Well, It Got Up Near 90

back yard shed 3-4 done 150606HERE YESTERDAY, SO of course, I was out in it, working. Got dehydrated, as you might expect, and got so tired that I had a minor meltdown as I was cleaning up at the end of the day. My legs and back ache this morning and, as you can tell from the picture, am nowhere near finished with the shed, am planning to continue on today — with similar weather in the offing. Have a glitch induced by my slap-dash construction technique, which, one hopes, will admit of simple — if tedious — solution. I will have help today, which I did not yesterday, so one has cause for hope. With luck, the thing will be finished by mid-afternoon.

Inshkashinti Inshkashinti

shedYOM KIPPUR GEFILTE FISH Oible gobble, oible-gobble, ve dun vell. This ve giff to you, a good substantial yell.

Ve vun! Ve vun! Ve vun! Vaht? Ve lost? Oi. Dey cheated.

That’s my claque, celebrating the (finally) completion of the deck to support our soon-to-be-new backyard shed.

Working in direct sunlight and high humidity this afternoon, I finished piecing in the last bit of the deck, drilling weeping holes across the plywood, and sweeping it down. This evening, I intend to pre-assemble some of the metal sub-assemblies. Tomorrow, Steve-R and I will put the thing together. Wish us well.

Started last August. Finally, the end is in sight.


steps_final_20150503_17_24_46_JUST CALLED SWMBO AT her away gig to give her the gnus. We now have a fully functional set of outside steps here at Casa d’Alger. So we can carry construction materials from the study (upstairs) to the site (downstairs). Next weekend, the shed.

The Caturday Post: Time Change Edition

Note: This was begun back in March and never finished. It was apparently too ambitious an undertaking for the time I had available to write it. Needless to say, it says some things that might interest readers and can fans.

I’M WRITING THIS AT six ayem on time-change day, so it’s properly a Catsundtide post, not a Caturday post, but it’s the wrong time of day to be more clever than that. I’m up at this hour on a Sunday because I woke up feeling a little shakey from hypoglycemia and had to get up to deal with it.

…Which is an apposite lead-in to the subject on my mind. Loki, my ragdoll-ish little buddy. He gave us a scare today. Back up and lay down some background. It’s pay week. I get paid this week at my day job. Which leads to it’s grocery day. Friday after work, I run to Sam’s and Saturday, I do Kroger. Which means,from the cats’ perspective, the whole world is disrupted with loud noises and lots of comings and goings and other disturbances to routine — but also interesting smells, like bread, and sounds like rustling plastic bags, and interesting things to munch on, like plastic bags, and (not so interesting) unusual things to hork up on the floor in the study, like plastic bags.loki_with_dovetail_jig_080620

And, in the midst of all this furious activity, both Toni and I noticed that Loki was a little down on his chin — listless and lethargic, unresponsive to us and unwilling to move. It came to a head when I tried to clear the study of cats in preparation for bringing groceries in from the car. We leave the door open to make it easier to get into the house with hands full of groceries. And, with a household consist of ten indoor cats, providing such an opportunity for escape could be seen as imprudent — even an abdication of fiduciary duty. So we clear the study of cats and close the hall door. When I’m by myself, on entering after a grocery run, I thump my cane on the floor three times and shout, “Everybody out!” which has conditioned the cats (mostly — good luck with unanimity from such a collection of individualists, no matter how well-socialized) to abandon their perches on desk, cat tree, and windowsill and head for the door.

DSCN2263Today, Loki lay down in the passage between the desks, every bit as intransigent as a ’60s-era sit-in protester. I gave him a nudge with my toe and he — with palpable reluctance — got up and ran under Toni’s desk to hide on a pile of shoes. Feeling guilty about the perceived necessity, we dragged him out and unceremoniously dumped him in the hall. But both of us commented on how the behavior was MOST unusual for our little frost giant trickster.

That’s where it stopped. We had him checked out and he was OK. I do remember that. That’s how it always seems to happen. One day, though, that won’t be all there is to it and we’ll lose him for good or ill. Not looking forward to that.

