What’s on My Mind Today

Yesterday was a sort of hectic day.  I had to clear the snow from the driveways so I could get out and head off on an errand.  That kind of interrupted the usual time I like to take in the morning for the site and for reading up on stuff.  Today is sort of back to normal but when I looked around there wasn’t too much to review.

There were the usual atrocities by the Dems and the usual useless hand waving by the GOPe.  Blah, blah, blah.  There was that nice piece of news about DeSantis going after the Social Media sites that discriminate against conservatives.  It’s encouraging to see that a few red state governors have some desire to help us.  Excellent.  May twenty more do just as much.  Then we’d have something to talk about.

And since the news didn’t take much time, I started thinking about what is meaningful for me to do with my time and with my website.  One of my fans said I should do more with the photography side of things.  He likes the macro stuff I do and thinks I should put it up on YouTube as a slide show montage thing.  That sounds kind of interesting.  I’m also thinking about publishing some art books with the landscape and macro stuff.  I also have been neglecting my fiction writing during the inauguration excitement but now that things are slowing down, I really must get some discipline and put in the hours to move those projects along.  I’ll put up links to these other things here on the site.

On the local front I’ve had some friends show interest in putting together the first local chapter of the He-Man Woman Hater’s Club.  High on the agenda for the club was hammering out the rules for the poker game.  There were some who wanted to allow for a high stakes option.  I was completely opposed for a couple of reasons.  One is that I want to allow for the widest possible socio-economic inclusivity (there is that word sneaking in!).  Even the least of my brothers must be able to enjoy the benefits of manly camaraderie.  The other is that I’m a truly awful poker player and I don’t want to be beaten by Camera Girl if I lose the milk money.  The next question on the agenda is whether sandwiches will be premade or assembled as needed.  My opinion was that each man must build his own sandwich and that only a few sandwich building breaks should be allotted.  Otherwise, the game would become too fragmented.  Of course, chips and drinks can be snagged at the end of every hand.  And finally, the type of poker was debated strenuously.  Some of the younger guys said it should be strictly Texas Hold’em.  Having been raised on draw and stud poker I resisted this idea.  But I went as far as to agree that some limits be made on the side bets for high spade and other distractions.

All of this was very gratifying and sound.  But what brought us all up to a halt was setting the date for the first game.  After all we’re still in the “lockdown.”  If we assemble at someone’s house, we’ll have to shut our lights as we near the driveway and camouflage the parked cars for fear that the neighborhood Karens will rat us out to the storm troopers.  I mean, I like a good ham swiss and mustard as much as the next guy but getting tased and thrown in the local COVID tank with the other sinners is a bit much.  We tabled the item with the understanding that it would be in April or May.

But just talking to the “boys” about some old-fashioned male bonding was inspirational.  It’s good to be making plans again and living in the future and not just dwelling on the nightmares of the recent past.  If you think about it, other than this COVID crap the government really doesn’t have much of a stranglehold on what adults do with their lives.  Lying to the authorities and our bosses at work will become second nature the way it does in any totalitarian state but we can still be ourselves with our friends and family.  And one day we’ll pull the whole thing down around their ears and march them off to the gulag as payback.

So today is a good day to plan and get things done.

Finding my Niche in the Underground

In our war with the Left there are many avenues to pursue and many different talents are needed.  And one person may be multi-talented enough to work on several different aspects of the war and others are only able to do one thing.  And some men are great leaders while others really should restrict their efforts to ditch digging.  Now while it has been said that I am first in war, first in peace and first in the hearts of my blog readers, I have to admit that it was I who said it just now and it has yet to catch on with the cool kids.  So, I have been thinking of late where exactly I think I can do the most good in this forever war.

The results of the recent election debacle have convinced me that the war between the Left and Right will be very long and inconclusive for the rest of my life.  And since life is short, I think I’ve decided what I’ll do in the war.  If we’re not going to fade out by attrition, we need to build a social organization that in addition to allowing us the ability to surround ourselves with normal people will also attract the young people away from the current on-line death trap that the Left has built.

I have been giving a little thought to how something like a fraternal organization would have to work under the conditions we are constrained by.  It will be made up of local off-line chapters that will have to be invitation only.  The on-line aspect can be a coordination function along with a way to share information and pass along things that have worked and not worked.

