Animal’s Daily Things Are Bad News

Roger L. Simon has some thoughts on how “woke” idiocy may be leading us to Something Bad Happening.  Excerpt:

“Woke” gains adherents much in the manner of “est”—the cult-like Erhard Seminars Training—that I attended in the 1970s at the behest of a movie producer interested in making a film about it. (It never happened.)

If you’re too in, you’re out.

For est, several hundred people sat in a large conference room listening to the “training” for hours under instructions not to get up, even to go to the bathroom, until they raised their hands signaling they “got it” (i.e., effectively joined the cult). Nature’s calling being what it is, most eventually did.

Although operationally similar, “woke” is exponentially more perilous than the now-defunct est training. Our position in society, our livelihoods, and our children’s educations and futures are being held over our heads, not our mere use of a restroom.

An iron-fisted, ideologically extreme minority has our country under its thumb—play along or face ex-communication. This is stronger than anything in our history and almost identical to what we see and have seen in totalitarian countries.

It’s a psychosis approaching mass hallucination. In Franco’s Spain, they shouted, “Viva la muerte!” (“Long live death!”) Here we are asked to proclaim just as loudly “Black Lives Matter,” to display signs saying as much on our lawns, although we never thought otherwise and always thought (naively, we are told) that all lives mattered.

I wouldn’t say “woke” is cult-like, so much it is clearly a cult in and of itself, lacking only a single charismatic leader to make it fit the classic definition.  But here’s the crux of Mr. Simon’s piece:

A rebellion against “woke” is brewing, particularly in red states, some of which are banning or have already banned critical race theory in their schools, among other pushbacks. (Kudos to Rep. Mark Green, Republican of Tennessee and Iraq War veteran, for introducing legislation to block critical race theory training at U.S. military academies.)

But will that be enough against a federal government that lives and breathes this evil ideology and that is essentially governed by a homegrown politburo—the thought that Biden acts by himself is ludicrous—determined to impose it?

As this imposition increases, the “contradictions,” as the Marxists would say, are heightened.

What the extremist ideology of “woke” actually provokes is talk of—and not just talk—secession and even civil war.

A few short months ago, in these very virtual pages, I was dismissive of the very notion of secession or civil conflict.  I still reckon the odds to be low – but not as low as they were a year ago.

Frankly, I still think it likely that the whole “woke” nonsense won’t last.  Most of the tenets of this almost-cult are just too antithetical to common sense, and the political types who are paying it lip service are likely to abandon it when it starts costing them elections, and that’s already happening.  Fringe movements like this don’t last without support from the powerful, or at least a portion of them.

However:  Right now they’re getting that support.  And if things don’t change, if some semblance of sanity doesn’t return… Well, it might be that I’ve been wrong about those odds.  I don’t think I am – I hope I’m not – but the next two to four years, I think, will tell the tale.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

This second week of May is finally seeing off most of the winter’s accumulation of snow here in the Great Land.  Robins have returned, the birches and alders are greening up, and every afternoon sees more and more of our yard exposed.  In a few more weeks, wildflowers will be blooming.

Turdus migratorius

Of course, that means spring clean-up.  It’s a little more work this year than will probably be the case most years, as the previous owners left us some stuff that, due to the midwinter sale, they were unable to clean up, although due to that they have kindly offered to help.  But suffice it to say the burn barrel will be seeing some extensive service the next couple of weekends.

The good news is that we’ll have ample firewood for the coming winter, as the unusually heavy snow last winter broke off a couple of trees on the back of the property, so with those, some alders taken down by the power company, and what was left from last winter, we’ll be well-stocked.

And so…

On To the Links!

OK, this is somewhat alarming.

Why Do People in Relationships Cheat?  Well, extra nookie would be my guess, although granted it’s only a guess.  I don’t play those games myself, and not just because Mrs. Animal is a really good shot.

Joe Biden, tax-dodger.  Fair share, my middle-aged white ass.

