Cold Fury

Harshing your mellow since 9/01

Hurricane!

Oh yeah, almost forgot, there was this storm around these parts…

Not a huge problem inland where I live, really, just a bunch of rain and a period of fairly stiff wind late last night/early this morning. Nothing at all like Hugo was, thank God. Hugo was a real bitch.

It still brought out the fear-mongering and hysteria among the local media types, as you would expect. And then there was our governor, the More Or Less Honorable Judge Roy Bean Cooper, who for some reason decided the situation required that he wax poetic:

North Carolina, my message is clear: disaster is at the doorstep, and it’s coming in.

This may be a marathon, not a sprint. This storm threatens life; forecasts show a storm surge higher than many homes…expect this storm to batter our state for days.

The coast will feel the blast first thing in the morning, with damaging, life threatening surge, wind, and rain…

The waves and the wind this storm may bring is nothing like you’ve ever seen. Even if you’ve ridden out storms before, this one is different. This storm is a monster. It’s big and it’s vicious. It is an extremely dangerous, life-threatening, historic hurricane. Don’t bet your life on riding out a monster. This storm is an uninvited brute, who doesn’t want to leave.

Indeed, it is reminiscent, in its terrible lust for human sacrifice and chaos, of the faceless Nyarlathotep, or even the unspeakable Yog-Sothoth Himself. This demonic storm, just as the Old Ones who sent it to afflict and torment us, is possessed of a thirst for human blood that cannot be quenched. It is the stuff of nightmares, untouchable by compassion or love, not amenable to logic or reason. Carolinians cannot hope to conquer or prevail; we can only hope some handful of us will survive, and endure. Somehow.

Thank you.

Okay, I may have embellished a bit with that last paragraph there.

Update! Hurricane Trump: libtards are helpless to the fury of its passing.

Perhaps, in the Headline Hall of Fame, alongside “Headless body in topless bar,” we can add a new entry to display for generations to come. This week a Washington Post editorial declared: “Another hurricane is about to batter our coast. Trump is complicit.”

The point was that hurricanes are caused or intensified by the man-made climate change that we’ve experienced in recent decades, and that Trump ignores that supposedly obvious fact, bringing about destruction. Never mind that, between Wilma in 2005 and Harvey in 2017, no major hurricane (Category 3 or higher) made landfall in the continental United States. That’s the longest such hiatus ever recorded.

Never mind that, according to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, 40 major hurricanes hit the United States in the 55-year period between 1906 and 1960. In the following 55 years, during the era of global warming, the number was 26. The number in the worst categories, Categories 4 and 5, fell from 12 to 5.

This week, California Governor Jerry Brown is hosting a conference of people involved in what’s called the Climate Resistance. As noted by the Washington Times, “The massive three-day bash hosted by Mr. Brown will feature top Democrats, liberal megadonors, Obama administration figures, international leaders, green energy, Silicon Valley, Hollywood celebrities, and Al Gore.”

This follows state legislation signed by Brown requiring utilities to get all their electricity from “zero-carbon” sources by 2045. Massive expansions of hydropower and nuclear power are off the table, so that means relying mainly on intermittent sources like wind (which works only when the wind blows) and solar (which works only when the sun shines).

California officials claim the state currently gets about a third of its electricity from “renewable” sources. In June, the price of electricity in California was 65.3 percent higher than the national average. The difference would be greater except for the fact that some 41 other states have their own, smaller scams driving up electricity prices by requiring electricity consumers to buy expensive, unreliable wind and solar power.

Jerry Brown just wants to do to America and the world what he and his fellow environmentalists have already done to California.

Well, naturally. The totalitarian program only works if we’re ALL subject to it.

Always, whether the problem is warming or cooling, the solution is greater control of the economy, and of all human activity, by politicians and bureaucrats. They’re the only ones smart enough to save us.

Today, in the time of the Climate Resistance, “addressing climate change” is a euphemism for denying billions of people access to affordable energy—with victims ranging from working-class Americans to the world’s poorest in sub-Saharan Africa. And while the vulnerable suffer, wealth and power is transferred to the likes of biofuel processors and the bureaucrats of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the European Union.

Real people pay a real price when policies are based on ignorance of history and a half-understanding of science, on irrational fear and sensationalism, and on the latest kookery from the media and political class that stands to benefit when people freak out.

Oh, it isn’t based on any of those things; that’s giving them too much credit for “good intentions.” What it’s really based on is the same old thing it always is with the Left: lust for power.

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Storm warning

Culper mulls the Coming Unpleasantness.

It’s increasingly likely that we’ll arrive at a point where one or more of these politicized social bases arrives at the conclusion that their problems can’t be solved through political channels, or that nonviolent solutions are less preferable than violent ones.

Should they succeed somehow in forcing Trump from office, that would be a pretty clear sign of exactly that.

At a broader level, countrymen (politicized social bases) go to war against themselves when the alternative to war (i.e., being dominated or conquered) is less preferable than fighting, and they feel that they can or should use violence to achieve their political objectives. War in America will increasingly look like tribal and gang conflict, but along the lines of politics, culture, race/ethnicity, and class, and armed with the tools of economic and information warfare that ultimately generates violence.

According to a recent Rasmussen survey, nearly one-third of Americans believe that the U.S. will have some kind of civil war within the next five years. In that same poll, half of all Americans felt that the country was more divided as a result of the Obama administration, which divided Americans by race/ethnicity and class for eight years. You can’t create fault lines to exploit for political gain, and then complain later when there’s an earthquake… yet that’s exactly where we are.

With the clouds continuing to gather, you’ll surely want to read all of this one. Aesop adds some worthwhile commentary of his own, too.

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Best of times, worst of times

Unbearable thoughts.

Anti-Americanism has the same psychological dynamic as anti-Semitism. When the anti-Semite launches into his harangue, we instinctively recoil. We recognize that he is a troubled soul. We understand that he is obsessively tracing the inner contours of a mental cage that exists beyond the reach of rationality.

The insights of Revel and Rangel suggest that the Americans who suffer from anti-Americanism must also be afflicted by an unbearable thought.

What unbearable thought? The answer is ready at hand. The Progressive project has gone from strength to strength politically in America – and everywhere it has brought ruin in its wake. Detroit was once an economic powerhouse, and San Francisco was once America’s most beautiful city. Decades of one-party rule according to the Progressive project have wrecked Detroit, and San Francisco is becoming something truly strange, a modern city overwhelmed by human excrement in public places.

Hm. Must be a coincidence, right?

How did these three beautiful and prosperous American cities morph from the best of cities to the worst of cities in only a couple of generations? Let’s look at who is in charge.

San Francisco has not had a Republican mayor since 1964, the height of Motown music in one of the other cities we are discussing. For the past fifty-plus years, San Francisco has been led by a procession of Democrats.

Detroit’s last Republican mayor finished his term in 1962, around the time the Supremes were singing “Where Did Our Love Go?” Now they would be singing, “Where did our city go?” Since the early 1960s, Detroit has had a succession of Democrat mayors, including Coleman Young and their famous hip-hop mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, now serving a long prison term. Michigan, similar to Illinois and California, has two Democrat U.S. senators.

Anyone see a common thread here? Cities run by liberal Democrats, implementing liberal policies, with predictable results. These are certainly not the only American cities ruined by Democrat governance – there are also Newark; New Orleans; and Washington, D.C. to name a few others.

Back to my first link for the only rational conclusion:

The Progressives’ failure is not a failure to enact their agenda. They have dominated America politically for the past century. FDR gave us really big government, and the federal government has become a scandal of fraud, waste, and abuse – a scandal that even the Big Government Press cannot keep hidden from us. LBJ declared War on Poverty – and that war was lost. Instead of eliminating poverty, the War on Poverty has made poverty more pathological, creating an underclass, often now described as “permanent,” living on government handouts. Even the Progressives’ anti-Americanism was given free rein with the election of Barack Obama, who shared their obsession with “fundamentally transforming” America. Yet wave after wave of electoral victory has not made American Progressives happy.

Whenever the voters put the Progressives in charge, the result is governmental metastasis and social catastrophe – by necessity. The left is simply wrong about how things work. It is easy to come up with programs that defy common sense. It is also possible to use governmental power to impose those programs on society. But the power of government can’t make them work.

As I always say: their argument isn’t with us. It’s with reality.

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Gettin’ sporty

Nobody is more sensible on this topic than Aesop:

No one sane on our side (and everyone isn’t, sadly) wants armed open conflict, or is sanguine about it, least of all this author. Having been there first hand, the guy least enthusiastic about jingoistic saber-rattling is the guy riding the landing ship towards the beach. But ultimately, that’s a bilateral deal, and the Left isn’t even that sane. They don’t just want it and fantasize about it frequently and publicly, they brag and gloat about unleashing it. Our side understands that sort of posturing as a precursor to it actually breaking out, because we, unlike they, understand human nature and the behavior of flawed human beings.

As one of my drill instructors cautioned my group: “I see a baby, I’ma throw a grenade at dat baby. If da baby blow up twice, da baby was booby-trapped.

It was hilarious, and totally contrary to the letter and spirit of the Marquess of Queensbury Rules concept of “The Laws Of Land Warfare” amidst a rather grim period of basic training, but the lesson that sometimes even babies can be lethal, and what happens after that is just tough nails, was nonetheless one of the grimmest reality impressed upon us about the truth of war: you get the conflict you get, not the one you imagine, and then you do what has to be done to survive and win it.

Our would-be, now disdained and mostly discarded “leadership” of milquetoasts is the reason the Left is such a problem in the first place, and also the reason Trump is the president now. Had they manfully opposed utter socialist nonsense when it was far cheaper and easier to do so, they would not now find themselves in the role of political appendix, and about to be removed like a wayward and infected organ.

It is in the nature of wildfires to get away from people, and a cultural society-wide civil (it will, in truth, be anything but) war of absolute survival will not stay a well-tended backyard trash fire, but sparks will fly, winds will swirl, and pretty soon, the whole damned forest will be gloriously and fearfully ablaze, and the only thing that controls it then will be what’s left to burn, and when a merciful heaven sends a rainstorm.

Nothing less.

