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February 07, 2021

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John Lewis

Put the f*cking snow back!

David

As so often with these things, an apt response would be, “You know we can hear you, right?”

asiaseen

Put the f*cking snow back!

With the rest of the street's snow as a goodwill bonus

NJH

What an anti climax. The build-up was giving me a bit of a tingle. But no racism, no patriarchy and white supremacism gone AWL.
After all, once wiminzes like this get going, the gallery expects the full deal in spades.

Horace Dunn

The next time it snows her neighbours probably won't clear her driveway for her, having read in the newspaper that she doesn't like it.

I wonder what she'll say about them then? I bet it won't be nice.

As the Irish say, she needs to cop on to herself a bit.

Richard

Let's see. Your neighbor does something useful for you, for free. You publish an article in a on a web site viewed by millions of people, all 'round the world, that you are virtuous but they are not. And, the rest of your neighbors are similarly not-virtuous.

One of the things I like about the new Biden administration is all of the tolerance and healing.

Why did you move into this den of vipers? On a practical level, I'm thinking that free driveway clearing is not in your future and that it is completely your fault. Oh, and I bet he used a pickup truck, you know about people who own pickups, right?

David

And remember, this isn’t just one unhappy leftist woman, of which, it seems, there are so many. Presumably, Ms Heffernan’s editor is somewhat sympathetic, or at least not inclined to have a quiet word about the impression being given. Say, that the article makes her sound churlish, spiteful and generally insufferable. Frankly, a bit of a cow.

On Twitter, Ms Heffernan is currently basking in the approval of her peers.

John Lewis

Heavy snow in LA?

Must be that global warming thingy.

Liz

She thinks this makes her look good. Let that sink in.

semi retired conservative

Let us pray that when wildfire season starts in the same area that Ms. Heifer-buns neighbors keep their garden hose to themselves.

pst314

But I can offer a standing invitation to make amends.

I believe it was one of the editors of Commentary Magazine who said that Trump supporters had to "crawl back" and "beg forgiveness"--which only called attention to the callous arrogance which made possible the election of Trump.

pst314

She thinks this makes her look good. Let that sink in.

It does make her look good to others on the left: I used to spend a lot of time socializing with moderate- to far-left people, and they really are that awful. Even (especially?) the ones with advanced degrees.

pst314

I was particularly struck by how she compares Trump supporters to white supremacists, Nazis, and islamo-fascist terrorists.
I suspect that her neighbors have read her column about them, and may quietly reconsider whether or not they should continue to plow her driveway.

PiperPaul

Trump supporters had to "crawl back" and "beg forgiveness"

It's cute and amazing that these people see themselves as the Ruling Class to whom non-woke normals should defer and revere.

Darleen

Heavy snow in LA?

There are a fair amount of well-heeled flatlanders in the Los Angeles basin who (as Virginia points out) have a "getaway" home in the surrounding mountains -- from Wrightwood to Big Bear there are scattered ski resorts and the towns that support them. And the flatlanders who, one way or another feel superior, to them.

It's a cliche but it is also true when you live in SoCal you can ski in the morning and then go surfing in the afternoon. The slopes at Big Bear are open ... and it was also 80 degrees in the LA basin and low 70s at the beaches yesterday.

More importantly, Ms Virginia hails from New Hampshire, probably one of the "whitest" states in the US -- and wherever she lives in the LA basin, I bet her neighborhood looks just the same and all the "diversity" in her life are the browner ones she encounters like the "exotic" fruit/flower sellers at freeway exit ramps or the Spanish-speaking workers at the really-truly authentic taqueria she patronizes -- like painted set pieces on the stage of her life.

She can't conceive of someone doing an act of neighborly kindness "just because" .. because SHE never would.

JuliaM

You don’t understand- they have - *shudder* - trucks!.

And even worse, GUNS!

http://twitter.com/page88/status/1358130781974110215

JuliaM

pst314: ’... may quietly reconsider whether or not they should continue to plow her driveway.’

