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The Media Have Decided The Primary Is Over

Thursday, September 28, 2023

Again, I did not watch last night’s debate.  Nine o’clock is bedtime at my age, especially when the night before I was up until well after midnight reliving my youth at a concert. (Chicago.)  The tenor of coverage this morning is quite different than last time and the quantity is minimal, limited almost entirely to near real time commentary with almost no post debate summary or analysis.  Based on the coverage it was a TV show with no lasting impact beyond the viewing of it.  One of the few summary pieces said, “The viewing audience lost big, obviously, but they weren’t alone.” I ask you, is that a TV critic speaking or debate analysis.

The Growing Edge of Town

Tuesday, September 26, 2023

About 6 miles from my home, way out in the country and very near the freeway is this fascinating place with a big electrical substation, wide streets and street lighting, and nothing else.  A few years ago the county purchased the land, improved it and intended to place a large industrial park there.  Then…covid.  Businesses changed plans, markets shifted and now all that investment by the county was for naught.  It’s just a field now, not suitable for agricultural use, but which no business wants to build on.  There might be a lesson there.

“Equity” Is Impossible

Saturday, September 23, 2023

There is always somebody better, somebody with more.  As Orwell wrote, “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” Even if the math teacher gives everyone an “A+” there is still going to be that person in the class that does the math better.  It is just a fact of life.  Trying to create equity where none exists is, in its own right, a form of oppression.

What Happens When The Church Is No Longer Culturally Distinct

Thursday, September 21, 2023

Protestantism has long been dying on the vine.  Following a path of “relevancy,” the major protestant denominations, too wealthy to disappear altogether, have been fading into little more than social clubs that mention Jesus.  I have long admired the Roman Catholic church’s ability to stand against this trend and have therefore flirted with it even with major theological and ecclesiological reservations.  But according to Michael Brendan Doughtery, writing at National Review, the Roman Catholic Church is now well along to same path.

Respect The Office

Tuesday, September 19, 2023

In which I go full old curmudgeon.  The story was that Ronald Reagan never took off his coat or tie when he was in the Oval Office out of respect of the office.  As I just found out, much effort has been put in by the internet to disprove this story because that’s what the internet does – belittle everything.  But real life isn’t the internet, and the exceptions to the story are not what matter.  The point is and remains that the office is greater than the individual holding it.  Or at least so it should be.

There Can Be No Good News

Monday, September 18, 2023

Sea water desalination, the process by which sea water is made potable, or drinkable, has been a holy grail for sea adjacent, water starved regions around the world.  From California to Israel, Egypt to Yemen and all of Northern Africa such would be a boon.  In recent decades Israel has made major strides in developing this technology.  Yes, the water produced is expensive compared to water pumped from a natural source, but to a place like Israel (or California) where there is no other choice, it makes life sustainable.  Ah, but in this world, not so fast….

What Do You Do When You Are Running For POTUS, But You Are Not

Sunday, September 17, 2023

This morning I looked at the story out of California in which the state government (you know, that which Gavin Newsom heads) is suing “Big Oil” over climate change.  This is aggressive Newsom stunt number, what?, 4,632?, of the last 12-18 months designed almost exclusively to keep him in the public eye – at least the very left-leaning public eye.  As Biden drifts further and further into infirmity, this is Newsom just screaming, “Look at me!  Look AT ME!!!”

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