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'Nil desperandum. That is a Motto for you and me. All are not dead; and where there is a Spark of patriotick fire, we will enkindle it.'
—Samuel Adams, Letter to James Warren, 09 December 1772
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'We fight, get beat, rise, and fight again'.
—General Nathanael Greene
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'Never, ever give up on hope, never doubt, never tire, and never become discouraged. Be not afraid.'
—St. John Paul The Great

Reject The Wisdom In Favor Of The Whim

18 October 2018 @ 14:54

First Item:

Multiple cases of typhus have popped up in downtown Los Angeles and prompted health officials to warn about the flea-spread disease, which can cause organ damage in severe cases.

Nine people were reported ill between July and September, with officials eyeing trash and stray animals as potential catalysts.

Typhus is a disease caused by bacteria found in infected fleas that can come from cats, rats, opossums, and other stray animals. Accumulation of trash or overcrowding and poor hygiene is typically associated with the spread of the disease.

Symptoms are typically managed on their own, but severe cases may require antibiotics. Those with severe cases who avoid treatment may risk organ damage or even death.

Second Item:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now reporting that there are now more than 125 confirmed or suspected cases of acute flaccid myelitis, a condition affecting children across the nation and leaving them paralyzed.

One child has died of the disease, and 62 of the cases have been confirmed as AFM. The cause of the illness has not yet been determined.

Third Item:

Whooping cough, a potentially life-threatening childhood illness, all but disappeared in the 1940s after a vaccine was developed. But in recent decades, the illness has been making a comeback. Changes in the vaccine and waning immunity are likely contributing to the resurgence of the illness, according to experts. [BOB: Who are these ‘experts’?]

In 2012, the United States had the highest number of whooping cough cases in more than 50 years with 48,277 reported cases and 20 deaths. Most of the deaths occurred among infants, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The highly contagious respiratory illness is not always on the radar of doctors and can be mistaken for a cold, bronchitis, reflux. The Georgia Department of Health said it’s not uncommon for someone to see two, even three doctors before getting a proper diagnosis.

Fourth Item:

Pertussis cases are up in Douglas County. Infants and children are particularly at risk.

The Health Department said there is an unusually high number of whooping cough cases.

So far, there have been about 65 reported cases this year compared to 25 last year.

While it is preventable by vaccine, infants younger than six months are too young to vaccinated.

-The fact of the matter is there are two main causes for these increases in Typhus, Polio, Whooping Cough — and many other illnesses — that we thought had been eradicated:

1. Too many people are coming into this country from Third World Countries, where these sicknesses are blooming;

2. Enough parents in America, who are legally here, are not getting their children vaccinated.

Combine the two and you have a potential recipe for a Health Disaster.

The former is easily fixable: CLOSE THE BORDER to Illegal Immigrants and tighten the health restrictions for the Legal Immigrants.

The latter is a lot harder to combat.  It involves changing the mindset of those who deign to put the lives of their children at risk for permanent physical disabilities and, perhaps even, death.

What is that mindset?

Specifically, it is the mentality that says beware of Science.  It is ‘Scientism’ — a belief that science is subject to Ideology.  And the Ideology of the day is to Reject the careful studies that have been performed numerous times in favor of the theories that help promote the System Of Ideas you follow.

Reject the Wisdom in favor of the Whim.

Generally, it is the mindset, the psyche, that permits one to adhere to an Idea, despite the evidence that, in Real Life, that Ideology doesn’t work*.

‘[Father Brown:] It’s drowning all your old rationalism and scepticism, it’s coming in like a sea; and the name of it is superstition.’ The first effect of not believing in God is to believe in anything….

—Emile Cammaerts

This is the Triumph of Ideology over Life…and another symptom of The Present Crisis.

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*We saw an example of this very recently when Minority Leader Pelosi, in a rather stunning statement [for us anyway], said:

If there’s some collateral damage, for some others that don’t share our view, well so be it.

I Have A Few Questions…

17 October 2018 @ 14:44

In a report over at The Other McCain on one woman’s claim that a man raped her [both Democrats], Stacy makes the following comment:

Look, I’d argue that Alvarez has the right to be presumed innocent, but Democrats have been lecturing us that we must #BelieveWomen….

Now, of course, he’s being sarcastic, but one has to wonder if this what we’ve come down to, where we find ourselves in this day and age?

Has the discourse in public life become so degenerated that the Majority of us can no longer distinguish between right and wrong?

Are we few, we happy few, the only ones left who can see how this will play out?

Are we so sure that we can convince enough of the Majority to see it our way?

 

 

On Pocahonky’s DNA And The Bigger Issue

16 October 2018 @ 14:50

Over at The Other McCain, we get a powerful take-down by the Author himself, William Jacobson, and David Harsanyi.  Anyone of those three could have performed the take-down, but combine all three and what you get is a Fisking of Pocahonky*.

A few highlights…

William ‘The Prof’ Jacobson:

Elizabeth Warren is not Native American. Her ancestry has been traced by Cherokee genealogists back to the early 1800s, as far back as there are records, and there are no Native American ancestors.

The one potential Native American ancestor was Warren’s great great great grandmother, Sarah O.C. Smith, but an initial 2012 report about that was debunked and The Boston Globe was forced to issue a retraction….

David Harsanyi:

When her supposed Native American heritage came under scrutiny during her first Senate bid, Warren presented a recipe she had published in her cousin’s cookbook as evidence of her background. It was signed “Elizabeth Warren — Cherokee.” Later we learned that even the recipe was taken verbatim from an article in The New York Times five years earlier.

Stacy:

…She claims that her parents eloped because of anti-Indian prejudice in Oklahoma: “My daddy’s parents, the Herrings, were bitterly opposed to their marrying because my mother’s family, the Reeds, was part native American.” Whether or not her paternal grandparents were “bitterly opposed” to her father marrying her mother, it could not have been because the Reeds were “part native American,” as a 1/32nd non-white ancestry (i.e., 96.9% white) would not be apparent and, contrary to her telling, the remote ancestor she claimed was Cherokee was identified as white in census records. If the Senator is asserting that her father’s parents were extraordinarily ignorant, we’ll take her word for it, but this tells us nothing about the alleged ancestry of her mother’s side of the family.

That, and the rest that can be found over at TOM, covers it pretty well, so do head over there and read the whole bloody thing.

I’d like to focus on a bigger issue…

This is a great example of how you — you conservative or Classical Liberal you — are not even being considered in what action Warren took.

First of all: she’s playing to her base.  They are looking for any excuse to let this issue slip away into the Ash Heap Of False Claims By The Left.  Pocahonky’s base, which she believes to be the young [under forty years old], is either so Goddamn Stupid that they’ll buy this line, hook-line-and-sinker, or they’ll gladly except her explanation as being Definitive — end-of-story — and they’ll keep chanting it louder and louder until, they hope, we give up.

Second of all: she’s playing to the Ignorant Middle [but I repeat myself].  These are the people who only pay attention once every four years, who look [unconsciously] for the ‘right’ buzz words that make their hearts flutter and their minds skip-a-beat.  Words like ‘let the government take care of it’.

So…don’t even bother to argue with Pocahonky.

She’s not listening.

And neither is the rest of the Left.

Let us get our own act in order and, also, ask ourselves a few pointed questions that boil-down to two topics: what can we do to arm ourselves against such madness and what is it in our Souls that allows us to think of them as Fellow Americans.

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*That is Jeff Goldstein’s [@proteinwisdom] term and I like it.

The Coming Calamity

12 October 2018 @ 13:46

On the occasion of the Tenth Anniversary of Legal Insurrection, William Jacobson reflects on how American Society has ‘evolved’ during the past decade*:

…While many of [the Left on campuses] are merely misguided, far too many of them are bad people who simply must be defeated. They don’t share our core values of liberty and freedom. In the insane world of the modern campus, defending free speech for those who are unpopular is denigrated as an act of white supremacy. Insisting on due process for the accused is deemed an act in service of the “patriarchy.” And now those campus orthodoxies have taken over the Democratic Party and progressive movement, and are projected by the media.

A meaningful segment of the “progressive” movement has had their minds captured by anti-capitalist, anti-American and anti-Western educational indoctrination. There is no reasoning with such people not because I don’t want to reason with them, but because they have what amounts to a religious zealotry. “Intersectionality” has weaponized these zealots against Israel and Jews, as a proxy for capitalism, America and the West. It’s a singular enemy we face.

If Vassar was an eye-opener for me. Kavanaugh was a game-changer. I don’t know what will be in a few years, but for now there is pre-Kavanaugh and post-Kavanaugh.

Others have made the point, but it’s worth repeating: The malicious campaign against Kavanaugh proves that none of us are safe. No matter how well you live your life, you are exposed to serious damage if you get in their way politically.

The failure to confirm Kavanaugh would have been a disaster, emboldening further abuses. When defeat for Kavanaugh seemed possible, I also was reminded of how Natan Sharansky read Psalm 30 as he was released from Soviet imprisonment:

“I will exalt You, O Lord, for You have raised me up, and You have not allowed my enemies to rejoice over me.”

