Monday, August 03, 2020

Dr. Zelenko Treatment Information

Dr. Vladimir Zelenko
Folks, we know, now, that They have been letting us die for no reason.  The advisors to President Trump, Dr. Fauci and others, have been lying to him and to us about  the Hydroxychloroquin treatment for Covid19.

Read this article!!
Facebook Fact Checkers mark it as untrue.  THEY are the liars and everyone involved in the coverup of the Hydroxychloroquine treatments should be prosecuted for Murder and Treason!

I watched this video; an interview with Dr. Zelenko, one of the more prominent Doctors advocating Hydroxychloroqine treatments for prevention and cure of covid19.  I found the video a little hard to watch as there are ads to put up with, but the information was enlightening.

One of the things I learned from this video is that a nutritional supplement called quercetin can have much the same effect as the drug, Hydroxychloroqine, but quercetin is available over the counter.

Dr. Zelenko says that he has used quercetin to replace Hydroxychloroqine when patients had a hard time getting prescriptions for Hydroxychloroqine due to current politics.

Here are some quotes from various internet articles about Dr. Zelenko and his treatments.

Dr. Vladimir Zelenko says: 
"My outpatient treatment regimen is as follows:
1.  Hydroxychloroquine, 200mg, twice a day for five days.
2.  Azithromycin, 500mg , once a day for five days.
3.  Zinc Sulphate, 220mg, once a day for five days.

We know that hydroxychloroquine helps Zinc enter the cell. We know that Zinc slows viral replication within the cell. Regarding the use of azithromycin, I postulate it prevents secondary bacterial infections. These three drugs are well known and usually well tolerated, hence the risk to the patient is low."

“Hydroxychloroquine’s main function is to allow zinc to enter the cell, while zinc is a virus killer,” Zelenko added. “Azithromycin prevents secondary bacterial infection in the lungs, and reduces the risk of pulmonary complications. So zinc is the bullet, hydroxychloroquine is the gun, and azithromycin is the protective vest.

He also had this to say, on Twitter, concerning quercetin and zinc as preventatives of Covid 19:
"ASK YOUR DOCTOR, but I recommend anyone over 20 to take quercetin 500mg one day and elemental zinc 25mg one a day indefinitely in order to prevent Covid-19 and potentially some other viral infections"

You should also know that the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons has filed suit against the FDA against their limiting use of hydroxichloroquine in treatment of covid 19.

As well as the fact that the Lancet medical journal has retracted it's article outlining the testing which showed that the hydroxychloroqine treatments were dangerous, because the study was not only flawed but factually untrue.

They've been lying to us, people, at the cost of THOUSANDS of lives!  There MUST be some accountability here.  It's crazy that we just shrug our shoulders and go on believing Them in the face of all the evidence in front of us!

Other links I've used for this post:

Friday, July 31, 2020

Thousands of people likely could have been saved

I'm not just disgusted, appalled or even Pissed Off about the hydroxychloroquine treatment information I have found.  I'm FURIOUS!  I'm almost sick to my stomach about what I am seeing between the lines here and I simply cannot understand why I seem to be the only one.

Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity both have touched on it a little but seem pretty blase' about it all.  President Trump and Don Jr. both seemed more disgusted with the Twitter and Facebook censorship than about WHAT was being censored.

Folks, the America's Frontline Doctors appear to be RIGHT!  I'm sure they are telling the truth as to what they have seen and I'm learning that they are not the only ones, by far.

I have spent quite a bit of time the last couple of days, researching the recent history of the hydroxychloroquine, azithromycin and zinc treatment for Covid 19, which was touted by the America's Frontline Doctors a couple of days ago.  There are a lot of facts, a lot of dates and information and a lot of anecdotal information about this mess and I'll include that at the end of this post.  But, it's very dry and hard to stick with so I'll paraphrase quite a bit.

I still need to include some dates and info from my research first.

Dr Raoult
In March of 2020, a renowned French physician, Didier Raoult, announced that he was treating his Coronavirus patients with hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), an antimalarial drug, and azithromycin, a common antibiotic and having great success with this treatment.
New York Times, May 12

About the same time, Dr. Vladimir Zelenko, in a village just north of Manhattan, New York, was doing the same thing.
New York Times, April 2
CBS Local, April 30

Both these doctors were saving multiple Covid 19 patients with this treatment and both had found that a regimen of hydroxychloroquine was also an effective prevention for Covid 19.
Dr. Zelenko

In April, President Trump began talking about these treatments and was optimistic that the hydroxychloroquine treatments could be the answer to this pandemic.  President Trump himself began a HCQ regimen.  About this same time, scientists in Wuhan, China began publishing information about positive results with hydroxychloroquine.

Bottom line?  It Was Working!  Not only as a cure for those in early stages of Covid 19 but as a prevention FOR Covid 19!  Let's see if I can get this across to you.

It looks as though; If everyone who tested positive for Covid 19 had been quickly treated with the hydroxychloroquine, azithromycin and zinc regimen that the America's Frontline Doctors talked about...most would have gotten better, very quickly.  It seems likely (in MY mind, certain) that very few who received this treatment would have died from Covid 19.

Let's say that another way.  Thousands of Americans and others around the world DIED FOR NO REASON!  There was a treatment which could have cured most of them!  Healthcare workers and anyone else at risk could have been taking HCQ BEFORE they got sick and would likely NOT have caught the virus.

On May 1, the FDA issued an Emergency Use Authorization for the HCQ treatments.

In May, the National Institute of Health (NIH) began a study, called: A5395, into the efficacy of the hydroxychloroquine treatments.  

On May 25, the Lancet Medical Journal published the following: 
"HYDROXYchloroquine or chloroquine, given with or without an antibiotic, “was associated with decreased in-hospital survival and an increased frequency of ventricular arrhythmias when used for treatment of COVID-19,” stated an authoritative six-continent, 671-hospital, 96,032-patient study published in The Lancet."  After this publication, authorization for a HCQ treatment for Covid 19 was pretty much revoked.

On May 25, the World Health Organization (WHO) suspended their HCQ trials and on June 15th, the FDA revoked their EUA for it's use in the U.S. as a Covid 19 treatment.

Multiple doctors, throughout the U.S. and the world, have continued using it though, despite the FDA, NIH and WHO discouragement and those doctors have almost universally had very positive results.

On July, 29, 2020, a group of Doctors, calling themselves America's Frontline Doctors, gave a press conference on the steps of the Supreme Court, in Washington, DC {Full Video Here} at which they adamantly state that the HCQ treatments work.  

This video quickly went viral and ALL the Mainstream Social Media began to quickly remove it whenever They found it.  Twitter, Facebook and Youtube all removed this video, blocked it and suspended accounts of people who shared it...including suspending Donald Trump Jr's Twitter account and removing the video from a retweet by the President himself!  Mainstream media outlets focused on Dr. Immanuel's personal beliefs and continued to tout the "factcheckers" who were saving us from this awful video.

Remember that Lancet article that quoted researchers who claim the HCQ treatments were not only useless but maybe deadly?  Well, today, July 31, the Lancet RETRACTED those findings!  From the Lancet:
Today, three of the authors of the paper, ‘Hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine with or without a macrolide for treatment of COVID-19: a multinational registry analysis”, have retracted their study,” The Lancet said in a retraction statement Thursday. “They were unable to complete an independent audit of the data underpinning their analysis. As a result, they have concluded that they ‘can no longer vouch for the veracity of the primary data sources.
The Federalist

My conclusion?  My (never humble) opinon?  The hydroxychloroquine, azithromycin and zinc regimen that the America's Frontline Doctors talked about works.  They are right.  President Trump was right.  The Mainstream Media and President Trumps own medical advisors (Can you say: "Dr. Fauci"?) lied to the President and to us and are STILL lying, even in the face of these whistleblowers coming forward.

