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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Secession Fever

NSFW. Sometimes you want to opt out. Here's the trailer for the movie
this clip is from. The star of the clip didn't like Feds. He was eaten by a
bear. Who ate his girlfriend too. You can watch
Grizzly Man on Netflix.

I'm halfway through my first metaphor post, but I got distracted by all the furor about secession. Philly talk radio host Dom Giordano was blasting it as kookery, but I'm inclined to be less sanctimonious about it. There's a lot of grieving going on. No matter what happens in 2016, our country will never be the same. Realizing that fact is like experiencing a death in the family. Drudge is even reporting an election related suicide and an attempted murder. Secession seems a milder impulse.

But it does seem naive, a tantrum with no good potential outcomes. And maybe a shade less than heroic. Heroic would be striking out on your own to find the next free frontier, like Grizzly Boy above. Less than heroic is imagining that you can somehow keep everything you're used to, town, schools, friends, etc, by pretending you're no longer a part of the country you still want to live in. And what about the 40-plus percent of your neighbors who want no part of YOUR Brave New World.  Reeducate'em? Jail'em? Kill'em?

Many of the states that went for Romney and might have a chance of passing a secession referendum are land-locked.  Even in a peaceful settlement with the Feds, you can look forward to tariffs, border controls, passport and customs messes, and monster air travel woes.

The states that aren't land-locked better hope that their economies can survive blockades by the U.S. Navy, which even under Obama retains a strangling power for enemies of the United States.

And if the Feds decide on an all-out military solution, kiss your complacent asses goodbye. The Second Amendment, however sacred, long ago lost the arms race between private citizens and the U.S. military. From the moment they are ordered to end a threat of armed sedition, the lifespan of said sedition will be measured in hours, if not minutes.

If you're that fed up, run away. It makes more sense than secession and it's actually nobler in that you're not forcing others to pay for your grief.

Believe me, I understand that the grief is real. Here's the song they used at the end of Grizzly Man. This week I think it speaks to all of us.

Even if we're not from the southwest. We still have cowboys in New Jersey. You probably have them too, wherever you are. Maybe you are one. Go in peace.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

In Search of Metaphors

Fibonacci vs. Torah. Numbers/Numerology? But in addition to Numbers, there be
also Words, Voices, and Images. Otherwise known as Willie, Vinnie, Ned & Ira.

UNDERNEATH THE FIRE. There are numerous ways to understand what is going on. At some level, human experience is a hologram, meaning the whole is embedded in every part. Want to know the state of America in 2012? Find a slice of experience and explore it as a metaphor for the whole. Who knows what set of comparisons might enable people to see the whole, because the whole as a whole tends to be too big, too intimidatingly complex, for people to comprehend. This is also a primary tool of science. Break things down. Look for simple relationships that might explain what seems hopelessly complicated.

Subsets of the whole also enable people to recognize and confront their own blind spots, which is important because we all have them, thanks to passions, loyalties, and prejudices it's easy to blink away.

Why I'm going to explore metaphors for a while. Aspects of American experience which, examined even in relative isolation, might tell us more about who and what we have become, and maybe, just maybe, what we might do about it.

Obviously, more than one can play at this game. You're welcome to join in. My own first example will be the NFL. Don't bother commenting that it's a stupid or irrelevant metaphor. I'll just bop you on the head for premature interjection and move on. Instead, propose your own. I have multiple candidates and, however slowly, I'll get around to all of them. But if you get to one of them first, my own treatment will take your thoughts into account.

All the news right now is the aftermath of an explosion, with bits and pieces pattering acridly on our heads. I'm plotting a more interesting course, I hope, than shrieking at each contact of burning detritus.

Any interest?

Friday, November 09, 2012

Fire with Fire.

Let's see. They burn you. What do you do back? Hand them more matches?

SOMETHING BEST SERVED COLDHOT. Still idling to some degree. Holding my, uh, fire. You can see that the crazies are coming out here. Not voting somehow made a point that satisfies the non voters even though their own lives will materially worsen in the next four years, perhaps fatally. A plague on their houses. An ideological purity that's too narrow to comprehend a mortal threat isn't admirable; it's an ignorant luxury to be despised. Yet here they preen...

The conservative press is hardly better. The post-mortems are underway, the hunt for those to blame, the rending of garments and self-immersion in ashes, the desperate search for key constitutencies to appease. The old old trap of those who play the political game from inside. Why even Charles Krauthammer can be, at times, as dumb as a box of rocks.

I've no use for any of that shit. We just saw the last honorable campaign. A well qualified, decent and honorable candidate who disdained to get personal and steered a wide berth around easy cheap shots LOST.

It's not the message that failed. In an age when the message is scrambled and transformed by corrupt elite media, it's the strategy and tactics that failed.

