Monday, May 29, 2017

Inside The Bubble There Is No Violence

Conservative firebrand Kurt Schlichter issued a barely-veiled call for violence or at least a justification for it today.
We don’t like the new rules – I’d sure prefer a society where no one was getting attacked, having walked through the ruins of a country that took that path – but we normals didn’t choose the new rules. The left did. It gave us Ferguson, Middlebury College, Berkeley, and “Punch a Nazi” – which, conveniently for the left, translates as “punch normals.” And many of us have had personal experiences with this New Hate – jobs lost, hassles, and worse. Some scumbags at an anti-Trump rally attacked my friend and horribly injured his dog. His freaking dog.

So when we start to adopt their rules, they’re shocked? Have they ever met human beings before? It’s not a surprise. It’s inevitable.
I've been trying to figure this one out - why it is that the media has excused or ignored the violence of ANITFA, Black Lives Matter, college students and protesters at Trump rallies. Of course there's the whacking great bias on their part, but there's something else, a disconnect of some sort.

Kurt's essay revealed it to me.

When was the last time you were in a real fight? How often do they happen in your neighborhood? How about at your kids' schools? Probably pretty rarely. That's not true for a big chunk of the population, the part that lives outside the elites' bubble. Those murder stats in Chicago and elsewhere are just the tip of the iceberg. Below the water line are huge numbers of assaults, rapes and child abuse cases.

When George Stephanopoulos goes home, he doesn't drive into a neighborhood with bars on the windows and razor wire topping the fences. When George Will goes home, he doesn't see drunk dudes on the street corners lighting up blunts, giving him the evil eye. They may read about it, but they don't know it. It's not real to them.

In such a neighborhood, you know that if you punch a dude, he's going to come back at you. If you stab him and don't kill him, you've just earned an enemy for whom violence is not theoretical. The pampered children at or universities who stand 9" away from a professor or public speaker and scream at them have probably never been punched out in their lives.

Try that in Compton or a coal mining town in West Virginia.

Whether the progressives running our colleges, news media and entertainment industry know it or not, a lot of people live in that more primal world. At some point, that blue collar, white redneck you've been calling a racist homophobe for years is going to have had enough of this. Voting for Trump was just the start. That rumble where the ANTIFA punks got stomped is the next logical step.

What's the way back to civilization?

Wait, they can do this?

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Shih Tzu Puppies

... are the very definition of adorable. Friends of ours have a 12-week-old and he's so sweet you'll need an insulin shot after you play with him for a while. I left the images a bit big, so I think they're worth a click.

Enjoy!

A very tired little dog.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Tulip Color Mania

Specifically, a mania about the racial components of the tulips.

A few days back, low-wattage-bulb Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (what a great name for the topic!) was grilling the head of DC police over diversity in his department when it detoured into a discussion of a hard drive that had been seized from an aide of hers who had been shot.

Note: That same aide has been the subject of numerous psychotic breaks by the execrable Sean Hannity. In his delirium, he imagines the aide to be the victim of a massive political conspiracy. Sean's a rabid, partisan swine, so this is "normal" for him.

What fascinated me was not the fact that Wasserman-Schultz ended the interrogation by crudely threatening the chief of police, but the initial discussion about "diversity." I felt like I was watching some small town junior theater put on a play about life in Germany after Hitler's Mein Kampf had come out.
Reichsmarschall Wasserman-Schultz: Sie müssen mehr Deutsche mieten! (You must hire more Germans!)

Chief of police: Ich stelle mehr Deutsche und weniger Juden und Slawen ein, Reichsmarschall! (I am hiring more Germans and less Jews and Slavs, Reichsmarschall!)
Then came this lovely tidbit of news.
Biology professor Bret Weinstein (of Evergreen State College in Washington) was berated by dozens of students outside of his classroom Tuesday morning for refusing to participate in an event in which white people were invited to leave campus for a day. Now, he says police have told him to hold his classes off campus due to safety concerns.
Weißer Mann, raus!

This has reached the level of a mania. It's strictly emotive. There's no logic, no reasoning, no knowledge, no literacy, just a frenzy of agitation. Police are asking the dude to stay away in order to prevent a localized reenactment of Kristallnacht.

I've thought the same thing about the spasms over Confederate monuments. I'm halfway through Recollections and Letters of General Robert E. Lee: As Recorded by His Son, Captain Robert E. Lee and as far as I'm concerned, Churchill was right. Robert E. Lee is the ultimate example of the American gentleman. If our boys could grow into half the man Lee was, most of our social pathologies would simply vanish.

