Saturday, February 3, 2018

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

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.)

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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:

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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

Bloglimbo

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

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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.



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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:

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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...



http://priscillaking.blogspot.com/2014/09/book-review-red-tent.html

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:

http://jimhines.dreamwidth.org/437695.html

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:

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

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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!
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Morgan Griffith on Settlement Slush Funds

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

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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.

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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):

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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!

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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:

http://www.nationalreview.com/node/447445/print

and

http://www.nationalreview.com/node/448360/print

...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.

SCIENCE

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
https://www.facebook.com/Allstate/
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.)

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/06/04/christian-farmer-barred-michigan-market-views-gay-marriage/

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:

https://www.fiverr.com/priscillaking

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

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.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Happy Post: I.G.A. Roasted & Salted Pumpkin Seeds

This web site has not featured a happy product review, books apart, for a long time. Well, here is one.

Yesterday I went to the Independent Grocers Association store, all the way down the state line, because that was the closest store running a good sale on small bottles of Coca-Cola products. I wanted to sell cold drinks in the Friday Market this morning.

As local lurkers may have noticed, the owner of the cooler didn't show up again. She's not old, but has been ill. Pray for her. So once again what I had for sale were warm drinks. Last week I found a sale on Pepsi products, stayed with them until they actually started to feel warm, and took them home and drank them before they could deteriorate from the heat. Today I found a sale on Coke products, and people snapped them up before the chilly fog even lifted.

Anyway, while in the I.G.A. store, I dillydallied about waiting for a relative to load up a cart, in hopes of getting a lift home--which I did--and I found a whole rack of off-brand snacks, including ridiculously overpriced nuts, standard-priced candies, and a really good price on roasted and salted pepitas.

I've not seen roasted and salted pepitas in a U.S. supermarket before. They've not really achieved mainstream snack status in the Eastern States. I've seen Badia brand raw, green, unsalted pepitas--which are scrumptious, having a flavor of their own that's different from nuts or sunflower seeds, and good all by itself without any salt or other additives--and David brand pumpkin seeds in the big white outer shells, which I've never risked trying. I don't like peanuts "salted in the shells" and don't imagine I'd care for pumpkin seeds prepared that way either.

Recently, GBP having finally run out of pumpkinseed meal for my cats, I'd shared a pack of pepitas with them. They did figure out how to chew them properly, but the litter box showed that they swallowed an awful lot of those expensive, tasty snacks whole. I don't own a blender or grinder, or want one, and was not exactly looking forward to grinding my own pumpkinseed meal for the cats.

Much as the cats have learned to like pumpkinseed meal on their canned cat treats. Much as all outdoor cats need occasional pumpkinseed meal treats. Cats can benefit from the same proteins and minerals humans get from pumpkin seeds, but a lot of the internal parasites cats pick up from rodents don't tolerate pumpkin seeds.

Anyway, I bought a package of roasted and salted pepitas. Well, I'm human, with teeth designed for grinding, and I'm used to eating pepitas raw. But what I noticed right away was that being roasted in oil had softened the seeds even further. It gave them a gratifying crunch, but it made them easier to chew.

I said, "Heather! Kitty-kitty-kitty! Have I ever found a treat for you!" I ran a handful of pepitas under water to get the salt level down where a cat could stand it.

Heather agreed that they were a treat. Cats' teeth aren't designed for grinding things that are naturally thin and flat, like pepitas, but the softer, oilier shells of the roasted kind crunched just right for a cat.

I'm not going to post a picture, or even a description, of the contents of the litter box this morning. Let's just say they were gratifying.

For myself...the price is about the same, Badia being a name brand and the I.G.A. special being unadvertised, and I'd probably pick the raw pepitas next time.

Since I'll probably continue buying pepitas to share with the cats, any time I'm in (or passing by) the I.G.A. store, I'll probably pick the roasted, salted pepitas every time I have a chance.

I'll probably have to give the cats their treat first in order to get the package inside and eat any pepitas for myself, and since the cats don't enjoy taking worm medicine and do enjoy eating pumpkin seeds, that's a clear gain. (They'll still get worm medicine occasionally, but less often.)

This post was mainly about I.G.A. Can it have an Amazon book link? Well, if we count Kindle "books" as books, here's one some readers may enjoy:

Texas Jack's Famous Pumpkin & Pumpkin Seed Recipes: (36 Recipes For Delectable Pumpkin & Pumpkin Seed Treats) by [Waller, Dennis]

Thursday, June 8, 2017

We're Here, We're Conservative, Get Used to It (Clearer, and Longer, Updated Version)

(Edited because it went live in an unfinished form...the family who run the Family Bakery Cafe have a family reunion coming on, and wanted to close the cafe early yesterday, while I was still writing.)

