Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Makers and Takers: Homelessness Revisited

(Status update: On Friday morning, after which I went online but didn't post anything here, I earned $19; once again a light misty rain just wouldn't stop until everyone had left the Friday Market, and all I dared to display were bottled drinks, and of the very few shoppers who came out most weren't even thirsty. After buying groceries for the weekend and bottled drinks for the next market day, I had very little pocket change left. On Sunday, once again my market buddy didn't want to go up to Wise County. My income so far this week has been $8, which brings this blog post to you from an unhappy, grudging local lurker who says you should pay some of the cost of maintaining this blog already. If you were living in the United States during the past year and your income was above US$12,000 for the past year, you need to support this blog.

https://www.patreon.com/user?u=4923804 .)

Someone at a members-only forum posted something about the reported impending crisis of homelessness in the United States.

Here's what this web site had to say about homelessness a few months ago:


Has not changed. So, here's what I posted on the forum:

One thought that may cheer you is that homelessness is being misrepresented by greedy agencies and motel owners.

A large portion of the homeless population in the U.S. became mentally ill after using certain overprescribed medications in the 1950s, and remained incurable for life. That generation is disappearing.

There will always be people who lose their homes due to fires and other disasters, everywhere. That's a problem, but not an overwhelmingly big one.

In some places, there are people who lose their homes because rent rates are higher than retirement, disability, or unemployment pensions can be stretched to cover. I worked with Mitch Snyder, who used to try to present that as the main cause of homelessness, and believe he sincerely thought it was--he was passionately sincere, but not the sharpest knife in the drawer. It did happen, and still does happen, that people who have low-paid jobs or have just lost their jobs can't afford decent homes in the places where they used to work or may still be working. As Marge Piercy illustrated with a composite fictional character in The Longings of Women, these people are competent and resourceful and often find ways to make it hard to tell that they are homeless. They want to believe their homelessness is temporary, like that of the Holy Family in Bethlehem, and in many cases it is. This type of homelessness is not an overwhelming burden to government agencies either, except when people who've refused to plan for life with disabilities become unable to work and have to seek help...and some of them won't consider it as long as they can stand up, even if they have relatives who are willing, and planning, to offer them homes.

But greedheads are encouraging welfare recipients to whine for "more low-income housing now" when these people actually have homes, but they claim their homes are "substandard"--by which may be meant perfectly livable, but older, oldfashioned, hard to heat, too small for a young family, too big for a geriatric patient, etc.

As long as things like leaks, broken windows, and (horrors!) wallpaper on the walls, are being used to define people as "homeless, in need of more subsidized apartment buildings" rather than "low-income and/or unskilled, in need of basic home maintenance work," I can't worry too much about "homelessness."

Though some individuals really are still homeless, and, for those who know where they are and why they're homeless, they really are a problem...or have a problem, or problems.

Well, I own a home. That's been the main source of worldly happiness in my life as a widow: a home of my own where I can be alone with the cats and work on potentially profitable projects in peace. I don't leave my home, or invite people to see it, or disclose where it is, without a very, very, very good reason.

Houses are, of course, financial dependents on their owners. If they're not maintained and "kept up," they deteriorate. Squirrels tear metal or shingles off roofs. Rodents chew siding off walls. Foundations settle lower into the earth. My home doesn't smell moldy, but that's the result of daily work; the basement has always reeked of black mold, as most basements in my part of the world do, such that, before I made a study of fungi, I thought the distinctive odor of Stachybotrys atra was what basements smelled like. Windows need caulking. Screens need replacements. Chimneys need repairs. The older part of the house needs rewiring. The newer part of the house has always had only a temporary, unsatisfactory roof and, although it does have proper drywall, in a moment of manic whimsy one of my elders pasted wallpaper over some of the walls anyway. The water heater and composting toilet, as installed by my brilliant father, work surprisingly well on solar power alone--for one person--but wouldn't work efficiently enough for two.

Over the weekend, during the off-and-on rain, I did some of what an old lady can do all by herself in the older part of the house. (I no longer let my mother do physical work, although she still does all kinds of things that cause anyone who happens to see her to rush up and grab things out of her hands...) The condition in which some things had been preserved was a joyous surprise; the condition into which other things had sunk was an unhappy one. Inevitably I looked at things that need fixing, but require more than two hands or a "reach" of more than six feet off the floor, and remembered a few well-meaning people who've said, "That's dreadful! That's unlivable! You're living like a homeless person! You could easily qualify to move into a low-income housing project in town..."

How many ways is it possible (or necessary) to say: I do not want a low-income housing project in town. I have a home. It's adequate for my survival needs, and likely to remain so for as long as I'm likely to live, even if neither the house nor I ever look any better than we now do. I want to scream, to broadcast the sound all the way to Richmond and all the way to Washington: DO NOT SPEND TAX MONEY ON LOW-INCOME HOUSING PROJECTS FOR PEOPLE LIKE ME. HELP US MAINTAIN AND IMPROVE THE HOMES WE HAVE.

I've already spent as much of my life as I ever want to spend watching other people's toilets flood into my ceilings, overhearing other people's noise day and night, being exposed to other people's colds, seeing other people's faces distorted with hate and envy whenever I felt or looked cheerful, stepping on the insects that breed in other people's dirty kitchens...that's not what I call living, and it's not what I endured places like that, in my formative years, to be able to stay out of as an adult.

I've not actually lived in a building that had bedbugs, thank God, and touch wood (blogger touches head). Not yet. But relatives who truly were disabled, whose foster children failed to move back in and maintain their lovely old historic home with them, have been forced into a four-storey hovel infested with bedbugs. People who wanted to reproach me for not being able to do what a Virginia landowner ought to have done, for those relatives, have made sure I received all the lurid details of how the bugs got into a geriatric patient's surgical wound. Not in my name, and not with my property tax money, should anyone ever fall for that anti-American meme about "older and disabled people needing to be in small apartments rather than separate houses."

Personally, if I couldn't live in my own house, I'd live in the cave above it. Or I'd just move directly to the bottom of the local lake, before I'd consider moving into a low-income housing project in town.

Well, that's my personal point of view. I am, as regular readers know, an introvert, a person whose brain and nerves have developed more completely than some people's ever do, thus a person who enjoys plenty of personal space and solitary quiet time. I enjoy congenial company; that does not include the company of extroverts, whose brains and nerves are, from my point of view, as poorly developed as dogs are, and who can therefore be loved only in the way that dogs are loved. (I do love dogs, but I've never wanted to commit to living with one permanently.) Extroverts enjoy dashing aimlessly about and making low-content, repetitious chatter with lots of different faces. Extroverts probably like living in small apartments in housing projects.

Extroverts are often reported to be the majority personality type in these United States, but after age fifty, the older the median age is, the lower the percentage of extroverts becomes. As a group extroverts do not live as long as introverts do, nor do they age as gracefully. They're very seldom, if ever, the people who build meaningful lives around major disabilities, either. So, any effort to help aging and disabled people should be designed for introverts; even if we're not a solid majority, we are the ones who continue to enjoy life and make positive contributions to society after becoming "old" or disabled.

