LibertyCon day 2…

OMG, my dogs are barking! We are definitely getting our steps in, over 5000 on day one and day two both. This is a big damn hotel on convention center! And it’s been interesting this weekend as we have between 1000 and 1200 people at liberty gone, there is also a bodybuilding contest at the far end of the convention center, and there was an MMA fight last night at the convention center. So you talk about a mixed bag of customers, people looking at each other “funny”, and some really interesting conversations… 🙂

The panels are very interesting, sometimes as much for what is said as well it’s not said. The conversations inside bars have also been interesting, as writers are not all a monolithic group of right or left wing people. But everyone is willing to sit down and discuss their perspectives without any yelling or screaming or getting up and stopping off. We may not change peoples minds but we are willing to listen and when I say wait that is both sides of the spectrum which makes me really appreciate this group.

tomorrow is the last day, and frankly, I think we’re all ready for that. It’s been three years since most of us have been out and about and having to deal with people! So three days of intense interactions, discussions, and plotting and scheming I’ve just about Frye and all of us… 🙂 I’ll try to write up a more full AR once I get back and get to a real computer instead of trying to type this on my phone.



Yesterday was the first day of LibertyCon, we’re back in the saddle after three years! It was fun, and we all had to remember how to “people” again. It’s great to see folks and to catch up on what people have been doing, not only our author friends but also the readers who do come to LibertyCon. The day started early, and I finally got back to the room about 1 o’clock this morning so… My butt‘s dragging a bit. Day too will start early with breakfast, and then it’s more panels and more chances to see friends and talk to folks. I’ll try to get a real AAR up after the weekend and I get home.


Here’s my schedule for the weekend! Otherwise I’ll either be in the bar or wandering around the con!

Hope to see y’all there!

On the road again…

Off to LibertyCon in Chattanooga! Looking forward to seeing old friends, being on a few panels, and hopefully picking up a few new readers!

I received this in response to my post about aging earlier in the week and have to share it…



1950’s version of an E-Mail

I have no idea who put this together, but it is interesting!!

Long ago and far away, in a land that time forgot,
Before the days of Dylan , or the dawn of Camelot.
There lived a race of innocents, and they were you and me,

For Ike was in the White House in that land where we were born,
Where navels were for oranges, and Peyton Place was porn.

We longed for love and romance, and waited for our Prince,
Eddie Fisher married Liz, and no one’s seen him since.

We danced to ‘Little Darlin,’ and sang to ‘Stagger Lee’
And cried for Buddy Holly in the Land That Made Me, Me.

Only girls wore earrings then, and 3 was one too many,
And only boys wore flat-top cuts, except for Jean McKinney.

And only in our wildest dreams did we expect to see
A boy named George with Lipstick, in the Land That Made Me, Me.

We fell for Frankie Avalon, Annette was oh, so nice,
And when they made a movie, they never made it twice..

We didn’t have a Star Trek Five, or Psycho Two and Three,
Or Rocky-Rambo Twenty in the Land That Made Me, Me.

Miss Kitty had a heart of gold, and Chester had a limp,
And Reagan was a Democrat whose co-star was a chimp.

We had a Mr. Wizard, but not a Mr. T,
And Oprah couldn’t talk yet, in the Land That Made Me, Me.

We had our share of heroes, we never thought they’d go,
At least not Bobby Darin, or Marilyn Monroe.
For youth was still eternal, and life was yet to be,
And Elvis was forever in the Land That Made Me, Me.

We’d never seen the rock band that was Grateful to be Dead,
And Airplanes weren’t named Jefferson , and Zeppelins were not Led.

And Beatles lived in gardens then, and Monkees lived in trees,
Madonna was Mary in the Land That Made Me, Me.

We’d never heard of microwaves, or telephones in cars,
And babies might be bottle-fed, but they were not grown in jars.

Original Antique Rotary Western Electric Model 302 Telephone image 1
And pumping iron got wrinkles out, and ‘gay’ meant fancy-free,
And dorms were never co-Ed in the Land That Made Me, Me.

We hadn’t seen enough of jets to talk about the lag,
And microchips were what was left at the bottom of the bag.

And hardware was a box of nails, and bytes came from a flea,
And rocket ships were fiction in the Land That Made Me, Me.

T-Birds came with portholes, and side shows came with freaks,
And bathing suits came big enough to cover both your cheeks.

And Coke came just in bottles, and skirts below the knee,
And Castro came to power near the Land That Made Me, Me.

We had no Crest with Fluoride, we had no Hill Street Blues,
We had no patterned pantyhose or Lipton herbal tea
Or prime-time ads for those dysfunctions in the Land That Made Me, Me.

There were no golden arches, no Perrier to chill,
And fish were not called Wanda, and cats were not called Bill

And middle-aged was 35 and old was forty-three,
And ancient were our parents in the Land That Made Me, Me.

But all things have a season, or so we’ve heard them say,
And now instead of Maybelline we swear by Retin-A.
They send us invitations to join AARP,
We’ve come a long way, baby, from the Land That Made Me, Me.

So now we face a brave new world in slightly larger jeans,
And wonder why they’re using smaller print in magazines.
And we tell our children’s children of the way it used to be,
Long ago and far away in the Land That Made Me, Me.

A follow-up…

To yesterday’s post about gun control/2A

What is the role of journalists when covering America’s mass shooting crisis, and how can they responsibly report on tragedies like the recent shootings in Uvalde, Buffalo and Tulsa?

Those are complicated but crucial questions to answer, says Dannagal Young, a University of Delaware professor who studies the impact that news stories have on the public.


This difference is called episodically framed stories versus thematically framed stories.

Full article HERE from NPR of all places!