I think they should continue. Maybe not stop when they get to the porch though?

Burnsie

My verdict?

This didn't happen.

That's why she has no worries about insulting her neighbor. He doesn't exist.

This is just "made up" virtue signaling from yet another pathologically lying leftist.

I'm surprised she didn't quote a 4-year-old daughter saying, "Mommy, he can plow our driveway but I'll never forgive him for supporting Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court nomination."

pst314

There are a fair amount of well-heeled flatlanders in the Los Angeles basin who (as Virginia points out) have a "getaway" home in the surrounding mountains.

Same phenomenon in other parts of America. I have noticed the contempt that those urban liberals often have for the "hicks" in the vicinity of their getaway homes.

pst314

My verdict? This didn't happen.

You could be right, but per my previous comment it could have happened. It would be amusing if someone were to do a little investigative reporting to determine the truth of her story.

Burnsie

I have noticed the contempt that those urban liberals often have for the "hicks" in the vicinity of their getaway homes.

Indeed, and it's on full display here with this privileged prig.

Steve E

I'm surprised she didn't quote a 4-year-old daughter saying...

Fweedom

aelfheld

These soi disant moral elites are certainly a resentful lot.

WTP

Thanks for the h/t. I think I got this from Insty though. Not sure.

As for pst314 "didn't happen", I kinda suspect that a little bit. But that makes it even more frightening, to me anyway, that someone would make such a thing up in such a way. I would expect at least a tidbit about running over a lamppost or something.

That said, I have a second/summer home and a couple of times in the off season we've seen on our cameras our neighbor blowing the leaves off of our back driveway Which is a bit awkward as when we first moved in there nine years ago, we were approached by his parole officer asking us a few questions. It's also a rather steep driveway, so there's a tad bit of extra effort involved. AFAIK he doesn't know about the cameras.

anon a mouse

My verdict?

This didn't happen.

Agreed. Much like the previous tale of woe, this has a Smolletish air 'bout it.

Squires

Why did you move into this den of vipers?

It’s someplace people like Her Royal Self haven’t ruined yet.

pst314

Why did you move into this den of vipers?

In my experience, leftists do this for all sorts of innocent reasons: love of nature and wilderness, outdoor sports/recreation, a desire for escape from the congestion and stress of urban life.

Darleen

But that makes it even more frightening,

Agreed. Somehow, somewhere she is feeling aggrieved that Trumpites haven't been forthcoming in groveling at her feet -- so she may have needed this excuse to tell them all what she thinks and expects of them.

You know, fake but accurate.

pst314

Commenting on the snow plow editorial, someone wrote about his neighbors: "They know who I voted for, and it doesn't matter. You see, we're adults. Adults realize that you can have political, religious, philosophical, etc differences and still be friends..."

The problem, of course, is that this becomes increasingly difficult as the left gains power: Leftism does not recognize limits on the power of the state or the spheres of life that should be treated as political, as exemplified by the infamous slogan "the personal is political". We may be happy to leave leftists alone, but they will never willingly leave us alone: "You may not be interested in leftism, but leftism is interested in you".

TomJ

I suspect there's also a need to control uncomfortable cognitive dissonance; all Trumpettes are evil, this was an act of selfless kindness, not an act of evil or of an evil-doer, how do I reconcile these concepts?

fnord

Is it my imagination or is this kind of behavior exhibited disproportionately by whammyn?

In Chicago when one has cleared a curbside parking spot it is the custom to place a chair in the space to reserve it. One time doing this after spending a half hour digging out his car a guy returned to find some spawn of Satan had removed the chair and taken the space. So he spent an hour covering the miscreant's vehicle in snow then turned the hose on it. This was the time when the temp didn't rise above the mid 20's for weeks.

Perhaps something similar might apply here.

David

Ms Heffernan’s tweets are now protected.

Burnsie

Ms Heffernan’s tweets are now protected.

Tomorrow's column: "How Trump Voters Turned My Life Into a Living Hell!"

