The gen X/millennial hybrid’s (25-35 yrs old) malaise is astounding. We were at the tail end of “you gotta go to college to make it in this world” when right in the middle of our time on campus the banks melted down and everything changed. Too young to benefit from helicopter money and the jobs that accompanied it, too old for the Twitter shitposting that altogether eschewed the now hollow power structures. We felt lied to and betrayed and in some ways we were but mostly our advisors were simply naive. Things worked out when they followed that path, why wouldn’t it be the same for us? Making peace with this reality is the hardest but most crucial step to recovery.
Along comes the 45th president of the United States of America, Donald J. Trump. A long slumbering patriotic artery is given a shot of epinephrine and the course of human history is forever altered. No longer do young men and women like myself wonder “is anybody else seeing this shit?!?” The disaffection that accompanied “compassionate conservatism” and “you didn’t build that” was wiped away in one short speech punctuated with the goal of making America great again. We no longer have to play nice with the nerds who think politics is where they get to subjugate their cool kid tormentors from yesteryear. We can finally stop biting our tongues around the blue-haired freak show mafia that we always knew were deeply damaged individuals who need quarantined, not celebrated. WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE!
The clouds have all parted. The fog of war has evaporated. The enemy is clear and plain. We weren’t accepted for so long we no longer care about their assessments of us and can fight unburdened by concerns for perception. We already know you hate us and we have no need to show mercy. Our will is stronger because we have had to foment in the dark, in silence, in preparation for a day we weren’t confident would ever arrive. The floodgates are open and we are going to cleanse this great nation of its traitors and their sycophants. There are more of us than you. We believe in our cause more strongly than you do yours because ours is right and just and necessary for the world to survive.
Good luck winning this war. Too many have been emboldened to finally act out what they knew all along was right. The gut doesn’t lie and we can feel your desperation, taste your fear, smell the impending victory.
BUILD THE WALL
DEPORT THEM ALL
MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN
Beautifully stated: Inside the Cold, Calculating Libertarian Mind
“Government is the embodiment of rights violation – it cannot function otherwise. Taxation violates property rights, extending imagined rights to others violates liberty (the patient may be getting a “right”, but ask the doctor if he isn’t a slave), and any refusal to comply will ultimately lead to government violating the right to life.”
Still think voting for Barry or Mitt is smart?
I’ve become a regular listener of Joe Rogan’s podcast over the past month. The most recent episode featured comedian Bryan Callen and a good chunk was a discussion about fear and its relationship with success. For the uninitiated, Rogan’s podcast is not really a comedy show despite the host and most guests hailing from that world. It’s very long form, averaging two and a half to three hours and covers a myriad of topics. Callen brought up a book in the works by a psychologist friend of his who has counseled athletes and corporate execs and other folks in high intensity careers. [Sidenote: Callen is incredibly interesting.]
There was one anecdote Callen was relating that really stuck out for me. He asked the doc what is the most common hurdle faced by the CEOs and other high powered businessmen he’s had therapy with. He said they all are afraid of being discovered as frauds; that somehow they lucked into their position and are in over their heads.
That is fucking fascinating. Think about that for a minute.
With very, very few exceptions (and it’s not going to be the guys seeking professional counseling) none of these guys were handed the keys to a Fortune 500 company. God did not simply smile on them and they wound up there. It seems to me that they all possess a level of humility beyond what would be expected. Sheeeit, there are girls on Twitter that never finished high school with bigger egos.
Contrast that with the assholes in Congress and the last, oh I don’t know, 30 presidents. Every single one of those dicks thinks they have some right to be there. Obama is a glaringly obvious example of this mentality. For chrissakes he’d written two (2!!!) autobiographies before he even ran for President. And yet the chairman of Chevron’s board is worried he’s not qualified for his job.
This is the big reason why it’s not now and never will be about “just getting the right people in office.” I used to naïvely believe that. Then I finished the 11th grade and used my brain. The people who want to be in politics are never the people who should be in politics. You don’t willingly give a tyrant power; you do everything you can to keep them from obtaining it.
I’ve got more on this, stay tuned.
One to screw it in,
one to excoriate men for creating the need for illumination,
one to blame men for inventing such a faulty means of illumination,
one to suggest the whole “screwing” bit to be too “rape-like”,
one to deconstruct the lightbulb itself as being phallic,
one to blame men for not changing the bulb,
one to blame men for trying to change the bulb instead of letting a woman do it,
one to blame men for creating a society that discourages women from changing light bulbs,
one to blame men for creating a society where women change too many light bulbs,
one to advocate that lightbulb changers should have wage parity with electricians,
one to alert the media that women are now “out-lightbulbing” men,
and one to just sit there taking pictures for her blog for photo-evidence that men are unnecessary.
Props to Aaron McGruder and will.i.am
Direct from the New York Times last week:
The Obama administration has taken the extraordinary step of authorizing the targeted killing of an American citizen, the radical Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who is believed to have shifted from encouraging attacks on the United States to directly participating in them, intelligence and counterterrorism officials said [last] Tuesday.
Mr. Awlaki has been the focus of intense scrutiny since he was linked to Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the Army psychiatrist accused of killing 13 people at Fort Hood, Tex., in November, and then to Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Nigerian man charged with trying to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner on Dec. 25.
As a general principle, international law permits the use of lethal force against individuals and groups that pose an imminent threat to a country, and officials said that was the standard used in adding names to the list of targets. In addition, Congress approved the use of military force against Al Qaeda after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. People on the target list are considered to be military enemies of the United States and therefore not subject to the ban on political assassination first approved by President Gerald R. Ford.
Most readers will be hearing about this for the first time because there has largely been a deafening silence in the news. But credit must be given where it is due. Keith Olbermann, usually an Obama loyalist, has harshly criticized the president for ordering the assassination without trial and has been the only relatively mainstream media personality to even breach the subject. Continue reading
President Obama’s “bipartisan health care summit” that was announced during an interview on the Super Bowl pre-game show will be held Thursday. “I want to come back and have a large meeting, Republicans and Democrats, to go through systematically all the best ideas that are out there and move it forward,” Mr. Obama said in the interview from the White House Library.
Yesterday the President released his updated reform proposals and posted them to the White House website. The bullet points supposedly show that the proposal “puts American families and small business owners in control of their own health care.”
In reality, the proposal would put the federal government in control of health insurance (which is not at all the same as health care). It would make it a federal crime for people to not buy insurance, or for insurers to offer plans that did not meet expensive federal mandates (such as insuring “children” up to the age of 26.) The only families who would remain in control are those exempted from compulsory insurance because they can’t afford it. But I thought that was the reason why people are not insured today?
The new blueprint is almost exactly the same as the House and Senate health care bills that the public have opposed since July. It mostly just splits the difference between the two. This is fantastic news and for those who view politics as nothing more than farcical theater, another great source of amusement.