Musk Suspends Keith Olbermann. Universe Heaves Sigh of Relief

Alright, admittedly no one knew that Olbermann was still alive. It’s like Dan Rather. Once these guys fall off the front page they become like lint that gets trapped behind the dryer. They’re still there but no one really notices them unless there’s a fire or something.

How could you not love this?  Elon is fast becoming one of my favorite people.  Sure it could be better.  He could have shut down Dementia Joe, Obama and the Pope too.  But there’s definitely good stuff in this Musk guy.  This is kind of like a Christmas present to the normal world.

It makes me feel like Tiny Tim saying “God bless us, every one.”

There are reports he’s also banning anyone who doxxes people’s locations.  Apparently some Antifa types have been stalking Musk’s family.  And I’ve read he’s shutting down Antifa accounts in general.

We need more good billionaires.  Or maybe we need fewer evil billionaires.  Maybe when Soros finally kicks the bucket the balance will finally begin to return to the universe and the portal to hell that he maintains will collapse and Biden will be forced to revert to his true form as a giant armadillo with aviator glasses.  Well, that’s what I’ve heard anyway.

Country Singer John Rich is Opening a Bank for Deplorables

It’s a hopeful sign that several new anti-woke organizations are springing up in media, commerce and financial fields now.

John Rich is a country singer who was part of the popular duo “Big and Rich.” along with Larry Elder and Dr. Ben Carson are starting a bank called Old Glory Bank.  Rich says:

“People are getting their credit cards turned off if they go to the wrong protest or if they make the wrong social media posts. They’ve weaponized our bank accounts basically, at this point. There’s a whole group of real patriotic Americans who just believe in freedom of speech, and they wanted to create a new platform for regular Americans to be able to do their business.” Elder said “We offer full online banking services. So those of you who were threatened with having your accounts shut down or you’re with banks that have threatened to have others shut down and you don’t like the values of your bank, there’s a home for you at Old Glory Bank.”

Hard to say how this will pan out but it’s hopeful that someone is doing something.  Who knows, the day may come when I’ll be a customer if the rest of American business keeps heading down the highway to Hell.

Elon and the Deplorables

Elon Musk has jumped into the middle of the culture war with both feet you could say.  He’s spent fifty-five billion dollars buying a company that the Left thinks must belong to them and that has ticked off the powers that be.  He’s refused to disenfranchise the various deniers; COVID, climate, election, you name it.  He’s even pardoned Donald Trump.  And now he’s unbanned everyone who hasn’t broken the law getting kicked off.  He’s a heretic and must be punished!

Essentially, he’s embraced the deplorables.  Why?  I have a theory.

I think Elon Musk sees an opportunity.  The cultural divide in the United States is a powerful force.  And power, if harnessed correctly is one of the most valuable commodities there is.  The endless conflict between the Left and Right on Twitter is far from a useful activity.  Nevertheless, it is an energetic process.  It doesn’t produce much light but it does produce heat.  And heat is a kind of energy.  And it attracts attention and in some ways that was the main product that Twitter sold during the Trump presidency.  Even with the biased treatment of the two political sides there was an active interest in the antics on Twitter.

And yet Twitter never made any money.  And as the field of battle on Twitter became more and more tilted against the Right it lost more and more money.  I think Elon realized that Twitter was run by very stupid people that had no clue how to harness the tool they’d been given by the government.  After all, the big tech companies exist because the intelligence agencies subsidize their operation in order to use their data feeds as surveillance resources.

I think he realized that if someone smart were running things a profit could be extracted from the operation.  And I’m only guessing, but I suspect he would like to use the outsider status of the deplorables as a marketing mechanism.  Here is an enormous pool of people who have been demonized, mocked and whose purchase preferences have been the target of a campaign of eradication.  Think about it.  Hollywood, television and the major corporations have outlawed anything that doesn’t wholeheartedly embrace and display the woke message.  Old movies and shows have to be remade just to insert abnormal sexual lifestyles and minority characters.  In fact, Hollywood has an actual quota system for actors and production crew.  Straight white men need not apply.

