Egypt, 1958

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Supreme Court Rules in Favour of Free Speech


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Capitulation is Annihilation

The false Equivilance of comparing left and right– requires ignoring the open violence of the left, which is supported, sometimes tacitly, often openly, by key public faces of the left rather than by an occasional nutcase in the comments section of some blog.

He seems to be embarrassed by the recent incidents where a single, unarmed individual from the right interrupted a play.  I see nothing to apologize for.  The left has been no platforming people for years, shutting down speech with threats of violence and acts of violence- for which they seldom are arrested.  The left pushed punch a nazi, and and anybody they disagree with then becomes a nazi.  I see no reason why I should care that some of them are on the receiving end of much milder treatment.

We have ample evidence that ‘tolerance’ and acceptance were never the goals. Complete capitulation – forcing Christian bakers to bake cakes for gay weddings, attempting to shut down a pizzaria for merely voicing an opinion (when asked by a vicious yellow journalists looking to make trouble) that the left doesn’t hold, insisting that islamaphobia is more dangerous than islamic terrorism-  this does not bode well for civilization in the west.
When Gabbie Gifford was shot by a crazy leftist (yes, he was left), the media spent weeks and weeks blaming the right, and specifically Sarah Palin for using a common American colloquialism, ignoring it when it turned out there was no connection between the shooter and any GOP rhetoric.   When a Bernie supporter went to a Congressional baseball practice, asking first if they were GOP or Democrats and then unloaded, attempting mass murder, the media… blamed Sarah Palin and trotted out the Gabbie Gifford story.  The left largely responds with grotesque inhumanity.  I can’t even believe the stuff I’m seeing on Twitter- people wishing for death, gloating over the injuries, wishing death and destruction on more people- all on the basis of their politics not being extreme left.  The FBI gets in on the act and pretends we have no idea why James Hodgkinson shot up a group of GOP congressmen at a baseball field.   There have been thirty credible threats and actual acts of violence against GOP congressmen since May.  I see no reason to accept this.

It’s time to stop treating insanity as though it is a legitimate and respectable position.

“A few months ago, at Grandma M’s traditionalist dojo, a karate classmate—let’s call her “Xir-Says”—threw a tantrum over the politics of language. Xir-Says demanded to be referred to as “Xir-Says-San.”

Her sensei tried to explain that San is an honorific reserved for students who’d proved themselves worthy by demonstrating certain skills, that it was presumptuous for Xir-Says to make such a demand since she hadn’t earned it by demonstrating high-level expertise, and that students who hadn’t passed the San benchmark, like her, could be called either “Miss” or “Mister.” She didn’t care. Xir-Says insisted that being called “Miss,” or anybody being called “Miss” or “Mister,” was discriminatory and insulting to “intersex” and “gender non-binary people.”

This was absurd, political posturing. Xir-Says’s sex is female, and she doesn’t say otherwise. But the sensei relented, fearful of the potential backlash that might ensue—Facebook and Twitter shame-bombs, rebuke from a rash of Brooklynite neo-Marxian muckrakers—should he not obey Xir-Says’ demands. She is now called Xir-Says-San. Low-skill students needn’t any longer be referred to as “Miss” or “Mister.” A longstanding tradition was eroded by the gender identity demands of an impertinent brat.”

There is no part of your life, your thoughts, your private and public business they do not seek to scold, shame, and control.  Going along to get along has been a spectacular failure. It’s time for the next phase.Stop living under their rules, but make sure they are forced to abide by the rules they have attempted to impose on others.

“Genghis Khan recognized that warfare was not a sporting contest or a mere match between rivals; it was a total commitment of one people against another. Victory did not come to the one who played by the rules; it came to the one who made the rules and imposed them on his enemy.”
― Jack Weatherford, Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

This is kind of funny, but also really sad. These are the active faces and voices of the left- with a superimposed narrative from a documentary on mental illness in adolescents. It fits.


Updated to add: Democrat party official in Nebraska refuses to resign after posting to social media that she thought watching Congressional reps crying over the Scalise shooting was funny. She doubled down further.

That was bad enough, but then there’s this guy, Nebraska Democrat Party official caught on tape saying ‘I’m glad that motherf**** [Scalise] got f***** shot, I wish he was f***** dead!’
Civility much?

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We are the weapons of our own destruction

Americans are cooking less and eating fewer home-cooked meals.


Babies on ipads- it’s a really, really bad idea.  I know people don’t want to hear it, and they resent it when somebody says this stuff, but it’s so important.  Babies, children, all of us, are not designed for so much screen time.  Babies and young kids in particular still have developing brains, brains which develop best by interacting with real stuff in the real world.  Whatever else is going on with the screen time, what is *not* going on every minute the little one is messing with a screen is normal developmental activity.  We’re rearing kids with the attention span of gnats, and the inability to be alone with their own thoughts, among other things.


You’ve probably heard- the same organization that certified Count Chocula cereal as ‘heart-healthy’ has come out in frowning, glowering eyebrow level of disapproval over… coconut oil.  I like these two takes on it:

Step by step, logical refutation, with a bit of snark, because… chocolate sugar bombs as a breakfast food.

Hilarious, in a single paragraph.

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Books on Manners for Littler People

In order of entertainment value:

What Do You Say, Dear? and What Do You Do, Dear? by Sesyle Joslin. I have seen somebody freak out over this one because one of the many silly scenarios is what do you do when Bad-Nosed Bill (a cowboy bandit) asks if you’d like him to shoot you, and there’s a cartoon drawing of a gun (and a cow-boy with a big nose, and a horse…). You say ‘No, thank-you,’ of course.

The Goops and How to Be Them and More Goops and How Not To Be Them (and any other of the Goops books) by Gelett Burgess (also free at Gutenberg)

The Goofus and Gallant series that used to be published in Highlights magazine (I just looked it up to see if there was an author, and Highlights redid some of it in a board book. )

Manners Can Be Fun and How To Behave and Why, by Munro Leaf.

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