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Going over this site’s archives for collecting stuff for a book (I think it will ultimately be three) I found how often I’m sick.  Well, it’s somewhat better now we’ve moved, but still bad relative to most human beings.

I must do something about that.  But not today.

I should know when I can’t write — not avoid it, because I’m lazy or not sure what to write, but can’t — I’m usually coming down with something.

It’s gastric trouble. No, not the Winnie.  I can still taste and smell fine.  And son had it earlier.  About two/three days.  He says he powered through the second day with energy drinks, but it upset his stomach.  So I’m not sure.

I think I’ll sleep a lot and maybe try to do some editing, since I have four fiction and one non-fiction books to edit (no, nothing exciting, the books reverted years ago.)

I’m reminded of Giovanni Guareschi’s books again. Wen Don Camilo was likely to get too excited over local politics, the Lord sent him an illness that made him too sick to do anything stupid.

I’ve noticed a certain congruence….

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    1. Fluffy’s having a BBQ! The sea serpent in the minion pool brought shrimp! And the aardvark is serving up a lot of dishes!

        1. The aardvark brings out the temporal stasis refrigator so that you can literally have it fresh from the fire!

      1. The Aardvark is serving up a lot of dishes? Chocolate covered ants? Ants Flambe? Sweet and sour ants? Green Curry Ants? Ants Vindaloo?
        Sounds like I should stick to the Naan and Basmati rice that goes with the Ants Vindaloo and see if there aren’t some nice jello molds (note: avoid the Jello Moulds unless you are well armed…). Just like the church potlucks of my youth (although those had some what fewer ant dishes…) nothing to eat for a picky eater.

        1. Rest assured, the aardvark keeps all the ant-based dishes for himself. He considers this fair return for the nice meal.

  1. And the good Don’s illness often happened right after the Christ on the cross stopped speaking to him. Then he know he done bad.

        1. Exactly — HE is still there, but sometimes we find ourselves passing through the valley of shadows.

      1. Once you have that experience (the perception of withdrawal; He’s still there, I believe), you understand perfectly what the mystics meant when they talked about “dryness.”

    1. Could be God.

      Could also be just as simple as he’s having a malarial flare-up (due to the time and place).

      Of course, “mysterious ways” and all that stuff.

            1. That would be ‘Black Tide Rising’ and the primary author is John Ringo. His zombies do not type.

              Maybe you got mixed up with ‘Bad Moon Rising’?

              Charles E. Gannon has started a new series, about a group of teenage survivors on a sailboat. So far they have reached the South Atlantic. Will they find Wolf Squadron?

            2. Nah, dead but still typing is either ghostwriter or some type of thinking undead such as vampire. Zombies are mindless.

              Which explains all the dead people voting Democrat.

              1. That sounds as if therein lies a tale, one to be told only in hushed whispers over strong drink … or published posthumously.

                1. Indeed. But it might yet get blogged all over MGC, if I don’t get my IP back tout de suite and therefore keep getting madder and madder.
                  I mean, I am a Latin female…. At some point I’ll forget my tender loving care for popcorn stocks.
                  And no, this in no way involves Larry at all.

    1. Barely had the nurse at Day Job sent out the “who wants a flu shot?” message than at least 2/3 of the faculty and staff stampeded to sign up. She vas amussed.

      1. I survived the New! Improved! pneumonia shot in 2018–I don’t always react well to vaccines. OTOH, I tolerate flu vaccines now, and our usual clinic starts next week. Time to get poked.

    1. Well here’s hoping that Word Press’ consuming the Uncle Lar ID has given it severe indigestion. Word PressDelenda Est/Erat

  2. We will definitely amuse ourselves. Perhaps a re-reading of the Shifters is in order for me 🙂

      1. Immediately after I posted this, one of my religious pages had some kind of a prayer against rage, because the anger of men does not seek God’s goals.

        Not, “don’t be angry,” or “don’t resist,” but “keep it on a leash, it’s dangerous.”

        Couldn’t find it again.

          1. The tidbit about the word translated as “meek” being the one used for a rein or bridle on a horse also comes to mind.

            I spend a hell of a lot of time with my mouth shut. Because when people ask me, I will tell them.
            So the goal is to avoid doing it because the last thing we need is an aneurism, at this rate they’d decide THAT is a circulatory death and thus I’m an undercounted COVID death.

            1. So the actual meaning is that the disciplined shall inherit the Earth? That makes a lot more sense.

              I wonder how much of the bible is useless or misleading because of poor translation.

