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Ten Thoughts Under My Fedora, A Death in our Family, The Death of Shame, Credibility etc...

Yes­ter­day was the first Time in a VERY long while that you did not see a post with my byline was not on this blog, instead RHNG36B ‘s lov­ing trib­ute to his seven month old daugh­ter Rebecca. When the news came here Wednes­day evening that Rebecca had unex­pect­edly died I made the deci­sion, to pro­vide an update to Saturday’s post con­cern­ing her con­di­tion. Instead I made a pri­vate announce­ment to our writ­ers & asked our sub­sti­tute writ­ers to pre­pare posts for today in the event RH decided he needed some time off here. He responded that he wished to con­tinue to write then penned, well typed, trib­ute and asked when it should go up. We decided it should be the lead post yes­ter­day. It received a strong response and con­tin­ues to do so.

He now has a funeral to plan and pay for, he does not have a tip jar at his base site but if you fol­low him on face­book I’m sure you can con­tact him about help­ing out if you wish or to send him direct condolences.


Of of the things about RH’s trib­ute to lit­tle Rebecca is how well it answers one of the old­est ques­tions in Chris­tian­ity: “Why does God allow bad things to happen”

Many of us spend a large part of our adult lives influ­enc­ing, or try­ing to influ­ence, those around us. We read books, we devise argu­ments, we make Pow­er­Point pre­sen­ta­tions, and we argue on Face­book. And yet here I had a lit­tle girl, not even a year old, who came into my life and changed every­one around her, includ­ing peo­ple she never met. Her bro­ken heart was chang­ing those with hard­ened hearts.

She did it with­out words, with­out slides, and with­out a social media account.

It truly was never about her. It was always about us, about mak­ing us bet­ter. And even though it took her death for me to real­ize it, I’m glad that I did.

There are those who would argue that a Down Syn­drome child’s live has no value, that it’s would be bet­ter to have said child killed in the womb than incur the costs, both finan­cial and emo­tional, of bring­ing such a child into the womb. I sub­mit and sug­gest that per­haps we’ve needed them as much as they’ve needed us and the crass, nar­cis­sis­tic soci­ety that we now pos­sess is the price we have paid for mak­ing chil­dren like Rebecca disposable.


There was actu­ally a 2nd death in our blog fam­ily, although with two big dif­fer­ences.
1. Tech­ni­cally she wasn’t in our fam­ily at the time of her death.
2. She came back.

Old friend Zilla of the Resis­tance, one of the grande dames of the blog­ging world who I last saw sev­eral years ago in a hos­pi­tal bed in very bad shape con­tacted me a few weeks ago and pro­vided me with an update on her sit­u­a­tion filled with good news, although not good enough for her to return to daily blog­ging. I imme­di­ately invited her to join our merry band here and she accepted. Her 2nd post since her return to blog­ging was yes­ter­day. This is quite ironic as she was on my ini­tial list of blog­gers to join my mag­nif­i­cent seven but was too ill and weak to con­sider it at the time. You will see her here Fri­day evening for as long as she wants to stay and her health con­tin­ues to per­mit it..


You might have noticed that old friend Jerry Wil­son who wrote here occa­sion­ally has returned and is now writ­ing reg­u­larly here. You will find him here Thurs­day Evenings. We are pleased to have him back and look for­ward to his posts from the left coast which tend to be non-​political but as we’ve learned there is much more to life than issues in the polit­i­cal world.


After writ­ing about weighty sub­ject turn­ing to the Press’ tantrum over Don­ald Trump’s press con­fer­ence seems com­pletely anti-​climatic. Because of my sleep sched­ule I didn’t see the President’s press con­fer­ence when it hap­pened only the out­raged reac­tions of the media to it. When I finally went online to watch it seemed to me (as it did to oth­ers) that the media descrip­tion of this event bore no resem­blance to what actu­ally hap­pened. It’s the same back­wards reac­tion they had to his speech open­ing his can­di­dacy.
This would explain both Pres­i­dent Trump’s will­ing­ness to con­front them head on the death of their cred­i­bil­ity with the public.

Never before has Glenn Reynolds state­ment to the BBC about 90% of the press giv­ing the other 10% a bad name rung more true.

