Saturday, October 25, 2014

The Founders and the Fiddlers

There is a general awareness among the American people that things are falling apart, but little consensus about the causes of it all. Now, the left, which has pretty much been in the driver's seat for the last few decades, symbolic events like the rhetorically-conservative Reagan administration notwithstanding, is mostly delighted with the deterioration, considering it "progressive," and complains only that it's not happening fast enough. They also tend to move the goal posts pretty rapidly. One of them assured me just yesterday that, by the standards of fifty years ago, Obama is a conservative. Of course, that makes absolutely no sense whatsoever, because by the standards of today, most of the liberals of 1964 would be considered anywhere from moderate to conservative. If you doubt that, just think about the fiscal and social policies of LBJ, JFK, Hubert Humphrey, etc. Most of them would be considered too old-fashioned for the Republican party today, let alone the Democrats. And the Barry Goldwater of 1964 would be considered a libertarian today, one rather more radical than Ron Paul, I imagine.
But I digress. Boy, do I digress. This is supposed to be about what went wrong and why we're falling apart. Nelson Hultberg tells us why. To put it briefly, it's because we're being guided by Obama, Hillary, Rahm Emanuel, the Bush Boys, John McCain, and trash like that, instead of Jefferson, Washington, Franklin and the other Founders, who would probably have agreed to throw that other bunch out of the country, if not hang them outright. This is from:

Musings on Modernity
Nelson Hultberg
May, 2014
It is believed by many on the left today that our Constitution resulted from the Founding Fathers deceitfully conspiring to form a society ruled by aristocrats, and that the seeds for modernity's corruption lie in the Founders' elitist Constitution that now plagues us. This is why it is so easy for today's liberals to ignore the Constitution with no qualms or regrets. They feel it is their duty to do so.

Conservatives and libertarians see things differently. It was not the Founders in the beginning who warped the ideal of justice with "elitism." It was the Progressives of the early twentieth century who did the warping with "egalitarianism." And it has been modern day liberals who have furthered this tyrannical leveling of society. Worse, it has been our greed and shortsightedness as a people that have compelled us to complicity with such criminality.

The intent of the Founders was to provide a document that would keep the growth of government under wraps for all of time. Unfortunately, there were flaws in their document that should not have been included, but it was not because of deceit. It was because of their desire to get all 13 colonies to sign on to it.

There were too many conflicting desires among the states that were vying for inclusion into the system, and there was too much overreaction to the failure of the Articles of Confederation, leading to the belief that a strong central government was needed. After all, this was the first attempt in history to devise a truly free society. To say that it was less than perfect in its design is, in no way, a slur on the brilliance of the designers. They did the best they could within the context of their time, their values, and their philosophical predilections.

So the Founding Fathers did not do us in by establishing an aristocracy. The destroyers of America are her modern intellectual class who have taught the goal of equal results instead of equal rights to a complacent people looking to get more out of life than they are willing to put in. Our sins are academic deceit and citizen complacency. "We have met the enemy, and he is us," said Pogo. 

The Decay Around Us

Every avenue of life throughout the world (certainly throughout the West) is in decay, whether it is sports, politics, the economy, family solidarity, entertainment, movies, literature, art, religion, or schooling. We're falling apart as Rome did because we have abandoned "rational philosophy" as our guide. It's now the Mad Hatter's world. Black is white, up is down. The Truth is what we want it to be. There are no objective rules. We can wing it and do our own thing. We can all become slothful and still praise each other as gritty and heroic. We can divorce rewards from performance. We can redistribute men's wealth, which means the redistribution of their working hours, which means the redistribution of their waking hours and lives. Today's slave mentalities are mouthing what Nietzsche termed the "transvaluation of values." Orwell put it simpler: "War is Peace. Freedom is Slavery. Ignorance is Strength."

Today's Soma

The dictatorship in Huxley's Brave New World used the drug of "soma" to divert the people's attention away from the freedoms they had lost. Soma was the means to make the people still feel they had wonderful lives even though they were not free. It turned them into sheep who didn't mind losing their freedom.

Our society today also has its somas. The latest is texting to engage in aimless chitchat. It provides ready-made soma for humans averse to thinking and issues of importance. Observe your fellowman the next time you are in an airport, an office lobby, a Post Office line, even in restaurants, libraries, and other gathering places. Droves of Americans are gleefully engaged in aimless texting while the dictators entrench themselves a little more every year in Washington. The people are oblivious to what is taking place in those realms of life that really matter. They are gaga over the newest delight of modernity - incessant texting. And they are so happy with their inanity. Diversion has always been the tool of dictatorships to pacify humans and keep them docile, tolerant of, and trapped in, their enslavement. Aimless texting is the newest of our diversions.

Ruthless Capitalism

Collectivists complain about capitalism because it foments what the great economist, Joseph Schumpeter, termed "creative destruction." The free-market ceaselessly innovates in our lives. New ways flow in; old ways flow out. This often decimates old, traditional neighborhoods and thrusts gaudy, neon jungles of franchised commercialism upon us.

