you are familiar with all of ohhs and ahhs for the pictures of iconic places and things around the USA and world. Then there is always the addendum 'I must put this on my Bucket List'.
Since I am in the Black Hills I feel that I must offer up pictures of Mt. Rushmore and Crazy Horse for those few readers that I have that might be preparing their Bucket List. These were taken in 2005 but I thought they would serve since Mt. Rushmore has certainly not changed and the changes to Crazy Horse over the past 8 years are not very exciting. I have not gone to see either place again while I have been here this time and probably will not. I do regret that I will not live long enough to see Crazy Horse completed but there are a lot of things I will not live long enough to see.

I think President Obama's vigilantism is having an effect opposite what he was hoping for. His 'reset' with Russia has resulted in a 180° reversal of the two countries appearance before the world. President Putin is now demanding that President Obama act in accordance with international law, always in the past it was the US accusing Russia of not doing so.

President Obama claims that Russia is blocking a Security Council resolution authorizing an armed attack against Assad for using chemical weapons therefore HE must impart justice. President Putin says he will sign on to a resolution if President Obama can PROVE that Assad was responsible.

Former President Bush was said, by the Democrats and Media, to be ignorant yet was smart enough to get Security Council approval for Bush's War. President Obama is touted, by those same groups, as being one of the smartest people in any room and he can not get it done. Bush was accused of having a 'cowboy mentality' but the same accusers are now trying to glorify the 'vigilante mentality' of Obama. In neither case is it about WAR it was all about Bush and is now all about Obama.

6 September
Custer's Gulch RV Park
Custer, SD
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Read Will Rogers column 88 years ago: September 6, 1925

I and the weather guessers were right with our prediction for yesterday, we got up to 85°. The weather guessers saw the error of their ways and had increased their expected high to 84°. However, I think it went to their head and they revised the expected high for today to 91°. It was 82 at 11:00 but I don't see it getting that hot.

We did a short potty walk this morning before heading for town again. Went to the Wragler Café again and got their Corned Beef Hash this time. It was a good sized serving but the Hash was mixed in with the Hash browns so they did not poach my eggs and put them on top of the Hash as I has requested. It was fine but is an indication that you may not always get what you ask for.

We then went up the street to Dakotamart to pick up groceries. I was looking for Dog Poop Bags once again and this time the shelf stocker said that they had them now, however it was a combo unit (flashlight, bag dispenser and bags) that I did not want at a price that I was not going to pay. He then suggested that ShopKo a couple block towards home might have just the bags.

I stopped there and was lucky to find 3 packages of them. I took two and left one for the next unfortunate that was down to their last bag. I'm now prepared and Patches is good to go (pun intended).

The Bureau of Labor has released their non-farm job numbers for August, an increase of 169,000. This is being reported as 'an economy that is producing jobs at a sub-par pace'. The month of June was revised downward again and the July number was slashed by 58,000 to 104,000, the lowest level of increase in over a year. With the low level of increase in August and the revisions to June and July this was the lowest level of job 'created' for a three month period in the past year.

If you look at the Household Data for August the number of Employed has reversed the favorable trend with an decrease of 115,000 after the increases of April thru July. But there is good news, the Unemployment Rate went down again to 7.3%.

That was partially due to the decrease in Unemployed by 198,000 but unfortunately most of them did not find jobs. The Not in the Labor Force increased by 516,000 to another new record high of 90,473,000. This moved the Participation Rate down by another 0.2% to 63.3% the lowest it has been in the past 35 years.

Some more good news, the trend was reversed in the growth of part-time jobs rather than full-time. In August, the household survey reported that part-time jobs decreased by 234,000 to 27,999,000.

There was some additional good news in the monthly Bureau report. The average earnings rose by 5 cents to $24.05 an hour, while the average workweek increased 0.1 hour to 34.5 hours. I think both of these increases were probably a result in the shift in the trend of part-time vs full-time jobs.

I would not be surprised to read that Paul Craig Roberts has died from a sudden unexplainable heart attack or maybe in a tragic auto accident. He has been writing scathing blog postings about President Obama and his push for war in Syria. I can not help but think that Obama has not “nominated” him as a terrorists for kill. Obama approves every new name on the “kill list,” by poring over terrorist suspects’ biographies on what one official calls the macabre “baseball cards”. Roberts posting of September 5, 2013 had this closing.
Congress must vote down the war and make it clear to obama that if he defies the constitutional power of Congress he will be impeached.
If the US Congress is too corrupt or incompetent to do its duty, the rest of the world must join the UN General Secretary and the President of Russia and declare that unilateral military aggression by the US government is a war crime, and that the war criminal US government will be isolated in the international community. Any of its members caught traveling abroad will be arrested and turned over to the Hague for trial.
7 September
Custer's Gulch RV Park
Custer, SD
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As I predicted, the weather guessers were too high with their expected 91, we only reached 85° yesterday. They now think that it will be 86° today but I think they are too high once again. I just hope that they have it right with their forecast for the next 9 days, starting tomorrow they predict it will be in the 70s with one day in the high 60s.

We got an official trace of rain yesterday around 2:00. This was while I was posting to my web page and I had a flicker of the light but did not loose power. What I did loose was a Verizon connection for some 15 minutes. There was lots of lightning flashing so I was probably lucky to get away with just that short of an interruption. I did find that the interruption happened just when I was setting up the Will Rogers link and it failed, I fixed it today.

I have changed my daily salad again this week. I have moved to slaw. Not your ordinary slaw with a soupy mayonnaise dressing but rather my own improved version. It still utilizes store bought bagged cabbage slaw but I add some broccoli slaw to it along with a handful of mixed sliced almonds and pecan pieces (or walnut pieces) and some Gorgonzola cheese (an Italian blue cheese that I have grown fond of). This is then dressed with a few dollops of plain Greek yogurt.

My reading time on the couch has been of a long (1,124 pages) historical fiction novel. I just passed the 1/2 way page point today and am now entering the 16th century in the course of the narration. This is my most loved genre, a historical time, place and events with historical and fictional characters carrying the story line. It is doubtful that I will finish the book before leaving here but that is just fine, it is a pleasure to read.

This is from a Reuters story by Mark Hosenball dated September 7, 2013. I think it supports President Putin's call for PROOF that Assad ordered the poison gas attack. At the same time it weakens President Obama's push for war because poison gas was USED in Syria although he can not prove that Assad used it.
With the United States threatening to attack Syria, U.S. and allied intelligence services are still trying to work out who ordered the poison gas attack on rebel-held neighborhoods near Damascus.
No direct link to President Bashar al-Assad or his inner circle has been publicly demonstrated, and some U.S. sources say intelligence experts are not sure whether the Syrian leader knew of the attack before it was launched or was only informed about it afterward.
I will say that the President's move toward a Syrian War has done him some good. It has removed from the headlines the reporting of his multiple scandals. The media attempted to sweep them all under the rug as best as they could but reporting on the potential War has changed that to his benefit. Most economic News has been removed from the headlines which is also a huge plus for the President.

The other good thing to come out of it is the President has finally managed to build some bipartisanship, created some unity. Hard core liberals are working with Tea Party libertarians in opposing his march to war. If they are successful they may actually continue to work together on other more pressing issues like the Federal Debt - probably wishful thinking, but I can hope.

8 September
Custer's Gulch RV Park
Custer, SD
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The high of 86° predicted for yesterday was close but we only reached 84. Therefore, the weather guessers have revised their guess for today to be 84 as a high. They then forecast it will drop to 68 tomorrow and the next day with the highest temperature during the next 9 days to be 73. It would be nice to think they are right but I don't see it reaching 84 today and then dropping to 68 tomorrow.

