Tuesday, January 31, 2017

The world is showing it has lost its mind

I keep watching, with disbelief and amazement, how completely seemingly normal people have separated from the capacity to weigh facts in an even and reasonable manner.  One might agree or disagree with Trump's policy on immigrants, but it is certainly reasonable.  It is not a reason to call for his assassination, or to compare him with Hitler.

Hitler took people who had lived in their communities for very long periods of time, seized everything they owned, and put them on trains which more often than not led them to their deaths.

Trump is asking for a SLOW DOWN in the pace at which we let into our national home people who come from places where beheadings, bombings, rapes, pedophilia and the like are common.

Is it really so hard to see the difference?

Hitler talked relentlessly about Lebensraum, which all intelligent listeners understood meant at some point invading all their neighbors, which of course is what happened.

Trump talks about diminishing America's direct role in world affairs, a less aggressive foreign policy, and focusing on making the best of what we already have.

Is it so hard to see the difference?

What Trump has done is crystallize the lunacy and hatefulness of the Left, for all to see.  It is an ugly picture, one filled with mind numbing atrocities against reason and proportion; the complete eradication of the ability to hear, much less rebut in an even and emotionally neutral way, any opposing viewpoints, with hyperarousal being an ubiquitous outcome of even encountering an ideational Other for most Leftists, even the nice ones;  and of course the physical violence that follows all those unable to engage in reasoned dialogue.

Here is the thing: most cops and most of the military--particularly in the Mattis era--support Trump.  Violence might be an answer if Hillary were in charge and willing to encourage it like Obama did and continues to do.  But Trump is in charge.  There are limits to overt attacks on our system and its elected leaders.  Most conservatives own guns, most veterans are conservatives, and all of us are simply watching these street spectacles thinking WTF?  These kids think they are tough, but against the mass of people arrayed against them, currently peacefully, they don't stand a snowflakes chance in hell.

Again, I can only assume that Trump will continue to win.  The media can be ignored, and the protests can be ignored.  They claim to, but clearly do not, speak for most Americans.

Stay the course Trump, and put the screws to Congress to give you a repeal of Obamacare SOON, with Rand Paul's replacement.

Shit

I have referenced shit in several recent posts, and I wanted to comment on this.  I of course underwent the de rigeur Freudian indoctrination, and am familiar with his posited and utterly unscientific psychosexual stages of development.  I took a class in college with Alan Dundes, who is one of the preeminent folklorists in the country if not the world, and he had a book titled "Life is like a chicken coop ladder (shitty and short)".  He had a Freudian take on the Nazis and their obsession with cleanliness.

Here is what makes more sense to me.  References to shit are implicitly references to sanctity, to sacrality.  The Nazi reaction was one to crumbling institutions and mores, to pervasive Bolshevik efforts to destroy German culture.  What Hitler wanted to invoke was the sacred nature of Germany itself, which he valued all the more, like all recent converts, having been born in Austria.

Purifying is no different than a bird nesting, getting rid of unwanted "intruders".  Dogs will not shit in their containers.  Why?  It is an act of impurity, understood completely at an instinctual level.  We share this need, this drive, with most animals.

Now, Nazism was lunacy, but all ideas taken far enough become lunatic.  Communism is the opposite idea: that we have no need of culture, need regard nothing but homogeneity as sacred, and that individuals have no right to assert any differentiated identity.  This is lunacy as well.

Something can be a good idea in moderation.  Nationalism is not something we begrudge Mexicans.  If they want to root for their team in the World Cup, then most Americans say great.  If they want to put that flag up on their wall at home, even though they are no longer Mexicans, fine.

But Americans have the same right.  We have accomplished amazing things.  There is nothing wrong with taking pride in that, and indeed something pathological in feeling shame for things we have not done.  No nation and no individual is perfect.  That does not mean that they are not BETTER as people and nations operating in the world with self respect, and an on-going intention of growing.

To make the latent obvious: self loathing is not a mechanism for growth.  It is rather the AVOIDANCE of growth.  It is the tactic of psychologically infantile people to substitute masochism for genuine self reflection.

My two cents.  Work to do.

Travel ban, or whatever the hell it actually is

Here is the thing: Trumps policy does not ACTUALLY affect, if I had to guess, more than 1 in 1,000 people living her, or more than 1 in 1,000 people trying to travel here.  I read that on the first day of the "ban", some 325,000 people entered this country from somewhere else--this includes in my understanding all travelers--and out of those perhaps 150 were detained for further questioning, and most of those were released.  Even among those there was no significant inconvenience.

But the same people who would defend pedophilia and Islamic rape culture if told to do so, were out in the streets en masses, protesting what they were told was a "racist" ban.  They don't a fucking clue what the order actually says.  They don't have even a rudiment of a capacity to weigh this against past policy.  What were things like under Kennedy?  Reagan?  Obama?

They don't have a fucking clue what the actual law says.

In a world of instantaneous media consumption, where news has all the substance of Diet Frosted Flakes, people only know what the media tells them.  They can't remember what fucking happened two weeks ago, much less two years or God forbid two DECADES ago, which is recent history on most renderings of the idea.

So it is not a stretch to say our media is inciting riots.  They are willfully misrepresenting and underrepresenting important facts.  Now, I do not want any media bans, but I think those hurt by violence instigated by grossly misleading news stories should have the right to sue them for their blatant irresponsibility.  They never otherwise pay any price for lying to the American people, disrupting the peace of our streets, and continuing the long term process of diminishing the minds of ordinary Americans by feeding them a diet of shit and calling it gourmet food.  

Monday, January 30, 2017

Gauging policy

I've pretty much reached the point where if a given policy pisses off the Left, or Islamists, or pissant countries half a world away we have been giving money to for half a century or more, then that anger is sufficient to qualify it as likely sound policy.

The Left considers Western civilization to be the enemy, and thus we should rightly fear anything they find congenial, and welcome anything they find threatening.

As far as Islamists, their goal is our women herded into homes, chained up in the kitchen, and holes in the heads of anyone who misses one of his five daily prayers.  Fuck them, and anyone who wants to make apologies for them.

It could be said

that the Left has laid a trap for ITSELF.

You only get large numbers of people under a big tent if you can convince them you are good people with good ideas; or that you can deliver the goods reliably.

But the facade of kindness is gone.  The facade of moderation is gone.  And they didn't even deliver the goods under Obama, to the extent they needed to to secure a broad base of support based on entirely on self interest.

Thus, the more they agitate, the more they drive people away, with no means possible of bringing in anyone who was not crazy to begin with.  Their present base of support should be viewed as a maximum, in my view, which will continue to decline, no matter how securely the complicit media thinks it has sealed the informational leaks.

The simple fact is that Rush Limbaugh is just one of HUNDREDS of conservative outlets, and Trump is not going to do anything to slow any of them down, ever.  Total Informational Control wanted a Hillary victory, and she lost.

Cultural gaslighting

I read a piece some years ago about how much of the effectiveness of propaganda depends on the sense that everybody else believes it, and that if so many other people believe it, there must be something to it.

This sense, of course, is created by repeating certain ideas endlessly as self evident, which are in fact completely wrong, and demonstrably so.  If you repeat it enough, though, with enough contempt for anyone stupid enough to believe otherwise, and if everyone around a given person seems to be accepting it, then you get away with it.  This is how you generate a ludicrous "Trump as Hitler" meme.

But as I said in the last post, such coerced consensuses can collapse very fast, from the weight of their own fraud.  You can't fool everyone all the time, and once the yelling and screaming has gone on a while and accomplished nothing, a good part of the roughly one third of the electorate that has lost its fucking mind is going to start asking questions.

And the propagandists have no good answers.  The simple fact is that Trump voters are quite rational, and the people having nervous break-downs over him are not.  This is the truth.  Anyone who tells you otherwise is trying to convince you that unless you agree with them, YOU are crazy.  You are not crazy.  Sane people are capable of having conversations, and don't attack their enemies in the street.  We are the sane people.

And I would comment on Steve Bannon specifically.  The media has been extraordinarily irresponsible in how it portrays him.  He is a "rabid anti-Semite" because he told his wife in a divorce proceeding he didn't want his daughter going to school with a bunch of LA Jewish American Princesses.  He is a "white supremacists" because he objects to being insulted for his racial heritage continually, and refuses to apologize for his very existence, and to kiss the feet of Social Injustice Warriors.

This whole thing truly is worthy of the Communists, or Nazi Germany.  I don't know how ANY educator, at any level, could but feel a profound shame and self loathing if they participated in any way in this dumbing down of America to the level of intellectual groveling and rolling in shit.

Why I'm bullish on Trump

His approval--and specifically the approval for the temporarily added restrictions on travel from Islamic violence infected nations--continues to be around 57%.  His support goes UP the more people yell at him.  That has been a consistent pattern.

