General Discussion, Sunday, April 12, 2020

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  1. Menagerie says:

    He is risen indeed. Happy Easter to all, and stay safe tomorrow if you are in the bad weather areas.

    Watched the Vigil mass and baked the bread. Off to bed now.

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  2. shiloh1973 says:

    One of my favorite hymns

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    • Lucille says:

      Thank you, Shiloh! A well remembered hymn from my childhood. The congregation always sang the line “up from the grave he arose” with gusto.


  3. Lucille says:

    Jesus: I am the resurrection and the source of all life; those who believe in Me will live even in death. Everyone who lives and believes in Me will never truly die. Do you believe this?

    Martha: Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Anointed, the Liberating King, God’s own Son who we have heard is coming into the world. (John 11:25-27)

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  4. czarowniczy says:

    Just read another report ( ) that accentuates the negative eliminating the positive while messing with mischief in between.

    Here we’re seeing hospitals actually getting their footing and getting a leg up on the admissions. They’re creating new spaces for patients, shuttling patients between hospitals if they’re not serious or are on the mend while the huge recovery area created in the New Orleans Convention Center still has a lot of space. My wife’s hospital just outside of NOLA is getting noncritical patients from NOLA and is nowhere near full, they opened a couple of floors that were basically empty and are sailing along.

    The ‘experts’ and pols are still whining about ventilators but the LSU Medical center has found they can utilize a mask respirator system on patients who need breathing assistance by putting a viral filter on the exhaust port, preventing the virus from being exhaled into the room. West Coast doctors have said it won’t work and refused to consider it but it’s been used here for a while now and works fine. Another hospital’s using a high-flow oxygen cannula system to get the extra oxygen into some patients’ lungs who’d otherwise have been intubated. These methods aren’t for everyone but for the patients they will work on they free up a good number of ventilators.

    Paranoid as I am, and with my time in health insurance, I can’t help but wonder how many people are being ventilated who could be treated otherwise? There’s always the possibility that using a ventilator will cause problems with the patients’ lungs or airways so the fewer who can be effectively treated without having to go on to a ventilator the better. There is the matter of billing though and a hospital can charge the patient’s insurance company more if the patient’s on a ventilator than something else. The extra staff, equipment and pharmaceuticals involved in ventilating costs a lot extra…but then my years in health insurance made me paranoid…or did I already say that?

    I’m excited to see how the socialized medicine crew will use this to further their agenda. This pandemic is a goldmine for them, especially with a heavily uninformed public having its own fears stoked by the equally…uninformed…media. This is going to be a hot button at the conventions for sure.

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    • Bro, just want you to know…

      I read your comments over on CTH…

      I have no words…

      To try and tell you how much I appreciated your comments about the VA, Nam, all of that. Real stuff about real painful truth mostly ignored today.

      You’ve heard that term guts and glory? Me thinks the glory part is Hollywood movie over-rated…but the guts part isn’t. Obviously…you and father know that, been there, done it.

      I thank God for people like you who will say what needs to be boldly stated…and you do that! It’s why you have always been one of my fav blog posters!

      Just know that.

      You got my soldier vote any day!


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      • czarowniczy says:

        My father and I both had 3 major wars under our belts before we each retired. I can remember his telling me back in ’64 as I was contemplating enlisting that I shouldn’t expect anything from the government for my service other than a paycheck every month. Once my service was over, whether I retired or not, the government would turn its back on me as it did every other GI, once they’re done with you they don’t know you any more.

        The VA is a parasitic agency that lives off of the suffering of vets with, until the recent and short-lived outcry about vets dying in waiting rooms and committing suicide in VA parking lots, very little being done to treat vets. Most people, especially those employed (I won’t say working) in the VA, don’t remember furious vets taking over VA offices and hospitals doing mass sit-ins in the late 60s/early 70s…might be time again.

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        • I wish I could disagree, because it’s the gov shame how they have treated our nation’s Vets…but I can’t.

          I hardly did any Nam time, but by hellfire and deep waters, I did some serious Cambodia time…Pol Pot. Basically the same evil mind. Not to mention some serious time the root chamber of the Hanoi Hilton…that being Moscow 1970s…

          Without God’s great grace, I shouldn’t even be alive today to send you this comment.

          A good personal friend…you might of heard of him, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn…once said some of the most important words I would ever hear in my whole life that energized me…he said…

          “Son, I am the old guard going out. You are part of the new guard coming in that is going to have to take the torch we hand you, and you are going to have to run with that flame, to your death for liberty from tyranny if you have to, because tryanny and tyrants are going to either completely control you or kill you.

          Well, since then…what proof of his words were fulfilled.

          I almost bought that farm in Moscow/Kremlin in the 70s…all over getting 3 little sisters from A to point B…Sasha, Tasha and Ekaterina Alexseeve. 7, 10 and 11 years old.

          I once posted a Christmas message on CTH about that a couple of years ago…December of 2018. And my prologue was devoted to him.

          In that cell, that dark chamber in one of the Kremlin’s basements, I wrote a poem in my mind…did not actually publish it until Christmas of 2005…a date I found out years later, what they did to my second in command team leader.

          30 years later, that so broke me that I didn’t celebrate Christmas for years. It was delayed scar that I just couldn’t handle. All those years later, it just crushed my heart why God let me survive the worst that could be done to a human body…and didn’t preserve him, a real Christian compatriot as we called each other back then. He was a Russian. But more than that, he was faithful Christian and lover of God above all. He was my equal in faith and courage in the face of the USSR state.

