Homemade Apple Cider (and bees)……..

Went out to my brother’s house on a fine (and very warm) October morning to make apple cider.

Below is the cider press that has been in the family since about 1910.

97% of it is original with just a few pieces of wood being replaced or remade.

Note the stainless bowl that is at the front of the press.

This is about 3/4 of the apples that were picked/gathered.  There are a few apple trees on the former homestead that the new owner let us have , there are several trees that are on township property and some trees we’ve knocked on doors to ask if we could have their apples.  Surprising number of people own apple trees that view the fruit as a nuisance, not an asset.


I wasn’t really planning on making a post about making cider so I did not document and photograph everything I should have.  The below blue bucket has a stainless honey filter and honey cloth that is used for the first filter.  This is a relatively new process and I have to laugh at how much more difficult it used to be using cheese cloth that was clothes pinned to the bucket.

This is most of what we pressed.  A few people had stopped by and we probably already gave several gallons away by this time.

This was the best year for apples that we have had in 10 years.  It was just my brother and myself working as several others that said they would be here, had other obligations come up.  Turning the hand crank is quite the workout.

This is how many apples we had left that we will save for another weekend.  It takes about 3 of the 5 gallon buckets to make one squeeze.

Going back to the first photo and that stainless bowl, that gets filled with each squeeze, not including the amount of juice that comes out from just grinding the apples.  These were very juicy apples.  Two red buckets to one yellow made a very good mix.  I like the cider tart.

Now, we could have probably finished the cider on this day, but being warm lent to the BEE infestation.

Almost every time we have made cider in the past, it was cold and damp, this time it was 80 plus and the amount of bees was astonishing.  My dad got stung once, my brother twice and I was not stung at all.  Bees were literally getting pored into the containers and we had had enough of the bees.



In other “Bee” news:

Another applesauce day




I don’t know why, but the “WordPress Reader” function usually pops up leftwing drivel and tripe for me to read.  Sometimes it comical, sometimes silly and this time, nonsense.

Now, I rarely ever enter into intelligent, rational, fact filled discussions with leftists because they are dishonest and no amount of facts can change their minds.

BUT !!!

I sometime do just because there may be a third party watching and listening that may be persuaded by reality and facts.

So, let us begin………………….

If I owned a retail establishment (a ‘store’, for any Republicans who might be reading), I would be well within my rights to impose and enforce a ban on guns in my business. I would have a sign on all entrances stating my ‘no gun’ policy and anyone caught bringing a gun into my place would be given a lifetime ban. No exceptions. Why? Because guns kill, because guns are dangerous even in the most well-trained hands. Because I don’t want to have to hire a crew to clean the blood stains off of my walls. Murder, by the way, is against the law here in the U.S. So, if you brought a gun into my establishment, lost your temper with, say somebody who accidentally jostled you, and you shot them … you would go to prison.

I absolutely without hesitation agree that if you don’t want gun carriers in you place of business, that’s your right to do so.  You should also know that when gun carriers see your “No Gun” sign, they go somewhere else to do their business.  It’s not like they go home without getting what they wanted.  It’s your right, but it’s a poor business decision.

The fear that you think that legal gun owners are just going to whip out their firearms cuz they wuz disrespected is ignorance and nonsense.


So now we have another lethal weapon in the public arsenal, this one less obvious at a glance than a bulky gun: COVID. Covid is a lethal killer … to date, 4.5 million people worldwide have died of this disease since its inception and there is no sign that it is slowing down in too many places, most notably parts of the U.S. So, again, I would be well within my rights to refuse entry to my place of business to anyone not vaccinated and not wearing a mask – the only two tools in our toolbox to fight this killer.

No, 4.5 million people have not did BECAUSE of the China Wuhan Virus.

In Colorado, They’re Counting Gun Shot Fatalities as COVID Deaths

That’s just one of many example that we know about.  I’ve gone through the Cook County ME China Wuhan Virus deaths and it includes drug overdoses.

Just as a quick and simple example, how flu deaths have their been in the past year?

You do know that hospitals get a federal premium to handle China Wuhan cases.  Don’t think for a second that there are at least some that are ticking that box for the extra money.

Take a look at the graph below and some points:

Note that the grey area is 2019-2020 flu season and the fact that as soon as WUHAN was screamed, flu disappeared.

Also please note that the 2020-2021 flu season is that little tiny blue dot on the lower left. NOT POSSIBLE !!!!!!

Accept the fact that we are being lied to.


If you wish to visit my store, you will show valid proof of vaccination AND you will wear a mask.

Have you really thought that out?  How much payroll are you going to allocate to your “VAX/Mask patrol?”  Also, long do you plan on doing that for? Forever?

