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  • Joe Krill January 15, 2024, 8:14 AM

    The following is a poem that I have had on the back of my business card for over 45 years. When given thoughtful reflection one has to ask, why not say something good today to someone, anyone, anyone that we have known in our lifetimes, because they will sure as hell not know that we said it at their wake.

    Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body. Proverbs 16:24

    Why do we wait till a person’s gone before we tell them their worth?
    Why do we wait, why not tell them now they are the finest person on earth?
    Why do we wait until a person’s gone to send them flowers galore
    When a single rose would have meant so much if we’d taken it to their door?
    Why do we wait till they cannot hear the good things that we might say?
    Why put it off, why not tell them now and share in their joy today?
    Of course we’re busy, that’s our excuse, but why, oh why do we wait
    To tell a person our admiration for them until it becomes too late?

    May all those who have kept this blog alive in memory of Gerard have a very Blessed year.

    • Terry January 15, 2024, 8:54 AM

      Thank you Joe.

      I being the black sheep of my family, have been locating and communicating with “lost” members of my family for a few years of late and it has been a savior of my soul.

      Latest find is one of my first cousins who escaped the clutches of the dot gov medical tyranny of the USA to find refuge in S. Africa twenty-one years ago. His story is relevant to current revelations in pharma/medical.

    • Maggie January 16, 2024, 10:11 AM

      Mr. Krill,
      I do not say much but your comment really hit home. This poem in some ways echos many of the obits of today. “At the deceased request there will be not viewing.” Or, “ As for so and so’s wishes, there will be no viewing”. The deceased probably thought that if people didn’t care about the person while they were living then why waste the money on hollow words when they are dead. Thanks a million for posting this beautiful poem for a beautiful direction on living.

  • ghostsniper January 15, 2024, 9:22 AM

    I used to like to walk the straight and narrow line
    I used to think that everything was fine
    Sometimes I’d sit and gaze for days through sleepless dreams
    All alone and trapped in time

    I wonder what tomorrow has in mind for me
    Or am I even in it’s mind at all
    Perhaps I’ll get a chance to look ahead and see
    Soon as I find myself a crystal ball

    If you should see me walking through your dreams at night
    Would you please direct me where I ought to be
    I’ve been looking for a crystal ball to shed the light
    To find a future in me…

    Tell me, tell me where I’m going
    I don’t know where I’ve been
    Tell me, tell me, won’t you tell me
    And then tell me again
    My heart is breaking, my body’s aching
    And I don’t know where to go
    Tell me, tell me, won’t you tell me
    I’ve just got to know

    Crystal ball
    There’s so many things I need to know
    Crystal ball
    There’s so many things I’ve got to know
    Crystal ball

    –T. Shaw, June 1977


  • SK January 15, 2024, 1:27 PM

    Dirge Without Music
    By Edna St. Vincent Millay

    I am not resigned to the shutting away of loving hearts in the hard ground.
    So it is, and so it will be, for so it has been, time out of mind:
    Into the darkness they go, the wise and the lovely. Crowned
    With lilies and with laurel they go; but I am not resigned.

    Lovers and thinkers, into the earth with you.
    Be one with the dull, the indiscriminate dust.
    A fragment of what you felt, of what you knew,
    A formula, a phrase remains,—but the best is lost.

    The answers quick and keen, the honest look, the laughter, the love,—
    They are gone. They are gone to feed the roses. Elegant and curled
    Is the blossom. Fragrant is the blossom. I know. But I do not approve.
    More precious was the light in your eyes than all the roses in the world.

    Down, down, down into the darkness of the grave
    Gently they go, the beautiful, the tender, the kind;
    Quietly they go, the intelligent, the witty, the brave.
    I know. But I do not approve. And I am not resigned.

    • ghostsniper January 15, 2024, 2:40 PM

      sounds like a one way ticket

  • ghostsniper January 15, 2024, 4:52 PM

    How Failing To Butcher Your Child Became “Child Abuse”

    Three females, which I believe is significant, took to the pages of the journal Pediatrics and argued that failing to have a surgeon mutilate your child (for a large fee) is child abuse.

    The peer-reviewed paper is “Prohibition of Gender-Affirming Care as a Form of Child Maltreatment: Reframing the Discussion“, by Emily, Emily, and Rachael.

    Those holding to Reality, which insists that a boy cannot become a girl with the stroke of a knife, and vice versa, say Emily, Emily, and Rachael, represent a “dangerous trend of transphobia and prejudice”. Long may this trend toward Reality last. But there are many indications it will not.