                1. How about the Word and the Spirit? Then you do not have to choose.

                  All the lower-case ones will get you tied up in knots on that busines. My husband likes to grumble about the odds of being grilled at the pearly gates like a 6th grader in Interrogation Night. Does anyone really believe this is likely?

                  1. I think it’s going to be something like the scene in The Last Battle: a Look and the decision is made.

                2. >> “This is why I believe the spirit more than the “word”.”

                  Some of us can be rather literal-minded.

                    1. I’m an atheist. I don’t regard scripture as a source of divine truth. I’m not one of those that assumes something is wrong just because the Bible says so, but if it says something that doesn’t make sense I’m not going to go very far out of my way to try and justify it.

                    2. *shrugs* You wouldn’t insist on “cup” being 8oz in a novel, nor assume any mug off the shelf will work when you’re reading a recipe. Hardly worth reading if you don’t try to get the context, you hit Chesterton’s observation that laughing at something that sounds odd is fine, but you need to then figure out what the reasoning is.

                      For a simple example, the ancient law about rape being forgive-able if you then marry the girl (massively simplifying here) makes a lot more sense when you find out that “rape” was “unlawful sex” which would mean without her family’s formal permission.
                      So it’s saying more like “a shotgun wedding is legit” than “sure, forcible rape is fine, if you can buy her parents off!”

                    3. Sure, I’ve encountered that sort of thing before. But how much time am I supposed to invest when it comes to religious writings? If you start with the assumption that scripture is divinely inspired and there must be valuable wisdom to obtain if you dig deep enough, then spending a lot of effort on that might seem reasonable. But I don’t share that assumption. As far as I’m concerned the scriptures were written, selected and translated by ordinary, fallible men who had no backdoor access to the secrets of the universe. They can simply be wrong or even spout nonsense.

                      I’m willing to be proven wrong in specific instances – note that I accepted your interpretation of the “meek shall inherit the Earth” passage – but I’m not interested in becoming a religious scholar. I’ve no particular reason to think it’s worth the time.

                    4. No requirement at all– although it can be a useful window in to how folks think, and I know that’s helpful to me. :D– more of a general grumble about looking out for the temptation to do a deGrasse Tyson and go from “I see no reason to try to understand this, because I don’t believe in it” to “I don’t need to try to understand this to dismiss this.”
                      😀

                      It can be tempting because there are so many places you can go to get information, and heaven knows that I’ve gotten some of the most anti-Catholic pseudohistorical nonsense from Catholics…and I also tend to geek out on this kind of stuff, because getting all the bits to fit together is fun, like a three or four dimensional puzzle. (is that how you’d describe a three D puzzle that moves?)

                    5. Hmm… There’s at least one video game built around 4 spacial dimensions named Miegakure.

                      As for a 3D game where time/movement is one of the dimensions, Timelie (not a typo) comes to mind.

              1. *points at the middle east* As folks here have pointed out, part of the problem we have is that their cultures assume if we don’t use power violently, we don’t have it.

                It’s not so much a bad translation as language shifting and culture shifting. Quiet, gentle and easily imposed on is not a bad definition– submissive is a bit over-broad.

                It seems to be the untrained human norm to assume that if someone has power, they’ll use it. We’re just lucky enough to have a culture that assumes someone who uses power out of proportion is inherently wrong– and that there is inherent good to restraint beyond that.

                I have a heck of a time putting my head in the place where I wouldn’t consider someone having the skills to do absolutely the least possible damage and solve a problem, especially vs, say, making the rubble bounce when that’s not needed.

                The translation problem is why even the online USCCB Bible has almost as many footnotes as normal text! (and it’s not even a very good/in depth version)

                It’s kinda funny, but I’ve gotten to learn a lot more about how culture hits language by trying to write stuff set in non-modern settings. Keep using figures of speech I don’t even realize are figures– heh, like “figure” of speech?– and then trying to see if they still work without my assumptions.

                That’s why folks like Father Mitch exist. And why I got to freak folks in my FC out by mentioning ancient middle eastern dietary rituals as an example of obscure but important stuff. Calf simmered in its mother’s milk was a big thing with one of the neighbors when Himself told the Hebrews not to mix milk and meat.

              2. I just realized a way to convey it!

                “Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength.”
                -St. Francis de Sales

                Usually seen on greeting cards over the picture of a big, tough guy holding a baby, or being nice to a toddler girl.

                  1. Only with a very historically unusual morality.

                    It’s objectively a good tactic, when practiced on a mostly society wide basis, but….

