TOTD 12/27: Appeasement Then and Now

My wife was clearly paying attention some weeks ago when I was waxing eloquent over a Victor Davis Hanson podcast appearance, where he was expounding on his latest published work, The Second World Wars.  Not that she was paying attention to any of my commentary on the content of the podcast, but rather was noting my interest in acquiring the subject of the podcast.  After 29 years of marriage, she doesn’t quite read my mind, but one sometimes thinks so.  Christmas was good:

Even better, she rolled the dice and picked up some of his prior works, not realizing that I have a couple already.  Fortunately, his oeuvre is large enough that the odds of a duplicate were low, and indeed did not happen.  So Ripples of  Battle, The Savior Generals, and Why The West Was Won have also joined A War Like No Other and Mexifornia on my shelf.... [Read More]


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Obama treason –Hezbollah

I figure most of y’all are plugged in to conservative niche media, so you at least saw a reference to a blockbuster story that appeared last week at Politico.  It is a very long and detailed investigative feature by Josh Meyer, and it lays forth how the DEA investigations into narco-trafficing by Hezbollah were halted by Team Obama in order to keep Obama’s Iran Deal moving forward.   It is a very damning report with a bunch of helpful links.

https://www.politico.com/interactives/2017/obama-hezbollah-drug-trafficking-investigation/... [Read More]

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Trump Administration Hits UN With Sharp Budget Cut

Ambassador Haley just announced a $285 million dollar cut in the UN budget. To quote her (loosely), “I will no longer allow the UN to take advantage of my fellow Americans.” To add insult to injury :), Trump further announced he’s cutting aid to those countries who voted against Israel.

Still awaiting the return of valuable American real estate, but the above mentioned actions constitute tremendous first starts.... [Read More]

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Knowledge Base: Drop Caps

Would you like your posts to use drop caps as in  beautifully typeset documents of yore?  Yes you can, as long as you’re posting at Ratburger.org!  To use a drop cap in your post (it’s available only for main posts on the site, not comments or messages and comments in groups, which are informal conversations), simply wrap [dropcap] and [/dropcap] shortcodes around the first word of the paragraph you wish rendered with a drop cap.

This is best if used sparingly.  Use a drop cap at the start of your post and after breaks between main sections of long posts.  They indicate to the reader they’re moving from one part of the text to another.... [Read More]


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Consequently, when you find an error or wish to amend what you’ve said in a published post, proceed as follows.... [Read More]


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Testing out an Idea: Ratburger Way II

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Good News is never late.

I’m a day late and a couple of bucks short (Sorry, Dime).  I’ll try to make up for my lapse by sharing some great news.   The article reminds us of just how good 2017 has been.   And, how wonderful 2018 is looking.  I’m saving this one for future reference.   It’ll be good for many smiles on those more challenging days.

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/year-one-list-81-major-trump-achievements-11-obama-legacy-items-repealed/article/2644159... [Read More]


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What did you think of “The Shape of Water”?

The Shape of Water (2017) is a dark fantasy, drama film. Having seen Pan’s Labyrinth (2006) directed by Guillermo del Toro (53), I had to see this film. It did not disappoint.  The direction is that of a master. The screenplay is written by del Toro and Vanessa Taylor. Perhaps it is because it is written by a man and a women working in collaboration, the screenplay is balanced and excellent.... [Read More]


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TOTD Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve has always been a special time for me and my wife, Linda. Our first one after getting married, we had over a friend and her sister, for dinner, presents, and a impulse trip to see strung up lights at Life College. While we do not do the lights any longer (taking the kids to evening services at Church precludes that), we still have our annual Christmas Eve dinner (southern style at 2pm-3pm). Her sister and husband come over, as does our friend. While we exchange gifts, it is a time for fellowship, family, and friendship. It is also full of expectations.

Tomorrow is Christmas morning, and in a flash of paper (and not much this year at all of that) some stockings dumped, and cinnamon rolls eaten the morning will be over. We will go to my parents home for brunch and then lounge about the house. My important prayer is this afternoon at dinner. My hopes for this Christmas, this year, in  a time when I am more lost than I have been at any other time in my life. I wait with longing to know where I am headed. I do not understand what God wants in my life. So, here I am, humbled.... [Read More]


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Christmas Wish List

Over the years, friends and family always ask me what I want for birthday or Christmas. My answer had always been the same: “Nothing. I already have everything I want.” Of course, this was frustrating for everyone. A few years ago, the answer changed to “Something that you made or found.” This answer proved even more unpopular and was mostly honored in the breach. One year, my wife wrote a poem, my sister-in-law made a coffee mug, (which I still jealously guard) and my brother-in-law made a donation to the Wounded Warrior Project. But aside from that, all normal gifts.

As a child, I looked forward to Christmases and birthdays as a chance to get stuff. It’s been a long time since I’ve needed anything I couldn’t buy for myself. Going forward, I’m hoping people will follow in my brother-in-law’s lead or give token gifts* because my Christmas wish list is closer to the one described in this somewhat overly sentimental song. After all, everyone wants those things that the song expresses: love, peace, and joy.... [Read More]


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