Scattered Friday Post

Okay, mostly I’ve been head down and working on Through Fire, so my head is empty and it echoes.  No, I’m not done, but I’m close, which is why I’m skimping on this post, natch.

I’ve already killed one of the main characters, but don’t worry, it’s not fatal.

So, instead of doing a real post, I’m sort of putting down some things that have flitted through my mind the last few days.  (Writing about revolution, you know?)

You know, we tend to get all depressive about the future, which is stupid because if the future belongs to anyone it’s nor Marx, and yes, I realize there’s a good chance it belongs to barbarians who kill the Marxists (who are also barbarians, but pretending not to be.)  But it could also belong to us.  And frankly, us vs. the barbarians?  We’ll win.  They’re not that smart.  If they were we’d be in real trouble.

So I thought I’d list off the top of my head reasons why I think we’re winning:

– The mass media is losing more and more power.  The fact that Lena Dunham is considered a mover and shaker, despite the fact they admit her audience is tiny gives the game away.  It’s like with the pushed books in SF/F, all hype and blather, but there’s no there, there.

– All they got anymore is re-threads of re-threads, of re-threads.  The liberal establishment is not only the establishment, but it’s dying of a fatal lack of creativity.  They remind me of French painters who learned to draw by copying ideal statues and all their work was mannered and followed so many rules you needed to be one of them to appreciate it.

– Make no mistake, culture is where the politics of the next generation is formed, and their culture is dying.  Now most millenials won’t admit to reading non-approved stuff (ask Foxfier why if you don’t get that they know they’re up against the establishment and prefer not to call fire on themselves) but everyone of them does: blogs, indie, a lot of their own fanfic.  And while a lot of what they read and write is blinkered (remember yourself at their ages, guys?) it’s not approved or a uniform voice anymore.  And there’s a refreshing tendency to just want STORY not “story that makes SJW points.”

– A friend before the 2004 election when I was still in the political closet and very nervous said “Chill.  They scream the loudest when they’re losing.  It’s a way you can tell how they’re drowning.  They go on the attack and talk about how your position has no hope.  It’s all projection and despair.”  Well… they decided to mess with GAMERS.  Gamers.  (Shakes head.  Even I am not that foolhardy.)

– Their protests are becoming more obviously sponsored by the dying old guard — ANSWER, Working Families, and other places that have been communist fronts for ages.  Their attempts at generating mass uprisings of the proletariat keep failing.  (Snort giggle.  Marxism is a fantasy ideology, morons.  He had the predictive power of reading fish entrails.  If that.  At least with a fish you could tell what the fish had eaten.  Marx described the past as well as he predicted the future.  You were taken in by the ravings of a psychotic who wouldn’t know reality if it bit him in the butt.)

– The more desperate they get, the more they scream.  The more they scream, the more it becomes obvious they’re raving lunatics.

In the end, we win, they lose.  Keep at it. We are the revolutionaries.  We are the avant garde.  We’re the ones who have the courage to form our own beliefs independent of the establishment pap we’ve been fed.

The only hope for civilization’s renewal or — indeed — continuance is with us. Shoulder to the wheel and push.

190 responses to “Scattered Friday Post

  1. And they’re slipping enough to be honest about it. http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2014/12/eleanor_holmes_norton_on_ferguson_my_interest_is_not_in_what_did_happen.html
    Short version: Rep. Eleanor H. Norton (D) told Hannity that she didn’t care what the facts of the Brown case were and they didn’t matter. The Cause and the movement matter.

    • Staying true to her party’s history — they used to play the Race Card from the other side, but they still can’t resist playing the Race Card.

  2. “I’ve already killed one of the main characters, but don’t worry, it’s not fatal.”
    So he’s only MOSTLY dead?

  3. It looks like one of those great Hollywood epic battles between good and evil. At the start there is a character you suspect might be the villain, and as the movie proceeds you are convinced that a character is the villain. As the great climax approaches, the villain you have suspected all along discards its disguise and is revealed to be a horrible monstrous demon monster and you go ‘Huh! Thought so!’

    Well, I see the democrat progressives like that. The disguise has been abandon so you look around to all your friends and ask, ‘You see that?’. and your friends go ‘Whut?’

    Ya, like that.

  4. Christopher M. Chupik

    What I worry about are the generation who are going through college and university right now. They’re getting nothing but SJW indoctrination. What’s going to happen when a generation who know nothing but nonsense are thrown into the cold hard world?

    • What helps them most to accept reality is to look at the withholding taxes on their first post-degree occupation. That is when they realize it cost money to run a socialist utopia, and it is their money.

      • Withholding is one of the Leviathan’s great anesthesias. If only we required everyone to mail a check to the Leviathan every paycheck.

        • Terry Sanders

          That was tried, when the income tax first descended upon us. Our Benefactors wouldn’t stand for it.

          Withholding was, and is, integral to the whole scam.

          • Withholding started in FDR’s administration during WW2 when income taxes were placed on incomes that hit most people due to the high wages during the war. Before the war most people did not pay income taxes.

            • Income tax is just a temporary tax that is only imposed to mitigate the current crisis. And in fact was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court, until the 16th Amendment was passed, reinstating it.

