Some Random Observations About 1/6

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How Can We Be Sure?

     The great goal of the knowledge-seeker is practical certainty. Note the modifier: for most propositions in this universe of discourse, absolute certainty is unattainable. That’s in the nature of causal propositions. Only in completely formal systems such as mathematics can we be absolutely certain of anything.

     This has critical implications for the sciences. The greatest of them is the Principle of Correspondence, which governs the replacement of an older theory of causation by a newer one. In layman’s terms, it goes like this: If Theory X is to be replaced by Theory Y, then Y must predict at least as well as X in all those domains to which X is relevant. However, if X out-predicts Y in any currently addressed domain, then Y must be rejected.

     In the mundane world – i.e., that realm of activity in which non-scientists make their decisions – we often find ourselves groping for practical certainty with a relative paucity of hard, trustworthy information. We strain to amass data about the consequences of doing this versus doing that. We ponder the statements of “experts.” We consider sources and their established reliability. And those of us who’ve been taken for a ride once or twice question the motives of those who urge a particular course upon us.

     Yes, this is about the “pandemic.” Consider the following stimulative graphic:

     Those are rather troubling questions. At least, they should be.

     Have a few links:

  1. Federal vaccine mandates coming?
  2. They’re preparing the epidemiological groundwork.
  3. Mask at home?
  4. Forcible vaccinations coming?
  5. Coercion versus “customer satisfaction.”

     Everything in the above list points in the direction of an increased degree of coercion being levied upon Americans to compel us to accept “The Jab.” Yet the preceding graphic asks questions that many of us cannot answer with confidence. For of all the “signs” of an epidemic or pandemic, the strongest one is that the federal government says so — and that, given the record of mendacity already compiled by the Usurpers, is pretty damned weak.

     The counter-evidence has been mounting:

  • Falling rates of infection nationwide;
  • Remarkably high infection rates among the vaccinated;
  • The mass of evidence against the efficacy of face masking;
  • Accumulating evidence of serious side effects from the vaccines;
  • The inability of the PCR test to distinguish COVID-19 from common influenza;
  • The success of “light touch” districts (e.g., Florida and Sweden) in coping with the Kung Flu;

     …and so forth. The aggregate leaves the common citizen with quite a quandary.

     Your humble Curmudgeon doesn’t claim to be a medical expert, but he can tell evidence from hand-waving and sound reasoning from nonsense. (He can also tell shit from Shinola, but that’s a story for another time.) When one side of an argument starts screaming and talking about forcing you to accept his thesis, put one hand on your wallet and the other on your gun. You’re under a crosshairs – a real one this time – and likely to need to defend yourself in the immediate future.

     A final thought: Be particularly suspicious of anyone who claims “I’m trying to help you!” while simultaneously browbeating you – verbally or otherwise – to accept his representations. Very few people anywhere, in any era, are sincerely trying to “help” you unless there’s something in it for them — and those who won’t admit to it, and specify what it is, are almost certainly dishonest.

     Verbum sat sapienti.

Objective truth.

In the 1960s, students fought for free speech but as a means to give voice to their cutting-edge progressive sensibility, which included contempt for the logic and achievements of existing institutions and for the wisdom contained in old books and ideas. Today’s students, sustained by a campus culture in which that progressive sensibility prevails, wish to impose it on everybody — in part, by stifling free speech.

However, it was not university students — either today’s or those of the 1960s — who first introduced the idea that progressive moral and political ideas were objectively true, beyond reproach, and should be affirmed by all. That conceit we owe to the founders of the progressive era.[1]

I think there’s a feature of more autocratic government that’s not always understood. Namely, that there’s autocracy and then there’s autocracy. Or, wise autocracy and unwise autocracy.

In the military, wise officers know not to issue an order they know will not be obeyed. You won’t find that in the leadership manuals in so many words but they understand that there’s give and take in all human situations, even ostensibly autocratic ones. We’ve all heard the witticism “if momma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy” which captures the truth that even people not in the formal power structure, if you will, can make life uncomfortable for you, if not downright miserable, if they withdraw their willing, good-humored assent from what is. The Soviet joke went “they pretend to pay us and we pretend to work.”

Stupid leaders can resort to punitive measures but those only breed more resentment or fear and such leaders find their time unnecessarily taken up by ever increasing repression. If not themselves in front of a firing squad. In the case of the Ceausescus in Romania it might have been better, in the words of Silviu Brucan of the National Salvation Front (29:24), not to execute them but rather for them to understand the “dimension of the disaster they have left and the dimension of the popular feeling about them.” Contemplate that for a moment. In particular, the phrase “dimension of the disaster.”

What has the lunatic, depraved, arrogant left created here and throughout the Western world but a disaster? Deliberate destruction, reckless plunder, and desecration are the order of the day but our corrupt media will, every second of every hour, tell you it’s sweet ambrosia. And what other popular feeling can there be but contempt for these fools? Do they think that their cheap censorship will keep it from growing?

A Russian friend told me a few stories of some of the czars in Russian history and based on that brief glimpse I was struck how the “problem” czars seemed oddly to come to an early end. There were, it seems, limits to how far the other aristocrats were willing go to put up with departures from the understood flight path, if you will. Just an impression and entirely worth every penny you paid for it.

Better to find the sweet spot of being top dog but one who uses humor, cajolery, praise, encouragement, consultation, and reason with just a hint of sterner measures should the need arise. That improves decision making in the long run and, voila, you get a big payoff in terms of legitimacy. Legitimacy is forever; temporary advantage lines tomorrow’s bird cage. Dear Lord, please spare us the visionaries.

But that prayer is apparently not being answered just now. What we’re seeing now is a determined, fanatical leftist exercise in jamming their idiosyncratic and vicious agenda down the throats of normal people. Sideways. There’s not the least gesture in the direction of what might have been called the divine scheme, the natural order, the decent opinion of mankind, or the accumulated wisdom of mankind (AWOM).

