Category: TDE’s Weekly Jeremiad

Seven Days Make One Weak

Gardening is here, believe it or not

Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

If you’re new to TDE,  you haven’t seen many gardening posts. That’ll change as spring nears. I already have posts and essays in the hopper.

Yeah, I know: “Scheske, it’s 10 degrees outside and a deep freeze is on the way. You shouldn’t even mention gardening!”

I disagree.

A farming client told me a late last month that seed companies were already running out of stock. I went (ran) home that night and put in my order at Johnny’s.

About 1/3rd of my selections were gone already, and then it took two weeks for my order to arrive.

I gotta believe the selections are going to get more sparse and delivery times slower as the temperatures warm.

So it’s not too early to think about April, not at all.

There’s a great gardening book called “The Tao of Vegetable Gardening.” The author, Carol Deppe, applies Taoist principles (especially that of wu-wei, “not doing”) to the soil, but the book isn’t about Taoism. It’s all about gardening. The Taoism is rarely explicit, but rather merely laces, or informs, the book as a whole.

I like the book because it cuts against “intensive gardening” (my phrase).

When I read about gardening, authors often talks about plotting out the land, keeping planting journals, etc.

I don’t do that. During idle moments, I often think about gardening, but I rarely resort to writing things down, except for reminders. I rarely plan and when I do, I don’t follow the plans.

Which really cuts against my nature. I plan, scheme, think about the future . . . worry . . . to an embarrassing extent. I am an affront to Matthew 6:27.

But not in the gardening at … Read the rest

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GameStop, Tolkien, and Re-booted TWE

The GameStop short game has been great fun.

But it opened my eyes to the Byzantine relationships on Wall Street, relationships and dealings so complex that the average guy can’t even take the time to try to understand them. It opened my eyes to see that I don’t get it myself.

ZeroHedge broke it down the best it could figure. It’s complicated, but it appears to come down to this: Due to regulations put in place by Dodd Frank, Robin Hood had to post proof of liquidity that it didn’t have due to the short squeeze, and at least one of its backers was one of the hedge funds getting squeezed and couldn’t help them, so Robin Hood was (is?) in trouble.

 So, it wasn’t a case of Wall Street protecting their own. It was a case of Robin Hood trying to survive.

But that doesn’t explain why TD Ameritrade and other platforms suspended trading as well.

I’d love to get to the bottom of it, but I’m afraid it’s beyond my pay scale. If anyone sees a cogent explanation, please send it along.

If you didn’t notice, the re-booted Weekly Eudemon podcast is back.

I launched three episodes this week, but that won’t continue.

The plan is . . . not to have a plan. I will post episodes when mood, sobriety, and time permits. 

That being said, I suspect I’ll release a new episode every Sunday, just like I used to.

The podcast is “rebooted” in the sense that I don’t do multiple segments and I don’t edit the audio (besides doing a few basic things to eliminate “tinny” sounds and such). It’s much more like a radio show, with all the speaker’s faults and such.

I found the process of editing … Read the rest

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Taibbi on the MSM problem, puzzles, the Rolling Stones, and seed catalogues

Matt Taibbi nails another media analysis.

He points out that increasing numbers of Americans don’t trust the media and think it’s understandable.

There are at least three reasons.

One, the media is ridiculously partisan.

John Heileman at MSNBC compared Biden’s speech to Abe Lincoln’s second inaugural, and suggested that the sight of “the Clintons, the Bushes, and the Obamas” gathered for the event was like “the Marvel superheroes all back in one place” (this was not the first post-election Avengers comparison to be heard on cable). Rachel Maddow talked about going through “half a box of Kleenex” as she watched the proceedings. Chris Wallace on Fox said Biden’s lumbering speech was “the best inaugural address I ever heard,” John Kennedy’s “Ask Not” speech included. The joyful tone was set the night before by CNN’s David Challen, who said lights along the Washington Mall were like “extensions of Joe Biden’s arms embracing America.”