Here's a new book link--Correspondents' Choice; I have (as yet) no way of knowing how helpful it may be, but I'd like to encourage anyone out there who finds it helpful to share it with me...



Amazon Associates don't get free books, and this web site has yet to achieve financial security.

However, this web site has been Goaded Beyond a Breaking Point.

Some of you may remember how, about a year ago, I (Priscilla King) lost a steady writing job because I couldn't do content that I felt would "be polarizing" about last year's presidential debacle. In real life I've not been trained to "polarize" people, nor have I noticeably done that. In real life--admittedly more because of my complexion than because of my actual personality or character, but still--I've been consistently steered toward diplomatic more than campaigning circles.

I think of myself, despite what I see as appalling abuse of a good word, as "liberal." As distinct from, and sometimes opposed to, left-wing.

I do not think of myself as primarily a political creature. I do not think of this web site as primarily a political blog, although the correspondence from elected officials isn't going away. What I'm about is writing, books, and writers. All of them. Including the ones who disagree with me about religion or politics, because a Real Liberal may disagree with what you say but will always defend your right to say it.

I don't think it's possible for a book not to say anything about its author's worldview. (If it really tries, a book may succeed in not saying anything coherent to anybody; that's what we call a bad book.)

It's possible for a fictional book to be dominated by its authors' opinions to the point that it loses credibility. I personally like G.K. Chesterton's "Father Brown" detective stories--but I like them because they're pieces of Chesterton wit, not because they're detective stories. As detective stories they fail, because there's no suspense once you've figured out that, if a crime has been committed (and sometimes, by way of surprise, it only seems as if one has), you know the non-Catholic character "dunnit." Sometimes we're even told that how Father Brown solved a mystery was that he'd heard a character's confession. Give us a break. These stories work as op-eds-in-narrative-form but they fail as mysteries.



A better example of how a fervent Christian might write detective stories was Dorothy Sayers. Like Chesterton and Arthur Conan Doyle, she started with a likable detective--some critics wondered whether Lord Peter Wimsey was the son she wished she'd had. He was a shellshocked veteran, gradually recovering from post-traumatic stress as the series progressed, using his detective work to help other people and his ability to help them cope with his PTSD. Sayers' mysteries weren't exactly "cozy" but neither were they "hard-boiled." They're saturated with Christian humanitarian feeling. Neither Sayers, nor Wimsey and his friends, nor readers, can ever forget that each victim was a person who might have suffered and was probably missed. And Wimsey was educated in a time and place when education involved mandatory classes in (Christian) "Religious Knowledge" as well as a body of "English Literature" that included many Christian religious works. He talks like a Christian. Yet Sayers insisted that Wimsey was only Christian in the cultural sense, that he had no real faith of his own. Readers suggested that she make him a Christian. She refused. Wimsey kept struggling (believably) with his feelings without seeking comfort in religion, and he kept working with sincere Christians and insincere Christians and lapsed Christians, and aristocrats, and working men, and lesbians, and mad artists, and advertising people (like Sayers), and convicts, and every other kind of people you meet in real life. You know how a Lord Peter Wimsey story is going to end if you happen to share the odd bit of knowledge Wimsey uses to solve the mystery--what's missing from somebody's toolbox? You can't predict how the story is going to end based on whether characters are "nice" or religious or similar to Sayers in any way.



Does that mean these novels were written "just for entertainment"? Sayers wrote things that sound as if she thought they were, and felt guilty about them--and yet they say several things that she seems to have believed: that each individual life matters, that "nice" people aren't necessarily better human beings than less attractive people, that rich people shouldn't avoid fraternizing with poor people...

Here's another detective story that has stuck in my mind, although I can't say it's especially well written or find anything Christian about it:



The opinions The Silence of the Lambs contains may not be specifically Christian, but if they're not what Harris believed while he was writing it, he ought to be ashamed of himself; the novel certainly contains opinions. It says that young women are brave and tough, that the FBI is a respectable part of the U.S. government, and most emphatically that even serial murderers may be worth feeding; and other things.