    The form of their argument is of some interest, because it shows how bad, false, even preposterous ideas propagate in an expertocracy, our “managerial state”. One example will suffice:

    Gender dysphoria (GD) is the distress resulting from incongruence between one’s assigned sex at birth and gender identity; not all TGD individuals experience GD. Gender diversity is a normal part of child development.2

    That final “2” leads to a footnote, which is worth citing in full: “Coleman E, Radix AE, Bouman WP, et al. Standards of Care for the Health of Transgender and Gender Diverse People, Version 8. Int J Transgend Health. 2022;23(Suppl 1):S1–S259″.

    Now once you have let yourself say, in earnest, “assigned sex at birth”, you have left sanity far behind, receding fast in the distance. That one man, or three women, go mad can be no surprise. Madwomen, like the poor, are ever with us. It is only in rare times that madness spreads like a disease, as it has with us. Madness has become The Law Of The Land in many Western nations. One is not required to be mad oneself, but one must at least pretend to be. Legally.

    How did this all come to be? There has to be a reason for this particular form of lunacy, brutal, demonic and dysgenic in the extreme as it is, an evil doing no one the slightest good, caught on with such ease. And that reason is easy to see: it is the expertocracy, our credentialed managerial state itself.

    You see what they have done. They have invented for themselves “degrees” in medical butchery. There are a score, and more than a score, of journals devoted to the madness. It is now a dug-in school of thought with its own budget lines and university programs. These programs will be almost impossible to eradicate by political means; and, indeed, we shall have to rely on what some of us jokingly refer to as the biological solution. We must suffer.

    How did this come about? Today we look at the the first step, which was to accept the fallacy, ensconced in legislation, that only Experts, MDs and PhDs here, get to decide what metaphysics and philosophical systems we all must abide by. It makes no difference that most of these so-called physicians, shrinks, and sociologists (a word that has become its own joke) pretend that they are not offering philosophy, but science instead.

    It is scientism and not science. For in Reality a male cannot become female: the thing itself is impossible. Not unlikely: impossible. But in scientism, and fantasy, desire may stand in for Reality in the name of science.

    What this means is that when we complain that Experts are seeped in a deranged brew, our criticisms count for nothing because we do not belong to the credentialed core that created the system. Only they get to decide: that’s what the law says. And they certainly will not let us inside the credentialed gates, because we are not believers.

    The whole is circular and self-referential, and perpetuates by only letting fellow madwomen in. I almost said “cultists”, for in many ways the entire perversion revolution operates like a cult. But there is no head. There is no one person, or even one organization, that can be taken out so that ordinary members lose faith. The decentralization of the expertocracy guarantees this.

    I say “Science Is Not The Answer” because this is a fundamental truth. We cannot answer their bad science with good science. Can you climb the hill and shout, “Lo! My p is weer than yours! Surrender!” and expect them to surrender? This is not a war of science. This is a spiritual war, plain and simple.

    Emily, Emily, and Rachel understand this, even if unthinkingly (and it is surely unthinkingly). This is why they conclude:

    That children may be separated from their caregivers in certain states, on the basis of legislative efforts to classify [gender-affirming care] as child abuse, is abhorrent, misguided, and harmful.

    Reality says cutting up and drugging a child senseless is abuse. They say it is “affirming”, and that we are the abusers for not letting “doctors” slip kids the needle. This is not a scientific battle. This is the war between Right and Wrong.

    There are many reasons there is so much bad science, but the key explanation is that there is so much bad philosophy and even worse religion.

    Tomorrow we continue with the second step.


    The day the “SUPREME COURT DECIDED” that two person’s of the same sex could be “married”, the earth shook. Unnerved I went for a walk in the woods. There I observed the birds and the bees, nothing had changed. I took a sigh of relief.

    But it was then that I realized that people would: 1-Be forced to embrace the lie, and that would cause other issues as living with a lies always does., 2- Sexual deviance would not end there, the trend would continue., 3-Fear would come over the public from any possible accusation of _______ -phobia, 4-The State would proceed more in acting as Our God, 5-As a means of coping and/or totalitarian aims -people would appeal to “experts” rather than what their own two eyes would tell them: there are two sexes, with separate equipment. 6- Young persons would look back on ALL previous generations to call them “bigoted”, and praise themselves as “enlightened”, 7- Societal Affirmation , continuous praise.. for months, would be needed to keep consciences and reality at bay. Many with troubles would be attracted to that “Affirmation”.

