I, Pencil

December 1983 • Volume 12, Number 12 • Leonard Read – for Imprimis Hillsdale College Leonard ReadFounder, Foundation for Economic Education My cmnt: Be sure to let your kids watch the great little animation of “I, Penci” here. Editor’s Preview: Imprimis this month invites your wonder. Wonder at the countless bits of human know-how and natural materials spontaneously organized by our global market economy into the making of a simple wooden pencil. Wonder at what one individual can achieve for millions of his fellowmen through a lifetime of dedication to principle. And wonder, most of all, at the everyday miracles made possible by a political … Continue reading I, Pencil

NCAA Swimming Champ Caught In Possession Of Performance-Enhancing Testicles

Sports March 18th, 2022 – BabylonBee.com ATLANTA, GA—Celebrations for winning the 500-yard freestyle at the NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships were short-lived for convincingly female athlete Lia Thomas, as authorities caught her in possession of performance-enhancing testicles. “Investigators will need time to sift through the trail of evidence right now,” said NCAA’s Head of Testicle Enforcement, Bob Huevos, while holding up a jock strap, the device suspected to have been used to conceal the contraband from rigorous testing protocols. “We suspect the swimmer used this contraption to keep the performance-enhancing testicles secured between her legs.” Blood tests of the … Continue reading NCAA Swimming Champ Caught In Possession Of Performance-Enhancing Testicles

Plymouth Rock Landed on Them

The immigration crisis of 1620. by Christopher Caldwell – Fall 2020 – for Claremont Review of Books Possibly someone will surprise us at the last minute. Possibly the coronavirus is to blame. But with 2020 nearly over, it looks like the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims’ arrival at Plymouth, Massachusetts, is going to pass uncommemorated. There have been no TV features relating what happened 400 years ago. No magazine essays unstitching the religious conflicts that drove the Puritans into exile or the republican philosophy of the Mayflower Compact and its relevance to us. Absent is the passion society’s leaders bring … Continue reading Plymouth Rock Landed on Them

The Books Boomers Will Never Read

Article by John Piper Founder & Teacher, desiringGod.org – SEPTEMBER 16, 2014 My cmnt: Click here to read a short bio of former national Poet Laureate, and fellow Nebraskan, Ted Kooser. My cmnt: As I live in Nebraska it is a big deal to have our national Poet Laureate signing his books of poetry at the local Barnes & Noble. Our State Poet of Nebraska, William Kloefkorn, was also there signing some of his works. Ted was not at all comfortable, it seemed to me, being there, while Bill loved it. Again, it seemed to me, that Bill was just a little … Continue reading The Books Boomers Will Never Read

Ted Kooser’s poetry of the people

The U.S. poet laureate and winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize in poetry is a Unitarian Universalist. DAN CRYER  12/5/2005  WINTER 2005 My cmnt: As I live in Nebraska it is a big deal to have our national Poet Laureate signing his books of poetry at the local Barnes & Noble. Our State Poet of Nebraska, William Kloefkorn, was also there signing some of his works. Ted was not at all comfortable, it seemed to me, being there, while Bill loved it. Again, it seemed to me, that Bill was just a little miffed at the attention Ted was getting compared to … Continue reading Ted Kooser’s poetry of the people

‘Zillions’ of big spiders are about to invade the East Coast

By Allison Finch, AccuWeather staff writer Published Mar. 11, 2022 5:04 PM CDT | Updated Mar. 14, 2022 After rapidly reproducing in Georgia last year, the Joro spider, native to East Asia, could spread to much of the East Coast in the coming year,according to new research from the University of Georgia, which also suggests the arachnids’ ability to survive certain weather conditions will influence just how far north they move. The Joro spider is a part of the Trichonephila clavata species and is part of a group of spiders known for highly organized, wheel-shaped webs. The females have colorful yellow, red and blue markings on … Continue reading ‘Zillions’ of big spiders are about to invade the East Coast

Top prize winning nature photos

Winners in this year’s World Nature Photography Awards were selected for 14 different categories varying by species and habitat Elizabeth Gamillo Daily Correspondent – Mar 11, 2022 – for Smithsonian magazine Animal Portraits: Tom Vierus My cmnt: I include this one photo above to entice you to click over to the Smithsonian link above to view the incredible originals in a larger format. Continue reading Top prize winning nature photos