No one likes to see old communities go through such a ruthless phase out. But a good part of the ruthless destruction problem that we see today is due to the political-economic system we have conned ourselves into accepting. What fellow patriot, Tom Molitor, calls "hot Keynesian moola" is being injected into the economy. This speeds things up and accentuates the natural greed of men and women. It makes them think they are richer than they are.

If we were on a gold money standard, capitalist expansion would be slower and more humane. There would be more rational thought applied to productivity instead of the pell-mell scramble to get one's "hot moola" out there working while it still has value. The price inflation of Keynesianism exacerbates capitalism and makes it appear nefarious. It transforms a rational productive process into a frenzied buy at any price, invest without caution, build indiscriminately, spend, spend, spend for tomorrow prices will be much higher.

If we were on a gold standard with its accompanying price stability, and if we taught to our young a reverence for nature and the resplendency of community, then the society we create would be a much different one than what we see springing up around us.

We practice, today, false monetary policy and teach to our young indifference to the essence of real community, which never comes from government and its coercions. It comes voluntarily via people living freely in a marketplace. If we would correct these two errors, we would have a much slower and saner economic system. But we refuse to do this. Decades ago we hatched the infant alligators of false ideology - the Fed and the income tax - that have now grown into monsters to consume us. And we do nothing.

Freedom of Association

I believe that all humans have the right to organize themselves into groups and put borders around those groups, whether it is a family with a fence around its yard, or a town with a city limits, or a country with a border. This is the nature of correct human existence - the right to "freedom of association." This means that no individual has a right to force his entrance into any group of humans who have organized themselves into a gathering and established requirements for inclusion. An individual does not have the right to enter a country uninvited for the same reason he does not have the right to enter a family's home uninvited. Both acts are crimes of trespass.

This means that people of any nation have the right to determine who gains entrance to their nation and set guidelines for that entrance. This is a crucial requisite for freedom, order, and high culture to prevail. But many cannot see it. They envision a utopian world where they say borders are not necessary, where nations are anachronisms, where men and women are angels possessed of perfectible natures. They read history selectively, avoid lessons in logic, and ignore their fellowman's right to gather in groups, i.e., their right to "freedom of association."

If people can, whenever they wish, enter a family's home and squat there to feed and interact, then that family no longer exists. Primitivism has begun. It is no different with a country. Primitivism begins when borders are denied.

The Rulers of History

All legitimate men of the mind realize that ideas rule the world, which means ideology is of monumental importance in how history unfolds. Why is this so? Because ideas always come first in the sequences that make up history. They are the seedlings that produce the great springing forth of truth, love, and liberty, which are the fundamental pursuits of all mankind. Ideas launch all revolutions. No political revolution can proceed until an appropriate intellectual revolution has first taken place. Thus ideas matter because they are the root source of all we build and achieve on earth.

On a more primal and metaphysical level, ideas matter because as the biblical wisdom says, "In the beginning was the Word," which means the universe is structured upon thought - the thought and will of the creative force that brought it into being. This Creator thought the universe first, and then willed it into being. Aristotle and the Greeks called this the Prime Mover. The Jews called it Jehovah. The Muslims called it Allah. And Christians called it God. On a more derivative level, "In the beginning was the Word" also means that truth is dictated by God, i.e., truth is the higher natural lawthat governs us and is capable of being discerned by us. It is the way God speaks to man.

Liberals smear the idea of natural law as something conservatives take on "blind faith." On the contrary, there is nothing blind about it at all. Natural law comes to us via the synthesis of reason, experience, and intuition from our greatest thinkers in both the sciences and humanities. This synthesis is the means that man used to climb from the cave to build a majestic civilization. And of its three parts, intuition is the most essential. It distinguishes the visionary from the mundane intellects of life.

Intuition is a mysterious force. We don't really know what it is or how it forms, only that all great original ideas come intuitively. Intuition is the spark that reveals truth's fire, which man must then expand with the kindling of experience and the breath of reason.

Einstein put it in these words: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift."

In our forgetting of the sacred gift lies our fall as a country and a people. In its restoration can come again our rise toward the resplendent and the exceptional.


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Nelson Hultberg is a freelance writer in Dallas, Texas and the Director of Americans for a Free Republic www.afr.org. His articles have appeared over the past 20 years in such publications as The Dallas Morning News, American Conservative, Insight, Liberty, The Freeman, and The Social Critic, as well as on numerous Internet sites such as Capitol Hill Outsider, Conservative Action Alerts, Daily Paul, Canada Free Press, and The Daily Bell. He is the author of The Golden Mean: Libertarian Politics, Conservative Values
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Quibcag: The illustration is Yuki Nagato, of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (涼宮ハルヒの憂鬱 Suzumiya Haruhi no Yūutsu). I used her for this one because she looks so authoritative!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Housekeeping

If you've tried to comment here and it didn't show up, sorry. I had my Blogspot settings at "always moderate," so as to avoid spam showing up, and it promised it would email moderation requests to me. It hasn't been. So some comments show up, and today I found a lot of them awaiting moderation and approved them, but I wasn't notified.