That means single-family houses, with designated care givers of our own individual choice if necessary to replace our spouses and children (or help care for our spouses and children!), with green space, with gardens, and with rooms of our own that have doors that lock from the inside.

Not that most of us are asking for tax money to be spent to give us those things. Most of us already have those things. What we need is to keep more of our money, and our freedom to pay people we find competent and congenial, to ensure that we keep the homes we have.


(Y'know...personally and confidentially...if, as his wife, I was cut off from receiving any financial benefits from looking after my Significant Other if he ever became really disabled...I think I wouldn't shove him into a nursing home and walk out to get a higher-paid job, the way so many able-bodied younger spouses do. He really is...all I'm allowed to say is "a man you don't meet every day"; the sort of person that somebody might choose to stay with, and help, just out of respect. But what would I live on, if I didn't even have time to peddle my handcrafts? I have sooo been there, with my late husband who wasn't a veteran but was phenomenal in other ways, and I say nobody should ever be there. If the disabled partner is entitled to benefits at all, then those benefits should include support for the caregiver of the person's choice.)

I'm destitute, and desperate, but not homeless. Grandma Bonnie Peters is destitute, and desperate enough to be trying to do physical labor at the age of 82, but not homeless. Forget the "homeless" meme. Forget the whole stupid, harmful idea that people can only be helped by directing massive amounts of money into massive assembly-line-type, one-size-fails-to-fit-much-of-anybody "federal programs." As long as people are conscious, it doesn't serve their Higher Good to allow them to "pauperize" and depend on financial handouts, whether those handouts are given in the hope of buying forgiveness for individual sins or are extorted from the taxpayers. As long as people with fully developed introvert-type brains, with consciences, are conscious, it is acutely painful to them to suggest that they need or can use handouts, anyway. It is cruel to pour money into these monster "programs."

If the federal welfare programs were created in order to keep conscience-impaired types from battening on the charity of individuals who don't realize how they're being exploited...which is why most Republicans and "conservative" Democrats, the vast majority of Americans, voted to build and maintain federal welfare programs in the first place...well, there may be some use for tightened-up federal "safety nets," but I say as a poor person that we still must never depend on federal programs as the primary way to keep even people with minor disabilities alive.

What we as a nation have been doing is saying to people "Here, take these food stamps to buy food until you can get a job," and most of us have been emphasizing "get a job!" all right, but we've not been looking at the larger picture:

* Jobs may not be available--and in some areas, federal programs or even charity-funded programs that try to "meet needs" are directly to blame. (For example, in my part of the world, do-gooders funding Mountain Empire Older Citizens have put hundreds of taxi drivers out of work...while also making it difficult or impossible for able-bodied people to take jobs even five miles from their homes, or take college or trade school courses, or even take advantage of advertised sale prices on groceries.)

* Jobs may be available, but able-bodied food stamp recipients may do the math and feel that they're better off turning down a part-time job and keeping their food stamps and subsidized medical care. (For example, while investing her life savings in a business, GBP found her business failed partly because the needy people she wanted to employ found it unprofitable to work for a living.)

* Jobs may be available, and some able-bodied food stamp recipients may be young enough to be considered for entry-level jobs (which, here I stand to testify, most of the adult population are not)--but they may be discriminated against because, due to not owning cars or being able to afford new clothes and so on, they arrive at job interviews in a sweaty condition.

And it's the same way with what's currently being described to unsuspecting taxpayers as "homelessness." Real homelessness as my generation remember it is actually declining. Today's "homelessness" is being manufactured by deliberate efforts to pack more people into more overpriced and inadequate slums, and the kindest, most humane thing to do is to ignore the chatter about it. Houses exist. Technology to allow people to work from those houses exists. Most of the new "homeless" population will be much happier and healthier if we as a nation just tell the social workers to shut up, because these people are not homeless (or, if they have become homeless, they didn't and don't need to be), and tell these people to go home and go to work. All we have to do is remove the silly protectionist regulations that keep them from earning a living in their homes, and they'll be just fine, thank you very much.

This is still a good first book, but it's been out there for a while, and it doesn't go far enough. This web site can and will update what Arthur Brooks had to say, with more about what real poor people do and don't need.

One-to-one "giving" is actually more efficient than either medieval-style almsgiving or socialist-style handouts, but it has to be done right...and that's where the "conservative" part comes in, and yes, even Ayn Rand's ideas about never "giving" but always "trading," properly understood. Ayn Rand was not as good a writer as her admirers wanted to think; she expounded her views in a language that was foreign to her, in novels written for Hollywood, and presented herself as even more of a hard-boiled greedhead than she was--so in some ways her books are as cautionary as they are exemplary. But let me say this again, as a poor person. I don't want you to "give" me anything. I want you to acknowledge that you're "trading." If you don't think this blog offers something worth paying for, I want you to tell me what you are willing to pay for, and pay me to do that.

"Lady Bountiful" is a fool, and deserves to know that the people to whom she dispenses her bounty have been exploiting her as a fool for years. That's not because she shouldn't have been helping her neighbors in a mindful, intelligent, hard-headed-fiscal-conservative way that would have been building up her community; it's not because she should have been paying an ever-more-bloated totalitarian scheme to crush her community, which is what socialism always was, no matter how willfully the Old Left have refused to recognize it. It's because everyone but a hospice-list, brain-damaged quadriplegic--even a hospice-list quadriplegic who still knows where s/he is!--has something to offer, and it serves everyone's Highest Good if those who want to help recognize what they have to offer.

Stop saying "Ooohhh, those poor, needy, hungry, homeless people, we need a big federal program to meet their needs."

Start saying "If my neighbors are hungry or homeless, and I'm not, I need to be helping them--in a respectful, evenhanded, responsible way--by paying them to do things that meet my needs. I need to be spending less money on corporate products and more on the goods and services my needy neighbors are able to provide."

Don't walk past panhandlers; don't steer them to those "programs" of large-scale grift that, in Washington at least, are likely to have set them out on the corner to panhandle. When you pass panhandlers, carry a reasonable amount of cash, and offer it to a reasonably alert panhandler in exchange for escorting you through the neighborhood or helping carry your bags. I've known people who were able to go from panhandling (after an injury that was indeed disabling, for a while) to owning businesses...Asian-born people, who had that goal in their minds; I've not seen native-born U.S. citizens do that, because we as a nation have been blathering about our Welfare State for so long that unless they've known Asian or African-born people our native-born panhandlers don't realize that it's possible.

Don't confuse people selling stuff on the streets, or people "marketing" stuff from their homes, or people asking for money for things they do, with panhandlers. Recognize them as entrepreneurs, which they are. If you don't want to buy what they're selling, tell them honestly what you do want to buy from them, and talk to them honestly about what it would take for them to start selling that.

