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So should conservative activists engage in the kind of street theater the Left does, or not? June 20, 2017

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, cultural marxism, disconcerting, fightback, General Catholic, persecution, pr stunts, Revolution, secularism, Society.
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Many readers may be aware of a despicable play being staged – at least partly at taxpayer expense – in the city of New York, a version of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar set in modern times with an obvious Trump stand-in as Caesar and with a particularly gruesome assassination scene involving the pretended president.  This is of course extremely nasty and just the kind of perverse fantasizing the Left frequently resorts to when they get their feelings hurt by a public repudiation of their political-social program (i.e., when the lose a presidential election).

Many on the right see on this just a small part of the environment that led an avowed and extreme leftist loser to try to murder a number of Republican Congressmen at a baseball practice last week.  Only Steve Scalise among the Congressmen was hit, and he badly, but the intent was to murder many others if possible.  The gunman even had drawn up a target list.  He felt justified in his action after steeping himself in the fetid bathhouse air of the leftist fever swamps of the internet, wherein it is constantly claimed that even the minor changes to Obamacare proposed by the timid Republicrats in Congress amounts to MURDER, because millions were dying in the streets before Obamacare, and even slight changes will bring the same or even worse.  Thus, since Republicans intend to kill millions (or thousands, or whatever number they make up out of whole cloth), it is thus entirely justified to kill them before they get the chance to callously kill others.  It’s practically self-defense!  Or so it goes in the far Left, where attachment to reality has become increasingly tenuous.

At any rate, this play is, to many increasingly troubled conservatives, just part of an over-arching effort by the Left not only to make any non-Leftist views completely verboten in the public sphere, but also to create an environment in which actual physical attacks against the Left’s perceived enemies is not just tolerated, but practically a life or death necessity.  We have seen steadily increasing violence from the Left since the shock of Trump’s election and the entire ridiculous #resistance movement, from the Berkeley riot on Feb 1 through several other Berkeley riots (with increasingly effective conservative counter-revolutionary action), to New Orleans, Portland, Olympia, WA, and other locales.  In virtually every instance it is the Left  that is either initiating the violence, or ramping it up to an entirely new level.

And as I mentioned, there have been increasing responses from the “right,” or even centrist free speech advocates.  One of those responses was seen this past weekend, where people associated with Gavin McGinnes/Rebel Media stormed the Julius Caesar travesty cum play and briefly interrupted it with shouts decrying the play’s seeming incitement to violence.  As seen below:

A bit to my surprise, many on the right, at least in the form of Youtube videos and comments, were troubled by this action.  They felt that in disrupting this play thse people were just aping some of the worst aspects of the Left. Given that, here is another video where those interrupting the play defended their actions:

So what do you make of this?  Is it bad practice to do what the Left has done for decades, and take the fight into their bastions and call them out for the evil they are promoting?

I have seen these brief interruptions described as an assault on free speech.  I’m not sure I agree with that – first of all, as a Catholic, this country has made an idol of certain liberties that are disordered at best and positively destructive at worst, free speech permitting blasphemy and sacrilege being just one example (and far from the worst – the cult of official state religion as agnosticism is the worst).  I am not a free speech absolutist, in that sense.  To me, however, even granting the erroneous assumption of free speech as a practical absolute short of incitements to violence, it seems just as much free speech to interrupt the event as it is to put it on in the first place.  These protesters were not nearly so disruptive as the Left has tended to be at conservative events.  They made their point, and were quickly dragged off stage.  Thus, they did not deny anyone else’s ability to speak – contrary again to how the Left tends to behave in these situations.

But is it bad precedent, or tending in the same direction many rightly revile the Left for? Possibly.  I do think there is some value in the Right – if it is the Right – making these kinds of demonstrations, especially where they occurred, in the very belly of the beast, amongst the most fervent and destructive adherents of the religion of leftist secular paganism.  Right smack dab in the middle of NYC.  That’s much more speaking truth to power than any of the leftist shenanigans we’ve seen in recent months and years.  And it points up an important fact – that the Left has become the establishment, that it is not in the least bit countercultural or cutting edge, it is the forcibly ingrained status quo, the default setting of the vast majority of the economic, political, and especially cultural elites.  There is great value in showing the corruption and evil inherent in the status quo, even in what many may see as an ineffective way.

