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Taking a mental health break for (I hope) at least the rest of the day

Over 30 tabs open and I am already repulsed by the continuing use of oxygen by those who have and continue to work to kill my nation. Like Neo posts:”A thought: well, the soft coup failed… – The New Neo …so now it’s pivot to the hard coup.” And a commenter notes:

When the sunlight hits the swamp, the scum also rises.

See you on the flip side.

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  • ghostsniper June 4, 2020, 1:25 PM

    Get up away from that heartbreaking disappointment.
    And leave it that way for awhile, maybe a whole day.
    Or more.
    Go outside, in the sun, get some vitamin D ALL over you.
    At least 2 hours worth, or as much as you can.
    DO something while outside.
    Wrap a rope around Miss Olive and drag her around in the yard a bit.
    Bend all the way over and touch those toes.
    Again. and again.
    Check the mail. 50 times.
    IOW, Count the blue cars.

  • Lance de Boyle June 4, 2020, 1:28 PM

    Oh, sure, Gerard. Have a nice nap. Down here in NC we will, at the same time, just keep on chopping cotton in the hot sun, so you out west can wear cool shirts, while we wear overalls and spit tobacco juice onto passing locusts.

  • Vanderleun June 4, 2020, 1:49 PM

    Well now cousin cracker I shore enuf will take me a nap while one of my brothers, living in Black Mountain. will be chomping down on that cotton over on Reverand Graham’s farm and proving, as yawl does daily, that “You can take cracker outta high cotton but you can’t take the high cotton out of the cracker.”

    Do I approve? You damn skippy.

  • Gagdad Bob June 4, 2020, 2:15 PM

    “The sewers of history sometimes overflow, as in our time.” –Dávila
    Bring back a plunger.

  • Jewel June 4, 2020, 2:18 PM

    House arrest had taken its toll on me, because I am raising children not my own. I had no say in it, but I was available, so it was ‘please, could you, they’ll be homeless, otherwise.’ The last several months were steeped in sullen near despair, as I tried to home school emotionally crippled children.

    But then something happened. Moms and grandmas have become the beacons in this neighborhood where no one is quarantining. Several other moms and grandmothers are all kid magnets throughout the neighborhood. And it has been wonderful. At any given moment a pack of 6 to 11-year-olds will come over (sometimes they knock, but mostly they just walk in) and they’ll play with each other and talk with the grownups, as though we were suddenly COOL! In the evenings, one of the moms has the pack of kids out on a mile-long walk.

    Almost none of them are watching the idiot box, and the iPads don’t seem to have the allure that fresh air does. Many of them are riding bikes without helmets, or skateboards, without helmets. Today two of the girls showed me their new bruises. They were so proud. I feel like I’m reliving my own childhood. Despair is a sin that leads to all the other self-murdering sins. Riots, looting, civilizational destruction, it seems it’s all happening on some other planet.

    The CDC put out guidelines for reopening schools. Yeah, right. An exercise in imbecilification. You think CO2 gas is bad for the planet? Try making a bunch of squirmy kids in face masks breathe their own stinky CO2 all day long.

    The kids that live here will continue to be homeschooled next year.

  • Mizz E June 4, 2020, 3:16 PM

    Sending my love to Saint Jewel.

  • Stargazer June 4, 2020, 3:59 PM

    Jewel: “An exercise in imbecilification.” Great turn of phrase. So applicable to today’s goings on.

  • jwm June 4, 2020, 4:27 PM

    Do you need medicine for the stress and near despair of this shitty episode in history? Bruce Charlton posted this link the other day. John Butler has a cure.



  • Jewel June 4, 2020, 4:35 PM

    Life imitates sitcoms. Another good word using imbecile is ‘incumbecile’. That’s a person who keeps re-electing their kleptocratic congressthing.

  • Anonymous June 4, 2020, 4:37 PM

    Young Jewell… Home school materials….

    Beginning reading. Teach your child to read in 100 easy lessons. https://www.amazon.com/Teach-Your-Child-Read-Lessons/dp/0671631985/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3E0KHCXQCB9UM&dchild=1&keywords=100+easy+lessons+to+teach+your+child+to+read&qid=1591311308&sprefix=100+easy+lessons%2Caps%2C174&sr=8-1

    [scripted. in 75 hours kids are on a second grade level. Also use with kids who are struggling. No “progressive” baloney.]

