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Rant On, Rant On, Voltaire, Rousseau…. [and Tim Dillon too.]

WARNING: Strong language stated under the sign of Sardonicus.

Gerard Van der Leun // 1692 Mangrove Ave Apt: 379
Chico, CA 95926

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  • Peter Franks August 21, 2022, 8:05 PM

    I listen to Francis Dec for rant release needs. It is actually a DJ reading his letters with the Ft. Knox raid music from Goldfinger in the background.

    • Dan Patterson August 22, 2022, 5:48 AM

      I need to locate this Francis Dec character.

      Timmy Dillon, a public figure (a cuh-MEE-dee-un, no less. Egad) that didn’t get enough attention in grade school makes good points, though they are made better and with more substance by others. The trope that the function of America is “to destroy all life on Earth” is maaaybe meant to have a startle-chuckle factor, but it falls on it’s face and the thin introductory remarks nearly stopped the interview for me.

      But the child does begin to grow into his subject, and he speaks to categories of pissed-off-ness common to many. A hit for extra bases came with the revelation (at 5:40) “…you know we’re living in a time now where we all know everything is fucked but we are mostly powerless to change it”.

      Well. That’s cute.

      Welcome to the party you pile of goo, and thank you for your past support of HRC, The Happy Kenyan, and Bernie Sanders. The reins of power were long ago handed to mercantilists and global prostitutes to the adoration of people just like you, in positions of influence but blinded by the golden calf of “diversity”, “pay their fair share”, “fundamentally change the United States of America”, and all such prattle as that. The people not paying attention are in their own bubble, they mature but very slowly; we see the results in this Rogan interview and many others like it.

      I get the frustrated part. What I don’t understand is how anyone could be surprised. An adult male should have been able to see the error and make a correction very early in the process. And not just with his own family but in local and state matters. But I’ve answered my own question; saying that makes presumptions not present in modern life: Small Constitutionally organized governance, independent men unbound to welfare assistance, intact families, and commonly agreed upon morality, ingredients largely missing from the US today.

      So Tim Dillon and the other feckless philosophers are reading from a fatalist screed, the destruction of all we know is inevitable and we should make the most of it before we all “literally die laughing”. The spectator giving a caustic critique having never played the sport.

      Anyone besides me recall the line Paul Newman as Hud delivered to Melvyn Douglas, “I say we dips our bread in that gravy while it’s still hot!”? Newman’s character was self-centered, like Dillon and others like him, and only concerned with how an event affects him. But Newman’s character was concerned with a local hoof-and-mouth infection while ours is a plague of character flaws.

      • Vanderleun August 22, 2022, 11:13 AM

        Brilliant comment. Just brilliant.

  • Univ of Saigon 68 August 22, 2022, 5:06 AM

    Quote from the comment section of the YouTube video –

    “Hilariously frightening.”

  • Casey Klahn August 22, 2022, 5:54 AM

    I don’t know the guest, but when he said “nearing peak insanity,” I couldn’t argue the point.

    Gerard has a post somewhere about all the cool shit we did as a nation. Went to the moon, and got bored. Made Westerns. Invented Rock & Roll. That shit’s all in the past.

    When the lockdown started, on my endless playlist or binge movies was the category: dystopian and apocalyptic movies. I wanted the straight scoop. Escape from NY and LA were probably the best as far as concept, although low budget and starring The Computer Who Wore Tennis Shoes.

    We had:
    Road trips. Monumental drip paintings. Parking. Big steak dinners. Hydro dams. Mad minutes (army fun). Fire for effect your entire company of mortars. Drop fishing for flounder. Practical jokes. Jokes at others’ expense. fat light poles with a hundred stapled Grunge Band posters. The ferry into DT Seattle at dusk with the sunset lighting up the glass skyscrapers. 500 c.u. engines in 4 door sedans. Steel cars. Fighter jets. M-60A3 tanks with main guns so violent they shock your brain cavity. Marylyn Monroe on a very large screen. Jerry Lewis or Elvis on the big screen, and a double feature was 50 cents. Walking on the railroad tracks. Being lost. Summiting Mt Rainier in a wind storm. Going to SoCal in an older model VW van, with a cooler of old cheese and climbing roes, and climbing in Joshua Tree, then hitting the beaches in L.A. and bumming hamburgers from your friend’s friend who worked at a restaurant. Steel coke vending machines at the beach, with a big steel lid and filled with ice and water, where you slid your soda pop around a puzzle and then out the gate and what did that cost? A quarter?