Those concepts guarantee that a smile and a simple acknowledgment of the other person in any situation anywhere in the world will make your life easier.  They touch on something that is fundamental in the nature of human beings. The progressives, otherwise known as the lunatic left, have, however, chosen the opposite route requiring normal people to bow down to loathsome ideas and inferior beings and it’s adios muchacho to any notion of consultation and compromise. In America now, the first official or media order of business is a firm middle finger salute and a hearty FUATHYRIO.

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The general principle still holds. Venture too far into the horse’s ass territory and you might find your authority becoming a bit rubbery. This gentleman wants this principle to be understood clearly.

Notes
[1] “The Roots Of The Elite Left’s Attack On Freedom.” By Peter Berkowitz, ZeroHedge, 7/30/21.

We Did It. We Let This Happen.

I was reading The Bookwormroom – the post was on the old Highlights for Children – and I started thinking about how much everything had changed over my lifetime. In her post, she contrasted the former children’s magazine, that tried to enlighten children about expected behaviors, in the cartoons Goofus and Gallant, that contrasted their actions in an effort to demonstrate how to act decently to others. There were stories, and mazes, and other simple puzzles for the slightly literate. And, for the beginning reader, there were rebuses – they combined graphics and letters, and enabled early readers to make sense of a story.

Like this

The new Highlights is, apparently, dreadfully Woke. Just another example of an institution that cannot be counted upon to pass on our cultural norms.

We’ve lost a lot of them. Like most people, I wasn’t paying attention at first – too busy with family, concerns about finances (inflation was killing us), and other things. Life was moving fast, and there never seemed to be time to do much more than look at the headlines for The Truth (yeah, I know, I was very young).

Later, when I returned to work, I had even less time. My kids were teens and that kept me hopping, my parents were aging, and I just ignored anything that wasn’t a crisis at the moment.

I was a reliable Liberal at the time, a sure Democrat vote. Hell, I wasn’t even upset when Slick Willie beat the Senate trial after his Impeachment, although I did have a twinge of doubt about the trashing of Monica’s reputation. Clinton had clearly stepped over some invisible line, and I just couldn’t be happy about the outcome. In that, I was the outlier in my group.

Until 9/11, the day that my world upended, and I began to question all of my assumptions. It’s been a long road since then, and I’ve long wondered – How the Hell Did This Happen?

Today, I knew.

We did it.

We, who knew better, failed to protest abuses and protect vulnerable populations.

Yeah. It IS our fault.

See, the voter fraud was a well-known “secret”. We saw the numbers come in for the machine Democrats in the cities, and we knew the vote was being rigged. But, we didn’t fight for an honest vote.

Because it wasn’t our problem. Because it only happened in the places where minorities were present. In the suburbs, the small towns, and the rural places – heck, even in the slightly smaller cities – the vote was fair (as far as we knew).

So, some Black people got fools and crooks for mayors and councilmen and representatives. Who cared?

Not me.

It affected me somewhat, but not that much. So, I shrugged off the corruption. Walked away from obvious fraud. Ignored the wholesale creation of votes from imaginary people. Ignored the chaos that made of the lives of human beings who deserved better than rule by kleptocrats and thugs.

Because I didn’t really care, America has turned into a 3rd World Banana Republic, complete with nepotism, dictatorial edicts, and federal functionaries that have no hesitation in clamping down on protests and incarcerating them without a trial.

And, it sucks.

We may have to roll up our sleeves, wade into the swill, and spend most of the rest of our lives clearing out the Augean Stables. It would be fair.

Our indifference created this mess.

A Compound Moral Conundrum

     First, some music:

     The tale of Jack Orion is a British Isles Traditional ballad. It’s been performed by several musicians and groups, including (of course) Pentangle. For villainy and woe, it ranks high among stories of its kind. While the traditional lyric is beautiful and evocative, it’s also rather long, so I’ll provide a condensation of the tale it tells here.

     Jack Orion is the son of a lord and a master fiddler. When he performs at the King’s court, he charms a princess into loving him. Indeed, she invites him to spend the night with her, and Jack agrees.

     Jack makes two fatal mistakes. First, he tells his “footpage” Tom, a lowborn lad, about the invitation. Second, he relies upon Tom to wake him “three hours before ‘tis day.” After Jack is abed and asleep, Tom disguises himself as Jack and goes to the princess’s bower. Thinking he’s Jack, the princess allows Tom into her body: rape by subterfuge.

     Now comes Tom’s mistake: he hastens back to Jack’s abode and wakes him, rather than fleeing and hoping never to be found. Jack goes to the princess’s bower and discovers the rape. The princess takes her own life out of disgust:

“Oh then it was your young footpage
That has so cruelly beguiled me
And woe that the blood of the ruffian lad
Should spring in my body”
Then she pulled forth a little sharp knife
That hung down at her knee
O’er her white feet the red blood ran
Or ever a hand could stay
And dead she lay on her bower floor
At the dawning of the day

     Jack, enraged by events, returns to his abode and summons Tom:

Jack Orion ran to his own house
Saying, “Tom my boy come here to me.
Come hither now and I’ll pay your fee,
And well paid you shall be.
If I had killed a man tonight,
Tom I would tell it thee.
But if I have taken no life tonight
Tom thou hast taken three.”
Then he pulled out his bright broad sword
And tried it on his sleeve
And he smote off that vile lad’s head
And asked for no man’s leave
He set the sword’s point to his breast
The pommel to a stone
Through the falseness of that lying lad
These three lives were all gone

     So: We have two suicides and an execution. The princess’s suicide was out of sheer revulsion at having been hoodwinked and raped by a churl. In medieval times, such a suicide would not have excited controversy, despite what we of Twenty-First Century America might think.

     Jack’s peremptory execution of Tom only hastened the inevitable. The King would have ordered Tom’s death the moment he learned of the rape of his daughter. No one of that time would have called it unjust. But the King might well have had Jack executed for his presumption. In that time usurping a royal prerogative – the King’s power to dispense justice – often cost the usurper his life.

     Persons of our time might say that “none of that was necessary.” Our contemporary attitude toward capital punishment differs greatly from that of earlier eras. Today we apply it only for first-degree murder, and oftentimes not even then. But historically rape has been deemed worthy of death. Indeed, it was a capital crime in certain states as recently as 2008, when the Supreme Court struck down the death penalty as Constitutionally impermissible on Eighth Amendment grounds in cases not involving the death of a victim (Cf. Kennedy v. Louisiana).

