Curbing My Enthusiasm

So yesterday I allowed my unbridled exuberance to get away from me (The Trumpocalypse Picks Up Steam) and today I’m feeling the let down as my feet touch the ground again.  That’s okay.  It’s better to try your wings once in a while, no harm done.  But let’s then look at the negative side of the picture today:

  • The wall isn’t built or even funded.
  • Thirty million illegal aliens still inhabit the U.S.
  • Robert Mueller wants to interview President Trump.
  • Justice Kennedy hasn’t ended his reign of judicial terror.
  • The Clintons still infest Planet Earth.
  • Affirmative action is still the law of the land.
  • Smarmy college students still hector the normal people about white privilege.
  • Twitter, Google, YouTube, Facebook and Amazon still function as on-line speech police against the Right.
  • Virtually every college in the country is a propaganda indoctrination center.
  • California and New York (and several other states) criminally interfere with the enforcement actions of the Immigration & Customs Enforcement agents.
  • Nancy Pelosi hasn’t been euthanized yet by either PETA or the American Humane Society.
  • Rosie O’Donnell hasn’t yet been assigned the status of food aid, rendered into 250,000 MRE and flown to North Korea as part of the peace deal.

Well, okay, those last two were just added for fun but you get the picture.  There’s still plenty for President Trump to do in the second half of his first term.  I shouldn’t be so happy.  It’s unwarranted.  And yet I am!

I’m sorry, I can’t feel down.  Looking at all these problems only increases my belief that the Republicans despite their epic cowardice and stupidity will benefit from President Trump’s popularity and hold onto the House and Senate.  This won’t be for their sake but it will be the American people’s desire to help Donald Trump.  And I think the Mueller investigation will end without doing any real damage to the Trump Administration.  And I think that Sessions will finally clean out the rat’s nest of cabalists in the Justice Department.  And I now believe that President Trump will get to appoint at least one more Supreme Court Justice.   And finally, I’ll go out on a limb and say that the Supreme Court will find in favor of the baker in that Gay Marriage Wedding Cake Trial travesty.  And that last one is just a hunch.  Common sense says that Kennedy will go out with one last assault on normal Americans.  But somehow the change in the climate makes me think Kennedy will try and strike a balance if for no other reason than to moderate the anger that is growing on the right toward all these outrages against common decency.

So there it is.  I’m slap happy from all the winning.  Maybe I’m completely delusional.  Time will tell.  But the sun is shining, the birds are singing and all’s right with the world in this best of all possible worlds.  Well except that Nancy Pelosi and Rosie O’Donnell still walk the earth.  Well, that can wait for the second term I guess.

The New York Times Is Now Anointing the Leaders of the Dissident Right

In case you didn’t know Ben Shapiro and Jordan Peterson are the intellectual leaders of the Right-Wing. Or to use their terminology, they are “intellectual leaders of the dark web.”  I was sent this link and normally I wouldn’t click anything from the NYT but the description was so hilarious sounding I couldn’t resist.  After reading it I was full of conflicting feelings.  The overwhelming emotion was amazement at just how inaccurate the conclusions were.  Another was anger that the NYT was once again attempting to misdirect people to useful idiots who would do the Left’s bidding.  And finally was hilarity at just how ridiculous their choices were.  Jordan Peterson, the man whose 12 rules of living include standing up straight and taking your pills, was somehow a right-wing Machiavelli directing the revolution like a three dimensional chess master.

What is it with these people? I mean I know the republicans are the stupid party but come on!  In what alternate universe is NeverTrumper, Ben Shapiro on the cutting edge of dissident right wing thought?  Give us some credit.  We finally figured out the Bushes, the neo-conservatives, the Weekly Standard and the National Review were the controlled opposition.  Don’t turn around and send the same group right back at us again.  At least put fake moustaches on them and change their names to Jones and Smith.  While they’re at it they might as well claim that JEB! has seen the light and is ready to embrace Pepe the Frog as long as Pepe renounces White Supremacy.

Kevin Williamson just found out what happens when you embrace the Left. You get shanked for your trouble.  And if you can get along with your new insect overlords it means you have been bought and paid for.  You’ll discover (or if you don’t then anyone who reads you will discover) that you now think just like your employer.  I think folks on the right have had enough of playing nice with the left.  It won’t be necessary to install a skinhead in the White House but we can stop trying to please the New York Times.  Donald Trump has demonstrated that not compromising with leftists and pushing the limits works.  You hear about the Overton Window but actually seeing it pushed in our direction for once is inspirational.

