A Good Wife: Priceless

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From my observations of other married couples I find I am unusual. I do not hang out with the guys, nor do I have a weekly “guy’s night out.” I don’t spend hours on weekends in front of the TV watching sports. In fact, during the school year, I have very little time for TV at all, which is no real loss as there isn’t much worth watching in any case. What seems most unusual about me–though I’m sure those that know me well could suggest any number of ideas–is I like nothing so much as being with my wife.

I like going places with her and doing things, even if it’s only grocery shopping. I push the cart and walk, slowly about 15 paces behind her, because she’s erratic, and charmingly so. Her attention flicks from item to item; she picks up items and reads labels, almost decides, puts it back down, picks it back up, and so on. She accelerates, then brakes in a millisecond, even backs up from time to time. I just watch and smile and adjust. Thirty-six years after our marriage, she still catches–and holds–my eye. Every little trip is an adventure.

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Denial, Evil And Moral Choice

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NOTE: Every now and then, every author discovers that an editor has so changed one of his articles as to be an entirely different article, an article in which his voice is barely recognizable. Such was the case recently on another site. That is the nature of the publishing business. They pay you for your work, they get to edit it as seems good for their purposes. I don’t begrudge them that.

This particular article is an example. Perhaps you’ll enjoy it in its original form, as I intended.

In Charleston, and in every American town, there are several buildings of note. Among them, the courthouse, and a church–any church. In the courthouse, lawyers and judges ply their trade, and the rule of law is worshiped, and sometimes, vindicated. In the church, men, women and children of all races come together to worship God in faith and fellowship. The inhabitants of both buildings acknowledge the existence of evil, and its unceasing work among us, but they have very different ways of dealing with that recognition.

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Symbolic Theft

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This was the scene at the People’s House, the temporary home of American Presidents, last night. President Obama took sides, and bathed the White House in the symbolism of an aggressive and angry gay supremacy movement, spitting in the faces of countless Americans who consider such symbolism insulting and immoral.

Of course, progressives have never had any respect for the sacred symbols and property of Americans, symbols, property and buildings that must remain non-partisan and must not be used to make cheap and offensive political points. When the Clintons left the White House, they stole virtually everything that wasn’t nailed down and were eventually forced to return it. Their henchpersons engaged in wholesale vandalism, including stealing all of the “W” keys from computer keyboards. Because they had no respect for America and Americans, the taxpayers had to buy entirely new keyboards and pay for the repair of damages.

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Austria: Third World Country?

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v2-Graz-deaths2Immediately after the Charleston shootings, knowing no more than anyone reading Internet accounts, President Obama said this:

Now is the time for mourning and for healing. But let’s be clear. At some point, we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries.

Only a few days later, in what must be a non-advanced country–Austria–this occurred:

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Gay Marriage: Disparaging Choices And The Rule Of Law UPDATED (2)

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In a ruling that should have surprised no one, the Supreme Court held, 5-4, that there is a right, under the 14th Amendment, to gay marriage, and every state is therefore forced to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. As in the king v. Burwell decision, there seems little or no Constitutional basis for the decision. In a stunning display of hypocrisy and irony–considering his opinion in the SCOTUScare case, Chief Justice John Roberts, who was in the majority, wrote: 

If you are among the many Americans — of whatever sexual orientation — who favor expanding same-sex marriage, by all means celebrate today’s decision. … But do not celebrate the Constitution. It had nothing to do with it.

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The Freddie Gray Case, Update 10: The Medical Examiner Plays Sherlock Holmes UPDATED

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A common police transport van configuration. credit: dailymail.com

A common police transport van configuration.
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The Freddie Gray saga continues with the leaking–by sources unknown–of the Autopsy report to the Baltimore Sun. In addition, a tentative trial date–October 13–has been set, but that’s unlikely to be met, particularly if Prosecutor Mosby continues to obstruct discovery.

Disclaimer: As you read, remember please that as this article is written, no one, including the defense, actually has a copy of the evidence upon which Marilyn Mosby is relying to obtain convictions on the six officers charged. I suspect no such evidence exists. Therefore, my analysis of events is based on what little information can be gleaned through media sources filtered through my knowledge of and experience in the criminal justice system. When and if more accurate and complete information is available, I’ll update appropriately.

