Ballet of death

Possibly I posted this great video on The Moon a couple of years ago. Possibly I thought about it, but never did it. No matter. I just encountered it again, and I’m a sharing sort of fellow. In these troubled times, good laughs are getting hard to come by, and this is one great laugh indeed.

Hold onto your sombrero. There is some potty language included if that sort of thing is a problem for you. If it is, well, don’t watch it, but you’ll be missing out big-time.

Leave 10 pesos in the tip jar on your way out, por favor.

November is the best

November is the best month here by far, and this one is no exception. Yesterday, we raised the final of the three canvas curtains that enclose the upstairs terraza during the long months of the rainy season. Raising the curtains lets the loveliness in.

How about that orchid? It was a gift from Steve Cotton when he, his brother and sister-in-law stayed a spell in our Downtown Casita three or four years ago. I forget exactly when. That plant has been in bloom nonstop throughout those years. How is that possible?

The final raising of the curtains has also returned a beautiful view through the window behind my PC of the sunrise over the mountains when I’m sitting at my desk at the proper hour. During the months of the summer rains, I just have a view of brown canvas.

November mornings bring cool air and blue skies.


Return to normal?

Today at noon marks the end to my week of recuperation after my repeated nosebleed episodes. The ENT doctor at Star Medica Hospital who cauterized my schnoz Friday of last week prescribed some blood drug, some nose spray, a week of reduced physical activity and avoidance of nose-blowing. Try that last one sometime, will you? No fun.

Leaving one’s nose totally alone for a week is a challenge, but I hope it paid off.

Pray for me.

Quitting crack cocaine

I’ve created and deleted Facebook accounts four or five times over the years. I just deleted the most recent, and I hope I possess the moral fiber to stop altogether, to not be drawn back like a toothless, crackhead skank on a dark, rainy, ghetto street corner.

What prompted the latest deletion? The video above. It’s one of Tucker Carlson’s better videos, and that is saying a lot because his programs are superlative.

That so many otherwise intelligent people, and I’m referring to the politically conservative, stubbornly embrace their FB pages (or Twitter accounts) is disturbing, but I understand why. I was there. The crafty Big Tech giants have developed a powerful cocaine. The cocaine makes you go there, keeps you there, and then uses and abuses you till you’ve dropped a third of your body weight, and your teeth are brown and rotten. And you smell bad.

The cocaine makes you go there, keeps you there, and then uses and abuses you.

Having a Facebook or Twitter account is enabling them because their power is based solely on the massive number of accounts they possess. Without accounts, they would fade away like Myspace, Excite.com and Netscape Navigator, all of which still exist but are sad shadows of their former selves.

Tucker is discussing Big Tech power and censorship, and what it’s doing with and to us, all of which is more important now that they are corrupting the American electoral system while addressing congressional hearings with straight faces.

There are Facebook and Twitter alternatives that are growing significantly. For Twitter, go to Gab instead. For Facebook, go to MeWe. Parler is being hyped as an alternative to them both. I opened a Parler account, but find the daily sign-in process too ponderous.

Better to go to Gab in part due to its working smoothly but, more so, due to the outrageous attacks it has suffered since its birth in 2016. The propaganda campaign launched by Big Tech has been astounding. Currently, you cannot send money to Gab via PayPal, nor can you use a credit card. Gab cannot be monetized in any way because it’s all been blocked by Big Tech thugs. The only way to financially assist Gab is by personal check or Bitcoin.

The leftist attack on Gab extends to the personal accounts of its founder and CEO Andrew Torba, a devout Christian whose family credit cards have been canceled by Big Tech, all because Gab embraces free speech. You can say anything on Gab that is not illegal.

This drives the censors of Big Tech bonkers, and Gab grows bigger by the day, especially since this month’s election fraud. Due to the initial propaganda that Gab was a social media dedicated to Nazis and other unsavory sorts, Gab fairly recently made it possible to view the website before joining. That was not the case at the get-go, likely a bad decision.

