Gemini: Spawn of White Narcissism

 

The wealthiest, most powerful, best equipped, most technologically advanced corporation in the history of the world, in possession of better and more complete access to the world’s data than any government, has created an enormously powerful AI that spews ideologically generated nonsense.  It is a kind of Marxist Omega point, a culmination of decades of work by the spawn of the Frankfurt School that effected not the dawning of a Marxist nirvana but an outbreak of Deep Stupid.

Gramscian/Frankfurt/cultural Marxism was always intended to undermine confidence in our heritage and even common sense itself.  But its weakness is that it is a parasitic entity that has no praxis or logic if the host dies.  No centralized raw power can win a war against economic, biological, or physical reality.  Much damage and destruction can accrue but reality always wins in the end.

Musical Memories: Our Town

 

A friend and I were chatting a couple of weeks ago about a shared love of authentic American music, and Iris DeMent’s name came up. I’ve never seen her perform, but remember her from appearances on early A Prairie Home Companion days, when Garrison Keillor was genuinely entertaining and gently funny, before he became infected with what I refer to as “David Letterman disease,” which presents with the same sort of symptoms, in which what was once entertaining, funny and endearing becomes nasty, bitter and off-putting. (Keillor is walking some of his worst excrescences back these days: I guess signs of impending mortality will do that to a guy, although I don’t think Letterman’s yet received the memo.)

Iris DeMent is the youngest of fourteen children, born in Paragould, Arkansas and raised mostly in California, where she began her entertainment career at churches and revival halls, singing with her siblings.

We’ve got A.I.! (Is Jonah really worse than Pol Pot? — The answer may surprise you!) We’ve got Oscars! We’ve got best movie performances ever! And yes, we’ve got… coffee tables! Well, we have one particularly infamous coffee table. You’ll have to listen to find out what that’s all about.

Mitch McConnell to Exit Republican Leadership

 

This afternoon on the floor of the Senate, Mitch McConnell announced that he will resign from the leadership after the November elections.

“One of life’s most underappreciated talents is to know when it’s time to move on to life’s next chapter,” he said. “So I stand before you today … to say that this will be my last term as Republican leader of the Senate.”

This week on The Learning Curve, guest co-hosts Alisha Searcy and Charlie Chieppo interview Yale Prof. Beverly Gage, author of G-Man: J. Edgar Hoover and the Making of the American. Gage delves into the enigmatic life and career of J. Edgar Hoover, tracing his formative years in Washington, D.C., his rise to prominence as director of the FBI, and his enduring influence on American law enforcement and politics. She discusses his early career monitoring domestic radicals to his aggressive pursuit of gangsters like John Dillinger, communists, spies, and Civil Rights-era figures. Hoover’s tenure at the FBI was marked by both innovation and controversy. She closes with a reading from G-Man.

You’re Tall…

 

When you’re in the supermarket and you hear,“You’re tall…” you’re about to be asked to retrieve something from a high shelf.

Biden May Sacrifice Israel, or Tlaib is Aiding and Abetting Terrorists

 

The people in Dearborn, MI seem to think that they can singlehandedly determine whether President Biden wins the election in November. With those who have joined up to sabotage his election run, including local Dearborn officials and Rep. Rashida Tlaib, who is essentially supporting terrorism, it could have an impact on election results.

But will the effect be as consequential as Democrats and Joe Biden believe?

Growing Up Segregated: Three Witnesses to the Struggle for Civil Rights

 

Mary Bush, Freeman Hrabowski, and Condoleezza Rice grew up and were classmates together in segregated Birmingham, Alabama, in the late 1950s and early ’60s. After taking a brief visit with Rice to her childhood home, we gather them again for a second conversation in Birmingham’s Westminster Presbyterian Church, where Rice’s father was pastor during that period. In this second part of our interview, the three lifelong friends further recount what life was like for Blacks in Jim Crow Alabama and the deep bonds that formed in the Black community at the time in order to support one another and to give the children a good education. They discuss how they overcame the structural racism they experienced as children to achieve incredible successes as adults. Lastly, they discuss their views on the recent reckoning with racism in today’s culture and weigh in on the 1619 Project and other social programs.

