Category Archive: These Are The Crazy Years

Destroying our history to save our country … doesn’t work.

The City of Dallas has declared its statue of Robert E. Lee — removed from a city park two years ago — as “surplus property” and is putting it up for sale.

To say that this is ridiculously stupid is to treat the issue with kindness and charity.

You may call Lee and the rest of the leaders of the Southern Confederacy traitors (and many under-educated Americans do), but the fact is that none of them were ever tried as traitors, and indeed, all but one of them accepted amnesty and was eventually restored to citizenship.  The same is true clear down to the soldiers in the trenches — anyone who applied for amnesty got his citizenship back.

In the end, not treating anyone but Jefferson Davis as a war criminal (and that was mostly his own fault, but a strong case can be made that Davis was mentally disturbed during at least the last year of the war, and then for the rest of his life) is what glued the country back together.

Now in our modern day, we see those who would tear the country down destroying monuments to the men who, probably more than anyone else, kept things from flying apart after Appomattox. They were formidable and honorable soldiers, but they also knew when they were licked, and they laid down their arms without a lot of fanfare. And when the Army of Northern Virginia paraded through the Union lines to lay down their arms, they were saluted by the Union troops, and in turn saluted back. Thus the healing began.

Lee himself urged many, many butternut soldiers, both in person and in writing, to sign the amnesty forms and get their citizenship back. His own would have been restored had it not been for Secretary of State William Henry Seward, one of the biggest jackasses in Lincoln’s cabinet short of Edwin M. Stanton. Instead, it had to be restored posthumously in 1974 by vote of Congress, after someone discovered in the National Archives Lee’s amnesty form that had been hidden away by Seward after he received it.

If you have not studied the Civil War and its aftermath, you probably have no idea how many soldiers pleaded with Lee to disappear with them into the mountains to continue the resistance against the Federals — and the fact that he did not, and indeed scolded them for even considering such a doomed pursuit, is another mark in his favor. To tear down his monuments is to deny his importance to our history, regardless of his actions in the field between April 1861 and April 1865.  The same is true of the monuments raised to other great men of the Civil War, including some like Major General George H. Thomas, who fought for the Union, but is now denigrated because his family in Virginia owned slaves.

Full disclosure: I’m a Hoosier, born and bred. Members of my family fought on both sides. It doesn’t matter because it ended over a century and a half ago, with the Union restored and slavery ended. That being said, I believe in my heart that the South was correct about States’ Rights, and we see the result of their defeat on that subject today in our massively expanded Federal Government, which operates far beyond the pale of what was agreed upon in Philadelphia during that hot summer of 1787.

You really want to tear the country apart? Keep tearing down our history. That will do it just fine.

Stupid people doing stupid things

Two separate articles in the WSJ this morning bring the asshattery.

One is on page A2 of the dead tree edition, entitled “Measles Outbreaks Show No Sign of Slowing”.  The last paragraph is idiotic:

Skepticism about vaccines is growing in the U.S., particularly in insular communities, where several measles outbreaks have occurred in recent years.

In what FUCKING world would that make anyone a skeptic about vaccines?  Or keep any but the most stupidly stubborn from allowing that maybe vaccines would be a good idea, since WE ERADICATED MEASLES FROM THE US IN 2000????  What do they think we used to do that?  Witch doctor mumbo jumbo and dancing around bonfires?

Fucking clueless idiots.

Then on page A3, there’s this, entitled “Rising Rents Give Rise to New Lenders”.  Again, the last couple of paragraphs illustrate the stupidity of some people:

Alexander Kaplan, a tech entrepreneur, moved back to New York after years of living abroad.  He had paid roughly $500 a month to live in what he called “the Soho” of Belgrade, Serbia.

“Coming back here I was quite shocked,” said Mr. Kaplan, who rents a studio apartment on Manhattan’s Upper West Side for $2,800 a month.  He borrowed $10,000 last year from a loan startup focusing on young college graduates facing hefty move-in costs.

More asshattery.  You moved to New York City.  To the Upper West Side.  And you think you’re going to get an apartment for $500 a month? Moron.

According to Wikipedia,

Like the Upper East Side, the Upper West Side is an affluent, primarily residential area with many of its residents working in commercial areas of Midtown and Lower Manhattan. … The Upper West Side is considered to be among New York City’s wealthiest neighborhoods.