So, I’m pretty sympathetic to the protesters and their aims.  Then again, I’m the kind of guy who thinks large format photos showing the brutal reality of abortion are a key way of demonstrating the reality of this evil to a callous and uncaring world.  In fact, I’d be up for some of the civil disobedience tactics of the 70s and 80s, like human chains blocking access to abortion mills and the like.  Maybe I just have a default setting towards confrontation.  I could be wrong.

Then again, if “we” on the Right make broad use of our adversary’s nastier tactics, do we lose moral standing and, even unwittingly, adopt some of their “might makes right” attitude?  I can definitely see some issue with that.  Unfortunately, the Left is not going to back down.  This is the new normal folks.  It is not going to go away – and it may be a bit worse because of the person of Trump, but the Left is increasingly showing they will refuse any but their own as President of the United States.  They got warmed up with that attitude with Bush ’43 and it has sunk in, metastasized, and grown far worse.

I am very interested to know what readers –  if there are any left – think about this.  Let me know in the comments.

PS – It may be some time before I finish the posts on the San Antonio Missions.  I had transferred all the pics from my phone to my laptop, then my son set my laptop down in a puddle of water on the kitchen table that another kid failed to wipe up properly, and my laptop is now toast.  I lost some blog-related things, including the Mission photos, but much more, I lost a boatload of work.  I would have had a little time to post this week, buuuut……..now I’m having to recreate about 2 weeks worth of work.  Goes faster the second time, but anyway……

Francis at Fatima: “I am the bishop in white” May 23, 2017

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Well, I guess that’s settled now:

Lots of good stuff from Matt, including expressions of grave doubt against the growing drumbeat towards war with Syria – yet another Mideast country where the US apparently has a grave national interest in seeing the ancient Catholic communities wiped out.

I must also agree with Matt that the very watered-down canonization process that has been implemented in the past 35 years – because the most substantial changes happened well after the Council and were in fact put in place by Pope Saint John Paul II (who wound up, in a certain sense, being a beneficiary of the changes, at least as far as his public cultus goes) – has helped contribute to a “meh, whatever” sense regarding the many canonizations to which we are now exposed.  The dilution of the requirement for miracles from 3 to 1 (or none?), the deletion of the role of the devil’s advocate – these things have I think helped trivialize the process and decrease the general affection souls have towards the Church Triumphant in Heaven.

 

Francis also expresses what must be assumed to be disbelief of several recent – and Church-approved – Marian apparitions, accosting those who believe that Mary’s intercession stays her Son’s wrathful arm as basically an invention of the mind of  some of the faithful.  Mary referred to staying her Son’s arm not only at La Sallete but also Akita.  Apparently Francis takes a dim view of those revelations.  As for imposing one’s own beliefs on the Church – project much, Francis?

There is much more, it’s well worth watching.  The video does close with some good news that the school principal who insulted, cussed at, and threatened some home schooled evangelical kids who were witnessing against abortion outside the public school he serves at has been suspended.  Whether that is with or without pay is not stated.  If it were a Catholic cussing out and threatening some little pagans arguing in favor of abortion, does anyone doubt he would have been fired on the spot?  But that’s what the Left wants, the full measure of the law or social rules (rules they invent) for you, but special kid glove treatment for themselves.  Of course they deserve that, because every leftist knows, they are just better than everyone else.

If this double standard continues, it will be the end of this country.  People will not stand to be treated as second class citizens.  Or will they?  For now, I think, a majority answers no, as the election of Trump, I think, proves.  I think these kinds of social-interaction issues played a huge role in Trump’s election.

