Commentary on this and that found here and there on the Internet since 2001
I'll bet the graveyards of heaven are really beautiful.
Chuckie, either there is the Resurrection or there is not. Not sure why the Orthodox would ever want to claim that Christ dug up Adam & Eve with a backhoe only to move their remains to Heaven.
"Awfully hot down here."~Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Better to see if the turf is disturbed out in Arlington after her interment tomorrow.I am not God, so my opinion on where she is has little value. She was not an Orthodox or observant Jew; like so many American Jews, leftism was her religion. If she had been observant, presumably she would not be buried on Yom Kippur.
Whether she was observant or non-observant, unless she had a deathbed-conversion to Christianity that we don't know about, then she's not in heaven.
TLM, that is not for you to decide. Christ will determine that on Judgement Day without any help or advice from any of us.
I still wonder about her private interment today. What rabbi will come to read prayers over her on this day, when all are supposed to be in synagogue fasting and leading prayers for repentance?
ur,As a Christian, I believe that salvation comes only through Christ. If you believe in something else, that's your right, but my belief if founded in Christ's own words that no one comes to the Father except through him, and that he is the way, the truth, and the light.YRMV.
I do not quibble over your beliefs. I share a few. What I take issue with is Christians thinking they get to declare who goes to Heaven & who does not. If you really believe the Apostles Creed, then please leave all judging of the quick & the dead to Christ.
Good news. Chris is just fine, just suffering a bit of technical difficulties.
Thanks, Rebel!! Good news!
I wish Chris were online today, to comment on Missouri football beating LSU.
Wonderful to see you back! I just found out.
He's looking for connectivity equipment. Hope that happens soon!!
Is there any way we can help with that? Does Chris have eg a Patreon account?
What MArkAC said!
Katherine,What specifically is Chris looking for? Does he need a new phone or tablet?
Refurbed laptop, I think. I would help, also. But he has not asked.
I offered & he said no, that he had matters in hand.
unreconstructed rebel, dang, Virginia was a lot closer than expected.
Close only counts in horseshoes & dancing.
Well I hope Chris is ok. Maybe he's prepping now that the country is proving itself a banana republic.
He told both UnreconstructedRebel and me, by email, that he's okay; just searching for replacement computer equipment. Hope he'll be back soon; most of us here need an outlet for letting off steam.
closer than you think:http://www.floppingaces.net/most-wanted/captured-in-real-time-that-moment-in-virginia-at-512-am-where-they-took-169000-votes-off-the-state-totals/
Creedal, do you know if any Virginia Republican lawyers are looking into this? This would have implications not only for Trump but for Daniel Gade for Senate.
I expect a lot of stones will be overturned.
I hate to be a doubter, but by whom? And who would listen?
Thats the whole point of the media ( including fox) going in the tank. call a lie and push it till we buy it. then create enough votes out of thin air to call a win. Thats how Gropie Franken got elected. All it needs is a little push and it will all fall over. Trump won in a landslide, and the rats had to openly cheat to pull anything off, overplaying their hand. Trump is a fighter. Catch a couple of small fry and threaten them with hard time, and it will all roll right up. This is not close to over. Don't forget the supreme court is now right enough to overrule Roberts, so whoever is blackmailing him can't control the supremes anymore. Only 100000 votes in six states separate the two candidates, and if it goes to the house trump wins (each state gets one vote, and there are more republican states than democrat). some smart guys wrote the constitution.
Republican lawyers are hard at work in several swing states. Haven't heard about anything like that in Virginia, though.
Interesting, Creedal. I hope Sidney's bite is as strong as her bark.
I’m with everyone else here in terms of assessing the current situation and hoping the blatant theft and gaslighting can be overcome. But I’m starting to worry that the Republicans in GA, PA, AZ and MI will lack the spine to do what needs to be done. Trump seems to have no support at all from any Federal agency, least of all the DOJ. This is bad. On another wavelength, anyone here seen Laramie Hirsch’s latest post? (Forge and Anvil). It’s pretty “out there” but seems plausible. I would believe almost anything at this point.
No to martial law, in my opinion, Frank. Republicans control redistricting in growing states. Let's see how this plays out. If necessary, Trump can really raise hell with funding conservative media from outside the White House.What can be done, and must be done, is the elimination of electronic voting and mail-in voting other than tightly-controlled absentee voting. Again, growing states are under Republican control.
Good points, Katherine, thanks. If those last tasks you noted can be done before 2022, the patient might be saved still.
Hi,Off-topic for this thread, but if I posted further down in the incoming page, no one would see it: a researcher at CDC found evidence that the whole Covid thing was overblown by the media and the total number of deaths this year is no greater than last year, but everyone's dying of Covid this year, not heart disease, diabetes, cancer, etc.Posted on the CDC site, then taken down the next day. Facebook "fact-checkers" will tell you that it's "fake news."
Yup, TLM. My husband has been following COVID statistics closely; he watches the CDC site. Excess deaths were happening in the April-July time period, although of course not in numbers as huge as the hysterical media would have you believe. Since late August, the death numbers are back to normal, and have stayed so. This is probably true even now with the COVID "surge" we're hearing about. People who die of other causes, and also have tested positive for COVID, are counted in the COVID totals.
Merry Christmas to all, especially Chris, wherever and however he may be.
A blessed Christmas to all, and I echo TLM, for Chris.
And here as well. God bless us, every one!
So, Facebook and Twitter shut down Trump's accounts. Facebook also completely deleted the #WalkAway group and shut down Brandon Straka's personal page.So, Trump has announced he's going to start his own Twitter-like page, called "TRUMP."This will be interesting.
