back in the day

by Andrea Elizabeth

I only have one chapter of Dracula to go, but last night as we were driving home I started Agatha Christie’s The Murder of Roger Akroyd just to get an idea of it instead of making my husband and daughter listen to the last chapter of anything, especially Dracula. Not only do I like 19th century literature, but I also like the mid 20’s to early 50’s literary style. Not the expat’s though – too bleak and depressing. Agatha seemed a bit ahead of her time.

It’s just the way she said “overcoat”. Now there’s a word that has changed contexts. It used to be a blessed thing that helped you overcome the elements that you were so ruthlessly exposed to. Now it’s a plastic fashion statement that you make between climate controlled environments. Nice overcoats were part of your dress back then. Now they lay on top of you like saranwrap. Something to keep leftovers warm, not part of the main dish. Yes New Yorkers and farm workers incorporate coats, not overcoats, but coats and jackets, more into their day to day options, but that’s because they are living an alternative lifestyle. New York city sidewalks are hardly mainstream. And once climate controlled tractors and barns were invented, well, Tolstoy’s Master and Man lost its ethos.

Oh yeah, I read Gogol’s The Overcoat a while back. There you go.

why Trump’s strike on Syrian airbases was good

by Andrea Elizabeth

My Facebook Libertarian friends, which most of my political posting friends seem to be, are very upset about the airstrike because I guess they don’t believe the reports that Assad gassed his own people. I doubted it under Obama, but I’m giving Trump the benefit of said doubt in this case.

Nevertheless, I guess I’m not libertarian if I’m ok with this intervention.

  1. If you’re a Luddite you don’t mind high tech weapons killing high tech weapons.
  2. The left has been so angry since the election, and I believe against a strawboogeyman, it’s nice for them to get some catharsis by blowing up another possible strawboogeyman’s potential chemical weapon delivering weapons. They seem to feel better now.
  3. I’m also liking the recent stories of people being robbed who surprisingly and quickly shoot the robbers. It makes people think twice about robbing people. Even if they shot the wrong guys’ weapons it makes the right bad guys (such as China, Iran, North Korea, and now I’m sadly starting to believe Putin) realize the stakes.
  4. I don’t think Trump wants to stage a coup. He’s just letting it be known how Assad is not allowed to defend his position. There’s been enough nervous uncertainty regarding Assad that some definitive action makes people feel like things are clarified.
  5. Putin doesn’t seem to decry the use of chemical weapons. Neither he nor Assad have said enough to reassure me that they are outraged by what’s been done, even if they didn’t do it. And there isn’t enough intelligence to prove anyone else did. The accidental blowing up a chemical storehouse story doesn’t convince me when the only witnesses say they dropped from the sky. If the propaganda machine is that effective, then the defense team needs to work harder. Pulling out what a Canadian lady said in 2013 about Syrian staged scenes isn’t enough.

Asperger girls and special interests

by Andrea Elizabeth

What if your whole life can be explained as the result of a disorder? Intense interest in horses and classical literature are symptoms! This segment explains that classical literature has a certain rhythm that Asperger girls find “entrancing”. I can very much get lost in the rhythm and onomatopoeia quality of words, not only English classical literature but Russian Orthodox prayers and language. I care about the meaning, but after I know that, I can put Ostrov on and just listen to the sound of the words while I cross stitch.

Everyone knows how a lot of effort is put into soothing an autistic person. It’s weird to think your interests are a lot about soothing your nerves rather than engaging in something useful. Gotta go see the horses now. bye.


by Andrea Elizabeth

During Lent I’ve been listening to Bram Stoker’s Dracula on Librivox. I’m tempted to say for Lent. When I’m through I’ll analyze.

I self-identify as an Aspie

by Andrea Elizabeth

Females with Aspergers Syndrome Checklist by Samantha Craft
I could go through and show how I relate, but I’d pretty much just be saying, what she said, with only a few, not so much’s.

I just opined to the O’Reilly Factor for the first time

by Andrea Elizabeth

I happened to be in the car when his show came on last night. He had Geraldo and another guy on to discuss why Trump is so hated. Geraldo said it was because he was brash, like he himself and O’Reilly are, and because of unpopular policies. I don’t think O’Reilly is nearly as hated. He’s got the top rated show on Cable. Look at these stats:

In cable ratings for the week ended March 19:

Top five networks in primetime (18-49s): TNT, TBS, AMC, USA, Discovery Channel.

