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Monday, April 13, 2020

Highlights of the News

On February 14, 1884, Theodore Roosevelt's wife died two days after giving birth, and his mother died of typhus. His diary entry that day was an X above the sentence, "The light has gone out of my life."

He was 25. He would rise again and become one of our four greatest presidents.

I suffered a tragedy on Good Friday which I have only begun to understand. Through my tears and heartache, I carry on. I cannot very well tell a nation to move on from the pandemic while I sit on the sidelines and sob. And so I write and sob. Pray not for me, but pray for our son, Michael. He's gone at 33.

I thank readers for honoring my privacy this weekend.

ITEM 1The Sun reported, "White House corona virus expert Dr. Anthony Fauci today said lives could have been saved if US had been shut down earlier."

Dr. Anthony Fauci said on January 31, "We still have a low risk to the American public."

He needs to apologize and resign.
And we need to reopen the nation. Live free or die.

ITEM 2: The Independent reported, "The United Nations could run out of money by the end of the month as it faces a near-unprecedented funding crisis, the secretary-general has warned.

"Almost a third of member states have not paid their annual dues leading to a £1.3 billion black hole, António Guterres said in a statement on Tuesday.

"The shortage of cash has meant vital staff vacancies have been left empty, travel limited to all but essential journeys and meetings deferred amid attempts to shore up the dwindling reserves. Staff have been warned there may be a default on salaries in November."

Finally, some good news.

64 of the 193 member nations haven't paid their dues in full. We should make it 65.

ITEM 3Ross Marchand reported, "As the deadly corona virus takes its toll on countless families, healthcare workers are doing their best to get patients the medicine and equipment they desperately need.

"But medical devices can do more harm than good unless properly sterilized and disinfected by applying agents such as Ethylene Oxide (EtO) gas. And, because of deeply flawed federal studies and subsequent state and local actions based on this shoddy science, production of sterilizing agents such as EtO has been put on the backburner. Policymakers must examine all the evidence at hand and keep patients safe from COVID-19 contamination."

The story also said, "In 2016, [the agency] found that EtOs start to pose harm to human health at the infinitesimally low level of 100 parts per quadrillion, or approximately 19,000 times lower than the amount of EtO found in the human body. That’s right: according to the EPA, humans are exposed to sky-high EtO risks just by being alive and producing EtO internally."

Wait till someone at the EPA finds out people produce carbon dioxide. They will ban humans.

ITEM 4: Catherine Herridge of CBS News reported, "The FBI was warned sections of the controversial Steele dossier could have been part of a 'Russian disinformation campaign to denigrate U.S. foreign relations,' according to newly declassified footnotes from a government watchdog report.

"The December report by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz examined the FBI's investigation into alleged coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia as well as the FBI's four surveillance warrants for former Trump campaign aide Carter Page.

"Horowitz concluded the FBI was justified in launching the investigation, dubbed Crossfire Hurricane, although he found 17 significant inaccuracies and omissions in the FBI's handling of FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) applications to surveil Page."

Obama was Putin's Puppet. Remember, the evil they accuse conservatives of is their evil.

The story also said, "But some of Horowitz's findings were disputed by U.S. Attorney John Durham, who is conducting a broader investigation. At the time, Durham said 'we do not agree with some of the report's conclusions as to predication and how the FBI case was opened.'

"Several footnotes in Horowitz's report were redacted, and Republican Senators Chuck Grassley and Ron Johnson pushed for the declassification of four footnotes related to the Steele dossier, a collection of opposition research notes on the Trump campaign's ties to Russia compiled by Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence officer.

"The dossier was used, in part, by FBI investigators to secure four surveillance warrants for Page."

I want indictments. I want Obama in prison for turning the FBI into a criminal syndicate that openly lied to judges to get power it never should have.

ITEM 5: The Department of Justice was not above exploiting the COVID-19 crisis.
This is virtue signaling.

The churches can hire lawyers and take care of themselves in court. Instead of going after governors, the department should clean house and go after the real criminals inside the FBI, both past and present.

ITEM 6: CNBC reported, "JPMorgan Chase, the country’s largest lender by assets, is raising borrowing standards this week for most new home loans as the bank moves to mitigate lending risk stemming from the novel corona virus disruption.

"From Tuesday, customers applying for a new mortgage will need a credit score of at least 700, and will be required to make a down payment equal to 20% of the home’s value.