“This will be interesting.”Yes, indeed. I also saw yesterday that YouTube deplatformed Steve Bannon and deleted the entire archive of his shows or podcasts or whatever they are called, said to include two years worth of twice-daily productions. The purge has begun, and its goal is to memory-hole everyone not approved by the new Commissars of the Ministry of Truth. Both the overt and covert Never-Trumpers are piping up in harmony now, in hopes that they will be eaten last. I do not under any circumstances advocate initiation of violence. Nevertheless, the words of H.L. Mencken come to mind: “Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats.” I fear that for many, this is likely to be one of those times.
I have lurked on Twitter for a while, reading pundits' posts. (You can do that without registering.) I have now registered with Parler, so I can read posts there, and I will no longer look at Twitter, from anyone, because I refuse to provide "clicks" to the site. I'm not on Facebook for similar reasons. In addition to suppressing news, Zuckerburg reportedly gave millions to "assist" big-city election boards, coincidently the same places where fraud occurred.
And Happy New Year, y'all, in spite of everything. Don't give up. Across the country, all people need to push for election reform. We simply can't have another one like 2020.
Katherine, I fear there will never be another fair election in the country ever again. They got away with rigging the 2020 election, and now with control of all three branches of government, they have two years to do whatever it takes to rig all the future elections. You know what Josef Stalin said, it's not who votes, it's who counts the votes.
Yes, but Republican legislatures, which were caught flat-footed this time, have the opportunity to correct election laws. Florida did so after the 2000 debacle. Also, Republican legislatures control the majority of the redistricting following the census. The Georgia legislature, which did not meet between the election and the probably rigged Senate runoffs, is proceeding now, they say, to plug the holes and make sure this doesn't happen again there. I don't know if they can recall their horrible Secretary of State. They should, if they can.In a blue state, you're left without defenses. Here, the Republican Party stopped the steal by appealing to federal courts BEFORE the election, and we captured a lot of statewide offices and judges' seats (although unfortunately we reelected an idiot D governor).
Katherine,The voting machines were rigged in many instances. In other instances, yes, there were middle of the night ballot "dumps." but the cute thing about this was that it wasn't widespread. The rigging occurred in the swing states. Unless states demand in-person voting with picture ID, with Dominion voting machines being banned in favor of paper ballots, then the elections can be stolen again. I don't see this type of election reform happening any time soon. There are too many Republicans that are part of the swamp.
Republicans control the legislatures in WI, MI, and PA, as well as Georgia. We'll find out if they're worth anything at all.I am happy to say that here in NC, the Dems tried to get illegal changes through the state board of elections. Republicans sued, in time, and got a federal injunction against the fraud. It can be done.
Katherine,Glad to hear that. I expect things to get worse before they get better. I also hope that if things do get worse, it will be the wake-up call that some people need. I hope there enough people that will resist our downward slide into one-party control.
Frank,So far, You Tube has not deleted the videos of the individual #WalkAway people. Don't know if that will be next. I read yesterday that 1984 was no longer available on Amazon Prime, but that's not true (yet.)In other late-breaking news, the Episcopal Bishop of Massachusetts has issued a denouncement of the president. Ah well, what can you expect from a man whose wife was a delegate to the 2012 DNC Convention.
At Anglican.Ink, they've got a statement from the Bishop of Wales, UK, calling for use of the 25th Amendment to remove Trump. What an ill-informed idiot!The big tech oligarchs are trying to suppress conservative speech. It will take a week or two for people to find new servers, but we're not going away.
TLM, thanks for that update. Hoping things slow down before some Rubicon is crossed, if it hasn’t already been. I’ve heard from friends that their Twitter accounts have been suspended on vague grounds. They all had “MAGA” and/or “Trump” in their profiles. 🤔
It seems to me that businesses like Twitter, which rely on numbers to make advertising money, are shooting themselves in the foot by offending half the country. Maybe they are settling for only having leftists and think that will be enough. Their choice.
Katherine, Jeff Bezos of Amazon said he didn't care if every conservative quit subscribing and or buying from Amazon. I think Twitter is of the same attitude.I am finding it very difficult to understand the Democrats' minds. They seem to deny reality. If you present an argument to them with valid proof they will claim the proof is all lies yet without proof they will claim things that don't exist.Another thing that is very disturbing are the calls for "cleansing" of anything but Leftist points of view. This is reminiscent of all of the genocides that have been perpetrated that have some documentation.
BillB, agreed, and just today we hear that the Thief In Chief promises to "defeat the NRA" when he ascends to his stolen office. Step One is the gun grab. Absent that, the lefties are at least perceptive enough of reality to understand they cannot perform their "cleansing" against an armed victim class.
I am deeply alarmed by the purges underway. People who merely attended the peaceful rally are being fired. Banks are declining to handle donation pages for the Representatives who objected to the invalid Electoral College vote. The Twitter alternative, Parler, which did nothing wrong, has been completely deplatformed. The CEO can't identify any server which will take his business.How long will it be before this is extended to disabling and criminalizing activities of traditional believing churches?Democrats spent four years screaming about "fascism." Now it has arrived, and they're it.
Does anyone here see a civil war looming? Have you made any plans to defend yourself? If so, would you be willing to fight? Would you be willing to die? Discuss.
We have guns and ammunition. We don't anticipate trouble at our house, since we live in a far-suburban unincorporated area.The real trouble would begin if the Feds, under leftist control, decide to try some sort of gun registration or confiscation program.The other right which I am prepared to defend at risk of prison or my life is my right to worship. The new administration is going to be very anti-religion. I have already been shocked and saddened by how many Christians of many denominations have been so compliant about government restrictions, and there have been outright pogroms against conservative Jews in New York.
Katherine,I agree.Well, I'm not trying to foment trouble, but I see a lot of people, especially friends from school days, feeling like they've been pushed too far.