Thankfully we prevailed this time, just one battle in a long war which, as least superficially, we are losing.

Academia is gone. High tech is gone. Mass media is gone. The entertainment industry is gone. And along with those losses has come the loss of control over our vocabulary, which now is subservient to political needs of the institutions we have lost.

This situation is clearly Intolerable.

The Left has taken over all of our institutions, except for the very personal ones — and those ones are under constant bombardment.

Let us face the facts: the Left has invaded every, single institution we hold dear; it has stuck it’s poisonous claws into those we hold sacred; it has corrupted everything it touches and there is not one aspect of our Society that it has not touched.

The only reason I keep going is to explain and to warn about the coming Calamity.

We have to be asking ourselves what is it we want.

For me, it’s damn easy:

I will not be a slave;
I will either Live Free or Die

 

I think most of you agree with this, so let us ask ourselves next: How can we live Free?

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*The Prof and I started in the same year.

And What Will This ‘Win’ Get Us

09 October 2018 @ 14:40

Over at SteynOnline, two commentators make good points about Donald Trump.

The first is from Roy Koczela:

…I think a major reason Trump is able to act so “tough” is because he has wholly surrendered to the Left on issues which he’d have a harder time fighting on in public.

Let’s see Trump get up there and tell people “Social Security’s a Ponzi scheme; I hear people say they “paid in”. Get real, losers! You paid the previous generation, and now you want the next one to pay you. Losers! MAGA!”

Yeah, never happen. So Paul Ryan is a wimp because he actually makes the case to the totally inadequate, measured, moderate extent it can be made, while Trump is a tough guy because he has wholly and totally surrendered to the Left.

The second from John Frary:

Roy Koczela, Exactly so. Tough guys can tell the truth to their followers. Trump reassures them. Social Security, no worries. All is well you’re checks will always be in the mail. No changes needed. Same for Medicare and Medicaid. Same for every benefit on offer for everybody. Exception, perhaps, for inveterate enemies, e.g., the swamp dwellers. He’s never led troops in battle, tamed a lion, walked a tight-rope over a steep drop. He plays the alpha male and admire alpha males. A real test awaits.

The President has the idea in his head that there are certain issues he dare not bring-up to his followers.  Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid — throw-in even Obamacare under it’s new name: TrumpGOPcare [he and the GOP own it now].

What you have is a situation where, while Mr. Trump ‘stood-up under pressure from the Democrats/Leftists’, it wasn’t such a risk because, if he had lost, the President would have been able to campaign on the Evil that is the Left and the fecklessness of a few [or one] Republicans.

This is but one example of what he and the GOPe have ‘risked’.

So, either way: Trump and the GOP win.

And what will this ‘win’ get us?

-More conservatives, some of whom will join the GOP Establishment.

-Many more fuzzy-headed Moderates, who are already card-carrying members of the We Love Mitch Fan Club.

It is already too late to field actual True Conservatives who will stand their ground on most issues and get them through the Primaries — Cocaine Mitch, Paul Ryan and their Cronies already saw to that.

For conservatives, no matter what happens, this Mid-Term Election will be a grand disappointment.

Sorry to spoil the celebrations [heh, I waited a few days, at least].

This Is A Hill Worth Dying On : The #Kavanaugh Hearings

02 October 2018 @ 21:33

We are for the withering away of the state, and at the same time we stand for the strengthening of the dictatorship, which represents the most powerful and mighty of all forms of the state which have existed up to the present day. The highest development of the power of the state, with the object of preparing the conditions of the withering away of the state: that is the Marxist formula. Is it “contradictory”? Yes, it is “contradictory.” But this contradiction is a living thing and wholly reflects the Marxist dialectic.

Joseph Stalin, Address To The 16th Congress Of The Russian Communist Party (1930)

Within twenty years at the most, he reflected, the huge and simple question, ‘Was life better before the Revolution than it is now?’ would have ceased once and for all to be answerable. But in effect it was unanswerable even now, since the few scattered survivors from the ancient world were incapable of comparing one age with another.

They remembered a million useless things, a quarrel with a workmate, a hunt for a lost bicycle pump, the expression on a long-dead sister’s face, the swirls of dust on a windy morning seventy years ago: but all the relevant facts were outside the range of their vision. They were like the ant, which can see small objects but not large ones.

And when memory failed and written records were falsified — when that happened, the claim of the Party to have improved the conditions of human life had got to be accepted, because there did not exist, and never again could exist, any standard against which it could be tested.

—George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four [re-paragraphing mine]

One hears many on the non-Left trying to explain why and how the Left is doing what they’re doing; why they are taking such actions as they are.

This is ultimately futile for most of us because we fail to put ourselves into the minds of the Leftists.

We believe that they think just as we think — and, yes, that includes when we strip away our own Morality and just apply our own version of Utilitarianism.

Some on our side understand that the Left operates using, at it’s base — as it’s Strategy — feelings, even though they use Ruthless, Unfeeling Tactics in their application.  They see that the Left is driven by emotion underneath it all [call it Gnostic or ‘Enlightened’ or what you will].  However, these same people still think that what drives the Left are emotions that are near to our own emotions.  This is not so.

Leftist Thinking is driven by feelings we do not easily understand.

Nihilism or a religious-like fervor for ‘salvation’ or a combination of both drive the Left’s Ideology.

Hatred of Mankind, of Human Nature, or a belief in an Anti-God philosophy or a deranged combination of both [see: Doublespeak / Doublethink below] provide the fragile fuel that propels the Leftist Virus.

In other words: Leftism is Alien to every single thing we in America, and in The Anglosphere, stand for.

For us to grasp how the Leftist Mind works, we must forget everything we know and believe and enter [‘mind-meld’, as it were] their minds.  How to do this?

A close reading of their speeches or words when they’re writing to the converted will most certainly help.

The Left employs Doublespeak and Doublethink because they believe that (1) their own base is so well-trained in cognitive dissonance they will blindly follow wherever the Left leads them and (2) because they believe that we are afraid to fight back against their Vile Slanders.

As for (1): there’s nothing we can do about this, so don’t even try.  Every compromise you make with a Leftist — be he a member of The Intelligensia or an Apparatchik or a Fellow Traveller or a Dupe — will only result in YOU compromising, because, let us not forget, the Left has nothing to compromise with since they have rejected all Morality.  They are free to ‘give’ you anything you want because it holds no meaning for them.

As for (2): hold those supposedly on our side to account for their weaselly actions.  Pound them Relentlessly [see below].

But there are some things we can do as we’re waiting [and learning how] to get a full grasp on Leftist Thinking.

@NotDeadGlomar has a suggestion:

Fuck. That. Shit.

This ends when Justice Kavanaugh laughs at them in the well of the Senate, and then crushes their hopes and dreams for forty plus years.

False rape accusations cannot be allowed to succeed.

You don’t get a return to civility by bowing to heinous tactics.

You get it with a retaliatory strike so fucking terrible that they talk about what you did to them for ten thousand years.

It needs to be biblical.

He’s onto something.

The Left understands Power And Control; they know that it is what will lead them to achieve their ends [call it ‘Heaven-On-Earth’ or ‘Immanentizing The Eschaton’ or what you will].

You DON’T make a return to Civility by compromising your Values.  Civility is a two-way street.  Besides, how can you be civil with people who think you’re Evil?

Glomar exaggerates — but only by a little.

We must hit the Left on all fronts, once and for all.

This is a hill worth dying on.

We’ve got nothing to lose because, if we keep on the path we’re on, American Society WILL collapse.

If the People are at present hushed into Silence, is it not a sort of sullen Silence, which is far from indicating your Conclusion, that the glorious Spirit of Liberty is vanquished and left without hope but in miracles.

It is the Effect of a mistaken Prudence, which springs from Indolence or Cowardice or Hypocricy or I know not what, in those who should point out to them the constitutional Methods of Opposition to arbitrary Power. Too many are afraid to appear for the publick Liberty, and would fain flatter themselves that their Pusillanimity is true Prudence.

For the sake of their own Ease or their own Safety, they preach the People into paltry Ideas of Moderation: But in perilous times like these, I cannot conceive of Prudence without Fortitude; and the Man who is not resolved to encounter and overcome Difficulties when the Liberty of his Country is threatened, no more deserves the Character of a Patriot, than an other does that of a Soldier who flies from his Standard.

I expect that many who to gain the popular applause have bore the name of Whigs, will adore the rising Sun: They will fawn and flatter and even lick the Dust of their Masters feet: But you and I acknowledge no Master; and I trust there are more than seven Thousand who will scorn to bow the Knee of Servility.

I join with you in resolving to persevere with all the little Strength we have and preserve a good Conscience: It is no Dishonor to be in a minority in the Cause of Liberty and Virtue: When the Multitude desert that Cause, we will look down upon them with all that Contempt, which our Caesar has been wont to cast upon them when they were virtuous and free. Magna est Veritas et praevalebit [Truth is great and will prevail]. Our Sons, if they deserve it, will enjoy the happy Fruits of their Fathers Struggles.

