Justice vs Law

Justice vs Law

A lot of people conflate "legal" and "moral." This of course was the favorite way for entertainment pedowood types to strawman "conservatives" compleat with phrases like "nothing personal, it's just business," when anyone who actually has done business knows it's all about being personal, and establishing relationships, especially at high level sales. It is also, of course, how cuckservatives will gladly buy into "legal" immigration without asking the question "so what if we made it legal for anyone to come in for any reason and stay." All it takes, after all, is to pass a law. So over at Men…

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An Inadvertent Glimpse of What We Lost

An Inadvertent Glimpse of What We Lost

Not much of a spoiler here, so no real warning. One of the things that caught my attention in the film 1917 was the way that cultural touchstones were shared. Among them, there's a scene at the end where a soldier is synging a hymn, from memory, no songsheets, and everyone is sitting listening. Another is near the beginning where the General Erinmore, sending the Blake and Schofield off, explains his choice with a line of poetry. This of course brought to mind the Copy-Book Headings that Kipling wrote about. More importantly though, there's a point where Schofield, in a…

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On Ink, Powder, and Faith

On Ink, Powder, and Faith

Rolf Nelson shares a few thoughts at MOTW. After starting with exactly how complicated a simple-sounding question like "what is the best gun/ammo/etc to buy" can be, he digresses to the less than obvious complexities of fountain pens, for people who've only written with cheaply available ball-pojnt or gel pens... (and yes, ball point, at least technical pens, also can be a rabbit hole unto themselves): And yet, when we turn to a new thing, we often ask the “how complicated can it be?” idiot inquiry ourselves. “Fountain pen. Ink. Paper. What could possibly go wrong? I mean,…

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Impressions of Europe: Germany

Impressions of Europe: Germany

I spent nearly a week between two households staying with friends and family. There's a lot that could be said, much of it pointless as the normal fluff, but I'll look at overall culture/impressions, energy, driving, and immigration. It may take more than one post. The first shock for a friend who'd been stationed there before was the public transit. Leaving aside that we missed a train because our line was actually, despite sceduling and arrival indicators, not the one that pulled up at the platform, arriving out of order.  This was already unheard of, but then that friend…

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Death of Humor

Death of Humor

I generally avoid Netflix, Disney, and so on. There's very little to watch outside of the classics that's actually worth the time, and I've gotten back to spending more time reading. Nevertheless, with the holidays, and spending time with family and Christmas parties in a purple zone, I got more than a little exposure to what is currently popular or "funny." Yes, I know, libs have no real sense humor. The problem is that they think they have one. Yes, I also know a lot of words have been written to that effect, but I realized something else, tangental, but…

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On Higher Powers

On Higher Powers

I keep tabs on Bruce Charleton's blog, and so the recent post on Phil K Dick caught my eye. In the past couple of months I have read/ listened-to a dozen Philip K Dick novels, and most of the Exegesis - his philosophical and spiritual journal written during his last eight years. I haven't enjoyed a fiction writer so much, in such quantity, for several years. Certainly, I appreciate his work more fully this time round than when I read a batch of his novels more than thirty-five years ago (triggered by watching Blade Runner - one of the half-dozen…

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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

Christmas itself was good. Family and children back home, food, chilling and hanging out together, board games, and so on. We had a good Christmas dinner, everyone was safe and healthy, gifts were exchanged, games were played, and we went on several family outings between Christmas Eve and Christmas day including the family dog, who, as dogs are wont to do, had the best day ever. The evening outing was pleasant - a local county festival/faire that's been running for the last week, and even Christmas eve. It was crowded, but relaxed. Even on Christmas Eve people working the…

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Holidays vs Time Off

Holidays vs Time Off

Over at Pushing Rubber, Adam notes a post of Cappy's, and affirms that a true holiday, actually getting some rest, is not a "holiday" at all. Remember what I said the other week about rest and rejuvenation? It’s pretty important seeing as it could quite literally save your life. I was gratified to read that piece from Cappy. He’s had a recent health scare and it has woken him up, (although I very much hope that it doesn’t transform him into some vegan health nut because that would be sad when we would have to dispose of…

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