Do you really want to go down that slippery slope of businesses’ serving or not serving on a medical condition that they choose?  Change “Vax Status” to “HIV Status” and see how far that goes.

Today, the vaccine has been widely available and free for a number of months, and this week received full FDA approval, so there is NO remaining excuse for anybody to continue to shun the vaccine. But if you do, be advised that you, too, will be shunned by good people of conscience.

Sorry, but it seems that you haven’t read the details.  The FDA approved a future “vaccine” and are still allowing the Emergency Use Authorization for the current jabs.

It seems to me that, Covid being every bit as lethal, though not as obvious, as a gun, then it should be restricted in the same way … that … oh wait, we don’t restrict guns, either do we? But seriously, folks … the person who refuses to be vaccinated, who refuses to wear a mask in public, is every bit as much a murderer in my book as the person who pulls a gun in a crowded movie theater. Consider the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally earlier this month. According to NBC News …

Nope, the China Wuhan Virus is nowhere near as lethal as a gun.  Survival rate of the current “Delta” variant is 99.997%.  Guns are far more lethal.

NBC is not news, they are story tellers and are only involved in spreading Democrat propaganda.

What about Lollapalooza, the “We Love NYC: The Homecoming Concert”, the Obama unmasked birthday bash.

The media is not news:

The CDC announced (quietly if YOU haven’t heard about it) that they will no longer allow the FDA EUA of the CDC 2019-Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Real-Time RT-PCR Diagnostic Panel at the end of 2021.  Why?  Because it is 90% useless for determining a China Wuhan Virus case.  Which means “testing  positive” is the most meaningless metric in the history of our planet.

I don’t think you understand what “murder” means/is.

Murder, as it happens, IS illegal. If you intentionally place your unvaccinated, unmasked self into a group of people, you are potentially committing murder. You may be murdering a two-year-old child or an elderly woman like myself. You may be murdering a schoolteacher or a nurse. It’s a game of Russian roulette and I’M TIRED OF IT!

Again,  I don’t think you understand what “murder” means/is.

Since asymptomatic spread by unvaccinated people is close to zero.

FYI, less that 350 0-17 year olds have been reported as dying WITH the China Wuhan Virus.  Kind of strange that 21,000 people work for the CDC and they haven’t bothered to find out how many of those deaths were OF, not WITH the China Wuhan Virus.  Two year olds don’t seem to be much at risk.

It seems to me that there should be a nation-wide mandate for both the vaccine and masks. Anybody caught not obeying … there is plenty of jail space. We could whip Covid in this country in a matter of weeks if EVERYONE did their part … a really simple part, actually. But no, there are 30% – 40% of the people in this nation who aren’t particularly smart, aren’t at all compassionate, but rather are greedy, selfish bastards.

Yep, jail people for refusing a experimental medical treatment that does NOT protect them from a disease that has a 99.7% survival or for not wearing a mask that has zero evidence of making a difference.  Most liberals are tyrants when given the chance.

The China Wuhan Virus is in our population and will be forever. The best we can do is learn how to live with it.  There is NOTHING if our daily lives that does not involve risk.

I no longer feel sorry for the people that have spent the last 20 months listening to and believing the Democrat fear porn and lies. without having an iota of intellectual curiosity.

I feel anger and disgust at the abject damage they are doing for the future..


“What Are You Doing About It?”

From the recent post about my company “requiring” the Not-A-Vaccine, there was a very good reply:

First, a quote from a great Western philosopher:

“Mongo only pawn in game of life”

I don’t know what I can do other than help/support those that are being abused by the tyrants. (including myself)

In the context of being a 1938 German, I certainly will not be looking away or turning my back or assisting the tyrants.

What say y’all?



This SHIT Is Got Real !!!!!!!!!

Well, the social justice asshat that’s our fearless corporate leader sent down the edict:

Vaccines are mandated to be in our building.

I work for a big national business.  We have about 8 divisions and division offices on the East coast, West coast, Midwest, Southern, Rocky Mountain etc.  Our division office is the only one that NEVER shut down during the China Wuhan Virus plague.  Most of the other divisions haven’t even been to their offices in over a year.

That’s right, we are the money making big dog of the company, everyone else is along for the ride.

So anywho, the email came out today:

“With the DELTA VARIANT  blah, blah, blah………”

“You have until August 23 to get the first Not-A-Vaccine experimental medical treatment jab and the second by October 1.”

“Visitors must provide proof of their jab by showing their Not-A-Vaccination card”  Seriously??? This is 1939 Nazi Germany?