Top five networks in primetime (total viewers): Fox News Channel, TNT, TBS, MSNBC, USA.

Top five total-day networks (total viewers): Fox News Channel, Nickelodeon, TNT, HGTV, MSNBC.

Top cable news networks in primetime (total viewers): Fox News Channel, MSNBC, CNN, CNBC, HLN, FBN.

Top cable news programs (total viewers): 1. Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor” (Wednesday, 8 p.m.); 2. MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” (Tuesday, 9 p.m.); 3. Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor” (Wednesday, 8 p.m.); 4. Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor” (Tuesday, 8 p.m.); 5. Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor” (Thursday, 8 p.m.)

SOURCE http://medialifemagazine.com/this-weeks-cable-ratings/ (I included the top stat because things may change in 20 years)

If they are hated, it seems Trump is hated more. Here’s what I emailed:

Dear Mr. O’Reilly,

[Trump is hated] because Universities and feminists have indoctrinated the sheeple into hating white alpha males. These people also are addicted to feeling sorry for themselves and use others’ sad cases of victimization as an excuse to get the same emotional feeling.

I’ve been debating whether I should have said sheeple. I have felt a victim and enjoyed self-indulgent sadness, and have been conversely too cold-hearted. In those cases though, I now believe I have followed sheeplike my own emotions. Where did I hear recently that we don’t conquer our demons, we rise above them. Some movie. Just looked it up, it was in Dr. Strange. It’s actually,

“We never lose our demons, we only learn to live above them.”

This is what we have to do with our addictions, whether they be unfettered feelings or negative thoughts. And it does feel good when we let our feelings loose. Oh so good. One of the delightful things about children is that they don’t live above their feelings. I love it when adults try to rationalize with their toddlers. I don’t think we should stifle our feelings necessarily, but there is a healthy and unhealthy way to process them. The five stages of grief are unavoidable. It can be very tempting to stay in one of them though, be it denial/shock, anger, bargaining, or depression, before acceptance.

And I don’t advocate unfettered alpha-ness either. Hitler was bad. The question shouldn’t only be, can I, but should I. Some people are charismatic leaders. The left doesn’t deny this, they only think they can’t be male and white. This is why there is a disproportionate number of female or non-white news anchors. This makes our brainwashed consciences feel better. And white male privilege is a thing. But it’s not the white males’ fault, and they shouldn’t be disqualified based only on their skin color. They were groomed to believe in their privilege. And that is very complicated, because you can say something positive about the qualities of conquerors. It’s ok to have mixed, and not just negative, reviews of the fact that “the sun didn’t set on the British Empire.” As well as of Napoleon, Alexander the Great, and Geronimo, but not Custer (except for his eyes) or Hitler. Or Sherman or U.S. Grant. Actually Hitler was a good artist.  Too bad the art academy rejected him.HitlerMaryWithJesus

It is offensive that baby Jesus is aryan looking because we know that Hitler believed they were superior to other races and that lesser races needed to be exterminated. And because Jesus did not have blond hair. But neither was he black, and I have seen black baby Jesuses. And I have heard of calls recently for white men to be exterminated. They say that this is only fair. What it is is unfettered, wallowingly emotional revenge gone awry.

Yes, it is very easy for alphaness to go wrong, and I know Trump has gone wrong, hopefully mostly in his past. This is why they say that power corrupts, but absolute power corrupts absolutely. But power is also necessary. Rebranded it is called leadership, resourcefulness, resoluteness, and courage. Yes, everyone needs to find and be free to express their own power, which will not be identical, as it is in many feminist movies, and not resent or envy others’. Making America Great isn’t a bad thing if you know what greatness really is.


I’ve changed my mind about Rand

by Andrea Elizabeth

A critique of Rand Paul’s ideas.

Now I’m getting on board with the idea of repeal and don’t replace. It’s not only too expensive, it’s too complicated to centrally control with tax manipulation.

Health care bill

by Andrea Elizabeth

there is no answer!

but there has to be because the way it is now and the way it was are bad

the cost drivers aren’t really addressed, which I think was Rand Paul’s point from the beginning

this morning I was mad at Rand Paul for poo pooing the  replacement bill before it could even be negotiated

I’ve also been mad at the ultra conservatives who blocked it, but what if it was bad?

