Category: assorted

Crankings

     It’s important to take a break now and then from obsessive news-reading. Keeping up with the news does provide fodder for a lot of opinion-editorials, but it can also turn one into a Curmudgeon Emeritus. I’m here to tell you. ***      Sometimes an act of charity – even simple cordiality toward a lonely …

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Day Off…From The Internet

     I have a long list of chores to discharge, and I was planning to compile an “assorted” column anyway, so here are the links. If you’re a Gentle Reader of long standing, you hardly need me to comment on these things. They more or less comment on themselves: Bombshell Revelations from the “Special Master” …

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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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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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Stop! Stop! It’s Too Much!

     Apologies, Gentle Reader. It’s a grab-bag day. If I delay clearing my “Future Columns” folder any longer, it might just give birth. ***      “Church” and “radical” don’t go together…but that doesn’t mean it can’t happen:      Pope Francis’ lead-up to the Synod on Synodality is entering the “continental” phase. And this moment raises …

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“Fuck You America, We’re Doing This”

     That line is from a recent novel by K. M. Breakey. The novel itself is undistinguished, essentially wish-fulfillment fiction, but that line is a perfect summary of the interval from November 7, 2020 to the present day. Indeed, nothing else could capture the grim arrogance of the Usurpers who have stolen this country from …

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Day From Hell? Try A Whole Weekend

     Yes, it was that kind of weekend. The kind that makes the national and international news seem chuckleworthy. But that won’t stop me. (When has it ever?) ***      I found this brief but pungent piece courtesy of Gerard van der Leun:      Ever since Roe was overturned I’ve really started to notice how…I …

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A Little Extra

     Among the words of which I’m particularly fond, lagniappe holds a special place. There are several reasons, among them the difficulty of pronouncing it properly and the puzzled grimaces most people make when they hear it. It means “a little extra,” usually a small benefit beyond what one had expected.      I first encountered …

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No More, It’s Too Much!

     Too much to write about, that is. ***      The recent reports of violent assaults on crisis pregnancy centers, and the announcement that more are coming, have had me worried. It was heartening to learn that the operators of such centers are staunch in the face of such threats:      I began my conversation …

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Intimations

     Quite a lot of people hate these pieces. Happily, not too many are among my Gentle Readers. But as I’ve said before, I write from what’s on my mind at the moment. ***      I spend a fair fraction of my day actively straining to listen.      That statement tends to provoke a lot …

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Tuesday Terpsichore

     A brief assortment today, as I have a lot of chores to address and must head out to them pretty much at once. Be comforted; at least I’m not regaling you with all the details. *** 1. Uvalde, Texas.      The atrocity of May 24, which resulted in so many dead children, has resonated …

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Saturday Smorgasbord

     I feel like the Flying Dutchman: if I stop blogging, either I’ll die or the world will end, whichever would be worse. So here we go again. ***      According to Jazz Shaw at Hot Air, the smash-and-grab robberies in California are not ending. I hadn’t imagined otherwise. Indeed, my response upon reading the …

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The “I Can’t Even” Edition

     Do you have “I can’t even” days? Given my commitment to staying in touch with developments so I can blather about them here, I have a lot of them. Usually I keep them to myself, but today I…can’t even.      To the strong of stomach: Feel free to read on. To others: Perhaps it’s …

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Holy Week Starts With A Bang!

     Yes, it’s another of those dreaded “Assorted” columns. Keep the groaning down. ***      I found this at Ace’s place:      Plastic Martyr     @plasticmartyr      I wonder how these conservatives would feel if we passed a law making it illegal to teach your kids about religion until they were adults.      The “Don’t Say …

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Ramblin’

     It’s the 29th of March, I’ve just bought a tankful of oil to stave off indoor frostbite, and I’m feeling…scattered. (Yes, a little broke, too.) So this will be a scattered piece.      Tuesdays are to your Curmudgeon as Thursdays are to Arthur Dent. ***      First, have a passel of links: Vote Fraud: …

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The Grab-Bag

     Hey, it’s Monday. Never imagine that that doesn’t distress a “retired” guy quite as much as a still-working stiff. Actually, I had more free time when I was working for someone else…and I’m not the only retired engineer who would say so. *** 1. What’s so important about this “freedom” crap?      If you’re …

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Empty Calories

     That’s what yesterday meant to most people. Not football. A social gathering with plenty of nosherai. Here at the Fortress, yesterday had another, far more significant meaning, which I shall refrain from disclosing, out of regard for the feelings of my Significant Other.      Yes, this is the introduction to yet another “assorted” column. …

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Miscellany

You Have To Wonder Dept.      Just how blatantly can a Democrat lie and still get away with it? From the Supreme Court oral arguments over federal vaccine mandates:      Ohio Solicitor General Benjamin Flowers, representing the coalition of GOP-led states opposing the OSHA rules, was quizzed by Justice Sotomayor on the mandates — which …

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Make Up Your Own Clever Title

     Sorry, Gentle Readers. The “Future Columns” folder is about to explode, and as the UXB squad has professed a complete lack of interest in my peril, I’m just going to slather it all over you.      (Don’t you feel special?) *** 1. Alternative explanations dept.      These days, it’s unwise to settle for the …

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Bits Of Fun

     Christmas is a week away. What point is there in writing about politics and current events at a time this joyous? Shut ‘em out with me, at least for today, and see if we can amuse one another.      (Amuse, not abuse! Get your mind out of the gutter.) ***      I saw this …

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