Suppose Elon has decided that this large unappreciated market that is just sitting, waiting for someone to embrace it could make him a lot of money.  Wouldn’t he be the obvious person to take advantage?  And the beauty of it is he doesn’t even have to lose the other part of the market.  He doesn’t have to reject the woke.  All he needs to do is provide an option for each side.

Door Number One could be the present woke system.  It would have all the rainbow and BLM flags flying in the breeze.  There would be trans this, trans that and trans the other thing as far as the eye could see.  Basically, he just links to Disney and Amazon.  But to take advantage of the other half of the world it would require Door Number Two.

It could be a tiny button with a huge warning label that cautioned the general public that down this path are forbidden things.  Books and movies where the cowboys are the good guys and Thomas Jefferson isn’t a monster.  There would be historical dramas about Rome and Greece, Tudor England and the Age of Exploration, where all the actors were (gasp!) white.  It would have an explicit bias toward normalcy and it would be unabashedly proud of the western tradition.  Even Christopher Columbus would still have a place of honor.  Every boy meets girl plot line would feature a real boy and a real girl.  Oh, the horror.  Someone alert GLAAD.

So, Elon Musk is positioned to take advantage of almost half the population looking for someone to sponsor them and sell them things that somehow are now forbidden.  He could be the Jeff Bezos of the Right. His Lord of the Rings series wouldn’t have to have trans-hobbits and boss-girl Galadriel.  He could just follow the books.  His payment system could be PayPal or it could be his own.  And it could be a bank and a crowd funding platform too.  As he’s said he could have his own cell-phone company too.  None of this stuff is rocket science and he is a rocket scientist!  All these things could be packaged to people who currently feel left out by the woke business world.  All he has to do is take our money and get richer.

So, think about it Elon.  Currently you’re losing a billion dollars a year catering to woke snowflakes who spend all their time complaining about their feelings and are too cheap to pay eight dollars a month to be certified on your website that they spend all their time on.  Or you can sell things to people who like to pay cash, believe two plus two equals four, can tell the difference between a man and a woman and only ask for the minimum of respect.  It’s a pretty easy choice.

Forget Politicians, We Need a Huckster

One of the reasons that Donald Trump did so well with the American public is that he’s a salesman.  He knows how to talk to people and he knows what they want to hear.  Can you imagine listening to a speech by Mitch McConnell?  Not only is he a hopeless boob of a speaker but he doesn’t have a clue about what the voters want.  And he doesn’t care.  So even in politics you need someone with people skills.

But my point is that politicians can only fight a battle against the Left in Washington and the state capitols.  And, no doubt, winning the political wars is important.  But what is just as important and what has been completely neglected is the social life of the Right.  Currently we are not served by any of the corporations that provide cultural products and services.  In fact, the opposite is true.  Books, movies, games, music and entertainment of all sorts are specifically and intentionally curated to exclude anything that might appeal to the Right.

Go to Amazon and look for books that appeal to you.  You’ll be fighting an uphill battle even if you already know the names of some.  And when they recommend other books (as they always do) they seem to be selected from the LGBTQ Book of the Month Club.  And forget movies and tv.  The number of tolerable selections is miniscule and also hard to find.  And that goes for music, games, comedians, dating services, sports channels and on and on and on.

Recently a very few social media outlets like Rumble and Truth have come into existence.  But these are primarily political outposts that currently have only a small following and don’t fill much of a niche in terms of “social impact.”  And I think the reason for this is that no one with a true huckster’s skills has arrived on the scene.  What is needed is a showman to orchestrate an exciting and engaging social experience.  Someone has to look intelligently at this enormous underserved market and identify a way to make a ton of money serving it.

And honestly, there’s no reason why someone doing this wouldn’t be able to make money off of the rest of the market that isn’t right-wing.  Maybe the blue-haired cat ladies and LGBTQ freaks would boycott it but regular progressives are just as interested in getting stuff at a reasonable price as we are.  You can sell the same dog food and toilet paper to everyone from Karl Marx to Ronald Reagan.  All you have to do is make sure that you have an aisle in your “store” that has our stuff too.

