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Have you been watching or listening to the News? Well; not really lately it has been going on for a few years.  Remember the old saying “the squeaking wheel gets the grease”.  Well the squeak is destroying our nation and its’ history.  Pick anything, burn or destroy it, then cry on TV that it makes you feel bad and you can get it removed.  This has turned my school, the University of Texas, into a marshmallow.  Another school of higher learning, now I question that statement.  (I have and will continue to write my school and withdraw my money from them until they put the statues back up)

There are over 100 schools in the nation that bears the name “Robert E. Lee” are we going to change all of them; I bet we do. Think of the street signs that bear Southern names, Federal lands, parks, cemeteries, General’s homes and books.  Do we now clean out the libraries.  Does this remind us/you of another era?  It should ,  say Germany, Russia, Venezuela, China, Iraq and Iran.  And just where are they today?

Most of those that are tearing up stuff, demanding stuff couldn’t discuss the Civil War at any educated level. Ask them what was the cause of the civil war, why did the southern states secede from the union?  If we were too erase all the ugliness in the world’s history, would there be any history?   As the president said a few days ago, “where will this stop?”  With ME and You!

Call every elected official we have and say no. Call them every day, multiple times.  Do your research, most of those that fought for the South owned no slaves, they were fighting and died for state rights.  Most were against the federal government taxing them and directing them as to how the states would manage their selves.  They were fighting for what their fore father demanded, “freedom for the states, state’s rights.  The federal government was to protect all the states from foreign governments and the states would manage themselves.

 ” The Northern and Southern sections of the United States developed along different lines. The South remained a predominantly agrarian economy while the North became more and more industrialized. Different social cultures and political beliefs developed. All of this led to disagreements on issues such as taxes, tariffs and internal improvements as well as state’s rights versus federal rights.” The History net

Remember there were southern states that were non-slave states. They were fighting for the right to “decide” for themselves as we should be today.  Just think if every state paid for their congress person and representatives.  Their salaries, cost of living, their staffs, medical and travel.  Each state’s citizens would have to vote to approve and increases in their budget.  Would they be making 300K/year?  Term limits?

There are organizations and groups I strongly disagree with, I would march against them, write against them and talk against them; but they like me have the right to believe whatever and say whatever.  I do not have the right to prevent them from believe whatever.  I believe that you either believe all the constitution or none of it.  You can’t cut and paste what you want too.  Someone today stated that you can’t say things that hurt other feelings.  There is very little that doesn’t upset someone, would we be able to communicate to anyone.

I heard some Congresswoman saying on my way to town yesterday, that those that fought for the south should be considered “NON-AMERICAN,” further she added “the winners of wars have always destroy the statues of the defeated.” (17 Aug). I’m hunting for the quote and the person who said it, but have not found it yet.  If I remember correctly the north did destroy much of the south, burned most and stole the rest.

Next; what is next? In Chicago a “preacher”, of some type, has demanded that the city remove the statue of both Washington and Jefferson and all signs from all city property because both owned slaves.  What is different today than lets’ say six months ago?  Folks have walked by these statue for years and I guess were not bothered by them.  I guess someone or something spoke to them.  But they must also remember and so should city leaders that these statue and other items are public property and it is against the law to destroy or vandalize them.

Here is another quote from the History Net:

The states of the North, meanwhile, one by one had gradually abolished slavery. A steady flow of immigrants, especially from Ireland and Germany during the potato famine of the 1840s and 1850s, insured the North a ready pool of laborers, many of whom could be hired at low wages, diminishing the need to cling to the institution of slavery,” (what “at low wages” means indentured worker, slaves)

I guess we all can reach back and find some group of humans that have wronged our ancestry, all of us. Some have forgotten and moved on while other have to live as victims forever.   It is always so much easier to blame others for our failures than look into the mirror.

Next, I had the honor to serve on a jury for a criminal case this past week, I listened to a number of hours at individuals blaming everyone for everything except being accountable for their own actions.

