Saturday, June 30, 2018

Encroaching Christian Theocracy

Here's something that's illegal in a dozen or so European countries: Holocaust denial. Here's something that's legal in those same dozen or so European countries: Resurrection of Christ denial. I live in constant fear of the encroaching Christian theocracy.

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Christian Attempts at Self-Preservation are Hateful!

At the risk of perpetuating anti-Semitic canards, Jews ("Talmudists") collaborated with Muslims during the Crusades, which had something to do with the pogroms. Just as Jews ("conversos") collaborated with Muslims during the 14th and 15th centuries in Spain, which had something to do with the Inquisition and Reconquista. Just as Jews ("neocons") collaborate with Muslims in 21st century America, which has something to do with the rise of the alt-right. 

Jewish collaborations with the enemies of Christendom are inevitably explained away as legitimate attempts at self-preservation. Christian attempts at legitimate self-preservation are inevitably condemned as hateful and bigoted aggressions. 

I am reminded of the late Gore Vidal's line about the Puritans. They didn't come to the New World to escape religious persecution, he said. No, they came to escape people tired of being persecuted by them. 

See? Perspective is everything.

Adulterous Fidelity

My wife found out about the affair. She acts all hurt and confused and humiliated and everything. As if I did something wrong. As if I betrayed her. 

She doesn't get it. The other woman is a coeval (read: old as hell). No, true enough, the bloom is not entirely off the rose. You might call my paramour a classic, Dream Cruise material. She's put on the miles, yes, but you won't find much rust on that chassis. She sports a drop-dead spoiler, splendid leg room, and a proud pair of headlights.  

The fact remains she's a battleaxe. So it's not as if I strayed with a younger woman. That's what cads do. I'm no cad. Cads are interested in one thing and one thing only. I was interested in that one thing, too, sure. But there was so much more to it than that. 

I committed adultery to advance the Greater Good. I did it to prop up my small corner of civlization. I did it for my wife herself. Greater love than this hath no man, that he lay down his marital vows--trample on them, wipe his feet on them, kick them to the curb--for his marriage. 

How does rocking the wild thing with a woman not your wife strengthen the marital bond? You may well ask. But in that case you would only betray your woeful lack of sophistication. You don't want to come off as a slack-jawed yokel, do you. I mean, precedent has long since been set. By our betters! As any student of court history will tell you. 

What are we without our principles? We all want to advance our principles, don't we? Well, sometimes we have to violate our principles to advance our principles. Duh! 

Take America's greatest president. Honest Abe Lincoln knew he had no choice but to violate the Constitution if he was going to save the Constitution. He censored newspapers, confiscated handguns, instituted a draft, shelled New York harbor, intercepted the mail, imprisoned dissidents, deported a U.S. Congressman, and sicced the U.S. Army on the Maryland State Legislature to bar it from voting on a secession resolution. But that's not all. Lincoln violated the rules of civilized warfare by waging war on Southern civilians in pursuit of his civilizing Civil War. Fifty thousand Southrons died, a good number of them slaves, in the process. 

Just this past week, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) was pushing for a US attack on North Korea in which millions may be killed. He said this weekend, “All the damage that would come from a war would be worth it in terms of long-term stability and national security.” 

Take Paul Ryan. As a member of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010, this committed free marketeer voted to approve the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). He also supported auto bailouts and a confiscatory tax on "excess" CEO bonuses. How, you may well ask, can a professed devote'e of the free market defend using tax dollars to bail out reckless banks? Ryan explained in an interview with the Daily Caller ( "[W]e were on the cusp of a deflationary spiral which would have created a Depression," and that "if we would have [sic] allowed that to happen, I think we would have had a big government agenda sweeping through this country so fast that we wouldn't have recovered from it. So in order to prevent a Depression and a complete evisceration of the free market system we have, I think it was necessary. 

"It wasn't a fun vote. You don't get to choose the kind of votes you want. But I just think as far as the long term objectives that I have--which are restoring the principles of this country--I think it was necessary to prevent those principles from being really kind of wiped out for a generation."

Same goes for my affair. The pangs of conscience detracted from the fun. But I just think as far as the long term objectives that I have--which are restoring the principles of Christian marriage--those principles had to take a hit so they could survive in the long term. So I soldiered on.

Give 'Em Hell Harry Truman faced a similar dilemma. 

Then came Give 'Em Hell Harry Truman? Did he ever. He nuked tens of thousands of innocent civilians to death. He did it to save lives. 

What is taxation if not extortion to advance the institution of property? What is quantitative easing if not a perpetration of monetary fraud to advance a sound currency? What is war if not mayhem and mass murder to advance humanity and civility? 

The anti-principle principle runs through every advanced society. Our infinitely wise and benevolent solons have long since embraced it. 