I’m surprised that supposed geniuses like Elon Musk and Peter Thiele haven’t recognized the opportunity to go head-to-head with Bezos and Hollywood.  They could make a fortune.  And all they’d have to do is package it all with some glitz and showmanship.  There’s a demand for wholesome entertainment for children.  And it could start small.  A small studio and a small publishing operation but one that has invested in talented creative types could do extremely well.

This could be a lot more profitable and a lot less expensive than buying Twitter.  Taking money away from Disney and Amazon with their lame Star Wars and Rings of Power franchises is a no-brainer.  They’ve abandoned tens of millions of fans by making blatantly woke and boring products that ignore the underlying stories that these fans value.

So, Musk, Thiele and anyone else who has money and wants to make more of it, open your eyes and put on your ringmaster’s hat, tails, boots and whip and address the “ladies and gentlemen and children of all ages” to pay their ducats for a chance to enter the tent and be entertained.  Just make sure the female trapeze artists are actually women.  And while you’re at it, we wouldn’t complain if they were pretty.

What Isn’t Fake?

Authenticity in the present-day world seems to be in extremely short supply.  News is fake.  Some science is fake.  Medicine is very fake.  The FBI is fake.  Now it turns out the military is run by fakes.  Elections are fake.  The Republicans are mostly fakes.

The Democrats are real.  They truly are communists.

But Biden’s brain is fake.  Money is fake.  Capitalism is fake.  The internet is mostly fake.  Education is most certainly fake.  Most of organized religion is fake.

So, what isn’t fake?  I guess the only thing that’s real is what you yourself know is real.  For me that is the friends and family that I know are real.  They’re living in this funhouse mirror version of reality and they have to make the compromises that we all have to just to live.  But they’re not fake.  Some of them may be mistaken about what is real and what is imaginary but they’re trying to live their lives the best way they can.  They need and deserve all the help I can give them and all the prayers that I can send out for them.

But is there anything else that’s real?  Yes, evil is real.  All of those things I listed above are fake for a reason.  They are part of a plan that is systematically breaking down all the good things that once existed in this place.  The system that is implementing all of these lies is very real.  The FBI and the military have weapons that are extremely effective.  The Justice Department has a federal prison system that can swallow up people and never let them go.

Another thing that’s not fake is the Great Awakening.  Not the woke joke but the awakening by normal people to the reality of the system.  That’s real too.  The Sleepers have opened their eyes and now see that they’ve been fooled.  That’s a powerful reality.  If the number of these people is large enough it might be a very big deal.

I don’t claim to know that we will be able to turn this thing around.  In fact, I’ll have to say I’m more pessimistic today than at any time in the last five years.  But they say that the truth shall set you free and I tend to agree with that.

In my essay on someone becoming the leader of the deplorables I talked about him building a platform for the deplorables to call their home.  Part of the reason for building a base for us is to give us something that we can depend on to be real.  Having something you can depend on is important.  Whether it’s a payment processor that you depend on for your on-line business income or a social media site that you enjoy interacting with, people become anxious and confused when the things they think they can depend on fail them.  Always having to worry about something being pulled out from under you is a terrible way to live.  And so, building something that is real and can be depended on is more than just a luxury it’s a necessity for maintaining the sanity of people in our position.  It’s a refuge.  And what I was thinking is that if we can build out that refuge into more and more compartments of our lives then less and less of the world would be fake.

And maybe if we could expand that reality to enough of our daily lives then maybe someday the fake bubble will collapse in on itself and disappear altogether.  I dream of the day when the Democrat Party, the New York Times, MSNBC and Twitter all shut down and all of the inmates from those asylums are rounded up and sent to Canada where they belong.

Lower the Lifeboats!

I was thinking about writing yet another post about just how demented Joe Biden is when I couldn’t do it.  I felt like a guy standing on a sinking ship with water up to his neck screaming, “The ship is sinking!”  Sure, it would be a demonstrably true statement but what he should be screaming is, “Head for the lifeboats!”

