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Strange Daze: “There is none good but one…”

The Queen of the Lakes Paul R Tregurtha ( at 1,013 feet) arrived in Duluth this afternoon for winter layup. Thick ice slowed things down a bit.

Don Surber: An Indian graveyard with no bodies  In Kamloops, Not One Body Has Been Found.” Nearly a year after the announcement that 215 bodies have been found, no one has bothered to see if there really are children buried in a field near the school, he said. I would think that verification of the radar would be prudent before declaring a national holiday and demanding Catholics pay the Indians for educating Indian children.

“Cultural Appropriation Is Wrong,” Says Dude In A Dress | “Just because you really, really like something that is different from the situation you were born into, does not make it right to just take it for your own sense of self-worth and happiness,” said the man who was given the name Richard Nelvenburger at birth. “Imagine how other cultures feel when you just take what makes them unique and make it your own. It’s unfair and wrong!” said the man who was born with a penis.

CNN sees ratings dive by 90% after 2021 coverage

Raconteur Report: Yaassuh, Massuh Roberts, They are also not “workers’, unlike the 80M persons whose status as guinea pigs for Big Pharma SCOTUS struck down, with no sense of irony at the decision. This makes all of healthcare the new vaxx-expendable guinea pigs for Big Pharma in perpetuity, by the fiat decree of the world’s foremost non-medical experts. So if you like your pandemic, you can keep your pandemic. Just with 25-40% fewer doctors and nurses.

Report: Of The 4.2 Million Americans Who Quit Their Jobs In December, 74% Worked For Kamala Harris | “There are reports of personnel issues occurring in the office of the Vice President,” said Press Secretary Jen Psaki, “And the Biden Administration can confirm that Kamala Harris has, in fact, contributed to over 3 million staff members quitting.” “I lasted about 17 minutes in there,” said the Vice President’s former communications assistant, Clarke Goldswaithe, while nursing two burst eardrums. “The turnover in there is unimaginable. I was still in the parking lot when I saw my replacement dive out of the second-story window just to get out of there.”

GETTING THERE – by Walter Kirn – Years later I met these same people at my first job, as an assistant at Vanity Fair magazine, whose editor was a haughty English woman who wore dark glasses to the office. By then I had gone to Oxford on a fellowship and was thought to be one of these superior specimens. I received invitations to parties at vast apartments on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue. I met some types there. I met Teddy Kennedy, who was very drunk and threw an arm around me on a staircase and ordered the crowd to be silent— successfully — and recited a poem by William Butler Yeats while I stood beside him, snug against his girth. It felt like a form of fame but it was brief, and when he let go of me I was on my own again, a kid in a black Gap sweatshirt, under-dressed. Peter O’Toole, the great actor, was in the room, and Walter Cronkite, the famous anchorman, and several other period luminaries, all of whom I realized would die someday. They didn’t look sick, exactly, just very human, perspiring in places that gods don’t sweat — on the backs of their hands, on the sides of their pale necks.

Metaverse Hype Is Like Communist Propaganda: Soviet-Born Tech Founder “You know, you can smell a bad idea before it’s fully built. So I don’t want to hear ‘Oh yeah, the metaverse doesn’t exist yet. No, no, no, all this stuff, all this stupid, useless, crappy stuff that exists right now, that’s not the metaverse. The metaverse is coming — it’s coming.'” The word “metaverse” is borrowed from science-fiction and refers to a future version of the internet accessed through immersive technologies such as virtual-reality and augmented-reality headsets. It has been pushed in particular by Mark Zuckerberg, who rebranded Facebook as Meta in October. Libin described it as “a gloss that uncreative people and companies put over fundamentally a lack of good ideas.”

Matt Taibbi: The Deep State Exists, And LIBERALS Are Doing Its Bidding “We know they are lying, they know they are lying, they know we know they are lying, we know they know we know they are lying, but they are still lying.”

‘270 doctors’™ called out Joe Rogan, but the authors of the letter and the vast majority of its signatories are not medical doctors I reviewed this open letter, and it turns out that only around 100 of the 270 signatories to the letter are people with qualified medical degrees. And a large chunk of that 100 or so medical doctors are MDs employed at universities who are not in fact practitioners of medicine. 

