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Speaking at TED in 1998, Rev. Billy Graham marvels at technology’s power to improve lives and change the world — but says the end of evil, suffering and death will come only after the world accepts Christ.

Mark 16:15 “Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature.” It’s possible that Graham preached the Gospel to more people in live audiences than anyone else in history — nearly 215 million people in more than 185 countries and territories, with hundreds of millions more through television, video, film and webcasts. Billy Graham | Speaker | TED

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Let’s Review 44: Bumped Stock Edition

With white privilege you get eggroll: Chinese Women Use These Swimsuits To Keep Their Skin White – Design You Trust

What if the News Reported Only Facts? The business model of the news media has moved away from hard reporting and toward punditry and opinion. Viewers enjoy opinion-driven content and it costs a lot less to produce than hard news. And that means the news industry has moved from factual reporting to — for all practical purposes — some form of imaginary mind reading to fill the hours.

Many underestimated the smooth-talking strategy that these Islamists were using for decades to seize power….. It may be hard to believe that such a murderous force could come into power so easily and fast. What is important to understand is that the Islamists and their followers work covertly in a society for decades to deceive the people and reach the top. Iran’s was a meticulously planned takeover that no one saw coming. The Islamists’ willingness to be patient to complete their control of the society cannot be underestimated. Despite openly reading about all this, many will still think it is impossible for something like this to happen in their country. What they fail to understand is that Iran is an example of exactly how successful this meticulous grab for power can be. History Lessons From Years Under Islamism |

If you blow up the Constitution, you’ll regret it | Armed and Dangerous The ten in the Bill of Rights are especially tripwires on an explosive that would bring the whole thing down. And of all these, the First and Second are especially sensitive. Approach them at your peril. I will now add a very sober and practical warning: If the Constitution is abrogated by a “repeal” of 2A, it will be revolution time – millions of armed Americans will regard it as their moral duty to rise up and kill those who threw it in the trash. I will be one of them.

More Reasons To Vacate The Endangerment Finding Heat Waves!  Hurricanes!  Tornadoes!  Droughts!   Floods!  Wildfires!  No Snow!  Rising Sea Levels!  Disappearing Ice!  Ocean Acidification!  Locusts!  Murrain!  (Just kidding about the last two.  It must be the approach of Passover infecting my brain.

Alabama Prosecutor, Sheriff Threaten to Put More People in Prison in Order to Keep Seizing Massive Amounts of Property

“The side-effect of the #MeToo fanaticism will be less employment opportunities for women, in politics, entertainment, media, etc, as male bosses seek to avoid the witch hunts and fishing expeditions. The fear of these will outweigh the fear of being seen as weak on inclusiveness.” Don Surber: #MeToo mania hurts women

Alice Liddell, inspiration for “Alice in Wonderland,” lost two sons to WWI and as a widow was forced to sell her manuscript of “Alice’s Adventures Under Ground”

Tolkien is for we “children of the kindly west” one of our great traditions; taken in part from days when we too sat around waiting expectantly on the weather or huddled together afraid of the earth’s often fickle temperament. I wonder how many people are reading Tolkien here in Africa? In the west…? where we no longer read, where we no longer think we need the traditions, where the siren’s song of ‘progress’ has lured the unsuspecting to perilous shores, drowned along with their ancient wisdom. The Mango Rains | Joel D. Hirst’s Blog

We built a culture in which celebrity is our highest aspiration. From ”Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous”€ to “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo”€, we have taught our kids that being rich, being famous, being glamorous is what’€™s important. When we cut ourselves loose from any virtue higher than others’€™ opinions of us, no one thought it would result in a generation of teens who eat Tide Pods for a few Youtube clicks.  Because no one ever thought. What Did We Think Was Going To Happen? – Men Of The West

