Of Dinosaurs and Decline

I have a young grandson who is fascinated by dinosaurs.  I told him that if the rioting in New York City subsides I’d like to bring him to the American Museum of Natural History and let him see their dinosaur collection.  And that got me thinking.

As I’ve mentioned previously a culture needs its myths.  In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries the center of the American Myth was New York City.  The rich and powerful built a modern-day Rome.  Monumental buildings and cultural centers were built and artefacts and art works were collected from around the world.  Even an enormous garden called Central Park was built in the center of the island, the most expensive real estate in the world, to provide an oasis from the concrete jungle that was built to house the business hub of a modern empire.

And from my point of view, the crown jewel was the American Museum of Natural History.  The Museum was essentially free to residents of New York City.  You were allowed to pay any amount you wanted for admission even a penny.  Out in front was a larger-than-life sculpture of Teddy Roosevelt on a horse with African and Indian bearers escorting him on one of his expeditions.  And inside was assembled a spectacular collection of natural history specimens that would fuel the imagination of anyone with a speck of imagination or curiosity.

There were magnificent dinosaur skeletons.  Specimens of Tyrannosaurus rex, Allosaurus, Brontosaurus (now renamed Apatosaurus to satisfy the boring needs of pedagogy), Triceratops, Stegosaurus and Duck-billed dinosaurs called Edmontosaurus annectens are on display in spacious halls that allow the spectators to walk around these marvels.  In addition to the dinosaurs there are skeletons of wooly mammoths, mastodons, wooly rhinoceros, giant ground sloths and other prehistoric mammals.  There are also halls filled with the preserved bodies of mammals and birds from Africa, Asia and the Americas displayed in dioramas that used painted backgrounds and other materials like native vegetation to simulate the animals in their native habitat.  Scenes of lions, rhinos, tigers and elephants provide remarkable vistas.  Other halls include collections of gemstones, artefacts of aboriginal peoples from six continents and even a life size model of a blue whale are on display.

The museum with its heroic statue of Roosevelt is itself an artefact of a civilization at its peak of wealth, strength and confidence.  Everything fits into the myth of American, and by extension, Western civilization expanding and illuminating the world.  We gathered these specimens from the four corners of the Earth and we had studied and determined their meaning.  We were the masters of the planet and we were confidently stepping into the future.  There was even a planetarium that would teach our children of their place in the universe and our eventual explorations beyond Earth.

So, in 2021 the statue of Teddy Roosevelt was removed from the entrance of the museum.  Soon I’m sure that roving bands of BLM rioters will loot the museum and sell the dinosaur bones to crack cocaine dealers as trophy crack pipes.  Our myth about Teddy Roosevelt as the great white hunter is no different than Rome’s Julius Caesar and the Huns’ Atilla.  Not everything in the myth is true but the myth fits the needs of a people.  When you give up your myths it means you’ve given up on your reason to live as a people.  That’s what we’re seeing.

Maybe I should bring my grandson to see the Beijing Museum of Natural History’s dinosaur collection.  It would probably be safer and less depressing.

A Republican Governor Does something Right and Smart – American Greatness Post of the Day

Missouri Governor Mike Parson (R-Mo.) issued a pardon for the St. Louis couple ( Mark and Patricia McCloskey) that successfully defended their home from far-left terrorists last year, after local prosecutors had sought to charge them with a crime.  Parson is showing some real smarts here.  Encourage the people who vote for you and stick a thumb in the eye of those who are attacking your people.  Now go further and clean up the BLM activity in St. Louis and he’ll be thought of as a real leader.

I read that Mark McCloskey is thinking of running for the Senate seat that GOP Senator Roy Blount is vacating next year.  Of course, I don’t know much about McCloskey other than his choice in firearms and his desire not to let a mob burn down his house but that might be enough to get him a senate seat in these times of BLM mob intimidation.  Sounds like a feel good story to me.

How Much of a Factor Will the Crime Epidemic Be?

I’m not completely sure how important an issue rampant crime will be in the political situation in America.  It’s already fueling an enormous flight from the major cities and that is having a major impact on everything from used car prices to the pricing and availability of houses in the suburbs to the supply and demand of seats in private schools.  But as much as the big cities are and will remain the uncontested domain of Democrat politicians you have to wonder what will happen as the unchecked crime in theses areas becomes a permanent condition.

