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Saturday, September 23, 2017
There are those who say I should not wear - say - a shirt with dragons on it, but I can generally laugh that off. The Party Of Jessica Yogamat might not be able to do this as easily. So, let's discuss Jessie's choice of attire.
To my mind the best case against "appropriation" was made in the Avatar series (itself, famously, an appropriation of Eastern anime...). When the "appropriators" in that comic's story had demonstrated that they were, in fact, trying to bring airbending back, that story (through Aang, the Avatar) relented.
So around this area I often see people wearing the Hindi "om" symbol. It's never on actual Hindus. Real Hindus, er, have a symbol of their own. No, it's white folk who wear this thing. White folk who aren't Hindus and have no intention of learning any sutras.
The statement they are making is that they repudiate the Cross (and, incidentally, the Star). How very... progressive. And tolerant. They're not hypocritical judgey haters like you lot.
Eric Raymond mentions that the bandaid is coming off with respect to the American South, as well.
Raymond, being a Yankee, mainly buys into the Yankee account of what the war was about. As a result he treats the "statues to Cromwell" (as Charles Francis Adams put it) as symbolic gestures of unity. After all, Lee did surrender; Forrest surrendered and then repudiated the Klan to boot. If Southern whites (and a vocal minority of Southern blacks) don't get to look up to such monuments, says Raymond, it's not just their pride that's wounded. The Southerners also lose their role-models of reconciliation. The deal will be over.
As it happens, I used to be a Texan. I have studied Reconstruction from the Union's side and, later, from Ramsdell's side. I'll have to argue the minutiae with Raymond some other time (in my para-social way, since there's no reason Raymond should read here). But I am in general agreement with the sentiment as Southerners see it today, which is what matters for our purpose.
Earlier today I had discussed that the national elites in the NFL and NBA are declaring that the American Deal is off between blacks and (the wrong sort of) whites. Here, allied elites are declaring the deal off between liberal whites and that same sort of whites.
Southern whites have to feel like they have done nothing wrong lately to deserve all this; except live in Southern towns eating Southern food (okay, perhaps too much of that) and going to Southern churches. Oh, and they voted against Democrats. For this they are being cast as an enemy; scapegoated, for the presumed sins of White Privilege.
Even on a practical level, even for a Yankee: this isn't how you defeat the alt-right on the moral field of war. This is how you recruit for the alt-right.
Often the Bantu genetic code has been summarily dismissed, excepting by those interested in Africa herself. (Pontus Skoglund is not virtue-signalling; he's right.) Most of the West African genetic structure postdates the Bushmen. Non-African geneticists, as is natural, have been concentrating on the genetics of more interest to those geneticists, which shuts out sub-Sahara for all the millennia after, I gather, the 70kya Toba eruption.
It turns that West Africa has been hiding some secrets. The Bantu have ancestry from prior to Mitochondrial Eve (PDF), albeit postdating the split from the Neander / Denisova.
Afro-Asiatic origins: Anatolian-Syrian coast?
However we are seeing hints that both North Africa (Berber, Chadic, Egyptian) and the Horn of Africa (Cushitic; Ongota?, Omotic?) have taken on influxes from the Near East prior to and/or very early in the Bronze Age. All prehistoric of course.
This is a point in favour of an Afro-Asiatic genetic family. It is, however, still circumstantial for a posited language family. MUCH MORE HAS TO BE DONE, on Chadic and on Cushitic especially. As for Berber / Tamazight, the scholarship currently published is mainly in French and this needs to be more more widely disseminated into German, Italian, and English.
DISCLOSURE: It appears that the British Isles genome was lightly Africanised in the late-mediaeval and Sail-Age past. So lightly, in my case, that I don't have ... oh wait, I do. But in my case it was North African. So, maybe some of this admixture came from the pirates of the Caribbean (arr!), like Dumas and Pushkin. My admittedly anecdotal evidence points more to the Barbary Coast. Half-Kabyle kids would "pass" better in England and Ireland than half-Dahomey would.
Failure to communicate
A white guy says some stuff (h/t Razib):
I admired Tim Tebow when he stood up for prolife issues as an athlete. So did the Right.