I'd like to keep it on moderation, because some spam that shows up is pretty horrifying, but can anybody tell me how to make this thing actually notify me when I need to moderate? Thanks. I have it temporarily set to "don't moderate" till I find out.




Anarcho-Tyranny in Airstrip One

I don't know for a fact that the blogger, Cranky Notions, is in either Ireland or the UK, but internal evidence supports the theory. If I'm wrong, someone will let me know. At any rate, this is another good illustration of the phenomenon called "anarcho-tyranny," which I've blogged about before HERE. To attempt one more definition of it here, it's the old playground situation where the kid hits you and the teacher ignores it, you hit the kid back and you're in big trouble. Now make that government policy, that ignores actual criminal behavior and criminalizes resistance to criminal behavior, plus any and all other activities on the part of the law-abiding productive class that the bureaucrats can think of. This is from
http://crankynotions.com/

Life under Anarcho-Tyranny
Cranky Notions

During the summer, my attention was drawn to this newspaper report about a youth brawl on a Dublin beach. These riots have become something of an annual cultural event, typically involving about 100 youngsters . Last year, there was a heavy contingent of Africans involved in Portmarnock – easily observable from some of the video footage – though that went unmentioned in most media coverage. The thing that engaged my interest in this story, however, is the police response. We are told that “no arrests were made” though there was a Garda presence in this large, open space. What the police did do, however, was close the nearby train station for the day, impacting the many tourists and law-abiding citizens coming to visit.

Its a small example of a phenomenon I have grown interested in recently: anarcho-tyranny. It was memorably observed and named by the late columnist Sam T. Francis in 1992. Francis, writing on the state law and order under the modern managerial state he was so fond of studying, said “we refuse to control real criminals (that’s the anarchy) so we control the innocent (that’s the tyranny).” This leads to a situation where the housing projects of feral youths and minorities are left to themselves, while, according to Francis, there is rampant “criminalization of the law-abiding and innocent through exorbitant taxation, bureaucratic regulation, the invasion of privacy, and the engineering of social institutions.” One example might be gun control laws that have no impact on the criminal classes. This reaches true absurdity in a country like South Africa, where a white farmer is legally confined to having a shotgun with a certain number of shells in a country where gangs roam around with sub-machine guns.

A recent broadcast from John Derbyshire mentioned the relationship between this new method of governance and what happened in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, in regards to Muslim rape gangs. The ‘tyranny’ side of anarcho-tyranny places strong emphasis on enforcing multiculturalism and political correctness. Last year, when a woman in Liverpool was upset at Alan Sugar for making a relatively innocent joke about the Chinese, she wrote to the police saying “I thought racism was illegal” and called for his arrest. Cravenly, the police interviewed this woman three times (once for over an hour) and spent several days deliberating whether Sugar committed a hate crime. While I hope there were no actual crimes committed in Liverpool that week, it seems unlikely.

Political correctness and light-touch policing in regards to protected minorities and the underclass was the root of the problem in Rotherham. We now know that about 1400 girls of white British extraction, primarily from the working classes, were pressed into sex slavery by Pakistani Muslims who saw them as sub-human. Now, if you’ve ever been to a certain Muslim countries with a fair-haired companion of the female persuasion you’re probably aware you have to be a little careful (unless you are ideologically blinded, that is). In the discourse of ‘anti-racism’ and ‘diversity’ such differences are not meant to exist, but what is today called ‘anti-racism’ is built on a mountain of lies and reality denial. A Home Office employee who raised the alarm about the Asian Muslim gangs as early as 2001 was censured and forced to attend a “diversity course” to “raise her awareness of ethnic issues”. I can’t confirm whether or not the slogan War Is Peace. Freedom Is Slavery. Diversity Is Our Strength was inscribed on the wall. Big Brother comes down hard on naughty things like this incident of “racism”, but criminal gangs can be overlooked for years if they consist of Designated Victim Groups.

The South Yorkshire Police, by the way, had little trouble raiding Cliff Richard’s home over some alleged sexual impropriety almost 30 years ago.
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Quibcag: This is Lupin III and his criminal gang, from Lupin III (ルパン三世 Rupan Sansei). They're actually much nicer than the vast majority of real criminals.

Neale Osborn, Neale Osborn, bo-beale Osborn, Banana-fana fo-feale Osborn Fee-fi-mo-meale Osborn Neale Osborne!