And that’s where I think we are.  It’s time to stop pointing at the federal government and screaming that it’s illegitimate and instead start putting together a shield against it.  Now theoretically that would be the Republican Party but I won’t make you laugh or cry by saying that.  We need a new organization to coordinate activities and goals across the whole range of red state governments and other organizations that can resist the malevolent actions of the Left coming at us from Washington and all the resonant power structures it leads in the public and private spheres.

This organization must have the purpose of leading the efforts to save the freedoms of the people of the United States of America.  It will be funded by those people to identify and facilitate the actions needed and assist the agents who could perform these actions.  Specifically, the leadership of this organization needs to formulate legislation to be adopted on the state level and wherever possible on the federal level and coordinates with the state leaders to get it enacted.  In my mind the heads of this organization will include many of these state leaders as its executive board.  In addition, I can see this organization passing on marching orders to the congressional Republicans and in fact applying pressure to these senators and representatives to toe the line with the clear understanding that deviation from the program will result in negative publicity and a primary challenge at the next election.  And along with this stick they can use the carrot of campaign financing to assure compliance.

In essence I’m talking about a new political organization.  It doesn’t have to field any separate candidates.  They can run as Republicans.  But the important thing is that this organization doesn’t care what Mitch McConnell wants or Kevin McCarthy or even for that matter Donald Trump.  It must be answerable to the people who send in a hundred dollars or even five dollars.  It must be answerable to the people who don’t want to have to wear a mask to go to work or go to school.  It’s answerable to the people that don’t want a thing like BLM or antifa to exist.  But the most important attribute it must possess is effectiveness.  It must win victories for our people.  It must be smart enough to select targets that it can defeat.  And it must be able over time to show significant progress against the almost endless assaults that people in this country have been prey to for almost seventy years now.

I’ll leave it to some clever people to give it a name and a symbol.  It could be the Constitutional Party or the MAGA Party or the “Enough is Enough” Party.  But whatever we call it and whoever starts it, whether Donald Trump or some other billionaire or even if all the best governors like DeSantis and Abbott and whoever else get together to spark this fire it needs to start organizing the scattered resistance we see now into something effective and powerful and permanent.  Because if no one mans the lifeboats we’re gonna go down with this sinking ship.

What Happens When Your Identity is Declared Evil?

Whiteness, White Privilege, Unconscious Bias, Systemic Racism, Critical Race Theory.  What they say it all means is that just by being myself I am doing wrong.  What they want me to do is spend all my time somehow atoning for being me.  I need to give up my culture, heritage and history and pretend that I believe the lies about those things they say and grovel and pay reparations forever for being me.  Sounds wonderful.

I am aware that there are white people who will do this.  Maybe there are a lot of them.  But at the same time there are a lot who won’t.  And if the powers that be and the cultural trend setters declare this to be the cultural norm of our society then these people who won’t submit will become a separate culture.  We will celebrate different holidays; worship develop different customs and eventually use a different language.  And already we see this happening.  What hasn’t happened yet is the result of this.  Some of the results will be separate religions, separate schools and specialty businesses to cater to the needs of this separate identity.  The schools and religions will need books and videos and other instructional materials to teach the beliefs that are forbidden in the outside culture.  In the case of the present Woke Culture it means that foods will be differentiated too.  Our people will eat meat while the Woke will be eating bugs or at best tofu.  Even our cars and homes will be different.  We’ll be driving gasoline powered vehicles and they will be charging up their battery cars and mostly driving bicycles.  We will be living in homes heated by gas or oil and they will be living in underground dugouts buried under a sod roof full of cockroaches and warming themselves by a solar and wind powered space heater.

In fact, we will need parallel companies to provide us with much of what we need.  We’ll even need our own companies to employ us.  After all we’ll be untouchables.  No self-respecting woke corporation will employ a white man who doesn’t submit to a weekly struggle session where he confesses some new atrocity to his BIPOC coworkers.

All this seems excessive.  After all, why not just work for Google and buy your crap from Amazon?  Many will, maybe most.  But there will be a good-sized minority who just won’t do it.  And for them being a shunned minority may just be the best option available.  There are advantages to being separate.  Once you unplug from the dominant culture you can avoid the irritants that exist in the outside.  Once your children attend their own schools and churches you will be automatically selecting for the kind of friends and eventually mates they will have.  And outside communities tend to work together closely on political and community initiatives that impact them.