Why do you think the Lancet turned around on Them?  Because the cat is out of the bag and running down the street now and They know it!

Now, I ask myself: "Why?"  Why have the President's advisors, the media and many other people in leadership positions been lying about something as important as a probable prevention and cure for a worldwide pandemic?  

Well, let's just use our logic and common sense, guided by experience, shall we?  First, we "follow the money".

President Trump has caused major waves throughout the world since taking office.  Pulled out of the Paris Accords, the TPP and NAFTA. He gained and was gaining great concessions from China on trade which stood to benefit our country immensely but would likely cost China a pretty fair sized penny.

At the same time, the Global Agenda that Obama put us into was being undermined by our current President.  Islamic terrorists were being soundly defeated while our domestic economy was rocketing through the roof with employment figures and GDP figures higher than we'd had for a long time.  Minority employment was the best we'd EVER SEEN.

Where are we now?  After completely shutting down our booming economy for two months with no real end in sight? The U.S. and United Kingdom both in tatters economically.  China hammered us big without firing a shot.  

Now, let's look at another little issue.  If the HCQ treatment works, then there is little or no use, certainly no urgency, for a Coronavirus vaccine.  The $60 million that the Gates Foundation has invested in such an enterprise might just go bye-bye.  Hmmm., April 16

Are Fauci and Bill Gates involved together with vaccine development?   Here I quote from a Politifact fact-check: "The Gates Foundation has supported the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in the past. He is the director, but NIAID is not “Fauci’s Institution” — it’s part of a federal agency. Fauci is on the Leadership Council for a Gates Foundation-sponsored vaccines collaboration, but Gates himself is not."  Hmmm

Speaking of Bill Gates, he's not a fan of old people.  He has spoken against using expensive technology to prolong the lives of the elderly and he's not the only one.  Also, unhealthy people use up resources and can cost our insurance industry quite a few pesos.  So, which demographics are more at risk from Covid 19 again?  Oh, yes.  the elderly and unhealthy.  Hmmm.  Thinning the herd?

Here's another Doctor with the same message, from April, 2020

What's the moral of the story?  I've believed all along that we were being played and the more I look into it, the more convinced I become that we are simply pawns, being sacrificed.

One man was apparently murdered by police excessive force and the Democrats have used that to burn, loot, assault and murder for over two months now.

THOUSANDS have died because They wanted to make President Trump look bad, while lining their pockets and thinning out we useless serfs.  Aren't WE going to do something about it?

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Hydroxychloroquine is a cure and a prevention...And They knew it all along!

I'm sure most of you have seen the Frontline Doctors video by now.  Even though all the Mainstream social media, Youtube, Twitter and Facebook for example, have been working tirelessly to keep it from being seen, millions of us have.

Update!  On 7-30-2020, Youtube removed the video to which I had linked.  Too late, though.  I had already made an MP4 of it and you can view it at America's Frontline Doctors and I STRONGLY urge you to watch this video.  
Mainstream Media is going all out to discredit what these doctors have said, looking for dirt on the doctors involved and just flat out saying that their statements here are untrue.  This from CNN, a "bastion of truth" if ever one existed!
"Social media giants remove viral video with false coronavirus claims that Trump retweeted"

These are all Medical Doctors, from a group called America's Frontline Doctors, who are actually treating Covid 19 patients.  These folks all got together to try and get the word out to the American people that THERE IS A CURE FOR COVID 19  and there is a drug regimen which will PREVENT Covid 19.  I believe this cure has been known all along and has been deliberately concealed from the public by people in power, for the primary purpose of discrediting President Trump prior to his re-election bid.

Back in March, President Trump was citing the apparent success of hydroxychloroquine in fighting the Covid 19 disease.  Very soon after he promoted its use, the FDA, CDC and NIH all said that it didn't work and were contemptuous of President Trump for using it himself and promoting it for us. The Presidents advisors, most notably, Dr. Fauci, all dismissed the idea of using hydroxychloroquine to cure or prevent Covid 19. Since then, thousands have died from Covid 19 complications, with no end in sight.

America's Frontline Doctors founder, Dr. Simone Gold, at this conference, had also mentioned an article in the Virology Journal; the journal for the National Institute of Health (NIH), from August 22, 2005, 

This article clearly states that, in 2005, it was known that Cloroquine or Hydroxichloroquine would help prevent and probably cure SARS Cov1.  There is only slight difference between SARS Cov1 and SARS Cov19.

Hydroxychloroquin has been around for 65 years, primarily used for Malaria treatment.  It is well studied and the dosages and possible side effects are well known.  It is available over the counter in many countries but requires a prescription here in the United States where it is already approved by the FDA for current uses.

And here's ABC News video from April, 2020:

Here's my point, folks.  When the NIH article was written, Dr. Fauci was a Director of the NIH.  There is No Way he didn't know about this article.  But, when President Trump learned of the possible cure and prevention for Covid 19, Fauci and others in the medical field made light of him and refused to let us use the drug.  Doctors were prohibited from prescribing it and pharmacists were not supposed to fill prescriptions if the doctors tried.

We've joked that, if President Trump found a cure for cancer, They would dismiss it.  Well, he promoted a cure for Covid 19 and They dismissed it and called him a fool for even saying anything.

Guess what.  Trump was RIGHT.

Dr. James Todaro, one of the Doctors at this conference, claimed that there is an “orchestrated attack that’s going on against hydroxychloroquine. If it seems like there is an orchestrated attack that’s going on against hydroxychloroquine it’s because there is.”

“When have you ever heard of a medication generating this degree of controversy? A 65-year-old medication that has been on the World Health Organization’s safe, essential list of medications for years. It’s over the counter in many countries. And what we’re seeing is a lot of misinformation.”

Why would such a very diverse group of experienced Medical professionals get together at our Nation's Capital with the intent to create such a dangerous lie?  These are people who treat real Americans every day and are very passionate about what they do.  I believe their complete agenda here was to get the word out to US that, once again, We Are Being Played.  This time, though, many of us are dying because of it.

The following was added 7-29-2020.
The Doctors involved in this Press Conference

Simone Gold, MD - Emergency Medicine Specialist in Los Angeles, CA and has over 31 years of experience in the medical field. She graduated from Rosalind Franklin University Of Medicine Science/The Chicago Medical School medical school in 1989. She is affiliated with Centinela Hospital Medical Center.
Dr. Bob Hamilton - pediatrician from Santa Monica, California. Medical School UCLA Geffen School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA. Internship UCLA Geffen School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA. Residency UCLA Geffen School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA.
Dr. Stella Immanuel - primary care doctor in Houston, Tx. Went to medical school in West Africa, Nigeria. Has practiced in Louisiana and now resides in Texas where she has treated more than 350 Covid patients.
Dr. Dan Erickson, DO - Emergency Medicine Specialist in Bakersfield, CA and has over 16 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from Western Univ Of Health Sciences/College Of Osteopathic Medicine Of The Pacific, Western University Of Health Sciences medical school in 2004. (While both degrees mean your doctor is a licensed physician, their training differs slightly, and each has a unique perspective on care. “An M.D. follows an allopathic medical training path, whereas a D.O. follows osteopathic,”)
Dr. James Todaro, MD - a Ophthalmology Specialist received his medical degree from Columbia University, Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons in NY, and completed his surgical training with four additional years of residency in ophthalmology.
Dr. Joe Ladapo MD, PhD - Physician at UCLA and clinical researcher. Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine, 2011.
Residency Internal Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Med Ctr-East Campus, 2009-2011.
Internship Internal Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Med Ctr-East Campus, 2008-2009. Degree Harvard Medical School, MD, 2008 Harvard University Grad. School of Arts, Sciences, PhD, 2008.
These people should be American Heroes bringing important information and dialogue to light but instead they are being censored and bullied.... don’t you think it’s time you began to ask why? 🧐
Thank you Brittney Kara for this great research on these doctors!

