It’s Not Even The End of the Beginning

Though I’m taking a break from membership because the idiots are having a non-ironic exhibit on how great Cuba is and her “complex” politics (there’s nothing complex about feudal servitude, which is what the Castros have installed in the island) I love the Denver Museum of Nature And Science.

Most of all I love the “hall of life” which starts with the formation of the Earth and ends with proto-humans.

To begin with, some of the exhibits are aesthetically pleasing and stimulate the imagination (none of these are the large plastic models of the creatures while alive which need a make over/upgrade horribly bad. They look — and probably are — of seventies vintage.)  But more importantly, they give me the… length and breadth of the struggles of life on Earth, and a sense for how many times everything came near to being lost.

This is particularly good for me in the times we live in, because it reminds me that despair is a sin, or as someone or other told his followers, impatient for him to come back and put everything right for them “Do not fall into despair.”

Lately despair is everywhere.  As the magnitude of the — I don’t like the term, but it’s the most apt — deep state’s hold on our civil life, and their reckless disregard for the wishes of Americans become obvious, there are any number of Agony Annies wanting to turn in all their chips and cower in despondence and despair under their desks.  As it becomes obvious that not just our government but our culture is corrupt all the way down, they scream they’re being de-platformed and sit down for a good cry.

I’m often accused of being an optimist and out of touch with reality.  This usually provokes gales of laughter to those who know me well.  I’m a depressive with a tendency to spiraling fits of depression that make me unable to function sometimes for months, beyond the strict necessities of life.  ALL of my friends, and my family members know that, and also how many times they have to talk me out of the fetal position so I can, you know, bathe and dress. ( I do usually manage that, though eating varies between not at all and a lot.  I do manage to function to put a post up, or go to the store, or vacuum.  It’s just that there’s effort involved.  And fiction writing is sometimes quite beyond my energy.)

Now do I inflict that on readers of my blog?  No.

You know why not?  Because sometime in my thirties, I realized that I was going to end up heavily medicated and unable to tell which parts of my thoughts were me or the meds, or I was going to have to learn to tell reality apart from the whispers of the black dog.  Which I manage.  Most of the time.  Oh, I don’t manage to control the feelings, which is why everything is done with immense effort, but I can control the thoughts and reason through things.

In other words, I’m not an optimist.  I’m an individual who — for genetic reasons, I’m sure, though a lot of the depression is auto-immune related and might be part of the inflammation — unable to trust her feelings has learned to reason through to reality and to the real odds on things.

I think most normal people get their feeling of how things are going out of the air, which is to say, once one of the herd panics, the others stomp off in the same direction.

Look, I never told you things were wonderful, did I?  The left is in a raging panic, like any aristocrat who feels his power base tremble.  Their bizarre behavior and even more bizarre ideas that they’re not ashamed to put in public are a sight to see.  One none of us would have believed if we hadn’t seen it.  Hell, I grew up amid leftists, worked almost twenty years for an industry filled with them, and I see it and don’t quite believe it.

This wouldn’t precisely be a problem, if over the last almost century they hadn’t wormed into the positions of power in our culture, our society, and honestly at this point, most of our scientific institutions.  Because they have, though, this makes the institutional backbone of our society sick nigh onto death, which yes, does affect all of us.

The good news, though, is that they’re truly terrible managers, and sh*tty at running anything.

Good news? you say.  Yes, good news, because it leaves openings for other ways to do things.  I’ve told you before, publishing would never have met a real challenge from indie, if they hadn’t happened to decide that their job was NOT to sell books to the masses but to “educate” the masses, thereby rendering their product well night unconsumable, and leaving an opening for competition.

Let’s say they’re doing the same in other institutions too.  I can’t tell you of them because the stories I hear are from commenters and friends who are, for good and sufficient reason, deeply under cover.  But let’s say almost everywhere from the would-be hard sciences to retail, the story is more or less the same.  “The business is being run in the interests of Marxist ‘wokedness’ not of keeping the business going, and the wheels are starting to come off.”

The fact that they’re such terrible managers, and that the wheels started coming off 20 years ago are good things, because men are adaptable animals.  We’ve gotten used to working around these things to a great extent, often without noticing.

The fact that they’re going completely bat guano nuts is good too.  Why?  Because before this there was some doubt of ideological bias, even where it was plain as the nose on your face (well MY nose is VERY plain, guys.) I remember having an argument with a fellow righty about why there were so few conservatives/libertarians in publishing.  He completely bought their version, hook, line and yeah sinker, and maintained it was because conservatives “being the status quo” were less creative.  Note that this involved someone who was (and is) here in the trenches with us, knowing exactly how established the left is everywhere, believing that the right is “the establishment” instead of the club of the damned who managed to think themselves outside of polite society.

Now?  Now the left has gone so enraged, so in-your-face demanding of utter conformity and has so glaringly threatened job loss or worse for those who don’t march in goosestep with them, that these polite fictions that kept dissidents quiescent are gone.

Sure, you can believe them, but you have to be crazy to keep believing them when challenged, because frankly we have proof otherwise daily.

So why are so many people wanting to give up now?

To an extent, I understand. I mean we knew that the left had control of everything, but now it’s being rubbed in our face EVERYDAY.  It’s like knowing someone in your family hates you, versus actually catching them sinking a metaphorical knife in your back.  As I’ve had occasion to know recently (not in my literal family) even though you knew it was coming, it still hurts a lot.  (Hence “Curse your sudden and inevitable betrayal.”)

On the other hand, what exactly did we expect?  Those in power, when their grip starts to slip, will fight back.  How the hell else would you expect the story to go?  Is this a Mary Sue novel?

Sure, I see them running by with their heads on fire going “Google, Amazon, facebook.”

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: the reason those worked and became monopolistic is that they did their job better than others.  Amazon’s platform for instance is way better than any other ebook seller.  And yeah, I’m on Weme and Minds, and everything, but you know what, the flaws are obvious even compared to the current mess that is Facebook.

The counter-intuitive good news (yeah, I’m full of those today) is that they’ll fail and become vulnerable in the same measure as they become “woke” because “Wokeness” requires such a departure from reality at every level that it can’t function in the real world.

I’ll mention, on this, that Amazon is the least “politically involved” of these.  Yeah, I know, they pulled confederate flags, but that’s no more than corporate dunderheadism.  The screams that they’re censoring or deplatforming indie writers who are conservative are nonsense, and propagated by someone so far in the chamber that she can’t see outside it.  The truth is that they’re randomly deplatforming writers of whatever stripe in a futile attempt to get past fake reviews and robots that “page read” things for KU.  I don’t know what the solution to their problem is, I know what they’re doing is just pissing off random people.  They honestly might have to go with a “per book” price, and then consign themselves to eat a certain number of “borrows” which are from bots.  BUT I’m in enough writers’ groups with people of all stripes (in some of them I’m there because I’ve been quiet so many years they forgot I exist.  Let’s put it that way) and TRUST ME ON THIS, there is no political motive to the loss or reviews or the loss of accounts.  (And the later worries me more, as it’s more or less random, so scary.)

The others?  Well, they’re squandering their monopolistic advantage by becoming “the least respected name in–”  Which is how things get replaced, but yeah, not instantly.  Even publishing had a decade to play with their push-model crazy before the competition arose.  So some patience is indicated.

I have at least two friends of a technical bend working on ways to sell ebooks to the public that present a LIKELY possibility of competing with Amazon, despite Amazon’s entrenched advantages.  I’ve been using duckduckgo for searches over google (yeah, I duckduckwent) and so far Facebook has failed to banish me to outer darkness (Not to mention not banishing Brad Torgersen who has turned FB into a powerful platform.)  I checked my profile recently — ie. the things they think they know about me — and realized that they think I’m politically moderate.  Which explains all those calls from OFA in 2012, right?

So, again, our advantage is that yeah, they have control of the institutions, but they’re not very efficient or good at it.  Which means there’s room both for infiltration and competition.

Will this happen overnight?  Snort, giggle.  What are you, two?

The left took control of society before I was born.  It is unlikely I’ll face a level playing field before my death.  Possible, but unlikely.  It’s likely it will remain easy to get ahead in my field and others by making woke noises.  It’s likely that all we do is keep society functioning, and make small gains until… well… probably until my grandchildren are my age.  It took the left 100 years to get where it is.  We’re not going to reverse it overnight.

But we must try.

We must try because the left will destroy not just civilization but humanity, if left to play out its illusions uncontested.

We must try because we’re the people who don’t betray their principles for advancement.

And we must try because we are making gains.  Things are shifting ever so slowly.

No one now tries to tell you that there are no conservatives in most traditional publishing because conservatives just aren’t creative.  No one would believe them if they told you that.

No one in the general population is that worried about the left’s sacred cows, like anthropogenic global warming.  We’ve chipped enough at that.  If you go to Europe where we don’t have that kind of foothold, you’ll figure out how much really quickly.

More and more normal, every day people just scratch their heads at the leftists in their pulpits and say “Well, that’s a thing.”  Then shrug and go about their every day business.

The wheel is turning.  It’s slow but it is turning.  You can see it in a hundred interactions, a million little lights glimmering in the darkness.

If you want to give up do it.  The way ahead is still very hard.  You can get better rewards by making noises like a leftist.  (I’m afraid these days just keeping your lip buttoned is no longer an option.  If you do that, you’ll be lumped in with us, outcasts.)

