Quote of the day—Vox Day

Tibetan religious tradition has it that when the Dalai Lama dies, the Buddha of Compassion leaves his body and incarnates in the body of a young child. The monks immediately go out in search of this blessed child, and when they find him – as they inevitably do – he is tested by a group of high lamas and enthroned as the reincarnation of his successor.

Imagine, however, if the lamas refused to recognize that the Dalai Lama was, in fact, dead. Suppose that instead of going in search of the Buddha’s new carnal home, they hooked the corpse up to a life support machine and waited patiently for the Holy One to awake and rise up. It’s not hard to see that they would be doomed to disappointment, and furthermore, would fail to find the next Dalai Lama as well.

This is precisely our dilemma today, for America, as envisioned by the Founding Fathers, is dead. By every measure, large and small, the original vision of limited government by, for and of the people has been folded, spindled and mutilated beyond recognition. When one reads the Constitution, one simply marvels at the distinct difference between its words and our present reality.

Vox Day
July 12, 2004
You can’t fix a corpse
[The question, of course, is where/how do we find “New America” or reincarnate the spirit of the original? Day advocates voting for Libertarian or Constitutional parties. While I have (mostly) been doing that for many years I’m not convinced it is very productive. I think voting is a measure of the current status of the culture. Hence, I’m inclined to believe the correct answer involves changing the culture rather than voting. The voting will correct itself once the culture has sufficiently changed.—Joe]

Quote of the day—Scott Adams

In nearly every scenario you can imagine, the person experiencing an unlikely addition to their reality is the one hallucinating. If all observers see the same addition to their reality, it might be real. But if even one participant can’t see the phenomenon – no matter how many can – it is almost certainly not real.

Scott Adams
October 19, 2016
I Wake You Up for the Presidential Debate
[His ultimate point is:

If you see something unlikely – such as a new Hitler rising in the midst of America – and I see nothing remotely like that – I’m almost certainly right and you’re almost certainly having the illusion. I say that because the person who sees the unlikely addition to reality is the one experiencing the illusion nearly every time. Trump as Hitler-in-America is an addition to reality that only some can see. It is a pink elephant. It is a classic hallucination.

I’m not trying to say I’m smarter than anyone else. I just don’t see the pink elephant. Nor do perhaps 40% of the country who prefer Trump as president. And when that many people don’t see a pink elephant in a room, you can be sure it isn’t there, no matter how many do see it.

Another symptom of hallucinations is that when confronted by a doubter the believers have a strong emotional reaction and offer little or no evidence to support their claims.—Joe]

DNC Schemes to Bully Women at Trump Rally

Aaron Black, the deputy rapid response director for the DNC is caught on camera bragging about his involvement with the Chicago Trump protest that turned violent in March. In this video he schemes about getting men to bully women at a Trump rally, saying “That is what I’m going to do. That is the hit.”

Rigging the Election – Video II: Mass Voter Fraud

In the second video of James O’Keefe’s new explosive series on the DNC and Hillary Clinton campaign, Democratic party operatives tell us how to successfully commit voter fraud on a massive scale. Scott Foval, who has since been fired, admits that the Democrats have been rigging elections for fifty years:

Rigging the Election – Video I: Clinton Campaign and DNC Incite Violence at Trump Rallies

Last night at dinner with daughter Jaime she strongly requested I watch two Project Veritas Action videos. Very powerful stuff. Here is the first one. There will be several more before election day:

The first two videos have resulted in the firing of two people in the videos. My guess is the people were fired because they were stupid enough to talk about the illegal activities they have been engaged in for years. I’m certain it is not because they haven’t been doing the jobs they were paid for by the DNC and the Hillary campaign.

Quote of the day—Bob Dylan

People are crazy and times are strange
I’m locked in tight, I’m out of range
I used to care, but things have changed

Bob Dylan
Things have changed. Lyrics and music.
[By random chance my phone played this song on my way to work yesterday. The quote above is the chorus. This does a decent job of capturing my attitude about the political climate right now.—Joe]

Why are progressives so violent?

In North Carolina:

A North Carolina Republican Party office was firebombed overnight and threatening words painted nearby, party officials reported Sunday.

According to the Charlotte Observer, the attack occurred in the party’s Orange County office in Hillsborough. An explosive device was thrown through a window of the office, causing some damage. The words “Nazi Republicans, leave town or else” were also painted on a nearby building.

In Iowa:

The front windshield and top window were busted out of a Trump/Pence vehicle sitting at the Iowa campaign headquarters.

And don’t forget the assassination attempt on Trump in June.

Why are progressives so violent? Because it’s in their nature. It’s their political currency.

Update: This is encouraging:

An online campaign reportedly set up by a group of Democrats to help rebuild the firebombed Republican Party headquarters in Orange County met and surpassed its $10,000 goal in only 40 minutes.

The GoFundMe account had raised $13,117 as of Monday morning.

