Always trying to keep my friends informed and politically correct.

Due to the climate of political correctness now pervading America , let it be known that Kentuckians, Tennesseans and West Virginians will no longer be referred to as

'HILLBILLIES.' You must now refer to them as APPALACHIAN-AMERICANS.

And furthermore,


1.. She is not a 'BABE' or a 'CHICK' - She is a BREASTED AMERICAN. '

2. She is not 'EASY' - She is 'HORIZONTALLY ACCESSIBLE.'
5.. She does not 'NAG' you - She becomes 'VERBALLY REPETITIVE.'
6.. She is not a 'TWO-BIT HOOKER' - She is a 'LOW COST PROVIDER.'

1. He has a  "BEER GUT."   He has developed a 'LIQUID GRAIN STORAGE FACILITY.' 
 2.. He is not a 'BAD DANCER’ - He is 'OVERLY CAUCASIAN.'
4.. He is not 'BALDING' - He is in 'FOLLICLE REGRESSION.'
5.. He does not act like a 'TOTAL ASS’ - He develops a case of RECTAL-CRANIAL INVERSION.'
(Loved this one!)

Apologies: Why I no longer am bothered by Democrats !!!

The knee is not the problem !. .

Children raised in fatherless homes, especially black children, are far more likely than children raised in two-parent homes to engage in criminal behavior and thus, have contact with the police. Ergo, when they father a child with a woman to whom they are not married, or at least living with, they are contributing to the problem against which these football players are taking a knee.

If you look at many of these players’ records on out-of-wedlock children, you find that they are contributing significantly to the problem against which they are protesting.

For example, Antonio Cromartie has 12 children by 9 different women. Apparently the NFL had to shell out $500,000 before he could even play football for them.

Travis Henry has 11 children by 10 women.
Willis McGahee has 9 children by 8 women.
Derrick Thomas has 7 children by 5 different women.
Bennie Blades has 6 children by 6 women.
Ray Lewis has 6 children by 4 women.
And Marshall Faulk has 6 children by 3 women.
(They forgot to include Adrian Peterson. He has 11 children by 7 different women.)

Before these guys take a knee they should take a good look in the mirror. 
 It appears that their problem is NOT the knee !!!!!

Ted Cruz,U.S. Senator from Texas, on Donald Trump

"President Trump is a flash-bang grenade thrown into Washington by the forgotten men and
women of America. The fact that his first year as Commander in Chief disoriented and distressed members of the media and political establishment is not a bug but a feature.

The same cultural safe spaces that blinkered coastal elites to candidate Trump’s popularity have rendered them blind to President Trump’s achievements on behalf of ordinary Americans. While pundits obsessed over tweets, he worked with Congress to cut taxes for struggling families. While wealthy celebrities announced that they would flee the country, he fought to bring back jobs and industries to our shores. While talking heads predicted Armageddon, President Trump’s strong stand against North Korea put Kim Jong Un back on his heels.

President Trump is doing what he was elected to do: disrupt the status quo. That scares the heck out of those who have controlled Washington for decades, but for millions of Americans, their confusion is great fun to watch."


The GOP’s Secret Weapon

By BERNARD GOLDBERG April 12, 2018 223 Comments

Paul Ryan, the GOP leader in the House, says he won’t run for re-election — the latest warning sign that a blue wave may be coming in November.

It’s one thing to be the Speaker of the House, with all the power that comes with the position; quite another to be in the minority. And if Ryan thinks the midterms will leave him in the wilderness, why stick around Washington?

It’s a question a lot of Republicans have been asking. Ryan is the most prominent Republican who’ll be leaving, his decision the most consequential; but more than 40 other House Republicans have said they’re also calling it quits, some expressing “intense dissatisfaction with the state of Washington under Mr. Trump,” according to the New York Times.

A recent Gallup poll puts the president’s approval at just 41 percent — with a majority of those polled, 54 percent, saying they disapprove of the president.

The president’s most loyal fans may think, as they always do, that the polls are rigged, that they’re just fake news, but those not under the spell of this president, are taking the numbers seriously.

