Anybody Remember That One Guy Who Said “Don’t Freak Out”?

I want everybody to remember that there were voices from the beginning saying “don’t freak out,” and those voices were silenced and ridiculed. And they were right.

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Obvious Things

These are not necessarily facts; they’re just things that seem obvious to me. But I feel like I still need to point them out, because obvious things just aren’t getting the attention they deserve.

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Bringing Home Laine, Part 6: China is Amazing

Since we had to be in the country for two weeks, our adoption agency planned some fun, touristy excursions so we could soak up the culture and not go stark raving mad cooped up in a hotel room with a screaming baby.

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Bringing Home Laine, Part 5: The Finding Place

We got in a cab and drove into the outskirts of Kunming to a place our guide Susan called “Yilu Village.” I say “the outskirts,” but we were still in the shadow of about half a dozen high-rise apartment buildings.

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Bringing Home Laine, Part 4: The Orphanage Visit

Previously: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 The next day we drove across town (did I mention Kunming was about the size of New York City?) to visit the orphanage where Laine had lived since she was two months old. Many times we had been told by people in the know that the Kunming orphanage…

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Bringing Home Laine, Part 3: Official

Previously: Part 1, Part 2 Turns out that “Gotcha Day” is really just an extended test drive. Apparently — and amazingly — some people will reach this point in the process and decide to back out. The Chinese child welfare authorities go to great lengths to prevent episodes of buyer’s remorse — where parents, after…

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Bringing Home Laine, Part 2: Kunming and Gotcha Day

I skipped over one important development in my previous summary of our travel to China: a phone call that changed the complexion of the whole trip.

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Here’s What Happened to Jeff Sessions: A Lesson for Early Adopters

Jeff Sessions — former Alabama Attorney General, former U.S. Senator, former U.S. Attorney General, a man who is as plugged in to Alabama politics as it is possible to be — recently got curb-stomped in a Republican primary run-off by a former football coach who is not even from Alabama. What happened? Analysts looking at…

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2020 2.0

Twenty Twenty Two Point Oh You ever have the feeling that you just want to reboot 2020? Just unplug it, wait ten seconds, and then plug it back in? Well, at the Anderson household, that’s exactly what we’re doing. At the halfway point of the year, we’re declaring this 2020 2.0 and making a fresh…

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Bringing Home Laine, Part 1

When we traveled to China to bring home our adopted daughter, we kept a running diary on a private Facebook group. I want to reproduce that diary here so that more people can know about the challenges, wonders, and joys that go along with a journey like this. And also because I don’t want to…

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What Do You Do When You’re Trapped In Your House By the Plague? Celebrate Passover!

We were going to celebrate Passover anyway, but events have transpired to make it a particularly appropriate holiday this year. As usual, this great idea originated with my wife (aka, The Research Department). She wanted us to have a proper Passover Seder — at least as proper as you can have in a houseful of…

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Coronavirus Overreaction: A Continuing Series

John P.A. Ioannidis points out that data is important, and we don’t have enough of it yet to justify making the world-altering decisions we’re currently making: Reported case fatality rates, like the official 3.4% rate from the World Health Organization, cause horror — and are meaningless. Patients who have been tested for SARS-CoV-2 are disproportionately…

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Still More (or Maybe Less) on Coronavirus Overreaction

Well, I was going to provide a link to an article about the overreaction to the Wuhan Flu that was jam-packed with statistics and graphs and rational arguments. But I checked it this morning and, whaddaya know, it’s gone: https://medium.com/six-four-six-nine/evidence-over-hysteria-covid-19-1b767def5894 Replaced by a message that says, “This post is under investigation or was found in…

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More on Coronavirus Overreaction

Here’s an article from the Cato Institute on the economic dangers of overreacting to the Wuhan Flu. Important bit: In a Washington Post piece, a small‐​business owner with 75 employees expressed her fear at the impossible situation she is in. Cathy Merrill argues that even a two‐​month closure would be a death sentence to businesses…

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Some Optimism for What Comes After

I am the most optimistic guy in the whole pandemic. And why shouldn’t I be? My commute time has gone from about an hour a day to zero. All my meetings have either been moved online or eliminated entirely. The amount of time I’m spending with my wonderful wife and kids has gone way, way…

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How About a Nice, Warm Cup of Calm Down?

It’s about time we started seeing more articles like this one from Powerline, Stop the Insane Overreaction: Here is a prediction: the deaths of Americans caused by the Wuhan flu bug will be dwarfed by the suicides committed by people whose life’s savings have been wiped out, whose businesses have been bankrupted, whose jobs have…

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Adoption Update: Back to Life

Well, that was an eventful 2019. Let’s review. January 2019 – Upon returning to my job from Christmas vacation, I’m called into two surprise meetings. The first, to announce that the company I work for had just been bought out by a competitor. The second, to let me know that the new owners had decided…

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My Quest to Get in The Babylon Bee, Part 5

Boom. One of my ideas from way back in week 2 got selected for publication. Joy! Here’s a link to the complete, epically hilarious post. So now that the Bee has made the mistake of encouraging me, they will never, ever be rid of me. Pray for my children, as they will surely be neglected…

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My Quest to Get in The Babylon Bee, Part 4

Recognition I’m trying to produce good, solid comedy content on the Babylon Bee forum every day, and I figure if I keep doing that, eventually I’ll get noticed. But I wanted to do something to move the process along faster. So, I submitted a note to the editors using the contact form on the website….

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My Quest to Get in The Babylon Bee, Part 3

The Grind Sure, maybe you’re funny, but can you be funny on demand? Can you be funny every day, on a schedule? In other words, can you be professionally funny? Because that’s what it is, when you’re producing for a regular publication. Funny on a schedule. So, can you sit down at your computer, in…

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