June 27th, 2018

#6258: I only hope it's still funny later.

Keeping an eye on the insanity of the left, I'm struck with how ludicrous they are, and it makes me shake my head and laugh in kind of a disbelieving fashion. As if to say, "Wow, you guys are something else, you know?"

So far this week there hasn't been another high-profile harassment story, or anything like it, but I expect that they're coming. Right now I expect the left is gauging how those stories are playing. Depending on how those stories play out we'll either see an increase in the insanity, or we won't.

Still, there's this. It is true that the left uses violence as a way to get people to clamor for someone to stop it. Violence, crime, terror--anything to get the people to give up freedom for safety.

The really funny thing is, when you compare this situation to Weimar Germany--well, in Weimar Germany, the clashes between communists and nazis was essentially a debate on what kind of socialism would prevail, not whether Germany would be socialist. The strong man that prevailed was a nazi, but it could just as easily have been a communist--in which case Germany would have nicely tucked itself under the aegis of the USSR, and WW2 would have had an entirely different meaning. (FDR would have moved mountains to stay out of that war, for one thing.)

The left doesn't seem to understand, though, that it's a two-way street, and this isn't 1968. You can make things miserable for a lot of people, but that will only go so far, and in this environment it's going to make you less popular rather than more. People are sick of the leftist horseshit that's been crammed down their throats for the past decade (at least). That's why you got Trump; when it became obvious that the GOP itself was now "Democrat lite", Trump (or someone like him) was inevitable.

That's why the immigration debate is making Democrats less popular; they're using the same old playbook, but everyone knows that stuff now and they're seeing right through it. The partisanship of the press has become bleeding obvious--rags like Time aren't even trying to hide it any longer--and people simply don't believe the media outlets that pretend to be moderate, because they spout the same shit, tamed a bit to fit their self-image.

So when the propaganda fails, and the people stubbornly refuse to listen to their betters in the press and entertainment media, then it's time to rouse the grassroots and have them riot.

The civil unrest must fail.

As I said, this isn't 1968. I have a feeling that the general American public won't blame the police or the government for the riots; in everything that's gone on so far I've seen that the public has refused to accept the narrative. That's why Democrats have a four-point lead after two weeks of their immigration nonsense, and that's just one example. The people are sick of the bullshit. They're not looking at the owner of the greasy spoon as some kind of hero; they're looking at her as an unhinged nutcase, and the people around her are distancing themselves from her to avoid having their businesses trashed by association.

"The civil unrest must fail," and as far as I can tell from here that means two things. It must fail because--absent some kind of major public relations miracle--it cannot succeed, at least not from the Democrat perspective. Not in this environment, not when 95% of the land mass went red in the last election. Not after eight years of Obama and eight years of "Democrat Lite" before that. (George Bush's domestic agenda was essentially Democrat, but for the tax cuts. Absent 9/11, he would have been a one-term President, like his father.)

The other thing is, it must fail because if it succeeds we will probably never get another chance to arrest the downhill slide into totalitarianism. Hillary was supposed to win; the entirety of Spygate was supposed to be swept under the rug and forgotten, permanently, except to be used as a blueprint for future elections. The entire edifice of the federal bureaucracy was to be bent to ensuring that no non-Democrat could ever win the Presidency again. The use of the IRS to flatten the Tea Party--which, we now see, was aided by prominent Republicans like John McCain--was just the beginning, as we've seen, and the fact that no one objected to it led to Obama using the FBI to spy on Republican candidates.

But I can't escape the feeling that what we're seeing is a convulsion, a last major temper tantrum from an increasingly impotent cadre of leftists; defeat that and we will be comfortably secure from that horseshit for a little while. So I want to see them spend all their political capital on trying to eke out some kind of defeat for Trump.

There will be violence. Worse, there will be dead children; the left will do whatever it needs to in order to regain the power it's steadily losing in post-Obama America. The left has never flinched from murdering whoever it needed to; it's what it does, because leftists only care about power. So there will be riots, and terrorism, and time bombs, and so forth, and the victims of this violence will be paraded before the cameras and the newsreaders will gravely intone the words from the teleprompters about how tragic it all is that the Trump administration can't just give in on this one thing so the violence will stop.

Question is--will the people buy it? Or will they reject it, the way they rejected the "Trump wants to imprison children" story? Because we've seen this, time and again, and the same way the people are saying, "It's not Trump that is doing this; it's the parents that are the problem!" they might just say, "Well, if you asshats on the left would stop setting time bombs in schools, there wouldn't be any dead kids, now would there?"

I'm not sure, but what I do know is that the left has shown a decided penchant for miscalculating, gravely, over the past couple of years. It's why, as they say, we got Trump.

#6259: That one had to stand on its own.

