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Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Still Kicking

 


Friends, when Sir Winston Churchill heard that I was being entertained by Admiral Nelson, he refused to be upstaged.  He invited me to the Spencer-Churchill family home, otherwise known as Blenheim Palace.  It was a nice change from the guest wing at Buckingham Palace, where I felt cramped and the Queen's snoring left me a tad narky.  As for Winston himself, he wasn't as animated as I had expected, but, for a man of 147, he's doing all right.  He's got the "stiff upper lip" down to a science.  None stiffer, I daresay!


In other news, check out these intriguing stats on continuing declines in college enrollment nationwide.  Yikes!  In recent years, the federal government has plowed tens of billions of dollars into higher ed -- a covert subsidy to the most left-leaning institution in America -- and that has deferred any pain and sacrifice that this enrollment crisis might otherwise have caused.  Can government funds hold off the day of reckoning forever, though?  One assumes not.  In other words, hundreds of colleges and universities -- some of them in your backyard -- could face financial ruin and closure in the years ahead.  And maybe that's for the best.  I mean, demographics are changing, and the value of a college education isn't what it used to be.  More to the point, the price isn't what it used to be, and I'm not just talking dollars and cents.  These days, to obtain a degree, one more or less has to become a fellow-traveler to neo-Marxists.  I say: no sale!


https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/restoring-america/community-family/college-enrollment-drops-1-4m-students-threatening-stability-of-higher-education

14 comments:

  1. Dr.Waddy from Jack: I sometimes experience dreams in which I meet historic people. They include several US Presidents, Mao Tse-Tung and, several times, Churchill. Once I met him in the Imperial War Museum. It was thrilling.

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  2. Ray wants to know if you are you at the wax museum in London?

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  3. Dr. Waddy from Jack: Videos of his funeral are grandly impressive. Those Brits really know how to pay tribute to one of their own!

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  4. Ray, nope. Churchill was part of an exhibit at Blenheim Palace. I've never been to a wax museum, as best as I can recall...

    Jack, even your dreams have breadth and dignity to them! I dream about naked ladies, or at least I try very hard to...

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  5. Nick Ray here. There used to be a famous wax museum in London, Madame Toussaud's or something like that. Used to be freedom of speech on Hyde Park corner, as I recall. Anyway, Churchill was born at Blenheim Palace? I believe his Mother was American?

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  6. Dr.Waddy from Jack: I know its off the subject but I will assume your demonstrated tolerance for reasonable digressions : today's Scotus gun rights decision: New York's presumptuous demand for justification of individual New Yorkers seeking to carry firearms for protection is unconstitutional!The 2nd Amendment means what it says, just as does the rest of the Bill of Rights and a state cannot arrogate to itself the power to deny this right to those US citizens it chooses to deny!

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  7. Dr.Waddy from Jack: The ultrahyperbolic reaction of the left to this decision, which insolently contradicts its irrefutable wisdom, is presently manifested. NY Gov Hochul deems it "shocking" and vows resistance. Why that is right out of the George Wallace playbook! Gads, I cannot wait for the response from NY's national disgrace, Charles Schumer, as he squirms, sneers and pontificates as per his wont!

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  8. Dr. Waddy from Jack: What the American left viscerally fears is the very plausible possibility that this decision will enable so very many to freely
    carry the great equalizer, the handgun, in crime ridden , lawful gun opposing hell holes such as NYC, LA and anarchic Chicago. That would of course disincentive the criminal class the left so embraces. I fully expect that this decision will bring about reductions in crime comparable to those wrought by common sense Mayor Guiliani! More guns (in the hands of the lawful now endorsed law ful Scotus)) is the worst nightmare of criminals and the criminal excusing American left.

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  9. Dr.Waddy from Jack: An objection expressed by critics of this decision is that it may be opposite to public opinion. They disingenuously or ignorantly ignore the reality that we now have a law abiding Scotus which rightfully embraces its obligation to interpret properly promulgated law, including the Constitution,without regard to any public opinion, which is the proper concern of LEGISLATORS! Dissenting Justice Breyer, didn't you ever take Constitutional LAW in law school! Wanna repeal the Second Amendment? Then muster public opinion and consequent state and federal legislation, as per the Constitutional requirement. I fully expect frantic Charles Schumer to propose this. Good luck Charles.Your almost now guaranteed very minority status after November is very much advanced by such resolution. You really don't know the real America, do ya Charles?!

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  10. Dr.Waddy et al on this joyful day: I meant above ". . . More guns, in the hands of the now Scotus endorsed gun carrying lawful public, is the worst nightmare of the now rampant criminal class and in its American left apologists...

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  11. Dr. Waddy from Jack: Thank you, President Trump, for seating this lawful Scotus majority!

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  12. Dr.Waddy from Jack: A correction to what I said above: states can choose to deny gun ownership to some but it cannot be justified by arbitrary unevenly enforced fiat.

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  13. Hi Ray. I imagine Madame Tussaud's is still going. Never even crossed my mind to go there. These days it would probably be all woke luminaries like AOC and Lady Gaga anyway... Yup, Churchill was born at Blenheim Palace, kind of by accident. He was a close relative of the ducal family. Not what you would call a "man of the people", at least not by birth.

    Jack, I share your joy at SCOTUS's decision re: gun rights, but I would be cautious in predicting its effects. SCOTUS will have its hands full keeping up with the ingenious new machinations the Left will devise to circumscribe our gun rights. Certainly the Heller decision was more or less ignored in deep blue areas. We'll just have to wait and see whether the Supremes can get better compliance and/or flesh out their expectations in this instance.

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  14. Dr.Waddy from Jack: True, but the left's frantic and desperate response to these decisions betrays their visceral fear of them, I think!

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