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70 year old retired guy. Happily married. Financially secure. Reasonable health. Active 'adventure' traveler. I enjoy the Caribbean, South America, New Zealand, Australia, Micronesia and the National Parks of the USA. We enjoy gardening in the spring and summer here in Ohio. We raise a vegetable garden, lots of strawberries and asparagus. And a large Hummingbird/butterfly habitat. I'm a conservative guy politically, lifestyle wise, and believe in 'live and let live'. You're not going to change my opinions on stuff. And I'm not going to try to change yours. I'm here for interesting discussions on numerous topics....

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How to Awaken Your Life Purpose. 1. Be aware of your non-materialistic interest. 2. Stimulate your ...
bigpawbullets comments on Mar 2, 2019:
Perfect. Should have saved for a "Sunday" posting...... :-)
Good Morning Fellow Hippies. Keep Calm and be Groovy. It's Saturday not Sunday. Ended up out all day...
bigpawbullets comments on Mar 2, 2019:
Keeping calm today is a struggle. second to last day of extreme diet. Moving into the second week of a "7 hour floor installation".... Polar blast to hit us tomorrow with snow and sleet to be addressed. But! I shall prevail!!!!!
I welcome you to join my live broadcast about life in Sweden taking place on Saturday, March 9, 2019...
bigpawbullets comments on Mar 2, 2019:
I'll be there.
How much are you losing in taxes this year?
bigpawbullets comments on Mar 2, 2019:
Very interesting post. Our federal & state income tax changes were neutral. Simply requiring different manipulation of deductions allowed.
Three sisters garden
bigpawbullets comments on Mar 2, 2019:
Donoto! Watch who you tell these things to!!! ;-)
Quick decision; Do I use "buttery flavored margerine" or do I go to the store and get butter(10 ...
bigpawbullets comments on Mar 2, 2019:
Use the margarine. Then, at the gathering, don't eat any yourself and simply grin.
Without doing any polls, Tell me if you are for or against legalizing weed,, And would you want it ...
bigpawbullets comments on Mar 2, 2019:
I'd vote to legalize it. And then tax it like alcohol.
Kitty black holes are the best!
bigpawbullets comments on Mar 1, 2019:
Terrifying!
Once you hit a certain age....
bigpawbullets comments on Mar 1, 2019:
Holy shit! That's my mom!!!
How many times have you saw a congressman who has only been in Congress a few months that is as well...
bigpawbullets comments on Mar 1, 2019:
She's a personality.
Is it just me, or have other noticed that the "sort" seems off on Group Posts? The list of posts in...
bigpawbullets comments on Mar 1, 2019:
It appears to me that some groups have either the originator or the mods, or both clustered at the top.
It seems SpikeTalon has honored his word and left Agnostic.
bigpawbullets comments on Mar 1, 2019:
Yep. Not even "on hold".... user name is gone.
Update of Testing done on Moderators in this group. This is what the site systems allows, This is ...
bigpawbullets comments on Mar 1, 2019:
You're paying me and @Hankster in beer.... right?
Trump would MAGA if he...
bigpawbullets comments on Mar 1, 2019:
Aw... but he's such a fun guy.
Remember black light posters? This fractal brings back memories.
bigpawbullets comments on Mar 1, 2019:
Yeah! I've thought of doing that on one wall of our home theater room. I think these would be really cool as BL posters....
We are not old until regrets take the place of dreams. I believe you are never too old to dream, ...
bigpawbullets comments on Mar 1, 2019:
Agree.
Happy Friday Hippies! The sun is glistening of newly fallen snow on March 1st. Hopefully it melts ...
bigpawbullets comments on Mar 1, 2019:
Good morning! Moving stuff back into pantrys, closets, and unrolling rugs now that the flooring crew is done. Will be going for a hike through the forest later when it warms up a bit. Snow's melting away here from last night's storm.
