Do You Think We Will Celebrate the Winter Holidays This Year?

A virus which 95-99% of its victims survive has done what the Left couldn’t do.  Covid has waged biological warfare on Christmas.  In California, it has already taken Thanksgiving .
Europe has caved; in spite of the fact that manifestly it didn’t work last time, they have put their citizens under house arrest again.   Can we be far behind?  Certainly not if Biden wins.  And even if Trump wins, does “Tony”still have his ear?  Will even  he really be brave enough to insist that it would be better on every level to let sick people stay home and let everyone else out and about, instead of the entire nation being preemptively invalided at once?
All I know is, I don’t think I’m going to be allowed to host my traditional Christmas party , with 30-40 people eating and talking and singing in my warm, fireplace-lit living room.

And I am major-league pissed about that.

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Religion says…

Religion says reality is beyond your control, requires submission, and has bill collectors.  That third part is eloquent. =’

A COMPARATIVE GUIDE TO RELIGIONS

Agnosticism… … … Kark may or may not happen.
Apathism… … … I don’t care if kark happens.
Atheism… … … Sheeeit!
Baha’i… … … Kark happens to everyone equally.
Baptist… … … Gonna wash this kark right outta my hair!
Branch Davidianism… … … This kark really burns me up.
Buddhism… … … If kark happens, it really isn’t kark.
Calvinism… … … Kark happens because you don’t work hard enough.
Cartesianism… … … I think, therefore kark happens.
Catholicism… … … Kark happens because you are BAD.
Channeling… … … Now happening as Kark.
Christian Science… … … Kark only happens within your mind.
Church of England… … … Excrement transpires.
Church of the Sub-Genius… … … Well, kark, Bob!
Confucianism… … … Confucius say, “kark happens.”
Druidism… … … Kark happens in the woods.
Episcopalianism… … … Kark happened to my ancestors.
est… … … I acknowledge my kark.
Evangelism… … … Will you accept kark happening into your heart?
Existentialism… … … What is kark, anyway?
Heaven’s Gate… … … The kark will fly!
Hedonism… … … There is nothing like a good kark happening.
Hinduism… … … This kark happened before.
Islam… … … If kark happens, it is the will of Allah.
Jehovah’s Witnesses… … … Knock, knock… kark happens.
Jim Jones… … … Drink kark and die.
Judaism… … … Why does kark always happen to me?
Krishna Consciousness… … … Kark happens, rama rama.
Mensa… … … The top 2% of kark happening.
Lutheranism… … … Here kark happens; God help me, I can do no other.
Methodism… … … Kark happens; support group available.
Moonies… … … Only happy kark really happens.
Mormonism… … … You must look closely at the turd.
New Age… … … Kark is the Goddess.
Nihilism… … … No kark!
Paganism… … … Earth, air, fire, water, kark.
Presbyterianism… … … This kark happens to be too dear.
Protestantism… … … Let kark happen to somebody else.
Psychic… … … Saw kark coming; got hit from behind.
Puritanism… … … Kark happens with our permission.
Quaker… … … Geet thy kark together, Friend.
Rastafarianism… … … Let’s smoke this kark.
Roman Catholicism… … … Christ died for your kark.
Santaria… … … Don’t even THINK of karkting on me!
Satanism… … … Kark is the best part.
Schroedingerism… … … Kark does not happen until you observe it.
Scientific Methodism… … … Skatole-bearing anomalies materialize.
Scientology… … … Does kark happen? (See page 469).
Shintoism… … … Farts happen.
Seventh Day Adventism… … … No kark happens on Saturdays.
Stoicism… … … This kark happens to be good for me.
Taoism… … … Kark happens.
Televangelism… … … Send all your money or kark will happen.
Transcendental Meditation… … … 7000 meditators make harmonious kark happen.
Unitarianism… … … Kark happens; discussion at 2:00 pm.
United Church of Canada… … … Let us all share equally in kark happening.
Weight Watchers… … … You pay for excess kark at weigh-in.
Wicca… … … Kark happens to be good fertilizer.
Zen… … … What is the sound of one kark happening?
Zoroastrianism… … … Kark happens half the time.

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Residencies

I’ve now encountered the word ‘residency’ twice in my reading in the last few weeks, referring specifically to artist residencies, but I’m curious about any kind. I know doctors do a residency – what’s involved in that? Who sponsors them? Have any Ratburghers done a residency in some other type of program?