Wrap your heads around that.

People thinking in terms of a limited conflict, or any sort of happy, civilized divorce and secession, are whistling past the graveyard, and about as bright as those who talked about waging “limited” nuclear warfare. I’m here to tell you they’re stupidly misinformed at best, and deranged at worst.

Poll the city fathers of Carthage, Jerusalem, Atlanta, Warsaw, Nanking, Hiroshima, Saigon, and Fallujah about the idea of “limited” conflagrations.

You might think that after Lexington, Bull Run, 1914, Dunkirk, Pearl Harbor, and countless other ball-openers, folks would learn that conflict at the civilizational survival level isn’t “one quick volley, a whiff of grapeshot, and then glory”, with brandy and cigars afterwards in the drawing room, nor are the “troops home by Christmas”. Ever.

Once it opens, people in that sort of struggle will not fight until they can’t, but rather until you can’t. And usually because your bloody charred remnants can no longer pull themselves together to attempt another blow.

I’ve tried to get these same sentiments across many times here, and never did half as well as he just did; you definitely want to read all of it. The salient point:




The Left won’t stop; they’ll have to BE stopped. Nobody should be at all happy about that.

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Serious talk

Longtime fellow blogger Robin Burk sends this:

Mike,

It’s way overdue for me to say thanks for what you do on your blog. I’ve read you since way back, when I was at Winds of Change and then (anonymously because of my employer) at Rantburg.

Your work at the blog is an important voice. So I thought I’d let you know about a story you might find useful.

Here’s the background. After 9/11 I ended up teaching at West Point. Along the way I got involved in a brand new area of research and went down to DC to manage a program in the field for DOD. We were looking for new ways to model how WMD of all kinds – not just the big old fry-’em nukes – would impact the US or elsewhere if they were used. DOD needed this because nobody had a way to really model what would happen now that we rely so heavily on so many systems that depend on one another.

What we found sobered me.

Today I see the signs (don’t we all) that our social systems and political systems are under major strain. The National Academies just issued a report admitting we have major vulnerabilities in the US power grid. And more.

So I agreed to give a TEDx talk, on very little notice, about this and about steps we can take to reduce system unraveling. It’s not a polished talk. I didn’t hire a professional wardrobe and makeup person, or focus group the message. But when I learned that TEDx talks are being used in high school classes, and when I watched some (sigh), I knew I had to do this.

Here’s the video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtMfxbxuuwY
If you would, please view it (it’s about 12 minutes long). And if you’re willing, please Like/thumbs up it and help me get the word out on this issue. I used to think that if people don’t make some basic emergency prep, that’s their choice. But now I know the side effects their choice will have on my family and friends, and on yours, and on the country as a whole.

Like you, I responded to 9/11 with cold, inner fury and resolve. We can and must continue to push back on the forces that would destroy the best approximation of human liberty and dignity the world has ever seen.

As you’d expect, it’s grim but vital stuff. This is important work she’s doing here, I think, and my thanks to her for the heads up.

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The coming unpleasantness

In decrying the Great Schism (ie, the prospective partition of the country) in five simple steps, Aesop reels off a good ‘un:

3) There isn’t going to be any “amicable divorce”. The phrase is an oxymoron equal to “military intelligence”, “government help”, and “jumbo shrimp”.

He then proffers a link to a fellow I hadn’t heard of before who, for his sins, will immediately be cast into the Outer Darkness of the CF blogroll:

Continue reading “The coming unpleasantness”

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War without end

Cui bono?

Good for Trump. The job of the military is to win, and thus finish, wars, not to use them as extended live-fire exercises. Further, under our Constitution, the military reports to civilian authority, in the form of the president and one of his chief cabinet members, the secretary of defense. And it’s their job to make very clear the overall strategic objective, which in warfare is always optimally the total destruction and unconditional surrender of the enemy. During World War II, the objective was clear: destroy Imperial Japan and take Berlin. We, and our allies, did both, and America’s war—from the standing start at Pearl Harbor to VJ Day—lasted less than four years.

But that’s not how our contemporary military sees things. As the Post story points out, referencing Defense Secretary James Mattis, “His remarks reflected a broader Pentagon consensus: In the absence of a clear outcome, winning for much of the U.S. military’s top brass has come to be synonymous with staying put. These days, senior officers talk about ‘infinite war’.”

Those senior officers should be cashiered. “Infinite war” is what characterized the Roman Empire from Julius Caesar (read the Commentaries, Caesar’s reports back to Rome regarding his military operations in Gaul and elsewhere) through Marcus Aurelius (who spent very little time in the Eternal City) right up to the fall of Rome in 476, when the barbarian chickens came home to roost in the form of Odoacer, a member of the Germanic tribes that the Romans never managed to conquer. Their defeat by Arminius at the Battle of the Teutoberg Forest in 9 A.D. dissuaded the legions from crossing the Rhine again—but eventually the Rhine crossed them, and made it all the way to the Tiber.

The moral of the story is: finish the job. So good for Trump for giving the Pentagon a strategic objective and a time frame in which to accomplish it. The Posts article quotes another officer, Air Force General Mike Holmes, in a speech earlier this year: “It’s not losing,” he explained. “It’s staying in the game and…pursuing your objectives.”

How terrifying to know that, for some senior military officers (who, by the way, are not necessarily on the Right politically), warfare is about “staying in the game.”

It would seem that for our politicized general-officer class, at least, it IS a game. It’s disappointing to hear Mattis sounding like one of them, at least in the above quote. One would think that he more than most would recognize the damage done by the conversion of America’s once-dominant military into Welcome Wagon in cammies—a top-heavy bureaucracy that emphasizes “nation-building” over crushing America’s adversaries, political correctness over combat readiness, and over-reliance on technology over a hard-nosed warrior ethos.

We as a nation don’t even seem to know what “victory” is anymore, and aren’t terribly fussed over it either way. Our squeamishishness about civilian casualties and “collateral damage” leaves us incapable of doing what’s required to prevail against committed foes unburdened by any such vacillation or lack of will. Juvenile, simple-minded shibboleths declaring that our enemies “love their children as much as we do” or that “it will be a great day when the schools have all the money they need and the Air Force has to hold a bake sale to buy a bomber” aren’t just nonsensical and irrelevant. They’re dangerous.

“War isn’t healthy for children and other living things”? Well, no shit, Einstein. Exactly who ever said it was? Nobody likes war; nobody wants war. Sadly, though, Trotsky had the right of it: you may not be interested in war. But war is interested in you.

Throughout history, all military organizations have been made up of far more staff, support, and logistics personnel than actual fighting men. But US armed forces have exaggerated that statistical imbalance to a near-preposterous extreme, then smeared a triple-thick layer of lawyers on top who must be consulted before soldiers are even allowed to carry loaded weapons in combat zones, much less point them at anybody who might be shooting at them at the time.

We have sailors who can’t navigate on the high seas without colliding with other ships. 74 percent of Marine Corps F18s are graded “not ready for combat”; over 53 percent of Navy strike fighters are “out of service.” Parts to repair these expensive door-stops are being scavenged from museums and gutted, rust-bucket display aircraft. Pilots get most of their training in simulators rather than the stick-time in actual aircraft they badly need.

Doughy, gasping recruits can’t meet long-established physical readiness requirements for infantry? Too many female recruits can’t hack the program because their upper-body strength just isn’t up to snuff due to inherent male-female genetic differences? Fine, just lower standards across the board then. Mentally-ill “transgender” types want to join so they can get their expensive hormone treatments and surgeries paid for on the military dime? Hey, who are we to deny them their Constitutionally-guaranteed “right” (ahem) to sign up, then?

It’s the same soft-headed, feel-good mindset that brought us “participation trophies” for schoolkid athletics…on the rare occasions their all-important self-esteem was ever put at hazard by competition at all, of any kind. Ask any kid who got “graded on a curve” how much he really learned sometime. Quiz him on things most adults would consider to be the simplest, most basic knowledge. Prepare to be appalled.

Jerry-rigged, antiquated equipment worn down by an unsustainable operational tempo; untrained, unmotivated, and/or unfit troops; a politicized senior officer class more interested in political correctness than fighting and winning, incapable of seeing “open-ended commitment” for the deadly tar-baby it is; political “leadership” whose “invade the world/invite the world” mentality leaves them eager to flex American muscle in far-flung places where there is no compelling national interest at stake—the whole mess tolerated by a disinterested citizenry lulled by blind faith in a perpetual American military superiority that long ago ceased to exist. Anybody still wondering why America can’t seem to win any of its endless, innumerable “conflicts” anymore?

The smug assumption of our lapsed “lone superpower” status and the unchallengeable invincibility of the American military persists in defiance of the sad, sorry reality. None of this, mind, is meant to suggest that there aren’t many skilled, dedicated, and highly competent soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines out there. There surely are, and we should be extremely thankful for them. Ultimately, they’re struggling against the same dismal tide of feckless liberalism that threatens to swamp American culture entire. A way needs to be found to stem the flow before we all drown.

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Bad juju

First, the negative:

So Congress finally passed a budget. It’s a blockbuster—$1.3 trillion, or around four thousand dollars for every man, woman, and child in the U.S.A. Basically it is a compound made up of A) anything Leftist Democrats could wish for, and B) anything that the Jeb Bush wing of the Republican Party, and that wing’s Big Business donors (but I repeat myself), could wish for. But how about the things that sixty-three million of us voted for in 2016, awarding the Presidency to Donald Trump?

There has to be some of that in such a colossal budget, doesn’t there?

This budget bill is, in short, a middle finger to President Trump.

Its larger message: populism is no match for the Deep State. The contest is an unequal one. It’s almost cruel the way the congress critters—Chuck Ryan and Paul Schemer, Nancy McConnell and Mitch Pelosi—it’s almost cruel the way they are grinning and chuckling and high-fifing among themselves over how easy it’s been to kick sand in the President’s face.

I’m afraid we can now see that the populist victories of two years ago that filled us with so much hope were in fact a false dawn, a mirage. For all its spirit and vigor and successes, the populist movement is amateurish and uncoordinated. It’s no match for the seasoned, hardened operatives of the Deep State, with their decades of experience at gaming Western democratic systems.