It is difficult to verify to what extent Peter Waldo supported Tebow (or the pro-life cause) back when it mattered, 2011 or so. I will say that where he claims Tebow faced no objection at the time, he's wrong. There was a lot of negativity against Tebow's "grandstanding".
Waldo later on arrogantly asserts what
Which means Waldo isn't on the level. Which means Waldo was likely lying back when he was talking about how universally Tebow was applauded a decade ago.
More to the point Waldo thinks we're all too stupid to remember it. Waldo is a campus SJW telling everyone that so-and-so "failed" to recognise some trumped up social-injustice. By doing so he sets himself up as so much wiser than the rest of us. Well, he's not. He's just another disingenuous tool with a Twitter account.
Marilyn Manson used to be kind of cool once
Some reporters looked up Marilyn Manson, found out he is still alive, and stuck a microphone in front of him. Manson blamed the Columbine losers for his own slump. (Mothers, don't name your kids "Dylan". Just sayin'.)
I don't think Manson's argument holds up. The original Manson cited "Helter Skelter" as we all know; he didn't hurt the post-Beatles any. Whatever crimes were committed claiming the influence of "In The Air Tonight" did nothing to Phil Collins.
From a personal level the only Marilyn Manson CD I own is Mechanical Animals, his tribute to David Bowie. I'd bought it in 1999, I think before that April. I'd known he was out there for years, of course, but I never bought into that whole Alice Cooper Does Bauhaus shtick. Mechanical Animals was different, and worth a listen, in my opinion. The man did more albums after that, and I even went to a concert, but he was back to his old tricks so I quit bothering.
That's what really killed Manson: what was relevant to late-Clinton-era audiences (when Christianity was still powerful) was no longer relevant to the Bush era (when American Christianity self-destructed).
Manson also saw himself as an intellectual. Before Columbine... meh, about Maher-tier. Columbine seems to have woken him up because he was absolutely the highlight of Michael Moore's Bowling movie. Unfortunately - as noted - what Manson needed to do was to work on his music.
Shtick is a crutch. Mature musicians, like Phil Collins and Paul McCartney and Gordon Sumner, can make the transition to an adult market. Others are left in the nostalgia circuit: basically playing covers of their own material, like on that "Zits" comic from 2010ish, or like the Psychedelic Furs.
Over the last, what, eighteen hours The Real Donald Trump has tweeted against both the NBA and the NFL. (Lots of energy left in that dotard.) I haven't heard from the NBA but here is NFL honcho Roger Goodell:
The NFL and our players are at our best when we help create a sense of unity in our country and our culture. There is no better example than the amazing response from our clubs and players to the terrible natural disasters we've experienced over the last month. Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities.
I've grown accustomed to this form of blather from the Society of/for Biblical Literature and, recently, from the International Qur'anic Studies Association. It is always the pattern to proclaim how the organisation are the GOOD guys, first. Having pled their case as So Much More Pious Than They Are, such go on to make their opponents feel bad, those yokels, because they are bad and should feel bad; and then to support a policy that hurts them.
When we strip the posturing from Goodell's statement, he has told us that his "National" Football League does not count the national anthem or, by extension, the flag as a rallying-point for unity. Instead he proposes the circus itself is that point of unity. I suppose it has been thus for some time; the "Stuff Black People Like" blog (which I'm not endorsing) got that much right, that the League has become a national ritual, in opposition to the national interest. It's just that the mask is off now.
Good luck with all that, Roger. I'm sure I can find something else to do on my Sunday mornings. Church perhaps.
UPDATE 9 AM: I'm sure this won't stop Goodell from blaming Trump when the ratings tank some more. And I predict Luther Strange will blame this tweet too when he loses his race against Moore. In both cases - heh.
Friday, September 22, 2017
The dehumanisation of the Right
The latter tactic is worth noting: they want someone who is low-tier but rising. They hope to troll him into an error, and then to make him the public face of the movement. There are many people on the fringes of the non-Left, who share only that they think for themselves. Even if they are Rightists they usually don't think of themselves as in the Dissident Right. Left, Right, Center, Juggalo: few of us are Ready For Prime Time. So the tactic has a good chance of working.