He’s taken lately to stretching out next to me at bedtime and patting my face with a forepaw. I have no idea what that’s all about. I have some pictures of him doing that somewhere. Sometime when I’m not in a hurry from here to there, I’ll put them up. Meantime, here’s a pic of Earnie I was going to put up and was on my way to do it, when I discovered this unfinished post from two months ago.

Earnie through the screen. From April of ought-twelve.


That Would Make Today — Again This Month…



TONI ASKS ME on occasion, “Why don’t you do Caturday posts any more?” That’s not so. I just haven’t done one in a long while. Doesn’t mean I’ve stopped. But I do feel guilty about the lapse. So, herewith, Earnie, from the other evening.

Earnie on my desk

11/11, 11:11


Let’s Get This Straight

THE FIRST AMENDMENT is a limit on the power of Congress – and only Congress. That’s what the phrase, “Congress shall make no law…” Means. At the Federal level, sole legislative authority is given to Congress. And, under the doctrine of supremacy, (the Constitution says right on the box, Supreme Law of the Land, so that fits), on matters which the Constitution touches (and ONLY those matters), Congress is the supreme nation legislature. So what a state legislature legislates touching religion, assembly, association, the press and speech, and to petition the government is automatically null and void.

Now, it has not always been so. In fact some states early on had established religions, that being a right reserved to the states and the people, albeit forbidden the federal government.

The First Amendment forbids Congress (and thus any other legislature) to make any law respecting freedom of association. This means, directly, that the so-called “public accommodation” provisions of 1960s-vintage “civil rights” legislation, not having repealed those provisions of the Bill of Rights, are flatly unconstitutional. Any claims on the basis of public accommodation and the forbidding of discrimination in the provision of those goods and services on sundry bases are therefor — according to Supreme Court opinions and rulings — null and void.

Now, a lot of people are het up in a lot of who-struck-John on the subject of the shooting range owner who, exercising her First Amendment right of Free Association, (Not that the First Amendment grants the right — that’s an ontological impossibility — but that it recognizes and aims to secure the extant right as a proper function of government.), has chosen to refuse service to Moslems. Leaving aside the impossibility of enforcing such a rule, one cannot reasonably deny that she has that right. And, as legislating in the matter is forbidden to Congress, the matter is — by law — exclusively private.

Many of the more-reasoned arguments among the het up folk go like: “Be careful what powers you give the government; you may not like what use the government gets up to with its powers down the road.” And I do not argue the fundamental fact. It is true. Government should never be given power the people don’t desperately need it to have.


In this case, that boat sailed — about fifty years ago, when statists in power in Washington decided that the people would rather give up the freedom of association than face long, hot summers of violent protests and rioting on into the foreseeable future. And the statists in power knuckled under to extortionate thugs. Some of whom still ply their trade today — ::coughJesseJacksonAlSharptonLouisFarrakhan::cough::

[Insert Ben Franklin’s quote on the subject and conclude with the “And they shall have neither.”]

I won’t presume to speak for others and argue, “Nobody’s arguing for government action to deny freedom of religion to Moslems.” That’s pointless, and not credible. I haven’t seen any serious arguments to that effect, but neither can I guarantee nobody’s made them. What I AM saying is that — for myself — I am arguing that in broad general, Americans need to stop turning to Washington for the solution to every problem and work things out for ourselves. If Moslems present a clear and present danger to America and Americans, We the People need to recognize that fact and behave accordingly, whether or not our government acknowledges our wishes.

As I have said in response to news reports on the shooting range owner’s actions, I believe her actions should be universal. Not that our government — or any government — should restrict religious freedom, but that We the People should, in exercising our right to freely association with whom we see fit, should refuse to associate with Moslems.

I do not know how this will work. But my statement of principle goes thus; I recognize that you, as a Moslem, have found in Islam some semblance of inner peace and order, and have accepted the need for you to submit to God. However, I do not believe in the divine origin of the creed of Islam, and find its tenets abhorrent. The history of the faith tells me that it is not a religion as I see it (we’ll have to agree to disagree on that one), but a toxic political ideology which has, in the person of its strongest adherents, declared war on my nation, people, family, and self. This is an intolerable situation and I will not tolerate it. So long as you practice Islam, I shall not associated with you, in community, worship, or business. Should you wish my association, you must abjure Islam and all who practice it. You cannot gull me with protestations of moderation, there can be no such thing. By the tenets of your own faith, if you depart one iota from its tenets, you are apostate and marked for death. I can only trust you if you leave the faith. Granted that also marks you as apostate, so I cannot see a happy solution for you.