    Funnix at https://www.nifdi.org cheap and effective. on computer.

    More advanced reading and other knowledge systems…
    https://www.nifdi.org see “programs”

    Kids who have been mistaught. [how do you spell that?]
    “Corrective reading” in “programs” at https://www.nifdi.org 2 years achievement in 65 lessons.

    Saxon Math

    Singapore Math.

    Make kids real smart..

    Whole brain teaching. Sounds like progressive bullcrap, but it’s not.
    creates a team; lots of energy; kids want to please the teacher; excellent for kids with “attention problems” and autism (totally predictable, draws them in)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8tSsGENRy0 compare to the ordinary class with black kids. sullen, “I don’ know.”

    end of pedantry. must chop more cotton so Gerard can have cool shirts.

  • H June 4, 2020, 6:50 PM

    That’s God’s own heart Jewel is teaching them out of, right there. She will also take ’em out and teach ’em how to drink out of the garden hose, I hope. If there be a marksman/woman about, some or all of them need introduced to the joys of and discipline required for the Red Ryder b-b gun, for starters.

  • John the River June 4, 2020, 7:20 PM

    Anyone here familiar with the Criterion Channel?
    Artsy Independent Oldies movie channel. By definition an oldies channel.
    I like old films, japanese films; so I joined. Got this today from them.

    Dear Criterion community,
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    We’ve met as a company and a community to talk openly about the work we need to do to build a better, more equitable, more diverse Criterion, beginning with education and training for our ownership and our staff. We are also committed to examining the role we play in the idea of canon formation, whose voices get elevated, and who gets to decide what stories get told.

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    That’ll go well. I’ve already canceled.

  • jwm June 4, 2020, 7:46 PM

    Old & busted: Wuhan flu panic

    New, and not subject to measurable criteria: Systemic racism.

    Years ago I worked for the gas company. I was attending a week-long appliance repair school following a promotion. The class was pretty evenly split between black, Mexican, and white. Most of the white guys were working double-time to jive it up, and prove to the black guys how cool, and down wit the struggle they were. I just did what I always did, and treated everyone the same.

    I figured the black guys didn’t much like me, but I didn’t really care much. On the last day of class three of the black guys called me aside, and wanted to talk. One said, “We just wanted to thank you. All these other white guys are giving us all this phony ass bullshit, and you are the only one of them who just treated us like regular people.”

    I was floored.

    I have, all my life, really tried to, as Gerard once put it, “take individual people as I find them” regardless of race. My opinion of groups is another matter. Right now, my opinion is in freefall. Leftards are falling faster than blacks, though. The hard part is that I have only four blood relatives on the planet. and they’re all Trump-hating leftards. I can’t even stand to speak to them.


  • Tom Hyland June 4, 2020, 10:43 PM

    Achtung!!! …. the German Health Ministry is in a damage control crisis. One of their top scientists leaked a report that covid-19 was a less than average flu and the entire world was locked down for a hoax. I hope this story explodes.

  • Casey Klahn June 4, 2020, 10:44 PM

    Today the Marist Left strikes the wedge to separate POTUS from the military. It won’t succeed but even a couple days’ instability is maneuver room for them to scurry around in. Yes, Esper’s a dick. No, the military is not good at law enforcement but at some point it’s does the government survive or does it sustain a wound. I would recommend against the use of the full regular military, too, but then they will jump in with both feet given the orders to jump. I can’t tell if SecDef Esper spoke counter to POTUS, or gave a standard recommendation of guidance. What I do dislike about Esper is his navy secretary was a retard and he fired him days too late.

    The Media tries to make you believe there’s never been a use of the regular military for rioting. They think you’re just that stupid.

    It looks like some sonofabitch in congress sent a letter to CJCS (Milley) telling him to disregard a presidential order to use the military during these riots. Still think this is not a coup? Like I’ve been saying: get the horseshit out of your head and gird up your loins.

