Our Brexit Dinner

 

As Brexit went into effect, we dined on fish and chips while listening/watching the BBC on the computer. My wife had a gin and tonic (Beefeaters, of course) while I sucked down some Guinness. Yes, I know it’s Irish, but it was as close as I could get.

As we were listening, we realized the importance of this event. First, it was a revolution for freedom accomplished peacefully through the Democratic process. Second, none of the horrors predicted by the “remainers” (also called “remoaners”) have come true. Sure, there will be bumps during the process of renegotiating relations with other countries and the European Union Minus One, but that’s to be expected.

‘Star Trek: The Geritol Generation’: A Review of ‘Star Trek: Picard’

 

Before it was even launched, the new Amazon Prime series Star Trek: Picard had a number of strikes against it the minds of faithful fans who were also adherents of conservative political philosophy. It was being produced by the same lead producer as the universally reviled Mary Sue-centered Star Trek: Discovery. Sir Patrick Stewart was online and on cable TV saying how the series was going to attack Trump and the Brexit. There were bad advanced reviews trickling out before it hit the net on the CBS streaming service. With all this in mind, I was prepared to loathe what I would see once I moved that cursor across the “play” arrow on my screen on the 24th of January.

To my relief, it did not live down to the worst of the political hype. To my consternation, it did not do anything outstandingly good, either. It has kept my attention without making me want to throw things at the screen the way the Abrams Star Trek films have. So far, though, it has only been two episodes so I am in the same boat as everyone else. With that much said, here is a more detailed review. Warning, spoilers ahead. There always are. Watch the show first, why don’t you?! 

What they have done well

The show’s writers, producers, and director certainly know how to combine fan service with setting up the core theme of the plot arc for the coming season. The opening shot of the Enterprise-D, the scene of Data and Picard playing poker, the line about “I don’t want the game to end,” followed by the explosions tearing apart the surface of Mars — which turn out to be key plot elements and not just elements of a nightmare — all work. Stewart has clearly not lost any of his acting chops in the years away from the role and Spiner is reliably Data-esque.

Podcast: Colored Patriots of the American Revolution

 

I’ve been kicking around the idea of doing a podcast for some time now and I’ve finally got around to doing it. Apropos of Black History Month, I’m going back through a book I read years ago by William C. Nell called Colored Patriots of the American Revolution.

Nell is basically the reason we’re familiar with Crispus Attucks. He and several others asked the Massachusetts legislature to erect a monument to Attucks as an honor to the first martyr of the Revolution. The committee handling the petition said someone else, a boy, had died earlier so their claim wasn’t valid.

At this point, the mid-18th century, the story about Attucks had been nearly forgotten. Nell began an intensive research effort to interview survivors and relatives to compile a record of these black patriots for posterity. His book is the product of that research.

Impreachment

 

The Right Reverend Adam Schiff and his assorted Elders came to the well of the Senate to save the soul of America. That salvation it seems was in the hands of the pagan Senators who needed Righteousness to be adopted into their hearts. And so Rev. Schiff and the Elders, sent out by Her Holiness Nancy Pelosi, came to convert the Senators. They railed against the iniquity that was keeping Sinner Trump in the Holiest Shrine. They denounced the apostasy that was the questioning of the Holy Resistance and the gossip surrounding those earlier Holy Men who were exacting tithes and offerings from extending beneficences. They enlisted the aid of the Righteous Senator from New York to promote the message and advance the mission whenever possible. They reminded their fellow believers amongst the Senate as to what their religious obligations were.

For 11 days, the Rev. Schiff did direct battle with the unangelic hordes and girded his loins against the sinful depredations of the unholy. He spoke of the Testimony that brought him forth to the Senate and imprecated the Senate to seek their own Testimony if they were as yet unpersuaded. For only through the constant pressure of the realization of evil can the Nation be cleansed. So many have been lured into folly and are enjoying what they falsely believe is “the American Dream” — a world of industry and compensation, of family and community and well-being. They know not what danger their souls are in, denying the One True God of Progressivism. Only by giving Power to the Righteous Progressive Leadership can the people abjure their sinning and carefully, prayerfully, and solemnly come into righteousness and take their assigned position in society. “Embrace your grievances!” “Heal the Earth!” “Make way the Triumph of globalism!” cries the Elect. “Deny individuality!” “Turn away from self-reliance!” “Confess your sin of claiming ‘natural rights’!”

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After going to the Mini Ricochet Meet Up in Scottsdale and watching the excellent “Created Equal” movie about Clarence Thomas, I stuck around to attend the Michael Bloomberg rally. This was Bloomberg’s second trip to Arizona after coming here to register for the ballot in November, 2019. The rally was to be at Bloomberg’s Arizona […]

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How Sweet the Sound

 

What would Black Gospel Music sound like if it blended with Eastern Orthodox liturgical tradition? Though liturgical traditions have a reputation for their timelessness, or at least for not changing, the Eastern Orthodox liturgy of singing and chanting antiphonally has changed over the past 2,000 years, particularly when Orthodoxy has met with other cultures whose own musical talents and understandings are different.

Though the broad outlines of a Russian or Greek liturgy are substantially identical, with the same prayers, the same order of service, the same structure, they do not exactly sound the same, even setting aside the language differences.  Saturday night in Columbus, Ohio, Dr. Shawn Wallace, Director of Jazz Studies at Ohio State University, and an Orthodox Christian himself, presented a project long in his heart.  How Sweet the Sound was a concert that presented an Orthodox vespers service as blended with, and sung in the style of Black Gospel music.

