I Really Should Work on the Novel Open Thread

Past 41,000 words, now. But I’m kind of at an impasse as to where, precisely, the narrative goes. So, how about a blog post? Let’s start off with a quote:

In the matter of reforming things, as distinct from deforming them, there is one plain and simple principle; a principle which will probably be called a paradox. There exists in such a case a certain institution or law; let us say, for the sake of simplicity, a fence or gate erected across a road. The more modern type of reformer goes gaily up to it and says, “I don’t see the use of this; let us clear it away.” To which the more intelligent type of reformer will do well to answer: “If you don’t see the use of it, I certainly won’t let you clear it away. Go away and think. Then, when you can come back and tell me that you do see the use of it, I may allow you to destroy it.”

This paradox rests on the most elementary common sense. The gate or fence did not grow there. It was not set up by somnambulists who built it in their sleep. It is highly improbable that it was put there by escaped lunatics who were for some reason loose in the street. Some person had some reason for thinking it would be a good thing for somebody. And until we know what the reason was, we really cannot judge whether the reason was reasonable. It is extremely probable that we have overlooked some whole aspect of the question, if something set up by human beings like ourselves seems to be entirely meaningless and mysterious. There are reformers who get over this difficulty by assuming that all their fathers were fools; but if that be so, we can only say that folly appears to be a hereditary disease. But the truth is that nobody has any business to destroy a social institution until he has really seen it as an historical institution. If he knows how it arose, and what purposes it was supposed to serve, he may really be able to say that they were bad purposes, or that they have since become bad purposes, or that they are purposes which are no longer served. But if he simply stares at the thing as a senseless monstrosity that has somehow sprung up in his path, it is he and not the traditionalist who is suffering from an illusion. – G K Chesterton

A huge amount of our problem is that for about the last 250 years, large numbers of people have insisted upon reforms when they are almost entirely ignorant of just how the current situation arose. I’d pay more attention, for instance, to their complaints about Capitalism if they knew what it was, and why it is here. I, too, have many complaints about the Capitalist system…but these are based upon understanding both the flaws and strengths of the system. Most people complaining about it have merely been told it is unfair and have never examined the assertion…meanwhile, they eagerly swallow the idea that Socialism is superior because they simply don’t know what has happened in Socialist nations.

Yet another Federal judge has decided that a judge should set immigration policy. I think all such moves will eventually be struck down by the Supreme Court. It is just absurd to think that a city or State can defy federal law on immigration matters. I’m a huge fan of local control – but immigration is not a local issue.

Reporter runs into some thugs during a protest and gets frightened. Meanwhile, not one TEA Party or Trumpster has ever done something like that. Odd that MSMers still go with the line that TEA Party and Trumpsters are a threat.

In case you missed the great boobs controversy on Social Media, Don Surber has a run-down on it. Mostly it was a cause of very, very funny jokes for hours yesterday. Naturally, as a Conservative I refused to join in who am I kidding? I Tweeted out joke after joke.

17 thoughts on “I Really Should Work on the Novel Open Thread

  1. Cluster September 17, 2017 / 1:31 pm

    So remember earlier in the week following the London tube bombing when Trump said that the bombers “were losers and that Scotland Yard had them within their sights”? To which everyone was aghast, particularly Teresa May who bristled at the notion that they may have over looked something. Well ……

    BREAKING NEWS: Second man is arrested over London Tube attack after it is revealed police first held ‘bomber’ TWO WEEKS AGO but let him go, as ’15 guns and a bomb’ are now discovered

    I wonder if anyone will say that maybe Trump was right ……… AGAIN

    • M. Noonan September 17, 2017 / 11:41 pm

      David Burge put it best – the British must remember to keep a stiff upper lip as their head rolls down the sidewalk…

  2. Cluster September 18, 2017 / 7:59 am

    Everyone should see the pajama boy on MSNBC right now who is overly concerned about the Russian collusion that helped elect Trump. In fact he wrote a book about it, imagine that. His conclusion – if it weren’t for white supremacists and Russia collusion, Hillary would be President right now, Obama would have gotten a lot more done during his Presidency and we would be living in a progressive paradise right now.

    Damn. We were so close to such great things.