Nikw211

Ms Heffernan’s tweets are now protected.

If you listen very carefully, you might be able to hear the gears turning in Ms Heffernan’s head as she starts to formulate an opinion piece on the horror's of the mob and the dangers faced by US journalists for being honest, truthful in their pursuit of justice.

Or something.

In any event, it reminds me of this, which, in spite of everything that's been going on over the last four or five years especially, I still cannot quite believe actually happened.

Daniel Ream

Is it my imagination or is this kind of behavior exhibited disproportionately by whammyn?

It's not your imagination. Imagine Hyacinth Bucket decrying her father and sisters, constantly indulging her gay wastrel son, and exhorting her husband for not caring enough about their relative social status, all while engaging in the most ludicrous attempts to ape what she perceives as her social superiors. Same thing.

pst314

Is it my imagination or is this kind of behavior exhibited disproportionately by whammyn?

I have read that a large fraction of the most vicious thugs in Mao's Great Cultural Revolution were women.

pst314

Certainly the most nasty leftists that I have personally known were women.

Squires

I have read that a large fraction of the most vicious thugs in Mao's Great Cultural Revolution were women.

See also: Muslim “honor” killings, where female relatives are often the major catalyst.

pst314

See also: Muslim “honor” killings, where female relatives are often the major catalyst.

And don't forget that stoning scene in Monty Python's Life of Brian, where all the stone-throwers are women.

pst314

Come to think of it, nobody has stoned me when, after staring at a plate of David's boneless pork rectums, I have said that they were good enough for Hillary Clinton/Joe Biden/Jeremy Corbyn.

pst314

[raises eyebrow at host while extracting kosher salami sandwich from coat pocket]

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Certainly the most nasty leftists that I have personally known were women.

In much the same vein, someone has trouble with a sportsball team name.

Why? Because it takes these murderous thieves who did terrible things — like locking women and children in a burning church — and makes them a symbol of freedom and adventure, erasing their wicked deeds from historical memory.

Our heroine, oddly missing neon hair, seems upset that people think she is a twit though she doesn't quite grasp the concept of "cancel culture".

NTSOG

I've just come in for a cup of coffee having been driving my tractor around a paddock for the last two hours towing a chain harrow to spread horse manure while considering the now famous Ms. Virginia Heffernan. Indeed I couldn't stop thinking about her arrogance. A comment by another famous and 'caring' woman came to mind as I raked over the piles of dung: "Qu'ils mangent de la brioche". Obviously Ms. Heffernan considers herself, like Hillary, royalty and superior to the common peasantry. I suspect though her 'pandemic getaway' is not quite so grand as the Palace at Versailles.

pst314

"Qu'ils mangent de la brioche"

Ironically there seems to be no evidence that Marie Antoinette said that, but there is have massive evidence of the "let them eat cake" attitude among today's ruling class.

Daniel Ream

she doesn't quite grasp the concept of "cancel culture"

Pro sports teams are typically named after some band or other of warriors, or some kind of predator, or some other vague platonic ideal that's good at crushing opposition. The fact that she doesn't know this, or is pretending not to know this, so she can write a handwringing article in a desperate quest for clicks, attention or grant money is also typical. Just another academic PhD nonentity sneering down her nose at the plebs for not being enlightened like her.

NTSOG

@ DR: "Pro sports teams are typically named after some band or other of warriors, or some kind of predator, ..."

Let's consider alternative names that wouldn't offend the gentile and sensitive 'petals' of the Left. How about: 'Tampa Bay Fuchsias'? "Chicago Lemmings'? 'San Francisco Chaos'? 'Denver Dancers'? I don't think that 'Washington Pansies' would get a start though.

asiaseen

another academic PhD nonentity

But, being employed by the US Army, sucking firmly on the taxpayers' tit.

PiperPaul

How about the Virginia Vaginas?

pst314

How about the Virginia Vaginas?

They can wear those pink hats.

