Lift That Light High!

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I don’t think I told any of you — have I? — the sequence of events that propelled me out of the political closet.

It started with my publisher Toni Weisskopf asking me to write an intro to Robert A. Heilein’s Puppet Masters (and as much as I loved Bill Patterson both as a person and a writer, I think what they’re now doing excerpting the bio as an  intro is a great idea.  Calling a book a “hack” book and part of the fear of the reds or whatever might be good literary criticism. It also fails to do that book justice.  It is the book for our times as we live through the masquerade.)   I didn’t want to, because doing it was enough to propel me out of the closet.  On the other hand, I could see that of course Baen wouldn’t care if I made myself persona non grata with other houses. Why should they? And what the hell, did I want to work for other houses?  By that time I was crispy-brown and smoking around the edges the burnout was so bad, and having committed Magic British Empire, I knew I’d have to up the ante on “sounding lefty” to stay in the closet, and that was making my auto-immune crazy.  So I said sure.

I also started opening the louvers of the closet here a little bit.  I needed it, particularly since my younger kid was going through a form of harassment no longer rare for boys in our public schools, in which girls accuse them (falsely) of harassment in order to harass.

And then Breitbart died, and I realized “if his voice is silent, who’ll take up the torch?”

I kind of — rightly — doubted my ability to make that kind of splash particularly since this is not my main job and I’m NOT a happy warrior.  But … could I do something?

Yes, I was risking losing my career such as it was (I was right on that too) as well as the remaining friends I had in the field.  But…

But the times were dire and a voice was needed.

My first posts made me so neurotic, I used to run them through friends before putting them up to make sure I didn’t sound insane except in the left — the USSR was like that too — sense of “does not support socialism, must be mentally ill.”

Do I like it?  I think I’ve said I’d much prefer to cocoon with my writing and ignore politics.  But politics rarely ignores me — or any of us anymore — and the alternative to listening and talking is to let people like me think they’re alone.

There is much despair on the right over “demographic change.”  I need to write a post for PJ about it.  Believing that the demographics changed that much in two years is touched in the head.  And it doesn’t even take in account the fact that no, even illiterate peasants AREN’T “naturally socialist”.  That’s a leftist myth.  Not only are you not required to believe it, you should naturally be skeptical of anything they believe because in general they’re at war with reality.

If “third world peasants” really take over the country, the left will get the shock of their lives. These people prefer the alt-right version of things, with everything that implies, including, yes, belief in their own racial supremacy (what do you think that La Raza is about?) Even the South American regimes that look leftist to us are mostly alt-right (which is leftist, yes, but not in the way of our hippie dippie internationalist multi gendered left.)  As for feminism… they’ve convinced themselves that people who are brown are less patriarchal.  See what I mean about at war with reality?

But our real danger is not third world peasants (though for f*ck’s sake, we still need to defend our borders and also a welfare state is by nature incompatible with open immigration.  Also large enough numbers will import their culture.  I didn’t leave the culture to have it follow me, so can we stop that sh*t already?) but our own, homegrown, indoctrinated children.

I am arguably the first indoctrinated generation.  At least my husband was. Took him ten to twelve years to realize they’d lied to him in every possible way.  It took Reagan followed by Clinton to knock it out of his head.

But the left has gotten better at indoctrination.  There’s political correctness, as a tool to teach people not to think, but to flinch mindlessly from words, phrases, thoughts.  Note that the bizarre and evil anti-cultural-appropriation mind set is designed to make NO ONE examine other cultures too closely, which would put paid to the brilliant idea of no borders, for instance.

Then there’s the idea of privilege.  If you notice that “victims” are just as evil as anyone else, you get told they can’t be because they don’t have privilege.

Then there’s invisible harm caused by words.

ALL of this is designed to make people unable to think or examine reality, or even consider history.  Because the left is at war with reality, they try to remove any signs of reality.  Yes, history is part of this.

So….

Imagine you came back from a future Socialist States Of America. Or worse, from a United States which, in reaction to that is nationalist, racialist, feudal-like in nature…. Think China.  Why worse?  Because that might be sustainable. Communism isn’t, and there’s the hope we’ll do a Poland, sometime.

Imagine you could just send your mind, not your body.  What would you do right now, today?

I know if I could go back to the eighties I would be a lot louder and more outspoken.  (I’d keep my name and my work name separate maybe, at least for a while, but I wouldn’t stay quiet.)

I think a great part of this is to lift the light, to let others who doubt the narrative know they’re not alone.

The left — for all their efforts — can no long fully wrap us in a united front of narrative.  It’s driving them insane.  When they’re insane they’re dangerous.  And because they’re dangerous we must continue to thwart their efforts.

For those who weren’t alive then, dissenting from the political — left — narrative REALLY made you feel like you were going crazy. You couldn’t even say anything to your friends, because they’d accuse you of being a conspiracy theorist or worse.  Even in the nineties, it was that bad.

Not true any longer.  I’m starting to think I need to read up on cult deprogramming to get to the younger kids — they were basically programmed into a cult. Including the idea of evil phrases or thoughts.  And you don’t want them to drink the final koolaid — but most of all we need to not stay quiet.

This applies particularly to those of us who are …. unusual and who stick out a mile from their idea of what “right wing” is.  Which honestly is most of us, but particularly those of us who are creative, or honestly “bleeding hearts” (just on our own time and dime.) Those who are women, or tan-enhanced, or —  you figure it.  All the groups that they naturally claim.  If you’ve ever been called a race/gender/orientation traitor? Lift up that lamp. Let your light shine.

Recently a friend told me I drive the left insane because I contradict their narrative just by existing.  Good, I say, and lift the lamp a little higher.

Yes, I know, some of you think you’ll lose your jobs/careers by speaking. You might even be right. (I was. At least without indie.) But you can have assumed personalities.  No one is holding you down.

If you came back from say twenty years in the future, where everything had gone pear shaped, what would it be worth to you to avoid it? Short of targeted assassinations or illegal acts? (If the rough music will play, let the other side start it.)

Your light might be small, and it might seem insignificant to you, but light feeds on light and it multiplies.  And light always vanquishes the darkness.

Light your lamp and hold it, that others might find the way.

Do it now.  Do it like you mean it.  Let the light shine through.

 

280 responses to “Lift That Light High!

  1. Let the other side start the music, but be damned ready to stop it cold in its tracks.

    • If the other side starts the music, they are sure to be thinking in terms of IWW Folk Songs, and we need to be ready to give them Beethoven with overtones of The Who (Won’t Get Fooled Again).

      • We already have a song. We’ll sing all the verses, including the ones the Left tried to shove down the memory hole:

        “O thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
        Between their loved homes and the war’s desolation.
        Blest with vict’ry and peace, may the Heav’n rescued land
        Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation!
        Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
        And this be our motto: ‘In God is our trust.’
        And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
        O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!”

        • Personally, I like better

          And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
          That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion
          A home and a country should leave us no more?
          Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps’ pollution.

          • YES! and YES!
            The first verse is only the third best of them, imho.

            • There is time enough for all of them. And for additional explication, we can, when done, sing our anthem as well.

              As I pass through my incarnations in every age and race,
              I make my proper prostrations to the Gods of the Market Place.
              Peering through reverent fingers I watch them flourish and fall,
              And the Gods of the Copybook Headings, I notice, outlast them all.

              We were living in trees when they met us. They showed us each in turn
              That Water would certainly wet us, as Fire would certainly burn:
              But we found them lacking in Uplift, Vision and Breadth of Mind,
              So we left them to teach the Gorillas while we followed the March of Mankind.

              We moved as the Spirit listed. They never altered their pace,
              Being neither cloud nor wind-borne like the Gods of the Market Place,
              But they always caught up with our progress, and presently word would come
              That a tribe had been wiped off its ice field, or the lights had gone out in Rome.

              With the Hopes that our World is built on they were utterly out of touch,
              They denied that the Moon was Stilton; they denied she was even Dutch;
              They denied that Wishes were Horses; they denied that a Pig had Wings;
              So we worshipped the Gods of the Market Who promised these beautiful things.

              When the Cambrian measures were forming, They promised perpetual peace.
              They swore, if we gave them our weapons, that the wars of the tribes would cease.
              But when we disarmed They sold us and delivered us bound to our foe,
              And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: “Stick to the Devil you know.”