You haven't been paying attention--neither to history nor current events. may also thereby betray your half-baked morality tunnel. Homo sapiens has evolved. The species has emerged from the Dark Ages. Dogma now takes a backseat. The human drama is made of a richer fabric today.  

Strong marriages are the sine qua non of strong families Family is fundamental unit of society. Civilizations unravel without stable families. 

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

In Memoriam: Chuck Godfrey

Alas, poor CGOD. I knew him, Horatio. A fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy.

That was his four-letter identifier in our pension analyst days with the Wyatt Company. We used them to track progress of our pension valuation programs. This was on the mainframe, circa 1987. I went by TONY, Brad by BRAD, and Larry by JAZZ (he was a fan of the genre). One of our sultrier colleagues called herself KIMR.

One afternoon Chuck tapped into the office intranet (yes, intranet--we're talking Dark Ages here) to email Larry, Brad, and me. No doubt his program had blown up. Surely, he was coming to us for valuable VALXXX programming pointers. As if.

"Oh, lucky dog me! I'm sandwiched between two KIMRs on the ReaderQ!"

That was Chuckles. Infinite jest, most excellent fancy.

He didn't have a mean bone in his body. He had plenty of sardonic bones, but his heart of gold shined through. He didn't know a little about a lot. He knew a lot about a lot. He could speak intelligently on politics, philosophy, history, babes, baseball, Austrian economics, the Just War Hypothesis, and wormholes.

Damn it, Chuck. I'm still hoping you stumbled into a wormhole and find your way back here where you belong. 

He went out in a flame of poignancy. It was his last day of work, Friday, June 1, 2018. He was retiring! His colleagues on the Ford IT staff threw a lunch in his honor. Sick to his stomach, he retreated to the bathroom at two o'clock that afternoon. They found him sprawled on the floor.

He was pronounced dead at Oakwood Hospital shortly thereafter. I got the news after four. He would have turned 67 on June 21st, the first day of summer.

Down, down, down into the darkness of the grave, 
Gently they go, the beautiful, the tender, the kind.
Quietly they go, the intelligent, the witty, the brave. 
I know. But I do not approve. And I am not resigned.

~Edna St. Vincent Millay

Thursday, May 31, 2018

The Amish are a Hate Group!

Blood? Check. Soil? Check. Family? Check. Tradition? Check. Christianity? Check. Community? Check. Separatism? Check.

Actually, separatism puts it mildly. We're talking total border control! Not enforced by ICE agents, no, but by notoriously Spartan living standards, which serve only to preserve their racial and religious superiority. Throw in rabid anti-vaxxism, raw milk-trafficking, and opposition to the permanent U.S. regime to A-murr-icanize the globe via humanitarian bombing.

But wait. There's more.

Their Scriptures are written in German! That's right! The language of Schicklgruber himself!

See? I told you the Amish are a hate group.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Freedom and "Systems"

Don't talk about "capitalism" or "markets" or even "property." You'll just promote a system. Worse, you'll promote a mythology, a religion even.

Are you free or are you a slave? That's all that matters. Everybody knows what it means to be free. Everybody knows what it means to be a slave.

Every American who looks at the three-eighths of his paycheck confiscated by the government understands he is free. Every American tossed into a rape pen for smoking plants understands he owns his body. Every American who defends Truman's decision to drop atomic bombs on innocent men, women, and children understands terrorism means targeting civilians.

Just be free. Don't think or talk or write about it. You'll only ruin the moment.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Self-Ownership is not Self-Evident

Me: Self-ownership is not self-evident to wide swathes of humanity.
Them: Yes, it is. Watch. I'll light this joint up in front of this police station.
Me: Uh-oh.
(A swarm of cops descends on the Rights theist.)
Them: What the fuck are you trying to do, you pigs?! I bought this joint! I own my lungs!
Me: Your self-ownership rights lack operational import. I tried to warn you. Wide swathes of humanity don't recognize self-ownership rights.
Them: My (possessive pronoun) joint! My (possessive pronoun) lungs! I have the right to smoke the plant product of my (possessive pronoun) choice!
Me: A helluva lot of good your rights do you now. Never mind your possessive pronouns.
Them: Everybody knows right from wrong!
Me: The Royal Oak police don't. And they're a subset of those wide swathes of humanity I tried to warn you about.
Them: (Kicking, screaming, invoking their deep faith in Sky Wizardry.)

Monday, April 16, 2018

Euler's Theorem and Natural Rights

My daughter's a college senior majoring in math. She proved Euler's Theorem in her Analysis class last week:
e^i*pi + 1 = 0.
She texted the proof to me. I told her I thought Euler had made his Theorem up.
"It comes from defining e^ix = cos x + i sin x," she said. "When x = pi, it's e^i*pi = -1, so e^i*pi +1 = 0."
"So there's a definition in there? The whole thing's pretty much arbitrary? Like 'natural' rights?"
"Yeah, like natural rights," she conceded. She graduates *summa cum laude* next month.