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Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. They may be more likely to go to Heaven yet at the same time likelier to make a Hell of earth. This very kindness stings with intolerable insult. To be “cured” against one’s will and cured of states which we may not regard as disease is to be put on a level of those who have not yet reached the age of reason or those who never will; to be classed with infants, imbeciles, and domestic animals.  — from C. S. Lewis, from his 1948 book God in the Dock: Essays on Theology

Sears Catalog ‘Kit Homes’ From the Early 20th Century ~   Sears Catalog Homes (sold under the Sears Modern Homes name) were catalog and kit houses sold primarily through mail order by Sears, Roebuck and Company, an American retailer. Sears reported that more than 70,000 of these homes were sold in North America between 1908 and 1940. More than 370 different home designs in a wide range of architectural styles and sizes were offered over the program’s 33-year history.

This is what lies behind the sudden promotion of race mixing on television. Every ad must feature a mixed-race couple. It’s not so much a denial of biology, it is a denial of choice driven by anything other than objective criteria. Preferring your own race or ethnicity is invalid because it places a barrier between you and others. Breaking up these antiquated notions of choice is not about racism. It’s about destroying any barriers between people, as those are by definition invalid in an open society. The Inhumanity Of Openness | The Z Blog

If you don’t speak Japanese but would like, momentarily, to feel like a linguistic genius, take a look at the following words. Try to guess their meaning from the two available options:

1. nurunuru (a) dry or (b) slimy?
2. pikapika (a) bright or (b) dark?
3. wakuwaku (a) excited or (b) bored?
4. iraira (a) happy or (b) angry?
5. guzuguzu (a) moving quickly or (b) moving slowly?
6. kurukuru (a) spinning around or (b) moving up and down?
7. kosokoso (a) walking quietly or (b) walking loudly?
8. gochagocha (a) tidy or (b) messy?
9. garagara (a) crowded or (b) empty?
10. tsurutsuru (a) smooth or (b) rough?
The answers are: 1(b); 2(a); 3(a); 4(b); 5(b); 6(a); 7(a); 8(b); 9(b) 10(a).
  — In the beginning was the word, and the word was embodied | 

National Insanity – The governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, has legalized Murder One. And how did this happen? The Republicans, who for ten years resisted this display of bestiality, lost control of the New York legislature. Now you may join me in expressing disgust, but you must admit the governor is consistent. This is the same guy who legalized same-sex marriage. He is a liberal, and liberals are consistently consistent. They wait for their opportunity as many years as it takes and they strike. The viper can only be a viper.

Punishing the Crime vs. Blacklisting the Soul   While the new religion of anti-racism has borrowed this fundamentalist take on human nature, it has very much rejected the leavening Christian tradition of forgiveness and pity. Which is why militant anti-racism now carries such a brittle, mean-spirited aspect. The subtext of the campaign against Northam is that his actions mark his soul as irredeemably stained—no matter whether the yearbook photos were from 35 years ago or last week. In the way that anti-racism promotes the idea of bigotry as a form of original sin that, once revealed, cannot ever be expunged or denied, it essentially channels the idea of hell-bound pre-destination in a way that would have earned appreciative nods from Gottschalk of Orbais.

The Temptation to Resent –   We should always remember—or never forget—what Keynes wrote:

Practical men who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influence, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist. Madmen in authority, who hear voices in the air, are distilling their frenzy from some academic scribbler of a few years back.

If Isis Davis-Marks had been left to fend for herself back in the Motherland, she’d be eating dirt and swatting at tsetse flies. Instead, she suffers the grave misfortune of attending Yale University in white supremacist America. In an essay for Yale Daily News titled “Evil is Banal”—a mangled rip-off of a Hannah Arendt title—she apparently equates “white boys” with evil:  The Week That Perished – 

Capitalism’s New Clothes   From Pokemon Go to smart cities, from Amazon Echo to smart dolls, surveillance capitalism’s imperatives, as well as its methods—marked by constant lying, concealment, and manipulation—have become ubiquitous. The good old days of solitary drunken stupor are now gone: even vodka bottles have become smart, offering internet connectivity. As for the smart rectal thermometers also discussed in the book, you probably don’t want to know. Let’s just hope your digital wallet is stocked with enough Bitcoins to appease the hackers.

Progressives Bearing Gifts –    Trump legitimately will be able to say of a 2020 opponent, “Candidate X wants over the next 10 years to junk your present car, to scrap your combine, to stop your jet travel, to ban your cruise ship, to take away your lawn mower and snow blower, to outlaw your snowmobiles and jet skis, to shut down the fracking industry, the heavy equipment manufacturing sector (I doubt there will be a replacement battery-powered Cat D-11), the pipeline and rail business, and to make every homeowner an indebted remodeler, refitting his house while for all his green trouble and expense he still will be paying more for solar and wind-generated electricity.

Ragnarok, but Dumber –    Unfortunately, the stupidity of 2019 is far cruder, pettier, more stubborn, and totally unaware of itself. It’s the kind of stupidity where corporate brands tweet about depression or where presidential candidates stake their election on how viral they can make themselves go.

