Francis W. Porretto

Mount Sinai, NY USA

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The 2022 Based Fall Book Sale

     Hans G. Schantz, author of the Hidden Truth trilogy, is once again hosting a gigantic $0.99 or free sale of “non-woke” books:      Some complain about the culture. Others do something about it.      Support non-woke authors and get yourself some great books from both established and emerging talent for only $0.99 – many …

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Assorted

1. Conversations.      Let’s start with something light: FWP: How on earth did the word “lumber” pick up the secondary meaning of “to move slowly and clumsily?” CSO: What makes you so sure that wasn’t the original meaning? FWP: Well…all right, then how on Earth did the word “lumber” pick up the secondary meaning of …

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The Undiscussed Nationalization

     Just a quick thought this morning, as I’ve decided to give today to people and things fictional. Fiction is a restful place for me. While our nation swells with lunacy and strife, I can compel my characters and the consequences of their actions to make sense.      Ever since the World Wars, the attention …

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“That Can’t Be True!”

     The title phrase is a reaction, elicited from some, to the most “extreme” news. It’s the verbal equivalent of putting hands over eyes and screaming “Make it go away!” And sane Americans are having it ever more frequently.      However, it’s dangerous. What makes it dangerous is the word can’t, which is always a …

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A Quick Thought

     Just now, the nation is highly exercised about the Vegetable-in-Chief’s “Soul of the Nation” speech of a few days back. Why? Yes, it was a dark and threatening bit of rhetoric, but rhetoric was all it was. Why allow it to upset us?      Couldn’t we just ignore the senile old crank and his …

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Death Cults Ascendant

     You know who they are. You’ve been reading about them for years now. Today it seems that they have us at their mercy. Perhaps the best measure of the height to which they have risen is their power to silence those who oppose them:      It was revealed that Boston Children’s Hospital was promoting …

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The Speech

     No, I didn’t watch or listen to it. I have a very low tolerance for political blather from anyone…well, other than myself, of course. But from the snippets I’ve been reading, it was at least as bad as We the Normals® expected it to be:      America, ladies and gentlemen, is under attack and …

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War Against Whites News

     This is for the moron who called me a racist — Oh boo hoo! I’m gonna cry! — for this piece:      Have a nice day, Anonymous asshole.

Still Not Convinced We’re At War?

     If you don’t believe me, believe him:      Joe Biden made a bizarre and passive aggressive comment targeting “brave right-wing Americans” Tuesday, during an political rally in Pennsylvania touting his latest gun grab….      Rather than attack Republicans in Congress who might oppose the initiative, Biden mocked all conservative Americans who support the Second …

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Got A Buck?

     In case you missed the original announcement: All My Novels Are Now Just $0.99.      I can’t discount them any further. I trust I need say no more.      But wait: there’s more! I have: A New Retailing System!      That allows you to purchase my books directly from me! Applause and many thanks …

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Great Men…And Others

     There are great men that the histories recognize, and there are great men whose greatness largely goes unrecognized, sometimes even unrecorded. Some fall between those two poles. Some are remembered for the wrong things.      Mikhail Gorbachev died yesterday. He’s mostly remembered for being the last potentate of the old Soviet Union. Vladimir Putin …

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They Who Make War…

     …shouldn’t be surprised if they get war in return. Consider the implications of Usurper figurehead Joe Biden’s declaration of war on American conservatives:      Here’s what the president told a Democratic Party fundraiser near the White House on Thursday.      “What we’re seeing now is either the beginning of the death knell of the …

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An Institution, Its Functions, And Its Organization

     I have said at other times that a church is necessarily a conservative institution. Its first duty is to conserve its theological core, for from that, all its other doctrines and pronouncements must flow. A church that discards or casually alters its core, or permits it to be altered or ignored by those who …

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Conversations

     Overheard at a local tavern: 1st Guy: What time’s the AA Meeting? 2nd Guy: Three. 1st Guy: (glances at wall clock) We better get goin’. Sal’s bringing the doughnuts. 2nd Guy: The chocolate cream ones? 1st Guy: Yeah. 2nd Guy: (slams down his drink) Don’t wanna miss them!      As a friend of mine …

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A Strong Sense Of Confidence?

     We know – those of us who’ve been around, at least – that that’s always an invitation to a visit from the Flying Purple Shaft:      Governor Kathy Hochul is taking a page out of Charlie Crist’s book and alienating voters. Yesterday Hochul, who is running for reelection against GOP pick Lee Zeldin, told …

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Third-Party Forgiveness

     Joseph Sobran once composed an instructive parable that went something like this: Davis is listening to Jones speak of some injustice done to him by Smith. Davis waits until Jones runs down, and then says, “Oh, that’s all right. I forgive Smith for what he did to you.”      How do you suppose Jones …

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It’s Full Again

     The “FUT COL” folder is full again. Lately it fills faster than I can empty it, which results in some perfectly worthy material going un-commented-on. But I refuse to make every piece a grab-bag. So today, I’ll simply present a few thought-provoking graphics. ***      Our first graphic is from Kenny “Wirecutter” Lane. It …

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That “Clunk!” Feeling

     You know it. If you’re a functioning adult you’ve almost certainly felt it: that sublime sensation when an insight strikes, and something formerly incomprehensible coalesces into perfect sense. I had it many a time when I was laboring in the STEM fields. It was always glorious.      Allow me to ease into my subject …

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A Deficit Of Rationality

A man said to the universe:      “Sir, I exist!” “However,” replied the universe,      “That fact has not created in me      A sense of obligation.” — Stephen Crane —      I’m in one of those moods this morning. I could slather you with the reasons, but as I’m also feeling charitable, I’ll spare …

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Prime Ministers Just Wanna Have Fun?

     Well, maybe. Consider Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin:      Finland’s Prime Minister is Sanna Marin, 36 years old and pretty. Over the last week or so, Marin has been caught up in a series of scandals–or are they pseudo-scandals? What is clear is that she likes to party, while her husband apparently doesn’t.      …

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