We need to talk about school shootings.

Somehow in the past, we didn’t have this problem. Somehow, kids brought guns to school all the darn time without deciding that it was a good idea to gun down their fellow students. I was guilty of leaving a bunch of shotgun shells in my book bag in 4th grade, because I had gone hunting with my dad the previous weekend. While we had the occasional lunatic, school shootings were pretty rare. Most violent crime happened outside school, and thankfully our crime rate overall has continued to decline over the last twenty years, so we’ve actually gotten safer over time.

So what’s different?

Continue reading “Save our kids by giving teachers guns and banning Facebook”

…because they’ll have a bad reaction to this:

Sope Aluko, a Christian actress born in Nigeria who holds U.S. and British citizenship, said that the set of “Black Panther” (2018) felt “almost like church.”

“During breaks we shared our testimony of how we got to where [we] did and most of the people were testifying to God’s miracles, it was almost like church,” Aluko told Okay Africa’s Ezinne Mgbeahuruike.

Maybe Joy will suggest they all should be committed, actually she wouldn’t have the guts.  It’s one thing to call Mike Pence crazed for his Christian beliefs, it’s quite another to risk accusations of racism to suggest the same of an almost exclusively black movie cast.

I wonder if Gus Kenworthy will refuse to shake their believing Christian hands too?

I’m reading the Mueller indictments and I’m noticing several things that could be charged of dreamers and other fun stuff.

Section 1 and section 24 notes that it’s against US law for “certain foreign nationals” to enter the US without a visa providing truthful and accurate information to the government.  Apparently these laws don’t apply to dreamers and those who brought them.

Section 4 states defendants posed as us Citizens and attempted to use social media to attract US audiences.

Section 5 talks about hiding the actual source of funds used, sort of like the Democrats and the Clinton campaign funding Fusion GPS and hiding the sources of their Trump dossier

In section 16 several of the defendants accused apparently were associated with this organization till 2014 long before the 2016 elections and primaries.

section 30d notes a defendants’ trip to Atlanta for four days in 2014 and the submission of an expense account to his bosses, quelle horror!

Section 34 will get ignored a lot as it notes that the groups posed as black lives matters activists, muslim activists, christian activists, border activists and groups like “south united”.  This suggests they were playing all sides which won’t fit the media narrative.

Section 35  notes they spend “thousands of dollars of US dollars a month” on social media ads.  Seriously THOUSANDS of Dollars a month?  Are you kidding me?

section 41 talks about identity theft including social security numbers, again this could be a charge of against the DACA kids.

section 43 says these activities were directed against Hillary, Ted Cruz and Rubio (and others) by supporting Trump … BERNIE SANDERS

I’m still reading expect a lot of updates

Update: Oh my God section 44 accuses them of using HASHTAGS ON TWITTER and section 45 says other people unknowingly retweeted some of their stuff

Section 57 notes that these groups held and promoted multiple rallies both supporting and opposing the results of the 2016 election including a “Trump is not my president” rally. I wonder what MSM reports about that Nov 12th NY rally says?

Section 58 notes these guys started deleting emails to avoid investigations and did so as far back as 2014 and 2015. I wonder what Hillary might say about that? Maybe they were all about Yoga.

Sections 60 -65 Wow! they bought Facebook ads to promote rallies including a Support Hillary Save Muslims rally in DC (section 63) and even offering to pay for a megaphone and fliers for a “March for Trump” rally (section 62). A megaphone! oh the humanity!

Section 85 completes the list, the illegality here is that they pretended to be americans and didn’t register as foreign agents while doing activities that if done by Americans would be completely legal? Does that mean that DACA folks and illegals who have held political rallies will be indicted next?

Section 89-95 on count 2 and section 96 again notes identity theft and moving money via such theft., boy this could be an indictment of the illegal alien DACA crowd if they wanted. But they don’t.

