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Pictures in an Exhibition, December 2020

I note, in passing, that Dante — when designing Hell — put the fraudulent (Including Hypocrites, Thieves, Evil Councillors, Sowers of Discord, False Prophets,  Falsifiers) and Traitors in the two lowest sections of Hell. Right above the cavern of ice where Satan devours Judas over and over throughout eternity.

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  • ghostsniper December 1, 2020, 11:13 AM

    “…the two lowest sections of Hell.”
    I’d pay good money to witness in person all of them or any of them experience hell right here on earth where they committed their crimes. Set down in a satan hell some where does me no good. I wanna know it with my own ocular glands.

  • Vanderleun December 1, 2020, 11:35 AM

    I note, in passing, that you may just get your wish. If so, there will be a point — win or lose — where you may regret that you got your wish.

  • Jack December 1, 2020, 12:52 PM

    I’m an old man and I am pissed too! There are times that I get so damned angry that all I can think of is how much pleasure I’d receive in burning up gun barrels on these marxist mf’ers and at those times I can literally feel the dizzying effect of adrenaline burning me.

    It’s strange because in every other subject and turn in society I’m calm and rational, controlled and willing to listen and I maintain a pretty good humor. But, I’m mos’ def storing up my adrenaline and I got lots of it.

  • JPru December 1, 2020, 1:25 PM

    I couldn’t bear to watch or do the deed but I have learned to load magazines & clean weapons. Eternally thankful for the stout-hearted men who can do what needs doing.

  • Tom Hyland December 1, 2020, 2:48 PM

    The election was stolen. Whether it remains stolen… the present ordeal isn’t over yet. Great article…

  • EX-Californian Pete December 1, 2020, 3:05 PM

    I fully understand how angry most people are since this whole stolen election BS has happened.
    Why WOULDN’T people be angry about an obviously corrupt and widespread attack on our entire country? Especially from “domestic enemies.”
    Be careful, though. The 3 emotions that can cause a person the most internal (and often EXTERNAL) damage are fear, anger, and hatred.
    Fear will eat away logic and usually cause panic, and sometimes depression. Fear can turn a strong man into a child.
    Hatred is a caustic emotion that can devour a man from the inside out, and clouds a man’s judgement.
    Anger is a pretty “normal” emotion, but it’s best “channeled” and used as a positive energy- as in when used to make a person try and change/avoid/eliminate/ignore what angered them, or develop a mental “callous” against it. (Hence the term “thick skinned.”)

    That said, I’m no angel.

    I have only one fear left, fear of God Almighty.
    I don’t hate any person, but I do hate evil.
    I rarely feel any type of anger, but if so, it’s easily dispersed by spending 1/2 hour (or so) on the heavy bag, casting a few hundred lead projectiles & handloading ammo, a good workout, or a trot on the treadmill.

    However, one “vice” I haven’t alleviated yet is Vengeance.
    If someone does something heinous to you or yours- and with aforethought and malice, in my opinion that warrants an “equal or greater reaction”- just like our right of self-defense. And I’m damn good at it. Growing up with George Hayduke and Nelson Chunder paved that road for me.

    I think the Liberals need a strong and relentless dose of (well-deserved) VENGEANCE. They have viciously attacked President Trump and Conservatives for over 4 years. They’re rioted, burned, and looted cities. They’ve attacked our Constitution, our rights, and our founding principles. They’ve formed terrorist groups like “BLM” and “Antifa,” who have now literally gotten away with murder and mayhem.

    The next best thing to sending an enemy straight to Hell is to turn their life into a living Hell.
    Hey, turnabout is fair play, right?

  • Kevin in PA December 1, 2020, 4:10 PM

    Timing is important.
    Precisely choosing the target is essential.

    What would Henry Bowman do?

