A Place to Start By Amanda S. Green

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A Place to Start By Amanda S. Green

Yesterday, we celebrated the 243rd anniversary of our nation’s independence. The road here hasn’t been easy and there are a number of people, including a number of politicians, who would dearly love to see this be the last anniversary we celebrate.

Too many want to erase our past because it isn’t “convenient” or “comfortable” by today’s standards. Works of art are being painted over in major cities because they might make someone feel uncomfortable. The names of authors and literary innovators are being stripped from awards because they acted within the norms of their day, norms that are no longer “accepted” today.

This attempt to erase history doesn’t cure the so-called problems of the day. All it does is bury it and prevent us from learning from past mistakes. Instead of burying our heads in the sand, we should be taking a hard look at what happened and why and find the best way to prevent it from happening again.

It means standing up to the loud voices of the vocal few who demand the sanitization of our history and looking long and hard at their motivation. It means often putting ourselves out and taking stances that might not make us any friends in the other camp but that will spark those who have yet to make up their minds to think about the issues and the facts behind them. This is something Professor Thomas Sowell does very well, and we would all be better off if we’d follow his example.

But how do we do this? That’s the million-dollar question and one I’m still looking for the “right” answer to.

What I do know is this, we have to take that first step. We have to read him and others who share his world view. The problem is it is easy to be scared away from many of Professor Sowell’s writings if you aren’t already familiar with his work. After all he writes about—gasp—economics. If you’re like me, your eyes glaze over and you get terrible flashbacks to bad college Econ classes at the very thought of reading anything dealing with economic theory.

Honestly, that was one of the reasons I didn’t start reading him sooner. Then I lucked into reading some of his newspaper columns. I’d missed them because they weren’t hitting the press down here, at least not the newspaper my family took. Once I found his articles, I started searching for more of his work to read. That lead me to his books and, well, the rest is history.

I guess this is all a way of saying I have a starting point for you if you’re a little intimidated at the thought of starting off with one of Sowell’s other books. That starting point is a collection appropriately titled “Controversial Essays”.

This collection lets you pick and choose what topics you’re interested in. Professor Sowell covers everything from economic to racial to education to social issues and everything in between. Also, these are shorter essays than you will find in many of his other books, making for quicker reads. And that is what makes this an excellent starting point if you haven’t yet begun reading Professor Sowell.

So I will start with the end of the book, entitled “Random Thoughts”, to point out not only how astute Professor Sowell is but how keen his sense of humor happens to be.

The first big Washington scandal of the 20th century was the Teapot Dome scandal of 1921, which led three members of the Harding administration to commit suicide. Today, they would just consult their lawyers and spinmeisters, and then start making the rounds of the talk shows in order to confuse the issues. (CE, p. 301)

Ain’t it the truth?

Take HRC’s e-mail scandal. Before instant media coverage and spin—please, take media spin and preferably bury it far, far away—there is little doubt Clinton would have resigned and left the public eye. Instead, with media backing (not to mention the support of the DNC), she ran for president. She came too close to comfort to being the person sitting in the Oval Office.

Politicians use scandal as a springboard for their future plans instead of actually taking responsibility for their actions and withdrawing. While I don’t advocate that they kill themselves, think about how much better our political scene would be without these SOBs and the media spin that keeps trying to “rehabilitate” them.

In a democracy, why should one group of citizens carry more weight than a similar number of other citizens, just because they are willing to take to the streets and block traffic? (CE, pp 301-302)

When I read this quote, I thought about some of the BLM protests that shut down major roadways, putting who knows how many people in danger because they couldn’t get to medical help, etc. I thought of some of the Antifa protests as well. Why do certain local governments allow them to get away with behavior that is against local and possibly state law and yet crack down on their more conservative counterparts? Why does the media allow this inequity to go unchallenged? (I know the answer but these are questions we need to be asking just as loudly as the other side screams it is their right to act this way.)

It is bad enough that so many of our public schools offer nothing to challenge smart students. What adds insult to injury is that, when these students become bored and restless, this boredom is given the fancy name “attention deficit hyperactivity disorder” and the students are drugged with Ritalin. (CE, pg 302)

This hits one of my hot buttons. I know, I know, I have more than my fair share of hot buttons, but education is right at the top. I was one of those smart kids. In those classes where I got bored because the district would rather dumb down the curriculum than give teachers the ability to adapt to meet each student’s needs, my grades went down. I got in trouble in some because—duh—bored and acting out. Why? Not all those teachers would let me read when I finished the assignment. I had to sit there and “act like a lady”. SNORT!

Fortunately, this was before the knee-jerk reaction of educators and counselors was to label a kid ADD or ADHD. We got detention or more work assigned to us. Our parents were called in for meetings with the teacher. But at least we weren’t drugged.

Unfortunately, the desire to move standards to the lowest common denominator continued and that is when the labeling and medicating began. Our public school system has fallen when it comes to quality, mainly because the state and federal governments have pushed themselves further and further into what should be a local issue. We’re not talking funding, we’re talking test result requirements, someone in Austin telling a district in El Paso or Blue Mound how to teach students they’ve never seen. If it doesn’t look good on paper, it must not work. That is the attitude these pencil pushers have and it has ruined more than one generation of students as a result.

Because of the neglect of history in our educational system, most people have no idea how many of the great American fortunes were created by people who were born and raised in worse poverty than the average welfare-recipient today. (CE, pg 302)

Not only duh, but DUH!!!

Of course, if we actually taught this, it might undermine the welfare state we’ve been moving toward for most of the last century. The liberals don’t want that and the media, the liberal mouthpiece all too often, obviously doesn’t want it either. We, as conservatives and libertarians, have been silent too long on this issue.’

Sure, we’ve taken steps to protect our own kids from this form of brainwashing. We’ve either homeschooled or we’ve supplemented their education with materials to counter the propaganda they get in school. But that doesn’t help those who aren’t in a position to get the same benefits as our kids. Instead of simply withdrawing from a system that is broken, we need to find ways to fix it. It means getting involved with our local school districts, with finding out about state school boards/boards of education/whatever and it means letting our voices be heard.

The other day someone—and I’m looking at Sarah because I think it was her—made a comment that these loud voices we keep hearing belong to a relatively small number of people. It reminded me of the “silent majority” speech from my childhood. Or to put it another way, it is time for us to stand up and let our voices be heard.

More than that, it is time to stand and demand we be heard. We are not just old white men. We are people of color. We are female and male, gay and straight and everything in between. We simply happen to not believe in the propaganda that everything from the past is evil and we have to erase or rewrite history so it conforms to today’s so-called standards.

Ask yourself who sets these standards. Now ask yourself why we stand by and let them do so unchallenged. Then remind yourself that it isn’t really unchallenged. 2016 showed that. A large group of our fellow Americans stood up and let their voices be heard at the polls. The liberals are still trying to erase that election because it didn’t go the way they wanted it to.

Are they pushing us toward a second American civil war? The answer is yes. What is uncertain is how far things will go. Will it turn into a shooting war or will it be one determined at the polls and in the courts? Time alone will tell for certain. In some ways, I feel they won’t be happy until shots ring out. But then I look back a few decades and see that as bad as things are right now, it is nothing like what we saw in the 60s in parts of this nation. It certainly has nothing on what parts of the country saw in the 20s and 30s. The difference is the media and social media.

So we act now. We act by reading authors like Sowell. We spread their work as far and wide as we can. We learn from them, not only when it comes to facts and theory but in how to present them. But most of all, we speak out. We let our voices be heard. We show up at the polls, not just to vote but to be watchdogs. We use social media and conservative media outlets to shed light on the tricks and antics of the other side. We use boycotts of program sponsors the same way liberals do and let’s start with Nike (okay, that’s my pet bitch right now. I’m tired of seeing them giving in to Kaepernick and giving him more and more credibility).