Shittin’ on the dock of the bay: Survey of Downtown San Francisco Reveals Trash on Every Block, 303 Piles of Feces and 100 Drug Needles – NBC Bay Area Feed the homeless to the hungry and give the hungry slit-trench latrines in the parks and front yards throughout out San Francisco. Problem solved.
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Father: There are three types of people in this world:  Sheep, Wolves and Sheepdogs. Now, some people prefer to believe that evil doesn’€™t exist in the world, and if it ever darkened their doorstep, they wouldn’€™t know how to protect themselves. Those are the sheep.  And then you’€™ve got predators.  They use violence to prey on the weak  — they’€™re the wolves.  And then there are those who have been blessed with the gift of aggression and the overpowering need to protect the flock.  These men are the rare breed, that live to confront the wolf. They are the sheepdog. Now we’€™re not raising any sheep in this family, and I WILL WHUP YOUR ASS if you turn into a wolf  –€“ but we protect our own. Now if someone tries to fight you, or tries to bully your little brother, you have my permission to finish it.

Elder Son: The guy was picking on Jeff.

Father: Is that true?

Younger Son, Jeff: Yessir. Yes he was.

Father: Did you finish it?

(Elder Son nods silently in the affirmative)

Father: Well then, you know who you are.  You know your purpose.

VIA Ann Barnhardt who then commments on it in On Servile Fear, Filial Fear and Meekness | Barnhardt

“Finally, we see in the eyes of both of the boys the love and respect they have for their father, and their desire to be good in his eyes, to make him proud, to be good for his sake.  Note how even while the boys just a few seconds before jumped in servile fear of their father, they continue to look him dead in the eye, and look him in the eye when they answer his questions.  The younger son answers his father with a genuinely respectful, “Yessir”, and then the older son answers his father with a nod, looking him dead in the eye.  This is filial fear.  Because their father is a strong man, a meek man, and a highly moral man, they boys respect him and thus LOVE HIM, and do not want to disappoint him because to disappoint him would hurt him deeply, and they know it, and can’t stand the thought of letting him down.”

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As found on Free Republic

Former congressman Anthony Weiner’s old haunts are coming back into the spotlight once again after he was arrested and sentenced to 21 months in prison for sexting a minor. A list recently released to the public contains information on all of Anthony Weiner’s contacts; names, addresses, work, and so forth. The kicker? All of this information was released straight from Weiner’s laptop, which is currently being held under evidence by the FBI.

It’s important to note that we are not trying to “witch hunt” anyone, and this information is not meant for you to do the same. We are not interested in doxxing these individuals, rather we are interested in reporting on the doxxing list that was released, potentially by a rogue FBI agent. This laptop is under FBI surveillance and the reason we know this is because they found emails sent between him and Hillary Clinton back when the email scandal was all anyone ever talked about. Who else but someone in the FBI would have released this? We aren’t saying that it’s definitely a member of the FBI, but who else could possibly be responsible?

Now, on to the list. There is a grand total of 639 individuals who are having their private information exposed for all the world to see. [HT: Ol’ Remus] And now here are those updates to your Christmas Card List.
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The Reactionary: Aphorisms of Nicolás Gómez Dávila


Excerpts from Nicolás Gómez Dávila’s “Escolios a un texto implícito” (1977)

The existence of the authentic reactionary is usually a scandal to the progressive. His presence causes a vague discomfort. In the face of the reactionary attitude the progressive experiences a slight scorn, accompanied by surprise and restlessness. In order to soothe his apprehensions, the progressive is in the habit of interpreting this unseasonable and shocking attitude as a guise for self-interest or as a symptom of stupidity; but only the journalist, the politician, and the fool are not secretly flustered before the tenacity with which the loftiest intelligences of the West, for the past one hundred fifty years, amass objections against the modern world.

Where Christianity disappears, greed, envy, and lust invent a thousand ideologies to justify themselves.

The modern metropolis is not a city; it is a disease.

Society until yesterday had notables; today it only has celebrities.

In the modern state there now exist only two parties: citizens and bureaucracy.

Fashion, even more than technology, is the cause of the modern world’s uniformity.

Democracy has terror for its means and totalitarianism for its end.