"The change highlights how banks are quickly shifting gears to respond to the darkening U.S. economic outlook and stress in the housing market, after measures to contain the virus put 16 million people out of work and plunged the country into recession."

The money people are the grownups.

ITEM 7: The Daily Caller reported, "A former staffer for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has reportedly filed a formal criminal complaint against her former boss with the Washington, D.C. police.

"Tara Reade, who last month accused the former vice president and longtime senator of sexually assaulting her in 1993 while employed as one of his Senate staffers, told police that Biden 'assaulted her in a Senate corridor, shoving his hand under her skirt and penetrating her with his fingers,' Business Insider reported Saturday while also noting that the 'statute of limitations for the alleged assault has passed.'"

The presumption of innocence applies even to creepy, sleazy, and dopey politicians.

The New York Times wrote, "Ms. Reade, a former Senate aide, has accused Mr. Biden of assaulting her in 1993 and says she told others about it.  A Biden spokeswoman said the allegation is false, and former Senate office staff members do not recall such an incident."

Brett Kavanaugh never even met Christine Blasey Ford. The Times insisted he raped her.

The Times also did a little post-posting editing of "The Times found no pattern of sexual misconduct by Mr. Biden, beyond hugs, kisses and touching that women previously said made them uncomfortable."

It now says, "The Times found no pattern of sexual misconduct by Mr. Biden."

The truth is out there. And when journalists get hold of it, boy will the truth be sorry.

ITEM 8: Campus Reform reported, "Colleges nationwide are bleeding money. Some might not make it."

Decades of federal funding and $1.6 trillion in loans to students spoiled this industry and made it blind to the technological changes that hasten its obsolescence. Bloated bureaucracies make them as susceptible to COVID-19 as a lifetime smoker is.

And social justice warriors are a co-morbidity on some campuses.

The story said, "The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is offering students who have left campus a refund of 60 percent of the prorated cost of room and board, while the University of Missouri announced it would offer a housing discount of 45 percent of the current semester cost to students who vacated their residence halls by April 3. Adding insult to injury, the University of Missouri is just one several public universities in the state that on track to lose up to $73 million in state funding for the next fiscal year."

Most readers are associated with a college, either as a student or as a parent or grandparent. We do not want them to fail. But some will. Issues with Mau-Mau liberalism aside, we root for them to adapt and survive because an educated society is as important to our freedom as guns are.

ITEM 9: The Post Millenial News reported, "Polyamorous man lauded by progressive media charged with violent abuse of five-week-old baby."

The story began, "A five-week-old baby was hospitalized in Florida recently after she was violently abused by one of her four fathers, Ethan Baucom."

When you have four fathers, you have none because no one accepts the responsibility of protecting the child. All five deserve to be tried for child neglect and worse.

We banned polygamy for good reason.

ITEM 10: BizPac Review reported, "The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a stay on Friday, halting a decision from a Texas lower court which allowed some abortions to continue in Texas in spite of the governor’s order to stop the procedure during the corona virus pandemic.

"Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order requiring medical providers to cancel nonessential surgeries to save hospital space and protective gear during the corona virus outbreak. The order did not detail which procedures were considered nonessential, but Texas AG Ken Paxton stated he would prosecute providers who continued to perform abortions. He announced the penalty for violating the order was $1,000 or 180 days of jail time. The ban, set to expire April 22, includes limited exceptions which include concerns over a mother’s life.

"Judges Kyle Duncan, appointed by President Trump, and Jennifer Walker Elrod, appointed by President George W. Bush, wrote in their ruling: 'when faced with a society-threatening epidemic, a state may implement emergency measures that curtail constitutional rights so long as the measures have at least some ‘real or substantial relation’ to the public health crisis and are not ‘beyond all question, a plain, palpable invasion of rights secured by the fundamental law.' Judge Kyle Dennis, appointed by President Clinton, dissented and claimed Thursday’s ruling from the lower court should not be reversed."

This pandemic panic has canceled life-saving elective surgeries such as colonoscopies (early detection of cancer saves lives). Democrats demand life-ending surgeries remain open. It's a death cult.

ITEM 11: MSN reported, "California will move some senior citizens from care homes to the USNS Mercy in order to better isolate them from corona virus, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced.

"Newsom said Friday that the Navy hospital ship will expand its original mandate to help alleviate pressure on nursing homes. Only non-COVID-19 residents will be moved."

