The driveway of The Manse was reconstructed during this past week, with the pavers coming in and removing the old broken up pavement, regrading the driveway to correct some drainage issues, and then laying down new asphalt. This will make two things much easier this coming winter – snowblowing, as it will no longer be throwing chunks of asphalt, and actually being able top make it up and down during the inclement winter weather.
One of my big pet peeves is the whole concept of virtue signaling. It is described thus:
Virtue signaling is the popular modern habit of indicating that one has virtue merely by expressing disgust or favor for certain political ideas, cultural happenings, or even the weather.It's also seen by way of where one shops, what one buys in the way of food or clothing, or by what causes one supports. Frankly, it is quite annoying and, in the end, quite stupid. I can cite a perfect example, one that I've used before.
In this case my good friend Farmer Andy posted a sign outside his business stating that he had “organically grown, solar dried” firewood for sale at a price of $275 a cord, and “regular' dried firewood at $225 a cord. He did it as a joke, figuring no one would take it seriously. Ironically, he sold more of the “organically grown, solar dried” firewood then he did of the his regular firewood. The joke?
Both types of firewood came from the same lot and same pile of wood. All of his firewood is “organically grown, solar dried”.
So what explains the sale of the higher priced firewood? Virtue signaling.
Those who bought the higher priced firewood would be able to claim that their firewood was better and therefore more virtuous because it was organically grown and solar dried. They paid an extra $50 a cord just so they could make that claim. Stupid, right?
And so it is with virtue signaling across the board.
The rising tide of black-on-white violence is being dutifully ignored by the MSM-DNC. Whether they believe, like the city leaders of some of the more violent cities like Chicago, Baltimore and a whole host of “Chocolate Cities around the country”, that “they are not going to arrest their way out this mess”, a horrible precedent is being set as those same cities leaders will talk and talk and talk about the problem until it goes away. When you have a DA in Chicago who has decided to 'decriminalize' things like carjacking, keeping her promise to “stop over-policing, halt mass incarceration, and begin an ew era of arresting fewer black people in Chicago,” you have to wonder if she's actually an attorney or a racial advocate who is willing to give people of one race a free pass when it comes to violence against whites.
If someone wanted to generate even more racial hatred between blacks and white, this DA is doing exactly the right things to promote it. Then she'll be surprised as the continuously rising violence escalates to the point where people of all races won't take it anymore and will take things into their own hands. I can guarantee that won't end well. A lot of people are likely to die and too many of them will be innocents caught in the proverbial crossfire. And then, of course, those very same members of the MSM-DNC will decry the violence and will wonder why no one is doing anything about it, choosing to ignore that is they who are the guilty party.
So what else is new?
Oh, this is going to work out well...NOT.
It appears that a stuffy old college in Oxford, England, specifically Magdalen College, has introduced mandatory classes on cultural appropriation.
Will this drive to balkanize nations and try to place cultures into stasis ever end? Do these idiots really understand what it is they're trying to do? The answer to both questions is a resounding “Hell, no!”
Cultural appropriation is in truth a false crisis. It is invented nonsense that has taken on all too much importance on college campuses.
As anyone with even a small understanding of history (with a dash of anthropology) knows, cultural appropriation is what helps cultures grow, to become stronger and more resilient. Trying to keep a culture pure, something that has been attempted again and again throughout history always fails. There are usually one of two outcomes: either the culture stagnates and dies, or they give up trying to remain pure and end up both importing and exporting cultural ideas, foods, art, music, and so on and thrive.
However none of that will stop these lamebrain idiots from trying to pigeonhole every single one of us and making sure that “we know our place”. And if we won't willingly bow to their beliefs, then they will make us do so by indoctrinating our kids and turning them into willing drones to carry on this silliness.
Unfortunately I must bring forth a bit of bad news, something that has affected the WP Clan, that being the sudden passing of one of the WP Nephews. While not exactly unforeseen, it is still shocking when it happens no matter how prepared one thinks they are.
And that's the news from Lake Winnipesaukee, where preparations for the coming winter continue, the last of the outdoor projects are being completed, and where almost everyone has a short workweek this week.