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A Modest Bleg II

Here I am, in year FOUR of renting a room, having lost my home due to income reduction, as a result of illness resulting in my going on disability.

I know, everyone has their difficulties.¬†ūüôā

I still have boxes of STUFF that need unpacking, because I have even less real estate than my 740 sq.ft. home.

And it occurred to me that as I obviously didn’t have the NEED for this stuff during the past four years, perhaps a good idea would be to SELL IT!

CREATE MORE SPACE AND MAKE A FEW DUCATS.¬† What’s wrong with that?

What’s wrong (or more correctly, difficult) is which method of sale?¬†

There are so many from which to choose – OfferUp, Etsy, EBay, Backpage, the blogosphere, ad infinitum ad nauseum!

Some local (requiring meeting in person or delivery), some national (requiring shipping, etc.)¬† And some of the STUFF may have legal restrictions placed upon it by EBay, fire and police, etc. (reloading materials, ‘firearms-related’ stuff…)

NONE ARE FIREARMS!¬† (Jus’ sayin’)

So, what do you guys recommend?  Some local, some shipped, depending on the particulars?

I’ve been told I cannot use my WordPress blog to sell stuff as it’s against their policy?¬† And EBay is weird about what they will allow that is firearms-related:¬† holsters yes, primers no.

Ideas, suggestions?

I’ve some left-handed holsters, reloading components and parts (brass polisher, primer tubes – Dillon etc. – no press), gun cases, pistol stocks, (maybe) some ammo.¬† Once I inventory the specifics, I’ll send a comprehensive list to a couple local folks who previously expressed interest (because fair is fair), then post the remaining stuff wherever.

And put a link or links here, if permitted.

Thank you in advance.

That’s RACIST! Part Three

Yale Students Tell English Profs: Too Many White Male Poets: Ill-prepared to take race, gender, sexuality, ethnicity courses

Via Billy

Some Yale University students are demanding changes to the English Department curriculum: specifically, they don’t think it should feature so many English poets who were straight, white, wealthy, and male.

“It is your responsibility as educators to listen to student voices,” the students wrote in a¬†petition¬†to¬†the faculty.¬†“We have spoken. We are speaking. Pay attention.”

The “Major English Poets” sequence, a mandatory two-course commitment for English majors, is particularly problematic, according to the students. These classes cover Geoffrey Chaucer, Edmund Spenser, William Shakespeare, John Donne, John Milton, Alexander Pope, William Wordsworth, and T.S. Eliot. It’s not the most diverse line up, to be sure, but it’s the¬†one¬†that best reflects history the way it actually happened. Inarguably, these are the most influential poets in the English language.

But students think this sequence “creates a culture that is hostile to students of color.”

More @ Reason
I don’t know where to begin on this. ¬†Seriously.
Let’s ask the Incas, or the Aztecs or the Sioux. ¬†Or the Australian aboriginal peoples. ¬†Or the Bantu.
Did predominantly White cultures subjugate, control and kill these people?*  Yes.  Have we spent the last one hundred + years or more trying to preserve primitive cultures, history, culture, etc. as a direct reaction to what happened before?  Of course.
Is that enough?  Maybe not.
But, eliminating Whiteness is not an answer.  Show us the great Bantu poets and we will include them in poetry curricula!
Oh! ¬†Don’t forget to petition the Romans about the Etruscans or the Carthaginians.
Sorry, can’t do that – no one is left…
Perhaps they should consider attending a university in Zimbabwe?
Hmmm…
*Did persons of the same color ALSO subjugate, control and kill these people?  Yep.

All Are Equal…

Some more than others (Animal Farm)…

(from Quizikle)

Equality

Seems to me the term has come to be defined as something along the lines of:

‚ÄúYou have something I want and don‚Äôt or can‚Äôt have, therefore you have discriminated in some manner against me. Therefore I want ‚Äď I demand ‚Äď equality. And if I don‚Äôt receive equality ‚Äď by >my< definition, of course ‚Äď I will act against you by any means >I<¬† feel appropriate until I am satisfied.‚ÄĚ

But what that truly seems to mean is ‚Äúuntil I have more than you‚ÄĚ

And so it goes.

Gender Inequality

…or at least equal opportunity for yuck!

I’m speaking about equal opportunity for MEN here.

I’ve been taking out the trash and the garbage my entire life! ¬†Or, at least since I was able to walk, lift and receive an allowance.

My sister?  Nope.  And SHE, too, received an allowance.

