Eden Hill Journal

Comments, dreams, stories, and rantings from a middle-aged native of Maine living on a shoestring and a prayer in the woods of Maine. My portion of the family farm is to be known as Eden Hill Farm just because I want to call it that and because that's the closest thing to the truth that I could come up with. If you enjoy what I write, email me or make a comment. If you enjoy Eden Hill, come visit.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Shithole America

Yesterday, Martin Luther King Day, Newsweek published an article online titled "TRUMP'S AMERICA IS A SHITHOLE COUNTRY"

You read that right. The web address that I give here was copy and paste as of 9:30 AM January 16, 2018. I'll paste it again:

I'd copy and paste the title of the article too but the web page won't allow me to highlight and copy.

I wonder how long it will take Newsweek to change the title of this article.

Headline articles on my MSN home page as I compose this post include:
  • Warren: Trump is a ‘racist bully’
  • Graham breaks with fellow Republicans on Trump comments
  • Analysis: Why Trump voters need the immigrants they want to turn away
  • Too old for DACA, man who spent 30 years of his life in U.S. is deported
  • Melania’s Martin Luther King Day message criticized
  • Schumer: ‘I totally believe’ Durbin over Trump
  • Inside the tense, profane White House meeting on immigration
  • Trump fueling assault on democracy, report says
It takes some serious willpower to believe the word of Lindsey Graham and Dick Durban and ignore everyone else. Newsweek handles the problem first by hitting Trump with an ad hominem concerning women and then suggesting there is a consensus even among his supporters that Trump is a racist.

Is it any wonder that some people think the news is slanted heavily to the left?


Paraphrase, according to Dictionary dot com means, as a noun, "a restatement of a text or passage giving the meaning in another form, as for clearness; rewording.''

There are two key points in that definition. One is "rewording" and the other is "meaning". Paraphrasing, to me at least, is akin to translating. You use different words, even different grammar if necessary, but your intent is to make the original meaning as clear as possible in a language that is more easily understood, hopefully. Changing the wording with the intent of either masking or altering the original meaning is not, by my definition at least, paraphrasing.

A good example of paraphrasing has come up in the online world recently. I'm a follower of Infowars dot com which recently presented a video of Oprah discussing racism saying (via copy and paste from Snopes):

Of course the problem is not solved. As long as people can be judged by the color of their skin, the problem’s not solved. As long as there are people who still… And there’s a whole generation — I said this for apartheid South Africa, I said this for my own community in the South — there are still generations of people, older people, who were born and bred and marinated in it, in that prejudice and racism, and they just have to die.

It is my opinion that Oprah wasn't referring to generations of Blacks or generations of Asians or generations of First Nations or generations of Jews. It is clear to me that she was referring to generations of white people. So if I were to paraphrase what Oprah said in order to clarify what she meant I would paraphrase it to show that she was referring to generations of white people. That is, after all, what my brain heard when it processed her statement and I suspect I'm not alone here. I seriously doubt that there were very many people whose intellectual subconscious heard Oprah say that generations of Blacks need to die.

Snopes calls it "false" and "absurd" to suggest that Oprah was referring to white people.

Go figure... 

Sunday, January 14, 2018


We all know what a consensus is

Saturday, January 13, 2018

The Shithole Democrat

I would like to remind any reader of this post that in the news this week, top story in the mainline media and everywhere else, is the story that President Trump is alleged to have used the term "shithole" in a confidential meeting of congressmen discussing immigration. He used the term to refer to some of the third-world countries where, if the films we may have watched in recent years are showing the truth, many of the residents live in impoverished, disease and crime-ridden shanty towns under unimaginably deplorable conditions.
One Democrat is alleged to have emerged from this meeting and immediately shared this politically incorrect reference with the media which took the football and ran from goalpost to goalpost over and over again day after day twenty-four hours a day and continue to do so while simultaneously proclaiming that the term they are ceaselessly repeating should not be spoken, ever, anywhere.
Am I the only one who sees irony in this liberal behavior? I mean if I had been in that meeting and if I had heard the President of the United States use such language, would my first thought be oh man I need to share this one with the whole world or would I perhaps have taken Trump aside and told him I didn't like hearing him talk that way and if I ever hear that term again I'd make sure he regrets it. I don't believe I would be in any rush to shame the office of the President of the United States publicly when there clearly could have been a better way to handle it.

But then again, I'm not a Democrat.

