May 21 2010

Cowering In The Middle

I just had a heated discussion with an old friend. He is a great guy, but the stuff that came out of him devastates me! First of all, he is devoted to not taking a side. He thinks not taking a side is somehow morally superior. He insists that an hour of Fox News and an hour of CNN is balance! He is dedicated to the notion, as so many are, that all news and politicians are corrupt. This accomplishes NOTHING! We have a duty to pay closer attention because something as HUGE as U.S. or even global politics cannot properly and accurately be deciphered by listening to a few sound bites or people.

If you’re lucky, you know at least what your principles are. Far too many people do not. They only know that their life isn’t the way they want it and people are suffering. If you do know what your principles are, and you are clear on the philosophy of what you believe, that’s great, but you have one more HUGE duty to tackle. We must properly decipher what politicians DO, not what they say, and align yourself with the party that most reflects your philosophies.

It is not noble to avoid participation because you can’t find a party that is a mirror of your brain. I will say, if you understand conservatism, it is a perfect blueprint. Yes, there are undesirable solutions to difficult problems, but if you are devoted to nobility as outlined by God, the noble solutions to many situations are undesirable, but nonetheless, proper, noble, and necessary and they are all covered in the blueprint that is conservatism. On the other hand, if you are devoted to liberalism, it also is a perfect blueprint. Liberalism is the antithesis of conservatism and our country’s founding, and when practiced to its fullest as a nation, it will serve as the constitution for communism.

Americans’ political beliefs are an absolute mess right now. If we really had a situation where every voter knew what they believed in and made an educated decision to support the left or right, that would be healthy, but that is a far cry from what goes on. Elections are being determined by voters who are guessing, based on a vibe, a feeling, a hunch that usually came from propagandized news scraps that have traveled from person to person. These people are grasping a political position based on the same emotion that determines their favorite color.

The only people listening to BOTH SIDES are people who DO NOT KNOW WHAT THEY BELIEVE! So I say learn, figure out what you believe, pick a damn side, and listen to the people who are most in line with your beliefs and, whether on the left or right, participate!

A watered-down concept is not a master plan for anything! No one ever broke a record playing both sides. No one has ever achieved greatness by being moderate. Greatness is achieved by figuring something out and running with it!

Conservatism is greatness. You can thank those who have heroically devoted themselves to conservatism from the time of our country’s founding for ALL the greatness our nation has ever achieved. Conservatism has created a nation worthy of ruin.

We all know liberalism is conservative Kryptonite. No one is looking to destroy Lex Luthor, but Superman is a target by many. No one is looking to tear down a third-world country, but dammit, realize that there is a political force of liberalism working to tear down Superman! (I mean the U.S. for those of you in Rio Linda, to quote a great guy:)!

I believe most who denounce conservatism don’t really know what it is. Even most of your left-wing wackos practice some conservatism every day and don’t know it! It’s a little bit like breathing air. We are living in conservative remains, and everything you do in a day’s time that is not communistic is, at the very least, a watered-down fragment of conservatism or capitalism. To put it another way, it’s nearly impossible to live in America and not benefit from conservatism. Even our ability to pay welfare is the result of conservatism!

Finally, the middle is being on both sides. The middle has a little conservatism and a little communism and a bunch of NOTHING or it wouldn’t be the middle! There is good and bad. If you are in the middle, you support a little of both.

BMS


May 11 2010

What Are The TEA Parties About?

America Is Rising

I have come to realize there are a great many people who still either have not heard of the TEA Party movement or who have not a clue what it is all about. To make matters worse, our mainstream media is a willing accomplice when it comes to misrepresenting what the TEA Party movement stands for.

The TEA Party movement is not a Republican or Democrat movement. To sum it up it is a “people movement”. People vs. our colossal growing, intrusive, liberty-killing government. TEA Party goers ALL see the greater cause and are putting aside the smaller issues and standing together against a growing ferocious, freedom-killing government. Let’s face it, none of the issues matter if we don’t remain a free society.