Joe Selvaggi talks with mortgage expert, Trip Miller of Cambridge Savings Bank, about mortgage rates and trends and explores best practices for finding a mortgage structure that suits individual buyers’ needs.

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The Columbia River and The Snake River

 

I live about an hour away from the Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area and about an hour and a half from the Oregon coast. Although the political map of Oregon is skewed the scenic map offers some relief from the political world.

I have traveled across the western states to include Vancouver Island in Canada. Across the States of Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas.

Trump Fraud Verdict Shows Political Overreach

 

On February 16, New York State Attorney General Letitia James boasted of her “landmark victory” over former president Donald Trump, who had been in her crosshairs since she first attained office in 2019. James struck paydirt when New York state Supreme Court judge (i.e., trial judge) Arthur Engoron ordered Trump “to pay $364 million in damages for fraud he committed by inflating his net worth to obtain favorable treatment from banks and insurers,” as described in US News & World Report. On top of the damages (and interest at 9 percent per annum), Engoron also banned Trump and his sons from doing business as officers or directors of any New York corporation for three years, and from borrowing from any bank in New York. The combined financial impact of these restraints could well exceed the amount of the fine. Engoron’s “blistering” opinion contained these startling observations: first, that Trump (and his sons) display a “complete lack of contrition and remorse borders on pathological,” and, second, these “defendants are incapable of admitting the error of their ways.”

Engoron is blind to the massive errors in his vindictive opinion, which offers grim testimony to how judges and state prosecutors can willfully and repeatedly abuse their legal powers. At no point did Engoron prove that Trump had obtained any loans upon especially favorable terms, or even that he sought do so. The whole case stalls at step one. In his final opinion of February 16, however, Engoron took a step further by lashing out at Trump’s effort to use “the common excuse that ‘everybody does it,’ ” and further insisted that the pervasive nature of the Trumpian abuse “gives all the more reason to strive for honesty and transparency,” because even if “it is undisputed that the defendants have made all required payments, the next group of lenders to receive bogus statements might not be so lucky.”

QotD 2/26/24: Missing the Man in Black

 

The things that have always been important: to be a good man, to try to live the way God would have me, to turn it over to Him that his will might be worked in my life, to do my work without looking back, to give it all I’ve got, and to take pride in my work as an honest performer.” Johnny Cash

It struck me how this quote echoed the words of the Apostle Paul from First Thessalonians 4: “But we urge you, brothers, to do this more and more, and to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one.”

Cutting Off Congress and Saving Our Country

 

Watching the floundering and fecklessness of our Congress, observing their throwing fiscal responsibility to the wind, and realizing that the most important agenda they have is to be re-elected, I wanted to help find a way to help transform Congress and its effects on this country. And I think I’ve found a way.

For months, I have been struggling with a decision. It’s about getting involved with an organization, and I am not a joiner. Nor do I like to make commitments that I might not be able to keep. I also want there to be a likelihood of the organization’s success.

Mickey and Ann discuss the issues of the day, mostly immigration and their choices for Trump’s VP.

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Another Perspective on Lowry’s Christian Ethic for Technology

 

Keith Lowry posted another excellent and thought provoking piece – this one on Forbidden Knowledge: Toward a Christian Ethic for Technology. I’m writing to share a somewhat different view both on the Biblical text and perhaps the Christian ethics of alleviating suffering with technology. 

When Genesis and The Fall are read in full context, we recognize the promise made to Adam and Eve by Satan for their act of disobedience isn’t you will acquire the knowledge of good and evil. It is “you will be as gods.” And what is the dominant feature of “gods?” Gods have the power to define for themselves what is good and evil, right and wrong. And, boy! If that doesn’t describe our atheistic, post-modern tyranny of moral relativism, I don’t know what does. Chalk up a big win for the devil.