It was set up by a group of Democrats who said they hoped to make a statement against such tactics, which the state’s GOP leaders have called “political terrorism.” Leaders of both parties nationwide have condemned the burning.

Democrats behind the GoFundMe page referred to the spray-painted message as “an abhorrent threat.” The group said its online campaign is aimed at helping the office reopen as soon as possible. The campaign is not an official effort of the Democratic Party, but rather the work of a group of supportive Democrats.

Email leaks: Hillary on guns

If you ever had any doubt about Hillary Clintons intentions toward gun ownership the most recent email leaks should remove all doubt:

Of particular note is an October 4, 2015 email written by Clinton campaign press secretary Brian Fallon, which detailed the campaign’s intent to share with reporters the types of gun control proposals a President Clinton would support. The email stated:

Circling back around on guns as a follow up to the Friday morning discussion: the Today show has indicated they definitely plan to ask bout guns, and so to have the discussion be more of a news event than her previous times discussing guns, we are going to background reporters tonight on a few of the specific proposals she would support as President – universal background checks of course, but also closing the gun show loophole by executive order and imposing manufacturer liability.

Note that, in her mind, no legislative action is required. Stroke of the pen, rule of law as was said during the first Clinton presidency.

I also find it “interesting” how the media works with Hillary Clinton in preparation for their encounters. It’s all orchestrated. There are no surprises or challenges to her position. Glenn Reynolds says, “Just think of the MSM as Democratic operatives with bylines, and it all makes sense.”

Quote of the day—Chindit13

Hillary is a lit match in a room of dynamite.  She, like many of the self-important, thinks her very existence is a favor to the rest of us.  She epitomizes the absolute worst of what America has become.  Above the law, wealthy not through accomplishment, but through influence peddling only, and a bull in a china shop in terms of her effect on both the country and the world.

October 14, 2016
The Elite “Have No Idea” – Society Is Near The Breaking Point
[I have nothing to add.—Joe]

Pushed out the Overton Window

The Overton Window is the range of “acceptable thought” in ordinary public life. One of the goals of the left is to simply push any ideas they don’t like outside the Overton Window. They do this by Bowderizing books, by harassment, name-calling, shaming, and double standards. But most importantly by using language; by declaring some words or phrases  “beyond the pale,” and as such, anyone who says, uses, or believes them is likewise beyond the pale, is a common tactic. (ever wonder where “Pale” was, so you’d know where to avoid? (first meaning)).

To the left, words, and feelings of the moment, are far more important than actual actions, logic, or consequences. they are in a surreal place where your perceptions define reality. They really think that it does depend on what the meaning of “is,” is. And they feel it’s totally OK to redefine it on the fly, and differently for different people. So, to leftist followers, simply an assertion that someone is racists / sexist / whateverist is grounds for shunning and more.

Anyway, we now see this is full force in the all out media-assault against Trump. They are scared, and see this election as do-or-die. Continue reading

Quote of the day—Gretchen Gardner

I’m at the breaking point.

It’s not because I don’t like paying taxes. I have voted for every park, every library, all the school improvements, for light rail, for anything that will make this city better. But now I can’t afford to live here anymore. I’ll protest my appraisal notice, but that’s not enough. Someone needs to step in and address the big picture.

Gretchen Gardner
May 2014
Surge in property tax bills spurs push to reform tax appraisal process
[I’m not sure I’ve seen a better case for the “Crap For Brains” category.

As Margret Thatcher said, “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.” But this bimbo can’t seem to comprehend this even when she is the one running out of money.

The big picture is that people this stupid shouldn’t be allowed to vote.—Joe]

The science is settled

I found this, from the CDC, interesting:

Unintentional fall deaths
  • Number of deaths: 31,959
  • Deaths per 100,000 population: 10.0
Motor vehicle traffic deaths
  • Number of deaths: 35,398
  • Deaths per 100,000 population: 11.1
Unintentional poisoning deaths
  • Number of deaths: 38,851
  • Deaths per 100,000 population: 12.3

And from another CDC page:

Firearm homicides
  • Number of deaths: 10,945
  • Deaths per 100,000 population: 3.4

So, the average resident of the United States is about three times more likely to die from an unintentional fall, motor vehicle traffic accident, or unintentional poisoning than to be killed, including JUSTIFIABLE homicide, by someone with a firearm.

Hence, the science is settled. If Bloomberg, Hillary Clinton, and others were really interested in saving lives they would spend their money and political capital on banning ladders, stairs, cars, and household chemicals instead of guns. And since they are not their real objective is something other than saving lives.

So, what is the real reason they continue to advocate for infringing upon our specific enumerated right to keep and bear arms? And what are we going to do about it?

Quote of the day—Scott Adams

You are wasting your time if you try to make someone see reason when reason is not influencing the decision. If you’ve ever had a frustrating political debate with your friend who refuses to see the logic in your argument you know what I mean. But keep in mind that the friend sees you exactly the same way.

