Friday, November 17, 2017

Gun Confiscation – the True Cost


The Boston Globe recently discussed gun confiscation as the goal of all gun control advocates. 

Unlike most gun buy-back or gun control programs, they openly discuss what it would take to confiscate guns from Americans.

As we discussed here several years ago, the cost of an attempted gun buy back would be horrific, resulting in hundreds of thousands of dead, if not outright civil war. 

There are millions of gun owners that possess guns that would presumably be confiscated under such a scheme. 

760,000 Police Raids will end badly for the US
There is no way to know the exact numbers involved here, but we can make some conservative estimates that will help us understand the magnitude of what they are proposing. 

Some 75 million Americans own guns, with an average of 8 guns per household.

It is impossible to know with certainty what percentage of those gun owners would comply with a gun confiscation order. 

The key question would be what percentage of non-compliant gun owners would resist with gunfire when the police showed up to confiscate their guns. 

For the sake of being extremely conservative, let’s assume that 99% of gun owners will turn in all their guns.  And of the remaining 1% of resisters, or 760,000 people, 99% of them are just posers that won’t resist when the midnight knock on the door comes.   That leaves 7,600 gun crazies that will start shooting when the cops show up.  That is almost 18 shoot outs in each congressional district, and 150 in each state. 

7,600 shootouts between cops and armed, prepared fanatics.  The problem is that the cops don’t know for sure which gun owners will shoot back.

They will have to knock on 760,000 doors and will got shot at randomly 7,600 times.  (And these are extremely conservative estimates!)

The police will not tolerate this situation.  They will immediately transition to heavy handed raid tactics for all confiscation encounters, not just where they meet active resistance. 

Imagine hundreds of thousands of raids, each with a SWAT team, breaching explosives, and more. 

The carnage would be incredible.  It would require 20 raids per day in each state, or over 1,000 per day for 2 years in order to confiscate guns from a 99% compliant population. 

The police don’t have the manpower.  The public will never stand for it open warfare against the people.   The violence will escalate until there is open civil war. 

This idea is utter madness that will kill hundreds of thousands of Americans, if not millions.

And yet is openly endorsed by a major newspaper...   Let that sink in for a moment. 




Saturday, November 11, 2017

The Gun Control Freaks Worst Nightmare

The recent mass shooting in Texas is turning out to be the worst case scenario for the anti-gun fanatics.

Police Tagging Bodies in a Gun Free Zone
Every single talking point of the anti gun Left is destroyed in a single incident.

The typical anti gun talking points are:
  • There is no valid reason to own an assault weapon
  • We need more laws to ban dangerous people from owning guns
  • The NRA has blood on its hands
  • The police will protect you
  • Gun free zones prevent violence
It turns out that none of these points are true, and the evidence in all wrapped up in a single incident.

The shooter was a prohibited possessor using an assault rifle and wearing body armor while murdering people in a gun free zone.   He was then engaged by an NRA member using an AR-15 style rifle that was able to penetrate the body armor of the shooter, effectively ending the shooting rampage. The police arrived at the scene well after the shooting and subsequent car chase was over.


There is no valid reason to own an assault weapon -- the NRA member was roused from a nap and ran barefoot to the church to engage the shooter who was wearing body armor.  If the good guy with a gun was armed with only a pistol or single shot rifle the outcome would have been very different. This is also a good argument against 'safe storage' laws that would have required the good Samaritan to have stored his gun broken down or otherwise less accessible.  The shooter murdered a number of people in the time it took him to retrieve his gun from his gun safe and load it.  Making that process slower would only cost lives. 

We need more laws to ban dangerous people from owning guns -- the shooter was already legally barred from purchasing or possessing guns.  The US government failed to follow the law and update the appropriate databases that would have prevented the sale of the weapon.  You can't make things illegal-er.  The current laws need to be enforced before we start calling for new laws.

The NRA has blood on its hands -- the NRA is blameless in this shooting.  The good guy with a gun was not only an NRA member, but also an NRA certified instructor.  The NRA saved lives. This talking point is baseless slander.  

The police will protect you -- the entire incident, including a prolonged car chase, was over before the police arrived.  The police do great work, and I am confident that they would have eventually brought the shooter to justice.  But the casualties would have been far higher if the shooter had 10 minutes of additional time to slaughter his helpless victims.

Gun free zones prevent violence -- gun free zones only guarantee that the victims will be unarmed as they are murdered.  In fact, many gun control zealots call for gun free zones around churches and schools that extend up to 1,000 feet.  Such a zone would have barred the good guy with a gun neighbor from owning a gun close enough to have saved the day.   Gun free zones are workplace safety measures for mass murderers. 

Gun control does not work.   Gun control laws are counter productive and cost lives. 

All of the gun control talking points are completely demolished by this one incident.

Unfortunately, this won't prevent the Lefty morons from parroting the usual bromides after the next shooting.


Thursday, November 9, 2017

The Feminist war on Reality


Feminist Professors are questioning the validity of math and science because these disciplines were created largely by white males.   

Rochelle Gutierrez  is a professor at University of Illinois specializing in “equity issues in mathematics education.” Her focus is on “paying particular attention to how race, class, and language affect teaching and learning,” which basically means that she sees “white privilege” in every facet of education. In the case of math, Gutierrez thinks that because minorities are supposedly deficient in the subject compared to “whites,” the subject is flawed and in need of an overhaul.

Sara Giordano, a feminist professor at the University of California-Davis has vowed to “challenge the authority of Science” by “rewriting knowledge” through a feminist lens. She argues that "traditional science" relies on "a colonial and racialized form of power," and must be replaced with an "anti-science, antiracist, feminist approach to knowledge production.

However, Giordano is hopeful that feminists can work towards creating new approaches that don’t conflate science with truth.

“We need to disrupt the epistemic authority of Science…[and] the assumption that science = truth,” Giordano writes, further arguing that this can be done by implementing a “feminist science practice that explicitly unsticks Science from Truth.”

'Unsticks science from Truth'?  'Knowledge production must be approached with anti-science'?? How are these statements not grounds for immediate removal from the University faculty?

You can get a sense of the motivation here when you read the tweets pictured above.  Feminists claim that rape culture exists.  When rational people demand proof to support this claim, the Feminists attack the idea that evidence is needed.  This is fundamentally irrational and evidence that there is not proof of rape culture.

