Potpourri

Broccoliby Anniel  1/15/15
Today the French word “potpourri” means a collection, particularly of fragrant herbs and flower petals used to perfume a room or drawer, but it was first used in the 17th Century to describe a stew with many kinds of meat, and the word literally translates as “rotten pot.” So take your choice of meaning in the coming year.

I have been troubled trying to remember my desire to be upbeat and keeping the faith in this New Year. But day by day it seems we’ve been handed the “rotten pot” in our nation, and in our homes, so here is part of my potpourri:

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The IRS needs more of our money. Such a shock. I’d still like to smack that smug sneer off Koskinen’s face, and Lerner’s too.

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Our eight-year-old granddaughter in Washington State decided she wanted to walk the three blocks to school by herself, mainly so she could sing and dance on her way. Her parents finally agreed and sent her off with sensible behavior instructions. The first morning a woman drove by, turned around, came back, and wanted to know what Millie was doing out by herself. Millie said she was walking to school and the woman then demanded she get in her car so she could take her to the police. Millie refused, started crying and ran off the rest of the way to school. The woman called the police, who sent an officer to the school. He met with the teacher and found out where Millie lived, and then went to my son’s home to find out why Millie had been allowed to go out alone.

The next week was spent getting things straightened out so Millie could have her wish of walking to school by herself. She had to be given a cell phone with a panic button, a button for home, and one for school, and her teacher has to wait for her outside the school to make certain she gets there safely.

This is what parents must deal with today in order to give their children some independence. But children are never allowed freedom from fear.

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The president continues his lying, flouting of the Constitution, destruction of our country, and, of course, vacationing and spending with impunity. Thumbing his nose at everyone all the time. And the Tea Party is still Public Enemy No. 1.

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Mia Love voted for Boehner and joined the Congressional Black Caucus. Et tu, Mia?

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In our long years of dealing with hospitals and the medical profession, we have filed a formal complaint one time. A consulting doctor’s behavior was so bad the Patient Advocate requested we file a complaint with the Hospital’s Board of Directors. Our daughter’s regular doctor laughed and told us to go ahead, but that it would do no good. The answer we received from the President of the Board was:

We are shocked and appalled at Dr. A__________’s behavior, but after investigation we find he acted in a medically appropriate manner.

A friend showed me four letters identical to mine which she had received in answer to her complaints. The only thing one can conclude is that “appropriate” medical care at that teaching hospital is “shocking and appalling.’

Over the years of medical problems our daughter’s veins had become scarred and totally useless, so six years ago, with great difficulty, a port had been installed in her sub-clavian vein. Over this last year she had a terrible time and was in the hospital more often than out. She kept telling the docs she had an infection, but nothing showed up on the tests. Just before Christmas she wound up in the ER again, and this time they discovered two types of staph infection, which meant her port had to be removed.

She could only have it removed under sedation and the decision was made that Radiology would do it using the fluoroscope to guide them. The Radiologist didn’t put her completely out as promised so she was able to feel him ripping out the sutures holding the port in place without clipping them first. He finally got mad, wrapped his fingers around the port, swore and pulled it out of her living flesh, and then laughed as she screamed. The idea of our daughter, who is a stoic, screaming under such inhumane and barbaric treatment left me gagging and shaking when she told me.

Had I been there, the Radiologist, who does not deserve the title of doctor, would have had his own living flesh torn, and I would be in jail.

Our daughter’s regular doctor told her to go ahead and file a complaint but that “it won’t do any good.” She asked him when they would start policing their own and he left the room.

We’re not even sure a new port can be put in when the infections are gone, because we don’t know how much damage occurred to the vein when he ripped the port out. A malpractice suit is not possible if you want to still see your regular doc at the hospital. Since her doctor is the only one who deals with her problems, her hands are tied.

I can guarantee such behavior is coming soon to a hospital near you, thanks to ObamaCare.

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The flannel-haired State Department Bobsey twins, Psaki and Harf, are peddling the Regime’s lies again. Do they ever actually have an independent thought?

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A professor at the University of Michigan published an article saying how much she “hates Republicans.” So I decided to read some of her other articles. I was going to be so good this year and not indulge in personal remarks, but I also want to be truthful, so it has to be said that this woman is a flaming feminist idiot.

In In These Times, a supposedly independent, nonprofit magazine, she wrote: “I hate Republicans, I can’t stand the thought of having to spend the next two years watching Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, Ted Cruz, Darrell Issa or any of the legions of other blowhards denying climate change, thwarting immigration reform or championing fetal ‘personhood’ …”

“. . . championing fetal ‘personhood’. I hadn’t heard that one before, but isn’t that a nice euphemism in support of murdering babies? Feminists do take their sacraments very seriously

Her column goes on to mention “an escalation of determined vilification” and how “dogmatism, rigidity and intolerance of ambiguity” could influence thinking. Other than the typical liberal cant, does anyone even understand what she is saying?

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Marco Rubio has filed a bill to permit an increase in illegal immigration to the United States. What a disappointment he is.

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Does anyone trust Boehner or McConnell at all?

