Open Thread

Democrats have a Feinstien problem. No, its not her lifetime of corruption or that she employed a Chinese spy for years. For the Democrats, none of that is a problem! Their problem is that she’s 900 years old and is ill – can’t get to the Senate to vote the way she’s told and its holding up Biden’s horrific judicial nominees. Naturally, they want the GOP to get them out of this jam by voting to suspend the rules and allow some other Democrat to temporarily fill her seat. McConnell has come through for us on this and not allowed it – as they can’t get unanimous consent, they’ll need a floor vote and that takes 60 votes to happen. Can they get GOP votes for it? Perhaps some, but I suspect not enough. This does provide some real leverage for the Senate GOP…but one thing McConnell has never liked is using leverage against Democrats. Naked exercises of power are ok with him, but making them pay a price for something never enters into his head. OTOH, McConnell is clearly not in the best of health, himself, and as GOPers start jockeying for position, maybe they can force Mitch’s hand here? With the debt ceiling looming, this is the perfect time to take a pound of Democrat flesh.

There’s several videos of a completely looted Chicago Wal Mart. This isn’t just some high value items – the store is pretty much cleared out. The most heart wrenching was put out by a Chicago mother who was simply shopping for food for the kids and there was none left. And she does blame her fellow black people for it – pointing out that she is not a thief, but now because of them she can’t get what she needs. The bad news: it just gets worse from here. Chicago’s new Mayor is a full-blown Leninist who figures that looting is just “loot the looters”. But you can’t sustain this: businesses can’t remain in business if at any moment their whole stock of goods is to be stolen. And think about it: a whole Wal Mart was cleaned out. Even the neighborhood Wal Mart stores are pretty darn big. Think how long it would take even for a sizeable mob to clean it out…which means the police weren’t even called on a “why bother?” attitude or they didn’t come after being called (and why should they? If they did and tried to make arrests, they’d just be setting themselves up for accusations of racist brutality with the mayor siding with the looters). In a short while, the only retail outlets in Blue cities will be fortresses with only limited goods and high prices to pay the costs of security. And without any easy targets to loot, it isn’t like the mobs will then settle down and get a job…they’ll just start moving out into the rich, white suburbs with their BLM flags (that last bit will be a little funny, tho…)

China appears to be opening police stations in the USA in order to monitor and harass Chinese dissidents residing here. The two cops here were arrested but I have my doubts will really put a stop to this: the PRC has so entirely penetrated the American establishment that this might merely have been the signal for them to keep it more low key.

The latest comic book turned movie has become another in a long string of flops. Get woke, go broke as they say. But really its more “go boring, go broke”. Fun movies are supposed to be fun. Perhaps a bit ridiculous and heavy on special effects and explosions, but that is all part of the fun. But they become a drag if you have to bootstrap social commentary into them. I’m no genius author but I always consider the story before anything else. A character first introduced in Kings and Queen is gay, though not obviously so. If you’re paying close attention, you’ll notice it. But that fact also plays no role in the story. My characters have always appeared to me full grown as soon as I need them: there is character development as time goes on, but the gender, looks and basic motives of them are all there, whammo, as soon as I need them. This character, who shows up in a battle scene, showed up gay. In The Crimson Blade (Book VIII which will be released after Empress) this character becomes a secondary character in the overall story and so I tell more of his backstory – with him remaining gay, but that fact remaining utterly uninteresting in his role. Because something like that is primarily uninteresting. Its like hair color: something that just is. It is what your characters do in the story which makes or breaks them, and decides if the story is interesting. As it turns out, I liked this character so much that in Book IX (Home World), he becomes a main character.

What I’m saying here is that you can have in your stories non-traditional character roles. In fact, having a few odd balls in there is kinda fun. Anyone who reads my stories knows I favor strong female characters – I’ve never liked shrinking violets and I didn’t marry one. Mousy women have always irritated me. The girls I’ve got are gutsy broads who aren’t afraid of anything…but I’m also not going to please modern absurdity by having one of them take down a 250 pound warrior in hand to hand combat (Rossalyn slicing the unwary up with a sword is another matter entirely, of course). You can have just about anything you want in your story – but its got to be fun, not be boring because you had to shoehorn in the latest social mores as decreed by the ultra-woke. The sooner the movie makers figure this out the sooner they’ll get back to making money.