TLM, I do not own any firearms but am going to buy a couple in the near future. The problem, I am told, is a serious ammunition shortage prompted by a huge increase in gun sales over the summer. Surprised? Hardly.Would I fight? If my home and family were threatened, certainly, in self defense, as an absolute last resort. Would I be prepared to die? For them or for my faith, I hope so, but no one knows for sure until the moment arrives. I agree with Katherine that we can expect growing persecution of people who follow the true teachings of Christ. I am abjectly embarrassed at the behavior of putative Catholics like Biden, Pelosi, Cuomo, and Tim Kaine, not to mention the majority of the Catholic bishops in the US. And don't get me started on that guy in Rome. Do I expect an all-out civil war? No, but I will not at all be surprised to see armed clashes between Antifa types and Trump supporters (or supporters of anyone else who stands up to the leftists) occurring in "blue" cities over the next couple of years. Don McClarey at The American Catholic has opined, and I agree, that the Left seems to be blindly accelerating down the road to causing armed conflict with the Right, whether they intend that result or not, with their wave of "cancel culture" actions and their absurd rhetoric over the so-called "riot" in D.C. last week. I tend to think many of them do believe that open warfare is desirable, and I am certain they have absolutely no clue what they could be getting into. More or less isolated clashes would be serious enough, but widespread conflict would be an absolute disaster for EVERYONE, whether or not directly involved in fighting. Have you ever seen the film Red Dawn? There is a memorable scene where a grizzled military veteran comments, in response to a question as to why the Soviets decided to start a shooting war, to the effect that "They must have forgotten what it was like." The vast majority of these black-hooded fools have never seen combat, so they have zero knowledge of the horrors of war. They are simply stupid and ignorant. The relatively few among them who are professional agitators may have some military experience, but they aren't warning their foils just how awful what they think they want would actually be.TLM, as I was typing this I saw your reply to Katherine in which you noted you're hearing from people feeling they have been pushed too far. I definitely agree with that sentiment, but a shooting war is not the way to go, believe me. We have to organize non-violent opposition to the Left, by old-fashioned techniques if necessary, since we appear to be gradually being purged from social media and much of the Internet. I mean phone calls, snail mail, personal contacts, and the like. It takes time and patience, but it's the way movements were organized in the past and it can be done again. In the meantime, yes, we should arm and train ourselves in case the worst happens, but we must let the left start the violence, if they really are that stupid. I pray they are not.
Frank,Thanks for your thoughtful reply. I agree that a shooting war is not the way to go, but we are being more than pushed. Parler was effectively shut down as no platform will host it. Twitter and Facebook have both become cess-pits, and, of course, shut down the president's accounts last week. The entire #WalkAway group was removed from Facebook, although individual #WalkAway videos can still (so far) be seen on You Tube.Late-breaking development: Dr. Karlyn Borysenko discusses an activist's work to get major corporations to cease giving any campaign contributions to any congressperson who objected to the ratification of Joe Biden. See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FGM6zMuc4QNot only is the latter a constitutional right, all these things are attempts to silence (and intimidate) any dissent. We have gone to war over similar violations of our freedoms. (Not to mention the overwhelming suspicion that the 2020 elections were rigged.)I fear we are living in what the Chinese call "interesting times."
Frank, I agree that armed conflict would be horrible, and should be avoided if at all possible. My husband managed to get an adequate supply of ammo, but not a huge supply, online. The shortages are real and continuing.We all need to get involved in political activism and fundraising, now. The ideas about third parties are, I think, impractical. Local and state Republican groups will be recruiting candidates in the next few months. If your state is hopeless, find one in the region that isn't and help them out.
TLM, considering that according to family lore, a relative of mine was on a ship in Boston harbor dumping tea overboard because of an excise tax, I hear you.
What needs to be done:http://pointsandfigures.com/2021/01/07/republicans-have-to-fight/
Is this our new Twitter/Parler now that we have all been banned?
Excellent article, Katherine. Thanks! Will pass it around.
ur,I guess so. At least until Blogger bans us.Katherine,Good link. I especially found interesting the comment about how term limits would only put power into the hands of un-elected bureaucrat staffers. Yow! Hadn't thought about that.
Yeah, it's nice to be able to use this space to hear from each other. I only wish Chris were here.Maybe someone needs to start a blog, and post the URL here? -- Although how long a dissident blog would stay up on a non-conservative host is a question. Considering there are so few of us here, we're under the radar, I hope.
Hi all, Anyone see this? https://livingchurch.org/covenant/2021/01/11/the-episcopal-church-in-2050/
That guy is really stretching to find any reason for optimism for TEc. He's a Brit, and thinks that "Communion Partner" dioceses are the core of the church. They're not as bad as the others, for sure, but they were entirely ineffective in preventing Bp. Love's removal. And the one point he makes which I think we are all underestimating is the effect of the COVID lockdowns lasting a year. People get out of the habit of going to church, and what's the point of starting up again when, as the author says, you can just as easily join the Sierra Club? For a church that actually believes the Gospel, there's a pull to return.
Katherine,Well, as Chris would to say, "Why should I roll out of bed early on a Sunday morning, when I can just stay in bed and listen to NPR?"
Blogger The Little Myrmidon said...Hey, guys,Anyone going to watch the inauguration tomorrow? .I'm not planning to.
No, I won't watch it.After having called his opposition "racist" for the duration of his campaign, Mr. Biden's party is now putting its essential racism on display. Biden insulted the Capitol Police by saying that they would have been tougher on BLM rioters (even though one or two were BLM), and now we are told the FBI is vetting National Guard troops. They're white, commentators say, and therefore are questionable. Gov. Abbott of Texas is angry, and says since his NG troops are being disrespected, he will not send any in the future.