TEA Party people are simply one segment of those who appreciate the hard earned privilege to work hard, provide for themselves and rise above those who don’t. TEA Party supporters see clearly that any other view, supports a government, inappropriately providing for our needs. This divide in thinking is, at the core, what leads to conflict on every level, while keeping our freedom in eternal jeopardy. Our Forefathers understood this better than anyone!

I am not saying the TEA Partiers are the only people that understand what is happening. I am saying the TEA Party goers are the only “group” rising to do something about it! When push comes to shove, I believe we still have more citizens in this country that understand what we face than not.

We credit our brave soldiers and leaders for achieving freedom. If the TEA Party movement is to be successful, it may be responsible for preserving and restoring freedom peacefully.

TEA Party supporters understand that this country has thrived because we are a government of the people, not a people of the government.

TEA Party supporters are Americans who understand and appreciate the rugged road of opportunity that has always been America. It is the land with no guarantees of success, the land with no limit of success, and the land of compassion. Yes, I said the land of compassion, as the real charity comes in much larger doses from those who have worked hard and been able to prosper.

Quite simply, the people who have been, and still are, responsible hard-working individuals are resented by those who are not. The people at these TEA Parties realize that these resentful people are in charge right now and are doing everything in their power to put a stop to our ability to rise as a result of our hard work. You have only to pay attention to realize they are using corrupt politics and every influential tactic possible to change policy and gain power in government. They gain support for their corrupt policy changes by relentlessly promising to end some form of suffering with each and every policy change and crusifying with an accomplicing media, anyone who dares to denounce their so-called compassionate cause.

The truth is, most suffering is self-inflicted by the decisions people make, and when it is not, we as “people” must do everything we can to assist, and we have and we will so long as we are able to continue to prosper as individuals. “Tough Love” isn’t just for parents and kids; it is a must for a free society too.

I know from my own conversations with people that many are not able to wrap their mind around the fact that this is as serious as it is. When we talk of America no longer being a democracy and turning into a socialist nation with little or no opportunity, it sounds like crazy conspiracy talk. People must understand that the principles we have embraced leading to the highest standard of living any country has ever known are GONE so far as most of our current leaders are concerned!

I find that, in general, people tend to be inherently peaceful, and when it comes to understanding the brutality that can exist in humanity and what it takes to afford freedom and keep it, they are so often innocent or naive about it. This innocence or lack of perspective really makes it hard for them to believe America could be melting down. Time is another mental darkness, as so many people are not able to comprehend what they can’t see happen today, tomorrow, or next week. It’s very difficult to emotionally relate to the need for something that could be many years out.

It is vital that we all see the big and long-term picture. We have always heard about bad things happening in our country and around the world, and so far we have always been okay, but this time I believe is different. I’m not saying the end of life as we know is coming, but I am saying we have never been so close to the end of life as we know it.

The TEA Party movement is comprised of people who see the big picture. I have been to countless TEA Parties and these are all people who are scared to death that 50 or so years of apathy may have led to the loss of the greatest land of opportunity and human compassion to ever have existed if we don’t stop it!

TEA Party goers in general are not the people we have ever seen protesting anything. TEA Party people are not activist; they are motivated, working people, usually minding their own business, families, businesses, jobs, and so on. This group has never wanted a handout from anyone, especially our beast of a government. TEA Party people appreciate and understand the liberty millions sacrificed for and are realizing the reality that it could all be over very soon.

TEA Partiers are the visionaries. They see what, unfortunately, too many don’t yet see. Even if you doubt that statement, what have you got to lose to consider it? Freedom, if you are wrong.

I challenge anyone who has doubts or interest in what the TEA Parties are about to attend one. No one has to know you went. No one has to know your name. You don’t have to speak to anyone. Just walk up and observe. Watch the regular people that make our society tick, doing what every American should have never stopped doing; paying attention and standing up to protect our freedom! Our way of life is under attack as we speak, and it doesn’t take a paranoid individual to see it only a concerned one.