Besides, despair is cozy and comfortable.  As Peterson says (and I said it before I heard him, btw) if nothing you do means anything, then you don’t have to do anything.  There’s no moral duty to resist the crazy, no imperative to act.  You can do nothing.  Sure, despair and depression come with that, but they’re a small price to pay for not feeling like you have to do or risk anything.  It’s a lot like all those writers who want to be writers but know no one would recognize their brilliance.  They’re free to write only when the muse strikes, and not bother putting their work before the public, because, well, it wouldn’t make any difference, and they’re cozy in their despair.  Hey, at least they don’t have to spend all their free time writing.

It’s an understandable choice.  And some people are just tired of fighting.  That’s even more understandable.

It’s not one I choose to take. And if you want to see the cause of liberty triumph, eventually, it’s not one you’ll choose, either.

Build under, build over, build around.  Get ready to take the weight of each institution as it goes gibbering off into the night of leftism.

Be not afraid.

We got this.









319 thoughts on “It’s Not Even The End of the Beginning

  1. Though I’m taking a break from membership because the idiots are having a non-ironic exhibit on how great Cuba is and her “complex” politics

    Whose members? Did a lead paragraph go awry?

    As for “complex” politics, lies generally require complexity.

      1. Sigh. Picked up on that when re-reading after second tankard of coffee was underway.

        If I wanted to have to wait until the end of a sentence to learn what was going on I would have stuck with reading in German.

        1. ~/Latin is a dead, dead language,
          as dead as it can be,
          it killed off all the Romans,
          and now it’s killing me./~

              1. *snirk* Never entered my head, but now that you mention it…

                My long-ago Latin teacher spoke it fluently and expected us to do likewise, so I suppose my accent is at least classically tolerable, even if my vocabulary has all flown out the window. (I did not defenestrate those words — they jumped!)

                1. I’m going to attempt to resurrect mine with Great Courses Latin 101. When I’m done with it, we should have finished unpacking the library (I dream, but…) and I can find my Latin books to do fun translations of.

                  1. Ooh, ooh! I just started taking Greek 101 on Great Courses’ Amazon Video channel. But the same crazy philology/classics prof teaches the Latin 101, and it is fun too.I

                    You know, there is something youth-giving about learning declensions again.

                    1. Verbix is a super cool program i’ve been using for years and the blog is really informstive so much fun!

            1. Wow, Google translate totally fries its brain on that. Fortunately, by looking up each word individually I can puzzle it out.

          1. OK, I actually understood it. Once I got through the sentence, it made perfect sense. OTOH, between German I , II and III in high school (and a Dansk grandfather) it’s not that far from normality to this Odd.

            Besides, the eye surgery went well (probably, part of the work renders my right eye offline for a week or three), but trying to read with the dominant eye sending gibberish is about like parsing the latest intersectionalist manifesto without saying “Huh?”.

        2. I am reminded of a panel of Dr. Strange; the Doctor is floating, lotus position, in front of a levitating book, and grousing about the ‘ancient sage’ putting all the verbs at the end of the chapter.

        3. I remember a line by Mark Twain: “You can’t interrupt a German, because you don’t know what he’s saying because the verb at the end of the sentence comes.”

          1. I appreciate their use of declensions to identify subject, direct object and indirect object, but would like to spend less time wondering just what it was that Jack did to Jill with the knockwurst.

    1. I’m honestly not sure of the complexity of Cuban politics. I don’t know if the upper management of the Communist party their go after each other like it’s a spin-off of “Game of Thrones” or if everyone is generally comfortable in their place in the hierarchy with the House of Castro in control of the throne.

      Of course all of that is pretty academic from the outside, given that everyone believes, “All glory to the Communist party, the peasants merely exist so we have someone to step on.”

      1. The complexity of Cuban Politics? The complexity of their politics is the result of the contortions necessary by the leadership to continue their hold on power.

        For decades any failures of the Communist system were blamed on the opposition of the evil capitalists, particularly the US. Now that the Soviet Union is no longer heavily subsidizing them and supplying oil in exchange for troops to fight for the cause throughout the world they don’t want to risk driving away the tourist dollars. At the same time, while they make money running the resorts for capitalists, they still need to continue to attack Capitalism to maintain their hold on power.

        1. Is there a Castro still in power in Cuba? I know that it’s still a communist hell-hole.

        2. “Commieism is da bestest way and we will prove it is the mostest bestest thing, just watch us”

          Okay, you’re on your own have at it. We will leave you to generate the greatness that is Marx’s mendacity.

          “Wait. You can’t do that.”

          get to work, we’ll be over here, in the corner (STOP RIGHT THERE. no Slater quotes)

          “Our system is failing because to rest of the world took everything we claimed we didn’t need from them, and kept it from us”

      2. “All glory to the Communist party, the peasants merely exist so we have someone to step on.”
        Of course. Do you know how hard it is to reach the items on the top shelf of the grocery store when the rotten peasants keep stealing those little stools? Much easier to keep the peasants around to be little stools.
        (And of course there are things on the top shelves. All the things just out of reach of the peasants…..)

      3. “…the complexity of Cuban politics.”

        I’m in charge. You’re not. Any questions?


        Any more questions??

    2. Have you tried defending a totalitarian dictatorship? Of course it’s complex to massage the data for the herd.

      1. Why on Earth would I need to defend a totalitarian dictatorship? The Progressive Left has been doing it as well as can be done since 1917.

        It’s a despicable thing to do, but the Progressive Left is pretty despicable. In any case, the job’s taken.

  2. Remember when people said that slippery slope arguments were ridiculous? And yet now there’s the mayor of London saying that nobody has a legitimate reason to carry a knife. Dude. You ever try to prep a salad with a small knife? I love my big chef’s knife for that job. Open a box? Box cutter or pocketknife. And that picture of “illicit items” seized includes a chisel and a pair of fabric scissors—and I know a ton of sewing folk who would be INCENSED to have their scissors confiscated. (Those things don’t come cheap!)

      1. There was an SF story I once read about a gentleman returning from abroad and going for a walk—and getting arrested, because while he was away, they’d classified exercise as a prescription-only activity. He found out later, as he’d prepared for a court case about his arrest, that “his” side had added those crazies into the law, which was already incrementally moving to the complete nanny-state side, so that they could prove that the whole thing was nonsense.

        I doubt that would get published today.

        1. Oh sure it would. You would just have to classify it as “realistic fiction.” Or perhaps in the near future, “non fiction.”

          1. The Onion used to be able to do satire. Now, they keep failing epically as their satire is real news within a week..

            1. The Onion…and it’s distressing how many Duffel Blog satire posts have been taken as real. Because the insanity has become all too plausible.

              1. Dilbert <– biographic of tech industry, any of them. Just ask any programmer or tech engineer whether dealing with hardware or software design &/or implementation. Degree experienced may vary, but we've ALL seen it, somewhere. Sure, it is funny, but awfully close to reality.

                  1. Funny, didn’t we see this in real life just last week? That’s what it reminds me of. A sort of dark, gallows-ish humor that evokes a chuckle, not because of an abundance of mirth, but to ward off bleak depression and apathy.

                    Sometimes we laugh not because we are happy, but because we live.

                  2. While staying at a Hampton Inn in Springfield, Mo. over fifteen years ago I overheard the following while at breakfast: ‘I used to like Dilbert, then I realized I am the pointy headed boss.’

                    (I thought, ‘You can’t be the pointy headed boss, he would never have come to that realization.’) 

                  3. In daily doses it’s hilarious. The compilations cease to be funny after a few pages. Not that there’s anything wrong with them, it’s just that the dose gets too big to handle…

                    It doesn’t take long before I get the urge to channel my inner BOFH…

                  1. Back when I worked in cubical-land, when Dilbert was just hitting it big and Scott Adams was still unknown individually, it was routine to hear about witch hunts underway in SV Tech companies where some member of upper management became infuriated, certain that the latest Dilbert strips were specifically making fun of them personally, and by heck their damn HR department could bloody well find out which of their employees was making fun of them so the cartoon-drawing-perp could be fired.

                    None of those companies where I personally talked to employees reporting Dilbert-witch-hunts was Scott Adams’ actual employer at the time, Pacific Bell.

                    1. Reminds me of the story (possibly apocryphal) that Aerosmith tried to sue the makers of “This Is Spinal Tap” on the grounds that the filmmakers must have bugged their tour bus, otherwise there was no way they could have known all the details that showed up in the film.

                      I don’t know what happened after that, but I suspect someone must have pointed out to them that there is no amount of money worth telling the world that you think the band that sang “Sex Farm,” “Big Bottoms,” and “Tonight I’m Gonna Rock You Tonight” is obviously based on you.

                    2. Steven Tyler was on all the drugs when “Spinal Tap” came out, and did seriously freak out when he saw the film.

                    3. IIRC, Adams’ boss knew exactly who was drawing the cartoons, and found them amusing.

                    4. Reminds me of something Bill Mauldin wrote in UP FRONT, about officers who took his Stars and Stripes cartoons personally;

                      “I build a shoe. If they want to put it on and loudly announce that it fits….”

                    5. I was on Scott Adams’ email list back in the ’90s, and have a vague recollection of people sending him material that would eventually make it into a Dilbert strip.

                      My worst PHB was in the 1970s, with the peasant-given nickname of “f*ckhead”. The guy claimed to have worked for the CIA during the Viet Nam war; judging by the clown-show we’ve had, I wouldn’t doubt it. He would have been a shoo-in for Monty Python’s “Upper class twit of the year”.