Next week, I’ll be off the meds from my surgery and better able to give Professor Sowell’s work the attention it deserves. I’ll spend a couple of weeks discussing his “Controversial Essays”. After a brief interlude for something a lot less palatable (and there’s a lot to choose from), I’ll return to Sowell’s latest book.

Until later!

 

168 responses to “A Place to Start By Amanda S. Green

  1. > I’m tired of seeing them giving in to Kaepernick

    They sought him out, signed him up, and they *pay* him for his posturing and grandstanding.

    They’re not giving in – he’s their market face.

  2. Until the Betsy Ross flag incident, I’d agree with you. But that is costing them money because the shoes were already in production. Either way, I’m tired of it.

  3. I will make a note about ADHD, and that it is a real thing. I know that in California, teachers are prohibited by law from suggesting a child has ADHD or should be medicated, and it’s because of the abuse of that label in the 80s and 90s.

    There is actually a sure test to see if someone is actually ADHD, and that is to give them a stimulant. If it calms them down (I’ve known folk who have taken a nap after a quad shot), they’re truly ADHD. If they are wired, they’re not. But it should only be diagnosed by a medical professional, with stimulants administered under observation, since they can really screw up a growing child if used carelessly. (They kill the appetite, for one. That can be very dangerous.)

    Me? I was a bored kid, not ADHD. Thankfully, I got put in the challenging program rather than told off. My middle child *is* ADHD, and lordy, the impulse control is under severe delay.

    • Yes. I’m going to ask for test.

    • I gotta say, I’m rather lucky at the moment. My son seems to be allowed to read his fiction books as long as he’s gotten his work done. I think his teachers are rather glad he’s not disruptive when bored and can self-entertain. Apparently the others in class, as a standard, tend to start talking.

      I want to get him a shirt that says “I read books so I can avoid talking to people like you.” (He actually said this as a response to someone who asked him that question, and fortunately for him, the lad said “Oh, okay,” and kept right on talking.)

      • Heh. Daughtorial Unit’s teachers asked us to please, please persuade her to hide her books inside of the textbooks.

        It was not helpful that she inherited the ability to apparently ignore the class yet still respond appropriately, with accurate answers, to any directed question.

        “On the contrary, your Honor, I was doin’ my best to conceal it.”

        • I used to do that too, the suddenly answer.

          • I still, over fifty decades later, remember my sci fi pulps open inside my textbooks, teachers querying me regarding a point germane to the class, I’d reply; “I disagree.” -which, of course, led to the instructor asking about what or why I disagree, hence giving me enough time to get my head out of Heinlein, mentally review what the class was discussing while I was reading and create and state an argument supporting my disagreement.

        • My lab partner and I in HS Freshman Bio had a lot of that tendency. What really ticked the others off was the fact that we’d forget that a quiz was scheduled, take it, and get the top grades.

          And, I don’t really like biology. Most of the quizzes needed memorization, and the teacher had some handy mnemonics to help. (KP Comes Often For Goofball Sergeants, or Some Girls Fill Out Clothes Pretty Keen. Yay, 1960s classes.)

      • Donald Campbell

        “You’ve read my T shirt
        That’s enough social interaction for today”
        My favorite. I have three of them.

    • Agreed! Daughtorial Unit was ADHD and (once we quit Ritalin) found effective treatment. But the educrats adopted it as an all-purpose go-to solution and prescribed the treatment for those for whom it would not work, thus discrediting the condition and therapy. It was particularly infuriating that many well-to-do parents saw such labeling as a means to “win” their over-indulged kids extra time on tests.

      I swear, “ADHD” was the educational equivalent of Lupus! Misdiagnosing a condition is malpractice, pure and simple.

      • And the less well-to-do used such labeling as the means to increase their welfare checks. When my mother was teaching AL school kids in the 90s, parents would coach their kids in meeting the standards for learning-disabled (and many needed no coaching) so they could claim “crazy money” through SSDI.

        And of course, to point this out was “raaaaacist” (ableist, etc.) and get fired. Or have some lovely threaten to “bring his daddy’s .38”.

    • Like many things in the mental medical world ADD/ADHD is a name for a grab bag of related symptoms. In some cases a mechanism is suspected/understood. For example the most classic ADHD (hyperactive variant) is fixed by stimulants because they increase blood flow to the area of the brain (pre frontal cortex?) that seems related to behavior control. It less calms the child down than actually allows them to calm themselves an action they have great difficulty performing in their normal state. I care deeply about this because I have two daughters who have issues in this spectrum. The good news is if you’ve got the time (and money) to work with these issues can be dealt with and in mild to moderate cases it can be worked around. Younger daughter is a mechanical engineer with aerospace minor, elder is a teacher (math) who wants to focus on these issues. Both are ADD diagnosed but what is affected varies greatly even between the two of them who share 50% genetic material and the same environment.

      B. Durbin’s test only works strongly for certain types of the issue. The real standard is a battery of tests run by a highly specialized psychologist. Part of the issue is the tests include some subjective study of the behavior of the subject during the test and so this is not something easily administered (or interpreted) by a teacher or a school MSW with limited training. Most schools do not have the money to pay for the professional test and so will balk at having to run a 2-3k battery of tests on a student. It is possible that in the future FMRI may be able to help with this but FMRI is in no way cheap and right now it still has a tendency to output nonsense (i.e. the signal to noise ratio is VERY poor with hordes of both false negatives and false positives). This more thorough testing regimen serves two purposes It provides information on the nature and depth of the issues. It is also particularly useful allowing support to be tailored to the issue displayed.

      • Daughtorial Unit’s Fifth Grade teacher did not believe in ADD/ADHD and we spent the entirety of that year “educating” her on the reality and effect of the condition. Reports were that the subsequent year she was “diagnosing” ADD/ADHD right and left.

        Which is the problem of many people’s casual understanding of a diagnosis — they don’t actually know whereof they speak.

        Such casual, superficial “understanding” of all too many issues in common in our modern age, from ADD/ADHD to Climate Change (and the ease of conversion to a “carbon neutral” energy system) to reworking the medical insurance network — and politicians and “journalists” generally abuse people’s naivety and faith in so-called experts.

        It is the genius of Dr. Sowell (and others, such as Walter E Williams) that he not only sees the underlying complexity of so many issues but is able to communicate them to a public mostly inclined to hopelessly simplistic explanations.

  4. “Controversial Essays”? Everything that man writes is controversial. How dare an American, a black man at that, think for himself in this era of expertise? We have pro-effing-essionals dedicating their lives to milking the public teat studying the Public Good and we’d be udder ingrates to question their recommendations for public policy. Why, these are the deep thinkers (speculation as to just what is deep about their thinking is not encouraged) who have brought us such brilliant policies as the Vietnam War, the War on Poverty, the War on Public Education and the War on America.

    Sure, one of them know how to build a bridge, but they damned well know how to cross that bridge when they come t it, and anybody who disputes their advice is clearly anti-bridge, a crossing-denier!!! Maybe you don’t care about getting to that other side, but millions of your fellow citizens do and you need to contribute your fair share to building that bridge no matter whether its pilings are sunk into mud, its concrete too much sand, and its terminus twelve feet short of the shore!

  5. c4c

  6. You can read 21 years of Dr. Sowell’s columns here, for free:

    http://www.jewishworldreview.com/cols/sowell1.asp

    JWR (my fave opinion aggregator for 21 years now) also carries columns by Dr. Walter E. Williams, the one person I consider more luminary than Dr. Sowell; you’ll find him linked on the adjacent list.

    • They’re both good, but the man who we desperately miss is Jerry Pournelle. Never forget that SF was a high-profit sideline for him. His real genius was in Strategy & Policy.

