One More Damn Thing

SCOTUS is going to hear a case about whether states can punish electors who are “faithless”that is don’t give their vote to the winner of the popular vote in their state.
At the same time, though we don’t hear much about it, a number of states (i think 15 ) have entered into some kinda pact that their electors will vote for the winner of the nationwide popular vote. (This is incomprehensible: why would smaller states want to give up the very provision in the fed constitution which safeguards their power? But anyway..)

Have you ever read the US Constitution Art II, Sec 1, paras 2-4, as amended by Amendment XII (1804)?It does not say anything about for whom the electors must vote. The electors are appointed in a manner determined by each state’s legislature. Then as for the rest, it sets out when anD where they meet, and various other contingencies.... [Read More]

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Come Let Us Mock At The Great..

There’s a piece up on American Thinker, by Shurk: “What do the Democrats Fear in Donald Trump? Greatness”.  Please read, O Ratty (and I’m sure some kind soul will link to it😬).
We’ve gotten used to The Don, even we might forget how totally extraordinary he, everything about him, actually is.

Oh yeah, people will mock us, as they mock him, revile us, say all manner of evil against us as they do against him. (I don’t intend a sacrilege, I’m just making use of the marvelous poesy of the scripture) Isn’t that the mark of all who “have made greatness [their] companion”?
( As you’ll surmise, that line, and the title, are part of Yeats’ ouevre.)... [Read More]

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All This And Less — A Transactional Physics

One sure way to catch a crook is to notice something fishy in the accounting, and start asking questions.
A photon traveling from the sun to Jupiter is emitted from the solar photosphere at time 0 and is then absorbed about 43 minutes later in an ammonia cloud.
In order for physics to work, time must pass.  Nothing happens without a force, and units of force have a time component.
A photon travels by definition at the speed of light —it *is* light — and therefore experiences no time in which a molecule of ammonia might stop it.  Yet it stops.
For the photon, the instant of emission is the instance of absorption, is it not?  And so the two phenomena are one, a transmission in an instant, a transaction.  So why did the photon stop at Jupiter rather than earlier at Mars, or later at Saturn?  Or much later at Eta Carinae?  It makes no sense to argue that Earth would have stopped it had Earth been in the way —there is no such way.  For the photon to be transacted in zero time, the destination must be known (not to us, mind you) at or before the transaction.  There is no time in which the process of forces operating first to bend its path and second to stop its progress can operate.  We know that the photon need not fillow a bending path to follow the dictates of physics — rather, it follows a straight geodesic. This is not controversial — from one point of view, we see its path bend, but from another, space is already warped by the presence of masses so that every inertial path is in fact straight.  Note that word “already”.
The warping and geodesics gets us off the hook for explaining bendiness for a particle which cannot experience forces due to the lack of time.

I’ll go ya one further.  I say that the geodesic is not a one dimensional straight line through time (yielding a total of two dimensions).
We might say that it travels across space in zero time, but this leaves the original problem. Therefore, the geodesic is actually a straight line of zero length — a point.
And so without start or stop or middle or shape, there is nothing but the fact that the photon was here, and now it is there, and with here and there being the same place, at least for an instant, it makes no sense to talk of how it got from here to there.  That did not happen.... [Read More]

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Class Dismissed

In Austen’s Emma, the eponymous heroine famously remarks that the yeoman farmers”are precisely the order of people with which I feel I can have nothing to do….a farmer can need none of my help and is therefore in one sense as much above my notice as in every other he is below it.”
I recently wrote about the unique obstacles involved in a long-standing cross- gender friendship. But additionally, he was a carpenter and I was a lady, (metaphorically, if you remember the Tim Hardin song). So it was also cross-class. If I’m gonna write about it all, may as well be blunt. Like Emma herself.
It’s two decades since I left the Philadelphia Main Line, and nothing stays the same. But back then it was a sort of palimpsest: a page upon which more than one text has been written, so both exist interlineates faintly on the same surface.
For instance, to say you lived in Bryn Mawr often elicited the reaction from people, “oh! Bryn MAAHRR!” with a mocking la-di-da affect. By that time the big mansions on large tracts, originally summer homes for the wealthy Philadelphians who commutes to them via the Main Line of the Pennsylvania Railroad, were mostly gone, turned to schools or churches of just demolished and the demesnes subdivided, but, still, it was a wealthy zip code, where a lot of professionals had moved into the shells of the now etiolated families whose names were be found in the Social Register (original version only, not the newer one which included morganatic unions.)

That was one text. But there was another: working-class Bryn Mawr. Railroad Avenue. The streets off Lancaster. They were by no means slums, they were well-kept neighborhoods, well-kept by the workmen who also kept up the richer people’s homes: municipal workers, truck drivers, many of whom had second or third jobs as landscapers. They had not gone to college, although their children had or would.
And they were invisible to the wealthier denizens. Like Emma’s yeomanry, they didn’t need charity. And they didn’t have anything the socially-conscious wealthier people aspired to possess. So they were both above, and below, the notice of the professionals and the (rapidly declining) scions of the former aristocracy. ... [Read More]

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…That He Who Runs May Read..

