And for more reasons than one.
1. The Twitter News.
Elon Musk has made good on his promise. I hardly need tell my intelligent, observant, highly skeptical, exceedingly handsome Gentle Readers what I mean by that. Despite the flood of revelations he’s provided through journalist Matt Taibbi, there remains enough ambiguity for any federal operatives involved in the censoring of the Hunter Biden Laptop story to maintain “deniability.”
It remains to be documented beyond all possibility of refutation that a federal agency requested the suppression of the laptop story. Apparently, if such an agency was involved — FBI, White House, or what have you — it was subtle enough to camouflage itself and / or its demands against future accusations of this kind. At least, the material I’ve seen so far suggests so.
I believe that there was federal involvement: i.e., that a federal agency of size and enforcement power “put the screws” to various persons capable of suppressing the story. Indeed, I want to believe that. But that desire is itself a danger. (“We believe easily what we fear or desire.” — La Rochefoucauld) Whether it happened or didn’t must be nailed down tight before the feeding frenzies start.
2. Death Cult Chronicles.
Sometimes the masks don’t just come off, their wearers rip them off:
Pro-abortion protesters interrupted the Capitol Hill Pregnancy Center annual banquet right as the executive director talked about heightened security risks from earlier this year pic.twitter.com/of2n4zsHWL
— Carolina Lumetta (@CarolinaLumetta) December 2, 2022
BREAKING: Radical abortion activists tried to shut down a pregnancy center banquet.
— LifeNews.com (@LifeNewsHQ) December 2, 2022
Aaand again pic.twitter.com/4NIPelmWqO
— Carolina Lumetta (@CarolinaLumetta) December 2, 2022
“The pregnancy center provides free pregnancy testing, peer counseling, education, support and referrals to pregnant women who need support. They also provide free baby clothes and other parenting-related supplies,” Live Action reported.
Will anyone sincerely argue that these “pro-choice” monsters are not in fact pro-death?
For a seriously wide-angle take on this gruesome subject, read David Warren’s poignant essay “From 8,000,000,000 to Zero.”
3. America’s Premier Trustworthy News Provider.
My admiration for the courage, penetration, and joyous snark of the writers and producers at The Babylon Bee only grows with time:
I doubt it could be done better than that.
I attended college a long, long time ago, beginning in 1968. Even then, there was a trend toward getting the most easily acquired, practically substanceless degree possible. The argument ran as follows:
- Employment is what matters.
- Employers want to know that you have a degree, and that your grade-point average was respectable, but they’re not really interested in what your degree is in.
- So get a degree – whatever you can – in some subject where you can get mostly As and Bs without effort.
- That goes on your resume; the rest is just gravy.
That trend acquired sufficient members to invalidate the Bachelor’s degree as a credential employers would trust. The consequence, at least at the places where I worked, was an intensified interviewing scheme that really probed:
- Whether the candidate knew anything much…
- …About anything relevant to our business…
- …And whether he could actually think rather than just regurgitate.
As a front-line supervisor, I was one who implemented such a scheme. It wasn’t fun, especially for the candidates, but the deterioration of the college degree had forced it on us. Conditions have continued to deteriorate…while contemporaneously, Departments of Labor, both state and federal, have striven to restrict what questions and criteria an employer can impose on candidates.
Things aren’t looking up. The current shortage of persons willing to work makes the near-term outlook grim. And I believe I’ll drop the subject here.
4. Nerve Struck.
Yesterday evening, in a fit of melancholy about current events, I wrote at Gab::
We must accept…
That the Constitution is a dead letter.
That the last two elections were fraudulent.
That the edifice in Washington is hostile to us.
That we cannot trust anyone who holds public office.
That “movements,” so called, are mostly a trap for enthusiasts.
That no explicitly political undertaking will restore our rights or our nation.
These are not happy pronouncements. I’m distressed by the need to make them. But reality is not a matter of opinion. Today we have a government of Usurpers who mean to rule by force, and with no particular regard for our rights. They will not yield to anything but massively superior force.
So what then?
I don’t know. I don’t have the answers. I’m an old man who’s seen too much and has no stomach for yet another fight. But what is must be frankly faced. America is now a nation ruled by an unelected oligarchy that selects its own successors, much as the Kremlin did. And as bad as its oppressions and exactions are today, present trends continuing, they’ll get worse.
How do we prevent “present trends” from “continuing?” And please, nobody say “Vote harder!”
It got a lot of likes, reposts, and comments. It’s also been picked up by other sites, Mike Hendrix’s Cold Fury and Western Rifle Shooters being the most prominent. Perhaps it will get others thinking about alternatives to passive acceptance.
Trouble is, the alternatives I can think of are attached to massively unpleasant possibilities. But as I said, I’m an old man with no stomach for another fight. I’m not unpacking the guns for anything less than a direct assault on my home and loved ones. Hell, even speaking your opinion freely has become a risk-taking enterprise. Anyway, have at it in the comments.
That’s all for today, Gentle Reader. I have a novel to work on…well, five of them, actually, plus I’ve just had a sixth idea that’s getting harder to resist with every passing moment, and miscellaneous other obligations. See you tomorrow: same time, same URL.
“Be there. Aloha!” – Jack Lord.