      • I desperately wish that Alex would find a way to get the books of his father’s columns from Byte re-issued on Kindle. Because we’re seeing the same issues Dr Pournelle complained about with “copy protection” pop up again as DRM for e-books, etc.

  7. Re. education, and I realize I am heavily biased, being a public school survivor and now working in a private school. If you know of a good private school, or a really good home-schooling association, or excellent charter school, support them! Make a donation, be it time, or services, or offer to be a subject-matter expert volunteer guest speaker, or just tell people good things about the school. Help sponsor a scholarship if you can, or if your employer is looking for something to support.

    Some private schools have large endowments and very wealthy parents’ associations that take care of things. Others… don’t. And need-based scholarships (tuition, uniform assistance, whatever) are a wonderful, wonderful thing.

  8. The other side won’t be satisfied UNTIL shots are fired. I’m not sure why, as most of those with the guns are opposed to their ideology, but maybe in Rainbow Unicorn Happy Happy Funfun Land we’ll all magically throw down our guns once we see someone shoot someone else? I don’t know…

    • They think the police and the army will side with them.

      • My little sister is on the SWAT in Atlanta, GA, so I get some firsthand thoughts on what they think. Boy, are the opposition in for a surprise if they really think that the police will support them.

        • In the blue enclaves (Portland, San Jose, and so on), it looks like a fair amount of the (dwindling–recruiting is horrible in Portland) PD force is either pro-Antifa(*), or more interested in collecting enough time to retire and get the hell out of Dodge.

          (*) Noted in some of the Andy Ngo stories–insignia on some of the cars. Might not be definitive, but not a good sign.

          I don’t plan to get within 200 miles of Portland, and one hopes that any residents who are registered Republican have exit plans–both for riot situations and long term.

          We voted with our feet in ’03. No regrets, though I wish that the official range was closer. The unofficial one has a name starting in “Rattle”. Nope.

          On the gripping hand, while the National Guard will be somewhat under the Governors’ control, the US armed services won’t be. Cue Gomer Pyle…

          • “Surprise. Surprise. Surprise.”

            (Well, that’s all I remember.)

            • Yep, pretty much for me, too. Never watched the show that much.

            • I wasn’t a particular fan — it was a “watch if nothing else to do” show, but I believe it deserves credit for “Funny peculiar or funny ha ha?”

              Although I admit that [searchengine] results do not confirm this origination, with some attributing it to Full metal jacket (in regard to character who the DI has nicknamed “Gomer Pyle”) and others attributing it to “Beany and Cecil” — which I did watch voraciously. Yet another source claimed it first appeared in act 3 of The Housemaster*, by English playwright Ian Hay in 1936.

              Of course, Gomer can also be credited with revival of the expression “Shazam!” even though nobody would suggest he originated it.

              *Described: “When three young women come to stay at an elite public school, they cause disruption amongst the male students and teachers.”
              From the IMDb summary of the film adaptation.

          • *cough* I understand state sovereign immunity, but can a state be sued for conspiring to deny citizens of their Constitutional rights? If so, it should prove an interesting discovery process.

            It’s time for a federal civil rights intervention in Portland
            [SNIP]
            [Mayor] Wheeler says he is against violence. But the hooded antifa riots are still tolerated. The Portland police chief wants to ban masks, but fat chance the state will pass such a law, against protests by civil libertarians. And an anti-mask law isn’t necessary. The state already has a perfectly suitable remedy, in its anti-riot law. A person commits the crime of riot if, while participating with at least five other people, he engages in tumultuous and violent conduct and thereby intentionally or recklessly creates a grave risk of causing public alarm.

            I can’t think of a better definition of the antifa method of operation.

            After Ngo was beaten, the police declared a riot. Next time, the riot should be declared the moment hooded antifa protesters show up. But Wheeler won’t let that happen. That would get in the way of antifa’s free-speech rights, he thinks.

            Evidently, it’s time for the federal government to step in — and crack down. It has had to do so in the past, especially during the civil rights era in the South.

            There’s a federal law against conspiring to injure or intimidate a person in the free exercise of enjoyment of his rights or privileges, and I should think the elements of the offense are complete the moment the antifa goons show up in Portland.

            What’s missing is the will to protect ordinary citizens, and since the city of Portland won’t do so, it’s time for federal marshals or the FBI to step in.

            • Insty has been lobbying for an invocation of the Insurrection Act. I doubt that our beloved governor would lift a finger to have the OR National Guard go after Antifa (against the Proud Boys, maybe), but the federal government wouldn’t have the constraints. Eisenhower federalized the AR National Guard to override the governor’s orders for them to prevent integrating the Little Rock high school in 1957. OR NG or US Army, either one works.

              *After* that’s settled, it’s time to clean up the Portland/Multnomah county government/law enforcement structure.

            • > in the South

              Of course, it wasn’t news when Yankeeland schools – most notably in Massachussetts – had to be integrated by the police and militia.

              “Of course those racist Southern schools should be forced to integrate no matter what the local demographics are. But we don’t want that sort of thing HERE!”

              • Aye – I was old enough to follow the news at the time and the biggest riots over forced school integration were in Detroit and Boston. Typical Yankee arrogance, acting as if their privies didn’t need air fresheners. The Massachusetts Supreme Court had validated racial segregation in Boston public schools as far back as 1848:

                Roberts v. City of Boston
                Roberts v. Boston, 59 Mass. 198, was a court case seeking to end racial discrimination in Boston public schools. The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled in favor of Boston, finding no constitutional basis for the suit. The case was later cited by the US Supreme Court in Plessy v. Ferguson, which established the “separate but equal” standard.

                [SNIP]

                Roberts brought the issue to the state legislature with Sumner’s help and in 1855, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts banned segregated schools in the state. This was the first law prohibiting segregated schools in the United States.

      • Their model for the cops and military is based off the Marxist worldview they suckled up in school, which is that those parties are mere statist stooges for whoever is in power–Just like they are, mostly, in Europe.

        While I suspect that there are rather more of the statist stooges in the ranks than I’d like, there are probably still enough citizen-cops and citizen-soldiers to put a severe monkey-wrench into the statist’s plans. Quite a few of us will likely go along with it all, right up until they issue live ammo.

        At which point, people are going to have to make decisions about appropriate targeting, and I suspect (hope, really…) that a lot of the idjits giving the orders are going to then find out just how badly they’ve miscalculated things.

        There’s a clear difference between “servant-of-the-state” vs. “citizen soldier”. We have rather more of the latter than the former, or so I hope…

      • I think they are relying more on the fact that conservatives tend not to act without some sort of legitimacy. The Founding Fathers weren’t a group of random revolutionaries, they were appointed representatives of legitimate Colonial governments.

        Now, if Trump were to issue a general militia call-up…it will get hard on the Left. Very hard.

      • The cops ARE siding with them. Not individual police, but the leadership are actively aiding and abetting Antifa etc. That’s how you get 10 Antifa in Portland stopping traffic and beating people with sticks. Not only do the cops not arrest them, they PREVENT OTHER PEOPLE from going after them to clear the street.

        Next and better question, -why- are they doing that? Who gave that order, and for what reason? What does the city government of Portland get out of backing Antifa rioters?

        • There’s an important distinction to be made… Portland and Multnomah County cops are following their political leadership, just as they should be.

          What is not happening is that the rest of the neighboring police agencies are following along or supporting. The surrounding county sheriffs have all cancelled their cross-jurisdictional agreements, and Portland/Multnomah County agencies are pretty much on their own. The fallout from this is that it won’t be much longer before those agencies are essentially gone, due to losses and impending retirements that they can’t make up/replace.

          The city and county are going to be reaping what they’ve sown in fairly short order; they’re not going to be able to hire anyone qualified, which is going to lead to very poor policing, followed by Portland and Multnomah County reverting to savagery.

