July 17, 2014

Gotham Gazette


But the UN doing nothing is what the UN does: The decision of a court to hold the Dutch state liable for the death of 300 Muslim Bosnians in the Srebrenica massacre marks the first time a UN mission has been blamed for doing nothing. It threatens to unravel the whole system of UN peacekeeping. Belmont Club サ No-Op
HAPPY 30TH BIRTHDAY, CENTRAL AMERICAN HUMANITARIAN CRISIS The precise reason our borders are besieged is that the 11 million to 20 million "undocumented migrants" currently living here seem just a few more bad Marco Rubio speeches away from being legalized. And the reason they entered the country undocumentedly is that Reagan granted amnesty to 3 million illegal aliens in 1986.
Redditors grant grieving dad's Photoshop wish "My daughter passed away after a long battle in the children's hospital. Since she was in the hospital her whole life, we never were able to get a photo without all her tubes. Can someone remove the tubes from this photo?
Sultan Knish: Winning the Moral High Ground is a Loser's Game In our modern age, things no longer exist to perform their function. Washing machines aren't designed to clean clothes, but to save water and energy. Food isn't there to be eaten, but not eaten. And armies aren't there to win wars, but to be moral. And the truly moral army never fights a war. When it must fight a war, then it fights it as proportionately as possible, slowing down when it's winning so that the enemy has a chance to catch up and inflict a completely proportional number of casualties on them.
Why Neil Armstrong Got to Be the First to Step on the Moon
Ancient man who first civilized the Earth and created a domain for himself knew it deeply. Out of the night black came predators, diseases, bandits, barbarians, demons and enemy armies. The night black was a constant reminder of the darkness of barbarism and the necessity of the civilization man built himself. Civilization’s Precipice | Ara Maxima
Buell, whose careful terror seems to be the possibility of saying something politically incorrect—the book does so much posturing, you think it’s going to throw its back out—appears to have absorbed every piety in the contemporary critical hymnal. You can see him fairly bowing to them in his introduction, as if by way of ritual preparation. There they are, propitiated one by one—Ethnicity, Globalism, Anti-Canonicity, Anti-Essentialism—like idols in the corners of a temple. How the Novel Made the Modern World - William Deresiewicz - The Atlantic
Perchance to Dream: Science and the Future -- By surpassing the bounds of empire, nature, and knowledge via experimentation, Bacon argued that humankind could restore itself to its perfect pre-lapsarian state before the fall in the Garden of Eden.
After his stint at pretending to be president Obama's in line for a natural: Marvel Announces New Black Captain America
Suicidal Maniacs These lunatics don’t care about the migrants. How can they? Many of them are gangsters and criminals. Others are just dead beats looking for welfare checks. Still others are being thrown out of their native lands as they are a burden. What these lunatic politicians do care about is breaking the back of traditional America. They hate you and they want you dead, even if it means blowing the whole country up.... Maybe normals will wake up and begin treating Progressives like the Chinese treat Falun Gong.
REPEAT UNTIL YOU COMPREHEND: All high-level politicians in the for U.S. today are PSYCHOPATHS AND WHORES who are in it solely for the money and power. Aspiring to or holding high level office today is proof positive of the psychological and moral unfitness of the given person to hold high public office. This axiom transcends and applies equally to the facades known as the Republican and Democrat parties, and any and all antagonism between the two is nothing more than KABUKI THEATER. On Jamie Dimon, Sewage, and Other Variety | Barnhardt
The Rules of Sewage : The Third Rule of Sewage is the Immersive Rule of Sewage.  Imagine an edible fish taken from that pure water, placed in sewage, and somehow surviving – no matter the fish’s immune system and other defenses, it will become contaminated.  No matter how pure you are to begin with, if you are surrounded by bad people or bad content, it will start to affect you. 
The Mighty Thor…probably my favorite super hero when I was a kid, is now a woman. They announced it on The View. The Norse God of Thunder…made him a girl, just like that. Man. Ah well, no doubt the Marvel people know a lot more than I do about what sells comic books. I wish them luck. -- Rightly Guided


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"It is impossible to speak in such a way that you cannot be misunderstood." -- Karl Popper N.B.: Comments are moderated and may not appear immediately. Comments that exceed the obscenity or stupidity limits will be either edited or expunged.

Barnhardt in her article has gone erringly absolutist in some instances:
In approvingly quoting John Senior, she fails to note the crime-overwhelming benefit, in some cases, of rehabilitative justice -- allowing the criminal to demonstrate proper remorse through beneficial activities exceeding the damage done due to the crime committed. Thus, the remorseful actions more than compensate for the crime committed -- and punishment, as such, becomes unnecessary following the conviction for the crime.

Who, other than Ms. Barnhardt believes that Ted Cruz, imperfect as he may be, is a psychopath and/or whore in the Senate solely for the money and power? Her axiom, which follows this comment in her article, indicates that either Ms. Barnhardt has dived into the empty pool headfirst once too often, is a megalomanic psychopath whipping the froth of her (in some cases justifiable) rage, or is playing the over-blown altruistic buffoon so that rational critics of the cocksure political poltroons can be easily dismissed as tools of some conspiracy of fools.

