Saturday, November 23, 2019

The rain has moved out

for now, so just chilly out there.  So you might put off the data inspection until after the evening has been enjoyed.

On that '1619' project from the NYeffingTimes,

an interview with one of the best historians of the Civil War period(and much of earlier America).  Couple of excerpts:
Q. Could you speak on this a little bit more? Because elsewhere in her essay, Hannah-Jones writes that “black Americans have fought back alone” to make America a democracy.

A. From the Quakers in the 18th century, on through the abolitionists in the antebellum, to the radical Republicans in the Civil War and Reconstruction, to the NAACP which was an interracial organization founded in 1909, down through the Civil Rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s, there have been a lot of whites who have fought against slavery and racial discrimination, and against racism. Almost from the beginning of American history that’s been true. And that’s what’s missing from this perspective.'
Why, it's almost like they didn't WANT anything that didn't agree with what they want people to believe...

And this gem:
Q. We’ve spoken to a lot of historians, leading scholars in the fields of slavery, the Civil War, the American Revolution, and we’re finding that none of them were approached. Although the Times doesn’t list its sources, what do you think, in terms of scholarship, this 1619 Project is basing itself on?

A. I don’t really know. One of the people they approached is Kevin Kruse, who wrote about Atlanta. He’s a colleague, a professor here at Princeton. He doesn’t quite fit the mold of the other writers. But I don’t know who advised them, and what motivated them to choose the people they did choose. (I think we know what motivated them)

Q. Nikole Hannah-Jones, the lead writer and leader of the 1619 Project, includes a statement in her essay—and I would say that this is the thesis of the project—that “anti-black racism runs in the very DNA of this country.”

A. Yes, I saw that too. It does not make very much sense to me. I suppose she’s using DNA metaphorically. She argues that racism is the central theme of American history. It is certainly part of the history. But again, I think it lacks context, lacks perspective on the entire course of slavery and how slavery began and how slavery in the United States was hardly unique. And racial convictions, or “anti-other” convictions, have been central to many societies.

But the idea that racism is a permanent condition, well that’s just not true. And it also doesn’t account for the countervailing tendencies in American history as well. Because opposition to slavery, and opposition to racism, has also been an important theme in American history.'

Yesterday the bubble, while smaller, had a tiny satellite bubble,

which later become two.  Now the main is smaller, with one large satellite. But it's shrunk enough that I can look down at a keyboard without it getting much in the way.

Doc says it'll still be healing for at least a couple of weeks, so won't know total change until then.  So it's wait and see.

This kind of crap is what happens when a group has no actual problems

to deal with, so they have to create something.
Students at a Virginia law school are asking the administration to remove 'controversial' figures George Washington and Robert E. Lee from their graduation diplomas.
Fucking whiny bitches.

Friday, November 22, 2019

Damp and cold out there, so

it's good to have some new study materials

"But I'm a politician and a Democrat, this isn't supposed to apply to ME!"

“The driver handed officers a weapon that was in the vehicle, as well as a concealed carry license,” a CPD communications officer wrote in an email. “Further investigation revealed the license was revoked. The subject was taken into custody and charged accordingly.

And on the door to his office:

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

The Mayor of Vienna:

PC-brained chickenshit.
“On 11 July, President Jacek Majchrowski and I were invited to meet the new mayor Michael Ludwig. And there we were told that a new committee had said that the monument did not meet the artistic standards, was archaic and therefore Vienna withdrew its consent.”

In its letter to the organising committee, the authorities in Vienna, fearing that the monument may be perceived as anti-Turkish, stated that it was not an appropriate time to erect military monuments.

A proper response from the Poles:

"Yes, but at least there are no nasty guns involved

in the injuries, cripplings, and killings!"
London authorities are hoping to literally stem the bleeding in response to a knife crime epidemic that's plaguing England and Wales.

The City of London Police announced Monday that hundreds of bars and nightclubs across the city will be soon be outfitted with specialized medical equipment meant to treat catastrophic bleeding from stab wounds.

A total of 320 "bleed control kits" will be supplied to late-night venues in London's financial district over the next few weeks, and follows a pilot program earlier this year in Birmingham.
Yeah, that's going to fix the problem...

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Ran across a new parts place today

Apertures 'N' More.  Rear sight parts, screws, etc.

Kevin found a really good Quote of the Day,

it's here.  I want to borrow a bit from further down, because it's worth putting out there on its own:
Mass movements can rise and spread without belief in a God, but never without belief in a devil. Usually the strength of a mass movement is proportionate to the vividness and tangibility of its devil. When Hitler was asked whether he thought the Jew must be destroyed, he answered: "No.... We should have then to invent him. It is essential to have a tangible enemy, not merely an abstract one." F.A. Voigt tells of a Japanese mission that arrived in Berlin in 1932 to study the National Socialist movement. Voigt asked a member of the mission what he thought of the movement. He replied: "It is magnificent. I wish we could have something like it in Japan, only we can't, because we haven't got any Jews."

Monday, November 18, 2019

The eye is improving

and vision improves as the gas level reduces, but the line is still there.  Which means when I look down to do something, it screws with seeing.  And, if anything, the wave is worse(smaller bubble in a bigger volume).

But it is improving.

Teaching possible reporters to be journalists instead

The children who run the student newspaper at Northwestern recently disgraced themselves by issuing a groveling apology for . . . covering the news, in this case protests against a campus visit by Jeff Sessions. And that was their offense: taking photos, conducting interviews — you know, journalism. Students who were photographed or contacted for interviews complained that they were “traumatized” by this.

“We contributed to the harm students experienced,” the Northwestern editors wrote, “and we wanted to apologize for and address the mistakes that we made.” The main mistake they’ve made is mistaking themselves for journalistsreporters*. These kids are an embarrassment, but the problem did not start with them.
But they've damned sure learned the proper groveling when the make the mistake of actually doing the job.

*There, fixed it for them.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Yes, it is.

I would have thought that the assaults, and attempted murders, and arsons, and censorship and so forth would've made that plain a long time ago.
Every now and again, it’s worth thinking about what the intersectional left’s ultimate endgame really is — and here it strikes me as both useful and fair to extrapolate from Kendi’s project. They seem not to genuinely believe in liberalism, liberal democracy, or persuasion. They have no clear foundational devotion to individual rights or freedom of speech. Rather, the ultimate aim seems to be running the entire country by fiat to purge it of racism (and every other intersectional “-ism” and “phobia”, while they’re at it). And they demand “disciplinary tools” by unelected bodies to enforce “a radical reorientation of our consciousness.” There is a word for this kind of politics and this kind of theory when it is fully and completely realized, and it is totalitarian.

Short version: "I hate guns, and I like the idea of a police state, it's just

that I want it done by rules I approve of!"

Which is what this boils down to.
I have agreed with everything Jacinda has argued right up until this enormous goose step towards a Police State…
She's pushing and creating a police state, you moron, and you like it.  You just want to make sure the police stay within your lines while they're doing it.