Friday, March 26, 2021

Dems Want Statehood for District of Columbia

One of the current Democrat schemes to ensure Democrat majorities in perpetuity is to make DC a state with two new Democrat senators.  We know that DC is perpetually far left and will always vote socialist.

DC is the socialist foul stink hole of Washington.  How appropriate for Democrat prospects.  

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Another Muslim Mass Murder

Muslims committing mass murder in the United States is almost commonplace.  There was the Fort Hood massacre, the Orlando Pulse atrocity and the Boston Marathon terrorism.  This week another one occurred in Boulder, Colorado, where ten innocents were shot to death.

Democrats, who have their brains in backwards, generally react to Muslim atrocities by inviting more Muslims in.   And, of course, advocating repeal of the Second Amendment.  

The obvious solution always evades them:  ban Muslims, not guns.

Sunday, March 07, 2021

Stoicism and Marcus Aurelius

Lately I have been drawn to the philosophy of Stoicism, as famously taught by the ancient Roman Emperor, Marcus Aurelius.  Stoicism teaches that it is not external events that make us unhappy, but our reaction to them.  You can avoid unnecessary, fruitless stress and worry over events and situations that are beyond your control, and achieve serenity in the process.  For example you can alleviate anguish over Biden’s destruction of the economy through a stoic response.  At times you must “trust the universe” to deal with such situations.

Of course you should do everything that is under your control to avoid unpleasant outcomes.  However, when the outcome is beyond your direct control, stressing over it has no purpose.  Accept it and move on.


Marcus Aurelius


Saturday, March 06, 2021

Grief Takes Many Forms

For the past two years I have experienced my severest depression of all time, praying for my own death, beseeching my dead father to “come and get me.”  Today there was a slight break in the clouds and a small ray of sunshine came through.

I took a three hour nap and when I woke up I felt better.  Then I realized my death wish was simply borne of my grief for my two brothers who died in less than a year of each other.  Grief takes many forms and mine has resulted in a feeling that I want to join my brothers on the other side.

I’ll be with them in time.   No need to be impatient.  Meanwhile I need to seek a reason and a purpose for remaining in this realm, to be happy.  I’ll work on that.

A Yearning for the Past -- "No Not Much"

Yearning for a simpler and saner time.  When a 10 cent soda only cost a dime.

The Last Farewell - Lyrics - Roger Whittaker


One of  my favorite songs is "The Last Farewell" by Roger Whittaker.  It was popular in 1974 when I was separated from my sweetheart while living and working in Arizona.  The song reminded me of her.  I still love the song.  I came home and married the sweetheart.

Here it is.  Enjoy.

Friday, March 05, 2021

“Always On Watch” husband Dave Dies

Dave, husband of blogger “Always On Watch” died yesterday of natural causes in Virginia.  RIP Dave and condolences to AOW, his wife who cared for him since his debilitating stroke several years ago.

Wednesday, March 03, 2021

Secession and Historical Ignorance

There’s a YouTuber called Timcast who is generally conservative, but yesterday he really pissed me off.  He opined that secession of states is illegal and revealed some of the most ignorant and naive notions about the War of Northern Aggression, the kind of 3rd grade pap we were all taught in childhood.  Jeez, some people never learn.

Dr Seuss and Secession

Dr Seuss has now fallen prey to Cancel Culture madness, to political fanatics who see anything and everything as “raaacist.”  The insanity continues to worsen and we need to separate ourselves from it.

Speaking of separation, the subject of red state secession is being discussed more and more by conservatives and Republicans.  I fully support this remedy for healing the body politic.

Sunday, February 28, 2021

The Magic "D" as a Voting Guide

 Democrats are people who generally have no understanding of economics, culture, history or the Constitution.  They are ignorant voters who are motivated by a kind of political religion:  only vote for candidates with the magic "D" after their name, D standing for Democrat, of course.

Why not vote for the candidate most likely to make your life better, as in more prosperous, secure and generally more well off?

Here are the attributes that make most sense for any candidate.  He or she supports the folloing:

1.  Prosperity, More Jobs, a Strong Economy.  Renegotiating trade agreements that are unfair to the United States.  Sane tax and spend policies that do not encourage jobs to seek overseas tax havens.

2.  Energy Independence.  Not having to rely on Arabic and other hostile countries for our energy; having lower and more stable prices at the gas pump.

