Catching up on a few things

This is a mish-mash, hodge-podge, portmanteau of a post, throwing together a whole lot of things.

I’m sorry for the prolonged silence here. December is family month which, now that my children are grown, is quite lovely. My daughter and niece, along with their respective boyfriends arrived last week, and we’ve been seeing all the sights around Charleston as well as having game nights in the evening. Every day, I’ve been having fun with family. As soon as this group leaves after two weeks, more family arrives. And much as I love this blog, family always gets first place.

One of the nicest things about having these visits is seeing what nice people these young ‘uns have become. When you’re raising kids, there’s a lot of “warts and all” to the loving process. There are the days when you or they are exhausted and acting out, there are the life lessons learned, and there are the behaviors that need addressing. When they’re little, they’re constant works in progress and you always worry about the ultimate product. Now that they’re grown, it’s a relief and a delight that they’ve become people whose company I enjoy independent of the fact that they’re mine. And it’s also a delight that they’ve chosen significant others whom I like as well.

The only downside is that I’ve been cramming my American Thinker work into weird hours, including the ones when I’m usually sleeping. And that all boils down to less time for my own blog.

However, as I’ve been reading the “interwebs” today (I love that Mr. Burns name for the internet), I came across a few things that at least merit short comments.

Climate change fraud. Tony Heller explains in clear and simple terms that the Democrats are committing fraud by claiming tornadoes and hurricanes are increasing, proving climate change:

And while I’m on the subject, I was just reading the other day that a superstorm is heading to drought-stricken California, bringing with it enough rain and snow to equal a month’s worth of liquid from the sky in a single storm. The snowfall around Tahoe prompted Tony Heller to put up this gem of a video:

I remember on July 4, 1976, for the bicentennial firework show in Tahoe, that the shoreline had expanded enormously as the major drought in the mid-1970s had resulted in traumatic water loss to the lake. After the big storms of the early 1980s, Tahoe was brimful and bright blue.

Is there really a die-off happening now? While the media has been assiduous in listing every single death from COVID, as well as many hundreds (or thousands?  or hundreds of thousands?) that weren’t from COVID, it’s been quite coy about deaths and severe side effects from the jabs. However, I keep receiving emails from people pointing out how there are more elite athletes, especially in Europe, collapsing on the field, with some dying. The trouble, always, revolves around their hearts.

The thing is that I haven’t seen numbers comparing past to present. That is, has this always been something that happens with elite athletes, especially soccer players, but we never noticed? Therefore, I’ve been a bit leery about writing on this topic. And no, I’m not going to do the research. I don’t have the time.

However, maybe there is a more objective metric: Steve Kirsch, who is fiercely anti-job, has been crowdsourcing to get definitive information about pilots. I anxiously await information about whether this has been a spike year for pilots or whether past years have had deaths as high. Also, he has a single chart showing that there is a spike in athlete deaths but, frankly, I want more detail before putting myself out on that one.

O Holy Night. Lastly, I haven’t forgotten that I always publish my favorite Christmas carol sung my favorite way, something I’ve been doing for 15 years now:

Final thoughts. I’ve been working on this darn post all day but a thousand and one interruptions have made it impossible to do more than this. I’ll just add a final thought. Democrats keep saying that Republicans are trying to destroy democracy. I’ve finally cracked the code. For Republicans, democracy means honest elections in a functioning constitutional, democratic republic. For Democrats, democracy means they win.