Anyway it is rare for a Leftist to come into contact with an unapologetic Rightist. Usually they think Trump supporters have no soul. I literally heard exactly this, this week. Needless to say, if someone is cast in the role of Enemy, silent enim legēs inter arma.
I told him back, please do tell me that I have no soul to my face. My interlocutor didn't take this bait, but he did move on to what a horrible person Trump was personally. So he tacitly agreed that I am not a Ringwraith. Instead he assumed I was just ignorant and needed informing. I am taking this as a compliment to my personal character. (Which I may not even deserve, but hey.)
To sum up, I can now confirm from first-hand experience that the rhetoric these guys are steeped in is ... severe. If they get to know us they might remember that "a Jew hath eyes", as it were. Unfortunately in a "liberal" town they won't know us well.
Thursday, September 21, 2017
It's interesting - and a little saddening - to watch Free Speech Martyrs! go on to prove their censors right, that they were sick puppies who needed to be put down before causing real damage.
These are all people at the forefront of the Rightist alternative-media movement; they all got no-platformed from here (defined as Google) and there. To that, we fellow Rightists cried foul, to varying degrees. But then, once in the wilderness, the aforementioned made utter fools of themselves.
We could probably come up with one or the other reason why they turned weird. Nguyen was treated badly in her field of work, which was porn, and in her case porn run by Jews I'm afraid; Dickinson was hounded out by SJWs. Milo nowadays has to over-promote his appearances, to survive.
Whatever reason they have, they are all loose cannons now, letting the side down and - not infrequently - turning their fire on the rest of us. There is no decent platform that could accept what they've been up to lately; including and not limited to slanders, lies, and doxxing.
There's a lot of effort into that data-mining, and analytics. Perhaps their earlier platforms knew better than the rest of us where they were headed.
Sunday, September 17, 2017
Last year I dimly recall that the leaves turned brown in late August. This year I saw, or at least noticed, my first yellow leaf today.
I don't much go for climate-change 'alarmism' or 'denial'. I do know what I am supposed to believe. Since I am ornery I'll prefer to link to the 'denial' side on my sidebar. Since I am not an expert in this field I am not wedded to that side of the argument.
In this narrow case think what has happened was the solar-flare. This event has prolonged our summer, as far as vegetation goes, that one extra week (and, perhaps, hastened the antipodean spring). But now the flare is over (and we got a cool and cloudy weekend). So, autumn is coming. And starting next weekend I see that the models are predicting a cold and wet autumn.
Alabama: please vote for Roy Moore
For a long time, I have disliked Roy Moore's rulings from the Alabama state bench. He has tended to rule from God's Law against the law of, well, America. His conception of G-d often differs from mine. And, more to the point, from American ceremonial-deism... which is why he kept getting overturned.
Among those rulings, Moore had directed his lower courts to oppose homosexual "marriage". On this much, he is more in the line of Western and Eastern "Tao". I - call me deist, for this purpose - count myself among those who say that marriage has an ancient and sacred meaning, to exclude same-sex pairings. The Supreme Court had ruled otherwise on that. This is wrong; but still, even here, the law is an ass, as they say. So Moore's decisions... are untenable. Illegal.
Rather than stay on as a judge, and make a lot of ineffectual noise, Moore did exactly the right thing which was to move instead into the Senate. There he can add his vote to impeach the judges who have foisted the Code Of Sodom onto these united States.
So, from my standpoint as a past opponent of Moore as a jurist, I endorse him wholeheartedly as a lawmaker. May he win his primary. May he win his election. And may all his fellow Senators follow his example.
The New York Review Of Books is corrupt on Islam
Earlier this year, Harvard published perhaps the worst book on Islamic origins ever writ by a Western scholar, Bowersock's Crucible. The New York Review Of Books then published a slobbering puff piece on it. I noted immediately that the reviewer was rotten and I called reviewer-shopping on the part of the Review. That was based on a lack of other theories on why they'd choose this joke of a reviewer. I still lacked the Review's motive; so I proposed the general Manhattan insulated-liberal COEXIST groupthink.