     Ponder the tale of Jack, Tom, and the princess in light of contemporary moral convictions, American law, and your own moral, ethical, and religious beliefs. How would you adjudge each of those three deaths? Wholly justified, unjustified even though inevitable, or wholly unjustified? Discuss!

Gotta Read This Guy’s Work

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A Man Who Predicts Successfully…

     …should be listened to with attention.

     At Liberty’s Torch V1.0, I made use of this passage from The Black Cloud several times:

     “It looks to me as if those perturbations of the rockets must have been deliberately engineered,” began Weichart.
     “Why do you say that, Dave?” asked Marlowe.
     “Well, the probability of three cities being hit by a hundred-odd rockets moving at random is obviously very small. Therefore I conclude that the rockets were not perturbed at random. I think they must have been deliberately guided to give direct hits.”
     “There’s something of an objection to that,” argued McNeil. “If the rockets were deliberately guided, how is it that only three of ’em found their targets?”
     “Maybe only three were guided, or maybe the guiding wasn’t all that good. I wouldn’t know.”
     There was a derisive laugh from Alexandrov.
     “Bloody argument,” he asserted.
     “What d’you mean, ‘bloody’ argument?”
     “Invent bloody argument, like this. Golfer hits ball. Ball lands on tuft of grass — so. Probability ball landed on tuft very small, very very small. Million other tufts for ball to land on. Probability very small, very, very very small. So golfer did not hit ball, ball deliberately guided onto tuft. Is bloody argument, yes? Like Weichart’s argument….Must say what damn target is before shoot, not after shoot. Put shirt on before, not after event.”

     Physicist Alexandrov is making a critical point, one that’s at the heart of scientific inquiry:

Only the successful prediction
Of specific consequences
Can confirm a hypothesis.

     While politics, strictly speaking, is not a science –ignore the protests of the twerp in the bleachers ranting about his degree in “political science” — the psychology of the power-monger is one that can be subjected to quasi-scientific scrutiny. The gentleman in the video below, of whom I knew nothing before this, appears to have done so:

     (Many thanks to Ragin’ Dave for the above video.)

     He predicted the sequence of events rather accurately, didn’t he? Moreover, his prediction illuminates the objective of power-monger everywhere: Induce submission by whatever means are expedient. Unreasoning, counterfactual fear of the Kung Flu / Chinese Lung Rot / COVID-19 has been the principal tool of power-mongers in North America for more than a year.

     Draw the moral, Gentle Reader. He who wants you to fear is not your friend, regardless of his representations to the contrary. Following his “advice” is unlikely to make you freer, healthier, or otherwise better off. That goes double for his “mandates.”

The Elois’ Smile

The phrases “Life imitates art” and vice versa are often bandied about because they work.  In this case, the Eloi from H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine came to mind after talking with a parent of one of my kids’ classmates at a kid sporting event.  Puffing up proudly, he declared that both he and his wife had been fully vaccinated, that their older child had been too, and that as soon as their other kid was 12 they’d get be Jabbed too.

He asked if I was vaccinated, and I said “No”.  When he asked why, I said that I had some serious safety concerns about this emergency use authorization stuff including the fact that no mRNA treatment having ever made it through human trials before, and the rush to get this out.  I mentioned the Nuremberg code, and said that for a virus that has about a 99.8% recovery rate for people under 70, I was not scared…. His smile became this fixed , eyes unresponsive, just nodding a la OK, whatever, just get away from me you conspiracy monger you.

I have received reaction like this after reaction like this – politeness maintained but otherwise a dismissal of anything that might indicate the Jab could be a threat.  Not just polite dismissal… an absolute, utter incuriosity.  Which, like the man in the movie, makes me want to lose it:

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TEFLON INTELLECTS

On my old blog I had several pieces regarding the utter inability of any new information to penetrate the minds of Leftists – Teflon Intellects, I dubbed them.  So, on a recent piece by our host comes this comment (replying to my comment, actually) that meshes perfectly with this quote by Frantz Fanon:

“Sometimes people hold a core belief that is very strong. When they are presented with evidence that works against that belief, the new evidence cannot be accepted. It would create a feeling that is extremely uncomfortable, called cognitive dissonance. And because it is so important to protect the core belief, they will rationalize, ignore and even deny anything that doesn’t fit in with the core belief.”

There are myriad quotes about it being easier to fool people than getting them to admit they were fooled – one such:

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EMOTIONS TRUMP REASON

I don’t recall where I saw it, but there was a quote to the effect that we are not rational beings with emotions, but rather emotional beings who can reason.  Consider Rule 3, which I put into this looooong Covid link aggregate (Rules 1 and 2 also included for completeness):

Rule 1: It doesn’t matter what’s true, it’s what you can get people to believe.

Rule 2: If you control the information flow, you control what people believe.

Rule 3: If your information manipulates emotions to make people believe they are good and virtuous for believing what you want, no facts or reasoning will undo those beliefs.

And that’s the key to the Church of the Covidian, to Socialism, to Wokeness, to every single thing the Left does: manipulate what people believe through the selective – mendacious – presentation of information to get people to feel virtuous, good, noble, kind, intelligent and educated, etc., when they believe what you want them to believe.  Do this and they will never deviate from that belief – for to deviate would mean that their self-image would crumble.  Add in a few simple rules and they will act to advance The Cause without understanding they’re pawns being used.

Few people have the introspection and strength to fundamentally examine and self-correct, especially when it risks their own self-image, plus risks their being socially shunned, or even canceled, by those around them.  Dopamine rushes from colleagues, friends, and family approving your beliefs are a very powerful operant conditioning effect.

Aside: I do have a theory on how this can be broken.  It’s worked for me… sometimes.  I’ll write about it anon.

We have a world filled with people that stare at the glowing screen and unquestioningly believe whatever pronouncements flow from it.  They are assured that the screen speaks Truth, and that anything else are lies from those who want to mislead them.  They are assured that if they believe the screen’s Truth that they are good and noble people, wanting to save others, and that anyone who doubts the screen’s Truth is evil who wants people to die.