When I lived in Washington DC for a year in 1995, I had a crappy one-bedroom apartment up in Silver Spring that cost $973/month.  When I moved home to Indy the next year, I got a nice two-bedroom (well, it was really a one-bedroom with a loft which I used for my office) apartment on the north side near my folks’ for $525/month.  (And that same apartment is still only around $600/month over 20 years later.  Neighborhood’s not as nice anymore, though.)

What is perhaps more moronic is that this article is talking about lenders who are lending money to people who can’t afford their rent.  Specifically one person says it’s because her pay is sporadic.  (She’s a model and designer in Hollywood.  Isn’t everyone?  That, or an actor or a writer.  And they all seem to be waiting tables when they’re telling you this.)

I mean, I get payday lending, but lending specifically designed to help you pay the rent?  Holy shit.  What have we come to?  This is as bad as student loans, if you ask me.

The economic fairyland of the modern progressive

A friend — sadly, a progressive friend — recently got all bent out of shape because the little cafe at Target now boasts an automated “front of the house”, thereby putting someone out of a job.  This is, according to him and his little progressive friends, little more than the rich getting richer, giant tyrannical Target Corp. with more money than it needs simply grubbing for more of the same.

Yeah, right.  Before you go to the barricades, think about this.

Automation at this level was never worth the candle until mandated minimum wages outstripped the value of human labor.

You can blame the rich all you want, but the fact is, at $15 an hour, nobody can afford to have humans doing this sort of work. And without a reasonable return on investment, businesses shut down. Even the little cafe at Target can’t afford to operate at a loss, because on the company’s balance sheet, it’s a cost center that needs to turn a profit at the end of the day. So unless you want to pay $10 for that $3 hot dog, it’s going to be a self-serve proposition.

Minimum wages were never intended to be living wages. They were supposed to be entry-level wages for inexperienced workers, like high school kids working part time at the local burger joint. Do these types of jobs have value? Sure. They teach basic skills to entry-level workers. And they’re not worth $15/hour plus all the other expenses incumbent on employers, like unemployment insurance, workman’s comp, employer’s half of Social Security — all of which are based on a percentage of the worker’s pay as opposed to being a flat cost, so whenever the minimum wage goes up, so does all that hidden-to-you cost to the employer, which runs (according to an MIT study that you can Google) another 25 to 40 percent of the employee’s base salary.

If you’ve never run a business or made a payroll and then had to pay all the additional squeeze to the government, that’s all invisible to you. And you complain when prices go up or something like Target automating their little cafe happens, and you don’t understand why that could possibly be, or how it could be anything but an amoral money grab on the part of a rich corporation, because Target obviously has more money than it needs.

Why this sort of thing happens is just basic economics. I understood that in high school, maybe before.  Yet one of my friend’s little Commie commenters opined, “Avarice is not just a sin. It is a sickness. They just can’t get enough. I do pity those poor wealthy souls.”

Yeah well…fuck you, you fucking idiot.  Go crack a book on econ, sometime, if you want to learn why businesses don’t like paying $15/hr minimum wages.

Beavering away at beating a dead horse

Badgering us with this cock and bull is very pig headed of them and displays a very dog in the manger attitude. I believe they’re just crying wolf, and the whole dog and pony show will go away because in a dog eat dog world hounding people to go along with something like this, like lambs to slaughter, is a harebrained idea – because a leopard can’t change its spots. They’re just setting themselves up as a shaggy dog kangaroo court.

— Seen on Facebook, in response to PETA’s campaign to eliminate “anti-animal language”

Seriously, PETA steps on their dick a lot these days with their brain-dead ideas on how to make the world safe for veganism.  Google “Jimmy’s Seafood” for a pretty good example of a business punching back.

Huh.

UK supreme court backs bakery that refused to make gay marriage cake

A Belfast bakery run by evangelical Christians was not obliged to make a cake emblazoned with the message “support gay marriage”, the supreme court has ruled, overturning a £500 damages award imposed on it.

The unanimous decision by the UK’s highest court was greeted as a victory for free speech but condemned by gay rights groups and the Equality Commission of Northern Ireland as a backward step in combating discrimination.

Of all places, the UK.  And of all newspapers, the Guardian.