I saw the word recently was in regards to a cartoonist for the New Yorker who is doing a kickstarter to get funds to purchase a house in rural PA. She will then run a ‘residency’ there for humorists, of the literary or cartooning kind – and it’s solely for women. (I don’t know what she’ll do if someone with a 5 o’clock shadow who identifies as a woman applies.) It sounds kind of like a retreat, where the writers/artists would work on their craft and then after some period of weeks, have an exhibit or a reading or some kind of event. The second reference was just yesterday in my local paper, where an art club is raising money to fund a residency for painters – and the first session, again, will be exclusively for women.... [Read More]

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The Paradox of Privacy

We’ve had all these statutes  protecting information about people: financial, medical, and the like, in the name of protecting their “privacy”.  But I’ve always known there are TWO kinds of privacy.  And Jeffrey TooBin has just illustrated the difference.
It was only a matter of time before something like this happened!   The kind of privacy I’m talking about is the  basic knowledge we all have, even though we very seldom talk about it: Everybody does certain things we don’t want anybody else to SEE us doing.  Solitary pleasures: picking our noses, scratching our asses, urinating and defecation, and: masturbating.  Fiddling with our privates is, indeed, the final bastion of privacy.

In Dave Eggers ’ great book the Circle,  which I heartily recommend,   The stalwarts of the company representing a thinly disguised Google live by the slogan: Privacy is Theft.  People go “transparent” meaning everything they do, all day and night long, is live-streamed to..millions.  The one exception is they may turn off the camera when they go to the bathroom. I really dk why stop there.... [Read More]

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Recharging

My pace is calmer, my stress is high but my anxiety is low. Contrary to popular thought, stress is good, it is the anxiety during it that kills you. We need stress to grow and maintain.

Celebrating the Red Headed Irish Wisecracker’s return to walking without cane we took our road trip. No longer tethered to an office by today’s technology, we did the minimum to keep our business running from 7 different motels, drove 3100 miles over 10 days, celebrated eldest grandaughters 12th birthday in person and covered five western states.... [Read More]

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Accomplish Fate!

“..Know that,when all words are said/And a man is fighting mad,/Something drops from eyes long blind/He completes his partial mind!/ For an instant stands at ease,/ Laughs aloud, his heart at peace./Even the wisest man grows tense/With some sort of violence/Before he can accomplish Fate/Know his work, or choose his mate.”

(Yeats, from Under Ben Bulben)... [Read More]

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What is the deal with the NY travel advisory map?

Is it me, or does the New York/ New Jersey/ Connecticut travel advisory map look like an electoral map? I don’t understand this map  that the overlord Gov Cuomo has come up with. Apparently he’s also trying to force Connecticut residents to quarantine for 14 days if coming to NY. Uhhh, WHAT??!!! Good luck enforcing that one, Andy.

But what do you think about this map? This doesn’t have anything to do with the virus, because no one is actually quarantining. But I’m thinking this has something to do with the election. Maybe not wanting NYers to leave for fear they may vote in other states, if they have residency there? I don’t know but something going on with these travel restrictions.... [Read More]

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Say Again!

B. Hussein is holding a drive-in rally on Independence Mall?  How is that even possible?
Sheesh, I reckon they’ll hafta drape the nearby Constitution Center in black…..
Do you know the story of the  Unknown Speaker, the mysterious gent who stood up in Carpenters’ Hall, (its doors and windows locked despite the summer heat) while the treasonous Declaration was being debated.?  He gave a thrilling exhortation to the assembly.
There are many mysterious, mystical theories about the identity of the golden-tongued orator, the very midwife of our  nation, who seems to have been able to walk through walls and pass unnoticed among the fairly small group of tense, sweaty patriots steeling themselves  to risk the noose or the firing squad fir the sake of their children and children’s children, as he encouraged them to do. I’ve read that Reagan used to quote from his oration.
Was this an eternal being who has appeared and intervened many times in history?  Was he Samuel, was he St. Joseph, was he the Comte de St. Germain? (Yeah I know you’ll be wondering what Le Comte is doing in this illustrious company, but there is an entire church, the “I Am” church,  centered around worship of him as an “ascended master” and his later earthly incarnations— and it has a large shrine and chapter in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park on the Wissahickon, near Valley  Forge.)

What-EVS!    It’s time for this Speaker- Be he who he may!  to revisit the scene of his American triumph: let him take over the car radios of the assembled Biden-bumper-sticker-bozos, let him cast the Woke into a magical slumber!
Okay, I’m desperate,  yes.  Has-been Hussein must not he suffered to pee into the cradle of our liberty, unmolested.

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