4th Generation Native of Arizona, Grew up on Cattle Ranches, 4 years U.S. Navy, 19.5 years Small Boat Operations in U.S. Coast Guard. Retired from USCG, Worked as a Shipyard Safety Inspector, went back & used my GI Bill and was employed by Dominion Enterprises working on CommercialTruckTrader.com and EquipmentTraderOnline.com websites as a Front End Developer. After 10 years of that employment adventure, I decided to go back to my Reality Based, Analog roots and am currently employed at BAE Systems, Norfolk Ship Repair as a Safety Inspector. Hobbies include; Photography, Canoe & Kayak flat-water fun, Creating Sawdust and building wood things, Wood Carving, Camping & I dabble in Emergency Preparedness.
- ISTJ. I fully appreciate the antics and affection of my Decker Rat Terrier, Maggie Mae - The Doggy Diva Duchess of Hydenwood.
Google+ user since 2011.07.13.
A Few of my Favorite Quotes -
"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."
-- From Theodore Roosevelt's speech, "Citizen In a Republic" --
"I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death."
"Freedom had been hunted round the globe; reason was considered as rebellion; and the slavery of fear had made men afraid to think. But such is the irresistible nature of truth, that all it asks, and all it wants, is the liberty of appearing."
--Thomas Paine, Rights of Man, 1791
"It's difficult to free fools from the chains they revere."
Extremism in the defense of Liberty is no vice; Moderation in the pursiut of Justice is no Virtue!
-- Senator Barry Goldwater - R-Arizona
""We live in a society of wolves. You do not fight back by creating more sheep!"
-- Former Secret Service Agent Dan Bongino
"Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence; true friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks and adversity before it is entitled to the appellation."
-- George Washington, 1783
Far and away, the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.
-- Theodore Roosevelt
"The Smallest Minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities."
-- Ayn Rand
"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness. . . . Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime."
"Democracy - A government of the masses. Authority - derived through mass meeting or any form of 'direct' expression. Results in mobocracy. Attitude toward property is communistic - negating property rights. Attitude toward law is that the will of the majority shall regulate, whether it be based upon deliberation or governed by passion, prejudice, and impulse, without restraint or regard to consequences. Results in demagogism, license, agitation, discontent, anarchy."
-- 1928 United States Army Training Manual
"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently die gallantly. Specialization is for insects."
-- Robert Heinlein
"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind."
-- Dr. Seuss
"Speak up, speak often and don't worry about those that at this point can not understand as they can never un-hear what we tell them."
-- Ron Paul
"Much of the self-righteous nonsense that abound on so many subjects cannot stand up to three questions: (1) Compared to what? (2) At what cost? and (3) What are the hard facts?"
"Some people feel the rain, others just get wet."
-- Bob Dylan
The one who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd.
The one who walks alone is likely to find themselves in places no one
has ever been.
-- Albert Einstein
"You are stronger than you think you are, you know more than you think you know, and you can do more than you think you can."
-- Scott Bolan
"Never underestimate the power of human stupidity."
-- Robert A. Heinlein
"The wise are instructed by reason, average minds by experience, the stupid by necessity and the brute by instinct."
-- Marcus Tullius Cicero
"When the debate is lot, Slander becomes the tool of the loser."
"Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, first make sure that you are not, in fact, just surrounded by assholes."
-- William Gibson
"The good Lord set definite limits on man's wisdom, but set no limits on his stupidity--and that's just not fair!"
-- Konrad Adenauer, Chancellor of Germany
Men of energy of character must have enemies; because there are two-sides to every question, and taking one with decision and acting on it with effect, those who take the other will of course be hostile in proportion as the feel that effect."
-- Thomas Jefferson, letter to John Adams, 1817
"Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life. Nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'My Ingnorance' is just as good as 'Your Knowledge'."
-- Isaac Asimov
"When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence."
-- Ansel Adams
"All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident."
"Truth that is naked is the most beautiful, and the simpler its expression the deeper is the impression it makes."
-- Arthur Schopenhauer.
"Life begins at the end of your comfort zone."
-- Neale Donald Walsch
"I'd rather regret the things I have done, than the things that I haven't."
99% of Americans say "Oh Shit!" before they slide off a slippery road into a ditch. The other 1% are Jeep Drivers and say "Here, hold my beer, and Watch This!"
-- Paraphrased Quote from Google+ by +Tim Jones
If you are going to doubt something, doubt your limits.
-- Don Ward
"Because we are responsible for the way we respond to all situations and the way we see the world, learning to become the observer of your own actions is by far the greatest gift that you could give to yourself."
-- (paraphrased) Leah Story
The most glaring example of the cognitive dissonance on the left is the concept that human beings are inherently good, yet at the same time cannot be trusted with any kind of weapon, unless the magic fairy dust of government authority gets sprinkled upon them.
Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
-- Martin Luther King Jr.
When did ignorance become a point of view?
-- Dilbert (Scott Adams)
The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education!
The only difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has limits!
-- Albert Einstein
"Something for nothing is always a scam."
-- Ted NugentThe beauty of participating in the shooting sports is that you will never, ever see a bench clearing brawl on the firing line!
-- Chuck Howard
High Tech is wonderful...when it works!
-- Chuck Howard
Political Correctness is nothing more than premeditated intolerance, based on ignorance and fear, practiced as a knee-jerk reaction by those perpetually stuck in the herd mentality.
-- Chuck Howard
"Political Correctness" - Proof, that Pavlovian Conditioning works as well with humans as it does for caged dogs.
-- Chuck Howard
Semper Paratus, Vigilo, Fortis, et Fidelis
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