Freedom of expression, as guaranteed by article 10 of the European convention on human rights, includes the right “not to express an opinion which one does not hold”, [Justice and Supreme Court President Lady Brenda] Hale added. “This court has held that nobody should be forced to have or express a political opinion in which he does not believe,” she said.

“The bakers could not refuse to supply their goods to Mr Lee because he was a gay man or supported gay marriage, but that is quite different from obliging them to supply a cake iced with a message with which they profoundly disagreed.”

How about that.  Note that this is pretty much the same conclusion the US Supreme Court reached in the recent Masterpiece Cakeshop decision.  It seems pretty cut and dried to me; the concept of free speech dictates that you can’t force me to agree with you, which extends to forcing me to produce something that makes it appear that I do agree with you.  Yet the dingbat who brought the case seems unable to process that simple concept:

After the ruling, Lee said: “I’m very confused about what this actually means. We need certainty when you go to a business. I’m concerned that this has implications for myself and for every single person.”

Well, if you really want certainty, businesses could go back to posting signs like “NO DOGS OR IRISH”, but that would be rude.  But what it means, Mr. Lee, is that you can’t walk into a business and expect that business to cheerfully create art for you that goes against their personal beliefs, regardless of whether or not you believe that should be the case.  Nobody went out and made you king of the world because you happen to be gay, just like nobody goes out and makes someone king of the world because they’re Christian, or female, or black or white or whatever.  And since you aren’t king of the world, you can fuck off; and you’ve now been told that by the highest court in the UK.  Do you really want to take it all the way to the EU?  Is it really worth it?  Think carefully before replying.

As in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case, I’m going to guess that the folks at Ashers had no problem selling you anything pre-made out of their inventory — the only thing they refused to do was decorate a cake in a particular way that offended their beliefs.  And instead of politely declining their offer, and finding another cake shop that would do what you wanted, you got all huffy and filed suit.

One would almost think this was really a setup, just like the Masterpiece Cakeshop kerfuffle was.  Hasn’t anyone made it clear yet that the rest of the world is really sick and tired of this sort of confrontational bullshit?

No, really. You should all be worried.

There’s a saying about fascism that’s always amused me — “The dark night of fascism is always descending in the United States and yet lands only in Europe.”*

I’ve long thought that there is a corollary:  “The dark night of political violence is always descending on the Republican Party and yet lands only on the Democratic Party.”

Physical attacks on members of the other party are not new in the American Republic.  If we count the Hamilton-Burr duel, they go clear back to the Founding.  Add in Preston Brooks and his caning of Charles Sumner in the Senate chamber.  Brooks, like Burr, was some form of Democrat (the Democratic Party of today is the descendant of earlier parties that we would consider leftist).  Brooks was also a slaveholder from South Carolina.

And while the above are fairly egregious and amount to cherry-picking on my part, the fact is that most political violence that has occurred in the United States has been engendered by the people of the Left.  Republicans since the Civil War have been pretty civil, all things considered.  Democrats have tended to be associated with unions, big city machines, and organized crime.  Of course there are exceptions to every rule, including this one.  But by and large, you can pick an act of American political violence at random and there’s a good chance that it was perpetrated by a leftist who more than likely associated with the Democratic Party.

The assassins of Lincoln, Garfield, McKinley, and Kennedy were all leftists of one stripe or another.  The attempted assassinations of Ford and Reagan were perpetrated by leftists.

The so-called “antifa” which smears the right with charges of fascism, is itself fascist in nature.  Facism, as I have explained MANY times on this blog, is a philosophy of the Left.  Ask Benito Mussolini where he got the idea.  Hint:  It was from an American President who fucked over this country almost more than Barack Obama.

But all of this pales in the recent attempts by leftists to intimidate (or, simply kill) Republican politicians.  The shooting by an avowed Bernie Sanders supporter at a GOP softball practice in which Congressman Steve Scalise was badly wounded.  The beating and near-crippling of Congressman Rand Paul by a neighbor, sketchily attributed to a spat about lawn care but more likely an act of political violence.  (Paul was also present at the GOP softball practice.)  The “soft” violence of the Kavanaugh accusations, which turned out to be a tissue of lies after the GOP leadership found its cajones and forced hearings and testimony under oath, followed by the resultant doxxing of several GOP Senate leaders by a former member of a Congressional Democrat’s staff.  The continued calls for violent behavior from the likes of Rep. Maxine Waters and Sen. Cory “Spartacus” Booker.  The abusive sexual antics of Senator Robert Menendez and Rep. Keith Ellison, which Democrats have tried to keep quiet and shoved in the closet while prating about the supposed kinks of Brett Kavanaugh.  And let’s not mention Bill Clinton and his sexual escapades (the Democrats are certainly trying to ignore them).