Don Colacho’€™s Aphorisms

Here’s the full English translation of  Don Colacho’s Aphorisms in PDF. It’s the only freely available translation of his works available at this time. Click and download the PDF.

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Let’s Review 43: Half A Billion Guns Edition

Every big-mouth gun-hating politician, every Leftard columnist and TV talking airhead, every yapping SJW on FaceSpace or MyBook or Twaddle. They’ll be doxxed, then they’ll be found dancing at the end of a wire under a bridge or a lightpost. Their houses will burn down. Their cars will explode. The cities where they think they’re strong will go dark, cold, and hungry. Trucks won’t run, train tracks will go missing, air transport will get shot down, or shot up, bridges will fall and people will rise. Then all the money, oil, gasoline, and clout your side thinks will run things will disappear like fog on a hot day. Raconteur Report: Once And For All

The Left Is Reaping the Whirlwind of the Culture They Made | 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.”

Total US Firearms: Not 300 Million, but 412-660 Million?  The numbers are all over the place, and many of them seem to recursively refer to one another, not exactly building confidence in the rigor of their development. But they seem to cluster around a Narrative-friendly 300 million. But what if that number is wrong? We believe that the correct number is much higher — somewhere between 412 and 660 million. You may wonder how we came to that number, so buckle up (and cringe, if you’re a math-phobe, although it never gets too theoretical): unlike most of the academics and reporters we linked above, we’re going to use publicly available data, and show our work.

No one is going to end school shootings because schools shootings are not the real problem. So be prepared for them to get worse and to not be limited to schools. When your culture falls apart, the people in it fall apart. Some of them turn into TrigglyPuff. Some turn into Nikolas Cruz. But what did we expect was going to happen? That’s not a rhetorical question, except in the sense that no one really thought to ask it. What Did We Think Was Going To Happen? – Men Of The West

Not only do I disagree with gun control, I find it hard to pay the requisite minimal respect to it. Gun control means we’re going to put together some rules that say you can’t have certain types of guns, right? Murder is against certain rules we have in place already. So we’re talking about people who are ready, willing and able to break rules. And what we’re talking about is more rules. We’re having a debate about whether this would be effective? Why are we even having the debate? We know it won’t be. House of Eratosthenes

Sense of Events: Mass shootings: “Hope is not a method and wishes are not plans” Entry security and simple access to school grounds must become more arduous than now, all the time. Every active doorway into a school must become guarded, and not by teachers or staff. Metal detectors and backpack inspections, all intrusive, yes, must become the routine. Metal detector scanning? Get used to the idea. Arrival times for grades, not just for schools, must become staggered to avoid large clusters of students standing outside the school, presenting mass targets and to avoid large numbers enduring bad weather awaiting entry. End-of-day exits must likewise be staggered.

CPAC converged There is absolutely no point in relying upon the conservatives to accomplish anything except your surrender. Conservatives have COMPLETELY failed in literally every possible way. It was a movement that was always destined to fail, since it was never anything more than a posture and a pose. About the only progressive objective that conservatives haven’t embraced is your disarmament.

The Russians Didn’t File a FISA Warrant… | The Russians didn’t keep Hillary out of Wisconsin; the Russians didn’t make Hillary use personal email; the Russians didn’t hire Fusion-GPS; the Russians didn’t pay Christopher Steele; the Russians didn’t make a dossier or deliver work product to the State Dept; the Russians didn’t do the unmasking of campaign officials.

“Common Sense” Gun Control, the FBI, Concealed Handguns & Other Memes of Our Age Who among you believes that the progressives, who immediately take over any new program or policy, would not “weaponize” mental health to attack political opponents? Do you trust some Silicon Valley soy boy nerds to develop an algorithm, along the lines of those being developed to “prevent extremist speech and thought from the internet,” that would not be or quickly become a politicized weapon to suppress conservatives?