In the "marketplace of ideas," a few people have been decent enough, respectful enough, to tell me things like "I'm not funding your idea because I'd rather be funding an engineer's invention or a comedian's comedy novel or some other project that you, writer known as Priscilla King, wouldn't be qualified to undertake even if you wanted to steal that other person's idea." I respect that. I don't blame you-the-individuals-who've-said-that (Neil Gaiman is the one whose name other readers know; I continue to respect and support Neil Gaiman, although he no longer needs much support). And I've never, ever, turned down a valid suggestion of what people needed to have done, either for elitist reasons (people who advertise any connection with Berea College are saying we don't turn down any job for elitist reasons) or because someone else could do those jobs better than I could; I've helped find that person for the people who wanted that job.

Feel free to say to me, "I don't like a book site." (If you say that while funding something else, no worries--the book site will still be here for those who do like it!)

Feel free to say, "I don't agree with your politics or want to read about them." (If you say that, no worries--I have absolutely no doubt that the correspondents who keep sending the political links and discussions will carry on. The political contacts I personally don't follow, and flag as spam when their names turn up in my e-mail, continue to feed content to other people who forward it to me.)

The effective, respectful, legitimate way to say those things is to say, "I do want to see this, and I'll fund it." Two ideas that came in last week were a romantic comedy novel in Twitter form (yes, I'd be willing to do that if people pay for it), and a forum about forums about chronic health issues (I'm not sure how profitable that can be, but a correspondent wanted to fund it and the McDougalls will undoubtedly continue to be a great source of updated information for it). Feel free to send in other ideas if you don't want to fund those.

In real life, the reason why I've advertised odd jobs has always been that I know people who think writing isn't Real Work. They're wrong, of course, but they're partly right--the writer's brain and liver do need the stimulation of physical labor. I both want and need physical labor jobs to feed my writing, for more than merely financial reasons. Local people may feel free to say "I want you to help wash windows or weed hedges or extirpate poison ivy." I not only do those things; I enjoy them.

And I want you to feel free to say those things to other "needy" people, too--individually and collectively. Nobody should be rewarded in any way, even through the "reward/punishment" of having to report to bossy social workers, for sitting around whining "needy-needy-needy." Instead, we should tell the people who are claiming to be homeless and hungry, "Houses and land exist. Go home and go to work"--

...And then wait. These people know what the problems they face are. Listen to what they're saying, and then start thinking and talking about ways to address those problems. Maybe there are legitimate needs for programs to help people make their homes more accessible, to pay for individual in-home care from the individual a disabled person trusts, or just to remove barriers to entrepreneurship in the neighborhood. Maybe there are legitimate needs for elected officials to toss the "ball" of responsibility back to local communities and individuals. In Virginia, at least, no "real" lady or gentleman ever could eat while neighbors were hungry, and I for one want to get back into the "Lady Not-Bountiful-But-Actually-Helpful" position for which I was born and brought up. I want to be part of a community of people who have something to give, not that horrible colony of parasites social workers have parked on Jackson Street to sit around going "needy-needy-needy." (Admittedly some of those people deserve to be there, bedbugs and all, but not in my name would anyone I ever knew ever have gone there.)

There are not legitimate needs for more federal handout programs. There is a need to cut those programs, in order to de-pauperize poor people and put America back to work.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Morgan Griffith on Power Plants Reopening

From U.S. Representative Morgan Griffith (R-VA-9):

Two Coal-Fired Power Plants Fired Up to Meet Demand
June 21, 2017 – Dominion Energy is re-opening two coal-fired power plants in Virginia, in order to be prepared to meet power needs during peak hours this summer. The plants were shut down to comply with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Mercury Air Toxics Standards rule (which the Supreme Court later ruled was improperly issued). However, PJM Interconnections, a company that manages the electrical grid in many eastern states, including Virginia, requested the plants be allowed to temporarily remain open in order to provide reliable power to residents. The Department of Energy (DOE) approved their request.
PJM’s spokesperson told a local paper, Williamsburg Yorktown Daily, that Dominion Energy would operate the coal-fired power plants on an emergency basis to prevent rolling black-outs, and added that this move is “required to avoid power disruption that could disturb military bases, hospitals, and other critical infrastructure in the area.”
Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-VA) said, “It is critically important to maintain the reliability of the power grid. The threats of rolling brown-outs, and even black-outs, have been a concern of mine for some time. As I’ve said before, if we shut down power plants before we have an adequate substitute, the obvious result will be families, schools, businesses, and hospitals lacking power. By re-opening these plants, thankfully, Virginians will be in a position to avoid power shortages during the hottest months of summer. I’m glad DOE made the logical decision.”

How Medical Insurance Makes People Sicker

(Status update: Since Tuesday, my income went up by $20.10, total for the week so far $33.86, and a local lurker drove past and stole all the raspberries s/he could reach from the unpaved road. I am not making this up. Such wonderful neighbors I have these days. Attention ratbags: if you want more and better raspberries than you stole from me, go to https://www.starkbros.com , which is the online branch of the place from which my father bought the ancestors of my raspberry brambles. The first few generations will bear bigger, juicier fruit on less hardy plants; over time the brambles will evolve back toward their wild prototype. Maintaining raspberries is such fun--retraining the briars that always want to grow across the path, cleaning out the smilax and blackberries and wild roses, contending with stingingworms while picking the berries...If you place $10 in a clean dry screw-top jar in the hedge, below the brambles you attacked, I'll pray that God will choose a gentle way to discipline whatever you have in the way of a soul.)


This snippet came in the e-mail from some wonderful young people at West Virginia University. (They have some sort of journalism course where they put together a local e-newspaper for school credit, and they share lots of wonderful things. Warmly recommended to local readers, although they're not Virginians and use "Appalachia" to mean all the Mountain States when, as we know, it means one specific town.) I called this bit of news...predicted it twenty years ago, actually, though the brand "Priscilla King" was "born" in 2006. Here's the official documentation that it's happening:

After analyzing data from nearly 6,000 women in Appalachian Ohio, researchers found that alcohol misuse was on the rise. The data, provided by the Community Awareness, Resources, and Education (CARE) Project, showed that women living in Appalachia are more likely to report health problems related to alcohol abuse than women who live in urban areas, and they are less likely to seek help due to the stigma surrounding seeking help for substance abuse, lack of anonymity and scarce access to health care providers. (via News-Medical.net)

You too can read the e-newspaper; visit 100daysinappalachia.com to sign up.

What else can we expect if Obamacare is replaced with anything insurance-based? More transmission, and less treatment, for other conditions as well as alcohol and drug-related diseases...

* sexually transmitted diseases

* vermin-transmitted diseases (lice, bedbugs, potentially human fleas)

* infectious or contagious diseases that may be chronic or asymptomatic for the "immune carrier," such as tuberculosis, where the carrier is able to work as long as others don't realize s/he is dangerous to them

There are medical as well as moral and economic reasons why the replacement for Obamacare needs to be cash-based, not insurance-based.