Greg Z

Tampa Bay Fuchsias

While society has changed since the 60's in the direction of the unthreatening and therapeutic, I think the trend in football team names and visual styles has gone in the opposite direction.

If you look at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers visual style from their founding in 1976, they're wearing bright orange, a joyful 70's color (but also an appropriately tropical color for their location), and the buccaneer logo is a playful Errol Flynn type. That style was changed a couple of decades later into something darker and less willing to be seen as playful. And the XFL, founded last year, had the Tampa Bay Vipers - we're not in the world of cute mascots or cuddly toys any more.

The Miami Dolphins, founded in 1966, is a bright and joyful team name that wouldn't be chosen if the team was founded today - it would be the Miami Sharks or Stingrays or Scarfaces. And their teal and coral color scheme (1950's, tropical) would again probably be something darker or more military. The New York Jets only last year changed from the Kelly green (cheerful, decorative, pops out against a muddy field) they'd worn since the 60's to Gotham Green (dark, military, more like camouflage).

bill

Bear with me: I'm thinking laterally here.

Maybe it wasn't her Republican neighbours who plowed her driveway; maybe it was someone a bit closer to her heart. After all, did she wake up and see some people shovelling, or did she wake up and see her driveway clear of snow? I put it to you she might have just been visited by her deity (no, not Karl Marx, the other one) during the night, who may have found the chilly driveway offensive to its sensibilities and used its power to make the driveway a bit more like home.

After all we can't have Virginia saying that it was a cold day in hell before she thanked her Republican neighbours and actually have it be a cold day on her driveway.

NTSOG

@ bill: Are you suggesting Beelzebub plays for the Democrats, those souls of purity and virtue?

W Krebs

My verdict? This didn't happen.

Heffernan mentions a speech recently made by Sen. Ben Sasse where he says, "You can’t hate someone who shovels your driveway." Perhaps she might invent the neighbor expressly to respond to the Senator.

Daniel Ream

The Miami Dolphins

Male dolphins will school, isolate a lone female dolphin, and gang-rape her. Sometimes to death.

The regroover awaits.

fnord

You can’t hate someone who shovels your driveway.

I daresay she could easily hate someone who rescues the lives of her children spawn. Hell, she likely dines on kittens, washed down with a puppy smoothie.

David

My verdict? This didn’t happen.

Ms Heffernan has, I’ve discovered, churned out a long series of rather fanciful and frequently ludicrous Trump-bashing podcasts for Slate, which suggests a kind of monomania, a competitive animosity. So, I imagine that she might well behave irrationally and brattishly towards any Trump-supporting neighbours. I mean, Slate is where you’ll find content such as this as a matter of routine.

Unpleasant, psychologically marginal women is pretty much their brand.

David

Is it my imagination or is this kind of behavior exhibited disproportionately by whammyn?

As illustrated many times, “social justice” posturing does seem to attract a high concentration of women, many of whom exult in Mean Girl behaviour.

Zionist Overlord #73

But how far does the mean girl behavior differ from the median girl behavior?

Yes... sorry...the regroover it is, then.

David

But how far does the mean girl behavior differ from the median girl behavior?

[ Hides breakables. ]

WTP

Unpleasant, yes. Psychologically marginal? Not according to what I've seen on the Nextdoor app. Kind of par for the course there. A course where par is constantly shifting in one direction...ok, maybe 'par' isn't the right word...

Adam

See this from a different perspective: Ms Heffernan was “driveway shamed” by her neighbors. That is pure white privilege. Are the neighbors displaying arrogance and superiority by clearing the driveway without asking permission and then expecting to be praised? Do they assume that Ms Heffernan was unable or unwilling to clear her driveway?

I don’t want my neighbors to do things for me unasked. Don’t wash my car “for me” when you wash yours. Don’t cut my lawn when you cut yours just because you have your mower out of storage. At least ask first.

Thank you. Thank you very much.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

More feminist problems...

David

More feminist problems...

