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Strange Daze: A Single Snowflake

A Single Snowflake & TwistedSifter

Ah, love, let us be true
To one another! for the world, which seems
To lie before us like a land of dreams,
So various, so beautiful, so new,
Hath really neither joy, nor love, nor light,
Nor certitude, nor peace, nor help for pain;
And we are here as on a darkling plain
Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight,
Where ignorant armies clash by night.
— Dover Beach by Matthew Arnold

Texas vs. California Challenge   Leaving California for Texas is such a conformist thing to do these days, but I did for a short vacation to America. In Houston, I went into an H.E.B. and was talking about California to someone who was giving away free samples of beef  —  having conversations with random people is a huge difference from LA — and I had to reassure the guy I was going home. He seemed relieved. I’ve been coming to Texas intermittently for about 30 years, and it’s never seemed more crowded. The place is packed — the roads, the stores, the airport. Back home in LA, it’s empty and depressing as the pols elected by the brigades of frigid Santa Monica wine moms who seem to run everything panic ever-harder over a disease that appears to be less virulent than the regular flu. 

Here in Texas, people are happy, chipper, and armed.

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Why I’m leaving NY to protect my children from its politicians  In September, at a time when our COVID case rate was at its lowest, Gov. Kathy Hochul forced the return to masking even for 2-year-olds in daycare settings. No other Western country is masking children this young. As the rest of the world moved toward sanity, blue cities like New York have jutted away. Until the recent cold weather, my kids had been eating on the ground outdoors in their respective schoolyards. When they finally moved the kids inside, my sixth-grader reported that the kids were forbidden from speaking to each other or sitting with their friends. Who else is living like this? Who else eats in silence? The best part was when the school vice-principal visited the cafeteria and saw the kids chatting, she yelled at them — but not before pulling down her mask so she could be better understood, of course.

The American Dream is on Life Support in the Bay Area   Put simply, over the course of the years, many small incidents and arguments chipped away at any hope of happiness or contentment here. A friend of mine and I visited India once. Observing deviations from all the things we take for granted in the US — poor internet, pollution, haggling for everything, traffic, lack of sanitation with food — he called it “a land of minor inconveniences.” It was a spot-on assessment and was a big part of why I couldn’t wait to leave the country. The Bay Area has gradually felt more and more like this. You add it all up and it forms this layer of cognitive load in your head, that makes you a less effective, less happy, less productive person.

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Stop and Assess | Kunstler  The other view — that is becoming ever-harder to disregard — is that the Covid-19 pandemic was a deliberate program by a gang of powerful international adventurers to install a regime of surveillance and extreme control over formerly free citizens — all in the service of “re-setting” the ailing global financial system, reducing the population of elder pensioners to relieve the West’s payment obligations, and stifling industrial economies as a cure for climate change. It has sounded a little preposterous to me that such manifest evil, as otherwise seen only in James Bond movies and newsreels of the Nazis, could actually be true. But it is looking more and more of-a-piece with actions like the years-long mischief between Dr. Fauci and the Wuhan lab; the preparatory positioning of the pharma companies for just such a pandemic, including patent filings, to enable the quick release of their dubious “vaccines”; the janky mail-in ballot election of 2020 with the installation of an obvious puppet President “Joe Biden”; the insane legislation agenda of the Democratic Party; the long-running Woke insurrection against Western culture, values, and common sense; and the arrant bad faith of the news media reporting all the above as dishonestly as possible.

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Someone needs to explain to this pathetic heterosexual faggot that injecting people with poison is a capital crime, and as Nuremberg clearly established, “I was just following orders”is NOT A DEFENSE. | Barnhardt

This guy is what I refer to as a “heterosexual faggot”, which should be self-explanatory. What an absolute DISGRACE of a man. Weak, stuttering and stammering under the weight of his own effeminacy, wringing his hands and fiddling with his Masonic burqa. This failure freely admits that he started injecting people with poison – no questions asked, zero due diligence done, because it meant his job. Remember, effeminacy is the vice of softness as St. Thomas Aquinas calls it, that is, refusing to do a virtuous good because it would reduce one’s own personal pleasure or comfort. Effeminacy, as a vice, transcends sex. Women must shun effeminacy every bit as much as men, although to see it in men is admittedly far more repulsive, as the deplorable piece of work above so ably demonstrates. I honestly don’t know how guys like him look themselves in the mirror.