My idea is to try and form such a local group and use it as a model for others to copy.  I’m trying to decide how many men are needed to form a council that will steer the group and what is the optimal size for the whole chapter.  I think the council will be organized around meetings that coincide with a rotating poker game.  And the venue can be fixed because I have a big basement with a pool table and room for at least twenty or thirty people (of course not all in the same game) but the other members of the council can rotate the responsibility for bringing the food and drinks.

From my point of view the trick is selecting activities that will attract the younger people.  What we are primarily interested in is attracting young men in the 18 to 35 age group and in order to do this successfully we’ll need a way to attract women in the same age group to some aspect of the organization.  This is much trickier.  In the old days you could sponsor a dance or a picnic and that would draw young people.  Maybe that is still a viable idea but it might just as easily be rock climbing or hiking or a landscape photography outing.  Maybe we could even get involved in self defense classes and who knows I could even sponsor a literary society.  But however we do it we’ll have to find a way to pre-select for the kind of people we are interested in.  I was going to try to make some contacts in the more traditional churches to locate good people.

And to be blunt we are also going to have to figure out a way to deselect any members or associated folks who turn out to be incompatible with the tenets of the club.  And that is something that the council will have to work on, the rules.  I have some ideas but until I try this thing out on other people, I don’t know what will be the reaction.  And I think there will be plenty of flexibility on how things get done as long as it can’t get away from the original intent and end up like all the other converged organizations like the Boy Scouts and the other mainstream clubs.

One idea that I heard espoused before was to have our membership join some established organization and form a group within a group.  That way we could leverage the advantages of an established entity like their resources and presence but figure out ways to accommodate our membership.  I kind of like the club within a club idea.  The same approach might work with schools and even work places.

You all know I want to call it the He Man Woman Haters’ Club but that name may be copyrighted.  So, I’ve asked a lawyer friend how I can find out if the name is available for use.  It has a such a good ring to it and gets to the heart of what’s wrong with America today.

Now here’s the rub.  COVID.  How do you do any of this in New England right now?  Well you don’t.  But what I can do is start working out the who, what and where questions now so that I can get rolling once they’ve let us out of our cages.  So that’s my plan.  What do you think?

Camaraderie is Key

I mentioned during my post-election-night post, that after 9pm I was on a zoom video conference with eight conservative friends and friends of friends.  And I’ve got to say that was more fun than I’ve had in a good long while.  It was energizing and enjoyable and interesting.  And I think it makes sense to tap into that idea going forward.  Sure, it’s great to reach out to folks all over the country and that is what I do with this website but it makes sense to combine that with local networks of people.

I haven’t figured out how to grow that idea.  Maybe I can come up with some kind of template to help people recruit their friends and associates.  I’ve been thinking about having a get together of my local group.  Problems with the COVID panic here in New England makes it difficult.  All kinds of difficulties exist that restrict what people can do but it occurred to me that a zoom party might be something easy.  And I’d like to start by just throwing it out there that if you haven’t thought of having a get together by computer it might turn out to be a lot of fun for you and your friends too.

What makes sense is to start with some kind of basis for the get together.  It doesn’t have to be anything really important or even political.  In fact, if it’s something trivial that might be all the better but I think you should have at least some kind of excuse.  I always try to coordinate food and drink to add that aspect to the event and make it feel a little more like an actual get together.  As far as the duration I would say make it open ended but if things are running out of steam then call an end.  And you may find that a few people have to leave but others want to keep going.  That’s fine too.

As far as number of people I’m guessing that between five and fifteen might be a good guess as to practical range.  Fewer than that is more of a private conversation and more than that might get unmanageable as far as people talking over each other.  But these are only guesses on my part based on what I saw with eight.

As far as frequency, I’d go with the P. T. Barnum adage, “Always leave them wanting more.”  Too frequent occurrences will exhaust the topics of conversation and the appetite for this sort of thing.  There should be enthusiasm for the event or there’s no reason to have it.  But I think the revelation that a get together, even a virtual get together, is fun will spark interest in continuing the practice and hopefully when the lockdowns end will move on to real occasions where people on our side gather and socialize.

I haven’t determined whether the He Man Woman Hater’s Club is still a copyrighted phrase.  If not, I think it would capture the spirit if not the substance of what I would want my organization to be about.  But that is a minor point.  The main thing is to get people talking and enjoying life in these troubled times.

He-Man Woman Hater’s Club – Part 1

I found talking about my mad dream to found a continent-spanning, benevolent, fraternal association of American men so much fun, I’ve decided to start formulating various facets in a series of posts. It truly is an intoxicating pleasure to imagine the world returning to normal. A world where an American husband and father truly is the king of his castle.