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The murders at Charlie Hebdo in France reveal how far down the road Europe has fallen and how much danger anti-Semitism has once again become. What a joke the magazine is, even if they should have free speech. Definitely Charlie Hebdo is not my cup of tea. And never, ever dare to name Islamic Terrorism.

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Who’s to blame?
Leaders who are feeders 
Or followers who are swallowers?

— Ogden Nash

Wish I knew the answer to that. Both parties are feeders at the public trough, feed lies to the uninformed, and too many swallow the lies.

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Our son was reading a book by Avi called The Barn to his young son. Wilson asked his dad if the father in the story, who had suffered a stroke, would live. Our son said he didn’t know, but he didn’t think the author tended to sugar-coat things. Wilson looked puzzled and asked what sugar-coating means. After his dad’s explanation he thought for a minute and said, “So, does that mean he broccoli-coats things?”

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I very much wanted a little time of peace for the year, a chance to breathe fresh air again and recover some hope and sanity. My apologies, but here we are, only two weeks into the New Year, and I’m already feeling that our rotten pot is heavily broccoli-coated. • (4917 views)

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54 Responses to Potpourri

  1. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    Other than the typical liberal cant, does anyone even understand what she is saying?

    Yes. “I’m part of the master race, and it’s high past time that people acknowledged how much better I am than most of the human race.”

    Liberalism is one part narcissism, one part arrogance, and one part Master Racery. All of these are quite human traits and are nowhere specific to liberals. But certain political or religious ideologies feed into and emphasize certain traits over others. Islam, for example, (as a friend pointed out to me) is very good at appealing to the perhaps 3% of psychopaths who are always a part of any population.

    It’s safe to say that, in reality, conservatives do not profess that they are morally or intellectually superior, although they will say that much wisdom and knowledge can be gleaned from experience, particularly from the experiences of those who have come before us.

    But those bent with a need to feel superior cannot acknowledge that someone could be smarter or wiser than they are. Michael Savage says that liberalism is a mental disorder. It certainly is an ideology that plays to people’s worst personality traits.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      Technically, of course, they wouldn’t consider themselves to be a “Master Race” (though the logic behind affirmative action aka reverse discrimination is that blacks are inherently inferior and thus must receive special assistance in order to enable them to achieve equal outcomes). Perhaps “Master Cult” would do?

      • Rosalys says:

        It matters not what they themselves as actions speak louder than words. Trouble is there is an increasing disease of deafness spreading throughout the land.

      • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

        I’m fine with “Master Cult.” The point is — whether this is because of pressures of our “everyone is beautiful” pop culture that we’re inundated with 24/7 — there seems to be this desire to be among the elite. The idea of working an honest job, supporting a family, going to church on Sunday, and volunteering quietly at the local library (and all on a salary of 40,000 or less) is almost sneered at.

        I mean, when the Pope himself takes the focus of his religion from good conduct to a mere matter of economics, you can see just how deep this obsession with the material goes.

        And, of course, none of this is about not acknowledging that America is, and should remain, the land of opportunity. Bettering oneself is a good thing. But we’ve too often defined “better” as a superficial pop-culture thing that lacks any depth beyond a veneer of artificial happy and well-off.

        I’m convinced that the Left is ultimately fueled by a deep sense of dissatisfaction with their own lives. This is, of course, enhanced by an ideology that only ever measures things in terms of the material. This is at the very least a psychological road to ruin and chronic unhappiness. And Michelle Obama can try to get everyone else in America to eat as she thinks they should, but this will never cure her own fat ass or sense of thin significance.

        Healthy, good people do give advice. But they don’t, for instance, force others to eat as they do. But the Master Cult must, for its own sense of worth, get people to comply with their demands. And I’m talking demands that are ultimately things that are trivial or best left discretionary. I’m not saying that someone is a raving loon because they pass some law necessary for public order. I’m not a libertarian kook who sees every law passed that is restrictive in any way as the harbinger of tyranny.

    • Anniel says:

      Brad: I think the reason I read the nutty professor’s ranting was to try and understand minds I find mystifying. The total lack of logic exhibited by so called progressives puzzles me exceedingly. When I read your take on their mental state and their personality traits I can almost feel what is going on, but then I try to be kind and lose that understanding. I am ready to forget understanding – these people are just different in very dangerous ways.

      • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

        When I read your take on their mental state and their personality traits I can almost feel what is going on, but then I try to be kind and lose that understanding.

        Annie, God bless you for being both honest and articulate. I know exactly what you’re saying.

        Being a bit of a rationalistic thinker myself (certainly given to emotion…even flights of emotion, but always aware of liftoff), it’s hard for me to relate to some of the things people do and say. A thief who comes in the dead of night to steal your jewelry, I can understand. Someone who says some of the stuff typical of the Left (as you’ve quoted) is a bit harder to understand.

        Evil clothed in “good intentions” and high-sounding words is very hard to sort out. No, perhaps many people who engage in behavior that is typical of the Left are not outright evil. But many of them are the equivalent of stark raving mad.