That is an excellent use of the Navy hospital ship which is designed for such transfers. Someone is using his noodle.

ITEM 12: Via BizPac Review, Anderson Cooper's interview with Newsom.

Cooper: “You’ve had differences with the president in the past, tough words on both sides. You’ve been able to work together it seems in this for the needs of your state.”

Newsom: “We’re involved in 68 lawsuits with the Trump administration. I’ve been on your show, I haven’t been timid, he certainly hasn’t been timid. But I got to say this, it’s just a fact, I’d be lying to you, I’d be lying to the American people – every single direct request that he was capable of meeting, he has met.

“We have the USNS Mercy in California because of his direct intervention and support. Two thousand of these federal medical stations because of his direct support,” he continued, referring to the U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Mercy which was deployed last month to help Los Angeles-area hospitals to care for those with COVID-19.

“So I can only speak for myself, but I have to be complementary. Otherwise I would be simply lying to you, misleading you, and that is a wonderful thing to be able to say and I hope that continues.”

There is a time to politic, and there is a time to govern. I think President Ecclesiastes said that.

ITEM 13: Fox News reported, "Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., has urged President Trump to reverse a reported plan to block an Iranian request to the IMF for $5 billion in aid to fight the corona virus crisis -- saying it is in the U.S. national interest to accede to the request."

The top Democrat on the Intelligence Committee serves Iran, not the United States. That is how the Democrat Party wants it.

But why does she not get her Red Chinese buddies to save Iran?

ITEM 14: CBS News reported, "Tyler Perry surprised elderly shoppers and others who are high-risk at dozens of supermarkets by paying off their grocery tabs. Amid the corona virus pandemic, grocery stores around the United States have been opening early for seniors to help them avoid large crowds.

The entertainment mogul paid off bills at 73 stores — 44 Kroger supermarkets in his hometown, Atlanta, and 29 Winn-Dixies in New Orleans — during the hour dedicated for vulnerable customers on Wednesday."

Madea goes shopping.

God bless him. Tyler Perry is my favorite person named after Aerosmith band members.

ITEM 15: Forbes reported, "The corona virus crash erased nearly all of the stock-market gains enjoyed by billionaires over the past year. It also knocked many from the billionaire ranks entirely. Altogether, 267 from last year’s list of 2,153 people fell below the $1 billion threshold this year. Forbes calculated net worths based on stock prices and exchange rates from March 18 — but we had initially put together a list based on March 6 prices. Between March 6 and March 18, 226 people fell off the list as the markets sank further."

Madea goes to the poor house.

ITEM 16: Fox News reported, "Kentucky's largest city cannot halt a local church's drive-in service planned for Easter, a federal judge on Saturday ruled.

"The ruling came as Republicans blasted Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear’s statewide plan to order people into quarantine if they attend mass gatherings, including religious ones."

Close the mosques on a Muslim high holy day. I double dog dare them.

ITEM 17: NPR reported on March 30, "President Trump is repeating his claim that the United States is doing more testing for the corona virus than any other country.

"'We have more cases because we're doing far more testing than anybody in the world,' the president said in a White House briefing on Sunday.

"The U.S has ramped up testing, but still lags other countries like Italy and South Korea, when it comes to testing on a per capita basis."

NPR reported on April 11, "U.S. Surpasses Italy In Total COVID-19 Deaths."

No mention was made of Italy still leading by a wide margin in deaths per capita. Lockdown the media and let the rest of us go outside.

ITEM 18: Even a RINO can see the problem.
Amash could have been a contender but he went for that coveted Good Republican title in the media.

ITEM 19: Speaking of Michigan rummies...
She signed this ban with 9 people near her. She gonna pony up $9,000?

ITEM 20: Texans elected Ironside.
Everyone, back in the pool.

ITEM 21: The Washington Examiner reported, "Julian Assange’s lawyer and lover announced that the Wikileaks founder fathered two children with her.

"Stella Morris, a member of Assange’s legal team, said Sunday that she and Assange, who is facing 18 criminal counts, had two children together in a plea for British authorities to release him. The revelation was announced via a video interview released by Wikileaks."

The story also said, "Assange had been holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he was granted asylum for seven years before that was revoked. Now, Morris is pleading with the court to release Assange from prison because of the corona virus pandemic ravaging the United Kingdom."