          I’ve got an acquaintance from down that way that used to be on the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Department, and he’s kept in touch. It isn’t pretty now, and it will be even less pretty in the medium-term future. Like the Chicago PD, the Portland area has about eaten its seed corn, and will soon pay the price.

          I won’t be surprised if Chicago, Portland, and Seattle’s police agencies aren’t under DOJ supervision before the end of Trump’s second term.

          • followed by Portland and Multnomah County reverting to savagery.

            What, like mobs of masked thugs parading in the streets, destroying property and attacking people?

            • Y’know, in my day thugs were big, brawny men with seventeen-inch necks, barrel chests, calloused hands and biceps as big around as these Antifa guys’ thighs (if not bigger.)


              Socialism can’t even produce a decent quality thug any more.

              • Christopher M. Chupik

                Pulling newsstands is about as much as they can manage.

              • They produce excellent jackals: they conceal themselves among the crowds, wear masks, jump out when your back is turned and hit you with a bike lock or throw dangerous chemicals disguised as a milkshake, then melt back into the masses. They’re not to be underestimated.

            • I suspect “savagery” equates to “good people shooting at the masked thugs”.

              I recall a non-entirely cynical definition of the purpose of law enforcement, namely to protect the miscreants from vigilante justice. “They needed hanging more than horses needed stealing.”

          • “What is not happening is that the rest of the neighboring police agencies are following along or supporting. The surrounding county sheriffs have all cancelled their cross-jurisdictional agreements, and Portland/Multnomah County agencies are pretty much on their own.”

            This is what happened in 2006 in Ontario, little place called Caledonia. The politics and players are not important, but what happened is. “Protesters” closed a major highway, burned a wooden bridge and started beating people at the edge of town. OPP showed up and called City of Hamilton police for backup, as there were hundreds of protesters, many with firearms.

            Hamilton PD arrived in serious numbers, and were told by OPP that the job was protecting the -armed- and violent protesters from the townspeople. Under no circumstances were any protesters to be arrested, no matter what they did, up to and including shooting people.

            Hamilton PD got back in their cars and left the scene. Here we are, 2019, grapevine has it that the OPP does not operate within Hamilton city limits, not even on provincial highways where they are supposed to have jurisdiction.

            Tell you something else, the “protesters” NEVER start shit in Hamilton or any of the surrounding towns. They only do it where the OPP is in charge. Earlier this year a group of snowflakes decided to break some windows downtown after some sort of snowflake conference, and the cops arrested ALL of them. Not the ring leaders, everybody. All has been quiet since then.

            So when we see protesters closing highways and streets as we do in Portland, they are doing it with the -aid- of the police. Because without police protection, the citizens would just beat them up.

            Therefore the thing to do is identify where the interests of the police leadership lie. In Ontario I can tell you it was the Provincial Liberals getting very large “donations” from the protester leadership, and ordering the OPP stood down. Millions of dollars, all quite illegal, never actually proven in court. I’m sure something similar is going down in Portland, there’s money and votes flowing to politicians that they won’t get if Antifa is arrested en mass.

            Bottom line, the good thing about police is also the bad thing about them, they follow orders. This makes the populace vulnerable to political malfeasance. The more cops, the more vulnerable we are.

            • Former assistant US attorney Andy McCarthy, among others, has suggested that Antifa meets all qualifications needed fr federal RICO action.

              This would be an opportunity for the FBI to atone for its misdeeds, and I do not doubt AG Barr would welcome the opportunity to prosecute … but I am confident that many on the Left would decry this as the dark boot of fascism stomping on innocent fun-loving protesters.

      • The managers and officers are almost 100% with them.

        The rank and file… not so much.

      • A considerable number of police departments will side with them, at least at first. Police departments are unionized, and are sympathetic toward the Left on that subject. And in cities with leftist administrations they’re often under orders not to act against Leftist rioters.

        The military, of course, is a separate subject.

      • Having seen stories like the USArmy is going to take US out of its name due to historical blah blah (satire, I think, but it sounds unfortunately plausible considering the Peter Principle of military advancements) I would guess that while the enlisted and below O-6 would be populist, the highest command ranks are infested with the same Leftist parasites that infest FBI and CIA as well as all the D elected and appointed government drones.

        • Donald Campbell

          I would consider even the Officers to not be radical left. After all, when you join the Military you know:
          1] Your Mother will disapprove if she is a typical Leftist.
          2] You may get shot at.
          Both are challenges the SJW snowflakes would be reluctant to attempt.
          Bonus point: They aren’t unionized.

        • I’d guess 50% are. the others keep their mouth shut. Same as anywhere else.

        • snelson134

          Seeing as all flag / general officers still require Senate confirmation….. they’re political.

          • Not only that, but most serving officers of that rank got their stars during the Obama administration.

            And if they’re swivel-chair officers from the Pentagon, they’re bureaucrats like the ones who were “protesting Nixon” by ordering bombers to fly the same path over Vietnam each night so the Cong could shoot them down. “We’ll keep killing our own people until we’ve made our point.”

      • Donald Campbell

        And a great way to get the police on your side:
        https://www.foxnews.com/food-drink/starbucks-shop-boots-police-officers-because-customer-did-not-feel-safe-reports
        Throw them out of Starbucks for the sin of sitting at a table drinking coffee.

        • That was in Tempe, right? The paper said the cops were standing in front of the place when they were asked to leave.

          University of Arizona is in North Tempe, I will make a wild guess and say that’s what was going on there. Some snowflake still has their knickers in a twist over the Trump 4th of July party.

          • You ever have a nearly overwhelming urge to hold-up a coffee shop? Perhaps take a (particular) barista hostage …

          • The University of Arizona is in Tucson; Arizona State is in Tempe.

            • kenashimame

              Sidebar: UofA’s presence in Tucson is entirely due to post-Civil War politics.

            • I get them mixed up pretty much every time. The place is plagued with snowflakes, at any rate.

              Oddly enough, the AZ snowflakes rarely accost people in the street or try to take over locations with their protests. I suppose the high probability of their intended targets being armed puts a damper on the fun.

  9. kenashimame

    c4c

  10. Y’all racists need to get woke. I agree with Colin Kaepernick: we should hold the past to account for its politically incorrect ways and demand that adherents jettison their vile barbarous baggage.

    Also, I’ll just leave this here:

    • Meh. We don’t even know Muhammad WAS.

      • Nor does we much care. That particular give-a-dam broke long, long ago. It doesn’t matter the color an asshole is, what it emits is just as rank.

      • The thing is, it’s a demonstration that all this nonsense about holding the past to today’s standards only ever goes one way, with one target, and one purpose: demoralizing the West.

        For the past couple days now, the vid’s been my go-to response whenever anyone posts positively of the Kaepernick/Nike fiasco.

      • Since it appears (linguistic study, archaeology, other stuff) that “Muhammad” was simply a title until after the early 700s, there were a lot of people acting as muhammads—official messengers, including messenger of deities— in Middle Eastern history. Jesus was a muhammad, so were Ezra, Isiah, John the Baptist, Hosea… And the dude carrying news from the royal court to another royal or subsidiary court or official.

      • I’ve heard people claim he didn’t even exist but they did give off more than a whiff of “crackpot.”

  11. WRT Hillary Clinton’s crimes, that’s a sore point for just about everybody with a security clearance. Who would be in a Federal prison for half of what she’s skating by on.

    • *dry* I think the security clearance problems are only the tip of the iceberg, when it comes to the Clintons and their minions.

    • I doubt many others imagine telling a court martial, “Yes, I acted with reckless negligence, but I didn’t mean to compromise security” will work any better than telling a traffic court, “I admit I was blind drunk while driving that afternoon, but I didn’t mean to plow into that schoolyard.”

