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69 year old retired guy. Happily married. Financially secure. Reasonable health. Active 'adventure' traveler. I enjoy the Caribbean, South America, New Zealand, Australia, 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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Indiana requires citizenship test before being allowed to graduate high school [msn.com] On ...
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 28, 2019:
I applaud the requirement to pass a Civics/Government course as part of the required curiculum. But these folks, if natural born.... ARE citizens. And this should not be some kind of "purity" test to graduate. What about children of non-citizens? Crazy shit.... In my opinion.
I did go for my walk on the beach today, it was 58 and a beautiful day.
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 27, 2019:
Amazing pictures!!!
Venezuela today <iframe width="640" height="360" src="[youtube]" frameborder="0" ...
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 27, 2019:
??
What do you put on homemade pizza besides pepperoni? I'm making a pizza today and looking to do ...
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 27, 2019:
We use numerous cheeses, different herbs, onion, mushrooms, peppers.... rarely any meat.
One of the first songs l ever did on stage... [youtube.com]
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 26, 2019:
Good shit!!!!!
To satisfy my sweet tooth this afternoon: more drinking chocolate and a plate of toasted coconut ...
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 26, 2019:
I wish I was your neighbor!!!
Hey guys... I wanna make a soup or stew... . I got the following ingredients : 2 lbs frozen ...
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 26, 2019:
Saute' the veggies... then sear the meat... throw in a pot with some pre-cooked Farro..... I'm on my way.... Red wine!!
Wine gets better with age and so do we?
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 26, 2019:
Absolutely. It's well past high noon here:
In Japan, transgender people must be sterilized in order to officially change gender. [msn.com]
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 26, 2019:
Well, that seems a bit drastic.
[youtube.com] Song For Sonny Mark Knopfler I'm adding it song to my repertoire of the ones I play...
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 26, 2019:
Man... I never would have thought this would come from Knopfler. This is classic.
Volunteering... it's an important community contribution. Do you volunteer and if so what do you do?...
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 24, 2019:
None.
Joan Baez -- Diamonds and Rust (with Lyrics) [youtube.com]
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 24, 2019:
She had the absolute BEST, most expressive voice of that generation of singers. She & Dylan were incredible. The voices of a generation.
WHAT'S YOUR ONE THING? -- A lot of people have a bucket list of things they'd like to do before ...
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 24, 2019:
See us (humanity) become a truly spacefaring species.
My GF sweet potato muffins finished baking. i must confess to being....underwhelmed. I used a ...
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 24, 2019:
Banana oatmeal!!!! Can't beat those!
[youtube.com] Just give me Weed Whites and Wine
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 24, 2019:
Yeah.... Good stuff partner. Seeing some ghosts tonight.....
Let's do a little surfing - Dick Dale - Nitro [youtube.com]
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 24, 2019:
Outstanding!!!
The Beatles - Two of Us [youtu.be]
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 24, 2019:
At our ages.... this is lovely.
Seeing as the world is going to end in 12 years we might as well enjoy the time we have left.
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 24, 2019:
Party down!!!
Good morning Union people, So on the serious side of things, how do you men and ladies feel about ...
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 23, 2019:
To actually answer your question.... I see nothing wrong with owning guns. And I see nothing wrong with not owning guns.
Good morning Union people, So on the serious side of things, how do you men and ladies feel about ...
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 23, 2019:
And a good soggy morning to you too Ken! We've similar backgrounds. To me, a firearm is simply a tool. I'm more leary of my chain saw than I am my rifle.
[youtube.com] I wonder why I don't get many visitors out here on the farm?
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 22, 2019:
I'd stop in.... You're OK with me!
Yesterday was a holiday (MLK day) and today the temperature is so cold, the school wanted to start 2...
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 22, 2019:
I've no concept of this... Attending a military prep school for my HS years. We went to class, or formation, or PT.... whatever the weather. We all managed to survive.... ;-)
Super Session - Season of the Witch: [youtube.com]
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 22, 2019:
Great selection!