Not a chance. I didn’t even watch the last real one back in 2016. I think I’ll spread some fertilizer on my yard tomorrow instead. :)
Sorry, my bad, the last real one was in 2017, obviously. It’s early.
But the fertilizer is a good call.
Considering BS is what they'll be pushing, yes!
Is Chris all right? I'm a bit bummed: I start blogging again, and he goes on hiatus. I just hope things are fine for him personally.
I wrote to him at Christmas, telling him there were people here sending best wishes. He said that meant a lot to him, and that he hoped to be back soon.
Please, dear Lord, let it be true. Please, dear Lord, let Christopher be okay. Please Lord, please Lord...
You can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Last time I corresponded with him, he is fine.
ur,We could keep this thread going. Works for me. So far, Blogger doesn't seem to care what people's politics are. Is there someone else that can start new threads on this site? I seem to recall that Chris had another person who could log in a while back and create posts (but maybe that was the old site.)
I think the other authorization probably went away with the old website, which was on the SF server before it crashed.So yesterday Biden re-authorized blatantly illegal racially discriminatory "diversity training" across the federal government and contractors. Christopher Rufo, at the Discovery Institute, is headlining a legal effort to have it outlawed. I am considering making modest donations to this effort. So far, Rufo is still on Twitter.https://twitter.com/realchrisrufo
So, the unions a po'd that Biden nixed the XL pipeline only minutes after taking office. Unions overwhelmingly supported Biden. Didn't they listen to him when he was running? It's not like he kept this a secret.
"Didn't they listen to him when he was running? It's not like he kept this a secret."One has to wonder. Same with the unions in PA who endorsed Chairman Zhou, and who are now all worked up because he purports to ban fracking. (Some question whether that order survives legal scrutiny, but we shall see.) Good. And. Hard.
Xiden (I saw that somewhere) can probably ban new fracking leases on federal land. Not sure he can legally ban projects already permitted and underway. On the same lines, I wonder if it is legal for him to cancel the Keystone pipeline permits. There was a lengthy process and permits were issued. I hope the companies involved will be filing for an injunction soon, and for damages.Harris said, in October, that Biden was not going to ban fracking. Lies, and more lies.
Xiden - I like that. Thanks, Katherine. You raise good points about the project being already underway and the permits. (It would be fabulous if the unions actually brought the suits.)
They might at least file an amicus brief. I suppose the companies building the pipeline are the most immediately injured, plus the states who will have to absorb the unemployment numbers.
It appears as if some people up in Canada are also severely out of sorts with Zhou Xi-Den right about now. Maybe some kind of legal action coming from there, too. How about Canada suing the US of A in the Supreme Court? Nah, they would just say Canada lacks "standing." A doctrine, as I understand it, which was made up out of whole cloth by the SCOTUS back in the early 20th Century to give them a way to avoid ruling on a case they didn't want to touch. Sort of like the one about the election. There I go again...
Destroying, immediately, 17,000 jobs, plus many more in the coming years, plus enraging one of our two immediate neighbor countries is not a good start.This won't even "save the environment." The oil will move, by rail and truck, at far more expense and with far more use of fossil fuels.Virtue signaling and destroying lives and livelihoods, the Democrats at work.
Exactly right, Katherine.
Thanks for the update, Katherine--much appreciated!
Hi guys,I have just been appointed an Admin for a group on Facebook called Apologetics, and they have also just created a similar page on MeWe. Anyone interested in joining a group dedicated to discussing Christian doctrine, fostering Christian community, through civilized debate and discussion is welcome to come on board on either social media site. If you want to petition to join under your Blogger ID's I will probably recognize you. If you want to join under your real names or another identity, then message me here so I'll know it's you.
TLM, I do not do facebook, bu MeWe could do. How to join?
Ur, Just go to the site and create a profile. Right now the Apologetics group hasn't been set up yet, but it's in the works.https://mewe.com/
Edith M. Humphrey has started a new topic, Lighting up the Apocalypse, on her Blog, A Lamp for Today, for those that might be interested in following.
Edith is also on MeWe at: https://mewe.com/i/edithmaryhumphrey
Has anyone here had a Covid vaccination or are signed up for one?
In our early seventies, we are on two waiting lists, plus our doctor's office list, and we have no expectation of getting the vaccination soon. Our theory is that we will be offered the Johnson & Johnson one-shot vaccine in March. We know a few people who've had the shots; it's kind of like winning a lottery. Fortunately, other than our age, we have no known comorbidities. Here in NC, we have a Dem governor who is still restricting businesses, and naturally his appointed Heath secretary is also following the Dem "science" line of thinking.
TLM, maybe next week I'll get around to signing up for MeWe. I refuse to do Facebook.
TLM, I am on MeWe in my real full name, Frank Magill. I will look for you all. Re the vac, I am 67 and my bride is 71. We have no “co-whatevers.” She wants the jab and is number 165,000 and something in out suburban Dallas county. She will maybe get it by Easter. My brother in Illinois who is 61 got his first one already because he is a “first responder.” His family doc says he thinks it’s reasonably safe. I have no real interest in it because from what I have read, it appears to have a greater risk of serious side effects than the virus itself poses to me of serious illness. FWIW, I also very likely had it, almost a year ago, although I’ve not had an antigen test. If the J&J jab turns out to have a better safety record, I may reconsider. But otherwise, unless I am legally forced to take it, I will pass.
“Our” suburban Dallas county. Sorry, poor proofreading again.
Frank, according to what I've read, the J&J shot has fewer side effects than the mRNA shots. It's modestly less effective, but apparently extremely effective at preventing death from the virus -- which is the point!
Thanks, Katherine, that’s good to know, and yes, that is the point, isn’t it? 😁
1st shot next Wed. Moderna.