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  • Richard December 29, 2021, 10:03 AM

    Evil. Gestapo. KGB.
    NYPD Attacking a 5 year old eating pizza? Take off your badges, oath breakers.
    New York City is a failed state.>>>>

    Guess it all depends on what the long-term objectives were and continue to be. For the freedom-killing Left, it’s been an astounding success.

    • gwbnyc December 29, 2021, 2:09 PM

      when bottles of gas were being thrown around here the cops watched.

      • Kevin in PA December 29, 2021, 4:11 PM

        Pathetic union workers only concerned with the fat pension and early retirement. It is my understanding that most big city cops can retire at 50 and if they play the clock and plenty of over-time pay in their final years of “duty” they can actually walk away with near 100% of their salary in pension pay-out.

  • Harry December 29, 2021, 11:11 AM

    Ah yes, metal playground equipment back in the 1960s. There was the occasional broken bone (one of them mine) from trying to perform daredevil stunts.
    Direct summer sunlight raised the temperature of those metal slides enough so that we avoided them during certain times of the day.
    I did develop a good grip hanging off the edge of a spinning merry-go-round.
    Gimme danger little stranger.

  • gwbnyc December 29, 2021, 1:54 PM

    we had this model at the playground and you could get that SOB up around warp eight-


    I swear I remember it being twice that diameter.


    I had a pal, a hillbilly, who would in sotto voice affirm low rumors, etc with a “s’ cat got an ass?”

  • jwm December 29, 2021, 5:53 PM

    We had a similar contraption at the playground back in the day. Ours was a little sturdier, with steel pipes instead of the square tubes. Even so, that thing was dangerous. Kids would ride the middle, and if you fell you had those eight spokes of 2″ steel pipe spinning a couple inches above your head. Or you got dragged through the rough dirt.
    Not to mention the giant swing set with linked steel rods instead of chains. I remember getting WAY too much altitude on more than one swing jump, and the skinned up knees and hands that went with them. Somehow we survived, though, huh?


    • gwbnyc December 29, 2021, 10:49 PM

      we had the one you describe, too. four kids could man the treadles. that was in first grade, from second on I was in a new school, they built seven of them in the town to accommodate boomers and to defeat Russia. in the old school we had a very tall slide, noticably so. a boy fell off the ladder, broke his arm and they removed the slide.

      I cracked my head on the sidewalk at the new school and sat in the principals office behind it’s moderne picture window on the hall with a half pint milk bottle held against the knot over my eye.

    • Mike Austin December 30, 2021, 2:28 AM

      We lived across from Essex Park in southeast Portland. It had a merry-go-round of metal. We kids could get that thing to spin as fast as a top. We had swings too. A couple of my pals somehow put a picnic table on two of those swings. Whole groups of us kids would get on that table and swing back and forth. Essex Park had the entire panoply of things that today are banned as being too dangerous.

      What type of soft, effeminate weakling desires a life with no danger? Do you want to live forever?

    • julie December 30, 2021, 10:18 AM

      Surprisingly, here in the wilds on the Inland Empire, there is still at least one genuine Merry-go-round that I know of. My kids loved it, at least until my son discovered the joys of motion sickness. And at least one of the parks around here got two brand new playgrounds featuring actual metal slides. It was funny watching the kids try them out; they’re used to plastic, which never lets them get up any real speed. Of course, those will be unusable for a good part of the summer, but the fact they are there at all is a wonder.

  • rocdoctom December 29, 2021, 7:04 PM

    Ahhh, playground equipment in the 50’s. The contest was always “who would be the first to break a bone” when summer vacation started. My neighbor held the record for a few years–on the first day of summer vacation he broke his arm when he fell off the monkey bars. The best but no broken bones…riding our bikes down the slides. We all carried a pocket knife and also a BB gun.

  • Veeze December 29, 2021, 8:09 PM

    Ms. Leaving-New-York is part of the problem. She likely voted more than once for the jackassery that made the rules in the Big Apple. After a few weeks in Florida, she’ll start pissing and moaning that she can’t find a good bialy, then get wrapped around the axle because the kid who sits next to her kid in school said a prayer in class. She’ll start casting her ballots for socialists, again.