  • Sean Cory December 1, 2020, 5:01 PM

    We have seen hellishness unleashed all to often on this earth and it is horrifying. Real hell is much, much, much worse. Dante had it partially right in his description of the 9th circle and sinners completely buried in ice. He got it wrong in that there was still light to see and sounds to hear and others, even if remote, to whom one could relate. In real hell one is entirely alone and bereft of everything except the sense of self. Real hell is being buried alive and knowing you will never get out. Real hell is the absence of God which is the absence of everything save self awareness. I would not wish that on even my worst enemy.

  • Anne December 1, 2020, 8:42 PM

    I will be there when you get mid-America to march. In the meantime, we need to look at the long game. There are two possibly three generations, who have never been taught the moral values, reasoned thought, or ethics. They cannot do spatial judgments, or math, they cannot write with their hands and pen on paper, nor have the skills to search for what is true. They have never had any religious education.

    For me, the long term strategy begins like this: we need to support the Homeschoolers of America and the private charter schools in any way we can. We need to help build more private universities such as Hillsdale. We need to establish non-profit groups in every state that will act as the ACLU, and the Southern Poverty Law Center have acted for the past 50 years. WE need to put every spare dollar we have into developing any possible legal challenge against the local thugs that have been moved into your state, or maybe have grown up there.

    WE MUST NOT MAKE THE SAME MISTAKE OUR PRESIDENT HAS MADE. We must not rely on already established law firms to represent us as the client–to negotiate a settlement behind the scenes. Every case must go before the jury of our peers. We must find the money to support our own legal staff. We must collect group funding for a multitude of specific legal attacks on various issues. Most importantly, in every state, we must have mid-America actively engage in reasonable actions that will challenge any action taken by these thugs until they are no longer stronger than us.

    We must first guarantee our safety to speak out by making sure they cannot be punished by loss of job, etc. Don’t forget that just last week Norway made it a criminal offense to speak poorly of any homosexual–even to do so in the privacy of your own home. Norway is one of those countries that have a system whereby the unions select young people at early ages to attend summer camps and study how to manage the population when they become government employees.

    Sweden does this as does China and it this model that the feminist movement in the Pacific Northwest, the Chicago unions, and the Democratic party have been developing for the past forty years. No more does our country encourage the individual young person to seek their own path to success. Perhaps, the most recent and the saddest crime has been the tearing down of the Boy Scouts of America. We have been led to believe it’s because so many young boys were being sodomized by their trusted leaders. I suspect it was just one more step in destroying our young people’s independent spirit.

    Finally, I am not surprised that the money to buy off this election came from Seattle. I am surprised it has taken so long for most people to understand the relationship between Seattle, Boeing, Microsoft, Amazon, and China. Seattle has not tolerated a clean election for more than 70 years–if ever. It is ironic for me that it will be 60 years since the greatest president in our lifetime gave his most insightful farewell speech. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWiIYW_fBfY

    Grieving alone will not save our country–we must organize in many different peaceful ways to help today’s young people and those to come to get back the freedoms that have were stolen from them in these past years by those who claim to know better than they do. We begin by doing two things immediately: building a sound private education system that is outside of the state-owned schools. We must also build legal groups that will protect those who peacefully speak out.

    Finally, we must create among our youth an understanding of how badly our schools of journalism have failed this country and the future of our children by denying them access to truthful unbiased reporting of fact. Sorry, to rant for so long, but it is only by well-organized and targeted efforts that we will repair this country.

  • Anne December 2, 2020, 9:11 AM
  • ghostsniper December 2, 2020, 11:04 AM

    Claire Wolf sed: “It’s too late to work within the system and too early to shoot the bastards.”
    It’s probably still about 48 days too early.

    It’s been long proven that is less expensive in dollars to school one’s kids at home than by sending to public schools. Lack of money is not the problem. Most parents PREFER their kids to be at schools than at home. The fact that the kids get little to no useable education doesn’t matter. It only matters that they are free day care centers – child storage facilities.

  • James ONeil December 2, 2020, 12:11 PM

    As of yesterday my savage teenage granddaughter is out of the public school system (Which, at this time, consists only of daily zoom classes in only 3 subjects.) and being home schooled.

