Be careful out there. If you celebrate, have a good time but be safe.
For me, I haven’t bothered to stay up in a number of years. The last time I remember staying up I was in New Jersey watching the Times Square area from across the river, thankful I was not in that crowd. As it was, I had a pretty good view, enjoyed the fireworks, and was in bed not long after.
Again, enjoy yourself but be alert and be safe. There are idiots enough on the road even before you add in the extra alcohol.
Just as I offered a while back to teach what I can of self-defense to those of the LGBT community, I the same offer to my Jewish friends and readers. This includes training on situational awareness, some basic hand-to-hand, and even to helping you purchase and be trained in the use of a firearm. To those thinking of such, Tony Katz has a very good post up on pistols that can fit in a Tallit bag.
The only way to ensure “Never Again” is to be aware, alert, and prepared. Glad to help with that as I can.
Nothing sweet about what is going on right now. After two years of plotting and planning, the Democrats have gotten the impeachment they were wanting even before Trump took office. Yes, there are plenty of citations to support that statement of fact. What has been going on, in toto, is nothing more or less than treason, a deliberate assault on the Constitution, the Republic, and the results of a legitimate election. The Republic has been dead for a while now, though I still have some faint hope of resuscitation. Hang on, the rides about to get even more bumpy and interesting.
Also, a number of the usual suspects, including the legion of pearl clutchers out there, went ape over the Washington Post’s coverage of the “Afghanistan Papers” (a deliberate play on the Pentagon Papers of yore). Before you follow the usual lemmings off that cliff, you really do need to read this.
Finally, while it has a lot of “inside baseball” on Catholicism, this post sums up a lot of the problems in the Church today. Cleaning house is the only way the Church will save itself, and the leadership seems dead set against that. There are some other things at work, as I’ve noted before, but they all tie back to the need to clean house.
Having to travel out of state for work today, more soon.
To say that I am unsurprised that two of the three recent mass shootings in the US (there having been one this morning in the Czech Republic) happened on military bases is an understatement. The continuing policy on weapons, and the failure to learn even the most basic of lessons from Ft. Hood all those years ago, guaranteed that such would happen. The only real surprise to me is that it didn’t happen sooner.
The misguided social experiment that is the disarming of the military when on base is a failure. It deliberately sets up the military and their families as targets, even as it works to undermine responsibility, growth, and the social fabric of the military. To have what are in effect “Hall Monitors” rather than actual armed security is deliberately setting them, and those they are there to defend, up for failure and death. That the three killed at Pensacola appear to have tried to stop the terrorist despite being unarmed says much about them, and in my mind illustrates the fundamental difference between them and the leadership that condemned them to death.
I doubt that much of the military leadership will listen to the calls to rethink the policy, as they are fully into social experimentation with the military. They are woke, and not likely to change even at the costs of far higher death totals. It would be nice to be proven wrong on this, however.
As for the Broward (Coward) County shooting, I will simply note the illustration above. Serve and protect rings hollow right now, and as with the school shooting in Florida, an amazing degree of incompetence and cowardice is on display. While I could hope that evidence will come forward to mitigate, as with the above I will believe it when I see it.
The next time anyone tells you to leave your safety to the professionals, point at the above. Prepare, be vigilant, and hope for the best.
I’ve written a small bit about the purge of the military that occurred under Obama. If you were a warfighter (especially a proven warfighter/leader), didn’t embrace making the military a social experiment, or otherwise didn’t toe a very progressive line, you were gone. While most focus on the officer corps, the NCO ranks also were thinned out.
There is far less data on the enlisted loss, but the purge — and there is no better word — of the officer corps was unprecedented. There is some bitter fruit to come from that purge, as I am very concerned that despite a lot of effort on the part of Chaos and others, the rot could cost us dearly on many levels.
The uniform matters. It matters on many levels. On that note, I leave you with some extremely unpalatable food for thought. I would also add my thoughts that with the purge and the rise of those like Vindman, that our troops face peril because they will not be up to the task of leading in real conflict.
I cringe when I read about Epstein being a pedophile. I know better than to expect accuracy, much less precision, from the media. From the mainstream media, I fully expect them to call him that, as it allows them to sidestep a major SJW issue. From others, well, I’m sad to see them using the same sloppy meme.
Jeffrey Epstein was either a hebephile or a ephebophile, depending on which definition you go with. My own take is that he was an ephebophile, which is to say that he was focused on post-pubescent girls.
Why does it matter? Well, for one thing, it matters to the victims. Everyone jumping on the pedophile bandwagon is not helping those who are victims of either. Second, it obscures a number of problems going on today with sexual abuse — and various institutions.
Pedophiles are generally attracted to pre-pubescent children, and in general will go after either sex. There are, of course, a few who are gender specific, but most don’t care which gender is abused. For the victims, the abuse is a life sentence in that there are documented changes to the brain as a result of the abuse. There is also the long-disproven stigma that those abused become abusers themselves. In fact, only about ten percent of those abused will become sexual or other abusers, and there are several other things involved that have a far stronger impact on that happening than the sexual abuse. I would also point out that in addition to the documented changes in the brain, there is growing evidence that childhood abuse is related to significant inflammatory and health problems later in life.
