Looking Forward

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In haste:
Dumas said that you shouldn’t rape history unless you intend to conceive a bastard.  The left has taken this to heart and is trying to create a bastard that will rule us with a rod of iron.

It won’t take.  Just like the leftist/Marxist illusion is a child of the mass production era, that era is passing and ushering in more customized times, more individual times.

This is good, because honestly the era of mass production and mass behavior encouraged us to see humans as widgets. Humans are not widgets, and we haven’t done well under this regime.

The Twentieth Century was worse than the fourteenth for soaking the Earth with blood.

The left will have trouble putting their boot on our necks again, now we’ve tasted freedom.  They’re trying, but it’s the spasms of a dying beast and a dying way of life.

I’m not saying they won’t win temporary battles, but every win will only lead to greater defeats. That’s the way of changing times.

Be not afraid and neither be you nostalgic.  Instead, turn your minds to ways to hasten the change over to a more humane and individual-oriented age. There is work to be done.  The faster and easier the transition, the less likely we’ll have to wade through rivers of blood.

Let’s work each in our own way, even if it’s just helping the young — snatching brands from the fire — or writing, or whatever we can do.  Even cleaning the house (my work today, since it’s gotten insane) helps, because it creates a calmer environment for you and others.

And no matter how small the effort, remember it ripples.

Now go work. Be not afraid. They won’t snatch history. That’s an act of desperation.  And they won’t snatch the future away, either. That remains to be built, and frankly they suck at building.

In the end we win they lose.  Go.

136 responses to “Looking Forward

  1. Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard

    Yep, they’ll lose. 😀

    But because of all the idiots they’ve fooled, it can be hard to remember that.

  2. Tsk. “Bastard” is such a judgmental word. Please use “Independently Fathered” in its stead.

  3. Mostly, regular folks will ignore the left craziness, or have done so for a good many years, not rearing up and slapping them down as long as their effery stays on the fringes.
    But because the left consider a lack of direct objection as permisson they constantly ramp things up, kicking the volume to 11.
    Active trans regulations? My mother, my wife, my sister, my daughter will not share a dressing room or pool shower with anyone who’s junk is flapping in the breeze.
    Draconian gun control? Guns aren’t the only weapons available don’t you know, and anyway those laws only stop law abiding citzens who choose to obey them. Stop us from the means to defend ourselves and family and we’ll give you same as we gave good King George.
    Throw the borders open to all comers? That’s a lot of how you got Trump.
    Think Trump is your worst nightmare? Honeychild, you ain’t seen nothing yet.
    Obvously things are going to get ugly over the next two years in the runup to November 2020, and the aftermath no matter who wins.
    Trump wins? The left goes into nuclear meltdown.
    Some random Dem wins? Their base will demand all their batchit crazy promises be kept immediately, see the probable reaction of most of us above.

    • This.

    • I think most of the feeling on the Left that they can beat Trump is whistling past the graveyard. Maybe in 1930’s Germany fielding a cadre of violent street toughs was a good way to mold public opinion in your favor. In America? Now? Ha!

      Look at just one minor aspect of the Antifa and similar protests; the blocking of commuter routes. Maybe I’m overestimating the voters in places where this is happening, but i strongly suspect that it’s losing them votes. Oh, the people they annoy this way may not vote for Trump in any numbers, but even if they just stay home on election day, that could hurt.

      Granted, a Democrat who came out strongly for throwing the book at Antifidiots could do well, but I’m seeing no sign of it.

      The Left is still counting on Trump being a typical Republican gentlemanly loser. Fat chance. If their election fraud is as blatant as I expect, I think it’s likely that Trump will be ready to turn it into a VERY painful suppository. Which in turn could severely damage any effort to change the rules in the Left’s favor. If, come December of 2020, Trump is in a position to say, “Oh, look! The cheaters want to change the rules!” the ‘we must to away with the electoral college’ movement will instantly go terminal Cheyne-Stokes respiration.

      Their best hope is a recession. And they may be able to gin one up. But I think they won’t, and if they do their idiotic economic proposals are going to make it very hard to pose as economic revivers.

      Now, if my suspicion that the Democrat higher ups are letting the squirrel food break themselves on Trump is correct, things may get very interesting, as one segment of the Democrat party runs against Trump and another may covertly try to sabotage them.

      Popcorn futures might be a good investment.

      • Granted, a Democrat who came out strongly for throwing the book at Antifidiots could do well, but I’m seeing no sign of it.

