Showdown over Trade and Immigration!

As impeachment moves to the Senate, Mitch McConnell gets to play to his strength. I have often speculated regarding why certain Senate Republican Committee  Chairmen behave in the ways they do. Richard Burr and Lindsey Graham come to mind with regard to their actions, or lack thereof, as the schemes to unseat President Trump were carried out. This could be interesting.

The Senate and Impeachment Dynamic…

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Entering Advent

“Softness, and peace, and joy, and love, and bliss,/Exalted manna, gladness of the best,/ Heaven in ordinary, Man well drest ,/ The Milky Way, the Bird of Paradise,/Church bells among the stars heard. The soul’s blood./A land of spices. Something understood.”

George Herbert’s lines are not about Advent. The poem is called Prayer. But I have always associated them with the Christmas season. ... [Read More]

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First Run

O is it true? We’re supposed to get, maybe 8 inches snow by Monday! I dug out my cross country ski gear from behind my biking gear. There they alike in trembling hope repose!
Come quickly, my lord Frost!
I want to see how black the flowing streams and rivulets, and the pines, look against the snow. I want to see the shivering copper of the beech leaves looking somehow pink against the pristine sparkling landscape.
Elinor Wylie, the daughter of a governor of Pa born (and buried) not far from here, wrote a poem called Wild Peaches. Her lover tells her how wonderful it would be to live on
the Eastern Shore, what we call “DelMarVa”, where it never gets really cold, Nature is mellow and fruitful all year. She says:

Down to the Puritan marrow of my bones
There’s something in this richness that I hate.
I love the look, austere, immaculate
Of landscapes drawn in pearly monotones.
There’s something in my very blood that owns
Bare hills, cold silver on a sky of slate,
A thread of water, churned to milky spate
Streaming through slanted pastures fenced with stones.... [Read More]

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The Integrity of Organized Labor

This story has been floating around the Portland media for the past 5 years, but it is always treated as a sort of mystery- why would the shipping companies pull out of Portland? 

This article originated in the LA Times so I suppose there wasn’t as much danger of angering the local union mafiosos.  I can’t help feeling a high level of schadenfreude about the possibility of the Longshoremen going bankrupt.... [Read More]

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Who would believe this garbage?

Have you been watching the Trump coverage of CNN or MSNBC, or reading the New York Times and thought who actually believes this garbage? I mean it’s so blatant about their bias at this point that I figured even lefties knew it was crap right? Wrong. Now I try not argue about politics during Thanksgiving dinner but the hubs has this cousin who falls in line with every single leftist talking point. I usually call him out on his hypocrisy because he changes his views with as often as any other cable news channel does he has no self awareness, and has always been like that. What surprised me was that some in laws who were of the “moderate Democrat” type believed whatever CNN said about this impeachment accusation, too. That I’m supposed to believe all of the civil servants testifying against the president because they are good and honorable people. WHAT!!??? I remember a time when the left was dubious about authority now just because they have a job in the government they are the paragons of virtue. They sounded like every pundit Rush has in his media montages. I think my problem is I figured that most people had at least a modicum of curiosity or some BS detector. Nope, never underestimate the power of denial, especially when politics is your religion, and things aren’t going your way. The positive thing about this is that the brain dead leftists were the old folks. Rich, boomers actually. Sorry, boomers but the boomer stereotype exists for a reason. However, my hubby’s college aged cousins weren’t buying it. I think the kids are waking up.

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After the Feast


11 pm; my guests just retired to bed. I’m happy! The turkey was perfect. So was my pecan pie. One of our perennial guests, who, when we go around the table making toasts, usually contents himself with a laconic mention of turkey, surprised us all with a gracious and articulate expression of gratitude for our company! And all of our children gave heartfelt tributes ( which we parents reciprocated, close to tears!)

When dinner was over, we had an impromptu Christmas caroling session in front of the fire. ... [Read More]

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Gratefulness and Common Grace (a re-post)

[F]or he makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. ~Matthew 5:45b

Somehow we survive on this small blue planet, we fragile bipeds vulnerable to the elements, to disease, to time, and to each other. Logically, our lot is sustained misery, ended only by a merciful death. Yet mankind has done far more than survive. Our life experiences are a rich intermingling of joy and angst, satisfaction and boredom, love and suffering. We look back on our early years and we remember carefree, secure innocence. Centuries’ worth accumulated knowledge was ours to study. Next we loved, and married, and cherished children. We are paid well for skills that we are pleased to perform. And all this while we are nourished with good food, warmed with comfortable clothing, and aided when we are ill.... [Read More]

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Now the left will be torn on Qatar

The media has been giving the story of Ilhan Omar being a Qatari agent a good leaving alone. However, the latest development implicates Jared Kushner:

https://m.jpost.com/American-Politics/Full-text-of-deposition-naming-Omar-also-names-Sarsour-and-Kushner-as-Qatari-assets-609143... [Read More]

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The Military and Other Bureaucracies

Seems suddenly every bureaucrat in the government is of a mind to buck the President and set himself up as the supreme decider of what is right and how it will be done. To a degree I understand this, as courts long ago gave up any oversight ability to anyone, holding that if a government agency wanted to do something, it had no ulterior motive to do “wrong” so it’s position will be held as correct (see the multitude of EPA edicts as examples).

Trump seems to have brought out the worst in the bureaucracy. OR, perhaps, just perhaps, he is the first head of administration who has bucked the “percieved wisdom” of the numerous unknown (un)civil service sloggers making a better living than the average American worker. The latest bruhaha appears to surround the Master Chief Seal.... [Read More]

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