Thank you @sitesupport... I got my T-shirt and pen... ! Woohoo! Here's a picture....
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 22, 2019:
Great pic! Looks just like you!
So, I am looking for a carry gun. Being a 1911 lover, this presents difficulty in the summertime. ...
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 21, 2019:
I carried a colt 1911 380 for years. I think they might be collector items now. Same functions as the big 1911. Just scaled down.
The democrats are such idiots.
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 21, 2019:
Holy shit..... And these folks are attempting to run the country.
Trump asks new secretary of defense to get Don Jr. job as an “Army guy” [duffelblog.com]
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 21, 2019:
Cute.
Everyone who enabled the President should be held accountable. Thank you, Captain Obvious. ...
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 21, 2019:
Interesting comment GSB. I remember when the Republican ticket was Bush/Cheney. I was working for Procter & Gamble at the time. When Cheney came to town stumping for Bush... there was a MANDATORY attendance at one of his speeches for some of us.. (by name on an invitation from the P&G CEO) to attend. We were told exactly what to wear and to clap, basically, on cue. "Cheney is a P&G alumni". When they won.... our stock prices went through the roof. The Pharma division was churning out pills and prescription drugs like never before. So, yes..... Corporations do a great job of running the government. In THEIR interest.
So, I am looking for a carry gun. Being a 1911 lover, this presents difficulty in the summertime. ...
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 21, 2019:
Whatever you can hit with.... that's what counts.
Is it true that educated women do not want a relationship with a guy who has a good career, but is ...
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 20, 2019:
My wife's first husband was a fellow classmate of hers in college. Didn't work out. While we both have Master's degrees... our backgrounds are pretty different. So... my response and question is: Which is more important: Educational level? Family or social background? Life experiences? Personality?
To warm us up: Mona The Rolling Stones [youtu.be]
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 20, 2019:
Outstanding..... Early stones.... I consider The Stones to be the benchmark for R&R.
6.8° with a wind chill of -3°. So, I made omelets and fresh pumpernickel toast this morning. I ...
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 20, 2019:
Snow removal done. No casualties.
So... A friend of mine told me the story of how she inadvertently neglected to change the age ...
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 20, 2019:
So, Sue! Here's the REAL reason. Linda is 9 years younger than me. So, when there's 6+ inches of snow, and drifts in our driveway...... ;-)
6.8° with a wind chill of -3°. So, I made omelets and fresh pumpernickel toast this morning. I ...
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 20, 2019:
First break. Huge drifts across my heilpad-driveway. But! My neighbor sent two of his young sons plus a snowblower over..... :-) I sent them off to church... I've got another session with a shovel out there....
So... A friend of mine told me the story of how she inadvertently neglected to change the age ...
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 20, 2019:
Interesting question Sue. I'd say the first requirement to aging gracefully, together or not, is to accept the fact that we are aging. Not an easy or common occurrence in our youth oriented society.
Today I'm going to bake myself a cake. And Make Thor some big hamburgers. I have One month of not ...
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 20, 2019:
Great companion there! And congrats on the continuing win against tobacco!
Oooops, wrong video. :D [youtu.be]
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 20, 2019:
Carol!!!! What the heck happened to Mick????? ;-)
Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road [youtu.be]
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 20, 2019:
Great tune.
Spending a few days with a new man is a microcosm of the future relationship
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 19, 2019:
Didn't the "Retired Lawyer" title cause a red flare to fire off in your head?
Blues For Salvador by Carlos Santana [youtube.com]
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 19, 2019:
Santana!!!!! I remember "Jingo" & "Soul Sacrifice" from a different lifetime. This is EXCELLENT. Going on my "Creative Kitchen" playlist. Thanks for posting.
New York Times is calling for the minimum wage to be raised to $33/hour. Are these people ...
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 19, 2019:
Insanity
[youtube.com] I needed something to laugh about, how can a person make a living from writing a ...