              On the first Feminian Sandstones we were promised the Fuller Life
              (Which started by loving our neighbour and ended by loving his wife)
              Till our women had no more children and the men lost reason and faith,
              And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: “The Wages of Sin is Death.”

              In the Carboniferous Epoch we were promised abundance for all,
              By robbing selected Peter to pay for collective Paul;
              But, though we had plenty of money, there was nothing our money could buy,
              And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: “If you don’t work you die.”

              Then the Gods of the Market tumbled, and their smooth-tongued wizards withdrew
              And the hearts of the meanest were humbled and began to believe it was true
              That All is not Gold that Glitters, and Two and Two make Four
              And the Gods of the Copybook Headings limped up to explain it once more.

              As it will be in the future, it was at the birth of Man
              There are only four things certain since Social Progress began.
              That the Dog returns to his Vomit and the Sow returns to her Mire,
              And the burnt Fool’s bandaged finger goes wabbling back to the Fire;

              And that after this is accomplished, and the brave new world begins
              When all men are paid for existing and no man must pay for his sins,
              As surely as Water will wet us, as surely as Fire will burn,
              The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return!

              • Yes, I’m fond of that one, but my anthem is more MacDonough’s Song:

                Whatsoever, for any cause,
                Seeketh to take and give
                Power above and beyond the Laws,
                Suffer it not to live.
                Holy State—or Holy King—
                Or Holy People’s Will—
                Have no truck with the senseless thing.
                Order the guns and kill!

                (Many years ago, I was talking with David Friedman at a panel he had been on at a science fiction convention. I quoted a line from that. He and I and a number of other people, including Poul Anderson’s widow Karen, walked out of the room reciting the whole thing together. That was cool; those were the days when SF fans were my people, before the lit majors moved in.

                • Poul Anderson would be drummed out of the modern SFWA for Thought Crimes. Heinlein would be burned, possibly only in effigy although spitting acid on him might occur. Williamson would be denounced as persona non grata, as would Kornbluth and Bester. Of all the early giants of the field I can think of none who would survive the purge, with the possible exception of Asimov … and even he might walk out in protest.

        • “When tyrants shake their iron rod/And slavery rattles galling chains,/ We’ll fear them not. We trust in G-d/ New England’s G-d Forever reigns.

          Howe and Burgoyne and Clinton too,/With Prescot and Cornwallis join’d,
          Together plot our Overthrow,/In one Infernal league combin’d.

          When G-d inspir’d us for the fight,/Their ranks were broke, their lines were forc’d,
          Their ships were Shatter’d in our sight,/Or swiftly driven from our Coast.

          The Foe comes on with haughty Stride;/Our troops advance with martial noise,
          Their Vet’rans flee before our Youth,/And Gen’rals yield to beardless Boys.

          What grateful Off’ring shall we bring?/ What shall we render to the Lord?
          Loud Halleluiahs let us Sing,/ And praise his name on ev’ry Chord. ”

          “Chester” by William Billings (1778) Most arrangements are of verses 1, 4, and 5. Not in many hymnals anymore.

      • Beloved Spouse & I saw TCM’s 30th Anniversary theatrical presentation of Die Hard* last night and thoroughly enjoyed the presentation of “The Ode To Joy.”

        *Is this the most anti-authority movie ever? The further up the law enforcement hierarchy, the greater the incompetence — because you can rise in that hierarchy by being an effective ass-kisser whereas on the street you have to be good at your job just to survive.

        Kudos for the argument that revolutionaries are corrupt and their leadership prone to enrich themselves in the name of the useful idiots proletariat.

        • One of the best Christmas movies ever, and yes Die Hard IS a Christmas movie.

        • The interesting question there is: was it done as an anti-authorian movie on purpose, at least by some involved – if not the director or the actors maybe the writers – or was it accidental? There have been very good stories told by people who seem to be totally rabid leftists in their not-storytelling life, at least until they finally try to fully insert their ideology into their stories (exhibit a – Joss Whedon… seems like a total asshole as a person, but damn he CAN tell a story when he wants to) because natural storytellers can “feel” a good story and tend to tell them when they are thinking solely of telling a good story, and good stories tend towards the conservative and libertarian values naturally. Can be pretty damn hard to try and tell a gripping story with the thugs oppressing others or with the busybodies trying to control everybody as the heroes, at least when you are trying to truly keep them as likable and compelling ones, not going for a hipsterish deconstruction.

          • Some things just work better for story telling… the lowly joe everyman as the hero, just a regular guy, connects with people who go to movies. And even if a person believes that most people in power are good and competent, there is nothing more terrifying than incompetent authority… and most lowly joe everyman has experienced that at one time or another in some situation or another.

            • I suspect that some of that every man hero touch was a result of casting Bruce Willis in the lead. Had it gone to one of the many others who were offered the role before him, such as Frank Sinatra (Yes, really.), Arnold Schwarzenegger or Steven Seagal, it would have been rather different.

          • … good stories tend towards the conservative and libertarian values naturally.

            Good stories tend to be firmly grounded in Reality. Neither Conservative nor Libertarian values are at war with Reality.

      • I was thinking more along the lines of Metallica’s Don’t Tread on Me:

        Liberty or death, what we so proudly hail
        Once you provoke her, rattling of her tail
        Never begins it, never, but once engaged…
        Never surrenders, showing the fangs of rage

        Don’t tread on me

        So be it
        Threaten no more
        To secure peace is to prepare for war
        So be it
        Settle the score
        Touch me again for the words that you’ll hear evermore…

        Don’t tread on me

        Of course there is always the Damage, Inc. response:
        on Pandora

        “Damage, Inc.”

        Dealing out the agony within
        Charging hard and no one’s gonna give in
        Living on your knees, conformity
        Or dying on your feet for honesty
        Inbred, our bodies work as one
        Bloody, but never cry submission
        Following our instinct not a trend
        Go against the grain until the end

        Blood will follow blood
        Dying time is here
        Damage Incorporated

        • Personally I’d rather either go with Five Finger Death Punch “Let it Burn” or maybe “War is the Answer”

          Do you take me for a fool!?
          How’s it feel to be a tool!?
          See to me you’re just a cancer!
          (rest of lyrics left out due to lots and lots of profanity)

          Drowning Pools “Bodies Hit the Floor” will also work nicely.

          Though I fear it will probably be more Godsmack “I Stand Alone” based on the ambush tactics of the Left.

      • richardmcenroe

        Beethoven’s Eroica… with cannon.

      • Honestly, every time these lunatics meet resistance, especially direct confrontation… they haven’t liked the outcome.

    • Isn’t that the philosophical basis of concealed carry?

      We are a whole society of cops!

      • We’re *supposed* to be!

      • Peel’s Principles of Policing #7:
        PRINCIPLE 7 “Police, at all times, should maintain a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence.”

        • Feh, I’ll take “Concepts that have been completely abandoned” for $10 please.

          Know your place civvie!

        • Gonna make me cry….

          (Look at how the UK treats its citizens these days for why– not because I don’t agree.)

          For those wondering, here’s the list:

          Following are the nine principles of policing as developed by Sir Robert Peel and adopted by the first modern police force, the London Metropolitan Police, in 1829.

          The Mission of Police
          “1: The basic mission for which police exist is to prevent crime and disorder as an alternative to the repression of crime and disorder by military force and severity of legal punishment.

          The Need for Public Support
          “2: The ability of the police to perform their duties is dependent upon public approval of police existence, actions, behavior and the ability of the police to secure and maintain public respect.

          “3: The police must secure the willing cooperation of the public in voluntary observance of the law to be able to secure and maintain public respect.

          Excessive Force to be Avoided/Impartiality Vital
          “4: The degree of cooperation of the public that can be secured diminishes, proportionately, the necessity for the use of physical force and compulsion in achieving police objectives.

          “5: The police seek and preserve public favor, not by catering to public opinion, but by constantly demonstrating absolutely impartial service to the law, in complete independence of policy, and without regard to the justice or injustice of the substance of individual laws; by ready offering of individual service and friendship to all members of the society without regard to their race or social standing; by ready exercise of courtesy and friendly good humor; and by ready offering of individual sacrifice in protecting and preserving life.

          “6: The police should use physical force to the extent necessary to secure observance of the law or to restore order only when the exercise of persuasion, advice and warning is found to be insufficient to achieve police objectives; and police should use only the minimum degree of physical force which is necessary on any particular occasion for achieving a police objective.