How do we fight this?  More importantly, should we try?  Or do we simply prepare for the final death-struggle against people whose survival instinct has atrophied, and who believe the glowing screen with near religious zeal?

I am torn.  I do not want people to die from what is looking like a long-lead-time blood clot death from the Jab:

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But more and more Yuri Bezmenov was right – no matter what evidence you present, it’s ignored. Consider this, Jummai Nache: 47-year-old Minnesota woman gets both legs and hands amputated after severe Pfizer mRNA adverse reactions, with a link to this disturbing piece about the omerta against saying anything negative about the Jab:

He said that the last time paramedics came to his house (there were at least seven times in six weeks), they told him not to mention the vaccine to the doctors when he arrived at the hospital. The paramedics said he would have a better chance of receiving real treatments if he kept quiet about the Moderna shot.

People who can gloss over even a scintilla of a frisson of fear from this poor woman’s story, or the increased deaths and side effects, or the medical industry pushing-pushing-pushing The Jab uber alles, will not accept anything.

A man convinced against his will, is of the same opinion still.

This is a saying my late father once said to me.  People will not believe until it affects them personally. 

We’ve tried.  We’ve begged, pleaded, and presented evidence.  I, for one, will not stop writing but I know that when the mass die-off happens I’ve done my best. So I conclude, heavily: Let them die happy, thinking they’re virtuous and good and all.  In the meantime, focus on saving what you can.

Understanding the Process of the Left

The Z Man has an excellent analysis of the inner workings of the Left, focusing on the Hive Mind. It makes sense, and shows why rational attempts to fight it are so futile.

You cannot reason them out of their beliefs. The BEST thing you can do is to work towards structure that will not permit the GroupThink, but allow them to be isolated, finally confronted with the reality that they have been programmed, and re-built into Homo Sapiens – THINKING Man/Woman.

We should look to ‘de-programmers’ who work with families that want to break their relatives out of cults. Other than just waiting until the cult collapses (often destroying their members in the process), I can’t think of another way to deal with it. A few will leave the cult’s intertwined social structure – for a job, for personal/health reasons, to move to another part of the country or to a more rural environment – and, sometimes, in the process, break the spell. The current situation, where people are leaving their urban environments for a less crowded environment, some are adopting the virtual lifestyle for work/school, or otherwise breaking free of the Omnipresent Borg, may be a stepping stone.

We need to follow that suggestion to set up Welcome Wagon committees, that will work to integrate them into their new lives. They need help to do so.

The More We Uncover Their Schemes,…

…the craftier they get in finding new ways to cheat.

It’s a moving target – and, like Charlie Brown, we fall for it just about every time.

The trouble is, we expect most people to be like us – mostly honest. And, that is true – for MOST of us.

But, it is not true for the Hard-Core Left, and their sychophants. They will use any means to get their way, whether that involves lying, cheating, or outright fraud. The Gateway Pundit has been running the most comprehensive series of posts on the post-election investigations, and the evidence is piling up – yes, they cheated. And, no, just fixing THESE tricks won’t stop them – they will immediately pivot to another tactic.

The only way to stop them is to refuse to leave the ballots in their hands, without oversight by We, the People.

We need to be right there, in the midst of counting. If they try to bring in the cops to kick us out, we need to have judges on speed-dial. And, if necessary, mass numbers of people who will back up the watchers right to be there.

No more quietly going away. No more staying so far away from the counting process that the integrity of the process cannot be verified (or challenged). No more agreeing that distancing is ‘saving lives’ – we need to be RIGHT THERE, perhaps masked, but THERE.

All people in the process have to verify their identity with fingerprints. No ballot may be moved without an audit trail. Suspicious counts (a near 100% for the Dem) should be challenged, and the ballots creating that lopsided result inspected.

NO deliveries after hours – not ballots, not food/drink, not people. If they try to shut down the place ‘for the night’, guards should be stationed inside and out, and be paired with OUR guys.

Will that stop them?

Hardly. But the margin of victory needed in a mostly honest election is well within reach, given some precautions.

From The “Cui Bono?” Department

     This morning, Dinesh D’Souza, whose intellect is significant if not quite sufficient to penetrate his partisanry, talks about “Section 230,” the fabled protection of “common carriers” against liability for what’s said over them:

     D’Souza’s comments irritated me for the reason expressed in the title of this piece. Specifically, he noted that when the Republicans had the presidency and majorities in both houses of Congress, they did nothing about Section 230. Oh, they passed a few comments about it, but actual legislative action? Naah. Too much like work!

     That was the story of the Trump years generally. It’s why so much of what Trump achieved is crumbling: he did nearly all of it through executive orders, and what one executive orders, the next can disorder. He got nearly no legislative support from “his” party.

Why Not?

     Come on, Gentle Reader! You know the answer. It’s the two endlessly interconvertible assets of American politics:

  1. Power,
  2. Money.

     It is in the nature of the power-seeker to want as much power as he can amass. The ambiguity of Section 230 makes it possible to harness Big Tech for political purposes, just as the Democrats are currently doing. Moreover, there’s gold in them thar hills: campaign contributions, free publicity, favors and deals for family members, and other goodies. Establishment Republicans are as avid for those bennies as any Democrat. They just haven’t figured out how to act “above it all:” i.e., how to get the swag without being seen to do so, which would spoil their claim to being a genuine alternative to the Democrats.

     In contrast, the Democrats, whose corruption and totalitarian inclinations have been blatantly on display since the beginning of the Clinton Administration, are willing to be seen with their fingers in the cookie jar. They believe they can cement themselves into permanent power, such that public opinion will cease to matter even as much as it does today. The Deep State and Big Tech are already in their camp, which gives them confidence that their aims are within reach.

     Draw the moral!

Neither major party is “on your side.”

     Each party is “on its own side.” The Democrats are willing to accommodate the Republican Establishment, to maintain the fiction of two opposed parties with contrasting philosophies and agendas. The GOP is willing to cooperate. When it’s in the majority, it tacitly accepts Democrat legislative gains, so that when it’s in the minority, the Democrats will allow it “a piece of the pie.” There is no practical difference between them, as is evidenced by the Republicans’ inaction when in power.