The Story of Elián, the Boy Who Was Plucked From the Sea

VANESSA GARCIA APRIL 21, 2020 – for the Miami New Times My cmnt: This piece is not clearly titled. Gracia used ‘myth’ in the title NOT referring to the true, miraculous story of Elian’s journey from Cuba in a small boat to American freedom and prosperity but rather the spin the Clinton-democrat-media establishment put on the story to justify sending poor Elian back to Castro. My cmnt: I’ve edited this piece for clarity, brevity and space and added commentary where needed. I was 20 years old on Thanksgiving Day 1999 when little Elián González, surrounded by dolphins, was found drifting off the … Continue reading The Story of Elián, the Boy Who Was Plucked From the Sea

The Big Bang Theory – quotes from Stuart

From The Big Bang Theory fan website Check out the excellent website above for all things Big Bang. All references are shown on the website. Of course some of these only stand out if you’ve seen the entire episode they hail from – I’ve seen them all, multiple times. The Big Bang Theory is one of our favorite sitcoms of all time and Stuart is our favorite character. As with all regulars on the show he is a well-developed and interesting person. When he moved in to take care of Howard’s mom we saw some of the funniest episodes – … Continue reading The Big Bang Theory – quotes from Stuart

These Are the Highest Resolution Photos Ever Taken of Snowflakes

Photographer and scientist Nathan Myhrvold has developed a camera that captures snowflakes at a microscopic level never seen before Jennifer Nalewicki – Travel Correspondent January 27, 2021 – for Smithsonian magazine My cmnt: Click Smithsonian above for the complete article. My cmnt: Since the 1920s when man first started understanding and really looking into the microscopic (and subatomic) world we have been privileged to see wonders that we had no idea existed. Much of the evolutionary hypothesis would have been squashed before it could become Leftist dogma if Darwin had been able to peer into the inner workings of the … Continue reading These Are the Highest Resolution Photos Ever Taken of Snowflakes

Adding bike lanes on roads leads to soaring cyclist road deaths

Millions in federal taxpayer dollars were awarded in FY2021 for projects that included adding on-road bike lanes, and the infrastructure law expands the program by 50%, despite 37% rise in cyclist fatalities in decade preceding pandemic. By Nicholas Ballasy – February 5, 2022 – for Just the News My cmnt: Mayor Pete is finally back from paternity leave while his stay-at-home husband watches the kid and is up to the usual democrat shenanigans. Bike lanes are his number one priority, not solving the supply chain crisis. My cmnt: I remind my readers that Libness takes precedent over all other concerns (i.e., … Continue reading Adding bike lanes on roads leads to soaring cyclist road deaths

Meals on Wheels numbers follow the economy

I have been a volunteer delivering MOWs with my own car and gas for over 40 years now. My wife and I did them together until our boys were born then I would deliver them by myself. When our oldest was around 3 I would take him with me and let him carry the milk cartoons up to the doors. The old ladies, most of the MOWs recipients are elderly single women, would just go gaga over our small son walking up to them and handing them their milk. MOWs recipients don’t get out a lot. Unless their family comes … Continue reading Meals on Wheels numbers follow the economy

The Gods Must Be Tidy!

Is the Cosmos a Work of Poor Engineering or the Gift of an Artistic Designer? by Jonathan Witt – Jul/Aug 2004 – for Touchstone magazine My cmnt: This is a brilliant essay well worth the long read. Darwinists are fond of pointing out what they consider design flaws in living things. Inefficiencies, in their minds, that a master designer simply would not do. Yet Witt contends that Messy things not only make the world better but also a lot more interesting. My cmnt: It reminds me of when a boy first learns about a girl’s reproductive system. Ewww, they are … Continue reading The Gods Must Be Tidy!

The Lawrence Welk Show was TV’s best party—until it wasn’t

By Emily St. James 12/17/2012 – for AVclub.com My cmnt: Growing up in 1950s & 60s I and my siblings were forced to let our Czech-immigrant Grandfather watch “The Lawrence Welk Show” on our only TV every Saturday nite. He would eventually fall asleep and we would then stealth up to the TV and very slowly turn the volume down. If he didn’t wake up we would carefully turn the channel knob so that its click wouldn’t wake him and when we had it back to whatever it was we were watching we would carefully turn the volume back up just … Continue reading The Lawrence Welk Show was TV’s best party—until it wasn’t

SPENCER TRACY – A nightmare of a man.