The ‘rona has also caused the great 2020 Baby Bust.  Funny, that, you’d think that when people were staying home, with little to do…

Newsweek finds an acorn.  And PJMedia’s Bryan Preston weighs inWokism rejects character and life’s complexities and subtleties. It places humans in boxes and categories based entirely on their race, not the content of their character or the actions they take. It rejects even the possibility of redemption. Wokism doesn’t allow for an individual’s character to matter at all. It’s segregationist, not unifying.  Ten.  Ring.

Florida jumps on the election integrity bandwagon.  Florida Democrats run for their fainting couches.  DeSantis 2024?  I think that may be in the works. Former Governors, historically, have been the most effective Presidents.

Eight facts about the AR-15.

Answers you don’t want to questions you never asked.

Paging Mr. McAfee, Mr. John McAfee.

Scotland to vote for independence.  Well, that could be interesting.  If the English decide to use force to hold Scotland in line, they should pick someplace suitable to fight it out – say, Culloden Moor.  I think the Scots would like some payback for that one.

Jeff Epstein didn’t kill himself, round 12,394.

This is what happens when the government sends the message that rental contracts don’t mean anything.

Crocodile Dundee wants to go home.  Can’t blame him, I’d want to get out of that shithole, too.

New Neandertal find near Rome.  Cool.

The greatest human invention was not fire, or the wheel – it was language, and it’s been around a long time.

We’re going to need a bigger woodchipper.

Yeah, we’re probably fucked.

This is probably a good idea, which means it won’t happen.

Roger Daltrey, still rocking.

Piers Morgan finds another acorn.  Hey, when he’s right, he’s right.

The Maricopa County election audit has the Dems freaking out.  Here’s why.

Nearly half of U.S. counties are now Second Amendment sanctuaries.  Hell, all of Alaska is.

Do you live east of the Mississippi?  Fill your gas tank.  1977 called – they want their gas crisis back!

Harris Faulkner:  Does the border feel closed?  The border:  Nope!

Too true to be funny:

Maybe they could skip the pretense and just publish an approved government newspaper.  They could call it, I don’t know, maybe, Truth?

This Week’s Idiots:

Salon‘s Chauncey DeVega is an idiot.

The Grio‘s Preston Mitchum is an idiot.

These idiots have some hard, hard lessons coming.

Margaret and her husband will be vaccinated and wearing masks and socially distanced from other guests, but they cannot take a first dance together.  But making the two-backed beast later that night is perfectly safe.  Got it.

The New York Times’ Charles Blow is an idiot.

Sawed-off asshole Robert Reich is still an idiot.

Here’s another damn piece of idiocy we’re supposed to care about.

CNN’s Chris King is an idiot.

Bill De Blasio is an idiot.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

Something a little different this week.

Folks who have read these virtual pages for any time at all know that Mrs. Animal and yr. obdt. are both fond of the Land of the Rising Sun, of the land, the people, the culture, the food, the drink, and everything else.  Recently one of our kids, also a Japanophile, sent us this; I’m not entirely what it’s a tutorial of, other than being Japanese, adorable, and good at producing synced front and back videos.  This is NiziU, with Make You Happy.  Enjoy.

Animal’s Daily Insurrection News

Before I start griping, make sure to check the latest in the Mystical Child series over at Glibertarians!  Now then:

AntiProfa/BLM rioters are at the level of civil insurrection, if you ask me.  One of their victims speaks from his hospital bed.  Excerpt:

The first question a Portland police officer asked the man beaten and held at gunpoint by antifa and Black Lives Matter “protesters” on a city street on Wednesday was “what did you do to agitate the crowd?”

And that tells you everything about why militant thugs run the streets of Portland with impunity. The cops blame the victims. Worse, victims who dare defend themselves become the bad guys.

Joe Hall is a former Marine and handyman, who currently lays his head in a Portland hospital trauma unit. He’s laid up with broken ribs, four fractured vertebrae, a dislocated shoulder, a partially collapsed lung, and a broken eye socket from when he was kicked in the face while he was down.

As PJ Media reported there is video of Hall getting the stuffing beaten out of him by BLM and antifa “security” thugs who boxed in his vehicle and then surrounded him with their AR15s and AK-style weapons at him. His wasn’t the only car stopped by the militants at gunpoint. See the other video of the incident below.

