“The point of modernity is to live a life without illusions while not becoming disillusioned”

My house is quite cold. The temperature last night went down to the 50’s, and the house still holds that cold. The open windows didn’t help. If this were summer, I probably would love the chill. Right now I’ve put on a sweatshirt.

Coffee is always a place where you can express yourself anyway you choose. I don’t censor even if I disagree. The horrific killings in Orlando were the topic yesterday in the comments. I did not agree with many of the views opined. I think all of you who read Coffee know where I stand on most issues. I think I have screamed liberal with my comments and views. I advocate gun control though that hasn’t previously been a topic. The Second Amendment is the defense for gun advocates. I point out to them that the amendment is in reference to militias, not individuals, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

In college, senior year, I picketed at the wholesale vegetable and fruit market every Friday in support of César Chávez and the United Farm Workers. My father, who voted twice for Richard Nixon, was appalled. I just ignored him. He and I had been butting heads for years about politics. We never agreed. Finally after one heated argument during the Reagan administration, we decided never to discuss politics again, and we didn’t. Peace reigned.

Gracie is having surgery tomorrow and has to be at the vet’s office at 10. She has a lump on her gum which needs to be removed. The vet has checked it in the past and said it would need to be removed if it got bigger. It did. I’m not going to post tomorrow. I’ll be on edge waiting for news of the surgery. I worry about my Gracie girl.

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29 Comments on ““The point of modernity is to live a life without illusions while not becoming disillusioned””

  1. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    My father and I butted heads on most things most of the time. He was a blue collar, union, Democrat but he did not like where the Democratic party was going on social issues or the Vietnam war. I did. We both had the Irish penchant for… impassioned discussion shall we say? 🙂 My mother (the straight ticket Republican) would keep telling me to just walk away. Probably that would have been the wisest thing to do but I seldom did.

    The OS upgrade on my computer seems to have gone well. There is a some tweaking that I had better be able to do or I’m going to be displeased. I’ve lost all the desktop widgets, too. I forgot the password to one of the three wifi channels I have but I got the main one and one other up and running. I breathe a sigh of relief. It only took the entire morning.

    Today is warm and sunny with cool breeze. I don’t know what the temperature is because the weather widget has disappeared but no matter. It’s a perfect day.

    Enjoy your day, today. I’ll be sending healing mojo to you and Gracie for tomorrow.

    • katry Says:

      Caryn,
      Gracie and I will be thankful for the healing mojo.

      My mother used to say the same thing, and, like you, I just couldn’t walk away. That final argument was in a restaurant in London, and he got up and left. When he returned, we never once brought up politics again.

      I’m glad the upgrade went well. I know my computer is having issues and will need to be replaced. That, however, is after my trip as all my money now is earmarked for Ghana. My friends and I will be going first class!

      My house is beginning to get warm.

      Have a great day!

      • Caryn Says:

        It went well until I tried to use Photos which is new to me. There were some photos in the Flagged album that I wanted to remove from the album but not from the library. Couldn’t do it. Help topics kept referencing buttons and selections that were not appearing on my screen even after doing all updates to Photos. I launched iPhoto from Launch Pad and that works but I think doing so has done some other negative thing. I’m not sure I care. I don’t like Photos. Too social networky. 😀

      • Richard Says:

        Kat, here’s something you may be interested in:

        http://www.apple.com/macbook-pro/

      • Richard Says:

        And if you accidentally delete data, this may be of more than passing interest …

        https://www.iskysoft.com/data-recovery-mac/

      • katry Says:

        Caryn,
        I use Photos to touch up a photo and to add information. Mostly I just upload the pictures into an album.

      • katry Says:

        Richard,
        You have just given me the link to my next computer. I won’t be able to get it until after Africa as my money now is earmarked for the trip, but I know this one is on its way to computer heaven.

        Many thanks!!

      • katry Says:

        Thanks, Richard-
        that is at least affordable. My Mac warns me about deletion so I don’t usually delete and regret it; of course, saying that means I’ll be deleting all over the place!

  2. Birgit Says:

    Good luck tomorrow!

    • katry Says:

      Thanks, Brigit. Because she is so old, in Boxer age, I am just a bit nervous. The boxers are listed as having an average age of 8-10. I lost my last two at 8. Gracie is a robust, healthy 12.