We have said many times that Republicans are stupid. But what do we mean by that? We mean that they are not smart enough to be blind bone stupid-shrewd. Republicans keep thinking if they make a sensible argument the electorate will get it. Democrats are smart enough to know better. Republicans read Dostoevski's The Grand Inquisitor Scene and scoff. Democrats read it and take notes, play MP3 recordings of it under their pillows at night so they can absorb it by osmosis, and practice it daily like North Korean troops doing calisthenics before the image of Dear Leader.

They don't make arguments. They don't use logic. They have talking points, things they just say again and again and again and again and again, almost exactly the same way. They're not interested in being persuasive, elegant, accurate, responsible, or responsive. They're singularly devoted to being repetitive, like an obnoxious ad, until the same few words are seared into your brain as if by a branding iron.

They're able to this do because their contempt for their constituencies is absolute.

Till now, Republicans have labored under the delusion that the American people are possessed of a native wisdom that enables them to see through such obvious propaganda. Now we have been disabused of that notion. That's the good news.

Before this election the hopeful mission was to save the nation on behalf of our fellow citizens. Now it is to save the nation in spite of our fellow citizens.

Knowing this, we have formidable weapons we can bring to bear. I'll elaborate on those next time.

Hopefully on or before Veteran's Day, because Tuesday made those of us who still believe in this country into the Resistance, a minority who may not survive the "Battle of America" and might easily become its uncounted and unsung casualties.

Fire with Fire 2

uh, are you completely completely sure?

FOLLOW-ON. Not that difficult once you get past the smart-stupid-smart quandary. It collapses like a lot of enigmas to basics. Quit arguing. Start brainwashing. After that, only a couple of rules and a few key talking points to remember. What's hard about it is that's it too easy. And it might require a few personnel changes.

For example, Mitch McConnell's gonna have to go. That pop-eyed Howdy Doody deer-in-the-headlights look makes even Nancy Pelosi look smart. We can't have that. Well, moving on...

I'm starting the counter-offensive now because it takes time to work. Bye, Romney. Now it's time to repeat repeat repeat repeat repeat repeat the same few points for four years without fail. What are they?

1. Democrats despise women. They think all women are brainless sluts. And, yes, I mean use the actual word 'slut.' Because it's Democrats who think that. They believe they can buy women's votes by pandering to their genitals and their fear of pregnancy, as if women have no control of whether they get pregnant or not. Because they're so stupid. And if you satisfy their vaginal and uterine concerns, you've got them for life. Give them a morning after pill and you can screw the rest of their prospects for life, no problem. Repeat repeat repeat repeat repeat repeat.

2. Democrats don't care about children. They're willing to saddle future generations with impossible debt. They prefer teacher's unions to good, affordable education. They pursue policies that keep increasing the percentage of children born out of wedlock, which means they'll always be growing up with half a set of parents and usually no dad. Democrat largesse has resulted in a 77 percent rate of birth out of wedlock. Who would wish that on their worst enemy? Repeat repeat repeat repeat repeat repeat.

3. The Democrat Plantation. Just a term. Use it again and again. Repeat repeat repeat repeat repeat repeat. What does it mean? Fifty years of taking credit for civil rights improvements. Zero progress. The black caucus rubber stamps the liberal agenda, but blacks keep falling farther behind. Blacks are the domestics in the Democrat political house. Hispanics?

4. For Democrats, immigration reform is about gardeners.  Yeah, they've got blacks to win them power in the cities and wait on them in celebrity venues. But now they also want the dirt-diggers to prop up their cushy lives. Let's see. How many non-whites are in the Democrat leadership of the house and senate? But they all have blacks and hispanics working at their estates., niow don't they?

5. Two Americas. Oops. This was a John Edwards meme. Too bad it's so true. Democrats plus Hollywood plus Cronies in Wall Street and High Tech and guess what? We are now a two class society. The people who rule plus the people who finance the rulers -- and then all the fools who think these p[eople care about them at all. Repeat repeat repeat repeat repeat repeat.

6. Occupy America. Yes. The people who hate America are in the saddle and determined to destroy it. Just look at their foreign policy if nothing else. That's the name of this second Obama administration.

I don't know how to drive home the necessity of repetition often enough. Repeat repeat repeat repeat repeat repeat.

Feeling dirty, are you? Don't. All six points are true. Truth has always been a defense against libel. In this country.

Yeah, I know there will be lots of more intelligent analysis. That analysis is all wrong. Drive home these simple points and all questions about whether the Republican Party is done for or not will go away before 2016. Unless you listen to all the brilliant conservatives. Or libertarians.

Which I know you will.

Because you're so much smarter than Republicans.

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

The Crisis

None so blind as those who will not see past the bridges of their superior noses.

SO MUCH FOR PLAN A. On to Plan B. We've had challenges before:

THESE are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated. Britain, with an army to enforce her tyranny, has declared that she has a right (not only to TAX) but "to BIND us in ALL CASES WHATSOEVER" and if being bound in that manner, is not slavery, then is there not such a thing as slavery upon earth. Even the expression is impious; for so unlimited a power can belong only to God.

Are we certain to prevail? No. But are we certain to remember what we believe and struggle for? Yes.

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