My take. There seems to be nothing here in terms of a grand conspiracy to change the election. You are talking minor rallies, buying megaphones, tweets and facebook groups and the spending of THOUSANDS of dollars in web ads.

If this is the big conspiracy there seems to be a lot lacking, particularly any kind of link to the actual Trump campaign. I suspect this will not stop the MSM to spin this as proof of the big link to the Trump campaign to sway the election.

This doesn’t even reach the level of small potatoes, and anyone who tells you any different is a liar trying to spin you.

Update: btw just because these are small potatoes doesn’t mean that we should let these folks off for violating the laws concerning illegal lobbying, destroying data in an investigation or identity theft. If these people violated the law they should be prosecuted. I think it would be nice if we held Hillary Clinton, Democrats and illegal aliens to the same standard.

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Anthony Faiola reports that Venezuela’s economy is so bad, parents are leaving their children at orphanages in the hope that the children won’t starve.

The latest WSJ headline: Venezuela’s Misery Fuels Migration on Epic Scale

Hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans are fleeing their country’s misery and pouring across borders into nearby countries, particularly Colombia, creating a sharpening challenge for the region.

Juan Forero reports, “Residents flee crumbling economy in numbers that echo Syrians to Europe, Rohingya to Bangladesh,” since

By the end of this year, Venezuela’s economy will be half the size it was in 2013, according to the International Monetary Fund. Inflation is expected to hit 13,000% this year.

Add to the list of woes a trend of extrajudicial killings.

All of this is exactly what one would expect from what dead dictator Hugo Chávez named 21st Century Socialism.

Chávez died five years ago, but his legacy carries on. He armed government-sponsored marauding motorcycle gangs with Cuban and FARC support. He closed down and persecuted independent media. He sent his opponents to jail. He fired key employees of PDVSA, the government-owned oil monopoly, and replaced them with his political cronies, while neglecting innovation and maintenance. He brought aeroterror flights carrying drugs and money.

Liberals may want you to believe that Chávez saved Venezuela, and that his heirs are the ones who caused this disaster, but all of it is due to the failures of 21st Century Socialism, just as the failures of 20th Century Socialism ruined lives in the countries it was tried.

But don’t expect change anytime soon. Almost a year ago I wrote,

Maduro will continue to blunder in office for the time being.

Venezuela’s military are allegedly involved in the drug tradewhile possibly being outnumbered by the government-armed colectivos. As I posted yesterday,

the popular militia has added another 50,000 members (link in Spanish) – to an estimated total of 500,000. The regular armed forces total 160,000 with army reserves of 25,000, according to Clarín.

Yet, it is impossible to know the actual number of colectivos. The military may not see it in its best interest to fight them. [added:] Additionally, the military control the food supply, and will do so with any humanitarian aid.

The opposition is disarmed, and quite fragmented, aside from being mostly socialist.

Foreign actors such as Iran, Russia and the FARC are in cahoots with the government, especially Cuba, which controls the intelligence agencies. Maduro lived in Cuba in his younger days. Venezuela’s own vice-president, El Aissami, is in the U.S. Treasury Department’s kingpins list,  which  has frozen nearly US $3 billion of his assets, and he is reportedly linked to the sale of Venezuelan passports to Hezbollah.

The State has spent twelve-plus years consolidating power around itself. The amount it spends on its oil-sponsored international propaganda machine is immenseEverything is the fault of the U.S. “empire”.

That pretty much describes Venezuela today.

Fausta Rodríguez Wertz writes on U. S. and Latin America at Fausta’s blog

The return of my blog from GoDaddy’s exile is still pretty new and the first thing I’ve noticed is the drop in daily traffic, illustrated by the graphic above.  In the world of the internet being away for a week can have a crippling effect  It’s going to take a while for the people who stopped by daily to discover I’m back and for bloggers to figure out there is something to link to again.  That’s been the most discouraging part of the entire exercise.  I still remain amazed at the level of indifference to my situation, particularly from the people I spoke to vs those I chatted with, but when your ratings as an employee are measured by raw stats vs actual customer satisfaction it’s not a surprise.  In the 7 contacts I had with the GoDaddy people I encountered a single person who conveyed to me the idea that they really wanted to get me back up and running, but apparently such efforts risk the ire of others who might be forced into effort and thus are not popular.

