Bigger and Uglier

by baldilocks ... than Harvey Weinstein? Yes, it’s possible. The flurry of sexual harassment and assault allegations against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein confirms an unsettling truth that deep down we already knew. There's a reason "casting couch" has become a grotesquely ubiquitous term. We have long quietly assumed that big-time movie producers exploit their power … Continue reading Bigger and Uglier

Drop the norms and punch back in cyber

Imagine walking to work in the morning. Someone walks up to you with their hand in their pocket and says "I have a gun, give me your money." You could debate whether the gun is real or not, but most likely you'd hand over your wallet, not willing to risk getting shot. Now let's say … Continue reading Drop the norms and punch back in cyber

Feeding the Brimstone

by baldilocks The church I regularly attend is multi-racial, but I didn’t choose it because of that. I chose it because of other churches and other pastors. I chose it because of situations like the following. From Lloyd Marcus: My brother Jerry is a deacon in his all-black church. Jerry called to tell me he … Continue reading Feeding the Brimstone

Noisome Pestilence, Etc.

by baldilocks California regression Home, sweet, home. Wine country is burning, no doubt exacerbated because of laws against underbrush removal --the fuel of forest fires. There's a Hepatitis A outbreak, mostly among the homeless. California Gov. Brown declared a state of emergency Friday because of a hepatitis A outbreak that has killed at least 18 people in … Continue reading Noisome Pestilence, Etc.

It’s all about the local Pack

Well, the end is near: the Boy Scouts are soon accepting girls. I'm the Cubmaster for our local Pack, and unfortunately neither I nor my district executive was notified in advance (thanks for nothing BSA!). I'm still fielding questions from parents with little information to act on. What I do know is that I wasn't … Continue reading It’s all about the local Pack

There’s Still Hope For Humanity

by baldilocks With the deeds of Harvey Weinstein, Stephen Paddock and sundry other oxygen thieves flooding our awareness, it was cleansing to read this story, in spite of the evil that caused it in the first place. Earl Melchert was offered a $7,000 reward for helping rescue a teenage girl who had been kidnapped and missing … Continue reading There’s Still Hope For Humanity

Old Ally

by baldilocks Fran Poretto is an old blog friend of mine and, while I read his many excellent essays, I’d like to present a sample.  In the Decalogue, we find the propositions that for many centuries constituted the definition of moral / ethical law for Western man: Thou shalt not murder. Thou shalt not commit … Continue reading Old Ally

Don’t impose on me bro!

Everyone is imposing on everyone. You'd think that reading the headlines. Today's latest is Jeff Sessions imposing religious beliefs on people: “Freedom of religion is one of our nation’s most fundamental values, which is why it is already strongly protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution,” Isaacs said. “But the freedom of religion does … Continue reading Don’t impose on me bro!

Strangest Fruit

by baldilocks David French sums up the surrealism in the aftermath of Las Vegas. So, a person who’s “not a gun guy” has either expended untold thousands of dollars to legally purchase fully-automatic weapons, somehow found them on the black market, or purchased and substantially modified multiple semi-automatic weapons — and did so with enough competence … Continue reading Strangest Fruit

How People Respond to Others When Self is the Focus

by baldilocks Some amateur shrinking "How dare you...!" -- Often said when a person "dares" to say or do something that another doesn't like. "I don't appreciate...!" -- Said as if the receiver is supposed to have appreciation for whatever the speaker/actor is saying or doing. "You are arrogant!" -- Often true, but just as … Continue reading How People Respond to Others When Self is the Focus

Real Sailors and real news about Puerto Rico

America never deserved Puerto Rico Nearly Half of Americans Don’t Know Puerto Ricans Are Fellow Citizens With headlines like these, who needs enemies? You'd think the continental US has hung Puerto Rico out to dry. Except...what's that in the background? https://www.dvidshub.net/video/554074/uss-kearsarge-puerto-rico-relief-efforts-b-roll-1 It's the USS KEARSARGE, unloading supplies and Sailors onto Puerto Rico! And look over … Continue reading Real Sailors and real news about Puerto Rico

Of Dead Geese and Distractions Removed

by baldilocks For the last few days, it’s been all about Donald Trump and his fiery words to NFL owners regarding players who choose to sit down or kneel during the playing of the National Anthem. Lots of mischaracterizations out there about the state of this feud, including that it’s a “First Amendment” issue or … Continue reading Of Dead Geese and Distractions Removed

Pouring the Concrete for Marxism’s Earthly Foundation

by baldilocks Back in May, I said this. When we think of lies, we tend to think of them as linear one-dimensional, straight-out falsehoods: 2+2=57, for example—a thing so outrageously false as to be laughable. And this.  The Devil is building his multi-dimensional kingdom of lies—in counterpoint to the Kingdom of God. And in imitation … Continue reading Pouring the Concrete for Marxism’s Earthly Foundation

Because they aren’t like us

Yesterday one of my more inquisitive petty officers asked me why China backed off on its promise to cut all banking ties with North Korea. Specifically, he asked me why China would support a regime that murders and brutalizes its own people. "Easy," I told him. "They aren't Chinese, so China doesn't really care." I … Continue reading Because they aren’t like us

Cottoned

by baldilocks Social Media is great for putting out both information and disinformation (aka Bravo Sierra) at the speed of light. I wonder what the mixture ratio is for this story. A Texas woman was drawn into an intense racial debate on Hobby Lobby's public Facebook page after she took offense to the company selling … Continue reading Cottoned