The Evil Democrats

The Department of Homeland Security is admitting that Cartel income from human trafficking across the American border has risen from $500 million in 2018 to $13 billion in 2022. Drugs are still number one by far, but let’s face the fact that the United States has become an insatiable maw for the new slave trade – and huge numbers of these people are no more than slaves, especially the “unaccompanied minors” being sent across. Also: there is zero chance that there has been this much of an increase without the active cooperation of American law enforcement officials. Something this big is by far too easy to spot and even the veriest simpleton of a cop would be able to figure out what is going on. I’m not saying that everyone is involved but, also, you never need that – and the Cartels have decades of experience of bribing (and intimidating) law enforcement. And with $13 billion just in slaves to sell, the Cartels have plenty of money for bribes.

And we got here because the Democrat Party- the Left, the overall Establishment – wanted this. Don’t try to soften this: what is happening with human trafficking is the easy and obvious result of Democrat policies to allow people to flood in unvetted and then allow them (heck, send them, often by plane) deep into the American interior with a mere notice to appear which will be ignored. And the Democrats did this – opened a border which Trump had by and large secured – simply because they hate us. They don’t care about these poor people (Martha’s Vineyard proved that – they bounced those illegals out so fast their heads were spinning). They don’t care about the mountain of human suffering they are causing not just among these trafficked people, but among the American communities they are settled in, with all the connections to Cartel criminality which comes with them. They just don’t care – they did this because it was the opposite of what we wanted. They are spiting us with the blood of foreigners suffocating in trucks or raped along the border.

And they are like that because they are not good people. And I don’t mean this in the sense that all of us can strive to be better – I mean that they have chosen to be bad. To be evil.

It really should come as no shock – after all, a person who is ok with federally funded abortion on demand to the moment of birth (the core, Democrat demand on the issue) is someone who left off morality quite a while ago. And they don’t get away from this descent into wickedness if they say that they, personally, don’t like abortion to birth…if you think that anyone, anywhere, should be able to hold that position and also hold office in the United States, then you are downright evil on a very personal level. To paraphrase our Democrats, it isn’t enough to be against killing kids 8 months into pregnancy – you must actively work to stop it.

There is no policy of the Democrat Party – or of the overall global Left – which is not based upon hatred. Forget their words: they long ago learned to turn words on their head. Remember, when a person of the Left says they’re fighting Liberty, what they mean isn’t the ability of the individual to live as they see fit. No, it is something much more sinister than that: they are fighting to liberate from the family, from the country, from morality…from God, at the bottom of it. That is what they mean by the word Liberty – and that is why you will see them say “my body, my choice” in regards to abortion and then shout “vaccine mandate” in the next breath. It isn’t a contradiction to them – your Liberty is only the Liberty to be opposed to God and all that is decent…but you don’t have the liberty to do what you wish. Because if you can do as you wish, you may choose to do something the Left doesn’t want – you may even decide to worship God and then get married and raise children in a family.

This all stems, by the way, from Lenin and the Russian revolutionaries. It can’t be emphasized enough how Leninism rules the Left these days. He was, after all, the first successful Leftist. He managed to obtain, retain and transmit his power. All the other Leftist movements before him (most notably the Marxists of 1848 and the Communards of 1871) had been crushed. Lenin won – and even those who claimed to reject Leninism still, by various degrees, sat at his feet and learned from the master. Because Leninism gained a country – and eventually an Empire – it was able to nurture itself and spread out into the world. By threat and blandishment it made it impossible for anyone on the Left first to oppose Leninism and later to refuse to support Leninism. The process took about 50 years (1917 to 1967); it first captured the colleges and then, via the college graduates, captured the institutions college grads work in.

But the main thing about Lenin wasn’t the Marxism – in fact, Marx would have rejected a lot of Leninism. Lenin was an opportunist of genius and in his time Marxism was the fashionable thing as it seemed to offer a “scientific” explanation and cure for the ills of society. But the main thing Lenin wanted was absolute power for himself and absolute war on the society he came from – he hated those damned, thick-headed Russian peasants who only wanted to be left alone. He despised those middle class drones working away and trying to merely build a nice life for their families. He also hated this nobility he came from, but not nearly with the white-hot passion that he hated the peasants and middle class…with their infuriating religious devotion and unwillingness to fit into the boxes Lenin assigned to them. What Lenin did was make it appear that his least desire was the only way to Marxism – didn’t matter if he changed his mind from day to day, whatever bug was up his rear at any given moment was the absolute necessity for the Marxist future.

Does this at all sound familiar? Bring anything to mind? Perhaps all those Democrats who are always immediately on board with The Current Thing? They’ve merely learned their lesson – because failure to immediately follow the Party Line (initially established by Lenin, carried on by whomever gets themselves into a position to make the New Party Line, often on a daily basis) means you are outcast. Destroyed. Ruined! Marked for nothing but destruction.

