Who Decides What is Essential?

In the recent lockdowns across various states and cities, numerous people were told their businesses and jobs were not essential and that they had to stop working, go home, and stay there. For the common good, of course. Stay safe. Stay home. Starve to death.

This immediately raises the question though: what constitutes an “essential” job? Since governors, mayors, and other assorted “officials” have assumed that they know the answer to that question, it seems that there really ought to be some method of determination, a criteria for selecting one occupation as essential and another as not. How is this done?

What is an “essential” business? What is an “essential” job? How is that determined? Who does the picking and choosing? What are the criteria? These questions ought to be answered out loud in public. Unfortunately, too many businesses have been shut down and too many people have lost their income because some “official” decided on his own that they were not essential.

Fact is, when you get right down to it, the only things essential and absolutely necessary to sustain life are food, water, and shelter. If any work is deemed “non-essential”, it should be that which gets in the way of people providing these necessary items for themselves and their own. In other words, the work of those who try to restrict the freedom of others. Specifically, government officials, bureaucrats, busybodies, snitches, and other stuffed shirts.

Fact is, when the only income a single mom can earn comes from her job as a barmaid, a waitress, or a hairdresser, then her job is essential. Who is the President, governor of the state she lives in, or Anthony Fauci to tell her otherwise?

As I said, food, water, shelter. That is all anyone needs to live. Everything else we can live without.

Not only hairdressers and tattoo artists, but auto mechanics, HVAC techs, gunsmiths, jewelry makers, realtors, politicians, lawyers, statisticians, police officers and the military, prostitutes, home remodelers (how I make my living, no one actually NEEDS a nicer house), grass cutters, landscapers, silver miners, steel workers, museum curators, musicians, saloon proprietors, laundromat operators, seamstresses, etc., etc., and many, many more. Together, all make up the economy and what an economy it is! It is possible to purchase anything you want or desire BECAUSE someone provides it. Anything you want or desire has value and anyone who sells that to you is providing value to the economy.

To say that if they go away then society loses nothing of value is the same as saying that every job outside of the absolute essentials has no value. The people who provide the “essentials” are the only ones who are doing anything of value. It follows then that, if anyone wants to provide “value” to the economy, then he or she needs to work in the food, water, or shelter industries. Everything else can just dry up and blow away.

What a boring, pitiful society that would be! It would probably revert back to a hunter-gatherer type in which our only concerns revolved around how to get enough food to eat today, finding a source of water to slake our immediate thirst, and bedding down in a “safe” space for the night. Not to mention that the number of people alive would drastically plummet until there were only a few able to subsist on the land.

How do you make your living? Are you one of the “essentials” or is your work “unnecessary”? Are you willing to live in a society which has nothing except the bare necessities? I am not. I am willing to bet you are not either.

Covid: Distraction from the Real Danger

+33.1%. -32.9%. -6.9%

What are these numbers and why do they have any significance to our lives? Respectively, they are the rate of change in the GDP (gross domestic product) of the United States in the third quarter (3Q), the second quarter (2Q), and the first quarter (1Q), in the year 2020. For reference, see here and here.

As the saying goes, give me the good news first.

It looks as if the third quarter GDP had a very substantial increase over the second quarter and in a “normal” year, this would be cause for jubilant celebration. However, there are some things to take into account here which should cause the exuberance to throttle back.

Most of this has been caused, not by an actual increase in productivity within general society, but by extraordinary government spending related to the Covid-19 crisis. For example, stimulus checks sent to everyone have been received and spent, skewing the percentages and making it appear that the country is in the recovery stage. However, that “shot in the arm” has (so far) been a singular event and due to a deadlocked government probably will not be repeated any time soon.

Of course, miracles do happen and it is possible that Nancy Pelosi and Mitch McConnell will come to agreement, shake hands, er, I mean, bump elbows, and congratulate themselves for a job well done. Right, and pigs fly too! At least, though, I am partly correct. They will congratulate themselves, whether the job is well done or not.

If we don’t get another round of stimulus and Joe Biden gets to impose a “very dark winter” because of the panic and hysteria surrounding the Corona Monster, we will likely see a substantial drop in the economy, if not in the 4Q 2020, then almost certainly in 1Q and 2Q 2021.

But, enough of the prognostications anyway. Let’s get back to the actual percentages and explore these from a purely mathematical perspective.

Assume that the economy at the beginning of the year 2020 had a base value of 100. Using the reported GDP drop of 6.9% for the first quarter means that on April 1, 2020, the economy had a base value of 93.1. In the second quarter, the economy contracted an additional 32.9% from that new value. This resulted in a base value on July 1 of only 62.47, which translates to an economic loss from the first of the year of almost 38%.

But, you say, the economy rebounded 33.1% in the third quarter, so we’re almost back to where we were at the beginning of the year. Not so fast, though, since mathematics doesn’t work that way. Keep in mind that we are not dealing with simple numbers, but percentages, and 33.1% of the base value at the end of the second quarter is only 62.47. Therefore, multiplying the base value (62.47) by the percentage increase (33.1) produces an increase of only 20.68 (rounded), which added to the base value results in a total economy of 83.15, or an overall loss of almost 17% from the total economy at the start of the year.

Realistically, in order to bring the economy at the end of 2020 back to where it was at the beginning would require another increase of around 20% in the GDP through the fourth quarter, which is not likely to happen. Most of the 3Q increase was due to government intervention and, since that intervention has not been seen in the 4Q, it seems probable that any increase in GDP will be severely scaled back and may actually show up in the negative column.

Mix in the all-too-likely spectre of officially ordered lockdowns by power-hungry presidents, governors, mayors, and county health departments which will have the immediate effect of throwing vast numbers of persons out of work, drastically reducing their productivity, and the amount of money they have to spend. It should be apparent that the economy is on very shaky ground.

And we thought 2020 was bad. A few years (quarters?) from now, we will call these the Good Old Days.

All for the Cause, Dear.

Joe Biden has won and will be directing the American State as President for the next four years.

Well, maybe. We’ll know for sure in a little while after all the recounts, challenges, and court verdicts. Or maybe we will see the election decided in the House of Representatives which the Republicans will dominate, guaranteeing Trump the victory.

I don’t care one way or the other. This post isn’t about the outcome of the election, whether it was fair or fraudulent, whether Congress will determine the winner or the MSM will. Instead, I want to focus on the idea, quite prevalent in conservative circles, that the Corona Monster will fade from view now that Biden has been (theoretically, at least) proclaimed as the next king.

One question which must be answered is this. Did Biden and the Democrats promote the Covid-19 panic pandemic for the sake of wresting the presidency away from Donald Trump? Of course not! How could anyone be so crass as to even consider such a preposterous theory? Right, and I am not good at hiding my sarcasm either. What cannot be denied, however, is that the major news media, in every form, which has been trying to throw Trump under the bus for more than four years has also been the same media which has been pumping “Covid, Covid, Covid” into our consciousness non-stop, 24/7, for at least nine months. In fact, this same media has assiduously attempted to squelch any and all dissent from and opposition to the mainstream current of thought on the virus.

Which brings up the question again. Now that Biden has “won”, will the virus somehow magically fade away? There are those who think so, but I am not one of them. In fact, I think the opposite will happen and we will experience Act II. Second verse, same as the first, except louder and a whole lot worse.

I have my reasons, two of which are listed below.

First, for the State which always gains power and control through crises, but never gives them back when the crisis ends, this has been a good run. A very good run, indeed! The last nine or ten months have shown what happens to a world when irrational fear takes over and people are willing to do anything to eliminate the cause of that fear. The blind, unthinking, slavish reaction to the corona virus has been astounding and, to a logical mind, unbelievable. Except that we have seen it happen in real time to real people. Why would those who have gained mightily from the crisis give back anything to those from whom it was taken? There is only one answer: They wouldn’t. They won’t.

Second, and this may be more important, is that there is nothing to be gained by unilaterally announcing that the virus has been defeated because Biden “won”. Rather, there would be a lot to lose if something like that happened. Start with the pharmaceutical companies which would lose all that beautiful money if the “deadly pestilence” suddenly was declared manageable. Or on a more mundane level, imagine the shock and disillusionment if millions of people suddenly found out that they had been used and lied to for nearly a year just so that Trump could be ousted. (Forget the fact that they were used and lied to for much longer and in myriad other ways.) If they were told that corona was no longer a threat and the country thanked them for their “service” (loss of income, loss of job, loss of business, loss of trust, loss of relationship, loss of home, loss of dignity and self-respect, etc.), there would be a howl of outrage which would eclipse anything we have heard for a long time. The torches and pitchforks would come out. Bigly!

And politicians and medical “experts” would quail at the sight and sound of it.

Nawhhh! The virus, whether it is real or not, will continue to spread. It is in the interest of the powers-that-be to keep the momentum going. It is not going to stop. Instead, the whole scenario will be shifted into second gear and the accelerator will be floored.

Watch for this to occur if Biden wins. Watch for it to occur if Trump does. Watch for it. It’s a done deal.

The Broad Way of Compliance

There is something odd about this corona virus panic, er, pandemic that is intriguing. Consider the whole face mask situation.