You can say, “Well, then, why should I wish to associate with you?” I do not have an answer. I only know I don’t wish to associate with YOU.

Oderint dum Metuant

ON THIS DAY OF MEMORIAL, when so many sentiments will be expressed, the only appropriate sentiment is:

Never Forgive
Never Forget.

Never Forget, Never Forgive

Oderint dum metuant.

Listen to the second Toby Keith song, “I’m an American Soldier,” too.


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Boobie Libre

national_go-topless_dayIT’S NATIONAL GO TOPLESS DAY (wish they’d announce these things in advance). Of course, da Doll is an ardent supporter, as much as I love to dress … as I say, at liberty. And, but of course, there is also the discussion of Minoan Tits between Drummond and Olivia Wilson in The High T Shebang. (Which can be bought by clicking the Amazon link at far right.) Meantime, a little demonstration.

As I Have Predicted

SNIPPETING OF work-in-progress, working title Discovery will commence tomorrow, (Saturday, June 7). It is also planned that said snippets will be promulgated at Good Reads and any other appropriate venues. Those additional site will be announced here, on Facebook, and at my author’s blog.

Planned Actions Being Taken

SOME TIME AGO I mentioned that I had plans for my Web presence — that I wanted to soft-pedal the politics to some extent, and to put up more about my art and writing on my author’s blog.

I’m getting started with a post this morning requesting some input from readers — if the blog has any. Please to go and participate if you’re of so a mind.

Quote of the Day

“It is impossible to understand the politics of the Left without grasping that it is all about deniable intimidation.”

–Richard Fernandez

(H/T: Instapundit)

A Curiosity


Quote of the Day

In whose judgment is a free trade a failure?

Harry Binswanger

The notion of “market failure” is a contradiction in terms. The “market” is an abstraction. The concrete reality is individuals freely trading goods and services. What would it mean for such free trade to “fail”? By what standard? In whose judgment? “Failure”–for whom? These are the unasked questions. They can’t be asked, because the answers would be the refutation of the doctrine of “market failure.

Texas Rockabillies

Know how to put on a show.

Skinny little dude about 63 playing a crappy old guitar (might as well have been a Winston your grandpa bought at the five and dime for ten bucks.) With an 18 year-old kid playing standup bass, a black dude on drums, and some Australian guy playing Strat- and Telecasters through a Fender Twin amp and a couple of background singers ROCKED the house with tunes you know from Emylou Harris, Willie Nelson, Bob Seger, and Juice Newton (and more I probably never heard of — the guy is country royalty)

Highlight of the show, maybe was when the band persuaded the audience to sing along with Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone.” Ya hadda been there. But how do you top that? Easy: blow the roof off with a loud, raucous rendition of “Whole Lotta Shakin’.”

500 Days

FRENCH FOREIGN MINISTER Laurent Fabius blathers that there are fewer than 500 days to “climate chaos.” French? Who cares?

If, come September 25, 2015, it doesn’t happen, will they…


Quote of the Day

THESE PEOPLE (THE RINO ESTABLISHMENT) never stand on principle, except during campaigns, when they don’t mean it. And when it comes time to govern, then they jettison it. — Mark Levin

As I’ve said many times before: principle is pragmatic.

And Still It’s Worth Noting

THAT AT LEAST some trace amount of the half-hearted defense of the Not-So-Sterling Donald was the fact that his accuser recorded his utterances without his permission. And it is a worthy defense, albeit misplaced. We have a presumption of privacy in our “houses, persons, papers, and effects” which, by the law shall remain uninfringed. But, also which by the law, not only the government may infringe. (That means everybody.)

And, one might be forgiven for assuming that those campaigning for public office should be held to a higher standard, nest paw?

But a recent round of advertisements “and I approve this message” from Mitch McConnell assert beginning, middle, and end that their contents were drawn from “undercover news report” and “hidden camera footage” …

I.E., without Matt Bevin’s knowledge or permission.


