Big Business, on the other hand, takes no hits

On May 19th I published crushing Mom’n’Pop here discussing how crucial small business has been to our economy, life, liberty and property. Small business is either the prime target or one of the intended victims of the Covid terrorist attacks. Today I found this poster describing the country’s largest employers as very much NOT the target. I websearched the numbers and found modest variance with the figures below, but nothing that would change the point being made here.

The No Touching Nazis

Kevin James packed a great deal into less than two minutes with this short film. He answers the question, “Where are we heading with cultural ratfinking?” It is a witty, clever, well-done clip … I promise it will be worth your two minutes.

pagan in the pew

I have been SOCIAL DISTANCING as long as anyone, though if you have been reading my blog you know I am extremely skeptical of the official virus story and ridiculous responses to it. Time to go downtown. I best don my mask. Watching the show too closely, being in the company of the terrified masses, and dreading the conversation with devoted believers is what keeps me out of their world. It is very much like what keeps me out of Catholic Churches, Jewish Synagogues, Muslim Mosques, Masonic Temples, and the turf of others steeped in their belief-systems and specialized rituals surrounding them. Upstream where the water is cleaner, air fresher and people more clear-headed, we find an occasional masked man, […]

What’s your favorite indoor activity?

The May issue of the Costco Connection magazine has an article asking and answering that question. Adults will notice that one obvious answer is not in there… got me thinking that the question perhaps should have been: What is your second-favorite indoor activity? I rate the answers they published to their question as winners and losers: Practicing drums and marimba Inactivity Playing with cat Sewing Art Trying to stay out of my wife’s hair The losers are the type of people who die within the first year of their retirement from a lifetime of employment that gave them their sense of value. The winners have real lives. Their income source may or may not be fulfilling, and rewarding, but they […]

Corona Rebellion warming up

We are reading and hearing of it more and more. The outrageously padded numbers bring EVERYTHING reported into question. The hospitals are being paid an EXTRA $3,000 to $40,000 for EACH patient they are willing to list as POSSIBLY HAVING the dreaded COVID-19. For that kind of money USofA hospitals will list them as frogs or any other dang thing. What is the most expensive modern building in any city? Hospitals are money-machines. Their CEOs are all millionaires. What business are they in. (hint: $$$) Whatever rules the banksters make up, hospital administrators are willing to comply with, endorse, support and take advantage of. The scariest part of this news-dominating scare is how quickly and easily everybody fell into line […]

Are you sick yet?

I don’t know about you, but I and most of the people I know are SICK OF IT. This political football that stumbled into a five-way Chicago gang fight is getting kicked, tossed, smacked, knifed, shot, taxed, lied about, and beat up in incredible ways. I wish I could say they are also creative abuses, but NO … mundane, repetitious and malicious apply here. In my household we are rather uninjured with the business shuttering, odd behavior patterns and paranoia promulgated by politicians and their theatrical companions. But the ready acceptance of it all is troubling. I don’t so much shelter in place, I keep my own company because my little circle of friends does not project an eagerness to […]

musical interlude

Mozart Piano Concerto No 3 in D major is a lovely piece, but to watch a 5-year-old smoke it out on a grand piano is an amazing treat. While 20 adult musicians read and play their parts off sheet music, the diminutive Russian holds it all in his head. More amazing is the power this little guy puts into the keyboard. His tone, articulation, rhythm, timing and feel are as good as any adult I can imagine playing this piece. And DO STAY for the encore. He is clearly enjoying this short piece. Observe the audience reaction. Were this in the USofA a handful of simpleton boys in man bodies would be dog whistling for minutes after this lovely, sensitive […]

celebrating love and being loved

My Pandora subscription approaches the variety my musical tastes require… I still need other sources as I am the direct opposite of a Top 40 or Top 20 kind of guy. Hearing the same rendition of the same tune twice in one three-week period is redundant and tedious to me. That is my musical [prude] side. I have been living in music pretty-much my whole life. My brain is wired for it. No training or lessons can change those fundamentals, but I do understand my abnormalities … and either forgive myself for them or don’t give a rip about others’ opinions … mood dependent. Smokes! I did some wandering there. What I started to share was a look at a […]

Want to Feel Like a Man? Then Act Like One

I regularly check in to The Art of Manliness website. It is a great philosophical treasure trove. Not always Spot On, but often enough it is well worth exploring frequently. I share a page here, but the formatting is not as nice as it is in its native territory. Go there to see it well displayed. – Ted               Since starting The Art of Manliness nearly five years ago, I’ve interacted with thousands of men from all over the world. One thing that I’ve learned over the years is that many grown men out there simply don’t feel like men. I’m not talking about “feeling like a man” in the cartoonish, hyper-masculine sense. Rather, I’m talking […]

managing your day-to-day world

You might occasionally find yourself getting less and less done in spite of the appearance of free time. What’s With That??? I wrestle with that problem from time to time. I’m retired. Officially, I have no job. There is nothing I HAVE TO DO. So how could I possibly have to struggle to get things done that I want to accomplish? I’m a news junkie. I am all over a huge range of news and commentary sources in order to … Uh, yeah, do what? Well, to be one step ahead of a rapidly changing reality. And that accomplishes what? I could be a day or two ahead of the next toilet paper shortage, or something like that. So I […]

economics and toilet paper

Gasoline prices in the teeth of incoming hurricanes are an excellent example of how price signals clue people to minimize their purchases where the supplies are rapidly dwindling and unlikely to be replenished at normal prices. Instead of having the first two motorhomes wipe out the supplies, faced with significantly higher prices, they buy just enough to get out of the evacuation zone, leaving more for the next arrivals at the storm-front gas station. Each purchaser buys only what they need to get out of the impact zone and out to suppliers where prices are normal. At a high enough price, someone will truck fresh supplies of gasoline into the teeth of the incoming storm, replenishing the depleted supply. No […]

A million new gun owners

Those sitting on the fence, and those blissfully unaware of arguments about self defense weapons have had a wake-up call as civil society shows signs of potentially being distinctly un-civil. Other than the rabidly anti-gun crowd professionals and their puppets, the uninterested and ignorant are gearing up for a day when ugly people show up to confront soft targets. It is being widely reported that violent convicts are being released from jails and prisons while court systems are shut down, police agencies are overtaxed, understaffed, and simply turning blind eyes to criminal behaviors other than murders and safe-space violations. Combine this with spikes in unemployment, gaps in supplies and an increasingly confrontational culture, people who have never considered defense […]