No president in recent history has had such a low poll number in April of his second year in office. Barack Obama had a 48 percent approval rating; George W. Bush 76 percent; Clinton 50 percent; George H.W. Bush 68 percent; Nixon 57 percent; JFK 77 percent; and Eisenhower 68 percent. Only Ronald Reagan (44 percent approval) and Jimmy Carter (43 percent) came close to Donald Trump’s paltry number.

And that same Gallup poll shows a partisan divide of Grand Canyon proportions. Only 8 percent of Democrats approve of the job the president is doing while 89 percent of Republicans are still solidly in his corner — an exceptionally high number given the daily chaos emanating from this administration, much of it Donald Trump’s own doing.

Some of that support, of course, is tribal, rooting for the captain of your team. But with Donald Trump something else is going on.

He’s not only getting backing from people who like him. I suspect he’s also getting support, unintentional for sure, from progressives who loathe him — because a lot of them are angry, resentful, and at times unhinged, traits that don’t sit well with ordinary Americans. Before this is over, the angry Left just might turn out to be an unlikely bonus for the president’s party this fall.

Here’s an idea for Republicans rightly worried about the midterms: Launch a well-produced ad campaign around the idea that if voters want to live in a country controlled by progressive Democrats, think about what that country would look like.

Let’s start with impeachment. If Democrats take over the House there’s a good chance it won’t be long before the president is impeached.

The GOP ad might ask: Impeachment for what? For obstruction of justice or collusion with the Russians? Unless the special prosecutor comes up with some hard evidence, independents – the group Republicans will need to hold onto Congress – will see impeachment as nothing more than a left-wing coup.

The GOP ad should hammer that message hard – and ask voters if they really want Nancy Pelosi running the House.

But it’s not only the important matters of consequence like supposed Russian collusion that could determine which party winds up in control of Congress next year. It’s also a lot of small things that could count too – small things that are like elevator music playing in the background while much bigger news is stealing the headlines.

Things like trying to shut down conservative voices progressive Democrats don’t want to hear. Whether it’s encouraging advertisers to boycott Fox programs because of an ill-advised Laura Ingraham tweet, or cupcakes on campus shouting down conservative speakers. These tactics don’t go over well with reasonable Americans.

Things like Hillary Clinton saying she won the votes of “optimistic” and “dynamic” people while Donald Trump won the votes of Americans who “don’t like black people getting rights [and who] don’t like women getting jobs.”

Little things like that snarky New York magazine cover portraying President Trump … as a pig. The pig cover won’t bother progressives in Manhattan, of course, but they sell the magazine in newsstands at airports where Middle Americans see it. And even if some of them don’t especially like the president, there’s a good chance they won’t like the disrespect even more.

And there’s the grating nonsense from progressives about white privilege. Republicans should make commercials asking: How are white blue-collar workers in the Rust Belt privileged? How is a white woman trying to make ends meet as a waitress in a small town diner privileged?

And is Donald Trump really a bigot who “wants to make America white again” because he wants to build a wall along our southern border?

“If Donald Trump is a bigot because he’s against illegal immigration,” the GOP ad might say, “Then what does that make any of you who also are against illegal immigration? Are you also trying to make America white again?”

The strong economy may help Republicans in November, but the midterms are likely to come down to enthusiasm. Which side has more: Those who detest the president or those who are sticking with him?

Candidate Trump ran against the elite media to his advantage. Republicans this fall can run against an elite progressive culture to their advantage.

But if between now and November the president fires Jeff Sessions, his deputy or the special counsel, then ignore everything you just read.

APOLOGIES! Couldnt resist: The IRS Agent

At the end of the tax year, the Internal Revenue Service, sent an inspector to audit the books of a local hospital. While the agent was checking the books, the auditor turned to the executive of the hospital and said "I notice you buy a lot of bandages. What do you do with the end of the roll when there's too little left to be of any use?"

"Good question," noted the executive. "We save them up and send them back to the bandage company and every once in a while, they send us a free roll."

"Oh," replied the auditor, somewhat disappointed that his unusual question had a practical answer. But on he went, in his obnoxious way. "What about all these plaster purchases? What do you do with what's left over after setting a cast on a patient?"

"Ah, yes," replied the executive, realizing that the inspector was trying to trap him with an unanswerable question. "We save it and send it back to the manufacturer and every so often they send us a free bag of plaster."