Hi, all,Frank I will look for you, because you would never find me under my real name LOL. I am scheduled to go on a tour of Ireland in May-June, and I suspect I would not be allowed on the plane w/o proof of vaccination. so I will wait for the J&J shot. Like you, I suspect I had Covid back in mid-November last year. I am never sick, but came down with the worst cold or flu that I can remember having. Yes, I know they're saying that Covid hit the US in late December, BUT I live in an area that's 33% Chinese, and people here fly back & forth to Beijing all the time, so yeah, I might've had an early case.
Katherine,I will look for you on MeWe. I'll let you know here when I start looking.
Frank, Is your avatar a piece of bread?
Guys, My avatar on MeWE is a well-known British cartoon character (sort of the Little Lulu of the UK) with pigtails and high-top sneakers. LOL
TLM-I think it used to be, one of their automatic ones, but I recently changed it to a photo of my beningnly smiling face with some trees in the background. My profile background photo is a couple of trees in fall colors in front of a brick house with grey shutters.
Hey all, do I have to sign up for MeWe with my real name? Can I use just my first name, or a moniker I choose for a first name, and no last name?
Katherine, I think you can use any name you want, but I haven't tested that theory.
Agree with TLM.
Frank, Yaaay! We're connected.
👍 That was a good description you gave of your avatar. I recognized it right away.
So, I tried to set up in MeWe, Google stuck its nose & then I was asked to allow access to my contacts. Really?Did I do something wrong?
ur, I think you can just ignore that message. Try it again, and if that message pops up, look for a place to close out the popup.If that doesn't work, you can always set up a "throwaway" email account in gmail or Yahoo and let Google try and work with an account that has no contacts.
TLM, I seem to be in. Found Frank McGill. What is your handle?
Look for one of Frank's friends that has a cartoon girl with pigtails as an avatar.
UR,I hope you mean Frank MAGILL.(I made that mistake the first time I looked for him. LOL)
Yaay! ur and I are now connected on MeWe.Katherine - Yes! You can be anybody you want on MeWe. C'mon & join the party.
Any thoughts on whether we should create a "group" on MeWe? Something like the continuation of this group here? I'd call it Midwest Conservative Journal, but I'm not from the Midwest. LOL Besides, If Chris ever gets back on the inter-tubes, he would want that name for a group if he decided to go that route.So, maybe just Conservative ...something? I'm just tossing that idea around.
Katherine, I am still ur on MeWe. Yes, you can have whatever handle you desire.
So you have to sign up with a name. There was no way to specify a display handle that was not my name, that I could see. Then I deleted the account, and tried to sign in with a false name, and it says my email address is already taken, despite my having deleted the account. Not impressed. If someone can tell me how to do this, that would be nice.I don't want to use my correct name, for fear that my connection to a relative who works for a government contractor might be discovered, and that relative targeted because of me.
Katherine, Set up a "throwaway" email address in Yahoo or gmail and use that to try again. You may have to check into the email account every once in awhile to clean out the junk mail, so make a note of the login info. Good luck.
Okay, I'm on as Carolina Kate. Now looking for y'all. If I try to join you, let me in, please. :-)
TLM, I have sent requests to Frank Magill and to unreconstructed rebel, but I don't know how to search for you.
If you're setting up a group, how about "MCJ Alumni"? That way we don't mess with Chris's site name.
Katherine, Go to either Frank's or ur's page and look for a friend with a cartoon girl with pigtails.MCJ Alumni is a good name.
And, once set up, invite Chris. Since he still does email, I'm thinking he has a working smart phone.
ur, good idea.I have his old email from Webster Groves, but I don't know if he still checks that.
It's at the top of his blog: midwestconservative -at- gmail
OK, I scrolled back and found his current email. Will try that.
I think I found Dale Matson on MeWe, but the avatar is the ubiquitous slice of bread, and there are no posts and no data. I'll try contacting him through Facebook before sending a friend request. If Chris gets back to me, he might have emails for contacting people about the MeWe group. Off to enter some info in one of my FB groups.
Good news, peoples,Chris replied to my email. He's totes on board as soon as he gets a lapper. I offered him a spare Dell 11.6" laptop that I don't like, but which works fine. We'll see.
I'm not on MeWe or facebook. You can contact me through my MidSierraMusings Blog. email@example.com
Hi all, Chris got back to me and does not want the laptop. His last laptop was a Dell and he wasn't happy with it. So, he's still trying to figure out how to get a lapper. So, Dale Matson, what we were thinking of was setting up a group in MeWe so we could meet there and post stuff, including pix. Still in the talking-about-it stage.I have to admit, Facebook's more fun, because that's where everyone is. MeWe is a little disappointing so far. Maybe things will bet better as more people migrate over there.
A couple of us have offered to help with the laptop cost, but Chris says he's got it under control. Pushing him to do something he's not ready for would not be friendship, so there it rests. Hope it works out soon.Husband and I got the first (Moderna) COVID shot today. North Carolina is finally moving up in the ranks of vaccine-givers, after a disastrous start.
Logged onto MA dotgov this morning right at 8:00 am when the appointments for vaccines for people over 65 were to be available. By 8:00:30 the system had crashed. By 9:00 am the system was back up, but all the slots are filled.
Anyone smell a rat there? Maybe I'm just too cynical and suspicious, but want to bet how many of that first wave of appointments went to relatives and BFF's of state officials?I know, I need to lighten up. But watching the electric grid here in Texas failing because of the idiocy of state bureaucrats and power company management hasn't done anything for my trust in my fellow man lately.
Frank, I hope you and yours are okay in Texas! My husband spent 40 years in the electric power distribution industry. He's been warning people for many years about the perils of "green" technology and grid instability. He was right.
