Friday, July 22, 2016

- America The Hate-iful

It’s really a very simple principle, henceforth known as RFNJ rule number 3. As a refresher, RFNJ rules number 1 & 2 are:

1. How we decide, is who we are.
2. There is a totality of difference between ‘thinking’ and ‘feeling’.

And now, RFNJ rule number 3:

3. Everyone assumes that everyone else thinks, just like they do.

I confess, English doesn’t lend itself very well to the description of RFNJ rule number 3. It’s probably easier to say in German. But since I don’t speak German and my brother’s German vocabulary is limited to the kinds of things you’d read in deciphered East German military broadcasts, let me shed a little descriptive light in my native tongue.

The idea is that when you try to understand the thought processes of others, you assume incorrectly, that their basic process of weighing facts and evidence against their own insecurities, fears, and other feelings, is basically the same as yours is. We all assume that others all see the same things in the same light as we do, and are trying to accomplish the same things with their proposed solutions to the same problem. This is very much not the case, and is complicated by the fact that although we may be trying to accomplish very different things, we often use the same words to describe them.

This rule applies to all humans across the political spectrum, and is the cause of much misunderstanding across the political divide. It is the error that is the source of the view for conservatives that liberals are ‘stupid’, and for liberals that conservatives are ‘consumed with hate’. Liberals, as we know, don’t think the way conservatives do. Stated in purely relative terms and speaking about the average liberal vs. the average conservative, liberals are much more emotionally driven in their thought processes than conservatives are. Conservatives meanwhile, can be accurately described as being colder and more analytical than liberals. So conservatives worry much more about ‘being’ right while liberal worry about ‘feeling’ right.

Take the relatively unemotional example of tax rates. Liberals have often said that they would be willing to raise tax rates on the rich even if it means less revenue for the government. Thinking in the way they do, and weighing their own feelings of fairness against the prospect of reduced revenue for the government, they still come down on the side of their own feelings. Liberals don’t like the rich because they envy them. And they know their base don’t like them either. So for them it’s a simple decisions about what’s ‘right’ in spite of the negative outcome of less revenue.

Conservatives meanwhile, are not so emotional. They see the issue of taxation as the means by which the government is funded and are interested much more in efficiency than their feelings about the rich. Feelings never even enter into the equation for them. They look at the reduced revenue and conclude that regardless of the emotion of the people making the decision, since the effect is negative the idea is negative. For them it’s equally straightforward.

The fun part comes from the analysis of those positions by celebrities, and the news media. To the conservative, the liberal solution to the tax rate issue clearly looks ‘stupid’, while the liberal view of the conservative position looks like ‘hatred of the poor’. The rich have more than the poor and to the liberal this seems ‘unfair’ on its face. It therefore requires no further analysis of the issue as far as they’re concerned.

Which brings me to the issue of the day. I write this the day after Donald Trump’s acceptance speech at the Republican convention. and to listen to the media this morning, America, or at least the Republican party is now a group of people consumed with ‘Hate’ from sea to shining sea. We hate illegal immigrants, blacks, the poor, women, and anyone who is uneducated enough to misunderstand RFNJ rule number 2. This should tell you something about the political leanings of those celebrities and news media types. It should also tell you that the person you’re speaking to will NEVER be persuaded by facts, evidence or rationally derived statistics. If you don’t touch them emotionally, you will never change their mind about anything.

To conservatives of course, those people all look like ‘idiots’ though clearly some of them must not be. A cynical man might think that one of the benchmarks of the Democrat party (to which these people all but universally belong) is the intentional manipulation of the emotions of their supporters who cannot understand RFNJ rule number 2, and are instead pulled hither and yon in their life decisions by how they feel that particular day. (I myself am just a cynic, but I leave you to form your own conclusions.)

But regardless of how you feel about the character of the Democratic leadership, there are many decent, honorable well intentioned liberals in America who truly do want what’s best for the country. They are just confused about which mental processes they should rely on to arrive at proposals to achieve those goals. To them, relying on anything but their fear of violence, their insecurity about their lack of success with money or dating or whatever, is deeply and fully 'wrong'. Disagree with them and they will become angry in the exact degree to which they are ego invested in that view.

