Antifa/Fash Update

The war between Antifa and Fash has come to a (sort of) conclusion.

Antifa still shows up to the feeder regularly, but his attacks on Fash have tapered off to an occasional desultory peck or two, and often he pays no attention at all. (Is it sexist that I assume Antifa to be male? And if it is, why is it? Discuss.)

My takeaway from this is that a bird will only bang its beak against an imaginary yet unyielding enemy for so long before even it realizes that it is only hurting itself.

Or maybe, to bring the anthropomorphizing to its inevitably ridiculous conclusion, its friends have convinced him that he is not doing anybody any good, much less advancing a meaningless, vapid, self-destructive cause that has no true goal. (Or — far less likely — he matured and put away childish things.)

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Is It Time?

Is it time?

Time to take a position?

Time to commit to it wholeheartedly?

Time to explain it to your family and friends?

Time to publicly state it in words?

Time to publicly state it in actions?

Time to defend it by any means necessary?

Time to be prepared to give your all for it?

Is it time?

If not, why?

If not, when?

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WARNING: Hate Speech Ahead

Oh, I wish I was in the land of cotton,
Old times there are not forgotten.
Look away, look away, look away Dixie Land!

In Dixie’s Land, where I was born in,
early on one frosty mornin’.
Look away, look away, look away Dixie Land!

I wish I was in Dixie, Hooray! Hooray!
In Dixie’s Land I’ll take my stand,
to live and die in Dixie.
Away, away, away down south in Dixie!
Away, away, away down south in Dixie!

There’s buckwheat cakes and Injun batter,
Makes you fat or a little fatter.
Look away! Look away! Look away! Dixie Land

Then hoe it down and scratch your gravel,
To Dixie’s Land I’m bound to travel.
Look away! Look away! Look away! Dixie Land

I wish I was in Dixie, Hooray! Hooray!
In Dixie’s Land I’ll take my stand,
to live and die in Dixie.
Away, away, away down south in Dixie!
Away, away, away down south in Dixie!

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“We can’t give you much, but we’ll give you what we got left.”

“The men of the 26th NC Regiment would dress on their colors in spite of the world.”~ George Underwood, Assistant Surgeon

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Object – Subject – Verb

I submit that Grand Jedi Master Yoda was not entirely correct when he pontificated “Try not. Do or do not. There is no try.” As Shaolin as it sounds, the truth appears to be somewhat different.

When one is young, doing is generally easy. “Trying” is more likely to reflect a lack of effort than a measure of difficulty.

When one is older, however, doing often becomes problematic. Then, in the vernacular:

“A measure of character, trying is.”

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A Quick Question

How can some of the American people so assiduously and comprehensively seek to apply the Preamble’s “promote the general Welfare” while “with equal fervor and fine impartiality”¹ completely ignore the succeeding “secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity“?

¹ John Llewellyn Lewis, “Labor and the Nation” speech, September 3rd 1937

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Quotations

“Infinities and indivisibles transcend our finite understanding, the former on account of their magnitude, the latter because of their smallness; Imagine what they are when combined.” ~ Galileo Galilei


“There came to him an image of man’s whole life upon the earth. It seemed to him that all man’s life was like a tiny spurt of flame that blazed out briefly in an illimitable and terrifying darkness, and that all man’s grandeur, tragic dignity, his heroic glory, came from the brevity and smallness of this flame. He knew his life was little and would be extinguished, and that only darkness was immense and everlasting. And he knew that he would die with defiance on his lips, and that the shout of his denial would ring with the last pulsing of his heart into the maw of all-engulfing night.” ~ Thomas Wolfe

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Ooooh Noooo!

Amid all the wailing and gnashing of teeth over various federal executive department heads succumbing to the “fell or was pushed” syndrome, it falls on me to make what should be the obvious comment — “So what?”

Were it up to me, it would be the department that was excised, not just its head. FBI? A 20th-century artifice designed, it seems for domestic spying. (See James Bovard’s excellent article here.) The Census? A benign design turned into another political cesspool. (Read this Politico article for the hand-wringing partisan flavor of what should be an impartial function.)

The federal executive branch has grown into a massively bloated monstrosity. Not including members of the armed forces, the Executive Branch employs more than 1 million bureaucrats. (Add over 3 million to that for those in the “defense” racket.)

That seems to me to be excessive even for the Leviathan that has become our clan of overlords. My cry of mock alarm would be much louder if “Orange Julius Caesar” were to disband the entire department snake, instead of just lopping off the head.

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