Wednesday, October 14, 2020

What do They have in store for us?

Listen to and follow the science, right?  Follow the CDC and do as we're told.

Ok.  Let's look at that.  According to a report done by the CDC, based on studies in July, 2020 of 154 positive cases of Covid19...70% of those testing positive claimed to "always" wear a mask.  Presumably, they also follow all the fear advice and "social distance" and all that crap.  70%.  Only 6% of the positive cases said they "never" wear a mask.  I'm guessing those 6% also just live their lives, hugging, going out to restaurants and bars, talking with people and just being normal.

In the world of common sense, this would tell me that wearing masks has no bearing on whether you will catch this stupid virus.

Next, the lockdowns.  We have already seen that the lockdowns caused massive economic destruction as well as personal issues such as depression and violence.  Not to mention the damage done to our children with this enforced separation from their friends.  Then, the incredibly unjust and cruel separation of people from their families in times of great stress, when in any medical or nursing facility!  

Are the lockdowns effective and worth the collateral damage?  Well, according to the World Health

Is this virus as contagious, virulent and deadly as we are led to believe?  Well, let's just look at Sturgis, shall we?  

A post online claims that only .02% of Sturgis rally attendees came down with Covid19.  USA today went to great lengths to debunk this and carefully researched it.  Here is their conclusion:

"Our rating: False

We rate the claim that the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally led to 88 positive tests attributed to the rally, which is a 0.02% infection rate among attendees, as FALSE because it was not supported by our research. The state of South Dakota has attributed 124 cases in the state to the rally. The Associated Press reported that at least 290 people in 12 states who attended the rally have also tested positive. Taken together, that's an infection rate of 0.09%."

So, an open rally, with over 460,000 attendees, resulted in 414 cases of Covid19 and one death.  A Covid19 contagion rate of .09%.  That's the best USA Today can do?  They WANT us to be terrified of Covid19 but even THEY have to admit that there was a negligible case spread from such a massive event.

President Trump tested positive and was in and out of the hospital in four days and worked the whole time.  Our First Lady has complained of a cough and a headache and she's just remained at the White House, without being hospitalized.

According to the CDC info, the majority of deaths attributable to Covid19 are in the ages from 60 up.  and, 94% of deaths overall are of people with other contributing they call them.  Only 6% of deaths blamed on covid19 are actually FROM Covid19.

97.3% of all the Americans who have actually caught this disease have recovered.  Look at the numbers.  7,856,605 Americans have had this virus so far and 7,640,718  have recovered.

Here's some more interesting information.

2017 Total Deaths US: 2,813,503 (234,000/month)

2018 Total Deaths US: 2,839,205 (237,000/month)

2019 Total Deaths US: 2,855,000 (238,000/month)

2020 Total Deaths US (jan - week 9/26): 2,130,000 (236,000/month)…/Weekly-Counts-of-Deaths-by…/muzy-jte6

So, why are our health officials, Governor and media completely disregarding all this information?  It's out there for all of us to see but "T"hey are not reporting any of it.  In fact, They are acting as if these facts...Their OWN facts!...just don't exist.

They are talking about another lockdown, even though we KNOW that won't work and is actually bad for us.  They are enforcing illegal and unconstitutional Mask Mandates, even though They know, because of Their own studies, that masks have little or no positive effect against the virus and might even have negative health effects for the sheeple who are wearing them.

I'd have never made a good con man as I just can't see the scams.  I can't understand how this continued deliberate ignorance of Their own facts benefits Them at all.  Is it just the evidence of Their power over the majority?  Is there a financial gain for the most powerful of Them?  Do They just like to see what we, the mice, will do in the maze?

Or, is there a much larger plan which involves identifying people, like myself, who are able to see through the bullshit and just not comply?  They are trying very hard to make it difficult for us to buy or sell without our face diaper.  They are limiting our Church attendance and even our ability to congregate together for anything.  Keeping us isolated from each other except for these social media platforms which They control and monitor.

They know who Their resisters are.  Those who won't wear the face diaper.  Those who make posts like this one on any computer media.  Those of us who can read and think for ourselves MUST be weeded out!

Don't believe it?  Ask Ammon Bundy.  Or Lavoy Finicum.

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Open Carry...or not?

This is definitely an opinion piece today and I've thought a lot about how to say it.

I'm certainly a firm believer in the 2nd Amendment.  The idea of open carry is laudable and I'm glad to see states and cities allowing open carry.  That said, I have some observations.

First, "war story time".  And also, I'm aware that my opinions are colored by the fact that I'm an "old guy" and not as well informed about the equipment of today as I probably should be.