Freedom is the Hijab April 6, 2017

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Christendom, disaster, Ecumenism, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, pr stunts, rank stupidity, scandals, secularism, sickness, Society, suicide.
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As a believing Catholic, I am all for modesty in dress on the part of everyone.  Not just women, but everyone.  I am so convinced of the necessity of modesty, that I am even in favor of certain societal norms and social pressures that would encourage people to dress (and behave) modestly, casting out of polite society egregious offenders against this norm, as was the case throughout Christendom for, oh, about 17-1900 years (I hedge a bit, not knowing what standards of dress were like in the period of the early Church).

But I stop short at people being physically coerced to dress with decorum and modesty.  I do not think women should be beaten if they show 2″ too much leg, or don’t wear a full, stinking burqa.  I do not think there should be religious police wandering around able to dish out corporal punishment on the spot, with no trial, no appeal.

Practice of virtue is a great source of salvific Grace.  But virtue that is coerced is not such a source.  We can argue at length about where to draw the line, or whether societal pressures would constitute coercion, but I think it not unreasonable to conclude that threatening severe corporal punishment or death for a violation against modesty is not only a bad thing in general, but something that is prone to abuse and capricious application (as we see from the video below).

But we have come to the point in this country, where the muslim infiltration/invasion has been allowed to go unchecked for two decades or more, that the nation’s “newspaper of record” is running op-eds from muslim women opining that the essence of freedom is found in being forced to cover themselves head to foot under threat of force from the men around them:

A great point I wish I had more time to flesh out today, but will hopefully get to tomorrow: why are the Left and islam such easy bedfellows, in spite of holding radically contrary beliefs on almost every subject imaginable?  Well, aside from islam being the perfect tool to crush the Left’s highest priority target for destruction – Christianity – neither recognizes any authority but its own.  They don’t recognize the value of (true) liberal democracy, they don’t recognize the value of Christianity, they don’t recognize the value of peaceful coexistence, all they recognize is power and the urgent command to obey their ideological dictates.  Islam, through the practice of deliberate deceit known as taqqiyah, will make allies wherever it finds them, no matter how noxious they find their beliefs, so long as it serves the interests of the unholy “ummah.”  The Left uses islam as almost their armed wing to attack the instituttions of Western Civilization and to serve as a battering ram against Christianity (in which they are far too often – almost always – aided by the Quislings within the Christian community).

Thus it actually makes a great deal of sense that they collaborate so much, so that the wholly vulgar vagina-fest known as the “Women’s March on Washington” was principally led and organized by a hijab-wearing muslim woman, a woman literally sporting a symbol of her submission to men.  And yet that woman was portrayed as a feminist icon.

 

Two Videos Demonstrating the Left’s Willingness to Submit to Islam March 30, 2017

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I’m out of time, but here’s two good videos.  If the language is bothering folks, please let me know and I’ll stop posting this stuff, but this is too good.  A really radical, out n’ proud lesbian feminist in Canada not only wore the hijab in a Canadian mosque but also agreed to enter through a back door – as fitting for a woman – and then sat in a back corner, because everyone knows God finds the sight of women horribly offensive, so offensive that their mere presence somehow magically invalidates any prayers offered:

Moronic PM Justin Trudeau was asked about this, and all he could do was blather meaningless platitudes that said absolutely nothing other than the tired leftist mantra, “diversity is our greatest source of strength” (which has, BTW, never even been remotely proven, or even grounds established  upon which the claim could be based):

His response reminded me of this old Monty Python sketch, especially at 7:30 (WordPress refuses to let me start a video at a particular time):

Michael Palin makes a brilliant Himmler.

California Charges Center for Medical progress with 15 Felonies March 29, 2017

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And this being California, the likelihood of CMP being found guilty of at least one of these “throw ’em at the wall and see if they stick” charges is disturbingly probable.  At the very least, the goal of the prosecution – to defend Planned Murderhood by ruining the reputations of those who publicly expose them for the evil purveyors of baby-killing they are – will be achieved whether a conviction occurs or not.  Forever anon, whenever CMP or David Daleiden is mentioned in the liberal/leftist press, there will surely be a little message about how they have faced numerous criminal charges for their activities, which message will be designed to discredit them and by extension the entire pro-life movement.