            2. It is because their time viewer couldn’t see past 2020. When they were doing 2012 stories in 1995 with it the “satire” was obvious.

      2. Indeed. Used to, the arguments were a bit more sinister. After all, a good liar has to give you a little bit of truth, a pretty little truth to hide the ugly lies behind. Most of what we had was much less so.

        We had ugly truths- “If you don’t work, you die,” and “The wages of sin is death.” Things like “work hard, save your money, keep your word, and help those in need” aren’t as pretty as “save the children! Feed the hungry! Give to the poor!” Our way requires personal sacrifice. That’s not so easy a thing to sell, when the alternative is cake and the social regard of people who repeat those pretty little truths.

        By taking things too far, they’ve exposed themselves. “Mass shootings are horrible!” Yup, total agreement. “We need to take better care of our children!” Right on, preach it brother. “We need to take all your guns!” Uh. Nope. Ya lost me there.

        Every time they show up on tv with their banners and signs- the networks tend not to show all the misspelled ones- and their chants and their megaphones, and people find out there was looting and violence, the mask slips a bit further. Blocking traffic. Beating up on old women. Throwing eggs on young women. Setting fires. Taunting police. Folks notice this.

        A bit.

        The media still covers for them. No surprise there. But the nation-wide freakout that is still going on is doing them no favors. This is a situation where supporting free- really free- speech is proven to be the best idea once again. The more they rant and screech and run for the fainting couches, the more they look like what they are. Weak men and women trying desperately to hold on to power by making everyone else weak.

        1. And the other protests somewhere Over There (pick one) where ‘Roman’ letters aren’t even things in the main language, but somehow all the signs are in English. Gee, like they’re playing to a Known Foreign (to them) Audience, hrmmmm.

        2. When the Left beats up old women, it makes them look bad. It also makes us look bad, at least when the old woman in question has others with her, because we won’t use violence to protect her.

          Over time, people tend to side with the cowardly bully over the cowardly wimp, because they despise both, and it’s less risky to side with the former over the latter.

          Look, i’m not trying to say, “All is lost.” I actually think, unlike Sarah Hoyt, that we could win a total victory over the Left in the next decade. We also could have a boot stamping on the human face, forever, within a decade. FWIW, I actually think total victory is more likely. But it won’t come if we just act like typical Republicans.

          Next time a leftist attacks and hurts one of us, I hope that blogs and commentators, instead of their usual question–“What would be the response if a Republican did this?”–ask “Why the Hell is this cretin still breathing? WTF is his address?”

          I am sick to death of being in the beta party.

          1. Keep in mind that when an attack is successfully defeated on-site, it either magically vanishes entirely (call it the “defensive gun use” rule) or it’s reported as the victim having attacked, because it’s not “fair” to fight back. (call it the “Ferguson rule”, or an of dozens of other incidents that boil down to “didn’t take the whupin'”)

    1. Even better was a guy from last year in one of the UK papers who was proposing a law against sharp-tipped kitchen knives in order to prevent stabbings. And to be clear, this wasn’t a law against carrying them in public, it was a law against having them in your kitchen.

      1. You’d be hard pressed to find anyone with common sense in Parliament. Which is probably why they were so surprised when the vote for Brexit happened. Kind of like a Trump-esque moment for Brits.

      2. Guess why rounded-end table knifes are that way… or so I’ve been told. But was from Back When. I can see that especially with toddlers at/near the table. But other kitchen knives? Sheesh.

      3. Yep, it might be a little harder to cut that to stab.


        Okay, admittedly the Turku terrorist in that knife attack which happened in Finland last summer did now, in his trial, say that he tried to cut off the head of his first victim, but obviously it did turn out to be a bit harder to do (with a kitchen knife) than it looks in those videos, so he then continued by stabbing.

        And slashing. Did both.

        Maybe the next rule in London will be that all meals have to be prepared outside of the city, and brought there in such a state that they can be easily eaten with just a fork. Or maybe spoon. Because you can still easily cut with a knife which lacks a point so you can’t stab. Need to do something about those knives too. Right?

        Even better. Everybody in England needs to start eating just these:

        Prepared and turned into a mush you can mostly eat with that plastic spoon in factories. Everybody will be safe.

        1. Ban all edges? Heh. That’ll work…

          …As long as you kill all the *people* first. Because that was one of the *very first* freaking things we figured out. Flint knapping. Scraping hides. Stone freaking axes! Seriously, how unbelievably stupid can you get?

          Because I do not believe for an instant that this is an example of *ignorance.*

          *rants more, deletes. Lather, rinse…*

            1. Nor will other things that might surprise you. *shakes head* The technology is… limited. Rather say, it is focused. It works well for what it intends to do, and not at all for what is beyond that scope.

              Imaging technologies have a few advantages, but nobody wants to get X-rayed every time they come to work. And even those have their flaws, too. Let’s see, what else…

              Pat downs increase the time-to-entry, which would be unpopular to say the least. Random pat downs in the street? Heh, that’s already a no-go, as London is finding out.

              The idea of restricting weapons to such a degree is utterly ludicrous. Weapons imply a weilder, a person, someone taking an active part in their use. Even a heavy rock used with intent is a weapon, are we going to restrict the posession of even very small rocks, lest we all be called witches and burned at the stake? Err, subject to penalty of law, I mean?

              Hell’s bells, I’ve seen a sheet of paper used as a weapon before. Within easy reach of me as I sit are literally *dozens* of lethal objects, only a handful of which are or could be used as knives in a pinch.

              Sharp objects are dangerous, they think? Pfah. To whom, pray, are such things a danger? The answer, of course, is living things- people, pets, unassuming butterflies to the wicked and cruel. And there will always be cruelty, as long as there are humans as we know it. And likely beyond. Because the capacity for cruelty is embedded deep in the human psyche, inextricable as far as I can tell from anything else that makes our brain work.

              The capacity for violence is *necessary.* We quite literally *cannot* exist without it. There is no space so safe it cannot be breached to harm the occupant that does not, sooner or late, kill that occupant itself, thus removing the possibility of it even being deemed “safe!” In order to exist in the world, we need the strength and will to defend ourselves from things which are a threat to us, most dangerous of which is *other people*!

              Having that strength and will, coupled with the proper tools for the job, mean that when we say “leave me the #3!! alone” it has teeth in it. Heck, even *teeth* have hard edges- what, are the going to mandate everyone get soft dentures now? Let me know how that one works out.

              The knife was *the* very second tool invented, I think- after the bludgeon. Fire likely third. Given that the capacity to re-create that tool is inherent in every human being that breathes and thinks, the stated intent of this “no knives” rule is preposterous on its face.

              What the actual effect is, well, I don’t have to leave that to imagination. It seems pretty clear that it is to create a more dangerous environment for the law abiding, and a safer environment for those to whom the law is merely there as a warning to not get caught.

              Those who support and encourage such laws and rules deserve what their law abiding subjects/citizens will get. I do not make this statement lightly, mind. But for those who *intentionally* make their people weaker, less able to defend themselves, less autonomous, and less free, may the consequences find them swiftly. So that others will not make the same mistake as they.

              Gah. *shakes head* Ranting is a terrible temptation today. Apologies.

              1. They are emulating the very theme and ignoring the message of one of The Simpsons Halloween shorts. All weapons had been banned, and being a cartoon, a sort of peace resulted… until the alien invasion and complete takeover.

                And then one person notices, and employs, a board with a nail…

              2. Just look at prisons. Here you have a population of not especially bright people that are utterly ingenious at making weapons out of non-dangerous items, and without access to proper tools.
                Once again proving RAH’s principle that there are no dangerous weapons, just dangerous men.

                1. What with velcro they can probably ban shoe strings, but the list of things I can fashion into a garrote is lengthy indeed.

                  fishing line
                  plastic grocery bag
                  cloth grocery bag
                  electrical cord
                  ear bud cord
                  recharging cable
                  long grass
                  … I could go on but leave additional items as an exercise for the reader.

                  We won’t even get into the possibilities of a sockful of sand, marbles, pebbles, tidepods …

                  1. Newspapers (see “Millwall Brick), magazines (just ask Jason Bourne or Michael Weston), etc.

              3. “Org challenge Ogg to duel tomorrow. Two fisted rocks at 2 paces. Winner get to take Mi!et as prize.”
                Ogg objects, “But Mi!et mine! Not Org. Org find own woman.”
                Org chortles evilly, “Org find own woman. Org just have to take from Ogg. Unless Ogg coward?”
                “Ogg not coward! Ogg barsh Org and eat Org’s leaking brains.”
                “How Ogg do that? Org only one allowed to have rocks.”

                Whereupon Ogg realized that he’d made a strategic mistake. He had to face Org in the morning, or lose his beloved chewer of hides, Mi!et. But The Way of the Empty Fist not having been invented yet, he would be at a serious disadvantage to Org’s powerful stones. Needless to say, Ogg did not sleep well that night. But then, neither did Org, who knowing that Ogg was a very sneaky fellow, slept lightly, with one eye open all night.

                Dawn came early. The tribe gathered to watch Ogg’s defeat. Most of them ate a very light breakfast, since the loser would be the protein course for brunch. However, although Org and his rocks were at the edge of the fire pit, Ogg was not in sight.

                “See! Ogg coward! Ogg not come. Mi!et mine!”