—Samuel Adams, letter to James Warren on 25 March 1771

We must…

‘The Command Of The Totalitarians Was Thou Shalt’

01 October 2018 @ 14:57

Everything is permissible.
Nothing is on the level.
All actions are allowed.
Everyone and everything will be washed clean.

The end justifies the means;
‘Whatever it takes’ is the new mantra.

—The Leftist Bible

In 2010, we lost control of our Bodies; in 2016, we lost control of The Overall Narrative.

The latter was just a further refinement of the former.

Smitty gets it:

The effort to undermine our Constitutional order is a long-standing game of patience for the godless Commies. “A Republic, if we can keep it” has never been under greater pressure than it has this century.

The concern is that the people are too complacent. This confirmation fracas, far from a reasonable dispute between honest folk of differing opinion, was an overt assault the basic Rule of Law, Due Process, and Western Civilization in general. DO WE GRASP THIS?

A small minority of us do, but the vast majority of the country does not.  A small minority sees that the whole basis of a Free Society is hanging in the balance.

In a damn fine Tweetstorm, ‘Puter understands the stakes:

I think it is more important to punish Democrats for the violation of Senate process and basic American notions of due process than it is to continue to look into decades-old, uncorroborated, unresolvable allegations against Kavanaugh.

And I’ll tell you why. Democrats’ disregard of basic procedure, the presumption of innocence, and due process (not to mention Senate collegiality, whatever that is) is more dangerous to the Republic than seating a person accused on an unverified act decades ago.

If we as a nation decide to jettison rule of law, the game is over. We might as well pack it in now and go into full on warlord mode because we will not be able to live together as a free society any more.

We will have devolved into guilt by mere accusation, no procedural protections for the accused, and rewarding the politics of personal destruction. The damage to society from this turning point is far more dangerous than one of nine votes on the Supreme Court.

To permit Democrats to “win” by ignoring procedure, law, and basic human decency is to permit rule of men to reign. Rule of man never ends well for any society. It is the most destructive thing to societal freedom. If you don’t believe me, ask Venezuelans.

And no one will like an America where individual rights are ignored (along with the Constitutional protections therefor) in service of political wins. This isn’t American. It’s Stalinist. It’s a routine strongman con.

It’s also Leninist: label those in opposition to you as something outlandish [for the Democrats and their toadies, it’s ‘Misogynist’; for Lenin it was more forthrightly put: ‘insects’*]

The Democrats have been mightily aided by the Useful Idiots in the GOP and GOPe [and even some in the Conservative Establishment].

As Andrew McCarthy points out:

So, naturally, Republicans are giving them their FBI investigation, and more delay.

Observing that the GOP majority is giving Democrats exactly what they want does not adequately convey how incompetently Republicans have performed. In announcing that the floor vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination will be delayed, the Senate Judiciary Committee, under Republican control, issued a press release Friday afternoon, which states (my italics): “The supplemental FBI background investigation would be limited to current credible allegations against the nominee.” But there are no credible allegations against Kavanaugh; there are incredible allegations that stand uncorroborated and convincingly denied.

Unbelievably, Republicans put this statement out right before President Trump agreed to the (purported) one-week delay for the investigation. Thus, the media can now accurately report that the president was convinced to direct an additional FBI probe after Senate Republicans expressly conceded that the sexual-assault allegations against Judge Kavanaugh are credible.

And why are they “credible”? Because Christine Blasey Ford, Kavanaugh’s principal accuser, was widely deemed credible in her testimony at Thursday’s hearing — even though her story has no support from independent evidence, is rejected by the witnesses she named, and is incoherent because she cannot recall and relate rudimentary details.

Those in the GOP, GOPe, and on the Right who agreed with the delay are the worst kind of Stooges.  They played right into the hands of those who have shaken-off all Morality — Power And Control is what they seek, at any cost.

Victor Davis Hanson makes a spot-on set of observations that are not exaggerations.  Here’s just one of them:

Newspeak and Doublethink

Statue of limitations? It does not exist. An incident 36 years ago apparently is as fresh today as it was when Kavanaugh was 17 and Ford 15.

Presumption of Innocence? Not at all. Kavanaugh is accused and thereby guilty. The accuser faces no doubt. In Orwellian America, the accused must first present his defense, even though he does not quite know what he is being charged with. Then the accuser and her legal team pour over his testimony to prepare her accusation.

Evidence? That too is a fossilized concept. Ford could name neither the location of the alleged assault nor the date or time. She had no idea how she arrived or left the scene of the alleged crime. There is no physical evidence of an attack. And such lacunae in her memory mattered no longer at all.

Details? Again, such notions are counterrevolutionary. Ford said to her therapist 6 years ago (30 years after the alleged incident) that there were four would-be attackers, at least as recorded in the therapist’s notes.

But now she has claimed that there were only two assaulters: Kavanaugh and a friend. In truth, all four people — now including a female — named in her accusations as either assaulters or witnesses have insisted that they have no knowledge of the event, much less of wrongdoing wherever and whenever Ford claims the act took place. That they deny knowledge is at times used as proof by Ford’s lawyers that the event 36 years was traumatic.

An incident at 15 is so seared into her lifelong memory that at 52 Ford has no memory of any of the events or details surrounding that unnamed day, except that she is positive that 17-year-old Brett Kavanaugh, along with four? three? two? others, was harassing her. She has no idea where or when she was assaulted but still assures that Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge were drunk, but that she and the others (?) merely had only the proverbial teenage “one beer.” Most people are more likely to know where they were at a party than the exact number of alcoholic beverages they consumed — but not so much about either after 36 years.

Testimony? No longer relevant. It doesn’t matter that Kavanaugh and the other alleged suspect both deny the allegations and have no memory of being in the same locale with Ford 36 years ago. In sum, all the supposed partiers, both male and female, now swear, under penalty of felony, that they have no memory of any of the incidents that Ford claims occurred so long ago. That Ford cannot produce a single witness to confirm her narrative or refute theirs is likewise of no concern. So far, she has singularly not submitted a formal affidavit or given a deposition that would be subject to legal exposure if untrue.

Again, the ideological trumps the empirical. “All women must be believed” is the testament, and individuals bow to the collective. Except, as in Orwell’s Animal Farm, there are ideological exceptions — such as Bill Clinton, Keith Ellison, Sherrod Brown, and Joe Biden. The slogan of Ford’s psychodrama is “All women must be believed, but some women are more believable than others.” That an assertion becomes fact due to the prevailing ideology and gender of the accuser marks the destruction of our entire system of justice.

Rights of the accused? They too do not exist. In the American version of 1984, the accuser, a.k.a. the more ideologically correct party, dictates to authorities the circumstances under which she will be investigated and cross-examined: She will demand all sorts of special considerations of privacy and exemptions; Kavanaugh will be forced to return and face cameras and the public to prove that he was not then, and has never been since, a sexual assaulter.

In our 1984 world, the accused is considered guilty if merely charged, and the accuser is a victim who can ruin a life but must not under any circumstance be made uncomfortable in proving her charges.

Doublespeak abounds. “Victim” solely refers to the accuser, not the accused, who one day was Brett Kavanaugh, a brilliant jurist and model citizen, and the next morning woke up transformed into some sort of Kafkaesque cockroach. The media and political operatives went in a nanosecond from charging that she was groped and “assaulted” to the claim that she was “raped.”

In our 1984, the phrase “must be believed” is doublespeak for “must never face cross-examination.”

The Totalitarian Hegemony is well-advanced in America [aka: ‘The Command Of The Totalitarians’].

Smitty and ‘Puter remain somewhat optimistic.

I do not.

‘Now I will tell you the answer to my question. It is this. The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power. Not wealth or luxury or long life or happiness: only power, pure power. What pure power means you will understand presently. We are different from all the oligarchies of the past, in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites. The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives. They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just round the corner there lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal. We are not like that. We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means, it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?’

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*The Russian Revolution, Richard Pipes, Vantage E-Book Edition.

The full quote:

…As we have seen, Lenin habitually described those whom he chose to designate as his regime’s “class enemies” in terms borrowed from the vocabulary of pest control, calling kulaks “bloodsuckers,” “spiders,” and “leeches.” As early as January 1918 he used inflammatory language to incite the population to carry out pogroms:

The communes, small cells in the village and city, must themselves work out and test thousands of forms and methods of practical accounting and control over the rich, swindlers, and parasites. Variety here is a guarantee of vitality, of success and the attainment of the single objective: the cleansing of Russia’s soil of all harmful insects, of scoundrel fleas, bedbugs—the rich , and so on.

How much longer before we’re tarred with these epithets?

‘Like The Shadow Of The Earth Across The Moon’

29 September 2018 @ 16:45

One cannot help but agree with Battle Beagle’s sentiment:

A close-up:

Indeed.

