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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

That January 6th Show


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My problem with the Democrat-produced Jan 6th Show is that it is unbalanced and one-sided.  A serious inquiry would expose all the evidence and open it to critical scrutiny and cross examination in an adversarial system that is essential to fact finding. 



This is not a real hearing.  It is an entertainment show that is one-sided, does not release all testimony to the public, and hides the evidence except for the most salacious or damning cherry-picked details guaranteed to titillate and outrage.  

Case in point:  

Have you heard the one about how President Trump raged on the day of his big speech 

Former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson recounted her gripping tale of that day.  It all sounds plausible and in-character for El Donaldo.  We are led to believe this was "Breaking News!" when actually, this was at least her fifth time testifying before the panel.  Yes, she had told them all this already, but the producers wanted her dramatic retelling on prime time.

Did you hear how a raging Trump grabbed the wheel of his vehicle and assaulted a Secret Service Agent? 

One problem.  We find out Hutchinson did not provide eye-witness testimony.  She was recounting what someone told her.  That is called hearsay, and the Secret Service is saying the incident in the vehicle never happened.  

Democrats could do a real public service and explore the question of which is funnier: An angry President Trump throwing ketchup-laden cheeseburgers at the wall, or an enraged Hellary on her losing election night heaving a sheet cake at the giant flat screen TV.

Democrats are not providing us a serious Watergate or Iran Contra Hearing.  This is a National Enquirer style political propaganda mini-series.


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Monday, June 27, 2022

Overreach


Silverfiddle Rant!

"Fool if you think its over, it's just begun..."


How long until Centrist voters turn on Republicans?




This list is repugnant to the constitutional spirit of our republic:

* Unconditional abortion at any stage of development with no consideration of the rights and/or viability of the fetus
* State-sponsored "bounty hunting" those (including physicians) who assist in abortion procurement or in an abortion procedure
* Total ban on abortion, with no exceptions based on rape, incest or health of the mother
* Prosecuting a physician for performing a medically-determined abortion
* Prosecuting people who help others procure an abortion, including buying them a ticket or transporting them out of state
* Prosecuting women for having an abortion
* Prosecuting women for traveling out of state for an abortion
* A state prosecuting residents of other states for abortion-related actions taken in another state
* Prohibiting people from receiving any federally legal medications via US Mail
* Prosecuting a woman for ingesting an abortifacient and causing an abortion in her own home

My objection is rooted not in morality, but in historical western jurisprudence, natural rights and our constitution.  We are a constitutional republic, not a Christian theocracy, and the question of abortion--as it pertains to the state and its citizens--needs to be addressed in the light of historical laws, common law and a balancing of the rights of the mother and child, to include the fact that medical science has pushed back the viability of a fetus to 20-25 weeks.

Safe, Legal, and Rare

Go yahoogle polling on abortion.  A broad spectrum of Americans are willing to accept first trimester abortions as well as third trimester bans, with exceptions for rape, incest and health of the mother.

Such a law would flare up the anger on the fringes, but would represent a consensus that polling suggests the nation could settle into.  Such a law would also look like the laws of most advanced European nations.

If the GOP were smart (and they are not), they would loudly kibosh all speculation about banning birth control, rolling back gay marriage, gay rights and sodomy laws, etc.  Democrats have dramatically seized the high ground on the issue of liberty, just as it looked as if the GOP had firm possession of that champion's trophy.

Legal is not necessarily Moral

I think abortion is morally repugnant, as expressed by first century Christians in the Didache. Other religions, including Judaism, while not cavalier on the issue, do not take such a narrow view.  The law must reflect the will of the people and must not impose narrow religious views on everyone.  Otherwise, it is imperial diktat, and in a democracy, the people will end up ousting the tyrants. 

Forcing over-interpreted mandates on people will only harden hearts and minds, not change them.

If we want to end abortion, we need to change those hearts and minds through scientific reasoning and moral persuasion, and for heaven's sake, can we approach this debate with some humility, charity and compassion? 

Government Giveth, Government Taketh Away


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"A government big enough to give you everything is big enough to take it all away"
- President Gerald Ford





I have problems with language like this...
"Yet, even as the court continued to forge new ground in creating a private sphere where Americans could do as they pleased in their family life without undue government interference..."
I don't blame the writer. She is simply echoing the mindset of government and judges that has prevailed for over a century: That government must carve out spaces and create new rights for us. That mindset contradicts the US Constitution and the philosophy behind it, which hold that these rights and spaces flow from natural law, preexist any written document, and may not be infringed by government.   

