About relics(.http://booksbikesboomsticks.blogspot.com/2017/12/relics.html?m=1) Brick and mortar stores. I had a particular gift in mind but I needed to see it for real rather than online. So I set off to outlets and malls. Only to find that once nice collections are now reduced to a couple of this and that. It's a death spiral - people order online so not as much is bought at a store. So they stop stocking. But if they don't stock it you can no longer buy at a brick and morter store because they don't have it. But the store is declining because you can't buy stuff there. Because they don't stock it because it's bought online.
The good news - the doc feels she cleanly whacked the tumor out. The bad news was that tests dropped my sister right in the middle for probability of the cancer returning. So she opted for prophylactic chemo. It's not been fun, to put it mildly. In addition to bone ache, nausea, and baldness, she is covered with a miserable, itchy rash. Two more treatments to go.
There's a lot of big names going down. And a whole lot of guys whose names I don't know. I cut the cable years ago. I recognize Lauer and a couple others, but the rest are strangers.
But I can't help but notice. We basically volunteer to pay the salaries of Hollywood/media folks when we buy their "products" - watch the shows, go to the movies. If we don't want them to have our money we simply don't play. And It's a bloodbath right now as Hollywood/the media tries to protect their bottom line and celebrity after celebrity loses their jobs due to accusations of sexual impropriety.
At the same time, it has come out that various members of Congress have used our tax dollars to pay off women who have made the same sorts of accusations that have cost the Hollywood and media elite their jobs. And those members of Congress who have been accused and paid out that money - OUR money - are just toddling on, "unfired" so to speak. We aren't even allowed to know who used our money to cover their tracks.
We didn't agree to our money being used for this. They just stole it. Odd, isn't it, that right now Hollywood is showing more integrity than Congress is?
"Responsible men can become more deeply convinced of the truth of the doctrine laid down by the Church on this issue if they reflect on the consequences of methods and plans for artificial birth control. Let them first consider how easily this course of action could open wide the way for marital infidelity and a general lowering of moral standards. Not much experience is needed to be fully aware of human weakness and to understand that human beings—and especially the young, who are so exposed to temptation—need incentives to keep the moral law, and it is an evil thing to make it easy for them to break that law. Another effect that gives cause for alarm is that a man who grows accustomed to the use of contraceptive methods may forget the reverence due to a woman, and, disregarding her physical and emotional equilibrium, reduce her to being a mere instrument for the satisfaction of his own desires, no longer considering her as his partner whom he should surround with care and affection." Humanae Vitae, Pope Paul VI.
The encyclical was rejected, reviled, held in contempt, as was even so simple a thing as Mike Pence's refusal to be alone with any woman but his wife. The encyclical has proved prophetic. And Pence, at least, will be safe from the growing hysteria.
I pity the assaulted children and it's a good thing I'm not the parent of one of them. Too bad liberals haven't been as concerned with the gay rights "leaders" of San Francisco who have been nailed for child pornography in recent years. I pity the young people who looked up to others who were no more than predators. But I'm all out of sympathy for squalling liberal women. They played the "sex as sport" game. The actresses in particular played it on the screen and lived it in their lives. They promoted it. Liberal women danced down the streets of DC in p hats and vagina suits, demanding "choice" and contraceptives and abortions paid for by me, and their p-whipped men danced with them. Well, too bad if some men want to play the sport differently. Too bad if their choices are different from yours - you demanded choice, they LIVE choice. Women are as complicit in this as men are. They BOTH have rejected reverance. They BOTH have rejected honor. The wind has been sowed, now the whirlwind will be reaped.
Screaming animal - sounds like a cat. It had fallen in the water. I couldn't get to it in time. The water is already very cold. I couldn't get to it in time.
It actually looks like a small dog, but it's dark and I can only see it from behind. It's got a collar on.
I don't know which was worse - the screaming or the silence after.
Excuse me while I decide if I'm going to vomit, cry hysterically, or both.