Dribs, Drabs & Soros Sermonette

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When a breakfast drink is a meal…


The Principal Sermonette: 

This past week, Kansas City Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker made headlines in his commencement speech at Benedictine College in Kansas. In addition to his thoughts on women and the virtue of motherhood and the nuclear family, Butker also described LGBTQ rights as “the deadly sin sort of pride that has an entire month dedicated to it” and criticized “dangerous gender ideologies.” In his speech, Butker also stated, “Things like abortion, as well as a growing support for the degenerate cultural values and media, all stem from the pervasiveness of disorder.” The left didn’t like to hear what they do every day described as abominations in the sight of God.

Mr. Butker gave the graduates a powerful sermon on virtue and the blessings of motherhood. The media and Satanists (often the same) responded and called for his firing from the Chiefs. The Chiefs said that he had a right to his opinion.

Chiefs Owner And CEO Clark Hunt’s Wife Tavia On The Harrison Butker Dilemma: I’ve always encouraged my daughters to be highly educated and chase their dreams. I want them to know that they can do whatever they want (that honors God). But I also want them to know that finding a spouse who loves and honors you as or before himself and raising a family together is one of the world’s greatest blessings. Studies show that committed, married couples with children are the happiest demographic, which has also been my experience.

*Affirming motherhood, praising your wife, and highlighting the sacrifice and dedication it takes to be a mother is not bigoted. Acknowledging that a woman’s hard work in raising children is not in vain is empowering. Countless highly educated women devote their lives to nurturing and guiding their children. Someone disagreeing with you doesn’t make them hateful; it simply means they have a different opinion. Let’s celebrate families, motherhood, and fatherhood. Our society desperately needs dedicated men and women to raise and train the next generation in the way they should go. Proverbs 31:28 says, “Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.” Embracing the beautiful roles that God has made is something to celebrate.

*I also caution against taking things (or parts of speeches) out of context. Sound bites overlaid with hateful comments are not what we want to model for our children or others. We need more dialogue (and VALUES, IMO) in this country and less hate.


Bullet Points:

** Retirement Planning – What’s your plan?

** BRM offers insight into the FBI. He writes: A few years ago, I wrote an article titled “The FBI can no longer be trusted in any way, shape or form.”  Given the latest news about the shenanigans of the General Services Administration, I think that warning should be applied to the entire federal bureaucracy, not just the FBI or the Justice Department.  Second City Cop reports

** Is realism making a comeback? The referenced article asks the question, but I remain skeptical. “One of the largest political rallies ever held in the state of New Jersey took place in Wildwood on Saturday. Between 80,000 and 100,000 people are reported to have shown up for Donald Trump’s rally. Whatever one may think of Donald Trump, the sky-high attendance at his rally in this blue state enclave is a sure sign that average Americans are fed up with the Biden administration and with the Beltway Bolsheviks who advise and support him.” It was the same in the last election cycle. I went to the Biden rally in Phoenix four years ago. About a dozen staffers fluttered around like anxious doves, and seven people showed up to sit in chairs spaced well apart from each other. I didn’t tarry because who would want to waste time that way? A road rally for President Trump stretched 80 miles or so, with people flying Trump flags from their cars, which wound through the state. Even so, Pedo Joe, the most popular president in US history, won the state at midnight on election day. I’ll wait and see what happens this time.

** Peterson suggests that you lower the bar.

** It’s only recently that I learned that younger people can’t read cursive. Schools no longer teach it. I admit that I tend to print everything I handwrite as a habit. That notwithstanding, I also use cursive. When did we stop teaching that? I guess it was about 30 years ago? You could mock me for my ignorance. I guess that I don’t get out often enough.

**  I have yet to see somebody wearing a “build back better” hat.

** The diagnosis was that I’d keep my hips without getting the organics replaced with bionics, but I’ll suffer from arthritis, which will only get worse. Sic transit gloria mundi.

