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#6637: Welcome to the Saint James Club!

That's the title of a jazz fusion album by some so-and-so from the early 1990s, and the name stuck with me such that I tended to use it instead of saying something like, "Well, look who caught up with the rest of us!" When someone would finally admit something that was glaringly obvious to everyone but him, or would give up trying to do the impossible, "Welcome to the Saint James Club!"

No it doesn't make any damned sense. I didn't claim it did, not then and definitely not now. This is one of those cases where the only way anyone else could understand why I found this amusing would be if the human race were suddenly given massively parallel telepathy. That would have the effect of removing all individuality and turning our species into one organism, and it would ruin things like baseball games and "Trivial Pursuit", so it's just as well.

But!

Today I have about a thousand links to natter on about, and some of them are about things which I considered and dispensed with months ago, so it seems as if everyone else is late to the party.

Welcome to the Saint James Club.

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The whole "Russiagate" thing is a gigantic nothingburger, made of nil, topped with void, served with side orders of limbo and total vacuum. I said this over a year ago. It was obvious from the get-go that it was nothing, that it was just an attempt by the Democrat-media complex to knobble the Trump administration; as time went on and little scraps of nothingness were breathlessly reported as big news, it only further convinced me that I was right.

The story a day or two ago was that the Senate intelligence committee (holy shit what an oxymoron!) had determined that there was nothing to it, that it was an oil tanker's worth of oyster stew made from zero oysters.

* * *

The return of brownouts is now assured. California is bound and determined to turn itself into a third world shithole.

They're already well on the way, of course.
Almost everyone that goes out to visit one of our major cities on the west coast has a similar reaction. Those that must live among the escalating decay are often numb to it, but most of those that are just in town for a visit are absolutely shocked by all of the trash, human defecation, crime and public drug use that they encounter. Once upon a time, our beautiful western cities were the envy of the rest of the world, but now they serve as shining examples of America’s accelerating decline. The worst parts of our major western cities literally look like post-apocalyptic wastelands, and the hordes of zombified homeless people that live in those areas are too drugged-out to care.
Vox Day says, "It's just a matter of time before the next Black Plague sweeps the cities of the West. And a good thing it will be too."

I disagree.

I'm not saying that the Black Plague won't hit; it will. That kind of rat infestation, you can't avoid it. The typhus outbreak they're having, that's the warning of what's to come. Yersina pestis is nothing to fool around with and those west coast cities are playing with fire.

I disagree, however, that it'll be a "good thing".

Vox Day is not really a humanitarian, and I can respect his position because I know that he arrived at it with careful thought. I know what he means when he says that such a plague would be "good"; I just happen not to agree with him.

If the plague were to confine itself strictly to those cities whose policies resulted in the outbreak, then I could agree with him: hey, those bozos voted for the conditions that led to this outcome, so they deserve what they get. But Black Plague is contagious before the patient is symptomatic, and once you're showing symptoms of infection, that's it: nothing can be done for you. You need to be treated with antibiotics upon exposure to it, and the antibiotics have to be high-zoot maximum effect types. Amoxicillin won't do it.

The problem is, the plague will spread far beyond those cities. Air travel makes it possible for someone to be infected in LA, and then travel anywhere in the world before he starts showing symptoms...and everyone who he comes in contact with, everyone on every plane he flies in, is at risk of contracting the disease.

So, no, a plague on the west coast would not be a good thing. Not if it's the Black Plague, which is most likely given that yersina pestis likes to live in the fleas that infest rats, and LA has a rat problem.

Here's hoping that it'll be something less nasty.

But the simple fact is that we used to have ways of preventing this kind of pestilence. Vagrancy used to be a crime. We used to do something about vermin like rats. We used to have laws that were meant to prevent the kind of squalor that now pervades these cities, and we had those laws specifically because we knew that--in their absence--our cities would become breeding grounds for disease.

Because that's what always happens in those conditions.

We knew it, and a bunch of lame-brain lefty touchy-feely types got rid of the laws against vagrancy: "Oh, they can't help it and we need to be compassionate!" A million regulations on how rat control can be done made it impossible to control the rat population. Laws against crapping on the sidewalk aren't enforced because "Poor homeless people, what else can they do?"

And then you get typhus and you get cholera and you get a whole bunch of other things, diseases which have been around for millennia and which have plagued Man whenever he lets his guard down, whenever he gets too lax.

* * *

The world wrought by feminism.
My thesis is this: when men ran the world and women ran society we had a chance to conduct our lives in some semblance of balance, but women have abdicated their running of society and thus, it has collapsed dramatically. Women forced their way into the running-the-world deal and now we have a world gone mad. And the beautiful society which we Western women built is in tatters. Moms decided they were the same as men so they deserted the home and babies to grab their briefcases and rush out to run the world.

***

It was here that the community developed ground rules on how to manage children and husbands. Any mother was free to chastise anyone else's child should they misbehave. It was pretty unheard of for someone to say, "How dare you correct my child!" They would agree amongst themselves what was desired behavior. Good manners were required and trained. Neighbors backed each other up. It was expected.