We are all hoping, not without justification, for a quick disposal of the impeachment charges in the Senate. I’m going to try to not even watch the news, may’s well just await the outcome,at this point. It SHOULD go our way, we’ve been assured it will, our side has the majority in the Senate. Hope is not unfounded. Cautious optimism is warranted.

But I keep seeing Romney’s fixed plastic smile…so, um, what if they betray us?... [Read More]

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What is up with Rush Limbaugh? Is He Okay?

Third straight day of “just one day, he’ll be here tomorrow” Mark Steyn guest hosting.  I’m just getting shades of Dean Barnett.

Now on Wednesday it’s supposedly the flu, but Monday it was birthday (observed), which was planned, and Tuesday it was all a big mystery.  If it was the flu on Tuesday, you would think Steyn would have said so on Tuesday.... [Read More]

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In Which I Wonder about the Possibility of Iranian Regime Collapse

Howdy, folks.  I don’t have anything to point at, and I’m not even following the news closely.  My favorite source for real information from Iran has dried up, or I just can’t find his new handle.

But I wonder if the Iranian regime might go suddenly in the near to mid future.  The Iranian citizens — proud heirs of the Persian civilization — have been out to demonstrate and chant Death to the Mullahs before.  One of the Obama administration’s more shameful failures in my eyes was the “shut up and die quietly, we’re doing diplomacy here” approach to the 2009 Iranian protests.  By the end of his tenure, of course, we saw graphic (cold, hard) proof that our ugliest accusations about Obama were true — that he supported the Iranian regime, and opposed our preemie ally in Iraq.  The same was shown to be true in Libya and Egypt, where under Obama, the US explicitly supported Islamist hard-liners even in transparent “one vote, one time, one right answer” costumes, and their mobocracy rabble in the streets.  The so-called Arab Spring was more Robespierre than Dubczek.  As I recall it, Iran’s Green movement of 2009 was ideologically and demographically similar to Lebanon’s Cedar Revolution of 2005, in which pro-Syrian elements were debased following their assassination of Rafik Hariri.... [Read More]

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Within the Live Ash Circle

I think maybe the world, or at least our little world here, our corner of the “conservative blogosphere” ( really? Is that what our Mischief is?) may be ready for a palate cleanser vis à vis the British royalty, after the rebuke of Prince Andrew and the tawdry tantrum of Morganatic Meg. Hey! remember that the Kings of England were the subjects of Shakespeare’s great plays, remember King Arthur and all that the Camelot myth once meant to us, pretty much throughout the Anglosphere. Maybe we’d like to blow off the glitter and see if we can catch just a fleeting gleam of the gold.

If you’re up for that, I recommend Mark Helprin’s 2005 novel, Freddy and Fredericka. It’s a hilariously funny book in which a young Charles-and-Diana-esque royal couple are dispatched to our shores to recover the colonies for the Crown. But funny isn’t all it is. “Live ash circle” is an anagram, as is the name of “Mr. Neil”,an irascible old gent the Queen summons when it appears that maybe Prince Freddy isnt, yet, quite the kingly thing. It’s kinda a picaresque, like the Grail cycle itself.... [Read More]

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Judicial Watch Email on Clinton Emails

Judicial Watch (JW — no, the other JW) has done landmark work on the Clinton emails front, forcing production of information that would otherwise never have seen the light of day.  A recent email (and article) gives a great rundown of the miserable saga so far, and the scandal-within-a-scandal of the FBI continuing to cover for the lawless and anti-American Obama administration and its above-the-law principals.

The upshot is that the FBI appears to be slow-rolling the release of additional Clinton emails bit by bit in order to comply, minimally, with FOIA lawsuits brought about by JW.... [Read More]

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Advice Needed

Well, it’s taken a mere six months but I already have a problem in my private preserve. Two miles south of our lanai, there is an outside NRA range that Governor Rick Scott allowed to build with absolutely no sound barriers or protective walls.

Today, I had a housewarming party on my lanai and the range was so noisy, my guests left because they “didn’t feel like drinking cocktails in the middle of Baghdad.” As many of you know, gunshot noise has an incredibly wide range; particularly AKs.... [Read More]

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The AOC Problem — She’s Right

The problem with AOC is that she’s right. Not about anything that she says, or does, or thinks, or writes, but that right now, she faithfully represents the young, ignorant, socialist constituency. She’s a city bartender who *just* turned thirty, can’t manage a checkbook, blames big [insert name here] for her trouble, and has had her head filled with Marxist manure through our state indoctrination system. While the left is not alone in this, their penchant to argue via appeal to “authenticity” is closer to their core than ours, and AOC is as “authentic” as it gets. She can be wrong about everything, she can lie about funding, she can act the fool, the hypocrite, the grifter, the demagogue, the saint or the virgin (in the catholic sense), and none of it will so much as ding her sturdy paint.

As far as our system is supposed to produce Representatives which resemble the constituency, there is nothing wrong with AOC.  System working as designed.... [Read More]

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See How Well It Works (II)

Oh, no Nono, I can barely stand it! Ok, I just read that Meghan signed a deal with Disney before or at the time she and Hapless Hal announced their fleeing the palace coop. But whatever the venture is, she’s giving all the profits from it to a worthy cause: (Wait for it..):
Elephants Without Borders.

Morganatic Meg: I’m giving my money to Elephants Without Borders! ... [Read More]

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