ex luce ad tenebras
All kinds of words have been banned over the years. The first word that comes to my mind is antidisestablishmentarianism, but that's probably just me. I'm a bit odd.
On my previous contribution to the overall knowledge of mankind, a casual reader delurked a left a single, succinct suggestion.
When you use the phrase "gun control" you cede most of the ground to The Enemy, who created that phrase for just that purpose. Use "disarming the law-abiding" because THAT is what is under "discussion" (a term you should also reject).
Well, unless you've been incommunicado for the past week, you know all about the two new mass shootings that have the anti-freedom crowd frothing at the mouth.
Kicking around the Internet, I found one blogger who got it right, and who is worth reading.
Keep going, with the standard disclaimer about special little snowflakes and thin skinned moonbats getting their cute little hides branded.
I found Stilton's Place owned and operated by Stilton Jarlsberg, via Bayou Renaissance Man. Stilton makes some good points in Unintended Consequences, most of which I agree with. In fact, I'd go so far as to say that old Uncle Stilt put all ten shots in the bull's eye.
My own thoughts have changed somewhat. I used to blame untreated and undiagnosed mental illness for most of these terrorist attacks, but I no longer think that's the case. Instead, I think that the world contains bad people, and from time to time they commit one or more felonies and are caught by the police, ground up by the judicial system, and sent to prison. In a long while, they'll be back in society.
The problem is obvious: How do you find these bad people and get rid of them before they become a real problem? Well, the only way I know how to do it is to find the man killing random people in a gun free zone. That's the one we all want to get rid of. Other than that, I am, strictly speaking, at a dead loss. I have no idea, nor have I heard any that will work, and will not make life impossible for the law abiding hoi polloi trying to go about their daily business.
The anti-freedom Left screams about gun control. In truth, the Democrat politicians and their mouthpieces will scream anything to get elected. If the Left thought that supporting the Second Amendment would secure them a coveted seat in the government, you'd see each and every one of them openly carrying a sidearm of their choice, along with photo-ops down at the local range.
What the Left continues to fail at, and what the Right fails to point out, is that whatever it is we've been doing is not working. Gun control doesn't prevent shootings. Just look at Chicago - check Second City Cop and Hey Jackass! Illustrating Chicago Values, which as stats that are truly amazing.
For his part, Stilton writes:
Gun control can not and will not change any of this. The phenomena of mass shootings is, in fact, unstoppable absent a wholesale change in our culture, our way of life, and our society's unhealthy obsession with an inhuman and inhumane electronic world.I'd compare this to traffic laws. I live in Columbus, Ohio, and twice a day on work days, we have excessive traffic congestion on the beltway and on I-70. We also have one or more accidents, some of which are fatal. Now it would seem to me, since I'm not all that bright, that after a while the people traveling to and from work would get the idea that they should drive a bit more carefully. It would also seem that attrition would take its toll, and in five years or so, we wouldn't have the traffic problems we have today.
Yesterday, while minding my own business, I missed getting into a traffic accident by ten feet or so, then I saw some poor little kid get punched out and decked by an adult while at my local Kroger's. Here's my rant, complete with racist, misogynist, misandrist, and politically incorrect and callous comments.
All you special little snowflakes and SJWs better plug your ears and blind yourself with number two pencils before continuing.
I'd been putting off my grocery shopping all day. I just didn't have the ambition, and there's food and liquor in the house, so if I don't want to go, what the fuck? I live alone, or rather Danté and I live alone, and Danté, being a cat who came in from the alley, is not particular about what kind of dry cat food he eats. He doesn't like tuna fish because it reminds him of the time he spent looking for a little safety from dogs and ass hole zipperhead lawn boys who chased him with a weed whacker. The local maintenance man put a stop to that and threatened them with deportation. Damned gooks.
So around seven o'clock that evening I decided a run to the grocery was in order. I was northbound on McNaughten Road, intending to make a left on to E Main Street, and got hung up behind a moke at the light. The moke finally goes, then I've got to wait for some soccer mom in a mini-van who is being tailgated by a dumb-ass fat lady in a sedan. Now I'm clear, except for one car - another mini-van - but he's about 400 feet north of me. The green arrow changes to yellow, and I check his position to see if he's going to try and beat the light. I estimate his speed at 35 mph (51 feet per second) and he can't possibly make it in time. So, since I'm in the intersection, I start my turn.