    1. Definitely not alone. The mess in Kenosha alone raises my blood pressure. I’ve BEEN mobbed – fortunately by grade-schoolers who had no idea how to really mess a person up, but it happened. That skateboard coming down… oh yeah. I can viscerally feel that.

      My reaction to the various riots and burnings that have been going on for months now started at, “Why have we not unloaded the grapeshot?” and only escalated from there.

      1. Best meme I’ve seen so far is a simple note:
        “If the convicted pedophile, the wife-beater and the guy taking tactics from Hamas had succeeded in killing that 17 year old boy, it wouldn’t even be on the news.”

        1. And some unspeakable person on Twitter would say he got what he deserved if it was noticed.
          I want to bang my head on the table for the people trying to turn the skateboard guy into a selfless hero who sacrificed his life to protect his fellow protesters.

          1. It’s not like we can expect them to admit that he was a bully attacking a kid that tried to run away from the howling mob, and one stupid enough to do so after their violent mob leader had been killed.

        2. One of the things I enjoy so very much here (I should probably try to lurk less because goodness knows, I might wind up supplying it in turn) is folks who’ll just convey the jumbled mess in my head clearly >.> Thank you for that here

          1. It’s definitely a clearing house for “yes, THAT thing!” exchange and collection.

            I still love the stepping on wrong random title metaphor.

      2. So it sounds like Wisconsin ended up accepting Federal support and called out the guard, and the reports are saying that there haven’t been any more riots in Kenosha since.

        I do hope the DA gets debarred over her rocket-jump-the-shark charges.

        It looks like his extradition hearing has been delayed for a month. I’d initially though they were going for the Process is Punishment, but apparently it’s to give him time to get his lawyers in order, so meh. It’s all on that DA for bringing a blatently malicious prosecution. She needs to be sued for cost of representation and barred from ever serving in law in any shape or form.

          1. The family friends from the liberal but not actively psychotic end of the Seattle blob political spectrum have been stuck trying to meme that the kid is a criminal because he was ABLE to shoot and isn’t it horrible how the crazy right wingers aren’t mad at him, and working hard and fast to conflate concealed pistol laws, the two state’s laws, and massively ignore the part where there were multiple attempts on his life in the course of a few minutes.

            1. Is the actively psychotic end the ones who explicitly admit they support robbery, rape, murder, and mayhem instead of trying to ignore the reasons people defend themselves?

              1. No, they actively psychotic are the ones that hopped on the black painted bus with the Riot Kitchen idiots…and got rolled up with gas masks, illegal fireworks, suspected illicit compounds, etc.

                While they were filling multiple gas cans.

            2. He will walk. The only charge they have a hope of sticking on him is possession of the rifle. Plus the 129th Airborne Legal Brigade is descending upon Kenosha: https://fightback.law/

              I guess Sandman finally showed the right (of Stalin) that having a lawyer isn’t cheating.

              1. If he’s got a hunter’s ed class, that’s legal, too.

                The epic attempt to dismiss THAT is via “but those laws were intended for hunting!”

                Me: It doesn’t say “while they are involved in hunting related activities,” does it? No? Too bad, so sad.

                  1. First read that came through to me as “rabid duck decided charge him antlers down” and I was wondering what they are breeding up in the Canadian nesting grounds these days…

                1. If I ran a hunter’s safety course up there, I’d be certain he was in one. And everyone in that class would attest to his being there.

              2. Apparently Rittenhouse has a witness to support a self-defense claim:

                The DC’s Richie McGinniss Describes Shooting in Kenosha, Wisconsin – Heard Shots Fired Before Kyle Rittenhouse Fired His Gun
                The Daily Caller’s Richie McGinniss appeared on Tucker Carlson Tonight and described hearing shots fired in Kenosha before Kyle Rittenhouse used his weapon to defend himself.
                McGinniss was just feet away when the shooting occurred.

                McGinniss told Carlson that he was just ten to twelve feet behind the rioters as they ran into the parking lot to charge Rittenhouse.

                “What I saw was [Joseph] Rosenbaum pursuing Rittenhouse, and Rittenhouse turned around,” McGinniss began. “Right before he turned around, I’m not sure if this is the reason he turned around, but there was a gun shot. That’s actually visible on video.”

                The reporter noted that it is not clear if that gunshot was fired into the air or towards Rittenhouse, but the teenage boy did turn around immediately after that.

                “At that point he went from running away to aiming his weapon at Rosenbaum and I was actually directly behind Rosenbaum.”

                Rosembaum was one of the men shot and killed by Rittenhouse.

                “I took one or two steps to my right, right as Rosenbaum was lunging for the barrel of the rifle,” McGinniss explained.

