Open Thread, October 3, 2020

Well, folks. The world still turns and gets stranger every single day. There are many people that daily outline the events taking place around us – political, criminal, availability of everything from food to ammo to canning supplies to baby chicks to anything, you name it. 

Right now, and all day everyday, we request your prayers beseeching the Almighty for the quick, total recovery of our President and his beloved First Lady, President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump.

The turmoil, unrest, and uncertainty of the future of our country appears to grow everyday. Every single day. There is something that happens, information that comes to light, or the placement of one more piece of a puzzle that is so deep and wide that it truly seems beyond the human mind to fathom.

So we step back, take a breath and attempt to decipher what is real, what is conjecture, opinion or outright lies and fabrications. Then we go outside and enjoy what we have been blessed with. A beautiful place to live. Flowers. Hummingbirds. The final harvesting of the garden. 

The sweet potatoes are dug and curing in the greenhouse. We grew three varieties to compare productivity and flavor. We will use those potatoes and plants for next year’s crop.

The only other things left in the garden are okra and peppers, which are declining since we are already having lows in the 40’s and 50’s. The turnip greens are growing well, they like the cool weather. The spinach is trying to grow, something killed all of the lettuce and it needs to be replanted. Yes, we are still growing some food stuffs. But it’s going to be an early winter this year, or so I have been feeling for about a month now. I would recommend you stock as deep as you can and prepare for a long, cold winter. Just a feeling.

We are canning chicken today. Baking the last dozen we had in the freezer and getting them all on the shelf. Next week we will start butchering our older laying hens to can as well. The young hens are laying well and we are over run with eggs. We also have another batch of young chicks that will start laying in January. So we have meat and eggs on the menu for part of a future food supply.

The goats are drying up. Three does are due in January. One more doesn’t seem to be bred or show any indication of doing so. We don’t know what is going on with her. Braum’s (an ice cream store in our area) has started selling A2 milk which is a very pleasant surprise. Our vet is drinking it with great success. He hasn’t been able to drink milk in years due to a gut issue. That proves to me that there really is something to the A1/A2 issue. We are buying milk from Braum’s to get us to January and our own fresh supply again.

Just walking into a store now days is a strange, eerie experience. Half of the people look at each other like they are scared to be around anyone, another half is wearing masks and doesn’t like the ones that aren’t, the other half just tries to act normal, but hardly anyone talks. It’s quiet and suspicious. I know that’s three halves, but you’ll just half to deal with it.  Just like living in this dystopian virus controlled world.

My mom is now on hospice and continues her slow steady decline. I haven’t been able to go into the nursing home to see her since March 12th. It kills me to go see her through the window and not be able to touch her and hug her. Knowing there are hundreds or thousands of others in the same predicament doesn’t make it any easier, but I am very empathetic to the pain it causes so many of us in these days and times. A person we know just lost a healthy, active parent with underlying conditions to this virus. It hits close to home since they were younger than Frank. 

Pray for our President and First Lady for there are those that take joy in their sickness. These people that wish our President and First Lady harm are part of the deep, entrenched, putrid, decay of our country. If they win the election, if they take over, we are doomed. If you are not prepared for either outcome, I fear for you. 

Please share what is going on in your neck of the woods. We are all in this together and we all need help from each other. Please share. Be safe. Stay healthy. Be extremely vigilant. Use discernment in all you read, watch and believe. Pray for guidance always.

Until next time – Fern


Open Thread, January 2020

Hello Everybody, Frank here.

We tried an open thread not too long ago where you say what you think, and I say what I think. It seemed to work pretty good. When there are a lot of responses, it is impossible for us to respond to all of them.

Moving on. Some of the critical issues have not changed. By the way, today is Sunday, January 19, 2020. Happy Sunday everybody. We have a new year. Back when I used to watch TV, about 25-30 years ago, there was a TV show called 20/20. I liked that show. News has certainly changed a great deal. It’s not news anymore, and it hasn’t been news for a long time.

I would still be paying attention to what is going on in Virginia, very, very closely. Tomorrow is going to be a very important day in the great state of Virginia. I believe they call it a common wealth. Some folks call this a trial run for the rest of the country. It’s not just the 2nd Amendment that’s under attack, as if that’s not enough. Your whole way of life is under attack. Pay attention to Virginia, plan accordingly. 

