Thursday, January 14, 2021
Peter Grant notes that the Second City Cop blog has shut down in order to avoid de-platforming and public exposure. If you hadn't heard of that blog before, it was run by one or more Chicago PD officers that believe the public needs to know the truth about crime and law enforcement in the Windy City. The blog is not anti-police, but is anti-criminal and anti-crooked-politician. The author(s) of the blog released a statement, of which the following is the most relevant regarding the topic of this post:
And this one – on the heels of Big Tech’s wholesale attack on the President, Parler and center-right to right-leaning authors, politicians and voices – pointed to a countdown that had far less time than we had thought. Most likely, far less time than you think, too. The blacklisting has begun, even if you won’t see it. You should – the wholesale abandonment of the President, the denunciations, the, “I wasn’t really with him” self-serving statements. Sound familiar? It should…if you have any recollections of the show trials behind the Iron Curtain, in Southeast Asia, in assorted Middle East kleptocracies.
Disavowal and re-education is on tap. ... They don’t want “unity.” They want Compliance and as the last fifteen years have shown, we aren’t really good at compliance. The amount of personal data available to “woke companies” who would deny commerce or service based on beliefs, contributions, investments (not Green enough!), social media posting, employment (cops not welcome here), bumper stickers – Have you heard of Operation Choke Point? Look it up and imagine it drilled down to individual citizens. Orwell’s 1984? It’s here.
The comment about those self-serving statements of "I wasn't really with him" segues nicely into the next article I want to mention: "Divided, Weimar America Is Falling" by Rod Dreher at The American Conservative. Dreher doesn't really believe that tough times demand tough men, and so he periodically will distance himself from Trump. In this case, he feels confident enough to completely disavow the man, writing:
... I cannot in any way support, condone, or appear to condone the way Donald Trump has behaved recently. I think he should be removed from office, and barred ever from running again. I support populist conservatism, and do not want a return to the pre-Trump GOP status quo. But Trump has to go. If that puts me on the other side of my crowd, then fine, it puts me on the other side of my crowd.
We will be seeing a lot of that kind of groveling in the coming days and weeks.
But that isn't really the reason that I mention Dreher's article. Rather, it is that Dreher cites an IPSOS/AXIOS poll showing that 79% of Americans (83% of Republicans and 78% of Democrats) believe that America is falling apart. In addition, the same poll shows that 64% of Republicans are supportive of Pres. Trump's recent behavior, 57% believe that Trump should run again in 2024, compared to only 17% of Republicans who believe Trump should be removed from office.
More importantly, and like the Second City Cop authors, Dreher warns--correctly, I believe--of the coming overreach by the Democrats and the rest of the Left:
Yet I have every confidence that the Democrats, understandably outraged by all this, will massively overreach, and further radicalize the Right. We’re not talking about a minority here, the pro-Trump Right. We’re talking about tens of millions of people. The Democrats will control both the presidency and the legislative branch. They also have on their side the media, universities, Big Tech, and corporate America. This Establishment will deploy all its resources to suppress and control the Right, and to protect the state. As I have been predicting, a social credit system — informal at first — will be instituted as an indirect means of controlling and suppressing right-wing dissent.
What do I mean? Under present laws, or perhaps a new domestic terrorism law passed by a Democratic Congress and signed by a Democratic president, everyone’s Web history will be constantly accessed and assessed by artificial intelligence algorithms. Do you now or have you ever frequented pro-Trump websites? Have you ever been to a pro-Trump rally (GPS coordinates from your phone, and photographs from street cameras and social media photos uploaded into the cloud will get the once-over by facial recognition software). Who are your friends and contacts? Does your spouse or adult child have MAGA contacts?
And on and on. ...
He discusses the tools and options available to the government and the complicit tech sector, and then continues:
The state really was under direct attack, at the heart of the government, by Americans. There is no way that it [the State] is going to sit back and let something like that happen again. As Prof. Nicholas Grossman wrote, the national security state is going to kick into action aggressively to defend itself. This is just a fact. If you are not making provisions for that in your own thinking, you are being foolish.
Or, as Jeff Dunetz more succinctly puts it: "By impeaching President Trump with less than a week left in his term, they’re telling half of America 'F-U' and 'never try to pre-empt our power ever again.'"
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
- "They Are Not You: Surveillance Cameras Record Random Brutal Attack" by William Aprill, Personal Defense Network. One of the hardest things for most people to understand is that most violent criminals don't think like you or have similar empathy or concern as do you. They may be able to emote, but they don't feel. The author explains:
One of the hallmark features of the life condition referred to as Antisocial Personality Disorder is an enduring pattern of behaving with “callousness” toward others. Callousness describes a quality that, though somewhat difficult to define perfectly, is striking and unforgettable once witnessed at play in the world. It encompasses an applied cruelty to others in combination with indifference to the plight of victims and others, and certainly to that of the victims of one’s own violent aggression.In this shocking case, it is clear that the near-killing of the victim was not undertaken for the material gain of robbery, but rather purely for the purpose of demonstrating the attacker’s power over others. Even more disturbing, the offender’s enjoyment of his assaultive behavior is plainly evident in the display of positive emotion shared with his companion, and the bright, smiling expressions recorded by surveillance cameras in the aftermath. Such secondary gain was so compelling that typical and expected criminal behavior, such as distancing oneself from the scene of the crime to avoid detection and capture by police, was completely subordinated to savoring the outcome.The offender is recorded both returning to survey the damage done and photographically documenting the condition of his victim; bloody evidence of his physical prowess and ability to dominate others. Modern life will bring us into contact with such offenders sooner or later, and absent the capacity to protect ourselves and others, we are utterly subject to the motivations, desires, and whims of the worst among us.
- "Is the Bushnell Lil P 1x Prism Sight Better Than a Red Dot?"--The New Rifleman. The author says yes, explaining (short version):
The Lil P is an extremely small “scope” with a 1x magnification that has an illuminated etched reticle, but the best and the perhaps most overlooked feature is the adjustable diopter that allows you to focus the reticle exactly to your own eyesight. In my opinion and for my use, it’s superior to a red dot.
- "Review: Tyrant Designs CNC Glock Extended Slide Release (Gen 2-4)"--Jerking The Trigger. While I suppose that, technically, it is extended because the metal is thicker than the stamped steel of the original, in reality what it does is put a bit more traction on the slide release.
- ".38 Snubby Ammo"--Revolver Guy. In probably the best discussion I've come across on the subject, the author discusses why .38 Special poses such a challenge in obtaining both good expansion and sufficient penetration, and why it is even more challenging out of a snub-nosed revolver. Basically, however, the .38 Special was originally a black powder cartridge, the author notes, and, therefore, the maximum pressures are limited. He also tests various .38 Special loads into calibrated ballistic gelatin and gives some recommendations based on this. Unfortunately, he did not have any Gold Dot or HST on hand to test.
- "Smith & Wesson J-Frames Explained" by Richard Johnson, Shooting Illustrated. Per the author: "Smith & Wesson currently makes J-frame revolvers in a range of calibers – from .22 LR to .357 Magnum. You have your choice in frame materials, sights, grips and finishes. The most significant decision many shooters make when selecting one is choosing which of three distinct hammer variations they want." I purchased the shrouded hammer design because I wanted something snag free that still left the option of manually cocking the hammer for a more accurate single-action shot. However, if I were to pick one up now, I would go with the "hammerless" (completely enclosed hammer) version because the closed design helps keep lint and dust out of the action, and it is easier to find holsters that work with the hammerless design.
