Sunday, June 23, 2019

Purple And Fuzzy

Our Mexican Sage is quite happy this year. Plenty of rain, well, plenty for San Diego, and now some sunny weather.

I left the photo large, so I think it's worth a click. Enjoy!

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Mein Coates

I finally had to put Mein Kampf down, permanently. I had planned to listen to the whole thing, but it's such an awful book in every respect that I couldn't get more than about two thirds of the way through it.

As I listened, I wondered how anyone took it seriously. It's a prolonged rant by a semi-literate loon. For example, he goes on for pages about how the Japanese culture is, in fact, Aryan, albeit with a facade of oriental decorations. There's no proof, just an assertion that Aryans make all things good from which he launches one fantasy after another.

Pondering a post on why the Secular Left loves race more than ideas, I think I hit upon it.

Mein Kampf claimed that Germany lost WW I because all those dead, German boys were betrayed by politicians and the Jews. Almost every family in Germany had one or more young men killed or wounded in the war. The slaughter was such that everyone was in a state of mourning shock. The pain must have been so thick in the air all across the country that it was practically visible, like a fog shroud of agony.

Into that culture came Adolf. Adolf told them that their dead and maimed boys were not only brave and valiant, but the most brave and valiant in the whole world. The war was not an insane gambit by heartless aristocrats seeking glory, but a noble crusade to save the world from a descent into barbarism. After all, according to Uncle Adolf, without the Aryan, civilization goes kaput. If you followed Hitler, you didn't have to come to grips with the fact that your husbands, sons and brothers died for arrogance and folly.

Mein Kampf was a massive, soothing lie that eliminated the need for painful introspection. Instead of asking, "How did we manage to go along with a stupid idea that murdered our boys?," the populace could cling to the notion that it was all betrayal by them. In this case, they were Jews and politicians.

Fast forward to today and the cult of whiteness where academics, cultural and political leaders and celebrities blame whites and white culture for everything bad that happens to People of Color (PoC). The whole thing is idiotic and collapses into nonsense as soon as you think critically about it. How is it that crazed frauds like Ta-Nehisi Coates manage to garner such a massive following by blaming everything on racism and whiteness?

Coates and the others tell a massive, soothing lie that eliminates the need for painful introspection. Instead of asking, "How did we manage to destroy our neighborhoods by stupidly ditching the traditional, nuclear family and lay waste to multiple generations of PoC?," the populace can cling to the notion that it was all betrayal by them. In this case, they are whites and the culture brought from Europe.

The tactics of the brownshirts in the 1930s and ANTIFA, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter today are identical because the problem they're solving is identical: How to prevent questions from being asked. The censorship of the Secular Lefties running social media companies is designed to preserve the lie that soothes them and keeps them from looking at the consequences of their own moral choices.

Suggestion: Screaming back at the progressives isn't the answer. You've got to realize that their hysteria comes from a place of pain. I'm thinking that the best response is to agree that the pain is real, but inventing a scapegoat isn't the answer. The only way out is to embrace the moral choices that lead to success. Yes, it's hard, and yes, it's unpopular, but it's also the medicine we all need to take.


Eventually, that whole scapegoating thing comes back to bite you, hard.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Pink And White

These are geraniums from my mom's yard. The plant is simply enormous and is more than 30 years old. I left the photo large, so it might be worth a click. Enjoy!

Thursday, June 20, 2019

More Drug Addicts

... lead to an epidemic of mentally ill homeless people in your cities.

I've had a few up-close and personal interactions with drug addicts in my life. Because of that, I've always been strongly in favor of as much of a War on Drugs as we can manage. You'll never win it, but you have to fight it as best you can because drug addiction is a one-way street to a living death. It never occurred to me what would happen if a city became infested with living dead druggies.

Here in San Diego, we have regions of the city that are festooned with tents on the sidewalk, homeless sleeping in doorways, beggars at almost all major intersections and worse. The problem has grown over the last decade. San Francisco is a horror and Los Angeles, my old home town, is unspeakably filthy and wretched. Almost all of these poor souls are addicts. Some are alcoholic, which we've always had, but I would bet that most of the increase has come from drug use.

If you've known an addict and you thought you knew the price of drugs on civilization, imagine what happens when you've got tens of thousands of them in your community. Wait, you don't need to imagine. You can visit California and see it for yourself.

We didn't have anything like this 20 years ago.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

We Care Deeply About Our Citizens

... but we're also terrified of them.

I don't know about you, but the HP Robocop being tried out in SoCal just screams out, "FEAR!" Or maybe it lets everyone know there aren't enough cops. Probably a combo of the two.

I wonder how many gunshots it can take before it goes down. Someone is going to find out. The thing looks like a target at a shooting gallery. Note that they didn't test it out on Skid Row or in Compton.

Have we gotten past the use of beat cops, ones who know the neighborhood? Are we on the way to simple surveillance robots? If that's the case, why not have a mother ship loaded with drones that fly off and scout the area, returning to refuel?

It's all pretty creepy.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Acceptable Behavior In Dogs

... is not acceptable behavior in humans. Well, some of it at least.

When our dogs bark at strangers outside our gate, we don't freak out. It's just the dogs being dogs. If a guest or one of our kids ran out and shouted at strangers outside our gate, we'd have a problem with them.

Recently, Kyle Kalashnikov, or whatever his name is, lost his acceptance to Harvard because he said some naughty words as a teen. Steven Crowder, a comedian, is regularly trashed by Right Thinking People for saying naughty words. I never see these Paragons Of All That Is Proper slagging rap artists for saying naughty words.

The only thing I can think of is that our noble and aristocratic Elites see Steven Crowder as a person, but feel that the rap artists are lower-order animals. After all, you can't expect much from dogs.

Meanwhile, dimwitted Catholic rednecks like myself see all those folks as the same and can't understand why you'd  treat them differently. Oh well. Maybe someday we'll ditch that whole everyone-is-made-in-the-image-of-God thing and I'll be enlightened.

Pepito Ramón doesn't bark a lot, but he moans a great deal. Our kids don't moan much at all.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Creepy Google

At the gym this morning, on one of the TVs, was the CEO of Google, old what's-his-name.

Aside: Why do gyms think you want to watch political shows while you work out? Why isn't it all travel, adventure and sports?

Anyway, some CNN airhead was interviewing him about hate speech and controlling the political discourse on YouTube and elsewhere. It gave me chills.

Here's the head of this ultra-massive multinational whose control over communications is utterly dominant and whose corporation is completely in bed with one particular political party, calmly talking about what opinions will be suppressed on the Internet.

I'm guessing that the racist ravings of Ta-Nehisi Coates won't be among the ones banned from YouTube.

In completely unrelated news, 24 power-mad maniacs who seek the job which will give regulatory control over Google are desperately looking for financial backing and internet traffic to their campaign sites.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Mein Kampf And The Democratic Primaries

Riding a hunch about similarities between certain worldviews, I dove back into Mein Kampf again.

