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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

On Encouraging Entry Into The Trades But Keeping A Constitutional Perspective

05 March 2020 @ 17:43

Sunday instant, I reposted a Facebook post from a website called Grown & Flown entitled: Parents Need to End the Stigma Surrounding Trade School.

I had been struck by that title because I agree with it.

The author, Katie Bingham-Smith, relates:

…When I attended high school in the ‘90s, if you were a student who took vocational classes, everyone thought it meant you couldn’t cut it in regular school.

The cool thing to do was to graduate high school the traditional way and if you didn’t, you were treated as though you were less than.

Maybe this wasn’t the case in all schools, but it certainly was in mine. I admit that I bought into this paradigm. The stigma which came from the adults in our lives trickled down to the students. These days, as a mom to three teens, I’ve seen that kind of stigma not only persist but get even worse and that’s sad.

I was one of those who, back in the 1970’s when I attended high school, felt the same way.  I was part of that White Collar Snobbery that pervaded our age group and our parents.  The latter desired that we outdo themselves and believed only attending collage would achieve that end.  They instilled in many of us that, as Mrs. Smith says, only the dumb kids went to what we called The Voke…and we were too Naive to see that this was wrong.

This attitude in my Blue Collar city was one of the reasons I believe The Voke was eventually shut down.  That Foolish Stigma depleted the ranks of students.

Fortunately, that attitude started to change in the Early Aughts in scattered cities and towns and Regional High Schools, now given the adjective ‘Technical’ started appearing.  Sadly, if Mrs. Smith is correct at least a part of that Foolish Stigma abides [not at all surprising in America given our reach-for-the-better philosophy].

I disagree, however, with the author that the Attitude is worse.

Thanks to people like Mike Rowe, the guys on This Old House [especially Norm Abram], and Mike Holmes, the understanding that The Trades are Respectable has grown significantly.  Granted: part of this change has been driven by the fact that more and more parents understand the financial rewards found by becoming a Tradesman, coupled with the Massive unemployment of those with such Useless degrees in things like ‘Gender Studies’.

More from Mrs. Smith:

No one stops to think that perhaps certain students are exploring other options because having a corporate job just doesn’t suit them. No one considers that these students may not want to spend their life doing something they hate simply because others said it was the right path to take.

My son wants to attend vocational school during his senior year of high school and I’m all for it. He has a mad passion for cars and wants to learn as much as he can, as fast as he can. Learning to repair cars makes him happy in a way that writing papers and chemistry class do not. That’s what enhances his life and makes him feel fulfilled.

Who am I to strip him of his passions, simply because I’m afraid of what others will think? He has an opportunity to start learning about something that excites him now and I think  it’s wonderful that he has that choice.

I couldn’t care less about what others think about my son’s school choice, career choice, or the way he styles his hair. I care that he is happy, and that he chooses what he loves regardless of what it looks like to others.

And if he feels self conscious about his choices, even for a second, it’s my job to set him straight and remind him that his life is his.

If he barters his happiness to appear more prestigious or to impress others, he’s the one who suffers, not the people on the outside judging the future he is building for himself.

You, Mrs. Smith, are there to ‘strip him of his passions’ if you believe they are harmful for him in the long-run.  Non-Natural hair colors are not acceptable and bespeak of an Unserious Person.  Certain Standards must be maintained, just as in the White Collar World, a suit and tie and not dressing like a whore must be Enforced.

In the Comments section of my Facebook post, two dear friends of mine point out that they ‘made it’ without a college degree and, I can attest, they have.  I know of many others who have, with a few rising in the White Collar World when their bosses are smart, in possession of Common Sense [I was one of those who rose and, when I became a boss, I discarded degrees when considering who to employ — successful work experience mattered more].

America was built on Ingenuity and Hard Work, White and Blue Collar.

SIDENOTE: Another commentator, one of my new Friends-In-The-Ether, Bill Hebden, informed us that: ‘Trump Just announced he wants vocational training in all high schools’.

This is not a good thing.

Nowhere in The Constitution is the national government given the Power And Control over Education.

As I wrote back in December regarding another action of Trumpicus Pompey Maximus Sulla and our Roman Empire-style Congress:

Where in The Constitution does it say the Chief Executive can do this?  Where does that Sacred Document say that the Congress can pass such a law?

The answer is that The Constitution does not Delegate such a Power to the national government.

But that doesn’t stop our elected officials from passing such laws every Session.

The First Question that must ALWAYS be asked when passing a Law or promulgating a Regulation is: Is this Constitutional?

If not, than this is a matter that should be left to The Several States [see: Tenth Amendment, The].

And, if their Constitutions do not Delegate such Powers to them, then we next go to County and Local level governments to see if their Charters allow them to impose such Laws and Regulations.

When we do not ask this First Question, we show our Contempt for The Constitutions and Charters of our govenments.  Passing such Laws and Regulations and Executive Orders is Repugnant…

Yes, I want to see Vocational Training encouraged and more Trade Schools opened, but not at the cost of Delegitimizing and Destroying further The Sovereignty Of The People.

 

Elections 2020: And The Plot Twisted From Side To Side

04 March 2020 @ 17:32

We may not have seen the last plot twist in this story.

Stacy McCain

ITEM #1:

I was wrong.

In previous posts, i offered the theory that the New New Left people in positions of Power And Control over at the DNC — in conjunction with the Radical Young Left — were going to do to Joe ‘Hill’ Biden what they’ve been doing to the Old Left and the New Left.

The only thing that kept him Viable is that Joe ‘Hill’ Biden was chosen by Obama to be his Vice President. Otherwise, he would have faded from The Political Scene.

The New New Left never really liked him and the Radical Young Left despise him.

What I see going on here is what I’ve noticed in a more subtle form since, at least, 2008: the New New Left, in an uneasy alliance with the Radical Young Left that will not last, is slowly and quietly ‘taking-out’, whacking politically, as it were, the now Old Timers of the Old Left and New Left. They’re going after state and local pols, along with DA’s, etc. It is a Slow Massacre of those not exhibiting enough Radicalism [ie: those suffering from ‘False Consciousness’]. The New New Left and the Radical Young Left are not coordinating their activities: the latter is always ready to shoot at the former.

Joe ‘Hill’ Biden is just the latest, albeit the most well-known, ‘Old Timer’ to get caught in the Crossfire.

That was at the end of last August.

Just a month ago, after the Iowa mish-mash, I wrote:

The Biden ‘No-Malarkey! You Young Whipper Snappers’ Campaign may well be, at the very least, Terminal after the Iowa Caucuses.

Joe ‘Hill’ was Doomed, eventually, from the start.

I refused to listen to that voice in my head that reminded me that all of the conventional political wisdom went out the window in 2015/2016.

For some reason only known to Baal, the DNC has decided the perhaps-Dementia-ridden Joe ‘Hill’ is the one to carry their torch.  I thought it would be Warren or Buttigeig — wrong again, Bobby Bel.

ITEM #2:

The trouncing of Squaw Elizabeth Warren [aka: Dances Badly In Pantsuits] in her home state of The People’s Republic Of Massachusetts surprised the Hell out of me.

It also made me laugh at her and those who foisted her upon The Bay State and then nationally, thinking that she was The Great White Hope of Modern Times.

She was only ever an Apparatchik…and a Dull and Depleted one at that.

Warren is still probably a contender for VP, but who knows?

ITEM #3:

If he is anointed, the Democratic Party’s choice for a VP for Biden is now taken-on a higher importance.  Can you say 25th Amendment?…or death in office?

ITEM #4:

How will the Radical Young Left and the Feministas react?  They Despise Joe.

For some valuable insights on this and other connected matters, please take the time to click here and read Stacy McCain’s analysis.

ITEM #5:

One more thing about Joe ‘Hill’ Biden: I forgot how the song, The Ballad Of Joe Hill ends [emphasis mine]:

I dreamed I saw Joe Hill last night
Alive as you or me
Says I, But Joe, you’re ten years dead
I never died, says he
I never died, says he

The Ballad Of Joe Hill

I was wrong.

Coronavirus Update: 2020-03-01 (featuring @steynonline)

01 March 2020 @ 18:06

With apologies to Robert Service…

I’m one of these cynical chaps
Who sit in my office drinking;
A most improper taste, perhaps,
Yet conducive to my thinking…

I don’t place any Trust in any government to take the Proper actions regarding the Coronavirus [although the verdict is still out on The United State Of America].

Mark Steyn is just as Cynical as I am…and he has provided an update on COVID-19 [sounds like a top-secret, super-duper operation of the SAS] that I will quote the newest part in full, as it represents what I would have written if I had his talent.

It is titled: When the System Infects You:

As we were saying…

China officials knew of coronavirus in December, ordered cover-up, report says

Shame on the halfwit faux-conservative suck-ups who over the last third of a century mortgaged the global supply chain (including basic medicines) to a totalitarian dictatorship. And nuts to the technocrat Napoleon and Politburo shill Bloomberg who presumes to save America from a future he helped arrange.