- "Beretta’s Dark Horse–The APX Compact" by David Higginbotham, The Mag Life. Lots of well thought out features and a joy to shoot made this a winner in the eyes of the reviewer.
- Illegal in all 50 states: "Building the Lightning Link"--Bev Fitchett's Guns. See also "The AR-15 Lightning Link."
- "In Country: Small Arms of the Vietnam War" by Capt. Dale Dye, USMC (Ret.), American Rifleman. An excerpt:
... I’m willing to grant that the M16A1 did yeoman service during the hottest combat years in Vietnam, but there’s no denying that a lot of outfits parted with their more rifleman-like M14s reluctantly.Right up to the last time I was on a Southeast Asian battlefield in mid-1970, I saw soldiers—and a lot of Marines—still carrying the M14 and swearing by its increased range, accuracy and lethality. I also saw a lot of soldiers and Marines opting to carry other arms despite problems with ammunition resupply and without a reliable source of spare parts.I will never forget watching infantrymen from two battalions of the 5th Marines roaring all over Hue City during the Tet Offensive in 1968, carrying Thompson submachine guns, M2 carbines and even BARs that they’d pilfered from an ARVN armory. Maybe it was the influence of John Wayne movies or parental war stories, but those guys went through that supply of World War II-vintage guns like kids on Christmas morning.A lot of them chose to hang onto those guns—particularly the Thompsons, for which ammunition was readily available from pistol stores—long after that seminal street fight was done and dusted. There was a brisk trade between the northern-most Marines and soldiers of I Corps and local ARVN units. A mint-issue M2 carbine still in Cosmoline could be had for a couple of cartons of Kools or Salems.Beyond the rugged, combat-guy image that such World War II-era arms imparted—and that was important to a lot of folks—there was also a desire to have the biggest hammer available when trying to nail the enemy. The under-powered carbines were all show, I grant you, but there were a lot of line dogs who insisted that a .30-caliber round from an M1 or BAR or a burst of .45 ACP from a Thompson was the definitive answer to the AK and the SKS. Different strokes for different folks, I guess, and it always comes down to what you trust when lives are on the line.
- Some more military weapon history: "Four For Fighting: The Greatest Quartet Of Combat Shotguns" by Jeremy Clough, Guns Magazine. U.S. military shotguns from the Philippines through WWI and WWII and up to Vietnam. One uniting factor for the pump-actions: they all would fire with the trigger held back simply by pumping the action.
- "Cutting Edge CuRx Monolithic .22LR Bullets"--The Firearm Blog. Solid copper bullets for .22 LR. Right now the company apparently is selling primed cases and bullets for the user to handload (are there die sets out there?), but is planning on selling complete ammunition shortly.
- "Why Sidecar Style Holsters Suck" by Daniel Reedy, Primer Peak. Or more specifically, why AIWB sidecar holsters suck. If you are not familiar with the term (I wasn't until I read this article), it refers to a holster with an attached magazine pouch.
- "The only difference between and [sic] 'Adventure' and an 'Ordeal' is attitude!" by John Farnam, Defense Training International. Farnam notes that Theodore Roosevelt was a sickly child who, by dint of determination and an encouraging father, overcame this to become athletic and an adventurer.
As a youth, TR was haggard and in perpetual poor health, suffering from asthma and a number of other maladies.He could have remained that way and would doubtless have experienced a miserable, pointless life, and died at a young age.But his father sternly assured TR that he did not come from a family of losers and encouraged the lad to embrace robust physical exercise, self-reliance, and what TR would later refer to as “The Strenuous Life.”
- "A, B, Cs for 3 MM"--Counter-Terrorism, Solutions & Options. Looking at the option of what the author calls 3 man militias: militias comprised of 3-man units as the smallest unit or organization. Per the author, "These 3 Man Teams are the basics needed for a well-organized militia, and when these 3 man teams are organized properly as a militia, they can effectively confront and defeat much larger organized outside forces." The majority of the article is an outline and links to a plethora of other articles and videos on the 3MM concept and related topics.
- "Basics Of Fighting A Guerrilla Operation"--Guerrilla War Tactics. An excerpt:
Guerrilla Warfare is a formidable way, short of a total General War, for achieving the political objectives of any ideology. The Guerrilla warfare thrives on the support of the people. The communists and now the Islamic Jihadists have championed the cause of so called poor or the purity of Islam. The Islamic jihadist has also adopted this form of warfare in Afghanistan. There is no choice but to win over the masses and simultaneously the Guerrilla Bands must be ruthlessly hunted down and exterminated.
- "How to Train for Faster Shooting" by Ed Head, Shooting Illustrated. He explains:
... High speed, low drag is nothing more than basics applied to a problem. Whether you’re in your home, a dark alley, fast roping from a helicopter, or, in my case once, hanging onto a boxcar ladder with one hand, when it comes to you there are only three things you need to do.
First, look at the sights,  control the trigger and  follow through.
- "Ron Spomer: How and When to Clean Your Rifle"--The Captain's Journal. Video at link.
- "5 Reasons to Choose a 10 mm for Self Defense" by Brad Fitzpatrick, Shooting Illustrated. The reasons given are: (i) the recoil isn't that bad; (ii) load versatility; (iii) gives good energy to capacity; (iv) good for two- and four-legged predators; and (v) ammo is more likely to be found in the midst of an ammo panic [ed: at least early on].
- "Bust the myth that police are the 'Only Ones' who can be trusted with guns" by David Codrea, Jews For The Preservation Of Firearms Ownership. An excerpt from this 2014 piece:
"Two NYPD cops shoot guns while drunk & off-duty, police sources say," a Wednesday New York Daily News headline declares. "Two drunken NYPD cops fired their guns in separate, off-duty incidents, one of which involved an officer emptying his handgun — firing 13 rounds — at a man inside a nearby car, hitting him six times..."It's the kind of story that shocks many Americans conditioned to view "law enforcement" as the selfless protectors of society from "the bad guys." Except it's not shocking to those of us who keep an eye on such things...That's something I've been doing for years, both on my The War on Guns blog, and over at Gun Rights Examiner, compiling stories under the heading of "The Only Ones Files." Examples of negligence, idiocy, corruption and outright evil abound. I don't even go looking for such stories, but still get more tips than I can use. And it's not just "a few bad apples" making the rest look bad. The rot is institutionalized, which becomes evident with countless examples of officers who have been allowed to get away with criminal behavior for years, and corresponding examples of colleagues who know about it but keep their mouths shut, and allow the victimization of citizens to continue.So why do I call them the "Only Ones"? We have DEA agent Lee Paige to thank for helping birth the term."I'm the only one in this room professional enough that I know of to carry this Glock .40," he told a roomful of school kids in an anti-gun/drug lecture, before shooting himself in the foot in front of the horrified class while trying to holster his weapon.
- "Every Hunter Should Know What the Lacey Act Is, How It Works, and Why It’s On the Books"--Outdoor Life. Based on the description in the article, the Lacey Act is a federal law that can turn a hunting infraction or misdemeanor under state law into a federal felony if illegally harvested animals are taken across state lines, or removed from federal land or an Indian reservation.
- "KNS Precision AK Adjustable Rear Sight"--Jerking The Trigger. This is a peep style sight that replaces the rear sight on an AK, although it looks to be much sturdier than others I've seen. Anyway, the sight is adjustable for elevation and windage.