Why the disparity?  I AM MALE!

Don’t you know – IT’S THE JOB OF THE MAN (OR BOY) TO TAKE OUT THE TRASH!

How do we know this?  Every woman Рstarting with my Mother and stepmother Рsaid so!

And subsequent girlfriends and even the (now ex) wife!

And currently my female roommate!

WHAT’S UP WITH THAT?

Everyone in the house makes trash and garbage. ¬†I don’t mind sharing the duty necessary to get it to the dumpster. ¬†But, when did it become solely the purview of the MALE?

I tried the argument that if there were gender-specific jobs that she should take care of the house and make the meals and do the wash.

That didn’t go over so well…

And I also received the counter-argument that they had to suffer childbirth and other things feminine.  As if I created women to be that way!

garbage rights

It’s an argument with a woman.

Men lose, automatically.

NARCOS

Pablo Escobar

Pablo Escobar

We’ve been watching Netflix NARCOS, a docu-drama about the rise and fall of Pablo Escobar, for a time, the most wanted drug lord in the World.

He did take some of his ill-gotten gains and improved many communities with electric lighting for soccer fields, and support for national (versus foreign) made industries.

Cocaine aside.

This gave him a Robin Hood image, and allowed him access as a national legislator (for a short time).

By promising to give the people what they want.

Now, WE have this guy…

BernieSanders-1percent2

Not a criminal, murdering, drug smuggler, but still wanting to take money from corporations and individuals, and redistribute it.

By governmental force.

Because he believes government can and should.

To give (some of) the people what they want.

The current occupant of the White House is a middle-aged Black socialist, who wants to level the playing field (his words).

Now this pretender to the throne wants to do the same thing – and he’s an old, White guy!

And both keep referring to this nation as a democracy!

NOT voting for socialists is not a race issue. ¬†It’s a Republic issue.

One doesn’t need to be a drug smuggler to see that.

White Privilege Apology

In 2003, Baltimore Sun Senior Editor of Design of Adam Marton had his car stolen by a black criminal named Thelonious; in 2015, Thelonious was murdered in Baltimore, and Marton penned a lament to his life lived without the benefit of white privilege…¬†

In 2003, Baltimore Sun Senior Editor of Design of Adam Marton had his car stolen by a black criminal named Thelonious; in 2015, Thelonious was murdered in Baltimore, and Marton penned a lament to his life lived without the benefit of white privilege… The United States of America is irredeemable. As John Derbyshire noted, Europe seems to be much worse, as “the national institutions of the West are now fiercely protective of Muslims and hostile to the native ancestral populations.” But it’s okay. Seriously. Relax. Breath. Please.

More @ SBPDL
White Privilege?
I don’t know which is worse – the claim such a thing exists in 2016 America, or the fact this guy is so taken in by the idea that he is victimized, and then apologizes to the now-murdered criminal for his not having been born White?
Yes Рwe are all created equal.  What we do with our lives afterward is what makes the difference.
I happen to have been born White. ¬†I’m not apologizing for that.
And being discriminated against, regardless of the reason, does hurt!
There are Black and White serial killers. ¬†Race-baiters. ¬†Doctors, scientists, actors, credit card fraud investigators. ¬†Men, women. ¬†People of all races on some kind of disability. ¬†Brown and Yellow ones, too. (and yes, I know that’s politically incorrect!)
I have been judged by others because I was White, disabled, and overweight.  Had facial hair.  Because I never lived in the South, or on a farm.
I’ve never (to my knowledge) received preferential treatment because of my skin color. ¬†I have been discriminated against because of it. ¬†And by being disabled.
SO WHAT? 
As my friend (a former boss in two businesses) would say, “Time to put on your big boy pants!”
For every politically-correct whiner who didn’t get a job, or a promotion, or $100K employment after dropping out of high school, pay attention!
YOU MUST WORK FOR THINGS, AND SOMETIMES YOU WILL FAIL!
The Welfare State and the ‘gimmee everything I deserve it’ attitude is not serving you well.
h/t Brock Townsend

Socialist Syllogism

So let me get this straight…

The INDIVIDUAL should have no power. ¬†The ‘Cult of the Individual’ is fallacious. ¬†Individual liberty is not the desired result. (Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders)

And all Property is theft. (Karl Marx)

Here in this Constitutionally-mandated Republic with a Bill of (Individual) Rights…

BUT, it is the inherent ‘goodness’ and power of the collective which we should seek.