And here is the thing: Americans don't like bullies.  We despise them in our DNA.  And the Left, not Trump, is playing the role of bully, and has been for some time. There is nothing fascist in wanting to have a good job.  There is nothing Hitler-like in wanting reduce red tape.  There is no incipient Holocaust afoot when Trump lays the groundwork to build a wall.

I am seeing, over and over and over, not just Trump supporters being attacked, but being sucker punched from behind, or from the side, by ghouls with their faces covered, traveling in packs like the mindless zombies they are.

A strong case can be made that this nation is not just Republican, but SOLIDLY Republican, especially now that the Unions have caved in to the radical Left, and stopped even pretending to give a fuck about protecting or building American jobs.  We will see the results, but it is my belief that Obama quite possibly did not win EITHER of his two victories without cheating.  They have Philadelphia as a vote-packing powerhouse. Detroit.  Milwaukee.  Perhaps Miami.  They have large cities controlled by Democrat thugs who stuff in enough extra votes to overwhelm the rest of the State and push it Blue.

But this cannot happen with sane voter laws.  No other major nation is so stupid as to not require ID to vote.  I suspect few other nations would be so stupid as to trust voting machines--which are electronic, and as such can be hacked and rigged--with no paper backup.

As I keep saying, more and more and more people are going to say to themselves "what is crazy or horribly wrong about asking more questions of people from nations filled with violent radicals"?  Why shouldn't we want more American jobs?  What is Hitler-like about REDUCING the power of the Federal government and returning power to the people?  What is NOT Hitler-like about attacking people in the streets to intimidate them?

When we lost in 2008, what conservatives did is go back to the drawing board, and figure out how to convey our message more effectively.  Dennis Prager created Prager U.  Many speakers developed regular educational programs, like Andrew Klavan.  All across the board, people were figuring out ways to get the word out, to speak more clearly to more people.  This is because we have the ideational high ground.  We have more and better ideas than the goons in Portland.

What does the Left have?  Well, they are showing us, aren't they?  Beating people up in the street does not play well in this country, not to ordinary people.  The media can only spin this so long before the WHOLE FUCKING THING BLOWS UP EVEN MORE IN THEIR FACES.

Trump is already a big, and unexpected, fuck you to the media and the ghouls who want to do their dirty work in the streets.  That fuck you will become louder, deeper, broader, and more comprehensive and Trump continues to clear the swamp, deliver jobs, and ignore everyone screaming at him, in his quest to end the suck.

Power to the people.  Power to Trump.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Clarification

You can seek accomplishment, which leads to a feeling, or you can seek a feeling which lead to accomplishment.  I would submit that for many of the toughest tasks on Earth, seeking a feeling first takes you much farther.

Say you want to be a Navy SEAL.  Among many military friends I have, I have a couple ex-SEAL's on my Facebook, one of which talks about it from time to time about it.  He has particularly good perspective since he was also a BUD/S instructor. The deal, as I understand it, is to make it through the next 20 minutes, or hour, or 3 hours, over and over again. If you focus on the task as a whole--becoming a SEAL--you fail. That was the most common motivational error people made: looking at the entirety of the process.

And he has not said this, but it seems obvious to me that at some level successful trainees have to grow to LOVE hard continuous work.  It is exciting.  Every evolution gives them a chance to feel engaged, alive.  Now, go hard for four or five days straight--Hell Week is not actually a week--and you're not going to win any enthusiasm awards (an Air Force Spec. Op friend said they had them playing with sand in a volleyball court after 96 hours with about 30 minutes of sleep total), but something like that, in my opinion, has to be there.  You have to look at challenge as something you embrace--embrace the suck, actually, is a phrase I have seen a lot in a lot of contexts.

“I’ve never known a man worth his salt who, in the long run, deep down in his heart, didn’t appreciate the grind, the discipline. “  Vince Lombardi.

 I read happy people get more done, and I would have to believe people who feel excited by life get more done.  John Wooden LOVED basketball.  He loved it.  And this love caused him to want to learn every day, to improve every day.  He never worked: he expressed his affection and passion in a structured way which simply happened to get him paid every two weeks, with a bonus for a championship.

This is all of course just a way of saying it is the journey that counts, but really at the end of the day we are all seeking feelings, and the closest feeling is the one you can feel NOW, without getting out of your chair, which you felt today and will feel tomorrow.  Let that fucker loose, if it promises to lead you anywhere.  Don't set a fucking goal: determine to listen to who you are, at the core of your being.  It will not let you down.  We are all bad ass motherfuckers, but few of us ever get in touch with that energy.

And to be clear: I am talking to myself as well.  I have shit going on I'm not talking about.  But it's all good. Truly, truly good.

Very short term memory

I continue to play Lumosity pretty regularly. I'm up to the 99.1 percentile for my age group, and of course shooting eventually for 99.9.  I will likely need to stop drinking for a long time and need to exercise much more regularly to do that.  And at the end of the day, I may not be quite smart enough.  Time will tell.

But I wanted to comment that I have noticed playing some games, like Observation Tower and River Ranger, which work your very short term memory, that odd feelings come up, like this is forbidden territory, and it occurs to me that even when emotionally dissociated, you have to teach yourself not to see certain things, to have a microsecond processing faculty turned on all the time to hide unwanted feelings and experiences from your awareness.  Both of these games make me uncomfortable, but obviously that means they are unlocking something that needs unlocking.

For the time being, I'm not seeking them out, but not avoiding them when they come up on my daily set of games.

Thruth

The lies you tell yourself to survive something, which become true when they work.  Their truth was you getting through.

Fun, but not funny

As I have shared regularly, I view John Wooden as an ideal of sorts. He was the sort of person who could come up with a plan, implement it diligently and consistently across a wide expanse of time, and continually improve in slow but real ways the entire time.  This is a sort of perfection.  Very, very, very few people are capable of following simple plans with enthusiasm and discipline for long periods of time.  It requires a psychological integration few ever achieve in this life.

He commented once that he liked his players to be "fun, but not funny", and I think I finally know what he meant.  People who reflexively use humor can make everyone laugh, but in most, perhaps all, cases, this is a psychological defense mechanism, which means that they are not fully present emotionally.  They are hiding, and he didn't want people who hid.  This is inherently a separation from the core self, and the core self is where true emotional strength is found.

I recently heard second hand that among some people I knew years ago I was considered "fucking funny".  And I did used to joke a lot.  I can be very witty at times, and very fast. But I am finding the more work I do, the less recourse to that I have.  I am not as funny as I used to be, but I am also finding myself sometimes capable of staying in the room when dealing with other people, which I was not when I was deflecting with humor.

The enemy of my enemy is my friend

The king who is situated anywhere immediately on the circumference of the conqueror's territory is termed the enemy.
The king who is likewise situated close to the enemy, but separated from the conqueror only by the enemy, is termed the friend (of the conqueror) — Kautilya, Arthasastra

When we see women in Germany shouting "The God of the Arabs is great", or women in Washington dressing up in American flag hijabs, what we are witnessing is a willful alignment of the Left with what they see as the enemy of their enemy.  Who is that enemy?  The entirety of Western civilization.
They are deluded drones, of course, and are not at all capable of thinking through their actions, 
[I think here of Jack Nicholson in "As good as it gets": 
Receptionist: How do you write women so well?Melvin Udall: I think of a man. And I take away reason and accountability.
Although of course this is not uniquely a problem of women, it is still a funny line.

Actually, one could alter this slightly: Receptionist: How do you write Leftists so well?  Melvin Udall: I think of a conservative.  And I take away reason and accountability. ]

but this is the net effect.  They are willing to ally with people who literally want their women barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen, and who think it their right and even duty to beat them regularly if they step out of line.

And with regard to Muslims in the West, the real issue is not terrorism, although it it stupid to discount the possibility that what has been will continue to be, more, and more often, but rather that Muslims seek to, and largely succeed in, imposing their values on the communities where they land.  There are no-go areas, especially for women, across Europe.  It is dangerous to go to some swimming pools, to the extent that some German pools have been segregated by gender.  Groping is common.  Indeed, it would not be entirely inappropriate to view the hijab as a symbol of pussy grabbing.  Where infidel women are concerned, Islam really recognizes no boundaries, no limits.  Anything up to and including the rape and murder of infidel women is just fine, and within their culture "women" can be sexualized as early as age 9, after the example of their own Prophet.

And, importantly, I think we need to recognize that in this war against Western culture, an important ally is George Soros, who allies with everyone who opposes things like the rights of women, the right to free speech, the right to local self government, the right to own effective means of self defense, etc.  Open Society is a propagandistic term for cultural and political Fascism.