        Or they’re normal and the rest of us are the strange ones, sort of as if we’ve walked into a Twilight Zone episode. And very often it seems that way. There are people who seem as addicted to their emotions and/or crank ideology as some people are to drugs. And perhaps that is just human nature. But I can’t help thinking that our modern society has increased its lethality.

        One reason I love to hike and bike in the woods is to get both feet planted in reality. So much of what passes for our culture is just not real. And it’s worse than not real. It’s degradingly vulgar and meaningless.

        I just got done watching an episode of a series that I found by chance on Netflix. The series is called Black Mirror and the episode I watched was the second one from the first season called “Fifteen Million Merits.” I won’t bother trying to describe it, but if you have Netflix, at the moment it’s available for streaming. The episode will speak for itself.

        One of the themes common in conservative quarters is lamenting (somewhat in mirror fashion) why the world and society have the bad luck to be ordered this way instead of that. It’s all too easy to become the mirror image of the Left who bitch and moan about how absolutely horrible things are because someone somewhere likes Sarah Palin. Well, we should never approach that sort of imbalance even while acknowledging that it is of the utmost important how society is ordered.

        One of my favorite Christmas Songs is Bing Crosby singing Count Your Blessings. It is certainly important to fight oppression and Leftist craziness. But let’s always remember never to become the mirror image of those kooks who declare that it is intolerable to even live in the country because someone, somewhere, believes in God and believes that unborn life is precious, for example.

        Yes, all of the great faults and perversions of the Left matter, as we see in France which has opened itself up to barbarism because of foolish delusions and its plethora of petty (and fabricated) grievances (against mostly The Good).

        But one reason I started this site — perhaps the main reason — was to have a place of sanity, not a place to just bitch and moan. And I don’t at all mind people bitching and moaning (at least if they do it creatively and with a bit of humor). But I look at what passes for conservative media on the web and I sometimes get depressed. Where’s the spirit of good ol’ Americanism? Where’s the optimism? Where’s that attitude of counting blessings?

        None of this is a repudiation of what you wrote. In fact, if I had to hand over this site to someone tomorrow, it would be you because of your real and heartfelt writing. You don’t put on airs, nor do you strain to sound like a hifalutin’ intellectual. You’re real. You’re sane. But the crazy will remain the crazy. Even so, let us drink from the waters of Goodness and sanity as much as we can, even while having to necessarily deal with a reality full of craziness and crazy people — many of whom I don’t think we’ll ever come to understand.

        • Anniel says:

          Oh, Brad, you give me so much hope and make me feel like what we all have to say matters. Thank you.

          • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

            Annie, I think it’s easy to get lost in the details of all the societal poison and to forget the simple truths of life. One of them is that people are messed up unless and until they are taught right. Therefore it is not a surprise when the fools unceasingly speak. It’s an almost miracle when things are right and go well and someone talks sense.

            This is the true tragedy of America being dismembered by the Left as something so horrible that they cannot bear to live with it. When we make the examples of good (America, Sarah Palin, Christianity, capitalism, hard work, faithfulness, honesty, etc.) things to be derided and deconstructed, there is nothing but madness that can follow. And we see this in every utterance of those who are de facto Priests and Bishops in the religion of the Left.

            It’s easy for me to say there has been a moral inversion in this country. It can sometimes be much harder to grasp that this fact really is.

            This is why it is all the more important to hold onto and cherish the things that are good, no matter how embattled they may be. I’m the last to throw in the towel against the Left. I assure you, the next avowed socialist who walks into my office will be thrown out. But we can never make our opposition to the Left a sort of psycho-political religion of contrary and continuing grievance. We condemn – and harshly – and then laugh and get on with the good things and don’t let the dung stick to our boots. There is a reason that Ronald Reagan was known as the happy warrior.

        • Timothy Lane says:

          I agree that (at least as long as we can continue to write our blog postings attacking the Beltway Bandits of both parties) we should never forget the virtues of the country we live in. Hence my fondness for Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA”.

          As for the matter of reason vs. emotion, one can say that my emotions reflect a bilious temperament in the sense of the old theory of humors (i.e., too full of both black bile and yellow bile). One reason for my rationalism is the nature of so much of my emotional life.

        • Anniel says:

          Brad: I had never thought of being “addicted to emotions” before, but when I consider how many people, particularly women, thrive on continual drama, I dare say you are absolutely correct. I’m going to spend some thought on the ramifications of such addictions.

          Dennis Prager talks often about what happens when a happy person marries an unhappy person in order to “fix” them and make them happy. There are folks who suck the very air out of a room when they walk in. Even unhappiness can be addictive.

          My grandson and I watched Orson Welles in “Citizen Kane” yesterday. Afterwards we discussed what had happened to cause him and the people who loved him so much pain. It was interesting to hear a young person articulate what he knew about the psychology of “hoarding” and always seeking new ways to get love. Addictive indeed.

          • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

            but when I consider how many people, particularly women, thrive on continual drama, I dare say you are absolutely correct.

            [Irish Accent] Saints be pressed that I, mere man, didn’t have to be the one to say it. [/Irish Accent]

            Of course, it’s a quality of human nature as well, man or woman. And I’ve fallen to it as much as anyone. Takes one to know one, so to speak.