          Unity Between the Police and the Public
          “7: The police at all times should maintain a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and that the public are the police; the police are the only members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interest of the community welfare.

          Police are Not Judges
          “8: The police should always direct their actions toward their functions and never appear to usurp the powers of the judiciary by avenging individuals or the state, or authoritatively judging guilt or punishing the guilty.

          The Test of Mission Success
          “9: The test of police efficiency is the absence of crime and disorder, not the visible evidence of police action in dealing with them.”

          http://criminaljusticelaw.org/enforcement/police-history/peels-nine-principles-policing/

          Look, I found Vime’s psyche…..

          • How odd – I see nothing in that list condoning the principles in effect in Rotherham. Probably it was acknowledged as racist to impose Anglo-Saxon norms on immigrant communities. After all, those immigrants didn’t ask to live in Blighty.

      • No. You’re just a lawfully armed citizen. A cop has legal powers, protections, and duties you don’t.

        The “sheepdog” people who think they’re some kind of protectors of society… their hearts are in the right place, but the teeth of the “justice” machine are ready to grind them up.

        • Citizens arrest. Same power*, minus the duties and protections.

          They have extra protections and duties because they’ve got duties and protections to carry them out, since SOMEONE needs to be able to make mistakes when taking action in public areas. (Parkland being an example of the failure to take action.)

          J. Random Thug still can’t know when what he thought was a sheep will end up having teeth.

          * with, of course, corresponding responsibilities.

    • Every time I hear the hard left start talking about such ‘rough music’ I always want to ask them do they really pay attention to the cultural and political leanings of most law enforcement officers and the military. So yeah, let them start the unrest, but it will be stop cold and would discredit them for a generation we could hope.

      • The Left thinks it’ll be like the Russian or Chinese Civil Wars.
        In reality, it’ll be a much bloodier version of the Spartacist uprising in Germany.

      • There’s often a fairly big difference in attitude between the cops on the street and their bureaucracy.

      • They imagine Florida, Oregon, Cali… not the rest, really.

      • ‘Cuz the cops in, say, Berkeley did such a stellar job of quelling leftist shenanigans, I wish I had more confidence in that proposition. While their hearts may be in the right place, their paychecks, at least in the bigger cities, come from hierarchies dominated by the left.

        • They will probably obey the ones who are in charge of paying their wages until and unless things starts to boil fast enough that they wake up to the fact they ARE supporting the enemy. But even the best ones will keep on silencing their consciences by platitudes like “we are keeping the peace” and practical issues like “I need to think of my family” as long as there isn’t anything so blatant they no longer could.

          And probably past even that if things change slowly enough that they notice only when it’s too late, in which case many would keep on doing their job as instructed with hopes they could at least do a bit more good that way than by dropping out and letting the thugs take completely over those functions.

          Maybe something like trying to go for door to door gun confiscation in areas where there are no gangs and the people living there are more theirs, like their own families, could do the trick of pushing them out of that comfort zone far enough that they’d rebel and remember their oaths to your constitution, who knows.

          So yes, the old problem of frogs swimming in a pan and whether the heat comes slowly or fast there too.

  2. And build those ramparts – as you’ve been doing, on the cultural side.

  3. The one thing the former Soviet Union did well was agitprob, so well, in fact, that it has lived on a generation after it’s fall.

    And the problem remains folk in opposition to the Left have been playing by the Marquis of Queensbury rules while the other side has been “knife fight in an alley.” I mean, come on, how many elections are folk going to allow them to steal with blatant cheating that they’re not even trying to hide any more?

    • Meant to say “lived on in Academia and in the Entertainment Industry long after its fall.” Brain fart.

    • The ballot box is being stolen, the relevant authorities are reluctant to use the jury box., and nobody on the right with a clue wants to be the first pull out the ammo box.

      • Unless the left forces us into a Lexington and Concord moment, I’m pretty sure that the left will be the ones to open the ammo box.

        • Amsel, Matthew

          If they do, that’s their best chance to lose. My worry is that they will continue with the slow win.

          • Nope. Unless police intervene they are going to continue to escalate. Why would they stop? They are getting to act out their #resist fantasies and see the lack of interference from the Government as approval and the lack of response from us as weakness.

            The big question in my mind is how many are going to continue to #resist after the first few Antifa members end up in the ground and what shape is that #resist going to take.

            • Unless police media intervene they are going to continue to escalate.

              Fixed that for you. Like Israel we can be sure that the MSM will provide cover for the Leftist attackers and affix the narrative blame to the Right. Look at the facts of the Charlottesville incident: had the Leftists not shown up in force and acted violently the “alt-Right” protesters would have been revealed as the small rag-tag of pathetic losers they are. But the MSM wanted, needed an enemy to justify their side’s violence, to support their narrative.

              Absent a Media intervention to expose the truth of the American Pallywod they will continue t escalate, convinced like those Middle School girls harassing Sarah’s son that they are immune from repercussions.

              Last Wish
              Three hunters are out on safari — an American, a Brit and an Israeli. They are captured by cannibals who start getting the cooking pots ready. The cannibal chief tells the hunters they can have one last wish.

              “What’s your last request?” he asks the American.

              “I’d like a steak,” he replies.

              So the cannibals kill a zebra and serve the American his steak.

              “What do you want?” the cannibal chief asks the Brit.

              “I’d like to have a smoke on my pipe,” which they let him do.

              Then the chief asks the Israeli: “What’s your last wish?”

              “I want you to kick my rear end.”

              “Be serious,” says the top cannibal.

              “C’mon, you promised,” says the Israeli.

              “Oh, all right,” says the chief, who delivers the requested kick. Whereupon, the Israeli pulls out a gun, shoots the chief and a few other cannibals while the rest run away.

              The American and Brit are furious.

              “Why didn’t you do that in the first place, so we wouldn’t have had to go through all this?” they demand.

              Replies the Israeli: “What? Are you mad? The UN would have condemned me as the aggressor.

            • richardmcenroe

              Police won’t intervene. They work FOR the agitators in City Hall and assuage their guilt with contempt for the people their paymasters victimize.

              • Berkeley, St. Louis, Las Vegas, and Portland were pretty much givens. SJWs and large cities go hand-in-hand. But it was disturbing to see places the size of Charlottesville or Parkland firmly in hand.

                • Look, you people,I’ve been telling you for years: It’s not the size of the town. It’s the amount of fraud. It convinces the few conservatives there’s no point showing up or speaking up. The rest follows.

                • Charlottesville was a special case–it’s a college town, which means it’s liberal.
                  Parkland I’m not sure about.

                  • Parkland is a city in Broward County, Florida, United States.

                    • Greater Miami Metro area, for all practical purposes. Like all the little towns that are totally not part of Los Angeles, though only a sign in the middle of a street tells you when you’ve moved from one to the other.

      • Remind me again how the media leaps to place blame on the ultra right for every mass killing, and how silent them become when in the majority of cases the perpetrator is found to be either far left or radical Islam.

        • Bah. It’s still the fault of the “ultra right” no matter who the crazy person is.

          • OF COURSE. Because leftism is by nature “peaceful.”
            Ignore the mass graves. Look past the police states.
            Oh, the ammo boxes will come out soon enough.

            • My frustration with the unfalsifiable ideology of the left is coming to a head.

              If something is not subject to a state that would prove it false, it is a religion.

            • As leftism is by definition a rejection of the Lockean formula of life, liberty, and property, the existence of mass graves is to be expected.

          • Of course. If it weren’t for our self defense fetish, they could outlaw guns like any civilized country and no criminals could get them. That’s what we did with Marijuana, and look how well that worked.

            • If they try to outlaw guns I’m going to move to either Texas or Wyoming. I can see either/both states declaring themselves ‘Gun Sanctuary States’.

              We have the model with how that will work with ‘Sanctuary Cities’, though I doubt that the Left is going to quite so sanguine on the lack of listening to the dictates of the federal government.

              • The New Jersey Democratic Party newspaper, i.e. the Newark Star Ledger, is calling the election results a “mandate for gun control”; never mind that Republicans won the Senate and would have increased their margin substantially but for Democratic Party fraud, and that their House margin is rather routine, and even that was also enhanced through fraud. But needless to say, when Republicans win, it is meaningless, but when Democrats win, no matter how narrowly or who dishonestly, its a “mandate: for full-fledged Marxist totalitarianism.