We have been told (hectored, nagged, browbeaten) to wear face masks for months now to the point where it is not uncommon to see near-universal compliance. Widespread coverage, please pardon the pun. Yet, in the wearing of these masks, there is nothing like a concerted effort on the part of many to ensure that they are being worn “properly” or “effectively”.

How many times have you been out in public, surrounded by a sea of masks, but many of them are pulled down below the nose, supposedly to allow the wearer to breathe more easily. How many times do you see someone wearing the mask below their chin, which is just a completely useless application. Or they are constantly fiddling with the adjustment, touching the mask against all the “rules”, moving it up, down, or sideways, supposedly to make it fit better and, perhaps, allowing for easier breathing. Or maybe masks are “required” for entry, but a large percentage of the people inside simply ignore the signs and go about with bare faces and no one says anything to them about it.

These things (and more) tell me that the vast majority of people really don’t believe the propaganda that is being passed off as medical truth. If they did, they would follow the orders advice religiously, as if their lives depended on it, which they are constantly assured is the truth. Oh, there are true believers out there and I have some (small) respect for them even though I think they are deluded, but most people are probably just going along with the farce because it is easier and less complicated than standing up for what they know to be true.

Cloth or paper masks really don’t have any effect on the transmission of aerosolized corona viruses and will not prevent anyone from spreading the disease or contracting it. N95 masks which are individually fitted and tightly sealed might, but the average mask does not. Instead, this has become a charade, a masquerade, in which most of the participants know and realize that the game they are playing is false. Yet, they continue on, acting as if their role actually might contribute in some meaningful way to the overall success of the show.

Utter theater, with the curtain already lifting on Act II. Second verse, same as the first. Little bit louder and a whole lot worse.

Why? I can think of at least two reasons which apply here.

  1. Peer pressure and public opinion. It is much easier to go with the flow than to go against the current. After all, if everyone is doing it, then who am I to say that it is wrong or ill-advised? And I really don’t want to incur the wrath of the mob onto my own head, so I’ll just become a white sheep in a herd of white sheep, minding my own business and not drawing attention to myself–like a black sheep would.
  2. In the world of men, there are only three types: those who order, those who resist orders, and those who follow orders. The first two categories number just a few of the general population. The vast majority are made up of those who jump when someone tells them to. It is hard, perhaps impossible, for the average person to resist or disobey an order from a perceived authority, even when that person knows or suspects that the order is wrong. The compliance of the German people in the Nazi era is a good example of this.

If you give them a choice, the mass of people will always take the easiest path. This correlates with what Jesus Christ said about human nature. (Matthew 7:13-14)

“Enter by the narrow gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.”

Considering the topic of this post, it would be well to point out the very next verse.

“Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.”

There are those who seek power to order. There are those who resist those who seek power to order. And then there are those who are taken in by the message of false prophets.

Time for a little introspection, perhaps?

Will You Be Compliant Or Not?

Where do you draw the line between standing up for your beliefs and caving in to the dictates of someone else? At what point will you say, “Enough!” How far will you back up, hoping that you will not ever have to stand your ground and resist the demands that are being put on you?

This is the question that people have to answer. How far indeed?

If you give ground on one issue in order to avoid trouble, then you are more likely to give ground on another related issue, again, to avoid trouble. The problem is, that if you give up enough, sooner or later you will find that you have nothing left. Benjamin Franklin said it so well 265 years ago:

“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”

I might restate this, as others have, that those who try to purchase temporary safety at the expense of necessary liberty will eventually find that they have lost both liberty and safety. Such is the dilemma today concerning the furor over face masks to (supposedly) mitigate against the “dread pestilence” of Covid-19.

Allan Stevo has this to say about the progression of refusing to hold your ground. In an article on Lew Rockwell, he writes,

“Because if you will wear the face mask, then you will take the vaccine. If you will wear the face mask, you will believe the election results. If you will wear the face mask, you will accept the lockdown. If you will wear the face mask, you will let your mother die alone. If you will wear the face mask, you will let your son be buried with no funeral. If you will wear the face mask, when historians one day call it necessary and normal, you will agree. If you will wear the face mask, then 2020 will be tolerable to you, and you will learn to adapt to the worst in humanity, rather than to demand the best.”

“When you wear the face mask, you tell the world that you are someone who will not identify his boundaries, communicate his boundaries, or defend his boundaries. You are instead someone with flexible boundaries, waiting for the right confidence man to walk all over you.”

Where is your line in the sand? At what point do you refuse to back up any further, regardless of the consequences? I am still sorting this out for myself on many fronts, but of one thing I am sure–if I am ordered to wear a mask by some government agent or agency under pain of punishment, then I will tell them to do their worst. If the governor of Montana decides to issue an edict requiring that everyone wear a face mask, then I will defy him on the constitutional grounds that he does not have that authority.

Greg Gianforte, take note! I will not comply. My face is my face and no one will tell me to cover it up.

The Cult of Ludicrous Belief

Without getting into the “science” (sarcasm intended), it should be noted that the corona virus is many times smaller than even the smallest opening within the weave of the mask. In addition, the masks usually fit loosely around the face allowing airflow around them, thus destroying any argument that they effectively stop the entry or exit of the virus from the body. Nevertheless, people still demand that they be worn, not only personally, but by everyone in the mistaken belief that safety can be achieved so long as participation is universal.

woman and child sitting inside vehicle

Science be damned. It is the belief which is crucial and in this, Covid-19 has become equal to a religion. A cult religion, if you will, which rational, clear-thinking persons should reject out of hand as preposterous.

This is not substantially any different than the belief that wearing tin foil wrapped around your head will shield you from radiation or the reading of your mind by nefarious governments. There are numerous people around the world who subscribe to this, yet they are usually seen as delusional and the whole theory is generally dismissed as “crack-pot”.

Tin Foil Hats That Shield the Thoughts of Conspiracy ...

Now, it might be claimed that the “science” is valid, since it can be verified that metal shielding can and does stop or limit the transmission of radiation. Well, yes, but then anything can be verified if you believe strongly enough and you are willing to manipulate the data to prove your point. However, the premise of the argument is not based on science, but fear, and the scientific data is used only to corroborate what is already believed to be true. The people who wear tin-foil hats are afraid of what might happen to them and, as a consequence, are not able to experience life as it is meant to be lived–freely and courageously, no matter the circumstances.

Ditto with the face masks. There is no use in arguing with someone about the “science” or effectiveness of covering one’s face. There is simply an irrational fear which people seek to overcome by resorting to the use of unreasonable claims. If it is true that a cloth handkerchief wrapped around one’s head will add some measure of defense against the Corona Monster, then it is also true that tin foil wrapped around one’s head will shield from the dangerous effects of radiation.

Neither of these have any real or substantial grounding in scientific fact. Both are heavily influenced by fear. Both ought to be discarded as public policy and seen for what they really are.

The Tower of Babel: American Version

Some observations concerning past events, the recent election, and America’s future.

Disclaimer: I did not vote in 2020, which continues my tradition of not voting for the last 16 years. Further, I support no political party and have exactly no confidence or faith that government can solve anything at all and do it correctly. It only gets worse. Instead, as the old, old hymn goes:

“My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus Christ, my righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.”

“On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand,
 All other ground is sinking sand.”

For those who are willing to see it, America is sinking fast.


“My fellow Americans – I am honored and humbled by the trust the American people have placed in me and in Vice President-elect Harris. In the face of unprecedented obstacles, a record number of Americans voted. Proving once again, that democracy beats deep in the heart of America. With the campaign over, it’s time to put the anger and the harsh rhetoric behind us and come together as a nation. It’s time for America to unite. And to heal. We are the United States of America. And there’s nothing we can’t do, if we do it together.”

This is from a statement made by Joe Biden, the presumptive winner of the American presidential election. Notice the last line. Notice the assertion that unity of purpose in anything means success at whatever we attempt. Compare this attitude with that of the story of a civilization long lost in the dust of antiquity and mythology–the Tower of Babel, found in Genesis 11. Verse 6 is the link between then and now.

“And the LORD said, “Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them.”

Almost literally word for word. “There’s nothing we can’t do.” “There’s nothing they won’t be able to do.”

Now, some will argue that the Babel story is simply an attempt to explain how languages came to be differentiated, which may be true. That is not my point. Does this “myth” have any meaning at all as a lesson in societal behavior. I find the similarities a little too close for comfort, but then, I’m quite skeptical about the ability of imperfect Man to build anything of permanence–whether physical, cultural, or spiritual.

Joe Biden’s statement sounds like this: “We can build a secure future for ourselves from which we cannot be dislodged. Let’s unite.” The Babel story sounds like this: “We can build a secure future for ourselves from which we cannot be dislodged. We are united.” From the historical narrative, it is plain that the Tower of Babel resulted in discord, division, and destruction of a culture. From the present-day perspective, our own society is mired in discord, division, and destruction. Is there any good reason for believing that we will somehow pull off a miracle and avoid being scattered like so much chaff before a windstorm?

If you have faith in the ability of Man and State to build a “more perfect union”, then, yes, you should be supporting the Biden/Harris ticket. It is certain they are going to make the effort. And everyone will participate, whether they want to or not. Whether this will succeed or not is debatable. I’m betting on the Lord’s ability to destroy Man’s creation faster and more thoroughly than it can be built.

