Certified Water Technologist #63

Certified Water Technologist #63
Vern's Stories fredhorn37@gmail.com An expert is someone who knows each time more on each time less, until he finally knows absolutely everything about absolutely nothing.

World Trade Center

Who Ya Gonna Call?

‘911’ SYSTEM OFFLINE, 1 MILLION PLUS WITHOUT POWER AFTER HURRICANE IDA SLAMS GULF COAST 


Do You Have a Preference for an Everyday Carry Knife?

 Since I have retired, I no longer have as much need for an everyday carry knife as I used to. But, still, I have two I carry everyday.

On my belt I carry a Leatherman Fuse multitool. This has a blade on it, which I used almost daily in my job. 

I also carry a Buck knife, a model 110 folding knife. No huge reason, but after I carried it for about a week when my wife got it for me, it just felt right. So I still wear it. When I was working I used it in addition to my multitool almost daily in my job.

Each one has a different use for different things.

What about you guys? Do you have an everyday carry knife?

Do you have a preference for a fixed blade survival type knife? I have looked at several but don't have a preference. ESEE makes good ones, and so does Buck. Kabar is an excellent choice. 

What do you guys think?


It Is Time To Remove All Democrats from the Fed Gov for Treason

 Our fed .gov apparently was turning away americans from kabul airport. If that is true every democrat in fed .gov should hang from every lamp post, overpass, tree limb and tall building around.  

The State Department, headed by Secretary of State Antony Blinken, is in charge of the evacuation effort. The Pentagon is subordinate to State in Kabul, and if soldiers are turning Americans away at the airport, it would be under State’s orders.

Get Prepared

 From NC Renegade






How To Suture: Intro To Suturing Like a Surgeon--In Case You Ever Wanted to Learn

Taking Back Australia

 The people in australia appear to be growing some testicular fortitude.

Their platform appears to be BFYTW.

Australian Truckers Protest Mandatory Vaccines and Lockdowns, Block Major Highway


Mother of Slain Marine Slams Biden Voters: “You Just Killed My Son With a Dementia-Ridden Piece of Crap”

 "I just want all you Democrats who cheated in the election, or who voted for him legitimately, you just killed my son,” she said. “With a dementia-ridden piece of crap who doesn't even know he's in the White House who still thinks he's a senator.

Here is Your Early Morning Conspiracy Theory

 Was Kamala Harris Just Carried Away In An Emergency?

In Chicago----Security Guard Says He Shot Unmasked Customer In Self-Defense

 … because the customer wasn’t wearing a mask and he was afraid of catching COVID-19.

Frankly I have been expecting something like this to happen, and it doesn't surprise me the first I hear about is in chicongo.

You wanna take away my airconditioning? You'll have to pry it from my cold dead hands!

 Vox: It's time to reconsider air conditioning for the sake of 'cooling justice'

Oh, fer crissakes!

 BOMBSHELL: U.S. Officials Handed Taliban a List of Names of Americans and Afghan Allies

You know, this is pure ultra bullshit.  The United States of Fucking America just gave the tallywhackers a kill list and said "Go for it!" in typical Rocky Balboa style.

What in the hell are these idiots thinking? That they want to show the rest of the world exactly how progressivism is the most fucked up thing ever by negotiating with terrrorists? And then getting their asses kicked?

How many people are in the succession list. Let's see, we got biden, then the vp, then pelosi. Who comes after that? The cabinet? They should all be courtmartialed then hung. 

And in the Non Political News Arena

 Porn Star Ron Jeremy Indicted on Sex Assault Charges

Really? 1700 films he made?

Active duty soldier tells us that the Constitution will not protect us from her and her weapons so we better shut up and obey

 Found at GunFreeZone

I was reading over at gunfreezone.net and saw this tweet in the article I have linked above.

I don't know what the context of this tweet is all about, but I present it here for your perusal:


 


Evening Stuff

 








I Don't Have a Problem With This

 Wanna Leave Afghanistan? Erik Prince of Blackwater Fame Is Charging $6,500 Per Person to Get Out

I say go for it. If you have the capability to do this, I say go for it. 

It's called capitalism. Mercenaries hire out to people all the time. I believe $6500 is probably a discount price. 

And the good ole United States government was charging, until the peeps found out about it.

