Thursday 24th May 2018

Face Book Friends


Ron Nesler New Harmony Indiana

Many people who visit my Face Book page remark to me, “Ron, you have an incredible bunch of Face Book friends.”  And then they ask me,  “How do you achieve and maintain such high quality of intellect and morals among the people on your list of Face Book Friends?”

I hear this all the time. Today, I will share my secret of how to have only the best, brightest and most morally fit people as Face Book friends.

My biggest secret to my high quality of Face Book friends is that I NEVER accept friend requests from people whose profile pictures include guns, Confederate or Nazi Flags, or images of monster pickup trucks or of folks in KKK robes saluting Donald Trump.

I also decline friend requests from people who display their bare breasts or other body parts not normally seen uncovered at PTA meetings or Church Ice Cream socials.

These few simple rules have helped me to have only the smartest and most morally upright folks included on my Face Book friends list. It will work for you too! Try it.

Ron Nesler posting from New Harmony Indiana



Ron Nesler New Harmony Indiana

Twenty traits on the Hare Psychopathy checklist are listed below. These traits are used to assess rapists, murderers and other incarcerated criminals for Psychopathy :

1. pathological lying
2. glib and superficial charm
3. grandiose sense of self
4. need for stimulation
5. cunning and manipulative
6. lack of remorse or guilt
7. shallow emotional response
8. callousness and lack of empathy
9. parasitic lifestyle
10. poor behavioral controls
11. sexual promiscuity
12. early behavior problems
13. lack of realistic long-term goals
14. impulsivity
15. irresponsibility
16. failure to accept responsibility
17. many short-term marital relationships
18. juvenile delinquency
19. revocation of conditional release
20. criminal versatility


20 lies in my entire 70+ years of life


Ron Nesler New Harmony Indiana

I haven’t told over 20 lies in my entire 70+ years of life. Those few lies were in support of absolute survival or obtaining sexual favors. And, I guarantee you, I feel bad about every one of them.  Trump, on the other hand,  tells more lies each day, than I have told in my entire long life. Lying is his default reaction to any question either profound or of piss ant import. He just automatically lies, and everyone knows it.

Here is what baffles me. Why is this lying OK with Trump supporters? I just simply don’t get it. I don’t hear any of his supporters deny that he is a chronic liar. Instead, they just laugh it off.  The truth is, Trump is a moral leper, just on lying alone. Without even factoring in his dead beat debts, draft dodging and sexual assaults.

How can this lying not bother people? Do they want their grand kids to pattern themselves on Trump? Surely not, but who in the Hell knows, what these people are thinking?

Posted from New Harmony, Indiana by Ron Nesler

medical marijuana for war vets


Ron Nesler New Harmony Indiana

During the Vietnam war, I was a Staff Sergeant E-6 in the US Army with a spotless record and accelerated promotions. I served 15 months in an artillery combat unit in Vietnam. I am rated 100% service connected disabled by the VA. I have three conditions, normally treated with medical marijuana in states other than Indiana.

But, because, I live in Indiana, I am forced to use other less effective medicines, some of which are highly addictive and/or cause liver damage. To the best of my understanding, the reason that I am denied medical marijuana in my home state, is because Mike Pence and other non veteran radicals fear that pot might have the side effect of causing me to be mildly euphoric. Or, that it might, as a worst case scenario, actually make me smile for a few minutes per day.

Mike Pence and all the other radical winger Chicken Hawks, who oppose medical marijuana for war vets, may kiss my rosy red enlisted ass.

Macho, Decency and Perma-culture


Ron Nesler New Harmony Indiana

Many Trump supporters, believe that flaunting all standards of decency by backing Trump makes them look macho. It doesn’t, it just makes them look incredibly stupid and morally bereft.  Being a Trump supporter is the political equivalent of loud boom boxes, big guns, noisy mufflers and 10 foot tall pickup trucks.  It impresses people, but not the way you think.

Here are a couple of links you might like.





What’s WORSE than Trump?


Ron Nesler New Harmony Indiana

I was fairly comfortable that Donald Trump had about burned himself out. And, that the world would return to normal after Trump gets dealt a humiliating defeat in his bid for reelection in 2020. Then a close friend dropped by for coffee this afternoon. This anonymous friend is the most politically savvy person I know, and they gave me reason to be fearful.