It seems to me that such turpitude (Mitch, not Matt) ought to be immediately disqualifying. But there’s no truth in political advertising and, were Bevin to complain, it would be dismissed as whining by his opponents, but, still, has not McConnell broken the law? What penalty shall attend upon this breach?

Yet Another Outbreak of Lawlessness Within the Government

OPERATION CHOKE POINT a filthy, despicable initiative of the regime is stealing the bank accounts of employees in a legal industry which is also (by the way, did I also mention) A FIRST-AMENDMENT-PROTECTED ONE. No matter how you approach this, it should generate shoot-on-sight orders for Eric Holder, his deputies, and any agent attempting to enforce these orders.

Not Entirely Comfortable With

ALL THE VITUPERATION and denigration surrounding Sterling Donald. It seems untoward to hear a fellow citizen described as a mutant piece of shit. Or a despicable piece of human debris. I don’t like it.

Still and all, I can’t disagree with St. Ann’s take on the matter.

I had listened to roughly eight hours of commentary on Donald Sterling and the ugly remarks he made in conversations secretly tape-recorded by his girlfriend, before I heard anyone mention a wife.


Says more about the media than about Sterling that it took all day for the media to get around to MENTIONING that fact.

Yay! Beyonce! She SASS seh!

DA DOLL IS A BIG FAN of Beyonce. And proud to welcome the diva to the ranks of the unpantsed. Us grrls do the no-pants thing a LOT better ‘n Robb Allen.

Tell ‘im da Doll said so.

I Bet You

NOBODY IN THE LEGACY partisan press will have the balls to lay the blame for this where blame is due — on the progressivist movement in general and the Democrat party in particular (and more recently, on the Barack Obama administration and the Pelosi /Ried axis in the the Congress — as operating since 2007).

Almost Famous

I TURN 60 THIS YEAR. As does one of my school friends, who still plays out and was once called “The best rhythm guitarist in Cincinnati.” Both of us have been in the music business since our teens. But, At least, he gets his face in front of audiences weekly. Me, I’m better known – albeit worldwide — in the production office than onstage (I suppose “pretty well” is better than “not at all”). And the closest I’ve come to playing guitar is shaking Justin Hayward’s hand in 2009. But I’m guessing Pete would probably agree at least part way in my assessment that, at least on the basis of popular music, American culture — the part of our national life that is seen and heard worldwide — is by and large a Black culture. I argue it’s undeniable, when you consider how much of the American self-identity is rooted in Jazz and Rock and Roll, and how pervasive and influential the black influence has been in both. In the beginning Rock and Roll was black music. And, post-Elvis, rock music worldwide owes an unescapable debt to the blues and gospel, a point well-made in the Oscar-winning documentary, 20 Feet From Stardom.

It occurs to me, listening to this cut by Tears for Fears, (hearing the number as recorded at Knebworth sometime in the early ’90s, I fell in love with Oleta Adams), that one reason why the black female voice is so well-loved, both by audiences and leading artists who hire the support of “colored girl” background artists, is that most of these singers shape their voices more fully and with greater power than a lot of white girl singers, with their little-girl voices (e.g.: Britney Spears) and, as a result, they sound more grown-up, with a greater ability to move the listener and to stand up to a male voice. Consider Lisa Fisher versus Mick Jagger on “Gimme Shelter.”

Considerations I had, among others, while watching 20 Feet From Stardom over the weekend (Thank you, Netflix.)

More Statistics

AS MARK TWAIN said*, “Lies, damned lies, and statistics.” We have in the day’s news an example of the latter. The radio news headlines assert that the IPCC report claims that “a rise in temperatures of two degrees” could result in “Old Testament disaster, Mr. Mayor, real wrath of God type stuff. Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies, rivers and seas boiling, forty years of darkness! Earthquakes, volcanoes… the dead rising from the grave, human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together… mass hysteria!” Notice they’re not claiming to predict that will happen, but that it could. Well, Mr. Mayor, Kate Upton could walk up to me, press those magnificent mammaries against me, suck my face — with tongue, and beg me to do her right there on the spot. But the likelihood of it is slim.

