Wednesday, February 14, 2018

A Long Day, Filled with Maintenance

I got up early, and dealt with paperwork and such for a short while.

Then, off to the dentist - turns out I have periodontal disease, necessitating an expensive procedure called Planing & Scaling. I needed a local anesthetic for that - fortunately, only on one side this time.

The process was not as painful as the bill. Sticker Shock!!!

Take that as a warning - get your teeth in shape BEFORE you retire, and, hopefully, while you have dental insurance.

Then home for a quick cup of soup.

Then, dropped off the car to have some touch-up to the paint. The auto shop was nice enough to drop me off at home.

I'll be doing more household maintenance for a while, then, off to pick up my car.

It's been a busy day, but I don't feel as though I accomplished much.


Saturday, February 10, 2018

This is What a Coup Looks Like

No guns.

No armed men surrounding the President, forcing him to sign a resignation letter.

No declaration of intent in the open.

But, this.

Use of government agencies to put forth rumors, feed secret information - verified or not - to compliant media stooges.

Refusal to comply with the boss's orders. Refusal to comply with the LAW.

Collusion with non-governmental allies, to try to remove all associated with, and loyal to, the President.

I just never thought I'd see it in the United States of America.


Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Monday, February 05, 2018

The Drum Major Speech

MLK's speech was referenced in the Super Bowl ads. It's a good one - see it here.

But, in addition to civil rights, it talks about some of the forces keeping BOTH White and Black people from having the kind of life they would find fulfilling. And, those forces weren't all governmental or societal.

Some of them were personal.

I'm enclosing a screen shot of someone responding to the ad.


Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Thinking Back on Abortion Decision

I read this post by Frederica Mathewes-Green in National Review. Her thinking parallels much of mine.
We expected that abortion would be rare. What we didn’t realize was that, once abortion becomes available, it becomes the most attractive option for everyone around the pregnant woman. If she has an abortion, it’s like the pregnancy never existed. No one is inconvenienced. It doesn’t cause trouble for the father of the baby, or her boss, or the person in charge of her college scholarship. It won’t embarrass her mom and dad. 

Read more at:
One in five pregnancies? That number is higher than I would have expected.

I do agree with the idea that abortion is convenient for OTHERS, more than the mother. Women are being "subtly" coerced into a decision that they would NOT choose, if it were truly a CHOICE. Many people have to work hard to push these women into a decision that they truly don't want.

An example of that push?
A woman who had had an abortion told me, “Everyone around me was saying they would ‘be there for me’ if I had the abortion, but no one said they’d ‘be there for me’ if I had the baby.”

Read more at:
On one hand, I'm glad I never made that choice. On the other hand, I did not do enough to make sure that other women weren't "gently" pushed into a life-changing decision that they did not want.
If you were in charge of a nature preserve and you noticed that the pregnant female mammals were trying to miscarry their pregnancies, eating poisonous plants or injuring themselves, what would you do? Would you think of it as a battle between the pregnant female and her unborn and find ways to help those pregnant animals miscarry? No, of course not. You would immediately think, “Something must be really wrong in this environment.” Something is creating intolerable stress, so much so that animals would rather destroy their own offspring than bring them into the world. You would strive to identify and correct whatever factors were causing this stress in the animals. 

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

This is a CULTURE War, Not a Political One

At The Caller, this guy says it MUCH better than I have.
Analysis: Leftism is a status machine. A very, very successful status machine. Conservatives have lost status battle after status battle, often because they fought it as a policy battle. It rarely is.
More at the link - read it, Share it, spread it around.


I've added to this since I posted it - I keep finding other relevant link. Such as this one, explaining how Social Points work.

I'll keep adding to this over time.

I've been hammering on this blog about the need to focus on the Culture, not the Politics, for some time:

Pushing Back Against the Culture

The Ikea Humans

It's still the Culture

And, yet, more - 8:35 am - Kurt Schlichter on Town Hall.

And, someone from the Indian sub-continent - with their own experiences with stratified cultures - analyzes the American Upper-Middle-Class.


What is Hell?

I'd never seen this quote (Quote II) before, but it's quite apt for our times.


Wednesday, January 17, 2018

A Really Cool Experience

I was given a task this morning - to proofread my grandson's story by Thursday.