Should this post have an Amazon book link? Of course it should. Here's the latest information on all the diseases that an insurance-based medical care system is likely to promote...two big fat volumes, known to trigger hypochondria and aggravate indigestion and nightmares in anyone who's not tough enough to become a doctor. (Yes, I read this kind of thing; my body's not up to working with sick people every day, but my mind can handle it.)

Tuesday, June 20, 2017


Is this blog dead or alive? I don't know.

I'm alive. I'm sitting in the cafe.

A real-world sponsor is spending a lot of time with a dying elder in a nursing home, thus cut off from either real-world or cell-phone social interaction with anyone else. I've agreed to be in the cafe where, in the event of any change in the patient's situation, I'll be accessible by cell phone. So far, what's come in on the cell phone has been nuisance calls I've ignored.

The world needs cheerful "conservative" content.

People need to be funding cheerful "conservative" content.

I don't think most of the people who weren't radical left-wingers in the 1950s or 1960s realize how well organized those people needed to become, and did become, in order to dominate the mainstream media the way they do. Let's just say that, when I was in Washington, there were certain city neighborhoods where they clustered (of which Takoma Park was one), and there were leftist-funded activist groups that recruited young people (of whom I was one) for nice bipartisan efforts that needed funding, and however bipartisan and moderate and reasonable the cause might be, those left-wing neighborhoods were the plums. When we'd slogged around a less friendly community, saying things like "I'm raising money for a battered women's shelter" and getting doors banged in our faces for a few days, for a quick morale booster those organizations would send us to Takoma Park. There people would offer us bottled water, listen to our fundraising pitch long enough to figure out whom to make the cheque payable to, hand us money, and generally restore our activist souls. If these people got into conversation with us, which they seldom did because they had lives which we had interrupted, they were the ones who said things like "Oh yes, Ralph Nader's a great guy to work for but I don't think he goes nearly far enough!" or "Yes, we agree that the city needs a battered women's shelter and rape crisis center, but how 'gay-friendly' are you planning it to be?"

More conservative people seldom needed to do that because, by definition, "conservative" means the people who aren't agitating for radical changes. All well and good...until one starts writing and realizes that, although amateur writers (be they ultra-radical anarchists, libertarians, moderate Democrats, mainstream Republicans, right-wingers, or the kind of Tea Partiers whose reaction always seemed to be "Never mind what 'T.E.A.' stands for, where's the party?") are flooding the Internet with complaints about left-wing bias in the mainstream media, those people don't have a clue about the kind of bias they're up against.

I've actually known, and lived with, and processed the taxes of, people who were actually living on less than half of their income and giving the bulk of it to left-wing causes. I don't know whether more conservative people really need to be doing that with regard to humanitarian, religious, apolitical or "conservative" causes, although I did, in my thirties, and I will say it felt great at the time. All the Bible authorizes any church or temple to ask for is one-tenth of its members' income, plus any special offerings people might have felt moved to make when they considered themselves blessed. But if "conservatives" want to be competitive in the marketplace of ideas, they need to know that they're competing with people, who at least until they became parents, regularly dedicated three-fifths of their income to marketing the Old Left's agenda.

Over the weekend I read a couple of vintage Old Left books. My attention was caught by the shrewd marketing strategy that went into one of them...and by the loyalty. Left-wingers used to have to be very sneaky about slipping just hints of their political ideas into books--The Lorax is a great example, though the books I was reading were older and less delightful to read--that anyone at all could read, even if those books didn't impress people of other philosophical persuasions as being quite as great as the left-wingers made them sound. Books like The Lorax were aggressively marketed, however, by loyal lefties who raved over them, promoted them far and wide, led people to believe that these books were classics. Most of them were not nearly as good as The Lorax, but left-wingers bought them and sold them anyway, because those books reflected their beliefs.

Conservative readers seem to think that posting a tweet here and there is going to do what the left-wingers did for the reputations of writers as grotesquely overrated as Gertrude Stein. They are so wrong.

If you want more Christian content, more pro-free-market content, more independence-oriented content, more fiscal-conservative content, more humanitarian content, more patriotic content, more non-corporate-commercial content, more of whatever else Big Money has not been poured into an effort to sell you, then you need to...Hey, I'm not saying I require as much money to survive as Al Gore seems to. Far from it.

But you're reading a blog whose primary author has lived this far into this week on US$13.76. On Sunday, I walked out to the grocery store with a $5 bill left over from my Friday Market sales, and a few pennies and nickels, in my pocket; in my tote bag, two dolls, a hand-knitted towel, and a hand-knitted cat blanket. I sold the cat blanket for $8, rather than holding out for $10, because the purchaser was a teenager. Of the resulting $13 I spent just over $9 on food and $3 on badly needed cleaning supplies. Yesterday, during the nonstop rain and occasional thunder and lightning on the day the cafe is closed, I stayed in, knitted, and didn't let myself waste a lot of mental energy on how this rain at this time of year is affecting the orchard (unprofitably). This morning I walked out toward the cafe thinking, "If somebody buys a doll, I can buy coffee and work online today," and nobody bought a doll but I found a penny and three quarters in the road--so I came in and bought coffee. I am not making this up.

"If people aren't ashamed to ask for money, they shouldn't be ashamed to ask for it from the social welfare agencies," was an idea the Old Left succeeded in getting into the schoolbooks our older generation used (and trusted) in the 1920s. Now there is something to be said for that idea, except...where does it leave all the slick commercial ads we've been seeing all our lives? "Oh, well, General Mills and General Motors and Coca-Cola aren't asking for handouts, they're offering something." Right. I'm offering something, too. If all I were doing was asking for handouts to live on, I wouldn't bother; I'd agree that there was no particular need for me to live. But I've never asked anyone for a handout to live on. I'm asking for payment for things I've done, just like General Mills and General Motors and Coca-Cola, except that my products are more wholesome and environmentally sound than theirs are, and I don't generate obnoxious TV commercials.

Meanwhile...years ago, I saved the entire Ozarque blog, for personal use, in the form of e-mails, because I enjoyed every one of Ozarque's books and I had a feeling that her blog might be more valuable to me even than her books. Now, due to Yahoo's takeover, I've been downloading those e-mails into Word documents.

Once again, I'm awestruck...Ozarque did such a fantastic job of drawing together people who shared only some of all her various interests, into such a delightful online community that added so much more to what would have been a great blog all by itself. She didn't write a lot of really new content for her blog; she rotated between sharing links with comments, starting discussions of about one page from one of her books, and starting discussions of news items. And her Live Journal was a wonderful online salon, like the university common room she wanted it to be, where all of her e-friends felt free to comment, from all their different backgrounds and viewpoints--left-wingers and right-wingers, Southern Baptists and Wiccans, teenagers and seventy-somethings.

I started blogging around the time she stopped. I thought, "I should be able to do that in cyberspace, because I was that sort of hostess in Washington. I've always been able to pull together a circle of friends from different backgrounds and communities too, and it's always been fun. It should be especially fun now that I can afford a social life only in cyberspace."