I started a thread about the New Green Deal here: [agnostic.com] We'll take this one point at a ...
bigpawbullets comments on Mar 1, 2019:
Where I live, owning and using an electric car is both burdensome (few if any charging stations away from your house), and a worse polluter than a gasoline powered engine as electricity in my region is generated by coal. Statistically, very few first time electric car buyers opt to buy the replacement electric car at trade-in time.
I started a thread about the New Green Deal here: [agnostic.com] We'll take this one point at a ...
bigpawbullets comments on Mar 1, 2019:
Flexible work schedules, Marketed prestige of car ownership Sprawl I can't imagine using public transportation in my lifestyle. I'd never be able to get anywhere on time. Cargo capacity: we shop once a week or less here in the USA. When we lived in Europe, we "went native" and shopped daily for food.
I asked, "why do we need a revolution?" I was blocked from the group. That was my first or second ...
bigpawbullets comments on Mar 1, 2019:
Blocked from which group? This one? I don't think I saw your post here.
Cuddling up to my bed buddy.
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 28, 2019:
Two 15 pound cats with normal body temp of 102°. And a wife who has hot flashes.
Some questions can never be answered!
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 28, 2019:
Let's see.... College grad. Youngest woman elected to Congress. Annual salary exceeding $140,000. National recognition. Bright future in politics. Will become a millionaire before she's 40. Yep... REALLY STUPID. ;-)
I'd like to discuss the proposed New Green Deal. We have some great members here, including a PhD in...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 28, 2019:
I think that this is a GREAT topic for discussion "C". I'll make a suggestion that is just my personal thought here. The post you made will be much easier for me at least, to research and discuss in sections rather than as a comprehensive topic. Could we do this by sub heading as you've broken it down?
[yahoo.com] Fordham College confirms that Trump's team threatened them not to release his grades....
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 28, 2019:
Probably one reason I like the Trumpster. My undergraduate university awarded me a diploma to get rid of me. ;-)
Apparently the left hasn't decried racism enough to alleviate their white guilt. Will they meet ...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 28, 2019:
As a practicing sociopath, I just grin at "White guilt".
Considering they’re small contribution to the overall global warming picture and the fact that ...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 28, 2019:
Trajan, Do you raise just beef cattle? No dairy operation I take it....
Some will get this✌❤
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 28, 2019:
Only if you're a Beatles aficionado.
Good morning, I'm off to receive my socialized healthcare, this morning. It's time for my 6 month ...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 28, 2019:
You're going to live to be a million years old.
Meme is spot on. This is probably going to be my last post on this site, and thought it only fitting...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 28, 2019:
I'll miss you Spike.
Dual senate? @TheMiddleWay Just posted this in the comments.. Quote "I would say, however, ...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 27, 2019:
There are currently 296 members in the Senate. If a precedent is set to simply create a mirror Senate to humor individuals sensitivities, how long will it take to wind up with 296 Senates???
This seems so appropriate for the "chat" I just left, & too often for the site in general...I'm a ...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 27, 2019:
I'm still unclear about that "chat" thing. That's the first (and probably last) one I'll sign into. Sheese.
Community Culture Manifesto: Free Speech, Personal Liberty & Responsibility, Discernment & ...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 27, 2019:
Are you by chance a Conservative? ;-) I'm in. send it.
Perfect for Passover
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 27, 2019:
What fun!!!
There os a groip "Common T" in which nobody can't post / answer questions unless he / she is a mod....
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 27, 2019:
Secret stuff being plotted? ;-)
If we want to make the earth more green we need to utilize natural gas. [washingtonpost.com]
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 27, 2019:
And I believe we have that in abundance.
How comfortable are you with the word "Atheist" ?
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 27, 2019:
I'm fine with it as a word. Defined in Webster's. Words cannot hurt you.
Violation of the 8th Amendment? People doing life for nonviolent crime..[democracynow.org]
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 27, 2019:
Well, as a practicing sociopath, I really don't care as long as both sides leave me alone.
Camala Harris thinks we need to pay for our past transgressions. Do you agree?
