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Aztec death whistle…

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This is not the scariest sound I’ve ever heard,  but this odd screech is very strange, and yeah, a bit spooky.   A  death whistle  seems perfectly in keeping with the Aztecs,  don’t you think?

 

 

 

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May 22, 2018 at 3:22 pm

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Richard Pipes, R.I.P.

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You may know Richard Pipes as the father of Daniel Pipes who, as president of The Middle East Forum, is performing a similar contribution on the resurgent forces of jihad,  that his father did on Russia.    The father played a large part  in turning  the United States away from a strategy of accepting Soviet dominance of Eastern Europe and its role as champion of global communism.   Of course,  that is but one reason why the leftist foreign-policy establishment loathed him.

I generally have little regard for scholars who hang their professorial hats at Harvard, but Richard Pipes was an exception.  If only Hrvard and the other Ivy League colleges had a full complement of professors as clear-eyed and wise as Dr. Pipes!

 

 

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May 19, 2018 at 3:15 pm

Schneiderman resigns…

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I’m not the least surprised that New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has resigned,  even though I did not know the full extent of his bad actions.   Let’s face it — Schneiderman followed Weiner and Spitzer,  two hideous politicians with  warped personalities and shameful histories.   A bunch of power-hungry  perverts as  Bob McManus so aptly puts it.   Or  bent liberal  heros as Richard Fernandez terms them while explaining why Pres. Trump is so much less frightening to the general public.

Donald Trump forecast   this downfall  years ago.  I presume he read new York newspapers and listened when other people talked.  As for myself,  I just assume that New York is such a political cesspool that anyone who winds up as state A.G.  will be bent.   That currently seems a pretty safe bet.

Democrats obviously see  no downside  to throwing  Schneiderman under the bus, or they would have defended him as they did murderer Ted Kennedy and still do Bob Menendez,  and the bucketful of other bad characters who are Democrats.   I suspect it may be far more costly than they can imagine,  and yes, I most certainly hope it is.

Robert Mueller will miss his corrupt buddy, and the Resistance against Trump loses him as a leader,  but he assaulted women he was involved with, making a mockery of his bona fides to be a liberal leader and a champion of women.   Why does that always seem to be the case?  And why do the  abused women  so rarely go after such rotten men?

 

 

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May 9, 2018 at 3:17 pm

Texas Independence Day…

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If you’re a Texan,  you’re probably already celebrating.   If you suspect you’d like to be a Texan,  you probably would,  at least upon occasion.   If you don’t know Texas,   read this.   If you fall into none of these categories, the very notion of Texas likely terrifies you.   It is physically a very large state,  it thinks well of itself and its citizens,  and its people have large personalities.

I’ve never lived in Texas,  but I have visited,  and always found it delightful,  whether enjoying the arts scene in Austin,   the unexplained in Marfa,  or food anywhere.   If you go hungry in Texas,  it’s your fault!

UPDATE:  You should also know about the Bowie knife,  which you can learn enough about  here to  qualify as a Texan.   I’m from the South, so I pronounce it correctly,  according to the article.

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March 2, 2018 at 2:03 pm

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One riot, one Ranger…

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This reply  to a question about the Texas Rangers is quite good,  but it omitted the old quote which I used as the lede above,  because that is nearly as old as the Rangers and just as true.   It is also accurate,  because Rangers are trained to pick out the leader of a disturbance then remove him,  which causes the followers to disperse.

It is an old and quite valuable technique which works across cultures and ideologies,  which is why the Texas Rangers and other elite units of  law enforcement and the military use it.  Smart and bold civilians can employ it too,  and it does work.

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January 21, 2018 at 3:18 pm

Temperance Union…

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I had no idea the Woman’s Christian Temperance  Union still  existed.  Its few remaining members still promote total abstinence from alcohol, tobacco and drugs.   I wonder if th y’ll survive until their 150th anniversary?

 

 

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November 30, 2017 at 4:19 pm

Thanksgiving 2017…

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If I were as big a liar as Barack Obama,  I would probably be sorely afraid of God’s judgment too,  which may be why he for eight years sought to portray Thanksgiving as a  harvest festival,  unlike Donald Trump who bluntly said God should be thanked,  and displayed a  touch of  humor.  That is in contrast to the popular media memes which commercialize the holiday for profit while removing any hint  of religiosity from the occasion.

You might hear a little about the Pilgrims,  and most of it will be the Left whining on about the  evil Pilgrims  who brought death and destruction to the Native Americans.   Chuck Norris offers a more  balanced view  of them,  as does Jerry Newcombe,  here.

You can brush off the various lefty groups intent on telling you the proper way to  celebrate,  or you can choose to be as  childish  and hateful as the media is.  You can look up how Thanksgiving was when you  were born.  You can acknowledge the reality that much of the world still regards the USA as a  place of hope  and promise.

You can be entertained by Debby Witt’s always entertaining  collections  of Thanksgiving-related links.   You can be lazy and pick a quote for the occasion from  this collection.

Wherever you are,  and however you choose to celebrate, find something to be thankful for,  recite it,  appreciate it,  share it and keep it in your heart throughout the holidays.  Remember Yuval  Levin’s words:  “Conservatism is gratitude.”   What Marc Thiessen is  thankful for  proves it.   George Washington viewed the practice of gratitude  as essential  to the American character.   Despite al the gloom and disaster, Kurt Schlichter has found  seven things  conservatives should be thankful for.

P.S.  There are now some  fascinating tomes  on the Pilgrims and their dealings with the Native Americans.

 

 

 

 

Written by timeforthorns

November 23, 2017 at 2:13 pm