  • Anne December 2, 2020, 1:03 PM

    For James O’Neil:
    Hurray! First steps. Now make it your personal project to get her interested and actively involved in exploring (learning) one subject, i.e. the way math is useful in the kitchen, or perhaps explore the poetry she likes and help her to find out why she prefers some and not others. Here is a first stop resource–click on the links on that page for more info: https://hslda.org/content/orgs/
    You will go here for help with curriculum, note that they started a new service yesterday, December 1 and I think that will be very helpful for you. https://www.nationalhomeschoolassociation.com

  • Auntie Analogue December 2, 2020, 3:05 PM

    My dear Anne, please accept my compliment to yours being the most perceptive and salutary comments on this post, and to your comments being apt for many other posts, not just here at American Digest but also for posts (and other comments) in many other nooks and crannies of cyberspace. As John Wayne said: “You did good, Pilgrim.”

  • Rob Muir December 2, 2020, 8:29 PM

    We started homeschooling when the middle school could not keep our daughter safe from a gang of girls. The principal said that she could not guarantee her safety so we pulled her out (this was 1993) to school at home. Since then we taught all our children at home. Our youngest was home schooled until he was 16 and then started in the community college. Although we joined formal and informal groups that offered social interactions, the two younger kids did sort of feel that their lot in life was mixed. They got far greater attention and school interaction with my wife and I, but they missed out on some things that their church friends were doing in school. As parents, we never regretted that experience because we still feel as though they got a far better education than the public schools.
    About 20 years ago (it seems), I read an article by Paul Graham called “Why Nerds Are Unpopular”. Although the greater part of the article is about childhood psychology and their societal dynamics, he also speaks to the nature of the educational system. For me, the money quote is the following:

    “Public school teachers are in much the same position as prison wardens. Wardens’ main concern is to keep the prisoners on the premises. They also need to keep them fed, and as far as possible prevent them from killing one another. Beyond that, they want to have as little to do with the prisoners as possible, so they leave them to create whatever social organization they want. From what I’ve read, the society that the prisoners create is warped, savage, and pervasive, and it is no fun to be at the bottom of it.

    In outline, it was the same at the schools I went to. The most important thing was to stay on the premises. While there, the authorities fed you, prevented overt violence, and made some effort to teach you something. But beyond that they didn’t want to have too much to do with the kids. Like prison wardens, the teachers mostly left us to ourselves. And, like prisoners, the culture we created was barbaric.”

    That is probably an opinion that the public schools and teachers’ unions do not want to face. I know many school teachers and administrators that are intent on doing the best of a bad job, and this is a blanket condemnation that impugns too many faithful educators who are mixed in with the standard bureaucrats. Still, it has a ring of truth that I have experienced personally. Good citizens need a comprehensively solid education and the youth are not getting it at least at the secondary and college levels. In my opinion that will signal the death knell of our society if not remedied by the good people of the USA.

  • Fletcher Christian December 3, 2020, 12:41 AM


    Why the kitchen, specifically? Why not the workshop or the garden? Basic maths is certainly required in either.

  • James ONeil December 3, 2020, 11:58 AM

    Thanks Anne, for the home school links.

    Actually my savage teenage granddaughter has been, pretty much, home schooled all along, as was her daddy. When he & his sister were matriculating within the system we understood, and explained to them it was a socialization process but they could, should, and WOULD, get an education in spite of that.

    He’s been raising her the same way; a house full of, read, books, ninetyeleven ongoing projects from frog dissection to computer builds, through her, yes Jordan Peterson, helping make her own bed, -out of birch plywood.

    The socialization; Living up here on top of the world, Alaska, I’ve know lots of folks that, living remote, have been home schooled over the years. Many had major problems interacting with others having missed the school playground, etc., that define and delimit one’s social relationships.

    As for my s’ t’ granddaughter; she’s been exposed enough to the state socialization system that I see no downsides to home school. She has the basic tools to strive survive and thrive in the city, on the tundra or in the taiga.