His offense? He got cut off in traffic by a moped, flipped off the moped driver, and the next thing he knew he was surrounded and blocked by drivers providing cover for a Black Lives Matter march. He didn’t drive through a crowd. It  appears that his only offense was to try to drive on the one side of the street where there were no protesters. He later told me that didn’t even know there was a march going on.

And for that, he apparently deserved to be beaten to within an inch of his life, and then have the local cops, who have apparently taken the side of the actual insurrectionists, what he did to agitate them.

What he did to agitate them?  Seriously?  Trying to drive down a public street agitates these assholes to the point of a near-lethal assault?

Sooner or later, unless local officials and law enforcement do something to rein these troublemakers in, the citizenry will grow frustrated enough to start making other arrangements.  What if some informal armed security groups start springing up, along the lines of the Roman vigiles?  You know, the informal watchmen in old Rome, from whom we derive the modern term “vigilante?”

Nature abhors a vacuum.  If Portland’s civil authorities can’t do something about this, sooner or later, inevitably, someone else will.

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

Thanks as always to Pirate’s Cove, Bacon Time, The Other McCain and Whores and Ale for the Rule Five links!

Spent the weekend just past back in Colorado, helping my own dear Mrs. Animal get what’s left of my workshop organized for the movers.  In so doing, I almost certainly spend my last couple of nights in the house that was our family home for twenty-three years.  That bears a moment’s reflection.

First, Colorado:

I moved to Colorado in September of 1988, after a stint in the Army.  Back then it was South Wyoming, although some of the urban rot was starting to creep into the Denver area, and Boulder was already pretty nutty, although the nuttiness was at least contained.  I moved west for the fishing, the hunting, all the outdoors activities, and Colorado did and still does have those and to spare; in fact, I’ll still come down regularly to join loyal sidekick Rat on deer and elk hunts.

But the state has gone too far left to suit me now.  It’s East California these days.  Plenty of people are looking to places like Texas and Florida now when dealing with blue-state blues, but Mrs. Animal and I have always been drawn north, and indeed began looking with thoughtful eyes at Alaska since well before Colorado went off the deep end.  So here we are.   We are moving north for the fishing, the hunting, all the outdoors activities, and Alaska, even more so, does have those and to spare.

Second, the home:

Mrs. Animal and I actually bought our first house together the month before we got married, a small, three-bed, one-bath starter home in Aurora.  It was a nice little house, but it was a little house.  We had a growing family, so about a year after our youngest was born we started looking for a bigger place.  In the spring of 1998, my career was taking off and we started house-shopping.  We did examine some properties with acreage out on the plains east of the city, but the commute (this was before work-from-home was a possibility, much less a preference for anybody) and the fact that the areas we were looking at were already being zoned up for development deterred us.  “If we’re going to live in town,” Mrs. Animal said, “we may as well live in town.”  So we eventually found this place, the big, rambling, 4600-square foot barn of a house where we raised our family.

Sunset from the house.

Our kids all remember it as the house they grew up in.  To them, it’s home, even though they all have their own homes now.  To Mrs. Animal and I, it’s a twenty-three year store of memories, of our kids, our grandchildren, of work, of happy events and sad ones, of life lived and family loved.  A big part of us will always be there with that house.  When you’ve lived in a place that long you become a part of it, and it, a part of you.

So it’s kind of a thoughtful moment.  But life is water, not stone, and I’ve always been the kind of guy who prefers to look ahead instead of back.  And now we look ahead to our golden years in the Great Land, breathing the free air of Alaska, and knowing some reflective moments but not a moment’s regret – no, not one single moment of regret.

Rule Five Paper Tiger Friday

Lots of folks are going on about how China is an up-and-coming economic superpower, but the hard fact is that, for the typical Chinese person, that country is still a poverty-stricken shithole.  Excerpt:

A quick search through all English-language news outlets in the ProQuest database for the ten-year period from 2011-21 shows that 20,915 articles discussed China’s GDP, whereas only 1,163 mentioned its GDP per capita. The difference was proportionally even larger among the eight largest and most elite papers, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post, where 5,963 articles referred to Chinese GDP and only 305 discussed the per capita measure.