If you try going to the website for America's Frontline Doctors, you'll find it has been taken down: .

Here is an article from lifesitenews that also tells even more of the story I'm posting here.
If what they have told us is true and I firmly believe it is; if Hydroxichloroquine really does help prevent Covid 19 and even cure it...AND Dr. Fauci and other Presidential advisors KNEW this...then I believe Dr. Fauci and any and all of those others are guilty of Murder and Treason on a huge scale!

Protests about the apparent police murder of one man have developed into riots, looting and anarchy all over our country.  I think, maybe, the deliberate concealment of a cure for a Pandemic Virus, which has killed thousands, just MIGHT be cause for some concern on the part of us average Americans.  What do you think?

The Opportunities are There. It's up to YOU!

Earlier, I was having a back and forth on Facebook with a teacher from back east somewhere.  She is, of course, a supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement and, like most of those supporters, refuses to acknowledge the violence and anarchy that occurs. 

Here is her post, which prompted the reply that I decided to post here.

"Do you feel that because a few handful of representatives from the black community have succeeded, that means systemic racism doesn’t exist? Tell all systems of our country...who is in power? Look at almost all businesses...who are the CEO’s? School districts...who are the teachers, administrators? Government...who is the vast majority in power in all three branches? If you question systemic can start there."

I DO reject the concept of systemic racism and I adamantly reject the idea that anyone in America is held down or restricted in their life's goals because of their race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, financial status or social class.  I call Bullshit on the idea that anyone has a difficult life because they are a "victim" of any of these things.

To continue my opinion here, I will post a slightly modified version of my reply to her:

"In this country, more than ANY other country, the opportunity to be "in power" exists for EVERYone. 

I had an inmate in a state prison say to me: "If I'd had your chances, I wouldn't be here". BS. There was a High School in his neighborhood. Military recruiters had offices near his home. There are myriad ways to go on to higher education, IF you want to WORK at it. It's what we DO with our opportunities that matters. 

Don't blame some ambiguous "system" for not taking advantage of High School courses and the many ways that people go on to higher education. If people choose to squander their chances, that's not the fault of me, you, their skin color, their gender or our country. People must take responsibility for their own actions and inaction instead of trying to be victims. Being a "victim" makes failure easy.  If someone is a victim, then, "it's not their fault". BS again.

I was born into a logging, ranch hand, farmhand family. In the eyes of the world, we had nothing. I chose to go on to Adventure and Excitement so I enlisted in the U.S. Air Force as a Policeman and then went on into "civilian" Law Enforcement. I met my goals and prospered. Not because I was either privileged or white but because I chose to.

My cousin, born into the same family circumstances, elected to go into computers. Back in those days, that was like a fantasy. She's now in charge of computer security in a fortune 500 company. She wasn't privileged. She went to the same tiny High School as I and had the same amount of financial resources...none. Incidentally, she's not only a woman but a gay woman and is a major success in her field. She DECIDED to not be a victim and took control of her own life.

 As a teacher, in my opinion, the way you can make real change in your students and in the world around you is to teach them this simple concept. The opportunities are there for everyone in this country, no matter the color, gender, sexual orientation, financial situation or social class. It's all out there ahead of them. Unless. Unless what is going on today takes our country away from what it has been for 244 years. The United States is the only country in the world where opportunities exist to this"

Monday, July 27, 2020

Go Ahead. Burn it all down. I'll be fine.

I probably shouldn't be honest about this but...I guess I will.

My logic and common sense, guided by experience, makes me believe that Covid 19 is a real virus but not as contagious, deadly or terrible as the Main Stream Media and many in our government claim.

There is no such thing as "White Privilege" and police brutality is not rampant and uncontrolled, against ANY race.  

Lives Matter.  If you have to place a race in the front of that statement, YOU are racist.

While I'm at it, there are two genders, Epstein didn't kill himself and Ghislane Maxwell WON'T have killed herself!

Here's the thing, though.  I've always been fascinated with movies and books about a total destruction of our current society.  "The Stand",  "The Postman" and "The Hunger Games" are probably three of my favorites.  

Throughout my adult life, I've had preparation for something like this in the back of my mind and I've always planned, saved and prepared for such a thing.  I'm a "Prepper".  Maybe even a "Survivalist".

So, if my gut instinct about Covid19 is wrong or/and Black Lives Matter and Antifa succeed in toppling our country and instilling anarchy; well, I'm good.  

If I catch Covid19 and it kills me, then my troubles are over and I'm good.

If you city folks have to live under the rule of warlords and gangs?  Doesn't affect me.

Where I live, the things you people are doing to yourselves, because the TV tells you to, is only an
intellectual exercise.  We watch the news and "tsk, tsk" at what is happening in the country and I get myself more ready for your demise.

So, go ahead.  Let this continue.  Elect a demented old man as President.  Keep the Democrats in power in the House so that a crazy old woman can run things.  Elect a primarily Democrat Senate so
They have full power.

Wanna know where you'll be then?  Post-birth abortion common.  Confiscation of all self defense weapons.  Total Federal government control of your local Law Enforcement.  50% or greater taxes.  All vehicles will meet Democrat guidelines or you won't be allowed to use them.  Any travel outside of your local area monitored, maybe even only with a permit.  No Vaccination chip?  No shopping.  You want to buy food?  Get the vaccination and the chip so you can be monitored and controlled more easily.

Friday, July 24, 2020

I think we're being played

I've learned, through a long and eventful life, to put a lot of faith in my "gut instinct".  My common sense and logic makes me very skeptical of whether this Covid19 is the world-ending virus that the Main Stream Media would have us believe.

On one hand, the published case numbers and death numbers are appalling.  Half as many cases as the flu but twice as many deaths as the flu.  Case numbers skyrocketing in most states, including here in Montana.  Case and death counts still rising.

On the other hand, CDC numbers are being revised down almost every day.  Florida testing clinics found to be misreporting case numbers.  Doctors and Nurses claiming to see case and death numbers inflated.  Dr. Birx, herself, telling us that if someone dies "with" Covid19, then the death certificate will say they died "of" Covid19.

So, are these terrifying numbers real?  Or is it all being hyped up for some nefarious purpose?  Certainly, President Trump's policies had resulted in a booming economy.  Most of our economic numbers were better than we'd seen in over 50 years and some numbers (minority employment, for instance) greater than EVER.  China was being forced to make equitable trade deals and was actually in the process of acceding to President Trump's demands when...from China...a virus came a callin'.  

Yes, this virus affected the rest of the world, so how could it have been aimed at us, just to unseat President Trump?  All just a cover?  An accidental release in China and the rest of the world?  Or, once again, are our numbers being inflated to make President Trumps economy continue to founder?  Since most of the world is seeing far fewer cases while ours seem to skyrocket, I can only say...hmmm.

