The Lonely Fisherman….

 

Is out there this afternoon as my wife and I await a bunch of rain tonight from Hurricane Ian. We rented a beach house at Emerald Isle, NC, for a month. We have been coming here for over 50 years, and in many ways, each visit gets better. Maybe it is just a layer of fresh paint on a fading memory, but it still shines.

The waves are churning with whitecaps as far as the eye can see. The birds are frantically feeding in the choppy surf. The fisherman has been out there almost all day long. I haven’t seen him catch anything but I admire his determination. He is casting a shiny lure into the wind and surf while wading into staggeringly treacherous footing.

Blasted Assumptions

 

Which came first, the pipeline failures or the explosions? Do not be too quick to answer, as our media, left, right, and populist have done. Some on the right seem to be playing the same game the American left played from the dawn of the Cold War to 2015. No one is blaming America for the world’s ills, no, just the corrupt capitalism warmongers, uhh, the forever war neocons and the powers behind President Biden.

AND.

Former PA Congressman Sentenced to Prison for Election Fraud

 

Michael “Ozzie” Myers was sentenced to 30 months in prison for election fraud.  Myers served less than one year in Congress, before he was expelled in 1980, in the ABSCAM scandal. He was the first congressman expelled from Congress since the Civil War.  Three guesses, and the first two don’t count, as to which political party Myers belongs to. Of course, he’s a Democrat.

Here’s the article in The Epoch Times today.  The current ballot-box-stuffing operation was actually pretty complex, with many fraudsters collaborating on it.  The article has a good description of his wrongdoing back in the 1970s, too.  This guy was evidently a practiced election rigger.

We’ve got 2/3rds of a GLoP for you this month as John Podhoretz logs in from the back of an Uber in NYC –well, for about 1/3rd of the show. We cover Breaking Bad, why the NY State AG’s case against Trump is a sham (yes, they defend Trump on this one), a hard look at the MetaVerse and various other jokes, observations, anecdotes and giggles.

Our Own Band of Brothers

 

Have you ever noticed how the bands of a hurricane resemble the loving and expansive group of people who encircle and surround you through a storm? Many of us have had times in our lives when we’ve reached out to others when we feel threatened or vulnerable. Hurricanes can also inspire those emotions, but it has its own unique qualities.

Unlike an illness when we seek the comfort of others, we can often see the hurricane coming. It comes in small steps, often meandering its way from the African coast. Many of us who could potentially be in its path watch it with a cautious eye, and hope that it will dissipate or go in a different direction. And many times, like an untended flower, it complies.

This time is different. We knew that Hurricane Ian was coming, and hoped that like a few other times over the last 20 years, he would go on his merry way—somewhere else. It didn’t take long for us to realize that he would be showing up as an uninvited guest, and we would have to grudgingly prepare for him. So we did the extra shopping, checked the generator, filled the bathtub, and hunkered down. And as we watched the expanding bands of the enormous storm grow, we could see the bands of our relationships expand.

First Time Reading a Romance Novel

 

I’ve been trying to add some variety to my reading list lately, and it occurred to me that I had never read a romance novel. I asked my wife to recommend one, and she gave me The Girl With the Make-Believe Husband by Julia Quinn. One of the blurbs actually says, “If you’ve never read romance novels, start here.”

The characters are all British, and it takes place in New York during the Revolutionary War. Our leading lady has come to NY to look for her brother, an officer who was wounded and has gone missing. Instead, she finds his best friend, also a wounded officer, who is unconscious in a makeshift military hospital. In order to be allowed to stay with him, she lies and says that she is his wife, hence the book’s title. Of course, he eventually wakes up, and she has to decide whether to continue her deception or to risk everything by coming clean. Complications ensue.

America’s Severe Labor Shortage

 

Suddenly America is facing a severe structural labor shortage. We all feel it, whether we’re trying for reservations at a restaurant that has reduced hours, seeking handyman help, or just trying to get somebody to answer the dang phone.

Nurses and teachers are in short supply. Employers report at least two job openings for each job seeker. Beyond personal inconvenience, when workers produce fewer services and goods for dollars to chase, prices go up, and inflation results.

You can partly blame it on Covid. Politicians shut down much of the economy, then shoved trillions of dollars in “Covid relief fund” to those forced not to work.

Today, Rob Long dives into some of the unspoken commandments that everyone working in entertainment ought to know and live by, from savvy advice when it comes to pitching (“never go first”) to why writers should never solicit feedback from execs who pass on their projects (“explanations are meaningless”). Also do your agent and manager secretly hate each other?

