Larry who is an accountant by training (and the author of books about monster hunters) explains why whittling down the federal bureaucracy is a life and death priority and thus proposes forming an agency of accountants to audit the rest of the federal government with the mission to eliminate 90% of it. He calls it “The Department of F*** Your Job Security!”
Well, I might quibble about the name but the point is well made. The bureaucracy is a parasite that has finally undermined its host. Along with the thousand and one maladies that the progressives have saddled us with supporting the useless bureaucrats has become the cancer that will finish us off.
Kudos to Larry for identifying the chemotherapy that is needed to treat this disease.
Larry Correia wrote a post on the unthrottling of conservative accounts on Twitter this week.
“So everybody knows about Elon buying Twitter, and we all know that Twitter has been a bunch of biased, censorious assholes.
What we did not know however was just how bad they really were. For years when conservatives/libertarians/non-progs complained, we got gas lit and told it was in our imagination. When our followers vanished, said they didn’t see our tweets, or our follower counts seemed to freeze and never grow, we were told that was just because we suck, and nobody wanted to listen to our evil right wing lies.”…
But now that Musk bought Twitter they unthrottled his account
“Then I started getting tweets from followers who are like, whoa, Larry is back on Twitter!
So I got curious and started asking about this, and then the posts started coming. Dozens of them. Oh yeah, I thought you weren’t on here! I thought you only posted like once a month! I never see you post. So on and so forth. It was remarkably consistent.
I knew I was throttled, but I had not realized just how bad it was. It was way harder than I thought.”
Well, it sounded so hopeful that I opened an account on Twitter. I’m @orionscoldfire and I’ve posted one of my pictures and of course added my website address and the link to my photo account at Fine Art America (gotta make the donuts after all).
Over at Larry Correia’s site there was a post on the Trucker’s Protest on the Windsor Bridge crossing. Anyway in the comments a Canadian calling himself “The Phantom” had some very interesting comments about the popularity of the protest with the regular Canadians:
“Second, I live almost 2 hours from Toronto and 6 hours from Ottawa, out in the sticks down by Lake Erie. It is farm country, there’s nothing going on around here. Cows and snowbanks right now. So, the fun part is that every time I leave the house to go to the store or what have you, there are Freedom Convoy signs and Canadian flags on random pickup trucks. People have been lining up hay bales in their fields next to the road and painting them with slogans. Idle tractors sitting in driveways have a Canadian flag tied to a hockey stick flying on them. There was a big John Deere parked at the Tim Horton’s in Cayuga on Hwy 3 the other day with a Freedom Convoy sign and a flag.
It’s not just the truckers now. The government has been pissing off the Normies for two years now, and the dam finally broke. Present situation today is that roughly everything you see on Canadian media is a lie, and the crowds of protesters are the regular Jane and Joe Canadian who are tired of lockdowns, masks and vaccine mandates. They’ve had it, and they’re starting to look at how they want to piss off the government today.”
Maybe the Canadians will make some changes in their government.
Larry gives a master class in wiping the floor with Dementia Joe’s stupid face. It’s a humbling experience to see a master of the art apply a verbal smackdown on my favorite victim.
Bravo Larry Bravo.
This is a good bit:
“Biden has accomplished exactly one thing. And that’s demonstrating beyond a shadow of a doubt to all reasonable, thinking Americans that democrats are total shit at governing. They talk a big game, but it’s all just platitudes, wishful thinking, and magic unicorns farting free shit. Their claimed philosophy is childlike and disintegrates when it touches reality, exposing their actual philosophy, which is draconian control freaks who are compelled to meddle in everything. And the less they understand something, the more they feel the need to fuck with it.”
I’m probably linking again too soon to one of Larry’s anti-Leftist rants but this one is just too good.
This was a response to one of Larry’s readers who politely suggested that Larry points the Left with “too broad a brush.”
“If the majority of the left aren’t my enemy, the burden of proof is on them, because frankly I haven’t seen jack shit from most of them beyond paying lip service to principles, as the rest of their fellows go about doing whatever horrible thing they feel like, and the ones who claim to be moral sit there silently and let them.”
And this is just the tip of the iceberg. Larry gives them both barrels. I have to confess reading Larry’s rants are a guilty pleasure of mine. He builds up such a head of steam that I just get swept up in his outrage. It’s volcanic, Homeric!