But…but…it doesn’t help that the chief representative of populist will in the U.S.A. is President Donald J. Trump.

I know, I know, a lot of Trump voters don’t want to hear criticism of our President. When I posted the Z-Man’s remarks three weeks ago, calling Trump “just a stupid bullsh*tter who got very lucky,” I received some angry emails from listeners. “Hey,” they were saying, “you stuck-up metro cons with your Gucci loafers and designer glasses and imported cheese, you may be abandoning our guy, but we real Americans are still loyal!”

That’s what I was getting. People were cutting me out of their wills.

All right; but I’m a commentator. I have to call things as I see them. What I see is, that President Trump is not a very reliable friend of Trumpism.

Continue reading “Bad juju”

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The more things change…

Like I keep saying: careful what you wish for, Progtards.

It’s obvious that the central tenet of the Democrat Party platform is now hatred and contempt for Normal Americans. Taking their cue from the elites in Europe and Canada who are stripping dissenters of their free speech rights and religious freedoms, the leftist elite is moving to solidify its hold on power here with the eager assistance of tech companies and the moral support of the Fredocons who yearn to return to pseudo-relevance as the ruling class’s slobberingly loyal opposition. In California, the leftist government is practically firing on Fort Sumter. And nationally, these aspiring fascists are especially eager to disarm Normal Americans – doing so would be an object lesson in who’s the boss, as well as solving that frustrating problem of the Normals having the ability to resist.

Democrats, who think history began when Obama was elected, don’t understand the dangerous game they are playing when they talk about how they want to impose their brown shirt vision upon red America. The keyboard commandos of the left seek to hand wave away the massive strategic challenge of imposing control by force upon a well-armed, decentralized citizenry occupying the vast majority of the territory, so they babble about drones and tanks as counterinsurgency trump cards. But there are no trump cards in war. There are men, with rifles, standing on patches of dirt, killing the people trying to push them off. That’s the ugly reality of war. And multiply the usual brutality of war by ten when it’s a civil war.

There are two Civil War II scenarios, and the left is poorly positioned to prevail in either one. The first scenario is that the Democrats take power and violate the Constitution in order to use the apparatus of the federal government to suppress and oppress Normal Americans.

Sad to say, they did that already—with depressingly little in the way of demur or resistance. Not to the degree Kurt is talking about here, maybe. But that only serves to demonstrate the effectiveness of the strategy of incrementalism they adopted after Prohibition blew up in their faces. Beyond that quibble, though, I can’t find a lot here to argue with (a caveat here, which I’ll try to cover in an update later). Especially this:

Let’s talk terrain and numbers. Remember the famous red v. blue voting map? There is a lot of red, and in the interior the few blue splotches are all cities like Las Vegas or Denver. That is a lot of territory for a counter-insurgent force to control, and this is critical. The red is where the food is grown, the oil pumped, and through which everything is transported. And that red space is filled with millions of American citizens with small arms, a fairly large percentage of whom have military training.

Remember what two untrained idiots did in Boston with a couple of pistols? They shut a city down. Now multiply that by several million, with better weapons and training.

Fair use forces me to stop there, I’m afraid. But you should read all of it. I’m particularly interested in Aesop’s take; he’s had plenty to say about this issue before, all of it worthwhile. In fact, I went so far as to e-mail him the link, so we’ll see what transpires. He may be a bit weary of talking about such matters after his last couple of epic posts on the subject—a subject every one of us might very well end up wishing we could have avoided before all is said and done.

Every one, but Progtards most of all. Our reluctance to see things collapse into the horror of civil war should in NO way be mistaken for a lack of determination to prevail if war is forced upon us. Nor does abhorrence of the dreadful brutality of war equal resignation to being killed for lack of shooting back.

Update! Strong endorsement from Thomas Lifson:

Mass psychosis has gripped a significant fraction of the progressive regressive elites in the wake of their shock at the election and presidency of Donald Trump. The open embrace by California and some other jurisdictions of nullification – the doctrine that states can ignore or obstruct federal law – is recapitulating the run-up to our 19th-century Civil War. Serious publications are taking seriously the possibility of an actual armed conflict.

The notion some on the left have that they would gain from such a conflict is insane on every level. It would be a catastrophe of world historical dimensions, unleashing every bad actor in the world to enact its dream aggressions: China attacking Taiwan, Iran attacking Israel, and Russia restoring the old USSR borders, for starters.

But how about the question of who would win? Kurt Schlichter on Town Hall takes a cold, hard look at the question and concludes (correctly) that the blue-staters would get their posteriors handed to them.

That brings us to the caveat I mentioned earlier, involving Schlichter’s closing paragraphs:

Then there’s another factor, an intangible but a crucial one. It’s commitment. The Democrat threat to peace is based on its policies designed to deprive Normal Americans of their right to speak freely, to worship freely, and to defend themselves and their rights with firearms. Make no mistake – millions of Normal Americans are willing to risk death to defend those rights. In fact, many swore to do so when they entered our military and law enforcement. But who is the leftist big talker willing to die to impose the fascist dream of censorship, religious oppression, and disarmament on Normal American citizens? Is the screeching SJW at Yale going to suit up in Kevlar? Is the Vox columnist going to grab a M4? Is the Hollywood poser going to switch her gyro-beanie for a helmet?

No. Hell, we just heard our liberal opponents explaining why a cop shouldn’t be expected to go fight a scumbag murdering kids because it’s scary. America might split apart, but it’s highly unlikely Team Kale n’ Vinyl would fight should their big talk finally push Normal America too far.

Honestly, I don’t know if real Americans should be counting too heavily on that. As long as we’re making comparisons to America’s first Civil War, we shouldn’t forget the confident assumption both sides were guilty of then: that the other side couldn’t fight, wouldn’t fight, and would quickly scurry away in defeat with the slightest pressure. The certainty of both North and South that victory would be not just assured but easy should things degenerate into armed conflict reminds me an awful lot of Lifson’s too-blithe assertion. Kurt assumes the same, if he’s a bit more reflective about it.

But we all need to remember something: it isn’t just “Team Kale n’ Vinyl” that Team Liberty would be fighting. It’s Team Commie, which is another kettle of fish. Sure, the majority of muttonheaded, spoiled-brat college students who faint dead away if they lose signal on their iPhones would find actual combat entirely beyond their capacity to endure. Likewise their tenured Marxist professors, impassioned firebrands though they may be when blustering in the classroom or faculty lounge. Taken as a whole, these doughy cake-eaters are far more likely to fold up like a cheap accordion when the bullets start flying than they are to suddenly get in touch with their inner Audie Murphy.

But we shouldn’t gloss over the truly committed Bolsheviks among them, whatever their actual numbers might be. I’ve seen articles here and there (example) reporting that Antifa fascists—among other diehard Leftwit groups like Black Lies Murder—are beginning to arm themselves in preparation for a conflagration at least some of them are eager to provoke. They burned, looted, and smashed their way through several American cities last year without consequence; marauding groups of them have viciously assaulted normal Americans with the same result. What reason can there be for them to suspect they won’t continue to get away with an escalation of such provocation, to include actual shooting?

I can’t think of any country right offhand in which a communist government was installed without violence. That violence was committed by somebody; it didn’t just magically occur. Marxism’s famous Vanguard is always made up mostly of disaffected students and intellectuals, whatever delusions Marx himself may have harbored about “the Workers.” It may be that America’s own Vanguard of pampered, sheltered, ignorant university twerps is just too soft to really spark a civil war here. It may even be the way to bet. But regarding that as a foregone conclusion is liable to turn out to be a mistake.

The notion that the commie bastards can’t possibly win might not exactly come under the heading of “wild surmise.” But that’s the thing about civil wars: they tend to take on a life of their own, producing all sorts of previously unimaginable end results.

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Trouble up the road

A reasonable, careful, thoughtful, calm argument for…well…

Our politics, like we ourselves, are increasingly irrational. The most intractable problem is the emotional fidelity to certain abstract notions (those comprehended by political correctness: white supremacy, implicit bias, the patriarchy, and so on) that can hardly be dealt with by mere argument and debate. The unfairness Hanson relates is obvious, but since it is not a rational thing, it will require force to stop. Anyone who, like me, has spent a lot of time in discussion and argument with other people can easily see how little the rational avails. Jonathan Swift’s definition of man—an animal that has a capacity for rationality—is certainly accurate. For in the end, people generally believe what they want to believe, just as they do what they want to do—unless they are compelled to do otherwise.

And that is precisely why we need a civil war. My mother having died last weekend, I filled out her death certificate just before writing this column. Two of the boxes, bizarre yet now only too predictable, were “race decedent considered them self to be (one or more),” followed by “decedent’s single race designation (only one).” The first option, in which race is a matter of choice, was of no interest in my mother’s case, but its presence shows just how willing people are to submit to the madness of the PC crowd.

Indeed, the country itself has gone mad. There are so many bad ideas, and such moral rot, that only war can rid us of the many pathologies that obviate culture and democracy alike. Only war can bring us to a state of affairs in which people, having serious problems to face, will have a more reasonable perspective and stop griping about safe spaces, white supremacy, toxic masculinity, and all the tiresome rest. Only war will send our politicians the message that Americans will not abide their cynical manipulations and refusal to do what is best for us.

One fervently hopes he is wrong, and that these pathologies can be removed from the body politic by less catastrophic measures. But one greatly fears that he ain’t. In any event, one should always remember that civil wars tend to take on a life of their own, and almost never end up in the way the most belligerent and obstreperous of its instigators believe or hope.

What I’ll call the Wolfe Conundrum is always confronting us: America is at that awkward stage. It’s too late to work within the system, but too early to shoot the bastards. Problem being, of course, that it’s damned difficult to know when we’ve passed from one state of affairs into the other. “Awkward” seems to be inadequate to describe the impasse we’re at.

It seems apparent beyond argument that present-day Americans passively endure encroachments on their liberty that would have brought the guns of the Founders into thundering life long ago. That admission made, it’s also true that we enjoy a lifestyle comfortable—luxurious, really—beyond their wildest imagining. Is it that the erosion of our liberty has been mostly minor in scope, a petty, trivial loss not worth getting too exercised over? Or is it more that the strategy of incrementalism by which it has been gradually, painstakingly eroded so successful that most of us scarcely perceive its loss?