I’m going to find a company to whom my business, small as it is, means something.


This is actually a good parallel to a piece that ran in Powerline about the attempt of a San Francisco van rental company to get local police to show an interest in one of their stolen vans that they, the van company, accidentally came across and followed it until it parked within sight of a police station.  The story is told in a series of tweets by the van company owner.  The unwillingness of police to get involved, even to the point of just standing near them when they confronted the thieves, is a great example of the same issue as the GoDaddy Business.  Why take a risk in violating the strict protocols imposed by the liberal city fathers when such violations can risk a solid job with a good pension?  Much easier to make the people you are supposedly tasked with serving and protecting jump through hoops instead.

The story elicited this comment from one of their readers who moved to SF from the liberal bastion of Boston:

I moved to the Bay area 18 months ago from Boston… In the past 18 months I have had my car broken into (laptop, other items stolen) and then in December our home was burgularized.. The police response to the car breakin was pathetic… I called them after coming back to my car and finding my window smashed (10 minutes, car parked on a busy street 7:00am rush hour traffic) and their response was “fill out a report online”… When our home was burgularized we again called the police; they showed up a day and a half after we called… at that point we had put the house back togehter and were going to send someone to fingerprint the window where they accessed the house… 3 days later after being told they were coming (calls at 4:00am) no one showed. The police report still hasn’t been sent to us; the paperwork they were using still has Kamala Harris listed as AG and my taxes are OUT OF CONTROL. I hope to be part of the mass exit in the next 24 – 36 months. If you’re contemplating moving to San Francisco… Don’t. Don’t do it.

Not many things will pierce the liberal bubble for people.  But this type of thing will.


I didn’t hear about the latest school shooting until I was driving home from work in the wee hours of the morning and the context I heard it from was Steve Kerr’s rant about the NRA.  We keep hearing a lot from a lot of celebrities blaming the NRA every single time there is a shooting, even though the shooters never seem to be an NRA members.  However there are a few people who actually gets what’s going on:

If you think it’s bad now, just wait until the generation whose babysitter is an iPhone is in high school.  You can hardly walk around Wal Mart these days without tripping over a toddler in a trance staring at a screen.

The high school kids who shot rifle in school in 1985 were taught right and wrong.  They were taught what to do with their rifle in school, and what not to do.  If they got out of line, all the other students and the coach would have come down on them hard.  There were no safe spaces, and that was a good thing.

Culture is a powerful force for good.  When good behavior is normalized and deviant destructive behavior is ostracized, shamed and marginalized, you get more good behavior.

That’s J. Christian Adams at PJ media as he talks about the fact that thirty years ago you had gun clubs in schools and somehow you didn’t have mass shootings. I wonder why?  Perhaps the teachers are afraid of being thought judgmental if they bring up such facts.


This actually brought to mind Valentine’s Day/Ash Wednesday.  Yesterday the wife ended up going to mass at our parish school where our Pastor celebrated Mass for the students and got our Ashes.  A few hours later I got to work and noticed something missing.  20 years ago I would have expected to see at least a half dozen such people at my workplace and plenty in the public during the day wearing ashes.  Forty years ago the majority of the people around me would have been wearing ashes that day, but at work that day there wasn’t a single other person with ashes on their head and only a couple of people on the shift recognized what the ashes were.  Several came up to me to tell me I had a stain on my head (in fairness one of them was an Iraqi who likely isn’t familiar with Christianity).   On that very same day I listened as an otherwise sensible young lady insist to another that Mike Pence wanted to put lesbians like her in concentration camps  and pooh poohing my calling out such insanity.