                “Not so.” replied Ogg as he stepped from the bushes, one hand held behind his back. “Ogg keep Mi!et, and eat Org. But if Org want to try to eat Ogg, Org have to come get Ogg.” At which point Ogg stuck his tongue out at Org, and then blew him a raspberry.

                Org when blood red, screamed and charged; both arms raised and his hands clenching a pair of rocks the size of a lion’s heart. But just before Org reached him; Ogg whipped his hand from behind his back, and with a mighty blow, struck Org on the side of his head with the distal end of an antelope humerus bone. So hard was the blow, the bone snapped in half. Org dropped both rocks as he crashed to the ground, a visible dent in the side of his head. Before he could even focus his eyes, assuming he was going to at all, Ogg drove the sharp end of his broken bone through one of those eyes, ending Org’s campaign against him.

                The tribe ate well that morning, Org not being as tough as anyone thought. There’s no moral to this story, other than when the situation is life or death, sometimes the only way to win is to cheat. Who said violence never solved anything?

          1. Dan Lane: “Seriously, how unbelievably stupid can you get?”
            Great Britain: “Hold my beer.”

            1. …and they amazingly inexpensive on eBay. The knappers are also quite happy to make whatever special shape you want, too.

              1. Problem being, they don’t keep an edge worth a damn. Sharp as all heck the first few cuts, though. Seriously, for surgeries, I don’t know why we *don’t* use obsidian. Few cuts, very precise, deep or shallow as you are able to control. Toss ’em when done.

                1. Some surgeons used to use obsidian scalpels. I know eye surgeons did.

                  I’ve been considering having a knife custom-made for defensive carry. No hassles with metal detectors, other than the ones that pick up the steel rods in my leg…

                  1. most ‘metal detectors’ these days are looking for something that blocks radiation… which obsidian does.

    2. It’s always amazing that the people who dislike “slippery slope arguments” when we use them are very much into “slippery slope arguments” when it serves their purpose. 😦

      1. I don’t notice them using slippery slope arguments all that much. Their arguments typically involve cliffs, not slopes. Global Warming is a cliff argument, no slope required. The whole Generic Republican Nominee is Hitler has no slope to it except retroactively: Reagan = Hitler, Bush = Hitler, Trump really = Hitler …

        It is the same way that their arguments about guns make no distinctions between automatic & semi-automatic fire nor any comprehension of just what exactly “military grade” weapons constitute.

        Andrew Klavan drew the right connection when he compared modern Progressives to Anthony in the Twilight Zone episode “It’s A Good Life.”

        “It’s a Good Life” is widely considered one of the greatest episodes of The Twilight Zone. It tells the story of a six-year-old boy named Anthony who has extraordinary mental powers. In his efforts to protect himself from anything that disturbs him, he has isolated his little town of Peaksville, Ohio, from the outside world. Any person, thing or idea he finds discordant he destroys and then banishes into an esoteric nowhere he calls “the cornfield.” As a result, the surviving adults around him live in terror of expressing an unpleasant thought. Anthony, who can never be taught or disciplined, has no sense of right and wrong and can’t understand why no one will play with him. Whatever he does, no matter how destructive, the grown-ups have to reassure him: “It’s good, Anthony. It’s good.”

        Peaksville, Ohio, is the world of political correctness …
        the New Cornfield

        But now the adults are overcoming the problems of isolation in the cornfield and are organizing to return to Peakesville and deal with Anthony.

          1. I was thinking “When Jeffty Was Five” by Harlan Ellison. I’ll have to find the Bixby story. It’s probably on…

        1. I see too many of their “Separation Of Church And State” arguments as using the “slippery slope argument”.

          Although I can see your point about “slippery cliffs”. IE Anything they’re against (in separation of church and state matters) is a Theocracy. 😦

          1. Yes: anything they think is a threat, they immediately turn the dial up to thirteen because eleven isn’t enough.

            1. “maybe a church shouldn’t have to host a gay ceremony”

              “You hater. Hospitals will turn them away and they’ll die.”

              1. Oh No!

                You’re Paranoid if you think gays want to force churches to marry gays!

                Now, if bakers are allowed to not create gay wedding cakes, Terrible Things Will Happen!

                The above is basically a quote from one idiot I’d “discussed” such matter with. 😦

                1. I don’t think Gays want to force churches to perform marriage ceremonies featuring same sex couples.

                  I think anti-religious progressives want that, and are willing to find enough homosexual who think that various trappings of “normal” will ease the ache in their heart.

                  Given that I’ve had a similar ache in *my* heart since the late 70s, and I’m straight as a well weathered 2×4 left out in the weather (which is still *pretty* straight) nad I’ve got all those trappings, I’m doubting they’ll find peace. I’m also doubting that they’ll stop destroying the institutions that moderate people like me, and eventually there will be nothing left for me to be civilized *for*.

                  1. I’m also doubting that they’ll stop destroying the institutions that moderate people like me, and eventually there will be nothing left for me to be civilized `for`.

                    They’ve got their clippers and they’re determined to cut down every last one of those hedgerows.

                  2. I would say “gays a group don’t want to force churches to marry gays” but a few apparently do.

                    IMO it’s “six of one, half a dozen of the other” concerning the anti-religion progressives. It doesn’t matter if it’s the anti-religion progressives finding gays to go alone with them or if it is asshole gays being supported by anti-religion progressives.

                    In any case, the idiot I was talking about is gay and “can’t believe any gays would do that”. 😦

                    1. Activists tend t be people professionally committed to stirring up resentments and provoking excessive responses. Like J. Wellington Wimpy, “Let’s you and him fight” is their byword, and for similar reasons.

        2. Heh. When everybody is Hitler what will they do if a real example comes up some day?

          Some of the things the left talks about are real problems. The big problem with their approach being that they keep yelling wolf all the time, about everything and nothing, so now the real wolves actually have a rather better chance to slip through.

          Not to mention the problem that as long as the wolf is already standing in their ranks they will not notice or much care that he is a wolf, as long as he keeps yelling with them whenever they feel the need to again yell “WOLF!!!”.

          1. Yeah. And I know how easy it would be for me to become Hitler. To become that evil, privileged, monstrous, White Supremacist that I have to be because I’m a middle-aged white guy and you know how all of them act, and they can never change.

            Kind of like Assad. The guy originally tried to meet his father’s opponents halfway, eased up on restrictions, etc. Did they reciprocate? Hell no, they took it as a sign of weakness, and went on the warpath. Assad’s a mad killer simply because that’s exactly what all of his opponents have been trying to do to him for decades. I look as Syria and I think, that could be America if we’re not careful.

          2. Thus again why the followers of Marx tend to accumulate the wolves-clothed-in-human-skin. Many sheep. If the herd loses a few members here and there, what does it matter to the whole? The weak are culled, and the predators fight with them against the “enemy.”

            For the predators, well. If the “enemies” start becoming scarce or harder to consume, they still have a readily available food source very close by. And so the herd begins to eat itself.

          3. When everybody is Hitler what will they do if a real example comes up some day?

            Obviously that Hitler won’t be Hitler-Hitler, because zhe will inevitably be on their side, and this perfectly acceptable, with only those troublemakers shouting “Look at the cattle cars! The barbed wire! The cremation ovens! Don’t you see it?” being the actual problem.

          4. whenever another actual Hitler comes along (the real deal, not the pointing in alarm ones) they will be first in line for their brown shirts and arm bands.
            The Wannabe Hitler from the Highschool in Florida already was foisting armbands to his supporters.

          1. I believe the current generation is kind of vague on who Adolf from Austria was, even if they’re aware his last name is used to indicate a Very Bad Person. Apparently, there was a survey recently where more than a third of Millennials had no idea what Auschwitz was.

            1. Orwell fingered this in his essay on language which noted that “Fascist” had acquired a generalized meaning equivalent to “poopyhead” and divorced from any imputation of political partisanship.

              I suspect that many of today’s ignorant “Hitler” criers would cite the legitimization of The Zionist State as his greatest crime.

              I mean, it isn’t as if they reject his economic policies.

              1. I noted a couple of decades ago that one of the biggest problems with “Nazi” is that they’re now essentially cartoonish villains in popular culture. They exist in much of contemporary fiction to goose step, wear uniforms, shout “Heil!”, and get killed in droves by the good guys.

                  1. Mel Brooks was wrong when he said he was the only Jew ever to make money off the Third Reich…

                    1. For those wondering about the rest of that story– John Banner was freaking awesome. Click through to read the rest, but the intro is pretty dang relevant to the second point I’m going to make:
                      John Banner, who achieved television immortality for his portrayal of the Luftwaffe POW camp guard Sergeant Schultz in the TV series Hogan’s Heroes (1965). He was born on Tuesday, January 28th, 1910 in Vienna. Vienna was the capital of what was then the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The 28-year-old Banner, who was Jewish, was forced to flee from his homeland & avoid being captured after the 1938 Anschluss (union) between Nazi Germany and Austria. This happened to occur while he was engaged in a tour of Switzerland with an acting company. Unable to return to Austria due to Hitler’s anti-Semitic policies of persecution. He emigrated to the United States as a political refugee.

                      Soon after reaching the United States of America, John Banner, who knew nothing of the English language, was hired to emcee a musical revue. He had to learn his lines phonetically. But the total immersion paid off in that he rapidly picked up English. His accent and “Nordic” look ironically meant that Sergeant typecast in several films as Nazis during the 1940s decade. He survived the war playing the same villains who were murdering a every member of his family, who had been left behind in Austria. All of them perished in concentration camps. He was the only survivor, of his biological parents and siblings.


