Sad News, But No Choice

I am sorry to report that cyber attacks on our site (Referer Spam), which I cannot stop despite countless hours and hundreds of dollars spent, have left me no choice but to shut down Trail Mix as we know it. The sophisticated attacks are just more than I can handle.

My major concern is how these spammers are subjecting you to malicious sites seeking to infect your computers. Do not click or download anything on a pop-up here. None are my doing. They are all fraudulent. They can only harm you if you click or download something on their sites.

This is a sad decision. Guess this is what I get for getting back into politics.

I will keep this scaled-down version of the site online in hopes that our community can stay together without these malicious attacks. If not, I will simply have to take it down and start all over again.

— Craig Crawford

Twenty for Twenty-twenty

[avatar user=”patd” size=”thumbnail” align=”left”]By PatD[/avatar]Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said “America’s currency makes a statement about who we are and what we stand for as a nation” as he announced that the $10 bill will be redesigned with a woman replacing Alexander Hamilton and will be issued in 2020 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the right of women to vote.

Jack, why not a $20 in 2020?  What kind of anniversary present can you buy nowadays with a sawbuck, you cheapskate!  Furthermore the statement Andrew Jackson makes is not all that complimentary “about who we are and what we stand for as a nation” given his penchant to eliminate Native Americans.hamilton

A nice present for the little lady in August would be to double your chintzy ten dollar promise or, better yet, add twenty more to it and give both bills a makeover.

— Patd is a Trail Mix Contributor

Agenda Free Sunday

[avatar user=”RebelliousRenee” size=”thumbnail” align=”left”]Rebellious Renee[/avatar]

Well boys and gals … seems to be a lot to discuss lately. What a week for the Supreme Court. Sanders is starting to catch up to Hillary Clinton in the polls here in New Hampshire … now that’s kinda interesting.  So….  chat away.

Iowa Labor leaders call for unions to endorse Sanders

CEDAR RAPIDS | Fourteen Iowa labor leaders are among more than 1,000 nationwide calling on unions to support Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

“I’m not often impressed with a candidate but Sanders seems very genuine” said Steve Abbott, president of CWA Local 7108 in Waterloo and head of the CWA’s Iowa state council.

“From my perspective, and I always listen to all of the candidates and have been close to many candidates over the years, what Bernie says is the truth,” said Abbott, who has been working on campaigns since 1980.

Go Forth to the Fourth with Foresight

waltKelly“Resolve then, that on this very ground, with small flags waving and tinny blasts on tiny trumpets, we shall meet the enemy, and not only may he be ours, he may be us.”
— Walt Kelly

[avatar user=”patd” size=”thumbnail” align=”left”]By PatD[/avatar]During these days leading up to  our annual party of patriotism, let us take note seriously that the enemy may be indeed be us, both the collective us and the individual you and me. Let us consider those flags we wave and the flags we shouldn’t wave, the blasts we trumpet and the blasts not to be trumpeted, the words we use and how they’re used — but mostly the actions we took, we take and the actions we could be taking.

— PatD is a Trail Mix Contributor

Humanity Has Gained It’s Suit;

Liberty will never more be without asylum.
— Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette, 1780, A letter to a friend

[avatar user=”blue bronc” size=”thumbnail” align=”left”]By Blue Bronc[/avatar]

Although the weather was thick and warm, a friendly, but hazy, blue sky covered those of use crowding through last weekend’s festival that occupies the dock and yard.  There was little room left for the carriages we rode today.  There was much joy in the air by our visitors and those of us who live here.

I had my mission, singular in purpose, and I say, selfish.  But, back a few moments to my arrival in the district.  The poles lining the brick and cobblestone road were festooned with the flags of my country and the flags of our distinguished guests.  It was a very stirring sight, one I will carry with me for the rest of my mortal life.  This caused a flash of anticipation that is hard to explain.  Perhaps it would be described as that moment one has when closing trunk packed with ones belongings for a long journey.

Most of the side walks were filled with Sunday strollers, young couple staring at the windows of the jewel stores, older pairs waiting for friends to join them for a late breakfast meal.  The path for me was less than on the rhumb line than as one who had failed to heed last call and was making way to home.  No matter I hurried on to fulfill my mission.

Hermione“Aye. Can you see her?”  My call was to a waterman driving the water taxi.

“Yes.  She is there and you can see her from the end of the dock.”

My heart pounded as if driven by the blacksmith’s hammer.  This was too much excitement for a morning walk.  But, I could not hold back my walk any further.  Speed, although my pace is less a walk than a hobble, was my goal.  I moved through those less enthralled by the importance of this hour.

I spotted her, a mile out, and enormous.  Her graceful lines hid her lethal life.  She was anchored in the channel safe from running aground.  Beautiful with her sails furled.  Hermione was here!  High tide in the morning, 0400 to 0500, is when she will move in.  I will, with many others, be on the dock, ready to cheer her arrival into Annapolis.  Where Marquis de LaFayette led the Revolutionary War troops.  Her sailors will march to the graveyard which holds French and American dead together in permanent peace.

Then the good ship will be opened to those of us anxious to view her, to touch her lines and gaze over her bow; to dream of sailing with her.  Her life now devoted to good will  A long life be her joy.

You can view her pictures and location on

— Blue Bronc is a Trail Mix Contributor

Happy 10th Anniversary TrailMixers!

[avatar user=”RebelliousRenee” size=”thumbnail” align=”left”]Rebellious Renee[/avatar]

Can you believe it…  ten years ago this month our fearless leader started the first version of this blog.  So let me say that ol’ cliche . . . it seems like just yesterday.  I started reading from the first post, but didn’t participate until it had been going on for a few months.

So many people have come and gone….   so many memories.

I want to dedicate this post to you, Craig…  thanks for continuing with this little space in the blogosphere and for keeping it a friendly place to share some thoughts with good friends.

Renee and all Trail Mixers — Especially these days, this blog has always been about YOU. Thank you for keeping it alive! — Craig

Agenda Free Monday

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Yeah…  I’ve been falling down on my job here.

Okay…  so let’s get going on an agenda free monday.

Have at it boys and girls.