In 2019, China’s GDP (measured at market exchange rates) of $14 trillion was the world’s second largest, after that of the United States ($21 trillion), with Japan ($5 trillion) in third place. Aggregate GDP reflects the total resources – including the tax base – available to a government. This is helpful for thinking about the size of China’s public investments, such as in its space program or military capacity. But it has much less bearing on Chinese people’s everyday lives.

Most economists therefore care more about China’s per capita GDP, or income per person, than the aggregate measure. And the key takeaway here is that China remains a poor country, despite its phenomenal headline GDP growth over the past four decades.

China’s per capita GDP in 2019 was $8,242, placing the country between Montenegro ($8,591) and Botswana ($8,093). Its per capita GDP in purchasing power parity (PPP) terms – with income adjusted to take account of the cost of living – was $16,804. This is below the global average of $17,811 and puts China 86th in the world, between Suriname ($17,256) and Bosnia and Herzegovina ($16,289). In contrast, GDP per capita in PPP terms in the US and the European Union is $65,298 and $47,828, respectively.

To understand the extent of poverty in China, we also need to consider the degree of inequality across its large population. China’s current level of income inequality (measured by the Gini coefficient) is similar to that found in the US and India. Given that 1.4 billion people live in China, the country’s inequality implies that there are still hundreds of millions of impoverished Chinese.

Normally I don’t give much of a crap about “income inequality,” because in a free-market economy, it’s not only an inevitable aspect of economic activity, but also irrelevant if income mobility is considered; in market economies, most folks increase income as they grow in skill and experience.  But not in a command economy like China; the inequality there is due to a number of connected, mostly urban cohorts having an “in” with the government, while most of the rural population live out their entire lives at a level that hasn’t changed much since the nineteenth century.

China has been doing a fair amount of saber-rattling lately.  They are looking with envious eyes across the Formosa Strait at Taiwan, still maintaining an iron grip on Tibet, and making India a bit nervous.  Their government has been extending “loans” to third world nations all over, especially in Africa, and in so doing (they hope) gaining a fair amount of influence over those resource-rich but poorly governed places.  And this is about resources; it’s always about resources.  China has resources, but in the eyes of their government, they’ll need more to lift a wider range of their population out of the bringing poverty that has been the lot of most Chinese for thousands of years.

Of course, they could achieve this a lot more quickly by dumping the CCP and adopting a free market, capitalist system.  But governments, once they have control, never surrender it.  They have to be forced to do so.

That’s a lesson that should be well-taken a little closer to home.

Animal’s Daily Tradesman News

Libertarian scribe John Stossel describes the possibility of success without college.  Excerpt:

Americans took out $1.7 trillion in government loans for college tuition.

Now, some don’t want to pay it back.

President Joe Biden says they shouldn’t have to. He wants to cancel at least $10,000 and maybe $50,000 of every student’s debt.

“They’re in real trouble,” says Biden in my latest video, “having to make choices between paying their student loan and paying the rent.”

Poor students!

But wait: Shouldn’t they have given some thought to debt payments when they signed up for overpriced colleges? When they majored in subjects like photography or women’s studies, unlikely to lead to good jobs? When they took six years to graduate (a third don’t graduate even after six years).

Shouldn’t politicians also acknowledge that it’s taxpayer loans that let bloated colleges keep increasing tuition at twice the rate of inflation?

Yes.

But they don’t.

“Dirty Jobs” host Mike Rowe points out that students’ demand for loan forgiveness is “kind of self-involved.”

“I know guys who worked hard to get a construction operation running. Some had to take out a loan on a big old diesel truck. Why would we forgive the cost of a degree but not the cost of a lease payment?”

It’s a good question.

“For some reason,” continues Rowe, “we think a tool that looks like a diploma is somehow more important than that big piece of metal in the driveway that allows the guy to build homes that you … are in.”