This unconstitutional mindset can be summed up as...

Rights come from government, so a person must seek permission from government to do something.  If challenged, that permission must be found in the constitution.

That's ass backwards. The Constitution constitutes the government, telling it what it can and cannot do. Our individual rights are unenumerated and many and do not flow from that document. 

A Constitutional Mindset...

The question is not whether a black man may marry a white woman, or whether someone has a right to contraception.  This starts a game of "where can we find that right in the constitution?"  

Rather, the question should be, where in the constitution does it allow a government to infringe upon such a fundamental right?

What say you? 


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Sunday, June 26, 2022

Musical Interlude

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Celebrate Summer 2022! And what better than the sound of ragtime piano to celebrate summer?

"Maple Leaf Rag," played by Scott Joplin himself and recorded on Pianola Roll:

Friday, June 24, 2022

Get it Off Your Chest 6/24/22

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Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Another Pandemic Coming?

(hat tip to The Misinformation Spreaders Gazette for the Twitter embed below)

According to Joe Biden, another pandemic looms, and more money is needed:
And that money is needed to vaccinate young children and adults, too — never mind the contraindications for doing so. See THIS and THIS, for example.***** 

 Personal observation: I am one of those individuals suffering long-term respiratory problems apparently caused by just one J&J injection. When I mentioned these problems to my primary care doctor yesterday, he did not dispute what I said but, instead, nodded his head. Hmmmmm....

Monday, June 20, 2022

Try Objectivity, Please

For a few moments, let's be honest with ourselves, even if we cannot be honest publicly. Yes, our political views make such brutal honesty even more difficult.

The above said, we should make herculean efforts to be honest with ourselves — particularly for us who are voters in a democratic republic. Let's get past cognitive bias and political-party bias and all that.

1) Below is a short video of one of Joe Biden's recent outbursts. He is furious! And in the friendly venue of the AFL-CIO. My grandmother started having such outbursts, complete with similar gestures, post-stroke and when the situation certainly didn't merit such an outburst. 



2) Watch President Biden's face in the short video below.  What do you notice about his facial expressions and body language?

2) To close this post, let's have some wry humor and perhaps something we can all agree on.  Heh.

Sunday, June 19, 2022

Father's Day

My father (June 19, 1911-January 30, 1998).  Auto Mechanic Extraordinaire and Best Dad in the World, today is your 111th birthday!

Dad in his twenties

Dad, in his sixties, is on the left.

Dad's personal appearance changed little at all since he reached0 his sixties, never mind that he lived to be over 86 years old.  And because Mom died over 10 years before Dad did, I got to know my father so well.  Overall, those 10 years were wonderful years.

I miss you, Dad — even though these words so apply to our relationship: 
"Men like my father cannot die. They are with me still -- real in memory as they were in flesh, loving and beloved forever" (from How Green Was My Valley).
 I don't know what Dad's favorite song was, but I do know that the award-winning 1941 movie How Green Was My Valley was his favorite film. When Dad and Mom were dating, this film was the one movie which he took her to see at the cinema when the film was re-released to theaters in 1950:
 

Friday, June 17, 2022

Get It Off Your Chest 6/17/22

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Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Tittle-Tattle for Dummies


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I read that our nation has suffered a precipitous decline in book reading over the past decades, and then it hit me:  The Democrats' Jan 6 TV miniseries is a slickly produced video version of one of those DC gossip books written by so many former staffers with axes to grind or reputations to burnish.  



The emotional testimony of security officers adds nothing to any legal argument, but does provide drama and pathos to keep the easily-bored tuned in.  

The quick-cut snippets of testimony and commentary from former Trump officials are damning, and they effectively contribute to the emotional appeal of the Democrat Party's huffed-up "hearings" slamming (without rebuttal) the former president. All that's missing from the well-polished production is whoots from the audience and shouted hoots of "sick burn!" 

I give the Democrats props.  Somebody within the party--probably a young staffer--realized DC tell-all books no longer have a bombshell impact, and impatient voters won't sit for hours of boring testimony waiting for the "at long last, sir, have you no shame!" payoff.  So, they went for the well-staged Hollywood-style production. Bravo! It all looks so realistic and officious.  (The FEC is criminally remiss if they are not counting the network coverage as in-kind political contributions)
  
NPR lists Six Takeaways from the hearings so far.