Wow. Check Out This Damaging Video

 

Not a Joke

 Day by Day


Morning Joke

 A man is in bed with his wife when there is a rat-a-tat-tat on the door. He rolls over and looks at his clock, and it's half past three in the morning. "I'm not getting out of bed at this time", he thinks, and rolls over. Then, a louder knock follows. "Aren't you going to answer that?" says his wife. So he drags himself out of bed, and goes downstairs. He opens the door and there is man standing at the door. It didn't take the homeowner long to realize the man was drunk.


"Hi there." slurs the stranger, "Can you give me a push??"

"No, get lost, it's half past three. I was in bed." says the man and slams the door.

He goes back up to bed and tells his wife what happened and she says:

"Dave, that wasn't very nice of you. Remember that night we broke down in the pouring rain on the way to pick the kids up from the baby-sitter and you had to knock on that man's house to get us started again? What would have happened if he'd told us to get lost??"

"But the guy was drunk." says the husband.

"It doesn't matter." says the wife. "He needs our help and it would be the Christian thing to help him."

So the husband out of bed again, gets dressed, and goes downstairs. He opens the door, and not being able to see the stranger anywhere he shouts:

"Hey, do you still want a push??" and he hears a voice cry out "Yeah please."

So, still being unable to see the stranger he shouts: "Where are you?"

And the stranger replies: "I'm over here, on your porch swing."

 








 







 








This Covid Crap Has Gone On Way Too Long

 You know, I think maybe the worst thing that this covid crap has done. Hell, I don't know what that would be. I know that people don't want to work anymore. Why would they, when the government pays them to sit on their ass at home.

What I am talking about is appliance parts that can't be manufactured because of lack of workers. I have a maytag refrigerator the lovely mrs. and I purchased in very early 2009. The icemaker quit working a few years ago, and as I am in the current crop of lazy americans, and I could afford it, I decided to hire some one to repair it for me.

Well that was a big bust. For whatever reasons, four repair companies never showed up. So I did what any redblooded husband would do when the mrs. wanted ice and wanted it now, I purchased a countertop icemaker. Pretty neat thing too, lovely color, and she really liked the ice it made.

So for a couple years she was happy, and therefore so was I. Then the countertop ice maker quit working. 

So, I nutted up and started troubleshooting the refrigerator ice maker. Determined it needed a new control. So I went online, found the correct part, it came within a few days, installed and now we got ice again. Easy peasy.

Until we go to dispense the ice and find out the dispenser doesn't work. So I nutted up again and more troubleshooting and determine the motor for the ice dispenser has in fact burned out. Wasn't a guess on that.  So I went online, found the correct part, it came within a few days, installed and now we got ice again. Easy peasy.

Except now the motor will go, but the auger in the ice container will not. The auger has something wrong down inside, but I can't get the screws out of it to take a look. So I look online, find the correct part from the same place as before, $258, order the thing. Get an email saying it is on backorder, will be here the middle of july. Okay. Middle of july comes and goes. 

Call them up and they say it is on backorder, it will be here august 7. Okay. August 7 comes and goes. Chat with them online, and it is still on backorder and will be here august 21. Well guess what?

Chat with them online, and they say it will be here august 31. I ask is the company out of business is why it is so hard to get. No, she said.

So I call up coast appliance here locally and ask them. He says it is not in stock, and will be the middle of next month before he can get it.  

We get to talking and he tells me Covid 19 is the cause of this. The whirlpool factory can not get anyone to work, because the workers are still getting paid by the government to sit on their asses at home. Then he says because of no one wanting to work, some of the orders he has placed have been as long as 8 months to get here.

So now I am looking at purchasing a new fridge. Anyone want a 12 year old 24 cu.ft maytag fridge with no ice dispenser?

Good Morning

 If you own a Kia Soul, and someone steals your car, does that mean you've lost your soul?

A three-legged dog walks into a saloon in the Old West. He sidles up to the bar and announces:
"I'm looking for the man who shot my paw."

A certain man had a daughter who was...how do I say this tactfully... ugly. Well, in a desperate attempt to marry her off, this man found a available young gentleman by the name of Herz. He invited him over to supper and, with the promise of a large dowry, suggested Mr. Herz wink at the girl during the meal. Unfortunately, once he saw her, no amount of money would have coaxed him to bat his lashes....which just goes to show you:
You can lead a Herz to daughter, but you can't make him wink

Tom T. Hall Passed Away This Week

 

Are You Prepared?