          Czar, I gotta tell you, I still have so many questions about the strange ways of and how God works. I know, I know, I sound like Job…sometimes that God is going to have to take me to task, discipline me for questioning Him. That’s all right. I’ll humble myself before God just take it.

          But today, Passover, these are the kind of things and thoughts, remembrances of faithful people…

          And am having a really hard not getting overwhelmed and emotional.

          But I also think about our many faithful Vets, the hell and shit of fires they walked through…then many coming back to ridicule and hatred after Nam…and it seems that much of the American public doesn’t care…even today. They can’t get past their media idols, sports, Netflix…ad nauseam…to understand what patriotic men and women sacrificed and gave up personal lives for…for our beloved Republic. So sad.

          Don’t mean to be so negative…

          But the end of the end of it all is this….

          Evil, sin, wickedness and all…

          God our Father sacrificed and gave His only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ, as the greatest Gift of the greatest Sacrifice of love, mercy, grace so that whosoever would believe in Him would not perish, but have everlasting life.

          In all of past life’s pain, losses, torture, I keep this in mind.

          Whatever I or any of us have done for the good of nation, for God for many, none of that comes close to what our God did and sacrificed and suffered for us.

          Bless you and your wife this day. And I pray He grants great blessings in these of your later years in life.

          And I sign off to my best Marine buddies…

          SEMPER FI!

          [Doesn’t matter what branch of service you were in…you and your father were faithful!]


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          • czarowniczy says:

            My grandfather was a Russian POW in WW1, shot down in an observation plane over Polish territory. He escaped, sent the family pictures of himself schlepping across Russia (we still have a few) and I heard stories about the Communist system there but never quite related to it. Then in 1964 I was an exchange student that went to parts of Poland, Czechoslovakia, and Russia. I spent two weeks in Moscow in late winter and that was quite enough. We regularly slipped out Intourist minders and found locals who talked with us, some taking us home, and that was my epiphany.

            The Russian population have been professional serfs for centuries, the only thing that changes in Russia is who rules them. It’s as if they’ve genetically evolved to survive cold weather, bad vodka and repressive governments.

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            • Om gosh…bad vodka…😉

              But interesting to know this about your family history. Especially about your student exchange locales. Intriguing…

              I have Russian blood in family history.

              But I will say, overall, even pre-1989, overall, the Russian people are quite generous and open-hearted, not something our own gov/media/political/socio branches of propaganda would ever be actually and factually truthful about. I bet I just shocked and surprised you, right…🤣🤣🤣

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              • czarowniczy says:

                No, we found them quite friendly and open. We had them approaching us on the streets, as we were warned they would, offering us as much as 7 times the official exchange rate for our Dollars or Marks. They traded us those endless arrays of commemorative pins the state produced for gum or cigarettes and made ridiculously high offers for our jeans and white button-down-collar shirts.
                The homes (state apartments) we were invited into were small but they took great pride in sharing their meals with us. I enjoyed the Russian people, it’s just their centuries old fatalism that bothered me. Guess it might serve as a lesson for what we’re up against.

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  5. hocuspocus13 says:

    🌷 Happy 🌷 Easter 🌷

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  6. Col.(R) Ken says:

    Yes, my Lord has risen!!!!! May the Blessings of the Day and Every Day, be bestowed upon us.
    Good Morning too all, water for Tea is hot and ready, Coffee water will just be a moment.

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  7. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ all!

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  8. auscitizenmom says:

    Good mornin’ everyone. Happy Easter to all.

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  9. litenmaus says:

    He is Risen and it is a glorious new day. Happy Easter to all.

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  10. The Tundra PA says:

    Happy Easter, friends. DH and I awoke to a nearly white-out blizzard this morning, which hasn’t slowed down yet and is supposed to go pretty much all week. Sigh. And we thought the last plowing of the driveway would finish the season for us. Ha! If we were able to go to mass today, it would have to be with an Easter bonnet that matches my snowsuit. At least I can finally have some celebratory chocolate!

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  11. czarowniczy says:

    Just watched the national news and didn’t see this, saw talking heads blaming Trump for not moving fast enough, but nothing about this. The party was at an apartment complex in Bakersfield, CA…note the lack of reporting on whom the partiers were. 400 people at the party, the ‘no socializing’ order in effect and no one called it in.

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  12. Lucille says:

    Yesterday or on Friday I posted some photos of old cars but it never appeared. Maybe I only thought I’d sent it…who knows with my occasionally fogged brain. Anyhow, here we go again…

    1948 Chrysler New Yorker…

    The New Yorker was one of the cars Dad bought when I was in high school…it was a deep green color and a cloud to ride in.

    1957 Chevrolet Corvette…

    1931 Chrysler Imperial CG LeBaron…

    1953 Buick Skylark Convertible in Sky Blue…

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  13. auscitizenmom says:

    I don’t often have a recipe to share, but today I made a zuchinni dish that was delicious. I just sliced zuchinni fairly thin, heated some olive oil, and cooked the zuchinni on one side until it started to turn a little brown. Then I turned it over and put in some onions and dried oregano. The recipe called for garlic, but I was out, but I think it would have been even better if I had used it, too. Then I took it off the heat and sprinkled parmesan cheese ( I only had the dried stuff in the can) on it.

    So simple, and the one thing that really made it good was that it didn’t get mushy. Letting it brown just a little stopped that.

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