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 19, 2019:
I don't want to tickle... just want to ride my motorcycle......
Today those of us harboring "Southern" sympathies celebrate Robert E. Lee's birthday.
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 19, 2019:
Since @KKGator & @RavenCT are all up in arms... I thought I'd post this old photograph taken down at @Kenriley 's place, a few years back. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tlnvYzH_qC0 ​
Treetop Flyer Steven Stills [youtu.be] Stills is a highly underrated guitar player IMHO
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 18, 2019:
Great song about flying skills put to good use. ;-)
Procol Harum. A Whiter Shade of Pale (Live in Denmark, 2006) [youtube.com]
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 18, 2019:
Great classic.
Miserlou · Dick Dale & His Del-Tones [youtube.com]
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 18, 2019:
Great stuff!!!!
I have two great recipes; one for, as I call them "muscle brownies" another for Spinach lasagna for ...
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 18, 2019:
Sure! Please post both your recipes! !
the kinks- you really got me [youtu.be]
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 18, 2019:
Excellent.
LOL......the leftist on the general section reacted like pitbulls to this meme
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 17, 2019:
Are they still all fluffy over there?
Interesting history on climate change... [youtube.com]
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 17, 2019:
I'm pretty sure it's caused by all the "boomer" women having hot flashes.
I heard it through the grapevine Creedence Clearwater Revival
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 17, 2019:
Great song.... incredible beat.
What is love
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 17, 2019:
Primordial.
One I struggle with, “health care is a right!”, purported by many socialist Democrats. Now ...
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 17, 2019:
One of the MAJOR problems in implementing universal health care is, according to my wife, how guys act:
One I struggle with, “health care is a right!”, purported by many socialist Democrats. Now ...
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 17, 2019:
First: Can anyone show me where in the Constitution or the Bill of Rights it says that universal health care shall be provided? Second: I completely agree that universal health care must be provided by our society for all citizens. BUT! (There's always a <but> ...isn't there?), how do we implement it? It's not something you can simply turn on tomorrow.
BWAAAAHAHAHAHAHAAA [ktvq.com]
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 17, 2019:
Buy the ticket, Take the ride...... on HER dime!!!!!!! :-)
Praise for local libraries; the most powerful engine of democracy and social equality I can think ...
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 17, 2019:
One of the organizations we always write a check to annually.
Chuck Berry. - Roll Over Beethoven from 1972. [youtu.be]
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 17, 2019:
Great performance!
Sometimes the fear won't go away....
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 16, 2019:
Yep... that's the definition of bravery.
If you have grown children, what was the most important value you taught them?
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 16, 2019:
Responsibility.
Sen. Gillibrand running for President... Who is she? Can she beat Trump ? Is Trump losing voters ...
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 16, 2019:
Five questions in one "debate" post??? ;-)
I see we have another foreign poster who's perhaps been banned, this time from the Philippines. The...
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 15, 2019:
So..... are you suggesting that we initiate a discussion with these folks? Like.... "why are you here?" Might not be a bad idea. I'm not interested in being the designated greeter though. ;-)
Insight or opinions welcome
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 15, 2019:
At 69 years, and a somewhat sordid background, I've had my share of bumps and dings. My old flight surgeon, and, my current primary physician, off the record, have always given me two choices. Choice #1 = class three pharmaceuticals. Choice #2 = whiskey. Now, both are addictive as hell if you're susceptible to such things. But from personal experience, Wild Turkey works pretty well, less expensive, no prescription required.... Demerol, Percocet, Codine.... all have, for me, more negative side effects than whiskey. But then, I've never had any really serious pain... as in not manageable. Note: Never mix whiskey & pills. NEVER.
Someone's glad I'm home :)
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 15, 2019:
Both of you are looking.... "MARVELOUS"!! ;-)
I don’t seem to be getting notifications for posts in the Music groups that I am host of. Has ...
