Scribbled on Facebook the morning after – preserved for posterity in this noble newspaper
Some observations this morning:
1. #msmfail – I have been grimly amused by the freaking out of the main stream media – anyone who thinks they were unbiased in their coverage of this election is in denial.
As to their plaintive cry of “how did we miss this?” I urge them to look up and understand the idea of confirmation bias. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Confirmation_bias
2. Is there anything uglier and nastier and haughtier than a bigoted liberal?
3. Non-degreed white males are people too. The obsession with the coverage last night on the percent of non-degreed white males that voted for Trump was fascinating. It was like the media just discovered a new species. And the implication – only ignorant white people would vote for Trump, is elitist and dismissive.
4. In adventures in reaching for straws: several talking heads floated the idea that Hillary lost because ignorant white males were prejudiced against a woman president. Again I say: #msmfail and confirmation bias.
5. Lastly, both parties, wake up. The circumstances that resulted in this election result are the same circumstances responsible for the Tea Party movement.
Neither Republican nor Democrat understood the sensibilities that created the Tea Party movement, so they simply created a straw man and called it the Tea Party so that they could attack and destroy it. But, the simple reality is, there is no Tea Party, never was.
So what was this thing? The simple sense that “I don’t care what party you say you are affiliated with, your candidate doesn’t represent me, so I’m not voting for him or her.” Note – the Republican political machine did not select Donald Trump. To their befuddlement, their unruly populace selected Trump to run as a Republican. I am certain the predominant emotion from the political elite was, “The peasants are revolting.” And they meant that in every sense of the word.
And why do we have one in Carrollton?
By: Paddy Keyk
I don’t actually know why we have Santa Fe Days in Carrollton. Isn’t that like in New Mexico? And do any of the Native Americans in New Mexico have any connection to Carrollton, TX, Cradle of Civilization? Unlikely.
Regardless, the 11th Annual Santa Fe Days in the Park takes place this Saturday, March 14 and Sunday, March 15 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. The following information is courtesy of the City of Carrollton:
The growing event will be hosted in a new location at Carrollton’s own Sandy Lake Amusement Park (1800 Sandy Lake Road).
This American Indian arts and cultural event features unique, handmade American Indian jewelry, pottery, paintings, and other traditional crafts from more than 70 American Indian artists and craftsman. Performances by Plains Indian Dancers and Chickasaw Stomp Dance Shell Shakers are sure to entertain the crowds in addition to the demonstrations of finger weaving, flute playing, stickball, and pottery making. The indigenous grocery store will highlight the health benefits of blue corn, roots that heal, and reservation survival foods. Featured artists James and Doris Coriz are Santo Domingo Pueblo turquoise and silver jewelry makers trained in the art of traditional jewelry craftsmanship. Mr. & Mrs. Coriz will conduct workshops on how to identify natural turquoise from treated and imitation turquoise.
All are invited to attend for this enjoyable cultural event. Admission for all ages is just $2. For more information, visit santafedays.com.
Hey, it’s $2! Check it out!
All Things Puppycat
pUPPYCAT ASKS A QUESTION
By: THE PUPPYCAT KEEPER
(CARROLLTON, TX) –in bed, falling sleep- “Have you written any more on Moloch Rising or do you have writer’s block or something?” “No, I don’t have writer’s block. I want to finish the book I’m reading.” “Which book is it?” “Philosophy of Mind by Edward Feser.” “Didn’t he have some position at Ave Maria University?” “What? No.” “I thought he was part of that at one time or something.” “Oh, no, you are thinking of Fr. Fessio.” “Oh.”
Later that night “Do you know what I think of when I hear ‘Edward Feser’?” “No, what?” -short laugh- “I think of Edward Scissorhands.” “Oh.” “Edward Feserhands! -giggle snort- Hahahahahah.” *silence*
Inquisitive Puppycat “You don’t think that’s funny? I am cracking myself up.” “I’m trying to sleep.” -disappointment- “I thought it was funny. Don’t you?” “I’m asleep.” And then five minutes later the Puppycat Keeper says, “Edward Feserhands.” The Puppycat is silent for a moment, then the bed shakes a little and then, “Hahahahahahahahaha snort giggle.”
And an Udderance
By FRATER BOVIOUS
Hola. There are times that I wax nostalgic for The Global Exclaimer. I’ve been trying to understand if it makes any sense to write two blogs, especially since their content would inevitably overlap at some level.
But, I just really like the layout and look I created here, and sometimes if I want to write something that is not so overtly religious or Catholic themed, this may be the place to do so.
For example, I miss writing The Puppycat Page, an oddly well received page from the print edition. Also, Cigar Notes was popular.
If anyone reads this that used to read The Glob. Let me know your thoughts.
Posted in LIVING
BY Frater Bovious
CARROLLTON, Texas — Hi!
I’ve been pseudo blogging on a different site – a spin off from this one – it’s called The Spiritual Advocate. It has 10 whole posts up.
Not to be confused with Buddhist Theologian
By Frater Bovious
The Global Exclaimer, being an attempt at an online newspaper, has lain fallow for lo these many months. There are many reasons, not the least of which is starting a new job, and starting a Master’s course in theology.
I am now employed as the Director of HR for Nautilus Hyosung America, Inc., a maker and distributor of Automatic Teller Machines.
I am also enrolled at Ave Maria Universityin Ave Maria Florida and pursuing a
Tom Monaghan - The Early Years
Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.) degree through their Institute of Pastoral Theology. This is a Catholic University started by Tom Monaghan and so this is Catholic Theology. I state this up front for a couple of reasons:
- Many people used to follow this blog as a replacement for the late, lamented Print Edition of The Global Exclaimer – they may or may not be interested theology in general and Catholic theology in particular. So, they may want to un-join, un-friend, un-rss, or whatever. I would like to say I will write other articles which many had told me they enjoyed – particularly the Puppycat Page and the Cigar Notes. That may or may not happen.