Two or three generations of children – and counting – year by year have been force fed higher and higher dosages of abject poison, until their brains and their souls were lost to us. Beyond the government, the courts, and the bureaucracy, we find ourselves surrounded by far too many people who, as children, guzzled this Kool-Aid brewed by fiends from Howard Zinn and Edward Said to Nikole Krylon Klown Hair and Ibram X. Krement. You’ll find them behind a cash register, a Fryolator, the operating theater, an airliner cockpit, and the C suite — from Wall Street to Main Street (the bits that were not mostly peacefully looted and burned over the past 18 months) to even the pulpits of our houses of worship, and everywhere in between. Worse than useless pod people, they will denounce you as evil for not wearing a face diaper or getting shot up with Dr. Fauci’s Gene-Altering Laudanum, to claiming that there are only two genders.

Where is the typical gay couple I hear so much about? I thought all they wanted was to be left alone and treated just like everyone else? What happened to respecting other people’s freedoms? Why aren’t they writing letters to the editor and protesting and withholding their donations? The silence is deafening! LGBT Activists Have Been Using Courts To Harass This Christian Baker For Ten Years

The Michael Anton Tapes — @im_1776 Mark Granza: It seems that the composition of the American people has changed beyond anything the founders would recognize. Is it possible that the United States has changed to such an extent as to make the founder’s vision unattainable for America today?
Michael Anton: I guess when I get gloomy I worry about that. But then when I’m feeling optimistic, I think no, some of that spirit is still there, and we may see it emerge and push back against some of the craziness that’s going on today. But that’s another kind of unanswerable question, and I don’t think we’re going to get the answer until there’s a real test, which we may be hurtling toward. As bad as things are now, my sense is that they’re still not yet bad enough for ordinary people to take risks or even to fully admit to themselves that the country that they grew up in and that they believed in is lost. But it could get there. And when it does, then that’s when we’re going to find out if any of that spirit that animated 1776 is still in the American character.

Mark 10 KJV – 18 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.

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  • ghostsniper January 19, 2022, 11:06 AM

    I saw it in the distance, maybe 30 feet away, and it saw me shortly after and started coming toward me. It was huge, possibly a ton or more, real dark brown and sort of shapeless. Fearlessly I stood there like a statue mesmerized by this advancing hulk. Soon enough it was just a couple feet away from me seemingly hanging in midair and was obviously curious about me, but not nearly as curious as I was of it. It came even closer and I stepped a little closer to it to where there was little more between me and it than the 6″ thick glass that contained it’s watery kingdom.

    The walrus hovered there before me and it’s magnitude was overwhelming. I saw an elephant once, even rode on it with my 5 yo son, but this was different some how. This thing was floating, defying gravity, and my mind struggled with that fact. I know, I know, science. But when you see something like that, that close, you question reality for a moment. It’s huge tusks were stained with decades of troughing the ocean bottoms in it’s past. It’s sparsely hairy skin was dark and unworldly. It’s moustache was as big as the push broom in my workshop. I touched the glass like I was trying to touch it’s skin. I needed to know what this previously unseen blob felt like.

    I’d seen walruses before, many times, always from a distance of say, 20 feet or more, and then another 10 feet or so from me to the TV screen I was looking at. Seeing it in person adds the 3rd dimension, depth, and as I stood there unblinkingly staring I was adding the 4th dimension myself, time. A flying/floating walrus. Who could imagine such a thing besides John Lennon?

    Here on my desk I have 2 29″ monitors. The one on the left displays the AutoCAD screen with the detailed roof plan for a very large custom home I am designing that will be built on an island. The monitor on the right is my window to another world. I can change this window, and frequently do, so that it shows 9 smaller windows of various places and things. I can mouse click on one of the 9 and it will fill the entire screen which is nice for reading or seeing something up close.

    One of these monitors (A) is for entertainment and the other (B) is for in depth research and study (RS). I spend a fair amount of time in A in the course of the day but maybe not as much as I should. I spend a fair amount of my time in B too, probably more than I should. It’s just that B is so unusual that, like the walrus, I cannot peel myself away. But after an undetermined amount of time, as it varies, the research and study (RS) is so condensed and concentrated that I have to step away from it for a spell. It’s very intense, to this old country boy at heart.