Finally: do we blame all humans for crucifying our Gods son, Jesus. We could; but we were asked to FORGIVE.



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My family wants to wish everyone a safe and thoughtful 4th of July.  242 years of freedom; won and kept by individuals that stepped up and fought for it.  As others have said, “freedom isn’t free” it cost.


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How can You Tell?

Tomorrow we met to decide who goes to the GOP Convention, who will run for the nations offices.  So in the last few days I have been ask “how do you decide, who to support?”  It is difficult; but it can be done.  Define what is the final conclusion you are looking for.  In my case I want strong constitutional individual to fill all and any vacant chairs in the Supreme Court.  It is so important to go into the future knowing that the highest court has the belief that the constitution is a document that must be followed as written.  I do not believe that the document is a “living document”, a document that changes based on the times.  Our forefathers wrote it for their times and ours.  It does not change, we do.   So I look at what or who can best reach my goals.  There is no one person that fill all my needs or wants; so I look for that one person that fills the most.  Can I accept some disagreements.  As long as that person doesn’t break my beliefs and core values.  Study, research and talk to others.



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Merry Christmas

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To the many Diners:

Here it is the eve of a very Special Day, the birth of our Savior.  Lets not forget what tomorrow is a celebration of and to whom it is for.  Many will be with family and friends so share the celebration with all.  Those traveling; be careful.  So Merry Christmas, watch the food and the spirits.


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How Do Your Members of Congress Vote?

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Another great National Park and Forest

Just returned from our annual National Park trip. This year, an odd year, is a west of the Mississippi trip. We made Bass Lake, Ca our base camp. A small city on Hyw 41 south of Sacramento and north of Fresno. Day trips into the   Yosemite valley visiting the Yosemite National Forest and Park. Beautiful scenic vistas, waterfalls and rock formations. Then an hour or so watching climber scale the face of El Capitan. In words of some a real big rock. Then a trip into the forest to see the red woods. God’s big trees the Sequoia. The world’s biggest tree, 330 plus feet tall and 25 plus feet around, lots of fire wood. 2500-4000 years since the tiny seed sprouted to life. Bought a small tree back so lets see when it reaches 20 feet.

” Yosemite’s natural beauty can be found in things big and small, from towering granite cliffs and giant sequoia to diminutives wildflowers. Varied conditions in four geographic areas–HIGH SIERRA, GRANITE CLIFFS, SEQUOIA GROVES AND VALLEY—makes such diversity possible. Explore Yosemite’s many facets, take in its many moods and enjoy its views, sounds and smells.”     John Muir

Other parks in the area we visited was Kings Canyon and Death Valley. Close and easy a day trip from Bass Lake. If you haven’t been taking the time. Next year 2016 is east of the Mississippi and we are off to the Everglades.


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Lets’ Re-address a Few Things

I need to add to a past post.

quote from the Ear: “questions and letters to the editor that Mr. McDowell said he had in his effort to discredit Mr. Hudson just went out the window.” The efforts of the Chef isn’t to discredit the board president; it was to get the truth out. The citizens desire the truth. Anyone can look back at the charges made about anyone that has or had an issue with him. Charges all kinds and subjects. It had nothing to do with discrediting him it was to show Ellicotters who was on the school board. There are others still on the board. Isn’t Mr Hudson still a board member until mid Nov? It was not to discredit Mr Hudson it was to point out inconsistencies in what has been printed and his statements. EXAMPLE, Examples, examples. Discrediting the Ear; maybe; but that has been done many times, he does it himself.


quote from the Ear: Unfortunately, we believe that Jackie Chambers is not one of them!    Just who is this we? Self serving!!!!!!! where does some of this current board fall, in the self-serving arena? Aren’t most people in some way self-serving? Today there was an ad in the RL that said the District need bus drivers; so let say a person on the board has a wife or brother that would like to be a bus driver. So does the board go without a bus driver? What if that person is an outstanding Math teacher, the district says no. Come on!!!! In our small community! Ignorant can you believe the Ear is saying this, look at some of the current board members. She does work for the state in the water area, soooooooo! Would you say a board member that crawls in the ditches with a camera; is smart.