Or, God forbid, have we become so benighted that we just no longer care either way? That we’ll docilely eat whatever shit our masters shovel at us as long as they maintain a modest level of comfort and stability for us? That we’re willing enough to accept life in a cage, as long as the bars are nicely padded and our cedar-chip bedding kept fresh for us?

Looking back at the Founders’ struggle, the lines seem clear—the stakes significant, the divide certain and sharply delineated, with little if any muddle or hazard of confusion. Not so much now. Muddle appears to be all there is, with no real solid ground on which to plant any flags.

I don’t feel qualified to answer any of those questions. Maybe I’m just too old to be trying to anyway; it’s for sure and certain I ain’t gonna be running through any woods with a rifle and a 50 pound pack at my age, or trying to sleep wrapped in a poncho on a forest floor in a 40-degree downpour. As Aesop, Schlichter, and others who have witnessed such horror up close and personal always warn, the prospect of America collapsing into a Bosnia-like catastrophe is as hideous a one as I can imagine.

At the same time, though, marching off without demur into the Orwellian nightmare the Left intends for us is not what I’d call any day at the beach either—and the thought of my daughter being trained into slipping into her assigned spot in that macabre machine without a moment’s thought, care, or even awareness freezes my blood.

As I’ve said again and again, I just don’t have any answers. I begin to suspect that there aren’t any good ones left to us.

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Toxic liberalism

Can’t believe I didn’t come up with that term myself already.

What kind of man does society value?

Appropriately docile, neutered, feminized ones. Which is to say: none.

Well, for starters, men are not really valued by society the way they used to be. The loss of manufacturing and the shift to service-sector jobs has played a role in that. Also, the rise of school curricula that favors girls over boys has contributed to not only the diminishment of men, but likely also to the disproportionate numbers of women opting to go to college (and graduating) compared to their male counterparts. So, too, has the diminishment of community, thanks to the internet and the insane schedules in peoples’ lives today that very often leaves them isolated and alone.
We mustn’t forget that Pop Culture very often portrays men as sex-crazed maniacs, to be hated and feared. Or, in the case of popular family situation comedies, the fathers are portrayed as dunderheads to be pitied and constantly one-upped by their chirping children and nagging wives. Of course, there is always rap culture, excessively violent video games, and films, to further warp a young man’s mind.

For America to survive, it needs an accountable and responsible citizenry (and government). We cannot be free under any other circumstance. Free societies tend to be the most prosperous. The more erosion of responsibility we endure as citizens, the more powerful the state will become, and the less free we will all be (and therefore, we’ll be less prosperous and less safe). Unlike modern Liberals, the Founding Fathers firmly believed that the American people were responsible enough to possess firearms, which is why they enshrined that belief in the Second Amendment of the Constitution. The Left blames guns and wants to take them from ordinary citizens because the Left wants to diminish personal responsibility, knowing full well that the act will erode your liberty. Since responsibility has historically been associated with masculinity, classic masculinity itself has been deemed “toxic,” and our young men are told to abandon those virtues in favor of… something… anything else. This is not tenable.

Until we rid the country of toxic Liberalism, our society will continue churning out more young men like Nikolas Cruz, and America’s inexorable decline will become terminal.

You said a mouthful there, buddy. As for the wilting hothouse flowers some are pleased to refer to as “men” nowadays, how ’bout them Broward Cowards, eh?

Not one but four sheriff’s deputies hid behind cars instead of storming Marjory Stoneman Douglas HS in Parkland, Fla., during Wednesday’s school shooting, police claimed Friday — as newly released records revealed the Broward County Sheriff’s Office had received at least 18 calls about the troubled teen over the past decade.

Sources from Coral Springs, Fla., Police Department tell CNN that when its officers arrived on the scene Wednesday, they were shocked to find three Broward County Sheriff’s deputies behind their cars with weapons drawn.

Well, y’know, the main thing is that they all made it home at the end of their shift, right?

Loath as I am to offer it, there is an argument to be made in defense of the perfidy of these sniveling wretches. No really, there is. I only wish I was joking.

The Broward County Sheriff’s Office (BSO) didn’t “miss warning signs” or make “mistakes” in not writing up reports. The Sheriff’s office did exactly what their internal policies, procedures and official training required them to do, they intentionally ignored the signs, and intentionally didn’t generate documents.

It is important to understand the policy here. Broward County law enforcement (Sheriff Israel), in conjunction with Broward County School Officials (Superintendent Runcie and School Board), have a standing policy to ignore any criminal engagement with High School students.

Secondly, the 27 minute tape-delay in the CCTV system is not an “accident”, “flaw” or “mistake”. It is entirely by design.

As a standard Broward and Miami-Dade practice, when school law enforcement need to cover-up or hide behavior, they need time (when that behavior happens) to delete the evidence trail. As such the school policy -as carried out in practice- is more efficient with a 30 minute tape delay affording the school officer enough time to deal with the situation, then erase the possibility of a recording of the unlawful activity surfacing.

Building in a 30 minute delay on the CCTV system was one of those pesky add-on items that happened a few years ago when the School and Law Enforcement officials established the policy of intentionally not arresting students.

With modern technology it’s tough to hide criminal behavior, especially the violent stuff, when it is being recorded. Duh. Ergo the tape-delay was the best-practice workaround.

Lastly, when the county education policy is intentionally constructed to ignore criminal behavior in schools, the Sheriff and School superintendent cannot rely on “law-and-order-minded” school police officers to carry out the heavily nuanced policy. The county officials need the people closest to the work, the officers, to be able to think quickly on their feet to safeguard their prized district-wide statistics.

A Broward County SRO must carry a political hat and be able to intercept behavior, modify his/her action based on a specific policy need, falsify documents, hide evidence, manipulate records and engage inside the system with an understanding of the unwritten goals.

Broward County school law enforcement are given political instructions, and carrying out political objectives. They are not given law-enforcement instructions.

It shouldn’t be too hard to read between the lines and figure out what this policy is really all about. Violence, disruptive behavior, and many other disciplinary problems are inevitably going to be the near-exclusive province of a handful of unruly and unmanageable black students in most any school of a certain size. The sad reality is that such is the case in way more schools than just this one, and everybody knows it. But nobody dares say a word about it, much less take action to either get the troublemakers under some sort of control or get them the hell out for good should they prove to be beyond disciplining. That would cause way more problems than anybody really wants to deal with if they can avoid it; as Sundance points out, the goal here is not security or even order, but keeping those stats looking good and that paperwork tidy.

So school authorities, to include the cops and/or other security personnel on the grounds, have tacitly agreed to tie their own hands and avert their eyes in the hope that all the ugliness will just go away somehow. The can gets kicked on down the road into somebody else’s bailiwick: no responsibility, no reckoning, no career-imperiling fuss or muss. No sand to clog the gears and disrupt the thrumming of the Pointless Machine—a machine whose sole purpose has devolved into perpetuating its own existence, and nothing more. It all adds up to just another case of sweeping the problems caused ultimately by Toxic Liberalism under the rug, along with all the other mouldering old bones.

Really, when you give it some thought, it’s pretty much the way government at every level above, say, a well-run small-town mayor’s office operates. Which in turn is a big part of the reason why the Founders insisted via the Constitution that government be kept as close to the governed as possible: to keep it accessible to them, to ensure its accountability to them, to facilitate corrective action when (not if) it went astray. It’s plain to see where our having wandered so far from that ideal has gotten us, for anyone with eyes to see and the stomach for looking.

Lame bureaucratic justifications aside, however, in a case like this—a murderous lunatic in the act of slaughtering innocent kids and teachers inside the building—I find it difficult to get my head around the notion of cops so despicable, so craven, as to cower and cringe from cover in response…rules or no rules, policy or no policy. As with the military, a willingness to put themselves in the way of physical harm—to lay their lives on the line to protect the public—is part and parcel of the oath they swear, if it isn’t explicitly stated in specific versions of it here and there. It is the bones and sinew of the very concept of “duty.” In many places, “To protect and serve” is painted right on the friggin’ doors of their patrol cars, for crying out loud.

Looks like the South Park version (“To harass and annoy”) is WAY nearer the mark in Broward County, it turns out.

I’ve mentioned many times here that I have friends and family both who are or were cops, and I can tell you with absolute confidence that not a one of them would have reacted in such a contemptible fashion. They would have gone in there and done whatever they could to end it, ass-covering, weasel-worded policies and rules be damned. As it happens, I had a brief conversation earlier today with one of them about all this, an old regular at the Harley shop I used to work at, now a retired homicide detective. The shame and grief—the horror—he felt was an almost palpable thing, although it was in no way his burden to bear. It was unjustly spattered over him by much lesser men than he: betrayers of public trust and confidence, grotesque parodies of real police officers, entirely unworthy of the badges they besmirched.

We all have to pray that their numbers are small, that they’re exceptions that prove a worthier rule. Maybe they should have all just joined the FBI instead.

Update! Apparently, the fish really DOES rot from the head.

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel—the man whose agency failed to prevent the Parkland massacre despite having received a tip last November that Nikolas Cruz was plotting a mass shooting—has been accused of public corruption.

Asked about the allegations, Israel responded, “What have I done differently than Don Shula or Abraham Lincoln or Martin Luther King, Gandhi?”

He also said, “Lions don’t care about the opinions of sheep.” That’s a paraphrase of a quote from the Game of Thrones character Tywin Lannister, a villainous public administrator known for promoting his family’s interests ahead of the government’s or the people’s.

The man is vile. There’s just no other word for it. God only knows what he and his loathsome fellows have gotten up to and gotten away with over the years. It’s a cinch that this is only the tip of a very big, very dirty iceberg.

Hey, wait a minute here: did this crooked cop—whose underlings refused to do their duty and allowed kids under their dubious “protection” to be slaughtered, shirking all a-tremble in their hidey-holes while cops from a neighboring cop-shop stepped around them to righteously fulfill their oaths—just compare himself to Lincoln, Ghandi, and MLK?