    • Vanderleun August 22, 2022, 11:04 AM

      Iknow those machine well. I used them. I’m so old I remember nickel Cokes in those machines. Giving out Cokes in bottles that were scratched and worn on the outside by having been “recycled” so many times.

    • Vanderleun August 22, 2022, 11:06 AM

      And mega dittos for riding the ferry into Seattle and seeing the setting sun make the skyscrapers look like some Emerald City in a vision.

      • Casey Klahn August 22, 2022, 2:42 PM

        OK, not many commiserate on that incredible scene of Seattle from the Sound at dusk.

        Nickel Cokes? GD you’re old. Yes to the worn out bottles.

        Probably the spam filter ate my comment for having so many spelling and grammatical errors. And I want to write a book? Might be the stupidest thing I ever do.

    • pbird August 22, 2022, 12:25 PM

      All of that, and more. I could make a list too.
      I think we’re still here. Maybe we can grab the rope before too much slips through.

      • Vanderleun August 22, 2022, 1:26 PM

        Just be careful about which rope it is and when.

        • Casey Klahn August 22, 2022, 2:49 PM

          When a cable or a chain does that, you run away!

          Careful of the rope? That trip to J Tree was in my first year of climbing. Turns out my rope was redundant; I grounded and flipped on my head. I think it was 15 feet or 16 or something. Yes, I did die. Which weren’t nothing for us. I went right back to climbing.

      • Casey Klahn August 22, 2022, 2:43 PM

        Don’t grab the rope; let it hold you. Keep your hand on the Rock.

        My compliments, pbird. Buys you a beer.

  • Hyland August 22, 2022, 6:16 AM

    Martin Armstrong has penned a column that it’s the Democrat party’s strategy, the vilification of all things Republican, with Trump in the crosshairs, that is a march towards destroying all life in America. I think he wrote this so quickly that you’ll encounter several typos, but read on all the same.

  • anonymous August 22, 2022, 8:59 AM

    I hate coincidences–how about this one?
    All three of the conservative leaders, who were in power concurrent with Trump, are now being harassed and their reputations are being destroyed since loosing office. Their actions during leadership are being destroyed just as they are doing to Trump. The Socialist/Communists of the leading free world economies are making absolutely sure the never again will independent leaders of the conservative ideology lead without being told what to do by the Davos crowd. Boris Johnson (UK), Donald Trump(US), and Scott Morrison (AUS). This was not just your typical receding ideological tide and exchange of power–this is an ongoing slaughter of former leaders once they are out of office that is making absolutely sure the conservative/independents will never lead again!

  • ThisIsNotNutella August 22, 2022, 2:20 PM

    How does it feel to be ruled over by people (I use the term lightly) who think it’s a smart idea to blow up Aleksandr Dugin (they only managed to kill his 30 year old daughter) with a car bomb?

    This thing is not going to end well.

    Putin (Usual Suspects’ Luegenpresse notwithstanding) is a calm, measured, rational moderate. Very unwise to be putting him in a position where business as normal appears to be weakness to his various constituencies and critics further to his right.

  • Fletcher Christian August 23, 2022, 7:05 AM

    Looking at this from outside, I see:
    The real problem that the USA has is that the Right gives the Left an easy time. It goes all the way back to the colonisation of the Americas, in which many if not most of the colonists left Britain not for freedom, but because the rest of the English population would not still for the sort of vicious intolerance inherent in their particular brand of “Christianity”. And so you have a country, the only First World one, where intolerance of dissent is an integral part of the Right – yes, I know, the Left is equally intolerant.

    In other words, the Puritan nutcases of the American Right make it easy for the Left to win. The USA is the only important country in which creationism and denial of evolution is taken seriously. It is the only country where for some people, the only sex education required or even allowed is “DON’T!” And, of course, the lunacy of Prohibition and the War Against Some Drugs made and is still making life very easy for organised crime – and, of course, is the reason for a large fraction of all murders.

    Get rid of the Puritan lunatic fringe as a political force, and the Left won’t stand a chance.

  • Bilderback August 23, 2022, 9:27 AM

    Thanks Fletcher. Are you in charge of killing Christians? We meet at your house or what? How about Jews and n—–s?

    • ThisIsNotNutella August 23, 2022, 2:35 PM

      Always be Upselling.

    • Fletcher Christian August 23, 2022, 6:02 PM

      Neither. Just stop giving lunatics a say in policy.