This is more than a war on science, this is a war on reality itself.  The Left is engaged in a full retreat from reality and is in the process of constructing its own bubble where facts and logic do not exist.

There is a very simple reason for this:  Marxism and critical race theory are not supported by the facts.   None of their favorite theories are aligned with the real world or work when tried.  And when reality and theory conflict, naturally, it is reality that must be modified. 

This is truly amazing.  The denial of reality in the service of dogma. 

When your theory is not supported by the evidence, you are supposed to modify the theory.  Instead, they are seeking to keep the theory and throw out the idea of science itself.

The Left is losing the battle of facts.  They have lost the battle of logic.  This is a clear example that the Left understands that the facts are not on their side.



Thursday, November 2, 2017

It's Not a Sprint, and other Lessons about Life...



A recent video entitled Life of Privilege Explained in a $100 Race tries to explain how 'privilege' gives people unearned advantages in life.   The premise is that life is a sprint for money and that there are many unearned privileges that give you an unfair advantage in life.

Life Privilege explained as a footrace

The narrator calls this race model 'a picture of life'.

This analogy is flawed and incredibly damaging to those who believe in it and the underlying philosophy.  Not to mention the narrator is incredibly racist when he claims that "some of these black dudes will smoke all of you" in a race.

The overt racism aside, the underlying premise is completely flawed.  I don't claim to fully understand the meaning of life, but it certainly not best represented as a foot race for money.  From a flawed premise and model, you cannot draw valid conclusions.  But let's examine what happens when you use this flawed model to instruct your world view.

The things that are listed in the video as 'unfair privilege' are:
  • Both parents are still married
  • Grew up with a father figure in the home
  • Access to a private education 
  • Access to a free tutor (what ever the heck that means)
  • Never had to worry about your cell phone being shut off
  • Never had to help mom or dad with the bills
  • Didn't have to pay for your education
  • Didn't have to worry about where your next meal is coming from 

So basically this amounts to two categories:  1.) Is your family intact, and 2.) did you have money.  Essentially, it boils down to: did your parents make good life decisions?  Did your parents do the things required to give you a better life?

Parents who defer childbirth until after they get married, get a full time job, and get a high school education are statistically guaranteed to be above the poverty line.  Children of two parent families have much better life outcomes, as has been pointed out repeatedly by the likes of Robert Bork and Ann Coulter.

So, yes, if your parents make good decisions about who to marry and how to manage money, you will have a greater chance of success in life.  So what?

Isn't that the entire point of raising children? Isn't that the American dream?  In fact, making the world a better place for our children is the basis of civilization itself.  If we can't improve conditions for our children because it is somehow unfair to other children, then how is progress to be made?  Are we supposed to tear up the roads every generation to ensure that some children don't walk on dirt roads while others ride the bus? 

Beyond the inherent stupidity of the idea that we cannot improve life for our children by making good decisions, the model that life is a sprint is incredibly damaging to the least privileged in our society.

When you tell people the race is rigged against them, they give up entirely.  Watch what happens a the end of the video.  Many of the people who are standing at the start line never even move.  They make no attempt to succeed at life at all.

Life is not a sprint.  If you insist on using life-is-a-race model, it is more like an inter-generational relay race.  Each generation advances their position, or they fall back in the race.  Just because you are way behind the others on the current leg of the race doesn't mean you can’t succeed over the inter-generational long run.

The video also offers no prescription for how to address this alleged problem.  The conclusion the video seems to reach is that people should feel guilty for having privilege and hand over some of their hard-earned money to someone else. 

This video is pure evil.  It promotes a flawed view of the meaning of life that damages everyone who subscribes to it.  The video also exposes the racist feelings of the Left when they assume that black dudes can run.   It attempts to create guilt in people with privilege without a prescription for change, 

And finally, if you did change the world so that the good decisions of parents had no effect on outcomes for their children, you tear down the very foundations of civilization.  This is evil.

Or maybe that is the entire point.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

NFL Protesters are in for a Big Suprise


NFL owners are running a business that is intended to earn profit.  They have been extremely successful over the past 50 years, creating a multi-billion dollar industry that looms large in the minds of Americans.  

A number of NFL players have decided to kneel for the National Anthem in protest of the awful, slave-like conditions that have led them to get paid millions and millions of dollars to play a game. 

They expect somehow this will translate into deep and lasting change at the societal level.

These protests will generate lasting change: in their pockets.

The predominantly minority players who are protesting are about to see a massive decline in pay.

As league revenues and TV broadcasting rights revenues have climbed exponentially, so have player salaries.   The minimum salary is over $400k, and the average salary is close to $2MM.

There is a problem, however.   NFL ratings are falling, and the boycott of the NFL in response to the kneeling protest is accelerating that decline.

Ratings in the middle of this season are a disaster, and sales of tickets and merchandise are down as well.

The NFL is about to get a whole lot poorer.   NFL owners are going to have to cut back on expenses. 

Given the cost structure of NFL teams, the only lever that they can adjust to reflect the lower revenue is player salaries.  The cost of the bonds, the stadium, taxes, electricity, and all the things it takes to run a team are relatively fixed.    Only the player salaries can be changed in the short term.

Once the effects of the boycott are felt in the new television contract, the teams will have no choice but to dramatically lower payroll costs. The players that will suffer the most are the ones who are perceived as troublemakers.

The very players who are protesting the gross injustice of playing a game for an average of $2MM will soon be protesting against a much lower salary base. 

#LawofUnintendedConsequences

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Unintended Consequences

The Left seems to be oblivious to the Law of Unintended Consequences.  Over and over again, we see 'well intentioned' programs have exactly the opposite of the intended effect, or have disastrous side effects.

The current Leftist idiocies will be exactly the same: well intentioned, but will hurt or destroy the very people they intend to help.

One of the latest imbicilities of the Left is the campaign against cultural appropriation.  The Left claims that white people cannot use or adopt anything used or invented by other cultures because that is mean, or something.  raceconscious.org recently published an article claiming that white children wearing a Moana costume constituted a racist hate crime and should be barred by woke parents. 

