Sporadic posting schedule will continue

Currently my life is divided between baby’s naptime and Boob O’Clock. This routine cycles roughly every two hours, and since my natural sleep cycle is three hours long, has rather predictably resulted in my Not Caring about much outside the walls of the house. I have barely enough functional brainpower to play Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes on my cellphone, commentary on current events is pretty much out completely.

Other than the whole Islamic terror thing, I will say this, if Obama really were the second coming of FDR, every Muslim in this country would be in an internment camp. Seriously, this is how you get camps. Do people want camps? Because deportation is far more humane than that, and “living together in peace” is observably not an option on the table.

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Thoughts on Orlando

The leftist narrative is that of course this latest terror attack is due to insufficient gun control – facts, reason, and American rights be damned.
A few thoughts, based on the information that’s been promulgated so far.
“Where there’s a will, there’s a way” applies just as much to evil goals as it does to virtuous ones. Focusing on the tool used to do evil is ignoring the evil. There are many ways to commit mass murder, and making it more difficult to obtain one tool will simply cause terrorists to use another tool instead. It’s far harder for people to defend themselves from explosives or a vehicle driven with intent to kill. And the Orlando terrorist was a fan of the Boston Marathon bombers, so it’s not like he would have given up if he couldn’t obtain guns.
 
Laws don’t help if they’re not used. Testimony from the Orlando terrorist’s ex-wife indicates that he was a violent person who’d already committed assault. Why was he never brought up on charges for domestic abuse so extreme that his wife’s parents felt the need to essentially kidnap her to save her life? The authorities cannot deal with violent criminals if their victims don’t come forward.
 
A coworker testified that the terrorist was homophobic, racist, and harassed him, and yet when he reported this to their employer, nothing was done. Because the terrorist was a Muslim “POC” his atrocious behavior was ignored. This is exactly how political correctness enables violent crime, by covering up and making excuses for the inexcusable. Fort Hood and San Bernardino were enabled the same way – people refused to confront evil because they were afraid of being called “racist” or “Islamophobic”, and so evil got to operate with impunity.
The terrorist should never have been able to keep his job as a security guard – after abusing his wife and harassing a coworker, he definitely shouldn’t have been licensed to legally obtain or carry any kind of firearm. If there had been an official record of his previous violent behavior, would the FBI investigators have kept a closer watch on him as a high risk individual, as hindsight shows he was?
 
Side note – a nightclub is an extremely poor environment for self-defense. Witnesses testified that at first they couldn’t distinguish gunfire from the music! And a large crowd of people who can’t legally arm themselves in that environment was defended by only a single armed guard. In the wake of many other terrorist attacks around the world – many of which involved multiple attackers – a single armed guard is not enough. Probable jihadi targets need to take terrorist claims seriously and increase their security. How many lives could have been saved if there’d been more than one armed defender on the scene as soon as the terrorist arrived? How many injured people bled out as they waited those long hours for the hostage situation to be resolved by the police?
I guess people don’t want to take responsibility for their own safety in part because contemplating how vulnerable you are to someone who means to do you harm is, quite frankly, terrifying. You have to be on guard always, but the predators only have to get lucky once. People want to ignore the reality of evil and their own vulnerability, instead clinging to talismans like the police or gun control (or even owning a gun but having no training) to give them the illusion of security. And for the majority of Americans, this actually works out fine most of the time. However, the terrorists also know this and take advantage of it. There should never be a place in America where 300 people depend on one armed guard to protect them. Especially not 300 people who are high-value targets for Islamic terror.
Self-defense provides herd immunity against violence, and America is in desperate need of a booster shot.
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PC is rape culture

It occurred to me today that one reason intersectional feminists never shut up about rape culture is that they do, in fact, live in a rape culture. Is there any group more politically correct than intersectional activism? And political correctness serves one purpose, and one purpose only – to cloak wolves in sheepskins so that they may prey freely on their victims. Wherever you find political correctness, you will inevitably find a vile cesspit of corruption and hideous criminality that no one is willing to confront.

This is why those who claim that enacting policies ending sex segregation in bathrooms and locker rooms for the “transgendered” (in actuality, anyone who says the magic incantation “I identify as something I’m obviously not,” since competent trans individuals aren’t distinguishable from regular people.) will not result in any uptick in crime are naive, ignorant fools. They say, “Assault is already illegal, a criminal won’t be deterred by a sign on door!” Well, if assault is illegal, no transvestites need a special law to “protect” them while using the facility designated for their physical plumbing. But the fact of the matter is that individuals who can claim membership in a PC-protected class can and have taken advantage of that protection to victimize those lacking “protected class” privileges. Over and over again. With the collusion of the authorities.