                • It’s not exactly shocking. Everything to the Left, win, lose, or draw means to them that they need to advance their agenda by any means necessary.

                  I’m rapidly approaching the point that I’m going to need to back away from politics for a while, at least beyond keeping a weather-eye out for what’s going on. As winter sets in it’s getting close to time to figure out what projects I want to work on and what I’m going to do if I end up needing to find new employment sometime next year. (Current contract ending, may or may not continue).

              • Montana already passed a law that said basically, “Guns made entirely within MT are not subject to federal jurisdiction.” (I haven’t heard if it’s gotten knocked down in federal court.)

                • Can it be knocked down? We already have states that have decided they can legalize pot or be sanctuaries for illegal aliens. I fail to see how it’s different, at least beyond some Leftist judge deciding they have the power to intervene on this like they do with everything else.

                  • Under current interpretations of the Commerce Clause any gun produced entirely in Montana would still be covered because Montanans would be affecting interstate trade by not buying guns made in other states.

                    It is so depressing to write that without tongue in cheek.

                    • well, obviously, it still involves interstate commerce because the *steel* came from outside Montana…

                  • Both marijuana legalization and sanctuary cities are, technically, local governments ignoring federal instructions, and the federal government – so far – ignoring the fact that they’re ignoring the federal instructions. It hasn’t really come to a head in court yet.

                    • I thought there had been attempts to pull funding from the Sanctuary Cities that had been struck down?

                      I’m making a note and will try to do some research tomorrow. It’s shaping up to be a really slow day with the short week next week.

                    • The Feds have attempted to pull funding. However, to the best of my knowledge, that’s purely been attempts by the Executive to do that. Congress has not been involved, and there has not yet been any legislation that permits it.

              • A sheriff in WA state has said publicly he will NOT enforce the new anti-gun initiative the voters there just put into place.

        • Speaking of which, does anyone else think it’s odd how fast the Thousand Oaks shooting has been dropped? Usually they seem to milk these things for weeks while banging the ‘Guns Bad’ drum.

          • The city caught fire on Sunday. That sort of took priority for a while, alas for the poor people of Thousand Oaks, Paradise, and other afflicted environs.

            • That would tend to do it. Though even with the fires it still seems odd to me that they aren’t hitting this harder. I think mostly because the shootings that they tend to bury are the ones that end up making their side look bad.

            • They are too busy beating the “global warming is going to turn the Earth into a furnace” drum to beat the all guns (except for the elite’s bodyguards) must be banned.

              • It’s ok, they’ve been beating that drum for decades and it’s still a losing issue for them. Plus, it’s really stupid to be endorsing armed thugs that riot and assault people at the same time you’re trying to tell other people that they need to make themselves less capable of defending their homes and families.(While their thugs terrorize a woman in her home?! Really?) Did they not see the American response to 9/11? The response to terror wasn’t to cower in the corner, it was to find the biggest supporters of the people that did it and do our best to bury them.

                • But 911 was done in front of everyone and streamed live. All of the most disturbing fascist, brownshirt behavior is hidden and minimized.

            • When I first heard of it various strange thoughts floated in my head, from the image of Paradise as an inferno to if only they had paved Paradise and turned it into a parking lot there would have been little tinder to catch fire and burn. No it is no laughing matter, but still the head does peculiar things.

              It was strange to consider that of all the pop-personalities effected by the fire Miley Cyrus was the one who took the high ground. On the news that she had lost home and everything in it she observed that she had managed to get her animals and the love of her life out before the fire overran the property, and that that was what was really important.

              • I’m not the only one that had that song running through my head, then.

                I’m not saying what I did with it, though, since I know people who have lost loved ones in that fire. (Three “confirmed” identities does not count all of the bodies found in their homes; you don’t have to be Sherlock to figure it out when the police call you to let you know.)

          • Maybe not so odd, when there’s a federal sneaky-bill in progress:

            http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=5636

            Basically makes hobby gunsmithing untenable.

            • Saw that earlier as well. Don’t see it passing. The House can float it as many ways as the want and the Senate won’t pass it. Well, unless the rest of the RINOs decide they no longer want their jobs.

        • Speaking of… have I just managed to miss any media coverage of that bar shooting, or did it drop?

          • Near as I can tell it’s totally off the radar at this point. Right after the shooting someone said they had a tweet from him that basically made him out to be a gay activist. It was not a credible source and there is no telling whether or not the tweet was real or faked. (I think it was posted someplace on Reddit, was still dealing with sinus infection so. . .it easily could have been someplace else).

            • As the story developed it turned out he had violated multiple gun control laws (e.g., expanded magazine) and was on-the-radar/a-known-wolf it sorta became clear that this was not the poster child for demanding more gun regulation.

              • Saw that as well. It didn’t stop them with the Parkland shooter, though he did at least use one of those evil black rifles to help the narrative of ‘black rifle bad’.

                I’m still curious about the motives of the Vegas shooter. It still seems highly improbable that someone does all that and does not leave behind some sort of evidence on why they did it. Those are the ones that really concern me. My dinky little .45 is not going to help if someone is 13 stories up and hundreds of yards away.

                • Theory I heard that makes sense is that Vegas was eating him alive– burnt out gambler style.

                  So he decided to destroy it.

                  • Given his history it sort of makes sense, though in that case wouldn’t it have made more sense to go after a casino instead of a concert? Not seeing shooting a bunch of country music fans as screaming ‘Vengeance Against Vegas’.

                    • We are talking about someone who thought mass murder was a nifty method for whatever he was working at.

                      That said…./

                      Not many open-air casinos, and it’s “Vegas”– the whole thing is aimed at feeding the casinos. Part of why the guy knew Vegas so well was that he’d gotten a ton of those perks.

                      Make people scared to take the perks, hurt the casinos.

                      They’re already protected against bombing, driving a truck through the fence, all the more normal methods for terror.

                • The blow back for the number of times the ball was dropped by authorities in the Parkland matter may have caused a bit of caution this time. It can be hard to push for more gun regulation when over a matter which highlights just how badly the system enforces laws that are on the books.

                  • Caution? From progressives? On gun control?! Surely you jest!

                    On a serious note, I don’t think that either the Democrats or their base are exactly rational enough on the issue that facts are going to deter their efforts. At least what from I’ve observed at any rate.

                    • Oh do believe me that some of them are savvy enough not to wish to provide ammunition to the ‘let’s enforce the laws we already have on the books before we pass any new ones’ advocates.

              • Specifically, all the ones they want nationally were already in place there – and he still got a gun, and an “illegal” magazine.

                • Just because he can get it from over the border in Indiana. Do it nationwide and the lion will lie asleep with the lamb.

                  • Wrong reality. I see you wandered in from my home universe, too. But this is “wolf and kid” universe.

                    No, wait, just checked, this is “leopard and kid”. Gah.

                    Could whoever please PLEASE stop mucking about with the multiverse?

                    • The aardvark really minds, too. For the time being, please remember that on the 13th floor, you have to check the door color and the number of stars, NOT the position.

                      When in doubt, the green door with seven silver stars is always safe.

                      Fluffy talked about BBQ, but I think that was just making plans for a party.

      • The left will and soon enough.

    • The Left is doing what the Left does.

      My fury is for the authorities in the government, from the local election officials to the Oval Office, who are doing nothing visible to oppose them.

    • Hope you don’t mind I plug my own stuff here, but the ingredients for immunization are available. Teach your kids from primary sources: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/19L0L4wDKkdle6wltqN_v5gXReUZXs2wHtSMyOYW4eTc/edit?usp=sharing. When they get older and get exposed to the more sophisticated versions, they’ll recognize them.

    • Of course they did that well — it is weapon #1 in the war against reality.

      Odd thing about Reality, she has few friends. Nobody invites her to parties, christenings, graduations or weddings. Most people invest more effort in avoiding meeting her, much less dealing with her, than in any other sector of their lives.

      Yet History indicates that those most willing to work with her tend to end up happiest.

      • Odd thing about Reality, she has few friends.

        Yesterday evening a friend quietly inquired why I had become a conservative … she admitted she was a bit confused, as I was known to hold opinions that were not exactly what she thought of as conservative, but still…

        How to answer such a question — I do not consider myself a conservative, I am an independent individual who does not toe any party line. 