In general, Socialism seeks to replace Beauty with Ugliness.  This woman is a near-Perfect example of what Revolutionary Socialism seeks to bring about.  Let’s look at her again:

This girl [I wouldn’t dare call her a Woman], exemplifies the Ugliness, the Slovenliness, the Utter Disregard for Decency [notice the barely hidden muffin top], the ‘transgressive’ color of her hair in everyday situations — this girl is a representational Modern Art Masterpiece.

As Roger Scruton has written:

…Desecration is a kind of defense against the sacred. an attempt to destroy its claims. In the presence of sacred things. our lives are judged, and to escape that judgment, we destroy the thing that seems to accuse us.

This girl represents our Future as it is now laid-out before us.

Unless we reverse our course, the Left will finally get it’s wish to turn everything into objects and subjects that are Despicable, Vile, Slimy, and Wretched.  They will drag us all down into their Pit Of Despair, into their Nihilism.

We must not only look to change our Society but dive deep into ourselves, into our own Souls — this is the main task we face in solving The Present Crisis.

…we live at a time when beauty is in eclipse: a dark shadow of mockery and alienation has crept across the once-shining surface of our world, like the shadow of the Earth across the moon. Where we look for beauty, we too often find darkness and desecration.

—Roger Scruton, Beauty And Desecretion

On The Kavanaugh/Ford Hearing…

28 September 2018 @ 14:40

Cutting through the BS, the Truth is…

-Brett Kavanaugh has told the Truth, the whole Truth, and nothing but the Truth.  He’s Goddamn believable — end of story

-Dr. Christine Ford is a Liar.  I don’t care if she really has convinced herself that it was Judge Kavanaugh who assaulted her, she’s Goddamn Lying.

-Dr. Christine Ford is also a Dupe.  The Left has used her and will — I’m sorry to report this, my dear — discard her as soon as she’s no longer useful [however, they may pay for your airfare home!].

-Deborah Ramirez is a Goddamn Liar.  Her story barely holds together.

-Julie Swetnick is just a Lunatic.  A batcrap crazy retard

-Lindsey Graham’s Anger appears to be Real, but will it last?  Will he let it drive him to no longer be a Quisling [aka, as I call him: Miss Lindsey]?  Let us hope so.  I won’t retract anything I’ve written about him because it was all True, but I will gladly acknowledge that he has come over from the Dark and Squishy Side.

Stacy McCain is in a forgiving mood:

Thank you, Sen. Graham, for courageously speaking the truth. I hereby take back half of the bad things I’ve said about you.

-As to the Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, to quote R. Lee:

…you are pukes. You are the lowest form of life on Earth. You are not even human fucking beings. You are nothing but unorganized grabasstic pieces of amphibian shit!

Of course, this is a slight exaggeration, keeping with what I wrote last week [emphasis mine]:

The Left are Evil Incarnate [ie: Human]. They will do whatever it takes to achieve their ends. They have no Shame. They have rejected Morality and Tradition — it’s actually worse because they have gone beyond mere rejection and sought to wipe-out thousands of years of Wisdom and Beauty. They have also sought to crush our Posterity under the jackboots of their Malice by seeking to ‘Engineer’ them.

The Leftists are Semi-Barbarians, seeking to drag us all into a Hellish Dark Age.

Mark Steyn is dead solid perfect:

My God, the Senate is a vile and repellent institution, but even so it outdid itself yesterday. I almost vomited listening to that oleaginous Connecticut creep Blumenthal throwing in Kavanaugh’s face the ancient Common Law caution on witness credibility: Falsus in uno, falsus in omnibus – false in one thing, false in everything.

Is there any man who could less credibly deploy that dictum than Blumenthal? A hollow little “stolen honor” fraudster who was false on one huge thing – that he served in Vietnam when he never went near the joint – but yet expects to be taken seriously on everything else. That was Kavanaguh’s only misstep, not flinging that phrase back in his pompous halfwit interrogator’s face. Other than that, he gave a raw, impassioned performance so freakishly authentic by US Senate terms that it may have saved the day. We shall know in a few hours.

-Well…now we know: That ‘cute’ maneuver that the Left just pulled with Jeff Flake shows that (1) he’s a First-Class Useful Idiot of the Left and (2) that the Left has, once again, exhibited that Low ‘Animal’ Cunning they are known for.  Whatever the FBI does or doesn’t do, as soon as the gavel came down, they began plotting a new way to drag Judge Kavanaugh and his Family through their Diseased and Disgusting Mud.

-Contacting Flake’s Office will do no good, as he’s determined to be Bipartisan Man!

-Any of the conservatives in the Senate who go along with Bipartisan Man!’s plan are Dead To Me.

[BTW: When I used the term ‘conservative’ I wasn’t referring to Quislings like this Fool:

]

-Senator McConnell it is time to stand-up and say: ‘Enough with the Goddamn Bullshit; we’re voting on Saturday’.

If you fail to do this, you will soon find yourself leading a Minority Party, one that will only grow weaker due to the actions of us [that is, if we stay Resolved].

-Bill Jacobson is Hopeful:

There is going to be a political reckoning. It needs to start right now with a vote confirming Kavanaugh.

I remain much more Cynical. Prof.  There needs to be a Societal-Wide Reckoning.

-A final word from Physics Geek:

Amen.

______________________________________
SIDENOTE: Be prepared for this possibility…

You were warned.

.@ChuckGrassley, Never Complain, Never Explain: Vote, Dammit

22 September 2018 @ 18:30

Senator Charles Grassley sent this Tweet last night:

When did you decide to become Abnormal, Senator?

‘Just one more delay…okay?…just one more…no really…

Enough is enough, Mr. Grassley.

You have bent over backwards so far that your head is up your arse — pull it out, clean off the effluvia, and end this obvious charade.

What’s even more insulting, Senator, is your apology to Judge Kavanaugh and his Family [done, this Tweet indicates, via Twitter].

Have you no Honor?

I want you to look the Judge’s Children and Wife in the face and explain why you’re allowing this Farce, this easily perceived and understood, this transparent, Sham to continue.

Why do you want to ‘hear her’ now?

Lord knows you’ve given her enough chances.

I can only conclude that you’ve become so intimidated by the Leftist Takeover of our Culture that you’re afraid to incur the Wrath of people who would never vote for you, nor hesitate to take you down for the smallest of infractions.

You, Senator, are a Coward.

The Left now is sure of this and they will ‘let you live’ as long as you remain their nice, little Useful Idiot.

 

‘Second trombone’?  Senator: You think too highly of yourself.

I think, sadly, that Jesse Kelly will be proven a prophet:

 

It’s hard not to Despair when you see this crap happening.

Bert And Ernie: Dragging Our Children Into The Slimy Swamp

19 September 2018 @ 17:16

From Fox News, Tyler McCarthy reporting, we learn [worth quoting in full]:

Although they’re puppets, people have speculated for years that “Sesame Street” characters Bert and Ernie are more than just roommates and best friends. However, after a former writer’s comments on the matter, the minds behind the show are setting the record straight.

The debate gained new life when Mark Saltzman, a writer on the show from 1984 to 1998, spoke to Queerty in an interview where he revealed that he always thought of the characters as a “loving couple.”

Saltzman was asked by the outlet directly if the characters were gay, and he recalled reading about a child asking his mother that question. Saltzman, a gay man, said the story made him laugh.

“I always felt that without a huge agenda, when I was writing Bert & Ernie, they were,” he revealed noting that he drew inspiration from his relationship with film editor Arnold Glassman. “I didn’t have any other way to contextualize them. The other thing was, more than one person referred to Arnie & I as ‘Bert & Ernie.’”

He continued: “Because how else? That’s what I had in my life, a Bert & Ernie relationship. How could it not permeate? The things that would tick off Arnie would be the things that would tick off Bert. How could it not? I will say that I would never have said to the head writer, ‘oh, I’m writing this, this is my partner and me.’”

Although Saltzman wrote for “Sesame Street” for many years, it’s worth noting that he did not create the characters, he merely wrote for them and several others in his long career. He also never made a canonical declaration, only gave insight into his writing process. Still, many took his words as confirmation of the long-running rumor that the characters are more than just roommates.

However, to quell rampant speculation about the “Sesame Street” canon, Sesame Street Workshop, which runs the children’s show, released a tweet explaining that the characters are meant to be without sexual orientation.

“As we have always said, Bert and Ernie are best friends. They were created to teach preschoolers that people can be good friends with those who are very different from themselves. Even though they are identified as male characters and possess many human traits and characteristics (as most ‘Sesame Street’ Muppets do), they remain puppets, and do not have sexual orientation.”

The show is still on the air after its initial debut in 1969. As a result of its long run, Saltzman is hardly the first to address the idea that Bert and Ernie are a gay couple. However, the tweet from Sesame Street Workshop on Tuesday confirms that the answer to whether they are gay or straight is a resounding, “neither.”

