Wednesday, December 28, 2016

- The Retirement of Dr. Thomas Sowell

Those of you who are regular readers know the high regard I hold for Dr. Thomas Sowell. Not only has his writing greatly enriched my life and increased my wisdom, it also provided me with the inspiration for the design of a program trading system I built which produced a continuous profit for seven straight years. I've often called him the smartest man in America.

In case you haven't heard, The inestimable Dr. Sowell has announced his retirement from writing.

I'd love to say something profound here, but I'm at a loss. He is one of the greatest minds of the 20th century, of that there is no doubt. But I can only imagine the frustration and boredom that must come to him, after seeing simple, fundamental human truths being consistently ignored for all that time. There is a list of quotes here that will give you some idea. Here is my personal favorite:

“It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong.”

I don't know Dr. Sowell personally, though we have many acquaintances in common. I believe his work has changed my life in important ways. And though I'm sure it means very little in the grand scheme, I promise to never forget the many things his work has taught me.

I wish him a long, comfortable and fulfilling retirement.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

- Gavin Does MTV (Very NSFW)

If you cracked open my cartoon brain while I'm writing this blog, inside my head would be a little guy who looks and sounds very much like Gavin McInnes, slapping away on a keyboard and swearing. In real life, he does it so I don't have to. In this instance he listens to the idiotic (and much ridiculed) "2017 Suggestions for White Guys" from the infantile kids at MTV.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

- 2016: A Second Chance Christmas

This Christmas, leftist tantrums are everywhere. Fake hate crimes, airborne emotional outburst, hyperbolic tweets – America’s oversized children are all being naughty. They don’t like that the grownups are back in charge. They’re all screaming “Love Trumps Hate” while red faced with rage, and the monumental joke of it is totally wasted on them. As I’m sure will be the fact that their overblown expectations of perdition will never materialize. Instead they’ll spend the next 4 (minimum) years simply imagining their nightmares into existence, the same as they did with all their hopey-changey dreams.

Frankly, I’m sick of them.

Some people’s minds can never be changed by the inescapable facts of reality, because they don’t spend enough time in it. In a free country like this one, they will self congregate and retreat from the land of ‘things’ into roles like academia and government, where they are shielded from the personal consequences of poor decision making. But in a few days, their most visible and powerful member is going back to the teacher’s lounge where he always belonged.

That was the thing about Obama. It was never about his skin color, it was his academic outlook. It was his belief (and the belief of his advocates) that if he could just remake the laws of society, society would then change it's own unwritten rules to accommodate them. But that isn’t how society works. It’s upstream of government and only ever follows it’s own rules. The laws of government either match the rules of society, or they don’t. And when they don’t, it’s always seen by the broader society as tyranny, even in it’s mildest form.

The way I see it, this Christmas for America a kind of ‘second chance’. We have a second chance to make this country’s government a product of the will of the people, and not a tool for the people that control it to try to change the broader society. Nationalism is still being tossed around like a dirty word, but if it means that the American government will serve the interest of Americans rather than trying to shape their will, then that will be a big win.

For me, this Christmas is about second chances as well. My relationship with my daughter has never been better. She’s managed to get past those difficult 13-to 21 years a little early, and at 16, she’s already figuring out how talented she really is. Like her dad, she’s won the genetic lottery, and it’s coming as a great relief to me that she is now beginning to see that life will be able to deliver her some happiness in spite of it’s challenges.

My divorce is a few years behind me now, and after wolfing around NY (probably a bit more than I should have) I’ve met a woman who fits me like a glove. We’re like-minded enough that we finish each other’s sentences, and get all our mutual jokes. And in a city like NY so filled to the brim with shallow, pretty, self obsessed and useless things, that looks to me a big win. My understanding of women is much greater now than it has been in the past, so my expectations are set more appropriately. But in the near term I see reason for nothing but joy.

And this year, I gave my brother a literal second chance for Christmas. The blood in his veins is now literally on loan from me, complete with my DNA. His numbers are excellent, and though he’s in a lot of pain as a temporary side effect of his chemo, he was discharged from the hospital yesterday, and will be spending this Christmas at home with his family. He still has a long road ahead. With any luck, a very long one.

We are none of us finished. The Obama years have been a big set back for all of us, both individually, and collectively. We’re all bearing the burden of a world that has changed to make life harder for most, so it can be a little emotionally easier for a tiny few. But that’s about to change. It won’t happen quickly, or all at once, but I believe that it will begin to go in the right direction. And that’s enough hope for me.

To my many friends and family (If you're reading this then I mean you), I wish you nothing but success and joy. May your burdens be small and temporary, your triumphs large and lasting. Struggle in life is constant and moments of poetic joy can seem to be fleeting. May you all be gifted the presence of mind so that you miss none of them.

Merry Christmas.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

- Bring It Like A Patron

Here is my favorite story of the week. Artists Want Ivanka Trump to Remove Their Work That Hangs on Her Walls.

I've always liked Ivanka Trump, and not just because she looks so much like my own daughter. As a businesswoman, she always seemed to me to be more 'on key' than her dad. She gave occasional interviews on CNBC in the past, and she always had a clear communications style, and something worthwhile to say. The fact that she is supporting artists doesn't surprise me - it's a common practice of the rich. The word Patron loosely translated to spanish means "Boss" (as in "Bring it like a ...".) and Ivanka always seemed like she understood that role.

The fact that the artists have now decided ex-post to be angry that she has supported their work by buying it, seems to me to be the perfect under the radar public IQ test. A kind of rorschach test of historical literacy. Because the value of art is quite literally only defined by the patrons who will support it, these artists are basically telling us that their views of the world should be devalued. They quite literally couldn't say anything more stupid about their art than asking a patron of the arts to divest themselves of it. It's a stunning example of the vacuous intellectual hubris of the left.

Modern art is a joke. No, I don't mean I think it's a joke (though I do), I mean it's actually a joke. It's supposed to be an ironic commentary on our virtueless society. It's really just a reflection of the nihilism of our artistic community, and their belief that the bourgeois western world could never produce anything of real value. It's particularly ironic that they are complaining about someone from the Trump family, who have their names on much more permanent structures, all over the world. Their "art", only seems beautiful if you get the joke of it, and personally I never have.

The solution here is for Ivanka to take them at their word, and to never buy anything they create, ever again. If I were her, I'd do my best to persuade others to do the same. Let's see how superior they all feel when they're asking someone if they'd like fries or a shake with their next "beautiful" creation.

The first comment on the linked article couldn't have said it better. Proving yet again that brevity is the soul of wit, commenter "Guns And Liberty" simply said: "Dear Artists. Lick my nads." Succinct Brilliance.

- Normalizing The Swastika

I'm detecting a trend in the news. As you know, the majority of "right wing hate crimes" turn out to be fake. The Alt-Right has been talking about narrative collapse for years. But the upswing of fake hate crimes in the post Trump world has finally brought this to the attention of the periphery of the "fake news" obsessed Mainstream media.

Ace has a really great piece about it here.

As a coincidence, one of the more well publicized incidents of "fake hate" involved a girl from Baruch College in New York City, which is just a few blocks from my apartment. On the day after the election when it was supposed to have occurred, I walked proudly from my apartment to a bar on 28th st. to have a drink with a like minded friend, and quietly celebrate our escape from the Clinton machine. I proudly wore my MAGA hat, and was seen by a large number of Baruch students, most of whom looked at me with terrified horror. When I got to the bar I told my friend that I had probably "triggered" a half dozen people on my way over. Wouldn't it be fun if she was one of them?

But the trend I'm noticing is something else. These hate fakers love swastikas. No one else on the alt-right would ever think about using a swastika for anything. It doesn't represent a new idea, it represents a failed ideology which was resoundingly beaten in a major global war, and has been subsequently blamed for a great deal of crime against humanity. The swastika isn't a part of the alt-right, but in the imagination of the left, it naturally is.

The net result is bringing about the trend I mentioned. I think these crazy kids are going to end up unintentionally normalizing the swastika. It's already become my benchmark for determining a fake hate crime. If there is a swastika involved, it's an obvious fake. But it's more than that. It's use is becoming so common, I can imagine it actually being used in an ironic manor, so long as the irony is obvious enough. I could see it being displayed in SNL skits, and other spoof comedy pieces. This, to my knowledge, has never really been done before.

The closest thing I can think of was Mel Brooks, who was so funny he could get away with Hitler jokes. But in cases like Blazing Saddles or others, it was always specifically intended to indicate Germans plucked from the 1940's with their ubermensch fantasies in tact. The current usage is a more modern effort to brand anyone to the right of Paul Krugman as "the same as a nazi". Mel Brooks may be left leaning, but even he wouldn't think that's funny. The modern version is more of an inside joke for leftists, who don't realize what a tiny minority they are, so it's really a joke on them, not everyone else.

And what's even better is that the left doesn't get the joke. As an example, Amazon's, "The Man In The High Castle" involves an alternative history where the Nazi's bombed Washington with an A-bomb and won WWII. We're naturally supposed to see the Nazi society as horrible, but they perform all their horrors off screen. Their villainy is both implied and assumed. And since all their worst sins are hidden from the view of the camera, the society they show for the Nazis involves stable nuclear families who actually care about one another. There is no shattered culture, no false rape accusations, no bullying protest marches based on fiction, no middle aged men in dresses following pre-pubescent girls into the ladies room. All the sins are all hidden from view and only the virtues are shown.

Between that "pleasant on the surface" 2 dimensional world, and the constant use of the Swastika in all the fake hate crimes, I can imagine the Swastika being renormalized as a counterculture statement from the left. They'd do it as an insult to the right, but like the the Amazon TV show, the joke will be missed. I can see leftist enclaves them producing T-Shirts of Che Guevara with a swastika on his beret. Creating fashion items which 'resemble' Swastikas without actually being swastikas, or other 'clever' statements which achieve the opposite of what they intend.