        Any Democrat who comes out in favor of so much as telling AntiFa to maybe think about dialing it back a notch, mkay? would be immediately and brutally eviscerated by the Mainstream Media, and probably their party leadership as well. So it will never happen.

        • There have been several Democrats running for president who have cautioned against running too far Left.

          Past tense: have been. Delaney, Bullock, Hickenlooper are all past tense in the 2020 Battle For The Presidential Nomination. The party activists have the bit between their teeth and are showing everybody why the party had super-delegates in place as circuit breakers to prevent such Progressive blow-outs.

          • And with some creative criteria setting, the DNC looks like it will be throttling Gabbard’s candidacy at the next moonbat barkfest presidential debate.

            “Vote for me, you bigots!” is such a winning slogan.

            • The Gabbard Suppression shows how far up they intend to place Kamala – if her past as ethics-free Prosecutor and Attorney General does not completely sink her. She checks off several victim group checkboxes for the ticket, especially if Grandpa Simpson is really the nominee.

              • If the polls are even in the same county as reality, Harris is badly damaged with the base. Being a prosecutor is bad enough, but being a dirty, marijuana smoking prosecutor who happily would bust marijuana smokers isn’t a good look. With POTUS doing a deal with the Japanese for corn, popcorn futures should be going through the roof. 🙂

                • Harris is looking like the worst kid of politician: one who doesn’t stay bought.

                  Worse, she got blind-sided by what should have been an obvious line of attack. Not ready for her close-up.

                  • None of the occupants of the Democrat clown-car strike me as ready for prime time. Maybe against the kind of gentlemanly losers the Republican insiders seem to favor, but against Trump?

                    Ha!

                    Warren is a dingbat with a crippling past. Biden has a history of being handsy, and lives with his foot in his mouth. Sanders is an obvious aging radical, and formidably stupid. Most of the others strike me as flash-in-the-pan types with no staying power.

                    I suppose there might be a hidden agenda to re-nominate Granny Maojackets von Pantsuits, but I have difficulty believing the Democrat power structure is that stupid. They’d have to wear metronomes to remember to breathe.

                    • Yeah, well, they just can’t help themselves. it is one of the ways in which a compliant media does significant damage to politicians over time, feeding their hubris and “protecting” from reality.

                      For example:

                      Warren bashes Koch brothers day after Sanders scolds crowd cheering David Koch’s death
                      Elizabeth Warren reacted differently than Bernie Sanders when a crowd in Seattle booed at her mention of the brothers behind the powerful Koch political network that funds much of the conservative and libertarian movement.

                      The senator for Massachusetts and Democratic 2020 presidential candidate routinely bashes the industrialist billionaires and Republican megadonors during her stump speeches. But on Sunday, the liberal firebrand riffed about Charles and David Koch’s work stymieing a bipartisan response to climate change science in the 1990s.

                      [SNIP]

                      Sanders on Saturday scolded the crowd who came to hear him speak at the Minnesota State Fair for cheering David Koch’s demise from the disease.

                      “Yesterday, oligarch David Koch passed away,” a questioner began in St. Paul and was met with cheers from the audience.

                      Sanders replied, “I don’t applaud, you know, the death of somebody. We needn’t do that.”

          • tregonsee314

            Problem is a lot of those super delegates ARE party activists. All members of the house AND Senate who are of the democrat party are super Delegates so the squad and all the idiots screaming for impeachment are super delegates. Your circuit breakers are the old glass type fuses and the party is happily stuffing penny after penny in them to keep things running. Do this in the real world and pretty soon the wiring burns to protect the fuses.

            • Ah, the Lucas* solution!

              (*) AKA, Lucas Electrics: The Prince of Darkness

              • when he learned that owning grey shoes was a sign of insecurity, Peter Egan replied “If 3/4 of your vehicles had Lucas Electrics, you’d be insecure too”

              • tregonsee314

                I’ve heard of Lucas, though no family members had British cars. We did have a SAAB 99 1972 which had a triumph engine but I think SAAB replaced the electrics due to Lucas’ prodidgious reputation. Sticking a penny in place of a automotive fuse sounds likely to be even a worse solution than my analogy.

                • Some of the Saabs from the 70’s were noted for having dash fires. Waybackwhen in ’85 or so, I had a co-worker get engaged (and eventually married) to a Turkish girl from Stockholm (Christian Turks, I often wonder how happy they are with the Muslim influx) and about a year after he moved there, he had an issue with his visa and returned for a few months. He was telling us about living there, and mention he had an early 99, and I looked at him askance and he replied “It’s already had the prerequisite dash fire and was rewired by a specialist”

              • In 1972, I owned a 1964 MGB. The tail light cable strap was metal(!), and wore out the insulation and shorted. The headlight switch failed (opened up completely) and protected the fuse*. Don’t need no pennies.