Bruce Bawer has looked further into the Review's history and present staff (for which, I thank him). Bawer turns up that it's worse than that. The rag is now published by Ian Buruma. Buruma has gone full apologist.
So, there's the motive. For researchers of Islam generally, do not take New York Review Of Books as an authority on this topic.
MLK's dream as Alinskyite meme
The dissident Right and the activist Left are in entire agreement with the content of Martin Luther King, Jr's platform, to whatever extent they adopt his platform for their own. Mine own journey into the dissident Right was in no small part spurred by my learning that these two sides were historically correct. And that the mainstream Right, which looooves them some airy "content of character" rhetoric, was wrong. Not just wrong, but dishonest.
As a servant of arta, and as one who's just not that effective a liar, I'm not much into lies. For six years now I've been making a point of trolling those stupid Conservative posts wherever I find them (actually it's approaching eight). Today I've found a fellow honest Rightist with an actual argument, there might be some utility in co-opting King:
That is: where some Lefty pushes identity-politics, throw the Dream speech at 'em. Make them live by their book of rules. Well, it's an argument. As such it deserves respect.
To that, I must point out that from a historical standpoint, this tactic is a loser. The Republicans had thought exactly this when they agreed to Civil Rights in the 1960s; that they could piggyback on The Dream and prune their old Civil Rights stance into a principled defence of equal access for everybody.
It didn't work. Lyndon Johnson offered to the non-white population that ancient Democrat alternative: so you don't like the Machine, what if we just bring you into it. Blacks then voted for the Machine. You see the results in the electoral tallies, and on black / social-justice Twitter, to this day. What we learnt, and what Republicans should have learnt, is that blacks will vote for equal-rights if the alternative is white supremacy, and will tell you all day long about their love for Jesus; but blacks will vote for black supremacy over equal-rights. (A candidate might make more headway from other bases, immigration being one. But never from equal-rights.) Blacks are not Olympians, moral superiors to the human race; any more than Bull Connor's voters were. The Stars-n-Bars nostalgists and the Selma marchers grew up in the same damn towns. And Martin Luther King knew it, tribal shaman that he was.
Citing "muh dreem" does have one sure result I've noticed. It is sure to keep alive the memory of Martin Luther King himself, reigning over America as a sacred icon. Young people will be inspired to read Martin Luther King's writings and to learn that he was a medium-c communist and black nationalist. Some readers may be red-pilled as I was. Most will end up as communists instead.
Because here's the thing with icons - they can't be debated.
Milo ain't nothin' but a bitch
Start an event; tell the suckers that some speakers are showing up; ask the invitees after the fact. Unsurprisingly the "speakers" (Charles Murray, for one) are upset about this trading on their name.
Saturday, September 16, 2017
Washington DC saw a few rallies today. Soi-disant Trump supporters who are really alt-right LARPers, soi-disant anti-fascists who are really fascists for the other side, and... Insane Clown Posse fans.
I tend to prefer the side of honesty and free-speech, so, WASSUP MAH NINJAS WHOOP WHOOP.
In other internet news, the Spartiate Caste has weighed in: Marine Major General Geoffrey B. Higginbotham. The rant is not entirely coherent, but then my posts here aren't always blessed with coherence either. His points are (1) if you are paid to attend a rally, you're a mercenary and (2) left, right, your rallies are damn lame.
Maybe we'll all end up turning to that Shaggy 2 Dope / Violent J ticket in 2020.
Ann Althouse paraphrases the Left's twittersphere
I would expect some progressives to argue that it's fine to make conservatives feel like outsiders because: 1. Conservatives make those in groups that have historically felt like outsiders feel like outsiders, 2. Conservatives can take it, they're not all about feelings, 3. Conservatives should follow their own ideology and take responsibility for their own condition and fight for success, not look for others to blame, and 4. Conservatives actually have weaker minds, deserve their lack of success, and cannot credibly beg for affirmative action.
#1 can be countered with Leninist who-whom. I've seen #2 and #3 on flamewars all the time - used as an Alinsky tactic, and never in good faith. "Hurr durr, SNOWFLAKE! LULZ!"
#4 is the statement that makes a testable hypothesis. And the hypothesis has some actual scholarly work behind it, starting with - I think - Theodore Adorno's Authoritarian Personality.