President Donald J. Trump. I guess technically he has been impeached and the trial is moving into the Senate. I will state here that I have lost all faith in my government. Our government, especially in Washington D.C., is blatantly and obviously corrupt. They’re not even trying to hide it anymore. I saw pictures of the immaculate procession of the transfer of the impeachment documents from the house to the senate. If I were ever going to use disgusting, degrading profanity, it would be here to describe these events. But I’ll just stick with – It’s unbelievable! And I mean that in the truest sense of the words, IT’S UNBELIEVABLE.  But, Ladies and Gentlemen, the unbelievable is happening in Washington D.C. and Virginia. If you thought that unbelievable couldn’t happen? Well it is. Pay attention.

Something else happened recently in Iraq that I have mixed feelings about. Our government executed a foreign leader. Under the general rules of engagement this is an unacceptable practice. I personally do not support the process. But. And this is a big But. This Iranian general has been responsible for the execution of hundreds of Iranian citizens. Some will say, okay, what’s the problem here? Well, this general has also been responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Americans and our allies. Here is where I have my dilemma. Is it okay to kill a head of state? I say no. Is it okay to kill a soldier that has killed and is going to continue killing our soldiers? Absolutely. So here is my conclusion. If we had the technological ability to bring this general back to life, then I think we should do it. Then we should kill him again, and again, and again. And I think we should kill every one of their generals again, and again, and again. I know our country and our policies are not perfect, but our country has done more humanitarian good for this planet than any other country. Ever. When another country threatens my country, then I think we have every right to defend ourselves. Anybody that wears a uniform and threatens our country is putting themselves in harms way.

Moving on. More foreign affairs. The BREXIT thing is supposed to finalize by the end of January. If my math is correct, that is about 12 days from now. So do you think it’s going to happen? Or is the government over there going to screw the people out of their vote again? 

Have they built the wall yet between us and Mexico? You know that we are under invasion from our southern border. It’s not just poor, hungry Mexican people coming across our border either. We are under attack, Ladies and Gentlemen. Call it what you choose.

Another topic. The repo thing. Our Federal Reserve is pumping billions of dollars into our huge financial institutions on a regular basis. How come? If everything is hunky dory and peachy keen in the financial markets then why is this repo even occurring? If I were to tell my neighbors everything is great and my finances are solid, but then every night I go to my uncle’s house and borrow money, does that really look like everything is okay?

Let’s switch to another aspect of politics. Look at the remaining Democratic candidates for President of THE United States of America. Really, really take a look at them. Senator Elizabeth Warren will say anything. She will promise anything to anybody at anytime. Is that what you want? Joe Biden. When we scrutinize former Vice President Biden under a microscope, we see that he and his family are unbelievably corrupt. Is this what you want for a leader? That mayor fellow and his long term boyfriend? I’m sorry, but I just don’t think America is ready for that. Since I live in America, I’m not ready for it either. The last one I’m going to talk about or discuss with you is Bernie Sanders. Senator Sanders is a rabid socialist. In other words, he is a communist. I know there is a difference between the two, but I stand by my statement. He is a communist. He will probably be the nominee. 

Now. Donald Trump, the current president of the greatest nation that has ever existed. He is by no means a perfect president. Let me qualify something here. I have never seen any of his TV shows, ever. Ok. The man likes nice things, is that a problem? He likes pretty women, so what’s the problem? He is a business man, not a career politician. He has obviously sparked a fury through all of establishment Washington, not just the Democrats, but also the establishment Republicans. He has rocked the boat. I do not trust the Republican lead Senate. Most of them hate him. We’ll see about his impeachment trial in the senate. Watch this very closely. You might see a slight of hand trick here. 

In my humble opinion, President Trump is what we need as a country. We need a strong leader. We need a man, and yes, we need a man, that will execute his combat enemies and not apologize for it. We need trade deals, we need fair trade deals with other countries. We need to stop selling our country to the highest bidder. NATO needs to pay. Why should I spend my tax dollars to defend Germany? And if we’re going to send money, our tax money, to other countries, we need results from those countries. President Trump inherited an economy that was staggering, a military that had been gutted, not just the equipment, but our fighting philosophy had been removed from our military. I’m not sure if we are going to be able to recover, no matter what President Trump does,but he is at least trying to save our country. The Bushes, the Clintons and Obama? I hate to say this, but they sold us out. Like I said earlier, I’m pissed. I expect my government to lie to me on occasion. There are things we just don’t need to know. But the Bushes, Clintons and Obama did you and me and every other American a gross disservice. They sold us to the highest bidder. These pieces of crap are still walking free. They will be walking free tomorrow also.

