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    Quote of the Day

    Posted by Jonathan on 23rd November 2020 (All posts by )

    J. E. Dyer:

    This is a profound crisis for America. In my view, it has reached the level of the question of slavery, which was too big an issue to be settled by conventional expectations for courts of law and social and political transactions.
     
    In 1861, there were many Americans, as there are many today, who didn’t see the question as being that much beyond the scope of ordinary remedy.
     
    But it was. For what it’s worth, I don’t foresee an armed battle erupting over the 2020 election, per se. That’s partly because there’s no obvious way to organize one. Unlike the situation of the Civil War, there’s no territorial division to make options plain.
     
    But the spiritual divide between Americans who don’t perceive a crisis (or whose intention is to provoke one and benefit from it), and Americans who do perceive one, could not be deeper. Either there must be a fight, to authenticate the 2020 vote and ensure that it produces a new president only if it was really honest and fraud-free, or there need not be a fight, but only a formulaic consultation which cannot possibly establish the meaningful absence of fraud.
     
    If the choice is supposed to be the latter, voting is meaningless anyway, and no one is under moral compulsion to agree to be governed by its “outcomes.”

    Worth reading in full.

    Posted in Current Events, Deep Thoughts, Elections, Political Philosophy, Politics, Trump | 32 Comments »

    Random Pic

    Posted by Jonathan on 22nd November 2020 (All posts by )

    irrigation rainbow

    Posted in Photos | 1 Comment »

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    Posted by Jonathan on 14th November 2020 (All posts by )

    Everglades

    Posted in Photos | 4 Comments »

    “THE 2020 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IS A STORY OF LOVE VS. HATE”

    Posted by Jonathan on 6th November 2020 (All posts by )

    There is a lot of truth in this column:

    President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joseph Biden are not the stars or antagonists in this tale. Their supporters are.
     
    A blind unconditional love of their leader fuels the energy and action of Trump supporters. They risk their health (maskless rallies), reputation (accusations of racism and sexism) and safety (social media and Antifa harassment) to stand with their hero.
     
    A blind unconditional hatred of President Trump fuels the energy and action of Biden supporters. Their leader’s ideas, policies and resume are irrelevant. Biden is a tool to kill the Trump presidency. Nothing more.
     
    [. . .]
     
    A reliance on hate and an absence of love inevitably spark widespread corruption.
     
    This is my problem with The Resistance, Black Lives Matter, Antifa, the far Left and their pervasive anti-American sentiment. There’s no love. It’s all hate.
     
    Hate cannot sustain life, liberty, freedom and a pursuit of happiness.
     
    As much as President Trump’s public behavior and narcissism annoy me, I’ve never questioned his love of America.

    Worth reading in full.

    Posted in Current Events, Elections, Politics, Religion, Trump | 23 Comments »

    Random Pic

    Posted by Jonathan on 2nd November 2020 (All posts by )

    scarred manatee

    Posted in Photos | 4 Comments »

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    Posted by Jonathan on 28th October 2020 (All posts by )

    vaca frita

    Posted in Photos | 7 Comments »

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    Posted by Jonathan on 24th October 2020 (All posts by )

    Miami night fishing

    Posted in Photos | 2 Comments »

    Dancing

    Posted by Jonathan on 18th October 2020 (All posts by )

    Chicagoboyz enjoy the occasional turn around the dance floor, but can only dream of cutting the rug with the panache of this young couple.
     

    Posted in Diversions, Video | 7 Comments »

    Random Pic

    Posted by Jonathan on 6th October 2020 (All posts by )

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    Posted by Jonathan on 1st October 2020 (All posts by )

    bathtub lizard

    Posted in Photos | 6 Comments »

    Chicagoboyz Billboard Series: 1

    Posted by Jonathan on 16th September 2020 (All posts by )

    sue

    Posted in Photos | 5 Comments »

    Chicagoboyz Waiting Room Series: 31

    Posted by Jonathan on 12th September 2020 (All posts by )

    POLICE LINE DO NOT CROSS

    Posted in Waiting Rooms | 4 Comments »

    Quote of the Day

    Posted by Jonathan on 9th September 2020 (All posts by )

    From an interview with Stanley Druckenmiller:

    This massive market rally is due in large part to the measures taken up by the Fed since the pandemic began, Druckenmiller said. He noted that, while the central bank did a “great job” in March by cutting rates and launching unprecedented stimulus programs to sustain the economy, the follow-up market rally “has been excessive.” He also said that for the first time in a while, he is worried about inflation shooting higher.
     
    “The merging of the Fed and the Treasury, which is effectively what’s happening during Covid, sets a precedent that we’ve never seen since the Fed got its independence,” Druckenmiller said. “It’s obviously creating a massive, massive mania in financial assets.”

    You don’t say.

    Posted in Economics & Finance, Quotations | 19 Comments »

    I’ve Been Everywhere

    Posted by Jonathan on 6th September 2020 (All posts by )

    The 2004 remake of “Flight of the Phoenix” was mostly dreck except for the sublime opening scene.
      

    Posted in Film, Music | 10 Comments »

    Random Pic

    Posted by Jonathan on 4th September 2020 (All posts by )

    colors

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    Random Pic

    Posted by Jonathan on 30th August 2020 (All posts by )

    ruby slippers?

    Posted in Photos | 2 Comments »

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    Posted by Jonathan on 25th August 2020 (All posts by )

    sunset clouds

    Posted in Photos | 3 Comments »

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    Posted by Jonathan on 18th August 2020 (All posts by )

    rain

    Posted in Photos | 1 Comment »

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    Posted by Jonathan on 14th August 2020 (All posts by )

    Four wheels good, two wheels pretty good too

    Posted in Photos | 3 Comments »

    Quote of the Day

    Posted by Jonathan on 24th July 2020 (All posts by )

    Helen Pluckrose, quoted in Spiked:

    Despite what the backing of prominent institutions might imply, I think these woke causes are supported by only a minority of people. It is not so uncommon for society to work this way. Look at theocracies, where perhaps only five per cent of people are theologians who teach the core values, but they are accepted by wider society as a benchmark for showing goodness and virtue. People either accept it without really understanding it, or just refrain from arguing with it. There are definitely parallels between that scenario and society today.

    Nowadays non-leftists hesitate to express non-leftist views publicly, either from fear of retaliation or because they don’t think it’s worth the hassle. Leftists probably feel the same way. However, the situation is asymmetrical because so many prominent institutions and big businesses are controlled by leftists or by people who are afraid not to make at least a show of fealty to leftist ideas.

    Posted in Civil Society, Leftism, Political Philosophy, Politics, Society | 8 Comments »

    Random Pic

    Posted by Jonathan on 22nd July 2020 (All posts by )

    death bus

    Don’t crash.

    Posted in Photos | 1 Comment »

    Posted by Jonathan on 20th July 2020 (All posts by )

    woof

    Chicagoboyz are kicking back and resting their dogs.

    Posted in Photos | 3 Comments »

    Posted by Jonathan on 18th July 2020 (All posts by )

    sweet

    Chicagoboyz is the berries.

    Posted in Photos | 2 Comments »

    Random Pic – 7/16/2020

    Posted by Jonathan on 16th July 2020 (All posts by )

    sunset

    Chicagoboyz like to watch.

    Posted in Photos | 2 Comments »

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    Posted by Jonathan on 14th July 2020 (All posts by )

    Posted in Photos | 15 Comments »