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Let’s Review 50: Signs of the New Spring and the Same Old Urban Decay

 Yellow cardinal Auburn University biology professor Geoffrey Hill said the cardinal in the photos is an adult male in the same species as the common red cardinal, but carries a genetic mutation that causes what would normally be brilliant red feathers to be bright yellow instead…

Time to Go Ask Your Local Progressive Bakery to Bake an NRA Cake An NRA member needs to find the most progressive bakery he can, and then request an AR-15-shaped cake for a Second Amendment celebration. Walk into the store wearing an NRA shirt and hat. Openly carry a gun if you’re legally allowed. Ask for the top of the cake to be decorated with words like “In celebration of the NRA.”

Time to go out to the movies again: Liberal Critics Loathe Death Wish Remake: ‘Ultra-Right-Wing’ ‘Maleness’ for ‘NRA Crowd’

The reason the ideological Right has limited cultural power these days is because the Left, with (((David Brooks))) and his nation in the vanguard, have worked very hard for at least four generations at attempting to eradicate everything from the culture that betrays any sign of Christian influence or Western tradition. And the reason that they are failing despite their near-complete control of the cultural high ground is because they have literally nothing to offer in its place.

There is no set time period after which some torch is passed. It’s a year, it’s all eight years, or it’s a day, whatever it takes to make liberals look good — and it takes a lot. A good thing that happens in the final moments before two-term Trump is obliged to watch the swearing in of his successor, on January 20, 2025, should be credited to Barack Obama. That weird thing the Dow did last month, is to be blamed on Trump. And the various plunges it did throughout 2016 in Obama’s last year in office, are to be blamed on George W. Bush. Who saw the economy crash during his final year in office, of 2008…but if anything cheerful ever happened during that time, the credit for it would rightfully go to — Bill Clinton. House of Eratosthenes

Facebook Keeps Secret Files on Internet Users Habits – Here’s How to Find Yours

Why I Am a Devoted Follower of … LeBron James, He appeared at a Hillary rally in Ohio just before the 2016 Presidential election, effectively helping seal the deal for Donald Trump to carry the state. Inasmuch as he knows how to bounce a ball, and to throw it in the air at just the correct arch so that it goes through a hoop with netting on its way down, he fancies himself a political commentator and intellectual.

Why I Am a Devoted Follower of … Bernie Sanders Great Brooklyn accent. A Marxist socialist who would have been shot to death by Stalin after Uncle Joe was done with Trotsky, Kamenev, Zinoviev, and that group. Instead got to be a Marxist in America, where he could rail against capitalism while buying and living in at least three houses, one of them a $600,000 summer home. A non-Democrat who ran for President in his mid-70s as a Democrat and almost beat Hillary.

Why I Am a Devoted Follower of … Ellen DeGeneres Not that funny. Never was. Never will be. But if you are politically correct, you dare not say that she is not that funny. Instead, you make her host of Academy Awards night, Grammy Awards, Daytime Emmys. And Obama gave her the Presidential Medal of Freedom. End of story.

Why I Am a Devoted Follower of Jimmy Kimmel… A fraud, a jerk, and a sell-out. I remember “The Man Show.” Juggy Dance Squad. “Girls on Trampolines.” Blackface make-up imitating NBA star Karl Malone. As an Orthodox rabbi, I remember being so deeply offended by the crudeness, the coarseness, the objectification of women as nothing but sex objects. One episode was enough to know what I would be missing thenceforth.

Africans are a threat to overwhelm Europe (and, eventually, the rest of the Western world) because our culture is increasingly sacralizing blacks, with the worst sin being to speak realistically of their strengths and weaknesses.

15 Evil Or Incompetent Women Who Prove That Females Are Horrible Leaders

Science: Cold Is The New Hot A loop in the jet stream brought record cold to places like Colorado and the UK over the past week while bringing milder air to a small section of the Arctic. Geniuses in the scientific community and press immediately blamed the cold weather on an overheated atmosphere.

The Origins and Appropriations of the Aloha Shirt Local lore ranges from an anecdote of a group of private-school boys who had sensational ones made by tailors in downtown Honolulu to a tale about the Hollywood actor John Barrymore asking tailor Dolores Miyamoto for a bespoke shirt to a story about a local named Rube Houseman, who handed out vivid button-ups to Waikiki beach boys, which they’d wear to the Rathskeller Bar. (Allegedly, the shirt was called the “Rathskeller” for a time.)

