The Hysterics of Gun Control

Another tragedy produces more demands for laws, yet laws did not fail to stop the tragedy in the first place. Through tears, people demand that the innocent bear a heavier load because of the sins of the guilty. None of this makes sense or helps anyone, but being hurt is the way to power for some, and in so doing, they hurt all of us more and more with each new horror.

They do not understand their own grieving. Grief passes through stages and one of the stages is anger; perhaps anger is what fuels demands that the innocent suffer more, because they have suffered? Yet, the rub is this — those they blame do not support the right to murder. Neither the NRA, the GOA, CORE, me, or anyone who cares remotely about self-defense. Therefore, noone can be held to task, or shamed, or blamed, for something they do not support. The aforementioned groups do not even backhandedly endorse such. To even claim this is to be grossly unfamiliar with them or to simply lie. If you are ignorant, you are a child. If you are a liar, you are evil.

Second, advocating for the right of self-defense, hunting, or sport shooting does not imply in any way advocacy for murder, because defending a right does not mean endorsing its criminal abuse. We have laws that spell out the punishment for abusing rights; that is why laws exist. They only stop those who wish to live at peace with others, however. Those who do not must be shown punishment, for that is the only thing they understand.

Third, continually complaining that tragedies happen, and yet doing nothing constructive to stop them only makes you look foolish. In this case, what was needed was better police work, better investigative work, better follow-up, and of course, for more people to take their own safety seriously. You cannot honestly promote both terror and helplessness! If you are saddened because innocent lives were lost, the solution is to allow the innocent the ability to stop injury to themselves earlier! If we all must wait until the cops show up (good guys with guns) then more will die. That’s a simple incontrovertible fact. Delay means death.

Fourth, the hysterics of gun control proceed from a childish worldview, namely, that bad things should not happen at all, and any instance of evil requires more and more laws to tut-tut fundamentally good people into compliance. However, left unasked in this worldview is this, “What if we are all not fundamentally good? What if some will not respond to shame, blame, laws, or anything except physical punishment, or death?” The foolishness of this worldview is precisely what allows school massacres to continue. It promotes a false sense of security — by increasing helplessness and gun-free-zones, it makes it so that when evil men act, they have a catastrophic effect.

Intellectually, gun control and school massacre are conjoined twins; they nourish each other and depend on each other. Ending one requires ending the other, but in a time where laying bare the foolishness of a worldview is “hate”, then nothing will be done and the bloodshed will continue, at least in those places that put up with such foolishness.

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Most Cannot Comprehend

More and more I see that the world is descending into barbarism, and that civilization has done a terrible job at elevating those whom, in harsher times, could only exist as slaves. For those who choose poorly again and again, all civilization has done is distribute the cost of cleanup across a large number of people, so that the feckless live a rubber room existence. Because most are no longer educated, nor seek wisdom, it is left to the lonely sentinels, the modern monks, to learn and preserve knowledge of what is right and true. How many people can you name who are interested in anything but football and porn? Of those slightly serious who remain, how many are actively seeking to preserve good things from ruin?

Culture is a toilet. Civility will be forgotten, and all that will be spoken will be public inanities from walls of tvs. Those who do not participate in book burnings will themselves be burned. Strength will rule and life for most will descend, free-fall, into terror. For some, there is already no law, nor hope, and no meaning — look at Chicago. How many meth labs do you suppose are scattered across the midwest? How many girls are sold into human trafficking rings? Does anyone care about the Lolita Express? Those who govern are the ones committing the worst crimes, and those who come after them persist in hiding their secrets. We are lied to by vaudeville performers as madmen set fire to the world.

May God take mercy on us and strengthen what remains.

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The Creeping Cold Love

It is a disappointment to me to find most of my church relationships not especially warm. I find that most people are content to live in their tight-knit circle of acquaintances or family members, and so there is no felt love radiating out from them. They are insular, not outreaching. They are defensive and not inviting. There are so many little rules that you must heed to be part of the in crowd. So even if you are past high school, and gone from college, the same sort of behavior never leaves. Only now, to be in you must not only have the right shoes and say the right things, you must have the preferred lifestyle option.

For women, you must have at least one child, but the more the better. For men, you must have some important job that isn’t too offbeat or too creative. For women, you must be into scrapbooking and cross-stitching. For men, you must like craft beer (ok, no problem there) and sports. Christian love, mercy, fellowship all take a back seat to “is this person like me?” or “is this person culturally normal?” I used to not understand, and think it was tragic that a person wouldn’t go to my church because it was middle class. Now, I kind of get it. It’s not that they can’t fit in, it’s that they feel excluded from the word “go” and few make any effort to welcome them in.

I am not good at this myself, but it can’t be possible that no-one else is, either. Or worse, I suppose, have I found a collection of people who just aren’t good at this? Or is it that nobody cares to practice love? My wife has noticed this far before I did, but that’s the thing with the cold, especially a cold love. It takes a while before you notice the lack of feeling. By then, however, damage is close at hand.

