Welcome to Clean Monday. It's the Greek Orthodox Church's Ash Wednesday. So if you already botched your Lenten vows, you can kinda start over today.
One was stupid, one was vapid,
one was heretical: my experiences with retreats. I vowed never to do another, but alas, I have the resolve of a Kennedy in a brothel three-year-old in a candy shop, so I'm going to another one. This one, I'm assured, will be different. It's a Cursillo. Three days. I can't have my phone or my car. Fortunately, it's being held only five miles from my house . . . and just a mile from a bar where I know the manager. If it's no good, I'll have my LPT (Leather Personnel Transport) take me to the nearest pay phone and call for help.
To be honest, I'm far more optimistic than that. If the retreat, however, starts out with a day dedicated to instructing me on the ABCs of Catholicism, I'm going to bolt. The devil knows scripture, this I know from personal experience. I'm interested in application.
The polar vortex has split. I don't know what that means, but I understand the result: warmer temperatures for me. "[T]he vortex over western Canada could bring spring-like conditions for the Eastern U.S. in the second half of February through early March. Temperatures for the next few weeks could be 20 to 25 degrees Fahrenheit above average for this time of year. Highs in the 70s Fahrenheit are possible from Washington, D.C. to New York City." Link.
Common sense slowly makes its way back: "The Department of Education has decided it will not investigate or interfere if transgender students complain they are barred from bathrooms that match their chosen gender . . . On Thursday, Buzzfeed asked Liz Hill, a spokesperson for the Department of Education, if restroom complaints from transgender students are not covered by a 1972 federal civil rights law called Title IX. Hill answered, 'Yes, that's what the law says,” adding on Friday, “Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, not gender identity.'" Link.
Of course, as soon as we get another demogogue in the White House, the policy will switch, which is why we simply need to shrink the federal government. If the federal government didn't have so much power, neither side would be able to wield it.
It reminds me of Frank Chodorov, who opposed the Red Scare witch hunts. Someone said, what would you do about Communists in high government offices? Chodorov said, "Eliminate the high government offices."
Both books linked above are classics, btw.