Sunday at the Duke’s

They say the Duke of Wellington, after he retired, pretty much chose to not talk about politics. I’ve heard that, anyway, that doesn’t make it true. But I think it makes sense, politics gets old, doesn’t it, and eventually one wants to talk about important things instead.

What are important things? Well, whoever they are, they say that for the Iron Duke it was horses, guns, hunting, and pretty Tory women. Sounds pretty sensible to me.

Well, I don’t know much about horses, other than how to lose money on them, guns, well we can, but we do that pretty regular, and hunting leaves me kind of blah, at the moment. But a history video might be good. And while I have no idea if she’s a Tory, I’m pretty confident that Susannah Lipscholm’s looks would please the Duke (and the rest of us). The fact that she is in fact a brilliant historian is even more pleasing to me, and I hope the Duke would agree. Probably he would, after all Tories, like our conservatives are supposed to be the smart party. (Somebody please tell Dave Cameron!)

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29 Responses to Sunday at the Duke’s

  1. the unit says:

    I don’t know if my third wife was a Tory, but she was a story and knew the value of a hot tub of bath water with two people in it. Long before spa thingy. In fact she bought a rescue white stopper at TG&Y in case mechanical tub stopper finished and was drained before she was.
    Unfortunately, I finished and was drained before she was and she moved on to a new tub. 🙂
    That was as long ago as the Duke ’cause the past is past, yesterday or before. Happily married to #4 and three grown kids since ’83. So I’m there there. 🙂

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    • NEO says:

      Yeah, my ex was a story, too. although not one with a happy ending. 🙂

      Can ya tell, I hit one of those Sundays when the political world is just going to have to get along without my insight. Too bad they won’t miss it 🙂

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      • the unit says:

        Oh well TG&Y out of business, but your credit card still good at Home Depot and in Russia. 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          Yep, so we can still get all the Chicom junk to replace the real stuff, that wore out since 1932. 🙂

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        • the unit says:

          Oh yeah… for what’s wore out. I saw a site advertising “Asian” and Tylenol (Thailand) girls available for ‘have gun will travel’. 🙂 Carradine recommended… five star neck noose approved. I may buy new gun, not looking for travel anything. “Closer to the bone, sweeter the meat” you know. That’s closer to home is as far as I venture. I only check the mail daily. 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          I hear ya. There’s a lot of things marketed, that I have no interest in 🙂

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        • the unit says:

          I quit. My gun finally got worse odds than Russian Roulette. I retired with Jimmy the Greek. Jump! Nope, I fell and can’t get up. 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          Yep, with my luck I’d just as well play Prussian Roulette-that’s where you use an automatic pistol instead of a revolver. 🙂

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        • the unit says:

          BANG! Nope don’t play that. 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          That really is a loser’s bet 😀

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        • the unit says:

          Yeah. Only way it wouldn’t be is years ago when hollow point became available my little .380 wouldn’t load it. Had to have it fixed as hollow opening caught on something. FMJ was fine, but hollow wouldn’t go in. Gunsmith took care of that. Been and still being L&L’ed ever since.
          Yes, tested back then, hope I don’t ever need to need it ever in the future. But as I’ve mention about the SPARS motto. Semper Paratus! Bill Clinton’s favorite service. 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          🙂 ;-D

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        • the unit says:

          If it wasn’t for ol’ Gabby Hayes. 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          Yessir 🙂

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  2. the unit says:

    What we are witnessing is a “outrage, a dang-burned outrage.” Enough said and said well Gabby.

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    • NEO says:

      Right as rain, he is

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      • the unit says:

        Think I’ll send this clip to my congressman, Jeff Miller. How could he defy the wisdom from a guy who had 4 wives, two of them squaws. 🙂 Oops… rename to Washington RedSquaws?

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  3. Yes, David Cameron, only 47 is still a work in progress! He needs our prayers, as surely for us Brit’s. One wonders what will happen if the Scots vote to go independent?

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    • NEO says:

      Other than making a Con majority government more likely, I have no idea. Dave is sounding pretty good recently, hope he can keep it up.

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      • the unit says:

        I do like to read Fr. Robert’s comments and your responses. I don’t always get it though completely… except I look at it all as a hurricane in the GOM, coming ashore somewhere, and I know for sure what it’ll take to clean up the mess. I like others never fully recovered from the last. That’s life. Reminds me of a song. Won’t link, easily found for anybody interested. 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          Some of Fr. Robert’s references go over my head as well, sometimes I look them up, sometimes I get the gist from context. So don’t feel bad 🙂

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        • Sorry guys, I am not sure which one your speaking about? I am an old philosophic-theolog type, not really a modern intellectual at all, but yes thinking is always central. It’s hard on an open blog to apply one’s point/thought at times. But yes, reading and thinking is always “premium”! And btw, sometimes the best one can do, pastorally, is just to get people to think! And I know you both do this! 😉

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        • “Those who don’t know how to weep with their whole heart, don’t know how to laugh, either.” – Golda Meir

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        • “A presupposition is a belief that takes precedence over another and therefore serves as a criterion for another. An ultimate presupposition is a belief over which no other takes precedence. For a Christian, the content of Scripture must serve as his ultimate presupposition…. This doctrine is merely the outworking of the lordship of God in the area of human thought. It merely applies the doctrine of scriptural infallibility to the realm of knowing.” (John Frame)

          This is one of my favorite so-called definitions, by one of my favorite guys…theological, old John Frame! And surely GOD IS HIS Own Lordship, ‘In Christ’.

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        • And rather simple really, but oh so profound!

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        • the unit says:

          Fr. Robert, keep writing here. I enjoy and get something important from your conviction. It’s just my theological data base is shallow. Just I never needed to delve deeper than what mom said…”Jesus loves me this I know ’cause the Bible tells me so.” That’s worked for me a long time in relations to others, ’cause it figures it applies to them as well. Long time, remember how much older me than you. 🙂

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        • @Unit: Yes, I know this is strictly not a theological blog, and I must try to remember that. I too can be simple, though of course perhaps more face to face. I do some hospital chaplain work almost daily. But, I was a theolog and teacher back in the late 90’s in Israel. I miss it! But I chose to leave there due to my wife’s health. Plus my conservatism (both biblically & theologically) always got me in trouble!)… It still does, even here! Indeed my “convictions” run deep!

          Thanks to share and just put it all out there! Semper Fi! 🙂

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        • And btw Unit, some people tell me I am an “old” thinking man, because I believe strongly in moral right and wrong! Some of the 20-30 pastors & “theolog’s” I chat with on the blogs, really don’t like my “presuppositions”, but then they are generally “postmodernists” to say the least! WE really are living at the end of the age! Perhaps neither of us will see the full eschatological-end? But it is surely coming, or I am not Irish! But an old-school Irish Brit I am… Rock on! Btw, check out some Sir Edmund Burke, who has been called ‘the father of conservatism’! He stood somewhat with the American Colonies back in his day, politically and ideologically.

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  4. the unit says:

    Fr. Robert I cut my dog biscuit conservative thinking on Burke’s thoughts. Now on tv ads in U.S. dog biscuits with little dimples will even clean my teeth. I think subliminal message there to undermine self determination. 🙂
    As far as “old” thinking…this reply was long and arduous…originally…then I clicked renew web site instead of send. Gone. So this is the short of it. 🙂

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