They Really Don’t Make Music Like They Used To – Last year, the industry celebrated a sales milestone. The Recording Industry Association of America certified that the Eagles’ “Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975),” was the best-selling album of all time, with sales of 38 million. (The formula took account of vinyl, CD and streaming purchases. Purists will have to put aside the fact that a greatest hits collection is not really an LP album as most of us know it.)It was a full-circle moment — the album, released almost exactly 43 years ago, was the first to be awarded platinum status (sales of one million), an evocative reminder that songs were once commodities so valuable that millions of people would even buy them in repackaged form. It was also a taken as a quiet victory for people who believe that music today is too loud.

MOTUS 2020 Horse Race Edition So I’m going to go on record right here, right now, saying that I think Michelle muh-Belle will be the dark horse candidate sent in to run in the final lap in the Democrat Derby.

Prove me wrong. Please.

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  • JiminAlaska February 11, 2019, 9:42 AM

    Far too much to comment on so I think I’ll do the sensible thing and start my day with a shot of Jameson instead.

  • ghostsniper February 11, 2019, 11:46 AM

    The built in problem in trying to discuss anything about or with the left is that almost everything they think is based in lies, falsehoods. When a person requires you to defend or justify a lie that they built how do you do that? You can’t, so no progress is made and cannot be made.

    The second layer of problems arises when you try to discuss a left made lie by pointing out that it is in fact a lie and the leftist then resorts to childishness. Calling names, attacking from all angles relentlessly. Starting with the lie itself an then horrifying defense of the lie creates a dead end for the leftist, he has painted himself into an indefensible corner. What is the intelligent person to do?

    Working as a medic in germany one night we were called out to a drunk soldier that had jumped out of the 3rd floor and broke a leg. We arrived on the scene and he was standing and stumbling about and cursing everyone as a crowd had drawn. We approached him and he grabbed a large broom standing against the wall to ward off the attackers. We could not help him. The alcohol had caused him to not understand the severity of his injury nor our role in helping him. My medic partner and I did understand and had to figure out a way to get around this false barrier the drunk had constructed. The other medic circled around and grabbed him from behind and we both subdued him to the gurney and on to the dispensary where he was fixed up.

    We had to ignore his babbling and threats based on false perceptions and treat him, a grown adult, like he was a child for his own good. I checked up on him a few days later and he had little recall of the incident and thanked me profusely for helping.

    As any normal parent will tell you, sometimes you have to be cruel to be kind.
    But are there any normal parents left?
    The screamers on the left indicate no.

  • Anderson February 11, 2019, 12:36 PM

    The documentary A History Of The Eagles is a must-see for anyone who was a fan. Absolutely extraordinary.

  • Casey Klahn February 11, 2019, 12:41 PM

    Half are stupider than the mean. And that fucking lot are more than just mean: they want blood.

    Keeping my powder dry. If the unimpeachable Victor Davis Hanson is to be believed, a Jacobian bloodletting is just ahead.

  • ghostsniper February 11, 2019, 1:20 PM

    Of the 100+ music books of notation and tablature in my collection “Eagles Complete” is the most dog eared. Eagles songs are fairly easy to play on any guitar and even the leads are accessible for interested persons. If you listen to Lyin’ Eyes and zone out the vox, bass, and drums and think only about the guitar parts and break em down into bite size pieces you’ll find it’s not as hard as the combined set might seem. 3 basic chords. Try it. I double dawg dare ya!

  • Janet A. roesler February 11, 2019, 2:24 PM

    Did the Sears “Kit Homes” come with matching outhouse plans or at least a free slop jar?

  • Anon February 11, 2019, 2:40 PM

    “she apparently equates “white boys” with evil: ”

    Make no mistake. This isn’t just a “little” racism. It is the new black KKK. Blacks assault whites for racists reasons at about 8 times the rate of white on black violence. Black rape of white women is almost epidemic while white rape of black women is extremely rare. This is no accident, the activist groups encourage this kind of violence and defend it. There are literally dozens of cities in this country where you would be incredibly stupid to spend Friday or Saturday evening walking the streets. You would be assaulted, robbed and possibly killed for being white. I honestly cannot think of any place in this country where the reverse would be true.

  • Nori February 11, 2019, 3:57 PM

    Think JiminAlaska had the right idea this morning. Unfortunately I used up the Jameson in and on the Christmas whiskey cake, which didn’t make it to the New Year.
    Great links today,altho grim. All connected, from Z’s take on Soros’ Open Society to the Yale vibrant who proudly hates white men. Ragnarok, but far more mind-numbingly stupid than any of us could have imagined even 20 yrs ago.
    My most fervent hope these days is that “wokeness” is terminal.
    Speaking of white guys, how about those Eagles?? What A Band. Not only some of the best guitarists, but the songwriting and vocals,too. The harmonies in the short song “Seven Bridges Road” are just outstanding.
    But the very best part of today’s AD is over on the right, with Capt Kirk and Dr McCoy, saying “Jim, I don’t have a single fuck to give.”
    Right on, Bones. We’re with ya.
    Great job, Mr V.

  • Charles R Harris February 13, 2019, 6:06 PM

    I’ve lived in two houses much like those Sears homes. To answer the outhouse question, they were both remodeled a bit to add indoor bathrooms, but neither was original. One still had an outhouse out back, which was a nice place to sit after trudging out through the snow on a winter’s morning.

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