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The Transformed Wife

I confess to not having perused this website. You are on your own there. On the other hand, I did read the entire article below and agree almost completely. See my note at the very end for my little quibbles. Definitely not enough to negate all, or ANY of the good stuff Lori Alexander put into it. For any who still don’t know how nature works, men are supposed to be men and women are supposed to be women. When you see something that does not fit that definition, it is an aberration and won’t work well … anywhere … at anything useful … ever! Below you will run across the phrase, “Feminism makes women angry because their minds are […]

How Art Changes Consciousness

By Jacob Devaney Art can heal us, inspire us, and alter our brain chemistry With so much talk about the evidence of the positive effects of yoga and meditation, you might be surprised at what scientific research also says about how art effects the brain. Long before modern neuroscience, artists were creating works to inspire people and today complex brain imaging scans can show us just how art changes the physiology of our brains. Contemplation, observing, and taking in beauty all stimulate pleasure centers within the brain while increasing blood flow by up to 10% in the medial orbitofrontal cortex. This can lead to an elevated state of consciousness, wellbeing, and better emotional health. The blood flow increased for a beautiful painting just as […]

The Danger of Comparing Yourself to Others

A few days ago in my post The Difference Between Amateurs and Professionals I thanked Farnam Street for the excellent essay, and promised I would return. I took my own advice and indeed found another gem. Go to Farnam Street to see it in its native habitat, surrounded by other gems … or read the one that tickled my fancy below. – Ted – Resonance: How to Open Doors For Other People It’s only polite. Hold the door open for others, and they will open doors for you. We are far more interdependent than we would like to admit. We biologically need to connect. “Limbic resonance” is a term used by Thomas Lewis, Fari Amini, and Richard Lannon in […]

The Difference Between Amateurs and Professionals

A friend directed me to this article and the discovery of Farnam Street. I will go back for more, but cannot resist sharing this one with you while providing myself with a handy reminder and links to that site. – Ted The Difference Between Amateurs and Professionals Why is it that some people seem to be hugely successful and do so much, while the vast majority of us struggle to tread water? The answer is complicated and likely multifaceted. One aspect is mindset—specifically, the difference between amateurs and professionals. Most of us are just amateurs. What’s the difference? Actually, there are many differences: Amateurs stop when they achieve something. Professionals understand that the initial achievement is just the beginning. Amateurs […]

militias role in the current cultural trajectory

A few veterans of the 30-year old Arabian wars are actively training us for that type of conflict coming to our country. They offer classes and are regularly publishing ongoing education pieces well worth understanding. Major military battles are not how wars take place since the made-for-TV Desert Storm campaign almost 30 years ago. Now big money men provide logistics and direction to foot soldiers expecting to alter society in ways that they hope will provide good return on their investment. This is the same model the USofA government has been using in Arabia… graduating a large number of military veterans who know exactly how it works from both sides, short and long term. These are the guys we want […]

Arm Thy Neighbor

Ignatius Piazza lived in a very high-end Silicon Valley neighborhood when a carload of thugs rolled through shooting the place up for amusement. The terrifying moments of defenselessness inspired him to arm himself, train, and eventually create his own training academy, Front Sight Firearms Training Institute. It also inspired him to purchase a large number of inexpensive, utilitarian, peasant-friendly semi-auto carbines that he could share with his neighbors when the time finally came that they wished to participate in self- and community defense. Matt Bracken suggests we all consider that neighborly, foresighted approach as part of our preparing strategies. In my neck of the woods there are probably more guns and ammo than food stockpiles. Nevertheless, the one sentence that […]

shooting in black and white

The lamestream media script writers are at it again. The unfortunate shooting event at the 41st annual Gilroy Garlic Festival has them peddling their fiction and regurgitating their never-ending attempts to disarm those who want nothing more but the right to be left alone and the tools to insure it. In order to demonize mutual aid groups, the media is grabbing this one shooting out of the ocean of others and claiming that all mass shooters are white guys like your local militia, oath-keepers, preppers and patriots. Nice try presstitutes, but the facts are otherwise … in extremis. While it has almost everything to do with who and how LBJ’s “Great Society” destroyed two-parent families, the results fifty years downstream […]