I’ve been mad at Paul Ryan for not doing what was necessary to build a consensus

Trump seemed to be mostly delegating and motivating changemakers, so he’s kind of come out ok because he is new to the process, Ryan gave him assurances, he seemed to want to take the middle ground, and was willing to compromise as a good team player.

But did the republicans save or hurt themselves?

Will Trump now go further left to appease the democratic moderates?

Will the conservatives give him a better alternative? It seems to be in their court now.

The problem is that health care isn’t affordable. The democrats think the rich people can buy it for everyone. The republicans think paltry insurance for a lot of people is ok. The democrats think the republicans are cruel. The republicans think the democrats are inept, money wasting, control freaks.

One area that I think drives health care costs is research, development, and production of innovative drugs and equipment. The car industry handles improvements by offering expensive and cheap packages. And loans. But cars have a finite cost and are relatively long lasting. Healthcare needs can change on a dime.

One reason I’m more into this process than any particular outcome is that I like old country doctors who got paid with chickens and used remedies did not change all that much over time. Probably until Penicillin? But what about the mortality rates? One reason for the baby boom is that it happened before birth control and after drastically improved health care. But I’ve also heard that there wasn’t as much problem with disease in the country, it was the big cities that grew devastating illnesses. But now we’re stuck with big city living soo…. A million wrongs can’t be corrected with a single or even 150 page right. Sins also drive up medical costs – obesity, promiscuity, smoking, over-drinking, and high risk and increasingly competitive athletic activities to name a few.

So I guess I’m back on Dr. Rand Paul’s team. Please save us from socialism (which I think is the only way to fairly pay for our expensive system)! You’re our only hope.

Now that I’ve digested the end of Season 2 of the Great British Baking Show

by Andrea Elizabeth


I was disappointed Ruby lost after her awesome picnic basket pie. But her cake did fall short. She seemed to feel good enough about her Signature Challenge pie win and so after an emotionally and physically exhausting season, she didn’t seem to try as hard or have as much at stake for the other two challenges. She doesn’t apparently want to be a professional baker, as the winner perhaps does.

Paul Hollywood seemed to handle her with kid gloves the whole season. Perhaps because she was the youngest, or because she was the most compelling baker and was good for the camera. But when she disappointed during the final, he tossed her under the bus and said the pressure got to her. She has since twitter blasted him, calling him a strutting peacock among other things. This after she was accused online of flirting with him. I thought it was just clever banter and respect for his office. These behaviors are so complicated. It did make me think however about if bosses like him require people who wish to succeed to suck up to them. I think they do, so from the boss’ end they want it to be flirting instead of a witty back and forth. It depends on the state of your own heart how you interpret it. I know that pretty, smart women tend to get undercut by just about everyone because for some reason they are a threat.

I’ve changed my mind about Tamal

by Andrea Elizabeth

and Paul Hollywood in The Great British Baking Show Season 3 because of Ruby in Season 2. I thought I’d seen that season a while back but I guess I’d just seen passing by bits on TV because I don’t remember much about it at all. I’ve got 2 more episodes left, so I don’t know who wins, nor much of their backstory so I don’t know if Ruby has daddy issues like Tamal did, but she’s definitely got a confidence problem. She cried in the first episode when her bake didn’t turn out, and she’s always focusing on the negative of her own stuff. Paul is obviously trying to build her up though. I think the difference with Paul, in addition to her being a cute girl instead of boy, is that she consistently doesn’t think she deserves it and is shocked at any praise or accomplishment. Tamal, like almost all the others gets a boost when they do well, and they think they can do it, then they get overconfident and slip up and end up back in the dumps. Ruby stays down, even though she has grown over the season to “not panic about it”. It has freed her up to focus on what she, who is a very smart philosophy student, considers good and beautiful apart from herself. And her little allotment cake with shiny chocolate bark shed with carmel praline roof, pastachio lawn and poppyseed garden with tiny vegies sticking out looked delicious and charming because the materials looked like their delicious selves as well as what they represented. Everyone else’s materials were of unknown origin and only looked like what they represented. Genius. Well done, Ruby!