            Just look around the world (and you don’t have to go so far as the world) and you’ll see people making things hard for themselves. I won’t say anything as trite as “Don’t sweat the small stuff…and everything is the small stuff.” I don’t believe we can live on fortune-cookie philosophy. But if there was a “chill pill” that really worked, one could become a billionaire marketing it, at least based upon need (if not desire to take the pill).

            There is some comfort in knowing that the people who are throwing away the wisdom of the ages are suffering for it. Don’t let the veneer fool you. And it probably doesn’t, for which side seems to be in an eternal state of anger?

            But that’s poison to live in such a state of angst.

            There are folks who suck the very air out of a room when they walk in.

            Ain’t that the truth. And we all have our moments. But I think another truism of the Left is that they truly want everyone to be as miserable as they are. I believe they have an inordinate amount of the personality trait of projection. They are comfortable only when their surroundings matche their internal state.

            This is why, for instances, atheism/socialism/secularlism is the unofficial official religion of the Left. The idea of holding onto some objective standard apart from what the crowd is doing is unthinkable to them. Everything is measured in terms relative to what other people are doing or getting. This is why traits such as integrity, personal sacrifice, and doing Good in secret make no sense to the Left. This is why they typically make a big show of their supposed benevolence (the show being far more important than the reality). There is no other point of reference for them than ego and the material. (And if they are involved in religion, they bring these same attitudes with them.)

            Yeah, great movie, “Citizen Kane.” That’s one I own on Blu Ray.

        • Rosalys says:

          There isn’t anything to “understand” because it is all nonsense and evil. That’s why that lunatic can rant and bemoan the “intolerance of ambiguity” and believe herself brilliant.

  2. GHG says:

    Anniel, I’ve felt a kindred spirit with you before and now again with your exasperation of daily life as it shouldn’t have to be, but is. You and I have lived the majority of our lives and we know the way things used to be and ought to be still. But it is our children and to an even greater degree our grandchildren who will be affected by all the craziness that passes for normal these days and the thing that galls me the most is that they will never know, in an experiential way, what you and I know – what I sometimes call life as it is in a Norman Rockwell painting. They will never know what it’s like to know an America that was worthy of love and pride and hope. They can be taught and have an understanding of what it was like, but they’ll never really “know” what we remember. Heartbreaking. Maddening.

  3. Timothy Lane says:

    The time to oppose Boehner as Speaker was earlier, when the caucus vote for Speaker was held. Even if the decision was only made when the Cromnibus was pushed through in violation of several of his promises (including the fact that there was a grossly inadequate amount of time to read the bill), they should have started their preparations earlier, and come up with a better choice for the strongest opponent than a moderate (Webster rates as less conservative than Boehner). Nor is the mere fact of joining the Black Caucus necessarily bad; either Scott or West did it after 2010, after all. Love says her goal is to reform it. I wish her luck, but wouldn’t bet on her chances of accomplishing anything.

    I don’t want to slap Koskinen’s smug face. Feeding him feet-first through a wood chipper (a Saddam Hussein favorite) is more like it. Perhaps a bout of squassation, so liberals could learn what real torture is. Failing that, defunding the IRS and giving it no more power than to approve and pass on all paperwork will have to do.

    The Terri Schiavo case taught me that many doctors are quite comfortable as killers rather than healers, so a little cruelty (or even sadism) wouldn’t surprise me much. I no longer consider the movie Coma fiction, which is why I’ve never signed the organ-donor form on the back of my driver’s license. (If anything, I’m tempted to print in large letters, “NO WAY IN HELL”.)

    The over-protection of children is simply another indicator of the trend toward keeping the population infantilized for as long as possible. Liberals seek to maintain this throughout adulthood.

    • Rosalys says:

      I’m with you on not signing the organ donor card. And every doctor visit has with it a “living will” speech which I won’t have any part of. Fortunately I have a family I believe I can trust to make any decisions for me should I become incapacitated. And if they make the wrong decision? I’ll be with God anyway and He can deal with them!

      Also be very wary of “palliative death.” It gives the hospital permission to hasten one’s death by the administration of lethal amounts of morphine.

  4. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    One can, perhaps, understand the terrorists in Paris. Sometimes it appears violence is the only thing which will catch people’s attention.

    Your piece lists a lot of people who need to have their attention focused.

  5. Anniel says:

    Today I read about rearing “Free Range Children,” and the problems that can cause if local Child Protective Services get involved in your case. Mr. Lesser is absolutely right, we lived in a very different world. I do think my granddaughter has found a friend who decided to walk to school with her. Maybe they both dance and sing their way there and start their day in an upbeat way.

    • Rosalys says:

      When my daughter was in kindergarten, about midway through the year, she begged me to allow her to walk home from the bus stop by herself. The bus stop was literally three houses up the street and I could see it from the window so I let her. The very first day, a few minutes past when I expected her, I was about to call the school when the phone rang. It was the school. A very peeved school official told me that my daughter refused to get off the bus. She was even more disgruntled when I told her that I didn’t have a car and my 1 year old son was asleep so someone would have to bring her home.

