UD thanks Nancy for sending.
Just kidding about the not business!

A sign in Rehoboth Beach. Scathing Online Schoolmarm remains fascinated by the idiotic things people do with quotation marks.

And where, since we have the highest suicide rate in the country, chances are one of the male cops in this picture will shoot himself to death.
What commencement speeches sound like at colleges that don’t want women to graduate.

From an address at Benedictine College (acceptance rate 100%):

“I think it is you, the women, who have had the most diabolic lies told to you. Some of you may go on to lead successful careers in the world but I would venture to guess that the majority of you are most excited about your marriage and the children you will bring into this world.

“I can tell you that my beautiful wife Isabelle would be the first to say her life truly started when she started living her vocation as a wife and as a mother. I’m on this stage today, able to be the man that I am, because I have a wife who leans into her vocation.

“I’m beyond blessed with the many talents God has given me, but it cannot be overstated that all my success is made possible because a girl I met in band class back in middle school would convert to the faith, become my wife, and embrace one of the most important titles of all. Homemaker.”





‘Nearly four years ago, a petition sought the closure of Elleven45 Lounge which it deemed “irresponsibly owned” following claims of an increase in crime there. The petition started by a local resident noted five shootings associated with the club had occurred from September 2019 to August 2020, resulting in four deaths. In 2019, Atlanta police received nearly 100 emergency calls associated with the Elleven45 Lounge’s address, the AJC previously reported.’

Half dozen shot and two dead last Saturday! Keeping that kill count up, Elleven45!

Atlanta couldn’t be more proud: “Shut it down? Shut it down?” said the mayor. “Keep ’em coming! We want them to open two more locations. A lot of people in this state depend on our local gun industry. Buy more guns, Georgia, and keep these enterprises firing away!”


The Finns. SOOOO pathetic. GO USA

‘The students — many of them on campus and all their supporters off campus — describe the protests as a humanitarian uprising to save lives in Gaza and to advance the rights of Palestinians on the West Bank. All of that is commendable. But I don’t think that’s actually at the heart of the uprisings. The heart of the uprising is to oppose the existence of Israel. And this to me is audible in the most famous chants: “From the River to the Sea” and “Globalize the Intifada.” Those slogans are horrifying. People will say that the chants are calls for the human rights of Palestinians. And people will say that in chanting those slogans that’s what they mean. But this is an example of bad faith.’

Paul Berman weighs in.

The students want to chant these things, of course, because these slogans are transgressive. But no one wants to say what the transgression is because it’s too horrible. So we’re having a mass euphemism event: Horrible things are being advocated by people who deny that they’re advocating it.

… It’s very difficult for people with liberal ideas to recognize the extreme and frightening views that are actually upheld by totalitarian movements. In Hamas we have radical Islamists who’ve shown us in real life what they’re actually for by acting on their principles. And there’s an inability or reluctance to see that. So we have a mass movement in defense of Hamas that calls itself a mass movement in defense of human rights. It’s a blindness, but within the blindness is a seduction and a fascination. That’s evident in the transgressive thrill students feel in chanting those chants.

Nothing dire: Just connection issues.

We spend evenings walking along the beach in search of northern lights. So far no go, but ya gotta admit that auroras over the Atlantic wouldn’t be too shabby.

The only thing I’ve wanted to share is a teeny local story, from Utica, NY.

78-year-old Louis LaPolla of Utica pled guilty in federal court in Syracuse on Friday, May 10.

LaPolla pled to soliciting and then stealing donations that were meant to be used for a scholarship fund that was under his late wife’s name…

Earlier this year, LaPolla pled guilty in Oneida County Court to a misdemeanor petit larceny charge after he admitted to using stamps, envelopes, and mailing labels belonging to the Utica City School District to send out the fundraising flyers.


I dunno. Not just that he stole. Nothing special about that. But from a fund dear to the heart of his dead wife…

And that he even stole school district postage for the fundraising letters…

File under: Whoroscope, by Samuel Beckett.

Les UDs are off to Rehoboth Beach.

Blogging continues.

“They’re not supporters of Hamas,” he says. “They’re supporters of their own stupid ideas. They believe that Hamas is the oppressed, that the oppressed have the right to resist, and that those who are safe – for the most part white kids like themselves – have no right to tell the oppressed what to do.”

“Trust me,” he says, “I lived this, and friends of mine died because of this stupidity.”


 “[T]hey’re playing into the hands of the right wing in this country. And what terrifies me is that this could end up bringing [Donald] Trump back into power.”

Mark Rudd speaks.

‘Daniels coolly responded by pointing out the tenuousness of Necheles’ argument: “I don’t see ‘instrumental’ or ‘jail’” in the tweet, Daniels said. When the defense attorney pressed her further, Daniels pointed out her post was “hyperbole” and added that “I’m also not a toilet.”’

Scathing Online Stormy explains hyperbole to the defense.

The defense forgot that Stormy was editor of her high school paper.

Ongoing protest/police activity at UD’s GW tonight.

The school newspaper has up to the minute updates.


UD thanks her sister.

No shit.

When Necheles characterized Daniels’ e-commerce operation as “shilling,” the adult film star snapped back that Trump — who is currently hawking sneakers and Bibles with his name on them — does the same.

Not unlike Mr. Trump,” she replied.

‘[B]eyond the specific issue of abortion, you’re in places with more patients who think vaccines will kill them, that Covid was a globalist conspiracy theory, and that you’re trying to indoctrinate their grandchildren into transgenderism.’

Our mentally retarded, dog-gunning states are now out of the closet – they’re the states with humongoid abortion bans. Turns out new MDs of all kinds don’t want to start their careers there, while significant numbers of established ob/gyns can’t get out fast enough.

UD sees this as a win-win. Kristi Noem’s rabid pack doesn’t believe in science, anyway; they’re happy to pray to the lord for healing. Physicians want to help people who want to be helped. It all works out.

Next to go – medical schools in the earth is six thousand years old states?

Noem Goes Hoem

With her tail between her legs.

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