History, Plain Speaking, Politics

Occasional Quote of the Day: The 80/20 Rule

“The person who agrees with you 80 percent of the time is an 80 percent friend and not a 20 percent enemy”–Ronald Wilson Reagan Fifty-four years ago, on November 8, 1966, only two years after Barry Goldwater’s rout in the Presidential election of 1964, Ronald Reagan was elected Governor of California and American Conservatism was… Continue reading Occasional Quote of the Day: The 80/20 Rule

Education, History, Politics

Occasional Quote of the Day: Regarding Stories

"If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” — Rudyard Kipling In the days before it was fashionable for entire generations of people to believe that the world came into being on the day that they were born, and ended on the day that they died, and that it… Continue reading Occasional Quote of the Day: Regarding Stories

Culture, Education, Feminism, Plain Speaking, Politics

Jordan and Camille’s Excellent Adventure

I quite like Jordan Peterson. I don’t agree with everything he says. Occasionally, as do many of his critics, I find him a bit glib and superficial. But if a generation of young men (and even some of their fathers and grandfathers) are going to listen to a social media muse on matters of culture,… Continue reading Jordan and Camille’s Excellent Adventure

Feminism, Politics

Occasional Quote of the Day: The Iron Lady Speaks

“I always cheer up immensely if an attack is particularly wounding because I think, well, if they attack one personally, it means they have not a single political argument left.” — Margaret Thatcher Other than observing that, of course, this trenchant observation can be applied to a wide variety of arguments beyond the stated one (I… Continue reading Occasional Quote of the Day: The Iron Lady Speaks

Knitting, Plain Speaking, Politics, Uncategorized

Dispatches From the Front Lines of the Knitting Wars

Greetings fellow knitters (you know who you are). I just got cancelled from KnitCamp! It’s a knitting community I joined only about a week ago, at a friend's (former Lefty, now not-so-much) enthusiastic suggestion.  She really enjoyed it because the woman who ran it hadn’t gone woke and/or wasn’t bullying her customers about such matters.… Continue reading Dispatches From the Front Lines of the Knitting Wars

Knitting, Politics

Confervo Ergo Sum: I Knit, Therefore, I Am

OK, the title of this post is a bit of a cheat, since the Romans didn't engage in the craft of knitting as we know it.  However, the Latin verb confervo means "heal, grow together, knit," so I'm stealing it for the purpose. I first wrote the post below on Ricochet more than five years… Continue reading Confervo Ergo Sum: I Knit, Therefore, I Am

Healthcare, Politics

A Tale of Two News Stories

News story #1: New York City auctioned off extra ventilators due to cost of maintenance. Yes, they did. Hundreds of them. Ventilators acquired by “Mini Mike” Bloomberg in 2006, in response to a new far-eastern flu strain. As part of that response, and in anticipation of an epidemic, New York City stockpiled ventilators and facemasks.… Continue reading A Tale of Two News Stories

Food and Drink, Politics

Friday Food and Drink Post: Pizza Fixin’ Edition

Thank heavens for Bill de Blasio. In just a few short years as New York’s Mayor, he has turned its underwater finances around, eliminated racism, sexism, religious intolerance, and violent crime, and he has spearheaded a jobs-and-revenue initiative, the crown jewel of which was bringing Amazon’s second corporate HQ “home” to the city. Along the… Continue reading Friday Food and Drink Post: Pizza Fixin’ Edition