** Flour tortillas are not used in street tacos.

** Admiral David Dixon Porter (below) was an American naval officer who fought with the North during the War of Northern Aggression and conceived the idea of running the forts at the mouth of the Mississippi and capturing the city of New Orleans.

** The feature film The Godfather began production on March 23, 1971, with an initial budget of about one million dollars. Three weeks after the film process began, fundamental issues remained to be resolved: the budget, the cast, the locations, etc. When principal photography began, the problems did not diminish; the filming was linked to the real Mafia, and members of the actual mob asked for “collaborations as consulting technicians.”

The controversy increased when Lenny Montana (right), a former wrestler who, for a time, was the most sadistic enforcer of the Colombo crime family, one of the True Five Families that controlled the organized crime activities in New York City, was given the role of Luca Brassi.

Lenny Montana, also known as Leonardo Passafaro, was one of the technical consultants from the real mafia who collaborated on the intimate details.

Godfather question of the day: Which character in the Godfather do you most closely identify with?

** JDAM-ER – the poor man’s HARM. (from Claudio) The U.S. Air Force has awarded Scientific Applications and Research Associates a $23.5 million contract to acquire Home-on GPS Jam seekers and integrate them into existing Joint Direct Attack Munition wing kits. You have to get HIGH enough to drop them into their deployment envelope. When you go high, everything within range will be shooting at you… Just an observation. I’m not trying to be a hater.

** Old NFO comments on the exodus from California. Is it good to release the Californication virus into the rest of the nation? I’m in the Golden State now, marveling at the inflation of ordinary items. The $25/hr wage to turn a burger has the price of lunch at an insane level.  Don’t worry, I will not remain here long. As bad as New York was, it’s worse in California.


A Soros Sermonette

This is attributed to George Soros’ writing some years ago. I can’t speak to its validity in terms of attribution:

“In my opinion, only the very poor and downtrodden need religion to make their laborious lives more bearable. People crave self-importance; they long to be told they matter as individuals, not just as part of a mass of people or some historical process. They need the reassurance that while their life might be hard, bitter, and thankless, some reward would be theirs after death.

“Happily for us,  for the governing class, a well-formed faith also keeps people we need to control from seeking their recompense in the here and now through riot, insurrection, or revolution. Revolutions that we script are another matter altogether.

“A temple is worth a dozen barracks; a policeman carrying a gun controls a small unarmed crowd only for as long as he is present; however, a single priest can put a policeman inside the head of every one of their flock forever.”

It sounds like Vladimir Illich Lenin quoting Marx, which would make sense. Soros, a Hungarian Jew who collaborated with the Nazis during World War Two, shares a lot philosophically with Marx.


Fiddling with AI

Focus Pocus…

The furthest girl is slightly out of focus, as would happen if you used a camera with a 50mm f/1.4 shot wide open. It’s perplexing how accurate AI can be with little details like that yet has problems with fingers.

The Purple Assassin visits this blog from time to time. I need a current photo of her and can immortalize her in some sort of Indian (she’s from India) setting…hint Ms. Assassin.


Memes of the Day




Identify the Aircraft




It’s not a conventional P-38, and it is not called a Lightning




Parting Shot

How does that parce with now retired General Mark A. Milley, US Army, who served as the 20th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the nation’s highest-ranking military officer, and the principal military advisor to the President, Secretary of Defense, and National Security Council?



40 thoughts on “Dribs, Drabs & Soros Sermonette

  1. Identify the Aircraft:
    1. EDO XOSE-1
    2. Convair R3Y Tradewind
    3. P-38E modified with enlarged laminar-flow wing sections outboard of the engine booms, complete with slots and boundary layer control by means of exhaust bleed air.
    4. Douglas XTB2D Skypirate
    5. Ju 88 P-4

  2. Keep your hips as in forever, or as in not bad enough to do anything about them yet?

    I’d be getting me a second opinion, if-n I was you. I know a guy, but he’s in Wichita…….


