Random Thoughts July 31, 2020
Note: 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.
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.
Lead-in clickbait image from one of my Rule Five 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. And please share this post, and subscribe to my blog!
Stand by for a new Rule Five post late this afternoon.
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:
Don’t forget my CARTOONS. Here’s one:
If you’re a blogger and like any of these cartoons I’d greatly appreciate your using them. All I ask for is:
1. No alterations to the image or notice on it
2. Give me credit for it
3. Give a linkback to my blog
Amazon – Everything under the sun
Built Bar – Protein / nutrition bars
Pictures on Gold – Laser-engraved jewelry images
Wicked Temptations – Lingerie and other “unmentionables”
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:
Because she knows full well that, as a standalone item, it’d never fly.
More broadly, they’ve done this for decades. Attached things to non-related must-pass bills, and they get through because those bills need to get through. For example:
HOUSE VOTES TO “RED FLAG” MILITARY PERSONNEL IN VETO-PROOF MAJORITY (link in original, bolding added):
That adage was never more true than last week, when a bucketload of House “pro-gun” Republicans voted to pass a giant defense bill containing, in its bowels, a “red flag” gun confiscation proposal for the military — hidden there by Nancy Pelosi’s gun-hating stooges.
Related, on voting and ballot languages:
And on mail-in voting:
Remember, these people are MISSIONARIES. They are TRUE BELIEVERS in thinking they can create a one-world Socialist Utopia. To that end, to create a living paradise on earth, they’ll do anything to achieve it. Vote fraud? Baldfaced lying? Open treason / coup attempt? Yes, but that’s peanuts; LARRY GRATHWOHL: REQUIEM FOR AN AMERICAN HERO (bolding added):
They also believed that their immediate responsibility would be to protect against what they called the counter revolution and they felt that this counter revolution could best be guarded against by creating and establishing reeducation centers in the Southwest where would take all the people who needed to be reeducated into the new way of thinking and teach them how things were going to be.
I asked, well, what is going to happen to those people that we can’t reeducate that are diehard capitalists and the reply was that they’d have to be eliminated. And when I pursued this further they estimated that they would have to eliminate 25 million people in these reeducation centers. And when I say eliminate I mean kill – 25 million people.
I want you to imagine sitting in a room with 25 people most of which have graduate degrees from Columbia and other well known educational centers and hear them figuring out the logistics for the elimination of 25 million people and they were dead serious."
(HT This post at The BFD]
There are two purposes to all these “Biden’s up-up-up” polls:
First, attempt to demoralize the Right.
Second, to create such a picture of inevitability for Biden that if the widely-predicted Trump-slide happens, they can point to the disparity between polls and election as “proof” Trump cheated.
As Daniel Greenfield pointed out, two sides in a country can vehemently disagree, but if they respect the elections regardless of outcome, you still have a country. If they don’t… you don’t. Instead, you get closer and closer to an actual shooting civil war. As this MUST READ piece notes, "Peaceful" protests (italics in original, bolding added):
It no longer feels like there is a common "us" that both sides recognize. That's new in American politics. It's like a line has been crossed; the Mos Maiorum of the early days are held now in contempt. It's Winner Takes All; The Strong do what they can, the Weak do what they must. If you get lumped in with The Weak then it sucks to be you.
And so record numbers of Americans find themselves as first time gun owners this year. Millions of new gun owners - although it must be said that those are rookie numbers. They'll be higher come the election. It's a Bad Moon Rising, and no matter who wins the election that's going to accelerate.
Because Mos Maiorum is dead. The losers in 2016 refused to accept the results of the voter's choice, and that looks fair to repeat when Donald Trump wins by an even bigger margin this coming November. What is to be done, when rioting in the streets is the New Normal?
There are several restaurants near me that made it; overall, without an official survey, a high survival rate. How they’re doing with the spacing mandates is unknown though take-out seems to be a strong component of success. But several have, very visibly, vanished. For rent / lease signs are now up on several “institution” restaurants that were ongoing enterprises ever since I moved here.
Very fortunately, restaurants that we like did survive and we’ve patronized them to give them income (though the last one, where we covered the guests, puts a kibosh on that for a while… wow, have prices gone up!). Related; Coming soon to a business district near you - if it hasn't already arrived:
There's not a lot we can do about the businesses closing all around us, except to patronize those that are really important to us, spending our consumer dollars there in an effort to keep them open. I think it's very important to have local resources such as pharmacies, vehicle repair shops and the like. A local supermarket is also an important benefit, even if it offers only a limited selection, in case lockdowns or unrest prevent us getting to stores further away.
Beautifully done… and utterly irrelevant. The Left wants Trump’s head – and I’m sure they’d enjoy that literally! – and they want absolute power. Do you think they can be shamed? Do you think they can be called out effectively?
This is a must-read:
Speaking of narcissism, I just saw this piece:
When is the last time you saw a liberal politician genuinely apologize for anything?
A question also implied here; Don’t Lecture Me:
That no Democrat feels the slightest remorse -- or even has the intellectual honesty to admit it -- tells us everything we need to know about the 2020 liberal mindset.
Consider this; Pramila Jayapal Is A Hero In Her Own Mind:
Jayapal is quite proud of herself and considers herself a hero. She is a rude, ill-mannered, unlady-like child. She should be embarrassed, but she’s not got the grace to be embarrassed.
