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Open thread 3/1/23

A photo I took of Gerard’s workstation, after:

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  • Anne March 1, 2023, 8:44 AM

    Thank you so much!

  • jd March 1, 2023, 11:10 AM

    Yes, thank you so much, Neo.

  • John Venlet March 1, 2023, 11:32 AM

    That is one chair that cannot be filled. The photo is bittersweet, but appreciated.

    • ghostsniper March 1, 2023, 12:08 PM

      I bet, every time Gerard got out of that chair Olive “filled” it cause it was warm and comfy.
      Catz is that way.

      I have 2 chairs in my office but I never use one, well, almost never.
      It has a high back and big arms and is super soft and covered in what seems light slightly understuffed velour. The back and sides are what appears to be a vintage brown leather that looks like it’s heavily worn, sort of crinkled looking. Then the top, front, and arms are real tree camo. Yeah, real tree. If I’m wearing camo and sit in it my mutt Shannon can’t find me. (yeah right)

      Why do I not sit in that chair? That chair was designed for napping. Period.
      I sat in it, reached down and pulled the pin, then rotated all the way back. I thought it was gonna tip over backwards but it didn’t. Now, my knees were almost as high as my head. I laid my head back, closed my eyes and *zonk*, I was knocked the fuk out. Snoozin like a BIG dawg.

      I woke up a half hour later and I was crippled. My legs felt funny. I had to lean way forward to get my weight over the hump of the fulcrum. When my feets touched the floor I couldn’t feel them. And they felt like they were blowed up with 90 lbs of air pressure. 10 seconds later bring on the needles.
      Long, diamond pointed, razor sharp needles. Thousands of em.

      Oh man, it was unbearable. Apparently, because my legs were hanging in mid air for that half hour it shut of the blood supply and now it was coming back, and it was pissed like you wouldn’t believe. All I could do is sit there and endure. Just breathing hurt because it made teeny movements down to my legs which now had pain receptors on steroids and nitro. After a few mins I was OK but that was a wild ride.

      So I pushed the real tree over under a table and went back to my 25 year old black Office Depot $150 special that has learned to be the exact mirror image of my keester. When I sit in it it cuddles me and so far has not tried to cripple me. But it has a low back and doesn’t nap very well. Can’t win em all.

  • Joe Krill March 1, 2023, 1:20 PM

    How tall was Gerard? What were his favorite foods? Did he ever say what persuaded him to get the jab? Have his ashes been spread as he requested? What were his biggest concerns in life?

    Just trying to fill in the blanks.

    • ghostsniper March 1, 2023, 1:25 PM

      Wanna know his shoe too Joe?
      Come on man, ease up.

    • Anne March 2, 2023, 8:45 PM

      It’s ok to ask.

  • Casey Klahn March 1, 2023, 2:03 PM

    Proof that from ordinary means a talented man can excel. This is one of those photos that makes you feel good.

    The same goes for Neo, whose blog I now read.

    Also, Ghost, I picked up a couple of new reads from your comment the other day.

  • Checkers March 1, 2023, 2:17 PM

    Sometime when you are ready. If you are ready. Could you grace us with a photo of the two of you together?

  • Phil in Mount Dora March 1, 2023, 2:55 PM

    Thanks, Neo… So nice to imagine Gerard sitting there, cultivating his exceedingly charming and illuminating blog. What intelligence and humor flowed through that humble workstation.

    “It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather, we should thank God that such men lived.” – Patton

    I can’t agree with his first sentence – I think it’s important to mourn outstanding men as the final appreciation of their lives, but I couldn’t agree more with his second sentence.

  • Anonymous March 1, 2023, 3:51 PM

    I wonder what thoughts were ready to be placed on those keys

  • Cheesesandwich March 1, 2023, 4:21 PM

    Imagine the volumes he would write about his experiences since his departure. I have never wondered so much. If only we could know.
    So sad for our loss. Thank you, Neo.

  • greg March 1, 2023, 6:50 PM

    That there is the commanders chair. Thanks for the pic.

  • Terry March 2, 2023, 8:19 AM

    People. Death is not a “bad thing”. Death is the ultimate reward for living.