What say you?


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Monday, June 13, 2022

The Gun-Control Lies

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“The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary.”

~~H.L. Mencken~~ 

In this post, I'm going to point out a few of the lies and some of the misinformation surrounding guns in general and the venerable AR-15 rifle in particular.


The AR-15 rifle is not an assault rifle.

From Merriam-Webster:

: any of various intermediate-range, magazine-fed military rifles (such as the AK-47) that can be set for automatic or semiautomatic fire.

 --my underline-- Below was added to the definition years later.

also : a rifle that resembles a military assault rifle but is designed to allow only semiautomatic fire

The AR-15 is not capable of automatic fire, which is the true defining characteristic of an "assault rifle," nor are the bullets fired through it any more damaging or devastating than bullets of similar size and velocity fired from any other rifle.

I have often said that if a word can mean anything you want it means nothing. So we find ourselves with no agreed definition.

George Orwell said, in an essay titled “Politics and the English Language,” the following about words that have “no agreed definition”:

Words of this kind are often used in a consciously dishonest way. That is, the person who uses them has his own private definition, but allows his hearer to think he means something quite different.

Prior to the publication of a 1988 booklet about “assault weapons,” Google Book’s library of books and other publications revealed no results that use the term "assault weapon" to describe a semi-automatic rifle. 

The following people have described semi-automatic “assault weapons” or “modern sporting rifles” as  “fully automatic weapons” or “weapons of war”:

– President Barack Obama, 2013, “weapons of war.”

 – Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton, 2016, “weapons of war” and “assault rifles.”

– Josh Earnest, President Obama’s Press Secretary, 2016, “military-style assault rifles.”

 – Will Drabold, Time Magazine, 2016, “assault rifles” that have “widespread availability” in the U.S.

– Christopher Ingraham, Washington Post, 2016, “an assault rifle.”

– Evan Perez of CNN, 2016, “weapons of war.”

– Nick Wing, Huffington Post, 2016, "assault rifles."

Weapons Of War?

In reality; every weapon is a "weapon of war" or an improvement on an existing "weapon of war."

A wooden club, to a wooden club with a stone tied to the end.

A wooden spear, to a spear with a fire-hardened point, to a napped flint stone tip, to a javelin with a iron point.

A bow and arrow through all its various iterations to a crossbow which was termed a weapon so horrible that it would end warfare  -- by the Catholic Church --.  

The evolution of the modern firearm begins in 1364  

The truth is that any weapon that is practical for protection or self-defense, in form or function, is an adaptation of a weapon that was developed for military use and thus a "weapon of war."

AR Does Not Mean "Assault Rifle" or "Army Rifle" or "Automatic Rifle"!

AR means, ArmaLite Rifle, which was developed by Eugene Stoner for the ArmaLite Corp, then was redesigned and modified by the Colt Firearm Company for the US military as the M16 rifle and then the M-4 variant. 

The AR-15 Is Not Suitable For Hunting?

Not true. The AR platform is suitable for hunting and offers a wide variety of different chamberings and calibers for different purposes, including hunting. Most states do not allow the 5.56 mm cambering -- the primary chambering of the AR-15 -- as a suitable game cartridge for medium sized game -- deer, elk etc.-- as it is under-power and does not ensure a "clean kill." But the issue at hand isn't about hunting, and I see nothing about hunting in the Constitution of the United States.  

The gun control narrative depends on raw emotion, raw fear, so that people will demand action from lawmakers, who will, in turn, be too afraid to not pass gun control.   

Lies our President tells us:


 This is stupid beyond belief!


Twisting of facts and figures to promote a narrative!

Reality check.  The most popular rifle for home defense is the AR-15, and the most popular pistol for home defense is the Glock 19 -- a 9mm pistol.

Sure, you're not coming for our guns /sarc. But gun registration always leads to gun confiscation. We gun owners argue in good faith, and the next day you are back demanding more "compromise." To what end?  

Sunday, June 12, 2022

Musical Interlude

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Time for a happy sound, courtesy of the Glenn Miller Orchestra Scandinavia (hat tip to The Misinformation Spreaders Gazette):


As one YouTube commenter observed: 
patricio amenabar 3 years ago (edited) We need more of this type of music, people would be happier.

