Seems appropriate

but if I posted this on Facebook, everyone including my wife would be pissed at me.

Well, except for the conservatives, I guess.

Happy Halloween!

Things that go without saying don’t always…go without saying.

Wife says she heard DT say how awful it was that the folks in the Pittsburgh synagogue were killed and in almost the same breath added that if they’d had armed security present, that wouldn’t have happened.

This upset her greatly, even though it’s 100% true that 11 people probably wouldn’t have died if there’d been armed security present.  The juxtaposition of the two thoughts were what set her off.  I guess I didn’t help when I said, “Well, he’s right, you know.”

Of course, I can’t find a tweet to that effect (and I would have assumed it would have been a tweet), so I have no fucking clue whether she heard it, saw it, or if it was a fake tweet, or some idiot reporter simply ran the two thoughts together in a news article/live standup (my suspicion is running toward the latter at the moment).  All I see on his feed (and please note that I started writing this at about 5:45 and just now got back to it several paragraphs down) is these four tweets:

This is not a guy who says, “So sorry that so many died, but y’all brought this on yourselves.”  So either a tweet was edited/deleted, a quote was taken out of context, or a reporter/network is/are a fuckwad.  Again, still thinking the latter.

But the takeaway is still the same as it is every fucking time one of these active shooter situations happens:  Damn shame someone there didn’t have a gun.  The difference is that apparently Trump had the balls to say so and not mince words.

Yet, my pacifist liberal wife said “violence doesn’t stop violence.”

Unfortunately (or, in my mind, fortunately), that’s not true.  Violence (or at least the threat of it) does indeed stop violence.  We see it all the time in armed citizen actions.

To argue that you shouldn’t need armed security or shouldn’t need to carry a weapon if you’re a law-abiding civilian is to simply ignore the constant threats being spewed by extremists both left and right — and if you’re a Jew, the threat level is even higher due to the rising tide of anti-Semitism that’s starting to crest in this country — both no thanks to our Democratic/Progressive “friends”.  And in point of fact, anti-Semitism can cause collateral damage to people like Freemasons, and Catholics, and any other civic or religious group the nutbag conspiracy theorists think is the devil du jour.

Gun-free zones multiply the problem because the black hats know nobody will be shooting back.  And if you don’t think that synagogue was a gun-free zone, you don’t know American Jews very well.

Look, we had this argument a couple of years ago in Masonry when a Masonic Center in Milwaukee was the target of an attack by a would-be jihadi who made the mistake of conspiring with FBI undercover agents to purchase weapons.  The general consensus was that you have to secure the building from invasion in the first place.  Once the black hats get into the building, you’re toast, whether all your members are carrying or none of them are, and anywhere in between.  The element of surprise means that a lot of people are going to die before a white hat manages to draw down and actually shoot the perp, and that assumes the white hat isn’t going to actually end up shooting one of his own people in the process.  In particular, a lodge room full of Masons is laid out in such a way that command of the doorway leading in probably means most everyone inside will take a bullet.

The same is true of a church or synagogue sanctuary, possibly even more so because (usually) everyone will be facing away from the entrance rather than seated at right angles to it.

So our consensus jelled around the idea that nobody should be able to get into the building in the first place.  Outer doors should be secured, entry granted only by positive identification with full camera surveillance of the entry, members who are also law enforcement or ex-law enforcement detailed to keep an eye on things inside and out during meetings, and arranging for local on-duty law enforcement to drive through the property two or three times during the evening.  We considered but tossed the idea of an actual professional armed security guard because most lodges don’t have the money to pay for that every meeting.

Larger buildings with more membership presence or that rent space for outside events are another story; the money is probably there (indeed it should be figured into rentals) and the need for professional security ratchets up with the profile of both the building and the event.

In the present case, I think it was idiotic for the synagogue not to have armed security present, but even more insane to have not considered what proactive steps it could have taken to prevent the shooter from getting into the building in the first place that might not have even required armed security.  It seems clear that none of this sort of planning happened or I’d think the doors would have been locked at the very minimum.  If this synagogue did have active shooter planning, it must have been of the pie-in-the-sky sort (“it could never really happen here”).  That may be harsh, but look what happened, and it seems fair to me to place blame squarely on the leadership.