        I started by explaining that while I could see many well intended things proposed the truth was that observations kept me from supporting what was untenable in the light of -> Reality.

  4. “I am arguably the first indoctrinated generation. At least my husband was. Took him ten to twelve years to realize they’d lied to him in every possible way. It took Reagan followed by Clinton to knock it out of his head.”

    Minor point, but I disagree about the timing, The people who cheered in the streets for WWI might have been the first indoctrinated generation (https://www.iwm.org.uk/history/voices-of-the-first-world-war-outbreak-4-august-1914). I think they were the first or second generation to have had compulsory education in government schools (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compulsory_education#Late_Modern_Era).

    • International Leftist-indoctrinated then.

      • Yes. The left isn’t great at coming up with institutions(1). They are very good at taking over existing institutions. Sorry if I was being pedantic, but I’m less afraid of a leftist takeover than of an excessive backlash. They are getting louder and shriller, but that’s not because they are winning.

        (1) Except for The State of Israel, which was a predominately leftist project.

        • “(1) Except for The State of Israel, which was a predominately leftist project”

          And aren’t the Left embarassed about THAT! And they keep hoping that a rag tag of Islamic countries will get rid of the embarassment for them….and nibody stops to think “Gee, do I really WANT to get into a fight with a country formed by people who survived the Warsaw Ghetto, the Nazi Death Camps, and the Gulags? Surely there’s an easier fight I could take on? Maybe a half dozen rabid honey badgers?

          • 1000 Israeli military versus 1000 U.S. military.
            I’d be temped to bet on the Israelis, even though I’m a retired U.S vet.

            • richardmcenroe

              We cleaned their clock at Ft. Irwin NTC. But they’re still better than anything facing them.

            • I suspect the proper equivalence is 1000 Israeli military versus 1000 U.S. Marines. “Every man a rifleman.”

              I gather that in aerial combat exercises the Israelis have proven decidedly superior to American pilots. Of course, funds for American operational training have not been what they should be.

              • For like airframes the Israelis also arguably have better equipment. They get the US gear and organically improve it.

              • > training

                I have a hard time with that excuse, considering most of the Middle East is in their operational zone.

                Can’t get much better on-the-job training than what we have now.

                • Flying patrols unchallenged is not combat experience.

                  Training and maintenance deficits are a problem that has been acknowledged for several years now. When the Marines are raiding the Mojave depot’s mothballed planes for parts you have an operational tempo problem.

            • Israel’s recruitment standards are a lot lower. Israeli men spend three years as full time soldiers, and for combat soldiers a lot of that time is spent policing the West Bank or guarding the border rather than preparing for war. Most Israeli officers spend four years as full time soldiers, not all of that as officers.

              I would bet on the US military. I grew up in Israel, but I wouldn’t want to live in a country protected by a military who’d recruit me.

          • I’ve always said, you gotta respect a country that tends to INCREASE IN SIZE when it gets attacked. Personally, I think Israel should KEEP everything it gains when that happens, just to deter further attacks.

            • The Golan Heights are Israel’s by right of conquest.

              This is how it works for everyone else. Why wouldn’t it work this way for Jews?

              • Everyone who lives under Israeli rule, lives better. I’m talking Avi and Abdul in the souk not kleptocrats.

              • Why wouldn’t it work this way for Jews?

                Because Jews are greedy.

                Ilhan Omar comes clean on how she feels about boycotting Israel
                N.B., to the surprise of few, Ilhan Omar has drawn BACK the curtain and endorsed BDS.

                • Huh. That link goes to ‘Page Not Found’; musta been taken down already.

                  (Sigh) And this is the person elected by the majority of the people in my district (78% of the vote) to represent them in Congress. Please note, I am not saying she is *my* representative . . .

                  • No doubt elected by the same people who still think Farrakhan is an OK nice guy.

                  • I may have copied/pasted the link improperly, or they may have altered it, but it remains active:

                    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/ilhan-omar-comes-clean-on-how-she-feels-about-boycotting-israel
                    Ilhan Omar comes clean on how she feels about boycotting Israel
                    by Tiana Lowe | November 15, 2018 11:11 AM

                    For all of the flak directed at congresswomen-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ayanna Pressley, none deserve it so much as Rep.-elect Ilhan Omar, D.-Minn.

                    Omar, on the campaign trail, was asked about the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement. She gave vague answers about how BDS undermined the two-state solution. With the election behind us, she was much more forthcoming, making it clear she likes the movement, finds it morally fine, but simply disagrees with its tactics.

                    Her campaign said this week, “Ilhan believes in and supports the BDS movement, and has fought to make sure people’s right to support it isn’t criminalized. She does however, have reservations on the effectiveness of the movement in accomplishing a lasting solution.”

                    That’s a lot more precise, and a lot more pro-BDS, than her campaign-season statements.

                    In August, during a primary debate in a synagogue — of all places — Omar was asked “exactly where [she] stand[s]” on BDS.

                    “I believe right now with the BDS movement, it’s not helpful in getting that two-state solution,” replied Omar. “I think the particular purpose for [BDS] is to make sure that there is pressure, and I think that pressure really is counteractive.”

                    The Jewish Telegraphic Agency asked Omar about the reversal, which she insists wasn’t inconsistent at all.

                    “I believe and support the BDS movement and have fought to make sure people’s right to support it isn’t criminalized,” she said. “I do, however, have reservations on [the] effectiveness of the movement in accomplishing a lasting solution. Which is what I believe I said at the forum.”

                    She was polling far ahead in a solid blue district, so being more forthcoming about BDS wouldn’t have cost her the election. It might have hurt her party-mates, however, who would have been asked to comment on her anti-Israel position.

                    • BTW – her campaign illustrates an observation reportedly made by Monica Lewinsky (quoted, IIRC, at Instapundit) about power in Washington:

                      “If you want to know what power looks like, watch a man safely, even smugly, do interviews for decades, without ever worrying whether he will be asked the questions he doesn’t want to answer.”

          • Israel is the classic liberal-who-got-mugged.

          • The left’s treatment of Israel is a textbook example of how they try to erase history. The left claims Israel is a “colonial project’ and in doing so erase the thousands of years of documented evidence showing a Jewish presence and Jewish rule of what is now modern Israel, including Jersualem and the West Bank. In Rome, still standing is Trajan’s Arch, which celebrates Trajan’s “victory over the Hebrews” and the destruction of the Second Temple in the 1st Century AD, the same Temple that the left and many Muslims proclaim never existed. They also ignore the Jewish prayers that end “next year in Jerusalem” that have also existed for millennia. And that is just a very short mention of the vast historic evidence that exists and the left is determined to wipe from existence.
            The only thing that the left’s deliberate erasure of Jewish history can be called is Jew hatred. And that effort to erase Jewish history is a predicate to the erasure of Jews.

        • I’m afraid of those. I know the destruction of Wealth and knowledge taking place in Venezuela right now. If this happens in the US, humanity will go down for the long count.

          • Naaa… the only thing more insidious than humans are cockroaches. Sure, the Human race would probably be down for OUR lifetimes, probably our kid’s lifetimes and beyond for a while – which is really sad, I’ll give you that – but eventually we, as a species, will hit rock bottom and bounce. When that happens, we will get up, dust off our bruised knees, pick up whatever makeshift weapons we can manage, and get back on the road towards liberty and freedom. As you said (paraphrased), living in Tyranny is not the natural state of Humankind.

            It really would suck for it to be on OUR watch that it all goes to S#!t, so as you’ve been saying, we have to fight.

        • If we’re going to be pedantic, the term “indoctrinated generation” would clearly indicate a generation of whom an overwhelming majority were indoctrinated. As yet there has been no generation entirely indoctrinated, so the question becomes one of identifying the tipping point at which a sufficient portion of a generation is indoctrinated to taint the entirety.

          During WWI, for example, those people in the streets likely did not represent their generation’s prevailing views but were merely a) a vocal minority b) useful idiots eager to cheer whatever fashions prevail c) paid shills d) other or e) all of the above in whatever combination.

          (Quietly kicks the Pedant podium behind.)

          • True, I know plenty of people in the ‘indoctrinated generation’ that slipped the leash or weren’t on it enough that it was going to last. Sometimes just being around them and being able to provide an alternate view seems to help at least get some of them thinking.