I wish I could now say something about what Hope Clark's detective stories say. (I wish I'd read them, but nobody's been paying me enough to buy them as new books, nor has anyone sent me a copy of them as secondhand books, and I'm already enjoying enough of her e-newsletters for free that I refuse to request a free book.) She says they're "just for entertainment." I don't think that's true; if it were, they wouldn't be entertaining, and nobody would bother to print them. For starters all successful murder mysteries always say that (a) murder is wrong and (b) murderers will be caught. Then, the better they're written, the more they add to that primary message; the more they express what the author believes. Not in the sense of being predictable, but in the sense of showing thought and high-quality work...

The Edisto Island Mysteries (4 Book Series) by  C. Hope Clark

But I've been kicking the Big Lie that Refuses to Die around for some time now--the lie that all "conservatives" are haters, or, more specifically, the kind of people who think that persons of color are inferior and should have to sit at the back of the bus. This web site has consistently kicked that lie at every opportunity, from the beginning, when we started publicizing Tea Party groups organized by members of ethnic minorities and even by Democrats. (For the record, the first Tea Party link I ever found was on a Democrat's web site, although I never went back and linked to it from this web site; for the record, Karen Bracken used to be, and Charlotte Iserbyt remained, Democrats.)

Over the weekend I felt an especially strong urge to kick that Illiberal Left lie because this was the weekend when I finally got through a stack of old printouts and really read a Democratic Party poll site's findings about where that party stood, early in ex-President Obama's first campaign. It was illuminating. There was a wide and consistent split between what the D's called liberals, meaning Illiberal Left yuppies, and the majority of actual Democrat voters, whom the D's classified as "conservative Democrats" and government-funding-dependent Democrats. (Apart from their preference to maintain and expand welfare handout programs, the funding-dependent Democrat voters' positions on some questions skewed to the right of the Republicans surveyed.) Also, relative to the left wing of the Democratic Party, both Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton had to be classified as, really, wingnuts. Actual Democrat voters remained the party of people like Molly Ivins, Jim Hightower, John Holt, Karen Bracken, and the relative this web site has nicknamed my "Aunt Dotty." Obama and Clinton represented those people perhaps a tiny bit better than they represent Grandma Bonnie Peters (a lifelong Republican)--but not much.

I don't identify as any kind of Republican, certainly not an angry one...but Would youall really like to know how it was possible for a heroine like Hillary to lose to the Orange One?!?!  There, I'll stop yelling now.

In real life I've not found it especially hard to get along with Democrats. I've voted for more Republicans than Democrats, but I've found it possible to work with Democrats; I was happily married to one. I own several books by self-proclaimed Democrats, some of which I bought new to show respect.

So when I went so far as to reply to Hope Clark's e-newsletter, and she replied to my e-mail, I was quite disappointed that (for her) it doesn't work both ways. She just wanted to huddle together with people who agreed with her, whose books were "just for entertainment." She was absolutely sure that nobody who'd ever expressed opinions different from hers could have written anything "for entertainment." Even people who expressed opinions similar to hers overtly were "loud" and needed to be ignored until they gave up and left "the sane people," apparently meaning sneaking left-wingers, to reconcile their (minuscule) differences...

Mercy, Percy. I hope that's not what she actually meant to say, but that's what all the crybully types wailing about all of us mean, racist Republicans (all alike, of course) do consistently say, isn't it?

Then I checked in on Twitter this morning, and my Twitter feed was full of sour, angry Republican reactions to all the hate the D's have been dumping on the R's (and other non-Left types) for so long. Lots of hostility about Trump and Comey. Eric Trump said, presumably out of context, that Democrats aren't people and lots of R's were joking, I hope, that they agreed...I don't think I've ever seen so much angry-sounding Republican discourse. I'm not bothered when people express fear, sorrow, gloom, or malaise, but I am when they start going back and forth with anger. Lighten up, Republicans, you're starting to sound as bad as Democrats.

Well...this web site refuses to become a hostility dump site. This web site has a founding member who is a Republican, and in other action on this web site I just received an update from Grandma Bonnie Peters, age 82.

She's working again.

She's failed to break through the discrimination against people over age 80 at the Wal-Mart that wasn't built within easy walking distance from her house until she passed age 80.

Her vision has deteriorated enough that she's no longer able to drive.

So she's painting houses...because, although she qualified for a disability pension and was living on one for about a year post-bronchitis, she no longer considers herself disabled and wants a job!

There is a need to replace that ugly, inaccurate image of Republicans as Nazis (several Republicans personally killed Nazis) with the image of the actual Republican at this web site: a stooped, plump, perky, white-haired 82-year-old who would rather earn her own money doing honest work than be "taken care of" by social workers.

