Another Turn of the Wheel

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Don’t put your trust in revolutions. They always come around again.

Today I was talking to Bill Reader, who is a little more discouraged than normal about the stifling climate of academia.  Mostly because, if what I hear of reports from the “inside” academia, like the arts, like writing, like news, like… well, the democrats, and all other places colonized by leftists, has gone farking insane. I mean, if you think that the NYU (?) study declaring that milking cows was sexual abuse is bad, you might not follow the giant pile of manure that is academia in our day and age.

Anyone rational would be fed up with it. And I’m sure a lot of people are.  I’m sure a lot of other mild-mannered lecturers in the liberal arts keep their mouth shut, and nod or pretend to nod, because (their) baby needs shoes, and they can’t afford to do a grand gesture of honor and leave their family starving.

And I pointed out something that came up in one of my private groups on facebook: the peak of leftist crazy has already passed. The wheel is already turning the other way.

You can tell this in several ways.  The first one was given to me by an older friend — who might now be gone, but we lost touch several list-groups ago — who told me in 2004 that the left was losing. They always get louder and crazier when they’re losing.

As a show of the fact they’re losing — not the election. They might pull that from the a…ir by virtue of extreme vote fraud. Which they work to facilitate ANYTIME they get any kind of power — I refer you to the fact that they’ve never been this completely insane.  But wait, there’s more.

The more is that they are pulling out the most bizarre and unlikely slurs. Look, the Russia thing didn’t have any legs. For one accusing the right of Russian collusion was the ultimate act of projection, after Obama’s “more flexible” comment. But beyond that: there.was.nothing.there.

Only the left doesn’t know how to back down anymore. Everything is a fight to the knife, and everything must be pushed to absurdity.  Take the nonsense around Kavanaugh.  They might have accused him of being skivvy around women and got along with it, but no. They had to go for rape, and the chick had to pretend to be so traumatized that she couldn’t fly (while having a vacation house in Hawaii) and then they had to accuse him of having a rape ring. And then…

In the same way they could get away with saying that Trump was crude in speech and manner towards women, and even emphasize the morals of work in the seventies were different from now, and leave him tarnished and walking wounded. But they had to go for the pee dossier and claim he really did grab them by the p*ssy and REEEEEE to 11.

Which pushes it past any pretense of being reasonable or believable.

#metoo could have flown if they’d made it a few, judicious cases, but their people have no discipline — and I’m not talking about the kids in schools and work. I’m talking about cases that get press — and when the press decides to run with George H. W. Bush molesting a nurse, in a description that anyone who has cared for an aged relative recognizes, empathizes with and realizes the man has no more control than does a toddler and only a fool considers that abuse, it’s insane and the movement is already burning itself.

This “and the kitchen sink” behavior is not the behavior of a movement that has any answers or any self confidence.

And as for the clown car of Democrat candidates… who the hell thinks it’s a good idea to pile on with “Health care for illegals, because health care is a human right and they’re huamns?”  So is the rest of the world, but we assuredly can’t pay for it.  They are laying bare the idea that proclaiming something a human right that requires the labor of others is insane and a form of reinventing slavery. (The Dems? Slavery? Who’d have thunk it!)

Other things they keep signaling are how much they hate America and all of us. “Vote for us, peasant. We hate you” could only be a platform that appeals to an aristocratic class that has climbed so far up its own behind it’s forgotten what history looks like.

What history looks like, once aristocrats, or self proclaimed aristocrats get so out of touch is “Aristo, aristo, a la lanterne” and ça ira.  I recommend to the usual leftists reading this blog for things to offend them that they study the French revolution and realize once and for all that they are not the revolutionaries. They are the stodgy, entrenched aristocrats who have all the power. They got there via selecting for the kind of cant that at this point no sane person can believe. And so they’ve achieved in 4 generations what would take a monarchy centuries of inbreeding to achieve: either total lack of ability to think, or total refusal to.

Which brings us to… they survive because they really like power, and because they are protected by being on top.

Look, the institutions they control at this point are the profoundly conservative ones: news (prestige news) reporting, academia (the older and more established, the more leftist) the good old families, the people with money and power.  In fact, now becoming “woke” is the equivalent of joining a country club for parvenus to fit in, which is why people like Bezos and Gates trip over themselves to pay homage.

But the thing is, in every time and in every place by the time an elite controls all of that, the revolution is under way. If not a physical revolution with head chopping, a tech revolution, a new way of doing things that dethrones them.

The left is blind to that because it’s part of their credo to believe themselves eternal underdogs and revolutionaries. Writing that into our entertainment and news ONLY requires them to pretend they’re living somewhere circa 1950.  And not even the 1950s that were, but something from their own heads.  Which means…

They’re out of touch. Even those of them who can reason and think can’t do it without realizing the foundational lie of their ideology: that they’re in power while pretending to fight power.

Now they’re desperately trying to redact history to make themselves eternal victims. That never works well.

And meanwhile the real functions they hold are moving on, however shambling and imperfect. They have to move on, because the corrupt institutions can no longer perform. And a lot of these functions are needed (arguably even storytelling.)

More and more, the left holds a shell of power, while the real power moves on.

That’s the good news. When they seem most entrenched, theyre already falling apart.

The bad news is that they won’t go without a fight. And the fight is going to get bad. Both in overreach, because they are doing that, and not just with accusations. Consider proposals to make KG or preschool mandatory. It’s crazy overreach, an attempt at indoctrinating the kids who are somehow still evading them after 12 years.  Or consider California’s bizarre plan to make race studies (their way) mandatory.  Or– It’s all around. It’s all insane. And yet, they will continue doing it.

And then there is the fact they have an iron grip on vote manufacture, which means disinfecting our government might take … well… a revolution.

They’ve already lost where it counts. They’ve already lost the real culture and the “way things will be done in the future.”

What they still have, though, is the ability to make the next fifteen to 20 years very unpleasant, and, possibly, to ensure that what comes next is much, much harsher and more punitive than it would otherwise be.

Keep your hearts on high.  And if you’re a praying sort, pray.  Because the waters are going to get very choppy.

But given half a chance, we’ll turn this yet, and come out on the other side as America. Home of the brave and the land of the free.

 

297 responses to “Another Turn of the Wheel

  1. An early one.
    Mom and Dad take a little comfort in figuring they’ll be dead when it gets to the worst. That their kids, grandkids,and great-grandkids will have to deal with it, (and in a couple of cases, be on the wrong side) not so happy making.

  2. Larry Tyner, Sr

    I am also fed up 79 year old but gleaned a ray of hope from your essay. Well done oh wise one.

  3. There is a large body of credulous people who are victimized by both parties, other organizations like unions, religions, internet fraudsters and even their own families. Some of them are hard to the left side of the bell curve and simply don’t have the processing power to be discriminating. (Remember when that could be a positive attribute?)
    Others have to ability to think but were never trained to do so. If their parents didn’t do their job and left it up to others it didn’t happen. Institutions like public schools certainly find no benefit in training the little monsters to question everything – they will apply it to their lessons and find out most of it is crap.
    Online recently I saw a comment that illustrates how readily they will accept a nonsense idea as truth.
    A man posted that if Trump wins the next election none of his European friends should visit the US because it won’t be SAFE.
    Now really – does he imagine when Trump is sworn in a second time all the laws – which Trump doesn’t write – will suddenly change. And all the police will suddenly shift mental gears and start beating and shooting Europeans in the streets? How will they even tell they are Europeans? Check for lack of deodorant? I can assure you they will find a lot of false positives among Americans for any test…
    But this person really believed that. Some damn fool told him that, and it probably wasn’t a mistake. They formulate all these bizarre assertions to keep the mob roiled up.
    I am past wanting to try to reason with the credulous.

    • Others have to ability to think but were never trained to do so.

      “The problem isn’t that Johnny can’t read. It’s not even that Johnny can’t think. It’s that he doesn’t know what thinking is and confuses it with feeling.” Thomas Sowell (if not exact, a fairly close paraphrase from memory).

      • I think Sowell was right at one time but is no longer. It is not that they think feeling is thinking, they know they difference. They view feeling as superior to thinking. Thinking, logic and facts are tainted by the imposition of “patriarchal” and “European” ideas. When you can’t convince people that engineering must be based on mathematics and provable testable ideas things have gone off the deep end. Woe betide anyone that builds a bridge, building or aircraft ignoring the laws of nature. For Mother Nature is a b*tch and really doesn’t give a rat’s patootie how you feel.

        • This is closer to the current reality, based on my observation. The Left is back to the “noble savage” ideal where emotion is more authentic and truthful than facts and reasoning are. Thus, the idea that the more emotional party is always correct, because they are more emotional. (Which also fits into the honor/shame cultures [more noble savages] where meeting society’s ideas of virtue in public is more important than good conduct in private.)

          • The left is full on with the virtue signalling is more important than virtue.

            Their greatest success has been in making sure the personal is the political, although it is more accurately stated the other way.

          • OT: What kind of kitten is in your avatar? It looks like an Ocicat or Bengal.

            • American Exotic Shorthair. His name is Dragon.

              • I figured that would be Athena, as she’s the one you keep mentioning.

                • She’s a calico. And is glowering at me as we speak, because her dish is *lowers voice* EMPTY. (Which it was not, oh, five minutes ago.) And so she is going to starve to death, loudly, right this very instant.

                  • Shame. Shame. Did you not fill it up when is was almost 1/2 empty? Bad kitty parent.

                    Right now I’m watching our 5 year old cat play tag with the dog. He (cat) started it. In about 5 minutes his tail is going to be lashing to tattle on her (dog) that she caught him.

                    • Our cats are always telling me I don’t feed them enough. I say, “If you’re so damn hungry, why haven’t you finished what I gave you last?”

                      “It’s icky!”

                      “It’s still moist, and anyway I don’t want any furry beach-balls in the house.”

                      *kitty muttering*

                    • tregonsee314

                      Cats playing tag with dogs reminds my of my youth. I had a white manx who was VERY athletic. And a large red Chow Chow who was relaxed//lethargic. The cat would run up behind the Chow, jump OVER him and rotate such that when he landed he was facing the dog. He’d then bop it on the nose and run between its legs. Over time the Chow got tired of this and when he heard the patter of cat feet charging he’d speed up. At least once this left the cat sprawled on the neck of the dog in its large mane like ruff.

                    • Yes. When we got married I had a 3 year old German Shepard. She was a great mom to the kittens that came into the house. Some we actually bottle raised. We’ve got pictures of kittens attacking her. That tail that had to be caught. That tongue that had to be caught, if no other reason they were trying to stop her from bathing them. I mean kittens so tiny that they were barely bigger than her feet. Those same cats loved it when in-laws husky type dogs came for an extended visit (as in dog sitting for weeks). Husky’s didn’t play so much as provide fluffy beds. Yes. They all slept on the GSD too, but she was almost too small for 4 cats to arrange themselves on. The husky’s provided two at the same time (we couldn’t have the female husky in the same room as my GSD).