"I see," replied the auditor, thinking hard about how he could fluster the know-it-all executive. "Well, What do you do with all the remains from the circumcision surgeries?"

"Here, too, we do not waste," answered the executive. "What we do is save all the little foreskins and send them to the Internal Revenue Service and about once a year they send us a complete prick.


Thanks to our contributing buddy Bill Stott for the award winning piece this year.

                                   The Americans With No Abilities Act (ANAA)
Democratic Senators are considering introducing legislation that will provide new benefits for many more Americans. The Americans With No Abilities Act is being hailed as a major legislative goal by advocates of the millions of Americans who lack any real skills and ambition.

 “Roughly 50 percent of Americans do not possess the competence and drive necessary to carve out a meaningful role for themselves in society,” said California Sen. Kamala Harris. “We can no longer stand by and allow People of Inability (POI) to be ridiculed and passed over.  With this legislation, employers will no longer be able to grant special favors to a small group of workers, simply because they have some idea of what they are doing.”

In a Capitol Hill press conference, Nancy Pelosi pointed to the success of the U.S. Postal Service, which has a long-standing policy of providing opportunity without regard to performance.  At the state government level, the Department of Motor Vehicles also has an excellent record of hiring Persons with No Ability (63 percent).

 Under the Americans With No Abilities Act, more than 25 million mid-level positions will be created, with important-sounding titles but little real responsibility, thus providing an illusory sense of purpose and performance.

Finally, the Americans With No Abilities Act contains tough new measures to make it more difficult to discriminate against the non-abled, banning, for example, discriminatory interview questions such as, “Do you have any skills or experience that relate to this job?”

“As a non-abled person, I can’t be expected to keep up with people who have something going for them,” said Mary Lou Gertz, who lost her position as a lug-nut twister at the GM plant in Flint, Mich., due to her inability to remember “righty tighty, lefty loosey”. “This new law should be real good for people like me. I’ll finally have job security.”  With the passage of this bill, Gertz and millions of other untalented citizens will finally see a light at the end of the tunnel.

 Said Sen. Dick Durbin, II: “As a senator with no abilities, I believe the same privileges that elected officials enjoy ought to be extended to every American with no abilities.  It is our duty as lawmakers to provide each and every American citizen, regardless of his or her inadequacy, with some sort of space to take up in this great nation and a good salary for doing so.”

This message was approved by Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Diane Feinstein, Kamala Harris, Maxine Waters, Elizabeth Warren & Nancy Pelosi........all Americans With No Abilities whatsoever!!


If there isn't ...there should be..!!!!  Try this one on and see if  you do not feel a little nauseated .

When a president dies, the country pays for their burial. In the case of a president like JFK, who was a war hero and assassinated in the middle of a term, something extravagant is in order.

His burial at Arlington with the memorial paid for by the people cost almost $4 million in today's money, adjusted for inflation. The Kennedy family paid for the casket, vault and the eternal flame.

Ronald Reagan, one of the most influential men in history, is buried in California at his Presidential Library, paid for by donations from the people and the Reagan family. In fact, other than Kennedy, which we can all agree was warranted, no president has ever cost the taxpayers more than $100K in today's money to bury.

The clause in the Presidential Contract enacted by congress in 1819 states that the president shall receive the burial service deemed fit for his stature and that the cost of the funeral and burial plot will be paid for by the people of a grateful nation.

While every president who has died in modern history, except Reagan, took advantage of that perk of the presidency, none have gone so far that anyone would ever have noticed. Until now that is.

Barack Obama has just submitted his plans for burial in a plot that will house his entire

family, citing the Kennedys, the Tafts and the Roosevelts as precedent, inside a monument he had designed to celebrate the nation's first black president.

The monument, will cost the taxpayers roughly $120 million and will be listed as a national historical place with 24 hour protection from the 3rd US Infantry Regiment, just like the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

The memorial would be built immediately upon approval and occupy the Northeast quadrant of the lawn near the Washington Monument with a view of the White House.


At least they did not include the dogs!!!!




