November 14, 2012 - November 7, 2012
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
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
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.
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
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
Friday, November 09, 2012
Let's see. They
burn you. What do you do back? Hand them more matches?
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
None so blind as those who will
not see past the bridges of their superior noses.
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.