Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Boston Herald Article by Howie Carr: "Thanks for Everything, President Trump"

This is an article originally posted in the Boston Herald.  I feel it likely that this and any other positive articles about our President will "disappear" from Main Stream Media so I'm posting it here, hopefully to keep it around for a while.

By HOWIE CARR | | Boston Herald
PUBLISHED: January 18, 2021 at 6:09 p.m. | UPDATED: January 20, 2021 at 1:51 p.m.

"Thank you, Mr. President, for everything you’ve done.

It shouldn’t be ending this way, but I and 74 million other Americans just want to thank you for all your efforts on our behalf over the past four years, actually since you came down the escalator at Trump Tower back in the summer of 2015.

In no particular order:

Thank you for restoring the U.S. as the world’s leading producer of energy – after your predecessor sternly lectured us that we “couldn’t drill our way” out of our dependence on unstable Middle Eastern oil providers.

Thank you for the tax cuts for the middle class.

Thank you for destroying genocidal ISIS, which your predecessor called “the junior varsity.”

Thanks for shutting off the endless flow of illegal immigrants at the southern border, and the unending supply of MS-13 gangbangers, among other criminals, as well as the welfare-dependent illiterate indigents who were so destabilizing American society before you became president.

Thank you for calling out the endless hypocrisy of the media — what you so aptly described as “Very Fake News.”

Thank you for promoting economic policies that led to the lowest unemployment rates ever for blacks, Hispanics, Asians, Native Americans and women, among others.

Thank you for doing more to promote peace in the Middle East than all of your predecessors combined.

Thank you for calling out and exposing the feckless RINOs of your own party like Willard Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, Kelly Ayotte, et al.

Thanks for finally standing up to Red China and its predatory trade practices.

Thanks for calling out Fox News Channel for its duplicitous descent into terminal wokeness.

Thank you for Operation Warp Speed, an amazing achievement for which you will never receive the appropriate credit.

Thanks for pardoning all the persecuted victims of the Russian collusion hoax, among them Gen. Michael Flynn and Roger Stone.

Thank you for eliminating Obamacare’s “individual mandate,” which fined individuals for not buying health insurance they didn’t want or couldn’t afford.

Thank you for taking more questions from (almost always hostile) reporters than all of the last three or four presidents combined.

Thanks for getting the U.S. out of such foreign policy disasters as the Iran nuclear deal, the Paris Climate Accords and the Trans-Pacific Partnership, as well as ending the fiasco for American workers that was NAFTA.

Thanks for such a booming economy that seven million people got off the food-stamp rolls.

Thanks for all those tweets that drove the Democrats and the media (but I repeat myself) crazy.

Also, a personal note on Twitter: Thanks for the three tweets promoting my book, “What Really Happened: How Donald J. Trump Saved America from Hillary Clinton.”

As Donald Trump Jr. told me: “That’s two tweets more than he gave my book!”

Thank you for not turning the IRS into an instrument of persecution against your political foes, the way your predecessor did.

Thanks for not surveilling reporters a la the Obama administration.

Thanks for ending state oppression against people of faith like the Little Sisters of the Poor.

Thank you for trying to defund “sanctuary cities” where illegals run amok.

Thanks for the three new justices on the Supreme Court — think how much worse Hillary’s picks would have been, and maybe someday they’ll grow the spines they so obviously lacked last month in Texas v. Pennsylvania.

Thank you for defanging North Korea and Little Rocket Man.

Thanks for opening up more of our North Atlantic waters for New England commercial fishermen and lobstermen.

Thanks for defending both the First and Second Amendments, and for railing against Section 230, which the billionaire fascists of Silicon Valley are abusing to shut down free speech.

Thank you for appointing U.S. attorneys who actually wanted to put real criminals in prison, without fear or favor.

Thank you for the travel ban, which has largely halted the flow of terrorists like the Tsarnaevs, who had been welcomed into the U.S. and put on welfare by previous administrations, Democrat and Republican alike.Thanks for using the death penalty, when necessary, against the worst of the worst serial killers.

Thanks for the balance in my 401(k).

Thanks for the lowest gasoline prices in decades.

Thanks for the largest number of Americans with gainful employment since the government started keeping records.

Thank you for ordering the elimination of two of the most bloodthirsty terrorists on earth, al-Baghdadi and Gen. Soleimani.

To borrow a line from “The Last Hurrah,” “How do you thank a guy for a million laughs?”

Thanks for all the great nicknames — Crooked Hillary, Li’l Marco, Low Energy Jeb, etc.

Thanks for all the amazingly entertaining rallies, if not for bringing back the Village People’s “Macho Man” song.

Mr. President, I could go on and on and on, but all of us Deplorables and bitter clingers and credulous Boomer rubes just want you to know how much we appreciate the four years you gave us to prepare and fortify ourselves for the impending disaster ahead.

We’ll be back, Mr. President, and so will you."

President Trump's Farewell Speech


"My fellow Americans: Four years ago, we launched a great national effort to rebuild our country, to renew its spirit, and to restore the allegiance of this government to its citizens. In short, we embarked on a mission to make America great again — for all Americans.

As I conclude my term as the 45th President of the United States, I stand before you truly proud of what we have achieved together. We did what we came here to do — and so much more.

This week, we inaugurate a new administration and pray for its success in keeping America safe and prosperous. We extend our best wishes, and we also want them to have luck — a very important word.

I’d like to begin by thanking just a few of the amazing people who made our remarkable journey possible.

First, let me express my overwhelming gratitude for the love and support of our spectacular First Lady, Melania. Let me also share my deepest appreciation to my daughter Ivanka, my son-in-law Jared, and to Barron, Don, Eric, Tiffany, and Lara. You fill my world with light and with joy.

I also want to thank Vice President Mike Pence, his wonderful wife Karen, and the entire Pence family.

Thank you as well to my Chief of Staff, Mark Meadows; the dedicated members of the White House Staff and the Cabinet; and all the incredible people across our administration who poured out their heart and soul to fight for America.

I also want to take a moment to thank a truly exceptional group of people: the United States Secret Service. My family and I will forever be in your debt. My profound gratitude as well to everyone in the White House Military Office, the teams of Marine One and Air Force One, every member of the Armed Forces, and state and local law enforcement all across our country.

Most of all, I want to thank the American people. To serve as your President has been an honor beyond description. Thank you for this extraordinary privilege. And that’s what it is — a great privilege and a great honor.

We must never forget that while Americans will always have our disagreements, we are a nation of incredible, decent, faithful, and peace-loving citizens who all want our country to thrive and flourish and be very, very successful and good. We are a truly magnificent nation.

All Americans were horrified by the assault on our Capitol. Political violence is an attack on everything we cherish as Americans. It can never be tolerated.