This is what happens when all your demons are imaginary. You quite literally imagine them into being.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

- "Defiled" By Reality

I haven’t been able to find a clear description of why a Canadian man took his pregnant American wife backpacking in Afghanistan in 2012 (apart from the one provided by Darwin), but as you would expect, they were subsequently “kidnapped” by the locals and held for ransom. When interviewed a few years ago, his father offered the following:

"They're both kind of naive, always have been in my view. I don't really know why they went there," he added. "I assume it was more of the same, getting to know the local people, if they could find an NGO or someone they could work with in a little way."

Sounds like typical progressive idiocy to me. Let’s see if we can find any other indicators from their life in the west that might offer some clues to their motives. Here’s a photo of what they looked like when they went off on this ‘adventure’:

And here is what they look like now:

We hear a lot about progressives projecting their hate, but they actually project all kinds of emotions. I don’t think these people were evil, just stupid. They imagined that “we’re all the same deep down” and thought they could project those feelings onto savages, and then stroll unarmed and unprotected, through an area of the world where even the US Marines are a little reluctant to go without air support.

One would hope they’d learn something from this experience of being “defiled by reality”. They could then make a nice living going around to universities explaining to other progressives how their ridiculous ideas have no bearing on real life.

But I doubt they’ve really learned anything. Like most progressives, they simply aren’t the learning type. It didn’t require a great deal of intellectual muscle to avoid a trip to Afghanistan in 2012, yet they went there all the same. Someone who thought an idea like that was a good one, is unlikely to be taught by anything else - even the woman being “defiled in front of her children”.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

- Trump's Inauguration

If you read the broadsheets and the tabloids, the left believe they have something to cheer about. Since the American Left is mostly consumed by appearance and perception, by not having an "A-lister" appear at your inauguration is a sign of some sort of impudence for the incoming administration. The NY Post is reporting that Andrea Bocelli has withdrawn from the event.  
Who cares? The only people that care are the liberal press. They will compare Trump's day to Obama's... in fact they will compare all past and future inaugurals to Obama's.
The Obama inauguration was a hollywood scripted piece of hog-wash complete with overblown accolades to the new guy from idiots like Bono of U2 and Shakira. It was too long, too overblown and completely set the stage that the Obama Admin was supposed to be like when Moses parted the Sea...
Nothing Changed, in fact it could be argued that Obama's best day in office was his inauguration. Everything was down-hill from there. I'm not much for making the POTUS inauguration a media event.  I understand that this is the only thing the Left has. They lost the POTUS, SCOTUS, and Congress. My hope is that Trump can use this moment to spank the left on another level.
Don't hire A-listers to sing and dance at your gig. There are a number of disabled vets that would gladly take the gig. As there are unemployed coal miners and steel-workers that could also fit the bill.
It would be an opportunity for America to celebrate Americans rather than celebrate the incoming president. Trump always says its about the movement and not about him.
Just think of how frustrated the writers at SNL or Colbert or The Daily Show would be if they had to lampoon a wounded vet or unemployed steel-worker for singing at the event.

Monday, December 19, 2016

- The Clinton Archipelago

I tried to clip the image from Zerohedge, but it's not being very friendly about it. You'll have to click the link. But I think this is the best graphical representation of the concentration of Democrat support in 2016 that I've seen.

What it doesn't include is the fact that they also held the Whitehouse, and therefore the Justice Department, and virtually 100% of Academia. And from that lofty tower the people who live in these few tiny places tried to dictate morality to everyone else, and to enforce their views with the law. Forget the fact that the entire "popular vote" advantage to Hillary came from California. Forget the fact that Trump really didn't win by all that much, or that he was a terrible candidate who probably only won because the other candidate was even worse. In fact, forget politics in it's entirety.

Instead, try thinking about this as you look at that map. Culturally, the military in this country is overwhelmingly "on the right". And the region of the country except these few tiny isolated locations, represent the home of the most heavily armed civilian population on the planet. So when the liberals finally decide to bend the rules one lawyer too far, and try to actually "ban guns" or one of their other 'final solution' style progressive policies, how long exactly do you imagine it will take for a citizenry who no longer consents to be ruled by these people, to thin them out?

The Mexican border wall that Trump promised isn't a bad idea. But if we really want to make America great again, we should be building it around these tiny progressive islands.

- Dear "Charles Walz" ...

I saw your little tantrum on Facebook wishing death and destruction on the people that don't share your politics. That's me. I'm a conservative Republican living in New york City. And I have a few things to say to you about it.

So let's get this out of the way first. I know (actually - we all know) you aren't going to do a damned thing to anyone. You have no real courage and you aren't a man of action. You're a placeholder - the kind of guy that's never been all that good at anything. You took a government job for that very reason, because you knew that you could never compete and win in the private sector. You aren't skilled, talented, or charming. You wanted safety and security, but you didn't want to have to meet performance standards. So a job working for New York State was just about perfect for you.

You were apparently too stupid to realize that when you had another of your little outbursts it would probably cost you your job. It might cost you your pension too. I certainly hope so. There should be costs for a person who so despises his fellow man. It shouldn't be so easy for a guy like you to make ends meet without changing your behavior. But you never know. The State of NY doesn't like to punish people just for being stupid, or the place would be empty. Your bosses aren't all that much more competent than you are, so you might save your ass yet. I hope not.

As for your behavior itself, I personally am not that put off by it. Yes... it shows you as a weak, frightened, horrifying little man, but that was probably obvious to everyone around you long before your outburst. The truth is, I think most Democrats feel the way you do, certainly the ones who are as mindless as you are. That rage and hatred you demonstrated is shared by them, and is the reason they're always projecting 'hate' onto everyone else. You aren't even special in that way. You aren't smart enough for that.

That stupidity of yours, that's why you bought into the liberal narrative with such vigor. Because it makes you feel like you matter more than you really do. It lets you proclaim your moral superiority over others. It's virtue on the cheap. All the self congratulation with none of the sacrifice. It's true that the groupthink of it means that you can't have ideas of your own, but you never had all that many anyway, so it probably didn't seem like much to give up for you. But those of us who are smart see you for precisely what you are. You aren't fooling anyone.

So here's the thing dipshit... I'm not frightened by you and I'm not angry at you. I'm not anything at all at you. You couldn't be more insignificant to me. I think you're exactly what you seem to be - a third rate blowhard from sector 7G who isn't capable of ... well really much of anything. you're a nothing. A no-one. And you'll probably always be that way. Except for your idiocy at proclaiming your hatred for America in such a public venue, you wouldn't have ever been known for much of anything. My bet is that you'll have a very tiny funeral.

But just in case you still have a few working brain cells that can tell the difference between a thought and a feeling, let me try to teach you a little something. All that rage you feel? That isn't at us, it's at yourself. You hate yourself for being such a nothing. You hate your life as a nobody government drone - a soulless man in a soulless job, that fritters away his whole life filling out forms under fluorescent lights. You are unloved because you're unlovable. You aren't the brave champion you think you are. You're cannon fodder, just like all the other liberals who can't see their leadership for what it is.

I'd insult you, but I don't think I could say anything about your life that would be worse than what your life already is. And since it's obviously already torture for you, I'm content to let you suffer on your own.

Now go away little man. Go back to your empty little life where you belong. No one cares how you feel.

- Russian Ambassador Assassinated in Turkey

The Russian Ambassador to Turkey was just shot dead in the middle of a speech at an Art Gallery.

I can't wait to hear what Obama has to say about this. As you know, there is no better response to this kind of madness than accusations of racism, misogyny, xenophobia, and a general air of weakness and servitude (or maybe that's just my stockholm syndrome finally kicking in after 8 long years.)

Saturday, December 17, 2016

- The Queen Of The Alt-Right

In case you missed it. For those of you who don't consider yourself "alt-right" he makes a very interesting point. If (according to the media) the Alt-Right is all about racism, misogyny, homophobia, hitler salutes and all the anti-virtue signals, then why in the world are they crowning Milo the queen of the alt-right? Maybe it's possible the media isn't bothering to tell you the whole story.

- The Normalization Of Mental Illness

Contrary to what the NG cover says, the best thing about being a girl in 21st century America is not having to take responsibility for your own actions. Feminism tells us this unambiguously. If a woman fails to break the fictional 'glass ceiling', chooses a job that is more fun and therefore pays less, or gets in any trouble with anything she does, it is without a doubt, the fault of straight, white men. This is right on page one of the Feminist hymnal.

No wonder 90+% (online reports vary a little) of the people who wish to change their gender are men wishing to change to women. Who wouldn't prefer to live in a permanent state of protected adolescence, with a parent always nearby to take the blame for our actions.

My personal feeling is that the parents of this 9 year old should be thrown in prison, where the inmates usually take a very dark view of child abusers. No 9 year old understands who they will be in adulthood. They are at that point very much a work in progress. An incomplete human. To apply something as horrid as trans-sexualism to them at that age is, in my mind, a clear abdication of the responsibility of the parents, and with that abdication, they should also lose their rights as parents. few years in the general population seems perfectly appropriate, particularly if the guards 'accidentally' left a few gallons of gasoline and a dozen cigarette lighters lying around.

As for the child, I would suggest immediate psycho-therapy, if the psycho-therapy industry hadn't already been shattered into useless fragments by the very same safe space, avoid stress, everything is the fault of the white guys "thinking" that has ruined the other social sciences. when it comes to psychotherapy the asylum guards are regrettably among the worst sufferers, and have abandoned anything like reasoned thinking. Tragically this kid is almost certainly already lost. There are no longer enough sane people in our culture to guide him back to something resembling sanity himself.