CK Chesterton famously wrote that modern reformers often rush to do away with things without understanding the purpose they serve  Our friends on the left have spent two generations De-Christianizeing our culture never noting the benefits it produced for the public.  Only now two generations later are people seeing the price this decision carried.  I submit and suggest yesterday’s events in Florida, those events in San Francisco and even my issues with GoDaddy are examples of this cost.


Roger Simon spots another such example of this price as he tells the tale of an incident at an Ivy League University:

Fear of physical contact on the part of students? Where have we heard that before?  Parkland, perhaps?  At least the Florida school had the gumption to throw Cruz out, even if the authorities did not follow up as they should have and averted the carnage. The student — of color or not — who stood up inches from Professor Rosen and yelled “FUCK YOU” should have been thrown out of Princeton that very day never to return.

Princeton — in the current Ivy League tradition — did a bunch of nothing.  First Yale at Halloween, then Dartmouth in its library, now Princeton — our supposedly greatest universities have become our greatest centers of adult abdication, especially on the part of their administrations.  Who will be surprised if violence comes next?

This abdication of adult and, quite often, parental responsibility is rampant in today’s America.  This is not just due to the runaway epidemic of political correctness in our culture and its easy disparagement of traditional values.  It is the Chinese Cultural Revolution-style violence that this behavior engenders.  The Princeton students terrified to defend Professor Rosen in his class were not all that different from the panicked Parkland students fleeing Cruz. The Princetonians were scared for their lives to pipe up.

Why risk getting in trouble by confronting a potentially violent student, particularly one of color, and risk being branded as a hate monger, much easier to cancel the speech, cancel the class and say no more about it, after all you don’t want to risk stemming the flow of the money coming in do you?


There are in fact moments when adults seem to cry enough.  One of those took place when an Oregon school district decided to cancel Valentine’s day

The Bethel School Board’s response is a typical government reaction to finding out people don’t like something they did. Most boards hate hearing criticism and label it “threatening” so they don’t have to continue listening. This is a common tactic used by elected officials to avoid hearing from angry constituents. Some will even go so far as to break state law to avoid hearing from voters. It appears that the Bethel School District may have done just that. The very first rule of the Oregon Open Meetings Act states clearly that all public meetings are to be open to the public and provide accommodations. If there isn’t enough space, the board is responsible for finding space and hearing each citizen’s concern. The Bethel board’s refusal to provide space, even when warned ahead of the meeting that they needed to, could be a violation of state law. Further, attempting to shut down a meeting before public comment has been made is also a violation of state law. Thankfully, the board decided to reschedule the meeting for later in the week in a bigger location, but not before attempting to get away with not naming a new date. The crowd refused to let that happen and forced them to name a date and time. Several parents are still concerned they will change the venue without notice.
 
Contrary to the board’s claims of unruliness and disorder, this meeting was a classic example of democracy in action. Board members tend to forget that they work for the people and a strong reminder is often needed to get them back on track. The parents of the Bethel School District are doing what every American should be doing: holding elected officials accountable for their actions. If parents don’t stand up against the onslaught of anti-Americanism and the destruction of our traditions and culture we will soon have no traditions left.

The real question though is how many of these parents will be showing up on election day to vote these rascals out, or will that be too much trouble?

One of the things that Political correctness does is try to play the risk reward card on people to change their behavior, suggesting that the risk of public opprobrium  for a public action or expression is not worth the reward of free speech or action.  While this is a horrible danger at times it is the source of incredible amusement as illustrated by this

The person who sent out this tweet is an educated citien, here is her twitter profile

Senior Editor & Planetary Evangelist, The Planetary Society. Planetary scientist, writer, public speaker. Writing a book on Curiosity mission. Asteroid 274860.

You know what’s really funny? She doesn’t sound any different from Richard Russell howling against the Civil Rights Act of 1957 and the horror of black and white people attending social events together.

