Liberty is an inherently offensive lifestyle. Living in a free society guarantees that each one of us will see our most cherished principles and beliefs questioned and in some cases mocked. That psychic discomfort is the price we pay for basic civic peace. It's worth it. It's a pragmatic principle. Defend everyone else's rights, because if you don't there is no one to defend yours. -- MaxedOutMama

I don't just want gun rights... I want individual liberty, a culture of self-reliance....I want the whole bloody thing. -- Kim du Toit

The most glaring example of the cognitive dissonance on the left is the concept that human beings are inherently good, yet at the same time cannot be trusted with any kind of weapon, unless the magic fairy dust of government authority gets sprinkled upon them.-- Moshe Ben-David

The cult of the left believes that it is engaged in a great apocalyptic battle with corporations and industrialists for the ownership of the unthinking masses. Its acolytes see themselves as the individuals who have been "liberated" to think for themselves. They make choices. You however are just a member of the unthinking masses. You are not really a person, but only respond to the agendas of your corporate overlords. If you eat too much, it's because corporations make you eat. If you kill, it's because corporations encourage you to buy guns. You are not an individual. You are a social problem. -- Sultan Knish

All politics in this country now is just dress rehearsal for civil war. -- Billy Beck

Tuesday, September 01, 2020

Well They Obviously Just Plan to Cheat Until They "Win"

See my previous post "Endgame."

I was wrong. They just plan on stealing it and depending on the Right not to react violently. Or maybe they do. Marx did tell them that violent revolution was needed to free the proletariat:

Monday, August 31, 2020

There is No "Good" in Government

A couple of days ago I was taken to task by someone whose opinion I generally respect, even when we disagree.  It was over voting.  Let me quote the two relevant passages:
When there are two wrong choices, and at least one right choice, it doesn't matter to me if nearly everyone else is making the wrong choice. I'm not the boss of them. I have to answer to my own conscience, not peer pressure.
And
In voting R or D, you are *voting* for evil.
Let's unpack this.

In the first quotation it is apparent that the act of voting is not considered evil.  That voting one's conscience is righteous and good, even if it's tilting at windmills, but voting for one of the two parties that's actually going to win is EVIL.

It's my understanding that the Spoonerite wing of the anarcho-capitalists consider voting itself to be an act of evil, and to my thinking they're right.

Government is evil. Government is the concentration of power over others into the hands of a few.  Governments have the power to do things - and get away with them - that individual citizens would go to jail for (or be strung up for).  Government is not good.  Government cannot love you.  Government cannot care about you.  Government is going to be some group of assholes interested in having their hands on the levers of that power.  But Government is a necessary evil, because without it - despite the fantasies of the anarchists - someone is going to have the power of life-and-death over you, against which you will have little to no recourse.

Our Democratic Republic was designed to limit the reach of that power as much as practicable.  Two-plus centuries of entropy has eroded many of the protections initially installed, but it's still the best we've got. In our system of government as it stands today, we have a two-party system.  The parties have changed over time (I certainly hope they both do again in the near future), but one of those two established parties will have its hands on the levers this go-around.  Yes, both R and D are evil, no question, but one's going to win.  Voting "Other" no matter how much it assuages your conscience will have no effect - and voting is STILL EVIL, regardless of who you vote for.  You're voting to put that person in a position of power over others.  (Which may explain why the majority of eligible voters stay home.)

"What if they gave a war and nobody came?" someone once asked.  "Well, then the war would come to you!" was the reply.  What happens if you vote your conscience?  You get one of the other two anyway.  This is not to discourage votes of conscience, absolutely not.  It's to discourage feelings of moral superiority over those of us with a different worldview.

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Phrase of the Day - Tim Pool Edition

Heisenberg's Uncertainty People of Color: 
With mixed-race people, the position of their marginalized status is dependent on the wokeness of the observer.

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Quote of the Day - Larry Corriea (again)

This may sound crazy, but just remember. If you are on the right you share collective guilt for every bad thing which has ever happened, even if it was done by people on the left. And if you are on the left, you are free from sin because you Care Harder.

On the individual level, if you are on the right, you are responsible for things that other people's ancestors did 200 years ago. But if you are on the left, you aren't responsible for what you are doing right now.
Stunning how that works, isn't it?