    • When it’s this blatant, they see the nonsense. They won’t say anything. they’re paying for college. But they’ll see it. Trust me, I got this too.

    • The communist indoctrination of the seventies created Portugal’s most conservative generation. Mind you, this is conservative Europe style, but still.

    • I haven’t been able to do much about my sons attitudes other than be open to hearing him out – and surprising him that I don’t live in an echo chamber (“You read the Verge?”). I also get exposed to a lot due to having close relatives in the entertainment biz.

      So I keep on keeping on being “grumpy white guy” – and far too smart to simply be dismissed despite occasional “you got that from some right wing hate blog” comment (I love answering “no, dearie – the New York Times, actually….”).

      But yeah – the indoctrination at college, in HS, and not making them do any in depth reports or THINKING on what they teach – even th history.

      I worry.

      #Gamergate was a nice wake up call. A Lot of people were shocked to recalled all the awful names in the book because, hey, they were on the “right” side of all the other issue, right?

  5. This Harvard study shows that leftists are more likely to be emotionally distressed than conservatives:

    http://boston.cbslocal.com/2014/12/03/harvard-study-lefties-earn-less-than-righties/

    That’s not surprising. Judging yourself and everyone else by the other-worldly standards of leftist ideology can only cause mental problems.

  6. He had the predictive power of reading fish entrails.

    Fish entrails are the best! Why, they predicted that I would be hailed as the next TeslaStein!

    Oh, wait…

  7. The problem though is that the bastids have been poisoning the well of liberty for so long. And they STILL control the means to continue{the (re)-education system, hollywood, broadcast and print media} poisoning it, even as they die off. They’re like so many cardboard/movie villains who, when they know they are dying, desperately try to reach the red button.

    • Kind of like the City Council here in Cincinnati, who set the construction work on the Trolley Car project into high gear so that when the newly-elected got in, the project was far enough along that abandoning it would cost more than finishing it, so they kept it going.

    • Christopher M. Chupik

      That’s why it’s important that we demonstrate WHY these ideas are wrong, so that people understand why they have to be opposed. Just saying “It’s wrong!” doesn’t really help.

  8. I was an adult before I knew that Mannerism (as regards style) refered to a single arc of art history as opposed to a recurring pattern. This is what comes of not.listening closely enough to tne dinner conversations of you elders.

    I still think there’s a good deal to Mannerism as a pattern.

    A creative artist uses a trick to achieve a specific effect. He is successsful. His style is copied by less creative artists who do not understand his reason, or if they understand it fail to internalize it.

    Robert Plant’s vocals for Led Zeppelin squeal because he is doing Rhythem and Blues/Jazz/Gospel call-and-response with Jimmy Page’s guitar. Heavy Metal,simgers coming after Led Zeppelin imitated the STYLE without necessarily following the reasoning. This is why Robert Plant is a Rock icon, amd so many of him imitators sound like their genetalia got caught in a mangle.

    There are stories that should be told that require the depressive nhilistic outlook so prevelent in “Literary” SF. They are often readable, sometimes great. But imitation has reduced it to Mannerism, which is tiresome at best.

  9. Here is Andrew Klavan on #GamerGate

  10. Andrew Klavan, in a recent Truth Revolt video about gamergate claims that the audience for video games exceeds that of film and television. I don’t know how h measures that, but if true it means they are “selling their product in newspapers, not on-line.”

    The whirled have bypassed their spinning because when you get down to it most folk prefer truth to fiction.

    • Christopher M. Chupik

      Don’t worry. Once the SJWs are done with the gaming industry, they’ll have dragged them down to the same level as everything else.

    • I know it does, because the tie-in books for games outsell by HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS the tie-in books for movie tie ins.

    • William O. B'Livion

      most folk prefer truth to fiction.

      Yeah, but most folk still don’t like to deal with reality.

    • The ways I can think of measuring it: amount spent, hours spent, purchase events and average uses per week.

      Amount spent, I don’t know; TV-as-noise is a big issue.

      Hour spent, TV might win– if you don’t count freebie games.

      Purchase events– totally games. Not just how many games are bought, but subscriptions and in-game purchases. (I’ll even grant you only counting one in-game purchase with non-automatically-granted funds a month! Some subs come with game-store currency.)

      Uses per week? My husband logs in to at least one game, often two, every night, for at least half an hour. I’m probably at an hour at least every three days. (averages, there are times when we do more, especially if the girls want to sit on our laps an watch us fight monsters)
      We’re relatively light users, for gamers. And I’m not counting the guys who are disabled, whose only outlet is MMOs.
      Again, if we count “casual” games (facebook, phone puzzles, etc), it’s so far on the side of games that it’s not even funny– my kids’ great grandmother spends an hour or two a day playing games, and my mom spends at least an hour a week. (She loves “hidden object” puzzles, and variations on Bejeweled.) Even if we don’t count casual games… well, so many people have been turned off if movies and TV that it still might be games. There are perfectly normal 45 year old gamers, after all, and supposedly the Wii was a huge hit in Assisted Living type communities.

  11. I hate to a be a wet blanket here, but I don’t think a few relatively minor victories constitutes a winning campaign. The Left firmly occupies the Bureaucracy and Academia, and while not as suffocating as before, their grasp on the Media is still very strong. The Culture might not be as overwhelmingly Left as it used to be, but while the gates are controlled by the university intelligentsia and enforcer bureaucrats, it’s going to remain the cesspool all Leftist cultures swirl around in.

