So I haven’t bothered to read any detailed reports of the Senate Trial. But the headlines are amusing and encouraging. Apparently Mitch McConnell has kept his nerve and stonewalled the Dems on all their requests to extend the trial and showboat for the media. Good for you, turtle man. Let him keep that up for another day or two and we can move on to something really important, namely the sign stealing scandal in Major League Baseball. Perhaps Nancy Pelosi can inject herself into that crisis. If I remember my history Nancy was involved in that earlier baseball scandal involving the 1919 Chicago Black Sox when she seduced Shoeless Joe Jackson by showing him a not so shapely ankle in exchange for his cooperation in throwing the World Series. During testimony Shoeless Joe lamented, “That old bag’s ankle was definitely not worth the lifetime baseball ban.” Or so I’ve heard.
The other political story of interest is Bernie Sanders holding his ground against a full court press by the press. They have accused him of everything including being “like Donald Trump,” which is as close as they can come to issuing a fatwa against him. But one story I glanced at claimed that a new nationwide poll has Bernie leading Creepy Uncle Joe for the first time. If Bernie gets the nomination I think it would be the first time in history that a U. S. Presidential election featured only men born in New York City. A definite sign of the apocalypse. A lot of people are saying Bernie is a bigger threat than any of the other Dem candidates. Maybe that’s true. He definitely promises a lot of stuff and he does claim he’s for the people. Well, either way I don’t think any of these doofuses will give the President much trouble.
Work is a bear right now but I’ll try to squeeze in a post whenever humanly possible. I’ve got some more country music reviews and of course Star Trek must go on. I’ll add some more stuff to reclaiming the family and of course The He-Man Woman Haters’ Club but those posts shouldn’t be rushed. They need time and loving care.
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.
This has been a momentous year and it leads directly into a presidential election year. So much good stuff, it’s hard to choose but I’ll give you my opinions below.
Most Important Political Developments
Failure of Robert Mueller’s Investigation
Naming of Special Counsel John Durham
Inability of Impeachment to Lower President’s Poll Numbers
The Haplessness of the Democrat Presidential Candidates
Boris Johnson’s Election Triumph
Best Books Reviewed
American Nations – A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America – by Colin Woodard
This book puts the social tendencies of the various regions of the United States in an interesting perspective.
Galaxy’s Edge (Volume 9) – Retribution
This was the final volume in the series (or at least the first “season” of the series) and did a good job of settling the present war that had been raging. But there are plot ends dangling in all directions and the next season must be imminent.
Hell or High Water
Most Important Cinematic Conference
03JAN2019 – Quote of the Day
Much of the appeal of feminism is that it encourages women to do what they always felt like doing anyway: take everything personally. But to succeed at the highest level, you need some objectivity, which feminism hates. Feminists see objective reality as a conspiracy out to make them feel bad about themselves.
15FEB2019 – Quote of the Day
“The feminists hate me, don’t they? And I don’t blame them. For I hate feminism. It is poison.”
18AUG2019 – Quote of the Day
In the absence of any other proof, the thumb alone would convince me of God’s existence.
19AUG2019 – Quote of the Day
Not only is the Universe stranger than we think, it is stranger than we can think.
07JAN2019 – Quote of the Day
“Almost by definition, secularism cannot be a future: it’s a present-tense culture that over time disconnects a society from cross-generational purpose. Which is why there are no examples of sustained atheist civilizations. “Atheistic humanism” became inhumanism in the hands of the Fascists and Communists and, in its less malign form in today’s European Union, a kind of dehumamism in which a present-tense culture amuses itself to extinction. Post-Christian European culture is already post-cultural and, with its surging Muslim populations, will soon be post-European.”
23JAN2019 – Quote of the Day
A nation that cannot control its borders is not a nation.
24JAN2019 – Quote of the Day
It’s not that liberals aren’t smart, it’s just that so much of what they know isn’t so
14FEB2019 – Quote of the Day
“There are too many people who imagine that there is something sophisticated about always believing the best of those who hate your country, and the worst of those who defend it.”
04APR2019 – Quote of the Day
Diplomacy is the art of telling people to go to hell in such a way that they ask for directions.
26APR2019 – Quote of the Day
If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may be even a worse fate, you may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.
29APR2019 – Quote of the Day
The Man in the Arena as it is called, is part of a speech called Citizenship in a Republic made by Theodore Roosevelt in Paris, France on April 23, 1910. It’s well known but well worth requoting.
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
Posting will be less frequent today and tomorrow for obvious reasons. Camera Girl and I will be visiting with the relatives and I will be eating entirely too much rich food. To all the readers (even you atheists and woke weirdos) I hope you have the brightest and best holiday with those you hold dear.
“when the snow lay round about, deep and crisp and even.”