Seriously? SERIOUSLY?!?

Suddenly, a lot of incomprehensible things begin to make sense. Clearly this department needs a thorough scrubbing down, starting with the slime on top. If I was a taxpaying citizen of Broward County, I’d be highly pissed at seeing what my tax dollars had been supporting all this time. Like, torches, pitchforks, tar, and feathers pissed. But maybe that’s just me.

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A modest proposal

Sounds reasonable enough to me, at least at first glance.

The 2A guarantees our right to keep and bear arms, for incredibly important reasons. It does not, however, require us to be blind and stupid. It doesn’t mean we should ignore obvious warnings from aspiring mass killers, like last week’s high school shooter.

In many previous mass shootings, there were no clear prior warnings. Some vague danger signs may have been recognized afterward, but often, as with the Las Vegas shooter, nobody had any idea whatsoever of the shooter’s plans, and the shooter had no criminal or mental health history. But the Florida massacre was carried out by a teenager who announced his intention to be a school shooter. And he was still able to legally buy a gun.

Of course, we all know the two tips to the FBI about the shooter’s statements weren’t properly followed up. But what if they had been followed up? Depending on the jurisdiction, simply saying “I’m going to be a professional school shooter” isn’t necessarily an arrestable offense, isn’t necessarily a felony, and isn’t necessarily enough to justify an involuntary mental health commitment. So it’s plausible that even if the FBI had investigated, and confirmed he had made the statements, and that he talked about murdering people, and that he introduced himself as a future school shooter, and that he had a history of erratic behavior, he still would have been able to legally buy an AR-15 to murder people with. I say allowing a known aspiring mass murderer to legally buy guns is blind and stupid. And I think most of my fellow 2A supporters would agree.

So is there a way to legally prevent gun sales to those types of people, without infringing on the 2A rights of the innocent? Yes. Does supporting the 2A require us to support gun sales to people who are telling us they want to commit murder? No.

I’m not talking about banning the AR-15, advocating confiscations, repealing the 2A, or any nonsense like that. I’m not suggesting anything that would affect the tens of millions of legal, peaceful gun owners who we live and interact with every day. What I’m suggesting is that when someone tells us they’re buying a gun to commit a crime, especially a crime like mass murder, even if they haven’t broken the law or been committed, we listen to them. I’m proposing that we put laws in place to make those threats part of the background check system, and stop those wannabe murderers from legally buying a damn gun.

Like I said: sounds reasonable enough to me. But there are big problems with the idea, as Aesop points out. Basically, it still comes down to this:

I wish the FBI had done the job we pay them to do, and had gone out there to see if he’d have stepped in it with both feet, so they could haul him in, but then I’d also like a winning Powerball ticket and the phone number of the Playmate of the Year.

The sheriffs were at this nutjob’s house 39 times prior to this incident. One more visit about a FB post would probably have accomplished nothing. (Unless they screwed up in one or more of the other 39 visits.)

But somebody shooting him in the head during his rampage – say the football coach, but with a school-legal CCW  and a .45 – would have solved his problems forever.

I know you’re sincere about this, and none of us wants to see dead kids again if there’s any legal way to  prevent it.

But any “solution” that violates the Bill of Rights is de facto and de jure a cure monstrously worse than the disease.

I can’t see any way to make things work appreciably better than they do now by investigating every utterance everyone makes 24/7/365, other than people doing the jobs they’re paid to do in the first place.

Yeah, like that’s going to happen. I mean, these are government employees we’re talking about here.

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Fatherless=broken

Just another Progressivist social-engineering agenda item whose implementation inflicted costs beyond calculation and misery immeasurable—creating problems rooted deeply into the fabric of American life by now, for which there is no workable solution readily apparent.

Mr. Black is correct that boys are broken. But they’re not broken as a result of being cavemen who haven’t “evolved” the way women have. They’re broken for another reason.

They are fatherless.

America’s boys are in serious trouble. As Warren Farrell’s new book, The Boy Crisis, explains, boys are experiencing a crisis of education, a crisis of mental health (as in the case of Nikolas Cruz), a crisis of purpose. And at the root of it all is fatherlessness.

Indeed, there is a direct correlation between boys who grow up with absent fathers and boys who drop out of school, who drink, who do drugs, who become delinquent and who wind up in prison.

And who kill their classmates.

“We blame guns, violence in the media, violence in video games, and poor family values. Each is a plausible player,” Farrell noted in 2013 after the Newtown, Connecticut, shooting. “But our daughters live in the same homes, with the same access to the same guns, video games, and media, and are raised with the same family values. Our daughters are not killing. Our sons are.”

Farrell’s explanation about how masculinity can be a force for good or for evil is enormously instructive. “Without dads as role models, boys’ testosterone is not well channeled. The boy experiences a sense of purposelessness, a lack of boundary enforcement, rudderlessness, and often withdraws into video games and video porn. At worst, when boys’ testosterone is not well-channeled by an involved dad, boys become among the world’s most destructive forces. When boys’ testosterone is well channeled by an involved dad, boys become among the world’s most constructive forces.”

Yeah, well, the Left is WAY too heavily invested in continuing to promote their destructive codswallop, no matter what, to ever admit to anything as uncomfortable as that.

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Ch-ch-ch-changes

Not for the better.

The millennial generation might be surprised to learn that theirs is the first without guns in school. Just 30 years ago, high school kids rode the bus with rifles and shot their guns at high school rifle ranges.

After another school shooting, it’s time to ask: what changed?

Cross guns off the list of things that changed in thirty years. In 1985, semi-automatic rifles existed, and a semi-automatic rifle was used in Florida. Guns didn’t suddenly decide to visit mayhem on schools. Guns can’t decide.

We can also cross the Second Amendment off the list. It existed for over 200 years before this wickedness unfolded. Nothing changed in the Constitution.

That leaves us with some uncomfortable possibilities remaining. What has changed from thirty years ago when kids could take firearms into school responsibly and today might involve some difficult truths.

Let’s inventory the possibilities.
 
What changed? The mainstreaming of nihilism. Cultural decay. Chemicals. The deliberate destruction of moral backstops in the culture. A lost commonality of shared societal pressures to enforce right and wrong. And above all, simple, pure, evil.

Before you retort that we can’t account for the mentally ill, they existed forever.

Paranoid schizophrenics existed in 1888 and 2018. Mentally ill students weren’t showing up in schools with guns even three decades ago.

So it must be something else.

Indeed it must. I touched on all this myself Friday; Adams holds the nails in the post above, and Klavan breaks out the BFH to drive ’em on home:

It reminds me of some wisdom from another two sheriffs, the fictional sheriffs from the Coen Brothers movie of Cormac McCarthy’s novel No Country for Old Men discussing the mindless violence that has taken over society.

“Once you stop hearing ‘sir’ and ‘ma’am’ the rest is soon to follow,” says one.

“It’s the tide, the dismal tide,” says the other. “It’s not the one thing.”

One of my favorite lines, from one of my favorite movies. Which, hideously violent as it admittedly is, never inspired or compelled me to go out and kill anybody.

Well, not yet, anyway.

The left wants to defend gangstas and “transgressive” art and antifa thugs — but when the shooting starts, they blame the guns.

The left wants to get rid of feminine modesty and masculine protectiveness and social restrictions on sex — but when the abuse and rape and harassment rise to the surface, they start whining about toxic manhood. Perhaps they should have listened to the Catholic apologist G.K. Chesterton, who wrote about the difference between reforming society and deforming it — a passage that was neatly paraphrased by John F. Kennedy: “Don’t ever take a fence down until you know the reason it was put up.”

“Reforming society and deforming it.” Damned good one, that is.

Now the left wants to legitimize disrespect for the flag and for Christianity. They want to ignore the rule of law at the border and silence protests against Islamic ideas that are antithetical to every good thing the west stands for. They should look to Europe where all that’s been accomplished.

The left wants us to reel in shock that Donald Trump chased women or praised Russian strong men? Who was it who defended the infidelities and possible rapes of Bill Clinton? Who was it who turned a blind eye to Barack Obama consorting with terrorists and hate-mongers like Farrakhan?

For fifteen years and more, I have been complaining that the right is silenced in our culture — blacklisted and excluded and ignored in entertainment, mainstream news outlets, and the universities. But the flip side of that is this: the degradation of our culture is almost entirely a leftist achievement. Over the last fifty years, it’s the left that has assaulted every moral norm and disdained every religious and cultural restraint.

The left owns the dismal tide.

Own it? They ARE it. Without the Left’s insidious machinations—their depraved, wanton destruction—we wouldn’t even be discussing any of this horror. Because it simply wouldn’t exist.

Ahh, but how might heretofore more or less moderate Americans have become so severely radicalized that they would turn on their country with such vehemence? Might there have been a guiding hand behind the dismal tide of Leftist destruction and nihilism? Something that took an at least rational if misguided Loyal Opposition and pushed it over the edge into madness, sedition, and revolutionary violence?

I thought you’d never ask.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s indictment of 13 Russian nationals on Friday confirms Russia sought to promote anti-Trump protests after the election as a way of sowing discord in American society.

Russian operatives organized a rally titled “Trump is NOT my President” in New York City on Nov. 12, 2016, less than a week after the election, the indictment states.

The indictment notes that the operatives organized a pro-Trump rally in New York the same day as the anti-Trump rally, although there is no indication that the pro-Trump rally was as successful as the anti-Trump rally, which had thousands of attendees, including left-wing filmmaker Michael Moore. The Guardian reported 10,000 attendees at the anti-Trump event.

The Russian operatives staged a similar anti-Trump rally, “Charlotte Against Trump,” a week later in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The Russian operatives sought to “promote discord in the United States and undermine confidence in democracy” by organizing the protests, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said Friday.

Mueller’s indictment confirms what legal representatives for both Facebook and Twitter told a Senate panel on Oct. 31 last year: that Russian operatives sought to harm America by undermining public confidence in President Trump’s election.

Russian operatives also sought to promote the left-wing identity politics that currently dominate the Democratic Party, previous reporting has shown.