    Gamergate is the largest incursion against the cultural hegemony of the Left in, well, ever. And while not insignificant, I think its effectiveness has been overstated because it’s simply the only pushback against cultural Leftists to have actually drawn blood at this point. The opposition is still there and fighting strong.

    And on top of this, the U.S. – as deep down the rabbit hole of Leftism as it is – still isn’t as far gone as Europe. It’s a long, long fight against an ideology that has spent well over a century fighting for what it has today. Victories are a welcome change, but the Left has most of the advantages by a large margin, including experience. They will continue to fight, and fight by any means necessary.

    This won’t be over for generations.

    • You call it minor victories. I call it the turning tide of history. Yeah, they have all these institutions they fought so hard for, and which are losing all their power. Yeah, they’re going to leave us a mess — they always do — but they are already losing.

      • The tide rises, the tide ebbs. Focusing on the short term causes you to miss where the coast lies.

        I leave metaphors about flotsam left on the beach for others to (ab)use.

    • Nah, it won’t be generations, not more than two, and probably not even one. More and more of my generation is home schooling every year. My sons’ non-home-schooled friends are jealous of my kids, and they say so right out in front of their parents, me, and anyone else who cares to listen, and say they’re going to home school their own when they’re older. Because apparently as much as spending the day with Mom sucks when you’re a pre-teen/teen, spending it at school sucks more.

      Meanwhile, the left isn’t having kids and they’re bragging about it, and how wonderful it is to not have kids. Yeah, that’s a winning strategy. The future belongs to those who show up for it. Their only chance of showing up is to seduce our kids, while at the same time they’re telling our kids that kids are an awful drag and they’re so glad they don’t have any. How do they even expect to sell that?

      • Oh, they may not win, but the damage is pretty deep. Radical feminism is the worst part of their agenda, and it still grabs young girls all the time.

        The tide may be turning, but I want to see what comes out of Ferguson, NYC, Phoenix, Cleveland all of the other problems we see {cops killing young black males}. Right now, it seems the loudest voices are the left voices, the ones that refuse to take responsibility………

        I’d like to think we’re winning, but still don’t see a lot of evidence of it. I see some pushback starting, and some surprises, but the left is still on top.

        • The left voices are the loudest because they have the biggest bullhorns (MSM). Thankfully the internet/social media is helping to level the playing field.

        • Eamon J. Cole

          They’re loud, and they’re pushing, but it’s hurting them. They’re showing themselves and more and more people are figuring ’em out.

          The left isn’t on top, they’re just noisy.

          • The problem with being on top is, that if the other side has distance weapons it makes you a really good target.

            • Yep. Holding the high ground is great. As long as you remember you’re now the most obvious target in the region.

              ‘Tis why I’m a big fan of taking the high ground and then bunkering the f— um, fullness outta it.

        • … I want to see what comes out of Ferguson, NYC, Phoenix, Cleveland all of the other problems we see {cops killing young black males}.

          Two different problems here. First, we have excessive micromanaging of activity under color of law. Police are charged with enforcing the law and rarely are their opinions sought (not paid much attention) in the writing of laws. Looking at the groups protesting and their historically demonstrated preferences, these protests will result in more laws for the police to try to enforce.

          Second, and more directly addressing your comment about “cops killing young black males” is the Rich Lowry question: Why are young black males not compliant with police authority? Most everybody else in America has grasped that the wise way to address a cop is politely and unthreateningly. A cop may be abusing his (her) authority, may be unfair, may be racist/sexist/bigoted. That cop still has the right to kill you dead if the cop has reasonable cause to believe you a threat.

          Nobody’s manhood is challenged by a LEO; it is your understanding of Darwinian Principles that is at issue. The police, contra the Reverends Sharpton and Farrakhan, are NOT a rival gang to be confronted.

          The question therefore, is why are so many young black males commiting suicide by cop?

          • Yep, you’ve got two of the issues, but there are more than that. I want to see how the feds decide that our police need to retrained {I do like the thought of deescalation}
            2. In case you haven’t noticed, this has kicked up some more “victim” narrative. I’ve seen the word “oppressor” used in describing general society
            3.A lot of these issues used to happen, and no one but the local community paid it much attention. Now it looks like the national media is looking for these things to bring up
            4. I think one possible thing that could come out of this is more race problems. It could wind up that white has to do the self defense thing against black attacker, and winds up facing charges [real and obvious self defense, not something that would have drawn charges just a year ago}
            5. There is a police problem {more than one}. I think body cams and microphones are going to have to become standard issue

            I agree with what you brought up, I just think there’s a lot more to it.

            • The feds do what? Police isn’t a fed thing, and they darn well shouldn’t ought to be.
              If your sheriff didn’t voluntarily put cams on himself and his deputies, elect someone who will. If your town police department didn’t, elect a new mayor and city council who will make them. And in the mean time, take the sheriff or mayor out for coffee and make your points.
              Feds haven’t got anything to do with it.

              • The president has made noises about seeing to it that 50k cameras are available for local police.