The claim is that Moana represents empowerment to native Pacific Islanders and Polynesians, and if white girls start wearing this costume, it is somehow an affront and an injustice 

This is not only utter stupidity, it will backfire on the Left and on the people of color they are seeking to protect and promote.

Disney makes movies to make a profit.  They generate revenue through box office income and merchandising.   In recent years, the merchandising revenue has exceeded the box office revenue.   Disney has made a number of movies recently that have featured non-white heroines that have done exceedingly well.

This means that white people are taking their kids to see these movies.   Whites represent 65% of the population, but greater than 90% of the purchasing power.  If white people don't buy tickets and buy the merchandise, the movie is a flop.

If you tell white people that they cannot buy Moana costumes, and that only genuine Pacific Islanders can wear such things, the merchandising sales will fall off by 90%. 

This means Disney will never make another movie featuring a non-white lead character ever again.  If the presence of a non-white princess means that revenue is 90% smaller than otherwise possible, Disney would be mad to make another minority-lead princess film.

The Left claims that these films are empowering to minorities, and then does everything it can to ensure that no film like it will ever be made again.

Nice work, Leftist morons. 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Where's the Manifesto?

Steven Paddock busted out a few windows on the 32nd Floor of the Mandalay Bay resort and then rained rifle fire down into a crowd of 22,000 country music fans. 

This is the largest mass shooting in US history, with 58 dead and 500 injured at this time. 

The big question is why?  Why did he do this?

What could possibly inspire someone to shoot up a random crowd of innocent people?

So far there has been no information released that would help us determine a motive.  Any statements about his motives have been purely speculation.  Both the Left and the Right have claimed that he was a supporter of the other side.  ISIS has claimed him as one of their own. 

Everywhere you look people are claiming they know his motivation.

Except for the shooter himself.   So far there as been no manifesto released.  No claim of why he committed this heinous act. 

This seems unusual, to say the least.  The entire point of a spectacular terrorist attack is to raise awareness and create terror.  If this attack was motivated by some political or religious cause it doesn't fit the pattern to keep quiet about why you are attacking.

It seems unlikely that this was a crime of passion.  This attack required days or perhaps weeks of planning.  He was able to get 20+ firearms and ammunition into a hotel suite overlooking the event venue.  This was not an impulse crime. 

Was he a recent convert to Islam, as ISIS has claimed?  Then why would there be no evidence of this? 

Was he simply a nut case that snapped?  This doesn't seem to fit the pattern of the mental illnesses that would produce such a break.  Paranoia and schizophrenia typically manifest in the early 20's like Jared Loughner, not in the mid-sixties like the shooter. 

According to the reports so far, this shooter doesn't fit any of the known patterns.

It makes no sense that there is no manifesto, and the lack of clear motive will only feed the conspiracy nut jobs and the 'false flag, CIA, FBI space aliens' nonsense.

Hopefully we can find some evidence that helps us see into the twisted mind of the perpetrator so that we may have a more rational and focused conversation on how to prevent such attacks in the future.

Monday, September 25, 2017

#TakeThe Knee is a Leftist Program that will hurt Blacks

Blacks have it tough in this country.  Not as tough as they do in the rest of the world, to be sure.  But they have it tougher than the average white person.

They live in mostly Black neighborhoods, where murder and crime are completely out of control.  They attend public school with other Black students, where academic achievement is shockingly low. And they are disproportionately affected by Leftist Democrat government policies, which is a tragedy for the ages.

There has been one bright shining light for Blacks over the past 40 years, however. 

Professional sports has created more black millionaires than any other industry.  Basketball and Football have provided Blacks with a disproportionate share of the jobs and created thousands of wealthy Blacks.

Now the Left has decided that the NFL must be infused with progressive socialist politics.  The #TakeTheKnee protest has polarized the country and the fans of the NFL.  Ratings are tanking and the general population is taking notice of the protest.

Even in extremely liberal New England where Elizabeth Warren sits in Ted Kennedy's Senate seat, the fans at the Patriots game booed the #TakeTheKnee protesters during the National Anthem. 

The NFL is in trouble.  The ratings are falling, and, as has been learned in past strikes, they are very slow to recover. 

Fans get caught up in the game.  They revel in the rivalries, and live vicariously through the team.  It becomes a self-reinforcing cycle. 

Once that spell is broken, it is very hard to get back into the game.

The NFL is losing it's base.   NFL fans are middle America.  NFL fans are beer drinking, pick up truck driving, flag waving Americans.   They won't tolerate this disrespect of our Nation.

As ratings dry up and attendance falls, the players will be hardest hit.  The owners cannot change a lot in the bloated cost structures of their teams -- they have to pay for the Stadium and the lights no matter how many fans show up for the game.

So they will cut the only thing they can easily change -- they will cut player salaries. 

This will end the decades long short cut to the middle class that Blacks have enjoyed. This will end up hurting the very people that the protests were designed to help in the first place.

You have to give the Leftist Democrats credit for consistency. 

Everything they do screws over the Black man.










Sunday, September 24, 2017

#TakeaKnee for Stup-idi-tee

All across the nation, National Football league players are taking a knee to protest injustice, racism, and whatever leftist crap they are spouting.

This is wrong on several levels.

NFL Games are not an appropriate venue for political statements.   The team and the league own the field, the brand, the broadcasts, and every other aspect of the game.  The players have no right to make political, or any other, statements.   Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys has it exactly right when he told his team that this is his property and his team, and that they would be fired if they didn't do what he wanted.

The players are huge hypocrites for taking a stand in this way.  They are standing in one of the most privileged positions in the world -- they are elite professional athletes being paid millions to play a game -- and they are complaining that they are somehow oppressed.   They are also claiming that cops are racist and willing to shoot random black kids, all while basking in the protection of those very same officers. 

The target that they have chosen -- the National Anthem and the US Flag -- are wildly inappropriate for this protest.  Even if we assume that there is some validity to their claims of inherent racism, the Flag is an overly broad target that simply makes them look un-American. 

The United States, for all its flaws, is still the greatest nation in the world.  We offer everyone, whites and minorities alike, the most opportunities to succeed in life.  People from all over the world see this very clearly, hence our massive immigration crisis. 

When privileged elite athletes disrespect the Flag and our National Anthem, they are disrespecting our nation and all the effort and sacrifices that have been made to make this the greatest country in the world. 

