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Haunted Baby Monitors…?

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Glitch or ghost? Who knows?

Think you’ve got troubles? How would you like to have a haunted baby monitor?

Two cases are reported, one in Los Angeles, one in New York. Which is not to say they’re the only two cases: just the two discussed in a Wall Street Journal article (https://www.wsj.com/articles/my-baby-monitor-is-haunted-tales-of-parental-fright-11565688602).

In Los Angeles the baby’s mother and father saw “humanlike figures” floating around their baby’s room–or rather, saw them on the monitor’s screen. In New York the parents saw the closet door in the baby’s room slowly open for no apparent reason.

“Experts” toss it off as parental jitters over their new babies’ health and safety. The father in Los Angeles has a screen shot of the humanlike figures. And the New York video clearly shows the closet door opening.

What are we to make of this story? Do we have more technology than we can handle? Is it just glitches that non-techies can’t understand?

Of course, you could have the baby in a crib in the same room with Mommy and Daddy. Then you wouldn’t need a baby monitor.  Or you could get out of bed when you hear the baby cry at night, and rock and sing him back to sleep: that was my father’s job, and one of my very earliest memories.

But what’s going on here?

I wonder if modern life is getting just a bit too complicated.


‘A Meditation’ (2013)

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The thing that most appalls me about the nooze, these days, is the torrent of pure evil washing over our nation and the world. It may be God’s plan for the masks to come off. It didn’t used to be so easy to see who was on the Lord’s side and who isn’t.

https://leeduigon.com/2013/12/29/a-meditation/

Somehow this happened in the 1960s; but don’t ask me how. I was there, and I don’t know how it happened. All I know is the world took a very wrong turn back then and has come a long way down the wrong road.

Trust in the Lord. There’s no one else.


Memory Lane: Build Your Own Birds

Don’t be fooled by these unprepossessing little pieces of plastic. Sure, it looks like the easiest model in the world to assemble. But wait, there’s more!

This is the parakeet from Bachmann Birds of the World, vintage 1959. And if you can do a good job of following the instructions for hand-painting it… voila! See the source image

I kept my finished model parakeet at Grammy’s house–mine was painted blue and white instead of green and yellow–and it never failed to turn heads, sitting on its perch in the living room. It was very realistic!

I kept my scarlet tanager at home. There were many birds in this series, but I didn’t get into collecting them. I sorta wish I had, though.

Toys for kids, featuring the development of manual skills, learning to follow directions, and patience in working toward a goal–yeah, tell me you can get that with “Zombie Apocalypse.”

 


The Far Left Death Cult: the Movie

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I can hardly wait till it’s remade as a musical…

How deep is the mental illness of the Left?

Well, take Hollywood, f’rinstance. They’ve made a movie called The Hunt–all about wealthy libs killing us deplorables for sport: like, you deserve to be murdered if you’re “anti-choice” (in English, “opposed to abortion”) (https://pjmedia.com/trending/hollywood-film-depicts-trump-supporters-being-hunted-for-sport-by-liberals/?fbclid=IwAR3zIU9mrOMPzp8cO6g7_EV6H45GgUyvDrw-X_X3v1LrwpFjLmI8LFGPs2Y)

See, if they can’t force you to support Diversity by agreeing with every word spoken by a Democrat, if they can’t rule over you and force you to obey… well, then they’d like to kill you. Because they’re passionately angry with you for not rendering them due reverence.

This movie is so far-out, even some of the liberal media have pulled the ads and trailer. Twitter has pulled the trailer, perhaps for fear that watching it might inspire some liberal wacko to start killing people–a not unreasonable fear.

This is the Loving Left, everybody. Sponsored and fostered by your Democrat Party. If they can’t rule you, then they want to kill you.

I say it’s wisest to believe them–and put them out of business before they can destroy our country.


Culture Killers: ‘Grunge Rock’

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The “grunge rock” of the 1990s is pretty much past its sell-by date, but its stink remains in the air. It also illustrates, abundantly, what I mean when I talk about killing the culture.

Here’s what the “Rock My World” website has to say about the history of grunge rock.

“Nothing epitomizes the disillusionment, apathy, and general sense of things all being ‘useless’ than grunge music. The genre captures the essence of Generation X malaise and turns it into music. In doing so, grunge music captured the attention of a generation and became the soundtrack for a youth that had no hope of a decent future” (https://www.rockmyworld.com/the-history-of-grunge/).

Can you give me hallelujah?

On top of grunge music we have heaped “Everything is racist!”, “The world is gonna end in just 12 years!”, the Drag Queen Story Hour, and a perpetual celebration of violence, corruption, and sin.

And then we wonder what’s happened to our culture? Really?

This is what you get when you turn away from God. This is that wonderful post-Christian era we keep hearing about. When we all get all sorts of free stuff and get to do anything we want, as long as some liberal approves of it.