One of the time-honored rituals of male bonding is the weekly poker game. This was extremely prevalent in the old days and was a great source of stress relief. Now granted it was also an opportunity for all sorts of destructive behavior ranging from alcoholism to adultery but I’m restricting myself to a more domesticated version where the game takes place at the homes of the participants and doesn’t involve hookers and straight razor fights. I prefer the game to rotate around the membership’s homes. That way it takes the burden off any particular wife to provide the necessary foodstuffs. However, the burdens have been lessened thanks to the introduction of online gambling and poker games that could be found when visiting sites like best-casino.net and others. Online gambling allows people to enjoy poker nights in the comfort of their own homes while still having a quiet night in.

It is important to make sure the membership is in relative agreement on which poker games are considered legitimate. Lately Texas hold’em has gathered a very large following but I don’t think restricting the play to one game is necessary. But to each his own. Also there have to be very specific rules on acceptable stakes. Personally, I think it’s better to keep things on the low side. Otherwise you run the risk of scaring off the guys on a limited budget. Besides losing a lot of money to friends is embarrassing and liable to cause hard feelings.

Now, most important, how to integrate the food into the game. Some purists believe that food shouldn’t be allowed during the play and reserved to a break in between sessions. For myself, I think a good pastrami sandwich and some premium chips enhances the game and in fact provides a good opportunity to look for your opponents’ poker tells. But agreement going in is a good idea.

But the most important aspect of poker night is the chance for men to get together and discuss all the important matters of the day without having to hear the annoying, high-pitched yammering of women. And one of those important aspects of life to discuss is the annoying things that wives do. Complaining about and making fun of wives is a time-honored male occupation that has, sadly, fallen out of style. Reviving this tradition is an add-on benefit of the weekly poker game.

And since this is the He-Man Woman Hater’s Club we’re talking about, think of a poker game as a good way to sound out prospective members on their orthodoxy on all the various club tenets. A poker game is a very relaxing environment and a good way to get to know people. It would make sense to allow the prospective member to take the lead on conversation and hang back to see if he’s HMWHC material. Also a poker game may be a good way to raise funds for a project or an outing. Each member can throw in a ten spot per game and accumulate that for a bigger purpose.

So that’s my first topic. Feel free to provide feedback and any stories about your own poker games.

Accentuating the Positive

One of my favorite bad thinkers never tires of reminding his readers and listeners that a negative identity is not a strong position to be in.  In other words, if you define your identity by what you are against then you lack a basis for defining what you are for.  This is the charge he lays at the feet of Conservative Inc.  By defining themselves as only against progressivism they are constantly addressing whatever new outrage the Left cooks up but they fail to define what they themselves do stand for.  If you’re always on the defensive you never have a chance to advocate for the things you actually want to see implemented.

Far better is to look at what you do believe in and formulate it into a clear and coherent statement.  That way when someone asks your stance on this or that example or scenario you have a rational basis for your answer.  And also, it gives you a logical basis for formulating an agenda of actions for the future, a plan.  Now my identity is relatively innocuous since at heart I’m just a garden variety civic nationalist.  What I would want is a return to normal American society with plenty of allowance for individual differences in background and culture.  Plenty of room for normal people who want to raise their kids as good American citizens.

So, that all sounds reasonable but when you look at our present situation it becomes much more complicated.  For instance, the Boy Scouts of America was an organization with the specific mission of providing boys with a fraternal organization to help them become physically fit, mentally awake and morally straight.  And because of that mission it was hounded by homosexuals and feminists until now it isn’t for boys and soon, I’m sure they’ll have to remove the word straight for fear of offending the delicate.

My example is meant to show that trying to define a positive identity makes you a target for those who hate what you are.  They will see what you stand for and try to destroy it.  The same thing has been done to almost all other social organizations.  The US government has forced women into every fraternal organization with the sole exception of religious organizations.  And of course, many of these have surrendered too.  One of the only exceptions I know of is the Knights of Columbus which is a Roman Catholic fraternal organization which excludes women as anything but auxiliaries.

