I’ll put up some of my favorite shots each day. At some point I’ll put up some descriptive info about the trip and the locales.
I’ll put up some of my favorite shots each day. At some point I’ll put up some descriptive info about the trip and the locales.
Cicero was saltier than I remembered him. And of course he himself was undoubtedly a politician.
Politicians are not born; they are excreted.
I like this shot.
As an old married man, I know whereof he speaks.
The Boss – Incidentally, you never told me. Are you married?
Zorba – Am I not a man? And is not a man stupid? I’m a man. So, I married. Wife, children, house. Everything. The full catastrophe.
Zorba the Greek (movie) 1964
For the fourth part of this essay I wanted to talk about talking to young people. My kids are grown and I realize after the fact that I didn’t know that I needed to protect them from school. But I do now. Grammar school, high school and college have become gulags where our children are propagandized and bullied by terrible people. But how do you help them? I guess you have to tell them the truth. That school is a soviet style re-education camp. And unless you can home school your kids, you are essentially sending them into the belly of the beast. So, I guess you have to tell them to hide their true beliefs and pretend. But you have to make sure they don’t become beaten down by the system.
Interestingly, I just started advertising on Captain Capitalism and I was looking at one of his videos advice-cappy-wouldve-given-himself-in high school and discovered that it’s pretty much what you should tell a high school freshman. Now, some of the emphasis is debatable. Skipping high school, getting a GED and going direct to college or a trade school is unorthodox but listening to how he describes the waste of time high school is, makes it pretty compelling. Plus, he provides advice if you do go to high school but want to get a better experience out of it. And afterward he stresses, very amusingly, the stupidity of getting a liberal arts degree. I found myself agreeing with almost every idea he presents. His discussion about how boys can best spend their time to prepare them for finding a girlfriend is sensible. And his advice for women is equally sane. I highly recommend viewing this video. Even if you want to modify the delivery for your own family ethos there are a number of very useful ideas and concepts that will help you talk to young people about thriving in a confusing and hostile world.
So, I’m cheating here. I just recommend you watch the video and then think of how you relate it to your family and friends. Thank you, Captain Capitalism.
Dramatis Personae: President Trump – (PT); Secretary Jim (Mad Dog) Mattis – (JM); Vice President Pence – (VPP); Attorney General Jeff Sessions – (JS); Receptionist Patty – (RP)
Scene 1 – White House West Wing, Inside the Oval Office, President Trump at his desk.
PT – Mike. Mike. Pence!!! Where the hell are you Pence?
(President Trump pressing the intercom switch)
PT – Patty, where the hell is Mike?
(The intercom replies)
RP – Mr. President, the Vice President hung up the phone on me when I called him up this morning. He said, and I quote, “tell that lunatic I’m done,” unquote.
PT – What lunatic does he mean?
RP – I couldn’t say Mr. President.
PT – Okay Patty, get Mad Dog in here.
RP – Yes Mr. President.
(Secretary Mattis rushes into the Oval Office almost immediately).
PT – Mad Dog, what took you?
JM – I was caught in cross town traffic.
PT – Excuses. Pence has cracked. What can we do?
JM – Air strike, special forces extraction, black ops, wet work, several things.
PT – Hey Mattis, I make the jokes around here. You’re the straight man.
JM – Well then, let’s just say I don’t handle psy-ops. But if you want my opinion, tell him to resign. It’s not like things are going to get easier anytime soon.
PT – And they say I’m the prick.
JM – All due respect Mr. President.
PT – Alright, get the hell out and send in Sessions.
(Mattis leaves and a few minutes later Jeff Sessions enters.)
JS – Mr. President, how can I help you?
PT – Jeff, we’ve got a problem. Mike seems to have reached his limit.
JS – Mr. President, we’re all under enormous strain. Maybe Mattis is right and you should encourage Mike to step down.
