Thursday 21st June 2018

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

Hey Hey NRA!


Hey Hey NRA! 

I am an ultra liberal Democrat. I own firearms, and I support the right of other Americans to own firearms. I began hunting squirrels, rabbits, ducks and quail at age 12 with a 22 and a 12 gauge. I encourage that for kids today, and I oppose age limits on owning hunting weapons.

I own a hand gun for self protection, and I have a concealed carry permit. I support that right for other Americans.

I carried an M-16 with a 20 round magazine in Vietnam for 15 months. I understand the occasional necessity of that.

Fully automatic weapons are already against the law. I support that. And, I believe a semi automatic weapon compatible with magazines of over 10 rounds is a weapon of war, and should also be illegal for civilians.

Until a thorough and vigorous background check is complete, no one should be able to purchase any semi automatic weapon, including handguns, If that takes two weeks, I’m fine with that, it will save innocent lives.

No one with a conviction for any violent crime, especially spousal abuse, should be allowed to own or possess any semiautomatic weapon, including hand guns.

I think my ideas are sane, constitutional and in line with most Americans. The NRA doesn’t represent gun owners, military vets and hunters like me. The NRA represents gun manufacturers.

Here is a comparison between the 22 round on the left used for hunting and the AR 15 round on the right used in school shootings. Their is a penny between them to use to reference size. You may click to enlarge the pic

Ron Nesler New Harmony, Indiana

Rulz for Catz and other stuff


Ron Nesler New Harmony Indiana

Hi!  This is Ron Nesler, old but not dead or unconscious, reporting from here on the left side of New Harmony, Indiana.

If Trump blocks Stormy Daniels from appearing on 60 Minutes, he will have imposed more sanctions on a porn actress than on Russia.

Purdue University REPORT says climate change is already a disaster for New Harmony and the rest of southern Indiana. Fact starved Knuckle Draggers claim this report is liberal propaganda, forgetting that Trump/Pence supporter Mitch Daniels is the President of Purdue University.

Mike Pence remains hidden away in a secret location awaiting Trump’s implosion,  and Trump’s Secretary of Education embarrasses herself so badly on an INTERVIEW WITH 60 MINUTES, that even Trump realizes she is an obvious  Pea Brain.

The Secretary of VA David Shulkin has put himself and his family under 24/7 armed guard. No one is absolutely sure, who he fears most, his own mutinous money grubbing staff  or the military war vets, who he is robbing and screwing.  Shulkin recently was publicly busted for taking his wife on a tour of European castles at VA expense, while 22 military vets per day, 365 days per year, commit suicide because of third rate VA mental health care for those exposed to the Hell of combat. Meanwhile, it seems EVEN TRUMP IS SICK OF SHULKIN  Most ordinary vets wanted Trump to name Pete Hedseth for VA Secretary, but the big vet groups opposed Hegseth, because they were afraid he would cut off the flow of tax money to those groups. And, he WOULD have.

Here is a Hell of a factual and effective VIDEO ON GUN CONTROL.  NRA wants Americans to think the left wants to ban ALL firearms. That is a pure lie. Most liberals are like ME, I own guns and I support the right of others to own guns, we just want some sane control of WEAPONS OF WAR, to stop putting military weapons in the hands of everyone who can scrape up the cost of one. I think you will enjoy the video, may want to SHARE WITH FRIENDS.

NRA is trolling the internet claiming that the .223 caliber rounds for the AR 15 and AR 16 that school shooters use is essentially the same as the 22 caliber round, which kids and other hunters use to bag squirrels for dinner. I have a life time of experience hunting squirrels with a 22 and I carried an M-16 version of the AR for 15 months in Vietnam.  Here is a picture of the two rounds side by side, you tell me, if NRA is lying or not.

Ron Nesler, old but not dead or unconscious here in New Harmony, Indiana


Without the proverbial paddle


The Republicans have had their chance. They have brought us unlimited weapons of war in our streets, open bribery of Congress members by corporations, murkiness in public business, and Donald Trump.

Small “d” democracy can’t survive like this. Either we have to change things quickly or give up and surrender to corporate fascism.

The Democratic Party with all its flaws and imperfections is the only hope we have. If American democracy is to survive, the old guard Democrats and Progressive Democrats and Democratic Socialists all have coalesce around first priority issues.

The most important first priority issue is campaign finance reform. Fix campaign finance and all of the guns and lying and corruption will go away. Fail to fix campaign finance and all is almost surely lost forever.

People who run for office under the Democratic banner have a huge moral responsibility to the nation to be as morally fit as humanly possible. You can’t campaign on reform, if your own party’s candidates are easily impugned.  Please Don’t run for office as a Democrat, if you have skeletons in your closet, blood on your hands, secret sexual infidelities in your past or your fingers in anyone else’s cookie jar.