Now more than ever, we must unify around our shared values and rise above the partisan rancor, and forge our common destiny.

Four years ago, I came to Washington as the only true outsider ever to win the presidency. I had not spent my career as a politician, but as a builder looking at open skylines and imagining infinite possibilities. I ran for President because I knew there were towering new summits for America just waiting to be scaled. I knew the potential for our nation was boundless as long as we put America first.

So I left behind my former life and stepped into a very difficult arena, but an arena nevertheless, with all sorts of potential if properly done. America had given me so much, and I wanted to give something back.

Together with millions of hardworking patriots across this land, we built the greatest political movement in the history of our country. We also built the greatest economy in the history of the world. It was about “America First” because we all wanted to make America great again. We restored the principle that a nation exists to serve its citizens. Our agenda was not about right or left, it wasn’t about Republican or Democrat, but about the good of a nation, and that means the whole nation.

With the support and prayers of the American people, we achieved more than anyone thought possible. Nobody thought we could even come close.

We passed the largest package of tax cuts and reforms in American history. We slashed more job-killing regulations than any administration had ever done before. We fixed our broken trade deals, withdrew from the horrible Trans-Pacific Partnership and the impossible Paris Climate Accord, renegotiated the one-sided South Korea deal, and we replaced NAFTA with the groundbreaking USMCA — that’s Mexico and Canada — a deal that’s worked out very, very well.

Also, and very importantly, we imposed historic and monumental tariffs on China; made a great new deal with China. But before the ink was even dry, we and the whole world got hit with the China virus. Our trade relationship was rapidly changing, billions and billions of dollars were pouring into the U.S., but the virus forced us to go in a different direction.

The whole world suffered, but America outperformed other countries economically because of our incredible economy and the economy that we built. Without the foundations and footings, it wouldn’t have worked out this way. We wouldn’t have some of the best numbers we’ve ever had.

We also unlocked our energy resources and became the world’s number-one producer of oil and natural gas by far. Powered by these policies, we built the greatest economy in the history of the world. We reignited America’s job creation and achieved record-low unemployment for African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans, women — almost everyone.

Incomes soared, wages boomed, the American Dream was restored, and millions were lifted from poverty in just a few short years. It was a miracle. The stock market set one record after another, with 148 stock market highs during this short period of time, and boosted the retirements and pensions of hardworking citizens all across our nation. 401(k)s are at a level they’ve never been at before. We’ve never seen numbers like we’ve seen, and that’s before the pandemic and after the pandemic.

We rebuilt the American manufacturing base, opened up thousands of new factories, and brought back the beautiful phrase: “Made in the USA.”

To make life better for working families, we doubled the child tax credit and signed the largest-ever expansion of funding for childcare and development. We joined with the private sector to secure commitments to train more than 16 million American workers for the jobs of tomorrow.

When our nation was hit with the terrible pandemic, we produced not one, but two vaccines with record-breaking speed, and more will quickly follow. They said it couldn’t be done but we did it. They call it a “medical miracle,” and that’s what they’re calling it right now: a “medical miracle.”
Another administration would have taken 3, 4, 5, maybe even up to 10 years to develop a vaccine. We did in nine months.

We grieve for every life lost, and we pledge in their memory to wipe out this horrible pandemic once and for all.

When the virus took its brutal toll on the world’s economy, we launched the fastest economic recovery our country has ever seen. We passed nearly $4 trillion in economic relief, saved or supported over 50 million jobs, and slashed the unemployment rate in half. These are numbers that our country has never seen before.

We created choice and transparency in healthcare, stood up to big pharma in so many ways, but especially in our effort to get favored-nations clauses added, which will give us the lowest prescription drug prices anywhere in the world.

We passed VA Choice, VA Accountability, Right to Try, and landmark criminal justice reform.

We confirmed three new justices of the United States Supreme Court. We appointed nearly 300 federal judges to interpret our Constitution as written.

For years, the American people pleaded with Washington to finally secure the nation’s borders. I am pleased to say we answered that plea and achieved the most secure border in U.S. history. We have given our brave border agents and heroic ICE officers the tools they need to do their jobs better than they have ever done before, and to enforce our laws and keep America safe.

We proudly leave the next administration with the strongest and most robust border security measures ever put into place. This includes historic agreements with Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, along with more than 450 miles of powerful new wall.

We restored American strength at home and American leadership abroad. The world respects us again. Please don’t lose that respect.

We reclaimed our sovereignty by standing up for America at the United Nations and withdrawing from the one-sided global deals that never served our interests. And NATO countries are now paying hundreds of billions of dollars more than when I arrived just a few years ago. It was very unfair. We were paying the cost for the world. Now the world is helping us.

And perhaps most importantly of all, with nearly $3 trillion, we fully rebuilt the American military — all made in the USA. We launched the first new branch of the United States Armed Forces in 75 years: the Space Force. And last spring, I stood at Kennedy Space Center in Florida and watched as American astronauts returned to space on American rockets for the first time in many, many years.

We revitalized our alliances and rallied the nations of the world to stand up to China like never before.

We obliterated the ISIS caliphate and ended the wretched life of its founder and leader, al Baghdadi. We stood up to the oppressive Iranian regime and killed the world’s top terrorist, Iranian butcher Qasem Soleimani.

We recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and recognized Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

As a result of our bold diplomacy and principled realism, we achieved a series of historic peace deals in the Middle East. Nobody believed it could happen. The Abraham Accords opened the doors to a future of peace and harmony, not violence and bloodshed. It is the dawn of a new Middle East, and we are bringing our soldiers home.

I am especially proud to be the first President in decades who has started no new wars.

Above all, we have reasserted the sacred idea that, in America, the government answers to the people. Our guiding light, our North Star, our unwavering conviction has been that we are here to serve the noble everyday citizens of America. Our allegiance is not to the special interests, corporations, or global entities; it’s to our children, our citizens, and to our nation itself.

As President, my top priority, my constant concern, has always been the best interests of American workers and American families. I did not seek the easiest course; by far, it was actually the most difficult. I did not seek the path that would get the least criticism. I took on the tough battles, the hardest fights, the most difficult choices because that’s what you elected me to do. Your needs were my first and last unyielding focus.

This, I hope, will be our greatest legacy: Together, we put the American people back in charge of our country. We restored self-government. We restored the idea that in America no one is forgotten, because everyone matters and everyone has a voice. We fought for the principle that every citizen is entitled to equal dignity, equal treatment, and equal rights because we are all made equal by God. Everyone is entitled to be treated with respect, to have their voice heard, and to have their government listen. You are loyal to your country, and my administration was always loyal to you.

We worked to build a country in which every citizen could find a great job and support their wonderful families. We fought for the communities where every American could be safe and schools where every child could learn. We promoted a culture where our laws would be upheld, our heroes honored, our history preserved, and law-abiding citizens are never taken for granted. Americans should take tremendous satisfaction in all that we have achieved together. It’s incredible.