God, what a horrible book. It's an extended rant by a guy who can't write, can't formulate a complex argument, had no idea what his opponents thought and was historically illiterate. He was also obsessed with race and wanted an all-powerful government.

In other words, Adolf Hitler belongs on the stage in the upcoming Democratic debates.

Differences arise when you get to the purpose of the whole thing. Uncle Adolf had grand visions and demanded sacrifices from the people to achieve them. It's all strength and army and battle and discipline all the time. The Democrats want to maximize the time you spend high on weed, downloading porn. Hitler demanded you join the army and die for the Fatherland. Kamala Harris demands someone else hand you goodies while you lay on the couch, wearing an rainbow flag shirt, watching Ellen DeGeneres. They both talk with their eyes bugged out and arms waving around, so there's that.

In the end, you wonder how anyone with sense ever believed a word of what they said.

And then you remember your Catholic Catechism and realize we are all imperfect, sinful people.

Is this deep blue Los Angeles, circa 2019 or deep Nazi Berlin, circa 1945?

I guess, when all's said and done, it hardly matters which path you take to get there.

Fundamentally remaking the country, change you can believe in and all that.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Where's Tippi Hedren When You Need Her?

We've got a couple of songbird nests around our house. Sometimes, one of the parents will accidentally fly into the garage and get trapped trying to escape through a skylight. To get them out, you need to remove a car and put up our Rickety Death Trap Ladder™ so you can climb into the skylight, remove the screen and then shoo the bird out.

Last week, one of the moms flew into our house and, thank God, flew upstairs into the master bedroom. Sometimes, they fly into the staircase skylight which also requires the use of the Rickety Death Trap Ladder™. Horrible.

Anyway, as I said, she flew upstairs. It was almost night, so there was very little light outside. I closed all the doors and opened the sliding glass door onto the balcony, hoping she'd just fly out. Nope. She couldn't see well enough to notice that it was an opening. It just looked like a black rectangle to her.

I chased her around the room a couple of times with a bug net, caught her twice, but was never able to keep her in the net. Finally, she perched on a picture frame and I turned out the lights.

Oddly enough, my night vision was better than hers. I guess I eat more carrots or something. In any case, she just crouched on the picture frame while I walked over and picked her up gently. I let her out onto the balcony and she flew off, much to everyone's relief.

Yay!

Tippi was not waiting downstairs with a triumphant martini. Instead, wife kitteh was there with a beer.
I'll take wife kitteh over Tippi any day of the week.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Demographics And Artificial Intelligence

A friend at work talked to me yesterday about an article in Signal magazine about how AI will change the culture.
The changes wrought by AI will extend throughout society in ways that exceed the effects of the computer revolution. Halal offers that, as routine knowledge jobs are eliminated, the workforce will move up to the next logical phase of development, which is “beyond knowledge.” This comprises consciousness, values, beliefs and other things that are far more important than knowledge, he says.

Humans always will have a superior method that will surpass whatever machines achieve: collective knowledge. “If we pool the knowledge of humans, then we will have something more powerful than the individual choices of the machines,” he declares. Achieving that collective strength will require pooling human judgment across the globe, which is different from the way machines will work.
This will work until demographic changes in Europe make Islam the dominant culture. At that point, AI can do what it likes because Sharia will be the law of the land.

Alternately, this will work until Europe and the US go bankrupt, after which AI can also do what it likes.

I love these articles written by pseudo-eggheads who have no comprehension of cultures outside of their cloistered universities, TV studios and movie lots. Castles are built in the clouds which are noble and beautiful and artistic. Then they come to nothing.

In the modern West, the battle is fought at the ballot box. You can't vote if you haven't been born. As the Secular Left hardens ethnic groups into adamantine blocks through their endless harping on interesectionality and social justice, it's the team what's having babies that wins. You can create all the AI algorithms you want and it won't make a bit of difference if you aren't making little versions of you at the same time.

Below is a video from a London mosque. You know, London, where the British are now a minority. Have fun with your AI computerings, but don't think you're going to budge these guys. They're serious players.


NOTE: If you are not a frequent reader of this blog, know that I am completely against identifying people by their groups. I believe in the individual, not the race, gender, class, sex, whatever. I have more in common and more brotherhood with an Ivorian immigrant friend of mine than I do with my neighbor two doors down. The Secular Left is dead wrong when it tries to jam group identity down our throats.

Having said that, you don't need to be a weatherman to see which way the wind is blowing. In the media and the academy, it's race, sex, gender all day and all night. That's idiocy, but it's the idiocy of the moment and I'm just thinking through the implications.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Whistling Through The Graveyard

... and I do mean graveyard. Dig this.
Japan’s birth rate has hit its lowest level since records began in 1899.

The number of births last year fell to a post-war low of 918,397 – a decline of 27,668 since the previous record low in 2017.

In the late 1940s, the number of births stood at about 2.7 million, according to The Asahi Shimbun newspaper.

The latest figures released by the Japanese government showed the country’s population decline - the number of deaths minus births - totalled 444,085, which was worse than the previous largest drop in 2017.
Now dig what they say the reason for the decline is.
A ministry official said: “Economic conditions and the difficulty of simultaneously managing both work and child-rearing are considered the major reasons behind the declining birth rates. We need to promote policies to set up an environment where people who want to have children can have children and raise them at ease.”
Below is a photo of postwar Japan, back when economic conditions were so good that women were eager to have children.


The problem isn't economics and the solution isn't policy. This year's 440K population drop will become next year's 490K population drop.

It's almost like there was a purpose to men identifying as men and playing the role of a man and women identifying as women and playing the role of women.

Nah. Equality now!

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Why Do You Hate Apaches?

You're an Apache-hater! You're full of hate! You're a Nazi who wants to kill all Apaches and your speech is violence so I get to do what I want!

Pondering the video below, which I saw for some algorithmic reason known only to the dingledorks at YouTube while doing some brainless tedium at work, I had an epiphany.


And Lo! Out of stupidity and ignorance there came enlightenment!

The whole point of wokeness and the Secular Left is that they get to throw out logic and objective fact and simply sling accusations around like mad.

You're guilty of "childism" if you don't allow a 3-year-old to pick their sex gender whatever. That's it. There's no reference to development, education, comprehension or anything that might be a basis for respecting a decision, it's just a wild accusation based on emotions.

What's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.

This tranny activist hates Apaches. She's a hateful hater full of hate. She wants to kill them all and destroy the memory of their culture. She's practicing genocide. Culturally now, but in the end, it will be real. Speech is violence so she's effectively putting them in gas chambers.

No, I'm not any crazier than usual. Dig this.
BOYS INTO MANHOOD

The Apache people prepare boys for manhood from when they are very young. They also presented tests for them to complete. One of the customs to help boys become strong, young warriors comes when the boys become annoying to an elder. The elder will tell the boys to run to the top of the mountain and come back again, not stopping until they get to the top. As they get older, the distance and height grow along with their ability. Fathers have their sons hold water in their mouths so that they breathe through their nose. Breathing through the mouth in the desert causes a person to dehydrate, which is fatal.
Here it is in image form for easy deployment on Twitter. If you use it, I'd love to hear how it caused the woke to howl in rage.


