Sunday, December 31, 2017

Baldilocks Top Traffic Magnets for 2017 (Updated)

UPDATE: No work this past week. My transcription gig-giver took the holidays off, so your donations will be appreciated.

UPDATE: Quotes and more links added.

ORIGINAL: Most of the high hit counts -- 8000+ -- are courtesy of Glenn Reynolds. Otherwise, singular posts generally garner 50 to 400 hits.

Gun Control and the Desire to “Improve” Humankind
The desire to rein in human nature independent of the sovereignty of the Living God is merely one of the Enemy's deceptions and, because it comes from him, death is always the goal.
Shame on You!
[O]nce you allow others to shame you into silence, you’ve set a pattern into motion. You become used to being silent or whispering your opinions in hushed tones – or in zones of safety. Those who would cast shame upon you – who would label you racist for your un-politically correct opinions count on this.
Seemingly Random Near Miss
You don't realize how accustomed you have become to a certain sound until that sound is absent.
The Left Reminds Its Foot Soldiers that Real Soldiers are the Enemy
What we have here seems to be two warring Leftist mindsets regarding those of us who have served in the US military, that we are either villains or victims.
Black Americans: The Organized Left’s Expendable Shock Troops
Black Americans have become the Organized Left's shock troops in latter’s war against America and all too many of us have become the Left's overseers, tasked to force the "deserters" back into formation using the tools of ridicule and shame.

I almost said that the Left was at war with black people, but the Left doesn't esteem blacks enough to deem us as their enemies.
Why We Black Conservatives Don’t Try to Convert Our Families
[T]o black liberals, even politics always involves some imagined sale of black persons.They are unable to view white persons outside of the master/patron/domination paradigm and cannot envision any relationship between black persons and white persons outside of that perspective. Somebody has to be on top. And, in light of our past[i] and our indoctrinated and unacknowledged feelings of inferiority, most black liberals believe it will be you, my white friends.
Dumbasses Still "Correcting" Me About Trump, Hitler, and the Berlin Wall
So I shared a graphic on Facebook yesterday and people are still losing their minds about it--especially the dimmer ones among them.

Here's the graphic. See if you can guess why I shared it, knowing what you know about me.
Steve Harvey, Talladega College, and the Shame Mob
Certainly Harvey was openly pro-Clinton and I wouldn't doubt that Dr. Hawkins and the most of band members old enough to vote were as well. But what they have already done and will do in the face of not getting what they wanted shows the type of people they are. They know the source of their power and that power does not come from sitting on the couch and slinging insults at others or even from the president of the United States.
The following posts received less than 1000 hits, but they are a few of my favorites.

That Time When Some Carcass-Worshiper Called Me A House Negro Because I Suspected the Motives of Muslims
The following is from 2010. I was reminded of it when a guest in this post pointed out that Americans were not the first to export black Africans as slav
es. I share it every now and then, usually when someone assumes that I know nothing about the 1400-year-long sacking of my fa
ther's home continent. But, with past slaving and slave-holding being all the rage of late, this information has become pertinent once again.
A Halfrican's Perspective on Black African Immigrants and Black Americans
African immigrants are indeed the go-getters from among their fellows, but they also began to arrive in America at the right time—when race was becoming less of a factor for all Americans and legal residents who were willing to grab hold to the American dream.
On Love, Taking a Stand, and Clear Vision
[W]hen God opens your eyes, your spiritual vision is 20-20.
Yamasaki's Towers
Yamasaki's Twin Towers were a testament to excellence and to the soundness of the American Ideal.

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Friday, December 29, 2017

Video: Some Perspective on Homelessness

In which I remove my shirt. Hey, gotta get the eyeballs! At Patreon.



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Monday, December 25, 2017

Christmas 2017 (UPDATED x 2)



UPDATE: A simple salad. Beans still soaking.


SECOND UPDATE: Navy beans with pork. Thickener is homemade vegetable base: bell pepper, onion, garlic, mushroom, tomato. 



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Saturday, December 23, 2017

Christmas Dinner Wish List

It will be a working Christmas: transcription and editing.

Here's what I'd like to prepare/acquire for a modest Christmas dinner for today and tomorrow..
  • Northern beans with ham-bone
  • Green salad: romaine lettuce, scallions, bell pepper, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, marinated
    A salad of mine would look similar to this.
    But I make all my ingredients fork-sized.
    artichoke hearts, garbanzos, cranberries
  • Olive oil
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Bread (already have)
  • Butter
  • Double-chocolate cake
  • Coffee (already have)
  • Red wine
Would you like to contribute?

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Why the Media Plant Lies


How many times has an entity of the mainstream media put forth an idea, stated something as fact only to have someone prove the fact or idea is a lie?

