22JUN2019 – OCF Update

“Summer, it turns me upside down
Summer, summer, summer
It’s like a merry go round”

Ric Ocasek

 

Well, it’s finally here.  Summer in New England.  And despite the cool weather, endless rain and soggy ground I will be rejoicing in the summer solstice and swatting mosquitoes.  I have guests this weekend and also some chores to accomplish but I’ll opine on anything that strikes my fancy and hopefully get out and take some photos of the gorgeousness that is summer.

 

After you’ve read enough sexbot articles on Drudge maybe switch to something interesting

 

16JUN2019 – Happy Father’s Day to All the Readers Out There

If you are a father, then force your family to give you just a few hours off today to do something fun, even that’s just catching up on sleep.  If you have a father that did his job and he’s still around call him up and wish him a nice day and if he’s gone take a minute to think of the best memories you have of him and the things he did for you.

Every man who had a father who sacrificed for him and tried to raise him right owes it to any children he has to pay forward what he received before.

At least, that’s how it seems to me now.

Here’s a bonus quote for the day.

When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.

Mark Twain

 

 

 

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15JUN2019 – OCF Update

Apologies for the quiet today.  I was on a trip and got home later than I thought I would.  I’ll catch up tomorrow.  Shatner-Khan is in disarray.  Attendance has plummeted due to outside forces, George Takei perhaps.  I’ll have to salvage it using, in Deadpool’s words, maximum effort.  I haven’t reviewed the news today, so who knows what fresh horror awaits me.  Stay tuned

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Looking for an Alternative to Drudge? Whatfinger News!

In the last few years Drudge has become an unpleasant and messy site to visit.  They are decidedly anti-Trump and loaded up with leftist clap-trap.

I found WhatFinger News a while ago and I find it a welcome relief.  As an aggregator they keep the leftist stuff to a minimum and even label it so you can skip it if you don’t have a high tolerance for crap.

https://www.whatfinger.com/

Their motto is “The Relentless Pursuit of Creating The Greatest Aggregate Link News Site On Earth.”

And if that’s not enough, they have even shown the good taste to link to several of my humble blog posts!

 

 

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When Your Eyes Are Finally Opened

‘Now, Théoden son of Thengel, will you hearken to me?’ said Gandalf.  …  ‘I bid you come out before your doors and look abroad.  Too long have you sat in shadows and trusted to twisted tales and crooked promptings.

‘It is not so dark here’ said Théoden. … ‘Dark have been my dreams of late,’ he said, ‘but I feel as one new-awakened.’ … ‘What is to be done?’

― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings; The King of the Golden Hall

 

Lots of friends and relatives on our side of the fence (meaning the non-leftists) criticize me for being too optimistic.  They acknowledge that Donald Trump has altered the landscape in a revolutionary way.  They admit that progress has been made.  But they stress that things are still almost hopeless.  They stress the lopsided progressive advantage among millennials and immigrants.  They remind me just how razor thin were the margins in the 2016 elections and the election fraud that is sure to be unleashed in 2020.  And on and on and on.  And all these things are true.

But there is one change that is not a matter of degrees but rather a binary change from unknown to known.  And that is the knowledge of why we always lost.

I’ve been a fan of the Lord of the Rings for about half a century.  Because of this I often find myself using analogies from that book to explain and illuminate logical points I want to make.  Admittedly, from a strictly logical perspective, it’s an unjustifiable practice.  And when viewed by those unfamiliar with Tolkien’s work it’s a counterproductive practice.  But you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.

Thinking about our situation currently I am drawn to the scene in the Lord of the Rings where Gandalf enters Meduseld and is confronted by Théoden, the King of Rohan and Grima Wormtongue.  Grima is the king’s chief counsellor and an agent of Saruman the Evil Wizard.  Grima has poisoned Théoden’s mind against his own family and provides counsel to the king that flatters him but always leads to the worsening of Rohan’s position.  The king is bowed down by despair.  His only son has recently been killed in battle and the enemies of his people are attacking his country at will from all sides.  His own kinsman is disobeying his orders and his chief counsellor, Grima advises him to accept the diminution of his power and the necessity of capitulating to his foes in order to survive.

Through the counsel of this traitor Théoden has mistaken his friends for foes and enemies for allies.  And in such a state he is constantly dismayed to see all his efforts fail.  Trusting Grima implicitly, he doesn’t realize that all his plans are known to his enemies and all the actions he is told to follow always make his enemies stronger and him weaker.

