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Wuhan virus — there are silver linings to this cloud

There are silver linings to Wuhan virus madness. The past seven months have brought a great deal of useful clarity that we should celebrate.

The other day, I wrote about the fact that Trump’s candidacy promises a return to normalcy. Under the slogan Make America Normal Again, we could have

  • a country in which all races and creeds come together under one flag instead of breaking into tribal units;
  • a place in which borders have meaning and immigration is done in a safe, orderly fashion that his beneficial to all concerned;
  • a land in which we dump the entire concept of microaggressions, recognizing that they’re a Marxist effort to create a racist mountain out of the fact that we are the least racist country in the world;
  • a United States that doesn’t feel obligated to shed its blood for nations that hate us, but that will speak out against tyrants (China! Russia! Iran! North Korea! I’m talking to you) and will provide constant and reasonable support for its friends;
  • an America in which we support our law enforcement agencies, which means helping the 99% who keep America safe and helping the agencies root out the 1% of LEOs who are bad apples;
  • a nation in which, except for the few people born with tangled DNA, boys are boys and girls are girls and, moreover, while we are kind to those whose mental illness leaves them confused, they are not allowed to assert that their mental illness should be our reality; and, most importantly,
  • an America in which the Bill of Rights is accorded the highest place of honor in the laws of our land, with complete respect for all the rights inherent in the American people.

That’s a normal America. That’s a nice America. That’s a civil America. That’s a functional, effective, wealth-generating, clean-air-creating America. That’s Making America Normal Again.

Keep that in mind as election day nears.

Meanwhile, let’s think about the good that’s come out of the last seven difficult months:

The Democrats’ insane impeachment failed.

Americans got a preview of what life in America will look like if the Democrats gain control and, thankfully, many of them, including Democrats, don’t seem to like it. They’ve decided that living in a police state, trapped in their homes or forced to cover their faces in public. And normal Americans, not rabid leftists, are appalled that they’re watching everything they’ve worked for over the years go down the drain — and this isn’t because of events beyond America’s control; it’s because their own government is doing this to them. They don’t like seeing riots destroying their cities and they don’t like seeing police attacked and destroyed along with the cities. They don’t like seeing rabid mobs destroy their cultural heritage, which it’s good culture or bad. And speaking of culture, they really hate “cancel culture.” They understand that cancel culture is not just a variation on the marketplace of ideas; it’s the gulag of ideas and too many of them are being marched off to labor in the mines.

In other words, the Democrats overplayed their hands and that’s all to the good.

For years now, I’ve been complaining about American public schools and what a disaster they are. They fail to educate kids but they do a great job of indoctrinating them about racism and climate change. The problem is the unions, which are simply another branch of the Democrat party. Watching the activists among the teachers refuse to be as brave as a store clerk or truck driver has been illuminating for many Americans. Likewise, many parents have discovered that their children do a lot better being homeschooled than teachers’ union schooled.

I’m truly pleased to see that Scott Adams has finally grocked to this problem. He has a bigger platform than I do and he’s making the most of it:

This is all to the good. Remember, teachers’ unions do not care about educating students. They’re not even that interested in good working conditions and living wages for teachers. They’re all about advancing the hard-left progressive agenda. And that’s now coming through loud and clear.

The climate change agenda has relied for decades on so-called “experts.” The age of those “experts” may finally have ended. While the media is still running interference for Fauci, people are beginning to notice that he was wrong about everything. They also notice that, despite more and more evidence that Hydroxychloroquine is beneficial if administered early and correctly, Fauci refuses to acknowledge that.

When push came to shove, Democrats failed miserably at governance. The two-week lockdown turned into a seven-month lockdown that’s been disastrous wherever tried. It hasn’t slowed the Wuhan virus (which is proving to be a really bad flu rather than the Black Death), but it has destroyed economies and ruined lives. Democrats were also shown to be revolting hypocrites, cheering on mass riots while arresting people for opening hair salons. And let’s not even talk about the older people who died unnecessarily. And I really mean let’s not. It’ll just make me impotently angry and sad.

*** WARNING — GROSS ANALOGY AHEAD ***

For a graphic analogy, Democrats were the slowly growing boil on America’s butt. With every passing day of Trump’s administration, that boil got hotter, redder, and angrier. With the Wuhan virus, it came to a head and ruptured — and we all know that, when a boil ruptures, you finally get to see the hideously ugly, smelly, destructive putrefaction that was rotting within in.

But here’s the good news: If a boil doesn’t rupture but, instead, turns inwards, the host body goes septic and dies. If it ruptures, and the patient debrides and disinfects the wound, that nasty, deadly infection goes away. If someone got very sick from the infection, recovery may take a while, but it will happen.