      • And thus we see what real privilege is.

        It’s NOT a thing of those who (to quote an old, but worthy ‘suggestion’):

        Use it up.
        Wear it out.
        Make do.
        Or do without.

        To today’s ears it might seem that “use it up” is wasteful, but what is meant (not that I need to explain to most/all here..) to use something fully before considering replacement: Don’t be wasteful. And “wear it out” is the same, really. Get everything you can from it before considering replacement: don’t be wasteful. “Make do” is more clear: Use what you got to do what you need (engineering….) And finally, “do without”.. well, if it’s not a need and is merely desire… then it can wait. Altogether it’s a simple repeated message: Don’t be wasteful. And perhaps: Adapt. Overcome.

        It was jettisoned shortly after WWII for a couple reasons. One, the War (and the Depression) was finally OVER. Time to enjoy life, etc. And the Great Consumerism idea (planned obsolescence – an idea so evil only a marketeer would promote it) needed consumers/customers, and if that meant pointless upgrade to “keep up with the Jones’s” well, a sale is a sale.

        But it’s still a Good Idea. If someone needs to sell a gadget, then new-gadget needs to be so much better than old-gadget to be worth the expense and trouble. Going from version 3.10 to Version 3.11 is silly unless that 0.01 does something really useful.

        Now, if you are (very?) wealthy, well, then who cares if you do that. You ARE “the Jones’s”.. and can afford to be an early-adopter (beta tester, really).

        Whoa, got a bit ranty, I suppose.

        If I offended anyone… they probably damn well ought to be offended. I ain’t apologizing for that. So there.

        (So help me, I might just have to ask Mad Mike about a right proper ax(e)…)

        • If someone needs to sell a gadget, then new-gadget needs to be so much better than old-gadget to be worth the expense and trouble.

          You’re telling that to somebody who had to replace every major kitchen appliance in 2017. I cannot call a single one a significant improvement and, as for the dishwasher … let’s just say that fifteen years since the last one produced the kind of improvements typically found in socialist economies.

          I dread when the clothes washer and dryer give out.

          Of course, the key phrase here is “socialist economies” — such quality degradation is only sustainable by government edict.

          The bad news is I will be using the current dishwasher for another dozen years, in all likelihood; the good news is that Trump is making American dishwashers great again:

          CEI Applauds DOE for Granting Its Petition to Speed Up Dishwashers
          Posted July 2nd, 2019 for Competitive Enterprise Institute
          Responding to a petition from the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), the Department of Energy (DOE) today announced a new rulemaking related to the problem of slow dishwasher cycle times. In March 2018, CEI petitioned DOE to address this problem, which resulted from government regulations supposedly aimed at increasing energy efficiency.

          CEI’s petition argues these regulations have harmed consumers, wasting huge amounts of people’s time and making life miserable for families. The average dishwasher cycle today is more than 2 hours, while decades ago it was one hour.

          CEI attorney Devin Watkins said:

          “CEI’s petition, for dishwashers that benefit consumers by cleaning fast and well, was supported by an avalanche of comments from individual Americans who were fed up with today’s slow, lousy models. This situation is the result of government so-called ‘efficiency’ rules that, over the years, have more than doubled the time that dishwashers take to operate.

          “The Department of Energy today granted our petition to improve its dishwasher regulations. We hope that its newly-announced rulemaking proceeding will end up improving consumer choice, allowing people to purchase dishwashers that clean quickly and well. We thank the Department for listening to the voices of those whom the agency should serve—consumers.”

          [END]

          TWO Hours? Our new state-of-the-art dishwasher takes FOUR hours, holds less than the prior one, and even when it is done the dishes are not completely dry!

          • Alas, I am also familiar with such “improvements.” And some fools think people need “smart” machines? There are times brute force and bloody ignorance work better. And they aren’t spying instead of doing the dang job.

            • Heck. I wrote software for 35 years. We don’t have the latest and greatest, even when we replace something. I don’t want something that is going to be something else that can go wrong if it is not integral to the function of the appliance. A smart fridge doesn’t keep the food cold. Having the temperature regulator be digital, fine. But the rest? Current fridge has an ice maker, but it isn’t setup. No water to the fridge. Good place for ice once it is made, other than that, meh.

              As for washers and dryers, until they make one that gathers cloths, separates them, loads them into washer, then moves them into dryer, then folds and puts them away … forget about it. Okay, understand there are washer/dryer combinations that actually do both functions. But don’t know of any that do all the above … technically you can include “put away” in the latter, if you are the type that believe the dryer is where everything stays until you wear it …

          • Donald Campbell

            The other gotcha on dishwashers is the EPA. They decided phosphates were *evil* and therefore all consumer dish-washing detergents are phosphate free.
            Being allergic to phosphate laundry detergents, I have lived a life of dingy clean clothes, and it is no different for dishes.
            I use Bubble Bandit from Amazon. My dishes are transparent glass. I can indeed tell the difference. Unfortunately, it still takes 2 hours and 45 minutes to run a single cycle.

            • Not sure if we “lost” phosphates before everyone else (Great Lakes states…) but I do recall grandma saying she made a point of buying detergents when traveling well out of state – but that was in the 1970’s or 1980’s at the latest. And here, for those not allergic, there was mention of TSP (Tri-Sodium Phosphate) available in hardware stores as a concrete cleaner. I have seen, alas, “Phosphate-Free TSP” claimed on packaging. Uhm….

              • Donald Campbell

                Probably true about the Great Lakes. They are clean except near Flint .
                My dishes went dirty to save the Chesapeake Bay. Salt Water connected to an Ocean.

          • My window air conditioner is dying. The mechanical bits are working just fine; it’s the little digital touch-control board that’s crapping out. Just like the last two washing machines, the microwave, and the toaster.

            The electronics *always* fail first. And the bitter part is, they’re not just unnecessary. they’re unwanted. I finally found a replacement air conditioner with two knobs “on-off-fan speed” and “temperature.” Though when it expires, I’m going to open it up, and I fully expect to see the two knobs connected to some kind of circuit board full of chips…

            • Could be.

              The dishwasher that just died (came with the house) appears to have been a mechanical failure. I hope the next one lasts as long, but honestly, I think 18 years might be anomalous for a dishwasher regardless of when it was built.

              (The appliances seem to be lasting great. The copper piping and possibly the roof seem to have run a little short of predicted lifespan. Need to get a second opinion on the roof just to be sure.)

  12. I just saw a belated 4th of July FB post from a relative, which saw me seeing red. I didn’t want to start a fight about it, but it illustrates the degree to which the leftist narrative has penetrated to people who would otherwise be true patriots. One of the claims is that “The prosperity we enjoy is due in large part to a foundation built on the backs of slaves”. Balderdash!!
    Over the years I’ve absorbed too much of of the economic history of the country to believe that one. Most of the slaves were either field hands in tobacco or cotton farming or domestics, I will grant that cotton fed the looms of New England in the earlier stages of the Industrial revolution. I’m not sure how much overall prosperity can be traced to tobacco. However, following the Civil War, the cotton based economy of the South collapsed. The farmers and ranchers of the Midwest and West did not depend on slavery. Most of the loggers, miners, and oilmen who supplied the smelters, foundries, and factories that were built either elsewhere or later were not slaves. The railroads, highways, pipelines, and telegraph, telephone and electric utilities networks we enjoy were also not build with slave labor. Large part? I don’t think so.
    If you want to really stretch the point, you could throw in the debt bondage such as was practiced in the Appalachian coal mines, (getting rid of that was one of the few good things labor unions ever did). But “Sixteen Tons” is still a long way from “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”.

