• The Daily Snark

    .~ Snark Mark~.

    “Come, listen, my men, while I tell you again    The five unmistakable marks By which you may know, wheresoever you go,    The warranted genuine Snarks. -Lewis Carroll The Hunting of the Snark The Daily Snark is not so much a call to action, or even necessarily a statement of my political opinion. It is meant to be a rebuttal to the typical binary political arguments lead by a disingenuous mainstream media through the application of rural logic. While I do not wholeheartedly prescribe to any particular conspiracy theory, I do embrace the concept that when a body of people hold a belief to be true, they behave according to the…

  • Musings and Misadventures

    Burning Daylight

    I guess the work is never caught up on any farm or ranch. I get up every morning and start literally running from one job to the next, terrified of falling even further behind on my chore list until eventually by evening I tire and weaken, throw up my hands in the air and go in search of a glass of wine. First thing in the morning though, the pressure gauge is running way over in the WARNING range. I swear, I’m turning into my father. I didn’t quite grasp as a kid why Daddy was constantly running around saying “Come on! We are burning daylight!” Ok. I get it,…

  • Shared Articles

    Is Conservative Talk Show Host Laura Ingraham Friendly With Radical Group, PETA? (via thecavalrygroup.blogspot.com)

    Check out The Calvary Group and this piece they recently published revealing sinister agendas behind innocuous policies. Those of us who love life with our animals need to be ever-vigilant against these organizations whose ultimate goals are to eliminate animals from our society. If you are not read in on their agenda, it is very easy to fall prey to their adept use of furry dog and cat stories as camouflage, as Ingraham apparently did-and she is one sharp cookie! The popular conservative political radio and television talk show host, Laura Ingraham, has been a  force for the conservative mov… Source: http://thecavalrygroup.blogspot.com/2018/03/conservative-talk-show-host-laura.html

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    Virginia Farmer Who Secured Property Rights Legislation Named Executive VP Of Reagan PAC (via The Daily Caller)

    After challenging the power and influence of well-funded green activists in Virginia, Martha Boneta has been named executive vice president of Citizens for the Republic, a grassroots conservative grou Source: http://dailycaller.com/2017/05/19/virginia-farmer-who-secured-property-rights-legislation-named-executive-vp-of-reagan-pac/

  • Backroads

    The Glory Before the Heat…

    It never stopped raining, but it never rained. The specter of droughts past never leaves you. Blowing dust, hollow-eyed cattle and the fear and uncertainty of watching an unyielding hot and hazy sky day after day looms in your mind just on the other side of every rain cloud. This winter never could make its mind up. It brought day after day of cold damp days. The kind of damp that melts the flesh off shivering livestock, but doesn’t replace it by growing any nourishing winter feed. Early freezes burned off the remaining summer grazing before Thanksgiving and no moisture followed it to spark off wild rye or anyone’s winter…

  • The Daily Snark

    Guns, Dogs and Karl Marx

    The past weeks have seemed so vitriolic. The endless gun control debate in the aftermath of the Margarie Stoneman Douglas school shooting in Florida, internecine squabbling in primary races, the pending SCOTUS hearing of Janus v. AFSCME and it’s potential outcome for both the First Amendment and the mid-term elections, the national news has spilled over on to social media and personal conversations and left me feeling that some unseen force is pulling ever more insistently at the fabric of our nation. I felt pretty sure that subversive element was Marxism, but to better understand that influence on our country, I decided a little research was in order. I started…

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    Paying the price for breakdown of the country’s bourgeois culture – Philly (via Philly.com)

    These basic cultural precepts could be followed by people of all backgrounds and abilities, especially when backed up by almost universal endorsement. Adherence was a major contributor to the productivity, educational gains, and social coherence of that period. Source: http://www.philly.com/philly/opinion/commentary/paying-the-price-for-breakdown-of-the-countrys-bourgeois-culture-20170809.html

  • Musings and Misadventures

    Guns ‘n’ Yes Ma’m

    Oh, you don’t need to call me ma’m, just Jane is fine,” says the visitor from out of state. “Sit here with me on the porch awhile, Miss Jane, and I will tell you why we speak that way in Texas. Do you take sugar in your iced tea?” I reply, and once again, I began to invest an afternoon explaining to an urbanite how our culture of respect and something known throughout the South as “raisin’,” spreads outwards from households into our communities and influences how we value the lives around us and how our communities reflect our respect and care for each other. On the weekend of February…

  • Musings and Misadventures

    New Horizons and Bumps in the Road

    I woke this morning with a throbbing headache. I was up until the wee hours of the morning wrestling with technology that is mostly beyond my grasp. For months I have been designing Rural Redoubt more or less under cover. I have shared posts with only a few friends, sworn to secrecy, so that an under-construction blog site did not get views on the internet. Yesterday, Rural Redoubt debuted on Facebook. By mid-morning I had discovered a bug in the theme. By early afternoon I had the entire site upside down. Pretty much, it was the equivalent of inviting company over for a big dinner party and having the hot…

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    A Bio…of Sorts

    It’s good. Not fitting in a box. Or at least I think it is, but I’ve never actually had much experience with the alternative. I mean the kind of box that you find on a paper form, not like a container. I know I definitely would not like being in a container… Growing up and through college, every conversation involving some bureaucrat and a piece of paper went something like this: FORM: “Street Address?” ME: “Rural Route 1 Box 444 Alpine, Texas 79830” BUREAUCRAT: “I’m sorry. We only accept physical addresses.” ME: “That is my physical address.” BUREAUCRAT: “You live in Alpine?” ME: “No. Alpine is 70 miles from my…

  • Musings and Misadventures,  Projects

    Our House

    Our House… That phrase always makes me think of the Cosby, Stills and Nash song: Our house is a very, very, very fine house with two cats in the yard… Except our house isn’t a fine house. In truth, it’s sort of a dump. Or it was. Now it’s more like the canvas our lives are painted upon; ideas attempted and embraced or rejected and painted over with a new idea taking its place with Fate’s ever-present hand sending us in directions we never intended. Maybe it’s not a masterpiece, but it is so woven into our family fabric, I’m not sure where we stop and the house begins. We…

  • Musings and Misadventures

    Two Sides of a River

    Some power is collected like a squirrel gathering nuts, some power is as innate as the color of your eyes. Oil prices define most Texans in some way or another. At $65 a barrel a dear old friend of mine went to the oilfield. By the time it hit $85 a barrel he was running a company and tapping friends for talent. One day he sent a private plane for me, trying to insert people he trusted around him as oil rocketed to a $115 peak. We never did make that deal work, but it was a memorable trip and an experience I think back on often when I think…

  • Musings and Misadventures

    Gifts of Prose

    A landed caballero and hacendado of colonial Chihuahua accompanied by his vaquero retainers riding the wild Llano Estacado of northern Tejas, a land that was once of their fathers but now was as unfamiliar to them as the Texans who through the force of arms, fate, and the iron will of their Protestant God, inhabited it. They crossed this savage land returning from Santa Fe, where they had delivered a herd of cattle. They rode, carrying the heavy golden proceeds of the sale of the longhorned cattle, colored like the calico of the skirts of the senoritas at the time of their quinceaneras, riding horses of pure blood in proud…