That is how you master quarantine. Like a boss.

FINALLY: Did you know Neil Sedaka's girlfriend is a cyclops? In "Laughter in the Rain," he sang, "Walking hand in hand with my one-eyed love."

Great man.

Friend of the handicapped.


  1. Dear Mr. Surber: I am very, very sorry to hear the news. You are a rock, sir. Keep going. Work is salvation in these dreadful events. And thank you for running a wonderful newspaper, your own newspaper. It is much appreciated.

    Don Reed

  2. My condolences to you and your family, Don.

  3. All the love I can muster...heading toward you and your family, Don.

  4. My condolences. I am sorry for you loss, and will pray for Michael.

  5. May Michael rest in peace. He and you are in my prayers.

  6. So sorry to hear of the loss of your son. May God give you and your wife the strength to carry on and may his memory sustain you.

  7. Focus not on the loss, but on the life you had together. Best wishes to you and yours, Don. =-[.]-=

  8. Don, you may cry just a little bit less as I am crying for you and your wife and your son Michael. I'll pray for you all.

  9. Welcome back, Don
    Hope you can find some solace here, while you heal. Take good care of that wonderful wife.

  10. My daughter (28 yrs old ) was killed by a drunk driver 16 years ago. My wife of 31 years divorced me because I wouldn't let her drink herself to death . She then proceeded to drink herself within 3 years. She was dead for 3 weeks before being discovered by a neighbor. Don't let this happen to you or your family. Time will ease the pain, but not much. Unfortunately, I for one know what you are feeling. Words don't mean much of anything now. I wish you well.

  11. My thoughts and prayers go out to you, your family and son.
    May his soul rest in peace.

    Hoover, Alabama

  12. I offer my most sincere condolences, a small comfort in light of your announcement.

  13. #1. So very sorry for your loss. Children should not go before their parents.

    #2. Let the UN sink. Get the US out of the UN and the UN out of the US.

    #8. Colleges need to cut their bloated administrations. The first to go should be their diversity departments. - GOC

  14. My condolences to you and your loved ones.

  15. Don, I and so many of us are in shock for your devastating loss. Let the sobbing overcome you until there are no tears left. Then let the sun, and Son, hently warm and dry your face over time. May God bless you and your wife mightily


  16. So sorry Don. Heartfelt condolences to you and your family.

  17. Item 3. As a microbiologist for cosmetics R&D, I know that EtO has been used to sterilize ingredients and dyes for several decades and is completely safe. Gamma irradiation is also employed for both ingredients and medical instruments and is also safe. However, the uninformed have been known to whine about irradiation residues (there are NONE) so EtO is employed and they whine about that as well. So let's just soak everything in alcohol like we did in the 1800's. Ridiculous!

  18. I'm very sorry to hear this, Don.

  19. Don, prayers to you and your family-- may God Bless you and the Surbers. You are now a member of the same fraternity I am, along with too many other parents, and one I would not wish on my own worst enemy. Glad you are working through it, it does help based on my on personal experience. GodSpeed

  20. Dear Sir,
    My deepest condolences. I lost my mother when I was 20. Lost my father when I was 30. Too soon!

  21. Don, Heartfelt prayers for you and your wife and family during this time. After reading your blog for many years, your words this morning were a punch in the gut. I pray that God would grant you Peace.

  22. I am so sorry for your loss Don. I appreciate your sharing this with us. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Michael and all of your family.

  23. Item 7. Hey! Creepy Porn Lawyer is on temporary release from prison due to COVID-19 so he's available to represent this woman

  24. Obama's NIH Gave Wuhan Bio-Lab $3.7 Million For Their Bat Project!

    Did We Fund Our Own Epidemic, Dr. Fauci?

    The Daily Mail reports that Obama's NIH gave the Wuhan Bio-Lab a $3.7 million grant for the Bat Project.

    Dr. Keusch from Boston University says don't worry--there was no leak from the lab because all the Chinese scientists are trained here in Galveston, Texas. Say WHAT?

    FROM FAUCI'S BATCAVE--The NIH from 2018:

    "Wednesday, April 4. 2018

    New coronavirus emerges from bats in China. devastates young swine

    Identified in same region, from same bats, as SARS coronavirus.