                      Current pup was 1/2 the size of two of our cats, when we brought her home at 6 weeks (4#s). (3rd one weighted more, only because she’s an adult, but she is just a small cat.) Now pup is bigger, but, even over weight (19#), she doesn’t weigh much more. I get pup to the weight she is suppose to be, she’d not only weigh less, but isn’t any bigger, and maybe smaller, than some of the bigger cats we’ve had over the years. We’ve had a couple of really big, (long bodies, legs, tails, and very lean) cats for all that they weren’t members of the bigger domestic breeds. Both the two current “larger” cats are standard domestic cat size.

          • The enlightenment vs. romanticism cycle. Yay.

            • tregonsee314

              Not enlightenment or romance. Post modern. These people have been taught there is NO absolute truth, only your truth and my truth etc. They seem to believe this even in cases where there are clearly absolute truths like much of mathematics. Admittedly there are some weird things going at the quantum level. But at the macro level of physics there are absolute truths. If I drop 10 kilos from above your head it will accelerate at 9.8 m/s^2 and if you do not move the force applied to your skull can be calculated. Whether it will kill you may vary. With these liberals it likely wouldn’t as their brain is their least vulnerable spot due to its miniscule size and relative importance.

          • This. And it scares the beejeezuz out of me.

        • “A mystic is a man who treats his feelings as tools of cognition.” – Ayn Rand, The Virtue of Selfishness

          • I disagree here. A true mystic is somebody who deals in Truth more than the Lefties could stand. I’ve run into one or two, and they are the LAST people to deny the truths of the physical world. They just think that there are spiritual truths also.

            The Lefties, and the people Rand was talking about (if there’s any difference) mangle the mystic’s truth at least as badly as they mangle any other sort. Which is why the Left’s idea of, for example, Buddhism always comes out about as realistic as the show KUNG FU.

            • And I recognize that Rand didn’t always (often?) use English like a native speaker would. Her definitions tend to be rather literal-minded, but I think that’s why I like her.
              TBH I thought there was a section from the Fountainhead, with Peter, or maybe from Atlas Shrugged with James Taggart, that was closer to what I was looking for, but it also would have been significantly longer and amounted to the same idea.

        • anyone that builds a[n] … aircraft ignoring the laws of nature
          Or ignoring the facts (e.g., limitations) of software.

          • The book isn’t accessible right now, but Back to the Drawing Board by Bill Gunston has myriad examples of aircraft misdesigned that way, though the examples predate computer aided screwups.

            For non-aerospace, To Engineer is Human (Petrov?) covers some flagrant examples. The FIU bridge collapse looks like it might be an example of a computer aided disaster. The structural engineers on eng-tips think somebody used a canned design and completely missed some criteria. Like the fact that concrete needs adequate steel reinforcement, and that if reality doesn’t match your models, maybe you should take reasonable precautions. Trying a half-assed fix while innocents are under the bridge. Arggh–brings out the Viking berserker.

            • Wikipedia says Formula SAE started in 1980, but I’d never heard of it until the mid ’90s, when college students started popping up in engineering newsgroups and mailing lists with variants of “where can I download a program to design a race car?” For *years*. Probably still do…

              Some of them claimed to be second or third year engineering students, and they were *certain* there was software out there that would design a racing car to their needs, and we old-timers were just holding it back out of sheer spite.

              It wasn’t the cluelessness so much as that even with all the information in front of them (rules and textbooks), they didn’t know what they were supposed to be doing with it.

              “…in order to understand the solution you must first understand the problem.”
              – Borland Pascal 6.0 User’s Guide, page 93

              I always had the idea that Jeff Duntemann wrote that particular line…

              So, yeah, now we have the second or third generation of engineers who had been taught software is a magic box; you throw numbers in one end, crank the handle, and teacher-accepted numbers come out the other end. Meanwhile, what goes on inside the box isn’t so much a mystery as unquestioned. “It’s how you’re supposed to solve this kind of problem; what are you wittering on about?”

              • I had to get engineering approval for the ground mount solar system. The hardware vendor has a nifty tool to do a preliminary design, and the PE used it as a baseline.

                However, the PE decided that a) the 5′ deep piers weren’t deep enough for the pumice/clay (heavy on the pumice) soil, and b) the precanned design didn’t have anything to lock the bottom of the tubes into the concrete.

                The system has gone through some 60 mph winds already this year. (It’s designed for 105mph–unlike everything else on the property.) The engineering signoff cost me a few hundred dollars and maybe a thousand in higher costs for concrete and tubing. On a $17K project, it was well worth it.

                I’m glad there are some old-school engineers doing things.

                • The difference between a PE and a regular engineer is that the Professional Engineer license makes them *personally* liable for their mistakes should things come to court.

        • “The laws of physics are implacable lie detectors. You may fool men. You will never fool metal”.

    • Historian Friedrich Meinecke cited a friend’s observations about the Nazi era in Germany:

      “It often happens nowdays…that young technicians, engineers, and so forth, who have enjoyed an excellent university training as specialists, will completely devote themselves to their calling for ten or fifteen years and without looking either to the right or to the left will try only to be first-rate specialists. But then, in their middle or late thirties, something they have never felt before awakens in them, something that was never really brought to their attention in their education–something that we would call a suppressed metaphysical desire. Then they rashly seize upon any sort of ideas and activities, anything that is fashionable at the moment and seems to them important for the welfare of individuals–whether it be anti-alcoholism, agricultural reform, eugenics, or the occult sciences. The former first-rate specialist changes into a kind of prophet, into an enthusiast, perhaps even into a fanatic and monomaniac. Thus arises the type of man who wants to reform the world.”

      I think there is a lot of this in America today. I know people who have never previously had any interest in politics or political philosophy and who have in the last few years become pretty fanatical.

    • It’s because we no longer teach students how our system of government functions. Take Roe v. Wade. The maroons are convinced that Evil Orange Man or his Supreme Court picks can, one day clear out of the blue, up and declare abortion to be Double-Plus Secret Illegal. And you and I have to restrain ourselves from grabbing their shoulders and shaking them like a ragdoll while screeching “NO! THAT’S NOT HOW IT WORKS! THAT’S NOT HOW ANY OF THIS WORKS!!!!”

      • They live in an arbitrary, top-down social structure, rigidly stratified, that demands total obedience with no deviance or recourse.

        That *IS* how it works… in their world. That it might not work that way everywhere simply doesn’t occur to them.

        • Leftism is a religion: their god is collective man-the most powerful version of collective man is national level government-so that is their supreme god. They dream of an even more powerful collective man, which is a world government. They also dream of making AI gods. This is part of their eschatology. Their shrines and temples are the public school system. Their eschaton is the ushering in of a superman elite. They have every part of a religious worldview: gods; hierarchy; morality; judgment; and eschaton. They have seen tangible results from petitioning their gods and tangible progess to their eschaton. This is why they are increasingly fanatic: they think their eschaton is close and nothing can be allowed to delay, much less stop it.

      • Even if the Supreme Court reversed RvW, that merely kicks it down to the states to decide. Sure, abortion might be totally illegal in Kansas; but it might be encouraged and state-funded in California. And it’s not legal for a state to punish someone for going to another state for a “service” if said service is legal in the other state, even if it’s not legal in the first.

        • The ‘Pro Choice’ fanatics are going to cause abortion to be broadly illegal almost everywhere in my lifetime (and I’m 57). They STILL haven’t absorbed that protecting Kermit Gosnell’s little abattoir was a HUGE blunder. Which makes me wonder how many other Gosnells are out there.

          They don’t get that legalizing just-post-birth infanticide will drive people who once sided with them away.

          They don’t see that opposing Parental Notification is political poison. Mark me well; within ten years we will see a case where a minor was smuggled across state lines to avoid such laws, and died in consequence…and the Pro Choice activists will actually be surprised at the backlash.

          *snort*

          I think abortion should be legal, but I also think this kind of stupidity will inevitably have a high cost…and I’m in favor of THAT too.

          • They don’t get that legalizing just-post-birth infanticide will drive people who once sided with them away.

            It is almost as if their greatest concern is demonstrating their higher purer moral status and damn all who fail to follow.

            Good grief, what’s next? Planned (un)Parenthood refusing to accept government money because it only can be used for women’s health care and can’t be used to underwrite abortion?

            On the matter of the legality/illegality of abortion, my view of it is similar to my stance on murder: no matter how many laws are enacted to bar it, people are going to do it anyway. That doesn’t mean we should condone it, but the true battle over it is not in the courts.

            • Speaking of Planned (un)Parenthood, this brief schadenfreudy news item turned up today:

              Planned Parenthood Whistleblower Awarded $3 Million for Wrongful Termination

              A former Planned Parenthood employee has received $3 million in damages after a jury in Maricopa County, Ariz., determined she had been wrongfully terminated for telling supervisors about unsafe medical practices.

              Mayra Rodriguez sued Planned Parenthood Arizona in 2017 just after being fired, which occurred after she had been employed in several of the affiliate’s clinics across the state for well over a decade. At the time that she was fired, she was serving in an administrative role in Planned Parenthood locations in both Glendale, Ariz., and Phoenix.

              In her lawsuit, Rodriguez says she was fired after being accused of having narcotics inside her desk, a false allegation that came just on the heels of her complaints about the practices of doctors working inside Planned Parenthood’s Arizona clinics — including the unusually high complication rates for women who obtained abortions from one doctor in particular, who had also been the subject of complaints from five medical assistants.

              According to her lawsuit, she made the complaints because she “was concerned about the substantial health, welfare, and safety risks to these patients, as well as the substantial risk to the health, safety, and welfare of the inevitable future of [Planned Parenthood Arizona] patients.”

              In response, Rodriguez was informed that Planned Parenthood Arizona’s upper management in the state was aware of issues with that specific doctor and that the problem would be addressed. The Arizona affiliate has since stated that the doctor still works for its clinics in the state.

              In addition, Rodriguez informed a supervisor prior to her termination that, in violation of Arizona state law, a clinic manager had failed to report that a minor with an adult partner sought an abortion at the clinic. She said her supervisor never responded to that report.

              [END EXCERPT]

              See now, most large corporations in America, caught violating safety regulations and laws would act quickly to correct those violations lest they be reported in the news and besmirch the corporation’s reputation, not to mention the legal liabilities that accrue when it can be shown a company was aware of such issues but did nothing to address them.

              • Be fair; the historic behavior of Corporations goes both ways. But Corporations that ‘killed the messenger’ the way Panned Parenthood apparently has would be in deep, serious, gritty trouble…and I suspect that Planner Parenthood isn’t. Or, at least, that they really don’t expect to be. They’ve been a sacred cow, and gotten used to it.

          • Makes me wonder just how many minors have abortions to cover up statutory rapes. And I know that statistically, there have to some.

          • TheOtherSean

            Legalizing post-birth abortion should be impossible, sans a repeal of the section 1 of the 14th amendment, as having been born the child is now a citizen of the United States, and no state may “deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.” Though they may try to get around that with a judicial rubber-stamping, like they’re doing with red flag laws.

            • That’s already dead, it’s “any person,” not “any citizen.”

