Guest Contributor – Charlemagne Really – Addressing the Current Situation

With the plethora of recent, pressing subjects to write about, it’s difficult to choose just one. How does one sum up the current heated political landscape in a simple letter. How does one convey compassion and concern with the Corona, COVID-19, Wuhan or whatever it’s called outbreak and its lingering consequences?

I do not know exactly, being the mere mortal that I am. However, as Admiral David Farragut famously cried out “damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead”.

Let’s start with the political landscape. Some have said this season’s election cycle is the most divisive ever. I am not sure about that claim as I haven’t been around forever. What I do know, is that politics by its own nature is divisive. It’s supposed to be. So, politics it’s not necessarily bad as some have insinuated.

Americans are witnessing a planned well financed all-out attack on its core values, principles and imperfect history upon which it stands. One of which is, “one Nation under God”. This very phrase being omitted from the oration of the Pledge of Allegiance, not once but twice, in error (sure) at the recent Democrat Convention. Perhaps it was an honest omission but I seriously doubt it. More likely, it’s an insight into their vision of the United States. A vision devoid of God and replaced with the tyranny of the state. So perhaps the new pledge will be One Nation under US (the state, their state). A frightening prospect at best.

Speaking of the DNC and Democrats….

The violence in the mostly Democrat controlled cities, large and small, continues under the guise of Social Justice protests. Nothing about the violence and rioters is about justice. Mind you, I am not talking about the protest and protesters. As long as the protests remain peaceful and are conducted in daylight, they remain legitimate. However once darkness falls it’s been painfully obvious that the peaceful protests turn into violent riots. One doesn’t participate in a peaceful protest armed to the teeth with bats, bricks, hammers, crowbars, face shields and professional grade gas masks. No, this equipment is for one reason and one reason only. To engage in violence and riot. It’s not about social justice, nor anyone who has been a victim of injustice. The weapon wielding rioters are using the excuse of social justice for BLM as an excuse to burn down, loot and plunder. And the BLM organization is more than happy to have these ill-informed and ill-intentioned rioters unleash anarchy on the streets of America.

As with most people, Black lives matter to me. I too have Black friends and co-workers. However, it is necessary to point out that the BLM organization doesn’t represent most Black lives. How do I know. Go to their web site and read. Research their founders, their history and their current ideology. Look at Chicago and the number of Black lives lost due to the murderous gangs. All one gets from the BLM organization is complete silence. They don’t care about Chicago, Portland and most recently Kenosha. They simply don’t give a hoot about any community suffering under gangs in Black neighborhoods. It doesn’t fit their agenda. Those thousands of Black lives do not matter to them. So, what does matter to them?

For one thing, it’s power. More specifically it’s political power. They are using the social justice mantra as a cover to cause division, incite violence and perpetrate a coordinated assault on America, its institutions and its people (you and me).

They masquerade as a benevolent and worthy cause while they continue to implement the downfall of this country.

I will continue to care and support my Black friends, co-workers and fellow citizens. However, I will not offer the same for an Organization which is Marxist (Socialist/Communist) and anti-freedom at its very dark sinister core.

I pray that the violence will end. And end just as quickly as it began. I pray for and will support real social justice. I pray people will see through the charade of the Organization that supposedly champions social justice. I pray for all Americans, no matter what their skin color, to live peacefully while they pursue their dreams and live their lives.

So, let us be adults and act as adults. Caring, kind, compassionate, ready to defend one another from the evils that sometimes ensnare us.

A man far better and immeasurably superior to me, said “Blessed are the peace makers for they will be called the children of God”.

What will you do?

The Office Space Election

Back in 2016 Michael Anton wrote the essay called “The Flight 93 Election” that characterized electing Donald Trump as a last-ditch effort to save the country from the globalists.  In 2020 Anton and everyone else is saying that once again this is the most critical election of all time.  So that got me thinking.

If you’ve ever seen the movie “Office Space” you might remember the scene where the protagonist, Peter Gibbons, is talking to a hypnotist about his problems.  He explains that every day at his office the boss ratchets up the misery a little more.  So, every day is worse than the one before and that guarantees that every day is the worst day of Peter’s life.

In the same way, because in each and every year for decades now, the political and social situation in America has gotten worse, the next election is by definition the most important election in your lifetime.  And so, it’s important to do all we can do to get good men in office and push for the changes that we need, to make this a free country again.

But guess what?  Elections and politics are not the most important things in our lives and we should be thinking about these other things even more than we do about the politics.  In fact, the worse the politics get the more we have to spend time figuring out ways to live happily despite them.