In 1865, a Democrat shot and killed Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States .
In 1881, a left wing radical Democrat shot James Garfield, President of the United States - who later died from the wound.
In 1963, a radical left wing socialist shot and killed John F. Kennedy, President of the United States.
In 1975, a left wing radical Democrat fired shots at Gerald Ford, President of the United States.
In 1983, a registered Democrat shot and wounded Ronald Reagan, President of the United States.
In 1984, James Hubert, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 22 people in a McDonalds restaurant.
In 1986, Patrick Sherrill, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 15 people in an Oklahoma post office.
In 1990, James Pough, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 10 people at a GMAC office.
In 1991, George Hennard, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 23 people in Luby's cafeteria in Killeen , TX.
In 1995, James Daniel Simpson, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 5 coworkers in a Texas laboratory.
In 1999, Larry Asbrook, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 8 people at a church service.
In 2001, a left wing radical Democrat fired shots at the White House in a failed attempt to kill George W. Bush, President of the US.
In 2003, Douglas Williams, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 7 people at a Lockheed Martin plant.
In 2007, a registered Democrat named Seung - Hui Cho, shot and killed 32 people in Virginia Tech.
In 2010, a mentally ill registered Democrat named Jared Lee Loughner, shot Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and killed 6 others.
In 2011, a registered Democrat named James Holmes, went into a movie theater and shot and killed 12 people.
In 2012, Andrew Engeldinger, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 7 people in Minneapolis.
In 2013, a registered Democrat named Adam Lanza, shot and killed 26 people in a school in Newtown, CT.
As recently as Sept 2013, an angry Democrat shot 12 at a Navy ship yard.

Clearly, there is a problem with Democrats and guns.  Not one NRA member, Tea Party member, or Republican conservative was involved in any of these shootings and murders.

It should be illegal for Democrats to own guns
We don't need gun control, we need Democrat control.
Guns don't kill people, Democrats do!

Political Left / Right Test

Your political views: Based on your life style social scientists say that it will predict your political views.

Open the link and take the brief quiz and see if they are right. I took the inquiry and have to say I was impressed. Give it a try and Click HERE


This is a good lesson for those who want to let the Gov. be our savior.

Very good finger shaking at the liberal "Dark Side" or "Dumb Side" by Nick.  I bet we hear more from him in the future.  This piece deserves to be forwarded to others.


