Apparently Even Knitting is Political

Here’s an article on the Federalist that informs us that the biggest knitting and crocheting website won’t allow Trump supporters to just get along.

The author reminds us that those pink hats that the old ladies wore to protest President Trump had to be made somewhere.  Sounds like an opportunity for a new platform.


Vox Day Has a Post on Creators Working Around Demonitizing by YouTube

Vox links to an article on the Verge lamenting that YouTube demonitizing someone like Steven Crowder didn’t do much damage to his business.

In the comments I found a link to an alternative to PayPal and other payment processors who have denied service to gun merchants and othe deplorables.

Finding alternatives to converged institutions is a real problem for people on the right doing business.

The Twilight Zone – Complete Series Review – Season 4 Episode 8 – Miniature

Charley Parkes is a loner.  He lives with his mother and she dotes on him.  He is a shy quiet man who cannot socialize with his peers at work and even has trouble empathizing with his own sister and her husband.  His boss fires him because his detached attitude toward his office associates is causing animosity.  A woman that his sister convinces to go on a date with Charley slaps him in the face and walks out when Charley knocks her off the bench they were on because she tries to kiss him.  He is a hopeless recluse.

While killing some time at the local museum he happens upon an exhibit containing a dollhouse of a 19th century Boston home containing a small wooden carving of a young woman sitting at a harpsichord.  Charley is enchanted by the tiny beautiful figure and he becomes lost in the scene.  Suddenly he sees the tiny woman playing the instrument and moving.  He asks the museum guard how they can make the doll move and the guard tells him he’s seeing things.  He shows him a sign that expressly states that the doll is made of a solid piece of wood.  Charley admits that he must have been mistaken.  But Charley goes back e3very day and spends hours watching the dollhouse.  And what he sees is the whole life of the woman and her household.  There is a maid and even a gentleman caller who takes the woman to the opera.  But one day the man comes back to the house in a fury and forces his way in the door, strikes down the maid with his cane and carries the fainting woman up the stairs to her bedroom.  Charley is so alarmed for her safety that he takes a museum furnishing and uses it to shatter the glass around the dollhouse.  He explains to the guard why he did it and the guard leads him off to the authorities.

Charley is placed in a mental institution where his psychiatrist works to convince him that he was suffering from hallucinations caused by his desire to escape from a world in which he felt he didn’t belong.  When Charley persists in saying that the girl was alive the doctor reveals that he has borrowed the doll from the museum and Charlie can see that it is only a piece of wood.

Some time later the psychiatrist explains to his family that Charley has been cured and can reenter the real world.  Charley pretends that he is convinced that what he saw was an hallucination and agrees to all the plans his family make for his career and his social life.  But while he is supposedly taking a nap, he sneaks out the window and heads back to the museum.  There he hides until closing time.  Then he comes out to stand in front of the dollhouse and talk to the little woman.  He tells her of his love and his belief that he and she were made for each other and would enjoy each other’s company.

Meanwhile his family discovers his escape and along with the psychiatrist they summon the police to escort them to the closed museum.  When Charley hears them coming, he closes the lights.  They call to him but he can’t be found.  Now the museum guard who appeared in the earlier scenes looks into the dollhouse and sees the woman now joined by a little man that looks just like Charley.  He doesn’t say anything to the police because they would think him crazy.

In the last scene we see the man and the woman in the dollhouse and it is indeed Charley and the little woman looking at stereopticon slides and looking happy together.

Okay everybody what is the law!  No living mannequins, ventriloquist’s dummies, robots and just in case someone misses the category no living dolls either.

So, Robert Duvall and William Windom who play, respectively, Charley and the psychiatrist are both good actors and do a good job of giving the play depth.  And I myself am a sensitive soul who can barely interact with my fellow man without wincing at his barbarity.  But come on!  Dammit Charley, man up and kiss the girl if she wants to.  C+

Vox Day Links to an Article About an Australian Rugby Star Fired for His Religious Beliefs

Israel Folau was a star of the Australian Rugby league.  But his comments about his christian beliefs on homosexuality got him fired from his team and when he set up a crowdfunding effort to contest the firing in court, GoFundMe cancelled the account after it received over $500,000.