Then Gandalf comes along and reveals the truth to Théoden.  And once he understands Grima’s status his own situation and the experiences of the past make sense.  Now, that is not to say that Théoden isn’t indeed in an almost hopeless position.  He is.  But at least now it all makes sense and he can choose how he wants to make a stand without his enemy knowing his plans in advance.  Once the confusion of the false assumption about Grima is eliminated Théoden can see clearly where he is and which way he should head.  Without the misinformation being fed to him he has a better chance of correctly choosing a path forward.  And to complete the metaphor Gandalf leads Théoden out of the dark hall of Meduseld into the bright light of day.

So, that’s the analogy.  We handed the Republican Establishment victory after victory.  We gave them what they said they needed in money, votes and loyalty and in return they sold us out time after time.  They accomplished nothing and conserved nothing.  Their slow-motion capitulation to every Leftist demand has finally left us virtually strangers in our own land.

But that day, at least for me, is over.  Anyone who tells me that the only way to survive is through capitulation is working for the enemy.  Anyone who supports leftist social policies is by definition a Leftist.  Wall Street needs cheap labor so their Republican Establishment puppets tell us that even trying to enforce immigration laws will make us a minority party that will never win another election.  Then Donald Trump wins on that very platform.  We may be defeated in the future because of demographic change but allowing the fear of it to prevent us from pursuing our own interests is rank stupidity.  Cowardice and stupidity are not the qualities needed when you are in a tight spot.  Intelligence and courage are.  And with the world as degraded as it has become it will not be a short or easy job to return life to a normal state.  It will take years and it will involve hard work and even then, we may be beaten in the end.  So be it.  At least you go down to defeat swinging not just walking passively to the slaughter house.

So, my point is it is time to stop listening to the defeatists.  Even the ones who truly are on our side.  When some well-meaning Republican tells me that the only way to win the woman vote is to nominate Nikki Haley for vice president, I politely say that is a terrible idea.  Haley is a RINO who will fold under any pressure from the left.  She would be just as bad as a Bush.  The idea that we should nominate someone just because she’s a woman is the same bad thinking that has gotten us in trouble time after time.  Find someone who knows how to make the system work for us and back him.

Allow yourself to dream big and then try to do something positive yourself.  Red-pill a friend or a family member or an acquaintance.  Back a candidate that you think is good.  Build a platform where people on our side can share ideas and encouragement.

For those who don’t know the Lord of the Rings I can give a different pop culture reference.

 

“Well I won’t back down

No I won’t back down

You can stand me up at the gates of Hell

But I won’t back down

Hey baby

There ain’t no easy way out (I won’t back down)

Hey I, will stand my ground

And I won’t back down”

 I Won’t Back Down by Tom Petty

26MAY2019 – OCF Update

Please excuse the sparsity of posting this weekend.  An illness in the family took precedence, of course.  I hope to put something together for tomorrow that may be interesting.  It shouldn’t be too difficult with all the fascinating chaos swirling around our maelstrom of revolt.  The Brexit Party has upended the Establishment apple-cart in the British European Parliament election.  Essentially it’s like a second Brexit vote and this has finally forced Theresa May to declare her resignation for sabotaging the Brexit and even bungling that.  Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage are the men of the hour and with any luck they’ll force a hard Brexit and begin to eject the Remain Conservatives from their seats.

Trump and Barr are the focus on this side of the Atlantic and the prospect of DOJ Swamp Critters outbidding each other to be the Rat Who Stayed Out of Prison just warms my vengeful little heart.  Can you imagine Comey, Clapper and Brennan each trying to spin a tale that makes the other two the criminals and himself just an innocent bystander.  Be still my beating heart.

I’ll put up a review of the Blade Runner 2049 movie.  And I have a few things to say about the Globalists.

And finally I’d like to give a ShatnerKhan update.  Camera Girl has made destructive comments concerning the value of ShatnerKhan.  I won’t say this has threatened the marriage but it has certainly lowered my opinion of her cultural literacy.  But I haven’t allowed this assault to lessen my zest for all things Shatner.  Even now I am drafting the audio-visual list.  The Original Series, of course.  The two Twilight Zone episodes, absolutely.  Secrets of a Married Man, it’s canonical.  I have to watch some of Boston Legal to see if it’s Shatneresque enough for me.  But I don’t think I’ll go back to TJ Hooker.  Even I have limits.

Hopefully it will be a good week.