- The Modern Survival Blog has a couple on batteries:
- "Batteries That Don’t Leak Or Corrode | AA – AAA Recommendation" by Ken Jorgustin. From personal experience, I can tell you to avoid the cheap Kirkland batteries from Costco. Jorgustin recommends the Energizer Max Alkaline and Energizer Ultimate Lithium, as well as the rechargeable batteries discussed below.
- "Best AA Rechargeable Batteries – The Eneloop – Why I Like Them" by Ken Jorgustin. One reason? "The technology design of the eneloop will recharge up to 2,100 times!"
- "Knuckle Dusters – Punch Harder, A Brief History" by Travis Pike, Gat Daily. An excerpt:
The idea behind the weapon is simple. The strongest person can only throw a punch so hard. The addition of a knuckle duster transfers more energy per punch, on top of protecting your hands and adding a material that can cause cuts and abrasions. A good heavy set of knuckle dusters add substantial kinetic force to your punch, and when combined with unforgiving metals like brass, they can crush bone.Let’s not pussyfoot around here. Knuckle dusters, or brass knuckles, are deadly weapons not different than a gun or knife. These tools are part of the lethal force area when it comes to the escalation of force.
- "How To Build Your Own First Aid Kit"--The Kommando Blog. This is probably one of the best articles on the topic I've seen. It covers what you need for MARCH-E including a "blowout" kit, "ouch" pouch (for major bleeds), a car kit, and other first aid items and equipment to have--including recommendations as to specific brands and sizes--discusses pouches and bags, and links to other reputable sources.
- "Tx2guns: The Civilian Operator ‘Blowout’ Kit"--American Partisan. An excerpt:
Simply put, a “blowout” kit is a bare bones trauma pack. it primarily addresses the “B” of the “A-B-C’s” of trauma first aid: airway, bleeding and circulation.
A typical blow-out kit will include:
- quick-clot or celox
- rolled gauze
- (2) 4″ emergency battle dressings (israel bandages)
- c-a-t tourniquet
- combat medic shears
- duct tape
- nitrile gloves
- "How-To: Building an IFAK" by Kat Ainsworth, Guns America. The author explains:
Yes, you really do need an IFAK. At the very least you should be carrying a tourniquet (TQ). Statistically you are far more likely to need a TQ than you are to ever need that handgun you carry on a daily basis. TQs are useful for responding to that rollover car accident you witness through your windshield, handling a horrific injury during a hike, and, of course they’re ridiculously important for gunshot wounds. If you are going to carry a tool designed to start the bleed you should also be armed with a tool made to stop the bleed.
Since what we’re going for is a relatively basic IFAK consider this list a starting point, not a stopping point. And if it seems like a lot just start small. Where? Get the TQ first.
- Tourniquet (SOFTT-W or CATT)
- Rolled gauze
- Nitrile gloves
- SAM Splint
- Hemostatic gauze (QuikClot BCD)
- Silk tape (3M Durapore 1-inch-by-10-yards)
- Tape (3M Micropore Paper Tape)
- Trauma Shears
- Survival Blanket (AKA Space Blanket)
- Diphenhydramine (brand name Benadryl)
If you’re trained in their use, include:
- Decompression needle
- Chest seal
- "Setting Up Your IFAK: Pouch Placement And Contents"--5.11. Although obviously referencing their products, it has another list that you can look at.
- "Build Your Own First Aid Kit For EDC" by Anthony Roe, Recycled Firefighter. A small but effective "boo-boo" kit.
- "Building Your Individual First Aid Kit (IFAK)"--CareTactics CPR. From an author who was a former Navy Search & Rescue swimmer. Some more ideas.
- This is the tourniquet that I decided upon, although my decision was based on a reader's recommendation rather than this article: "Approved for Combat: The TX2 Tourniquet by Rev Med X"--Mountain Man Medical. From the article:
Here are some of the pros and cons that I see with the TX2:Pros:
- CoTCCC approved. This is a big deal. For a TQ company to gain ANY traction in the market, they need to first have their design given the nod by the Committee, which has strict standards that must be passed. A variety of tests are done to ensure the TQ will not only control bleeding, but will also stay in place when the casualty is transported through austere environments. The TX2 passed muster.
- The strap of the TX2 is .5 inches wider than either the CAT or SOF-T Wide making it a more comfortable TQ for the casualty. TQ pain is a common complaint from Casualties, so this is a nice advantage, but not a requirement for saving lives. The primary advantage of this wider the strap, is because it’s easier to gain full occlusion of the bleeding artery because of the surface area being compressed is larger.
- No slip ratcheting mechanism. I like this because a windlass style TQ (CAT) can slip out of your hands if you are bloody, or weak from blood loss and unwind, requiring you to retighten it. With the rachet system used by the TX2, there is no chance of this happening.
- According to the Rev Med X website: “Durable construction allows repeated use in training without loss of function.”
This is different than other TQs on the market which do not recommend training with the one you are planning to save a life with since the materials can weaken with use and could become less effective over time. With how often I harp on the necessity of training, I feel like this is a pretty big deal. Instead of needing to purchase two CATs (one for use and another for training), you would only need to purchase a single TX2 and still be able to train effectively.
The cons he lists are its larger size, that it is more difficult to apply one-handed, and it is more expensive than other CoTCCC approved tourniquets (although the increased cost is negated because you don't have to purchase a separate one for training).
- "Medical Kits: What You Need to Know" by Clay Martin, Guns America. Some recommendations as to specific equipment and why you (generally) don't want to buy a pre-packaged kit.
- "Essential Guide To Fish Antibiotics for Humans"--Primal Survival. From the article:
As far as fish antibiotics go, you CAN NOT take powders or pellet forms of the antibiotics and expect them to be effective on humans. These are meant for fish.
However, if you see pill or tablet antibiotics marketed as “for fish,” these are really human forms of the medicines which have just been labeled for fish to get around the prescription requirement. I feel bad for any pet owner who mistakenly buys pill forms of antibiotics for their fish!
The article has links for purchasing specific products. Also:
... the FDA requires all prescription and OTC medications to have a unique imprint. The purpose of the code is make it possible to identify medications. For example, if you drop your pill box and all the meds go flying, you would be able to identify the pills by their Imprint Code.
All Imprint Codes will identify the type of drug and its strength.
You can use this Pill Identifier tool to type in the Imprint Code of a pill and find out exactly what it is.
If you get pills which do not have an imprint code, then DO NOT TAKE THEM! Who knows what they contain and in what dosage!
If the pills do contain an imprint code, then you can be confident that they are the same pills used for humans.
- "Saturday Snippet: The Fate of Empires"--Bayou Renaissance Man. This is in reference to Sir John Bagot Glubb's essay titled "The Fate of Empires." Glubb had noted that historically, empires had only lasted between 200 and 250 years (this is the empire, not necessarily the nation or country that headed up the empire). The lesson that Peter Grant believes is important (quoting John Dunn) is:
Glubb, in the monograph that is our point of discussion, undertook to demonstrate his hypothesis and the evidence that supports his assertion that empires pass through the following ages: Pioneers, Conquests, Commerce, Affluence, Intellect, Decadence.
The Age of Decadence he portrays as "marked by: Defensiveness, Pessimism, Materialism, Frivolity, An Influx of Foreigners, The Welfare State and Weakening of Religion."Glubb Pasha posits that "[d]ecadence is due to: Too long a period of wealth and power-Selfishness-Love of Money-The loss of a sense of duty."