Ben Shapiro makes some sharp and insightful commentary below on this nakedly political persecution below:

On Tuesday, the state of California charged David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt of the Center for Medical Progress on 15 felony counts over their undercover reporting regarding Planned Parenthood. In 2015, Daleiden and Merritt released video showing high-ranking Planned Parenthood members joking about selling baby body parts for market rates and picking through baby body parts in order to demonstrate which sorts of body parts were available for sale for medical research, as well as talking about the best methods of abortion for procuring those baby body parts. The California Department of Justice, under the auspices of now-Senator Kamala Harris, raided Daleiden’s home for footage in April 2016; last year, the state of Texas pursued charges against Daleiden and Merritt, but those charges were thrown out. [With prejudice.  It was a humiliating defeat for the Harris County DA (a known Planned Butcherhood supporter and collaborator) and the grand jury that made the indictment.  But expect a different outcome in just about any court in California, save maybe for Orange County or some rural county in the north, but I’m sure the state will prevent the trial from being held in such reasonable environs]

So, here’s the question: where’s the media, rushing to the defense of these undercover journalists?

They’re silent. Or they’re celebrating, since they think that Daleiden and Merritt were evil conservatives out to target the saints at Planned Parenthood. They buy the lie that the tapes were deceptively edited so as to implicate Planned Parenthood in nefarious activity – but the tapes show precisely what the tapes show.

Shapiro then goes on to show important court precedents regarding the law under which CMP is being charged – a CA law that bars taping of PRIVATE conversations between two individuals unless consent is obtained from both parties.  But as Shapiro notes, a conversation in a public place like a restaurant is a dubious grounds for a private conversation, and even precedents from the crazy 9th Circus Court have found that journalists have a right to tape conversations when engaged in investigative journalism.  I expect the prosecutors to try to establish that CMP were not real journalists and thus do not fall under this broader interpretation.

Another note via Ace of Spades, a Chicago-area TV station secretly recorded undercover footage of alleged animal cruelty at a poultry farm in California – is there any likelihood at all that this ABC affiliate will be prosecuted?  Absolutely none.

Just another way that the Left is trying to create a tiered standard of citizenship in this country, with leftists at the top enjoying special privileges and immunities, and conservatives at the bottom facing not only the full force of the law but vicious interpretations of same simply because of their beliefs.  More and more in this country, the ability to live free from tyrannical persecution from the government depends very much on where you live and what you believe.  And this trend is growing.  I cannot see how this can persist for much longer without some kind of rupture.

I was, however, somewhat heartened to see the video below.  Some self-described “antifa (anti-fascist)” protesters used fascist techniques to try to stop a pro-Trump rally in Huntington Beach Saturday.  The left were vastly outnumbered, and when they started hitting conservatives and spraying women with pepper spray, things did not go well for them (language warning, this was a heated situation and people did not always maintain their cool):

The good news is that in a dicey legal situation like this none of the Trump supporters were arrested but 4 “antifas” face felony counts.  At least until it becomes known they are the sons of “important” college professors or judges or left-wing activists and then of course the charges will be quietly dismissed.  But at least they may get to sweat for a while.

The Truth Only Matters to the Media when Republicans Hold Office March 3, 2017

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Great video from the NRA, blasting the pompous, out of touch New York Slimes for having the temerity to run recent ads touting their commitment to truth-telling.  Just as an additional demonstration of their complete bias and lack of journalistic integrity, they totally ignored the frequent desecrations of Jewish cemeteries occurring in this country when Obama was in office, but now that Trump is in office they dispatch reporters, camermen, and plaster the coverage wall to wall, strongly intimating that Trump and his supporters are somehow behind these attacks.  But, ooops, fake news strikes again, it turns out at least one perpetrator of recent anti-semitic threats and violence was a hardcore black muslim Obama/Hillary supporter:

Another fer’instance.