During my time in Law Enforcement, I was often in critical situations where the threat of deadly violence was imminent.  More than once, my partner or backup got out the shotgun in case things went really bad.  When that cloud of tension is in the air and lead could fly at any moment, the thought that one of us was armed with a more devastating weapon than a handgun was comforting.  But, when the situation de-escalates into a fistfight:  when I am rolling around in the mud with some drugged out scumball, trying desperately to get the cuffs on partner with the shotgun was useless.  It's a clumsy club and you can't just lay it down or put it back in your holster.  Run back to the car, secure the shotgun and then run back to help me on the ground.  By then, I'm done, one way or the other.

The same thing can apply to an open carry situation.  Let's do a hypothetical here.  Let's say a couple of friends and I are helping our community in one of these riots by standing between looters and community businesses.  My friend is open carrying his AR.  I am armed with nothing more than bear spray or maybe my old PR24 and unarmed Antifa scum presses forward, forcing me into hand to hand fighting.  What good is my backup guy?  I've got three or four unarmed black-clad guys trying to punch and kick me and I'm trying to fight back.  Deadly force may be justified but also maybe not.  Fine line/grey area.  Does my partner use that AR against some unarmed "peaceful protesters"?  Ever hear of  George Zimmerman?

If he was carrying a concealed handgun, in a secured holster, then he could jump in and help me.  He'd still have to be aware of any attempt to take his weapon but it's much less likely than if he had to wrestle with some guys over that long gun.

That brings up holsters.  If you must open carry, maybe it would be smarter to use a more secure holster.  One of those open top, friction retention holsters looks pretty neat and is great in a competition on the range but may not be the best choice for just carrying.  Something that covers more of the weapon and has some security retention is possibly a better choice?

This article had a lot of good information.

Long ago, at Lowry Air Force Base, I backed up another patrol on a traffic stop.  Just as I arrived, the situation "went south" and we were in a fight...Rick with the driver and me with the passenger.  Neither

of us had time to radio for help so it was just us and them.  Actually, I wound up unable to call for help because I'd broken my radio on my suspects head.  Got 'im cuffed though and ran around the car to help Rick.  I found a civilian holding Rick's weapon while Rick finished up handcuffing the original suspect.  You can imagine the tension there for a moment as I confronted the guy with Rick's gun.  But (the point of the story) it turned out that his holster had come undone and the weapon went clattering along the street!  This guy had stopped to see if he could help and Rick had asked him to find the weapon and get it out of harms way.  Holster quality was a big part of the issue.

I carried a handgun everywhere I went for many years.  I remember only once in my career that I took it out of the holster when I was off-duty.  There were several situations in that time period where I had hold of it and was prepared to draw but never did.  Thanks to God, I never had to fire my weapon, either on or off duty.

I did, however, have to fight many times over the years.  From as mild as a quick wristlock-to-handcuff scuffle to a biting, punching, rolling in the mud life and death fight.  Handcuffs, pepper spray and my PR24 all got  their share of use. 

When the lead is in the air, I want an AR or a shotgun.  If the situation could go either way and the need for a firearm hasn't arisen,  I want my hands free and any weapon I might have to be secure.  

In conclusion, I am not a big fan of open carry, even of a handgun.  Keeping it out of sight and out of mind until it's needed is the way I would want to do it.  Those who disagree, for whatever reason; well, that's what freedom is all about.  You do your thing and I'll do mine.  But, if you are carrying openly, be aware that your potential opponents are as conscious of your weapon as you and some of them would like to take it from you.

Sunday, August 23, 2020

Kids Today

I've been having a back and forth with a Democrat friend of mine. Both of us spouting the same arguments to the same result...nothing. Actually, I enjoy my debates with die hard Dems. I have no illusion that I'll change them but I'm hoping that others, who really don't have a strong feeling either way, are reading our posts and might actually learn the truth. Anyway, something he said strongly affected me. He is absolutely right in a way. He says that we old white guys aren't the voting majority anymore. He's right on there but I'll take it a step further. Those of us who actually remember a common sense, fair and Free America are getting old. An America with two genders, cleaner and nicer entertainment and real men and LADIES we could look up to. An America where it wasn't shocking that your family had guns and hunted. An America where hard work and ambition were rewarded while sloth and indifference were not. An America where I could spend my day in the mountains, on a bicycle, with no instant communication and no real fear for my well being. I swore I'd never sound like my mother but..."These kids today"...

