WINTER GRIPES

February 18th, 2018

Feb, 26, 2018

I can’t help noticing that Climate Change activists who used to rejoice at every tornado, hurricane, flood, and fire have been strangely quiet this past cold winter with tons of new snow and ice watching.

I hasten to admit anecdotes like this are not solid evidence but tell that to Climate Change advocates and you will get a very cold stare. Climate Change is a modern faith certified by the left-liberal clergy and no purely rational argument can shake it.

For instance the committed will admit the predictions of the vaunted Paris accord where oodles of nations made vague promises to cut their carbon output even if carried out (which would itself be a minor miracle) would only reduce world average world temperatures a tiny fraction of a degree Centigrade by the end of the 21st century. The PC clergy still thinks it is worth crippling our fossil fuel energy companies, spending billions on solar panels and windmills, and sacrificing trillions of dollars of wealth today for that minuscule drop in world temperature a hundred of years hence. Talk about blind faith!

Or how about the abysmal batting average for predictions many scientists have made. Like John Holdren, science advisor to Barack Obama and physicist expert, who predicted we would run out of oil and other essential resources before the 20th century ended. And Paul Ehrlich, leading environmentalist of Stanford who predicted literally millions of Americans would die of starvation due to overpopulation before the century ended! (To this day he hasn’t backed down, only postponed the catastrophe a hundred years or so.)

Hey are leaders today of the overwhelming majority of scientists who are predicting global warming will destroy our civilization, some claim our species will be extinct! And then there is Maxine Waters, the congresswoman from California, as well as many other Democratic senators and representatives who believe the worst of these predictions as well as a whole lot of other economic nonsense!

As our president would say, “sad.”

That’s much too mild a term to describe the massacre at a South Florida High School last week. Before the leftist clergy sharpen their gun control knives I want to go on record praising the president for his wise and common sense views.

Ia also want to officially close out most Hawkhill operations. I’m just getting too old. We don’t get many orders these days. Amazon can handle a few orders, and Youtube already has many of our best programs that you can stream gratis.

Bill Stonebarger, Owner/ President. Hawkhill

P.S. For the curious looking for gift for people have everything but who cares about ideas, devout Catholic to left-liberal clergy to conservative libertarian. I suggest you buy, give, and read yourself one of my recent books (cheap and, in my opinion, good reads!)—Twilight or Dawn? A Traveler’s Guide to Free-Market Liberal Democracy, East Gilman Street, or Bill’s Blogs. Or view some splendid ideas on science, religion, capitalism, and democracy streamed free on YouTube.

Heroes

February 11th, 2018

Feb. 12, 2018

Warriors have won most of the medals for heroic actions to kill enemy people or save patriots lives. This was true in the past and is still true today.

No wonder! In Hunting /Gathering days (100,000 years or more) tribes were dependent on their brave and fierce warriors for survival against other tribes and nature. In the agricultural times (at least 10,000 years) the heroes were still warrior leaders like Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, Charlemagne, Mohammed, Genghis Kahn, Vladimir Lenin, and Adolph Hitler in founding imperialist empires, go on to demand popular applause and worship for their leadership in imperialist conquests.

Note I did not include Jesus, the founder of Christianity, in that list of warrior heroes (even though his followers have had pretty bloody followers in both the Agricultural and Modern Ages.) Jesus was ahead of his time. His peace-loving views led, eventually, to the Modern Age. Atheists like Adolph Hitler, Vladimir Lenin, Mao Zedong, Pol Pot, Hugo Chávez, and Fidel Castro have also succeeded, spectacularly, in achieving great popularity for their leadership in violent Marxist socialism.

I did not add Jesus because he was a transitional figure to the Modern Age when he is reported as saying in the Bible,  “Give back to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”

In other words, keep religion and state separate. And Western states have done so typically. The exceptions are a few fascist and socialist countries. Most Western countries are firmly now in the Modern Age.

