Sunday, August 12, 2018

I Love You

When I take leave of members of my family, and sometimes good friends, I will tell them that I love them.  I mean it.

More times than I care to remember, I have heard sudden and unexpected news that I will never see or hear from someone ever again because they have been killed or died suddenly.  This happened twice in my immediate family and a number of times in my extended family and many many other times.

It is the human condition.  As Shakespeare wrote, everyone who is born owes God a death.

(Updated)
I forgot to place the link to the article that prompted this post:

"Among the greatest challenges of life is the struggle, when one is beset by tragedy, to remember to be grateful." (...) "Gratitude is not possible without humility."
http://bastionofliberty.blogspot.com/2018/08/one-coin-two-faces-sunday-rumination.html

Thursday, July 5, 2018

The Coming War with China

There will be war with China, it is nearly inevitable and Taiwan is the hinge.

"Taiwan is urging U.S. airlines to reject Beijing's demand that the companies recognize the autonomous island as part of China ahead of a July 25 deadline for international carriers to comply or face steep penalties. While dozens of foreign-based carriers, including British Airways and Air Canada, have edited their websites to list Taiwan as Chinese territory, several U.S. companies such as American, Delta, and United, say they are consulting with the Trump administration on the issue."

http://freebeacon.com/national-security/taiwan-presses-u-s-airlines-stand-beijing-one-china-policy/

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Happy Independence Day

Hate Speech

"America's founding document might be too politically incorrect for Facebook, which flagged and removed a post consisting almost entirely of text from the Declaration of Independence. The excerpt, posted by a small community newspaper in Texas, apparently violated the social media site's policies against hate speech."

Facebook Algorithm Flags, Removes Declaration of Independence Text as Hate Speech

Friday, June 29, 2018

Kipling and the Slow Burn Before the Flash

I ran across this on a blog post but have forgotten which to give credit.  I have the works of Kipling from Project Gutenberg and you may find many works there.



"THE WRATH OF THE AWAKENED SAXON
by Rudyard Kipling


It was not part of their blood,
It came to them very late,
With long arrears to make good,
When the Saxon began to hate.

They were not easily moved,
They were icy -- willing to wait
Till every count should be proved,
Ere the Saxon began to hate.

Their voices were even and low.
Their eyes were level and straight.
There was neither sign nor show
When the Saxon began to hate.

It was not preached to the crowd.
It was not taught by the state.
No man spoke it aloud
When the Saxon began to hate.

It was not suddently[sic] bred.
It will not swiftly abate.
Through the chilled years ahead,
When Time shall count from the date
That the Saxon began to hate.




"This destiny does not tire, nor can it be broken, and its mantle of
strength descends upon those in its service." - Francis Parker Yockey,
IMPERIUM"

I went to Project Gutenberg in order to see what he wrote as there seemed to be some change.  Here is what you can find in the Project Gutenberg, https://www.gutenberg.org/files/13085/13085-h/13085-h.htm#page421

THE BEGINNINGS


It was not part of their blood,
It came to them very late
With long arrears to make good,
When the English began to hate.

They were not easily moved,
They were icy willing to wait
Till every count should be proved,
Ere the English began to hate.

Their voices were even and low,
Their eyes were level and straight.
There was neither sign nor show,
When the English began to hate.

It was not preached to the crowd,
It was not taught by the State.
No man spoke it aloud,
When the English began to hate.

It was not suddenly bred,
It will not swiftly abate,
Through the chill years ahead,
When Time shall count from the date
That the English began to hate.

As you can see the sentiment is the same, whether you use "the English" or "the Saxon".  If you go to England today, you will see its progeny in the "Brexit" and that, I think, is only the beginning.

Here in America, very much a part of the Anglo-sphere, you can discern similar sentiment arising.  I dare say that it is not happenstance for the causation of such sentiment is the same on either side of the Atlantic Ocean.


Snake on the Field

In high school, I was playing right-field for Catholic High against the team in Geuydan, Louisiana amid some fresh crawfish chimneys when a 4 foot long snake darn near slithered over my shoes.  No one payed it any mind as it went on its way off the field.

This poor creature was in for a sadder fate.

Everyone is a Millionare

In socialist Venezuela, nearly everyone is a millionaire.  Unfortunately, it costs "1 million bolivars to buy a cup of coffee in a Venezuelan cafe".

http://theweek.com/speedreads/781952/minimumwage-worker-venezuela-could-afford-5-cups-coffee-each-month--nothing-else

HT: https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/

Saturday, June 23, 2018

The Incivility of So-Called Liberals

"Sarah Sanders slams owner of restaurant who kicked out her and seven members of her family because she 'works for the president'"

Manufactured Immigration Crisis

“A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.” ― Mark Twain


"That sweet little girl was never and I mean NEVER forcibly separated from her parent? That’s a media narrative blown all to hell now isn’t it?
Yet the media keeps spinning."
http://victorygirlsblog.com/little-girl-crying-how-everyone-got-key-immigration-photo-wrong-video/

UPDATE: "TIME magazine is standing by a cover photo and story critical of Trump’s immigration policies that reporters exposed Friday as factually incorrect, wildly misleading, and lacking important context."
(...)
"“The original version of this story misstated what happened to the girl in the photo after she taken from the scene,” the correction reads. “The girl was not carried away screaming by U.S. Border Patrol agents; her mother picked her up and the two were taken away together.”
Reuters talked to the little girl’s father, who said she was not separated from her mother. The Honduran government confirmed his version of events. A border patrol agent who was at the scene, Carlos Ruiz, described what actually happened to CBS News."

http://thefederalist.com/2018/06/22/time-stands-by-erroneous-misleading-crying-girl-cover-photo-and-story/


HT: https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/

Friday, June 22, 2018

Coffee

I suppose those two quad-shots of espresso that I drink almost every morning may be of some benefit beside cranking me up.

"A new study shows that a caffeine concentration equivalent to four cups of coffee promotes the movement of a regulatory protein into mitochondria, enhancing their function and protecting cardiovascular cells from damage."

Caffeine from four cups of coffee protects the heart with the help of mitochondria

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday to Mel Linde, who is now so old that only 4.7% of the U.S. population lives to be so incredibly ancient.


Monday, June 18, 2018

Inspector Comey

"But Comey, a full six feet and seven inches of righteousness and zeal, says he didn’t know that Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin were man and wife. The man conducting an investigation into the conduct of the world’s most famous woman, and presidential candidate, did not know of the infamous husband of Ms. Clinton’s principal counsellor.
Ineluctably this leads to the conclusion that the only conceivable reason James Comey was selected as the head of the FBI, was that Inspector Clouseau was too busy sorting out whether there was ever any connection between one Brad Pitt and a woman called Angelina Jolie."

http://nationalpost.com/opinion/rex-murphy-comey-clinton-are-proof-that-its-egotism-that-corrupts-completely

HT: https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/

Birthdays

Happy Birthday in Heaven to my cousin Debbie Gelpi