              All you do is redefine the target as not a person. They already did it once.

              • TheOtherSean

                By the same logic, can we define those born to illegal immigrants as not persons, and deport them rather than allowing them to serve as anchor babies? (Actually, contemporary debates suggest children born of non-naturalized foreign-born shouldn’t be considered citizens, but that’s another matter.)

                • Deportation isn’t the same as being negatively affected by a “medical procedure.”

                  I’m totally on board with children born of those actively violating immigration laws not being citizens, but it’ll take a while for that to hit the courts.

    • ” . . . unions . . .”

      At a union-sponsored cookout, I expressed some guarded approval of a voter ID law. I was immediately piled on by comments all boiling down to ‘How could you support a voter suppression measure?’ When I replied that I would be against any voter suppression initiative but that the legislation in question was a ballot security project, I was greeted by blank stares.

      Of course this same union leadership was all in favor of so-called Card Check legislation, which kinda short-circuits the whole voting process. Seems they’re all in favor of democracy, except for when they’re not.

      Also, this ‘International’ union’s leadership were all for organizing undocumented immigrants/illegal aliens foreign invaders. When I stated that I was all for trying to organize, say, Mexicans workers *in Mexico*, with all the attendant benefits that would provide all ’round, I was again given the wall-eyed glare. Seems union organizing in (some) third-world $#!+-holes ‘Developing Nations’ is dangerous.

      • By their logic they should support anyone walking in off the street, working in their union shops, participating in their union meetings, voting in their union elections, without paying dues, and without having to show they’re members of the union.

        Right?

      • So will unions open the balloting on unionization votes to people who don’t work for the company that’s addressing the question? We could start with the management and the customers, I suppose.

        • Hell, the Unions aren’t even in favor of secret ballots for unionization…because they want to be able to intimidate the voters. And they resist efforts to scrutinize the vote when they ‘win’.

          Somebody remind me, what exactly is the difference between a modern Union and a criminal conspiracy to defraud the public?

          • Somebody remind me, what exactly is the difference between a modern Union and a criminal conspiracy to defraud the public?

            Oh, that one is simple: a criminal conspiracy to defraud the public is covert. Among other restrictions, they are not allowed to make donations to political campaigns nor openly provide ground troops to get out the vote.

            You might get a call from the Teamsters or Teachers union, asking you to vote for a slate of candidates, but you’ll never answer a knock on your door to be asked, “Greetink, citizen. My name Igor Antonov and I am foot soldier for Russian Mafia, here to encourage you to vote Ivan Krasnov for Distrikt Attorney.”

    • A man posted that if Trump wins the next election none of his European friends should visit the US because it won’t be SAFE.
      Now really – does he imagine when Trump is sworn in a second time all the laws – which Trump doesn’t write – will suddenly change.

      Maybe not for the same reasons I’m sure, but I can’t say this guy is definitely wrong.

      If Trump wins a second term, I’m sure the “resistance” will double down on their doubling down on their…. well you get the picture. We already have Antifa attacking anyone they think isn’t Leftist enough, and various pot-shots taken at ICE and Cops (among with other things).

      None of this is sure, of course. The Left MIGHT not lose their ever-loving minds if Trump is re-elected. Yea… It could happen. (no, I wasn’t able to type that with a straight face, why do you ask?)

      • The Left MIGHT not lose their ever-loving minds if Trump is re-elected.

        Betting against the Left MIGHT not losing their ever-loving minds is like betting against Black on the roulette wheel. You can do it but it is not a good long term strategy.

      • Thing is, even if that happens, outside of places like Portland that nonsense is going to end quickly.
        And what is there to see in Portland?

    • Institutions like public schools certainly find no benefit in training the little monsters to question everything – they will apply it to their lessons and find out most of it is crap.

      We seeing this with my younger nephew, who is too creative to be good at public school.

      • Homeschool. Makes a big difference.

        • I’m working them…and they are kinda working on themselves.

        • Which is probably why they keep trying to get their nails in.

          Mildly funny thing, T. Cruz pushed for school vouchers for homeschoolers– and got pressure back FROM the Home School Legal Defense Association. (of which I am a member)

          Because if they give you money, they get to say how you can spend it.

          Yeah, getting that $1500 a year we spend on schools back would be awesome. But not at the cost of having to be a public school.

          Our state has required subjects, but NOTHING about what you must teach.

          I’m going to sign up for the public school testing, just to find out what it says.

          • That was one of the places where I disagreed with HSLDA.
            (Though I understood their position.)

            • Yeah, I can argue both ways on it myself. It would be REALLY NICE to be able to pay for the stuff I don’t already have a lifetime membership in…..

      • Public school is child abuse.

    • I wouldn’t mind some Euros getting beaten in the streets. Those jackasses who work in Turtle Bay, for example…

  4. Don’t put your trust in revolutions. They always come around again.

    First line in your post and it reminded me of Tommy Lee Jones’ bit in “Under Siege”. (When told “The movement is dead.”) “Yes, of course! Hence the name: movement. It moves a certain distance, then it stops, you see? A revolution gets its name by always coming back around in your face.”

    Now to go read the rest of your post.

    • TLJ was probably the only thing that made that particular drek-fest of a film watchable.

      • And it’s the only TLJ film I can recall that he was the bad guy and acted the total loon.

        • Professor Badness

          Nope. He did it in “Blown Away” as well.

          • Had to look it up. Now I ca see why I never saw it in the first place.

            • Professor Badness

              I didn’t say it was a particularly good movie.
              You just said “TLJ” and “total loon”. That’s what came to mind.

              • re: “TLJ” and “total loon”

                My own theory of Under Siege is that they told TLJ, “Tommy, we’re making this movie with you alongside Steve Seagal and Gary Busey – you’re going to have to act for three.”

                I do think Colm Meaney gave a nicely measured performance.

        • Feather Blade

          What, no love for Batman and Robin?

          He played Two-Face, IIRC.

      • Nonsense. At that point in his career, Seagal was being given halfway decent scripts and good supporting casts. No, the results weren’t transcending the ‘summer action flick’ category, but they weren’t the dregs, either.

        If you think UNDER SEIGE is a drek-fest, I take it you’ve never seen (to pick a random example) KING OF THE KICKBOXERS.

        I’m a sucker for punch-em-ups. I STILL watch Seagal films…at least once. And as bad as they have gotten, they aren’t bottom-of-the-barrel. Bottom of the barrel is filmed-in-the-Philippines with resolution so grainy and lighting so bad it’s what you would expect a found-footage film to be like, instead of carefully lighted and high resolution shakey-cam it mostly is.

        Why do I watch this stuff? Well, for one thing, if I didn’t I would never have gotten to see ‘Bolo’ Yeung get to be a good-guy. It was charming.

        • Yeah, this. While working in the Marshall Islands, one of the highlights was the monthly (or so) Bad Kung-Fu Movie Night. Whenever one of the not particularly exclusive group would transit through Honolulu, we’d make a point to go to a (or a few) Asian kiosks and pick up a videotape or two from the ‘dollar bin’ they inevitably had on hand. Then, upon return, we’d get together and roar at the antics. A lot of Master (of course) dead. Good Guy dead. Bad Guy dead. Good Guy’s girlfriend dead. Dogs, cats, birds, rats, all DEAD. Much better appreciated after imbibing liquid depressants.

        • Under Seige was good. Silly but good.

          And then you’d go looking for other Segal movies and your life became very sad.

          • Oh, I don’t know. His films have never quite gotten as bad as those of Billy Blanks.

            Ok, he can’t act. And he has an obsession with the kind of government conspiracy that MIGHT get by in Iran.

            *sigh*

            Ok. I can’t really think pf a good reason why I like his films, I just do.

            I like a lot of stupid films. Hell, I own a copy of THE ADVENTURES OF FORD FAIRLANE.

            • His early films were silly fun. I can still find things like “Hard to Kill” an entertaining popcorn movie (minus the popcorn anyway). Later ones, not so much. I think Under Siege may indeed mark the transition the “jump the shark” film (in the original meaning where the shark jump is the crowning moment of awesome after which it’s all downhill).

              • I maintain that Under Siege is hurt by having the stripper pop out of the cake and display her boobs — a scene simply blatantly gratuitous and exploitative. A far better way of doing it would have been to shoot it from behind her and convey the scene through his reaction.

                Of course, that would have required him being able to act …

                • Now, you see, given my age and…situation at the time I first saw it, that was the major selling point.

                • I thought the po-out-of-a-cake scene was a nice set up for the exchange of “Two things I won’t do…and the other is kill people!” and “Well that’s nice,…but it still leaves a lot of room.”

                  Which Seagal actually delivered pretty well.

            • Damn Seagal all you will, his films are still above those of von Damme.

              Although I will entertain all assertions of von Damme being so bad he is good.

              • I would posit that Van Damme, at least, has a healthy sense of humor and willingness to poke fun at his very, very bad movies. (I haven’t see his series on Amazon, but I have heard it’s chock full of him making fun of himself and his career, while also doing awesome stunts.)

                Although I have enjoyed the occasional Segal film–including Under Siege–I have never noted that he appears to have any sense of humor whatsoever.

                So. Given that, I’ll take a Van Damme film any day, because it’s guaranteed to be silly fun, whereas Segal is likely to be taking the drek far, far too seriously. 😀

                • Some of Van Damme’s films are no worse than Chuck Norris’s. A few even have clever scripts and good casts (Inferno; seriously, give it a look). Hard Target was also pretty decent, though that had much more to do with the director than Van Damme.

              • Never!

              • So, did Van Damme play twins in two of his movies or in three? (Same guy in different dimensions who then fight each other counts as twins.)

            • I like a lot of stupid films. Hell, I own a copy of THE ADVENTURES OF FORD FAIRLANE.

              That movie was better than it had any right to be.

              As for owning stupid films.

              I own Zardoz.

              With director’s commentary.

              Which I’ve listened to.

              And I’ve watched the film enough it makes sense.

              • Ford Fairlane achieves a peculiar kind of perfection; it is PERFECTLY vulgar. You hear the line, “Talking to Zuzu was like masturbating with a cheese grater; slightly amusing, but mostly painful.”, and you say to yourself “I cannot believe he just said that, but on the other hand, how exactly right!”

                OTOH, there are films that are really nothing but dreadful failures. Everyone knows about ROBOT MONSTER or PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE, but have you heard of GAY PURR-EE? It’s animated by Chuck Jones, and features the voices of Judy Garland, Robert Goulet, Red Buttons, and Hermione Gingold. The music was written by somebody who is supposed to be a Name, too. There is simply no excuse for all these talented people no stopping themselves at some point and say “Look, this stinks on ice. Let’s give them 90 minutes of road accidents; it will go over better.”

                • “I cannot believe he just said that, but on the other hand, how exactly right!”
                  So, a lot like Trump’s tweets?

                  • I can’t say I’ve ever been nearly as bothered by Trump’s tweets as the Left and the Never Trumpers claim to be. A lot of what he says strikes me as the unfiltered reactions of a man with normal reactions. The Left aren’t accustomed to an opponent who just doesn’t give a flip how offended his opponents pretend to be.