So…one of the writers on Sesame Street says he wrote Bert and Ernie with his homosexual relationship in mind.  In response, the people running the show claim that B&E are neither straight nor homosexual.

It’s come to this, eh?…of course it has; what did we expect?

Innocent Children are being dragged into a situation where one of the people who put dialogue into Bert and Ernie’s mouths admits he was using his Abnormal Sexual Relationship with another man as inspiration.  This is not surprising because we live in an age where the love that dare not speak it’s name can never seem to shut-up.  And, oh my, how subversive of Saltzman! — he’s one of them there ‘#Woke Gays’, too!

This Dullard’s response has become par for the course.

The reply of the Sesame Street officials is more disturbing and just another example of the Corrupting of our Children by our ‘Superiors’ in all-things Cultural.  It is also part of an effort to Politicize our Children, brainwash them into thinking that it’s perfectly ‘Okay’ to make the Abnormal Normal.

We have reached a stage where Parents and Families and Friends have to monitor EVERY LITTLE THING that is being thrust at our Children, where no Child is safe anywhere at anytime from the attempt to turn them into Weak, Insufferable, and Useless members of Society.

We allowed this to happen — this infusion of the Depravity of the Leftist Thinking Virus — by not taking the Threat seriously enough when it first showed it’s Deviated Head.

‘Live and let live’ is a fine philosophy to follow until it destroys you and your Children’s Souls.

But who, if not we ourselves, constitutes society? This realm of darkness, of falsehood, of brute force, of justice denied and distrust of the good, this slimy swamp was formed by us, and no one else. We grew used to the idea that we must submit and lie in order to survive -and we brought up our children to do so….

—Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, From Under The Rubble

Who To Blame For The Kavanaugh Fiasco?–> @Team_Mitch

18 September 2018 @ 14:18

‘Surprise, surprise, surprise!’, as Gomer Pyle used to say: the Democrats and their Leftist Apparatchiks and Fellow Travellers are now making demands that Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles Grassley delay the scheduled 24 September testimony of Bret Kavanaugh and his accuser.

Like clockwork [although it’s a funhouse mirror version of it], the Left has proceeded to the next step in their Smear and, yes, Defamation Campaign against the Judge.

They want more witnesses called.  Like who?  Supposedly, according to Christine Ford, only Mike Judge was in the room when the incident happened.

While all of the above is going on, I think it behooves us to look for the root of this Farcical Fiasco…

The fault, dear conservatives, lies with the GOP Establishment — specifically with the leaders of the two Houses of the Legislature. 

For all intents and purposes, McConnell and Ryan are in charge of the GOP.  They control tens of millions of dollars in monies raised by their institutions’s PAC’s and have chits they can call-in on various big, dumb, influence-hungry fundraisers.

If these two Fools had spent the past, say, decade or so helping to elect actual conservatives, instead of CINO’s like themselves, they would possess a solid-enough majority in both Houses.  Specifically, in the case of the Kavanaugh Confirmation, McConnell would have not had to worry if Party Traitors, like Collins, Flake, and Murkowski defected.  He wouldn’t have to worry about Lying Weasels like Bob Corker.

McConnell thinks he’s so damn smart, but, once again, for the hundredth time, he’s being played by the Leftists, who know their tactics in this matter will peel-off the Useful Idiots of the GOP [the aforementioned Traitors] and those of it’s members who are scared of their own damn shadows.

Does anyone in the Republican Party have the Testicular Fortitude to bring down this Motley Fool?

Asked and answered.

‘The Left Can Not Be Allowed To Regain Power’

17 September 2018 @ 14:49

Inquisitor Kaiju’s Tweetstorm is dead solid perfect [tip of the fedora to Wombat; picture mine]:

The left can not be allowed to regain power.

I have seen them break senate rules

Use 35 year old unprovable allegatolms to smear a man

Call for the senate in its current form to be destroyed

Dox and humiliate people for disagreeing

They are not dissuaded by any form of shame, or any kind of common humanity. Reality is molded at whim.

They will gladly ruin your life. They will get you fired, make you unemployable. Harass your children and your family members. All for stepping out of line win their understanding of “justice”

They run the schools.

They run the entertainment industry

They run the immovable bureaucracy

They run the modes of communication.

Churches to the gods of progress, and progress is a jealous god.

You must say the correct thing.

You must buy the correct brands.

You must eat the correct foods.

What you see and what you hear are interpreted for you.

You will be happy in the arms of the church.

If you are unable to comply they will gladly mold your children through the institutions they control.

Then they will laugh and rub it in your face as you watch them slip away from your grasp and into the arms of hedonistic nothing.

A man [I’m assuming from the fire-and-brimstone-ness of it] after my own heart.

Many on our side tell us that the difference between conservatives and the Left is that the latter believe we are evil and we believe they are misguided.

No.

The Left believes we are — not some supernatural force — but Sub-Human, that we on the Right are to be treated as worse than animals because we are sentient and should know better, but we continue to refuse to be ‘Enlightened’ by them.

The Left are Evil Incarnate [ie: Human].  They will do whatever it takes to achieve their ends.  They have no Shame.  They have rejected Morality and Tradition — it’s actually worse because they have gone beyond mere rejection and sought to wipe-out thousands of years of Wisdom and Beauty.  They have also sought to crush our Posterity under the jackboots of their Malice by seeking to ‘Engineer’ them.

The Leftists are Semi-Barbarians, seeking to drag us all into a Hellish Dark Age.

The Sum Of My @GOP Fears: #SmearingKavanaugh

16 September 2018 @ 20:36

Friend In The Ether Jim DelRay Tweeted the following thread:

If conservatives and GOPers can’t figure out that this was a stage-managed fake-o-la hit job on Kavanaugh, then they’re too stupid to live and should shuffle off into the memory banks like the Whig Party.

All you need to know is that DiFi said that she sat on this letter for 2 months. If it’s so damning, why not come out with it when Kavanaugh was first nominated? Why did this come out after the hearings? Oh, because it’s a two-bit smear job.

Again, if the GOP caves in to this obvious slime strategy, than they’re stupid. Not just, ‘ooops, we fell for a clever tactic’ stupid. No, if they fold up in the face of total Dem bullshit, it’s a sign that the GOP has neither the intelligence or the will to effectively fight.

I really fear they will cave-in.

Surprisingly, I think people like Grassley, Cornyn, and Graham will not, because I sense that they’re actually — this time only…probably — fed-up with the Leftist BS.

But Collins and Murkowski are the kind of RINO Fools who, despite the [often vicious] threats against them, would cave just to protect their Feminist bona fides.

The Congress, you see, is now nothing but a Clown Show that should have been canceled a long time ago.  Actually, it may be more appropriate to call them a Circus Show, because they’ve been morphing into a useless entertainment act since The Left decided that Power And Control resides in The Administrative State and the unelected Courts.  Like every good Circus, the Congress has it’s clowns and it’s freaks and it’s animals who prance around the arena, producing tons of excrement.  In short, it’s a bunch of pygmies.

So don’t be surprised if the cave walls come-a-tumblin’ down.

Who Is Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn And Why Should He Be Awarded The Medal Of Freedom?

15 September 2018 @ 19:21

[NOTE: This post will remain stuck here at the top of this column;
for newer postings, please see below.]

Someone I know very well has put-up a petition at WhiteHouse.gov to ask the President to award Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn the Medal Of Freedom on the occasion of the One Hundredth Anniversary of his birth, which is 11 December 1918.

While engaged in a conversation with a few of my Friends In The Ether the other night, I lamented the fact that so few people had signed the Petition. 

NoWayJosê responded:

Maybe because only an infinitesimal percentage of people alive actually know who Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn is. It’s not like they’re going to teach it in schools and colleges, it it?

I replied that I thought enough people over forty-five was sufficiently large enough to ensure enough signatures were gathered.

Methinks José is correct.  Either people around my age have short memories or they think of A. Solzhenitsyn has some kind of crank.  As for the younger people, he’s right again: in very few places is the story of this remarkable Man told.

So, I believe it behooves me to provide a short primer [please pass this around]…

ALEKSANDR ISAYEVICH SOLZHENITSYN
1918-2008

He was born and raised in Russia by a loving Mother [his Father had died in an accident right before he was born] during the early years of the Bolshevik Revolution.  His Mother and Grandparents tried to raise him as a Believer, but, as soon as the Communist School System got a hold of him, A. Solzhenitsyn was converted to Bolshevism.

As Daniel Mahoney and Edward Ericson write in their Introduction to The Solzhenitsyn Reader:

At school Solzhenitsyn inevitably experienced conflicts between his ex-tended family’s Christian values and his teachers’ ideological indoctrination. He gradually acquiesced to Marxism-Leninism and joined the standard Communist youth organizations. His increasingly heartfelt ideological commitment shaped his youthful literary interpretation of the revolution.Nevertheless, the battle for his heart and mind waged by two competing worldviews was in only its early stages and would become the central inner drama of his life. In adulthood his firsthand experience of Soviet reality would eventually cause an about-face in his attitude toward the revolution.He remained convinced that the totalitarian experiment inaugurated by the Bolsheviks gave the twentieth century its distinctive character, but he came to believe that it must be resisted on behalf of the human spirit….