    I went through hell. I saw the bones in Cambodia. I was in a medicine doctors house of “medical errors” in 1963. I was given 24 hrs. before I would expire due to the medicine doctor making, a diagnostic mistake. On my coma.

    Now the world is in a disastrous mess due to what. Bad people. Rotten creeps from hell with armies of “just following orders” morons as guardians/executioners.

    Gerard is in a better place.

    • Casey Klahn March 2, 2023, 8:38 AM

      O death, where is thy sting?

      Thanks for your sound comment, Terry.

      • Terry March 2, 2023, 9:53 AM

        You are welcome, Casey.

        The once great America, in my view, is a weak nation due to the individuals fear of death. Therefore the waiting “camps” may be filling sooner than later.

        Only God can save us. And God does not help those who will not help themselves.

        I gained much strength in observing Gerard’s gradual acceptance of the spiritual side of existence. We as a nation cannot continue without the fear of God only. The Communists have instilled a fear in our people that is going to be a very nasty wakeup indeed.

  • Terry March 2, 2023, 10:27 AM
    • Casey Klahn March 2, 2023, 11:08 AM

      The medicos and political overlords hit the panic button hard without science or reason to support them. Hell, science became a rhetorical weapon of tyrants. Medicine? Fuggedaboudit!

      Whatever time is left to me on Earth, I’m afraid I will never regain respect for the medical community. Seen on a t shirt: The real pandemic is how stupid people are.

      God help us.

      Support your local doctor still? Recall this late saying by the Germans: if there is one NaughtZee at the table, and nine non-NaughtZees sit down, there are 10 NaughtZees at the table. My wife spent a weekend in Seattle with her dear early nursing friend and her hubby, about a year ago. Her old friend said she wished the unfvaxd would just up and die. Mind you, this from a very sweet lady. Our family doctor in our very rural farming community refused to treat the Cofvidz of my in-laws with Inver. or anything. He had pressure from the state and the CDC is what we think happened. He’s dead to me now.

      Here’s the new message from the vax gestapo: never mind all that shit we pulled on you the past 3 years. What’s the compliance rate on the most recent booster? And yet, the rock-ribbed die hards getting it are like lemmings and in their own minds they are an army of the majority. Deluded crapweasels.

      I just looked it up, and my early results show among the bottom age group, which are adolescents, the compliance rate is 10.7%. CDC: source. Good luck finding the adult stats.

  • John Venlet March 2, 2023, 11:03 AM

    The TRUTH is being revealed. Will Americans wake up???

    Terry, your question, I think, has been answered for ages, as this from Isaiah 6:9 explains – He said, “Go and tell this people: Be ever hearing, but never understanding; be ever seeing, but never perceiving.”, which is then echoed in Mark 4:12.

    These words, in my opinion, are not addressed simply to the Israelite people, but those today who are followers of the teachings of Jesus Christ, Christians. I know many Christian men and women, even within in my own family, who have succumbed to the world’s narrative of the evils which have been inflicted on us, not only in response to the Gain of Function Flu (i.e. the nomenklatura’s COVID19), which troubles me even more than the evils of government. If Christian men and women are not waking up, and many are not, how can we expect Americans to wakeup?

    • Joe Krill March 3, 2023, 9:39 PM

      “We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government (but) on the capacity of mankind for self government to control ourselves according to the Commandments of God.” — James Madison. Founding Father also hailed as the “Father of the Constitution”

      Why cannot America control our borders, stop the killing of tens of millions of unborn children, define what a woman or man is, control our national debt and keep our cities safe? Why has the FBI been weaponized against some God-fearing Americans who speak up at school board meetings or want to attend Catholic Mass conducted in Latin? Why are very young children allowed to determine what gender they want to be and yet cannot be led in a prayer while in school?

      Why is American citizenry turning into a morally illiterate, degenerate, pleasure-seeking society which continually demands entertainment so they can avoid the realities of life and truth as given in God’s holy word? Why have America’s church leaders turned the word of God into pablum while America sinks deeper into the cesspool of evil?

      We, America, have turned our back on God. What will we do if God turns his back on us?