This week's Neale Osbornism starts, oddly enough, with Mama Liberty, and then he asks what to do about ebola, and in answer I say enter ebola in "search this blog" at the top right and he'll find some suggestions. Then some weirdness about the SS in Tennessee, and some First Amendment stuff, and some more First Amendment stuff, this time about freedom of religion in Houston, which is evidently contingent upon kowtowing to the mayor and other local perverts. (Neale's got one thing wrong here — gay marriage is not the good fight, but just another plank in the scaffold for Western Civilization.) Then more stories about guns used for self-defense that the media doesn't want to tell you about. Some ultra-craziness in an Alabama school, some stuff from Turkey I don't pretend to understand, some more proof that Joe Biden is a moron or a sociopath or both, and then some good quotes! Oh, that one quote doesn't sound like Elie Wiesel to me.
The illustration is from Cowboy Bebop (カウボーイビバップ Kaubōi Bibappu)

Neale's Gun Rant for 10-19-2014
by Neale Osborn
nealebooks@hotmail.com


Attribute to L. Neil Smith's The Libertarian Enterprise

For those who aren't familiar with these little forays into the gun rights and political and individual rights world, these generally start with a piece from Mama Liberty. And here is this week's tidbit. [Link] This is a continuation of an earlier article of hers.
In part 1, long ago now, I covered the basics of situational awareness in some specific situations, along with some simple drills to help people practice this highly important skill. If you have not seen the first article or don't already practice awareness, I urge you to click the link above and come back for part 2.
Hopefully, you are not walking or driving while talking or "texting" on the telephone, listening to music or otherwise zoned out. Walking or driving while unaware, or minimally aware of your surroundings, is a prime contributor to becoming a victim, whether of a criminal attack or just running into something. Even those who think they can seriously multi task will be at increased risk if they don't actually see and understand what is happening around them.
Remember that criminals look for and target the unaware, anyone perceived to be weak, the elderly, anyone they see as probably helpless. If you look like food.... you may be eaten.
Follow the link. Read the rest. Ya KNOW it'll be good........

We are all between a rock and a hard place right now. Ebola is coming.... Hell, it's here! Now, what to do about it. Common sense would tell us to stop people from areas where Ebola is an epidemic from coming to our shores. With the porous southern border (hell, KIDS walk over it all the time) what's the point? So what do we do? Don't ask ME, I don't have a clue what will work. But taking the temperature of people (1 in 8 Ebola patients never spike a fever), asking if they have diarrhea (1 in 3 don't get it) or vomiting (ditto) or feeling fatigued or loss of appetite (1 in 4 don't get fatigue or loss of appetite) so what will work? Got an idea? Lemme know!

The United States Secret Service, or SS, (isn't THAT an appropriate moniker?) has faced a lot of crap lately (as it should) and here is another dose. [Link] SS agents tried to get police officers to imply they had a warrant in order to hoodwink a man out of his apartment in Nashville, Tenn. back in January.
The allegations regarding the January 2013 incident are contained in a letter that Anderson sent last week to several members of the House Committee on Oversight. That's the congressional committee that has spearheaded the on-going investigation into the Secret Service. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson was recently forced to resign as a result of that scandal.
"There's already a lot of fodder to attack the Secret Service with, and this will be more," said Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Tennessee, who was among the committee members who received the letter.
In the Nashville case, a Secret Service agent made a frantic call for backup to Nashville police after he and another agent went to the home of a Nashville man, investigating threatening comments on Facebook about the President. The man who posted them had refused to let the agents into his house.
"He shoved the door in our face and went around the corner. Looks like, we're not sure if he ... possibly he had a gun in his hands," the agent told a 911 operator.
In a letter that he first sent to Secret Service headquarters, the Nashville police chief recounted what happened.
"The resident refused to come outside and shouted back, 'Show me your warrant,'" Anderson wrote.
So "one of the agents then asked a [police] sergeant to 'wave a piece of paper' in an apparent effort to dupe the resident into thinking that they indeed had a warrant."
I laud the Nashville PD for refusing to play along, and to go on to prohibit the SS from continuing their "investigation".

This is amazing—this idiot tells this girl that she cannot exercise 1st Amendment rights on a street. [Link] This video is amazing. She's standing for the elimination of Free Speech Zones, and she's advocating for her group "Students for Concealed Carry". I love it that she keeps perfectly calm and polite. Though she IS wrong on one part—hate speech IS protected. Not necessarily liked, but it certainly is protected.