Now, as I leave the White House, I have been reflecting on the dangers that threaten the priceless inheritance we all share. As the world’s most powerful nation, America faces constant threats and challenges from abroad. But the greatest danger we face is a loss of confidence in ourselves, a loss of confidence in our national greatness. A nation is only as strong as its spirit. We are only as dynamic as our pride. We are only as vibrant as the faith that beats in the hearts of our people.

No nation can long thrive that loses faith in its own values, history, and heroes, for these are the very sources of our unity and our vitality.

What has always allowed America to prevail and triumph over the great challenges of the past has been an unyielding and unashamed conviction in the nobility of our country and its unique purpose in history. We must never lose this conviction. We must never forsake our belief in America.

The key to national greatness lies in sustaining and instilling our shared national identity. That means focusing on what we have in common: the heritage that we all share.

At the center of this heritage is also a robust belief in free expression, free speech, and open debate. Only if we forget who we are, and how we got here, could we ever allow political censorship and blacklisting to take place in America. It’s not even thinkable. Shutting down free and open debate violates our core values and most enduring traditions.

In America, we don’t insist on absolute conformity or enforce rigid orthodoxies and punitive speech codes. We just don’t do that. America is not a timid nation of tame souls who need to be sheltered and protected from those with whom we disagree. That’s not who we are. It will never be who we are.

For nearly 250 years, in the face of every challenge, Americans have always summoned our unmatched courage, confidence, and fierce independence. These are the miraculous traits that once led millions of everyday citizens to set out across a wild continent and carve out a new life in the great West. It was the same profound love of our God-given freedom that willed our soldiers into battle and our astronauts into space.

As I think back on the past four years, one image rises in my mind above all others. Whenever I traveled all along the motorcade route, there were thousands and thousands of people. They came out with their families so that they could stand as we passed, and proudly wave our great American flag. It never failed to deeply move me. I knew that they did not just come out to show their support of me; they came out to show me their support and love for our country.

This is a republic of proud citizens who are united by our common conviction that America is the greatest nation in all of history. We are, and must always be, a land of hope, of light, and of glory to all the world. This is the precious inheritance that we must safeguard at every single turn.

For the past four years, I have worked to do just that. From a great hall of Muslim leaders in Riyadh to a great square of Polish people in Warsaw; from the floor of the Korean Assembly to the podium at the United Nations General Assembly; and from the Forbidden City in Beijing to the shadow of Mount Rushmore, I fought for you, I fought for your family, I fought for our country. Above all, I fought for America and all it stands for — and that is safe, strong, proud, and free.

Now, as I prepare to hand power over to a new administration at noon on Wednesday, I want you to know that the movement we started is only just beginning. There’s never been anything like it. The belief that a nation must serve its citizens will not dwindle but instead only grow stronger by the day.

As long as the American people hold in their hearts deep and devoted love of country, then there is nothing that this nation cannot achieve. Our communities will flourish. Our people will be prosperous. Our traditions will be cherished. Our faith will be strong. And our future will be brighter than ever before.

I go from this majestic place with a loyal and joyful heart, an optimistic spirit, and a supreme confidence that for our country and for our children, the best is yet to come.

Thank you, and farewell. God bless you. God bless the United States of America."

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Saturday, January 02, 2021

Forty Years?!!

I was listening to old songs again today. Certainly, nothing recorded in the past 15 years or so appeals to me so I have hours of 60s-80s music on my computer. Country, Rock and a bunch of other stuff.

Anyway, a song from the movie "Midnight Express" came on. A song called "Chase"

I told Joann that I remember queuing up that song on my walkman as I would leave my apartment in Izmir, Turkey and started walking to the Security Police office for another shift. I'd turn it up and walk to the beat of the song. It's a fast beat and a long song so I'd be almost to work by the time the next song came on.

Funny how a song can bring back so much. The smells of the hot streets in Izmir; Garbage, spices, car exaust, people, animals...all blending together. The heat of that Turkish sun beating down. The people bustling by.

I was young and strong. In excellent condition, with a few years of Air Force life ahead of me and then, according to my plan, years as a policeman of some kind, some where. It was all ahead of me then. Choices, roads to take or not, women, friends, new places and new things.

Then, as I thought about it, it came over me like a wave. That was Forty Years Ago! Really? Forty Years!? But I can still see those cobbled streets! I can still smell the bread baking and the meat roasting in the street vendors carts. I can still see Gheen, McGinnis, Groff, Slade and all my other friends. It CAN'T be Forty F'ing years, can it?

Of course, when I heave myself off of the couch and limp the first few steps towards the kitchen, THEN it's easy to remember.

Funny how this song came up so soon after the one that prompted such memories. George Hamilton IV's "Dirty Old Man". Much more impact on people my age.

I cry a little sometimes, thinking about the years behind me. But there were some great times and I've done and seen a lot. The only regret is that it's all behind me now.

On the other hand, I'm still here, living on what I call "bonus time" since most men in my family don't get to see 60; I am.

Saturday, December 26, 2020

Dr. Zelenko Treatment Information

Dr. Vladimir Zelenko
HUGE update, 12-27-2020.  Dr. Zelenko has a new website @ where you can learn all about the prevention, treatment and maybe even a cure for Covid19 that Big Government has been blocking for months.

Here's a link to an easy to read and understand paper detailing the Zelenko Protocol.

Updates to this article, 12-26-2020:

First, the AMA has quietly reversed itself in the politicization of this treatment.

And, Twitter has cancelled Zelenko's account and Youtube removed the video I had originally posted here.

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!

One of the things I learned 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:

Covid19 is Just Another Virus and We Are Being Played

Update: 12-31-20:

A friend posted the following article from Time, dated January, 2018 which talks about the severity of the flu virus that season.

Funny that we don't even HAVE flu cases this year...Hmmm?

Covid19 is a real virus which affects a small portion of the population and is very dangerous, even deadly, to an even smaller part of our population. This can also be said of the seasonal flu, HIV and many other viruses in our world. Covid19 is not unique and is not the World Ending Plague that (T)hey would have you believe.

Do you remember those first few weeks in February and March? Videos and images "leaked" from Wuhan, showing crowded emergency rooms with people dying in the hallways? People dropping dead on the street and being swept up into vans by guys in hazmat suits? We know now, it was a croc. Judging by what has happened since, it's obvious that none of those horrific events happened.

But, we all believed it. Our President was presented with computer projections predicting millions of deaths, in the United States alone. We were inundated with dire predictions of overflowing hospitals, people dying alone at home...basically, all the things that happened in the movie; "The Stand". Guess what. None of it happened, nor will it. Not from this virus, anyway.