                    Is he vulgar? Sure. Are we overdue for a President who doesn’t give a rat’s ass what the press thinks.

              • analytical-engine-mechanic

                Oh, My Dear Lord. “Zardoz.” Featuring (and prominently) Sean Connery. (There can’t *possibly* be another by the same name.)

                Saw it once at a Campus B Movie Night, a long time ago in a time now seeming very far away. Never forgot it, of course.

                But what my mind springs to, almost instantly, is the film’s recurring tagline, which I’m sure you know better than I, and which even (sorta?) makes sense in its future / SF / post Something Really Bad setting. But, *today*..!

                Now imagine a typical Poltiically Correct Socially Responsible, oh, college administrator, getting Sunday morning phone calls about students hearing that tagline at, say, 1:30 Saturday night.

                “The Gun is Good, Go Forth and Kill.” (No, really.)

                They’d probably wet their (hypothetical) pants. Maybe literally.

                • To get the full effect of the tagline though, you need the full quote:

                  “The gun is good. The penis is evil. The penis shoots seeds, and makes new life, and poisons the earth with a plague of men, as once it was. But the gun shoots death, and purifies the earth of the filth of brutals. Go forth and kill!”

                  I describe it to people who have never seen it as: “A giant floating stone head descends from the sky, curses the penis, praises the gun, and vomits out rifles. Then it gets weird.”

                  Two interesting points:

                  1. We are all brutals, given the nature of the utopia in Zardoz.

                  2. The whole quote could be spoken by most if not all of the climate panic crowd.

                  • Feather Blade

                    Oh… that description almost makes me want to see it.

                    • Shitcase Cinema’s review uses pretty much the same description when summarized the movie. I don’t know the guy behind it and had been using it for years before the review was posted.

                      In fact, I recommend watching some of the reviews, and the trailer, on YouTube as well as watching the movie.

                      In fact, I should have a Zardoz movie night soon.

                    • Amsel, Matthew

                      It’s an… interesting movie.

                      Yes, interesting. That’s the word…

          • THIS IS NOT A KITCHEN KNIFE

            (a friend used to say that about a little pakistani-made fighting knife i regularly used in the kitchen cause i could keep it wicked sharp… may he rest in peace)

    • I stole them from Practchet…

  5. > They’re out of touch. Even those of them who can reason and think can’t do it without realizing the foundational lie of their ideology:

    “I can’t quite put my finger on it… it seems like we’ve seen this movie before…”

  6. “They’re out of touch. Even those of them who can reason and think can’t do it without realizing the foundational lie of their ideology: that they’re in power while pretending to fight power.”

    There’s also the matter that the older among them were cheerleaders for some of the most murderous regimes in human history. And they simply cannot admit that, because their minds aren’t strong enough to deal with the totally deserved guilt.

    David Horowitz DID embrace the truth of what he had supported and confronted the guilt, but his kind of strength is freaking RARE.

    • Pohl was a CPUSA member, as were Wollheim and several of the founders of what became the “World Science Fiction Society.” Those two edited multiple SF magazines each, and were probably largely responsible for how far SF swung to the left after that.

      Poul Anderson was one of the ones who broke away; in one of his introductions, he said “I used to be a Communist, but then I grew up.”

      • Truly?
        Poul Anderson was a libertarian by the time he died. Ginny said Heinlein was close.

        • Yep. Next time I come across his comment I’ll forward the source to you.

        • Early in life, he was very much on the Left. He had a set of related future history stories, which Baen collected in three volumes, on the history of the Psychotechnic League and its successors. Wonderfully well written, in a history where the UN secret agents (and their followons) are the heroes of the stories. Most of the stories were written in the late 1940s-early 1950s (although there were a few added as late as the late 60s), as he was developing his voice — but they’re clearly already the stories of a master writer.

          As Anderson says in the afterward to volume 1:

          “Once I was a flaming liberal, a fact which is probably most obvious in ‘U-Man’. Nowadays, I consider the United Nations a dangerous farce….”

          and he continues,

          “Otherwise, my current political opinions are irrelevant here, because I no longer preach in my fiction. I simply tell stories. I like to think they are better stories, and better told, than formerly.”

          And, while he was right (he did get better later on in his career), these stories are brilliant, and well worth reading.

        • Christopher M. Chupik

          Well, for about 50 years before he died . . .

          • yes. But not 50? He wasn’t that old. Or do you mean Heinlein? Also not quite that. Reagan was the first republican he voted for, even if he and Ginny worked for Goldwater.

            • Being from Missouri it is unlikely Heinlein voted Republican until the Democrats were fully committed to national mediocrity, so four years of Carter and Pournelle’s lobbying …

              It seems unlikely he would have voted for Nixon, doesn’t it? Nor is it hard to imagine him voting against Eisenhower.

          • Christopher M. Chupik

            I think Anderson went Right by the late ’50s/early ’60s.

            • Sorry. I had no idea he was that old. My impression was he died young.

              • Poul was born in 1926, and sold his first story just after turning 21. And he was still writing when he died in 2001, just before the Worldcon. His widow, Karen, died about a year ago.

                I could go on forever about his great qualities, both as a writer, and as a person. But I’ll simply say that I’ve never met a nicer person, or as brilliant a writer. Read his work — you’ll be richly rewarded.

                • I’ve read his work. For some reason, translated into Portuguese he sounded like MY writing style at the time 😀
                  He was one of my early reads. For some reason I thought he was my dad’s age, though. (Born 1931).
                  I missed my chance to meet him. In 1998? I think he had a signing and talk in the Springs. I’d actually bought the book in question in hardcover and had just finished it. And the signing was maybe five miles from my house. But I had toddlers, who had the crud, and couldn’t find a babysitter. If I’d known… but that’s neither here nor there.

      • analytical-engine-mechanic

        Anderson’s “There Will Be Time” (early 1970s IIRC) contains an out-of time (as in, seen by one[+?] person years before it was written) sendup of, ah, ‘1960s liberal chic’ called something like “Withit’s Guide to the Movement” — as hillarious in the 1980s as I first read it, as today, as (surely) when it was first written.

        Anyone who thinks P. A. couldn’t, wouldn’t, or didn’t write biting political satire will find their counterexample / comeuppance there. (And yes, this *was* written by a grownup.)

        • That was an early acquisition through the SF book club. The novel was published in 1972, while “Withit’s Dictionary” was “published” in “1970” and viewed in “1951”. (IMHO, that chapter could be a valuable separate publication, much like “The Notebooks of Lazarus Long”.)

          I think the novel just went on my reread stack.

          Reading “Withit” now, and recalling my reaction to it then, in retrospect it should have been clear to young RCPete that he wasn’t going to be a Democrat voter for many years.

      • Many people (and writers, rumors to the contrary not withstanding, are people, of a sort) do not so much care about what is being advocated as they gravitate* toward power structures. They are attracted because of the opportunities on offer, like A Man For All Seasons‘ Richard Rich, willing to sell his soul for Wales. It is chameleonic blending in order to pass unthreatened. If including a few Leftist tropes is the price of getting published, they’ll put a Leftist trope on every page. If John Campbell demands “Capable Men” the book will overflow with their capability. Some, in time, will believe their swill is better for the flavoring, like the man who puts hot peppers on every dish until that’s the only flavour he can taste.

        *Hence the phrase, “sucking up”

  7. “The left is blind to that because it’s part of their credo to believe themselves eternal underdogs and revolutionaries. Writing that into our entertainment and news ONLY requires them to pretend they’re living somewhere circa 1950.”

    Reminds me of a great scene in the British TV show Coupling (which of course seems to have vanished from YouTube):

    Howard: Oh, don’t be so political correct.
    Patrick: Typical lefty puritan.
    Sally (lefty character): Typical what? Come the revolution.
    Howard: What revolution? You guys are in power. We’re the revolution now.
    Sally: No. No, that can’t be right.
    Patrick: You’re the evil empire.
    Sally: No.
    Howard: Yes, like Star Wars, and Patrick and me are the Rebel Alliance.
    Sally: No. You’re not the goodies. We’re the goodies. We’re lefties, we’re always goodies.
    Howard: No Sally, you are the established majority.
    Sally: Don’t say that, you bastard!
    Howard: You can’t call me bastard anymore, that’s oppressive. Aah, you’re oppressing me!…

    Which is so spot-on I marvel that it made it past all the editors and onto TV.

  8. My inclination is to say the Left is always farking nuts, just as a nuclear pile is always* radioactive. The only question is how far in or out the rods presently happen to be, and which direction they’re moving.

    *We shall not engage over half-life arguments, eh?

    • Leftist nuttiness has a half-life? }:o)

    • All the half life does is make the radioactive part half of the pile 😉

      Also, leftist piles clearly have Chernobyl tip rods with graphite “tips” (I mean, tips, really…if the total assembly is 11m and the part in question is 3.5m I don’t care if it is just at one end, it isn’t a tip).

    • It’s more that those who believe they have the right to tell others what to do (without paying for the privilege, like an employer) are always nuts.

      Once the Aristocracy was no longer paying the peasants in the form of military protection, they rapidly drifted into squirrel food territory. And stayed there. The Planter Aristocracy? They thought they could win a war without much heavy industry AND with a smaller population. The Social Darwinists of the Gilded Age? They came to think that they could tell the common folk not to drink, and we all know where THAT went. The Catholic Church, the Socialists, PETA, the Moral Majority…all of ‘em think they have a right to tell other people what to do and how to think.

      All of ‘em are squirrel food.

      Now, there have been long, dark ages when the common man just had to put up with the nuts. But the progress of civilization can be measured by the degree to which the common man could tell the nuts to climb back up the tree.

      All the would-be aristocracies have gotten nuttier as they lost power. The Left is no exception.

  9. Here in California, news that thecFederal government had removed the ACA “tax” was greeted with a bill that will put the penalty back in place at the state level. The argument among the Democrats in Sacramento (who have a supermajority) wasn’t whether the penalty was a bad thing. The arguing was over accusations that various legislators hadn’t ear-marked enough of the expected funds toward free healthcare for illegal aliens

  10. he Dems? Slavery? Who’d have thunk it!

    Heh

  11. analytical-engine-mechanic

    “…the peak of leftist crazy has already passed.”

    Peak Crazy, huh? I *really* like this idea… sort of like Peak Oil but in a good way, and also (I’d have to guess) far *less* likely to be overtaken / refuted by subsequent events (the way Peak Oil, Mark I has at least largely been by now).

    And the major question / quibble I might have there, but aren’t they still quite visibly getting and sounding ever-nuttier these days, has been pre-answered already in the OP. Or to paraphrase, they’ve already been as bat-wackin’ crazy nuts as they’re ever gonna get, now it’s just… more visible, frank, and honest.

    (Example: more than one Levo-crat candidate wants to retro-bribe you $1K a month to vote for him, with Other People’s Money of course. “Vote for me, and I’ll pay you $12K a year and it’ll all be legal!” Cut to clip of one Abraham Lincoln saying, I believe it was voice first not print, “You bake my bread, and I’ll eat it.”)

