Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Style Over Substance?

All in all, I thought Trump's European vacation was pretty much a complete disaster. Other than his dressing down of the Germans for funding the Russian military with $21B of imported energy products, which desperately needed to be said in blunt terms, Trump seemed completely off the rails everywhere he went.

His snarking at Prime Minister May was unnecessary and the press conference with Putin was one unforced error after another. The guy hasn't changed a bit. He has no filter between his brain and his mouth. Or perhaps, that filter switches on and off at irregular intervals. Whatever it was, the whole trip could hardly have been worse.

My wife can't stand the guy for the same reasons I can't. He's a self-aggrandizing loudmouth. Every utterance is there to make him look big and everyone else look small. It dawned on me after a conversation with her about it the other day that I've pretty much tuned him out. I don't watch the news, I don't watch most of his speeches and I don't read most of the quotes. What's the point? Occasionally he's right on target, but a lot of the time, he's a bombastic nut.

Until you get to his performance.

I can't think of anyone, save perhaps Ted Cruz, who would be doing a better job as president. Everything you want to happen is happening, with the exception of the wall. His judicial picks have been out of this world, giving a free hand to the military has led to the obliteration of ISIS, the market and economy are going gangbusters and he's reigning in the out-of-control regulatory state. The Catholic Church and its schools are safe from cultural attack by the government, something I didn't feel under Obama.

Meanwhile, the left is going totally insane, screaming about impeachment and treason and racism and God knows what else. I can't watch them, either.

I've decided that the biggest difference between the sides was best put by my wife. "I love what he's doing, but what he says and the way he says it drives me crazy!" If his reelection was held today, I'd vote for him and it's a good bet she'd vote against him.

Does style outweigh substance? (Good Lord, how I wish we'd elected Ted Cruz.)

All in all, this was probably a fitting symbol for the trip.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Searching For A Reason For The Putin Panic

Wouldn't that be a cool new dance? The Putin Panic?

Can someone please tell me what's the big deal with the Trump-Putin summit? For the life of me, I can't figure out why everyone has their panties in a wad over it. Yeah, they've got a lot of nukes, but that's about it. If that moron Podesta hadn't fallen for a phishing scheme, we'd never have had the Russia-Democrat-Bonehead-Email Scandal.

It's a wonder the Nigerian prince who inherited $17,000,000 didn't get to Podesta first.

Anyway, the Putin summit is a big deal because ... reasons. Someone told me recently that the issue was Russian aggression. Aggression with what? Their army is tiny for their land mass size and they lack the ability to project power outside of a 20-mile radius around their borders. If that prime buffoon Obama had given the Ukrainians lethal aid, they would have been able to wipe out a decent chunk of Russia's operational units.

I did some research and found the Russians have lost the ability to direct fires and coordinate attacks. Their missiles might have great accuracy, which itself is debatable, but they can't see where to shoot the things.

That leaves you with ... what? A wasting population with one of the lowest birth rates in the world? A ossified economy reliant on only one export - petroleum and related products? Wow. Better jump into the bunker, it's the Russians!  Or not. It looks to me like we can safely ignore them.


Here, a Russian assault vehicle attacks a small park.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Climate Change Hysteria Is A Nazi Scam

As if you didn't know already.

The video at the bottom explains the chart up above. The chart explains why we need to learn to cope with global warming climate change if it is happening at all. We're not going to be able to stop it.

The weak-tea Nazis on the left know it. At least their leaders do. But then, Nazis never care about saving the planet. They just want to run it.

Aside: I was going to leave the word "Nazi" out of the title, but since it's thrown around by the left so much and they own the thing ideologically, I figured I'd put it there and see what happened. Click-baitery? Yeah. Sometimes I sink pretty low.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Peter Strzok And Nathan Bedford Forrest

Why in the world do congressional committees interrogate people? I mean, I can understand if it's a budget issue and the agency in question is mismanaging the money given them by Congress, but why are they acting like prosecutors with swine like Peter Strzok?

I read an autobiography of Nathan Bedford Forrest, the famous Confederate cavalry leader. Among his many victories was his capture of Fort Pillow. Yes, that's the real name of the place, Fort Pillow. All I can think of is guys hitting each other with bags full of goose down and feathers flying all over the place.

Ahem. I seem to have digressed.

The Federals defending Fort Pillow included a unit of colored troops who were allegedly massacred by Forrest's men. Whether or not it happened and whether or not Forrest controlled it is a murky issue. It was played up in the North and at the end of the war, Congress held inquiries about it. Forrest was brought before a congressional committee just like Peter Strzok was this week. And just like Strzok, Forrest lied to them. He didn't even bother to keep his stories consistent during his testimony.