Everyone reading this knows what happens next, but I'm going to say it anyway.
Instead of stopping, which he has plenty of room and time to do, the silly son-of-a-bitch speeds up. I'm watching, and I see him put the hammer down. He's closing fast, so I put my foot in it, and he misses me by maybe ten feet or so.
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|The Intersection, Courtesy of Google Maps|
I thought this was a good one, but naturally it's a bit off color. Continue at your own risk.
She was standing in the kitchen, preparing their usual breakfast - soft-boiled eggs, toast, and coffee - wearing only the T-shirt that she slept in. As he walked in, half awake, she turned to him and said softly, “You've got to make love to me this very moment!"
His eyes lit up and he thought, "I'm either still asleep and dreaming or this is going to be my lucky day!" Not wanting to lose the moment, he embraced her and then gave it his all right there on the kitchen table.
Afterwards, she said, ‘Thanks’, and returned to the stove, her T-shirt still around her neck.
Happy, but a little puzzled, he asked, “What was that all about?"
She explained, “The egg timer's broken."
That last should get Glen Filthie, owner and operator of Filthie's Thunderbox , started right up. You see, Glen has been having an argument with the boys in the Treehouse Club about drones and low yield nuclear devices, Vulcan Cannons, and the end of the world as ISIS would like to know it.
Then there's Los Angeles and the brand knew revelation by a cartoonist and a noteworthy doctor that, surprise-surprise, L.A. is going to be facing a very serious health crises in the near future.
Keep reading for my politically incorrect rant, which is guaranteed to anger and activate any and all special little snowflakes in a sixty mile radius. The drone argument is at the end.
Browsing around Breitbart I happened to find this story about conditions in Los Angeles, CA. Since my brother, California Dave, lives out in L.A. I took a gander at it just to see what's up.
Let me tell you, it ain't pretty.
Dr. Drew: Los Angeles Faces Imminent Outbreak of Bubonic Plague
From the article:
Dr. Drew Pinsky said Friday that Los Angeles faces an imminent outbreak of bubonic plague because of the growth of the homeless population and the failure of state and local authorities to deal with rodent problems.
Dr. Drew told Adams [Scott Adams, noted cartoonist and host of his own radio show - MJ] that he had predicted the recent typhus outbreak in Los Angeles, which was carried by rats, transferred by fleas to pets, and from pets to humans.
Bubonic plague, Dr. Drew said, like typhus, is endemic to the region, and can spread to humans from rodents in a similar fashion.
Greenwood believes she contracted typhus from fleas in her office at City Hall East. Fleas often live on rats, which congregate in the many heaps of trash that are visible across the city of LA, and are a breeding ground for typhus.
"There are rats in City Hall..."
"There are rats in City Hall and City Hall East," Greenwood said. "There are enormous rats and their tails are as long as their bodies."
The catch (because there's always one, right?) is the WASP costs a whopping $1,500 — and that's without a drone. Add on the cost of a DJI S1000+ drone, which runs $1,500, and you're looking at $3,000 for the full setup.
I broke my toes on an empty case of bourbon, fell into my office chair and multi-fingered the keyboard for about three eternities. When I was able to see again, I found myself staring at Quillette, and the article Publicly Shaming a Musician for Calling a Composition by Its Name by Kurt Gottschalk. It looked interesting.
The SJWs are still at it, this time in Nova Scotia. The event was a gathering of... well, I better insert the standard warning before I continue, because I'm going to get nasty. If you're an SJW, continue at your own risk.
The event is called OBEY Convention XII, and it's funded by the state of Canada and a host of others who want to stay on the right side of the SJWs and the alphabet soup of door knob sucking faggots and dykes. The trouble is, SJWs eat their own, as a few people discovered that eventful weekend.
The subject at the event is avant-garde art. Visual, tactile, auditory (not music), and other is all represented. Think in terms of a deranged Bozo with an aluminum step ladder and a bicycle pump.