Today's voting age "children" are of the participation trophy era. The era of 20+ year olds still living with Mommy. Often no clear genders. Certainly no common sense. A time where a large part of the voting age children couldn't qualify for military service if they wanted to! No wonder the idea of giving up freedoms for government handouts gains such support. These kids are living in a world where handouts are just expected. I see it at work every day. Most of these kids are there to get a paycheck. The concept of actually doing the work to EARN a paycheck is completely mystifying. They do as little as possible, just putting in the hours so they can get a check once in a while. They're just warm bodies. Names on the schedule. What's worse is they are at the pinnacle of their life's achievments already. No wonder they want a higher minimum wage. They don't expect, plan or aspire to do anything more than minimum wage jobs. Participation trophies again.

Back to sounding like my mother..."in my day"... Yeah. When I was 19 I was making life and death decisions in a foreign country. I've known kids who are in their 20's and still don't even have a drivers license. Kids with no real ambition or goals. These are the kids who vote for Bernie Sanders. Who think America is a terrible place because we still have a "Capitalist System" as opposed to a "gimmee free stuff" system. We've been sliding downhill for quite a while and if we don't stop the descent pretty soon, we'll be a nation of pajama boys, being led by the TV and the internet to do whatever our Masters tell us.

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Some news that might interest you

I shared several things this morning that I had found in my FB news feed. I thought each was interesting and worth passing on to friends who might not have seen them.

The trouble is that this was an idea/thought provoking and interesting morning on my FB feed and the importance of some of these might fall through the cracks.

Maybe if I share some links here to some of the stuff....

The young boy in Wyoming who risked himself and suffered injury protecting his sister from an attacking dog!,26327

President Trump brokers ANOTHER middle east peace deal. Remember, back in February, the Trump Administration and Israel announced a peace plan with the Palestinians and today, they announce a signed peace deal with the United Arab emirates. Go Trump!
President Trump Brokers Peace Deal

5 year old Cannon Hinnant was shot and killed while riding his bicycle near his residence in North Carolina. A couple of things stand out to me in this story. First, the Main Stream Media
has all but blacked it out. They report only the five W's of it and go on to other things as quickly as possible. This story from Newsweek is an excellent example:
Newsweek Cannon Hinnant article

Our nation, right now, is in the throws of violent rioting and destruction, purportedly due to racism by white people against black people. I contend that most racism would just drift away if the Media and most notably the left-wing media, would just leave the racial component out of things. In their story about Cannon, Newsweek does a remarkable job of just that. A "man" shot a boy. No mention of race. Under most circumstances, I'd applaud that. But, in this case, it seems somewhat hypocritical as it was a "black" man who shot a white boy. Reverse those races and this story would be front page for months and buildings would burn!

This is the post I shared this morning:

 "250,000 bikers in Sturgis South Dakota. Many bikers carry pistols concealed, others carry openly. No shootings. No stabbings. No murders. No looting. No police assaulted. No statues torn down. No destruction of private or public property. No traffic blocked. 250,000 bikers with 84 total arrests, mostly for public intoxication. Contrast those numbers with what happens EVERY WEEKEND in Chicago. Badass Bikers Matter."

Here's a pretty good report of the crimes and traffic issues encountered by South Dakota Law Enforcement. This post is right on! 
Pierre, SD Capital journal

Overall, hangs this meme. It's true, it's timely and it's urgent!

Sunday, August 09, 2020

John Rice YouTube video about Child Trafficking

A powerful video about the web of national Child Pornography and Human Trafficking  in our country and world.

This guy, John Paul Rice, is a producer in Hollywood and is speaking out about the sex trafficking going on in Hollywood and the rest of our country.
John Paul Rice bio at IMDB

Watch this video!

President Trump's 2020 Ad "The Best Is Yet To Come"

Facebook has been covering this, claiming that their "Fact Checkers" have found that it is "partially false"

Bull!  Here is the YouTube video of President Trump's 2020 ad.

If, for some reason YouTube takes it down, I have downloaded a copy and will have it available.

Saturday, August 08, 2020

Two Issues which Must Be Dealt With!

At present, we have two major issues in our country.

First, the Corona virus "pandemic".  It has morphed from a viral pandemic which affected most of the world to major political issue here in the United States.  The disease is really being shunted aside by those in power.  "They" have been deliberately lying about and concealing an effective treatment and even preventative treatment for this Covid19 madness.  Why?  Most likely money.  

The Hydroxychloroquine (or Quercetin)/Zinc/Azithromycin treatment is very $5 a treatment?  The vaccine They are trying to produce and the Remdisivir treatment They promote are both very expensive.  Also, Covid19 hospitalizations and/or deaths are worth a pretty good check to the hospitals involved.

As a bonus, They are able to use this virus as a club against President Trump in Their fevered effort to remove him from office.

Second, the riots occurring in many of our major cities.