Already it has had some impact on the politics in some of the biggest cities.  New York has selected the closest thing to a law-and-order Democrat to be their next mayor.  And the pop-eyed lesbian mayor of Chicago, Lori Lightfoot, has hinted that she might not run for re-election in two years.  What she doesn’t mention is that she may be ridden out of town on a rail long before that if the current rate of murders in Chicago continues unabated.

What this is leading up to in my thought here is the question of whether there will be a turning point where the cities pull back from the madness or each just spirals down into a dysfunctional no-man’s land like Detroit or Baltimore.  I think it might not be a uniform decision.  As we see New York is starting to reverse course.  But places like Portland and Minneapolis will probably stay the course and ride this wave right into the ground.  A recent report stated that Minneapolis has seen a 60% increase in murder last year and just yesterday a woman’s headless body was found in a car on the street in one of the neighborhoods of Minneapolis indicating that we are well on the way to abject savagery.

My guess is that the crime epidemic will go a long way to consolidate the Republicans in the red states as fear of the blue city crime will favor no-nonsense candidates who take a pro-police stance and promise to protect the people living in the suburbs and rural areas from the roving gangs of urban thugs that have been unleashed by the cities.  One thing that will be interesting to see is whether states like Georgia and Missouri decide to step in and clean up Atlanta and St. Louis.  If things really spin out of control in those places I wonder if the state will take control of the police in those jurisdictions and override the local control.  It would seem that it would be warranted on a civil rights basis if the people in these cities were shown to be suffering from criminal mismanagement.

I have no illusions about the blue states doing anything similar about their cities.  They will convince themselves that this is all the result of white supremacists selling illegal guns to poor innocent gangbangers who just want to keep up with the fentanyl arms race that free enterprise necessitates.  They can get their constituents to believe anything they tell them so they’ll just let the degeneration of their cities proceed and the elites will move to secured suburbs and everyone else will pay a price.  But no price is too much to pay for equity, diversity and inclusion.

But what about the supposed purple states?  Are there any states like Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, maybe Virginia that could see what’s going on and learn something about what’s wrong with the Left’s vision of the world?  Could watching Philadelphia or Kenosha burned and looted and seeing their fellow citizens without police to protect them from merciless thugs in their own neighborhoods convince the “moderates” that backing the Left is a terrible mistake.  The answer is no, I don’t believe it will.  I think the sorting between the Left and Right has already occurred and those places are lost.  But I could be wrong about that.  I hope I am.

So that’s my take.  The Antifa-BLM riots and the elimination of the urban police departments may very well serve as the object lesson that the red states need to formulate a strategy to protect themselves from the Obama insurrection.  In fact, if it doesn’t then there really isn’t any hope for this country.  Seeing the fate of our greatest cities and then witnessing the daily spectacle of old men and women being brutally beaten and sometimes killed while the police stand down and let it happen is all the warning we’ll ever get.  We’ll soon enough know.

14JUL2021 – City Journal – Why Cops Are Quitting by Charles Fain Lehman

Here’s an article where the writer interviewed policemen who had either just resigned or were preparing to.  He gets their read on why policing the blue cities is no longer worth the personal risk.

A newly retired Minneapolis officer said, “And the fundamental conclusion that I reached was that following Derek Chauvin, it no longer matters if what you were doing was legal, trained, the morally right thing to do, reasonable under the circumstances, the best effort of a reasonable human being in a marginal circumstance, which is basically what cops do. None of that matters. What matters is the outcome, and if you become the next spark in a viral firestorm.

Basically the officers know the mayors and the police commissioners don’t have their backs, “There’s not a single leader that steps up for the regular cop, the regular street cop,” a now-resigned Chicago officer said. “They have the power, they have the ability to get up there and say why this was justified, and then they can sit there and explain it if they want, but they don’t know how to, or they don’t want to, or they don’t care.

Reading the comments I found several readers who have my opinion.  Let the voters of Minneapolis and Portland and Chicago stay in their cities and defend themselves once the police are no longer there to protect them from the mob they’ve created.

 

 

 

 

Baltimore Businesses Withhold City Taxes As Protest Against Dysfunction

Thirty seven businesses in the Fells Point tourist district are withholding their city taxes in protest of crime and abysmal city services like trash pickup and street repair.  They say that nothing else will get the city government’s attention.