                      Now, with that background, that we go “oh! Sgt. Schultz!” sounds pretty funky, but I can’t fault his reasoning– he insisted that the character had to make the Nazis look foolish.
                      He understood the way that terror can shade into admiration…and there’s nothing about Schultz being a Nazi that you’re going to admire. The character has some good points (such as his willful blindness!) that are in conflict with him being a Nazi.
                      Given the year of his death, I probably read the thing about “someone nobody could respect” in some of my grandmother’s old Reader’s Digest collections.

                      Link to more on him and the other actors to follow. A lot of them were Jews who fled the Nazis, and got crud about it.

            2. If someone phones you up and asks you a stupid question, then another one, and another…for half a freaking hour…. are you going to do your earnest best to give them the best answers, or are you going to 1) hang up, 2) amuse yourself?

        3. Trump isn’t Hitler. If he were, the Dems would all be in the Konzentrrrration Kamps! Not seeing that where I live (all those Dems in the way, doncha know).

    3. Don’t forget that the reason there are more knife attacks now, is that guns have been banned there. Imagine the f#ck out of that.

      1. Looks like the bobbies are getting a well-deserved shellacking in the replies to the original Tweet.

        1. The various police by town or shire or whatever have been posting how they’ve been confiscating garden tools like hand trowels and forks and such – the stuff you use for working with pot plants and small garden beds – going on about how those are useable as weapons in the wrong hands. e_e Eventually hands will be outlawed. And sticks and rocks.

          1. Sticks are hella dangerous, just go spend about 10 minutes in an Escrima or Kali schooll

            1. The fun part about those; the sticks can be replaced by bolo knives or machetes.

              Common everyday use garden and harvesting tools.

              (As an aside, it’s interesting for me to realize I keep remembering it by it’s Tagalog name, iták; when trying to remember the English word, I come up with bolo knife, but I think it’s more commonly known as a machete in the West.)

            2. I guess drums will be banned as a possible cover for carrying sticks.

              Which reminds, I left guitar strings off my list of potential garrotes! Any kind of stringed musical instrument, I s’pose.

              By the time they’ve eliminated all possibly weaponized instruments I expect we will have only bagpipes and accordions left to play.

              First they came for the drumsticks, but as I was not a drummer I said nothing.

              1. As so many items can be used as weapons we might as well all be strapped into barco-loungers for public safety.

              2. Bagpipes are already a weapon of mass terror.
                Especially when carried by those transgender guys in skirts.

    4. The Spouse and I would not be happy if they came and took our kitchen knives away from us. What next? You could probably stab someone with a vegetable peeler, you know.*

      I am very fond to my Japanese pruning saw and all those other potentially deadly garden and yard work tools.

      Oh, and yes, Momma observed that quality sewing shears may not be cheep, but it is one of those tools where the investment in quality makes the job so much easier.

      * Are we to leave the cooking to the ‘professionals’? Oh I can imagine it. In the interest of our health and safety our loving government will issue us pre-packed calorie appropriate balanced meals developed by nutritionists based on the latest scientific research. The parts that need to be heated we can micro-wave. We will help save the environment because we will longer needing a wasteful home stove or oven. We can use the time we save in doing our mandatory volunteer work.

      1. And to think Britain was once the world’s leader in small arms…

        The showpiece of my modest collection is my 1957 BSA Royal Featherweight bolt action .30-06. And I’m not ordinarily a bolt-action guy, but it’s freakin’ beautiful.

        What’s left of what was once a world-dominating national industry is down to a few factories, run by absentee German owners.

        “All these things, lost, like tears in rain.”

    5. Slipper Slope arguments are invalid– in formal logic.
      Because they’re a prudent argument, not an automatic one.

      It is extremely annoying to see folks who are otherwise arguing off of emotion screech about slippery slopes arguments, though. (Even when the argument is no “slippery slope,” it is “if you remove the thing that stops A, then it also allows B and C, because that thing is what stops B and C.”)

  3. I won’t win the battle against the progs. That’s okay because I have a trojan horse. My goal is to ensure that my son is prepared to win the battle. Teach him, lead him, and hope against all the hells that he’s strong enough to stand against the coming gales. That’s my battle, and it’s one I aim on winning. To coin the left’s phrase, it’s going to be a long march. Even longer if you don’t take that first step.

  4. Ree your comments over the months an d years about how lefties have stopped producing good stories in favour or ‘educating’ us, most good newspapers over here in dear old Blighty have a weekly book review section – I expect the better US papers have one too. And every week I skim through it and dismiss it as not covering anything I’d read even if paid to. Oh, the critics will mention Chic Lit, and stories about criminals, but I avoid those like the plague. On the rare occasions when SF is given a show,it, it’s always by a British author who couldn’t write a good storyline to save his, her or its life. There’s never anything like Baen’s output, or any of the good indie ebooks. They don’t even cover the books of writers like Tony Riches or Simon Scarrow, both with hugely popular series about the roman legions. And then they wonder why nobody rushes to the bookstores for the stuff they’ve praised!

    1. I purely hate to say it, but I’ve stopped buying the Baen monthly webscription packages because so much content has become reprints and stuff I don’t particularly want to read. Easier and cheaper for me to just buy from Amazon. Sad to say this as for years the webscription package was a budget item for me.

      1. Aye. I’m pickier on which month these days. Those reprints I sometimes have multiple physical copies of already (moves, and the books disappear. Moves again, and they reappear… as twins, since I couldn’t find them the first time).

    2. For a while the Wall Street Journal had a decent sci-fi review, but they are now 90% TOR, and a few other majors (DAW) and one or two niche houses. Never see Baen, and certainly not indie. The WSJ non-fiction reviews are a lot better.

      1. [googles] DAW is still around! I thought they’d gone under in the 1990s; I certainly haven’t seen one in a bookstore since then…

  5. The Smithsonian is much beloved by our entire family.  Every visit there has been enjoyed from the initial anticipation of a visit through the recalling of the memories formed.   

    The Spouse and I faced a conundrum some years ago when The Smithsonian proposed to do a highly political exhibit around the Enola Gay.  We were not the only ones troubled by the proposal, and pressure was brought to bear.  In the end The Smithsonian backed down – somewhat.  

    Regarding the issue of attempts to control the internet Our Esteemed Hostess gave the following advise a couple of days ago, advise that should be applied in many more situations: DO NOT SHUT UP. DO NOT SIT DOWN. Do not go along to get along.  

    1. The last time I was at the Smithsonian, it was the Air and Space Museum. A more depressing experience would be hard to find. All the exhibits about things that we used to be able to do.
      Then came Space-X.

      1. The last time I was at the Smithsonian they had assembled the complete series of 36 Views of Fuji by Hokusai at the Freer. The exhibit also included a subsequent series and a number of alternate prints.


      2. That is why I’ve not been able to watch either ww2 or space race documentaries for years.

        1. That was bad for a long time. But it is getting better. The private race has finally begun, and it is less likely to fizzle the way the government run programs did.

          1. There’s a quite decent book on that – a near future SF that combines the interpersonal stories of a group of pioneers with the nuts,and bolts technology of building the first moon colony. It’s been compared to the Martian, but it’s more like one of those popularizing nonfiction stories of Important Events.

            Which is really cool, because it feels like it actually COULD happen. I found it quite cheering. Got the dead tree copy, so I still need to post a review.

            Here it is: Walking on the Sea of Clouds:

      3. That’s how I felt when I toured KSC a few years back, when the last STS was on the pad. The Saturn V stack in the museum building was really cool, as was all the other stuff from when I was a kid, but overall it felt more like a memorial to past greatness in a current age of diminished expectations and lesser men than anything looking forward.

        We drove over from D-World, and at the time I said KSC felt more like a falied theme park than a space center.

    2. I was a small part of the fuss-n-feathers that got the exhibit changed. And I bought un-official copies of the WWII stamp that the Clinton Admin scuttled. Used them on all my to-the-government and CAF correspondence along with the legal stamps.

        1. And it’s a showcase of Presentation. There is a B-52 there, a physically larger craft, but the B-29 is presented to ‘feel’ BIG and it comes across. And given it is Bockcar, rightly so. It’s of great historical size.

          1. We visited the bomb pits on Tinian before we left Guam. And drove down the runway (though the rental was in no shape to race down them at liftoff speed).
            I was once SAC. I had to.

          2. The B-52 was a friend’s father’s. That is, a friend’s father was part of the flight crew for the plane when it took its SAM hit over North Vietnam, and then years later got it transferred to the museum when serving as liaison to the museum.

    3. Some years ago I wondered what had become of the Enola Gay, and found that the Smithsonian had it disassembled and stored in one or more warehouses, with a smarmy sanctimonious announcement that they had no plans to put it on display, as it was an instrument of hate and oppression, or something along that line.

      I wrote and told them if they didn’t want the plane, the Confederate Air Force would likely be glad to have it, and they could reclaim the storage space for something historically significant, like a Puffalump or Beanie Baby collection. They never wrote back, though.

      Frankly, I’d still rather the CAF had it, and Bocks Car too. And a stipend to pay to keep them in operational order. Because sometimes diplomacy is more than getting shitfaced on government liquor and trading pointed memoranda…

      1. Sadly, the CAF yielded to pressure some years ago and is now called the Commemorative Air Force.

      1. In the absolute best way possible– the doctor came in halfway through the exam and checked a few things, and flatly stated “I can’t see any possible reason why you should even BE here, the baby is absolutely fine.”