    You cannot see the wood because you are too busy examining the trees. The Tavistock group and its’ many offsprings haven objective, what exactly it is is hidden, but nonetheless there is a definite goal and a series of plans to bring it about.

    Why one would want to destroy 3,000 years of civilisation and progress is something I can only guess at. One of the groups that Tavistock spawned was :

    Frankfurt School

    Moved to Columbia University NY in 1935.

    Declared plan to bring about new society (1941-6)

    1. The creation of racism offences.

    2. Continual change to create confusion

    3. The teaching of sex and homosexuality to children

    4. The undermining of schools’ and teachers’ authority

    5. Huge immigration to destroy identity.

    6. The promotion of excessive drinking

    7. Emptying of churches

    8. An unreliable legal system with bias against victims of crime

    9. Dependency on the state or state benefits

    10. Control and dumbing down of media

    11. Encouraging the breakdown of the family

    One of the main ideas of the Frankfurt School was to exploit Freud’s idea of

    ‘pansexualism’ ~ the search for pleasure, the exploitation of the differences between the sexes the overthrowing of traditional relationships between men and women.

    To further their aims they would:

    • attack the authority of the father, deny the specific roles of father and mother, and wrest away from families their rights as primary educators of their children.

    • abolish differences in the education of boys and girls

    • abolish all forms of male dominance ~ hence the presence of women in the armed forces

    • declare women to be an ‘oppressed class’ and men as ‘oppressors’

    ‘We will make the West so corrupt that it stinks.’

    Here is a guess at the objective:

    If one was a noble, a king or some other extremely wealthy individual, the best times to live were well before the current.

    Slavery and feudalism are far preferable systems, if you are at the top of the food chain.

    As Marie Antoinette said to Louis, “The peasants are revolting!”.

    To which he replied “Yes, aren’t they.”

    If I could be returned to 1600-1800 as a European noble (of any country) I would love it.

    A Rolls-Royce has no great advantage over a Royal carriage and on most roads, you still have to drive around the pot-holes.

    I would love to have the opportunity to exclaim “My God, the postillion has been struck by lightning”.

    The Frankfurt School was just one manifestation of the massive covert influence operation, planned and carried out by the Comintern’s genius of cultural destruction, Willi Muenzenberg.

    Long before ’35, Muenzenberg’s “Innocents Clubs” were spread all over the US. He infiltrated the 3 transmission belt of American culture–Hollywood, education/academia, and the media–and inserted the belief system.

    His first operation in the US included the operation to use Sacco and Vanzetti, the Scottsboro Boys to paint America as racist and xenophobic. But the genius was not in the accusations, it was in creating the groups to support the causes, and in creating the mindset that has now infected our culture–it’s cool to hate Normal America.

    The “Frankfurt School” were more of a distraction than anything else. These academics provided a whipping boy for Normals to berate and blame, while the actual seeds of the destruction of Normal-America were covertly eating away the fabric of our culture—from deep within Hollywood, education/academia, and the media.


    • John A. Fleming January 15, 2024, 6:03 PM

      And now we know. When I was younger, I read in history about all the “civilizations” who practiced “child sacrifice”. I thought to myself, “yikes, they were insane barbarians”, and imagined all the shrieking and wailing in utter despair of the mothers as their child was chosen.

      There is an ancient evil that lives among us still. Children are to be sacrificed, and it is good. So goodbye to that fallacious concept of “maternal instinct”. These women want the power to kill children, and if they can’t kill them then to mutilate them. An evil that never dies, and it’s in all of us. Now that’s a “yikes!”

      • ghostsniper January 15, 2024, 7:05 PM

        Killer instinct ya say?