Don’t know about you, but I place absolutely zero stock in anything any of the democrat-party operative organizations called CNN, MSNBC, CBS, NBC, ABC, the NYT, Washington Post, LA Times, etc., ad nauseum, have to say.  Heck Alex Jones has more credibility than they do.  Increasingly I entirely get my news and analysis from content providers at Youtube, who range from actual reporters to commentary and analysis providers.

Great Rebuke of Hollyweird by One of Their Own February 17, 2017

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Robert Davi is a name many people may not remember, but his face would likely be immediately recognized by any who grew up in the 80s or 90s.  He played the bad guy or a character actor in a wide variety of movies from Goonies to License to Kill to Die Hard.  A man who had a bit of a troubled youth (hardly rare in this day), as he has aged he has become an increasingly devout Catholic and an outspoken conservative.

He gave the response below to Meryl Streep’s tirade against Trump’s limited travel ban (nearly identical to one Obama had implemented years ago), and it’s beautiful.  He’s exactly right, it’s time for Hollywood to stop with the words and make with the action, and start opening up their awards shows, banquets, private parties, and even homes to illegal immigrants and muslim “refugees:”

I have recently been pondering President Trump’s executive action with regard to our nation having extreme vetting and our immigration policy finally being enforced. It has pained me deeply to see such a violent reaction to something that, to my mind, makes absolute common sense.

Let me begin by saying that I am from a family of immigrants that came to this country for a better life. They came to the US “legally,” assimilated, integrated, and learned English to the best of their ability, and demanded we speak it. As we all know, we live in a time in which there are forces who wish to destroy our way of life…….

……..We have recently heard from a plethora of Hollywood stars on this issue — Meryl Streep, Robert DeNiro, Ashley Judd, Madonna, major agencies, musicians, singers and even the indomitable Shia LaBeouf. After much prayer on this issue, I must now stand in solidarity with all of my Hollywood elite brethren. They are right! The rest of you are wrong!

It is now in this spirit that I make an appeal to all in Hollywood and the media for us to use the Oscars to take a stand for the entire world to see and hear. It is time for Hollywood to lead the way.

I propose that Meryl Steep, Chelsea Handler, Richard Gere, Robert DeNiro, Christoph Waltz and others lead an Oscar first: let’s do away with the rules, barriers, and tickets to the Oscars and after-parties, such as the swanky Vanity Fair party or the Weinsteins’ star-studded affair. I ask all migrants, all illegal immigrant criminals and all un-vetted refugees to converge on Hollywood to come to the Oscars and all the after-parties, even those held at the mansions or the Chateau Marmont or anywhere else. After all, we in the Hollywood community want to show all Islamic extremists that we have love in our hearts — and what better way to do that than by inviting them along on our most important night?

It’s time the walls and electronic security gates come down. There are roughly 3,600 seats to the Oscars; we should have at least 2,500 seats reserved for illegal aliens, refugees and migrants, or maybe even more. [And bring ’em right in off the desert or aircraft.  No showers, no makeovers, show the world the reality of today’s burqa-clad Arabic screaming “refugee” and the man who spent 5 days crossing barren desert with only 8 women to rape along the way for relief.  Let him keep that knife he used for “hunting”, too] For those celebrities skipping the ceremony, each should invite at least 100 illegal aliens, refugees or migrants to come to their home to watch the Oscars with them. The Academy and the Vanity Fair people should also get the 150 criminals who have recently been deported from Los Angeles and bring them to the show as honored guests.

I find it curious that when President Obama did the same exact thing — and more — in terms of enforcing the law on illegal immigration, the Hollywood elite were silent. Why were they silent then, but are so vocal now when President Trump is doing basically the same thing? Is Hollywood racist? Why — when Christians are being slaughtered in Syria, Iraq, and other places in the Middle East — is Hollywood silent?