The Media’s Walk-of-Shame Won’t End – Each morning, the media floozies trudge through the quad wearing their “I’m With Her” t-shirts from the night before while they come up with a new cover story for their bad behavior. They lie, distort what actually happened, change the subject, and make excuses for why they got in bed with an ungrateful lover. “Hey, it’s better than sleeping with that other guy!” They insist they’re not being used, but everyone who sees them meander back to the dorm knows they are.

Understanding the California Mind Law enforcement in California hinges on ignoring felonies to focus on misdemeanors and infractions. Or rather, if a Californian is deemed to be law-abiding, a legal resident, and with some means, the regulatory state will audit, inspect, and likely fine his property and behavior in hopes of raising revenue.

Liberals Fail, Volume XXXVII Bathe in their tears. The salty goodness of their sob juice will add a radiant glow to your skin and put a spring in your step.

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The Valley of Shells and Bones

“What scaled and feathered fetish shakes awake our loamy sleep
in these sealed vaults where dust and sand erase our golden masks
hammered over dreaming faces drowned in tinted musk?
Here where the spider curls and chitters in the crystal locket.
Here as time’s mouth leeches blood and brain and bids
the leather skin to tighten in on the empty, staring socket,
and bind the breath that laughed within the dusk?”

Here is your thin tin trowel,
And here your sable brush,
For prying loose these mitered stones,
And sweeping off the dust
That sifts between these shaded souls
Like paling ebony snow,
As you squat above the site
Where you worshiped once below.
Come thrust your torch
Through  shattered walls,
And map the stains on stone,
And explicate these distant deaths
From strewn patterns of bone.

The distance that such deaths define
Is measured by that ageless path
That winds up from the sea’s last limb
Meandering to the blood’s demands,
And, rolling over shells’ sharp rims,
Finally finds its well-trod way
To midnight’s flaming brands
Where vacant, lusting faces grin
Within masks of whitened clay.

This path slopes through the stunted woods
Where the mantis ruts and broods,
Then spirals down to the sacred caves
Where men in twitching files repeat
The witless chants of wind and waves.

“Thick curds of rancid smoke performed our genuflections.
Our flayed limbs writhed, then steamed in screams of light.
Our lidless eyes became one daring crow’s confections.
Our shriveled nerves shrank back from the chittering coal’s delight.
Our marrow melted fast as flames licked up our blackened bones.
Our gaping mouths spewed rancid smoke as if they would relate
the secret magic flint and steel on tethered flesh create.”

Here is your iron pick,
And here your crested spoon.
Not silver, true, but still
The emblem of your art,
Which is, to wit,
To lay these bodies bare;
Explain their ritual agonies,
Deduce their sorry fate,
Describe their diet, sex,
The colors of their hair,
And tell how long
Their ashen lair
Has lain beneath
Our present pleasant State.

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Let’s Review 42: Soyboy Edition

The Post-America Sexual Market, In A Photo | This photo captures the modern post-America sexual market better than any other I’ve seen of the genre. You’ve got two men (at least one presenting symptoms of early onset soyboyism) sharing sangrias over candlelight at a hipster bar with one fat chick who may as well be running a bizarro world reverse harem.

Who says there’s no good news? CNN’s Ratings Drop 30 Percent Since Last

How to Sell a $300 Chocolate Bar

The Special Stew at the Heart of Sumo Wrestling

This Is Where Body Fat Ends Up When You Lose Weight

How a Museum Cares for a Giant Chunk of Dried-Out Fat

A stray dog bit me. I demanded that all my neighbors’ dogs should have their teeth pulled. | Primordial Slack

Cut the Crap: We Need Full Constitutional Carry, Several Dozen Insane Asylums, and a FULL BAN ON ANTIDEPRESSANTS

How Would Humans React to the Discovery of Alien Life?