    The new modern world is both an adventure and a nightmare, to be observed, noted, sometimes cataloged, and even marked as shunned though not often. The RS can be enjoyable much of the time and sometimes it stretches the bounds of credulity to where I almost question my sanity. Monitor B can push all the buttons, if I let it.

    I will now close my visit with Monitor B by hitting the little switch on my desk that changes my mouse and keyboard, by way of a KVM, to Monitor A and I can get back to the entertaining action of tracing the pathway of a return air duct through the webs and verticals of the structural members of a full scale roof trussing system, a much needed respite from the sometimes ghastly realm of Monitor B. Keep one foot on solid ground at all times and keep the pistol loaded.

    • julie January 19, 2022, 2:49 PM

      Ghost, you are a treasure.

      • Mike Austin January 20, 2022, 2:41 AM

        Indeed he is. But all of you guys here at Gerard’s place are treasures.

  • Mike Austin January 19, 2022, 11:42 AM

    An Indian graveyard in Canada with no bodies? I suggest they look in the dumpsters behind every abortion clinic in Canada. Plenty of bodies in those—100,000 last year. I wonder how many of those murdered children were Native Americans?

    So Virtual Reality “will never take off, because no one wants to spend any amount of time with a plastic thing strapped to their face…” Then how to explain the glee that Covidians feel every day when they don their masks—alone in the car, walking outside, riding bicycles, sitting at home. These beings already live in a “virtual reality”—one of their own making. From their perpetual mask wearing to fully embracing Meta is but a step.

    Sodomites have proclaimed for almost 50 years that they are just like everyone else. Each one of them wants to be married, to be “a typical gay couple”. I remember way back in the late 1970s in Portland, Oregon—a more sodomite-friendly city I can hardly imagine. Posters began to appear everywhere from various homosexual groups detailing their plans for the future of America. Two lines from those posters have remained with me: “All your children will one day be forced to **** our ****. All of your families and schools will belong to us.” So-called “gay rights” have never been about acceptance or normalcy. They were about two things: subjugation of the culture to the demands of sodomite appetites; and the conversion of youth to the “gay” lifestyle.

    A recent phrase all in vogue is “cultural appropriation”. It is portrayed as somehow “racist”. Well then: A black 8th grade kid proclaims to the entire class that he hated white people, that they all were—wait for it—racist. As he babbled away he was wearing Nikes, Levis, a Ralph Lauren Polo shirt; he was speaking English; his teeth were encased in braces; he had an iPhone; the school he attended had central heating and air conditioning; he was wearing glasses with Ray Ban frames; he will be picked up at the end of the day in a car. Every single thing about that black kid screamed out “cultural appropriation”—for all those things I mentioned about him are white inventions. He stole from the white man and then called him “racist”. Ok then.

    And that reminds me: What in the US that Americans use every day was designed by non-Caucasians? Just a question. And that black kid played basketball every day. And take a guess about who invented that sport? Yep, it was a white man.

    • ghostsniper January 19, 2022, 2:32 PM

      If they were just useless that would be bad enough. But they are worse than useless. The parasites destroy everything they encounter. EVERYTHING. Worse yet, the hustlers that fuel the parasites. Without the hustlers the parasites will die off pretty quick, probably less than a year. Think, if all the hustlers were killed today, 19Jan2023 would look a lot different in the US. Without hustler fuel the parasites will consume each other, then they will reach out beyond their enclaves for sustenance where they will be killed on sight. Unsuspecting people, borderline parasites themselves, will be victimized by the parasites before they too become a drain on the productive.

      • Mike Austin January 20, 2022, 2:52 AM

        I think of such things regularly, and ask myself this question: What if white folks onlyinhabited Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand; blacks only inhabited Africa; Latinos only inhabited south of the Rio Grande, and Asians only inhabited Asia. And no race could never permanently leave his homeland. The normal human activities would continue—wars, trade, diplomacy and such—but the races remained pure and intact. What sort of world would that be?

        You would have to go back to the 15th century to get an idea, even though no one had yet heard of a “western hemisphere”.