Speaking of unity, in an earlier statement Biden said that, if elected President, he would write an Executive Order mandating a face mask for everyone nationwide. If that were to happen, then he can say that we’re all doing it together. Right! One of the hallmarks of socialism is that everyone is guaranteed equality. Under this protocol, everyone will be equally miserable in their faceless, anonymous, blank, masked world. How he would enforce such an order is another matter entirely.

We really can do anything at all, as long as we are all united. We can and will beat the Corona Monster, if we all cover our faces in a fearful, compliant manner. As long as we act in unison, we’re guaranteed the victory over this deadly pestilence which has wreaked such havoc, damage, and death on humanity to the tune of a 99.98% recovery rate of those who contract it. If we weed out those who resist and refuse to go along, then success is inevitable. We really can build a Garden of Eden–our Utopia.

I’ll wait for history to record what happens.

Marijuana: Permission Granted. Or Not!

In just a few days, Montanans will go to the polls and vote their preferences on office holders and issues. One of these issues is whether marijuana should be legalized for general use among the public. This question will be settled democratically, once and for all, on Nov. 3 when a majority of voters choose to impose their viewpoint on the opposing minority. Settled, that is, until the losing minority can gin up enough of whatever it takes to bring the issue into contention again.

There are usually only two sides promoted as pertains to this question and, of course, there are all the shades of gray between these two extremes.

1. People have a “right” to use marijuana no matter what anyone else says, thinks, or believes. The State must grant the privilege of exercising that right, making it completely legal to do so for any consenting adult.  

2.  Marijuana use should not be legalized, condoned, or allowed under any circumstances. It is a “gateway” drug, the use of which leads to more dangerous drugs and, ultimately, the degradation of society.

In the case of the first, the State is seen as an indulgent parent, granting favors to its subordinate children, who are always asking for more and always shielding them from the consequences of their actions.

In the case of the second, the State is seen as a strict parent, refusing its subordinate children the opportunity to decide for themselves, never allowing them to make mistakes out of a sense of overbearing “paternalism” and breeding rebellion among those thwarted.

That is about all there is to it. Summed up, it can be expressed in one of two ways: “I will do as I please!” or “You will do as you’re told!” Stubborn, rebellious, immature selfishness vs. tyrannical, hide-bound, rules-reliant selfishness.  A neat, tidy, us vs. them standoff.

But there are questions which cry out for answers.

Why should anyone of a legally defined adult age have to gain permission from the Law in order to ingest, inhale, or inject any foreign substance into his or her own body? Why should anyone have the authority or power under the Law to order and control the actions of anyone else according to his or her own opinions? Should anyone be able to act in any way which might be “beneficial” to them privately, but detrimental to the society around them? Are there or should there be limits to personal behavior?

I will not take part in the ‘either-or’ proposition. Neither side will get my vote. I will not “grant permission” to my neighbor because it is not mine to give. Neither will I “refuse permission” because I do not hold that authority over him. Instead, I will allow him to live his life freely, as he sees fit, and be there to help him if and when he needs it. Exactly the way I want him to treat me—as a responsible, mature, person able to make my own decisions.

Stevie Ray Vaughan performing on Austin City Limits (1989)

Otherwise, as Stevie Ray Vaughn put it in his hit song, Crossfire,

            “Whatever happened to the Golden Rule? We got stranded, caught in the crossfire.”

Yes, caught in the crossfire. Perhaps we should approach this from a new direction—that of liberty, freedom, and love for humanity instead of power, popularity, and love of money?

Off the Rails: The Covid Aberration

As far as I’m concerned, there is only one thing to call the ongoing saga (circus?) of the corona virus. Well, actually two, because I’ve been calling it the Corona Monster for some time. Lately, though, I’ve started labeling it the Covid Aberration, which sounds much more professional and scientific, in addition to which really is quite accurate, considering how aberration is defined.

1. The act of departing from the right, normal, or usual course.

2. The act of deviating from the ordinary, usual, or normal type.

3. Deviation from truth or moral rectitude.

4. Mental irregularity or disorder, especially of a minor or temporary nature; lapse from a sound mental state.

Who can deny that the last nine months have been abnormal and unusual? Who can claim that the medical establishment has never deviated from the truth, always giving us the plain facts without attempting to twist and obfuscate them to achieve an agenda? Who can say that politicians, bureaucrats, and health “officials” have always taken the right course in destroying the livelihoods of so many people who trusted them? Who can assert that large numbers of good people have not been deluded into believing that wearing a scrap of cloth over one’s face will protect them or that standing six feet apart is effective? Or even that shaking hands is tantamount to a death sentence?

Abnormal? Unusual? Deviant? Insane? Yes, all of these, and more. In short, aberrant. Call it what it is: The Covid Aberration.

“Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, one by one.” ~ Charles Mackay

“Insanity in individuals is something rare – but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

We have seen the whole world go mad as one, in a herd-like manner, within the space of a few months. The question which remains to be answered is how long it will take to recover its senses, slowly, one person at a time. What will it take before people realize the truth about the whole thing, that as a world-wide society, we have willingly plunged into something very strange indeed?

Aberrations, though, are always temporary. They never become permanent. As such, this one will pass as well and those who manage to make it through to the end will look back wondering how so many people were so easily duped. Of course, this assurance doesn’t make it any easier to bear right now nor does it mean that there will not be dark days ahead. However, those who recognize the truth can move forward confidently, knowing that sooner or later we will emerge into the full light of day and put this mental, emotional, and spiritual derangement behind us.

When that will happen is anybody’s guess.

Rapid Rise in Numbers: Pushback Gaining Strength

Update on the Great Barrington Declaration. For reference to my take on this important document, see The Sweet Smell of Freedom.

Since my post was published one week ago, the number of scientists and doctors who have signed it has risen from over 27, 000 to near 39, 000, with an attendant number of more than 500, 000 members from the general public. Keep in mind that this petition was only first published on October 4th, slightly less than two weeks ago.

Ahhhhh! The sleeping giant of the silent majority is starting to awaken and push back against this evil scheme which has sapped so much of our social energy. I love it!

On a different note, perhaps we should explore why social media in the form of Google is trying to suppress this information. Spiked Online has raised this question in an article worth the few minutes it takes to read.

One of the slogans the Covid Aberration has engendered is seen on signs all over: “Stay Strong”. It’s almost as if we are caught in the grip of an overwhelmingly powerful monster which is going to destroy us all unless we remain resolute and steadfast in our quest to conquer it. Well, yes, we are and will, but it is not the Omnipotent Corona Monster we’re going to defeat, but the devious and shameful machinations which have been foisted on us in the form of lies, lock-downs, and unconstitutional mandates.

For me, staying strong is not good enough. Not unlike the mythical Greek wrestler Antaeus who became stronger every time he touched the ground, it is my intention to become stronger and more determined than ever to beat this blatant attempt to subjugate society under the rule of a few people who are seeking to control everyone and everything.

Stay strong, get stronger! Draw strength from being beaten down and rise more powerful than ever. We can do this.

Contrast this with the message from the opposing side–“Stay safe, stay home.” To which I can only reply, “Stay safe, stay home, stay weak and ineffectual. Starve to death.”

The Sweet Smell of Freedom

Follow the science, we’re instructed. Adhere to the protocols of the medical establishment. Do everything you’re told by the experts. Well, now, let’s see what they have to say.

In a petition, as of the time of this writing (10/8/2020, 11:49 p.m.), over 16,000 scientists and doctors have called for a radical change in the way America manages the effects of the Covid-19 virus. Take care of those who are most at risk in a way that minimizes the risk to them. Allow everyone else to revert back to normal life. Children go back to school. Bars and restaurants open. Arts, sports, cultural events resume. Men and women go back to work. Businesses open or re-open. Lockdowns end. Mask mandates disappear.

This is a short, easily read, plain-English, common-sense petition. You can see it here: https://gbdeclaration.org/ and there is an opportunity for you to sign it if you like. I did. I encourage you to do likewise.

Freedom beckons.

I wrote the above as a Letter to the Editor to the Missoulian on October 8. It was published on the 10th. Since that time, the number of scientists and medical practitioners who have signed this document has increased to over 27, 000, in addition to more than 300, 000 members of the general public. Since the Great Barrington Declaration was first published only one week ago (10/4/2020), it is clear that this has hit a chord. The caliber and number (rising rapidly) of highly educated and well-respected professionals who put their name on this petition will have an enormous effect in the public debate over the way we handle the Corona Monster. They cannot be ignored. We will not be ignored.

The worm is turning.

God or a Face Mask: A Question of Trust

The corona monster (Covid-19) has just about run its course and is, for all intents and purposes, dead. By coincidence, corona, from the Latin for crown, implies royalty, i.e., king.

The king is dead! Long live the King!!