Friday, June 10, 2022

Get it Off Your Chest 6/10/22

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Thursday, June 9, 2022

Encouraging Terrorism, Foreign and Domestic


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Candidate Joe Biden scalded the Saudi regime, resigning them to 'pariah' status.  Now, with Bidenflation and gas prices headed to $10 a gallon, the worm has turned...




Meanwhile, the chickens have come home to roost for irresponsible loudmouth blowhard Schmucky Schumer...
"I want to tell you, Gorsuch, I want to tell you, Kavanaugh: you have released the whirlwind, and you will pay the price," Schumer said at the rally. "You won't know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions."
More Democrat-enabled domestic terrorism...

Biden DOJ asks judge to go easy on Ivy League firebombers

Colinford Mattis and Urooj Rahman were arrested in the "mostly peaceful" protests following George Floyd's murder. The two lawyers handed out Molotov cocktails to the crowd, and Rahman tossed one into a police car before fleeing the scene in Mattis's van. They reached a plea deal with federal prosecutors in October 2020 that wiped out six of the seven charges against them. Those prosecutors, nonetheless, sought a maximum 10-year sentence and argued that the incident qualified for a so-called terrorism enhancement that would turbocharge sentencing—a determination with which the U.S. Probation Office concurred.

In mid-May, the same career DOJ prosecutors who argued for that 10-year sentence were back in court withdrawing their plea deal and entering a new one that allowed the defendants to cop to the lesser charge of conspiracy. It tosses out the terrorism enhancement entirely.
Good thing they didn't wander into the Capitol on Jan 6th, they'd really be in deep doo doo...

Monday, June 6, 2022

Recommended Reading


See President Biden: The Chastisement of the American People by Tammy Swofford (June 3, 2022). 

Just one of the points made in the above essay: 
...Forcing Americans into a fossil fuel crisis with the hope that we will all purchase electric vehicles is akin to a barren forty-five year old couple spending lavishly on a nursery for the newborn that will never arrive. But the fools keep shelling out money to the fertility specialist who promises them a future and gives birth to the wind....
[...]
...“Clean energy” is just the Ponzi scheme that enriches the wealthy and impoverishes the average American. We are indeed, impoverished now – with the fuel crisis. But “clean energy” is just one of the many dark money schemes hoisted upon the American People....
Read the entire essay HERE. Please read thoughtfully. 

Sunday, June 5, 2022

Friday, June 3, 2022

Get it Off Your Chest 6/3/22

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Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Is This Time Different?

My neighbor from 1978-2013 was born in Canada but in the 1980s became a naturalized American citizen.  He is now in his late seventies.  His wife is politically conservative. Their two children are on opposite sides of the political spectrum. 

All these political conflicts made for interesting discussions at the dinner table for thirty years. Truly, though, there no animosity on any side. Discussions were both lively and friendly.

Then came the 2008 General Election, after which point my leftwing neighbor was, overnight, intolerable of other points of view. It was an ugly transformation! That year, he stormed away from the dinner table in a fury when I asked for evidence for one of his discussion points. Gone was his pacifism of so many years.

And so it has remained between us. The dinner invitations ceased, too, of course.  

Now to the present day....

In the wake of the May 24, 2022 massacre in Uvalde, Texas, my former neighbor posted the following at his Facebook page:
I just unfriended a follower. He/she insists that guns are not a problem. What a pile of b/s. If you own a gun and believe that even minimal gun control is not necessary, then you are borderline scum. Every other western country has people with mental problems, but no other country is awash in guns like the US. No other country has had over 200 mass killings since the beginning of the year. Why in blazes does the US lead the world in this god-awful statistic? And we have a group of politicians, read Ted Cruz and his ilk, who won’t do a thing about it. Disgraceful!!
and
Some other things to ponder....America: where last year 52 percent of adults supported stricter gun control, according to Gallup, leaving nearly half who want either less strict laws or the status quo. America: where residents own more guns per 100 residents than any other country in the world: 120.5, which is more than twice as many as the next highest country, which is Yemen.

America: where there are more guns than humans.
and
[W]hy in blazes does anyone need 10 guns?
Of course, along came many of my former neighbor's Facebook friends to affirm what he had spewed.

