sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Ranch and Vortex Report

It's 51 degrees at 5:00 pm at the White Wolf Mine - 7,400 ft of altitude on Arizona's Mogollon Rim. The Polar Vortexes have not dipped to this latitude. 

The Colorado Plateau, which begins at the White Wolf Mine and runs all the way north into Colorado and Utah is relatively flat with a few exceptions. Mt. Butler (near Flagstaff, AZ), an extinct volcano juts up from the plateau as do other features. People ski up there but I don't waste my money looking fabulous at the lodge, in front of the fire wearing ski clothes. I do drive around in my 4x4, but out here, there's nobody to look cool for. It's not a bad thing. Not a California thing at all.

Elmer and Joey, two twin white tail deer spike bucks were down the road from the place earlier and split when the rig turned in their direction. They're curious, and skittish, but they hang out in the same area every day. I haven't seen Judy (older mule deer doe) lately and I'm hoping that the lions didn't drag her down. 

Moqui Ridge (left) is south of me and it looked good this morning...chilly, but good. Chilly to me is anything that requires me to wear more than a t-shirt to be comfortable. So in January it's chilly most of the time up here. And I'm fine without the Polar Vortex reminding me that the new ice age is coming. 


If you're a tourist in the area you will likely be drawn to Sedona, Arizona. I looked hard at Sedona but there are too many tourists. I think that Oprah has a house there. I don't hate Oprah, but you know, it's like a skull and crossbones on a map to me. And speaking of maps, and chakras (whatever those are) and non-polar vortexes, we have a lot of them in the area. There may even be one over the White Wolf Mine and I don't know it.

The map illustrates the whole vortex issue graphically. I can't make heads or tails of it, but people travel a long way to experience the chakras, and chant or bark at the Moon while eating tofu and swilling down a $15 dollar cup of mud from Starbucks.

Make of these famous vortexes what you will, but they don't freeze your ass off. It's Arizona, after all.


Starbuck's CEO Howard Schulz announced his intentions to run for the office of President of the United States as an independent in 2020. I've been waiting to see if there was more, if another shoe would drop. As nearly as I can tell, he's serious.

His pitch will be that both parties are broken and that voters need to reach out beyond traditional party politics to toss him into the Oval Office. He will have an appeal to some voters and many feel that his presence in the race will split the Democrat vote. Progressives point out that Schultz is a male, he's white, he's rich, he's a corporate fat cat and his ancestors may have owned slaves. Thus he's not desirable to them. Them meaning the Ocasio-Cortez faction of the Party - the wing nuts. Schultz will push the Democrats further left than they may have intended to be: (1) Make all healthcare like the VA; (2) $20/hr minimum wage; (3) forgive all student debt; (4) Eliminate gasoline as a means of vehicular propulsion; (5) Turn the US into Venezuela; (6) Kill all babies.

There are a lot of Democrats who don't think that those six things are good for America - advantage: Schultz, who can self-fund a campaign (as can Bloomberg).

Schultz running between Poke-a-haunt-us, Beto, Sanders, Hillary, Harris, Spartacus, Biden, Bloomberg, and a dozen more wouldn't get the coverage his ego demands. And his chances of beating the Democrat party candidate, running left of Karl Marx and Vladimir Lenin, are not bad.

It might even cause Bloomberg (too rich, too white, too Jewish) to run as an independent, further splitting the Democrat vote.

With a fragmented left, the clear winner would be Donald J. Trump, incumbent Republican. (MAGA)