The Baltimore Sun reports: 

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Supreme Court: Dictionary Unconstitutional!

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the-princess-brideThe US Supreme Court today handed down its decision in Inigo Montoya v. Vizzini, upholding Obamacare. In response, Montoya said: “You keep using that word [state]; I still don’t think it means what you think it means.” Observers are already dubbing the court’s ruling “The Princess Bride Decision.” From the majority (6-3) opinion written by Chief Justice John Roberts:

…and while the ACA is a badly written law that to this day remains unread by even its authors, and Americans still haven’t found out what’s in it even though it was passed years ago, there remain the issues of word meaning and legislative intent. It is a fundamental principle of law that words must be accorded their common and usual meanings, however, since the Congress intended to pass a law about health care, and since the law hangs on the meaning of “state,” it must be assumed that “state” is ambiguous and doesn’t actually mean “state,” but “federal” as well. It may also be interpreted to mean “underwear,” “passion fruit,” “Switzerland,” and “parakeet.

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Barack Obama: The Jihadist Jobs President

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Screen Shot 2015-06-24 at 12.51.00 PMWe elect Presidents to make the tough calls, the calls that put the welfare of the nation above politics, partisanship and even individuals. We expect them to make those calls and to accept the consequences, knowing that popularity doesn’t lie in that part of the job.

July 16, 1945, Trinity site: the Manhattan Project’s work bore fruit with the first detonation of an atomic device in history. Harry Truman, president only since mid-April, had a terrible decision to make. As American forces closed in on the Japanese home islands, the Japanese, including civilians, fought with renewed fanaticism. In only four months, the Japanese had inflicted nearly half the total American casualties already suffered in three years of the Pacific war. The best estimates of casualties in a conventional assault on Japan were more than one million.

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Is Longer Better?

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V-Rex by Rans, a short wheelbase recumbent

V-Rex by Rans, a short wheelbase recumbent

Every summer I write an article or two about one of my passions: bicycling, and more specifically, recumbent bicycling. I’m not a bicycling fanatic. I don’t shave my legs, nor do I spend all my spare time either riding or in bike shops trying to figure out ways to shave just a few more grams off the weight of my bike. My hopes of winning a bike race died decades ago when I realized I was always going to be too large, heavy and have too much upper body musculature to compete with the guys that are 5’8”, weigh 155 pounds, and are nothing but legs (shaved) and lungs. A few grams, indeed, a few pounds, mean essentially nothing to me.

Stratus by Rans, a long wheelbase recumbent

Stratus by Rans, a long wheelbase recumbent

So I ride as aerobic exercise, and because I enjoy being outdoors and because it’s fun. I ride a recumbent because, due to a neck injury incurred many years ago when I was playing cops and robbers, I cannot–physically–ride an upright bike. I’m no invalid, but my neck no longer has the flexibility or endurance necessary to efficiently use a fast upright. I’m not happy about the neck, but very pleased with recumbents.

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The Privilege of Racism

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Last month I wrote an article titled Of White Privilege and Peanut Butter And Jelly, dealing with one of the more recent fads in education. At a cost of hundreds of thousands of dollars, people will come to your school district, gentle readers, to tell the teachers they’re all racists just dripping in white privilege, and that’s why kids, particularly the non-white bread kids, are having whatever problems they’re having, or if they’re not having any, these people will help you create some. A quote from that article:

What are the educators in these districts learning in exchange for all of that money?

The PEG message is centered on the concept of ‘white privilege’ and the detrimental impact it supposedly has on minority students.

On a basic level, PEG teaches that minority students don’t do as well as white students on the average because traditional American education is structured around white cultural norms, which are frequently difficult for minority students to grasp.

Reasonable people might see value in that idea. It makes sense for teachers and other educators to be more aware of the various cultural influences and traditions that shape the mentality of their students.

But many people believe PEG goes overboard with the concept, to an alarming degree. Many of the organization’s messages seem to suggest that minority kids are incapable of learning and succeeding unless K-12 curriculum is specifically customized for them.

To which I responded:

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