Well, obviously, cyberspace is very, very different from Washington.

Wherever there are humans, there will always be a lot more people who "act friendly" just in order to call your attention to what they want to accomplish than there are people who are equally willing to pay attention to what you want to accomplish. That's human nature, and not necessarily even all bad...but...

Right now, I'm over age fifty; most of the people I've claimed as friends, in my lifetime, are over age seventy; my closest friends are dead. I have 32 cents to live on until I sell something I've made, and an orchard in which most if not all this year's fruit crop is about to ripen and/or rot before I can get it to market. I am not a depressive person, but if I start posting daily about my personal life, which is what you're paying for, I guarantee you will find this web site depressing.

That's because you will be feeling guilty...because, deep down, you know that you can afford to sponsor more cheerful content than this post. You can afford to send payment to Boxholder, P.O. Box 322, Gate City, Virginia, 24251-0322. ("Boxholder" is important; "Priscilla King" is a brand, legally owned by the same individual who owns that address, and the post office has hired some new people and it's not good to haul tax documents around in a tote bag.) Alternatively, you can follow the instructions at


to pay online.

Now, what exactly do you want to fund? That's a more cheerful topic, so just in case this post has reactivated any readers' depressive feelings, let's think about what you're paying for. Here are some things this web site could do, instead of just telling you how low my cash flow is until you start paying for decent content...

1. I still want to do the pro-police post discussed last month on Patreon, despite (most correspondents') utter lack of support for that idea.

2. I still plan to bring back the daily book reviews, despite yourall's tepid response to them, because Amazon is tracking actual payments. (Want to start a theme here that you find more exciting than book reviews? Start making actual payments.)

3. A real-world sponsor shared some material about marketing the "good stuff" from the web site as PDF reports for which readers could pay via Paypal. That's a good idea. I can even tell this person, who's trying to do it too, why it's not worked; Paypal buttons use "i-frames," and in our part of the world we have an Internet server that automatically scrambles the code in "i-frames" so that even if we manage to get a Paypal button onto a site it disappears in a few days, that's why. (This is flagrant discrimination, and ought to be banned by the FCC.) We can, however, offer reports--online PDF's, or actual printed reports, as you prefer--for which you can send payments via e-mail or real mail, as you prefer.

Let's discuss the topics on which you want reports, suggested by what's generated traffic for this site over the years and what's being requested at writing sites, on Patreon. Blog posts there will open when you use the link above to make a payment.

Bring this blog back from limbo, Gentle Readers.

The discussion is here:


Book Links: Correspondents' Choice for June 8-16

Quick status update: This post should have gone live on Friday. I got caught up in other things. It's not been a profitable weekend, and you still need to follow the instructions here to keep this web site active and cheerful:


I'm amazed that Goodreads reviewers rate The Other Boleyn Girl, which I reread and reviewed recently (a review will show up when I have more free online time), #4 out of...all the historical fiction in the English language. They like it better than The Color Purple, better than Chasing Hepburn, better than Johnny Tremain or Caddie Woodlawn or any of those Children's Classics you got history credit for reading in middle school...better than anything but Memoirs of a Geisha, Gone with the Wind, or Pillars of the Earth. Hmm, what's Ken Follett doing that high up the list? Possibly Goodreads is not the most impartial source of literary criticism. Anyway, if you're looking for a sexy, violent novel with a high squick factor (including a hint of brother/sister incest) and a sweet romantic ending, The Other Boleyn Girl is a good read. Congratulations Philippa Gregory. You rock!

I'm not sure this web site is much interested in geishas (although the Boleyn sisters could be used to define the word "courtesan"), and having been disappointed by a super-seller Follett novel whose only point of interest was kinky sex in the 1980s I'm not eager to tackle another Follett work, but let's reconsider the classic antebellum Southern romance...I like Gone with the Wind because I've never read it as an ordinary romance where the all-female audience are supposed to identify with the heroine and sniffle and tingle over the ins and outs of her courtship. You can't identify with a spoilt brat like Scarlett O'Hara in that way, or at least I can't. I read her and her series of doomed husbands as a literary symbol. Whether Margaret Mitchell planned it that way or not, Scarlett's alliances with the young soldier, the old storekeeper, the romantic idealist, the tough old hillbilly, and the soldier of fortune reflect the philosophical trends in the Southern States' culture. That makes her story interesting, even if you want to turn her over your knee approximately every ten pages.

But what ever is GWTW doing so much further up the list than its counterpart novel, Jubilee? Despite the image of a Black woman on the cover, Elvira "Vyry" Ware is all but legally White--blonde, even--and her kindness to the sister to whom she's been enslaved is a delightful antidote to Scarlett O'Hara's awfulness. Elvira is a symbol of what Americans want to believe our grandmothers were like. She gets a choice between two fine young men, too, during a period when there weren't enough young men to go around, and although that scene could have been tightened up I'm guessing that reading it will bring tears to your eyes.

(Jubilee and Gone with the Wind are about equally long; each took about ten years to write, and was heavily researched. GWTW is a much more polished novel. Margaret Walker didn't spend those ten years perfecting the timing and transition of her manuscript; she spent them doing Original Research. Here's her nonfiction account of...)

And which historical novel came in just below The Other Boleyn Girl? You've seen it here...


Moving from stories of the past to stories of the hypothetical future: To what extent, if any, are you readers interested in writing science fiction (or any kind of fiction) about characters with disabilities? This forthcoming anthology...

Invisible 3: Essays and Poems on Representation in SF/F by [Wilde, Fran, Sessarego, Carrie, Rosenbaum, Benjamin, Moon, Dawn Xiana, Cross, Jennifer, O'Shaughnessy, MT, Kurisato, Mari, Mayer, Jaime O.]

...is shared here because of this short essay:


And here's the book Ysabetwordsmith mentioned in the comments:

Dittos, dittos, oh dittos. Vian Smith's Tall and Proud may have been too optimistic about the outcome for some paraplegic teenagers, or for injured race horses for that matter, but it was ever so much better than Deenie. I remember feeling that all middle school girls, not only those who'd been ordered to wear a brace for a few years, were being insulted by Deenie. I've not seen a copy of Tall and Proud for a while; it's gone from contemporary adventure fantasy to historical adventure fantasy. I have to mention, though, that it was endorsed and recommended by my father the best-case polio survivor.

For those who still have fathers and whose fathers already have neckties, soap, and handkerchiefs:

From a surprising contender in this field...Mike Tyson remembers his trainer as "father figure":

Friday, June 16, 2017

Mat Staver Documents Christian-Phobic Bigotry

Meh. This came in an e-mail asking me for money. If Mat Staver were a real Christian, he'd be sending me money. If your income for the past year was above US$12,000, you should be supporting this web site financially. Subscription funds can be mailed by U.S. postal money orders to the address at the very bottom of the screen (address "Boxholder" at that P.O. Box), or you can follow instructions here:


However, that doesn't alter the formal, public verbal abuse directed at Scott Lively:

We just won a major lawsuit on behalf of a Christian pastor, but the judge used the opportunity to attack our client in one of the most open displays of anti-Christian prejudice the Liberty Counsel legal team has experienced in the courtroom.