     Did you really think there was a sound Constitutional reason the supposedly conservative majority on the Supreme Court casually dismissed all those well-founded challenges to the 2020 elections?

     Americans must cease to hope for salvation from partisan alignment and electoral politics. There are no longer two major parties, despite appearances and the maintenance of two separate conventions. There is only one. George Orwell has already named it, and it needs no other:

The Inner Party.

     That is the enemy. That is what we must defeat. And there is only one way to do so. For the answer, ponder the “Off the Mishnory Road” essays:

  1. Fun and Games
  2. The Stoic Virtues and Masculinity
  3. Absolutes

     And put not your trust in princes.

Ch-Ch-Changes 2021

     The attempt to subjugate Americans has run out of new ideas. The giveaway is the Establishment’s propagandization of the “Delta variant” to frighten us back into face masks and isolation. The bad news is that some people are buying the scare propaganda. The good news is that they’re greatly outnumbered by those who aren’t.

     Phony Fauci and the rest of the “We Know What’s Best For You So Sit Down And Shut Up” crew at the CDC will push as hard as possible, on as many fronts as possible, to impose their will on us. The Department of Justice is all in on it, too. Happily, the majority of Americans have had enough of them and have “tuned out.” Thank God we can still turn off the telescreens, eh? (What’s that? You haven’t turned yours off yet?)

     The critical front, where the fear-propagandists might yet succeed in getting their way, is Corporate America. A substantial number of companies are mandating that their employees accept The Jab, and continue to wear face masks, and stay six feet or more from any other living thing. (Must make watering the plants a challenge, but, well, you know, eggs and omelets.) Resistance on this front must approach the level of open revolt. Corporate employees should solicit the opinions of colleagues at competing companies, perhaps in hope of sparking a competition for valued personnel. The labor shortage must be good for something.

     By their actions, the Usurpers are forfeiting public acceptance. In recognition of the electoral disaster that looms before them, they’re trying to contrive a new public:

     The Interagency Working Group on Promoting Naturalization brought together the heads of agencies to figure out the best way to create as many new Democrat voters as possible. The agencies included the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Education, Health and Human Services, the Department of Education, the Department of Defense, and the USDA.

     This month, the Interagency Strategy for Promoting Naturalization was released. The Obama administration had its own project for turning aliens into citizens as quickly as possible in order to get them on the voting rolls, but the new strategy goes beyond anything Obama tried to do.

     The new strategy begins with using DHS to assemble all the available data on the “potential naturalization-eligible populations” and breaking it down by age, sex, and zip code, as well as other demographic details, to target “outreach”.

     By “outreach”, the working group of agencies headed by Biden appointees means converting aliens into citizens.

     That data will allow the government and a spectrum of “partners”, most of them Democrat allies, to target resident aliens the way a corporation targets potential customers of its products.

     Sweet, eh? Bertold Brecht, call your office!

After the uprising of the 17th June
The Secretary of the Writers Union
Had leaflets distributed in the Stalinallee
Stating that the people
Had forfeited the confidence of the government
And could win it back only
By redoubled efforts. Would it not be easier
In that case for the government
To dissolve the people
And elect another?

— Bertold Brecht, 1953


Be free Americans.
Refuse to submit.
Take back your rights.
Resist the Usurpers.
Impede them in every possible way.
Encourage others by your example.

     You know what’s coming if you persist in accepting your submission. What more is there to say?

The 7.3 Billion Dollar, er, Person Question

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OK, most of us have seen the above picture and know at least the outline of the story behind that monument.  There are several things in the construction of this edifice that truly set my personal alarm claxons off:

  • Nobody knows where the money for this came from.  The identity of the financiers is cloaked behind a non-disclosure agreement.  Who does this?
  • The price named for construction was “ridiculous” – but it was paid regardless.  Who does this?
  • All legal documents regarding its construction were destroyed after it was done.  Who does this?

If you read the inscriptions, they are largely John Lennon’s “Imagine”, literally carved in stone:

MAINTAIN HUMANITY UNDER 500,000,000 IN PERPETUAL BALANCE WITH NATURE

GUIDE REPRODUCTION WISELY – IMPROVING FITNESS AND DIVERSITY

UNITE HUMANITY WITH A LIVING NEW LANGUAGE

RULE PASSION – FAITH – TRADITION – AND ALL THINGS WITH TEMPERED REASON

PROTECT PEOPLE AND NATIONS WITH FAIR LAWS AND JUST COURTS

LET ALL NATIONS RULE INTERNALLY RESOLVING EXTERNAL DISPUTES IN A WORLD COURT

AVOID PETTY LAWS AND USELESS OFFICIALS

BALANCE PERSONAL RIGHTS WITH SOCIAL DUTIES

PRIZE TRUTH – BEAUTY – LOVE- SEEKING HARMONY WITH THE INFINITE

BE NOT A CANCER ON THE EARTH – LEAVE ROOM FOR NATURE

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ELEMENTS OF AGREEMENT

As I said, most of the above are straight from Marx / “Imagine” / and a delusion of one world government-led Kum ba ya harmony plus a sprinkling of eugenics thrown in.  But there are a few elements with which I can agree, at least in principle.  Certainly, for example, I can fundamentally agree with fair laws and just courts assuming they actually are.

Ruling passions and being rational is also, on balance, a good thing – as are valuing truth, beauty, and love.  For example, thanks to my wife I’ve gone back to liking art… but GOOD art.  Even the abstract & often surreal glass art by Chihuly bespeaks imagination, and a time-honed understanding of and tremendous skill with the medium.  Meanwhile, so much of modern art is just trash.  Or literal ca-ca.  A video on the degeneration of art in today’s modern world (sorry for the repeat from here but it’s a good and apropos video):

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And what can we say about the “invisible statue” for which some connoisseur sucker paid over $18K?  Hashem Almighty I’m in the wrong line of work, but then I have a soul… I’d feel guilty pulling a con like this.