President Trump immediately closed our borders and began working with private companies to produce ventilators, masks and a vaccine. He dispatched hospital ships to both coasts and the Army Corps of Engineers quickly built over 30 emergency field hospitals around the country, which saw little or no use. Our regular hospitals were never overwhelmed so the field hospitals were just taken down and the ships reassigned.

Governors around the country ordered their states locked down, businesses closed, events cancelled, travel restricted and masks mandated.

According to one nurse in Helena, MT: the first two week shutdown, back in March, was a good idea, the purpose of which was to slow things down while the medical system prepared for a possible inundation of Covid19 patients. When the overwhelming infection numbers that had been projected didn't materialize, then it was time to back off and go back to life as normal. But...we didn't.

Those lockdown orders remained in effect. Some of the businesses that were forced to close remained closed, forever. Some states were arresting people for being out in public in violation of "no travel" orders. People were arrested for not wearing masks, going to church or going kayaking, alone, on the ocean! Some Governors eased their restrictions a little while others became drunk with their new-found power and made things more and more intolerable for their citizens. Some of these actions are still in place today, in the face of overwhelming evidence that it is all unnecessary and mostly ineffective.

South Dakota never did any of this stuff. Florida and Texas have both opened up. Most states are easing things to various degrees. And the numbers for all of them are only slightly different. South Dakota Covid19 numbers are only slightly different from California or Washington; two states with egregious Covid19 mandates. Some state numbers are higher, some are lower and none of the statistics show any real positive difference between mandated states and free states.

Then, the total lack of common sense throughout this mess. The virus must only be really dangerous at night as bars and restaurants have to be closed by 10PM. I guess there is no virus before 10PM. Homeless populations don't seem to be an issue. Rioters are immune as are people who work at Big Box Stores. I mean, wouldn't we expect thousands of blue vested Walmart employees to be laying in the street, waiting for the vans with the guys in the hazmat suits?

The truth is easy to find if you want to look for it. Here's the basic truth and it applies to Covid19, the flu, the common cold, HIV and any other of the trillions of viruses in our world.

You might get the virus but the odds are you will not. Those who get the virus might be very sick but most will have minor and many will have no, symptoms. If you have serious underlying health conditions, the virus might be worse for you. You might even die.

None of this statement is changed by your avoiding groups, such as church, restaurants, bars, weddings, funerals or motorcycle rallies. Nor does your religious use of some kind of face mask. You're either going to get it or you aren't. The CDC did a study confirming this. but, the results of this study have been clouded by Main Stream Media because it doesn't fit the narrative.

Here's one the Main Stream Media REALLY doesn't want anyone to talk about. First, this article from USA Today; published September 17, 2020:

This article really wants you to be angry with people for attending the motorcycle rally in Sturgis, SD. This was supposed to be a disastrous superspreader event! The media tries not to talk about it much today because...get this...460,000 (not a typo) people attended this rally. It was a week long party with almost no mask wearing and certainly no "social distancing". Fewer than 500 infections resulting. I've tried to find articles that changed this and, no matter how hard They try, the numbers don't change. .09% of Sturgis attendees contracted the virus. Nationally, 5.7% of our population has or has had this virus so, apparently, Sturgis, a huge group, no masking and not distancing, had better numbers than the partially locked down country. Maybe it was the alcohol consumption.

The numbers speak for themselves. As of this writing, December 26, 2020, 1% of the world population officially has or has had, this virus. 2.2% of those who have had it have died "with" it. Thus, .02% of the world population has died, presumably with or because of this virus. (sources listed below)

Of more concern to us are the U.S. Numbers, which ARE different from the overall world numbers. 5.7% of the U.S. population has or has had the Covid19 virus. Of those infected, 1.7% are purported to have died of or with it. Overall Covid19 deaths, by population? .1%. This in about a ten month period, so far.

35.5 million Americans had the seasonal flu in 2018-2019, from October to March. Divide 35.5 by

five months and you get an average of 7.1 million people per month reporting and testing positive for the flu. Thus, a very simple extrapolation shows us that, if the seasonal flu had remained active, in ten months, 71 million Americans would have reported and been tested positive for the flu. Stay with me here. At present, after ten months of "pandemic", approximately 20 million Americans have reported or been positively tested for Covid19. So, as far as being more contagious, the flu wins, hands down, at around 20% of the U.S. population getting the seasonal flu.

But, flu death rates are lower. In a five month period, approximately 34,200 Americans died of the flu in 2018-19. Doubling that, in order to compare numbers with Covid again, and we have 68,000 flu deaths. So, approximately .09% of Americans who get the flu will die from it.

You are almost four times as likely to get the flu than to get Covid. If you get the flu, you are much less likely to die of it than you would be with Covid, using accepted numbers. There, however, is where we run into real trouble. Are all reported Covid19 deaths actually deaths FROM Covid19? Almost certainly not. Co-morbidities have a lot to do with these numbers. According to Dr. Birx, if you die "with" Covid, then you are reported to have died "of" Covid. So, you have a heart attack but you test positive for Covid19? Covid19 death. That, of course, brings the national rate of heart attack deaths down and Covid19 deaths up so They can claim that Covid19 is now the leading cause of death in the U.S. See how They can manipulate us?

I've spoken with several medical professionals in the Helena, Montana area who all felt, as do I, that the response, both State and Nationwide, to this Covid19 "pandemic" is much more severe than necessary.

We are being played, folks.  I'm not smart enough to see why but I'd bet that money and power are at the top of the list of reasons why They are not telling you what I have told you here.

Their complicit media doesn't mis-report as much as they just DON'T report.  If They ignore Sturgis, ignore the real percentages, ignore the truth, then most Americans won't know the truth.  Knowledge is power and the blind acceptance of propaganda is enslavement.


Saturday, December 12, 2020

America Has Fallen


First, I'm thankful to God that He let me grow up and enjoy my prime years in a truly free country, where my travel, my careers and my recreations were not hindered by an overreaching government.  I was free to just enjoy my life and the world in which I lived. 

It's all over now.  The Constitution of the United States is now nothing but an interesting historical document, on display at the National Archives.  It no longer has any meaning in our government beyond historical curiosity.  Our country is now under the control of a shadowy group of rich and powerful oligarchs, interested only in Themselves and in gaining more complete control of the rest of us.

Don't for a minute think that a majority of Americans actually condone this.  Harris/Biden did NOT get a majority of the votes.  Quite the contrary.  An overwhelming majority of American citizens voted for freedom, our republic and our Constitution.  Harris/Biden will be placed as figureheads by a group of rich, powerful and anonymous controllers who stole this Presidential election; NOT by the popular vote of the American public.  Biden does not WIN the Presidency.  He was placed in that office through theft, fraud and deception.  But, with control over the media and the lower courts, Those In Control were able to make it work.