        All measured oddities totally vanished.

        Thank you, all. 🙂

      1. All fears were utterly dispelled. 🙂 Doctor says there’s no reason he can see for me to come back at all, baby is great.

        1. Glad to hear it. Perhaps someday, when littlest of littles has little ones of their own you can tell them about this when they are all a fret about *their* precious wee child. *grin*

      1. All fears were utterly dispelled. 🙂 Doctor says there’s no reason he can see for me to come back at all, baby is great.

    1. I got here late, prayer sent before refreshing the page. I’m glad my prayer was answered before I made it. Congratulations!

      1. I figure Himself is outside of time and space, so prayers after it would make a difference can work, because we’re not the moving part.

        Thank you greatly. 🙂

  6. The Soviet Union was Invincible and we just had to figure our how to coexist.

    And then in December of 1991, it fell apart and died.

    In hindsight, the rot was obvious.

    Never quit. Never, never, never, never surrender. Don’t give the monsters the satisfaction.

    1. Perfect example of a rotting edifice made to look bigger and tougher by use of smoke and mirrors.
      The reality behind the Left is the same, I suspect.

  7. happened to decide that their job was NOT to sell books to the masses but to “educate” the masses

    Funny thing, that. Such mindfulness frequently afflicts the food service industry, with periodic demands for healthy (according to questionable, non-peer reviewed studies) dining and drastic revisions demanded to the American diet.

    And the folks foolish enough to implement those demanded changes soon file for Chapter 7.

    Because while people do not have to read, they do have to eat and will not pay for bland tasteless meals just because they are “good” for us.

    Publishing’s feedback loop is too slow and circular, allowing them to die the slow death of the dinosaur, their bodies rotting away even as their brains perceive nothing wrong.

  8. More like trepidation than despair for me. The biggest problem I have is dealing with the complete break from reality from the Left. It just can’t be accommodated because to do so nowadays requires normal people to pretend that the world is different than it actually is. It’s not possible. The second cause of my reluctance to do anything is personal. My wife grew up in a literal war zone, in a civil war. She lost everyone. So I’m not eager to even bring up the possibility that this is going to happen to her AGAIN. I really want to quietly be an unnoticed part of the fabric of sane society. If there’s going to be a hot war with real death (which I am pessimistic enough to think is going to happen) it’s going to be because the Left can’t grow up enough to realize what they’re doing. But if it happens I want to know that the people who fight against those lunatics will hit them hard enough that they won’t try it again, and that the people who fight back won’t turn into Leftist Lunatics, Jr. Right now I don’t have confidence in any of the players out there, and for the sake of the people I care about I think an escape plan is a better bet.

    1. The biggest problem I have is dealing with the complete break from reality from the Left. It just can’t be accommodated because to do so nowadays requires normal people to pretend that the world is different than it actually is.

      Yeah, I am willing to pretend, for cordiality’s sake and when there’s nothing to be gained from confronting their delusion, that The Emperor’s new clothes are visually delightful. I can mostly shrug that off because, in Obama’s case, there was no way he was going to be impeached so fight where we can … but when they required me to proclaim Hillary’s raiment was a feast for the eyes and I had an actual vote? No way. Un-uh. Not gonna happen.

    2. Always have escape plans.

      I take comfort in my faith that the people who are going to be a vital part of ‘winning’ any civil war are moderate in a sense. We’ve produced a lot of dangerous men who would be useful in a civil war because they have an intimate understanding of how horrible civil wars are. By and large these men do not want a civil war, are not eagerly trying to start one, and will prove very angry at whoever manages to get one going.

  9. Depressed? Not a bit! Wary, perhaps. But I think we’re winning.

    Consider the situation. We now KNOW just how far the Leftist Leviathan’s tendrils extend. That information may be distressing, but we didn’t know it before. And in Trump, we have a man who has an uncanny ability to drive his opponents over the edge. We can clearly see the opposition’s intent, clearly judge his strength.

    And we now see the cowards and quislings in our own ranks.

    These are priceless assets in battle.

    The one thing we MUST watch out for is despair. There are too many people who think we will win with a single election. No. This is like cracking open the Third Reich. First you land in Normandy, then you fight your way across France, THEN you fight your way into Germany. I figure that we need to win three election cycles in an 8-year period to REALLY win big.

    And do not ever think that our opponents will not try to fuel despair. Remember, lies are their weapon.

    So! Cheer up! Fill your hearts with the joy of righteous battle!

    1. Forget not the Battle of Britain or North Africa.

      I’m thinking Dunkirk or Deippe.

      We have long, perhaps literally bloody road to walk, and we are tired Lord, mighty tired, Lord. Lord, help us keep walking a road to your victory, by helping us to see the paths to victory, and keeping us from biding the counsels of the Devil. Help us understand your cause in ways our preconceptions blind us to. Help us Love. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.

    2. It will take more than that. Even if you win the political game in the next few years you are not in the clear. You will have to take over the culture and education too, and that will probably take a generation or two. And then if you manage that – you will need to keep them. Look elsewhere for a few decades and when you look back they will be halfway taken over by the lefties again. Because it will take more than a few generations to get rid of socialism/communism as an acceptable ideology and as long as there are people who have been seduced by it they will keep on infiltrating the structures which are keeping the whole culture up.

      Politics maybe important, but it is not the most important part, it’s often more of a surface manifestation of what is going on.

      1. I suspect a new wave of revisionist history aimed at debunking Leftist myths and historical legends is just on the horizon.

    3. Sun Tzu once pointed out that weak armies make shows of strength, while strong armies try to appear weak.
      Likewise, in advertising, popular products of quality don’t need shouty or negative ads. When’s the last time you heard a shouty, reverbed radio ad for BMW or Mercedes Benz that offered “NO MONEY DOWN!!!” or “NO CREDIT?! NO PROBLEM!!!”?

      If the Left was truly winning, there wouldn’t be a need for the strident propaganda or desperate advertising.

      1. I don’t think that’s it. There’s another situation in which a strong army makes a show of strength, and that’s when it feels that the advantage over its opponent is so much that it ought to be obvious that no tactic or stratagem can even remotely make up for the disparity in strength between the two sides.

        With the election of Obama, the left thought it had won. In the aftermath of the 2008 election, we heard over and over again how the left had permanently seized control of the government, and the voters would never let the Republicans back into power again. 2010 should have been a wake-up call to them, but was not. It wasn’t until the aftermath of the 2016 election that it finally began to sink in on the left that maybe those racists and yokels weren’t quite ready to accept the obvious inevitability of their own failures and the permanent dominance of the left in American politics.

        So the members of the left feel the need to rush forth and put a quick end to this non-left nonsense so that they can get back to the more important matters of leading us to a better future.

        1. Yes, but no. When the left is strong they’re relatively well behaved. It’s when they think they’re in trouble they shriek. An elderly friend of mine, 15 years ago, told me that was a good predictor. He wasn’t wrong.

  10. The Black Dog has been lurking recently, but it has more to do with the d-mned wind blowing 45 mph all day, every day, with no rain in sight. I’m heartily tired of the fine brown layer covering the world.

    Instead of “each one teach one,” I think we need to say, “Each one reach two.” If there are two people who are moved by our stories to think, two people who decide to take responsibility for themselves and their families in stead of waiting for the .gov, two people who laugh at the next VileProg case of the vapors, we’ll win. Not quickly, but we’ll win.

    1. If I could send you MN’s forecast precip. (and at least some of the temp. dip) I would. Sounds like you have plenty wind already though.

      1. 6 to 8 inches forecast for tomorrow here at the Michigan/Wisconsin border.
        and 50mph winds
        Could be worse.
        The tip of the mitten is looking at couplethree Feet of snow and the winds with only Lake Michigan to slow it up.
        Any sunspots today?

          1. I’ve seen where the farming forecast for Minnesota, the Dakotas, and much of Canukistan is not looking great for even Rye this year. to coin an Instyism “Last Centurion is just a novel, right? Right?”

          2. The galactic cosmic ray flux is increasing to the point where it’s an acknowledged issue in planning for human missions, because of the substantial weakening of the solar magnetic field over the last decade. There’s really no denying that we’re in a deep minimum at this point.

        1. Sun spots? We don’t ned no steenking sun spots!

          Climate change dials down Atlantic Ocean heating system
          By Victoria Gill
          Science correspondent, BBC News
          A significant shift in the system of ocean currents that helps keep parts of Europe warm could send temperatures in the UK lower, scientists have found.

          They say the Atlantic Ocean circulation system is weaker now than it has been for more than 1,000 years – and has changed significantly in the past 150.

          The study, in the journal Nature, says it may be a response to increased melting ice and is likely to continue.

          [END EXCERPT]

        2. Most of the time, I get good traveling weather for my medical sorties. Not so much for tomorrow. The doctor says I need to keep my head down today (thou shalt not sleep on your back, because there’s a whacking great bubble in the eye and it has to press against the back until Sunday), so I’ll have to deal with rain and some snow on the way home.

          I get breaks, though; it’s a 4000′ climb to get home and I have to let the eye acclimate to the change in pressure. It’s only a 1000′ drop from the summit to home, so that should be easier. (Hope so, there’s no place to pull over after the gloriously un-PC Dead Indian Memorial Road. (Well, the “memorial” was added after folks complained.)

