Random Thoughts - July 3, 2020 - INDEPENDENCE DAY EDITION!
Note: I think these “Random Thoughts” have replaced my linkfests. I like the format – I get to expound more on a few topics rather than “quick hitting” when there are so many places to get lots of info like that, e.g., my I READ… list on the left. Many of these places are where I get my info from anyway. Please click through from here so they see traffic coming from me.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY BELOVED COUNTRY!!!!
Lead-in clickbait image from one of my Rule 5 posts, specifically done to get traffic:
Yes, I know it’s clickbait. Deal with that. Give me a better way to get eyeballs short of my giving away money, I’ll do that instead.
Any link in yellow is a link to a purchase that supports me. Any link in cyan is to something I’ve posted previously. And anything in magenta is an organization that – IMHO – deserves a donation or paid subscription.
And please do check out my last five non-Rule Five posts (any multi-part posts count as one; quickie-posts put together and counted as one):
Three blast-from-the-past posts – picked at my whim:
Speaking of the past: Volume I and Volume II. (If I get inspired I may just fold them all into one…)
Don’t forget my CARTOONS. Here’s one picked at random.
And for those interested, my last two Rule Five posts (again, preview images are clickbait, I know… so sue me) – and a notice on Rule Five posts in general:
I was reflecting on an email sent to me by someone at BillWhittle.com and they asked if I really had been an atheist. I replied to the effect that yes I had, for over two decades, and – at least early on – a very obnoxious one too. I was in your face to everyone who did believe about how intellectually superior I was for not believing. So, details omitted, I went out to look to see if the net could scour up anything I had posted… and it did. One of those postings had this quote:
"If the liberties of the American people are ever destroyed, they will fall by the hands of the Clergy."
--- General Marquis De Lafayette, 1789
If you recall from my last Random Thoughts, I discussed how BLM is approaching a religious movement and, as I reread the quote, I realized that the “clergy” are actually the clergy of this new, Marxianic movement. A lengthy excerpt from Wokeness: the return of Medieval madness (links in the original, bolding added):
Excommunication meant so much more than being banned from taking communion. It involved you being shunned, shamed, spiritually condemned, even banished. Only through some kind of heavy penance – often a very public, lengthy and humiliating contrition – could you and your reputation be redeemed.
Excommunication became a powerful political weapon. It was dished out to enemies of the faith to destroy their legitimacy. Often it was used as a punishment for sins as minor as uttering the wrong opinion.
What are No Platforming and cancel culture if not a modern form of excommunication? Qualified, competent professionals are hounded out of their jobs and publicly shamed just for uttering the wrong opinion, often simply for a misjudged choice of words. Even just the wrong pronouns.
As often as not, their employer wants a quiet life, so he bows to activist pressure and sacks the target of the witch hunt. Cancel culture is excommunication.
The important thing is to get the smear to stick. Innocence is no defence. Nor was it in the witch trials of Medieval times, which were held before kangaroo courts of the local clergy. Meanwhile, anyone who defends the witch is assumed to be another witch, so most stay quiet.
But RTWT. A link from my essay The Shunning, specifically Civility Is Heresy When Leftism is a Religion, had this to say (link in the original):
The root of the Left’s dalliance with political violence stems from the fact that politics occupies a different place in their mental and spiritual landscape. For the Left, it holds the same place that religion does for most people.
What is religion? For most, it’s a grand unifying scheme that ties the present to the past and the future, including the afterlife. It defines a person and his earthly life in light of the transcendent; it provides moral rules and ideals; it imposes deeper meaning on what would otherwise be mundane; it provides structure and spiritual sustenance during difficult times.
[T]he Left, rather, is a religious movement, and all those who are not of the Left, are, in their eyes, the heretics.
Again and again, I – and others (like The Daley Gator and thank you for citing my post specifically!) – have said this. They are missionaries; they are TRUE BELIEVERS in the idea they can create heaven on earth. And since they BELIEVE they can create a world without fear, or hate, or hunger, or war, or any of the evils that have plagued mankind since mankind became mankind, anyone who opposes this must be evil.
I’ve attempted reason. I’ve attempted emotion. Nothing penetrates.
This is outrageous. 20 years for a picture. Reserving final judgment for whether or not the picture is as innocuous as presented, but assuming it is – and I’d lean towards it being so a prior – it’s outrageous.
Judge Refuses to Dismiss Terror Charges Against Young Conservative Who Posted Rifle Pic on Social Media
There is a GOFUNDME. Over $20K so far. I’ll give in a day or so.
I don’t remember where I got this. But it’s SO TRUE. (If memory serves it was either NinetyMiles or ItAin’tHolyWater.)
This does raise a very valid and worrisome question: what happened to all those weapons, and the untold millions of rounds of ammo, that were purchased? And if it’s discovered that these weapons are, in fact, sourced from these purchases?
In my essay The Shunning I described by cousin who, since Trump’s election, has chosen to not speak, email, or text in reply to my attempts to contact them. With one exception, where they said they had a hard time getting past our last email exchange, it’s been 100% radio silence.
Hey cuz… how’s that whole liberalism is great thing working out for you?
What’s the first thing these white nimrods will do if trouble comes to their door? “I’ll take ‘Call the police’ for $1000, Alex”.
In general, remember, the police have no obligation to protect you specifically:
Not just for travelers; everyday awareness. And I’ve just ordered these two:
Interestingly, my older one is developing this. As a treat I took them to the local ice cream place. We were alone there for a while as I had my “traditional” sundae and they had a vanilla swirlie ice cream. Then, a couple of cars showed up and a bunch of men got out, and they whispered “I’m done, let’s get out of here”. In the car and driving I ask why. “Something about those men didn’t feel right”. (Note, they were all white, and I personally didn’t have any warning signs, but…)
I’ve repeatedly told my kids “Trust your gut. If something doesn’t feel right about someone, odds are good there’s a reason for it”.
The board is set, the pieces are moving. We come to it at last, the great battle of our time. So let’s just buckle down and win the damned thing, shall we?
Ending on a light note:
(HT Peter Grant)
His take: No more espresso for you.
My take: Clearly “identifies” as a spinner dolphin.
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