In other developments:

Coronavirus: 2 dozen first responders quarantined in Washington state

In China over three thousand health workers have been infected by COVID-19, and have thus helped spread the virus and infect many others, including those already weakened by other ailments who made the mistake of going to hospital. I hope startling carelessness in America and Italy and elsewhere will not result in similar outcomes throughout the west. We have been here before. What ought to have been one of the most disturbing aspects of the SARS outbreak is that in Canada the disease was spread by the medical system itself. Here’s what I had to say in The National Post on April 24th 2003….

Mark then goes on to reprint a column, which is a True Must-Read [please click here].

Will the Deadly Bungles happen again?

One of the reasons I’m especially, intensely Cynical is because I know how Bureaucracies work, having been inside one since the late 1970’s at the state level and having dealt with Local and Federal ones on a regular basis during those years.

SteynOnline commentator Diane Guy remarks:¹

…A good majority of the world unquestionably accepts whatever panacea their ‘betters’ dish up. Unbridled bureaucracy not subject to common sense oversight will be the death of us all.

And that is exactly what has happened since The Bureaucracy [aka: The Administrative State] began it’s Morbid Obesely Bloat under FDR.  They have become, at all levels, a separate branch of government, especially in their promulgation of Regulations that have the Force Of Law, even though The Sovereign People’s Representatives have never voted on them — this is just one of their Unconstitutional Sins.

The World War II Generation put their faith in FDR and his ‘Brain Trust’ and subsequent Generations have accepted The Bureaucracy they and their minions created.  At one point during my tenure in that Enemy Territory, I came-up with a simple summation of them, a unofficial motto, a guiding philosophy if you will of these Vultures who feed-off the carcass of America: If it makes Sense, DON’T do it.

We have no idea the course the spread of the Coronavirus will take.

I’m just advising that you be very Cynical of what Governments tell you.

Take precautions for your Family and keep your friends in the loop…and, if you’re the praying-type, Pray.

SIDENOTE: The N95 Respirator Mask is the mask to buy.

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On Gramsci, Father And Son Buttigieg

29 February 2020 @ 17:41

Angelo Codevilla has written another Magnificent analysis of the current state of affairs [tip of the fedora to Smitty].

He warns that Pete Buttigieg [SIDENOTE: What self-respecting Man runs for any elected office using his nickname?] is not so much a Leninist or Stalinist or Maoist, but a Faithful Studeent of Gramsci, and Evil Man, who I would contend is, perhaps, the creator of one of the worst of the Leftist Viruses — The Black Plague and Ebola rolled into one.

In the first part of his essay, Mr. Codevilla explains who Antonio Gramsci was.

Some highlights…

Gramsci’s critique of what he judged to be Lenin and Stalin’s insufficiently thorough totalitarianism followed from his Machiavellian dissent from Karl Marx’s doctrine that human thought is “superstructural,” that is, a mere reflection of people’s relationship to the means of production. Machiavelli had realized the overwhelming power of ideas, expressed in language, especially religious language. Orthodox Marxists—like Lenin and Stalin, down to Fidel Castro and, yes, Bernie Sanders—believe that seizing control of people’s livelihoods, secured by police forces, confers ultimate power.

Machiavelli, however, recognized that no amount of physical coercion could erase memories of lost freedoms. As circumstances changed, these memories could always overthrow the regime. Ultimate control requires erasing memories of former ways from human minds. Only by changing the meaning of words can the regime make it impossible even to think of alternatives to its power.

Hence, Gramsci and his followers have stressed that laying the foundations of ultimate, unshakable Communist power requires establishing absolute “hegemony” over culture, and especially over religion.

As the late and very much missed Andrew Breitbart said: Politics is downstream from Culture.  Control The Culture, Corrupt it from within to suit Leftist Philosophy, Overturn the meanings of words, and what you get is a Gramscian Tyranny [maybe George Orwell read Gramsci and it influenced his development of Newspeak in Nineteen Eighty-Four?]

More:

Lenin and Stalin destroyed church buildings and murdered priests. That did nothing to make people forget Christianity. Gramsci thought that Mussolini’s approach—paying the priests, helping to choose bishops who talked of less of Christ than of patriotic duty, and of Christ in Fascist-friendly terms—was likelier to kill Christianity by co-opting it.

In short, Gramscian Communists want to attack the whole civilization by seizing the culture’s commanding heights, and changing the meaning of cultural icons—as well as backing that up with police power over livelihoods.

You see, Buttigieg is not simply a follower of Gramsci: he and his Father have been deeply immersed in that Italian’s thinking for quite some time:

…young Pete assisted his father, Notre Dame English professor Joseph Buttigieg, president of the International Gramsci Society, in editing the English translation of Gramsci’s works—writings about which it is impossible to be neutral.

Far from neutral, the elder Buttigieg was among the world’s biggest fans of that most totalitarian of totalitarian theorists….

In the second part of the essay, Mr. Codevilla shows how Buttigeig is quite the A+ student of Gramsci.  ]The same theory was put forward by Insightful people about ‘Barack Hussein Obama’, but he was actually a mixture of Lenin, Mao, and Gramsci.]

From AC:

A few political commentators have noted the incongruity in Mayor Pete’s self-proclaimed moderation. Loudly, he vows fidelity to all manner of American cultural icons: Religion above all, family, the military, capitalism, and so on. But the not so fine print of what he says about each and all of these is at variance with how most Americans understand them.

If these commentators had read Gramsci — whom Pete has read as an editor reads — they would not merely say that he has one foot in the moderate camp and another in the radical one. No. From a Gramscian standpoint, Pete’s views make perfect Communist sense.

Mr. Codevilla then cites some examples…

Religion:

Start with Creation. “Male and female created He them,” says Genesis, so that they may “be fruitful and multiply.” But the party says that sex is a social construct. Jewish law prescribes death to punish homosexuality. Pete and the party don’t object to calling Jesus homosexual and insist that opposition to homosexuality is un-Christian. Their Christianity also requires no control of immigration.

“He who does not work, neither shall he eat?” By their Christianity, St. Paul is un-Christian. So is anybody who stands in the way of killing babies who survive abortions. For the party approved version of Christianity, the Decalogue’s protection of innocent human life is anti-woman.

Is there any doubt that adherence to this version of Christianity is all about making Christianity anathema to Christians in a way that Lenin and Stalin could never manage?

No doubt about it.

The Family [emphasis mine]:

Family? Mayor Pete, who has counseled a 9-year-old boy to “come out” as a homosexual, touts that he is “a happily married man” who looks forward to having and raising children. To describe a homosexual couple taking adopting children generated by someone else and raising them in their own image remains repugnant to most people. Americans will not vote to place a pair of homosexuals into the White House as paragons of family life. Lenin and Stalin and Mao tried to abolish families by making life difficult for them. Gramsci would have done more by transforming family life into an off-putting parody.

My fear is, though it seems Trumpius Sulla is likely to be Re-Elected, what will happen in 2024?

The majority of Americans seem to have accepted this Fantasy known as ‘Gay Marriage’ and will probably not hold Buttigeig’s Perversions against him in five years.

Those are just two examples.

In the third part of Mr. Codevilla’s essay he looks at what he rightly calls The Tightening Gramscian Grip:

…were Antonio Gramsci to survey today’s America, he would be hopeful.

Thanks to our dumbed-down, politically correct educational system, more and more Americans are susceptible to identifying religion, economics, and morality in the way our corrupt ruling class embodies them. Because our ruling class—religious leaders, politicians, professors, corporate officials, Hollywood, the media—are redefining the icons of American life in their own corrupt images, people increasingly are willing to turn their backs on them.

Gramsci would have reason to hope that, soon, Americans will no longer remember who they once were, and that, not wanting anything to do with what they now misunderstand that older America to have been, will be unable to resist the party.

Too many of us are slowly coming to Love Big Brother Antonio.

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…Listen, I’ve summed them all up: the teacher who laughs with the children at their God and at their cradle is ours already.  …Schoolboys who kill a peasant for the sake of a thrill are ours.  The juries who acquit all criminals without distinction are ours.  A public prosecutor, who trembles in court because he is not sufficiently progressive, is ours, ours.  Administrators, authors — oh, there are lots and lots of us, and they don’t know it themselves.

On the other hand, the docility of schoolboys and fools has reached the highest pitch; the schoolmasters are full of bile; everywhere we see vanity reaching inordinate proportions, enormous bestial appetites.  [pause] Do you realize how many converts we shall make by trite and ready-made ideas?…  [re-paragraphing mine]

Peter Verkhovensky, The Devils by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Ancient Freedoms And Ordered Liberty: Restoring The Balance

26 February 2020 @ 17:11

From The Washington Sentinel, Warner Todd Huston reporting, we learn:

Every single Democrat in Virginia’s state senate voted against pay raises for the cops because so many police officers opposed the Democrat attack on the pro-Second Amendment.

Virginia State Senator Bill Stanley blasted the state’s Democrats for their “hypocrisy” after he tried to amend the state budget to include a pay raise for the state’s sheriffs.

Stanley told WTVR that he was “absolutely shocked” by the Democrats refusal to vote for the pay raise.