      1. I think that a person HAS to be an optimist to be libertarian. When you believe that we have no need to be ruled by angels, it’s because you believe that people, no matter how venal, will behave mostly-rationally and that the emergent order from a million or billion humans making decisions about their own lives (I will repeat… their OWN lives) will make better decisions in aggregate than a centralized authority can make for them in aggregate.

        That takes optimism.

        Demanding to be ruled is the pessimist’s comfort.

        I’ll give you that it’s not *sunny* optimism, though. More like rational optimism.

        1. I’m mostly libertarian due to pessimism – I sure as hell wouldn’t trust someone like me to have unlimited arbitrary power, and sure as hell not someone who disagrees with me.

          1. Yep. I basically told someone on FB that the outrage they’re feeling regarding the clueless shown by pols during the Zuck hearings? That is all of them, all the parties, regarding all the topics. Keep that in mind next time you think “there ought to be a law!” or “Congress should DO SOMETHING!!”

        2. > I think that a person HAS to be an optimist to be libertarian.

          Au contraire, one can be a pessimist and be a libertarian.

          I am not a libertarian because I believe that individuals are competent to run their own lives, the evidence is that most of humanity *can not* to any great degree. Sure, they can manage to feed themselves mostly, and get dressed best out of three and maybe even hold a job–as long as someone tells them when to be there and what to do.

          No, I’m a libertarian (on good days, on bad days an anarchist) because I don’t believe that, other than the extraordinary individual, now and then, CAN be good leaders. I don’t believe government *can* be well run, efficient AND in the best interests of “the governed”.

          So I’m a libertarian for pessimistic reasons.

      2. The optimists in my life help keep me going. But the example of someone who works on despite depression is more valuable to me.

    2. At least your layer covering everything is dirt.
      Ours Is yellowish-green.

      I had to wash the windshield just to drive to lunch. Cars are starting to change color. The storm drains have these fluorescent high-water marks around them. *sigh*

      1. SIGH! Yeah, green season is starting up here. It looks like it may be a bad one. We already have the dusting of the cars and the oaks haven’t even started their contribution.

        1. the rental in Texas had a live oak in the back over the garage, and a fruitless mulberry across the drive. The canopy I kept over the truck did keep it to a green tint, as opposed to a new color entirely,
          Of course, being on the Michigan/Wisconsin border, my blue truck is pretty much white and gray at the moment. I was going to wash the salt off, but this storm hit and washed some off for me.

    3. It’s been roasting over here on my end of the planet, which means I have to keep curtains closed or kill my eyes from the brightness. It’s making me a bit gloomy, and my sleep is filled with nothing but nightmares of late (Last night: no less than 3 different ones, all involving serial killers. I … don’t know what’s up with my brain.)

      *hugs to everyone*

      1. I think Texas sent some of the heat that normally hits around this time of year to you. Sorry.

        (Stepped outside, mid-morning and it’s windy and 57deg F?! That’s WINTER weather here…)

      2. For the light, if you can get a strip (maybe 30cm wide and as tall or just a little taller than the window) of a translucent white plastic (plexiglas, styrene, lexan, polycarbonate – whatever name it goes by there that is good to use for windows), you should be able to put that in the center of the window, and only pull the curtains close enough together to keep out the direct sunlight, it might help.

        Or, if you don’t mind it being a more redneck solution, take a roll of white freezer paper and tape it over the center of the window. This would be far cheaper.

            1. Yeah, it’s both. It’ll be too bright, so we close all the window blinds, which keeps out most of the light and the heat. But there’ll be a point in time during the day where it’ll be too hot in the house anyway so the aircon goes on.

              I wasn’t caffinated yet before so I didn’t parse all the comment, but I’d love to put out blackout curtains. But alas, we’re in a rental, and the place has no curtain rods… and we can’t install any. =/

              1. Is there enough room for a tension rod inside of the window areas? We did that with our living room windows, then the bedrooms as well– mostly because of kids trying to CLIMB said curtains, but it definitely made a solid temperature difference.

                OK, some of them are shower curtain rods, because paying $15 more to be able to say it’s a curtain rod seemed silly…..

  11. There are indications that the new Incredibles/I> movie will sucker punch the Left, not the Right, as it plays off the “woke” phenotype:

    It better, unless it wants angry patrons storming out and demanding refunds.

    1. I’m hoping that’s the case. The ads for the first movie did a good job of presenting some basic background information (superhero is getting a bit older) without giving away any of the plot. I’m hoping the sequel is doing the same. And since we haven’t seen much about plot (aside from ‘Mr. Incredible struggles with maintaining the household), I’m inclined to think that there are some good surprises in store this time, as well.

      1. Jack-Jack seems to be nearly as difficult to raise as Anthony in “It’s a Good Life”, except fortunately his parents and siblings are also supers. 😀

    2. I hope so. Though it’s going to be very challenging to come close to the first film…which may well be one of the finest movies ever made. It works on so many different levels.

      1. I think my biggest concern right now is that the businessman in the trailers who wants to bring back supers is going to turn out to be the bad guy. We already saw that (sort of) in the first film, thankyouverymuch. Aside from that little quibble, though, I’m pretty hopeful. I’m sure there’s a twist in here – something that’ll come out of left field during the film – that the trailers aren’t hinting at.

          1. I was worried by the first stuff I had seen promoting I 2.

            This trailer, with the shot at the most recent ‘new’ math helped me. As did mom’s ‘to save the family’ speech and some of the montage with various members of the family taking action.

  12. Folk who know me know I tend to take a rather dark view of politics and society (I used to joke that the more politically aware I became the more “Goth” I turned). And while I do believe in the “no win scenario”, I don’t believe in the “no try scenario.”

    Ragnarok may loom ahead, but beyond it is the rebirth and Gold Thatched Gimle.

  13. there’s nothing complex about feudal servitude, which is what the Castros have installed in the island

    Damn, first paragraph and I have to argue.

    Cuba under the Castros is not feudal servitude. It might be servitude but there is nothing feudal about it. Feudalism recognized and enshrined in its rites the taking of oaths by both parties. Yes, the vassal swore fealty, loyalty, to his liege and agreed to certain duties. The liege, however, granted investiture, giving working title (a rough concept, I’m sure there is an exact legal term I have forgotten) to property, both real (land, mills, ect) and intangible (tolls for example) and pledge certain responsibilities, mainly protection and the provision of justice.

    Yes, there often was no choice but to give homage but at least the pretense of it being a voluntary interaction was maintained. This is not true of Cuba. While one could argue the provision of protection and justice was honored often in the breach as much as the action there was only so much that could be gotten away with in this respect. In the end, although it has been characterized not completely unfairly as “the king can’t stop the barons from doing what they want” as much as the beginning of the rights of Englishmen, the Magna Carta (which was not the first such declaration in England) arose from the failure of a liege lord in his duties to his feudal vassals.

    This points to the last reason Cuba isn’t feudal even if it is servitude. Not only were the obligations bidirectional but all parties but the very bottom and the very top (this only in practice; in theory the king/duke/count at the top was a vassal of God) had both vassal and liege responsibilities. Not only do the Castors see no duty to those below them but their lieutenants see none to those below them, only those up to the Castros.

    I realize you know this and history isn’t as clear as I describe and I’m being a bit pedantic but I think this is important. Saying leftists desire feudalism is giving them too much credit. They are true tyrants convinced of the right to do what they damn well please to their inferiors, not people who believe they, at least in theory, have a responsibility to those sworn to them as part of the place of both parties in the Great Chain of Being.

    Feudalists I can work with. Leftists, not a chance.

    1. Not a whole lot that’s feudal when it comes to a Marxist-Leninist socialist state. Of course you have to ask just how socialist Cuba is; just ask any Cuban on the street what his/her government has done for him/her lately, assuming they feel safe enough to tell you the truth at all.

    2. The one-word term is “to enfeoff” or an enfeoffment – to be invested with a feudal property or fee.

      [goes back to hunting down run-ons in the next book]

      1. Thanks…I knew that was some term but I was too lazy to Wiki/DuckDuckGo (which I’ve been doing since before coming to Atlanta).

        1. It was also called *seisin.* It often involved the lord giving his vassal a fistful of the land he was to rule.

  14. Hey, I just ‘discovered’ a ‘new’ author. Guy named Alexander Dumas. The Three Musketeers movies are all based on his book!

    You can all stop laughing now.

    I love Project Gutenberg for picking up the classics; especially now that I’m not forced to read them for grade school, and of course report on them in only socialistically approved ways.

    1. The Count of Monte Cristo is better, imo. 😉

      You need to be careful with that book, though, since there are a lot of abridged versions. Reasons for the abridgements range from cutting out some of the secondary stuff to getting rid of the lesbian hints about one of the characters. But they all make the story “less good”.

        1. I haven’t read Count in French but I did for the 3 Musketters and the sequels. The one thing you note is the growing sadness of the rise of the Louis’ absolutistvstate. Also his caricature of Colbrt is a tad unfair. It was Louis decision to aggrandize France through war while Colbert was stuck raising money and developing France’s nascent industries at the same time

  15. For a long time, they were the rust, creeping into the structures of society. Rust takes time to do damage, but it is ongoing. While I do not like portraying, for lack of a better term, ‘us’ thus, it’s our turn to be the rust encroaching upon their structures.