I think we can all agree that it would be considerably less racist if the various organizations were to change the name of the month-long holiday from Black History Month to Wakandan History Month.

AWA!: Kenya doctors ‘perform brain surgery on wrong patient’

Why I Didn’t Vote in the Oscars | The casting couch has been in existence since the silent era. Either these women somehow had lobotomies when they first got off a plane at LAX or, one way or another, they made their peace for most of their careers with this uncomfortable reality that has been known to practically everybody for decades. I’m perfectly happy it seems to be finally coming to an end, but self-satisfied women swanning around in strategically revealing black evening gowns is not a form of political protest I find particularly impressive.

Homosexuality used to be a mental illness while chain smoking was not classified as one. Now chain smoking is a mental illness while homosexuality is not. Most Cloud People probably think anyone who voted for Donald Trump is mentally ill.

NGO: China Using ‘Predictive Policing’ to Put Thousands in Communist ‘Education’ Camps The individuals in question do not face any criminal charges; instead, HRW states, their government profiles indicate that they are likely to engage in anti-communist activity in the future.

Nation That Calls Trump ‘Hitler’ Demands He Take All Guns Away

I think it more likely than not that left-wing activism against targeted corporations is an attempt to frighten that’s not backed up by an objective capability to do harm to its target. The evidence for any true capability to inflict harm on the Left’s targets is scant and unconvincing. Yet the Left has garnered a fair amount of obeisance, obsequious compliance, and public forelock-tugging from the companies it’s targeted. There’s information in there.

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  • Richard March 4, 2018, 10:40 AM

    [t]he reason that they are failing despite their near-complete control of the cultural high ground is because they have literally nothing to offer in its place.
    If only that were true. From 1917 to the Fall of the Wall, the Left had plenty to fill the void. Specifically, generations of sheep beaten, abused and worse by their self-appointed “sheepdogs”. Misery, privation,and state induced paranoia. If the proles weren’t happy, well, at least they were controlled.Seeing the same thing happening here as those to big to jail continue to flip-off the folks who pay for the whole, damn travesty. Sheeple cheerfully following the Judas goat. Jettisoning God-given rights, bleating “it’s for the chiiiildreeeen!”, as they enter the abattoir. It just astounds me how nothing, g_ddamn nothing is learned from history.
    Interestingly, when communism did finally fall (or did it?) in the bad old USSR, it was quickly revealed that there was a thriving, underground Church the whole time the tyrants were in power. This despite Stalin and his successor’s maniacal persecution of believers. Living here -where we can, for the nonce, worship freely-I find it nearly impossible to imagine that kind of faith.
    So it comes down to what it’s always been: good vs evil; creation vs destruction. Like I said, if only the Left didn’t have something to offer.

  • John Venlet March 4, 2018, 12:23 PM

    I have not seen any yellow cardinals, but the red cardinals started their Spring songs just two weeks ago here in SW Michigan. If that’s not a herald of Spring, I don’t know what is.

  • Perry March 4, 2018, 1:14 PM

    And if the bakery does indeed agree to make the cake, DO NOT EAT THE CAKE!

  • OneGuy March 4, 2018, 2:30 PM

    The Death Wish remake; BAD. Black Panther; GOOD.

    I am so out of touch.

    But there is good news. This reminded me to check show schedules and Death Wish is playing this week! Finally a movie I’m willing to pay money to watch.

  • Campesino March 4, 2018, 3:29 PM

    Here in the Colorado Front Range I saw a yellow variant House Finch at my feeder several years ago. Got pictures to prove it

  • ghostsniper March 4, 2018, 7:10 PM

    The TV in my office is on GRIT TV right now, with the sound turned off and Deathwish V: The Face of Death is on. As far as I can tell 1-4 played back to back prior.

  • John Venlet March 5, 2018, 4:46 AM

    Ghostsniper, you must be running an antenna, rather than cable, just as I do, and you’re right, GRIT TV was running the Deathwish marathon.

  • Jaynie March 5, 2018, 5:46 AM

    I have to say I agree with Richard. The left has offered a banal self-worship that appeals to man’s baser instincts, I think.

    Speaking of baser instincts, I just rewatched Charles Bronson in original Death Wish. Preparing so when I watch Bruce Willis, I can compare and contrast for fun. Ha, entertaining to see how times have changed in cinema.