Are You Ready? Part 1 

Are You Ready? Part 2

Are You Ready? Part 3

Last year sometime one of the other bloggers I read called ExTexanWannabe wrote some posts titled Are You Ready? I am linking to those here because I think they are a very good primer to get you started on the road to being ready to survive in a shtf situation, or even just for your peace of mind if nothing ever happens. Bear in mind these articles are just a beginning for you to start thinking about prepping.

So my question is:

Are you prepared? For civil unrest? For violence? For peace?

There is so much anger in america right now I don't see how there can not be violence soon. A presidential election was stolen. The installed administration is allowing tens of thousands of illegal aliens to storm into this country bringing with them covid and thousands of other diseases. TPTB are trying to force the populace to endure an unwanted vaccination that is actually not a vaccine. Lockdowns. Unnecessary mask mandates. All upon threat of arrest or denial of services, including access to food, and hospitals, and medical care of any sort. 

Your papers please! Sound Familiar?

And now afghanistan. This idiot president and his sycophants are screwing up foreign policy right and left. Charging of money to american refugees to escape afghanistan, bringing afghan refugees to america and who knows how many taliban among them. Republican rino governors are cheering all this on and saying bring them to my state!!

I know I am forgetting something. But my question remains: are you prepared for violence?

Do you have food water shelter security medical in order to shelter in place for months on end? I don't. Maybe 3 or 4 months if I am damn lucky. But if things go the way I predict they will go, I might be dead in a month.  Or in a fema camp. Who knows?




Have You Seen This Photo of Taliban Mocking America?

 


Every democrat in the USofA who still consider themselves to BE american, should hang their head in shame for voting for these feckless bastards. How do you look at yourself in the mirror without throwing up?

Every democrat in the USofA who do not consider themselves americans, place a sign in your yard saying that so we know where to find you.



Biden tells nation on Afghanistan: 'Any American who wants to come home, we will get you home'

Biden tells nation on Afghanistan: 'Any American who wants to come home, we will get you home'

 Oh bullshit joe. You are a lying sack of crap. Of course, that is an insult to crap.

You don't care if any american makes it out of afghanistan. If you did care, you wouldn't be charging them two grand to get out. Or, I guess now after the outrage, you aren't going to charge them.

 Biden State Dept SCRAPS plan to charge evacuees up to $2,000 to get out of Afghanistan

"I wonder who at the state department actually thought this was a good idea in the first place. The Biden administration will fly illegals around the country to wherever they want to go from the Southern border, but when it comes to evacuating Americans out of a Biden-created disaster, $2,000!

The incompetence of this administration knows no bounds."

3 Texas Democrats Return to State, Now They Have a Quorum

 I think it was 52 Texas house democrats who fled the state to prevent voting on state legislation. The state supreme court has said they can legally be arrested and forced to do their job, so 3 of them came back to the state. I started to say came home, but changed my mind.

Now there is a quorum in the house and they can vote on whatever the hell they want to. 

What did these assholes accomplish?

Quorum: Three Texas Democrats return after six week stunt

#BasedGrandpa interview with TERF Collective---This is the Star Wars Shop Owner who Confronted Transgender Councilman

Let's Stop Making Cars Altogether, Just Rebuild the Old Ones

Ford halts F-150 production in Missouri, while GM pauses EV assembly 

 








How to Tie Truckers Hitch Survival Knots — Tarp Shelter

When I was working I would tie down barrels in the back of my  truck with something called a truckee hitch, not a truckers hitch.


Just What I Thought, The Right Wing Done It

 5-Hour Capitol Bomb-Threat Standoff Ends as Man Surrenders

Just as I suspected.

This is Probably Bullcrap, But Who Couldn't See This Coming from a Mile Away

 Multiple Bomb Threats in D.C. as Suspect Tells Capitol Police ‘Other Vehicles Contain Possible Explosive Devices’

Whaddaya bet this is blamed on the "insurrection"?

 








We Can't Git er Done

 The United States of America can not get the job done. With all of the combined knowledge we have, the skillsets, the inclination to giterdone, and the sheer amount of people we have, The United States of America can not get the job done.

Why?

Because we are currently run by democrats.

Defense Secretary: US Military Not Currently Able to Go Beyond Kabul Airport to Rescue People


Git er done, already.

