Category Archives: Deep Thoughts

Deep thoughts, omphaloskepsis, and other random musings.

Animal’s Daily Thin Veneer News

Don’t forget to check out the conclusion of my latest fiction series over at Glibertarians!

Now then:  National treasure Dr. Victor Davis Hanson recently had some things to say.  Excerpt:

Civilization is fragile. It hinges on ensuring the stuff of life.

To be able to eat, to move about, to have shelter, to be free from state or tribal coercion, to be secure abroad and safe at home — only that allows cultures to be freed from the daily drudgery of mere survival.

Civilization alone permits humans to pursue sophisticated scientific research, the arts, and the finer aspects of culture.

So the great achievement of Western civilization — consensual government, individual freedom, rationalism in partnership with religious belief, free market economics, and constant self-critique and audit — was to liberate people from daily worry over state violence, random crime, famine, and an often-unforgiving nature.

But so often the resulting leisure and affluence instead deluded arrogant Western societies into thinking that modern man no longer needed to worry about the fruits of civilization he took to be his elemental birthright.

As a result, the once prosperous Greek city-state, Roman Empire, Renaissance republics, and European democracies of the 1930s imploded — as civilization went headlong in reverse.

We in the modern Western world are now facing just such a crisis.

Think food alone.  Forget the rest; think for a moment about just eating.

Oil reserves.

Here in the United States, we are fortunate to have some of the world’s best agricultural land, and lots of it.  Even here in Alaska there are a lot of very productive truck farms (potatoes, onions, carrots and so forth) and dairy farms, mostly around Palmer in the Matanuska valley.

But the land is just one link in the chain.  To feed a population of 330 million people, we need modern chemical fertilizers, modern agricultural equipment, extensive and fast transportation chains.  All of those things are reliant on one thing:  Petrochemicals.  And plenty of them.

Civilizational collapses always start somewhere.  Much of the developed world is facing a demographic crisis; people in places like Japan, Germany, Russia and the UK just aren’t having babies.  As scribe and commentator Mark Stein is fond of pointing out, the future belongs to those who show up for it, and much of the developed world has opted out.

But the food problem, should the various anti-drilling nutbars get their way, could dramatically accelerate the issue.  A serious reduction in petrochemical production could put agriculture back to the level of say, 1900 – at which point we’d be able to sustain a 1900-level population.  67 million, not 330 million.  Remember, there’s more to this issue than just fueling tractors and combines; petroleum is the source for fertilizers, various lubricants, components of repair parts, a million other things that cannot be easily replaced.

So, 67 million instead of 330 million.  What happens to that excess population?  Well, I’m pretty sure you can work that out.

Animal’s Daily Inflation/Recession News

Before we get into it, check out the first installment of a new fiction series over at Glibertarians!

Moving right along:  Listen to investor/businessman Charlie Munger on the current economic situation.  It may be one of the most thought-provoking things you’ll see this week.  Maybe this month.

Take a look at that lead-in:  “Most people will lose everything.”  Personally most of our resources are in land and equipment, but both Mrs. Animal and I do have investment accounts, and what this video predicts is alarming:

Some of us (like me) are old enough to remember the recession of 1981-82.  Paul Volcker hammered interest rates up high enough to drive down inflation, and it hurt; President Reagan took a lot of heat for the economy early in his first term, but by fall of 1984 things had turned around enough to give the Gipper a 49-state landslide re-election.

This time?  Mr. Munger is afraid it will be worse this time.  And I’m leaning towards being convinced he’s right.

Watch the video.  Think it over.  Discuss in comments.  Personally, I’m keeping a good supply of precious metals (brass and lead) on hand.  If nothing else, Mrs. Animal and I will be able to eat; there are plenty of moose and other game around hereabouts.

The major cities won’t be so lucky.

Animal’s Daily Relative Happiness News

Before we get into today’s topic, check out the latest in my current series over at Glibertarians.