Let me preface this by reminding one and all that I am not supporting religion—I find it all a waste of time to one who favors the scientific approach. However, one DOES have the right to both practice your religion free of government interference AND to speak freely while doing so. As the First Amendment clearly states: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. But apparently, the Democrat city council of Houston doesn't think this is true. [Link]
Officials with the city of Houston, Texas, who are defending a controversial ordinance that would allow men to use women's restrooms now have demanded to see the sermons preached by several area pastors.
The recent move came in a subpoena from the city to pastors for copies of their sermons and other communications in the city's legal defense of a "non-discrimination" measure that allows "gender-confused" people to use public restrooms designated for the opposite sex.
A lawsuit challenging Houston's move alleges the city violated its own charter in its adoption of the Equal Rights Ordinance, which in May designated homosexuals and transgender persons as a protected class.
Critics say the measure effectively enables sexual predators who dress as women to enter female public bathrooms, locker rooms and shower facilities. A coalition of activists that includes area pastors filed suit Aug. 6 against the city and lesbian Mayor Annise Parker after officials announced a voter petition to repeal the measure didn't have enough signatures to qualify for the election ballot.
Now, personally, I don't give a damn if bathrooms are bi-sex or segregated by sex. Just allow each defecator a door to shut for privacy, and I'm content. I do not believe that the law Houston passed makes any sense at all SOLELY because it keeps bathrooms segregated sexually, but allows it to be de-segregated for cross dressers only. So let me see, if I go in the ladies room in jeans and a tee shirt, I'm a pervert, but if I put on a dress, it's cool. But wait, some WOMEN wear jeans and a tee shirt..... I'm confused. But I have digressed. Pastors have the right to preach the tenets of their faith. If that faith holds homosexuality to be a sin, they are going to preach against it. And that is THEIR right, and none of the Mayor's business. They can call a law sinful (their protected religious right), they can protest the law and organize an attempt to repeal it (their protected political AND religious right), and as long as they physically hurt no one, they have done nothing wrong. What they do NOT have to do is provide a government proctor copies of past sermons, nor submit future sermons to proctors for approval, editing, or cancelling. This is STILL a Constitutional Republic, with certain enumerated rights guaranteed to one and all. Hey Mayor Parker—you don't have the right to stop their rights to oppose you. So shut up, love your wife, and keep fighting the GOOD fight (to protect and increase gay marriage) and stop fighting the evil fight (to trample the rights of others to oppose a law they don't agree with).

These people are just too damn evil to allow to exist in Progressive America.... [Link] [Link] For the first link, this evil grandfather
In the anonymous man's own words, "Some wild man comes out of the weeds towards me at the house. He comes walking over toward me I could tell he was messed up,"
One thing most gun owners know is that when approached by someone who appears to be under the influence of drugs it's best to act in the defensive.
As the surprised trucker reacted to the situation, he had but one choice, prepare to defend himself or be attacked and possibly killed.
As he relayed to the local news station, "I don't know really what to think and I don't know really why he thought he had to talk to me but he had a pair of gloves of mine on. [So] I pulled my gun out and put it to his forehead and told him to sit down and called 911 and I'm thinking I don't want to shoot this guy."
Would you look at that, he didn't want to shoot the guy.
How incredibly reasonable, and so incredibly hard to believe for our liberal friends who think every gun owner is a rabid trigger puller.
SURE he didn't—he probably just forgot to load his steel sexual object. How dare he object to someone helping themselves to his goods!!! Then, we have this, even MORE evil event, from the second link above.
When three Spanish-speaking males broke into a Harris County, Texas home, they probably thought they were going to walk right in and walk right out.
It is not known whether the men were in Texas illegally or not. But because of the lax enforcement of border laws in the state of Texas, the men might have thought burglarizing a home would be something they could easily get away with.
Little did they know one of them was about to lose his life.
Eight people were inside of the home when the men broke in. The grandmother, joined by her three granddaughters, were inside of the kitchen cooking breakfast at 4:30 a.m. when the armed men forced entry into the home.
The woman's adult son heard the commotion, and when he heard the grandmother's plea for the men "not to hurt the girls," he sprung into action. As eight people were in the home at the time, he had to act quickly.
In true Texas fashion, the man quickly found himself in a standoff situation with the men. Before the men had a chance to respond, the son pulled the trigger and dropped one of the thugs like a bad habit.
The official statement given by the Harris County Sheriff's Department confirmed that the man acted in self-defense.
Of COURSE the Sheriff won't press charges against this racist—EVERYONE'S RACIST IN TEXAS (except for the criminals, of course). How dare this man kill an innocent man, who probably didn't realize it was private property, and was just trying to evict some squatters....

Somehow I forgot to mention it last week, but I wish to extend my thanks to all of you who responded to my question about ParaOrdnance double-stacked 1911s. Now my only decision is LDA or original flavor.....