Two, the media has been partisan for a long time, but over the past ten years, Taibbi points out, the mainstream press has become Pravda for the Democratic Party (my analogy, not Taibbi’s). But unlike the editors at Pravda, the MSM editors admit and defend it, saying it’s their job to stomp out dissident views.

If anything, Sullivan said, the press should stand even taller in its opposition to red-state lie merchants like Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz, “without fearing that they’d be called partisan.”

Karen Attiah, the Post’s global opinions editor, took the same approach. She wrote that Trump had been caused in part by the media’s penchant for “balance” and “presenting both sides.” Going forward, it will therefore be necessary to work even harder avoid missteps like 

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The Left goes left, Taibbi, investments

I’ve noticed something lately: The liberals I opposed in my youth are the thinkers I enjoy the most these days.

I was born conservative. Not Alex Keaton conservative, but definitely on the Right and far more politically interested than my peers.

As a student at the University of Michigan and Notre Dame, I always found myself to the right of my acquaintances, often uncomfortably so.

But now, 30 years later? Those old liberals and I have moved closer together.

I no doubt drifted a bit to the Left. Although my history studies and innate conservatism initiated my interest in converting to Catholicism, once I joined the Church, I adopted a worldview and faith that tempered my more conservative instincts.

But I was still a JPII convert, which means I have remained conservative.

So I’ve concluded those liberals from my youth have drifted to the Right, which would be normal. People get more conservative as they get older, especially once they have kids and realize that it’s a beautiful world that doesn’t need to be torn down by a centralized state to create a world you’d prefer. When you hold that baby, you think, “This is alright. Right here, right now.” And at that moment, your mental landscape shifts to the Right.

Liberalism is discontent with present moment. Conservatism is contentment with the present moment. That’s why liberalism wants to change things and conservatives want to keep them the same. It doesn’t make one correct and one wrong. It’s just the way things are.

It also means that those self-identified “Lefties” in their 50s are beginning to think more like me. They’re still Leftists, but they have sensibilities more like mine. I’m talking about folks like Bill Burr, Joe Rogan, and Matt Taibbi.

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The Party of Trump; the illogic of riots

Whatta week.

I kept wanting to jump in with a few posts, but things were unfolding so rapidly, I figured that, no matter what, my post would be irrelevant (or possibly dead wrong) within an hour.

So Trump is finally gone.

It’s good he’s leaving peacefully . . . er, um, peacefully eventually.

Here’s the thing about Trump. Both the Right and the Left have been right about him. Both sides of the political coin loved or hated him, and both sides were correct about him.

The Right pointed out that he was the best response to the federal government and its ongoing raping of the public purse in favor of its cronies. For the life of me, I can’t understand how the Left hates the rich but turns a blind eye to the federal government’s doling out of massive riches to its friends, but no matter: Trump may have been the best solution to this since the Articles of Confederation . . . or maybe Calvin Coolidge. In this, I’d call him “St. Trump.” He fought evil.

The Left pointed out that Trump didn’t give a rip about fighting evil. He’s a narcissistic person who saw an opportunity (to be a champion against central government) and took it so he could be President to feed his out-sized ego.

Both narratives are correct, but they need to be blended in order to provide the full picture. I believe Joe Rogan once said Trump isn’t a Democrat or a Republican. He’s the party of Trump.

That’s the best description I’ve heard. “The party of Trump.” A combination of limited government and ego that resists friends and alliances, especially in the Beltway, where being for limited government is worse than being a child molester … Read the rest

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Lee Rocker, Joseph Epstein, Richard Pipes

Happy New Year.

Should that be capitalized? Probably. Holidays are generally capitalized, so if you’re referencing the New Year holiday, then it’s capitalized.

But if you’re merely saying, “Welcome to the new year,” then probably not.

It was a very good New Year for Alabama and Ohio State, who showed what everyone should know: The ACC is a second-rate football conference. It’s always been a fact, though it does occasionally produce great teams, like Clemson lately and, before that, a few Florida State teams.