I recall a time, in the 1980s, that my former neighbor summoned Mr. AOW and me — and our guns — to investigate something in their carport, be that something two-legged or four-legged.  Our former neighbor, for whatever reason, had gotten no response from the police and had become more and more fearful for the safety of his family and the security of the valuable antiques he was refinishing in that carport.

Today, my former neighbor and his wife live way west of Northern, out on a long, often impassable, dirt road in the boonies and surrounded by trees and acres of land, in a beautiful, custom-made mansion laden with valuables galore.  Yet, apparently, they see no reason to have any firearms as personal protection.

Right now, a lot of people are opining almost identically as my former neighbor.  Will the noise be loud enough that our Congress critters impose more gun-control measures?  And what good would such measures do if the problem is, as I believe, our society's moral rot?

Some uncomfortable facts along with the only question that really matters:

Sunday, May 29, 2022

Musical Interlude For Memorial Day

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Memorial Day weekend is, or should be, about so much more than cookouts and the opening of swimming pools. Rather, it is, or should be, a time for solemn remembrance.

Additional reading: The poem "In Flanders Fields" and The WWI Origins of the Poppy as a Remembrance Symbol

Friday, May 27, 2022

Get it Off Your Chest 5/27/22

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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

The Uvalde Massacre (with addendum)


A few thoughts....

As of this writing, nineteen dead students and two dead teachers.  All massacred by an eighteen-year-old monster, with malice aforethought.

Most of you know me as a teacher of high school students.  I have been a teacher in that role since February 1998, when I started teaching classes of homeschool students, most of the students in Grades 8-12. 

Before 1998, however, I taught elementary school students in a private school, from 1978-1997.  Furthermore, in that private school, I taught Grades 2-4 from 1978-1986.  I know first-hand that students in that age group are "babies," as Judge Jeanine Pirro called them yesterday on The Five.  As a former teacher of the same student age group as that of Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, when the story broke yesterday, I felt as if I'd been punched in the stomach.  

The story of the massacre also took me back to a period of my life some thirty years ago.

I well remember when the school where I worked had to "harden the target" from spring to the close of school that year — because of the maniacal estranged husband of one of our teachers.  He was threatening, in his words in a phone call to the school's office, to "shoot up the school."  All of a sudden, within only a few minutes, we had armed guards to protect us and could not allow our classes to have free-play time outside; neither could students wait outside for their carpools without armed guards posted.

I still recall the youngest students' terrified faces.  The bogeyman under the bed had suddenly become very real for them.

The situation was so strained even weeks after the initial threat that the teacher with the maniacal estranged husband resigned her position to protect the school's students in future school terms.  What's more, she herself had to go into hiding to save herself.  She lost her teaching career — and she was a fine teacher.  

And the school where I worked did indeed lose considerable enrollment for the next few years.  Understandable, in my view.

Frankly, I don't have a positive view of "hardening the target" by fencing in a school and by having armed patrols in a school, particularly in a school with students as young as those in Robb Elementary School.  Maybe "hardening the target" is what we must do to protect students and teachers.  But the impact on education under those circumstances is not a good one for the promotion of learning.  I've seen and lived that impact myself.

Here's what I know for a fact about the aftereffects of the Uvalde Massacre....

The parents affiliated with Robb Elementary School will never be the same.  Neither will the surviving students.  Neither will the surviving teachers.  And the change will not be a good one.  Lord, have mercy!

Addendum

I found something quite interesting at the WaPo, and this might "explain" why Ramos attacked Robb Elementary School: 
...Uvalde High School school [seniors] had visited Robb Elementary School just a day before the massacre, wearing their graduation robes and high-fiving the grade-schoolers, who lined up in the hallways — a community tradition....
See this Tweet, dated Monday, May 23, the day before the massacre.

Salvador Ramos was not on track to graduate with his class this year.

Monday, May 23, 2022

Elon Musks Turns On The Democrat Party?

This will light up some Dems and others who think that the Democratic Party has any integrity:

And then, there's this:

Sunday, May 22, 2022

Musical Interlude

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Hat tip to Deplorable Bloggers Alliance for the video in this blog post.... 

Multi-talented Lucile Boulanger playing this lovely selection on the viola da gamba:


[About the viola da gamba.  Not a cello!]