Once again, the solution seems obvious.  Get government out of the business of education.  If a young person wants a student loan, let them go to a lending institution and make their case.  Student loans, like any other loan, should be based first and foremost on an estimation of the borrower’s ability to repay the loan.  That would mean a problem, certainly, for the kid that shows up at the bank with a college application and announces their intent to pursue a degree in Underwater Gender Dog-Polishing, but it’s high time the university system stopped offering bullshit degrees anyway, and this would take care of that at a stroke.

Want to level the playing field?  That’s the term the Left uses, right?  Fine, let’s level the damn playing field, and stop this horseshit idea that every kid needs to go to college.  Many shouldn’t, and many would be better off if they didn’t.  And the various trades offer stable and lucrative opportunities.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

On Saturday afternoon last, I was out on my deck with an ice-cold beer and a fine cigar, enjoying a fine, sunny Sustina Valley afternoon.  After a bit, I heard a motorcycle stop on the road out in front of the property. Then I heard someone’s voice calling to something, and heard him crashing into the brush. So I went down to see what was going on.  The motorcycle rider had seen this guy, whose left wing was broken.  Near as we could figure, he had made to drop on some prey critter and had clipped the power line.

One of the neighbors came along, said they had a big dip net and a wire kennel. So they went and got it, then motorcycle guy and I managed to get the bird calmed down, into the net and then into the kennel. Meanwhile, the neighbors made some phone calls, and found they could take him down to Houston to the rehab center.

So off he went. Motorcycle guy and I both petted him on the head and told him everything was going to be OK.

And I really, really feel like I personally helped America.

He probably won’t fly again, they almost never do once a wing’s broken, but if not, he’ll have a comfortable career as an ambassador bird for the Matanuska-Sustina Borough schools, teaching kids about raptors.

Just another weekend in Alaska.

And so…

On To the Links!

Lumber prices are skyrocketing.  Because supply chains are a thing, and the Imperial and local governments have wrecked them with the Moo Goo Gai Panic.

Ninth Circuit panel lifts ban on ghost gun blueprints.

Why do the big nuts rise to the top of the bowl?  Metaphor for government?

Begun, the pizza wars have.

Well, I’m glad that’s solved.

Cancer may have been more common way back when than we thought.

Well, here’s one of President Biden(‘s handlers).  Plenty of folks are wondering who is pulling the old fool’s strings, and here’s one of them.

No, Biden Doesn’t Have a Mandate to Remake America.  No shit.  They lost seats in the House, barely maintaining control, and managed a 50-50 tie in the Senate – only technically a majority because Heels-Up Harris holds the tie-breaking vote.  Dems got roundly trounced at the state level.  That, True Believers, does not a mandate make.

Speaking of, it looks the the $4T spending plan proposed by President Biden(‘s handlers) will be going into the trash, where it belongs.  We hope.

Racist!  President Biden(‘s handlers) impose racist travel ban on India.  I mean, travel bans were racist when Trump did them, right?  Sauce for the goose, baby.

Texas mulls over Constitutional Carry.   Predictable pants-shitting from legacy media ensues, even through several states already have this (including our own Alaska) and somehow the predictions of bodies lining the streets haven’t come to pass.

Do you want real racism?  Because this is how you get real racism.

Hypocrisy, thy name is John Kerry.  What an asshole.

April gun sales continue to shatter records.  Good.

So, where is everybody?

It’s probably a little too late for that.

This Week’s Idiots:

Man, it’s a bumper crop of idiocy this week.

Newsweek‘s Meggie Abendschein is an idiot.

Vox‘s German Lopez is an idiot.

Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.

These people are idiots.

John Podesta is an idiot.

Salon‘s Jon Skolnik is an idiot.

CNN’s Clay Cane is an idiot.

Stupid people demand stupid shit.

The New York Times‘ Charles Blow always was and remains an idiot.

Salon’s Chauncey DeVega is an idiot.

Time‘s D. Markovits is an idiot.

Robert Reich is still an idiot.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

Music is a great vehicle for conveying emotion.  Nobody can dispute this.  And the love song is, of course, a great example of that principle.

But love songs are not all created equal.  In my not-so-humble opinion, the best love song ever written can only be Charlie Rich’s Behind Closed Doors.  Here, have a listen:

Animal’s Daily Return to Normal News

Before we start, check out the latest in the Mystical Child series over at Glibertarians!