Fuck those guys.   Fuck the NFL.  And double fuck Roger Goodell.



They can go play their games with out me.  I won't be watching. 

Thursday, September 7, 2017

They All Came True

The middle of the 20th Century saw the end of WWII, the largest and bloodiest conflict the world had ever seen.  After this bloodbath, many wondered what would become of mankind.

We had created incredible and horrifying technology and used it for both great good and great evil.  We now possessed the capability to end all life on the planet, and there was a great deal of speculation about what was next for humanity.

Three authors offered us compelling yet competing visions of the future.  Each of their visions laid out a potential path for mankind.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_OrwellGeorge Orwell penned a dark and foreboding vision in 1984.  He painted a future of war, oppression, propaganda, and government control over everything, including words themselves.  His vision was that of a boot, stamping on a human face, forever.

Aldous Huxley offered a 'happier' view of the future. Mankind harnesses technology to genetically engineer people in A Brave New World.  Every human need is satisfied in an orgy of drugs, games, and sexual license.  There are a few savages who are left outside this happy little world, but the vast majority of people are sailing through life in a drug addled haze, with no regard for human attachment, ambition, or purpose.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H._G._WellsH.G. Wells had his own vision of the future where mankind devolved into two distinct species in The Time Machine.  The Eloi are effeminate humanoids who have no cares nor motivations. They simply idle through their days like children in a meadow.  The Morlocks, on the other hand, have evolved into dark savages that prey on the Eloi.

The question has been: which of these visions will come true?  Which vision would be realized over time as technology and governments evolved. 

Well, it seems that they have all come true.

As mobs of screaming savages destroy statues, and web hosting services delete content they don't like, and our every word is recorded by the 'telescreen' smart phones that we carry about, it is not hard to see that 1984 is upon us.  The media guide us from crisis to crisis, with the requisite 2-Minute Hate every time we have a new enemy.   History is ignored and deleted while our language is policed in the name of political correctness. 

At the same time, we are all drugged and sedated with the endless chemical barrage of Xanax and Adderall while distracted by complicated and spectacular sports.   Our society is very stratified, with the intellectual coastal elites at the top, and the feral inner city mobs as the bottom.   Genetic designer babies are soon to arrive to complement the birth controlled and viagra'd sex life that we freely enjoy while being smothered in erotic advertising and internet porn.   Truly a Brave New World.

Western society has become the Eloi.  Weak and effeminate men as held up as the standard while we are disarmed and made dependent on the state and the police for protection.  The Middle East and our inner cities, in contrast, are filled with Morlocks, savages who prey on the docile and weakened Eloi.    Look at Europe, where Muslim rape gangs are molesting hundreds of women in public, and the Western men do nothing.   Women are raped and murdered public parks, and the police respond by telling women not to go out alone. 


Horrifyingly, all three of these dystopian futures are coming true.  And all at the same time. 



Monday, August 28, 2017

Getting Close to the Edge

There was supposed to be some sort of right wing rally in Berkeley yesterday.  It didn't happen -- they were denied a permit by the city.

No Trump!  No Wall!  No USA at all!
Antifa showed up anyway. 

The hard left Antifa goons shouted such charming slogans as "No Trump, No Wall, No USA at all!" while milling about clad in their trademark black and armed with shields and clubs.

Lacking an actual right wing protest to attack, they proceeded to attack random passers by, chasing them, beating them, and generally terrifying everyone in the area.

The police were ordered to stand down to give Antifa 'space'. 

This is a problem.  Actually, this is a lot of problems, but in total these issues bring us dangerously close to the brink of outright civil war.

Right wing people (and this apparently includes anyone not wearing an Antifa hoodie) are legitimately in fear that they could be beaten into a coma or killed by a mob at any moment.  It is also clear that police protection is not guaranteed, or even likely, depending on where you are standing.

At some point, the feral Antifa crowds are going to attack someone who is armed.  When that person pulls out their gun and starts shooting, lots of people are going to die.

We cannot have civil discourse when one side is beating people in the streets.
We cannot have civil society when fists, clubs, and masked thugs rule the streets.
We cannot have civilization when the police protection has been withdrawn from the people.

This needs to stop.

Antifa thug assaults a journalist as the police stand down
Antifa needs to be declared a terrorist organization.  The leaders of this subversive and dangerous cult need to be arrested and prosecuted for crimes.  The police need to take control of the street back from these terrorists, arresting everyone that incites or threatens violence. 

If this doesn't stop soon, there will be bloodshed. 

There will be an incident of self defense that leaves dead and wounded on the ground.  Or someone will decide to start shooting randomly into the Antifa mob.  

Once that happens, this will quickly become a much more dangerous situation.



Friday, August 25, 2017

Negligent Trump Enables Racist Storm

As Hurricane Harvey bears down on the Texas coast, let me make a few bold predictions:

No matter what happens, Trump will be blamed -- it won't matter if Trump does everything perfectly, no matter what happens in the wake of this storm, the media will suggest that he did not do enough.  It won't matter what the facts are, if so much as one person dies, they will scream that Trump didn't do enough.   Or that he should have been doing something, anything, other than whatever he will be doing when the storm hits.  And if the hurricane is a dud, he will be blamed for wasting all the money that was spent to get prepared.

The Hurricane will cause less damage than predicted -- NOAA and the climate people have been predicting for years that Climate Change will increase the number and severity of hurricanes.  They have been wrong.  There has not been a major hurricane landfall since 2005, and that fact is embarrassing.  So they will overestimate this storm in every way.  The actual event will be less than the predict.  In fact, it might even miss Texas altogether!

The Hurricane will be linked to Global Warming -- They will claim that this is the type of storms that we can expect to see in the future.  They will claim that we are all going to die in future climate-fueled disasters like this.   And they will do it all while knowing that none of those claims are true. and the damage will used as 'evidence' of Global Warming despite the fact that weather is not climate, etc.

The Hurricane will be called racist -- at some point, the hurricane or its effects will be called racist.  Never mind the fact that hurricanes are not sentient beings, or that the effects of wind and rain cannot discriminate based on race.  There will be a flurry of demented people claiming that the effects are racist somehow.

All of these will come to pass, and I suspect that all of them will be rolled up into one giant mess of fake news and crap.