                (*) The B (as well as a 1960 Triumph I owned in the ’80s) used two fuses, one for things switched at the key, and everything else. IIRC, the fuse in the MGB was 30A. The switch probably was rated at 10A.

                • let us not forget they were also noted for Positive Earth (ground) as well.
                  “So, wet climate and sea air? What else can we do to make things corrode even more?
                  “I got it! Make the whole body the annode!”

                  • Positive ground caught me when I wanted to replace the radio in the B. The original radio’s speaker died, so I bought a Heathkit. RTFM showed that the Heath radio needed negative ground, and I wasn’t going to mess. Had to return the kit.

                    I took a smallish speaker from an earlier stereo system and stuck it behind the seats. Since I was working in the Chicago ghetto, I needed the second speaker when the first one was stolen. By that time, I had a hard-shell top, so it was too much work to try to steal that one.

                • I had an Austin Marina. Four door, four speed, MGB engine. Pretty nice car, actually. I got it cheap because the previous owner had topped off the brake fluid, which promptly dissolved all the natural-rubber seals in the British brake system… a Chevrolet master cylinder conversion and a handful of cups and O-rings from open stock at the parts store and I was rolling. Drove it for a couple of years, no troubles at all.

                  I eventually sold it, and met up with the guy again a few years later. About a year after he got it he was eastbound on I-20 in Louisiana when he smelled smoke. Pulled over, jumped out, and watched it burn to the ground. Yep, electrical fire.

                  They don’t make Lucas jokes for nothing.

                  • I did the brake fluid blunder with the B. Two cold winter days (a year apart) and a rear wheel cylinder failed. I was aware of the issue when I had the TR3A, but still had to rebuild the front brake calipers.

                    The TR burned a main wire on the way to work one summer. Never figured out just why, and the replacement wire was fine. I called it my 30 mile car, relating to the maximum distance I was willing to pay for a tow. Surprisingly, I never needed a tow, though quite a few things broke on that car, not all electrical.

              • Actually I think they are hankering after the George Lucas Solution:

                “I have altered The Deal; Pray I do not alter it further.”

      • The Left is still counting on Trump being a typical Republican gentlemanly loser.” You think so? They;re THAT dumb? I certainly hope so. It strike’s me that Trump’s musical intro (and outtro) ought to be “Dazed and Confused”, for what he does to Dems.

        • They keep making plays as if he were…and being surprised when he isn’t. I suppose they could wake up, but I haven’t seen any sign of it.

          • being as he lurked around with them for years, you’d suspect they’d know better.

            • As I’ve noted several times, I think SOME of them do. They thought Granny Maojackets von Pantsuit would whip him in 2016, but that was the contempt of the insider for the outsider. Now they know better. But their positions got shaken when they shover Granny into the nomination and so (I think) they’re letting the young whippersnappers have their way, now, when it doesn’t lose them anything they think they can get.

              The youngsters (supporters, no candidates; the candidates are all suitably moldy) are full of enthusiasm and empty of history. None of them remember the fiasco of ’72, and if it was brought up they would vigorously proclaim that it wasn’t ‘relevant’ (or whatever the dismissive term is now).

              • There is also the factor of the Clintons and Obamas gutting the party, eliminating any competing power blocs (as well as state parties that can compete in any but blue states.)

                • Which feeds into my thought that they may be writing off 2020. Not seeing much talent for a rebuilding year, though. All the young faces are batshit insane.

                  Yes, Ms. AOC, I’m looking at you.

                  • Thing is, they wrote off 1992, too — that’s why Mario the Beloved sat out that race, and how’d that turn out?

                    That’s the problem of modern politics: you never know.

            • THAT’S how he learned to deal with Dems, and out-fox them. BIG TIME.

        • They;re THAT dumb?

          When have they demonstrated much other than “crank it up another notch”?

          Okay, sometimes they crank it up several more notches …

      • Trump is in a position to say, ‘Oh, look! The cheaters want to change the rules!’

        With the Paris Climate Accords, the Iran Treaty and the INF Treaty, President Not-Hillary has demonstrated a willingness to call say, “Why agree to rules when you guys never follow them?”

      • Antifa, BLM, etc. blocking roads in downtown is one thing. Blocking the interstate is just asking to be injured or killed by vehicle. And If I’m faced with what looks like an angry mob trying to block the freeway, I AM going to accelerate THROUGH them, horn blaring, lights flashing. They are the ones in violation of the law, and the horn and the lights are sufficient warning. Their failure to get out of the way is not a crime on my part.