On this episode of Take Back Our Schools, Andrew and Beth talk to fellow parent activist, Alvin Lui. Alvin is the founder of Courage Is A Habit, an organization that creates tools and strategies for the average parent, school board candidate, and legislator to take action in defending children from indoctrination in K-12. Alvin discusses his organization’s work exposing aspects social-emotional learning (SEL) in our schools and explains how SEL is a gateway to teaching critical race theory (CRT) and radical gender ideology. Alvin also tells about his widely-shared expose on the American School Counselors Association (ASCA), an organization that is training school counselors to indoctrinate children towards CRT and the transgender cult. Finally, Alvin shares his views on what local parents need to do to make a difference in their own children’s schools.Courage

Do Republicans Ever Fight Back?

 

While Republicans were dithering around, trying to figure out if they could stop Biden’s Executive Order for canceling student loan debt, a creative Libertarian identified a way to stop the legislation. Especially valuable was that he identified that he had standing to sue, which was anticipated as a major roadblock to this kind of challenge.

The EO should not have come as a surprise to anyone. Biden first mentioned it during his campaign and then in March 2020. Apparently, no one took him seriously:

Conservative groups have been threatening to challenge debt cancellation since Biden first aired the idea, saying it’s legally questionable and unfairly cancels student debt at the expense of Americans who didn’t attend college. One of the main challenges has been finding someone who faces personal harm as a result of Biden’s plan, giving them legal standing to sue.

“God Save the King!”

 

Sheet music of God Save the KingTwo hundred seventy-seven years ago, on September 28, 1745, the still relatively new kingdom of Great Britain was in disarray. The perfidious Scots (I think understanding a writer’s point-of-view is important, so I always try to make mine clear from the start) were in rebellion (again) and the Stuarts, in the person of Bonnie Prince Charlie (at best a vain and difficult man; at worst, perhaps, a coward and a despot) were revolting (again). George II’s reign was thought to be in jeopardy, banks and stocks were failing, and the country was in need of a symbol to unite it.

That evening, at Drury Lane theater, immediately following (best evidence seems to indicate), a performance of Ben Jonson’s play, The Alchemist, the cast and orchestra appeared on stage to sing an anti-Jacobite song written by the well-known composer Thomas Arne. The tune was borrowed from a number of traditional melodies and was mildly stirring,* but it was the words that captured the imagination of the audience:

God save great George our king,
Long live our noble king,
God save the king.
Send him victorious,
Happy and glorious,
Long to reign over us,
God save the king.

“Everyone in the entertainment business works hard. Except agents, obviously.” So says Rob this week, as he describes the differences between writing and directing, with a few nods to actors (and their overacting): Being a writer teaches you how to be alone. But being a director teaches you how to be with people. So maybe, actually, being a director is the harder job? Also, what’s the best way for an actor to play a drunk person? We won’t spoil it here, but it hinges on on not being yourself.

You’re Never too Young to be a Constitutional Scholar

 

As I’ve told you all many times … I got to be an elementary school teacher for a couple of decades. Twenty years ago, I applied for and was selected to attend a weeklong seminar for elementary teachers about the Constitution. It was sponsored by the Center for Civic Education and held at James Madison University, in Virginia. We had field trips to Washington DC and his home, Montpelier, where we got to have a discussion with a James Madison “reenactor” about this wonderful document. This was the first year the Center held a seminar for elementary teachers. Normally, this was a high school teachers’ event. What a great time I had!!

Back then, my district used the book by E.D. Hirsch “What Your 4th Grader Needs to Know” as the basis for our elementary Social Studies and Science curriculum. Each grade level had their version. In 4th grade, we learned about the American Revolution from its roots in the Magna Carta right on through until the Constitution was written and ratified. It was such a fascinating thing to teach.  Anyone who thinks that a nine-year-old isn’t able to understand this material just needs to work with them for a while. They are the perfect age to learn about what is fair, what is unfair, how to create a system that maintains personal rights while protecting the rights of others.

The House of Mirrors

 

There is an excellent conversation going on regarding the post @unsk ‘s post, Tucker Carlson: Nord Stream Pipeline Sabotage: Who is behind it? The problem of course is not one thing, it is a series of things: who did it? what did they think they would get from it? who did they want people/governments to think did it? what comes next?

“What comes next?” is of course the most important question and is entirely distinguishable from “Who did it?”

Quote of the Day: Does Forgiving Always Mean Forgetting?