    Same subject: now cities and states are moving to revoke budgets of police departments. Some are giving that money to social justice causes or minority groups. Like I said the other day: if the thin blue line crumples, you’re next in the breach.

    Have a nice night.

  • Kevin in PA June 5, 2020, 3:14 AM

    I too have tried to maintain the attitude of “take individual people as I find them”.

    Group think is a dangerous thing and we are only seeing the beginnings of it here and now. This will get worse. When it seems everyone I have done business with is sending out statements of how they support BLM and are firmly against “systemic racism” and to prove it they are donating funds to BLM, we have truly lost any sense of individualism or individual thought.

  • JC June 5, 2020, 3:58 AM

    Hope you have a nice rest. For after later, “Working Group for Police Reform”. Discuss.

  • ghostsniper June 5, 2020, 4:08 AM

    Casey sed: “…if the thin blue line crumples, you’re next in the breach.”
    You’re in the breach whether it crumbles or not.
    Kevin sed: “…we have truly lost any sense of individualism or individual thought.”
    “That Woman: sed: “Individualism regards man—every man—as an independent, sovereign entity who possesses an inalienable right to his own life, a right derived from his nature as a rational being. Individualism holds that a civilized society, or any form of association, cooperation or peaceful coexistence among men, can be achieved only on the basis of the recognition of individual rights—and that a group, as such, has no rights other than the individual rights of its members.”

    GS sed: Society is a concept, nothing more. It has no tangible reality. You can’t touch a society. Individualism is people, a tangible reality that you can touch with your hands. Anyone that places the privileges of society above the natural rights of individuals practices a crime against nature and principle. While you can ignore principles you cannot ignore the consequences of ignoring principles.

  • Annie Rose June 5, 2020, 6:31 AM

    Unplugging is great advice for a mental health break. I do a very quick check by radio of the news once a day for my area, nationally for a few minutes through blogs in the AM. The rest of the day I throw myself into my garden and quilting, sometimes listening to the Stuff You Missed In History podcasts. My husband has been doing home projects. So far he has built me three garden retaining walls and mulched with a vengeance. One daughter does online free yoga daily on YT- Yoga With Adrienne, otherwise is working long hours at a garden nursery. My brain and heart simply can’t take the riot/ covid 24/7 news cycle. Get off the hamster wheel and rediscover the joy of life.

  • Iron Man June 5, 2020, 6:46 AM

    Let me know when the rising scum becomes the official designated target.

  • Uncle Mikey June 5, 2020, 10:27 AM

    An excellent idea. I’m going to try for Monday before I look back at this ghastly situation. Everyone I care about is safe and armed. See you on the other side

  • Foo June 5, 2020, 10:57 PM

    Omg, Jewell you touched my bitter heart!
    Who is chopping onions here, dammit!

  • Foo June 5, 2020, 11:00 PM

    Take that break G.
    Lay down in a field watch the sky, feel the dirt and deep connection, stay for sunset and the stars.

    We’ll be here when you get back, brother.

  • raincityjazz June 6, 2020, 6:43 AM

    I help homeschool some of my grandkids. Singapore math works well for us. The other subjects, we follow the kids’ interests, then exploit their curiosity to inveigle them into science, history, ethics, and reading along the way. Lots of outdoor time and chores are key factors. Good food and a clean, orderly environment are essential. We teach vocational skills and self reliance. Political correctness and mass media serve us well, as negative examples. We do field trips that are great fun, and that let the kids see for themselves what works and what doesn’t. These kids outperform their cohorts by miles.

    Many more families, neighborhood groups, and freedom loving organizations could and should homeschool. Anarchists, thugs, and corruptocrats don’t have a chance if decent people raise the next generations. Most public schools are child abusers, plain and simple. They fail to teach the eternal truths, while filling children’s minds with socialist claptrap and situational ethics. If you managed to escape such indoctrination, be thankful. If your kids are trapped there, do whatever it takes to get them out. If you have no kids, help someone who does. I’ve invested my retirement into homeschooling, and it has made me wealthy in every way that counts.

  • Galway Boy June 6, 2020, 7:33 AM

    The Scum Also Rises is from Hunter Thompson in 1974.