Avoiding petty laws and useless officials is good too – which would certainly lead to simpler lives and a lot of unemployed bureaucrats.  And while I am a conservationist, not an earthy-crunchy type, in general keeping the planet clean and reducing pollution is a good thing.  It breaks my heart when I see cans, bottles, and other trash strewn alongside the wooded roads where I often drive.  Even going for a walk, I bring a trash bag and gather up stuff I can… and rapidly fill up the bag.

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STAGGERING NUMBERS

So the earth’s population is approximately 7.8 billion.  If the goal of 500 million is to be believed and achieved, that would mean a reduction of juuuuust about 94% of those living today.  Or about 7.3 billion people… gone.

We view Hitler as an absolute monster for murdering 6 million Jews plus other civilians (and prior to listening to Bill Whittle’s piece on Operation Barbarossa / the invasion of the USSR I did not realize – did not even have a scintilla of understanding – of how brutal it was, not just in combat but deliberately lethal to civilians).  Oddly, we don’t view the Communist toll of over 100 million, 60 million in China alone, as negatively even with a massively higher civilian death toll.  Better PR, clearly.

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And leave us not forget Islam either; The Greatest Murder Machine in History (bolding added):

When one thinks of mass murder, Hitler comes to mind. If not Hitler, then Tojo, Stalin, or Mao. Credit is given to the 20th-century totalitarians as the worst species of tyranny to have ever arisen. However, the alarming truth is that Islam has killed more than any of these, and may surpass all of them combined in numbers and cruelty.

The enormity of the slaughters of the “religion of peace” are so far beyond comprehension that even honest historians overlook the scale. When one looks beyond our myopic focus, Islam is the greatest killing machine in the history of mankind, bar none.

If the fears of multiple virologists, epidemiologists, and other professionals in related fields are born out about The Jab, there’s only one word to use to compare Fascism plus Communism plus Islam together to what’s coming:

Pikers.

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THREE KINDS OF JABBERS

So the first kind wants money.  And there is serious coin to be made in this whole enterprise.

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Murderna alone forecasts nearly $19 billion-with-a-B in sales of their Jab just for 2021, Pfizer projects $15 billion-with-a-B… leave us not forget the ongoing revenue stream from boosters for variant after variant.  All with precisely, mathematically zero liability for any side effects – at least in the US (it would not surprise me if this immunity were present in other countries).  People drop dead within hours after getting a Jab, many more within days, more with a month, and that’s ignoring the hundreds of thousands of non-lethal side-effects (again, just in the US), and there’s nothing that can be done.  In Scotland, for example, out of those Jabbed the fatality rate is 100 per 100K.  Compare and contrast with the murder rate in the US of 5.0, which is the cause for many to be ringing the alarm.

Again, this is serious coin.  Money enough to buy off people to trash alternatives or rivals.  E.g., Its official: Big pharma paid off the lancet, NEJM, to publish a phoney study panning Hydroxychloroquine, killing hundreds of thousands of people; video below from the post just above – and I’ve grabbed the video just in case:

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Don’t forget the increasing likelihood of boosters now, boosters tomorrow, and boosters forever.  A never-ending revenue stream!

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THE SECOND

The second truly believes this is a noble cause to fight a virus ravaging mankind.  It’s a virus with, from one data point I read, a 99.8% survival if you’re under 70.  Some ravaging.  Obviously this is not to discount or diminish each death, but… we all have to die of something eventually.  An old saw from a book of Jewish wisdom I was given for my Bar Mitzvah:

Man: G-d, why do we have to die?

G-d: Come up here and I’ll tell you.

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BUT THE THIRD – AH, THE THIRD

And the third?  They plan to use this, knowingly, willingly, with malice aforethought to depopulate the earth.  They’ve talked reducing the growth curve for decades, and advocated governmental controls on that:

Stone-Manning’s ad continues, urging Americans adopt a Chinese-style limited child policy.

“The earth is only so big, and we can tap into it only so often. In America, we tap in often and hard,” Stone-Manning wrote. “When we overpopulate, the earth notices it more. Stop at two. It could be the best thing you do for the planet.”

But that’s not enough for these lofty, wiser, anointed intellects:

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No, I’m not going to delve into the WHY of why they want this – it could be to “fight climate change” or “concern for the earth’s carrying capacity” or needing to cull us to rule us more effectively, or even to soften us up for the coming alien invasion, or whatever.  Or a mix-n-match of them.  Rather, I want to address the mentality.  Many have addressed the thought, but I think Solzhenitsyn said it best:

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It’s an open question: What GOOD is killing murdering more than 9 out of every 10 people alive?

Murder of another human is, I believe in virtually all religions, the single greatest crime one can commit against another human.  There are crimes against the divine, of course, but Hashem is eternal.  I speak of man.  To knowingly and deliberately murder another human is not just a crime against the person, it is a crime against Hashem who made the soul being ripped – by human action – from the shell.

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What “good” can come out of homicide on this scale?  What Cause can be so important that it overrides what is, I truly believe, an ingrained revulsion from murder?  What rationalization can be so effective that, even if subconsciously, every Globalist involved in this understands that 9 out of 10 people they meet as they go about their lives will be dead if they achieve their goal… dead by deliberate and knowing actions they took? And they don’t curl up into a fetal-position ball at that?

It’s the 7.3 billion person question.

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LOCKED ON THIS

There is a scene in the scifi novel Spock’s World in which the planet Vulcan in the time of Surak is attacked by its first contact with another race.  After setbacks, the mind-mystics of Vulcan were able to seize mental control of the attackers’ pilots who then, under the control of the Vulcans, calmly and deliberately locked their ships on suicide collision courses over the screams of the crews.

The same thing here.  As people “wake up” and protest, in France, Italy, Australia, the UKglobally… even normally staid Japan (video), the leaders double down.  Any backtracking is temporary.  Authorities and chatterati discuss making life increasingly hard for those who refuse the Jab, no matter who they are.

The Peoples around the world are, increasingly, screaming NO!  And the so-called leaders continue to be locked on Jabbing every living human with the potential for mass, indeed global, carnage.  And as The Peoples get angrier and angrier, sooner or later the inhibitions that stop people from flipping the switch will fall when people realize that there is a price they will not pay.  As the deaths and side effects mount and news of them spreads despite the censorship, people will start to make the calculation about violent resistance against something they truly believe is not just dangerous but being done with knowing and intentional ill-will.