        • When I read about that first case in Missouri I thought things through and made my decision. I’m not going to be dragged from my car and beaten, and I don’t carry enough ammunition to take on a hundred or more assailants. So it’s going to suck for anyone who is standing in front of me, because I’m going over them.

          Also note that the local police did *nothing* to disperse them or to rescue motorists who were attacked, which means there was collusion at a fairly high level.

          • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard

            There was a report that one suburban police force was called in to “assist” the main police force in one case of Antifa blockage.

            Apparently, the main police force wasn’t going to take action against the Antifa mob so the head of the suburban force asked permission from his commanders to pull out and was given permission.

            IIRC The suburb government told the city government that their police would not support the city’s “non-action” concerning Antifa.

            Oh, in these cases I don’t blame the city police for their non-action concerning Antifa. I blame the city governments.

    • It is my well-considered opinion that Trump is actually a centrist Democrat, and he really represents the “sane middle” of the Uniparty. They don’t want to admit it, on either side of the supposed left-right divide, but when you analyze the man’s positions… Centrist Democrat.

      I think what we really have going on here is the slow and painful suicide of the status-quo. Trump is co-opting a lot of the Democrat base, and has already co-opted a lot of the former Republican base. When he’s done, he’s going to be bouncing around somewhere in the center, and both the Democrats and Republicans who’ve unilaterally formed the Uniparty are going to find themselves out in the cold; what’s left will likely call itself the Republican Party, but the RINO old-school GOPe will have made common cause with their lunatic equivalents on the leftwards side of the Democrats, and we’re going to be left with what amounts to a(n) “Extremist” party(ies) and a “Centrist” party formed around patriotic Americans and Trump.

      I think he’s going to win the 2020 elections, and then it’s going to be Pence and perhaps our former UN ambassador Nikki Haley as next on deck while the nutters flail about with their usual idiocy. All you really need to do against the Democrats in 2020, so far, is be the adult in the room. God alone knows what effect the fall-out from the coup attempt will be, and that could be dire, for the Democrats and the media both.

    • 1. We Will Not Comply.

      2. 80% receivers.

      3. Sten and Sterling parts kits. And solvent traps.

    • The local attempts to mimic protests here in Australia, especially with regard to global warming and vegan protests against meat, have been met with poor reception, and arrests.

    • I hope Sarah won’t mind my linking this, but these were, I found, well written blogposts that touches on the attitudes that you speak about in your comment.

      (a second link comment to follow below this comment.)

  4. Looking back at the collapse of the Soviet Union, from an inside perspective at that, and I find two reasons why, even assuming all the best of intentions, socialist systems inevitably, invariably, fail. Two reasons, tied to two questions.

    Question one: Who watches the watchmen?
    The failures of socialist governments can easily be traced by their lack of accountability to their people. The disinterest and even fear of their leaders to ever trust the judgment of those lower on the ladder; the notion that a higher position automatically implies greater competence. Consequently, even the most well-intentioned leaders would make mistakes of ignorance, on the assumption that they can’t, or rather shouldn’t run their decisions by their constituents. That they shouldn’t be held accountable by the common herd, effectively ruling just like the aristocrats that they once eagerly deposed.

    Question two: Who will bell the cat?
    Per the familiar proverb, even the most noble plans would require someone to conduct the actual implementation, someone to do the heavy lifting and the dirty work. In capitalism and a free market economy, such people are not only expected to be rewarded for their labor, but also have the right to negotiate said reward, developing professional skill as leverage for a better bargaining position. In socialist systems however, people were commonly assigned to whatever areas were selected for them from above… with rampant corruption and nepotism for the cushiest jobs.

    Combine these two factors, and you get an extremely demotivated workforce, which naturally pales in accomplishment to free market skilled workers and specialists. Virtually the only area where skills and results mattered was the military industrial complex, since it was the only area with actual global competition. But soldiers need food, and machines need fuel and parts, and when the workers responsible for providing that aren’t in the mood for overtime, well… we know what followed. And, respectively, what will follow, with symptoms evident already, when socialist structures in the Western world are stonewalled into fending for themselves and sleeping in the beds they’ve made.