                The justice department is investigating several police department’s policing policies. Not just including Ferguson and NYC. Here in Seattle they are pushing through reforms whether the police like it or not {several officers are suing on “use of force” policy that the Feds want the SPD to use}.

                Yes, you have to consider the Feds now whether you like it or not. The progs run the gov’t, which means more federal over sight into everything.

                Like it or not.

                • I don’t recall where I read this, so don’t take my word on it, look it up, BUT …

                  The recent executive order regarding the Feds’ provision of “military-grade” equipment to local police forces was reported to include language so that, should that equipment ever actually be used, the Feds would be able to intervene and review the department which used it. Because if the Feds good people of the United States provide such materiel they have a DUTY to ensure it is not abused.

                  Likely the local PDs are barred from re-selling the equipment, as is or as scrap.

                  I wonder whether there is not a clause, somewhere in the language authorizing funds for body cams and retraining, giving the Federal government the power to review and evaluate police body cam footage. Because, you know, this is too important an issue to allow individual localities to set their own standards.

                  • Just a couple of years before I retired (2000) The Feds were taking over the teaching. The were teaching the ‘enforcement phase’ Arrest procedures and from what I saw it was was force orientated. Recently, I stepped out of my vehicle after a traffic stop. Something I and others have been doing for fifty or more years. The cop went nuts, hand on gun, hide behind the door. “Get back inside the car of I’ll shoot you.” When he gave me the warning ticket he advised that ‘that’s how police officers get killed is by motorists getting out of their vehicle; as per the latest training video.’ I worked in the system for 29 years, I’m sure that it may have happened, but never to my knowledge. My experience was that it was the concealed weapon inside the vehicle. This and that there were only 35 police officers killed in the line of duty (weapons) in 2013 nationwide hints that the feds are up to their old tricks again. Train to paranoid and then blame the screw-up on the local rubes.

                    • BobtheRegisterredFool

                      Does ‘force orientated’ mean compared to social techniques like talking people down, or groups compared to individual work?

                • 50K cameras… and all of them made by one of his largest campaign contributors too, I’m sure.

                • Professor Badness

                  The thing I worry about is the amount of money that will be spent on the bureaucracy of filing, cataloging and reviewing all of the body cam footage. None of it will ever be thrown away.
                  And what happens when it becomes SOP for the videos to be reviewed daily by a third party, (you know, to check on proper procedure or check for corruption.)
                  Talk about having someone looking over your shoulder.

                  • The body cam footage will all be archived and retrievable at need.

                    Just like IRS emails. And EPA emails.

          • BobtheRegisterredFool

            Government support for unwed mothers means less leverage for families to influence upbringing of the children. Meaning the kids may only interact with adults their mother’s age or younger, denying them access to as significant accumulated life experience.

            Without that, youngsters are more susceptible to the same lies we are all exposed to, but most of us develop the background to discard. ‘Drugs are harmless, so there is no reason for me to be careful of my intake.’ ‘Revolutionary magic is real, so I can fundamentally transform society by being violent, ruthless, and wanting enough. Including the case of making cops conform to my will.’ ‘The right ordering of the universe must always favor me and mine.’

            A lot of decisions now are being made by older generations. The ones that conceded to the rioters of the sixties and seventies, and those among the later generations who were aligned with the rioters.

            The emotional foundations of these older generations are not necessarily those of the younger generations. It is not at all clear that they will respond the same way to recent events, or to further protests. I’d speculate about the possibility of getting laws that would remind us of the riot act, but my sample size of folks twenty or so is so small and so selective as to be useless.

          • William O. B'Livion

            Police are charged with enforcing the law and rarely are their opinions sought (not paid much attention) in the writing of laws.

            The police are part of the general population. The *only* reason one would ask their opinion over that of another citizen would be “can this be enforced”. But even that is unnecessary, because the answer should be “doesn’t matter, the law abiding will do what a legitimate government[1] requests of them”. Of course that’s a True Scotsman thing, because any government that makes unenforceable laws (or laws that HAVE to be enforced against the general population) can be argued to be illegitimate.

            Second, and more directly addressing your comment about “cops killing young black males” is the Rich Lowry question: Why are young black males not compliant with police authority? Most everybody else in America has grasped that the wise way to address a cop is politely and unthreateningly.

            I would instead argue that according to the best *numbers* we have, they kill young black males in *smaller* numbers than their prevalence in crime statistics would indicate, and that where they are killed by mistake rather than as part of stopping a crime (or arresting for one) it’s more to do with the culture and environment they were in, and the poor quality of police in that area than any deliberate pogrom. The Tamir Rice looks to have been shot by a complete and utter nincompoop who shouldn’t have been on *ANY* police force. In NYC a man was shot and killed because 2 rookies (in violation of NYPD procedure) were patroling a stairway in Public Housing (because prostitutes, drug dealers/users and gamblers set up in them) where Officer Retard had his gun OUT (in violation of policy) and (probably) finger on the trigger (in violation of rule three) when poor bloke opened the door, startling Mr. Retard[b] and getting fatally shot.

            Now, one can argue that the 12 year old f*ked up by reaching for the gun. Frankly I don’t know as I can trust Officer nincompoop, and from the video they certainly didn’t LOOK to be the sort of Large and In Charge types who could handle that.