                The reporter recounted that Rittenhouse actually moved the barrel of the rifle to dodge Rosembaum’s attempt to grab it. At this point, the attacker began to fall and Rittenhouse fired four shots.

                [SNIP]

                In a statement by Rittenhouse’s legal team at Pierce Bainbridge, provided to the Gateway Pundit, “after Kyle finished his work that day as a community lifeguard in Kenosha, he wanted to help clean up some of the damage, so he and a friend went to the local public high school to remove graffiti by rioters.”

                Additionally, the weapon Rittenhouse was using to protect himself and others never crossed state lines.

                “Later in the day, they received information about a call for help from a local business owner, whose downtown Kenosha auto dealership was largely destroyed by mob violence,” the statement continues. “Business owner needed help to protect what he had left of his life’s work, including two nearby mechanic’s shops. Kyle and a friend armed themselves with rifles due to the deadly violence gripping Kenosha and many other American cities, and headed to the business premises. The weapons were in Wisconsin and never crossed state lines.”

                … Kyle then complied with the police instructions not to go back there. Kyle returned to the gas station until he learned of a need to help protect the second mechanic’s shop further down the street where property destruction was imminent with no police were nearby.”

                “As Kyle proceeded towards the second mechanic’s shop, he was accosted by multiple rioters who recognized that he had been attempting to protect a business the mob wanted to destroy. This outraged the rioters and created a mob now determined to hurt Kyle. They began chasing him down. Kyle attempted to get away, but he could not do so quickly enough. Upon the sound of a gunshot behind him, Kyle turned and was immediately faced with an attacker lunging towards him and reaching for his rifle. He reacted instantaneously and justifiably with his weapon to protect himself, firing and striking the attacker,” Pierce explains.

                Additionally, Rittenhouse stopped to ensure care for his attacker, hardly sounds like someone who had went to the riot with intent to kill.

                “Kyle stopped to ensure care for the wounded attacker but faced a growing mob gesturing towards him. He realized he needed to flee for his safety and his survival. Another attacker struck Kyle from behind as he fled down the street. Kyle turned as the mob pressed in on him and he fell to the ground,” his legal team says. “One attacker kicked Kyle on the ground while he was on the ground. Yet another bashed him over the head with a skateboard. Several rioters tried to disarm Kyle. In fear for his life and concerned the crowd would either continue to shoot at him or even use his own weapon against him, Kyle had no choice but to fire multiple rounds towards his immediate attackers, striking two, including one armed attacker. The rest of the mob began to disperse upon hearing the additional gunshots.”

                Rittenhouse then attempted to turn himself in, but was told to keep moving. He went and turned himself in to his local police that evening.

                “Kyle got up and continued down the street in the direction of police with his hands in the air. He attempted to contact multiple police officers, but they were more concerned with the wounded attackers. The police did not take Kyle into custody at that time, but instead they indicated he should keep moving,” the statement says. “He fully cooperated, both then and later that night when he turned himself in to the police in his hometown, Antioch, Illinois.”

                1. BTW – it seems likely he has a good basis for libel suits against anybody who called him a “White supremacist.”

              3. “17 year old in possession of a rifle” is only possible as a charge because of the Left’s on-going efforts to culturally genocide the gun culture. The recent case of the virtual-class teacher who had the cops sent in because she saw a bb gun in a kid’s bedroom is part of the same pattern.

              1. As I reminded my mom– remember when they tried to expel me for trying to get loose from the guy who wanted to beat me up at school?

                They’re now trying it with street riots.

        1. So as a rhetorical statistical question, what are the chances that those three rioters perforated to varying degrees in Kenosha were the only three convicted criminals in attendance?

          If there’s been a concerted effort to recruit significant numbers of the criminally inclined, that would take resources – and there would be a money trail.

          The most powerful weapon in the fight against AQ and ISIS has turned out to be the money-tracing folks – freezing and seizing assets and mapping out money flows ended up being a major key that unlocked locating OBL, and the various efforts to lock up working capital have been strikingly successful, forcing the bad guys into more and more visible money-raising and transfer paths.

          Turning the money flow folks loose on BLM and antifa and black block et cetera could be a very productive line of inquiry. And who knows, maybe they’ll even be able to trace those paymaster chains quite far indeed, back to very surprising (and thus very surprised) people.

          1. So as a rhetorical statistical question, what are the chances that those three rioters perforated to varying degrees in Kenosha were the only three convicted criminals in attendance?

            Trying to math the rhetoric….