Rongorongo Of all the literatures in the world, the smallest and most enigmatic belongs without question to the people of Easter Island. It is written in a script Rongorongo that no one can decipher. Experts cannot even agree whether it is an alphabet, a syllabary, a mnemonic, or a rebus. Its entire corpus consists of two dozen texts. The longest, consisting of a few thousand signs, winds its way around a magnificent ceremonial staff. The shortest texts — if they can even be called that — consist of barely more than a single sign. One took the form of a tattoo on a man’s back. Another was carved onto a human skull.

So-called “gun-free zones” are nothing less than veiled concentration camps, wherein the powers-that-be can keep their hands clean, instead letting insane boys pumped full of psychosis-inducing drugs and retarded, inbred musloids do what The Pill and Planned Parenthood don’t quite manage.

New Blog Rule: “Swiss” and “fucktard” are henceforth interchangeable terms….

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Michael Crichton was right about fake news. And we love it   We’ve reached a new height of speculative stupidity since the US election. It has infected the entire world, with people in other countries fighting with President Trump on Twitter and European countries releasing videos countering and mocking speculation…..  There’s always been a proper place for speculation. It’s called the editorial page. But journalists in all mediums don’t seem to care any longer about keeping stories as neutral and fact-based as possible. Opinions and biases have always been in news stories, but most writers always made a conscious effort to overcome bias and favour facts over opinions. So what changed? Why did the media shift?

WHY SPECULATE?
A talk by Michael Crichton

There are two times in a man’s life when he should not speculate: when he can’t afford it and when he can. —Mark Twain

My topic for today is the prevalence of speculation in media. What does it mean? Why has it become so ubiquitous? Should we do something about it? If so, what? And why? Should we care at all? Isn’t speculation valuable? Isn’t it natural? And so on.
 
I will join this speculative trend and speculate about why there is so much speculation. In keeping with the trend, I will try to express my views without any factual support, simply providing you with a series of bald assertions.
 
This is not my natural style, and it’s going to be a challenge for me, but I will do my best. Some of you may see that I have written out my talk, which is already a contradiction of principle. To keep within the spirit of our time, it should really be off the top of my head.
 
Before we begin, I’d like to clarify a definition. By the media I mean movies, television, Internet, books, newspapers and magazines. Again, in keeping with the general trend of speculation, let’s not make too many fine distinctions.
 
First we might begin by asking, to what degree has the media turned to pure speculation? Someone could do a study of this and present facts, but nobody has. I certainly won’t. There’s no reason to bother. The requirement that you demonstrate a factual basis for your claim vanished long ago. It went out with the universal praise for Susan Faludi’s book Backlash, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for General Nonfiction in 1991, and which presented hundreds of pages of quasi-statistical assertions based on a premise that was never demonstrated and that was almost certainly false.
 
But that’s old news. I merely refer to it now to set standards.
 
Today, of course everybody knows that “Hardball,” “Rivera Live” and similar shows are nothing but a steady stream of guesses about the future. The Sunday morning talk shows are pure speculation. They have to be. Everybody knows there’s no news on Sunday.
 
But television is entertainment. Let’s look at the so-called serious media. For example, here is The New York Times for March 6, the day Dick Farson told me I was giving this talk. The column one story for that day concerns Bush’s tariffs on imported steel. Now we read: Mr. Bush’s action “is likely to send the price of steel up sharply, perhaps as much as ten percent…” American consumers “will ultimately bear” higher prices. America’s allies “would almost certainly challenge” the decision. Their legal case “could take years to litigate in Geneva, is likely to hinge” on thus and such.
 
Also note the vague and hidden speculation. The Allies’ challenge would be “setting the stage for a major trade fight with many of the same countries Mr. Bush is trying to hold together in the fractious coalition against terrorism.” In other words, the story speculates that tariffs may rebound against the fight against terrorism.
 
By now, under the Faludi Standard I have firmly established that media are hopelessly riddled with speculation, and we can go on to consider its ramifications.
 
You may read this tariff story and think, what’s the big deal? The story’s not bad. Isn’t it reasonable to talk about effects of current events in this way? I answer, absolutely not. Such speculation is a complete waste of time. It’s useless. It’s bullshit on the front page of the Times.
 