    • A small bit of history I like to trot out on occasion as a reminder:
      “And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling in terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand? […] The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin’s thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt!” —Alexander Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago

      • The funny thing about the Soviets is that the police state really wasn’t anything all that new to them. Even tyrannies have to have the consent of the governed to actually function.
        Stalin was bring back a government that was familiar and comfortable to the Russian people- rule by a strong dictator. “The Devil you know”, you know.
        It’s also funny that the Russians allowed themselves to be meekly rounded up into camps, then fought like hell against the Germans doing the same- and then meekly went back to the camps after the war was over.

        • I’ve thought for some time that both the USSR and the Peoples’ Republic of China were largely rebrandings of the style of (mis)government that was usual in those countries.

          • To a large degree, yes. Although the Communists were far more bloodthirsty. China, in particular, has suffered terribly under megalomaniac leaders.

            • Culture is far less malleable than Marxists and Academics (but I repeat myself) believe. Their ideology tends to be an extremely thin veneer over the underlying culture. Fidel was Batista in fatigues, Stalin was Ivan the Terrible in modern dress, China’s warlords wore Mao jackets but played the games their society has played for centuries. Everywhere Marx’s theories have been tried the extant culture has expressed itself in spite of the robes.

              • Turns out Marxists have it exactly back-assward, as noted by the redoubtable Myron Magnet:

                Trump’s trade war with China is all about national security
                [SNIP]
                [Xi] might have a freer hand with an orthodox Democratic foreign policy establishment holding the surprisingly Marxoid belief that, as culture is mere superstructure on an economic base, lots of “free” trade with China will inexorably liberalize their government and society — as those who admitted China into the World Trade Organization believed, and as Trump jeeringly does not.

            • “To a large degree, yes. Although the Communists were far more bloodthirsty. China, in particular, has suffered terribly under megalomaniac leaders.”
              Tyranny is often that nation’s political culture turned up to 11.
              A lot of the old Chinese emperors were also into Cultural Revolutions.

            • Mao bragged of being the First Emperor only much grander scale.

        • I have a copy of the Marquis de Custine’s La Russie en 1839 in abridged English translation, that has a foreword by someone who worked in the American embassy, explaining that the embassy workers thought it the best guide to the USSR.

      • That quote gets more chilling every time I read it. Think applying that principle to our own Stalinists, at the current level of warfare: social media, employment, deplatforming.

        If we do not hang together we will most assuredly all hang separately.

        • The message I take away from Solzhenitsyn is that in order to control the people who vastly outnumbered the party elites the government created a feeling of isolation where every citizen felt as though they were alone in the struggle. True, they were disarmed, but arms can always be found. What was missing was a means of communication that could enable individuals to gather in groups and coordinate resistance. Remember, in Solzhenitsyn’s day typewriters and mimeo machines were tightly controlled and unauthorized possession was a Gulag banishment offense.

    • The biggest inefficiencies in our own economy often seem to stem from the manufacturers and the regulators belonging to the same clubs. So, ask the question, “How is formalizing that problem as the way things are done going to improve matters?”

    • The thing that is notable about Marx is that the man was a theorist; he did nothing in practice. We have no lasting memorial to Marxist theory that he left behind, no successful company, no successful social institution that he founded and ran along his theoretical lines. There’s just a bunch of obtusely written books of theory, and precisely zero successful implementations to show for any of it. Purely on a pragmatic basis of seeing any successful enactment of his ideas…? Forget all the failures he overlooked, going back to the early days of the Christian church; there’s nothing after Marx to show any real success for any of his lunatic ideas and ideals.

      TBH, I’m not even sure that ants could operate successfully under Marxism. There are too many inherent flaws in his thinking.

      What’s amazing, though, is the longevity of it all, and the invulnerability to reality and demonstrated performances.

      • Marx simply gave a name to the lust for power of the Intellectuals. They wanted the kind of authority that the (failing) Aristocracy used to have, but A) didn’t want to dirty their hands like the Industrialists and B) had no discernible talent for actually building anything. So they were playing around with the conceit that, since they were ‘Intellectuals’ they should be in charge.

        Marx gave this pipe dream a name and a theoretical framework, and they’ve been riding Marxism ever since.

        • Christopher M. Chupik

          It’s a religion substitute. In the End Times, the true believers of the proletariat will overthrow the false religion of the bourgeoisie and the dialectic will descend upon the Earth and reign forever in righteousness, communism without end, amen.

        • It is worth remembering that, until relatively recently, the Intellectuals were representative of the ruling class, for only the economy’s rulers had the capital to spend on earning a Ph.D. — for everybody else the opportunity cost of college was simply too high.

        • Roger Ritter

          Whereas religion is the opiate of the masses, Marxism is the opiate of the intelligentsia.