Now, we wait to see how quickly They take complete control.  Do They continue to work slowly, taking our freedoms gradually while we complain a little but; after all, just "go along to get along"?  Or, will They have their surrogate President take a much firmer hand and get things the way They want them quickly and brutally?  Only time will tell.

I think one indication of how They want to proceed will be how quickly They get rid of poor old Joe and put Harris in his place.  On one hand, Joe is certainly controllable and will do anything he's told but he also will say or do something stupid and might let us know what's in store before They want it out there.  I think Harris probably wants to be one of Them so she's going to be more cooperative and predictable.

I feel a little sorry for those who actually did vote for Biden.  There WERE a lot of real votes for Biden/Harris, partly because of the D next to their name, partly through Trump Derangement Syndrome and partly because of a true belief in what they have been told by the Democrat party.

The thing is, though, that even that minority of actual Biden voters will be under the same State Control.  Those poor deluded fools won't get a pass because they followed the Party Line.  The Police State won't be passing by their doors.  On the other hand, most of those who actually voted for the final destruction of our once great nation probably believe that the coming controls and changes are for the greater good.  Well, I believe they are about to get a bitter taste of reality; probably pretty quickly.

I mean, why wait?  It looks to me as if the slow boil is over and it's time to finish the job.  They might as well let Their true agenda be seen as voters no longer matter.  They are in control of who counts the votes and how the votes are counted so the general population no longer has a say.  

The media; news, entertainment and social, are not only under Their control but are actually

eager, willing participants in the overthrow of our republic.  Computers?  They own 'em.  What you post on ANY social media?  They can see it and control it if They want.  

You and I carry one of Their control devices wherever we go and pay handsomely for that privilege, giving Them the option of knowing exactly where we are at any given moment and even using our own expensive control device to listen to and even watch our surroundings, if we come to Their attention.

They told us there was a deadly virus in our midst that would kill most of us if we didn't Go Along.  Even with the actual facts available, a large part of our population still believes this and They are taking full advantage of this gullibility to more completely cement Their control.  They will be able to make us display our obedience, with masks today and with vaccine proof tomorrow and those who aren't obedient will quickly be removed, either through direct or passive force.  No need to come grab us in the dark of night.  Just not let us participate in normal commerce without the badges of obedience; the mask, the vaccination papers...the chip.

How we got here is pretty clear, in hindsight.   And Kruschev told us exactly how it would be done.  We laughed at him as he shook his head and started the ball rolling.

Our education system was key.  Not only to get our best and brightest youth to welcome government control...communism, but to get a strong handle on necessary career fields.  Media, Military, Legal and Political.  

In addition, getting our population more and more in debt, living beyond our means, piling up those credit cards, car and house payments.  Monopolizing and outsourcing our agriculture was also a brilliant chess move.  Very few Americans can live without a grocery store.  The skills and knowledge necessary to locally produce food, especially in the big cities, makes us slaves to our jobs.  Then, controlling the jobs makes it easier to control the population.  Don't wear a mask?  Can't work, can't buy groceries or even have money to pay for housing.  So, what are people going to do?  They'll wear the masks and insist that everyone else wears them as well because if you aren't wearing yours, then the State will come after the business that allowed such deviant behavior.  The same kind of thing will exist for the vaccine.  If you don't have your vaccination papers or chip, then you can't get a job, can't shop in the stores, can't pay your bills, can't get medical care.

They'll get us to accept more and more such things.  People dying from the vaccine side effects?  Oh well, they're old people and we need the room, the food and the housing for the younger drones.

What is our recourse?  Obviously, the vote no longer is an issue to Them.  They will just be appointing people to fill "elected" offices from now on.  Oh, They might continue to let us vote in order to give the illusion that we have some control but, in reality, the votes will, from now on, be counted by Their vote counters and the results will be what They want.

People have talked of civil war.  Really?  Against whom?  What is your target?  Only a tiny, very selective number of people know who really is in charge now and it isn't the President, Congress or anyone like that.  Those now are political appointments, made by nameless, faceless controllers that we'll never know.

Maybe secession?  Regions with similar cultures?  Maybe, but we'll never know, from now on, if They are controlling even a regional, state or local government. 

Watch "Braveheart" and "The Hunger Games"  series to see what we're looking forward to and "The Postman" is a good insight into the probable results of a revolt.

In my opinion, They won.  Accept your lot in this brave New World Order and remember: "To get along, you GO along".

Thursday, December 03, 2020

If the U.S. falls, then Worldwide Freedom falls with us!

As I watch the Presidential election drama play out, I'm driven to ponder where we are and where we might be going, as a country.

It's obvious to anyone who can think that this election is fraught with the evils of fraud, deception, theft and treason.  Add to that a large portion of espionage and international coercion and collaboration.  This is an outright attempt to completely take over our country.

What's worse, if we examine the past, we see that the actions of those behind Biden are just the culmination of decades of preparation.  China, Russia and others have been working on getting this done for 75 years or more. 

If Biden becomes President than elections will no longer matter.  The office in question will go to whoever Those in the Background want there.  Powerful but unelected people are calling the shots right now.  This is Their major move in taking over global control of the citizens.  We, all of us, in all countries, will be the serfs...the peasants, doing the bidding of a few powerful individuals whose faces we'll never see and whose names we'll never know.

We're almost there now.  The United States, possibly Great Britain and Israel, are the last truly free countries left and if we, the U.S., were to fall, as seems likely at this point, then all the dominoes drop and what is left is a global feudal society with most of us at the bottom.

So, what do we, as patriots, do about it?  What is our objective and how do we reach it?  Some are talking of Civil War...actually taking up arms.  I don't think those who are advocating that have actually been there.  I have not.  My military stories are all police stories.  I never had to suffer combat and now that I'm old and fat, REALLY don't want to!

But if we did, what would be our objective?  We can't just randomly destroy, as They have had Their Antifa and BLM thugs doing.  We Must have a reasonable goal and I have an idea.

We know that our Federal Government is corrupt at all levels. We know that, Democrat or Republican, they are all feeding at the same trough and have been for a long time.

I think we need to remove ALL of Congress, both the House and Senate members, and just send them home.  Replace them with the people our Founding Fathers meant to have in those seats.  People who don't even WANT the job!  Farmers, Ranchers, shop owners, cops, firemen, waitresses, truck drivers...the little guys who have always made this country work.  They all know how to make and keep a budget and they all know wrong from right and most of them live honorable lives.  Have people nominated by their neighbors and their backgrounds and history examined by the electorate.  Incidentally, disqualify anyone who is or has been a lawyer from holding public office.  Short term limits, such as two or four years and no option to run for any office again.

