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Saturday Morning Coffee Break | Main | Saturday Gardening and Puttering Thread, October 9
October 09, 2021

Equanimity

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I have been pretty riled up by the Biden Administration's actions to tar parents who get a little heated at school board meetings as "domestic terrorists". I think that part of the game plan around the DOJ letter is to rile people up.

Here is one of the definitions of Equanimity:

calmness or firmness, especially under conditions adapted to excite great emotion

OK, so is it important to try to maintain some equanimity, or is it better to just go ahead and get riled up? I have started to see videos of parents yelling at other parents over masking, etc., trying to make protesters against school policies look unhinged.

I think it is a good idea RIGHT NOW to emphasize how unhinged school policies have become. I think this is one of the more egregious examples. Kids expected to describe to their teachers and classmates personal sexual experiences plus fantasies about group sex, killing people and being serial killers.


Gotta send the FBI after these parents for getting riled up about their kids being groomed for exploitation.

And the mayor too, of course. This is clearly a violation of the Patriot Act.

Teacher's unions say that politicians who defend such parents are defending violence against teachers and school boards.

In a few years, these same students are expected to be so fragile that they will demand the resignation of a music professor who lived through the cultural revolution for showing a video of Sir Lawrence Olivier playing Othello (in, you know, dark makeup).

On the other hand, younger kids seeing Justin Trudeau in blackface are expected only to notice his tongue.

Okay then.

I like this kind of thing, too. Some of the "blue checks" are reverting to the argument that Critical Race Theory is only taught in graduate school. Those idiot parents at school board meetings demanding that it be banned have no idea what it is:

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I really appreciate the scholarly references included in the footnote to the meme.

These definitions of violence may also be pertinent to academic attitudes toward challenges by parents.

It's hard to get the left to put their positions in writing

Victor Davis Hanson shows why with one of his periodic responses to an Angry Reader:

The angry reader:

American women of every age would like old white men like you, Trump, Alito and more, to take your worn out dirty boots off of our necks! Your high opinion of Trump, a congenital liar, a narcissist, a fraud and a sociopathic misogynist says all we need to know about you. I began voting Republican in 1968 and did so for 47 years, until Trump! I have, along with millions, left the Party. Yes indeed, I am "woke." Not the woke dog whistle weaponized by the Right! You are too blind, too old and too clueless to even realize how absurd you are. Of course, that is my opinion. January 6 was at the invitation of a childish, Autocratic, poorly educated buffoon who thought "I can do anything I want." Your support for that corrupt Former Guy is my reason to see you as a fool, a toady, and a man who has thrown integrity and credibility in the trash. Enjoy your sick legacy.

Part of his response:

Personal Voice Narcissism in lieu of any argument: "I began voting..."; "I have, along with millions..."; "I am woke."

Why the I, I, I emphatics in lieu of an argument?

Concocted Fantasies: Your incoherent notion of January 6... (See below)

You predicate your anger entirely on a vote for one of two candidates? (e.g., "my reason"). If we were all to do that, we would have to write off 80 million Americans. Instead, why not just compare the Trump years with the first 9 months of the Biden administration, and then make a determination of what constitutes foolishness? Is the border more humane and secure? Is Afghanistan better off? The U.S. reputation abroad more reliable? Is the economy stronger, the labor force more productive, prices more manageable? Are we better off energy wise, and fuel more affordable for the American consumer? Did we finally find evidence to prove Russian collusion, that Hunter Biden's laptop was a product of Russian "disinformation," or that January 6 was an armed insurrection?

And he responds to her personally, too . . . .

Missed Opportunities

As noted here this week, first in J.J. Sefton's Morning Report on the 5th, transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard was named "Sportwoman of the Year" by New Zealand's University of Otago.

Stunning and brave.

But the UK missed an opportunity here to issue a similar award:

Carlson is right: Laughing is the correct response.

Zuby is currently visiting the USA. You could check out his Twitter feed if you still do Twitter. Last seen in Nashville. He likes it better than those lefty cities. He also likes Texas.

One of the best things about not being on 'the left' is that you're still allowed to laugh at funny jokes.

Response:

I thought this said "furry jokes" at first, but that is true too

Here was another opportunity missed by gender warriors, way back in 1981:

Music

Halloween is coming. Maybe these guys could perform for that somber, yet intense, gathering you have planned.

Libertango, a Tango Nuevo (which includes elements of jazz and classical music), seems to be more popular with musicians lately than traditional tangos.

But perhaps you are interested in something with a little less social and emotional distancing:

Do you prefer traditional tango, or tango nuevo? Or, say, jitterbug?

This is the Thread before the Gardening Thread.

Serving your mid-day open thread needs

Hope you have something nice planned for the weekend.

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