People are nearing their breaking point, whether on the Jabs or even just the new mask mandates (I am starting to see more “No mask, no service” signs where I live). And as the lines get harder, they will conclude – not without merit – that the tree is getting parched and needs watering.

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And then things get… messy.  Hashem help us all.

Do Facts Matter Part 2

     In response to the first episode in this tragedy, reader Clayton commented thus:

     “Respectable, law-abiding Negroes could solve the problem by bringing their unruly racial brethren to heel.”

     Which is why desegregation and the end of Redlining was a disaster for Blacks: much like the US and EU strip-mining anyone with talent from the Third World, thus guaranteeing the Third World stays that way and gets worse, by allowing the “talented ten percent” of US Blacks to escape their feral cousins, any potential cultural or social restraint was removed. “Finding good schools,” that is, getting the hell away from Feral Americans, became just as important to Blacks on the right side of the IQ curve as Whites in general.

     There is a great insight here. Intelligence is distributed differently among the races. Moreover, intelligence correlates strongly with “law-abidingness:” the willingness and ability to conform to the dictates of the law. With about a standard deviation (15 IQ points) separating the means of their intelligence distributions, about one-sixth of American Negroes fall on the right side of the mean for American Caucasians. That gives them an incentive to separate themselves from their racial brethren and merge, geographically, behaviorally, and occupationally, with the Caucasian majority. That benefits those who can separate themselves, which no man of good will could condemn…but there are other effects as well.

     The portion of the American Negro demographic “left behind” is predominantly well to the left of the intelligence / law-abidingness mean. Without the leavening of the “talented tenth” that might assist the whole in rising toward the American Caucasian norm, those communities tend to drift further from it. Worse, the “left behind” tend not to view the “talented tenth” as models to which to aspire, but as “race traitors.” Worse still, the recent promotion of “multiculturalism” and “moral relativism” has strengthened the resistance of the “left behind” to the surrounding culture and its norms. What could possibly have resulted other than the emergence of an unruly subculture, disdainful of the laws and immiscible with the larger American culture of achievement and public order?

     Whether any power could undo that effect is open to question.

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     Individuals pay attention to facts when making decisions for themselves and their families. They behave quite differently in conversations with others…and in the voting booth. In those realms, expressing widely approved attitudes and intentions gets priority. If the position that “the races differ in important ways” is widely disapproved – which has been the case for some time now – it will seldom be expressed, for fear of social and commercial exclusion.

     The same is true for voting decisions. Popular delusions about “the secret ballot” to the side, our neighbors know to a high degree of accuracy where we stand politically. We tend to vote as if they were looking over our shoulders. Thus, attention to the facts is discouraged in favor of conformance with the dominant attitudes.

     Note that the “dominant attitudes” are dominant in expression only. Individuals are aware of the facts; they merely keep that awareness to themselves, reserving it for more personal decisions about where to live and with whom to associate. (Note that very few of America’s more vociferous left-liberals live near a significant Negro population.) Coupled to the desire to assist less fortunate others that arises from human “fellow-feeling,” great harms are inflicted upon depressed sub-populations by way of government programs supposedly designed to “help” them.

     It has been observed that international aid to Third World nations only enriches their dictators. It leaves their subjects no better off than before at best. Even gifts of survival goods – food, clothing, medical supplies – tend to do no good. The power elite seizes such gifts and uses them to reinforce their own positions. The recent history of Somalia, Ethiopia, and the Sudan speaks eloquently to this point. Observant Americans have been drawing the moral…yet most fail to see the application to the very same problems within our own borders.

     Facts may be stubborn things, but they cannot compel us to give them their due, the occasional mugging notwithstanding. There’s a reason Robert Fisk’s surname has become a verb.

This Needs to Stop

But, given the culture in the Modern Democratic Party, will not – as long as the *Resident, and much of Congress and the Senate, are in thrall to China and other countries.

I’ve long been around Asians (Chinese, Japanese, Indian, and other Asian groups). It’s pretty much the standard today in STEM fields.

Most are fine people; a few are racist and classist. They are generally OK about concealing their contempt for those who don’t share their ethnicity, but when 2 or more are together, they will chatter about “Those People!”. No, the subject of their disdain is not “How great Americans are!”, but “They’re stupid, uncultured, and ugly”. They say that for ANY American – no matter what the ethnnicity – learn to listen for the phrases – you will likely be amazed at how often they use them.

The Tech companies don’t care. They just want their work done as cheaply as possible. And, once the workforce reaches a critical number, a NON-Asian candidate hasn’t a chance at being hired.

Worse, from the companies’ standpoint, many of those hires aren’t all that good. It’s not uncommon for the so-called tech expert to be clueless about the skill they were hired for (often they are a relative of someone else on the staff). So, what happens?

The new guy OWES the person who allowed them to get the treasured work permit; often, a large part of their salary is kicked back to that person. That’s why they’re always broke, and live in group housing. That concept of mutual obligations is foreign to most Americans, and death to a meritocracy.

Technical ignorance? Phfft. Easily handled by offloading the task to someone more technically proficient in India, working long distance. Miraculously, the fixed code will appear by the next day – it’s not brilliance, but off-shoring the task.

If the ethnicity is Chinese, expect China-favorable code to be inserted into the application. American software is a time-bomb waiting to go off. That’s yet another reason to use, and get familiar with, Linux. Across the planet, Geeks with No Life are pouring over the code, looking for just such malicious insertions, and working out fixes and work-arounds for the problems.

BTW, that article at the top of the post? Read the comments. They will give you a fuller picture of the reality than any “news” organization will.

Pearls of expression.

In a “60 Minutes” interview the devious duo [Bill and Hillary] was trying to spin their way out of Jennifer Flowers tattling on her long-term affair with Bill. . . . Bill and Hill were supposed to come off as a normal, wholesome, devoted-to-each-other married couple instead of the more accurate picture that was coming into focus – a philandering cad and serial sexual harasser with an insanely power-hungry harpy in tow.