  16. realized that they think I’m politically moderate

    I got the same thing. I am open to the argument that, because that involves targeted ads and thus money, to date that AI has been trained with an actual sense of where the real political center is and we are, more or less, in it.

    Then again using the late Dr. Pournelle’s chart I claim my politics are, lacking a better term, “third quadrant”, which is not third way but the application of analytical geometry terms to his chart as I consider the problems of humanity (as opposed to specific problems of a given time and place) to be largely unsolvable by either the application of reason or the state.

    1. It appears to use “social issues” to decide someone is “far right”– if you’ve got pro-life, orthodox Catholic and similar stuff, no weed groups, along with the right to self defense type pages, you get “far right.”

      My husband makes me look centrist, but his is tagged as middle-right because he doesn’t do religion on FB.

  17. As I’ve had occasion to know recently (not in my literal family) even though you knew it was coming, it still hurts a lot. (Hence “Curse your sudden and inevitable betrayal.”)

    This is so true. And sadness and heartache in one part of life can strongly colour other parts.

    There’s also the problem that things were looking up. In hindsight, of course the VileProgs in YouTube, and Twitter, and FB, and all the other tech that let us do an end run around the dinosaur media, were going to do their darndest to hamstring the ++UnGoodBadThinkers. (And feel utterly justified in so doing. Human nature is what it is) The post on “the other side getting a say” the other day was spot on.

    But if what a person thought was the weather clearing, turns out to be the eye of the storm; the friendly haven, just a tenuous ledge on a cliffside… That’s a blow. It seems reasonable to be discouraged, then.

    It just doesn’t need to stop you for long . I don’t remember who wrote this, so can’t give credit due: Some gamergater pointed out that this discouragement IS almost inevitable for everyone. It will happen. It’s human to fail. It’s human to need a break. Weep a little weep, as the saying goes. GAFIATE for a while. Then come back and go back to work.

    To paraphrase the master: In the end, even if you don’t get to see it yourself, we win; they lose.

  18. I was feeling rather stabby over recent developments in SF-dom and realized that the way social media amplifies voices there’s no way to have a realistic understanding of what people actually believe about anything. Add the problem of a very large benefit in inflating numbers, either of allies or enemies, and I wonder if we all live in a make believe world.

    But just because there is a grand total of four or five bullies who’ve made it their life’s work to be “woke” and try to purge all dissent and disagreement from SF-dom (thus creating a lovely monoculture meadow of flowers and bunny rabbits frolicking) doesn’t mean that people have tools to evaluate the fact that there are a grand total of four or five of them and thus to appropriatly evaluate the risk of ignoring them.

    And true enough, that doesn’t count the vast hordes of passive accomplices that “heard” that so-and-so was awful and never question it. There’s a reason that gossip, sloth, and false witness are listed alongside murder in scripture.

    1. thus creating a lovely monoculture meadow of flowers and bunny rabbits frolicking
      Those are tentacle grass and vorpal bunnies, though.

    2. I know the world is make-believe. I just prefer to shape certain bits of it to suit my tastes. Like, rabbit stew. *evil kitty grin*

  19. I’ve been listening to Jordan Peterson’s lectures. I can understand why he’s so hated – he doesn’t sugar-coat hard truths.

  20. “it was because conservatives “being the status quo” were less creative”

    I dated an artist many years ago who would often say that Progressive Liberals are incapable of making art, because everything they do is colored by their need to push their politics onto the audience. She of course, being a Conservative, didn’t have that problem and was therefore free to “make art”.

    All her artsy friends of course were Flaming Progressive Liberals and they all HATED me.

  21. Ooh. Ryk Spoor has, apparently Indy, published the first Demons of the Past. Could someone make sure it gets into the weekend promo?

        1. Baen only has so many slots. He’s been trying to sell it for a while, IIRC.

          1. Just because it’s a WEB platform, it only has so many “slots”????????


              1. S. Hoyt,

                This is the main “platform” I deal with them these days, so it’s my main mind focus.

                Still, slots?

                1. They’re not a self-publishing house, so there is a limited number of available editors, illustrators, etc., who only have a limited amount of time to devote to the available works they publish, so yes, slots.

                  1. I still think Baen should make a ‘B team’ digital only pub, call it Baen Digital or something, and if you do good on the B team you get promoted to the A team… including editors, cover artists, etc.

                    1. That would be an awesome way to leverage their established fan base, expand the stable and use Amazon to their advantage.

          1. I understand his wordcount jumped substantially when he went to voice recognition instead of typing

        2. Because Baen “passed” on it and Ryk found a small publisher who would take it (along with the Fantasy series written by Ryk’s wife & himself).

  22. I have never understood the progressives expectation that they have won the cultural war without even trying. They act like all social and national institutions are theirs already or by right.

    One that continually strikes me as irrational claims upon their part is the military. By its very nature, a military has to be culturally conservative. The need to continue institutional memory requires retaining the lessons that worked of the past. Also if a society does not want its military to be to ‘proactive’ in the governance of the country the leadership of the military has to be conservative to continue to serve a nation as it has done in the past.

    Yet, even another thing is in the United States over 75% of the military is recruited from more traditional ‘red areas’ of the country, which means the very military members tend to come with conservative cultural perspectives to begin with already.

    Yet, as Ms. Green pointed out, they still act like they have complete control over every aspect of things, and their social perspective is the only ‘proper’ attitude to have.

    1. That’s discussed a lot on some blogs, and the problem observed is that the majority of the rank-and-file (literally) are conservatives, for the reasons you give — although the military itself is essentially a socialist regime (hierarchy and all that obedience stuff, plus living in all-goods-supplied venues most of the time); the company / field officers tend to be more leftist (because of contamination in the Academies & pandering for promotion); and the flag / general officers become hopelessly statist politicians .

      1. They are desperately trying to shift this with their social engineering, so it hits the rank and file, too.

  23. On the British police seizing common tools as “deadly weapons” and posting the seized items.

    I’m starting to wonder if the British police know how stupid the orders given to them by the politicians and are maliciously obeying their orders.

    IE The Police want the general public upset at the politicians. 😈

    1. I wouldn’t be surprised if some of them are. But I’m also supremely confident that plenty of them are quite happy to do exactly what they’re doing. Remember that shortly after the Rotherham scandal broke, one of the victims verbally accosted one of her assailants after happening to run into him in public. And when the police arrived, they sided with *him*.

      If some of the police have the attitude that the public is full of infants who are incapable of taking care of themselves, then yeah, they’re going to do exactly the sorts of things that we’re seeing, and think that they’re doing the right thing.

      1. Rotherham is merely the tip of the iceberg. There are also Rochdale and Telford and unknown others, all displaying the same pattern.

        Of course, as we learned with Jimmy Saville, not all British child sexual abuse instances are attributable to Muslims.
        United Kingdom football sexual abuse scandal – started in November 2016 when former professional footballers waived their rights to anonymity and talked publicly about abuse by former football coaches in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. The initial allegations centred on Crewe Alexandra and Manchester City.

        North Wales child abuse scandal – Scandal leading to a three-year, £13 million investigation into the physical and sexual abuse of children in care homes in the counties of Clwyd and Gwynedd, in North Wales, including the Bryn Estyn children’s home at Wrexham, between 1974 and 1990.

        Jimmy Savile sexual abuse scandal. See also Operation Yewtree, the police investigation into abuse by Savile and others.

        Kincora Boys’ Home – the scandal first came to public attention on 24 January 1980 after a news report in the Irish Independent titled it as “Sex Racket at Children’s Home”.

        Plymouth child abuse case – paedophile ring involving at least five adults from different parts of England.

        Rotherham child sexual exploitation scandal – widespread child exploitation in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England, between 1997 and 2013, estimated to have involved at least 1400 children who were subjected to ‘appalling’ sexual exploitation by gangs of men, many of Pakistani heritage.

        Rochdale sex trafficking gang. See also Operation Doublet, an ongoing investigation by Greater Manchester Police.

        Nottingham Care Homes

        Manchester Children’s Homes

        Islington Children’s Homes

        Telford child sex abuse ring

        1. IIRC, I read that a lot of the abused girls in Rotherham and Telford were in the homes, having been taken away from their “abusive parents” ….

          1. The article I read on Telford didn’t mention anything along those lines. But I did notice that whenever a victim’s family was brought up, the father somehow never got mentioned. Gee, I wonder why?

            Also, the local clegy in Telford were telling the cops what was going on, and which girls were in trouble. But the cops ignored them.

            1. There were also a couple of stories that mentioned the fathers trying to do something and being threatened with or actually being arrested.

    2. It rather reminds me of some of the subversive pictures published by Obama’s official photographer. If they weren’t intended to be subversive, the guy had waaaaaaaay too much of the koolaid.

    3. That makes quite a bit of sense. Interesting that earlier today, the notion of “creatively” following orders came up when I told an acquaintance that I had “cheated” to get to my car faster, by catching a ride from someone who was parked considerably closer to the building we had been in before leaving for home.

  24. “Regarding the issue of attempts to control the internet Our Esteemed Hostess gave the following advise a couple of days ago, advise that should be applied in many more situations: DO NOT SHUT UP. DO NOT SIT DOWN. Do not go along to get along.”

    Like these ladies are doing ..

    (more good ones available at PowerLineBlogs’ the Week in Pictures post today)

  25. But is it the beginning of the end of the beginning? Or perhaps at least the end of the beginning of the beginning, maybe even the middle of the beginning? Can I make a fresh beginning of this comment?

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