No mystery where are we. While Glubb noted that most empires ended due to outside influences, that is not always the case. There is strong evidence that at least some of the great powers that collapsed at the end of the Bronze Age did so because of internal rebellion.
- A blast from the past: "The Deep State: Source Of All Negativity" by Doug Casey, Zero Hedge. This 2015 article explores what is the Deep State and how it has so negatively affected our country. From the article:
The American Deep State is a real, but informal, structure that has arisen to not just profit from, but control, the State.The Deep State has a life of its own, like the government itself. It’s composed of top-echelon employees of a dozen Praetorian agencies, like the FBI, CIA, and NSA...top generals, admirals, and other military operatives...long-term congressmen and senators...and directors of important regulatory agencies.But Deep State is much broader than just the government. It includes the heads of major corporations, all of whom are heavily involved in selling to the State and enabling it. That absolutely includes Silicon Valley, although those guys at least have a sense of humor, evidenced by their “Don’t Be Evil” motto. It also includes all the top people in the Fed, and the heads of all the major banks, brokers, and insurers. Add the presidents and many professors at top universities, which act as Deep State recruiting centers...all the top media figures, of course...and many regulars at things like Bohemian Grove and the Council on Foreign Relations. They epitomize the status quo, held together by power, money, and propaganda.Altogether, I’ll guess these people number a thousand or so. You might analogize the structure of the Deep State with a huge pack of dogs. The people I’ve just described are the top dogs.But there are hundreds of thousands more who aren’t at the nexus, but who directly depend on them, have considerable clout, and support the Deep State because it supports them. This includes many of the wealthy, especially those who got that way thanks to their State connections...the 1.5 million people who have top secret clearances (that’s a shocking, but accurate, number)... plus top players in organized crime, especially the illegal drug business, little of which would exist without the State. Plus mid-level types in the police and military, corporations, and non-governmental organizations.These are what you might call the running dogs.Beyond that are the scores and scores of millions who depend on things remaining the way they are. Like the 50%-plus of Americans who are net recipients of benefits from the State...the 60 million on Social Security...the 66 million on Medicaid...the 50 million on food stamps...the many millions on hundreds of other programs... the 23 million government employees and most of their families. In fact, let’s include the many millions of average Joes and Janes who are just getting by.You might call this level of people, the vast majority of the population, whipped dogs. They both love and fear their master, they’ll do as they’re told, and they’ll roll over on their backs and wet themselves if confronted by a top dog or running dog who feels they’re out of line. These three types of dogs make up the vast majority of the U.S. population. I trust you aren’t among them. I consider myself a Lone Wolf in this context and hope you are, too. Unfortunately, however, dogs are enemies of wolves, and tend to hunt them down.The Deep State is destructive, but it’s great for the people in it. And, like any living organism, its prime directive is: Survive! It survives by indoctrinating the fiction that it’s both good and necessary. However, it’s a parasite that promotes the ridiculous notion that everyone can live at the expense of society.
Is it a conspiracy, headed by a man stroking a white cat? I think not. I find it’s hard enough to get a bunch of friends to agree on what movie to see, much less a bunch of power-hungry miscreants bent on running everyone’s lives. But, on the other hand, the top dogs all know each other, went to the same schools, belong to the same clubs, socialize, and, most important, have common interests, values, and philosophies.
The American Deep State rotates around the Washington Beltway. It imports America’s wealth as tax revenue. A lot of that wealth is consumed there by useless mouths. And then, it exports things that reinforce the Deep State, including wars, fiat currency, and destructive policies. This is unsustainable simply because nothing of value comes out of the city.
- Margot Kaminski, Incitement to Riot in the Age of Flash Mobs, 81 U. Cin. L. Rev. (2013) (PDF). From the introduction:
- "Fair is Foul and Foul is Fair: Hover Through the Fog and Filthy Air"--The Burning Platform. Asking how much of the past few months has been scripted. An excerpt:
As people increasingly use social media to organize both protests and robberies, government will try to regulate these calls to action. With an eye to this intensifying dynamic, this Article reviews First Amendment jurisprudence on incitement and applies it to existing statutes on incitement to riot at a common law, state, and federal level. The article suggests that First Amendment jurisprudence has a particularly tortuous relationship with regulating speech directed to crowds. It examines current crowd psychology to suggest which crowd behavior, if any, should as a matter of policy be subject to regulation. It concludes that many existing incitement-to-riot statutes are both bad policy and unconstitutional under Brandenburg v. Ohio.4 The article consequently suggests that courts should be careful in the application of these statutes, and states should be hesitant to build upon existing incitementto-riot statutes to regulate new media.
If a stolen presidential election is allowed to stand, then America’s social contract is annulled. And, if it turns out the Deplorables were, in fact, trolled by Trump all along, then what would be the most effective ways for a decapitated movement to now wage battle against The Borg?Perhaps, as written in the comment section of my last article:
….Through the randomly disconnected anonymity of lone solo artists seeing points of weakness, lines of supply, brake lines, internet cables, control grids, electrical hubs and asking what can be won. Call it ‘surprise warfare’ by the ‘antiborg.’
Other than that, what kind of offensive could be launched in the absence of regional and national leadership? Who will lead? Who has the ability? What remains realistically, and statistically, possible? What can be won?These are good questions because campaign rallies can generate much enthusiasm for political leaders but storming government buildings with no plan in place simply makes for strange television.
Well, it wasn't a total loss. The Democrats and their allies have gone so crazy that they will generate the very backlash they are warning against. Basically, the Capital march has pushed the Democrats and their allies into acts that will tend to diminish their popular support, while building popular support for the Right. The cherry on top will be photographs or videos of Biden being sworn in surrounded by armed troops and high fences.
- "Biden Says He Will ‘Defeat the NRA’ While in Office"--The Epoch Times. From the article:
Biden’s website says he has a plan to end “our gun violence epidemic” and boasts that he has taken on the NRA twice and won, referring to his help passing the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act in 1993 and in passing a 10-year ban on some weapons and magazines the following year.
“As president, Joe Biden will defeat the NRA again,” the site states.
Some of the proposals include banning the manufacture and sale of so-called assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, restricting the number of guns one person may buy per month to one, and prohibiting people convicted of hate crimes from owning guns.
- Related: "And Here Come The Anti-Gun Bills For 2021"--Guns.com (h/t Captain's Journal).
- Related: "The New Imperative: Red States Must Become Sanctuaries for the Bill of Rights" by Stacey Lennox, PJ Media.
We didn’t make the rules, but it is high time we start to play by them. The United States is still a federalist system. President Trump put this on full display during the COVID-19 response. The federal government provided resources as required, but the responses were locally driven and state-managed. Ideally, this is how nearly everything should be governed, except where the federal government’s powers are enumerated.
However, an ever-expanding federal government that keeps encroaching on our communities and daily lives is about to go into overdrive. Voters should expect higher taxes with a repeal of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Get ready for a smaller paycheck in 2022. And, of course, energy prices are going to rise because of disastrous environmental policies.
Our blue-state cousins have taken some unique approaches in order to wiggle out from under federal law. During the Obama administration, various cities and some states started to declare themselves “sanctuaries” for illegal immigrants. The courts have upheld this defiance. Let’s call it a precedent.
Bear with me. It is time to decide what we as a movement will demand our red state governors declare sanctuaries for. The obvious one is our Second Amendment rights. Luckily, this is an issue that crosses political lines in many red states. The Biden administration’s likely first step will make gun ownership and the purchase of ammunition unaffordable through registration requirements, taxes, and fees for common firearms and accessories.