When you get a good one going, you don't pollute it with other topics. That's something I learned in the last ten years. It's a party!

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"We wouldn't be saying these things if you idiots hadn't elected Trump!" The left loves to play that game. I've never bought into it; it's a childish tactic and it doesn't matter who's trying it or what the stakes are. It's bullshit.

"Look what you made me do!" tries to shift the blame for a bad action onto another person. A terrorist will say, "These people are dead because you wouldn't give in to my demands." No, those people are dead because you killed them. Your willingness to kill innocent people is not my fault, and my unwillingness to give in to your demands does not make their deaths my fault.

The Democrats and leftists are saying these things because this is what they really think, not because Trump somehow forced them to do it. Trump is being "uncivil", which is why Peter Fonda wished Trump's son would be thrown into a cage with pedophiles. Right?

Simple fact is that the Democrats have always been like this.

Trump is not playing the old "heads we win, tails you lose" game, where the Republican must be 100% nice at all times regardless of what the Democrats say about him. Trump hits back, and if there is anything that Democrats do not like, it's when a right-winger uses their very own tactics and techniques against them. It's why the mere mention of Ann Coulter is enough to send a leftist into a frothing rage.

But the advantage here is that Trump merely says something "uncivil" and the leftists lose their shit completely, like prominent Democrat Maxine Waters telling people to harass members of the administration--all of which ultimately works to Trump's advantage.

Democrats didn't give a rat's ass about "civility" when George Bush was President:
Consider the "civility" shown by Democrats toward the eminently civil "compassionate conservative" President Bush.

Protesters regularly carried signs saying things like "Save Mother Earth, Kill Bush," "Hang Bush for War Crimes," "Bush=Satan," "Bush is the only Dope worth Shooting." They burned Bush and other administration officials in effigy countless times.

Jonathan Chait wrote a 3,600-word word piece for the New Republic in 2003 on "the case for Bush hatred." In it, he admitted that "I have friends who … describe his existence as a constant oppressive force in their daily psyche."

Nobel Peace Prize winner Betty Williams gave a speech at a women's peace conference in Dallas in 2007 declaring that "right now, I could kill George Bush." The audience laughed, and she won praise for her "bravery."

Pollster Geoff Garin told The New York Times that Bush hatred was "as strong as anything I've experienced in 25 years now of polling."

The winning film at a 2006 Toronto film festival was a movie — Death of a President — that realistically depicted Bush's assassination.

The left regularly compared Bush to Hitler, just as they are now with Trump.

Playwright Harold Pinter said that "the Bush administration is the most dangerous force that has ever existed. It is more dangerous than Nazi Germany."

Harry Belafonte called Bush "the greatest terrorist in the world."
...but of course Bush didn't fight back. Like all good country club Republicans, Bush was "above" that.

I am glad Trump is Trump. I want a strong right-wing President, someone who isn't afraid to dish it out. Democrats have gotten a free pass for decades.

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Like the recent GOP ad, it's time to stop pulling punches. Heh.

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Good! Unions have had their day.

Love it, just love it!

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Let me say it again: this is not 1968 and the people you leftists are harassing may be armed. Think twice before you initiate violence.

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"NAZI NAZI NAZI" is all they have. One insult: "He's stupid!" One joke: "Hey, you know so-and-so? Isn't he stupid?" And one opposing political position: "He's a nazi!"

It's all they have.

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When seconds count, the police are minutes away. Two calls to 911, and the only thing that stopped this creep was being ventilated. The cops didn't protect anyone; they just arrested the creep after he'd been shot a couple times.

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"Nuclear winter" turns out to be a non-issue. Problem is, human activity--even global thermonuclear war--is pretty insignificant compared to nature.

When you realize that the one eruption of Mount Pinatubo in 1991 ejected more sulfur aerosols into the atmosphere than all human activity ever, you start to understand the magnitude of the difference. We are not as mighty as we think we are.

Only a human being could be so arrogant.

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Well, all the chores and errands for the day are done.

Last night I finished tearing up the carpeting in the living room, exposing the hardwood floor underneath. There is one spot where the floor is less than pristine; it's by the front window, exactly where the Christmas tree sits every year. Some sizable fraction of all the Christmases since the house was built featured a real Christmas tree, and real trees need water, and sometimes when filling the stand people spill water, or something happens to make the water slosh out of the stand, or some water leaks from the stand. However it happened, water got through the carpet to the wood, and so there is that one spot where the wood floor is a bit less nice than the rest of it.

But it's a nice floor nonetheless. Based on that, we've decided that we won't put down carpeting in there, but leave the hardwood exposed.

The living room needs curtains, and I still have to replace the outlets and switches (and clean and reinstall the registers) but we're calling that one done.