Thanksgiving and Christmas have always been a time when Americans get together with family and give thanks for the good things in their lives. For Christians this is a holy season when they contemplate the beauty of the Holy Family and its Christmas story. But even for non-Christians and even those with no faith there is a recognition by many that this celebration seems to radiate joy and hope to those involved. I can remember a few truly awful human beings who, even if for a short period around the holidays, were noticeably better people because of Christmas. Even scientists have lately come to think that belief in God is organically present in the human mind. And for those of us who were brought up during the happier periods before the Progressives destroyed the culture, the celebration of Thanksgiving and Christmas brings back thoughts and feelings of happiness and a sense of community that even found its way into Hollywood films and television shows of the time. But just because the culture has descended into a depravity that derides or ignores the true spirit of these holidays there’s no reason for us to go along with it.
Thanksgiving and Christmas are two of the biggest chances to reconnect with your family. You’ve got at least a few days off and the kids and grandkids are off from school. Here’s a chance to talk to the kids about things that are important to you and find out what’s going on in their lives. And for you older folks like me I’m also talking about your grown children and their husbands and wives. Ask them about their kids and what is going on in their lives. And if you have the means, ask them if they could use a few bucks or even a hand with some problem they are having.
And turn off the damn phones and shut off the computers. It won’t kill anybody to lose track of all the nonsense we are plugged into 24/7/365. And turn off the television. There’s literally nothing on that won’t damage your brain and soul. The only exception I’ll make is if you will pick a good Christmas movie (preferably black and white) or two to watch with the kids. But once it’s over shut the tv and hide the remote.
Have some fun things to do together. One of the things we like to do is play cards. The kids play war and Uno and the rest of us play penny ante poker. It’s basically just an excuse to sit around a table together and talk and interact. And, believe it or not, in my family the women even bond over the cooking and doing the dishes. I’m not saying they enjoy the dishes but it’s something they complain about together and provides a stimulating male/female antagonism that everybody enjoys. But maybe that’s just my family. But at the very least show appreciation for the hard work that went into the dinner and praise it to the sky. That’s a sacred duty.
Go to a Mass at your church if you’re religious and even if you’re not put on some good Christmas music but please try to avoid any of the current crop of pop celebrities. If you have more than a day off then plan something bigger. If you know of a holiday show or a good play look into it and see if anyone would like to go. Go ice skating or skiing if that’s your thing. Or go for a walk in the country if the weather permits. Just make sure you talk with every single one in your family and make some kind of connection. Make some memories. Sure, you’ll get them their favorite toy or gadget but make it more than that. Tell them what you like about the holidays and find out what would make it more fun for them.
And something that brings family together is stories about your extended family and the world that used to exist in the better times. Sometimes old photographs and other memorabilia are interesting to the kids and grandkids. Hearing about how their ancestors overcame the difficulties they experienced and how the families pulled together is a good example for the kids and encouraging even for us. Celebrate these great holidays. It’s your privilege and it’s your duty.
Ah, Christmas vacation! Expect a slow week on posts. I’m enjoying some time off and too much food. But I will keep activity going and will post some seasonal things for your attention. And of course I’ll be on the lookout for interesting or important news.
I didn’t post anything extra yesterday or today, just the Photo and Quote of the Day, because all the action was Monday. All the rest is the spin going back and forth and honestly I’ve grown bored with that. When Durham does something then I’ll remark on that. As far as the impeachment jazz, ho-hum.
And I guess we’ll all have to wait for tomorrow for Boris and the Brexit election results. Looks like he’ll win the day whether it’s a 28 seats or 68 seats majority, it’s more than enough to finish off Brexit. If he still fails then it will reinforce the far right’s conspiracy theories. But I am convinced Boris will get it done. He may finesse a few things because he isn’t a social conservative but he will cut the cord with the EU.
As far as the Dem primary, there hasn’t been anything funny enough to mock lately. But I’m sure it will errupt soon so hang in there for that. I’ll start doing some Christmas stuff soon becuase I enjoy that. And some more reviews and of course Star Trek continues.
So pardon the lull but I just don’t want to say the same things over and over.
This Thursday, 12DEC2019, is the British General Election. Currently, the Tories are way ahead of Labour in the polls but the smaller parties will come into play if the Tories can’t get an overall majority. But at least this week, finally we’ll know if Brexit will actually happen.
Tomorrow is supposed to be the IG’s report on Russiagate. We’ve been told that it will be a nothing burger. If that is the case it will make liars out of several of the sources we heard from last month. Anyway, it’s about time it finally ends. Durham better have something real and have it real soon.
The Pelosi Psychiatric Facility will be performing their Impeachment Follies next week also. Meh.
Lots of stuff going on, hopefully lots of laughs. Stay tuned.
Four years ago, Michael Anton named the 2016 presidential election the Flight 93 Election. The analogy was that voting for Donald Trump was the equivalent of storming the cockpit to attempt to stop the Democrats (and Republicans) from hijacking and crashing the Unites States of America.