There was a lot of distant lightning during the early morning hours but no rain here. The official report shows that there was 0.06" of rain. What we did have was a low lying cloud cover that made for a very gray morning.

The only thing that I can claim I did today is finish getting the Will Rogers weekly articles for October ready to be linked to my postings. I did my usual daily routine but that is not much of an accomplishment. I have also been reading some of my Monthly blogs to avoid getting too far behind with them, all in all a rather slow day as are many of mine.

My next door neighbor to the west of me left this morning. That would have given me 3 open spaces on that side but the space filled up again within 30 minutes. This western loop is still more than 1/2 full, I didn't see it emptying out after Labor Day as I had expected. There have been a few rigs leave but new arrivals fill up their space soon after they leave.

The White House asserted Sunday that a "common-sense test" rather than "irrefutable, beyond-a-reasonable-doubt evidence" makes the Syrian government responsible for a chemical weapons attack that President Barack Obama says demands a U.S. military response.

This is the same thinking that is now becoming prevalent in our court system. There was a time when a person was considered innocent until PROVEN guilty but that concept as slowly being eroded as well as our privacy and freedom. Common-sense is not nearly as common as it once was either, it is also slowly being supplanted by the political correctness movement.

The President and his war hawks want a U.S. military response but only 'limited', a 'firm rap on the knuckles' as Steve Chapman writes in Empty moralism on Syria for the Chicago Tribune . This is all about Obama, all about saving face, it is not about saving Syrian lives or removing Assad from power. We had a better reason for going to war in Iraq, at least there it was all about oil.
The advocates of war against Syria have taken Theodore Roosevelt's advice and turned it upside down. They believe that in confronting Bashar Assad, the United States should speak loudly and carry a tiny stick. Some liberals like nothing better than the chance to thunder righteously against evil incarnate, and Syria brings out the moralist in them...
Faced with widespread slaughter and vicious atrocities, you may conclude we must be willing to do whatever it takes to stop the perpetrators...But if you think any of these advocates genuinely intend to stop Assad from using chemical weapons again, you would be wrong. Kerry promised there would be no American "boots on the ground." Menendez emphasized that President Barack Obama wanted to use only "limited force." The strike would amount to a firm rap on the knuckles.
The administration is striving not to evict a tyrant it has likened to Saddam Hussein and Adolf Hitler. It wants to stop him from killing innocents with sarin gas, without diminishing his capacity to kill them in conventional ways.
9 September
Custer's Gulch RV Park
Custer, SD
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The high of 84° predicted for yesterday was reasonably close but we only reached 81. The weather gurus are sticking to their forecast that it will drop to 68 today but have revised tomorrow upward to 70. I hope they are right but I think they have been predicting too high for so long that now they are going too low.

A really big lightning storm last night at about 8:00 that also unleashed an official 0.64" of rain. The official high wind gusts were 46 mph but here in Custer's Gulch we seem to be well protected and I didn't fee anything nearly that strong. What I did feel was a slow drip of water on my bed from the TV antenna crank.

This has never happened before, maybe a result of the hail storm that we had or maybe just the way the wind was blowing the rain. Need to have another hard rain fall on the roof and see what happens. I may get that this Friday if the forecast of a 70% chance of rain comes to pass.

I have made a decision and now have an appointment for my next teeth cleaning at a dental office in Del Rio, TX. I was originally focusing on having it done in Mexico but the logistics for doing so are much more complicated and expensive than in Algodones, Mexico (near Yuma, AZ). It will probably cost me a little bit more but I can avoid two or more taxi rides and dog sitting costs.

I have also found a Canidae dog food retailer along my route where I can stop and pick up a bag of food for Patches. I could not find a source near where I expect to camp in October and will need some by then. They have responded to an email that they will have a 30# bag waiting for my as I drive through on my way to that camp.

The other thing that I need is to have the oil changed in Desperado sometime in October. I'm having trouble finding someplace near my camp to do that. The local Ford dealership said they can not and suggested another dealer that is over 80 miles round trip away that can. Repeated emails to a couple heavy truck service shops have not been returned. I need a cell phone signal to call another possibility.

Paul Craig Roberts slammed president Obama again in his blog post The West Dethroned dated September 7, 2013.
On September 6 at the G20 meeting in Russia the leaders of most of the world’s peoples told Obama that they do not believe him and that it is a violation of international law if the US government attacks Syria without UN authorization. China, India, South Africa, Brazil, Indonesia, and Argentina joined Putin in affirming that a leader who commits military aggression without the approval of the UN Security Council puts himself “outside of law.” In other words, if you defy the world, obama, you are a war criminal.
10 September
Custer's Gulch RV Park
Custer, SD
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The high of 70° predicted for yesterday was lower than I thought it would be but still a couple of degrees higher than the experts forecast. Those same experts are sticking to their forecast that it will be 70 today but I think they will be too low again. Now that the high temperatures are getting down into my preferred range I'll be moving out of them into highs that are 5-10° higher. I'm just a little too early once again.

Today does have the same look to it that yesterday did. Solid cloud cover for most of the day. No more rain however and the 70% chance predicted for Friday has been reduced to 40%.

Patches has been eating grass for about the past week. She would do that on occasion but has now been doing so with more frequency. She has also had a very hard stool for about that same period of time which I don't think was caused by the grass but rather her attempt to fix the problem. Therefore, a couple of days ago I thought I would help her and have been adding a little spinach to her food dish with every feeding. I think it is working. Perhaps this is way Too Much Information but I need to keep a record of such things for her vet if she were to experience worse problems.

I wrote on September 5, 2013 how President Obama's 'reset' with Russia had resulted in a 180° reversal of how the two countries appear to the world. Then President Putin put paid to that reversal by becoming the statesman with a plan to avoid a unilateral attack on Syria by the war advocate President Obama. If President Obama wants to talk about credibility he should then be defending his receiving the Nobel Peace Prize.

Putin Didn't Save Obama, He Beat Him a blog posting by Lee Smith on The Weekly Standard makes this same point about the 'reset'. The sub title of the blog is 'With the Russian proposal on Syrian chemical weapons, the United States is being escorted out of the Middle East'. President Obama and his media minions can spin this all they want for domestic consumption but the world knows that President Putin was the winner in Syria and may add Iran now that he has taken the measure of Obama.

11 September
Custer's Gulch RV Park
Custer, SD
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Both the experts and myself were wrong about the high temperature yesterday with yours truly being off the most. The high only reached 66° versus the expected 70. Then this morning the low was 46 and felt even colder than that because of the humidity. Today is forecast to be 73° which is the highest expected for my remaining days here. I'll then be moving into the mid to low 80s again.

I did nothing to disrupt my usual daily routine, with one exception. I did some light housecleaning in the bathroom, got the toilet and sink cleaned up again. Thought about vacuuming the floor throughout Desperado but didn't want to do too much in one day, so thinking about it was enough for now.

I was also able to get my 3x5 card notes prepared for the two day drive to my next camp. I'll overnight along the way because the total distance is almost 500 miles and I don't do that in one day anymore. I have picked my route, where I'll buy gas and where I will have breakfast. The trip may even follow that plan.

I have a few comments on the President's Syria speech of last night. I'm sure this surprises those few that read everything in my postings. HA

First, there is this:
Moreover, we know the Assad regime was responsible. In the days leading up to August 21st, we know that Assad's chemical weapons personnel prepared for an attack near an area where they mix sarin gas. They distributed gas masks to their troops.
If 'we know' the Assad regime was responsible then why has that POOF not been offered up to the UN Security Council, the people of the United States and the rest of the world? It would seem to me that would be the most persuasive argument that could be made for a retaliatory attack.