January Thaw

Back in the fifties and sixties when I was growing up right here in what is now often referred to as the Maine highlands it was common to have a "January thaw". My mother always talked about it as a certainty, something that could be expected each year no matter how cold a winter we were having. As I write, a brisk west wind is rapidly pushing this year's first January thaw off to the east.

For the past few weeks winter here in Maine has been brutally cold. My snow blower blew a drive belt two snowstorms back and the cold and wind were so severe I didn't even want to diagnose the problem for fear of freezing my face and fingers. It was so cold I didn't even want to walk the machine downtown to the repair shop. Finally this past Tuesday it was warm enough to attempt a repair. I wound up making a trip to Bangor for a new auger drive belt discovering along the way that the reservoir for the windshield washer in my pickup had frozen to a solid block of green ice, green from the summer wiper fluid which I forgot to change when fall and winter came along. This demonstrates how isolated I am in winter when it's early January before I even think to use my windshield washer. I haven't been out of town much in the past couple of months.

Last Thursday we had the big snowstorm. I managed to shovel maybe a quarter of the driveway but left it at that. At one point I used snowshoes to get to one of my compost piles with some seriously outdated squash and apples, sinking about a foot deep in the crust-free snow that had accumulated since the start of winter. This part of Maine had accumulated an adequate enough amount of snow to please just about any New England snow enthusiast. Then came the forecast for the second half of this week.

The first signs of the thaw came on Tuesday. My Bangor trip began with cloudy skies and gusty winds blowing a light early morning snowfall onto the highway. South of Dover-Foxcroft the sun was out. The road from there to Bangor heads southeast facing pretty much directly into the sun, low on the horizon of course since it is, after all, January, and it was reflecting directly into my eyes from the soaking wet salt-slurry slicked pavement. Fun driving holding one hand in front of my face blocking the glare and driving with the other. Bangor, though, felt like the first day of spring, sunny and warm with snow melting everywhere. I wasn't ten miles from Bangor on my return trip, though, before it was cloudy again with stiff cold gusts of wind blowing powder snow across the road just as it had done on the drive south. The further north I drove the farther from spring it felt.

I was able to get my snow blower back together and after hours of work get my entire driveway cleared again. I was in a rush to get the job done before the thaw, forecast for Thursday and Friday, turned everything to mush. And turn to mush it did, especially Friday. I'm going to say we lost a good half of our snow accumulation between Thursday evening and Saturday morning. It rained and rained and rained.

So now the freeze begins again! Mentally I'm having a hard time coming to terms with the idea that it's still only the second week in January. There are still months of cold weather and snow ahead for us Mainers. January thaws are such a tease!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Everybody Loves Oprah the Social Justice Warrior

Watch the way Oprah says this. You maybe can excuse the words, but there is no way to excuse the way she said this.

Monday, January 08, 2018

The Trump Tape

While I'm at it today, speaking of Hollywood, I had Thanksgiving dinner with the in-laws this past November - yes I know you know Thanksgiving is always in November here in Maine - but anyway one of my brother-in-laws brought up the Access Hollywood Trump tape where, according to this brother-in-law, Trump confessed to molesting women. Actually I think how the conversation actually went down was he asked what's the difference between what Harvey Weinstein and Al Franken and Conyers and all the rest were being accused of and what Donald Trump was accused of and I said the difference is the others admitted it and Trump didn't so he brought up the Access Hollywood tape and I said Trump didn't admit to raping and/or harassing women in that tape. He was talking about how easy it is to molest women when you're rich. He didn't say he does these things.

Actually I was just guessing. I didn't know that for sure. But I had watched the video and heard what Trump said and I couldn't recall him actually saying he made a practice of actually physically molesting unwilling women. After that Thanksgiving dinner talk I intended to check my claim so I listened again today on this YouTube video picked at random from the results of my Google search.

As disgusting as Trump's locker room words were in this video, I am inclined to think this backs up what I told the in-laws. Trump does admit to hitting on (attempting to seduce) some married woman and he admits to kissing women and he does indeed appear to give the lady in this tape a socially acceptable peck on perhaps the ear which is the only touching he actually does admit to doing on this scandalous tape but as with so much other Trump speak the Left has successfully used this tape to "prove" to their herds of obedient mind-numbed sheep that Trump grabs women by the pussy.

I'm inclined to think that he doesn't make a practice of behaving that way but the Left doesn't seem to care. Perception is reality for the Left. The end justifies the means.