PT – Yeah but it’s different for Mike. I’ve kept him out of the loop on a lot of what goes on behind the scenes so he won’t be vulnerable to attack by those psychopaths under you. Because of that all this stuff looks completely fubar. Plus I need him on deck in case they get me.
JS – Good points. Alright, what do we do?
PT – I don’t know, I think I’ll try to talk him down off the ledge. But I may need some shock and awe. See if you can come up with a plan.
JS – I’ll get right on it.
Scene 2 – Same day, outside the Vice Presidential Mansion. President Trump and two secret service agent standing in front of the door. President Trump pushes the intercom button.
PT – Hey Mike. It’s me. Let me in and we’ll talk.
Mike Pence’s voice answers loudly through the intercom.
VPP – Go away. I’ve got nothing to say. I’m going on leave. Leave any messages with my secretary.
PT – Oh come on Mike, this is important. Where’s your sense of decorum?
VPP – Ahhhhhhhhhhh!
PT – Mike, are you okay?
(There’s no answer from the intercom and a minute later Mike Pence comes to the door. He has a three day growth of beard and is wearing a sweat suit.)
VPP – Look you maniac, don’t you understand I’ve had all I can take. Insulting volatile world leaders at the brink of nuclear confrontation, paying off porn actresses, endlessly quarreling with reporters, business leaders, Congress and your own employees. Not a single day goes by that you don’t fire someone or threaten to fire someone. You vacillate back and forth between contradictory positions on everything from gun control to tariffs to illegal immigration. And then there’s the Mueller thing. Which is it? Are you going to fire him or is he going to send you to jail? I have had it. I’m starting to become psychotic myself. So just leave me alone. I’m taking a vacation and when I get back I’m going to resign.
PT – Hey you two guys go over by the car, I’ve got something to say to the vice President that you can’t hear.
(Secret Service agents move away.)
PT – Mike, everything you say is true. Under a normal politician none of this stuff would be happening. Most of the earlier Presidents like FDR, Kennedy and Bush Senior had their affairs hushed up by the FBI. Only Clinton got outed because he was an outsider. But in my defense all of my stuff is from way before I was in the White House. And other than you, there’s probably no one in Washington who doesn’t have his skeletons.
VPP – Well, actually that’s true Mr. President, but…
PT – And with respect to Kim Jung Un and Assad, wouldn’t you say that my approach, while bombastic is actually more effective and honest than what the last four Presidents have done?
VPP –Well yes, I guess that’s true, but…
PT – And with respect to quarreling with leftists, was the appeasement that W or his father employed more or less successful than my confrontational style?
VPP – Well sure, but…
PT – And has my stutter step rhetoric made it possible for me to more or less avoid some of the traps like the Dreamer Bill and any major compromises on the budget?
VPP – Yeah, but…
PT – And as far as firing people, wouldn’t you admit, considering what we’re doing right now, that working for me can’t be done by many people and leads to high attrition?
VPP – Huhh. Hmm. You’ve got a point.
PT – Look Mike. I’m not pretending that I’m normal. I am a maniac as you said. But when you have to kill cancer you don’t use chamomile tea and sugar. You use radiation and deadly poison. Think of me as chemotherapy. And if I fail the patient dies. The country dies. So cut me some slack will you?
VPP – Sorry Mr. President, I guess I lost my nerve.
PT – No were right. This is no country for old men. But there are some perks too.
VPP – What do you mean?
PT – Well I had Sessions look into some kind of small win for our side, something to cheer you up. He found some more dirt on McCabe and we got him to turn on some of his old buddies at the Bureau. That may be what I need to get Mueller to call it quits.
VPP – Very rational and measured it sounds to me. Good work Mr. President.
PT – Yeah, and he’s agreed to appear in a dunk tank on tv and let the All Star pitching staff dunk him up to ten times in jalapeno sauce dressed in a speedo with the words I’m a ratfink liar stenciled on his chest.
VPP – Well it’s a start.
I always like Codevilla’s stuff.
I’m guessing he would be the expert.