But let us not forget that the charges against Menendez, Ellison, and Clinton have evidence behind them.  The charges against Kavanaugh were clearly made up out of whole cloth.

The very idea that we should automatically believe a woman’s story when she claims rape, and toss the hoary old concepts of due process and “innocent until proven guilty” out the window — proposed by no less than the Senate Minority Leader — is an act of political violence against our very system of justice and law.**  This idea is no different than the idea that a university tribunal should be able to prosecute a rape case without any due process at all, and undoubtedly stems from the same Gramscian damage that affects our universities.

This is akin to what the Nazis did in Germany before World War II.  The GOP is accused constantly of being the new Nazi party and its leaders are always worse than Hitler.  Yet it seems that the Democrats who make these accusations are actually looking in the mirror and projecting their own faults onto the GOP for political gain.  The sheer evil of some of the social media postings I’ve seen emanating from American leftists suggest that the antifa folk and their ilk are simply the new Brown Shirts.  “Punch a Nazi,” indeed — they’re the Nazis.  At any rate, we’ve seen this movie before, and frankly, we’re sick and tired of it.

The sad thing is that the progressives are punching far above their own weight class, and we’re letting them get away with it.  They complain mightily about “white supremacists” and yet the very people against whom they inveigh can barely get a hundred people to show up for a “national” protest march in DC.  The Ku Klux Klan is dead, antifa boys and girls; the Civil Rights Act pretty much put paid to it, although vestiges do survive to this day.  But the effort to portray white supremacists as some sort of monolithic national fraternity consisting of millions of card-carrying members who are out to hold down the black man (and anyone else they can manage to hold down) got some traction, particularly when useful idiots in the South started clamoring to tear down monuments to old Confederate generals — and even some Union ones who happened to have held slaves at one point or another.  Shoot, even George Washington got mixed into the fray, even though he died just over 61 years before the first guns were fired at Sumter.  He was a slaveholder; that was sufficient.

And yet, the actual number of progressives who are actively involved in all the screaming, yelling, punching, and tearing down of monuments is very, very small.  It cannot be otherwise.  Millions of people are still going to work, going to church, raising families, going shopping, having social events, taking vacations, and otherwise acting like normal Americans while all this hooroar*** is going on.  The Resistance isn’t getting much traction among the common folk, because the common folk have lives and jobs and plans for the future that don’t include dystopian Big Brother government.

The screaming fits and the violence threatened and perpetrated against conservative lawmakers and citizens alike is the thrashing of a beast that has found itself stuck in a trap of its own making.  The trap is the progressive conceit that only progressive elites know what is best for the “little people,” who aren’t capable of thinking for themselves (made clear by the fact that so many people consider progressive ideas to be little more than pie-in-the-sky bullshit).

But like any beast caught in a trap, the progressives are still dangerous.  And that’s why we should be worried.  Things are crazy enough now, with actual lawmakers advocating with straight faces the end of the rule of law.  They scoff at due process.  They want to throw the borders open and abolish ICE.  They support so-called sanctuary cities and refuse to let local police assist the Feds.  They want all US citizens beholden to the great god Government, from whom they believe all blessings emanate.  They want to control where you go to school, how much health care you get, whether or not you can drive a car, and just about everything else down to levels of privacy invasion the Russian Communists only dreamed of and the Chinese variety are putting into daily use.  Do you want the government to maintain a database of “social credit” that establishes your reputation and status as a citizen?  The Chinese will have that implemented by 2020, or so they say.  Our progressives would love such a system.  It would make it so easy to determine who got food, water, housing, clothing, education, transport…passports…and don’t even think about having a gun under a system like that.

The problem with a Republic is that we have to be vigilant in order to keep it.  Americans have largely laid down on that job for the past century and let government have its way.  A lot of Americans are finally waking up to the idea that we’re going to have to do something about it, or lose our freedoms altogether.