Now then:  Alaska is moving back to normal.  Excerpt:

Gov. Mike Dunleavy signed a proclamation on Friday ending the COVID-19 disaster declaration in Alaska, immediately after he signed House Bill 76.

“Today I took immediate action to end the COVID-19 disaster declaration. Alaska is in the recovery phase where an emergency declaration is no longer necessary,” said Dunleavy. “Our systems are fully functioning with vaccine distribution, adequate testing, and health care capacity. It is important our focus remains on getting Alaska’s economy back on track and welcoming summer tourism throughout our great state. I am confident in our state’s future as we move forward.”

The Senate passed HB76, a bill extending Alaska’s disaster declaration on Wednesday followed by passage in the House on Thursday. A press release issued by Dunleavy’s office cites the ability of Federal COVID relief funds without charge back costs from the state treasury, estimated at $100 million on 2021.

“The House Coalition worked collaboratively with frontline health workers, hospital leaders, and business owners to provide practical tools needed to end the pandemic,” Speaker Louise Stutes (R-Kodiak) said. “Unfortunately, the governor opted for politics over policy and decided to gamble with the health of Alaskans and with our economic recovery.”

Senate President Peter Miccciche and Representative Cathy Tilton were in attendance for the signing of Dunleavy’s proclamation. By ending the disaster declaration after passing HB76, Dunleavy aims to continue vaccination distribution including SNAP benefits and offer “comprehensive liability protection” for Alaskan businesses. The proclamation follows a recommendation from Department of Health and Social Services Commissioner Adam Crum.

“While COVID-19 is still present in Alaska, the urgent nature of the pandemic has passed and we are no longer anticipating the widespread emergency that Alaska faced earlier in this pandemic,” wrote Commissioner Crum in a memo to the governor. “As a result of the state’s early containment efforts, we have established a comprehensive public health infrastructure to respond to COVID-19 that will remain in place as we continue to strive to keep infection rates low, testing availability high, and protect the capacity of our health care facilities to address cases of COVID-19, while accommodating all medical and health related issues that the residents of our state encounter.”

So, not everyone agrees – big surprise – but Alaska’s moving back to normal.  One thing that has changed immediately is that people, both residents and non-residents, flying into Alaska are no longer required to have a negative ‘rona test prior to arriving, although tests are available free to residents and non-residents at Anchorage airport (at least) as an option, if travelers choose to take it.  Quarantine plans are likewise no longer required.

As with so many issues, on the matter of the ‘rona, Alaska is a bit unusual.  A particular worry early on in this mess was the bush communities, where a sudden severe illness may require a long trip by bush plane or boat to any treatment.  Another concern is the summer tourist season, which sees a lot of people coming to the Great Land from a host of other locations, and while that’s always a concern where communicable illnesses are concerned, it’s also an economic consideration, as a lot of the state’s economy depends on this.

Were I to summarize Governor Dunleavy’s action in my own words, it would be “we’re moving back to business as usual, but will keep an eye on things.”  Not an unreasonable way to divide that particular baby.

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

Thanks as always to The Other McCain, Pirate’s Cove, Bacon Time and Whores and Ale for the Rule Five links!

Now then; we’ve had occasion to wonder if America is headed for a second civil war.  France has had civil wars in the past, and may be a little farther down that path than we are, with the possibility of a military coup thrown in for good measure.  Excerpt:

In France this week, 20 retired military generals, 80 officers, and 1,000 lower-ranking soldiers signed an open letter expressing concern over “mortal dangers” they say face the Republic. President Macron’s government has instructed the army chief of staff to discipline the signatories for inciting insurrection.

The letter bears close attention on several grounds. Although the signatories warn they wish to act only after the outbreak of civil conflict, Macron’s response shows the government understands the situation has already deteriorated to a point where a true coup or uprising—an event quite unlike the shambolic ordeal in Washington on January 6th—might erupt at the slightest provocation. This fearsome possibility is made all the more apparent by Harris Interactive polling that shows 58% of the French people support the letters’ signatories. Despite strenuous elite attempts to delegitimize even thinking such thoughts, 84% of those polled can see that violence in the country is increasing daily. A full 73% agree France is in decline.