3. Secure Borders.  Preventing huge caravans of foreigners from pouring into our country to exhaust our welfare and other resources,  while bringing in disease and crime.

4,  A Strong & Ready Military.  The world is a hostile place, with countries who despise us like China, Russia, Iran and various other despotisms.  Coupled with a sane foreign policy, of non-intervention in foreign disputes, this is a must for our phsycal security from outside attacks.

5.  Anti-Corruption.  There are many American office-holders who are on the take, who support foreign interests over our own, for payoffs in money and other wealth.  This is what corruption is.  

6.  Supportive of Sane Cultural Norms.  Not given to support every weird, unnatural and destructive behavioral fad that comes down the pike.  Like the belief that gender is decided, not by biology, but by personal preference, or a belief in catastrophic global warming requiring trillions in new taxes to combat what is essentially a myth.

As a Democrat, are you ready for fewer jobs, less economic opportunity, higher gas prices, higher crime rates, political corruption, inflation, and higher taxes?  Is voting for the "Magic D" worth it?

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Loose Cannon Joe Biden and CPAC

 Life sucks and then you die.  My younger brother Dennis died a year ago today.

Last Wednesday they buried Rush Limbaugh in St. Louis, Missouri.  They may as well bury the USA right next to him.  We're done.  Even the evil Democrats know that Joe Biden is a loose cannon, as they are trying to relieve him as sole possessor of the nuclear football.  Maybe they're afraid the old goat will start a nuclear war.

Conservatives are meeting in DC for CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference) this weekend and discussing what to do and whom to bash now that the USA has been virtually ended.  I have little interest in a bunch of rah-rah flag-waving speeches.  In light of the fraudulent and stolen presidential election, in which a highly competent president was exchanged for a fool, politics cannot proceed as usual.  A right wing radical plan is needed.  One that involves secession and/or nullification of Democrat legislation, a flat refusal to obey or go along with the insane policies of the left.  

At the very least, practice passive resistance.  When we are commanded to do something, just don't do it.  Don't accept or use "woke" social criteria and language.  Don't pretend men dressed as women are actually female.  They are transvestites and suffer a kind of mental illness.  They may or may not deserve sympathy for their affliction, but not credibility or even respect.

Realize that "Black Crime Matters" and that is what mostly endangers black lives.  Don't give credence to the "Black Lives Matter" frenzy.  The millions of dollars of businesses and property in Ferguson, Baltimore and St. Louis mattered too, when they were burned to the ground by rampaging blacks, enraged that some black thug got his just deserts.

Don't honor or give credence to "Black History Month."  It will end as February comes to a close, but the concept of celebrating someone's skin color is repugnant and divisive, and also very left wing.  It's secret message is "You're different and separate, live with it."  If you're black you're a victim, and if any other color, you're an oppressor.

More cheerful reporting later.

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Rush Limbaugh Dies; Life Goes On; Preparing for Death

Sad event this past Wednesday, February 17:  the great Rush Limbaugh died of lung cancer.  I will miss his voice on the radio.

Perseverance, out latest Mars probe, landed safely on the red planet.  That was a relief since there is always the danger a probe will crash. 

I have been doing back to back tax returns for the past couple of weeks, too tired t post anything here.

When the tax season is over, I plan to start planning for my own death, by going through all my belongings and figuring what to bequeath, give away or throw away.  I am not in imminent danger of dying but at age 76 there is always that possibility.  I have kept diaries and journals since I was eleven years old and I would like to transcribe the best of the manually written ones into Word files to distribute to my kids and grandkids.  Most of the journals are already in Word format, but I want to go through them and delete or edit any comments that might hurt anyone close to me.

I really don't want to do taxes after this season.  I need to find a way to end it without totally pissing off my wife, who thinks we can keep doing taxes until we are a hundred years old.  It's time to downgrade our living style, sell this house in this ruinously expensive state and move somewhere  sane.

Next year I will be 77.  My dad died at 77, my older brother at 76, my younger brother at 72.   My mom died at 85 and I think I take after her.  If so, I will have to endure this existence longer than I would like.

Tuesday, February 02, 2021

Democrat Hatred Reaches Alarming Levels

 


The second sham impeachment trial of Donald Trump begins soon.  It's purpose is to convict Trump on false charges so that he cannot seek election in the future.  What terrible misdeeds did Trump perpetrate to earn such Draconian punishment?