Things are coming to a head in this country with regard to political violence (as I have written before) and anyone who isn’t thinking about how to secure events against active shooters is deluding themselves.  Religious institutions aren’t going to get anymore of a pass than civic institutions have been getting.  As General Mattis recommends, they need to “Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet”.

More to the point, they need to remember that God helps those who help themselves.

Now that Fauxcohantas has learned the First Rule of Holes…

Well, she probably hasn’t, in all fairness.  But no question that she left herself open to some pretty harsh ridicule with that DNA test, that proved she might have even less American Indian DNA than the average white European.  Trying to double down on what she claimed was Trump’s offer of a million bucks if she’d get a DNA test and prove she was a Native American sort of backfired, too, since it’s hard to say if he really made that offer or if he was just slinging shit at a political rally.  And on top of that, the Cherokee Nation pretty much shut her down, too.

The DNA tests you can buy these days are pretty much a load of crap, anyway.  They’re insufficient data to make a determination that you’re something you didn’t know you were, like the guy on the Ancestry ads who thought he was German all his life till he took a DNA test, and now he’s Scottish.  Sigh.  Dude, I joined the Scottish Rite, but not because either it or I am Scottish.*  And I drink Scotch, too, but doesn’t everybody?

We’re all related to each other, one way or another, possibly because 70ky ago after an extinction-level event, the human race was reduced to about 40 breeding-age females. So no matter where we come from, all of our DNA goes back to those 40 women and whatever men were left (could have been any number from 1 to whatever). As a species, we’re inbred as hell, so no big surprise that we share DNA bits with people from all over the world.

I’ll note that recent research has cast some doubt on the near-extinction I’ve mentioned above, but even without such an event, we’re still all related all the way back to the first hominids who could be called Homo Sapiens, and probably farther back than that, since we all have some Neanderthal and Denisovian DNA, and who knows what else.**  Again, not a shock that certain DNA bits from people who came out of Africa, turned right toward the Asian steppe, and crossed the Bering land bridge to North America during the last Ice Age can also be found in people who hung a left and migrated to Europe.

And we don’t even really know what a lot of DNA even does.  A lot of it seems to be dormant in most people.  Certainly we know that certain human aspects and congenital diseases are linked to certain bits of DNA.  But we don’t know a lot more than we do know, and unlike Donald Rumsfeld, we don’t even have a real handle on what we don’t know about DNA.

The bottom line, though, is that DNA isn’t culture.  DNA isn’t what you were brought up believing.  DNA isn’t the sum total of your life experience and that of your ancestors.  And that’s why, even without a DNA test, Elizabeth Warren’s claim to be some tiny bit of Cherokee Indian based on a story that one of her great-great-great-grandmothers had Native American blood fails the laugh test.

Hell, what American family that’s been on American soil for the last few centuries hasn’t had a similar story run through their family history?  Mine did.  And I disproved it; my Native American ancestor wasn’t Native American at all, she was Scottish, and she most likely did the boogie out of Scotland to Paris after Argyll’s Rising in 1685, because she was the eldest daughter of the 9th Earl who lost his head in that Rising.  (And she was my 8th great grandmother, so holy shit, I’m not even as Scottish as Fauxy thinks she’s Native American.)

Her husband, on the other hand, was French; and we always knew that.  Damn it.

On top of that, I claim to be Russian (or really, it would be Ukrainian, these days) based on the fact that my mother’s father’s father came from Kiev (says so on his naturalization papers).  But they were Jews, and there’s a really good chance that they came from Spain when Ferdinand and Isabella booted the Spanish Jews in 1492.  But who knows?  So I don’t claim to be Spanish, even though that’s a closer relationship — three generations vs. ten for the Scots.

In the end, I’m no more German, Austrian, Russian, Scots, or French than I am simply American.  I have little or nothing in common with the people who live in those places today, even if I’m distantly related to them.  The 23 chromosome pairs that make up that bit of protein we call DNA don’t dictate a thing about who we really are.

And that’s a lesson someone like Elizabeth Warren ought to have figured out long before now.


Though if you read down to the bottom of this, you’ll find, like Fauxy is maybe a wee bit Native American, that I am in fact just a wee bit Scottish.  But I didn’t find that out with a DNA test, and didn’t know it when I joined the Rite.

** Proof, if you needed it, that H. Sap. will fuck anything.

Legit LOLed.


Why do the heathen rage?

Mostly it’s because they can’t quit Donald Trump.