Look for the headlines to read Negligent Trump Enables Racist Storm

Peak Stupidity

We have reached peak stupidity.

The news is so completely stupid now that it is impossible to tell parody from reality.

As Reuters would say... namesake doppelgangers!
ESPN is banning an announcer from a certain game because he is named Robert Lee. 

Apparently his name is too close to Robert E. Lee, the Confederate Civil War general.  Despite the fact that announcer Robert Lee is not named after General Lee, and the fact that announcer Robert Lee is ASIAN, the geniuses at ESPN decided that the most woke thing to do was move him off of the game. 


This is nothing but idiotic virtue signaling --  no one would have even noticed the name if ESPN hadn't drawn attention to it.  ESPN claims it was done to avoid embarrassment and controversy.  Well, they certainly failed on that account. 

In other new, USC is thinking about changing the name of their mascot horse.  It seems that Traveler is too close to Traveller, the iconic name of General Robert E. Lee's horse.  No word yet on the name of Announcer Robert Lee's horse...  This is incredibly stupid.  90% of Americans couldn't name Robert E. Lee's horse if they were asked.  And Zero percent of Americans would have made such a tenuous connection because they sound similar.

Burn Lincoln to show how Woke you are!
Elsewhere, in a frenzy of statuary destruction worthy of Orwell's 1984 or the Taliban, Leftist thugs have been assaulting inanimate objects across the country.  While this is stupid, some folks taking it to the next level by burning and destroying a statue of Abraham Lincoln.  Nothing says you're anti-slavery like defacing a statue of the man who freed the slaves!

 Every news cycle gets stupider than the last...

Friday, August 18, 2017

Play Stupid Games, Win Stupid Prizes.

The entire debacle in Charlottesville was a charade and a fraud. 

The entire event was carefully manufactured to create the maximum chaos and tension.  Everything that was done by both sides was designed to have almost the exact results that we saw:  chaos, fighting, and death.

Racist assholes prepare for battle with other racist assholes
If the Nazi's are rallying and you oppose what they say and just want them to go away peacefully, the most sensible move is to ignore them. If 300 White Nationalist went to all the trouble to organize and attend this rally, and then no on else showed up, no protesters, no cameras, they would have the wind taken out their sails and they would fade into obscurity.

But the Left did the exact opposite. 

They created the conditions for a fight and then executed the planned attacks perfectly. 

The Mayor of Charlottesville is a deep blue Democrat and an active member of the 'resistance' against Trump.  He granted the Nazi's a protest permit (as he should) and deployed the police (as he should). 

But then we see the plan change direction.  The Antifa Leftist surrounded the Alt Right protesters, hemming them into Jefferson Park.  The Police allowed the permitless Antifa people to assemble unlawfully, and at the critical moment, the police withdrew.

The police pulled out, according to the mayor, because they were outgunned.   The cops deny this, claiming they were ordered to stand down.

Why would you allow a bunch of feral leftist surround the so-far peaceful right wing demonstration and the precipitously withdraw?  To ensure there is violence, naturally. 

This entire event is the sort of thing that happens when you assemble some of the worst people in the world and then withdraw the police.  Both sides were itching for a fight, and the Mayor gave it to them.

The violence and terrorism on display in Charlottesville is reprehensible, but unfortunately, it will continue as long as both sides are interested in escalating the tension and fanning the flames of hatred and division.


Thursday, August 17, 2017

Punch a Nazi, Hug a Commie!

The recent terrorist attack that followed the violence surrounding the Alt Right White Nationalist demonstration has caused everyone to lose their minds.   It has also revealed some very interesting things about the culture. 

The Left has won the Propaganda War.   

The Nazi's were bad.  They are rightly vilified for the mass murder of Jews and others in the holocaust.  The swastika will never be seen as anything but a symbol of hatred and evil.  Hollywood and the popular culture have firmly established these truths in the American mind. 

Nazi's are so evil in our culture that they are the evil bogeyman in most movies and are fetishistically murdered in movies some 75 years after the end of WWII.  See Inglorious Basterds, or the Indiana Jones franchise as examples.  Even their uniforms are a symbol for evil -- watch Star Wars to see how evil Empire commanders dress in a galaxy far, far, away.   


But it turns out that the Communists were more murderous than the Nazi's during the 20th century.  They deliberately murdered 30-50 million people in their evil effort to create a communist paradise.

You would never know this by looking that the pop culture.  The icons associated with the Reds are perfectly acceptable to wear and display.   

You can wear a picture of the murderous sociopath Che Guevara with no one giving you a second glance.   You can wave a Soviet hammer and sickle flag, or wear it on your belt, and no one flinched.  Try putting Hitler on a T-shirt or wearing a swastika belt.  

The Left has been very effective at demonizing the Nazi's and pinning them on the Right.  In reality, the Nazi's are socialists.  They are National Socialists who opposed the international socialists, ie, the Communists.  They are both collective, socialist movements that differ only on how to organize the people.  The Nazi's want to use skin color and national identity, and the Commies want to use Class. 

The Nazi's and the Communists are equally vile, evil dangerous people with bad ideas and terrible plans for the subjugation of humanity. 

Yet everyone is rabidly anti-Nazi, and the Communists get a free pass.  And the Right gets tagged as owning the Nazi's, when the opposite is the truth.

The Left has so thoroughly controlled the narrative here, even Republicans like Marco Rubio are conceding the argument when they say that the Nazi's are 100% to blame and they have committed human rights atrocities in the past.  

This is equally true of the Communists, but that is not part of the Leftist narrative.

Monday, August 7, 2017

“So you think that money is the root of all evil?” said Francisco d’Anconia...

Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged contains a number of quotable and pithy speeches, but none so rich as the speech by Francisco d'Aconia

“So you think that money is the root of all evil?” said Francisco d’Anconia. “Have you ever asked what is the root of money? Money is a tool of exchange, which can’t exist unless there are goods produced and men able to produce them. Money is the material shape of the principle that men who wish to deal with one another must deal by trade and give value for value. Money is not the tool of the moochers, who claim your product by tears, or of the looters, who take it from you by force. Money is made possible only by the men who produce. Is this what you consider evil?"

...