  3. Cluster September 18, 2017 / 8:12 am

    From last night Emmy Awards:

    Donald Glover: “I want to thank Trump for making black people No. 1 on the most oppressed list.”

    I wonder how the folks in Nigeria and the Sudan would receive this comment. Or how about the folks in Venezuela? I wonder if Venezuelans share the misery of a misunderstood and oppressed American Rapper.

    • Amazona September 18, 2017 / 7:53 pm

      The stupid! It burns, it BURNS !!!!

  4. Retired Spook September 18, 2017 / 4:20 pm

    Rocket Man? ROTFLMAO!

    • Amazona September 18, 2017 / 7:53 pm

      Couldn’t find your article on your link….

      • M. Noonan September 18, 2017 / 11:58 pm

        Naturally, our Liberals and Fredocons were all “how inappropriate”…my thing: has treating insane tyrants with respect ever worked out well for us?

      • Cluster September 19, 2017 / 9:24 am

        The Rocket Man comment is vintage Trump and vintage American. It’s who we are, and everyone outside of the DC/Media beltway heard it and laughed. Trump is a true red blooded New York American, politically incorrect, rough around the edges, often inappropriate, but tough as nails with a heart of gold. He is the first authentic “American” president we have had in a long time, following a long string of Ivy League educated, politically correct, DC beltway insiders. It’s refreshing.

  5. Cluster September 19, 2017 / 9:42 am

    So Mueller issues a “no knock” search warrant for Paul Manafort’s home permitting the FBI to enter unannounced at 6am in the morning under the guise that Manafort may destroy evidence, although he has cooperated fully up to this point. Sound reasonable?

    Meanwhile, going back just a couple of years, the FBI allowed Hillary Clinton and her private attorneys who had no security clearance, to comb through all of her State Department emails left on her unsecured server to determine which emails she would turn over to the FBI, and they were fine with that.

    It’s also been disclosed that the Obama admin. wire tapped Manafort during the campaign, proving Trump right again We still have a HUGE problem, or a YUGE problem. NO ONE currently in the US government or the media are to be trusted. The only person who is straight with the American people, and by that I mean the people who pay the bills for this country, is Trump.

    • Retired Spook September 19, 2017 / 11:26 am

      Manafort may have some legal problems unrelated to his roll in the campaign, but the bottom line of this massive witch hunt is that it likely all traces back to the fake dossier. The fact that neither Trump nor anyone on his team seems to be publicly worried indicates to me that it’s all a big nothingberger.

      • Cluster September 19, 2017 / 12:11 pm

        Are you referring to the collusion between the Ukranian government and the Hillary campaign to get dirt on Trump which proved to be false? That dossier?

  6. Cluster September 19, 2017 / 10:23 am

    At the UN, Trump is calling out North Korea and Iran in a manner that is pure Trump. Love it. The UN is hearing from the American people right now, not some global elitist wanna be.

  7. Cluster September 19, 2017 / 1:50 pm

    Couldn’t happen to a nicer group of people:

    The historic all-time-low viewership follows a grim trend for the self-congratulatory Emmy award show. According to Newsweek, the show is experiencing a steep 50% drop in viewership.

  8. Cluster September 19, 2017 / 2:19 pm

    So this could be inconvenient:

    The upward revision to the planet’s influential “carbon budget” was published by a number of researchers who have been deeply involved in studying the concept, making it all the more unexpected. But other outside researchers raised questions about the work, leaving it unclear whether the new analysis — which, if correct, would have very large implications — will stick.

    In a study published in the journal Nature Geoscience, a team of 10 researchers, led by Richard Millar of the University of Oxford, recalculated the carbon budget for limiting the Earth’s warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) above temperatures seen in the late 19th century. It had been widely assumed that this stringent target would prove unachievable — but the new study would appear to give us much more time to get our act together if we want to stay below it.

    In other words – they don’t know what in the hell is going on, only that those who have the temerity to question their expertise are science deniers and a threat.

  9. Cluster September 19, 2017 / 3:24 pm

    Exclusive: US government wiretapped former Trump campaign chairman

    Shouldn’t this read – “Obama wiretapped Trump campaign despite lies to the contrary”

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