One Russian account promoted a militant, left-wing form of feminism, similar to the kind pushed by Women’s March organizers. The Russian operatives behind the account fooled Women’s March organizers into sharing their divisive propaganda on Facebook, as TheDC first reported.

Several Russian accounts posed as racial activist groups similar to Black Lives Matter. One of those pages, Black Matters, organized the Nov. 12 anti-Trump protest attended by Michael Moore and thousands of other protesters.

The story of the American Left acting as willing if unwitting dupes—highly effective vanguard (ahem) troops in Russia’s ongoing war of subterfuge and sabotage against us—is an old one, as you CF longtimers will already know (this is probably the fourth or fifth time I’ve linked that ESR piece just in the last few months).

Strangely enough, though—especially considering the perennial nature of the Soviet/Russian campaign against the US—I’ve seen a few otherwise thoughtful and well-meaning people joining with Lefty and his NeverTrumpTard pals in pooh-poohing these indictments as somehow no big deal—trivial, a piffling distraction from the real issue, which is and forever will be TRUMPTRUMPTRUMPTRUMPOHMYFUCKINGGODTRUMP!

But this development IS a big deal. Not only does it represent the dim candle of the Trump-Russia “collusion” scam guttering out at last, it also confirms the entire Progressivist cabal in its varied parts as wholly-owned subsidiaries of a dangerous foreign adversary, aiding and abetting a hostile campaign to weaken, befuddle, impoverish, and eventually destroy the US’s ability to function as a global power and to act effectively to advance its own interests both at home and abroad.

I know I said “aiding and abetting” just now, but the more appropriate wording is probably “lending aid and comfort”—with all the deadly import that phrase carries with it. Or would, if Russia and the Left’s undermining of our very foundations hadn’t reduced the words to complete irrelevance, along with most of the rest of the document from whence they come.

Lest anybody grumble that the exposure of the Left’s groundpounder role in Russia’s sneakthief shadow-war against us isn’t related to the original topic of this post: trust me, it is. The recent scourge of mass murder in American schools, and more broadly the Left’s hysterical caterwauling for “common sense gun control” in the wake of each successive incident—a demand rooted in their ignorant horror of guns; their total incomprehension of what the 2A says, or their deceitful misrepresentation of same; their reflexive mania for bigger and more powerful government in defiance of clear, blunt Constitutional strictures; and their blank disregard for the Constitution generally—is now directly, provably attributable to Russian manipulation of the gullible twits.

The gradual disintegration of American culture into chaotic, babbling incoherence is also attributable to that manipulation. All of which brings us to the propagation by a gratuitously wrecked culture of growing numbers of dysfunctional, despondent males with no outlet other than violent mayhem for the confusion and frustration bred by years spent enduring spittle-flecked denunciations of their very gender as “toxic”—rendered defenseless against an onslaught of hatred spewed at them by shrewish, implacably unhinged termagants, themselves entirely dysfunctional, who smugly declare themselves “feminists” without a smidgeon of awareness concerning Russia’s successful effort to warp the very word itself into a depraved caricature of its accepted meaning.

“Not a big deal”? Like bloody hell. It is EVERYTHING—the biggest deal of them all, the whole enchilada. All this misery, all this strife, all this confusion and woe and conflict and distrust and hate…all of it, brought crashing down on us on purpose, by design, and with malice aforethought: a strategy conceived and engineered by a foreign foe, executed on our home turf not by skilled clandestine agents or SpecWar operators working under deep cover but by dimwitted American puppets too gullible, too blind, too damned stupid to perceive the Slavic strings controlling their every wooden-headed move.

With yet more to come, and probably worse. Nobody needs to think for one moment that this shattering exposure of Russian skullduggery will inspire the merest moment’s reflection on the part of Progressivist dupes, even after a year they themselves spent wailing about the intolerably monstrous Russian crime of meddling in our elections. Quite the opposite, is my bet: they will plunge fingers into ears and sing tra-la-la, refusing to so much as acknowledge it, embracing their destructive delusions all the more fiercely.

If there was ever going to be a moment when Trump could rid himself of the Mueller probe with political impunity, it would have to be now. Libtards having found themselves doused with a good splash of Russian toilet-water, they might suddenly be more than happy to let Mueller’s witch hunt fade quietly away without much (if anything) in the way of protest.

Well, most of them, that is. The more dazed and drool-soaked of their geriatric career-politician parasites like Pelosi would probably blibber nonsensically about such a move with arm-waving, batshit vigor before being hastily hustled away from the microphones by more astute and clear-headed Democrat-Socialist footpads desperate to salvage whatever they could from the wreck.

Myself, I say let Mueller carry right on as best he can manage. There never having been the slightest evidence of any Trump “collusion” with Russia—being, as it always was, a self-serving fabrication cobbled together on the fly by shell-shocked Clinton minions for whom losing was an impossibility, beyond comprehension—the Mueller probe has now collapsed on itself in a most agreeable fashion, blown to hell and gone by the unearthing of Democrat Socialist dirty tricks instead. A clumsy attempt to swindle their way into office with the assistance of the very malefactors they tried to frame Trump with has been unexpectedly brought to light; the loaded cigar has exploded in the clown’s face, bringing down the Big Top over the whole damned circus. I suspect nobody is more unhappy about that undreamed-of denouement than Mueller himself.

Accusations of treason most foul against Obama, Hillary, and the rest can no longer be shrugged off as partisan exaggeration, which is another most edifying product of Mueller’s Folly. Such accusations, once the exclusive province of only the most wild-eyed of whackadoodles, must now be pondered with at least some gravity by any informed and aware person in whose soul such quaint, archaic concepts still resonate, even if there remains no realistic hope of any of the aforementioned reprobates’ being brought to justice for it.

Oh, what a tangled web we weave.

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Psycho killer

And so another deeply troubled, dysfunctional teen launches a hideous killing spree at his school, surprising exactly no one who knew him. Also surprising no one, Progressivist ghouls immediately seized their opportunity to climb up on the still-warm corpses and start politicking for taking all the guns away from the millions of Americans who have killed precisely no one, and never will.

This one seems to be an even grosser case of ball-dropping than most; somebody was even bothered enough by the twitchiness of this kid to try to sic the FBI on him, who immediately sprang into…well.

The FBI ignored a warning that 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz might attack a school, failing to act on a call just weeks before Cruz allegedly carried out a shooting rampage at a high school in South Florida on Valentine’s Day, the bureau said Friday.

The disclosure came two days after police say Cruz gunned down 17 people, most of them teenagers, at a high school in Parkland, Fla. The FBI — already facing intense scrutiny for its handling of political matters — described a Jan. 5 tip from “a person close to Nikolas Cruz,” a tip officials acknowledge should have initiated a response. The caller reported concerns about Cruz’s “gun ownership, desire to kill people, erratic behavior, and disturbing social media posts, as well as the potential of him conducting a school shooting,” the FBI said in a statement.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) called the FBI’s failure to investigate the tip “unacceptable” and urged FBI Director Christopher A. Wray to resign.

Yeah, THAT will fix it.

Even Cruz’s attorney, who said he does not doubt his client’s guilt, said the rampage could have been prevented had officials acted upon the many red flags in Cruz’s life.

“It’s one of the most horrific crimes in the history of America,” Howard Finkelstein, a public defender in Broward County for the past 40 years, said in an interview before the FBI’s statement. “Everybody was on notice. Every system should’ve been alerted, and not one of the systems did one thing…This should not have happened, and it didn’t have to happen.”

There were so many red flags flying around this kid he’d have been in real peril if there’d been a bull within charging range. The agencies and individuals responsible for spotting the glaringly obvious warning signs Cruz was sending up like signal flares and intervening to prevent disaster didn’t just drop the ball—they threw it just as hard, fast, and far away as they possibly could.

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Back again!

Well, kinda sorta; blogging is likely to remain slow for a bit, as I settle into a new place and deal with the chaotic aftermath of moving.

Yes, moving. Again.

It’s thoroughly humiliating to have to admit such a thing, but a few weeks ago I was evicted from the Cheap Ghetto Apartment, due to my being impossibly behind on the rent and my inability to land a job making enough money to catch up. The ironic thing is, I finally DID get myself a gig at which I’m able to make pretty dang decent coin: driving for Lyft, believe it or not. It’s averaging out to a steady and consistent sum that I wouldn’t have believed possible if you told me beforehand, and the job itself is a piece of cake. In truth, it’s enjoyable; I basically schlep nice young black girls to and from work, mostly. The Lyft folks are great too, very helpful and easy to get hold of, eager to make the experience of driving for them a pleasant one. And so it has been so far, all the way around. Gonna take me a good while to dig out of the hole I so embarrassingly found myself in, but at least now I have a hope of doing it.

There IS a nice aspect to the move, though, and it’s threefold: 1) I’m now less than a mile from my daughter’s school, which is quite an improvement over the 40-mile-one-way commute that I was enduring twice a day, every day; 2) I’m also about 50 yards from where she lives with her mom, so Madeleine has been over here just about every day, which is great for both of us; and 3) I am the hell out of Charlotte with its ever-more-absurd traffic and back home in good ol’ Gaston County where I grew up. Stumbled across a nice rent-to-own mobile home in a quiet, well-run trailer park just in the nick of time, and with a financial boost from some generous members of my family, I’m in like Flynn, hopefully to stay. In five years, if all continues to go well, nobody will ever be able to evict me again, and the only way I’ll be removed from this place is either in handcuffs or on a slab.

So I’d say despite the hassle of moving and the embarrassment of having been booted out on my ass, the whole disastrous contretemps seems to have ended well.

But then there’s also this development, and a revolting one it was, too. See, in the middle of all this I developed a diabetic foot ulcer which got itself severely infected before I even knew I had the thing. Those of you who suffer with what the old country folks around here call “The Sugar” know what a dangerous and serious thing that is. I went to take a shower one day, took off my socks, and noticed blood on the bottom of the left one. My stiff old self did some painful contortions to get a look-see and lo, there was this oozing, vile hole in the bottom of my foot, about the size of a nickel. The foot itself was discolored the angriest red you ever saw, and was swollen near to bursting all the way back to the ankles.

It scared me so badly I damned near puked. Yes, I mean that literally.