Folau is a Polynesian (Tongan) raised in a christian family and his biblical beliefs about the immorality of abnormal sexual practices have clashed with the LGBTQ mafia that more and more ruthlessly attempts to silence any voices that won’t burn a pinch of incense to the Caesar of our time.  Kudos to Vox for highlighting this story from “Down Under.”

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The Twilight Zone – Complete Series Review – Season 4 Episode 7 – Jess-Belle

Back in the Blue Ridge Mountains Billy Ben Turner (played by James Best) is in love with Ellwyn Glover.  At a town dance he proposes to her and she accepts.  But Billy Ben’s old girlfriend Jess-Belle Stone (played by Anne Francis) is desperate to win back Billy Ben.  She goes to the local witch Granny Hart and begs her for a love potion but Jess-Belle has no money.  Being desperate she agrees to give Granny Hart whatever else she wants.  Granny Hart gives her a potion to drink and after a painful transition Jess-Belle is told that Billy Ben will never look at another woman as long as Jess-Belle is alive.

Jess-Belle goes to a dance and Billy Ben is immediately hypnotized and leaves the dance with Jess-Belle.  Ellwyn is devastated but she warns Jess-Belle that witchcraft always ends badly.  And so, it does for Jess-Belle she discovers that she has herself has become a witch.  She has lost her soul and now every night she turns into a leopard.  Knowing that the townspeople have gathered to hunt the big cat that night, Jess-Belle begs her mother to lock her in her room and not let her out.  But the leopard escapes the house and goes after Ellwyn in the family barn.  Luckily, the hunters show up to save Ellwyn and they shoot down the witch cat and it disappears in a puff of smoke.  But Billy Ben who was one of the hunters finds his engagement ring that he had given to Jess-Belle on the ground where the leopard had been.

Released from Jess-Belle’s influence Billy Ben returns to Ellwyn and they are eventually married.  But Jess-Belle’s mother warns him that her daughter’s spirit still haunts the area and that she will try to revenge herself on Billy Ben and Ellwyn.  Billy Ben goes to Granny Hart and finds out that to kill a witch he must use her clothes to make an image of her and then stab it through the heart with a silver pin.

When he gets home Ellwyn’s body has been possessed by Jess-Belle’s spirit and she is threatening to take him away.  But he is able to use one of her dresses and a silver pin to attack her.  The dress suddenly contains Jess-Belle and she dies and evaporates.  Now Ellwyn and Billy Ben are happily together and looking up in the night sky they see a shooting star and Ellwyn claims that the star means that a witch has died.

A hillbilly witch story, yeehah!  James Best and Anne Francis are a lot of fun as the protagonists.  It’s not exactly Shakespeare but it is very entertaining.  I’ll say B+

The Twilight Zone – Complete Series Review – Season 4 Episode 6 – Death Ship

Three astronauts are aboard the, by now familiar, Forbidden Planet flying saucer set that is bringing them to explore and evaluate a new planet that Earth hopes to colonize.  Lieutenants Ted Mason and Mike Carter along with Captain Paul Ross (played by Jack Klugman) are scanning the planet’s surface to identify a good landing site to begin their work.  But they see a shiny object and land to investigate.  It turns out to be a crashed flying saucer.  They go to investigate and discover what appear to be their own three bodies lying dead in the wreckage of their own ship.  Mason and Carter now start to hallucinate that they’ve gone back to Earth.  Carter imagines that he visits his home and sees a telegram with his death notice on it.  Mason meets his wife and daughter but when Ross finds him and forces him back he is reminded that his wife and daughter died in an automobile crash years ago.

Mason and Carter are now convinced that they’ve all died in a crash.  But Ross claims that aliens are causing them to hallucinate the crashed ship, the bodies and even the scenes on Earth.  Ross tells them that they must escape from the planet to escape the delusions.  But Mason and Carter are convinced that taking off will be the occasion for their ship to crash.  When they successfully take off everyone is overjoyed but when Ross says it’s now safe to return, Mason and Carter panic and attempt to stop him from landing.  In doing so they force the ship into a power dive from which they barely escape without crashing.  Once on the surface they see that the crashed ship is still there.  Now Mason and Carter are despondent and convinced that all of them are already dead.  But Ross refuses to believe he’s already dead and says they must go over the logic of what’s happening to them again.