    Much like a long-festering boil starting to ooze, or a long-infected pimple finally popping at last. (Historical note: the original “Peak Oil” curve was well known, for years in some quarters, as “Hubbert’s Pimple.”)

    • Look at the collision of Trans-activists vs. feminist and gay activists. And a lot of other people who had been sympathetic to the earlier movements starting to quietly back away and go, “Um, ya know, this might not end well.” And academic is about to choke itself on administrators. If the current pace of administrator vs faculty hiring continues, one associate of mine calculated that by 2055 there will be 0 full-time teaching faculty and the entire university budget will go to administrators.

      • Oh, I’ve know TERP/Tranny wars are popcorn worthy for over a decade.

        I just never thought my niche culture guilty drama would make it to the major networks.

    • But it’s a bit like Peak Sunlight of the Solstice. Sure the solar-irradiation-length has peaked, but things still get hotter for a while.

  12. My late-hubby, (may he rest in peace), was sure that the voting machines were hacked after the first time he used them in NV around around 2010. He was registered as a Republican and the voting machine gave him the Dem ticket. He then talked the to people who were supposed to watch the vote and they had no way to fix it. He was told that he would have to wait for a tech to come in … in six or seven hours. He refused to vote and a few days later he took himself off the voter registry. His reasoning was that if such stuff was already blatant then his vote didn’t count. It would be so easy for someone with a remote switch (actually could even be the tech companies that installed them) and turn everyone’s vote to the “correct” one. Now in 2019 after watching the craziness that he was right and I was wrong.

    • I think he was right and I was wrong.

    • Our voting machines in Barrington, NH are scanners. We fill out ballots by coloring in the ovals next to the candidates names, and then feed them into the scanners. So there’s a hard copy to check against the actual electronic tallies. Problem is, the voter doesn’t get a copy of his or her vote, so they can’t come back to check to see if their vote was ever counted. And I don’t know how long they actually keep the hard copies afterwards.

    • No. We still get input. If enough of us surprise them. hence 2016

      • You have no idea how much I’d love to see the 2020 election carried out under the sharp bayonets of United States Marines. With orders to photograph and fingerprint everybody voting…and arresting anyone who has already done so.

        And, of course, anyone attempting any other sort of stunt. The late Pat Caddell said that when he was running campaigns, the Dems figured on a 2-4% margin of fraud. Figure on the high end of that as the norm today. 4% fraud in 2018 means the GOP was robbed of at least three Senate seats. Probably 30+ House seats.

        • Or just instead of handing out cut little red ‘I Voted’ stickers, dip the thumbs of everyone who votes in indelible ink. Works in Afghanistan, IIRC. ‘Course, it wouldn’t eliminate Vote by fraud mail, but it would cut way down on busing ineligible voters from precinct to precinct . . .

          • Seriously. I don’t want the military overwatching the polls–seems kind of dictatorship-y–but the fact that we don’t have elementary precautions like indelible ink for voters is ridiculous.

            • Yeah, I really hate the vote-fraud by mail we have in Oregon. When a local marijuana measure was on the ballot, some “mysterious” party tried to destroy the mail box at the senior center.

              That election made retail MJ shops illegal in the county, but K-Falls and one or two other cities overrode that to make it legal there. The fact that the mayor of one small city just so happened to be in the marijuana business had nothing to do with their decision to legalize, of course.

          • I really like this idea, as then if we ever are in that situation again, we can say, “It’s what what WE do.” rather than be accused of, “But you don’t do this.”

          • Won’t work with fraud-by-mail. Fraud by mail needs to be stopped. Unless you can show unusual hardship in going to the polls (as in, can’t go there, NEVER go out)if you don’t care enough to vote in person, you don’t care enough.
            Next, motor voter needs deep sixed. They never ask for proof of citizenship. A lot of resident aliens (including illegals) don’t realize crossing the border doesn’t make them American (Hell, a lot of native borns don’t)
            THIS MUST BE STOPPED. Clinton’s motor voter is killing us. And every time they seize a state, the first thing they do is go to fraud-by-mail.
            The amazing thing is that they still lose occasionally. Which tells you how little support they ACTUALLY have. IN OTHER NEWS chick fil a is the most popular restaurant in America. Which tells you how little support the left REALLY has.

            • Somehow I have a suspicion that Trump’s campaign has a plan for that. As much noise as he made about fraud in 2016 his current silence on election integrity strikes me as being just a little too quiet. It seems the sort of thing Attorney-General Barr would be concerned about, too. Are they holding fire until the Dems are fully invested and cannot reverse course?

              It seems the sort of thing Lindsey Graham’s Judiciary Committee might want to discuss. It isn’t likely they will have much in the way of Supreme Court nominations.

              A wallaby can dream …

        • I have the same desire.

        • I’m with it.

          Once public faith in the electoral system tanks, you don’t have a government any more. All you have is an illegitimate regime and an eventual revolution.

    • We got the electronic machines some years ago. Nobody could explain why they were better than the old system of laundry markers and cardboard ballots. They all got counted long before the statutory cutoff time, and were almost free, and recounts were simple. The electronic machines cost a ton, and every election, there are always a few easels set up with the machined propped up like dead bodies in a Red Cross POW picture, nonfunctional, while the lines stretch out the door as people wait for the ones that are still working.

      The other thing, which nobody talks about, is the loss of the secret ballot. An election worker stands right behind you to “assist” you, and there’s the “data cartridge” nobody will answer questions about, that shuffles between the worker who verifies your ID, to the machine, back to the worker for the next voter…

      “Your honest opinion is very important to us! Please speak clearly for the microphone, comrade!”

      • While my solution is not simple, it has the advantage of robustness and redundancy:

        Each person votes at a machine. The machine shows them their ballot before committing it to memory, then prints the ballot. (You now have two copies of the same information.)

        That ballot is then taken to the reader machine, where it is scanned and the vote recorded there. (There are now 3 copies.) The information is shown on a screen so the voter can verify it’s the same.

        The ballot is dropped into a locked box for counting, if necessary.

        Both of the electronic records are duplicated onto a separate device at the voting site. (Now you have 4 copies.)

        None of the machines are networked outside the facility, and are hardwired, not wireless.

        All the records are escorted by a representative of each party or candidate to the registrar’s office. The electronic records are downloaded (hardwired, not wireless) to the counting machine.

        When the voting is complete, all three electronic records are compared. Any discrepancy (outside of, say, an entire machine not reporting, which is easily fixed by a re-query) immediately prompts a count of the paper ballots.

        If none of them agree, you take the voting supervisor and the management of the voting machine company out in front of city hall and shoot them.

      • The machines are not the big issue.

        • Yet. (I lived in the Chicago area–mechanical machines had some amazing hacks done to ensure the “right” candidate got elected.)

        • Neither the machines nor the vote manufacturing are the real issue. Until we do something about the voters — educating them, not eliminating them — all else is frittering about the edges.

        • Big enough. *No* machine can be trusted, and there’s no justification for using them anyway.

          Having been paid to wear the +10 Jackboots of Security Administrator, I can tell you as a former professional, paper trumps bits every time.

  13. If not a physical revolution with head chopping, a tech revolution, a new way of doing things that dethrones them.

    Information, like water, gotta flow. The Left has the dams but they’ve kept the overflow so dogged own for so long that they can no longer let “just a little” spill out to relieve the pressure.

    • This, very much this.

      It is the other half of “all that had to do was not be crazy” in the “all they had to do was not turn up the water too fast”.

  14. When they seem most entrenched, theyre already falling apart.

    If Rowling were not such a committed Lefty (although that might primarily be a matter of Social Signalling, about which more later) I would credit her with having made a brilliant point against Leftist control with her creation of Lord Voldemort as embodiment of Leftish authority, even unto creating the cause of his own destruction. All the elements are there, hidden authority, rule by an anointed elite, swift striking down of any who challenge the ideology’s purposes, even the fracturing of the soul in denial of basic life purpose (the Left’s sanctification of abortion, e.g.).

    The need for Social Signalling is, as church attendance in the Fifties was, the ritual acknowledgment of the Powers That Be. It is the empty obeisance paid an established power structure, akin to the jizyah pad by infidels in Muslim kingdoms. It is the price you pay for protection against the mobs.

    • The government bureaucrat in the fifth HP book is another good example.

    • But is it Social Signalling or Illuminati Signalling?

      {makes pinkie at corner of mouth sign}

    • Even my Leftie friends used to acknowledge that Voldemort was basically a Leftist coup leader, albeit they would say that he “went wrong.” But that usually led to allegations of the entire wizarding world being so corrupt that Voldie had to act. Just a little too far, totally meaning well, nothing wrong with snakes and skulls and magical branding.

    • TheOtherSean

      I suggest gunning down the mobs instead. If every time Antifa or other mobs of their ilk turned violent, they drowned in a sea of their own blood, we’d see far fewer mobs.

      • Then the media would paint them as heroes, and they’d have their own version of the Horst Wessel Lied on playlists before the sun went down…

        They’re trying *very hard* to get their martyr for The Cause.

        • TheOtherSean

          Then perhaps somebody should gun down those traitors in the media, too. Let the streets run red with the blood of the Marxists, til Marxism is cleansed from this world.

          • You’d NEVER have said that four years ago. As I told Bill yesterday “I don’t like the way things are going.”
            They’re going to crash, hard or soft. But their insanity is pushing to make it hard.

            • You’re right. Then it wasn’t as clear then that the establishment was quite as Marxist. Then it wasn’t clear that they wanted me, and anybody like me, dead. Now that they’ve made that completely clear, I’d like to prevent it.

            • Amsel, Matthew

              My hope is that their declining audience shuts them down (or at least reduces them to a much lower level) *before* that point. I would far rather CNN continue with its layoffs than to start the dance if it is avoidable.

            • Four years ago we had no idea how deeply the rot had set in at the FBI and Intelligence agencies. Sure, we knew the State Department was full of quislings, the DOJ a bastion of Left-wing looney lawyers (especially the Civil Rights division), the Dept. of Education a wholly owned subsidiary of the Teachers’ Unions, the Dept. of Labor an arm of the other unions, HUD a redoubt of lawyers too far left for the DOJ, Treasury owned by the Wall Street bankers and the Department of Defense populated by perfumed princes kissing asses, but the FBI & CIA? We thought they were merely utterly incompetent.

              • Yes, I know. But I’m hearing my staid, not particularly political friends say what TheOtherSean just said. Mind, none are about to start the dance, but if it starts, they have no mercy left either.
                And I don’t know if I do, at this point.
                I thought I had friends on the other side, including among my colleagues. Now I have damn few friends and I’m afraid of hurting their careers. And none on the other side.
                It is what it is. But it’s getting blood-shaped.

          • Amsel, Matthew

            Target identification becomes difficult once you get past the overt Marxist revolutionaries.

            Madame Guillotine never ran short of patrons, after all.

        • And if there’s shooting, a pregnant woman will die. Even if they have to shoot her themselves.

