Daily Archives: July 21, 2014
N.b., The text blocks below are excerpts to whet you appetite. The full article (linked below) is very well worth you time. I added the graphics.
10) Huffiness. “We [leftists] lived our lives in a constant state of outraged indignation. I did not want to live that way anymore. I wanted to cultivate a disposition of gratitude.”
9) Selective Outrage. “Much canonical, left-wing feminism is not so much support for women, as it is a protest against Western, heterosexual men. It’s an “I hate” phenomenon, rather than an “I love” phenomenon.”
8) It’s the thought that counts. “We focused so hard on our good intentions. … What depressingly little we did accomplish was often erased.”
7) Leftists hate my people. “I’m a working-class Bohunk. A hundred years ago, leftists loved us. … In the end, though, we didn’t show up for the Marxist happily ever after. We believed in God and we were often devout Catholics [and so] Leftists turned on us.”
6) I believe in God. “Hang out in leftist internet environments, and you will discover a toxic bath of irrational hatred for the Judeo-Christian tradition.”
5 & 4) Straw men and “In order to make an omelet you have to break a few eggs.” “One of those eggs was objective truth.” “Manipulating facts was not even a venial sin; it was a good.” “It is easier to orchestrate a mob in a familiar rendition of righteous rage against a sensationalized straw man than it is to produce a reasoned argument against a reasonable opponent.
2 & 3) It doesn’t work. Other approaches work better. “I went to hear David Horowitz speak in 2004. My intention was to heckle him. Horowitz said something that interrupted my flow of thought. He pointed out that Camden, Paterson, and Newark had decades of Democratic leadership. … That one stray comment from David Horowitz, a man I regarded as the enemy, sparked the slow but steady realization that my ideals, the ideals I had lived by all my life, were poisoning my students and Paterson, my city.”
1) Hate. “If hate were the only reason, I’d stop being a leftist for this reason alone. … You went to an anti-war rally because you hated Bush, not because you loved peace. Thus, when Obama bombed, you didn’t hold any anti-war rally, because you didn’t hate Obama. … I do have right-wing friends now and they do get angry and they do express that anger. But when I encounter unhinged, stratospheric vituperation, when I encounter detailed revenge fantasies in scatological and sadistic language, I know I’ve stumbled upon a left-wing website.”
Through the miracle of Facebook I reconnected with my cousin,Kathy,who is three years my senior. Her brother Bob is a year older than I and a co-conspirator in many shenanigans back in the day. They also have a sister,Caryl and a brother,Bruce. We shared many a Sunday dinner at the farm and every Thanksgiving and Christmas were special.
After our grandfather passed,the tendrils that held all the family together were severed. I’ve not seen any of them for decades–call it almost a lifetime. Last Wednesday my cousin Bruce’s son,Bruce Jr. was killed in a terrible car wreck at a busy intersection in our city. I never met the young man,but he was blood of my blood. I cannot imagine for the life of me what I would do if I lost one of my children. All any of us can do is offer prayers to see the family through this time of hardship. The visitation is tonight and the reunion with my cousins and their families will be bittersweet,indeed.
I recall after Granny suffered a series of strokes dementia was setting in. She’d wander out of my aunt’s house and down the street in her nightgown and not tell the police where she lived. I went to take her to lunch one day and after we got in the car and started off,she looked at me and said “it’s just terrible to have to bury a child.” Bruce’s dad, my Uncle Ron, and my mother had both already passed. It was then I knew she wasn’t quite as far gone as she let on. She just liked being a pain in my aunt’s behind. I would like to ask you to remember our family in your prayers. I’m sure it would be a comfort to them.
BRUCE R. BIRD JR., 31 MACHESNEY PARK – Bruce R. Bird Jr., 31, died unexpectedly Wednesday, July 16th, 2014. Bruce was a devoted loving father and a hard worker. He was a loyal Chicago Bulls and Bears fan and enjoyed watching many of the games with his dad. He enjoyed music, motorcycles and hanging out with friends and family. Bruce is survived by his father, Bruce R. Bird Sr.; brother, Joshua Bird; children, Shawn, Alyssa and Ayden; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and grandmother, Zella. He was preceded in death by his mother, Sandra. Bruce will be greatly missed by family and friends. A visitation to celebrate Bruce’s life will be from 6 until 8 p.m. Monday, July 21, 2014, at Sunset Funeral Home, 8800 N. Alpine Road in Machesney Park. A memorial for Bruce will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at 4188 Lakeside Dr., Rockford, in the Lakewood Hills Subdivision. Cremation rites will be accorded after the visitation. Condolences may be sent to the family at sunsetfhmemgardens.com.
[Texts that Mama Buzz sent with the photos.]
July 4, 2014: I managed to slowly water this pot around the edges so I can get the plants but leave the nest dry. The parents seem to know I am not a predator!
July 4, 2014: I noticed the lighter belly on the male while he was in the tree today, which allowed me to finally identify them.
July 7, 2014: LOOK!!! I got pics while the parents were out getting food. They came back and I got chirped at, so I said my congrats and came inside ;).
July 18, 2014: The parents are super protective these days, flying around and chirping at me. I am nervous to back out of the driveway. I saw a squished bird in the road :(. I hope it’s not one of ours!