10 Thoughts Under my Fedora: Risk and Rewards in Blog Exiles, Policing, School Shootings, Cultural Decay et/al

The return of my blog from GoDaddy’s exile is still pretty new and the first thing I’ve noticed is the drop in daily traffic, illustrated by the graphic above.  In the world of the internet being away for a week can have a crippling effect  It’s going to take a while for the people who stopped by daily to discover I’m back and for bloggers to figure out there is something to link to again.  That’s been the most discouraging part of the entire exercise.  I still remain amazed at the level of indifference to my situation, particularly from the people I spoke to vs those I chatted with, but when your ratings as an employee are measured by raw stats vs actual customer satisfaction it’s not a surprise.  In the 7 contacts I had with the GoDaddy people I encountered a single person who conveyed to me the idea that they really wanted to get me back up and running, but apparently such efforts risk the ire of others who might be forced into effort and thus are not popular.

I’m going to find a company to whom my business, small as it is, means something.


This is actually a good parallel to a piece that ran in Powerline about the attempt of a San Francisco van rental company to get local police to show an interest in one of their stolen vans that they, the van company, accidentally came across and followed it until it parked within sight of a police station.  The story is told in a series of tweets by the van company owner.  The unwillingness of police to get involved, even to the point of just standing near them when they confronted the thieves, is a great example of the same issue as the GoDaddy Business.  Why take a risk in violating the strict protocols imposed by the liberal city fathers when such violations can risk a solid job with a good pension?  Much easier to make the people you are supposedly tasked with serving and protecting jump through hoops instead.

The story elicited this comment from one of their readers who moved to SF from the liberal bastion of Boston:

I moved to the Bay area 18 months ago from Boston… In the past 18 months I have had my car broken into (laptop, other items stolen) and then in December our home was burgularized.. The police response to the car breakin was pathetic… I called them after coming back to my car and finding my window smashed (10 minutes, car parked on a busy street 7:00am rush hour traffic) and their response was “fill out a report online”… When our home was burgularized we again called the police; they showed up a day and a half after we called… at that point we had put the house back togehter and were going to send someone to fingerprint the window where they accessed the house… 3 days later after being told they were coming (calls at 4:00am) no one showed. The police report still hasn’t been sent to us; the paperwork they were using still has Kamala Harris listed as AG and my taxes are OUT OF CONTROL. I hope to be part of the mass exit in the next 24 – 36 months. If you’re contemplating moving to San Francisco… Don’t. Don’t do it.

Not many things will pierce the liberal bubble for people.  But this type of thing will.


I didn’t hear about the latest school shooting until I was driving home from work in the wee hours of the morning and the context I heard it from was Steve Kerr’s rant about the NRA.  We keep hearing a lot from a lot of celebrities blaming the NRA every single time there is a shooting, even though the shooters never seem to be an NRA members.  However there are a few people who actually gets what’s going on:

If you think it’s bad now, just wait until the generation whose babysitter is an iPhone is in high school.  You can hardly walk around Wal Mart these days without tripping over a toddler in a trance staring at a screen.

The high school kids who shot rifle in school in 1985 were taught right and wrong.  They were taught what to do with their rifle in school, and what not to do.  If they got out of line, all the other students and the coach would have come down on them hard.  There were no safe spaces, and that was a good thing.

Culture is a powerful force for good.  When good behavior is normalized and deviant destructive behavior is ostracized, shamed and marginalized, you get more good behavior.

That’s J. Christian Adams at PJ media as he talks about the fact that thirty years ago you had gun clubs in schools and somehow you didn’t have mass shootings. I wonder why?  Perhaps the teachers are afraid of being thought judgmental if they bring up such facts.


This actually brought to mind Valentine’s Day/Ash Wednesday.  Yesterday the wife ended up going to mass at our parish school where our Pastor celebrated Mass for the students and got our Ashes.  A few hours later I got to work and noticed something missing.  20 years ago I would have expected to see at least a half dozen such people at my workplace and plenty in the public during the day wearing ashes.  Forty years ago the majority of the people around me would have been wearing ashes that day, but at work that day there wasn’t a single other person with ashes on their head and only a couple of people on the shift recognized what the ashes were.  Several came up to me to tell me I had a stain on my head (in fairness one of them was an Iraqi who likely isn’t familiar with Christianity).   On that very same day I listened as an otherwise sensible young lady insist to another that Mike Pence wanted to put lesbians like her in concentration camps  and pooh poohing my calling out such insanity.

CK Chesterton famously wrote that modern reformers often rush to do away with things without understanding the purpose they serve  Our friends on the left have spent two generations De-Christianizeing our culture never noting the benefits it produced for the public.  Only now two generations later are people seeing the price this decision carried.  I submit and suggest yesterday’s events in Florida, those events in San Francisco and even my issues with GoDaddy are examples of this cost.