The CDC said personal masks were ineffective.  Then, They said masks were necessary.  Now, They are making them mandatory.  Are masks as useless as my logic and common sense tell me or are they a critical tool in the fight against this virus?  Is this virus even significant enough to fight?  If the published numbers are true, then, yes, we should be going all out in an effort to get this virus under control and even on the off-chance that a cloth mask will help, we should all be wearing them.  But, if the numbers are actually being inflated and there are nowhere near the cases and deaths that They are telling us, then the masks are just a badge for Them to know who has bought into the whole thing.  A preliminary 666 on our forehead!

If we believe Them, Covid19 is dormant in bars and restaurants until around 11PM, then becomes dangerous.  It's safe to shop in huge corporate stores but local businesses are dangerous.  It's safe to go to Walmart, we can attend Black Lives Matter rallies and even loot and riot in groups of thousands but our normal voting process is dangerous.  Homeless people are safe from this virus.  It's just not passing the smell test.

Think about this.  If Covid19 had been tracked and reported on as diligently as the seasonal flu (NOT), would most of the country even know about it?  Would most of us have been affected if we weren't being bombarded with Covid19 news all day, every day?  Where would our country be today if Covid19 had been handled, by President Trump, as H1N1 was handled by President Obama?  How many knew that H1N1 was even a major thing?  How many are aware of the alarming numbers of Seasonal Flu?

Honestly, my gut instinct  (which HAS been wrong!) tells me that They are deliberately hyping the severity of this virus, inflating the case and death numbers and unnecessarily closing down our economy, because of extreme Trump Derangement Syndrome.  I suspect that They are using a real, worldwide, viral contagion to try and get enough people unhappy with our President so that he can't get re-elected.

Just as They are using a real police excessive force incident to incite anarchy throughout our country for much the same purpose.

I think we're being played.

Wednesday, June 03, 2020

My response to the George Floyd situation and White Privilege

I haven't ever really weighed in on this racial B.S. before but I believe I will now.  Also, any of those who disagree with me, I'm THRILLED to debate this and vehemently wish you would please help me to understand why I am wrong in my opinion because I Really don't understand why people think the way they do.  The more time I spend with people, the more I like my cats.

Anyway.  I believe that the racial issue would be barely noticeable if the left wing liberals and their sycophantic media would just not MAKE race an issue all the time.  Race has never been an issue to me nor do I remember anyone in my family who had any problem with anyone because of race.  During my time in the Air Force, I met a few, both white and black, who made racist comments.  My overall opinion of those kinds of people is that there are just as many George Jefferson's as there are Archie Bunkers.

I just read an analogy of White Privilege that made me want to "urp".  White privilege my fat butt!  I grew up in a logging family in Idaho and Montana.  My family lived in half-tents in the mountains during the summer and back to their (primarily) log homes for the winter.  We were thrilled to graduate to trailer houses!  As a very young child, I remember helping my Grandmother remodel the lean-to shed on our house in Idaho into an indoor bathroom.  Before the luxury of an indoor bathroom, I remember my baths in a round, galvanized tub in the kitchen, in front of our wood cookstove.  Don't bring "White Privilege" to me!

The United States has an extensive public school system and the same high school education was available to black kids in the city as was provided for us out here in flyover country.  The military recruiters were knocking on doors in the GET-toh at the same time they were trying to woo me.  NAACP, UNCF, Affirmative Action...Don't remember such program available for we privileged white kids on the farms, ranches and logging camps in Montana and Idaho.  My point being that all these "underprivileged" city kids had as many and even at times more, opportunities as I.  If they didn't take advantage of those opportunities, that was THEIR CHOICE.  Don't whine that it was racial bias. 

Clarence Thomas, Condoleeza Rice, Cosby, Winfrey, Snipes, Murphy, Obama...Think of a few yourself.

Now, as to the George Floyd incident.  Try and understand.  NO one hates dirty cops more than the good cops do!  And most cops ARE good!  I got into Law Enforcement, in a large part, because I HATE bullies...of any color on any color.  When I was in grade school, you'd find me getting between bullies and their victims.  No WAY would the Floyd incident have happened if I had been on the scene.  Including today, as a civilian. 

I watch those videos and I'm sickened by the actions of that evil cop.  At the same time, I'm disgusted with the inaction, not just of the other cops, but of the jerks filming it!  How could they just stand there and whimper at that cop while Floyd was crying for help?  Why didn't they step in and stop what was going on?  So, were they afraid to go to jail?  Afraid they might be placed in that same situation?  Pussies!  I'd have been in the faces, not only of Chauvin but of the other cops as well.  And, if they still didn't stop his actions, I'd have moved him off of Floyd myself.  How can I say this?  Because I've faced such situations before and I know myself. I know I'd have Had To Try! In fact, if I had been behind one of those phones and then gone home, without doing anything about it, I'd never have been able to live with myself.  Better the cops had killed me for trying to help than I live as a coward from then on!  There are worse things than dying, my friends.  Believe it.

And now, back to the racial issue.  What happened to George Floyd is terrible and should never HAVE happened.  But the only reason it's a national issue is because the media decided it should be.  Don't believe me?  Try researching the names of Lavoy Finicum and Jack Yantis to name two.  White men murdered by white cops.  Bet most of you "protesters" have never heard of them.  Or, if you have, you figure that the official "Justified" is correct.  You don't believe "justified" if the victim is black and the cop is white so why do you so easily accept it when that isn't the case?  Black privilege?  Hmmm?

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Lost Again

I grew up doing everything pretty much on my own. For a brief period after Dad died, my mother had re-married and I went from being an only child to being one of six kids. I got along okay with the others, but you couldn't say we were ever friends. I had a few very good friends with whom I went camping and fishing quite a bit but, primarily, I liked being by myself.

I know now that adults around me felt a little sorry for me because of my solitude, which they assumed was involuntary. They couldn't have been more wrong. I often elected to go off by myself when I had ample opportunity to be with friends. Especially when I was in the outdoors. To me, fishing, hunting and hiking were very solitary pursuits. I enjoyed my lone bicycle trips to the lakes, rivers and streams around Yellowstone to fish, hunt or just be out there.

Once I could drive, it was just that much better. I had a Toyota pickup with a camper shell on it, and I went all over that country. I got spectacularly stuck a few times and lost a couple of times but I always managed to get back in time to get to work. If my mother had known how often I got really lost in the woods, she wouldn't have allowed me out of the house without a bell around my neck!

I always explained my inability to find either my truck or the road it should be parked on by emphasizing the structural instability of the Yellowstone area. There must have been a localized earthquake that had moved the road to a different location. When I went hunting, I'd hunt elk and deer when I left my truck, then hunt my truck for the rest of the day.

I always figured that the early mountain men got lost all the time, too. It just didn't really matter to them because they didn't have any place to go back to, anyway. They weren't lost. They were exploring.

This tendency of mine to discover that whole drainage systems had changed around and that the sun was now setting in the south has plagued me to this very day. I just make allowances for it. If I'm only going for a short hike, I try to stay in an area where even a major shift of the local landmarks will not turn me around completely. I aim to get back to a road, not the truck, a line, not a point.

Two Top
Back in June of 1981, I had one of my more memorable hunts for my pickup. I was home on leave from the Air Force and decided I would go backpacking for a night or two. I drove up Mosquito Gulch and turned up the draw by Johnson's cabin, parking my truck about a mile up the dry stream bed, southwest of West Yellowstone. I then shouldered my pack and started trudging up Two-Top mountain.

Now most folks who've been up on Two-Top go up on snowmobiles in the winter because the view is fantastic and the wind up there moves the snow into weird sculptures; smal1 pine trees totally obscured by wind-scoured snow. But, in the summertime, nobody goes up there. I'd hunted the area before and there was an old sluice box I'd found once that I wanted to find again. Who knows, maybe old Johnson (if that's who'd built the sluice) hadn't found all the gold in the creek. 