But before all you girls rally around to burn me at the stake, let me ask a few brief questions. What ever happened to the idea that there are lots of ways to be men? Wouldn't this kid be better off without major surgery followed by a lifetime of heavy doses of mind altering chemicals? Couldn't he simply spend his life like pajama boy drinking hot cocoa and talking about medical insurance? Think of all the advantages he'd have. He wouldn't have to deal with any of the oppressive burdens imposed on him by the patriarchy. He'd instantly earn 9 gazillion percent more in his chosen field. He wouldn't have to worry about being raped, eye raped, manspreaded out of his seat. Surely a few less orgasms in his life would be worth that?

What's more, how does this work exactly? Being born a white heterosexual male automatically makes me a 'potential rapist' even though I don't think it has. But him being born with verifiably male genitalia plus his particular form of mental means that he is now a "girl"? How can man or woman be subjectively defined while "rapist or non rapist" cannot? How is it the only people who are born into their condition are the people you think are indirectly responsible for all the bad things that have happened to you?

The only obvious conclusion here is that this is the normalization of mental illness. We have let the inmates take over the asylum. And as a culture, to the degree that we allow these people to define our moral character, is the exact degree to which we are doomed. This story is an indication of a culture which has utterly failed. No clearer evidence of a child who has suffered severe abuse in the guise of excess compassion, has ever been made more clear.

Stories of abused children make me very angry personally. And I believe that if we lived in a just world, extreme measures would be warranted. If Bruce Jenner wants to dress like a girl or cut off his johnson as a 60 somehting man, then I'm inclined to let him. I think it's tragic, but it has no direct effect on me so I'm not much moved to action on it. But to allow, let alone to encourage, this action on the part of a 9 year old child, is an immoral act in the deepest sense. And if I'm not mistaken, it would be seen as such by any of the world's varied religions. Personally it makes me as furious as seeing a child locked naked in a dog cage, or beaten bloody with a whip. It is the same exact kind of torture in my view.

In a perfect world we would lock up the parents, carefully try to reeducate the kid, and since their choice of profession is such a reliable measure of their despicable character, hang the journalists involved in this story (and any others you can get a firm grip on) from the nearest lamp-post.

Friday, December 16, 2016

- Kurt Eichenwald World Shatters

Personally I found the Kurt Eichenwald - Tucker Carlson interview tough to watch. It reminded me of a pathological high school kid desperately trying to explain why it was perfectly reasonable for him to have driven his parent's car into the lake. "I'm trying to tell you a Deer was in the road!" He ignores the fact that he was drunk, he had 5 of his drunken friends with him, and he had the car in the first place because he boosted the keys when his parents were asleep. They want to hear about that part, but he doesn't want to let them change the subject.

It's called frame control. Eichenwald knew he couldn't defend his outrageous claims so he spent the time flailing about in an effort to change the subject to a topic he could handle - whatever that was. Tucker Just laughed at him. Google it if you haven't seen it already. Maybe you'll have better luck getting through it than I did.

The aftermath however is troubling. Immediately after the interview there is a twitter storm that Eichenwald posted and then deleted, that ran right through the dangerously delusional rantings of a man who sounds like he's having a breakdown. What I think we're watching is the end of a journalist's career here, and it couldn't happen to a nicer guy. Eichenwald, who in honesty I had never heard of before this incident, seems to be one of those true believers whose entire self image is wedded to the liberal narrative, and as it falls apart, he falls apart.

Apart from that, he also thinks people are as stupid as he is. He thinks he's a master wordsmith, not a second rate union writer with a face for radio. He no doubt left that interview feeling like he had wiped the floor with Tucker, and only realized there was a problem when he saw the faces of the people back stage.

I expect we'll see more of this. The most terrified liberals are terrified for a reason. They know that if the narrative falls apart then they are just second rate (on their best day) and they'll have to confront that fact. They might not all pretend to be their wives or fake a seizure like Eichenwald has, but they're going to do something.

For a long time I've had the theory that more potential assassins are liberals because they tend to be more emotionally unstable than conservatives. Their ideas of cause and effect is all jumbled up so it's easier for them to convince themselves that killing one man is more likely to make a big difference than it really is. Eichenwald strikes me as that kind of guy. Frustrated, defensive, deep in a fog of denial about his motives, his strengths, and his weaknesses. If he had just a bit more courage, I think he could easily snap and pursue violence.

Personally I think Tucker can take him. I hope he doesn't have to. I hope Eichenwald and the rest of America's "journalists" get help while they can. Because one or two of them may have more courage than Kurt Eichenwald, and that might lead to real tragedy.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

- Speaking Of #NeverTrump

Has anyone else noticed how quiet things are over at NRO since the election? I think this post over at AceHQ explains a lot of that.

Personally I think that's a shame. It never had to be this way. I complained for months to whoever I could get to listen over at NR that if they just stood up like men with regard to all those baseless accusations regarding Racism and Misogyny, then their voices could be leading the movement on the right rather than dwindling from it. Instead they much preferred surrendering to the left on those issues, and taking their role as "the guys fight with nobility but fail" in the liberal narrative.

Maybe there was something I didn't understand about their fundraising and the ideological commitments they made in that regard. I don't know. Maybe they really were just inside the liberal bubble when it came to those issues, and they couldn't see that the arguments had all moved upstream from politics.

These days, we hear comparatively little from them, and that's OK with me. If I want insults I'll get them from the NYTimes and CNN. I don't have to read Ben Shapiro to get accused of being a guy who dreams of "camps and ovens". I regret the lost friends, but I guess this election is one of those things that reminds you that maybe they were never really my friends anyway. Just allies of convenience.

- Thanks #NeverTrumpers

This effort is unlikely to succeed, and we should all be glad for it. If it did, then the cold civil war the left has been using to stomp the right to bits for a few decades, would instantly turn into a hot civil war. Lacking the facility for peaceful transfer of power, they'd have no other choice.

Just imagine it. At the behest of a bunch of celebrities (whose vast wisdom and foresight is well documented), the Republican electors defy their oaths en masse, in order to expressly deny the voters their Democratically elected presidential candidate. A man who won the election specifically because the people that voted for him imagined (right or wrong) that the two traditional parties are so unified in their view that their votes don't matter in the first place.

Trump won because middle America was unwilling to accept their role as the 'bad guys' in the progressive narrative. They believe that because both Republicans and Democrats submit to this view, and that they're being treated worse than other Americans, without good cause. This effort, if successful, would make them certain of it.

But for the #NeverTrump movement, our idiot celebrities would never consider this tactic. They don't have the creativity for it. They are bolstered only because the Republican party was so deeply split during the election between the establishment who accepted the liberal narrative, and Trump, who did not. But for that, they'd be busy burning all Republicans at the rhetorical stake as racist, misogynist, homophobic monsters. Instead, they've found what they believe are "tolerable" Republicans and it's to them that they're making this appeal.

Luckily, it will probably come to nothing.

- Fat Sluts For Clinton: The CounterProtest

The “Fat Sluts for Clinton” march is now moving forward on the day after the inauguration, since there was some initial confusion about the permitting process. And I just came up with what would no doubt be the perfect counter-protest.

If I had the cash (I don’t… but if I did) I’d hire a bunch of male strippers to counter protest the march. I’d have them dress in as little as the weather would allow – maybe under longer coats or something that can be opened for the girls, and have them carry pro-Trump and maybe a few Pepe the Frog signs as the women marched by. They could blast the music from Les Miserables and wiggle around just enough to distract the girls.

It would be great fun seeing the girls trying to focus their mental energy on their political goals, when their real goal was just a few feet away with a different political message. I imagine the chants fading out as the girls caught sight of the counter protest “Hey Hey!! Ho Ho!! Donald Trump has got to…. hey look at that! hey moonbeam, what are those guys doing over there? Those guys right there! OMG look!”

This hits all the buttons. It sexualizes the women over their own objections, and thus trivializes their political message. It divides them (as a prelude to conquering) by separating the heterosexual and homosexual contingents of the women. And it gets right to the core of Feminism which isn’t about equality, or tyranny, or anything political except making sex risk free for women. In a perfect world, and with careful placement, it may even force the speakers into a Hillary Clinton style loss of composure where she screams “Stop paying attention to those half naked men and listen to me!”

The MSM would bury it of course, but we could plant a few conservative women with smartphones in the crowd and have them tape individual reactions. It would provide months of entertainment for youtube watchers.

Alas, I don’t have the funding. But wouldn’t it be fun if I did?

Thursday, December 8, 2016

- Turnaround Nation

I'm recovering from my little medical procedure nicely, and though my bro feels awful, he's doing as well as can be expected. Even the awful symptoms he has right now are not terrible compared to the scope of possible outcomes. So we're all optimistic. Thanks for all the well wishes, both private and public. And since my brain is finally coming back online, I thought I'd take a moment to offer a quick reflection on Trump's cabinet picks.

Maybe it's just me thinking like a general who is "fighting the last battle" so to speak. My last job was a turnaround effort - taking an existing company and trying to streamline and improve its decision making, fix it's systems and organization and focus it's staff on the activities to make it profitable. And with my mind set there, it looks to me like Trump is planning on doing the same.

These picks look like a man trying to build a turnaround team. He hasn't picked people who "know how to play the game" and "get along" or who are influencers inside the beltway. He isn't looking for consensus builders. He's picked people who know their space and are respected, but are like him, not interested in keeping the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, or National Review happy. He's picking leaders. Guys with vision. Guys who seem to me to be fully prepared to walk into their individual spheres and say "Yes, I know you did it that way before but the way we're going to do it now is THIS way, and if you can't live with that then your resignation is accepted and there's the door."

This isn't an instant recipe for success. The pushback in Washington at the rank and file level is going to be enormous and it's not an easy thing to change a culture of an organization. Also, if Audacious epigone can be believed, (and obviously I think he can) we're talking about the most reliably liberal group of people in America populating the halls of government. Telling them to work for a living let alone getting them to work effectively, may require setting a thousand guys with cattle prods to walking the halls. So success is not assured, but if you ask me, doing it any other way would certainly ensure failure.

