Qwik-E-Post: Irreconcilable

As Rick points out, it’s the beginning of the end of the middle.  THis is true for more than just the establishment’s coup attempt.

I feel fair-to-middling about Trump’s chances in 2020, so I’m neither giddy nor despondent.  Priorities must lead the task list, or they are no longer priorities.  What if there are more important things than getting re-elected?... [Read More]

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SEE them!!

Yes, everybody despises  them.    They don’t ask anything of us, they don’t need us.  They simply are.   Did you ever press one to your nose? ( I recommend that for the texture alone!) They  do have a scent, a powdery slightly sweet mealy  odor.

”O dandelion, rich and haughty/King Of village flowers! /Each day is coronation day,/ You have no  humble hours!”  wrote Vachel Lindsay.... [Read More]

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Daughter’s Band in D.C. Memorial Day Parade

I believe it was Representative Steve Daines who nominated my daughter’s school band to play in Washington, D.C. this coming Monday. The band, which ends its yearly spring concert with a hearty rendition of “Stars and Stripes Forever,” was honored to accept. Glacier High School will be wearing green uniforms, and we can follow along with the event live here.

Of course I’m happy and proud, but I’m also looking forward to having my kid back safe from D.C. next week, done with plane rides, and ready to graduate on the first of June.

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The White Crow (2018)

The White Crow (2018) is a British film on the early life, and defection to the West from Russia, of Rudolf Nureyev, the ballet dancer. It was inspired by the book, Rudolph Nureyev: The Life, by Julie Kavanagh. I found the film interesting, and it inspired me to do a little research on Nureyev, to learn about his later life in the West.

The title of the film, the White Crow, is the nickname given to Nureyev in his childhood. It is the Russian term for an outsider, unusual, extraordinary, not like others. This does describe Nuyerev, as he is also said to have been narcissistic. This kind of personality certainly would not have been able to fit happily into the rigid Socialist system of Russia at that time.... [Read More]

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Kindle Deal: The Marcos Dynasty

The Marcos Dynasty: The Corruption of Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos 

Like the typical American, I knew little of the ruling Filipino pair except some breathless news items years ago about Imelda’s scandalous shoe collection, and fragments about the couple’s downfall. When I saw this book for sale for less than two dollars, I wondered whether I wanted to take my historical knowledge in this direction. Honestly, I hadn’t thought much about the Philippines, carrying with me some childhood impressions of English-speaking Filipinos in Thailand and recent understanding that the Spanish had somehow been tied up with the country. But a sincere Amazon review said that the writer was very good, so I decided I could risk two dollars on this.... [Read More]

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Spiritual Question 2

Does God exist ?

Possible answers:

  1. Yes
  2. No
  3. Maybe
  4. Lots of gods exist; which one do you mean?
  5. I am God.
  6. We are all gods.
  7. Some of us will become gods.

Continue reading “Spiritual Question 2”

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Worthy Nominations.

On the post titled “Priceless Expressions” by @trinitywaters,  @robertmcreynolds posed the query “Who exactly do we expect to be indicted?”

I don’t know who, if anyone, will be indicted, however, thinking about his query, my mind brought forward a few memes I’d seen recently that featured some folks I’d personally like to see indicted.... [Read More]

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Charles Lindbergh, who knew?

I didn’t know that during WWII, Charles Lindbergh visited the flyers of P-38 Lightnings and he taught them how to get phenomenal mileage from their planes.

Everywhere Lindbergh went in the South Pacific, he was accorded the normal preferential treatment of a visiting colonel, although he had resigned his Air Corps Reserve colonel’s commission three years before. In Hollandia, Lindbergh attached himself to the 475th FG, flying P-38s. Although new to the aircraft, Lindbergh was instrumental in extending the range of the P-38 through improved throttle settings, or engine-leaning techniques, notably by reducing engine speed to 1,600 rpm, setting the carburetors for auto-lean and flying at 185 mph (298 km/h) indicated airspeed which reduced fuel consumption to 70 gal/h, about 2.6 mpg.... [Read More]

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Monday Meals: Asparagus Glut

Without doubt, spring is here.  Violets are in bloom all over the lawns, and half a bushel of asparagus is hauled in every couple of days.  Any ideas what to do with it?

I hear there are steamers and vertical cylinders and so on.  Right now my go-to method involves a big flat pan with a tight lid. Line the spears up in there; cover barely, just barely, halfway with water; apply the lid; bring to a simmer.  A dramatic color change will impress you:  as soon as they heat up they turn very bright green. So stand right there and be ready to shut it all down and yank them out after about two minutes – before that bright green color begins to dull.... [Read More]

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Peak IT, or Productivity Lost

Things used to be better.

For power-users such as myself, the days of sensible and consistent applications seem to be over.  It is not the case that things were ever perfect, or all that they could or should be.  But at some point between the days of PPP and nights of Wi-Fi, there was a time when each of the commonly known systems seemed tuned to a handful of use cases.  I respectfully submit that this was not a function merely of stereotyping and marketring, but that before every system tried to be all things to all people, software and operating systems were tuned to task.... [Read More]

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Pro-Life Democrats on the run

The Pro-Life Democrats are in a tough spot.   Most of their colleagues are gone.   They could hold their caucus in a Prius.   Justice Democrats and Emily’s List are looking to fund primary challengers against them.

The Democrat Party is the Party of Death.   There is no room any more for a pro-life Democrat.   Abortion is a sacrament of the Left, and the Party demands loyalty to a core principle.   In this case the core principle is killing babies.   The murderous Democrats will carry out a purge of their own members who dare to support any limits on abortion.... [Read More]

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