The ZMan writes about his hometown and describes its third world dysfunction by calling it Lagos on the Chesapeake.  Baltimore is farther along in the process of third world status than New York but I look at it and Detroit as the templates for what to expect now that the protection of law enforcement has been removed.  If the law-abiding residents are now completely at the mercy of the black criminal class it won’t take long before there is a full flight of not only white people but also the non-white residents who want to live decent lives.

This should be an interesting summer.  If it’s even close to the violence that we saw in 2020 I expect a political explosion.

Let BLM and the LGBTQ Try to Sort This One Out

A Virginia Tech football player who is originally from Nigeria punched and stomped a sex partner to death when he discovered that it was a man.  So here we have a black life that matters against someone who should be alive right now celebrating his pride in providing sex to men while disguised as a woman.

In one of the accounts the friends of the deceased were adamant that the victim preferred male pronouns.  Well, thank goodness for that.  Otherwise someone might question whether this throws the whole concept of women with penises into question.  And we can’t have that.

Since the dead man is white I have to think that his white privilege or perhaps some latent white supremacy had something to do with his predicament.  Obviously it couldn’t have to do with his sexuality or the gruesome attack by his customer.  But someone is going to have to thread the needle on this one.  I’m going out on a limb and say they’ll go with a suspended sentence and a stern warning about stomping tranny hookers to death.  Well, next time he’ll check his sex worker’s bona fides before getting down to business.  After all fool me once shame on you.  Fool me twice shame on me!

Here’s A Shocker, Police Are Leaving Seattle-PD in Droves

With the murder rate at a 23 year high and most precincts undermanned the rush for the exits in the Seattle PD is “surprising.”  The future of policing in these cities will be fun to watch (if you don’t happen to live there).

The police basically wait for the bullets to stop flying and then call in the ambulance or the morgue wagon and put together the paperwork.

The rich have already flown from these cities to their new perches in more stable communities.  But they’ll continue to insist that they’re proud residents of Seattle, Portland, Chicago or New York.  I don’t think the cities come back from this one.  There isn’t the will.  I think we’ve achieved Brazil status.  It will be official when the police are replaced by death squads that clear the streets of the rich enclaves of the homeless and criminal elements under the cover of night.

 

 

The Passion of the Floyd

Today we celebrate the martyrdom of St. George of Floyd, America’s favorite black, home invading, fake money passing, fentanyl swallowing, crybaby, saint.  It’s exactly a year since we first heard of this loser.  After a life of felonious degeneracy, he capped it off by trying to escape arrest by swallowing some ridiculous amount of fentanyl, resisting arrest and crying about it as the police waited for an ambulance to try and save his life.

And because some BLM/Antifa scumbags captured his whining on video and pretended he was choked to death the Democrats allowed their cities and the surrounding countryside to be subjected to riot, rapine and arson.  And it’s only been a year.  It seems like ten since normalcy existed in post-America.  I can open the internet any day and find any number of inhuman assaults on old women and children by the black underclass, now completely immune from police intervention or arrest.  Lunatics running these cities look for stupider and stupider excuses for why inequality, or rather “inequity,” in schooling or employment is the reason that assault and theft are understandable by the urban thugs who commit these ubiquitous crimes.  Violent crime is soaring in these places but the handcuffing of the police force is denied to be the cause.

CNN had some dimwit yammering about how not enough has been done to capitalize on the spinelessness of the Democrat officials.  He thinks we should completely eliminate the police and allow the massacre of non-blacks to proceed full speed.  Brilliant.

Well, with respect to places like Minneapolis, Portland and Seattle I’m completely on the side of the accelerationists.  I think the idiots in charge and the BLM/Antifa thugs should be encouraged to burn those cities right down to the ground.  The object lesson that would provide to the rest of the world would be highly educational.  I think seeing what happens when you put the lunatics in charge of the asylum is a very valuable experience.  And it is a good test of whether the Democrats in these jurisdictions are true believers or not.  A mayor who allows the city he represents to be destroyed the way the Romans did Carthage is hard core and should be commended for his consistency.  For after all, if critical race theory is to be more than just a grift you have to take it to its logical conclusion.  And that is that people are only completely equal when they’re all dead.