And doing so today will almost certainly result in you being called out for your ‘hatred’ of someone or something. It’s quite astounding really how the ego investment of liberals in their emotionally defensive worldview, will allow them to rationalize connections between totally differing situations in order to meet their first rule of politics which is that all proposed solutions much first and foremost ‘feel’ good to the proposer. Opposing inefficient tax policy is hatred of the poor. Supporting the right of police to defend themselves against violent criminals is 'hatred of blacks'. Supporting the free market for determining wages or opposing government intervention in privately negotiated contracts is 'hatred of women', supporting enforcement of our borders and laws is 'hatred of illegal immigrants'.

So this election cycle will be one where any conservative should be prepared to be called out for their ‘hatred’. And when this happens to you, I hope you can keep in mind that the person who is accusing you of this is not talking about your hate (which they don’t actually know the first thing about) they are simply projecting their own emotionalism onto you. They are assuming that your decision is driven by exactly as much emotion as their decision, and nothing more.

We should also remember that if they are under the age of 40, this probably isn't their fault. We have been trained in the academy since the 60's to believe that subjective feelings 'should' be more important than intellectually rigorous thoughts when deriving social policy. Generations of American have been sold a bill of goods by Academics who have built the entire philosophies of Gender and Racial studies around that basic principle, and they have long since infected ever other discipline of study. It's a miracle if a kid can get through that onslaught of indoctrination without being a little muddle headed.

So at best, try to be patient. At worst, I'd suggest trying to scare them or some other emotionally driven argument. Neither will probably do any good, but there is really no sense in getting worked up over the accusations of someone who doesn't understand these basic differences. Just remember that the accusation is inevitable, and says far more about the motives of the accuser than it ever will about the accused. As I see it, by the terms that liberals have defined we not only should be America the Hate-iful, but right now we quite desperately need to be. And the mark of a real leader is doing what must be done, even when you aren't liked for doing it.

-The Morning After... Cuck-Spiracies and the Lament of the Establishment Twits

The Cuck-spiracies started at the moment Trump announced his candidacy. The theory was that Trump would savage the Repubs contenders so bad, that Hillary would wade in and have a walk in the park to the presidency.
Panties are still in a bunch at NR and other NeverTrump encampments. Last night the cucks came out at first when Tom Barrack (CEO of Colony Capital - [disclaimer: I own this stock]) gave what I considered  a combination of an Irish Eulogy (possibly directed at the corpse of the mainstream) with more so an upbeat "best man" wedding speech. The cucks wanted nothing to do with it and were lock-step in snark with liberals. Barrack even said his speech wasn't going to rais the rafters. It was no BS and from the heart. Refreshing.
The best cuck-spiracy theory of them all was puked by none-other than the unhinged, holier-than-thou, Glen Beck. Although Miami is a big city, access to talk radio is limited. Michael Savage is available but you need a vintage CB-Radio antenna to bring in a clear signal. So I'm stuck with Glen as ride home from work. Glen's theories ranged from Melania's speech was sabotaged from the inside to secret meetings behind closed doors with two-faced delegates. Yep, Glen trotted out the ol' "I heard from a very reliable source that people speaking in support of Trump at the convention were secretly plotting for 2020." ... you mean just like when McCain ran and Romney after that?
Not be left out, people in the NR circle were lighting up the Twitter sphere with "mourning in America" tweets, Kevin W was very active and chimed in on the Mussolini comparisons. Jonah Goldberg lamented that Trump doesn't understand DC or Policy. Kevin was also dismayed by the "yelling". What the f*ck happened at NR? Did someone put estrogen in the water cooler?
These same folks telling me Trump is a joke are the ones that told me to believe in Romney and McCain before that...
Neither of those two could deliver a speech with force or resonance. Trump kept it plain spoken but forceful. The lily-livers on the right are so flabbergasted that I couldn't separate their spilled pablum from people like Sally Kohn. If I took my marching orders from NR I would abstain from November and plan for 2020. Would they support Cruz? Nope. So NR will gin-up a new proto-repub candidate that will be in their image and . A bland DC insider that recites policy, wears Rugby ties and who's biggest paycheck came from writing opinion pieces or was a lifelong congress critter.
Their lament is music to my ears. I used to enjoy NR, but Rich Lowry and his pals are wussified.
Whenever I read NR or commentary from their peanut gallery, I use the Nathan Lane "Bird Cage" character as the narrative voice, complete with exclamations and swoons. It is amusing and fitting.
Bring on the debates. I believe Trump will plow right through Hillary and reveal her many flaws on stage. The cucks will call him a classless brute. So will the Libs. My boss asked me what I thought. I told him Trump will probably win by the biggest margin in history. he was shocked. He's a cuck. I explained that Hillary, even to her most earnest supporters, on her best day is un-listenable ! I also mentioned that nobody cares about Hillary. Did anyone even care when she selected Kaine to be a running mate? Seriously - it was like a Pat Paulson schtick. Philadelphia will be interesting, and Tom makes a great observation. First time in a long time I look forward to November.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

- A Philadelphia Story

The Democratic National Convention will be held in Philadelphia Monday, July 25-Thursday, July 28.