Of course, the people that wish death upon Christians, Jews, gay people and the West are greeted with open arms by the elite in Hollywood — so why can’t they come to our Oscar parties?

Additionally, I am now pleased to announce that Hollywood and the recording industry no longer require the protection of the Men in Blue at any of their events! We do not need a country of laws; only a country of illegal immigrants, refugees and migrants. How dare we ignore the words inscribed on the Statue of Liberty: “Give me your tired, your poor,
your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…”

So now, we ask you all: please come to the Oscars on February 26th at the Dolby Theater on Hollywood Boulevard. We welcome you to our homes with open arms and love in our hearts. Together, let us celebrate the Progressive left and its policies, which have helped make blue collar America Tired, Hungry, and Poor.

And the Oscar goes to…

 

With love in my heart,

Robert Davi

That was awesome.  Good for him.

 

Quick Hits: A Little Good, A Little Astroturf, a Little Horror November 14, 2016

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Getting to the Astroturf first, ads placed on Craigslist demonstrate the, ah……professional.…….nature of the anti-Trump protest riots:

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$1500 a week to lay about all day and riot/break s–t all night? Probably tax free, too?  Although 77 hours per week sounds like rather more work than most Obama/Hillary supporters are wont to do.  They probably just work a night or two a week to earn enough money to buy their drug of choice.

Just a bit more proof as to the planned, coordinated, and unspontaneous nature of these riots.  This is not a mass reaction of a lot of the people against the President-elect, this is a tiny group of professional agitators looking to get paid.

Now for something a bit happier: at least one reader liked the video of Father Hubbard I posted last week.  The same channel I found the first one at posted another one – they must have liked the linkback.  More awesome natural beauty, more poised if a bit campy commentary, and more plugs.  I think I liked this one a bit more than the first, even without the nearly drowned grizzly cub:

And now for the worst reaction to the election of Trump yet – and that’s saying quite a lot.  A mom completely traumatizes her 8 y/o son by demanding he pack his suitcase and leave the house because he voted for Trump in a mock school election.  Not sure what lesson mom was trying to teach here, but the emotional scars and damage to her relationship with her son will likely last a lifetime, unless his mind mercifully buries this hideous memory:

I am normally very opposed to governmental intrusion into families under the guise of CPS for specious reasons, especially since CPS likes to persecute homeschoolers at times, but this is waaay over the top and might merit quite a bit of counseling if not more.  Given that mom apparently thought this was fit to post publicly, what else is she doing that she’s too ashamed to make public?

It is sickening to think we live in a culture so filled with narcissists that someone would actually do this to their own child over something so trivial.  But there are no depths to the depravity to which people will sink absent faith in Jesus Christ and a powerful role for His Church in the culture.

Sorry to group all these things together but I’m out of time for the day.  I’m giving poor Fr. Hubbard really bad company in this post, God rest his soul.

Temper Tantrums and Death Threats: Spinning Up a Progressive Panic November 10, 2016

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A few preliminary comments: I would wager not one of these people having a complete public meltdown/temper tantrum has spent even 5 minutes researching Trump’s policy positions or listening to him speak outside carefully crafted (and hostile) media soundbites.  This is nothing but regurgitation of spoon-fed leftist propaganda, which makes their emotional attachment to something they likely have zero original thoughts of all the more disturbing.

You recall, of course, how conservative America exploded into similar “days of rage” and weeping displays of endless narcissism after defeats in 2008 and 2012, of course.  No?  Oh, that’s right, we were unhappy, even seriously aggrieved, but we didn’t try to torch our own cities, leave our fellow citizens mired in traffic for hours, or post selfie videos of total emotional breakdowns (as an adult, no less).

What does it say about a populace, and particularly about the under 35 folks who seem to make up 90% or more of this now exasperated cohort, when so many of them are both so ignorant, so ill-informed, and so radically propagandized that they are unable to deal with either a contrary political view or with an occasional defeat.  We can see from this reaction – so different from defeats  in 2010 or 2014 – how much stock the democrats place in holding the presidency.  And yet probably many of these people now losing their minds weren’t very big Hillary supporters to begin with,  were likely incensed at the gaming of the demonrat primaries to insure her victory, and may not have even voted (according to the data, the vast majority of those under 35, and especially liberals under 35, did not).