First, a digression, because #4 needs unpacking: the ending "cannot credibly beg for affirmative action" has some nuance around it. A university could, if it were honest, recognise "white conservatism" as a disadvantaged background. Any problems will then arise not from diversity, but from inclusion. That is: the conservative who is accepted won't be promoted until he Overcomes His Challenges, which I guess means Checks His Privilege in this context. Like the low-SAT black man accepted into a medical school, such a Checked conservative will disproportionately flunk out or say "screw this noise" and leave.
Stripped of that, it often rubs me the wrong way when I see self-satisfied Twitter leftists tell conservatives, with varying degrees of politeness, that they're just not that bright. They are not showing intelligence themselves in the mere act of cutting down others. In any case Twitter is hardly the medium for a reasoned and extended argument, nor anything much beyond the Sick Burn and the animated meme. The worst sort in my opinion is the commenter who just repeats "Creationism!" as if that explains the whole problem. (There does exist a non-creationist Right, you know. HBD in particular is less creationist than, say, the Blank Slate axiom.)
Here and there I've looked into Quillette and Turning Point (with the College Fix), but for various reasons these won't do - Quillette are entryists, controlled opposition; and TPUSA (=CF) are fascist, obscurantist thugs. So I dunno. The Heterodox Academy?
UPDATE 9/17: from Razib's twitter, SCIENCE!.
A tale of two movies
Brad's Status was screened at the same time as mother!!1. The first reviews for Brad's Status were weak, with terms like "white male whining" showing up on RottenTomatoes. But where motherEleventy went from 80ish to 69 (as of now), Brad's Status went from 70ish to 83.
Matt Drudge had a feeling about mother@#$%. So his link went to Rex Reed in The Observer. Rex Reed is paywalled so I'll sum it up: y'all been had.
When I think of movie critics, I think of failed film-students and underemployed humanities-majors. Such would figure that if some nerd directs a film, that there HAS to be a point in there somewhere. And if we consider that the reviewers in certain urban areas share a *koff* certain ethnic/religious background with the director... well, we cannot let the side down, can we. As a result they are easily rolled in early screenings, where they sit alongside their fellow critics, who are as uncomfortable as they are.
(This smart-set treats Stiller movies like they treat Sandler movies; prolefeed from people who "should know better".)
Friday, September 15, 2017
The evacuation and reparation of Barbuda
Barbuda is empty. On wikipedia its population is "0"...
In the Caribbean, especially in its smaller, flatter islands - that sometimes happens. Barbados was populated back in the Carib days; and then, when the English first showed up, the English found Barbados empty. Hurricanes happen. Droughts used to happen, when there weren't fleets or desalination plants to truck water in. Volcanoes and earthquakes happened. Caribs happened; later, Portuguese happened. The Caribbean is paradise, except when it's hell. And the devil doesn't always give a courtesy-call in advance.
The Barbudans are, like Antiguans (and Bajans), majority black today. And the Antigua-Barbudans have been vocal for reparations for slavery, that institution which dragged so many Africans against their will to the Caribbean deathtrap.
Let us consider the evacuation of Barbuda a welcome first step to such reparations. No longer are the black people in Barbuda cursed to live there! This is a literally heaven-sent opportunity for the world to restore Barbuda to that island's original inhabitants who are, if I am not mistaken, the Arawak. I do believe that the Arawakan language has been recorded and that people of Arawakan descent still survive here and there. May Barbuda be the Arawakean Zion!
I call upon the International Community to act swiftly to restore to the Arawakan people their island, so wrongfully wrested from them by the white man. I cannot see how any black man, either, can object to such reparative justice.
The Kennedy liberals and Vietnam
Say what you will about the John Kennedy administration; say what you will about the Americans' role in the Vietnam war. There are Yankees still willing to fight that war. And, against them, there are New-Lefters still willing to fight for "peace"; meaning against that war, meaning against the rights and the lives of the free people of Vietnam (especially of its South, and its Catholics).