    A newly identified coronavirus that killed nearly 25,000 piglets in 2016-17 in China emerged from horseshoe bats near the origin of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV), which emerged in 2002 in the same bat species. The new virus is named swine acute diarrhea syndrome coronavirus (SADS-CoV). It does not appear to infect people, unlike SARS-CoV which infected more than 8,000 people and killed 774. No SARS-CoV cases have been identified since 2004. The study investigators identified SADS-CoV on four pig farms in China's Guangdong Province. The work was a collaboration among scientists from EcoHealth Alliance, Duke-NUS Medical School, Wuhan Institute of Virology and other organizations, and was funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases..."

    ...of which Tony Fauci is the long-time Director.

    This sounds like the same $3.7 million NIH grant referenced in the Daily Mail story above, or it may even be another one.

    It's odd, but I haven't heard Fauci brag about his bat-work with the Wuhan Virology Lab. I mean, if you had done work on the Pandemic Virus at the very lab where many think it originated, shouldn't you mention it? Hello? My Spidey-sense is tingling off the charts.

    And if we're going to do regrets on CNN. do you regret the funding and work you sponsored at the Wuhan Virology Lab, Doc?

  25. Sorry for your loss Don. That's tough. I'll say a prayer for you and your family.

  26. The pain of loss can't be measured. It can only be felt. Thank you for telling us.

  27. Walking hand in hand with my one eyed love. A good sense of humor is love with a laugh.

  28. Let me step out of character and let you know my heart hurts for you Don. There's nothing I can say to make you feel better as I have been in your shoes. Keep close to the wife, as it is so much harder on them. God bless.
    David in Mulberry.

  29. My sincere condolences Don. My heart sank when I read it was your son. As a father myself, I can only imagine your pain. Keep working to help deal with that pain.

    ITEM 8: "Most readers are associated with a college, either as a student or as a parent or grandparent. We do not want them to fail."

    Count me out of that group. A lot of colleges are corrupt due to the "free" money from the student loan fiasco, and instead of improving their ability to deliver a quality education, they instead hired more diversity, admin, built buildings as monuments, etc., that did nothing to contribute to actual education. Our federal government had a lot to do with the student loan fiasco, but still, the colleges did not have to participate to the level they did. Bring the loans back to the banks, and let them carry the risk of funding an education. That should spell an end to the diversity and SJW crap. Make the colleges EARN the money from students again.

    "... because an educated society is as important to our freedom as guns are."

    Not the type of education most universities were providing. In fact, it is actively hurting this country and the freedoms associated with it. Just look at journalists. Let the shizzle holes fail, or change their ways. No bailouts either.

    ITEM 13: "But why does she not get her Red Chinese buddies to save Iran?"

    Because Diane Frankenstein's buddy, Red China, told her to support in any way the IMF and their financial support for Iran's relief. She is Red China's lapdog, and does their bidding. She should be tried for sedition to this country, and then executed. At the least, she should be expelled from the Senate, and this country. Unfortunately, too many in the Senate are corrupt from foreign powers like her.


  30. Oh Don, I am so moved by your news.
    Keep your hand in The Father's...

  31. Mr. Surber,
    Please accept my most heartfelt and sincere condolences on the passing of your son.
    May our Heavenly Father give you peace.

  32. So sorry to hear of your loss, Don.

    The nights of crying your eyes out
    give way to days of laughter.--Psalm 30:5

    God bless you all.

  33. Don, I am very sorry for your loss. Baruch Dayan Emes, Blessed be the True Judge. May your faith comfort you in this time of grief.

  34. May you find comfort in this hour of darkness. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  35. God bless you and your family good sir.

  36. I am so very sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  37. Don, My sincere condolences to you and your family.

  38. I am so sad for your loss. I was afraid something bad had happened and it was worse than I thought. My prayers goe to you and your family.

  39. Don, I don't post anywhere usually, but your pain drives me to here. Michael is in a place far better than we could ever imagine, surrounded with love we can't comprehend. His mortal death is a commencement of life everlasting. Celebrate that when you can! My tears of grief over the years have been replaced with tears of gratitude and awe. I pray yours will too.

  40. My condolences to you and your family as well.

  41. My prayers and condolences on your loss Don.

  42. I am so dreadfully sorry to read this today. I will be praying for your comfort and your son's soul.

  43. Heavenly father I bow before you today to ask you to forgive Michael Surber for his sins. For it was you, father, who said "all have sinned and come short of the glory of God". Father, grant Michael a pass into your Kingdom, give him the strength to walk through the valley of the dead directly into your arms. In Jesus name I pray.