        • Yeah, a whole nation of Leftists that have been mugged. Unfortunately, the vaccine needs reinforcing, because there’s too many who don’t remember what that sickness is like…. and where the vectors actually are.

  5. I was talking to a friend last night. He’s been deep closeted… okay, not at work. At works he’s the guy who you sometimes wish wouldn’t talk about politics. But in any of his social spheres he’s in deep cover. In fandom he’s so quiet you wonder if he just doesn’t *talk*.

    And last night he was talking about how important it was to make a difference, to have an influence. He’d done a chart like a histogram (I think he had a special name for it) and sent it to one of his favorite thoughtful blogs and then Rush Limbaugh read it on the air, so he was really stoked. And now he’s thinking that what we need to do is get rich. He listed off the rich and completely stupid people (Zuck… others…) and said, really, why not? He talked about the number of additional millionaires in the last two years. (I pointed out that economic prosperity only gives the leftist idiots more evidence of the evil one percenters.) So why not? And his reasoning was that being rich would open up those avenues to influence opinion, particularly if he could monetize doing it. It would certainly help.

    I was thinking about a billboard. How expensive is a billboard? Three words and a picture of Venezuela, “Socialism Doesn’t Care.”

    • How expensive is a billboard?

      I want to say you can buy and erect one for about $40K. Depending on jurisdiction obviously.

      So just renting space on one is likely to be less than that.

  6. Thanks for the kind words about Bill Patterson. He was my best friend for 40 years and I miss him dreadfully. RIP, big guy.

  7. I was ruminating on this today…and on just exactly how Hitler rose to power.

    People forget that in the 1920s and early 1930s, the Communists were promoting red revolution worldwide. Blood red, in tooth and claw – Stalinist purges for everyone. And everybody was terrified of them.

    In Germany, they had the Conservatives/Monarchists, who had the will to stop the Communists, but not the political power. And the Social Democrats, who had the political power but not the will.

    Then Hitler walks in. He gives the Conservative voters a nationalist/militarist policy, so they are OK with him. Gives the Social Democrat voters socialist economic policies that win them over. And gives the Communists a short trip to the concentration camp, which everybody but the Communists liked.

    Today, we’ve got the far Left like Antifa in the role of the Communists. The GOP right wing (including Trump) in the role of the Conservatives. The GOP centerists and the remnants of the center-left Democrats in the position of the German Social Democrats.

    Which leaves an opening for a political leader selling Order, Nationalism, and Socialism. As Professor Reynolds is fond of pointing out, the Left will REALLY not like what comes after Trump.

    And every violent move they make is another noose they tie for themselves.

    • BobtheRegisterredFool

      Pray for Trump’s success. Pray that what comes after Trump’s failure is no eviler than I.

    • An interesting question. How many of the Jewish people in 1940 Germany (and regions annexed by Germany) supported communism? I ask because it sure seems like a lot of Jews in America and Europe lean far Left, and are rabidly anti-Israel.

      • Keep in mind that among the Social Democrats and conservatives, there were a fair number of those who didn’t like Jews either, which was on reason so many were willing to go along with what the Nazi’s did, or at least intentionally not try to look at it too hard.

      • Too many. We Jews are susceptible to ideology, in the same way that Icelanders living close to the equator are susceptible to skin cancer (https://www.facebook.com/notes/ori-pomerantz/why-we-jews-are-weird/10156825562757140/).

        • This is incredibly insightful. I’ll add the effect persists after giving up the religion. I’ve seen it. There’s a reason husband can’t understand the way I “live and breathe” politics.

          • Would that more would adopt a non-leftist ideology.

            • I rather enjoy this blog http://www.bookwormroom.com/

              The writer is a Jewish a mother, lawyer, and lives in CA. She does sometimes touch on things like that in her writing. It’s one of the few other places I tend to read on a daily basis.

              • I read it occasionally. (Not a “down”, I don’t read MANY blogs daily as my limited linking on insty shows.)

                • I’ve got a lot more time during the day than you do 🙂 Keep trying to figure out better ways to get productive use out of it, but everything I’ve tried tends to require more attention than I can spare and not view work as an interruption when I have to divert back to it.

                  Reading various blogs/news sites isn’t as bad because the amount of concentration required is much less than running labs, studying for certs, or doing some coding on the side.

                  Add in the holiday season when nobody wants to make any changes out of fear of breaking things and it can make for some very long days.

            • Ayn Rand was Jewish, as was one of the intellectual lights of Fascism (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margherita_Sarfatti). I’m not use if non-leftist ideologies really work better.

              • Ayn Rand was ‘an intellectual light of Fascism’? What color is the sky on your world?

                • I apologize, I shouldn’t have written ambiguously.

                  I wrote: “Ayn Rand was Jewish, as was one of the intellectual lights of Fascism (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margherita_Sarfatti).”

                  I should written: “Ayn Rand was Jewish. Another Jewish person who was very much not leftish was Margherita Sarfatti (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margherita_Sarfatti), one of the leading intellectual lights of Fascism.”

                  BTW, the sky in the parallel universe where Fascism was about restricting the government to the necessary minimum is a lovely shade of mauve. with the occasional navy blue lightening storm. In the parallel universe in which Ayn Rand taught that everybody should obey the Duce the sky is lime green, except when there are pink clouds.

                  • No, *I* apologize. I misread the ‘as’ as an ‘and’, and thus missed your point. I can only plead an insufficient blood caffeine level, which is currently being addressed.

                    • It’s OK. I should have been clearer, and I’m saying this as a man who provides for his family by writing technical material that should be clearly understood.

                  • Lime green skys?  I had thought that the Namekians were a gentler sort.  Or was that in that only in the parallel universe of Dragonball?

                    • Fascists are leftist; Ayn Rand was not leftist.

                      The whole reason Mussolini “made the trains run on time” is that he nationalized a buttload of stuff, unilaterally. Just because he didn’t nationalize everything, doesn’t mean he wasn’t on the socialist/Communist spectrum.

                    • Italian Fascism arouse directly from the Italian Socialist party; Mussolini just decided he preferred a nationalistic spin on his socialism.

          • Do you want to publish it on your blog? I’m fine with that , as long as you give me 0% royalties.

  8. Calling a book a “hack” book and part of the fear of …

    Oh golly, save us from “hack” books! Les Miserables is hack work, part of the “concern” for the poor, as is pretty much everything by Steinbeck & Sinclair Lewis. Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, read and performed in schools and theatres across the nation is “hack” work and part of the fear of anti-communism.

    “Hack” is an invalid, dismissive term which communicates nothing specific abut the work being discussed. I don’t care if a work of art was “divinely inspired” or written because the rent was three months past due and the utilities on the verge of being cut-off. The work deserves being reviewed on its own merits (or lack thereof) and the author’s commitment to “art” during its creation is irrelevant. Even if the author himself dismisses the piece as hack work that is irrelevant to the work.

    A reviewer employing the term is committing the meanest sort of hack work. If there are criticisms, specific criticisms, make them.

  9. I’m not worried about demographic shifts in the U.S. based on country of origin, or ‘race’, ethnicity, or even religion. It’s the cultural norms of traditional America (yes, predominantly Judeo-Christian+European Enlightenment+Greco-Roman) being destroyed by importing too many people of any one country or culture such that they displace that traditional American culture rather than assimilating it. Cultures can assimilate immigrants provided they do not exceed a certain percentage of the total population; call that percentage roughly 5%. It varies based on whether they are fairly evenly distributed around the country, or if the congregate in enclaves or ghettos. Now 5% of the estimated 350 million people in the U.S. comes out to 17.5 million immigrants. That’s the maximum amount we can assimilate without starting to have major cultural-socio-economic problems. That’s not per year, that’s total. You could call it roughly 1 million new immigrants each year, so over a 20 year generation, you have 20 million new people here.

    Unfortunately, America has that many ILLEGAL immigrants in the country, on top of the legal ones. That’s what’s causing our cultural wars. Especially with people like MS13 mixed in, and folks like Honduran flag waving military aged men marching up through Mexico after successfully assaulting their southern border post.

