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Apr. 27th, 2016

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The Democratic Party establishment will ultimately bear the blame for choosing such an uninspiring and tired candidate. I know current polls project her to win over Trump. I will expect that to change once she's indicted. It will be their fault entirely for lining up behind such a flawed and morally compromised candidate.

Once he secures the nomination, Trump has some leeway to move left. Trump's nomination, after all, represents the rejection of Republican Party establishment orthodoxy. The Republicans have painted themselves into a corner with their litmus tests and RINO hunts. Trump can reject that in ways that neither of the other candidates can. Trump has consistently stood for the renegotiation of Clinton-era trade deals. He's talked about getting money out of politics. He's even made some statements that suggest that he sees income inequality as a problem. Trump is all the hope you have left.

I hope we are in the middle of a political party replacement cycle, like when we lost the Federalists, and later, the Whigs. The established parties are going to offer us a choice between a Bourbon Street titty bar barker and Dolores Umbridge. Given that choice, I'm voting for the titty bars.

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Feb. 22nd, 2016

Hogarth judge


An Drottan an hirdend-am;
   fattanam ecki.

Géirean, som hvilec ynne fealdum grønne;
   fyrrean migh a'r taoife na vathna stille;

Uiþergéirean an sièl-am;
   fyrrean migh ynne gadum na rettighedd, søcne at ennym-sa.

Ja, dá faraëc treise an dødscuggans dæle, mier scrachar ceumath n' olcu;
   þui ertiú léam; migh trøsten an stang-es yn ath staf-es.

Mier duxtú bordh framfor an fiandar-am;
   smørstiú an t' hud-am baym olaife, øfverfløder an cuaich-am.

Go visst migh sca folgha bendigheid yn chesed þre alla lifs dagar-am;
   yn bóanam ynne Drottans hyse go h'aionan.

Jan. 28th, 2016

St Camillo de Lelis

RIP Paul Kantner, 1941 - 2016

Oh for crying out loud.

Jefferson Airplane’s Paul Kantner dies at 74

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Dec. 28th, 2015

St Camillo de Lelis

Lemmy 1945 - 2015

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Dec. 27th, 2015

Hogarth judge

Notes on Cant XXX

I want to live in the paradise where the worst thing that's going to happen today is that I get socially or culturally marginalized.

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Dec. 19th, 2015

Hogarth judge

Notes on Cant XXIX

I make no bones about having serious misgivings about social justice as she is spoke currently. As noted, just about everybody will be in favor of "social justice"; there are going to be disagreements about what it is and how to bring it about.

Now, here in the USA, it's been pretty much orthodoxy among Democrat opinion leaders that the Republican machine uses "social issues" to persuade the downtrodden to vote against their own interests. I can see that. Various elites stir up stinks about abortion, gay rights, and Confederate flags to rile the underclasses and divert their attention away from the legal and political systems that shrink their paychecks and hopes. It's probably conspiracy thinking, but I can totally see that.

And as you may have figured out, I'd categorize myself as an Old Right conservative with fairly strong small-l libertarian tendencies. And as a reactionary, I see at least a temporary need for an alliance with a politically effective Left in this country to mobilize and attempt to preserve what's left of our customary institutions and way of life. Unrestrained oligopoly capitalism, technological disruption, the declining prospects of finding a nest safe enough to raise a family in, and ecological destruction are our gravest problems.

And I think that the academic and online Left has been manipulated by the powers that be to keep them perennially chasing fancies the same way that the guns and Jesus crowd has been manipulated. The common theme has been to divert attention and energy to quarrels about cultural power to keep them distracted from issues about economic power. Since the cultural issues can often be seen as existential threats to your self-conception, while the economic issues do not engage gut feelings that easily, it's too easy to misdirect weak-minded apes this way.

All of the academic and online mummery about cultural "marginalization" and all the issues that flow therefrom is as much a distraction as the War on Christmas. Academic institutions with wealthy benefactors bristle with hundreds of Professors of Critical Theory and Departments of Granfalloon Studies, all devoted to keeping a chosen version of identity politics on the front burner. Somebody finds that sort of thing valuable to keep around. It disappoints but doesn't surprise me that the promising Black Lives Matter movement, which started out with concrete political targets, is in the process of being diverted into issues about campus symbolism. Getting college administrators fired will not reform those police departments.

So there is something to the concept of the divisive "social justice warrior" that merits taking a bit seriously, for the same reason that we despise the right-wing social issue warrior. Despite the different demographics, the two seem mirror images of each other.

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Nov. 28th, 2015

needless noise

Christmas Mix Disc 2015 contents

Spoilers awayCollapse )

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Aug. 7th, 2015

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Jun. 20th, 2015

St Camillo de Lelis

Phil Austin 1941 - 2015

And then there were two.

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Jun. 11th, 2015

St Camillo de Lelis

Christopher Lee 1922 - 2015

Primizzu pur multus qu' auziyun a xim Dracula Padxa, sidi a fatus a Chrìstopher Lee sulla filmu travadin ya qurpu di ubras pur Studius Hàmmer, cluzivi Dumin y' Aniθas, Guira innu Stiθas, iya siriya Jàmes Bond, duvi pirsunau Ix a Pistulu di Auru. Mauθau aθ' ivu ha navinti txi anus, ya xibθima ziy a Zzuni.

First to mind for many people when they hear the name "Count Dracula", but the deeds of Christopher Lee in film go beyond his body of work for Hammer Studios, including The Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, abd the James Bond series, where he played The Man with the Golden Gun. He has died at the age of ninety three on June 7.

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