    While Soros read a book on Marx
    The quartet of Barry, Mike, Hil, and Jarrett practiced in the park
    And we sang MAGA in the dark
    The day Build Back Better died.

  3. So any idea what restaurant that Bloody Mary is from? I ask because it looks like
    the selection of skewers includes clamcakes, and I have only seen those in SE
    New England.
    Maybe more than one meal…
    Anyone know what the goal of the P-38 wing mods was? Was it an attempt to fix the
    high-speed dive problem?
    My retirement plan is to work, and then one day keel over dead. Perhaps at work, that’d
    be funny! I’ve done my best to take my retirement in little bits every chance I get, while I
    was still young enough to enjoy it. Sort of like an extremely poor-grade, low performance,
    skid row version of Travis McGee, with much less exotic jobs.
    Soros – IDK if he said that or not, but it’s the sort of thing he might say. The money quote
    for me is “People crave self-importance”. No George, people like you crave
    self-importance. It’s one of the things that makes your ilk so incredibly vile.
    – Kle.

    1. Like the joke goes, eh? “I want to die peacefully in my sleep like my grandfather. Not screaming in terror like his passengers.”

      The rest of this is not directed at, nor even particularly to Kle.
      Not only about Soros, but in general: Taking hateful or out-of-context bits out of their writing or speeches can make them sound bad. But if you read the whole thing, in context, it’s usually WORSE.

      Perfect understanding does not “drive out hatred”. Sometimes it removes the vague guilt you feel over “maybe I’m just misunderstanding him. Surely he doesn’t REALLY mean that.” The “surely we misunderstand them, and we can find a compromise” is what Conservative, Inc. has been doing for decades. How’s that been working out?

      1. There can be no collaboration with evil. There can be no compromise in matters of conscience. It makes me sound like an absolutist and I’m not by nature. In life, I compromise with this and that. I compromise in my work and I collaborate for mutual wins. But not in matters of conscience. There is no right way to do a wrong thing.

        1. Have a rural neighbor, was head of design/maintenance for the school system here, asked him what his main focus was ((because architects – he was one – and builders tend to be at each others throats over differing opinions on vision) , he said “I make sure everyone is equally unhappy”, which I immediately knew was brilliant so worked to employ that in my own PM/Site Sup work…talking people off their respective edges to create a solution – for the client.

        2. I was talking to two pro life activists yesterday.
          I mentioned Trump criticizing Desantis for being more restrictive on abortion than the American people in general, risking election loss to rabid abortionistas. I mentioned Arizona not falling into the same trap that Michigan did.
          They both soundly disagreed with me. Other prominent activists have agreed with me, that we have to concede and then educate.

  4. Sermonette. It seems to me when you attack the messenger instead of the message it is the first indication that your argument does not have a leg to stand on. All liberals do is try to punish people with different viewpoints than theirs. If they get their way in the long run everybody will be an “other” of some sort or anther and then society will collapse.
    Hips. My rheumatologist told me arthritis is just your body paying you back for all the abuse you visited upon it over the years. Can’t say that I disagree but damn, some mornings.
    Parting shot. I would posit that there is very little in common between Clausewitz and Milley. The man should should well at Princeton though, he will fit right in.

    1. Hips, I held off as long as possible and then some. Finally went for it and it is wonderful so far. The pain in knee and foot turned out to be 90% referred from the hip. I can now sleep on the right side and do not need hourly treatment with diclofinate. The whole thing was much less hassle than the knee replacements. Kaiser flew us to Oahu, surgery next morning and back to Big Island that evening. I drove 50 miles back to Hamakua as Judy was having double vision, that was not recommended, but worked out. 3 months in and all is well, surgeon said the hip was a press fit, no glue needed.

        1. The joints and stems are injection molded metal with a beaded surface, the bone grows in and around the rough surface binding it to the main bone. Pretty cool tech, and solid. Actual rub surface joint material is UHMW, plastic that will wear steel, you can ice skate on it.