By Historian Alan Royal August 6, 2015 admin Did You Know? 37 My cmnt: This mostly is for old people like yours truly. I grew up admiring Spencer Tracy in the movies and, his not exactly doppelgänger, but close enough in style and acting abilities kissing cousin James Whitmore. As a kid I often confused the two. My cmnt: I remember seeing Tracy in “Boys Town” (not when it came out in 1938 but much later on TV in the 60s) and I just thought he was Father Flanagan. And my mom took me with her to see “Guess who’s coming to dinner” … Continue reading SPENCER TRACY – A nightmare of a man.

Top 25 Beaches — United States

Yeah, we wish we were there, too. White sands, rugged coastlines, the works—these are the beaches that travelers dream of all year long – by Trip Advisor My cmnt: Out of the 25 here are ones I would actually want to visit. 2. Siesta Beach Siesta Key, Florida “Absolutely beautiful beach with silky quartz sand! Great beach for people watching, sunsets, breakfast/morning walk on beach and finding sand dollars.” Shop for a place to stay 13 Hotels 2 B&B and Inns 792 Vacation Rentals more 5. Kailua Beach Park Kailua, Hawaii “Kailua offers plenty of everything: sand, wide open space, … Continue reading Top 25 Beaches — United States

Some thoughts on video gaming

This Is a New One: ‘Reality Privilege’ My cmnt: There were no video games when I was growing up instead we had pinball machines (which I didn’t play because I had no money) but my cousin did for hours at Treasure City. He played because his mom gave him money and wanted him out of her hair and he was good enough to make four quarters last a very long time. Pinball was so cool (still is) they had their own song “Pinball Wizard” which came out in 1969 by “The Who”. My cmnt: My kids and now my grandkids … Continue reading Some thoughts on video gaming

Seinfeld: The Sponge, The Ribbon and The Mask

File this under: Life imitating Art. To be clear I’m not a big Seinfeld fan. About half their episodes are tedious and predictable and about a quarter are OK and about a quarter are pretty good. However I’ve definitely seen a lot of the episodes because they run on three cable channels, all the time, and season seven had some real winners. Some of them were actually quite insightful about things we generally don’t think much about and like any good comedian Seinfeld was an astute observer of the human condition, especially our foibles. Every so often a really good … Continue reading Seinfeld: The Sponge, The Ribbon and The Mask

Do Muslim Women Get a Harem of 72 Sexy Studs in Heaven?

By Raymond Ibrahim – Feb 3, 2022 – for The American Thinker My cmnt: I worked with a Muslim man from Pakistan who was quite religious. He would not drink alcohol, prayed five times a day (some while at work), would not eat pork and overall was a very decent fellow. At the time I knew very little about Islam and so took advantage of our association to ask any number of questions. When the suicide bombers became a news item it wasn’t long before we all heard of the 72 virgins awaiting them in Muslim heaven. My cmnt: My Muslim … Continue reading Do Muslim Women Get a Harem of 72 Sexy Studs in Heaven?

The TV sitcom: A Simple Medium

Chuck Lorre and the rules of the network sitcom. By Tom Bissell – November 28, 2010 – for The New Yorker My cmnt: I include this article because it covers Chuck Lorre and his sitcoms in some detail. I say that because I’m about to criticize Lorre and want to be fair in my assessment of him. I’ve edited the piece for space and brevity. My cmnt: Though this piece was written in 2010 “The Big Bang Theory” went on to run for a remarkable 12 seasons. It was and remains one of my wife’s and my favorite sitcoms. My cmnt: … Continue reading The TV sitcom: A Simple Medium

Ben Sasse Should Stop Engaging With Media Conspiracy Theorists

Ben Sasse says we must not entertain conspiracy theorists, yet sat across Jeffrey Goldberg without addressing his involvement in the tinfoil hat gang that worked to destroy our country By Madeline Osburn – OCTOBER 5, 2021 – for the Federalist My cmnt: I’ve personally met Ben Sasse twice, each at the annual ProLife march held in January. At those times he seemed like the best of what Nebraska offers to the nation: ProLife, intelligent, well-educated, hard-working; a decent fellow steeped in the Judeo-Christian ethic that is the bedrock of Nebraska’s residents and at the foundation of our country. I voted for him … Continue reading Ben Sasse Should Stop Engaging With Media Conspiracy Theorists