And what I mean by that is, the left screams its head off every time Donald Trump says something, does something, or tweets something.  Trump has a press conference?  REEEEEEEEE.  Trump nominates a Supreme Court justice?  REEEEEEEEE.  Trump tweets?  REEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!

I think back to the last president I actually paid any attention to, and it had to be Reagan.  I’d tune in to presidential press conferences and addresses to the nation and even the State of the Union because I loved hearing that voice — cultured, sonorous, measured, intelligent — and even more loved hearing what that voice was saying.

Bush 41 was a wannabe in Reagan’s shoes, Clinton was a good ol’ boy redneck hack, Bush 43 was a nice guy and said a lot of good things but in the end was ineffective, and Obama was a commie who hated America.  Not much to listen to with any of those guys; I could get the gist from the conservative commentators in places like National Review and The American Spectator (before both magazines went down the toilet).

But the bottom line was I never paid much attention to what they actually said, didn’t watch or listen to them say it, and so far as I was concerned they were generally just words on a page to me because they weren’t saying anything I really wanted to hear.

The proggie left, though, apparently spends a lot of its time watching, listening, and reading everything Donald Trump has to say or otherwise express, and it makes them absolutely go REEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!  And then they do stupid things, like beat up Republicans, run Republicans out of restaurants, throw bricks through the local GOP committee’s windows, run conservative speakers off campus, and (of all stupid things) block traffic on busy interstates with their bodies.  (Glenn Reynolds was 100% correct when he tweeted, “Run them down.”)

Oh, and running through Washington, DC, on Inauguration Day, vandalizing the hell out of things and then being surprised when they find out that in doing so, they’ve committed actual federal crimes with some serious jail time attached — and the local federal judges aren’t particularly interested in letting them off the hook, although most of them did end up having charges dropped for insufficient evidence.

I’m not one to make with advice to progs very often, but folks, you’d be a lot calmer and cooler-headed (and a lot more likely to influence the undecided and win elections) if you’d follow one simple rule:  Pay no attention to Donald Trump.

But far be it from me to correct the enemy when he’s making a mistake.

Facebook fucks up, but you don’t have to change your password.

Key takeaway from the recent Facebook hack that resulted in many users being logged out: The hackers never cracked any passwords in the hack. They only exploited a flaw in how Facebook’s access tokens were implemented. Access tokens are supposed to be created AFTER you log in successfully, and allow you to be logged in automatically every time you open Facebook (or whatever other site you might be using that has the same type of feature).

Properly-created access tokens by their very nature cannot be decrypted to discover the password used for the login that created them. An article at 9 To 5 Mac makes it clear that you do NOT have to change your password. Logging out and logging in again clears your previous access token and creates a new one, which is why Facebook simply logged people out to prevent further exploitation of their existing access tokens.

Most if not all sites that allow you to store a cookie in your browser that lets you log in automatically do essentially the same thing. Facebook’s vulnerability appears to have stemmed from multiple coding mistakes (“This attack exploited the complex interaction of multiple issues in our code”) that caused an exploitable regression IF you knew the vulnerability existed AND were able to figure out how to exploit it to obtain access tokens for other accounts.

If you feel more comfortable changing your password, certainly you should do so; but again, no passwords were cracked in this hack, and a simple logout/login is sufficient to create a new, unique access token.

One significant result of this hack is it was made crystal-clear that being lazy and using the “Login Using Facebook” feature available on many third-party sites effectively exposed all those logins, too.  I’ve never used that feature and now I certainly never will.


UK supreme court backs bakery that refused to make gay marriage cake

A Belfast bakery run by evangelical Christians was not obliged to make a cake emblazoned with the message “support gay marriage”, the supreme court has ruled, overturning a £500 damages award imposed on it.

The unanimous decision by the UK’s highest court was greeted as a victory for free speech but condemned by gay rights groups and the Equality Commission of Northern Ireland as a backward step in combating discrimination.

Of all places, the UK.  And of all newspapers, the Guardian.

Freedom of expression, as guaranteed by article 10 of the European convention on human rights, includes the right “not to express an opinion which one does not hold”, [Justice and Supreme Court President Lady Brenda] Hale added. “This court has held that nobody should be forced to have or express a political opinion in which he does not believe,” she said.

