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Aug. 15, 1981.
I’m waiting at the front of the church for her to walk down the aisle for our wedding. But I only met her 20 months ago. And for all but seven of those months, we were a thousand miles apart. That’s not how it was supposed to happen. I always knew that I would need to know a girl for several years (I figured about five years ought to suffice) to be sure she was the one to marry. Surprise! Met Dec. 26, 1979. Engaged September 1980. Marrying Aug. 15, 1981. Isn’t that too fast for me?
Looking at the pickup truck that just arrived to apply lawn and pest control chemicals to my neighbor’s yard I began to wonder – instead of painting vehicles different colors at the factory, why not paint them all a single color (primer or white), and then have the dealer apply a color wrap in the […]
To avoid completely hijacking the famous person you’ve met thread, I’m going to take up the suggestion of @westernchauvinist that we put up a tea thread. I drink only strong black tea. None of that fruity wimpy herbal stuff. Preview Open
I’m going to pick on Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg since his “parental leave” during a period of tremendous challenges to the United States transportation systems has recently brought up his claim to being a parent.
We know virtually nothing about the two babies Pete Buttigieg and Chasten Glezman “brought home” in August. Where did they come from? How were they created? Did Mr. Buttigieg and Mr. Glezman procure one or two women with wombs in which to grow babies for their own pleasure? If you think I’m a conspiracy theorist, then please point me to specific information that the actions of Mr. Buttigieg Mr. Glezman are something other than selfish actions by privileged men.
Since Indigenous Peoples’ Day was created specifically to oppose Columbus Day, a day that celebrated exploration, learning, and trying to find new and better ways of doing things, I infer that Indigenous Peoples’ Day means: Stay in your own place, and keep doing everything in your life just as you have always done it, working […]
My next-door neighbors have what I think should become a normal reaction to getting Covid. Four of the five of them have gotten Covid, and they are reacting much the same way they would if they all got the flu or some other common bug. They want to sleep; members of their church are dropping food on their doorstep; they are talking to their physicians; and on recommendations of those physicians, they are beginning a treatment regimen.
No panic. No “oh no we’re all going to die!” They have asked people not to bombard them with demands they “must” take certain medications or treatments, since those demands often come from a political or social agenda. As Christians, they also know that God has ultimate knowledge of the outcome. They also humorously tease the nine-year-old – the one family member who seems to have escaped (so far).
The Babylon Bee has a piece up “Gavin Newsom Named U-Haul Salesperson of the Year.”
Mrs. Tabby and I recently cleaned out the house of her late parents near Sacramento. She insisted we not bring much stuff back to our house in north Texas. So we did not need to rent a truck. Everything she wanted to bring back fit into our compact SUV. But moving things got me thinking about moving truck rental.
I know we have the destruction of the Republic and basic liberty to fight against, but I want to divert briefly from such weighty topics with a rant about the uselessness of most customer surveys. I think we have discussed this topic before here on Ricochet. A note provided by a hotel on a recent trip reminded me of the uselessness of so many customer surveys. Maybe some Ricochetti are plugged into organizations in such a way that they can encourage those organizations to rethink how they score customer surveys.
What set me off was we recently drove across the western United States and stayed at several properties associated with one particular lower mid-priced hotel brand (the kind that provides a basic room and serves a basic buffet breakfast, not fancy). One such property supplied guests with a note that said,
As the calls for mandating Covid vaccinations grow, especially with formal FDA approval of the Pfizer vaccine, I ask the same question I have asked about mask mandates – who do the mandates protect that justify the intrusion on personal autonomy?
If the Covid vaccines work to protect the person who has received the vaccine, it matters not to the vaccinated person whether other people are vaccinated.
“Dad slaughtered about 100 chickens each Friday to deliver to customers on Saturday. It was the job of the younger children of the family to hold the feet of each chicken as Dad chopped off the chicken’s head with a careful swift swing of the ax.” She goes on to describe her participation in the next step of de-feathering the carcasses.