Good time to shift gears here. How about all of these investigations? How come no one is in jail? How come there have been no major indictments? One example. President Trump knew that he was being spied on before he took office. That was three years ago. How come no one has even been arrested? The reason no one has been arrested is because no one is going to be arrested. Another example. The Clinton server. Another one. The Weiner laptop. How come there have been no indictments or arrests? I think the reason is very simple. That whole quagmire in Washington D.C. with it’s tentacles extending to every county court house in this country is corrupt to the core. Let me qualify. There are some good people that work at all levels, but for the most part, the middle and upper level management all the way to the top, is beyond the definition of corrupt. This cannot be stopped. It is our whole system. It goes back to the beginning. Therefore, there will be no arrests. 

The problem is that this has now been exposed. You know it, I know it and millions of others know it. This is part of the reason they are going to take our guns. See the picture now? They have all of our data. If you have a driver’s license, they know where you live. If you have a credit card, they know what you buy. If you have a cell phone or telephone of any nature, they know what you say. The list goes on, not to mention banking and medical.

They have been exposed. They are afraid, and they should be. They don’t know what to do, so they’re going to clamp down. Any excuse will do. January 20th in Virginia? That’ll work. Summer time is coming, a hot summer. Elections are coming. Voter fraud. Just pick one. They will shut us down. Because they are afraid of us. They can shut down the internet, telephones, easily. Which means power, banking, medical, transportation. If you don’t care. Fine. If you do care, if you don’t know what to do? Screaming the sky is falling will do you no good when it starts to fall.

So what do you think, boys and girls? You can put this in a religious context if you choose. But the termites have eaten the foundation away while we continue to paint the house again. Do what you need to do. Get your head screwed on right. Get good with God. Get good with your family, because they are the only people you can truly trust, but you can’t trust all of them either. 

Tell me what you think. If what you think can help another man, then do so. The comments will be moderated as always. Mild language will be tolerated. Most ideas are acceptable. No, we are not going to line up and shoot a bunch of people, that will not be accepted. But most ideas are acceptable. 

I hope we make it through this, but I don’t believe we will. Take care. May God and Peace be with you.

We’ll talk more later,  Frank

Playground Politics

As retired educators, we have witnessed the behavior of children on the playground, in the hallways, and in classrooms for many years. The other day as we were talking about the latest he said, she said, who reported what on our current political process, I commented to Frank that it sounded just like the kids on the playground. “He touched me!” “She’s breathing my air!” “They won’t let me play with them!” “They’re hogging the ball and won’t throw it to me!” Waaa, waaa, waaa, whine, whine whine. That’s just about all I get out of any media report on the tit-for-tat behavior of the people that are currently running for political office, except for one individual that just won’t play by the ‘usual’ political playground rules. He really makes everyone mad, he just doesn’t play right.

Why is it that politicians now days run around trying to appease everyone? Aren’t they adult enough to know that is impossible? Can’t they look around at our country and our world and deduce the simple fact that we don’t need another leader that will try to run over and smooth all of the ruffled feelings of the latest group or country that gets upset by some trivial nonsense like the color of napkins at a social function? Don’t they realize that they are weakening our country at every turn?

Every day, usually more than once, or twice, or three times, there are headlines about the latest accusation, slight, slam or brouhaha between one or more politicians. Like this, Fellow Dem Blasts Clinton for Server ‘End-Run’. Or this, Carson, Trump Battle for Evangelicals. Or this, Bobby Jindal Slams Donald Trump as ‘Egomanical Madman’ and ‘Carnival Act’. Or this, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz Forge an Unlikely ‘Bromance’. And then there is this, Kerry Tells Putin to Back Off. Like our country has the right to tell other countries what to do?

Would we let them tell us what to do? Well, since the leadership of our country appears to have all turned into wimpy appeasers, maybe they would. What is the point in all of this bickering, fear mongering and one-upmanship? Distraction? Entertainment? Brainwashing? I think it wears people down until they don’t care who wins, just get them off of the television, internet and radio so they can watch Oprah reruns and enjoy their cheese doodles. I do find it interesting that Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump make the news everyday. Everyday. The media is either using this coverage to elevate their stature in the eyes of the average citizen, or demonize them. I can’t decide which.

