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Catching up in the big world and my small one

Still sick. More than two weeks now. Whatever you do, don’t catch this thing.

It may also be that springtime is complicating matters. I don’t usually get hay fever, but Old Blue looks like Old Green every morning thanks to its daily dusting of yellow pollen, and I’m wondering whether things that normally wouldn’t bother me are affecting me now because my respiratory system is already sensitized by the virus.

Whatever this is, please don’t catch it.


I finally found a dose of OTC meds that knocks the symptoms down maybe 50% while only reducing me to stupid and dry-mouthed, no longer brain-dead. That’s something.

And today I trimmed out the back door, which means I can soon get down to one of the most pleasant of all DIY tasks, shingling the wall. Fun to do. Looks great almost from the first course. And I can pick the task up or put it down any time. My kind of job.


Meanwhile, out there in the big world …

Kit Lange (Perez) has a thoughtful piece on “Two tactics being used against you on social media.”

Books could be written on that topic. Investigative reporters could spend years plumbing the depths of how “they” — the ubergovernment and the deep govocracy, probably helped along by outfits like the Southern Poverty Hate Law Center — use our ‘Net postings to build dossiers on us. And how they use their postings on our fora and comment sections to provoke and undermine us. Kit’s only touching on a couple of things. But her points are well-taken.


This Vox essay on “The smug style of American liberalism” has been making the rounds.

IMHO, it’s overlong and repetitive. But it makes absolutely valid points about how “liberalism” became synonymous with snotty elitism and social justice pecksniffery (the very opposites of anything actually liberal, of course). Most salient point: The snottery was always there, but when the left abandoned the working class or the working class abandoned the left, nothing remained to hold the arrogance and contempt in check.

The “right” may have Donald Trump, but fundamentally the “left” is in a whole lot more perilous shape.

The most remarkable thing about the Vox piece is the source: Vox’s lefty credentials are as good as anybody’s.


Did you receive yesterday’s email alert from The Zelman Partisans? Two fine articles in it.

The first was a classic by MamaLiberty (a piece I’d have been proud to write myself). Check the original out here.

The second, a new one from the prolific Carl-Bear Bussjaeger, looks at the question of whether Obama could regulate firearms out of existence. Ha! You know the answer to that one, but Bear’s last line says it with a hammer blow.

I’m prepping this blog Monday night, before Bear’s piece posts to TZP. But it should be there at the top of the TZP blog by early a.m.


While the news is neither as good nor as dramatic as it sounds: A Colorado town’s entire police force resigns. (H/T MJR)


Finally, the 100 greatest Hollywood movie quotes of all time. I think they got it right on about 90 of them. Some of the 10 that just missed the list are better.

I don’t recall seeing one of my favorites, though. From The Wild One. A woman asks rampaging outlaw biker Marlon Brando, “What are you rebelling against?” He shrugs: “Whaddaya got?”

At least that’s how I remember it from when I was 14 and ready to rebel against whatever ya got.


Now it’s back off to my bed couch of pain many sneezes, with plans to rest up and be ready to nail shingles by the time you’re reading this.


  1. MamaLiberty
    MamaLiberty April 26, 2016 5:43 am

    Thanks, Claire. That’s one of my favorite articles in the recent past. I have to keep reminding myself to smile too.

    Sorry you are so ill! Get well soon. šŸ™‚

  2. capn
    capn April 26, 2016 10:31 am

    I’ll second the suggestion from ML to “Get Well Soon”.

    And stay safe,


  3. Fred
    Fred April 26, 2016 10:37 am

    Get well.

    On the quotes – where is red pill green pil and of all the pulp fiction and sam jackson lines, royal with cheese? really? come on!

  4. Jim Bovard
    Jim Bovard April 26, 2016 1:24 pm

    Take care of yourself, Claire!

    I hope you’re back to “fire and brimstone” par ASAP.

    in the meantime, don’t push yourself too hard!

  5. jed
    jed April 26, 2016 4:41 pm

    No love for Serenity? “I aim to misbehave.”

    Well, I’m not surprised. Lists like that, it’s hard to narrow things down. Rooster Cogburn: “Fill your hands you son of a bitch!” I think that beats out several of those.

    Ripley: “I say we take off and nuke the entire site from orbit; it’s the only way to be sure.”

    John Nada: “I have come here to chew bubble gum and kick ass … and I’m all out of bubble gum.”

    “Soylent green is people!”

    “Good Mornin’ Vietnam!” — yeah, that’s the classic line, but the best line from that movie was Cronauer’s put-down of his Sergeant: “You’re in more dire need of a *@$job than any white man in history.”

    I suppose they felt the need to keep their list family friendly. I guess that’s why there’s nothing from Sgt. Hartman.

  6. mark
    mark April 27, 2016 9:14 pm

    The smell of cedar shingles is good for the sinuses.

  7. Claire
    Claire April 28, 2016 7:00 pm

    You are so very right, Mark. I started out the week still dragging butt. Even when I began feeling more human I was still tired. Then I started shingling. Half way through now and it’s like a miracle cure. Lovely aroma. Lovely work. Love result. Happy me.

    Thanks for the good wishes everybody. I’m back among the living.

  8. A.G.
    A.G. May 2, 2016 9:01 am

    A lady has made it a bit of a mission to track down and visit these historical sites.

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