Then Congress will begin to chip away at the types of firearms and accessories you can own. If the worst possible thing happens, gun czar Beto O’Rourke will structure mandatory buybacks. Even though he said he would come and take them during his failed presidential run, house-to-house searches and seizures seem like a step too far, even for Democrats. Plus, there would be a lot of unfortunate boating accidents to investigate.
In states with a Republican trifecta, a Second Amendment sanctuary needs to be declared. Red states should refuse to enforce any legislation that further infringes on gun rights or facilitates a federal registry of gun owners. Then they should litigate it, just as the Democrat states do. One of the only good things Mitch McConnell has done is fast-track judicial appointments. Shop for the correct jurisdiction, just like Democrats and the left do.
- They will be coming after Christians as well as guns: "A Christian Insurrection: Many of those who mobbed the Capitol on Wednesday claimed to be enacting God’s will" by Emma Green, The Atlantic.
- Pelosi admits that the reason for pushing impeachment is to make sure that Trump can't run again for President.
- Biden on post-COVID rebuilding: White men need not apply. "Our priority will be Black, Latino, Asian, and Native American owned small businesses, women-owned businesses, and finally having equal access to resources needed to reopen and rebuild," Biden stated in a video posted by his transition team.
- Related: "University of Dallas student denied internship solely for being white"--The College Fix. The student was a woman. Given that so many men were passed over in favor of women in the past, there is a certain irony here.
- The Left isn't bothered by hypocrisy because they have no shame: "Rage at Capitol assault makes excuses for summer riots all the more disgraceful" by Andy Ngo, New York Post. A long excerpt:
Wednesday’s mob assault on Capitol Hill was shocking and brazen: Hundreds of MAGA-hat-wearing rioters broke into the seat of American democracy. They stormed the halls, looting property and assaulting law enforcers, all in service of an absurd political demand: reversing the outcome of an election.
Now where had I witnessed such scenes before? The answer: in blue-governed cities in my native Pacific Northwest throughout last summer and into the fall and winter.
The right-wing political violence was met with universal rebuke from politicians of both parties and the media. But many of those who are loudest in condemning the Capitol Hill riot went radio-silent when rioters destroyed and looted in the name of Black Lives Matter.
Last May, thousands of rioters in Minneapolis brought the city to its knees after the police-involved death of George Floyd. Over three days, rioters burned down a police station, looted hundreds of businesses and burned entire neighborhoods to the ground. Mass street violence also broke out in Washington, DC, New York City, Los Angeles, Seattle and dozens of other cities; at least two dozen died in the course of the riots.
Vice President-elect Kamala Harris encouraged her millions of Twitter followers to donate to a Minnesota crowd-funding effort that paid bail for accused rioters. So, too, did more than a dozen Joe Biden campaign staffers. The Minnesota Freedom Fund raked in more than $35 million in donations with their help.
In Portland, Ore., where I’m from, masked extremists from both BLM and Antifa smashed their way into the Multnomah County Justice Center on May 29. The building houses the Sheriff’s Office, a police station and jail. Rioters ransacked the ground floor, hoping to break into the jail to free prisoners. When that failed, they started fires; city and county staff fled for their lives.
But the rioters were just getting started.
For the next four months, BLM-Antifa rioted every night in Portland, setting fire to streets and buildings and assaulting responding officers with concrete and mortar explosives. In July, they tried to storm into a federal courthouse downtown. Night after night, hundreds and then thousands of rioters brought in electric tools, rope and explosives to breach the barrier erected to protect the building.
More than 277 injuries of officers were reported by the Department of Homeland Security in Portland alone. Hundreds of injuries were reported by other police departments in different cities.
Local politicians at the time condemned law enforcement and lionized the criminals. Portland city councilwoman Jo Ann Hardesty spread a conspiracy theory that police were engaging in false-flag arson attacks to frame left-wing protesters. Mayor Ted Wheeler told President Trump in a news conference to take his “troops” and leave. Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden called the officers an “occupying army.” Oregon Gov. Kate Brown described them as “secret police abducting people in unmarked vehicles.”
The media were no better.
In August, NPR gave an unchallenged platform to Vicky Osterweil to promote her book “In Defense of Looting.” During the interview, the author argued that rioting and looting were legitimate acts of protest. Both local and national media rigidly only referred to the far-left rioters as “protesters.” The Associated Press, which sets guidelines for journalists, amended its stylebook to discourage use of the word “riot,” given protesters’ “underlying grievances.”
Hours after pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol, Antifa tried to break into the Multnomah County Courthouse in downtown Portland. A mob of black-clad Antifa militants proceeded to smash businesses and public buildings using hammers. On one wall, they spray-painted an Antifa logo and the warning, “The state can no longer suppress us.”
Protesters then confronted Mayor Wheeler at a restaurant and hit him. But by morning, no national media had reported on the anti-government violence in Portland — the third riot in the city since New Year’s Eve.
- Related: Mike Yoder tweets that "In 1983, Susan Rosenberg planted a bomb outside the US Senate chamber to assassinate Republican senators. House Judiciary Committee Chairman @RepJerryNadler got Pres. Clinton to pardon Susan Rosenberg. She’s now a board member of Black Lives Matter Network, Inc." (H/t Instapundit).
- Under the skin of every Liberal is a Fascist screaming to get out: "PBS Top Lawyer Says Gov Should Build 'Enlightenment Camps' And Remove Children From Trump Supporting Homes"--Zero Hedge. The latest from Project Veritas. PBS fired him once the video spread online.
- Related: Congressional democrats are drafting bill to outlaw MAGA rallies as "domestic terrorism."
- Related: "Democrat Chair Of House Homeland Security Committee Wants Josh Hawley And Ted Cruz On The Terrorist No-Fly List" by Evita Duffy, The Federalist.
- Related: "Meghan McCain: Capital Rioters Are ‘Domestic Terrorists’ — They Should Be Sent to Gitmo"--Breitbart. What she is inferring is that the political opponents of the Left should be treated as terrorists under the Patriot Act with all that entails.
- Related: "Hillary Clinton: Impeaching Trump Not Enough to ‘Remove White Supremacy from America’"--Breitbart. She wants Trump supporters to be labeled "domestic terrorists" and for there to be greater on-line censorship of political opponents of the Left.
- Related: "Lieu: Republican Members of Congress Who ‘Incited Insurrection’ Should Be Prosecuted"--Breitbart. That is Representative Ted Lieu (D-CA).
- Related: "New role for antifa: Biden’s 'shock troops'" by Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner. From the article:
The election of President-elect Joe Biden does not signal the end of violent anarchist group antifa, sometimes portrayed by sympathetic media as a national anti-Trump movement.Instead, according to a journalist who has tracked its every move, antifa is likely to feel emboldened to challenge pro-Trump critics of the new Democratic administration.And following Wednesday’s violent protests in the halls of Congress by Trump supporters, said Andy Ngo, “They will feel, in their own right, legitimized” to retaliate.
Not knowing anything about real Nazis and how they operated, Antifa members will likely be surprised when they meet the same fate as Hitler's brownshirts.
- "House installs metal detectors to check congressional lawmakers after Capitol riots"--New York Post. What better proof do you need to demonstrate that the security state is in control.
