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My numbers have been pretty good lately in fact July has been my 2nd best month of all time (still an outside chance of passing my best) but I didn’t expect to me nominated for “Most Influential Blogger” by the Lonely Conservative.

In fairness the Lonely Conservative nominated a bunch of blogs and I was one of them so it’s a little different that in sounds, still it’s nice to be on the list.

But that nomination must mean something because for the first time evah the Breitbart Unmasked site decided to start talking about me.

 

While like any good Sicilian I have nothing to say concerning their statement one way or the other I do understand that under the rules of the nomination I have questions I need to answer: Answers in Green italics

1. Why did you start a political blog and when?

The company I worked for folded and I was doing some technical/free speech blogging for them but naturally couldn’t talk about politics.  Once that ended I figured I’d start my own blog and talk about the things that I was interested in, namely politics & religion.

2. If President Obama invited you to a beer summit, would you attend?

Of course, he is the president & one must respect the office, not a big beer guy through.

3. Do you think there is any hope of restoring the United States to a constitutional republic in your lifetime?

We never stopped being a constitutional republic, we’re just not doing it very well right now.

4. If you could visit one nation you have never visited before, what nation would that be?

Italy, it would have been England but if Pam Geller isn’t good enough for them, then not interested.

5. Do you have a job that isn’t connected to blogging? If so, what is your occupation?

No this is actually how I make my living provided the readers are willing to pay me.  So far so good.

6. What book has influenced your life (other than the Bible or Torah) and describe how?

The Golden Book Encyclopedias.  My parents had a set and I used to read them cover to cover.  It gave me a curiosity about everything.

7. How do you like to spend your time when you aren’t blogging or working?

I’m a big Doctor Who fan & a tactical board gamer, Pinball fan.   I love classic TV and I never get sick of a chat but frankly while I’m interested in everything, I find a great pleasure just being home.

Per the requirements of the award I have to nominate another blog.  since the award is “Most Influential Blogger” singular it will have to be one person.

I am going to automatically exclude “instapundit” because he would win the award by fiat but thinking on the subject I have to say Atlas Shrugs.  What other site was able to stop a project in NY and be so hated by radicals that they would cause someone to be banned from an entire country.

As per the rules there are seven questions but nowhere in the rules does it say they have to be listed here so I will include them in my e-mail to Pam

 

 

Vincent Gambini: Your Honor, may I have permission to treat Ms. Vito as a hostile witness?
Mona Lisa Vito: You think I’m hostile now, wait ’til you see me tonight.
Judge Chamberlain Haller: Do you two know each other?
Vincent Gambini: Yeah, she’s my fiancée.
Judge Chamberlain Haller: Well, that would certainly explain the hostility.

My Cousin Vinny 1992

Yesterday I put up a post noting the Newsworthyness of William Hoge’s revelation that Brett Kimberiln was in fact in some of the surveillance photos at Blogbash.

Given the implied threats and his history as a bomber that is significant and certainly newsworthy

today Bill has a post up that I don’t think meets that same standard:

Tetyana is opposed to Brett having custody of the children. She is concerned for her daughters’ safety. Tetyana says that she met Brett on the beach of the Sea of Azov when she was 14. She says that Brett brought her to America when she was 15 and married her just before her 17th birthday, while she was still 16, using fraudulent documents to obtain the marriage license. She also alleges that he had sex with her on multiple occasions while she was still 15, and that some instances occurred in Maryland. The common term for this behavior is statutory rape. In Maryland, it might be charged as sexual offense in the third degree.

He then quotes certain statements by Mrs. Kimberlin that I won’t repeat here.

While there is certainly some history along those lines and I don’t doubt that this is what Mrs. Kimberlin has said to Mr Hoge there is something that one must remember. This is a divorce and the custody of children are at stake.

Even in the most civil of divorces the subject of custody can be tricky in an acrimonious divorce watch out

To say this is an acrimonious divorce would be like saying that the Muslim Brother has a little problem with Jews (Andrew Weiner for some reason excepted). There is going to be a lot said by both sides and a judge is going to have to sort it all out.

Mind you Mrs. Kimberlin’s fears concerning the kids may be very real and I don’t dismiss her story out of hand, additionally Mr. Hoge has met Mrs. Kimberlin and talked to her, so he may have a better perspective on this than me.

But I can’t forget that I know many men with marriages less successful than mine who have told me about of things that were said at divorce proceedings that they couldn’t believe were being said by women they once shared a bed. These are men with backgrounds nothing like Brett Kimberlin who paid dearly for those words.

And frankly if you are a part of the anti-Kimberlin crowd this is just the type of story that fits too conveniently into our narrative.

So given that situation despite my natural inclination to believe the worst about Mr. Kimberlin and despite certain parts of his backstory that are suggestive in that direction I’m going to have to decline to jump on board with this particular accusation, at least for now, until I see evidence that supports them that I’m currently not aware of.