They didn’t want the real God, or his moral laws.

Lots of luck with the false ones.


I Confess to a Crime

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I don’t know that I can even plead temporary insanity on this one. I mean, really–what was I thinking?

Like, there I was yesterday evening, playing Pogo’s new, dis-improved Mahjong Garden game… and I’m not Chinese! Well! You could’ve knocked me over with a feather. Hey, is this Cultural Appropriation or what? Boy, howdy, if I was a collidge stodent, they’d lock me in the sweatbox for this.

But I want to be fair. Gotta be fair. I’ll give up all my cultural appropriations if everybody else gives up all theirs. I won’t even eat Chinese food anymore. But what about all the stuff invented by white men? Should persons who aren’t white men be allowed to use it? Electricity, air conditioning, modern transportation–you know the stuff I mean.

Liberalism–turning the whole world into one big chain gang.


‘Venomous Liberals’ (2014)

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Incredibly, libs have gotten even more obnoxious since I wrote this, five years ago.

https://leeduigon.com/2014/09/20/venomous-liberals/

Now that they’ve realized that have nothing to offer but accusations of racism–if you’re them, you’re good; if you’re not them, you’re an evil racist–their political discourse has degenerated into mere noise. But it’s very annoying noise.

Funny, isn’t it? The most consumed-by-hatred people on the planet accusing everybody else of “hate.”

But I’ll tell you what isn’t funny. Liberals in power.

Please, voters, don’t ever let that happen. Never again.


Teaching Teens to be Louts

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I’ve been remembering an incident from my school-teaching days: not a nice incident.

In P_____ High School they had closed-circuit TV in every classroom, and in the morning those TVs were all tuned to the same public school channel. The programming came with ads, and one of these stood out. We’re talking maybe 20 years ago, so I don’t remember what product the ad was meant to sell. But it was certainly meant to be viewed by captive audiences in high school home rooms.

The protagonist of this charming commercial was a teenage boy with his baseball cap on backwards and hair over his eyes. During the commercial he was shown slamming a door in an old lady’s face, kicking over garbage cans, and pushing people around.

This was the public education channel actively teaching young people that it was desirable, praiseworthy, and cool to be an antisocial misfit. And I’m here to tell you that a lot of the kids in that high school took those lessons to heart.

Since I last saw that ad, our society has generated an innumerable host of video games, movies, TV shows, music videos, and social media messages celebrating and glorifying behavior that once would have been strongly condemned and usually punished. The consumption of those messages as “entertainment” is a passive, ongoing, and powerful form of self-education.

And our culture is showing its effects.

Kill the culture, and it will kill you back.


‘A Misplaced Faith’ (2015)

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It probably got here through a time portal.

Remember the guy in Pensacola who drove his car into a store–no, actually it was two stores: if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again–in an attempt, he said, to drive through “a time portal”? (https://leeduigon.com/2015/12/26/a-misplaced-faith/)

There’s ample evidence that many people no longer know the difference between science and science fiction. No one has ever seen a time portal. Except when you see one in a science fiction movie.

The magnitude of the failure of our education system–the biggest, costliest, and most comprehensive education system in all of human history–is a terrifying thing to contemplate.

 


Why Is Everyone So Angry?

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Last week it was a chair-throwing brawl aboard a luxury cruise ship. This weekend, someone shot up the California Garlic Festival.

Why are so many people so angry?

Well, what happens when you enjoy a lifetime of praise and pampering, and then have to go out into the real world where no one takes you seriously and no one thinks you’re the cat’s meow? If you’re coming from a background of participation trophies, “Good job!”, everybody gets a diploma just for showing up, and extravagant praise for even the most miniscule achievements, real life might be shocking enough to make you angry. As in, “How dare they! Don’t they know who I am?”

Well, they don’t know and they don’t care. Grrrrr!

Kids used to have plenty of ordinary competition. It was called “playing.” If you were good at a game, you usually won. But no matter how good you were, sometimes you lost. It’s a normal part of life. Indeed, it’s very hard to learn anything, very hard to grow, if you never have to deal with failure.

But what if you never had any competition? What if your parents and your teachers spent your whole childhood telling you how fantastic you are?

And meanwhile you watch the nooze, you know what people do if anyone gets in their way, if anyone gets between them and what they want… You can see it a dozen times a day if you want to. Perpetual protest. Antifa riots. “Racist, racist! Biggit, biggit!” Senators throwing tantrums.

The anger feeds on itself. The more you see other people blowing their stacks, the more apt you’ll be to blow yours. That’s why manners were invented! But it’s just not cool anymore to have good manners. That’s no way to become a Youtube phenomenon.

I keep telling them, and they keep not listening, that you can’t just kill the culture without the culture killing you back. Honest.


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