“The bakers could not refuse to supply their goods to Mr Lee because he was a gay man or supported gay marriage, but that is quite different from obliging them to supply a cake iced with a message with which they profoundly disagreed.”

How about that.  Note that this is pretty much the same conclusion the US Supreme Court reached in the recent Masterpiece Cakeshop decision.  It seems pretty cut and dried to me; the concept of free speech dictates that you can’t force me to agree with you, which extends to forcing me to produce something that makes it appear that I do agree with you.  Yet the dingbat who brought the case seems unable to process that simple concept:

After the ruling, Lee said: “I’m very confused about what this actually means. We need certainty when you go to a business. I’m concerned that this has implications for myself and for every single person.”

Well, if you really want certainty, businesses could go back to posting signs like “NO DOGS OR IRISH”, but that would be rude.  But what it means, Mr. Lee, is that you can’t walk into a business and expect that business to cheerfully create art for you that goes against their personal beliefs, regardless of whether or not you believe that should be the case.  Nobody went out and made you king of the world because you happen to be gay, just like nobody goes out and makes someone king of the world because they’re Christian, or female, or black or white or whatever.  And since you aren’t king of the world, you can fuck off; and you’ve now been told that by the highest court in the UK.  Do you really want to take it all the way to the EU?  Is it really worth it?  Think carefully before replying.

As in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case, I’m going to guess that the folks at Ashers had no problem selling you anything pre-made out of their inventory — the only thing they refused to do was decorate a cake in a particular way that offended their beliefs.  And instead of politely declining their offer, and finding another cake shop that would do what you wanted, you got all huffy and filed suit.

One would almost think this was really a setup, just like the Masterpiece Cakeshop kerfuffle was.  Hasn’t anyone made it clear yet that the rest of the world is really sick and tired of this sort of confrontational bullshit?

What gun for goblin?

Tamara has some thoughts here.

Bearing in mind that I am only a hobbyist shooter without formal training, my situation is simplified by the fact that the only carbine I own is a Mauser k98. (Dad’s battlefield souvenir.) I’m not going to get that out in the middle of the night to go goblin hunting.

My main problem with a standard big American shotgun is my arms are too fragging short, and my shoulders are already shot; I don’t need a big recoil making them worse. I solved that problem a few years ago by giving my Dad’s Winchester Model 24 in 12ga to my son-in-law (who wanted to take up skeet shooting; he loves that gun) and buying a Remington Model 870 Express Youth in 20ga. I can hold it comfortably and it doesn’t pound me to death. And it still holds three more rounds than the Model 24.*

And even at that, I’d be more likely to grab the pistol out of the nightstand if I wanted to check on a bump in the night. I don’t have to worry about running the barrel into a wall and it holds a lot more rounds.

At my age, so far as distance goes, chasing goblins out of the house is all I’m interested in. I’m not going to follow them out and pursue to the curtilage line; my wife can call 911 while I’m busy clearing the house. The longest line of sight in our house is only about 20 feet anyway 🙂


* I used to have a Savage kid’s shotgun in .410, that my grandfather gave me when I was 13-ish.  Although it was a good first gun with which to learn firearm discipline, it was only a single-shot model.  I gave it to a friend some years ago along with all the .410 ammo I had.

Columbus Day

And yes, it’s Columbus Day, not Indigenous People’s Day or whatever the hell people are trying to get it renamed to.

I cannot add a lot to this, which the Professor reposts every year.  I have read Samuel Eliot Morrison’s Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of Christopher Columbus.  It is a fine volume, rigorously researched, and I recommend it to anyone who is interested in the truth.

I am not interested in the guilt trip the Left would like us to take every year on this day, any more than I am ever interested in the similar guilt trip the Left likes to try to take us on whenever they get all hot to trot about slavery, white guilt, and reparations pertaining thereto.  Or the guilt trip the Left likes to try to make us take on when they start yelling about reparations for relocation of Japanese-Americans during WWII.  Or, frankly, any other guilt trip the Left can gin up and weep crocodile tears over.

The fact of the matter is that Columbus did come to America (well, to the Caribbean; he never set foot on the North American continent) and he — or his men — treated the indigenous population in varying ways.  Although perhaps the worst thing he and his Spaniards did was bring European diseases to the islands, for which the indig. pop. had no natural immunities.  On the other hand, it’s theorized that they gave syphilis to the Europeans, so it may or may not have been a fair exchange.