I knew about this one last week, and it somehow slipped below my radar. Thanks to Tony (again) for reminding me of it! [Link] This one pisses me off on SOOO many levels, I hardly know where to begin. So I'll start with a copy of the linked article.
MOBILE, Alabama (WPMI)—An Alabama mother is furious that her 5-year-old daughter was forced to sign a school contract stating she wouldn't kill herself or anyone else at school.
School officials told Rebecca, who did not want to give her last name, they had to send 5-year-old Elizabeth home after an incident in class.
"They told me she drew something that resembled a gun. According to them she pointed a crayon at another student and said 'pew pew'," Rebecca explained.
Rebecca says her daughter was then given a questionnaire to evaluate her for suicidal thoughts and given a Mobile County Public School safety contract to sign stating she wouldn't kill herself or others.
"While I was in the lobby waiting, they had my 5-year-old sign a contract about suicide and homicide," Rebecca says. "There should be a different way to handle this situation. If this is protocol it needs to be looked at again."
Rebecca is pushing to have the incident removed from her child's record. She says school officials have requested her child see a psychiatrist. She refused.
We'll start with the mindless asininity of the school "officials". First, this was only an "incident" because no one at the school has a shred of gray matter between their ears. She drew something that resembled a gun, and pretended to shoot at a school mate with a crayon. THIS is an incident? SHIT! I never knew my entire class was having incidents on the schoolyard during recess every day! my notebooks were covered with drawings of sharks and divers killing each other (I had watched Thunderball, the James Bond movie, with my father that year) in 6th grade. Next, instead of simply telling the child "Don't do that anymore, we don't play guns at school.", they give her a questionnaire to "evaluate her for suicidal thoughts". Well, after being made to feel like some kind of sick freak (and most likely not even understanding what she'd done to merit such humiliation) these mindless imbeciles make a 5 year old child sign a contract promising not to kill herself or anyone else in school. Oh, how my fucking brain hurts over this. NOW the school officials have shown her that they think she's so fucked up she might hurt herself or others—how's THAT gonna sit in a 5 year old's mind? "My teacher, Miss Jones, thinks I'll hurt myself, or my best friend Sally. WHY? What's wrong with me?" Poor Elizabeth is gonna need a shrink all right, but NOT because of a damn drawing or a crayon-gun, but because of her teacher and principal. Now, we get to Mommy. I'm sorry, Rebecca, but are you brain dead as well? All you are worried about is her school record??? REALLY???? First, you yank that poor child out of that school so fast the school system has windows breaking from the vacuum you created. Next, you tell the poor little girl that the teachers/counselors/principal are evil people who were being mean to her, and there was nothing she did that would EVER make Mommy and Daddy think she was dangerous to herself or her friends. THEN you file a lawsuit against all the participants in this horrid assault upon your girl's psyche, the school system, and if ANY medical personnel were brought in to assess her and agreed to the contract or the questionnaire, them for malpractice. The one thing you DON'T do is let these ... I can't think of a term strong enough for them.... people ever get their hands on Elizabeth ever again. (GRRRR—I need to take a break—I am so pissed off right now it isn't even remotely funny!)

One has to wonder if this is true.... [Link] It sounds so far out it just MIGHT be true—who'd believe it without the back-up?
The Turkish head of the physics department at Bilecik University, who proposed to revive the Nazi death camps, a month later was awarded a fund to sponsor his research from Turkey's state scientific institute.
Obama's "best bud," his most favorite and most trusted ally. This is who the current President of the United States stands with.
Curiouser and curiouser.

Isn't it lovely—our Vice Idiot-In-Chief wants another high-profile person murdered in order to advance his agenda. [Link]
On October 10 Vice President Joe Biden spoke at a memorial for the late Jim Brady and said the gun control movement needs another high-profile victim who is well-spoken in order to succeed.
Brady, who was President Ronald Reagan's Press Secretary, was shot and wounded during the March 30, 1981 attempt on Reagan's life.
According to The Washington Times, Biden stressed that the push for more gun control is not over and said he prays a new voice for the gun control movement emerges soon:
What we need is another Jim Brady, who has the skill and the ability to convince those who are afraid, who walks the halls of Congress, to step up and do what they know is right. One will come along. It will happen. I pray God it is sooner rather than later.
CNN reported that Biden also said "seventy-five percent of the American people" agree with the push for more gun control.
Any god who answers his prayer is not a god to worship. Maybe he can get the Allah of ISIL/ISIS on board with it. HE can arrange a lot of victims.

'Tis Time, lads and lasses, to be ending this rant in our usual way....... but in an unusual way. Our guest Quote of the Week Provider will be Paul K, another brother I've never met, who sent me this (long) batch. What the hell—I'm not wasting paper here! Be advised—he cannot accurately attribute all of them, but he's done the best he can. He has also provided commentary to explain them, and I shall leave that in place.

'I had a liberal colleague giving me grief about guns and that gunowners are crazy, so I just put the question to her—if someone handed you a loaded gun, what would you do with it? She said "I'd look for someone to shoot". I told her "That's the difference between me and you—I'd be looking to be sure it was pointed toward a safe place. You're the one that needs professional help, not me."' —Martin Fischer, Conestoga College (on the bearingarms.com blog)

"Whenever we can, we follow the law"—John Koskinen, IRSCommissioner (quoted in WSJ 9/19/2014)

"Remember, 84% of all statistics are made up on the spot."—Larry the Cable Guy

"Making omelets ain't no fun when the eggs shoot back"—"Illtempered cur", on Joe Huffman's blog(Joe quoted Chuck Michel saying something similar: "No one is going duck hunting when 5 percent of the ducks might shoot back." but that's not nearly as good; for one thing, it introduces hunting into the right to be armed debate, which has nothing to do with hunting.)