    • PLUS before the practice of African slaves, entire families were “indentured” to pay for their passage. Some even, eventually earned out the cost of their passage and care during indenture of themselves and their children; maybe. Problem was, if they absconded with themselves, their children, and clothing on their backs, they could fade into the landscape. Even at first African slaves were treated this way too at first, at least in theory. Point was that the unscrupulous never intended for either to earn out what was owed. Just the latter couldn’t fade away into the population.

      • Like many words, the definition of “indenture” has drifted over time…

        An indenture is a legal contract for service. Service in the US military is an indenture, for example. (though if you’re drafted, it’s an indenture and totally not slavery because the Supreme Court said it wasn’t in the Selective Service ruling in 1918)

        In his autobiography, Ben Franklin talked about taking indentures from family members in England in return for paying their way to America. He prided himself on being a hard case and making them work the whole contracted time instead of dismissing the indenture after some nominal period, as was common.

    • https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/jul/05/charity-and-police-break-up-uks-largest-modern-slavery-ring

      Apologize for the Guardian link, but have you noticed the stony silence from anti-slavery types on the subject of widespread present-day slavery? The link references a slave ring in Britain, but there’s so much more and worse going on with the US southern border. The women being brought into the US from S. America are essentially sex slaves. None of the oh-so-sensitive Liberals have jack to say about any of it.

      Then there’s China, of course, where slavery is well documented, and where the government kills political prisoners for their livers and kidneys. We don’t hear much about that either.

    • Given that Northern production and farming was more efficient with cheaper Irish (and later Polish, Bohemian, Hungarian, and other) labor, sorry, but that dog won’t hunt. Especially when you start breaking down the numbers on just who produced the majority of the cotton. Yes, you had some huge concerns like Tara in Gone with the Wind. But it was the smaller farms without any slaves, or at most one or two, that made up the bulk of production for most of the Antebellum period.

      • Plus slaves were very expensive. Irish? Dirt cheap, and much easier to replace when they got injured/died/ messed up and got fired. (Indentured servants and a slew of Irish on the Maternal side. Some indentured on the paternal side.)

        • The slave you are responsible for. The Irishman or Italian or Portuguese coming into the port today could take the job and die and be replaced next day. And he didn’t need to be cared for by the employer, or if he was he was charged for it.

          • It is the difference between using your own pickup truck to haul loads and using a rental.

            • That attitude persisted well into the 20th century. The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory would lock its doors and stairwells “to prevent unauthorized breaks or theft” despite the fire code.

              146 people burned to death when the building caught fire. What the hell, they’re fresh off Ellis Island, plenty more on the next boat. If they’d been slaves, they would have been valuable property and there would have been procedures to minimize loss in case of fire…

      • Frederick Douglas, himself a former slave, visited a shipyard in New Bedford shortly after obtaining his freedom. Here are his comments on observing a cargo being unloaded:

        “In a southern port, twenty or thirty hands would have been employed to do what five or six did here, with the aid of a single ox attached to the end of a fall. Main strength, unassisted by skill, is slavery’s method of labor. An old ox, worth eighty dollars, was doing, in New Bedford, what would have required fifteen thousand dollars worth of human bones and muscles to have performed in a southern port.”

        High wages encourage mechanization and automation, and mechanization/automation permits high wages: there is a beneficent feedback between productivity enhancement and incomes.

    • That is utter nonsense! It wasn’t built “on the backs of slaves,” it was built on wealth stolen from the Indians. Day-um, credit genocide where it worked!

      • Nope. it’s wealth stolen from South and Central America and (improbably) the Spaniards. Which is why la raza wants the west back.
        (Can someone find my eyes? They rolled off again.)

      • Truly working minds are astonishing things indeed. They can create great value (aka wealth) out of nothing or as close as one cares to get to nothing. It’s limiting (mental) ability that is the ultimate crime, as it deprives all of civilization of true civilization and genuine progress. The Great American Secret to Greatness is so simple Americans have been trying to give it away for 243 years or more: “Just get [crap] out of people’s way.”

        Whether the slavery is owned-person, or the ‘soft’ slavery of guaranteeing a Victim Class, the result is EVIL: The destruction of potential. And without potential, there is nothing to drive current – thus do soi-disant “progressives” thwart genuine progress.

  13. The Nike business is a lot simpler than it is made out to be.

    Kaepernick started kneeling for the Anthem because his career was sputtering. It worked. Nike paid him a lot of money because of the attention he called to himself. Now he’s rapidly becoming not just yesterday’s news, but last year’s news. Either Kaepernick came up with this nonsense on his own to try to become news again, and Nike went along with it to extend his usefulness as a brand icon…or they came up with it together, and Nike never intended the “Betsy Ross” shoes to go anywhere. I note that the few shoes that made it to market are selling like hotcakes and being speculated on by collectors.

    Kaepernick is a narcissistic nitwit, and Nike is in the business of selling grossly overpriced Keds.

    • My understanding is that Kaepernick began his acting out after he started going with a gal who had a local liberal radio talk show. They made him toxic because they knew there is always a market for that kind of poison.

      • Why do I think of a strange title for a Really Bad Idea…?

        “American Thalidomide”

      • The story I’ve heard is that the first time he was sitting for the anthem, he wasn’t protesting but rather sulking: he wasn’t getting the start, and he was going to sit and pout rather than stand with his teammates. Later, his agent spun that into a stand over principle. Not sure if it’s true, but it frankly seems to fit the behavior of those involved.

        I do feel a bit sorry for Kaep. He was a reasonably talented athlete for a while at least, but he didn’t have the gifts to be the superstar the media tried to make him into.

    • The story I’ve heard is that the first time he was sitting for the anthem, he wasn’t protesting but rather sulking: he wasn’t getting the start, and he was going to sit and pout rather than stand with his teammates. Later, his agent spun that into a stand over principle. Not sure if it’s true, but it frankly seems to fit the behavior of those involved.

      I do feel a bit sorry for Kaep. He was a reasonably talented athlete for a while at least, but he didn’t have the gifts to be the superstar the media tried to make him into.

      (Apologies if this showed up as a double post; I misspelled my email address in the first one, and I think it went to moderation Hell).

      • He was a reasonably talented athlete for a while at least, but he didn’t have the gifts to be the superstar the media tried to make him into.

        This afflicts many athletes. Physical talent can get you to the pros but it takes a lot more to stay there: skill, luck, and dedication to continuous improvement.

        It was said of Michael Jordan that as a high school and college athlete he met many players with more talent than he, but that he excelled in his commitment to developing that talent. As Bobby Knight said, “The key is not the will to win… everybody has that. It is the will to prepare to win that is important.”

        The sad truth about talent is that those who have it in abundance often never learn to work at overcoming limitations, to develop, and thus flame out at higher levels when competing against those with lesser talent but greater discipline.

        As you note with Kaepernick, the media are equally happy to tell the story of him as the unfairly denied player as the talented potential star. Either way sells papers, right?

    • Nike (and other shoes in their price range) sports shoes like running shoes are ten steps ahead of the cheap canvas with rubber bottom sgeneric shoes that my parents always bought when i was a kid. The pair of air jordans that I got before i entered basic ($75 at the PC, over $100 in a normal store) lasted the rest of my year in the army, whereas my low mileage six month old cheap end of market reebox (leather upper, conventional rubber sole… i.e. cheap shoes)’ got completely worn out by my third week in fitness training company and were hurting like hell the whole time. real actual premium sports shoes are a godsend when you’re doing real actual sports.

      (note that the idea of ‘crosstrainer’ shoes didn’t exist for at least five years after that…)

  14. Somewhat appropriate to this discussion: https://legalinsurrection.com/2019/07/frederica-wilson-wants-people-prosecuted-for-mocking-members-of-congress-online/

    Another elected representative forgetting she’s the employee, citizens are the bosses.

