Saturday, March 17, 2018


Nuremberg is an absolutely beautiful city in Germany.  These photos are from the Frauenkirche, the Church of Our Lady (the Virgin Mary).  Nuremberg also stands as a stark reminder of other things. Because this city had a primary palace used for important events by the Holy Roman Emperor ("The Second Reich"), Hitler chose it for his Nazi rallies. Because of this, Nuremberg was nearly bombed out of existence by the Allies towards the end of World War II.  The Germans did rebuild it, but there are things that were never rebuilt. Some of this was intentional, as a perpetual reminder of the evils of Naziism.

This, of course, was also the scene of the post-war Nuremberg trials. The Allies found a venue which was not destroyed to host them.

As some of our foolish U.S. population toys with Nazi rhetoric, even daring to borrow German phrases when they probably don't speak the language, it is important to remember that eventually justice comes to those who oppress and terrorize others.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Weltschmerz von Lebens

Just back from Germany.  Thought it would be fun to share some words that cannot be exactly translated into English.  Some would be great in the American mental health lexicon! 

1) Weltschmerz (n.): mental depression or apathy caused by comparison of the actual state of the world with an ideal state.

2) Kummerspeck (n.): excess weight gained from emotional overeating. The literal translation is 'grief bacon.'

3) Torschlusspanik (n.): the fear, usually as one gets older, that time is running out and important opportunities are slipping away.  Literally, 'fear of the gate closing.'

4) Fremdschämen (n.): the almost-horror you feel when you notice that somebody is oblivious to how embarrassing they truly are.  From 'stranger shame.'

5) Backpfeifengesicht (n.): a face that cries out for a fist in it. 

6) Erklärungsnot (n.): the state of having to quickly explain yourself

7) Treppenwitz (n.): the things you should have said but only occur to you when it is too late.  Literally 'stairs joke.'

8) Vergangenheitsbewältigung (n.): the struggle to come to terms with the past.  'Past cheer coping.'

9) Handschuhschneeballwerfer (n.): a coward willing to criticize and abuse from a safe distance.  Literally, 'a person who wears gloves to throw snowballs.'

10) Allgemeinbildung (n.): everything that any adult capable of living independently can reasonably be expected to know.   The English phrase 'common sense' is roughly equivalent, but this fun word is 'general education or foundation' and is just fun to know.

Saturday, March 3, 2018


Megalomania, when normal egomania won't do. Thanks to Vlad and Orange 45 for showing us two ways of pulling it off.

Saturday, February 3, 2018


So our 2 major political parties have made it obvious that they are each one-note wonders:  (1) The Democrats for no-holds barred, any time abortion for any or no reason at all, paid for by the federal government, or (2) Reworked, regurgitated Reaganomics/supply-side economics/trickle-down economics, distilled through the prism of Ayn Rand* philosophies.  Yay.  #MADA--Make American Divided Again.   --Marie Byars

 *Ayn Rand: an atheist philosopher of mediocre writing talents who was most prolific in the 1940's and 50's. Her opinions of herself indicate over-inflated self-esteem.  She advocated against any type of minimum wage and most worker protections. She was against any income tax.
     Her work was resurrected by Tea-Partiers, now rebaptized as "Constitutional Conservatives", during the 2008/09 financial meltdown. This is odd because Fed Chair Alan Greenspan's devotion to her work led him to espouse market deregulations, one cause of the meltdown.  
     Current House Speaker, Paul Ryan, is a devotee.  He has long had an agenda against Social Security and Medicare protections.  This despite having benefitted himself from Social Security Survivor benefits when his father died while Ryan was under-aged.  (This money was used to put him through college.)
     Atlas Shrugged is the work of Rand's most currently circulated.  
    Ayn Rand's actual life story does not square well with the Christian worldview that many of her indirect adherents espouse.  (Many of these people vote in the politicians who love Rand's work.)  A biopic will likely be provided at a later time.  Until then, you may want to view this:

Friday, February 2, 2018

Centrist Elan

Uh, Yeah, Sure

So, let me get this straight-- it's only "trampling on the Constitution" if the other "side" does it, right?     --Marie Byars     😏😕😖😦😧😵

Title IX

     IMHO, one of the reasons Obama dealt a (temporary) death-knell to Democrats was his administration's expansive use of Title IX.  They bent it all out of shape from its original intent, which was to ensure that female sports were protected and funded appropriately.  Obama let these declarations stand.
     One matter was the way sexual assault is handled on college campuses.  Some people were left feeling that the accused would be denied due process. And, yes, sexual assault is serious and almost epidemic on college campuses.  And college kids, while technically adults, feel not quite like adults to those who want to protect them. But, still, sweeping, blanket dictates rarely hold up in our society. Therefore, they are not effective at doing what was intended.
     There was also the matter of dictating school bathroom use.  That executive order upset people on the Right a lot.  Some people who were kind of on the fence, who could accept environmental oversights and protections, who were thinking "Obama isn't such a total Liberal as we feared" were really put off by this Title IX expansion.
     This expansion came on the heels of the Supreme Court's Obergefell decision.  It threw changing social mores at the American public at a dizzying pace. This emboldened liberal talking-heads to insist that people need to "accept" things or they're not "tolerant."  "Tolerant" means living with something with which you disagree without being hostile.  It doesn't mean agreeing on everything.  But since the last administration's sweeping declarations, emboldened liberals have been suggesting that there needs to be completed INWARD agreement on these matters, that all the morality standards need to be the same, or it's "intolerant."  
     The Left isn't catching on to the fact that this is one of the things that propelled the opposite reaction that swept "You-Know-Who" into office.