Democrats ever the party of segregation.


I’m still laughing at the official portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama that were unveiled last week. There were in one respect a perfect representation of the pair’s time in office. A lot of hype but not a lot of substance.   While in that regard it’s an amusing diversion he was still the president of the United states and he and the first lady deserve than they got, not for the sake of themselves but for the sake of the office.


One other thing about Valentine’s Day falling on Ash Wednesday.  It’s often forgotten that Valentine’s Day is actually the feast day of St. Valentine who was martyred that day by the Roman Emperor Claudius II

Under the rule of Claudius the Cruel, Rome was involved in many unpopular and bloody campaigns. The emperor had to maintain a strong army, but was having a difficult time getting soldiers to join his military leagues. Claudius believed that Roman men were unwilling to join the army because of their strong attachment to their wives and families.

To get rid of the problem, Claudius banned all marriages and engagements in Rome. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret.

When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death. Valentine was arrested and dragged before the Prefect of Rome, who condemned him to be beaten to death with clubs and to have his head cut off. The sentence was carried out on February 14, on or about the year 270.

Legend also has it that while in jail, St. Valentine left a farewell note for the jailer’s daughter, who had become his friend, and signed it “From Your Valentine.”

I suspect this Catholic Priest  would have approved Catholics maintaining the Ash Wednesday fast on his feast day.  My solution was to pick up Chinese food after work and eat with dawife after midnight.


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As I recall, the saying goes that while I may be old, at least I got to see all the cool bands. I suppose that forty years hence the tender teens of today will be muttering about how current bands are an atrocious abominable atrocity as they fondly play their Arcade Fire or Paramore tunes. Being the curmudgeonry conservative I am, I fearlessly state that no, it’s not because I’m too old; the Cheez-Wiz preprogrammed preprocessed recipe pablum ear candy slime being passed off as music today really does suck. Prayerfully one day you’ll catch on, kids, demanding your generation start creating authentic music or you’re tossing them aside in favor of the real thing. For the latter, start here.

Although totally unaware of it at the time, disco notwithstanding I was blessed spend my teen years in the 70s, when in order to make music people had to actually sing and play instruments and all that other silly stuff. I was extremely fortunate in that my high school music department was filled with programs and musicians on a collegiate and higher level. It was to play a small part in the program, singing fairly well in various choirs, playing a fairly decent bass in the school jazz band, and contributing a very mediocre viola in the orchestra. As the soundtrack to our high school years said, two out of three ain’t bad.

I, and my local compatriots, luxuriated in a sea of top-flight local musicians in multiple genres. We were proud of the bands that we were in, and even the bands that we weren’t in. Names totally unknown outside of our little town of Livermore, but to those of us knew better they were giants.

The past twists and turns and fades in our mind’s theater over the decades; times that at the time seems like the end of the world are now viewed through soft focus and a fond fuzziness. Regrettably, for most of the music and bands we grew up with, recollections are all we have. Hopefully there are a few not totally tattered cassettes out there somewhere that someone will dig up and share with us. But, for the most part, all we have are memories.

One of the local bands we revered back in the day was a progressive rock ensemble named Tykus. Led by the brothers Jim and Roger Liptak, Roger on guitar and Jim, a true keyboards master who was legitimately on the level of a Keith Emerson or Rick Wakeman, Tykus in a just world would have conquered said world. However, as I trust you’ve learned by now the world isn’t just, and they didn’t.

A few days ago, I saw a note by one of the members of one of the bands from back in the day, commenting how he had been gifted with a Tykus CD. It wasn’t for sale; strictly a gift for family and friends.

Uh … TYKUS CD?!!

Must. Have.

Thus, inquiries were made, connections were established, and this past Tuesday Tykus’ bassist graciously gave me a copy of the CD.

As noted, memories can and often do skewer reality. Thus, I was actually hesitant to listen to the CD. Would it live up to all I had been told, and all I remembered, of this mighty band?