          1. I’m going to try stem cell injections to see if we can rebuild that natural material. If that fails, then we go bionic.

          2. Stem Cells…The God Cells…should work for cartilage rebuild with excellent results if things aren’t too far along. Good choice.

  5. When I was a kid in Southern California after the war, I remember seeing this P38 many times. It had YIPPEE painted on the underside of the wings. Used to see the B19,too.

  6. The main key to a good retirement is to have enough cash to frequent on a daily basis a close by, less than 30 minutes away, food truck, dive, bar, restaurant, buffet, what have you that has a good breakfast complete with a steaming mug of hot coffee. That way the day starts out pretty good. Plus if the arthritis traps you at the table… they serve lunch.

    1. Good tip. Dad was a diner guy, regardless of his “status”…that he didn’t care about, hence frequented the same few diners in the greater Philly area. Good food, typically great coffee, and the right atmosphere to get the day going.

  7. Cursive officially stopped in 2010, with the introduction of Common Core (also the source of the “New Math” debacle that has ensure a generation of financial illiteracy.) Worse, not only are the schools not teaching cursive, they’ve atrophied teaching handwriting at all.

    There is hope: a good friend’s kid is up at Great Mistakes right now, and just in the handful of weeks that he’s been writing daily letters of angst, sleep deprivation, drownproofing, and standing watch, his handwriting has measurably improved (although his spelling is still… phonetic, without the help of spellcheck.)

    He asked for a small, thin book. His mom sent him Marcus Aurelius’s Meditations. We know when he got it, because another letter came back asking much more specifically for a World War Z book. He hastened to assure his mother that the last book was gleefully snatched by another Seaman Apprentice, who likes philosophy and has the book at home. The handwriting then got much better, smaller, and enthusiastic, as the buddy put in a quick note of heartfelt thanks. There’s hope yet for the human race: no matter how poorly they were educated, a bunch are working hard to turn out all right anyway.

    1. My dad wrote me a letter while I was in basic. It was funny.
      My friend asked and I passed it to him to read.
      After a bit he says, “This isn’t typewritten, it’s hand printed!”
      That’s how my dad rolled.
      Blessing on your son.

  8. Retirement- First off, older brother reminds us “boys” to “stay independent & never stop earning” ™. September, before the Covid Crap, I returned home a week away ‘on the job’, MrsPaulM says “I want you home”. A discussion ensued (she was finally working from home after many years traveling giving veterinarian lectures)..took me six months to clear the project schedule, then a month later The Gubmint decided people needed to stay away from each other or else we’d all die horrible deaths (by them and their scumbag cohorts, the AMA, as it turned out). The only time in my life (as dad would drill into me to work on) that my timing was in phase with the world. Took me about 3 days once fully ensconced at home to know what the next Chapter in Life was going to look like: Homestead projects and other projects that don’t have to frenetically get crammed into a weekend. Been busy ever since doing “my/our stuff”. Shop expansion (small but needed to be properly setup) is for the next chapter mailbox money business and too keep my mind active. However my more wise smarta$$ brother says I’m, “EDIAS” (Everyday is a Saturday). But after 50+ years of working sure beats being a Monday everyday. All of that did take some planning, however MrsPaulM still works as the Senior Pharma Vet and has put off retiring for 6 months…might happen soon, might be another year…but just today had a discussion with friends (she was “retired out” after 30+ years)…ya gotta have something to fill the day. Told MrsPaulM to write her book (she’s a great writer).

    That’s my story. Not complicated, but guessing at some point a smallish thatched roof cottage on some Florida Intercoastal spot with a little dock and a skiff would be in order once this place at 7500′ elev. got too much to handle. Lifestyle is what matters, and we get to choose what that looks like (usually, anyway, if things align just right), and that vision may change over time as our tastes or age – or pocketbook – force.
    PS. Petersen is spot on regarding the above…dorking around just won’t cut it for active folks coming off the high wire.