Before you pass judgment on the TEA Party people, you’d better find out who’s there. Your relatives, your friends, your neighbors, your employers, your co-workers, truck drivers, bikers, rockers, and on and on. These ARE NOT politicians! These are people for whom almost all have never participated in any such activity.

You must be open to the fact that mainstream media is bias, to put it nicely. Also beware that the biased media will make a giant news story out of one alleged idiot in ten thousand that is a troublemaker at a TEA Party.

I have never been one to participate myself. Until now I have always avoided being a part of any group. I actually have always been the guy who wants to go against the grain, but never in my life have I been so afraid as a hard-working American for my future and, worse yet my kids’ future.

Never before have I found myself among finer people than at a TEA Party. I love rock concerts, but I know half the people there suck. When you go to a TEA Party, you are surrounded by every walk of life, men and woman of every race and every varying background imaginable coming together because we see a catastrophe happening. A catastrophe that others are apathetic about and choose to ignore or, worse yet, participate in. Remember, when help is needed, non-action may be viewed as a contribution to the problem.

To understand the TEA Party concept, you must first be willing to accept that while America is imperfect, it remains the greatest land to be born on. You must then be able to accept the unarguable principles that created it and at least consider the notion that our way of life is under attack. If you can’t wrap your mind around this, then get the hell out of the way because the American people are rising!

BMS


Apr 4 2010

It Is No Longer Politics!

What is happening in Washington IS NOT POLITICS! Politics is our process. Yes it gets nasty, but it is a process of working together. The line has been crossed! Our political system has been assaulted and is under siege as we speak! History’s most precious document, the United States Constitution, the document that has protected our country from tyrannical rule, has been tread upon.

The only difference between this current administration and our leadership being taken over by a foreign enemy is the fact that we “elected” these radical teenage dictators into office as our leaders! Ironically, the success of our nation has afforded, as a side effect of freedom, a culture so comfortable and or apathetic and expectant of peace, that many now hold beliefs contrary to our founding.

I don’t know how much longer I can listen to mainstream media, even Fox News, treating our ignorantly elected leaders with the utmost respect for the offices they rule! These people should be in jail and or thrown out for their despicable disrespect for our process, not thanked for taking time out of their busy day to come lie to the American people!

While I do believe the Democratic party has always represented the move from what is right toward what is wrong, I will say, these are not Democrats! These are not the Democrats that were full of social giveaways but still loved our founding.

Perhaps a silver lining in all of this is, now we have a chance. I shutter to think what another decade or so of safe-but moderate Bush-style politics would have allowed these peace abusers and confused moderates to grow into. To put it another way, I don’t know if a few more decades of gradually saturating our culture with stealthy bits of socialism would allow us the ability to overcome it. This administration is not hiding who they are. Finally, if you open your eyes you can see what liberalism is and leads to. If we can see it, we can fight it, if we can fight it, we can beat it, DON’T LET UP!


Mar 27 2010

Moderate Thinkers Are Scary Too!

Political moderates scare me too. Moderate thinking is only a less aggressive path to destroying our nation. It’s like it’s like a 38 cal instead of a 50 caliber! Moderate thinking is still contrary to that of our Founding Fathers.

Being a moderate as well as a liberal is an arrogant stand so far as I am concerned. A moderate stand is easy.  A moderate stand is the path of least resistance. Moderates are liberals, not conservatives because anything to the left of a conservative is not a conservative.

As we go through this history-making period, watching our freedom threatened by liberal thinking, it is clearer than ever to me. If you are center or center left you have at the very least, done nothing to help our nation and have most likely been a contributing factor to this state we find ourselves in now.

Moderates in this country have been the bridge enabling radical left thinkers to crossover from kook commy land to our homeland. Apathetic, unsuspecting  Americans have trouble comprehending that the level of dishonesty and perpetration of corruption is what we say it is!

The moderate world is really the Novocaine world. I say that because while wandering around in moderate territory, you are so close to the enemy for so long that you become numb to the danger. You entertain dialog and ultimately enable the enemy.