          • I’ve always liked the word ‘intelligentsia’, it makes a nice distinction between genuine scholars and true intellectuals who actually work with their brains, and those like the Progressive Left, who merely like the lifestyle.

      • “What’s amazing, though, is the longevity of it all, and the invulnerability to reality and demonstrated performances.”

        Much like a form of psychosis, the socialist mindset has a number of mental defenses to shield it from cognitive dissonance. Failures in performance can always be blamed on insidious sabotage, or otherwise the need for ever greater resources so that the promised utopia can “really” arrive. Lack of popular support is always explained with the public being comprised of racists or sexists or otherwise unenlightened simpletons who need the elites to do their thinking for them. And so on, and so forth. Treating that in a single person is a challenge, never mind a whole society.

  5. Got the bushes trimmed today, and laundry is slowly getting there, a load at a time. And I’m chipping away at secondary WIP, a sentence at a time. From a clean house comes better health (directly, for the asthmatic, and indirectly, from lower stress, for the non-asthmatic). Also, neighbors appreciate a nicely kept front lawn and bushes, and we likely to help keep up normality around here.

    From better health comes more writing. Peter has just gotten a short story for an anthology out to beta readers, and we’re hoping to release the third Western early next week. It’s kind of strange to think of Westerns as counter-cultural… but they certainly are, to the progressive culture!

    • Yes; NEVER let the neighbors see your visitors from space, or their vehicles. Unless they’re throwing a party for them.

    • Been in rehearsals since 0930 local time, for a concert later this evening. Some of the music is a challenge, some is familiar (can’t go wrong with Hayden [the Gloria from the Mass in Time of War]), and three pieces are about love and beauty, both here, and… Beyond. It is so easy to get wrapped up in the stresses and immediate problems and to miss the beauty in the world. I don’t think the Left sees beauty. They can’t. Which is profoundly sad, and for me explains a lot.

    • My job for the next two weeks is to stay off my feet as much as possible to let the toe bones heal. Got chewed out for walking too much last week, so beyond bathroom, mealtimes and taking the dogs to the kennel, that’s pretty much it. I do have to do a toe stretch; it’s amazing how stiff a non-moving joint can get after that procedure. (The doctor’s manipulation of that joint was remarkable.)

  6. William H. Stoddard

    I would have picked the seventeenth century for soaking the Earth with blood. Though maybe that’s mostly Europe.

  7. Wholly OT, but:

    Had a call this afternoon from “Computer Technical Support” — and have decided that in future I will no longer immediately hang up on such pests. The next such caller will earn the following statement:

    This call is being recorded for documentation purposes. Please clearly state your first and last name and telephone number.”

    • I’ve been getting the “Our records show that your car warranty has run out, but if you act today…” nonsense. If it wasn’t prerecorded, I think I’d try “This call is being recorded for possible prosecution. Please stay on the line. Local agents should be there shortly. “.

      • I rather like the idea of, “Remain on the line, a strike UAV is being targeted on your location now.”

        Especially when it’s NOT a joke. I am convinced that the tele-harassers need to be dealt with summarily. And lethally.

      • Which of my 5 vehicles is it?

        • Being pre-recorded “your vehicle warranty is expiring”, so don’t, but my response would be “And? Your point? Well duh! Good bye.” Because they generally id the vehicle. Know for a fact some of the cars they are targeting now aren’t even close to have expiring warranty. Others. One of them we don’t even have anymore. The other is 15 years years old.

          I still like the response of someone who being tired of this crap, pushed through to get a real person on the line, then said “wait a minute” and put their verbal 4 year old on the line … always ends with that. No hint on how long the 4 year old kept them on the line or the resulting conversation. But the robo calls stopped, at least for awhile.

          • Depending on one’s capacity for histrionics, push through to a live person, get a vehicle ID and then go into, “That car? That’s the one my Spouse/Child was driving when hit by that drunk!!! Oh god, I had nearly gotten over that! Thanks for ripping open the wound …”

    • I nearly fell for the “Dish Network” upgrade scam (never answer the phone to strangers when you’re *really* tired), but stopped. Bastards tried calling me the next day; they were sure they had a live one.

      Now, we just screen calls. Unless it’s a number likely to be business or somebody we know, we let it go to the machine. If they’re legit, they’ll leave a message and if we want, we can pick up then. Most of the scam calls don’t leave any messages.

      Volume of crap calls have dropped lately, but I’m not counting on that lasting..