        I don’t want to face the killer instinct
        Face it in you or me
        We carry a sensitive cargo
        Below the waterline
        Tickin’ like a time bomb
        With a primitive design
        Behind the finer feelings
        This civilized veneer
        The heart of a lonely hunter
        Guards a dangerous frontier
        The balance can sometimes fail
        Strong emotions can tip the scale
        Don’t want to silence a desperate voice
        For the sake of security
        No one wants to make a terrible choice
        On the price of being free
        I don’t want to face the killer instinct
        Face it in you or me
        So we keep it under lock and key
        Lock and key
        It’s not a matter of mercy
        It’s not a matter of laws
        Plenty of people will kill you
        For some fanatical cause
        It’s not a matter of conscience
        A search for probable cause
        It’s just a matter of instinct
        A matter of fatal flaws
        No reward for resistance
        No assistance, no applause
        I don’t want to face the killer instinct
        Face it in you or me
        So we keep it under lock and key
        I don’t want to face the killer instinct
        Face it in you or me
        So we keep it under lock and key
        Lock and key
        I don’t want to silence a desperate voice
        For the sake of security
        No one wants to make a terrible choice
        On the price of being free
        I don’t want to face the killer instinct
        Face it in you or me
        So we keep it under lock and key
        I don’t want to face the killer instinct
        Face it in you or me
        So we keep it under lock and key
        Lock and key
        We don’t want to be victims
        On that we all agree
        So we lock up the killer instinct
        And throw away the key

  • John A. Fleming January 15, 2024, 5:08 PM

    The Fading of the Hero

    While alive, and for a time, the Hero performed his labors,
    And most were glad, but some were not.
    Then the Hero passed on, and for a time, the world the Hero brought into being
    Keeps on, and many aim to step into the Hero’s new-found way,
    To keep the dream alive.
    And a few seek to unmake the Hero’s work, as the power to destroy
    Provides a validation of sorts.

    All things fade. The new always pushes out the old.
    Soon all who knew the Hero and wrote from their memories are gone.
    The world the Hero created becomes the normal, and none remark on the effort
    that it took to build, as if the world was built in a few day’s work.
    The normal as always declines, and new Heroes must arise if the future is to be secured.
    Some Heroes slow down the decline, gracing the eventual fall,
    Allowing time for the rest of us to prepare for the hidden new world.

    Heroes are only seen in restrospect. Stay in the world all your days,
    and show those who will come after how it is done.

  • ghostsniper January 15, 2024, 5:14 PM

    So easy even a Cavehoon can do it.

    7 oz. spaghetti, cooked and drained
    8 oz. mushrooms
    1/2 c. butter
    4 cans white meat chicken
    2 cans cream of chicken soup, undiluted
    2 c. sour cream
    2 c. grated Parmesan cheese
    Break apart canned chicken chunks.
    Sauté mushrooms in butter.
    Mix chicken and mushrooms together.
    Add chicken soup, sour cream and spaghetti.
    Turn mixture into greased shallow 2 quart casserole.
    Cover top with grated cheese.
    Bake uncovered at 300 degrees for 40 minutes.
    Serves 8.

    PS: I’ve been known to dump a can of drained peas into the mix. Helps me keep my schoolgurl figure.

    Nom, Nom, Nom…

  • John A. Fleming January 15, 2024, 5:46 PM

    Well Midwesterners, it looks like you get winter winter for this week only, and then it’s back to same old same old winter, where it won’t be cold enough for Flick to get his tongue stuck, and not enough snow for a snowball to make Ralphie snap. Enjoy it while you got it, make sure to spend as much time outside as you dare.

    • ghostsniper January 15, 2024, 7:14 PM

      We got light snow on the ground.
      -2 @ 6am and 7 right now, 10pm.
      10-15 mph wind today causes that air to cut right through ya.
      Yeah, getting back to “normal” starting tomorrow.

      Lately I’ve been wondering what a dry heat would be like.


      • John Venlet January 16, 2024, 6:53 AM

        Here in northern Michigan trout country, it’s currently 6 degrees (9:48 EST), and there’s about 14 inches of snow on the ground. Temp made it to 11 or 12 yesterday. Crick looks cold and sluggish. Bird feeders are busy with Juncos, Titmice, Black Capped Chickadees, Red and White Breasted Nuthatches, Downy, Hairy, and Red-bellied woodpeckers, one overhead flight of the Pileated. and an occasional Ruby Crowned Kinglet. Been outdoors alot since Saturday’s blizzard here. If you keeping moving, and have the right gear on, ya won’t get cold. I’d post a pic, but don’t have the proper permissions.

        • ghostsniper January 16, 2024, 7:44 AM

          The birds are spectacular this time of year. We have most of what you stated except the red breasted Nuthatches – never seen one.

          My wife gave me a clear plastic feeder that attaches to my office window. I set up a webcam focused on it real close and it’s routed into a 32″ TV wall mounted next to my conf table. Had a client in here last week and he couldn’t take his eyes off it. He even said, “Now THAT’S the way TV should be!”