If 'in the days leading up to August 21st, we knew that Assad's chemical weapons personnel prepared for an attack' then why did 'we' not stop the attack then? Did 'we' not have a moral responsibility to prevent the deaths that 'we knew' were going to be suffered? If 'we knew' and did nothing to prevent the slaughter are 'we' not as guilty as Assad?

Second, near his closing he said this:
America is not the world's policeman. Terrible things happen across the globe, and it is beyond our means to right every wrong, but when with modest effort and risk we can stop children from being gassed to death and thereby make our own children safer over the long run, I believe we should act.
I completely agree 'America is not the world's policeman', but do not think it is ALL about the children - that is pandering. However, 'we knew' that there was going to be a chemical weapons attack and did NOT exert a 'modest effort and risk' to stop children from being gassed to death. If a policeman were to see someone threatening to kill a group of people would he wait for it to happen before taking action? Is waiting for the deaths to occur then taking 'modest effort and risk' what 'we' need to do to satisfy our moral responsibility?

Finally, let me take you back to Obama's speech of February 17, 2008:
“Don’t tell me that words don’t matter. ‘I have a dream.’ Just words. ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’ Just words. ‘We have nothing to fear but fear itself.’ Just words. Just speeches. It’s true that speeches don’t solve all problems, but what is also true is that if we can’t inspire the country to believe again, then it doesn’t matter how many plans and policies we have.”
I think the speech last night was 'Just words. Just speeches.' It did not solve the Syrian problem, it did not inspire, it did not cause people to believe again. However, it did allow the President to do what he enjoys the most about being President, other than the opportunity to golf, he could lecture to his 'subjects'.

12 September
Custer's Gulch RV Park
Custer, SD
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The high yesterday reached 74° or one degree above the expected 73. I'll give the weather guessers a 'right on' for that call. I'm not so sure that their revived Sunday guess will happen however, they have that now to be a 59 high. They have also revised the high temperatures expected at my next camp but rather than lower they have raised them into the low 90s and high 80s. Not good.

I have been eating the same breakfast at home for about 6 months and it was getting rather boring even with a few modifications. During this time it has been browned diced sweet potato then add diced onion, jalapañeo and recently some spinach then add the eggs or eggbeater.

This week I change to pre-cut home fry potatoes (cooked separate). The eggs are then scrambled with firm diced tofu, jalapañeo, onion and spinach. In both cases I sprinkle on a little turmeric and some of my homemade hot sauce.

I did get around to vacuuming Desperado's entire floor today. Did not get down on my hand and knees to wash the kitchen and bathroom portion, that will be a chore for sometime in the future. I did think about what else I need to do prior to my leaving here on Monday. Therefore, there are some more actions that I will be taking but slowly, very slowly.

Benjamin Franklin had it exactly right when he said, “When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.” The people have made that discovery, it will take some years yet for the republic to end however. This excerpt is from Hillary in 2016 is Just the Beginning … a blog post on The Sovereign Investor dated September 10, 2013. As the title indicates the writer believes that the Democrat Party will control the Presidency for the next two decades. The entitlement class will always vote for the candidate who promises them more money. These people will always be the left’s solid voting base and Libertarians can say nothing to convince them to vote for a candidate who will give them less free money.
Blaming D.C. for America’s fiscal mess is easy, though largely wrong. Politicians are simply following the script that a plurality of voters is writing. When people pile up debts, and when voters allow their lawmakers the freedom to do so, too, they’re saying two things: 1) They want more from their lifestyle than their income can afford, and they’re willing to borrow at all costs to obtain it; and 2) their immediate gratification is so much more important than tomorrow’s financial security that they’re willing to risk poverty in the out years just to live large in the moment.
Increasing numbers of American voters – let’s call them the majority – have reached that point in history where they realize they can live large without much effort simply by voting for the politicians who will give them access to the national purse through ever-larger, ever more-numerous and overly generous federal give-away programs. And American politicians – Democrats, in particular – have reached the point in history where they realize that all they need to do to maintain power is give the voters exactly what the voters want – namely, access to the national purse.
So, prepare yourself for the possibility that Democrats will control politics in D.C. until a major crisis forces a rethink in America.
13 September
Custer's Gulch RV Park
Custer, SD
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Read Will Rogers column 88 years ago: September 13, 1925

This morning it was 50° which was 4 degrees warmer than yesterday. It was a dark gloomy morning, not improving much during the day, however because of a multiple layer of clouds. The chance of rain is 40% for the next 3 days and Sunday has been revised down again to a 57 high. I think summer may be coming to a close here in the Black Hills.

We did a short walk before heading to town again. Bought enough groceries at Dakotamart to last for 3-4 days, this will get me to my next camp where I'll shop again for my usual needs for a week. Then stopped at The 7th Calvary Café for breakfast. Had their typical American offering of eggs, sausage patty, hash browns and toast. It was good for what it was but I'm sure missing my Mexican breakfasts. A good reason, in addition to the weather, to be heading south.

I had some coffee also, or what they serve as coffee, but have become spoiled by having Arbuckles made with my Aeropress at home. I'm almost out of Arbuckles and won't be at a location to have any mailed to me until October. I could use General Delivery but have VERY little confidence in the U S Postal Service. Will have to make do with some local store bought coffee and hope that the Aeropress will bring out the most of whatever I can find.

I continued the housecleaning chores today by wiping down the dash area of Desperado. I don't want to get too carried away with all this cleaning but need to do a little bit now and again. It seems best to always do it as part of getting ready to move on to my next camp.

I had three books to trade and with no idea of what my prospects would be until October or November I traded two of them here today. There was not much of a selection and it did not appear to have changed much from when I traded soon after arriving here. I only traded two for what appeared to be the better of a sorry lot. That does give my 10 books to read before I become desperate, so all is well.

What the NSA can not find out by analyzing your telephone calls, email and Internet web page access will be filled in by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The Federal government wants to know who you talk to, what you say and what you may be reading on the Internet but that is not all. They also want to know what you buy, when you buy it and who you buy it from. All very important information to keep you safe and secure.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau officials are seeking to monitor four out of every five U.S. consumer credit card transactions this year — up to 42 billion transactions – through a controversial data-mining program, according to documents obtained by the Washington Examiner.
A CFPB strategic planning document for fiscal years 2013-17 describes the “markets monitoring” program through which officials aim to monitor 80 percent of all credit card transactions in 2013.
14 September
Custer's Gulch RV Park
Custer, SD
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We saw a high temperature of only 58° yesterday. It stayed dreary all day with the cloud cover dropping down to become fog that restricted visibility to about 150 yards when we did our afternoon walk. There was an official 0.10" of rain but most of that was simply condensation here at the Park. Then this morning the official reading was 0.02" but from the look of the roads around the Park we got more than that. The morning started out with the same look as yesterday but had cleared by 9:00 to blue sky and sunshine once again.

I saw that the Park was completely full this morning not a space open anywhere. I think all three cabins are also occupied and there are two rigs dry camping at the mouth of the Gulch. There have been two more cabins under construction since about the second week since I arrived.

The existing cabins seem to have an ATV clientele. But that does not mean they have an exclusive, I have 3-4 rigs and maybe a dozen ATVs in the west loop with me this weekend. They trailer them in and out of the Park so it does not cause a noise problem. There have been a few before that would ride in and out of this loop but they have all been very polite and have held the noise down.

The household chores for today were to empty the holding tanks and take on fresh water. I got this done soon after the clouds cleared and before it got too hot in the direct sun. That now has me ready to travel Monday morning. I will do a counter and stove wipe down tomorrow after 'linner' but I could travel without doing so.