Bitterroot Community Band remaining summer schedule

There are a few opportunities left to catch this band before they close down for the winter … okay, more accurately, the non-summer season. We play while public schools are not in session. That is because a significant number of our musicians as well as the director are music teachers during the school year. Thus we only run our “summer sight reading program” during the non-school period. Everybody is welcome. Thus the skill levels vary a bit, but I happened in front of the band while it was practicing Tuesday and it sounded sharp! In the trombone section at the back of the band I rarely get the big picture. But it is good. The reviews are good. The price […]

flag of The People’s Republic

I spent my formative years with this flag flying over the various government buildings in my area. Not a bad flag, as state flags go. At first it was a wonderful place as far as natural features, ability to grow wonderful stuff and weather that spoiled us. But spoiled it got. Easy living attracted large masses of people soft of mind and body. I kept my head down and nose to the grindstone until one day I looked around and the pudding heads had taken over. I beat feet to a more industrious place. The American Thinker posted this version of the flag today. It was too good. I couldn’t just let it go by. […]

The Liberal War On You

Kurt Schlichter from TownHall.com We are witnessing the death of the liberal political machine that the elite has operated since the end of World War II, and everything that it is doing to conservatives right now – the censorship, the threats, the intimidation, the violence – is proof that it is dying. These are not the acts of an ideology in ascendance but rather of a scurrilous political paradigm in precipitous decline. And it’s only going to get worse as those losing their grip on political and cultural power desperately try to hold onto it in the face of our populist revolt. Be prepared. It’s going to get uglier. Our would-be masters see the stakes – their power, prestige […]

Bowling Alone

How Washington Has Helped Destroy American Civil Society and Family Life from Ammo.com Church attendance in the United States is at an all-time low, according to a Gallup poll released in April 2019. This decline has not been a steady one. Indeed, over the last 20 years, church attendance has fallen by 20 percent. This might not sound like cause for concern off the bat. And if you’re not a person of faith, you might rightly wonder why you would care about such a thing. Church attendance is simply a measure of something deeper: social cohesion. It’s worth noting that the religions with the highest rate of attendance according to Pew Forum have almost notoriously high levels of social […]

An Angry Old White Guy on ‘AOC Plus Three’

By Abraham H. Miller It is the inevitable nature of revolutions that they enter a point of hysteria when, like Saturn, they turn on themselves and devour their own children. While the hysteria of the current aspiring revolutionaries, or “power grabbers,” to use Ilhan Omar’s own words, is not yet at the stage where anyone is being carted off to the guillotine or sent to the gulag, the new face of the Democratic Party is devouring its parents.  Its children are yet to come. The instrument of execution is the accusation of racism. Joe Biden is a racist because decades ago he refused to endorse coerced busing to end de facto segregation, a mechanism that was so flawed that it […]

culture wars – where we are today

The setup to have us fighting each other is getting stronger, deeper and more profound in a hurry. Those who are setting it up figure to have the front-line people, the activists and defenders thin their numbers out to a managable few, leaving nothing but the flock for them to manage. It is good to pay attention to their progress. The article below from the American Thinker is an excellent snapshot. They are, by the way, a good source of information. Follow the link and see for yourself. – Ted   The Left’s Demonization of Conservatives Becomes Dangerous By Jeffrey T. Brown There exists in this country a cultivated mindset that conservatives are all things evil.  We have gradually devolved […]

Amazon strike

Today is the beginning of a two-day event for the retail giant. It is a major sale with surprisingly low prices on select items and commensurate large volume. The employees are celebrating this with three-hour-long strikes on each shift. This is the union and mandatory minimum wage supporters’ mentality. The world is full of ways to earn food and shelter, but these folks act as if they are chained to their job with punishing the provider of their paychecks as the only way to gain improved working conditions. Amazon has an annual fee program they call “Amazon Prime” where there is no minimum order to earn “free 1-day shipping”. Most of us living in the hinterlands do that subscription as […]