            The chance goes up because being a criminal correlates strongly with having very bad judgement, such as would lead you to being in the front of a mob, or trying to melee with a guy who has a rifle; you could even make an attempt at a case of the convicted sex offender being some sort of a false-flag from white extremists, what with the nonsense of him screaming something like “Shoot me, N(word), shoot me!” and…well, looking like a central casting skinhead, honestly.

            I’d also modify it to something like violent criminals, just to narrow the field a bit more. Pointing a gun at someone is definitely a violent crime.

            1. As I recall, there seemed to also be a correlation between the areas that emptied their prisons for covid and the one a that got hit hardest by the riots.

              That said, I’m also given to understand that most violent crime is generally instigated by a very small fraction of the criminal population. Given the three to got got Tuesday got it because they charged someone with a gun, I’d suspect they’re actually some of the more violent of the crew in the riots.

        2. Kenosha District Attorney Michael Gravely. I do not know the lady DA. But either way you could make a polite call this weekend and mention over-charging innocent teens, prosecutorial misconduct, and disbarring lawyers whose flagrant corruption and egregious incompetence brings the Wisconsin bar into disrepute.

          Wisc. Bar Ass.
          608) 257-3838
          (800) 728-7788 (nationwide

      3. To answer the question in your last sentence, because that’s what the Democrats are hoping for. They are trying to arrange another Kent State (just like they arranged it in 1970), which they would then play on the airwaves for two months straight. And every time it fails to happen, they try turning up the heat. It’s a despicable tactic, of course, trying to get people killed for political advantage. But understanding a tactic does not mean condoning it, and understanding it is important so that you can avoid giving the enemy what they’re trying to get.

          1. You and Leslie Fish. Who’s now a “right-wing shill” for pointing that out on FakeBook and her blog.

            smdh.

                1. I mean, for a while we answered the phone as the headquarters of the World Zionist Conspiracy. Followed by “How do you wish to help Israel today?”
                  Well, younger son did. Got Obama’s various campaigns to stop calling us.
                  Like magic.

          2. The only way it could have been a more obvious intentional provocation is if one of Mr Rittenhouses assaulters had been a pregnant woman. Although why they even bother with this when they don’t give a rats patootie about in utero infants baffles me to no end.

        1. Oh, I get that. The thing is, so far no one’s stopped them turning up the heat.

          And if you’ve already been ground into the dirt once, if you’ve seen these tactics play out for years and years in your own personal life when you couldn’t stop it and no one else would-

          The longer the progressives keep pushing, the more damage they will do. To everyone. And some of us just don’t have the strength to keep taking it without breaking.

          1. I am starting to think what America needs is a Society for the Extirpation of Progressivism In America.

                1. The preacher this morning sighed about “people valuing property more than life.” Then he told about lying o the roof of the family business in 1968 with a hose and a fire extinguisher, terrified the burning would get to their building. Then he moved on to Kyle Rittenhouse. And somehow he didn’t think about trying to reconcile it all.
                  You have to be really, really rich and sheltered to think property “doesn’t matter.”

                  1. The sad thing is, he’s right– but he’s looking at the wrong way.

                    He’s blaming the defenders. Not those they are defending against.

                    It’s safer, sure, but….

                  2. Property represents however much of your life you spent working to buy it. Stealing it, or burning it down, is like an incomplete murder.

                    NOBODY has any right to steal or destroy what you worked for in a free society. If anybody does have that right, we are not free. That is the evil of collectivism; that others have the right to consume the products of your labor without compensation, and you are evil for objecting.

                    We used to call that slavery. Now they call it socialism.

                  3. Many a preacher has scant property to protect; house and furnishings are provided by their church, as job benefit. I many cases even their wardrobe is provided by the church — it provides tax benefits on both sides of the transaction.

                    This does not tend to increase pastor’s appreciation for what property represents.

              1. Marxism. “You only have what you have because you stole it, so it isn’t wrong to take it back.”

                  1. “It’s not private property it’s personal property!”

                    And then you have to wait for your brain to reboot while you try to prevent yourself from beating them with a dictionary.

              2. Hanging out with the cool kids. Just like you had to pick on the nerds to be cool, so too do you have to at least support riots and looting.

            1. Fortunately I have Things I Need To Do to keep me busy. And I remind myself the prison libraries probably suck.

              Still. I keep thinking of that line of “playing with fire without even knowing fire is hot”. When someone swears and tosses the matches away, a lot of innocent people will get burned too.

    2. The anger demon is definitely rattling his chains. He does that on occasion. Dreaming of a day he gets set free.

      Not today, though.