 About Damn Time: Texas Supreme Court Rules Runaway Dems CAN be ARRESTED, Overturns Restraining Order

Good Morning Jokes


I came home from work last night exhausted. I said to my wife, "I need my glasses checked. I'm so nearsighted I nearly worked myself to death."
Perplexed, the wife asked, "What's being nearsighted got to do with working yourself to death?"
"I couldn't tell whether the boss was watching me or not, so I had to work the whole time!"


A man and his wife were in a fancy resturant. While ordering, they noticed that the waiter had a spoon in his shirt pocket, and after looking around, they observed the other waiters and busboys each had a similar spoon. So the husband says, "what's with the spoon?"
The waiter said,"well, we had this company come in and evaluate our time management and they found that people drop their spoon 74.8% more often than any other utensil. So if we carry one with us, we can reduce the trips back to the kitchen by 3 hours per shift.

The husband was impressed. Sure enough, he dropped his spoon during dinner and the waiter replaced it with his, stating, "I'll just get another when I go to the kitchen for something else". While ordering dessert, the husband noted that the waiter had a very thin string hanging from the fly of his pants, as did the other waiters, so the husband asks, " hey, there's a string on your pants". The waiter tells him, " not all my customers are as observant as you... the same company found that we can reduce the amount of time spent in the bathroom by 2 hours each shift if we tie a string around the end of you-know-what, and when we have to go we just unzip and pull it out with the string completely eliminating the need to wash up and saving time." The husband was impressed, but asked, " it's a good idea but how do you get it back in your pants?".

The waiter leaned close and whispered, " well I don't know about the rest of them, but personally I use the spoon."


It's Not Lookin Good for California

 Our asshole governor newsom is going to win this recall election, I do believe. And when he does boy is this state going to regret it. My opinion.

I believe he will lock this state down ala australia and new zealand, because he's the kind of asshole that does that. He isn't locking down now because the recall is here and he barely has a lead. But retaliation, boy, that's the ticket.

And now factor in the drought. He wants to initiate statewide water restrictions, but won't because of the recall. Butt when he wins, boy, the partys over I'm afraid.

Governor Newsom Announces Mandatory Statewide Water Restrictions Likely By October


Any sonofabitch that votes democrat in 22 is open game

 Fuck all democrats. These goddamn sunzabitches are as unamerican as xi penjing's asshole.

Stuck In Afghanistan? The U.S. Embassy Says It’s Sorry, But Not Sorry – No Ones Coming…

Democrats are the problem. They voted these assholes in who are just plainly not competent to run the country. Well, excuse me, they may be competent, they just don't want to be americans.

And if you are american in afghanistan, say you were at the embassy, tough goddamn shit maynard! We ain't helping you get home!

I say in 22 if democrats by some miracle retain the majority in congress, I say we go hunting and undo the majority. Fuck these assholes.

Hydrogen Peroxide - Simple Trick to Treat the Cold or Flu----Try This at Your Own Risk

 


Homemade Cough Syrup- Home Remedy for Cough---A Different Version Than The One Previous

grandma's homemade cough syrup recipe












My Halloween Costume

 


My Take on Afghanistan

Taliban is Killing Christians

 joe biden, kamala harris, general milley, and all democrats have blood on their heads because of their idiotic mishandling of afghanistan. 

The taliban is killing christians over there, attacking whole towns in pakistan, who will probably soon fall to taliban. 

The taliban are searching phones and if they find a bible on your phone they kill you on the spot. They are searching your person, your homes, anywhere they want and if you are a christian, boom! you are dead. 

And the UNITED STATES OF FUCKING AMERICA IS LETTING THIS FUCKING CRAP HAPPEN AND IN FACT WE ARE THE CAUSE OF IT!!!!!

This is nazi auschwitz camps on steroids. 

Taliban Reportedly Conducting "Door-to-Door" Searches for U.S. Collaborators

Afghan Christians killed by Taliban if they have Bibles on their phones

This Was a Big OOPS!

 Chemical manufacturer delivers sulfuric acid to MI water treatment plant, loses certification

Afternoon Funny

 








Chaotic scenes at Kabul airport as thousands flee Taliban---The Retreat of the US is a Shitstain on America

Two More Days of Hot

 Looks like 2 more days of hot weather.  Today is supposed to be 108°F and tomorrow 102°F. Then wednesday it drops to 93°F. It's like winter will be here.