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 15, 2019:
Any commonality in the two sets?
Van Morrison - Brown Eyed Girl [youtube.]
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 15, 2019:
One of THE BEST!!!!!!
707 Ocean Drive [youtu.be]
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 15, 2019:
Nice!
Abraham Laboriel - The Bass Walk [youtube.com] Thunderslap bass style has always amazed me
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 15, 2019:
Good stuff!
Fellow conservatives, I'd advise you to block a member on here (if you haven't already that is) who ...
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 14, 2019:
Exactly why I've turned to non-confrontational groups to participate in. I've never seen such extremists as seem to populate all sides of the political spectrum here. Life's too short to drink cheap wine or smoke cheap cigars,,,, or attempt to discuss politics..... ;-)
Gun totin' friends, it looks like the world is your oyster now. You can probably relocate your stash...
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 14, 2019:
You may be over-reacting.... just a thought. :-)
Made this nearly vegan chili the other day. Haven't tried it other than a sip of the sauce, but I ...
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 14, 2019:
Looks great!
I'm setting up my gardening boxes on my new sun porch . I brought in some of my compost , which is...
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 14, 2019:
Nope... not styrofoam. I believe it's vermiculite. Helps control water evaporation.
Don't think much of Conan but this is a fun watch.. ? [youtube.com]
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 14, 2019:
"Buy the ticket, Take the ride". ;-)
this image from Business Insider places news outlets on a lib/conserv bias line. Does it look ...
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 14, 2019:
Very interesting graphic Dave. Thanks for posting.
41% of Republicans don't want a woman president. In other news, water is wet. [newsweek.com]
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 13, 2019:
"I am not interested in the speech of women." ---- The Great Rizulee ------
Tak Matsumoto [youtu.be]
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 13, 2019:
This will be great to "create in the kitchen" by. Thanks for posting......
Please say hello to bigpawbullets who has just joined the group. Feel free to start posting your ...
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 13, 2019:
Thanks for the welcome!!
Roy Orbison - Oh, Pretty Woman (from Black & White Night) ......♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥...... ...
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 13, 2019:
Probably the best version of this I've seen/heard. Thanks for posting.
This may not be Rock, but it certainly is a classic... and the ladies out there usually like seeing ...
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 13, 2019:
Reminds me of my mom''s family down in Alamance County, NC.
CCR - The Midnight Special (live) [youtu.be]
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 13, 2019:
CCR.... One of the greats. "BAD MOON RISING" was a standard theme for us back in "The Day".
If you like covered bridges, and you are passing through (or near) Cullman, Alabama, check this one ...
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 13, 2019:
We've numerous old covered bridges here in southern Ohio, but nothing with a span like that!
Interesting bit of history... section ll would probably be considered the reason the 2nd amd. was ...
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 13, 2019:
Interesting look into government control of the starving. But then, other than on my own land... I need licenses and must adhere to season and time-of-day limitations on hunting.
Can you guess who I just seen walking pass my door with a bottle of wine?
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 11, 2019:
Hey! While I was really enjoying the sun/blender drinks/snorkeling..... I missed you guys. My great "partner in crime and life" <mostly crime> drug me off to Akumal for a few days. I'm much better now..... (maybe). I've restricted my Agnostic group participation down to; food, cats, music, and@ Kenriley 's groups. The political stuff was giving me a migraine. So..... In appreciation for Linda: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fmf9ZJ_Yn0A​
Guess what? Bigpawbullets is back! Welcome back sir! Always good to have a fellow conservative ...
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 11, 2019:
Thank you Trajan.
One last thought before I ride off into the sunset:
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 11, 2019:
Greetings fellow Conservatives! First: I must apologize for my abrupt departure. It was due to a psychological realization that I was being sucked into a black hole of emotional conflict. The Conservative vs Liberal ranting on Agnostic.com was becoming overwhelming for me. My good wife knew something was amiss. So, a brief sojourn to Akumal was initiated by her. After some serious sun/blender drinks/snorkeling therapy... I've decided to cut back on my Agnostic interaction. I'll remain a member here.... but I'll be focusing on more positive threads..... I love you all. But I cannot tolerate the bile, hate, and intolerance from all sides of the political spectrum.
