Aug 222017
 

First they went after the confederates. Then the Founding Fathers. Now Columbus.

What they are trying to do is erase western civilization, to replace it with some utopian socialist system based on some fraudulent idea of “justice” that has as much reality as Atlantis. What they’ll end up doing it getting more people like Trump elected, and very likely getting a whole lot of people injured and killed as they try to bring about their little revolution.

You want to take down monuments to Confederates? I’m right there with you. Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee were villains who took up arms not in the cause of freedom but to perpetuate and spread slavery. But when you go after Washington and Lincoln and Columbus? Screw you, buddy. You’re moving people like me into the “very definitely against *you*” category. How do you think it’s going to turn out when you’ve set the majority of the country at your throats? When you’ve done such a fantastic job of dividing politics into Us vs. Them and then made sure to alienate the majority into the Them category?

It’s one thing to tear down statues of Stalin and Saddam when their regimes come down. It’s quite another to tear down historic monuments to your nations heroes. And what these little pissants don’t seem to recognize is that if they normalize the destruction of historical artifacts, then *their* favorite things become fair play.

 Posted by at 11:08 am
Aug 202017
 

I keep telling myself I’m going to stop posting about identity politics for a little while, to give this nonsense a rest. But the social justice warriors keep sucking me back in…

American Blackout

It has been dubbed the Great American Eclipse, and along most of its path, there live almost no black people. … Presumably, this is not explained by the implicit bias of the solar system. It is a matter of population density, and more specifically geographic variations in population density by race, for which the sun and the moon cannot be held responsible. Still, an eclipse chaser is always tempted to believe that the skies are relaying a message. 

The message: there’s nothing so unrelated to race-based politics that it can’t be used to buttress race-based politics.

“Sun Goes Supernova, Exterminates Humanity: Women, Children, Minorities Affected Most.”

 Posted by at 12:29 pm
Aug 192017
 

With all the chaos around the Trump presidency, it may be amusing to predict the future and, if the internet still exists in a few months to a few years, check back and compare what happened with what was predicted.

Less than a year into the average Presidency, there are a few generic predictions that one can reasonably guess at:

  1. He’ll lose the next election.
  2. He’ll win the next election.
  3. Assassination.
  4. Death by accident/natural causes.

Those would seem to be about it… normally. But with Trump, some other options seem not unreasonable.

  1. Removed from office
  2. Resigns
  3. Decides not to run in 2020
  4. The Republicans replace him in 2020
  5. Starts World War V, and it doesn’t matter anymore.

The way things are going, with a historic turnover of his staff, his supporters fleeing, the opposition party salivating over the chance to prosecute him and his own party turning their backs on him, it just doesn’t seem that unlikely to me that he’ll be out of office well before the end of his first term. So far I haven’t seen anything that would merit forced removal from office, though his business dealings are worrisome and who knows what the investigations will turn up (keep in mind that both Bill Clinton and Martha Stewart were eventually punished over things that were *not* what the original investigations were looking for). As for resigning, I’m of two minds:

  1. He seems like the kind who’ll stick around out of spite if nothing else
  2. On the other hand, he’s bailed out of things before.

So if he calls it quits, I imagine he’ll *somehow* do so while declaring victory. It won’t make a lick of sense, but it’ll be entirely in character.

So we got this:

‘Art of the Deal’ Ghostwriter Thinks President Trump Will Resign Before the End of the Year

So… I dunno. I have serious doubts about him bailing before the end of the year, but I’m coming around to the idea of him quitting before 2020. At the very least, I just don’t see him winning in 2020. Unless something important changes, he’ll continue to gaffe his way forward.

If Trumps resigns, Pence becomes President. The Dems won’t hate Pence more than they hate Trump; conservatives and mainstream republican will probably like him more. So if Trump resigns *soon,*  Pence should have a reasonable shot in 2020.  And if he actually manages to win and does an ok job, he can run *again* in 2024. If he wins that (note: to be able to run in 2024, Trump would have to resign *after* Jan 20, 2018), he’ll be in office until 2029, the longest Presidency since FDR. He’d be 69 at the time… younger than Trump and Hillary are *now.*

So… my *guess* is that Trump will bail sometime in the next few years.