“I tried to amend the state budget to give all of our men and women of Virginia’s Sheriffs’ Departments a 3% raise for this year. It was defeated, with all democrats voting ‘no,’” Stanley wrote on Facebook.

Stanley also said that Democrat Majority Leader Dick Saslaw admitted that the “no” vote was in retaliation for the support so many sheriffs gave to the Second Amendment as the Democrats sought to undermine it as the year’s legislation began.

“Saslaw came up and said this to me, ‘Hey Stanley, you want to know why your sheriffs didn’t get a raise? Because they came to our committees and said that they weren’t going to enforce our laws.’ When I asked him which law was he talking about, he said, ‘Gun control,’” Stanley wrote in his post.

“Dick is a friend of mine. I love him dearly,” Stanley added. “He’s never lied to me, so I believe what he said was true that the reason why the sheriffs were not getting a raise is because some sheriffs dared to come up here to the people’s house and declare that they were going to support the Second Amendment of the Constitution and, I guess, that didn’t jive to well with him.”

When we talk about Restoring our Ancient Freedoms and Ordered Liberty, one of the key aspects of doing so is returning control to The Sovereign People at the lowest possible governmental level.  The closer certain decisions are made to the smallest groups of them, the more Justifiable Power And Control we can exert.

There was a time in most states when county governments taxed those within their boundaries.  I’m not sure if Virginia was one of those, but there’s no reason The Sovereign People of Virginia cannot Implement this practice.

Since the Age Of FDR, the national government has increasingly been gather Powers it was never given by The Constitution.  It has Deprived state, county, and local governments of their Just Powers; it has made state governments nothing more than Administrative Units of the ever-encompassing national one.

This Despotic Behavior has not been restricted to the federal sphere: state governments have been sucking county and local powers into their sphere — Destroying the counties and leaving them just a shell of what they once were, entities in name only.

Another example is Welfare, which, though nominally under state control, is controlled by The Congress.  At one time, welfare programs were handled by the cities and towns or by the counties.

Such grabs of Power And Control have made these programs, and others, Unanswerable to Local Concerns.  And our local leaders have played along with it.

Any Plan Of Restoration must include returning certain powers as close as possible to The Sovereign People.

Most of the Big City Governments are Terminal because they have become cesspits of Utterly Corrupt Politicians, Bureaucrats, Community Organizers [ie: professional, Radical Agitators], and Tribal Interest Groups.

So deep is the seepage of the Corruption that it has spread into most of the mid- and small-sized Cities and even into many Towns and County Governments.

However, as these last types of local government mentioned are closest to us, we stand a fair chance of being able to save them by gaining Control of and over them. The Founders understood this and most of them championed putting as much Governmental Power as possible in Local hands [the term often used to describe this concept is ‘Subsidiarity’].

THE PRESENT CRISIS, Chapter 7: Is The Patient Terminal?

Francis I: Long Marcher

24 February 2020 @ 17:12

Over at Moonbattery on 06 February, Dave Blount wrote an Excellent and Insightful post on The Anti-Pope Francis I.

Some highlights with my commentary…

Communism was imposed by brute force in Russia and China. In the West, where people are too used to freedom and live too well to submit to slavery without a hell of a fight, communists have settled on a different approach. German Marxist Rudi Dutschke called it the Long March Through the Institutions.

By infiltrating, subverting, and eventually commandeering major institutions, communists can brainwash large numbers of people into giving up their freedom and their standard of living of their own free will. Eventually, many will become communists themselves, and find a twisted sort of meaning by working to deny others freedom and the wealth that freedom creates.

The strategy works, or we would not find ourselves in a position where Bernie Sanders could conceivably be elected President of the United States. Key institutions with vast power to shape opinions have already fallen under the domination of leftists….

They will come to Love Big Brother.  George Orwell warned us:

He gazed up at the enormous face. Forty years it had taken him to learn what kind of smile was hidden beneath the dark moustache. O cruel, needless misunderstanding! O stubborn, self-willed exile from the loving breast! Two gin-scented tears trickled down the sides of his nose. But it was all right, everything was all right, the struggle was finished. He had won the victory over himself. He loved Big Brother. [Nineteen Eighty-Four, Chapter 6]

It’s worked it’s Magick on The Anti-Pope.

More from Mr. Blount:

Pope Francis is presented with a gift of a crucifix carved into a wooden hammer and sickle, the Communist symbol uniting labor and peasants, by Bolivian President Evo Morales in La Paz, Bolivia, Wednesday, July 8, 2015. (L’Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)

At a Vatican seminar, the Red Pope denounced tax havens that shelter money he thinks should be confiscated “to fund health care and education.”

“Today’s structures of sin include repeated tax cuts for the richest people, often justified in the name of investment and development,” Francis told the meeting organized by the Pontifical Academy for Social Sciences.

There was a time when violating the 8th and 10th Commandments was considered sin.

Without investment and development, there is no money to confiscate. But getting your hands on other people’s property is only a short term benefit of Marxism. The lasting advantage is control.

Power And Control.

More:

On Wednesday, Francis wept that the world per capita income will be only $12,000 this year. That number would represent an astonishing explosion of wealth compared to the recent past. But the actual income is even higher, according to World Bank data. It is three times higher than it was in 1990.

This is hardly the time to revert to a system of takers ruling makers, as we had throughout human history until recently — unless the point is not to feed the poor but to exploit them to achieve power, or to advance an ideology that allows others to achieve power.

Of course, what this Anti-Pope doesn’t Comprehend is that he will be nothing but a Lackey, a mere Apparatchik, of The Leftists who end-up wielding Power And Control, someone who will be Discarded on The Ash Heap Of Idiocy once his Usefulness is done.

Pope Francis was Anointed, not by God, but by the Evil Ones [The Superforce] inside The Roman Catholic Church who are participants in The Long March Through Our Institutions.

Losers Or Losers: Which One Shall I Be Today?

23 February 2020 @ 17:26

Lynn Chu, who has a Vibrant and Insightful mind, has written the following in a recent Facebook posting:

The Democrats are such a mess they really need to hire some Republicans to tell them how to run a party that isn’t systematically falling into completely insane ideological cul de sacs, can’t count votes, can’t hire decent IT people, and can’t manage its way out of a paper bag. Market opportunity for idle Republican strategists and p.r. people!

It’s kind of hilarious that they focused so intensively on manipulating the press that they succeeded beyond their wildest dreams to the point where the press is so craven and stupid that together, all of them spinning around in their circle jerk, look doubly stupid.

We need a net reduction in the entire “political operative” class.

With apologies to all of you guys who are ones.

I’m prompted to ask several related questions regarding de Sade de sac GOPe…

Who Am I?

-What have the GOPe teach the Democrats: how to lose with Grace?

-How to be Feckless Milquetoasts?

-How to be Useful Idiots for the Opposition?

-How to be Pragmatic Managers of the Status Quo?

These are the only skills possessed by the GOP and Conservative Establishment.

According to Stacy McCain’s reporting:

“Stand Up Republic” is the Evan McMullin/Mindy Finn organization funded by Democrat billionaire Pierre Omidyar. “Principles First” is an anti-Trump organization that is the brainchild of disappointed Rubio supporter Heath Mayo. Together, these two outfits are sponsoring the “Summit on Principled Conservatism” a week from Saturday.

So, if you want to learn to be a Professional Loser and no longer be an Amateur, I’d say sign-up and go!  The only thing you have to lose is more of your Soul.

Go!…and learn the art of committing Treason From Within!

I’m Bob Belvedere and I approve this message.

[Bonus points if you can name the song I paraphrased in the post title]

 

Perilous Times: On The Radical Young Left

20 February 2020 @ 17:32

Over in a recent Facebook post, Richard Fernandez [aka: Wretchard T. Cat] remarked:

Why did the alliance between the left and the Bloombergs/Hillary wing suddenly collapse after lasting so many years? Is it a sudden realization of the other’s defects or the inability to win power?

The ability to win power seems paramount. Policy differences are declared unimportant compared to beating Trump. The criticism of Sanders is that he can’t beat Trump. There’s currently no reality beyond the Donald.

Indeed.  That’s why I think there is still a potential for the Democrats to band together after their Convention, like they have in the past.

However, if Bolshevik Bernie doesn’t get the nod through Chicanery a second time, the Radical Young Left may Abandon whoever gets it.  They are have evolved into a group that is Extremely Frustrated and more Willing to use Violence.  They feel that they have waited long enough, that they’re moment when Destiny has called them is here and they worry that their time might pass.

More from Wretchard:

The irony is if the Democrats could find a political mission beyond merely rerunning 2016 they might actually win. Trump is the excuse for not reinventing themselves. Hating Donald is the only thing that keeps a husk alive.

This might be the glue that binds the various Leftist cells.  But as I said, the Bernie Bolshes might not be willing to take it anymore if their man is denied what they see as his rightful place.

More:

Don Surber captures the chaos that is gnawing at the guts of progressives. Without Trump they might turn on themselves.

It’s an extraordinary spectacle and an unhealthy development. Every administration needs an opposition to achieve check and balance. What’s happening?