It is kind of weird though. At the beginning of the hot this year, I suffered thru the heat, moaning and crying and hoping the A/C didn't go out.

As the summer has progressed I have grown more able to tolerate the heat, and my wife and I have been able to turn off the a/c at night and actually be comfortable. And frequently we don't turn it on again until about noon. 

That should help with the electric bill. 


 








Trump Calls on Biden to Resign

 "It shouldn’t be a big deal, because he wasn't elected legitimately in the first place!"

Nuff Said

 






Days That Will Live in Infamy

Three days that will live in infamy:

December 7, 1941

30 April 1975

August 15, 2021 

We were attacked on Dec. 7. A day that will live in infamy.                   

April 30, 1975 we left vietnam in defeat, with our tails between our legs. A day that will live in infamy.

August 15, 2021 we GAVE afghanistan to the taliban. A day that will live in infamy.

This is pure bullshit. The world is looking at us and declaring us dead. All Hail Joe Biden.


How to build a better brick rocket stove for $10

My grandson and I played around with one of these a few years ago. They put out a lot of heat, and need to be fed with a lot of sticks.

Joe Biden is a Traitor to this Country

Joe Biden is a chickenshit cocksucking asshole extraordinaire. He spent the last few months REMOVING our troops from that shithole country called afghanistan. Why the fuckhell did we go there in the first place if we are going to crawl home with our tails between our legs? Just like vietnam. You sonofabitch.

Now what is this sonofabitch doing? He is sending 5000 MORE GODDAMN TROOPS and he is BEGGING the goddamn fucking taliban raghead bastards to LEAVE US ALONE!!!

US officials now appealing to the Taliban to wait for the completion of the U.S. evacuation saying that doing so would increase "the likelihood that both the international community and Afghans will accept the Taliban’s entry into the capital."

My grandson was at Ft Bragg until last october. He is a paratrooper and I think his unit at that time was the alert unit. He is no longer there, thank you sweet Jesus!

When my grandson first thought about joining the army, i thought it was a great idea. Get the GI Bill for college, retire at 20 years and get a good paycheck. Not anymore. Since this cocksucker traitor short bus joe biden took office I hope my grandson does not reenlist this next time up.

We Shall See if the DHS Follows This Order from the Court

JUDGE ORDERS RESTART OF ‘REMAIN IN MEXICO’ POLICY 

Stupid Government

 


A Movie For You

 I don't go to the movie theaters anymore. Screw those assholes. But I do watch free movies on youtube if there is one that looks watchable.

Last night I watched a youtube movie called Seven Days in Utopia, this is a christian movie. Now I am not a christian, but I do like some of the movies. I almost scrolled over it, but then I saw one of the stars was Robert Duvall with Lucas Black also, and I like them so I read the details of the movie. Then I decided to give it 5 minutes, and wound up watching all of it.

This is not an academy award winner, but I must say I definitely enjoyed it. I think you may enjoy it also. Please let me know what you think of it.


So That's Where My Life Savings Went

 Man finds $130,000 taped to bottom of used fridge

 






Jim Crow Joe: 72% of Young Black Residents Will Be DENIED Service in NYC for Being Unvaxxed

 Racism at its finest, on display in NYC.

This means that on September 13, when the fascist city’s vaccine passport law goes into effect, 72 percent of black New Yorkers aged 18-44 will be denied service, as well as 52 percent of young Hispanics.

This Lady's Husband Was in ICU

 Link is found at Gorges Grouse

You don’t need to read or write but you better wear a mask!

 Jesus H. Christ. If I was a black person I would be screaming RACIST! at the top of my lungs while standing outside her bedroom window.

Boyle said in an emailed statement that suspending the reading, writing and math proficiency requirements will benefit “Oregon’s Black, Latino, Latina, Latinx, Indigenous, Asian, Pacific Islander, Tribal, and students of colour.”


Marxist Oregon Governor Signs Law Allowing Students to Graduate Without Proof They Can Read, Write or Do Math

Morning Joke

 A blind man enters a Ladies Bar by mistake. He finds his way to a bar stool and orders a drink. After sitting there for a while, he yells to the bartender, "Hey, you wanna hear a blonde joke?"

