MBD’s Trump Problem, and Mine

I dislike videos. Especially videos posted as “news”.

I know that’s not the point of the article but this passage stood out to me as the best description of the problem with video news.

Watching TV is no substitute for reading, because TV can never convey ideas faster than human speech (i.e., about 150 words per minute), whereas a collegiate-level reader can absorb the written word much faster. This blog post is about 1,600 words. It would take 10-12 minutes to read it aloud, but you’ll probably reach the end much quicker. Also, the written word has a permanence that the spoken word does not. To absorb complex ideas, and to commit them to memory, the written word is superior.

Agreed. Give me a written article or column.

Source: MBD’s Trump Problem, and Mine

Kristi Noem Is[n’t] Right About Employer Vaccine Mandates

“When leaders overstep their authority, that is how we break this country, and if government starts acting unconstitutionally, even if it’s doing something that we like, that’s a dangerous path to walk down,” she said. “It is not conservative to grow government and to tell businesses what to do and how to treat their employees.” — Kristi Noem

She’s wrong, of course.

Government’s job is to protect the rights of citizens. Businesses that transgress citizens’ rights need to be reigned in. That’s where she’s wrong.

Businesses are private entities. Citizens are private entities. Since when does one private entity have the right to mandate another private entity do something in violation of their rights?

Being an employee does not mean you are owned by the business. You are NOT ‘their’ employee. That would make you a de facto slave. I was under the impression that we had outlawed slavery in this country.

In fact, it is the other way around. Citizens are real. Business as a ‘private entity’ is a legal fiction. They don’t really exist. A ‘business entity’ is a just collection of other private citizens who, again, have no right to mandate another private citizen do anything in violation of their rights as citizens.

Reason Magazine taking her side shows (as if it needed showing again) why ‘libertarianism’ is a false road to travel. Slavery is okay with them as long as it is done by private business. There’s no concern about individual rights, or community traditions, or religious beliefs.

Source: Kristi Noem Is Right About Employer Vaccine Mandates

Where We Are Now

Sarah A. Hoyt goes on an epic rant…

The left (and a lot of the right) elite are the most corrupt and incompetent buffoons since late Roman decadence. It’s probably inevitable when you have vast resources, a concentration of power, and a fawning news media/public opinion.

Everything about them, from their family lives to their business doings to their public and private behavior, when poked at exudes a stench that tells you their bios are like a demon’s resume. It’s filth layered on filth and given a veneer of normalcy that wouldn’t fool anyone who looked at it more than two seconds.

Read the whole thing.

Source: Where We Are Now

Dune and Covid

Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam:
“I hold at your neck the gom jabbar,” she said. “The gom jabbar, the high-handed enemy. It’s a needle with a drop of poison on its tip. Ah-ah! Don’t pull away or you’ll feel that poison. […] This one kills only animals.”

Paul Atreides:
“Are you suggesting the Duke’s son is an animal?”

Reverend Mother:
“Let us say I suggest you may be human. Your awareness may be powerful enough to control your instincts. Your instinct would be to remove your hand from the box. If you do so, you die. You will feel… an itching… there! Now, the itching becomes burning. Heat upon heat upon heat.”

Paul:
“It burns!”

Reverend Mother:
“Silence! SILENCE!!”

In Dune, the science-fiction masterpiece by Frank Herbert, there was a test you had to take to ‘prove’ you were a human. This test involved something that instilled fear in you and a ‘gom jabbar’. The gom jabbar was a poisoned needle held at your throat during the test. You had to be perfectly still. No flinching.
To pass the test, thus proving you were human, you conquered your fear, did not flinch, and did not receive the gom jabbar.
If you failed the test, flinched, thus proving you were not human, you received the poisoned needle – the gom jabbar – and died.
Fear of Covid is our test. A fear that is being artificially promulgated by government, ‘celebrities’, corporations, and other shadowy ‘elites’ for nefarious purposes.
Will you succumb to it? Will you unthinkingly ‘flinch’ and receive the alleged ‘vaccine’ – the ‘gom jabbar’ – the experimental genetic treatment with unknown but likely detrimental side effects… including death?
Or will you conquer the false fear of Covid, thus proving you are an intelligent human being, one who doesn’t flinch due to fear, and reject the alleged ‘vaccine’?