                              (A thanks to Bill Stott for getting this piece to us.)
Ever look up the education credentials of Hollywood and New York Liberals? Most of them rely on knowledge clouds drifting across the Pacific, perhaps from an Asian mysrtic who wears lots of colorful beads. The mystic has brought them deep understanding of economics, governance, military affairs and especially science. It inspires bold words on most topics.
LEONARDO DeCAPRIO's self-declared climate expertise enables him to speak on the world's environmental issues with a GED high-school education. He never took a college biology, chemistry, physics or climatology course, yet he “knows" more than most scientists. He proved that by addressing climate change before a full gathering of the UN.
SEAN PENN's quick takes on everything put him at the lofty level of an Einstein. He visited Iraq once and became an expert on that country. The same for Iran He also became buddies with the brutal Venezuelan communist Hugo Chavez and consistently lauded that murderous thug.. Now that Chavez is gone and Venezuelans are raiding dumpsters for food scraps, Penn is having a rare silent moment. Penn deserves some credit for becoming a world-affairs genius based ontwo years of auto mechanics classes at Santa Monica College .
KATY PERRY's passion about politics and economics freed her to quit high school at 15 without compromising her expert status. Asked the square root of 64, the name given the Constitution's first 10 amendments and to explain PE ratio, her answer might be, "Republicans are for the rich." She recently demonstrated wizardry by making an anti-Trump video. It suggested the new president would commit acts similar to forced World War II lockups of loyal Japanese-Americans. Perry probably did not know the internment plan was developed and executed by DEMOCRAT President Roosevelt.
ROBERT DeNIRO must also be a quick learner. He acquired amazing scientific knowledge before dropping out of high school. He knows so much about geology that he joined Artists Against Fracking. (All the producing wells in his native Manhattan must have provided first-hand experience.) He's also an expert on pediatric medicine, enabling him to speak often against vaccinating infants and children.
HARRY BELAFONTE is another multiple-subject whiz who needed little formal education. Some people might think this talented singer might limit his words to songs since his IQ is so low. Don't worry. Despite advancing age, he remains expert on most things. When black people of greater intelligence (that's most black people) say something moderate or conservative, he hurls the N word at them. Decades ago, he loudly denounced Reagan's elimination of CETA, the Comprehensive Employment Training Act. It was one of the most wasteful federal programs ever -- many vanished dollars, few jobs. Belafonte tore into Reagan during an interview Finally, the interviewer asked Belafonte what CETA stood for. Belafonte had no clue. He knew almost nothing about the act.
ROSIE O'DONNELL was my personal favorite long before her hateful remark that Trump's 10-year-old son looked autistic. Her coarse philosophy must be that if you say something loudly, it need not be correct. Her bombast probably created lots of turmoil with both the women she "married." She also must have skipped chemistry during high-school education and her short stints at Dickinson and Boston Universities .. Otherwise, she would have not have offered "proof" that 9/11 was an inside job. She often bellowed that planes could not have brought down the Twin Towers because "steel doesn't burn." This constant jackass must not know that high temperatures DO reduce steel's strength.
AL SHARPTON would be America 's greatest at-large criminal, if not for Hillary's tens of millions swapped for influence and favors. Sharpton owes nearly $5 million in delinquent taxes to IRS and New York state. Makes you wonder why NBC/MSNBC would ever hire him. Sharpton accumulated vast theological knowledge by age 9, when he was "ordained" as a preacher. He didn't need more than 2 years at New York ’s Brooklyn College to keep marching forward. His most successful class must have been Using Others’ Money. Despite one scandal after another, his 2004 run for president stands out. The Federal Election Commission forced him to return $100,000 in taxpayer money provided by FEC. One of many abuses was his $145,146 charge for "Campaign letter preparation -- Kinko's." Later, FEC fined Sharpton $285,000.
JULIA ROBERTS proves that physical beauty does not ensure a beautiful brain. She had a fling at Georgia State University before pursuing acting lessons and joining a modeling group. Her acting and modeling skills guided her to such thoughtful observations as "Republican" comes between "reptile" and "repugnant" in the dictionary. Impressed?
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN could have been No. 1 on this list. He squabbled with nuns when in Catholic school. Transferring to a public school, he thought so little of the education experience that he skipped graduation. Had he gone to college, he might have majored in Hate 101. That's what we hear when he's not singing. He claims Trump is a "moron" who advocates "white nationalism." Springsteen demonstrates the analytical skills' void of most show-biz folk when he laments America 's industrialization decline Somebody please whisper to Springsteen that his party's business-crunching regulations and world-leading corporate tax rate compels U.S. manufacturers to go elsewhere.
Finally, two others are outside the entertainment world, disqualifying them from winning an Oscar, Emmy or Grammy.
NANCY PELOSI and MAXINE WATERS compete for the Rock Head of the Year trophy each time they speak. Pelosi frequently wins with comments like needing to pass a bill "so we can find out what's in it."
Waters has already locked up the 2017 trophy for suggesting a Trump impeachment over his campaign antics. Listen closely, Maxine. Presidents can be impeached only for what they do in office.

You can't fix STUPID....

In a recent polling by the World News Corp of 585 NFL players, nearly all of them were unsure of exactly what they are protesting. Here's a sampling of responses to the question:

"What are you protesting by kneeling during the National Anthem?"
· "Pretty sure it's against Nazis - especially the white ones."
· "We're protesting America becoming capitalistic instead of equal."
· "I'm protesting against Trump saying black lives don't matter."
· "We're against global warming and the police.."
· "We're showing the world that we care about, ah, things such as.... such as...ah, freedom from suppression?"
· "Me and my fellow players are protesting the Constitution of Independence because of what it does to people of color."
· "We are displaying our right to stand up by kneeling for our beliefs."
· "We are protesting Trump, because he, you know, keeping the black man down."
· "Myself is kneeling to show that just because I'm American don't mean I got to act like one."

All above comments are from National Football League players with at least 4 years of an American College “Education”.

Average player salary $1,900,000


This 1965 broadcast by Paul Harvey, a renowned radio broadcaster was sent to us by Joe, one of our regular contributors.  He simply offered it with the comment:  "Scary!!"  He was right, but what made it scarier for me is that I heard it LIVE when I was 31 years old!!!