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 27, 2019:
Nonsense.
Just listen to the music you love ,,, the hell with politics today.
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 27, 2019:
Yep. I remember those days.
Snowstorm in the mountains! We went snowshoeing.
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 26, 2019:
Um... I'll be back at the lodge when you're done. You can find me in the bar. ;-)
We all take a wrong turn sometimes...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 26, 2019:
Further proof that cats can be classified as a liquid.
Healing powers of cats.
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 26, 2019:
Truth.
Picasso didn't age well...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 26, 2019:
I'm looking forward to the 90 year old look!
What if the problem of poverty is that it’s profitable to other people? | Books | The Guardian
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 26, 2019:
Interesting article. No thought on how to break the cycle though.
[jta.org] The chief rabbi of Buenos Aires, Argentina is beaten and seriously injured with 9 ...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 26, 2019:
Should be pretty easy for the police there to determine that.
Art of the day-my favorite colors!
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 26, 2019:
Had a friend who went "Full Mother Earth" years ago. Bought a breeding pair of those for his "Hippie Farm". I had bought an adjoining one to try "Five Acres & Independence". Both epic failures. Two suburban boys without a clue. But! Peacocks are very territorial, and aggressive. Worse than geese. Great fun visiting his place.
Is it cruel to have kids in the era of climate change? [newrepublic.com] I'll admit when my ...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 26, 2019:
No more so than any other era of history. There is always uncertainty and fear of the unknown to be faced. We seem to prevail.
Artistic bathroom. What do you think?
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 25, 2019:
No.
The US Supreme Court is getting ready to hear another gun rights case. With the conservative ...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 25, 2019:
Let us hope so.
Happy Monday Hippies. The wind can blow you away today. Dan and I out to breakfast to out favorite ...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 25, 2019:
Painfully bright sunshine as a high pressure front moved in last night. Windy and 25 degrees. Heading out for a hike.
This head is heavy, I bow waiting to rise, timing in rhythm with the sun on my eye, please stay ...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 25, 2019:
Nice!
I hated hearing that Spike is leaving, I do hope he changes his mind. There has been some really ...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 25, 2019:
Yeah, I'll miss Spike if he departs. I honestly don't get the contentious nature of some of the interactions here. I know I've irritated numerous folk, but not intentionally. I try to interact with people here like they're (you're) my neighbors on the Clear Creek.
Looks like equal responsibility has arrived now. [rightwingfolks.com]
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 24, 2019:
I've mixed feelings about the draft. Being an old guy.... the thought of our women in combat sickens me. But I recognize this is outdated thinking.
Washing car triggers storms
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 24, 2019:
I thought that this much documented law of nature was understood by all.
The planet does not need more successful people. The planet desperately needs more peacemakers, ...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 24, 2019:
"Successful" is a very subjective term. I'd say the list of "needed" people would all be considered successful by most of us.
Happy Hippie Sunday Free Spirits! Grey and cloudy -snow coming? Another inside day. Blitzed on ...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 24, 2019:
I'm hunkering down in our entertainment room. Binging on "Mr Robot", season 3. Wind is howling. Temps are rapidly decending. In between episodes, I'm applying paint to fishing lures. Hey! It's past noon here!!!!! :-)
AMERICAN OPIOID CRISIS - How do you think the current crisis should be handled?
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 24, 2019:
I don't believe that any of the choices is a viable option.
[youtube.com] Wanted to share my favorite James Taylor and Paul Simon Don't know much about ...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 23, 2019:
Puts life into perspective.
I haven't seen the Turtles in a while [bing.com]
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 23, 2019:
Great tune. Classic for the times. 1967. My senior year at prep school. I didn't really get to enjoy this type of music until college.
Ocasio Cortez is bad news for America and I fully understand why conservatives are so concerned ...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 23, 2019:
She's 29 years young. I'm thinking the Democrats saying that they endorse the "Green New Deal" are simply playing to the popular (temporary) euphoria. It's simply unsustainable.
