About vonMesser

Retired from the US Navy (21 years) and state (20 years). Recently remarried after being widowed for 5 years. 2 daughters, and a step-daughter, all functioning adults). Graduated from college after the Navy with BA in Education, psychology, Economics, History and Political Science. Teach Hunter Safety for Washington (since 1991) and do historical reenactments for Civil War, WW-1and WW-2.

Quote of the Day

When you find someone arguing, and contesting what is true and self-evident, break off the dispute and give way to such a man, since his intellect has been petrified. For just as bad water ruins good wines, so harmful talk corrupts those who are virtuous in life and character. Saint Anthony the Great (251–356AD) Thanks to Abuna Philaret Littlefield Does this suggest we should, maybe, not argue with liberals?

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“The thing about learning how to fight is that— some of us are not born with that desire. They say some are born fighters; but they don’t usually point out that others just aren’t. Some of us are forced by life to take up arms and fight. Many of us are. The art lies in knowing when to wield those arms and when to put them down. I don’t think it’s a matter of pretending to be ideally unharmed by life and untouched by darkness; because that is hypocrisy. Rather, I think it is a matter of being true to … Continue reading

Quote of the Day

“You have the power inside of You. Do not be scared to wield it, for the battles You face give no allowances for your cute little sense of innocence and ignorance. They will overrun and vanquish You at the slightest chance they get. So, fight You must to stay up or be prepared to go down. Remember this though: With great power comes great responsibility and true power is wielded efficiently in time and with wisdom.” ― Ufuoma Apoki

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“It is easy to forget the cohesiveness of a free people in times of peace and prosperity. New York is an extreme example of the great pandemonium that results when countless individuals and groups pursue their diverse interests in the normal course of life. In a crisis, however, a national tribe comes together…despite the centrifugal forces that pull us in different directions, there is a deep national unity that holds us together. Unity, however, is not sufficient for the challenges ahead. America also needs the moral self-confidence to meet its adversary…Americans cannot succeed unless they are convinced of fighting on … Continue reading

Macron wins, France loses

One of the ladies at my church was born in Europe.  Her family comes from Saint Petersburg Russia., and she lived in France for 40+ years.  I asked her a bit about the French elections, and she wrote the following piece.  I offer it up to you from Sasha, as a viewpoint from another perspective.  I also offer up the cartoon she posted on Facebook just before the election, as well as another of similar ilk.  Enjoy.                            Macron wins, France loses I am not a specialist, I have … Continue reading

Causing Trouble with Suggestions from 1988

I wandered through some old stuff this week.  Stuff I wrote long before I ever heard of Hardnox.  Stuff I wrote back in 1988 when George H.W. Bush was running for President.  I thought I would bring this stuff out and throw it into the wind and see what kind of trouble I can stir up with old ideas.   1. A commission of citizens shall be drawn from the affected community to determine the understandability of a law. If this commission cannot agree on the meaning of the law, the law shall be sent back for rewriting. This commission … Continue reading