Now then:  It seems conservatives (and I would assert, libertarians) are happier than liberals.  I’m not really surprised, as the reasons proposed are good reasons to be contented with life.  Excerpt:

Social psychologist Jaime Napier, Program Head of Psychology at NYU-Abu Dhabi has conducted research suggesting that views about inequality play a role.

“One of the biggest correlates with happiness in our surveys was the belief of a meritocracy, which is the belief that anybody who works hard can make it,” she told PBS. “That was the biggest predictor of happiness. That was also one of the biggest predictors of political ideology. So, the conservatives were much higher on these meritocratic beliefs than liberals were.”

To paraphrase, conservatives are less concerned with equality of outcomes and more with equality of opportunity. While American liberals are depressed by inequalities in society, conservatives are okay with them provided that everyone has roughly the same opportunities to succeed. The latter is a more rosy and empowering view than the deterministic former.

Two other studies explored a more surprising contributor: neuroticism, typically defined as “a tendency toward anxiety, depression, self-doubt, and other negative feelings.” Surveyed conservatives consistently score lower in neuroticism than surveyed liberals.

In 2011, psychologists at the University of Florida and the University of Toronto conducted four studies, aiming to find whether conservatives are more “positively adjusted” than liberals.

They found that conservatives “expressed greater personal agency, more positive outlook, more transcendent moral beliefs, and a generalized belief in fairness” compared to liberals.

If I could sum that up, I’d do so by noting that the very character traits that make conservatives happier are those that go into an essentially individualist, as opposed to a collectivist, world view.  Think on that for a moment; if a big part of your expectations in life consist of waiting for other people (generally in the form of government) to do things for you, you’re liable to be disappointed.

But if you accept personal responsibility for your own station in life, and understand that your own efforts will in time pay off, and if you set goals and work to achieve them, you’re probably a lot more likely to be content with your life.

Oh, marriage (on the statistical level) plays a role as well.  We’re social animals and not really wired to go through life alone.  Most studies show belief in religion is another indicator, and while I don’t share that belief and still manage to be pretty happy with my life, I can see how this would be the case for a lot of folks.

It sure seems, though, that lately the divide is growing.  The Left in particular is not just unhappy – they are angry.  Witness the 2020 destruction of billions of dollars of private property in street riots largely ignored or even tacitly supported by leftists in all levels of government.  And very few on the left would dare to propose what seems obvious to conservatives and libertarians – that maybe, just maybe, if these people had achieved something in life, they wouldn’t be so pissed off.

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

Thanks as always to The Other McCain, Pirate’s Cove and Bacon Time for the Rule Five links, and welcome to our 400th ‘Goodbye, Blue Monday’ post!  Hat tip to Kurt Vonnegut Jr. for the theme:

This sketch – and yes, Kurt Vonnegut did draw it himself – is from his 1973 book Breakfast of Champions, which was sort of a fiftieth birthday present to himself – it’s roundly funny while still maintaining Vonnegut’s signature pessimism.  There was a movie made from the book in 1999 with Bruce Willis, but don’t bother with that.  It was pretty awful.

It’s been an interesting time, keeping these virtual pages going the last few years.  The current iteration started in January 2014, after a WordPress crash corrupted a bunch of files and wiped out the original site, which I started in September of 2010.  Before that I maintained a blog of sorts on LiveJournal, from 2004 to 2010.  So I’ve been at this a while.

Why?  Well, that’s a good question.  You’ll notice that I don’t have any advertising on the site, nor do I solicit tips, not that there is anything wrong with so doing.  I pay for the hosting and maintenance of the server myself.  That way, as I see it, I am beholden to no one and can say whatever the hell I please.  And that’s the why, True Believers; I write whatever the hell pleases me, and leave it to you readers to either agree with me or tell me I’m full of shit.  I run this site for my own amusement and entertainment, although it delights me no end that each and every day between a thousand and two thousand unique readers drop by and peruse my latest ramblings.  So, yes, I do it for you all, too.  And, yeah, I have a little fun in the process.

