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A little known Dave! Diamond fact is that I enjoy Country Music. Not the old style twangy, my dog died my wife left me and took my truck stuff. I like the “modern” Country Music. Which I realize make me a heretic. So be it. A year or so ag I came across a young gal who seemed to have that… special something. she was right on the cusp of becoming a star, and it was clear that she was paying her dues.

She died late last week in a car wreck.

And for a whole lot of reasons, I am having a very hard time getting past this…


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The First Duty of Government




“The first duty of government is to protect its citizens.”

Those are not my words, and frankly, I am not sure that I even believe that, but it is pretty much a universal belief among politicians and the political class. So as we watch another hurricane slosh ashore, we are inundated with news about how people are suffering and in danger because of… ?

Hurricane Florence has sloshed ashore. A day or two ago we were told that this would be the worst storm in all of human history. It’s not even close, probably not even in the Top 10, but that hasn’t stopped the whole idea that the first duty of government is to protect us from being inflicted.

Protect us from what, exactly?

Maybe from drunk drivers?

What happens when those politicians who have told me to my face that they believe that the first duty of government is to protect us are the very ones who are endangering us? They should resign. But instead, we get excuses and clarifications, not “protection” from these dangerous people…

Tioga Pass

Ben runs up the rocks!

Ben runs up the rocks!

Dave and the family head out for the top of Tioga Pass in Yosemite, while the Duggar family heads out to an interview with Megyn Kelly on FOX news. One trip was a blast, the other promises to be an exercise in futility.

The State Senate President doesn’t want to talk about his hiring of two State Retirees to drive Drunk Senators home in the middle of the night. But he does want to get on his soapbox and whine about One Person One Vote, which is basically his own power structure.

The GOP has an opportunity here to really unite the base and show what they believe. Will they take it? Not a chance. But in the process, Dave discovers why he disagrees with Ron Paul (and by extension, Rand Paul).

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