We know what’s coming. We should try to do something about it.

 

Al Sharpton arriving for George Floyd Family Memorial Service after Black Lives Matter minneapolis protest and riots (MUNSHOTS/Shutterstock)

In 2012, Barack Obama was running against Mitt Romney for the presidency.  In February of that year, 17 year old Trayvon Martin attacked George Zimmerman in a Florida neighborhood.  Zimmerman was beaten badly after being tackled, but managed to shoot and kill Martin in self defense.  Martin had been suspended from school three times for drug use, vandalism, and truancy.  Despite Martin’s record of behavioral problems, and the fact that he violently attacked Zimmerman, Martin was black and Zimmerman was not.  This, with the encouragement of Obama, the media, and various other Democrat leaders, led to race widespread race riots.  This provided Democrats and the media with sufficient racial content to last for the entire election season, leaving Romney in an impossible situation.  Obama won the Presidency.

Masters of the Air

 

I have been watching the newest Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks World War II based production, Masters of the Air. It’s on Apple Plus. It’s considered a sequel to the mostly infantry based Band of Brothers and The Pacific.

It portrays the only time the U.S. military service that became the U.S Air Force engaged in operations that resulted in high casualties. Even World War I didn’t match what the bomber groups endured over Europe.

A 30-Year-Old Mystery Resurfaces

 

Father Gabriel is finally back at his beloved St. Mary’s Abbey. He wants to slip back into a quiet monastic life after several traumatic experiences. Yet again fate intervenes.

Missing, Presumed Lost: A Father Gabriel Mystery, by Fiorella De Maria, opens with Father Gabriel settling back into the Benedictine routine of St. Mary’s Abbey.  His tranquility is almost immediately disturbed by turmoil in the nearby Wiltshire village of Sutton Westford.

A local boy turned successful London developer, Joseph Beaumont, plans a set of houses at the village outskirts. The location is an abandoned mine, a village eyesore. He is opposed by a local opposition group led by Beaumont’s childhood nemesis, Stevie Wilcox. They fear the change modern housing might bring to their village. Opposition had gone beyond noisy protest to violent sabotage.

Are Red States Getting Redder?

 

John Hinderaker at PowerLine blog posts about a Wall Street Journal article that suggests the Great Sort is turning red states redder and blue states bluer:

The Great Sort is under way, as normal people move to red states and liberals move to blue states. (That last is hypothetical and hasn’t actually been observed.) When massive numbers began leaving blue states like California and New York for red states like Texas and Florida, many conservatives worried that those blue staters might bring their bad voting habits with them. Happily, that doesn’t seem to have happened.

Good Night, Nikki

 

Although the raced was “called” about a minute after the polls closed in South Carolina by the networks and poll tracking entities, I have waited until nearly all the votes have been reported. It’s obvious that South Carolina Republicans want President Trump in the White House again. This is not a shock. The only mystery was whether Nikki friendly PACs who pitched Democrats to cross over if they didn’t bother to vote in the uncontested Democratic primary would succeed in padding her Republican support with Democrats. Have no idea how many did, but it certainly didn’t make the outcome close.

Nikki says she is going to press on. Uh, why? There is no super secret groundswell of support amongst Republicans that are going to assert themselves shortly. Nikki is wasting somebody’s money.

Saturday Night Classics — Show Me the Way

 

From Frampton Comes Alive, his 1975 chart-topping live album. That year I began dating a girl I met at work, and most summer weekends we drove to Bethany Beach, Delaware where 9 friends and I had rented a beach house for the season. I would pop this 8-track into the tape deck and we would listen to it on most of the trips to and from the beach.

Two years later we tied the knot and in June we’ll be married 47 years. About five years ago we were out driving somewhere, and this one came on the 70s Sirius/XM channel. She looked at me and said “You know, I never really liked Peter Frampton.” Oh well.