      • Mike Seyle March 4, 2023, 7:05 AM

        That’s a good encapsulation of America’s problems, Joe. At 75, I’m still working my way through this, but where I am at this point is that we (1) do what we can to right the ship of state (yeah, I know …), but more importantly, (2) do what we can to right our own ship. As I understand it, God doesn’t admit an entire nation into Heaven; he admits individuals. I have trouble holding to True North, but am working on it. Working on it. Working on it pretty diligently. I’m convinced that’s the most important thing.

  • ghostsniper March 2, 2023, 12:01 PM

    Folks, it ALL has to come down. Many, many people need to die. They have wronged, and continue to do so, and the only justice is death. All of the lying. All of the stealing. All of the killing.

    A year or so ago I read an in depth article dealing with grants, gov’t and otherwise, and how they are the life blood of all the research facilities. Shorty after I read an article about a company that specializes in writing grants. The head of that company, which has been in existence for about 15 years, and the CEO of which is a middle aged woman that has a salary of over $1.5 mil per year. They are hired by entities that require the research to prove their assertions, rather than the research to reveal the truth. Lies. GD LIES!

    The lying, the stealing, the outright evil is interlocking tiered to the moon and it has an immense foundation based in the same and the only thing that can destroy it is the very thing that has allowed it to exist, money.

    We have one thing and one thing only in our favor. The engine that fuels all of this evil is ill begotten money and that will eventually end, as required by real math. When it tumbles, finally, the earths mantle will rumble.

    • Casey Klahn March 2, 2023, 12:27 PM

      What’s better? Balls to the walls heated rhetoric, including shitty tweets, or a CWII kinetic end state? It’s inane and imbecilic the way the old school GOPe clutched their gay pearls over Trump’s New York personality (meanwhile he was unfucking Korea, Iraq, Syria, China, Mexico, the economy, Congress (to some extent)…). I hate the old GOPe with the flames of 5 suns.

      People want a change, and yet they won’t allow their president to write mean tweets. The generals in Vietnam wouldn’t let their soldiers to write FUCK on the bombs going into Hanoi.

      Your comment made me interested because I have been war-gaming possible next events. For my bingo card, of course. I hate to say it but the middle square is a dot, with an open plus sign around it. Military guys will get what I mean…

      • ghostsniper March 2, 2023, 2:35 PM

        I hear ya. There’s 10 tril rds of ammo in american citizens hands and yes they can take out f15’s all day long, right after they take out the pilots that have not already been vaxxed.

        Have you seen that TV series that came out about 10 years ago called “Vikings”? I remember the opening scene in the first episode. Remember, this was set in the 800-1000 range. All out, balls up front, bare teethed, 2 legged barely civil animals killing each other wholesale in the most barbaric means ever created. The blood and gore was deep and as the survivors waded out of that tortured field they were barely discernable from the dead, covered in blood, sweat, vomit, and ever disgusting filth people have ever made. The bodies laying in that field that were not yet dead would soon be for there was no medical relief for the types of wounds they suffered and hospice was never a consideration. They laid there and moan, wailed, suffered til they could no more. They were trained from birth to know this was their destiny.

        Look at the average citizen in the US. He can barely butter toast without injuring his tissue paper thin skin or strain his spindly and useless rubberband arm muscles swarthed in 3″ thick celluloid. The sight of blood, hell, the very thought of blood, will make him wobble. Pull a knife on him while baring your teeth and he will go all liquid. He is worse than useless because he is in your way. When you are running full speed toward your enemy these useless fodders will be your first obstacles to dispatch before the real fight begins. The depth of the thing is unimaginable.

      • Anonymous March 2, 2023, 3:26 PM

        “97% of scientists agree with the results their funding requires”.
        To get the funding one is required to state the results ahead of time. (“We hope to prove …”)
        Sounds trite, but I was in the biz. The percentage may be off … it’s probably closer to 100%

  • azlibertarian March 6, 2023, 6:58 AM

    “A photo I took of Gerard’s workstation, after:”

    I love the power of that comma. Beautifully titled, Neo, and a memorable photo. Thanks for sharing that treasure.

  • Karen March 6, 2023, 3:10 PM

    This photo is so poignant, especially in light of the sentence accompanying it. A photo of Gerard’s books would be welcome also. Thanks Neo, for letting us in. -Karen-

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