Thanks, Katherine. We have fared well because we live very close to a fire station, and our little corner of the grid has been exempted from the rolling blackouts. Your husband is a wise man. In addition to agreeing with him about “green energy”, I am beginning to think that electricity rate deregulation was a mistake. The failure of the windmills was exacerbated by failures of natural gas and nuclear plants which had, to save costs, chosen not to engage in expensive but necessary measures to prepare for extreme winter weather. As everyone here knows, these things may be rare or unusual, but they do happen. Regulated rates would include provisions for such preparations in the cost base. It’s a real Charlie Fox.
Frank, I'm not so sure that regulators would do a better job. California utilities, for instance, are heavily regulated. The legislature and the higher-ups in the regulatory agencies are all believers in "climate change" and "green energy." Many upper echelon utility managers are, too; it's political. In California, utilities have been required to invest in renewables, at the expense of basic line maintenance. That awful Paradise fire was sparked by a hanger on a high-voltage line which was one hundred years old and had never been replaced before it failed. Reliance on wind power has been heavily pushed in Texas. And pumps for gas lines and plants are electric!
Don't get me wrong, Katherine; I'm no advocate of regulation in general. I worked for the phone company for 31 years and saw the innards of the regulatory regime up close. Much of it was not at all pretty. But there are two distinctions to be drawn here. First, the electricity marketplace is, in my view, much more suited to regulation than the telecom market, in that it naturally tends toward oligopoly because of the rather high barriers to entry: it's darned expensive and difficult to build and maintain power plants and an electrical distribution grid, much more so than for telecom. That used to be true in telecom as well, when telecom meant nothing beyond local and long-distance telephone service, and it really didn't make sense to have more than one network and provider. Technology changed all that for telecom but not for electric power, because we haven't yet figured out a way to distribute power to customers without a wireline network. In that type of market, price regulation makes some sense if only because it trades off competition for stability. If providers are guaranteed a profit they are not going to need (or be allowed) to cut corners on being able to maintain service in adverse weather conditions. Second, with respect to California, the state regulatory law there is significantly different from what it was like in Texas even before deregulation. The California Public Service Commission has much broader authority over providers than the Texas PUC ever had. You're absolutely right that in CA the regulators and even the power company management types are "greenies." That is definitely true for the PUC types in Texas, but not so much the power company managers, and as noted, the state law gave the commission less authority even when rate regulation was still in force. All that being said, it's also quite possible that Texas could pass legislation to address the bad decisions made by ERCOT and the power companies without going back to full-on price regulation. If that can be done I would support it. But we darned sure need to do something, because what we have now clearly has failed when we most needed the grid to be dependable.
Yes, Frank, indeed something needs to change in Texas, although we can hope this week's deep freeze won't happen again soon. A big problem is that upper-level utility managers and state policy-makers across the country have been buying into the "green energy" dream more and more. We regularly get emails from our power company, Duke Energy, telling us how wonderful it is that they're investing so heavily in solar and wind. They've even invited us to make a voluntary donation towards those efforts. I'd be divorced if I ever put our money into such a thing. :-)
Frank: ERCOT reportedly did not conduct on-site inspections to prepare plants for cold weather because of COVID-19 restrictions:https://thefederalist.com/2021/02/19/report-texas-electricity-provider-put-off-on-site-winter-inspections-due-to-covid-protocols/
Thanks, Katherine. I saw that somewhere last night. Another “shaking my head” moment. Did you also see that apparently at least a third of the members of the ERCOT Board are not even Texas residents?It just keeps getting better. 🤦🏻♂️
Your SPA for the Day:ATLANTA—Reviewing changes to the priorities for Covid-19 vaccine recipients, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Friday that the nation was entering a new phase of vaccine distribution where Capricorns, gymnasts, and childless uncles were now eligible for inoculation.“If you are between the ages of 49 and 52, were born in Iowa but now live in Ohio, reside exactly 3.25 miles from a hospital, or have bowled a 300 game, you should proceed to a medical facility to receive your Covid vaccine,” said Anne Schuchat, deputy director at the CDC, adding that health officials hoped to provide further clarity on the order in which people should receive the vaccine, as well as prioritize the fourth-generation Dutch immigrants, Panera Bread regional managers, and Miami Heat season-ticket holders most in need of inoculation.“After Capricorns, any Gemini with exactly three roommates and Celiac disease should be ready during phase 3f, but first we have to finish with phases 2b and 3m, which target pastry chefs, firefighters, anyone who served in the first Iraq War but not the second, people who live across the street from a law office, dachshund owners, men who are five-foot-seven, and women who are five-foot-nine.If you’ve ever worked at a Dairy Queen, have between 32 and 39 followers on Instagram, had your appendix removed on a Tuesday, or write your name with little hearts over the i’s, you’re also still eligible, although that eligibility ends in six hours, so you’d better get a move on.If you’re not sure whether you should get vaccinated now, just remember the acronym CBICQCVIW. We hope this clears things up.” At press time, the CDC announced it had thrown away 5,000 expired vaccines and arrested a Taurus with stepchildren who had tried to cut the line.Now get out there and get your shot!
That's supposed to be "PSA."Danged autocorrect.
Seriously, TLM. Here, all of a sudden, teachers are getting shots like crazy, whereas my friend, age 62, a cancer patient, and his wife, also 62, a cardiac patient, cannot get appointments. What on earth are they doing? Having gotten the over-65s their first shots, why not simply proceed down to age 60, then 55, and so on? Or, how about at least being sure all the over-65s have actually been inoculated before moving on?
Here in the Dallas area, the reliably woke Dallas County pols are linked up with the Feds (of course) to provide upwards of 20,000 doses per week to “underserved citizens” at a location downtown where the cops don’t even go alone. Meanwhile, my wife (71) and I (67) rank somewhere around 74,000th on the waiting list in our suburban county, which gets around 4000 doses in a good week. I want my “white privilege.”