The Apache didn't let their kids choose their sex gender whatever. The Apache didn't consider you a man until you passed certain tests. In that, they were pretty much in keeping with other cultures. Cultures like ours before the Secular Left drove us to madness.

If logic, reason and historical reality are discarded for one side, they're discarded for all sides. In the end, in a world run by the Secular Left, all you will have will be crazed, enraged accusations of bigotry and hate.

If we're going to go down that path and hopefully out the other side back into rational thought and the world of Athens and Jerusalem, let's get on with it.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Let Go And Let God - A Rant

"Let go and let God" is a saying that drives me bonkers. Another one is, "Preach the Gospel at all times. If necessary, use words."

Aaaaaaauuuuuggghhhhhhh! Stop it stop it stop it!

What is it with this lazy, passive trash, anyway? Can you imagine dying, going to the Pearly Gates and when asked why you didn't tell someone they were headed for disaster, saying to St. Peter, "Oh, no. I didn't use words. I just prayed and left it all up to you."

The dude's going to respond, "What, you think all we're here for is to do your work for you?"

God gave us a rational brain for a reason. He gave us the ability to research and learn for a reason. Salesmen like Zig Ziglar, motivational writers like Brian Tracy and a whole library of geniuses from the past are there to be used for good! Sitting around with your Rosary is fine when there is literally nothing else to do, but it can't be your default position.

There are people out there who can teach you how to approach a delicate situation. You don't have to whack people with a sledgehammer, but at the very least, you can educate yourself and give it a try.

End of rant.

I will admit that sometimes, words fail. For those occasions, more direct action may be required.

Monday, June 10, 2019

The Expected Value Of Extremism

In mathematics, the Expected Value of a variable is a the sum of all of its possible values times the probability of each value. For example, if you roll a 6-sided die, the expected value is 3.5.

If you take a look at "extremism" in the US, you would have to say the expected value of each extremist group would be the damage they can do if they got power times the probability that they would. Socialism destroys every country it touches as does Nazism. However, the probability that we will enact socialism is much greater than the chance we will be goose stepping around the living room any time soon.

I saw that YouTube took down lots of historical videos, many of them from the Nazi era. That's too bad and it seems to me like the avoidance of something that wasn't going to happen anyway. I liked to watch their propaganda films from a historical perspective. It's the only way you will ever see a Dornier Do-17 in flight as they were all destroyed.

One day, driven by curiosity, I watched bits and pieces of Leni Reifenstahl's documentary of the Nuremberg Nazi rallies, Triumph of the Will. It was fascinating. The whole thing shouted out, "You thought you beat us in WW I, but you didn't! We're coming back and we're going to make you all pay!" You can't watch it without thinking you could see what was coming. And yet, the British and French didn't see what was coming and kept giving in to Hitler. Madness!

Going back to YouTube, I'd be far more worried about pro-socialism videos than old time Nazi propaganda. Much of the socialism stuff is new and well done. The Nazi films are clumsy, dated and probably have little impact on modern audiences. As we know from Venezuela, socialism leads to barbecuing zoo animals over trash can fires followed by the water and electricity being turned off.

That doesn't sound like a lot of fun and it's a heck of lot more probable than Swastika flags being raised over Chicago.

You know, for people that live and die by the algorithm, it seems to me like the folks running YouTube forgot about the calculation of Expected Value.

Sunday, June 09, 2019

Richard Dawkins, You Aren't Smart Enough

An IQ of 150 is huge. With a brain like that, things come easily to you that are difficult or impossible for others. It's still not big enough to mean you should tell others what to do. Dig this.

Seriously? Let's see, we had the Soviet Vanguard of the Proletariat which led to 40 million dead and a ruined country. We had Mao's Cultural Revolutionaries which wiped out Chinese agriculture and killed something like 60 million. Now we've got the Ivy League / Berkeley geniuses who have bankrupted what seemed like an inexhaustibly wealthy nation with deficit spending and set us at each others' throats with their crazed, intersectionality trash.

Yeah, let's restrict power to the "smart" people.

The problem with being smart is that you are smart only to the upper limits of human ability. You aren't omniscient like God. Mark Steyn once said that the skill set required to manage a 4 trillion dollar organization does not exist. Our Elites prove that right every day.

Instead of making sure only the "smart" people get to vote, we ought to reduce the size and scope of government until the amount of damage the Elites can do to us is recoverable.

Saturday, June 08, 2019

In Praise Of Recognizing Uncertainty

I came across this image today on Twitter.

It's very possible this is a Photoshop and not a real photo. Still, she gave the speech and it was warmly received, leading to many invitations to speak to other KKK groups. She must have said lots of things they liked.
In case the name is unfamiliar, Margaret Sanger was the founder of Planned Parenthood.

I did a little surfing around and came to the conclusion that Sanger was only implicitly racist. Her big thing was birth control and she was obsessed with it. She was deeply committed to bringing birth control to all women and Southern blacks were no exception. If she saw an opportunity to push it, she did. The KKK was just another avenue to make a sale.

There's no question that Sanger was a eugenicist. Her book, The Pivot of Civilization, is nothing but eugenics. For her, it was all about intelligence. At the time, the scientific consensus was that blacks were naturally less intelligent, so it's hard to believe that she didn't think pursuing what she called "the Negro Project" was an important part of her overall goal of preventing the spread of mental defectives. That would make her a racist, but only because the cultural default position was black inferiority.

Having said that, it doesn't appear that she was a racist per se. Therein lies the whole problem with finding narrow, modern bins into which a person from the past can be fit. Sanger held some wacky beliefs and I think her creation, Planned Parenthood, is a pack of greedy vultures preying upon babies and making mounds of cash off their deaths. Still, Sanger wasn't motivated by that and, like all historical figures, was complex.

Was she purely evil? It's hard to make that case given what she saw in her own life. She set evil in motion, but I think you need to have some, perhaps small, sympathy for her and what she was trying to do. It's also important to remember to interpret her through the lens of her time. Hopefully people will do that for us when we're dead and gone, too.

Hate the sin (abortion) not the sinner, no?

Have I got this all wrong?

Friday, June 07, 2019

Dude

Dig this.

A cherried-out International Harvester flatbed. Cool!

They dropped a Jag V-12 into the thing? Duuuude.

Thursday, June 06, 2019

Racism: A Mountain Of Lies, A Mountain Of Bodies

I blogged a while back about the excellent HBO series, Chernobyl*.
Chernobyl is what happens when a society is built on a mountain of lies and those lies are more important than people. "Leadership knows what it's doing so you must obey their orders! Our power plants are safe and Soviet nuclear technology is world-class! Our workers, underpaid with nothing in the stores to buy, are dedicated, sober and competent!"

