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About leeduigon

I have lived in Metuchen, NJ, all my life. I have been married to my wife Patricia since 1977. I am a former newspaper editor and reporter. I was also the owner-operator of my own small business for several years. I wrote various novels and short stories published during 1980s and 1990s. I am a long-time student of judo and Japanese swordsmanship (kenjutsu). I also play chess, basketball, and military and sports simulations.

Bonus Hymn, ‘Heaven’s Joy Awaits’

Erlene requested this yesterday, and it’s just perfect today for the good mood I’m in–Heaven’s Joy Awaits, sung a capella by the Gaither Vocal Band. And is that a kazoo in the background, in the introduction? Very creative!


Doctor’s Verdict: I’m OK

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Thank you, everybody, for your prayers: God must have heard them, because the doctor told me this morning that I’m doing very well–nothing wrong with me that some fish oil capsules won’t cure. That’s for lowering my cholesterol, and I can live with that. Everything else, he said, is just my body aging.

Meanwhile, I would much appreciate it if you’d all continue to pray for my wife. We are two wheels united by the axle of our marriage, and if one can’t turn, neither can the other. You should’ve seen the work she did, preparing our taxes–and without the fatzing instruction booklet, which did not become available to us until yesterday, literally just an hour or two after she’d finished her colossal amount of work. Patty always sticks with a task until she’s done it: an inspiration to me.


‘No More ‘Smores’ (2015)

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I love Melania Trump because she never bothers us. Most of the First Ladies in my time have been pests. The last one was the worst. Well, no, check that–Mrs. Clinton was the worst. But the other was certainly the runner-up. Like for instance:

https://leeduigon.com/2015/05/31/no-more-smores/

Mrs. Obama’s good old-fashioned ‘smores! Minus chocolate, minus marshmallows. Take that, you peasants!


‘What a Friend We Have in Jesus’ (Doc Watson)

Yes, I know I’ve posted this before. Indulge me; I’m supposed to be at the doctor’s office while you’re hearing this, and if I don’t fumble the procedure, it’s Wednesday morning.

What a Friend We Have in Jesus–by Doc Watson, who must have played this hymn a thousand times up to this point, and still plays it like he means it with every fiber of his being. I whistle this one when I need it. Which is often.


Cozy Kittens: Payback Time

Please excuse the headline. I was only trying to make it punchier.

In certain bait shops they’ll sell you a little brown paper bag full of live fiddler crabs. What they don’t sell you is instructions on how to handle them. The crabs are in constant motion (who can blame them?), trying to escape. Somehow the kittens in this video reminded me of those crabs. Only fuzzier.


‘Journalists’ Fall for Another Hoax

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Not exactly a “news anchor,” but he’ll do

Speaking of noozies totally falling for hoaxes and rushing to “report” false information as “news”…

Last week The New York Times, Washington Post, and Bloomberg News all shouted from the housetops the “news” that a new “study” had revealed massive discrimination against women in the high-tech industry (https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2019/02/18/journalists-fall-for-completely-fake-stats-about-sexism-in-tech/). According to the hoax, when women applied for tech jobs without revealing their sex, 54% of them were offered interviews; but when they did reveal that they were women–thousands of ’em, by the way–only 5% were invited to an interview.

Oops. The source of this “study” is no longer available, no one can find its supposed authors, it wasn’t published anywhere–and it may not actually exist in any form at all!

That didn’t stop the noozies from leaping aboard the bandwagon and using each other as their sources. When I was a newspaperman, they used to call that “rewrite”: lift the story from another paper and change a few of the words.

Now they’ve got egg on their faces and are quietly whispering their mea culpas.

It never occurred to anyone in the noozerooms that the story was preposterous on its face. Like, only 5% of computer jockeys are women? You mean people who get paid real money for being reporters… believed that? Even for a minute?

Of course they did. It fits their “narrative” that America is a sexist hell-hole and needs to be ruled by liberals with Hillary Clinton in the White House. Only leftids can clean up this mess! So they ran with the story. Like they always do.

In writing the First Amendment, complete with its guarantee of freedom of the press, our country’s founders never anticipated that practically the whole freakin’ news industry would make itself worthless as a source of information. Live and learn.

Meanwhile, we can’t be confident that any of the nooze we hear is true.


The Easiest Question in the World to Answer

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In the wake of yet another ballyhooed “hate crime” revealed as a hoax–instantaneously embraced by every prominent Democrat, celebrity, and nooze media dullard–a writer for PJmedia.com asks what has to be the easiest question in the world to answer:

“Why does the media keep falling for obvious hoaxes?” (https://pjmedia.com/trending/why-does-the-msm-keep-falling-for-obvious-hoaxes/

Ooh-ooh, I know! I know! [Raises hand, waves it furiously; jumps up and down in seat]

Uh, it’s because they want these stupid stories to be true!

They have this “narrative”–euphemism for “stupid mythology that only a real jerk would believe in”–that says America is this hateful, violent, racist, homophobic, sexist, no-good stinkin’ place that perversely refuses to allow itself to be ruled and managed and dictated to by liberals. So naturally us Americans attack Persons Of Color and Proud LGBTQ Persons every chance we get. We usually wear our MAGA hats, too, when we do it.

So some drip of a TV celebrity manufactures a “hate crime” and every lib shouts their outrage from the housetops–and it turns out not to be true.

Mark Steyn once said, commenting on yet another phony hate crime, “Now they’re mad at us for not hating them enough!” Bullseye, brother.

But the fake nooze media want those stories to be true, so whenever they catch the scent of one, they run with it. And when the lie trips them up, they immediately start hunting for another.


An Unpleasant Memory

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Role model?

I just happened to think of one of the more unedifying experiences I had, teaching in a public high school. I deem it wisest not to say which school.

In this school there was a set of kids, all boys, who wanted to be… er, convicts. Jailbirds. That’s what they wanted to be, once they’d finished high school. They were getting a start on it by learning prison slang and trying to dress like convicts–you know: with that thing on your head that makes you look like a condom (credit my wife for the witticism).

The normal kids were afraid of these kooks. In one classroom there were only two normal kids, a girl and a boy, and all the rest these Rahway Prison wannabes, and I think if you were to tap either of those two normals on the shoulder, they’d jump out of their skin. They were that scared.

I have absolutely no explanation as to why the school allowed this. As for the Convict Kids’ parents, I suppose it’s possible they didn’t know. In most households in this school’s district, both parents had to work full-time to pay the bills. It wasn’t a cheap neighborhood. So maybe they didn’t know. I’m trying to be charitable.

But the school teachers and administrators knew. And did nothing. Maybe they kind of liked the slogan, “From the schoolhouse to the Big House.”


‘The Dream Police’ (2016)

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Can you be held responsible for anything you say or do in someone else’s dream?

Liberal smacks his forehead and cries, “Why didn’t we think of that!”

https://leeduigon.com/2016/02/29/the-dream-police/

This, of course, was a satire. Somehow it seems less satirical than it did three years ago.

Thank God that Hillary Clinton isn’t president…


‘Come, O Thou Traveler Unknown’

Charles Wesley wrote some 6,000 hymns. Come, O Thou Traveler Unknown is one of them. There may be another one on this video, too. If there is, consider it a bonus.

Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band, making the hymn sound like Wesley wrote it… over 250 years ago.


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