As we can see, the Vietnam War was, in America, a civil war - fought with propaganda. Maggie's Farm is hosting a comment by Dr. Nguyen Ngoc Sang of (south) Vietnam. Why Maggie's Farm, some obscure blog I had to find out about from Ed Driscoll, a man I don't even like that much? Because Dr Sang had already tried a mainstream site - Yahoo, who banned his statement. So let's all do our part, to let the world know, what Yahoo don't want you to.
The real Vietnam War isn't over. The real war is fought in the souls of every Vietnamese "yearning to breathe free" in his own land. And the counterpart to that war was and is fought in the newsrooms of the United States; and in that front Yahoo (for one) remains on the Soviet side. In that light, when we read Dr Sang:
... we can answer that, too. Those casualties weren't useful to the newsrooms in the 1960s and the 1970s. And they're not useful to Yahoo. And they're not useful to Ken Burns.
It somewhat grates my teeth to concede much to the Kennedy liberals, or to the Northeast generally. (It is the English Cavalier in me.) But, lest we forget, other nations were involved in the American game-of-thrones, nations like the Vietnamese. Given the tech-Left's willingness to censor views contrary to the New Left narrative, Maggie's Farm deserves praise, for risking its very existence on behalf of the Vietnamese people.
Why I don't bother with Gab
I never did get an account on Twitter.
I did get accounts on Facebook and, G-d forgive me, on okCupid; but I've long since bailed out of both. This was before they were all involved in social-justice censorship. For okCupid, I'd go further: the place used to be run on principles we'd now class as alt-right. Steve Sailer (no less) used to run spin-off posts from statistics the okCupid dataminers were noticing about the site's demographics and usage-patterns.
Anyway, they've all gone to the dark side now, including Twitter. When I've been tempted to branch out to twitterlike outfits, the one that springs up is Gab. Gab is the outfit that refuses any censorship at all. And there we run against the free-speech problem from that other side - specifically, knowingly false and defamatory free speech.
Gab's problem is that you cannot actually do that, as a principle of law. One is allowed to make comments about statements of fact. One such statement is "Brett Kimberlin was the Speedway Bomber and was justly incarcerated for his violent spree of terror". A statement imputing homosexuality, especially against a married man? No; that's defamatory, and - for one - Senator Baucus should have done time for that. This goes double for an action or propensity to action that is still legally criminal, like paederasty.
Andrew Torba of Gab.ai hasn't gotten that picture. Gab is currently a den for illegal activity, specifically slander. It remains such a den, a sort of Mafia-fence for libel, as long as they don't enforce bans against libel from its users. Gab's lawyers and freelance defenders can complain about the SJWs in Apple and Google all they like, but the facts remain that Gab would be in the legal and ethical wrong in any jurisdiction. Good luck incorporating in Russia once Putin figures out Pussy Riot can get an account there.
Besides any moral qualms I'd have with use of the Gab service, I just flat don't think it is long for the Internet.
UPDATE 9/16: and now Gab is going in for doxxing.
Monday, September 11, 2017
The straying housewife
Back when Lawrence Auster was still alive, and kicking - and boy, did he ever kick hard - I used to follow also his acolyte, the Thinking Housewife. For those who don't know or no longer remember, this is where Laura Wood was at in 2011.
I know, I know; Mr Auster was only born into that tradition, and he was never shy about blasting his relatives' slide into tikkun-olam heterodoxy, and he apostasised from all of it for Christianity.
I still can't see the Lawrence Auster of old approving of where Laura Wood has gone.
Women need a strong man to guide them. Just like men need a good woman to soften them. Auster was a strong man. Wood...
One "Tilly" was a regular at Little Green Footballs over 2003. On 13 September that year, she delivered an oral history of events to that site.
The proprietor of that site has since deleted Tilly's comments. He's got his reasons; whether they justify the eradication of history, I'll leave to others. For now I give you the 2007 reminder - before it is deleted too:
Never forget and shiiiet
The Ewok, anagram for "Woke":
This very sluaghairm was evoked earlier today by Rob "Meathead" Reiner:
What I would like us Never To Forget, this year, is how over the whole Bush II Presidency the American Left objected to any attempt from the Right to reach across that proverbial aisle. And how in September 2011 the Leftists didn't wait a whole week. Oh, no. Not in their hearts anyway.