- However, it might be worth hanging around for a two reasons –
- The Puppycat Page and Cigar Notes were – in my mind – at least philosophical in nature. And philosophy, classical Aristotelian philosophy that is, is a necessary precursor to faith. If people liked reading those sections, then, I can reasonably state that there is some interest in “things that matter” and this is because:
- Philosophy and Theology are interesting.
I have been asked to blog on a Catholic Blog called Joe Catholic, and am trying to decide if I should blog there and link here, or blog here and link there. I do know that I won’t have much time to do either – the course is intensive and requires copious reading and a fair amount of writing. And this semester the three classes will be fascinating, and it will be difficult for me to pull away from what I am doing to write. However, it always seems to help me to write as this seems to be when synthesis occurs.
But, again, this may be of little or no interest to any subscribed to this blog.
Constitution for Idiots #10
by Gary McCoy
Writer for the Global Exclaimer
I know, I know, you have all been waiting so patiently for me to finish up the Bill of Rights and I have been SEVERLY waning in my duties. Let’s pick up where we left off, shall we?
“The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.”
With all that has been going on with our debt crisis, growing government, and a general woe over the entire world at this point; it seems that the more laws that are passed the fewer rights we are afforded. Strange because this little amendment here seems to say that just because a right is spelled out in the Bill of Rights for the people does not mean that this is ALL the rights the person has. Hmmmmmmmm. Really. I think this bit of wisdom is overlooked way too easily.
Using this amendment as our guide, what would a world look like that did not have this wisdom entered in the Bill of Rights. Well for one a government (state or Federal) would be able to argue that since it was not spelled out in 1-8 then the Constitution obviously deems that the government has the right to censure the act of the individual. This of course would give government much more power than it already has, being that an argument for anything socially or technologically new would most likely fall outside the scope of the Constitution. It would also, therefore, negate the purpose of the Constitution’s Bill of Rights by limiting the effectiveness of the sovereignty of the individual.
This amendment has been argued for everything from stream diversions Barron v. Baltimore 1833 to Abortion Roe v.Wade 1973 . While you may not agree with the decisions in either case you do have to admit that just because the forefathers didn’t dream of these issues doesn’t mean that the government or judicial has the RIGHT to take away rights of EITHER party based solely on the fact that it is not enumerated.
Likewise we need to start evoking this under used and under appreciated amendment in our current political climate. We keep hearing the 14th the 14th out there as a reason why the gooberment has the right to do whatever it wants, well how about we argue back the 9th? This is a handy amendment in many cases. I would like to start seeing signs that say I plead the 9th for a while. We need to explain to our law makers that just because they can not find anything said about an issue doesn’t mean it is their job or duty to squash and kill the idea. It may just be our RIGHT after all!
Local Mikey Award hopes for visit from Stanley Cup
NEW YORK—In recognition of its tremendous leadership and community work, the Stanley Cup was honored Wednesday for its dedication to helping developmentally disabled trophies.
via Stanley Cup Lauded For Work With Developmentally Disabled Trophies | The Onion Sports Network.
The Mikey, pictured below, is coveted by all local bass fisherman in the Greater North Texas Region. Since the inception of this 10 round Bass Classic Trophy Contest, the winners have been:
- 2006 – Mike DeMars
- 2007 – Mike DeMars
- 2007 – Mike DeMars
- 2008 – Mike DeMars
- 2009 – Mike DeMars
- 2010 – Mike DeMars, Alan Vaughan*
The Coveted Mikey, desired by many, earned by only one, except for the debacle of 2010.
Mike explains his domination of this tournament as follows: “It’s my name. Mike DeMars is Mike of The Sea. Domination is inevitable.” Alan, the perennial Banana #2, was unavailable for comment.
*Controversy continues to hang like a Fukushima nuclear cloud over the award of 2010, which year the contest ended in a tie. Mike said it should simply state “No Winner.” Alan said “I want my name on the damn trophy!”
By Frater Bovious
Photo Courtesy of Gustav Worthinsson
Penguin believed to have escaped from Seaworld Japan during the tsunami apparently underwent adaptive mutation to better cope with hot reactor cooling water
Note the flattened heat dissipating body structure vs the heat retaining cylindrical structure common to non-irradiated cold water penguins
Written by Gary McCoy
Writer for The Global Exclaimer
With Weinergate in full view, I found myself pondering an interesting thought. In this day and age of technology and the virtual world more prevalent than ever, do the same socialistic stigmas of who is and is not promiscuous still apply?
What made me question this is the young lady that Anthony Weiner was “sexting”. She said in an interview that she had several different virtual lovers out there. She had never met any of them personally and had never actually had the act of sex with any of them. I heard one commentator call her a “lady of the evening” (the other bad word) and thought to myself, “SELF, is she really a S***? After all, the traditional view of the town whore is not new and usually reserved for someone who sleeps with others in lust rather than be in a committed relationship. Say a Hester Prynne.
Can you even have a relationship with someone in the virtual world rather than the physical world? We hear of people who have never met other than online and fall in love. So by that same string of theory, someone who has multiple “partners” online could be considered promiscuous.
Then I started thinking about all the people I know on different forums and blogs and how I would regard them as friends and I really don’t know anything about them other than a screen name. It is very strange that in many aspects we do not have to actually physically know a person to feel a bond to them. So if we can have relationships with others with no physical contact or visual point of reference would 2 consensual adults “sexting” be considered another form of a literal sex act?
As we progress with technology I think we are going to have to define what is and is not considered a relationship, cheating, love, lust, and a gambit of other feelings that we have in the physical world.