quote: Does she have any special skills or abilities or training in education? What does Mr Hudson, McWilliams, Dahns and Rehkopf have in the education world. Yes they went to school, but no special skills, no training.

quote from the Ear: “McDowell just cannot handle questions from the citizens of Ellicott. When “Fed UP” asked a question that he posted on his blog; his response was to “identify” that person as “the Ear”; that is what he does when someone asks him a question or if someone has a different opinion. quote from FedUp: I have posted exactly one comment to the Ellicott Ear. Same as the one I posted to you:  From the chef, guess someone besides FedUp used the FedUp title, was the Ear making up comments, was that the reason it was taken down within hours?   A few days ago there was a comment that said it was from a person calling self “Fed Up”; but Fed Up states she did not post it on the other blog.  But before anyone could question the post, the Ear deleted it. I’m trying to get a copy, the post call Mr Howarth names. Am sorry to “my” Fed up”.

To Fed Up: I will take a step back and say I jumped the gun, I have a short trigger when it comes to being miss-lead. All I can ask is that you continue to highlight your interest and the things I fail to highlight. My hope is to return the Potluck Diner back to the true reason it was created, Community Information. In Now I plan on changing horses.

quote: “But that other blogger just made fun of the warning and indicated that somehow the Ear was calling someone a snake. This is typical of the way he thinks. We think an apology is in order. No one was called a snake; it was a real warning about snakes.” If anyone believes this quote, I have some beach front property in Colorado I give you a great deal on. Plus the Ear goes back into his post and makes changes but fails to highlight the changes. So who knows. I was raised in rattlesnake country, a 5 foot rattler is a BIG snake.

quote: “Electing someone to the school board is about the future, not the past.” Then why is the Ear talking about Mrs Chambers husband.

quote: “Education today is about preparing the students to work in tomorrow’s global workplace.” Is the Ear talking about some other school board? He can’t be talking about D22’s board. Except for one it has been years since they were in school. Look at their degrees and work. The only way anyone could make this statement with D22’s board in mind is be related to them. Listen to the board recordings. The global workspace is a small piece of the adult world. The Ear must have copied this from some educational post. I’ll search.

quote: “The individuals that run for the school board need to have a vision of the future. They need to have a “desire” to make certain all students are ready for the life ahead of them.” Again I will repost some of the current board’s visions and desires. Count the number of times Mr Hudson, Mr McWilliams and Mr Rehkopf made any comments about the global workspace or visions of the future adults of Ellicott. Count them.

quote: “All too often those that run for the Ellicott school board have other reasons for trying to get on the school board. They want “to get even or punish” someone for something that was done or said years ago.” Is the Ear flip flopping or reading some of my past post. There are a least two maybe three board members that are on the board for just those reasons. Within days of being elected they collected of their promises. The recall effort for Mr Hudson was in some ways just because of his get even statement and actions. Others got even because of actions perceived toward them or family members. Where has the Ear been. Remove Ebert was this group’s campaign cry

quote from the Ear:  They want to get even with some teacher or some principal; to make them “pay” for what they did or said.   Isn’t that just what Mr Hudson, Mr McWilliams and M & G Dahns did?  Superintendent, HS principal, coaches?



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What is an IP Address?

In general terms, IP (Internet Protocol) address is the set of numbers that enables a computer/devices to connect to each other using the internet. This number allows the location of literally billions of digital device to locate each other. It is like a mailing address for each of our computer.

An IP address consists of four numbers, each of which contains one to three digits, with a single dot (.) separating each number or set of digits. Each of the four numbers can range from 0 to 255. Here’s an example of what an IP address might look like: Without this numeric protocol, sending and receiving data over the World Wide Web would be impossible.

IP addresses can be either static or dynamic. Static IP addresses never change. They serve as a permanent Internet address and provide a simple and reliable way for other computers to contact your’s. Static IP addresses reveal such information as the continent, country, region, and city in which a computer is located; the ISP (Internet Service Provider) that services that particular computer; and such technical information as the precise latitude and longitude of the country, as well as the locale, of the computer.

