Too Much Politicization, So….Italy Revisited

Rome is the center of the universe, I will argue vehemently, forever.  With the Intercontinental Hotel at the Spanish Steps in Rome as our base of operations, my bride and I wandered mostly on foot throughout the city.  The sheer amount of legendary sightseeing overwhelms.  The Vatican museum in itself is worth the effort to get to Rome.  I took 1,100 pictures with my new digital Sony CD500 Mavica camera in May of 2002 as we flew to Venice, and then went by train went to Pisa for a day, Florence, and Rome, with a day trip to Pompeii.  We spent a week each in Venice, Florence and Rome.  The fastest three weeks of our lives. Here’s some of the pix in installment 1 of Italy Revisited.

St. Mark’s Square from a tour boat on a murky spring day
Guggenheim Museum in Venice: Yikes!
Our selection from the glass blowing capital of Italy, the island of Murano, adjacent to Venice.
Peonies at Boboli Gardens in Florence

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Miracles

The first thought after seeing this was to make sure my fellow Ratters see it, too.  The is a 19 minute glimpse into some recent history that is epic in nature; it’s horrifying, interesting, thought provoking and metaphysical all at once.  This video’s impact is on par with Bill Whittle’s examination of the nuclear strikes on Japan.

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SpaceX

Lawrence Meyers, a writer unknown to me, took a shot at SpaceX, along with other enterprises operating in murky financial territory such as Uber and Tesla.  I took umbrage at his snark about SpaceX, but care less about the other targets of his moralistic ire.  To me, SpaceX is a prime motivator for my desire to live, not forever, but exceptionally long enough to see the inspiring fruits of all those engineers’ labors.  I don’t comment online much, but Townhall is pretty mellow, so I left the following comment on this article: https://townhall.com/columnists/lawrencemeyers/2019/11/23/corrupt-values-will-eventually-implode-silicon-valley-n2556696

“Tesla is a toy manufacturer, but SpaceX has serious accomplishments and is on track with its huge satellite program for space-based internet and with its stupendous rocket engineering. Tesla is in a niche market for a simple commodity, but SpaceX is blasting our path to interplanetary exploration, and is inspiring. Tesla, Uber and all other such mundane enterprises are in the bailiwick of “a fool and his money are soon parted” territory. No tears or outrage from me. On the other hand Falcon Heavy’s maiden flight gave me goosebumps and a lump in my throat. Let all those who maunder on about SpaceX try flying to the Moon before they carp about the process.”  Who else loves SpaceX here?

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Proactivity Rules

McConnell should immediately make a floor speech, and issue a “sense of the Senate” document stating clearly that the chamber he leads will not ever hold a trial or even consider any pseudo-article of impeachment issued by a secret House-member cabal.  Our Constitution clearly states that only the House of RepresentativeS may issue a lawful article.  Notice that “S“, denoting plural, meaning the House as an entire, inclusive entity.  Schiff’s committee has no authority by itself, nor does Pelosi.  All other blather and bickering is irrelevant and should be ignored by McConnell.  The corner Nancy has painted herself and the socialist Democrat party into is inescapable without severe political damage to them, no matter what the outcome of an impeachment inquiry vote might be, and no matter if they never vote as the House.  Trump ensured that by releasing the conversation transcript, despite doubters of his strategy, as usual.  I’m stocked up on popcorn, tears-of-joy towels, and confidence in President Trump.  Don’t be a nail-biter, naysayer or worrier; rather, join the fun.  Our only task is to personally do whatever we can to promote and facilitate getting out the Freedom voters for the election.  That is all, Ratters!

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Patrick Buchanan – Still a Visionary

In my expert experience, about 15% of Buchanan’s articles express a notable viewpoint or a pithy observation.  His latest is of the latter type.  Essentially, world leaders must be careful what they wish for, and our Congress is full of crapweasels.

https://townhall.com/columnists/patbuchanan/2019/10/18/is-putin-the-new-king-of-the-middle-east-n2554949

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