In the end, the committee ran out of time for the hearings and nothing came of it. Nothing ever does. Nothing will come from Strzok's testimony, either. To my mind, everyone associated with Hillary's emails and the subsequent investigation is a criminal and should be prosecuted. That's not going to happen in Congress. Instead, we get this grandstanding rubbish followed by each side's partisans pulling out the portions that make their team look best. Strzok and his cronies walk and the nation is no better off.

Please, can we do away with these?

The capture of Fort Pillow. I think.

Friday, July 13, 2018

The Statue Ate My Homework

I had a Twitter conversation the other day with someone who was complaining about conservative racists. I shared this little graphic with him.
He was actually sane and we had a pleasant discussion. In the end, we followed each other and agreed that the goal was a color-blind society. He was willing to admit that the vast majority of conservatives were not racist. I had some help from another person on Twitter who, fortunately, took a gentle approach to the thing. It was all good

Still, it made me think about what was happening. The racialist used the now-familiar trope of tiki torch-waving, racist nutjobs as examples of all conservatives. After I pointed out that using a self-selecting, fringe group of, say, 100 people as indicative of what's happening with 350,000,000+ people was a bad idea, I started wondering just why any of us ever saw them as representative of something larger.

Why do the tiki goons and statues and flags get all that press? It's a giant misdirection play.

If we ever stopped focusing on racism, we'd have to confront sexual morality. The real problem is babies before marriage, not statues. The racism cant isn't about people of color, it's about us not wanting to talk about the birds and the bees.

At 75% illegitimacy, a culture is simply screwed. No one can get ahead because no one has two dedicated parents to teach the self-denial and self-control. The parents can't take time off work to improve their skills and get better jobs. Parents can't make it to conferences with teachers. Young men grow up without discipline and fall back into violence and crime. It's what men do in the absence of discipline and expectations. See also: Illiterate German barbarians sacking Rome instead of building Berlin.

So we talk about statues and flags and who might have said the Forbidden Word eighteen years ago while drunk at a cocktail party as a magician's trick. We all look here at the distraction instead of there where the switcheroo is taking place. We keep doing it because we start our conversations with the topics handed to us by the media, the academy and entertainment.

If you want a better world, you need a better culture. Statues, flags and a hundred nitwits aren't the problem. Our inability to discuss the realities of biology and parenting is.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Another Example Of Hipster Hoodwinkery and Organic Tricksterism

I went to a Starbucks this morning to hook up with some of my Catholic homies and talk Jesusification. Not wanting to consume any more caffeine, I went with a green slurry. This green slurry, to be precise.

I thought, "This is gonna be great! It's got to be filled with nutrition because it's all green and murky!" I did wonder about the chlorella, though. Was it the early stage of cholera? Who knew?

What I did discover was that I would have been better off drinking some Hi-C made from a powder using tap water. Here's the nutritional information.

It had some fiber and a little bit of Vitamin C. Not much, though. It set me back a few bucks and looked like pond scum. In exchange for that, I received ... sweet-tasting fluid with a bitter aftertaste that resembled grass clippings.


Stupid hipsters. They get taken in by this rubbish all the time. Snake oil is what it was.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Men Are Stupid

... that's what we learn from this article.
Intelligent women should consider marrying less clever men if they want to start a family, according to researchers.

There are simply not enough brainy men to go round... (W)omen may be slow to follow Professor Inhorn’s advice as her own research also shows that hypogamy or ‘marrying down’ is unpopular with women.

‘They didn’t want to marry or partner with someone less educated and of lower socio-economic status,’ she said. ‘They wanted equality in their relationship.’ In fact, another study co-authored by Professor Inhorn found women often desired men from a higher socio-economic level.
That's it. That's the whole of the article. Do you notice anything missing? Yep. There's no mention of what men want.

It reminds me of the old joke about the dog food company that came up with a new flavor and marketed it with tons of advertising money, but no matter what they did, it just wouldn't sell. Finally, some young executive said, "Maybe the dogs just don't like the taste of it."

Maybe all those degrees aren't super attractive to men. I don't know about you, but I was looking for a wife, not a partner for a law firm. I admire the accomplishment, but my wife doesn't have one and I think she was a great catch.

And then there's the condescension. I'm sure it's a real turn-on to learn that your girlfriend is "settling." Oh yeah, that's a winner. "I guess I love you, even though you're not all that clever." Golly! Thanks!

In the end, isn't this what we wanted? Isn't this what we've been striving to achieve - more women with degrees and professional careers and fewer men with them? What's wrong with that?