The death of George Floyd was tragic and probably unjustified.  But, those who are willing to take any road to get rid of our President saw it as more.  A White Cop and a black "victim" played right into Their hands so it was hyped by Their media and protests about it were agitated to produce riots and violence to an extent we haven't seen in 60 years or more.

Now, the Mainstream Media deliberately downplays the rioting, calling it "peaceful protest" and use it as an example of how ineffective our President must be.  At the same time, those normal citizens who live in these riot zones are being hurt, both physically and financially.  Our citizens are suffering because an elite group of Deep State insiders want anarchy.

And our government is completely useless, partly because Democrat Governors and Mayors are following the orders from Them and allowing the rioting and destruction to continue.  Their police forces are acting as if their oath is to the Governor, Mayor and city council; not to God, themselves and the people.  The police are following the "orders from on high".  Thus, the violence gets worse by the day.

President Trump needs to make the Hydroxychloroquine treatment available to any doctor who wants to try it, without repercussions.  

Those who have deliberately concealed these treatments, for their own purposes, (Can you say; "Fauci"? "Gates"? "Big Pharma"?) should be charged with Murder and Treason.

It's far past the time for the President to invoke the Insurrection Act and send the Military in to these rioting cities and just clean it up.  Shoot whoever you must and arrest the leaders.  You think the FBI doesn't know who the real leaders are of all this?  Quick, surgical arrests would put a stop to it all in a hurry, along with overwhelming force against the sheep who are just following the orders of Those Behind the Scenes.
Insurrection Act knew about HCQ in 2005! Yale Dr. says HCQ treatment would save lives Riots Floyd Arrest/bodycam footage

Thursday, August 06, 2020

US ‘Frontline’ Doctors’ website exposes CRIMINAL CAMPAIGN by tech giants, govt agencies to block COVID cure

I'm not writing my own article today as I found this one on Facebook and it says everything I've been saying

The withholding, concealment and censorship of the FACT that the Hydroxychloroquine treatments work.  That those treatments not only alleviate the symptoms of Covid 19 but can even prevent it...Those acts by our Main Stream Media, Social Media and President Trump's advisors have needlessly cost the lives of thousands of people.  This disinformation (lying) campaign against these treatments is not only, in my opinion, Murder and Treason but actually Crimes Against Humanity.


US ‘Frontline’ Doctors’ website exposes ‘criminal’ campaign by tech giants, govt agencies to block COVID cure

Wednesday, August 05, 2020

Basic radio comm information

This is a repost on this blog.  The original was in October, 2014.  I've added a few things here.

I'm reposting this because, as events in our country become more and more chaotic, we may find ourselves in what we Preppers call an SHTF (Shit Hits The Fan) situation.  Or maybe even TEOTWAWKI (The end of the world as we know it). Good communications will be important.

I spent a fair amount of time deciding what I wanted to do for personal communications. First, I considered what I want to accomplish.

I'm not greatly interested in communicating with the big world. I just want to keep in contact with my close group, family and friends and CB radio or the GMRS/FRS bubble pack radios meet my goals just fine for little expense.

But, in doing all this research, I read many posts and articles advocating an amateur (Ham) radio license and some radios to go with it so I started reading up on that. There is no longer a requirement for Morse code to get your basic (technician) ham license, there is just a written test covering FCC rules and some basic radio and electronics information; most of which I have learned in 16 years of working on computers. I took the test and got my license.

Most ham radios are semi-expensive but I could afford an HT (handi-talkie) made in China that uses
the VHF and UHF frequency bands. I bought the Bao-Feng UV-5R, got a better antenna for it, a battery replacement that plugs into my cigarette lighter and a magnetic antenna for the car; all for about $100 and kind of spread out these purchases over a month or so. There are several models of these. I have two UV-5Rs with better antennas, extra batteries, external mic and cigarette lighter battery. I would also recommend the programming cable as the keyboard programming is kind of a pain.

On the 2 meter band (Very High Frequency or VHF), 144MHZ-150MHZ (give or take) the local Ham clubs have repeaters set up. These are non-government, privately owned and maintained. They link together giving me reliable communications from Great Falls to Billings to Vegas and Tucson, all with my little 4Watt HT! I was thrilled.

In addition, High Frequency (HF) radios and antennas are available which will provide good long range communications through what we CBers call "Skip"; bouncing the signal off the ionosphere. Those are a little more expensive but I found a used Kenwood and set it up.  I'm using a home built fan dipole antenna and have talked with people throughout the U.S. on it.