The funny thing about history is that, while we can inveigh against it and scold its participants, there isn’t a hell of a lot we can do to reverse it.  Columbus came to America.  Can’t change that.  A bunch of indigs died.  Can’t change that, either.  The Spaniards made a cocked-up mess of their Caribbean empire, and made a worse mess when they expanded into Central and South America.  Yep.  It is what it is.  The people who died are long moldered away in their graves — for that matter, so are the people who killed them — and they aren’t going to come back.  Get over it.

On the other hand, from what we’re finding out about the Aztecs and Inca and suchlike, the Spaniards and the other Europeans who followed them may have done the surviving indigs a gigantic favor.  After all, Europeans didn’t really go in for human sacrifice.  In fact, they got pretty damned upset when they found out the indigs were doing it.

In sum, pre-Columbian America was kind of a shitty place, if you weren’t an elite.  The “noble savage” is a canard.  The only time the savages became noble was when either they laid down their arms and went peacefully into reservations, or when they got the shit stomped out of them and were wiped out trying to fight back.  I will not go so far as W.T. Sherman, as to me a good Indian is an Indian who stopped fighting.  If the reason he stopped fighting was a .50 cal or .30-06 sized hole in his head that he got while waving a tomahawk at a member of the US Cavalry, well, it just wasn’t his lucky day.  But I digress; I was talking about Columbus and the Spanish Conquistadors who followed him.

And I’m not going to apologize for them.  I wasn’t there.  I don’t even know if any of my ancestors were there.  It’s too far back in time for me to feel any great emotion over the fact that some great-grandparent 20 or more generations back might have been a mass-murdering soldier in Cortez’s or some other Spanish commander’s army.  (And they probably weren’t, since if I have any Latin ancestors at all, they were Jews and were likely being kicked out of Spain and running for Russia at the time.  The rest of my ancestors were Germans and they weren’t gadding about the Americas at that point.)

For that matter, anyone who claims that he or she is personally aggrieved that a possible ancestor from 500 years ago may have been killed, enslaved, dispossessed, or egregiously inconvenienced by the white man probably needs to suck it up and get on with their lives.  It didn’t happen yesterday, damn few people care other than in a detached sort of way, and nobody is going to give you loads of cash to make it feel better.  For that matter, an entire quarter of my family was wiped out by Germany in the 1930’s and 1940’s, and I don’t recall that my maternal grandmother — one of two survivors of the family, both of whom had left Austria many years before — ever received even so much as an “I’m sorry” from the German or Austrian governments.  Certainly they were never paid a dime in reparations, or offered restoration of stolen property.  And I don’t expect them to do that for me at this late remove; these people all died 20 or more years before I was born, and I certainly never knew any of them.  Moreover, it won’t bring them back, and it won’t satisfy my sense of outrage at their horrific deaths.

Meanwhile, here we are living in a pretty reasonable modern world.  Yeah, it sucks for some people, and there are a lot of people who hate our guts for living high on the hog while they live on the hog’s leavings.  Of course, some of the people who hate us live they way they do because their elites tell them to live that way, and to hate us because we don’t live at the same level of squalor prescribed by the prophet or whatever.  Some of the people who hate us are our own people, who’ve been bullshitted into thinking that nobody should live as well as we do while other people starve and live in hellholes because they have shitty leaders who grab all the good things for themselves.  (We call those of our own people who hate us “Democrats”.  Just to be clear.)

And this modern world wouldn’t exist it if hadn’t been for Christopher Columbus, who thought he’d found India when he got here, instead of starving to death or dying of thirst in the middle of the ocean the advisors to the Spanish king and queen thought was actually there.  Columbus’s discovery that the royal advisors were wrong sparked a new era of European expansion — for good or ill, and much of it ill, but a lot of it most of us would consider good.

If you’re an American today, and you live in a nice house, drive a nice car, enjoy all the modern comforts — hell, if you’re reading this on the Internet — and you hate Christopher Columbus for what he did to the indig. pop. back in 1492 —

Well, fuck you.  You should be on your knees praying to whatever god(s) you might or might not believe in that ol’ C.C. got here and made it back to tell the story.

The rest of us will raise a glass to the great explorer, even if he got here mostly by luck and accident, and even though the guy who probably should have gotten the credit for the discovery of the continent proper was Amerigo Vespucii.

No, really. You should all be worried.