    And I think this is pretty funny, in the ironic sense of funny, regarding the critics trashing the new version. “I know some of you will say, “Relax, it’s just a movie.” Fair enough. But movies don’t exist in a vacuum. ” From the Entertainment Weekly critic. Well, that is funny, because when conservatives are appalled at liberal cinema, we are instructed by our self-styled betters that we should calm down, it’s just a movie.

  • ghostsniper March 5, 2018, 10:33 AM

    @John, right. Got rid of the dish maybe 5 years ago or so, we just weren’t watching it much any more.
    We watch the toob at suppertime and that’s about it. My mutt Shannon watches it so I turn it on for her out here in my office sometimes.

    Sometimes we watch Wheel and Jeopardy at suppertime but most of the time not.
    We have 5 DVD players in rotation.
    All TV series from the 50’s-60’s.
    Player 1: The Untouchables
    2: The Texan
    3: The Naked City
    4: Tombstone Territory
    5: Alfred Hitchcock Hour

  • John Venlet March 5, 2018, 11:36 AM

    What, no Death Valley Days, Ghostsniper? It’s been on GRIT TV. I’ve never had cable, not once, and I don’t think I’ve missed a thing. We do watch some stuff via Netflix and Amazon, from time to time. The thing I mostly cannot stand about teevee, besides the variety shows otherwise known as “the news,” is the commercials. Every time I think I’ve seen the height of stupidity and the idolatry of diversity in a commercial, I shortly thereafter am proven wrong.

  • jwm March 5, 2018, 3:47 PM

    I’ve been without TV in any form for years. No cable. No Netflix. No radio either, for that matter. I get what I need to know online, and I’ve even throttled that back to a very few sites. TV is a sewer, and almost every writer online wants to make you angry over something. The lure of the internet is that you can spend hours every day filling your head with information, and when you can add to that by contributing a thought or two it gives the illusion of actually *doing* something. The illusion.
    Anyway- here’s a little OT for Ghostsniper: Remember Skinnycat, the little feral that I took with me from the elementary school? Back in December, or January you suggested that we leave the garage door open, and the cat would someday come in and begin to make herself to home. When I brought that ragged little beast back from the vet, she huddled way back in the tightest corner of the garage she could find. She wouldn’t get anywhere near me. I figured, No way is that beast ever going to be a pet. I wasn’t sure if we’d done the right thing bringing her home from the schoolyard. Well, she’s beginning to come around at last. The other two cats have accepted her, and she’s claimed the back yard for her own. Not to mention taking out a rat, and two birds. I’ve moved her food from the garage to the back porch. She comes sneakin’ into the living room every chance she thinks no one’s looking. Still can’t pet her yet, but she comes when I call, and she’ll sit, and stretch out within a foot of me. She likes the cat treats too…


  • ghostsniper March 6, 2018, 8:00 AM

    @John, you know me too well. Maybe I need to change my tactics, or we need to get together and share some single malt.

    We just completed the DVD’s for the first 2 seasons of Death Valley Days from in the 50’s and in B/W and are waiting on the next discs ordered from Amazon. “The OLD Ranger” LOL.

    Last week in the middle of the afternoon Shannon was staring that the turned off TV so I turned it on for her and lo and behold Death Valley was on and it was in color. OMG. But that wasn’t all. The show had just started and it was hosted by none other than Ronald Reagan!!! OMFG!!! Further, as the show progressed Reagan was in the actual episode and he was playing a bad guy. WTF? I’ve seen Reagan in some older (40’s-50’s) movie roles and he was always a good guy so it was striking to see him in a bad guy role.

    I hear you about the commercials. I can not stand them, literally. I wear the remote buttons out when they come on. Such utter idiocy across the board. I made a comment about them just the other day over at Bison Prepper. The commercials seem to be about everything BUT what they are advertising. All of these huge business’s are committing commercial suicide and paying big money to do so. I just don’t get it.

    Another thing I find transparently and childishly insulting is the huge influx of the “rainbow of races” injected into just about all TV commercials now. To watch these things one would get the impression that all families now consist of 30 something couples with a white dood and a fair complexion negro ho and their mulatto son with a giant fro frolicking around in their “connected” $800k crib in gated suburbia.

    We don’t do much streaming because of our shitty Hughes satellite limits but I’ve heard that people that do stream can have a DVR or other equipment that the eliminates the commercials, which would be very nice. Thing is, I just don’t watch the stuff enough to warrant the expense, in money, and in time spent learning the stuff and keeping up with it. At the end of the day it’s JUST TV and while it can be entertaining at times the quality of said entertainment is so pale compared the vividness of all the other things that are available. Like being outside for example.