Thomas Jefferson or Pete Buttigieg – Choose

Apparently, Mayor Pete Buttigieg has evolved to the point where Thomas Jefferson must be cast out into the outer darkness.  The man who:

  • wrote the Declaration of Independence
  • was twice elected President of the United States
  • made the Louisiana Purchase and thereby more than doubled the size of the United States
  • was honored with a Memorial in D.C.
  • and has his face on Mount Rushmore

doesn’t deserve to be honored, according to Pete Buttigieg, the Mayor of South Bend, Indiana.  So if Buttigieg has rejected Jefferson then I have to decide which side I fall on, which of these two great men will I choose?

So many cruel jokes come to mind.  The comparisons between the two men whether we look at accomplishments, writings or effect on the world around them are so lop-sided as to appear laughable.  About the only thing you can cede to Buttigieg in the contest is that he probably has a better dentist than Jefferson did.

And that has about as much relevance to Buttigieg’s qualities as Jefferson owning slaves has to his.  Basically, if you go enough generations back in anyone’s family tree you will find slave owners and that goes not only for Europeans but every other race and ethnicity you care to name.  Up until the nineteenth century slavery existed universally around the world.  It was the English who began the task of outlawing it from their empire in the early 1800s and later on France and the United States followed suit.  Condemning Jefferson for employing slaves in that time period is cheap virtue signaling by a progressive who lives in a land made free by Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson when they fought the British in the Revolutionary and 1812 Wars.

If writing the Declaration of Independence and leading the Continental Army to victory over the British don’t guarantee places of honor to Jefferson and Washington in the eyes of Pete Buttigieg then I don’t see how he can be considered an American at all.  To me he is no better than the ungrateful hippies who spat on returning Vietnam era soldiers who put their lives and limbs on the line to keep this a powerful and therefore a safe home for those cowardly nihilistic losers.

All of the revisionist nonsense that progressives spout and that weak-kneed Republicans kowtow to is unhistorical in assigning to people in the past, the knowledge of how the future would look.  If we use these types of standards then Abraham Lincoln will have to be cast out too.  Even though he freed the slaves he had uncomplimentary things to say about the slaves, both in respect to their qualities and of their characters.  I suppose Mayor Pete will cast out the Great Emancipator.  And what about Joe Biden?  Didn’t he have some remarks about Obama that were less than flattering?  Why isn’t Pete playing that to the hilt in their race for the Democratic Nomination?

Pete Buttigieg is, at best, a weird little man.  Being kind and saying that he is only mouthing the talking points of the equally weird progressive movement doesn’t excuse him from choosing to comment on the worthiness of some of the greatest American statemen that have and probably will ever live.  The fact that he expresses these opinions out loud because they are popular with a large national political party doesn’t bode well for the longevity of the American Nation.

So, I choose to keep Jefferson and reject Mayor Pete.  He doesn’t deserve the honor of being respected as an American.  He’s a traitor to the tradition that honors the men who risked everything they had to make this a free country.  Pete Buttigieg is either too stupid to understand the illogic of holding people in the past to standards that didn’t exist at the time or he’s just a dishonest hack following in the vanguard of progressive rabble-rousers.  He might as well fault the people who came over on the Mayflower for wasting their time on a sailing vessel when they could have taken a nice comfortable jumbo jet.

So, I reject Mayor Pete and his ilk.  All the Antifa thugs tearing down statues of men who lived long ago and followed their consciences and loved their homes.  I refuse to cast out the people who built this country when that was a hard and frightening thing to do.  But I do reject Mayor Pete and anyone else who rejects the men who built this country from the ground up.  I say simply that they are not Americans.  By their own admission they reject the heritage of the Founders.  Therefore, whatever country they belong to it isn’t the United States of America.  They are not my countrymen.  They are Unamericans.

19MAY2019 – OCF Update – ShatnerCon or ShatnerKhan?

I was out of town all day Saturday (18MAY) and only got back this afternoon.  It was a family event and gave me a chance to see all the people who are so important to me but don’t live int he area.  Most of the discussions were family stuff that doesn’t belong on a blog like this but there was one piece of business that could be discussed here.

A small secret fanatical group of Shatner fans will gather in July to celebrate and mock all things Bill Shatner.  The agenda will include the viewing of prodigious doses of Shatner on the screen and scholarly papers dedicated to dissecting the genius, nay the divinity, of the greatest bad actor of his generation.

But the naming committee is deadlocked between ShatnerCon and ShatnerKhan as the official designation of this seismic event.  It seems only fitting that you, the audience of Orion’s Cold Fire step forward and cut this Gordian Knot.  Or something.