The con­trast on how the media has han­dled their “loss” vs how RH has his is notable and speaks volumes.


Now the death of credibility:

Lis­ten to this speech via Milo, from a Buck­nell Stu­dent (in intro­duc­tion to Christina Hoff Sum­mers appear­ance there) who upon receiv­ing an open email from a pro­fes­sor at Buck­nell uni­ver­sity call­ing con­ser­v­a­tive and lib­er­tar­ian stu­dents “racists and fas­cists” and say­ing they should “Pay a deep and last­ing price” for hav­ing Milo speak on their cam­pus last year, Asked said pro­fes­sor in a return email what he meant by a “steep and last­ing price”.

The pro­fes­sors response was…interesting.

The university’s deci­sion to not only back the pro­fes­sor but go along with his expla­na­tion to them that “a deep and last­ing price” meant, “engage me in calm and peace­ful dis­cus­sion” sends a clear mes­sage that incit­ing vio­lence against con­ser­v­a­tives and lib­er­tar­i­ans who do not sup­port the goals of the SJW com­mu­nity will be tol­er­ated but ques­tion­ing said incite­ment will not.

A lot of masks have been falling lately and the total­i­tar­ian cam­pus left have proved like total­i­tar­i­ans every­where that they love free speech until they are in power and then will crush it.

Thus dies free speech at the University


Con­tin­u­ing on this theme it’s worth replay­ing Andrew Breitbart’s response six years ago to a ques­tion at an event in Lex­ing­ton Mass that I cov­ered to what hap­pens if the left decides to resort to violence:

We out­num­ber them and we have the guns”

I’m really think­ing that the left and the media is hop­ing and pray­ing for us for some of these anti-​milo, anti-​trump and anti-​conservative riot­ers to get them­selves killed by a con­ser­v­a­tive in fear for their life, and would like it even bet­ter if they can pro­voke the police into doing so for the sake of their cause.

Iron­i­cally this whole “#resis­tance” non­sense sounds very familiar:

You hear it from the stump, you read it in their papers and in their res­o­lu­tions, that if Mr. Lin­coln is elected the Union is to be dis­solved. Here is a con­sti­tu­tional party that intends to vio­late the Con­sti­tu­tion because a man is con­sti­tu­tion­ally elected Pres­i­dent. Here is a con­sti­tu­tional party that pro­claims it trea­son­able for a man to uphold the Con­sti­tu­tion. If the peo­ple con­sti­tu­tion­ally elect a Pres­i­dent, is the minor­ity to resist him?

That’s Sam Hous­ton in Sept 1860 advis­ing Democ­rats not to revolt over the elec­tion of a Repub­li­can via the elec­toral col­lege, and a few months later he had some words for those who thought vio­lent rev­o­lu­tion was a good idea:

They are not a fiery, impul­sive peo­ple as you are, for they live in colder cli­mates. But when they begin to move in a given direc­tion, they move with the steady momen­tum and per­se­ver­ance of a mighty avalanche

What is it about Democ­rats that they turn to vio­lence and revolt if a repub­li­can wins the pres­i­dency with­out a pop­u­lar vote majority?


Speak­ing of the death of things this post at Dec­li­na­tion via Sarah Hoyt at Instapun­dit shows the death of irony (warn­ing this post is.…inter­est­ing)

In my DJ career, I have spent a great deal of time in com­mu­ni­ties and scenes that nor­mal folks would regard as under­ground. For many years, I DJed BDSM par­ties, Fetish events, and the like. I’ve DJed ware­houses and clubs with no names, buried in the wreck­age of aban­doned indus­trial parks. The mar­ket­place of sex is one which I know exceed­ingly well. I’ve been DJing these scenes for the bet­ter part of 20 years.

To quote Blade Run­ner, I’ve seen things you peo­ple wouldn’t believe
.
As that com­menter lamented, so I’ve seen first-​hand. These SJWs, the rad­i­cal fem­i­nists who spend their lives fight­ing the Patri­archy? They come to my clubs to be beaten sense­less on crosses, chained to them by men dressed in uni­forms very rem­i­nis­cent of the Nazis. Yes, it’s a thing, as any­body who has ever been to a Goth club can attest. They demand to be tied up, burned, bruised, and battered.