In the final scene we return to the beginning when they see the shiny object from orbit as they approached the planet.  They are in an endless loop of denying their own deaths.

While some of the scenes between the men and their friends and family from Earth are affecting and the interactions between the captain and his crew are somewhat interesting and Jack Klugman is fun to listen to, the season four hour format finally draws out this premise too long.  It’s too thin a premise to keep it going that long.  C+

Interesting Article Over at the Z-Man, “The Long Road”

The folks on the dissident right are known for making the statement that “we aren’t going to vote our way out of this.”  For that reason, it’s interesting to see the Z-Man discussing the importance of tactical flexibility with respect to political opportunities.

The gist of it is that even if you don’t think that political reform can solve all our problems it doesn’t make sense to ignore the advantages that can be obtained at the ballot box.

And this is a good sign.  A lot of the time, the gloom and doom and apocalyptic language coming from the fringe is unhelpful and self-defeating.  President Trump has actually made some good progress (against unbelievable headwind) in judicial appointments, business and trade policies, reining in the bureaucrats and declawing the Justice Department.

While the question of whether restoring the values of the Old America is possible under our present system is still in doubt, it doesn’t seem to me to be the time to give up.  Especially since we’ve actually had some measure of success at the ballot box recently.


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President Trump Announces the Beginning of Deportation of Illegal Aliens in the US

Let’s hope this is much more than just campaign rhetoric or a token effort.

It would certainly help his standing with his base.  I know it would encourage me.  Fingers crossed.


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The Twilight Zone – Complete Series Review – Season 4 Episode 5 – Mute

The episode opens up in Vienna where five married couples who also happen to be scientists studying extra sensory perception are setting up a grand experiment to restore telepathic ability in humanity.  Their plan is for each couple to bring up their children without any use of speech and solely use telepathy for communication.  One couple, the Nielsens would return to their home in Pennsylvania and communicate their progress to the others by monthly letters.

The Nielsens were extraordinarily successful and their daughter Ilsa is a natural telepath who has never learned spoken language at all.  But ten years later when Ilsa is twelve a terrible fire breaks out in the Nielsen home and only Ilsa escapes.  She is physically unharmed but in deep shock from experiencing telepathically the death of her parents.

The town sheriff Harry Wheeler and his wife Cora shelter Ilsa in their home after the fire.  Ilsa can’t speak but Cora comforts her like a mother.  Cora had lost her own daughter to a drowning accident a few years before and is very lonely without her child.

Harry finds out from the postmaster that the Nielsens regularly received letters from Austria and obtaining the address, Harry writes a letter telling these friends about Ilsa’s orphaning.  But unknown to Harry, Cora steals the letter from the mailbox and burns it.  But Ilsa sees it and reads from Cora’s mind what is happening and in despair she runs out into the street and collapses in grief.

Ilsa takes up residence with the Wheelers and Cora heaps great kindness and attention on her.  When the Wheelers send her to school she is taught by Miss Frank, a woman whose father also brought her up mute in order to become a medium to the dead.  And because of this shared background she is able to get through Ilsa’s telepathic behavior and force her to learn to speak and understand human language.  At about the same time, a couple of the Austrian scientists, Karl and Maria Werner, show up to find out why the Nielsens have stopped writing.  They go to see Harry Wheeler and he tells them of the fire and brings them to see Ilsa. Karl talks telepathically with Ilsa and implores her to answer him.  But Miss Frank’s training has changed Ilsa from a telepath to a normal girl and she rejects the telepathic appeal by instead speaking clearly out loud.

The Werners say that they will leave Ilsa to be adopted by the Wheelers.  They pretend that they haven’t a legal right because they see how happy Ilsa is with her new parents.  When Karl is walking away from the house with Maria, he expresses misgivings about allowing the experiment to be lost.  But Maria states that the love that Ilsa has gained is much more important than the telepathic gift she would have possessed or even the benefit to mankind in rediscovering telepathy.  She reminds him that though the Nielsens were kindly people they really treated Ilsa as more of their experiment than their child.

So, this is a morality tale wrapped in a science fiction story.  It’s a minor work but enjoyable.  B.