It was a fabulous hike! I remember that it was hot and even a little humid. The hot sun brought out the odors of the grass, willows, pines...even the scent of the bark of the trees could be picked out. The loudest sounds were the sounds of my footsteps and the hum of the mosquitoes. The mosquitoes were so bad that I put on my rain jacket, thus covering myself, except for my hands and face, in clothing. I could still hear them popping against the back of my head, buzzing around and calling me names. No insect repellant could deter a Montana mosquito for long. They're tough, determined and they outnumber us so I think they'11 eventually take over the world! When I turned around to look back over my shoulder, there was a cloud of the greedy little buggers right behind me! So, I didn't look back very often, which is a big error in back country travel. If you think you might ever want to go back, you'd better look back once in a while so you'll know how to get back.

Up on top, there was a nice breeze blowing, so the mosquitoes gave up on me and went buzzing away, looking for other prey. As I stood quietly in a little bunch of "jack pines" I heard something in the clearing behind me. An elk calf, not much bigger than a small deer, was walking up to see what I was! It'd never seen people before and, since it was months before hunting season, mama must not have discussed the hazards of getting close to us world leaders. I got several really good pictures of the big, curious eyes, long knobby knees and puffing red sides of the young "Mountain Ghost". Suddenly, I heard Mama snorting, somewhere out of sight. The little one turned and raced clumsily across the clearing and back into the timber towards Mama. I never did see the mother because I'm sure she knew men aren't the safest of companions.

I tromped around for quite a while, finding the remains of the old sluice box. Couldn't pan out any fortune in overlooked gold, though.

I was planning to camp near the creek, but from the high vantage point of Two Top, I'd seen what looked like a really interesting storm blowing in. After reflection, I decided that the better part of valor (and of creature comforts, but we Mountain Men don't admit needing these) was to hike the two or three miles back to my truck and give up this camping idea in favor of a warm bed and a morning fishing trip. When you live next to Yellowstone Park you can make these spur of the moment decisions, you see. So, I headed up over the top again and back down, gleefully hurrying along towards my nice dry truck before the sky got around to falling on me.

I'd been hiking downhill about a half hour, daydreaming and just enjoying the mountains: the clean, fresh smell and sight of my world that I'd been missing for so long, when I got the feeling that all was not right with my world. It's hard to explain that sudden realization that, for all intents and purposes, you 've slipped into another dimension.

The steep part of the ridge should be on my right, not my left! The timber should be older growth, farther apart with more clearings and "parks". Apparently, while I wasn't watching, the earth has shifted again and I was on the wrong side of it. But, not being easy to convince, I decided that I just needed to keep going a ways and everything would change back again. So I did, but it didn't. Things got worse and I was soon on fairly level ground and surrounded by really thick four to six-inch diameter lodgepole growth.

That means a visibility of about twenty feet and a kind-of greenish twilight to see by. What finally made me decide that I needed to re-think my strategy here was, just at the edge of the visibility in the green, soft light and dark timber, I say a big, black something! I stopped to try and see exactly what it was. It snorted or growled or some such noise (since my hair was standing so straight, it had pulled my ears out of sync), telling me that, whatever it was, it most likely wasn't a tree!

There were some fairly uncomfortable possibilities. Moose? Not good. Moose can be very cranky when disturbed and I think, whatever my real intention, you could say that I was disturbing it. Bear? Definitely not good for the same reason as the moose. If it was a bear which (After those few split seconds of contemplation) I though it probably was, Was it a grizzly or a black bear. You see, there are degrees of terror. Although stumbling over a black bear or moose ranks right up there, annoying a grizzly is a real chart breaker!

Anyway, I stood frozen for about twelve years. Probably ten seconds in real time but I aged at least twelve years! (Gibson's "Theory of Relativity", write it down.) and whatever I was terrified of (I still don't know) stood there watching me.

Have you ever felt real terror? I don't mean being caught under the sheets with Dad's girly magazines and a flashlight. I mean feeling all the strength rush down your body and out your toes, leaving your whole being empty and cold. It's a physical feeling of a warm wave rushing down through your chest, stomach and legs, leaving ice behind. I don't know if you can physically function when that feeling comes over you or not. I don't think I can. I think, when that happens (and around the places I went in Yellowstone land, the feeling came frequently), I couldn't do anything but watch the proceedings.

Finally, my not clearly discernible companion decided I was petrified enough and it faded into the forest, going in the same direction I had been. Thus helping me to decide that it was time to retrace my steps. If the big, black blob was going south, I was going north!

I'd pretty much decided that I'd gone over the wrong ridge line, putting me into the Idaho side of the divide and, to get back, I just had to go back uphill till I got to familiar territory, then start over again. So, I started climbing back up the hill. The conditions were still pretty nice, but the signs of a major storm were building around me.

A pretty stiff breeze was starting to sigh through the fluffy tops of the tall lodgepole pines. Once in a while, I'd hear a sharp “crack!” as a branch broke from the topmost reaches of the trees .

About halfway up the ridge, I came to the edge of a small park. You find these little clearings all through the mountains. An island of sunshine and grass suddenly appearing in the midst of timber as thick as needles on a porcupine.

In this particular clearing, on this particular day, were two young bull elk. Both were what we call "spike" bulls. Both animals were gorgeous, a creamy, reddish gold color, almost shining in the still, bright sunlight. Their antlers were still covered in velvet, giving them a soft, almost unearthly look. Both animals saw me at almost the same time that I saw them. We all stood frozen in time for a few nano-seconds before they exploded into violent retreat.

I don't know why but elk don't seem to like to run away without causing heart failure in their pursuers. Elk can ghost through the timber without a sound, gliding, antlers and all, through thickets of trees and brush without stirring a leaf. But they can also go crashing through, twigs and divots flying, sounding like a big car wreck. It seems like, when I try to follow them, I always sound like the latter.

I kept on going up to the top, gradually entering familiar territory. By that time, the storm was coming in fast and you could tell it was gonna be a real downpour. Since I was back in an area I knew, and certain I could now find the truck with no trouble, I debated retreating back to the truck as quickly as possible. But I knew it would take me at least half an hour, maybe forty-five minutes to reach my vehicle and by that time I'd be half-melted by the drenching rain on the way.

Black clouds had obscured that bright sunshine which had been out only moments before. The wind was screaming through the trees and any branch not firmly attached was flying through the sky. When the first few rain drops began splatting down around me, I knew it was too late to head for home. My inadvertent visit to the Idaho side had insured that my over-night trip would be overnight.

I raced through the sudden downpour to a high spreading blue spruce tree near the top of the ridge. It was much shorter than the tall lodgepoles around me so, hopefully, I wouldn't be zapped by lightning. But it was great shelter because the branches were thick and spread out like a hens' wings waiting for her chicks. This chick dove into the tree's cover and cowered there, watching the rain come whooshing down!

Some Rocky Mountain rainstorms are quick showers, just giving a tantalizing glimpse of what a nice cool rain could do. Others are sudden bursts of roaring water, quickly over, as if God threw out the dishwater onto us. Others start with the initial deluge and then continue to pour down for days. This turned out to be one of the third. Just my luck.

Within minutes, everything I carried, even under the spreading branches of the spruce, was soaked. Even things inside my backpack took a drenching just from the rain water splashing up from the ground as the drops slammed down and then bounced back up.

Oh well, I just had to make the best of it, so I huddled under my rain jacket, holding my sleeping bag under there with me, trying to keep it as dry as I could.

Everything was already so wet that I couldn't get a fire going with either matches or a butane lighter. I had forgotten to bring any highway flares so I was stuck with going through the night without a fire.

