Enough is enough.

Anti-Masonry is not just a defunct political party in the 19th Century United States. The United Grand Lodge of England has stood silently by for decades while the yellow press in their country has savaged the Fraternity. It has long been the policy of official Freemasonry to ignore and not respond to its detractors, in the hope that our good works and molding of good men would speak for itself.

No longer. Bravo, Dr Staples. Where the Mother Grand Lodge of the World leads, hopefully other Grand Lodges will follow.


There have been many ideas for postings

but I have been too busy and/or tired to post them.

However, I have been thinking lately of that lovely backhanded compliment allegedly* paid our nation by the great Otto von Bismarck — “There is a special providence for drunkards, fools, and the United States of America.”

I suspect that’s the only way to truly explain the election of 2016. God took pity on us…but not too much pity, or we might start expecting it all the time.

Hopefully more later this week.

* Alas, no evidence exists that he ever said that.

A simple response, geared to his level of intellect

Fuck you, Mr. Obama.  Fuck you right up the ass, sideways.

Obama rips Fox News viewers: “You are living on a different planet.”

No, sir, we are living on the same planet we’ve always lived on.  You, however, are and always have been living in Marxistland – a land of pie in the sky and big rock candy mountains.  All that weed you smoked has damaged your brain.  In eight years, you proved yourself the most incompetent man to ever hold the Presidency — and that took some doing.  It’s hard to look busy when you’re doing absolutely nothing.

For what it’s worth, I haven’t watched Fox News for years, since they started losing their right-leaning edge around the middle of 43’s second term.  It sure would be nice if someone out there would start an honest news channel that really lived up to the “we report, you decide” philosophy.

But, like I told my wife last night when we saw the ad for Letterman’s new show, “Well, there’s two reasons not to watch it — Letterman, and Obama.”

Seeing is believing

A year ago, I went in for a routine eye exam and it was discovered that the pressure in both eyes was elevated to a level that possibly presaged glaucoma.

A couple of months later, I went back for an exhaustive set of panels that did everything but pull the eyeballs out of their sockets and take a physical look at them.  It was determined that nothing needed to be done immediately, but also discovered that the optic nerve attachments to the retina are getting a little thin and frayed.  This is most likely due to the fact that I am horrifically myopic, but it is also to some extent a result of age.  So naturally they want to keep an eye on that.  (No pun intended.)

I still have excellent peripheral vision and no obvious visual impairment other than being nearsighted and astigmatic, so there was and is no cause for alarm.

So I went back again yesterday for my annual routine eye exam, and they found that the pressure in both eyes had dropped back into normal range!

Nobody is sure why.  It’s attributed on some evidence to my having lost 30 pounds over the last year and my A1C dropping from 7.2 to 6.3.  Frankly I don’t care what the reason is, I’m just happy that I’m out of the pre-glaucoma range.  I don’t need that on top of everything else that ails me.

Worldcon is dead. Bury it, and the Hugos, and be done with it.

So the big Facebook news for the last day or so has been that Jon Del Arroz, an up-and-coming SF writer, has been banned from attending Worldcon.

Why?  Because he planned to wear a body camera.

OK, I’m being vague.

Jon Del Arroz is a conservative Hispanic science fiction writer.  You can see his Amazon author page here.  With the disclaimer that I haven’t read any of his stuff myself (yet), there are folks out there like Moira Greyland Peat* who say it’s good stuff, and that Del Arroz himself is a fine gentleman.  I’m inclined to take their word for it.

Del Arroz was going to wear a body camera to Worldcon because he and his family have been threatened and doxxed.  Worldcon, in response to his statement that he would be wearing a body camera because he felt he might be attacked during the con, demoted his full membership to a supporting membership (i.e., “no ticket for you!”)  Why?  Well, to quote Larry Corriea, “They banned a dude because he’s got the wrong politics and he’s loud and annoying about it?”

Two years ago, I said I’d be perfectly happy to see Worldcon fold up tent and have that be the end of the Hugos. I haven’t budged from that position.  There are other awards (the Dragon, for instance) that have a much more open and fair process, and which aren’t subject to the whims of the tiny fraction of fandom — mostly the SJW branch of fandom — who buy either a full or a supporting membership in Worldcon to vote for them.

The banning of a conservative SF author from Worldcon simply because there are people out there who dislike him enough to attack him personally and physically, prompting him to make it clear that he’ll be documenting everything that happens while he’s there, is just more proof that the powers that be at Worldcon have lost any authority they have to administer the most ancient and hoary of SF awards.  And that they have been completely overtaken by the proggy wing of fandom, i.e., most of the people I ever met at cons who are the reason I haven’t been to a con in over thirty years.