The French Revolution was accomplished because the forces in the various factions on the Left pushed it through.  However, the more Radical of them [relatively speaking, of course — they were, all of them, Radical] broke away from the others and staged a Bloody Coup, because they couldn’t wait to Immanentize The Eschaton.

Thus came The Terror and the Horrid Inspiration it provided to future Revolutionaries — and to the Ignoramuses that now make up the Radical Young Left.

The Leftist Opposition is suffering from an Acute case of Trump Derangement Syndrome and this is preventing them from acting Effectively.  In a way, this looks like a good situation for The Right, but it is not.

The Radical Young Left are not, and never will be, content to stay in with the New New Left of Pelosi and Obama.  They have no Compunction about committing acts of Pillage and other Violences.  Out of Frustration, the RYL may break-away from their Menshevik Comrades and strike-out on their own.

We must be prepared for what seems to be an Inevitable attempt at Overt Revolution.

A man full of warm, speculative benevolence may wish his society otherwise constituted than he finds it, but a good patriot and a true politician always considers how he shall make the most of the existing materials of his country. A disposition to preserve and an ability to improve, taken together, would be my standard of a statesman. Everything else is vulgar in the conception, perilous in the execution.

—Edmund Burke, Reflections On The Revolution In France

Essential: Restoring The Can-Do Attitude – UPDATED

18 February 2020 @ 17:56

In a recent Facebook post, Richard Fernandez [aka: Wretchard T. Cat] offered these thoughts [hint: he always expresses an initial thought in his post’s text, then follows it up with more detail in the Comments section]:

Remember how an eminent economist argued we could solve all our problems by pretending earth was under attack by space aliens? Today earth is under actual attack by viruses from inner space and no one expects an economic boom. Why?

Maybe because an actual alien attack from inner space requires the production of specific goods rather than generic holes in the ground that an exercise in fake demand generation would supply.

The virus is making an unexpected market demand, like a customer no one could anticipate walking in the door, least of all the State guided Chinese economy. The advantage may belong to economies that can set up quickest to service the market for rare events.

There used to be something called the “can do” attitude which described the ability to rapidly adapt to the unexpected. That’s been supplanted in some societies with the “can’t do” attitude which always finds some reason to explain why a given task is impossible.

The “can do” attitude thrived where initial failure was tolerated. During WW2 for example, the legendary weapons were often preceded by a string of dismal failures. But people were more accepting of risk in a real invasion. They had to be.

It was the Wide-Spread Belief in the Can-Do Attitude that made America the top nation in the World.  Down to the DIY actions that many Americans took, up to the Attitude’s power in propelling us to Victory in World War II, this Ingrained Mindset brought us Glory in every field of Endeavor.¹

It is an Iron Rule that Failures must be allowed to breed Successes or the Effort is Wasted.

Too many in America today seem to have Adopted a Can’t-Do Attitude and we are hurting as a result.

From my book, THE PRESENT CRISIS:

Leaving illegal aliens aside [and ‘in the shadows’] for the moment: too many people who reside within the borders of The United States are not Americans.

Sure: legally, they are ‘Americans’, but, in their Hearts and Minds — in their Souls — they possess none, or very little, of that unique Spirit that has animated this country since the 17th Century, that can-do, fearless attitude which took a wild and savage land and made it the center of Western Civilization, a sanctuary of Freedom and Ordered Liberty, and a refuge from Tyranny.

So many of our fellow countrymen are Moral Weaklings who place more trust in the government to meet their Physical and Spiritual Needs than they place trust in God and in themselves as Free Men and Women. They are poster children for the Retardation of the American Spirit. They are committing Moral Treason.  [Chapter 4: The Triumph Of Leftist Thinking]

The Left will always discourage American Innovation that proves the worth of The Free Market — the former Despises all the Victories achieved by the latter.  The Left are willing to let people Die to protect their Precious Ideology.  They seek nothing less than to Destroy our DIY Mindset in every possible way, eradicate it in every nook-and-cranny.

We must Resolve ourselves to Maintain and Strengthen our Can-Do Attitude; we must Restore it where it has been Defeated; we must get-a-hold of ourselves.

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¹ It should also be noted that the companies labeled ‘Big Pharma’ have practiced the Can-Do Attitude since their creation.  The reason why their drugs are so expensive is because they have to re-coup the enormous costs of Research and Development, which involves a lot of Trial And Error, experiencing many Failures before they hit on the right mixture.

Sadly, in a few cases, this has lead to some company officials to hiding side-effect information and bad marketing decisions [Greed afflicts many — no one is Immune], but, let us not forget, an awful lot of the so-called ‘Victims!’ of these drugs brought their Health Issues and Miseries upon themselves by not following directions and by ‘abusing the privilege’, as it were [I’ve been having to take Vicodin everyday since 2007 to ease the pain of my Chronic Neuropathy and I have not Abused it].

Big Pharma is responsible for me being here this day.  It has provided the Chemo and Radiation and the other Drugs I need to keep on living a somewhat Normal Life…and I am grateful.  It has, and is, providing the Immunological Drugs I will need in the future.

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UPDATE on 20 February 2020 at 1633:

In the Comments section of this post, Mike [aka: That Mr. G. Guy and a longtime Friend-In-The-Ether] offers this spot-on response:

Like you, I don’t have a problem with big pharma charging what the market will bear to recoup their investment in R&D. It probably saved my life with the treatment for my liver disease…or at least prolonged it.

But that being said, after a certain number of years, the price of some of these drugs has to reduce in cost.

It should if Market Forces, instead of Greed, are allowed to flourish.  Perhaps, also, Mike, we should examine the length of time allotted to those companies for Exclusive manufacturing rights?

Welcome To The Jungle: Arts And Entertainment And Letters

16 February 2020 @ 17:02

The Left has an Appetite For Destruction…

In a very interesting essay over at City Journal, Brian Patrick Eha looks at the Ideological Cultural Scolds that rule Arts and Entertainment.  It’s fairly long, but well-worth the time.  I intend to comment on parts of it.

We find ourselves in this Age Of Ideology’s Triumph monitored by those who seek to enforce Ideological Purity Tests on what we see and read and hear.  As you read on, you will see that, though we in The Anglosphere are not Totalitarians [yet] our ‘betters’ believe in a Soviet / People’s Republic style of Censorship — the only difference being that they jailed and Murdered those whom the Censors thought expressed False Consciousness, while ours only seek [at this time] to destroy the careers and livelihoods of those who do not pass the Tests.  The latter will use The Law if they have too [another reason to oppose ‘hate laws’], but, for now at least, these Ideologues content with financial and reputation Ruinations.

From the Author:

Here we see the outlines of the new moralism that now obscures cultural creation in America…. Its twin notions — that art and entertainment, as well as those who produce it, should be subject to ideological and behavioral purity tests; and that those cultural products and creators found wanting, deemed “problematic,” should be cast aside in favor of more edifying material — are in the ascendant, if not already dominant. The new illiberal moralism holds that preference should be given on class syllabuses, in review pages, and on short lists for major prizes to artists with whose politics the cultural arbiters agree and whose identities they can safely celebrate. The highest use of the arts, in this view, is to enshrine a vision of the world not as it is but as it should be, particularly in matters of racial and gender diversity and other cherished progressive causes. Books and films by problematic artists — and to be straight, white, and male is to be problematic thrice over—are at best unhelpful, at worst corrupting….

This is what happened in The USSR.

The result, as always with any work of art, were Dull and Dismal literary products that I found Unreadable, music that was Chaotic and Incomprehensible, films that only serve to bore the Hell out of the viewer, plays that were Dreadfully Colorless, paintings and buildings that were Anti-Art — in other words: works that were stripped of all Human Passion in favor of putting across Tedious and Boring Bromides.

Mr. Eha labels this the ‘new moralism’ but their is nothing Moral about it.  It is merely Relativity in the service of the Leftist Way Of Thinking.

He cites the reaction by the Apparatchiks to the release of Quinton Tarantino’s One Upon A Time In Hollywood as a good example.

Another couple of examples:

In January 2019, debut author Amélie Wen Zhao found herself the subject of such intense criticism — largely for making slavery a feature of her fictional world—that she pulled her YA [Young Adults] fantasy novel, Blood Heir, the first volume of a planned trilogy for which she had received a high-six-figure publishing deal, before it hit the shelves. The following month, another YA author, Kosoko Jackson, likewise pulled his debut novel after a Twitter mob savaged it for featuring “privileged” protagonists and casting a Muslim character as a villain. Ironically, Jackson, who is black and gay, had worked as a “sensitivity reader” for publishing houses, screening manuscripts for just such politically incorrect content, and on Twitter, like Zhao, he had waged identitarian turf wars. “He was Robespierre,” as New York Times columnist Jennifer Senior put it, “with his own neck in the cradle of the guillotine.” The canceler had been canceled.

Where fault can’t be found in the art, it is found in the artist…..