The reason why it is useless, of course, is that nobody knows what the future holds.
 
Do we all agree that nobody knows what the future holds? Or do I have to prove it to you? I ask this because there are some well-studied media effects which suggest that simply appearing in media provides credibility. There was a well-known series of excellent studies by Stanford researchers that have shown, for example, that children take media literally. If you show them a bag of popcorn on a television set and ask them what will happen if you turn the TV upside down, the children say the popcorn will fall out of the bag. This result would be amusing if it were confined to children. But the studies show that no one is exempt. All human beings are subject to this media effect, including those of us who think we are self-aware and hip and knowledgeable.
 
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Media carries with it a credibility that is totally undeserved. You have all experienced this, in what I call the Murray Gell-Mann Amnesia effect. (I refer to it by this name because I once discussed it with Murray Gell-Mann, and by dropping a famous name I imply greater importance to myself, and to the effect, than it would otherwise have.)
 
Briefly stated, the Gell-Mann Amnesia effect is as follows. You open the newspaper to an article on some subject you know well. In Murray’s case, physics. In mine, show business. You read the article and see the journalist has absolutely no understanding of either the facts or the issues. Often, the article is so wrong it actually presents the story backward—reversing cause and effect. I call these the “wet streets cause rain” stories. Paper’s full of them.
 

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Why Beauty Matters by Roger Scruton

Beginning: At any time between 1750 and 1930 if you asked educated people to describe the aim of poetry, art or music, they would have replied “beauty.”

And if you had asked for the point of that you would have learned that beauty is a value, as important as truth and goodness. Then in the 20th century beauty stopped being important. Art increasingly aimed to disturb and to break moral taboos. It was not beauty but originality however achieved and at whatever moral cost that won the prizes. Not only has art made a cult of ugliness. Architecture too has become soul-less and sterile. And it is not just our physical surroundings that have become ugly. Our language, our music and our manners are increasingly raucous, self-centered and offensive as though beauty and good taste have no real place in our lives. One word is written large on all these ugly things and that word is “Me.” My profits, my desires, my pleasures. And art has nothing to say in response to this except “Yeah, go for it!”

I think we are losing beauty and there is a danger that with it we will lose the meaning of life. I’m Roger Scruton, philosopher and writer. My trade is to ask questions. During the last few years I have been asking questions about beauty. Beauty has been central to our civilisation for over 2000 years. From its beginnings in ancient Greece philosophy has reflected on the place of beauty in art, poetry, music, architecture and everyday life. Philosophers have argued that through the pursuit of beauty we shape the world as a home. We also come to understand our own nature as spiritual beings. But our world has turned its back on beauty and because of that we find ourselves surrounded by ugliness and alienation.

I want to persuade you that beauty matters; that it is not just a subjective thing, but a universal need of human beings. If we ignore this need we find ourselves in a spiritual desert. I want to show you the path out of that desert. It is a path that leads to home……. Full Transcript Here

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Let’s Review 41: Wake Up and Smell the GSR

Another Win For Gun Free School Zones I’m not going to link to the 12,000 articles and breaking news headlines. School? Check. Deranged sociopath? Check. Troubled history? Check? Looking to be famous by shooting his way onto the news? Check. Repaid in spades by the orgiastic news coverage nationwide? Check. Bad guy with gun stopped by good guy(s) with gun? Check. You can fill the rest in yourself in a day or two. Or take a shot now, and be 90% right without even looking.

Cut the Crap: We Need Full Constitutional Carry, Several Dozen Insane Asylums, and a FULL BAN ON ANTIDEPRESSANTS | Barnhardt

George Soros is a rootless grifter, who has no allegiance to any government. That makes sense with legitimate political leaders, but Killing him would be no different than droning a terrorist. Some argue that international law prohibits targeted assassinations, but international law is mostly meaningless. The Israelis have been using targeted assassination against whoever they like for a long time, including the murder of Canadian engineer Gerald Bull. The US has droned more Arabs than we can count.