Nothing, actually.  His four years in office were amazingly good for the American people, and that has embarrassed the ineffective and incompetent Democrats, who fear losing much of their political power for many years to come.  That fear is so great that they resorted to political extremism and sedition to remove Trump from office.  

My Covid illness is in its last stages and I return to work tomorrow.  Back to doing taxes.  I am not looking forward to it.  I would almost rather have Covid.


Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Who Will Be the First to Secede?

 

Secession movements are active across  the USA, most importantly in Texas.  However, many realize that the fraudulent election of 2020 pretty much killed off any pretense that we are "united" states, especially with utterly fascist plans by the Democrats to outlaw free speech and punish those who disagree.

The truth is, individual states don't have to go along with the new fascism of Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer.   These radicals do not have the right to rule -- they only do so with our express consent, and we can withdraw our consent.

So what do we do when the radical Democrats pack the Supreme Court, open the borders, outlaw fossil fuel production and invalidate the Second Amendment?  We just say NO.  WE DO NOT CONSENT.  We are removing our states from the jurisdiction of the far-left, unAmerican and anti-American PARTY OF TREASON, the Democrats.

I have chosen as a symbol of the Right of Constitutional Secession, the Bonnie Blue Flag, first used by the Southern states in the secession of  1861.   The flag features a Single Star, representative of your state that you have retrieved from the Union to again stand alone in political independence and self-governance.

Hurrah for the Bonnie Blue Flag that Bears a Single Star!

My Covid Battle

 I am slowly recovering from my Covid infection.  I have been dizzy and faint for days and given to long naps.  

We are experiencing one heck of a rainstorm here.  My backyard is flooded.


Friday, January 22, 2021

I TEST POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS

My test results came in today,  I tested positive for Covid-19.  

For the past ten days I have been sick with it.  It feels like a cross between a cold and the flu, but mostly like a cold.  I had an ear ache for a few days and still have the sniffles.  Feel dizzy and faint.

Will I die?  No such luck.  

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Fighting Covid; Blog Cleanup; Links

 i am still waiting for my Covid test results.  I think i probably have the virus as I have been ill for a week now with little to no improvement.

Today I deleted a lot of old links from my blog.  Those that remain are ones I can heartily recommend.  

Now I am off to the television set and my big armchair while I await inspiration as to to posting and graphic art.


Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Blog Cleanup; Looking for My Next Clipart Project

 I am in the process of cleaning up my blog roll, deleting old links that no longer work, or represent sites I rarely visit or read.  

I am now looking for ideas about possible clip art projects.  My recent King Tut project was the best and most satisfying graphic art that I have yet created.  I would like more projects with that degree of difficulty, that also express thoughts, feelings or memes about the demise of the United States.  I will give it some thought.  Suggestions are welcome.

Final Day of Greatest American President

Today the sun sets on the Trump Administration.  Gone is the greatest economy in my lifetime.  Energy independence and border security are under dire threat by the grinning fool selected to take over for the far left tomorrow.

Meanwhile, today I will be tested for the Corona Virus, and I'm pretty sure I have it.


Sunday, January 17, 2021

The Eye of Horus


Horus is a lesser-known god in the pantheon of ancient Egypt.  He was sort of the B Team.  However, he did contribute one great symbol that often adorns the walls of tombs and temple pillars and obelisks.  That symbol is known as the Eye of Horus.   It is recognized as a symbol of protection, royal power, and good health. 

Back in the seventies when King Tut was becoming popular this symbol was often used as the motif for articles about the king.  I liked the look, it struck me as cool and jazzy.  I assumed it was a modern creation by some hip graphic artist in Greenwich Village or San Francisco.  I was surprised to learn that it's a symbol thousands of years old.

I drew this with Adobe Illustrator.


Weird Things Going On In DC

 It seems the military has 20,000 troops guarding buildings in Washington DC in preparation for the installation of the phony president, Joe Biden.  It's a "consciousness of guilt" scenario -- the Dems know that they have committed a treasonous overthrow of our electoral system and are expecting extreme pushback because of it.


Wednesday, January 13, 2021

WE DO NOT CONSENT: The Doctrine of Secession

 

A long established dictum of government, as expressed in the Declaration of Independence, is that a government derives its just powers from the consent of the governed.  The Fascist-Democrat takeover of the nation, now underway, does not recognize or validate that dictum.  Indeed, they have declared war on the rest of society that refuses their socialist/globalist quasi-dictatorship.

