Saturday 5/14/16

  1. Checking psychological junk
  2. Obama gives the GOP a Wedgie
  3. Boot-licking sycophants
  4. Perverse persistence of Papacy
  5. All About You
  6. “Classical” music
  7. Ronda Roussey knows better
  8. Naked Emperors

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Damned-if-you do, damned-if-you-don’t

A local megachurch (or what passes for megachurch in my fair city) built a large community center a decade or so ago. Then it built another on the other side of town. Both times, it worked with government and may have gotten (I don’t distinctly recall) some sort of government perks akin to what any other entity could have gotten for a like project (the second reclaimed a blighted site, for instance).

Both times, the bloody flag of separation of church and state got waved liberally. Both times, the church responded that this was a community center that would not be exclusive.

May 1, they didn’t exclude a hastily-convened Ted Cruz rally.

Now the bloody flag is being liberally (and knowingly) waved that the church supported Cruz by honoring its inclusive policy.

For the record:

  1. I know these people. I have no doubt that they’d have hosted hastily-convened Trump, Sanders or Clinton rallies. Those might have required them to hold their noses more tightly than hosting a Cruz rally (or maybe not), but they’d have done it.
  2. Each community center includes a fitness center. I regret that the tax-exemption of the community centers give them a slight competitive edge relative to commercial health clubs.

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“In learning as in traveling and, of course, in lovemaking, all the charm lies in not coming too quickly to the point, but in meandering around for a while.” (Eva Brann)

Some succinct standing advice on recurring themes.

Wednesday, 5/11/16

  1. Bathroom Backstory
  2. George Soros and the Harry Blackmun College of Law
  3. “Spend it or lose it” and disruptive consequences
  4. Punching Down
  5. No problem, Big problem

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Cinco de Mayo/Yom Hashoah

  1. Smiling Through the Cultural Catastrophe
  2. Technogenic Autism
  3. More Homeless Than Evern
  4. The Honey Boo Boo of politics
  5. Remember Bart Stupak
  6. Our Despicable National Administration
  7. Burke vs. Trump

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May First Things potpourri

  1. Against the snare of “dialog”
  2. Leviathan: Protector of the Atomistic Individual
  3. Squeaks & Squawks
  4. Sinkin’ Low Joe
  5. Preferential Option for the Powerful
  6. Can NYT disregard a law it dislikes?
  7. Preferential Option for the Powerful II
  8. Preferential Option for the Powerful III

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Political Trash Talk, 5/3/16

1

Indiana’s GOP voters (or people impersonating GOP voters; we don’t register by party) have given Donald Trump their nod, according to the AP. Or have given the GOP establishment the One Finger Salute. Or both. Or something.

Should I change my byline from “‘Intellectualoid.’ Because ‘dilletante’ was already taken” to “Liveblogging America’s Suicide Since 2010”?

2

Donald Trump says Ted Cruz’s father met with Lee Harvey Oswald. I say Donald Trump sourced those Aztec protesters at Costa Mesa through rentacrowd.com.

3

You know how some people think Congress is full of crooks and liars except for their own Congressman? I’m not like that.

I make no exception for Todd Rokita.

An astringent to wash away some of the slime from my strategic vote in the GOP Presidential Primary (which still had all the dropouts still on the ballot, by the way) was getting to vote for WhatsHisName, Rokita’s opponent.

4

One of the analogies in play this year asks whether Donald Trump is Benito Mussolini or Silvio Berlusconi. If Andrew Sullivan, returned to writing at New York Magazine, doesn’t think the former, then either he’s forgotten how to write or I’ve forgotten how to read.

His is a major piece of some length, skirting Godwin’s Law without technically crossing the line.

We are, fascism analogies aside, in political terra incognita. I’m making no bets except that the story doesn’t end well.

Well, I may bet on a subsistence farm.

5

All of this would be amusing if the USA wasn’t sliding into the twilight of what many people call “modernity” — which is code for the techno-industrial hyper-complexity we’ve been enjoying lately as a species. We have yet to comprehend the diminishing returns of heaping more complexity on what is already too complex. Exhibit A for most of the common folk must be the Affordable Care Act (also signed by “O” in 2010). Whereas the shrewd stylings of Dodd-Frank surely mystify the public, most full-functioning adults understand what it means when their health insurance premiums go up by 20 percent and the new deductible makes it unthinkable to even consider going to the emergency room.

(James Howard Kunstler, Send Out the Clowns)

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“In learning as in traveling and, of course, in lovemaking, all the charm lies in not coming too quickly to the point, but in meandering around for a while.” (Eva Brann)

Some succinct standing advice on recurring themes.