The behavior of the people that are running for the highest office of our land is truly disheartening. If any of them win the election, and we can only assume one of them will, I can’t see how it will bode well for our country, or for the world for that matter. If they conduct business here in this country and around the world the way they conduct their campaigns, we will continue down the same path to destruction we are currently traveling at break neck speed.

Can you picture any kind of foreign relations discussions being conducted in the same manner the candidates relate to each other and their constituents on a daily basis? Back biting, name calling, whining and sniveling about the latest snub, insult or disagreement. What a pathetic state human beings have fallen to in their incessant grab for the ‘big time’. Got to make that big money, so you can buy the big McMansion, fill the driveway with big SUVs, go on big vacations and do everything in their power to out-do the next guy down the street. Is that truly all that matters to the masses anymore? 

No wonder the politicians act the way they do. Now I get it. They act just like the vast majority of the people. They all act like the bimbos and idiots on television, they’re rude, uncaring, morons. When I see a slice of humanity at a store or at some public function, it pains me to see how robotic and unaware they have become. I think that is the reason we are plagued with playground politics. Too many people haven’t developed beyond the stage of maturity they reached when they were still on the playground. They have never had to be responsible for their actions or inaction. There is always someone else that will take care of things or take the blame if things don’t work out. 

There is that big safety net provided to everyone, even people that aren’t citizens of this country. You know. The government is here to help you with anything and everything under the sun. And who makes up the government? Those same people that continue to practice playground politics. Remember that anything they say during a campaign is a lie and means absolutely nothing. As soon as they take office, everything they said immediately becomes null and void. What is said on the playground, or on the campaign, stays on the playground, and if you were truly expecting them to fulfill the promises they made, you will be sadly mistaken. Remember the faces we made as kids when you put both hands to the sides of your face, waggled them around, stuck out your

tongue and did that nanny, nanny, boo boo thing? That’s what the politicians do once they take office. I just picture them standing around with their important friends having a great laugh at our expense. They take us for buffoons with no clue as to what is really going on. You know what? I resent that.

There are still many good people in this country that are truly sickened at what we have allowed our elected officials to become. People that are doing everything within their power to prepare for what

they know without a doubt is coming down the pike. Don’t be distracted by what is happening on the playground. We are living in serious times, times which are no laughing matter, times where if the government comes knocking, they won’t be playing. NDAA now allows the government to do anything they want, anytime they want, to whoever they want. Stay alert and aware of what is really happening around you and in the world. Don’t be distracted by what isn’t really happening, dig down and discover the real news, not the playground news. Don’t stoop to the level of playground interactions with others no matter how irritating and stupid they may act.

Those that choose to live their lives utilizing playground rules will be totally unprepared when civilization slides into anarchy and chaos. They will want to know where their welfare check is and who is going to bring them a drink of water and a pizza. Who is going to make sure they have their drugs, both legal and illegal? Who is going to make sure they have all of their psychotropic drugs so that they can cope with reality? Reality, that’s a

laugh. That’s what they find on those ‘reality’ TV shows, right? Yea, that’s really how people live, or will live once the SHTF, just like those people on the survivor program. Except when they are kicked off the island or whatever fantasy land they’ve been sent to, like the truly hospitable FEMA camps, there is no home to go back to. It’s all gone, burned to the ground by rioters that were ‘upset’ because someone told them they wouldn’t be able to watch those big screen

televisions they got when they looted their neighbor’s store. Why? Because the power grid went down, never to be heard of again. That’s the mature, adult way to handle serious, life threatening situations, right? Go loot big screen televisions that you will never be able to watch while you wait for someone to bring you some water and a pizza.

Folks, we live in perilous times. Perilous times indeed. If we do have an election next year, one of the Bozos we have running for office will be elected President. It’s another choice between evil, eviler or evilest, and none of them, not one, has your best interest at heart. The lure of power and greed has blinded our nation to the point that any means justify the end. And the prevailing attitude of the Washington establishment is this, “What difference does it make?”

The choice you make now to prepare, is what can make the difference for you. Don’t let the opportunity pass you by.

Until next time – Fern