Pronouns, obviously. So, again, the standard question. Is she being honest about her racing heart and feelings of anxiety, and therefore neurotic; or merely signalling - i.e., pretending, compulsively - and therefore neurotic?

[ Added: ]

I mean, if you feel a need to go through life in effect announcing, “I VOTED DEMOCRAT! I VOTED DEMOCRAT!” and you do this all but daily, seemingly at any random opportunity – then there’s something wrong with you. And if your peers and social circle pressure you to feel that this is necessary, and in no way odd, then there’s something wrong with them as well.

pst314

More feminist problems...

It's going to get worse, as drug companies shift manufacturing to COVID vaccines and away from anti-psychotics.

Dr Evil

I wonder how many people in the USA are now wishing they had voted for Trump?

WTP

I wonder how many people in the USA are now wishing they had voted for Trump?

Yeah...I'm guessing maybe three. I would wager far more are regretting voting for Trump. Or at the least, letting anyone they know know that they voted for Trump. I say this not because of any recent events one way or the other but because I have become increasingly conscious of what total and complete cowards most people are. Especially "conservatives". Especially "conservative" friends and relatives who talk about how upset they are with what is happening to our culture, yet sit down and let our culture insult them because NFL football is so bloody important to their (soon to be) miserable little lives.

https://babylonbee.com/news/conservatives-sit-down-for-a-relaxing-evening-of-being-insulted-by-every-major-corporation-in-america

WTP

Wife sent me this. Was expecting a POC trans-woman who identifies as not having legs to touch this girl out at the end. All such elements have been previously identified on these pages. All that needs to be done is to bring those elements together to shame this arrogant paraplegic woman and her privilege. White privilege, no less.

https://youtu.be/fqWG5_7nwyk

PiperPaul

go through life in effect announcing, “I VOTED DEMOCRAT! I VOTED DEMOCRAT!”

...in order to avoid being attacked by Democrats.

rechill

People like this are why the Italians invented the phrase, "Vafunculo!"

Governor Squid

Do they assume that Ms Heffernan was unable or unwilling to clear her driveway?

I assume that they assumed that the Heffernans were too busy with their lives in the city to worry about the driveway at their country home. An uncleared driveway is a big red flag to burglars letting them know that this lovely, presumably well-appointed vacation home is unoccupied and has been since the snow fell.

One hopes that the neighbors never again make the mistake of helping out this ingrate. I look forward to her upcoming column on how her vacation home was burgled, with about 4,000 words bouncing incoherently between explaining how the burglars probably deserve her wealth more than she does and complaining that her Trumpster neighbo(u)rs did nothing to prevent the reallocation.

Governor Squid

More feminist problems...

Would it surprise anybody to learn that Ms. Orlins was a big cheerleader and participant in the BLM riots? Funny how some people in pirate costumes cheering for their team are scarier than a mob dressed in black, breaking windows and setting buildings on fire.

pst314

I don’t want my neighbors to do things for me unasked.

I have never witnessed a case of somebody resenting a neighbor shoveling their driveway or walk. Never in my entire life.

pst314

I wonder how many people in the USA are now wishing they had voted for Trump?

There do seem to be a lot of "conservatives" who prefer a gargantuan technocratic state, run by leftists and thieves, to anyone who threatens it.

sH2

More feminist problems...

'How can I make this about me'

https://twitter.com/GarbyJooman3/status/1358682244722827264

David

An uncleared driveway is a big red flag to burglars letting them know that this lovely, presumably well-appointed vacation home is unoccupied and has been since the snow fell.

Quite. Ms Heffernan doesn’t, I think, specify in the article, but I assume the drive-clearing favour was done while she was away “in the city” and wasn’t around to be asked. There’s no mention of her watching them do it, for instance, and the reader is given the impression that she’s yet to thank her neighbours or acknowledge the effort, which is something a normal person would most likely do quite promptly. And which makes the indignation and claims of “aggressive niceness” sound all the more churlish and adolescent.