From an account written by Mrs. Tabby’s mother (who would have been one of the aforementioned younger children in the family) recounting her childhood in Illinois, which would have been very late 1920s into the 1930s. Mrs. Tabby discovered the account, which had been written about thirty years ago, while cleaning out her parents’ house following their deaths in recent months. When she read that part to me, I immediately imagined how horrified many of today’s overprotective parents would be at the very thought of having young children participate in the process of slaughtering the animals that become our dinner. I know @cowgirl and probably others are not. But I think many would be.
I had a most bizarre experience Monday night at a casual sit-down restaurant: We (two of us) waited almost an hour and a half to be seated at a table in a restaurant that was no more than 15% occupied. At 6 p.m. on a Monday night!? Local Covid regulations (Sacramento, California) permit full capacity […]
I don’t get the level of panic that surrounds Covid-19. This particular disease has a mortality rate on the order of 2% or less (and apparently declining), yet government and other organizations and people of influence are acting as though the disease has a mortality rate at least an order of magnitude higher than that. They are acting as though Covid has Ebola-level mortality (approx. 50%). And too many people are going along with this excessive panic. Most of the Covid-19 mortality is in particular demographic groups. For younger adults the mortality rate is barely measurable, and for children the mortality rate is essentially zero.
Yet in the name of this disease from which the vast majority of people recover, especially younger people, governments and others have required, and continue to require, that almost everyone to change their lives in ways big and small. People are required to reduce (and in some cases eliminate) their interactions with other people. Rules explicit and implicit require people to alter how they interact with other people, changing some of the basic features of our society. Schools have significantly altered schooling and even the entire childhood experience for children. Schools have made some rules so difficult that they have effectively cut some children off from school altogether.
In the midst of renewed calls for universal masking in the name of Covid-19, can we have a reasoned, data-oriented discussion of how well universal masking prevents Covid deaths? Universal masking harms people and harms society. To justify such harms, I expect strong evidentiary support for the theory that universal masking prevents a significant number of Covid deaths.
Universal masking harms people. Many mask wearers experience anxiety, increased blood pressure, difficulties breathing. Universal masking cuts off much if not most interpersonal communication for many people, and interferes with the ability of children to learn and to develop social skills.
People who normally support large government bureaucracies like the Food and Drug Administration intended to ensure absolute safety (see for example Democrats, at least some officials at the federal Centers for Disease Control, and teachers’ unions) now agree with libertarians that review of drugs and vaccines by the FDA is unnecessary and should be stopped. […]
The Biden/Harris/WhomeverIsReallyRunningThings Administration is demanding that courts (unelected judges) determine the fine details of rules for voting. The lawsuit filed by the United States Department of Justice against Georgia over recent revisions the Georgia legislature made to Georgia voting laws is, despite the media histrionics, over some pretty small details of how elections should be […]
I find the new version of the Apple Podcasts app unusable. This is the version that came with iOS 14.5 and 14.6. I understand that upcoming iOS 14.7 still does not fix the structural problems of the Podcasts app. Is there a podcast app for iPhone that has a short and shallow learning curve for […]
All the wailing and gnashing of teeth over “whiteness,” “white privilege,” and “white supremacy” in the United States, and the supposed problems “non-white” people has got me wondering – what happens in the parts of the world in which a particular group of “non-white” people dominate the culture and/or the power structures, such as sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Central and South America. This is probably best answered by someone who has lived in areas other than the United States or Europe.
I am a 65-year-old pale-skinned man of English and German ancestry with blue eyes and a little blond hair remaining on my head. I live in Texas.
Kamala Harris has been touting that she went to Guatemala to address the “root causes” for the migration of people who are currently attempting to cross illegally the southern border of the United States. Why is she starting her search for “root causes” in Guatemala? Preview Open
I think we should promote more accurate terms for the increasingly popular “diversity, equity, and inclusion” (DEI) programs. Counter the Left’s skillful but dishonest use of language. Preview Open
Initial statement of my relevant biases: I instinctively react negatively when authorities tell me what to do. I find masks extremely uncomfortable and highly disruptive to my ability to communicate with other people. I believe widespread use of masks and other physical barriers between people and mandatory physical distancing between people have caused enormous damage […]