One American (read: United States) composer named Mary Jane Leach was invited to give a lecture about an equally obscure composer and homosexual black man named Julius Eastman (1940-1990). I don't expect anyone reading this to have heard of either one of these people, much less heard their music, but I'll say this about each: Their genre is avant-garde unknown. I suppose you could label them both as classical, but the reality is that their music lurks about in the fringes of the same area where you might hear Phillip Glass (whose work I've heard and enjoy) or maybe Frank Zappa's classical compositions, although both those are something of a stretch due to quality control. To give myself credit where credit is due, I looked up both Leach and Eastman on the Internet, found a few of their compositions on YouTube, and gave them a listen. I was able to tolerate Eastman for 30 seconds; Leach I listened to as background music while I was doing something else. She isn't too bad, especially when compared to Eastman. Leach claims to have known Eastman, and for all I know they were close friends, although I doubt it.
But that's neither here nor there.
In a collection of self-proclaimed artists that no one has ever heard of, and in an audience so desperate for entertainment that they'll actually attend an event like this (pseudo intellectuals, wannabe bohemians, and real closet cases is what I'm thinking), Leach gave a lecture on Eastman, then was supposed to follow it up the next day with a concert of her own. Eastman's known works include:
The decision to cancel Leach’s concert was, more than clearly, made out of respect for people of colour and for the oppression they’ve experienced and continue to experience.Which is stable dressing. The decision was made from ignorance and hatred, no more, no less. This is what the Canadian SJWs are like. They're societal piraña, not caring what they eat or destroy, only that they must eat. In this case they, the sparse attendees and the prolific crowd of artists, needed someone to hate. Welcome the guest of honor, Mary Jane Leach.
I saw this on... okay, somewhere. I think it's incredibly stupid, and for any of you who want to know why I find it incredibly stupid, keep reading. The rest of you can keep surfing.
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I hear this all the time, mainly from Millennials trying to settle two or more squabbling kids. Instead of saying, "You kids settle yourselves down, and I mean now!", they say "Use your words! Use your words!"
What words are they talking about?
Continue for a brief lesson on training children that hasn't won any awards from Psychology Today, Good Housekeeping, or Parenting magazine.
Kids squabble. It's a fact of life. Some more than others, but they all do it. When that happens the authority figure is supposed to step in and bring order out of chaos, justice out of oppression, and joyful exuberance from angst and despair. Kind of like my old father did.
"You kids pipe down!"
The children always settled right down and generally went somewhere else to do whatever they were not supposed to be doing. As I remember it, Mom had a better feel for what was really going on and would provide a solution as needed.
These days I hear this Use your words! crap, and I haven't the faintest idea what they expect the child to say. Consider:
A bunch of eight year old boys in third grade during lunch. The kids are brown bagging it, and one boy, whom we'll call Glen Filthie, has a brownie for desert. The other kids might steal the brownie, but past experience has taught them about Glen, Ex-Lax, and dealing with Montezuma's Revenge for three days and nights. Sooner or later, the bright ones will conclude there's something funny with the food that comes from Glen's house, so it's best to lay off. The fact that Glen has two deserts, one of which he hides and the other of which he sets out as bait might also have something to do with their conclusions.
I digress. I'll begin again.
Eight year old boys in third grade brown bagging lunch. Jack has a brownie for desert, and while eating his lunch he sees this Fat Dad in the next row eyeing the brownie and drooling into his lettuce sandwich. Jack palms a newly sharpened number two pencil, which has been worn down to shank length, and waits. Fat Dad tries to snatch the brownie, and Jack nails his fat little hand with his grade school shank.
Okay, fight's on.
Since Teacher! Teacher! is present, things get broken up pretty fast and end with promises of an after school meeting. Then Teacher! Teacher! throws a curve.
"Why didn't you use your words, Jack?"
Words? What words? What's she talking about, words? Fat Dad tried to take my brownie, I let him have it with my pencil. Now he looks like he's going to cry. Okay, he shouldn't have tried to steal.
"Next time remember to use your words, Jack. You don't want to grow up to be a hoodlum like Glen Filthie over there, do you? He's going to reform school, once there's an opening."
"I don't know, Teacher! Teacher!. I like Glen, he's pretty much okay, and he's into this archery business. We go out shooting and stuff, and even if it's reform school, it can't be much worse than listening to your pedantic winging all afternoon."
Revisiting my original scenario, I suppose adding a little verbiage might play out something like this.