      • My mom did. Luckily she used a CC that she uses very little. She called CC and put a fraud alert on the transaction. She finally got a number to be able to call and cancel the transaction (not exactly Fraud in traditional sense … just snaky) but the number was provided outside the legal cancel period. She still canceled. The person on the other end of the line swore at her for reporting it as fraud. Had her in tears when she called me (she’s close to 85). Had her call the CC in question (I couldn’t talk her down) who assured her that it was legal to put a fraud alert ON ANYTHING regardless. In this case they were glad she’d called back with further information as the CC operator was adding further notes and escalating the fraud (doubling down). Yes. The CC canceled the card and issued her a new one.

        There was some good news about this. She thought she had to use the CC monthly to keep it. Maybe at one time. Some CC do have to be used occasionally to keep them and I understand why mom would use it for small transaction monthly just so she’d remember it has to be paid every month. However, this card doesn’t have this requirement as it is part of her regular checking account. Truly a card she can keep in reserve for emergencies.

        Yes. We had a conversation about agreeing to ANYTHING on the phone unless she called them; as in DO NOT. Or better yet. One of us kids was with her. Better yet. DON’T answer the phone if no name is displayed or you don’t know the number. Any acquaintance you don’t have a number for will leave a message, eventually. We’ll have this conversation again, I’m sure. Also discussed that she knows NO ONE who would call or write her for money in an emergency; don’t care what the excuse is.

        • > She thought she had to use the CC monthly to keep it.

          [eyes cross…]

          It sure *sounds* familiar, but I can’t nail it down.

          I’ve had a couple of cards canceled because I failed to use them at least once a year, though.

          > We had a conversation about agreeing to ANYTHING on the phone

          Ah, MCI… they were infamous for asking “Is this so-and-so?”, then recording the “yes” as an agreement to switch to their overpriced long distance service. They got us on that one, which is one reason we never use the word “yes” on the phone with anyone we don’t know personally. They got sued at least once over that particular dirtbag routine.

          • $SPOUSE has said that there are reports of several other groups doing the “yes” trap. I’ve heard of a few for long distance services, though that was about a year ago.

            • We went over the “yes” trap too. Answer your phone. Do. Not. Say. Anything. If it is scam, they’ll hang up. Or robo call will just start talking. Better yet. If you don’t know who the number is from. Do. Not. Answer. It. Period.

        • I didn’t get that far in; gave up the last 4 digits of my SSN, then alarm bells finally went off. So, they got no credit card number, and they were ticked. I also changed my master PIN with Dish. The scammers stopped calling (from Mumbai, it seems) when I told them I knew it was a scam. At that point, every scammer in the world tried our number…

          Now, unless it’s a known person/number, or if one or other of us is expecting a call, we’ll let it go to the machine. Almost all of the strange (bogus) numbers calling don’t leave a message. (I should tell my podiatrist that his caller ID shows as the doctor he bought the practice from. That was a few years ago. Oops.)

          Interesting though; the Dish scammers seemed to know I had a Dish connection (could have been blind luck), but a more recent series of scammers have been showing as “NRA”. Of course, they show wildly different numbers each time they try. OTOH, in this area, Dish customers are common, and NRA members aren’t that uncommon, though I wouldn’t be surprised if a) I gave the NRA my number once upon a time, and b) it got sold.

          I’m mildly surprised we haven’t gotten the IRS scam calls, unless those are the blocked numbers that show up on occasion.

          • Spoke too soon on the IRS scam. The sheriff had to put out a statement over the weekend that No, he wasn’t clearing bed space in jail for people not sending money in for quarterlies I suppose it’s gift cards again, mailed to some sketchy mail drop.

    • Christopher M. Chupik

      I wasted the time of one of those scammers once. It added a little to my phone bill, but it was worth it to hear his frustration when I played dumb and failed to let him hack my computer.

    • people still answer phones when they don’t recognize the number?
      Get a Trac run phone and get the miriad of false calls from other Trac numbers, and you learn fast to just leave it. anything important will ping you with a message. Everyone else hangs up, or it is the false calls and would disconnect as soon as you answered, anyhow.Lately, ATT/DirecTV are the only messages I have gotten (and message deleted or expletive deleted), and I did for a time get calls from a doctor’s office, for a woman who gave or had a typo for hers (I think she was at fault, I got a few from a different place, as well).

      • I did some digging after complaining that the phone companies have to know when they are connecting this crap – and in fact, they do, but are not allowed to not connect them as a Common Carrier. The proximate issue is apparently that the current Common Carrier laws require the phone companies to put through any call dialed to a valid destination number even when they absolutely know the provided caller ID is not the origination point of the call, or otherwise spoofed (i.e. the ID provided is a non-assigned number).