The answer was no.

It blew away all memories and expectations as far as the east is from the west.

Tykus wasn’t good. They weren’t great. They were about three levels beyond that. Tykus truly was the equal of progressive rock giants such as Emerson Lake & Palmer and Yes. The compositions, the singing, the playing – all were, and are, utterly brilliant. I can’t stop listening to the CD. I will never stop listening to this CD. It has gained immediate entry in the hall of the greats; the music I will refer to until I’m listening to the heavenly choir. And no, it’s not just nostalgia talking. Tykus was that good.

I I pray for today’s teenagers. And no, not solely that they get the chance to hear real music in their lifetime by their peers. I pray that forty years from now their memories of today will be filled with music and the bands, the friends, and the fun times that should permeate the teen years. I pray that the greatest angst they will have to suffer is something similar to what I felt when I couldn’t get a date to the senior prom. Not having to dive for cover every time there’s a loud sound, fearing it’s a gun and not some joker with a firecracker.

It’s bad enough kids these days don’t get to know real music.

It’s far worse they aren’t able to enjoy without fear what they do have.

Today’s kids deserve the chance to have a Tykus of their own.

Brady and wife via instagram

Deputy Sheriff of NottinghamI order you to lose

Robin Hood: My Lord Sheriff you seem to think I can win and lose as I please, that’s a very difficult shot, a person could not be blamed for missing that target entirely.

Adventures of Robin Hood the Truce 1960

For the last week I’ve been listening to sports radio where the primary topic of interest here in New England still remains how the Patriots apparently gave the superbowl away.

Oh there’s been some talk of the Spectacular Season resurgence that the Bruins are having or the Celtics prospects of making it to the finals or the upcoming Red Sox seasons, but the primary topic is still how Bill Belichick gave away Superbowl 52 by sitting Malcolm Butler.

Now the decision to sit Butler is a controversial move and worthy of debate but given the fact that it has been two weeks AND the fact that this team won 2 superbowls in the previous 3 years and have made it to the big game on avg every other year since the start of the 21st century the obsession on this defeat seems odd…but it’s not.

It’s basically the Hillary Clinton Democrat: “I’m Entitled” mentality.

As soon as Donald Trump was confirmed as the GOP nominee in 2016 Democrats decided that election 2016 was over and everyone from low level operative, to media folks to lobbyists were making plans based on that “fact” and were already counting the money from the gravy train they would be riding. Lobbying firms were already signing people based on their Clinton Connections and I suspect MSM members were preparing their resumes in anticipation of getting positions in the revolving door of government and media.

One the election was over all these plans were gone replaced by sheer outrage the likes we have never seen before. It’s wasn’t over actually losing an election. Elections have been won and lost before in America without people dedicated their entire lives to overturning them, so why now?

Well part of it is all the nasty stuff that was done that is now being exposed but the real problem is this. They didn’t consider this an election, they considered this a coronation. This was something that was already theirs and election day was just a formality.

In other words this wasn’t a contest that they lost, it was something that belonged to them that was taken away from them.

And nothing upsets a person like being deprived of something they were “entitled” to by right.

While Tom Brady has put this behind him and is apparently focusing on what actually matters in life, Patriots fans are still looking at this as if they’ve been robbed. They aren’t noting the excellent play of the Eagles, or the fine clock management (in contrast to the 2004 defeat) or the fact that at no time during the game did the Patriots defense come up big when it was needed. None of those facts mean a thing. In their minds that 6th ring was theirs and Bill Belichick took it away from them.

That’s how spoiled Brady and Belichick have made NE fans. A Superbowl titles isn’t something to be won, it’s an entitlement to be had that can only be legitimately lost if a miracle catch or play happens to take it from them.

No wonder the rest of the country can’t stand us.

