The Virginia crisis: where’s the evidence of wrongdoing?

I’m obliged to Daily Timewaster for posting this video comment on the lead-up to today’s protest in Richmond, Virginia.  The author makes some very good points. He’s right.  If a crime has been committed, or the authorities know that a crime is being planned, arrest those responsible and charge them.  Don’t penalize the entire citizenry of a state for the alleged – but so far unproven – plans, crimes or motivations of a few.  That’s not how the rule of law works . . . but then, in Virginia today, one questions how seriously the rule of law is being taken by the powers that be.  After all, they’re changing those

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Coming to a boil in Virginia?

Many commenters, including myself, have urged caution in the weeks leading up to today’s VCDL “Lobby Day” pro-Second-Amendment protest in Richmond, Virginia.  We’ve pointed out that the newly-installed Democratic Party administration in that state has basically set things up so that they can’t lose.  Any incident is going to be blamed on right-wing agitators, redneck rebels and “bitter clingers“, and used as an excuse to implement even harsher repression against those who place a higher value on the Constitution of the United States than upon current politically correct shibboleths. However, the other side has not been seeking to de-escalate things to a level

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The Richmond protest: things are getting squirrelly out there

Last week I repeated a warning that’s been sounded by many people whose judgment I respect.  The “Lobby Day” in Richmond, Virginia on Monday, January 20th, directed against the new anti-gun proposals and legislation being imposed by the newly-elected Democratic Party government of the state, is turning into a tailor-made opportunity for anti-Second Amendment, anti-gun, anti-freedom, pro-statist propaganda.  Those forces are already preparing the ground to portray all those who support the Second Amendment and enjoy the use of firearms as knuckle-dragging, proto-Neanderthal, diehard stick-in-the-mud unreconstructed Rebels who need to be taught a lesson.  What’s worse is that some of those opposed to

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The great inversion: “deplorables” versus intellectuals

Eric S. Raymond wrote a very thought-provoking article a few weeks ago, analyzing how socialist and Marxist ideology has moved its support base from workers to intellectuals in both the UK and the USA.  Here are a few excerpts. There’s a political trend I have been privately thinking of as “the Great Inversion”. It has been visible since about the end of World War II in the U.S., Great Britain, and much of Western Europe, gradually gaining steam and going into high gear in the late 1970s. . . . To understand the Great Inversion, we have to start by remembering what

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The Virginia flashpoint: a clear and present danger?

I’m getting more and more concerned about the buildup of partisan anger and determination on both sides of the political aisle over the situation in Virginia.  As you probably know, the Democratic Party took the governorship and both houses of the State assembly in last year’s elections.  They take office on January 20th.  They’ve already promised a raft of politically correct legislation, including gun registration and/or confiscation, overturning local zoning regulations, and others.  Don Surber offers an acerbic overview of them. It’s noteworthy that the Democratic majority came from just a few counties in Virginia, most of them dominated by workers

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Doofus Of The Day #1,059

Today’s award goes to the American Civil Liberties Union for this stupidity. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is calling for men’s restrooms to include tampons in order to prevent discrimination against “every person who menstruates.” . . . The left-leaning legal group argued that it wasn’t a “full or accurate portrayal” to say that women are the only ones who “menstruate, get pregnant, or breast feed [sic].” “Menstrual stigma and period poverty can hit trans and non-binary people particularly hard,” the post read. . . . This wasn’t the first time the ACLU made a head-turning comment about gender. On “International

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The Horowitz report: exposing the plot to overthrow a President

After the release of the Horowitz report last week, I’ve been waiting to see how the reactions shook out, and particularly what emerged after a thoughtful, careful analysis of what it revealed.  There’s been a lot of breathless hype, of course, and a great deal of partisan political pontification.  Nevertheless, as more and more information came out, there’s a growing anger and concern across the political spectrum as we’ve come to see how the “deep State” deliberately plotted to overthrow the result of a democratic election. I’ve put together seven articles that I thought made very important points about the report.  They’re from both sides

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It’s the end of the world as we know it – and we feel terrible!

Three articles struck a powerful chord in me over the past few days.  They all approach a central theme from different directions, but their conclusions are very similar:  today’s extremists see politics, ideology, and life itself in religious terms rather than secular.  Their beliefs may have nothing to do with any Deity that we might recognize, but they’re nevertheless oriented towards a cause that assumes God-like proportions in their eyes. First, Alma Boykin (a good friend in meatspace as well as cyberspace) compares the attitudes of modern, secular millennialist extremists to religious fundamentalism. Millennialism, leaning on Richard Landes’ definition and discussion, is an emotional, socially

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How false ideas become fake science

This is how falsehoods sneak into the allegedly “scientific” arena, and become standards against which reality is measured. You’ve almost certainly heard some of the following terms: cisgender, fat-shaming, heteronormativity, intersectionality, patriarchy, rape culture and whiteness. The reason you’ve heard them is that politically engaged academicians have been developing concepts like these for more than 30 years, and all that time they’ve been percolating. Only recently have they begun to emerge in mainstream culture. These academicians accomplish this by passing off their ideas as knowledge; that is, as if these terms describe facts about the world and social reality. And while

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About those ISIS prisoners in Syria .

A while back, I noted that with the Kurdish rapprochement with the Syrian government, the ISIS/ISIL prisoners held by the former were very likely to be handed over to, or captured by, Syrian forces;  and they could expect little mercy if they were. Well, guess what? Jihadis in prisons in Syria could face execution without trial after President Bashar al-Assad said he was setting up special terror courts, where the prisoners will be subjected to ‘Syrian law’. Membership of Islamic State (IS) is a hanging offence in Syria and the brutal dictator has now said foreign members of IS in the country will

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