      When she got home I asked Ellie why she refused to get off the bus. To make a long story short, the bus driver, who apparently thought her job was boring, decided to vary her route, and make it interesting by driving up one street and down the next so that Ellie didn’t recognize her stop. When all the other children were off the bus and only my daughter was left, this irresponsible idiot tried to make her get off at the end of the line in an unfamiliar neighborhood! Ellie refused to get off and I praised her for it!

      Next morning I drove my husband to work so that I could take her to school myself. My plan was to march into the principal’s office and give her and that bus driver a dressing down. And I was ripping mad! Instead they were both waiting outside for me when I dropped her off, almost groveling with apology – so they knew they were in real trouble! I forgave the bus driver with the understanding that she would never do it again. However, I really was unable to trust the bus driver after that and resumed my waiting for her at the stop.

      The next year I had cause to repent of my letting it go. I should have seen to it that she was fired – because she pulled the very same stunt again with another little boy and I believe she was fired that time.

      • Anniel says:

        My youngest son once got off at the wrong stop, so the bus driver reported him to the school. The principal called me and I went out searching only to find him just about home. His first story was that he made a “mistake,” but this was my kid who could never tell a lie.
        He had gotten off at the same stop as a cute little blonde so he could find out where she lived. All I could do was laugh and make him a free range kid, although the moose were probably more dangerous than the blondes.

        • Timothy Lane says:

          When I was attending a Catholic school in Greece (4th and 5th grades), some of the boys in our town (the suburb of Kifissia) would walk to school one day to show they could do it — a distance of several miles inhabited by Greeks, most of whom no doubt knew little or no English. I can also recall once taking a hike up our hill with a couple of friends one day, beyond the point where there were any Americans or other non-Greeks. No one ever had a problem that we ever heard of.

        • Rosalys says:

          We were all free range kids growing up. Before I was even of school age we would just come in and out of the house as we pleased as long as we were home for supper. Often it was my brother and me going into the woods – we lived in the country until I was six. Nowadays it depends on the neighborhood and how big the range is. When the incident of the idiot school driver happened Ellie was only five.

          Grammy used to tell me about the little boy who lived across the street and used to play with my mother who was a year or two older than him. His mother never gave it thought if they disappeared down the hill, up the hill, or three streets over because if he was with Marie, who was very responsible, he was okay. My mother was five! Come to think of it, Grammy never worried either. This was 85 years ago in the city of Lawrence, MA.

          Mom told me about how she used to make mud pies and this same little boy would eat them!

          • Anniel says:

            My youngest brother and our little sister would sit out on the cement patio behind our house, catch spiders, pull the legs off and eat the bodies. They were about 5 and 2 at the time. My mom finally figured out what they were doing and flipped her cork. They both just stared uncomprehendingly at her as she yelled, and my sister calmly said, “But mama, they’re good.” Mud might be preferable.

            I still need your recipe for the Christmas cake – no, better not. I’m in my diet phase of the year.

            • Rosalys says:

              Spiders! E-E-E-EW!

              Sorry Annie, I don’t have a Christmas cake recipe. Must have me mixed up with someone else.

              • Anniel says:

                Arachnophobia, every woman’s bane.

                Sorry, I shouln’t have said CHRISTMAS there. It was a cake mix cake you said was good after I said i didn’t use mixes. Forgot to look up what it was.

              • Timothy Lane says:

                I’m not arachnophobic, but my reaction to eating raw spiders (or other creepy-crawlies) would probably be the same as Rosalys’s. As a child, my peculiar fondness was gnawing on pencils — I often made it all the way to the lead. I don’t know exactly when I stopped — most likely when I started relying on pens and thus rarely had pencils around.

              • Anniel says:

                When I hear that some societies commonly eat spiders I get a whole lot creeped out. Not something I want to do. And Shelob in The Lord of the Rings really did me in.

  6. Timothy Lane says:

    There have been an interesting news story that fits in nicely here: Boston Occupiers, acting in the name of the “Black Lives Matter” movement, blocked interstates in Boston in 2 places during rush hour. In one case this caused an ambulance with a patient who had been severely injured in an accident to be diverted from its intended hospital (with a top-level trauma center) to a smaller and lower-quality one (though in the People’s Democratic Republic of Massachusetts, I’m not sure how much trust I’d place in any medical facility). Unfortunately, the police didn’t use some of that paramilitary equipment we keep hearing about to eradicate the protestors, though 23 did get arrested for their viciously criminal behavior.

    In lighter news, the effort by a Virginia school district to launch an inquisition of home-schooled children was aborted after a large number of local parents came to a meeting in opposition. And a female Papa John’s driver who shot a man who had just participated in robbing her (unfortunately, the other thug escaped — satani gratia, no doubt) won’t be fired (despite a company policy against being armed on duty) after word got out.

    As for the despicable Koskinen, it occurred to me that he was mentioned in a Star Trek episode. In “The Trouble With Tribbles”, one of the Klingons compares Kirk to a Denebian slime devil. Doesn’t that creature sound like Koskinen?