So stick around!  I’ve been at this for eighteen years, counting LiveJournal time, and I anticipate I’ll be able to keep it going for at least eighteen more.  If there’s anything you’d like to see more or less of, let me know in the comments.  I’ll read all suggestions, and if possible, I’ll accommodate requests.  Criticism is always welcome, as long as it’s civil.

Thanks again – and watch for the upcoming 400th Saturday Gingermageddon in a few more weeks!

Rule Five Insurrection Friday

National Treasure Dr. Victor Davis Hanson, on the day before this last Independence Day, penned some notes on the state of the nation, the cries of “insurrection!” and just who the real insurrectionists are.  Excerpts, with my comments, follow.

For 120 days in summer 2020, violent protesters destroyed some $2 billion in property and injured 1,500 police officers in riots that led to over 35 deaths.

Because blue-state mayors and governors saw BLM and Antifa instigators as useful street soldiers, most of those arrested were never tried in court. Street thugs paid no price for declaring themselves de facto owners of downtown areas of Seattle, which police themselves conceded were no-go zones. Why did public officials in blue states ignore the violence? They were certain that it enjoyed majority support among their leftwing constituencies.

Indeed, some leftist icons cheered on the violence. Well after the failed attempt to storm the White House grounds, in June 2020, the Democratic candidate for vice president Kamala Harris warned us that protestors were “not going to let up, and they should not.” What did Harris mean by “should not?”—when she knew numerous protests that summer had ended in terrible violence? Was she reckless in the manner Trump was said to be by encouraging a demonstration on January 6?

What did Harris mean by “…should not,” Dr. Hanson?  That answer is obvious – they should not, in the view of the notorious Heels-Up Harris, because there was no reason for them to let up.  She knew, as the rioters knew, that equal treatment under the law no longer exists in blue states and blue cities, and therefore there was no reason whatsoever that the thugs should not do as they please.  Take, for example, the actual act of insurrection against civil authority that resulted in an armed mob taking over a portion of the city of Seattle.  In a sane world, the President would have invoked the Insurrection Act, and that mob would have faced armed soldiers giving them the order “disperse or be fired upon” – and then following through.

Dr. Hanson continues:

The Left, in revolutionary fashion, has waged a sustained and unapologetic attack on constitutional norms and long-held institutions—whenever it senses they no longer prove conducive to its own radical agendas.  

Barack Obama declared during a funeral oration for the late Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) that the filibuster was racist and must end—although as a senator Obama had used it and declared it essential.  

The Electoral College? When the so-called “blue wall” fell, it transmogrified from valuable to a bankrupt fossil. In fact, the Left has wanted to create two new blue states (the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico) to fast track four left-wing senators, and cram through a national voting law to make the states’ constitutional prerogative to require voter IDs illegal. 

There is no border. For two years, Joe Biden, again in true revolutionary fashion, has simply abrogated federal immigration law by fiat. In less than two years, he has welcomed 3 million illegal aliens without audit—or COVID-19 tests or vaccinations—during a pandemic in which unvaccinated federal employees and military personnel faced dismissal. Biden had taken an oath of office to faithfully execute the laws of the United States, but then shortly thereafter destroyed immigration laws as we knew them. No prior president has simply rendered an entire corpus of law null and void. 

Let’s be honest; dizzy old Groper Joe has very little idea what’s really going on.  The abrogation of Imperial immigration law has been planned and carried out by unknowns behind the scenes, almost certainly the same people who print out cards for the befuddled POTUS to take to events instructing him in all-caps to SIT DOWN and EXIT TO THE LEFT.

Dr. Hanson concludes:

So yes, let us fear that democracy is dying in media darkness. Real insurrectionists are seeking to dismantle the Constitution, to end centuries-long customs and traditions, to justify the use of political violence, and to disobey all the laws they find inconvenient. 