The tax system explained with beer !!

Stick with it.....CLICK HERE

Our own man in a Black Panther uniform...From the archives...too late!!!


amazing how politicians can ruin an old world country that has 21st century laws with accepting an old world 10th century immigration and thought process laws!! Simply AMAZING!!  VIDEO IS WHAT HAS HAPPENED IN SWEDEN....



Thank God for Presidential Term Limits. Still too long for Obama

By Jeff Bergner

The vanishing Obama presidency

As time passes, being the nation's first black president may be just about his only lasting political accomplishment.
One year ago, Barack Obama's presidency came to an end. His election as the nation's first black president was a major accomplishment for him and for the nation. Time will never erase that achievement.
But as time passes, this may be just about his only lasting political accomplishment; his legislative, regulatory and policy initiatives are disappearing rapidly.
On domestic policy:
·         Energy: The Keystone XL Pipeline has been approved. The Dakota Access Pipeline has been approved and is operational. U.S. energy production is up, and gas prices are down. Deep Obama administration reductions in offshore drilling leases are in the process of being reversed.
·         Education: The Obama Education Department's Title IX "guidance" to colleges and universities mandating how to treat sexual assault cases has been rescinded. Numerous Education Department programs begun in the Obama administration are being terminated.
·         Environment: The Obama EPA's Clean Power Plan to regulate carbon dioxide as a pollutant, the implementation of which was already blocked by the Supreme Court, has been rescinded.
·         Labor: The Obama-controlled National Labor Relations Board rule treating franchise chains as single employers for the purpose of collective bargaining has been repealed.
·         National parks: Obama's vast additions to U.S. national monuments in Utah have been rescinded.
·         Internet: Net neutrality has been repealed.
·         Immigration: The Obama executive order on Deferred Action Against Parents of Americans, which was blocked by a federal court, has been rescinded. His executive order on Deferred Action Against Childhood Arrivals has been rescinded, awaiting potential congressional action.
·         Health care: Obamacare has been significantly modified by regulations to allow new, less costly forms of health insurance and by the repeal of the individual mandate. Additional regulatory changes are coming this year. As the health exchanges continue to shrink, the principal impact of Obamacare will be the expansion of Medicaid enrollment.
·         Consumer protection: The structure of the Obama-era Consumer Financial Protection Agency has been ruled unconstitutional by the District of Columbia Circuit Court because it is unanswerable to any elected government official. The CFPB is facing additional legal and legislative challenges.
·         Economy: The economic recovery beginning in 2009 produced historically slow economic growth, a declining labor participation rate, stagnant wages and increasing food stamp usage. Today's economy is growing more rapidly, the labor participation rate is up, wages are beginning to rise, and food stamp usage is down.
·         Military: Reductions in military spending and U.S. troop levels are being reversed.
·         ISIS: Changes to the Obama rules of engagement for using military force led to the rapid defeat of ISIS.
·         Environment: The United States has announced its intent to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord.
·         Trade: The United States declined to join the Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership.
·         Iran nuclear deal: The president has declined to certify the Iran nuclear agreement, which the Obama administration negotiated, setting the stage for withdrawal or modification.
·         Syria: The president has used military force to enforce Obama's "red line" against Syria's use of chemical weapons.
·         Ukraine: U.S. policy toward Ukraine is changing; the United States will now send lethal weapons to assist Ukraine in resisting Russian aggression.
·         Cuba: Obama's opening to Cuba has been put on hold.
·         Israel: The United States and Israel have restored their historically close relationship.
·         Egypt: The flirtation with the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt has been replaced by U.S. support for Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi.
Overall, with the exception of a shrinking Obamacare and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, no significant initiative of the Obama administration remains in place. The near doubling of the federal debt during his eight-year presidency — from $10 trillion to $19 trillion — seems like a very high price to pay for such ephemeral results.
The Obama presidency is vanishing before our eyes. In only 12 short months, the legacy of Obama's presidency is best captured by the motto of a well-known disaster restoration company: "like it never even happened."
Jeff Bergner served in the legislative and executive branches of the federal government. He wrote this for The Virginian-Pilot.