Soros seems to have American citizenship, but I think all means possible need to be pursued to counter his activities across the world.  Specifically, what I would propose is a de facto partnership with the Russians in pursuing our shared interests in preventing this psychopath from continuing to pursue and implement his demented schemes which harm the lives of innocent people, who do not deserve it, who were born into free societies he is trying to undermine from within.

I would strongly encourage Trump to make this a priority, using all legal means, with a very flexible understanding of that term in the international realm.








Friday, January 27, 2017

Scary but useful night

I did WAY more shaking last night than I usually do.  I kept having waking dreams of being abandoned in windswept and decrepit old houses.  I have denuded my haunted houses of ghosts, but the senses of abandonment, desolation and darkness remain.

I went into a grocery store I know well a week or so ago, and realized that I felt fear, like I didn't belong there.  I was for some reason keenly aware of all the space in the store, and the process of my occupying successive portions of it.  I felt the same in a hotel room.  I do often sleep in strange places, so some part of my anxiety is related to current events.

The essence of trauma is contraction, so perhaps the awareness of space is positive.  It is certainly one of the practices taught in Kum Nye.  To occupy space is to occupy oneself.

In this same grocery store last night, I felt a sudden onset of my shadow, so called, but layered on--like in one of those kits where you have multiple colored layers of plastic, and as you lay them down one by one the colors change in interesting and unpredictable ways.  I felt complete, but my complete self had this innate sense of horror, of grinding.

And I feel this morning that, if I might attempt a Freudian scale deconstruction of the human experience, the alimentary sense is VASTLY more important than the sexual sense.  It's not even close, but it is so primal we don't see it.  We all eat every day, don't we?  Is eating not one of our primary interests and even obsessions?  Look at the vast quantity of cookbooks created and consumed in the form of purchase every year.  Does the very word "Consumerism" not reference the alimentary process?

Consuming is grinding.  You first masticate the food.  One of the things that scared me as a child I still remember is some monster movie where the monster put a human being in its mouth, chewed it up, then spit it out as a bloody mess.  That really bothered me,  for reasons I now suspect I understand: this is what was done to me.  I was masticated.  I had a dream early on I know I have mentioned, where two women were grinding me in a giant mortar and pestle to a bloody undifferentiated mess.  That dream was at least 40 years ago, but so vivid I still remember it.

Now, I was reading yesterday that using brain scans researchers found people who they felt thought like themselves much more attractive, which makes sense.  We are attracted to people who "get" us, with whom we feel affinity, with whom we feel a bond of understanding.  Logically, a person capable of communicating love must therefore have a broad spectrum of perceptual and affective capacities, and the flexibility and adaptability to display them.  You have to be able to be with people where they live.

It popped into my head yesterday that I was not a "truth" baby.  I pondered what this might mean.  I have many such ideas pop in my head, that I then have to tease out, channeling my inner psychological Columbo.

As I have shared, I believe both my parents are narcissists, which in my current understanding means they were subjected to stresses, to trauma, at an early age they were never able to surmount or understand.  It became a background part of their lives which was completely invisible to them.  They don't know what they don't know, and rarely suspect it exists.  The world is simply confusing to them, irrational to them.

But a mother of that sort, looking into the eyes of her baby, sees only herself.  The baby, whose very existence depends on keeping the source of life happy, soon realizes this on an instinctual level, and begins to mimic the mother, rather than the mother mimicking the child.  You create a modus vivendi which is congenial to the mother, which meets her needs for recognition, but which is inimical to the child.

Now, here is where I would like to propose something a bit original: the human brain has evolved to seek out pattern recognition in others, to know who is "safe" and who is not, and at a primitive evolutionary level we fear those who are not like us are going to eat us, which is a source of much violence.

I have felt the wolf in me, the voracious and aggressive instinct which kept our ancestors alive, which is felt daily in all predators the world over.  Is it not interesting how the same dogs who will love the people they know will kill people they don't?  It is all context dependent.  They are still predators, still killers at heart (most of them at least: we all know dogs who wouldn't hurt a fly).

And psychologically, we have all met or heard of people who will chew people up, grind them down, then shit them out.  This is the root dynamic of sadism: consuming the souls of people who are different.

Add to this mix the patterns of narcissist relationships.  Link chosen more or less at random: http://breakups.org/relationship-with-a-narcissist.html#.WItWAtQrLGg
The following is a bit disjointed, because I am thinking out loud.  Nonetheless, I think there are important ideas here.  I have gone these places before, but I don't think ever so directly.


They start seeming to understand and value you.  They move on to wounding you with a thousand cuts, then finally see you as the enemy.  This is because they see EVERYONE as the enemy, since their capacity for actually perceiving others empathetically is ruined.  It is a social retardation, a massive defect in the ability to connect.

I was feeling this morning that "we lack stories".  This came to me in a dream state.  What a common culture does is provide a means for mediating the social and anti-social impulses.  It creates a means of connecting to others through shared stories, shared history, shared sources of meaning.  It creates a consistent means of saying "this person is like me", with the following conclusion "I do not need to fear them".

What happens when this social sense goes off-line, when we live in an endlessly perplexing world where we are all wondering if our neighbor is secretly a serial killer, because such people end up all the time in our media?  It reduces us evolutionarily to a more primitive state.  It activates the fight or flight response, chronically.  And it brings into play the "alimentary" response: eat or be eaten.

Even today, in our strange, strange world, cannibalism still retains taboo status.  It is both fascinating and horrifying.  John Podesta, to bring up a recent example, had a picture of two cannibals--dressed as gentlemen as I recall, certainly in garb contemporary to whenever the painting was created--eating a third, and when asked about it he did in fact say, in effect, it is better to eat than be eaten.  This is the same man who, in my estimation, has been credibly accused of being a sadist.  Why not?  Within that mindset, and within the paradigm I am proposing, it makes perfect sense.  Something he can't remember--likely a cold and very abusive mother early on, and perhaps a cold and violent father later--fucked him and his brother up badly, in ways they cannot see, and cannot correct.  Sadism is simply a means of self regulation. of damage control, of not going completely off the rails.  It is a means of survival, when suicide might otherwise make a great deal of sense.  All serial killers, I read, are in the end suicidal.

Ponder the saying "lone wolf".  Wolfs run in packs.  This is their nature.  A lone wolf is an aberration, perhaps not a traitor to its kind, but also not really a member of its race either.  It is a cursed wolf, in important regards, even if in America we do tend to regard radical individualists with respect.

There is something very important in all this.  The current national growling, and displays of bared fangs warrants sociological explanation.  The sheer venom and hatred on display is not even remotely warranted by who Donald Trump is or what he stands for.  What he stands for would have been self evident and generally applauded in the 1960's by nearly all.  He would have been very popular.

But what I would suggest has happened is that the patina of generosity and tolerance has been peeled away from the Democrats.  They stand naked, as what they are: monsters seeking to consume all of us in the self annihilation they chose for themselves long ago, as the price for finding refuge from a demon haunted world.

But the demons are in us, all of us.  True Liberalism is about social and individual growth, which is only made possible within the frontal cortex, within the social brain, within negotiation, empathy, compassion, principle, and devotion not to abstract ideals, but to actual people around us, to communities, to families, to friends.

My work continues.  It is not easy work, but God has granted me a nearly infinite tolerance for emotional pain, and the ability to learn from it and press on.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Waterboarding

Without giving up too much detail, some years ago, somebody I know told me somebody they knew, in a unit involved in such things, said that waterboarding in the right context was a virtual gift from God.

Now, some people do not respond to torture--and it is torture, although torture most of our special operations forces have to undergo, and which leaves no marks--but most do.

This person said that in dynamic situations flipping people with "enhanced interrogation" was easy, quick, and productive.  They flip one, move on to the next.  In situations like Iraq when attacks were common, it is easy to see the value of this intel.

Now, I have not forgotten the Berkeley dude who wrote the rules around this whole thing, and I applaud him for it.  There need to be rules.  We Americans are not Nazi's.  But once the conditions are met, which include a present danger, then the process has merit.

Now, if there is not present danger, or reason to believe a given person knows nothing, then we should leave it alone.

Here is the thing: this is a tool, but one which should be used wisely, judiciously, and appropriately .  We need to remember terrorism is truly a thing, but one which most benefits those who hate our democracy.  Don't forget who you are, what you believe, and where you come from.

The totalitarian mindset

In anthropology, they speak sometimes of an "emic" and an "etic" perspective.   Since EM is close to IN, and ET close to OUT, that is how I remember them.

An Emic perspective is how people view themselves.  Every lunatic you have ever seen on the street behaves logically, according to his or her factual understandings, perceptual capacities, and emotional disturbances, known or unknown.

I am watching a documentary on Joseph Goebbels called "The Goebbels Experiment", in which against the backdrop of much very interesting documentary footage, Kenneth Branagh reads entries from Goebbel's diary.