In President Trump’s State of the Union speech he did give major praise to some warrior heroes but also honored more humble people: victims, welders, hikers, US Flag distributer boys, and many lesser folk.

My hope in this blog is to add a few local heroes.

For instance Our hair cutter, Joe Bonardi. He is not only is good hair cutter for Jane and me, unlike most doctors today, he makes house calls. In addition to his professional paid profession, he is also the volunteer chief cook an bottle washer at the Period Garden Park, a charming small park near our house. He, along with other volunteers, worked hard and long to assemble a collection of exotic trees, flowers, and a stunningly beautiful old fountain in downtown Madison. Free to all courtesy of Joe’s work and purse. Joe is a hero in my book.

So is atheist activist Annie Gaylor, president of the Freedom from Religion Foundation. Some people in the city and country look on Annie as the devil. I admire atheist Annie and her work. It must be very unpleasant, to say the least, to have so many neighbors who hate you as Lucifer, the devil himself. But Annie does get some satisfaction when the Supreme Court of the country upholds one of your legal cases against too public display of religious faiths. As has happened often in recent years.

I should also mention personal friends and relatives in the hero blog. All of Jane’s and my most of our children, my sisters and families, and I myself when I was a poorly paid  taacher, qualify. Some paid helpers of the VA and Senior Helpers also qualify as heroes due to their recent care that was above and beyond the normal. As for our children, we took care of them as children, they are now more than returning the favor.

Then there is the case of personal friends and blog readers, Donna Peckett and Danielle Dresden, and other democratic socialists I have mixed feelings. In addition to friendly times I know that Donna and partner Danielle Donna have devote scads of time to personally create community gardens, teach poor kids and adults the rudiments of arts and theater, and brighten old and handicapped people’s lives by visiting, performing, and bringing tasty food from Donna’s gardens, her own kitchen, and local restaurants. Please stand and take a bow, Donna and Danielle. You’ve done a lot of heroic work and you are not quitters.

Which brings me face to face with an interesting dilemma for me.

I’m not totally sure but my guess is that Donna and Danielle, the majority of our children, grandchildren, and many old friends, and truth be told probably the majority of readers of this blog, are actually members of what I have been calling the left-liberal clergy. But most still read my blogs even though they often disagree about details of the left-liberal point of view.

Reminds of a UK great socialist friend, Piers McBride, who regularly emails me, “Let me just tell you, with the lunatic in the White House you Bill are ringing your bells but before long you, along with the rest of us, will be wringing your hands. It is beyond me that a man of your intellect can offer support to this total twerp.”

I don’t want get too personal, but I treasure (any writer would) how he ended one email,

“I beg to differ with you but Bill you are still my favourite writer.”

Alas, I hate to say it but most of our own children, and most of our old friends and heroes, add me, myself and I, and regular readers of this blog continue to stubbornly support big government dependency and all social spending causes that will  lead to the ruin of this country if not the Modern Age itself.

A French fellow traveler said in a moving and fit reply to by a large margin the major tragedy of our Age, which the leftist clergy continues to ignore (the humiliating and complete , for instance , for instance , the failure of Marxist socialism in Russia and China).

As one once French fellow traveler said, ”We thought we had The Answer (democratic socialism) but it turned out all we really had was theory, ashes and corpses.”

Bill Stonebarger, Owner/ President. Hawkhill

P.S. For the curious looking for gift for people have everything but who cares about ideas, devout Catholic to left-liberal clergy to conservative libertarian. I suggest you buy, give, and read yourself one of my recent books (cheap and, in my opinion, good reads!)—Twilight or Dawn? A Traveler’s Guide to Free-Market Liberal Democracy, East Gilman Street, or Bill’s Blogs. Or view some splendid ideas on science, religion, capitalism, and democracy streamed free on YouTube.

Heroes

February 11th, 2018

Feb, 12, 2018

Warriors have won most of the medals for heroic actions to kill enemy people or save patriot lives. This was true in the past and is still true today.