If you disagreed or pointed out contradictions, you were arrested and sent to the gulags or simply shot. The lies had to be preserved no matter the cost.
Now allow me to carry this to a current, American example.

Baltimore is what happens when a society is built on a mountain of lies and those lies are more important than people.
A Project Baltimore investigation has found five Baltimore City high schools and one middle school do not have a single student proficient in the state tested subjects of math and English.
If you don't want to click on the link, the data shows that the failing students are predominantly black, the schools are heavily funded and the families are mostly single-parent. Here, the lie the elites in power repeat endlessly is that racism is a major problem. The truth is that the culture, specifically the destruction of the traditional, nuclear family is the problem.

If you point out that there aren't a whole lot of white supremacists anywhere near the neighborhoods where these kids are failing, you become the subject of scorn and ridicule. You are accused of racism. Duh. When the only tool you have is social justice every problem looks like racism.

Meanwhile, if you truly loved the people of Baltimore, both the failing children and the undoubtedly agonizing moms, you'd tell the truth. Starting with the truth is the only way to solve problems. Since the media, academia, the entertainment industry and one of the two big political parties repeats the mantra of "Racism!" over and over again, the conclusion is that they don't love the people of Baltimore at all.

The lie is more important than the people.

There was a KKK rally in Dayton recently. I saw news reports about it all over the place, but it took a little digging to find out how many white supremacists showed up. 9. Nine. One less than ten.

Why was a rally of 9 people covered at all in the media? Heck, a girls' high school track meet will get a hundred times that many people and I don't see those people being discussed by panels of experts on cable news.

The Elites are addicted to the lie. They are in love with the lie. The lie is their religion. Facts that contradict the lie are suppressed and people pointing them out are cast out of polite society. Whether or not the bodies pile up in Chernobyl or the streets of Baltimore doesn't matter at all. All that matters is the lie.

The ruins of a school room in Baltimore or Chernobyl. It hardly matters which.
* - I haven't seen the last episode, so don't tell me how it ends. I'm hoping everything gets repaired and the Soviets can reopen the city and power plant with no fear of radioactive hazards.

Wednesday, June 05, 2019

Score One For Milo

I'm not a big fan of Milo Yiannopoulos. He's the gay, conservative commentator whose over-the-top style reminds me of Liberace. I find him occasionally funny, but intolerable in large doses. I never finished his most recent book.

I heard him interviewed by Jordan Peterson recently. It was an interesting hour, but at one point, Milo said that the Internet shunning that happened to him was coming for all conservatives. I thought this was just one more Milo Moment where his massive ego grabbed hold of his brain and made everything about him.

If you didn't know, Milo lost all of his gigs and position when he came out and talked about how he turned gay when a priest abused him while he was under age. He said he went along with the abuse and found that he liked it. He also said that many gay men get their start that way. True or not, it's something you are not allowed to say and he lost it all.

Anywho, I thought it was all Milo ego until right wing comedian Steven Crowder was demonetized by YouTube yesterday. I'm not a huge Crowder fan, but only because his comedy is too diluted. If he crafted a single 60-minute stand up act every year or so, I think he'd be hilarious. His regular YouTube show is too long for the material he has. In any case, he's objectionable on the order of George Carlin.

Maybe Milo was right. Maybe the progressives are just working their way down the list. Steven Crowder is no Milo and I never thought he'd be banned, but now he has been. Here's his take on the matter and it sounds just like Milo.

And if you want to see Crowder at his best, dig this video. If you can watch it without laughing out loud multiple times, you're a better person than I am.

Tuesday, June 04, 2019

Old Age Can Slow You Down

... but it can't take the music from your heart. Or something like that.

I'm on travel and am totally exhausted tonight. I stopped by a pub for dinner and see those old dudes playing Dixieland. The average age looked to be about 85. They were a lot of fun. I think they've been doing this for a while.

Monday, June 03, 2019

Hitting The Lottery

... is what Pepito Ramón did when we adopted the old dude.

He's 18 years old. For his sized dog, that makes him about the same age as my mom, 89. Like her, he's spry and feisty, albeit with lots of naps and rest. He gets those as the photo attests.

One week - owners abandon him and want to put him down. Next week - treated like the loved little guy that he is.

Sunday, June 02, 2019

Goodbye, Tablet

I'm packing for travel to the east coast right now and I recently got a Microsoft Surface. As I've set it up, I've realized it's a supercharged tablet. My old Samsung tablet isn't making the trip and probably won't make any more, ever.

I got the tablet so I could work on and learn Creative Cloud apps while I fly. I usually get the middle seat and my laptop is a 17" monstrosity, so there's no way I can use it. Plus, its battery lasts about 80 minutes, assuming I'm not editing videos. The tablet will let me work and learn as I fly instead of playing idiotic brick breaker games on my phone for 5-6 hours.

I've installed Adobe Creative Cloud, Spotify with downloaded playlists, Audible with downloaded books to hear, Kindle with books to read. Once I pair it with my Sony headphones, I'm not sure what else I need. As long as the battery holds out, it should be able to do everything, just like the desktop machine where I'm typing right now.

I'll post a review once I see how it works.

Saturday, June 01, 2019

Bringing Both Sides Together

... with hate.

This story is almost too surreal to be true. Well, at least until you recall who is involved and what they support.

The KKK held a rally in Dayton, Ohio. 9 people* showed up. Something like 600 people showed up to protest the KKK. That's not the good part. Here's the good part.

The anti-KKK side desecrated an Israeli flag.

Finally, something both sides could agree on - hatred of the Jews! Wowsers. Who knew that two sides so seemingly opposed could find such common ground!

* - 9 people? If that doesn't convince you the White Supremacy is on the march in the US, nothing will.

Friday, May 31, 2019

Chernobyl: A Mountain Of Lies, A Mountain Of Bodies

Wife kitteh and I have been watching the excellent HBO series, Chernobyl. If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend it.

Aside: I was shocked that HBO green-lighted such an obviously anti-socialist piece of work. Good for them!

As we watched characters die of radiation poisoning while the government leaders told the people preposterously false stories that there was no danger, wife kitteh asked, "How did they get to the point where they would do this to their own citizens?"

I pondered it and came up with this: Chernobyl is what happens when a society is built on a mountain of lies and those lies are more important than people. "Leadership knows what it's doing so you must obey their orders! Our power plants are safe and Soviet nuclear technology is world-class! Our workers, underpaid with nothing in the stores to buy, are dedicated, sober and competent!"

If you disagreed or pointed out contradictions, you were arrested and sent to the gulags or simply shot. The lies had to be preserved no matter the cost.

There are a few modern-day, American examples of this as well that I'll blog about in later days, but I wanted to share that one with you. Below is a collection of videos from the accident that I found interesting. Enjoy?

Thursday, May 30, 2019

The Transgender Fad Can't Last

... because you can't sustain the lies. In fact, each lie begets* more lies until the house of cards is so unstable that it collapses.

This occurred to me when I read this news article.
A transgender woman who competed as a man as recently as last year won an NCAA women’s track national championship on Saturday.