Unexpectedly it worked. And over the last few years we have seen just how apt the Flight 93 metaphor was. But we have moved well beyond the analogy because although we may have wrested the cockpit out of the hands of the terrorists, the plane is still taking anti-aircraft fire from enemy forces on the ground.
Well, enough of that metaphor. Let’s try a new one. A few days ago I reviewed the current state of the Democrat Presidential Primary and I declared that the only way they could get me to watch them was if I thought I’d get a laugh out of it. Creepy Uncle Joe could get me to listen to his Tales of Corn Pop or watch him bite his wife’s hand but I wasn’t interested anymore in watching their boring debates or commercials.
But on closer inspection I think maybe boring is the wrong word. I think the correct word is painful.
Let me elaborate. When Liarwatha or Bernie starts yammering about the Green New Deal or Medicaid for All, the disconnection from reality is actually painful to listen to. A sane listener experiences a jarring cognitive dissonance. It’s like someone is scratching his fingernails across a chalkboard or when you bite down on a sore tooth. So, it would take quite a bit to get me to listen to this stuff again.
And the same thing occurred when the Schiff gang began their little sitcom around impeachment. Listening to Pelosi’s minions pretending to be Watergate investigators is just too tedious and nonsensical to follow for more than a minute or two at a time. One of my friends sent me a link to the testimony Jonathan Turley gave at the hearings. He is the one “expert” that wasn’t an obvious hack trying to legitimize the Schiff kangaroo court. I listened to his measured and balanced discussion of what kind of presidential actions would and would not amount to an impeachable offense. I found him credible. But I also realized that he would not influence opinion one way or another. Forty percent of the country would agree with him, another forty percent would call him a liar and the last Twenty Percent would be “unsure.” The needle wouldn’t even twitch. So why should I watch this stuff if it makes no difference at all? I mean I think it’s good for our side to put their side of the story out there to make sure the Twenty Percent hears both sides of the story but for me and my readers there’s no new information provided.
Which brings me back to what I was saying the other day. The only possible reason to watch the Democrats is for entertainment value. Creepy Uncle Joe or foaming at the mouth commies will have to pull out all the stops if they want me to tune in. The denizens of the Island of Broken Toys will have to really try to get me to watch. Maybe a three stooges slap fight between Joe, Petey and Bernie or a hair pulling cat fight between Fauxcahantas and Hillary might get me to view but not much else. I mean after the Swalwell fart it has all, more or less, been done.
So here we are with a United States Presidential Election going on, hundreds of millions of Americans making up their minds who will wield the most powerful office of the most powerful nation that has ever existed. The occupant of this office, an office that has as one of its responsibilities deciding whether to launch a thermonuclear strike with the planetary extinction capability of the US nuclear arsenal, will be chosen by this process. And as the leading opposition candidates for that job we have Creepy Uncle Joe, Liarwatha, Bernie the Stalinist and Butt Pete. There is no other way to characterize the situation but as a bizarro world scenario. The classical description is Alice in Wonderland. We have a normal observer, Alice, confronted by a world where everything is inverted and the normal rules of nature are suspended. She struggles to cope with the inconsistency and outright madness but finds herself unable to do more than move from one absurdity to the next. In this analogy no one would try to make sense of the Mad Hatter or the Queen of Hearts. It would be futile. Admittedly some people find this amusing but a steady diet of this sort of thing results in the experience I noted at the beginning of this essay, jarring cognitive dissonance.
To my mind the sensible way to address this election is to try and sway the Twenty Percent by highlighting the positive results and agenda of President Trump and exposing the absurd and dangerous positions and bizarre behaviors of his opponents. This is what the talking heads on the Right need to do. They need to pound away at Adam Schiff and Nancy Pelosi and the Deep State that handed them this hot mess. It’s up to Bill Barr and John Durham to connect the dots on what the Russia and Ukraine scandals are really about. If it turns out that Hunter Biden was part of a bigger payday for the Obama administration then that will cook Joe Biden’s goose for sure. But even without that I think we’ll see our side prevail in 2020.
For me this though this is not the mission. I preach to the choir. There’s no need to bang that drum. You all know all this. My job is to provide my opinions and hopefully amuse. So, I don’t want to bore anyone with logical arguments as to why the Democrats are wrong about this or that policy position. You all know they’re the enemy. I don’t have to convince you. What I need to do is find some interesting things to discuss about the world we live in and make fun of the evil cretins who want to make us Orwellian slaves. And that’s what I’ll do, I will chronicle the evil, stupid, absurd and insane doings of the Progressives and their allies in the Media and the Deep State. That is my mission in the Alice in Wonderland Election. So down the rabbit hole we go. Hopefully we’ll meet on the outside again after we wake from the nightmare.