 

Over the last couple of years, I’ve followed the Twitter account of Jennifer Michelle Greenberg. She’s a Christian woman who grew up in an abusive home. Her father claimed to be a Christian but abused Jennifer physically, sexually, and emotionally. She experienced churches that would ignore or minimize abuse. She now works to help survivors of abuse and help churches to deal with such issues Biblically.

I just finished her book Not Forsaken: A Story of Life After Abuse. I found these definitions helpful. She has dealt with people who demand that abusers must be forgiven (7 x 70) and allowed to remain in one’s life. I found her distinction between two kinds of forgiveness helpful:

I’ve found it helpful to define two modes of forgiveness: Boundaried Forgiveness and Reconciled Forgiveness.

Today, Rob Long presents the idea that anyone who puts on a little play, bangs on an instrument or talks into a microphone for money can say they’re in entertainment. But a true show business professional — hello, Harry Styles! — is hard to find these days, because the kind of people drawn to the industry are often much like baby actors — moody, mercurial, hard to reason with, yet also adorable. So when a fussy infant is faced with the prospect of being replaced by a cutting-edge robot on set, as witnessed by Rob, can they step up to the challenge?

Tracking Hurricane Ian

 

This may too early a start for the latest hurricane bearing down on Florida, but the last time we had a major threat of a hurricane that hit some of the state pretty hard, one of our Rico members put up a post so that the many Floridians who were impacted could regularly update us (assuming they could get online).

Get ‘Edjicated’ and Save Yourself Some Money

 

A university, or a college education is expensive. There is nothing wrong with a “good” liberal arts education. I’m not talking about a philosophy department that features Angela Davis, or the latest new shiny platitudes.

As Lord Acton said: “Nothing is more irritating than the discovery of the pedigree of ideas.”

The king welcomes Matthew Peterson, the cofounder of New Founding, a commercial and cultural union for the American people. Matt is also President of the Firebrand Super PAC, Publisher of RETURN, and has a great new podcast you can find here. Before all this, he founded The American Mind, which rapidly became influential among select political, tech, and media figures since its start in 2018.

Jon then discusses some international news including Giorgia Meloni’s big win in Italy and the strange damage done to the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines. Subscribe to the King of Stuff Spotify playlist featuring picks from the show. This week, Jon recommends “Change with the Sun” by Italian trio Soviet Soviet.

When the FBI Shows Up at Your Door . . .

 

Why would the FBI come to your house?

There are a number of possible reasons.  They range from the possibility that they are looking for someone who does not live there anymore, to looking for information about another person, to looking to interview a target or even make an arrest. Perhaps you were at home, and the FBI agent has told you some things about your connection to the investigation and you are wondering if you can take the agent’s statements at face value. Or, perhaps you have already agreed to speak with federal agents, and you are wondering if you have made a grievous error.

…and Just Like That, the Nord Stream Pipelines Went Kaboom!

 

Last night, the twin pipelines supplying Russian natural gas to Germany blew up.  Specifically, they were both breached below the surface of the Baltic Sea, near Danish and Swedish territorial waters.  Almost certainly sabotage, based both on the time coincidence, and a Swedish seismologist’s estimate that at least 100kg of explosive was used.

This sabotage was not a trivial exercise.  It would presumably require a ROV, large underwater drone and/or a submarine to place the charges accurately.  There’s a limited supply of such equipment and expertise. And it would likely require a large enough team that it will eventually leak, even if there’s no obvious forensic information to be gathered.

Beware the Whig Left

 

Despite what you’ve been told, the American left is not composed of people who hate the country and want to see its institutions burned to the ground in an orgy of rage. Oh, sure, those people exist — but they’re not the whole left. Not even most of the left. Nor are they, on their own, all that dangerous, since burn-it-down-style radicalism inevitably runs up against the natural human desire for peace and order. (Even in Seattle, CHAZ could last only so long.) No, the great majority of Americans who identify with the left belong to a different faction: the whigs.

When I say “whig,” I’m not talking about powdered faux hair or the Democratic Party’s long-lost rival or British parliamentary politics. I’m talking about those Americans — and there are many of them — who take a whiggish view of the country’s history. Such people consider themselves patriotic. They hang red, white, and blue flags from their porches. They watch fireworks shows and march in July 4 parades. They swoon at the sight of military regalia. They flock to old battlefields and can rattle off facts about Benjamin Franklin and the Constitutional Convention. They also believe that Elizabeth Warren is the fullest expression of the Lincolnian spirit and that gas-powered cars must be abolished, lest life on Earth end.