Well if that is the only exception then that will have to be the path forward.  It’ll have to be a religious fraternal society.  The organization must utilize the Freedom of Religion under the First Amendment to protect it from the invasive forces of the federal government and may need to restrict itself to states that do not regularly harass conservative organizations.  The mission of the organization can be loosely grounded in the usual fraternal agenda.  Service to the community, family activities and religious or ethical training are all things that fall under the purview of a religious fraternal organization.  The thing that has to be carefully defined is the religious requirements that define the organization such that you can avoid all the latest abnormal behavior.  Luckily the Christian Bible (at least the one used up until the 1950s) has scriptural authority for avoiding the whole LGBTQ agenda in one fell swoop.  The only thing I’m not sure of is whether it can be structured so that any member from one of the remaining traditionalist sects is eligible or whether a separate religion will need to be founded in order to give it legitimacy.  In other words, is it enough for me to be the Grand Exalted Master or do I also have to be the Pope?

All of this sounds crazy but maybe that is what this world actually requires to permit men the freedom to live their lives as they wish to.  When the churches themselves become corrupt and controlled by the insane maybe it’s not crazy to think that new churches need to be formed.  This sort of dovetails with my earlier talk about the He-Man Woman Hater’s Club.  But of course, as time goes on it becomes less of a joke and more of a necessity.  And if anyone knows of an existing fraternal organization that already covers all the bases, I’m interested in let me know and I’ll look into it.  Until then I’ll order Camera Girl to make me some sandwiches while I think up secret handshakes and build a mystic decoding ring.

The Z-Man Addresses Fraternal Isolation

This post is along the same lines as my ideas about the need for a new fraternal organization.

http://thezman.com/wordpress/?p=16461#comments

Without a doubt the isolation is one of the biggest penalties we are paying for allowing leftists to destroy our society.  Reading this reinforces my belief that starting something new is the way forward.

 

He-Man Woman Haters Club or the Royal Order of Raccoons?

As is my way I’m trying to come up with the name of something before the something even exists.  I’ve become intrigued with the idea of starting a fraternal order that would provide a place for people like me to feel at home.  Both of the names in the title are imaginary societies that appeared in popular tv shows when I was a kid.  The He-Man Woman Haters Club was where the Little Rascals congregated when they were having trouble with Darla or the other girls in the neighborhood and the Racoon Lodge is where Ralph and Ed retreated to when Alice and Trixie were nagging them about the dumpy apartments, they lived in.  Of course, these names may be under copyright protection but any name will do as long as the ground rules are right.

Rule 1 – All voting members will be married men.  They have to be men because women are a nuisance.  They have to be married because wisdom only comes through suffering and no one suffers as much as married men.  Unmarried men are welcome but cannot vote.

Rule 2 – All memberships will be approved by me based on interviews and recommendations of people I can vouch for.  Memberships can be revoked any time someone stops fitting the membership criteria.  I decide the criteria and can change them anytime I deem it necessary.  It’s a flexible system and should prove robust.

Rule 3 – The women’s auxiliary is made up exclusively of wives who can make sandwiches.  They have no standing in the organization other than to assist the members, cheer at sporting events, chaperone children’s activities and make sandwiches (and other designated foodstuffs).  If any wife becomes a nuisance she will be ejected and her husband will be liable for the offense up to and including expulsion.  Girlfriends of unmarried members can join the auxiliary but must get along with the wives.  Any member who has a wife and a girlfriend will have to sort that out himself.

Rule 4 – All children’s activities must be chaperoned by the parents or legal guardians of the children attending.  This is key.  People should care enough to spend time with their kids.  If you don’t want to why would we?

Rule 5 – No member can openly espouse Democrat, progressive, communist, socialist, globalist, anti-American or any other pinko sentiments.  You can be an atheist if you refrain from annoying religious people about it.  The organization is innately pro-God because God has always done right by me.  But we are not denominational.  God only talks to me when I’m alone and won’t allow me to tell anyone else what religion he belongs to.  Sorry.

Rule 6 – Men will wear pants at all times.  This is very important.  We are Americans and American men wear pants.  End of story.  You Scots are out of luck.

Rule 7 – Whenever in the course of a meeting or in organizational documents a pronoun is used for a person of indeterminate sex the masculine form will be used.  If this bothers you then you’re in the wrong club.

Other rules equally idiosyncratic will follow as I get around to making them up.  Suffice it to say that I will provide rules to prevent all the behaviors that annoy me in everyday politically correct arenas.  No make-believe pronouns, no gender equality, no weirdos of any kind (other than my kind of weirdos).

I am openly soliciting a name for this noble fraternal organization.  And if you can think of anything that needs to be added to the rules or if you have other comments, such as, “you must be insane!” then just leave them in the comment section below.

Yours in fraternal benevolence,

photog (AKA, the High, Exalted, Mystic Grand Master General)

 

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