In Pursuit Of The Elegant Sentence

Consider substituting sensible for the word understand or in the past tense understood.

Alice understood the dangers involved in dating Ralph

Alice was sensible to the dangers involved in dating Ralph

In the latter case the word sensible offers more texture.  A greater dimension.  Doesn’t always work but when it does it does.  Sensible also offers the ability to reverse the meaning more gracefully i.e.; insensible rather that didn’t understand.  Note: you should be sensible to the fact that you can’t write didn’t understood.

Saying Merry Christmas Is Bad?

Saying “Merry Christmas” is magic?  Bad magic?  Thanks to JihadWatch  here’s Muslim cleric saying it is worse than alcohol, fornication and murder.  (you may have to cut and paste)

It must be the word Christ in Christmas I guess.  Like water dashed on a witch, “oh it burns, it burns…”  Remember A & E tried to ban the Robertsons from saying the word “Jesus” in their grace before meals.

Same idea.

Einstein’s Definition Of Insanity

If the Obamacare implementation prove anything is the Liberals once again fit Einstein’s definition of insanity: “doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results” when they pass legislation and expect people to modify their behavior in the manner decreed.  Which a big chunk won’t ever do and among many of those who will, they’ll modify their behavior only in the manner best suited to their individual needs, not  necessarily in the way Washington told them to.  Indeed many people, perhaps even a majority will wind up modifying their behavior in ways completely unforeseen by the Master-minds inside the Beltway.



In Pursuit Of The Elegant Sentence

If my aunt was always helpful to me

You might express the thought this way –

My Aunt was helpful to me, always

You’ve moved the adverb and expressed yourself more elegantly.  The sentence reads better too.  Try it on a sentence near you, you can’t always, but often you may.


Flash From A & E There Is No Flash Or Something

A & E has released a statement or apparently released a statement, I dunno because they don’t send these things to me like they’re supposed to, that they never had any intention of firing Phil Robertson. So I guess that flap’s over and Phil won although just as a matter or personal icky-ness, (or is it just me?), he should have avoided that vagina-anus business.

Almost Christmas

Dad Publicity 2012Well regardless of what the calendar says this is winter.  Single digits, ground frozen solid, 2 feet of snow down.  It’s supposed to go to 60 degrees tomorrow so I guess it will all turn to slop but for now the Ice Queen reigns.  The fireplace has been cooking away for a couple of weeks now and the wood, we stored four cords, we thought we’d consume in late January  we’re into now.  So much for the Miniter family energy policy.  The grandchildren love the fire, they troop in, shed coats and flop down on the floor in front of the fireplace where they struggle with the dog for the best spot.  He knows all their little tricks though and pays dead, all one hundred four pounds of Golden Retriever who’s been wrestling, racing, swimming, ball chasing and skirmishing with these exact same kids ever since he came to us as a bouncing ten pound ball of  exuberant white fur and blacker than black little nose, nine years ago.  Which I guess in dog years is starting to make him an old man. But I don’t want to think about that.   The children have wonderful parents and absolutely top drawer grandparents if I say so myself, but that dog’s happily done a big chunk of the job of raising those kids into the loving, caring, hell-raising and handsome young people they are and so he’s entitled to a good spot in front.  And they know it and don’t push him far at all, just enough to get in there and lay their head on his shoulder.  Then they get their place and the dog opens his eyes and craning his neck counts heads.  “Are we all here?  Good, then let’s take a nap” he drops his head and groans happily, the kids sigh and I scrunch back in my comfortable chair and close my eyes.

Merry Christmas.

Old Man Robertson

In headlines on Drudge  Old Man Robertson Of Duck Dynasty is being accused of an “Anti-Gay Rant” and has been subject to suspension by The A & E network.  The truth is he spoke calmly, expressing his love for his fellow man but quoted Corinthians -see below.  As a Christian this is what he believes and I believe.  But you are immediately subject to scorn and financial, social retribution in this country when you say openly in whatever public forum what you believe in this regard.   You can’t say it at a cocktail party, a public park, close to an open window in your home, anywhere that is where you might be overheard.

Well I have two words for those who would seek to control free speech in that manner and it’s not Happy Birthday.  There is a first amendment still.  There is also Proclaim Liberty Throughout The Land And To All The Inhabitants Thereof.

9-10 Don’t you know that those doing such things have no share in the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who live immoral lives, who are idol worshipers, adulterers or homosexuals—will have no share in his Kingdom. Neither will thieves or greedy people, drunkards, slanderers, or robbers.

Book List

I added a page listing books I recommend for your child.  It’s a big project and will do my best to stay with itI’ve read each and every one and usually provide a short commentary of explaining what the book will accomplish.  I’ve tried to stay adventuresome and I pay absolutely no attention to the modern idea of “relevance.”  Childhood is a time for stretching both emotionally and morally.  The life of a Zulu in Africa may not be of any relevance at all in your child’s day-to-day life but becoming one for the length of the book is a lot of fun and your child will absorb certain lessons he can apply in his or her own life.

2nd Quote Of The Day

Thomas Lifson  –  Maybe the Democrats should start highlighting the risks of identity fraud in the unprotected Obamacare websites where security was an afterthought. For those thrill-seekers out there, the suspense of waiting for the Russian mob to empty their bank accounts might provide a bit of adrenalin rush.

Of course, the problem with this approach is that with Obamacare there is no upside.

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Quote Of The Day

Obama brings out comedy even in dour Russians like Vladimir Putin, who supposedly said that “Negotiating with Obama is like playing chess with a pigeon. The pigeon knocks over all the pieces, shits on the board and then struts around like it won the game.”