    Seasonal adjustment is well underway.
    It is still in the low 30’s in the morning and warming to the low 50’s in the afternoon so I am being drawn more and more to outside endeavors. And eating more raw fruits. It’s neat to watch how an area with real seasons has that effect. In the winter I just don’t feel like eating fruits much, plus their availability in the stores dwindles to where I wonder about the quality. In the heart of winter I don’t eat any raw foods but do tend to gravitate to thick, laden foods, with lots of gravy. Pasta’s, noodles, potatoes, all kinds of vegetables and huge chunks of meats, prepared in bulk in large kettles that last for days. And lots of breads. All of these things seem to act as an internal furnace so that I can continues to wear shorts and t-shirts during all but the most severely cold and windy/rainy days. I pack on extra weight in the winter and I wish that wasn’t so, but I believe it is a natural response to the cold. In the spring I start shedding excess tonnage, (eating lots of raw fruits and veg’s and just about all meats are cooked over an outside fire in various forms) spend almost all day outside and by summers end I am a split rail all over again. Thus, the beginning cold days of late fall get me shivering and the kettle comes out of the cabinet.

    In Florida where I’m from there are only 2 seasons, hot and hotter, and I believe my internal mechanisms were never really geared that way. While I led a luxurious outside life in FL, boating, fishing, water sports, hiking, camping, construction, gardening, etc., I was always miserable due to the overwhelming heat, humidity, and bugs. God the bugs. Florida is attacking bug world and you must always be guarded against them. Up here in the cold white north the bugs are non-existent in the winter, hiding deep in their lairs.

    When my uncle moved to FL from Gettysburg he said, “If man was supposed to live in a cold environ he’d be covered in fur”, so he moved and after enduring 4 years of screaming hot hell in southwest FL he said, “If you put a piece of meat in the sun it will rot” and he loaded up the station wagon and headed back to the freezer. 12 years ago we followed his last example and my only regret is that we didn’t move here at least 20 years prior. Rural is SO much better than suburban.

    Remember, it’s called suburban rather than subrural because suburbia is almost as insane as urbania and not like ruralville at all. Out here, it’s like a whole nuther country!

  • John Venlet March 6, 2018, 9:11 AM

    Ghostsniper, Reagan hosted “Death Valley Days” for a number of years, and played a number of roles in various episodes. Just two weeks ago, I saw the show you mentioned on GRIT. Though teevee nowadays is in large part a wasteland, I’m glad some of these old shows are being run on antenna style television stations, though their commercials are just crummy.

    Seasonal adjustment for myself is a matter of getting my fly fishing gear ready for the start of the mayfly season. Residing in Michigan, as I do, and because I’ve never been able to pack on the pounds no matter how much meat and potatoes I down, I’m always warmly dressed. I put on my longjohns basically on the 1st of November and don’t shed them, or at least keep them close at hand, til May.

    I’d enjoy sipping some single malt with ya, Ghostsniper. I’ll supply the cigars, and bring a bottle of Rittenhouse Rye, Bottled in Bond, which I’ve recently found to be quite an enjoyable sipper, for your consideration.

  • ghostsniper March 6, 2018, 7:09 PM

    Ever gonna bring your blog back online John?
    I liked reading about your fly fishing.

  • ghostsniper March 6, 2018, 7:15 PM

    @JWM, it seems she has chosen you, but on her terms, as cats are want to do.
    All of them can’t be the up-close warm and cozy type, our laps aren’t big enough.
    Our youngest one, 3 years old now, that was born on our bathroom floor, still hasn’t warmed up to me much. Sometimes she’ll let me pet her for oh, maybe 30 seconds, but then she scampers off to her own world she prefers. I wish it were different but I know that’ll only happen if she wants it.

    Similarly, our oldest cat spent roughly 14 years avoiding me and only lately will she let me pet her. Not sure whats up with that but I’ll take what I can and not pressure her for more. Catz ain’t dogz.
    My hope is that you’re little gurl doesn’t happen upon tragedy while outside, but unfortunately I believe she will.

  • John Venlet March 7, 2018, 6:05 AM

    Ever gonna bring your blog back online John?

    I do consider it, from time to time, Ghostsniper, but I cannot give a definitive yes or no.