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Face it — “I resign” after controversy is code for “fired.” Good. The Academy of something something starlets and harlots abuse inc., has not forgiven epic cuckolded male Will Smith. It’s almost a shame, as it’s his “wife” (or whatever) who should get the boot, but bqhateverw. Preview Open
As I type, there is exactly one Boeing 727 in the air. Remarkably, it is in US airspace, crossing the Oklahoma panhandle enroute Tucson Arizona. This one is a cargo plane for “Gulf and Caribbean Cargo.” I’ll write a post on this later, as the 727 is one of my favorite aircraft of all time. […]
You remember SerpentZA — he’s one of the two guys who used to ride around in China doing motorcycle’s-eye-view commentary from a long-term Westerner’s perspective. Then they and their wives got out while they still could. Great stuff. In this magnificent and short video, he absolutely flays the putrid meat from the sickly bones of yet another shill for the coming totalitarians.
Will Smith lost his temper, smacked Chris Rock, still got the Oscar, and gave a tearful speech about how he was doing God’s work at home, in Hollywood, and presumably by assaulting the emcee of that very show. How do you not get thrown out and stripped of your win after that? Shame on the Oscars morons, and shame on the weak and publicly cuckolded prostitute Will Smith.
His miserable, grasping no-talent shrewish wife has dragged his name and their family through mud and Hell, with the kids turning into circus freaks and her addiction to going on talk shows to run down her zillionaire husband while talking up her dead ex, Tupac. And Will Smith participates — he allows this nonsense, and he encourages it with his weakness. The whole family is now run through with infidelity, gender confusion, novel “orientations”, and the whole host of modern woke insanities. Congratulations, Will. This is your body of work.
It may be that our national decline has much in common with inbred imperial dynasties. The inbreeding is figurative (we presume), but since George H.W. Bush became Vice President in 1981, power in American politics has become focused, clubby, dynastic. And it has produced a declining series of leaders with one exception — the only fresh blood in a generation or two, and the only “never done politics before” fresh-blood in likely a great deal longer.
The fascinating part is not the natural progression of routine concentration of power — that’s a built-in function of organizations without controls to prevent it. What I find more interesting is the apparatchiki who defend the thing, who enable, and in fact, demand it. The functionaries and bureaucrats who know where the butter on their bread comes from, and who ferociously fend off any outsider — from either party. President Tulsi Gabbard would get the Trump treatment from her party’s Paul Ryan contingent.
By and large, Russians didn’t invade Ukraine, but Russia most certainly did. How is an American to relate to this? Or a citizen of a NATO country? A subject (or whatever) of the EU? My first question in any database, data list, table, corner of somebody’s crappy application, or snarled business process is this: what […]
This headline is a masterpiece of juxtaposition, like we used to get from Drudge before he went bonkers or retired or whatever: Biden delivers tough remarks on Russia, Lviv hit hard by repeated bombings It’s a short video showing some of Biden’s unhinged ranting in Poland and then the bombing of Lviv. Not that there’s […]
That is, the code is pernicious, not your friends. Er, maybe. Each of us is supposed to remember whence we come, not forget [fill in name], and never let a romance (which is fleeting, tawdry, and volatile) get in the way of friendship (which is real, meaningful, and permanent, etc). Then the marriage types speak […]
The woman is just death on everything she comes close to. Here’s a graph according to some insipid baby-name website about the popularity of the name Hilary (including variant “Hillary”) for boys (blue) and girls (mighty dark pink) over time. Preview Open
Here’s Ward Carroll interviewing Justin Bronk of the Royal United Services Institute. The discussion is wide-ranging in the Ukraine though-space, and I have linked to the video at the point where the MiG swap is discussed (middling-to-bad idea), which is followed by an excellent analysis of a no-fly zone over Ukraine (spectacularly bad idea). The […]
Big thought, short article. The center cannot hold, and it’s no accident. From Obama nationalizing medicine and carmakers to banksters capriciously declining to service various transactions (guns, Russians, charities), the malaise of the twenty-first century, so far, is the decline in the reliability of western institutions. Rule of law, contracts, finance, education, marriage, alliances, freedom of God, Guns, and Gutenberg… all circling the bowl.
Numerous outfits such as Visa and MasterCard, as well as Mcdonald’s, have decided that Russians may no longer use their services or purchase their products. These private companies conducting foreign policy should be charged under the Logan Act, uh, I’ve heard it said and makes sense to me. I’m no expert. But they won’t be. They are just the corporate side of our fascist corpo-state flexing on Heaven, as it is on Earth.
If all is lost, or soon to be lost, or at significant risk of soon being lost, then a responsible option is to try to understand how to preserve for later that which will be scant, er sooner. I see this as a two-pronged problem: what a conservative future would look like, and how to […]
Trying to troubleshoot a contacts management app, and I discover that somehow YET AGAIN, my settings have been changed and now Apple has filched 2GB of photos up into their cloud. Damn these bastards. I had a problem on the way to my GrapheneOS load (forgot the MASTER PIN, and am trying to figure out […]
Russians are being cut off just as Canadians were cut off, and just as Americans were cut off. This is not to equate the three causes — the cut-off Americans were pro-Trump, the Canadians were anti-mandate, and the Russian government is currently killing its way through Ukraine. Different cases, right? Yet the same tools are being used to silence individuals who have opinions contrary to the “dominant paradigm”. That similarity is the real danger. In the middle to long term, this is worse even than the horrors currently inflicted on Ukraine – globally homogenized censorship is a recipe for unending invasion and suppression. It is the boot poised above the human face.
Conventional wisdom has nothing to do with it. A paradigm is not wisdom, and convention has folded before dominance. I recall a bumper sticker artfully pinned to the door of some facultron in the English Department at my university, “Subvert the Dominant Paradigm”. This was an explicit, if cheeky admission of Brando’s defiant answer “Whaddya got?” when asked in The Wild Ones, “Hey Johnny, what are you rebelling against?”. But now we simply Meet the New Boss. They rebel against nothing; they carry out their instructions, and curry favor with The System. They decide and the shotgun sings the song. The radicals are now the establishment, and they have mortgages.
According to Joe Blogs, Russia has just passed a law allowing Russian airline operators to simply declare themselves the owners of commercial aircraft leased from western companies. Ireland likely hardest hit, IIRC. These are Airbus and Boeing aircraft owned by leasing companies, but the deals are off, and the planes are due to be repossessed. How? Aye, there’s the rub.
Over 500 aircraft worth over $10 Billion may simply be swiped from the western owners. This is another destruction of wealth, not just a transfer. The aircraft are no longer supported with parts and inspections from manufacturers and owners. And a great number of the planes are grounded anyway — Russian airlines don’t have as many destinations to go to these days.
The Truckers finally pushing into DC, and making a GLORIOUS NOISE. EDIT: Here’s a traffic map, translation below: Preview Open
Alright, I’m no expert, but I’ve seen people here (you know who you are, and if you forget, others will help you) insinuating fairly directly that Ukraine supporters are influenced by some argument that Putin is fighting to save the God-fearing, White, Enlightenment something or other. And then some other people ask where anybody has […]
I’ll update this post, but for now, here are the two sources popularly used in previous posts: Task & Purpose: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDKH_FxFdrw “Ukraine War: The 40 mile Convoy is Worse Than You Think” Preview Open
Okay, this is a stone soup kind of post, just pointing you to two things I like. The first is a post from two-odd years ago in the Babylon Bee: https://babylonbee.com/news/man-still-clinging-to-outdated-belief-in-good-all-powerful-generous-loving-government At first glance, it’s funny and deep, and then it’s just deep. And still funny. Preview Open