What’s WORSE than Trump?  What IF, this nightmare scenario were to play out: Trump is not impeached and convicted, but he actually finishes out his term. That could easily happen, but here’s the scary part. What if  Trump,  still being President in 2019,  voluntarily steps aside in favor of Mike Pence as the GOP candidate? That is the ONE way, that the Republicans could hold onto the White House in 2020, without a bloody primary.  And, I’m sure the GOP has this idea in mind, if Trump survives in office until 2019.

You will notice Pence is laying low and not having his picture taken with Trump. If Pence ran instead of Trump, and Trump campaigned for him, you would have an even larger merger of the “in it for the money Republicans” with the “God wants us to do this” Republicans.  If Trump survives until then and cooperates with his party, this nightmare could happen

Pence is even more dangerous and destructive of democracy than Trump. Trump has no core beliefs, and can be reasoned with or at least politically intimidated. But, not Pence. Pence is a true believer. He is absolutely convinced, that God (his god) has chosen him to lead America out of the heathen wilderness and deliver us all into the arms of  Jesus. He believes that as surely as I believe water is wet. Pence is not a liar or a crook, he is worse, much worse. He is a religious fanatic of the first rank. Pence has zero doubt, that his god dictates instructions, right into his ear.

Part of the danger of Pence is, that he has a calm demeanor and takes a nice picture, when he is dressed up. If you didn’t know his history, you could easily think he is sane.

I pray for the health of Donald Trump, and if he can’t be impeached and convicted, I pray that he runs again in 2020. And, if Trump does run again, I will pull a Republican ballet in the primaries and vote for him at least once. Because, Trump is the one Republican, that ANY Democrat can beat in November 2020.

Ron Nesler New Harmony Indiana



Mexican Border


Ron Nesler New Harmony Indiana

For about 30 years, I lived on the Mexican border. Many Americans who live on the border —-and I was among them— feed the poor immigrants sneaking across from Mexico and help them hide from the Border Patrol. I lived near a huge Flea Market near the border, and I have taken many immigrants there to buy them better shoes or blankets or a used back pack. This is very common there.

This is how Americans used to behave, before the evangelical preachers took over our government.

It is NOT about politics, it is about being decent human beings.

Ron Nesler New Harmony, Indiana

Mike Pence


Ron Nesler New Harmony Indiana

Our president’s crisis management style creates new scandals daily. He churns out outrages, at a dizzying pace. A pace that makes staying focused on any particular recently passed scandal very difficult for anyone, most especially his followers. He started out on his first day in office lying about his inauguration crowd size, against clear photographic evidence. And, he has picked up speed at an incredible rate, creating a juggernaut of lies and crimes, that is overwhelming.

Trump is indeed, a Hell of a guy. But, I comfort myself, that as bad as he is for the nation, he is not nearly so dangerous and corrosive of democracy as Mike Pence would be, if given the chance.

So count your blessings.

Ron Nesler posting from New Harmony, Indiana

Elfreda, wherever you are


I often feel that life’s not fair, and that I probably should get at least a partial refund on the price of my ticket. I don’t think, I’m the only one to  ever feel that way, I’ve heard others express similar sentiments. When I get those feelings, I try to remember something,  I once heard from one of the dumbest people I ever met.

Years ago, back in my incarnation as a worker bee, I used to join a a small group of acquaintances for a sack lunch chit chat session a couple of days per week during the noon hour. This was in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Our little group discussed life and it’s vicissitudes and how best to cope. We were a pretty mixed gathering of people, as to age, station, intellect and education. I was among the least formally educated people in the group. But, that is not to say,  that I was among the least mentally agile or learned.  There was this one young lady in our little group, by whom, in my opinion, the cake was clearly taken in the lack of brains department. I found her to be mind numbingly dull witted. And, in fact, it caused me sharp physical pain, down to the very bone marrow, to hear her speak on any topic. For the purposes of this story, in order to preserve her anonymity, we will call her Elfreda.

Her name was not really Elfreda, though. It is just that I need an anonymous name for this story, and I have always enjoyed the name Elfreda. I like the sound of it. I have known three Elfredas in my life. Back in the 1970’s, I was acquainted with an older couple in Delta Junction, Alaska, whose names were Elfreda and Frontenac McGillicutty.  But, that’s another story for another day. Back to my sack lunch group in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

One week, as I was unwrapping my burrito, Elfreda began to speak about how to remain happy in spite of  adverse circumstances. Before, I was able to tune her out, I heard her say, that she found, that a major secret to being happy is simply to embrace the fact, that life includes a certain “legitimate” amount of pain.  And, that once we cowboy up and accept that, it becomes much easier to recognize and enjoy the good parts.