Former Vice President Gore shared the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change. Sadly it was awarded for the same political correctness reasons that President Obama received his award. In neither case were the awards justified by what the individuals contributed in the way of Peace for the world. Gore's predictions have proved to be wrong and the President's Middle East policies have been the cause of more war than peace.
A 2007 prediction that summer in the North Pole could be “ice-free by 2013” that was cited by former Vice President Al Gore in his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech has proven to be off… by 920,000 square miles.
In his Dec. 10, 2007 “Earth has a fever” speech, Gore referred to a prediction by U.S. climate scientist Wieslaw Maslowski that the Arctic’s summer ice could “completely disappear” by 2013 due to global warming caused by carbon emissions.
However, instead of completely melting away, the polar icecap is at now at its highest level for this time of year since 2006.
15 September
Custer's Gulch RV Park
Custer, SD
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A high of 72° yesterday but expecting only 61 for today. Another very low cloud ceiling again this morning with a light mist. By the time I finished breakfast it had started a light rain or maybe a heavier mist.

The Park was still completely full when we went for our morning walk but my 4 next door neighbors on the west, apparently traveling together, all left before 10:00. As I expected, one of the dry campers moved into the space next door to the west before noon. I then had the neighbor on my east side pull out just after that.

That leaves a group of Oregon South Coast RV Cruisers in front of me, along the southern part of the loop, that should feel right at home with the weather we have had. Maybe they brought it with them when they came in on Friday. There is also the group that has all the ATVs. The weather has to be a big disappointment for them.

I copied all the text for the November Will Rogers week articles and got it into my web site. This is the first step in the preparation of the weekly links. There was a bit of a learning curve involved when I had to go to Windows 8 but it now seems like this is the way I always did it.

The last thing that I needed to do before leaving here was to pay my electric bill. I have run my A/C as much or more here than I have anywhere this summer so I expected to pay more than usual. Went to the office to pay and the Owner/Manger and I got into it about me paying the day before I left. She then said she would read the meter when they had a chance and when I saw a fellow go by I though that was the chance. Went to the office again and she said that the fellow that went by was not reading meters and she would read it when she got a chance. I have no idea when that will be.

I knew before this electric bill became an issue that I would not stay at this Park again if I ever returned to Custer. This simply confirmed that this is NOT a place that I will stay at again nor do I recommend it.

16 September
Roadway Inn
Ainsworth, NE
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I left Custer a little after 6:00 this morning under very low cloud cover again. Then drove through a little bit of fog until dropping down out of the Black Hills. There seemed to be a break in the clouds after I had stopped for breakfast, coalesced again then broke up once more after I arrived in Ainsworth, NE.

The wind was blowing from the south, a side wind, all the way from Hot Springs, SD to Ainsworth. Not extremely hard but enough that I had to fight it which made for a tougher day than the 266 miles should have been.

The route today: Golden Valley Rd, US16 Alt, US385, US385/US18, US18, SD73, NE 61 and pic

Stopped in Hot Springs, SD for breakfast at Dale's Family Restaurant which was a good choice. Gas stops in Hot Springs and Ainsworth on my way into town to the Roadway Inn. Picked up 'linner' at Big John's which is right across the street from my overnight camp behind Roadway. Got a very poor Reuben and poor excuse for coffee, the fries were good. I can only hope that their breakfast is better, there are not many choices tomorrow.

To give you a better idea of what this part of the USA is like I quote from a billboard size sign on US20 about 15 miles west of Ainsworth "Entering the Middle of Nowhere" it then list 3 town names with Ainsworth in the center.

When I leave here tomorrow I'll drive out of the 'middle of nowhere' to its edge and then follow that edge south for over 100 miles. It is 'scenic' country if you like rolling hills separated by coulees or small valleys. Most definitely it is cowboy country with plenty of cattle doting those hills.

One other item of note. I am now in my 3rd Time Zone since leaving Pahrump, NV back in April. I'll probably be on this Central Time until February of next year.

17 September
Methodist Cove COE Park
Alma, NE
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I was up around 5:30 and took Patches for a short walk in the dark. Arrived at Big John Restaurant a couple minutes after 6:00, the time they claimed to open, and was thinking about leaving when the cook/waitress showed up. Nothing haute cuisine on the menu here, this is meat and potato country, so I went with eggs, sausage, hash browns, toast (no sour dough) and coffee again.

It was just starting to get light when I got on the road a few minutes before 7:00. Dark because of Central Time Zone but also because of a low total cloud cover. The first 75 miles were through low hills like swells on the sea and with the decreasing cloud level I could have been at sea. Starting around Tylor, NE I was driving in steeper hills, more like waves, with coulees cutting between them. I was also in the clouds/fog and had a steady mist on the windshield until I climbed up above the Platte River valley to the south.

I got to see enough along the way to say that it was still very much cattle country but with better grass than what I drove through yesterday. There were scattered fields of corn which looked good if it had been irrigated but the dry land corn farmers did not do so well this year, their crop looks rather poor. Then in the Platte River valley there is lots and lots of corn with some soy beans and an field here and there of other grain crops.

I probably added a mile to my distance looking for a parking place in Alma and then a camp site once I got here. That made for a total of 196 miles today on this route: US20, US183, Main St, John St, South St & Road into Methodist Cove COE pic

Alma, NE is my kind of town. It is a little bigger than 1/2 the size of Custer, SD but has twice the heart. It still has a Main St that looks much like it did back in the 1950s with businesses occupying them, no big movement to ticky tacky strip malls and I think the biggest big box store is a Family Dollar.

They are still mostly a farm services community with some recreation tourist that go to the Harlan County Reservoir where I am camped. The one market in town is located on the corner of Main and John Streets with no parking for a 24' RV. I parked a little over a block away after looking for a place close but gave up and would worry about getting my groceries back to Desperado. While I was doing my shopping the Manager/Ast. Manager asked if I needed any help finding anything and when I told him I wanted something he went and got it for me. Then when I checked out the bag boy did not ask "Do you need any help with this?", he had everything gathered up in his two hands and was ready to take it to my car.

I told him that I was parked a block away and would drive up in front of the store and asked if he would then bring everything out. Worked like a charm and I didn't even block traffic on Main St. HA I love it when a plan comes together!

The Park registration booth is closed on Tuesday and Wednesday so I found a site that I like without a reserved notice and have set up camp. Thursday I'll go see if I can stay in this site for 2 weeks but if I have to move I don't see that it is going to be a problem, there are a lot of open sites.

18 September
Methodist Cove COE Park
Alma, NE
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I am going to have my A/C running a lot while I am here I think. I certainly will today with an expected 88° high. This morning when we went for our walk it was 66° or one degree above the low. That temperature was not all that bad but the 90% humidity made it feel like I was wrapped in a wet blanket. Maybe the 70s that are forecast for the next week will happen and it will dry out somewhat - I can hope.

We did a walk along the perimeter road for the camp this morning which was about 1 1/3 miles. Patches was much happier with this than her short potty walks of the past couple days. Yesterday afternoon we walked back toward Alma on the Pheasant Ridge Trail, a bike/walking trail, that is almost 3 miles long extending from the campgrounds to 'downtown' Alma.

Stopped for a few minutes and visited with a 'old timer' that was sitting on a bench resting from his bicycle ride to town and back. He has a 5th Wheel and follows the sun much as I do. Said that he wintered over in Bandera, Tx last year and enjoyed it very much. He originally grew up about 70 miles east of here so I guess he likes to come back to the area once a year.

I made a Thermal Cooker pot full of beef stew yesterday and left it to cook overnight. It may not be beef stew weather but I have had a craving for some for the past week so I bought the makings and did it. Had a little sample late yesterday and it was pretty fair eating.

leftpic I finished the long novel London that I have been reading for the past couple of weeks. Enjoyed it so much, I will most definitely try to find another one by this author.