When you take over a dysfunctional company, you never really know for certain who is capable but unmotivated (or being given poor direction) and who is simply incompetent. But it's an easy thing to figure out. You simply change the man at the top, empower him to pursue a real change in vision, and see who helps and who fights. You take away the existing process with it's existing rules, and those that can will adapt. Those that can't, are the people you don't want anymore.

I'm betting that the talk that Trump is having with his people is that he wants them to do the same to their areas as he is doing by appointing them. Shake it up. Produce results. Get numbers on the board. He's probably telling them to let him worry about the voters, all they have to worry about is him. And what he wants from them is results. The executive branch is finally going to have an actual executive. Not some 'go along to get along' Republican Judas Goat, Jimmy Carter style micro-manager, or a celebrity golfer in chief. We're getting a guy who wants to fix the single most dysfunctional and mismanaged organization on planet earth.

Can he pull it off? Got me. I've seen good guys fail at much easier tasks. The trouble will come the minute someone in the existing bureaucracy is seen as essential, in spite of their resistance to the new way of doing things. Then the problems will start. But for now it's looking like he's got the right people with the right ideas and the right will to actually change things up. And they all seem to be ready to ignore all the right people.

I'm hoping the first 100 days of the Trump administration can be best summed up by this fake Mad Dog Mattis quote that's been making the rounds:

"Teach a man to light a fire and he's warm for the night, light a man on fire and he's warm the rest of his life."

With any luck, we'll be able to see the bureaucrats burning for miles.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

- Meanwhile In Real Life: Part 2

Final Score:

TC, JW, and The Derb: 8
Pheasants: 3

One Chukar and two quail were also fatally harmed in the making of this picture. May they rest in medium rare pieces.

On the medical front, I can’t tell you what a strange feeling it is to be plunging these needles into my flesh several times a day. It doesn’t hurt at all, though the side effects of the drug make me feel like I have a hangover in spite of abstaining from alcohol for some time now. But the psychological side of the act is well… unnatural.

I’m not jacking a vein or anything, it’s just a super tiny super thin needle that I’m injecting subcutaneously. But all my life, this was the kind of thing that others would do to me. To be doing it to yourself takes more than a little getting used to. I only have to perform the act another dozen times, so I don’t think I’ll get the chance.

My Bro is in good spirits. We facetime a couple of times a day including yesterday evening when he watched me inject myself twice, and did his best to make me laugh while I was struggling to push the plunger down. The laughter of course make the needle wobble around a little, so it causes a small amount of pain. That’s his idea of fun.

I had originally considered making a prank out of it. I was going to get a little ziplock full of fake blood and after injecting myself, I’d palm the blood bag into the area, complain about the severe pain, and go at it like Dan Akroyd as Julia Child, when she ‘cut the dickens out of her finger’. But after 6 hours of driving, plus shooting yesterday, I was just too tired. Instead, I’m sending him video of the ribs I’m making for dinner today, in order to call his attention to his diet, which will be restricted the adult equivalent of baby food for the next year or so.

The girls all think we’re being needlessly cruel to each other, but they don’t understand. By treating these otherwise serious issues with jovial disregard, we’re actually helping each other. It’s the ball breaking of the soldiers in the foxhole. It just the way men are. And we both refuse to apologize for it.

Friday, December 2, 2016

- Meanwhile In Real Life

For those of you following the exploits of our old friend R.P. (ex of Boston), Mrs. P sent me a text earlier to let us all know that he he's out of surgery (minus a donated kidney) and is doing just fine. I expect more than a few of you have gotten texts as well. All our best goes out to R, Mrs. P, the little P.'s and Mr. P Senior, who has his own drama to cope with.

My own exercise in anatomy donation is beginning tomorrow evening, immediately after I return from teaching the Pheasants of Hamburg PA, that the east coast isn't big enough for the both of us. A few regulars will be in attendance as well, but as they can't shoot - I expect to be doing all the actual killing myself.

My brother has checked into the hospital already and has begun the intense chemical process required in order to make room in his body for parts of mine. He's already bored. He's insisted that I both facetime and record my injections so he can watch them after the fact. I'm happy to do it if it keeps his spirits up.

Those are my weekend plans. Then the hospital early next week. I'm not sure how much you'll hear from me in the meantime.

- Tall Man's Burden

It turns out that Donald Trump scotch tape's the tail of his tie and the media is all a flutter:

There are hundreds of unspoken rules that govern our society, rules that are not meant to be bent or broken, and that we all must live by. One of those is: Thou shall not use Scotch tape to fix wardrobe malfunctions.

I'm six foot two. As a coincidence I attended a business function last night that required me to wear a tie. I wore it perfectly situated with my belt meeting the tie between the tip, and it's widest point, and I still had to tape it. I've had to tape ties all my life, because ties are not cut for a length suitable for men of my height. Sure, I could tie a half windsor to extend the length a little, instead of a full windsor, which as a knot consumes more of the tie length. But I don't want to look like an adolescent prep school asshole.

Charlie Feeney, founder of duty free shoppers was a billionaire, and personally responsible for ending the millennium long, Norther Irish conflict. He was also my uncle Jack's oldest friend. He famously fixed his 'wardrobe malfunctions' with safety pins, scotch tape, or whatever else would work. Is that fashion? No. Does it work? I guess that depends on your priorities.

Hillary Clinton would no doubt have had her tie custom altered by a 12 woman team of seamstresses, their hand stitched ministrations guided by careful supervision of a millionaire italian fashion designer, recently elevated to the position of Director of Whitehouse Fashion (who the press would loving call the secretary of pantsuits) . But we all know where that attitude got her.

- Embargo The Mainstream Press

This is a pretty enlightening story on Vox about how everyone is mad at the media:

The anger is easily understood: Trump’s revolution was televised — and they weren’t. Trump won. They didn’t. And for two days, at a Harvard University conference debriefing the 2016 election — an event that brings together political operatives and the press that followed them around — it was clear that everyone was mad at the media. Explosively furious.

“Trump was the entire market. When we were asked to go on, we were asked to comment on what he said,” Jeb Bush’s strategist David Kochel said.

They weren’t given the opportunity to share their message, they said. There was no airtime to convince the nation they had solutions. The media stopped them from beating Trump. These were the people on the frontline of the media’s scramble to cover Trump — and they were apoplectic.

You shouldn't pay as much attention to the who said what to who etc. Some people look inward for solutions when confronted with failure, and some people blame others. (I prefer to look inward, but it's not exactly a recipe for future success because without someone to blame it's often hard to get another chance.) But there is some important information to glean from this none the less.

First, if you want to know who 'the establishment' is, most of them were there. Those that weren't had someone there taking notes for them, or some other arrangement to know what was discussed. Second, it's revealing with regard to what 'the establishment' was doing this past year, if it wasn't overtly obvious. They picked Donald Trump to win the Republican primary, and succeed (angering the Republicans), and the picked Hillary Clinton to win the general and they failed (angering the Democrats.)

The bias there is implicit. It's unstated, but totally obvious between the lines. And what they're doing up there at Harvard is trying to figure out how to manipulate the populace more effectively next time. They have no interest in repenting their sins and telling the truth in the future. They are only interested in telling a more effective lie.

But what does it say about the Republican establishment, who knew they would all have targets on their back and submitted to the great media lie machine anyway? Why is it that every Republican candidate didn't already sound like Trump? Either they are too stupid (or maybe passive) to understand that the game is designed for them to lose, or they really are too comfortable in their role as well compensated Judas Goat to care. In some respects, it sound like this group was put together in order to convince the Republican establishment to stick with them and lose by less next time.

Romney and Rubio staffers complaining that they couldn't get their message out? What fucking planet have they been living on? When was the last time the media gave a republican an honest and fair chance to frame the discussion? And for that matter why should they? They (the media) took control of the country, they owned it. It's really the responsibility of the Republicans to take it back. But the establishment(R) simply couldn't do it. Even our talking heads (with a very few rare exceptions) are far to cowed to stand up for themselves.

Then came Trump.

Trump see's the media for exactly what they are - an enemy of traditional "America" with a shared vision so focused that there is no need for a conspiracy. They are in thrall to the academic religion of equalism, and are utterly immune to explanations of it's hypocrisy. On their best day they're useless, mindless drones incapable of self reflection, and on their worst they're monsters who would rather see this country blown to bits that admit that their vision might be wrong.

The Trump revolution isn't over - not for us, or for the media. The Democrat party needs the support of at least some of the voters, so there is a constraint on them. Their steering wheel may only go to the left, but at least it's something. But the press has nothing to pull on it. They can do or say whatever they like, and do so only when it best suits their personal agenda. The Democrat party doesn't own the press. More likely, it's the other way around.

They have no intention of giving up, and neither should we. I'm hoping Trump never gives an interview, disbands the Whitehouse Press corps, and provides all his information through online sources. I'm hoping the Republican party lauches an immediate 'news embargo' for all the mainstream sources. No CNN, no MSNBC, CBS, ABC, NYTimes, etc. Starve the beast. The next time someone in government says "...but we need the media!" he should be beaten bloody by those in attendance. That won't be enough, but maybe it will be a start.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

- Better than Much If You Ask Me

Most of the visual arts ... let me be generous... escape me. Maybe because I'm so bad at it. I love a movie because it tells a story, and I can tell a story, but a still image whatever it's content usually escapes me. I think most modern art is sarcasm, and I'm told by experts that much of it is. But that seems overdone to me.

This does not. I think this woman's approach to art is sincere and genuine, and that's enough to get me interested. And having a sense of humor about things forgives many sins in my book.