- Hanging together so they won't be hung separately: "JPMorgan and Goldman Sachs join U.S. corporations halting political donations after Capitol riot"--CNBC. Most of the big banks are stopping all political donations--including to Democrats--for six months. Morgan Stanley, however, is only targeting those Republicans that challenged the Electoral College certification of Biden--what some are calling the "treason caucus". The Daily Mail also reports that the online finance firm Stripe announces they will no longer process payments for Trump campaign website and "Marriott became the biggest name to ban all donations to 147 Republicans led by Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley and Kevin McCarthy." It was jointed by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and Commerce Bancshare, the parent company of Commerce Bank and other community banks. Ford, CVS, Target and Exxon Mobil are also looking at whether to stop political donations to those that challenged Biden's election.
There are a couple of ways to interpret this. First, that these companies understand that with this election, there is no longer any need to buy Republican politicians because the Machine can manufacture all the votes it wants. Second, and this be a situation of "and" rather than "or", these companies are signaling their fealty to the New Regime.
- Related: Because of Amazon's, Apple's and Google's actions taken against Parler, other companies with the server capacity to host the service are too afraid to help. The article also details how the Southern Poverty Law Center is used as justification to stifle conservative and Christian voices.
- Related: "Marriott, AT&T, Airbnb…Here’s The List Of Corporations Announcing They Won’t Donate To GOP Lawmakers Who Objected To Electoral Votes From Contested States"--Gateway Pundit.
- Related: I'm sure this is just a coincidence. "70TB of Parler users’ messages, videos, and posts leaked by security researchers"--Cybernews.
- Related: Larry Correia explains: "In principle I’m usually in favor of letting businesses do whatever they want. You know what else I’m usually against in principle? Bombing Japan. Yet strangely, after Pearl Harbor, circumstances changed, and things which were previously disagreeable become necessary. Go figure."
- Another oath of fealty to the New Regime: "In rare joint message, top U.S. military leaders condemn Capitol riot"--Reuters. And a warning to any troops that might question whether Biden is a lawfully elected president.
“The violent riot in Washington D.C. on January 6, 2021 was a direct assault on the U.S. Congress, the Capitol building, and our Constitutional process,” the seven generals and one admiral said in an internal memo to troops, adding that the military remained committed to protecting and defending the Constitution.“The rights of freedom of speech and assembly do not give anyone the right to resort to violence, sedition and insurrection,” the memo, seen by Reuters, said.The military leaders said that President-elect Joe Biden would be inaugurated on Jan. 20 and become their commander in chief.“Any act to disrupt the Constitutional process is not only against our traditions, values, and oath; it is against the law.”
- Speaking of showing fealty to the New Regime: "GOP sources say there is a 'better than 50/50' chance Mitch McConnell votes to convict Trump in impeachment trial because he 'wants him purged from the GOP' - as Liz Cheney says she wants president removed"--Daily Mail.
- Related: "Former officials, anti-Trump activists pledge $50M for Republicans who support impeachment"--The Hill. I wonder how many will be stupid enough to believe them.
- "REDPILLED MEDIA EXCLUSIVE: US Capitol Special Agent David Bailey Who Murdered Ashli Babbitt is a Brazilian Immigrant and Black Lives Matter Militant — HE REPEATEDLY THREATENED TO KILL TRUMP SUPPORTERS ON FACEBOOK FOR MONTHS!"--Redpilled.
- Heh: "Twitter stock drops 12% and wipes $5bn off company value as it braces for MAGA protests at San Francisco HQ after banning Trump and purging his supporters"--Daily Mail.
- The Left calls it chutzpah and admires it, but the rest of us call it hypocrisy: "Twitter condemns Uganda for blocking social media apps and censoring internet before key election"--Washington Examiner. Per the article:
“Ahead of the Ugandan election, we're hearing reports that Internet service providers are being ordered to block social media and messaging apps,” the social media giant posted in a statement on Tuesday.“We strongly condemn internet shutdowns – they are hugely harmful, violate basic human rights and the principles of the #OpenInternet,” the statement continued.The company argued that “access to information and freedom of expression, including the public conversation on Twitter, is never more important than during democratic processes, particularly elections.”
- Related: A company with no sense of shame meets a government with a back bone: "Government of Uganda Bans Twitter From Country After Censorship, Election Interference"--Big League Politics.
- Related: Too late they sense the danger: "France, Germany, Mexico, Australia Join International Outcry over Censorship of Donald Trump"--Breitbart.
- Hyperbole much? "'We came close to half of the House DYING!' AOC says Trump MUST be held accountable for MAGA riot"--Daily Mail.
- Old and busted--From Biden's campaign website: "[Trump's] obsession with building a wall does nothing to address security challenges while costing taxpayers billions of dollars." New and cool: "'Ring of steel' goes up around Capitol for Biden's inauguration with 6,200 National Guardsmen called in from six states as fears mount that Trump supporters will attempt another attack"--Daily Mail.
- "I'm sorry, Bill Whittle, but I think you've lost sight of reality"--Bayou Renaissance Man. I have long had a great deal of respect for Bill Whittle, but I think Peter Grant is correct. In Whittle's video about the Stop the Steal protest at the Capital, Whittle stated (brackets and ellipses added by Grant):
I completely condemn what happened [on Wednesday], not because it's not time to fight, but because it is not time to fight like a mob. An American army ... is different from a mob, because an American army, when an American army goes to war, it goes to war on a foundation of justice, a foundation of righteous anger, a foundation of moral certainty that you are on the side of the angels, and it does it with discipline. American armies do not shoot hostages, and they don't hang children, in order to get information. They are not a bunch of people climbing over barricades and smashing windows. An American army has discipline and they preserve the moral integrity necessary to win because they have discipline, because they don't do the kind of things that they have been begging us to do.
Grant notes that not only is this historically wrong--the U.S. has only won when it has been just as ruthless or more so than its enemies--but is doctrinally incorrect. That is, he argues, conservatives do not have the time to wait until it has the organization, discipline, and money to fight the Left.
- "A Truth Reckoning: Why We’re Holding Those Who Lied For Trump Accountable" by Randall Lane, Forbes (h/t Victory Girls Blog). Lane, the chief content officer and editor of Forbes, is certainly showing his true colors. He writes:
Let it be known to the business world: Hire any of Trump’s fellow fabulists above, and Forbes will assume that everything your company or firm talks about is a lie. We’re going to scrutinize, double-check, investigate with the same skepticism we’d approach a Trump tweet. Want to ensure the world’s biggest business media brand approaches you as a potential funnel of disinformation? Then hire away.
And just so you know that any attempt by Lane to appear fair or balanced is B.S., he adds:
This isn’t cancel culture, which is a societal blight. (There’s surely a nice living for each of these press secretaries on the true-believer circuit.) Nor is this politically motivated, as Forbes’ pro-entrepreneur, pro-growth worldview has generally placed it in the right-of-center camp over the past century — this standard needs to apply to liars from either party. It’s just a realization that, as Daniel Patrick Moynihan famously said, in a thriving democracy, everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but not their own facts. Our national reset starts there.
Strangely, Forbes has never taken this position before, and I doubt it will take it again. This is just the Cloud People angry that the peasants are revolting.