First Human Case of Eye Worm When she looked down, she says, “there was a worm on my finger.”

Lions Kill And Eat Suspected Poacher – Leave Only His Head

Don Surber: Earth to NBC: Russians did not change one vote in 2016

Shoshana Weissmann:

 Smear the Episcopalian It is remarkable just how gay the Episcopal church has become in the last couple of generations….Perhaps it is the final humiliation the new ruling class is inflicting on their vanquished predecessors.

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Numb to the Dumbth


Gradually it was disclosed to me that the line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either – but right through every human heart – and through all human hearts. — Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

“Killers continue targeting locations where guns are not allowed. Ninety-eight percent of public mass shootings in this country occur in gun-free zones — the Florida school being one of them.” Repeal gun-free zones —

Not the first. Not the last. Not the worst. Not the least. A criminal psychopath shoots up a “gun-free” school and kills a number of children and adults. A sane reaction would be to make any tacit or explicit “gun free zones” become “guarded with guns zones” tomorrow. A sane reaction would be trained members of the teaching and administrative staffs at our schools with CCW permits and CCWs. A sane reaction would be to treat schools in the same way we treat access to planes at the airport; scanners and metal detectors with armed guards at a single entrance. A sane reaction would be to treat the insect who did this would be an execution by rope, bullet, or wood chipper livestreamed on the Internet “pour encourage les autres.”

All these things are well known and rapid, inexpensive solutions to the problem of school security.

None of these reasonable solutions to   school shootings will be initiated . None whatsoever by the organs of government, especially the now utterly depraved, incompetent, and insane FBI.

What will be done is more of THE DUMBTH and not one solution will be put in place. That is guaranteed by THE DUMBTH among us.

Dumbth (pron. dum-th) adj: a tendency toward muddleheadedness, or willful stupidity appearing in all segments of American life.

Enough already. We’re beyond a “conversation” on this blather. We are numb to the dumbth.

We will, should we pay attention to this Nth iteration of the dumpth of school shootings, be forced to listen to the endless rants,whines, and skin-blistering flatulations of the muddled multitudes who think that, (1) We can  with our magic wands (Dare I dumbth it?) “de-gunify” American life; and (2) that want ing  to leave current gun-free zone policy in place makes you a wonderful human being, while seeing and saying  that this is deep and deadly dumbth that makes you  worse than the psychopathic killer. These dried owl pellets of dumbth policy have been  festering inside America for decades now and, since we no longer punch these clowns in their clown noses, there is no let up to their blather. This is what needs to change in our “conversation” about mass shootings.
We will also, should we choose to look for it, be confronted for the lebenty-lebenth time, with the insistance that the gun-free zones that have caused repeated slaughters within their bounderies need to be expanded. I guess the thought is that if you make the borders of the gun-free zone big enough psychopaths will simply wear themselves out walking around in it looking for victims. Why we send our children, daily, to these “gun-free slaughter zones” is beyond any sane man’s comprehension. Those that maintain and propose “gun free zones” need to be taken to the top of a very tall building and defenestrated with extreme prejudice.

We will have to inform the dumbth among us of the one adamantine truth about guns in America: “Just because your “gun free zones” fail over and over again, you DO NOT get to disarm free men under any circumstances.”

We need to remind the dumbth among us in the strongest possible terms that it is a sin to disarm a free man, and that “the wages of sin is death.” Any attempt at confiscation will cost lives, many lives, and fail.

In the meantime, in between time, it remains the case that the dumbth among us will run their standard whines and foot-stamping “gun free zone” blather. As they do we will again become numb to the dumbth.

Until the “gun-free zones” of America are expunged, psychopaths will continue to walk into these feeding lots of American children and kill them with impunity. When they do the Marching Moron Brigades of the Dumbth Army will again take to the barricades and pour their putrid blather out. Me? I’m numb to the dumpth, but not to the need to start punching these traitors in the teeth. Not all of them, but just enough pour encourage les autres.