The bar immediately falls absolutely quiet.
In a very deep, husky voice, the woman next to him says, "Before you tell that joke, sir, you should know five things:
1 - The bartender is a blonde girl.
2 - The bouncer is a blonde gal.
3 - I'm a 6-foot tall, 200-pound blonde woman with a black belt in karate.
4 - The woman sitting next to me is blonde and is a professional weight lifter.
5 - The lady to your right is a blonde and is a professional wrestler.
Now think about it seriously, Mister. Do you still wanna tell that joke?"
The blind man thinks for a second, shakes his head, and declares, "Nah, not if I'm gonna have to explain it five times."


 










This Reminds Me

 


What reminds me is not the text of the meme above, but the guy pointing to his hand, as if to say, fill it with money sucka!

The lovely Mrs. Vern and I had just left her doctors appointment. 
Side Note: The doctor said her cancer is no bigger than it was 2 months ago, and she is off chemo for another 2 months. Thank you Jesus.

So we stopped at a local atm to get some much needed cash, since we were going to the grocery store to get eats for a small bash we are having tomorrow night. My oldest granddaughters boyfriend is leaving for the army on the 23rd and we are having a small sendoff.

So I told the machine how much I wanted which was the max, and it delivered my green goodness dollars to my hand.

So now to the reminding part. I backed out of the parking spot, a/c blaring on full cause it's hot, put car in drive to go forward. Then this homeless man nonchalantly strolls towards the car, his left hand in the air, rubbing his fingers together and mouthing the word money. 
Sonofabitch! I. Am. Speechless. Mouth opening and closing like I'm gasping for air, trying to formulate words to yell at this guy. 

I mean he literally was rubbing his fingers together in the gesture for money. I have never in my life seen begging that blatant.

I just mouthed at him Fuck no. And drove off. 


Sanchez was shopping at the Costco with his family and holding his 1 1/2-year-old son when he was struck from behind by French, according to authorities. The two apparently didn’t exchange words before that.

Ex-LAPD officer arrested, charged in off-duty fatal shooting at Corona Costco: California AG 

Let me say upfront i do not like law enforcement. As far as I am concerned there are double standards for them. They don't have to follow the same law as I do.

With that being said, I do not think this police officer should have been charged with anything. It kind of looks like the california attorney general is playing political games because the guy was a cop. 

He was physically attacked and knocked down,while holding his young child. I am not sure if he was knocked unconscious. When he got up he pulled his gun and shot, thinking he was defending the life of his young child and himself.

The way I look at it, if someone knocks me down I am going to defend myself with maximum force. How about you?

This is Bullshit

 Texas Dem Judge Blocks Arrest of AWOL State House Democrats

This is bullshit. These democrats are not doing the job they were elected to do, they are simply throwing a temper tantrum because they are not getting their way.

Well, I got news for ya bucko, you don't always get your way. Notice the 2020 stolen election.

Gov. Abbott should arrest these cocksuckers and throw them in jail the second they step foot back in the state, and consequences be damned. 

Is it really illegal to save a rolled-over Jeep?---An Interesting Video

Activists Call For Federal Bailout As High Energy Cost Plague U.S.

“It’s nothing short of a scandal that in the richest country in the world, in the middle of a deadly pandemic, American families are having to worry about whether they’ll lose the utility access they need to survive,” Tlaib told Energy News Network. 

What these stupid assholes don't understand is that people like me and like you are goddamn tired of our hard earned tax dollars going to bailout idiot fucktards like these people. 

If the damn government and othes would simply QUIT giving to lazy assholes, then this country just might start getting back to the path it should be on.

I know that there are in fact some people who have legitimate problems with paying their bill. That isn't who I am talking about.


Tyson Foods CEO Says Costs Rising

 Tyson Foods CEO Says Costs Rising Faster Than It Can Hike Prices


I Find It Amazing

 I find some things in life amazing. One of the things I find amazing is the fact that people just can't seem to stay out of other peoples business.

Case in point. California is in the worst drought we have ever had. So I get an email this morning from the nextdoor app. Some guy posted a pic of some water in the street from sprinklers. And the whole effing congress of people who saw that just went apeshit. Saying how terrible the waste is, report them to the city, sue them, and on and on and on. 

Me? I chimed in and said: Or, you could just mind your own business and leave them alone.

Holy shit! You would have thought I had commited 47 kinds of pedophilia on each of them. Holy crap. One lady said my comment was stupid, so she and I traded barbs. Then another guy chimed in on my side and told someone to keep quiet. 