“Until and unless you discover that money is the root of all good, you ask for your own destruction. When money ceases to be the tool by which men deal with one another, then men become the tools of men. Blood, whips and guns–or dollars. Take your choice–there is no other–and your time is running out.”


Capitalism Magazine reprints the entire speech here.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Words Matter, So Shut Up!

The Left has been on a long campaign to shape the words that we use in order to shape our thoughts and political outcomes. 

George Orwell saw this clearly in his novel 1984.  The socialist government controlled the words that were used in order to shape the narrative.  The war department became the Ministry of Peace, forced labor camps became joy camps, and to have thoughts that were not politically correct became Thoughtcrime.

In the real world, leftists enthusiastically used Orwell's warning as a blueprint, and began enforcing speech codes.  Any utterance that was not acceptable became 'politically incorrect'.  Colleges across the US are now enforcing draconian speech codes and declaring certain ideas to be oldthink, and thus not permitted on campus.   Facts and logic are tools of the oppressive patriarchal society and must be replaced with bellyfeel, the blind, enthusiastic acceptance of an idea.

The reason is very simple.  As Andrew Klavan has to eloquently noted, they want you to shut up.

Now that the evidence is in, Socialism cannot be defended with facts and logic.  The 100 years of uninterrupted social and economic disaster that has unfolded in every socialist country has made it impossible to defend socialism.   It cannot be defended, therefore, it must not be discussed. 

This can be seen on campus and in the streets, and Leftist bullies attempt to silence their opponents.  When non-lefty speakers try to present their ideas on campus, the unhinged radical Left and the university administrations (but I repeat myself...) will shut the speakers down through violence, disruptions, and administrative red tape.   Since they cannot refute the ideas of Ben Shapiro or Ann Coulter, they must be shouted down or banned from speaking altogether. 

The next step in the plan to get you to shut up is to justify beating you up physically if you start talking.  Leftist are now saying that 'hate speech' is equivalent to violence, the therefore actual violence is justified in response to hurtful words. 

Since the left defines the made up concept of 'hate speech' as 'anything you say we don't like', you are now at risk of being assaulted for everything and anything you say.

So the safest option is to shut up. 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Mass Murder for Science!

In two recent posts, I made the following claims:

1.  Socialism is inherently murderous
2.  Bill Nye is a crackpot and a social justice warrior

Today, I am proven correct on both counts.   (As if there were really any doubt...)

Bill Nye has announced that people need to die in order for science to advance.   Meet Bill Nye, Genocide Guy. 


From the Washington Examiner:

Bill Nye specifically targeted the elderly this week as he spoke out against climate change deniers, saying that climate science will start to advance when old people start to "age out," according to a report.

The "Science Guy" said that generationally, the majority of climate change deniers are older.
"Climate change deniers, by way of example, are older. It's generational," Nye told the Los Angeles Times. Nye said that he is calling them out with "due respect," acknowledging that he is "now one of them."

"We're just going to have to wait for those people to 'age out,' as they say," Nye went on, adding that "age out" is a euphemism for "die." "But it'll happen, I guarantee you — that'll happen."


This is how the warped brain of the Leftists works.  If you disagree with me, you need to die. 

Bill generously offers to wait for people to die of old age.   But you can see how some of his younger and less magnanimous fellow travelers might not have the patience to wait for the climate deniers to 'age out' naturally.

This is the root of evil.  This is how people get murdered.  This is how people rationalize the murder of millions. 

They think 'We are right. You are wrong, and you must die'. 

Socialism is a murderous and evil ideology spread by the evil and dangerous Bill Nye, Genocide Guy. 

Monday, July 17, 2017

Why Socialism Kills

If you try to prove that Socialism or Communism doesn't work, you are able to point to myriad examples of where these systems failed.   The Soviet Union, China, Venezuela, and more stand out as shining examples of the economic malaise and social misery that ensues once the socialists take over.

The communist defenders of the faith immediately reply "that wasn't pure Socialism" or "that wasn't pure Communism".   They claim that all of these failures were because the ideal of Communism was imperfectly executed, and that if only they had been more faithful to the utopian ideal, they would have had the glorious results that Marx promised.

The problem with the utopian reply is that we will never have perfectly implemented socialism.  Why?  Because political theories have to be implemented in the real world by real human beings.  Flawed human beings that will never live up to the ideals of the theory.

Communism fails for a number of reasons, but arguing that it fails because of the imperfect people doing the implementation leads to mass murder.  

All human beings are flawed.  We are greedy, selfish, lazy, stupid, venial, and petty.  We will never be able to achieve the ideals of any belief system or economic system.   This applies to both socialism and capitalism.   We live in the real world and must judge the outcomes of our economic theories on the actual results, not the utopian ideal.

The communists realize that this is true.  They understand that men are flawed and that socialism won't work with the current human race.  This is why the Soviets created the ideal of the New Soviet Man.  The 'new man' was to replace the 'current, old man' in order to make socialism work.

In practice, the socialist and the communists are too impatient to wait for the New Man to arise.  There are too many naysayers and malcontents that are 'sabotaging' the system and are 'counter revolutionaries'. 

The solution is simple and obvious:  Kill all the unbelievers.

They set about murdering all the people that are too 'flawed' to become the New Soviet Man.  30 million Kulaks killed in Russia.  1.5 million killed in Cambodia, including people killed for the crime of wearing glasses because they 'looked educated'.

Socialism and Communism can never work, but the ardent acolytes of this flawed ideology blame people for not living up to the standard required to make it work.   So they kill them. 

The next time you hear a communist tell you that pure communism will work, understand that they are planning to kill hundreds of millions of people to prove it.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Bill Nye, the Not Science Guy

Bill Nye the ‘science guy’ has embarrassed himself once again. He recently offered this pearl of wisdom on Twitter:

"Science is the belief that you can solve the problem"

Science is a belief?  What??