I do little on Gab, but it’s good to provide moral support by opening an account, and to not provide moral support to internet mammoths like Facebook, though I know you will justify your staying put. It’s where all your buds are. Family too.

I have been there. But now I am clean. In short time, my weight will return to normal, my breath will smell fresher, and my eyes will clear up.

The cancel-debt nincompoopery

“Cancel police! Cancel student loans! Cancel all bills! Cancel work! Free houses for all! Playtime for all!” These are not words overheard near a group of obnoxious high schoolers, these are the political calls of the modern left. “FREE! FREE! FREE! Everything should be FREE!” These are your elected officials.

“Money doesn’t grow on trees, naive one,” you might say to an immature teenager who asks for free stuff. But what do you say to a fuzzy-brained adult making the same demands, who also happens to have power over your wallet?

An unthinkable conundrum is our reality: the dumbest people in your high school class are now in political power, making the same thoughtless demands they made back when you thought it was just their hormones. 

“I don’t feel like paying my debts because it’s too hard,” is the summary of their I WANT FREE STUFF demand du jour. 

“OK, so who should pay your debts?” you ask. “That’s selfish and racist,” is the response. Seriously.

 The dumbest people in your high school class are now in political power.

This would all be a fantastical, hysterical story, if it were not real.

In anticipation of Biden’s looming presidency, leftists began organizing their FREE STUFF priority lists. On the top of many lists you will find cancellation of student loan debt and free healthcare. Where do they think the money will come from? Why, your wallet, of course! Biden is expected to raise taxes to pay for that “free” stuff. 

Never forget this: the understanding that they must take money from the working to pay for the debts of those not working (or not earning as much) — is in itself proof that they know “free” or “cancel” is a lie. There is no such thing as free because someone always pays for it, and leftists know this. That’s why they call to raise taxes “on the rich” — a puffed lie because it is not wealth that is taxed yearly, but earnings, income, work product. It is work that is taxed, not “wealth.” 

The cunning leftist thieves in charge know what they are doing — committing theft. And like all good thieves, they lie to cover it up. Their constituency, mentally debilitated after years of brainwashing and indoctrination in leftist-run schools, doesn’t ask questions; the lemmings trust and follow and echo.

So what can you do? How can you reason with leftists? Short answer — you can’t. How can you make overgrown children see the flaws of their reasoning? Same answer — you can’t. 

Intellectual conservatives have spent a great deal of time trying to figure out how to reason with socialist lemmings. There is a narcissistic aspect to the idea that you can figure out a way to change leftist minds. They wasted precious time. Socialist ideology grew like a weed while they were busy using a thesaurus to more authoritatively instruct us on how to argue with the left.

Yes, there were some leftists and Democrats who changed their views. But it wasn’t intellectual conservatives who made that happen, it was the individuals themselves. Those individuals experienced rationality competing with their leftist politics and rationality simply won the internal tug-of-war. 

Past efforts to convince the left of their irrationality are a sunk cost. What’s lost is done. We need to move on.

But I digress. Back to thieves and lemmings. 

If we can’t reason with them, what can we do? We must stop them. There is no middle-ground position on this. A middle ground position with the neoleft means we must take a bunch of steps to the left to meet them half-way on an outlandish demand. Why would we do that? What has middle-ground politics brought us? It’s brought us closer and closer to socialism, which is now threatening us literally at our front door. We can’t afford to let it get any closer. There is no room for negotiation. There is only room for a solid NO.

To “cancel student loan debt” — just say no.

To “free healthcare for all” — just say no.

And so on and so forth.

Don’t negotiate. Just say no. Protect America. 


This guest post was written by Marina Medvin,  a senior columnist at TownHall and a contributor at Forbes. She writes about law, policy, and politics. She is also an award-winning trial attorney, named as one of Washington’s Best Lawyers by Washingtonian Magazine

The headline, on the other hand, is mine.