          Just remembered, gotta reload the suet cages right now.
          The ‘peckers are rapacious this time of year.

        • John A. Fleming January 16, 2024, 10:33 AM

          If we didn’t put out bird feeders, the birds would fly south for the winter except for the ravens and crows and owls. But we also have cats, and feral cats abound, and they kill millions of birds, and of course our preferred prey of mice and rats. We must balance our karma: our cats kill birds, we put out bird feeders to increase the bird populations. And we then have to use our ingenuity to keep the squirrels away from our bird feeders. Ahh, the great circle of life. Walden had his pond, we have bird feeders.

          My father-in-law in his final years would repair to his north woods cabin, and sit at the window all day and be content by watching the birds at their feeders and the deer at the corn crib. His reward after a lifetime of work.

  • ghostsniper January 16, 2024, 10:14 AM

    REVEALED: United CEO Scott Kirby is drag queen, pushes drag and DEI on staff
    United Airlines’ DEI committee head is also a trans-identifying male.


    The United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby who went viral for championing DEI measures for pilots at the company is also a drag queen in his spare time.

    In photos revealed by Libs of TikTok, Kirby is seen dressed in drag and other events sponsored by the company had queens attending.

    The bombshell comes just as a video of Kirby in an interview with Axios talking about DEI measures the company has been implementing has gone viral.

    Kirby responded to a question about DEI measures at the company saying, “We have committed that 50 percent of the classes will be women or people of color.”

    “Today only 19 percent of our pilots at United Airlines are women or people of color.” Kirby then boasted, “And by the way, from all the data I’ve seen, that’s the highest of any airline in the country.”

    When pressed for why there were not enough women and people of color in the c-suite by the Axios interviewer, Kirby shrugged off the comment. He then went on to explain how the company requires women and people of color to be engaged in the hiring and interview.

    In addition, photos posted by Libs of TikTok reveal that Maya Tallman, a trans-identifying male, is running the newly formed DEI Committee at the company.

    In a letter sent to employees about DEI, Tallman explained the committee would be going by DEIB instead of DEI because the “B in DEIB stands for belonging.”

    United and other airlines have become embroiled in controversy in the last month over DEI practices. One report showed that the Federal Aviation Administration under President Joe Biden was encouraging the recruitment of people with “severe intellectual” and “psychiatric” disabilities as part of its DEI plan.

    Under the People with Disabilities program, the FAA “actively recruits, hires, promotes, retains, develops and advances people with disabilities” and targets the following as disabilities: “Hearing, vision, missing extremities, partial paralysis, complete paralysis, epilepsy, severe intellectual disability, psychiatric disability and dwarfism.”

  • John A. Fleming January 16, 2024, 11:51 AM

    Aviation is one of those things that are “hard”. They’re hard because any loss of continuing vigilance on doing things right the right way has frightening consequences. Why is that? Because people retire, the young folks didn’t learn all the hard lessons, and there’s always, always the 5%’ers in the organization that start doing sloppy jobs because they can and no one is watching. Building and operating aerospace systems are perishable skills. And so the old saying, a thousand attaboys equals one awshit.

    That Alaska plane passengers are darn lucky to be alive, if that door plug had blown out at 30k+ ft instead of 16k ft, the consequences could have been much more severe. It’s called “explosive decompression” for a reason.

    This “clown world” stuff will happen until there are some real-world consequences. Flaming wreckage and bodies in boxes are undeniable. Then, without assigning culpability to the clown-world distractions, oh no we can’t have that, the people left in charge just stop talking about it and start putting all their words and thoughts and attention and actions back on Job One: building and operating safe and reliable airplanes. Mr. Safety and Ms. Quality and Sir Operations and Dame Chief Engineer and VP of Production will get all the attention, and VP of DIE will be told to sit down, shut up, and stay out of the way.

    • DT January 16, 2024, 4:27 PM

      “the people left in charge just stop talking about it and start putting all their words and thoughts and attention and actions back on Job One”
      It won’t be Boeing

  • DT January 16, 2024, 4:30 PM

    Mutilate children in such a manner?
    Immediate execution. Doctors, nurses, and most certainly, the hospital administrators.
    Can’t forget Mommy either.
    But then, I’m considered a nasty hard-ass for thinking and saying such things.

    • ghostsniper January 16, 2024, 5:18 PM

      I require all of my acquaintances to be nasty hard-asses.
      No panty waists tolerated.

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