At least we (72 and 71) have been able to get our first doses and are scheduled for our second. We are grateful, although I did log onto the Walgreens site half an hour before it officially was open, and got appointments before the thing crashed.With the J&J shot coming online, I am hopeful that you, Frank, and TLM will get that.
I was contacted by my hospital (Beth Israel-Leahy) and followed a link in the email to a list of sites. One was right in Quincy, and I had my choice of appointment times, so I'm scheduled for the first shot on March 8th at 11:30 AM. I was also pre-registered with the City of Quincy, but I haven't heard from them yet.I know what you mean about "underserved" citizens" as we had the same situation here. Barnstable County, (Cape Cod) which has the highest % of elderly residents hasn't been able to get any vaccine. It's not practical for seniors to drive an hour and a half, maybe 2 hours to get to the mass vaccination site at Gillette Stadium (Patriots home stadium) and then have to wait in a line. Meanwhile the Reggie Lewis Center in Roxbury had vaccine, but no takers. Apparently there's quite a lot of anti-vaccine sentiment in the black community.
Good news, TLM! Don't take ibuprofen BEFORE the shot. You can take Tylenol or ibuprofen later, if the side effects are bothersome; best plan is to ice the arm if it hurts.Vaccine sites should absolutely be going to where the seniors live. Gov. DeSantis of Florida is taking criticism for doing this. They say he's setting up clinics where supporters live. No, he's setting up clinics convenient to over-65s.I'm worried about the anti-vaxx sentiment among black people. That's a population even more likely than others to be Vitamin D- deficient, and therefore more at risk for serious disease.
Katherine,Good point about the Vit. D deficiency. I don't usually have reactions to shots, but I'll keep that in mind. When my husband got his first shot, they asked him which hand was dominant, and gave him the shot in the other arm.
Yes, get the shot in your non-dominant arm. For me, left-handed, they put it in the right arm. We had really no reaction to the first shot; mild soreness at the site of the shot. The second one is a zinger for some people. My daughter (medical-related field, pre-existing conditions) had chills, body aches, headache after the second shot. A friend had strong chills for about 24 hours; another, chills and a fever of 102.2º. But several other people had no reaction to the second shot.
My daughter and son-in-law are both in medically related professions (RN and Paramedic). They have both had the mRNA (I think Moderna) vaccine because they needed it to work. From what they told me a strong reaction to either shot indicates the presence of antibodies in the system. My son-in-law had a strong reaction to the first shot. He had never tested positive for COVID-19 though he had symptoms shortly before he took the first shot. He also had a strong reaction to the second shot. My daughter had very little reaction to the first shot; however she had a strong reaction to the second shot.
Among our friends and relatives, there have been reactions ranging from mildly sore arms, no reaction at all, and chills and high fevers. So far as I have read, there is no difference in immunity provided based on the reaction to the shot.Meanwhile, my neighbor caught COVID a couple of weeks ago. Age 56, she was pretty unhappy for a week, but now is fine, as is the chemotherapy patient who gave her the infection. Her roommate never caught the virus at all!
You all realize, I'm sure, that we should all be dead by now, if the covid virus was as deadly and as easily transmitted as we've been told. I'm actually pretty sure it's easily transmitted and the paper masks everyone's been wearing are no protection at all. They do not prevent the transmission (in or out) of the viroids, which are exhaled with every breath from a symptomatic person. The covid viroids are almost 1/3 smaller than the smallest particle that the masks stop. Secondly, the viroids are so small, so weightless, that they will linger in the air, like a cloud for several minutes after each exhale.If you stand anywhere near an symptomatic person, and you stand there long enough, you'll be infected (formula for infection is: # of viroids X length of exposure = 1000)A study in China with 1,000,000 participants found that asymptomatic people did not transmit the virus. Young adults and children are mostly asymptomatic. So going to the supermarket should have killed us all, but taking your children to grandma's house isn't likely to kill her. At this point I only hope to live long enough to see the truth about this virus made known. It seems the CDC didn't have a clue for the longest time. The MSM has been fanning the flames of hysteria for over a year, and the governors of NY, NJ and WA caused much of the initial pandemic by deliberately moving covid patients into nursing homes.Here endeth the rant.
Agree completely, TLM. Yet the permeation of our society with the cult of the mask is effectively complete. I subscribe to the print edition of Consumer Reports, despite its essentially leftist bent, because their product ratings are generally solid, and I just skip over the whacko stuff. But last month in their Q&A section on the Covid jabs they said it is "crucial" to continue masking even after getting the shots, a proposition for which they presented no data whatsoever. This from an organization that prides itself on its gathering and analysis of real data about thousands of different products. It simply boggles my mind.Last week our Governor, Greg Abbott, indicated he is reviewing whether to rescind (at last) his ill-considered statewide mask order from last June, and to do away with gathering restrictions and capacity limits on public venues of all types. The cynics among us note that this sudden epiphany comes just a few weeks after the 2021 biennial session of the Texas Legislature convened, and a week or so after word came that several Republican leaders have been discussing moves to constrain the Governor's "emergency" powers. Both houses are firmly controlled by the GOP, by the way.Granted, the situation Abbott faces is somewhat less serious than impending execution, but his reaction nevertheless reminds me of the famous quotation attributed to Samuel Johnson:"Depend upon it, sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully." :)
TLM, at my local supermarket is a checkout clerk who has got to be at least sixty, and has a cheerful roly-poly profile. She's been working there five days a week for the past year and she's been fine.
Katherine, Her immune system has probably not been compromised. She has most likely been infected with minimal symptoms. Being overweight is not necessarily a co-morbidity, and 60 is at the low end of the higher risk zone. Working in a supermarket, she's probably been exposed to e everything and built up some dandy antigens.