He rejected God and all related beliefs like a good Marxist, although he never lost his love for Russia and it’s peoples.

In WWII, A. Solzhenitsyn served as a battery commander, still retaining his Marxism, but with a definitely more cynical attitude to The Soviet Union’s leaders.  Wikipedia has a good description of what happened next:

In February 1945, while serving in East Prussia, Solzhenitsyn was arrested by SMERSH for writing derogatory comments in private letters to a friend, Nikolai Vitkevich, about the conduct of the war by Joseph Stalin, whom he called “Khozyain” (“the boss”), and “Balabos” (Yiddish rendering of Hebrew baal ha-bayit for “master of the house”). Also he had talks with the same friend about the need of a new organisation against the Soviet regime.

He was accused of anti-Soviet propaganda under Article 58 paragraph 10 of the Soviet criminal code, and of “founding a hostile organization” under paragraph 11.[21][22] Solzhenitsyn was taken to the Lubyanka prison in Moscow, where he was interrogated…. On 7 July 1945, he was sentenced in his absence by Special Council of the NKVD to an eight-year term in a labour camp. This was the normal sentence for most crimes under Article 58 at the time.

Those eight years were to be spent in the GULAG [Glavny Upravlenie Lagerey (trans: Main Administration of Corrective Labor Camps)].  It should be noted that it was often routine for prisoners sentenced under Article 58 to have their sentences doubled or tripled or made life terms.

Some truths about the Gulags from FactsAndDetails.com:

•Solzhenitsyn estimated that only 10 percent of Stalin’s victims were party or state officials. The remainder were primarily ordinary citizens—peasants, workers, intellectuals. Some were imprisoned for failing to die in German concentration camps. The gulag population in 1942 was 1,1777,043. Of these at least 352,560 died in captivity.

•An estimated 12 to 20 million people died in gulags under Stalin’s rule. The life expectancy of prisoners in many camps was about 2 years and 90 percent didn’t survive. The prisoners died from a variety reason: dehydration, tuberculous, typhus, frostbite, exposure, planned famine. Some were worked to death. Some had their heads crushed with crowbars. Suicides were common and prisoners were often so weak they feared that even a mild cold could do them in.

•Others were executed, mostly by a pistol shot to the back of the head. At Solovetsky, prisoners were killed by throwing them down long sets of outdoor stairs. At other places prisoners were asphyxiated with exhaust fumes. There were mass executions. At one camp 30 prisoners were shot a day just to frighten the rest of the prisoners.

•Prisoners in Siberia had to endure clouds of mosquitos and blood-sucking midges in the summer and -40°F temperature in paper thin clothes in the winter (if temperatures dropped below -50°they were allowed to stay inside). One survivor at a Siberia camp recalled” “the mosquitos crawled to our sleeves, under our trousers. One’s face would blow up from the bites. At the work site, we were brought lunch and it happened that as you as you were eating your soup, the mosquitos would fill up the bowl like buckwheat porridge. They filled up your eyes, your nose and throat, and taste of them was sweet, like blood.

•Prisoners in the gulags were routinely sent into solitary confinement, exposed to bright lights and deprived of sleep. Guards played on these fears by subjecting prisoners to strip searches in the freezing cold, sometimes as often as five times a day

•Punishments included beatings, torture and stints in shizo—a cold nine-foot-wide, wire-covered punishment cell that was entered through a hole only large enough for a an emaciated man or a small dog. At Solovetsky prisoners were forced to sit on a pole for 18 hours.

•In an effort to secure forced confession prisoners were slashed with knives, burned with cigarettes, beaten savagely, and tortured with ice water. There were even reports of men being chained to a truck that moved at four mph. Either they kept up the pace or were dragged. One former prisoner told the New York Times, “I saw people suspended on iron hooks under their ribs. I saw German shepherd eating living human flesh.”

It was in the Camps, despite the horrific conditions, that Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn found he had time to think and reflect.  As a result of that and of his discussions with other prisoners, he started questioning everything he had been taught — all of the USSR’s propaganda.

More from The Solzhenitsyn Reader:

The first prison camps to which Solzhenitsyn was assigned were located in the Moscow area. His health deteriorated seriously, but worse were his psychological bewilderment and the mortifying moral compromises that he could not withstand. As he gained hitherto unimaginable insights into the Soviets’ systematic brutalization of innocent people, his faith in Marxist dogma, which wartime had undermined, now crumbled completely. By contrast, he encountered personal nobility in many of the so-called “enemies of the people.” Serene, radiant Christians particularly impressed him….

Solzhenitsyn’s sentence ended on February 9, 1953, the precise eight-year anniversary of his arrest. He was exiled to Kok-Terek, a village in Kazakhstan, and was forbidden any contact with persons from his past. His wife had earlier (with her husband’s permission) filed for divorce in order to escape the unbearable discrimination that accompanied being a prisoner’s spouse; by 1952 she had married another man. Solzhenitsyn survived in exile by teaching high school students mathematics and physics. In every spare moment he wrote, first putting onto paper what he had mentally composed while incarcerated. Later in 1953 his cancer recurred, and soon it was diagnosed as terminal. Given only a few weeks to live, unable to eat or sleep, he received permission to travel three hundred miles to Tashkent, Uzbekistan,for treatment. Before the trip he jammed his manuscripts into a bottle and—in a unique twist on the Soviet-era concept of “writing for the drawer”—buried it….

In 1956 Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, in an effort to consolidate his hold on power, gave a now-famous secret speech to the Twentieth Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union denouncing Stalin for deviating from Leninist principles. This wide-ranging attack rocked both the Soviet leadership and Communists abroad. It called into question the Soviet Union’s monolithic impregnability. Soviet citizens experienced the after-effects in an unpredictably changeable cultural liberalization known as the“Thaw.” …In early 1957 he was officially “rehabilitated,” with the 1945 charges expunged from his record.Then he remarried Natalia Reshetovskaya and moved with her to the provincial city of Ryazan, where again he taught and wrote.

Aleksandr Tvardovsky, the editor of Novy Mir, worked courageously to publish Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s ground-shattering book, One Day In The Life Of Ivan Denisovich.  Surprisingly, Premir Khrushchev agreed to publish the work.

From The Solzhenitsyn Reader again:

Novy Mir published One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich in November1962. Establishment writers followed Khrushchev’s lead in praising the little book and politicizing its significance. The depiction of prison-camp life, a prohibited subject that was nonetheless known by myriad Soviets through their family members’ experiences, created a sensation among ordinary citizens. Millions of copies circulated from hand to hand. The work was a bomb-shell abroad, as well. The West hailed the author as a truth-telling freedom fighter and the text as great art. At a stroke, an unknown provincial school-teacher became famous worldwide. This fame protected Solzhenitsyn some-what through the long struggle to come. One unexpected but particularly welcome consequence was the flood of letters that ex-zeks sent to Solzhenitsyn. These eyewitness accounts were just what he needed to resurrect his plans to write The Gulag Archipelago [an expose of the Gulag from it’s origins until the 1960’s].

The ‘Thaw’ began to slowly freeze again and Aleksandr found himself gradually on the outs with Soviet Officials and, perhaps, most cowardly, with his fellow writers.

As The Solzhenitsyn Reader reports:

While the public skirmishes proceeded in one dizzying round after an-other, Solzhenitsyn was living virtually a second life in private. As an “underground” writer he was working on The Gulag Archipelago. Only when Invisible Allies appeared in 1991 did readers learn the spellbinding story of how he composed this immense work in the face of seemingly unbearable constraints, all the while keeping so occupied with other work that the authorities could never guess he was managing this project, too. Although his intermittent labors on Gulag ran from 1958 to 1968, during the mid-sixties he made four visits to a “Hiding Place” in Estonia provided by old gulag mates of his and their friends; and there, he reports, he worked as he never had before. He sent a microfilm of Gulag to the West in 1968, the same year in which [his next novels] The First Circle and Cancer Ward were published in the West.

In 1969 Solzhenitsyn was finally expelled from the Writers’ Union, an action that left him formally unemployed and thus vulnerable to legal sanctions for “social parasitism.”… [Any misstep on his part or concerted efforts of the Soviets could have led to his re-imprisonment or death.]

…The conflict between author and authorities that persisted through the 1960s reached its highest pitch in the early 1970s. Libraries followed orders to destroy their copies of One Day and the few other published works by Solzhenitsyn. KGB actions against him included ransacking his cottage and severely beating a friend of his who happened to be there, mailing him and his wife threatening letters, and—the topper—attempting to kill him by poisoning….