Doubleplusungood!

If you are considering buying a WordPress plan—don’t. They ‘improved’ the post editor… improved it so much that it is unusable. The old one was simple and intuitive. This new one makes it difficult to do the most simple task… like preview. Takes three clicks now instead of one. Idiocy. Inserting an image now involves opening a huge sidebar and finding the insert image function. Previously it was right there at the bottom of the editor.

The new and ‘improved’ post editor reminds me of nothing so much as ‘Common Core’ math. Take a simple task and make it as difficult and complex as possible.

See? I thought I had finished my rant but wait! There’s more! I was going to add a category to this post but… I can’t find that function. It used to be in the right sidebar. There is no right sidebar now. Where the hell is the category function?

Wait! There’s more! I was going to publish this ‘as is’ and hit the Publish button. Did it publish? NO! A new sidebar opened with a pre-publishing checklist.

This is ridiculous!

“I don’t think so, Tim.”

Dear Vice President Biden,
Although I refused to listen to it, I understand that during your presidential acceptance speech, you were calling for the unity of Trump supporters. I remember four years ago my President Trump also called for unity. I remember how Congressional members of your Democratic Party responded by boycotting his inauguration. I remember how you and your Democratic party cheated and used the greatest law enforcement institution of this country to spy on my President Trump’s campaign. I remember how you and your Democratic Party created a fake Russian dossier to try and impeach my President Trump. I remember how your speaker of the house ripped up my President Trump’s beautiful State of the Union speech on National TV. I remember how you and your Democratic Party tried to impeach my President Trump over a Ukraine phone call. You accused my President Trump of pay to play. Come to find out Joe, it was really you and your son Hunter. I remember how you and your Democratic Party blamed President Trump over a pandemic that he had nothing to do with. I remember how you and your Democratic Party encouraged rioting and looting of my great United States of America. I remember how you and your Democratic Party used the media to spread lie after lie about my President Trump. I remember how you and your Democratic Party stole the election from my President Trump. This Trump supporter remembers all that Joe and will NOT be unifying with your Democratic Party. This Trump supporter will be giving you the same respect you gave my President Trump.
Copy pasted from Trumps Tribe

The Morning Rant

During his sermon a couple of weeks ago, our pastor mentioned that recent events had caused to think about “privilege”, what it is and what it means. He suggested that a better word for it might be ‘blessings’. He didn’t specifically say this, but that fits in very well with the idea that progressivism is a heresy of Christianity. It’s actually not dignified enough to be a heresy, it’s more like a parody or lampoon.

The word ‘blessing’ carries with it the idea of fortune and favor, and concomitant gratitude, while ‘privilege’ immediately brings to mind envy, resentment, and bitterness. All of progressive religion is wrapped around those three (negative) things.…

…Another aspect of the progressive religion is that its disciples are taught that the reason they don’t have what they think they want (influence, success, a girlfriend) is because someone is deliberately preventing them from getting these things. This entity has been called such names as “The Man” or “The System” but lately has been called “White Privilege.” Like this is a zero-sum game where all of the white guys have taken all of it before anyone had the chance.

Source: Ace of Spades HQ

From today’s Scripture reading

Each day (well, almost) my wife and I read the scriptures out loud to each other. Today we read 2 John:

9. Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.

10. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:

11. For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.

As I pointed out to my wife, here we find that it is, indeed, very Christian to exclude some types of people. ‘Inclusiveness’ and ‘diversity’, for their own sakes,  are NOT Christian teachings. I won’t receive him in my house. I won’t ‘bake the cake.’

I mention this because I was recently castigated by some atheist on Facebook for being unChristian for my lack of inclusiveness.