But no one has read Lee's letters. No one is taught who he was outside of his role in the Confederacy. No one is taught how former slave-trader and Klan leader Nathan Bedford Forrest found racial redemption at the end of his life to the point where blacks paid their respects at his funeral. We're only taught unreasoning hate based on the color of our skins.

I'm back to reading Mein Kampf and I'm at a part where Hitler, ever ignorant like our Social Justice Warriors, is whining that Germany was totally innocent in the First World War. It's similar to the way we neglect the role the Ashanti played in the slave trade or how the Aztecs enslaved and butchered people or how American Indians practiced slavery or ... or ... or. Just like Hitler turned the Volk into a race of saints, we turn whitey into a race of villains.

This has gotten me to wondering. If one reproduced a version of the Nuremberg race laws with modern sensitivities, could you peddle it on campuses and get them to buy in?

Sadly, Elizabeth Warren still isn't an American Indian, even under this schema.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Stay Woke!

... or maybe not. Do you want people with anger management issues to be "woke?"

What happens when:
  • The personal becomes political,
  • We stay engaged like Michelle Obama wanted,
  • We get in their faces and punch back twice as hard like Barack wanted,
  • We confront our congresscritters like all the activists tell us,
  • We decide that words can be acts of violence like the students tell us,
  • We fixate on race like the DNC and
  • We fixate on gender like ESPN where the gave an award to Bruce Jenner for bravery?
Doesn't this all lead to yelling and violence? If everyone is agitated about everything, if some percentage of "everyone" tends to fits of rage, then aren't we just asking for physical altercations, a la the ANTIFA riots?

If I have an anger problem and you're trying to tell me how to run almost every aspect of my life, aren't you risking a punch in the mouth?

Maybe we should back off from this a bit and let people live their lives with as little interference as possible.

This is what occurred to me after the Montana Republican candidate shoved a reporter and everyone took sides. Reporters were aghast that a lot of people approved of the shoving.
I don't understand the surprise. We've been sprinting in this direction for years. The guy's job is to keep his finger on the pulse of society. What does he do all day that he doesn't expect this response? Whoever has been paying him ought to ask for his money back.

And what was the Republican doing shoving the reporter in the first place? Trying out for the Antifa squad? Get a grip, dude. Better yet, see a therapist.

The progression leading to shoving and punching and worse is straightforward. Government is managed through politics. Politics is arguing. Arguing is divisive and can make people angry. Angry people can sometimes get violent. Ergo, bigger government eventually leads to more violence. At least that's what seems logical to me.

I'd say that one of the reasons there's so much rancor in the country is that we're arguing politics over almost everything, thanks to an endlessly growing government.

How about smiling and going to another bakery instead?

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Lee And Byrd

To ask the question is to answer it...

Why do we allow things to remain named after Robert Byrd, who was an avowed white supremacist, but we take down statues of Robert E. Lee, who was anti-slavery at a time and place where that was a liability?

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Do Ideas Have Evolutionary Properties?

That is, do the better ones win out over time while the poor ones die out? Is long existence an indication of competitive advantage?

Example #1: Socialism is about 150 years old. In that time, it's been the Cleveland Browns of philosophies, losing badly almost everywhere. Are we watching its death throes with North Korea and Venezuela? Countries will still back into it over time as government grows like Kudzu until it strangles an economy and needs to be cut way back, but that's not the same as deliberately committing to socialism.

Example #2: Christianity overcame slavery. The idea that each person has equal value because they were created in the image of God may not be universal, but it was the foundation for the defeat of slavery over much of the world. Do we expect slavery to make a comeback? I don't think so. That looks like an evolutionary dead end.

Socialism is a lot like this.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Why Are Ready-Made Wiring Junctions So Hard To Find?

I'm closing in on finishing my MGB rewiring project. Over and over again, I've come up against the problem of finding a way to splice or create wiring junctions. Because the worst part of building you own harness is getting the lengths just right - too long and things dangle, too short and things don't reach. What I'd really like is a 5x1 or 3x1 or Nx1 junction with quick disconnect tabs so I could make separate connector cables for each item on the circuit.

Ground wires, dashboard gauge lights, there are all kinds of places where I need wires to connect to  each other.
If you solder or use butt connectors and you get the lengths wrong, you're hosed. Too long means you need to cut out a portion and add another connector. Too short and you need to throw away the whole thing and start again. Honestly, it's been the hardest part of the project by miles.

I still don't have an answer. I've taken to measuring distances with string, adding a couple of inches for safety and then cutting my wires to match. I then use butt connectors and shrink-wrap for the junctions. I just wish I had either access to easy-to-use junctions or a way of building my own.