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Posted:Jan 6, 2023 11:50 am
Last Updated:Jan 20, 2023 10:20 am

Don Jr. is out c hawking their latest sleazy product.....

"The We The People Bible was designed with the patriot in mind and features a vertical reversed American flag design that represents a country in distress. Our bible is proudly made in the USA and has been designed with large print that delivers an easy reading experience to anyone looking to explore the tried-and-true King James (KJV) translation.

Every We The People Bible also includes easy-to-read copies of America’s founding documents including the United States Constitution, Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, and the Pledge of Allegiance."......

Trump.....over and over, when you think there is no lower, sleazier level they can aspire to......they find one......
Posted:Jan 1, 2023 2:39 pm
Last Updated:Jan 4, 2023 12:42 pm
NEW YEAR'S EVE 1999/2000.....
Posted:Dec 31, 2022 8:24 pm
Last Updated:Jan 1, 2023 9:51 am

I was just telling someone about that night.....Remember those conspiracy theories?.....Some people were terrified.....We had one friend in particular who was terrified and wouldn't stop talking about it.....Our were young and impressionable at the time and we finally confronted her and told her that she wasn't welcome in our home unless she stopped talking about Y2K........She didn't come over again until 2000.......I heard many people bringing it up with panic in their voices.....people were stocking up with supplies.....making plans for going into survival mode.......I avoided it all as much as possible, but I really wanted to dance to my favourite band on New Years Eve........

So that's where I was....on the dance floor in a crowd.....Almost midnight and the band started the countdown........I watched the crowd to see if there was any difference from other years, but I didn't detect anything out of the ordinary, except maybe a slightly longer hesitation at the strike of 12....a breath holding ....and then the band struck up again........I didn't hear anyone mention Y2K in the following days or weeks or months or years.......Probably the ones who were expecting disaster stayed home that night and were too embarrassed to bring it up again.....

The conspiracy theories of today lack the urgency of that one......
Montreal En Hiver.....
Posted:Dec 30, 2022 9:27 pm
Last Updated:Dec 31, 2022 7:58 pm
Paintings by Richard Savoie Peintre

Posted:Dec 27, 2022 9:12 pm
Last Updated:Dec 28, 2022 6:28 pm
Posted:Dec 27, 2022 8:15 pm
Last Updated:Dec 28, 2022 6:28 pm

Printing with Botanicals
Donna Harris · 4h ·
this is # 3 and as of now the last of the wool and cashmere poncho's that was mordanted with alum and copper, dye blanket was logwood and cochineal, border trim blanket was eupatorium, black wattle, and oak gall. I steamed this for 2 1/2 hours. the colors on this are just amazing to me. the porterweed has the softest blue green leaves.

Posted:Dec 27, 2022 6:06 pm
Last Updated:Jan 2, 2023 1:33 pm

..........I have answered this question numerous times on this site always asked by Republicans.......My answer usually involves the questioner's obvious lack of intellectual curiosity and/or imagination .........Or maybe just a chronic lack of self awareness.......It's odd though.....I mean, Americans are always demonstrating grotesque levels of braggadocio about their country.....stars and stripes on everything in sight.....believing that the Bald Eagle is an American bird.....that their country is the most powerful, has the most and best armed forces .......the biggest movie industry......which is true......The US does have the biggest and best equipped military......and the most lunatic politics.....a combination that draws the attention of the rest of the world........

"Your political system is designed to be entertaining. It's like a large game show that goes on for years. And the process highlights the lunatic elements. A candidate talked about the size of his penis in a nationally televised debate. That doesn't happen in other countries.

Your personalities are larger than life and just plain strange. The Republican Front-runner is nuts. The things he's proposing are positively insane and people are lapping it up. It's like the normal lunacy filters that the rest of us have aren't present in US politics. But even without him it's pretty nuts. Another republican seemed to believe that the pyramids were for grain storage. We love nutty stuff like that.

And finally when the lunacy ends and everything has settled down and the last vote has been counted, the person left standing is the leader of the free world and chooses our next war." The part in quotation marks is from a letter in Quora.....

Why wouldn't we pay attention?
Posted:Dec 25, 2022 8:21 pm
Last Updated:Dec 29, 2022 11:03 am
OH NO!!!
Posted:Dec 25, 2022 8:08 pm
Last Updated:Dec 28, 2022 8:57 pm
Posted:Dec 23, 2022 12:11 am
Last Updated:Dec 28, 2022 8:51 pm

This very long, but exquisite rant is written by my old friend Dale, who Ive known since high school.....and later we both worked at the Georgia Straight........He subsequently wrote a regular column for the Vancouver Sun until his recent retirement........