Psalms 91 is a celebration of the joy of trusting in Almighty God to watch over His people and to keep them from calamity. Consider this:

“Surely He shall deliver you…from the perilous pestilence…”

“You shall not be afraid of…the pestilence that walks in darkness…”

“…Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling…”

Three times in the space of sixteen verses this Psalm supports the belief that those who put their trust in God do not have to be afraid. Yet, many who profess belief in God have also given in to the fear of the corona virus propaganda, e.g., distancing themselves from others, including their own families, the donning of face coverings which cannot be proven efficacious against this virus, the willing submission to lock down orders, the social distrust which has been engendered, the political division which has been amplified, etc.

The question is—in whom do we place our trust? Fallible governments which seek power over us or the infallible God Who promises to love us, no matter what?

As Christians, who proclaim that Jesus Christ is King, we should never be afraid of any disease or calamity, regardless of its severity. We should be fearless in the face of this “existential threat”. We should be unafraid.

Straight from the Horse’s Mouth

On August 26, 2020, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) had this to say about deaths in the US associated with the Covid-19 corona virus. The quote can be found in the Co-morbidities section about halfway down the page.

“For 6% of the deaths, COVID-19 was the only cause mentioned. For deaths with conditions or causes in addition to COVID-19, on average, there were 2.6 additional conditions or causes per death.” (https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/vsrr/covid_weekly/index.htm)

Don’t take my word for it, read it yourself.

According to the report, there were 161, 392 deaths from the week ending February 1, 2020 to  August 22, 2020. Out of this number, 6%, or about 9, 684 died from corona exclusively. All the rest died from other causes with corona complications, but not from corona alone. About 80% of these were 65 years of age or older. An additional 12% were between the ages of 55-64, with the numbers steadily dropping as younger ages are computed. This simply verifies what was previously known—that Covid-19 is a serious threat to old people and little more than a nuisance to young adults and children.

Anyone who studies the chart can see that some co-morbidities weigh prominently in the numbers: heart disease, high blood pressure, respiratory disease, pneumonia, obesity, diabetes, etc. All of these are known killers or complicating factors by themselves, even without the corona virus, especially in elderly people. This leads us to the logical deduction that many of these people probably would have died within a short time anyway if they had NEVER contracted the virus.

In another chart (https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/68/wr/mm6826a5.htm), the CDC claims that the average number of deaths per day from all causes is about 8000.  Since the first of the year 2020 to the present (240 days +/-), there have been 1, 920, 000 +/- deaths in the US. Of these, less than 10, 000 are attributed to the corona virus exclusively or about ½ of 1 per cent of the total. Out of the total number of Americans in the US (328, 000, 000 +/-), less than 10, 000 have died FROM the virus or about 1 out of every 33, 000 people. At this rate, Ravalli County would have had almost exactly 1.33 deaths FROM corona so far in 2020, while the state of Montana would have suffered the deaths of about 33 people.

Because of this we have destroyed the economy, ordered everyone to go inside their homes and shut the doors, created an anti-social environment by coercing people to stay distant from each other, fostered a belief that a scrap of cloth over our faces will keep us safe, triggered an unreasonable atmosphere of fear and terror within society, and allowed “officials” to exercise tyrannical control over our lives. Because of this?

Covid-19 is real. That is true and is not disputed. It does pose a danger to some people, but we need to keep our heads clear about this. It is not and never was the existential threat it was promoted to be. We need to stop treating it as if it were.

Innocence and the Beast

A young boy, five year old Cannon Hinant, was recently murdered while riding his bike with his sisters at his home in Wilson, North Carolina. A neighbor, Darius Sessoms, walked up to him and shot him in the head at point blank range without warning.

Even though this happened weeks ago on August 9, I am still enraged whenever I hear about it or think about it. That a grown man, twenty-five years old, could coldly execute a boy who had only begun to live, simply makes me boil. It makes me furious that someone can have so little disrespect for human life, especially young children, that he would just “snuff out” everything that this little boy was and could have been.

My heart aches, not only for Cannon’s family and friends who are the first responders of grief, but also for the killer’s family, which must deal with the aftermath. They have to live with what has happened as well and it might very well be harder for them than for the boy’s family.

When I think about the man who committed this heinous act, the song by Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody comes to mind and I grieve for him as well.

“Mama, just killed a man, put a gun against his head, pulled my trigger, now he’s dead. Mama, life had just begun, but now I’ve gone and thrown it all away.”

Cannon Hinant’s future was pure potential, Darius Sessom’s is certain. He will be tried, found guilty of first-degree murder, and either executed or locked up in a maximum-security prison for the rest of his life. Execution would be the more merciful punishment.

This episode, however, is just one of many in a society which has gone insane. “Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad.” is the ancient saying and it should be evident that American society has plunged headlong in that direction. It seems that every day brings us one step closer to a complete breakdown of civilized society and, once started on the road to ruin, there is no turning back. There is only the hope that someday, somehow, this madness will be over and we can get back to getting along with each other peacefully.

America’s problems are not unique, however, because they crop up in other places around the world, sometimes where most people wouldn’t expect them. For instance, Alex Utopium has written about a twelve year old girl who was killed by gunfire during a shootout between rival gang members in Stockholm, Sweden. Yes, Sweden, that socialist paradise so beloved by progressives everywhere, has a problem and it is just as ugly as it is in any other country where human life is of no concern.

Why should we be surprised, though? For decades, we have systematically killed our youngest and most vulnerable citizens through the practice of abortion on demand, otherwise known as “woman’s rights”. We have applauded Hollywood (and rewarded them financially) as they pumped out more and more graphic violence, depicting the most heinous scenes possible to a warped mind. We have saluted as “our troops” have swarmed over and slaughtered untold millions of people in other countries, small, poor, and unable to adequately defend themselves–all in the name of “national interest”. That is, if you understand it correctly, money and the power it can buy.

Modern human society is bankrupt. The bills of three or four centuries of continual “Enlightenment”, of trying to build a utopian world on sinful human nature are now coming due and will be paid. The books will be balanced–in one way or another and most of us will probably not like the results.

Who is to blame? Street gangs in Stockholm? Black men in America? Yes, absolutely, but also everyone else, including you and I. All of us share some amount of the responsibility for what is happening around us as our world burns and collapses. All of us ought to consider the beam which is in our own eye (Matthew 7:5) before we start to “fix” the troubles that our brothers and sisters are dealing with.

This is why I cannot condemn Darius Sessoms. This is why my rage is not so much directed at him nor any other individual, but more toward myself, the character flaws I struggle with, and the culture I live in.

I can be better. We can be better. We must be better. Our world depends on it.

Beauty and the Beast

On August 9, 2020, some family members and I visited Glacier National Park in Montana and drove the west side of the Going to the Sun road to Logan Lodge at the Continental Divide. Those who have been there can understand my appreciation of the raw, immense beauty of the mountains and valleys. It is understandable why the local Indian tribes revered this area as sacred.

Twelve hours of steady driving there and home again. Well worth the time and expense. Nevertheless, there were a few flies in the ointment, one of which still smells badly, about which Donald John Trump, American President will be receiving a letter from me.

When we arrived at the little “village” (read that as ‘very expensive tourist trap’) at the entrance to the park, virtually everyone was wearing a face mask (Eric Peters calls them diapers), even while walking around in the clean, fresh air. There were signs everywhere requiring and/or encouraging people to wear one while shopping or even to allow entry into the buildings. Nothing new about that, of course, as it is par for the course nowadays. What amazed me was the near-universal compliance to this insult to our intelligence.

None of us in my party (myself, my wife, her sister, and her husband) had taken masks with us. We did not purchase any. We did not wear any. We were virtually the only ones there who were “unprotected” from the Corona Monster, as if it was lurking behind one of the peaks just waiting to pounce on unsuspecting visitors.

However, no one said anything to us about our “selfishness” or “murderous intent”. No one tried to restrict our entry into the shops or bathrooms. No one gave us dirty looks. In fact, as I remember it, many of the people there who had masks actually removed them at times or pulled them down below their noses or chins. Not while they were close to strangers, mind you, but if they were sitting at a table away from others, they did take some liberty.

Once we got into the park and away from the buildings, I did notice that most of the people who were wandering around in the fresh air or taking pictures were not wearing masks. In fact, out of the hundreds who were out of their cars, I only saw a few, probably not more than ten or twelve, who had their faces covered. From this, it seems evident that most people recognize the farce and only participate in it when they feel pressured.

Perhaps there is hope, after all!

The second thing, far more serious, occurred when we arrived at the check-in to the Going to the Sun road. Even though it was fairly early in the day, there was a long line of traffic going in and rangers were directing vehicles into this lane or that one, trying to maintain efficiency and flow. Eventually, we pulled up to a kiosk to pay the exorbitant $35.00 fee and were greeted by an unsmiling, unfriendly, no-nonsense, middle-aged woman who brusquely informed me that cash was not accepted and that I could only pay by credit card. Even though I had held out two twenty dollar bills to her and offered it to her twice, the answer was the same–credit card payments only.

My wife’s sister was hot.

“This is a national park, subject to the law! The law says that they have to take the cash! The dollar is legal tender for any debt, public or private! It says so right on the note! I’m going to write to President Trump about this! We should have forced them to accept it!”