"The Constitution is a restraining order against the federal government. I'm not going to say a word about the effectiveness ofrestraining orders against criminals."—Standing Wolf (quoted on JoeHuffman's blog)

"A politician is a fellow who will lay down your life for his country."—Texas Guinan. 19th century American businessman

"Nothing says, "Please don't rape me." like multiple jacketed hollowpoints."—John Fogh, Insights Self Defense Instructor(Microsoft Gun Club Email Folder)("Microsoft Gun Club"? Amazing that such a thing would be permitted to exist. I wonder what would happen if I tried to start a Dell Gun Club—Dell, in spite of being a Texas company, has a victim disarmament policy.)

"A man's rights rest in three boxes. The ballot box, jury box and thecartridge box. Let no man be kept from the ballot box because of his color. Let no woman be kept from the ballot box because of her sex."—Frederick Douglass, in a speech delivered on 15 November 1867.

"Simpletons assert that America doesn't need armed citizens since it has never had a despot or tyrant for a leader. What they don't realize is that America has never had a despot or tyrant as a leader because American citizens are armed".—Ira Weitzel (??), Dachau survivor.(Elie Wiesel?)(This is one I can't confirm, not by any name. Unfortunate, since it's a good one.)

And that's a wrap for the week.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Ottawa: Another Ferguson?

Jesse, Al, Eric! What are you waiting for? Get your sorry butts up to Ottawa!
An innocent Muslim boy, maybe even a gentle giant or an honor student, has been brutally murdered by some racist old White guy! Let the convenience-store burning begin! Muslim lives have value, too! Hands up! Whatever.

Innocent Muslim lad
Mean Old White Racist Murderer
Thanks to Steve Sailer for the photo of the Mean Old White Racist Murderer. His post on the subject is here:

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Liberty, Equality, Siblingatry!

Even back in the Sixties, when I was a young punk, I noticed that all the local Marxists carried briefcases instead of lunchboxes. The theory that communist revolution would spring from the working classes didn't pan out at all. On the contrary, it sprang almost exclusively from the nonworking classes, mainly from the elite academic world, with the shock troops recruited from the student body and the welfare recipient bloc.

Now, of course, we're further than ever from that working class idea. The American working class is mostly pretty anti-Marxist and for a long time now has been voting for the Wallaces and Nixons and Reagans, with occasional surges back to the Democrats when they manage to look conservative for a few weeks leading up to the election. Being southern helps with that.

Marxism is no longer concerned with the "common man" at all. On the contrary, the common man is some kind of reactionary bigot to be opposed. Nowadays, the heroes of Marxism are not members of the majority, but minorities, ever more finely-chopped minorities.

Steve Sailer describes how Marxism has been turned inside out, stood on its head, and turned into an exclusive, elitist movement with no room for Joe Lunchbucket any more. From: http://takimag.com/article/oppression_juicing_steve_sailer#axzz3GslyJNpg

Oppression Juicing


Liberals such as Barack Obama increasingly rely upon a verbal crutch of asserting that their opponents are on “the wrong side of history.” This neo-Marxist hand-waving phrase grew from 524 occurrences in news articles in 2006 to 1,800 last year.

The “wrong side of history” claim became a cliché during World War G over gay marriage, and now is taken for granted in the ongoing World War T (2013-?) over all things “transgender.”

As in every quasi-Marxist revolution, though, the old Bolsheviks are in danger of being chewed up and spat out by the new. For example, consider the unintentionally hilarious New York Times Magazine article “When Women Become Men at Wellesley,” by Ruth Padawer. At women’s colleges today, the lesbians who were long the engineers of human souls are getting shoved aside for being on the wrong side of history by even butcher “trans-men” juicing on prescription testosterone:

Trans students are pushing their schools to play down the women-centric message. At Wellesley, Smith, Mount Holyoke and others, they and their many supporters have successfully lobbied to scrub all female references in student government constitutions, replacing them with gender-neutral language. At Wellesley, they have pressed administrators and fellow students to excise talk of sisterhood, arguing that that rhetoric, rather than being uplifting, excludes other gender minorities. At many schools, they have also taken leadership positions long filled by women: resident advisers on dorm floors, heads of student groups and members of college government.

The Marxist roots of the “wrong side of history” phrase are obvious, but what’s striking is how today’s neo-Marxists have flipped Marx’s pyramid of power upside down. The left now assumes the direction of history is rightfully moving in the exact opposite path of what Karl Marx championed. Instead of priding themselves on siding with the “workers of the world,” they root for transgender CEOs.

While Marx claimed his science of history proved that power would inevitably devolve from the aristocratic few to the bourgeois many to the proletarian masses, today’s conventional wisdom assumes that the whip hand should belong to ever more microscopic minorities, such as Ebola-bearing Liberians and the infinitesimally small number of Seven Sisters students who suffer from Freudian penis envy.