Read it all.  Dr. Hanson is always worth the time.  But while I think he is correct about actual insurrectionists seeking to dismantle our grand old Republic, what he does not mention is the possible point at which regular American will stand up and say, “you know what, that’s enough of that horseshit.”  Our speech may be muzzled, our votes may be compromised, but there is one famous box left when the soap box and the ballot box have failed.  Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that – I sincerely hope it doesn’t come to that – but we’ve already had leftist agitators threatening to lead mobs into the small towns and rural communities.  So far it’s just been talk, but if it ever turns to more than that, things will get very interesting very quickly, and the big blue cities may get a lesson in how life is in their urban environs when the flow of food, fuel and energy is cut off.

Rule Five Path to Manhood Friday

Law & Liberty’s Rachel Lu recently had some things to say about the worrisome state of manhood in Western society today.  A couple of key excerpts, with my comments, follow; be sure to go read the whole thing.  It’s worth your time.

Sax and Farrell are interesting both for their similarities and for their differences. As social scientists, they both present a lot of data, giving rise to shared concern about boys’ mediocre performances in school. Worldwide, boys are falling behind girls, especially in reading. Their test scores are lower, and they are less likely to enroll in universities. The structure of modern schools seems uncongenial to boys’ developmental needs.

Sax and Farrell agree as well that fatherlessness is a huge problem in our time, in general but especially for boys. The statistics on this subject are harrowing. Fatherless boys fare worse in virtually every measurable way. Of course, when that cycle of family breakdown is perpetuated, that means another generation of at-risk kids, as well as stressed-out single moms, and lower social productivity. 

It’s impossible for me to understate the role my own father and my grandfathers had in my young life – and in the case of the Old Man, well into my middle-aged life.  The Old Man was a rock, a good man, a great man, a man of iron integrity and enormous personal strength, to whom I will strive to live up to for the rest of my life.  When he passed away a few years back, my brother and I were talking about him, sharing some memories, and I commented, “you know, we two, you and I, are the men we are today because of him.”  My brother agreed.  It’s been over four years now and I’m still struggling with the empty place in my life where a giant once strode.

Children – especially boys – need fathers.  A nearby, engaged grandfather can fill the role; the Old Man in fact did this for my sister’s twins, whose father had abandoned the family before their birth.  But many grandparents aren’t able to be full-time role models, and in most cases there can be no substitute for a full-time, fully engaged, responsible and yes, manly father.

Rachel Lu continues:

Finally, both Sax and Farrell have many interesting things to say about the masculine loss of purpose. They understand that many men today are suffering from a kind of existential crisis. Men aren’t sure what role they are meant to play within society at large. Once, able-bodied men were genuinely necessary to keep their families and communities alive. Today, robots do much of our heavy lifting, and our meat mostly comes from factories, not forests.

Well, in the Casa de Animal, much of our meat comes from the surrounding countryside, and always has.  I’m looking forward to taking my grandsons afield after fish and game when they’re old enough.  But the general point is a good one; modern society has made life pretty soft, and a soft life makes for weak people, and has been endlessly pointed out in these virtual pages and elsewhere, weak people make hard times.

The author concludes:

Perhaps this is the real point, threading its way through all these authors. A man is truly a remarkable creature, with tremendous potential to do good. This is what I see, watching my sons from the back deck, and the implicit realization of that potential may explain why boys from their earliest years are thirsting for a quest, and spoiling for a noble fight. This desire is not toxic, or at least it need not be. But realizing that potential is much harder than the lightsaber-wielding preschooler can possibly understand. It takes the discipline of Sax and Peterson, the social savvy of Farrell, and the high-flown ideals of Esolen and Miner. When that potential is not achieved, bitterness and despair often follow.

Boys can break your heart. I have five. I’m not sorry, but I never let myself forget that the path to manhood is a hard one.

Just to add some egregious toxic masculinity, here’s some prose from an old dead white guy.  “What a piece of work is a man.  How noble in reason, how infinite in faculty.  In form and moving how express and admirable.  In action how like an Angel, In apprehension how like a god.”  (Hamlet, Act 2, Scene 2.)