Anyway, the road trip has thrown me behind schedule so I will be scrambling to put up contnet for the next few days.

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Finding the Missing Link between Microbes and Men

Unless we include progressives there doesn’t seem to be any close relationship between bacteria (a prokaryote) and humans (a member of the eukaryote group).  In fact, even something as humble as a fungus has more in common on the cellular level with humans than it does with bacteria.  Assuming that bacteria were here first (which is an assumption that needs to be tested) it isn’t clear how the jump happened from the bare bones simplicity of the prokaryote to the remarkable complexity of even the most simplistic eukaryotic cell.  Recent discoveries in the organisms that fall somewhere in between these two groups (archaea) is fueling additional controversy.  According to one theory the archaea are the ancestor of the eukaryotes and therefore sort of our multi-great grand uncles.  This rubs a lot of biologists the wrong way.  There are even feuds based on this disagreement.  I don’t have a dog in this fight but I am interested in advancements in the understanding of how life evolved on Earth.  An interesting aspect of the story is that certain components of the eukaryotic cell (like the mitochondria and the chloroplasts) started out as independent bacterial cells that were ingested by some ancient organism but somehow survived inside the cell and formed a symbiotic and permanent arrangement.  And many modern biologists see similar symbiosis between the bacteria living in our intestines and our human selves.  Both species profit from the relationship and in our cases couldn’t survive without the other.  What a strange and remarkable world we live in.  Interesting read.

The Trickster Microbes that are Shaking Up the Tree of Life  by Traci Watson

 

 

Thriving in the Post Normal World – Part 1

This post is a variation on the theme of how do we get on with our lives as the progressives dismantle all the institutions that used to anchor people to the things that make life meaningful.  So, if the Boy Scouts is turned into some kind of transgender pride indoctrination camp then take your sons and grandsons camping with other normal people.  If the schools rewrite history to make villains out of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson then buy some old books and teach a class on American History.  If your office is giving a lunchtime seminar in Unconscious Bias then choose to eat out at Chic-Fil-A with other like minded employees.  In other words be proactive.  Choose to create alternatives to the narrative approved default.  Instead of going to Drudge, go to WhatFinger News.  Instead of CBS go to Fox or Real Clear Politics.  Instead of Google use DuckDuckGo or Brave.  Instead of Facebook go to blogs that you like (hint, hint).  And make sure you have some fun doing these things.

None of these alternatives are perfect.  All of them are work-arounds.  But they work.  And we need to build bigger and better things.  Losing the Boy Scouts and the schools isn’t a good thing.  Having your church try to indoctrinate you into LGBTQ gibberish isn’t acceptable.  We’re going to need new organizations and new churches.  That’s a tall order.  But it’s going to have to be done.  Maybe some of these things can be reformed.  But that will be very difficult and life is short so starting anew may be the better choice.

And we’re going to have to learn how to separate from the outside world.  You will have some friends and family that are so bought into the narrative and the progressive mind set that you will have to exclude them from many of your more important activities.  But you’ll also make new friends.  Embrace those who believe what you do.  Some of these people will be very different from you in background but don’t be surprised if you get along well.  Having common beliefs often goes hand in hand with social compatibility.

If your state is just too blue for you to breath, then move.  Find a state and a community where your values are shared by the majority and you don’t have to feel like you’re living in occupied territory.

And share information.  For instance, if your church has been overrun by the progressives and you need to look for alternatives a good source of information is a book by a guy named Rod Dreher called “The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation.”  Not everything in it will be applicable to you and some of it you may disagree with but there is a lot in it that will make you think about how to improve your situation.

I’ve spoken lightheartedly about starting a fraternal organization but it’s more than half serious.  Men need a place to go to enjoy each other’s company and also talk about things that are serious.  Every venue has been compromised either to allow women to feel important or to forestall normal men from having a voice.  I seriously think it’s time to start new clubs that appeal to men.  You can start it as a gun club or a fishing club or a religious society or even a softball team.  Just make sure the members you invite are not on the progressive team.  And in addition to political talk and projects make sure there is a good deal of fun.  Without fun the club will last about a month.  And whatever you do don’t allow women to be members.  As has been shown to be axiomatic by now, women will destroy any organization that they control and they will control any organization that they are not excluded from.  Look at any church that allows women priests.  But they can make sandwiches so they won’t be completely left out.

If any of you have any examples or links that you think will be helpful to the audience put it in the comments.  In the second part of this I’ll try to include some more resources that might be helpful.