            But opening a door? That’s *life*. However Mr. Poor Bloke broke the biggest rule of all–establish distance from disorder, and broke 2 of the four Ss (Don’t go Stupid Place with Stupid People and do Stupid things at Stupid times). It’s not victim blaming, it’s making a statement that there are places in the world where *bad* shit happens, and if you want to live a safe, long comfortable life YOU DO NOT GO THERE.

            Me, I’m not worried about Safe, Long or Comfortable, but even then I don’t go to certain hoods.

            When white folk get stupid with cops *they* get shot too.

            [1] taking a HUGE shortcut here because I’m off work and leaving in a few minutes

    • Eamon J. Cole

      Let’s hang the blanket out to dry, yeah? Nice and sunny in Texas today, I’ll stick it on the line if you like.

      A few, relatively minor, victories? If they’re still dominate, how do we have any victories? How have we heard about the wins? Why is anybody even talking about it?

      See, dominance in institutions that are increasingly irrelevant is nothing for the progs to crow about. That the irrelevance is a result of their dominance is certainly nothing to inspire confidence in the faithful. They’re being marginalized because they’ve pushed an overt agenda so hard that people can’t just ignore it and go about their business.

      You’re making the mistake so many make, you’re hearing the shrill voices and assuming it’s a reflection of the population. ‘Tis not. Most folks just want to get on with their business, they’re not interested in being dragged into political nonsense, they don’t believe everything is political and they know better than to argue with crazy people. You don’t realize how many smiling faces in the crowd of 314 million Americans have earbuds in. They’re not nodding along with the narrative, they don’t even hear the narrative…

      I think its effectiveness has been overstated because it’s simply the only pushback against cultural Leftists to have actually drawn blood at this point.

      This is the error, here. We’re talking Americans, you know how they push back? By walking around. Independent media, independent entertainment, independent education, small clubs, communities like this one. Church groups, gun clubs, gaming groups… Like minded people coming together to do the things they want to do without respect to the prog’s feelings on the matter.

      This is why they’re attacking the con scene, and the gaming scene, and the writer’s groups. It’s why they’re desperate to marginalize religious groups. They’ve figured out that most people heard the diatribe start and wandered away to go do something more interesting. Like mow the lawn.

      The Culture might not be as overwhelmingly Left as it used to be…

      And this is where I know you’re buying the wrong story. America has never had a dominantly Left (progressive) culture. We’ve had an elite living in a dominantly Left culture, and they certainly like to believe they’re setting the standard, but…

      We’re not much on aping our betters around here.

      They’ve got the bureaucracy, I’ll give you that. Good for them. Americans love them some bureaucracy. That’ll be a fine pulpit for them to proselytize from. 😐

      The progs have a number of propaganda advantages, and they’ve mucked things up a fair bit. There’s some worms nibbling their way through our social fabric, and we’ll have to pull ’em out. This is true.

      It’s also true that the progs will continue to fight. And they’ve shown themselves to be without scruple in that fight.

      But you don’t hand your opponent victory because they’re engaged in a fighting retreat. You hammer their heels until the retreat has lost its fight and found its flight.

      In the end…

      • Americans love them some bureaucracy.

        Historically, bureaucracy is where Americans stuck idiot nephews to keep them busy and out of the way of productive people trying to get stuff done. Shuffling papers and filing reports nobody will ever read was never expected to amount to so much of an issue that folks got careless about keeping them in check.

    • William O. B'Livion

      Remember Poiters–the first one.

      Minor battle, but it marked the high-water mark of Muslim incursion.

      So I think the “Progressives” are collapsing.

      I’m just not sure that them losing means us winning. Reversion to historical norms is more what I expect. Much like Communism is over in Russia, but it is still an autocracy headed by a brutal sociopath.

    • The Left firmly occupies the Bureaucracy and Academia, and while not as suffocating as before, their grasp on the Media is still very strong.

      And I see both ending up getting defunded in the medium term along with the welfare classes.

      The bureaucracy (IRS, VA …) are so blatantly 1) partisan and B) incompetent and iii) bansturbatory that when the next republican president gets elected he’ll be elected with a mandate to prune drastically. Expect a flat tax, a revoking of large amounts of EPA mandates etc. and entire agencies disbanded. The CDC for example covered themselves with glory (not) with Ebola and everyone can see that that was because they were keener on a war on Soda than a vaccine for Ebola. If the bureaucrats were competent and the regulations not burdensome they’d probably mange to get away with it, but they’ve gone too far now to be able to self-correct

      Ditto Academia. They’ve just about priced themselves out of the market anyway and people are noticing that grievance studies majors leave you essentially unemployable – even at McWalmamazon on minimum wage – so state and federal legislators are going to start cutting the funds to these departments with no loss to anything. Now it may hurt a bit because they’ve also wormed themselves into all sorts of other parts of the humanities, but I anticipate that Republican state legislatures will start changing what is mandatory and optional on state university curricula and use the cost and duration of the batchelors degree as the reason for doing so. The planned TX $10k degree is an example I think.

      • Regarding Acadameia, I note a drumbeat of official concer over “for profit” colleges. Call me suspicious, but I suspect that this is a somewhat desperate attempt to distract from the manifold deficiencies of the mainstream colleges and univercities.