The essential rules that Moms formed in their infants and homes radiated outwardly into streets, schools, offices, boardrooms, departments, factories and agencies to form the framework of Western ethics. The communities, churches and schools all echoed the same values because most people went to Church or Temple and so, the foundation of our mores being Judeo/Christian, Mom's rules were designed by the Ten Commandments. Many towns didn't lock their doors, even at night.
That's a pretty good thesis.

* * *

Global warming socks Hawaii and shuts down Haleakala Observatory. They got a foot of snow there. The snow line dipped to 6200 feet, which is the lowest it's gone since 1952. But yeah, man-made global warming is to blame, of course.

* * *

Apple I can understand, but Googe? Of course Googe ejected "Do no evil" from their corporate ethics quite some time ago, so I suppose this makes sense.

* * *

Once again, Steve Martin look-alike Bill Nye opens his mouth and removes all doubt. He's saying that life doesn't begin at conception. So, when does it begin, then? At what point does the zygote transition from "lifeless matter" into something that's alive, Bill?

But we shouldn't be surprised by this fatuous crap. It's a logical extension of the pro-abortion movement's prior position. Used to be that the debate was over when the zygote became a human; there was no doubt that "the clump of cells" was alive, though. Apparently that's passe now, though, and they expect us to believe that a living ovum and a living sperm cell combine to make...inanimate, lifeless stuff, which somehow grows into a living baby, eventually.

Eventually, after an undefined period of time, because that time period grows longer all the time. It used to be that the first few weeks of gestation were "pre-human" but now--at least in New York and Virgina--the entire term of gestation isn't long enough for it to become human. Now, it's only a human being if the mother decides it is after she's finished delivery!

...and if it's not human, she's not a mother, and WTF, biology?

All of this is a perfect example of how leftism takes the simple and convolutes it beyond recognition.

* * *

Like this. Mitch McConnell, majority leader in the Senate, has said the Senate will vote on the New Green Dildo, and the left's response?
Don't let Mitch McConnell fool you: this is nothing but an attempt to sabotage the movement we are building. He wants to silence your voice so Republicans don't have to explain why they are climate change deniers.
Yes, because that's exactly how people go about silencing voices and sabotaging movements: by bringing them up for a vote.

But you see, the leftist's comment belies the truth: they know this is a cockamamie scheme. They know that the New Green Dialator is chock-full of horseshit which is 100% bad for America and its citizens. The last thing they want is a straight up-or-down vote on it.

Publishing the thing was an epic-level error, but I'd expect that kind of thing from someone as feckless, vapid, and self-absorbed as Ocasional-Cortex. Taking it to a vote dumps the entirety of the thing right into the official minutes of the Senate, and if there is anything the Democrats do not want it is for their Senators to have either to A) vote for the thing, or B) vote against it. Precisely because it's such lunacy that they can't pass the thing, and they all know it.

But their constituencies want all the things in the New Green Devastator-of-sphincters. The Democrats can't vote against it--but they also can't vote for it.

Hence the nonsense from the left about how McConnell is a nasty meany-mean-head for bringing the thing to a vote. Whenever Republicans capitalize on a Democrat fuckup, what else could they be?

* * *

And while we're talking about the New Green Demolisher, take a look at that map of the domestic flights from just two airlines and explain to me how you'll replace all that with "high speed rail" in a mere 10 years. Especially in light of the fact that California tried to link two cities, spent several billion over ten years, and GOT NOTHING DONE. A few miles of track laid; that's it.

* * *

Latest extrusion from Disney in the Star Wars universe pretty much craps all over the original movie and piles on the anti-white-male bandwagon. At this point --actually, prior to it--I have lost all interest in the series.

Unlike Dr. Doomcock I will still enjoy the original movies in their un-fucked-with versions, but have no interest in any further interaction with any iteration of Star Wars. The Last Jedi was the first SW movie that I did not see in the theater, and I have not seen any of the spin-off movies anywhere but on pay-per-view. That's over, too. I won't bother watching "Episode IX" until it's free to watch.

* * *

I have no words. But government doesn't care about the little people as long as they keep paying their taxes. If a few female proles get raped, oh, well!

* * *

NYC shoots itself in the foot.
A band of imbeciles, led by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have stepped into the void. They do not understand the questions or the issues. As noted in prior posts, AOC has relieved Republicans of being the party of stupid. When it comes to stupidity, she's in a class of her own.
Emphasis mine. Complete, feckless ignorance does not stop them from thinking they know exactly how to proceed, though. It's kind of fun to watch.

* * *

A baby boomer pining for baby boomer horseshit. Anyone who is nostalgic for the Black Panthers is an idiot. They were communists, they were criminals, they were thugs.

* * *

15 years later, out of juice. Opportunity endured a good long time on Mars.

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Today is Wednesday. Tomorrow is Valentine's Day. Whee!
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