The article reproduces the referenced letter in full, and I’ll do so here as well, because it’s damnably important:

Mister President,
Members of the Cabinet,
Members of Parliament,

The hour is late, France is in peril, threatened by several mortal dangers. Though retired, we remain soldiers of France, and cannot, under the present circumstances, remain indifferent to the fate of our beautiful country.

Our tricolor flags are not simply a piece of fabric; they are a symbol of tradition—the tradition of those who, throughout the ages, whatever the color of their skin or their religion, served France and gave their lives for her. On these flags, in golden letters, is inscribed the motto, “Honor and Fatherland.” Today, our honor rests on denouncing the crumbling-apart of our fatherland.

Crumbling-apart through a certain kind of anti-racism, which has an explicit goal: to sow malaise on our soil, up to and including hate between communities. Today, some speak of racialism, of indigenism, and of anti-colonial theories, but with these words, those hateful and fanatical partisans seek to foment a racial war. They despise our country, her traditions, her culture, and want to watch her dissolve by tearing her away from her past and her history. Thus, by attacking statues and analyzing words from several centuries ago, their true goal is to undermine our ancient civil and military glories.

Crumbling-apart through Islamism and the hordes from the Banlieues. Several patches of our nation have been detached and turned into territories put under submission to dogmas contrary to our Constitution. Every Frenchman, regardless of belief or non-belief, must be everywhere at home in France; there cannot and must not exist any city, any neighborhood, where the laws of the Republic do not have writ.

Crumbling-apart, when hate replaces fraternity during protests, when the regime uses police as jackboots and scapegoats, against yellow-vest-wearing compatriots who seek only to express their hopelessness. This even though ski-mask-wearing individuals infiltrate those protests, destroy businesses, and threaten the police. And yet, the police only follow the sometimes-contradictory policies set out by you, holders of political office.

The peril rises, violence increases every day. Who could have predicted, ten years ago, that a teacher could one day have his head cut off as he left his middle school? As servants of the Nation, who have always been ready to pay the ultimate price for our service, we cannot remain passive spectators of such actions.

Therefore, the leaders of our country must absolutely find the courage required to eradicate those dangers. To do so, it is often necessary only to apply existing laws without weakness. Do not forget that, like us, a great majority of our fellow citizens is incensed by your cowardice and your guilty silences.

As Cardinal Mercier, Primate of Belgium, once said: “When prudence is everywhere, courage is nowhere.” Ladies and Gentlemen, stop equivocating—the hour is late, the work ahead is immense. Do not lose time, and know that we are ready to support political leaders who would undertake the rescue of the Nation.

However, if nothing is done, heedlessness will continue to spread its poison throughout society, inexorably. In the end, there will be an explosion, and our comrades in active military service will be forced to step in and undertake the perilous mission of protecting our civilizational values and the lives of our fellow citizens.

It is easy to see that the time for hesitation is over. Otherwise, tomorrow, civil war will put an end to this growing chaos, and there will be thousands of deaths, of which you will bear responsibility.

Emphasis added by me.  And yes, it’s true; members of France’s military are threatening a military coup, to protect the rights and safety of the French people, rights that are being ignored by the French government.

I gotta say, this bears watching.  The French government will be cracking down on the generals that wrote this letter, to be sure, and what that crackdown will consist of remains to be seen.  But they can’t crack down on the French people, a majority of whom apparently agree with the sentiments expressed in this letter.

So, what does that mean for us?

Well, one could argue that during the Obama years, the upper echelons of the military were purged, if you’ll allow the word, of wrong-thinkers.  Peacetime generals have always been more politician than soldier, never more so than now, as witness the current round of SJW nonsense being foisted on the line troops.

It would be frankly shocking to see a display of testicular fortitude as shown in the letter reproduced above coming from our PC generals.  And that’s the state of things, True Believers; our top-ranking military has been outdone in ballsiness – by the French.

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