When one of those long lasting mountain washing storms catches you like that, about all you can do is stretch out and wait it out. That's what I tried to do. As darkness closed in around me, the rain slowed to a steady downpour, like being under my uncles' sprinklers at full blast, for miles around. When darkness did settle in, it was a total darkness in which I literally couldn't see my hand. I know because I tried. There's no ambient light in those high mountains, miles from any artificial lights and with the stars blocked out by the thick black clouds, it was dark!

And cold. I was at about 8500 feet elevation, wet, cold and starting to shiver. Water was running along the ground into my shelter, further soaking my sleeping bag, as rain water dripped down through the branches, soaking one from both above and below.

I tried to sleep and did finally manage to drop off from sheer exhaustion but about one o'clock in the morning I woke up shivering. I was so cold my teeth were chattering, my down sleeping bag was soaked and thus useless. I had no dry clothes, no fire and no way to get warm. Since nature abhors a vacuum, I could only get colder as time went on. This was becoming an extreme case of hypothermia, getting worse and could, probably would, result in my death! Now, I like being in the mountains and if I had to pick the where of my eventual demise, I couldn't choose a better place, but I'd be embarrassed to let myself meet a tenderfoot tourist's end. So I decided I'd better just "saddle up" and start hiking.

I knew the walking would get me warm and I could be back in West Yellowstone for breakfast. I didn't dare try going back to my truck. If I had gotten lost in the day time, I could really get screwed up in the dark. No, it was only a few miles down to the Madison Fork Ranch and then to the highway, only two miles from town, and there was a pretty clear trail all the way. With my big police-style flashlight I knew it would be easy to find my way and the long hike would surely warm me up.

As I started out, I realized that it was a little harder to keep track of the east trail than I had expected. The steady downpour swallowed my flashlight's beam, resulting in a glow around me which illuminated very little. But, I did find a good trail heading down...almost a road. I kept to it, walking quickly, still shivering but getting better.

The next few hours are a memory blur. It was beginning to get light when I came to a hip-deep creek across the trail. "Oops. This shouldn't be here!" Again, the world had shifted around me, creating a new watercourse. Actually, after I got home and broke out my maps, I realized that this was Tygee Creek.

I'd kind-of figured that at the time. I realized I was on the Idaho side of the divide but a long way from West Yellowstone. Nearly as I could remember (if memory is a measurement of intelligence, I'm in trouble), it wasn't too far to Sunset Lodge from here so I might as well hike on down to there. So I kept going and going...and going, just like the Energizer bunny!

A road so wet and muddy that it was easier to walk on the steep bank beside the road, because my
feet sank over the ankle in the mud of the road at each step. Finally, as I came down from the mountain elevation, the roads' character changed to gravel, giving me a much better walking surface. The rain had stopped and now it was getting hot. I kept on walking. That one sentence pretty well covers what I did for the next few hours. I kept on walking. Finally, I was down onto the edges of the Henry's' Lake Flats and, far in the distance, I could see cars on US 191, the highway to West Yellowstone. I kept walking.

I finally got to the highway and started walking northwest towards Montana. An Idaho State policeman gave me a ride to the truck stop at Valley View, and from there I hitched a ride with a hippie (from riding with cops to riding with hippies. Also a cultural journey!) back to West Yellowstone.

My Mom was cooking at Hams Cafe, a truck stop in West Yellowstone, so I had my benefactor drop me there for a meal. When I walked into the kitchen and Mom saw me, mud to my knees, raincoat over super sweaty clothes, hair plastered to my head, most likely a blank, exhausted look on my face, she became very concerned. She looked at me with compassion and caring in her eyes and, very briskly, asked, "Where's the truck?". I was obviously okay since I was standing there so it was time to worry about more obvious things.

Later, my Uncle Dean and I hiked up to get the backpack and sleeping bag I'd left under my fir tree and to bring my truck back into the land of the living. So, all ended well and gave me a good story.

The Moral?

I don't have one. Although this is my most profound example of being "turned around" in the mountains, it's not the first and most certainly won't be the last.

I've spent much of my leisure hours hiking in the mountains and forests of southwest Montana, and I've been lost before, to one degree or another. I expect to spend many more hours in those same mountains and I expect to be lost again from time to time. If you keep your head, it's not that big a deal.

It has been a big deal, I know, to many people in many places. People who never made it out. So I take precautions.

I never go hiking without survival gear. Just a small belt pack carries extra food, first aid supplies, clean socks and fire making supplies. Ä good knife and waterproof matches are on my person at all times so that, even if I lose my little pack, I'll still have the means to take care of myself. Also, I try to always have a map of the area and a good compass also on my person. That way, several times, I've been able to realize the mistake I made and thus arrange to rectify it.

Mostly, although I'm as attached to microwave ovens and central heating as anyone, I am comfortable in the forest and I learned long ago that a few nights sleeping under a tree are just mildly uncomfortable, if you just keep your head and make the best of your situation.

Friday, April 17, 2020

I'm Ashamed of Our Cowardice

I watched today's Covid19 press conference as the President and his Task Force explained how they expect to attempt to rebuild our country.

They talked of much testing for this virus and Dr. Birx was talking about testing and monitoring ANY respiratory type illness, from now on into the future.

Dr. Fauci has talked about no longer shaking hands as a greeting...ever. They all kept talking about the "new normal". Except for President Trump a couple of times. He was talking about things going back to nearly normal. But, as he goes along with his crowd of Chicken Little's, even he makes me sad.

I'm ashamed. I'm ashamed of our response to this virus from day one. I'm ashamed of our various state governments and THEIR response to this. I'm VERY ashamed of my heroes in Law Enforcement who have done such stupid, unconstitutional things while enforcing "orders" from dictators. I was always taught that we didn't HAVE to enforce or follow orders that we deemed unconstitutional or illegal. So, those officers who arrested the father for playing in the park with his daughter; the ones who cited the pastor for holding church services and the ones who cited people for having non-essential items in their shopping carts...they must all have believed those actions were right, just and within the bounds of our God given freedoms. Let me help you here. THEY WEREN'T!

Heating my home with wood is dangerous. If a fire started in this old trailer house, I wouldn't have time to get out of my bed. I also have a propane furnace. I am personally acquainted with people who have experienced propane explosions. Of course, I could remodel and make everything electric. But, then, an electrical short could kill me as well.

Fishing, hunting, hiking, horseback riding; all these outdoor pursuits are incredibly dangerous, considering the possibility of drowning, snakebite, getting lost, being shot by another hunter or even accidentally shooting myself.

Much of my outdoor recreation is done in the Yellowstone area so I'm taking a very real chance of being killed by a bear.

Of course, we all know how dangerous it is to drive, ride in or walk near a car. They are just hurtling death machines and we take our lives in our hands and put our lives in the hands of others every time we get on the road.

In fact, there is a very real possibility of death or serious injury any time we get out of bed. The number of fatal or critical injuries caused by accidents in the home, including falling in the shower, accidental electrocution, falls of many other kinds...Wow! I guess we should all be living in terror.

So, the way the President and his advisors talked today, we will forever live in terror of this super-flu virus, being tested, watched, monitored and quarantined from now on. For the rest of our days, 
catching a cold will not only be a personally terrifying experience but, if you want to go to work, recreate or even go out of your house, you'll have to conceal your symptoms or risk being hauled off to quarantine. Many will be wearing masks, refusing to shake hands or even be close to others from now on. Every time I see people walking around with those stupid masks on, it makes me want to "uurp" on their shoes. THAT would give them something to be afraid of!