In [his novel] August 1914 the signs of Solzhenitsyn’s patriotic and Christian com-mitments were too clear to be ignored and bothered some reviewers.Plainspoken critic Mary McCarthy encapsulated the rising qualms in her complaint that Solzhenitsyn was “rude and unfair” toward the liberal “advanced circles” of 1914: “He has it in for those people, just as he would have it in for you and me, if he could overhear us talking.” Thus were the terms set for a major defection from Solzhenitsyn.

In mid-1973 the KGB, having gotten wind of The Gulag Archipelago and hunting for a copy, hauled in for interrogation Elizaveta Voronyanskaya, a Leningrad woman who had served Solzhenitsyn as an amanuensis. Against Solzhenitsyn’s instructions, she had not destroyed her copy, lest all others be confiscated and the work lost to posterity. After five days and nights of non-stop questioning, she cracked. The KGB got its manuscript. Shortly thereafter, she died, either by suicide or (as Solzhenitsyn thinks more likely) by murder. Knowing the KGB’s skill at quoting out of context to reverse in-tended meanings, Solzhenitsyn signaled his Swiss lawyer to publish Gulag in the West. His decade-long war with the authorities was entering its final battle. The publication of Gulag led directly to his expulsion from his homeland.

This happened on 12 February 1974.

The Gulag Archipelago exposed for the whole word to see the Tyranny — the Misery, Degradation, and Death — that Leftist Ideologies always ended-up committing.

While in Exile [1974-1994], Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn drew violent criticism for his denouncement of all Ideology [even if it work a Benevolent Face, such as in The West] and for his friendly warnings to Western Civilization that it too faced it’s own versions of Moral Crisis.  He was viciously maligned by The Left, who painted him as a Right Wing Reactionary — the farthest thing from The Truth.

WHY DOES ALEKSANDR SOLZHENITSYN
DESERVE THE
MEDAL OF FREEDOM?

The Executive Order [#11085] clarifying the Award states it may be awarded ‘to any person who has made an especially meritorious contribution to (1), the security or national interests of the United States, or (2) world peace, or (3) cultural or other significant public or private endeavors’.

Mr. Solzhenitsyn has met all three conditions.

Aleksandr & Natalia Solzhenitsyn

Through his efforts to expose The Soviet Union’s crimes [and, indirectly, the crimes of all other Ideological regimes], he delegitimized the false ‘moral’ justification of The Union’s actions and positions.

Through his efforts to expose the Utter and Total Hypocrisy of Soviet Dogma, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn provided the main ammunition used by Ronald Reagan, Saint John Paul The Great, and Margaret Thatcher to bring about a peaceful end to The Cold War.

Through his efforts to warn the whole world against the dangers of Ideological Thinking, he fired the first, effective shots in The Cultural Wars in which we are engaged.

We are fortunate to have had him in our presence and, now, in our memory, where he warns us to always be on guard against, not only the Evil that exists outside of ourselves, but against the forces that seek to dominate our Souls and crush ‘the better angels of our nature’.

I ask you to sign the Petition and get the word out to your family, friends, and acquaintances before the 10 October Deadline

Please Click Here to Sign The Petition.

Thank you for your time.

While in Exile in Vermont, Aleksandr explains to his three children that they are on a rock that is actually a Magic Horse that will one day take them back to Russia.

 

On The Continuing Presence Of The Clintons In Our Political Life

11 September 2018 @ 14:50

Over at SteynOnline, Club Member John Shuba makes some very good points about La Cosa Clinton:

…They remain incredibly wealthy, politically powerful, adored by the media and can look back on lives where they have gotten away with virtually everything. But why aren’t they happy? What do they still want?

There’s a great exchange between Humphrey Bogart’s world-weary Frank McCloud and Edward G. Robinson’s snarling Johnny Rocco in the classic “Key Largo.” Lionel Barrymore asks Rocco “What do you want Rocco?” Rocco isn’t sure how to answer but McCloud says, “Rocco knows what He wants – He wants MORE!” Rocco lights up and says, “Yeah – That’s what I want. I want more!

Thats the Clintons. They are up-to-date gangsters who want MORE. And they will never get enough.

They certainly conduct themselves like the most brazen of gangsters, and even more so when they find they can get away with it [which is most of the time — shame on us].

Club Member Fran replied:

It must have something to do with fear of being lost into permanent political oblivion. I can’t help but think they go around humming that Andrea True Connection song to themselves, the one Mark explained once to us was written by the former porn actress….

You are not alone [thanks for the earworm, Fran].

In response, I wrote:

Fran, La Cosa Clinton has no Life outside of Politics.

They are Empty Souls.

More like Dead Souls.

Fran responded:

I know, Bob, I know, and can’t for the life of me figure out what their attraction is. Power and money is a very potent, seductive and corrupting cocktail, but other than that what is their appeal? Myself, I find politics interesting, for sure, after all, it pertains to people and the machinations around the world, but I’ve got more the arts and literary leanings in my blood. It’s just a shame when people who have had their day in the spotlight, for better or for worse, just don’t savor their moment, but when it’s done, pack it up, and move on and let someone else get a chance to make a difference.

Unlike The Clinton Crime Family, Fran, you’re a conservative.  Politics does not dominate our lives.  We have more rewarding things to do.

As for The Clintons, they believed, and still believe, that they have a sufficiently-sized base out there that they can bamboozle and swindle and subdue.

And in some aspects, they are correct…

Typical Bill & Hillary supporter.

-Old and creaky Feminists and their Male Fellow Travellers like their brand of ruthless politicking. Like so many of an advanced age, they think the younger ones haven’t ‘paid their dues’.  Now, the Pelosis, Durbins, etc. have grown tired of La Cosa Clinton.  However, their solution is to commit Bill and Hillary to, figuratively, a Psych Ward, but still maintain the rest of the AARP Wing in Power and Control.  They may be in for a very rude awakening, perhaps as early as December.

-Middle aged and, mostly, barren Feminists have grown-up with Hillary as their hero, so they will stick around.  They are Pathetic to begin with and, to quote A. Solzhenitsyn in a related context: ‘have spent [their] whole lives floundering and wallowing in the stinking swamp of a society based on force and fraud’.

There is still hope in the Despicable Fool known as Chelsea Clinton.  I suspect that, once Hillaria Tiberius realizes that she is done [set a date, please], Bill and Hillary will Anoint Chelsea ‘to carry on the legacy’ — God, help us.

The Clintons are like a set of hemorrhoids that never really go away.

Face it, we’re stuck with them.

The @GOP And #NeverTrump: Into The Comforting Miasma Of Duplicity

06 September 2018 @ 14:43

Having watched the antics of Republicans since Donald Trump won The White House [I quit the the Party in May of 2016], I have come to a conclusion I want to share with you.

[It should be first noted that I was not a supporter of Trump, but I also refused to align with The Establishment in their near-Hysterical reactions to and predictions of the thought of a Trump Presidency.  If I issued a Tweet that contained the hashtag #NeverTrump, I always made sure to include a #NeverHillary as well.  I still see them both as would-be Caesars, who view The Presidency as a vehicle for exerting near-unlimited Power and Control.  If Pompey Trumpicus Magnus were elected, he certainly wouldn’t be any worse than Obama, Clinton, or either of the Bushes.

Along with a small group of people, like Jeff Goldstein, I believed [and I still believe] that the GOP betrayed conservatives again in the Nomination Process, by, first, seeking to silence us and then, when their ‘vaunted’ Pragmatism kicked-in, jumping like frightened little shits onto The Trump Bandwagon.

Speaking only for myself, I can tell you that I was fed-up with having to choose the ground-up hamburger the Republicans have been serving to we conservatives every four years for decades [except, of course, for Ronald Reagan] instead of the much more desirable Filet Mignon on offer.  I was sick and tired of being shafted again by a Party that treated me like crap and I certainly would never vote for Hillaria Tiberius Caesar.  I vowed never to vote for another non-conservative again, so I blanked my Presidential Ballot.

However, when Donald Trump did win, and knowing that he had promised to take actions that would please conservatives, I decided to praise him when he did conservative things (Ex: reduce Regulations), but just as willingly damn him when he didn’t (Ex: tariffs) — and, further, damn him, as well, when he did conservative things that violated The Constitution (Ex: impinge on State Sovereignty).

For Duty & Humanity!’

For the purposes of this blog, when I use the term #NeverTrumper, I am referring to people like Bill Kristol Rick Wilson, Jennifer Rubin, etc. — some of whom have gone as far as to suggest that ‘Real Conservatives™’ vote for the Democrats in the Mid-Term Elections.  I’m talking about those sore little sorry Spoiled Brat Losers who have put their petty grievances before all else.  I’m speaking of those short-sighted Dimwits who have been either Useful Idiots or Dupes of the Left in their efforts to stage a coup and overturn the election results of 2016.

Jeff Goldstein likes to use the term #OUTLAW to describe those of us who want our Filet Mignon.  I like it, but I also like #NeverCaesar.]

Getting back to the conclusion I have drawn about the GOP…

This theory encompasses both the #NeverTrumpers and those who jumped on board the Trump Bandwagon out of Fear and Panic.

