Does Anyone Believe Nancy?

If you have to stop everything and tell everyone that you don’t hate someone, you probably aren’t very good at showing love.

Does anyone believe that Nancy Pelosi wants the best for President Trump? As I have stated before, I think a key sign of hypocrisy is a rush to judgment. It is the person who wants to cast the first stone and fails to see their own faults. Also it is the draping one’s life with the religious flag. They need to explicitly say how righteous they are. They want to be seen by people as being good. Usually the good people around us let their actions speak louder than their words. They have no need to say they are prayerfully doing things because we get a sense of their holiness. ... [Read More]

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College Football 2019 – Week 15 (Conference Championships)

Conference championship week has arrived, bringing with it some potentially epic battles.  In chronological order, below are all of the scheduled games for the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), including both the the Power 5 (ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12, SEC) and Group of Five (AAC, C-USA, MAC, Mountain West, Sun Belt) conferences.

Friday, Dec. 6:... [Read More]

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Two Theories On The State Of Play

Nancy apparently threw the gauntlet down this morning. I have two possible theories as the how this unfolds.

1. The Democrats need to muddy the field . They have no candidate, and Bill Barr is bearing down on her masters with investigations and such. She knows Nadler and Schiff are television poison. ... [Read More]

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Postcards of Death

In Japan, the big holiday is New Year. There is a tradition of sending New Year’s Cards and giving money to young people before they have enter the ranks of society. There is an exception to sending New Year’s cards though. This is if a close member of your family has died in the year. In that case you send cards to your friends telling them of the death so therefore no cards this year. So far I have received four of these cards. It is called “ mochū hagaki“. I hope next year will be easier on my friends.

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A New Use for Laser Pointers

The print edition of this article in the WSJ about the riots in Iraq included this photo, captioned Antigovernment protesters aimed laser pointers at Iraqi riot police during a confrontation in central Baghdad on Monday. Maybe the folks in Hong Kong could use a shipment of laser pointers.

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Curmudgeon Muses While Writing More Checks

I am sitting in my home office/lair/fortress of solitude/batcave trying to catch up on the dental companies supply chain backlog after the holiday while also searching Amazon for sharks with freaking lasers on their heads (No lair complete without them) and keeping the notifications of the Nadler-Pelosi remake of 12 Angry Men in the background processor of my brain stem.

Meanwhile, I have a very young and competent installer for my new water treatment system who knows what he is doing and is service oriented to a fault drilling holes in my garage and sewer runoff pipes. (Only surprise expense in the whole move. Not bad) I feel confident the blue collar gen z folks are our future. This one was telling me about how he is doing well with a full plate of work and feels sorry for his friends who went to college.... [Read More]

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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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Revolving Door

I was reading an article in today’s WSJ about Facebook’s struggles with the Eurocrats and who did I see there, big as life? Why, Nick Clegg, formerly leader of the UK Lib Dems and Deputy PM under the execrable David Cameron. Turns out he’s now Faceberg’s vice president of global affairs and communications, i.e., spin doctor and flak.

That is all.

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Book Review: I Will Bear Witness. Vol. 2

“I Will Bear Witness”, vol. 2. by Victor KlempererThis is the second volume in Victor Klemperer’s diaries of life as a Jew in Nazi Germany. Volume 1 covers the years from 1933 through 1941, in which the Nazis seized and consolidated their power, began to increasingly persecute the Jewish population, and rearm in preparation for their military conquests which began with the invasion of Poland in September 1939.

I described that book as “simultaneously tedious, depressing, and profoundly enlightening”. The author (a cousin of the conductor Otto Klemperer) was a respected professor of Romance languages and literature at the Technical University of Dresden when Hitler came to power in 1933. Although the son of a Reform rabbi, Klemperer had been baptised in a Christian church and considered himself a protestant Christian and entirely German. He volunteered for the German army in World War I and served at the front in the artillery and later, after recovering from a serious illness, in the army book censorship office on the Eastern front. As a fully assimilated German, he opposed all appeals to racial identity politics, Zionist as well as Nazi.... [Read More]

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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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