It was interesting - good dialogue and fast paced. If he continues writing, he could develop into a good writer. Kind of nice to pass on the tradition.

Here's some graphics from My Favorite Things by Laughing Dad - if you haven't bookmarked it, do.


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Assuming You Have No Other Life,...'s a link to a pdf of the Google lawsuit - it's lengthy, but very detailed, and seems to have LOTS of proof of the illegal bias.

It seems a delicious sort of irony. The CA law Damore is suing under was originally designed to protect Socialists and Communists from being fired. The SJWs probably never thought that it would be applied to THEIR actions.


Monday, January 08, 2018

Now This Picture CLEARLY Says We're Not Just Busty Bimbos!

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

This photo says it ALL:

  • Boobs
  • Side-boobs
  • V-neck boobs
  • Square-neck with an extra v-cut boob (I really can't believe nothing popped out - "accidentally"
  • Leaning in to show the boobs, with a side of Leg and Thigh!

Nothing, just nothing says "we're serious, intelligent actresses" like all that BOOB!


Wednesday, January 03, 2018

My New Post Day

I'm going to set Wednesday as the day I post, from now until I have my life under better control.

I didn't set resolutions this year. Instead, I contemplated where I had been, and where I wanted to be at the end of this year.

Some things I'll be focusing on:

  • Household - I'll continue the house re-organizing (or, in some parts, initial organizing). My goal is to begin hitting the maintenance targets (weekly chores), then moving forward as much as I am able on chipping away at getting rid of clutter.
  • Financial - this is 2 part. 
    • I'm going to be working with my husband to get his business off the ground. His plan is to hit Silver in Nikken (he's close, but he'll need my help to reach the next level), which would provide a base income separate from Social Security or pensions.
    • Setting up financial records, and scanning as much of the paperwork as I can.
  • Writing - I'm going to start with the revision each day, then planning A8, then any other writing (blogging, short stories, nonfiction). I've set minimum targets for the revision and planning.
  • Blogging - I'm setting up schedules (here - every Wed., Liberty's Torch, MWF, Retiring, TTh). My goal is to be blogging both as a way to practice skills, and as a source of future books, if possible.
  • Exercise - tomorrow, I'll be hoisting myself to the Y, and getting in some base stretching, walking, biking, and - for fun - swimming.
  • Food management - I'm setting the goal of writing down everything I eat. Hopefully, I'll be making better choices as the month progresses.


Wednesday, December 13, 2017

A Sea Change

The phrase in the title has the connotation of a radical change in a situation. It comes from The Tempest:
Full fathom five thy father lies,
Of his bones are coral made,
Those are pearls that were his eyes,
Nothing of him that doth fade,
But doth suffer a sea-change,
into something rich and strange,
Sea-nymphs hourly ring his knell,
Hark! now I hear them, ding-dong, bell.
I've been stalled on the revisions for several weeks, only sporadically making progress. I filled the time with some organization and housework, as well as clearing up some financial paperwork.

The rest of the time, I've been reading on the web. A lot of bloggers/magazines are changed, or gone completely. The focus of many has shifted from longer, more philosophical pieces, to shorter, link-laden posts. Frequency has diminished, as well.

Similarly, except for the most fervent partisans, use of social media has dropped. Many are checking in only to upload pictures and memes, and interact with offline friends and family.


One consistent finding is that the writers are moving away from their previous outlets, and dedicating more time to book publishing. The number, and percentage, of former bloggers who've made that leap to various indie publishing formats is high.

I think our previous use of persuasive media for political/social/cultural activism may be, for now, ending. I don't know what, if anything, will replace it. But, for both Red and Blue partisans, the fervor to express their opinions may be lessening.

I like to think it's a natural ebb and flow. Nothing lasts forever, and it very well may be time for a change - not just for a society or community, but in personal terms, as well.

I've done that before, at pivotal times in my life. I've made a deliberate decision to 'check out' of the madness, and step into a new phase of my life. I did so at certain times - after having children, after a move, when dealing with family issues/problems, and when just in need of mental cleansing and rehabilitation.

I'll still keep posting, at least once a week, and as something catches my attention. But, I, like so many others, just need a temporary break.