“No soldier ever really survives a war.”
In this third part of the essay I think I’ll consider how to talk to those in the middle. We all have friends and relatives who act as if they think there aren’t any important issues separating the Left and Right. In fact, they say they don’t see the sense in resisting the dictates of the Left because the freedom they would gain is nothing as compared to the benefits they lose if they cross the Left. They get to be part of the intelligentsia and reap the benefits of living on Mt. Olympus. All they have to do is say two plus two is five or three or whatever it equals today.
Well, I have seen a shift in these people. Mostly it seems to happen when they have children. Then they realize exactly what it entails to have to tell your children that two plus two equals five, or rather they have to deal with having their kids come home from school and tell it to them. But they are still conflicted. Typically, they challenge you to prove that what they themselves have a hard time believing can be challenged. But really, they’re almost begging you to show them it’s possible to say no.
So, what you do is tell them what you know about the Left and where we are heading and tell them what you intend to do and how you’ll do it. But most importantly do not stay silent when someone spouts one of the leftist platitudes. I tell them what I really think and why I think it. I don’t get excited or angry. I say it all in a matter of fact way and I tell them that a lot of people feel exactly the same and that the people pushing this leftist nonsense aren’t our friends.
Of course, you have to know your audience. You will find that a certain portion of your friends and family actually are hopelessly entangled through work or marriage with the Left. I recommend bypassing them. You won’t win and you’ll only cause needless strife. Instead choose other more promising targets. You’ll pretty easily tell where those willing to hear the truth are. They’re probably already halfway there already. The Trump Presidency and the madness associated with the Resistance have been pretty powerful catalysts for waking people up.
But one thing I will caution you about. Proselytizing at work is very risky. I recommend talking to work friends off-site and during a social occasion rather than a work function. Many corporations are riddled with highly converged individuals that will take offense and possibly cause you trouble if your political leanings become known.
So that’s it. Pick your targets and give them the straight stuff. There are plenty of people who are waiting to join our side. Just do it rationally and confidently.
Last year I watched Justified on Netflix discs. I thought it was great. I liked it so much I bought the blue-rays and watched it again. It was still great. But I didn’t want to burn the show out. So I asked around to see if there was anything else out there that was worth watching. One of my relatives suggested Longmire. He said it was a modern day western, a show about a sheriff in modern day Montana. It sounded odd but I figured why not.
So me and Camera Girl have watched the first two discs. She thinks it’s great. My reaction is slightly different. I like the main character. My problem is with the female characters. Sheriff Longmire has a daughter who is some kind of lawyer. She always seems to be whining about something. Either her father isn’t doing something he should be or he is doing something he shouldn’t be. It’s very annoying. Then there’s the female deputy from New Jersey. I thought we were done with the female cop who complains about being treated different than the guys. Apparently she hasn’t gotten the memo. In one scene she starts gyrating on the stripper poll at a club to get the patrons to give her information and in the next scene she’s threatening some cowboy for checking out her butt while she’s walking in front of him. I mean, come on. Do we have to have this nonsense in a cop show? And there some other things. There’s a believability thing sometimes. In one episode Longmire threatens to release a grizzly bear on a suspect unless he confesses to using a grizzly bear to murder his enemy. I’m not 100% sure about this but I’m guessing that might be considered a coerced confession.
So there are some fantasy aspects to the plot lines in the show and the personal stories of the characters are a little shaky. The daughter I find especially annoying. I’m hoping he gets that grizzly bear back and lets it eat her for real. But I actually do kinda like it so far. Camera Girl has adopted the show and I do like to keep her happy because she feeds me so I’m going to keep watching it. If it goes completely off the deep end I will have to invoke male television primacy and call an end to it. But I confess it’ll have to be really bad for that to happen. It’s like Mueller. Trump can only pull the plug on him if the damage he is doing is worse than the fallout from the firing. Definitely a delicate judgement call.
So, so far, one thumb up. To be continued. The jury is still out.