I think it all boils down to purpose.  There is nothing as detestable as a man with no purpose.  And yet Western society today seems to be churning out young men with no sense of purpose, in great carload lots.

But consider this: As I’ve said repeatedly, I think we are entering the last phase of this cycle:

  1. Hard times make tough people.
  2. Tough people make good times.
  3. Good times make weak people.
  4. Weak people make hard times.

The manly man, the man with a purpose, may not be gone – just on hold.  Because when we circle around to the first phase, we’ll need tough people.  Indeed, the tough people may be the only ones that survive the final phase.

Read the whole article.  It’s worth your time.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

OK. Yeah. Why not. We’re out here in rural Alaska. Nearest law enforcement is over thirty miles away. By your own stated opinion, we’re defenseless. Come on out. Find out how defenseless we are. We live out here amongst 1500-pound moose and 700-pound bears. Come on out. Fuck around and find out. We’ll be waiting.

Honestly, how stupid are these people?  Excerpt:

The radical Christians are found in rural areas, right? “Their towns are defenseless,” he claims. He’s dead serious, too. Punish them. Punish their towns. You say that Black Lives Matter burned cities to the ground? “I say ‘let them see firsthand what it’s like what (sic) a community is truly burned to the ground.’”

So he’s calling for (likely unarmed) liberals from the cities to “show up 100 deep in every rural town in a 50-mile radius intent on revolution.”

You betcha.  Come on out, you pencil-necked soy-eating fuck.  Come on.  Pick a place.  Any small town, any little rural community, anywhere in the USA.  We all have guns, we have ammo and plenty of it.  I’m not even a Christian, but I’ll stand arm in arm with my neighbors who are.  Fuck around and find out.

With that out of the way…

On to The Links!

When I watch the video clip in this story, I’m picturing big 1966 Batman flashes of BOOM!  POW!  BIFF!

Not a fan of Twitter, but this is a pretty good string.

No shit, Sherlock.

All signs point to “no.”

Smith & Wesson hits back.

Turns out the Dobbs decision has little to no effect in Alaska.

America’s coming debt crisis.

Why Biden(‘s handlers) keep lying about energy.

Democrats – a serious threat to the Republic?  Read and decide.

No shit, Sherlock Part Deux.

Further proof that Her Imperial Majesty Hillary I, First Of That Name, Dowager-Empress of Chappaqua, is a bitter, angry old harpy.

“I think you’re clear.”

This Week’s Idiots:

Vox’s Ian Millhiser is an idiot.

Maxine Waters (Dimwit-CA) (Repeat Offender Alert) is an unhinged, loony old bat, and an idiot.

Pramila Jayapal (Nitwit-WA) is full of more shit than a Christmas goose, and an idiot.

Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

AntiProfa continues to demonstrate that they are all idiots.

The Guardian’s Jill Filipovic is an idiot.

USAToday’s Carli Pierson is an idiot.

The Guardian’s David Daley is an idiot.

What bright spots?

The LA Times Harry Litman is an idiot.

Root’s Candace McDuffie is an idiot.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

Boy, are things a lot different than they were two weeks ago today.  As we discussed Monday, two Supreme Court decisions have put a lot of folks off their feed, while delighting plenty of others.

So, a recent effort from America’s Songwriter seems appropriate here.  In 2000, Bob Dylan released a single, Things Have Changed, from the soundtrack of the film from that year, Wonder Boys, which starred a pre-Ant Man Michael Douglas, a pre-Spiderman Toby McGuire and a pre-Iron Man Robert Downey Jr.  – as a film it was only fair, but it did give us this song, which seems oddly appropriate now, twenty-two years later.  Enjoy.

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!  And thanks to our blogger pals at The Daley Gator for the link!

And, wow.  Two big Supreme Court decisions dropped last week.  Reactions from the political Left were, well, pretty unhinged.  I have some thoughts (like everybody else) but first, have a look at the actual decisions.

