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CanonRay's Journal
CanonRay's Journal
April 18, 2024

Yesterday I lerned my best friend had passed.

We were roomies in college, and met 54 years ago. He was a year younger than I. I had a missed call at 6am from his phone, and he was no early bird. When I called back his brother answered so I felt my gut tighten. Sure enough, they found him the evening of the 16h. He had apparently come in his house and lay down on the bed and never got up. The bed was not even mussed. He had a pacemaker but otherwise was in great health, and very conscious of his diet and exercise.

One of the truly nice guys in this world...he is and will be missed. He never married, but was very content with hi life in the town where he grew up. He was always happy.

I stayed at his house last June, and I'm so thankful I got to spend some time with him. You just never know when you are going to lose someone close.

This one hit me hard.

January 13, 2024

Top Five Westerns Ever

Jeremiah Johnson
Nevada Smith
The Magnificent Seven (1960)
The Missing
The Revenant

November 22, 2023

Just finished a disturbing documentary on Netflix: Ordinary Men

About the Nazi execution squads on the Eastern Front in WWII. It focused on a particular unit, the 101st Police Battalion from Hamburg and how utterly ordinary they were, most weren't party members, just average people. A look at the psychology of mass killing and how they justify it to themselves. What is terrifying is I can imagine the MAGAts doing this if Shitler gets back in.

June 23, 2023

Wagner troops have allegedly entered Rostov-on-Don

according to Prigozin's Telegram channel. I am watching Inside Russia with Konstantin. The conscript troops send out to stop Wagner allegedly stepped aside and let them in. A second report stated that National Guard troops fired on Wagner but were overwhelmed and fled, dropping their weapons.

Konstantin says that we'll know more in 24 hours, lots of bits and pieces coming in.

June 15, 2023

Why we can't cut a deal with Trump.

The short answer? He can't be trusted.

Bandied amongst the talking head set, I hear speculation about Jack Smith cutting a plea deal with Trump, along the lines that he agrees never to run for office in his life and wears an ankle monitor or some such shit.

Imagine if this was done. Along comes the Iowa primary and the liar-in-chief decides he's just what the country needs. He cuts the ankle monitor and off he goes to his first rally and announces his candidacy for President. . Now the government is in the position of having to arrest him for a parole violation solely because he's running for elected office. Exactly what the Magats are screaming.

So please, cut the fairy tales of dealing with this psycho. A hard fought trial and life in prison is the only option.

May 26, 2023

Fearing for their trans daughter's safety, a Texas family flees to Oregon

“I would always say, ‘Well, I’m going to stay here and fight until they try and take my kids away.’ And I would say it as, like a, well, you know, that’s never going to happen. But then it did,” Karen said.

“We were advised to leave before we couldn’t leave.”


I'm glad I live in a free state.

January 3, 2023

What we are witnessing today in the House

is the result of winning elections through gerrymandering.

August 26, 2022

My brother was found dead yesterday

I was out of town, and just about to jump in the car to begin a long drive home, when I got the call.

He was 74 and lived alone, and he'd apparently had been dead at least several days. His ex found him while on the phone with me, asking if I'd heard from him.

I'd talked to him about two weeks prior, but I should have known something was up when he didn't call on my birthday. The alarm just didn't ring...

Not much of the family left now, parents long gone, both brothers gone. Just some elderly 1st cousins and a few nieces and nephews.

I keep having the feeling that I should call him and tell him about this, 'cause that's what I do when someone in the family dies...

February 13, 2021

I feel like the occupation of the Capitol and the impeachment

are an opportunity to literally crush the right wing crazies and their white supremacist leaders. We could snuff this out right now, but are failing and will fail to do so. We will rue this missed opportunity in the months and years to come as the violence escalates.

I can forsee a time when you would fear to enter some ares of the country as there will be road blocks and ID checks, and woe be to the Liberal who gets caught.

I think we're blowing it as a country, like the Weimar Republic did in the 1920s and 30s.

Talk me down.

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