  44. Thank you for sharing. The grief is physically painful. May God give you comfort.

  45. God and us mere mortals love you, Don.

  46. So sorry to hear of your loss, Don.
    May God comfort you and your family and guide you all through this time.
    You all are in my prayers.

  47. Don, your son lives in in you, your wife's and your family's memories. It is a small condolence but real. God bless you and yours in this rough time. May he carry you when you falter.

  48. No one can tell you how to grieve. May you find your path through the pain. Do not despair, though that would be easy to do. If your path means keeping up the blog, we will cherish it all the more. Thank you for sharing what you have, no more is needed unless you choose to.

  49. #8 Issues with Mau-Mau liberalism aside, we root for them to adapt and survive because an educated society is as important to our freedom as guns are.

    Problem is, much of the focus is on indoctrination; rather than education. It's why so many young people are enthused about socialism.

  50. Our prayers are with you and your family. God bless.

  51. Don

    Thanks so much for your highlights of the news.

    Please take care of you and your families mental and physical health. It takes time to heal, especially from unexpected deaths.


  52. So sorry for your loss. May God grant you the healing and solace only He can provide.

  53. My wife lost her 6 month old son on Good Friday, so I know how you feel.

    As the Irish say, just remember he's in a better place now.

    16, 18, & 20:

    Trump is saying he can open the country on his authority. some say the 10th Amendment gives it to the governors.

    I'm guessing their violations of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 8th Amendments (did I miss any?) hand the ball back to Trump.


    1. I'm all for the 10th amendment (and the 9th) but the practical facts are that is not the government we have. My best hope is that PDJT's second term can put the machinery in place, and give it irresistible momentum, to eventually dismantle the Deep State. That project will take decades.

  54. My thoughts and prayers go out to you, your family and son, Don.

    May his soul rest in peace.

  55. May the good Lord grant you comfort, in this terrible time. I am so sorry to hear of your immeasurable loss.

  56. She signed this ban with 9 people near her. She gonna pony up $9,000?
    Don't they each have to pony up $9,000 as co-offencers

  57. There is a difference between smart and wise. Dr Fauci is obviously a very smart man. However, his wisdom is very suspect. At the very least his mouth gets ahead of his head. After someone tells him later what he just said, he invariably says something to contradict what he said earlier. He is an advisor, not a decision maker. Again there's a big difference. His job is to advise or inform and let the adults weigh all of the advice and information and then make a prudent and hopefully wise decision. The Trumpster is right where he should be, making big decisions like the President of the most powerful nation in the world should... Pray for him..

  58. I am so sorry to learn of your loss, Don. Words alone are insufficient, but please accept my heartfelt condolences.

  59. "Instead of going after governors, the department should clean house and go after the real criminals inside the FBI, both past and present."

    Do you honestly expect the Gov't to not only investigate itself, but to actually hold responsible and prosecute those who broke laws? Look at the funny man! #LawsAreForLittlePeople

  60. May God comfort and heal you and your family and you endure no further sorrow.

  61. Read your excellent blog daily but seldom comment.
    Extremely sorry about your loss. As others have stated, words alone are insufficient but please accept my sincerest condolences. Take care, god bless.

  62. I'm so terribly, terribly sorry to hear of the death of your son. My prayers go up for you and your family.


  63. My deepest condolences on the loss of your son, Don. May God have mercy on his soul. I pray for comfort and peace for you and your wife, family and friends. We know that God works all things for good. In Jesus's name.

  64. I am so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you. You’re in my thoughts.

  65. So very sorry to hear of your loss, Don. My sincere condolences. May his memory be a blessing to you and may he rest in peace.

  66. Dear Don - I am so very sorry for your loss and said a prayer for him and your family immediately on reading your words. God bless you and keep you and your family in this difficult time.

  67. So sorry to hear of your son's passing. May you and your wife find solace in each other and in your faith. God bless.
    Jim in ABQ

  68. My deepest condolences Mr. Surber & prayers for your son, you & your family. May the grace & blessings of Jesus Christ be with you & your family in this most difficult time.

  69. Oh NO! I'm so sorry to hear this, Don. At times like this, words are so pathetically inadequate, so I offer my prayers for you and your family--that the God of all comfort will walk with you hand in hand through the valley of the shadow of death. And when you are too weary to walk, He will take you on his shoulder and carry you.