Not to dwell on the Kavanaugh nomination, but this is a critical time in our history.  The Supreme Court shouldn’t be this important, but because of the continuing inroads progressives are making into turning the US into another shitty little third-world country, someone has to have the sanity to say no.  A Court divided 4 to 4 plus a swing vote nobody can depend on is not how this is supposed to work.  If we have any hope of returning to Constitutional government, the Court needs to have thoughtful jurists on the bench who can read the text of the Framers’ document and derive judgement from its plain meaning.  We have had enough of penumbras and emanations, and of a “living” Constitution whose meaning changes with the wind.

And yet, the Court has often indicated its unwillingness to save Americans from themselves and legislate from the bench, instead of forcing the peoples’ representatives to do their jobs and write cogent and Constitutional law.  Can you blame the Justices?  We started out in 1789 with a user’s manual for a country that made clear what the government could do and what it could not do.  And we’ve let the government get away with murder ever since.

Progressives who do not want to see conservatives get a solid 5-4 majority on the Supreme Court would like to keep getting away with murder.  Sometimes literally.  And that’s why you should worry.

And maybe — just maybe — we’ve finally woken up to the idea that it’s time to put an end to that, and stop worrying so much about the future.

November 6 is coming.  Will you do your duty?

__________________

* The quote is generally attributed to Tom Wolfe, but apparently Wolfe was either quoting or paraphrasing Jean-François Revel.

** Before you tell me what a bad man I am not to automatically believe a woman when she cries rape, my wife is a rape victim.  She went immediately to police and made out a report and submitted to a rape kit examination.  She testified at the rapists’ (there were two) trial.  They went to prison for raping not only her, but another woman as well.  Case closed.  This was only a few years after Christine Blasey Ford thinks she might have been raped or molested or maybe even just looked at lasciviously by Brett Kavanaugh.  I assure you that my wife remembers quite well what happened to her, where it happened, and when it happened.  Conversely, I don’t believe a word CBF says, because even if something did happen 35 years ago, she’s spent so much time and effort repressing the memory that anything she says today about it would have to be suspect.

*** A word I will swear I learned reading Walt Kelly’s Pogo comic, but I can’t find a reference to same.

Correct.

Kavanaugh won because he fought back. Kavanaugh won because he was unwilling to suffer from the ritual defamation of the Left. He broke free from the traditional advice administration handlers give nominees — to be deferential and measured to the senators — and went after the Democrats and his opponents for what they were.

J. Christian Adams

Now, if the Republicans would all grow spines like Lindsey Graham did, we’d be in a lot better shape.  The takeaway message here is that the Democrats will stop at nothing to regain power, and when they do, that will be a very, very bad day in American history.

If there is a blue wave, it won’t be due to anything the Democrats have done.

Ed Driscoll over at Instapundit links to this:  Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ): We Are Less Than 60 Days From Totally ‘Kicking the S–t Out of the Republicans.’

Lovin’ the new civility, there, Rube.  You don’t mind if I call you Rube, do you?  Hey, Rube!

And yet…three days of the Democrat Follies last week coupled with this completely unbelievable rape charge from some Dem bint professor cunt (but I repeat myself several times) that was hidden conveniently away by Sen. DiFi (D-PRC) until it was obvious that Bret Kavanaugh was a shoo-in for confirmation, regardless of the three-ring circus the left put on at the hearings…folks, if you think that has changed anybody’s mind about voting for people who (well, we hope anyway) will continue to advance the Trump agenda in Congress, you have a raging case of TDS, and I have land to sell you in Florida.

Because all this shit?  All this shit is how you GET MORE TRUMP.

I won’t even go into the polling numbers, because polls lie.  They are wholly-owned by the Democrat Industrial Election Complex at this point.  The internals of the polls may indicate that they talked to x number of Dems, x number of Pubs, and x number of independents, but they don’t (and can’t) show that most people on the right do one of two things when a pollster calls or a canvasser knocks on their door:

  • Don’t answer.
  • Lie.

Because we all know the game at this point…and we refuse to play.  Anybody who chooses for whom to vote based on polling is either a Democrat, or stupid (and there I go again, repeating myself).  Indeed, we’d rather see you puff up the numbers for the ‘Craps so the run of the mill ‘Crap voters feel all confident and think, “eh, we’re safe, I don’t really have to go vote.”

And then we do what we did in November 2016 — run the table on all y’all where it counts.

Even if we don’t run the table, I’m willing to predict that the GOP doesn’t lose control of either house…and that Bret Kavanaugh will be confirmed before the election.