And, it’s only fair that the total temperature change since the end of the Little Ice Age (q.v.), has been less than two degrees. In 200+ years. So, is it realistic to expect that, going into a solar minimum, with dropping temperatures for the last fifteen years that there will ever be an increase in global temperatures as great as two degrees?

*Of course he did. I read it on the Internet. And they can’t put anything on the Internet if it’s not true. I read that on the Internet.

It’s Earnie’s Birthday

earnie_lr-couch_1_bday_140330TODAY IS EARNIE’S OFFICIAL birthday. He’s three. No longer a kitten — by some distance. His actual date of birth might or might not be a mystery.

…Sung to the tune of:

Dear Waxman/Whitehouse

ACCORDING TO THE LETTER quoted in its entirety in this post at PowerLine, the two of you (and/or your staffs) appear to be laboring under some sort of a misapprehension when you write:

We believe that Congress and the public have a right to know when individuals funding political ads and attempting to influence government decisions have a financial stake in the outcome. We certainly believe it would be wrong for any company to mislead Congress and the public by falsely describing its economic stake in legislation.

You may believe what you like, but it is not so — not by half. Congress has no rights. Period. Congress has powers and subsequent authority granted by the People through the Constitution and delegated to it by the States. As a body, Congress has no rights. Rights inhere only to individual persons. Nor is ANYONE blessed by our Creator with the right to know the private business of any other citizen.

Consider yourself spanked.

Oh, and by the way: (In case Koch Industries neglects this proper, fitting, and appropriate response.)


St Ann Is Back in My Good Graces

FOR HER EVISCERATION of Obamacare in this week’s column. In passing, she asserts “Screw you, Mickey Kaus,” (Who, she writes, is a principal cheerleader for Obamacare — but, more likely, the IDEA of universal, government-paid medical cost-shifting.)

Which brings me to mind the appropriate response to that Rhode Island State Senator (Why should I trouble myself to remember his name?) whose terminal arrogance entitles him to denigrate, vitiate, and generally ignore the Second Amendment to the Federal Constitution. GO FUCK YOURSELF.

Actually, that is growing in my mind to THE appropriate response to leftist importunings.


Can’t block the signal, Mal

ROY EDROSO is a closed-minded, bigoted left-wing extremist tool.

Pass it on.

Mama Taught Me Well Never To

HIT A WOMAN (still, observe how the grievance feminists don’t disagree), but sometimes I think somebody needs to discipline St. Ann. Look on it as part of her trials.

This week, her column evinces an astringent support for abortion.

I also think all Republican candidates should be trained with shock collars and cattle prods to automatically respond, upon hearing some combination of the words “abortion,” “rape” and “incest”: “Yes, of course there should be exceptions in the case of rape or incest, and I also support giving rapists the death penalty, unlike my Democratic opponent, who wants to give rapists the right to vote. Now, back to what I was saying about Obamacare …”

Look: if it’s human and alive, it’s a human life. Zygote, blastula, fetus, infant, child, adult. Killing it is murder. And, given that the right to life is first and foremost in the list of inalienable rights endowed upon us by our creator, and that “to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men,” the abrogation of the right to life of 55 million children under the 40-year regime of Roe v Wade is one of the greatest evils ever encompassed by government. The Holocaust pales by comparison. The butcher’s bill of international communism is the only greater evil I know of. Truckling with supporters of this abomination is not a worthy stance on principle. “It’s purest evil, I agree, but we can’t win elections if we stand on this principle.” Is just as bad as [sgtschultz]”I vas chust followink ort-ders.”[/sgtschultz]. Or worse.

So: at the risk of sounding like a true believer (what’s wrong with being true to your beliefs? Is it better to be false to them?), I also think that Republican pundits who truckle with abortion advocates to win power should be trained with constant bitch-slaps until they FUCKING GET IT.

That is all.

Big Surprise

THE WHOLE 97% claim never was credible in the first place.

And another thing: even if it were (fat chance), it’s irrelevant, because as Mommy told us:


Thanks to Ev Mickey on Facebook.

And the John

THROWS FUCKWADS OF CASH in the air and the whores line up and jump for it.