  3. Hedley Says:

    I’m angry – I’m angry at the murderer in Orlando, I’m angry that the murderer’s Daddy is being given a public forum to spit his vitriol and hatred, I’m angry that 20 children died at Sandy Hook and bugger all happens with regard to gun control – second amendment my ass.

    I don’t want to engage in a discussion, I simply want to express my frustration

    Surfs Up and back to Sweden and Ireland.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      There is no other response except anger. I am also angry that a gun law cannot get passed in this country, that the NRA blames the shooter not the easy access to guns. That they have so much influence infuriates me.

      I share that frustration.

      Enjoy the games!

    • Birgit Says:

      Hedley, Phew! 1-1 🙂 35 minutes to go. Go England!

  4. Richard Says:

    I’m still willing to trade you the heat we have here for your cold … we’re supposed to – but probably won’t – get rain this afternoon, but the sky’s way too bright now to bring any sort of hope to my forlorn heart.

    Credit where it’s due, Kat. You don’t resort to censorship, which is quite admirable. The cure for disagreeable speech is more speech, not controlled speech. A few examples of places where free speech is disallowed are: FakeBook, Redditt, DailyKOS, Democratic Underground, etc etc.

    I congratulate you for your support of free speech. As for the ‘well-regulated militia’ attempt to remove Second Amendment protections, let’s flip the mirror a bit and look at the First Amendment and the protection it offers. Let’s change it to read: “A robust distribution of political pamphlets being necessary to the maintenance of a free society, Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech.”

    Would anyone seriously argue such a right would not cover laser printing or online news organizations? The legal reality regarding the Second Amendment is that it does guarantee a right to keep and bear arms of some kind to individual citizens. Barring a massive shift in power on the court, this is unlikely to change.

    I hope things go well for Gracie’s surgery. Although I’m not a pet owner, I know that their health and well-being are just as important to people who have pets as is the health and well-being of children are to parents. Good luck at the vet’s.

    For our Musical Moment today, we have one Ms Abigail Washburn, and if you listen closely, you’ll note it’s quite difficult – yea, nigh impossible – to discern what she’s singing. That could be because she’s singing the entire piece, titled ‘The Song of the Traveling Daughter,’ in Chinese … Go, Abby! And now, to begin …

    • katry Says:

      Richard,
      My house did get warm for a while but then it got chilly outside, and the house was cold again. I was out on the deck filling the bird feeders, and it felt chilly. I love cold nights-no trading!

      I love writing for Coffee, and I love my regulars. I figure at times it is their blog as much as mine. Side conversations between Coffee friends is just fine with me. I haven’t ever had to delete someone’s comment.

      Gracie is my constant companion. She goes out in the yard then comes in, checks on me then goes out again. She makes me laugh.

      A few years back, though I’m not sure how many, I played this song on Coffee. Thanks for reminding me.

  5. Bob Says:

    The Supream Court ruled in a 5 to 4 decision in 2008 that one doesn’t have to be a member of the militia to have the right to own fire arms. The case was District of Columbia v. Heller. The Roberts court paid back the NRA for Bush II appointing Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Aletito the high court. Never in the History of the country has the Senate refused to give a sitting President’s nominee of a Supream Court Justice a hearing regardless of when the vacancy occurred. Presidential Reagan replaced Thurgood Marshall with Justice Clarence Thomas. The only Justice in history that never asked a question of litigants in the history of the court. He finally asked a question in a case before the court this year only after Scalia died.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      We can only hope it is not Trump who has to fill the vacancy. The more I hear him, the more frightened I become.

  6. Coleen Says:

    I never discuss religion or politics online. You are guaranteed to piss someone off with your opinions. Complicating things is that I consider myself a liberal Democrat…a rare bird indeed. I get frustrated when I see the political discourse in this country…and now I am done with my little rant.

    I send good thoughts for Gracie’s surgery…she is one tough pup!

    Waving,

    Coleen

    • katry Says:

      Coleen,
      With this presidential race, any comment, verbal or in writing, is bound to cause problems. I am another liberal democrat, and we are not as rare as you think. Most of my friends are also.

      Thanks on the Gracie surgery!!