Heh, I never knew retirement could be so fun.

About Austria and Hitler----My Wife Found this on F***Book

 “I cannot tell you that Hitler took Austria by tanks and guns; it would distort history.


If you remember the plot of the Sound of Music, the Von Trapp family escaped over the Alps rather than submit to the Nazis. Kitty wasn’t so lucky. Her family chose to stay in her native Austria. She was 10 years old, but bright and aware. And she was watching.

“We elected him by a landslide – 98 percent of the vote,” she recalls.

She wasn’t old enough to vote in 1938 – approaching her 11th birthday. But she remembers.

“Everyone thinks that Hitler just rolled in with his tanks and took Austria by force.”

No so.

Hitler is welcomed to Austria

“In 1938, Austria was in deep Depression. Nearly one-third of our workforce was unemployed. We had 25 percent inflation and 25 percent bank loan interest rates.

Farmers and business people were declaring bankruptcy daily. Young people were going from house to house begging for food. Not that they didn’t want to work; there simply weren’t any jobs.

“My mother was a Christian woman and believed in helping people in need. Every day we cooked a big kettle of soup and baked bread to feed those poor, hungry people – about 30 daily.’

“We looked to our neighbor on the north, Germany, where Hitler had been in power since 1933.” she recalls. “We had been told that they didn’t have unemployment or crime, and they had a high standard of living.

“Nothing was ever said about persecution of any group – Jewish or otherwise. We were led to believe that everyone in Germany was happy. We wanted the same way of life in Austria. We were promised that a vote for Hitler would mean the end of unemployment and help for the family. Hitler also said that businesses would be assisted, and farmers would get their farms back.

“Ninety-eight percent of the population voted to annex Austria to Germany and have Hitler for our ruler.

“We were overjoyed,” remembers Kitty, “and for three days we danced in the streets and had candlelight parades. The new government opened up big field kitchens and
everyone was fed.

“After the election, German officials were appointed, and, like a miracle, we suddenly had law and order. Three or four weeks later, everyone was employed. The government made sure that a lot of work was created through the Public Work Service.

“Hitler decided we should have equal rights for women. Before this, it was a custom that married Austrian women did not work outside the home. An able-bodied husband would be looked down on if he couldn’t support his family. Many women in the teaching profession were elated that they could retain the jobs they previously had been required to give up for marriage.

“Then we lost religious education for kids

“Our education was nationalized. I attended a very good public school.. The population was predominantly Catholic, so we had religion in our schools. The day we elected Hitler (March 13, 1938), I walked into my schoolroom to find the crucifix replaced by Hitler’s picture hanging next to a Nazi flag. Our teacher, a very devout woman, stood up and told the class we wouldn’t pray or have religion anymore. Instead, we sang ‘Deutschland, Deutschland, Uber Alles,’ and had physical education.

“Sunday became National Youth Day with compulsory attendance. Parents were not pleased about the sudden change in curriculum. They were told that if they did not send us, they would receive a stiff letter of warning the first time. The second time they would be fined the equivalent of $300, and the third time they would be subject to jail.”

And then things got worse.

“The first two hours consisted of political indoctrination. The rest of the day we had sports. As time went along, we loved it. Oh, we had so much fun and got our sports equipment free.

“We would go home and gleefully tell our parents about the wonderful time we had.

“My mother was very unhappy,” remembers Kitty. “When the next term started, she took me out of public school and put me in a convent. I told her she couldn’t do that and she told me that someday when I grew up, I would be grateful. There was a very good curriculum, but hardly any fun – no sports, and no political indoctrination.

“I hated it at first but felt I could tolerate it. Every once in a while, on holidays, I went home. I would go back to my old friends and ask what was going on and what they were doing.

“Their loose lifestyle was very alarming to me. They lived without religion. By that time, unwed mothers were glorified for having a baby for Hitler.

“It seemed strange to me that our society changed so suddenly. As time went along, I realized what a great deed my mother did so that I wasn’t exposed to that kind of humanistic philosophy.

“In 1939, the war started, and a food bank was established. All food was rationed and could only be purchased using food stamps. At the same time, a full-employment law was passed which meant if you didn’t work, you didn’t get a ration card, and, if you didn’t have a card, you starved to death.

“Women who stayed home to raise their families didn’t have any marketable skills and often had to take jobs more suited for men.