There's an actual need for friendly, goodhearted, fiscally conservative, socially liberal content on the Internet these days.

No, that kind of content is not what an unprejudiced reader would necessarily consider "dominated by politics"--although it's congruent with a reality-based political mindset. In real life GBP doesn't talk much about politics. She's more likely to talk about her grandchildren, her flowers, her church, what her younger friends are doing, how well her same-age friends are holding up, what she's been cooking and eating lately, any correlations she's noticed between what she's eaten and any symptoms she's noticed, and even new books when she's been able to read one, than about politics. I don't even know how she voted last November. I know she's a Republican because she doesn't want people trying to take care of her and keep her "free from want, free from fear." (Maybe mutual protection from those things with a close friend, but not some sort of "social program.") She wants to be free to protect herself from "want" and "fear."

I've not even been reading much of what I classify as political news lately. It's not been about issues; it's been about the personalities of people I don't know. I consider that gossip, and I consider its dominance of so-called political news an unhealthy sign in a democratic country, because only in a monarchy should "who" questions displace "what," "how," and "why" questions. This week Popvox reported that the U.S. Congress agreed to "condemn the terrorist attacks in Manchester in the strongest terms...express heartfelt condolences, and reaffirm unwavering support for the special relationship between" the U.S. and the U.K. Not much room for disagreement there, although it leaves room for debate about follow-up. I myself have been thinking more about the effect the cool wet weather is having on the raspberries than about politics. However, like GBP, I still want my government to get out of the way and let me protect myself from "want" and "fear."

I believe everybody has the right to be heard...including the far-right Lord's Covenant Church, although yesterday on Twitter I caught myself calling one of them down for digging up that old Cold War rhetoric. I remember Sheldon Emry, not as a hater, but as an elderly minister who shared a lot of fears that were sort of outdated even in the 1970s. But...The Bible Says Russia Will Invade America and Be Defeated? Meh. I don't know that it says that. Daniel himself didn't know that it said that. Wouldn't have known, if living. The biblical book of Daniel ends with a lot of reported prophecies of a future Daniel claimed he himself couldn't explain, as in Daniel 12:8-9, copied from www.kingjamesbibleonline.com:

"
And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things?
9And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.
"

And Daniel also admitted he'd been ill at the time, for whatever that may be worth. I do know that the dear old L.C.C. expected the Cold War to heat up within their lifetimes, and that's not what happened. So I see no particular benefit in trying to revive a war that stayed "cold" while it lasted and is, thank goodness, over (for now). We do not need more lists of movie producers to shun because they were Eastern European and/or Jewish.

We just might, however, need to start shunning the people who want to hush up all "political" content that might amount to dissent from the globalist agenda of the totalitarians manipulating the left wing of the Democratic Party. I would never suggest that we boycott all books, movies, magazines, web sites, etc., produced by Democrats. (In fact I recommend that we support the good ones...produced by what that ten-year-old site called the "conservative" Democrats.) But considering all those Internet pundits who recommend that we suppress "political" thought in order to be popular (with them), and Hope Clark's startling confession that she was refusing to read a friend's well reviewed novel because the friend had expressed "political disagreement," and Chuck Wendig's hostility to my post in January that very respectfully and supportively disagreed with one of his...and considering Al Gore's horrible version of The Future for the Internet...I wonder whether we need to start asking our favorite Democrats to show their truly liberal support for, shudder, quake, "conservative" ideas. And people. Do we need "litmus tests" of their views on un-American censorship?

Are people prejudiced against me because I've been doing something to meet the need for nice, cheerful, sometimes "conservative" content? Is that why this web site isn't receiving better funding? (I hate to stereotype all Republicans as the kind of people who can't bring themselves to admit that anyone who deserves funding really needs funding, but if the shoe fits...)

Well, if it is, it is.

We're here! We're conservative! Get used to it!

And don't forget to fund it. "Conservative" Americans don't think of ourselves as embattled, because what most of us are saying, most of the time, is in fact congruous with what the majority of Americans (including the majority of Democrats, if they've not consulted the latest party line) are saying. But, in cyberspace and on television, we've always been treated like a minority, and we're likely to become a persecuted minority--we're not talking about the same Democrats who used to have a dream of little children from both sides playing in the same parks, in case anybody has failed to notice this. We need to develop within ourselves the kind of loyalty that allowed the Old Left to achieve majority status in the television industry.

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