That’s assuming, of course, that anything we’re told is true. Ms Heffernan’s relationship with reality does seem a little… intermittent.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

...the more churlish and adolescent.

Speaking of which...

The feminist musicologist Susan McClary infamously compared the recapitulation in his Ninth Symphony to “the throttling murderous rage of a rapist incapable of attaining release”.

From here, which is chock full of inanity.

The nationalist and colonialist appropriation of classical music by Wagner and others, with its attached racism and sexism, is part of its history.

I am not sure how classical music which was basically a product of male wypipo is colonialist or nationalistic, but OK. RTWT.

Daniel Ream

There do seem to be a lot of "conservatives" who prefer a gargantuan technocratic state

Don't get me started on s.230.

Tony

Imagine being married to this perpetually enraged, neurotic viper. A marriage, a relationship, an existence, in which everything must be analyzed, everything is fraught with multiple meanings and secondary motives, and in which EVERYTHING IS A PROBLEM. And every problem must be dissected and examined under an electron microscope and no one can be happy until Virginia is satisfied that this problem has been resolved. But....if you really think about it, can’t the resolution of a particular situation represent a problem in and of itself? Put your happiness on hold, dear, we’ve got a bit more forensic psychology to work through.

“I’m not married to Virginia Heffernan. I have never been married to Virginia Heffernan. I will never have to be married to Virginia Heffernan.”

My new serenity prayer.

Burnsie

Would it surprise anybody to learn that Ms. Orlins was a big cheerleader and participant in the BLM riots?

Not one iota.

She's also a candidate for NYC's Manhattan District Attorney. She tweets about her readiness to "fight against a cruel and unjust system that’s rigged against Black, Brown, & lower-income folks..."

But don't question her commitment to, you know, actual law and order.

NTSOG

Orlins: "... a sport that still hasn't apologized to Colin Krapernik"

Apologise to an ungrateful multi-millionaire manipulator and B-grade quarterback who needs a haircut? No!

NTSOG

'The feminist musicologist Susan McClary infamously compared the recapitulation in his [LvB's] Ninth Symphony to “the throttling murderous rage of a rapist incapable of attaining release”.'

It sounds like she needs new batteries for her toys and/or perhaps she suffers penis envy?

Steve E

In much the same vein, someone has trouble with a sportsball team name.

I don't know, maybe she's on to something. After watching the Super Bowl my 4-year-old son declared his desire to become a pirate so he could rape and pillage. Then he asked me what rape and pillage were.

Cloudbuster

My verdict?

This didn't happen.

I think it probably happened, because this is exactly the way country people treat their neighbors, and seeing as she is a nasty, leftist urbanite, I don't think it would occur to her that someone would kindly plow her driveway for her if it had never happened, because she would never think to do it herself.

Cloudbuster

See this from a different perspective: Ms Heffernan was “driveway shamed” by her neighbors. That is pure white privilege. Are the neighbors displaying arrogance and superiority by clearing the driveway without asking permission and then expecting to be praised? Do they assume that Ms Heffernan was unable or unwilling to clear her driveway?

I don’t want my neighbors to do things for me unasked. Don’t wash my car “for me” when you wash yours. Don’t cut my lawn when you cut yours just because you have your mower out of storage. At least ask first.

Thank you. Thank you very much.

I just spotted the guy people hate to have as a neighbor.

WTP

I don't know...while I don't see how the driveway plow should not be a problem because it is a lot of work and, while I haven't lived in heavy snow country as an adult, I don't see how someone could screw that up, unintentionally, I do get a tad uncomfortable when people do things for me that I am perfectly capable of doing myself, especially if it is something someone could be particular about. For example mowing the lawn. My neighbor does take care of a portion of my lawn even though we have a lawn service through our HOA...and he does as well...but seeing as he's a Californian with a battery powered lawn mower, it's oddly satisfying to let him do it. However under different circumstances I might feel differently. Unless it's a really fancy hotel, I don't like bellhops touching my bags. Especially on business trips. Not that I carry anything all that sensitive, but it just feels imposing. Don't touch me, don't touch my stuff. I'll kill yah. Got that, Francis?