Here is the thing: everything Goebbel's did and said made perfect sense to him.  He did not see himself as attacking the Jews: he viewed himself as defending Germany from THEIR attacks. They started it.  They started the global Bolshevik conspiracy.  They controlled the banks which ruined the German economy on purpose.  They were the ones who kept ordinary Germans down and caused so much suffering.  Hitler and Goerring both were very likeable, honest men with whom he greatly enjoyed spending time.  Propaganda was the natural concomitant of a well run State.

Likely inter alia, one of his own Rosebud moments seems to have happened when he became ill and contracted a permanent problem with his foot, which prevented him from playing with the other kids, and from being normal.  He drifted and was lost in his rly 20's, and National Socialism--Hitler seems to have emphasized the National, and Goebbels the Socialism (he called their Parliamentary success a "revolution" and used the word "bourgeois" quite often)--was his way out.

Sad and lonely people are often attracted to radical causes, which include them where they are otherwise excluded, which need them where they are otherwise useless.  In my own case, I have had a number of "enthusiasms" in my life, and as I look back at what a sad and lonely child I was--I was told by a girl in my late teens that I always seemed like an orphan to her, which is how I felt too, even though I had and have two parents--it seems logical.

There are a couple of points I want to make:

1) Many of the kids protesting Trump now would have been Nazis, had they been born in Germany in that era.  We have been conditioned since childhood to see those uniforms with hate and disgust, but there was a long time when they represented pride, purpose, honor, and self assertion in the face of global hatred.

There is no principled or psychological difference between the hate the Nazis felt for Jews, and any of the objects of hate the Left targets in  its own propaganda campaigns.  Why hate white people?  Why hate Christians? Why hate the rich?  Are we not a wealthy nation, and is there any reason to supposed that, say, Bill Gates or Warren Buffet do not deserve their money, or that they have not made countless other people rich, who in turn provided jobs and income to ordinary Americans?  Of course not.

But, they say, they are attacking our RIGHTS.  They are attacking US.

This is the same argument the Nazis used.  It is not similar: it is IDENTICAL.  What exactly and how exactly are they attacking?  You have no good answer, if you are honest.

2) Authoritarianism and violence are synonymous.  The essence of Authoritarianism is the centralization of  and "rationalization" of violence.

Who in our current public "dialogue", so called, consistently resorts to violence?   Who beats people up in the streets?  Who tells nasty lies continually?  Who goes into full blown hyperarousal the moment they hear a dissenting view?  Who starts insulting and name calling nearly immediately?

Who wants a One Party State?

True Liberalism requires self restraint, at worst, and benefits, at best, from openness, curiosity, and an attitude of exploration.  Where does one find curiosity on the Left? Granted, conservatives often have no interest in the ideas of the Left, either, but they are not the ones trying to impose their ideas and to radically reshape society.  They have a belief system and way of life they find congenial and just want to be left the fuck alone. What worked yesterday will work tomorrow, and stop trying to reinvent the fucking wheel.

I have work to do, but I would suggest that most modern academics share much more in common with Goebbels than they have the self awareness and capacity for honesty to admit.

Auditing the Fed

I really hope Trump will sign the legislation, and soon, to audit the Fed.  We the People of America more or less handed over what is likely now trillions of dollars worth of gold to the Federal Reserve when Nixon took us off the gold standard (which really wasn't a gold standard, but which was something at least slowing down the pace of money creation and theft by banks), and we have NO IDEA what happened to it.  Even though it is our money, it was handed over to the complete control of an institution which allows ZERO transparency, and which is owned and controlled by our nations largest banks with no Congressional control whatsoever.

Ponder that: our nations largest banks literally have the power to create essentially infinite amounts of money, which can be used for any purpose, with no one to tell them no,or even to KNOW that they did it.  They created $12 TRILLION in 2008-2009 to bail out, in some cases, OTHER NATIONS.

Now, they are not stupid, so they keep this massive transfer of wealth at a steady trickle, but it has been running for over a century.

Bottom line as far as Trump: our car manufacturers can build all the plants they want, and the building itself will employ a lot of people, but the direction of manufacturing is automation.  This is not the 1950's: the long streams of blue collar but middle class men with lunch boxes and thermos bottles streaming into the gates will be in the future a tenth or less of what it once was.

In order to avoid mass unemployment--or underemployment in the service and other industries--we have got to return the wealth stolen from the American people back to the American people.  We have got to make slaves of robots--Oscar Wilde long ago suggested automation would be the morally acceptable equivalent to slavery, creating time for an increasingly large leisured class--and make spare time a permanent feature of American life.

This all begins with an accurate snap shot of where we actually are, and how we got here.  We don't know, and can't know, until we penetrate the Fed's veil of completely ridiculous secrecy.  There is no down side to this bill and a major upside.

It seems likely Rand Paul--who seems to be developing a good working relationship with Trump--can make all this clear, once he is done with the Obamacare replacement.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Trump game plan

Some football teams will preplan their first twenty plays or so and do them no matter the outcome. Then, as needed, they make adjustments. It helps maintain focus and kind of puts the teams energy on a railroad track.

Likewise--and this certainly what he is signaling--I think Trump should ignore the press completely for 100 days. It's been HIS WORST WEEK EVER pretty much every week since he announced his candidacy, so getting a real handle on things will be next to impossible. And he was voted in to do a job, and enacting a policy agenda is no different in principle than erecting an office building. As Charlie Beckwith said, on getting things done, you develop a simple plan, communicate it to anyone affected, don't change the plan, and kick the shit out of it.

That's what Trumps done all his life, so I like our odds of getting everything, or close to it, that we voted for.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Populism

Can we start using words like anti-elitist, and counter-elitist? It is really quite astonishing how patronizing the Left is, in presuming to speak for people they don't understand and would not associate with. It is insane how hard they fight for policies which do not affect them, and whose actually outcomes are a matter of indifference.

John Podesta

There has been something that has bothered me since I read it, but I keep wanting, and not finding, the time to do a more in-depth analysis, of what came to be called "Pizzagate".

In one of his emails John Podesta wrote "should I play dominoes on pizza or pasta?"

In what I am told is called Handkerchief Code, which was a thing with gay men before being gay was even legal in some States, white means child, and black means sadomasochism. Within what I am told is a pedophile code, pizza means girl, and pasta means boy.

Self evidently, dominoes are white and black, and domino already contains the first two syllables of dominate.

That phrase makes no sense as anything but code, and any other coded interpretation seems unlikely to me.

There is something going on here that warrants FBI involvement, in my view, and I hope Trump orders it.  Her has a lot to do, but that would only take a phone call.


Clarity

As I think about it, I think one thing Trump can also begin doing immediately is point out that Social Security and Medicare are charity programs, in which people take out, on average, far more than they put in.

There is nothing inherently wrong with charity, obviously, even taxpayer funded charity.  To some extent, I think we will need some form of "safety net" for a very long time.

But we need to be clear that this thing has been a lie since the outset, when it was claimed it would be self funding, that people would get out only what they put in.

In trying to think clearly, it is important to use clear language, and the sooner most Americans realize that Social Security is charity and not their just deserts after a lifetime of work, the better.  I see that argument made over and over and over, that they are just getting what they deserve, and that they have been "robbed".  The ones getting robbed are me, and those younger than me.  The Baby Boomers are making out like bandits.  They paid far less in, and are taking far more out.

Medicare

I read Trump wants no cuts in Medicare.  This can't continue forever, but I understand this politically.

One change which can be IMMEDIATELY put into place though is severing Social Security and Medicare.  Bill Clinton made it so anyone who wanted to receive Social Security had to use the Medicare system.  Such, in any event, is my understanding of a massive and complex system.

Over time, we will want most people to prefer using their own insurance across the entire course of their lives.  But in the immediate future, some people might want to opt out of Medicare, since it is in many respects, in my understanding, inferior to other forms of coverage, and that would be to the good.

It would be worthwhile as well considering ways in which we can begin granting young people the right and ability to opt out of this system, in tandem with changes in the health insurance system.

And to do this, at some point we need to tell the truth, which is that NOBODY is setting aside their own money for their future.  The young are paying the bills for the old, and it has been this way since the very beginning.  The fiction is maintained by pretending that the Social Security/Medicare/Medicaid system is somehow separate from the "government".  You have the IRS, which collects income taxes, then you have a separate system, which gets an off the top 15% cut of everything.

At some point, these will need to merge, so that we can recognize that all our old people are getting paid out of TAX revenue outright.  There is no difference between FICA and income tax.  What we are doing is paying out charity.  What we are doing is paying out a large multiple of what these people put in, let us say AT LEAST double. This is charity.  It is not a retirement savings account.  There is not and never was a "lock box".

What we want is something like what Chile has, where people are required to save money, but can do with it what they like.  Is everyone a guaranteed winner?  Of course not.  We can keep some form of charity in place.  But allowing people to win, and to win big, should also be a feature of a sane system, one which does not make a large and abusive government the sugar daddy most people can't do without.