Franklin Pierce University senior Cece Telfer beat the eight-woman field in the Division II women’s 400-meter hurdles by more than a second, with a personal collegiate-best time of 57.53.
As soon as I saw it, something released in my mind and I realized that all of this nonsense will have to come to an end because of the endless stream of contradictions in reality. Cece isn't Cece, he's Craig and Craig is a dude, not a chick. End of story.

Stathole Sports did an awesome job analyzing the statistical odds of Craig whupping up on the ladies if, as the transphilic NCAA maintains,
“According to medical experts on this issue, the assumption that a transgender woman competing on a women’s team would have a competitive advantage outside the range of performance and competitive advantage or disadvantage that already exists among female athletes is not supported by evidence.”
Here's the payoff graph.

A histogram of finishing times for women in the 55-meter dash in Connecticut. The two purple lines are a pair of guys' finishing times.
The two purple bars are the dudes who claimed to be chicks and ran against real women. If those are women, they're from the heavy gravity planet Zongo.

Stathole went on the calculate the odds of trannies crushing the women, assuming men and women are athletically similar, like this.
The math works out here for the probability of both conditions occurring (top 2 and top 9 in same race) to be 3,039:1. This is, I guess, better news for 2019. After improving the first blush odds of 1 in 1.8 million, a fairer analysis significantly improves their odds of being accurate to a level that is slightly better than getting dealt a straight flush in one hand of Texas Holdem poker (3,589:1).
OK, we're done. The Elites can scream "BIGOTRY!" at us morning, noon and night, and it just makes them look even dumber, if that's possible. If you take a look at the comment sections in posts or tweets where a man has obliterated women in a women's sport, you see it running 99-1 against the Elites' worldview that people can simply declare their sex.

That's an unstable situation. Eventually, even the Ivy League / Berkeley crowd is going to have to submit to reality and this will all go away.

Well, except for the poor people who followed their advice and mutilated their bodies and poisoned themselves with hormones, thinking they could really change their sex. Those people are screwed. Fortunately, they were screwed in the name of progress, compassion and acceptance.

Yay.

* - This is the only thing the transgender movement begets. Lies.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

The Prodigal Father

... is a lot like the parable of the woman caught in adultery. In that one, Jesus says, "Let him who is without sin cast the first stone." After everyone walks away, He doesn't tell the woman, "Party on!" Instead, He says, "Go and sin no more."

A friend was talking about the prodigal father this morning and made an interesting point. When the prodigal son comes home after blasting through his inheritance, which he should not have received until after dad died, his father does't line up hookers and blow for the dude. He forgives him and throws a party, but it's implicitly contingent on a change in behavior.

Forgiveness is a great thing, but getting repeatedly run over supporting bad behavior isn't.

Just something to think about.

Son, I forgive you. Also, here's some meth!

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

How To Make Super-Buttery Buttermilk Biscuits

Add an extra half stick of butter to your recipe.

I like to make buttermilk biscuits from The Glory of Southern Cooking, but I wondered how restaurants get theirs to be so, so, so, well ... buttery. One day, while making them, I decided to add that half stick and discovered the secret.

If you want more buttery flavor, add more butter. Counter-intuitive, I know, but there you have it!

They come out crispier because of all the delicious fats!

Monday, May 27, 2019

If You Think Small

... you stay small.

Craig Telfer, an NCAA track star, is now identifying as a woman and slaughtering the competition. Like that was hard to predict.
Senior (Craig) Telfer (Lebanon, N.H.) won three Northeast-10 Conference titles on Sunday, to lead the Franklin Pierce University women's track & field team and earn Most Outstanding Track Athlete honors at the NE10 Championships, hosted by American International College, on the campus of Smith College.
This is petite potatoes, guys. It's time to really let our freak flags fly.

We can rejuvenate the Miss America Pageant by having the contestants identify as purebred dogs and participate in the Westminster Kennel Club Show.

What? You don't agree that a woman can be a Pomeranian? Bigot!

Anyway, the whole competition is about walking back and forth in a straight line, looking fantastic. Those ladies from the pageant world are made for this! Heck, even the drug-addled transvestite from Oregon could manage it, provided they kept him off the meth and opioids for a week.

Yep, it's ground-breaking, but isn't that what we're into these days?

Wait, dog show judges aren't gay, are they? They are? Dang. Back to the drawing board!

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Homemade Cajun Boudin Sausage

About two Christmases ago, wife kitteh bought me a meat grinder / sausage stuffer. And then life happened and it sat out in the garage until today. I finally had some time to play with it, so I made Cajun Boudin.

Making sausages is all about technique. The grinding and the stuffing is not like anything else I'd done, so the first trials were messy failures. I finally figured things out and ended up with a decent amount of sausage. The filling tasted good, fried up in a pan, so I figure the sausages will be good, too.

First, you boil pork butt,pork liver and some other odds and ends. Those get ground up.

Then you add rice and spices to the ground mix and turn it over real good.

Threading the hog casing on the stuffing nozzle took a little effort, but once I figured it out, it was easy. Similarly, figuring out just how full to make the sausages took trial and error. My first attempt burst the skin and I had to stuff the filling back in the grinder. No loss there!
Making your own sausage is a non-trivial task. I'm guessing that you need to allocate about 4-5 hours for the effort. Next time I do it, I'll do a lot of sausage because it's the prep and the cooking that take the time. I figure doing two or three different types would only add an hour to the process.

Saturday, May 25, 2019

In 15 Years

... where will you be? Can you reliably predict your social life? What kind of friends you'll have? What will happen in your career?

How about if you will be a woman or a man?

I've blogged in the past about my friend who is a young woman who has decided she is a man. Transitioning is an expensive process. An insurance company that agrees to the procedure is committing to a lifetime of hormone therapy. Not many will make that decision. Planned Parenthood, vultures that they are, will give you hormone therapy without a prescription, provided you pay them. Anything for a buck, no matter who is ruined or killed in the process.

Compassion!

In any case, my friend has now been approved for hormone therapy. Testosterone is poisonous to women. It sterilizes them and changes their voices permanently right near the beginning of the treatment. Change your mind after a year, but keep the infertility and whacked-out voice for all time. Yay!

Where are you 15 years after you start the process? What's life like as a short, chestless eunuch with an odd voice and a peach fuzz beard? Do you get invited to a lot of parties? What's the club scene for such creatures?

Most importantly, when today's mania fades, do you still have celebrity credentials?

Probably not.

It's like watching a Greek tragedy unfold right in front of you. Or maybe it's more like one of those nightmares where you can see every painful thing that is about to happen, but you can't speak to warn anyone.

Yep, that's compassion.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Watching Youngsters Grow Up

... is what I thought as I listened to the episode of the Candace Owens show below, in podcast form.


I've become a fan of her show. She's not very polished or well-read, but that's only because she's young. She's full of energy and spirit. She's also very intelligent. That makes for an interesting combination.