Ooops, left out part of my comment. Yes, by rights, the clerk should be dead by now. I've seen people allowed into Stop & Shop with an undershirt pulled up over the face. What the hell is that going to do? But the Boston Glob continues to print shrieking headlines about the number of people that have tested positive, without ever mentioning that only a fraction of 1% will die as a result.
TLM, without even bothering to check the Glob website (I assume that dropping the "e" at the end was intentional, not a typo, but either way, I love it), I will venture to guess that they also fail to mention the precipitous decline everywhere, and I mean everywhere, of both "cases" and hospitalizations since the first week in January. This is true even if we accept without quibbles the absurd definition of "cases" that has been used for most of the duration of this grotesquely exaggerated situation.Your remark about the pulled-up undershirt reminded me of another absurdity that has been prominent in the Liturgy of the Mask, i.e., the "face shield." How anyone in their right mind would think such a device has any effect whatsoever on the spread of a respiratory virus through the population simply escapes me. Phony Fauci admitted early on that the whole mask thing is "security theater", which of course the MSM ignored because it was then still in "get rid of Trump" mode, but that was one of the few times in the past year he actually was right about something.
I've seen videos of a couple of women, in Ukraine and, I think, Australia, removing their underwear to use as a face mask when challenged at checkout counters.With everyone wearing masks inside around most of the country all winter, if masks worked, the virus would have disappeared much faster than it has. If masks and shutdowns worked, Southern California would currently be virus-free. My relatives there are not too happy when I point that out to them.
Katherine, I’ve seen those, too. One yesterday was from South Africa. The other folks in line actually applauded the woman who “re-purposed” her undergarment. Regarding your relatives, no one likes to be told their religion is false.
Frank, Re: masks and shields, they are only good for preventing someone from coughing and getting spittle or phlegm all over you. Viral particles? Eh! not so much.Yes, "Glob" is not a typo
I suppose it's hardly necessary to mention that this was never about health, but all about compliance.
He is risen!
The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia!A blessed Easter to all who stop by here.
Indeed, and Easter Blessings to all from my bride and me, as well. So glad to be able to go to Mass this morning, I didn't even complain much about the guitars used for the recessional. And of course the entrance hymn was the one attributed (only partially correctly, as it turns out) to that well-known Catholic, Charles Wesley. :)) Just kidding, folks...Anyway, if you are a sacred music buff, this website is solid gold:https://hymnary.org/tune/easter_hymn_lyra_davidica
Happy Easter to all.
Hey, is this guy dead? Where have his posts gone?
He had computer problems, and hopes to be back to blogging soon.
Chris. Missing you. Hope you can check in at The American Catholic.
Art, are you on MeWe? Several of us (Katherine, ur, Tim Fountain, Milton Finch, etc.) have connected over there. Let us know.
I am posting as a former library co-worker of Chris'. I don't know exactly when, but he has indeed recently passed away. I apologize for not having more information but that is all we were told.
Thank you for posting, MichelleH. RIP, Chris, rest in peace and rise in glory.
I had been following Chris's blog(s) since around 2005 although I only commented a handful of times. He will be missed.
I am saddened to hear this, but also surprised. I had been doing a search every few weeks to see if Chris had died, yet there has been no obituary. I am thankful that he co-worker let us know. We will all miss him.
I messaged a couple of people on Facebook, and posted on MeWe. I think he had been sick for a long time. Possibly he was living with his sister. I will continue to look for an Obit.
Like Carlos, I've been following Chris for a long time, but seldom commented. This news comes as a real blow. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.Little Myrmidon, if you find any place we can post remembrances or make memorial donations please do let us know.
This is sad news. I just did a search of obits and grave site data. There is a Christopher Kevin Johnson who died in on February 12th of this year in Missouri, but that seems too early in the year.May he rest in peace.
Hi, BillB. Several of us have been searching without any results. He was Christopher S. Johnson, age 65 or 66 depending on when he went.
Thanks, Katherine,I will continue to look for an obit. in both MO and KS, as he may have moved to his sister's house. If I find anything, I'll post here and on MeWe.
I've been following him on and off for 15 years.May he be enjoying the beatific vision of God.
Sad news indeed. I have followed him for years. His deTECtive stories about The Episcopal Church's follies were over-the-top, but managed to make great points as well as entertain. May he rest in peace, and rise in glory.
An obituary has finally been published in a local newspaper. Here is the link: https://www.timesnewspapers.com/webster-kirkwoodtimes/christopher-chris-s-johnson/article_a781b752-ab8d-11ec-9714-03afcbabfd5c.htmlI worked with Chris for 15 years. May he rest in peace.
Thank you so very much, Michelle, for posting this. In addition to the Library, Chris had a group of friends at his blog who miss him greatly. Rest in peace and rise in glory, Chris.
Thank you Michelle for the obituary.Many faithful Catholics were enthusiastic fans & online friends of him. We enjoyed reading his posts because they so much reflected our traditions as well.He was witty, intelligent, & shared in his fellowship with us (Catholics).I know many of us will be praying for his soul & look forward to once again seeing him in Paradise God willing.In Jesus, Mary, & Joseph,Tito EdwardsEditor of BigPulpit.comFounder of custosfidei.blogspot.com
I’m grateful for the obituary, but it means I no longer have any reason for coming to a site that has been part of my life for many years, which makes me a bit sad. Have a good life everyone.
I daresay Chris is grimly pleased by the current news in the Anglican world.
I've been thinking about Chris and the Anglican news, Shadow. In this life, he thought they'd never do it. He sees more clearly now than we do; wish he could tell us.
Formerly The Lakeland Two - Rest in Peace, dear Chris. You made a difference. Well done, good and faithful servant. Love to all.
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