Trying to Anita Hill Bret Kavanaugh just got a lot of people really angry…at the Democrats.  We didn’t like it when you pulled that shit with Clarence Thomas, and we like it even less now.

But keep on trying to Barnum and Bailey the American public, if that’s how you think you’re going to win.  Just remember:  A lot of people really don’t like clowns.

The next pandemic

We get so up in arms about the stupidity of anti-vaxxers that sometimes we overlook the fact that the next pandemic might not have anything to do with anti-vaxxers at all.  H7N9 flu virus may be next on the agenda. China is refusing to provide samples to the CDC, in violation of WHO protocols.  Shades of SARS in 2002.

This might help explain why doctors are advising that children receive this year’s flu vaccine as soon as it’s available.  (H/T:  Instapundit.)  Even though the current vaccine isn’t tailored for H7N9, it still might provide some limited immunity.

Anyway, John Ringo, call your office:

In a town called Jungbao, a lot of people suddenly got sick. Really, really incredibly sick. Dying sick. There’s all sorts of estimates. Jungbao is about the only place that people are starting to open up the mass graves to get a count. And what exactly happened might never be known. Currently, the best estimates I’ve found go like this:

A lot of people got sick. The local medical boss, who was a WHO reporter, contacted Beijing with his estimate that H5N1 had become human to human transmissible and had, possibly, become more lethal. He wanted to report it to the WHO. He was told to hold the fuck on.

— John Ringo. The Last Centurion (Kindle Locations 363-367). Baen Books.

Just sayin’.  True, it’s probably more that China is in a snit over Trump tariffs than anything else at this point…but in the world of viral pandemics, things could go pear-shaped in a hurry, and a snit over economic inconvenience is no reason for China to be withholding flu samples from analysis.  Virus don’t care if you’re Chinese or American, when all is said and done.

This is, for what it’s worth, just another pressing reason for humans to get the fuck off this rock and out, at minimum, into the rest of the solar system.

UPDATE:  Perhaps I wrote too soon.  “Emirates plane carrying sick passengers lands at JFK airport, officials say.”  The flight originated in Dubai.  “The [Emirates] spokesman also initially tweeted that the flight from Dubai stopped in Mecca, where there’s a flu outbreak. He later clarified that some of the passengers came from Mecca and the flight was a direct one from Dubai to New York City.”

Great.

The right way to boycott Nike

If you’re trashing or burning (or even donating) your Nikes, just remember that Nike has already been paid for them. They’re not out one thin dime because you’ve decided to junk them and buy something else.

The smart way to boycott Nike is to use ’em till they wear out, then buy replacements from a manufacturer who doesn’t purposefully alienate a significant portion of its customer base. Get your money’s worth first, and then spend your money elsewhere. And be sure to tell anyone who asks about your Nikes that you’re only wearing them because you don’t see the point in throwing them away and spending money you don’t have on new ones. There’s no shame in being frugal.

I quit buying Levi’s years ago, too, when they first started getting ideologically squirrely. I’ll admit to buying a couple pair off of Amazon a couple of years ago, when I was having trouble finding jeans that fit, but what I got were of such poor quality that they’ve been reduced to serving as work pants at this point. But I won’t stop wearing them just because Levi’s has now upped the ante on their Second Amendment stupidity. There’s still some use left in them for dirty jobs. But otherwise I’ll wear the ones I’ve been buying from Duluth Trading. Yeah, they come from China. So what? So does damn near everything else. (And yes, I’ve tried USA-made Texas Jeans; nice, but they really don’t fit me right, and I can drive up to Noblesville and try on and buy DT off the rack.)

But don’t bother with the quintessentially lefty tactic of cutting off your nose to spite your face.  No publisher ever cried over book burnings; they got their money, and now the book burners just have empty shelves.  And Nike and Levi’s certainly aren’t going to cry over you trashing merchandise you already paid them for.

If you’re going to boycott, for the love of God, boycott smart.  Even my lefty wife gets that (and said so this morning as she laced up her Nikes for work — “Glad the new shoes I just bought were Skechers and not Nikes, but I’m not throwing these Nikes away till they wear out — and anyone at work who says anything about them can bite me”).

As for me, I’ve never owned a pair of Nikes and likely never would have anyway.  But I haven’t worn sneakers for quite a few years, either.

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