Clever

Very clever

In another brilliant operation by The Committee to Re-elect the President, the New York Times defends newest hire Sarah Jeong amid controversy over racist tweets.

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Don’t know much about history

Particularly California history:

“Originally, [Mision San Francisco de Assis / Mission Dolores in San Francisco] comprised a fairly vast area, with 10,000 head of cattle, 10,000 sheep, many horses, etc., as well as workshops, farms and gardens. In a very real sense, it was San Francisco. Several thousand native Americans lived and worked there. Following Mexican independence, in 1834 the missions were ‘secularized’ meaning, in effect, that all their lands except that upon which stood the church buildings and cemeteries were seized by the Mexican government and given to private citizens. This impoverished the mission and lead to a decades long decline. By 1842, only a few Indians lived at the mission, and what remained of the building fell into serious disrepair.”

There’s an article in Wikipedia, I don’t know how accurate, about the Mexican secularization act of 1833.

The 1986 movie The Mission, with Robert DeNiro and Jeremy Irons, takes place a hundred years earlier on another continent. King Henry’s dissolution of monasteries was a couple of hundred years before that.

Toy guns

“This isn’t even about guns. For a child that age, guns have nothing to do with danger, or violence — much of the fascination has to do with remote control. I can stand over here, and change the state of that object, clear over there. This might be a curious thing for someone to bring up about it, but we should be discussing that aspect of it more often because far from being merely harmless, that’s an important part of a child’s development. Children have a need to become accustomed to achieving direct effect on the world around them; getting comfortable with the idea of engaging action, as a leader, on an individual level, and seeing that action translated into a consequence. Later on they can become acquainted with the concept of irreversible investments, and point-of-commitment. What you do today, you cannot undo tomorrow. From that, comes the understanding of responsibility.” — The Next Thing to Destory: Toy Guns

http://www.peekinthewell.net/blog/the-next-thing-to-destory-toy-guns/

Items

Pompeo redacted Clinton dossier, says source

…or something like that. I’m sure I heard that on NPR, or somewhere. Shocking.

If you can’t get enough from the news, here’s a headline generator:

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Links

  • Population Transformation in Pittsburgh and Chicago, by Aaron M. Renn
  • Gang members admit to firebombing black families in Boyle Heights housing development. How is this not ethnic cleansing?
  • “I don’t expect your average Muslim to be any clearer on the long-term implications of their faith than the average Christian. They may embrace a world-conquering, infidel-slaying eschaton with all the vigor and clarity with which the typical Christians accepts the admonition to die to ourselves or not commit adultery in our hearts.”

    My example of this (at second hand) is the tale of the bad Klansman: an old guy from back in the day. Nominally commited to the Ku Klux Klan, but didn’t really get to meetings as often as he should. In favor of prohibition, but after all a man likes a drink now and then; racist, but the only black man he’d known well (not many around here anyway…) had been a real good fellow; anti-Catholic, but, you know, gotta live and let live, like the Book says; judge not, lest ye also be judged.

  • “If you have always believed that everyone should play by the same rules and be judged by the same standards, that would have gotten you labeled a radical 50 years ago, a liberal 25 years ago and a racist today.” Thomas Sowell said that in 1998. What’s the label now, twenty years later?

UPDATE: Like the man says, Heh: “If you are frighetend by what Trump says about immigrants, you should see what the New Yorker says about people from their own country.” Yes, “people from their own country.”

Fretting about Chik-fil-a opening a restaurant, the writer of the article in the New Yorker doesn’t really consider me to be his fellow countryman. The central questions are, Who is “us?” and Where is “here?”

Unclogging a toilet

This procedure for unclogging a toilet worked for me. It involves pouring in hot water and dish soap. It seems risky, but there have been no apparent problems. After pouring in the hot water it might be good to wait half an hour or so before flushing, to avoid the stress of a sudden temperature change.

Well, one problem: putting the plunger in the hot water caused the rubber cup to shrink and distort, so the plunger is now useless.