But most of all you will be avoiding the impact of the toxic narrative that woke culture aims at your children.  Telling young people that their parents and ancestors are evil is about the worst thing you can do to someone’s community.  And we’ve been putting up with this to a higher and higher degree for the last seventy-five years.  It is time to admit that trying to reform the whole culture is an impossibility.  The Elites have the reins of power and all the means of education and communication at their disposal against us.  All that’s left to us are our families and our minds.  We need to consciously define ourselves as separate and embrace our old culture and break away from the woke culture in every way we can.  And we’ll be all the better because of it.

The Fellowship of the Betrayed

Let’s face it, we’ve been betrayed.  Not since that fateful night in Gethsemane has anyone been treated worse by “friends.”  I suppose if we were smart, we would shut up, play the woke playbook and start collecting CRT bonus points by attending a BLM riot in black bloc and burn down some poor neighbor’s small business.  That would be the smart play.  I’ve seen plenty of people do it.  I can think of one particular fifty something white guy who has embraced the whole thing.  He spends his work day giving training sessions in unconscious bias and white privilege.  It truly is enough to turn your stomach.  So, I guess I’m really not smart.

Good.  I’ve picked my side.  Now what?  Well, how about make the most of it.  Last Saturday I had the first meet up with the local group of deplorables.  Just some of the guys who were the Coffee Walk back during the 2016 election and their wives.  We had some good food and spent the night talking about life.  Kids and grandkids, work and family, even a little bit of politics.  It was pretty damn great.  We enjoyed it so much we’re already planning the next one.

And the on-line equivalent of that is the comments I get on this site.  I send out my thoughts and if they resonate with someone, he tells me what he thinks.  Now, I’ve never met any of these folks in the flesh but we can talk, we can share opinions maybe compare experiences.  I find this enjoyable, worthwhile.  I wish there were a thousand times more of you all out there.  I especially like when you talk to each other.  That really is the final goal, creating a network.

Taking this to its logical conclusion, smart people should be organizing a platform where this network can be focused on creating some concrete progress toward advancing our social and political goals.  As a for instance, suppose there was an effort to harness tens of millions of consumers to support or boycott some company based on its behavior toward our constituency.  Let’s take Coca Cola as a for instance.  Imagine if one hundred million people coordinated a boycott of Coca Cola for a whole year.  I think it just might drive them out of business.  But even if it didn’t, the damage that would be done to that company would frighten the hell out of all the other Fortune 500 companies.  And the same kind of action supporting a company that treats our people with respect would have an equally powerful effect.

Full disclosure there are websites who are trying to do this very thing.  The Media Action Network tries to coordinate e-mail campaigns against offenders and in support of allies.  But they don’t have the reach that an organization would have if it managed to mobilize the whole Trump electorate.  But that’s the dream, to see all of the deplorables joined together in a cohesive network and using that massive financial and political clout to accomplish concrete goals that would improve our day to day lives.  Imagine if we could scare the whole Fortune 500 into backing off their BLM support.  Imagine if we all quit Facebook on the same day and never opened it again.  I imagine it would knock half the value off the stock overnight.

So, this is my dream, to be part of the fellowship of the betrayed, to be part of a group that just doesn’t take our erasure by the Elites lying down but bands together to fight back.  My contribution is minuscule.  But it’s what I can do until something better emerges.  If you like my idea leave a comment.  If you disagree leave a comment.  Either way I learn something.

Hat Tip to Vox Day for this Link to the Boy Scouts Alternative

Trail Life USA  is a Christian alternative to the Boy Scouts of America.  This article that Vox linked to sounds like a hopeful start to an organization that wants to avoid all the mistakes that the Boy Scouts have fallen into.

But just as with the Boy Scouts parents would be taking an enormous risk if they put their children in the hands of people that they don’t know are 100% reliable.  Pedophiles lurk in the shadows of any organization that has access to children.  Mothers and fathers, guard your children and take the time to get involved with all of their activities.  In fact, the correct way to look at one of these organizations is a way to leverage their organization to enrich the outdoor experience you share with your own family.  You have to get involved.  At the very least you must have someone involved who you would trust with your children’s lives.