I got on some antibiotics and started doctoring the thing up twice daily. After a truly nerve-wracking ten days, the infection has cleared up and the wound itself appears to be healing nicely. On advice from a close friend of mine, I got myself an appointment at a local diabetes clinic that charges on a sliding scale according to income (if any) to help manage this mess and get on Metformin at last.

Which was quite comforting, after having been told that first awful day by my RN stepsister that I was almost certainly going to lose the foot. She’s a good girl and a great nurse, but she does have a tendency to, shall we say, dramatize things just a bit.

What with the slow-mo financial collapse of Casa Hendrix over the last few years, plus being rejected for an Obamacare subsidy for some reason (the price I was quoted from the notoriously half-functional O-care website was over six hundred a month when I tried it, which might as well have been six million given my circumstances—thanks, Barrack!), regular doctor visits have not been an option. I was relying instead for blood-sugar management on a daily dose of various supplements which, according to extensive research done by me, supposedly work as well as if not better than the standard Metformin does.

Well, enough of all that. From here on out it’s gonna be doctor’s orders and approved, established medications for this boy. Diabetes ain’t no joke; in fact, it amounts to a de facto death sentence, really, since once you get it it’s most likely going to be what kills you sooner or later—either directly, itself, or through some other follow-on malady caused or exacerbated by it such as kidney failure, a heart attack or stroke, or complications from having your foot rot off like mine came all to close to doing.

And there’s going blind, too. God, I don’t want to go blind. I really, really don’t.

So anyways, that’s what I’ve been up to the last couple of weeks. Sorry for the outage; I know I missed out on ranting about some truly epic developments, and I surely hate that. But as things get at least somewhat stabilized around here again, we’ll slowly get caught back up. I’m also considering holding the spring fundraiser a bit early this year, if only to help recoup moving expenses and the cost of medical treatment.

Plus, I’m good and damned sick of winter already, and maybe bumping the Spring Thing up will help move things along in some cosmic fashion. In any event, many thanks for your patience and continued attention while I deal with these travails, y’all.

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How much does it cost if it’s free?

And what’s its real value?

The British government-run National Health Service on Tuesday ordered every hospital in England to cancel all non-urgent surgeries in order to free up staff and beds for emergency patients.

The NHS order will result in around 50,000 operations being postponed until at least February as overcrowded hospitals struggle to tend to everyone, the Telegraph reported. A spike in winter flu has forced frail patients to face 12-hour waits while some hospital corridors are running out of space.

The NHS order followed claims by senior doctors that patients were being treated in “third world conditions,” as more people flood hospitals in England with colder-than-usual winter weather bringing more cases of the flu and related issues, including respiratory illnesses.

One London-based doctor said that he was practicing “battlefield medicine” because conditions were so bad.

On the bright side, though, as Dave at Moonbattery says: “At least the government has a solution: displace the native population with people who take third-world conditions for granted.” As will we all, soon enough.

But even with the ongoing collapse of government health care, I guar-on-tee that if you asked Brits whether they’d like to see the abomination done away with, unchaining the health care system to operate under a far more productive, humane, and beneficial system of competition and a more open marketplace—run by caregivers themselves, with direct input from their patients and without interference from a remote national capital—nearly all of them would look at you as if you had two heads. That, too, is an attitude we’ll see developing here soon enough.

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The African crucible

Melting away liberal pieties, one after another.

You see, Africa is the example that counters everything our Progressive rulers believe about the world. If the blank slate is true, then Africans should have made great strides in closing the gap with the white world. If things like “institutional racism” were real things, Africa should be racing toward modernity now. If colonialism was the reason these places were so backward, a half century of freedom should have gone a long way toward curing the effects of the white man. Instead. everywhere Africa is worse than a half century ago.

The response from our Progressive rulers is to just ignore Africa. You see it in this National Review article on the end of Mugabe’s rule. The authoress is young, so she was poached in the warm liquids of multiculturalism her whole life. Her struggle to explain the decline of Rhodesia into Zimbabwe reads like a person trying to disarm a bomb while blindfolded. She not only avoids the elephant in the room, which is race, she leaves the reader with the impression that there is no such thing as elephants. Race does not exist.

That’s why Africa stopped being important to our Progressive rulers. It’s why the efforts of George Bush to do something about AIDS in Africa was largely ignored. You can’t talk about Africa without talking about race and race realism. Those are taboo subjects, so the whole continent may as well not exist. Bring up the subject in a room full of Progressives and watch their reaction. You won’t see fear. It will be confusion. The subject has been purged from the catechism, so it no longer exists. Africa is not cool anymore.

That’s why Africa should be a central topic on this side of the river. It is the easiest way for the normie on the other side to begin his journey. It’s a topic where the facts are so stark, it is easy to understand the basics of human bio-diversity, evolution and the cognitive differences between groups of humans. The group characteristics on display in Africa, also look like what Americans see on their televisions. There’s also the great divide between East and West. The Dark Continent is a living museum of human evolution.

Oh, I dunno about all that. It would certainly be so if weepy libtards had a shred of sense, integrity, humility, or shame to go along with their surfeit of compassion. But although I do admit to seeing a fair bit less discussion of that eternal pit now than in years past, I doubt it’s because of any sudden emergence of those other qualities. More likely, it’s just not Africa’s turn to be a prominent topic of liberal scolding. But that scolding is cyclical; Africa will no doubt come back to take its turn in the rotation eventually. And I’m quite sure that there are plenty of libs willing to seize any offered chance to hang Africa’s perpetual disaster around America’s neck still.

Africa is what it is, what it’s always been: a disease-ridden, poverty-stricken, war-torn hellhole: its more developed areas run by corrupt, vicious dictators; its remoter, wilder areas by murderous tribal chieftains interested mostly in subjugating and/or killing off rival tribes. There’s a wider variety of extremely unpleasant ways of dying to be found there than anyplace else on Earth. There’s a higher incidence of ignorance, illiteracy, child-like superstition, and general barbarism there than you’ll find in more advanced countries.

Contrary to what libtards would have you believe, this is NOT our fault.

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Interesting times

Taking a peep into the ol’ crystal ball.

Those of you in tax-haven Red State heaven may find you have one helluva lot more pension teat-sucking fifth columnists than you imagined, all of whom have, as their first interest, the maintenance of the entire status quo, who won’t be subscribing to your newsletter, marching in your parade, and will likely dime you out given half a chance and any enticement from TPTB.

And they’re in your AO, and they all get a vote too; either at the ballot box, or via Rule 308. You have a limited option-set for accommodating them or exterminating them, and every choice has its pros and cons.

Functional society lives in a very narrow pH range between totalitarianism and anarchy; anyone who thinks they’re going to yank the lever very far in either direction and fix everything by killing everyone who disagrees with them will pull the walls of the trench onto their own head, whether we’re talking political power, legitimacy, or getting zipped into body bags. Which all tend to be fairly correlative, especially in sportier times.

There ain’t gonna be no Grand Strategy where you carve out a Redoubt, a New South, or a Flyover Paradise.

Ain’t. Gonna. Happen.

Ask a Milosevic what happens when you try.

If you’re very lucky, you may have a coherent state (as in One of the Fifty), and one that has your best interests at heart. Worst case, it’ll be coherent, and want you dead, gulaged, re-educated, or whatever term of art applies come the day.

Most folks will have a county, or a few counties, with roughly similar interests. Large counties, with geographic barriers, may devolve to civilizational outposts, surrounded by No Man’s Land areas or varying functionality.

In short, things are liable to look more like the Wild West than the Walking Dead.

Things will become better, and worse. Rougher, simpler, meaner, and more focused on your choices and day-to-day existence. There will be bandits, savages, and brigands in the wastelands. They’ll all want to come to the bright lights of the city for all the reasons folks do now, and did then.

But there aren’t likely to be front lines; scores will be settled far more personally, in back alleys or bar room brawls. Some people will try and build industry and commerce, and the order of civilization and prosperity.

Others will try to burn it out, rob it, and subjugate it. Like always, everywhere.

This, boys and girls, is why we study history: lessons from Deadwood, Tombstone, or the South Side of Chicago circa 1930 will have as much to do with reality then as now.

Expect devolution, not revolution.

Yep, I think he sees things pretty clearly. It’s a WRSA comment from our friend Aesop, so that should come as no surprise.

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Ruminations on Civil War v2.0

So TR sends an e-mail, to wit:

Let’s suppose, for a moment, that the Dems are successful in stealing the Alabama seat, and perhaps winning control of Congress back in 2018. Then they immediately impeach Trump. For what? Doesn’t matter – the Constitution doesn’t matter to them. Then the Senate, with a cabal of Dems and NeverTrump “Republicans,” convicts and removes him from office.

Do they really think that it’s over? That Pence will be inaugurated as President and that Trump supporters will go gentle into that good night? If they think that, I do believe that they are sadly mistaken. I think that is the moment when the “cold Civil War” becomes a hot Civil War. I think that’s the final straw for those of us who have tried to do things the right way, in accordance with the Constitution and our political system, and that we will realize that we are under a dictatorship by another name.

I’m sure the Romanovs felt quite secure, too, on November 6, 1917.

What are your thoughts? Do you think this finally shakes enough of us out of our stupor, or do we continue down the road to serfdom?

Good questions, and weighty ones. I sat down intending to dash something pithy and concise off in response. But since these days I just can’t seem to limit myself to pithy and concise anymore, the whole thing sort of ran away with me, and I ended up with the following extended peroration instead, which I’ll tuck below the fold to spare those of you whose interest in meandering speculation from me is, shall we say, constrained.
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Buy Remington!

Dismaying news.

Remington Outdoor, the second-largest U.S. gunmaker has suffered a “rapid” and “sharp” deterioration in sales and a similar drop in profits since January, and faces “continued softness in consumer demand for firearms,” credit analysts at Standard & Poor’s Global Ratings said in a report Friday.

Bill says:

The decline may be accounted for by a growing feeling among potential buyers that President Trump, unlike his predecessor, has no intention of trying to erase the Second Amendment and take their guns in the process.