Jack has a brownie for desert, and while eating his lunch he sees this Fat Dad in the next row eyeing the brownie and drooling into his lettuce sandwich.
"Don't even think it, Fat Dad."
"I see ya', and I ain't gonna argue with ya'. Do not put your fat fuckin' hands on my desert."
"Now what the fuck?"
Jack palms a newly sharpened number two pencil, which has been worn down to shank length, and waits. As Teacher! Teacher! delivers a lecture on profanity and orders Jack out into the hall as punishment, Fat Dad tries to snatch the brownie. Without missing a beat, Jack nails his fat little hand with his grade school shank. Fat Dad yells and snatches his hand away, and the fight's on.
We'll leave Jack out in the hall, where he'll eventually be joined by Glen Filthie (Teacher! Teacher! not being overly bright about some things), and the two will take the rest of the day off. Because, as Glen points out, only an idiot would stand around in the hall when the sky is clear and the temperature is a solid 68° F.
I hope all you readers were entertained, but my question remains: What words? What do the adults expect? Who teaches the words, and what are these magical words supposed to accomplish?
I occasionally read Kim du Toit, and although I don't agree with everything he writes, he usually has a fairly solid take on political events. At the very least, the man is demonstrably literate.
On a recent post Kim referenced a Tweet by some moronic Moonbat about Antifa disruptions, milkshakes, and bricks (see the pic).
Tor Books blogger and the author of Magic for Liars and the American Hippo Sarah Gailey called for violence and murder following the attack on reporter Andy Ngo by members of Antifa.Sarah Gailey has since deleted the tweets, they having served their purpose and now being something of a liability. Kim wrote what I would call a typical Kim-style response in Kim du Toit - Gloves Off
Gailey, in a number of now-deleted tweets, called for not only violence against those opposing Antifa, but also called for murder.
On June 30th, Gailey tweeted, “If we can’t throw milkshakes I guess we’ll just have to go back to bricks.” One of the weapons used in the attack against Ngo was a milkshake. Portland police reported they had been informed that wet cement mix had been mixed in with milkshakes that were being used as weapons by Antifa.
I repeat, for the umpteenth time: are you Leftist lunatics absolutely sure you want to start down this road?Continue reading for my own take on this one, but be forewarned: If you're a sensitive little POS or a member of some subculture that's always getting offended, take your Xanax before you continue reading.
I could pontificate about the bad old days, April 19, 1775 – September 3, 1783 (8 years, 4 months and 15 days), with the official ratification effective on May 12, 1784 (9 years and 23 days), but I won't. The Revolutionary War was a tough time all over, mainly because the British were not the benevolent monarchy they thought they were, and most of their subjects were pissed off at them - enough to go after some relief.
You know how bad things have to get before people will organize to do anything, let alone take up arms and go to war? Pretty bad, for sure.
These days we prefer to celebrate and proclaim our independence from tyrannical foreign powers. Like Canada, for instance.
Keep reading for a few insights and inflammatory comments, not all of which are original.
One thing I always like about the Fourth of July was fireworks. Hey, who doesn't, right? I still love fireworks. One particular firecracker that my father and grandfather spoke of was the cannon cracker. They wouldn't say how big it was, exactly, or where I might get one or two, but the cannon cracker was the undisputed number one firecracker in every boys' ammo dump.
This is a photo (used without permission) of the 'Cannon Cracker' that my father always talked about, and that he set off when he was a boy. The American Cannon Cracker was patented on July 7, 1885 by the Masten & Wells Fireworks Co of Boston, Mass. The cracker or salute has wooden end plugs and is 9½ inches long by 1¾ inches in diameter. Sadly, salutes over 5 inches long or over ¾ inches in diameter were banned from US trade in 1912.
The enormous size of this monster made it the short-lived prize possession of every boy in the United States; many dreamed of setting if off in church. My father often used the metaphor 'like a cannon cracker in church' (coupled with a few expletives) to describe the accidental slamming of a door during a tranquil summer morning. I always wanted to know about the canon crackers, but he'd never describe them except to say they were big. I think he didn't want me to get any ideas I didn't already have.
I don't like Twitter. I can't see tweeting anything much beyond the occasional insult to some foaming at the yap social sub-class whose members are terminally confused about reality and which restroom to use.