Where are we headed when the rising generation not only cannot stand to be told no by anyone at anytime, but is ready -as in the first video -to recommend violence against their opponents?  Is this not the natural, predictable end point for the kinds of radicalized ideologies in which these youths have been steeped?  They’ve never heard a contrary viewpoint in their lives, and live in such a electronic bubble they cannot even imagine one exists.  When confronted with the reality not only of its existence, but its ascendance over their own, they literally lose their minds.

Solipsism writ large – that is what we are confronted with.  People so wrapped up in their own little minds and prurient concerns they are utterly incapable of even imagining that someone of good will could think differently.  That’s impossible according to their ideology, so the only possible motivation for holding different views is bad will and evil intent.  Which, again, is really projection, and a perfect inversion of the truth, as the first video below demonstrates quite well:

Yeah, I will keep my powder dry, thanks.  We haven’t seen anything like that locally, thank God.

About which, a note.  I’ve noted a few times the area in which I live is in the poorest 15% in the country and is over 80% Hispanic.  Which is neither here nor there, save for this point – where I voted on Tuesday, at 2:30 pm I was only voter number 160.  Likely there were fewer than 300 people to vote in my precinct, out of a population of probably 5,000 or more.  This is in the middle of Irving, population 210,000 or so.  I live in one of the most densely populated parts of Irving, and yet hardly anyone bothered to vote.  That could be because a ton of people are not citizens and haven’t tried to force the issue, but it was interesting, nonetheless.  ‘

Where I used to live in Richardson, they would have 300 people vote by 8am, for a similar size population.

Now for the mental breakdowns, courtesy Ace, but you can find scads more on Youtube.  Note that virtually every one of these people is a member of a self-styled victim class:

I am terrified that the helicopter parenting and participation trophy raising of the so-called millenial generation has raised up a generation of solipsists.

If so, this ain’t gonna end well.  Ignorant, self-centered, lacking the intellectual cushion knowledge of history provides, steeped in ideology, and raised to believe they deserve everything on a silver platter, they are ripe for manipulation (as, indeed, they are) by media masters.  Amazingly, they are completely ignorant of their own biases while constantly attributing the same to others (projection).  Thus, when British voters voted for Brexit, to try to reverse the damage free trade and unrestricted immigration had done to the British laboring classes, the solipsist millennials joined forces with the corporate masters and political elites who run Europe today to try to annul the results of the referendum and keep the status quo.  They are actually conservative to the point of revanchism when it comes to maintaining the perquisites of the current elite, which a few will eventually be permitted to join.

This is an explosive mix.  They liken Trump and his supporters to Hitler but it is they themselves who have an in-built propensity to be receptive to the first strong man who comes along, provided he mouths the pablum these people expect to hear.  On the other side, however, should violence and extremism on the Left continue to increase, it can lead to a reaction among others who, seeing society break down, turn to a strong figure to restore order.  Such tendencies spread across Europe during the 20s and 30s, but only one of them was somewhat right wing (Franco).  Hitler and Mussolini were just opportunistic leftists who sold a national socialism versus international socialism.  Nevertheless, to prevent something worse coming along, they did co-opt much of the traditional right.

We’ll see how this progressive panic continues to spread.  More protests riots are planned for tonight.  Luckily, they’re trashing their own cities and inconveniencing their own people, for the most part, but it will be interesting to see if they spread.

Late n’ Rare Flightline Friday: The World’s Worst Carrier, Kuznetsov October 24, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, asshatery, disaster, Flightline Friday, foolishness, fun, non squitur, pr stunts, silliness, Society, technology.
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A lot of folks apparently got excited last week when, for the 7th time in its nearly 30 year history the broken down, way too small, horribly designed (and only) Russian carrier the Admiral Kuznetsov put to sea to ostensibly conduct combat operations off of Syria.  If the carrier makes it to the Eastern Med – which is by no means certain, given its deplorable history – Kuznetsov will take party in combat operations for the first time with its tiny fixed wing fleet of 16 Su-33 aircraft.