Now, we have many, many, many retail units.  This bullshit does not apply to them.

10 minutes after the email came out, I’m shredding evidence and cleaning out my desk.  I’ve got the full expectation of 10 more days and then I’m gone.

10 minutes later my boss calls me into his office and asks if I read the email and if I had the “shot”.

“yes and no.”

There’s 4 of us in our department that have not taken the shot.

My boss is as incredulous as I am that the half witted dumbnuts that run our business made this moronic decision and he tells me we can work it out so that I can work remotely from another one of our facilities that is not (so far) subject to this gross stupidity.

So, I am saved for now.  Working at that other site is going to be major suckage. (yes, I am very glad that I am not looking for work)  I literally will NOT even be able allowed to go back to my office.

I have zero sympathy or empathy for the people that have spent 20 months believing Democrat fear porn and not having the intellectual curiosity to ask questions.


‘Time For Us To Resist’

Rand Paul Implores Americans To ‘Choose Freedom’ Over Potential Lockdowns: ‘Time For Us To Resist’


Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) urged Americans to resist potential forthcoming lockdown measures, saying that the country could not go back to the state that it was in last year.

“They can’t arrest all of us. They can’t keep all of your kids home from school. They can’t keep every government building closed – although I’ve got a long list of ones they might keep closed or might ought to keep closed,” Paul said. “We don’t have to accept the mandates, lockdowns, and harmful policies of the petty tyrants and bureaucrats. We can simply say no, not again.”



Hell yes

Fuck yes


This is the hill to die on.

CDC Admits They Are Just Democrat Propaganda…………………

CDC Director Makes Case Vaccination Passports are Futile, Vaccines Do Not Prevent COVID Infection or Delta Variant Transmission

“The Director of the CDC made an important admission during an interview today on CNN. CDC Director Rochelle Walensky stated the vaccine does not prevent COVID-19 infection, nor does it stop the vaccinated person from transmitting the infection or the delta variant. According to Director Walensky, the only benefit from the vaccine now is presumably that it reduces the severity of symptoms.”


The fucked up tyrants at SCREWtube pulled the video.  Thank GOD for free speech places like Rumble:

This Shit’s About To Get Real……..

The Fake Biden Administration is having the FDA give “approval” for the China Wuhan Virus Not-A-Vaccine as early as September.

The biggest legal obstacle for the fascist tyrants that want to force an experimental medical treatment on EVERYONE is the fact that it is not fully approved.

There was never any doubt that at some time the Not-A-Vaccines would get approval, but like everything else the Democrat Fascists do, they want it done as fast as possible with no one being able to ask serious questions.  Changing the status from emergency use only to “approved” will not change the fact that that it is still an experimental medical treatment.

I work for a HUGE company.  We have made some super stupid and ridiculous decisions during the past 18 moths involving the China Wuhan Virus.  Our uber supreme overlord big cheese is a social justice bung hole.  I can easily see the corporation mandating the shot once it becomes “approved”.

I’m too old (and too in debt) to be out of work/looking for work.


What The $@&!^ Is Wrong With This Guy ?!?!?!?

Gov. J.B. Pritzker Friday extended his COVID-19 executive orders and emergency declarations that were set to expire Saturday

Since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020, Pritzker has now issued 16 months of consecutive 30-day disaster proclamations. He’s also issued several dozen executive orders pertaining to COVID-19, ranging from prohibiting indoor dining to limiting gatherings and more. His orders have evolved over time.

Last month, he issued Executive Order 2021-11, which his office said reissues several executive orders, “extending a majority of the provisions through June 26, 2021.”

Friday’s disaster declaration and the reissued executive orders are set to expire on July 24, 2021. That includes a moratorium on residential evictions.


This %@$!# thing is OVER !!!!!!!!!!

I say things to my wife (who doesn’t know very much about reality) that there are people who don’t want this to go away.  She rolls her eyes and says “Like who?”


The Covid Cultist Mental Illness…………….


A few days back I mentioned in a comment that I am not welcomed by my son-in-law, his family, and my expectant daughter to join them in get-togethers unless I am fully ‘vaccinated’ because..it makes them feel uncomfortable and unsafe for me to not be like them. I also will not be permitted to see or be with not only my first grandchild, but also my, per sonogram, grandson that is due October 7.


People have been watching 18 months of fear porn on tv and listening to people quite literally lying to them about this.

The Fauci Email SMOKING GUN !!

One of the FOIA’d Fauci emails contains THE SMOKING GUN of proof that Fauci absolutely knew how the China Wuhan Virus was created:


Well, mystery solved.  There is the recipe for cooking up the China Wuhan Virus.