Ripped off from FR member VAviper, the same woman that does NR's 'weird links'.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

- The Alt-Right's "Final Solution"

America’s Jewish conservatives are all a flutter about the evil Nazi, white supremacist alt-right, and are doing all they can to prevent it’s ‘normalization’. So whenever and wherever they can, they’re mixing up the alt-right with the klan, the Nazis, and any other group that the American public finds reprehensible.

Since this is so, as someone who thinks of himself as alt-right, I thought it might be a good idea to come clean about our loosely knit organization’s 21st century ‘final solution. Right here I’m going to tell you exactly what the alt-right’s plans are for the tribe of Abraham, and how we plan to see it through. You ready? Here it is.

No one cares about the Jews. No one is out to get them, to see them persecuted, or rounded up, or put in boxcars, or sent to camps, and into ovens. Your paranoia really is getting a bit excessive Jewish America, you should really dial it back a bit.

We are not the klan. But even if we were, the klan claims it has 5000 members in the world. Common speculation is that 3000 of them are FBI agents, but for the sake of discussion, lets say they’re all card carrying “I wish Hitler were still alive” full blown anti-Semites. If they all got together and tried to round up west 91st street from Columbus Avenue to the river, they’d get their hooded asses handed to them. Come on… who are we really kidding here?

The anti-Semitic fringes of the alt-right will never be anything but the fringe. They have no power or credibility. They will never have any. They believe in an idea, which is morally wrong, (an idea that millions of Americans gave their lives in order to defeat) and it will never gain any traction in the American heart and mind. They will never be anything but a bunch of harmless, albeit slightly more disagreeable than average, kooks. Let’s all please stop treating them like they’re the newest big player in the game of identity politics.

But identity politics does have a new player. The left calls them ‘the people responsible for ruining everything’, but the right usually calls them ‘the people responsible for building everything’. They are of course, white people. Or to be just a hair more specific, people of European descent - subscribers to the proto-European civil tradition.

This was bound to happen. You spend a couple of decades telling people that they qualify as awful human beings just by being white, and sure enough, the Irish, Norwegian, Polish, French, German, Dutch, Swedish, Belgian (and yes even) German people look around and say “Hey … you know what? They’re right! We are all white! Maybe we’re all in this together after all?”

The next thing they say of course is, “Wait…that one’s a Jew… Get him!” No, just kidding. That’s not what they say. When they look around and see black people and brown people who behave very differently with regard to law and order than they do, and a billion Muslims who tell them every day that they want to murder them, and who are all unified in telling the white people that everything bad is all their fault, a peaceful, industrious, intelligent, Jewish population is not seen as the big problem.

Right now you’re probably saying “Well first they came for the black people!” But that’s a mistake too. They aren’t coming for the black people. They are coming for the black people who don’t want to start acting like white people, and asking them to stop it. They aren’t coming for Barak Obama who acts very white… well, in his specific case maybe they are coming for him. But they aren’t coming for the educated, intelligent, peaceful black and brown people. They aren’t coming for the poor, uneducated, black and brown people either. They are coming for the guy who stole the DVD player out of your mother’s car. That he happens to more likely be black or brown than white is relevant only in statistical terms.

OK, I’ll grant you that Richard Spencer and the NPI took things a little too far last week when they started throwing around Nazi salutes and screaming “Hail Trump” into the cameras at their annual Washington meeting. But to paraphrase a quote from one of the drones at National Review, there were only about 200 people there (and one of them was Tila Tequila) so the “my little pony for president” fan club probably has more overall influence on American culture. You really don’t need to worry about them. It’s a shame too because there were reasonable people there with thoughtful and reasonable ideas. The whole thing made me say to myself “This is why we can’t have nice things.”

But look, the political left is the one that said that what people look like is much more important than what they think. If that’s true, and all races really are as equal as you say, then surely it’s fair that white people get to be part of ‘equal’ too. You made the game, you made the rules. Don’t be so shocked that the people you blame for everything also want to play by them. White people didn’t even think of themselves as “white people” until you brought it up.

What the alt-right really wants is for America to start noticing that they don’t commit crimes nearly as often as some of the other groups you advocate for. They aren’t the lawless savage, disseminators of hate that the left makes them out to be. In fact, John Derbyshire, one of the intellectual leader of the Alt-Right, has been complaining for a long time that Midwestern white folk are simply too nice to survive in this kind of political climate.

This last election puts a bump in that theory since they’re the very people who elected Trump, but that’s not the point. The point is that there should be a single standard of behavior, and we would all do very nicely if the standard we adopted is the one that this country was built on and is still very much relied on, by those nice Midwestern white people.

I’ve heard it said by leftists that white people don’t commit crimes as often as people in other groups because they don’t have to, but white people feel differently about it. Civilized people can politely disagree. And regardless of motives, the government statistics clearly show that white people do behave very differently when it comes to peaceful law and order than some of the other groups of people. Those differences are the “multi” in multi-culturalism. So surely we can have a civilized conversation about it which involves real data, real statistics and real thinking, and not just more of the same hyper emotional name-calling we’ve heard for the last decade or so?

By the way, you know what other group tends to feel very similar to ‘white people’ when it comes to civil society and obeying the law? Jews. You don’t see Jews rioting. You don’t see them torching cars, throwing rocks at policemen, or getting worked up when people say that ‘all lives matter’ instead of just Jewish lives. In fact, until the left made ‘white people’ into a thing I always thought Jews WERE white people. They seem pretty white to me. They had lived in Europe very peacefully since the Roman era until Marxism and “National Socialism” came along looking for a villain.

All my life I thought that was more than enough to get them in the club, and I’m an Alt-right guy. As I said, I only recently learned that Jews may not be white after all, and I learned it from watching CNN. We can disagree about CNN’s broader reliability as a news source, but I think we can agree that it’s certainly not a bullhorn of white supremacist ideology.

As for the rest of what the Alt-right is really after, there is an excellent example out there in the real world, that most of the Alt-right would agree is doing things the right way in the nation state department. The feeling is that it should be looked to as an example of how a unique, civilized, and homogenous people can rule themselves peacefully and without boxcars or ovens. It isn’t Cambodia with it’s psychotic anti-urban-dweller purges, or or South Africa with it’s apartheid. It’s Israel.

So lighten up Francis, you really do sound silly. There is no mustached monster under your bed with a can of Zyklon-B. It’s just a bunch of kids acting out. Just like the ones screaming at each other right now outside Trump tower.

- It's Raining In NYC

Rain in NYC will reliably drive the local Manhattan population into the subways for their commute. So in the Trumptastic new post feminist world, this is provides an opportunity to update one to one of the most recently invented acts of micro-sexism.

Manspreading: When a man spreads his knees so wide that he takes up more than a single seat on mass transit.

Womanspreading: When a woman let's her ass get so big that she no longer fits into a single seat on mass transit.

Take a wild guess which one I saw more of this morning on the uptown 6 train.

My bet is that you'll have better luck asking a guy to move his knee than you will asking a woman to lose some weight, but I'd strongly recommend you try both and videotape the reactions. I promise to post the results here for the next time some Feminist goes off on a rant about the rudeness of men.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

- Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World

It's apropos of nothing, but this is on my mind today. The Alt-Right has been compared to what the Ramones did to music in the 70's. If that's so, then this should probably be it's theme song.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

- A Comment On The Brave Browser

I'm a multi-browser guy. I have one which I use blockers and turn off Javascript for everyday use. It takes some doing, but you can configure it to eventually disable those page hijacking movies that start playing the minute you click on the page. But when you go to all that trouble, it makes it damned difficult to get to something like a youtube channel.

My solution is to have a second, fully enabled browser. If I get a link to something I want to see, three clicks, and I've got my volume turned down, and the page running, in the second, fully functional browser. It may seem inelegant, but it takes so much to turn off all the auto-run stuff, I find it easier. I plan on sticking with this strategy, but I think I'm going to change my default browser to "Brave".

Brave is a new broswer that the newspapers and other publications despise. that alone would be enough to go for it in my view, but the phone based version of it is considerably faster than any other browser available on my iphone6. I say this from personal experience. It's blistering.

So even if you don't agree with my view on the traditional media and would love it simply because they hate it, it's blinding speed should do it for you. I was so impressed I decided to go to the trouble of mentioning it here.

By all means try it for yourself. I think you'll be impressed.

- The Derb as Seer

I was performing a household errand this morning and listening to The Derb's 2013 speech to the Amren conference. Good stuff that, and very instructive. I'd suggest you listen to it. But it isn't what this post is about.

I don't care for youtube's autoplay feature, and under normal circumstances I'd stop the video before having to listen to the smug imbecile below, but in this case my hands were full so I had to let it play. Good fun this. Turns out that whatshisname's smugness was off base by just a tad, and the Derb, (with inspiration from Steve Sailer) was 100% right.

That makes this a very satisfying thing to watch for me, in light of the election:

- That's One Less Thing

Hero of New York's upper west side, Fidel Castro, finally Dead at 90.

Friday, November 25, 2016

- Truthiness vs. Newsiness

I don't recall who it was that coined the phrase "Truthiness". I don't think it was John Stewart, but that brand of media venue where it's comedy when the facts would be right leaning and 'serious topics' when it seems to favor the left are a staple of information gathering for the rank and file of liberalism. Lots of the kids screaming out in 5th avenue outside Trump tower are certain that something they heard is true because they saw it on the Daily Show.

Well I read the news professionally for a very long time, and I'm here to tell you it has very little actual information content in it. I designed one of the very first (and arguably most successful) rudimentary AI's for sifting fact from the fluff, and in terms of word counts, you'd be shocked how little actual 'news' there was. It's mostly innuendo, inference, and lots and lots of careful framing to make sure the rubes readers get the message the editors want them to get, and absolutely nothing else.

Now that the media is doing it's best to avoid facing the facts regarding its utterly collapsed credibility, and that lack of credibility is a known quantity to the majority of Americans, I think it would be useful to have another word handy.