So, I now have a good SSB capable CB radio in the house and all vehicles, another UV-5R that I can set up in a car with a magnetic antenna or I can put the long "rubber ducky" antenna on it and carry it anywhere. I also splurged on Ebay and got a VHF mobile radio for my main vehicle.
When I'm at home, I just connect another magnetic antenna (I live in a metal trailer house) to a UV-5R and have a serviceable base.

Here's a rundown on basic radios available to us.

CB: Citizens Band: ( No license required. We all remember these. CB was a big deal in the 70s but cell phones have made them less popular although most truck drivers still have and use them and there is a big hobby group who try to "skip" signals for distance (DX) contacts, mostly on the SSB channels. CB is good for between 5 and 15 miles and you can have mobiles in your car, walkie talkies in your hand and base stations in your house. They are easy to find but on the expensive side. A CB with SSB channels will run over $200 plus getting a decent antenna. The system in my house cost me about $350 and I was buying on Ebay. SSB radios aren't as easy to come by locally but they are worth it.

MURS: Multiple Use Radio Service ( No license required. Maximum legal transmit at 1watt. Five frequencies available. Line of sight signal. This is a pretty good way to keep in local/close contact. A legal MURS radio will give you about one-two miles of communication range with a compact HT type radio but there are only five frequencies to choose from and I'm not sure where to buy the radios.  The Boefeng radios will program to MURS channels but you can only turn their transmit power down to 2 watts.  Frankly, I doubt the FCC or anyone else will notice but, technically, using the BeoFeng radios on MURS frequencies is illegal.

FRS: Family radio service (
No license required. These are the bubble pack radios you can buy at sporting goods stores, Walmart, Amazon and so on. The radios that have a stubby little antenna and 14 channels are FRS radios. Legal transmit is .5 Watts (500 milliwatts), giving you about the same range; maybe a little less, as the MURS but these radios are easy to find and fairly inexpensive.

GMRS (General Mobile Radio Service
( Need a family license that requires no test but does require $85 for the FCC. These are also the bubble pack radios you find all over. If you find one that says it has two power ranges and/or has 28+ channels, this is a combination of FRS and GMRS in one handheld. GMRS has a lot of capabilities over FRS but GMRS requires a license. Licensed GMRS users can use up to 50 watts of transmit power, repeaters and radios with better antenna. If you check the fine print on the package of the little handi-talkie radios you just got from Amazon, it will tell you that you can't transmit on the GMRS channels without a license but I think the FCC is going to be kind of overwhelmed soon and I'd be surprised if the licensing thing lasts much longer.  

The Baofeng radios are all programmable for MURS, FRS, GMRS and Ham frequencies. Certainly they provide much more transmit power than is legal for FRS and for MURS. Also, they are not really type accepted by the FCC for those frequencies. They are only legal for licensed Amateur radio users to use on the approved Ham radio frequencies on the 2 meter and 70cm bands; VHF and UHF.

One of these little radios can be programmed to use everything listed here except CB if you want. It just isn't legal.

In addition, they can be set up as police scanners as you can program in the police frequencies. I strongly suggest, if you are going to do this,that you get the CHIRP software and a programming cable so you can tell the radio NOT to transmit on the police/fire/public service frequencies as it would be easy to accidentally do so when you are listening and I can guarantee a visit from the FCC if that kind of thing happens!

So, you can buy a nice little walkie talkie for around $40 which can be programmed to work with other radios you may have already gotten, can listen to Public Service agencies and can be used on ham radio frequencies, basically any VHF/UHF frequency, and will provide decent transmit power and communication range for almost any scenario.

After going down this road myself, I will say that I recommend getting your Amateur Radio license, joining a local Ham Radio club and learning more about this hobby. As I said at the beginning, I figured that CB and GMRS would meet my goals but I found that there is a lot more about radios and communication that I want to learn and be involved in.

When I was hiking in the mountains of Montana last summer I was often in areas where I had no cell coverage. Face it, in Montana, I'm often in my car on the freeway without cell phone coverage! But, now that I can use the VHF repeaters that are available almost anywhere, I am almost never without reliable communication. That can literally be a lifesaver if you travel much and the knowledge you gain in using these radios might serve you and your group very well in an SHTF situation.

I've set up my camp trailer with a good battery/solar system so that I have plenty of electrical power available.  I have an antenna that I can throw over a tree limb and have reliable communications on HF radio.  My VHF antenna can be placed on the roof of my trailer and give me a little more distance on my handheld and I have CBs in all my vehicles.  Wherever we have to go, my family, friends and myself can keep in contact and reasonable contact can be maintained with other groups in our area.

For many years, people have been trying to be prepared for the times in which we live today.  Are you laughing at Preppers today?

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.