Methinks the GOP, in general, is afraid of, specifically, The Presidency and, generally, of having majorities these days.  Afraid that they’d have to lead on issues of importance. Afraid that they’d have to ‘suffer’ consequences for their actions.  Afraid that they’d have to scale hills worth dying on.

Trumpicus Pompey Magnus has gone and upset their cocoon of Loserdom, where they only have to appear out of the Leftist-fired mist every so often, take an empty stand, and immediately retreat into the comforting miasma of Duplicity.

In other words, they’re Sorry-Ass Cowards.

That is why those within the Administration who joined the Campaign in it’s latter weeks want to soften-up Trump and, through leaks and such, want to undermine his efforts.  That is why the #NeverTrumpers join in the Demented and Deranged Choruses that seek to portray Mr. Trump as a Nazi, a Racist, a mentally-ill senior, etc.

The Establishment, in all it’s parts, fears utilizing Power.

Perhaps they Fear that they will not be able to control themselves once in positions to exert Power — who the Hell knows.

The thing is: The Left has no Fear of using Power and, let us not forget, they believe in achieving their Ends by any means necessary.

 

 

The Interminable Mournfests: Speaking Ill Of The Living

04 September 2018 @ 11:09

Last week on Twitter, I vowed to follow tradition and not to speak ill of the dead.  I committed to this course of action after observing the first few hours of venom emanating from the Left regarding their newly-found hero, John McCain.

One refrains from pointing out the negatives about a newly deceased person in order to relieve the family of any additional grief and, as in the specific case of McCain, to, in a small way, honor an aspect of his life that was Noble.

One also tends to refrain from criticizing the deceased’s Family and Friends as they grieve out of Respect for their situation.

However, after witnessing the Dismal and Petty and Feeble and, yes, Deplorable behavior of said Family and Friends, I feel myself relieved of my commitment because said pledge was made under the belief that they would behave themselves, conduct themselves [even in this Vile Virtue-Signalling Age] with a modicum of Dignity and Honor.  John McCain’s Family and Friends did not do so, so they are fair game.

It started with Cindy McCain’s decision to not invite Sarah Palin to any of the memorials or services showed a Pettiness and Vindictiveness that was a warning beacon of what lay ahead.

Mrs. Palin handled this useless Spite with a lot of Class.  She stood by John McCain when he needed her in the years after the 2008 Election, despite being roundly criticized by her supporters.  Sarah Palin remained loyal; Mrs. McCain did not.

Daughter Meghan McCain’s remarks were not in celebration of her Father’s life, but rather Gratuitous slaps at the sitting President:

“The America of John McCain has no need to be made great again because America was always great,’ McCain’s daughter said, in what appeared to be a reference to Trump’s presidential campaign slogan: “Make America Great Again.”

…Notably she said that her father’s passing represented the passing of “American greatness. The real thing, not cheap rhetoric from men who will never come near the sacrifice he gave so willingly, nor the opportunistic appropriation of those who lived lives of comfort and privilege while he suffered and served.”

This was neither the time nor the place for such remarks.  Funerals of famous people in this modern age have become forums for Political Grandstanding* [see also: Aretha Franklin’s services], for attacks that cannot be responded to by the targets of such attacks because they will immediately be damned by The Mob of Ignorant Fools, who follow in lockstep with The Establishment.

For once Donald Trump kept his mouth shut and Twitter hand idle [good for him].

But this was not going to stop those who Desperately wanted to join-in on the Virtue Signalling.

Some of the Republicans in attendance added, in their Weak and Milquetoast way, to the Chorus of Malcontents, Spoiled Brats, and Machiavellians.

All-in-all what we witnessed over these past few days [although it seemed as long as a month] was Puerile and Infantile behavior.

The McCain Family should be Ashamed of themselves.  Many of us thought they were better than this [which prompts a question: where were John McCain’s Sons while all this was going on?], but, as we’ve so clearly seen, they were not.

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*It’s one thing to see such Grandstanding in, say, a play like Marc Antony’s speech in William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar.  That is entertainment.  What we’re talking about here is Real Life and Real People who deserve a certain Respect.

 

The Tower Of Flower Power

27 August 2018 @ 14:52

Throughout it’s history, Islam has adhered to the practice of either erecting mosques and similar edifices or reconstituting existing captured buildings in the name of Allah.

A good example of the latter is the Hagia Sophia in Constantinople [called ‘Istanbul’ by the Muslims].  When the Ottoman Turks conquered the city in 1453, Sultan Mehmet II ordered the conversion of this magnificent example of Orthodox Christianity into a mosque.

A good example of the former are the three Islamic structures that sit on The [Jewish] Temple Mount: the al-Aqsa Mosque, the Dome of the Rock, and the Dome of the Chain.

The Left and Islam share many traits, but the most all-encompassing is the desire of both to impose Totalitarianism.

In two Tweets, Richard Fernandez succinctly lays out a very plausible scenario for the plans of the Left In America:

Perhaps the greatest thing to fear in our new era of political correctness is a repeat of the destruction of the library of Alexandria, a purging of the past, which every progressive movement finds essential to its success.

The destruction of statuary, the renaming of streets, the revision of books, the proscription of ideas; in a word the leveling of a building site on which the Woke Tower will arise.

He is talking about a figurative Woke Tower that, like a specter, hangs over all of America, but, I ask: How long before we see what [in a very real sense] are Temples to this new Madness being physically erected?

The Left loves it’s statuary, too, as we’ve seen in every city and most towns of The Soviet Union and in Iraq, to cite just two of many examples.  So why shouldn’t they erect statues that their Devoted Dullard Drones can worship?

And they would certainly have enough subjects to have cast: Homosexuals, Feminists, Feminist Lesbians, Trans-Gendered whosie whatsis, Saul Alinsky, Barack, Michelle, and on and on and on and on and on.

Why not a Woke Tower, then?  —A place where those who have achieved Gnosis can gather in their Debauched and Depraved state and congratulate themselves and their fellow Illiterate Fools.

O, wonder!
How many goodly creatures are there here!
How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world,
That has such people in’t!

—William Shakespeare, The Tempest (V, i)

Degrees Of Difference – #FascismWatch

23 August 2018 @ 14:36

St. Petersburg, Florida, August 2018 [Lucia Sang, Fox News, reporting]:

For the past two days, a Florida city has been littered with fliers accusing a local businessman of being a predator who profits from “sexual violence, physical abuse and the caging of undocumented people” — all because he rents office space to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.

…It’s an agreement that goes back 21 years and was recently renewed.

On Wednesday, dozens of fliers showing his image were posted around St. Petersburg’s downtown area, where he owns several businesses, including the Birchwood Inn.

“I was taking my son to school yesterday when my elderly neighbor who walks dogs for a living came up to me and said, ‘I need to talk to you,’” Prather said. “[She said] there are posters all over town. It has a big picture of you and it says that you are a predator. What is going on?’”

Prather added: “They were everywhere.”

The fliers, which call for people to boycott all of Prather’s businesses, say in part: “Charles ‘Chuck’ Prather of the Birchwood Inn directly profits from sexual violence, physical abuse and the caging of undocumented people in the greater Tampa community. Chuck has earned his wealth through leasing property to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) as well as other border control offices.”

And the harassment campaign didn’t stop there.

On Thursday morning, Prather woke up to find more posters plastered around his home, and the words “EVICT ICE” spray painted on the sidewalk.

-Munich, Weimer Germany August 1926 [Lucia Sangfrieden, Fuchs News, reporting]:

For the past two days, a German city has been littered with fliers accusing a local businessman of being a ‘Jew Lover’ who profits from “sexual violence, physical abuse committed by blood-thirsty Hebrew people” — all because he rents office space to a Jewish business.

…It’s an agreement that goes back 21 years and was recently renewed.

On Wednesday, dozens of fliers showing his image were posted around Munich’s downtown area, where he owns several businesses, including the Birkenholz-Gasthaus.

“I was taking my son to school yesterday when my elderly neighbor who walks dogs for a living came up to me and said, ‘I need to talk to you,’” Karl Präther said. “[She said] there are posters all over town. It has a big picture of you and it says that you are a Jew Lover. What is going on?’”

Präther added: “They were everywhere.”

The fliers, which call for people to boycott all of Präther’s businesses, say in part: “Karol ‘Karl’ Präther of the Birkenholz-Gasthaus directly profits from sexual violence, physical abuse committed by blood-thirsty Hebrew people in the greater Munich community. Karl has earned his wealth through leasing property to Jews as well as other Jewish-controlled offices.”

And the harassment campaign didn’t stop there.

On Thursday morning, Präther woke up to find more posters plastered around his home, and the words “ACHTUNG! JUDEN” spray painted on the sidewalk.

-Not so different, eh?…just by degrees…for now.

Where will this end in America?…like it did in Germany when the Fascists gained enough Power And Control?

Arm yourselves ’cause a hard rain is gonna fall.