Tuesday’s keynote speaker will be former President Bill Clinton with featured speakers from Mother’s of the Movement. The Mothers of the Movement participating include Gwen Carr, mother of Eric Garner; Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin; Maria Hamilton, mother of DontrĂ© Hamilton; Lucia McBath, mother of Jordan Davis; Lezley McSpadden, mother of Michael Brown; Cleopatra Pendleton-Cowley, mother of Hadiya Pendleton; Geneva Reed-Veal, mother of Sandra Bland.

Who are these women you ask? I defer to "Blue Lives Matter":

Eric Garner died of a medical issue while resisting arrest. Dontré Hamilton was shot when he disarmed a police officer and was beating him over the head with his weapon. Michael Brown was shot while attempting to kill a police officer. And Sandra Bland committed suicide in her jail cell.

And of course, we all know who Trayvon was. He was the 17 year old who doubled back one Florida evening to "teach George Zimmerman a lesson" and ended up getting shot for his trouble.

The Democratic convention will be protected from the very large group of protesters that have been promised from the now defeated Bernie Sanders camp, by none other than the Philadelphia, and Pennsylvania State Police. Wouldn't it be fun if they were no more successful at protecting the Democrats at the convention, than the Democrat policies implemented in Washington have been at achieving their proposed goals?

The irony here is pretty rich. The people inside being protected from the angry mob that they themselves incited, by the very people they say are doing something wrong. Clearly this is a platform that will work very well for the future of America.

It's a war on competency folks.

- Endorsing Donald Trump

George Carlin had a great line about driving on the highway. He used to say that anyone going slower than you is a “IDIOT!” and anyone going faster than you is an “ASSHOLE!”. What the great comedian never realized was, it isn’t just on the highway.

I am not a #nevertrump guy. Gun rights are my thing, so I can’t have Hillary setting up the Supreme Court. As unreliable as Trump is, he’s better than her. That’s the end of it. But to the Nevertrump people, the fact that I would vote for him makes me either an idiot or an asshole, depending on which way you think about it. I don’t think the nevertrumpers I know believe we are as close to the edge as I do. They’re taking a longer term view, and are already thinking about recovery in 2020. Me, I’m not so optimistic. It think anything resembling recovery from President Hillary will take at least 40 years and will probably involve learning the Koran. I'm not much of a Catholic but I've been one a long time, so I'm disinclined to change.

When I look at the policy direction of the Federal government, I see several decisions which have no effective checks on them. Sure the system was designed for checks and balances, but that didn’t stop Obamacare, the explosion of the Federal debt, or the lack of an actual budget. It never even slowed down the policy of spending money today that we will, in the most optimistic scenario (which I do not subscribe to) be collecting the taxes to pay decades from now. It never stopped the Justice department from rewriting the law from the prosecution side, or the constant haranguing of private citizens by lawsuits designed to make them comply with invented rights of others.

I’m not talking principles here. I doubt you can get a hair’s width between the principles of someone like Jonah Goldberg and I. What I’m talking about is survival. I do not see our lack of fiscal responsibility as a scenario which anyone is trying to end. And it’s just as well because the act of trying to defuse the bomb is very likely going to be the thing to set it off. But another decade or so of Democratic rule will mean nothing but trying to keep the bomb safe by packing it in kerosene soaked newspaper and C4. It may not set things off but it will make things much worse when it happens.

The key here that the Democrats do not know how to think about the consequences (let alone the unintended consequences) of their actions. They think they can legislate away reality (or at least circumvent if by decree lacking actual legislation), but reality doesn’t care if you acknowledge it. Reality will always have the last laugh. And the reality is that the American populace no longer deserves self rule.

I would rather Trump blow it all up today when I’m young enough and healthy enough to recover from it. If it happens when most informed people I know expect it to, then I’ll be too old to be anything but a burden to my daughter. Who will have her own problems to solve. That doesn’t mean Trump is going to blow it up, though that’s probably the way to bet. But at least he won’t be shipping in truckloads of kerosene soaked rags and explosives.

