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.


Sunday, December 03, 2017

So, Why Didn't the Dems Care About THIS US-Russia Action?

Never mind, I know the answer - and it clearly shows the partisan nature of the current 'investigation'.

Ted Kennedy, WHILE A CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT, made overtures to Russia, to sabotage Jimmy Carter's re-election in 1980. This was in the news WELL before Kennedy's death - and never investigated, or prosecuted.

Although this has been reported many times, somehow - SOMEHOW - Progressives never seem to notice.

Funny, that.

So, no, I'm not all that concerned about the possibility of Trump having directed staff to contact Russia, IN THE PERIOD OF TRANSITION - a perfectly legal, and reasonable, thing to have done.  I am concerned about the massive effort that has been undertaken to try to twist reality and inflate relatively minor offenses to build a psuedo-case against Trump.

While ignoring both Kennedy's actions, and the illegal, and potentially treasonous actions of HRC.


Thursday, November 16, 2017

The New Civil War

Much of the hostility is based on the refusal of the Ruling Elite and the Media (but I repeat myself) to disregard their prejudices against Southerners and Rednecks, but to, instead, make that the central starting point of any political discussion.

As Jake said in "Sweet Home Alabama",
Just because I talk slow doesn't mean I'm stupid.
For the Ruling Elite, the opposite is a Fundamental Act of Faith. I'm relatively immune from that bigotry, as the daughter of a WV expatriate. I saw the blatant, rude assumption of intellectual and moral superiority first-hand in my childhood.

I asked him, once, if it didn't bother him to be slighted. He smiled, and told me, that, yes, it was irritating, but that he got even. He took special pleasure in getting into a poker game with bigots, and playing the rube.

My dad was especially good at math, particularly probability. He cleaned up in those matches.

Read Chicago Boyz for a long essay on the still-simmering War, which has moved from Slavery and Jim Crow to its essence - the right to determine one's own destiny.

Once of the comments (don't skip them) brought up a facet of the Original Civil War causes that I didn't know - or had forgotten:
The North and the South became VERY different societies and cultures, that fought a Cold Civil War for decades before the hot one, not unlike today. The issue of slave -v- free states was an issue in and of itself; but it was also a proxy for political power.
Up until the Civil War, the only sources of tax revenue for the Federal government were excise and import tariffs. The South sold its agricultural goods overseas. The world monetary system was not up to transferring money except in the form of cash, so Southerners would buy goods overseas and ship them home. The South paid over 60% of the taxes supporting the Federal government. The more numerous Northern states spent the money, on the North and West. The argument over slave and free states was also an argument over who the new states would side with in control of the treasury. Cold Civil War. 

Monday, October 30, 2017

So, THIS Is the Point Where It Should Stop

There is a coffeehouse in the Boston area where the 23-year old daughter of the owner posted some cop-hostile comments on Facebook. The over-the-top response to that has, apparently, led to the shop having to close down, due to lack of customers.

The mother, horrified about the comments from her daughter, immediately insisted that she take down her comments. She also reached out to the local cops, to assure them that they were welcome.

Too late. The online mob had already gotten some people with nothing better to do stirred up. Protests gathered at the business, customers stayed away, and the business went down the tubes.

The comments to the story in the Boston Globe are varied, passionate, and copious.

So, what is the take-away from this?

  1. If you are planning to start a business, or already have a business, make sure that your entire extended family knows that political/cultural/social commentary that is controversial, and could be linked in ANY way to the business will result in immediate expulsion from the family.
  2. Have what is called in the South a Come-to-Jesus moment with all Liberals in the family. Introduce them to the foreign concept that ALL people, even those who disagree with them, have a right to express non-violent opinions. Those opinions may be discussed - in civil terms, and with logical arguments - but may not be responded to with threats against their person, livelihood, or home.
  3. For that matter, this is a case wherein non-Liberals of passionate conviction need to be confronted with the same concepts.
  4. For those too lazy, or deliberately stupid to get the point: Political/Cultural/Social disagreements are not to be used as excuses to enforce one's opinions with violence or threats.

I find myself asking the same question that many asked themselves at the start of the Civil War (otherwise, and perhaps more properly, known as the War Between the States) - how the hell did we get to this point?

The answer: Over time, and with relatively small breeches of the common decency. Those violations of protocol on public expressions of controversial opinion built up over time, until some parts of society cannot be in near proximity to other parts without feeling the compulsion to scream, rage, throws things, and physically attack.

I do have to say that, although much of this escalation is the responsibility of Liberals/Progressives/Leftists, the extreme Right also holds some blame. Consider the timeline: