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16 years ago in China, I met a future MAGAT, at the time he called himself a Neocon.

I was with my wife and son on a day trip to the Great Wall. We had a wonderful day eating and meeting new friends as we made our way to the destination. On our way to the Great Wall, my wife took the time to teach me the one simple phrase that would spare me the constant harassment of the many vendors leading up to the entrance, b yo. "Not Want" in Mandarin.

While the phrase did help, many of the vendors spoke fairly good English and lots of them said I was being tricky and obviously had just learned that phrase. They were right and I winked at them knowingly, always with a smile and stopping once to make a small purchase at one vendor. I got a minor token and tipped generously, which my wife immediately admonished me for since we had to make the gauntlet on the way back down and word would spread of the generous Gweilo.

We got to the wall and my son took off and began the 10,000 or so steps to the top of the wall at this particular area. It was a well known part of the wall to the north of Beijing. When I say 10,000 steps, I am not exaggerating...my son was way ahead of me and it damn near killed me trying to keep up and not lose sight of him, lol.

View from the top

On the way home we were tired, but still full of excitement, talking with all our new found friends. One fellow, asked me if there was any truth to the story that the election was stolen and Al Gore should have won. I began to explain the whole debate and discuss all the theories of the day (as there were many). The Chinese fellow was very polite and well informed. A gentleman from Paris joined into the discussion as well. At one point I made the comment that the Republican party was known for trying any trick in the book to win, even if it meant cheating.

Well, little did I know that future MAGAT had been listening the whole time and he could no longer take anymore. An American turned toward me and shouted, "Hey, you should watch what you say about America in a foreign country. It is unpatriotic to talk that way to foreigner's. The election was not stolen, there is no proof."

I looked at the man and could see immediately that he was a Neocon Christian Republican. He had a 2 inch gold circular pendant with Jesus on the cross. My new friends and I were stunned. I looked at this man and said.

"There is plenty of proof, you just have to look." He got angry and said, "Just stop talking about our country like that, you're an American, have some pride and show a better image."

I shot back, "Funny, an American in China, telling another American to be silent...mind your own business." Well, this pissed him off and he told me to shut up, but just sat there fuming after that remark.

I turned to my new friends and ignored the MAGAT wannabe and said, "This is why Al Gore conceded the election, he felt that to further challenge the election and get to the bottom of the fraud would damage our democracy as there needs to be a peaceful transition of power and the right does not believe in peace."

My new friends just nodded in agreement and we moved on to discuss the day of wonder and fun.

So that is my story of the day a MAGAT tried to silence me in China. The Chinese people are truly a beautiful people and everyone I met was extremely generous and kind. All of them wanted to know more about democracy and freedom of speech. I gladly talked to anyone who would listen. Never fear, the rest of the world knows the truth, MAGATs are evil and democracy is tenuous.

We must hold fast. We must never let them win.


Greta Van Fleet - Live at Red Rocks (September 24th, 2019)

Friday Night Rock Concert!

This is not a quick hit...But the concert is incredible. GVF is the real deal.

Sir, your time has expired!

The Most Wonderfully Absurd Coffee Brewer Ever Made

This Hobbit approves of this method. I am a Bripe Head.

Old Norse tradition of remembering those who have passed.

The Norse believe that all people endure two deaths, once when our hearts stop and once when we are forgotten.

Helvegen (here featuring Aurora) is a song about death, dying and remembering those who have passed. About crossing over and about letting go. It is a song about searching for lost songs and old traditions.

My guilty pleasure lately is pretty music to accompany my exercise.

Really kind of silly, but with so much pain and horribleness around us, I simply need to remind myself.

I Exist for Love.

AURORA - The Seed

Friday Night Album Rock - Thin Lizzy - Jailbreak - 1976

Jailbreak is the sixth studio album by Irish hard rock band Thin Lizzy, released in 1976. It proved to be the band's commercial breakthrough in the US, and the only Thin Lizzy album with a certification (in this case, Gold) in that country. The singles taken from the album include "Jailbreak" and "The Boys Are Back in Town"; the latter is Thin Lizzy's biggest US hit, and won the 1976 NME Award for Best Single.


Larkin Poe on Audiotree Live (Full Session)

Larkin Poe are an American roots rock band originally from north Georgia and currently based in Nashville, Tennessee,[1] fronted by sisters Rebecca Lovell (born January 30, 1991) and Megan Lovell (born May 12, 1989). Featuring strong southern harmonies, heavy electric guitar riffs, and slide guitar, they are often touted as "the little sisters of the Allman Brothers".[2] The band performed at the 2014 and 2016 Glastonbury Festival, and were voted "Best Discovery of Glastonbury 2014" by the UK's The Observer. The sisters have also toured as backing musicians for a variety of other bands, most notably Elvis Costello, Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes, Kristian Bush of Sugarland, and Keith Urban.


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