People tell me the economy is a cycle; don’t worry, it will be back. The economy is not what I am worried about. At least not in the big picture. It is the mindset of our people that concerns me. The fact that there are enough people in this country that do not think like I do to have voted these communist into office. I have to say, the irony here is, it is the mindset of the American people I am worried about, but it is also the awesome resolve of the American people that gives me the confidence that one way or another, we will not let this happen!

I am considered a radical right thinker for only one reason; Timing. We live in a time where we have drifted so far from what created the richest and most compassionate nation in the world that believing in the traditions that got us here is considered radical!

Ever notice the middle of the road is the smoothest part of the road? It is in my neighborhood:)

The good news is, thank you McCain for running a poor campaign, showing your liberal ways, not being electable, and a very special thanks to Obama for his gracious willingness to wake up the American people before it’s too late.

BMS


Mar 25 2010

It’s Not Politics!

What is happening in Washington IS NOT POLITICS! Politics is our process. Yes it gets nasty, but it is a process of working together. The line has been crossed! It is no longer politics. Our political system has been assaulted. It is under siege! Our process of operation has been urinated on. History’s most precious document, the United States Constitution, the document that has kept our country from tyrannical rule, has been trampled upon.

The only difference between this current administration and our leadership being taken over by a foreign enemy is the fact that we elected these radical teenage dictators into office as our leaders! Ironically, the success of our nation has afforded, as a side effect of freedom, a society so comfortable and or apathetic and expectant of peace, that they now hold beliefs contrary to our founding.

What has happened with health care is a political Pearl Harbor. We are, and have been for some time, dealing with a divide in this country that consists of a Democratic party that has been hijacked by radical socialist, baby communists. This party can no longer exist as a viable party worthy of sitting down at the table and working out the issues of  the nation and the world. This party holds views that have to exists at the core of all enemies of our nation. Only worse yet, they demonstrate their hatred for America in their actions but won’t admit it! At least the terrorists admit they want to blow us off the face of the earth!

One of the most frustrating aspects of all this, and perhaps the main reason this co-opted party is succeeding to force their Marxist view on us thus far is, they have not yet been deemed or recognized as an actual enemy! It’s a war within that only part of the country realizes! The radical leftists are managing to masquerade in leadership position as viable, elected, dignified leaders! They are a cloaked enemy from within, and I don’t know how much longer I can listen to our media, even Fox News, treating them with the utmost respect for the offices they rule! These people should be in jail, not thanked for taking time out of their busy day to come lie to the American people!

Let’s face it, you and I know there is no talking or reasoning with these people. While I do believe the Democratic party has always represented the move from what is right towards what is wrong,  I will say, these are not Democrats! These are not the Democrats that were full of social giveaways but still loved our founding. Today’s Democrats are enemies of freedom! They have co-opted the Democratic party and are using it as a conduit to poison the country! What timing too, as we have reached a point in time that the success of the American way has spawned such a comfort level, enabling people the luxury of remaining ignorant, disrespectful, or even hateful of the very nation and people affording them that luxury.

In closing, perhaps a silver lining in all of this is, now we have a chance. I shutter to think what another decade or so of safe-but moderate Bush-style politics would allow these peace abusers and confused moderates to grow into. To put it another way, I don’t know if a few more decades of gradually saturating our culture with stealthy bits of socialism would allow us the ability to overcome it. This administration is not hiding who they are. Finally, if you open your eyes you can see what liberalism is and leads to. So, unless you have your head in the sand, and many still do, you can now see it. If we can see it, we can fight it, if we can fight it, we can beat it.

BMS


Mar 7 2010

The Byrdman Steve Tells a Bit Of His Story and Plays Stranglehold by Ted Nugent

Byrdman Steve, Some of The Story and The Sranglehold Guitar Solo

The Byrdman with his Byrdland honoring the king of the archtop! Hear some stranglehold on the Byrdland Guitar!


Mar 7 2010

Byrdman Steve Some Stranglehold and Some Information

Byrdman Steve, Some Stranglehold On The Byrdland and some conversation

A little Byrdman Byrdland Action playing Stranglehold and a few other ditties you might catch.