First:  NEW YORK STATE RIFLE & PISTOL ASSOCIATION, INC., ET AL. v. BRUEN, SUPERINTENDENT OF NEW YORK STATE POLICE, ET AL.

Here’s the “held,” the main finding:

New York’s proper-cause requirement violates the Fourteenth Amendment by preventing law-abiding citizens with ordinary self-defense needs from exercising their Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms in public for self-defense.

This decision is my favorite of the term, for obvious reasons.  Now the United States has gone from a mishmash of Constitutional carry, ‘shall-issue’ and ‘may-issue’ states to… a mishmash of Constitutional carry and ‘shall-issue.’

Justice Clarence Thomas penned this decision.  Here’s my favorite bit:

The constitutional right to bear arms in public for self-defense is not “a second-class right, subject to an entirely different body of rules than the other Bill of Rights guarantees.” McDonald, 561 U. S., at 780 (plurality opinion). The exercise of other constitutional rights does not require individuals to demonstrate to government officers some special need. The Second Amendment right to carry arms in public for self-defense is no different. New York’s proper-cause requirement violates the Fourteenth Amendment by preventing law-abiding citizens with ordinary self-defense needs from exercising their right to keep and bear arms in public.

You heard… well, no, you didn’t hear it here first.  But there it is, in writing, from a Justice of the Supreme Court:  The right to keep and bear arms is not a second-class right.  That’s what a lot of us have been saying all along, but it’s nice to have it here.  Thanks, Justice Thomas!

Second:  DOBBS, STATE HEALTH OFFICER OF THE MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, ET AL. v. JACKSON WOMEN’S HEALTH ORGANIZATION ET AL.

Here’s the “held,” the main finding:

The Constitution does not confer a right to abortion; Roe and Casey are overruled; and the authority to regulate abortion is returned to the people and their elected representatives.

Plague Mask.

“My body, my choice,” is a popular refrain among the Left, rather more so these last few days; I’d ask them how they square that with their support of mask/vaccine mandates during the Kung Flu scare, but you can’t expect intellectual consistency from these people.

While I don’t have a personal dog in this fight, it’s important to read the decision here.  Dobbs, it seems to this non-lawyer, was decided primarily on procedural grounds; the upshot of it is that Roe was wrongly decided, and that Casey, which reaffirmed Roe, based that reaffirmation on stare decisis (The doctrine or principle that precedent should determine legal decision making in a case involving similar facts) and did not take into account the underlying viability of Roe.

One of my fellow Glibertarians, Compelled Speechless, had this to say:

Despite knowing for 50 years that Roe vs. Wade was a dubious precedent that may eventually be overturned, congressional democrats did literally nothing to try and push legislation through that they knew full well would put abortion “rights” on much firmer footing despite the fact that they had multiple times where they had enough seats to plausibly make that happen. They paid lip service to their constituency and then acted like the security guard in Austin Powers waiting for the steam roller to slowly run them down. All because it was a bottomless well for their fundraising dollars. The GOP didn’t do this (literally, they had nothing to do with this), SCOTUS only corrected the problem by saying this is a matter for legislators. Democratic legislators did this by refusing to take action to enshrine what they believe to be a “fundamental” right into law for their own selfish reasons.

If you’re a progressive who truly believes your rights are violated, you should be looking at your own congress critters the same way the parents in Uvalde are looking at their police force right now. Not only did they do nothing for decades, they actively prevented anyone from doing anything about it so they could have a wedge issue always at the ready. Daily reminder: your government and your “representatives” don’t give a shit about you or what you want. Sorry for the rude awakening.

I couldn’t possibly put it any better.

And, by the way, damn the polls, no matter what they show.  Forget what the majority does or doesn’t think (I’m really trying to use the word ‘think’ unironically) on either of these decisions; this is a matter of interpretation of the law and of the Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land.  It’s not a popularity contest.