So don’t be tempted. The right wing is infested with crazy people.  Half of the things they believe sound like gibberish.  Nobody knows whose ideas will turn out to be the ones that finally defeat the Left.  And maybe all of our problems go away under President Trump’s moderate administration and we never have to find out if the Alt-Right apocalypse would turn out the way they hope.  So use your judgement and keep your eyes and ears open and weigh everything carefully.

But don’t let the New York Times tell you who to follow. That will lead to Bill Kristol, John McCain, Justice Kennedy and some endless war in Podunkistan.

06MAY2018 – OCF Update

This week I’ll finish up reading Larry Correia’s “Monster Hunter Seige” and post a review.  The hard cover version came out back in July but I buy the paperback for convenience and that version just got issued.  The site has been a little slow because I’m putting together a sort of “best of” post on my southwest landscape trip for a link that Captain Capitalism is providing me and it’s a time-consuming endeavor.  It’s like eleven hundred files and I’m still learning how to use Capture One.  So bear with me.  That post should be pretty interesting for the photo enthusiasts.  As I mentioned earlier I’ll get those rental lenses on Friday the 11th and that will spawn some interesting posts on the viability of using Sigma lenses with Canon mount on the Sony A7 cameras.  That may be interesting to Canon shooters with Sigma glass who have been interested in switching to Sony and anyone who is still constrained by Sony’s telephoto and macro lens choices.

The other thing I am interested in writing about is the direction of right wing movement.  I am trying to formulate my own particular spin on what makes sense going forward.  There is a lot of confusion and undirected anger that doesn’t seem to be producing much in the way of results.  And there seems to be a certain amount of opportunism and charlatanism that makes it difficult to know what is solid and worthwhile.  Sometimes it seems that several people have each latched onto a different piece of the puzzle needed to reform the current situation but like the blind men and the elephant they only “see” a small part of the reality and are missing the big picture.  And because of that, they diagnose that small part of the problem and their solution doesn’t address the broader situation.  And some of the “wise men” are too extreme.  They would throw out the baby with the bath water.  The more I think about solutions for the social disintegration the more I think that restoring the common-sense institutions we used to have is the solution.  Stopping unlimited immigration is neither impossible nor radical.  Restoring respect for the traditions and institutions of our forefathers is important and relatively straight forward.  And replacing social justice and reverse discrimination with actual justice is so rational that it shouldn’t even require explanation.  I think some of the emphasis on race reality is a response to the absurdity that occurs when racial and sexual protectionism and intersectionality tactics are used to attack the American white middle and working classes.  If you eliminate these irritants then the rules of American society should be competent to allow different types of people to function relatively harmoniously.  Anyway, that is what I’m starting to think.  I’m definitely interested in other opinions.  And I read around to hear what other people are coming up with.  For instance I’m going to read Gregory Cochran’s “The 10,000 Year Explosion: How Civilization Accelerated Human Evolution” and David Reich’s “Who We Are and How We Got Here: Ancient DNA and the New Science of the Human Past” to see if there’s anything in biology that rules out my optimism for a functional multi-ethnic America.

And finally, I’d love to get more feedback from the readers.  Even if it’s negative.  It’s useful to know what you like and what you don’t.  Or even to just say hi.  It’s definitely appreciated and part of why I made this site.  I am interested in hearing other points of view.  And if you find something interesting on-line pass along the link.

Swamp Fatigue

I admit it.  The swamp beasts have worn me out.  There are more articles about their trials and tribulations and the comeuppances they’re gonna get than I can stand.  Yesterday I linked to this article on how the real payoff to all the investigating by the Inspector General of the DOJ would be when Andrew McCabe turned on Comey and Company to save his own neck.

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2018/04/23/the_hidden_bombshell_in_the_mccabe_report_136882.html

Well that does sound really cool.  But then today I read a couple of more articles about the Gang That Couldn’t Leak Straight and it just started to bore me.

https://amgreatness.com/2018/04/24/weaponizing-the-government-for-leftist-political-war/

https://amgreatness.com/2018/04/23/respect-unearned/

 

I admit it.  I just can’t read another account of how they conspired and connived and colluded and perjured themselves.  Their endless mediocre machinations have broken me.  I just don’t care.