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The Sordid Lives of Spooks

After reading the emails and texts between Strzok and Page, I feel like I have to go somewhere pure and cleanse my mind. The sordid lives of spooks — not anything film noir-ish, but something morally repulsive — the unelected bureaucrats profaning God, twittering about in their adultery, and apparently concocting schemes to throw an election, while at their main gig they provide cover for someone who played fast and loose with national security. Who knows how many people, and how many secrets Hillary compromised? Who knows how many rabid ferrets like Page and Strzok there are, burrowing their way through the halls of unnumbered federal agencies, slowly sucking the life out of the nation? To both the answer can only be “too many”.

See how much of their conversations you can bear.

These are the kind of people who should not be hired anywhere in the public trust, because simply, they are not honorable, decent people. They are small, savage in their bitter blindness, coarse, cruel, and saboteurs of trust.

There is nothing concealed that will not be revealed. Now the whole country knows their depths. Doubtless, mindless housewives will pine for such perverse heights; stupid men will concoct porn fantasies about it; partisans will play the angles in seeking to one-up each other; few will notice just what has happened to the institution, the premiere law enforcement agency, that should be above reproach.

These two are certainly not above reproach. They have diminished themselves and sullied the organization which they serve. In better days, in nobler times, they would be put in the stockade for people to publicly shame and hurl rotten fruit at. But more than that, the entire hubris of the intel community must be corrected. These people serve us. They are not our betters. Let the wrath of the people burn through the buildings and drive them out.

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The Childish Tyranny of Emotionalism

This article is typical of the uncontrolled lives who eschew personal responsibility for their emotions. Throughout this sob piece, the author never takes into account her own responsibility for her emotions. As a result, she is heartbroken; she is this; she is that. Why? Because someone out there (Trump) has wrecked everything!

People like this are doomed to live miserable lives and will end up being controlled by external events. That is not overcoming; that is not victory. That is defeat. If you cannot learn to overcome in relatively easy times (compare now to living in England at the height of the Black Death), then when harder times come, you will be annihiliated. And really, I have to wonder, what is the value of reading screed after screed of the weak?

It used to be that “The world is hard, mommy!” type works were roundly deplored as the effluvium of children. Now they are praised to the skies and held equal to ageless wisdom. No culture that continues to misperceive value and detritus will endure, and the ones who will perish first are the weakest.

Be glad that you live in easy times, woman. Better yet, get strong now while it is still easy to do so.

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GOP Rope-a-Dope Starring Adam Schiff

This is funny. Schiff is complaining about the memo (a legally released thing), while he is suspected of illegally leaking information. The leaks about Mueller’s probe have to come from somewhere. If it’s Schiff why is he calling attention to himself? Is the GOP smart enough to play rope-a-dope and Schiff just can’t help but string himself up?

The Dems are hoping that Mueller will turn something up, and while he might, it’s been two years with not much to show for it. To keep the media wolves fed, it looks like Schiff has been leaking info. That this compromises the investigation doesn’t matter. The goal is to keep the narrative alive, I guess, and get a little fame from it — not really find anything or do anything.

Schiff has put himself under the microscope, and while the memo certainly isn’t conclusive, it does point to some problems with the FISA court, the DOJ, and the FBI. In response to the at least somewhat informative memo, Schiff is pontificating about possibilities.

“I think it’s very possible his staff worked with the White House and coordinated the whole effort with the White House.” — Schiff.

However, his thoughts aren’t really that important. Until you have some proof of this, well, what are we supposed to do? Get a deep sense of awe that he is thinking?

I hope Nunes isn’t simply being hyperbolic about the nearly 100 leaks. I would love to see the people responsible for undermining an investigation in jail or at least tossed out of Congress.

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The Unseriousness of Politics

One crucial thing has been lost in the modern era of politics, and that is a sense of seriousness. When did politics become more about optics than about substance? I think it began with Bill Clinton; Bush “W” brought some gravitas back to the scene, but he could not reverse the trend of circuses, presentations larger than life, and the endless din of alarm.

Now we are greeted with grown men and women who throw themselves around on television like they were Charismatics at the latest fad theology outbreak. The passion bordering on madness, the outlandish claims, and the lack of consistency are eerily similar.

Why has politics become mostly cheap theatrics devoid of substance? Liberals have never run on reality, but instead have run on presentation, emotional manipulation, and lies in order to get elected. Then they did whatever they wished, rewarding their friends, and even breaking the law to punish their not-friends. Liberalism was already fundamentally dishonest and was nothing more than a name for in-group enrichment and out-group punishment. On the other hand, the GOP channeled conservatism in talking about absolutes but didn’t govern accordingly at the national level. The Tea Party rebellion, however, convinced the leadership that they needed more drama like the Democrats, not results or absolutes. Thus, Trump and the mini-Trumps.