The Democrat election theft, the censorship and deplatforming of conservative writers, pundits and politicians, the calls for reeducation camps for Trump supporters and the take away of their children, all indicate the seriousness of our current situation.   Extremists now have control of the federal government.

As for the dictum, our position should be clear:  

WE DO NOT CONSENT!

Based on this, I will now dedicate this blog, for the foreseeable future, or until I am deplatformed like the rest,  on the advocacy of secession of conservative states.  Our union with tyranny has come to an end, it's time to recognize this fact and seek peaceful solutions.

    

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

The NEED to SECEDE

 The United States is now governed by the most seditious, hateful and virulent anti-American cabal in our history.  We shall witness the rapid disappearance of our liberties, as is now happening.  There is little chance of recovering the America we once knew through elections and votes.  This is because the Democrats will simply steal each new presidential election and censor all conservative argument by control of the media, including and especially social media. 

Our greatest avenue of escaping leftist tyranny is through the secession of states.  Think about it:  if we could convince leftist states like California, New York, Massachusetts and others to secede, i.e. to leave the United States and form their own union, the remaining states could then end socialism and live in peace under the Constitution as originally intended by the Founding Fathers. 

However, the leftist states will do no such thing, so we should do it for them:  secede, take our states out of the corrupted union now forced upon us, and create a new union of red states, governed by the original Constitution, with a reliable Supreme Court, a fair media, fair and honest elections, and universities that teach traditional American values rather than Marxism. 

This isn't as crazy as you may think.  It has been done before, when the states left the Articles of Confederation and affirmed the new Constitution.  They essentially left one political union for a new one.  We can and must to the same.

If the leftwing states won't leave us, we must leave them.  How and when to do this should be an important discussion among patriot groups everywhere.

Sunday, January 10, 2021

The Digital Iron Curtain Descends: Amazon to Terminate Parler Today

Parler's servers are hosted by Amazon, but Amazon is going along with the mass censorship movement of the Far Left.  So Parler will soon be inaccessible to millions of its users.  Geller has the details here

The modern left is fueled by hatred, vindictiveness and a desire for revenge.  They are determined to punish anyone who supported or worked for the Trump Administration.  They are political fanatics and extremists.  Forbes, supposedly a bastion of free market capitalism, has declared war on any company that hires former Trump supporters.  Forbes wants those supporters and cabinet officials to suffer public ostracism, unemployment, economic deprivation, and humiliation.  

Pamela Geller is spot on in her description of the new liberal fascism:

The unholy alliance between government and big business is fascism, and I mean the literal definition of the word: Fascism is authoritarianism characterized by dictatorial power, forcible suppression of opposition and strong regimentation of society and of the economy.

Kudos to Daniel Greenfield for coining the apt description "the Digital Iron Curtain."

Massive Leftist Attack on Free Speech

 Yesterday all the leftist social media outlets, i.e. Twitter, FaceBook and Apple, moved to eliminate conservative thought and argument from the internet.  Twitter eliminated numerous conservatives from their platform, not only the President of the United States, but Dan Bongino, Rush Limbaugh, Tom Fitton and many others.

Most are going to Parler instead, but Apple has eliminated the Parler app from their App page, insisting that Parler must enact censorship rules acceptable to the leftist corporation, or no one will be able to download the Parler app anymore.  However, you can bypass the wormy Apple by accessing Parler on its web page at Parler.com.

Yesterday I deleted both of my Twitter accounts and will access that site no more.  If you have a Twitter account, feel free to do the same.


Friday, January 08, 2021

KING TUT: Original Clip Art by Stogie Using Adobe Illustrator



The Death Mask of King Tutankhamen. 
 
This one took me a while, several hours over several days.  It took my mind off the Democrat Fraudulent Election.

When Howard Carter opened King Tut's sarcophagus in 1923, he found a wreath of dried flowers placed on the forehead of Tut's burial mask.  Flowers that were placed there by his grieving widow 3,000 years before.  

Update:  I improved the beard, made it lighter in color and braided, like the original death mask.

Wednesday, January 06, 2021

The Demise of the United States of America

There were massive protests in Washington DC today, against the fraudulent election.  Mike Pence was a major disappointment, simply going along with the electoral vote counting process as if it were normal and legitimate.  There is massive anger directed at Pence by conservatives on Twitter, as well as at other sell-out Republicans like Mitch McConnell and Lindsey Graham.