  70. Thoughts and prayers.
    You and your blog have become part of my life.
    will think of Michael often.

  71. We expect to lose our parents someday. No one expects to lose a child. May the Lord give you strength and help you find peace.

  72. Don, I am very sorry. I know what it is like to lose a child-happened to me in my first marriage-he was 15. Nothing ever has filled that hole.
    ever.. God be with you..

  73. Please accept my condolences and deepest sympathy for your loss.

    - jix

  74. My most heartfelt condolences go out to you for the loss of your boy. No parent should outlive their children...ask me how I know.

  75. Don,
    So sorry for the loss of your dear Michael. May your love for your son fill the universe and give you peace.

  76. Don, I am so sorry to hear about Michael. Praying for you and your family at this time.

  77. I'm so very sorry for your loss, Mr. Surber. My prayers are with you and your family.

  78. I am so sorry for your loss of your son. May God give you and all your loved ones the great comfort and care that you need at this time and in the time to come.

  79. The death of a child is a pain like no other. You hurt and you cry to the point that there are no tears left. Our hearts go out to you. May God grant you comfort. You'll never get over it but, in time, you will learn to cope. Remember the good times. From one who has been there.

  80. #19 - A heads up as I got spanked over at Instapundit for referring to that bit of fakery as something that actually happened. It didn't. The signing ceremony happened a couple of years ago for something obviously not having to do with China's Wuhan Virus or distancing.

  81. Don, I am humbled at not only your loss but the many commentators that have experienced loss as well.
    Thank you for being a comfort and a friend.

  82. So shocked to read about your tragedy. You are one of the best out there writing on the times we live in and your columns are sine qua non of my days. Your humor and insight lift many spirits no doubt. So saddened to hear of your heartbreak. May God give you strength and peace in the days to come.

  83. Dear Mr Surber,
    I join you in your prayers for the eternal peace of the departed Soul. May God give you strength to bear this tragic loss.

  84. With tears in my eyes, I am devastated by your loss, Don. Had the same happen 9years ago. There is nothing I can say but, hold on to Jesus and your wife very very tight.
    My dear friend and wife I Love you both.


  85. Sincere condolences on the loss of your child. May Gd comfort you and your family and may you know no further sorrow.

  86. Dear Lord, that's awful news, Don. It's one thing for a child to bury his parents, but for parents to bury a child .... May the Lord console you in the time to come.

    On a lighter note, who knew that the band Climax was a flock of birds? "Precious and few are the moments we toucans share."

    (Yes, I know -- old joke. It's still cause for a chuckle.)

    God bless you and your family.

    Hale Adams
    Pikesville, People's still-mostly-Democratic Republic of Maryland

  87. I just happened to stop by hoping you had returned and read this. My thoughts go out to you at this time. I hope you know that there are many, many of us out here thinking of you and supporting you.

  88. My heart goes out to you, Don. Losing a child must be a pain like no other. And it sounds like it was sudden/unexpected, which is especially hard.
    Although all words at a time like this are paltry, something I've noticed following a few losses in recent years, is that despite the grief, God has given a very keen and increased realization of the amazing marvelous-ness of what he created in the person who has gone on, and a deep and healing gratitude for the privilege of every moment I had with this precious person.
    May God sustain you.

  89. Sorry for your loss Mr. Surber.

  90. Mr. Surber, I am deeply sorry for your loss. I pray you find the strength to see and find some light again in your life. God's speed to your son and my prayers are with you and your family in your time of loss.

  91. please accept my condolences.

  92. I am praying for your comfort. May God hold you in the hollow of His hand.

  93. Tried to subscribe but the link goes to source code.

  94. My condolences, Don (and Lou Ann).

  95. My sincere condolence, It never changes , we lost our daughter to a drug overdose. She was 47.

  96. I read this the day you posted it. I couldn't see through my tears to post a response at that time. I'm so sorry for your loss. Your family is in my prayers.

  97. > Pray not for me, but pray for our son, Michael. He's gone at 33.

    I hope you don't mind if I pray for your entire family, Don. It can't be an easy time for any of you.

  98. I am so sorry for your loss. I hate that you are hurting and I wish I could lift it from you like a blanket. But, alas, all I can do is offer these words of condolence and keep you in my thoughts. God bless. Roger Ramet

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