Edward Rutherfurd belongs to the James Michener school: he writes big, sprawling history-by-the-pound. His novel, London, stretches two millennia all the way from Roman times to the present. The author places his vignettes at the most dramatic moments of that city's history, leaping from Caesar's invasion to the Norman Conquest to the Great Fire to (of course) the Blitz, with many stops in between. London is ambitious, and students of English history will eat it up. The author doesn't skimp on historical detail, and that's a signal pleasure of the book. Ultimately, though, the structure of the novel determines the lion's share of its success. Rutherfurd is a good storyteller and each vignette makes for a good story; however, he has given himself the inevitable task of beginning what amounts to a new book every 40 pages or so. Just as one begins to warm to the characters, they are hurried off the stage. You can't read London without a scorecard—but that's part of the fun. - Amazon Review

There has been one very good thing come out of the Syrian Affair. The lame stream media is starting to report what was obvious, and has remained so, to many of Obama's critics during the 2008 Campaign. In this article Spengler, a pseudonym for David P Goldman a Senior Fellow at the London Center for Policy Research and Associate Fellow at the Middle East Forum, discusses the influence that Obama's mother and his wife have had on him; probably much more than anything disclosed in Dreams From My Father.

Obama's women reveal his secret by Spengler for AsiaTimes Online on February 26, 2008.
Never underestimate the influence of a wife who bitch-slaps her husband in public. Early in Obama's campaign, Michelle Obama could not restrain herself from belittling the senator. "I have some difficulty reconciling the two images I have of Barack Obama. There's Barack Obama the phenomenon. He's an amazing orator, Harvard Law Review, or whatever it was, law professor, best-selling author, Grammy winner. Pretty amazing, right? And then there's the Barack Obama that lives with me in my house, and that guy's a little less impressive," she told a fundraiser in February 2007.
"For some reason this guy still can't manage to put the butter up when he makes toast, secure the bread so that it doesn't get stale, and his five-year-old is still better at making the bed than he is." New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd reported at the time, "She added that the TV version of Barack Obama sounded really interesting and that she'd like to meet him sometime." Her handlers have convinced her to be more tactful since then.
The reports from the left, right and center of the lame stream media are all condemning the President for his tasteless hyperpartisan speech (September 16, 2013) while the Washington Navy Yard Massacre was happening. As Micheal Goodwin says in his article "Have you neither decency nor shame?" Even his rabid left wing lap dogs in the media have found it necessary to try and find an excuse for his behavior but have done so only halfheartedly.

19 September
Methodist Cove COE Park
Alma, NE
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The high yesterday was 91° and we were out there doing our walk. Rudyard Kipling had it almost correct when he said "Only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the noonday sun". There was some breeze coming off the lake which helped me stay cool but it did nothing for Patches. Today is expected to reach 73 but from the looks of things at noon it won't get that hot which is a good thing.

Woke up at 5:15 this morning to the opening salvo of a big thunderstorm. It then sounded like it was raining hard but I rolled over onto my good ear and went back to sleep. I woke up again and could still hear rain on the roof then the next time I woke up it was 7:15, very late in the day for Patches and I.

The timing was right however because it wasn't raining and the check-in booth was open from 7:30 to 9:30. We got registered and paid through September 30th. I saw a sign as we drove in that said the campground would close on September 30th and was told today that they would shut the electricity/water off sometime that day. I can stay the night and was not charged for that day nor was I charged for the two days that I have been here. So I not only got a 50% discount, using my Geezer Card, for the 11 days that I was charged but also 3 free days. I really like COE Campgrounds!

I was also able to get directions to a laundromat in Alma. I had searched the Internet for one and was not finding any that were closer than 40+ miles away. That was not good. I'll be going to the one here in Alma tomorrow and as luck would have it the best, and only early opening, restaurant is just across the street. Free days at the camp and a laundromat across from an early morning restaurant - it does not take much to make this old guy happy!

I found this quote attributed to McDonough both unbelievable and very funny. The President has learned a great deal - really? Administration officials say Obama is proudest and most humbled when he is surrounded by troops. He has learned a great deal from them, McDonough said, including, perhaps most important, that “an attribute of a great leader is humility.”

20 September
Methodist Cove COE Park
Alma, NE
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Read Will Rogers column 88 years ago: September 20, 1925

The high yesterday was 77° which was higher than expected. It did not feel that hot since there was a very nice breeze all day. One of the nicest days that I have had in a long time, no A/C. The forecast for today is 76 but it may match the high of yesterday. This is following a low this morning of 44° but there is a totally clear sky.

We were up early and doing a shorter walk in the dark before heading to town to do laundry. The laundromat is rather sad. Only 4 large dryers and two of them had Out of Order notes on them. There are about two dozen washers and I selected one that the operating light did not work, could not tell if it was working or not as it sloooowly filled with water. I did get the chore taken care of but was uncertain about the outcome until it was done.

The best early morning restaurant is directly across the street and I did go in for breakfast. I had the Mid-West standard offering; eggs, sausage, hash browns, wheat toast (this still being part of two kinds of bread country) and coffee. The coffee was the best part of the meal and it was a typical weak brew, but lots of it. Everyone I have talked to claim that this is the best place in town for an early breakfast, the reason for that recommendation - it is the ONLY place for an early morning breakfast.

There were 4-5 others there also having breakfast. From the size of them they haven't missed many meals or it may be looked upon as something to recommend the place. I am a bit overweight but these folks made me look almost svelte.

My camp site is in a loop that has 15 spaces. Since I have been here there have been only two other RVs in it with me and they were 4-5 spaces away and only for one night. That will all change today with 6 spaces showing reservation cards on the posts and I would guess there may be more people come in that did not make a reservation. With any luck they will be civilized but I know it is too much to hope for that they will not have a lot of dogs. I'm afraid that Patches is gong to have a troubled weekend.

Yesterday I received a notice on MY Yahoo!, which I have been using as a Home Page, that they had a New and Improved MY Yahoo!. I was a little hesitant to make the transition but after I reassured myself that I probably would not loose my Bookmarks I did it. Surprise, surprise everything seems to be working. I'm am not excited about the changes but know that Yahoo will kill the Old My Yahoo! at some point so I might as well do it now as later.

With the last pound of Arbuckles coffee that I bought they sent me a complimentary packet of their Desert Flower Tea. I tried it and found that it is NOT my cup of tea. Drank about 1/2 the cup thinking it might 'grow on me' but could not finish it and poured the remainder down the drain. It is described as being "China Black Tea flavored with Desert Flower Extracts". The black tea would have been fine but in my opinion the flavoring did not improve it.

21 September
Methodist Cove COE Park
Alma, NE
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The high yesterday was 75° or slightly less than the day before but felt hotter. That was due to the lack of a breeze in the afternoon. When we finished our afternoon walk I had to turn on the A/C for one cycle and then run the fan to remain comfortable inside Desperado. The low this morning was slightly higher than yesterday at 48° with the expected high today to be 84.

There were only 5 of the 6 reserved spaces filled yesterday, don't know what might have happened to the no-show. The 5 that are here seemed to be well behaved, even the few crumb snatchers that are with them, and I have seen only one dog. Patches gave it a short reprimand the two time that she has seen it but no big problems. The sites here are not crowded so that helps a lot, the closest rig to me is across the road to the southeast not next door.

I worked up my 3x5 cards that will get me to my next monthly camp today. Have not entered all the possible breakfast or gas stops yet. Maybe get that done later today but I did locate where I'll be stopping for a 30# bag of dog food for Patches. It is another two day trip to get there with a planned lay-over day along the way. The second driving day is somewhat long so I'll probably grocery shop the day after I arrive.