    • Mike Austin December 30, 2021, 8:59 AM

      My guess is that both she and that other guy, who bemoaned the state of San Francisco, will return from whence they came. Being around Red Necks, Christians, Republicans, gun owners and truck drivers will drive them insane—that is, more insane. Unfortunately, they both will pen tedious screeds explaining why they returned.

  • Mike Austin December 30, 2021, 3:56 AM

    So Karol Markowicz has had it with New York. But she once sang its praises.

    “I loved this city so much. I could not picture a life elsewhere. I was New York’s biggest cheerleader. In 2016 I wrote in these pages that we’d never leave. Why would we?…Who has it better than New Yorkers?”

    “Who has it better than New Yorkers?” The blindness, the arrogance, the ignorance: they burn. So who does have it better than New Yorkers? Well, if you believe that being crowded like insects, traveling underground in filthy and crime-ridden metal tubes, enduring hordes of rats, having to step over mounds of garbage, dealing with public defecation, seeing cops attack a little kid eating pizza, and watching addicts shoot up in broad daylight is a good way to live, then I would say that New York is a bit better than Guatemala City. A bit.

    “We know we live in the greatest city in the history of the world. That’s right, in the history of the world.”

    Writing that New York City is the greatest city in History just show that Markowicz knows little of History. She really, really needs to get out more. And she is. She’s heading south. But the New York she is leaving behind does not at all sound like “the greatest city in History” but rather like a nightmare dystopia filled with emoting progressives, neurotic millennials and hollow-eyed psychopaths, and governed by jack-booted degenerates.

    The author of “The American Dream is on Life Support in the Bay Area” writes similarly—and just as tediously–about San Francisco as Markowicz wrote about New York City. Both authors equate civilization with tony restaurants, pricey shops, fancy museums, endless crowds of people going to-and-fro, and parties where the most Beautiful Folks Ever congregate to share tales of their derring-do in the “greatest cities in the world”.

    It used to be when a man got fed up with life in the cities, he simply wrote “gone Texas” on his door, pulled up stakes and headed out. Now a lengthy, whiny and emotion filled missive is somehow required, no doubt assisted by valium and Chardonnay. The authors of these pieces know Jack and Shit about the real America.

    Jefferson wrote about cities “as pestilential to the morals, the health and the liberties of man.” The two authors prove his case, though that was not their intention.

    We must always remember that first city was founded by the first murderer.

  • Dirk December 30, 2021, 8:26 AM

    LOVE the Cat chart. Our cats on my lap, and I’m exploring the petting zones. The chart according to our cat Ellie, is spot on. She’s actually our grand cat.

    Sometimes a dam pest. I have a secret weapon. A dose of cat nip, she disappears under her blanket and purrs for hours.

    She sits on me, stares in my eyes, paws my face, daily. Comes and gets me when she deems a treat is needed. Actually our daughters cat, who decided she was staying with us.


  • Dirk December 30, 2021, 8:39 AM

    Toys of old, were work you climbed um, swang on em or raced around the merry go round to go faster. Four square required movement, the single metal bar was when balance was practiced. I remember my sister practicing her gymnastics on em.

    All these toys were fun, more importantly required movement speed and strength, were no fat kids back then. Hell if I could locate and purchase sets, I’d put em in my back yard for me. Being a monkey on the monkey bars, kept kids fit.

    Few years back we had a school who didn’t require PE class. The old teachers thru a fit, demanded PE be put back in the curriculum.

    What’s happening today is by design!


  • James ONeil December 30, 2021, 9:07 AM

    Thanks again Gerard, for reminding me why, in spite of the 42 inches of snow my yard, the hours I spent snow plowing last week, the present +7°F temperature and the -35°F expected Saturday, I’m delighted to be sitting up here on top of the world instead of down there, just about anywhere down there!

    • ghostsniper December 30, 2021, 9:49 AM

      I don’t know Jim. Yes, some aspects of Alaska is magnificent, I agree. But right now it’s not too bad on our little slice of heaven. I haven’t seen another human being except my wife since 2 days before Christmas and the weather has been unusually warm, but the past 2 days we’ve had rain. All in all I won’t complain. Tomorrow I will go to a small town and I’ll see some people, maybe even someone I know. Might stop in at Gnawbone Jack’s place and see what he’s up to. In an hour I’m gonna step out back and shoot some gonz and maybe warsh it down with a piece of punkin pie and a stout cup o’ mud.