Particularly sweet about the ACC’s double thrashings: It seems to be pushing for the title of “Most Woke” among all the conferences. I used to think of the ACC as a basketball conference with a football schedule. Now I just think of the ACC as garbage.

Health Care Worker COVID Deniers?

What is going on? Apparently, large numbers of California health workers are refusing the COVID vaccine.

These are health care workers. You remember them: the heroes. The ones who put their lives at risk to fight COVID. The brave.

But they don’t want the vaccine?

Are they like those reckless heroes who run into a heavily-shelled and land-mined No Man’s Land to retrieve the corpse of the regiment’s mascot dog? And doing it naked, no less?

Or are they simply weighing the risks and concluding the risks associated with the unknowns of the vaccine outweigh the risks of getting the disease itself? Are they looking at the people they treat and saying, “What, exactly, is the big deal again? Why are we so freaked out over the cold, albeit a particular virulent, contagious, and nasty cold?”

I don’t plan on getting the vaccine. I probably would if I hadn’t already caught COVID (it really does suck, in … Read the rest

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Yeah, I know: The weekly column is a day late.

But I also know: I told you not to expect another 7D1W column this year, yet here I am.

I just returned from a whirlwind trip to Detroit to see the in-laws. Some of the finest folk this side of the Pecos.

Unfortunately, I like to keep myself on the other side of the Pecos. It’s a weird character flaw on my end, spawned from (i) an intense dose of introversion, (ii) time jealousy formed from years as an attorney where every minute is literally worth dollars (which is, in my opinion, the most damning thing about my profession), and (iii) the unfortunate narcissism born of being born the youngest.

I don’t know how many years (hours?) I have left on this lovely earth, but I fear I’m not going to get that flaw fixed before I leave. My seven kids have unintentionally tried to beat it out of me but to no avail.

News: Expect a newsletter. I have instructed the TDE Tech Department to start working on it. I hope to start soliciting email addresses in early 2021, with a newsletter launch in March. You can beat the crowd by emailing me at

Listening: “Never Ending Song of Love” by Delaney & Bonnie (1971). I’ve heard this song off-and-on over the past 40 years. A few years back, I tried hard (using the Google Machine for over an hour) to find a name after hearing it on the radio while driving. I gave up, but then stumbled across it yesterday. It’s gotta be one of the best feel-good love songs of all time.

For some reason, I love hearing their friends whooping in the background.

Reading: Balkan Ghosts: A Journey Through History by Robert Kaplan. … Read the rest

Seven Days Make One Weak: Christmas Edition

TDE, Pork, BLM, and a Wonderful Life

Welcome to the end of 2020. December 23rd.

The whole world pretty much “checks out” at this point, an annual relief from workaday pressures. This year, the relief is amplified by COVID.

TDE blogging will continue, but on a lighter schedule, as evidenced by this 7D/1W Christmas column. There probably won’t be a Saturday column for the rest of 2020. Though I plan on blogging the rest of 2020, I doubt there will be any new feature pieces or smaller articles. The site will be almost entirely “blog-type” posts.


TDE has been trending upward over the past month. We had our biggest day of the year yesterday: 622 different “Unique Visitors” came. It’s a great note on which to end the active writing year.

We expect more developments next year. We have an active writer on board, who has requested our writing guidelines and plans to start submitting in January. We’ll see how it develops.

If you’re interested in writing for TDE, you can email me at the contact form at the top of the page.

Pork City

If you think more federal government is the answer to anything, you should be required to sit in a dark cell with a bare lightbulb over your head and the 5,500-page stimulus relief package. You should then be required to locate every item of spending and highlight those that are not directly related to COVID relief.

If you then still believe the federal government is the answer to anything, you can leave your cell, but will then be summarily executed, consistent with the solutions provided by powerful central governments over the past 100 years.

President Trump spoke the truth bluntly: “It really is a disgrace.” 

I’d call it “disgusting.” The New Read the rest