Thoughts About the Conversation Between Michael Anton and Curtis Yarvin

Recently I watched a discussion on the Jack Murphy Live show that featured Michael Anton and Curtis Yarvin.  If you are unfamiliar with either one of them, I’ll say a few words about them.

Michael Anton was a former senior national security official in the Trump administration but is best known for writing the “The Flight 93 Election” back in March 2016 under the pseudonym Publius Decius Mus.  He received graduate education at Claremont Graduate University where he learned from faculty that followed in the tradition of noted academic Leo Strauss.  Anton is a social conservative and a pretty pessimistic critic of the current state of American politics.  With the failure of the 2020 election Anton does not believe the Republicans will ever win the presidency again.

Curtis Yarvin is a computer scientist who also has become known for his political beliefs which some have called “neo-reactionary.”  Yarvin believes that government should be almost like the management of a publicly owned corporation with the CEO taking the place of the “king” and the citizens as stockholders.  He also had a pseudonym under which he wrote his thoughts, Mencius Moldbug.  Yarvin is extremely unenthusiastic about democracy in general and doesn’t hold out much hope for the American form at this point in its evolution.

Anton and Yarvin are both very smart guys.  They’re both academics in a sense.  Both of them would be part of the elite if they happened to follow left-wing ideologies.  Because of what they do believe they are pariahs in our present political climate.  I think listening to them in the discussion both of them are extremely pessimistic about the United States escaping from the control of the progressive corporate, bureaucratic, academic complex.

So why listen to these guys talk?  Well, that’s a good question.  Neither of them has an action plan to reverse the damage and move things back to a normal country.  There isn’t a website where I can join the underground and fight for the day when we take back the country.  I think I read them so I can feel like I shouldn’t just give up.  As long as I know that there are other intelligent people who don’t accept the idea that there is no use resisting the woke state, I feel like I can figure out a way to hold onto the good things that used to be the basis of our way of life.

I can think of one line that Yarvin made pretty close to the end of the video.  When asked what he thought people should do he said no one should try to use force to stand up to the feds alone.  That would be suicide and it would accomplish the opposite of what you intended.  That would be sort of what happened on January 6th.  The government would destroy you and use it as a propaganda argument for destroying everyone else they didn’t like.  Instead, he said we need to say no! 

In other words, we have to figure out a way to reject their program.  We need to build up organizations, businesses, groups that don’t depend on their approval.  There’s nothing new about that message.  That’s the old “build your own platforms” line.  But what he is saying is that it’s the only way.  And we need everyone on our side, all 70 or 100 million of us to form a single organization to say no to what is going on.  And that’s the only encouragement I take from all this.  If two guys like Anton and Yarvin sort of agree about where we are and what we must do then basically the whole gamut of people who aren’t leftists agree.  We have to stop trying to do everything at once and take concrete steps one at a time.  First order of business, we pool our resources and identify one important thing we can get done and do it.  Maybe we decide that the most important possible thing is crushing Amazon.  And maybe we buy the votes of Democrat senators and congressmen to make it happen.  But we move heaven and earth and we get it done.  That alone would be an enormous shot in the arm for our country.  Suddenly a million small stores all over the country would find business that had been strangled out of existence by Jeff Bezos.

But whatever it is we decide to do; rein in the social media companies or re-establish freedom of religion or outlaw child transgender mutilation; we need to win a battle and win it decisively.  Donald Trump and Peter Thiel are renegade members of the elite.  They are the ones with the resources to organize new platforms.  Anton and Yarvin are members of the intellectual class who would disseminate the ideas and help implement the actions we want to see happen.  We are to some extent their customers.

We want to hear more and soon about any real plan to get something new started.  Anyone who has the ambition to lead a movement has a once in a lifetime opportunity right now.  We’re ready to be led.  There is a nation looking for a savior.  We could make this a great country again.  If that doesn’t happen soon then we need to leave.