And here the analogy with the movie continues.  The hypnotist provides a hypnotic suggestion to Peter that he will no longer worry about his job.  But before he has time to restore Peter to normal the hypnotist has a heart attack and dies.  So now Peter is completely unconcerned about being fired and goes through his day in a relaxed manner ignoring anything his boss says that he doesn’t like and speaking absolute truth about what he thinks about his job.  Of course, eventually everything comes crashing down, but his new found composure gives him the chance to re-evaluate his life and escape from the career and personal entrapments that had made his life a living hell.

For us, the liberating situation is finding out that both parties are a rigged game against us.  Knowing this makes it possible for us to try and navigate around all the various entrapments that have been built into the system.  We can consciously make choices to minimize the impact of these traps.  We can develop work arounds and we can form alliances with others like ourselves who have stopped drinking the Kool Aid.  And amongst ourselves we can speak openly of the truths that the establishment papered over.  We can openly say that illegal immigration must be stopped and that the corporations are outsourcing all our jobs and that a man in a sun dress is not a woman.  Spreading the word that the Democrats and the Republicans have been gaslighting us for decades and working against our interests makes it possible to see clearly who is on our side and who isn’t.  The system is still rigged against us but at least we’re no longer flying blind.

And the final analogy with the movie is the ending.  One of the other victims of the oppression at the Office is a crazy guy named Milton.  The boss tortures Milton by moving his cube into worse and worse spaces.  Finally, Milton ends up in the basement and is told to spray for roaches on his way in and out.  But as a last straw the boss takes Milton’s beloved Swingline stapler.  So, he snaps and burns the company to the ground.  In this analogy I’d say the crazy guy would be the fringe right who may finally get so fed up with being bullied by Antifa and BLM that they go toe to toe with them and essentially blow the whole thing up.

Not everyone, including myself, would see that as a desirable outcome but it wouldn’t be a shock if it happened.  The provocation from the left has been monumental and the fact that some major blowback hasn’t happened is only because everyone is waiting for the election to happen before settling scores on the street.  But even if the conflagration isn’t an actual explosion but only a political reaction it will happen and it will provide a resolution.  The seething hatred on both sides is palpable and what is left of the moderate middle is being boiled off by the heat of the moment.  It is pretty much impossible at this point to imagine the two sides of the country reconciling.  We just dislike each other too much.  Probably the best case would be a looser federalism that would allow each side to occupy their own territory without trying to impose their values on each other.  But how we get to that best-case scenario is the part I can’t figure out yet.  Can we get there without a real conflagration?  Let’s hope so.

12SEP2020 – Looking Around and Looking Ahead

Now that Ringling Brothers’ Barnum and Bailey Circus has been forced out of business by PETA, President Trump truly is the Greatest Show on Earth.  There always seems to be another spectacle starting up as the previous act finishes.  From what I understand he has five foreign policy victories to celebrate this week.  Israel is being recognized by:

  • United Arab Emirates
  • Bahrain
  • and Kosovo

Saudi Arabia is now allowing Israeli flights to go through their airspace.  And just to keep things interesting the President brokered a deal between Serbia and Kosovo.  Already two separate nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize for the President have been sponsored by individuals who preface their remarks by declaring that they dislike President Trump but admit that he has already done more for world peace than Obama ever did either before or after his empty win of the Peace Prize was awarded to him.  Joe Biden claims that President Trump is achieving these victories by accident!

The President is crisscrossing the country to attend campaign rallies that draw huge enthusiastic crowds and of course, he is tweeting away on all the most important and even some quite trivial events.  He really does have an energy level that is hard to imagine for a man his age.

Meanwhile even Biden’s strongest advocates admit they haven’t yet figured out how they will make their candidate attractive enough to convince millennials to vote for him.  Well, they did get him out of the basement and all the way to Pennsylvania last week.

As I said it’s an amazing show.  And it should keep even jaded political junkies such as me completely engaged right up to Election Day.  Of course, there are plenty of other side shows to keep us watching.  They’re not as amusing.  The spectacle of unending rioting in Portland is not a pleasant sight but it is important.  A poll of Oregonians shows that 66% disapprove of the riots and 60% think the Mayor of Portland is doing a poor job of ending the protests.  Now if a state as blue as Oregon is unhappy with their unending riots just think what purple states like Colorado and Nevada must be thinking of their “protests.”

The ongoing COVID lockdown in the Northeast remains a good story to remind the country of what shutting down a large portion of your small business community does to economic health.  New York has lost tens of thousands of jobs and when combined with the disruptions caused by the rioting is hardly recognizable as the dynamic business and cultural center it once was.