I’m always amused by non-Christians, who apparently have never read the Scriptures, telling Christians what they should believe.

What Are the Children Learning?

One college is proud to advertise that they have done away with “unrelated curriculum.”  So nursing students are not required to study U.S. history and a student majoring in Information Technology does not need to take Philosophy 101.  This is countered by Jack Kerwick, who describes a liberal arts education as supplying students “with ‘the habit of attention;’ ‘the art of expression;’ ‘the art of assuming at a moment’s notice, a new intellectual position;’ ‘the art of entering quickly into another person’s thoughts;’ ‘the habit of submitting to censure and refutation;’ ‘the art of indicating assent or dissent in graduated terms;’ ‘the habit of regarding minute points of accuracy;’ and ‘the art of working out what is possible in a given time [.]'”

This is why I laugh when people with degrees tell me they know better than me because of their ‘degree.’ It’s worthless outside of their area of study… and sometimes not even then. Alexandria Occasional Cortex’s pronouncements on economics are comical, yet she claims to have a degree in economics. (which is why she was bartending…)

College isn’t an education anymore. It’s glorified job training.

What is job training? It’s education for slaves. No need to read, write, or think. Just spew out the leftist extremist talking points you were force fed and do your job.

Source: What Are the Children Learning?

The Flaw In Flawless

In fact, perfectionism kills. The fact it leaves an animated corpse behind only hides the crime.

And yes, it can kill societies. There is an age when people can see all the flaws in society but are too young to know what the alternatives are. Also our schools are deliberately not teaching history as it really was, so it’s really hard to know that the alternatives are worse, or that no society was ever perfect, because humans aren’t and every law is a double edged sword that cuts more on the not-intended side.

Throughout most of history that age is called “adolescent” and “young adult.” But in the US it’s called democrat or — in the rest of the west — socialist or communist.

Source: The Flaw In Flawless

The White Man’s Burden

A question no one asks, at least not out loud: To what extent are blacks dependent on the charity of whites? What would happen if all public assistance, all programs specifically or de facto for blacks were withdrawn?

What would happen if Section Eight housing were abandoned, Head Start, AFDC, free lunch and breakfasts in inner-city schools, food stamps, and all the rest? I do not recommend doing this–the consequences would be hideous–but do suggest thinking about it. The conclusion will probably be that blacks are in custodial care. If this is not true, tell me why it is not.

I never even thought to ask that. Hmmm…

Source: The White Man’s Burden

An evening with Jordan Peterson and Dave Rubin – Bookworm Room

And then Peterson came out with what was (to me) a startling insight: Leftists are drawn to power, not just because it’s the nature of the beast, but because of their relativism. Power negates competence and, for a Leftist, competence is a dangerous reminder that incompetence exists as well.

Leftists have abandoned the Founders’ belief that all humans are created equal in the eyes of the law, even as they maintain their individual differences. Instead, Leftists insist upon a mandate that all people (notwithstanding their insistence on external hallmarks of diversity) must be perceived as identical. This mandate makes the entire idea that incompetence exists untenable — especially because those mostly loudly seeking power may do so because they lack competence in anything other than power seeking.

Interesting notion.

Source: An evening with Jordan Peterson and Dave Rubin – Bookworm Room

How a Dam Bursts – Ricochet

Most of the dam is intact today, only the middle quarter failed — the deepest part, of course. It was undercut by pressure driven seepage that evolved into erosion from beneath. The undisturbed core is plain to see in the remaining segments; it really was a fine dam. You can look at it today, the outlet pipes, the rockpile, the missing segment, and the swamp behind it all. The simple physical truth stares you in the face and says something completely unprintable.

There’s probably a metaphor here for a constitutional republic…

Source: How a Dam Bursts – Ricochet

Random question

As I was reading the news today a thought came out of nowhere. Why is it, I wondered, that the two best Presidents in my lifetime, Reagan and Trump (so far), are both former Democrats who left that party before becoming President?

Did they get ‘woke’?