*** GROSS ANALOGY ENDED. YOU MAY RESUME YOUR REGULARLY SCHEDULED READING ***

Watching the disaster that is Democrat governance, and the way it bows to the mob, people have been on an unparalleled gun-buying binge. Every one of those buyers is a convert to the Second Amendment. They suddenly understand that our right to possess arms protects us from both the mob and the government behind the mob. While the gun buyers may not have been anti-gun people before, instead being neutral, you can bet that right now, they’re all pro-gun. (And I wonder how much money the NRA will raise thanks to the New York Attorney General’s suit to “dissolve” the NRA.)

I’ve got to get to work, but I’m betting that all of you can add to my list of clarifying things that have happened because of Wuhan madness. Yes, America has suffered terribly, but the whole thing has also been a bright light showing the rot and the rats on one side and highlighting the virtue of classic American, constitutional values on the other side.

Image: Sun breaking through cloud over ocean (cropped), by bigwavephoto.

Barbarians At The Gate?

You know, I think it is long past time that we dust off another good word that has been little used for too long: barbarians. [ bahr-bair-ee-uhn ]

noun

a person in a savage, primitive state; uncivilized person.

a person without culture, refinement, or education; philistine.

(loosely) a foreigner.

(in ancient and medieval periods)

a non-Greek.

a person living outside, especially north of, the Roman Empire.

a person not living in a Christian country or within a Christian civilization.

adjective

uncivilized; crude; savage.

foreign; alien.

ORIGIN OF BARBARIAN

1540–50; < Latin barbari(a) barbarous country (see barbarous, -ia) + -an

The idea of the barbarian is essentially that which is foreign, that which is strange. Barbarism is often posited as that which is foreign to, different from civilization. We who are civilized see that which is foreign and strange to us, that which is outside our experience of treating other people civilly and respecting their property rights. What we are seeing in our Democrat controlled big cities and states is barbarism, in that those who are rioting, committing arsons and assaults are strangers to the founding principles of this nation: individual freedom, individual responsibility and the ownership of private property.

I am not a big fan of public art. Some committee commissions an artist to create something to enhance our lives somehow. Yeah. Right. Have you noticed most of the “art”, publicly funded these days, is somewhat hideous? Some of it looks like random piles of rusted junk, salvaged from the nearest scrap yard. I’m reminded of at least one museum exhibit where the “artist” conceptualized a wastebasket, overturned with trash spilling out of it, which when seen, after hours, by the museum’s janitorial staff, much like the boy in The Emperor’s New Clothes, recognized it for what it truly was and proceeded to clean up the mess!

Art, like beauty, may be in the eye of the beholder, but that doesn’t give me the right to hitch a rope or a chain to any public art I might not like or agree with, and tear it down. But we have seen statues of saints and abolitionists, ripped from their pedestals and/or defaced, because they somehow offended the new barbarians. Our Founding Fathers may be next. Some barbarians are threatening to “blow up” Mount Rushmore. If the barbarians have their way, they will eradicate as much US history as possible, tear down our society as it exists and substitute anarchy in its place.

But, anarchy is not the ultimate goal. It is means to an end. We’ve seen the like before, in 1920s Germany, where the populace became so sick and tired of crime in the streets, and the debauchery of society, that they welcomed a government that promised law and order, if they would only commit to the government the power to make things better.

Coincidentally (?) this was also brought about by defunding the police, so that there would be no domestic force to stop them. The Nazis then substituted community enforcers. From their “community”. Beware, lest we fall into the same trap.

Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Barbarians At The Gate? No. They are inside the walls. Inside the city. Where they will be infinitely harder to root out.

Mike blogs at Proof Positive

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Leftists want war, but they’re the Stone Age fighters

Leftists want a make-or-break revolution in America, forgetting that, when it comes to weapons, they’re the Stone Age tribes and conservatives are Europe.

I had an epiphany, albeit one that ends with blood. John Kerry has threatened all of America by announcing that if Trump is elected president, there will be a revolution. He’s not making a scholarly prediction; he summoning the troops.

When I read that, my first thought was, “Well, conservatives (i.e., Trump supporters) are the ones with the guns.” Leftists in America may be violent, but except for Antifa, some of whose members are armed, the lefts’ anti-Second Amendment stance means they’re armed with bricks and sticks.

And that’s when I had my epiphany. The leftists are the Stone Aged tribes of America. They paint themselves funny colors, make lots of noises, and do ritualized “violence dances.” They look scary but, just like any Stone Aged people, when the more advanced civilization’s guns come out, the Stone Aged people are done for. It’s not complicated: The side with the better weapons win, and conservatives are on that side.