Big Mike shot this one over to me, and the author is completely in step with reality and is as succinct as he is accurate.
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Well, here we go. The Indians are trying to run this ragged old flag up the pole instead of shoving it where it belongs, and - keep reading if you want, but know that non-politically correct language lies ahead alongside my alcohol fueled views on Injuns and history in general.
The Indians have tried this one before, and it crashed and burned so quietly that they gave up on it for a while, but now they're back. From Lawmakers Seek to Revoke Wounded Knee Medals for US Soldiers by Kali Robinson, Associated Press.
From the article:
Advocates for Native Americans called Tuesday for Congress to revoke the Medals of Honor given to the U.S. soldiers who participated in the Wounded Knee massacre.They’re being supported by three members of Congress: Traitorous turn coat RINO from the fascist nation of Kalifornia Paul Cook (R, CA) is on board. He must have red skins in his backyard, because everyone knows the Mexicans hate the Indians with a real passion. Then we've got moonbats Denny Heck (D, WA) and Deb Haaland (D, NM). I couldn't begin to guess why a moonbat from Washington gives a tinker's damn about this one, but Haaland is easy - just click the link and see for yourself.
I'm looking over the statistics for my little slice of annoyance and trying to decide if I should be depressed or elated because, you see, on one hand people are actually reading my blog, but on the other hand my readers include people like that beer swilling, gun loving Canadian Glen Filthie, and when you come right down to it I'd like to think that a few respectable individuals waste their time here as opposed to TV SitCom reruns on Hulu.
Dispensing with the levity, I have one post that's getting a lot of hits and I don't know just why this might be. The post with the heavy traffic is Restaurant Review: Simms Steakhouse, which is an ordinary review. This would bother me a good deal less than it does, but one referring site is (interrupted)
Edit (6/24/19): click on apeniano dot top below at your own risk. The site triggered Malwarebytes, then when I opted not to continue, it showed me a xxx nude female advertising something, and she wasn't pushing a new breakfast cereal.
My thanks to Ed for the heads up.
apeniano.top. The site doesn't seem to do anything or be anything, and I was hoping someone could shed a little light on this.
Would someone please enlighten me as to who or what apeniano dot top is?
|Grass Skirt Tiki Room|
|Tiki Room Décor|
|Pain Killer and Two Navy Grog|
I picked up on A win for the little guys... thanks to the Old NFO, and while I was out drinking last night I heard that Oberlin got their Liberal philosophy shoved sideways up their collective fundament with a bucket of sand to make it fit better. After that, they got the crap slapped out of them.
For anyone not familiar with this situation, here's a quick summary:
In the Liberal small town of Oberlin is a gigantic Liberal university, and a family owned bakery. Both have been in business for a long time, and the bakery had a contract with the university to supply them with fresh bread.
The bakery also sells wine and related items. One night three black college students came in to "buy" (wink-wink nudge-nudge) some wine from the white clerk. Two tried to distract the clerk while one shoplifted the wine. The clerk objected and gave chase to the thief, a fight ensued, and the cops came and broke the whole thing up. The kids were arrested, and - several college instructors got wind of what happened and organized a protest and a boycott, along with the requisite SJW slanderous and libelous components.
The store people didn't take this one lying down. While the owners lost business and had to fire employees due to the harm the SJWs at Oberlin caused, they got hold of their attorney and sued.
Ha-Ha-Ha, the folks at Oberlin laughed. They'll never win because we're clearly in the right, they're racist, and we know this as a great truth.
It was trial by jury, and at the end of the day Oberlin lost. Then Oberlin was fined $11 million, and awarded an additional $33 million in punitive damages.
But here comes the funny part, courtesy of AP, no less.
The story: Market Awarded $44M in Racism Dispute with Oberlin College.
A jury in Lorain County awarded David Gibson, son Allyn Gibson and Gibson’s Bakery, of Oberlin, $33 million in punitive damages Thursday. That comes on top of an award a day earlier of $11 million in compensatory damages.
“Ladies and gentlemen, you have spoken,” Oberlin College attorney Rachelle Zidar told the jury Thursday before the larger award was announced, according to the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram . “You have sent a profound message. We have heard you. Believe me when I say, ‘Colleges across the country have heard you.’”