If I become aware of such evidence in the future I’ll take another look until then I’m not going there.

Update: It appears actual charges have been filed, while that increases the newsworthyness of the story I’ve seen that tactic used in divorces as well. While going on the official record increases credibility the charges itself isn’t evidence.

Fonzie: I only got one thing to say to you shortcakes…you put out an advertisement, somebody is going to answer that ad.

Happy Days Joanie’s Weird Boyfriend 1977

If she’s good enough to sleep with, she’s good enough to marry.

Dominic James Ingemi 1921-1987

One of the funniest and most enjoyable comic books ever written was Groo the Wanderer the story of an interment warrior with great skill at sword and no skill at brains . The comic was written by Mark Evanier and drawn by Sergio Aragones best known for his decades at Mad Magazine.

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There were many spectacular stories in the various series but my favorite was #9 of the Marvel Series Pigs and Apples.

To summarize Groo wanders into a town filled with both starving people and Apple Trees full of fruit. When he tries to pick apples to eat he is told the apples are sacred and to eat them is to risk the wrath of the Gods.

Groo leaves and ventures to the next town where there are huge herds of Pigs but again the people are all starving. When the townspeople tell him that Pigs he is gobsmacked and only the threat of public execution stops him.

Eventually thanks to a hint by the Sage Groo gets the idea to turn one village against the other. One town sacks the others “sacred pigs” while the other raids the “sacred apples” and both towns people eat hearty and happy…

…until they discover that both the pigs and the apples were poisonous and the people who eat them become wretchedly sick (with Groo who ate both getting the worst of it).

The lesson is that the standard cultural and moral norms are not a coincidence, they have developed over centuries and millennia one might even say they evolved.  They exist and function because they work.

Culture is the basic building block on which society is built, if you have a strong culture your society is strong, if you have a weak or decadent culture it is weak and easily overcome.

The United States once had a strong culture.  Families were strong, divorce was the exception rather than the norm, Drug use was low, Teenage suicide was almost unheard, both fatherhood and motherhood were celebrated, adoption was encouraged  and the sexual exploitation of woman and children would get you beaten half to death, if you were lucky.

Nor was the US was not alone, Europe as a whole had the same culture and this culture produced marvels beyond description, marvels that revolutionized life for the entire world for a thousand years.

The source of this cultural strength and the social growth that came from it? Judeo-Christian values and the hands that tempered the rough edges of it, the principles of English Common law.

The concept of the equality of all men before God and the idea that the common people had rights that the elites could not override is one of the most earth shattering concepts the world has ever seen because it is totally contrary to the normal human condition, the exploitation and oppression of the weak by those who were stronger. It was the fertilizer that allowed the crop to grow

This didn’t of course mean these things ended, however slowly but surely the unchanging principles moved people toward them just as a farmer slowly but surely removes the weeds to allow the crop to grow.

Yet the foolish children of the 60 who grew into the idiot leaders of today were convinced they knew better. After all a bumper crop had grown for hundreds of years, if we changed the formula the plants would still grow.

So we’ve given them two generations where for half of the country teachers didn’t teach and children didn’t learn the values that made us strong and what did we get? a culture where a table full of modern feminists are shocked, SHOCKED that young women are just hooking up so easily in college

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Somehow all these educated professional women are totally confused by what they are seeing and most amusing of all the editor of Comso is among the concerned women.

two things struck me about the piece. one is the element of parenting. the parents of these girls. you know, what’s their role in this or their nonrole in this. the other, more dangerous i thought, is the element of license. the guy and the girl in the room with the dirty sheets. when he comes back the next day or the third day, no. no. forget no. license. i have a license now to do this because you gave me the license to do it. there’s a real danger there.

That anyone is surprised at this, that they think the biological and psychological drives are suddenly different for humans in the 21st century because we have iPhones and the pill is simply astoundingly ignorant.

And those standards have political costs as well as a campaigning Anthony Weiner discovered this weekend.

Yet if one suggested even for a moment, that perhaps the idea of risk free, responsibility free sex, the concept that the pleasures of the sexual relationships were designed for and are best expressed for marriage and children the table would be absolutely united in rejecting that premise as alien, foreign and ridiculous.

They would be as stubborn as the cabinet in Idiocracy resisting the idea that the dustbowl and failed crops might be due to the decision to give the plants Brawndo rather than water.

Eventually the differing birth rates and the success of the location where traditional culture is thriving vs the places where it is not will correct things, but not before generations pass and plenty more people have to suffer for the arrogance of the 60’s generation who like many in their youth’s thought they were wiser than their fathers but unlike every generation before them didn’t grow out of it even in their old age.

It remains in my opinion one of the most extraordinary abnormalities in the history of humanity.

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