This is not an incomplete definition of science.  Nor is it a vision that is slightly askew.  
This is literally the exact opposite of science. 
Science is not a belief system at all.  Science is an evidence and process based system.  It is entirely based on facts, logic, evidence and the experimental method.  
When a self-styled ‘science guy’ is this far off in his definition of science, then we know that he is completely mired in religious zealot territory with his thinking. 
I have said for years that Bill Nye has a sham and a hack that did not care at all about real science and evidence.  He is a high priest in the climate change religious cult.  He is a fraud and a huckster.
Bill Nye, the Not Science Guy

Monday, June 26, 2017

Why the Nazi's could never win WWII

The Germans came damn close to winning World War II.  There has been a lot alternative history and speculation about how the Nazi's could have won the war by making a few slightly different decisions.   What if the panzers had been allowed to wipe out the British at Dunkirk? What if the RAF had lost the Battle of Britain?  What if the Germans had not invaded the Soviet Union in 1941? What if the Germans had treated the subjugated people in Eastern Europe better?

The list of potential 'what if' scenarios is nearly endless.  All of them offer a chance that history may not have turned out as it did had the Hitler and the Germans only done this one thing differently.

Leaving out of the discussion for the moment the fact that Germany possessed neither the manpower nor that resources to win the war in its final scope, we should focus on one simple truth: 

The Nazi-led Germans could never have won the war precisely because they were the Nazi-led Germans.  

The very nature of Hitler, the Nazi ideology, and the nature of totalitarian states was
such that they contained the seeds of their own destruction.  There is no scenario in which Hitler and the Nazis, acting within the bounds of their worldview, could have selected these alternative options.

The simplest example of this conundrum is the Battle of Dunkirk.   In the spring of 1940, the BEF lays defeated and prostrate on the beaches of France, and the Germans Panzer division are just a few miles away.   An hour's drive forward by the Wehrmacht and the British will be forced to surrender.  With their entire army destroyed and the Home Islands defenseless, the British would be forced to surrender, ensuring German victory.  But Hitler stops the Panzers and orders Herman Goering's Luftwaffe to complete the attack by air.   This effort fails, the British escape, and the rest is history. 


There has been endless speculation about what might have been if Hitler does not give this fateful order.  But the fact is that Hitler could not have done anything else.  There was never a chance that the Armee would be allowed to singlehandedly wipe out the British. 

Hitler ruled, as many tyrants do, through setting up competing factions and keeping them set against each other.  This balance of power is critical, and any one faction must not be allowed to become too strong for fear that it will topple the dictator.  Hitler feared, and rightly so, that the High Command generals would stage a coup.

Thus, as the German High Command was about to achieve complete strategic victory, it also became a threat to Hitler.  Who knows what might have happened if the glory of the victory over Germany's foes was credited to the Armee.  Hitler could not allow this to happen, and thus the Panzers were stopped in their tracks and the Luftwaffe was unleashed. 

This scenario repeats itself with virtually every one of these alternative history scenarios.  Each time the historian presents an alternative choice that in reality could never have been adopted by the Germans.

What if the Germans treated the Ukrainians and White Russians better and they joined forces with the Germans?  Doesn't matter.  By it's very nature, a Nazi-led war effort could never treat the 'under menschen" better.   While this seems like a rational choice that could have been made, it was not one that was actually available to the Germans.

What if the Germans treated the Jews better and developed the Atomic bomb instead of the actual history in which many Jewish scientists fled to the United States?  This is not a viable option in a country where the ruling party rose to power on largely on Nationalism and Anti-Semitism. 

What if the Germans had not attacked East in 1941, instead focusing on defeating the British before opening a fatal second front?  Again, this was not an option available to Hitler at this time.   He had risen to power quickly, and the demands of the war were beginning to place tremendous strain on the German economy.  Maintaining a massive army is extremely expensive, both in terms of gold and political capital.   Perhaps Hitler's grip on power could have survived a year of limited war time victories while the British were slowly starved into submission.  But this was not a risk Hitler could take.   Like a shark that can only breath while moving, the Germans war machine needed to strike somewhere in 1941, and the Soviet Union was the only real choice. 

We see that most of the alternative history timelines hinge on the Germans making choices that were not available to them at that time.  As long as Hitler and the Nazi's were in control, none of these alternatives could come to pass.

So what if Hitler was not the leader of Germany?  What if he was assassinated at some point early in the war?

This set of alternative histories fails as well.  Only Hitler had the charisma and the force of will to unite the German people to execute the war.   The German people loved this man, and followed him to the very gates of hell. 

By the end of the war, Hitler had made a series of catastrophic decisions, both major and minor.  All of the 'Hitler is taken out' alternatives take advantage of the fact that these disasters would be prevented without Hitler in charge.  But these scenarios ignore the fact that Hitler also made some very good decisions early in the war.   It was Hitler, for example, that over ruled the General Staff in 1940 and selected the Manstein plan to invade through the Ardennes.  Absent that decision, it is likely that the war would have played out exactly like WWI, devolving into static trench warfare. 

It is extremely unlikely that another, less capable and charismatic politician could have united the people in the same manner.  Without this unifying force, the Germans would have fallen back into the pattern of petty internal bickering and infighting that marked the post-WWI era under the Weimar Republic.

The Germans could never have fought the way they did for a lesser leader.  They would not have prevailed under lesser Nazi's. 

In summary, Germany would never had the success it enjoyed during the Second World War without the charismatic and unifying leadership of Adolf Hitler.  But the inept military leadership of Hitler and the evil influence of Nazi ideology doomed the Germans to lose from the very outset of the war. 









Sunday, June 25, 2017

The Problem with Un-Enforcement


The purpose of laws is to guide human behavior by placing certain actions out of bounds.  We make illegal the things that which we do not want done.

Occasionally, we pass some truly moronic laws:
    Be sure to take these down before January 15th!

  • We banned the incandescent lightbulb in favor of crappy expensive lightbulbs that contain a deadly neurotoxin.
  • In New York has banned pistol magazines that hold more than 10 rounds but there are no exceptions for police officers and no compliant magazines available for use.
  • In Maine, It's Illegal To Have Christmas Decorations Up After Jan. 14
  • In Nevada, It Is Illegal For A Man To Buy Drinks For More Than Three People At A Time
  • In Arizona, it is illegal to have more than 2 dildos at a time in your home
When it becomes obvious that these laws are asinine and unworkable, the proper solution is to repeal them. 

The more laws the more offenders. ~Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia, 1732

The problem is that the political forces that got the law passed in the first place prevent them from being repealed.

So the government simply decides not to enforce the laws that it has passed.  The government ignore the laws that are on the books. 

This is not a solution.