A breakdown of Taylor Swift’s dating history

From Joe Alwyn to Joe Jonas By Jessica Napoli | Fox News – for Fox Entertainment My cmnt: I know this post makes me look like a Taylor groupie but this popped up on Fox News and since I know some of her songs I clicked on it. I had no idea of her many accomplishments in the music world. I admire drive and creativity and she seems to have an abundance of both. I will listen to her on the radio when I’m driving and not immediately switch stations like I do when a Rihanna song comes on (I poke fun, … Continue reading A breakdown of Taylor Swift’s dating history

Paul Harvey reports on Pastor Joe’s prayer

My cmnt: The legendary Paul Harvey reported this and recited the prayer. (You can listen to that broadcast here.) My cmnt: This was just 25 years ago (1996) which is not exactly ancient times. Bill Clinton was in the White House sexually harassing young women and selling our missile technology to the Red Chinese for campaign donations. Some things never change – and selling out to the Red Chinese continues to this day with Hollywood, Apple, the NBA, and the democrats. Man, oh, man, they won’t invite Pastor Joe to the Kansas State Legislature again. They invited Pastor Joe Wright of … Continue reading Paul Harvey reports on Pastor Joe’s prayer

Women make up just 14% of The Forbes 400. But these 56 Heiresses are worth a collective $564 billion.

By Lisette Voytko Forbes Staff – 2021 – My cmnt: Like chess players, mathematicians, theoretical physicists, etc., almost all of the top people in these fields and almost all of the billionaires in America and the world are men. The female billionaires almost always inherit their fortunes from their dead (or divorced husbands) or fathers. My cmnt: Why this should be, given that becoming a billionaire does not depend on superior size or strength, is not hard to understand. To get to the top of these professions requires uncommon intelligence, drive, and single-minded focus. While many women have uncommon intelligence, … Continue reading Women make up just 14% of The Forbes 400. But these 56 Heiresses are worth a collective $564 billion.

This strange creature isn’t a spider or a dog, but it sure looks like both

My dear, you have… THE GRIM. BY JILLIAN MOCK | PUBLISHED NOV 6, 2018 2:41 AM – for popsci.com My cmnt: A much more detailed article and photographs can be seen here at the Daily Mail. My cmnt: As a fan of the Harry Potter movies and stories I found this entertaining and weird. My cmnt: I find J. K. Rowling to be a genius story-teller. To have conceived of and written this 7 volume series is remarkable. She has stated in interviews that the entire story was in her head before she wrote book one. I read each book first before giving … Continue reading This strange creature isn’t a spider or a dog, but it sure looks like both

Runaway Rant: I identify as a shapeless, colorless, genderless soul

By Eric Wayne January 27, 2021 – from his website What quackery is this?! Is your pronoun going to be “that”, or is “that” already taken? No woo-woo here, folks. I’m not saying I don’t have a shape, color, or gender, or that those things don’t have importance, I merely point out what should be so obvious that everyone takes it for granted. It is our minds that make humans exceptional among all living organisms, and it’s what we do with them after we are born that truly matters. However, in the 21st century, we’ve woken to discover we are merely the … Continue reading Runaway Rant: I identify as a shapeless, colorless, genderless soul

My Pilgrimage from Atheism to Theism

A Discussion between Antony Flew and Gary Habermas Antony FlewDepartment of PhilosophyUniversity of ReadingReading, England Gary HabermasDepartment of Philosophy and TheologyLiberty UniversityLynchburg, Virginia My cmnt: You can read this discussion (including footnotes) in full at Evangelical Philosophical Society. I also highly recommend purchasing and reading the book “Taking Leave of Darwin” by British rationalist Neal Thomas. Both Flew and Thomas are (or were for most of their adult lives) atheists who have been persuaded by the scientific evidence that the first cause of the universe and of life has to be a non-material Being who could be called God. Paul … Continue reading My Pilgrimage from Atheism to Theism

Soccer star Carli Lloyd dismisses comparisons amid retirement plans: ‘Tom Brady doesn’t have to have kids’