There’s a saying about fascism that’s always amused me — “The dark night of fascism is always descending in the United States and yet lands only in Europe.”*

I’ve long thought that there is a corollary:  “The dark night of political violence is always descending on the Republican Party and yet lands only on the Democratic Party.”

Physical attacks on members of the other party are not new in the American Republic.  If we count the Hamilton-Burr duel, they go clear back to the Founding.  Add in Preston Brooks and his caning of Charles Sumner in the Senate chamber.  Brooks, like Burr, was some form of Democrat (the Democratic Party of today is the descendant of earlier parties that we would consider leftist).  Brooks was also a slaveholder from South Carolina.

And while the above are fairly egregious and amount to cherry-picking on my part, the fact is that most political violence that has occurred in the United States has been engendered by the people of the Left.  Republicans since the Civil War have been pretty civil, all things considered.  Democrats have tended to be associated with unions, big city machines, and organized crime.  Of course there are exceptions to every rule, including this one.  But by and large, you can pick an act of American political violence at random and there’s a good chance that it was perpetrated by a leftist who more than likely associated with the Democratic Party.

The assassins of Lincoln, Garfield, McKinley, and Kennedy were all leftists of one stripe or another.  The attempted assassinations of Ford and Reagan were perpetrated by leftists.

The so-called “antifa” which smears the right with charges of fascism, is itself fascist in nature.  Facism, as I have explained MANY times on this blog, is a philosophy of the Left.  Ask Benito Mussolini where he got the idea.  Hint:  It was from an American President who fucked over this country almost more than Barack Obama.

But all of this pales in the recent attempts by leftists to intimidate (or, simply kill) Republican politicians.  The shooting by an avowed Bernie Sanders supporter at a GOP softball practice in which Congressman Steve Scalise was badly wounded.  The beating and near-crippling of Congressman Rand Paul by a neighbor, sketchily attributed to a spat about lawn care but more likely an act of political violence.  (Paul was also present at the GOP softball practice.)  The “soft” violence of the Kavanaugh accusations, which turned out to be a tissue of lies after the GOP leadership found its cajones and forced hearings and testimony under oath, followed by the resultant doxxing of several GOP Senate leaders by a former member of a Congressional Democrat’s staff.  The continued calls for violent behavior from the likes of Rep. Maxine Waters and Sen. Cory “Spartacus” Booker.  The abusive sexual antics of Senator Robert Menendez and Rep. Keith Ellison, which Democrats have tried to keep quiet and shoved in the closet while prating about the supposed kinks of Brett Kavanaugh.  And let’s not mention Bill Clinton and his sexual escapades (the Democrats are certainly trying to ignore them).

But let us not forget that the charges against Menendez, Ellison, and Clinton have evidence behind them.  The charges against Kavanaugh were clearly made up out of whole cloth.

The very idea that we should automatically believe a woman’s story when she claims rape, and toss the hoary old concepts of due process and “innocent until proven guilty” out the window — proposed by no less than the Senate Minority Leader — is an act of political violence against our very system of justice and law.**  This idea is no different than the idea that a university tribunal should be able to prosecute a rape case without any due process at all, and undoubtedly stems from the same Gramscian damage that affects our universities.

This is akin to what the Nazis did in Germany before World War II.  The GOP is accused constantly of being the new Nazi party and its leaders are always worse than Hitler.  Yet it seems that the Democrats who make these accusations are actually looking in the mirror and projecting their own faults onto the GOP for political gain.  The sheer evil of some of the social media postings I’ve seen emanating from American leftists suggest that the antifa folk and their ilk are simply the new Brown Shirts.  “Punch a Nazi,” indeed — they’re the Nazis.  At any rate, we’ve seen this movie before, and frankly, we’re sick and tired of it.

The sad thing is that the progressives are punching far above their own weight class, and we’re letting them get away with it.  They complain mightily about “white supremacists” and yet the very people against whom they inveigh can barely get a hundred people to show up for a “national” protest march in DC.  The Ku Klux Klan is dead, antifa boys and girls; the Civil Rights Act pretty much put paid to it, although vestiges do survive to this day.  But the effort to portray white supremacists as some sort of monolithic national fraternity consisting of millions of card-carrying members who are out to hold down the black man (and anyone else they can manage to hold down) got some traction, particularly when useful idiots in the South started clamoring to tear down monuments to old Confederate generals — and even some Union ones who happened to have held slaves at one point or another.  Shoot, even George Washington got mixed into the fray, even though he died just over 61 years before the first guns were fired at Sumter.  He was a slaveholder; that was sufficient.