While on the campaign trail on July 3, 2008, Obama attacked then President Bush on the debt of our nation.
The problem is, is that the way Bush has done it over the last 8 years is to take out a credit card from the bank of China in the name of our children, driving up our national debt from $5 trillion for the first 42 presidents. Number 43 added $4 trillion by his lonesome so that we now have over $9 trillion of debt that we are going to have to pay back; $30,000 for every man, woman, and child. That’s irresponsible. It’s unpatriotic.
Then just days after becoming president, on February 23, 2009, Obama further elaborated on American debt and the destructive ramifications it would have on future generations. A small correction needs to be made in what he said however, the largest deficit that occurred while former President Bush was in office was $459 Billion during his last year in office, NOT $1.3 Trillion.
This administration has inherited a $1.3 trillion deficit. The largest in our nation’s history and our investments to rescue the economy will add to it in the short term. We also have long-term challenges; healthcare, energy, education, and others that we can no longer afford to ignore. But, I want to be very clear if the message was not effectively delivered by the three previous speakers; we cannot and will not sustain deficits like these without end. Contrary to the prevailing wisdom in Washington these past years, we cannot simply spend as we please and defer the consequences to the next budget, to the next administration, or to the next generation.
We are paying the price for these deficits right now. In 2008 alone, we paid over $250 billion in interest on our debt; 1 in every 10 taxpayer dollars. That is more than three times what we spent on education that year, more than seven times what we spent on VA healthcare. So, if we confront this crisis without also confronting the deficits that helped cause it, we risk sinking into another crisis down the road as our interest payments rise, our obligations come due, confidence in our economy erodes, and our children and grandchildren are unable to pursue their dreams because they are saddled with our debts. And that’s why today, I’m pledging to cut the deficit we inherited by half by the end of my first term in office. This will not be easy. It will require us to make difficult decisions and face challenges we’ve long neglected. But, I refuse to leave our children with a debt that they cannot repay and that means taking responsibility right now in this administration for getting our spending under control.
He is on the Campaign Trail again and this is what he had to say on September 20, 2013. None of what he said in 2008 and 2009 is of concern any more, this is all just routine. Alright. Real simple. I want to make another small correction to what he said here also. He says that "if you don't raise the debt ceiling, America can't pay its bills"; that is not correct - America can't go deeper in DEBT to pay its bills. He fails to mention the fact that the interest on the Federal Debt, that he wishes to increase, will total over $420 Billion for fiscal year 2013 - that is almost as much as the worst deficit that former President Bush ran up.
In the next few weeks, Congress must vote to allow the Department of the Treasury to pay America’s bills. Alright. Our Treasury Department, that’s where we take in money and we pay it. Alright. Real simple. This is usually done with a simple routine vote to raise what’s called the debt ceiling. If you don’t raise the debt ceiling, America can’t pay its bills. Since the 1950’s, Congress has always passed it. Every president has signed it. Democrats. Republicans. Ronald Reagan. (laughter) Lyndon Johnson. It dodn’t (sic) matter. This is just a routine thing that you gotta do so that Treasury can pay the bills. If Congress doesn’t pass this debt ceiling in the next few weeks, the United States will default on its obligations. That’s never happened in American history. Basically, America becomes a deadbeat. If the world sees America not paying its bills, then they will not buy debt, Treasury bills, from the United States or if they do, they will buy it at much higher interest rates.
22 September
Methodist Cove COE Park
Alma, NE
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The high yesterday was 81° only one degree below the forecast. The low this morning was much higher than yesterday at 58° but the expected high today is 81 or 84 depending on who you think has the best guess, Weather Underground or Yahoo Weather. I think Yahoo Weather has the clear crystal ball today. If they are also correct with their wind prediction it should not be too uncomfortable.

There were still only the 5 rigs in the reserved spaces last night and the closest one left early this morning. I think check out time is 11:00 and they were all gone by 2:00 so that wasn't too bad. A nice quiet weekend in the face of what the boondocking community would consider a crowded RV Park.

I did have a trailer come in and join me on my side of the road but they are two spaces to the east. They have a couple of small dogs but keep them close to home and I don't think Patches has noticed them. Today they put 3-4 of the tables from other spaces together and had a big lunch. Had 8 other vehicles parked all around their site but it was a subdued gathering considering the number of people involved.

The only adventure that I had today was doing a little work on the Will Rogers weekly article November links. I had my tongue planted firmly in my cheek when I used the word adventure. It seems that about 1/2 the RV blogs that I read and about 1/2 the Comments, made to same, are always gushing about adventure. I thought I should be offering up some of mine also.

23 September
Methodist Cove COE Park
Alma, NE
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The high yesterday was 82° only one degree over the Weather Underground guess. The low this morning was almost the same as yesterday at 57° but there was a wind blowing with gusts up to 20mph that made it feel a lot colder. It is expected to stay cooler all day with the high to be 73-74. The 40% chance of rain today came this morning at 10:00 but it was just a bit of a drizzle that dampened the street and walkways, officially I would guess it could be rated a trace.

The neighbor that I had on my side of the street left at 5:00 yesterday so I have the entire loop to myself. During our walk around the Campground this morning I saw only 5 rigs in the other Full Hook-up loop. Didn't see any reserved signs on any of the spaces in this loop either so I may be alone for this next week other than a possible drop in.

I did get some good news in an email this morning. I have found a place in my next monthly camp that will change the oil in Desperado. I have not made the appointment yet but at least I have someone that says they can/will do it. I have had poor responses from Ford dealerships, having tried two in the past and both having said they can not service a motorhome.

James Howard Kunstler has some interesting things to say in his blog posting of September 24 2013 Taper (Not).
The center has been able to protect itself so far with one swindle after another, at the expense of the poor schnooks at the margins. The swindles are so abstruse and impenetrable that the schnooks don’t have a clue what is hitting them. At least so far.
Faced with such a quandary, the schnooks may opt for political suicide, which is apparently the program of both major parties. Out of this sort of tragic muddle, Great Men emerge to galvanize the potential energy of the swindled multitudes. Recent models of this archetype are not so reassuring: Lenin, Hitler, Pol Pot, Ayatollah Khomeini. What history has in store for the USA is probably something that could only be cooked up on TV. One can hope that it turns out to be comedy, not something breaking bad.
Of course the inverse of the idiotic American exceptionalism story lies beyond the fact that were not as special as we think. There is a whole vast world beyond the podium of Ben Bernanke and in that big world other mouse-like creatures are working sedulously to take advantage of our exceptional fecklessness. Distracted by everything from same-sex marriage to Monday Night Football, we don’t pay attention to the attrition.
24 September
Methodist Cove COE Park
Alma, NE
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The high yesterday was 76° a little above what the weather guessers thought it would be but a very nice afternoon with a good breeze. The low this morning inched up a little more to 59° with an overcast sky like yesterday. The weather gurus are expecting it to be 75-76 with no chance of rain although to me it looks like it could. They gave what I thought was a trace yesterday a NO rain ruling.

We went to town again after a short potty walk. There I ate at KJ's, the place to have an early morning breakfast once more. I had their Denver omelet this time that was a bit better than the prior breakfast that I had there but the hash browns still had a lot to be desired.

Then stopped at Hogeland Market for next weeks groceries. It is a fairly decent store considering the size of the town but you must remain flexible about what you want versus what you need. They do have a great meat/butcher counter, although the woman that waited on me could do with some mood altering.