I do admit to feeling a touch of schadenfreude entering my heart every time the Left eats it’s own, but that is just an initial reaction.  There’s a serious lesson to be learned: The Left will Viciously Attack it’s members if they Dare take one-step out of Ideological line.  Since they subscribe to a Philosophy of ‘By Any Means Necessary’, no one is safe from their Two Minute Hate.  In fact, as has been shown wherever Leftism has triumphed, they have more Hate for those who try to step one foot out of their plantation —  we on the Right aren’t even Human to them.

Mr. Eha, again:

…Writing in 1985, [novelist William H. Gass] early in the culture wars that made explicit the ideological commitments of so many artists, scholars, media commentators, and museum curators, Gass discerned the motive for doling out honors to second- and third-rate books. “It’s been clear from the first year that it has never been the judges who needed their consciousness raised, or their moral point of view improved, or their allegiance to American values strengthened, but the Many ‘out there’ who could use such elevation,” he wrote. “Hence an award-winning book did not necessarily have to represent the private tastes of the judges or the board; it represented, rather, their judgment that it would be good for those who read it.”

Thank you, Massa.

This explains the many awards given to such Dreadful and Debased writers such as Toni Morrison and Wuss Males [if they get any at all these days].

More from Mr. Eha:

This sermonizing strain runs deep in American public life, and liberals and conservatives alike have indulged in it. In Donald Trump’s America, though, it is the Left that has adopted this language as its own. Like an army that, having taken the heights, promptly turns the retreating enemy’s own guns against him, modern progressives, once proudly nonjudgmental, aspiring to European insouciance, have discovered their own innate capacities for moral outrage, censure, and prohibition. Artistic expression — with all its beauty, complexity, ambiguity, and negative capability — pays the price.

As I wrote in THE PRESENT CRISIS:

To [The Left], anything deemed ‘Beautiful’ is a representation of that Life As It Is that they Detest so much. Therefore, it is logical that the Left would seek to Disparage, Delegitimize, heap Scorn on, and Ridicule anything we hold as Beautiful. They are the charter members of the Cult Of Uglincss.

And since the Left wants to overthrow Life As It Is and replace it with a Re-Engineered Utopia of their own ‘enlightened’ design, they actively work to tear-down, figuratively and literally, everything deemed by Normal people to be Beautiful.  [Chapter 3: Leftism]

It’s interesting to note that the Rise of Trumpius Pompey Maximus Sulla has lead formerly Conventional conservatives to embrace his Insouciance and Vulgarity.  [Of course, the actions of the Establishment Never Trumpers, low-down and highly hypocritical, have made CC’s embrace much easier to accomplish…and understand.]

More:

A considerable amount of what passes for cultural criticism today relies for its authority on an understanding, ostensibly shared between the critic and his audience, of the new moral atmosphere in which books, music, movies, and television shows are to be judged, or what the Guardian, in an article handicapping the 2019 Booker Prize nominees last fall, called “the political backdrop and its necessary impact on the judges’ decision.”…

These prizes have been so debased by The Left that most of us Ignore them — or use them as a guide in what not to read.

More from Mr. Eha:

If, like a street drug, the ideology in these critiques is not 100 percent pure but contains trace amounts of genuine aesthetic judgement, the trend is nevertheless toward the removal of such superfluous additives so as to deliver the strongest possible high. Like opioids, ideology in sufficient doses obliterates not only the desire but also the capacity for thought. Where once there was a diversity of opinion, there is now an enforced uniformity; the memo goes out, and a narrative takes shape among the opinion makers and quickly calcifies.

Dead Solid Perfect.

He continues…

…If it has occurred to the proponents and beneficiaries of this new zeitgeist the damage that might be done to the social fabric by slotting everyone, as George Packer put it in The Atlantic, into “a new moral caste system that ranks people by the oppression of their group identity,” they give no sign of showing it.

Of course not.  Accepting the Leftist Ideology means never having to say you’re Sorry — or to ever have to think again.  You will be provided with a ‘grand’ master plan that tells you how to Act and React.  Go back to your Luxuries and basket-weaving and leave the planning to The Masterminds.  Just don’t ever step out of line, True Believers, Apparatchiks, Intelligentsia, and Fellow Travellers.  You’re being watched for the slightest sign of False Consciousness.

Mr. Eha concludes:

…At times the new progressivism, for all its up-to-the-minuteness, carries a whiff of the seventeenth century,” [George Packer] writes, “with heresy hunts and denunciations of sin and displays of self-mortification. The atmosphere of mental constriction in progressive milieus, the self-censorship and fear of public shaming, the intolerance of dissent —t hese are qualities of an illiberal politics.”

How quickly a whiff becomes a stench.

Indeed.


 

 

Lady Evil: Deformed Soul

14 February 2020 @ 17:51

There’s a lady they say who needs the darkness
She can’t face the light

Lady Evil, evil on my mind
She’s queen of the night
She’s the queen of sin
Look out, she’ll pull you in!

Lady Evil, lyrics by Ronnie James Dio

Over at The Other McCain, Stacy McCain brings to us the case of one Patricia MacCormack, college professor and Raging Occultist.  Stacy has listed her curriculum vitae and it is Disturbing that she is a teacher of our young people.  Oh…and surprise, surprise: she’s a Feminist.

This Deformed Soul believes that Earth can only be saved by the Extinction of The Human Race.  Now, granted, she doesn’t want to engage in a Mass Slaughter of it to achieve her Sick Goals.  Rather she wants to see all of us boycotting procreation — although her Core Idea, if accepted, would most certainly lead others who are not patient to want to rush towards her final goal.

As Stacy remarks…

Human existence is bad. That’s what parents are paying universities to teach their children: “Hurry up and die, because global warming.”

Let us never forget that the Hatred of the Jew and the wish that Jews wouldn’t be allowed to breed that swirled-around in the 19th Century was taken by Lenin, Stalin, and Hitler in the 20th Century and rushed.

This rush-to-completion will happen if MacCormack’s ideas breakout of the Obscurity they so richly Deserve.  But, the fact is: many on The Left will embrace her ideas because they are, deep-down in their Souls, Nihilists — haters of Human Life.  If they don’t specifically embrace her, they will embrace others who advocate the same thing — especially if the idea is coated with a Sheen Of Science [false Science, of course, or as many call it: ‘Scientism’].

To be a Nihilist is to believe that existence is meaningless, that misery and hopelessness are the natural conditions of Mankind, that Life is, and will always be, ‘nasty, poor, brutish, and short’.  Nihilists despise the fact that they even exist, that they continue living. For them, Life is a Curse. [THE PRESENT CRISIS, Chapter 4: The Triumph Of Leftist Thinking]

There are two types of Evil in the World: that Evil that crosses through every Human Heart, as A. Solzhenitsyn explained, and Demonic Forces that can Capture Souls, as JRR Tolkien wrote about.¹

Methinks this Sad and Pathetic woman is the former — she has actively, of her own Free Will, embraced Evil.

I would suspect that we will discover, as we most often do [as Stacy has documented on his site many times regarding these types], that she is Mentally Ill.

Thank you, Stacy.

There’s a lady they say who feeds the darkness
It eats right from her hand

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¹ As I wrote here in mid-January, instant, there are two kinds of Evil:

The first kind is, as Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn wrote in The Gulag Archipelago:

But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being.

The second kind is a Demonic Force that exists in The Ether and can rain it’s Noxious Gas down on Individuals, nations — groups of any size.  As JRR Tolkein defined it: This kind of Evil is a Shadow, it’s main feature being The Absence Of God.

When you make the Conscious Decision to Embrace Evil [the former], you open your Soul to the latter.

The Pandering Pimpsqueek: Michael Bloomberg

13 February 2020 @ 17:00

[NOTE: Before I start, let’s remember that There Are Five A’s In RAAAAACISM!]

I will not make fun of Bloomberg’s physical height.  Nay.

I will, however, Denounce Bloomberg’s smallness of Soul.

He has been, and continues to be, an Opportunist of the Worst kind.

Over at The Other McCain, Stacy McCain looks at the latest Pander of this Political Pimp.

Stacy quotes from a report by Mike Brest in The Washington Examiner:

Newly uncovered audio of 2020 presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg depicts the former New York City mayor defending the controversial stop-and-frisk policy, which he enacted while in office.

The 2015 recording comes from a speaking event Bloomberg attended at the Aspen Institute, during which he acknowledged that the policy disproportionately affected minorities and defended it.

“Ninety-five percent of your murders, murderers and murder victims, fit one M.O. You can just take the description, Xerox it, and pass it out to all the cops,” Bloomberg said. “They are male, minorities, 16 to 25. That’s true in New York, that’s true in virtually every city. And that’s where the real crime is. You’ve got to get the guns out of the hands of people that are getting killed.”

“So one of the unintended consequences is people say, ‘Oh my God, you are arresting kids for marijuana that are all minorities.’ Yes, that’s true. Why? Because we put all the cops in minority neighborhoods. Yes, that’s true. Why do we do it? Because that’s where all the crime is,” he continued…. [BB: My cut]

The audio of Bloomberg’s remarks was released by Benjamin Dixon, a Bernie Sanders supporter, which in turn inspired a conspiracy theory response by CNN’s Cristina Alesci, but the real story is how Bloomberg responded: He apologized and denounced his own former policy.