Which is all very true and we probably could have demanded a hearing with a supervisor and insisted that they take the currency. More than likely, we would have won the argument, but we wanted to get in and simply gave the harpy attendant a credit card. Really, in hindsight, I should have told her that she was violating my civil liberties since she was not wearing The Mask and was definitely less than six feet away from me. Whoo, boy, that would have really created a stink! Pull over there! Get out of the car! ID, please!!

Perhaps I should sue the National Park Service over this? For certain, the president will hear from me.

Actually, it’s not the credit card payment which is the sticking point in my craw. I make payments all the time with my card, either in person or online, as do most other people. And it’s not the wearing of the face mask that bothers me even though I refuse to. The fact that others do is their business, not mine.

What gets me going is the fact that I am being told, literally ordered, to do these things. The governor says everyone MUST cover their face with a rag, whether they like it or not. The Powers That Be tell me that I MUST enter the digital world planned for me, whether I like it or not. You WILL conform, doggone it, whether you like it or not.

Well, now, not quite so fast! The more I get pushed into something, the stronger my resolve becomes to stand my ground. There comes a time when a man simply has to stand up for what he believes in. There comes a time when his liberty becomes more important than his convenience, perhaps even more important than his life. There comes a time when he refuses to give in to the opinions, tantrums, and dictates of those around him, choosing instead to live according to his principles and what is right.

President Trump? Are you listening?

Making a Mockery out of Law.

Joe Biden, the presumptive presidential candidate on the Democratic ticket, has recently announced that, if elected, he would immediately write an Executive Order requiring all Americans to wear a face mask when in public. Of course, ‘public’ means whenever anyone else can see you. And also, of course, this is designed as an immediate vote getter which will play well with those people who believe that ‘government’ means ordering everyone else to fall into line with whatever happens to be the political whim of the day. Or else!

This is about as stupid as it gets!

First, the president does not have constitutional authority to order such an action.

Second, even if he did, he does not have what it takes to enforce the edict short of turning the country into East Germany, v.2, complete with its attendant surveillance system and willing informers everywhere.

Third, by making the wearing of masks mandatory for everyone, everywhere, he runs the risk of being completely ignored by a large contingent of the population. Being ignored is the worst thing which can happen to a politician. Being ignored is absolute hell for anyone who wants to force their worldview on anyone else. I know. I’ve been there. My experience tells me that the best thing for Joe Biden is to simply not pay any attention at all to what he says or does. It will make him a better man.

Do not get me wrong. I do not have any more love for Donald Trump than I do for Biden. However, it strikes me as incongruous and inconsistent that so many people shriek about the “tyranny” of Trump’s actions, but would automatically welcome Biden’s tyranny if he were to be elected and put his plans into effect. Whether face masks work or not is irrelevant. Tyranny is tyranny in whatever flavor it comes and it should be resisted wherever it shows up.

Or perhaps, mocked?

Action and Reaction: The Consequences to Come, Part 2

To mask or not to mask? That is the question of the day. My apologies to William Shakespeare.

On May 26, 2020, I posted a Letter to the Editor in the Bitterroot Star (https://bitterrootstar.com/2020/05/action-and-reaction-the-consequences-to-come/ ), in which I asked some questions about what was going to happen as a result of the reaction, both official and unofficial, to the corona virus pandemic.

We are beginning to find out and it’s not looking good.

When 2Q GDP numbers came out recently, we learned that the American economy had contracted 32.9% annualized from the same period in 2019. This was the largest and steepest drop in history, far eclipsing even the worst of the Great Depression of the 1930’s. This came on the heels of the 1Q GDP contraction of 6.9% from the 1Q 2019. What is interesting is that the economy in early March was still registering a slight amount of growth, but essentially collapsed in the last half of the month, coinciding neatly with the extreme lockdown of the country.

Wile E. Coyote, anyone?

Projections and predictions are that the 3Q GDP figures will show up to a 15% increase over 2Q, but this is still a precipitous drop from 2019. Of course, it should be noted that projections and predictions are just that—guesses and estimates at best. It is entirely possible, perhaps even likely, that the economic losses will accelerate in the 3Q, due in large part to the zealousness of “officials” to destroy the economy based on what appears in hindsight to be nothing more serious than a “bad flu season.”

In the meantime, we fight with each other over bits of cloth covering our faces.

Let me put it in plain English so that everyone can understand it. It is the destruction of the economy and the accompanying societal breakdowns which are the existential threats to our way of life. Compared to what is coming, Covid-19 is a sideshow.

Where we go from here is not certain, but my guess (projection, prediction) is that it is going to be a rough, wild ride.

The Mouth of the Beast

“…and his mouth was like the mouth of a lion. The dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority.” (Revelation 13: 2)

“And he was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and he was given authority to continue [wage war] for forty-two months. Then he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His name, His tabernacle, and those who dwell in heaven. It was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them.” (Revelation 13: 5-7a)

Whether you believe that we are living in the “last days” as so many Christians do or that we are not (as I do), I find it difficult to discount the irony of what is detailed below. On the other hand, there might be absolutely nothing to it and it is all purely coincidence.

Words that start with the letters fa: false, fascist, fallacy, farce, faux, fake, faulty, fabricated, factitious, facile, faithless, fart, fantasy, etc.

And Fauci.

Fauci is an Italian word which is commonly interpreted in English as ‘jaws, mouth, or maw’. It is often used in the sense of a carnivore or a predator capturing, tearing, or destroying its prey, i.e., the mouth of a lion. The term, ‘the jaws of death’ is from the Italian, ‘le fauci della morte’.



It’s interesting that one of the most famous men in the world today is Anthony Fauci, who is the spokesman for the medical/pharmaceutical/state collaboration on the Covid-19 episode. Fauci, the mouthpiece of the elite establishment. Fauci, the jaws of the group which is seeking to force all common people into wearing face masks, muting and muzzling their own voices. Fauci, the maw of the organization which is trying to destroy and devour all others.

Fauci, who speaks for the beast.

Is this a coincidence? Is it a coincidence that the one villain James Bond was never able to defeat was also named Jaws?

Does God have a sense of humor? See Psalms 2: 4 for corroboration. While you’re there, read the whole doggone chapter and relate it to the time we are living in. My guess is that God is done laughing.

Face Masks, Yellow Stars, and Burqas.

Logic and reason are wasted on those who prefer emotional belief, so I won’t go down that road. Instead, I will point to historical instances when people were (and are) forced to wear particular items of attire.

1. Certain Muslim countries require women to wear head or face coverings in public, notably, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and the Indonesian province of Aceh. See this graphic for details.

2. Nazi Germany compelled all Jews to wear a special insignia, often a yellow star sewed to their clothing. What is not so widely known is that other societies have also done the same to various subcultures with the intention of shaming and subjugating them.

“Whoever wears this sign is an enemy of our people” – Parole der Woche, 1 July 1942

3. In literature, Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote The Scarlet Letter , a novel which describes the punishment Hester Prynne was forced to endure as a result of her conviction of adultery. Although this is fictional, the theme drew from the historical basis in early Yankee New England in which public “shaming” was rampant.

In all of these, the salvation of society was (supposedly) secured by forcing everyone to conform to a certain standard of behavior, shown as an article of clothing. In addition, there is this:

4. While there is no coherent proof that anyone was forced to wear a mask during the Black Plague outbreaks of medieval Europe, there is the historical record that doctors wore strange masks during the plague of 1656. This was due to the belief that miasma or bad air was the cause of the plague, which necessitated a layer of protection to filter the air before it was inhaled.

Today, all over the world, immense pressure is put on individuals to conform to the “mandates” by health officials and governments concerning the wearing of face masks. Goggles and ear coverings will probably soon be ordered, all in the name of maintaining public safety.

Forget about religions. Forget about diseases. Forget about everything except the exercise of raw power by the few over the many and then pay attention to what I am saying. Those who refuse to learn from the lessons of history are doomed to repeat them. As a word of warning, any government which is powerful enough to order everyone to wear a “covid” mask is also powerful enough to require a burqa, a yellow star, or a scarlet letter. With severe consequences, I might add, for those who disobey or resist.

This time it’s different, though. It can’t happen here. Yes, and the stock market always goes up, too…that is, until it collapses and the suckers who bought in at the top are devastated.

The Corona Thing: Wierder and Wierder

This whole corona thing is coming unglued.

First item—Donald Trump is now urging everyone to wear a mask. See here for details.

“We are asking everybody, when you are not able to socially distance, wear a mask,” Trump said. “Whether you like the mask or not, they have an impact.”

In addition to this bomb, Anthony Fauci was not invited to the latest press conference. How strange is that? Is he being sidelined or moved out? One can only hope.

Next, apparently the DHS (Dept. of Homeland Security) is having nightmares about all this face mask hysteria. It’s not good for digital facial recognition, which anybody with common sense would have realized a long time ago. Yeah, it used to be that only robbers of banks and convenience stores wore masks to cover their faces. The DHS, however, is a bloated bureaucracy and is just now starting to understand that things might be getting out of hand.

“As the general public in the United States argues about whether or not we should be wearing masks to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, law enforcement officials are concerned that facial recognition software could be thwarted, and possibly even broken by people wearing masks.”

Well, duh! Did you get that? Facial recognition software could be thwarted and possibly even broken by people wearing masks. Doggone, I may have to change my stance and start wearing a face mask. Anything which slows down or derails the growth of State Security (Stasi) is something I can support and may even participate in.

