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Tech deaths 2019…

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Here is a useful,  and rather interesting,  list of  big tech stuff which was summarily killed off this year.   In full disclosure,  I was never remotely tempted to try a single piece of it.   I regard most tech stuff with great suspicion because it is so intrusive,  fails at protecting my privacy, and lies frequently.  Other than that,  it’s just great.

 

 

 

 

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December 31, 2019 at 1:49 pm

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Beware falling fish…

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A North Carolina woman got the shock of her life when a bird of prey  dropped a fish  on her windshield and shattered it.    No one was hurt except the fish, which she has as proof of the damage.   Sounds like an insurance company commercial, doesn’t it?

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December 30, 2019 at 2:29 pm

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Christmas crumbs…

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What if Bill Gates were your Secret Santa?   This lady  knows.  Most college students  do NOT  find ‘Merry Christmas’ offensive.   I bet  this teacher  is a progressive.   I wonder if any of  these folks  are her kin?   None of them  can take  a joke.   The climate Nazis  tried to ruin the holidays by switching from polar  bears to  reindeer.    Not to be outdone,  a biological male transgender  English professor  derides “conservatives” for missing that the 1964 Christmas special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is all about “queer” people.   He has a mental disorder at the very least, and I pray he doesn’t teach where any students you care about attend.

Who’s  brave enough to say ‘Christmas’?  This guy  certainly was,  and also Justice Neil  Gorsuch was,  and the Left predictably  lost its  scrambled mind,  much preferring to  be surly.   Their even more emphatically anti-Christian  brethren in  the jihadi  ranks recorded the beheadings of Christians.   The Catholic Pope instructs us how to behave in the  post-Christian  world.  I often find myself wondering whose side he’s on.   He certainly  is not  on the side of the average American,  Catholic or not.

Hobby Lobby took out a  full-page ad  to celebrate the season and invited people  to explore Christianity.  or you could follow this fellow’s lead by  ringing the bell  for the Salvation Army.  Gary Sinise  lives it,  doesn’t he?  What an actor;  what a man!  Christmas saves some,  and shows  others that  God is always present.   Speaking of Whom,  do you play Christmas music?   I do  —  everything from Bing Crosby to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir to Mannheim Steamroller,  the last being my absolute favorite when there is actual work to be done.   Jane Chastain’s  poem is  right on target.   I may be recovered by New Year’s Day.   Or not…

Do you have a pickle ornament on your tree?  Do you  know why?  Why do we  kiss beneath  mistletoe?  Not big things,  but a reminder that life is full  of amazing  moments,  and you need not  live in  fear,  during this season or any other.   Let’s end with  a collection  of quotes for the season.   This post is filled with morsels  —  leftovers,  if you prefer,  but I hope you find them tasty.

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December 29, 2019 at 1:27 pm

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Don Imus, R.I.P.

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Don Imus made fame and fortune with his mouth,  and that same mouth cost him much of it.  He had little filter between what he thought and what he said.   It made for interesting radio listening,  but sometimes disaster.   I was an occasional listener and found him entertaining,  but can’t claim to have been a faithful fan.   He was very intelligent, and by all accounts a loyal friend,  but he clearly  enjoyed courting  controversy.  He was a shock jock before Howard Stern was a twinkle in this father’s eye.  Most of all,  he was sort of crazy and a complete originalist.

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December 28, 2019 at 1:56 pm

Redwood killer…

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A hiker in Muir Woods National Monument in California was killed by  a falling  redwood tree on Christmas Eve.   The location was not one of those affected by a recent storm and closed to the public,  but redwoods have shallow roots and are subject to lacking sufficient support in wet soil.

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December 27, 2019 at 6:45 pm

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Naughty, not nice…

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Even little kids are tech-savvy these days.   I wonder what punishment  these two  received for their Christmas larceny?

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December 26, 2019 at 10:33 pm

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Merry Trumpmas…

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Pres. Trump’s Christmas  address called  for the country to foster a greater sense of “understanding and respect.”   The media failed to take the hint,  obviously still pouting because POTUS declined to throw a Christmas  bash for  the little DNC  apparatchiks, further evidenced by the  media’s hatred  of anything Christmas and Trump.   Take a quick tour of the White House  decorations  and see if you agree.

The Trumps  did host  the White House Christmas  Congressional  Ball.   The media won’t report how stunning the First  Lady looked,  just as it won’t report  her befriending  a former leukemia patient.    But the Trumps threw a big party at Trump Tower for employees and  posted pix  from a variety of seasonal events.

I hope the entire family found reason to celebrate despite the onslaught they have faced for the past three years.

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December 26, 2019 at 11:38 am

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