Last week, federal Judge Michael A. Ponsor ruled that he lacked jurisdiction to hear a lawsuit against Pastor Scott Lively by Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) over an outrageous charge claiming that he committed "crimes against humanity" for speaking about homosexuality and God's design for the family in Uganda.

+ + Judge calls Pastor Lively "crackpot bigot."

The judge's ruling put an end to SMUG's attempt to silence Pastor Lively and others who stand for their faith internationally against an increasingly intolerant LGBTQ global agenda.

But that's not the end of the story …

Judge Ponsor proceeded to improperly litter his Order with a prolonged tirade against Pastor Lively, badly distorting his Christian views and activism, and insulting him with such unbecoming epithets as "crackpot bigot," "pathetic," "ludicrous," "abhorrent" and numerous others. Even more egregiously, Judge Ponsor purported to conclude that Pastor Lively's Christian beliefs and pro-family activism violated "international law."
Judge Ponsor allowed his radical support for the LGBTQ agenda to enter an opinion and make prejudicial findings laced with defamatory statements that are both illegal and unbecoming.

+ + We're fighting back against these attacks...

Judge Ponser's statements are so far outside the norm that we have filed an appeal to ask that these prejudicial and unnecessary statements be stricken. Judges may hold personal opinions like anyone else, but they should restrain themselves from lacing court rulings with them.

I will not allow a federal judge to demean and ridicule a Christian pastor just because this judge supports the radical LGBTQ agenda! That's why we're taking action.

But sadly, this is precisely the type of hostility we are seeing against any expression of biblical truth in our decaying culture. And right now, Liberty Counsel is fighting against some of the most intense assaults we have EVER experienced. And several of these attacks are being bankrolled by the leading anti-faith and anti-family organizations in our nation:
The legal team against Pastor Lively was bankrolled by billionaire George Soros' funded Center for Constitutional Rights. PLUS, the ACLU, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and other radical groups are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to strip people of faith of our rights. Their goal is clear — to criminalize Christianity!

Morgan Griffith on Settlement Slush Funds

From U.S. Representative Morgan Griffith, R-VA-9:

Ending Settlement Slush Funds
During the Obama Administration, the Department of Justice (DOJ) adopted a troubling practice of settling lawsuits by requiring companies to “donate” huge amounts of money to organizations that were not directly affected by the allegations in the lawsuit.

This policy permitted unelected bureaucrats to select groups of their liking to receive huge sums from corporations found having done something wrong, allowing nongovernment groups to receive millions of dollars without authorization or oversight from Congress.

The previous Administration did it many times, in fact, the House Judiciary and Financial Services Committees found nearly a billion dollars were given to activist groups via these mandatory “donations” in the last two years.*

In the Senate, a 2016 report examined DOJ settlements in the housing industry, after financial institutions were accused of contributing to the housing bubble.

Some financial institutions, such as Bank of America and Citibank, were found to have done wrong. They were targeting low income people with mortgages they knew they couldn’t afford, sometimes called predatory lending, and then sold these mortgages to investors without disclosing the risk.

The Senate report cited that through a settlement, Citibank and Bank of America were required to “donate” money to several groups, including millions to National Council of La Raza.

This report from the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs says, “The National Council of La Raza, in particular, has had a particularly checkered history. The group has garnered attention from some lawmakers as being particularly extreme in its views on immigration—with some suggesting that La Raza promotes illegal immigration and advocates for benefits and driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants.”*

The report also says that Congress specifically removed funding to these groups, but DOJ basically restored the funding, by requiring Bank of America and Citigroup to donate a combined $30 million.* DOJ decided to direct the funds to these activist groups, instead of finding ways to get the money directly to the victims. The settlement did not even give Congress the right to oversee how these groups spend the money they receive from the Bank of America and Citigroup donations, thus allowing groups to advance an agenda of their own.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently announced this settlement practice will be prohibited going forward.

“When the federal government settles a case against a corporate wrongdoer, any settlement funds should go first to the victims and then to the American people— not to bankroll third-party special interest groups or the political friends of whoever is in power,” said Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who announced the new policy. “Unfortunately, in recent years the Department of Justice has sometimes required or encouraged defendants to make these payments to third parties as a condition of settlement. With this directive, we are ending this practice and ensuring that settlement funds are only used to compensate victims, redress harm, and punish and deter unlawful conduct.”*

I agree! In fact, Congress should pass a law making it clear this is our national policy.

If you have questions, concerns, or comments, feel free to contact my office. You can call my Abingdon office at 276-525-1405 or my Christiansburg office at 540-381-5671. To reach my office via email, please visit my website at www.morgangriffith.house.gov. Also on my website is the latest material from my office, including information on votes recently taken on the floor of the House of Representatives.


Thursday, June 15, 2017

Morgan Griffith on How You Can Fight Global Warming

Well, color me tickled pink! Trump's threatening to ignore an international "climate agreement" that puts the U.S. at a disadvantage, and people are breaking out a (snark on) radical new (snark off) idea: we can fight global warming (the possibility), or even local warming (the easily verified FACT), all by ourselves!

I just tweeted a link to a full-length article by Simon Mainwaring ( http://simonmainwaring.com/sustainability/brand-can-participate-paris-climate-agreement/ ), and here's a quickie from U.S. Representative Morgan Griffith (R-VA-9):

Could it Be?

Bloomberg, Former Sierra Club Director, and Griffith Agree?
The former executive director and chairman of the Sierra Club, Carl Pope, and former New York City Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, have a new book out, Climate of Hope: How Cities, Businesses, and Citizens Can Save the Planet First.

In their promotional materials it says, “In the years ahead, cities, businesses, and communities—not Washington or other national governments—can lead and win the battle against global warming.”

Their promotional website says “ ‘Cooler heads can produce a cooler world,’ write Bloomberg and Pope, who lower the temperature of the debate by showing that the changing climate is a series of discrete, manageable problems each with a solution that can make our society healthier and stronger. National governments, they argue, are not the best places to create these solutions.”*

Now mind you, I have not yet had the opportunity to read this book. I’m sure there will be parts of the book that I disagree with. But, from their promotions, it sure sounds like they are saying a one-size fits all solution mandated from Washington is not a good answer.

If indeed they lay out the argument that we can protect the environment without federal bureaucracy and job-killing regulations, and instead let innovation, entrepreneurs, private industry, and localities take the lead, then indeed I agree and I welcome them to the conservative movement!


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Wotta Day (Updated as Planned)

(This post was dashed off in the last ten minutes of the day, June 14, with the intention of adding an update below. You're now reading the June 15 version of what a day June 14 was.)

There are ordinary days...and nice days...and days when one big bad thing happens...and then there are days when it just seems as if badness is popping up all over, and even if none of it's all that bad, you wish you'd hidden under the bed instead of getting out of it.