From the YouTube blurb for the above video (with links added):
This is Lucile Boulanger’s first solo recital. The French gambist, universally praised for her natural and moving playing – BBC Music Magazine even described her as ‘the Jacqueline du Pré of the viola da gamba’ – juxtaposes Bach with Carl Friedrich Abel, a great master of the bass viol and a close friend of the Bach family [a good friend of Johann Christian Bach, J.S. Bach's eleventh son and eighteenth child0]. Although Johann Sebastian never wrote for solo viola da gamba, we know that he transcribed many of his works for other instruments. So Lucile Boulanger has chosen, for example, to transcribe three dances from the Sixth Suite, ‘because it sounds particularly good on the viol, being written for five-stringed cello (a step towards the six or seven strings of the viol?). It is in D, the viol key par excellence, and its style, already somewhat galant, is reminiscent of Abel. . . . This album gives me the opportunity to showcase the viol as both a melodic instrument – with the grain of the bow, the fragility of tone – and a polyphonic one.’

Friday, May 20, 2022

Get it Off Your Chest 5/20/22

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Thursday, May 19, 2022

The Incredible Whiteness of Being a Minority


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From a Clintonista Democrat, circa 2014:

"What the new research really appears to reveal is just how confused we continue to be about race – and how, even amidst this confusion, whiteness remains a dangerously malleable idea that Americans must deal with more candidly." (Eric Liu - CNN


For over a decade now, white bigots have been expressing everything from disapproval to anger at the growing phenomenon of Asians and Hispanics identifying as white.

Oops!  My bad.  Democrats and the racially-deterministic left have been expressing that outrage. 

The left's insistence on slotting people into strict skin color categories makes them sound like a 19th century British slaver in the West Indies invoking the odious "one drop rule" and deciding whether the indigenous person before him is a quadroon or an octoroon.

The Left's Replacement Theory

A related propaganda vector emanating from the racially-obsessed left is the "White Minority by 2045" fetish they enjoy wallowing in so much.  The most charitable articles view this as a "shoe on the other foot" morality tale, hoping the looming prospect of minority status will chasten whites into atoning for their white privilege, toning down the Karen, and humbly accepting their lower status. 

The worst ones wallow in giddy glee and snarky smart-assery, but most of it's designed to troll whitey, feeding us a steady drumbeat of how this is upsetting whites, making them more fearful and bigoted, despite the lack of any actual evidence to support their schadenfreude fantasies.

The Great Abandonment Theory: A Democrat Dream Destroyed

Professors Richard Alba, Morris Levy, and Dowell Myers shoot down the "Great Replacement theory" and its concomitant "White minority theory."  Both theories are racially-deterministic, grounded in the abhorrent "one drop rule," and wrong.
That narrative depends on the misleading practice of classifying individuals of mixed backgrounds as exclusively nonwhite.
Their research reveals that instead of a "Great Replacement," there is actually a "Great Welcoming:" Whites are welcoming Hispanics, Asians and other "people of color" into the wonderful world of White Privilege, just like the beneficent whites of the 19th and 20th Century welcomed Italians, Irish and Jews into the exclusive club.

More excerpts from their Atlantic article:
Nearly three in 10 Asian, one in four Latino, and one in five Black newlyweds are married to a member of a different ethnic or racial group. More than three-quarters of these unions are with a white partner. For more and more Americans, racial integration is embedded in their closest relationships.

Among Latinos, identifying as white or as simply “American” is common, and belies the notion that Latinos should be classified monolithically as nonwhite.

As much as they are competing for economic resources and political power, America’s racial groups are blending now more than ever. According to the most detailed of the Census Bureau’s projections, 52 percent of individuals included in the nonwhite majority of 2060 will also identify as white. By the same token, the white group will become much more diverse, because 40 percent of Americans who say they are white also will claim a minority racial or ethnic identity.
"They" are not "Replacing us," -- They are Joining Us

Please go read the entire short essay, The Myth of a Majority-Minority America.  It will give you hope.  White Americans--contrary to the leftist propaganda--welcome the changing, blending demographic landscape, as do minorities eager to assimilate into this e pluribus unum.  

That is a threat to the leftwing deconstructionist agenda, which is why activists continue to stoke the flames of  black and white conflict, us against them racial resentment.

Fie on them all. They are only marginally better than the white supremacists.  Racial identity tribal warfare is a losers game, but its all Democrats and their mirror-image fellow travelers on the extreme right have left. 

Good Americans are moving forward. Together. 