      Righteous anger does not sate him. He needs chaos and blood, unrivaled id. Better to choose righteousness, and leave the chains lie. The world has enough men all het up with unbridled id these days.

    3. There was a tweet yesterday saying the National Hurricane center predicted Laura’s landfall within half a mile. My instant thought was, “That must have been some goat they offered up!”

    4. Mentally, I keep going back and forth between this quote:
      “I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo.
      “So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
      and this song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJleW4TCQM0

      1. The Tolkien quote for this situation that keeps occurring to me is:

        ‘Yes!’ said Pippin. ‘I know what you mean. There might be all the difference between an old cow sitting and thoughtfully chewing, and a bull charging; and the change might come suddenly. I wonder if Treebeard will rouse them. I am sure he means to try. But they don’t like being roused. Treebeard got roused himself last night, and then bottled it up again.’

      1. When I was in college one roomate paid money for a Persian cat. Turned out there were several reasons Dulcinea was cheap, and one of them was the kidney infection. We had to bathe her twice to get the smell off.

        The good news was when the water hit her she would freeze and we could bathe her. The bad news was what happened when my roommate decided she needed to be blow-dried…

        1. Havey is at least half this breed. We know, because he has ALL the behaviors.
          He’s not pure white, and his eyes are amber. So, I have hopes he’s only half (who the heck knows? He was raised in a shack behind a Vietnamese restaurant and “escaped” to quote the mini-golf manager “Sometimes a kitten escapes, and the fox gets it. I have no idea what they do with all those cats.” I know Vietnamese don’t eat cats. I don’t know both owners are vietnamese. And I understand cats are part of Chinese medicine)
          I hope he’s not pure, because the breed is short lived, and he’s 11

  3. Gee, I can’t imagine what about “local” politics could possibly be causing excitement. This is probably just something you ate. Rest, relax and remember: we are merely passing through this reality, it is not our destination.

  4. For a bit of light amusement, while away a moment imagining the MSM reaction had the Biden Wilmington speech last week been attended by (entirely peaceful) T.E.A. Party demonstrators, not at all like the “mostly peaceful” protests attending Trump’s speech from the White House last night.

    1. Somebody ought craft a meme showing Rand Paul amongst the protesters last night and Nancy Pelosi, with her giant phallic symbol gavel and Jim Clyburn & Co., walking through the T.E.A. Party “mob” where they claim racial epithets were heard.

    2. Speaking of peaceful/mostly-peaceful protests, it’s worth remembering the Lansing Michigan protests against Whitmer and her mad-witch orders back in April. Lots of guns, carried legally, all kept holstered and slung with no shots fired, and a stark display of the differences in “What Civilization Means To Me” between the Left and Right (or Left and Center, if you buy the theory that Sarah Palin is a centerist).

      Also: “One of the amazing things in America is that there are a group of people known for being armed and what they’re mainly feared for is that they vote.” – Frank J. Flemming

          1. I got a chuckle out of this one:

            Was trying to give my 4yo an easy Bible question to make sure she got one.
            “So does one of the Ten Commandments say you should murder or not murder.”
            “Murder.”

            Now I’m wondering where in the Bible God says “Thou shalt shank a bitch.”

            1. I think that’s a commentary on either Kings or Judges (Jezebel, or an expansion of Jael and the tent peg.) I don’t feel like getting my commentaries on the Tanakh down from the top shelf to look, though.

                1. Most religions seem to have an unwritten Last Commandment that goes something like this:

                  If anyone should disagree with these Commandments, kill him. Killing his family, friends and neighbors is optional, but probably a good idea.

                  1. *looks at history*

                    Believe, not so much.

                    Behave as if they believe?

                    They generally give you a *lot* of reason to kill them.

                    Ignoring those cases where the one killing had justification that didn’t match up with their actions, of course.

                    1. I didn’t say anything about believing, I said ‘disagree’. The Last Commandment is applied more to heretical tribes than to individuals. Although the Inquisition did some of everything.
                      ———————————
                      Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!!

                    2. If you disagree with a thing, you don’t believe it; specifically, you believe it is false.

                      *****

                      Which Inquisition?

                      The one in the Catholic Church?
                      The one where Spain tried to hijack their authority? (with pretty major success)
                      The ones where they did things like chase the guy who said he was a witch around the room with a broom to prove he couldn’t actually slip through a lock in a door? (He couldn’t)
                      The ones where someone accused by civil authorities would blasphemy, so they were transferred over the Inquisition?
                      The one in fiction?

