This from Jules
** Art – Since secularism has taken God out of art, too many modern artists rely on gross sensuality, and shock value, or view the subject with the same emotionless detachment of a coroner autopsying a dead body. In my opinion, artists who say their art has no meaning but what the viewer interprets reveal they themselves have no meaning inside and are lost. It’s a cheat and an excuse to put all the burden on the viewer to interpret the work, because the artist has no clue either, having lost their eye for beauty that hints of greater things than the thing itself.
** WASHINGTON — The Brandon regime is poised to approve sending M1 Abrams tanks to Ukraine, U.S. officials said Tuesday, as international reluctance toward sending tanks to the battlefront against Russian forces begins to erode. The decision could be announced as soon as Wednesday/today.
** Widen the Search! NY Post – Sen. Ted Cruz has demanded authorities go through President Biden’s papers held at the University of Delaware after more classified material dating back to Biden’s time in the Senate was discovered at his Wilmington residence last week. Cruz said the university, Biden’s alma mater, has more than 1,800 boxes from his 36 years in the Senate.
** Californication – California lawmakers are pushing legislation that would impose a new tax on the state’s wealthiest residents — even if they’ve already moved to another part of the country. I doubt that it will survive the legal challenge.
** Splash the Black Sharks – Ukraine destroyed three Russian helicopters in just half an hour. Last night three Ka-52 helicopters (above) became the latest casualties of Vladimir Putin‘s botched invasion, with an estimated 281 of the Kremlin’s helicopters downed since the outbreak of war 11 months ago. The £12 million aircraft is nicknamed the Black Shark and has been described as Russia‘s ‘deadliest helicopter’. They lost several Ka-52 gunships early in the war and then withdrew them. They’re really only effective if nobody shoots back.
**. There was fury today after a transgender rapist attacked two women as a man and then changed its gender before the trial.
** From American Thinker – So load up a bus with some priests and drop them off at the VP’s home. Let’s have a little exorcising and let’s drive away those evil spirits. Maybe the VP can call the former Speaker for suggestions.
** There is only one Party – The U.S. Senate confirmed Brendan Owens to the position of assistant secretary for energy, installations, and environment in the Defense Department on Monday night.
A bum boat is a small vessel that brought goods of various kinds, such as food, alcohol (but only for the officers), fresh fruit, meat, etc. mercantile items, and also whores to the ships as soon as they entered the harbor.
The owners of these ships were not professional traders or were commissioned by the navy. The Navy had its own ships that brought their necessary goods to the ships. The bumboat traders tried to make an extra profit from what they sold. And so in the 17th Century, it was mainly women who rowed out to sell their goods. In the course of the 18th Century, more and more men joined in and started to bring the local prostitutes to the ships for a fee.
Exporting Cattle not Insurance – the bum-boats swarm, by William E., early 19th century
This continued into the 20th Century and was not limited to English ports. The word bum boat seems to be derived from the Dutch boomschuit (tree boat) and means canoe. These small merchant boats are thought to have evolved from the scavengers’ boats of the 16th and 17th Centuries, which collected rubbish (any kind of rubbish) and brought it ashore.