- Speaking of people not being entitled to their own facts: "Yes, it was a Fraudulent Election" by Malcolm Beifong, American Thinker. The real lie is when the Leftists claim that there was no evidence (generally followed by some reference that all the court cases were thrown out by the judges) conclusively demonstrating that they know nothing about evidence or the practice of law. And, yes, statistical studies are evidence--they are widely used to show disparate impact in civil rights litigation, for instance. Anyway, an excerpt from the article:
... due to statistical anomalies in vote counts which strongly point to artificial manipulation, convincingly presented by people much smarter than I am, coupled with suspicious maneuvers by officials in charge of the voting process, along with reports of questionable accumulation and counting of ballots, I found it hard to believe that the election was managed in a way that was fair and honest. But if there was a reasonable explanation for all of the apparent weirdness, I was ready to listen.As I write this we’re into January, yet Reasonable Explanation remains a no-show. Instead, we are to believe that there was, okay, maybe some fraud, but not enough to change the result. Nothing major. And I suppose a certain level of unscrupulous background noise is to be expected during any nationwide election. Dead people voting, people voting twice, lost ballots. We’re a big country, and if some of that happens, I don’t lose sleep over it.But this time around, it seems like much much more than a few dubious ballots from the living dead. I’ve come to the conclusion that the will of the voters was not taken seriously by the people in charge who, presuming to know better than we do, changed the result to one of their liking. That’s the bad news.Here’s the worse news: those people have probably gotten away with it by now because finding actual evidence ex post facto that would indict them is a tough one. But a robbery is not negated because you cannot catch the thief. ...
- The first rule of fighting tyranny is to show who is the tyrant: "Dance To The Line" by Sarah Hoyt. Because she was smaller and sickly, Hoyt was often the victim of bullies. She learned to fight back, explaining:
... Like, you use the fact bullies can’t stand to be defied against them. And you make sure when they hit you it’s right in front of everyone, and that you “weren’t DOING anything.” Remember that. this is very important.So, say, the playground bully drew a line with his toe on the sand and said “you can’t cross this.” Okay then. Fine. Right and proper. You dance right up to the line, and then moon walk (even if I didn’t know what that meant, back and forth along it.) You’re not actually crossing the line, but you’re depriving the bully of what he really wants: your fear and submission.The bully can’t help it. The longer you’re doing your moon walk and grinning at him, the more it’s going to aggravate the living daylights out of him. And he knows — he knows — people watching the scene are laughing at him. So he’s going to hit you. Now, if you’re smart you’ll be ready and duck, which makes him look even worse. And if you duck long enough, he’s going to take off running after you. And if you do time it just right, it will be when the teacher has just come out of the door, to call you in from recess. And she’s going to grab you. And everyone in the playground will say “she wasn’t doing anything.”
While the events at the Capital were used by the Left as their very own Reichstag Fire to justify crushing anyone that doesn't agree with them, we cannot accept that characterizations; and those to the right of the new fascists controlling our country should stop criticizing the MAGA protestors. Instead, Ashli E. Babbitt's death should be our Boston Massacre. Her pictures, especially of her lying there bleeding to death, should be spread far and wide with the message that this is what Pelosi and her minions caused.
- Related: Que Sera, Sera: "How Fucking Dumb Are We?"--The Intrepid Reporter. It seems that our Lexington and Concord may be upon us sooner than we thought. The author of this piece is warning readers to not attend the January 17, 2021, armed protests scheduled for Washington D.C. and all 50 state capitals. His concern--and a valid one--is that this event will be an excuse to attack and take away Second Amendment rights. If you are thinking about going to one of these rallies, I would suggest that you become mentally prepared by first watching the movie, The Warriors.
- Related: Roger Stone calls on Americans to completely ignore Biden's inauguration rather than show up to protest it. Remember, the opposite of love is not hate, but indifference.
- Amazing: "Gab CEO completely backed up President Trump’s Twitter account before it was deleted and recreated him on Gab!"
- Related: "Parler finds refuge with right-leaning webhosting service" by Nihal Krishan, Washington Examiner. Krishan reports: "On Monday, Parler registered its domain and server to be hosted by Epik, an internet webhosting company known for working with right-leaning websites. Gab, another social media platform popular with conservatives, also uses Epik. A web domain search shows that Parler is now registered with Epik."
- Quote from Peter Grant: "Millions of us know full well that the Presidential elections were stolen, and the powers that be - the Democratic Party and the so-called 'Deep State' - were responsible, and they don't give a damn what we think about it. They're giving us the finger every day and daring us to try to stop them, because they believe they control all the reins of power and can crush our opposition." Nevertheless, Grant also cautions that "[i]n our outrage over a stolen election, let's not lose our humanity." He writes, in part:
I'm seeing the same callousness in talk about shooting this, or that, or the other politician, or activist, or members of a given organization. If someone has shown themselves to be an enemy of our Republic, and a traitor to our constitution, then they should undoubtedly pay a price for that; but if we set ourselves up as judge, and jury, and executioner, we give others license to do exactly the same to us. That's what the Golden Rule is all about. I don't see how any Christian, at least, can persuade themselves that it's moral to do that.I'm entirely in agreement that there needs to be resistance to the progressive coup d'état that electoral fraud during the November 2020 elections has brought about. I have no objection to the guilty parties being brought to justice. However, let's make sure that it's the guilty who suffer punishment. As they have sown, so let them reap. Let their criminal and morally evil actions be their judge - not our opinion of their politics. Otherwise, we make ourselves as much an enemy of our constitution and laws - not to mention our moral and ethical foundation - as they are.
What Grant says is true. In Revelation 13:10 (KJV), we are warned: "He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints." I don't see this as saying that we must render ourselves helpless before the forces of evil, but that we must not be the instigators of violence. If they attack us, we defend. But we do not go forth conquering or to conquer; nor do we seek revenge. As Paul instructs us: "Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord." (Romans 12:19).
Besides, living by the sword isn't absolutely necessary. In a different article, Grant discusses infrastructure attacks.
- "Could Condescension Cause A Civil War?"--Helen Smith at Instapundit. I recommend reading the whole thing as it neatly describes the contempt the Left and the Elites have for "the Deplorables", but this is the key part: "But the problem is that the main attraction of leftist politics is to put people down in order to feel powerful. There is no incentive for them to stop and the media eggs them on and promotes belittling as a virtue. It is a vicious circle that may end in a very bad place."
- "Deplorables, Or Expendables?"--American Conservative. The author begins by looking at the question of why Apple was so confident that it could with impunity not pay Apple employees for the time everyday where they were screened to make sure they weren't sneaking anything in or out.
Jeff Rubin, author of The Expendables: How the Middle Class got Screwed by Globalization, has an answer to the above question that is easily deduced from the subtitle of his book. The socio-economic arrangements produced by globalization have made labor the most flexible and plentiful resource in the economic process. The pressure on the middle class, and all that falls below it, has been so persistent and powerful, that now “only 37 percent of Americans believe their children will be better off financially than they themselves are. Only 24 percent in Canada or Australia feel the same. And in France, that figure dips to only 9 percent.” And “[i]n the mid-1980s it would have taken a typical middle-income family with two children less than seven years of income to save up to buy a home; it now takes more than ten years. At the same time, housing expenditures that accounted for a quarter of most middle-class household incomes in the 1990s now account for a third.”
The story of globalization is engraved in the “shuttered factories across North America, the boarded-up main streets, the empty union halls.” Rubin does admit that there are benefits accrued from globalization, billions have been lifted up out of poverty in what was previously known as the third world, wealth has been created, certain efficiencies have been achieved. The question for someone in the western world is how much more of a price he’s willing to pay to keep the whole thing going on, especially as we have entered a phase of diminishing returns for almost all involved.