Building the Underground

Last week I read Angelo Codevilla’s essay “Conservative Resistance” in American Greatness.  His thesis was that since the Leftists have begun selectively to ignore federal law (e.g., marijuana illegality) that it has come to the point where Red States will start ignoring social policy laws that they disagree with (e.g., abortion, homosexuality).

Whether things will actually progress very far this way anytime soon remains to be seen but I realized that we already live essentially in two different worlds.  The conflict over the last sixty years has been over which world will rule the other.  And essentially it is not a matter of agreeing on a common set of rules that we can reach a compromise on.  We are being systematically undermined in all areas of the most important aspects of life.  The Left’s social projects have absolutely nothing to do with freedom.  They are efforts to destroy the traditional family as the means to eradicate the people they cannot control.

Looking at things from that point of view it seems plain to me that until we can reassert control over the agencies of the government that are infringing on our freedoms of speech and religion, we must in some ways look upon ourselves as people living under a foreign power.  We live in occupied territory.  This is similar to how the people in Eastern Europe endured the Soviet occupation.

The Soviet occupation controlled every facet of civic life with an unbreakable grip based on the military strength of the Russian army.  But the people lived a dual life and their inner life expressed the truth of what they actually believed as opposed to the outer rituals that the state forced them to observe.  So, whereas Poland was officially a communist state with atheism as the official position, the Poles clung desperately to their Catholic faith.

Not to be dramatic about this but there is a way for us to live a similar inner life.  We will have to foster a separate culture and society from the one we live in.  We will need to have our own fiction and philosophy, our own music and movies.  We will need to communicate together over our own channels, websites and networks.  And someday we may need to invest our money in our own banks and businesses.  We’re actually luckier than the Poles and the Czechs.  Theoretically we still live in a free country.  If we are careful and patient, we can make a lot of progress without depending on some kind of upheaval to get what we want.  But it will require slow methodical effort by large numbers of like-minded people to lay the kind of foundation needed to bypass the converged infrastructure currently surrounding every facet of our lives; schools, social networking sites, businesses, federal bureaucracies and even churches and non-profit organizations.

All these things are possible and relatively easy to understand.  The hard thing to do is how to pass along this information to the children today.  If you homeschool your children then this simplifies matters enormously.  But if your kids are in the public (or private) schools then it will be a struggle.  They are saturated by the propaganda that the culture and its representatives broadcast at them continuously.  It’s like a fish in poisoned water it can’t escape the effect.  To tell them the truth will seem to them like madness.  It will fly in the face of everything that is drummed into their heads twenty-four/seven.  But even here there are ways to use the natural advantage of the truth to simplify the effort.  When a child tells you about global warming have facts on your side.  Point to statements by alarmists like Al Gore about how the polar ice caps would be completely melted by 2017 and then show a photo of the Arctic today.  This will be understandable to the child.  Then it would be useful to explain that not everything that is taught in school or on television is true.  You can then introduce the concept of political bias and how this can cause people to lie about objectively true things for the sake of gaining political power.  It will also be necessary to explain how arguing to the authorities about their lies will only get the child punished.  It will have to be explained that for the sake of keeping appearances the truth won’t be mentioned.  But introduction into the inner world of those who know will be an interesting phenomenon for him and allow a space where you can talk to the young without confusing them.  Another good way to break them out of the propaganda mode is to give them books and movies from the earlier times before the worst of the madness evolved.  Books and movies that showcase the qualities and behaviors of Western civilization and the normal occupations of men and women before the present confusion was inflicted on society will be interesting and attractive to their minds.

For an American having to do this seems Kafkaesque.  And probably that is the apt word.  Modern American life with its continuously weirder new outrages and never-ending assaults on the wholesome and sane appears like some surreal nightmare from which we never awake.  But teach them we must.  The memes and other tactics that the dissident and alt-right employ are meant to show the normies out there, the absurdity and illogic of the Left’s signature positions.  This we have to incorporate into our dealings with our children and grandchildren.  It is hoped that we can one day recover control of the culture and return it to normal.  And with President Trump some of that is actually happening.  But I know it’s much too soon to even think we can go back to business as usual.  We are behind enemy lines and will be so for the foreseeable future.  We will therefore have to act accordingly.

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