Oberlin College spokesman Scott Wargo declined to comment after the award was announced.
I have nothing profound to write about today, although news is plentiful if an idle person decides to look. One story I enjoyed is available at the Antique Naval Flight Officer's blog, where our noble host celebrates a significant victory of a small but honest and trustworthy family owned business over the evil group of POS (perpetually offended snowflakes) that run Oberlin University, and who whipped the student body into a self-righteous knickers-twisted fury, when... go read it for yourself.
I had dinner at Big Mike's last night. We enjoyed a steak dinner with trimmings, and cocktails, and cognac. Big Mike knows how to pour a drink, let me tell you.
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Bitters and SmokeIf you decide to make this, the best results are to allow it to sit for five minutes or so. This will let the bitterness of the mezcal get tempered by the other ingredients and the ice water.
1.00 oz. blanco tequila
1.00 oz. Cynar
0.50 oz. Fernet-Branca
0.50 oz. mezcal
Method: stirred with ice; strained
Glass: chilled cocktail
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|Steak, Medium Rare, with Mushrooms|
Loyal Reader: Hey there, Mad Jack! How are you? It's almost 1:30 PM and you don't have a cocktail sitting next to the keyboard. Are you sure you're feeling alright?
Well, since you asked... I don't sleep nights. Stress and anxiety, probably self-induced, keep me awake. I tend to wake up once or twice every night, and when morning finally rolls around I'm too tired to get anything done, and too wide awake to sleep.
I've been treating this condition with Lorazepam, one to two milligrams. This works well enough so that I can fall asleep and remain comatose until morning, when my cat Danté wakes me up - usually about sunrise. Better living through chemistry, right?
Time passes, and early this week the little white pills ran out along with the refills on my prescription. The office staff for my doctor tell me that the doctor won't refill the prescription unless I visit the office, which costs me $75 per visit. Last time this happened the doctor told me that he could have done this over the phone, which makes a lot of sense when you think about it for a few minutes. So, I've been calling his office once per day since last Monday (6/3/2019). So far, he hasn't returned any of my phone calls, but that doesn't mean much as he may not be getting the messages.
The fly in the ointment here is Mount Carmel Medical Group. This, by the way, is the very same Mount Carmel Medical Group that, up until very recently, employed Dr. William Husel, who has been indicted on 25 counts of murder via alleged Fentanyl overdose. Dr. Husel pled not guilty and is out on bond. Nice, huh?
The staff doesn't work for the doctor; they work for Mount Carmel Medical Group, and the Medical Group doesn't make any money off phone calls. As of late this morning, I gather that the good doctor has promised to call me today for sure. We'll see what happens. Meantime, I'm probably suffering withdrawal symptoms (I feel like a worn out piece of outdoor carpet) and I'm not getting a full night's sleep.
So there you have it. Aren't you glad you asked?
Here's a tip of the old fedora and a hoist of the early, early afternoon bourbon glass to that bellicose bellyacher, superior sorehead, that lovable old curmudgeon, Fred Reed. Fred moved his blog from wherever it was to The Unz Review, where his work can be found at Fred Reed. The man himself can be found somewhere in Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico. Fred claims the relocation was necessary for financial reasons, and who am I to argue? Me, I think Fred may be bringing in a few extra bucks, which is always nice.
I like reading Fred's articles, which I believe reflect whatever occurs to Fred that afternoon. Should I ever win the lottery, I plan to take a trip to Mexico, find Fred, and buy him a drink.
Having read the book, Gosnell: The Untold Story of America's Most Prolific Serial Killer Kindle Edition by Ann McElhinney and Phelim McAleer , and seen the film Gosnell: The Trial of America's Biggest Serial Killer (2018), I can tell you that the entire case is horrific. In my opinion the book and the film should not be available to anyone under 25; the things that are shown and described really did happen.
I have two questions about the entire Gosnell case - only two:
I'm running Windoze 7.
Edit: Problem solved thanks to Merlin, who suggested:
You could always zip the entire directory structure, then unzip to a location without restoring the paths. This would essentially flatten your entire directory structure to a single level.
I got this pic from someplace or other, but it inspired me to a certain degree.
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Here's the entire question:
I give my girlfriend money to buy groceries, and she buys random things. I then have to buy groceries so that an actual meal can be prepared. How can I teach her how to buy groceries like an adult?
