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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Lotsa little bits Vol. 5

ITEM:  As of Monday 6 AM, I will be gainfully employed again.  It is a lot like the job I had for twenty years, on a smaller scale so employees are more than turnips to be squeezed.  And more modern equipment, which I am learning everybody else had but that former job.

My old job seems more and more like this!
ITEM: That game I was waiting for the other day went to the third period scoreless, until Alexei Kruchinin got his 2nd of the season about 7 minutes into the last stanza.  Minsk tied it with under five to go, but you know Lokomotiv's record in OT (and if you don't, it's now 10-0), and it was Yuri Petrov who got the only goal in a shootout for a 2-1 win.  We don't play until Monday and host Torpedo.

ITEM: Italy was joined in starting their hockey playoffs by Austria's EBEL, after Vienna Capitals took the regular season crown by one point with a 24-11-9 record and 61 points. The KHL will be the next to finish the regular season on the 17th of February.  5 other leagues will finish that month, with the rest in March, Britain's EIHL playing until the 24th. I thought I'd give you a map of where the leaders (and the two winners) of the European leagues sit .

They are the bold tyed cities on the map, and go like this:
Angers in France (16-1-5 and a 9 point lead);
Nottingham in the UK (21-7-7 and a 2 point lead);
Fribourg in Switzerland (20-9-13 and a 3 point lead);
Adler Mannheim in Germany (22-11-5 and a 2 point lead);
Frederikshavn in Denmark (21-4-7 and a 5 point lead);
Stavenger in Norway (25-8-3, tied in points with one more win);
Skelleftea in Sweden (27-11-4, 6-point lead);
Val Pusteria in Italy, currently taking lumps in the first stage of the playoffs;
Vienna's Caps in Austria, 1-1 in their first stage playoffs;
Plzen in the Czech-Rep (19-9-14, 5 point lead);
Zvolen in Slovakia (27-8-8, 13 points ahead);
Jokerit from Helsinki, Finland (20-11-15, 7 points up);
Sanok in Poland ( 24-5-2, a dozen in the lead);
and of course SKA St. Petersburg in the KHL (32-10-4) up 3 points overall and 7 in their division).

ITEM:  Last night I wanted to listen to something as I went to sleep, and chose the Ground Zero program, one of the late night "conspiracy theory" call in shows.  One caller urged the host to watch a video on YouTube by a young man who, if I remember right, was named Brandon Hunt.  Hunt apparently gathered every speck of info he could find on the Sandy Hook shootings, and I believe tried to use it to "prove" that the whole thing was a government set up to push gun seizures, and that there is no proof that any children really died.  A friend and fellow blogger made much the same point this morning.

I remember years ago, a girl I hung with had a father that believed we were deep in the grips of the "Tri-Lateral Commission", whose ranks included Henry Kissenger and whose mission was to eliminate states rights by eliminating states, combining them into regions which would then be under the control of the UN.  Now, I'm no big fan of the UN, but I also believe that they struggle every day to figure out which end to wipe, and certainly don't have the acumen to forge a one-world government for "the Beast." I have to believe the same thing today.  Our current administration is very opportunistic, and I'm sure there are some lunatics within it that believe Sandy Hook is the best thing that ever happened to their cause of gun control.  What I don't believe is that ANY of them were smart enough to a) think up such a plan as to have a fake school shooting, or b) to be able to carry it out.

One point that my friend brought up was "the absence of tears" amongst the begrieved when caught on camera.  I would like to say something about that.  When my Mom died, I cried so hard that I never cried again for a decade- no lie.  BUT, if it hadn't been for my Mom's best friend, NOT ONE TEAR would have been shown in public.  That didn't mean that my mother didn't die, it meant that I was determined not to share them with the public.  I can easily see the families of Sandy Hook feeling the same way, especially in light of being at the mercy of every joe with a cell phone.

In my humble opinion, I feel I would rather go on believing, incorrectly or correctly, that a duck is indeed a duck, and the shooting did happen, than to plaster a lot of innuendo and speculation about to promote whatever cause I have and one day see the body in the casket and have to apologize for being a jerk.  Or as I quoted Isaiah to my friend,

11 For the Lord spoke thus to me with a strong hand, and instructed me that I should not walk in the way of this people, saying:

12 “Do not say, ‘A conspiracy,’
Concerning all that this people call a conspiracy,
Nor be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled.
13 The Lord of hosts, Him you shall hallow;
Let Him be your fear,
And let Him be your dread.
For every person on the internet that raises a valid point (e.g. the holes in the Warren Commission), you have someone who makes something up to make themselves look big (like Dan Brown claiming the military has guns you can load with sand and fire glass bullets, which he claimed in, I believe, Deception Point).  When it becomes like modern "science" which sees what it wants to see and builds the theory first rather than making observations and THEN the theory, you only harm your own cause.


  1. Congrats on the gainful employment!

  2. Congrats on the employment! Yeah!

    As for the theorists, it's a free country. Let them believe whatever they want. I will chose, like you, to believe that this horrible tragedy did indeed happen. And not because of politics and agendas, but because someone chose to warp the brilliance of a young mind, and nurture it with evil instead of good, and no one chose to speak up and question that, simply because it was so much easier to look the other way. Shame on the mother, the father who wrote a check each month to stay un-involved, the people at the range who knew something was not quite right with her... and anyone else who ignored the little voice inside and said nothing. Accountability is not always easy, but it's always the right thing to do.

    But that's just my opinion...

  3. Reminds me of when an airliner went down several years ago over the Atlantic. There was talk of a conspiracy that a Navy ship shot it down. Now I'm all for a good conspiracy story, but I refuse to believe that we're smart enough to pull off a cover-up. Or that an entire crew of sailors wouldn't tell ANYone.
    I also think we landed on the moon.

    1. Yeah, I cna see where they get it, just not the ability of the subject to come up with it.

  4. >> . . . When it becomes like modern "science" which sees what it wants to see and builds the theory first rather than making observations and THEN the theory, you only harm your own cause.

    Well, C.W., I certainly agree wholeheartedly with you about THAT, anyway.

    ~ D-FensDogg
    'Loyal American Underground'

    1. Oh, we agree on a lot of things. Just different in degrees.

  5. Congrats on getting the job. It must be huge weight off your mind.

    1. Good points: Money, no more nights, no more Sundays. Bad points, getting to know new people, and that machine is Complicated! It was like a big flash bulb going off first thing, and trying desperately to get your sight back the rest of the day.

  6. CWM:
    Glad to hear you're among the working-class again...never keep a GOOD man down, hmm?
    (I can so relate from past lives)

    As to the conspiracy theory...
    Some of them are just OUTRIGHT LUNACY!
    But there are a few that DO have a touch of fact-based speculation and conjecture that you can;t just give it a dust-off.
    They keep coming back and with a few more tidbits of fact that keep you from denying them forever.
    Is there a NWO at work?
    I have to think so.
    Are there secret organizations that seek to build a one world gov't?
    Most assuredly.
    For example...want to know why your lightbulbs are being changed to "green" bulbs (that give off UV rays they don't want you to know about)?
    ...look up a guy named MAURICE STRONG.
    Then, there's George Soros, and his minions...
    And the Bilderberg group, and so on...

    It's like the making of the "Empire" with the SITH LORDS on the sidelines...waiting.

    We need to be more a lot more disciplines than we can imagine.
    Excellent post.

    Stay safe (and employed) up there.

    1. The guy whose blog I read was the Stephen T McCarthy who commented above. He is FAAAR from the lunatic fringe, and researches better than most anybody I've run across. You should check out his blog- you have a lot in common. I think you'd enjoy him.