Lloyd announced her plans to retire after the US women’s bronze medal match in Tokyo By Paulina Dedaj | Fox News – Sept 22, 2021 for Foxnews.com My cmnt: I know this is a surprise and frankly puzzling to the world’s Leftist Elites but women are not men. They do not think like men, act like men, emote like men, nor are they built like men. Also contrary to Leftist-Lib-Think only women menstruate and conceive and have babies. Women do not want the same things men want. Women actually like and love babies unlike men who mostly tolerate them when they have … Continue reading Soccer star Carli Lloyd dismisses comparisons amid retirement plans: ‘Tom Brady doesn’t have to have kids’

Fashion Analysis: Hillary Clinton’s Flattering Yet Sensible Hamptons Lewk Is a ‘Hot Girl Summer’ Triumph

Failed presidential candidate turns heads in secular beach burqa Andrew Stiles • August 27, 2021 2:00 pm – for The Washington Free Beacon Hillary Clinton went all out for “Hot Girl Summer” in the Hamptons, where the failed politician was recently spotted roaming the shores with her disgraced husband and a trendy female bodyguard. The former secretary of state donned a flattering yet sensible lewk that exuded the essence of Megan Thee Stallion’s take on feminine confidence: “[It’s] just basically about … having a [good] time, hyping up your friends, doing you, not giving a damn about what nobody got … Continue reading Fashion Analysis: Hillary Clinton’s Flattering Yet Sensible Hamptons Lewk Is a ‘Hot Girl Summer’ Triumph

If ‘democratic’ or ‘peoples’ is in the name – it isn’t

Whether the democratic party in America or The Democratic Republic of the Congo or People’s Republic of China the one thing you can be certain of is that it is neither democratic nor of the people. The word democratic should be changed to something more meaningful and descriptive of the actual party or country. Such as Rule by the Elite. The following chart is from this website (2015-05-19  #geography #politics #democracy). He took a List of sovereign states and picked those states which keep word “democratic” in their full name. Then took the Democracy Index list and joined it to the first list. Here … Continue reading If ‘democratic’ or ‘peoples’ is in the name – it isn’t

Face Masks on children are the new Duck-n-Cover drills

I’m old enough to remember the ridiculous Duck and Cover drills the government required us to do in the public schools. We saw educational (i.e., propaganda) films like ‘Our friend the Atom’ but were told horror stories of how we were all going to die if we didn’t have a bomb shelter and obediently go out into the halls, kneel down on our hands and knees, cover our heads with our arms and thereby survive a nuclear attack. Chuck Lorre, the creator of a number of hit comedies on CBS, was apparently traumatized by those old duck-n-cover drills. His vanity … Continue reading Face Masks on children are the new Duck-n-Cover drills

Death on a Crossing

Evangeline Paterson My cmnt: I first encountered this poem when it was published in The Daily Nebraskan, student newspaper of the University of Nebraska, some time ago. I found this blog and purchased the book of poems The Lion Book of Christian Poetry. I didn’t find a lot of poems there that impressed me so I don’t really recommend the book. I do however recommend reading the poem below.  Evangeline Paterson (1928—2000) is the founding editor of the journal Other Voices. She grew up in Dublin, married an Englishman, and lived for many years in St. Andrews, Scotland, then in Leicester, … Continue reading Death on a Crossing

OSU Trumpet Ensemble Wins Second-Straight National Competition

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 – at news.okstate.edu My cmnt: I include this post because I took up the trumpet in Oct of 2020, after 46 yrs of playing the flute, and appreciate the magnitude of their accomplishment. Follow this link to hear them play on youtube. You will be amazed. For the second consecutive year, the Oklahoma State University Small Trumpet Ensemble is national champions, beating 63 other programs at the 2015 National Trumpet Competition.  OSU also placed third in the Large Trumpet Ensemble Division.  “Winning the National Trumpet Competition for the second consecutive year is truly inspiring and a … Continue reading OSU Trumpet Ensemble Wins Second-Straight National Competition

Warren Buffet breaks down in tears at the mention of his first wife who died of oral cancer

Buffett and wife Susan lived apart for almost 30 years but never divorced Her friend became billionaire’s mistress and second wife after her death All three sent out joint Christmas cards every year with their three names at the bottom By MEGHAN KENEALLY UPDATED: 16:25 EDT, 13 January 2012 – for The Daily Mail The affable demeanor of Warren Buffett is not what one might expect when picturing one of the world’s most hard-nosed and successful businessmen. But neither is the image of him bursting into tears mid-interview when discussing his first wife, Susan, who died of oral cancer in 2004. Their … Continue reading Warren Buffet breaks down in tears at the mention of his first wife who died of oral cancer

I’m 21 and live in a 72-square-foot NYC apartment that costs $1,345 a month. Here’s what a day in my life looks like.