Today's lesson comes from the Scriptures Of That Weapon Brown / Clarissa Webcomic Guy, one J Yungbluth. Now, both of those comics are fine works of satire, especially Clarissa. But Yungbluth's fans often forget that he'd done, later in 2001, a third comic; a Politically Charged comic. Hint: when someone tells you that they are a Political Junkie, run the fuck away. (I learnt this from xkcd.)
Yungbluth announced the new project 15 September 2001. As of that moment, we in the West knew of two main pro/anta-gonists: the ideologues of jihad, specifically narrowed-down to Osama at this point; and the President of the United States at the time.
The very next day, Mr Yungbluth put out the first strip in that series. This referred to the Sunni-Islamists as generic "terrorists" and the President as
So: never you mind the civilisational stakes. Don't you even bother uniting around a common cause! George W Bush is still the wrong man for the job, and that is what matters.
Despite that Yungbluth is evil and treasonous, with no interest in America as a going concern - its 2001-era population or its ideology - I do at least appreciate that Yungbluth told us as much. He showed us the Democratic soul. The other Democrats like Tom Tomorrow and TIME magazine just hid it better.
Saturday, September 09, 2017
Republican BBQ in an undisclosed location
Colorado Republicans voted against Trump in the Assembly (we didn't do a Presidential primary) and then the state at large voted against Trump in the general. In my town, during last year's Labor Day parade, our float got booed - by little kids. I didn't even bother this year. So this afternoon, there's a sooper sekrit barbecue that we had to register to join.
Republicans here tend to be very elderly white folks. And when they compose their Winning Conservative Message to submit to the state at large, that message is Bigguverment hurr Muhguns durr Librul - that they are bitter, and that they cling. That they subsist upon inherited wealth, which they deny to the less-racist; and that they may easily be parted from it. Maybe the Boulder County Republicans are a cut above. Maybe. Meeting up in some bunker in the middle of nowhere does not exactly signal a position of strength.
I would add that bigguverment as a foil is a loser. It is an abstraction, first of all; and it also apes the old Leftist memes of Big Oil, Big Pharma, and on and on. Going against bigguverment is particularly perverse in this part of the state: if not from the Feds or from Colorado itself, other yuuge employers include the state university system, the hospitals, legal / regulatory compliance, and computer software which also often serves these others. But hey, y'all got the masochist vote.
The Republican message has additional problems when it harkens back to old nineteenth-century... liberalisms: We Gave The Vote To Women! Civil Rights!, as the Labor-Day floats gaily announce. The first instinct among the onlookers is to look at those old biddies and to roll their eyes at the schoolmarming. The onlookers then think to themselves, so, even the conservatives have accepted that Social Justice is a good. Now let us find the party to give us more liberalism and more social-justice, for the future.
So my advice to the Republicans there is going to start with: don't act complacent, don't show weakness, don't play the schoolmarm and don't concede anything to the Left.
They still need a positive message. I would go with affordable family-formation, and aid to the working (not "middle") class. Abolish the "use taxes" and the various income taxes. Direct the state's-spending to infrastructure especially road-construction. Support cheaper energy defined as, kilowatt-hours per unit of pollution - so, with a bias to nuclear, against those hideous bird-blenders. Support free speech and due process rights in the universities. Push a hard line on illegal invasion and H1B/H2B visas - play up the safety angle, as well as how it cuts down salaries. Push a hard line against so-called "antifa", especially if from out of state; and against those who fund it.
As far as the overall messaging, I noticed last year on the trail that the educated (white) women here despise more downscale presumed-Republicans for being uneducated (i.e., not on our level, dear). Some ads showing muscly hunky men working in construction and/or in oil-fracking might turn these women around.
The upscale Asian minority for its part made a big thing about Trump "catering" to white nationalists. Leave aside that this is a weasel term - the proper response is to turn this around, if "catering" is so bad, then what about Hillary "catering" to black nationalists, in particular to the pro-criminal segment Mothers Of The Movement (as in, the M4BL; as in, #blm)? Now, in my experience, the Asians didn't want to hear it. This means they know that, if it were true, it would be an effective counter-argument. As it happens it WAS true; Clinton had those evil women with her on the damn stage. The Republicans should have hit that hard, should have run explicitly against what Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown actually did. With a bus and small-train system, many Left-leaning rich towns here are vulnerable to crime.