The Witless Witterings of Witlings

ON THE SUBJECT OF RUSSIA’S annexation of the Ukraine (as though it were a city gobbling up unincorporated property on the edge of town), wonder (idiotically) how or why Putin would diminish the impact of his Olympics in Sochi by associating this naked aggression on his part (disregarding the “coup d’etat” pretext – whence derives the authority or sovereignty for Russia to enforce this imagined law?) with the games. The more obvious (as, Our Curmudgeon constantly reinforces — the root in Latin means “overlooked”) association is with the eviscerating by the odious and despicable Chuck Hagel (When do we get to bitch slap anyone who points to the R behind the name as evidence that he’s one of Us in the Right?) of America’s military power.

Which could, and perhaps should (perhaps not, deponent sayeth not) act as a counter-balance to Russian imperial ambitions.

Post hoc, ergo propter hoc?

How Shameless and (Yes) Un-American

IS IT THAT A MEMBER of the United States House of Representatives behaves before open microphones like a petulant and boorish demagogue?

You Know, I Have Read

THE ENTIRE TEXT OF the Constitution many times — even memorized certain parts of it.

Nowhere therein have I found a clause stating “except when the state determines that the people have overreached.”

Quote of the Day

The impulse to keep to yourself what you have learned is not only shameful, it is destructive. Anything you do not give freely and abundantly becomes lost to you. You open your safe and find ashes.

—Annie Dillard

This is in keeping with my belief that non-profit and not-for-profit are some of the filthiest concepts in human history. You have to increase your inheritance or you waste it away. Take the Parable of the Talents.

I’m Not Given to Displays of Attention-

GETTING BEHAVIOR. My style is more wallflower than Venus fly trap. But I am painfully aware of the need to put myself out there, if I’m going to sell books. I habitually assert that I’m far more happy making things than I am selling them. And, if I have to be selling, I’d rather it be something I made. But I need to find sources of reinforcement. This book and its companion volume are on my Amazon wish list fer sher. I’m a firm believer in Show-your-work. I see the existence of this work as being permission to share with my readers all the need stuff I discover along the way to telling Dolly’s stories. I’ve just started using the robber-bird/pack rat software, Evernote, and I expect that I’ll be blogging research and process a lot more. Possibly more over at my writer’s blog — markphilipalger.com (which serves the purpose this blog was originally intended to serve) than here.

In a Republic, Anyone Who Calls Himself

A DEMOCRAT STARTS OUT acting in bad faith. Why? Because the choice of ideologies indicates an intent to subvert the country’s governing charter. That is treason, in fact, if not in law. The link is to a story summing up the perfidy of those democrats as exercised in the year just passed. Yes, I am one of those paranoid libertarians.

As we put it, if you’re not paranoid, you haven’t been paying attention.

Anybody Know This One?

SOME TIME AGO, I recall reading a fascinating article about a German aristocrat who was personally instrumental in a movement to realize a vision of empire that would have split Eurasia between Germany and Japan, starting back in the early years of the 20th Century. As I remember the story, he was in Japan either just before or during or just after WWI and met and developed a relationship with young militarists — possibly including Tojo and company. He was a national socialist, and was a foundational figure in the Nazi party and its rise to power in the ’30s. He remained high in the Nazi power structure through most of WWII and became disillusioned with Hitler late in the war. Unfortunately, I seem to have mislaid the saved file/link. Can anybody put a name to this description? Tam?

The Caturday Post

It’s been a long time since I did one of these for real. The one from a couple of weeks ago was — despite its length — somewhat of a fake-out. With little real content to convey, I have to fall back on pictures. I had long been unhappy with what I was getting out of the CoolPix. The inability to shoot in low light (why have a CCD that’s unable to better the response curve of film?) coupled with the shutter delay (press button, wait for picture to be snapped) made photographing cats impossible. you either got a brown-gray blur every time, or a flat, washed-out picture of a cat squinting against the flash. Then I got this new camera phone — a Nokia Lumia 1020, if you must know, with the ability to shoot, without flash, at iso ratings up to 4,000 — two stops beyond pushed Tri-X. Or pushed Ektachrome. and all out of the possible range of Kodachrome. Allofasudden, I’m able to get gorgeous shots in afternoon light in our bedroom with the curtains drawn. Saturated color. A play of light way too subtle for the CoolPix. And a zoom ability (at 41Mpx, it doesn’t matter whether it’s optical or digital; whether you’re actually zooming or just blowing up and cropping a smaller area of the image field. Like this one. I’m standing eight feet away from Loki — he’s lying on pillows at the head of the bed; I’m standing at the foot of the bed. I “zoomed” in on him by pinching my fingers together against the screen of my phone. Magic elf box, indeed!