Of course your mileage may vary.
Larry’s summary of what has been going on for the last 30 days is amusing and a useful marker. It’s remarkable just how bad the last month has been for Dementia Joe and his clown-car administration.
I especially enjoyed mention of Joe’s various digestive tract outbursts. Maybe having the first commander in chief who wears Depends will chasten the American voting population next time a doddering dementia patient is wheeled out as the supposedly smart, competent alternative.
Well done Larry.
It’s funny. It seems like even the Left is starting to admit that Biden has made a shambles of the country and maybe some of them are starting to sound kind of scared. Still too early to say if it will effect the outcome of the congressional votes on the gazillion dollar reconciliation bill. I assumed that all the skullduggery planned was a done deal. Maybe I’m wrong. We’ll have to see.
But we will be going through some extended bad times as I mentioned in my last post. I’m starting to look at my own finances to see what cutbacks I should make.
I was listening to the ZMan’s Friday podcast. It was on organizing and near the end he was talking about negativity. And that clicked for me. What we do has to be building things and living. Just fighting our enemies isn’t enough. It’s too long a battle to just hold your breath till the end. We need to make our thing about living and enjoying our lives.
I’ve been writing this story about a sniper who is taking revenge against the FBI. I have to admit it’s a lot of fun writing about revenge. But I want the story to be embedded in a larger frame about building something bigger than revenge. I want to have it about building a community that’s hidden within the current United States. So this fictional story corresponds to how I think about the world I’m living in. And that is helpful when thinking about real life. The things I write about are larger than life. We can talk about underground bases and new technologies and secret organizations but even the little things we do on-line can be positive and enrich our lives. We talk to people and we share ideas and maybe we help each other solve some problems. And if nothing else we act as sounding boards for people who don’t have one.
So today I am doing some story plotting and re-writing. It wasn’t strong enough or tight enough. I punched it up and cut it down and I like it a lot better. It’s another beautiful day and I intend to go out and take some photos of the fall. A couple of days ago one of the dogs found a big old Northern Water Snake sunning itself near one of the gardens. I got some good shots of it and I will probably put it up later as a post.
Fridays are usually pretty quiet on the site. I’ll put up a post later. Maybe I’ll review another season three trek episode. I’m getting impatient with them but considering Shatner’s recent trek into almost-space I guess I should do my part.
Camera Girl is an inveterate crime drama reader. She reads about fictional crime fighters like Jack Reacher and Harry Bosch and Jesse Stone. Well, we recently started watching a tv series about Harry Bosch and I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how well it’s made. Not everything is to my taste but it’s a quality series. So at some point I’ll be reviewing it too but I must keep my nose to the Star Trek grindstone. Duty is duty.
I’ve been listening to Larry Correia’s podcasts on fiction writing, “The Writer’s Dojo.” and even though not all of the information is specific to what I do I find the experience of listening to these two writers talking about their mindset when they’re writing to be energizing. For instance, they were talking about villains recently and it occurred to me I was wasting an opportunity by not beefing up the character of one of my villains. After all good villains are sometimes even better than the hero. Look at the Joker in Batman.
And this weekend we’ll have some grandkids coming around and that’s always fun.
So bear with me. I’ll have some good stuff soon.
Larry Correia, author of the Monster Hunters International series and several other popular sf&f franchises, has started a weekly podcast on how to write fiction and get paid for it. I just listened to the first episode and it’s just the intro to the series but I hope for good things.
Larry’s got a mil-sf book in the running for a Dragon Award and he talks a little about the nominees that he’s familiar with. If you’re voting in the Dragon Awards take a look at his comments. And Larry’s a good guy so if you’re looking for good sf&f books I’d give authors he likes a look see.
Larry posted about a convention he was Guest of Honor for (FantaSci in Raleigh-Durham). And then he teased a TV deal he has.
“Also during that I asked Toni if I could talk about something else really cool, she gave me permission and I mentioned a new TV deal (contracts are in the mail!). Except I just realized before I blab about that on the internet, I should probably wait for her official announcement before posting more. But stay tuned, it’s really awesome news.”
Can I imagine a Monster Hunters International tv show? Well yeah! And of course I already have Adam Baldwin as Agent Franks.
Be still my defibrillating heart!
Well, to be continued when Larry lets the other shoe drop. But this sounds like fun.