I had the bagger bring my purchases out to the street again when I pulled up in front of the store, this works out well. While we were getting the bags inside Patches had her nose in everything as is her normal behavior. Another customer that was starting to enter the store saw her and came over to see her and offer her some petting. He said he had an American Bulldog that was colored very much like Patches. I think it brought back some very nice memories for him to see her. She ate up the affection and was a VERY Good Girl.

Did a lot of nothing for the rest of the day. Some couch time with my latest book and a lot of blog or News reading on the Internet. The News is now mostly all about the Government shutdown which I don't think is going to happen but it does make for a good story. The competing headline being the Mall Massacre in Kenya which can now be pointed to as an additional reason to ban guns.

25 September
Methodist Cove COE Park
Alma, NE
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The high yesterday was 74° a couple degrees lower than the forecast. The low this morning at 49° was much less than yesterday. I think the lack of cloud cover contributed to that big change more than anything. The weather gurus are expecting it to be 81-83 today then jump up to 90 tomorrow and back to 81 on Friday. I don't think so.

We did a walk around the Campground yesterday afternoon and again this morning and saw only 4 other RVs still here, other than myself. Still no reserved signs on any of the spaces in my loop so I may stay alone even through the weekend. This is a great camp at this time of the year for not having many neighbors. Probably much more of a crowd during the summer months but great now. I noticed that the fish cleaning station had been blocked off yesterday so they are discouraging fishing day use also.

leftpic rightpic Here are a couple of pictures of Methodist Cove from which the Campground derives its name. It is rather straight forward how the Campground was named since it is on the western shore of the Cove. However, when I think of a cove I think of it as having water in it. I presume that the Army Corps of Engineers cartographer that named this cove also had that in mind but it was dry when the dam was first built until the lake filled. Therefore, I think the toponymy may have developed as follows. The cartographer affixed the name Dry Cove but some higher ranking officer in the Corps objected to that and told him to rename it. The cartographer being the clever sort that he was decided to create a pun by using the Methodist zeal for prohibition as a substitute to mean Dry.

26 September
Methodist Cove COE Park
Alma, NE
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The high yesterday was 79°, once again a couple degrees lower than the forecast. The low this morning at 63° was a lot higher than yesterday. The lack of cloud cover didn't seem to help keep the low down as I had speculated yesterday. The weather forecasters are now expecting it to be 88-90 today then back to 84 on Friday. I still don't think so; however today will probably be hotter than yesterday, very calm wind this morning which is not a good sign.

The Campground had a crowd this morning with 8 rigs in the big loop with 32 spaces. I also had a neighbor overnight in the space two from me on the east side, the same space that had been occupied before. That seems to be a popular choice on this loop. They stayed only overnight and left around 8:00 this morning.

I made up a batch of Frey's Special Chili yesterday. This will now, starting today, be added to my 'liner' of a roast beef and cheddar cheese sandwich with a spinach, nuts and Greek yogurt salad.

I thought I was making the Chili to be not quite so hot but the powers of cayenne are still a mystery to me and I overdid it just a tad. It is fine for me but I was trying for something that I could serve to those that still have some taste buds remaining. I could always add a bit more of my homemade hot sauce to bring the hot level up as I desired.

I read that following the epic, 21-hour speech by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, supporting the defunding of Obamacare, voters made so many calls to establishment Republicans that they took their phones off the hook.

Callers could not get through at all to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. A message said the senator was experiencing a high volume of calls and directed members of the public to call back later or visit his website. It was the same story with the man who was the face of the GOP in the 2008 elections, former GOP presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. Callers got a message stating his voice mail box was full. The Arizona Senator apparently had other matters on his mind during the Cruz speech, tweeting, “Final episode of #Broadchurch tonight – one of the most entertaining shows on TV right now.”

I sent the former GOP presidential candidate this congratulatory message after reading that he was now able to Tweet.
I searched for an article that was written for ABC News to make sure that my memory was correct. This is what was said in September 2008.
"Assuredly McCain isn’t comfortable talking about this — and the McCain campaign discouraged me from writing about this — but the reason the aged Arizonan doesn’t use a computer or send e-mail is because of his war wounds.
I realize some of the nastier liberals in the blogosphere will see this as McCain once again "playing the POW card," but it’s simply a fact: typing on a regular keyboard for any sustained period of time bothers McCain physically. He can type, he occasionally does type, but in general, the injuries he sustained as a POW — ones that make it impossible for him to raise his arms high enough to comb his hair — mean that small tasks make his shoulders ache, so he tries to avoid any repetitive exercise.
Again, it’s not that he can’t type, he just by habit, avoids when he can, repetitive exercise involving his arms. He does if he has to, as with handshaking or autographs."
I am so pleased that your war wounds have healed at last. Perhaps not completely but enough for you to play poker for extended periods while debate is happening in the Senate. I also see that you now are capable of sending Tweets. This is great! From being in a lot of pain from small tasks requiring repetitive arm movements only 5 years ago to have reached this level of activity shows what kind of war hero you are. Keep at is sir, perhaps when you retire from the Senate you will be able to work up to a level where you can send emails.
27 September
Methodist Cove COE Park
Alma, NE
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Read Will Rogers column 88 years ago: September 27, 1925

The high yesterday was 88° right on the forecast by Weather Underground. The low this morning was 70° which may be near the record for the maximum low temperature for this date here. Grand Island, NE set such a record yesterday, September 26th, with a low of 63° and that is not too far from here.

High thin cloud cover again this morning which I think held in a lot of yesterdays heat. The weather forecast is now expecting another high of 88 today but down to the lower 70 tomorrow. I'll be moving south into the same temperatures that I have had here but maybe it will cool down by the middle of October.

We did only a short potty walk this morning but I noticed that there was another RV in my loop. Can't call them a neighbor, they were about 100 yards away near the east end of the loop and I'm near the west end. They were then gone when I got back from town.

As we were leaving the Park I stopped at the dump station and emptied my holding tanks. They have a very 'unique' dump station here. You can NOT put your sewer hose into the dump opening (there is a steel bar across it), you dump out into a cement trough that slopes down to the drain opening. They provide a hose with a spray nozzle to then wash the trough down but it does not look all that sanitary to me. Be that as it may, I got tanks dumped and left everything as clean as I had found it.

Went to KJs and had breakfast. This time I had their biscuits and gravy which is a good choice but added a side of scrambled eggs. They don't DO scrambled eggs in the Mid-West apparently; what you get is a flat rubbery looking thing on your plate that was eggs prior to being beaten in a bowl and then poured on the grill. Stick with the biscuits and gravy at KJs if you want a breakfast.

I then went to Joe's Camera which offers camera/film services as well as a coffee shop. I found them when I did an online search for coffee and saw that they also transferred 8mm movie film to DVD. I have been carrying around about 1,000' of such film for nearly 50 years and have thought about getting it put on DVDs but hesitated to just mail it off to someplace.

This morning I was able to talk to someone and explain what I wanted. I was also able to tell them about how I lived and what they should do when they get the DVDs back. Hopefully that is going to make the difference and I can have them mailed to me where ever I happen to be when they have finished the transfers. Have not seen any of the film in probably 40 years, it is going to be exciting to see what I may have taken movie film of once again.

28 September
Methodist Cove COE Park
Alma, NE
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The high yesterday was 91° a little higher than the forecast but it did not feel that hot because there was a breeze. The low this morning was 48°, a huge drop from yesterday. I think it was due to the storm that came in around 7:00 last night and brought cooling rain during most of the night. Surprisingly, the officials claim that it did not rain last night or this morning but there are standing pools of water here in the Campground that offer the evidence.

I took Patches out to the Group Camping area yesterday and found it to be completely empty so I took her off leash and let her run for a bit. It was very hot so she did not display her usual exuberance but she did have fun. I hope I can get her out there at least one more time before we leave here.