And yet, the actual number of progressives who are actively involved in all the screaming, yelling, punching, and tearing down of monuments is very, very small.  It cannot be otherwise.  Millions of people are still going to work, going to church, raising families, going shopping, having social events, taking vacations, and otherwise acting like normal Americans while all this hooroar*** is going on.  The Resistance isn’t getting much traction among the common folk, because the common folk have lives and jobs and plans for the future that don’t include dystopian Big Brother government.

The screaming fits and the violence threatened and perpetrated against conservative lawmakers and citizens alike is the thrashing of a beast that has found itself stuck in a trap of its own making.  The trap is the progressive conceit that only progressive elites know what is best for the “little people,” who aren’t capable of thinking for themselves (made clear by the fact that so many people consider progressive ideas to be little more than pie-in-the-sky bullshit).

But like any beast caught in a trap, the progressives are still dangerous.  And that’s why we should be worried.  Things are crazy enough now, with actual lawmakers advocating with straight faces the end of the rule of law.  They scoff at due process.  They want to throw the borders open and abolish ICE.  They support so-called sanctuary cities and refuse to let local police assist the Feds.  They want all US citizens beholden to the great god Government, from whom they believe all blessings emanate.  They want to control where you go to school, how much health care you get, whether or not you can drive a car, and just about everything else down to levels of privacy invasion the Russian Communists only dreamed of and the Chinese variety are putting into daily use.  Do you want the government to maintain a database of “social credit” that establishes your reputation and status as a citizen?  The Chinese will have that implemented by 2020, or so they say.  Our progressives would love such a system.  It would make it so easy to determine who got food, water, housing, clothing, education, transport…passports…and don’t even think about having a gun under a system like that.

The problem with a Republic is that we have to be vigilant in order to keep it.  Americans have largely laid down on that job for the past century and let government have its way.  A lot of Americans are finally waking up to the idea that we’re going to have to do something about it, or lose our freedoms altogether.

Not to dwell on the Kavanaugh nomination, but this is a critical time in our history.  The Supreme Court shouldn’t be this important, but because of the continuing inroads progressives are making into turning the US into another shitty little third-world country, someone has to have the sanity to say no.  A Court divided 4 to 4 plus a swing vote nobody can depend on is not how this is supposed to work.  If we have any hope of returning to Constitutional government, the Court needs to have thoughtful jurists on the bench who can read the text of the Framers’ document and derive judgement from its plain meaning.  We have had enough of penumbras and emanations, and of a “living” Constitution whose meaning changes with the wind.

And yet, the Court has often indicated its unwillingness to save Americans from themselves and legislate from the bench, instead of forcing the peoples’ representatives to do their jobs and write cogent and Constitutional law.  Can you blame the Justices?  We started out in 1789 with a user’s manual for a country that made clear what the government could do and what it could not do.  And we’ve let the government get away with murder ever since.

Progressives who do not want to see conservatives get a solid 5-4 majority on the Supreme Court would like to keep getting away with murder.  Sometimes literally.  And that’s why you should worry.

And maybe — just maybe — we’ve finally woken up to the idea that it’s time to put an end to that, and stop worrying so much about the future.

November 6 is coming.  Will you do your duty?


* The quote is generally attributed to Tom Wolfe, but apparently Wolfe was either quoting or paraphrasing Jean-François Revel.

** Before you tell me what a bad man I am not to automatically believe a woman when she cries rape, my wife is a rape victim.  She went immediately to police and made out a report and submitted to a rape kit examination.  She testified at the rapists’ (there were two) trial.  They went to prison for raping not only her, but another woman as well.  Case closed.  This was only a few years after Christine Blasey Ford thinks she might have been raped or molested or maybe even just looked at lasciviously by Brett Kavanaugh.  I assure you that my wife remembers quite well what happened to her, where it happened, and when it happened.  Conversely, I don’t believe a word CBF says, because even if something did happen 35 years ago, she’s spent so much time and effort repressing the memory that anything she says today about it would have to be suspect.

*** A word I will swear I learned reading Walt Kelly’s Pogo comic, but I can’t find a reference to same.

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