It merely create the situation where the specter of government persecution hangs over everyone's head.  How can you be free citizen when you violate dozens of laws everyday, and the police will only prosecute you if you don't fall into the protected classes.  This is a recipe for corruption and abuse of power.

Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny. ~Edmund Burke

One of the problems we have in this country is that we have too many laws. So many things are illegal that the law is virtually unknowable. Every man woman and child in this country is in violation of one or more Federal laws and regulations.

This creates a situation that allows the government to punish virtually anyone it wants at any time that it wants.  This is a recipe for tyranny.

Indingenous Stupidity

The good folks up in Canada want us to know that Western Civilization has reached peak stupidity.

The are now introducing indigenous learning into the curriculum at the University of Saskatchewan. Founded on the model of the great British universities, the University was imagined as a grand preserve of Western thought for the children of Canadian settlers.

From the NYT article:

"Now, all that has changed. The powwow graduation in May was one example of how universities across Canada are “indigenizing” — a new, elastic term that means everything from drawing more aboriginal students and faculty members onto campuses built largely for white settlers, to infusing those stodgy Western institutions with aboriginal belief systems and traditional knowledge"

Yes.  The lore and the superstitions of the indigenous people will be infused into the curriculum because the University is "committing to change in areas including scholarship and governance, and envisioning itself as an institution of “knowledge-keeping,” as well as research and learning."

Why do we need to infuse our institutions of higher learning with indigenous lore?  Well, Peter Stoicheff, the university’s president explains it as follows:

“Universities are so inherently white and Western, when you start to push against it, you realized how intractable a lot of that is,” Mr. Stoicheff said.
 
“Everything is based on reading stuff,” he explained. “Everything is laid out in a hierarchical and linear fashion. Look at the aboriginal ways, from visual expression to the wampum belt, dances and oral storytelling. It’s not linear. Everything is based on the circle.”
 
This is perhaps the stupidest thing uttered by a human adult.  Ever. 
 
Everything is based on structure and knowledge??  Of course it is!  These are the foundational elements of Western thought and Western Civilization. 
 
The 'aboriginal ways' he is so fond of produced exactly ZERO human achievements.  Oral history and Wampum belts?  This is peak technology for the aboriginals??  There is a very good reason that oral story telling was a core of aboriginal thought:  they never developed written language.
 
That's right.  He is infusing the curriculum with the brilliance of a culture that is at least 5,000 years behind the West.  This is profoundly stupid and self destructive.   We have nothing to learn from indigenous lore because they never invented anything.   Ok, wait, a belt. We can learn to make a leather belt like we are at a $40,000 a year summer camp. 
 
Interestingly, he identifies the reason for this gap in achievement in his statement.  Aboriginal thinking is based on the circle;  Western thought is linear.   In other words, Western thought goes somewhere, and indigenous thought goes in circles. 

This University is utterly failing it's mission.   Envisioned as a grand preserve of Western thought, it is now in the vanguard of the utterly stupid and destructive drive to undermine Western thought and ultimately Western Civilization.

 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Climate Change Theory is Dead. Again.

Once again a paper has been published claiming that the Climate Change computer models do not predict the future very well.  The paper claims that the last 18 years represent a 'hiatus' in the actual temperatures around the world, and that this pause is not predicted or replicated in any of the models.

This claim is not shocking -- many observers and scientists have been saying this for years, including some politicians like Ted Cruz.

What is shocking is who is admitting that the computer models are wrong and are predicting roughly 2.5 times the observed warming, and by extension, that the whole theory of man made global climate change is about to be blown into pieces. 

The latest paper on this comes from climate scientist Benjamin Santer.  Santer is famous for being once of the most vocal and aggressive climate doomsayers, having once threatened to punch noted skeptic Patrick Michaels in the mouth. 

So we are now at the point where  even the most ardent AGW supporters are admitting that the models do not align with the actual results from the past 18 years.  While there have been a number of attempts to 'fix' the data, or claim that 18 years is not a long enough time frame, the stubborn fact remains that the models do not accurately predict current conditions over the past 18 years. 

If there is a near-twenty year slowdown in warming that cannot be accounted for by the models, then there is zero chance the models are accurate 80-100 years out. 



Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Ignorant, Stupid, or Evil?

During the 19th Century, there was room for legitimate debate about the most effective way to organize society in order to create the best outcome.   Marx had recently published the Communist Manifesto, and Adam Smith's Capitalism was still struggling to lift the masses out of abject poverty.  It was an area in which reasonable people could differ -- would free markets do better than planned economies? Would capitalism prevail or communism?

Well, that debate is now over.  We are at the dawn of the 21st Century, and the answer is in: communism has failed and capitalism has exceeded everyone's wildest dreams of prosperity and abundance. 

And yet, there are those that still persist in hailing the virtues of socialism and communism.  This, despite the overwhelming evidence of the past 150 years.  How is this possible?

I can only think of three possible explanations:

Ignorance:  They are simply unaware that socialism has failed wherever it has been tried. They have never been told about the starvation, oppression, and death that follow in the wake of socialism.  They haven't read a history book., and therefore are not aware of the millions that died at the hands of their own governments, or the complete lack of consumer goods, or the fact that poor people in capitalist countries have so much food that the single biggest health risk in poor communities is obesity.

Stupidity:  They are aware that communism killed millions of people through starvation, and that vast networks of concentration camps and gulags were set up to hold hundreds of thousands of political prisoners, but they don't see the connection between the socialized medicine they are stumping for and the gulags.    They know that Che Guevara killed people, but see no link between his sociopathy and the murderous end stage of all communist governments.   They are aware of the fact that Venezuela is circling the drain after 17 years of socialism, but don't understand why Venezuelans are reduced to eating pigeons and rats due to communist mismanagement of the food supply.


Evil:  They know full well that the history of communism is a blood soaked trail of tears and the inevitable oppression of the people.   They are aware that North Koreans are fully 3" shorter than their South Korean brothers after a few generations of socialist starvation diets. They know that free college tuition is the first step into an economic and political nightmare that will result in the death of millions.  And yet they advocate for these policies anyway. 

So when college kids demand free tuition, and women demand free birth control, and when Antifa thugs roam the streets with hammer and sickle flags, ask yourself, are they Ignorant, Stupid, or Evil?