1) merge the revenue streams and bureaucracies; 2) gradually decrease the required contributions; 3) create alternatives in insurance and retirement savings; 4) fund from tax revenue shortfalls in the system paying out to seniors who have nothing else.

And of course fix our fucking financial system.

All easy stuff, obviously.

Which government?

It is worth pointing out that in contemplating cuts in government, everyone will hoot and holler.  There is nothing currently being funded which does not have an entrenched constituency.  I read today that two projects being looked at are funding for lawyers for rural people, and airports in Alaska.

The questions 1) should this be done; 2) should this be done by government; and 3) should this be done by the FEDERAL government are all logically discrete.

It is a good question: why should the other 49 States pay for something which only benefits Alaska?  Are they helpless?  Unable to pay their own bills?  Why would something which uniquely benefits Alaska not be paid for with Alaskan tax dollars?  

Why can country lawyers not be provided by State and local governments?  Why cannot a national pro bono group come into existence which does what inner city pro bono lawyers do?

These three questions should be applied to all these decisions, and I think in virtually all cases where it can be argued something should be done by government, that it still should not be done by the FEDERAL government.  This is the only way to decrease the Leviathan, and is absolutely consistent with both the spirit and letter of the Constitution.  

Freedom cannot be centralized: it is always local.

Nazis versus Communists

I think the shortest means of making the obvious linkage is to describe them as rival street gangs, each trying to take over the city, absolutely and finally, both fully committed to extreme violence, and differing only in relatively unimportant doctrinal details.  I will note that even though both were committed Communists, there was enough difference between Stalin and Trotsky that the former had the latter killed.  There were and are rival Communist street gangs too.  Churches splinter: this is the nature of radical individual dependence upon abstract belief and group membership.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

This craziness

As I continue to watch these melt-downs, these states of irrational hyperarousal and cognitive distortions, it occurs to me that on some level the Left has realized we reached a turning point.  Their agenda was seen, understood, and rejected by enough Americans to matter, and this has pushed them into panic.

Trump is not crazy.  You don't take $3 million and turn it into $3 billion by being crazy.

Trump is not even remotely a fascist, and all these ludicrous claims about concentration camps, and Hitler, are patently absurd.  They are off by many orders of magnitude.  There is ZERO factual basis for making them.

Here is what I propose: these people sold their souls, their responsibility for independent thought, for honest moral analysis, long ago.  They became slaves, because they could no longer tolerate their freedom, and entered a sadomasochistic relationship with the State understood abstractly, and expressed concretely as the means to achieving purportedly moral ends like "the end of racism", all while pursuing an aggregation of power that has NOTHING to do with achieving any concrete social or economic improvement.

They felt in their bones the creep towards an authoritarian State, one they felt they could trust to "deal" with all the unpleasant people who continued to cling to notions like freedom, reason, and a belief in God.  The "progress" was well under way, and they felt that there would never be a reckoning, that no one would ever confront them with regard to their irrationality, their expressed inhumanity, their soul darkening rejection of the possibility of a meaningful life itself.  All of this was latent, unexpressed.  Practically, in their daily dealings with each other, all was outward harmony.  Nobody spoke about or even allowed themselves to think that they were building an authoritarian State.

Then Trump happened, the unthinkable, the impossible: someone who spoke plain, obvious truths in public without shame or holding back.  Someone who contradicted their ludicrous assertions of Goodness and genuine caring by pointing out their shameless contradictions, their continual failures, their gross hypocrisy, their hatefulness, their continually simmering anger and vitriol.

That's a big fucking mirror for people who have allowed themselves to become soulless monsters to look into.  And it scares the living fuck out of them.  They can't escape it and they can't deal with it. Hence the massive hyperarousal.

But if we are to build a genuinely humane, decent future for our children, it was what was needed.  Trump is not a statesman, and he is not a philosopher.  But he is honest, genuinely concerned with Americans, and has a lifetime of experience in solving concrete problems.

Meaningful Engagement

These protests actually create a huge opportunity for Trump to continue the process of pealing moderates off from the Democrat brand.  This process has been on-going for years, but I think his moderation in the face of all this lunacy is an excellent background from which to accelerate this process.  I think he should make some sort of public statement saying something like the following:

"Look, I want jobs for American workers.  Does that make me a fascist?  I'm called a fascist by people who won't watch my speeches, won't look at my website, and who know NOTHING about me.  Mexico enforces its border as well as it can.  What is wrong with this?  Cesar Chavez wanted a strong border.  Was he a fascist?  Was he a racist?  Martin Luther King, Jr. wanted an America where everyone was guaranteed an equal shot at their own version of a good life, where ability and determination made the difference, not skin color.  Over and above anything else, our inner city schools are a DISASTER.  Am I a fascist to want to improve them? Would Martin Luther King, Jr. have marched in the streets to protect the jobs of incompetent teachers and completely useless schools?  No, he would not have.

I want good things for all Americans.  I want a strong economy. I want LESS government, not more.  Do all of you understand this is the OPPOSITE of fascism, which wants to control everything you do and say?

Folks, it's fine to disagree with someone, with their ideas.  But in OUR COUNTRY we value constructive dialogue, we value the negotiation of difference, we value meaningful engagement.

These people attacking my supporters with extreme prejudice, knowing nothing about them but that they support someone who wants to bring jobs back to America and protect our borders, they are engaging in meaningless activity.  Nobody learns anything.  Nobody becomes open to new ideas.  The ENTIRE point of that sort of thing is to instill fear in people,. to silence them with violence.  Nothing more inimical not just to the American spirit, but to human DECENCY, which transcends all cultures and times, could be imagined.

I am going to do my best for ALL AMERICANS--I can't emphasize that enough--and I expect that my work will even benefit strongly those who hate me the most. So be it.

God bless this country, and God bless you."

And there is no reason he can't make his own internet videos.  He can stage manage his own "press releases" such that they hit Facebook and supportive news sites completely intact.  He can do multi media where he includes videos--here, for example, of Trump supporters being attacked--with his narrative.

Hillary wanted to ban Drudge and Breitbart, and InfoWars, but Trump is in charge now, and those sites will flourish.  Trump can literally control his own coverage.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

These marches

The irony of having large marches in most of the major cities of America is that most of these cities voted for Hillary.  Our cities are and long have been overwhelmingly Democrat.  But most of the land area, and most of the people in this country, do not live in our largest cities.  They will not see these marches, and for his part Trump is well aware that this is smoke and mirrors designed to give our complicit media ammunition to do yet more ineffective lying.

It will feel GREAT for those involved.  They get to feel like they did something.  They can slap each other on the back.  But it is a fundamentally solipsistic enterprise.  They are not changing any minds at any level of our body politic.  In fact, most of us who voted for Trump are sick and tired of their loser bullshit.  We wish they would keep their fucking word, accept that they lost an election they would have won if they had any useful fucking ideas at all, and stop pretending that the entire political world does and should revolve around their patent childishness, ignorance, intolerance, violence, and narcissistic pouting. 

We survived Obama

It was a bit surreal watching Obama getting into the helicopter with Michelle.  8 years ago many of us felt great fear about what was to come.  And Obama did pretty much what we expected, but we all benefited greatly from his innate mediocrity, his lack of genuine drive, and the profound incoherence that befuddled everything he did.

Clearly, he politicized our government, with the clear intention of handing it to Hillary to finish the task.  Many government agencies did patently illegal things intended almost entirely to help ensure Democrat victories illicitly, without appeal to ideas, or recognizable benefits to anyone they were asking to vote for them.

It is quite possible government agencies were involved in assassinations domestically.  Certainly, this has been claimed for people like Andrew Breitbart, Michael Hastings, and even Tom Clancy.  I continue to wonder the connection between John Podesta talking about "wet work" and Antonin Scalia's odd death three days later.  Perhaps Trump can provide the cover for an honest investigation into all these.

I continue to believe there was a massive coverup at Sandy Hook, and quite possibly no shooting at all.  Experts who have looked at it continue to say it was the most screwed up and incomprehensible thing they have ever seen, and the FBI officially did not recognize ANY deaths there. That single data point should raise the eyebrows of any intelligent person.

I could go on, but all this is now in the rear view mirror.  There is much that can, should, and hopefully WILL be investigated now that we will have an Attorney General who considers the laws more important than partisan politics.  And in any event, enforcing the laws will likely prove highly partisan for the simple reason that the Democrats seem to have gotten in the habit of breaking any and all of the laws that they find inconvenient, at all levels of the government.  No doubt there are guilty Republicans, but clearly much of the swamp exists to further the agenda of the Deep Government, which has always leaned (D).