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Word of the Day - Hypocrickets

 Hypocrickets - That silence that ensues when the media hypocritically won't cover something that doesn't fit The Narrative™.


Wednesday, August 05, 2020

Now for Something Completely Different

First, read this:  What I Learned in the Peace Corps in Africa: Trump Is Right

Excerpt:
Three weeks after college, I flew to Senegal, West Africa, to run a community center in a rural town.  Life was placid, with no danger, except to your health.  That danger was considerable, because it was, in the words of the Peace Corps doctor, "a fecalized environment."


In plain English: s--- is everywhere.  People defecate on the open ground, and the feces is blown with the dust – onto you, your clothes, your food, the water.  He warned us the first day of training: do not even touch water.  Human feces carries parasites that bore through your skin and cause organ failure.

Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined that a few decades later, liberals would be pushing the lie that Western civilization is no better than a third-world country.  Or would teach two generations of our kids that loving your own culture and wanting to preserve it are racism.
RTWT.  Then read this classic from 2002:  Let Africa Sink.

Friday, July 24, 2020

Quote of the Day - Stephen Kruiser Edition

From his daily Morning Briefing, titled:  Defund the Public Education Leftist Indoctrination Mills
While I have never been one to view anything as an existential crisis, I’ve more and more come to believe that the upcoming presidential election will be a watershed moment for the United States. If Joe Biden wins, it will be the complete triumph of decades of public education indoctrination. The drift of so many young Americans towards socialism and anti-American sentiment is the direct result not being taught real American history, but being fed a leftist line that seeks to rewrite and/or whitewash much of what made this country great.
Do read the whole thing, but seriously, Stephen?  Now?  You're a pundit.  I'm just the average guy, and I figured that out a few years ago.  Defunding public education isn't enough.  We need to nuke the site from orbit until the rubble bounces, and salt the Trinitite.  Public education isn't "fixable."  The problem isn't the schools, its the people who run them.  We have to get them away from the children.

And for those of you who ask "Well, what do we replace them with?" please read Education, Societal Division and a Proposal


Monday, July 20, 2020

51 Years Ago Today

Man first landed on the Moon:


I have become convinced that the United States peaked on this day, fifty years ago. The decay had already become apparent, but we as a nation carried off the single most difficult, incredible effort in human history.  I'm blessed to have been alive during that time.

Friday, July 10, 2020

A Moment of Zen

After those last two überposts, I need one.  Badly.


Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada


“The Pentagon has built its entire advanced weapons on Chinese quicksand,”

In relation to my previous post, read this article from the South China Morning Post.

Excerpt:
After China’s 2010 strong-arm tactics against Japan, some in the West raised warnings but were soon drowned out by economics, a supply glut engineered by China and limited political will. “The Pentagon has built its entire advanced weapons on Chinese quicksand,” military consultant James Kennedy wrote in a Defence One commentary in 2016.
China controls the market of refined rare earth minerals crucial to the defense industry for advanced electronics and metal alloys.  The United States has one (1) active rare earth mine, and its entire production is sold to a Chinese state-owned refinery.

So if the SHTF and China simply cut us off, our military technological superiority will shortly be eliminated.

I've been just a fountain of joy recently.
 

Wednesday, July 08, 2020

Endgame



This blog has been, for me, a seventeen-year exploration of other people's ideas.  If you've been here long, you'll know that I use short quotes and long excerpts from other people's writings to make the points I write about.  Like most people, I am not an "original thinker."  I try to expose myself to as much as I can, and weigh it against my experience and reason to determine truth.  Then I put it down in pixels to help me get my head around it.

Over these past seventeen years (hell, over the last 25), I have slowly come to some conclusions that I'm not happy about.

Remember that last nearly 10,000-word überpost?  I told you that so I could tell you this.  Hopefully I won't be as long-winded this time.


Quote of the Day - Victor Davis Hanson Edition

From his recent piece Year Zero at NRO, but do read the whole thing:

Gun sales are at record levels. I supposed the revolutionaries never investigated the original idea of a police force and the concept of the government’s legal monopoly on violence? It was not just to protect the law-abiding from the criminal, but to protect the criminal from the outraged vigilante.