Marx’s logic of class warfare was at least straightforward: in the long run, the side with the larger numbers would naturally win. If all men are created equal, then how can the working-class millions not triumph? (Along the way to the dictatorship of the proletariat, however, the poor dumb brutes would need a guiding hand from those of us who are more equal than others: the vanguard elite of professional infallible geniuses such as Marx, Lenin, and Stalin.)

While Marx’s science of history was fermenting, actual scientists such as Francis Galton began to study empirically just how equal all men are. This led to a growing suspicion that systems for identifying and recruiting the most intelligent people from all classes and backgrounds, such as standardized testing, could create a self-perpetuating caste system in which clever elites have little to fear from rebellions by the leaderless masses.

Read the whole thing here:
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Quibcag: Facepalm from Lucky Star (らき☆すた RakiSuta), I believe.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Why is Gwyneth Paltrow so Stupid?

Me, I have a theory about actors. For the vast majority, it's very time-consuming to become an actor and make it big, and stay big. Almost all one's efforts and thoughts are dedicated to it. That's why so many of them really know very little about anything except acting. That's why they are bad at marriage and other personal skills outside of acting. Acting uses them up. So, of course, hardly any of them even think about anything as abstract as politics or political philosophy. When they feel they ought to have an opinion to express, they just look around at the other actors and borrow their opinions for the purpose. They do, you know, live in a little ivory tower that way. And, for that matter, even if they do have the capacity and inclination to actually think about such things, they quickly learn that it's to their advantage to have idiotic left-wing opinions about everything. They get more work that way. The other actors like them better. Their bosses like them better. And expressing the wrong opinions can ruin their career. Charlton Heston, past a point, didn't give a damn, but he said he definitely was not offered work because of his less-than-liberal positions on issues. Of course, if you're big enough and have made enough money, like, say, Mel Gibson, you can survive politically-incorrect opinions, but I imagine that even he has several million less right now than he would have if he'd been a good liberal boy.

Anyhow, I slightly disagree with Neil here, because to me, Gwyneth Paltrow does look kind of stupid, in a vapid sort of way. But the rest of it is dead on:

Stupid Is As Stupid Does
by L. Neil Smith
lneil@netzero.com


Attribute to L. Neil Smith's The Libertarian Enterprise

Why is Gwyneth Paltrow so stupid?

I can't put it more simply or politely. She looks smart enough, and is very attractive, to me, at least. But to judge from remarks she made the other day, the woman can't think her way out of a wet paper bag. I know many people think I put too much emphasis on looks, but it's a cold, dark, hostile universe out there. Here and there along our winding path, there are a few bright lights. Beautiful women who are willing to share their beauty with all of us cannot be thanked enough.

But she's dumb. And that's a terrible pity. It spoils the entire package, Her mother, Blythe Danner, is a favorite of mine, as well. She played Martha Jefferson in the splendid movie version of 1776. She should have taught her daughter better. A whole hell of lot better.

It seems she (Gwyneth, not Blythe) threw a $15,000-a-plate gala raising money for the "people's party" and Barack Ebola, at which she gushed about how handsome he is, and how everybody ought to get behind him and lay off criticizing him, and he should be made dictator for life or some such nonsense. She appears to have not the faintest glimmering that the man is a criminal, mass-murdering, illegal alien fraud.

Was she born that stupid, or did she have to study?

This begs the question, of course, why is everyone out there in Hollywoodland so stupid? There are exceptions. Sarah Michelle Geller—Buffy—is a conservative Republican. Kurt "Snake Plisken" Russell is a libertarian. There are also Clint Eastwood, Tom Selleck, and Marg Hellgenberger from CSI. But by far, Hollywoodites are mostly "useful idiots".

Cretins like Gwyneth Paltrow, politically naive, historically ignorant, and economically over-endowed, fail to understand that, when comes the Revolution—the Revolution that Barry has been striving toward his entire, useless life—they'll be the first ones to the wall.

Largely, I suppose, it's a matter of selection. These individuals are chosen because they look good and can take direction acceptably. They are not chosen for their intelligence. Often, they don't have any. Then, too, acting is a discipline in which emotions—feelings—are supreme; rational concept-formation would only interfere with that

A great deal of this applies to politicians, too, in this Age of Television, and to TV hairsprayheads—newsfloozies and gentlemen of the evening—as well. This is one of the qualities that make Fox News stand out. Those people, resented so bitterly by the left, are surprisingly bright and well-educated. That doesn't mean they can't be wrong.

What can be done about morons and moronettes like Gwyneth Paltrow? Not much, I'm afraid, in this Land of Free Speech, a value that I'd willingly die to defend. We're pretty much stuck with her and her ilk. About the only thing is not to support her. Don't go to her movies. If she has the brains of a snail, she'll get it—by the time she turns 90.