    • Anniel says:

      A real Finnish denebian slime devil, ah, that’s why we want to wipe the smirk off his face. And to think the IRS will be in charge of ObamaCare collections and enforcement. Let us all pray that Justice Roberts gets his brain straight. Master Kung Fu is right, there are many who need their attention focused.

      Glad to hear the pizza lady gets to keep her job.

      One of my liberal friends, who has an answer for everything, tells me it shouldn’t be “Black Lives Matter,” but “All Lives Matter” so we all know we’re valued. Unfortunately she thinks animal lives are equal to human lives. I think PETA is her true calling and religion.

  7. GHG says:

    “… let us drink from the waters of Goodness and sanity as much as we can …”

    Yes. It’s important to do so. And Goodness with a capital “G”. Exactly right.

    It would be too easy to be pulled under by the swirling cess pool simply by not staying grounded in the good things of our lives. Remembering that my Creator and Redeemer lives is my ground. The beauty of His creation is there to be seen, still. I saw a bright red cardinal on a snowy branch outside my window today. With snow on the ground and a cloudless blue sky backdrop, it was a beautiful picture. And I thought at that moment what a beautiful creation God has made. The evil of the world can not take away such beauty. And neither can it ultimately prevail. I may not live to see it, but the evil that holds sway today will be vanquished by truth some tomorrow. Of that my faith assures me.

    So, while I post in this blog in a sort of cathartic way, I’m actually a pretty optimistic guy and live my life in a much more upbeat manner than some of my posts may seem to imply. There’s lots of stuff that troubles me greatly, but none of that stuff pulls me under.

    • Anniel says:

      Sometimes we all need to be reminded of the goodness out there everywhere. I heard a huge raven yelling outside my window the other morning and thought about all the years I’ve watched ravens ride the thermals above our power plant. Some natives have made a totem of ravens and credit them with opening the box of daylight. Charming myth, but many of my native friends now follow the true and living God, who gives us light in the midst of darkness.

      I’m not nearly as grumpy as I was yesterday. Thank you for the shot in the arm.

      • Timothy Lane says:

        This is why I like to point out good things that happened as well as bad ones. For example, note that it was yesterday that news came out that Duke was going to allow the Muslim call to prayer sound once a week (publicly) from the tower of their chapel (there was no report on when they would allow weekly Christian or Jewish prayers, of course). Within a few hours, pressure (probably from donors who happen to be Christians not afflicted with excessive political correctness — and thus probably not Catholics) caused them to reconsider this plan for public affirmation of Submission aka Islam.

  8. Jerry Richardson says:

    Anniel,

    I will paraphrase something you said to me:

    Anniel – This, all of it, is absolutely truthful; sad but truthful. And the end result of truthfulness is cleansing and healing. Thank you.

    And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. —John 8:32 KJV

  9. Jerry Richardson says:

    Brad,

    But one reason I started this site — perhaps the main reason — was to have a place of sanity, not a place to just bitch and moan. And I don’t at all mind people bitching and moaning (at least if they do it creatively and with a bit of humor).
    —-
    None of this is a repudiation of what you [Anniel] wrote…Even so, let us drink from the waters of Goodness and sanity as much as we can, even while having to necessarily deal with a reality full of craziness and crazy people — many of whom I don’t think we’ll ever come to understand.

    Brad, I think there is a useful size (not to big not to small) of readers and commenters for your website who are completely simpatico with your stated “perhaps…main reason.”

    One of the enjoyable things I have noticed, in comparing your (I think of it now as our) website to others—for instance American Thinker which I read a lot—is that the comments to articles are a tremendous addition to the basic thought. A large part of the reason for that, in my opinion, is that the conversation is not so large and fragmented as it gets with a rather large number of commentators—main discussion, sub-discussion, sub-sub-discussion and so on. The conversation between commenters on Stubborn Things is rather tightly-focused and coherent—a nice, thoughtful “place of sanity.”

    With this in mind, I’d like to slightly break protocol, perhaps, and recommend a take-off based upon the idea of “a place of sanity” and the coherence of commentators and elements promoted by the “potpourri” style of Anniel’s article.

    The thought occurred to me that a third division of published items (in addition to article, and blogs) could profitably be something like a mini-blog for comments or a potpourri for discussion. The idea would be to make the lead in short (say a minimum of 1 page) but with enough diversity that is related to a single theme to promote thematic-coherence yet diverse comment. The aim in fact would be to promote comments. The notion here is sort-of a “twitter with brains and thoughtfulness.”

    Maybe it’s a goofy idea, and I apologize for not sending it privately, but the group of people commenting here are exactly the core of commenters and writers that I’ve had in mind. They are always interesting.

    Jerry

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      One of the enjoyable things I have noticed, in comparing your (I think of it now as our) website to others—for instance American Thinker which I read a lot—is that the comments to articles are a tremendous addition to the basic thought.

      Thanks, Jerry. And, of course, it’s yuze guys (and gals) we raise the level of conversation. That’s not my doing. I am but a small worker bee in the field of internet life. But there is a general vibe or ethic I like to promote (but do not demand….thus I do take my own advice about not having to make the outer world look and feel just like my inner world).