                      Because the official Inquisition took their job seriously — and if you get to digging, you’re going to find that many of the standards of investigation and evidence we take for granted were invented, *because* they took it seriously, and thus took offense to the “accuse someone of heresy, kill them and take their stuff” approach. (basically why it was formed, although some of those cases could have been truly horrible catechesis) They only had authority over Catholics, too– not doing Catholic flavored fraud, not their area. (bunch here: https://www.crisismagazine.com/2011/the-truth-about-the-spanish-inquisition and I believe Suburbanbanshee had some links/articles on her blog).

                      Heck, even the modern Inquisition gets misreported on– they respond politely to some German lady with a bee in her bonnet about Harry Potter, and even when they say “well, your concerns are not inherently invalid, but you really need to do more research into the genre and talk to these guys at XYZ address” it’s reported as condemnation.

                    3. True, but in order for somebody else to become aware of it, you have to say or do something which indicates your disagreement. Only then do you become subject to the Last Commandment.
                      ———————————
                      Speed, stealth, and snappy red uniforms!
                      Nobody expects— oh, bugger.

  5. OK, guess I may have fixed the sorry excuse for a pile of crappy software.
    What I had intended to say was:
    “I can still taste and smell fine.”
    Isn’t that something best left up to either Dan or Havelock to determine?

  6. Sorry you’re feeling under the weather. I wandered over to Larry’s blog last night. Lord, I would love to be a fly on the wall if one of those morons tries to pin him down at a convention. That man can righteously tear even the densest fool a new one. Gotta love him.

    1. btw, piece of flag operation in full swing. In a week or two I’ll ask for address….
      As for flaming loop…. meh. Havey running through the house covered in poo was far scarier.

            1. Dan was holding him. We ended up having to wash his butt.
              I might add he’s the LEAST aggressive cat in the world. He just makes little despairing sounds. It’s pathetic.

              1. Yeah our Mac cat was like that. plushy (not quite fluffy) and would get stuff in his fur. So we’d have to bathe him. Get him in the sink and he’d just stand there giving you that “I am so hurt that you have betrayed me” look, just being wet and so so disappointed in humanity. And of course he had walked and slept on all the fricking beds in the house causing a massive rush to replace and wash bedding. Every darned time, maybe twice a year.

                  1. When our border collie gets the runs, it gets all over her furry butt. So, I have to go get a wet paper towel and clean her off. I get the strangest looks from her, though she does realize that it has to get cleaned up.

                    Both of the dogs are at least partially on a GI food (the BC still gets half her kibble from other sources), and this has helped immensely.

                    1. Part of Mr Nemo’s monthly groomer visit is a “Face, Feet, and Fanny” trim, to pre-empt the most common issues.

                    2. Well, we had a REALLY silent trimmer, because we had to cut Greebo’s “lumps” which he got in the middle of his back, and he spooked easily.
                      But it’s SLOW. So I just got a new one that will shave Havey’s furry but quickly. We can truss him up for a couple of minutes….

            2. We just have to trim Athena’s “feathers” as MomRed refers to them. Or did, until the new kidney-stone-relief cat food. No “hangers on” since then, thus far. *taps wood*

  7. Had something funky at the beginning of the month myself, three days of fever (which the hospital refused to recognize, as my normal temp is 97.3) and HAD to sleep 12-14 hours those days. No other symptoms. Wierd.

  8. Things at Day Job are so interesting that Fr. Martial came around with chocolate for everyone the other day. It’s been a week. I’m glad its over. I’m even more glad the the observer at the range complimented my shooting this afternoon.

  9. We have a fluffy cat named Sabrina. She will attempt to maim anyone who tries to trim her fur. When we’re desperate enough, she goes to the groomers. I have scratch mark scars on my upper right arm, from when put her in a carrier to take her to the groomers. She’s mostly a joy to have around, as long as she can maintain her own coat health.

    1. Havey is the sweetest cat alive. He cries and licks our hands, for fear we’re doing this as a punishment.
      But dear lord.
      Even in regular grooming, he sucks. We say his mommy became Chat Mein (long story from when we found him) before she taught him to groom. He grooms his right front paw and a part of his chest, that’s it.
      We’re going to have to start bathing him every week, even if it makes me feel like an ogre.