        • ghostsniper January 20, 2022, 4:18 AM

          We share the same fantasy, as I’m sure many others do too. Seems the mixing of colors creates a friction that cannot be avoided, and that causes heat, and flame. And dig deep as I have, I see no positive reason for it. I naturally get along with most people but if I am forced to associate with them I bristle and resist, then avoid. Since I learned to recognize myself, at about age 4 or 5, I have been on a lifelong campaign to avoid authority of any kind. No one owns me, not even a little bit.

  • rocdoctom January 19, 2022, 11:46 AM

    Watched those ore boats come into the harbor at Duluth many times. Several relatives made a career on the boats…and one was Chief Engineer. Those captains know what they are doing. Outstanding shot going thru the lift bridge and heading into the sunset.

    • alfromchgo January 19, 2022, 2:54 PM

      Watched them at the other end US Steel South Works, 79th
      Street in Chicago. Two slips between a breakwater of granite cubes and the Works;to the north of the breakwater the south end of Rainbow beach. 1950s

    • gwbnyc January 19, 2022, 10:09 PM

      -with a written promise of a job aboard from the Chief Engineer you could have gained a Merchant Seaman card from the Coast Guard. The Catch 22 of the merchant marine- no card/no job, no job/no card.

  • gwbnyc January 19, 2022, 12:58 PM

    -a familiar sight to me, grew up along the lakeshore in Ohio. We’d find taconite pellets on the railroad tracks, fallen from cars bound for the steelmills, used them as ammunition in our slingshots- not the rubberbandy kind, but David’s.

    The Fitzgerald went down carrying taconite, a crew member lived nearby.

  • John Venlet January 19, 2022, 1:25 PM

    Seeing those behemoths on the lake, or coming into port, is cool. Just as cool, is being up in the Keweenaw Peninsula on a foggy day, and only hearing their mournful fog horns fading in and out as they make their way. Ghost ships, almost.

  • jwm January 19, 2022, 3:15 PM

    My grandfather, born in 1900, was a Lakesman. He captained freighters, and ore boats on the lakes. His last gig was captain of the Bob-Lo excursion boat, Columbia. The Columbia is being restored in NY.


  • Blackwing1 January 19, 2022, 5:08 PM

    Mr. Van der Leun:

    Thank you very much for posting the picture of the last lake boat of the year entering the Duluth harbor. I still get a little homesick for my former birthplace (the Soviet Socialist State of MN) and seeing imagery like that (and hearing the clear Minnesota-speak of the harbor tug pilot) helps heal the pain of a refugee from that collectivist hellhole.

  • Anonymous January 19, 2022, 7:56 PM

    58 Catholic Churches in Canada were burned in arson after the “report”of the 215 dead children.

    It’s almost like it was a ploy to wipe the Catholic Church out of Canada, which is what the lefties have been trying to do all along.

    • Mike Austin January 20, 2022, 2:55 AM

      Spot on. And their master Lucifer has been trying this for 2000 years. He has succeeded is destroying much of the Catholic Church here on earth. But the gates of Hell shall not prevail.

      • Fletcher Christian January 21, 2022, 1:23 AM

        Soon may he succeed, in the case of the Catholic Church. A worse gaggle of hypocrites, secret sodomites, paedophiles and sadists you are unlikely to find. But I suppose that’s what you get, when perfectly normal human desires and impulses are denied.

        Keeping in mind Christ’s actions in the Temple courtyard, I wonder what He would think of the Vatican?

  • James ONeil January 20, 2022, 9:15 AM

    The end of the world is near, retent!
    A cartoon I drew 40-50 yeas ago, a bum outside an army navy store holding a sigh saying such.

    T’ain’t the end of the world but may be the end of civilization, definitely a hiatus of. Follow the Baden-Powell Boy Scout motto, Be Prepared, not the Biden-Harris excreteutive orders, be submissive.

    By the way, the Baden-Powell statue was “temporarily” removed in 2020 from the English town of Poole to be reinstalled reinstalled “as soon as the threat level subsides.”. Pretty sure it’s still mothballed for the foreseeable future. As is Scouting.

    Meanwhile rack at the branch, most folks here are somewhat prepared, I do suggest we all spend more time exploring alternatives for not if, but when the fit hits the shan. Most know the power grids are vulnerable as are the communication networks. We’ve 3 small generators here on the compound enough juice to get us through a few weeks or months if necessary. Exploring LoRa communication links. Regular practical ballistics practice.