Could Pence have refused votes from fraud states?  Maybe not, but he could have tried.  Also, he could have requested a ten day extension of the electoral vote counting process, but he did not even bother. If this weakling thinks he has a shot at the presidency in 2024, he is fooling himself.

We have been defeated by fraud and bad faith by the left, but it is only a battle and not the war.  We can and will start a new political party, e.g. the "Patriot Party."  I hope so, I need to be able to register to vote and I will not remain a Republican, the other half of the Uni-Party.  I used to worry about the lack of effectiveness in voting for a third party, but it beats not voting at all.  What have we got to lose?  Nothing.

Monday, January 04, 2021

The Republican Party Has Got To Go (and be replaced)

 

I am one of those who identify closely with the Confederacy and the South when it comes to the "Civil War," or as we prefer to call it, the War for Southern Independence.

So which party do we support?  Not the modern Democrats, who stand for everything we despise.  So the great majority of us vote Republican, the party of the tyrant who invaded us and conquered us so many decades ago.  We don't like Abraham Lincoln but for the sake of party unity we generally keep quiet when other Republicans mouth off about the glories of Lincoln and the Grand Old Party and all its mythical values.  It's depressing to see so many people so ignorant of history, as they praise a monster who ran a reign of terror and replaced our voluntary union with an involuntary one.

However, I think that is coming to an end.  More and more conservatives are seeing the Republican Party for the big government cheerleader it really is, and so many Republicans whose only loyalty is to their seat in Congress and all the perks that go with it.  There is more talk of replacing the Republican Party with something better.  I would love a new conservative party that is not tainted with the stink of Abraham Lincoln.

Back to Work: Tax Season Starts Today

 Bummer, I have to start work today, doing taxes.  With Covid and Newsom's ridiculous prohibitions, it will be a challenging tax season.  A lot of tax returns will be prepared virtually, with clients sending their tax documents to us through a secure server, with reviewing and approving the completed return the same way.  Many clients will not have to come into the office.  Face to face meetings will be rare, or conducted via video camera.

I'd rather stay home and work on Adobe Illustrator projects, but that doesn't pay the bills.

I have my biggest and best Illustrator project in progress and I hope to post it this week.  It will feature King Tutankhamen.  

I find ancient Egypt fascinating, mainly because of its art and sculpture.  Massive temples and statues carved out of stone with primitive tools, boggles the mind.  Many of these artifacts are thousands of years old.  The massive Great Sphinx was staring out across the sands two thousand years before Christ walked the Earth.  King Tut was dead a thousand years before the same event.  Wow.

Friday, January 01, 2021

EGYPT - Original Clip Art by Stogie (That's Me)


I created this clip art just for fun.  I used Photoshop to add the brick texture but everything else is from Adobe Illustrator.

The more I make the better I will get, theoretically.  You learn by doing. 


Pence Powerless to Stop Biden's Inauguration?

 I have read the opinions from a couple of lawyers, one at Legal Insurrection and the other at Powerline, that Pence does not have the Constitutional authority to reject any electoral votes, no matter how fraudulent.  We are heading into a Biden forced presidency.  The only possible solution would probably be Trump activating the Insurrection Act and, declaring martial law and forcefully reversing the fake election.

Would I support such a solution?  You betcha.

Happy New Year (Clip Art)

I knocked out this clip art for Happy New Year.  I don't want champagne glasses and fireworks, I'd rather focus on peaceful nature on January 1st.

Time for coffee.


 

The Cold Gray Dawn of a New Year

The morning of a new year never seems cheerful or hopeful or optimistic.  Not for me, anyway.

It's cold, the sky is gray and overcast.  How will I spend the first day of 2021?

I will work on graphics.  I want to create my second clip art creation.  What shall it be?  Happy New year?  Nah, overdone.  Blogging?  Maybe.   

Update:  Okay, here's an ankh.  It is an ancient Egyptian symbol associated with King Tut.  It is the symbol of life.  It looks a bit like a Christian cross, but it is not.  In the 1960s hippies wore them around their necks.  It wasn't difficult to make it in Illustrator.  Decided to start off with something easy.

UPDATE:  I flared the arms and foot a bit to look more like an actual ankh.