Words are inadequate to properly describe the concert.  It was beautiful, joyful, and above all worshipful, weaving traditional Gospel and other Protestant hymns in and through the prayers, psalm reading, and hymns of vespers – a service sung and chanted to mark the ending of one day, and herald the beginning of the next.  Holy Holy Holy wove in and out of Psalm 104, Wade in the Water carried, like waves Lord I have Cried, and Amazing Grace brought Psalm 117 to a beautiful crescendo.

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The fact that something is stupid doesn’t mean you have to complain about how stupid it is all the time. Who wants to be around the guy who complains the constitution wasn’t signed on July 4th? Who wants to go out with the guy that goes on about how valentine’s day is a conspiracy to […]

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We all know the political media is biased, right? I certainly hope no one is debating this anymore.  The sports media is actually even further to the left. Which is why a moderately-left guy like Clay Travis can build quite a following in sports-media by not kowtowing to the “I Hate America” crowd.  But the […]

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Quote of the Day: A Child Mishears

 

Aunt Florence was a pistol from a young age, and she hated school. She seems to have taken a dislike to it early on and found more and more reasons to dislike it.

Her mother would drive her and drop her off at school, and Florence would be sitting on the back porch before she got back home.

Trump’s Genius Superbowl Ad

 

Trump got almost no coverage or credit for his sentencing reform bill. But he should have. And his Super Bowl ad was absolutely on the money – it will make Democrats furious beyond words. If he succeeds in getting this out there, Blacks can really abandon the Democrats in solid numbers.

This ad was such a success that I have a hard time even finding it. Google and Youtube are trying to bury it. Here it is!

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Opposition to Trump among the elite Republicans was easy to understand in the run up to the 2016 election.  Trump had been a Democrat, his pronouncements from the past were often at odds with conservative principles, he was uncouth and rude, aggressive, fast and loose with the truth, a very un-presidential figure. I opposed him […]

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‘Trump 2020,’ says Roy H.

 

I went for a walk through my small neighborhood today. I usually cut through Roy’s driveway. I saw he was here. A native of a parish of New Orleans, his “beach house” is his getaway. He’s survived major hurricanes in two states and does his own yard work … with a chain saw. I saw his garage lights on and his American-made SUV in the driveway. As I cut through, eyeballing his love of fruit trees with the Calamondin orange, heavy with fruit of which I’ve plucked many, I spotted his bumper stickers: “Trump 2020. Repeal Obama Care. Liberal Media – Stop Distorting the news.”

It’s hard to catch Roy. Although hard of hearing, he hollered at me a couple years ago, “Hey Linda! I’m not sure if I’ll be around much longer – my legs are giving out.” I could see the effects of diabetes. When I first met Roy on a walk, he offered me a beer and showed me pictures of his open heart surgery on his phone. I said, “yikes, Roy!” He said, “Hey, I’m still tickin’,” with a wry smile.

He always remembers my name. He told me he was an engineer and helped design a major waterway in Texas, that bordered with Mexico. He loves to tinker on his cool sports car in his garage, and yesterday he was standing straight as an arrow with the garage door up – evidence of time in the military, a defiant stance, with lots of gump. He’s pushing 90, but he’s still hopeful for Trump 2020.

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Most trials are about playing dots. This fact pattern falls on this side of this law. But at the supreme Court the dot is already placed by the lower courts and the objective is to draw a line. The most successful Appellate court advocates understand this and realize their role is to advise the Justices […]

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I have a top secret compartmentalized security classification. At least, I think I do. It was issued to me almost 40 years ago and I have never been told that it is no longer in effect. So I have never revealed the secrets that I harbor.  But here’s my question. Do members of the Legislative […]

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Entertaining Angels: The Lamb in the Living Room

 

I’ve written on this theme a couple of times before–Hebrews 13:2, “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” That’s pretty much an ironclad rule for me, and although I can’t say I bat a thousand, my average when I get to the plate is high enough to make it worth my while. (Note well that in the foregoing sentence, She finally deploys a sports analogy, correctly, coherently, and consistently. Or so She believes. Perhaps there really is a first time for everything. If I messed it up somehow, please don’t burst my bubble.)

Today’s little angel entered my life last night. I was winding down and had donned my PJs, when I remembered that I’d forgotten to feed our two outside cats. So I took some Cat Chow outside, and as I was filling up their food and water bowls, I heard a terrified-sounding little voice floating up at me from the barn.

It takes a while, if you have sheep (or probably any livestock), but after a few go-rounds, you can actually distinguish the brand-spanky new lamb bleat from yesterday’s, or last week’s, brand-spanky new lamb bleat. There really is a difference, and when there’s a new one, you need to check. And pretty soon you find that you can distinguish the “I’m a happy little lamb with a loving mom, and lots of yummy milk!” conversation (the mother usually responds, quietly, with what’s sometimes called a ‘nicker’), from the “I’m OK, but I’m lost and I can’t find Mom anywhere, please help!” rather panicky-sounding little noises (usually accompanied by great bellows from the equally distraught mother), from the “I’m in real trouble, and perhaps getting a bit desperate” fading and terribly sad little sound with no response at all.