It’s been an interesting few days.  The Left is already howling, and claiming loudly that these issues will help prevent the red wave that’s coming this fall.  My prediction:  They won’t.  What’s going to drive that red wave is the recession that we’re almost certainly in, $6/gallon gasoline, ever-rising inflation rates, and most of all, the obvious and egregious incompetence and stupidity of the Biden(‘s handlers) Administration.

Rule Five Tone Policing Friday

I found this interesting; here’s a bit from author Sarah Hoyt on tone policing.  Excerpts, with my comments:

So– the tone policing….

You see, the thing is that the left also believes those stories they used to upend religious faith and living. They now believe that any opposition to their nonsense must be because we’re all super-religious. What religion varies, but what these people think constitutes an argument would be hilarious if it weren’t so sad.

For instance, on a thread about the ridiculous parents who take their children to drag shows, people kept posting an article about the Baptist Church covering up sexual abuse of children. And they thought this invalided the point that children at drag shows is wrong. … somehow.

The argument that Sarah Hoyt describes here is “whataboutism,” and it’s bullshit.  The Latin term is tu quoque, meaning “A retort consisting of a charge or accusation similar to that which has been made by one’s antagonist, as in the case of a person charged with bribery who replies that his accuser’s hands are not clean of corruption: also used attributively: as, the tu quoque argument is not conclusive.”  It’s one of the last resorts of the feeble-minded.

To be fair, you see the tu quoque used by arguers from both sides, all too often.

The argument in that is difficult to fathom, unless you come from the POV that all adults abuse children, and those who claim not to are a) Baptists. b) hypocrites. (I wish I didn’t think that the person posting it really believes it is impossible to refrain from abusing children, and so might as well do it often and publicly. Seriously, every institution that works with children will have that problem because, duh, pedophiles go where children are. And every one of them will try to cover it up, because they don’t want to be killed. But that doesn’t mean there are a lot of pedophiles. Just that a few operate with inpunity (sic) in every institution. And I’d bet you a large sum of money the biggest cesspool is public schooling.)

But the point is, they are now in the position of being adherents to a cult. Unlike Christianity, their cult is not functional. It not only doesn’t lead to better living, no one really can live by it. It’s a collection of incoherence and stupidity that melts at the touch of reason…. or ridicule.

And what’s more, they know it.  If you want to wade into the snake pits that are Twitter or Facebook, you can see plenty of evidence for that; the Left is far, far more likely to block or delete messages disagreeing with them than to address them, whereas the Right trends in the opposite direction.  These are broad tendencies but I think it’s correct.

Look, they no longer hold a monopoly on story telling, or communication. Yes, they keep trying to get it back, but their very frantic flailing is evidence of impotence. No winning side in a culture war ever tried to get the government to silence the opponents.

And they are far more susceptible to ridicule than we ever were. Besides not having any clue who we are and what we do.

Live your life outloud, according to your values.

And when they try to attack and ridicule, treat them as the spoiled children they are. Dismiss them with a word. Laugh at their tantrum. Pat them on the head and tell them the adults are talking.

And stop tone policing. Yes, we’re allowed to be rude to those who are impoverishing the future of our children and grandchildren.

We’ve been polite too long. It’s time to let our inner brats come out to play.

It’s time to show just how utterly ridiculous they are. Mock them mercilessly and derisively. Show them for the incoherent hypocrites they are. You don’t need to do much for that, they are all that, and most don’t even have good intentions.

I couldn’t agree more.  And I think I’ve been doing that here, in these virtual pages, for some time.

Look, the time for civility is done past.  It’s time to take off the kid gloves and replace them with those big squishy boxing mitts.  It’s time to point and laugh at the absurdities of woke culture and the loony Left.  And, on more than a few occasions, it’s time to simply tell the wokesters and loony lefties to shut up, that grownups are talking.  It’s time for them to know they aren’t and shouldn’t be taken seriously.

Maybe ridicule can get us where civility couldn’t.  But I think, at this point, we have little left to lose by trying it.