People died in the Fort Hood terrorist shooting because political correctness made the authorities look the other way. People died in the San Bernardino terrorist attack because political correctness made the neighbors look the other way. (And the media is careful to push stories of how people who “saw something” and “said something” are ignorant racists, using social pressure to ensure that the next time someone notices something, they’ll prefer to keep quiet.)

Rotherham made a pretty big splash in the conservative media – authorities looking the other way while gangs groomed and raped over a thousand children. That was illegal, but if the authorities are too cowed by political correctness to enforce the law, then the law only matters when the cops aren’t afraid of being called out by the commissars of political correctness.

We’ve had quite a few events over the last year or so in which the nation’s police forces have been schooled very thoroughly in the negative consequences of crossing political correctness when it comes to race. They’ve been responding as desired, by decreasing their enforcement of the rule of law. And the naifs think the LAW will protect children from perverts, in a community held hostage by political correctness?

Sure. Like the law protects feminists from the predators masquerading as “feminist men” in order to gain greater access to victims. Like the law protected the girls of Rotherham. A decade or two late, and who knows how many dead later, oh sure, everyone will be deeply saddened and horrified… but every day the same things will keep happening, because those who see something won’t say anything. Because saying something in a culture ruled by PC doesn’t stop the perpetrators, but it does get you targeted as a bigot – by the criminals, the useful idiots, AND the authorities. And thus the predators are emboldened to take ever more blatant action, while resentment and anger are bottled up in the pressure cooker of “You can’t say that!”

If you’d like to destroy civil society and the rule of law, there’s nothing better than metastasizing political correctness.

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Feminism in 2016

Feminists care so deeply about rape that they will make up horrific stories about gang rape on university campuses. Such as the UVA hoax, perpetrated by liar Jackie Coakley and her enabler, feminist Sabrina Rubin Erdely.

Oh wait, no, they don’t actually care about rape at all, because when nearly 2,000 women are sexually assaulted and young children are raped, they crack jokes about it.

What’s the difference? Well, notice that the fake rapes trumpeted from rooftops by feminists tend to involve white males, and the real rapes that feminists won’t talk about are committed by non-white males. (If they do dare to mention those rapes, they will invariably blame society – or the victims – and excuse the rapists.)

Which leads to the only possible conclusion: intersectional feminism only cares about rape when it’s committed by white males. Which is racist. And remarkably unhelpful when it comes to protecting women and children from the majority of rapists on the planet, who don’t come from Western cultures and who definitely don’t attend prestigious institutions of higher education in America.

Remember Rotherham. Every authority in town looked the other way while Pakistani gangs assaulted and raped 1400 white girls for YEARS, because they were afraid of being called racist. Feminists DO NOT CARE about rape. If they cared about rape, they would be willing to be called “racist” if it meant tackling the actual systemic sexism and rape culture found in some nonwestern cultures and being imported into the First World through mass immigration.

Just another reason to despise feminism. There are two kinds of feminist in 2016: idiot feminists who are ignorant of the true face of feminism, and evil feminists, who deliberately identify themselves with a racist, sexist ideology that promotes hate while using real, vulnerable women as tools to advance their political agenda.

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Upbringing matters

Fair warning, this post may get… rambly, since I’m running a bit of a sleep deficit. I blame new daughter C. Making new humans is hard, and she hasn’t even gotten big enough to start really kicking yet!

However, I want to talk a bit about family, and upbringing, and relate that to a blog squabble that’s happened recently between two authors I admire – and who, I think, are both right, because I think both have ID’d a different piece of an elephant. I’ll be writing my own perspective on things, which may or may not be correct, but because I’ve been a reader of both blogs for… um, a few years now at least (cannot for the life of me remember how many) I’m not going to link to any particular posts. There’s not really a good “summary” one; both authors have a huge “back catalog” of blog posts that people who aren’t regular readers haven’t encountered, and so I’ve seen some big mistakes in interpretation from people who are readers of one or the other who’ve read only a couple posts and then misinterpreted the other author out of ignorance of that author’s wider philosophical views. So if you want to join the popcorn crowd, please be aware of that issue.

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Plantations

Up until this election cycle, I always wondered why blacks so monolithically vote Democrat, even though (to paraphrase Glenn Reynolds) any institution run by the left is a hotbed of corruption, exploitation, and discrimination.

I think I’ve made the connection, however. It’s tied into tribal identity. “I’m a Democrat.” “I’m a Republican.” “I’m a _____.” These are not reasoned positions for the vast majority of ALL population groups, and mere logic is not going to break identity.

The evidence which illuminated this for me is the hysterics among conservatives over Donald Trump’s success in running for the Republican Presidential nomination. The conservatives are pointing out that he’s not a conservative (true), claiming that he’s a hardcore Democrat (I think this is playing semantic games), and – here’s the kicker – claiming that electing this non-conservative fake Republican will forever tarnish the conservative brand.