This guy's an idiot. I wrote another answer that may offend the delicate sensibilities of the Quora moderators.
Use the punishment - reward system. Unlike a dog (who really wants to do what you want him to - he just can’t understand you), your little ice pick in the eye could not possibly care less what you want. You’re dumb enough to give her money, and she’s just bright enough to go enjoy herself.
So, having provided her with a grocery list and enough greenbacks to cover it, when she returns with a backgammon game, two cases of champagne, and a bag of potato chips…
Forget it. She’s not your type. Tell her to look me up on Mad Jack's Shack and I’ll take her shopping - and other places.
Incredible as it may seem, someone wants an answer to this one. So I provided one, and the real question is, one what?
My contribution will likely be deleted in a few minutes, but one never knows. Keep reading for the truth about Polka.
From the folks at Quora: How did polka dancing originate?
All dancing is driven by musicians and music. If you don’t believe me, try doing the Bunny Hop next time the orchestra plays Edelweiss at 84 beats per minute (BPM).
In Bohemia, in the 1850s, the local party-hearty crowd had a bad case of the shorts. While any number and variety of annoying deeds were done by the boheems due to the shortage of long green, the one group that should never get the short end of the stick got it, and that stick was shorter than a Democrat’s wedding tackle.
So they retaliated.
It took the musicians four days to come up with a dozen polka songs, and an hour and a half to invent the dance to go with the music. This is not as easy as it might seem, as they needed a lively dance that would cause everyone to sweat buckets in twenty minutes, plus it had to look like fun so all the women would want to dance. It also had to be simple enough so that the average man could learn to do it, (and here’s the true malicious genius of their revenge) but that the average untutored man would look dumber than his brother-in-law holding a hammer when his wife dragged him out to the dance floor - after three or four beers.
The name of the nefarious dance is Polka, and it’s still with us, and it’s still effective. Don’t believe me? Just drag you non-dancing fatheaded husband onto the floor and tell him to dance the polka with you. It’s easy - just look at my brother Fred dancing with his wife!
And that’s how Polka was invented.
I note that Peter Grant the Bayou Renaissance Man has published two more posts on the collapse of civilization during a catastrophe. You may read them as it amuses you to do so at An Interesting Look at Urban Defense (May 11, 2019) and Urban Conflict: A Recent Object Lesson (May 14, 2019).
Most of the time I find I'm in general agreement with whatever Peter has to say. I perceive Peter to be an intelligent, erudite man with an unusual amount of life experience. He's also a Christian, with a solid set of Christian morals and ethics. So most of the time I think Peter has the right of it, but this time he's overlooking a few points. Here they are, in no general order.
For some reason I'm reminded of my school bus driver in elementary school who purported to be a Christian. His name was Lockwood, he was meaner than a nest of hornets, and he eventually quit the bus driving business to take a position as pastor of a church someplace. The day he left, he gave us a lecture about being noisy and unruly, and building a death trap for ourselves by our raucous behavior. His replacement was a man named Joe who was a whole lot nicer.
Pardon me, but I've a touch of attention deficit disorder this morning.
The idea is that due to the unprecedented amount of stable dressing that commercial media is shoving at us and calling news, and the real news being debunked by the political Left (SJWs, Moonbats, Progressives and Fascists), and conservative news and bloggers being deplatformed along with violent political protests involving ANTIFA, New Black Panthers, Black Live Matter and similar groups, the fertilizer may hit the turbine blades and government will fail. There are other factors involved, but I'm sure everyone reading this gets the general idea. About the only thing people can agree on is that this truly massive failure might or might not happen in our lifetimes.
I live in Columbus, Ohio, and have lived in many major cities east of the Mississippi. To pretend that a repeat of the civil rights riots from the 1960s couldn't happen here, or in any other major city in the US for any reason at all, is foolishness. Sections of major cities could easily see rioting and a complete breakdown of orderly civilization as we know it for a week or more. It wouldn't be the first time, and it wouldn't be permanent, but it could happen.
Around 8,000 pages or more have been written about what to do, how to prepare, and which caliber of rifle is best. I'm not going to cover any of that because it's been done to death. Here are a few things that never get mentioned.