Go on social media, and you will see SJWs telling us that Nazis are every­where, that they are evil, and foul, and legion. They are in the White House, they are on Youtube, they are on Twit­ter, they are in Video Games. Nazis, every­where. And so they march out into the streets, the Black Bloc, Antifas­cists engag­ing in what Tom Krat­man calls a bit of polit­i­cal the­ater (not unlike Fas­cists once did).

But at the end of a long week of fight­ing the cis­nor­ma­tive het­eropa­tri­archy, they come to be beaten by men dressed as Nazis, to the gritty beats of loud Indus­trial music in the depths of an Indus­trial park.

I sus­pect that this is actu­ally more well known that folks let on.


You might not have thought it was pos­si­ble to take a post about a movie par­ing a 72 year old actor with a 44 year old love inter­est and con­nect it to elec­tion 2016 and the attacks on Steve Ban­non but then again you might not be Stacy McCain:

Steve Ban­non is a con­ser­v­a­tive pop­ulist, period. Only if you’re a cult dis­ci­ple of Theodor Adorno and Her­bert Mar­cuse can you believe that an Amer­i­can con­ser­v­a­tive pop­ulist is nec­es­sar­ily a crypto-​fascist. Yet dozens of reporters keep pub­lish­ing sto­ries that depict Ban­non as a Nazi fanatic — because Trump is lit­er­ally Hitler, of course — and this is merely the log­i­cal sequel to the fail­ure of Hillary Clin­ton to ful­fill the media’s fan­tasy nar­ra­tive, The First Female Pres­i­dent of the United States.

That nar­ra­tive was as flawed as the idea of cast­ing Robert De Niro as a washed-​up come­dian who scores with a woman 30 years younger. And the whole prob­lem with the nar­ra­tive that the media are using as the script for their sequel, Lit­er­ally Hitler, is that it involves lib­eral jour­nal­ists writ­ing sto­ries with their fel­low lib­eral jour­nal­ists as the intended read­er­ship, just like hav­ing Helen Mirren’s hus­band direct a show-​business-​themed com­edy star­ring Robert De Niro was so obvi­ously a made-​for-​Oscar project. Peo­ple aren’t lin­ing up at the mall cine­plex to pay $8 bucks to watch The Come­dian, and the media’s bulls – t script for Lit­er­ally Hitler isn’t going to make peo­ple line up to vote Democrat.

I’ve known Steve Ban­non about as long as Stacy McCain has, I’ve inter­viewed him at CPAC before and I hope to do so next week dur­ing my return to CPAC after a two year absense.

Is this the death knell of De Niro’s career?


Finally I was going to close on why the next regen­er­a­tion of the Doc­tor should not, despite all the buzz and the SJW war­riors of the left & the BBC insist­ing it should be, but that got to be very long so it will be it’s own post, here is a preview:

4. As any­one who has fol­lowed the Doc­tor on TV or in books or via Big Fin­ish knows, the Doc­tor is con­stantly get­ting cap­tured and chained up in dun­geons, and pris­ons and get­ting tor­tured. One the Doc­tor is a woman how do you deal with the inevitable pos­si­bil­ity in fact prob­a­bil­ity of rape? How do you explain it away? How do you get that to play on what is sup­posed to be a kids show?

The prob­lem is these fools are for­get­ting that Doc­tor Who is basi­cally a kids show about a hero fight­ing mon­sters, the last time they decided to go SJW and make the mon­ster Mar­garet Thatcher is what killed it the first time. As I said on Twitter

Of course I might not be the audi­ence they care about.

Yesterday was the first Time in a VERY long while that you did not see a post with my byline was not on this blog, instead RH – NG36B ‘s loving tribute to his seven month old daughter Rebecca. When the news came here Wednesday evening that Rebecca had unexpectedly died I made the decision, to provide an update to Saturday’s post concerning her condition. Instead I made a private announcement to our writers & asked our substitute writers to prepare posts for today in the event RH decided he needed some time off here. He responded that he wished to continue to write then penned, well typed, tribute and asked when it should go up. We decided it should be the lead post yesterday. It received a strong response and continues to do so.

He now has a funeral to plan and pay for, he does not have a tip jar at his base site but if you follow him on facebook I’m sure you can contact him about helping out if you wish or to send him direct condolences.