      Waving,
      Kat

  7. olof1 Says:

    My opinion about guns is quite clear too I think 🙂
    Yes we do have shootings over here too but nowhere near what You have and that is because of our weapon laws.

    I do hope everything went well with Gracie!

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      They need to pass the no assault weapons bill. It was allowed to lapse years ago under President Bush2.

      Gracie is home and fine. I, however, am reeling from the cost of the ransom, close to $600.00

    • Richard Says:

      We had Clinton’s ‘assault weapons’ ban in place for TEN YEARS … it accomplished exactly NOTHING. It’s a helluva lot easier to go after an INANIMATE object than it is to say the words ‘Radical Islamic Terrorism’ and address the CAUSE of the killings, tho’. Ever wonder if any of the people targeted by Anders Brevik wished they’d had a way to fire back at him … ? ‘Assault weapons’ ban … a pleasant fiction that accomplishes nothing except taking away a Constitutionally-protected right from American citizens. Two words: Molon Labe.

      • katry Says:

        Coleen,
        Half of it is for the biopsy of the lump. I figure it was important to know the lump is just a lump.

        One of my dogs had a bill of $10,000. I paid it.

      • katry Says:

        Richard,
        I’m going to politely bow out of this debate. We won’t ever agree. I’ll just leave it with that.

      • Bob Says:

        How does one identify a Radical Islamist Terrorist? They don’t wear a sign on their backs. It’s much easier to identify an Assault weapon and keep them out of everyon’s hands because they have no peaceful purpose. By your illogic atomic weapons should be allowed to be owned by the public because they are just an inanimate object. 🙂

      • Richard Says:

        Why gee, Bob, you’re absolutely right! Dang! Even a blind dog can find a steak in the dark, yes … ? In case it never occurred to you (and I’m sure it hasn’t), the Second Amendment places NO – repeat, NO – restriction on type of weaponry available to CITIZENS. So, yes, a tank, missile, or (to use your extreme example) nuclear weapon would be allowed. The Second Amendment, however, is a SELF-LIMITING right. It’s pretty much impossible for a private citizen to own any of those things. Space is one big requirement, yes? Where does one park a tank? Or store a nuke? Those launch sites are so hard to get in a residential zoning area.

        You’re also right (See? I can be magnanimous) about how easy it is to identify an AR-15 compared to a Radical Islamic Terrorist. One (the AR-15) is made of metal, looks ‘evil,’ and is painted black. The Radical Islamic Terrorist, on the other hand, is usually identifiable only when s/he begins firing or pulls the pin on the suicide vest. So yes, that does make it ‘iffy’ – until they start shooting. That, dear boy, is why we need to STOP IMPORTING THEM INTO OUR COUNTRY! I imagine you’d disagree with that premise as well. Ever notice that NONE of the ‘immigrants’ since 1965 are required to have a sponsor, have a skill set higher than ‘beggar,’ or assimilate into OUR culture. Nononononoooo … we’re all ‘multicultural’ and ‘fair’ now, aren’t we? It’s ‘cultural equivalence’ and ‘Kumbaya’ time in the neighborhood. Well, Bob, ol’ buddy, ol’ chum, that jes’ don’t cut it. They are using OUR freedoms to KILL US.

        The problem with putting Muslims at the top of your victimhood hierarchy is that THEY WANT TO KILL EVERYONE ELSE ON THE LIST.

        But you – and many others – want to ban our means of defending ourselves. Be pwoud. Be vewy pwoud.

      • olof1 Says:

        Hi Richard. No none of the survivers after Breiviks attack has said they wished they had guns to defend themselves. To be honest, the wast majority of these mass murderers in Your country are angry white men, most likely christian too. Isn’t it time You took care of those instead?

  8. Coleen Says:

    $600???

    Four words…peanut butter and jelly. 🙂

    Aww, I know you don’t care…if it was $6,000 you’d still find a way!

    Glad all is well…maybe you should have pet insurance for your brood…

    Waving…

    Coleen

    • katry Says:

      Coleen,
      Half of that amount is for the biopsy. I said yes to it as I wanted to feel okay about that lump, not wonder.

      I spent $10,000 on my dog Maggie.

      They are family.

      Waving!!


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