This makes several consecutive Worldcons where the SJW contingent has held the upper hand.  It’s time either to get some fairness and balance into the process, or to just let the damn thing die.  And given the leadership they have, the latter is more likely than the former.

[Updated to correct my misspelling of Del Arroz’s name.  My apologies.]

* Moira is the daughter of Marion Zimmer Bradley and Walter Breen, the former a lesbian who divorced her husband and took up with another woman, and the latter a pedophile (finally convicted and sentenced to prison, where he eventually died).  You can purchase her recently-released book on the subject of her childhood and what a pair of slimy human beings her parents were at this link. Or — and this is most likely if you grew up reading MZB’s books — you can go on believing the fairy tales told about them.  Whatever.  I stand with Moira.

Progs are funniest when they are out of power

That’s what Limbaugh always said, though he said “Democrats” rather than “progs”.  But then you see something like this:

You know, there are days I think I should get another Twitter account, just to tell George Takei what a drooling, raving fuckwad he is.

Conservatives never got as upset with Barry as folks like Takei have gotten over Trump. Well, right back at ’em:

Get over it.

That’s what you told us.

How secure it is

Well, anyway — the site is now https.  It will automatically switch for you, so if you have an http://fuzzycurmudgeon.com URL bookmarked somewhere, rejoice, for you need do nothing.

The Kozinsky allegations smell ever so slightly of fish.

The latest attempt to take a head in the Great Sexual Harassment Orgy of 2017 is directed against a judge on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, Judge Alex Kozinski.  Yeah, OK, it’s the Ninth Circus, so what?  As it turns out, a lot what.  About this, I wrote elsewhere, in response to a comment that implied Kozinski was little more than an incompetent liberal activist:

For what it’s worth, this guy was appointed by Ronald Reagan. I don’t think he’s a liberal activist in the pure sense of the term. If you look at his Wikipedia entry, the decisions he’s been influential in haven’t been liberal wins. He’s pro-death penalty, for one thing, with the interesting twist that he doesn’t believe in lethal injection, but prefers firing squads, the electric chair, the gas chamber, etc. In Wood v Ryan, he wrote in dissent, “Sure, firing squads can be messy, but if we are willing to carry out executions, we should not shield ourselves from the reality that we are shedding human blood. If we, as a society, cannot stomach the splatter from an execution carried out by firing squad, then we shouldn’t be carrying out executions at all.” That squares with my own long-held opinion that if you’re going to execute someone for a capital crime, do it in the public square.

Now, none of that means it’s impossible for him to be a sleazy scumball who hits on his female clerks, but as usual, I find it interesting that these ladies waited so long to make their allegations, and also that “many” other women who clerked for him say that they were never approached in this way. The WaPo article says, “The Post reached out to dozens of Kozinski’s former clerks and externs for this report. Many of those who returned messages said that they experienced no harassment of any kind and that their experience — which entailed grueling work into the wee hours of the morning every day — was a rewarding one. They noted Kozinski’s wry sense of humor.”

Again, not saying that proves his innocence, but I for one am raising an eyebrow at the very least — and this goes right along with my previous post this morning:  “This business will get out of control — it will get out of control, and we’ll be lucky to live through it.”

With all due respect to Admiral Fred Thompson, it’s already out of control.  We’re just in the “sit back and eat popcorn” phase.  I sure hope Roy Moore wins tomorrow — I want to see the left go even more completely apeshit than they already are.

Too late!

In re: the latest allegation of a poor defenseless girl woman being abused by Roy Moore:

Funny that she waited till the day before the election, if this happened “months ago”.  And that she’s now apparently “protected” her tweets from being viewed by the great unwashed.

Young millennial women are clearly too fragile to be allowed to work in journalism, or anywhere outside the home.

“I can kill you with a thought.”

The WSJ had a big scolding editorial this morning about how Trump needs to repudiate Roy Moore because they think the Dems put Trump in check by forcing Franken’s ouster.  The problem with that is their deadline was last night, and Franken’s announcement wasn’t till this morning…

So I have to wonder how that crow they’re eating right now tastes, given that Franken was a total ass about the whole thing, and didn’t actually resign today? Instead, he gave himself a wide window to defenestrate, er, change his mind. And you never know, Roy Moore might lose yet.

The WSJ thinks Trump is playing chess with the Dems. He’s not playing chess. He’s playing four-dimensional galactic troll kriegspiel, and the WSJ hasn’t figured that out yet, much less the Dems.

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