Feel free to comment with your own predictions. Keep the Nazi-calling to a dull roar, please…

 Posted by at 12:53 am
Aug 172017
 

I posted this YouTube video before, but for some reason it seems relevant again:

 

 

I would hesitate to suggest doing this at the next ANTIFA gathering; they might beat you to death with a bike lock.


Also: a better approach than violence and destruction for all those Confederate monuments:

Arizona woman turns Confederate monument into 2nd place participation trophy

Ha. HA! I say!

 Posted by at 10:47 pm
Aug 172017
 

This is making the rounds… a supposed “ANTIFA Manual” supposedly found at Evergreen State College.  Is it for real, or is it satire? I would *guess* the latter; there are some things in this that seem to be a bit over the top even for the fascists in ANTIFA… but I just don’t know. How to tell these days?

And if it is satire… you can bet that there will be ANTIFA members, or the ANTIFA-adjacent, who will read the thing and nod along.

The ANTIFA Manual – Found on the campus of The Evergreen State College

The YouTube video is an audiobook of the thing, as read by a robot.

Oh, and there’s also this bit of followup:

 

 

 

 Posted by at 6:28 pm
Aug 162017
 

Yesterday:

“Is it George Washington next week and is it Thomas Jefferson the week after? You have to ask yourself where does it stop? … George Washington was a slave owner. So will George Washington lose his status? Are we gonna take down statues to George Washington? How about Thomas Jefferson? What do you think of Thomas Jefferson? Do you like him, because he was a major slave owner. Are we gonna take down his statue?”

Followed almost immediately by media types laughing at him for being an idiot for suggesting anything so obviously silly.

And then…

Pastor Wants Presidents’ Names Removed From Washington, Jackson Parks Over Ties To Slavery

Bishop James Dukes, pastor of Liberation Christian Center in Chicago, wants a George Washington stature removed, and in order to save some money, the Andrew Jackson park should be renamed for Jesse Jackson or Michael Jackson.

 

Poe’s Law is now in full effect re: statues.

 Posted by at 3:36 pm
Aug 162017
 

The fallout from the National Socialists Vs. Socialist Socialists kerfuffle in Virginia continues. One event was a group of people pulled down a 90+ year old statue of a Confederate soldier in Durham, North Carolina. This is one of those “yeah, but on the other hand” sort of things.

Arrests Begin Following Durham Confederate Statue Toppling

On the one hand, monuments to the Confederates are akin to the Germans setting up monuments to their wartime military. The Confederates were losers in every sense of the word… they were fighting for an immoral and fundamentally doomed cause and they were fighting a bigger, richer, more powerful and industrialized neighbor who effectively surrounded them. Even had they won their independence the CSA is unlikely to have long survived as their cultural basis was weak at best and they now had no way to retain states that decided to go their own way. And, of course, they were losers because they *lost.* Waving Confederate flags proudly always struck me as being on the same level as proudly displaying your straight-F report cards, or the arrest record of your idiot grandfather who was a drunkard and an incompetent bootlegger.

On the other hand… tearing down statues that YOU DON’T OWN is necessarily criminal. If you were to do this and get away with it – and if you read the article, there are people DEMANDING that those arrested be given amnesty – then if the statue is replaced by something you *do* approve of, then someone else can come along and tear *that* down.

But here’s the real head-scratcher – the name of the person arrested: Taqiyah Thompson.

Taqiyah?

That’s, ummm… a little strange. I’m not sure if it’s ironic or on the nose to be named after the Islamic principle that it’s ok to lie to non-Muslims for religious purposes (some claim that it’s only ok to do so when they are in immanent danger of bodily harm, but then they also claim that “Jihad” is only about a spiritual struggle within yourself, not blowing yourself and a whole bunch of innocent bystanders to bits).