I got my comeuppance yesterday for bragging about having this loop to myself. There were 3 rigs move in with one of them right next door. Next door in COE Campgrounds means the next space but every COE Campground that I have stayed in always provides 2-3 times as much room between spaces as do commercial parks. There was then a fourth rig arrive this morning that is parked two spaces to my east and appear to be friends with my next door neighbor. Everyone has been very civil; so far so good.

I finished getting the November Will Rogers weekly article links ready for my postings. I like to be one month ahead in the preparation so I'm very satisfied with completing this 'on time'.

leftpic I had never heard of Harry Turtledove who has been dubbed "The Master of Alternate History". I picked this book up in a trade not knowing what I had selected. His novels have been credited with bringing alternate history into the mainstream with a style of alternate history that has a strong military theme with scenes of combat happening throughout many of his works. I found it a bit confusing to follow the multiple story lines that progress over time through this novel but that will not put me off selecting another of his books.

This masterpiece of alternate history takes place in the same world as Turtledove's How Few Remain and begins a projected tetralogy of a First World War fought with Germany and the U.S. allied against Britain, France and the Confederacy. The reader is drawn in at once as a German cruiser approaches Boston and Jeb Stuart III trains his artillery on the Capitol Dome, and Turtledove sustains high interest throughout the lengthy narrative. As in How Few Remain, the author gives full recognition to social and economic factors (e.g., how conscription impacts politics; how labor shortages affect the position of barely emancipated blacks in the Confederacy). He also plausibly depicts the opening stages of race war. In addition, he unleashes the horrors of trench warfare on American soil and shows how an American army of occupation might look from the point of view of the occupied Canadians. With shocking vividness, Turtledove demonstrates the extreme fragility of our modern world, and how much of it has depended on a United States of America. This is state-of-the-art alternate history, nothing less. - Publishers Weekly

29 September
Methodist Cove COE Park
Alma, NE
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The high yesterday was 70° a huge drop from the previous days high. The low this morning was 45°, a small drop from yesterday. The experts are forecasting a high today of 81 but I don't think it will get that hot. I'll be leaving here on Tuesday where the high is expected to be 85-88 and moving south into temperatures in that same range.

The next door neighbors pulled out around noon but that left 3 rigs in 'my' loop. The Campground Host saw me yesterday afternoon when I was walking Patches and she came over to tell me that the water/power would be turned off on Tuesday. I'll be gone by the time that happens so all is well with my stay here.

leftpic The Harlan County Reservoir one of the prime outdoor recreation destinations and wildlife havens in Nebraska. The reservoir is the second-largest body of water in the state and one of the largest bodies of water within the North American Central Flyway. This makes it one of the few places in the Great Plains where American white pelicans can be seen in great abundance during their annual migrations. Alma has a White Pelican Homecoming Celebration in March during the Spring migration but they can also be seen in the Autumn. I was lucky enough to see some of the early arrivals heading south that stopped over for a rest.

ALL the News is about the potential Federal Government shutdown because the Republicans in the House of Representatives will not 'roll over' and surrender to the wishes of President Obama. They will not 'compromise' so the President will not 'negotiate' and Senator Reid will not have a 'conversation' with Speaker Boehner. Then we have the former Presidential Candidate McCain lecturing about the Republican Party being divided while he publicly criticizes fellow Republican Senators on the Senate floor.

I think all of this makes the blog posting Is Ted Cruz’s promised Obamacare filibuster the equivalent of King Leonidas’s stand at Thermopylae? by Bookworm on September 23, 2013 all the more foretelling.
Most people, whether Democrat or Republican, agree that Ted Cruz’s planned filibuster in the Senate is doomed. It will do nothing to stop Obamacare’s inexorable path towards implementation.
Because Ted Cruz is nobody’s fool, I’m guessing that he too knows that it won’t stop Obamacare from getting fully implemented within the next few months. Why, then, is Cruz engaged in this quixotic effort? I think I have the answer, but you’ll have to bear with me, because it involves taking a little trip back, back in time . . . to the Battle of Thermopylae.
Even now, 2,500 years later, the Spartans’ brave stand at Thermopylae still has the power to inspire us. Victory wasn’t the point. The point was to fight and to educate Greeks about their merciless enemy and its overwhelming drive for power. Leonidas and his men may have died there, but their ghosts led the Greeks to eventual victory.
Which gets me back to Ted Cruz and his buddies in the Senate. They’re not stupid. They know that this filibuster will be futile. But they know two other things as well: Filibusters grab headlines, which gives them a golden opportunity to lift the cone of silence that the mainstream media places between Republicans and voters.
30 September
Methodist Cove COE Park
Alma, NE
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The high yesterday was 77° (less than forecast) with the low this morning at 50°, both small increases from the day before. The experts are not giving up on their forecast of increasing highs, today they predict 86-87 which I think is too high.

I'm not sure when the 3 rigs in 'my' loop left, I wasn't paying attention. They were still here at 5:00 the when I looked out again at 7:00 they were gone. I had the loop to myself again last night. I also noticed that one of the two Campground Host RVs was gone this afternoon and the second one was packing up. It is going to be a deserted Campground when I pull out Tuesday morning - maybe I should be the one to turn out the light.

There has been a Sky Copter helicopter, agriculture sprayer from Ulysses, KS, and its service truck in the big parking lot just west of the Campground entrance twice this week. Yesterday afternoon I walked over to it and looked it over and saw that the service truck was loaded with herbicides. We then continued our walk along Pheasant Ridge Trail and came upon a fellow with his two dogs off leash but controlling them with grips on their collars.

Patches responded extremely well to my Heel Command and behaved wonderfully. I was able to stop and talk for a minute or two and he told me that the helicopter comes in almost every year to spray around the Reservoir.

I went that way again this morning and they spray crew was preparing for today's spray. I got to talk to the pilot for a few minutes and he provided a lot more information. They come and spray salt cedars that grow on the edge of the Reservoir around this time of the year when the water level is at its lowest. The helicopter that they use carries only 100 gallons of herbicide that last about 5-10 minutes and 46 gallons of fuel that is good for 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

Karl Denninger, Editor of The Market Ticker, posted an great rant It's Called Evolution, Gentlemen (Tickerforum Changes) on September 28, 2013. It is worth reading the entire article but Monty Pelerin provides a very good overview of the intent of the article which I quote.
It is happening throughout the country. The productive are choosing to become less so.
Rarely, however, does one do so in the fashion that Karl Denninger chose. Mr. Denninger operates a website known as The Market Ticker and is known for his financial analysis and intolerance of most things government. He has decided to “go Galt.” Going Galt is usually a process. Few decide to go “The Full Galt.”
Few are capable of going full Galt, but that is apparently what Mr. Denninger has chosen to do. Most of us can relate to his motives and many of us are already behaving, at the margins, in this fashion already. Few have the means and courage to go “Full Galt.” Even fewer have the vehicle of a website in which to explain why.
Do not discount the impact of Mr. Denninger’s public act. Its effects go well beyond a single man. Most of us think in similar terms but are unable financially to commit in the manner that Mr. Denninger has announced. The impact of the rest of us, however, is much greater than the full impact of a few going all the way. Most of us have already investigated the shifting calculus between effort and decreasing rewards. Altering our behavior only slightly takes a couple of percentage points off GDP. That is the difference between a growing and shrinking economy.
Michelle Malkin said it well on March 4, 2009 "The perpetual Borrow-Spend-Panic-Repeat machine in Washington depends on the capitulation of the wealth producers. There’s only one monkey wrench that can stop the redistributionist thieves’ engine. It’s engraved with the word: ENOUGH".