This has been one.

Start with the blogger getting up around 4 a.m. to prepare for Wednesday Market in Wise County, thinking market buddy couldn't possibly just fail to show up since he was the one who invested in those marked-down Coca-Cola products. Heard a motor around 6:45 a.m. It turned out to be merely a low-flying plane. No pickup truck ever arrived. I waited and waited and waited and missed all chances (a) to spend a full day doing unpaid boring personal stuff I want to get done online, (b) to walk to the cafe before it became hot outside, (c) to walk to the cafe without the sun beating down right in my face, or (d) to catch a ride with anyone going to work.

Then as I walked down the road I heard black vultures squawking, which they don't often do, quarrelling with the crows about what had been covered in mown grass but not cleaned up at the site of a major traffic accident yeterday. One vulture swooped out toward me and circled right over my head. Ominous. I respect the neighborhood vulture family's place in the environment and usually like them, but not when they're in combat mode.

Then I got online, and, well, #Alexandria...so not the way I remember one of the nicest, prettiest, friendliest parts of Greater Washington. I spent a lot of time watching for updates on Twitter. Saw the London fire, saw the San Francisco murders.

Saw what I have in the way of a governor, obviously stunned like everyone else because I can't imagine any other way he'd be that stupid, trying to exploit tragedy for political gain.

Saw other ugly things I do not normally see on Twitter. Polite adults were flaming and sniping at each other; I suppose my comment on my governor's outbreak of foot-and-mouth-disease might have looked like a snipe, if not a flame, but !!! . People who usually tweet or retweet one or two things a day were following the news on Twitter and zapping those flames around. My Twitter stream (of things people/sites I follow have tweeted) is broad and moves fast, but it looked as if it were standing still because things were popping back up, retweeted by yet another Twit, every ten minutes.

It was a really weird feeling, hard to pinpoint. I don't feel that discombobulated merely because I woke up before daylight. I don't feel that discombobulated by people not wanting to work an outdoor market on days when it may be hot, rainy, or both by turns, nor by roadkill, nor by maniac outbursts of violence in places where I know people. It had to have been the combination.

I kept plugging away on the personal stuff, but by five o'clock I wasn't sure whether I was eager to go home or apprehensive about what else could go wrong...let's just say that all that went wrong in the evening was that it finally rained just as I was walking home.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The Sciences Must Feminize

In advance of National Bad Poetry Day, yes, but in light of these posts:




...I wrote this one several years ago, actually, as a reaction to one of Wendell Berry's essays (cited within the poem), and to a college teacher who railed about the damage female students were sure to do to the sciences by earning degrees in them. It seems timely. I agree with Ben Shapiro, cited above, that men in et per se aren't the problem; Bette Midler was clearly just reacting to shock, and should be left to recover in peace. (If you read through to the last verse, that's the conclusion of this Bad Poem.) But as long as college girls have to endure twaddle about the hazards of "feminization" of the professions for which they have more natural talent than the half of humankind that seems more likely to have been designed to take out the garbage, women need to keep thinking this kind of thoughts, too.


Time to move on over, guys;
The sciences must feminize.

We have a clear and pressing need
for scientists who understand
why scientific work must heed
the claims of earth and sea and land;
committed to relationships
that partner with the air and soil,
and knowing how it feels to bleed
and stop short of apocalypse
and turn again with loving hand
to labor to rebuild the land
before their industry can spoil
the commonwealth for the sake of greed.
Time to move on over, guys;
The sciences must feminize.

The time’s come to recheck the math.
If one man with a tractor moves
the timber out in 26 days,
dooms other trees to utter waste,
carves gulches deep into the hill,
leaves wild things nowhere to graze,
makes this year’s woods next year’s landfill;
while three men with five horses take
the same job in 65 days,
don’t over-fertilize the path
down which each load of timber moves,
take out each old tree without haste,
on only eight trees leave a blaze,
kill just one living tree, and make
of that some thing that’s useful still,
how much more profitable proves
the way of patience than of wrath?
Time to move on over, guys;
The sciences must feminize.

It’s time for scientists who feel
the pleasure of submissive love
to call us back to what is real:
science beneath, and faith above.
Irreverence is proper when
we think of our own past mistakes,
but when we study Nature’s ways,
reverence is required then.
Splice unrelated DNA’s?
Such mania science must not heed.
The scientist, with a heart that aches,
ponders the question: if we feed
gene splicers to some maggots, raise
those maggots to mature flies,
and feed the flies to farm trout, then
are those trout poisonous to men?
Time to move on over, guys;
The sciences must feminize.

Men say they think in pictures, like
the oddest of the female kind,
yet also claim to suffer from
such linearity of mind
they can’t see the big picture. Numb
to applications while they find
out theories, they try to prove
no God exists, nor Right, nor Mind
to ponder just what does exist.
Their logic is like Dawkins’, blind.
If neither Theol., Soc., nor Psych.
can verify we live and love,
we take as given what they’ve missed:
there are things science cannot prove.
Time to move on over, guys;
The sciences must feminize.

We murder to dissect; likewise
we murder when we generalize.
Real science is not gender-bound
and can be practiced by Real Men
who’re not afraid of common ground.
(Where was Curie, without Pierre?
Why, even in the verse above
the numbers came from Wendell Berry.)
Still, present dangers warn us fast:
if we survive, we must improve
on sexist science of the past,
progress to systems that outlast
technologies from time before
limits to fossil fuels were found.
Science can still be done by men;
they must think more like women, then.
Time to move on over, guys;
The sciences must feminize.

Penny Nance Accentuates the Positive: God Bless Texas

Shared by Penny Nance in the e-mail, not because you couldn't be on her e-mail list too if interested, but because it's a good example of positive, proactive, hopeful "conservative" thinking on an issue that...before you scream "Thirty-five hundred identified kits?", you need to know that there are almost twenty-eight million people in Texas.

God Bless Texas

Texas is a good example of a state that is proactively looking for ways to eliminate their “sexual assault DNA kit” backlog.

In 2013, the Department of Public Safety reported 20,000 untested rape kits. Lawmakers quickly acted to provide $11 million to address the issue.

Still, more than 3,500 of those identified kits remain untested — meaning they haven't been analyzed in more than five years.

So, a new bill HB 1729, would give those applying or renewing their driver’s license an option of donating $1 or more to help with the backlog.

There’s a cause I’d like to support!

This is the type of outside the box thinking we need to help with and put an end to the backlog forever.

Join us on the front lines. Help us defend victims of sexual assault at both the national and state level. Visit www.CapitolHillBrief.org today. To listen to today’s broadcast, click here.

Giving people a choice of which social issues they want to fund, rather than setting up a big ongoing tax fund that may keep sucking money for fifty years after the original need has expired, is one way to prevent a democratic society from going Broke...

Is the Huffington Post Biased?