Also relevant IMHO, my observations:
Closing this with a quote:
“Your enemy is never a villain in his own eyes. Keep this in mind; it may offer a way to make him your friend. If not, you can kill him without hate — and quickly.”
--- Robert Heinlein
Which begs the question: How do you convince people who are stuffed to the gills with their own preening self-aggrandized image of themselves as Anointed Intellectuals that their views, e.g., gun control, abortion, taxes, etc., are not good, but are harming others – which, then, makes them a villain? And then, at least in theory, open to considering other perspectives.
Hell, for one percent of that I’ll play a trained seal – playing with a ball.
Can you just feel the wonderful benefits of being diverse and multi-cultural, and want more of them to come to the West? And can you just appreciate how governments are facilitating this cultural enrichment even over their own native citizens?
Nobel Peace Prize winner and recent Oxford graduate Malala Yousafzai has also failed to address the persecution of minorities in Pakistan. In fact, she blocks people on Twitter who raise this concern. Yet she is supposed to be a human rights activist.
Isn’t she one step away from being sainted?
Rutgers Latest Declaration: Grammar Is Racist (italics in original):
This, to me, sums things up in a nutshell. Woke white, upper-middle-class, tenured professors in our university system honestly do not believe that Blacks, Hispanics and non-white populations entering their classrooms are capable of using proper grammar? That is insulting. That should cost them their jobs. But alas, their jobs will remain intact while they will continue to pump college students with this utter nonsense. This is coming from the same people who say President Trump is illiterate and cannot string a sentence together and because of this, we, as Americans look dumb.
When my wife and I met in Saint Petersburg, Russia, she knew a few dozen English words. Mostly we communicated by pantomime and constructing sentences word by word as we looked up sequential words in a Russian-English dictionary and then pointing.
[International Dating and Singles Tours - Free Membership / 5:02]
When she moved here she dove into watching TV to get used to the sounds of the language. She started taking English as a Foreign Language as soon as the next class opened up. She understood that to be successful here required knowing English – and proper English (even if, sometimes, she still retains Russian-language speech patterns from habit; articles like “a”, “an”, “the” are still a stumbling block – just like, as I learn Hebrew, there are some quirks that I still have trouble with). She even had a T-shirt that said “Welcome to America… now speak English”!
But circling back to the original precept: understanding and speaking and reading/writing language properly is essential to living and succeeding in any country. To not know this is a true body blow to success in society. Shunting proper grammar aside is an attack on the foundation of success. This move could not be more condescending, or racist, if those Democrats / Liberals pushing it wore their traditional “Klanbake” outfits.
My late father served on a bomber crew during World War II. When I asked him, he told me that the saying “You know you’re over the target when you’re taking flak” was absolutely true. Today media flaks are working hard to annihilate conservative voices who threaten their liberal narrative. Which means conservatives must be over liberal targets.
When the Cancel Culture Becomes a Caricature of Itself (bolding added):
It’s not just that Kass, a second-generation immigrant, is right of center in his politics. The mob targeted Kass because he wrote a column that speaks the truth about what’s happening in America’s big cities — and why. Their branding of Kass is not about racism, sexism, homophobism, anti-Muslimism, or conservatism. It’s about exercising power. And Kass is getting in the way.
It’s all about controlling The Narrative:
There is power in political myth; BLM's popularity is a politically motivated myth:
And the Left learned, long ago, about the importance of controlling the information flow (above video also embedded in my previous essay). Speaking of:
Related to the just-above link, the man was apparently carrying a rifle as he approached the car. Given the past assaults by protestors and discussions of dragging people from cars, I’d have dropped him too and not lost a second’s sleep over it.
All in all, exactly as Prof Tettenborn said above: just another thinly-veiled assault on traditional Western values, the institution of marriage, and cultural stability by the Destroyer Left. Repeat after me, everybody: They will not stop. They will NEVER stop. They will have to BE stopped. That is all.
Marriage – the nuclear family – is one of the last points of resistance to the Left. Because politics is downstream from culture. Ruin the culture, capture the politics. Breitbart:
And a few others on fighting the Left:
No. I agree with this blogger completely; When excuses ring hollow (italics in original, bolding added):
That is why I feel that looters and arsonists should be shot on sight. This is not a racist statement. I don't care what race, gender, creed, or what that person is wearing. I'd shoot a bishop in full garb if I saw him stealing a large screen tv from a Best Buy in the middle of a riot.
This seems quite useful if the protestors use cars to create a barricade: Dark Arts for Good Guys: Break on Through to the other side
I. Just. Can’t. I just can’t wrap my mind around this level of f*cking stupid. More in this category:
Hey, capitalize “Black”, capitalize “White”.
It’s all about the sex, it’s all about the orgasms. Bet you she gets “close” just thinking about this little episode.
So let’s close those courthouses and move out. What happens then? A follow-the-trail thought experiment.
RIP. A great man.
Ending on a light note:
(HT Peter Grant)
I do not compromise with cancer. I do not find common ground with gangrene. The Left-Islam Axis must be fought ruthlessly with no quarter asked or expected – or America, Western Civilization, and Israel… indeed the whole world… will be destroyed.
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