      One of those vibes is for this place never to become like a conservative lonely hearts club where we sit around and basically say how grand life would be if the Left wasn’t defecating all over it. Life would still be hard, full of suffering and tragedy, and most decidedly unfair even if Karl Marx had been snuffed in the cradle. Much of what passes for conservative media is not the proverbial Love Letter to America (as she should be and could be) but little more than an endless denunciation of the Left and what seemingly is simply an expression of personal dissatisfaction with life (we have a poetry section ready-made for that!).

      And if that’s all that some people have, then fine. But there’s an aspect of this where we are supposed to be the shining city on the hill.

      The thought occurred to me that a third division of published items (in addition to article, and blogs) could profitably be something like a mini-blog for comments or a potpourri for discussion. The idea would be to make the lead in short (say a minimum of 1 page) but with enough diversity that is related to a single theme to promote thematic-coherence yet diverse comment.

      I’m fine with that idea, Jerry. In fact, one of the things I advocate here is for writers to be brief and succinct. Much of what is said (here or anywhere) could be said in 1 page (however that is measured) or less. That’s kinda-sorta what I have going with the Bookshelf and Videoshelf section. I can post a quick reference to something and then use that to spur discussion and/or be able to underneath write a kinda-sorta review. I often tire of the formal requirements of doing a full review. And this format gives me more flexibility (especially time-wise).

      So anyone is more than welcome to write a small “discussion starter” type of article as you suggest. I’m not sure I need a physically different section for it. Plus, discussions tend to break out on their own, whether to a blog post, long article, or whatever. These things can’t easily be orchestrated.

      No, it’s not a goofy idea. And I’ll like suggestions because it gives me something to consider for the future.

      • GHG says:

        “one of the things I advocate here is for writers to be brief and succinct.”

        As the Bard wittily wrote “Brevity is the soul of wit.” Unfortunately, I’ll never be accused of being witty. 🙂

        • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

          Mr. Lesser, I have a past composed of tons and tons of blathering on. I don’t advocate against it, per se. Much of it is stuff that *we* need to do for ourselves in order to work out all that we have going on internally.

          The product of such workings might not make for riveting reading, but sometimes it does (for the highly motivated).

          I’m well versed in the nine circles of verbosity that surround and work toward the heavenly brevity of the Bard (not that he was particularly brief…he had multi-act plays to write).

          In fact, I fully endorse the use of StubbornThings to work those circles. All I ask is that people be aware of those circles and work with the purpose of moving toward the inward circles of understanding. And with understanding, brevity becomes somewhat automatic. What we understand we can generally say without spinning around in those outer circles.

          I’ve certainly known the kind indulgence of others as I’ve circled around and around and around the seventh, eighth, and often ninth ring of verbosity. And, truth be told, I’m probably only at the fifth ring. Those with true wisdom likely gain a flash of insight, a la St. Thomas, where all his words suddenly (at least to him) become “so much straw.” And the more I write (and the more I tend to repeat myself), and the more that I say that seems to be useless, the more the insight of St. Thomas makes sense to me. It doesn’t make total sense. But I think I get where he was coming from (mystical visions notwithstanding).

  10. Rosalys says:

    “…and intolerance of ambiguity.”

    And there’s something wrong with that?

    It’s becoming increasingly difficult to be shocked by any behavior nowadays, but the cruel treatment of your daughter at the hands of the “healing profession” is sickening! I have just said a prayer for her and hopefully will remember to keep doing so. I am so sorry.

    I love the “broccoli coating!” It’s a great picture of a world gone stark raving mad. Annie, you do not have to recover sanity because you are sane. And, as I am certain you know, our hope is in Jesus Christ. Nevertheless, keep your powder dry!

    • Anniel says:

      Rosalys: my girls are both tougher than their brothers, most of the time. But don’t tell the boys, they have fragile egos. Thank you for the prayers. (And I secretly love broccoli soup. )

      • Rosalys says:

        I love broccoli anything – but I understand that many don’t and understand the meaning behind broccoli coating.

        • GHG says:

          My wife makes a scrumptious “chicken broccoli braided bread”. It’s not really a “bread” per se, it’s more like a very large crescent roll with chicken and broccoli and other stuff inside. YUMMY!

          • Anniel says:

            Send recipe for broccoli lovers!

            • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

              If it’s a relatively healthy recipe, submit it and I’ll stick it in the “Health and Fitness” section. If it’s a “good” recipe (that this, rolling in wonderful fat, sugar, and gluten) then submit it anyway and it will become a blog entry. When I get the time, I’ll be submitting a (mostly healthy) recipe for muffins.

              • GHG says:

                Well considering that I like it, I’m going to guess it won’t pass the healthy-o-meter. 🙂

                I asked my wife for the recipe but I’m not clear what you mean by “submit it”. Do you mean post it here in the comments section or someplace else?

          • Anniel says:

            Just send it to Brad for a blog post. I would think more people would see it that way. Sounds great, and thanks.