Listening to her is like listening to one someone my daughter's age blossoming into a tough, smart woman. She's finding out that there is such a thing as the Truth and it's different from what the popular culture has taught her.

This interview with Lila Rose was a double dose of that. The two discussed sex, love, marriage and children. They had a fresh approach to an old, old topic. Their ideas dated back to the time of Moses and before, but for them, it was if they were just discovering it for the first time.

It was delightful.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Faith Isn't Therapy

... or, rather, it's only partially correct to see it as therapeutic.

Something I hear quite frequently from agnostics and atheists is, "Well, that Catholic thing doesn't seem to be working for you guys. Look at all those pedophile priests!"

Allow me to suggest that the appropriate response is not to make excuses or claim the problem is really pretty small, but to say, "Well, that secularist thing doesn't seem to be working, either. You guys are going extinct in Europe!"

That's not how faith works, is it? You don't believe because it pays off with higher income, more friends and happier children, you believe because you found something that explains the world better than the alternatives. Whether that's secular politics, Catholicism, Hinduism or whatever, you're only partially looking at the payoffs. In the end, aren't those payoffs proof of the belief system?

In other words, the effort to optimize your life is only partially connected to your belief system. The first step is to find a belief system and then optimize within that.

Just a thought.

One payoff to following your parents' belief system is that you don't tick off grandma. She can be quite a handful.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

A Lack Of Self Awareness

... is something from which we all suffer.

I saw a really great interview with Michael Nesmith of the Monkees and I excerpted the video story below. I found it charming. Enjoy.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Thomas Jefferson And Geronimo

Pete Butteredge, or whatever is his name is, is one of 17,404 Democrats running for president. He's also not a big fan of Thomas Jefferson because Jefferson owned slaves.

Geronimo, an Apache warleader, was a crazed racist bent on killing as many Mexicans as he possibly could.
Geronimo had no concept of morality outside of his own. It was perfectly honorable to raid and steal and murder as long as it was done the right way. He had no problem wiping out whole farmsteads if they resisted when he and his goons showed up to rob the place. When it happened to him under different circumstances, he was aghast and complained of treachery.
I seriously doubt that Geronimo was that far removed from the intellectual and cultural mainstream of Apache thought. I wonder if Pete Butteredge feels we need to carefully inspect any and all honors we grant to Apaches and other Indian tribes. After all, if we're going to be morally pure, we need to be completely pure.

The Aztecs are similarly problematic. Hopefully Pete will be questioned about this soon.



Monday, May 20, 2019

Addicts In The Faculty Lounge

... are different than addicts in real life.

I'm not including an image in this blog post because I've known several addicts and have too much love for them to use a photo. Every addict was someone's little boy or little girl.

In San Francisco, just to use one example of academics trying to solve the addiction and homelessness problems, they're handing out free needles and putting up needle disposal stations all over the place. The end result is needles everywhere on the ground. It's as predictable as it is possible to be.

Well, only if you know real addicts instead of talk about them theoretically in the faculty lounge.

When an addict uses, they're not rational. They're not going to shoot up and then calmly gather their used paraphernalia and then deposit it, neatly, in some bin. They're not going to use safe procedures for injections, their not going to swab the site with alcohol and they're not going to spray hand sanitizer on their palms in the process. They're going to shoot up so that they can get loaded. And if you've ever known a real, live addict, you'd know that.

You'd also stop expecting them to turn their lives around. Most of them won't. If they're homeless, they're going to stay homeless because their brains are rotted out. If they aren't homeless, they soon will be because they can't manage their lives.

By the time you reach San Francisco / Los Angeles / Seattle levels of homelessness and addiction, the best you can hope to do is build big warehouses to house the poor devils for the rest of their lives.

And, for the love of God, get control of the border so you can stop at least some of the drugs making their way in to the cities.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Trapped In Politics

One of the things I love the most about the South is the racial harmony you see, particularly when you go to blue-collar dives like Waffle House. When wife kitteh and I went on our Great Confederate Livermush Adventure last year, we started off in Nashville. I took her, a Chicago girl, to an inexpensive BBQ joint. There, we saw mixed race staff, customers, married couples and so on. Everyone was Southern friendly and was having a good time. A fan of NPR and civil rights movies, she was surprised.

The next day, we went to an upscale restaurant and things were significantly different. The customers were all white and the wait staff were mostly black. "Ha ha!," I thought. "Look at those racist Democrats!" After all, it's the blue-collar whites who were the backbone of the Trump victory and the upscale folks who went for Hillary.

That was an entirely wrong analysis and was born of a desire to find justification for my own politics. The truth of the matter was that no one was racist or, if anyone was, it was the isolated jerk who could just as easily be sneering at short people, fat people or something else.

I figured this out while in Mobile last week. Wife kitteh looked up Fairhope, Alabama, which was the town on the outskirts of Mobile where we were staying. Wikipedia gave its demographic makeup and it was predominantly white. It was also pretty upscale, particularly for Alabama. The people we met were as charming as expected. No hate there.

It dawned on me that, like all of us, they can only be friendly to the people around them. Given the opportunity, they were warm and welcoming. It wasn't their fault that they lived in an area where almost everyone was married. It was just the nature of income generation for families of any and all types. Married families earn more so they can live in places like Fairhope and that's all there is to it.

I thought about our own lives back in San Diego. With the exception of a large number of Hispanics we know from Cursillo, our social circle was about as diverse as Fairhope. I, the converted Trump enthusiast who loves Robert E. Lee, had the most diverse circle of friends of anyone we knew. Politics didn't drive it, racism didn't drive it, opportunity drove it.

I misjudged the people at that upscale restaurant in Nashville and I'm ashamed of it now. No doubt a lot of them voted for Hillary, but so what? Americans are a decent lot. Almost none of us harbor hate for anyone. It was only my desire to score political points that caused me to slander them in my thoughts.

Focus on the people and the scenery and get politics out of your mind. You'll end up with a more accurate representation of reality.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Mucking With The SAT

So, as I understand it, the SAT scoring is being changed to reflect privilege or hardship or bias or something or other. Your actual score, based on your answers, will be modified by taking into account your race, your social standing, your horoscope and your cholesterol test results. Your shoe size may or may not be a factor.

Huh?

I thought the whole beauty of standardized testing was that it produced a decent estimation of how tough a college you should attend or whether you should go at all. If you scored high enough, then attending an elite university wouldn't be too much of a reach for you. If you scored poorly, then MIT probably wouldn't be a good fit. The test was there, as much as anything else, to keep you from flunking out.

When you fiddle with the test results, you're saying some combination of these things.
  1. The test was never really a good estimation of your performance level. In reality, the thing is a bit of a joke.
  2. We don't really care whether you flunk out of college or not. All we care about is getting the right balance of "advantaged" and "disadvantaged" students.
  3. We're going to ditch the whole grading stuff in college to make sure that the students with the low SAT scores we've modified to gain acceptance don't flunk. 
In any case, objectivity has been blown to bits.