        • I’m kinda inclined to agree. Yes, for profits have a high drop-out rate and not all the people who graduate get great jobs. On the other paw, if you used honest reporting, I suspect “not-for-profit” colleges have a pretty steep drop-out rate and more of their students don’t get great jobs. Especially if you count the guys (and a few gals) who claim to be full-time students and are 5th or 6th or 7th year seniors (not double majoring in environmental engineering [or landscape architecture] and computer science with a biochem minor.)

          • I have had to work with landscape architects; as far as I’m concerned the world would be a better place if they ALL stayed full time students, forever.

            • At Flat State part of the LAR program included stream and river restoration and was cross-listed with the wildlife management (aka the Junior Ranger) program. It was one of the hardest classes I took, and one of the most useful. And most of the other students (and the prof) didn’t have much patience with the “put that bush over there because it looks pretty” faction of the LAR program. *shrug*

              • ” “put that bush over there because it looks pretty” faction of the LAR program. ”

                There is another faction?

                If you want to watch the air turn blue, just tell an engineer or surveyor (or construction foreman, for that matter) that you are having a landscape architect do design.

            • My sister was a contractor for the army corps of engineers doing project management. She casually despised land scape architects because they had no common sense. Why put a high water intensity plant in a desert environment, etc?

              • William O. B'Livion

                How many California golf courses are brown right now?

                Do you know how many golf courses here in the Denver area were nice and green all through the drought?

                People. Can’t understand them, and it’s against hte law to run them through a grinder and put them in the compost heap.

                • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard

                  At one time I lived in the Denver area and heard the complains from the people that had their lawns die because they couldn’t water them.

                  Yet, there are grasses in Colorado that can survive the droughts.

                  Those grasses just don’t look “right” to people from wetter parts of the US. [Frown]

                  • nooooooooooo. It’s not even that. My idiotic city thinks they’re “weeds” which is why we had to uproot our xeriscaped flower beds. Now we have zeroscaping. Dirt with high incidence of ants…

                    • Yeah, but there’s a REALLY neat trick you can do with an anthill and a crucible of molten aluminum. Look it up on YouTube, there are dozens of examples.

  12. Let’s think about it. The Democratic (sic) party’s main candidate is Hillary Clinton (That’s a change over the present administration?) Another candidate is Joe Biden,then you have Warren and Webb. Looks like a weak Bench to me.

    • Webb is the only decent one on that list but he is much too central to get the nod. He was even in the devil’s (Reagan) cabinet.

  13. SJW going after gamers. The most dangerous game.

  14. Actually, I fully agree with the OP.

    I do know that I tend to come across as a barbarian and it’s mostly intended.

    What I fear most is that the real fight will be left to those with a mindset similar to or even harsher than my own. I do not want to live in a place that would be made from such as myownself.

    So, I rant and fuss. I do so in the hope that enough reasonable folk will step up and pick up the fight in a meaningful and effective manner so that us barbarians can stand down and leave off… before it’s too late to be dealt with by anything other than mass bloodshed.

    I do caution on one thing though. The books and such things as gamersgate are symptoms, not the source.

    The source is well entrenched into our schools. Look to the schools and what is taught to know which direction the tide will turn in the near and distant future.

    We’re losing the schools. The schools can churn out ever more ideologically compliant destructionists in wave after wave.

    • So we’re loosing the schools. The guesses for numbers of home schoolers are somewhere in the millions. Like 2 million in 2003 and 15% annual growth, according to one site. It’s all guesses, though, nobody has good data, and more kids are home schooled every year. You can track in some states, where registration is required. But in other states, like mine, there’s no mechanism to track. And I know from anecdotal evidence that a lot of us live where we do because we home school, so extrapolating from the states that do count home schoolers is going to come up quite low. From the not-specifically home school activities my kids are involved in, I’d guess that at least one out of five kids is home schooled here. And I could well be overestimating the number of public school kids who aren’t involved in extra-curricular activities.
      So we’re loosing the schools. It’s almost to so what? territory as far as ideological compliance goes.

      • Also, some people let the kids go to school but homeschool — what I did. I.e. you deprogram and teach AT HOME. They go to school, as older son once impolitically let slip “so mom can get a break and write. She doesn’t expect you to teach me anything, and you haven’t.”
        This was partly true. The other part is most of our friends had no kids. I wanted our children to have some idea how other kids lived? Eh. In a way I wish I had completely homeschooled. In another, it worked out.

        • William O. B'Livion

          ” She doesn’t expect you to teach me anything, and you haven’t.”

          Oh my.

          • Yes. I got a sharp phone call and got accused of telling him to say that. As if!
            When he got home, the question was “Robert, what did Heinlein call a person who says the truth in a social situation?” “School isn’t social.” “Like h*ll it isn’t mister. Are you a fool or a sadist?” Sigh “I think a sadist. I’m sorry, the teacher is so SMUG.” He apologized. We moved schools the next year.

            • I’d have been hard pressed to hold my tongue, so I can relate.

              • Heh. There be reason Beloved Spouse kept me away from teacher conferences.

                “I am shocked and appalled he said such a thing to you. We’ve ALWAYS told him to not be abusive to the mentally handicapped.”

                • My father had a field day with an idiot teacher who felt that she could berate my parents for my ‘swearing.’