[youtube.com] Good morning everyone. You ever have those days? I hope it doesn't last all ...
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 5, 2019:
That guitar is pretty amazing.
[youtube.com] Moving on with my day, I'm cooking pea soup and I can't get this song out of my ...
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 5, 2019:
Nice! You and your guitar group can open "Agnostic-stock 2020" with this.
The big book of words that offend progressive liberals.
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 4, 2019:
Volume 1 of 9
(How) Capitalism is America’s Last Taboo – Eudaimonia and Co
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 4, 2019:
What??!!? Communists? HERE??!!! CHARLIE'S IN THE WIRE!!!!!
[vox.com] "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the newly elected New York Democrat, called PAYGO “a ...
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 3, 2019:
What's going on? Kabuki Theater is going on. I can't take any politico seriously anymore.
Atheist/Agnostic Conservative Mind....
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 2, 2019:
That's a VERY good analysis of Conservatives sir. If you wrote this yourself, I truly applaud your intellect. Your points are well thought out. Your classification schema is a precise summary. I'd say that there is a fluidity between types 1 & 3 as I'd fall somewhere in those groups. I can't speak to the religious conservative definition. I think your comments right up to this being a "horrible" world are an accurate reflection of Conservatives. I find my world to be spectacular. As do my Conservative friends. We like it here.
One of the Christmas gifts I received was the Lodge 3.2-quart cast iron combo cooker. The first ...
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 2, 2019:
Linda has her legacy cast iron skillet inside our oven. She uses it for a multitude of cooking purposes.
[medium.com] Interesting article about the Wall... Any thoughts?
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 2, 2019:
I've stated my views on building a physical wall elsewhere on this page. This article is a good example of how to put forth your position during a debate.
Democrats seem to believe that foreigners are more important than our oil wn people
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 1, 2019:
It's all pandering to their voting bases. Those politicos have no personal honor.
What is the best way to excuse a Johova Witness from your front door?
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 1, 2019:
Haven't had this problem in a loooong time. I credit this to the fact that the last time we were subjected to True Believers, my wife set Zorak, our GS loose.
I think it’s time to ban Cutiebeauty from the conservative atheist group as she is definitely no ...
bigpawbullets comments on Jan 1, 2019:
Good morning everyone! I see we're off to a great start for 2019!!!! ;-)
Alertness is the hidden discipline of familiarity
bigpawbullets comments on Dec 31, 2018:
I'd say familiarity breeds closeness.
A New Year's task accomplished! I cleaned, lined with parchment paper, and reorganized my spice ...
bigpawbullets comments on Dec 30, 2018:
When I'm making something. Spice cans and bottles go flying everywhere..... ;-)
Good morning friends, I got my coffee, And no cigarette, It's been 10 days now smoke free and ...
bigpawbullets comments on Dec 30, 2018:
Spent a good day out in the yard raking up seed pods and debris from the last cold front that moved through. Alas, the next front is to arrive real early tomorrow morning..... an all-day rain with wind. So, I'll no doubt have the "Blues Before Sunrise": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITtt9PHrzus​
Is Trump using bullying tactics and extortion in an attempt to force senators to agree to his ...
bigpawbullets comments on Dec 30, 2018:
Kind of a prejudiced "debate" question CB. ;-)
Pelosi is taking the partial government awfully hard.
bigpawbullets comments on Dec 30, 2018:
Fiddling while Rome burns. ;-)

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Amazon River cruise. Peruvian wines are pretty marginal. We made do.
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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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A few cold ones after a day of up the hill, down the hill, through the mud, across the rivers ATV excursion through the New Zealand hinterlands.
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