Also, who is Taqiyah associated with? Why, the Workers World Party, of course! These folks aren’t “Socialist,” they are all about Marxist-Leninist Communism. Of Course they are. How adorable to complain about the evils of the Confederacy while supporting the evils of Communism, a system that enslaved and murdered many more millions than the CSA ever dreamed of.

I’ve heard a lot of hysterical screeching since January that the US today is “a lot like 1930’s Germany.” Yeah, but it’s not. A far closer analogy would be *1920’s* Germany, which saw the rise of Fascism as a response to the Communists, with street battles between national socialists and outright communists. *THAT* seems like about where we are these days. So, congrats, Workers World Party and fellow travelers: like your ancestors of 90 years ago, your idiocy has helped foster an equally idiot fascist response.

 Posted by at 8:41 am
Aug 152017
 

As recent events show (not only in public, but in the comments section of this blog and *all* *over* the media today), there are a whole lot of people who see the world in extremely black-and-white terms… at least when it comes to politics. You’re either full-throated hyperventilating in support of Side A, or you’re a supporter of Side B. But the reality is different: sometimes when presented with “two sides,” you realize they both suck. And thus, this headline is the greatest wisdom that I wish people would learn:

Yes, you can reject Antifa Commies and Alt Right Nazis at the same time

A pox on both their houses. Both “sides” are filled with irrational hate-filled reprobates. The media today is yammering on about there’s no comparison between neo-Nazis and Antifa, because Nazis murdered millions of people; but the commies murdered millions *more* people. Anyone who glorifies the Nazis is either a dumbass or a jackass (and likely both)… and the same applies to anyone who glorifies the communists. The big difference between the two is that supporters of the Nazis are extremely few and nobody who’s not a Nazi wants to associate with them; while there are a whole lot of folks who think that Communism and socialism are just awesome, and there a lot of people who may not agree with them, but who will run alongside the commies without  second thought.


Plus:

Anti-Trump activist ‘executed his Republican neighbor with two bullets to the head in a long-running dispute’

This, of course, does not excuse a neo-Nazi running over *anyone.* But it does point out that there are nuts and violence on all sides.
 Posted by at 6:38 pm
Aug 152017
 

One of the many, many complaints about the white nationalist rally in Virginia a few days ago, and the subsequent violence, was that the cops just sorta stood on the sidelines. Interestingly, the same complaint was made some months ago in Berkeley, California, after Antifa and similar types went on a rampage, committing acts of vandalism and violence.

A complaint against police in the US over the last couple decades is that they’ve become militarized. When I was a kid, a SWAT team would be called in when there was a terrorist takeover, or a heavily armed bank robbery, or supervillains stealing City Hall… you know, *big* crimes. These days SWAT teams and tactics are used to kick in the doors of people suspected of having a few ounces of ditch weed. Small police departments are proudly getting MRAP armored personnel carriers. And of course, groups such as BLM have spent several years screaming about cops just hauling off and shooting unarmed folk for no reason whatsoever.

So you’d think with a record like that, the cops would be *all* *over* violence in the streets, wading in swinging billyclubs while armored up like Lancelot. And yet, when it *finally* makes sense for the cops to go in wielding excessive force… they’re not, apparently.

I highly doubt that there’s any sort of coordinated strategy among police departments all across the land. Instead, I think it’s not unreasonable to suppose that after taking a beating in the press for a few years police are seeing situations with a million cell phone and TV cameras and deciding that discretion is the better part of avoiding a police brutality claim.

But since nobody can ever find and maintain the middle ground, since moderation is simply seen as being just as bad as The Other Guy, I suspect the pendulum will, sooner or later, swing back and the police will deal more directly with violent protests:

Or maybe they’ll jsut go that one extra step…

I still think that *eventually* we’ll see robot cops. So long as the source codes are open for public examination, they are (somehow) unhackable, and they’ve proven capable, robocops should make great ways to deal with riots and violent protests and the like. Heck, Dubai apparently already has one, though it’s minimally useful.

Science Fiction has already shown that robot cops are a technology with no apparent down sides.

 Posted by at 2:21 pm