  9. My oldest brother, a professor in the agricultural college at the university of Kentucky, put off his much needed hip replacement so long, that they refused to do it. I got my right knee replaced 3 years ago after getting it trashed on scene of a car wreck on I-35. Get my other one replaced this coming Wednesday. After compensating for my bad knee for so long, my good knee became my bad knee. My family also doesn’t appear to ever retire. My mother kept her Registered Nurse license until the age of 85. My 3 remaining brothers and I are still plodding along.

  10. Retirement. Won’t happen. Had my first paying job at age five and haven’t stopped since. Guess I’m the horse in Animal Farm.
    My sister says her hip replacement apiece of cake compared to her knees. I see the knee quack Tuesday.
    The only thing Milley has done that even sniffs of honorable behavior was to retire.

    1. Every farm needs a workhorse…I’m guessing all here are of that ilk, only pastured when all else fails. I’m technically (ie. per IRS standard, not that I care what they think)…retired…but busier than ever and with new ventures in the pipeline. I call it the entrepreneurial spirit, can’t tamp it down, only harness it.

  11. Forced into retirement in 2016 by back issues, but I was already writing as a ‘hobby’ business. Moved back to Texas (affordable and WEST of the Mississippi), did a couple of years with the local SO as an investigator, more back issues, so I now write and try to keep up with the yard/house work. And go to the occasional writing convention and do panels on various subjects.

    1. Use stuff well and hard long enough and the check engine light comes on, often unexpectedly. Luckily fixing many things, like orthopedics, is similar to changing the brakes on your car these days, save for the break-in period. Me, never had knee problems, but enough tweaks falling off things (still, just as I did as a kid) has caused some tight knees (soft tissue parts) that stiffen up by the time I get to town (an hour)., taking a few strides to loosen up. Ticks me off…but gettin’ old ain’t for the feint of heart. Finally got back on the air rower and they loosened right up…but have some work to do. And the IR Sauna stints 3-4 times a week are a huge help. Thinking if I actually went to see the Ortho Doc and he said I needed knee replacement I’d whimper a bit.

  12. Harrison Butkin is a massive hero, and pretty sure his wife is the added rocket fuel aiding his galactic trajectory of sound mind and spirit. As dad would say, I couldn’t have done any of this if it weren’t for your mother.” Yup.

  13. You manage to convey large amounts of information with an amazing efficiency of word usage. Bravo! Which means I have to reply before reading the comments or I’ll get sidelined by all the other intelligent writing in the comments!
    I can’t eat seafood like you show. Something in shellfish doesn’t agree with me, and I get a bit distressed. If it’s battered and deep fried it doesn’t bother me, so whatever’s in it must get wiped out by cooking.
    Good for Mr. Butker. Nice to see an affirmation of traditional values. I hope he does well in his career.
    Whatever happens in this election will be…..? Epic? Historical? Biblical? All of the above? Keep your mags full, and your powder dry comes to mind. And there’s bound to be death-and-destruction this Summer by peaceful protesters. I’m pretty sure we’ll be OK here, but I’m planning on staying well clear of the Denver Metro area.
    My Dad had beautiful handwriting. Perfectly formed letters that blended together to form words. Spelling, punctuation, and spacing were perfect. Mine’s not bad, but it turned more scribbly when I was writing out high-speed Morse Code, and never really returned. Fair trade, in my estimation.
    Flour tortillas just ain’t right….
    I’d have to go with Tom Hagen.
    I pity my friends back in SoCal. Thank God they’re armed, trained, and diligent.
    Soros…….moving money around at a profit to make money out of nothing.
    EVs = 2020 version of selling an 18th century bridge.
    von Clausewitz is interesting reading. Sun-Tzu is also interesting. I never read them until I was an adult, but I remember my ROTC friends in high-school reading it.

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