Sunday, December 4, 2016

The second Sunday in Advent............


Prepare Ye (The Way of The Lord) ..............................Godspell



Matthew 3: 1-6

Verse................................


     Learn to yield and be soft
If you want to survive.

     Learn to bow
And you will stand in your full height.

     Learn to empty yourself and be filled by the Tao
The way a valley empties itself into a river.

     Use up all you are
And then you can be made new.

     Learn to have nothing
And you will have everything.

Sages always act like this,
and are Children of the Tao.

Never trying to impress, their being shines forth
Never saying "this is it", people see what the truth is

Never boasting, they leave the space they can be valued in
And never claiming to be who they are, people can see them

And since they never argue, no one argues with them either

So the ancient ones say "Bend and you will rule".

Is this a lie?  You'll find it true.

Be true to yourself, and all will go well with you.

-Tao Te Ching, Verse 22

Saturday, December 3, 2016

I'm thinking there is a lot of accuracy here...


"Enter Trump, seemingly on a lark, because his manner of speaking and campaigning amounted to little more than thumbing his nose at political correctness and its adherents. Yet, no doubt to the surprise of the Clinton camp, he elicited an enthusiastic and growing response from millions of people united by little more than resentment and, in some cases, hatred of their self-anointed betters. This kind of popular rebellion was not supposed to happen; the deplorables were supposed to recognize that they were on the losing side of a long historical-cultural conflict and act in a way that validated their acceptance of defeat. But the make-America-great-again group was not buying it, and they leaped at the chance to embrace a political leader who would proudly endorse their burning desire to spit out political correctness like a rotten fish."

"One suspects that Trump himself must have been surprised by the magnitude and enthusiasm of the following he attracted. After all, he is not a sociologist, a political scientist, or even an experienced politician. However one might label him, though, he had stumbled onto a cultural time-bomb waiting for a detonator. Thus, he was not so much the man of the hour as he was the right tool for the task a great many people yearned to see carried out."


-Robert Higgs, as excerpted from here

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This seems accurate as well.............


"It is more from carelessness about truth than from intentional lying, that there is so much falsehood in the world."

-Samuel Johnson

Pachelbel would be proud.....................


TSO (?) and friends..............................................Christmas Canon

for the times they are a-changin.........


Those not burdened by feelings of inferiority and incompetence can resist showing off how much they know and even lure those who think they're smart into giving away more than they would if they believed their antagonist had superior knowledge and skill.

-as culled from this Althouse post

Opening paragraphs


     Legend has it that John Adams spent his last night in the presidential mansion eventually known as the White House furiously signing appointment letters for Federalist friends and cronies, thereby defying the will of the electorate and the wishes of Thomas Jefferson, his former friend and successor to the presidency.  By appointing these "midnight judges" Adams sustained the legacy of Federalism well beyond the time of its time, at least as the story goes, bedevilling Jefferson and subsequent Republican presidents with the judicial opinions of John Marshall and a Federalist dominated court.

-Joseph J. Ellis,  from the Prologue to Passionate Sage:  The Character and Legacy of John Adams

Every once in a while..................


.......................................................only the Three Stooges will do:

One of the glories of the Intertunnel..............


..............................................is that you can learn really neat stuff without even trying.  For instance, "Wheeler's which."

Maybe the reason we get to..............


.....live on this wondrous planet is to finally answer this question.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Overdoing it is not even possible........


Mannheim Steamroller.............................................Hallelujah

Talking Mount Rushmore..................................?



There are many ways a Trump administration can fail, and the President-elect faces the most challenging international environment since the end of the Cold War, but after so many failed prophecies of Trump failure, it’s at least a worthwhile mental exercise to speculate on how a Trump administration might actually succeed.


-excerpted from this Walter Russell Mead post

If leadership..................................



................................matters to you, read this letter.  A wee excerpt:


"By reading, you learn through others’ experiences, generally a better way to do business, especially in our line of work where the consequences of incompetence are so final for young men."

We never graduate...........................?


.........................................................More truth-telling:  here.

On marketing and sales.................


"Because marketing is everything. It’s the promises we make, the work we do, the people we connect with, the folks we lead, the hard decisions we make, our values, our ability change the status quo…that’s all marketing."

"Just about everyone is selling a good or a service, whether they realize it or not. And right or wrong, people are susceptible to a good story or narrative. So if you’re like me and weren’t born to always be closing, this is something you have to work on."

-Ben Carlson, as pulled from this blog post

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Time to kick off the Christmas carol season......


August Burns Red.............................................Carol of the Bells

Wait. What?......................Santa's a myth?


.............................Parents are harming their children by telling them Santa is real?  I fear for psychiatry.  Story here.  Kill shot here:

"I believe children should be taught to question authority, and as they mature to learn that there are no guardians of truth."


Behaviorally at least...........................


"And so it turns out that, behaviorally at least, the opposite of success is not failure, but mediocrity."

-as extracted from this blog post, which made me think of this drawing from Gaping Void:






Some thoughts on "free" trade.....


"Much of what goes on in the modern age requires people to deny observable reality."

"We have so-called free trade with Mexico. The result was not trade in the way normal people think of it. What happened was dirty US manufacturers located their plants to Mexico. Companies looking to game the labor laws followed soon after. Mexico is not selling us more stuff and buying more of our stuff. Mexico is just a loophole in US labor and environmental laws."

"A good rule of life is that anytime a well understood word suddenly gets a modifier, you know a caper is afoot. Trade is something people always understood. One group of people trades their excess for the excess of another group of people. Mexico sends Canada sombreros, while the Canadians send Mexico beaver hats. Free-trade is something else entirely. It is a collection of loopholes, so well-connected industries can get all the benefits of the state, but shift the costs onto others. Those cost are often quite high."



-quotes culled from this, The High Cost of Free Trade, post

The wages of the Presidency..............


............................It is a difficult job, people.  It will age you:

Barack Obama 2008ish

Barack Obama 2016

Your basic disconnect...............


But we’re missing one profound thing about Trump, and we keep missing it, and we will continue to miss it: Trump is not a politician. He doesn’t think of himself as a politician, and he doesn’t act like a politician, and we’re all desperately trying to fit him into our understanding of what he’s supposed to be.

-John Podhoretz, as extracted from this NYPost opinion

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From the wonderful mind that is Doug.....

















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Seven.......................


....................................................."Dangers of  Busy":

        5.   Reptile Brain takes over and we become reactive rather than 
              proactive. The latter anticipates problems; the former 
              accumulates them.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

empty...............................




"If you want wisdom, empty your heart of ignorance. If you want contentment, empty your heart of greed. If you want serenity, empty your heart of ill will."

-attributed to the Buddha

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