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Democrats snitch?

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Well, of course they are  more prone  to being tattletales.   Few of them are actually adult in their outlook and impulse control.   Most of them have no grasp of the old adage that to have a friend,  you must yourself first be a friend.  Conservatives do understand this,  and that is one reason so many of them volunteer for various charitable causes.  When a storm comes through the rural area I live in,  us good ole’ lads and lassies grab our chainsaws and axes and work-lights and go help our neighbors who have trees down.  A smattering of us are Southerners by choice,  but they show up with trucks and drinks and food even if they are inexperienced with tools.  I have lost count of the number of times one of the transplants has said  “When I lived in fill-in-the-blank,  none of my neighbors would have done this.”   My reply has always been  “Isn’t it great you don’t live there any more!”

Consider that if you live in a totalitarian society,  the only way you can get ahead is to lie,  cheat,  steal and inform.  Snitching on your friends,  family,  and neighbors is a generally bloodless way to gain some points for yourself at someone else’s expense.   If you are needy and fearful you are much more likely to disobey social niceties. in order to obtain some perceived protection for yourself.   And yes,  that is one reason Democrats are so desperate to keep the economy shut down — the more fear they can instill, t he more liberty people will be willing to surrender in order to have the government make survival possible for them.   Once you walk onto the government plantation,  it is quite difficult to get out.  Some people are quite comfortable there,  happy to take money for which they have performed no work,  and if they run short,  there are money-making opportunities to be had on the street.

i have no intention of becoming a subject instead of a citizen,  and I will defend my God-given rights  with all the vigor necessary.   You had best be prepared to do the same.   Most politicians don’t accept email from non-constituents,  but governors do have public emails.  I use them on at least a weekly basis to pat them on the back or kick them in the ass.   i’m under no illusion that they actually read them, but in most instances some poor staffer will make a tick mark as for or against some program or plan.  Do not sit quietly in your home and wait to be told what to do and what to think and how to act.   Absolute power does indeed corrupt absolutely and there are few people who can resist its siren call.  Your job is to make them afraid of you, not vice versa.

 

 

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May 3, 2020 at 1:22 pm

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Ghosts work here…

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Indonesian culture is full of superstitions.  Like cultures everywhere,  these views can cause their adherents to do,  or not do,  various things.  One village on Java Island has had a spate of  pocong sightings  which has frightened people into staying inside their homes.   Turns out the local police has hired people to portray the ghostly figures in an effort to create social distancing to protect the population from exposure to coronavirus.   Hey,  whatever works,  right?

UPDATE:   Many natives have returned to their villages in Central Java from large towns to escape the lock-down.   Instead of threatening them with fines or even jail time,  the Regent  has pledged  to send violators to abandoned or haunted houses.

 

 

 

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April 15, 2020 at 1:52 pm

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Helpless and hopeless…

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how would you fare if you could no longer access Google?   According to a  new survey ,  38% of American adults said they couldn’t fix any common household problem without going to Google.   I am afraid the number is actually  a good bit higher,  and even worse,  I doubt that Google can walk many of them through any procedure.  I mutter oaths when I hear Gen Z’s and millennials sneer “OK, Boomer!”,  because the Boomers actually accomplished something and can still handle household projects.   The sneering masses?   They not only lack practical experience,  they  lack muscles.    And I  very much doubt that  virtual gym  classes will help much, fitness trackers be damned.   We are doomed.

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January 5, 2020 at 1:35 pm

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Crying rooms aren’t enough?

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Oh,  wait.   Now you  have donkeys to help you cope with stress,  and crying rooms you can hide in when you still fail miserably.   Over the last few years,  furry and feathered friends of various sorts have appeared on campus at a number of colleges before exam week.  Students seem to think it’s a great idea.