The really interesting question now, though, is what will all the Trump supporters do. Will they start wearing face masks because the Donald said they should or will they continue to pooh-pooh the issue? Will they now view him as a traitor to the cause?

Even more interesting is what the TDS (Trump Derangement Syndrome) victims will do. Will they automatically reverse their position and abandon the device? After all, the mantra for the last 3-1/2 years has been to “Resist!” It seems logical that the Left would ditch the mask now that Trump has come out of the closet in favor of it.

Miracles do happen, but this one seems like a stretch to me. More than likely, the Right will simply say he’s been bought off and compromised, while the Left will say that he’s finally seen the light and will push even harder.

“May you live in interesting times” is the ancient Chinese blessing curse. The time we live in has just taken a more lively turn.

Keep your head. Maintain your peace. Ride it out.

Conquer the Fear

“Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.” — Bertrand Russell–Unpopular Essays (1950) “Outline of Intellectual Rubbish”

“…if we let things terrify us, then life is not worth living.” — Seneca

The fear is palpable. It can be seen anywhere…and everywhere. Ordinary, average people covering their faces with whatever can be called a mask. Signs and placards telling shoppers to maintain a “safe” distance between themselves and others. Non-stop “news” reports which keep the crisis constantly in view. Government officials declaring lockdowns. Model predictions presented as absolute proof that these actions are necessary. Constantly updated numbers which “prove” that the threat is existential. The ever-present and growing possibility of mass vaccination—voluntary or ordered. And on and on…

The worst thing about Covid-19 is not the virus itself, but the fear, panic, and hysteria it generates. We have become afraid of something which most of us will never encounter in any meaningful, personally detrimental way. We have allowed our fear to foster suspicion of everyone around us and to drive us apart. Humans are social creatures, but we have become anti-social and antagonistic toward others—not because they ARE a threat to our lives, but because we think that they MIGHT be. Because of our fear, we are encouraging and condoning actions which would have been unimaginable just a few short years ago. We have been spooked. We have been reduced to fighting with each other over a scrap of cloth. 

This brings up a question. Why are we afraid? There are any number of things that could be trotted out to answer this question, but ultimately only one explains it fully—we are afraid to die. We have never come to grips with the certainty that our lives are going to end sometime. We avoid death like the plague, pardon the pun, and simply refuse to countenance the idea that we are mortal. Life is a preparation for death and to paraphrase Seneca, if we let death terrify us, then we will not live. 

Life, however, is also about potential and what we can become in the time we are here. All of us are capable of more than we realize, but when we allow fear to consume our thoughts and dictate our actions, we become paralyzed and incapable of reaching our potential…or even coming remotely close to it. This is one of the great tragedies of life—that we have such enormous capacity and accomplish so little. A side note to this is that the little we do accomplish is often done, not because we recognize our potential and reach for it, but out of a sense of self-defense, in other words, because we are afraid. 

Supposedly, as modern, enlightened people, we have overcome the superstitions which afflicted our ignorant ancestors. The events of the last several months, however, should have put that belief to bed. We are just as fearful as they were, creating our own superstitions and, consequently, have become cruel in our own way. 

Conquer the fear. It is the only way forward.

[This essay was first published as a Letter to the Editor in the Bitterroot Star, a small, local newspaper in Stevensville, Montana]

Abortion: an “Essential” Service in the Corona Economy

If there still remained any question about the insanity of the Corona Thing, the issue of abortion should resolve that. Our society has gone full-blown mad.

Since the rationale for the heavy-handed lockdown by governments everywhere has been touted and promoted as necessary for our “safety”, a person could be forgiven for thinking that the killing centers known as “abortion facilities” would also be shuttered. After all, how can anyone maintain a “social distance” of at least six feet and still invade the womb of a woman in order to destroy the unborn human being growing with that womb? Or conversely, how can the woman “social distance” if she allows very close, intimate, and physical contact with other persons? The obvious answer is that she can’t. They can’t. And yet, if you were to think that the procedure should be, at the very least, postponed until the virus runs its course, you would be mistaken.

In Texas, a federal judge in Texas with a long history of siding with abortion advocates ruled that Texas abortion centers can defy the governor’s order to stop non-essential medical procedures instead of helping coronavirus patients by conserving medical resources during the pandemic.

Alabama: Alabama stopped abortions under its non-essential order until April 13th but a judge ruled the state can’t infringe on the so-called “right” to abortion. The judge also ruled that killing babies is somehow “essential” if abortion centers think so. Alabama is appealing the decision.

Apparently, even though state governors have shut down virtually all “non-essential” commerce and activity, some judges have decided that abortion centers can be exempt from that. After all, if a woman wants to abort her unborn child, then to postpone that action is to create undue “hardship” on her, since it might cause complications. Complications to the woman, that is, it says nothing at all about the baby.

Let me get this straight. Our economy has been shut down. We have gone into, basically, a system of house arrest for much of the country and the world. All this is done preemptively because some people might die from the corona virus. Supposedly, the focus of the whole exercise is to save lives, regardless as to how much inconvenience it causes to those who have been subjected to it. We’re all in this together, right? Well, not exactly. The killers of unborn children have been given carte blanche to continue as usual.

Work in a restaurant, bar, hair salon, exercise gym, clothing store, gun shop, etc., to support your family? Stop! Right now!! The world needs your sacrifice in order to win this war!!! Work in an abortion facility? Carry on! Abortion is an “essential” part of life and it is necessary that a woman’s “rights” be preserved intact.

Question: If all our other “rights” can be abrogated so easily, then why does the “right” to an abortion have to be maintained? Answer: Because it fits an agenda. It doesn’t have to be logical or correct, but it does have to follow the narrative.

It would seem proper that, since the focus of all the recent events has been to save lives, then the most vulnerable among us would also be included. The fact that they are not simply underscores the depths of our depravity.

Debt is a Four-Letter Word

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…”–Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

Actually, it really was the best of times for a while and many of us thought it would go on forever. When you’re dealing in economics and politics, though, nothing goes on forever and when the situation finally turned just a few months ago, it echoed Ernest Hemingway’s description of going bankrupt — “…gradually, then suddenly.”

We may have seen ‘the best of times’, but it is fairly certain that we have not yet begun to plumb the depths of ‘the worst of times’. It is quite possible, probable even, that we are only beginning to experience the consequences of decades of living large on a debt binge, fueled by annually growing government deficits, ever-increasing “fiscal stimulus” injected into the economy by the Federal Reserve, and the average person in hock up to his eyeballs as he tried to maintain his lifestyle of keeping up with the Joneses.

We have a rough and rocky road ahead of us. Our economy is not going to bounce back and revert to “normal” once the Coronavirus pandemic has run its course. The far larger threat is financial, economic, and political ruin on a truly massive scale. It would be easy, but not accurate, to blame the virus for what is happening. The truth is, however, that Corona only acted as the pin which pricked the Federal Reserve caused bubble. It may have been the catalyst which started the action, but the bubble had been building for a long, long time—searching for a pin and an opportune time to brush up against it.

Normal? If what we had before was normal, then we are going to experience something far worse—major recession and even Greater Depression, widespread unemployment, hyper-inflation, the death of the US dollar, authoritarian and autocratic rule, martial law, chaos, destruction, wars, and a loss of life on a scale we’ve not seen before. Is that abnormal? It’s going to become the new normal and we’re going to learn how to live with it and, potentially, to die from it. When it’s over, everything about us as a people, society, culture, country, and world will be different. Completely different.

I am confident, though, that somehow, someway, most of us will manage to survive and come out on the other side—poorer, stronger, and wiser. And I think it is safe to say that for the vast majority of people, the word ‘debt’ will once again become a four-letter word.

As it should.

I wrote this article on March 27, 2020. It was first published as a Letter to the Editor in the Bitterroot Star, Stevensville, MT.

Corona Reactions and a Reality Check

The essay below is my response to a comment posted in the conversation at one of Bionic Mosquito’s recent blog posts, Shaming the Wise. This concerns the Corona virus hysteria and the reactions of people to it. You will have to go to the Comments section to pick up the thread. I will not reproduce it here. If you are not reading Bionic Mosquito, you should be.

This can be broken down into subsets.

1. Those who created and fed the narrative.

2. Those who bought into it and panicked.

3. Those who resisted and kept a clear head.

It can be assumed that those in category #1 will never admit to any wrong on their part. If justice were to prevail, many of those would be hauled into court, confronted with the evidence against them, convicted by a jury, and punished severely. It is also safe to assume this will not happen. There is nothing to be done except to resist them in every way possible.

Those in category #3 will have to admit any wrong on their part ONLY if the Corona Thing actually does become a full-blown, extremely deadly infection on the scale of medieval bubonic plague, which really was a killer. Should that happen, they will be left with nothing except to confess their sin to their neighbors and their God before they die. If Covid-19 fades away (as it looks like it will) and some semblance of normal life returns, they can stand firm in their convictions and beliefs. They should take advantage of the confusion and disarray by promoting the truth about the matter.