I am reminded of something that Max Schindler (original director of Meet the Press) told me a number of years ago. He said words to the effect that give him blood and guts and he could get that on air for 15 minutes daily for 3-4 days. A tear jerker ‘good’ story might get 1 minute one night.

And Proud Hillbilly, references this quote-

“This may be considered as the true palladium of liberty… The right to self-defence is the first law of nature: in most governments it has been the study of rulers to confine the right within the narrowest limits possible.  Wherever standing armies are kept up, and the right of the people to keep and bear arms is, under any colour or pretext whatsoever, prohibited, liberty, if not already annihilated, is on the brink of destruction.”   St. George Tucker (1752-1827) Blackstone’s Commentaries: with Notes of Reference, to the Constitution and Laws, of the Federal Government of the United States; and of the Commonwealth of Virginia.  As quoted in the majority opinion of the Supreme Court in District of Columbia v. Heller in 2008.

Obviously ‘we’ are NOT the first country to deal with this issue, and it is obvious that our framers thought long and hard on ALL of the Bill of Rights.

Miggy and the folks over at Gun Free Zone have been beating on this for years, along with John over at No Lawyers- Only Guns and Money. There used to be quite a few more ‘dedicated’ gun bloggers, but they have by and large dropped out of the blogosphere for any number of reasons.

And a bit of ‘fun’ follow up- The grands had to go ‘help’ clean up the school for end of year. Of course there was a little ‘payback’ for them in the form of a bounce house waterslide and hot dogs after they finished…

And light kids and obviously SLICK waterslides allowed them to LAUNCH themselves… LOL

And the granddaughter screamed all the way down and looks like she got about a foot of ‘air’! LOL

And PP ended up helping with the food… Thanks to her and the other parents for leaving the kids a ‘positive’ impression of school!


Grands can and do wear out…

Not often, but it does happen occasionally!

PP sent me these from day before yesterday (all day at the pool) and yesterday (playing with ATVs).

Neither of the kids even made it to their bedrooms… LOL

I never thought of an ATV as a ‘bed’…

I envy their ability to sleep anywhere and in any position!!! I could do that…60 years ago…


To all of my friends 50 years old and up… most of us are going through the next phase of our lives. We’re at that age where we see wrinkles, gray hair, and extra pounds. We have run households, paid the bills, dealt with sickness, sadness, and everything else life has assigned us. We are survivors… we are warriors in the quiet… we are men and women…like a classic car or a fine wine. Even if our bodies may not be what they once were, they carry our souls, our courage, and our strength. We shall all enter this chapter of our lives with humility, grace, and pride over everything we have been through, and we should never feel bad about getting older. It’s a privilege that is denied to so many.

While the young point and laugh, snickering about how ‘dumb’ we are, they don’t realize most of the ‘technologies’ they enjoy today were developed or improved by us. And many of us stood proudly in the line of patriots that have defended this country for over 246 years.

They also don’t realize how good they have it, both in the freedoms they enjoy, and the bounty of America, yet they continue to run both the country and us down.

I pity them…


Gotta give it to the Brits, they DO have a sense of humor!

When asked to ‘name’ a new icebreaker back in 2016, the ‘winning’ name was Boaty McBoatface!

When the boat was actually commissioned, a ‘better’ name was used by the government, but they DID name one of the assets on the ship…

Full article, HERE.

Two years ago when the Brits got their P-8 ASW airplanes, this showed up on the side of one…

Not saying there were ‘miscreant E-4s’ involved but…

Of course the Brits aren’t the only ones that do stuff like that. Hawaii did that back years ago. Except they didn’t get any ‘good’ names/naming conventions like the Brits. They winner was…

Yep, The Bus… sigh…

Book promo…

First up is Ben English with his memoir of his time with the Texas DPS- Black and White: Tales of the Texas Highway Patrol

As always, click on the cover for the Amazon link.

The blurb-

You know I never saw an officer, an EMT, a fireman or an ER crew ask anyone what their politics were, and then refuse to care for them because of their answer. The color of skin pigment, the last name, the amount of money in a bank account, none of that mattered. All that mattered was someone needed help, and they had the skills as well as the burning desire to do so. Yes, they are only human and internally flawed and prejudiced as any other. But their true nature, their crowning glory in mortal life, is their ability to rise above those flaws and prejudices when called upon. In a world of hungry, destructive wolves, they stand as the sheepdog who serves and protects the flock.

This is book that is not necessarily an easy read, but it is well worth it. Ben told me he had problems writing it, and I can see why. He revisited both the good and the bad of his 22 years with DPS, and I’m sure it brought back things he would rather not remember.

Next up is W.L. Emery with his latest book- Magic Employed

The blurb-

He’s back! The itinerant wizard with the sesquipedalian vocabulary is back in another anthology of short stories. Accompanied by his traveling companion Mirrabelle, Otheldo encounters mermaids, a violent demon from another dimension, and an evil wizard who has enslaved an entire tribe of fiendishly powerful ape-men. The good news is that he’s employed.

Lawdog and Cedar Sanderson have another comic out- Astro Lizards

The blurb-

A few brave lizards, and a gecko, with the right stuff. Two boys growing up in Africa explore the possibilities of explosives, with their reptilian pals. AstroLizards tells the tale of the nascent Nigerian Spac… er, well, an attempt was made. Sapper Lizards tells of the brave enlisted lizards and the wonders of ammonium triiodide. Finally, the Major’s tale of epic battles against beetles and a nose round out this comedic book. You can color the story in yourself! Or you can read and laugh and read again.

Last, but not least, Sarah Hoyt has another Barbarella out there- Barbarella #10

The blurb-