Except it ain’t.

It’s copy and pasted from a 2005 paper from UPenn:

Inhibitors of cathepsin L prevent severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus entry

The text of Gaertner’s email was taken word-for-word from a 2005 paper by a team of researchers at the University of Pennsylvania.

At the time, they were trying to find a way to block the activation of a SARS-CoV spike protein as a potential “therapeutic” for severe acute respiratory syndrome, which is caused by the virus, said Paul Bates, a co-author of the study and microbiology professor at the University of Pennsylvania. 

Gaertner focused on one portion of the paper titled “intervirion fusion,” which he sent to Fauci. But one of Bates’ co-authors, Graham Simmons, told USA TODAY that Gaertner misinterpreted it.

Both Bates and Simmons said the virus particles used in the experiment didn’t contain genetic material from a coronavirus.

“It really makes no sense that it could be a coronavirus bioweapon production method,” Simmons, now a senior investigator at Vitalant Research Institute, said in an email. “I am happy someone made Tony Fauci aware of this work as it is a really cool experiment and was funded by NIH, but the misinterpretation is appalling.”

Bates said the virus particles described in the 2005 paper “are completely replication-defective, meaning they cannot produce infection virus.”

Adam Gaertner is a nobody in this.

He knows as much about the origins of the China Wuhan Virus any anyone else walking down the street.





A Question For All Y’All In The RX Industry……………………..

How much does a China Wuhan Virus shot cost????

I’ve been internet searching gobs and gobs and I cannot find out how much “The Shot” costs.

How much does it cost Pfizer to manufacture “The Shot?”?

How much does Pfizer charge Walgreens to buy “The Shot?”

How much does Walgreens charge the patient for “The Shot?”

How much does insurance reimburse/pay for “The Shot?”




Biden Gas………………

So the first official act of the pretend president is to kill 11,000 jobs and lessen our domestic oil production.

Gasoline prices have been rising as of late and it seems the Hair-Sniffer-In-Chief is getting the credit/blame.

So, let’s take a look.

I track things compulsively (no, it is NOT a problem) so I have lots of data about my purchases of gasoline going back, many, many, many years. For this exercise, going back to 2017 will be enough:

Click to Embiggen for detailed viewing

From 01/01/2017 to 06/30/2019, the Illinois gas tax was .19 a gallon and after 07/2019, it was .38 a gallon and I have taken that extra .19 out after 07/2019 to remain consistent.

Gas prices have been rising since 12/2020.  But that remains consistent with the previous years.  Looking at the data, there is always a rise from December, to April except April 2020.

This is a result of switching from Winter blend to Summer blend and would explain the rise in price due to lower inventory.

The only exception shown in the data would be April of 2020 and that is easily explained by the fact that fascist governors closed the country and there was less driving and obviously an over supply of the winter blend.

All driving for the US during 2020 is far below normal and resulted in large inventories of gasoline resulting in the low prices for 2020.

To be fair to tapioca brained Biden, I don’t think at this point, gasoline prices rising are directly his fault.

This is all based on my experience of buying fuel in my area and your situation may be different.

Stop Calling It A “Vaccine” !!!!!!!

It is NOT a vaccine.

Vaccines: The Basics

Vaccines contain the same germs that cause disease. (For example, measles vaccine contains measles virus, and Hib vaccine contains Hib bacteria.) But they have been either killed or weakened to the point that they don’t make you sick. Some vaccines contain only a part of the disease germ.

A vaccine stimulates your immune system to produce antibodies, exactly like it would if you were exposed to the disease. After getting vaccinated, you develop immunity to that disease, without having to get the disease first.

This is what makes vaccines such powerful medicine. Unlike most medicines, which treat or cure diseases, vaccines prevent them.


An excellent video to watch:

COVID-19 mRNA Shots Are Legally Not Vaccines


It’s not just pedantry.

Words have meanings.

We are being LIED to about too many things

Systemic Racism At Disney?

See the below Communist Chinese manufactured Disney crap.

(Click image to embiggen)

Please note the default/suggested color of the princess.

WHITE !!!!!

Of course it’s not actually “white” but on the race baiting leftist SJW spectrum it is.

Also please note that there are only four color choices. Not a single one of those colors appears to be close to representative of POC.

How does Disney get away with this?

A second note about this Communist Chinese manufactured Disney crap, how is it possible to pay someone to manufacture this item, put it on a boat, send it across an ocean, distribute to a store, display it and sell it all for 99 cents while everyone involved makes a profit?

Even with an economy of scale, I don’t get it.

And seriously, pieces of crap like can’t be made locally for a similar profit???