Truthiness was the degree to which the facts could be bent to fit the liberal narrative, the latter being what the left leaning comedian/fake newscaster in question saw as 'the truth'. If a story was easily shoehorned into the 'narrative', it was more truthy than a story that could not be so easily managed.

Well to describe the degree to which the 'news story' contains actual objective information and not subjective slant, spin, and nonsense, I'd like to nominate the word "Newsiness". That word already has a meaning, but common usage of a word can change. And it has the same catchy, 'not quite a thing' sound to it, but still conveys that there may be something there however small it may be.

Even if it doesn't catch on, I'm sticking with it.

- When Obama Comes Down From Olympus

One of my often repeated little catch phrases is that if you want to see who a man really is, don’t give him hardship. Instead, give him everything he’s ever hoped for. Then you’ll see the real him. I’ve seen men handle adversity with heroics, and men who made billions without becoming decadent. But I might have to amend my phrase now because I’m going to see something new. A man who had (almost nothing) go to king of the world, and then back, to almost nothing. What happens to your psychology at that moment I wonder?

In a few weeks, our great lord Barak, first of his name, will be thrust unceremoniously from his seat on Olympus and be returning to earth with we mere mortals. For a man like him whose currency is power, this is going to be a very long fall. He’s already said that he has no plans to remain respectfully silent like many part Presidents, but that he plans to be actively involved in politics for years to come.

The world may have other ideas for him. His legacy, such as it is, is also about to be unceremoniously tossed down from the mountain as well by the first right leaning President in living memory, who has no intention of allowing the press to set his agenda. Obamacare? It’s as good as out. Title IX? I’d call it gone. De-socializing the ‘Social Justice” department? It’s the first item on the new guy’s list. Bit by bit the agenda that Obama has spent the last 8 years shoving down the little guy’s throat, is all about to be forgotten as well.

What will Obama be like when it happens? He’s a young guy comparatively speaking, and in pretty good shape for his age. He’s probably got a good long life ahead of him. But what he won’t have is the immediate ear of everyone who has been flattering him for the last 8 years. A year from now the only people who will still be treating him like a god are the people who most wanted him to be in the first place. And when his agenda is tossed by the new shirrif in town, most of the people who have been showering him with praise in corporate America will abandon him like yesterday’s fish.

They didn’t buy into his vision because they loved it. They bought into his vision because it was his, and he was the guy making the rules. But he didn’t build anything that will last. His people will be removed, and their influence will be negated. In short order it will be just him, Michelle, and Valerie Jarret hanging around in the kitchen in their robes and slippers, wondering who ate the last of the Captain crunch.

What is he going to do then do you think? Will he become an Ivy league version of Jesse Jackson, shaking down corporate America to keep the race riots away? Will he become the country’s head community organizer, sending the little people in to mix it up with the riot police? He can’t exactly take control of the Dean’s office, because he already has it – at least by proxy. The 60’s radicals that think like him are now virtually every dean in every college in the country.

Maybe we’ll get lucky and he’ll decide to get involved in international affairs. He can spend his time glad handing it around Africa and helping their princes and chiefs steal from them, or complaining about climate change. There’s a movement that can really use a grounded, rational thinker like Obama.

But the thing that get’s me is that no matter what he says 2 years from now, no one is going to care. And I don’t recall every seeing anyone who was so enthralled to his own press as he was. Jimmy Carter was a bad president and continues to occasionally pop up someplace offering his poor judgment. But he was an otherwise accomplished man, and had other things to do. What in the world is Barak going to do?

When I think of it, for some reason I’m reminded of Michael Jackson. In his field he was extremely talented, much like Barry, and spent a long time at the top of his game. But when he pseudo-retired, things took a dark and twisted turn for him. (my daughter’s favorite joke: Why does Michael Jackson like twenty six year olds? Because there’s 20 of them.)

So does Barry end up strung out on seconal, and fondling teenagers for a living? You never know. One way or the other though, after a lifetime of doing nothing except running for office, and being affirmative actioned to the very pinnacle of American political society, I don’t think he has the emotional wherewithal to cope with losing all his influence. I think he’s too fragile to cope with obscurity.

People fuss and fret about it. The left wants him to run for ‘speaker of the house’ as if he can magically transform the House of Representatives into a majority Democrat institution just by his presence. The right worry’s about him leading riotous ‘activism’ with the Black Lies Matter crowd. Not me. I’m just wondering what his flavor of debauchery is going to turn out to be.

I don’t think he has the character for much else.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

- Some Reflections On The Day

Today is thanksgiving, and most of what you’ll see online today are reflections in that regard. But not here. You see, today is also my birthday, so for me it’s a reflection of another sort.

I’ve never been a huge fan of the holidays. Ever since I was a kid it’s always felt more like a burden than a celebration. I don’t begrudge others their joy, quite the contrary I envy it a little. But the arrival of the day never does much for me. I’m just one of those people.

At my core, I’m an intensely self-critical guy. My failures get a great deal of my attention, much more than my successes, and away from the holidays, I’m not generally much for victory celebration either. I’m too serious for that. I’ve always seen it as fleeting. And after no more than a momentary smile of self satisfaction, I quickly refocus on the next problem to solve.

My life, like most people, has had plenty of both successes and failures. I like to think that my failures loom larger in my mind because I’m trying to learn from them, but that probably isn’t true. I don’t imagine I learn from experience that much better than anyone else. And for all my decades of “honest” self reflection, I don’t seem to have accumulated any great wisdom or insight - nothing that makes life any easier. Maybe there is something to be said for at least trying, but probably not. A fool is still a fool, no matter how hard he tried to be otherwise. And since my life is getting no easier, I have to believe I fall more closely into the latter category – efforts to the contrary be damned.

One thing that was made very clear to me this year is how little “intelligence” really matters both in terms of problem solving, and in terms of personal virtue. It just doesn’t do that much for you, and in most people it’s often wasted. Low cunning and cleverness seems much more productive, and I possess little of either. For the purpose of self reflection though, I think a much better question is “How strong are you?” That’s the real differentiator. If you don’t have the strength to look at the facts that you personally are most uncomfortable with, your intelligence will put to the purpose of rationalizing and avoidance. And that does no one any good.

We all have our weak spots; our dark corners of the soul where we dare not look. And because I tend toward being self-critical, I usually spend much of my birthday taking out the mental flashlight and poking around in them. But sometimes I notice afterward that there are whole corners of my character that I had unconsciously avoided, because I don’t really want to learn the truth about myself any more than the next guy. So much for all my bravado about courage.

Emotionally, I think I’m pretty good at surviving, and in the end, what surviving means is coping with loss. I buried my youngest brother Brian several years ago. He died the week before his 21st birthday, and I wasn’t ready for how dramatically it affected me. This year, I buried my oldest friend – a man much closer to me than anyone in my own family. And it affected me every bit as dramatically as burying my brother did back in the day. So… no new wisdom there. None I can make use of anyway.

I don’t write about it much, but I think the connections between us and the people in our lives are very important. Calling it an emotional connection is too thin and weak a description for what I’m talking about. I mean something bigger and deeper than that, though I don’t have useful words for it. Too little connection and we feel isolated and lonely, too much and we feel like we’re tangled in a web of other people’s expectations. Individual results may vary.

When it comes to managing it though, I’ve always been one of those people who is very particular about who I allow to get that close, because loneliness was always easy for me than letting down people I care about. That’s the truth, but it isn’t the whole truth. There’s another corner to that, which I’ve very cleverly managed to ‘fail to notice’ as I examined my own motives.

The truth of it all is that it hurts me too. I avoid more of the connections because I don’t want to be hurt. And in my opinion, a great many people are very cavalier about how much they hurt the people around them. I’m not sure that avoiding it by mostly choosing loneliness over greater connection makes me a coward exactly. But at the very least, I’m probably not as brave as I like to think I am.

Humility is not one of the virtues that spring immediately to mind when people think of me. I’ve been masquerading as one of those “Exeter/Harvard” masters of the universe types for most of my life so wearing my smarts on my sleeve has always been very useful. (Professionally I saw it as a necessity.) That’s not an excuse, just an explanation. And the masquerade has been over for a few years now. These days I’m much more comfortable admitting that I’m a small man with a small life, who will never have a particularly big impact on the world. Such is the way for virtually all of us. And I’m slowly making my peace with it.

This year I’m gonna try to renew my resolve to have courage in the places where I’m not looking. I think that's about all I can manage.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

- Nothing To See, Move Along...

From the DailyNews:

Cops busted a Queens man for trying to push a straphanger onto the subway tracks in Harlem and yelling, “I hate white people!”

I know this is a tired old game, but can you imagine the media reaction to a white man from say, Brooklyn, pushing a black man onto the tracks and screaming "I hate Black people!". In fact, can you imagine what would happen if he walked into a public park and screamed it without so much as shoving anyone?

There would be a code blue, all hands on deck media scurry to find anything and everything the guy had ever done that had anything to do with Republican politics, or any of the hated groups of the right like say... the NRA. And if he so much as voted for Reagan, Reagan would be posthumously slammed as an obvious racist, because this guy once voted for him.

I'm telling ya, in a just world there would be a journalist swinging from every lamp-post on the upper west side. I don't hate all black people, but I absolutely hate all journalists.

- Minorities Flock To Gun Stores

From NBC "News":

Michael Cargill, the owner of Central Texas Gun Works in Austin, told NBC News he had given up on advertising to African-Americans — but now he's seeing as many as 20 a month, and they're filling up his training classes; along with Muslim, Hispanic, and LGBT patrons with heightened worries about being targeted.

Black gun owner groups are seeing an uptick too, led by African-American women. They report receiving an increased number of emails from across the country from concerned minorities looking to learn more about gun safety, training, and firearm access.