Fire the heads of all government agencies and replace them with people who perform those duties in the public sector and have been making a living at it.  All with no tenure and a completely merit system of continued employment.

President Trump knew this was coming but did he really know how MUCH was coming?  The array of forces against him and the power they wield?  To be honest, I despair. 

 I know our country teeters on the brink of destruction and if we fall, then Freedom, throughout the world, is gone.  In reality, people throughout the world should be preparing to come to our aid in this time as, if the U.S. fails, then no one, ever, will be free.  We will revert to a global feudal society, run by a few very powerful, nameless, faceless people.  

Elections will be meaningless if this steal is allowed to succeed.  Political offices will be handed out by those few power brokers and those holding said offices will follow directions or be replaced.  The majority of us will work in approved industries, our "earnings" taken and doled out as the powerful see fit.

This "Election" is the culmination of many long years of planning.  President Trump refused to go along as have all other leaders in the past few years and so They have done all They could to remove him.  Possibly, They didn't want to show Their hand so soon and that might be a weakness the President can exploit but, for now, this is all in the hands of our President and the few who stand with him.  I just don't know if his puny array of supporters can overcome the powers really coming against him.  I hope so, but...

Wednesday, December 02, 2020

We Have Been Warned


Ether 2:12: Behold, this is a choice land, and whatsoever nation shall possess it shall be free from bondage, and from captivity, and from all other nations under heaven, if they will but serve the God of the land, who is Jesus Christ, who hath been manifested by the things which we have written.

Matthew; Chapter 24

Book of Revelations

2 Timothy 3:1-7: "But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth."

Ephesians 6:12 “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”

Conference Report, Charles W. Nibley, October, 1923:

"Brethren and sisters, let me say in closing that we have it of record, that the prophet Joseph Smith said the time would come when, through secret organizations taking the law into their own hands, not being governed by law or by due process of law, but becoming a law unto themselves, when, by those disintegrating activities, the Constitution of the United States would be so torn and rent asunder, and life and property and peace and security would be held of so little value, that the Constitution would, as it were, hang by a thread."

Conference Report; Ezra Taft Benson, April, 1978:

"Yes, there is a conspiracy of evil. The source of it all is Satan and his hosts. He has a great power over men to “lead them captive at his will, even as many as would not hearken” to the voice of the Lord. (Moses 4:4.) His evil influence may be manifest through governments; through false educational, political, economic, religious, and social philosophies; through secret societies and organizations; and through myriads of other forms. His power and influence are so great that, if possible, he would deceive the very elect. As the second coming of the Lord approaches, Satan’s work will intensify through numerous insidious deceptions."

Conference Report; Ezra Taft Benson, April, 1989:

"Pride results in secret combinations which are built up to get power, gain, and glory of the world (see Helaman 7:5; Ether 8:9, 16, 22-23; Moses 5:31). This fruit of the sin of pride, namely secret combinations, brought down both the Jaredite and the Nephite civilizations and has been and will yet be the cause of the fall of many nations (see Ether 8:18-25)."

Friday, November 27, 2020

They Are Almost In Control Now

The fraud and theft of this election is obvious to anyone honest enough to look.
Biden didn't campaign. He hid out in his basement because he knew the fix was in for him, no matter what.

President Trump stands in the way of the Globalist agenda and (T)hey HAD to get rid of him. They tried the Russian hoax, They tried impeachment, riots, looting, lawlessness and then They either introduced or took advantage of a virus, slightly more virulent and contagious than the flu, to make the mindless believe that they were in danger.

None of these things worked. President Trump was able to withstand the unceasing investigations, impeachment fraud and didn't fall for Their trap in re the riots and looting. President Trump just stuck to the Constitution and the law and left Them with no more ammo in Their pouch.

So, They arranged for a demented old man and a woman They could control to run against President Trump in this election, knowing that They would be using every possible method to cheat; would have the unwavering support of Their media and the support of Their social media as well.

If never mattered to Them who ran against President Trump. They expected us to vote him in with a record-breaking landslide. They weren't surprised at the vote count on November 3rd. They were ready.

All They had to do was wait until They could see the necessary states to steal. Then, They stopped the vote counting in those states and executed Their plan. With rigged machines, ballot harvesting, fake mail-in ballots and all the other ways They cheated, They made it look enough like Biden had won that Their media could hype it. Their mindless drones in our population, who believe whatever They report, could say that President Trump had been defeated. "See? Look at the votes!"

But, once again, President Trump didn't follow the normal line. He didn't just accept that They had finally gotten what They wanted. He continues to fight.

Will President Trump and the true citizens of the United States ultimately triumph? I'm not smart enough to know. It's possible but the powers against us are nearly unbeatable.

Super money...even more that Trump has. All of the mainstream and most of the follow along media. Social media. All the Democrats in any level of government. All those whose livelihood hinges on the continued gravy train of our corrupt government and all those people who either can't or won't think for themselves and make any effort to see the truth. Sadly, nearly half of our citizenry.

Who does President Trump have? A majority of the U.S. voters, likely a majority of those who don't vote but can still think for themselves and a small team of dedicated friends and supporters.

It's looking bad. They are able to control us like never before. They continue to hype the virus, getting us to wear masks, avoid our families and friends, stay at home and shop Their big stores online, slowly choking the local businesses that are the lifeblood of a free population.

If They can get Biden in as President, then They will have control of the world. The United States is the last bastion of true freedom in the world and we stand on the brink of losing it all. Once Biden is Their figurehead, They can either keep him or admit to his dementia and put Harris is his place. Either way, Their agenda will rapidly be implemented.

They won't have to conquer us with force of arms. Already, a large part of our population is under Their control. Just look around for The Mark.

The masks are The Mark, showing Them who is compliant and who is not. Soon, it will be the vaccine. "Show us your immunization papers" is how the Walmart door guard will be greeting us. Only the huge corporate stores will be left and if you aren't wearing your mask, have your "papers" or your RFID chip, you won't be allowed to shop.

You won't be hire-able either. You can't work at Walmart, Amazon, Costco or any other remaining job market without your continued compliance.

What will those of us who won't go along do? Barter? What will be our medium of exchange? Gold? U.S. Currency? Beer, tobacco, whiskey, food...toilet paper?

When I first began to formulate this post, I thought to myself: "This is too far-fetched. I'm just being weird". The more I wrote, the more often I read this over to myself, the more I realized that, not only am I right, but I'm probably under stating it.

I'm able to see what is going on and articulate it in writing. I'm not smart enough to see how we can counter it. At present, my only hope and prayer is that President Trump and his team are able to, once again, overcome the coup and defeat Them at Their game.

If not, I believe we are doomed as a free nation.

