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.

Quote of the Day – Socialist Utopias vs Earthly Reality

 

Socialism promises a utopia that sounds good, but those promises are never realized. It most often results in massive human suffering. Capitalism fails miserably when compared with a heaven or utopia promised by socialism. But any earthly system is going to come up short in such a comparison. – Walter E. Williams

Williams puts his finger on one of the biggest problems facing any society: the lure of utopianism.  Socialism promises utopia. Capitalism promises effort and chaos. While in practical terms capitalism delivers a better life than socialist systems, especially for the poorer members of society, socialism offers a more alluring future. The problem is compounded when young people grow up in a working socialist system (the family) and are taught in a socialistic system (the public education system and non-profit universities and colleges).

The Game Camera Game…

 

When I lived up on the mountain in East Tennessee, I used to enjoy mounting a game camera at various places on my property, and seeing what wandered by.  I lived on 56 acres, surrounded by National Forest, and my driveway was over a mile long, mostly straight up.  So the wildlife used the driveway as a sort of interstate – easy to get lots of good pictures:

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The Banality of Corruption

 

Hannah Arendt famously coined “the banality of evil” to describe how Germans became inured to injustice and atrocities by gradual then forceful suppression of natural human impulses and reactions.  In the US we are working on establishing the “banality of corruption.”

Federal law enforcement no longer pretends to be honorable, professional, and patriotic.  Political enemies are targeted.  Political allies are protected. Social media is pressured to censor and lie. Outrageous misuses of the judiciary are done openly.  The border is unprotected but we still obediently take off our shoes in security kabuki before boarding a plane.

Anybody got any bars? Anyone?

I Might Be a Chump

 

We (Mrs. Tabby and I) paid cash for most of our daughter’s college degree (2007). [My Creator blessed me with skills that have allowed me to earn a relatively high income. We have tried to steward that money for His good, and so have always had a lot of financial cushion.] We did have her take out a small loan (less than $10,000 total over four years) so she would have “skin in the game.” A couple of years after graduation she got tired of the hassle of making the monthly payments, and paid off the loan. Her husband (our son-in-law) hustled for scholarships and work-study programs in his field of study so that he avoided debt through his Ph.D.

Our son signed up for United States Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) in part to get the “full ride” scholarship being offered to him. That scholarship committed him to four years of active-duty service after he completed his degree (so he had literal “skin in the game”). He ended up staying in the Air Force longer than four years. He has now left the service, though I think he might still be subject to recall if the world goes really bad. His wife (our daughter-in-law) got a full-ride scholarship at a prestigious college of aeronautical engineering because the college was trying to encourage more women to enter the field of aerospace engineering.

It’s a Freaking War, or Joining the Anti-Semites

 

The more I contemplated this story, the angrier I became. It’s the story of a Jewish champion cyclist, Leah Goldstein, who was uninvited from giving the keynote speech at International Women’s Day, because 30 years earlier she had served in the Israeli Defense Forces. This kind of stupid decision was bad enough. But when the sponsors elaborated on their reasons, they demonstrated what a pathetic and poor example they were for women. They explained that the invitation was revoked due to the Gazan war.

Okay. . .

The forces against free speech are at again! Whether or not you’ve heard of NewsGuard or the Global Disinformation Index, rest assured that they’re intently interested in where you get your information. Joining Peter, Rob and James today is David DesRoisers, Publisher of RealClearPolitics.com, whose scrupulously down-the-middle site was flagged by the groups above as a ‘disinformation site,’ and has lost a great many advertisers as a result. David’s here to remind us of the threats institutions like these are to a free press and a free society. (Plus, he’s inviting you to the inaugural Samizdat Prize Gala!)

The guys also have thoughts CPAC and Google Gemini.

On Tragedies Ancient and Current

 

There are two basic forms of Greek tragedy. The first is a man confronted with two moral imperatives that conflict with each other. Agamemnon, when he returned from Troy, was murdered by his wife Clytemnestra. That left his son Orestes with a real problem: to honor his father by avenging his murder he has to kill his mother. (As the story goes he does, then gets hounded by the furies for the sin of kinslaying. I think there’s a trial at the end where Athena ultimately absolves him. It’s been a while since I’ve read up on these things.)

The other form of tragedy is hubris that leads to nemesis. There was a satyr, I forget his name, who carved a wonderful double flute out of some bones. He bragged that he was the greatest musician who ever lived. Then Apollo jump right up on a hickory stump and said, “Boy, let me tell you what.” There’s a contest. The way I heard it Apollo won because he was able to turn his lyre upside down and still play it, while the satyr couldn’t get any sound blowing on the wrong end of his flutes. I don’t recall what happened to the satyr, but I can tell you he didn’t win no golden fiddle.

Finding a Safe Harbor in Our Collective Storm

 

This last weekend, my sister was visiting from overseas. She shared a story with me (and about me) that I’d long since forgotten… perhaps for obvious reasons. When I was a child, I apparently had an affinity for sticking forks in electrical outlets. I remember my mother freaking out once when I once stuck a coat hanger in an electrical socket, but I had long since forgotten that electrocuting myself had been an ongoing habit. When my sister had asked the child me why I was sticking forks in electrical outlets I apparently responded, “Because I like how it feels.”

Today, I can hardly imagine ‘liking how it feels’ and yet trying to imagine it tells me so much about who I am today and who I should be tomorrow.

Police Power And Intimidation

 

When you study Constitutional Law you come across the term “police power” early on. It is a term that refers, in neutral terms, to the coercive potential of the State to control the life, liberty and property of any human being. The neutrality of that term is important; it exists, it is real, but when operating within Constitutional boundaries it is seen as a net good and necessary to the operation of a society characterized as having “ordered liberty“.

“When operating within Constitutional boundaries” is the key phrase. “Constitutional boundaries” has two attributes — the legal and the vernacular. In the legal sense, any State conduct a Court (up to the United States Supreme Court) will countenance falls within “Constitutional boundaries”. In the vernacular sense, it is our internal, culturally informed sense of the correct relationship between the State exercising police power and the individual whom the State seeks to deprive of life, liberty or property, that determines our own beliefs regarding “Constitutional boundaries.” Thus it is that people raised in different places and different times have a variance in their internal assessments of the proper exercise of police power.

Fake It Until You Make It?

 

You cannot learn how to play the violin by reading a book, no matter how insightful and brilliant that book might be, or how much we might study. Much of life requires an actual lived experience. Child Protective Services notwithstanding, nobody can understand parenting unless they have actually raised children. Marriage is unfathomable unless you have actually experienced marriage, though even the experience of marriage may not be enough to lead to understanding!

Experience thus builds us up: if we are nice to people, even and especially if it is not in our character or consistent with our mood, then we actually change ourselves. Studies have shown that people who choose to smile, end up being happier. Looking on the bright side and acting accordingly, changes us, and it also affects the world around us. Acting in accordance with something leads us to believing, at some level, in that thing.

7.2 million illegal aliens under Biden > Population of 36 individual states

 

Here’s the article from which the title of this thread derives: https://www.foxnews.com/politics/illegal-immigrants-biden-admin-amount-greater-population-36-states

And here are the 36 states: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

When you invite too many foxes into the henhouse, pretty soon you run out of chickens – and the goose laying the golden egg.

There are too many foxes now – in prosecutor’s offices, in the regulatory agencies and in the media – and we’re calling them out.