In the meantime…. 

I keep a weather eye on the horizon, tap the storm glass now and then
I’ve got a case of Old Damnation for when you get here, my friend
We can have ourselves a party before they come
In the meantime I’m cleaning my gun
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Last Light

for Emma Jean (“And they saved each other every day.”)

How, when my emerald voices pray
In the crystal heart, and the bright chimes
Sound along the shoals of day,
Shall I not search the among the stones
For your mist-shadowed silent lips,
And listen in the vaults of bones
For those wave-shattered psalms of seas
That promise me , oh my bright shade,
The flame that bends my soul to thee?

For is not love that trace of flame,
That sign seen far in silhouette
Between the edge of stars and earth,
In that place where winds on water step?
And if I read in heaven pale
These ancient signs, these lines on slate
That in translation, told our tale
As if our tale was marked on bone
Banked in halls of bronze and stone,
Would you believe those faded marks
No man can read or waking see?
Would you emerge from stone to say
Our history begins today?

I speak, I know, I know, at slant
And seldom cleave the circle straight,
But your geometries enchant
And I stand frozen at your gate.
Yet still I sense our centers touch
As deep as senses hope to know
In that rose room that hovers high
Above all memory of snow.

And so above the ocean I,
Released from arms and earth entire,
Relive within this room of steel
The ashen memory of your fire,
That in such mansions once I slept,
Most fortunate of all blessed men,
And breathed your breath,
Embraced your heart,
That my stilled heart might beat again.

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Modern [Lesbian] Love

“I’m no yenta, but I think this is going to work.” – Jim Rogers

“Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments…”

Submitted for your consideration an item from 2009 most notable for its soothing palliative tone in which the previously perverted strives to be normalized. As the age’s intellectual insanity assumes the proportions of a plague, the experience of reading the herald of these plague years, the New York Times, becomes more and more like reading dispatches from the alternate universe of “hoping these changes stick.” That the changes can only stick if the core of the more normative America holds both economically and militarily (even as the ‘changy’ culture struggles to destroy it) is where the hoping enters in.

Still it is an item imbued with sweetness in the coyly named “Weddings & Celebrations” section of the Times. It really has it all when it comes to the modern nature of love in a time of cultural cholera: Vows – Kate Adamick and Kay Diaz – Weddings and Celebrations – NYTimes.com [Emphasis carefully added]

“The two women were introduced Feb. 4, 2008, via an e-mail message from their mutual friend, Jim Rogers, the New York State deputy attorney general in the social justice division, for which Ms. Diaz, 45, is a senior trial counsel….

On Valentine’s Day the women exchanged photographs. “It’s an absolute bonus she is as beautiful as she is,” Ms. Adamick said. They scheduled their first phone call four days later. Lengthy, nightly conversations ensued….

The next day Ms. Adamick flew back to New York from California. To her surprise, Ms. Diaz was waiting for her at Newark Liberty airport with two dozen roses. The connection was instantaneous. “She dropped the flowers on the ground and kissed me,” Ms. Adamick said. “We were making out in the car like two teenagers,” Ms. Diaz said. By the following morning they were engaged. ‘It just came out of my mouth…‘ ”

A little more than a year later, on May 8, the couple were legally married by Jeanne Laughlin, a Connecticut justice of the peace, in a conference room at the Stamford Government Center.

They exchanged yellow pipe-cleaner rings, saving their engraved gold bands for their public ceremony the next day, when Mr. Rogers — who had introduced them — led them through their vows in the three-story atrium of 632 on Hudson, an event space in a 19th-century New York town house.

“All my life I searched for you, but never thought I’d find you,” Ms. Adamick said. “All my life I dreamed of you, but never dreamed you were real.”

Mr. Rogers said, “You may both kiss the bride,” and their 96 friends and family cheered as the couple smiled exuberantly.

“And,” as Walter Cronkite would totalled up the whole passel of perfection if he’d attended, “That’s the way it is.”

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