From what I’ve read, gun sales are in fact down across the board since Trump took office, for most all manufacturers and types. Of course, that’s after years of record-shattering highs during the Obama regime, despite his professed deep and abiding affection for hunting and skeet shooting. Of course, shooters know a gun-grabber when they see one, and such phonus-balonus claims are always one of the telltales.

In any event, one truly hates to see Remington suffer, especially after this:

Remington announced a plan for a new state of the art plant in Huntsville, Alabama on February 17, 2014. Remington moved two production lines from the Ilion, New York as a result of the fallout from the New York Safe Act which restricted gun ownership. Huntsville is now building the AR-15/Modern Sporting Rifle (MSR) from Bushmaster, DPMS and Remington Remington R-15 and 1911 style R-1 pistols in the new AL plant which is an $87 million boon for Alabama’s economy. The new plant consolidates Remington’s production to promote efficiency and lower production costs. Experts in the gun industry believe that it is only a matter of time before Remington completely abandons its New York roots for states that are more gun friendly and pro business.

As Bill says, they did the right thing when it counted, as did Taurus back when Bill Clinton sent Albert “Second Shakra” AlGore to threaten them with undefined repercussions unless they started including free trigger locks with every product sold. Taurus, you may recollect, told Gore to get bent in no uncertain terms by including a free year’s NRA membership instead.

I always had a soft spot in my heart for ’em after that. In fact, one of the best guns I ever did own was a Taurus PT92, which I had for a decade or so and put literally thousands of rounds through without a single burp or hitch. I still have an affection for their Millennium .45, which is somewhat dampened by a rumor that their quality control has taken a severe nosedive of late for some reason.

At any rate, if you’re in the market for a boomstick this Christmas, please do consider Remington. They have a long history of making quality hunting and sporting arms behind ’em, and are deserving of our support. It’d be a damnable shame to see them lost as an unintended consequence of not having a gun-grabbing liar infesting the White House anymore.

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Still stinks

Aesop remains on the Vegas case.

And oh, BTW, they have no idea why Paddock is supposed to have started shooting. Nor why he stopped. Nor why he quit with over 4,000 additional rounds remaining.

I repeat, this wasn’t a mass shooting as much as it was a photo op. One or two weapons is a shooter. Twenty-three is a press release.

And quitting while fully healthy, with over 80% of your rounds remaining?

The simple answer is that the shooter didn’t want to get caught. And didn’t. 

But he (or they) left us Schmuck Paddock, helpfully already dead on the suite floor, likely the exact same place he was when the shooting started, as he/they made their retreat a full 10 minutes before anyone from LVMPD arrived to secure the shooting scene’s perimeter.

And both the Clark County Sheriff’s Department and the FBI know this, but they have no idea who they’re actually looking for, so they don’t want to reveal that nugget.

Or, alternatively, they know exactly who they’re looking for, and don’t want to reveal that nugget.

Either way, once again:

Top. Men.

Has there EVER been one of these incidents that was less closely examined by the media, which seems unusually disinterested after dropping it unusually quickly; in which the stated conclusions of the “investigation” hung together less coherently; in which the handful of “facts” we’ve been allowed knowledge of have been less credible and more contradictory; in which Occam’s Razor has cut so sharply against the crooked grain of the official narrative right from the start?

It’s looking more and more like what happened in Vegas is gonna stay in Vegas for sure this time. Even JFK’s assassination wasn’t this suspiciously opaque…and that was in the days before every urban area had security cameras every five feet, running 24/7/365.

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UNPOSSIBLE!

Yet another example of something the gun-grabbing, lying Left asserts never happens.

Today’s mass shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, was only halted after an armed Texan “engaged” the killer and put an end to the rampage, the Texas Rangers reported.

Freeman Martin, a major in the Texas Rangers and a spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety, says the suspect dropped his rifle and fled after being confronted by a local man who had grabbed his rifle.

I was out of town yesterday and today for a show, and didn’t know anything about this story until I got home earlier. As such, I don’t know if the liberal media has been trying their usual subterfuge and portraying this killer as a RightWingFascistNaziExtremist™ or not, but I naturally assume that they have—and that they’ll drop this one like a hot rock as soon as his Democrat-Socialist campaign contributions, fondness for Bernie!™, and photos of him at an anti-Trump or BLM rally wearing a Pussy Hat surface. Y’know, of course, and as usual.

For now, it’ll suffice as a reminder that the only way—the ONLY way—these crazed mass killers are ever stopped is when a good guy shows up with a gun. The longer that takes, the more people die. Each and every single time.

From our cold, dead hands, Libtards.

(Via Insty)

Update! Drip, drip, drip.

UPDATE:  There are several reports circulating on Twitter, based on purported screenshots of Kelley’s FB page, to the effect that he was a member of the Bernie Sander’s support group Together We Rise.  There are also rumors that he was an Antifa member/supporter.  Also, that he was interrupted and possibly even killed by an armed citizen with a rifle.

This would, if true, obviously be a nightmare for the alt-left in America.  But none of it has been confirmed, as of yet.

Nah, no nightmare. They’ll just ignore it, and get real busy pretending none of it ever happened.

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A different view

John Ringo shares it with us.

I may be the only person in the ‘pundit’ world who can put what we know about the Las Vegas shooter in perspective because I’ve dealt with something similar before. My personal take, at this point, is ‘homicidal psychotic break, rationale currently unknown, possible pharmacological.’

To debunk a few of the recent urban legends and prolapse some of the stupider arguments:

ISIS: Nothing in his electronic trail indicates any contact with ISIS despite their claims and some rumors. Nothing.

‘There were multiple shooters/he was a patsy!’: All the guns in the room were registered to Paddock. He was covered in GSR and even had burns on his hands from hot barrel/rounds.

‘He was antifa killing Republicans!’: Nothing in his electronic trail indicates the slightest political affiliation or interest. Nothing.

Well, perhaps not. But the videos of him at various anti-Trump events wearing a Pussy Hat might tend to lead one to reasonably suspect a certain, umm, inclination, shall we say. Onwards:

He was a perfectly normal, successful, retired accountant well-invested in real estate with very little or no recent change in demeanor or actions.

Perfectly normal guy and only a ‘loner’ to the extent he wasn’t terribly socially active. ‘Loner’ apparently means he didn’t frequent wild parties. If he had the narrative would be ‘wild party animal.’

‘Homicidal psychotic break means he couldn’t have done the planning!’ 

Au contraire. Deep sigh. Been here, had someone in my life nearly do if not that than similar. With their permission I will now recount a story and show why everything about this makes a terrible sort of sense to me. The story is about my lovely and extremely loving wife, Miriam, and her descent to homicidal psychotic break due to a nasty drug interaction.

It’s a fascinating—and heartbreaking—story about the twists and turns of mental disorder and the nearly incredible influence psychotropic drugs can have on a person chemically susceptible to the side effects. Hats off to Ringo for sharing it, and his wife for granting permission. Agree or disagree with the likelihood of its applying to the Las Vegas atrocity, it’s certainly worth pondering, and is well worth a read. John closes with a summary, and a warning:

So, Paddock doesn’t really surprise me. I’ve seen it before.

My guess is it will be doctors who figure it out. And if they do they’ll find he either was having a bad drug reaction (in which case nobody will admit nothin’ just as they’ve never admitted it was Cymbalta that caused the Westroads Mall Shooting) or neurological degeneration of some sort. (A tumor caused the University of Texas ‘Bell Tower’ shooting.) If pharmacological, the drug doesn’t even have to be a definitively ‘psychotropic’ drug. Many drugs these days from heart medicine to anti-malarials have some psychotropic effect.

(If this had anything to do with a drug reaction, any drug of any type, I hope the survivors sue the shit out of the drug manufacturer. Because most of these recent ‘crazy’ mass kills, going all the way back to the ‘postal worker’ epidemic (overdosage of Prozac) and Columbine (both kids were hopped to their gills on prescription anti-depressants and anti-anxiety drugs), have had SOMETHING to do with psychotropic drugs pushed by drug companies. Many of the murder/suicides of returning military personnel were closely linked to an anti-malarial. And nobody seems to be willing to speak truth to power on the subject. Just writing this post will probably get me sued.)

The only lesson to take from this is ‘keep an eye on your loved ones especially if they have ANY changes in prescription.’ Doesn’t matter if it’s heart medication. Keep an eye on their personality as well as health.

Homicidal break does not always happen quickly. Sometimes it creeps in like the fog on cats feet. It is only at the last that the cackle of madness is heard. By then it is too late.

May God rest all their souls and let them find peace.

That, I think we can probably ALL agree on.

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Make yourselves useful, for a change

Howie Carr expands on an idea I mentioned here the other day.

Seriously, doesn’t it look like almost all of the heavy lifting in the wake of Harvey is being done by people who belong to what the Southern Poverty Law Center would describe as “hate groups?”

Speaking of which, when does the SPLC’s food drive begin? Are the non-workers of the Socialist Workers Party and the Spartacist League loading any southbound 18-wheelers with relief supplies this weekend?

Maybe everyone in “the Resistance” is worn out from wearing pink hats and black masks and tipping over statues and sucker punching passers-by with bicycle locks in Berkeley and grabbing an old lady’s flag on the Boston Common and burning it — all those wonderful manifestations of how Love Trumps Hate, as they say.

Of course, it’s the last weekend of summer, so you can’t expect the likes of Jeffrey Epstein to be scrambling his private 747 out of the Hamptons to airlift foodstuffs to Galveston and Beaumont. You can’t be asking Brooklyn hipsters or Occupy Wall Street to occupy a relief shelter when the Beautiful People are jetting into Nantucket for brunch at the Chanticleer Inn.

Besides, as assorted adjunct professors at third-rate colleges have been tweeting out all week, those are Trump voters stranded down there in the Lone Star State — bitter clingers and irredeemables.

Then there’s John Kerry — he did sell his second wife’s first husband’s trust fund’s yacht when he moved from Nantucket to the Vineyard, but he could still enlist in the Cajun Navy. America’s Gigolo has other plans this weekend, though. According to The Hill, Liveshot is busy — “Kerry races to save American cycling team.”

Well, first things first.

He has many more examples of our so-“compassionate” betters failing to lift a finger or muss a hair, as well you might expect.

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