So go out and celebrate St. George of Floyd Day.  Snort some fentanyl, break in the door to some woman’s house, pistol whip and rob her then go pass some bogus money at the local bodega.  And do it knowing that if you’re black that no cop in his right mind would arrest you today.  After all, he has a family and life of his own.  He knows what the cowardly jurors did to Chauvin.  He’ll just stand and watch as you go on your crime spree.  He’ll probably start counting down the days to when he can get his pension or if that’s too far off, move to a red state where the rule of law still mostly exists.

In years to come when St George is canonized and various miracles will have been wrought in his name, I expect to see a thousand foot tall, rotating, statue of his head unveiled on the site of his martyrdom.  A blinking light will be put at the top to protect aircraft at night.  Pilgrims will travel from the four corners of the earth to see his strange ugly visage.  A miraculous medal will be sold to these pilgrims with the motto, “I can’t breathe.”  And religious people will ingest fentanyl and have men dressed as policemen stand on their necks to simulate the passion of the Floyd.  This truly is the Age of Miracles and Wonder.

The Day After Chauvin

Yesterday I found the news so depressing that I wasn’t in the mood to write.  It’s hard to paint what happened in the Chauvin trial in anything but the blackest terms.  It was not unexpected but the reality of it brought home just how far we’ve fallen from the days of even our fathers.

But some good comes of even the most painful events.  The primary good will be that black crime will go essentially unchecked in all the Democrat controlled jurisdictions.  No policeman is going to arrest a black man for any reason whatsoever.  Why would he?  If the criminal steals a pair of sneakers or a diamond ring subduing him is a dangerous threat to his own life.  And if he injures the criminal he’ll be prosecuted.  If the black criminal kills someone, the correct procedure is put up the crime scene tape around the body and call the CSI team to take fingerprints and DNA evidence that can be recorded and stored away to prove that a good job was done.  And as for drug crimes, please don’t make me laugh.  Drugs are the solution.  Once the whole population is completely dosed there will be a lot less complaining about crime.  So, the Democrats will have effectively eliminated law enforcement

And that will be a very educational development.  Granted, it will cause incredible misery.  And that will be true in both the black neighborhoods and the other areas.  The knock-on effects will be white (and yellow and brown) flight from the cities and even the inner suburbs by everyone who can.  It will also polarize all the other ethnicities against the black population.  Basically, people will be reacting to the reality of a population that no longer is subject to law enforcement.  Even the Hispanic areas will be aware that there will no longer be a break on the kind of inner-city violence that was held in check by the police.

Dementia Joe plans to try to expand this to the red states by using the Justice Department as a weapon to attack any city that tries to use law enforcement to control crime perpetrated by black criminals.  It will be interesting to see if the red state governors are smart and strong enough to prevent this maneuver.  I know that Ron DeSantis in Florida has put together an anti-rioting law that will allow his state to fight back if a local mayor tries to create a BLM riot situation.

But I expect that places like Atlanta and St. Louis will explode this summer and the feds will do their best to punish the police departments in those cities.  I expect that we’ll see the white cops in all these cities retiring at a pretty good clip.  As I said before I’d be really gratified if one of these BLM parties gets out of control and burns down one of the cities before they realize what they are doing.  Minneapolis or Portland would be my obvious favorites but New York or Chicago would also be great.  We’ll see.

So, I’ve gotten over my discouragement.  I’ve begun looking at what I’ll have to do to move in the future and I spend all my time concentrating on the things and the people that are important to me and only use whatever time is necessary to make sure I avoid all the evil and stupid people that are currently in charge of the former United States of America.  But one thing is sure.  They can stop playing the National Anthem in the Blue States.  In places like Minneapolis, “The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave,” is just a hollow joke.

Has the Madness Finally Outweighed Everything Else?

Do you remember when we were told that the only reason why homosexuals wanted civil unions was because otherwise, they would be denied visitation rights in the hospital?  Compare that to the current LGBTQ agenda:

  • Homosexual men must have the right to adopt male children.
  • Homosexuals must be allowed in the military.
  • Men who decide that they are actually women must be permitted to compete against women in women’s sports.
  • Men who decide that they are actually women must be allowed in the girls’ bathroom.
  • Men who decide that they are actually women must be called by whatever “pronouns” they designate for themselves under penalty of criminal law.
  • Normal men must date men who decide that they are actually women and normal women must date women who decide they are actually men.
  • There are more than two sexes.
  • Biological sex is just a social construct.
  • Wedding bakers and photographers and other merchants must provide their services to homosexuals regardless of whether they have religious objections to these relationships.
  • The schools in this country must indoctrinate our children with the idea that these things are normal, sensible and good.
  • Children who have been confused into thinking they are “transgender” must be allowed to decide for themselves that they will be treated with hormone therapy and amputations of their reproductive organs to somehow accommodate these delusions about their sexual identities.

