Friday, March 17, 2017

Mammaries & Munich & Minions & Marauders

"A martini is like women's breasts. One is not enough and three is too many." (Sacha Lachine).

Whoa! I feel like Rip van Winkle! What'd I miss?

Were the U.S. mainstream media really anti-war during the Vietnam debacle? I see no evidence of them adopting anything vaguely resembling that position since then. Take that, liberal media!

The world won't know peace until the last Natural Rights theorist is hung with the entrails of the last DH-rule apologist.

Did the America First president put the kibosh to our costly, one-sided, endless war-spawning alliance with the Only Democracy in the Middle East yet?

Et resurrexit tertia die! Happy Easter to all my fellow Big Sky Daddy & Son believers!

Gather ye cow bells while ye may.

The best evidence for the historicity of the Resurrection is the existence of the church. The same people who abandoned Christ at His arrest and crucifixion boldly proclaimed His resurrection days later. Either He rose from the dead or mass hysteria spawned a shared mirage so vivid it inspired martyrdom.

Notorious Resurrection denier Sean Spicer is banned from traveling to 16 European countries. In case you were wondering which outfit really rules the roost.

More dead babies: that's what you get when you launch a war to prevent dead babies.

Buck up, buttercup. Walk a mile in my Reality Tunnel. You'll know hurt feelings then.

You can always concoct jus ad bellum. You need only claim you kill to prevent massive killing. Just make sure you keep jus in bello in the Memory Hole.

When Trump promised to pursue an America First policy, he meant American Military-Industrial Complex First, American Israel Public Affairs Committee First, and American Moral and Financial Bankruptcy First.

He who defends homicidal humanitarianism, let him be anathema.

No, everybody you disagree with is not Hitler. Everybody the U.S. foreign-policy establishment disagrees with is Hitler.

Through the 1980s, Presidents Carter and Reagan allied with Islamic terrorists to oust the Soviets from Afghanistan. Post-9/11, President Bush, fils, waged war with Islamic terrorists for perpetrating the attacks. Now Presidents Obama and Trump have allied with them in an effort to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from power.

Pace John Quincy Adams, not only does America go abroad to seek out monsters to destroy, she is the One Indispensable Monster.

The problem with leftists and their insistence on individual freedom is they equate cultural influences, religious belief, and economic incentive with force. Natural elites, gurus, homespun aristocrats, church leaders, and employers are all brigands, no more benign or avoidable than freelance or government-payroll criminals.

Who cares whether foreign politicians are "friendly" with American politicians? They turn on each other at the drop of a hat. Aside from that, no politician--domestic, foreign, or extraterrestrial--can be a genuine ally without my explicit consent. I do not consent.

Religion is the opiate of the masses? OK by me. I oppose drug prohibition.

Rights are reason. Sky Wizardry is rights. Sky Wizard is Religion. Religion is Government. A rat is a pig is a boy is a dog. Because when you're hellbent on drawing strained analogies, anything can look like anything else. Even a peanut (brown, humped back) bears a striking resemblance to a camel.

Even if the Russians did hack DNC email accounts, they would in that case be guilty only of engaging in investigative journalism. Only a nincompoop conflates investigative journalism with election tampering.

I'm a blood-and-soil guy. If you love flesh-and-blood human beings, love of humanity will take care of itself. Focus on kith, kin, and ilk, Throw a little agape in there for good measure. Reverse those priorities? You'll play right into the hands of the homicidal humanitarians.

Wholesale civilian slaughter--even in furtherance of a noble goal, e.g., surrendering millions of Eastern Europeans to Soviet Communism--is an intrinsically disordered act.

When will Vladimir Putin stop playing Neville Chamberlain to the American Hitler? When will the Community of Nations stop appeasing the elected dictatorship of the United States?

"Ask 100 Christians what it means to be more Christlike and you get 100 different answers."
"Ask 100 Natural Rights Theists what it means to be more like the Great God Natural Rights and you get 106 different answers."

NATO: visualize World Police.
NATO: visualize Whirled Peas.
NATO: visualize a centralized mayhem apparatus parading as an instrument of order.

