11 April 2018


I think this is a silly idea.  But, then again, so was the idea of Individual Rights in 1776. so what do I know?

But the subjects is maps, so I'll play.  I love maps.  If I had to carve up the United States, here's how I would do it: 

The blue would remain the United States of America (USA), capitol Memphis.  I mean, its the home of Elvis.  How much more 'American' can you get?.  Keep the flag, too, since we seem to be the only ones who love it.
The red would become the Democratic People's Republic of Oceania (DPRO), capitol Sacramento (renamed Caesar Chavez City).  Would pattern their government after North Korea, and every President would be a descendent of Jerry Brown,  Along with Mexico, would become a vassal state of China.
The yellow would become the Republic of New Sweden (RNS) or the South Canada Cooperative (SCC), with twin capitols in New York and Chicago.  They would join the EU to show how inclusive and unexceptional they are.

Russia and China become the twin world powers of the 21st century, to the acclaim of the red and yellow parts of the US.

09 April 2018

Happy Pascha!

The Boss (tm) and I attended Orthodox Easter this week and weekend at a Orthodox local church.  The Orthodox Church celebrates the Resurrection of Christ (Pascha) ata different time than the Western Church, and I must say it was an amazing and very spiritual experience.  The services are, to a western tradition, quite different.  They are also, to our modern ADD lifestyle, long.  But the time is worth it as the service is ancient, deep, and very moving.  And after the service, they feast.  No, I mean FEAST.  We ended up leaving at 3:00AM.  For my Anglican DNA, it was great to do vodka shots shouting, "Christ is Risen!"

Why were we there?  We are looking for a church.  We are seeking a church that isn't focused on on all of the silliness that now engulfs modern culture.  We aren't interested in a church that is focused on changing with the times, but one focused on changing the times.  We care nothing for being "relevant." So that rules out Protestantism.  And the Roman Catholic Church is being run off the rails by it's current Pope, who is a devotee of Marxist 'liberation theology.'  Rome is 100 years behind The Episcopal Church on going Lefty Loony, and Francis seems to be trying to make up for lost time. 

What yours truly has found at the little Orthodox Church, dear readers, has me wanting more.  Will it be for us?  We don't know.  But we see few options.  Maybe that's as God wants it.

07 April 2018


I spent it here.  PT305. 

My family has been involved in the restoration and operation of the 'USS Sudden Jerk' since 2010.

05 April 2018


This article about why Mellennial women are looking for older men is, for an older man like me, both sad and amusing at the same time. I am happily married, for thirty years in fact, to my first and only wife. The thought of having to deal with the immiturity, narcissism, and general lack of essential life skills (like, cooking a decent gumbo, cleaning a duck, changing a washer, or fishing a Tic-Tac out of the nose of a five year old) makes me have no interest in the typical Mellennial woman, even if I was single.

Mellennial girls: If you want “men,” then start acting like women - not shallow, petty, entitled tweens. And demand the Neverland Boys in your age group grow the hell up.

We good ones are already taken, thank you.

03 April 2018


As my wife and I find ourselves looking East to rekindle our Christian faith (and liking what we see), this piece by Rod Dreher really hit home about how feminization is driving the decline of Western Christianity.  It certainly helped with our decision to leave The Episcopal Church.  And yes, Presiding Bishop Oven Mitt makes an appearance right up front.


Compare and contrast:

2017:  Kids willingly eat Tide Pods.

2018:  Kids are the moral leaders of our nation.

All this proves is kids do stupid things. And adults are more than willing to exploit that stupidity for their own purposes when they can. That is, after all, the driving formula for Madison Avenue.

These students bullied a loner until he snapped. The authorities knew he was going to snap, did nothing, and waited around outside the building while he snapped.

And the authorities response?  “Hey kids!  It wasnt you!  It wasn’t us!  It was a gun! Blame the NRA!  We’ll help you!  Get a day off!  It’ll be cool!  You’ll be cool!  You’ll be a celebrity!”

Has anyone read Lord of the Flies lately?  We know how his turns out.

31 March 2018


I have noticed that the serious fraying of our society, and our commonly understood values, really took off in 2007. What happened in 2007?  Well, the Democrats got control of the Congress, and we all know how that turned out. But something much bigger occurred:  the iPhone was released.

The iPhone changed everything. Without it, and it’s many (and now, better) copycats, there would be no “social media.”  No Facebook. No Twitter. No Instagram. No Tumblr, whatever the hell that is.

People wouldn’t sit at a table and... text each other. (I have seen this happen.)

And what has all this inter-connectivity given us?  Access to more knowledge at our fingertips than ever in human history. Indeed. And what do with that power?  We resend cat pictures. Donald Trump memes. And build a bubble in which we can exist in intellectual safety and comfort with only our BFFs. We now self-select reality.

Which, makes us stupid, not smarter.


“The smarter phones get, the dumber people get.”

30 March 2018


Sheesh! This place needs a right good cleaning. I’ll get on it once I get some time. Until then, my apologies.

29 March 2018


And what did we do today at the resurrected blog, dear readers?  Nothing, that’s what. That pesky work thing keeps getting in the way. All those bills. I have no idea where they come from. Evil spirits or something. Yes, that must be it.

Tonight is Maundy Thursday in the Western Church, but my thoughts theological are now turning Eastward. The Orthodox Church is small here, but VERY serious, and with a beautiful liturgy.  Orthodoxy, thankfully, hasn’t “changed with the times,” and it was refreshing to be in a church where the politics of the day don’t intrude. Have I found my peace? Time will tell.


Until I can get the time to put up a new blog, this is here, and will suffice as home for my opinions, interests, and rantings until then.

 It’s been a long time, dear readers. A lot has changed.

Now, what shall we get into today?