Yay?


SAT scoring explodes. Asians hardest hit.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Dos Pepitos

We're starting to think that Pepito is deaf. That's not surprising given his advanced age. He also seems mystified by mirrors.

Who is this other dog and why is he so handsome?

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Vacation Fever

Maui is one of my favorite places to go on vacation, but I can only handle it for a week at most before I start going bonkers. I used to think it was Island Fever which came about because the place is relatively small. That never really made sense to me as San Diego is effectively the same size, an island surrounded by the Pacific, Los Angeles, the desert and Mexico.

Earlier this week, wife kitteh and I got back from a week in Mobile, Alabama. Of all the places on the planet, the Deep South is the most "me." I love the people, the culture, the food, the weather, the whole thing. Even in Dixie, I was climbing the walls after a week.

It's not Island Fever, it's Vacation Fever. What I really wanted to do while in Alabama was garden, work on a car, build something, work at the church, anything to be productive.

My mother is 89. She's almost blind, she needs a walker and has a live-in caregiver without whom she could not survive. She's had a real tough time with these arrangements. She's grateful and loves the care she gets, but the fact that she is "useless" these days drives her nuts. I used to dismiss these feelings and ask myself, "Why can't she just kick back and watch TV? This is just the way life is now." I won't be asking that any more. She's got Vacation Fever, too.

Leisure is all well and good. We all need some of it. What we need more than leisure is a purpose.

Some day, I'll be too weak to lift my 17" cast iron skillet and I'll have to watch as someone else fries the chicken. At that point, I might slide into the same despair as mom.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Welcome Pepito!

We have a new, old addition to the Catican Guards, one Pepito Gonzales by name. He's new because we didn't have him before and he's old because he's 18. He's a chihuahua who was left behind when his previous owners moved. I kid you not, they just left the dog behind like he was trash.

A friend of ours was involved in the real estate transaction and put out a call on Facebook for someone to adopt the little hombre. Naturally, we couldn't say no. So now we have an Aussie shepherd mix and three chihuahua-mixes. We're not sure if Pepito is a purebred, but I'm guessing not.

His original name was Bumper. That's hideous, so we are renaming him Pepito Gonzales. The Gonzales is there just for weight. It sounds good to me.

Being an ancient, little dude, he kind of toddles, has bristly fur and moans a lot. He's adorable and the rest of the Guards like him. I think he's pretty pleased with his new sitch.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

The Elites' Finite State Machine

... is really what's breaking down.

Yesterday, I gave a set of examples of media elites interviewing conservatives. They were confronted over and over with views, ideas and facts completely contrary to the ones they hear inside their bubbles and could not cope. Someone else made the point, referring to the famous Cathy Newman interview of Jordan Peterson wherein she's utterly adrift in the conversation, that she was a finite state machine forced to deal with data outside any of her accepted states.



Using that diagram of a finite state machine as an example, I'd suggest that for the dominant, progressive culture, the accepted topics are:
  1. global warming climate change,
  2. racism,
  3. LGBT issues and
  4. income inequality.
There are others, of course, but the diagram that came quickly to hand had four states and I'm lazy. Each state has an accepted viewpoint and a standard question for those who disagree followed by the appropriate emotional responses of mockery, horror or sneering.

Maybe we're all finite state machines like this. I wonder how my responses would chart out under such circumstances. Probably about the same. I think that the difference is that when you are part of such a dominant, monolithic culture as you have with entertainment, the media, the tech oligarchs and politicians, your machine becomes far more rigid as each state is constantly reinforced by those around you.

Rigid machines can be fragile.

Monday, May 13, 2019

The Religious Aristocracy Losing Its Grip

... that's the aristocracy of the Secular Left, in case you're wondering.

Dig this interview of Nigel Farage on the BBC.


In case you aren't following the upcoming British elections, the Brexit Party is leading in the polls. Nigel is the head of the party. Their strength comes from the fact that the Elites are refusing to do what the Normals wanted, which was to leave the EU. The interviewer above, a member of the left wing aristocracy, can't get off the talking points worshipped within his bubble - global warming, LGBT, Putin, etc. He's trapped in his own opinions and can't cope with Nigel.

In a similar interview, again on the BBC, a member of the Elites' media aristocracy gets mauled by Ben Shapiro for the same reason. He can't cope with Ben's thoughts because he can't escape his bubble. Click on any point in the interview and it's the same thing - irrelevant questions batted down with typical Shapiro ferocity.


Now dig this tweet about what's happening with the Secular Left after Dr. Ray Blanchard, a highly esteemed psychologist was banned from Twitter for sharing the conclusions of his research on transgenderism. No surprise, he concludes it's a mental disorder.

When I hear snippets of Joe Biden's stump speech it's similar. He's caught in his own, little world, warning of a return to Jim Crow because some states want you to show a picture ID before you vote, as if blacks are too ignorant or stupid to get IDs.

Over and over, you see devout adherents of he progs' religion speaking at anyone who disagrees, parroting the same things over and over like mutations of a sacred creed.

Weird, man.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Universities And Downward Mobility

Losing wealth is caused by going to an expensive university?

Here's the blurb from a recent essay discussing anti-Semitism at elite colleges.
American universities have become whirlpools of downward mobility that target the people and the ideas that they once cherished and protected. It’s time for Jews to stop paying for them.
I don't know about the anti-Semitism part, but I do know plenty of people who are deep in debt or their kids are deep in debt after going to high-end universities with student loans. They exit with liberal arts degrees with no real prospect of paying those debts back short of living like a pauper for a decade or more. The parents were all middle class or better, too.

I never thought of it in terms of social mobility, but it makes a lot of sense.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

My Ship Has Come In!

Sadly, it's the Morning Star, which came in a bit too far off the Bon Secour River here in Alabama.

Friday, May 10, 2019

The Joe Biden Straddle

For a long time, I've thought that the Secular Left religion is only devoutly held by a fairly thin strata of society. They're loud and in positions of power, but when push comes to shove, most of the public isn't on board with the crazier aspects of it. Joe Biden's entrance into and current dominance of the Democratic primary race is an indication of that. Plenty of the True Believers are already there, like Kamala and Bernie, but some aging schlub of a career politician with all the fire and vitriol of a graham cracker is leading the pack. That's a big "meh" in the face of the SJWs.

Unfortunately for Sleepy Joe, he's got to genuflect at their altar. I saw a headline recently saying he was in favor of providing medical insurance for illegals. I didn't read the article because I had grass to watch grow, but if that's really his position, he's already finding himself forced to take positions straddling the boat of prog madness and the dock of sanity.

Which could lead to hilarious results.

Thursday, May 09, 2019

Fish In The Alley

We finally made it to our VRBO rental in the Mobile area. What a place! Dig the alley behind the house.

I left this one a bit large, so it might be worth a click.
A pair of kayaks come with the place, so we might go paddling around later in the week. The house's dock is big enough for a 20' boat. That would be a load of fun. Across the way in the back is a house where you can see crab traps, nets and such like next to their boat.