Many websites provide IP address look-up services to their visitors, free of charge. If you’re curious about your own IP address, you can locate these websites by performing a Google search.  Here is a lookup service:

Most times you send an email or log on to a website your IP address can be seen. A number of providers allow you to set up you income mail; so you can see the incoming IP address of the sender.

On a provider like Elpasotel, there is a very very very slim chance that there are two TP addresses alike. If is happens there will be conflicts between the two machines.  In fact there is 1 chance in 12 billion that there are two like addresses in the world. The internet runs a continual check to prevent dups, so two computer are not confused.

Here is my example: If you send me a comment on my blog by using the comment button it shows me your email address and your IP address.   Then you send me a email to my email address using a different email sender name, I can ask my program to ID the sender, showing the IP address. So if the two different types of transaction were transmitted from the same computer, the IP address would be the same. This is the way security personnel track stuff back to the address it was sent from. WARNING: It is illegal, but there is software that will track the IP address right to the house.

So hope this provides the requested info.



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My Bad

To the many diners at the diner, I’m bigger than that.  Thanks for hanging



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Who Cares? Is it really important, as long as we do what is right. It is called Honor!


“see I’m right; so there!” That isn’t at all what I’m saying; what I’m saying is “Ear is wrong”! I’m encouraging all to do some research before they believe anyone, knowledge is the key. The Ear continues to blame and slander any individual that has an opinion especially if they point out the lack of leadership that comes from this board and its president. The Chef continues to highlight failures and poor decisions made by this board.

I didn’t have to search the internet for articles, they come to the Diner. I highlight issues that this board failed to consider or think about. Just blind to everything,  making a poor and incomplete decision. Here is what the Chef would have done, developed a process where the computers are left in the classroom. Developed a classroom/subject system. Protect the children. Why is there the real need for the children to take a system home, why an email system, could it be so the teachers don’t have to deal face to face with the children or parents? There is so many sides to IT in the classroom, an article I just read states that some medical studies shows that the waves released by the computer screens is 10X the amount as a cell tower. Another states that teachers unions are protecting teacher that are now using IT material instead of teaching. I’m not against IT, it has a place but this board did nothing but say yes to the administration, no research. Now I have written! What is the number of students have to do with IT in the classroom, the ear is searching for crap.  Now the Ear is putting race and color into the mix.  One of these days we will link these hateful statements to a face.

My effort is to remove poor leaders, to replace those that have poor character with those that have leadership skills, those that are truly examples of what we need managing our district.  Honest individuals, individuals that we will be proud of.

Just what has the five current board member done for this community? Most have caused issues. Issue that will be addressed during the upcoming campaign and election.

quote, “short response to McDowell is “Who cares what you think”!

There are some, it will only take one more than the ones we seek to remove. Let’s wait until Nov. There is no one that “represents the community”, “there is no one that speaks for the community”, we are free High Plains men and women. Also how does the Ear know what is being contributed by others. Look at the old trailers as you enter “my” city, guess there are others that want at least two board members gone. 70 to 90 readers (daily) will gather together to form a tidal wave to put honesty and integrity back into this school board.

Are you asking me to run or telling me? As I have stated before announcing isn’t required until Aug. As of this post guess there is no one running. Again since the Ear/you want declare your name, it is difficult to believe anything post on the Ear’s blog. As hard as I want to believe that there is good in everyone, as to believing the Ear I can’t. Again this is a free county and as we campaign citizens will make their own decision as to which direction they want this district and our children to go.

Radical, been called many things but radical is a new one. Mr Ear someday the truth will be known.

PS Who are these SOS supporters? Could they be a figment of your dreams.

PSS  A funny comment made yesterday, they believe that the ear is so much like Hillary C.  that we should just call the ear Hillary.  Can’t trust anything that leaks from the site.  good point, now it is “Hillary the Ear”



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