And, if you are a voter, learn to value moral fitness over any petty policy differences. Any Democrat, whether liberal, old guard or establishment in any office in America is better right now than any Republican. If you doubt that, look out your windows.

If Democrats splinter and don’t  stick together on core principles in 2018 and 2020, we are all up the creek without a paddle.


Ron Nesler New Harmony Indiana


almost like the system is rigged


Ron Nesler New Harmony Indiana

During the Vietnam war, — (of which, unlike Cadet Bone Spur,  I was a participant) — our government spent hundreds of millions of dollars PER DAY on waging that war. I remember, when the war ended, my very first thought was that all of that money could then go into making life better for working class people in America.

In my childlike and trusting way, I just assumed that all of that money we had been wasting on war would go into education, schools, higher wages, health care, roads, bridges, libraries, space exploration, and other benefits for natural air breathing human beings.

Hello Polly Ana!

It has been forty years now, and working people are worse off today, than we were when the Vietnam war was at its worst. Sometimes, it almost seems like the system is rigged in favor of the war contractors.

Ron Nesler posting childish childlike thoughts from New Harmony, Indiana

smarter than me


I don’t very often think anyone is smarter than me. But, these teenage survivors of the recent Florida assault weapon slaughter are a big exception to that. These kids are mindful of the state of the world and how it works. They are thoughtful, eloquent and able. They make me ashamed of my own education and abilities. They have obviously had some advantages in life, one of which is clearly a progressive school system. All of the ones I have heard speak, clearly have superior minds and education. I envy the start they have had in life, and I admire them. Expect some Congress members, Senators and maybe a President out of this group. You heard it here first.

In only about ten days these kids have the NRA playing defense. They have forced Trump to at least blather some measure of support for gun control, not that what Trump says one day is any predictor of his actions the next. But Trump obviously fears these kids.

They have embarrassed a major international bank, First National of America,  to end a 10 year campaign of boosting NRA by issuing an NRA credit card. That support of NRA ended the day after the Parkland “kids” appeared in the CNN Town Hall.

They have made Senator Marco Rubio publicly back off from his strict NRA script, and embarrassed the hell out of Rubio on national TV for taking HEAPS of NRA money.

In less than two weeks, their newly born anti assault weapon campaign has scared the GOP enough that Trump, Limbaugh and the FOX News guys are attacking these kids.  When FOX News attacks you, you know you have done something significant and correct.

In only ten days, these kids have raised $4 million dollars to take their fight to the NRA. They are going after NRA in every state and in Washington, DC. We have had lots of mass slaughter in schools and elsewhere in this country with military weapons. Every incident has created some resistance to the financially powerful gun manufacturers. But, always before now, the NRA has owned enough politicians to stifle the public outcry. I predict this time is going to be different.  I think we are going to see some history made now, in a positive way. I salute these teenage American heroes.

Ron Nesler New Harmony Indiana







Yes, I believe in God. I’m old, and I’ve seen a lot of things, that would make it difficult to not believe in God. The universe is seemingly endless, even though my pea brain can’t really even grasp the concept of infinite vastness. The earth is large and holds many miraculous sights. The seas are deep and mysterious and still mostly unexplored. Man creates technological marvels at a dizzying pace.  All of that argues for a creator of some sort.

Who am I, with my tarnished little flea bite of a soul and my pitiful little joke of an intellect to argue against what I see before me? I don’t do it. There is something beyond my understanding going on, and what the Hell could it be other than God?

Basically, I concede, that there is a God, and that it is not me.

That’s not much, but its enough to build my religion on. My religious practice is to make my mind stop chattering, (you might call that meditation) and then just listen for messages from the creator. I may be deceiving myself, that I am hearing the creator’s voice. It is possible, that I may be just picking up some  stray radio signals from old Jack Bennie radio programs. But, authentic or not, it makes me feel better to do this listening, and I feel like I learn some valuable ideas.

Here are SOME of the ideas, I think, I have learned by just tuning out my own brain chatter and listening.

  1. Human life is universal, we are all part of one large network, we need one another
  2. We are unequivocally the keepers of our brothers and sisters
  3. Selfish is counter productive, if you are selfish, you harm your soul
  4. True joy is found in relieving the suffering of a fellow creature.
  5. True joy is found in humility, arrogance is a poison to our souls
  6. It should go without even mentioning, that killing except in direct self defense, stealing, and infidelity, sexual or otherwise, are very bad ideas. If you practice any of these bad acts, it will come back to bite you in the ass, either now or later, and you will without fail suffer great misery for it.

That is pretty much my religion, and it feeds my spiritual needs. I ask you to note, that I have created my religion without embracing guns, racism, homophobia, or hatred or fear of anyone, no matter how different, they are from me.