Saturday, November 14, 2020

I Remember

I remember:

I remember throwing a rifle over my shoulder and taking off on my bicycle, riding through town on my way out to go camping, fishing, hunting or just hiking around outside of West Yellowstone.

If I needed anything, some lunch ingredients, matches, extra shells for whatever gun I was carrying or whatever, I could just stop in at the store and get it. 12 years old or so. No panic. No fear around me. No one called the cops or even commented about it as it was not remarkable.

I remember going camping near Belgrade, Montana with friends. Shooting gophers with our pistols, setting up camp next to the Gallatin River, just wherever we wanted and spending two or three days just fishing, swimming, hiking, shooting and camping. No trespass issues. No police called to check us out.

Going hunting before school hours and getting back, a little late, so hurried to class, still wearing my knife and extra ammo. Got in trouble for being late.

Hiking, camping, fishing, bicycling all over the West Yellowstone area with the rule that I had to be home by dinner. Sometimes miles from town, just a dog, a rifle and myself, exploring the outdoors as only a kid can.

In later years, after I had a pickup for my travels, I ranged even further for longer. If I was tired, I'd stop and sleep. If I wanted to make a meal, whether far out in the mountains or in a pullout next to the highway, I'd make a fire and cook. "No overnight camping" was not a sign we saw. Paying for a campsite? What?!

Leave my rifle in the rack in the back window of my pickup, parked at the school.

Ride a bicycle without a helmet. Ride in the back of a pickup.

No DUI roadblocks. No security check roadblocks. Cops wouldn't even think of asking to search my car!

load my guitar, soundgear and pool cues in the car and take off down the road, living by playing music and pool in crowded bars and pool halls.

Family gatherings, funerals, weddings and events without government dictated crowd size and event locations.

Rodeos, county fairs, local school sports, local school events, such as graduations, plays, concerts and so on.

Children going to school, having friends, parties and events together. Actually attending classes with personal contact. How's a kid supposed to get a crush on his teacher if she's just a computer screen?

National sports heroes we could respect. National sports weren't political events.

Hugs, handshakes and visiting our seniors in their nursing homes.

Want to put up a fence or garden on your own property? OK. How about parking your boat or trailer in front of your house? Sure. No problem.

What else are our children losing? What kind of country will they grow into? One where we don't see smiles anymore? Hard to recognize or hear our neighbors through their face diaper but if you don't wear yours, they will rat you out and you'll be in trouble for breathing free air?

I'm sad to see the things we've lost and reflect on the things we're likely to lose.

But, I'm sure we'll be much more secure and healthy in the New World Order and if you never had freedom, you won't miss it. I'm old now and will likely be gone soon so my memories are just that...old guy memories of times gone by. But...I Remember.

Thursday, November 12, 2020

"Make It Yourself" Cooking Background.

This story really does have a point, if you bear with me.  I'm laying the groundwork for some articles on how to cook things for yourself.  I walk through the bakery aisles in grocery stores and see pies, cakes, doughnuts and cookies.  They all look good but I'm really not tempted to buy them.  Mass-produced pastries just aren't as good as the ones I make myself!  The same with dinner.  Why would I buy a pre-cooked and frozen lasagna when I can make one myself, at home, that will be better, in all ways, than the one from the store?  And, I don't even want to get into frozen waffles, pancakes and "breakfast sandwiches".  Yuck!

I started working in cafes, in West Yellowstone, when I was 10 years old.  I was hired as a dishwasher at the Silver Horseshoe Café.  I'd never done anything but deliver papers before that and had never washed dishes in a restaurant before and restaurants in West Yellowstone are incredibly busy in the summer time.  It's "slam! bang!" busy from the time the doors open until the place closes and there's no time for screwing around.

The cook tried to get me to understand how to get dishes done very quickly and I kind of caught on but...not.  I remember him bringing the stove top grates to me and telling me to get them "clean and shiny like new".  Well, they were iron grates with years of crust on them and I spent a huge amount of time trying to actually get all that off.  He came over and saw me still scrubbing the, at this point already clean, grates and took them back and put them back on the stove.

I didn't really learn the whole dishwasher job very well there as I didn't last long.  I mean, come on!  It was summer in West Yellowstone and I was ten years old!  There were fish to catch and camping and swimming to do so I kind of called in sick a lot.  In todays world, I don't think we can even hire kids that young.

As I got older, I learned to do not only the dishwasher job but everything there is to do in a restaurant, including waiting tables, cooking, being "host", bussing tables and washing dishes.  In most of the places I worked back then, the dishwasher was kind of the Prep Cook's assistant so I boiled, peeled, hashed, cut and mashed potatoes, made soups and chili, baked rolls and other things like that.  Dishwashers also were the cleaners of everything, bathrooms, floors, freezers and refrigerators...pretty much any greasy, dirty cleanup that needed done, the dishwasher was the go-to guy.

My Mom was one of the most sought after restaurant cooks in West Yellowstone back then and we wound up working places and shifts together so I learned how to work the grill from her as well as from other accomplished café cooks.  By the time I was 16 I was able to handle any job in the place and often did.  If someone didn't show up, I was the first one they'd call to fill in so I might be dishwasher one day, cook the next and waiting tables another time.

When I enlisted in the Air Force, as a policeman, I told myself I would NEVER work in a café again!  Never say never, folks.  It's too big a word.  I'm right back to being the "floater" again.  Now, I'm not doing it full time but it's not uncommon for my phone to ring and a waitress hollers "Help!" so I wander over to the Mint and fill in wherever they need me.  I've helped out at Parade Rest Ranch in West Yellowstone a few times over the years too.

My point here (Yes, I'm finally getting to it) is that I have a pretty extensive background in the restaurant business and in cooking.  So, a few years ago, I heard that one of our local outfitters needed a cook for his hunting camp.  I'd never done that kind of thing before but figured I could learn by doing.

I quickly learned that the style of cooking at a place like that is very different from cooking "on the line" in a café.  In a café, you are basically heating up and assembling meal components as quickly as possible.  Everything has been portioned out and you just cook it up and throw it together.  At hunting camp, I was making "family style" meals; one big meal for everybody.  How much do you make and how do you make that much all at once?  More like the Prep Cook in a restaurant than the grill cook.

I did figure it out, though, and found that it was a very rewarding and enjoyable style of cooking.  I got a lot more personal satisfaction out of making good, presentable and enjoyable meals for a group as opposed to a lot of meals, fast.  At hunting camp I made my own bread and rolls and provided breakfast, lunch and dinner with a variety of entrees, sides and deserts for as few as 3 people and as many as 14. Rifle season in Montana lasts until Thanksgiving so I actually prepared and served a traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinner, with all the fixins, for the first time in my life.  I kind of pretended I was an old-time chuckwagon cook and treated the job in that way.  It worked.