And I have not forgotten the claims made by Eric Prince that Anthony Weiner's laptop contained a vast trove of horrible material implicating much of our government.  Perhaps Trump will see fit, if it is there, to use it as a weapon, but my sincere hope is that if crimes have been committed, that he will do the right thing and arrest and prosecute the offenders.

I think part of my odd mood too is that after many years of anxiety, I'm going to have an interesting time learning to process the idea of having someone in our highest office who is both honest and competent. Such, at any rate, is the reasonable hope of many of us.

Feeling dissociated

I have alluded to this, but I have in recent days realized that you can touch the feeling of dissociation directly.  Now, the idea of dissociation is that you are disconnected from your emotions, but the feeling of being emotionally disconnected is a feeling too.  It is neither a painful nor a scary feeling.  Nor is it a good feeling.  It is a bit like just being there, just being a set of eyes and ears.

A few days ago I was getting my oil changed, and the main guy was actually pretty genuinely friendly, which is rare for those places, which do a lot of the fake peppiness, and I was just sitting there, and I was feeling odd.  He noticed it and asked if I was OK, and I said sure I'm fine.

But what I now realize is that I was being openly dissociated in public.  Normally I hide.  I know how to be social, how to make small talk, how to make jokes.  I can talk with nearly anybody about nearly anything.  I have a lot of practice with this.

Sometimes--some weeks in the past, frequently--I use anger to separate myself.  All the yelling and upselling (which is actually a good idea where maintenance is concerned) gets on my nerves.  It's insulting when I have to put my keys in a can, or be "escorted" to the bathroom as if somehow their capacity to navigate that 20' is superior to mine.  It's lawsuit-avoiding corporate America at its worst.

But that day, I was just sitting there naked: openly a man apart.  I paid my bill, headed off, and worked a hard week, mostly by myself.

What I am realizing though is that emotionality is a way of avoiding a core sense of disconnection, one which I feel runs strongly through American life.  I feel most Americans feel disconnected from the streams of HONEST emotional life, of honest emotional connection, and that most of them don't even know it.

Anger, of course, is a common reaction to an inner sense of disconnection.

I was pondering the Headless Ones, the fascists, the authoritarian mobs, and it occurs to me that the sort of fascism on display on college campuses--most recently at the University of Washington, where Milo was speaking--is really a way of building mass social connection based upon anger and fear, which is to say based upon the limbic system.  If everyone is feeling the same thing as you, at the same time, in response to the same stimulus, then you are PART of something, aren't you?  Nothing good is ever built on anger and fear, but that is not the point of the exercise: the point is to exorcise anomie, alienation, as many have pointed out in commenting on the authoritarian ethos.

Some commentators as well have claimed to see sexual repression behind fascism, with the obvious counter-fascist prescription being more sex.  And of course the Headless Ones are hyper-sexualized.  Sex and sexual orientation is almost all they seem to talk about sometimes.  But for all that, it seems to me the amount of SATISFACTION they get from sex is quite low.  Theirs is a  low trust culture.  They must be constantly ready and willing both to change everything they said they believed, AND to denounce and distance themselves from anyone who proves a heretic and must be burned.

Simply having sex--even weird, deviant sex--is not satisfying at a deep level.  There has to be connection, openness, intimacy, emotional risk, and I feel all these things are quite impossible in conditions of chronic emotional arousal, of chronic anger, and chronic fear, especially the fear of social isolation and banishment.

So I think even a modern Wilhelm Reich could look at the campus Brown Shirts and see and recognize a clear affinity between their mass emotional gestalt, and that of the Nazis.  Plainly, all of them are willing to countenance mass violence against people whose only crime is ideological difference.  These street demonstrations are merely the best they can do.  They would much rather lock people up, banish them, beat them or kill them.

I read that the Seattle Police took pipes, sticks with spikes on them, sharpened sticks and the like from the demonstrators there, who seem to have literally intended murder.  One person was in fact shot.  Last I read it was unclear who shot who why.

It is certain though that the Left has developed and deployed their own Sturmabteilung, for the same reasons the Nazis did.  They are capable of murder.  Thank God they don't have Hillary in the White House giving them cover.  Quite the contrary.

I continue to believe though that Trump can pressure these major universities--all of which get a lot of money from the "Federal Government"  (which is to say money first taken from the people of America, then given back to them in ways the people running the government see fit)--to protect on their own nickel dissident speakers, arrest violent protesters, expel any students caught in acts of violence, and fire or retire anyone preaching anything but a Constitutional Republic in America.

The hangover

I think in important respects, this moment in history could be viewed as the moment America stopped a long term drunken binge.  For decades, Republicans--the ostensible keepers of the notion of limited, Constitutional government--have given in to the Left, little by little.  A little here, a little there.

This is a bit like saying "every time I say racist we do a shot".  Inebriation--moral incoherence, political incoherence, confusion, getting lost--has been the result.

These children in the streets want to keep drinking. They want to continue to pretend the party can last forever, that deficits have no consequences, that policies can be imposed which can be paid for by gold farting unicorns.

Any time you stop drinking, the world slowly gets greyer and uglier.  But if that is what you see, that is what it was to begin with.  The task is to build an ACTUALLY better world, rather than a fucking pipe dream that will explode with time, by which time you plan to be dead or in charge.

And ponder too how disproportionate the outrage to Trump's pussy grabbing comment was.  We have allowed some 40,000 Libyans to be killed in a completely pointless civil war.  ISIS has murdered thousands in often horrific ways, all so Obama and Kerry could pursue a nonsensical goal of "regime change" in Syria, which most likely would have led to much more mass death.

All of these people had lives, families, hopes, dreams, homes, jobs: all destroyed, by Obama's evil policy.

And for Trump's part, you know what most likely followed any pussy grabbing he did?  Sex.  Really good sex.  The assumption is made that he grabbed women who were noncompliant, women who hated him, like these lunatics do in the streets of America.  No: IF he did what he said he did--and the more I think about it, Trump is one of the most impulsively honest politicians in American history, which is an asset in my view--then he did it with women who idolized him and wanted him sexually.  It was a form of foreplay, nothing more.

And none of the women who briefly appeared and then rapidly disappeared after the leak of that tape were credible.  Trump is a playboy.  That is the word.  He always has been, and has never been shy about admitting it.  He has seduced many women, some through blunt touch, and most of whom likely welcomed it.

Mass murder versus compulsive seduction.  Obviously, any reasoning mind has to find the latter much more objectionable, right?

Hitlerianism and losing big

Ponder the lunacy of calling a man "Hitlerian" who wants the policy of the American government he runs to be oriented around American interests.  Whose interests SHOULD they be oriented around?  And why the fuck would we want as President someone who wants to pursue anyone's interests BUT ours?

Is it fascist for someone in the Rust Belt who has been out of work a long time to want a job?  Is it fascist to want people guilty of rape and murder who are here illegally to be deported, or at least JAILED?  Is it fascist to want good trade deals?  Is it fascist to want to improve the schools in our inner cities?

Words have lost their meaning.  A large segment of our population has lost the ability to use the English language--or any other language--to engage in dialogue.

I will be honest: I don't have any good ideas on how to fix lunacy like that.  I am usually an idea man, but this is literally a form of cognitive psychosis. It can't be medicated, and for now at least it cannot be reasoned with.

Personally, I am wanting to see mass arrests and some head knocking by the cops.  It's not a solution, but it is at least not allowing the problem to fester in the open; and as a general principle of government people who are unwilling to engage in honest discussion can only be managed through fear.  Discussion is what we want.  It would be what we would want with the Islamists, too.

But if they won't go there, the next step down the ladder is effective counter-violence.  Take violence off the table and perhaps some will recover their senses and begin acting like social human beings again.  Don't bet on it, but one can hope.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Object relations

Within my emerging paradigm, inner healing consists in the initial phase in what might be broadly called Cognitive Psychology.  It consists in learning to realize that much of your inner dialogue is irrational, that it does not conform to what seems to be reality, particularly as it concerns your regard for yourself.  If you find yourself feeling chronic shame for something you did not do--which seemingly exists for no reason at all--then you have identified the fruit of something else.  The feeling leads to a thought which is dysfunctional and irrational.

What then leads to the feeling?  Well, you can use psychodynamic history to EXPLAIN it, but given that this feelings is recreated consistently within your soma, within your self as embodied physically, sooner or later you have to find what I might term the "existential" component.

Within what I am finding a useful heuristic--SIFT--underlying the feeling is a static image. It might be you reaching for your mother and her turning away.  It might be a parent looking at you in anger.  It might be your father leaving the home for good when you were 4.  And of course there might be many discrete images, but my instincts tell me for most people one or two suffice.

I have in the past called these "Rosebud" moments.  They are mythic, life defining moments which might IMMEDIATELY fade into the dark recesses of the psyche, but which never, ever leave.  Rosebud was the last thing Well's Kane thought about. He had a life of power, fame, success, experience, but he lost his connection with his core self.  Everything else was a poor substitution for it.