And the remote teaching model being used in the schools in the Northeast has been a nightmare for working mothers.  Many of them are attempting to re-enter the office environment after six months but have to work around a schedule where their children are home at least three days a week.  Employers say they will accommodate these changes but problems have cropped up on all sides.

Then we have the looming specter of voter fraud through the use of mail in ballots.  The Democrats hope to drag the voting process out for weeks and possibly months.  And they have been talking up the idea that President Trump will be ejected from the White House by troops.  Oh, those Democrats love their drama.

Meanwhile Bill Barr teases us with announcements of rioters and agitators being arrested.  Sure, he arrests some of the worst actors but nothing is done to prosecute Antifa and BLM as organized crime groups using the RICO laws.  And we’re not hearing much about the Durham investigation anymore.  I guess now that his end of summer deadline is blown, we can’t expect anything to come of the effort.  I was glad to see that the feds went after that rat that murdered the Patriot Prayer guy in Portland a week ago.  But I guess it has to be something as egregious as murder on camera to get much of anything from our Justice Department.

Well, that’s a snapshot of the world around us.  It’s a madhouse in every way imaginable but we keep advancing down the road one step at a time.  My advice is don’t be surprised at anything that happens but take every news report with a big grain of salt.  As the President is fond of saying a lot of what you hear is fake news.  And regardless of the outcome in November remember that it’s up to each of us to decide how we will live our lives and who we will spend it with.  There are millions of good people out there and we can achieve an enormous amount if we don’t get discouraged and if we think clearly about what we want to accomplish.  I have spoken with many people out there and we’re learning that we aren’t alone and we aren’t at the mercy of the Woke Left.  It’s a pleasure writing this for anyone who is looking for a bit of news and a positive thought from someone on our side of the fence.  Have a good day.

End of Summer 2020 – A Rambling Maudlin Dithering Dissertation

It’s customary to declare summer in the United States over after Labor Day.  Other people look at the Autumnal Equinox as the end of summer as well they may since it really is the beginning of astronomical fall and the point at which the nights become longer than the days.  Some more practical folks just call it over when the kids go back to school.  Of course, during the COVID panic there is no school so that’s sort of irrelevant.

Here at the compound we have a more poignant measure.  Summer is over when the hummingbirds leave.  They left yesterday.  Camera Girl is sad.  She told me I should memorialize this event with a post about the end of summer.  As the ever-solicitous husband, her wish was my command so, here I am prattling on.

It is funny though how exactly these birds seem to define the end of summer in this exact locale.  Already, even on a day that reaches eighty degrees, the air is different.  Drier and lighter.  And the late afternoon is cooler and breezier.  And now by seven p.m. the sun is gone and only twilight remains.  The leaves are coming down at a decent clip.  These leaves are yellow and must be coming from some of the species that lose them early, the cherry and the birch.  But it’s the start.  Next the maples will start turning.  The oaks will hold out the longest, well into October.  But it’s the start.  And because the leaves were starting to fall Camera Girl, who is, like most women, a practical creature had the pool company close the pool down and put on the cover this week.  Maybe that’s what tipped off the hummingbirds.

And Camera Girl informs me that the birds that haven’t left yet go to bed earlier now.  By dinner time they’re gone.  So, all in all, the whole natural world around me has conceded the end of summer 2020.  But not me.  I rail against it.  Oh, soon enough I’ll shift my attention to fall foliage photography and then onto reviews of horror movies for Halloween.  But not yet.  I still haven’t seen a preying mantis this year.  I haven’t gotten a picture of a heron on the pond or a painted turtle in the pond.  I still want to try the 600mm lens with a hawk in flight.  So, though I promised Camera Girl to declare and mourn the end of summer I will use this last full week of official summer to hunt my last summer targets.

11SEP2020 – Nineteen Years Later

What a strange world we live in.  When the 9-11 attacks happened all those years ago it was galvanizing.  The anger and determination it engendered was monumental.  And back then I still believed we were one nation.  There were hints that not everyone thought we were the aggrieved party.  And there were voices from the millennial generation that were unpatriotic in the extreme.  But the great majority of Americans were united in wanting to avenge a great wrong.

But think about where we are now.  Look at what is happening in places like New York, things being done with the explicit approval of the mayor and the rest of the city and state government.  New York is actually in worse shape than it was on 9-11-2001.  The city is empty.  People live in isolation and in fear of each other and of the next wave of violence that will happen whenever the Antifa and BLM terrorists decide it’s time.  Business has ground to a halt and anyone who has the economic means is leaving.

