jokers to the right

My right eye is seeing better than my left at this point. I have been not using glasses for reading. But I do need them for distance and TV. This was the plan so I’m a happy guy.

I am roasting plantain. Eileen doesn’t like these but I do. I add some cinnamon, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, and salt. I’m roasting at a lower temp and planning to go longer. I’m hoping I can get them a bit more crispy that way.

Today is Birky day. Curtis Birky is my therapist and I meet with him every two weeks. Ever since the pandemic we have been doing this on Zoom. It’s more convenient for me anyway. He has told me that he is resuming in person meetings with people who request them. But I like this better.

Speaking of looking from the right side, I have been doing a lot of processing about how people can be so wrong headed about things like using masks to protect the society and getting vaccinated.

So that was the topic for today’s therapy session. Jupe’s new lens in his right eye and his attempt to understand people he disagrees with.

Stuck in the Middle with You Clowns to the left of me, Jokers to the right  - Performance Strategies, Inc - Executive Coaching for Individuals and  Businesses
“Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right.”

I read carefully over the following links this morning.

warning…. links to articles I strongly disagree with

The January 6 Insurrection Hoax – Imprimis

This article is by Roger Kimball. He is educated but wow what a slew of slanted stuff he has to present. This was a lecture given at Hillsdale College on Sept 20th of this year. His basic point is that the Jan 6 events have been exaggerated and misrepresented.

If one spends a lot of time reading the propaganda of the side you disagree with it’s inevitable that you read things that are exaggerated and misrepresented. This is why I am reading the kind of article I am. Kimball is a product of upper education in the US including two Master degrees from Yale.

So it confuses me that he can publish a lecture with the following observations:

“…every honest person knows that the 2020 election was tainted.

“… a perfect storm of forces conspired to make 2020 the first oligarchic installation of a president.

“… there is little threat of domestic terror in this country

Plus he used the phrase “Chinese virus” twice.

Then there’s Restoring America by Hugo Gurdon. This is a Washington Times manifesto that manages to support Trump like understandings without even using his name (Something Kimball did not pull off). Gurdon in managing editor. In my aggregate news source, invariably articles linked from it are very anti-liberal.

I think I’m going to quit linking there. It’s obvious that public rhetoric in the US has become debased. I watch for statements of belief and understanding that do not rely strongly on describing those you disagree with in order primarily to challenge their arguments. This is called the “straw man” fallacy. Without it, the internet and the media would be considerably diminished.

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