This is a common story, I feel.  Most of us are lost, and don't know we are lost.  Most of us are dreaming, as Gurdjieff said, and not just with regard to "spiritual" things.  Most of us are profoundly stupid.  We pick up this and that, from the fragments of our culture, and try to keep in step with everyone else, and hope no one notices.  Meanwhile, everyone else is doing the same thing.  And the more lost people feel, the more instantaneous and complete the corrections.  You see schools of people, flipping on a dime, like fish, like birds, and with regard to ostensibly serious notions like love, justice, fairness.

Sometimes someone comes along who is even stupider than the rest, such that he or she is utterly convinced his or her mania is innately correct.  Such people can become very popular in times of mass confusion.  By design, our system discourages the emergence of such people, and was intended to greatly mute their potential power, no matter where they wound up.  Our system, of course, has been corrupted, as all great things are by time and use.

But returning to the topic, with time, patience, openness, and kind probing--and allowing, which is very important--something may emerge.  It might initially be tainted with the presence of another person.  I think for most it likely is.  Certainly, for me it was.  But over time it purifies, and you get the image with the sensations.  I do think this is a twofold pairing: feeling/thought, image/sensation.

For me the image/sensation is one of having something taken from me the moment I either reach for it, or depend on it.  This morning I had the image of a woman I know and am currently attracted to laying next to me.  The moment I grew comfortable in her presence, she disappeared.  And in a more pure form, I can place anything on a table, in a spot called the  Disappearing Spot, and the moment I lean in--this is the sensation--it is taken from me.  The sensations are a leaning in and sudden leaning out in surprise, a tension in my solar plexus, a bit of dizziness in my head--let's call it vertigo, and the sudden blankness of dissociation (which does have a feeling tone).

If I pull myself back out of dissociation, the feeling is one of profound and utterly unassailable solitude.  I am alone in the universe.  Nothing out there, no one out there, can ever be real for me.  It is maddening.  I live in an illusory world.

Does this sound like something a Sartre, or perhaps a Charles Schultz in his analogy of Charlie Brown and the football, might have described?  This is not a unique problem.  What is unique is that I have gotten there in a fairly pure form.  Most people disguise this--and if I might put a term on it which I have used before, this Developmental Trauma--in ways we simply call "life".  Every craziness has a reason.  Every form of insanity has a logic.  No one is fully insane.  There is a spark in all of us.

And I want to be clear that this is progress.  This is not where you STOP.  Jesus, no.  Having gotten to this image/sensation, I am going to go into it as consciously and regularly as I can.  I can use my brain, my thinking, my learning and study, to realize that this feeling--which manifests broadly as what could perhaps most usefully be called shame, even if this is not an exhaustive word for a mutable and complex emergence--can be allowed to dissolve.

I really like my Mobility Meditation, which is really a modified form of Kum Nye.  It is underplayed, and apparently underpracticed, but Tarthang Tulku obviously saw all this in the 1970's when he wrote the first books.  Massage is actually taught before movement, and I now see why.

The way he teaches it, though, is subtle, mostly, although he does have very strong belly massage.  But in my own case the disconnection is so powerful, the underlying patterns so strong, that I need REALLY strong activation and elicitation, so my foam rollers, lacrosse balls and other tools work better for me at the moment.

I like to burn incense, traditional incense, where you have a brazier, put a charcoal piece on there which you have lit, then put the actual resins on there.  I have Dragon's Blood, a Kashmir Mix, a Celtic mix, frankincense, and actual Sandalwood shavings.  You can fill the room with smoke from the ceiling to 4' or so off the floor.  It is mood altering, and good for this work.  I have to temporarily unplug the smoke detector of course.

And I put on evocative music.  I like Bach.  Sometimes Vangelis.  Sometimes Steven Halpern.

One last point: for most of us, heroes represent an image/sensation combination that creates a moving-towards for a free system, for a liberated psyche.  We see that person, and imagine how it must feel to be them.

All of humanity's problems can be solved.  All of them.

Desperate measures call for desperate times

No sane person wants to live in a police state.  No sane person wants to be told where they can work, what they can eat, where they can go, who they can or can't marry, what they can or can't say or believe.

Leftism is inherently an impulse for total control.  It might start out rhetorically mild, but the core knows that some of their ideas will not be popular, and that some people will resist.  To correct this "problem", they use force.  The force, in turn, creates a further reaction.

Every turn of the screw creates more objections, more protest, and more repression.

What Leftists CANNOT accept is sustained peace and prosperity untainted by government control.  They need war, economic disasters, mass unemployment, crime in the streets.

This is why systemic problems of the real, versus imagined, sort, cannot and will not EVER be solved by anyone obsessed with dreams of turning society into an operational machine they control.  France has to have mass unemployment and crime.  The United States has to have its ghettos.

Black Lives Matter could quite easily be viewed not as a means of correcting problems, but of preventing their correction.  It acts to prevent rational dialogue about the REAL problems in black communities.  It acts to damage relations between police and those they are supposed to protect, which creates an even higher crime rate, and further following reliance on elitist Democrats to "save" them.

The people we need in our highest offices are not people who are trying to save the world.  We need people who view peace and prosperity as normal, as the proper way for things to be, and deviations from the norm real problems requiring sound solutions that work consistently, efficiently, and quickly.  We have not had such people in enough high places for a very long time.  I would estimate at least since the 1950's, and a better guess would be the 1920's.  And absent the Fed and fractional reserve banking, the Crash of 1929 never would have happened.  Hitler never would have come to power, and no second World War would ever have been fought.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Disgusting

http://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/265515/isis-burns-mother-and-four-children-joseph-klein

Read this if you have a strong stomach, i.e. if you are not an Obama loving piece of shit and actually retain a capacity for revulsion in the face of real crimes.

Here is the only point I will make: Obama, Hillary, and John Kerry CREATED this group which commits these horrific, unimaginable crimes. They did so to pursue Saudi interests, as far as I can tell. All three are in my view guilty of contributing to mass murder and cruelty unimaginable to the fashionable children in this benighted nation who think mere words can hurt.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Prosecutions

Criminality became the norm under Obama, as did lying, evidence destruction, and obstruction of justice in many forms. Not unreasonably, those culpable for these crimes felt immune, safe. And why not? Neither Holder nor Lynch were ever going to investigate anything.

But for most crimes the statute of limitations is 7 years. That means most of the crimes in BOTH terms can still be prosecuted. And SHOULD be.

James O'Keefe

Im having a hard time wrapping my brain around people believing propaganda that would have embarrassed IngSoc.

Be that as it may, one very important element of the election I have seen ZERO commentary on was the O'Keefe sting videos.  Obviously the media buried them, but they had the seemingly very important outcome of forcing the firing or resignations of the core of Hillarys dirty tricks team (does that make anyone else think of Nixons plumbers, but worse?).

One of them went so far as to tweet that she lost the election when she got rid of him. That may not have been hyperbole. Plainly much cheating happened anyway, and in the close States just a bit more cheating might have turned the tide.

Hillary ran a terrible csmpsign, was a terrible candidate, and had less charisma than Nixon. She deserved to lose and was only made competitive by relentless and aggressive propaganda, a dumbed down electorate, and LARGE piles of cash given on a quid pro quo basis. This is the truth.

Edit: as I think about it, the likeliest reason Hillary parted company with folks who had s long history of success is SHE DIDNT THINK SHE NEEDED THEM. By all accounts, she and her staff seem to have conflated polls they should have known wee skewed with reality.

I'm reminded of Faith Hill and the Grammies, but with a lot more profanity and drinking in Hillarys case. I hope she doesn't have s dog.

She's not really the dog type is she? I'm thinking more like piranhas and barracudas she can feed chum to every time she gets pissed.

Observation

Inciting a riot is a crime, likely a serious felony, if anyone is hurt. Those Democrat operatives who created the riot in Chicago can still be prosecuted, as can anyone calling for violence on Friday or this weekend.

It is appropriate Bill Ayers will be there to see the end of his era.

Trump is no Nixon: he is much more likeable. He has a Republican Congress, a clear mandate, and his opponents have been forced into INVENTING the galvanizing issues--racism, chicks with dicks using the women's room, misogyny--none of which he is guilty of.

There is no Vietnam War. There is no youth movement worthy of the name. There is nothing in the sails of the haters BUT hate, and that won't go very far. Already I am starting to see "former Progressive" in more and more comments.

Hate is such a dull place to live.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Good motto

We don't want a saint.  We want solutions.