While my position on black gun ownership is very well recorded here (I'm strongly in favor of it), the rest of this article is straight from the coloring book section of the NBC safe space. Ben Popkin the author apparently cares nothing for his credibility, and the article itself is little more than innuendo, supposition, and inference designed to make Trump look like the worst most racist, racisty racist, since racism was invented.

NBC "News". Come for the "newsiness", stay for the laughs.

- The Rise of the Super-Villain

Here is King Douche, Mark Zuckerberg. Why should I hide my disdain for this mutant? After all, he not only wanted to saturate the US with cheap foreign labor through open borders, but he is a pro-censorship mongrel. 
People feared George Soros or the Koch Brothers. The real danger is when you get a megalomaniac like Zuck who will undoubtedly do his very best to be a bigger douche than either Soros or Koch Bros.
Zuck wants to censor "Fake News" which is hyper-liberal code for "any news that challenges any of his pet positions." 
The new liberals are far more scary than the old proto liberals. Soros dumps money into pet causes based on the human wave theory. If you employ enough epsilons to do your bidding, you can certainly tip some scales. 
Zuck is a pro-censorship elitist schmuck. Rather than paying for pawns, he goes right to the top of the chess-board. So much so that he is in China promoting his new Orwellian version of Facebook or in the vain of Ira Levin's "This Perfect Day" we can all say "Thank Uni!" He should rename Facebook to what it truly is: Two-FaceBook.
I have deleted Facebook from my smart phone and other devices. If anyone sends me a Facebook link, I gladly decline and ask them if they feel comfortable opening their personal diary to "the Zuck"? 
Most people find Facebook and other social media platforms to be innocuous and pretend there is some sort of "convenience" to "sharing" incredible amounts of data to random strangers as well as the nefarious operatives that inhabit the digital underworld.  
With the recent Twitter Purge of the Alt-Right (as well as some not so Alt-Right), we see the lengths of desperation of the cyber-sore-losers. Zuck isn't a sore-loser, but he's destined to be the most powerful billionaire the world has ever known. Unfortunately, he won't be like mythical rich guys using their wealth for good, nope. This "kid" is drunk with power and surrounded by sycophants that tell him he can do no wrong. He has made himself into a demi-god within his corporate confines, but he still hasn't gotten a seat at the "cool-kids' table". Zuck doesn't need to pal around with jocks and cheerleaders or rock stars or movie stars. Zuck knows that he can buy the cafeteria in which the cool kids' table resides. He has his sights set on a bigger dance than being the darling of the US Liberal Political Prom.
Gleefully working with oppressive nations and promoting tools that enable oppression Zuck is on a path  of villainy that could only be equaled in the Marvel Universe.
Most Mythical Villains became that way by accident or by twist of fate. Usually the tech-villain invents something for the good of mankind and it backfires. Not Zuck. He is purposely developing technology to limit freedom and to expand the control of an oppressive regime. It would be very difficult for anyone on the right side of history to applaud these efforts. This is akin to constructing remote gulags to facilitate Stalin's reign of terror. 
Look at the reason why Facebook became popular. I recall Facebook when it was a college thing. Zuck invented it to help his friends stalk coeds. Even in that farcical film about him, in the end he is stalking some chick on Facebook. We'd have college interns working on our trading desk and they would show us their Facebook pages. There would be photos of college coeds and soon it became a new Wall Street toy. Traders would get the logins from their interns and try to score chicks for the kid in advance of the weekend. It was fantasy football with an open season. It's probably the reason why Facebook became so popular. It became creepy rather quick. Suddenly, the college kids' parents and uncles were on Facebook. Real friends of mine were telling me about "old-flames" looking for a hook-up on Facebook. We used to joke that Facebook should be called "Homewrecker". With half the population of the world online, the future bodes well for Facebook. But I don't see any good coming from it.
Mark my words, if Facebook doesn't go the way of Myspace, this creep will be freedom's worst nightmare. It won't stop with Red China. I believe one day we will read about Zuck meddling in an international affair at a specific boiling point and tipping the balance in favor of the bad-guys. That's what villains do.
Speaking of nightmares, he does resemble HP Lovecraft. Maybe he is Wilbur Whatley.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

- The New Incremental Liberty

I’m starting to see this a bit more clearly I think. Racism is the new ‘communism’ for the left to play defense against.

When Obama was elected, a portion of the right leaning base was totally convinced that though he may never have attended a meeting, and certainly would never admit it, he was a communist. Now the a portion of the left, looks at President elect Trump, and although he’s never attended a meeting, and would certainly never admit it, he’s a racist.

Whether Trump follows through on what he says is still a question, but assuming he does, by the respective standards of right and left, both are probably true.

By the standard of judging a man by the content of his character that the right embraces, everything Obama has ever done supported a general philosophy of Communism – albeit a new kind of communism where the actual ownership of the means of production is left in private hands with the technocrats in government so drowning them in regulation that it’s they not he, who actually control it.

By the standard of judging people by their willingness to ‘check their identity privilege’, Trump is certainly a racist, even though he may never had a single racist thought in his life. In fact, ‘who a racist is’ seems to have morphed sufficiently in recent years to specifically include any white heterosexual man who hasn’t. By the left's standards, that's all it takes.

This opens an interesting cultural door I think. The door to incremental liberty. For 100 years the left has been whittling away at the liberty of the average American, bit by microscopic bit, with the right putting up token resistance that only ever had the effect of slowing down the speed at which the left was winning.

Now, with a truly independent leader, who is beholden to absolutely no one but the people who elected him, who see’s the media for what they are and treats them accordingly, we may actually have an effective offset to that. A 'Trumpist' philosophy of the elimination of regulation wherever and whenever possible, may put the left on defensive, and only slowing the growth of liberty.

The left hasn’t figured out yet that this is what multiculturalism really looks like. They thought they could show up with their coalition of the fringes and simply take the civilization that they had only a minimal part in building. They could show up like thieves in the night, slipping across the border then trudging in from the desert, and declare the culture, the infrastructure, and all the past achievement their own.

Well the actual builders are a part of that culture too. And it looks like they’re finally going to get their say.

The entertainment value of this idea for someone like me is right off the charts. I can’t wait, for instance, for that moment when Chuck Schumer or Elizabeth Warren points up at Trump tower and tries to tell Trump “You didn’t build that!” I can only imagine the response.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

- Tucker Carlson Joins The Culture War

This is an example of Tucker Carlson doing to a liberal journalist, the very thing that liberal journalists typically do (or at least used to do) to politicians on the right. This piece of video should be shown in every journalism school in the country.

While I have policy disagreements here and there which Carlson, I have always believed that he was smarter than the average bear. I think this video further demonstrates that, and shows an actual journalist empowered by the Trump movement to finally (FINALLY!) challenge a journalist on their overt bias. and in the process he has proven himself to be one the exceptionally few journalists of the opinion right, who is willing to join the culture war.

You can't imagine how good this makes me feel. For me, this is almost as good as the Trump win, and would fully be except for the fact that without Trump shattering that barrier, I don't think Carlson and Fox News would have had the never to go after this guy. I none the less would like the cheer the name of Tucker Carlson to the high heavens, and welcome him to the battle. Until now I was afraid the alt-right would have to do it all on their own.

I'd say this should become a standard feature of rightward leaning opinion journalism where they bring on liberal journalism and make them defend their bias, but journalists are too lazy and cowardly. They'll quickly figure out that they shouldn't do this, and it was only this second rate guy's ambitions that probably convinced him to do it in the first place.

Maybe I'm late to the party here. Maybe Tucker Carlson has been at this sort of thing a while, and I just never noticed. But I'm noticing now, and Tucker Carlson, you're my new hero.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

- No... Screw YOUR Feelings Aleksandar Hemon

This piece from Slate should win some kind for award for it's breathtaking lack of self reflection. In a piece hysterically titled "Screw Your Feelings", Aleksander Hemon applies his purely subjective view of Trump as an "Unabashed Racist" and projects it hither and yon to invalidate the 'feelings' of 50 million Trump Voters:

But the only ethics that matter are act-based ethics—it’s what you do that matters, not what you feel. After all, the legal system in this country, as yet based in reason and belief in the rationality of law, is contingent upon the ethical value of the act. And an act is a fact—what you do is what is. The Trump voters committed an act of voting for an unabashed racist, whose hate speech is an act and a fact in public space.

Hey moron, Donald Trump has never been charged under a 'Hate Speech' regulation. To date, believing he is guilty of 'Hate Speech' is a purely subjective view (based on absolutely nothing more than your individual feelings), and is not an act and a fact. By your own admission, your 'feelings' on the matter are irrelevant, it's only your acts that count.

So I guess you didn't become an unethical and myopic imbecile until you committed the act of publishing such a laughable attempt at moralism. But based on its blatant inconsistencies, I'll bet you were an imbecile long before that.

(These days the folks at Slate are sounding an awful lot like the liberal version of those "Hitler in the bunker" videos that people have been spoofing for years. Give it up girls. Racist and Misogynist no longer have the bite they used to. Because "When everyone is a racist... suddenly no one is.)

- A More "Fact Based" Reality

I resisted the urge to read this because of the source. But now that I have, I find Maggie Gallagher one of the few establishment right writers who is correctly identifying the problem with Ameircan culture:

In the week since Donald Trump was elected, the Left has been quick to hype the crisis of “fake news” on Facebook, complaining that the social-media giant swung the election by allowing the spread of false pro-Trump stories. There is no doubt a kernel of truth to the charge — fake stories were shared on Facebook during the election, and that is worrisome — but insofar as it allows the mainstream media to avoid even a moment’s introspection in the wake of Trump’s victory, it is a convenient distraction. The much bigger problem is we no longer have a consensus, centrist view of what is true and not true: There is no mainstream media anymore.