Why would that be the outcome, if Trump isn’t conservative? I suspect he could still win the general election even if every dyed-in-the-wool conservative voter stayed home and sat on their hands – just due to his appeal to other voters who don’t vote for conservative candidates.

Because conservatives monolithically vote Republican, and identify themselves so strongly with the Republican party, this reaction showed me that they are trapped on the Republican plantation. Just like black voters reliably vote for politicians that pander to their issues and then turn around and rule for their own benefit while shafting their loyal base, Republican politicians do the EXACT. SAME. THING. to their conservative base. But the repeated betrayals don’t stop people from continuing to identify with their political identities. The conservatives concerned about Trump tarnishing their brand are so welded to the Republican party that the obvious solution – to loudly and publicly secede from the Republican establishment – never occurs to them. They’d rather be cuckolded over and over than face the truth of their cheating political partner’s behavior.

Every election, conservatives try to get the most conservative candidate the Republican Party nomination, fail miserably, and then go around shilling for the moderate “electable” Republican establishment candidate. Conservatives, come on. Please find the courage within yourselves to end your pathetic co-dependent relationship with your abusive political party, ‘kay?

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Conservatives on welfare

I was wandering by a blog I enjoy reading, and in a comment thread about the deplorable cultural condition of America’s underclass, someone mentioned their preferred solution: “End welfare.” And of course others chimed in about the supposed benefits of global competition and said that blue-collar workers should just retrain for a different industry when their jobs are outsourced to the Third World.

Yeah, I used to think that was reasonable, before I had enough experience to recognize that conservative economic “plan” as utopian moonshine divorced from reality.

It is damned hard for intelligent, well-educated white-collar middle-aged workers to retrain for a new career. Add to the situation an older male breadwinner who has a wife and kids to support, and tell him he’s going to have to retrain for a new career – taking a very hefty pay cut because his decades of experience are in the wrong field and he has to start over from the bottom? While, by the way, removing the welfare benefits that are quite possibly the only way the family is making their rent/mortgage payments and putting food on the table?

No wonder conservatives lose. They think they just need to educate people about how good their policies are. No, those people have heard the message, and they’re saying “Take your crazy UMC theory and stuff it, you don’t understand anything.”

I have a different suggestion. Yes, government welfare is corrosive to the human spirit and we need to get rid of it. But there are several very important things that need to be done first.

  1. Halt all immigration for a generation. Legal, illegal, no more. Sparingly grant residence permits for foreign spouses. No path to citizenship through marriage or temporary visa anchor babies.
  2. Tax the heck out of all imports, except maybe food (we can’t grow everything after all). Put the rising import taxes on a gradual increase so people have time to adjust and make plans.
  3. Use the resulting revenue to get rid of all federal taxes on labor on a similar gradual decrease. Income tax, payroll tax, SS tax, everything that makes it less profitable to work or to hire must GO. Get the funding for whatever program from some other source.
  4. Start getting rid of non-tax impediments to labor. Make licensing voluntary rather than required, for example.

That’s just the start. End immigration. Stop allowing the third world to siphon jobs from your own citizens. And if it’s legal for someone to do a job, then there should be no government taxes and as few regs as possible getting in the way of that job. Government mandated licensing and certifications are essentially a racket whereby established, politically powerful entities prevent competition from arising, and in an Information Age of social media and ubiquitous cell phones all we need are stringent whistleblower and investigative reporting protections and the public will be quite capable of looking after their own safety, thanks so much.

Then after twenty years of getting rid of economic shackles (and hopefully much progress on the cultural side of things as the mass media/entertainment/schooling paradigm is swept away by technological advancements), then we can start looking at getting rid of government welfare.

Trying to get rid of welfare, in a situation where government agencies have harassed children’s lemonade stands into shutting down? You’re crazy. Get rid of the actual impediments to honest work first, before you start tackling the disincentives that people are relying on for their continued existence. Especially since that gives you time to work on the cultural front where socialism has been carrying the day for decades.

For too long, conservatives have been meeting people who would be naked and starving without the welfare state and telling them, “Go, be warm and well fed while we take away everything that you’re currently using to put clothes on your back and food on your table. Don’t worry, something good will happen afterwards, we promise!”

Which is about as convincing as when some limousine liberal with an armed security squad starts talking about how guns are bad and if only regular citizens weren’t allowed to have them, violent crime wouldn’t be such a problem.

Get rid of the things that are standing in the way of people working for a living. Then we can talk about whittling welfare down to the bare minimum, since everyone who can do anything valuable can just go do it without worrying that the government is gonna come harass them with reams of incomprehensible paperwork and take their income, or cut some deal with a foreign country that will render their efforts worthless, or import tons of other people to compete and drive the price of labor down to rock bottom.

For heaven’s sake, don’t cry “Cut welfare!” in the middle of a freaking recession when the labor force participation rate is lower than it’s been in decades!

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