Do you think that will work? If so, you are a fool. Even if Bloomberg can succeed in buying the Democratic nomination, he cannot defeat Trump in November without Obama-level black support, and his apology certainly won’t suffice to achieve that. And while I would ordinarily be willing to defend Bloomberg against the accusation of racism — “RAAAAACISM!” — his craven apology cancels my obligation to defend him.

Same here.  In his original statement. Bloomberg spoke the Truth.  Now, for Political Purposes, he Denounces himself.¹

This act shows a Stunning lack of Integrity — not as if we expected any from this Pandering Pimpsqueek.  He has blown any chance of running on a platform of Law And Order.  This former Liberal Republican turned Independent turned Democrat has shown explicitly that he will do anything to win, that he’s most definitely as Soulless as the rest.

Of course, this is not a surprise for those of us who have followed his career, but it shows that, not only is he a Pandering Pimp, but a pretty Stupid one.

A Man who doesn’t stand up for himself, is not a Real Man.

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¹ The Left loves it when one of their Targets denounces himself — see: Nineteen Eighty-Four for details.

 

#CoronaVirus – When Will We Ever Learn?

12 February 2020 @ 17:41

As I’ve commented on my two Coronavirus Updates [most recent one here]: ‘I would doubt the totals coming out of any Totalitarian Regime — they are probably higher, especially in Red China.’

Totalitarian Regimes and their supporters Lie.  They have to, especially when it comes to the mistakes they have made.  All such Tyrannies are Fragile Things that will Collapse if they’re penetrated by The Truth, because they are based on Fantasy, a view of the World through a funhouse mirror; they are based on a Utopian Idea that was developed in a sterile laboratory, far away from Reality.

The only ways Totalitarian Regimes can survive are through Lies and the holding of all Power And Control.  They must instill Fear of the regime in the people they lord over — and in their Adversaries.

The nations of The West have long tip-toed around Red China so they don’t ‘awaken The Beast’, as it were.

In a very useful column, over at Intellectual Takeout, Jeff Minick collects together reports that are seeping out of Red China regarding the Truths about the Coronavirus.

Some highlights:

We now know that Dr. Li Wenliang of Wuhan raised early warnings about the coronavirus. Taken into custody, the doctor was “reprimanded by Wuhan police and forced to sign a letter acknowledging he had made ‘false comments’ on the Chinese Internet.” By trying to conceal the virus, the Communist Party of China (CPC) allowed it to spread not only in China, but also around the world.

Chinese authorities report that Li, age 34, died February 6 of the virus.

One has to ask, given the history of Lies, if the Brave Doctor’s death was hastened.  Remember: Leftist Tyrannies live by The Lie.

On February 7, Breitbart News reported that the Epoch Times, which Breitbart describes as “a Chinese-American anti-communist newspaper,” sent investigative reporters undercover to crematoriums and funeral homes in and around Wuhan. These reporters found that the numbers of bodies being cremated greatly exceed the official reported numbers. They also discovered that authorities might be incorrectly attributing many deaths to diseases other than the coronavirus.

Employees in these crematoriums are working around the clock to dispose of the dead, with many of them complaining of exhaustion and lack of protective clothing and masks. Google “crematorium workers overwhelmed in China,” and you’ll find a dozen news outlets reporting the massive numbers of bodies requiring disposal.

Mr. Minick concludes:

All nations are different from one another. China sports a communist government, America a republican one. Other countries range from democracies to dictatorships. Each of these countries has enemies and friends. Each lives by a different philosophy, a different set of laws, different views of faith, and different visions of the future.

The coronavirus and other infectious diseases stand outside these human constructs. It is, as I say, the alien invader wreaking death and damage with no regard to its victims.

Because our world is shrinking through such technological advances as air travel, we need to regard such diseases as a threat to all humanity, not as some scandal to be covered up or denied. The shame in the case of coronavirus belongs not to the outbreak of infection in China, but to the Chinese government for its foot-dragging and suppression of the facts.

If ever we should cooperate as human beings rather than as antagonists, it is in the face of a crisis like this one.

When plagued with such alien invasions, we are all on the same team.

But a team only wins if it members will openly Cooperate.  And Red China will never do so for many reasons, including, but limited to, it’s Fragile Nature mentioned above and it’s Desperation to not Lose Face.

The Free Nations of The World are on their own.

Never, ever trust a Totalitarian Regime — didn’t we learn that lesson in the waning days and aftermath of World War II?

 

Red China Has Us By The Lungs

10 February 2020 @ 16:51

For years many have been sounding the alarm over America’s Dependence on Red Chinese products.

I’ve always felt uneasy about it, especially since the La Cosa Clinton and Bush I Administrations.

The Red China-centered outbreak of the Coronavirus and it’s spread beyond that Murderous Regime’s borders and their cover-up of the disease and it’s effects have most definitely made the world’s health situation worse, with ‘Pandemic’ now being a word rising in popularity with each passing day.

This Disaster is also hitting we Americans in a different way.

In a series of Tweets by Proof-Positive [aka: Old Friend-In-The-Ether Mike], he quotes about this other impact from reputable sources…

1) Because China produces such a large proportion of the US drugs & medical supplies- especially personal protective equipment (masks, gowns and gloves)…our members have expressed concern the already fragile supply chain will break with worsening conditions in China” -Tom Nickels

2) Rosemary Gibson, author & health care expert noted, the United States does not produce its own penicillin anymore — the last U.S. based penicillin production facility closed in 2004. -Tim Morrison

3) Everything from antibiotics to chemotherapy drugs, from antidepressants to Alzheimer’s medications to treatments for HIV/AIDS, …the bulk of other personal protective equipment… even the basic syringe are largely made in China. -Tim Morrison, senior fellow the Hudson Institute

Thanks, Mike.

So…in addition to worrying about this [more-than-likely engineered] virus, this situation may will cut-across the whole of our health care System, causing Life-Saving treatments to be delayed.  This figurative ‘Pandemic’ may end-up being the worst effect.

Mike also quotes from Representative Greg Walden, House Energy & Commerce ranking Republican

“There is emerging, and I think correct, issues about … how much we rely on production in China for basic drugs and all kinds of medical supplies,”

It’s already emerged, Congressman.

This is just getting worse, but, I worry, we have not reached rock-bottom yet.

 

Coronavirus Update as of 2020-02-09

09 February 2020 @ 15:42

Here is the latest map of confirmed cases across the World of the Coronavirus [please click on image to enlarge to full-size]:

Map courtesy of Wikipedia
[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2019%E2%80%9320_Wuhan_coronavirus_outbreak]

 

As each day passes, this spread gets more alarming.  However, it is nice to see many governments taking measures to stop the spread.

As always: I would doubt the totals coming out of any Totalitarian Regime — they are probably higher, especially in Red China.

Ruination, Corruption, And Lies: .@VDHanson Gets It

06 February 2020 @ 17:25

Written before the Senate acquitted President Trump in the Impeachment Trial, Victor Davis Hanson points out why, in the long term, The Left actually won the Battle.

The Left’s main goal was to, as VDH puts it, one of it’s main efforts of the ‘ruination’ of Protocols and Political Traditions.

Impeachment has been redefined as a mere vote of no confidence and will become a rank political ploy for years to come once an opposition party gains a majority in the House. It is taking on the flavor of a preemptory [sic] device, a vaccination, rather than a medicine, as if to prevent future hypothetical crimes in the absence of current impeachable offenses.

In other words: this Unjustifiable Impeachment was just another Death Blow to The Constitution, one of a Long Train Of Abuses.

VDH cites many examples that make this case [tip of the fedora to Dan Collins].  His comments are indented; mine follow…

Whistleblowers are now mere political operatives, who work with the opposition party to disseminate second- and third-hand rumor to prompt impeachment frenzies.

The Left has Corrupted the Whistleblower Statutes and Regulations.

The FISA court has been disgraced. It was revealed to be either incompetent or actively partisan in its failure to question the Steele dossier’s legitimacy, in ignoring the warnings of Devin Nunes’s memo, and in the court’s selection of hard-core anti-Trump partisan David Kris to monitor FBI compliance with the recommendations of the Horowitz report. At this point, the existing FISA courts should probably be dismissed and the laws authorizing their creation rewritten.

He is quite correct.  And we should consider whether FISA should be Reconstituted; it certainly needs a major Reform.

Further, we should consider whether the FBI should not be totally Reformed from the top down.  They’ve had their seats on the Abuse Train for quite a while.  After the death of Hoover and what went on during Watergate, the reforms imposed on this organization have failed Miserably.

In addition, the anti-Trump mob has now ended any idea that prior administrations should step aside, mostly stay quiet, and allow successors to fail or succeed on their merits.

Obama has corrupted this practice, perhaps inspired by Jimmy Carter’s actions these past few decades.  The former, however, has done most of his underhanded work behind the scenes because, as I stated many times here during his Administration, ‘Barack Hussein Obama’ is a Coward.

