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Unease about modernity isn’t necessarily problematic in itself; after all, Christianity and Judaism are also pre-modern faiths, which have many critical things to say about contemporary ideals and mores.
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December 02, 2014
I ask what's up... "you need to change our business arrangement" he says. I ask why... "I have cancer and it's terminal."
I won't speak to the discussion from that point since it's personal and painful and nuanced and too soon.
It's all over, he's been battling for a year, and it's in his brain as well. Dear God/ fuck.
Went to visit at his place last weekend and I'm not pulling punches at the door telling him he looks like shit. He does. Never ever said a word untrue to him and this is true.
Inside we break out three six packs that I brought... one cold and ready, one warm but ready, and one bottled that afternoon. I told him he needed to put a note on the "not ready" to save for Christmas.
He is still Scott, but he can't remember anything.
He's wasted to nothing and he is resigned.
I guess there's a lesson here... maybe it is better to die unexpectedly. I don't know. His Mary is a trouper near as I can tell. I'm sure she's had the very worst of it. They've lived in their house for 28 years, and were 25 when they bought it. He's been sick for a year. It hurts the hell out of me to see my friend like this, but I can't imagine the way it hurts her.
Pray for a miracle.
November 10, 2014
October 27, 2014
October 23, 2014
My prayers to Cpl Nathan Cirillo, his family, and those who loved him. What a rotten and horrid crime they have suffered.
And thanks to the man who put down the animal who murdered Cpl Cirillo:
Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers is being praised by politicians for 'selflessly keeping them safe' following today's terrifying shooting spree, with unconfirmed reports he was the one who took the suspect down.
October 14, 2014
October 13, 2014
So accept for argument’s sake that chartered federal agencies are executing political policy instead of, and often at odds with their chartered goals. Fine. It is worth it to discern the political goals, and specifically, the mid-range goals from the actions. Obama "…cannot bring himself to put limits on contacts between Americans and the citizens of the countries…” and this fragment stands on its own. What limit on contact are we allowed to maintain, other than being driven apart from allies?
If there is a principle which informs this administration’s well-evidenced goal of erasing America’s "limits to contact”, that is, our borders and our security (as well as health) protocols, it can hardly be beyond the pale to make educated guesses about the name of that principle.
If that principle, once named, can be shown to militate against the continued Constitutional functioning of the federal bureaucracy, isn’t there a case to be made? Why does nobody force the question: How are your actions Constitutional if this_____ is your apparent goal? If that is not your goal, then what is the purpose behind these ___, ___, and ___ actions? How are those actions within the mandate of these ___ agencies?
Why have we seen six years of Darrell Issa’s oversight theater and not one single result? I’m done waiting for someday. Their ammo makes great fireworks, but nothing is ever fired for effect. Some on the committee are very impressive, and constitute the core of whom I consider worth a darn in DC. But despite some great TV moments, there has been no effect other than a few cosmetic resignations. Lois Lerner was replaced by a sturdier character who is just as implacably opposed to oversight and the rule of law. Every once in a while some morsel is torn free. For this we needed six years of supposedly rigorous oversight?
There’s the possibility that oversight pressure played in Holder’s resignation. but that is a fact not in evidence, and I have a backpack full of such hopes and promises. At the end of the march, they always turn out to be rocks.
As long as we do not force the question, then the easily predictable collapses of existing orders and therefore "necessary” implementation of new programs and systems is allowed to masquerade as a merely unfortunate series of events, rather than a diabolical plan hatched by Communists. So sorry that ObamaCare thing didn’t work out, and now there are no insurance companies. Well, on to single payer then.
It is not as though these people have been quiet or even reluctant to publish their aims, their methods, and their phase lines. Why does our party generate no effective challenge to this treason by name? What good is such gentility when it buys us tyranny? Are we so enamored of good manners that we would rather die politely than live forcefully?
Shall this society continue? Shall it perish from the earth? To be, or not to be?
If we are not now at the point where these are the questions before us, when would that be?
October 09, 2014
December 03, 2013
Some of us assembled over the web and by phone... said the toast and cheer. Slammed a shot of Bob's favorite, and here we are.
November 12, 2013
Clark Library, Government Floor
Phone ( 408 )924-2770
Microfilm Call Number: J11.R5
Congressional Record, Vol. 109
88th Congress, 1st Session
Appendix Pages A1-A2842
Jan. 9-May 7, 1963
The book was found in the off campus stacks, was ordered and checked. The quote below was checked against the original and is correct. The few errors in the copy from the Congressional Record are shown in [ ] .
The quote starts on page 259.
California State University at San Jose, Clark Library stacks call number:
Book title page:
Skousen, W. Cleon. Naked Communist
Salt Lake City, Utah: Ensign Publishing Co.
C. 1961 , 9th edition July 1961.
Congressional Record--Appendix, pp. A34-A35
January 10, 1963
Current Communist Goals
September 25, 2013
I had made it plain and clear that one cat in the house was already enough, and "why would we ever consider another cat when the one we have is not only annoying, but he'd likely shit all over if we brought another animal into the house?".