So, going forward I am boycotting any further Justicegate (© OCF 2018) stories until someone, anyone gets indicted or subpoenaed or, at least, wedgied.  I’m not saying I don’t want this to be the avenue used to finally break the back of the Deep State.  I do.  I just don’t want to read anymore tantalizing accounts of how this incredible web of investigating is about to ensnare all the swamp critters and end their reign of terror.  Stop talking about it and just do it.

There, I feel better.  And I’ll go one step further.  I refuse to spend from now until November hyperventilating over who is ahead in East Podunk, Idahoma USA.  I really don’t care whether the Democrats are going to sweep over the Republicans in the House and Senate races.  I live in a blue state.  That’s just the every day reality.  The Republicans are simply too stupid and gutless to win except by accident.  Win, lose or draw it’s not something that can be changed by me worrying about it.  So, I won’t.

What I will do is look for interesting stories about the culture and the people who are actually trying to make things better.  And I will highlight any actual occurrences.  So, if Mueller indicts Trump or Trump fires Mueller or Justice Kennedy resigns or Hillary Clinton admits to being the spawn of Cthulhu, then I will definitely comment.  But to just whine about scary stuff or hype about the same old rumors is more than I care to do.

There, I feel better.

22APR2018 – An OCF Update

I was thinking of putting up a comical post about Trump and the Republican Midterm Panic but I’m not feeling it.  The mainstream media is drum-beating the gloom and doom of a Blue Wave coming for the midterms.  I’m guessing they’re hoping for a self-fulfilling prophecy and knowing the gutless republicans I completely believe that they could be stampeded into almost anything, up to and including sex change surgery to try and sway liberal voters into their camp.  Let’s face it.  These GOP guys truly are hopeless.

But it’s boring and my readers deserve better.  I mean really, do you think Trump is that much better off with the Republicans in charge of the House?  Sure, the Senate is important because of the Supreme Court and the odds favor the Republicans holding on to their control.  But the House has been a joke.  Ryan might as well have been a pro-amnesty Democrat for all the help he gave.

The bigger story is what is happening between Trump, Sessions and his DOJ operatives.  Here the stories are just as crazy as the Blue Wave stuff but much more interesting.  The scenarios run the gamut from Trump gets indicted to Sessions is getting ready to round up the whole lot of the DOJ conspirators and get them to rat out Obama’s lieutenants.  Trying to figure out what actually will happen is virtually impossible.  But at least we can see developments happening in a relatively straightforward manner in the news.  So that is why I think the next [Trump vs …] gag will involve Comey being broken on the wheel and probably giving up his cable guy for installing free HBO.  Or maybe Andy McCabe doing an impression of Jimmy Cagney in White Heat, going on the lam and shooting it out with Library of Congress police over some overdue VCR tapes.

I guess the problem is that events although still pretty wild have sort of slowed down since porn actresses were popping up on network news shows a few weeks back.  I’ve become jaded.  Luckily Deadpool 2 will be released in the next few weeks.  I think the wise-cracking masked superhero will recharge my sense of humor and inspire me to plunge our larger than life commander in chief into some new absurd and hopefully funny crisis.

Meantime I’m busy testing out the Sony A7 III camera I just bought.  I’ll have a review on it soon.  One thing I will say is the autofocus is an order of magnitude better than the second generation A7 cameras and pretty close to the performance of the $4,500 A9.  My biggest problem is getting long lenses.  Sony only has a few and they cost an arm and a leg so I may get some Sigma Canon mount versions with an adapter.

And I just started using Capture One as a replacement for Lightroom.  I’ll do a post on my thoughts about switching.

I’ve got a ton of photos from my US Southwest trip that I’ll continue to dole out one a day.  Later I’ll put together some background info and travelogue type post or three.

Science fiction wise, I’m reading the second book of Robert Silverberg’s old Majipoor Series.  This volume is a collection of short stories tied together by a clever plot device.  After that I may read the next book in the Galaxy’s Edge series.

That post I put together on space opera has got me thinking about putting together some more theoretical, generic comments on science fiction, fantasy and fiction in general.  It seems to me the reason fiction is in the state it’s in is that people have sort of forgotten why people read.  Hint, it’s not to provide employment for would be “artists.”

And finally, I really do need to update the Directory of Right Wing Businesses.  I was hoping I’d get a lot more stuff from the readers but I guess I should make a good faith effort to do my part.  So, I will.

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