The famous gun versus sword scene in the first Indiana Jones movie is a cute, graphic representation of this problem. Cute — but surprisingly accurate. Europe successfully colonized Latin America, Africa, North America, and the Caribbean because the Europeans had guns and the indigenous people — all of whom were Stone Aged in the technology, didn’t. In North America, Native Americans fought valiantly against European colonization but they were never going to win against the better armed Europeans.

Leftists would know this if they studied actual history, as opposed to made-up history.

The only thing that could change this dynamic goes back to the Obama administration’s weapon buying binge in 2013. In a recent American Thinker post, John Watson remembers how Obama went crazy arming his administrative agencies. (Watson speaks of the last two years of the administration, but I happen to know it began in 2013, so the purchases may be even more significant than Watson documents):

During the last two years of the Obama administration, some unusual purchases were made.  Large quantities of ammunition were purchased, as were firearms, mostly for somewhat obscure agencies or agencies with no real need for such weaponry.  Estimates are that over 1 billion rounds of ammunition were ordered, which resulted in making ammunition scarce for the normal civilian market.

Also significant was Obama’s troublesome statement made during his campaign, as follows

We cannot continue to rely only on our military … we’ve got to have a civilian security force just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.  We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives we’ve set.

Moreover, Watson reminds us that it wasn’t just ordinary guns and ammo these agencies got. It was serious stuff for agencies that had no possible use for that kind of thing (emphasis mine):

The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service spent $4.77 million purchasing shotguns, 7.62mm caliber rifles, night-vision goggles, propane cannons, liquid explosives, pyro supplies, buckshot, LP gas cannons, drones, remote-control helicopters, thermal cameras, military waterproof thermal infrared scopes and more.

[snip]

$426,268 on hollow-point bullets, including orders from the Forest Service, National Park Service, Office of Inspector General, Bureau of Fiscal Service, as well as Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Marshals, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  The latter three, sure, but the Forest Service, National Park Service, and Inspector General’s Office?

These agencies are filled with Democrat denizens of the Deep State. It’s not impossible to imagine them using those taxpayer-funded weapons as an arsenal for the leftist side should John Kerry’s threatened “revolution” take place.

Of course, you can give Stone Aged fighters modern weaponry, but possessing them is not the same as knowing how to use them. Nevertheless, if the Deep State is the armory, we’re in trouble. If not, it will be a bloody war, but a short one, and history tells us that the Stone Age fighters will lose.

Guns and police, and still more guns

I spent a large part of the day talking about guns, thinking about police and guns, and handling guns. That’s what this post is about.

Today was a gun day. It began when a friend who strongly supports the Second Amendment nevertheless wondered why police shoot people who end up proving to be unarmed. Why can’t they stop doing that, she asked.

I explained to my friend that police have milliseconds in which to determine whether a person is a threat to them. The fact that the person who was aiming something at them is later shown to have been pointing a pen or cell phone gets discussed a lot in Monday morning quarterbacking. In the real world, though, police can’t stand there debating what the guy (it’s usually a guy) is holding in his hands. All they can do is to act, and act fast. Sometimes they act wrong. Here are a few shoot/don’t shoot videos in practice settings:

When people who wish blacks well tell them to be compliant in the face of police actions, that’s not because they are telling blacks to demean themselves or be slaves to white people’s orders. It’s because the human brain cannot determine in two seconds whether someone is a predator coming at them or just a fool moving around. Lacking that analytical ability, unless a cop is suicidal, his brain is going to say “predator” and he will shoot.

What happened in Atlanta the other day is classic. If you watch the Rayshard Brooks videos, you see that he got into a violent altercation with the police and grabbed for their weapons. He succeeded in grabbing something that later proved to be a taser, then ran away, only to stop and aim the taser at them:

All that the police lizard brains knew, though, was that Brooks was violent, that he had something in his hand (a weapon), and that he was planning on discharging it at them. At that moment, Officer Garrett Rolf’s survival instincts kicked — for him, it was kill or be killed, not black or white. Now, he’s probably going to be charged with murder.

Police all around America are watching this. Each officer knows that s/he may end up in situations with people who are non-compliant or stupid. The officer will then have to make a millisecond judgment call that could save him or her from a killer or see his or her life destroyed in a hostile legal system. If the presumption is always going to be that a black man, if shot, was innocent and the police officer was guilty, police will make two sensible choices: They will quit the department immediately or continue to collect the paycheck while failing to do any meaningful policing. That does not bode well for America. Vigilante justice will step in and vigilantes don’t have police training. They’ll always shoot first.