Welcome to Gulf Coast Alabama.

I love Dixie.

Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Adventures In Flying, Houston Edition

So. Very. Tired.

Flying from San Diego to Mobile yesterday, we had one stop. Houston. So did a massive thunderstorm. The end result was a 2-hour delay on the tarmac before we could drive up to the gate. This caused us to miss our connection to Mobile.

Not to worry, there were three other flights going to the same place. The first two canceled after waiting a few hours and the last one was delayed and delayed and delayed. At midnight, they canceled it. We spent 2 hours on the tarmac and 9 hours in IAH proper only to have to get a hotel at midnight. Make that 1 AM because there were way more people looking for taxis than taxis running. There were also more people looking for hotel rooms than decent hotel rooms to rent.

We ended up at a hotel many miles away where the clerk sat behind bulletproof glass.

We finally got into Mobile today. It's beautiful. And we're tired. Did I mention that?

Going to nap now. Wake me when it's tomorrow. Hope your day is going well.

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Notre Dame

When the Notre Dame Cathedral repair work started to be discussed, I had a sinking feeling that it could end up very, very badly. Dig this.
Due to France’s laws regarding secularization, the French government owns all churches built before 1905, including Notre-Dame. The government lets the Archdiocese of Paris use the building for free, and will continue to do so in perpetuity. The Archdiocese of Paris is responsible for the upkeep of the church, as well as for paying employees.
Maybe they'll turn it into a greenhouse, which would be great for Paris in August.

Monday, May 06, 2019

Basic Competency In The Papacy

This is a follow on to yesterdays' rant about how American politicians on the far left were obsessing on fantasy concerns and neglecting the basic competence expected of them.
Police protection is part of the basic services a government is supposed to provide its citizens. Meanwhile, the Portland government has taken strong stances on global warming climate change and white supremacists.

Fantasy concerns, yes. Basic functions, no.
Pope Francis has been no different. The Church is collapsing around his ears in Europe and America and not looking so hot in South America. Meanwhile, he's all over the global warming climate change thing and plastics in the ocean. Multiculturalism seems to be hot in the Vatican as well. Not only is this incompetent, it's actually counter-Catholic. Global warming climate change is a poverty issue, as seen in the Dinesh D'Souza video below. Multiculturalism flies in the face of John 14:6.


What's the deal here? Why do they choose fantasy concerns over essential services and organizational survival?

More on that in a future blog post.

Sunday, May 05, 2019

In: Saving Us From Evil Spirits, Out: Fundamental Competence

This story blew me away. County sheriffs will no longer support the Portland Police Department.
PORTLAND, ORE. – Portland just lost a huge chunk of its police presence.

On Friday, Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts wrote an email to his deputies, stating his concern for their safety.

“I will not place you at unnecessary personal and professional risk,” the email read.

The city of Portland is largely patrolled by the Portland Police Bureau and receives support from neighboring counties like Clackamas Sheriff’s Department. With this decision, remaining officers in the area will no doubt feel the stress of being understaffed.
Law enforcement agencies in the area feel that the Portland city government is so anti-cop that they are pulling out of their existing arrangements to protect their members. And no wonder. Dig the video below where Portland police stand by and allow ANTIFA thugs to control the streets.


Police protection is part of the basic services a government is supposed to provide its citizens. Meanwhile, the Portland government has taken strong stances on global warming climate change and white supremacists.

Fantasy concerns, yes. Basic functions, no.

The same thing is happening across the country in cities where the Secular Left dominates. If you haven't seen this video by the ABC Seattle TV station on the problems of homelessness and drug addiction up there, you should.


Again, this is part of the essential services a city is supposed to provide. In San Francisco, human feces and addicts' needles are strewn in the streets. Los Angeles has about 60,000 homeless and is the filthiest I've ever seen it. Here in San Diego, some of our streets downtown look like an REI showroom with all the tents erected on the sidewalks.

Meanwhile, the progs in the media, the academy, the entertainment industry and politics are focused on statues, flags and windmills. The worries of the Elites are totally separated from the concerns of the Normals.

Madness.

Saturday, May 04, 2019

Searching For Hate In Portland And Alabama

As I understand the Secular Left's narrative on racism, it goes something like this: White supremacists are on the rise, targeting people of color (PoC) with threats of violence and oppression of various sorts. The white supremacists are the natural offspring of the hateful rhetoric of the right.

If that was true, wouldn't you expect masked rioters to show up in red states, particularly the South, attacking PoC while blue states would be welcoming and peaceful? How does that hypothesis hold up against real data?

Last weekend, Andy Ngo, an Asian PoC journalist attended an ANTIFA rally in deep-blue Portland, Oregon. He ended up maced by an ANTIFA goon. Here's a snippet of what he saw. I recommend turning down the volume on your device, there is absolutely nothing of value in the sound.

Meanwhile, in deep red Alabama, we have these two stories.

A black woman who was the first black student at the University of Alabama received an honorary doctorate degree while the whites in the audience cheered.
Autherine Lucy Foster, the first African American student to attend The University of Alabama, on Friday received an honorary doctoral degree from UA at a commencement ceremony.

“I love The University of Alabama, and it is an honor to be recognized in this way,” said Foster upon learning of the honorary doctoral degree. “I am thankful for opportunities such as this, which allow us to talk about the past while looking to the future,” said Foster, who believes that while talking about the past may be painful, it is necessary so that none of us forget.

Foster applied to attend the university for graduate school in 1952, but was denied attendance because she was black. A federal court reversed the decision in 1956 and Foster attended class for just three days before she was removed from campus because of threats against her life.

Foster’s dismissal was reversed in 1988 and she re-enrolled with her daughter Grazia. The two graduated together in 1991.
Tuscaloosa First Methodist Church now has it's first black pastor. No violent demonstrations by masked racists were held.
The Rev. Clinton Hubbard Jr. has been appointed as senior pastor of First United Methodist Church of Tuscaloosa, effective in July.

He’ll be the first black pastor in the congregation’s 201-year history. He’s been a minister in the United Methodist Church for almost 37 years and is currently a district superintendent.

“This is a historic appointment for the North Alabama Conference,” said Mike Case, chairman of the staff parish relations committee for Tuscaloosa First Methodist, in a statement released Sunday. “It represents the first time an African-American pastor has been appointed to a large, predominantly white church. We are pleased to be making history and welcome Dr. Hubbard and his wife, Gloria, to First Church and to Tuscaloosa.”
If you're going to maintain that the right is a haven for crazed white supremacists and a hotbed of racism, you're going to have to explain these data points. Personally, I can't see how to do it.

As for Andy Ngo and Portland, dude, it's time to get out. Your reporting is spot on, but not groundbreaking. I doubt that anyone is surprised that Portland, a major center of the Secular Left, is psychotically obsessed with violent, anti-racist cosplay. After this, you only have yourself to blame if you get hurt. You wouldn't have stuck around in Mogadishu in the 1990s, either, would you?