When I think about 9-11 now I just feel numb.  All those soldiers fought and were wounded and died to avenge a city that Bill de Blasio is destroying on his own.  New York has disgraced itself.  They dishonor the flag by kneeling through the anthem and they spit on the police that try to keep them from killing each other.  I was born in New York.  New York doesn’t exist anymore.  It’s just a failed state waiting to completely collapse.  It has even managed to delegitimize the solidarity Americans felt for it after 9-11.  Now it’s just a place where people are ashamed of the country that went to war to avenge it’s wounds.  It breaks my heart to say it but we shouldn’t have bothered.

The Metamorphosis of the Democrat Party

Those on the Dissident Right have for a while predicted that the Republican Party would by default become the white party.  This was assuming that the Republicans would not be stupid enough to once again purge the party of the deplorables because of their politically incorrect but necessary views on immigration and globalism.  In some senses, the Republican Party already was the white party, in the sense that almost all of its members were white.  But in as much as the Democrat Party had plenty of white people in it, it wasn’t the exclusive white party.

But what has happened instead is that the Democrat Party is becoming the anti-white party.  Now that’s a remarkable process.  The woke areas of the country, the northeast and the northwest are waging open war against white Americans and these radicals are saying explicitly that it’s because they’re white.  Being white is a crime and the only acceptable way to avoid punishment is groveling and monetary reparations.

So far, this new paradigm for the Left has been doing wonderfully.  Corporations and the Media have accepted the Gospel according to BLM wholeheartedly.  Money has poured in and mayors and governors of the blue states have kowtowed and embraced the anti-white agenda hook line and sinker.  The police have been defanged and rioters and looters have carte blanche to vandalize and burn the blue cities whenever and wherever they please.  It’s Antifa heaven.

But there’s an election coming up and Americans get to have a say.  And I would say that there is a pretty sizable number of white Democrats and even some non-white Democrats who may not want to see the anti-white party in charge of the country.  It will be interesting to see how the purple (and even some of the blue) states choose sides in the November presidential and congressional elections.

Currently Joe Biden is trying to thread the needle by decrying violence but affirming his allegiance to racial justice and blaming white people.  And indications from the press are that they’ve finally noticed that burning and pillaging the blue cities is not a winning electoral strategy.  But it’s kind of too late and the Democrats are going to have to win or lose on the horse they’ve backed.

But even looking beyond November, the Democrats have been overtaken by their younger, more militant wing.  And for better or worse they have become the anti-white party.  And now the whites in the Democrat party will see clearly how they stand with “their” party.  They are a hated minority of that party and their place is to shut up, grovel and pay up.  I’m not implying that there aren’t plenty of white people who wouldn’t accept that role in the Democrat coalition.  But I am thinking it is a significantly smaller number than the current white segment of Democrat voters.  And as I mentioned earlier, there are probably plenty of non-white, non-black Democrat voters who aren’t enthusiastic supporters of the Black Lives Matters shakedown either.  After all there are more Hispanic voters than black voters and they are living through the rolling riots in the Democrat cities and maybe they wouldn’t mind having police holding down the criminal activities where they live.

Now that the Democrats have made the leap from a working class / middle class coalition to an upper class / lower class social justice shake down gang there will definitely be a re-sorting going on in the population.  It’s actually very advantageous for the Right that the Democrats have been forced to take sides.  The optics for the party that backs race rioters are not so good.  Americans are frightened and disgusted by what they’ve seen on the streets and on their televisions.  Now is the perfect time for President Trump’s message of law and order and an end to racial scapegoating of white Americans.  Let’s see if I’ve got the numbers right.  Stay tuned for November.

07SEP2020 – American Greatness – Post of the Day – Michael Anton on Trump

Michael Anton worked for President Trump as the Head of Communications at the National Security Council.  In this essay he provides an eye-witness account in defense of the President’s obvious patriotism and love for the soldiers.  It’s interesting to see how someone who was present when certain comments were made can shine a light on how they can be maliciously taken out of context.

The Donald Trump I Know

Vox Day Has Collated Information on How Antifa Wages War and Commits Murder

Vox links to and excerpts from two articles that:

  1. provides the details on how Antifa assassinated Jay Danielson, and
  2. details the command structure and techniques that Antifa uses to fight its war.

The details on the Danielson hit are illuminating and indicate that conspiracy to commit murder should be on the FBI’s agenda for taking down Antifa and BLM.  That’s a RICO offense and would give the feds the justification for taking away all those billions that the gutless corporate types have handed over to BLM in the last few months.