No woomder! In Hunting /Gathering days (100,000 years or more) tribes were dependent on their brave and fierce warriors for survival against other tribes and nature.

In the agricultural times (at least 10,000 years) the heroes were still warrior leaders like Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, Charlemagne, Mohammed, Genghis Kahn, Vladimir Lenin, and Adolph Hitler. They each founded imperialist empires, got on demand popular applause and worship for their leadership in imperialist conquests.

Note I did not include Jesus, the founder of Christianity, in that list of warrior heroes (even though his followers have had a pretty bloody followers in both the Agricultural and Modern Ages.) Jesus was ahead of his time. His peace-loving views led, eventually, to the Modern Age. Atheists like Adolph Hitler, Vladimir Lenin, Mao Zedong, Pol Pot, Hugo Chávez, and Fidel Castro have also  succeeded, spectacularly, in achieving great popularity for their leadership in violent Marxist socialism.

I did not add Jesus because he was a transitional figure to the Modern Age when he is reported as saying in the Bible,  “Give back to Caesar. the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” In other words keep religion and state separate. And Western states have done so typically. The exceptions are a few fascist and socialist countries. Most Western countries are firmly now in the Modern Age.

In President Trump’s State of the Union speech he did give major praise to some warrior heroes, but he also honored more humble people: victims, welders, hikers, US Flag distributer boys, and many lesser folk.

My hope in this blog is to add a few local heroes.

For instance our hair cutter, Joe Bonardi. He is not only is good hair cutter for Jane and me, unlike most doctors today, he makes house calls. In addition to his professional paid work, he is also volunteer chief cook an bottle washer at the Period Garden Park, a charming small park near our house. He, along with other volunteers, worked hard and long to assemble a collection of exotic trees, flowers, and a stunningly beautiful old fountain in downtown Madison. Free to all courtesy of Joe’s work and purse. Joe is a hero in my book.

So is atheist activist Annie Gaylor, president of the Freedom from ,,. Some people in the city and country look on Annie as Lucifer herself..  I admire atheist Annie and her work. It must be very unpleasant to say the least to have so many neighbors who hate you. But Annie does get some satisfaction when the Supreme Court of the country upholds one of your legal cases against too public display of religious faiths. As has happened often in recent years.

I should also mention personal friends and relatives in the hero blog. All of Jane’s and my most of our children, my sisters and families, and I myself when I was a poorly paid  taacher, qualify. Some paid helpers of the VA and Senior Helpers also qualify as heroes due to their recent care that was above and beyond the normal. As for our children, we took care of them as children, they are now more than returning the favor.

Then there is the case of personal friends and blog readers, Donna Peckett and Danielle Dresden, and other democratic socialists I have mixed feelings. In addition to friendly times I know that Donna and partner Danielle Donna have devote scads of time to personally create community gardens, teach poor kids and adults the rudiments of arts and theater, and brighten old and handicapped people’s lives by visiting, performing, and bringing tasty food from Donna’s gardens, her own kitchen, and local restaurants. Please stand and take a bow, Donna and Danielle. You’ve done a lot of heroic work and you are not quitters.

Which brings me face to face with an interesting dilemma for me.

I’m not totally sure but my guess is that Donna and Danielle, the majority of our children, grandchildren, and old friends, and truth be told probably the majority of readers of this blog, are actually members of what I have been calling the left-liberal clergy. But most still read my blogs even though they often disagree about details of the left-liberal point of view.

Reminds of a UK great socialist friend who regularly emails me, “Let me just tell you, with the lunatic in the White House you Bill are ringing your bells but before long you, along with the rest of us, will be wringing your hands. It is beyond me that a man of your intellect can offer support to this total twerp.”

I don’t want get too personal, but I treasure (any writer would) how he ended one email,

“I beg to differ with you but Bill you are still my favourite writer.”