The great Grace Slick and "White rabbit" [bing.com]
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 23, 2019:
What A Great Song And What A GREAT Voice!
[smithsonianmag.com] America's first poster child -an enslaved girl born into slavery. ...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 23, 2019:
Interesting article. Thanks for posting.
[washingtonpost.com] Microsoft workers call for cancelling military contract technology that ...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 23, 2019:
Ok. Cute political and moral stand. It would mean some other contractor would get the project. We cannot fight the quantum leaps in tech and science.
[washingtonpost.com] Will supporting reparations for slavery become a new litmus test for ...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 23, 2019:
What insanity. This is total bullshit.
Would you stay?
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 23, 2019:
I'd last maybe two weeks. Then I'd be hiking out of there. ;-)
Dire Straits. - Walk Of Life....great tune, great Mark Knopfler number! [youtu.be]
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 23, 2019:
Great tune from a great album.
Happy Hippie Saturday. Cold and sunny - may snow. Dan's working tonight. No plans except posting ...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 23, 2019:
Probably go for a hike through the 'burb & forrest. I'm thinking of making a fancy wooden "box wine" box. Start some more wooden fishing lures.
Here's what Beto O'Rourke could unleash on Trump.... What do you think? I will be on his ...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 22, 2019:
Ahem. Just pointing this inconsistency out;
Back in the 50's 60's 70's and 80's The labor Unions were strong, Most families only needed one ...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 22, 2019:
The UAW crushed the auto industry in Dayton. NCR was run out of town by the unions. Mead had the same experience.
[youtube.com] I'm just letting you know how I'm feeling today.
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 22, 2019:
Hippie. ;-)
This Viral Thread Explains How White Supremacists Are Trained By The Military
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 22, 2019:
I can't argue her description of military training or how it stays with you. As well as the psychological mindset. I've noted before that we were well trained to function while serving. But not trained on how to "turn it at least down, if not off" when we cycled out.
The Machine Stops | The New Yorker
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 22, 2019:
I share the feelings expressed.
[reformjudaism.org] Is it time to improve Holocaust education in this country and better combat ...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 22, 2019:
How would you construct an acceptable syllabus on this for, let's say, high school? I'd bet the Jewish Holocaust is briefly mentioned in history classes here in my community. But no more so than, say, the N. American Indian massacres are. In reality, how much of the finite time secondary school teachers have to cover history subjects would you allocate to this?
[jta.org] Why are European governments losing the war on anti-Semitism.? There's a new ...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 22, 2019:
So, it's the banking thing again. Nobody seems to remember the Knights Templar and how they controlled finances for the Pope.
[alternet.org] Faux News host Laura Ingraham's guest says the country is in a civil war and ...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 22, 2019:
The civilian population of the USA is listed by Jane's publications as the 6th best armed army in the world. And, the 10th best armed Air Force. That's the latest analysis available. A few more small arms isn't going to change things. However, this kind of insane ranting on public television is extremely provoking and dangerous.
Fractal of the day. Lots of color.
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 22, 2019:
Very nice. Overpowering, but nice. Thanks for posting these.
I think this is what a midlife mental issues is like? I turn 40 in a few months. I am having a hard ...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 22, 2019:
So, what DO you "give shits" about?
Life is about moments. Don't wait for them, create them. Have some fun! Do something new and ...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 22, 2019:
I think Linda attained "hippie spirit" when she picked me to hang out with. Now, it's difficult to keep up with my "hippie".
Here's what Beto O'Rourke could unleash on Trump.... What do you think? I will be on his ...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 22, 2019:
I'm not familiar with him. Is he well known among democrats?
Liberals are a sick bunch [californiaglobe.com]
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 22, 2019:
Unbeliveable.
Ex-firefighter opens up about PTSD after nearly burning alive [firefightingnews.com] Military...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 21, 2019:
PTSD is a result of living a life of worth. We who suffer from it should be proud.