Feb 9 2010

What If Terrorist Ran The United States Of America?

If Terrorist Ran Our Country, What Would Be different?

Just for a moment let’s take 200 of the most aggressive America haters in the world and assume they ran for the highest office in the land and took charge of the United States Of America. I would like to know in what way would this group govern differently from the Obama administration today? This may sound a bit extreme, but we live in extreme times, and I don’t think we can afford to gamble on the answer to this!

Okay. So the 200 such America haters that are now “hypothetically” politically in charge will not personally be suicide bombing, at least not physically, as they are now in the captain’s chair, so they will have to find ways of destroying the nation they loathe by political means. What might they do? In no order of importance, because that would be impossible:

  • Raise taxes
  • Raise all costs for small business through energy taxes and unemployment increases and a million others
  • Allow fuel costs to rise by not supporting energy independence
  • Snuff out US industry by committing us to global regulation of the great green hoax
  • Contradict our Constitution by stealing our citizen’s rights to free market health care by forcing citizens to buy government-run health care or go to jail, resulting in one seventh of the US economy in the hands of our ever growing government.
  • Support every bill imaginable to take away our Second  Amendment rights which should be God-given rights to own firearms
  • Weaken our standing in the world by apologizing on foreign soil for what we now and always have stood for
  • Call the War On Terror something that encourages denial of this evil, in the name of bringing our brave soldiers home, avoiding victory and ensuring those who died, died in vein
  • Drive our nation’s debt into oblivion, leveraging our children and grandchildren’s financial futures on an unimaginable scale  under a false premise of “stimulating” the economy
  • Take over private industry such as banks and auto manufacturers growing the evil beast of big government
  • Cause our financial markets to plummet due to all of the above
  • Ensure unemployment remains at all-time highs, driving the hard working to dependency on government
  • Increase our immigrant population for more guaranteed support of HUGE government and false use of tax dollars
  • Eloquently tell the American people daily the absolute opposite of all you are doing and blame all unfortunate circumstances on the previous administration

This list is by no means a complete list, but the general goal would be to starve the middle class into government assistance and begin the process of reversing the Constitutional blueprint of operation of the most successful free nation, free market, limited government, individual empowering nation in world history, not to mention most compassionate, which translates into most resented and hated because it’s only natural to resent those well off enough to help, right? I mean, look what those damn Jone’s have!!!!:):) I’m sorry, a hint of sarcasm:)

The so-called wealthy would be somewhat insulated at least at first and will cut back like crazy, resulting one way or another in mega job loss. Large numbers of the poor are already on board and tripping over their hand out so long as they don’t have to provide for themselves, because they believe those who enjoy a better life, lied, cheated, and stole their way there, so out of fear of breaking out of their own insecurity of failure, opt for the usual easy, arrogant road that others owe it to them because they’re sittin’ pretty! (it’s a mental disease, I’m still searching for the right words)

The bottom line, if government got the ∆˙©˚©ƒ˚∆ ing HELL out of our way, no one willing to work hard would be poor and globs of money and assistance would pour in from citizens for REAL charity because that’s the kind of people and nation we have always been and I pray we remain!!!!

Thank you for reading!

BMS


Feb 8 2010

Naples FL Tea Party February 6, 2010

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Byrdman & Kids At Naples Tea Party

We attended the Naples Tea Party Saturday February 6, 2010 and as usual it was inspiring! I’m not one to get involved but I have never had such strong concerns about the future of our way of life as I do these days. I ponder the possibility that if we don’t act, life as we know it may be only a story we tell our children and grandchildren.

I find that at these Tea Parties, I am surrounded by people from many different backgrounds but we are all as one when it comes to understanding the blueprint of America! It’s a beautiful feeling!

Thank You to All of You Involved For Organizing These Events!

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BMS


Jan 24 2010

Byrdland Guitars

The Byrdman's Byrd!

The Byrdman's Byrd!