                  The swearword? “Stupid.”

                  My father, who was not pleased to be hauled out of the Department of Foreign Affairs to deal with such a triviality by an English teacher who didn’t even know a whit about the English language, proceeded to tear her apart for wasting his valuable time.

                  “‘Stupid’? That’s not a swearword, but an adjective. It describes the state of mind, lack of intelligence, or the lack of a mind of an individual. For example: ‘There is nothing as stupid as someone who thinks she knows better than a native English speaker, what the word ‘stupid’ means.’ ”

                  The teacher, who had been expecting – for reasons we never understood – someone easily intimidated, didn’t even understand she was just insulted. Instead she said “So you don’t think she did anything wrong?!”

                  My father asked for a dictionary at that point, got one, paged to ‘stupid’ and pushed it at the teacher. “Read that.” When the teacher had read it, and turned bright red, he said “If she called someone ‘stupid’ she is making an assessment of their intellectual qualities. I’d trust her if she said someone was stupid.” Then Dad paused and looked at the teacher meaningfully.

                  This incident had an audience of the rest of the faculty, who had warned the idiotic teacher in question that trying to get me in trouble was a massive waste of time. They… found… reasons… to loiter outside the library for this.

                  The principal found out and read her the riot act.

                  • When I was in my teens my Father’s University (employer, not alma mater) acquired a new librarian, just out of some misbegotten Library Science program. She was one of those librarians who hates to let a single book out of her sight, and believes that the whole University exists to support the Library.

                    The entire faculty, and most of the student body, were laying bets on how long she would last once she crossed Father.

                    It didn’t take her long. Father had, as part of bis Endowed Chair, a special budget for Library purchases. And she didn’t want to buy the books he instructed her to purchase. SHE wanted to know who Father thought HE was, to be telling HER what books to buy.

                    He told her. In exhaustive detail. As in “I think I am a chaired Professor, with a special budget which I have absolute control over. If you cannot provide the Library services, including special purchases, which are my perrogative, then you aren’t going to last here.”

                    She was gone by the end of the week.

                    • Yeah the only reason why they couldn’t replace the teacher in question was, it was too late in the year to try hire someone else. To give an idea of how inept she was, she assigned the year’s top English speakers and writers – a few friends and myself – to English remedial classes. To say that the principal lost his shit was an understatement. He was a music teacher, with a deep baritone. We heard him clear across campus, roaring. A few hours later, the English teacher very stiffly told us that the remedial classes were canceled.

                      I swear, my friends and I were the litmus test for teachers in high school. If a new teacher survived being put into a class with any of us without either wanting to ‘put us in our place’ or freaking out, they stayed beyond the first semester / first year.

                  • Patrick Chester

                    “Don’t call me stupid!” “Why not?”

    • Actually, on the schools… As I recall, I was pretty much against everything I read and was “taught” in college (state college, veddy snobbery elitish claptrap taught there masquerading as education). Counter-culture was in. When the left places itself as “The Culture” to kids of a certain age… The kids tend to go the other way.

      It’s not a fast process, and the subliminal “everyone believes in… AGW/gun control/big gubermint/multiculti/blue bunny leftism and so on” *does* harm. But those who think, who research, who dig deeper and try to understand things from the ground up are the future leaders we want. Hell, the future neighbors I’d want, too. If it helps to think of it as a separator, that may be what it is, for now.

      That’s not to say I want to keep things that way. I’d much prefer a more practical approach to education, less top-down decrees and more… stuff that just *works* even if it ain’t PC enough to satisfy the fainting flowers in the Marxist crowd. Home schooling is a bunch easier these days than it was when I was growing up. It’s also cheaper than it was, too. Still requires a lot of “you get what you put in” effort. A mortal lot of work, that. But worth it.

      The culture is the key. Change the culture, all else follows. More specifically, change the stories we tell.

      The story, now, is divided. “Black lives don’t matter” versus “ALL life matters.” “The rule of law” against “Lawfare, we-have-to-pass-it-to-see-what’s-in-it, and ‘I changed the law.’ ” “Liberty, freedom, and justice for all” or ” ‘This is the first time I’ve been proud of my country,’ ‘If you like your doctor/plan you can keep your doctor/plan,’ and ‘rights for illegals.’ ” The story of our nation that I know and was raised on, one of honest hard work, never accepting a dime unearned, letting well enough alone if it don’t pick my pocket or break my leg, and keeping one’s word when it’s given isn’t the one the current generation is taught, unless by vigilant and caring guardians, be they parents or whomever else.

      Changing the story in people’s heads changes the culture, changes everything. Perhaps the day will come that all of us, barbarian, shopkeeper, writer, foreman, and all have take up arms to defend what should be the rights of every American citizen. I hope not. I’ll resist that with all I can, unless and until it becomes the *only* option. But we’re not there yet.

      The story of the American citizen should be “work hard and earn your just reward,” not “we’ll take care of you by stealing from everybody else that works.” It should be about what unites us as Americans, not what the professional agitators in the media like to push: black America, white America, yellow America… Change the story, change the culture.