Long before the 2015 beginning of Donald Trump's campaign to become President of the United States, it had become standard operating procedure for entities like the Washington Post or the New York Times to do this and many are puzzled by it.

I, however, am not.

Remember Rathergate? Back in 2004, when Dan Rather, CBS News and other entities attempted to pass off a bogus letter allegedly related to then-President Bush's 1970s Texas Air National Guard service, the document was easily spotted as fraudulent for two major reasons: the letter's language was totally unlike any military document and that same document was determined to have been created using Microsoft Word – something that didn't exist during the time when a certain Lieutenant Bush was serving his country.

Nevertheless, I've personally seen two occasions in recent years, when a person has thrown up the accusation that former President Bush had been AWOL (sic) from his unit.

This taught me a valuable lesson and that lesson has been reinforced over and over again. It's this:

Most people do not properly evaluate received information.

Of course, most don't have time to do that. But the failure happens when we come to conclusions without the slightest bit of analysis or doubt. It also happens when we receive correction and not only refuse that correction, but scoff at it. That's what most people do, and I will admit to having done it before.

The Organized Left – which runs most mainstream media entities – knows this very human tendency thrives on it, and uses it to further its narrative(s).

Here's the usual method: NYT, or whoever, offers some blatant, bold-faced lie and leaves it in some public space for a bit. Then they will delete the lie and/or offer a correction, the latter of which will receive far less publicity that did the lie. Mistakes were made, and so on. And they can't be sued.

The purpose, however, is served: the lie has been planted and will take root in receptive soil. And, Lord knows that there's plenty of that. Mission accomplished. And, to further the horticultural metaphor, Social Media lends itself to widespread pollination.

Thus will the lie be around the world and back home again having dinner while the truth is sipping its morning coffee.

Returning to the assertion that most people receive only surface information, we are inclined to believe that information if it coincides with what we already believe. And here an irony: we tend to believe things that validate our fears instead of those thing which assuage them.

I'm looking at you, conservatives; you shouldn't get cocky about this. I have not forgotten all the conservatives, including some that I greatly respect(ed), who tried to tell me that my tribe – and that of former President Obama – was an Arab Muslim tribe which historically enslaved all of the other tribes in the Kenya region.

That lie was planted by a blogger named Kenneth Lamb and it is one of the most widespread and pernicious crocks of feces I have ever witnessed. It was a perfect example of an elaborate falsehood born of fear.

We all operate on imperfect knowledge and thinking people will acknowledge that. Remember the concept of Current Level of Deception?
A friend of mine says that he has had reality smash his pre-conceived notions about the world so often that he refers to his contemporaneous way of thinking about the world as his “current level of deception.”
If you recall, I said the above in reference to presidential candidate Donald Trump, who I greatly distrusted during the campaign, even though I ended up voting for him in the general election.

Watching what he has done since becoming President Trump has forced me to adjust my opinion of him. I still don't completely trust him, but he has been a much better president than I expected and, I do sometimes use the life rule that one can evaluate a person by observing who his/her enemies are and how those enemies react to that person's success. It definitely applies in the case of this president, not mention the many conservative and beneficial actions he has taken in the short time since his inauguration.

We all need to to be skeptics in regard to earthly matters, if only in preparation for the next time reality smashes whichever comfortable little bubble we find ourselves sitting in on any given day.

There's only one true inflexible notion I have: that God exists and that His Son, Jesus, sits at His right hand -- though I wouldn't put it past, say, the Washington Post, to run an exposé on that.

But that's a retraction I wouldn't be interested in witnessing.

RELATED: When the Press Failed to Recognize a Real Turkey

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Friday, December 1, 2017

My November 2017 Post Digest from Da Tech Guy Blog

Icon of Ugly Hollywood
As regular readers know, I post these digests once a month. This month, I'm starting a new feature: my favorite quote from me.

Newsweek Magazine says that quoting oneself is plagiarism, so rest assured that I have asked myself for permission to do this.

Here it is:
I really don’t care about the legal sex lives of Pretty Hollywood or Ugly Hollywood, as long as I don’t have to give them my money to clean up their messes. And at least with Pretty Hollywood – and with the National Felon League – I can’t be extorted by them for hush-money.
Therefore, Ugly Hollywood is far uglier and far more dangerous than the Pretty one.
As one of my friends pointed out, the Founding Fathers would be OPSEC OPSEC OPSEC by now.
Opinion Puppeteering — Also, I Told You So
Fill the Space of Your Soul or Something Else Will
Short Observation About the Two Hollywoods
Death of the NSA
Telling the Truth Isn’t For the Faint of Heart
Hollywood and DC: Never Our Betters and Often Much Worse
There’s More Than One Way to Purge
Personal Honor

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