THE STATE should have all the power.  And property.

As they know best what is good for us.  (To each, according to their need, yatta, yatta РKarl Marx)

And (eventually) when The State has achieved true equality for all people, it shall wither away.

It’s function is to ‘level the playing field’. (The President)

It takes a Village. (Hillary Clinton)

…..

Now this collective is a group.  A committee.

Made up of INDIVIDUALS.

How exactly does THAT work?

And what have we learned regarding committees?

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Or perhaps I should say Comintern?

I See Dead People

dead…or rather, I wish I did!

A number of folks close to me have pre-deceased me.  And with some (not all) it would be nice to have another 15 minutes.

Or a day.

My Mother, who passed when I was in the Second Grade. ¬†My maternal grandfather, Gramp, when I was 24. ¬†Of course my daughter Molly, when she was 12…

And a couple of others.

But, I’ve never had that kind of ¬†spiritual connection. ¬†And I’m a little envious of those who have!

My friend Bob Рwho saw a vision of his mother in the moment of her passing.  Five miles away!

A girlfriend who saw ‘something’ resembling my deceased dog Ilsa wandering around my house.

My daughter had a childhood friend and neighbor who awakened one night to see a black cat outside on her closed window sill. ¬†My daughter loved cats. ¬†And the cat opened her mouth and laughed, sounding just like my daughter! ¬†Of course, this could have been a dream – except the girl’s mom ran into her room and exclaimed, “I heard her, too!” ¬†This was about one month after Molly’s passing.

But for me, bupkis.

I like to think I’m a spiritual guy. ¬†Perhaps I am, but just not in that way.

Damn.

Alien Power

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Remember Black Power? Now we’re facing Alien Power. Forget Obama’s executive orders. Without going through the immigration process on the books, an illegal does not become legal, even though Congress buries their heads. Ohio’s Attorney General, Jon Husted, warned that issuing social security numbers to illegal aliens can [likely will] affect the integrity of our elections. While the SS number doesn’t make it legal to vote, it makes it easier to vote illegally. In Obama’s DREAMer amnesty, reports are that 90,000 received a social security number, which suggests that the 5+ million illegals Obama is planning to amnesty, have a better than good chance of receiving the same benefit. Since Obama’s late 2014 amnesty announcement, no one knows how many social security IDs have been issued. The Senate has been forced to ask, and are still awaiting an answer.

I was taken to task recently when I was debating another libertarian the proximate reason for The Affordable Care Act was not universal health care, or even health care for the disenfranchised, but rather another block removal in the Jenga that is Cloward and Piven.
Above represents yet another block.
Increase the pressure on goods and services provided by government, while simultaneously powering-down the legitimate electorate’s ability to respond to said pressure.
The President didn’t just say transformation, he said leveling the playing field.¬†
You know, like the end of a game of Jenga?
h/t Brock Townsend

Starbucks And Politics

pequodsI like Starbucks.

They are not my favorite, but they are close by.

And being near a university, there are many pretty people to watch Рsome of them college girls!  :-)

They are overpriced, and the stores are filled with students and hipsters, but the ones I sometimes visit are clean, well stocked, and the staff is attentive.

As far as that goes.

messageNow comes the producers of corporate messaging, trying to imbue us with the idea that Starbucks supports inclusion, racial equality, and fairness.  Except for White people.  They, by the wearing of their very pink skin, are racist.

Almost simultaneously with this message being promoted by handouts and scrawling cryptic racial messages on their overpriced cups came ‘news’ across the Internet that Starbucks is anti-Semitic! ¬†(I wonder if this was planned?)

It seems there are numerous and ubiquitous stores throughout the Middle East in Arab countries, but the six lone stores in Israel have been closed by corporate edict!

It certainly must be because they are anti-Semitic.  Right?

A quick Internet search determined that Hebrew doesn’t necessarily mean he brews coffee. ¬†The Israelis like their tea. ¬†And Starbucks, being of a profit-making mind, decided to close the stores as they weren’t producing.

As they have been in the Arab (coffee-drinking) nations.

Of course, it was only a year or two ago that Starbucks encouraged legal firearms possession in locales where doing so was legal – then reversed their decision and said it didn’t support such action in their stores.

Perhaps they should keep their corporate minds on their coffee and not my politics!?

Of course, I still carry discretely, wherever.

Sometimes, caffeinated.

(FTC РStarbucks gives me nothing!  Get your own coffee!)

"Round up the usual suspects."

In Loving Memory…

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