Communism defined

Communism is a creed which seeks as a matter of principle the enslavement of the mass majority of people, their relegation to profound poverty, their psychological torture by means of unrelenting and unavoidable lies, their social alienation by breaking up their families and desecrating their cultural history and current faith, and the elevation of a small elite to positions of wealth and power which are unassailable, being protected by a vast police and surveillance state.  It is profoundly atavistic, in that it constitutes a de facto return to the conditions which prevailed under the Pharaoh's of Egypt, but since it is based on lies, it calls this "progress".

This is the creed professed, whether they admit it or not, whether they KNOW it or not, by the people who will be inhabiting Washington on Friday and doing their best to attack our bedrock institutions, including the long tradition of the peaceful transition of power which they were lauding--because they were told to--as recently as the day of the election.

And I want to be clear that they are already the People of the Lie, as M. Scott Peck labeled destructive narcissists and sociopaths.  They have already internalized the ability to believe anything they are told, to reconcile seamlessly grotesque contradictions, and to reliably inhale and exhale hate, anger, and violence towards anyone who does not think like them.  They will be, clinically, a horde of fascists.

And of course, the threats may not materialize, but given the relentless propaganda, given the patent failures of Democrat leaders--notably Barry and Hillary--to make even token efforts to restrain them, given the blatant full blown amygdala hijacks plainly visible everywhere, it seems like it will be an interesting day for the police.  With luck, maybe they will get some "stick time".  I personally would like to see some of these demented, democracy-hating creatures get whacked around.  They intend nothing but destruction, feel little but hate.  They embody, in fact, EVERYTHING they accuse us of, and that is an ugly, ugly picture indeed.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Tough guys

I'm watching some of these videos of planned violence by the Left, and I'm wondering how vegan momma's boys will fare against combat veterans, or even country boys who grew up getting in bare knuckle fights (and some of whom continue the tradition as adults).

These people, because they are largely protected by police, and largely unmolested by them, think they are tough in groups.  They don't know what they don't know.  It's like somebody thinking they can box until they get clocked (true story in my case: I've seen the lights).  They don't understand from personal experience that saying "everybody has a plan until they get hit".

The vast majority of Americans have been tolerant. We have held our tongues, and checked our impulses of rage and violence, because we are decent human beings (who don't want to go to jail, either).

And that history may not change.  But it is clear to me at least that if things are pushed to a certain point, these children will find out who they are fucking with, and they won't like it.  There are a LOT of people in this country skilled and experienced in dealing out professional grade violence.

(Not me, to be clear!!!  Although I perhaps have more experience than many.  I've been in fights.  I've been kicked in the balls, punched in the kidney (very interesting experience one does not forget), gotten a black eye, nearly knocked out twice, choked so hard it hurt to swallow for three days, and did martial arts training for many years that left bruises all over my body, but none of that really counts, relative to combat veterans, and people who think a weekend isn't complete without a fight.  Still, I guess I wouldn't fuck with me.)

One way of putting it

A third of the electorate just dropped off the map.  They are still there, of course, but they are not reachable.  They are gone, for all practical intents and purposes.  They have signaled they will not cooperate with Trump in any way, for any reason, for any aim.

As I continue to say in slightly different ways, this is actually a great blessing.  There is no need to include them in negotiations, no need to consult their opinions, no reason to return the phone calls of the people who represent them, no reason not to do EXACTLY what the 2/3rd's of sane Americans want, which is bring back jobs, get us back to the health insurance we had, at least, enact a sane border policy, keep out people who want to kill us, put in place on the Supreme Court people who understand and respect the actual law, etc.

Trump had roughly 58 worst weeks ever.  He survived more scandals--most of them manufactured from whole cloth--than I can count.  There is little he could do or say to truly affect his REAL support, other than fail to follow through on his promises.

Fuck the Left.  They marched out of the room in disgust, and there is no reason to let them back in.

And to be clear, hyperpartisanship is what Obama led with in his first term.  Not only did no Republicans vote for Obamacare, I don't think any even got invited to the discussions.

What could the Left possibly offer to induce Trump to consider them?  They hate him.  They hate everything about him.  They severed the lines of communication.  So fuck them.

The media, of course, will keep doing what it does.  But self evidently, it wasn't enough to keep Trump from getting elected, and it won't be enough to keep him from increasing his popularity--his REAL popularity, as they keep trying to fix polls and drive opinion on that basis--as he moves from success to success.

Froth mouthed assassins, aka the Headless Ones

it seems to me they can be usefully summarized as people who have not developed an ability to digest life. It is too much for them.

Consider what actors do, what Meryl Streep does: they pretend to be someone else, they inhabit someone else's life.  What better way to avoid learning to inhabit your own skin, to process your pain, to grow within a character structure which is, in healthy people, flexible, adaptable, coherent, energized and stable? That is someone else's list.

I read a number of years ago that she is a neurotic mess when she is between roles--between a vacations from her core reality--and can one not speculate that a lifetime achievement award conjures up anxieties of aging, of irrelevance, of finally being alone with her true self? What better way to redirect than an assault on someone everyone has already been conditioned to hate?

Meme and T-Shirt

I would like to see a "IT'S TRUMPS WORST WEEK EVER, AGAIN!!!!" t-shirt, and I would like somebody to put Obama's face on the king of Gondor falling off the cliff in Lord of the Rings, with "and thus ends the reign of Obama" printed on it.

If there was not this much friction, we would all be justified in being worried we made the wrong choice.  This friction is merely the crystallization of the hate that has impelled the Left to denounce all forms of common sense and common decency for the last 50 years.  One could make a case all this goes back to Wilson, and certainly to the attempted fascist takeover of FDR, who wanted literal government control over prices and most of the economy, and whose first administrator of the New Deal was a literal fascist, who thought Mussolini was a genius.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

The CIA speaks

https://ca.news.yahoo.com/cia-director-warns-trump-watch-says-careful-russia-152943817.html

What needs to be made clear here is that senior intelligence officials took part in using and amplifying the "hacking" language--the intentionally evocative but vague propaganda words chosen carefully--of the Democrats assault on Trump's legitimacy.  They are not fucking imbeciles.  They know the phrase "hacking the election" is intentionally misleading.  They know that it is unlikely Wikileaks, and not Hillary's horrible campaign and long record of criminality, is what put Trump over the top.  They know, as far as that goes, how much money foreign nations donated both to Hillary's campaign, to the Clinton Foundation, and at least in the case of the $1 million check the Qataris sent Bill, to the Clintons directly.

Put another way, they have willingly participated PUBLICLY in supporting Democrat propaganda intended both to influence public opinion in a negative way about Russia, and to demonize Trump as the beneficiary of Russian influence, with the new meme, farcically enough, being that he is a puppet of Putin.

This is the same guy who got away with saying he liked to grab women's pussies, that he watched supermodels have sex, and who is on his third wife.  At this point, even if true, how dangerous COULD even a video of hookers peeing on a bed be?  We don't give a shit.  We are long past caring.  We voted for him because he has good policy ideas, and the ability and willingness to stand up to left wing bullies and pervasive propagandistic attacks.

But these intelligence agencies really have no excuse.  What they are doing is not what they are supposed to be doing.  This would have been the job of FBI--again, the counter-intelligence agency.  The CIA works everywhere else, the FBI works here.  What the fuck the DHS does, other than house ICE, the Coast Guard, and the Secret Service, I don't have a clue.  That is one agency likely ripe for mass layoffs, and perhaps extinction.

Net, net: Brennan is way out of line here.  He should be fired, but if possible not allowed to work in any capacity where his knowledge would be an asset to anyone but America.  I personally would just give him a fat pension and tell him to go hit golf balls somewhere.  And keep an eye on him.

What Trump has that Reagan didn't

Reagan won--and won against widespread expectations, like Trump did--because Carter was blamed, partly rightly, partly wrongly (the Fed played a key role) for a national malaise. But Democrats generally were not blamed. Throughout his eight years--and for that matter Bush's four years and the first two years of Clinton--Democrats controlled Congress. If you said Liberal people thought of Norman Lear or Alan Alda: smug, but still pro-American. Tip O'Neill did his prodigious drinking with Republicans too. There was a sense of back and forth, that things were basically working. Say your piece then don't worry about it.

But the Democrats have moved far to the Left and introduced a winner-takes-all mindset. Obama was hired to play hardball, to be hyper partisan, to divide the political world into us and them. They have forced a choice on people, and to their shock and dismay, people have rejected their venom and mouth frothing.

In many people's minds, what best represents the Democrats are mobs in the street, anti-white racism, anti-Americanism, and economic delusion.

So Trump enters the White House, unlike Reagan, with majorities in both houses of Congress, clear national movement in a conservative direction, and a mandate to say things, often, that piss off the Left. He doesn't need to be statesmanlike. Obama may have acted above the fray but he rubbed elbows--like Hitler, come think of it--with street thugs, crooks, and professional haters his whole time in office.

What we want is promises kept, clear talk, and sound policy.

This is possible, now.