    • Given her name, it’s entirely too easy, apparently, for the memes. Also, saying that? LMAO she’s just pretty much said “#ROAST ME”

    • She can try, but she’ll get laughed out of court.


      If she doesn’t want to be mocked she might consider ditching the hats better suited to a five-year-old’s birthday party. Just because it is your “trademark” doesn’t mean you don’t look silly.

      • All hat, no cattle?

      • Ohhh, its the one with the hats? Okay, now I get it.

        It would take an act of Congress to make people stop mocking her. Even then, enforcement would have to be fierce.

      • The correct response, is, of course, to go full-goose-bozo with intentionally insanely silly hats and let critics burn themselves out until they get bored. But… Thinking Brain Required (not included).

        And if *ox* can figure it out…

  15. My experience was the same in school. When parents got called in, because, gee, just sitting there meant I couldn’t sit still, or I went to sleep. Their question to me was “Why weren’t you reading.” me: “Because he/she took my book.” Parents to admin and teacher “Idiot.”

    In school well before medications or eBooks …

    • Sigh. Guess I don’t have WP tagging down yet. Try, Try, Try, again …

    • When I was bored, as often as not I’d reread the textbook. You wouldn’t think that would be a problem, but. I got myself into trouble a few times because I knew it better than the teacher did.

      • No! No way. I mean teachers praise for that. Don’t they? 🙂 🙂 🙂 (ow, do not bite down when tongue is in cheek …)

        // okay sarcasm off

        • Donald Campbell

          I must have gone during the golden-era of teaching. After I finished the test/quiz/in-class work as a Senior in Math class, I would grade the teacher’s linear algebra class’s homework. My brother got credit serving as Lab Assistant for the Chemistry class.
          As a fallback, I doodled moon colonies in my notebook.

          • SheSellsSeashells

            In elementary school, I devoured the reader cover to cover. Repeatedly. In middle school, I had books because I had an understanding teacher. In high school, I wrote (mostly bad) fanfiction, got in trouble, and designed myself a cursive syllabary alphabet so I could continue writing (mostly bad) fanfiction without people reading the actual *words*.

            • I learned Gregg shorthand. Later, stuck in a corporate bullpen with people looking over my shoulder while I as trying to work, I made notes in Gregg.

              When co-workers asked what kind of writing it was, I told them it was Minbari script…

              Nowadays they’d just point their phone at it and some service would display plaintext on their screen. Back then, it might as well have been encrypted. By then, even younger secretaries might never have seen Gregg…

          • ME too on colonies. And worried about water supply.
            So, I wasn’t strange. Just away from MY people.

      • I read through the whole textbook a few times, and noted that most of the time we’d be lucky to get 3/4 of the way through by end of school year.

      • I wrote. Novels. by hand.

        • I worked on compound interest problems, In English grammar class. Which probably accounts for why my standing on Larry Correia;s Official Alphabetic List of Author Success is N, R, or S, depending on which measure is applied to which piece of writing.

          • You mean I was the only one designing engines after I got homework done in class?

            • I drew a car that had regenerative braking. Unfortunately, I was innocent of notions such as power transfer coefficients and energy density of batteries, so in spite of a course in drafting (using paper and pencil, of course,,,this was long before CAD) my work fell rather short of a professional engineering standard, This was back in the Neolithic age of stone knives and bearskin rugs…I mean, when slide rules were giving way to pocket calculators, and computers meant time-shared teletype terminals with BASIC programs recorded on paper tape.

            • No. Jeff Greason was probably designing spaceships.

              • Jeff Greason

                I didn’t feel the need to design spaceships. The Federal Government was paying for the National Space Transportation System which was going to make spaceflight too cheap to meter. I spent my time thinking about what to build after we got there I still do. This long detour spent working on solving the transportation system because we failed to touch second base and have to go back and do it right is frustrating!

                • You know, there were a group of us in a car last night, all around the same age going “We were supposed to live in SPACE by now, d*mn it.”

                  • Space, like Time, is an illusion. One dimension, two dimensions, three dimensions, four — “we” are not physical beings and live in no space at all.

                    Or did you mean that which is commonly termed “Outer Space” — i.e., outside Earth’s atmosphere? How will the PTB control us once we are out there? It ain’t happening until they’ve installed their asteroid killer; some of them have read TMIAHM, I’m sure.

                  • We are. We go on a huge circular tour every year.

                • > too cheap to meter

                  Reddy Kilowatt was a lying sonovabitch.

                  I live in an area where it’s not that unusual for the electric bill to be higher than the rent…

        • Me too. None of them were any good, and the fact that I always wrote even when I had no idea meant that there were some strange tangents, but a couple of the characters I wrote then might be worth salvaging.

        • Looks like taking notes, so they can’t catch you!

        • SheSellsSeashells

          Me too. One of them may yet merit a massive filing of serial numbers, the others…nope, never, I disavow all knowledge of their existence.

      • I knew [the textbook] better than the teacher did.

        Teachers are not paid to know the textbook, they are paid to present the material in a manner in accordance with prescribed pedagogy and academic goals.

        https://makeagif.com/i/hzx70U
        Remember: the purpose of school is not to educate you, it is to make you a biddable subject. Show up when you’re told to, do what you’re told to no matter how meaningless, inane or unproductive it may seem. Learn to be a good employee for the factories of yesteryear.

        • Okay, you never really know whether a gif will work until its posted.


          Damn Wp.

        • In many school systems the teacher is so limited by “procedure” they could easily be replaced with a film projector and a minimum-wage classroom minder.

          When they’re only allowed to parrot the teacher guide word for word, and all tests are standard and go to a central location to be graded by someone else, what do we need people with degrees in “education” for?

          • “a minimum-wage classroom minder.”

            Except that only an idiot would expose themselves to the levels of violence documented as happening in public schools for the last 20 years for minimum wages.

          • what do we need people with degrees in ‘education’ for?

            Compliance with union rules?

            It sure as [Hades] ain’t enforcement of classroom deportment.

            Which is a big part f the underlying conflict between public and private/charter schools. Instructors in the latter are actually allowed to teach.

      • I read military history. And history. The teachers were puzzled but glad they could ignore me.

    • Had my books taken a few times, myself.

      Funny, for an institution that claimed to be concerned with imparting literacy, they spent a lot of effort trying to stamp it out when they found it.

      • Years ago I read a statement attributed to Stalin to the effect that the Soviet Union’s goal was to achieve universal literacy: all citizens should be able to read well enough to understand the Party’s Diktats, but not read anything else.

        That is achieved by conditioning people to find reading so much a chore that they only read what they absolutely must.

  16. “Why do certain local governments allow them to get away with behavior that is against local and possibly state law and yet crack down on their more conservative counterparts? Why does the media allow this inequity to go unchallenged?”

    For money.

    Something that needs to be done is to trace the money connection between Antifa and the Portland city council and mayor. Once that connection is laid bare, as it was with the Southern Policy Law Center, media and Antifa, all the roaches will run for the wainscotting.

  17. It means standing up to the loud voices of the vocal few …

    It is surprising how many those few seem, and how few realize how few they are. Amongst the hardest tasks set for us is to not fall into step with the rhythms of our times and instead march to a different drum.

    One thing that helps is to eschew accepting on face value others’ estimations of themselves. As pointed out in a new book, Cracks in the Ivory Tower, public choice analysis of our higher-ed system reveals (among other things) that:

    From a business ethics standpoint, the average university makes Enron look pretty good. Universities’ problems are deep and fundamental: Most academic marketing is semi-fraudulent, grading is largely nonsense, students don’t study or learn much, students cheat frequently, liberal arts education fails because it presumes a false theory of learning, professors and administrators waste students’ money and time in order to line their own pockets, everyone engages in self-righteous moral grandstanding to disguise their selfish cronyism, and so on.

    from a review at the Martin Center today. Academic excellence today consists of little more than BS and rhetorical smokescreens — the sort of thing Dr. Sowell has spent decades teaching us to see through.