Via Hendrix Tue, June 1, 2021, 2:29 PM·8 min read – for Yahoo News or Insider.com My cmnt: In Tokyo, Japan business men and office workers commute at the beginning of each work week into Tokyo to their places of employment. It is too expensive and time consuming to commute every day so they stay in the city for the entire work week (which can be six days and 12 hours a day) while their wives and kids live in another city or suburb outside of Tokyo. They live in what are called ‘rabbit hutches’ as they are really just … Continue reading I’m 21 and live in a 72-square-foot NYC apartment that costs $1,345 a month. Here’s what a day in my life looks like.

Why the hot new alcohol trend is cutting back — or even quitting

A recent study by the American Psychological Association reported that nearly a quarter of adults were drinking more to manage stress during the pandemic By Kerry J. Byrne – May 29, 2021 – for The New York Post My cmnt: As I noted in a previous post on drinking alcohol I am a lifelong teetotaler. So now, according to this article, I’m cool. I also am a lifelong nonsmoker. I became cool on that account a long time ago. I also have never used illegal street drugs nor smoked MJ. Nor have I ever used course language to express myself. Nor do … Continue reading Why the hot new alcohol trend is cutting back — or even quitting

No amount of alcohol is good for your overall health, global study says

By Sandee LaMotte, CNN Updated 1:09 PM EDT, Fri August 24, 2018 My cmnt: Please forgive me for posting anything on my site from CNN. It’s not like I ever look at or listen to CNN it’s because my local newspaper reprinted this article that I saw it. So mea culpa and onto some clarifications before the article. My cmnt: Knowing CNN and their bias against Christians, Jews and particularly Catholics, who mostly accept alcohol as a gift from God and imbibe freely at celebrations such as weddings, it would not surprise me if this piece isn’t simply a bone thrown … Continue reading No amount of alcohol is good for your overall health, global study says

English language Usage Notes

Can a Ship ‘Flounder’? The difference between ‘flounder’ and ‘founder’ From the Merriam-Webster online dictionary My cmnt: For the rare times I actually encounter ‘flounder’ or ‘founder’ in print I found this article (below) from the online Meriam-Webster dictionary interesting. My cmnt: I also include an interesting (to me at least) discussion of the words ‘fort‘ and ‘forte‘. My cmnt: Here is a trio of frequently confused words – eminent, imminent, immanent. This is because they are not only similar in spelling but also pronunciation. Confession: I still have a hard time using and spelling them correctly. So we have … Continue reading English language Usage Notes

‘My Mom Said You Guys Have To Let Me Play,’ Defiant Colin Kaepernick Tells Kids Playing Flag Football At Park

December 3rd, 2019 – BabylonBee.com My cmnt: I’ve taken the liberty of making this funnier than the original Bee post. RIVERDALE, GA—Shortly after his workout video plan failed, free agent Colin Kaepernick took a walk around town to clear his mind. Luckily, Kaepernick stumbled upon a pickup game of flag football some kids were playing at a local park.  “Hey guys, can I play?” Kaepernick said, jogging over. They begrudgingly allowed him to stand in the lineup as teams were being picked, but as kid after kid was chosen, Kaepernick started to pout.  “I pick… Timmy!” the yellow team captain … Continue reading ‘My Mom Said You Guys Have To Let Me Play,’ Defiant Colin Kaepernick Tells Kids Playing Flag Football At Park

Confessions of a Clintonworld Exile

Doug Band worked alongside Bill Clinton every day for nearly two decades, first as a body man and then as one of the primary architects of his lucrative and often-fraught post-presidency. Then came a seismic falling out with accusations of self-dealing and soap-opera-level psychodrama. Now, for the first time since leaving Clinton’s orbit, Band goes on the record about his days in Clintonworld. By Gabriel Sherman December 2, 2020 – Vanity Fair – Hive My cmnt: This is a fascinating article. It is an insider’s look and reveal of the Clintons especially of course Bill. I hope to see a … Continue reading Confessions of a Clintonworld Exile

Why are top female athletes called ‘guys’ and ‘studs’?

