Thursday, June 21, 2018

Rest In Peace

Charles Krauthammer. I didn't agree with you about everything, but you were right about so many things. You will be missed.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

No Such Thing As Equality

Objective, natural equality does not exist. It cannot exist. That would require identicality.

Everyone would have exactly the same color and texture of skin -- the same number of skin cells, pores, hair follicles. The exact came hair color, the same number of strands, the same amount of straightness or curliness. Same height, weight, same muscle strength (or weakness). The same mental capacity. The same level of immunity, the same level of susceptibility. Same genes and chromosomes, same organs. That means everyone would be either male or female, because male AND female would mean differences and that is unequal.

Objective, natural equality is impossible. And that is a wonderful thing... Because equality/identicality is horrifying. Everyone else is exactly like you... You are exactly like everyone else -- because you MUST be. You can't be anything else.

Inequality is freedom. It is being different. It is being you -- unique. And we are all free and unique because of our inequality -- our un-identicality.

Isn't it ironic that the people who carp on equality also carp on diversity? But diversity is what makes equality impossible. And equality (if it could exist, which it can't) would make diversity impossible.

Then there is equality under law ... but that is a totally different subject.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Levin's Ongoing Lie

He contends that support for the Confederate flag is "eroding" in the South.

Dictionary.com defines erode thusly:

verb (used with object), e·rod·ed, e·rod·ing.
    to eat into or away; destroy by slow consumption or disintegration:
    to form (a gully, butte, or the like) by erosion.


That makes erosion sound like a natural physical process. In school, we learned that rain on soil where there was little vegetation would erode the land, wash it away.

But Levin's choice of words is wrong, like so many of his other claims.  If someone takes an excavator and digs a trench, that is not erosion.  If they take a bulldozer and scrape the soil away, that is not erosion.

He contends that the Virginia Flagger track record of placing Confederate battleflags beside busy thoroughfares is somehow a failure, because flags are still being removed from public locations. He passes off the private-property flags with a forced laugh.  In fact, the people who get enraged about flags on  public property are also enraged about flags on private property.

Levin can interpret it as failure if he wishes. But a lot of nutcases in Virginia are so enraged they are apparently willing to jettison America's bedrock belief in private property to assuage their steaming hatred.

The equivalent of excavators tearing up the land is what's happening with the Confederate flag in particular and Southern heritage in general. It is deliberate.  The destruction is coming from Levin, who then lies about it and claims it's "just happening" -- and others join him; the usual flogger suspects plus the creaky denizens of the decayed halls of academia. It is orchestrated by the leftist Southern Poverty Law Center. Their "Whose Heritage" campaign provides bulldozers and excavators used in the attacks.

If they weren't attacking, flags and monuments would not be targeted for removal. It is that simple. The public would not be working to remove the artifacts of the Confederacy. Sixty-two percent of Americans polled want Confederate monuments left alone. It is leftist activists who are running this show, not the people. Ordinary people may be hesitant to protest the removals because they fear being called racists -- even though they aren't racists -- because a charge of racism doesn't have to be true or proven these days in order to lose your job or get expelled from school.

But they surely aren't behind it and they are getting tired of the left's bulldozing of Confederate heritage, a precursor to bulldozing U.S. heritage. Already statues of  George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, even Teddy Roosevelt, have been caught in the left's crosshairs because ... white supremacy -- as looney as that is.  And Americans who admire and honor their country, its history and its heroes grow sicker of it every day.

One outcome of that disgust with the left's hatred and destruction of America is -- the election of Donald Trump to the Presidency.  Unsurprisingly, all the leftists, the floggers and other Confederacy haters also viscerally hate Trump.

When you have Antifa rioting, arsoning, and pepper spraying old people, but the media and leftist commentators pretend they played no role at Charlottesville, only the alt-right and white supes deserve the blame -- well, don't be surprised when the people elect Corey Stewart... 

Enjoy your little fantasies that Confederate commemoration is "eroding," Levin. When the bulldozers and excavators are made to malfunction ... when they are destroyed and go still and silent, the "erosion" will stop, and the flags and monuments will return.

Waiting for Usefulness

Kevin Levin posts a historic photograph of Confederate soldiers on his flog. Sez people have always thought it was that, but now somebody has come along and sez it's this.

Sez Levin, "I am going to leave it to others to debate whether this new interpretation is valid."

Translation: "This is not yet useful to me for smearing Confederates and trashing heritage folks, so I'm putting it on the bottom shelf for the time being..."

I'm Thinking of Writing a Non-Fiction Book....

How do you like the tentative cover design?


Here's an illustration that might be used:

Friday, June 8, 2018

Disagree?

Doesn't matter if you do. This is right:


I'm Designing a Little Catboat ... and a Travel Trailer

When I finish the design, I want to build it. Husband says I can't. We'll see about that.

Coquina -- a little clam of a boat for an old geezer and gezette -- 
not a Cape Codder catboat with its deep keel but flat bottomed, like the
catboats that oystered on the upper Gulf Coast in the 19th century

Alas, I have no design software, so this was done in a drawing program. Forget precision. But it gets the idea across. LOD, 17 feet; beam, 8 feet; draft, approximately 10-11 inches; board down, about 30 inches. Hull weight, ballast weight, sail area, etc., still to be determined. I'm getting lots of encouragement and advice from my boat groups....

Maybe someday, we can do the Florida 120, the Mississippi 110 and the Texas 200...
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Years ago I bought a little vintage travel trailer to refurbish (an activity that has become even more popular today). The onset of arthritis in my knees stopped my project after I got it down to the bare chassis, got it sandblasted, primed and painted. Lo, these many years later, with new knees, I have revisited the trailer and finished the design.

 Valerie -- The Happy Wanderer (more correctly, Valderi, but I prefer the other spelling).
Basically a tent with hard sides and air conditioning. And wifi. And video streaming.
Because most, but not all, camping is done outside.

Twelve foot by eight foot cabin built on the chassis of a 1972 Aristocrat Lo-Liner. I'm using as much as possible from the Lo-Liner in the design -- the aluminum-framed awning windows, the door and screen, possibly some of the "blond oak" finished plywood -- but not likely. Two full length sofa-bunks inside (so nobody will have to crawl over somebody to get in or out of bed), a dedicated computer work station, tiny porta potty room, tiny corner kitchen with dorm fridge and two-burner induction cooktop. No propane. If I have to cook with gas, we'll have a chuck box with Coleman camp stove for cooking outside.

Husband says I can't build this, either. We'll see....

Can't wait to take her to Confederate events!

There are some previous projects and commitments to do first. A plywood Stevenson Project's sewing center ... some bath and kitchen repairs and updates ... and a screened porch for the cat babies.

All my life I've wanted to build things, and I had to get by with sewing clothes and curtains and stuff. Now -- it's power tools, here I come. (I have a whole workshop of power and hand tools -- still need to get a power planer and one or two other things... Oh goody.)