My parents wouldn’t have minded if I had paused to pet someone’s dog,  but I expect spending study time with a therapy donkey would have resulted in a thunderous “Why aren’t you studying?!” from them.  If I had gone to a crying room, they would have disowned me.  If you are still having crying jags and the soft equivalent of temper tantrums at age 18,  you are a warped snowflake and quite possibly will never catch up.  That is great news for my young family members who will be competing against you for the rest of your unhappy life.

 

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May 9, 2019 at 2:54 pm

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Some princess…

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The children of the rich often grow up to be extremely strange humans.   Their families’ money protects them from reality to such an extent that they live in an alternate experience.   I am not the least surprised that Abigail  Disney thinks  her grandfather and great-uncle were terrible people because she thinks differently.   She has always enjoyed the privileges and protections of great wealth,  which she did nothing to earn herself,  and which she has done nothing to deserve.   Other than spending her inheritances,  she has made no contribution to society and never will.  She may well donate to charities,  but I very much doubt they are organizations which do good while they are doing well.

 

 

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May 5, 2019 at 2:51 pm

Classical calming…

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I hope playing classical music discourages the young  miscreants here.   It has been used elsewhere,  such  as Australia,   with varying degrees of success.

 

 

 

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March 27, 2019 at 3:04 pm

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Shortest marriage…

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I’ve heard of marriages which lasted only a short while.   Heck,  I’ve even known a few couples who head to Splitsville within months of taking their vows.   But  this couple  was leaving the ceremony when it all blew up.

 

 

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February 8, 2019 at 3:40 pm

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Rowe on gaps…

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If you aren’t familiar with Mike Rowe,  you ought to be.  Yeah,  he’s a TV star,  but he is one of the most sensible people around.   he has done just about every job you can think of,  and a huge number you don’t even know exist.  he has no problem getting his hands — and the rest of himself — dirty and smelly.  He is funny,  sly and wise,  and a keen observer of humanity in general and American society in particular.

Watch him here talking with Ben Shapiro about  the gap  between elites and normal Americans.

 

 

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October 13, 2018 at 2:01 pm

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Meet the new Democrats…

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An attractive  young woman  has won a Democratic primary,  beating a ten-term Congressman,  despite campaigning with a known  anti-Semitic and racist.  This matters because Joe Crowley was expected to become the next Speaker of the House if the Democrats took it over.    The former speaker,  Nancy Pelosi,  doesn’t like  being compared  with the newcomer.   Sen. Bernie Sanders is over the moon with happiness because she is an avowed Democratic Socialist,  just like he is,  she is calling for Pres. Trump’s impeachment,  she thinks it requires “political courage” to raise taxes,  and claims ICE is running family-separation black sites at the border.

In other words,  just like Bernie,  she has no grasp of economics,  opposes the Constitution,  imagines the Bill of Rights protects only her and the like-minded,  and imagines We the People will meekly accept being ruled by her.   Yes,  she’s a bit of a lunatic,  but she truly does  represent the new face of the Democratic Party which has certainly been losing its collective mind ever since Trump was elected.

UPDATE:  I found  the platform  she ran on.   Heaven help us…

 

 

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June 28, 2018 at 2:59 pm

Of course it is…

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No conservative is surprised to discover that Trump country is far  more tolerant  than progressive enclaves anywhere.  They are supposedly knuckle-draggers,  Bible-thumpers,  white supremacists,   little Hitlers or just hopeless stupid and biased.   But in truth,  Trump supporters are largely regular joes,  ordinary American citizens who treat even awful people with courtesy and respect.   We don’t refuse to serve them food,  and we certainly don’t chase them across the street to protest.   I wonder if we have been too nice for far too long.

If you think back to the Bush/Gore election, Republican staffers dressed in slacks and button-down shirts supposedly inspired terror in Democratic operatives.   Apparently our conservative thoughts are enough to cause extreme fear in liberals.   I’m in favor of providing even more cause for their panic.   Arm yourself with logic,  reason,  and actual facts,  and laugh out loud at them when they revert to emotional thinking and start attacking you personally.    That is a clue that you are winning.

 

 

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June 27, 2018 at 3:33 pm

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