Of of the things about RH’s tribute to little Rebecca is how well it answers one of the oldest questions in Christianity: “Why does God allow bad things to happen”

Many of us spend a large part of our adult lives influencing, or trying to influence, those around us. We read books, we devise arguments, we make PowerPoint presentations, and we argue on Facebook. And yet here I had a little girl, not even a year old, who came into my life and changed everyone around her, including people she never met. Her broken heart was changing those with hardened hearts.

She did it without words, without slides, and without a social media account.

It truly was never about her. It was always about us, about making us better. And even though it took her death for me to realize it, I’m glad that I did.

There are those who would argue that a Down Syndrome child’s live has no value, that it’s would be better to have said child killed in the womb than incur the costs, both financial and emotional, of bringing such a child into the womb. I submit and suggest that perhaps we’ve needed them as much as they’ve needed us and the crass, narcissistic society that we now possess is the price we have paid for making children like Rebecca disposable.


There was actually a 2nd death in our blog family, although with two big differences.
1. Technically she wasn’t in our family at the time of her death.
2. She came back.

Old friend Zilla of the Resistance, one of the grande dames of the blogging world who I last saw several years ago in a hospital bed in very bad shape contacted me a few weeks ago and provided me with an update on her situation filled with good news, although not good enough for her to return to daily blogging. I immediately invited her to join our merry band here and she accepted. Her 2nd post since her return to blogging was yesterday. This is quite ironic as she was on my initial list of bloggers to join my magnificent seven but was too ill and weak to consider it at the time. You will see her here Friday evening for as long as she wants to stay and her health continues to permit it..


You might have noticed that old friend Jerry Wilson who wrote here occasionally has returned and is now writing regularly here. You will find him here Thursday Evenings. We are pleased to have him back and look forward to his posts from the left coast which tend to be non-political but as we’ve learned there is much more to life than issues in the political world.


After writing about weighty subject turning to the Press’ tantrum over Donald Trump’s press conference seems completely anti-climatic. Because of my sleep schedule I didn’t see the President’s press conference when it happened only the outraged reactions of the media to it. When I finally went online to watch it seemed to me (as it did to others) that the media description of this event bore no resemblance to what actually happened. It’s the same backwards reaction they had to his speech opening his candidacy.
This would explain both President Trump’s willingness to confront them head on the death of their credibility with the public.

Never before has Glenn Reynolds statement to the BBC about 90% of the press giving the other 10% a bad name rung more true.

The contrast on how the media has handled their “loss” vs how RH has his is notable and speaks volumes.


Now the death of credibility:

Listen to this speech via Milo, from a Bucknell Student (in introduction to Christina Hoff Summers appearance there) who upon receiving an open email from a professor at Bucknell university calling conservative and libertarian students “racists and fascists” and saying they should “Pay a deep and lasting price” for having Milo speak on their campus last year, Asked said professor in a return email what he meant by a “steep and lasting price”.

The professors response was…interesting.

The university’s decision to not only back the professor but go along with his explanation to them that “a deep and lasting price” meant, “engage me in calm and peaceful discussion” sends a clear message that inciting violence against conservatives and libertarians who do not support the goals of the SJW community will be tolerated but questioning said incitement will not.

A lot of masks have been falling lately and the totalitarian campus left have proved like totalitarians everywhere that they love free speech until they are in power and then will crush it.

Thus dies free speech at the University


Continuing on this theme it’s worth replaying Andrew Breitbart’s response six years ago to a question at an event in Lexington Mass that I covered to what happens if the left decides to resort to violence:

“We outnumber them and we have the guns”

I’m really thinking that the left and the media is hoping and praying for us for some of these anti-milo, anti-trump and anti-conservative rioters to get themselves killed by a conservative in fear for their life, and would like it even better if they can provoke the police into doing so for the sake of their cause.

Ironically this whole “#resistance” nonsense sounds very familiar:

You hear it from the stump, you read it in their papers and in their resolutions, that if Mr. Lincoln is elected the Union is to be dissolved. Here is a constitutional party that intends to violate the Constitution because a man is constitutionally elected President. Here is a constitutional party that proclaims it treasonable for a man to uphold the Constitution. If the people constitutionally elect a President, is the minority to resist him?