Thursday, September 07, 2017
Anti-Semitism is particularly stupid in Europe
Various places I poke at in dissident-right circles occasionally direct me to one Jack Sen and his "British Renaissance Policy Institute".
As to the outfit, which as far as I can tell is pretty much just Mr Sen, its unwieldy title reads like a portmanteau of Jared Taylor's "American Renaissance", which I mostly like, and Spencer's "National Policy Institute", which I've always thought was silly. As for Sen himself... er.
The "Sen" name to me sounds about as British as the "Slowes" name; it looks pronounceable as English, but it doesn't at all look native. It turns out that Mr Sen, like me, is a mix. In his case he's part Asian, specifically Hindu - I'd have guessed Malay or Burmese, but I think he claims India. Unlike me, Mr Sen sometimes pops off about Slovessîm. I stumbled onto another silly site, Occidental Observer, commenting on that.
It is one thing to blast an individual (who may or may not be Jewish) for being a globalist who displays no interest in the British people. It is quite another to accuse her of doing it For The Jews or, dear G-d in Heaven, for Israel. If the last UK election had been up to British Jews - or, if you like, to Jews Resident In Britain - the Conservatives would have swept almost every Parliamentary district. What was the result - 75% Tory? Those voters didn't do it for their brothers in the Holy Land. They did it for their literal brothers, in their own homes, whom and which they feel are now under siege.
My recommendation to Mr Sen, then, is to leave be your allies - because most Jews in the UK are allies - whilst they are, in fact, acting according to your interests. When individuals don't, those individuals deserve to be called on it - as individuals. If members of minority groups claim to be doing it for their peoples' cause, link to members of that group who dispute that. In this particular case such members won't be difficult to find.
Sunday, September 03, 2017
An unsubtle tactician promises a subtle grand-strategy
I looked at a pivotal scene in Vox Day / Beale's A Throne of Bones a week back. The author on his blog points me to an ongoing review, from one Stephen Wright. Wright is, I hear, a professional in the Fantasy field. Wright is also a thundering asshole, and he further hates Beale personally. Given all that, Wright is harping on Beale's style. And, somehow, finds a genuine flaw in his book.
To get some stuff out of the way, Wright's hatred leads him to miss the point of many chapters. For instance, chapter 12 - the scene I looked at earlier, when Corvus executes his idiot nephew Fortex. We observers are not meant to care about Fortex, the idiot. We're meant to care about Corvus, about what might happen to him when he returns to the (clearly) family-driven Amorr. This isn't the scene where Ned loses his own head. This is the scene where Robb beheads a Karstark.
Wright's review tells me he misses the point of Throne of Bones generally. Yes, the Goblin incursion looks like Völkerwanderung. No, nobody asks about root-causes at the time. But... we do (later) learn of another inhuman threat to the outlying borderlands, in the ulfin - these creatures, attacking the Islands Of The Wolf. The opening chapters have shown us strands separately, and promise to tie them together later.
But Wright could have honest reasons for getting the book overall wrong, leaving aside his own goal on Chapter 12. Wright (as Vox Day's rebuttal has noted) complains about distraxions in the book's prose. Wright notes that the narrative puts names onto characters who don't matter, that it tells us stuff it should show, and that it raises a tabletop-gamer's view of that battlefield. (This last Vox bit, I'll admit, Wright has neatly pantsed by means of a Spike Milligan quote. It is never wise to cross a man who reads Milligan.) Wright believes that this book's opening chapters are too prolix and saturnine.
I take it that Vox Day wants us to grant him the benefit of the doubt, that he is setting up the pieces on his board. If we've been primed to see the author as overly-didactic, we assume that if winter is coming, then some character will say Winter Is Coming... over and over again.
I'd been giving Vox Day this much leeway because I know, from watching his blog, that he's a subtle thinker in real life. But if a reader is hostile to him, or just stumbles onto his fiction, the fiction's style needs to make that case.
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