As Joel Kotkin has written, “[e]ven in Asia, there are signs of social collapse. According to a recent survey by the Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs, half of all Korean households have experienced some form of family crisis, many involving debt, job loss, or issues relating to child or elder care.” And “[i]n “classless” China, a massive class of migrant workers—over 280 million—inhabit a netherworld of substandard housing, unsteady work, and miserable environmental conditions, all after leaving their offspring behind in villages. These new serfs vastly outnumber the Westernized, highly educated Chinese whom most Westerners encounter.” “Rather than replicating the middle-class growth of post–World War II America and Europe, notes researcher Nan Chen, ‘China appears to have skipped that stage altogether and headed straight for a model of extraordinary productivity but disproportionately distributed wealth like the contemporary United States.’”
- What an idiotic question: "PIERS MORGAN: Trump the Terrible deserves to be dumped from the presidency AND from Twitter - but why don't our social media masters have the guts to ban Iran and China's genocidal monsters too?"--Daily Mail. Because China would shut down those companies immediately, and Muslims will blow up stuff and cut off your head.
- Things are different when you are a pushover: In McKay Coppins' December 16, 2020, article at The Atlantic, "The Most American Religion" looking at how and why the members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (aka Mormons) became so patriotic and mainstream (the author notes, for instance, that "[a]t one point, Brigham Young University was the third-largest source of Army officers in the country"), he discusses The Book of Mormon musical, co-written by South Park’s creators, Matt Stone and Trey Parker, which became a Broadway hit and how "the show skewered Mormonism with gleeful profanity and depicted its adherents as simpletons." Coppins related:
My initial reaction, after listening to the soundtrack, was exasperation that this was how affluent theatergoers were being introduced to my faith. But I also felt compelled to be a good sport—and I wasn’t alone. When [Church President] Romney was asked about the show, he said he’d love to see it: “It’s a Tony-award winner, big phenomenon!” And the Church itself took out ads in the playbill that read, “You’ve seen the play. Now read the book.”
But where the play-wrights worried about any backlash from Mormons? No, writes Coppins, citing to an NPR interview with the Stone and Parker in which the duo were asked that very question. From the NPR piece, with Stone fielding the answer:
Because before the church responded, a lot of, you know, people would ask us about, like, oh, are you afraid of what the church is going to say? And Trey and I were like, they're going to be cool. Trust us. They're going to be cool.
And people in New York are like, no, they're not. They're going to be, you know, mad at you guys. There are going to be protests. We're like, nope, they're going to be cool. And, I mean, I don't know if we totally knew, but we weren't that surprised by the church's response.
Going back to Coppins' Atlantic article, Coppins admitted that he was initially delighted by the Church's response.
But then I met a theater critic in New York who had recently seen the musical. He marveled at how the show got away with being so ruthless toward a minority religion without any meaningful backlash. I tried to cast this as a testament to Mormon niceness. But the critic was unconvinced. “No,” he replied. “It’s because your people have absolutely no cultural cachet.”
Somehow, it wasn’t until that moment that I understood the source of all our inexhaustible niceness. It was a coping mechanism, born of a pulsing, sweaty desperation to be liked that I suddenly found humiliating.
- Civil rights are so passé: "Army psychological warfare officer faces Pentagon investigation for attending MAGA rally that led to storming of the Capitol"--Daily Mail. I wonder how many military officers and personnel have been investigated for attending BLM "rallies"?
- Babylon: "Saudi Arabia announces new 105-mile-long linear eco-city with 'zero cars, zero streets and zero carbon emissions' and where no commute will take longer than 20 minutes"--Daily Mail. My guess is that more than a few tech oligarchs and big banks and financial firms will be calling this home within the decade.
Saudi Arabia has announced that a new 105-mile-long linear eco-city free from cars, streets and carbon emissions will be built in which no commute will take longer than 20 minutes.
The NEOM project, which received $500billion in funding from Saudi government, Public Investment Fund and local and global investors, is set to be built from scratch along the kingdom's Red Sea coast and will cover 105 miles in a straight line.
NEOM is a 10,000 sq mile high-tech development based in a region in northwest Saudi Arabia on the Red Sea with several zones, including an industrial and logistics areas, which is planned to be completed in 2025.
The Line is expected to cost between $100billion and $200billion - mostly coming from NEOM's $500billion funding - and is the result of three years of work.
- For the crime history buffs: "The Zebra Killings" by F. Roger Devlin, American Renaissance.
... 15 white San Franciscans were killed because of their race over a terrifying six-month period in the early 1970s. The killings, which became known as the Zebra murders, were carried out by a group of at least four black men associated with the Nation of Islam.On the evening of October 20, 1973, 30-year-old Richard Hague and his 28-year-old wife Quita, were strolling down Telegraph Hill, barely a block from home, when a white van pulled up beside them. Three black men emerged; one pointed a gun at them and ordered them to get in the van. Quita ran off, but the men grabbed Richard. Thinking their intent was merely robbery, and that they would be let him go if they cooperated, she went back. The blacks threw them to the floor of the van and tied their hands behind them. Richard thought the men might be raping Quita and tried to look up; they beat him unconscious with a wrench.Arriving at a suitably deserted spot, the men dragged Quita and the unconscious Richard out of the van. They then set upon Quita with a machete. One of the investigating officers recalls:
I’d been in the department ten years. Knifings, shooting, beatings, strangulations — pretty much any way you can kill as person, I’d seen it done. But I’d never seen anything like the wounds that cut through that young woman. They took your breath away. . . .There was no sexual assault. Her husband’s wallet was stolen, but there was almost no money in it. Even if robbery had been the motive and the killers were just trying to silence them, they could have used their gun. But they didn’t. Which meant they didn’t just want to kill them. They wanted to mutilate them. . . .The wounds were across her face, shoulders, chest and torso. That meant the killers attacked her while she was on her back. There was tearing in most of the cuts, which meant she was struggling, trying to twist away from the blade as it came down toward her. [pp. 3–17. See end of article for explanation of sources.]
The killers were content to slash at Richard’s face and neck a few times and leave him for dead. He survived, but needed more than 200 stitches and many surgeries.
Read the whole thing.
- Thank goodness for the strict gun control laws in Chicago: "'I'm going around giving blessings': Gunman, 32, brags about his random shooting rampage in Chicago's South Side as he kills four - including student, 30, sat in his car - before being shot dead by police"--Daily Mail. The suspect, Jason Nightengale, had a lengthy history of arrests dating back to 2005, including charges of domestic battery, theft, reckless conduct, and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, says the article. The article indicates that there was no known motive for the attacks. The New York Post, however, reported that Nightengale "had posted a series of disturbing videos — in which he vowed to 'blow up the whole community.'" A lot more on this story here.
- An inconvenient truth: "Very Inconvenient Alps Glacier History…Top Glaciologists: Alps Were Ice-Free 6000 Years Ago"--Watts Up With That. No kidding. The whole planet was warmer and wetter 6000 years ago.
- Isn't this racist? "Middle Stone Age DIDN'T end 30,000 years ago: Ancient humans in parts of Africa were still using primitive stone tools 20,000 years after others had moved on to specialised toolkits"--Daily Mail.
Previous discoveries suggested humans in Africa stopped using certain tools and methods - including simple points and scrapers - in favour of more complex and crafted equipment including spears and blades about 30,000 years ago.
This distinction in equipment, and a move to a more artistic and regionally diverse approach to tools marks the transition from Middle to Later Stone Age.
Archaeologists found ancient West African inhabitants were still using simple tools about 11,000 years ago - up to 20,000 years after they went out of favour elsewhere.
This disproves a long-held theory that humanity evolved in one uniform way towards our modern lifestyle - and instead evolved at different speeds around the world.