I found this gem today and thought of all the folks who cook such pretty meals....
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 21, 2019:
Not seeing much there to sustain me till lunch.
[forward.com] How anti-semitisms's true origin makes it invisible to the left. As a Leftist its ...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 21, 2019:
Kind of hard to believe.
[jta.org] An idiots guide to anti-semitic tropes.
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 21, 2019:
WOW! I'm going to read this again after dinner.... Holy shit!
There is something that I find myself in agreement with Trump and would love to hear feedback about ...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 21, 2019:
Never get involved in 'Nation Building' where the local opposing forces are defined as 'tribal'. When we leave, if we really do, it leaves the region open for Russian influence.
Cheap Eats: We’d all like to use the freshest ingredients when we can, cook from scratch, and eat ...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 21, 2019:
You'll ALWAYS be welcome at our apocalypse compound. ;-)
VENEZUELA: Maduro has closed the border with Brazil, is threatening to do the same with the ...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 21, 2019:
I smell "Nation Building" in the air. LIIIIINDA!!!!!! Where's my flight helmet??? Did you finish sewing those expando-nomex flight suits? Where the HELL are my MEPS charts for Venezuela? ???? LIIIIIIINNNNNDA!!!!!!!!!!
VENEZUELA: Maduro has closed the border with Brazil, is threatening to do the same with the ...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 21, 2019:
Against who?
I must have missed the second part of the memo... ?
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 21, 2019:
Hysterical.
[alternet.org] PARADOX; Here's the bizarre reason why white evangelical women love Donald Trump.
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 21, 2019:
Interesting. I've no idea what percentage of the entire female voting population in the USA we're talking about here. But those ladies aren't going to vote for anyone else.
To the memory of Peter Tork who just passed. Most of us grew up with this sound. The Monkees - Last ...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 21, 2019:
Great song.
The Rolling Stones. - As Time Goes By...live 2008. [youtu.be]
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 21, 2019:
What an incredible song..... I think the Stones are THE definition of R&R.
Monkees singer Peter Tork dies at 77 after being diagnosed with rare tongue cancer 10 years ago  | ...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 21, 2019:
A few good songs. "Day dream believer" was a favorite of mine.
None of us are getting out of here alive so please stop treating yourself like an afterthought. Eat...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 21, 2019:
Every chance we get!!!!
The Koolaid man is Trumps biggest fear.
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 21, 2019:
Will! Is there a debate topic or question you'd care to articulate?
Thanks to direction-less, message-less Democrats, Trump will be reelected in 2020. The best friend ...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 21, 2019:
I can agree with your first statement. The lack of a clear message and platform plus the herd of candidates is quite an obstacle to overcome. The personality cult concept was a huge failure. I'll defer to others on the progressive media comment as I've stopped listening to either biased group.
Art of the day. Love the colors?
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 21, 2019:
Wouldn't that make a great stained glass window? I'm not sure it could be technically done. But it's got me thinking.
Chicago police department arrests Jussie Smollett, actor in the television series, Empire, for ...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 21, 2019:
Yes
The Bread or the Pan👍😂
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 20, 2019:
Yes.
If these guidelines for our group is okay with everyone then I don't see any reason that we can't ...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 20, 2019:
Our initial membership knows I'm a pretty Conservative guy. And I've made some posts about Socialism and my negative view of that political philosophy. But when I consider our working government and bureaucracy, I have to concede that we do have socialist programs already in place. Time to stop being so negative about this thing called Democratic Socialism?

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2019. Mediterranean cruise with the family.
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Exploring Machu Pichu with Linda. Dysentery, Altitude Sickness, various aches and pains. We had a GREAT time!!!!
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Stop looking at the hand puppet! The channel's over there!!!
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After returning from the Dolphin swim in New Zealand. Thank goodness for wet suits.
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Leaning tower of Pisa. In the rain. 2019. The kids had a great time. As did Linda <with her grandson>.
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