        • Amsel, Matthew

          Still waiting for a pressure cooker to go off at one of their mob scenes.

          We all know it’s going to happen.

  15. Consider proposals to make KG or preschool mandatory. It’s crazy overreach, an attempt at indoctrinating the kids who are somehow still evading them after 12 years.

    Kids, not generally being born stupid (see: Emperor’s New Clothes, the) tend to know when they’re being fed a load of hooey. The more this codswallop is crammed down their throats the more they’re going to decide it is spinach. The more tightly the Left grasps power the more spills through their fingers.

    Because they refuse to learn the lessons of History, to appease the gods of the Copybook Headings, they keep believing that they can stem the turning of the Wheel of History — which thus leaves them crushed in its wake.

  16. “Vote for us, peasant. We hate you” could only be a platform that appeals to an aristocratic class that has climbed so far up its own behind it’s forgotten what history looks like.

    Point of order. They never knew history.

    Which, given their efforts at rewriting it, see the 1619 Project at the NYT, would be funny if not so dangerous.

    I am wondering if that was true of Pol Pot while it wasn’t for Mao and Stalin. It would help explain why, in the end, he was more dangerous than either of them or Hitler. Sure, he’s behind all three in total dead, but if you look at his percentages he’s the greatest mass murderer in history.

    • Hit post too soon.

      That lack of historical knowledge leading to increased ruthlessness appears to be a characteristic of the Red Guard students during the Cultural Revolution as well, who Antifa(haha) and the larger SJW crowd resemble more than the French peasants or even Lenin’s Bolsheviks or Mao’s contemporaries among the ChiComs.

  17. analytical-engine-mechanic

    “…and the chick had to pretend to be so traumatized that she couldn’t fly (while having a vacation house in Hawaii) and…”

    As one of the few, the masochistic, the stark-raving barking-mad insane who watched that *entire day* of Blasey-Ford / Kavanaugh testimony, statement, inquisition etc., live and “wire to wire” — I’d actually have to take slight exception to the above statement, because (AFAIK) it’s *almost* true but not quite. (And the difference is not only significant, but revelatory. And really, supports what sounds like Sarah’s underlying point, “even better than she knew”…)

    Because someone actually *asked* Blasey-Ford about this; and she replied (basically) that she’d never heard of any offer by the Committee to let her testify near her home; that as far as she had known up to that point, there *never had been any such offer*; and she *had* to choose either to travel to Washington and testify live on TV (as she was presently doing in real-time), or else to not have her (direct) testimony ever heard by the Committee at all.

    Further questioning made it clear (at least to me) that her lawyers (who I believe she also “outed” as having been picked by Nancy Pelosi, and paid by… someone else not her) had been acting as go-betweens with the Senate Judiciary (IIRC) Committee all along; and that *they* had been the source of “her” refusal to meet with the Committee locally, and also “her” near-demand to talk with them and answer their questions *only* live in Washington before a national TV audience. Etc.

    (In cryptograhic / security circles, this would be called an example of a “man in the middle attack” — okay, then, “lawyer in the middle attack.”)

    Staged much? Managed with little / no regard for Blasey-Ford’s (real or just alleged) allergy to the public eye and the harsh glare of TV’s Lidless Eye? Nah, of course not, that never happens. (But feel free to check those hours of archived video, which surely Must Be Out There Somewhere, to see how accurate the foregoing memory actually is…)

    Or to be a little more directly responsive to the above: no, she *didn’t* have to pretend anything of the sort, herself, she had lawyers (actually “representing” and also, at least allegedly, working *for* her) to *do it for her*… Sigh.

    • I said this at the time – a lot of the discrepancies people poked at were likely made up BS or exaggerated out of all recognition by her lawyer team. It goes hand-in-hand with Pelosi keeping her letter until the end so she could blow things up, rather than deal with it early.

      • Credit where due: it was Diane Feinstein, not Nancy Pelosi, who held back the letter until the last instant.

        I’m not saying Pelosi’s hands are clean, mind you.

        As I recall some mentioning at the time of the hearings, B-F’s lawyers were culpable of several violations of legal ethics* in their representation of their client — if Blasey-Ford was, in fact, their client.

        *Contrary to popular opinion, the phrase is not an oxymoron, nor does it describe what the public largely imagines it to reference.

    • “LitM Attack.” That term needs to be made more obvious to all, I fear.

  18. “And I pointed out something that came up in one of my private groups on facebook: the peak of leftist crazy has already passed. The wheel is already turning the other way.”

    I firmly agree. The peak moment of maximum Leftist -effect- (in the USA) came when Clinton was first elected. Between 1992 and 1996, that’s when the tide stopped rising. You had Waco and Ruby Ridge, two horrific government issue cluster-fucks one after the other, where the government was clearly, obviously in the wrong. No excuses, just plain wrong, and they kept on doing it too.

    After that, when the whole world saw respected federal police agencies come unglued (while pursuing Leftist regulations!), we had the Internet come along and blow up the Clinton Presidency. If not for Drudge nobody would have ever heard about that blue dress. The tide of socialism now struggling to maintain its high water mark.

    The Left has responded by going even crazier of course, and we had the eight years of full-on Bush hatred. We thought that was as crazy as they could get. Their response, Obama presidency. Throw the Constitution out the window, anything goes.

    But the tide had turned, and the proof is Trump. Nobody wanted the nice, safe, smooth Ted Cruz or another Bush or the any of that. They were done with taking it easy. They want the cowboy now. They want the bull-riding rodeo clown.

    Remember during the second term of Obama, people were spontaneously yelling about the federal deficit in the supermarket? That’s where Trump came from. The blind panic that the government was run not just by idiots, but by saboteurs.

    But more than anything else in the last 50 years, since the fricking 1960s with sex, drugs and rock&roll, the thing that screwed the Lefties was the Trans thing. Number One stupidest move of all time, Lefties trying to make women accept that a man in a dress is allowed in their bathroom, by declaration alone. History will show that the Man In a Dress issue is what destroyed Liberalism once and for all. (That and when the Chicoms roll over Hong Kong before Christmas this year. That is shaping up ugly.)

    What we have now, post 2016, is the Left basically burning rubber. They’re standing on the gas, the rev-limiter is bouncing off redline, there is a cloud of tire smoke and all the noise in the world… but they’re going NOWHERE. They are convincing -nobody- with their media complex assault. So while I fully expect to see them do much crazier shit than what they’ve done so far, it won’t make any difference. Just the galvanic twitching of the dinosaur’s hind end because it hasn’t got the message its head has been shot off.

    • But more than anything else in the last 50 years, since the fricking 1960s with sex, drugs and rock&roll, the thing that screwed the Lefties was the Trans thing.

      And yet, it was as predictable as night following day.

      As early as 2013 I heard said, and agreed, that as soon as they got gay marriage it was either transgender front and center or normalizing pedophilia. They floated both and went trans first in part because it will help in the later if they succeed (if children can know enough to transition they can know enough if they are ready for sex after all).

      And for those saying they would never normalize pedophilia, in the run up to Lawrence, Boston Pride scrubbed the leather community out of its parades to increase respectability (as has much of the gay community in general) while not pushing out NAMBLA until a few years later. The reason they didn’t want leathermen out there was “respectability”.

      • In Canada we are treated to the twin spectacles of the CBC, our national, taxpayer funded broadcaster running a show called “Drag Kids” (no, not about cars) and the “Jessica Yanniv” human rights tribunal case, wherein the guy in a dress is dragging women before the tribunal because they wouldn’t give him/her a Brazillian wax. Yanniv also turns out to be a potential pedo, according to his/her own internet history.

        So I suspect that the fish is rotting from the head down here in the Great White North, and we will find our elites here are more corrupt than Mexico.

        • BobtheRegisterredFool

          And you said I was crazy for proposing a war of extermination against the Canadians.

          (Editor: “It turns out that Bob actually is crazy. Additionally, his foreign policy thinking has areas that are sound enough, areas that are batshit loony, and areas where he lost his temper and is hopefully just venting.”)

          More seriously, the Canadian people aren’t the worst degree of bad if the Canadian government still has to hide things instead of flaunting them openly. ‘How do we win a nuclear war with Canada’ probably isn’t the question we should be asking ourselves.

          In all seriousness, the question that is most critical may be ‘what are the limits of what we can do to mind political business in our own neighborhoods, and limit the corruption and tyranny?’

      • The transition issue (especially they’re under 18) has been more of a feminist issue-if you can reduce the number of “men,” the fewer people competing for places that women want to fill. And, if those “men” decided after they transition to commit suicide-hey, even less competition!

        (Seriously, post-SRS suicide rates are scary. My opinion on transgenderism is that in a hundred years it’ll be thought of the same way as being dosed with mercury to deal with syphilis. It worked, but fucked if it wasn’t a horrible idea in general.)

        On gay sexuality, what scares me (I have enough friends that are on the gay spectrum to know that quite a few of them are good people who have fallen in love with someone that has the same sex chromosomes) is the return to the “bath-house” culture via apps like Grindr and Tindr, and the gay community not kicking out pedophiles and pedophilia advocates. “Bath-house” culture turned a lot of STDs into raging plagues and probably made it possible for AIDS to become what it is now. And, since you need a steady stream of new…recruits, why not catch them early?

        Those two things are going to cause a nasty snap-back for the gay community and a lot of them are not going to be happy. And more of them than we care to think about are going to join with the left for the same reason why there are Democrats for Cthulhu-they hope that the monster will eat them last.

        • It’s like electroshock or otomies for depression. It can fix the problem, but it should be the absolute last resort.

          And I’m not sure it’s as much the ‘eat me last’ as that the left plays into the insecurities and underlying issues and gives people a power boost by doing so.

          • Let’s be fair, the Left has played itself up as the “only safe place” for quite a few of the alternate communities. And, due to a combination of factors, they’re afraid to look outside of the Left because there are people on the Right that Do Not Like them.

        • On the transition issue, more and more lesbians are opposing it as they see it turning normally adjust lesbian girls into transmen. They have a point. The space of tomboys (generally positive) and sissies (generally negative) are being eliminated by transitioning children. We would have been much better keeping tomboys and moving the sissy space into being seen as odd but harmless in the same way.

          As far as gay male STDs, two thing that no one likes to discuss.

          In the 70s among gay men STDs were part of being a sexual revolutionary. They were a rite of passage which, depending on who you listen to, were even a source of pride.

          Second, a lot of gay men starting about a decade to a decade and a half ago embraced a weird fatalism about AIDS. They saw treatment moving from weird and hard cocktails as to equivalent to some more common chronic diseases at their harder end and it combined with a sense that “being gay” = “getting AIDS”. As a result efforts at avoiding infection by younger gay men, who don’t remember the 80s, are down.

          Interestingly that is not the case in the leather world which has a strong transmission of culture and is transmitting the memories of that era. That leather men were hit hard and early and have constant reminders. The annual Twisted Toyland charity event in Atlanta started as an AIDS benefit for a specific gay man, MaST has its origins in part in the effort to build community around AIDS (at least that is my understanding), and at least one major leather convention has a similar genesis.