The seriousness of governing disappeared. This is the presidency, people. Have some decorum. You are a senator, elected to serve for 6 years, sir. Please don’t claim outlandish things. You are a representative, madam; stop railing about the world ending over a memo.

It weighs down my heart to see such immaturity and such over-the-top lies on display. I don’t care if they actually believe the impossible things coming out of their mouths; many of these people have held power for many years and there is no way that they are suddenly unhinged. If drama is the price of whatever you hold secret not coming out, then you have to ask yourself, “Would it be worse if those secrets came out?” You look like a fool already, dancing by the strings that Trump pulls.

Trump has a childish desire to dominate everyone, even those on his team. Remember how he accused Carson of being a child molester? Remember how he took a picture with Falwell Jr in front of a porn mag display? Who else gets pleasure from seeing grown men and women act like grade-B soap opera stars?

I see through the act and I know — deep down — that the only way people would sacrifice their dignity is that they think the folks back home are all idiots dumbed down by reality TV, or that they have terrible things to hide.

We need to take note of who is auditioning for the Jersey Shore and remove them from office, regardless of their ideology. For these perilous times, we need those who are not only upright but those who are sober-minded.

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Moderation Earns You a Target: David Brooks and the Matter of Life

This is interesting. In arguing for moderation on the stance of child murder, David Brooks stirs up a hornet’s nest of leftist Twitter responses, which include one senator. It is interesting the responses border from personal hate to censorship. No death threats yet, but watch your back, David Brooks. Those will be coming.

How can I say this with certainty? On the left, absolute fidelity is required. Dissention is betrayal. For even daring to suggest moderation on abortion, Brooks must be shamed and punished, if not erased completely. I own it would be suspicious if he turned up dead, but you cannot underestimate the propensity for violence among the infanticide set. Their gruesome ideology demands lockstep fealty and any who leave are Trotsky — to be hunted down across continents and finally disposed of.

This is true tolerance, is it not?

The left is ghoulish in its insatiable appetite for dead children, cultish in its demands for absolute loyalty, and deicidal in its belief in a utopia made by man.

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Variation Leads to Isolation

The smarter people are, the more different they are from each other. This is not just a numerical difference, but also a divergence. That is, two people of IQ 100 are more likely to have more in common than those of IQ 130. Thus, the smarter you are, the more lonely you will be.

You will have less in common not only with those of lower IQs, but also less in common with those of the same or higher IQs, which means less of a peer group. No wonder why smarter people are susceptible to megalomania. So few are like them, they think that they must be then in charge of everyone, and so try to imitate God in terribly fallible ways, in the end becoming only more like the adversary and nothing like Him.

Sadly, differences bringing about isolation is not restricted to intelligence, but occurs in every field where talent and creativity play. The better you become at X, the more you will differ from someone else who also enjoys doing X. That is why musicians, writers, polo players, jewelers, or anyone good at anything say, “It’s lonely at the top.”

So, if “celebrate diversity” wasn’t just a political slogan meant to spread homosexuality, it would be a cruelty. The more diverse a populace is, the less the members have in common with each other. Diversity leads to isolation and social fragmentation. I’d much rather celebrate what we have in common and practice unity, because that’s the only way that society holds together. Now, everyone is their own differently shining light, and no two are alike. Corrosive individualism leads to not only isolation, but vanity, and in the end, not only an inability to communicate, but a destruction of the commons — the cables, the computers, the keys used to trumpet the individual.

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The Forerunner

Where did Trump get the idea that constantly lacerating your enemies and not really DOING anything would be a great way to govern?

Dial back the years for minute. Remember when Obama was in office, and the Republicans controlled the House? Remember Trey Gowdy, laying into the IRS, conducting all those hearings, and yet whatever came of that? Nothing.

The results were not what sold. People were hooked by Trey smacking people around verbally. What nobody heard or knew about was what happened after the cameras were off and the bloggers went home. Was it all kabuki theater? I wonder, because if what Trey said was true, then action would have followed.

Trey Gowdy was a trial balloon for a new style of empty populism. Do I have proof that Trump was inspired by Gowdy? None. However, the parallels I find extremely convenient. When you look at the so-called “splitter strategy” (which I suspected all along was designed to keep a conservative out of the White House and to make sure an establishment candidate squeaked by), then from that moment on, the stage was set for a campaign-by-media, not by issues, not by truth, not by following the process. Trump made an empty storm across the United States, belching lies and wild accusations, but the people ate it up. Like they thought of Gowdy as strong, even though he was toothless, they thought Trump was strong, even though he was compromised in many different ways.

What sold was the sound and the fury, not the character, and not the actions.

Gowdy was the forerunner and Trump is his political scion.

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