It is those in category #2 who will have to make a choice:

I. Admit to being gulled and giving into the hysteria.

II. Refuse to admit anything, no matter how much evidence is piled up against the narrative.

Those of the first part (I) will mimic the Grinch. “Whew, really lost my cool there. Carry on!” They may or may not change their mode of thinking and will probably have numerous excuses for acting the way they did. Some of them may look deep into their souls, not like what they see, courageously face the sordid facts about themselves, change their ways, and make significant strides along the path to freedom. For those, one particular Bible verse applies:

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” – 1 John 1:9 (NKJV)

On the other hand, there will be those who will admit to being sucked in, but will laugh off any personal change as unimportant, preferring instead to carry on in the same manner they did before the crisis. The repercussions to that attitude can be captured in one thought:

“Then he said, ‘This is what I will do: I will tear down my barns and will build bigger ones, and there I will store up all my grain and my goods. Then I will say to myself, “You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take it easy. Eat, drink, and be merry!”’ But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be required of you. Then who will own what you have accumulated?’…”–Luke 12:18-20 (Berean Study Bible) (see also Ecclesiastes 8:14-15)

Those of the second part (II) will adamantly assert that Corona really was (and is) an existential, deadly threat which was averted ONLY because of the heavy-handed actions on the part of governments world-wide. There is little hope that these people will ever see the truth. They are blind, willfully blind, and will march in lockstep according to whatever decree Caesar issues. There is nothing to be gained by attempting to persuade them otherwise. They will die in their chains, thinking themselves safe. They have no wish to be free. Pity them, but don’t waste your time, breath, or peace on them.

P.S.–I concur with Bionic that Lew Rockwell has done an incredible work in methodically promoting the other side of the argument. He is to be commended. Thank you!

Hype and Reality in the Corona World

On April 15, this article appeared in Zero Hedge, with the headline below blaring that:

US Coronavirus Death Toll Passes 30,000 After Doubling In A Week: Live Updates

I’m going to dissect that number further down, but first I want to draw attention to the way the CDC and “officialdom” have been inflating the number of deaths due to Covid-19.

Today, April 16, this article by David Brownstein was published in Lew Rockwell. In the article, Brownstein mentions that:

 “…the CDC stated that COVID can be a valid diagnosis of the death of someone whether there is positive testing or not for COVID. If the doctor suspects COVID is part of the reason why the patient died, COVID can and should be listed as the cause of death. That only serves to inflate the death numbers of COVID.” [Emphasis in the original.]

In other words, if someone dies and it can be proven that he had contracted the virus OR if the doctor merely suspected that infection, then it should be reported that Covid was relevant to his death, whether or not it actually had anything to do with his demise. A person might suffer a massive heart attack and die while the EMT team was trying to stabilize and resuscitate, but the coroner could (and probably should, according to CDC guidelines) list the cause of death as due to COVID. In other words, he died from contracting the virus.

This is fraudulent reporting on the part of the medical staff and it is being openly encouraged by the CDC in order to, as Brownstein says, “…inflate the death numbers of COVID.”

But, enough about that. Let’s jump back to the headline at the top of the page.

30, 000 deaths is a lot of people. There is no question about that. Taken by itself, this could be cause for alarm, however, when you interpret this in relation to the total number of people in the United States, it takes on a whole new meaning.

Consider that there are 340, 000, 000 people living in the US. If you learned in high school how to cancel zeros, you can see that the ratio of deaths to live people is 3 per 34, 000, or breaking it down into fractional form—1/11, 333. That is, for every eleven thousand, three hundred and thirty three (11, 333) people living in the US at this time, one (1) person has died from (or with) the corona virus.

Ask yourself. Is one person dying for every 11,333 living worth shutting the country down, tanking the economy, and destroying the lives of countless millions of people who depended on “essential” jobs to support themselves and their families?

No, I don’t think so either.

Existential Crisis: Panic or Perseverance?

Spring is here, although the weather in my part of the world is still cold. I watched a small ‘blizzard’ outside my window on Saturday, which piled up at least an inch of snow on the ground with it blowing horizontally for much of that time. Some of it has not melted yet, but the weather “prophet” predicts warmer temperatures by the end of the week. Winter is over at last, although it may not be evident yet.

Good times, good times!

So it is with The Corona Thing. All of a sudden we’re seeing and hearing about the “light at the end of the tunnel”, with the attendant proclamations from on high that we might, just might, be able to unlock the economy and society a little bit, allowing some to go back to work. Some, meaning those whose life-sustaining jobs were deemed “not really essential at all” by the Powers-that-Be—all of whom have a vested interest in scaring the general public into a hysterical panic.

Suddenly, we’re seeing and hearing reports that this whole episode was blown completely out of proportion, fantastically exaggerated, and deliberately manipulated in order to justify locking down the entire world. Or maybe to act as a cover for what is happening in the financial arena, in which the FED has utterly lost control of the system and is desperately throwing trillions of dollars at the catastrophe in the vain hope that some of it will stick. Or maybe throwing trillions of dollars in order that the Cronies will be able to maximize their gains and wealth before the entire fiasco explodes in their faces. Take your pick.

As far as the corona-induced panic is concerned, I am reminded of the Christmas movie, The Grinch, which stars Jim Carrey. I watch it numerous times every year in December and always enjoy the show. In one scene the Grinch is careening down the mountain in his homemade sleigh with his dog, Max. At one point, he loses control of the sleigh and panics, screaming out something to the tune of, “I’m going to die. I’m going to be sick and then I’m going to die!” Nevertheless, just a few seconds later, he regains control and begins to calm down. After wiping his face, he makes this admission, “Whew, almost lost my cool there for a minute.”

Yes, indeed, you did, Mr. Grinch and so did all the other people who managed to go berserk in the midst of what can only be described as a ‘seemingly’ out-of-control situation in which many of us were certain we were going to die a horrible, untimely death. Now, all at once, we find ourselves still alive and, as a society, are going to have to admit that we just really lost it for a few months.

Crazy! It’s been crazy, but now it’s time for our “leaders” (politicians, experts, talking heads, financial manipulators, and corporate CEO’s) to get out of the way and let us get on with the task of picking up the pieces and starting to rebuild. However, that may not be as easy as it sounds, because this cycle of destruction is probably just beginning and, if so, still has a long way to go before it plays out.

Of all the movies I’ve ever seen, Fiddler on the Roof is my favorite, standing head-and-shoulders above everything else. I watch it over and over, often going to sleep and waking up only to shut it off at the very end. In one scene, Tevye’s daughter, Tzeitel and her new husband Motel are celebrating their wedding, during which the local police force shows up, wrecks the party, and terrorizes the celebrants, causing them all to scatter and flee. At the end of it, Tevye speaks to the only ones left, his immediate family, “Why are you standing around? Clean up!” Yet, at the end of the movie, all the Jews of Anatevka are forced to leave their homes and vacate the region with only three days warning.

The first part of the modern version of this has just played out. Our social celebration of the “greatest economy ever” has been destroyed, not by the corona virus pandemic, but by the heavy-handed manipulation of it and the accompanying collapse of society and self-control. There was continuous fear-mongering and hysteria, resulting in everything which was good and right about social relations being frayed and broken, broken to bits in the futile attempt to save ourselves from what will, in all likelihood, be proven to be an engineered crisis—engineered by those who stood to gain immensely by destroying the rest of us. Now all we can do is pick up the pieces and go on, suspecting that there is more to come without understanding the form it will take or what we can do to avoid it. We may, like Tevye, his family, and his friends, simply have to abandon everything we have lived and worked for and move on to something else in the hope that somewhere things will be different and better.

Wishing for the Good Old Days: An Act of Futility

“By the rivers of Babylon…”–Psalms 137:1

When all this corona panic pandemic hysteria and craziness is over, everything about our lives will be different. It may be that we’ll be using our thumbprints, retina scans, or tattoos to pay for purchases instead of dollar bills or credit cards. Who knows?

It’s funny, though, that every generation looks back on earlier times and remembers them as ‘the good old days’. My guess is that within a few short years, the people who are still alive will look back on the time just prior to the Corona outbreak (and the accompanying financial and economic breakdown) and wish they were back there. Just like the Jews did after they had been carried off to Babylon. Well, all right, they weren’t actually carried, they had to walk the entire distance. Any who couldn’t keep up were promptly dispatched or left to die by themselves, somewhere in the desert without pity.

Every generation blames the one before, as the song says. In this case, the coming generations will have ample reason to blame ours, that is, mine—the baby boomers, who thought nothing of borrowing trillions and trillions of dollars to finance a lifestyle which was unsustainable—and putting the burden of paying that unbearable debt squarely on the shoulders of their children and grandchildren. Oh, yes, the ones who were unlucky” enough to be born, not aborted, will have the grand pleasure of picking up the pieces from our selfish, irresponsible, immature, society and trying to make something out of it. They will have the opportunity to change the system in such a way so that something similar to what we are just beginning to experience will never, and I mean, never happen again. The only question is this. Will they remember what it was like and make the necessary adjustments or will they have to learn the lesson all over again. Time will tell.