Related:  Pew:  Measuring the racial identity of Latinos

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Democrat Fear and Smear


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First off, I damn all Republican politicians and public figures for not making this simple statement, loudly and frequently:  

"To the Buffalo killer, and anyone who would be inspired by his manifesto, know this: You’re not fighting for the white race. White people hate you. You are alone."  (NY Post Editorial Board)

The Infotainment Media Complex, in its long march to elect more democrats and smear everyone to the right of Nancy Pelosi is now tarring mainstream Republicans with the Great Replacement Theory.  

This is a neat trick progressives have used over and over, but thankfully with diminishing returns.  They have made the term 'racist' almost meaningless, and I'm sure you can come up with some other words and concepts they have despoiled by blatant and irresponsible misuse.

So anyhoo, the questions I have are...
* What is the proper, progressive-approved way to voice opposition to illegal immigration?

* Can an American express pride in this nation without being labeled a white supremacist (I know, it makes no sense, but we are talking about the progressive left) 

* Can someone avoid being labeled a neo-Hitlerian if she expresses concern that bringing in too many people with dissimilar cultures, practices and mores will negatively affect our society?
This is what the left does best: Smearing good people with odious labels to stifle debate.

What say you?

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Musical Interlude

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I loved the following tune so much that I bought the vinyl pictured below:
 
 
About the "Dueling Banjos" scene in the film Deliverance:

*****At the age of 16, [Billy Redden], this boy from Rabun County, Georgia, was the only "authentic" local to play the role of The Banjo Boy in John Boorman's disturbing hit movie Deliverance (1972). He was hand-picked from his local elementary school, largely due to his "look" (his large head, skinny body, odd-shaped eyes and moronic grin had sadly branded him a poster-child for inbreeding and mental deficiency).****

Redden could not, in fact, play the banjo.  Some Hollywood "magic" in the editing room made it seem as if he could.  For more details, see "Use in Deliverance."

Friday, May 13, 2022

Get it Off Your Chest 5/13/22

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Thursday, May 12, 2022

Baby Formula Shortage?

Really?
The top and bottom shelf look like apple juice or applesauce (I could be wrong), but the middle shelf is baby formula.

Monday, May 9, 2022

Freedom Of Religion?

Please watch the following short video (sorry for the advertisement):
 

Read the article HERE (dated April 24, 2022). But be warned: videos will play as soon as the page loads.

What say you about the Satanic Temple's plans?

Sunday, May 8, 2022

Mother's Day

(For politics, please scroll down)

Happy Mother's Day, Mom and Wawa.  I miss you both every day.

Family photos below....

Unfortunately, I don't have any photographs of the women on my father's side, probably because they came from the Church of the Brethren.  I do, however, have quite a few photos of the women on my mother's side.

Mom's grandmother, aka "Ma" (circa 1860-circa 1945), whom I never met.  She gave life birth to five sons and two daughters:

Mom's mother, whom my and subsequent generations called "Wawa"(1898-1981). Wawa was a mathematical and computer genius, with only an 8th grade education back in the hills of East Tennessee; she was a master seamstress, as well.  After she no longer care-gave Ma, Wawa went to Washington, D.C., for employment toward the end of World War 2.  Because of her intuition about how to keep those big-frame computers running as efficiently as possible, IBM trained her—never mind her age.  A redhead, she was a force to be reckoned with everywhere she went. Example: Wawa held off the power company at rifle point in Northern Virginia because the power company wanted to put high-tension power lines over her cow barn. Because of what we today call bad optics, the lines got moved elsewhere!

Mom (1916-1987). She went to Washington, D.C., to get a job during the Great Depression. A whiz at mathematics, she took various accounting courses and became a statistician for the federal government. She loved her job at the Federal Trade Commission, but kept getting bumped back to the Internal Revenue Service, a place that she hated to work. She met Dad on December 24, 1950, when she was thirty-four, and fell in love with him at first sight. Mom was never in good health during my lifetime; she had serious heart and kidney problems, and had a series of eight heart attacks between 1960-1964. Mom was the most patient person I've ever known! The photo below was taken a few years before Mom met Dad:

Four generations on Mother's Day, circa 1979. Left to right: my dearest cousin, the daughter of Mom's brother's son (1942-1992), at age 12; yours truly at age 27; Mom at age 63; Wawa at age 81.  This photo was taken in the living room of my maternal family's last "homeplace," which I sold in 2021: 
PS: I still have that loveseat and that side table!
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