As VDH explains [emphasis mine]:

All those Marquess of Queensberry Rules of post-presidential decorum abruptly ended in 2017. What superseded them was, at best, a kind of British-style, European shadow government, in which mostly ex-Obama officials became nonstop activist critics of almost everything Trump has done.

At worst, the endless opposition turned into a slow-motion sort of coup in which progressive, life-tenured bureaucrats leaked, obstructed, and connived to stop the daily operations of the administration — as they often proudly admitted to the media. The subtext was that the Obama-progressive-media complex would create enough momentum to abort Trump’s first term. Or was it that Trump represented such an existential danger to the administrative-state way of doing business that any means necessary were justified to end his presidency?

Why not both, Mr. Hanson?

As he points out: John Brennan, James Clapper, James Comey, and others have played a major role in this Slow-Motion Coup.

And let us not forget John Kerry:

The most egregious shadow official has been former secretary of state John Kerry. During the controversies over Trump’s cancellation of the Iran Deal, private citizen Kerry met with his former counterpart, the foreign minister of Iran, Javad Zarif, and he lobbied EU officials to oppose the cancellation and tried to line up congressional opposition to Trump. After the recent killing of Qasem Soleimani, Kerry hit the airwaves blasting U.S. policy; at times he bordered on offering lamentations for the loss of the terrorist Soleimani. Kerry often seemed bewildered that anyone would dare ask him whether his sponsorship of huge cash transfers to Iran, well aside from the windfalls that followed from lifting the sanctions, had fed Iranian-directed terrorist operations in Syria and Yemen.

These Egotistical Drones are conducting a Coup, but they’re not the Best and the Brightest.

Kerry’s actions may well be Treasonous.

And what about what we now call ‘The Deep State’?…

The direct participation of former Obama officials of course is in addition to the so-called deep-state opposition, which has manifested itself in a variety of disturbing ways: leaking Trump private phone calls with foreign officials; seeding the Steele dossier among government agencies and cabinets; leaking confidential presidential memos to the press; bragging publicly about resistance efforts to impede the implementation of the Trump policy; warping the whistleblower statutes; and redefining impeachment as a partisan no-confidence vote, a preemptory check on future presidential behavior, and an election-year effort to unseat a first-term opposition president.

These Fanatical Misfits of the Bureaucracy have made clear where their [Dis]Loyalty lies.

Mr. Hanson asks: ‘What is behind this radical departure from past practice?…’

He believes the Personality of Trump is partially to blame and:

Fear also explains a lot.

For all the various protestations from John Kerry, Joe Biden, and Barry Obama that the Obama administration was “scandal-free,” it most certainly was not.

By the current standards of impeachment, once Obama lost the House in 2011, he would have been impeached for “Obstruction of Congress” and “Abuse of Power” for the Fast and Furious scandal and for invoking “executive privilege” to justify administration officials’ refusal to testify to Congress. Also impeachable by the new standard: political corruption at the IRS that was sicced on conservative groups during the Obama reelection bid; the lies and obstruction about the Benghazi disaster; the hot-mic quid pro quo promise Obama made to the Russians that resulted in the dismantlement of Eastern Europe missile defense in exchange for Putin’s good behavior to the benefit of Obama’s reelection campaign; the abuse of executive orders to nullify federal immigration law; the failure to consult Congress on the prisoner swap with the Taliban; the lying under oath to Congress by both the CIA director and the director of national intelligence; the secret monitoring of the communications of Associated Press reporters and Fox’s James Rosen, along with former CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson; the deliberate nullification of the constitutional treaty-making prerogative of the Senate during the Iran deal, whose secrete accords were never disclosed to the American people; and the warping of the CIA, DOJ, FBI, and National Security Council respectively, in their unethical and often illegal efforts to mislead the FISA courts, surveil the Trump campaign, unmask and leak the names of U.S. citizens whose communications were tapped, and disrupt a presidential transition. Before 2019, none of these offenses would have been impeachable; all now, and things like them, will be in the future.

Yes…for anyone who Dares oppose The Left.  Don’t count on the GOP to Retaliate with any worthy effectiveness.

Though VDH doesn’t state it, I see these as a Long Train Of Abuses that continues until this day.

In short: The Left In America Corrupts every single thing it touches.  This is Intentional.  I write about this extensively in my book, THE PRESENT CRISIS.

VDH ends his essay with this:

The most baleful legacy of the current Trump hatred is a new model of out-of-power administrations that never quite leave. Instead, apparently from now on, the retired, the fired, the voted out, the emeriti, and the transitioned will become opposition activists who seek to destroy their successors whose record they cannot abide and whose agendas they deathly fear.

‘By Any Means Necessary’ was never a short-term Tactic — it has been, and will always be, for The Left a long-term Strategy.

The Left are not content to Murder The Constitution, as they did during The Obama Administration: they will continue to Desecrate it for a long time to come.

 

On Finding Meaning In Life: God vs. Leftism

05 February 2020 @ 17:41

In a recent column, published over at American Greatness, Dennis Prager looks at The Question That Explains Almost Everything, which is:

…in attempting to understand human beings, especially large groups of human beings — i.e., their society — the most important question to ask is “What in life gives you the most meaning?”

The answer does not explain everything, of course, but it explains the human condition better than any other question.

This is true.

More:

The reason is this: After food, the greatest human need and human desire is meaning. Even more so than the ability to reason or even to speak, this is the great divide between human and animal. We share all other needs with the higher animal species and share many needs with some of the lower animal species. Like them, we need food, shelter and companionship. But, while human beings seek and need meaning more than anything except food (and companionship — but for human beings, companionship usually provides some meaning, and sometimes enough), no animal needs or seeks meaning. As an aside, this is one of the reasons I believe in God, the Creator. There is no evolutionary explanation for the need for meaning. Meaning is not a biological need.

Given its unique importance, that is why what gives us meaning must be deemed the most important question.

It’s a thing that makes us Human and not Animal.

‘If we could talk to the animals….’ — why would we?  We’d get no Sentience, no Meaning from them.

Mr. Prager, again:

The problem, however, is that just as the need for food has no inherent moral quality, the need for meaning has no inherent moral quality. Meaning can be found in evil just as it can be found in good….

It is a Neutral term.  And we have the Free Will to manipulate [another Neutral term] it.

More:

For most Americans until the last generation, the need for meaning was filled by family, religion, community and patriotism (i.e., love of America and belief in America as Abraham Lincoln put it: as “the last best hope of earth.”

I would disagree: the tearing away of us from those Four Essentials began with The French Revolution and picked-up steam in the late 19th Century.  Edmund Burke recognized this.  Now, it’s just more brazen because The Left has created a Wasteland Of Immorality since then and we all have some of it’s ash upon us.

Mr. Prager continues:

So, then, what is to give meaning to Americans who have lost all or most of the above? Something has to, because the need for meaning is as built in and as universal as the need for food.

The answer is self-evident: Whatever it is, it must provide meaning without being dependent on family, community, religion or patriotism.

And what is that? Leftism.

All of leftism (not liberalism, which affirms all the traditional meaning providers) consists of meaning providers that replace community, religion, America and even family (single women are a major, even dominant, demographic of the left).

For leftists, feminism, environmentalism, socialism and trans rights provide meaning….

I disagree once more with Dennis Prager on one point: Liberalism is Leftist.  From it’s earliest days, Liberalism sought to displace Right Reason [Prudence, Tradition, etc.] with Pure Reason and Science as a god.  The Early Liberals were doomed when they adopted that Sterile thing called Deism.

But, except for that, his analysis is spot-on.

In the Comments section of this post, SamaraGuru offers some very good analysis:

It is my feeling — apropos the thrust of Mr. Prager’s work — that if we don’t believe in God then what we have done essentially; to use a physical allusion — is like having perfectly good eyes but always wearing a blindfold and being forced to find our ways around in the dark — because we are afraid of the light.

The problem with that untenable, artificial approach is that no amount of denial can truly enable us to block out our awareness of and connection to God — no matter how facile and adept we may be — and think ourselves clever for it — at self-blinding ourselves.

Nor do we or can we ever lose our connection to God just because we say God doesn’t exist.

However, what we do have to do, if we turn our backs on God, is create within us a divorced from reality paradigm that can only be maintained at great effort and expenditures of energy intellectually and is always insecure and fragile — necessitating that we surround ourselves with others as deluded as we and with whom we share a sacred pact. Namely that we all must tacitly agree not to think about the things we don’t want to think about and all agreed not to think about.

And, just as a drug addict has to have their daily fix; a Trump hater, for instance, needs their daily fix of NY Times propoganda and CNN lies to help them feel safe and secure; lest their tenuous grasp on their twisted realities be broken — leaving them to — God forbid — have to think for themselves.

This is why the left is so intolerant and so anti-religion — even though they claim God doesn’t exist it is as impossible for a human being to not sense, know that God is still out there patiently waiting for us to wake up and smell the reality God roses.

No wonder the left is filled with hate (an expression of fear going by a different identity); they have cut themselves completely off from the source of the love God has for all of us and all of us to feel towards each other.

They are morally utterly and totally bankrupt — and proud of it.

Human Beings need Meaning. I believe God, in a sense, ‘programmed this into our DNA’ [really, into our Souls].

