Notice: we ask for our readers' indulgence, but due to stretchy pants this picture wasn't taken this morning.
Top cool things about this morning’s 6:00 AM run-in-the-woods routine: starting up under a full moon at an unexpectedly cold predawn hour—Autumn is definitely coming here—and going as the sun slowly rises up in the same crystal clear sky.
Top annoying things about this morning’s 6:00 AM run-in-the-woods routine: spotting a couple of utterly tranquil roe deer in the early morning mist watching me unalarmed, THUS feeling a bit miffed that I couldn’t pack a camera in my (stretchy) running pants.
Or a rifle, for that matter.
Ah yes, perhaps you’re wondering. Indeed, unlike your average practical caveman I do happen to run regularly, even when I do not have a foe to flee or a female to chase1. There is some pretty nasty merde coming down our way in France—perhaps even on the rest of Old Europe—ranging from increasingly violent social unrest to full scale civil war. That’s a given, considering the fetid mix of dominant and disastrous Left and Far-Left politics and parties, the resulting Far-Right rising to the opportunity of feeding on Gallic aborigines’ discontent and fuel their larvated racial prejudices, and the hordes of young French Jihad trainees who will come of age in the next 10 years.
Although there is no way of telling exactly who, what, and when the merde will hit the fan, I know that either the lone rifleman’s Shoot-and-Relocate Power Combo and the team based Fire & Maneuver moves can’t accommodate short-breathed players.
Anybody foolish enough to go soft and complacent these days is like that majority of 1936 French who wouldn’t let the goose-stepping sounds over the German border spoil the Popular Front Party, and distract them from their newly acquired “paid vacations” when it was already obvious that the time for fun, games and welfare benefits had passed.
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Stretchy pants will do you in every time. Sometimes God gives us moments that are just between the creator and us, which were not meant for anything other than a message for us, not our gain (at least that’s my philosophical excuse for why I have never gotten a pic the hummingbirds that regularly visit, and was what my Kiowa great grandmother taught me about sometimes leaving wild creatures to themselves).
Something certainly does seem to be coming, and it’s picking up speed. Some of the news out of Europe is positively frightening, and N. America really isn’t any better. People at work are starting to get panicky, wondering if they will have to start growing their own food or find a way to keep warm this winter or that there will be some sort of civil war and they may be needing to defend themselves (oh no; being self sufficient—the horror! still, I suppose for some this would be a daunting possiblity as they aren’t used to fending for themselves nor were their parents). It seems sometimes as though the entire world is holding its breathe—waiting for something.
Or maybe I’m just being paranoid and in the fall doldrums. We’ll just have to wait and see, right?
unknown jane: no apologies needed, really. I mentioned stretchy pants because I regard them as an endless source of amusement, and always have - even before I watched Nacho Libre.
I actually enjoyed that you, TooTall and missred caught on it. It’s not because the general situation is bleak every now and then that we must lose our sense of humor. Quite the contrary, in fact.
Congratulations for your miniature human—including my compliments for carrying through what must be an exhausting duty; I understand they’re like the Government: an alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other (yep, I just pulled a Reagan-in-Reverse).
Oh jeez, how could I have missed the Nacho Libre reference—I’m going brain dead.
Thanks—number 5, and (sadly for my physical, emotional, and mental state) just as active and bouncy as the other 4 , hence my current state. (yep, Peter Singer, Al Gore, and the progressive left must hate me for raping Gaia and irresponsibly producing such a sizeable and boisterous litter).
Government = bambino —good one (and the best analogy of government/economic systems to date)! But babies at least smell nice (when properly washed) and are fond of giggling and cuddles (and producing such from most adults); something I have yet to see any government do! The changing of the dirty linens is indeed left up to the adults of this world however.
This has been the happiest blog talk I’ve seen in a couple of weeks; nice change of pace.
Like to take a pair or two of those stretchy pants and wrap them around the necks of the snivelling “Progressive” but really regressive political hacks who claim to be “educators” who bleat “tolerance” while conditioning the young minds in their care into the worst intolerance and repression.
1930s indeed!! What to do when the HISTORY teacher intones with a sneer that George Washington was over-rated? To imagine what Napoleon would have accomplished with Washington’s army? Wise-cracking actual history major French-educated son laughed, “yeah! We CAN easily predict what Napoleon would have done in Washington’s place. Napoleon would have crowned himself king, raised the Continental army to invade Mexico and Canada, left the country bankrupt, been hogtied and shipped off to exile to die, and the US would be today in something like the 6th Republic, IF it was LUCKY.
Washington is over-rated !?!?! And this moron is one of many teaching our next generation. Do they even include the 1930s - the warnings that we all should heed? If we do not know our history, we are doomed to repeat it.
Tinga, therein lies a problem. There is a distressing urgency amoungst people (who should know better) to throw out all manner of crude generalizations and a view of things from the most narrow of categories. This is a sure way to obscure matters which deserve a better look about and interpretation.
One could very easily agree that Washington was indeed overrated. IF one only judges him on certain narrow areas of interpretation. He was no strategic genius as a general, and quite honestly got damn lucky on more than one occasion. As for his executive abilities as president, I don’t know if we can really rate him, as his job was so very much different than later presidents, but I would concur that insofar as executive abilities there have been better presidents. So your sneering academic could be considered correct in calling Washington overrated if one only takes the man by these guidelines. However, there is more to a person (or anything for that matter) than narrow, scientific categories in which one can chart, graph, weigh, measure, and ultimately pigeon hole him/her. Washington earned his greatness most fairly by believing in and sticking to an idea— the fact that he managed to inspire his men (and keep himself inspired) under such duress, managed to stick it out and prevail, and that ultimately he refused personal power at the end of his last term are the keys to what make him great. So, insofar as the content of his character I would almost call Washington underrated (and a pity we don’t have people like that anymore).
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