          • I grew up in the SF Bay Area, and I know more about the sexual politics of STDs that I really wanted to know about. Not the least of which was things like guys bragging that they found their next date at the VD clinic and the “bath-house” culture. Which was one of the reasons why any urge to be gay or bisexual went away VERY fast.

        • “My opinion on transgenderism is that in a hundred years it’ll be thought of the same way as being dosed with mercury to deal with syphilis. It worked, but fucked if it wasn’t a horrible idea in general.):”

          My take is that the surgeons who performed Gender Reassignment Surgery and the shrinks of all stripes who encouraged it will be held in the same esteem currently accorded Serge Voronoff (the Monkey Gland Doctor). Y’see, the treatment DOES NOT work. It CAN’T work; all it can produce is somebody who has been surgically mutilated and who is taking far more hormones of one kind or another that his/her body is not in any state to process properly.

          Maybe, sometime in the future, there WILL be a medical process for changing genders that works. We don’t have one now.

          And, frankly, I’m inclined to think of the poor post-op souls who committed suicide as having been murdered by the Trendy Medical Left.

    • History will show that the Man In a Dress issue is what destroyed Liberalism once and for all.

      And just to put the bizarre synchronistic cherry on top we have Epstein’s painting of Bill the Rapist in a dress and heels. The wildest drug addled filmmaker never came close to what reality coughs up on a daily basis.

      • When I first saw that I thought it was a political cartoon. But now we find out it was in Epstein’s living room all this time. Wow, right?

        But Pizzagate is still a crazy Right Wing Extremist Conspiracy Theory. Those Righties, clinging to their guns and religion, all terrorists! They oughta all be in CAMPS I tell you! CAMPS!!!!

        https://phantomsoapbox.blogspot.com/2019/08/fandom-dissent-is-terrorism.html

        • I think a good deal too much has been made of it; people with that kind of money spend a good deal on their pranks. W. C. Fields portrait was once painted as Queen Victoria (I forget the circumstances, save that it was a joke).

          To suggest that this proves Bubba Clinton was a cross dresser is too much theory on too little data. It’s far likelier to be proof that the men were pals..which fits with what we DO know about Bubba.

  19. And speaking of the Left getting stranger/dumber: https://gizmodo.com/facebook-yanks-another-trump-ad-for-a-laughably-obvious-1837393359

    Yes, it is from a Left-wing source.

    • The ‘reasoning’ applied there is bat guano insane.

    • Yeah, I followed Larry’s example and build me a MeWe account. Now I have to get my friends to phase out of the false book of faces.

      • So, can people just cruise in and take a look, or is it a walled garden where you have to sign up first?

        • The latter, but not hard to do.

          If you have a MeWe signup, it’s a matter of going to the Join link (posted at Larry’s blog). One question about the series to discourage the trolls, and then the moderator (or the group owner–not Larry) approved. Might have taken an hour to happen; YMMV.

          I had a dormant MeWe signup from when Gab got knocked offline a while ago. Easy enough to sign up.

  20. an aristocratic class that has climbed so far up its own behind it’s forgotten what history looks like
    I disagree. The class truly in power has not forgotten history. But they are certainly bent on the peasants not learning it, because they know what will happen if those folks get uppity. Hence the Year Zero approach.

  21. Look at the upside. First, there’s going to be a fortune to be made in guillotine rentals, pre-tied nooses, and prepackaged tar-and-feather kits.

    Second, once we toss the Leftists out, we’ll get to wear over-the-top gaudy neo-Napoleonic uniforms. Maybe even conquer half the world. 🙂

    • We can wear McDonalds uniforms and conquer more than half.

    • I am tools short and overweight to wear an Empire dress. Perhaps sans-culottes will be more flattering.

    • Although as far as I know there is no longer a Bonapartist party in France, there still is a pretender (as well as Legitimist and Orleanist pretenders).

      Perhaps after the Revolution I’ll support bringing the Jacobite pretender to the US to establish the crown before we seize Canada too.

      Of greater interest is Brazil has two, but neither are the one to Portugal (that dynasty gets weird, but I suspect our hostess would do better at explaining it if anyone cares)>

  22. I invoke the Carmina Burana, Part 2. (Translations abound on the web, but it’s best with the music.)

    Fortune rota volvitur:
    descendo minoratus;
    alter in altum tollitur;
    nimis exaltatus
    rex sedet in vertice
    caveat ruinam!
    Nam sub axe legimus
    Hecubam reginam.
    Rex sedet in vertice
    caveat ruinam!
    Nam sub axe legimus
    Hecubam reginam.

  23. Since we are discussing Lefties and Peak Crazy, I have an example. floppy cameltron is very put out with The Guardian, which he previously considered a reliable news source. [Stop laughing, that’s not even the good part]

    They published this: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jul/27/trans-lobby-pressure-pushing-young-people-to-transition

    It seems that the single NHS unit in Britain that deals with children and transgender has been having a spot of bother. The bother is that the people who work there are afraid to suggest a child NOT have dangerous hormone blockers. And this is in an environment where the number of -child- patients has gone from 468 in 2013 to over 2500 in 2018. That’s a five times increase in five years. HALF the kids get hormone blockers already, and the staff say they are under intense pressure to give out more. Pressure from the political trans lobby. Because a kid too young to drive, vote, smoke or drink is totally able to decide they’re the wrong gender and get powerful drugs dammit!

    So, the article isn’t about children or gender dysphoria at all, its about the doctors and therapists complaining that they’re being demonized and hounded by Leftist political freaks.

    Well, that was too much for the floppy cameltron. floppy has cancelled his Guardian subscription because now the Guardian is [sob!] transphobic.

    I won’t link, because why give the flopping camel a free click? But I will quote the bit of wailing at the end, because its so, so precious.

    Quoth the cameltron:”…there’s some basic touchstones of human decency that should set off alarm bells for anybody who regards themselves as not just progressive but basically a decent human being: if you words and attitudes and opinions are DIRECTLY HURTING PEOPLE then you have a moral obligation to STOP and reconsider.”

    Yeah, that’s right! You have to stop! And reconsider, dammit!

    Well, unless you’re directly hurting CONSERVATIVE people. That’s totally okay, they’re not human.

    • BobtheRegisterredFool

      a) Ideas about personhood are based in culture and religion. Therefore imposing them is racist. b) So there can’t possibly be a trade off between hurting people by endorsing transsexual causes and hurting people by opposing transsexual causes? c) Human decency is another thing that can be looked at relatively. Here, one would be quite foolish to give a fig what Camel’s opinion of human decency is. The wise decision is to presume one is entirely an inhuman monster in Camel’s eyes, and to discard any information that might lead to having any impression of the matter. d) Normally, this would be a fun opportunity to concern troll the English. How they have declined from the day of Arthur Harris, etc. Not much point. If they persist in being pests, the English can always be killed.

      • “If they persist in being pests, the English can always be killed.”

        I think if they keep on the way they’re going, there’s an excellent chance they’ll kill themselves.

    • set off alarm bells for anybody who regards themselves as not just progressive but basically a decent human being

      ??? Isn’t that saying that being progressive is a necessary but not sufficient precondition to being a decent human being?

      And here I was concerned about all of the cancer patients, premature birth infants and people waiting in parked ambulances outside emergency wards because the NHS is spending so much on politically motivated medical treatment.

      No wonder they’re so gung-ho* for assisting people to suicide.

      *No uncompensated word appropriation occurred, I offset the word usage by ordering out for egg rolls.

      • “And here I was concerned about all of the cancer patients, premature birth infants and people waiting in parked ambulances outside emergency wards…”

        Yeah, about that. The Brits should count their blessings, because although the NHS is teetering on the brink of utter breakdown, they can still go to the nice PRIVATE clinic or private hospital, and pay money to get patched up.

        In People’s Republik of Kanuckistan, there is NO PRIVATE MEDICAL CARE. Waiting in the parked ambulance is for the lucky ones here.

        That’s what Obama wanted to do to y’all but lacked the stones to do it.

        • Wow. In Portugal prohibition of private practice only lasted something like ten years. Then they blinked. Mom and dad have private insurance. It costs the earth, but they have it.

          • Portugese socialists are just poseurs, total weak-sauce.

            For the truly hard core Socialist Useful Idiot strain, you have to come to Canada.

            Only here do you find Torontonians who pay over half their income in tax, they can’t afford a house, they can’t park their damn car, their Mom is dying of cancer because she’s on a waiting list for treatment that’s longer than her fucking life expectancy, but the sons of bitches KEEP VOTING LIBERAL.

            Some times this country really pisses me off, you know?

            • The people I know in the UK are blaming all the NHS’s problems on funding cuts. I figure that’s the plan here, too.

              • Are you stuck in Kanuckistan too, PK? You think Mr. Scheer will seize defeat from the jaws of victory this year?

                • Oh, no, I just know too many people who want the US to go full socialist. I do not grumble to them about my mother’s health insurance company, which is bad enough but I don’t have the energy to go through “No, I don’t think the government would do better. I’ve heard too much about how they handle healthcare. Yes, I realize you think the only problems with that AND every other country’s socialized healthcare are because evil fiscal conservatives didn’t give them enough money. Etc.”

                  • In a socialist single payer system, patients represent a COST. In any other structure, patients represent income.

                    That’s the whole thing in a nutshell. There’s not enough money in the whole world to beat a setup like that.

              • They always do. But it’s part of WHEN it was implemented and what it replaced. It won’t work the same way here.

            • Amsel, Matthew

              Because they never, ever make the connection.

              It’s pretty damned pathetic

    • “if you words and attitudes and opinions are DIRECTLY HURTING PEOPLE then you have a moral obligation to STOP and reconsider.””

      I do stop and reconsider. And then I usually consider said words, attitudes, and opinions are fully justified based on the facts at hand, and the desired results. I stand on my desire for a thousand fleas to infest those of floppy cameltron’s ilk.

      • I usually stop and consider if I can make it hurt ’em more. ~:D They’re begging for it, who am I to say no?

        I always thought it was the fleas of a thousand camels, not just a thousand fleas.

    • if you words and attitudes and opinions are DIRECTLY HURTING PEOPLE then you have a moral obligation to STOP and reconsider.

      Yes, because it is much better you stop than the people actually physically harming people do.

      Somewhere in Hell Satan is shaking his head and saying, “This is not my dream of what evil should be.”

      • “Somewhere in Hell Satan is shaking his head and saying, “This is not my dream of what evil should be.””

        BWAhahaha, that’s a great one!

      • “The Devil he blew an outward breath, for his heart was free from care: —
        “Ye have scarce the soul of a louse,” he said, “but the roots of sin are there,
        And for that sin should ye come in were I the lord alone.
        But sinful pride has rule inside — and mightier than my own.
        Honour and Wit, fore-damned they sit, to each his priest and whore:
        Nay, scarce I dare myself go there, and you they’d torture sore.
        Ye are neither spirit nor spirk,” he said; “ye are neither book nor brute —
        Go, get ye back to the flesh again for the sake of Man’s repute.
        I’m all o’er-sib to Adam’s breed that I should mock your pain,
        But look that ye win to worthier sin ere ye come back again.”

        https://www.poetryloverspage.com/poets/kipling/tomlinson.html

    • Amsel, Matthew

      “: if you words and attitudes and opinions are DIRECTLY HURTING PEOPLE then you have a moral obligation to STOP and reconsider.”
      Isn’t that what the clinic people are doing?