    If someone knocks on my door, with a couple of kids, all cold, wet, shivering, hungry, and mal-dressed for conditions, asking for help or even just something to eat and a chance to warm up and dry off, 9 times out of 10 I’ll invite them in to do so, with the understanding that they need to get a place for their own as soon as possible. If that same group throws a rock through the window, or breaks the door down and waltzes right in to take what they want, when the want it and forever long they feel like it, I’m going to shoot the adults, and have the cops send the kids back to their nearest relatives. That’s how we’re supposed to treat illegal aliens.

    • People can’t assimilate what isn’t actually communicated. And those who seem to have the role (or have assumed the role) of teaching the “culture” have been teaching that the culture is evil.

  10. “If you’ve ever been called a race/gender/orientation traitor? Lift up that lamp. Let your light shine.”

    I want to be a traitor to some superficial physical identity label, but I’m a member of the Emmanuel Goldstein class. What can I do?

  11. It’s driving them insane.

    Driving them? Sweetheart, that ain’t even a short putt.

    As a bipolar person is “insane” whether manic or depressive, just so is a Lefty whether passive-aggressive or outright aggressive. I would suggest Lefties are actually less dangerous when they are acting out as then they are more readily identified, their are less likely to persuade the innocent and their actions usually justify law enforcement acting to curtail them.

    Perhaps more immediately dangerous, but overall? Not so dangerous as when their war against Reality is carried out covertly.

  12. Hard proof of Democratic Party fraud efforts in Florida, led by party leadership has been found. The below report from Powerline, documents what the dirty Dems are doing:
    https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2018/11/systematic-fraud-in-florida-election.php

    The Democratic Party officials involved must be charged and tried and the party leadership should be charged with racketeering along with vote fraud. They also need to investigate any communications and ties to the national Democratic Party as to involvement by the National Party in this blatant effort to steal the elections in Florida.

    • FL, AZ, Montana, pretty much everywhere.

    • One of my fondest daydreams is holding a proper Dem Crimes Tribunal.

    • At a certain point, it becomes collusion by proxy. Democrats that claim to oppose this kind of thing need to start screaming from the rooftops “this is not what I want from my party!” and start doing it now. They need to support election reform now. They need to start punishing the people that are trying to rig elections like this now.

      Or else, this is what you want, isn’t it?

  13. This little light of mine; I’m gonna let it shine . . .

  14. And it doesn’t even take in account the fact that no, even illiterate peasants AREN’T “naturally socialist”.

    I believe that a major impetuous of moving to the United States has always been a chance to get property of one’s own. 

    This includes those illiterate peasants who are attempting to cross the border now, albeit illegally. If illiterate peasants were naturally socialist they could have headed to Venezuela.  

    Apparently illiterate peasants are smart enough to avoid countries whose governance has resulting in severe food shortages.  This is more than can be said of some of our more ‘educated’ leftists, who have the money to afford to think less rationally.

    • I do think they can exploit both sides – the welfare system is definitely something a large number of them want to capitalize on, while believing that the wealth in America means it can go on forever. (And, yes, some portion truly want to come here and succeed, though they might not be all thoroughly vested in a free market.)

      • Look at the stories on Powerline about the buckets of cash going out of fraudulent day-care enterprises to (surprise, surprise) fund dubious and probably terroristic enterprises in Somalia.
        The Somalis imported by do-gooders after the ruckus there in the 1990s have certainly learned well how to milk the teats of the well-meaning.
        Seriously, never were good intentions more ill-paid than when we fell for the sob-stories and began importing these cruds.

    • History has proven time and time again that Prohibition, Socialism and Appeasement never work.

    • but at this point i am really wondering how long there has been food shortages there… like if when sean penn and uh… the calypso singer were touring the place, if the food was …. not abundant, let’s say.

  15. For Your Amusement (and you WILL be amused by the picture and its text):
    https://maxredline.typepad.com/maxredline/2018/11/occ.html

  16. drink the final koolaid
    It’s been 40 years this week. Arguably, what Jones did has simply been refined in our public schools and colleges – the same level of fear* and cultism.

    (* They had these “white nights” where they would keep everyone awake with loudspeaker broadcasts about evil people coming to get them, along with dry runs of the poisoning [similar to “shit tests” that some women do to men].)

  17. Dennis Miller contemplates whether we’re approaching a “John Brown’s Raid” flashpoint with the Florida election theft, at about eighteen minutes, for approximately five minutes.

    https://www.podbean.com/media/player/xrc48-5080277-dir?from=share&skin=1&share=1&fonts=Helvetica&download=1&version=1&vjs=1&skin=1#
    Gee, I hope that link works.

    • Fascinating podcast. Thank you for posting that link.

      • And maybe they’re right. And no one wants war. How much less do we want socialism, though?
        And I’ve read a lot on hte long fuse to the American Revolution.

        • Yeah. I have very mixed feelings about avoiding civil war at the cost of allowing Democrat’s latest treason to prosper.

          But I really meant the whole podcast was fascinating. I didn’t realize Dennis Miller had a podcast, and Mark Steyn is always a good guest.

        • Even as the Revolution became inevitable the Pennsylvania Farmer, who had written most eloquently about the problems the colonies had under the British authorities and participated in both the Continental Congress, wrote the Olive Branch petition and desired to remain British if at all possible.

    • While I understand the argument, and agree that a culture steeped in violence as entertainment is bound to have problems.  I cannot help but wish caution, for in pursuing this idea it would all too easily feed into cultural belief that we can fix everything by legislation.  Sometimes, as observed by Alice Cooper in his song from Brutal Plant, the problem is wickedness.

      It not the games that I play the movies I see the music I dig
      I’m just a wicked young man
      I am a vicious young man oh I am a vicious young man
      I am a vicious young man oh I am a wicked young man

      • The way you play is the way you live.

        If the violence is entertaining is from “hurting people,” it’s going to be different than “fights evil which includes physical violence.”

        A matter of the guys who push little old ladies.

        • I don’t know about that. I have spent countless hours playing the games in the Grand Theft Auto franchise and have never felt the urge to go out and get my kicks by replicating it in real life

          • Are you doing it because it’s fun to kill helpless civilians, or on the Orcs Must Die* level?

            Because there ARE folks who would go do it, if they didn’t know the penalties would be worse than in game.

            *It’s basically Loony Toons violence.

            • I play it because it’s tons of fun. They usually have good music in the game, the missions are very challenging, and if you just want to go and do what you want you can, of course sometimes that involves getting the police choppers and tanks chasing after you…… 🙂

              • Oh,and the talent they get do the voices for the characters is outstanding.

              • *nod* It’s the challenge, not the transgression.

                Kind of like the ever-moving-line to be “edgy.” As they cross it, notoriously, and MAKE people accept it…it isn’t fun anymore.
                They need to cross the line, and rub it in the faces of those who object.

                It’s the transgression.

                As opposed to sex freaks like, well, Elf and I– we’d have a bunch of kids even if it wasn’t counter-cultural.

        • This goes to the need for having parents actively involved in the lives of their children. It requires that they not just be aware of what the children’s interests and proclivities are, but also willing to guide and exert limits when necessary for each individual.

          A friend once was worried by her son obsessively re-watching a DVD of Jurassic Park, until he called her over to point out with wonder the superb attention to detail in the articulation of the dinosaur models used.

          • Parents actively involved in the lives of their children? What kind of crazy talk is that? Don’t you realize what could happen to civilization if we didn’t insist rearing of children be turned over to trained professionals, certified union workers?

          • Exactly.

            TALK to folks, find out why they like it.

  18. Thing is, the reason that leftists think the peasants are naturally Communist is that they remember that the peasants backed the Reds in Russia, China, and Vietnam.
    What they forget is that the peasants were lied to, every time–they were told that they would get land out of the deal.

    • Peasants were not exactly enthusiastic backers of the Russian (Bolshevik) Revolution. It was largely an uprising by urban workers and portions of the intelligentsia. The Bolsheviks had to send thugs to force the peasants to send the fruits of their labor to the cities, often with little or no compensation. As the Russian Civil War went into full swing, some of the White Russian leaders were sufficiently ham-handed in their political pronouncements, or their armed force brutally indiscriminate in occupied territory, that many peasants did grudgingly come to at least tacitly support the Bolsheviks. Given collectivization and Soviet grain exports even while peasants starved, I suspect that support became far more grudging sooner rather than later.