My cmnt: This is an unpublished letter I wrote to a LJS sports writer in 2015 in response to his column which is included below. Much of the women’s sports world is an attempt to get females to act and think more and more like males. MMA champion Ronda Rousey only trains and spars with males.  Many women’s college basketball teams only practice against males.  For women to beat up on other women they must become more like men.   When nationally renowned Nebraska volleyball coach John Cook wants to insult his players he calls them ‘girls’.  In many female … Continue reading Why are top female athletes called ‘guys’ and ‘studs’?

Mayor unable to clear snow but proud of gender representation on snowplows

By Sycophant Press – Jan 26, 2021 – from the AP Dateline: Lincoln, Ne. Democrat Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird acknowledges that citizens of Lincoln are upset that she has failed to clear the streets. She says that Nebraskans have a bad habit of wanting to get to work and need to chill out and get with the times. In Portland, Oregon, where mayor Baird hails from (and is currently on fire again from recent riots by Antifa and BLM) people gladly stay home from work for three days before and three days after any appreciable snow fall. She fails to … Continue reading Mayor unable to clear snow but proud of gender representation on snowplows

Types of vegetarians

by Lord Buckbeak – Jan 8, 2021 The following is from the Mayo Clinic website: Types of vegetarian diets When people think about a vegetarian diet, they typically think about a diet that doesn’t include meat, poultry or fish. But vegetarian diets vary in what foods they include and exclude: Lacto-vegetarian diets exclude meat, fish, poultry and eggs, as well as foods that contain them. Dairy products, such as milk, cheese, yogurt and butter, are included. Ovo-vegetarian diets exclude meat, poultry, seafood and dairy products, but allow eggs. Lacto-ovo vegetarian diets exclude meat, fish and poultry, but allow dairy products and eggs. Pescatarian diets … Continue reading Types of vegetarians

Finneas O’Connell, the less famous brother of Billie Eilish

By Israel Salas-Rodriguez – May 17, 2021 – for The Sun Not only is Finneas O’Connell fairly accomplished in his own right but he writes or co-writes most of Billie’s songs. Neither would be as well-known today without the other. Everything you want to know about Finneas O’Connell. Now you might know Finneas O’Connell as Billie Eilish’s older brother, but he’s a star in his own right. From music to acting, Finneas is multi-talented. You can find out all the tea on Finneas right here. [Getty] Continue reading Finneas O’Connell, the less famous brother of Billie Eilish

The Bee’s satire stirs up real buzz in news

Site aims for humor, not stings My cmnt: here are a couple hilarious examples of the Bee’s satire BY JAMES VARNEY THE WASHINGTON TIMES – Jan 04, 2021 An occasional interview series with Americans who are challenging the sta-tus quo. President Trump was just starting his protracted fight against the Nov. 3 election results when top media members got the memo that the switch was on from offense to defense, according to The Babylon Bee. It was a joke, of course. Sort of. The Bee satirizes the political, intellectual and religious trends that strike it as absurd, a stance that … Continue reading The Bee’s satire stirs up real buzz in news

Enya: ‘Love can be difficult as boyfriends tend to get jealous when they learn I need space to write music’

By the Belfast Telegraph – November 19 2015 07:22 PM I am sitting on a plump sofa in the Dorchester hotel facing Enya, whose own sofa is quite rightly even plumper, and I tell her that, having read up on her these past few days, I have come to the conclusion that she is that rarest of things: a genuine enigma. No matter how much one reads about the so-called Queen of New Age music – she sings in English, Latin and Gaelic, and always as if in the midst of a blissful daydream – the woman herself remains steeped … Continue reading Enya: ‘Love can be difficult as boyfriends tend to get jealous when they learn I need space to write music’

Chris Botti: The trumpeter who took over the world

My cmnt: This is a piece for my trumpet playing friends – the Burbach Twins. I used to lie on the sofa as a child and listen to my mom’s albums of Al Hirt and Herb Alpert. Chris Botti is a completely different animal and musician. After listening to him play “My Funny Valentine” for Sting’s wife I was so taken with the beauty of his music that I went out and bought a used Yamaha trumpet and started taking lessons from a wonderful instructor, a DMA Trumpet Graduate Teaching Assistant at UNL, with the great name of Cat Sharp. … Continue reading Chris Botti: The trumpeter who took over the world