      • “Isn’t that what the clinic people are doing?”

        Oh no, that’s different. Their hesitation in the face of irreversible damage to thousands of young children (literally thousands now) only proves they are Nazis. NAZIS I TELL YOU!!!11!!

  24. The multi trillion dollar question is just how large the crested wave is. Are we gonna flood the first floors and basements or will the city be wiped off the map?

    • that my friend is why we must stay awake and fight. Even if only the next generation will reap the results.

    • That is my worry.

      I accept in the end they lose because they ignore reality. I do not accept we de facto win. I worry their divorce from reality can screw it up enough we all lose and only chaos wins.

  25. A thing like this is never off-topic:

    Monsters Among Us
    A review of Monster Hunter: Guardian, by Larry Correia and Sarah A. Hoyt
    “My name is Julie Shackleford. My family have been Monster Hunters for over a hundred years. My job is to keep the sweet little idiots who don’t believe in monsters safe.”

    “And I’m okay with that.”

    So begins the newest entry in the best-selling “Monster Hunter International” book series, another lead-slinging, bureaucrat-foiling, monster-slaying romp. Culturally, it also presents a dangerous level of subversive common sense. In a sane society, none of the “Monster Hunter” books would be considered “political.” In ours, though, they attract “social justice warrior” obstructionism.

    By itself that wouldn’t be enough, however tempting, to inspire me to boost them. But added to the fact that they’re also just great stories well-told, it’s an extra level of satisfaction when a delightful guilty pleasure (like frenetic sci-fi action-adventure novels) has the redeeming quality of worrying the Left.

    And so it is that I celebrate the success of the newest volume in the MHI saga.

    Monster Hunter: Guardian is a particularly good addition to the series, because it’s the first book in the MHI universe told from a feminine perspective, and its heroine is a perfect antidote to the conventional Social Justice Warriorette of contemporary urban fantasy.

    Once upon a time, young sci-fi fans grew up on Robert Heinlein’s “juvenile” novels—which preached masculine virtues, an American can-do attitude, and flagrant libertarianism. Today’s equivalents are far more juvenile dystopian “young adult” novels, such as the Hunger Games series and its endless clones. They generally preach grievance politics, socialist solutions, and belligerent “girl power” (all the while shamelessly exploiting the most clichéd and shallow of romantic subplots).

    Readers eventually graduate to “urban fantasy,” a genre in which supernatural creatures and forces exist in the shadows of “our” world. Larry Correia’s “Monster Hunter International” posits a universe like this, as well, but his is a world in which evil is clearly evil, vampires never sparkle (unless caught in the kill zone of a flamethrower), and the forces of good are facilitated by market forces and the Second Amendment.

    The series has been hugely successful with fans, and intensely hated by the forces of political correctness in the publishing world. Correia has become a symbol of resistance to those forces, his very name triggering outrage in intersectional sci-fi circles. Guardian is sure to take their outrage to new levels, because of its heroine.

    A weakness of many great science-fiction authors has been an inability to tell a story with a feminine perspective. Robert Heinlein’s female protagonists (like “Friday”) had all the verisimilitude of video-game heroines, plausible perhaps to a 14-year-old boy, but not to any more sophisticated audience. Larry Correia sidestepped this potential pitfall, collaborating with sci-fi/fantasy author Sarah Hoyt (and formidable blogger at [REDACTED]), in order to tell this story from Julie Shackelford’s perspective.

    Julie, who’s been with us since the first volume, is a startling contrast with the assorted vampire huntresses, vampiresses, and other popular heroines of urban fantasy. …

    • *cough*

      Monster Hunter: Guardian is likely to be shut out from awards, while Correia and Hoyt laugh all the way to the bank, enjoying the benefits of a politically incorrect bestseller—and one which will hearten readers struggling against the real forces of chaos and evil which threaten our reality.

    • It’s a really good write-up. (I saw the link at Instapundit this morning.)

      I look forward to reading Guardian when I can get to it.

      • I decided to read in order. Finished the first three, and am now in MH Legion. Shouldn’t take too long before I get to Guardian.

        • I have the second, but haven’t gotten to it. I’ve discussed why elsewhere and be assured my problem is not continuous, but based on the audience for the first book primarily. Given that it didn’t kill the book, but just pop it down the enjoyment tree, I’ll get back.

          Plus, I have to read up to our hostess’s book because I don’t miss books by her generally.

          • Amsel, Matthew

            The gun geekery?

            Yeah, Larry tones it down some after the first book. Though it comes back just a touch in Siege as Owen drools over his new rifle.

            • In fairness, the first book was essentially written for and marketed to the gun geeks: without them there’d be no Correiaverse(s). Rewriting the book for a more general audience wouldn’t have made much sense, and having established it as part of Owen’s character an occasional resurgence makes sense. It is always possible to skim such passages, just as one often skims badly written sex scenes in John Ringo novels.

              • [The Phantom steps upon his soapbox to declaim]

                Ahem.

                Gun geekery is a feature, not a bug. Those discussions about the correct bullet for hunting werewolves and whatnot are some of the best parts. Larry is the first guy in fantasy I’ve seen sit down and figure that stuff out. Proper tactics, proper weapons, proper armor, all considered and laid out thoughtfully.

                The one thing he hasn’t gone at is modifications of civilian vehicles and for monster hunting. I attribute this to him not being a hotrod guy, nobody can know everything. Sitting down to thrash that type of thing out over beers would be hilarious.

                • I don’t understand the “gun geekery” comments. That’s like reading a Dick Francis novel and complaining about all that horsey stuff, or a Robin Cook novel and complaining about the medical stuff, or a Western and all that cowboy stuff…

                  • Some people don’t care about the guns. Some of the denizens of Phantom Northern Command don’t care about cars. (This person is calling me “idiot-face loser-brain” right now.)

                    These people are wrong. ~:D Guns and cars are the most important things in life.

                  • Hoplophobia.

                    Plus the danger that it will make guns look normal.

                    • there was a LOT of gun geekery in the first novel.

                    • Amsel, Matthew

                      More that it makes it less accessible, in some ways, to non-gun geeks.

                      I like reading technical descriptions (mech engineer), but even I found it a touch offputting

  26. >“Vote for us, peasant. We hate you” could only be a platform . .
    Hey – that’s the airlines entire business strategy!

    • That’s the Liberal Party platform this year. “Vote for us, stupid peasants, that we may jack your taxes even higher. You pusillanimous worms!”

      And you know what? There is a sizable constituency who is going for that.

    • Could almost be Heckler und Koch…

  27. And I pointed out something that came up in one of my private groups on facebook: the peak of leftist crazy has already passed. The wheel is already turning the other way.

    I usually tend to disagree here, but today I saw something in my YouTube queue that has me thinking you might be right.

    Socialism Monopoly available at Target and lefties are butt hurt.

    Hasbro is publishing this and Target is carrying it. That is amazing. I’m buying one on my way home from work.

  28. “Look, the institutions they control at this point are the profoundly conservative ones…”

    Google? Amazon? YouTube? Twitter? Netflix? These are new power centers, which are profoundly disruptive. Some of that disruption is damaging to the old leftist hegemony, but the new authority more than makes up for it.

    “Silicon Valley” is in Santa Cruz County, which voted 73% for Clinton in 2016.

    Revolutions turn wheels, and sometimes the turning is irrevocable. An ancient Roman waiting for Christianity to ebb and paganism to come back would have been disappointed. Or for the Goths, Franks, and Vandals to migrate back out of the Empire.

    • No. Seriously. No. Yes, those are disruptive, but the people on top don’t know what they’re doing and disruption keeps breaking through. They’re trying to social signal left and in most cases getting in trouble with it.
      But that’s not what I was talking about. As usual, Mr. Face, you’re far afield.
      The INSTITUTIONS not the companies, dude. Government. Churches, Academia.

      • Thanks to the Internet, the institution of Academia as we currently know it is F-ed. Capital F kinda f-ed. There’s a TRILLION dollars worth of student loans out there right now, and this generation of kids coming up, I don’t think they’re going to go for it. When a degree costs as much as a house, but you don’t -learn- anything? That’s not a good deal, and long term it will collapse.

        Kids learn everything from the internet already. Watching a 19 year old work on a car is a hell of a thing. The kid is changing the ball joints on a Dodge, so he watches a couple of YouTubes and then does the job with no mistakes. Because the mechanic in the video TELLS him all the little secrets of how to do the hard parts where the ball joint is stuck and will -not- come out. Things that I had to find out the hard way or invent my way around when I was a kid, because there were no books or TV shows that told you how to do it.

        That is extremely bad news for Academia. When you can watch a video of Noam Chomsky giving a lecture on his latest el-retardo theory for free, are you going to pay money to sit in a lecture hall listening to a grad student drone on about Chomsky? Their economic base is toast.

        The dinosaur has already been shot in the head. Its dead, Jim. Its just that the message is taking a while to get down to its butt, where the SJWs hang out.

        • It’s about 20 years before it will collapse. Credentialism is keeping it alive. But once we change to a model of “exams to prove competence” (And we will. Yep. We will.) They’re done.

          • You don’t think it’ll be nepotism and bribery? That’s the current Canadian model. 😡

            • It’s actually the current American model, since Obama. Very hard for the unconnected to get A job because no one trusts the credentials.
              Which is why I think it’s near collapse.

              • Yes. “nepotism” and who you know.

                I have 3 nieces working for Nike in Portland. First one got on through “who you know” network. Enough people from Kroger’s had made the move who knew her dad. Then she got her cousin on, they both got her next sister on (and split the head hunting fee Nike offers if someone is recommended then hired).

                The only reason the three oldest aren’t working for Nike is because they already had good decent jobs (if not quite the pay scale. But then Portland living costs VS Eugene … not that much different. The other two might be tempted at some point. But not our son. He has no, none, marketing type impulse.)

                The youngest two. Well youngest cousin isn’t out of HS yet. Next youngest cousin just graduated from college this last June, and got a job doing marketing/media for another company, as a well paid intern. Wouldn’t surprise me after a few months there, she’ll be head hunted by Nike … she’s also the writer in the family.

                Our son got his job because of who he knew working there. He was being head hunted by lab leads and chemical engineer at two different local companies, where he’d been in a chemistry lab … until the companies left the area and the individuals were scrambling for their jobs.

                FWIW. This has been all occurring over the last 7 years. Probably longer. Just seeing it 8 out of 8 of the next generation … That doesn’t count sisters husbands nieces and nephews over the same period, nor our cousins that are closer to our kids ages. Same trend. My husband nieces and nephews are way older than this group of kids; youngest is 42.