If all he does is fire 10% of every Federal department, it would be an incredibly productive start in the right direction - a direction we've ignored for far too long. Americans are incredibly resilient and productive. Lower the cost of compliance for them and they will spring into action creating jobs and creating wealth. Things will begin to improve. Enough? I don’t know. But it would be a good start.

By being an outsider, Trump is the last best hope of saving Obama’s America from itself. By rejecting the ‘normal course of business’ he can only improve things. There will be a small chance that he lights the fire that brings it all down, but failing that, there is almost nowhere to go but up.

Trump isn't my perfect candidate, but I've voted for imperfect candidates before, and may again. He is however, the least bad one.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

- A Worthy Discussion

I'm only half way through this, but I find it worth listening to. Judge for yourself:

- #FreeMilo (By Letting Twitter Die)

The other day, I was listening to the Kevin Williamson – Charlie Cooke podcast, “Mad Dogs and Englishmen”. I like Kevin personally (though not so much Charlie), and their podcast is usually an interesting take on things. Since they’re both very pro-gun, I usually enjoy what they have to say on the topic. Anyway, during this week’s podcast, Kevin offered an aside to another discussions that I though was interesting.

Basically he said that the way Trump fans are always talking about the masculinity of his message was actually a throwback to Gay media from the 70’s. Is it? You got me. I’m not exactly up on my gay themed messaging history. But on a certain level I guess I can see his point. I knew a couple of guys who were very into body building back then and I was always a little heterosexually suspicious at the way they seemed to fetishize the male form. These days of course, no one would care. But at that time and place, being gay was still something where you wanted to at least keep it to yourself. And if I understand Kevin’s point correctly, I can see where he’s going with it.

None the less though I think it’s an irrelevant swipe at the people who have been the most unjustly critical of him. Kevin isn’t offering an analysis of the effectiveness of Trumps message, he's just insulting his supporters (I suspect) because they've been so insulting toward him. In his typically cerebral way, he’s saying that the very people who support Trump and criticize him for being a “cuckservative”, are actually the ones who may have questions about their own masculinity.

This seems like a cheap, unjustified shot to me - like the big (intellectual) kid picking on the little (intellectual) kids. Though I think if anyone is entitled it’s probably Kevin. Twitter has been a source of virtually perpetual insult to him since he came out as a #nevertrump supporter. And all of it is probably unjustified. Though with it all out there, I think it’s a shame to see him reduced to the level of veiled insults to a bunch of idiots who wouldn’t know a serious thought if it pummeled them about the head and shoulders.

I do think Trump’s more masculine message is helping him greatly and net-net will be a good thing for the Republican party, and I’ve written about that a lot. But Kevin wasn’t talking about that. He was talking about the way the pro wrestling fans that make up a certain percentage of Trump’s base took it. I view the 'thinking' of those supporters as a kind of ‘necessary evil’ of the change in presentation between Trump and say Romney, but Kevin looks at it as something that invalidates the whole principle of the message. He could have lots of personal reasons for that but it's all wasted on me. I think it’s a shame to see one of the leading conservative minds of our time calling a whole big bunch of people gay simply because they've been mean to him, but this is the world we live in I guess. You can cram an insult into 128 characters, but it’s hard to fit an actual idea into that space.

Then there is the Milo incident. Last night he was "permanently banned" for his supporters getting in a scuff with a big unattractive black woman I've never heard of. Twitter is a private company, and is entitled to stifle any speech they see fit. That’s a given. But… their customer base should recognize that they are a company who, like much of the rest of western society, is deep in the thrall of anti-white and anti-male, social justice. Under that philosophy, you can say things about white people or men and the society they’ve built that you cannot say about the female or black community or the subculture they’ve built. Image of a hooded black man slashing the throat of a cop – that’s OK. Call a big, unattractive black woman a gorilla, that’s not OK. The hypocrisy is obvious to everyone not in thrall to the cult of the left, but that includes Twitter’s operating managers, all of the mainstream media, and one of our major political parties.

I’m a huge Milo fan, and his response was classic. “If I’m a white supremacist then I’m the first black cock sucking white supremacist in history”. You gotta love the guy. In an age where who you are means far FAR more than what you do or say, the guy sure knows how to play the game. I don’t have a Twitter account for obvious reasons, but I’m reliably told that as of this morning, #FREEMILO was the number one trending tag. If Twitter cares about its stockholders, it had better stop trying to ‘effect social justice’ and start listening to its consumers. But I guess they’re betting on being the only game in town.