Who cares if the Russians replace the post-World War II international order (sic) with something more aligned with their interests? Who's to say something more aligned with their interests isn't more aligned with our own? How much more misaligned can they be?

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Equations for Civility and Liberty

"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." Thus quoth wily old Ben Franklin who, however, got it all wrong. What people deserve is beside the point. What do they get?
Ludwig von Mises knew better. "Government is the negation of liberty," he wrote. But negation of liberty does nothing to promote safety.
Trading liberty for safety is a fool's errand. If anything, civil order and government--which is just another word for monopoly violence--are inversely related. How can it be otherwise? Why would planned, centralized violence prove any more conducive to safety than the unplanned, decentralized version?
You can even make a case the inverse-square law--which describes physical phenomena like magnetism, light, sound, and radiation--applies.
intensity = k x 1/distance^2
Replace intensity with safety and distance with government encroachments. The formula encapsulates a well-established social phenomenon. Civil order drops precipitously as the welfare-warfare police state expands even minimally.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Immigration Versus Invasion?

One more thing and then I'll shut up. The difference between immigration and invasion warrants further discussion.

Say Mohammedan hordes wielding AK-47s land on the shores of Sicily. After a campaign of rape and plunder, vigorously resisted by the Italian government and armed local militias, they institute (freelance) Sharia law at the point of their guns.

Now say unarmed Mohammedan hordes swarm the shores of Sicily. After a campaign of rape and plunder, dutifully ignored when not enthusiastically subsidized by the oh-so-tolerant Italian government, they seize the machinery of democracy and vote themselves (government-payroll) Sharia law.

What's the lesson here? That Sicilians and "their" government ought not to resist the armed invaders because the Mohammedans can just as "peaceably" seize the machinery of democracy and vote themselves (government-payroll) Sharia law?

Left-libertarians get right-libertarians all wrong. We don't want to enlist the government to keep our ancestral homelands free of alien and hostile elements. We don't even trust it to do that. We want separation of borders and state.

Saturday, March 04, 2017

"Remember the 11 Million"?

From the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.

There's fake news and there's fake non-news. You might call fake non-news studiously ignored legitimate news. Call each a prong in the Establishment's two-pronged attack on real news.


“'Five million non-Jews died in the Holocaust.'
"It’s a statement that shows up regularly in declarations about the Nazi era. It was implied in a Facebook post by the Israel Defense Forces’ spokesperson’s unit last week marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day. And it was asserted in an article shared by the Trump White House in defense of its controversial Holocaust statement the same day omitting references to the 6 million Jewish victims.
"It is, however, a number without any scholarly basis.
"Indeed, say those close to the late Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal, its progenitor, it is a number that was intended to increase sympathy for Jewish suffering but which now is more often used to obscure it.
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"Yehuda Bauer, an Israeli Holocaust scholar who chairs the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, said he warned his friend Wiesenthal, who died in 2005, about spreading the false notion that the Holocaust claimed 11 million victims – 6 million Jews and 5 million non-Jews.
“I said to him, ‘Simon, you are telling a lie,' Bauer recalled in an interview Tuesday. He said, ‘Sometimes you need to do that to get the results for things you think are essential.’
"Bauer and other historians who knew Wiesenthal said the Nazi hunter told them that he chose the 5 million number carefully: He wanted a number large enough to attract the attention of non-Jews who might not otherwise care about Jewish suffering, but not larger than the actual number of Jews who were murdered in the Holocaust, 6 million."
Here's the money quote, oozing irony: 
"Nonetheless, Weitzman acknowledged that Wiesenthal’s formulation, decades later, was inadvertently contributing to the efforts among right-wing nationalists in Europe to minimize Jewish suffering in the Holocaust.
“'This is used as a political tool to minimize the Jewish aspect, to write it out of history, or to maximize other victims’ suffering to make them the prime victims and claim a place of honor in the role of victims,' he said. 'Unfortunately to some people, it becomes a competitive game, especially for political purposes.'”
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“'The Trump statement makes a salad of the Holocaust,' [Bauer] said. 'This is soft denial.'”