Ah, yes! Nostalgia is a wonderful thing. It allows us the luxury of remembering a time when our lives were, at least in our minds, so much better. Our childhoods, adolescence, teen-age years, young adult-hood were clearly superior to what we are living with now. Heck, even the music we grew up with is better than what is being created and distributed today—if you can call it music. To one who listened to Classic Rock from the 60’s, it is impossible to have appreciation for the noise of today. And so on…

Yet, life goes on and the taste in music changes. So does economic thinking and I am willing to bet that an indebted life for the sake of keeping up with the Joneses will go out of style, although it will probably take years of intense hardship to convince people of that. It is far preferable to live within our ability to pay, even if that means that we do without, rather than mortgaging our future (and our children’s futures) so that we can live the good life today. It really will be a great day when that attitude has played itself out and we can all remember how good we had it before it was taken away.

Oh, and to make sure that it never happens again. This is the best thing we could leave our children.

“By the rivers of Babylon, There we sat down, Yeah, yeah, we wept, When we remembered Zion…” —Boney-M.

Note: Please understand that much of this has been written from a tongue-in-cheek perspective. Do not attempt to read more into it than is intended.

Corona and the Politics of Financial Hypocrisy

David Stockman gets quite long-winded at times, but his thoughtful and provocative analysis is usually worth the time it takes to read. See, for example, this article which just appeared in Lew Rockwell, concerning the fact that Republicans are just as eager and willing as Democrats to spend mind-blowing, insane amounts of money to bail out the country due to the general lock-down caused by the panic and hysteria over the corona virus. Stockman doesn’t pull any punches and is not afraid to name names.

“…you can kick any so-called conservative Republican on Capitol Hill and you will get the same brain-dead eruption of fiscal incontinence, such as this budget buster from one of the recently minted Republican Senators from Missouri:

The circumstances are just overtaking us here in terms of the depth and scope of the economic fallout of this public health crisis,” said Sen. Josh Hawley (R., Mo.), who has been pushing a plan to restore workers’ paychecks by having the government cover 80% of employers’ payroll costs, up to the national median wage, at all firms affected by the crisis, and provide incentives for rehiring workers laid off last month.

Is he kidding?”

A person could be forgiven for believing that measures like this are necessary, prudent, and wise in dealing with the fallout, especially if he listens non-stop to the hysterical nonsense spouted 24/7 by the media, the politicians, and the “official” bureaucrats who have been tasked with keeping the country safe.

Yet, when it comes right down to brass tacks, the figures don’t add up and show a completely different situation. Again, from Stockman, emphasis in the original.

““…here are Missouri’s corona-facts as of April 8. The state has had 3,327 positive cases and 58 deaths to date, which amount to 54 cases per 100,000 and 0.94 deaths per 100,000.

Yet this compares to annual death rates in Missouri of:

  • All causes: 1,008 per 100,000;
  • Heart diseases: 241 per 100,000;
  • Lung cancer and other lung diseases: 124 per 100,000;
  • Diabetes: 26 per 100,000;
  • Pneumonia & influenza: 20 per 100,000; and
  • Suicides: 19 per 100,000

No matter how you slice it, Missouri is not the subject of a deathly pandemic in any way, shape or form. Yet this pathetic rookie GOP Senator [Josh Hawley] can think of nothing better to do than to thrust his snout deep into the Bailout Trough along with all the rest of the Dem pols and Republican lifers in the Imperial City.”

Let’s face it, folks, this corona episode has never been anything except to mask the ongoing financial and political destruction of America and the world. Money, in other words, vast amounts of money. The bubbles blown by the Federal Reserve to placate and finance Wall Street, major banks, and huge multi-national corporations, have been getting larger and larger, resulting in more and more distress and hardship on Main Street. The latest, called the “everything” bubble, has simply been popped and the debris is now raining down on the economy at large. Covid-19 is not the cause, it was the pin that pricked the bubble.

We need to be honest and thinking clearly about this. Our (so-called) leaders, such as Josh Hawley, R-MO, are doing nothing more than the bidding of the people who really control the purse strings of finance. In this respect, Republicans are no better than Democrats. Republicans are simply more hypocritical about it.

There was absolutely no good reason for shutting the country down. There is, however, a very good reason for rooting out the men and women who have allowed it to happen. This, too, will happen… eventually, and some of us will live long enough to see it come about.

Have faith, my friends, and live well!

Courage in the face of Corona

“What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?”–(Mark 8:36, NIV)

Generally, this verse in the New Testament book of Mark is interpreted as a person so focused on gaining wealth that he (or she) loses sight of what is really important—their relationship to God and other people. What benefit is there really in being like Silas Marner, Ebenezer Scrooge, or Uncle Scrooge McDuck? Or, as the pop band ABBA puts it, “…money, money, money…”

In the context of the time we are now living, however, there is at least one other way in which we can lose our soul while attempting to become rich. Consider the corona virus pandemic which is sweeping the world and our insane reaction to it. It (the reaction, not the virus) has caused unbelievable chaos and havoc in our modern, ordinary, everyday life. In order to save the lives of a few people, we have managed to destroy our economies, our freedoms, and our social connections. We have, in short, become afraid—a world of wimps.

Why? Disease and epidemics used to be a regular part of life, ushering countless millions into the arms of the Grim Reaper. Death used to be understood as part of life. We are born, we live, we die used to be a concept which everyone knew and accepted as normal. Today, however, we are obsessed with the idea that life must be prolonged as long as absolutely possible, even using extraordinary measures to keep someone “alive.” We refuse to allow someone to simply die, even though everyone will go through the experience. We are, in short, afraid of death. We are afraid to die and anything which comes along to remind us of that certainty, such as a corona virus, just throws us into a fit of madness, denial, and hysteria.

The world has become accustomed to getting richer. The good life has become an end in itself. People seek out and live for prosperity, comfort, and ease, but cannot handle the current situation in which we find ourselves. What good, indeed, does it do a world of men if we all become rich, but lose our courage, strength, and common sense in the process? What benefit is there in becoming wealthy if we lose our freedoms in a mindless fantasy that we must be “safe” at all times from one of the vagaries of life?

Tough times make tough men. What we are just starting to go through will do one of two things:

1. It will cause us to be fearful and cowardly, amplifying the message that the sky is falling and that we are all going to die.

2. It will cause us to be strong and unafraid of what life can throw at us, knowing that we are here for only a short while, but able to live life to the fullest, no matter what.

Our focus needs to be, not on what might kill us, but on how we can survive AND prosper in spite of it. US President Franklin D. Roosevelt said that “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Those words have never been more true and appropriate than right now. We do not have to give in to the panic and hysteria, neither do we have to be stupid and blind. With our eyes wide open, we should recognize that this situation IS serious, but there is no good reason to be so afraid of it that we rush blindly into the soul-crushing embrace of absolute safety, which is promised to us by those whose only desire is to control us completely.

“For God has not given us a spirit of cowardice, but of power, and of love, and of self-control.”–(2 Timothy 1:7, Berean Literal Bible)

Yeah, I like it.

Trying to make Sense of it all.

I had my truck radio tuned into my local rock station this afternoon on the drive home from work. During a commercial break, an announcement was made concerning the latest statistics in the US about the corona virus outbreak. I’m not sure how accurate these numbers are. This is only what I heard in the report.

In the US, as of today, there are over 347, 000 persons who have been confirmed to be infected with the virus. Also, as of today, more than 10, 000 of those persons have died. Of course, the announcement stated quite emphatically that these people died from the corona virus, but then this can be taken with a grain of salt, since many people who have died may have had the disease, but didn’t necessarily die from it.

Regardless, whether they died from corona or only were infected but died from another cause doesn’t really matter here. What I want to bring out is that there are 340 million people in the US, while only 347, 000 of those are infected. To anyone who can do basic math, this means that only one person in a thousand has been confirmed to be infected. Get that! One person in a thousand is known to be infected and out of that number, only one in 34 (10, 000 out of 347, 000) is likely to die after confirmation. Combine these two statistics and you get the startling conclusion that in the US, only 1 out of 34, 000 persons has died after infection.

There is also the near certainty that many, many other people contracted the disease and either showed no symptoms or developed what can only be described as a minor cold. The chances are quite good that I have been infected or that you have, perhaps without even knowing it. These have never been counted nor included in the official statistics. If they had been, the percentages associated with the virus would have dropped significantly.

To be sure, there are a lot of others who have been very sick and many of those might have died if prompt medical attention hadn’t been given to them, but the above numbers do not justify shutting down the entire economy. Neither do they give credence to the ‘official’ narrative about constant hand-washing, staying indoors in close quarters (probably the worst place to be if others around you are sick), face masks, 6 foot distancing, restricted shopping, and all the other ‘safety precautions’ foisted on and readily accepted by a gullible public.

When this is all over and some semblance of sanity returns to us, we are going to have to face the facts: Corona, while coming out of nowhere and extremely infectious, is not and never will be the existential enemy it has been promoted to be. We have been lied to, repeatedly and often, not only by politicians and health ‘experts’, but also by the media, which has done more to whip up 24/7 hysteria and panic than any other institution. Sensation sells and they have sold every bit of it they could for as long as they could. Maybe that will be some consolation to them when the general public wakes up, realizes that it has been greatly deceived, and demands that things be made right.

Or maybe this is all wishful thinking on my part.