You might want to say at this point, “hey, Mark: I know that the leaders are bad, but the rank-and-file people aren’t. They are good people. They want good things; they’ve just been conned.”

To which I answer: yes, they have been. Just like the Germans were conned by the Nazis.

The Nazis sold the Germans a flaming pile of dog…stuff…but after a while, you are still a human being with agency and you get to decide your level of participation. And some Germans figured out that even the first step was bad. Others figured it out later. But the overwhelming mass didn’t figure it out until a Russian or American boot was kicking their door in. I’ll never forget that The World at War interview with a “typical German woman” and she said it true: she didn’t become angry with Hitler and the Nazis until the defeat. It was a Gangster’s anger – Hitler had promised them the world if they obeyed. They obeyed…and all they got was a ruined nation. And then there was Hitler’s secretary, Traudl Junge, interviewed many years after the war, pointing out that her immediate post-war assertions that she hadn’t known Hitler was a monster was based on her not wanting to know. And your typical Democrat person in the United States doesn’t know that humans are being trafficked. Doesn’t know that crime is rising. That there are shortages of food in some places. That kids as young as 8 are being “transitioned” on the flimsiest of justifications. To be sure, the MSM – owned by the Democrat Party – isn’t helpful to anyone who wants to know…but everyone is supposed to want to know. These rank-and-file Democrats don’t want to know.

And it doesn’t matter why they don’t want to know. Laziness, cowardice…what have you. We’re human beings. We have Reason – we’re supposed to use it. We’re supposed to think about it. Someone says we need to abort a healthy child at 8 months from a healthy mother, we’re supposed to ask why someone would want to do that? What’s the justification? On every level – practical and moral. We are accountable for our actions. For we believers, it is accountability to God. For non-believers it would be accountability to the community. But there is always that accountability – why? Why do you believe as you do? Why do you act as you do? Justify it. And if you can’t justify your beliefs and actions, you’d better stop. The Germans suddenly found themselves in May of 1945 in a non-Nazi world where they had to provide an explanation for boxcars of people shipped – with massive cooperation all through German society – to death camps. There will come a day – and we pray to God it is soon – where people will be asked to justify why they thought it ok for kids to be trafficked across the border. Why they thought it ok for thugs to burn cities. Why they thought it ok for government agencies to spy on Americans.

But until that day, we on our side must be on our guard. We can’t cooperate with these people because, as decent human beings, we cannot cooperate with evil. There is no bi-partisanship with the Devil. There is no mid-point between Good and Evil. There is Good and there is Evil and as far as human Reason can determine, we are obligated to adhere to Good, cost what it might. If this means we lose elections – if this means we lose all power and are utterly under the boot of a Leftist tyranny – then that is how it will have to be. We can’t do what is wrong and hope we will get what is right out of it.

No more compromise. We fight. We fight all the time. We fight on every issue. Nothing Left gets done with our help – it only happens because they overwhelm us. And if we obtain power, then as far as that power allows, we extirpate the Left from political, economic and social power. All or nothing, guys. Good or Evil. I want Good.

White House is Staging A Bloodless Coup!

OK, folks–here’s the deal- I don’t think too many people are realizing this:

1. We currently gather TEN TIMES the amount of revenue required to service our debt, EVERY MONTH.

2. The 14th Amendment states that WE MUST honor and service our debts; meaning that paying and servicing debt MUST COME FIRST.

3. Barack Obama has been threatening that we WILL DEFAULT on our debt if the debt ceiling is not raised in two days.

4. The ONLY way this can happen, is if Barack Obama IGNORES the 14th Amendment and REFUSES to service the debt. This means that Barack Obama MUST OPENLY DEFY the Constitution to bring about what he threatens will happen.

5. Understand also that I believe that Barack Obama FULLY INTENDS to carry out his threat. I believe that Barack Obama MEANS, in direct opposition to the 14th Amendment, to ALLOW the United States to go into default. Like a terrorist with his finger on the button of his suicide vest, he is threatening to DESTROY THE FULL FAITH AND CREDIT OF THE UNITED STATES, placing our economy in RUIN, unless Congress meets his every demand.

6. In effect, Barack Obama is staging what amounts to nothing less than a COUP– a complete usurpation of the power of the purse that IS EXCLUSIVELY THE PURVIEW of the duly and locally elected United States House of Representatives.

7. In completely and WILLFULLY ignoring his Constitutional responsibilities with respect to the 14th Amendment, Barack Obama has effectually denounced the primacy of the U.S. Constitution. He is effectively governing by EXECUTIVE FIAT.

In other words, Barack Obama HAS THROWN AWAY THE CONSTITUTION and is in effect GOVERNING AS A DICTATOR!