“Soon after this, the draft was implemented.

“It was compulsory for young people, male and female, to give one year to the labor corps,” remembers Kitty. “During the day, the girls worked on the farms, and at night they returned to their barracks for military training just like the boys.

“They were trained to be anti-aircraft gunners and participated in the signal corps. After the labor corps, they were not discharged but were used in the front lines.

“When I go back to Austria to visit my family and friends, most of these women are emotional cripples because they just were not equipped to handle the horrors of combat.

“Three months before I turned 18, I was severely injured in an air raid attack. I nearly had a leg amputated, so I was spared having to go into the labor corps and into military service.

“When the mothers had to go out into the work force, the government immediately established child care centers.

“You could take your children ages four weeks old to school age and leave them there around-the-clock, seven days a week, under the total care of the government.

“The state raised a whole generation of children. There were no motherly women to take care of the children, just people highly trained in child psychology. By this time, no one talked about equal rights. We knew we had been had.

“Before Hitler, we had very good medical care. Many American doctors trained at the University of Vienna..

“After Hitler, health care was socialized, free for everyone. Doctors were salaried by the government. The problem was, since it was free, the people were going to the doctors for everything.

“When the good doctor arrived at his office at 8 a.m., 40 people were already waiting and, at the same time, the hospitals were full.

“If you needed elective surgery, you had to wait a year or two for your turn. There was no money for research as it was poured into socialized medicine. Research at the medical schools literally stopped, so the best doctors left Austria and emigrated to other countries.

“As for healthcare, our tax rates went up to 80 percent of our income. Newlyweds immediately received a $1,000 loan from the government to establish a household. We had big programs for families.

“All day care and education were free. High schools were taken over by the government and college tuition was subsidized. Everyone was entitled to free handouts, such as food stamps, clothing, and housing.

“We had another agency designed to monitor business. My brother-in-law owned a restaurant that had square tables.

“Government officials told him he had to replace them with round tables because people might bump themselves on the corners. Then they said he had to have additional bathroom facilities. It was just a small dairy business with a snack bar. He couldn’t meet all the demands.

“Soon, he went out of business. If the government owned the large businesses and not many small ones existed, it could be in control.

“We had consumer protection, too

“We were told how to shop and what to buy. Free enterprise was essentially abolished. We had a planning agency specially designed for farmers. The agents would go to the farms, count the livestock, and then tell the farmers what to produce, and how to produce it.

“In 1944, I was a student teacher in a small village in the Alps. The villagers were surrounded by mountain passes which, in the winter, were closed off with snow, causing people to be isolated.

“So people intermarried and offspring were sometimes retarded. When I arrived, I was told there were 15 mentally retarded adults, but they were all useful and did good manual work.

“I knew one, named Vincent, very well. He was a janitor of the school. One day I looked out the window and saw Vincent and others getting into a van.

“I asked my superior where they were going. She said to an institution where the State Health Department would teach them a trade, and to read and write. The families were required to sign papers with a little clause that they could not visit for 6 months.

“They were told visits would interfere with the program and might cause homesickness.

“As time passed, letters started to dribble back saying these people died a natural, merciful death. The villagers were not fooled. We suspected what was happening. Those people left in excellent physical health and all died within 6 months. We called this euthanasia.

“Next came gun registration. People were getting injured by guns. Hitler said that the real way to catch criminals (we still had a few) was by matching serial numbers on guns. Most citizens were law-abiding and dutifully marched to the police station to register their firearms. Not long afterwards, the police said that it was best for everyone to turn in their guns. The authorities already knew who had them, so it was futile not to comply voluntarily.

“No more freedom of speech. Anyone who said something against the government was taken away. We knew many people who were arrested, not only Jews, but also priests and ministers who spoke up.

“Totalitarianism didn’t come quickly, it took 5 years from 1938 until 1943, to realize full dictatorship in Austria. Had it happened overnight, my countrymen would have fought to the last breath. Instead, we had creeping gradualism. Now, our only weapons were broom handles. The whole idea sounds almost unbelievable that the state, little by little eroded our freedom.”

“This is my eyewitness account.

“It’s true. Those of us who sailed past the Statue of Liberty came to a country of unbelievable freedom and opportunity.

“America is truly is the greatest country in the world. “Don’t let freedom slip away.

“After America, there is no place to go.”

Kitty Werthmann