A year or so later, Parade Rest needed a dinner cook for the last month of the season and I filled in there; once again cooking family style, this time for as many as 60 people a couple of times (with lots of help).  I really enjoyed it and decided this was something I could do well and still have fun.

Last fall, I cooked for a roundup crew in Nevada for a month.  As few as three and as many as eight people for whom I provided breakfast and dinner every day for almost a month.  Once again, I made almost everything from scratch, including bread, dinner rolls, cinnamon rolls, cookies and pies as well as breakfast and dinner entree's and sides.  It was enjoyable and satisfying and I feel like I might have finally found my nitch, after only over 50 years!

So, my plan here is to provide a few insights I've gained in 40+ years of food service, with an emphasis on doing for yourself what the grocery stores are trying to do for you.  Make your own doughnuts, cookies and pies.  Cinnamon rolls seemed really hard to me the first time I made some.  Pie crusts can be frustrating but you can make your own that will be as good or even better than one from the store and you have the satisfaction of having made it yourself.

Remember, I cooked my first traditional Thanksgiving dinner in a tent in the mountains of Montana.  You can certainly manage to make dinner in your kitchen at home!

Check back here once in a while for a continuation of this theme.  I'll give you an idea of the tools I like and the work-arounds and shortcuts I've learned over the years.  Maybe we can have some fun here together.

"Make It Yourself" tools

First, let's look at some of the things you need.  Most of these things can be found in second hand stores if you look for them.  Always be alert for cooking utensils when you are browsing the second hand stores.  

Get a pastry cutter.  I don't like the ones with heavy wire, much like a wire whisk.  I want the pastry cutter with rigid metal blades.

Wire whisk.  Several of these of different sizes.  I don't like the flat ones or the spiral ones.  Just plain wire whisks will do the best job.

Wooden spoons. At least one long handled one you can use for continuous stirring over a hot pot. By this I mean, have a couple of 10” wooden spoons for normal mixing but find one with a longer handle for the times you are standing over the pot, stirring continuously while the steam billows up and cooks YOU. A long handled spoon is really nice at this point in your life.
Spatulas:  I, first, want a thin metal one that will easily slide under my eggs or pancakes.  But, I also want a rigid plastic one that I will be using for things like browning meats or scrambling eggs.

Scrapers: be picky.  Get scrapers with flexible soft rubber blades and blades that are well secured to the handle.  It's a pain when the head comes off of one of these things while you are scraping batter out of a bowl.

Mixing bowls: Several different sizes. Glass, plastic or stainless steel; whatever you like best. I kind of like glass or plastic as they can also be used in a microwave and I want a more curved bowl with as little flat bottom inside as I can get. One with a flat platform outside but completely rounded inside is great.   

Rolling pin:  I'm traditional here. Wood.  Use what you like but I can tell you, you'll be much happier with an actual rolling pin than trying to make pie crusts by rolling it out with a big bottle and a wooden rolling pin just seems to work better for me than plastic, porcelain or stone! 

Flour sifter.  I like the kind with the squeeze handle, not the hand crank. 

Knife:  Once again, a very personal choice.  I have a Dexter sandwich knife that is almost always in my hand.  The shape is just what I want, the blade stays sharp and I use it for almost anything a knife can be used for.  A really good chef with whom I worked had a set of knives that he kept incredibly sharp.  I've seen him use his big knife to slice through a piece of typing paper that was just hanging from the ticket rack...slicing UP through the paper!  Try it.  Also, a bread slicer so you can more easily make uniform slices of the fresh bread you just baked.  I use what they call a “fiddle bow” bread slicer which has a serrated blade, some space and a wooden back so if you cut with the blade into the bread and the wooden back holding the slice in place, each slice is about the same thickness.

 Mixers, electric, hand and stand up.  Kitchenaide standing mixers are the gold standard but I also like my Sunbeam.  Electric hand mixers seem more useful to me for smaller dishes or making stuff for one or two people.  An old fashioned hand cranking mixer is nice to have.  If the power goes out or some other problem exists, being able to crank on your hand mixer and make your whipped cream or cake mix with that can make you the hero! 

Baking pans: 9x13 and 9x9 cake pans .  I like glass the best but regular non-stick or metal cake pans are good. What they call "jelly roll pans" which are basically sheets with a small edge around them.  Multiple sizes.  I also use small pizza pans as cookie sheets or to catch boil-overs in the oven.  If you will be cooking for larger groups then getting larger sizes of these is important. 

Casserole dishes of various sizes are good to have.  Once again, think about how big your groups might be.  You might want pretty good sized dishes. 

Covered roasting pan, preferably with an internal rack.

Sauce pans of various sizes.  You'll be using these for gravies, breakfast cereals and so on. 

Stock pots in various sizes, I have one, two and three gallon ones.

Cooling racks; square, rectangular and round.

If you’ve got all this stuff in your kitchen, you can do almost anything, from baking your own bread to putting together your traditional turkey dinner. 

Like I’ve said, stocking your kitchen with a trip to the second hand store can save a bunch of money and often get you some really nice stuff.  A lot of what I use would be considered antiques but I often find the older stuff is the best.
Now we come to one of my real passions in the cooking world...Cast Iron.  I have skillets, pots, dutch ovens, fryers, griddles...I love 'em.  I have a skillet that is only about 4" in diameter that is just the right size for frying one or two eggs.  I have another skillet that is 15" in diameter that I use for groups.  I can scramble more than a dozen eggs and cook them all at once in this skillet.  I can brown 5lbs of hamburger in it.  Make several small pancakes all at once.  It's great but I pretty much just store it unless I'm doing something like a hunting camp or roundup crew where I'll need to cook large amounts all at once.
And, yes, those of us who are seriously into cast iron cooking are fanatic about caring for it.  NO SOAP!  If I have to scrub it, I put salt in it and use the salt as an abrasive.  Actually, this article at argues with me a little about the soap issue but it's a really good article and explains a lot about why and how to use cast iron.
This article also touches on the fact that older cast iron looks a little different than newer.  Either is good but I am always alert at second hand stores, yard sales and antique stores for older cast iron pans and I've taken some time to research them a little so I have an idea of the value of a pan when I find one.
Here's a picture of the difference between pre-1950 and more recently made cast iron.  The pan on the right is older and was made back when they still polished them as part of the manufacture process.  If you find one with this satiny sheen, it's worth grabbing!
Ok.  If you have the tools I've talked about here you have the makings of a pretty efficient kitchen.  Are there other things?  Of course.  Meat thermometers and candy thermometers.  I once had a thermometer that would show me the surface temp of my pans.  Another cook where I was working broke it.  That's what I get for not taking it home each night.
Anyway, this stuff is a good start.  As we move along here, I'll likely think of other things you should have but, for now, get out to the second hand stores, antique shops and yard sales and get equipped!