When politicians tell lies they know the press will call them out. They also know it doesn’t matter. Politicians understand that reason will never have much of a role in voting decisions. A lie that makes a voter feel good is more effective than a hundred rational arguments. That’s even true when the voter knows the lie is a lie.

If you’re perplexed at how society can tolerate politicians who lie so blatantly you are thinking of people as rational beings. That world view is frustrating and limiting. People who study hypnosis start to view humans as moist machines that are simply responding to inputs with programed outputs. No reasoning is involved beyond eliminating the most absurd options. Your reasoning can prevent you from voting for a total imbecile but it won’t stop you from supporting a half-wit with a great haircut. If your view of the world is that people use reason for their important decisions you are setting yourself up for a life of frustration and confusing. You will find yourself continually debating people and never wining except in your own mind.

Few things are as destructive and limiting as a world view that assumes people are mostly rational.

Scott Adams
How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life
[Adams articulates this better than I have been able to.

I keep wanting to believe, and to a great extent behaving as if, people are rational. This is despite my frequent claim that it is irrational to expect people to be rational. I know it’s not true, I get frustrated that it is not true, and I sometimes just want to retreat from contact with the general population.

I’m extremely lucky that Barb and I share nearly identical irrational views of reality and rationality.—Joe]

The gloves come off

By now anyone paying any attention to politics will have at least heard of the disgusting attitude Donald Trump has, or at least had, toward women. The consequences of this might well be that Trump loses, and rightly so, the vote of a large majority of women and many men.

Scott Adams predicts a different outcome:

I assume that publication of this recording was okayed by the Clinton campaign. And if not, the public will assume so anyway. That opens the door for Trump to attack in a proportionate way. No more mister-nice-guy. Gloves are off. Nothing is out of bounds. It is fair to assume that Bill and Hillary are about to experience the worst weeks of their lives.

My prediction of a 98% chance of Trump winning stays the same. Clinton just took the fight to Trump’s home field. None of this was a case of clever strategy or persuasion on Trump’s part. But if the new battleground is spousal fidelity, you have to like Trump’s chances.

The Washington Post gives us hints as to what Trump might bring up:

Heading into the second presidential debate, Donald Trump and his allies have signaled that he will bring up a variety of claims concerning the sexual behavior of former president Bill Clinton. Clinton has acknowledged being unfaithful during his marriage to Hillary Clinton but has denied charges of sexual assault.

Trump may also raise a rape case that Hillary Clinton handled as a young lawyer in Arkansas, as well as claim that she attacked Bill Clinton’s accusers.

The suspected rapist she defended is the most damning for Hillary Clinton:

This refers to a 41-year-old case that resurfaced when the Washington Free Beacon in 2014 discovered unpublished audio recordings from the mid-1980s of Hillary Clinton being interviewed by Arkansas reporter Roy Reed for an article that was never published. The case was also covered extensively in a 2008 article by Glenn Thrush in Newsday.

This morning I received an email with a link to this video:

I’ve been saying I need popcorn for this election. Now I think I need to make a run to Costco to buy bleach.

Quote of day—Brett

I think the U.S. will default. It has to.

But we will be okay. This is because we will still have all the stuff and they will just have paper.

October 7, 2016
[Brett is a co-worker of mine.

He goes on to say that in the case of a default the multinational companies are screwed. This is because our foreign creditors will seize the assets in their countries.—Joe]

Those who need to know already know what the following means. If it’s not crystal clear to you then don’t worry about it. It’s not for you. It’s more fun and games for the NSA:


Quote of the day—Felix Pastor

No government, no thieves.

Felix Pastor
October 2, 2016
Spaniards, Exhausted by Politics, Warm to Life Without a Government
[This is probably a bit of an exaggeration but I’m certainly willing to test the concept to find out if a similar conclusion is warranted in our country.

How about we start the experiment on the first of next year?—Joe]

Those who need to know already know what the following means. If it’s not crystal clear to you then don’t worry about it. It’s not for you. It’s more fun and games for the NSA:



Quote of the day—Lyle

No one is opposed to charity, but the problems come in as soon as we’re talking about coercive redistribution disguised, or excused, as “charity”. One is a beautiful thing, while the other is horrible, destructive and deadly, yet who can put their finger on the difference?

The national conversation treats the those two opposites as though they are equal, yet anyone would understand the difference between the Girl Scouts showing up at your door asking for a donation in exchange for cookies, and an armed thug holding you up at gunpoint. When government implements a redistribution ruse, they’re acting as that armed thug with a gun, and the fallout is much the same except worse– That government thug never gets prosecuted, and so the crimes increase in scale and frequency until the criminals end up running everything. Eventually the whole society is degraded and eventually destroyed.

October 4, 2016
Comment to  Quote of the day—Phoebe Maltz Bovy
[I’m reminded of a cartoon I saw the other day:


There’s so much truth in it that I have to laugh and cry at the same time.—Joe]