𝗧𝗛𝗘 𝗥𝗘𝗔𝗦𝗢𝗡 𝗙𝗢𝗥 𝗧𝗛𝗘 𝗦𝗘𝗔𝗦𝗢𝗡 … (my annual Yuletide rant). The days and weeks on either side of the Winter Solstice are chock full of different folks celebrating “the season” of rebirth and hope.
It’s Merry Christmas to you, Joyous Solstice to me, Happy Hanukah, and Happy Kwanzaa to others. I take no offence when you wish me a Merry Christmas, and I hope you take none when I wish you a Joyous Solstice. And how could either of us take offense when someone wishes us “Happy Holidays”? These days are holy to us all.
We have believed a shitload of ridiculous things over the years, some dangerous and some merely bizarre.
We have believed that if a woman is thrown into a millpond and drowns it proves she is innocent of witchcraft. We have believed that everything can be possessed for a price, even other people.
We have believed that the Emperor of Japan is the direct descendant of the goddess of the Sun and god of the Moon unless of course, we have believed that the sun is a god and the moon a goddess, which makes it difficult for us to understand Japanese mythology.
We have believed that gods and goddesses live in the trunks of trees and that the big boss god could be cajoled or appeased with the bleeding hearts of young virgins or bleating goats.
We have believed that a prophet once travelled between two cities on a miniature flying with the face of a woman and the tail of a peacock, that the creative intelligence of the cosmos spoke to a desert nomad from a burning shrub, and that sacred underwear protects believers from spiritual contamination and speeding bullets. We have believed that sprinkling water on infants if done correctly, can keep the baby from an eternity of suffering should he or she die prematurely.
Oh, the things we have believed!
And in believing each of those things, we have found something to make this time of year special to our particular school of magical thinking.
To create a unified (and marketable) cultural celebration we have modified and absorbed religious and cultural observances to fit an essentially pagan calendar. Hanukah is a minor Jewish celebration of resistance and has nothing to do with the Solstice. Kwanzaa references south-eastern African harvest celebrations, and Christmas, as far as being the birth of Christ, is misplaced by several months, probably to co-opt the Roman Saturnalia.
During this season of extreme expressions of both belief and disbelief, we are often chided to "remember the reason for the season" … usually by the proponents of a particular belief. You know who you are, you chiders!
But the reason for the season has neither more nor less to do with the birth of a baby boy to a refugee couple in a middle-eastern village more than 2,000 years ago than it has to do with any of the above beliefs or the religions that produced them.
The reason for the season, in the northern hemisphere where we live, is that at a calculable time on a knowable date (this year at (in the current case, about 1:50 a.m. today) the Sun will cease to slip away to the south, stand still for an immeasurable moment in the time-space continuum, and then begin its solar return.
The ground will thaw, the snows retreat, all will be moist and warm and green again. Crops will grow, and we will eat.
And that, my friends, is the reason for the season.
We celebrate this season because the Sun is about to reverse its southward travels and begin its return to its home in our summer skies. We may celebrate with different stories, but we are all celebrating the same thing … the renewal and continuation of life.
The true oldest profession is in fabricating stories to explain all this. What does it mean? What does it symbolize? How can we know that it will happen? How can we guarantee that it will?
My own family had a tradition, a couple thousand years ago, of lighting bonfires in the dead of winter. We did so because we had been told, by some very wise old guys, that to do so would bring back the sun.
Some members of my family were among the old wise guys (who included more old wise gals than historical accounts would have you believe) and they were revered for having the prophetic power to know all this. Or maybe they were just old enough to remember that this had happened before. Many times.
And so we lit our bonfires from Samhain to Beltane and, as promised, the sun returned.
And if these wiseacres could know all this for sure, what else might they know that could be useful and comforting, and what would they want in the way of a reward for this wonderful knowledge? A little extra roast fowl around the campfire, or a slightly more comfortable hut to spend the winter? Done.
And so the priestcraft was born.
We weren’t the only ones to have noticed this recurring celestial phenomenon. Soyal is the winter solstice celebration of the Hopi of northern Arizona when they welcome the kachinas, protective spirits from the mountains. The Persian festival Yalda is a celebration of the winter solstice in Iran that marks the last day of the Persian month of Azar and is traditionally the birthday of the sun god Mithra, who predates Christ by some 1,500 years.
Appropriation much?
And speaking of appropriation, a patriarchal appropriation by the Church is revealed by the concept of “Father Christmas", which was borrowed (to be kind about it) from the indigenous shamanic cultures of Siberia and the Nordic countries of Northern Norway, Finland (Lapland), and the Arctic Circle. Long before Santa and his flying steeds, it was the female reindeer who drew the sleigh of the sun goddess at the Winter Solstice. It was when the pagan traditions of winter were “Christianized” that “Father Christmas” was born.
It was never “Father Christmas” who brought gifts and the return of light at the Winter Solstice—it was “Mother Christmas,” the ancient Deer Mother of old. It was she who once flew through winter’s longest darkest night with the life-giving light of the sun in her horns.
And from the British Isles, Scandinavia, Russia, Siberia, across the land bridge of the Bering Strait, she was a revered spiritual figure associated with fertility, motherhood, regeneration and the rebirth of the sun (the theme of winter solstice).
In East Asian communities the Dongzhi Festival has roots in Taoism and the principle of Yin and Yang.
In following the various dictates of wise guys and gals of all cultures and traditions we have bound ourselves in Gordian knots of creeds, theologies, and fairytales that great numbers of us still don’t see as problematic.
We still give the professional prophets and soothsayers an honored place at the table, and a little something extra off the roast. And these days maybe a private jet. And their own special funny hats.
But the return of the sun doesn’t mean that the emperor of Japan is a god, or that Abraham’s voice in the desert wasn’t a mushroom hallucination, or that the hidden Imam is only a heartbeat away. It just means that things will grow green again and we will eat and that we will continue to do so as long as the earth circles the sun, and we survive as a species.
So wish me “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Hanukkah” or “Joyous Kwanzaa” and I will either respond in kind or enjoin you to “Have a good Solstice.”
But no matter what your own wise guys (or gals) tell you, please remember the real reason for the season, according to this wise guy.
We shall eat.

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