      The media, Hollyweird, politicians, and so on… They’re tarnished. Everyone knows it. Weak. It doesn’t take much to expose those feet of clay. It’s not that hard to be a better example than they. I think GamerGate and the like are signs we’re on the right track. It won’t be easy- doing right rarely is- but it is worth doing.

      *grumble mumble* stupid soapbox, tripped over it again…

  15. Again, it’s not just books and internet shenanigans.

    http://www.nationalreview.com/article/393927/anatomy-lie-according-ferguson-witnesses-ian-tuttle

    Outright lies that can cost lives are made easy in our current culture. The msm which, often, knowingly and willingly aids and abets such actions is, again, a product of our education system.

    http://reason.com/blog/2014/12/04/bee-apocalypse-science-scandal-update-an

    Then there’s those, also a product of our education system, that churn out propaganda through lies and call it science.

    We are all far more at risk and suffer much greater impact from the destructionists than is consciously realized.

    • That first one is why I do not trust a lot of the ideas for localizing to an extreme extent… that witness who told the truth put his life, and his family, at risk by doing so.

    • The bee apocalypse was made up so that some scientists could further a political agenda? Say it ain’t so! Next you’ll tell me that AGW is a scam to put hands in the power of environmentalists.

      • At least part of it is just folks who are new to bee keeping not realizing how quickly a hive can swarm if they get big, or basic health issues. (something about mites?)

        Found news stories back to at least the 70s and some that might be it back in the 40s when I last spelunked Google News Archives.

        • A co-worker who keeps bees tells me that a lot of keepers have procedures that make the bees weaker as a hive, allowing the mites to get a hold on them and kill them off. He told me about moving hives across country in the winter to warmer climates, so the bees could keep producing. That wasn’t the problem itself, he said. It was that they didn’t keep the bees’ cyclic habits in mind and would pack them up when it was convenient to the keepers and not the bees, sometimes leaving half the hive behind because they didn’t wait for the bees to all return before covering them and loading them on trucks.

  16. ask Foxfier why if you don’t get that they know they’re up against the establishment and prefer not to call fire on themselves

    *grin*

  17. And if it is the barbarians, well we’ll just take barbarian brides (or grooms as the case may be) and breed the next generation of future Americans. That is of course how both Americans came to be, and why we can still visit Rome today. Because the centurions and soldiers and farmers and carpenters, etc. took barbarian brides and kept on keeping on. Sure they went through a few rough patches and some dips in the road, but when the going gets tough, the tough get going. And the elites and those who don’t know what it means to be tough and keep on keeping on… well they get gone over.

  18. BTW I think there will come a point in the fairly near future when at least some part of the world (e.g. Europe) gets a non-government backed smartphone based cash system going. I don’t yet know how exactly the thing will work (I have ideas and it probably won’t be bitcoin but if no one has done something in a few years I’ll research some more and do it) and the end result of that will be that the majority of the economy will be “black”/”under the table”. Which means the government welfare beast will be starved. People will act like they did in Eastern Europe in the late 80s. Collect official salaries/benefits and pay official things (taxes, utilities) in government scrip, and handle most of the rest of their life in black market money, buying just enough scrip just in time to buy things in places that don’t take the real money.

  19. *pokesheadintometaphorical room* Hi – just wanted to letcha all know I’m not dead, just been busy with a bunch of hospital checkup stuff – blood tests, ultrasounds, follow-up appointments, that sort of thing.

    I put up a little post about a book I got lately over on my blog/site/thing

    https://www.affsdiary.com/shadow/2014/12/05/unexpected-surprises/

    Still busy so I’m in mostly lurk mode.

    Laters~

    • Hope the poke-prod went smoothly and the quadruplets are doing well…

      😐

      😉

      • *laughs!* I was watching that youtube of the laughing quads recently and as fun as it may sound, I think twins are about as much as I could handle. (And no, I still don’t know if I’m having twins; they say there’s only one in there. I’m holding out that it might be a surprise twin, juuuuust in case.)

    • How is your belly-renter?

      • He’s fine, growing normally, gave the ultrasound tech a hard time by wriggling around EVERYWHERE while attempting to measure him. Also kicking the ultrasound probe thingymajigger. He’s a kilo of mischief now, with still plenty of room to grow.

        Tested negative for gestational diabetes, which is great and doesn’t surprise me at all, and my blood pressure problems seem to have settled.

        Just got back from doing the ‘kids are buying their teachers Christmas presents. My son picked giving his teacher a book over a little bundle pack of body butter. We’re going to write in the book, “Dear Teacher D, thanks for putting up with me and being patient. Merry Christmas.”

        We DID ponder briefly about buying her a box of liquor chocolates as a thank you from us parents, but we didn’t find any today. I always feel like wanting to give the teachers something like that after a year of teaching. Especially this year, since one of the substitute teachers felt it was a GREAT idea to impart to the children to express their every single negative emotion and hurt feelings, because they shouldn’t hold back on their feelings. Poor Mrs. D was not happy when she got back from a week and a half of flu-plaguey thing when the children would cry like they’d been savagely beaten when she tried to scold them over misbehaving or not listening to instructions, like she’s supposed to as a teacher. As in, if one of them got scolded, ALL of them cried. The substitute teacher was fired, I heard, and the parents and teachers all worked to undo the damage she did.

      • From her descriptions, don’t you mean belly-dancer? 🙂