Let's test. The correspondents whose e-mail appears below are defensive of a teacher at a church-sponsored school who exposed students to anti-Muslim wartime propaganda messages from many centuries ago. They want to use commercial pressure, in classic "conservative" style, to punish the Huffington Post for citing this teacher as a specimen of "hate and bias."

The position of this web site is that the Huffington Post ought to be aware that hate and bias are two different things. Bias is the obvious fact that your grandchildren are in a whole different class of cuteness and cleverness from everyone else's grandchildren. Hate is the desire to do harm to someone else's grandchildren. Duh. If the school advertises itself as a Catholic high school, then the students and parents are obviously paying for Catholic bias in everything, up to and including a bias in favor of vintage Catholic rules regarding the hem- and necklines of the cheerleaders' uniforms. Confusing that bias with hate is just plain wrong--ethically, and intellectually.

(The position of this web site is that, yes, the students should be aware that a Catholic "saint" said some very unpleasant, and debatable, things about the enemies of his church and country during a war, and they should be aware that the circumstances under which he said those things calls those things into question. Some things said by Martin Luther, by G.K. Chesterton, by Margaret Atwood about these United States (even if she used those remarks as evidence of a fictional character's deteriorating mental state), not to mention by people on all sides of the color and culture wars of the 1960s, were also very "polarizing" and frankly rude to various readers. This should not be a problem for students who belong in high school, though. At my school we were tested on identifying statements of alleged fact versus statements of opinion in grade six...this should still be a requirement for admission to high school. And, given that high school students can make this crucial distinction, they should not need to be "protected" from the hatespeech of bygone years. Whether it serves any useful purpose to require them to read ancient war propaganda is debatable, too, but I'm willing to leave that debate to the local community; it may relate to the local news the kids are reading.)

But, is the Huffington Post itself getting biased these days? Let's check. How are they handling the Mark Smythe story? (Mark Smythe is a Michigan farmer who, according to Breitbart, was banned from a market because--although he waits on market shoppers impartially--he refused to rent out his orchard for a same-sex wedding party.) Are they defending Smythe's freedom of association from religious persecution?

Allstate continues to be a leading advertiser at Huffington Post while blocking emails from Floridafamily.org action email server.

Click here to send your email to Allstate officials. This email will open in your email browser unlike most email campaigns. This is because Allstate is blocking emails from Florida Family Association’s email delivery server. If the above link does not open in your email browser or if the email is returned to you please prepare an email using the suggested subject line, content and four email addresses provided below.
Please consider posting a message at
to urge Allstate to stop supporting HuffPost propaganda with their advertising dollars.

420 out of 439 (96%) companies have stopped advertising at Huffington Post in the thirteen months.

Allstate Insurance Company has advertised at Huffingtonpost.com longer than most of the other companies. Allstate continues to be a leading advertiser at Huffingtonpost.com. Florida Family Association had not targeted Allstate up until recently because the company has routinely blocked emails from the Florida Family Association office. Now Allstate is blocking emails that are sent through the Floridafamily.org action email server.
The Huffington Post’s most recent Islamophobia fake news targeted a Catholic High School teacher for sharing truthful statements with students that Saint John Bosco wrote about Islam. The Huffington Post has started a project called “Documenting Hate which put pressure on a Catholic Diocese to terminate well liked teacher Mark Smythe for sharing factual Catholic teaching with students that was critical of Muhammad. In the case of the Huffington Post’s hit piece on Mark Smythe, the person who filed the complaint directly with the Huffington Post was not directly involved in the school. The Huffington Post article states “A concerned mother with a child in Smythe’s class gave copies of the reading assignment to a friend, who then sent the copies to The Huffington Post through the Documenting Hate project.” The Huffington Post writes regarding their “Documenting Hate” project“America does not do a good job of tracking incidents of hate and bias. We need your help to create a database of such incidents, so we all know what’s going on.” This project is certainly being used to push the Islamophobia false narrative.

Fourteen examples of Huffington Post’s Islamist propaganda articles are posted at the bottom of this article.

Why is it important to urge companies to stop advertising at Huffingtonpost.com?

• Islamophobia propaganda is the top tool Islamists use to influence Americans to ignore advancement of Sharia doctrine in the United States. Unfortunately, it intimidates people to the point of stifling free speech in a manner that hurts public safety. Labeling people or groups as Islamophobes is intended to influence them to stop criticizing Islam. Fear of being branded an Islamophobe played a role in suppressing communications that may have had different results for the lives of 63 people in San Bernardino and Orlando.

• One article wrongfully places the blame on Christians and Jews in a manner that creates contempt for Christianity and Judaism.

• The reports published by the news media do influence the political positions of the public. Huffingtonpost.com is one of the largest liberal progressive media outlets in America.

• Florida Family Association’s opposition campaign educates hundreds of officials at American companies about the harm caused by erroneous Islamophobia propaganda. The thousands of emails that company officials receive reveal that there are many Americans who find Islamophobia propaganda deceitful, harmful and offensive.

Allstate Insurance Company has advertised at Huffingtonpost.com since June 2016. Their advertisiements have increased during the past month.

Florida Family Association has prepared an email for you to send to encourage Allstate officials to stop supporting the Huffington Post’s Islamist propaganda with their advertising dollars.

Click here to send your email to Allstate officials. This email will open in your email browser unlike most email campaigns. This is because Allstate is blocking emails from Florida Family Association’s email delivery server. If the above link does not open in your email browser or if the email is returned to you please prepare an email using the suggested subject line, content and four email addresses provided below.

Suggested subject line:

Please stop supporting Huffington Post Islamist propaganda with Allstate advertising dollars.

Suggested content:

I am very disappointed that Allstate is advertising at the Huffington Post whose Islamist propaganda impairs public safety and is offensive to Christians and Jews.

Huffington Post articles defend the Muslim Brotherhood, fundraise for CAIR, blame Islamophobia for worldwide conflict with Muslims, and promote an anti-Semitic blog.

Please stop supporting Huffington Post Islamist propaganda with Allstate advertising dollars.

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Here's the Breitbart story about left-wing haters who are actually doing harm to a Christian because he's acting on his beliefs, which ironically happen to be much, much milder than the view of homosexuality taken in Muslim countries...Breitbart stories aren't circulated free of charge in the e-mail, but I have to say that, for a Breitbart page, this one behaved well this morning. (Though it didn't behave equally well when I reopened it to share the link with you.)


Breitbart acknowledges a right-wing bias as readily as many Huffington Post writers acknowledge a left-wing bias, so I'd like to see how HP'ers might report the Mark Smythe story.

One more thought for "conservatives," for +Arianna Huffington , and for the Huffington Post: The way to get more of the type of content we want into web sites is to sponsor it. For example, if you think this web site is too political, or not political enough, or too religious, or too book-oriented, or whatever, the way to shape this web site in the direction you prefer is to sponsor more of the kind of content you prefer to see. More links? More recipes? More local tourist attractions? Click one of the links below, then follow instructions:



And, can we do an Amazon link? I've not actually read this one; many books have been written on the history of book banning, and this is the one that floated to the top on Amazon today.