WTP

Damn double negative..."don't see how the driveway plow should be a problem..."

Steve E

"don't see how the driveway plow should be a problem..."

Maybe she has a stamped concrete driveway.

NTSOG

Cloudbuster: "Ms Heffernan was “driveway shamed” by her neighbors."

Definitely a possibility. Living in rural Australia which burns most summers, clearing long grass and other natural 'kindling' is mandatory, hence we, living under threat of serious firestorms, slash, rake and pick up anything that could ignite as well as laying out fire fighting equipment just in case. A new neighbour from England - not many bushfires in England I understand - moved in on the small property next door. His Lordship turned out to be the worst type of arrogant Pommy Bastard and started immediately, in an abusive manner, demanding we cease all normal farming practices because machinery makes a noise - he claimed to be a 'brain' worker. He allowed his property to become completely overgrown with waist-high grass. His property thus threatened all others living nearby. A visit by local council authorities, at my suggestion, resulted in him having to cut his grass and clean up or be prosecuted. Soon after I took great delight, one day when he was home, in using my tractor with slasher to cut the overgrown grass along his road frontage.

pst314

His Lordship turned out to be the worst type of arrogant Pommy Bastard

I never cease to be amazed at the idiots who move to a new location seemingly without first learning anything about the people and about the necessary and prudent practices for all landowners, after which they angrily object to one local custom after another.
What's more, I have seen it work both ways:
1. Liberals buy rural home where they can keep lots of dogs, and live there for years. Farmer neighbor sells land to developer. City folks buy new homes, and immediately complain about the barking dogs.
2. The same liberals buy second home in the woods, and immediately start complaining about the habits of the locals.

NTSOG

pst 314: "I never cease to be amazed at the idiots who move to a new location seemingly without first learning anything about the people and about the necessary and prudent practices for all landowners, after which they angrily object to one local custom after another."

This particular English "Lord of the Manor' - his 'estate' was about 3 acres in area - also complained about our horses and, twice, our cattle mooing on a farm in an area zoned for farming! His final mistake was to complain about the cattle mooing to one of the local Coppers, treating said Copper as though he was just a country bumpkin Plod. The copper investigated the previous 6 years of abuse, intimidation and one assault before taking action. The Copper later explained what action he took: "I visited his face and told him if he didn't like living in rural Australia he should move back to live in a city, preferably London!"

We never heard a peep out his Lordship again.

pst314

"I visited his face and told him if he didn't like living in rural Australia he should move back to live in a city, preferably London!"

Please thank the PC for not suggesting that his Lordship move to the States. :-D

Fred the Fourth

I have a neighbor like that. From North Carolina or some similar moist state.
Here, we are on the edge Of The Great Western Desert (i.e. California, where some fires happen some times).
Lady thinks the volunteer pines and Oaks are cute. I think they are a bit less flammable than petrol.
Her hubby won't deal with it.
Hence, visits from the local fire team.
I wake to the cheerful sound of chainsaws...

NTSOG

FtF: "California, where some fires happen some times."

California nowadays appears to be just as volatile as Australia in summer and also appears to be blessed with the same absolutist Green mentality about conserving underbrush, also known as kindling, so fires burn so hot everything is killed.

TomJ

On Miss Orlins: https://twitter.com/Btaylor74/status/1358819234428583937?s=19

Turpilianus

I was struck forcibly by the sentence "They did not attend a citywide celebration for the 100th birthday of Charles de Gaulle, the war hero who orchestrated the liberation of his country from Nazi Germany in 1944". He did what? Whatever he did, sulking in London for most of the time, he did not orchestrate the liberation. That was done by the armies of Britain, the US, and Canada. He was allowed to enter Paris first, and NOT ONCE did he mention or thank his liberators. This person is also historically illiterate as well as deficient in humanity.

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