    • And don’t forget Venezuela. People who *should* know better push this stuff, support this stuff, foment envy and resentment and present a scapegoat for why your life sucks. They *should* know better, but it puts them in power and THEY become wealthy. Every. Single. Time.

    • Peasants are rarely clueless enough to think communism would work. You need a lot of intellectual training to attain that level of stupidity.

      Of course, in most historical settings peasants were smart enough to pretend to go along with whatever the ruling classes told them. So if the new ruling class is communist, the peasants will appear communist.

    • And, they had been mistreated far worse than anything that happened in the US for far longer than there’s BEEN a US. And saw no prospects of anything ever getting better.

  19. Where’s Miracle max when you need him?

    William Goldman, Oscar-winning screenwriter of “The Princess Bride,” ‘Butch Cassidy’ and ‘All the President’s Men,’ dies at 87

  20. One judges a tree by the fruit produced.

    (Surveys the fans of Hoyt who post here)

    Mrs. Hoyt, the USA was particularly blessed the day you joined our team. Thank you, profusely, for the fight you wage on her behalf.

  21. I SECOND 11-B’s post!

  22. Security guard shot by Cop.
    https://www.vox.com/identities/2018/11/12/18088874/jemel-roberson-police-shooting-security-guard-illinois

    Not being covered by the MSM, I wonder WHY??

    I am surprised that BLM isn’t ALL over this.

    I would NOT Trust Police in a deep blue city or area.
    This would include places like Austin, sorry to say.

  23. I’m in the beginning stages of a book on this topic, where everything going on now ultimately spirals into a civil war that engulfs the country. Starts with a President refusing to step down despite a clear loss and snowballs from there. I truly hope we don’t reach this point, which is the essential point my book is attempting to make.

    How much have the social justice warriors taken over publishing? I know it’s happening, but I’m unclear as to the extent.

    • They’d taken over completely by the eighties.

      • Then self-publishing it is. I’ve noticed that a lot of the objections to my completed book that I’m finalizing have little to do with the substance and are mostly politics. I’d intended it as apolitical and simply wanted to tell a good story, but they didn’t see it that way.

        • Well, duh, comrade. All good comrades know that good stories subvert the Revolution. You aren’t some kind of kulak and wrecker, are you?

          • Indeed. And the purpose of art is to support the Revolution
            There can be NO higher purpose. (Not even earning enough to feed onself.)

      • How did Baen survive? I mean, other than by making money for their distributor and the book stores that stocked them?

        • Jim Baen mostly. he exploited a huge fault in the system.

          • A huge fault in the system? Selling people books they want to read? Selling people books which they want to shove in friends faces and declaring, “OMG, You’ve effing GOT to read this!”

            Yeah, a huge unexpected loophole that only Jim Baen suspected was there.

            • Yep. He saw that people still liked space opera and mil sf.
              Don’t cut on his credit. No one else saw it.

            • Da. Let me explain (imagine this with a heavy Russian accent):

              Purpose of art is support revolution. No higher purpose exist. Sadly, America still land of decadent capitalistic pigdogs. American artists, even good tovarich artists on side of revolution, still greedy. Still lazy. Want too much. Eat every day. Sleep with roof over head. Get paid for writing not with knowledge they help world proletariat revolution, but money. Dirty, capitalistic money. Not good, proletariat rubles and kopecks (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsf3CeBE0rc).

              American book stores, distributors, and editors all need money. American public not very educated. Not spend money for good agitprop. Want real story.

              Jim Baen dirty capitalistic bigdog exploiter. Exploit loophole. Sell books people want read. We in agitprop head quarters don’t like. But budget from Moscow, not enough to pay American artists. Jim Baen dirty pigdog, but he make money. Some money go to bad people, like Jim Baen. Some money go to book stores and distributors. Book stores and distributors then buy good tovarish books with money. Not perfect system, but good enough to keep agitprop in America without too much budget from Moskva. World not perfect, why we need revolution in first place.

  24. analytical-engine-mechanic

    On “happy warriors”…

    Strong as the reasons are to believe that many or most who *think* they are that, are really pretty clueless about it instead (especially on the left, those “drunk with talk, liars and believers” as poet Robinson Jeffers put it [1]) — surely *somewhere* there must actually *be* such people.
    Who know that once “the rough music starts” someday, somehow, the piper will be and *must* be paid, and yet approach it with (some) equanamity.
    Perhaps still not eager warriors, but at least comfortably happy ones.

    In any deeper sense, I have to guess, really being (and so, first becoming) a “happy warrior” is an achievement slow and costly in the making. Simply being not a “sunshine patriot” but the other kind (Paine neglected to name this one for us too) is hard, and unwelcome, enough for many of us. The greater achievement might be difficult for us to even well imagine. Especially from the inside out.

    This poem is a shot at seeing such a thing, a sort of side effect of a story in which the speaking character appears only in background. Maybe it will help a few of us reluctant not-so-happy don’t-wanna-be warriors borrow some of the same “deplorable” strength Donal Regan passes down to his grandson Paul…

    (Note: the Davy Crockett mentioned is not the 19th-century person but the 20th-century article of ordnance, q.v. And imagine Regan reading it to you in an accent much like Liam Neeson’s, but more 2100s London and all his own.)

    A Mercenary’s Battle-Graveyard Lament
    (anon. but rightly attr. Donal Regan)
    (original title: Forty Lines of Silver)

    Now here I stand before them
    Some of all the men I’ve killed;
    And were there women among them
    Won’t tell the butcher’s bill

    No graves with stones with names
    For dead such wholesale made;
    All detail murdered to the keeping
    Of the silence and the shade

    War’s need was deep and urgent
    Their predicament was dire,
    The government hesitated not a beat
    To throw them all into our fire

    And cold fire-tried stone we were by then
    London Morlock, Dago Popist, Polack bold;
    Death’s own grim undying messengers
    Her distilled dark essence bought and sold

    Our own losses dear and mounting
    Theirs our very catastrophic best,
    For what better way to wade through battle
    Than swiftly send them to their rest?

    They did try sue for survival last, but
    No surrendered peace was more than worth;
    And so Davy Crockett’s great-grand-cousin
    Brought the very sun right down to earth

    The last few holding generators fell,
    Fire swept wild and free and strong
    To wipe away more in ane bright instant
    Than we’d shot and zapped the day all long

    And my hands were on their package
    All my squadmates those who fell,
    My fate to be that last one deliv’ring
    Our dark bright gift from hell to hell

    The rebellious lords were grateful,
    Their pay good as gold and more
    Their bonuses bitter, sweet reward
    For setting so many souls to soar

    Full blessed be all who lay here ‘waiting
    An old mercenary’s deep lament,
    Who died so such as I could stand here
    With much respect and no regret

    [And so, one can well imagine, is the piper paid in full at last.]

    (For any who might hear echoes of Scottish Border Ballads or Kipling, or even Chaucer or Shakespeare, be aware Donal Regan has read all of ’em he could ever get his hands on; the water a fish swims in, for such as he.

    Much thanks to Gordon Dickson and David Drake, and Kipling and others, for helping enable me to imagine a Donal Regan might exist. And odd as it may sound, likewise to the James River Valley in Virginia where this came together over a few beautiful hours this summer; perhaps in such places these things float in the air like fog or lie on the ground like leaves.)

    [1] “The Stars Go Over The Lonely Ocean” in “The Survival of Freedom” edited by Jerry Pournelle, Peace Be Unto Him.

  25. I wasn’t a Trump supporter at first – I was a Cruz man until he was no longer able to win the nomination. But I noticed an effect that Trump had – as inarticulate as he seemed to be at times, he made it possible for the other candidates to talk about issues without fearing the PC mob and the MSM. That effect continues today (the mob has become more violent, but they were already beating people in 2016, but that was when they thought they were in control. They’re ramping up more now that they’re ineffectiveness is becoming more obvious to them), so we should all take avdvantage of the opportunity to knock PC to the curb and say what we really think.
    Thanx for the post, Sarah!

    • You described my evolution ont his exactly.

    • But I noticed an effect that Trump had – as inarticulate as he seemed to be at times, he made it possible for the other candidates to talk about issues without fearing the PC mob and the MSM.

      He’s a tank.

      Video game version.

      He draws the enemy’s agro and thus fire, mostly, while the damage dealers and the healers/strengtheners are able to MOSTLY go around without worrying about taking the full brunt. They still have to look out for agro, but not as much.