That’s Sam Houston in Sept 1860 advising Democrats not to revolt over the election of a Republican via the electoral college, and a few months later he had some words for those who thought violent revolution was a good idea:

They are not a fiery, impulsive people as you are, for they live in colder climates. But when they begin to move in a given direction, they move with the steady momentum and perseverance of a mighty avalanche

What is it about Democrats that they turn to violence and revolt if a republican wins the presidency without a popular vote majority?


Speaking of the death of things this post at Declination via Sarah Hoyt at Instapundit shows the death of irony (warning this post is….interesting)

In my DJ career, I have spent a great deal of time in communities and scenes that normal folks would regard as underground. For many years, I DJed BDSM parties, Fetish events, and the like. I’ve DJed warehouses and clubs with no names, buried in the wreckage of abandoned industrial parks. The marketplace of sex is one which I know exceedingly well. I’ve been DJing these scenes for the better part of 20 years.

To quote Blade Runner, I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe
.
As that commenter lamented, so I’ve seen first-hand. These SJWs, the radical feminists who spend their lives fighting the Patriarchy? They come to my clubs to be beaten senseless on crosses, chained to them by men dressed in uniforms very reminiscent of the Nazis. Yes, it’s a thing, as anybody who has ever been to a Goth club can attest. They demand to be tied up, burned, bruised, and battered.

Go on social media, and you will see SJWs telling us that Nazis are everywhere, that they are evil, and foul, and legion. They are in the White House, they are on Youtube, they are on Twitter, they are in Video Games. Nazis, everywhere. And so they march out into the streets, the Black Bloc, Antifascists engaging in what Tom Kratman calls a bit of political theater (not unlike Fascists once did).

But at the end of a long week of fighting the cisnormative heteropatriarchy, they come to be beaten by men dressed as Nazis, to the gritty beats of loud Industrial music in the depths of an Industrial park.

I suspect that this is actually more well known that folks let on.


You might not have thought it was possible to take a post about a movie paring a 72 year old actor with a 44 year old love interest and connect it to election 2016 and the attacks on Steve Bannon but then again you might not be Stacy McCain:

Steve Bannon is a conservative populist, period. Only if you’re a cult disciple of Theodor Adorno and Herbert Marcuse can you believe that an American conservative populist is necessarily a crypto-fascist. Yet dozens of reporters keep publishing stories that depict Bannon as a Nazi fanatic — because Trump is literally Hitler, of course — and this is merely the logical sequel to the failure of Hillary Clinton to fulfill the media’s fantasy narrative, The First Female President of the United States.

That narrative was as flawed as the idea of casting Robert De Niro as a washed-up comedian who scores with a woman 30 years younger. And the whole problem with the narrative that the media are using as the script for their sequel, Literally Hitler, is that it involves liberal journalists writing stories with their fellow liberal journalists as the intended readership, just like having Helen Mirren’s husband direct a show-business-themed comedy starring Robert De Niro was so obviously a made-for-Oscar project. People aren’t lining up at the mall cineplex to pay $8 bucks to watch The Comedian, and the media’s bulls–t script for Literally Hitler isn’t going to make people line up to vote Democrat.

I’ve known Steve Bannon about as long as Stacy McCain has, I’ve interviewed him at CPAC before and I hope to do so next week during my return to CPAC after a two year absense.

Is this the death knell of De Niro’s career?


Finally I was going to close on why the next regeneration of the Doctor should not, despite all the buzz and the SJW warriors of the left & the BBC insisting it should be, but that got to be very long so it will be it’s own post, here is a preview:

4. As anyone who has followed the Doctor on TV or in books or via Big Finish knows, the Doctor is constantly getting captured and chained up in dungeons, and prisons and getting tortured. One the Doctor is a woman how do you deal with the inevitable possibility in fact probability of rape? How do you explain it away? How do you get that to play on what is supposed to be a kids show?

The problem is these fools are forgetting that Doctor Who is basically a kids show about a hero fighting monsters, the last time they decided to go SJW and make the monster Margaret Thatcher is what killed it the first time. As I said on Twitter

Of course I might not be the audience they care about.