    • Well, dang! That second blockquote was supposed to be a /blockquote, thusly:

      From a business ethics standpoint, the average university makes Enron look pretty good. Universities’ problems are deep and fundamental: Most academic marketing is semi-fraudulent, grading is largely nonsense, students don’t study or learn much, students cheat frequently, liberal arts education fails because it presumes a false theory of learning, professors and administrators waste students’ money and time in order to line their own pockets, everyone engages in self-righteous moral grandstanding to disguise their selfish cronyism, and so on.

      from a review at the Martin Center today. Academic excellence today consists of little more than BS and rhetorical smokescreens — the sort of thing Dr. Sowell has spent decades teaching us to see through.

  18. Are they pushing us toward a second American civil war? The answer is yes. What is uncertain is how far things will go. Will it turn into a shooting war or will it be one determined at the polls and in the courts?

    This only goes to war if we let it. When pushed you always have two choices: push back or yield ground. If you yield ground you will eventually either have to push back — against an opponent who has learned that pushing you around works, eventually, and will thus push harder — or continue yielding until you’ve no ground left to stand. You’ll be in the Death Camps, or the Gulag, or (best case scenario) on The Rez.

    The time t push back is always now, and learn to know that nobody is your moral superior, that on the day you meet your Maker it is you who will have to account for your failings. “I tried to get along” is going to earn you the eternal reward it should, a little temporary inconvenience is the price to be paid in order to be able to claim, “I tried to do what was right.”

    If ever you’re to stand your ground the time to do it is when it can be done with reason, arguments, logic and facts; don’t wait for it to require guns because you’ll find fewer allies joining you on that day.

    • > push back

      Yes? Tell me more.

      • For beginners, stop accepting their claims of moral virtue. Mockery is effective (just check the weekly Power Line cartoon array) and simply calling them on their BS.

        When they claim Norway/Sweden/Denmark is an example of “Successful Socialism” point out that their economies are less regulated than our own, that they’ve eliminated estate taxes and their cultures are not nearly as “diverse” as ours.

        Point out the logical inconsistencies of their arguments, the factual errors, the inherent contradictions and the fact that they do not act consistently with their claims (e.g., AlGore’s huge housing footprint or Leonardo DeCaprio’s use of private jets to fly halfway around the world to attend conferences on Climate Change. As Glenn Reynolds says, “I’ll Believe Global Warming is a Crisis When the People Telling Me It’s a Crisis Start Acting Like It’s a Crisis.”)

  19. Donald Campbell

    One bright note from yesterday Instapundit:
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7217513/DC-Barbecue-Joint-Kicks-Patron-Harassing-Customer-MAGA-Hat.html
    What is amazing is this SF-street patty [my new synonym for bovine excrement] Helmstetter seems confused as to why the Manager threw him out.

    • Something similar happened with the college student who was caught on video (by her victim) being arrested by a police officer for stealing a pro-life sign.

  20. Politicians use scandal as a springboard for their future plans instead of actually taking responsibility for their actions and withdrawing. While I don’t advocate that they kill themselves, think about how much better our political scene would be without these SOBs and the media spin that keeps trying to “rehabilitate” them.

    I would say that the path John Profumo took after his affair is a pretty good one to take:

    Step 1: Confess
    Step 2: Resign
    Step 3: Call up a local charity and see about volunteer opportunities
    Step 4: Spend the rest of your life staying out of politics and generally avoiding the spotlight.

    It’s not that redemption is impossible, it’s that doing the talk show circuit seems to imply you aren’t really sorry, you’re just acting like you are so that you can get back what you had.

  21. Delighted you enjoy Sowell food, Amanda.

    His writing about ‘—gasp—economics’ wasn’t a problem for me, I’d started with Friedman’s Free To Choose accepting and initially reading with the view that for a carpenter with only an hammer, every problem’s a nail, only to find, in my opinion, you can define and delimit the world, quite adequately in terms of economics.

    Consider each and every interaction is an exchange, be it monetary, intellectual or emotional, hence an economist, such as Friedman, Sowell or Walter Williams, due to their chosen discipline, tend to be highly qualified to study, discuss and explain the world we all live in as a whole.

  22. Thomas Sowell is the prophet who reminds us of what we’ve chosen to forget. I give thanks whenever I think of him.

  23. It’s often forgotten, but John McCain was one of the senators involved in the Keating Five scandal back in the ’80s. Imagine if corruption like that had still meant that politicians would leave office? Can you imagine the difference having someone else who wasn’t a “maverick” in his seat might have made?

    Sadly, he didn’t.

    On another note, the comment about ambulances and “protests” reminded me of something else I read recently. As I’m sure all of you are aware, Hong Kong is currently in the middle of some protracted (and increasingly agitated) protests over a proposed extradition law. It’s been noted, however, that the protestors always clear paths in the road whenever an emergency vehicle needs to pass through. Unlike Antifa, the protestors in Hong Kong truly do represent the local citizenry. And they’re not threatened by the idea of an ambulance “challenging” their authority to block the streets.

    • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard

      And the Hong Kong protesters are protesting against a real tyranny (China) not against a “phony tyranny”.

      • About that …

        Hong Kong protests have sparked a new level of Chinese paranoia
        Up to 2 million people have taken to the streets of Hong Kong to protest in recent weeks.

        The immediate trigger was an “extradition agreement” that China had demanded the city’s usually complaisant Legislative Council to pass. The agreement would put every Hong Konger who got on the wrong side of the Beijing authorities at risk of being hustled across the border where they would be at the mercy of China’s notoriously corrupt criminal justice system.

        But the real causes of the unrest go much deeper.

        China has been stealthily encroaching on the freedoms enjoyed by Hong Kongers since seizing control of the former British crown colony in 1997. Beijing began pre-selecting candidates for “Chief Executive” in 2014, a move that led to the Umbrella Revolution of that year.

        More recently, Chinese public-security agents have been arresting — even kidnapping — Hong Kongers who criticize Beijing. Publishers have disappeared on trips to China in retaliation for releasing books critical of the Communist leadership. And in January, a Chinese-Canadian billionaire was abducted from Hong Kong by Chinese agents.

        The people of Hong Kong were understandably alarmed by Beijing’s heavy-handed actions.

        In fact, it was public anger at these abductions that led directly to China’s push for a formal extradition agreement — a clumsy attempt by the Beijing authorities to paper over their lawless actions with the fig leaf of a formal agreement.

        [SNIP]

        … And now Beijing is taking no chances. Right across the border in Shenzhen it has set up an emergency command post, prepared to intervene if the Hong Kong police cannot control the situation.

        RTWT

        • It should be noted… that’s “up to 2 million…” out of about 7.5 million.

          That’s why China’s so worried.

        • > paranoia

          Well, look at Meng Hongwei, chief of Interpol. The Chinese vanished him, then months later announced he’d been accused of various improprieties and had been stripped of Party membership and convicted of this and that.

          Yet in the meantime… crickets. Which shows you exactly how effective Interpol is, when they couldn’t even find out if their own chief was still alive.

    • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard

      Oh, IIRC McCain wasn’t involved in the corruption. His sin (in that case) was to trust the Democrats who were corrupt.

      • Yep — and he spent the rest of his time in office trying to “atone” in all the wrong ways. The lesson he did NOT learn was that he could not trust his Liberal colleagues.

  24. “Not all those teachers would let me read when I finished the assignment. I had to sit there and “act like a lady”. SNORT!”

    I was lucky, I guess. All of my instructors let me read when done with whatever assignment. I did get in trouble in a couple of classes for doing the assignment while the instructor was still talking, “teaching” though.