Mon Blogcast: Scorigami; High school riot; Cursive comeback; Marty Krofft

Broncos win in a Scorigami!

Just One Thing: It's not only men (who support and engage in terrorism)

This is going to be a rather heavy way to start the week but we need to talk about something. I think a lot of folks believe, more subconsciously than due to actually thinking about it, that all Islamic terrorists and their strong supporters, including among the Palestinians, are adult men. But if you look at the crowds celebrating the release of Palestinian prisoners by Israel as part of the hostages-for-prisoners swap, you’ll see plenty of women cheering the returned criminals, some of whom were charged with attempted murder. You’ll also see that the prisoners being released are women and teenagers, again some of whom were charged with attempted murder. Not all Palestinians support the evil of Hamas or terrorism more generally but far more, including women and young people, do than you might expect.

This woman in this blog’s thumbnail picture tried to be a suicide bomber: Who Is Israa Jaabis, Palestinian Prisoner Being Released By Israel? (

See the photo here: Israel says it has released 39 Palestinian prisoners after 13 Israelis freed from Gaza | The Times of Israel and videos here:

One Related Thing: Desperately confused American children

‘Riot’ in Queens high school as anti-Israel students threaten, mob Jewish teacher (

Note in second video: School kids walking through Brooklyn yelling "Allahu Akbar" and "f**k Israel"

NYC Mayor Adams gets the moral question right but I think he's overly optimistic when he says "We are better than this." Probably not.

That said, these kids are going to be adults and have to somehow become contributing members of society and not anti-western, anti-Semitic, anti-civilization threats to civil societyu.

Remember, though, there are lots of good people

And former UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson gets it right

Other Stuff

If you're been paying attention to the world since 2019, this is not surprising at all: Poll shows record high gun ownership among U.S. voters - Washington Times


If they're right that the American Dream is less achievable than in the past (and I'm not convinced that it is), the fault lies almost entirely with government and the rest lies with our education system.

One of the particularly interesting things in the WSJ piece is the huge increase in the number of people who say the American Dream was never true. That must be a matter of both ignorance and brainwashing.

Voters See American Dream Slipping Out of Reach, WSJ/NORC Poll Shows - WSJ

‘Mourning in America’: Poll finds pessimistic voters (

PRRI poll on right track, wrong track. Takeaway: “More than three-fourths of Americans (77%) believe that the country is going in the wrong direction, compared with only 22% who believe the country is going in the right direction. The vast majority of Republicans (90%) and independents (81%) say the country is going in the wrong direction, compared with 59% of Democrats.

There are no significant differences with respect to views on the direction of the country by gender, race, generation, education, region, or whether respondents live in rural, suburban, and urban areas.”


Some good news if you receive occasional electronic payments, such as for selling stuff or getting repaid from others for things you buy for a group:

Do you use PayPal or Venmo? The IRS is giving you a break. (

IRS delays reporting rules for users of Venmo, Cash App and other payment apps (


Yes, bring it back! Cursive Is Coming Back, Now That Kids Can’t Read Grandma’s Letters - WSJ


Like him more every day: Argentina's Milei wears kippah at havdalah, vows support for Jews and Israel (


This study is 9 years old but I just learned of it: Just think: The challenges of the disengaged mind - PMC (

In short, a significant number of participants in a study that had them sit quietly and think decided to give themselves electric shocks to interrupt their quiet time even after they'd said they would pay money not to get shocked. I have no idea what to make of it.

What Is Phronemophobia? (A Comprehensive Guide) | OptimistMinds


He may have taken it a little too far but this shows the power of frugality and long-term investing: New Hampshire man died with a big secret, leaving his town millions | AP News


I've been expecting this for a while...but consumers just keep spending. Will the recession be later than I expected or will it somehow just be avoided? Why American consumers may finally slow their spending, in charts | CNN Business


Teams figured out Coach Prime's Buffaloes after a few wins but that doesn't mean this wasn't a useful season for the Buffs. With a little luck Prime has just started redeveloping the program even if the early hype was a little (or more than a little) over the top: Colorado football: Deion Sanders assistant resigns after brutal end to season (


I wish this guy wrote more often because he's always so interesting: 30 Useful Principles (Autumn 2023) - by Gurwinder


Today's Videos

How to use a giant tow truck to save a modular home that slid off the back of a jack-knifed semi: Part of a house slid down a mountain in Colorado. What did it take for a tow company to recover it in one piece? |

"In all, Mountain Recovery had eight winches connected to the two 50-ton rotators and a 12,000-pound Bobcat vehicle for support, Stubblefield said. In order to keep the modular home from crumbling “like a pile of toothpicks,” he said the team had to figure out how to spread the rigging out to evenly distribute the weight."

Absolutely insane work by Mountain Recovery - Towing & Mobile Mechanic Services

Marty Krofft, RIP

Marty, and his older brother Sid, were the incredibly creative guys behind H.R. Pufnstuf, Land of the Lost, Sigmund and the Sea Monsters, and the Donnie and Marie Show, among others. Marty has passed away at the age of 86.

Marty Krofft, Producer That Put ‘Donny & Marie' and ‘H.R. Pufnstuf' on TV, Dies at 86 (

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