Category: assorted

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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Assorted

     These grab-bag pieces have always helped me to de-escalate in the past. Let’s see whether this one follows the pattern. ***      A few days ago, the New York Times published a piece about rising French politician Eric Zemmour that was hysterical even by that paper’s standards. John Hinderaker at Power Line provides a …

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Doing The Old Thing

     Caught you scratching your head over the title, did I? No doubt you’re wondering what the “old thing” is. Well, skipping all the subtleties to jump right to the entirely justified conclusion, it is I. Your humble commentator. As I am feeling benevolent (which is seldom the case in these latter days) and pleasantly …

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Three For Tuesday

     Good Morning, Gentle Reader. As the Usurper Administration, figureheaded by Joe “Gee your heir smells terrific” Biden, proceeds with its campaign to reduce the U.S. to a Third World banana republic, albeit without the bananas, we have some interesting developments for your perusal. One is massively ironic, a second illustrates the extent to which …

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All COVID All The Time

     That’s the news for you. At least, it can seem that way. COVID, the “vaccines,” various companies’ mandates, other companies’ refusals, health-care workers being fired, Florida’s policies, Ivermectin…it’s a long list. I’d have thought people would be sick of it by now. I certainly am.      But that’s the news. ***      First up, …

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Assorted

     Yes, yes, I took yesterday off from this dive. I’d been posting too much anyway, and I wanted some time to play with my dogs and cats, among other things. Speaking of dogs and cats and other things, let today be a break from news of the world and its many ills. First up, …

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Assorted

     Forgive me, Gentle Reader; I haven’t the strength to think up a cleverer title today. Just read on. *** 1. Ownership of books is under threat.      People were concerned about major software vendors (especially Microsoft) going to a “rent” rather than “buy” model for important applications. But what about the next most important …

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Squibs

     I’m hurting somewhat – yesterday was a day of much exertion – so have a few brief comments on assorted matters, that I might leave my computer and assume a more comfortable position. Assuming I can find one, that is. *** The Dynamic of Power Strikes Again.      Don’t take that “Fidelity, Bravery, Integrity” …

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Turbid Thoughts For A Torpid Tuesday

     Yes, your Curmudgeon is in one of those moods again. ***      There are days when I strain to produce a Grand Unified Theory of Irritations. It’s among my fondest desires to pull together all the seemingly disconnected threads of bother and nuisance, weave them into a coherent tapestry, then set it alight and …

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Tendentious Tarantella Or Revolutionary Rodomontade?

     Your Curmudgeon reports; you decide. *** 1. McAfee’s “Suicide.”      You’re probably already familiar with this story. John McAfee famously said that he would not kill himself – that if he were to die in custody, it would not be by his own hand. And now we have the report of his “apparent suicide.” …

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Asymmetries

     Some things, it seems, must be said so bluntly that no one can mistake or “reinterpret” them. However, when the subjects fall within a certain realm, most persons, including many who are outspoken on other matters will dance around the subject hoping to avert a tide of defamation. The deficit of courage this suggests …

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Assorted 2021-03-25

     Things are rather difficult at the Fortress just now. We’re having a patio of sorts built in the back yard, which has had a curious consequence: Joy, our one-year-old Newfoundland puppy – here she is:      …is absolutely terrified of going outside. We think it’s because of the Bobcat the workmen have been using …

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