Either way though, twitter is an obvious cesspool, and stands zero chance in my opinion of ever being anything close to a legitimate source of actual information. Average is a lot dumber than it looks, and when you’re dealing with numbers like Twitter, your average user is going to be way down there in the double digits for IQ. There is no place for thinking on a platform like that, so it naturally attracts people who are disinclined to thinking. Personally I can’t wait to see it wither like MySpace did. If it can reduce Kevin Williamson to sneering and snarking, and still can't see it's own one sided take politically, then there is little virtue in that particular train wreck.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

- An Open Letter To "Black Lives Matter"

If you see me walking along in Manhattan - raging to myself, visibly angry - at the injustice of the way the Romulans have encroached on the neutral zone, you’d call me crazy. If you saw me doing the same thing only I was standing in front of a crowd of about 50 geeky looking middle aged white guys with signs and placards that say “Romulans go home”, and they cheered every time I uttered some particularly angry expression or mentioned what occurred on a particular star date, you’d still call us all crazy.

The “Black Lives Matter” movement and all the self-important little militant black separatist movements are exactly the same. You are raging against a totally imaginary ‘injustice’. Your oppression is only in your own heads. Being successful in the world has turned out to be harder than you imagined, and you are very angry about that. But it’s hard for everyone, not just you. It isn’t reality you’re complaining about it’s your own fantasy. A fantasy born of your own imaginations.

Just because you feels oppressed, doesn’t automatically mean you are oppressed. Our country has vast rafts of laws which give black Americans specific advantages based on absolutely nothing but the color of your skin. If the advantages this provides aren’t enough for you, or if you fail to make the most of them, that’s not injustice. It really just means you’re more of a loser than you are prepared to admit.

Your feelings, are your problem. Don’t tell me how you feel. I don’t care. The only thing I care about is evidence. I know you can’t tell the difference between your feelings and evidence, so let me explain it. Evidence is the kind of thing I can verify on my own. I can look at the statistics, or the reported facts surrounding physically incontrovertible events – not the opinions mind you but the facts, and they will lead me to the same conclusions you’ve reached, even if we didn’t speak at all.

Your feelings meanwhile, are totally irrelevant to everyone but you. If 100 people get together with you and feel exactly the same way, it is no less irrelevant. If it’s 1,000 or 10,000, it’s still irrelevant, unless it’s accompanied by physical evidence or sound statistics. There is no bullshitting reality. And I will not feel guilty simply because you feel bad, no matter how strongly you feel that way.

“No one cares how you feel, they only care what you do.”

Your feelings of outrage are based on lies and fantasies. The dead cops – those are facts. Those things I care about. The more cops you kill the worse it will be for you. The police have unlimited resources to draw on. For every cop you kill, 1,000 will pursue you. You cannot possibly hope to win a shooting war with them, and you only shatter your own credibility by trying.

But you don’t have to be losers anymore. All you have to do, is stop acting like losers, and presto – you will stop losing. Don’t get high at 8:00 AM. Pull up your pants. Put on some respectable looking clothes, and go get a job. If you want a better job, one that pays more, just learn to do something that’s worth more. Your ethnic studies degree isn’t worth anything to anyone but you. Try focusing on something that’s worth more to others instead.

But most of all, quit acting like animals. Quit behaving like savages to yourselves and each other. If you behave civilized, you will be treated civilized. The Koreans don’t have your problem. The Vietnamese don’t. The Indians, Pakistanis, and even most of the recent black immigrants from Africa don’t have your problems. They don’t feel oppressed here, they feel liberated. Just like the other 79% of the population. They realize what real oppression is because they’ve seen it. You haven’t. And you aren’t getting anything from me just because you feel like you have.

No one cares about your ancient history. Like you, the cops arresting you were all born AFTER the civil rights movement, not before. You all know no other world. So quit crying about an injustice done to some ancient ancestor of yours who you can’t even name. They may have had it hard, but you’ve had it easy. The only part of the equation that hasn’t been there for you, is you.

I hire black people all the time. I hire brown people, yellow people, any color of person you can imagine. I don’t care about their color, I only care about what they can do. But most of you can’t seem to do a thing except complain about me. Some people may feel guilty about that, but I don’t. And if you think making me feel guilty is going to be a path to prosperity, then I have only one thing to say to you.

Go fuck yourself.