  10. Hope you feel better soon.
    Re: Kenosha, I read at one site that he reported himself to the Kenosha police, either at the scene or at ghe station, and they sent him home to wait for decisions there. No flight to avoid arrest.
    Also read that he worked in Kenosha, either at the business he was protecting or at another one nearby.
    Read elsewhere that he was at the business, left, tried to return and was refused by police, leaving him out with the Antifa crowd, and that he was then attacked by the first shootee.
    I remember the Admiral from Red October saying “this shit will get out of hand”. I think so.
    On a lighter note, I have recently been enjoying some “hillbillies in space” adventure / humor books by Jerry Boyd, the “Bob and Nikki” series, now up to 10 quick read novels. Recommended as mind candy.
    John

  11. My cat was feeling blah last week. For $500 the vet said he had a gall bladder infection and prescribed 5 days of antibiotics along with a few other things. He’s eating again, and today he left a log in the catbox instead of a runny puddle. Good Kitty!

  12. No dying.
    Not while awake,
    Nor in your sleep.
    Nor even in someone else’s sleep. }:o)

    Dream a lottery winner saying, “Here’s $100,000. Find some investigative accountants and give a Publisher HELL!”

      1. If you woke up and were not tired, you slept just enough.

        I also think writing comes out better when you don’t have to force yourself to do it.

  13. I think The Donald has just about had it with the “protester” con:

    https://dailycaller.com/2020/08/28/trump-protesters-ass-white-house-new-hampshire

    President Donald Trump criticized protesters who harassed attendees at his RNC speech Thursday night at the White House, going on to criticize the media for describing them as protesters.

    “Protesters your ass,” Trump said during a campaign rally in New Hampshire. “I don’t talk about my ass.”

    1. Trump on Joe Biden’s age: “78 is OK. But that’s a bad 78, not a good 78.”
      Biden is 77.
      — Krysta Louise (@krystafauria) August 28, 2020

      Lol @ thinking that’s a good defense against Trump’s comment

    2. A native New Yorker of Trump’s vintage would certainly recognize the “shoulder-striker” tactics perfected during the heyday of Tammany, the Five Points neighborhood, William “Bill the Butcher” Poole and John “Old Smoke” Morrissey.

    1. We cheated. Left Saturday @ 6:30 AM. Pickup with Trailer in tow. Destination: Yellowstone.

      Not only is cell coverage spotty. Turns out the P/U (& by definition Trailer) doesn’t have the correct options to power the cells (unless we ran the generator, which we did, but we didn’t waste power on the news).

      We’ve been out of contact for 9 days. Was suppose to be longer, but fire & smoke in Yellowstone chased us out, to Tetons, where the smoke was going, we didn’t stay. Luckily we texted kid we were heading home & how. Because Hwy 126 from Bend to I-5 was a definite NOPE. Came home Willamette Pass (58) instead.

      Fire news up the McKenzie (Hwy 126) and east of Salem (Hwy 22), let alone N. Umpqua Hwy, & southern 97, is not good. Eugene is inundated with smoke and ASH. Son said it started last night after he got home from work.

      Wind was apparently “down” from earlier, & it was still strong coming down Hwy 58. Advantage truck & trailer for the weight, downhill (mostly), but driving it was fighting a head wind the entire way.

  14. If you might have the flu take Quercetin & Zinc. Quercetin is an over-the-counter drug that acts like Hydroxychloriquine and is a transport for zinc to the cells. Tell everyone you know this is decent treatment for ANY flu. But you have to start the first day or so.

    1. I don’t have the flu.
      It was some kind of stomach upset.
      All my upper respiratory stuff is asthma from having to wear the shield/mask whenever I have to go into a store. Plus smoke in the air.

      1. It was a pure relief to wake up this AM after the storms and breathe smoke-free air for a few hours. We’re getting the wrap-around from CA, CO, and whoever else is toasting trees.

  15. OT, I want to thank you guys for making me aware of, “The Pursuit of the Pankera.” I finally found a copy yesterday (I haven’t used Kindle and couldn’t find a digital copy) and finished it today. I can already tell this is one I’m going to read again as soon as my husband finishes it. I like it better than “The Number of the Beast,” largely because this version lacks the overly-cutesey stuff in “Beast.” Besides, his version of Worsel made me choke up.

    1. “Number of the Beast” is one of my least-liked Heinlein novels. I slogged through despite frequent urges to bounce it off the wall.

      I have “Pursuit of the Pankera”, but I figured I should re-read “Beast” first. Which, on my scale of Fun Things to Do, is own there with… not-fun things. “Beast” pretty much sums up everything I hate about Late Heinlein; limp plot, childish characters, lots of repetition, and buckets full of words that keep characters in motion without doing anything to advance what there is of the story.

      There’s no real connection to the Old Heinlein I grew up with. “It’s Heinlein, Jim, but not as we know it.”

      1. I tend to agree.

        On the other hand, Number of the Beast is one of my favorite Iron Maiden albums.

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