Only police can stop blood feuds such as the ones we see in Chicago or like the medieval ones of Iceland’s Njáls saga, or the postbellum slaughtering of the Hatfields and McCoys. We are already seeing a counterrevolution — as the Left goes ballistic that anyone would appear on his lawn pointing a semiautomatic rifle to protect mere “brick and mortar.”

Without a functioning police force, do we really believe that the stockbroker is going to walk home in the evening in New York City without a firearm, or that the suburbanite in Minneapolis in an expansive home will not have a semiautomatic rifle, or that the couple who drives to Los Angeles with the kids to visit Disneyland will not have a 9mm automatic in their car console? The Left has energized the Second Amendment in a way the NRA never could, and for the next decade, there will be more guns in pockets, cars, and homes than at any time in history.

Truth

Tuesday, July 07, 2020

Sixteen Years Later...

...and there are simply more like this out there than before.  A repost from 2004:

It is ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL to Keep the Hands of Fucknuggets Like This OFF the Levers of Power

All you have to do is change "Bush" to "Trump."  And I still want to keep these fucknuggets away from the levers of power.

Thursday, July 02, 2020

Metastasized Marxism

"An empire toppled by its enemies can rise again.  But one which crumbles from within?  That's dead... forever." - Col. Zemo from Captain America:  Civil War

There is often truth in fiction.
Nation: (n) -  a large body of people, associated with a particular territory, that is sufficiently conscious of its unity to seek or to possess a government peculiarly its own - Dictionary.com
Margaret Thatcher once observed, "Europe was created by history. America was created by philosophy.

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." - Declaration of Independence

Of all the philosophical ideals ever committed to paper, "the pursuit of Happiness" must count among the greatest, but "all men are created equal" ranks a close second. Of course, these ideals were untrue in practice, but the character of Death expressed another truth in fiction in Terry Pratchett's Hogfather, "You need to believe in things that aren't true.  How else can they become?"

We have been a nation often described as a "melting pot," but more accurately as a "salad bowl" - the individual bits not melted together, but working (more or less) in harmony to be more than the sum of their parts. 

We have never been perfect.  No nation ever has.  But we have been good, a beacon to the peoples of other nations, the "shining city on the hill" as Ronald Reagan put it.  But not perfect by a long shot.

Advisory:  This is my first überpost in quite a while.  You've been warned.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Bleg for a Cause

Like guns and neat stuff?  Chuck Zeigenfuss (US Army, Retired) now runs Hero Labradors.  He raises Labradors for donation to organizations that train them to be service dogs for veterans.  He's running a raffle to raise money for Hero Labradors.  Not many days left.  Tickets are limited to 1,000.  Cost is $25 each.  Prizes are:

New AR 10  custom .308 rifle (Aero Precision)

New AR 15 custom .300 blackout pistol (MagTactical Industries)

Howa model 1500 .223 Rifle (gently used, in excellent condition) 

Walking Stick, custom carved and painted, signed by two MOH recipients (Sal Giunta and Clint Romesha... and possibly more!)

Rustic Labrador signs

House to House: signed by the Author, Staff Sergeant David Bellavia

If you've got a spare $25 and would like a shot (see what I did there?) at a new gun or a good book or a neat item, please go and buy a ticket to support Chuck and his organization.

Quote of the Day - Ed Driscoll Edition

Of course, as with all previous revolutions, eliminating statues of dead people is merely the precursor to eliminating living people deemed by the left to be, as Hillary would say, “deplorable.” And as her former colleague Susan Rice recently added, deserving of being placed in “the trash heap of history.” Recent events would imply that Rice was not speaking metaphorically.
Link.

Monday, June 15, 2020

Quote of the Day - GeekWithA.45 Edition

From the Wayback Machine:

Societies Gone Mad

To the people of my parent's generation, World War II was a reality that they had lived through, and not a bunch of black and white movies starring John Wayne.

Books upon books were written on the subject, to help them digest and understand just how it was that something of that magnitude could actually happen, how it was that an entire European society could go insane and do what it did. (As for the Japanese society, it was insane to begin with, and thus more easily understood)

Yes, as politically incorrect as it is, I stand by what I just said:

"Entire Societies Can and Have Gone Stark Raving Batshit Fucking Insane."