Of course, in the same editorial breath, Ian Tuttle from NR has said that the Alt-right, in my view a predominantly fact and evidence based worldview that is unusually willing to consider uncomfortable and difficult to accept evidence, is too immoral to be included any discussion of what reality is. So National Review hasn't exactly settled on this themselves.

While I appreciate the instinct to call the NR team a worthless bunch of cucks and dismiss them, I disagree with that. I've seen rational people change their minds, and I believe there are people in the establishment right who are rational. So the burden then falls on us to frame our discussion in a way that a rational person can accept, even though they are uncomfortable with what those facts point to.

Hardcore Feminists will never change their minds, and that probably goes for the operatives who work for the Democrat party, academia, the majority of the 'mainstream' press - about 25% of America. But I believe the right is salvageable. And we would be better off for it, if we can just find a way to express alt-right views in ways that don't 'trigger' them into seeing things as purely moral argument.

We should probably start with these three assertions:

Women and men are (on average) not equally skilled in all things.

Black Americans and white Americans are (on average) not equally skilled in all things.

Equality can only be imposed by force, and it would be immoral to do so.

Please feel free to tell me where I'm wrong.

- Things I Learned From Watching TV

It’s been coming on for a while now, but especially since the election of Trump I think politics has gotten boring. It’s all inside baseball, and I’m not a baseball fan really. If it hasn’t already been clear to you for months, these days I’m much more interested in culture, because that’s where the left has taken our ‘warfare by other means’.

But unlike politics, culture is immersive for everyone. In politics there are more or less two separate teams. But where culture is concerned, like it or not, we are all peeing into the same bathwater. So I think there is a lot to be learned by looking at your culture from the outside if you can. The problem there is that you kind of have to leave it, to see it.

As a virtual approximation toward that end, I’ve been watching the made for Netflix series Paranoid. It’s a British detective drama that I was first attracted to because the star is Indira Vandi, the actress who played Niobe, the wife of Lucius Vorenus in the HBO series Rome. There are a few other cast rollovers as well - the kind of actors who I think do well in the UK, but don’t bother much with the American market so they aren’t immediately recognizable here.

A UK based cop-drama provides a more interesting window into some of the cultural differences between the US and the UK than you would expect. But since we’re only divided by a common language, it’s all things you have to absorb between the lines. As a simplistic example, Police procedure is very different there than here. The UK police are mostly disarmed, and only special squads carry any weapons at all, so it tends to fall into the shootem-up formula a little less reliably than the US equivalent. But there is a multitude of other differences illuminated if you know how to pay attention.

For instance, they seem to me to have great writing in the UK right now compared to the US. I suppose it’s possible that their entertainment is as formulaic as our is, and it’s just a different formula. But to American eyes it’s precisely the kind of ‘outside in’ look at things that I described above.

They seem to utterly lack the American compulsion to underline our collective guilt as the “white heterosexual male oppressor of all that is good and just”. There are no obligatory female experts in hand to hand combat or black PHD/concert cellists. I think they give their audience a bit more credit than we. And although I believe the UK is even more enraptured to political correctness than we are, it manifests in their formula in comparatively interesting ways.

Without putting to fine a point on it, in America we live in a society where all the street crime looks the same, both in real life, and in most cases on TV. It’s always drug addicted descendants of West African slaves, with semi-illiterate 1968-ish 'black power' names grafted onto the front to protest against “the man”.

When you meet angry 30 something Jamal Washington on the urban basketball court or his erratic brother Dazhawn sitting homeless next to a dumpster on a US TV series, you know exactly who he’s supposed to be. The archetype has more recently been given a ‘heart of gold’ to soften him up for the American viewing audience and to raise his status in 'victim culture', but the expectation is already hard wired for the TV viewer.

But the brits live in a country where the street crime is more of a mix between eastern European whites, blacks, and middle easterners. The effect of this is that to American eyes, the victims and heroes are somewhat less cartoon like and visibly predictable than ours.

It’s interesting to see the british white heroine addict commiserating with his mostly white criminal friends. That isn’t close enough to reality in America for anyone to believe it, and social justice Hollywood generally doesn’t have the cojones to try it. If they did, then I’m certain all the homeless will be poorly dressed but healthy looking down on their luck fashion models. Even our TV hookers are all emotionally well adjusted, with perfect skin and hair. In the UK they apparently don’t need everyone to have quite so much sex appeal, and the effect is that the heroes and victims both take on a slightly more realistic patina.

Their villains are all the same rich white businessmen and corrupt politicians that ours are, but they don’t universally look quite the way an American has been trained by Hollywood to expect. We immediately know, for instance, that anyone with a British accent is automatically a super-villain with countless gun toting minions. Meanwhile their formulaic villainous equivalents in Britain are either in the House of Lords, American, or German - in some cases all three. Such is the power of “ingroup-outgroup “ preferences I guess.

That further British immersion in political correctness provides some other interesting plot issues as well. I think because it’s already so utterly emasculated the typical British man that the women no longer see the need to incessantly make the argument for their equality, and are therefore unafraid to be more realistic with it.

For instance, the Heroine in this particular series is a mildly emotionally unstable 38 year old woman whose primary source of distress is the fact that she’s single and childless, and her reproductive window is slamming shut fast. In real life this woman is a staple of the coastal cities, there are about a million of them in Manhattan alone, and they are all unprepared to cope with it in the same sorts of ways. But as a culture, we don’t have the guts to put them on TV in America yet. We prefer the ridiculously attractive 22 year old bikini model turned FBI pathologist with a superpower like mindreading or the ability to time travel.

My thinking is that American Feminists are afraid to put a woman like that on TV because they are afraid it will weaken their position. If women young enough to do something about it start realizing that the path of the “strong independent woman” more often than not leads to the “lonely middle aged cat lady”, then what use will they have for Feminism? A small minority of American men are still pushing back on Feminism, so the feminists still leave the cultural ramparts under constant and heavy guard. But because Britain sees this as a battle that’s already been won as a matter of law (there are people in jail there for ‘hate speech’), there is no need for them to be so diligent about it.

British Netflix has tried its hand with the “strong independent woman” cop drama before with a series called “The Fall”, but to American eyes it’s an unwatchable amalgam of misandry, both overt and sublimated. The only emotionally stable person in that entire series was the mildly sex addicted, single 40 something woman, and the men in the series are either psychotic rapists and killers, or are so weak they can’t get through their morning coffee without bursting into tears. It comes off as a blue haired Feminist’s delusion put to film, where you basically take the way things work in real life and reverse all the genders of all the roles. But in Paranoid, they seem to get it closer to correct. It strikes me as tragically funny that a more devastated culture actually leads to better and less defensive entertainment, but that’s the way the civilization crumbles I guess.

In Paranoid, the female lead spends her time equally divided between bursting into tears, and getting furiously angry. Her job is something she does in the moments in between worrying about her real priority, which is herself. Her loser boyfriend just dumped her (which is his only recognizable alpha trait) and she’s screwing around with the handsome 20 something co-worker. She’s all “me, me, me, me, me, me me, but enough about me… what do you think of me…. Oh look, a bad guy!” Replace "Oh look a bad guy" with any other job related task, and that description reads as a chillingly accurate example of life as a coastal, urbane, thirty something feminist.

With that said, I’ve long thought that criminal interrogator would be a job that women would really excel in, if they could quit thinking about themselves long enough. They are at their core consummate liars compared to all but the best of lying men, and are therefore more likely to detect lies in others. They are exceptionally well tuned to read the emotional state of others as well, and both these traits would be important career boosts to the woman who could simply detach her own emotions long enough to get through a criminal interview.

And sure enough, the heroine in Paranoid has exactly those skills and exactly that problem with them. She blows up at a perfectly innocent witness for flirtatiously flashing her perky tits at her boy-toy coworker, is too empathetic to the suffering father to properly interrogate him, and is too self-absorbed to ever bother to explain why to her boss and coworkers. But put her in the room with someone who is actually guilty of something, and she notices all the tiny body language and details of dress and environment that inevitably give them away.

Her male coworkers spend the series sweeping up around the edges for her, while coping with their own overly dramatic backstories. It’s still TV after all, so I suppose you have to expect that. But the overall result is something that any red pill man would recognize as being much close to the way real life works than anything done in America. That makes me think well of the people who wrote it.

The Directors in Britain are very different as well. Important plot points are exposed in silent visual images that you really need to be paying close attention to see, and then they’re never revisited. Multitasking is not an option if you expect to keep up with the byzantine plot lines. I can’t say if this is better or worse exactly, but it’s more subtle. Hollywood is happy to hammer you over the head, particularly on TV, and I guess I’m a bit conditioned to that. Maybe the Brits have fewer immediate distractions.

Still, I find the whole thing very gratifying viewing. It’s complex, well acted, and the characters are drawn in a way to make them all likeable in spite of their flaws. Shakespeare it ain’t, but it’s a lot close to that tradition than “Batman meets Ironman”, or “Southbeach CSI” or whatever. It’s comparatively realistic people thrown into admittedly unlikely scenarios for drama’s sake. I can live with that.

And it’s actually a little heartening, especially in light of an oncoming Trump presidency. Trump has no apologies for Feminists. If his cabinet ends up all male his only response to the media onslaught will be, I picked the best people for the job”. Blue haired heads will certainly explode and white knights are already puffing themselves up in anger at the whole thing. In my mind I'm already enjoying the insultingly dismissive way I brush them off at the bar or water cooler.

And I read something the other day that said that 2/3 of young American women have no interest in Feminism or it’s dogmas, and would rather be wives and mothers. In light of the gender collapse of Britain this is REAL cause for joy. If that means another decade or so of plucky female tibetan-buddhist journalist/bikini models who kick the hell out of special forces soldiers in between medical school classes and yoga lessons, I think that’s something I can live with. At least the new iteration of Top Gear is finally on the air.