I will also mention, that while I am NOT recruiting for my religion, if you did decide to join, you will NEVER be asked to give me money. That is a first principle of my church. Absolutely no donations accepted EVER. I think I have a better program on that point than either Franklin Graham or the Pope. I will never accept your money, not today, not next year, not ever.

Also, my religion is on line, has no scheduled services, and therefore won’t interfere with spending your Sundays with family and friends. You can golfing or go fishing or take the kiddos to the playground, without a speck of guilt.   🙂

Here is a book, I recently read and found inspiring. THE SORROWS OF SATAN

Ron Nesler New Harmony Indiana




Gun Poverty


Here is an often overlooked fact about guns and gun violence. Guns don’t just slaughter innocent people, they also destroy families in other ways.

If you live in rural Red State southern Indiana, you can look around you and see families with children in ragged clothes, living in trailers or shacks, while the father of the family is showing off thousands of dollars worth of semi automatic high caliber rifles and hand guns. I call this gun poverty, and it is caused by the huge political “campaign gifts” paid out to Hoosier politicians by the gun manufacturers, who profit off of this obscenity.

Hating Nikolas Cruz is not going to stop gun violence. Voting out politicians who are paid off by the NRA will.

Ron Nesler posting from New Harmony Indiana

GOP Puppy


I served eight years active duty in the US Army, with fifteen months of that in a combat unit in Vietnam. Those are my credentials for an opinion on military rifles. The AR military weapons are designed for only one purpose, and that one purpose is to kill human beings.  The AR’s are military rifles. They are not made for hunting, and they are not made for playing games. They are specifically designed for killing human beings.

State Sen Jim Tomes of Wadesville tells me, these AR military rifles are needed by all Americans. Sen Tomes gives two reasons for this:  #1 Protection from crime.  #2 for use in overthrowing the federal government, when Sen Tomes and his “patriot” friends think that is necessary.

If you think I am making this up, call Sen Tomes and ask him. He is not bashful about his opinions, and his phone number is 812 985

Those two misguided points are the whole GOP argument for protecting gun manufacturers from civil suits and criminal charges.  And, for taking an obscene amount of money from the gun manufacturers.  Ask US Senator Todd Young and Congressman Larry Bucshon how much money they have taken from gun manufacturers through the NRA. I think you would be shocked.

In my opinion, if you want to protect yourself from government tyranny, you should read a history book and educate yourself. And, if you want to protect yourself from crime, you should double the minimum wage and pass Medicare coverage for all. Nobody benefits from the spread of military weapons EXCEPT those who sell military weapons.

If, you think, an armed rebellion against the US government, is part of the legitimate political process, you are a sick puppy.


Ron Nesler posting from New Harmony, Indiana

Turkey reproduction


Can you connect the dots connecting the recent Wall Street tumble to our war spending and Trump’s Border Wall?

Everything the Republicans DO, (think war spending) is done on borrowed money. Trump’s stupid border wall will be built on borrowed money. The federal government borrows money by selling BONDS. When the government goes too wild on spending, they have to raise the interest rates on the bonds they sell in order to make the bonds MORE ATTRACTIVE to investors. As the interest rates on the bonds go higher, investors pull their money out of the stock market, and put it into high interest government bonds, which are a Hell of a lot safer than the stock market is. Then what you see is just what is happening NOW. As investors take their money out of the stock market and put into safer high interest government bonds, the stock market falls dramatically.

Come back next week, and I will explain how turkeys reproduce little turkeys.

Fine pizza or an exploding head?


Ron Nesler New Harmony Indiana

Ron Nesler New Harmony Indiana

I enjoy long winter time bouts of depression and despair as much as anybody. But, I try to do all things in reasonable moderation. This past two weeks, I have had a front row seat watching corporate and government vultures picking the bones of the weak and powerless. That always puts me in a funk. Greed and bullying are two of the most depressing things I know of.

And, then to top it off, a friend, one of my favorite people on the planet, a good and witty and generous person, cashed in her chips at 46 with a massive heart attack.  I could just sit down and cry. Or twist off and break things. Or, verbally abuse some richly deserving selfish asshole.

But, I have decided to pass on all of those proven stress relievers and just order a huge take out thin crust Pizza with everything, plus extra Anchovies, from Dimaggio’s Pizza in Mt Vernon, and then sit around all evening eating pizza and washing it down with a couple of bottles of Spanish lemonade with real cane sugar, that I have squirreled away for just such a time as this.

If, you are a selfish, low rent asshole, and I do not in any way abuse you, in the next 24 hours, you can say thank you to my magnificent self restraint, DiMaggio’s Pizza and the lemonade produced by those wily Spaniards.

May all selfish, greedy, self serving sissies kiss my rosy red working class ass.

Ron Nesler New Harmony, Indiana