Sunday, September 24, 2017

Adulterous Fidelity

My wife found out about the affair. She acts all hurt and confused and humiliated and everything. As if I did something wrong. As if I betrayed her. 

She doesn't get it. The other woman is a coeval (read: she's old as hell). Yeah, she's got a great rack. She's put the miles on, but you won't find much rust on that chassis! She's a battleaxe nonetheless. It's not as if I strayed to pursue a much younger woman. I'm no cad. Cads are interested in one thing and one thing only. 

My fling was different. Lust had something to do with it, sure. But there was so much more to it than that. 

I did it for the Greater Good. I did it for love. It's true. Greater love than this hath no man, that he lay down his marital vows--stomp on them, wipe his feet on them, thumb his nose at them--for his marriage. 

How does rocking the wild thing with a woman not your wife strengthen the marital bond? You may well ask. You may also thereby betray your half-baked morality tunnel. Homo sapiens has evolved. The species has emerged from the Dark Ages. Dogma now takes a backseat. The human drama is made of a richer fabric today.  

Any student of (court) history will tell you. Sometimes you have to violate your principles to advance your principles. That's the only way to advance your principles.  

What is taxation if not a violation of property to advance the institution of property? What is quantitative easing if not a perpetration of monetary fraud to advance a sound currency? What is war if not murder and mayhem to advance humanity and civility? 

The anti-principle runs up and down society. Take America's Greatest President. Abraham Lincoln censored newspapers, confiscated handguns, shelled New York to quell anti-draft riots, intercepted the mail, imprisoned dissidents, deported an U.S. Congressman from Ohio after he delivered an anti-war speech on the House floor, and sicced the U.S. Army on the Maryland State Legislature to bar it from voting on a secession resolution. 

Lincoln waged war on Southern civilians. He killed about 50,000 of them, a good portion of them slaves.  

Then came Give 'Em Hell Harry Truman? Did he ever. He nuked tens of thousands of innocent civilians to death. He did it to save lives. 

Strong marriages are the sine qua non of strong families Family is fundamental unit of society. Civilizations unravel without stable families. 

Finally, there's that whippersnapper Paul Ryan. (

Ryan actually voted to approve TARP, and explained in an interview with the Daily Caller in February 2010 that "we were on the cusp of a deflationary spiral which would have created a Depression," and that "if we would have [sic] allowed that to happen, I think we would have had a big government agenda sweeping through this country so fast that we wouldn't have recovered from it. So in order to prevent a Depression and a complete evisceration of the free market system we have, I think it was necessary. It wasn't a fun vote."

Gore Vidal on "Muh Artificial Borders!"

At a 1999 lecture in Dublin, Gore Vidal said:
"A characteristic of our present chaos is the dramatic migration of tribes.
"They are on the move from east to west, from south to north.
"Liberal tradition requires that borders must always be open to those in search of safety or even the pursuit of happiness.
"But now with so many millions of people on the move, even the great-hearted are becoming edgy.
"Norway is large enough and empty enough to take in 40 to 50 million homeless Bengalis.
"If the Norwegians say that, all in all, they would rather not take them in, is this to be considered racism? I think not. It is simply self-preservation, the first law of species."

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Radatz Wins and Loses the Same Game

Radatz, the starting pitcher for Toledo, is trying to keep the Aberdeen Pheasants at bay. It's the top of the seventh, Toledo's down 3-2, and Aberdeen has the bases loaded with one out. On a 1-2 pitch, Radatz gets Flood to bounce into an inning-ending double-play.

As the Mudhens come up to bat for their half of the seventh inning, the rains come. The umpires suspend the game. It's August 4th. The suspended game will become the front end of a twi-night doubleheader (remember those?) to be played on September 19th.

On Labor Day, Radatz gets traded to the Pheasants. That same day, in a game against the Lansing Lugnuts, Joe Sparma, the Pheasants' pitcher of record in the August 4th game against Toledo, tears his ACL sliding into second and is out for the season.

Aberdeen and Toledo resume play on September 19th. With Sparma out for the season, Aberdeen's skipper decides to pitch Radatz in relief against his old teammates for the bottom half of the seventh inning. Radatz gives up up a walk and a single. With one out and two men on base, Mudhen slugger Chris Cannizarro hits a home run, putting Toledo up by two. The inning ends with Aberdeen up 5-3.

Toledo's relief pitcher Navarro cruises through the eight and ninth innings. Toledo wins 5-3. The winning pitcher for Toledo is their starter, Dick Radatz. The losing pitcher for Aberdeen is their reliever, Dick Radatz.

I'm convinced there's a violation of The Great God Natural Rights somewhere in there. Rights knows I'll never find it.