Posted by: Howard Nelson at July 17, 2014 1:02 PM

Black Captain America, Female Thor....

I wish those people would stop trying to spit in my eye, I stopped caring, or listening, long ago.

But someone might want to compare sales figures for WW and pre-progressive Superman, or Luke Cage and anybody.

Posted by: John The River at July 17, 2014 2:53 PM

I'm not so sure, Howard, that I'm not far away from Ann on the character of our elected class. It may be a phenomenon similar to regulatory capture. Scalawag or bounder capture, I suppose.

At our recent election primary, our mailbox was flooded with mailings. I left them in a pile, and quickly flipped through them on election day. I knew what I was looking for, but that was not to be found. I've been around long enough to see it. Instead, it was the lot of them a bunch of amateur grifters with flimsy cons looking for a payday, and I was the mark. Bloody hell that was the most distasteful duty I have had to do in quite some time. Gozer's choice.

Posted by: John A. Fleming at July 18, 2014 2:23 AM

It just occurred to me that the current border kerfuffle could be compared to the infamous "Boat People" influx from Cuba. The voluntary expats were one group, and the convicts released for export were another.
What is the current mix?

Posted by: tomw at July 18, 2014 8:12 AM

John A. Fleming, I agree that most of our federal politicians, many powerful bankers and Wall Streetwalkers are vicious, self-serving anal apertures [to borrow a Jonah Goldberg term]. But not all of them are. Painting them all with a broad brush, as Ann Barnhardt did, smears the decent with the demonic. This kind of exaggerated and mean-spirited slander hurts the cause for justice.

Let's be prepared for John Corzine's conviction and penalties, and adequate compensation to those injured. Be prepared too, for his being freed if convicted, via some Presidential pardon maneuver.
Life is not fair. Be on guard.

Posted by: Howard Nelson at July 18, 2014 6:24 PM

Howard, maybe so, but it's no longer possible to tell them apart. Which means that functionally, we must treat them as all bad, every one.

I went to our local City Council meeting one time. After spending three hours watching the doings of loathsome scumbags, I came home and felt the need for a long hot shower. I thought, what kind of person could actually like this? And do it for a living? And our fair city is relatively well run and corruption-free.

Our local Congresswoman is drop-dead corrupt, her bony fingers grasping for every nickel she can extract from her position. My colleagues who have met her exclaim that she is the most gracious and charming woman they have met, and that she is this way with everyone, not just her own people.

When the Cadet branch of the Ruling Party staged that little Government shutdown back in January, the Senior Branch put a gun to the country's head. They shut down the EBT system for one day in one city. The threat was clear: give us all the money we want, or the EBT system goes down everywhere. The Cadets caved, gave the Usurper every dollar he asked for. That's why the Bear is loose, and every Federal agency has gone lawless. He's not worried about any consequences for his actions, he knows the Opposition is both powerless, and on his side.

And yet every single damn day, every single Cadet lies to us about how they are working to secure our Liberties: Bull! They caused this government lawlessness. There is not one single Federal Republican who will tell the truth. Should they win both the House and Senate in November, nothing will change. The Usurper will get everything he asks for, every Federal Agency will not see their funding drop by a penny, and the border flood will continue.

The Opposition is no longer loyal to our Constitution. It doesn't matter that there might be a few good people there. These good people have acquiesced to the depredations of the Usurper. If there is nothing up with which you will not put, then you are lost.

I believe that most people are inherently good, and really do want to do good. My lifelong experience has been that just about all the people I have met are trustworthy and loyal to their families, their neighbors, their community, and their country. Whether we do good, depends on the quality of our leadership. Good people, in spite of their best efforts, will do bad things when they are badly led.

I no longer think that politicians are in that category of "most people". That era is over. Our government has been captured by despicable and charming gangsters, bounders, scalawags, grifters, and incompetent and petty men and women with delusions of grandeur. Along with their assorted courtiers, courtesans, retainers, minions, sycophants and toadies.

We cannot fix this, until we accept this. Moscow rules:
Assume nothing.
Murphy is right.
Never go against your gut; it is your operational antenna.
Everyone is potentially under opposition control.
There is no limit to a human being's ability to rationalize the truth.
Once is an accident. Twice is coincidence. Three times is an enemy action.

Posted by: John A. Fleming at July 18, 2014 11:18 PM

Hmm, I'll say it another way. When I was reviewing those election flyers, what I was really just looking for was someone with enough courage to say something really different. To really take a stand for something.

Instead, it was every one, all 30 or so, vacuous platitudes, mom, apple pie, good government, lower taxes, more fairness, better business climate, cleaner environment, I will fight for your rights. Every damn lawyer shilling for a judgeship sinecure was a violent crimes or gangs prosecutor. There was no distinctive difference between the Seniors and Cadets.

When everybody trying to climb on the bandwagon is saying the same things as the bandits I already know about, that's my proof that the whole stinking lot of them are no good. It's no longer possible to know who's still good and true.

Posted by: John A. Fleming at July 18, 2014 11:35 PM