Doesn't ANYone else think this whole episode has been incredibly ridiculous? I know many of my friends who have been mad at me for denigrating this stupid, hysterical panic we have been going through but I am just disgusted with the whole thing.

I'm sick alright. I'm sick of this extreme over reaction to a virus with a 97% (at least ) survivability rate.

For crying out loud, my ancestors came across an ocean in a tiny little ship to settle in an unknown "New World". We followed our dreams across an ocean, over high mountains, across vast prairies and more mountains. We built a nation more vast and diverse than any other in the world, before or since. We didn't do that by cowering in our huts when we had the sniffles.

Just think of the history of your own state; your own communities even, and what others went through to give us the chance to, now, allow our governments to tell us when or if we can work, go to the store, visit our neighbor, go enjoy the company of our fellow men or even worship as we please and where we please.

Guess what. Our Founding Fathers went through the tyranny we now are beginning to embrace and they devised a government system designed to leave our God Given Rights to US. It's OUR choice if we want to open a business. It's our choice if we want to go to church and sit next to our neighbors. WE choose if we want to risk driving a car to a deep lake, go out on a flimsy boat...all to catch a few fish that many of us just release anyway.

They acted, today, as if allowing us to leave our homes for any reason was a great favor. We should 
be thankful to Dr. Birx, Dr. Fauci and even President Trump for offering to grant us an opportunity to pursue Life, Liberty and Happiness. How magnanimous They all are to relent on our house arrest a little bit and allow businesses to open and a select few of us to socialize. But, only a little! Remember, keep your distance! Don't shake hands! Wear those masks!

Don't visit your lonely elderly family members. Leave them alone in those "facilities" with no personal contact with their families. How many of those people, who, remember, went through two world wars, a depression and an entire life of hard work and sacrifice; would happily risk this stupid virus to hold the hand of one of their grandchildren?

THINK! You Have the RIGHT to do these things! GOD gave you those rights when He allowed you to be born! The government doesn't GIVE you those rights. The Constitution doesn't give you those rights. The Constitution is there to keep government from suppressing those rights. But, having those rights is useless when the government, at any level, decides to circumvent, disregard and TRASH the Constitutional principles our Founding Fathers enumerated.

But, all my ranting is of little merit if the people of our country are willing to meekly allow an All Powerful Government to direct their every step, from womb to tomb. Because; here's a concept that may be new to you...the Government is US. It's YOU. Those Governors who showed their true, power hungry colors by ordering Their Police to stand on your heads; If you don't vote Them out and get some "leaders" who believe in that Constitution, well, then you will live the way you deserve. As serfs, peasants, "Free roaming humans on a big tax farm".

Our country was Divinely founded. God placed some of His most Chosen people here at that time. God guided their minds and actions. The Constitution of the United States is a Divinely Inspired Document, designed to do just what it did. The Constitution is the foundation of the greatest, most prosperous and free country EVER to exist on this earth.

But the growing iniquity, slothfulness and apathy of our people could very well cause this great country to come to a bitter end. Unless we turn back to the ways of our forefathers. Unless we take back control of our country from all those who threaten it, we will cause our descendants to live in bondage and servitude. Maybe, it will happen quickly enough that some of us will experience it. We HAVE experienced it, to a small extent, over the last two months. They have shown us what They want to do. Now, we either accept their control or we do not. It's up to's up to YOU!

Sunday, April 12, 2020

U.S. Air Force, 1979-1982

A long time ago.  Seems like VERY long.

Anyway, I had graduated from the West Yellowstone High School and I knew I wanted to be in Law Enforcement.  My real dream was to be a Gallatin County Deputy Sheriff and be stationed as the resident Deputy in West Yellowstone.  

But, I was 19 and impatient.  I wanted to start meeting my goals NOW!  What to do?  I was a dispatcher for the West Yellowstone Police Department so I was kind of "in the group" but...not quite.

One of the WYPD Officers had recently gotten out of the USAF where he had been a Security Policeman.  He influenced me to make a decision which had the most profound effect on my life of any decision before or since.  I enlisted in the United States Air Force.

At the time, 1978/79, the AF was contracting guaranteed jobs.  So, I didn't enlist and hope for police.  I was able to enlist to be a Law Enforcement Specialist.  The recruiter went to great lengths to get me to enlist as a Security Specialist instead.  Still Security Police but a much different job description.  I knew I wanted Law Enforcement and, with a big sigh of resignation, he signed me up.

Actually, I had to lose a significant amount of weight before the AF would even take me.  I was ready to sign up in January but it took me a couple of months of dieting and running to get down to where they would even let me do it.  Story of my life.

Also, I remember, very clearly, the day Mom drove me to the bus station.  As we drove past the restaurant she still worked at and I had worked at for many years, I turned and looked at her and said: "At least I'll never have to work in a cafe again!"  Never say "never" folks.  It's too big a word.

This was one of the most influential periods of my life and many of the lessons I learned in the Air Force are still habits today.  Little things, like how I fold my clothes, and big things like how I walk and how I treat people.  

Most notably, to me, are the friends I still have after all these years.  Friends who are still closer to me than family, even though we haven't actually seen each other in 30+ years.  Facebook has brought us into more frequent contact but any of the ones I'm thinking of can call me or I them and we talk as if we had been next door neighbors for all these years.  The best and closest friendships ever are those between veterans who served together.

My first assignment was at a NATO station in Izmir, Turkey for fifteen months.  No base, just Town Patrol and one Weapons Storage Area we had to guard.  Mostly, Town Patrol in the city of Izmir.  A great assignment with experiences and memories I will treasure forever.

Then I went to the most ideal AF Base I could imagine, for someone like myself who was lazer focused on Law Enforcement and being a "Cop" on the streets of America.  Lowry AFB in Denver, Colorado.  It was GREAT!  We had no Security mission there at all, the base was "open" with one of the main thoroughfares of the Denver Metro area as the main
street of the base.  Four lanes of city traffic.  The gates didn't even have physical barriers.  Just a "gate shack" in the median of 6th Avenue.

In many ways, we were just a suburb of Denver and our nightly activities reflected that; with DUIs, assaults, rapes, robberies, traffic accidents, traffic enforcement...everything Denver or Aurora PDs were dealing with on either side of us, we got a share of.  Not quite as much as the civilian cities because, after all, our primary "citizens" WERE military.  But I got my first real taste of Law Enforcement at Lowry.

I am very sorry that I took no pictures at Lowry.  All the things we did, all the memories I have and no mementos of any of it.  Lowry was my "Glory Days" and it's all just in my head and my heart.  Nothing to focus these old eyes on.  Very bad mistake.

But, the extreme mistake was taking my discharge from the U.S. A.F. in December, 1982.  Within a couple of years, I realized that I had made a HUGE error!  I had gotten out of the AF because I was 22 and knew everything.  I KNEW the Air Force wasn't doing Law Enforcement right and I wanted to get into civilian LE where things would be "better".  Guess what.  It wasn't really any different and there were many things about the Air Force that I missed.  But, the Air Force didn't take prior service.  End of story.  Although I argued with the recruiter and even went to my Congressman about it, nothing changed.  As far as the Air Force was concerned, I had made my choice and now I could live with it.  Even though I was a Deputy Sheriff (not in Gallatin County, but still...) and still in the same career field.  "All you've gotta do is give me uniforms and car keys and I can go to work!"  

