Ted Cruz Explains Why He Didn’t Endorse Donald Trump | Caffeinated Thoughts

“What does it say, when you stand up and say ‘vote your conscience’ and rabid supporters of our nominee begin screaming ‘what a horrible thing to say!’ If we can’t make the case to the American people that voting for our parties nominee is consistent with voting your conscience, is consistent with defending freedom and being faithful to the Constitution then we are not going to win and we don’t deserve to win,”

Source: Ted Cruz Explains Why He Didn’t Endorse Donald Trump | Caffeinated Thoughts


I Choose Ted | National Review

He called Ted Cruz a liar every day and in every way for months (it used to be considered a breach in decorum to straight up call an opponent a liar, never mind use it as a nickname). The insults against his wife, the cavalier birtherism, the disgusting JFK assassination theories about his Dad: These things are known. And yet the big conversation of the day is Ted Cruz’s un-sportsmanlike behavior? For real? But forget Cruz for a moment. For over a year, Trump has degraded politics in some of the most vile ways. His respect for the Republican Party as the home of conservatism is on par with Napoleon’s respect for churches when he converted them into stables.

But that’s okay because he’s Trump. He’s a “winner.” And now that he’s the nominee, the Smart Set and the Mob is telling me that Cruz is the outrageous violator of norms and good manners. Let’s all look down our noses at the sore loser everybody, as we bend the knee and make every apology possible for the sorest, most ungracious, winner in American history.

Source: I Choose Ted | National Review

I can’t listen to speeches, so I didn’t listen to it live.

I did listen to multiple radio shows… and news segments…. and they all had a strange thing in common.

They all claimed Cruz was booed off stage, while playing really obvious cheering.  I’ll believe there were some people booing, since the New York delegation had a their little chant going earlier– but that was not what comes to mind when I hear “booed off stage.”

LILEKS (James) :: The Bleat 2016

… and it was my first look at French urban grocery stores. Snap judgment: You can stop your whole “Americans are uncultured and don’t know food” routine right here. The quality of everything, the presentation of everything, the conditions of the store and the shelves and the general feel of the place was Venezuelan-market compared to the grocery stores in downtown Minneapolis. I’m not saying we are a Better People because we have more choices in the snack-cracker genre, but I’ve never seen a grocery store in urban Europe to match the lousiest Food Lion in the states.

No, amend that: my wife and I agreed that the Monop’ reminded us of DC, with its jumbled shelves and pervasive aroma of curdled milk. Although maybe that’s a delicacy here.

Source: LILEKS (James) :: The Bleat 2016

Go, read.

The Imprisoned Queen of England | Aliens in This World

Morganatic marriage, aka “left hand marriage,” was part of ancient Frankish law but went against Church and international law. It was a form of marriage between two people of unequal status, signified by the giving of a “morning gift” after the consummation of the “marriage.” No dowry or brideprice was given, and the families of the people involved did not get into negotiating a marriage contract. A morganatic marriage could be ended unilaterally at any time. (And they often were, if a lord got a full marriage prospect that paid off better.) But it was still one step above being a mistress, and there was only supposed to be one morganatic marriage at a time. But since they were enacted in private and not in church, morganatic marriages could potentially make morganatic bigamy pretty easy.

Source: The Imprisoned Queen of England | Aliens in This World


This sounds really, really familiar.  Some of the ugliest “breakups” I know of have been years– decade plus– modern day versions of this, although all the cases I can think of, the woman left.

More details, including what they turned into later, at the link.

The Myth of Soulless Women by Michael Nolan | Articles | First Things

The story begins, innocently enough, in the late sixteenth century. A young scholar, Valentius Acidalius, was working as a teacher in Silesia, and, like many young scholars, he was short of money. He thought to turn an honest penny by publishing a “diverting” pamphlet. In Latin the word homo, like the word man in English, primarily means “a human being, male or female, young or old,” but has the secondary meaning of “adult male.” Valentius thought it would be fun to use this ambiguity to “show” that in the Bible only adult males have souls. If he thought the pamphlet would amuse, he was grievously wrong. Simon Geddicus, a Lutheran scholar, launched a mighty counter-pamphlet entitled A Defense of the Female Sex, in which he proposed “manfully” (he actually uses the word viriliter) to “destroy each and every one of the arguments put forward by Valentius,” who, the reader will learn with regret or satisfaction as the case may be, took a seizure and died.

Source: The Myth of Soulless Women by Michael Nolan | Articles | First Things

Much more, and I found it enjoyable light reading.

American Gun-Rights Movement: A History Lesson | National Review

The arc of violent crime in the U.S. was no mere “uptick.” Crime rates surged. In 1960 there were just over 9,000 murders and 17,000 rapes in the entire United States. By 1977 — the time of the NRA coup — those numbers had surged to almost 19,000 and 57,000, respectively. Adjusting for population growth, the murder rate had almost doubled, and the rape rate had more than tripled. The overall violent crime rate tripled, and it kept going up, peaking at almost five times the 1960 rate:

Source: American Gun-Rights Movement: A History Lesson | National Review

That would kinda change things, yeah.

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