  11. Timothy Lane says:

    The patriotpost.us website has an interesting response to the pope’s latest idiocy, mocking the idea that Islam can’t (not merely shouldn’t) be insulted because “every religion has its dignity.” (In responding to a similar piece by Matt Welch on Daily Caller, I asked what was reprehensible in the movie Submission by Theo Van Gogh and Ayaan Hirsi Ali.) The link is:

    http://patriotpost.us/posts/32404

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      Timothy, one of the cultural ticks of this secular day and age is the pop-psychology idea of “dignity.” And, like pornography, it’s an impossibly difficult word to define. Probably much more so.

      But in practice “dignity” is the grease of the skids to the road that leads to hell. In practice, “dignity” means “I’m okay, you’re okay…I’ll validate every damn thing you do, no matter how weird or destructive, if you’ll do the same for me.”

      And “dignity” is also another buzzword that allows the Master Cult to show to the world how compassionate they are, for they care about everyone’s “dignity.”

      But some bum drinking himself to death in the gutter is less in need of “dignity” than he is of effective help. Basically “dignity” is the multiculturalist’s cowardly way of never having to judge anything as bad. You just make a big show of how damn much “dignity” you see and respect in the other person.

      The Pope is a fool and I really don’t care how many Catholics I piss off by saying so.

      • Timothy Lane says:

        Yes, the pope is a fool, which is why I’ve previously referred to him as Pope Idiot. I doubt his views are really very different from those of previous popes, but consistently seems to express them in a very politically correct way. After a while, one assumes that this reflects what passes for a brain in his head.

      • Anniel says:

        The Pope seemed almost too good to be true, at first. My Catholic friends loved him and expected only good from him. Now, not so much. He’s another person with strange thinking about almost everything.

        • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

          If you have Catholic friends who recognize their Pope’s strange thinking, that is a sign that they are at least semi-orthodox Catholics.

          And this isn’t about splitting hair. It isn’t (as so many people continue to insist) about taking Pope Francis out of context. The man actually said:

          “Everyone has his own idea of good and evil and must choose to follow the good and fight evil as he conceives them. That would be enough to make the world a better place.”

          Of course, it’s not a grave sin just to make an error in judgment or a momentary slip of the tongue. But the above shows you without a doubt that the Pope’s religion is Marxism/socialism, not Christianity.

          One might make a very good case for the sort of non-judging relativism that the Pope espouses. Certainly in the Bible there are warnings about being too judgmental. But is it even the same religion if it is up to people’s own whims what is good and what isn’t?

          Such a belief comes either from the incredibly naïve or the downright evil. No one with an ounce of wisdom could miss the obvious point about human nature that people regularly deceive themselves about what is “right” so that they can do what they please.

          This is also the man who said,

          Inequality is the root of social evil

          So a man beat his wife because they are unequal? A pedophile molests a child because of feelings of being unequal? A man robs a liquor store and kills a cop because he feels unequal?

          Only a moron or a Marxist could have said those words. And wearing a fancy hat and being elected to high office does not legitimize the words. This man has about as much Jesus in him as Che Guevara.

          Does it matter that another sort of Kindergarten narcissist has become a leader in the free world? I think it does. Pope Francis should be impeached, if there is such a thing. And yet he is a sign of the times. He was elected by his fellow Cardinals who surely knew who he was and what he represented.

          It could be, as some of my friends believe, that there is nothing to religion. It is just a bunch of story telling. So they might say to me, So what that someone is telling a new fabricated story over the old one? And such a person would, of course, have a point. And, in fact, the obvious apostasy of Pope Francis would give evidence to the idea that religion ever only is a social thing. It’s what people together decide it is with roots in nothing else.

          This would, of course, negate all the visions, sufferings, martyrdom, and writings of the Christian mystics and saints, those who through words and deeds have given faint – and sometimes brilliant – clues to a world and reality beyond this present one – a world that had nothing to do with “equality” and one that very much has to do with an objective right and wrong, and where love (including love of truth and wisdom) is central.

          I’m not sure myself of there is such a reality. But if I were to become part of the Church, I would expect to bend myself to its beliefs, and not to Karl Marx’s. It would be my job to try to understand the metaphysics and morals of the religion, not create new ones based upon some crank third-world ideology that is based ultimately upon an atheistic view of the world.

          • Timothy Lane says:

            Who are we to object to a wife-beater or a pedophile? According to the pope, there’s nothing wrong with that as long as the perpetrator thinks there’s nothing wrong. That’s great news for the jihadis, who definitely do believe it morally right to slaughter those who make the mistake of believing the pope.

  12. Timothy Lane says:

    Well, there’s more good and bad news today, courtesy of the Blaze (I get their daily updates). In a number of countries (especially Niger and Pakistan), a large number of thugs that Barry and His Parrot Chorus claim aren’t Muslims (though the thugs themselves think they are) rioted in one form or another over the latest Charlie Hebdo cover.

    On the other hand, a Kentucky couple out late on the deck of their cruise ship (because their year-old daughter was unable to sleep, with the expected results) heard someone who had fallen overboard on another cruise ship and notified the crew, who were able to rescue him a few hours later (it takes time to turn a large ship around).

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