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Toni said, “He looks so tiny, there.” We always knew he was going to be petite.
So… This is me grabbing the wheel from Dolly to write a major post-of-the-day.

CATS ARE TERRIBLE, DEADLY TO a writer’s momentum. For one thing they’re heat-seekers. They like to be where it’s warm: your lap. Your computer. Your bed (with you in it). In front of a space heater. In the sun, where it pours through a window or a storm door.

And they sleep 20 hours a day. In piles. Most cat lovers know the story of the one-sleeved Mandarin and his attitude toward disturbing sleeping cats. I’d wager most of us agree with One-Sleeve’s take on the subject.

Catpile starring Loki, Rommie, and Siamon.

This morning, when I was supposed to be done with breakfast and having put a load of laundry in the washer, (I meant to do my work today.), Earnie gave out with his usual Mrrraou! and came up on my chest and curled up to nap.

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I have to put together tax data for the danegeld. And I wanted to get some serious wordage in on the current WiP, which I still intend to do this weekend. Meantime, here’s another of Loki, settling in for an afternoon nap.


Like Candy

These badges were praised by all and sundry and so popular that, we were told, the band were giving them away “like candy.” Lagniappes during a Mardi Gras parade. We did a replacement order and redesign, which — shown here — became our favorite design of the year.

Once Again, Carrying on a Long Tradition

WE HAVE NEGLECTED TO prepare a post wishing Dolly a Happy Birthday.

Congratulations, Birthday Girl!

Quote of the Day

The other eye-popper here is that indie authors are outselling the Big Five. That’s the entire Big Five. Combined. Indie and small-press books account for half of the e-book sales in the most popular and bestselling genres on Amazon.

Joe Konrath

Wellesley-ites Wimp Out

SEEMS TO ME THAT somebody needs to grow a pair.

Sack up, ladies! You betray your sex with this wilting-flower routine.

Today’s Bible Text

IS FROM THE BOOK of Psalms. Turn in your Bibles, please, to Psalm 94, verses 20-23.

20 Shall the throne of iniquity, which devises evil by law,
Have fellowship with You?
21 They gather together against the life of the righteous,
And condemn innocent blood.
22 But the LORD has been my defense,
And my God the rock of my refuge.
23 He has brought on them their own iniquity,
And shall cut them off in their own wickedness;
The LORD our God shall cut them off.

Note to Nokia and AT&T

YOUR ADVERTISING AGENCY is wasting your money by tracking me and pushing ads for your phones on me. I already have the phone. We already use the service. It was a recent upgrade. I don’t need to be urged to get a new one. The ads will only serve to piss me off by reminding me how egregiously you’re invading my privacy and make me LESS likely to buy your products NEXT time.

This is BAD News?

BEING AS HOW we here at BTB consider employer-paid health coverage and the market distortions induced by the jiggering of the tax code for the encouragement of it to be an abominable perversion of free markets, we have trouble seeing this next as a BAD thing.

“As a result of the ACA, between 6 million and 7 million fewer people will have employment-based insurance coverage each year from 2016 through 2024 than would be the case in the absence of the ACA.” — The CBO

It’s A Dirty Damned Shame

THAT THE TECHNICAL ASPECTS of the Obamacare rollout have been so ineptly screwed up. It’s allowing Democrats and others to elide the central fact that the arrogant imposition of the program on the people is wrong in the first place and that fact alone ought to be dispositive.

A Joke

LOOK DOWN YOUR SHIRT and count to ten.


Really? Most people only have two.

Dolly, you do have a low sense of humor.

Really? I’m just the mailman.


You write ’em; I deliver ’em