Should this happen in my immediate area, here's what my preparations look like and why. Note that these are not in the order of importance, as importance will change with the situation you're immediately facing.
Water. What you'll likely to need above everything else is water. Lots of fresh water. One person requires one gallon per day. No water means no survival, and water is also necessary for digestion. So it doesn't matter if you have food, if you don't have water then your clock is ticking.
People. You'll need a group of people local to your area, an area that is geographically close to you, who think the same way you do, and that will accept you as a member. Try to find a group who all agree it's morally wrong to murder people in their beds, for instance.
Fire Control. You need fire control. If your home catches fire, and the fire department isn't available just now, you'd better be able to put the fire out or grab your gear and run for it.
Extended First Aid. First aid is important, but extended first aid even more so. Having one or two antibiotics on hand is a good thing, and being able to fix problems with your digestive tract is also important. Remember that the hospital ER might be full, the hospital might well be full, and you, personally, just aren't all that important. Knowing the difference between a serious illness or injury and one that can be treated by antibiotics and rest is valuable knowledge; having the supplies to treat the illness is almost as valuable.
Food. Food for you and the family, including the family goldfish. You can do better than Meal, Rejected by Enemy - and you should do so. Stash the MREs in the closet someplace where you'll only tie into them when you're sufficiently hungry and civilization still hasn't staged a return.
Guns and Ammo. I said I wasn't going to mention it, but here it is anyway. Having an AR15 is a great thing, and I wouldn't criticize anyone for stockpiling rifles or ammo. However, the fact is that no one wants to get shot, and that includes the authorities. Should a group of a dozen or so blue clad officials from the United Nations start going house to house in your neighborhood, kicking in doors and confiscating food, water, and everything else they can use, what would you like your response to be? Presumably you'll resist, because if you don't you very likely will not survive this episode.
What's your response? Is it:
I wrote about this case before, but for the sake of convenience a brief summary is called for.
Curtis Reeves, a 71 year old retired police captain, was at the Cobb Grove 16 Theater in Wesley Chapel, Florida with his wife. Chad Oulson, a 41 year old, physically fit, hardworking man, was at the same movie with his wife, and was sitting in front of Reeves. During the pregame show Chad was texting someone, Curtis objected, and words were exchanged. The short of it is that Reeves had a container of popcorn which Oulson seized and threw at him.
So Reeves shot Oulson with a .380 automatic and killed him.
That was in January of 2014, over five years ago. The case still hasn't gone to trial, but here's the latest news, behind a pay wall: Trial Postponed In Pasco Theater Shooting Due To Stand Your Ground Uncertainty
From the article:
Reeves is charged with second-degree murder in the Jan. 13, 2014, shooting of Chad Oulson in the Cobb Grove 16 theaters. The men argued after Reeves told Oulson to stop using his cell phone. Oulson approached Reeves, grabbed a bag of popcorn and threw it at him. An instant later, Reeves drew a handgun and shot Oulson in the chest.
Just about the time this case was going to go to trial, the Florida legislature changed a part of the
Stand Your Ground law, shifting the burden of proof from the defendant to the State (the prosecution).
Reeves originally pleaded that he couldn't be prosecuted because of Florida's Stand Your Ground law, but the judge wasn't having any of it. The trial date was set for February of 2019, but then the law changed. The question then became does the change apply retroactively, and to cases that are in motion, so to speak.
Well... maybe, maybe not. Judges have been ruling both ways, so the whole business is being kicked upstairs to the Florida State Supreme Court, which will take months to render a decision. Meanwhile, Curtis Reeves is out on bail, but under house arrest. He gets to live in his own home, and can go out to go to the store, the doctor, and to religious services. By the time this case gets to trial, any jail sentence will likely amount to life in prison due to Reeves's age and health.
The wheels of justice grind along, crushing everything in their way.
I already published my personal opinion, but I'll repeat it in brief. This is a case of two men acting like assholes, and one being armed. Neither one would ignore the other, let alone apologize and move away from the offending dick. Knowing he had no chance to take Oulson in a brawl, Reeves pulled out his pistol and shot the man. Now he's dead, and leaves behind a host of grieving friends and an absolutely devastated mother and a wife, equally devastated.
Curtis Reeves belongs in prison. I don't think he'll ever get there, but that's where he belongs.
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