One must reserve the right to change one's mind once in a while.
The best decision is not always the first.
September 11, 2013
In my cassette player Chicago played Carnegie Hall with the late great Terry Kath. I believe I was into "Mother" or "Lowdown" when I got into what was then the nursing building for Dr. John Plude's Analytical Chem 302 lecture. Got to the door, last one in... running late like every other day. There are seven people already seated, and here's the dirtball slacker rolling in the door. The lecture had already started, figured maybe I'm down like five minutes.
I opened the door and took a step. Plude looked over, (oh shit maybe he's had it with me...) took a step my way where I'm just trying to slink in like every other day... "Have you seen any news this morning?".
"No, and I didn't mean to..." (come here late)
"There was a plane crash"
"Into the World Trade Center".
---I remembered seeing old accounts of the B-25 that crashed into the Empire State Building on a foggy morning... figured "Ouch... not good for the pilot.".
"It was a jet"
April 28, 2013
For the past four years, I've hunted with my buddies from my wife's family out in the area near their hunting cabin (an old schoolhouse) in the exact center of the state. These are always fun trips, and it's great to hang out with friends, but in my time since joining only one guy has taken a bird.
I don't know why we are jinxed. I hear gobbles o' plenty on many of the hunting days, it just seems as though the turkeys aren't interested in buying what I'm selling. Until this year.
Boys and girls: I present to you the 2013 Spring Turkey Top Gun.
Right before he came up, I was sitting there thinking of how many bad days I had while ice fishing this past winter, and how I've yet to shoot a turkey. "Idiot, if it weren't for the grocery store you'd starve to death."
March 15, 2013
Since my good buddy Bob died, there have been a lot of changes, and here we are at the end of winter and I'm running out of firewood. Bob and I used to lumberjack together on his land, and then it was only me. And now the land will be cared for by new owners.
I placed an ad on Craigslist to solicit a barter of work for an allowance to cut firewood. There were two responses, and the first of which I will endeavor to engage tomorrow.
Hotcakes and I will travel to Fond Du Lac to cut a couple huge branches from a big ol' walnut tree hanging over some fellow's garage. When we first set out I believed we had the tools and machines necessary to address the project (the guy sent me a couple photos from his mobile phone), but this will be a big, scary undertaking. If everything goes well I might end up with a couple facecord of good firewood for my family. If it does not go well I could fuck something up or be killed trying to take this thing down. I'm afraid of this tree.
I'll do my best to have Hotcakes record the operation. It could be boring, America's Funniest, or Faces of Death footage. Tomorrow we'll find out. I hope for the best.
January 04, 2013
I'll wake up again in about 5 hours to fish on Lake Winnebago. Last week the ice was 4" on the bays, but we've had a good cold spell over the last week.
After a while your blood acclimates to colder temps. During summertime, 60 degrees is sweatshirt weather. Now that it is winter, 30 degrees is sweatshirt weather as well.
December 08, 2012
Packer tickets are supposedly difficult to obtain, given the length of the waiting list for season tickets (currently somewhere around 96,000 names with a wait time of about 955 years), but I've been lucky enough to curry favor with the right people such that I usually attend a game every year. To those who have yet to attend a Packer game at Lambeau: I am so sorry. Whether you are a Packer fan or something else, the Packer experience is something amazing. The good vibe, the friendly fans, the celebration that is a Packer game at home is like Woodstock without all the filthy hippies.
My seats: Right on the aisle, row 52. Here is a video of Brent "What's-his-face?" Favre's last (ever) play at Lambeau two seasons ago, shot from the same seats we shall occupy tommorow:
You'll notice the guy from Hibbing, MN seated next to me, he was a great guy and we shot the shit for a good portion of the game. You can see that as Moss dropped the Favre pass as time expired, the fellow from Hibbing and I shake hands, and I hope we end up hanging out again sometime the Vikings visit the Packers.
...Good people in Minnesota, and I like to think the Packer fans are hospitable and friendly as well, especially to visitors. Though Lambeau is Hallowed Ground, if you love football (and you're not a jerk) I would hope that every Packer fan would make you feel welcome.
It's going to be tough to top the glory of Favre's final defeat at Lambeau, but here's to the Pack mopping the deck with the Lions tomorrow.
GO PACK GO!
December 03, 2012
Today marks two years since I lost my best bud. Damn.
On the phone with his (and my) adopted brother "Al", we spoke deer hunting, family, spring turkey, friends, and kids... Bob hung on every word.
To you, Bob: I know you're watching us. Every word over the phone was about you, Al knows. I know. I'm not going to go bawling to Al when he's in worse shape than I... and we're both bawling. You know. Two years, man. Two years.
The womenfolk are getting along with life as well as you might expect. The little one is bright and misses you. I'm like a child, and for some reason my eyes keep watering.
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