Because of many factors, most especially the Left’s Relentless efforts for over a century to kill God and to plant a Malicious Cynicism in our hearts, for a long time now, we have been successfully offered an alternative: Leftist / Utopian Thinking as a replacement for God.

The trouble is: in the Leftist Ideology, all Human Beings are supposedly gods, when in Reality it is the few Left Masterminds who Rule and will Rule. God is Perfection, but Human Beings are most definitely not.

As I wrote in my book, On The Causes And Effects Of THE PRESENT CRISIS In America:

[The Leftist] refuses to deal with the Truth of Life As It Is. He would rather ding to abstract theory than confront and deal with the Real World — this is a key point and it underlies all Leftist actions.

The Leftist, therefore, is Delusional is his approach to the problems of Human Existence.

He thinks that all Pain and Suffering and Misery and even Death can be overcome — wiped-out completely — so, in his Delusional State, he plots and plans, not simply a better world, but one that will be Perfection itself, one where Heaven On Earth can be brought about in the near-future.

The Leftist believes that Reality can be molded into any shape and given whatever attributes one desires. When confronted with facts that show his theories do not make sense, the Leftist discards and denounces the evidence before him and moves on as if those facts had never existed.

He is, once again, Delusional; he is Self-Deceiving — one could even claim justifiably that the Leftist is Mentally Disturbed.

When such a person and his fellow self-deceivers gain Power And Control, they end-up bringing about the Pain and Suffering and Misery and Death they claim — endlessly — that their schemes will end. That is the inevitable result when Reality is rejected, when Human Nature and it’s Truths are denied [Denial is part of the Leftist’s basic make-up — it’s M.O.].

Soon, if we do not vanquish Leftism from this land, we will find ourselves the prisoners of Madmen and of Misfits. The process is already far-advanced, as we witness every day with the coming of the latest Absurdities and Idiocies the Leftists propose and impose and commit.  [Chapter 3: Leftism]

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Joe ‘Hill’ Biden Went Up The Hill…And May Have Fallen Off It

04 February 2020 @ 15:26

The Biden ‘No-Malarkey! You Young Whipper Snappers’ Campaign may well be, at the very least, Terminal after the Iowa Caucuses.

As Stacy McCain comments over at The American Spectator:

The way Democrats run their Iowa caucuses is difficult to explain briefly, but the result Monday was clear. Within an hour of the beginning of the complicated process, the totals of the first-round voting began to be reported via social media, and from precinct after precinct came the same phrase: “Biden — not viable.”

Apparently, the results were so bad the Dems have temporarily hidden the results and plan on only releasing about half of them at 1700 today [are they waiting for their Precious Counting App to ‘reboot’ itself?].  It doesn’t matter: enough people know the Truth that Bozo Biden lost Bigly.

More from Stacy:

The irony is that the impeachment may have hurt Biden worse than it did Trump, because for week after week, coverage of the impeachment story reminded voters that Hunter Biden got an $83,000-a-month gig with a Ukrainian natural gas company. That arrangement looked shady, and no amount of media spin (or huffy lectures from Adam Schiff) could make it look otherwise. For caucus-goers in Iowa who cared about integrity, the impeachment saga didn’t help Biden….

…The Sanders campaign, however, knows how to count votes. According to a tally compiled by their staff, the Iowa numbers were 29.7% for Sanders, 24.6% for Buttigieg, 21.2% for Warren, 12.4% for Biden, and 11% for Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar. The fact that Biden barely edged out Klobuchar for fourth place in Iowa is a resounding death knell for the Democrats’ allegedly most “electable” candidate[.]

In Iowa fifteen percent is required to be considered ‘viable’.

As I wrote back in September [emphasis in the original]:

Having spent most of my Life living through the ways the Democratic Party have operated, I believe what is going on here, what is the real story, is that The Party has decided Joe ‘Hill’ Biden has to go.  The current Democratic Party Establishment is known to be Ruthless in the way it treats those of it’s members who it feels are bring it down, who may cost them in Elections, in increasing their Power And Control.

Combine this with a Radical Young Left who want Biden to go away because he is harming their efforts at promoting Socialism and the Democratic Party Establishment’s on-going search on how to Appease these Socialists, who they believe they are now a Power to be reckoned with and what you are seeing here is a move to remove Joe….

In late August I wrote this:

What I see going on here is what I’ve noticed in a more subtle form since, at least, 2008: the New New Left, in an uneasy alliance with the Radical Young Left that will not last, is slowly and quietly ‘taking-out’, whacking politically, as it were, the now Old Timers of the Old Left and New Left. They’re going after state and local pols, along with DA’s, etc. It is a Slow Massacre of those not exhibiting enough Radicalism [ie: those suffering from ‘False Consciousness’]….

Joe ‘Hill’ was Doomed, eventually, from the start.

I gather that Stacy believes Biden’s Campaign is on life support:

Biden’s best hope for rescuing his candidacy is to win the February 29 primary in South Carolina (where black voters are believed to be solidly in his favor) and then win big in the March 3 “Super Tuesday” primaries, where more than 1,300 delegates will be at stake. Even in that most optimistic scenario, however, Biden would still face an uphill battle, and even if he got the Democratic nomination, the party would be fractured, with Sanders’ supporters angry that they’d been cheated once again….

Pulling back the Focus to low-space orbit, I’d say: This is what happens when Utopian Emotionalism clashes with Reality.  The Presidential Election’s outcome has shifted: It’s now President Trump’s to Lose.

SIDENOTE: I shall miss Joe ‘Hill’ on the campaign trail, especially Tom Shillue’s impression of him.  He was the Emmett Kelly of the Leftist Sham-Show.

Three Cheers For England And Wales!: #Brexit Has Happened

02 February 2020 @ 16:12

After 1066, England was part of a larger kingdom extending far south from Normandy. The “English” kings spoke French until their holdings in France were taken away and they were “stranded” on an island. That separation from mainland Europe refocused all attention to being “English”. While I am not for blowing the Chunnel , separation from mainland Europe may once again bring clarity to being “British”. “There will always be an England”… as for a UK or even a GB… we shall see. For now, Britannia is no longer a slave…. sing it loud and sing it proud.

Mark Steyn Club Member Robert Bridges, Feb 1, 2020 at 01:03

It is a Wonderful cause for celebration that Great Britain has finally left the European Union [aka: ‘The Union of Fascist European Nations’, The UFEN].

As Mark Steyn put it:

…the [Members of the European Parliament] are taking it better than the BBC, whose three top Brexit headlines at the time of writing [late 31 January 2020] are:

500 Attend Pro-EU Meeting in Oxford

‘No One Can Be Sure What Brexit Really Means’

London Mayor ‘Heartbroken’ About Brexit

Whine on, losers. Throughout my life, all the way to Hong Kong in 1997, I have watched the Union Flag lowered o’er palm and pine at colonial independence ceremonies around the globe. It is rather moving to see the exact same thing occur as the mother country recovers its sovereignty.

You’ll, of course, have noticed that I only send my congratulations to England and Wales.  This is because, as the map shows below, they are only two peoples in the British Isles who voted to leave the UFEN…

A hearty further cheer also to The English who have returned, one hopes, to their Rightful place as the First Among Equals in the Isles.  It is up to them to secure their Dominance in the UK and save it [keep in mind, however, that too many of them have become Feckless].

However, as Mark warns:

This is not the no-deal “hard Brexit” I would have preferred: the Irish backstop is a provocation to sovereignty, and it remains to be seen whether Boris et al will break decisively with regulatory harmony at the end of the year. Furthermore, the Euro-corrosion of many pillars of the state (the judiciary, for example) will take years to reverse.

A lot of damage has been wrought on British Institutions during it’s membership in The UFAN.  Boris Johnson and his crew must make sure British Commerce, Courts, etc. are allowed to regain their Independence, but not maintain or increase their Liberty Without License and the cozy, Immoral relationships the they have with businesses and governments who remain in The EU.  Such relationships mirror those many Businessmen and Bureaucrats had with the Totalitarian Regimes of the early- to mid-Twentieth Century.

A capital ‘L’ Libertarian Attitude [ie: Ideological Laissez-Faire] failed before under Prime Ministers from Margaret Thatcher through Tony Blair].  This attempt to erase Nation-State boundaries brings nothing but Misery.

It’s a Delicate Balance: to maintain Free Markets and one’s Sovereignty as a Nation-State and prevent Utopian Globalism from creeping into such affairs.

Are Mr. Johnson and his Cabinet up for the job?

While The Flames Of Albion have lessened in their intensity by this happy occurrence, a Full and Functioning Sovereignty of the Right Kind must be Restored…or all of this will have been for nothing.

Coronavirus Update as of 2020-02-01

01 February 2020 @ 15:44

Here is the latest map of confirmed cases across the World of the Coronavirus:

Courtesy of The London Daily Mail

-The London Daily Mail reports that an eighth confirmed case has been seen in a Boston man.  You can read the full story of this by clicking here.

-As always, I would doubt the totals coming out of any Totalitarian Regime — they are probably higher, especially in Red China.