Alas, I hate to say it but most of our own children, and most of our old friends and heroes, add me, myself and I, and regular readers of this blog continue to stubbornly support big government dependency and all social spending causes that will  lead to the ruin of this country if not the Modern Age itself.

A French fellow traveler said in a moving and fit reply to–by a large margin–the major tragedy of our Age, which the leftist clergy continues to ignore (the humiliating and complete, for instance , for instance , the failure of Marxist socialism in Russia and China).

As one once French fellow traveler said, ”We thought we had The Answer (democratic socialism) but it turned out all we really had was cold theory, ashes and corpses.”

Bill Stonebarger, Owner/ President. Hawkhill

P.S. For the curious looking for gift for people have everything but who cares about ideas, devout Catholic to left-liberal clergy to conservative libertarian. I suggest you buy, give, and read yourself one of my recent books (cheap and, in my opinion, good reads!)—Twilight or Dawn? A Traveler’s Guide to Free-Market Liberal Democracy, East Gilman Street, or Bill’s Blogs. Or view some splendid ideas on science, religion, capitalism, and democracy streamed free on YouTube.

sorry tehnical glitches

February 4th, 2018

i don’t have much proplem with content but technical glitches are giving me gritchesare giving me fits.

Sorry but maybe I will solve by next week.

Bill

Fiction or non-fiction?

January 28th, 2018

Jan, 29, 2018

Jane and I hsve a marital problem. She prefers fiction, like M*A*S*H or Seinfeld reruns or old TV movies, and I prefer news and sports. We usually bow to her wishes and stream some fiction shows from Netflix or Amazon after supper.  In what amounts to a fair exchange I get to watch Fox News, with her and a gin or whiskey cocktail, before supper. As for sports I can often convince Jane that the Bay Packers (she is a big fan of Aaron Rodgers), UW football or basketball, the Milwaukee Brewers, or the Bucks would provide an interesting evening.

These conflicts are common and instructive.

Aa for popular appeal the prize goes overwhelmingly goes to fiction. Booksellers as well as literary judges routinely give fiction writers best selling priority and Nobel prizes. Ayn Rand, whatever  you think of her ideas, got her fame and many readers and fans from (in my opinion) grossly inferior novels like The Foutainhead and Atlas Shrugged rather than her heavier philosophy books. Miss Otis Regrets has been sung far more times than have watched the OJ Simpson or the Jean Harris trials. A famous director of both fictional stories and documentaries said he prefers fiction, even science fiction, because it is closer to reality! I must admit he is right ninety percent of the time.

On the other hand non-fiction appeals to a little more sophisticated tastes, and more learning!  How can you enjoy or understand the evening news about new trade rules or immigration or welfare policies if you don’t know anything about Adam Smith or Karl Marx, socialidm, and capitalism, or even what continent Shenzhen, Venezuela, and Libya are on. Even worse from my point of view if you don’t understand how or why the Hunting/Gathering and Agricultural Age memes and genes relate to modern problems. Lots of liberal Clergy, especially, (OK, lots conservatives too) are in that camp, Or you don’t even know what I’m talking about here. Sad to say, many regular readers don’t.

If you fall into that last group I do have a suggestion–see the P.S. below.

If  sports and puzzles  appeal or are your specialty, I can’t help much. Good luck to you and your teams and happy times with your crosswords, Sudocus, and other puzzles.

Bill Stonebarger, Owner/President, Hawkhill

P.S. For the curious looking for gift for people have everything but who do care about ideas, devout Catholic to left-liberal clergy to conservative libertarian. I suggest you buy, give, and read yourself one of my recent books (cheap and, in my opinion, good reads. Sorry, I don’t have any fiction!)—Twilight or Dawn? A Traveler’s Guide to Free-Market Liberal Democracy, East Gilman Street, or Bill’s Blogs. Or view some good ideas on science, religion, capitalism., and society streamed free on YouTube.