A quick google search turns up the statistic that 70% of lottery winners go broke within just a few years. As the recent Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots got up over $1 Billion a few weeks ago, I confess I bought a couple of tickets and allowed my mind to wander to what I might do with the winnings (while assuring myself that I would definitely be in the 30%). Right around this time, the immigration discussion started involving the Visa Lottery and it got me thinking.

I recalled the Uber driver I met down in DC who came to our country by winning the Visa Lottery. This fellow was industrious, friendly, spoke English very well and was going to college as well as driving. My first instinct on meeting him, was that the Visa Lottery was a great program if it brought over folks like him to the US. But actually, the program would only serve the interests of the US if everyone who came through the Visa Lottery were as hard working as this guy. Sadly, that is not the case, nor is it even possible when visas are allotted by chance. Unfortunately, this is one lottery where the “house” loses.

I happen to agree with Bobby Jindal who said in the 2016 campaign that “Immigration without assimilation is invasion.” The biggest difference I’ve noticed in immigration between now and earlier generations is that back then, immigrants came to this country to be Americans. Sadly that doesn’t seem to be the case anymore. On Ellis Island, within sight of the Statue of Liberty (the same one that Chuck Shumer and Nancy Pelosi think is crying because Donald Trump is president), immigrants who risked more than just money and time to come here from overseas were often denied entry due to disease or other criteria which basically boiled down to whether they would benefit the US or would be a burden on our society. Why is that now a bad thing? And how could allowing such a burden to then bring over his relatives – and their relatives – who will simply be a larger burden, be a good idea?

Yes, we are a nation of immigrants. But we’re a nation of Americans too. Our nation was founded on the ideas of equality, God-given rights and limited government. Our founding documents were written in English. Yes, there’s plenty of room for diversity of all kinds, including opinion, in our society, but is it too much to ask that immigrants who want to come here be equally committed to our founding principles and contribute to the General Welfare? I’m sure that a rational immigration system would allow folks like that Uber driver to be at the head of the line and I’d be right there to welcome him to his new home.

It’s Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day, giving you a unique opportunity to simultaneously atone and celebrate if you have a significant other, or just atone.

Among the gloomy Libs, “celebrating” Valentine’s Day with the Vagina Monologues was a “thing” for a while. Now the Vagina Monologues is canceled due to inclusivity issues, since apparently the play does not provide enough opportunity for “all races, sexualities and genders” to kvetch in public. I have sat through the play, and it was once too many.

If you are on Facebook, you’ll find lots of Valentine-related posts. This one popped up,

Men are threatened by intelligent women, study finds. The yet-to-be-released study reports that men ‘showed less attraction toward women who outsmarted them’

immediately followed by this,

Children inherit their intelligence from their mother not their father.

But never fear, brains or lack thereof, AI is there for you,

Tongue-tied this Valentine’s Day? Let artificial intelligence help.

You’ll even find romance on the front page of the Wall Street Journal, tying in Valentine’s and the Olympics,

Lovers? Spouses? Just Good Friends? On the Olympic Ice, It’s Getting Hard to Tell. Some couples say their relationship is a boon. Others have broken up to preserve their teamwork. Then there’s the guessing over Canadians Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir.

This year I’ve only watched curling, and the article explains the curling couples‘ dilemma,

The Norwegian curling lovebirds say maintaining separation between their relationships is essential. In curling, Mr. Nedregotten plays the role of sweeper, using a broom to reduce friction on the ice in front of the stone pushed by Ms. Skalsien. In their Oslo apartment, Ms. Skalsien makes sure to reciprocate.

“He does all the sweeping on the ice,” she said, “so I have to do that at home.”

You can’t escape Valentine’s Day ads, try as you may, unless you are entirely unplugged from all media, but just to be on the safe side, don’t show up with a broom for Valentine’s Day gift.

Even if you are in a mixed-doubles curling team.

Fausta Rodríguez Wertz writes on U. S. and Latin America at Fausta’s blog