Hebephiles and ephebophiles concentrate on those who are pubescent or post-pubescent. Statistically, they tend to be gender-specific unlike pedophiles. To some extent, such interest is normal and results in things like ‘wow, he turned into a handsome young man’ or ‘she is gorgeous/has bloomed/etc.’ thoughts or comments as we are wired to notice those who can now produce children. For most people, that is the extent of it.
However, those who are hebephiles or ephebophiles, it is not enough and there is a strong sexual attraction. While such was indeed common in the past, more so than many would like to consider, it is not accepted today. It is also a topic that the media wants to avoid like the plague as it ties into certain practices — particularly grooming.
While there is some coverage of heterosexual grooming, I suspect one reason a number of sex scandals in almost every church (hint, it’s not just the Catholic Church) and other institutions are getting scant coverage is that there are strong signs of organized and extensive homosexual grooming — and that is something the media will go far to avoid covering.
A while back, I contacted a pundit who was accusing a political candidate of being a pedophile. I pointed out that the person was not, that there was scant evidence that he was a hebephile or ephebophile, and that the pundits comments (which went beyond just accusation) were, in fact, harming victims. I was told that the pundit didn’t care, what mattered was winning, and that I and real victims could ‘fuck off.’
Of course, this is not the first time the media has ignored, distorted, or outright lied to push a meme. Want a good example? Let’s go to Vietnam, and a photo that changed the course of the war, another that continued that push.
Today, the media continues to advance the chosen narrative. The only difference is now that the mask has slipped. Anyone who cares about the truth can easily see the mask and where it has slipped. Here’s three photos that make the point.
A hat tip, writ large, to Instapundit, for links and for the photos. I also need to give a hat tip to Iowahawk for his line, which I cheerfully use on a regular basis.
There is a lot going on, both here with me and in the world at large.
In the latter, the soft-coup against Trump is well underway. I said a while back that the Republic was dead, and that we just didn’t want to accept it yet. More than ever, I’m afraid I believe that. Why?
Here’s a good take on the CNN response to the Project Veritas story. There is a lot of effort to smear Project Veritas (not just at CNN), but unlike the major media, they have always put up the full info so you can learn and decide. Good people, doing a lot of good work — and doing the journalism the media is unwilling to do. After all, there is a great deal of truth to the adage that the media covers the truly important stories — with a pillow, until they quit moving. Along those lines, something that hits a point that I glanced on in my ‘Saving Pvt. Journalism’ posts many years ago. The media has long paid lip service to “objectivity” but when there is no standard, there can be no real activity. Hat tip to This Ain’t Hell.
Finally, amid the smoke screen being deployed large and thick out Congresscritter Shitt’s ass, a major point that is frantically being hidden by those behind the latest front in the coup effort. Yes, it does matter and no, it is NOT against the law to name the whistleblower. Anyone want to place a bet that ABC (and possibly CBS) are going to do everything they can to name and destroy the (former) ABC whistleblower, and yet demand that the so-called Whistleblower in DC be protected? Hypocrisy much?
As for here, I had to give more blood on my lunch break the other day as one of the tests got screwed up somehow. Was told it was one vial, but it was three. Joy. Getting some results, and am interested in what the rheumatologist will say/want to do next. As for me, I want to get to the bottom of this, and find out what is going on. Meantime, if you care to hit either the Bard’s Jar or the wishlist in the top right corner, please do so. My current joint coctail seems to be doing at least some good, but at a cost.
The news of al-Baghdadi is confirmed. Couldn’t have happened to a better man. Those so opposed to Trump that they are praising al-Baghdadi show themselves for what they are. Pity them, and hammer them into the ground.
On top of that, seems we took out the spokesman for ISIS on Sunday. There may have been a few other targets in there as well. Again, couldn’t have happened to better men.
The West, and Western Media, have largely ignored the horrors inflicted by ISIS. Sexual slavery, rape of captives (including at least one U.S. citizen who was then made a slave and had to serve as the wife of an ISIS leader), crucifixion of Christians (and others), burning prisoners alive, tossing gays off rooftops. Western media, particularly that in the U.S., are determined to cover stories that undermine the progressive narrative with a pillow, until they quit moving.
More on supplements tomorrow, but for today, a favor to ask. If you can hit the tip jar, or perhaps the Amazon wish list, up there in the top right corner, it would be appreciated. The supplements are expensive, as are some other steps I hope to take here soon. Also, I’m going to have to learn/re-learn how to shoot offhand. That is going to take ammo, range time, and probably even some coaching/instruction. Anything will help. Thanks.
Announcement at 0900 Eastern today (Sunday). But, reports are already out that SF took him out/caused him to kill himself to avoid capture.
Christians are not supposed to celebrate the death of anyone, that any death is a loss. Well, I’m probably not in the few hundred thousand to get into heaven anyway, so bleep it. Thinking this is cause for a smoke and a drink.