Trust me on this, Elfreda is not a brain trust. But, her statement about embracing life’s legitimate bumps in the road, is one of the six or seven smartest thoughts, I have ever heard anyone express. I salute you Elfreda, wherever you are.

Ron Nesler New Harmony, Indiana

Longevity vs Irony


Up until age 37, when I sobered up, I drank alcohol excessively, and that’s actually a massive understatement .  The truth is, I was never intentionally sober from age 26 until age 37. If being sober had been against the law in those years, the worst thing with which I could have been charged would have been attempted sobriety. Until I was age 42, I was a four to five pack per day cigarette smoker. Up until about age 60, I was an enthusiastic consumer of refined sugar, artificial sweeteners, processed carbohydrates, corn syrup, hydrogenated fats,  chemical preservatives and biscuits and gravy. For much of my life a Coca Cola and a bag of potato chips combo was health food dining, compared to my normal diet.  During my military career, I was one of those guys on the ground in Vietnam, who was sprayed with Agent Orange, plus we ate unidentifiable stuff out of cans dated for the Korean war. I have worked on oil rigs, when, in order to increase oil flow, we injected stuff so toxic into the wells, that the names of the chemicals were kept secret from the workers.

I am 70 now, and I have cancer in remission, COPD, osteo arthritis, type two diabetes and a lot of QOL residuals from cancer treatment. I am not whining about my health. As a matter of fact, I am happier and more content right now, than I ever have been in my life.  Life is good, I like it, and want to hang around as long as I can.

At 70, I have taken a serious interest in eating right, keeping clean habits and regular hours and consuming as little industrial waste as possible. I am getting a late start, but whether I live longer or not, I feel better on a daily basis. Now, I suppose,  in the interest of the irony of the universe, I will probably be run over by a truck or shot by an NRA member within the week.

Ron Nesler New Harmony Indiana

Firearms Training


In the Vietnam war, American soldiers carried M-16  rifles with magazines capable of firing 20 rounds without reloading. Some soldiers made shade tree modifications to the M-16 magazines, which allowed them to fire 30 rounds without reloading.

Today, any American can buy an AR-15 with a magazine allowing them to fire 100 rounds or even 200 rounds without reloading. This requires no modification to the weapon, as purchased. The NRA says the AR-15 is not a military weapon.

I have been a hunter all of my life. I own firearms. I spent 8 years active duty Army, with 15 months of that in an artillery firing battery in Vietnam. I have no objection to other Americans having firearms. I am a former member of the NRA. But, a weapon that can fire 100 or 200 rounds without reloading is purely a military weapon. It has no purpose other than slaughtering human beings. No civilian has any need for or right to such a weapon. The NRA is dead wrong on this.

If you can’t bag a deer or a bear or protect your home with a 10 round magazine, you probably should seek some sort of firearms training.



As a Vietnam vet, I often hear fellow war vets grumbling, that all of the Republicans in DC will support any war, but they never serve in combat themselves. That’s simply not true.

As an example, take life long Republican Robert Mueller, our current Special Prosecutor and our former Director of the FBI. Mueller, again a life long Republican, joined the Marines in 1968, after graduating from Princeton University. He volunteered for service in Vietnam, served in combat, and was awarded BOTH a Purple Heart for wounds and a Bronze Star with V Device for valor in combat.

Prior to his Vietnam combat service, Marine Robert Mueller, attended the Army’s exclusive Ranger School and its Airborne school. Those Army training assignments are unusual for a Marine. And, they are typically set aside for a very few of the very best Marines each year. Mueller was one such. Mueller has also been honored by being named to the Army Ranger Hall of Fame.

In combat, Mueller was a member of H Company, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, an infantry unit assigned along “Mutter’s Ridge” near the DMZ. This was an area of Quang Tri province overlooking the border of North and South Vietnam. A place where much heavy fighting took place.

So, no more bad mouthing Republicans for shirking military combat duty. If you get that urge, just remember Republican war hero Robert Mueller.

Ron Nesler posting from New Harmony, Indians