I’m no expert on guitars in general. I love ’em and I know how to play ’em but it pretty much stops there. If you know guitars you know how hard it is to find a genuine Gibson Byrdland, especially if you are looking for a Ted-Nugent-ready Byrd. Believe it or not, Ted Nugent really doesn’t hot rod his Byrdlands. As you likely know, the Byrdland was not designed with hair raising rock-n-roll in mind. The musicians behind the guitar were Billy Byrd and Hank Garland, and they were Jazz guys. So leave it to Ted Nugent to take a Jazz guitar and plug it into a rock-n-roll rig!

What is important about the  Byrdlands, that is if you want a rip-roaring Ted-Nugent-ready Byrd, first off is the year it was manufactured. You really want to find one from the mid to late ’60s. One reason, according to The Nuge himself, believe it or not, he says the wood isn’t dry enough if it doesn’t have the age. The only argument I have with that is Ted’s Byrdlands sounded pretty Damn Good in the early ’70s!! If I am not mistaken, the pickups from that period are important too. Lastly, and I don’t think it has much, if anything, to do with sound but a Ted Nugent Gibson Byrdland Guitar is ALWAYS going to have a Florentine Cutaway. The Florentine Cutaway is the sharp point rather than rounded style toward the upper registry. The Florentine Cutaway makes it even more difficult to find this guitar.

As far as the sound goes, the bottom line is, you have to play it like Ted if you want to get that sound. If you don’t have the proficiency and feel the Ted vibe when you’re playing a Byrdland, the guitar will play you! Ted does use heavy strings, 10s, and the guitar needs to be set to pure perfection, but other than that, these are stock guitars. Oh, one more thing that is not stock. You must take off the cheesy plastic Gibson knob on the pickup toggle switch and replace it with a Gretch strap-lock knob. That’s just a good idea for any toggle switch!

I have spent decades working on my guitar skills playing Ted Nugent’s music and I still say nobody can come close to having mastered a Byrdland the way Ted Nugent has. In fact, I will say few people ever master anything the way Ted Nugent uses the hell out of every spec that can be yanked out of that Byrdland. The closer you watch him, the more masterful you realize he is with this instrument.

When I was younger, I had the original Byrdland #6 that had once, and now does again, belong to Ted Nugent. I wrestled with that guitar, occasional embarrassingly on stage and at that time hated what I now finally love about the instrument. When you plug it into a hot rock-n-roll setup, it just takes off screaming and squealing. If you don’t find out how to control the psychotic mind of its own the Byrdland has, you will find it incredibly burdensome. You have to become proficient with two major aspects of this guitar, and that is, first, volume control. If you don’t get good at using your volume control, you will have no control! The other is learning to use the feedback and keep it from sounding like a dying animal. It needs to sound like an animal high on life, not a dying animal!

Some people say there are sound differences depending on what finish you have on the guitar. I believe this to be true but have not played enough of the same models of one hollowbody guitar to confirm this. I will however tell you that Ted Nugent’s famous Black Byrdland has thick, curling, peeling, flaking paint on it, and Ted said That Black Byrdland is just about broken in as far as Ted is concerned.

You can expect to spend an absolute minimum of $5,000 if you can find one of these Byrdlands these days. If it meets the criteria and is in good or excellent condition you may see a $10,000 or $15,000 price tag on it. If you have the money to spare, I say it’s a small price to pay:) Above is a picture of me with my most recent Byrdland. This is not one that Ted Nugent ever owned. I purchased this one from Elderly Instruments. I was fortunate as Ted’s guitar man checked it out online for me and then lucky again that the same tech that sets up Ted Nugent’s Byrlands works at Elderly Instruments and set mine up for me. I told him to make it Ted Ready.

The only changes I’ve made since receiving my Byrdland is a hybrid set of guitar strings and a Gretch Strap-lock on the toggle switch. I think I am using 9 to 52. I have tried, I may be a wimp but I cannot get used to those thick higher strings.

Now that my skills have grown over many years, I love this instrument. I have many other guitars but I have had trouble putting this guitar down since I got it. You get used to the thick, rich sound that comes from it. I hate to say it, but my once favorite PRS even sounds wimpy to me now.

BMS