And how about the feminist agenda?  Remember when it was all about not discriminating against young women who just wanted to make their way in a “man’s world?”  What does it look like now?

  • The physical training requirements of the United States military forces have been severely downgraded to allow women to serve in combat roles. And even by these watered-down standards most of the female recruits are unqualified.
  • Quotas are now mandatory in almost all sectors and organizations both private and government to require women well in excess of the number of qualified women for these jobs.
  • The number of women in STEM fields has to be increased regardless of competency or even interest in the subject. If necessary “management” roles must be provided to allow women to share in the prestige of a skill set they do not possess.

And finally let’s look at that most endless source of grief.  When the civil rights war “struggle” began Martin Luther King said he had a dream that one day his children would be judged on the content of their character and not the color of their skin.  Well, where are we now?

  • All things are judged by the color of skin. If your skin color is black then all things are done in your favor.  If your skin color is white then you’re just plumb out of luck.
  • If a black man commits a crime and the police catch him, they cannot use force to arrest him. He can punch, kick, stab or shoot them.  If they even subdue him by grappling him to the ground then they will be blamed if he dies of a heart condition that he exacerbated by fighting with the police.  In fact, they will be charged with his murder.
  • If the government decides that black rioting and looting are needed to win an election or punish the white inhabitants of an area then no crimes that black people commit during this sanctioned rioting time will be pursued.
  • If black people begin to victimize other ethnicities such as Asians, then these attacks will be declared the result of white supremacy and will necessitate further rioting and looting.
  • People whose ancestors were slaves 150 years ago will be paid trillions of dollars by people whose ancestors weren’t even living in this country at the time.
  • Having black people vote requires that not only in their communities but also all across the country voting cannot require any kind of standard identification documentation like a driver’s license or even a welfare benefits card. And in their communities no standards of accuracy can be maintained.  If the vote count shows that 200% or even 500% of the number of registered voters voted then that is what happened.

 

So, these are the things that we are being told must be.  What does all this mean for us?  Well, think about what your response is when someone tells you that 1 + 1 = 3.  First off, you know that you are dealing with either a liar or a madman.  More likely you are dealing with a partnership of liars and madmen.  But let’s go on.

In each of these cases government is interfering with the freedoms of Americans.  In most cases it is the rights of free association.  You are being told who you can and cannot hire or live with or associate with.  In some cases, it is even worse.  Selective enforcement of criminal law is being used as a form of domestic terrorism.  And in the worst of the abuses a mental illness in children is being used as an excuse to allow them to mutilate themselves to satisfy other mentally ill individuals who need validation for their madness.

When I look at the LGBTQ and feminist dictates, I think of what steps I’d take to deal with these things.  The first thing I’d do is protect my children from indoctrination in these lies and madness.  Home schooling and religious schools would be the solution.  As far as the discrimination against men, it would make you think about living in a country where these laws aren’t acceptable.  Granted that is an extreme option but I think it should be considered.  Another option is self-employment.  So far, they haven’t mandated small businesses having to hire women.  But give them time.

And finally think about the problems this makes between black people and everyone else.  If blacks are now such a privileged class that they are allowed to commit property and violent crimes with impunity what would make you want to live anywhere near them at all?  Even defending yourself from being assaulted or robbed by black criminals could mean prison for you.  It’s obvious that any rational person, white, brown, yellow or red would make it his first concern to keep himself and his family as far away as possible from a black neighborhood, especially a poor black neighborhood.

And so, when you look at the entirety of current US policy as it concerns the liberal agenda on race and sex, I think you have to say that it creates a dysfunctional society that damages the lives of normal people and especially families to a very great extent.  Even if you take into account the economic advantages of living in the richest country on the planet it seems to me that the social and even psychological damage all this does outweighs the advantages.  If no hope exists to undo these crazy policies, then it seems to me that the best thing for normal people to do is get out.