Roger Simon spots another such example of this price as he tells the tale of an incident at an Ivy League University:

Fear of physical contact on the part of students? Where have we heard that before?  Parkland, perhaps?  At least the Florida school had the gumption to throw Cruz out, even if the authorities did not follow up as they should have and averted the carnage. The student — of color or not — who stood up inches from Professor Rosen and yelled “FUCK YOU” should have been thrown out of Princeton that very day never to return.

Princeton — in the current Ivy League tradition — did a bunch of nothing.  First Yale at Halloween, then Dartmouth in its library, now Princeton — our supposedly greatest universities have become our greatest centers of adult abdication, especially on the part of their administrations.  Who will be surprised if violence comes next?

This abdication of adult and, quite often, parental responsibility is rampant in today’s America.  This is not just due to the runaway epidemic of political correctness in our culture and its easy disparagement of traditional values.  It is the Chinese Cultural Revolution-style violence that this behavior engenders.  The Princeton students terrified to defend Professor Rosen in his class were not all that different from the panicked Parkland students fleeing Cruz. The Princetonians were scared for their lives to pipe up.

Why risk getting in trouble by confronting a potentially violent student, particularly one of color, and risk being branded as a hate monger, much easier to cancel the speech, cancel the class and say no more about it, after all you don’t want to risk stemming the flow of the money coming in do you?


There are in fact moments when adults seem to cry enough.  One of those took place when an Oregon school district decided to cancel Valentine’s day

The Bethel School Board’s response is a typical government reaction to finding out people don’t like something they did. Most boards hate hearing criticism and label it “threatening” so they don’t have to continue listening. This is a common tactic used by elected officials to avoid hearing from angry constituents. Some will even go so far as to break state law to avoid hearing from voters. It appears that the Bethel School District may have done just that. The very first rule of the Oregon Open Meetings Act states clearly that all public meetings are to be open to the public and provide accommodations. If there isn’t enough space, the board is responsible for finding space and hearing each citizen’s concern. The Bethel board’s refusal to provide space, even when warned ahead of the meeting that they needed to, could be a violation of state law. Further, attempting to shut down a meeting before public comment has been made is also a violation of state law. Thankfully, the board decided to reschedule the meeting for later in the week in a bigger location, but not before attempting to get away with not naming a new date. The crowd refused to let that happen and forced them to name a date and time. Several parents are still concerned they will change the venue without notice.
 
Contrary to the board’s claims of unruliness and disorder, this meeting was a classic example of democracy in action. Board members tend to forget that they work for the people and a strong reminder is often needed to get them back on track. The parents of the Bethel School District are doing what every American should be doing: holding elected officials accountable for their actions. If parents don’t stand up against the onslaught of anti-Americanism and the destruction of our traditions and culture we will soon have no traditions left.

The real question though is how many of these parents will be showing up on election day to vote these rascals out, or will that be too much trouble?

One of the things that Political correctness does is try to play the risk reward card on people to change their behavior, suggesting that the risk of public opprobrium  for a public action or expression is not worth the reward of free speech or action.  While this is a horrible danger at times it is the source of incredible amusement as illustrated by this

The person who sent out this tweet is an educated citien, here is her twitter profile

Senior Editor & Planetary Evangelist, The Planetary Society. Planetary scientist, writer, public speaker. Writing a book on Curiosity mission. Asteroid 274860.

You know what’s really funny? She doesn’t sound any different from Richard Russell howling against the Civil Rights Act of 1957 and the horror of black and white people attending social events together.

Democrats ever the party of segregation.


I’m still laughing at the official portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama that were unveiled last week. There were in one respect a perfect representation of the pair’s time in office. A lot of hype but not a lot of substance.   While in that regard it’s an amusing diversion he was still the president of the United states and he and the first lady deserve than they got, not for the sake of themselves but for the sake of the office.


One other thing about Valentine’s Day falling on Ash Wednesday.  It’s often forgotten that Valentine’s Day is actually the feast day of St. Valentine who was martyred that day by the Roman Emperor Claudius II

Under the rule of Claudius the Cruel, Rome was involved in many unpopular and bloody campaigns. The emperor had to maintain a strong army, but was having a difficult time getting soldiers to join his military leagues. Claudius believed that Roman men were unwilling to join the army because of their strong attachment to their wives and families.

To get rid of the problem, Claudius banned all marriages and engagements in Rome. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret.

When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death. Valentine was arrested and dragged before the Prefect of Rome, who condemned him to be beaten to death with clubs and to have his head cut off. The sentence was carried out on February 14, on or about the year 270.

Legend also has it that while in jail, St. Valentine left a farewell note for the jailer’s daughter, who had become his friend, and signed it “From Your Valentine.”

I suspect this Catholic Priest  would have approved Catholics maintaining the Ash Wednesday fast on his feast day.  My solution was to pick up Chinese food after work and eat with dawife after midnight.


Finally CPAC is only a week away and I’ll be there with both of my sons, they’ll be hitting the city while I hit the interview trail and maybe sell a book or two.  If you are going to be there I’d love to see you and if you want to be interviewed contact me and we’ll set up a time.  And don’t forget to ask for a cannoli while they last.


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