‘When Mama Ain’t Happy’: Hillary Clinton meets Tammy Wynette.” By Stephen Paul Foster, FosterSpeak, 6/30/21.

Two narratives about Franken-19.

Raúl Ilargi Meijer nicely contrasts the control/manipulation v. common sense thinking about The Virus:

A Tale of Two Narratives.” By Raúl Ilargi Meijer, The Automatic Earth, 7/27/21.

I still find the deception and malevolence behind the control narrative astonishing. It’s a great tragedy that such an infestation of evil thinking occurred in the United States and throughout the Western world. We have a diseased political class. Particularly the press and big tech part.

Who are these people?

Do Facts Matter?

     This appears to be the question of our time – the supreme question of our time.

     What does it mean to be oppressed? According to the dictionary, to oppress means “to burden with cruel or unjust impositions or restraints; subject to a burdensome or harsh exercise of authority or power.” If we use that definition as our filter, which of the following American demographics appears to be oppressed?

  1. Amerinds?
  2. Asians?
  3. Hispanics?
  4. Negroes?
  5. Whites?

     To the best of my knowledge, no “cruel or unjust impositions or restraints” afflict any of those five groups. None of them are “subject to a burdensome or harsh exercise of authority or power.” One of them gets special considerations from the law, as the past eighteen months of nonstop violence and looting in two dozen American cities demonstrates. If we add the de facto imposition of racial quotas in education and hiring, and government set-asides in the awarding of contracts, the position of the American Negro looks rather privileged.

     Then there’s crime. Time was, the Department of Justice kept track of racial aspects of violent crimes and crimes against property: broadly speaking, who did what to whom, by race. However, the DoJ discontinued that practice in 2014. Today the curious American must recur to local sources that maintain such statistics. Charles Murray did, and the numbers tell a foreboding tale.

     But the tale is anything but new. Jared Taylor has been keeping track for a long time. The patterns are quite clear. However, if you dare to cite those figures in public, you’ll get called – pardon the irony – everything but white.

     Facts, you see, no longer matter:

     Pennsylvania State University is defending a professor who pulled a white student in front of his class and told him that he’s breathing, so he may have oppressed someone today.

     Professor Sam Richards, who teaches the 700-student “SOC119: Race and Ethnic Relations” course, pulled students up before the class on June 30 to discuss white privilege.

     “I just take the average white guy in class, whoever it is, it doesn’t really matter,” Richards said. “Dude, this guy here. Stand up, bro. What’s your name, bro?”

     The student, Russell, stood up to face the class.

     “Look at Russell, right here, it doesn’t matter what he does,” the professor continued, according to a report from Campus Reform. “If I match him up with a black guy in class, or a brown guy… who’s just like him, has the same GPA, looks like him, walks like him, talks like him, acts in a similar way…and we send them into the same jobs…Russell has a benefit of having white skin.”

     In another class on March 4, Richards attacked two white students as “oppressors” while discussing the Critical Race Theory training taking place at Coca-Cola. The company made headlines after it was revealed that they had instructed their employees to “be less white.”

     Richards, according to Campus Reform, asked the class for thoughts on a Coca-Cola slide which read, “To be less white is to be less oppressive, be less arrogant, be less certain, be less defensive, be less ignorant, be more humble, listen, believe, break with party, break with white solidarity.”

     So according to this “professor,” this “scholar” of racial and ethnic relations, we whites are the oppressors. How? Simply by daring to breathe.

     Facts no longer matter. Perhaps they never did.

     Had enough yet?

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     Divide et impera, the Romans liked to say. “Divide them and rule them.” Create mutually hostile groups in a subject population and set them at one another’s throats. They’ll be too busy fighting one another to resist Roman rule. It worked, for a time.

     Today’s version is identity-group politics. We’ve got plenty of them but only the Negroes are rampaging through the streets. Only the Negroes are claiming that we white folks have our boot on their necks. Only the Negroes are incited to violent fury when a policeman shoots and kills a black criminal. And only we whites are told that we mustn’t retaliate for all the destruction, disruption, and dislocation – that “we have to be bigger than that.”

     Do you suppose this fireman felt he had to be “bigger than that?”

     An off-duty New York City firefighter was brutally attacked by a mob of teenagers while he was walking his dog in a Queens park on Friday.

     The firefighter encountered a mob of approximately 100 teens, when one of them declared “it’s fight night” and jumped him.

     According to a report from the New York Post, “the 44-year-old victim said he was strolling with his 3-year-old Labradoodle Dylan in Juniper Valley Park in Middle Village at around 9:55 p.m. Friday when he was suddenly targeted by the mob.”

     “There were at least 100 kids … I was walking my dog. They just picked me out and approached me,” the still-shaken victim, who asked to remain anonymous, told The Post Saturday afternoon. “One kid took his shirt off and said, ‘it’s Fight Night!’ He said he was 19 and said, ‘I could fight you.’ Everyone took their cell phones out. There were cell phones everywhere.”

     “They all came at me…A kid came up behind me and hit me in the back of the head with a bottle and I let go of the dog,” he said.

     The father of three explained that luckily there was an ambulance nearby that pulled up and stopped the attack.

     Yes, the “teenagers” were black. Were you in any doubt?

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     Were we to subtract the Negro demographic from these United States, the nation’s violent-crime and crimes-against-property statistics would virtually disappear. So would 90% of the political issues that are used to bludgeon whites about their “privilege.” That could be done peacefully, after an agreement that the black race is incompatible with the others and must be separated geographically from them. But our spineless, parasitic political class must first be replaced by patriots with clear vision and common sense. Failing that, this scenario is much more plausible.

     We cannot continue to be victimized both criminally or politically, yet continue to be a unitary nation. The current situation is unsustainable. Therefore it will not be sustained. The sole questions remaining are about methods and details.

     Respectable, law-abiding Negroes could solve the problem by bringing their unruly racial brethren to heel. Will they see the writing on the wall and do so? Or will they continue to “circle the wagons” around black criminals, and to claim that it’s privileged white oppressors who are really to blame?

     Can facts be made to matter once again?

     Pray.

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