This does not mean that I am hostile to better police training. First, there’s always room for improvement. Second, training, coupled with making it easier to fire bad policemen, should help weed out people who shouldn’t be on the force. Third, the one thing that the protesters have right is that we need better systems for handling the mentally ill. Police are not, and should not be, mental health therapists.

My friend also asked me why police don’t do what Biden suggested and aim for the legs. That was an easy one. I had a friend in law school who was a former police officer. I asked him the same question (not challenging him but genuinely curious) and he gave me a very simple answer: Police are not sharpshooters and, in moments of stress, it’s almost impossible to aim. For that reason, once you’ve determined that there’s a threat, you must aim for body mass because it’s the only certain way to end the threat.

Moreover, when the threatening people are large, crazy, or hopped up on adrenalin or drugs, there’s a substantial likelihood that they will continue to be a threat even after several shots. Having crossed the Rubicon and fired the first shot, anyone who is facing a threat must keep firing until there’s no doubt that the threat is neutralized.

So, whether you’re black or white, young or old, if police are talking to you, immediately comply with their requests. Keep them informed about what you’re doing. Let them see your hands at all times. And try to be nice. If you do those things, unless it’s a rogue cop in a corrupt police force, there’s a good likelihood you’ll walk away alive no matter what color you are.

The above is the “police and guns” part of this post.

Now for the “more guns” part of this post: I went to a gun store today to look into buying a pistol both for recreational shooting and home security. Once there, I was reminded, as I always home, that gun stores are really nice places. People who work at the stores are happy to help, especially if you’re honest about your ignorance, and the other customers are usually happy people. These stores are the living embodiment of an armed society being a polite society.

The one thing that made me sad was that I may inadvertently have left a black family thinking I’m racist, though, even though what I really am is kind of Aspergery. I was talking with the salesman about the fact that I needed a gun that works for my small hands. With many guns, I find the distance from the grip to the trigger too long for my fingers. That throws off my aim.

One of the men was buying for his wife (who was not with him) and asked if I could handle a gun he was thinking about to see if it would fit my hand. I was happy to help. However, when I turned my back to tell my salesman that I’d be back in a minute, the group shifted and I ended up talking to an entirely different man.

Because the whole group was black, I think that they may have thought to themselves, “Typical white woman. All blacks look the same to her.”

That’s not true.

What’s true is that, until I get to know people, all faces look the same to me. I have a very hard time distinguishing new faces, so I look at externals: Skin color, height, body habitus (skinny, fat, etc.), and hair. All of these guys were black, yes, but what made them indistinguishable to me was that they all had long dreads, they all had burly body types, and they were all tall. The masks didn’t help. I would have done exactly the same thing with a trio of white guys, Hispanic guys, or Asian guys who had similar externalities.

Still, the guys were sweet, so from my point of view it was a no harm, no foul, and I hope it was from theirs too. By the way, this is not white guilt speaking. This is Bookworm guilt. I hate hurting people’s feelings or making them feel uncomfortable.

And what did I buy? Nothing, yet. The range was too crowded for me to test anything, so I’ll go back in a day or two to try again.

Here’s something that did please me, though: It’s been at least three years since I handled a pistol and, before then, I’d done it infrequently, at best. However, once I picked up the guns the salesman was showing me, my muscle memory kicked in. Not only did I know what to do, I remembered to keep my finger away from the trigger. That last made me incredibly happy.

So, police, guns, and more guns. I wrote what I promised.

Bookworm Beat 9/3/19 — the Second Amendment reinforcement illustrated edition

Every time some crazy, criminal person does an evil thing, Americans need to be reminded that the problem is not guns and that the Second Amendment matters.

That’s why this illustrated edition, once again, focuses on the Second Amendment, its inextricable connection to liberty, and the things that really kill in America — along with detours into other things such as Democrat candidates, Stupid Leftists, silly stuff, and more.

(By the way, sorry for the silence yesterday. I made an unplanned 250 mile round trip to visit a friend who, life being what it is, I may not see again for a very long time. I tried to put up this post yesterday but, after that drive, was just too darned tired.)
































Be sure to read the following poster all the way to the end:








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Bookworm Beat 5/5/19 — Venezuela is socialism illustrated edition

In Venezuela, maybe today being Cinco de Mayo will magically strengthen citizens in their fight against tyranny. Meanwhile, in the U.S. we’ll keep our guns.





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(Unless, of course, you’re the French president. To me, it looks very, very French.)





















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The Bookworm Beat 9/7/16 — the illustrated edition with 55 (count ’em! 55!) funny, thoughtful images

A pollster called me today and asked, “What race are you?” I answered, “Human.” He said it was the best answer he’d ever heard. I pass it on to all of you to use as you will. And now those 55 posters and cartoons, with many thanks to Caped Crusader:

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To see more images, go here.