When I finally gave up and left the AF recruiters office, the Army recruiter met me in the hall.  If I would enlist in the Army as an MP, he could give me a rally good package.  But, part of that package was Basic Training.  Apparently (understandably) the Air Force basic was too wimpy for the Army so I'd have to do theirs.  I turned him down for a couple of reasons.  First, the Basic Training thing.  Been there, done that, don't wanna again.  The other was that, although I always thought the AF wasn't really serious about Law Enforcement, what I had seen of Army MP situations was even worse.  I always felt kind of sorry for the MPs I knew; green cars with a bubble light, as an afterthought, on the top, 45s in flap holsters, fatigues as the uniform of the day.  I contrasted that with our more police-like uniforms, nice police cars, .38s in more modern holsters...just the outward appearance gave me the impression that I was happier in Blues.  

Later, I learned that after 12 months service in the Army I could have applied for a "cross service" back to the Air Force again.  A back door.  Whoops.  Apparently, I didn't know any more at 26 than I had at 22!

I was able to meet my goals, though, mostly because of the Air Force.  I was a Deputy Sheriff in Montana and then in Oregon.  I had a good, successful Law Enforcement career and those memories too are what sustain me today.  

But I dream and day-dream, almost every day, of those very few short years.  Slightly less than four years, actually, as my Mom was sick and I got out a little early.  

In the top of my closet is an old beret, with an Air Training Command pin.  In a drawer is the Air Force Security Police qualification badge I was issued.  I didn't manage to keep my actual badge.  I turned it in, as required.  On my wall I still display the "Peacekeeper of the Month" award I got while in Turkey in...1980?

Once in a while, I'll drive over to Spokane where one of my old partners lives.  We were at Lowry 

together and made a great team.  We'll sit in his living room and tell old "war stories" until far into the night about incidents we were part of, friends we made, arrests we made...pretty much, we're telling each other stories of events and places we shared.  

Now I'm old and fat and the idea of rappelling off of a building or out of a helicopter makes my head hurt.  I don't even like to climb up and change a light bulb!  If I had to run across the street, my fat belly and floppy tits would probably beat me to death.  Two minutes on the heavy bag reduces me to a sweaty, panting mess.  Slow and steady is my gait today.

The good news is that the memories get to stay with me forever.

Saturday, April 11, 2020

How far will They take it? The answer far as we LET Them!

A very good friend of mine ( a couple of them, actually) laughs at me because I'd be perfectly happy as a hermit, living with little or no contact with the rest of the world.  These same people, all good friends and close enough to me to know me well, "accuse" me of being perfectly happy if I were just a drifter with a horse and a bedroll, in the 19th century.

They are very correct.

The trouble I'm having is that I want to CHOOSE to live like this!  I want to live in a country where my lifestyle is MY CHOICE.  I don't want the Government to tell me when or where I can go, whether or not I can work for a living, whether I can attend Church or go out to a bar and play pool.  I'm too old, I guess and have too many memories of a Free Country where the police don't cite pastors for holding services or arrest fathers for playing with their children in a public park.
Father arrested for playing with children
Pastor arrested for holding services

I don't want a Government that lies to the population in order to instill fear and gain control.

Here are some basic facts.  Covid19 IS more deadly, overall, than the seasonal flu.

I'll grudgingly admit that if we weren't doing this house arrest thing, it's possible that Covid19 would infect as many Americans as does the seasonal flu and thus the fatality numbers would be much higher than the flu.

Maybe, just maybe, living in fear, crashing our economy, only going outside when we must and then wearing protective masks is all for the good.  A couple of months ago, we laughed at people who did such things.  "Germophobes".  Remember that?

Of course, a couple of months ago, people who stored a reasonable amount of needed supplies, in case of emergency, were ALSO crazy..."Preppers", "Survivalists".  Hmmm.

My fear is not Covid19.  If I were inCREDIBLY unlucky and caught Covid19, I know I'd be very sick and, with my health, would be in very real danger.  Even so, if They gave me the choice, I'd go back to living my life normally, working, shopping, playing pool in crowded bars, waiting tables in a crowded restaurant and going out to eat in those same kinds of restaurants.  Normal and FREE.  My Choice!

No.  My terror is that, now that They have had a taste of Total Control and They HAVE total control, through fear and intimidation, They won't want to let it go.  Once power hungry people get control over we serfs and peasants, it's really hard to make them let go.  Usually, the effort to regain freedom is not pretty.  Probably lose all those we saved from this virus!

I feel as if I'm shouting in an empty hall because most of my audience is already in agreement with me while a very few who are reading this stuff are in complete lockstep with the Pied Piper Government.

I have had more than one, a couple for whom I have utmost respect, indicate to me that they completely believe everything we are being told by our Government and the Main Stream Media and they are living in fear because of it.  Anyone who questions "Them" is a conspiracy nut.

Also, I am painfully aware of the fact that each of the numbers we are seeing indicates a real person, with family and friends.  Each of the thousands affected by this or any other virus is a tragedy.

But, I'm going to go through this again because, just maybe, we can still pull our country out of this tailspin before it's completely lost.

Oct 1, 2019 to April 4, 2020
Flu numbers...39-56 MILLION flu cases
410-740 thousand hospitalizations
24,000-62,000 thousand deaths
.11% fatality rate.
Approx 5350 people per million infected
Happens every year.
CDC Flu Numbers

Covid19 As of April 11
506,000 cases
19,666 deaths
3.9% fatality rate
About 1600 people per million infected.
Worldometers U.S. Covid19 numbers

More people are hospitalized with the flu every year in the U.S. than even HAVE Covid19.

Flu has a vaccine of debatable effectiveness.  These numbers are WITH a large segment of the population vaccinated.  If more were unvaccinated, flu numbers would be MUCH worse!

It seems obvious that the flu is considerably more contagious as, even if we project a million Covid19 cases by the time this is all over (doubtful), we are still as much as 50X more likely to catch the flu than we are Covid19.

However, if your luck is really bad and you DO catch Covid19, you are going to be more sick and have a greater chance of dying from it.

However, every October to April, during flu season, we don't close most businesses and our State and National Parks.  We aren't ordered into house arrest and we don't go around wearing masks.  We go about our daily lives.

The huge numbers of flu virus hospitalizations don't overwhelm our hospitals and run them out of supplies.

We can't so easily research daily tracking of flu infections by state and country, with the numbers of new infections that day highlighted.  We don't keep running numbers of deaths, how many per-million of this or  We just go on with our lives, knowing the flu is out there and trying to stay away from those who look sick.  Hospitals sometimes, during flu season, limit those allowed in and always ask that, if you're sick, please don't bring it to the rest of us.

So, what's going on with this Covid19 pan(Dem)ic?  My common sense tells me there's something else involved here.

Dr. Birx not only admitted that They are padding the death numbers but actually bragged about it.  In her comments, she was contemptuous of countries where the actual true cause of death was being cited while happy that, if someone in the U.S. dies WITH Covid19, they are shown to have died BECAUSE of Covid19, whether or not that is true.

So, why are They deliberately lying about this?   What's in it for Them?

I think we touched on this.  Power.  Money.  Control.  If we as a people are totally dependent on our Government to provide us with all our needs, giving us Their Permission to have a job and maybe even allowing us to go out once in a while; then, maybe, we will be happy to shell out more in taxes.  Those most benevolent Government Leaders can continue to live their lives of leisure if we are more willing to pay Their bills.

This HAS to come to an end, folks.  Without the requirement to have our "papers" if we leave home.  At first, probably, proving that we are immune to and/or not carriers of Covid19, then ANY disease, then, who knows?  Will our Papers advance to our having permission to leave our state, then, when we're used to that, permission to leave our county, city, state or even peoperty?
US May Issue Immunity Cards

How far will They take it?  The answer far as we LET Them!