        The phone companies are feeling the heat on this issue from their customers and have been asking for regulatory changes to let them only put through calls with validated origins, with no results so far.

        The only issue I can see is allowing valid vPBX systems (which along with VOIP is what the scammers use) to still be able to provide a “main exchange” number when a call is placed from an internal extension, but that should be pretty easy to solve.

        • I’m thinking that should I get such calls, I should loudly say “Hey, Charley! Start recording, we got another one!

        • I think there was some regulatory change announced this last Thursday, something about main carriers, states’ attorneys general and FCC. I haven’t read the reporting because, well, either it works or it doesn’t …

  8. Boyd J Ready

    Illegitimi non carborandum!

  9. Rejoice! For we have the privilege of standing in the front line…and we’re taking the offensive for the first time since Reagan the Great. Yes, the Left is going nuts…as crazy as in the late 1960s and early 1970s. But we’re not dealing with a weak-kneed Nixon in the Oval Office. Trump, for all his flaws, is better than that.

    I’m expecting 2020 to get very interesting. Spygate is a ticking time bomb that could put a third of the Democrats and half their Propaganda Press arm behind bars, if Trump has the nerve to do it. And if the Dems nominate Biden, he can be dropped with a bribery charge at will.

    After that…we nee to start thinking about a 2024 nominee. Someone harder-nosed.

    • Dang! I so want to re-write Henry V’s St. Crispin’s Day speech …

      This story shall the good man teach his son;
      And Crispin Crispian shall ne’er go by,
      From this day to the ending of the world,
      But we in it shall be rememberèd—
      We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
      For he to-day that casts his vote with me
      Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,
      This day shall gentle his condition;
      And gentlemen in ‘Merica now a-bed
      Shall think themselves accurs’d they were not here,
      And hold their ballots cheap whiles any speaks
      That voted with us upon this election day.

  10. Leo M. Walker

    I go, ma generalle!

  11. Scott Anderson

    Liberty may win some day but I’m more concerned about the next 70 years. The next election they win big is the last election that will matter to America.

    And then where on Earth will freedom live?

  12. selchietracker

    Thank you, Sarah. For the encouragement, which comes at a time I need it, and the brevity. (I often wince at the length of your posts.)

  13. I think the biggest fear of the Democrats is this-

    Trump wins in 2020 (today, 8/25, I’m willing to say that he probably is). And, Trump’s two big motivators are making money (or making a profit) and revenge. He doesn’t HAVE to run for the White House again, so it’s going to be full revenge time on people. And, the Democrats are in the top three groups of people that Trump wants to see suffer. (The other two are China and Big Finance.)

    And, the Democrats know that if he starts just enforcing the rules, there’s a lot of stuff they can get in serious trouble over. Enough that the MSM has to seriously choose between either presenting it honestly or dying as an industry. Throw in a lot of people that have this idea of the Democratic party, one that is NOT what it is…

    It’s going to be interesting…especially if the Democrats use ANTIFA as a threat.

    • “especially if the Democrats use ANTIFA as a threat.”

      President Trump is the type that takes “threat” as a challenge.

      Yes. Interesting times ahead.

    • “And, the Democrats are in the top three groups of people that Trump wants to see suffer. (The other two are China and Big Finance.)”

      I don’t think Trump wants to make China suffer, he just wants to beat them (economically and in terms of geopolitical position.)

  14. I am convinced that Karl Marx’s greatest failing is that he could only see control. He saw the misery that the Industrial Revolution brought to the world (never mind that, for all the misery there was, it was a net decrease in the misery that came before), and decided it was because of these “people with capital” who were in control, and some day the “slaves” will rise up, became the “dictatorship of the proletariat” and take over themselves — and that, once they do that, rather than becoming the very “capitalists” they despised, they would somehow whither away, and leave society with something perfect, something without the trappings of control.

    The very notion that Great Britain and the United States were the societies they were because they gave power to the individual completely whooshed over his head. Had he understood the dynamic of protecting property and liberty insuring liberty, he would have noticed that the US (and to a lesser degree, Great Britain) were on the forefront of the Revolution that would change the world, rather than wrongly conclude that they’d be the first to fall to the “dictatorship of the proletariat”.

    For all his efforts, Marx has merely poisoned the well of the true Revolution, the one that has gotten us far closer to his ideals than anyone who has ever embraced his philosophy — and even then, he hasn’t stopped progress, but has only merely slowed it down.