But first she (or, as the Russians say, he) has to get there.  And that’s been the problem in the past.  Even when Kuznetsov made it to Eastern Med, she was generally in too poor condition to actually do anything remotely military.  Her freshwater condensers constantly crap out, meaning they can’t run the turbines, meaning the ship has to be towed back to port.  Why else do you think the Russians never let Kuznetsov put to sea without the world’s largest tug as escort?  Does the US Navy do this, with their carriers?  The Japanese?  Italians?  Spanish? Even the Brazilians? No, no they do not.

Kuznetsov was a product of two disastrous characteristics: inexperienced, frankly incompetent design, and late-Soviet-era build standards.  Coupled together, and you have one of the most poorly designed and built ships ever to slide down the ways.  Her horrific design and shoddy workmanship are legendary.  The phased array antennas on the island? – they’re concrete ballast, as the real radar was never made functional.  The plumbing is worthlessly rusted out in half or more of the ship.  Basically half of the ship is unlivable.  The ship is only marginally large enough to handle the huge Su-33 tactical aircraft, and can only carry a handful of them, really barely enough to protect the carrier (if that), let alone project power anywhere. And her power plant…….a large steam unit……….has always been her most pronounced weak point.

It appears to have gotten even worse.  While passing through the English Channel, Kuznetsov belched forth such hideous, thick plumes of smoke from her oil fired engines that I seriously doubt she could conduct flight operations under such conditions.  See, carriers, when they do flight ops, always turn into the wind.  Pilots trying to land on Kuznetsov would be rendered almost totally blind by these clouds of incredibly dense smoke emanating from the ship and flowing straight into their approach path to land.  And this was while cruising at a leisurely 7-8 knots, not the 25+ generally required for flight operations.  I would wager she can’t come close to that speed with engines in such dire shape*.  If she can, her pilots will probably be splattered all over the round down trying to land.

Wow.  They are either using incredibly dirty, unrefined oil, or those engines have unbelievable problems.  Likely a bit of both.

This is not made up stuff.  How to deal with carrier smokestack emissions prior to the advent of gas turbines and nukes was a huge issue. That’s one reason US carriers wound up with their islands so far back, which generally prevented the gasses from spreading so much they seriously affected visibility.  On earlier Essex class carriers, with islands roughly midship, this was much more of a problem.  The Japanese, on their WWII carriers, actually vented the boiler gasses downward, below the level of the flight deck, to try to deal with this.

Of course, US and allied pilots go through the training hell of learning to make night traps using only mirror, ball, and the screams of the LSO.  Those landings are dang near blind, so it was generally less of a problem for US naval aviators even when we still had oil-fired carriers (which, we don’t.  The last were retired nearly 10 years ago).

So don’t get too worked up over Putin’s latest bluster.  This one is much more show than go.  That’s all any combat operations conducted from Kuznetsov will be, if there are any – show.  And it will be another hellish cruise for her crew, which despises the ship to the extent they mutinied a short while back.  This is a ship that has spent over 95% of her 30 year career tied up pierside or in drydock.  She’s a floating disaster, and the Chinese were probably suckers to gain most of their carrier knowledge, and their currently only operational carrier, from the incompleted hulk of Kuznetsov’s sister, now finished and called Laioning by the Red Chinese.  She has all the same engines and other design flaws of the original, and to date hasn’t put to sea very often at all, by Western standards.

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I loved the jokes on Ace: the world’s first wood-, or possibly peat-, burning aircraft carrier.  I don’t think Lexington put out that much smoke after taking multiple Jap torpedoes at Coral Sea.

*- In fact, Kuznetsov has apparently never come close to her design speed of 29 kts