Monthly Archives: December 2021

Sedition By Any Other Name

Today on Twitter, Marjorie Taylor Greene introduced some of us to the concept of “National Divorce”. She’s open to the idea of the dissolution of the Union. It’s an extremely radical right-wing idea with lethal implications.

What does a supporter of National Divorce believe about the left in general? Phantoms. Dreams of a violent left obsessed with power and control. Here’s one of its adherents:

Why a civil divorce won’t happen — if a divorce comes at all — is that it fails to account for the opposition; that is, the hard left — Mark Levin’s aptly described “American Marxists” — who’d regard a friendly national divorce (or any divorce) as contrary to who and why they are. 

First of all, there’s no such beast as a “civil divorce” in this scenario. We already did this in 1861. Secession was bad for the Union and it’s bad now. This isn’t Brexit. And these people are kidding themselves that they’d do it amicably. Let’s not forget, it’s not the left in this country who are buying arms by the cartful.

So basically anyone for the preservation of the Union is part of the hard left, eh? News to me. Who are we, in their paranoid minds?

There’s ample history, dating back to the Russian Revolution, that Marxist-Leninists (or variations, like Maoists and fascists) are never about subtraction.  They’re about addition.  They’re about power acquisition — often through violence.  They crave domination.  They seek to impose their wills on the unwilling.  Need we look any further than Xi Jinping’s China today? 

I keep hearing this idea that we need “power”, “domination”, “control”. Here’s their pop psychology attempt to explain it:

American Marxists hunger for control.  They desire to expand their franchises.  That isn’t just a matter of doctrine, it’s a matter of personality type.  In fact, it can be argued that “controllers” create authoritarian and totalitarian models as a means of fulfilling their deepest needs.

The left consists of controllers and followers.  Leftist followers are people who gratefully cede control over their lives.  They trade freedom for perceived security — and not just materially.  They want liberation from the day-to-day struggle of thinking critically, making decisions, and taking responsibility for their lives. 

That’s a lot of bullshit world salad, full of groundless assertions and several strawmen.

As a liberal myself, I hate power, control, and domination. Most of us on the left do too. It’s like you’ve never really met any of us. And China is a piss poor example of the hard left. It’s only Communist in name, you dink. It’s a fascistic authoritarian slave state who exploits workers rather than lift them up. I’d much rather have nothing to do with them, but American capitalists are in love with the cheap labor market there.

Here’s some more paranoid balderdash about “wokeism” and “cancel culture”:

The left, universally, insists on aligning society with their worldview and further insists that all submit, agree or not.  Conformity to their norms is compulsory.  Dissent is prohibited, and dissenters face cancellation, to use the modern parlance. 

Cancellation, in its mildest forms, entails ostracization, loss of reputation, and loss of livelihood.  “Milder” cancellation harkens back to the Nazis’ early treatment of Jews.  Eerily, it’s being replicated by the left here now – except that anyone who dares run afoul woke culture risks being targeted. 

Oh, get off the cross, we need the wood. There’s some serious misgivings on the right about the nature of free speech. They always seem to confuse their right to speak with their right to be heard. You can say whatever dumb shit you like in this country-but where you guys always fuck up is where you think no one can criticize you and ostracize you for it. Maybe you should get better thoughts.

I don’t much feel like ripping more on this poorly written tract that the author probably thinks is the equivalent of “Common Sense”. But this is what passes for thought in the “National Divorce” movement, and while it is a little concerning that we have a sitting congressperson with a fat mouth who is jake with it, I’m not gonna worry for now about separatism.

Plans Beyond January 6

One of the plans to invalidate the 2020 election was to make a 24 hour spectacle out of the counting of the votes. Seems Steve Bannon and Pete Navarro thought they could get national attention from the press by having 100 or so congressional objectors making speeches about election fraud. After that, the legal arguments brought up would be taken to the courts. It’s pretty clear that they were aiming to undo The Electoral Count Act, which forbids the practice of attempting to send alternate slates of electors to Congress and that disputes over the validity of objectors to the count were to be handled in Congress. The endgame was to throw the elections back to the states, where a series of complex maneuvers would conceivably have handed the election to Trump. They weren’t done ratfucking the election on the 6th. The controversial election was to be dragged out much further than that.

Then a riot broke out and the Capitol was attacked, interrupting the count. Seven hours later, the counting resumed. Objectors, chastened and nervous, allowed the official proceedings to complete, declaring Joe Biden president.

Well anyway, that’s how Peter Navarro is telling it in his new book. This does raise the question: was the violence part of the plan to stop the count? Because if Navarro is telling the truth, the insurrectionists fouled up the plan that was unfolding on the congressional floor. In fact, they fouled up everything, blackening the eye of the Trump movement. Even Fox News knew it was bad shit.

There’s still much to be learned about who, if anyone, planned the invasion. We know that the crowd was primed for violence by Trump supporters, operatives, members of Congress and Trump himself. It could have easily boiled over due to incitement. I am still left wondering what the point of the Capitol attack was if it was a plot. What was the next move? It’s still illogical to me. Some say it would allow Trump to declare a national emergency or use the Insurrection Act, but again, what was the next step? Were we looking at a hard coup that would have installed Trump as an unelected despot? How close did we come to the end of democracy? That’s still shrouded in mystery. And if the Navarro/Bannon plan was working the way it was supposed to, there was no need for a second, parallel operation that worked at cross purposes with it.

Digital Evangelism

I think there’s a significant portion of people who turn to God because their lives are a mess or they’re just too painful. The theory being, if they can’t find comfort in this life, they will have a better one when they leave it. I get it; life is a bear sometimes and it’s a nice thought that suffering will end and you will be enveloped by eternal love if you just hew to Jesus. Really, I don’t have a problem with it at all. Generally, I only object when it pushes itself into my government. I am a firm believer in freedom of religion, and I am one of those atheists who believe that I am afforded freedom from religion as a corollary to that simple, effective concept.

It’s the 21st century, and COVID has been a major disruptor of regular society. People are afraid to gather in groups, and that’s poison for churches. There’s now a technical solution to the problem, though; there’s this new company named Gloo that is doing data mining for churches and looking online for people with troubled lives for churches to reach out to. It’s a little creepy, as the company says it has data on 245 million individuals. If people can’t go to church, say some users, the church can now come to them.

A good part of the internet is a bazaar to fleece people out of their money. It’s taken over the job televisions used to do. I do hope that this technology isn’t perverted to impoverish the vulnerable with false promises of salvation. But I may be hoping too much. Things turn to shit really quick.

Nazi Homeschooling

To me, homeschooling does a tremendous disservice to children. There’s few parents that can give a basic, well-rounded education to a child. Parents don’t have the requisite degrees to guide a child through trouble spots in their education. It is best left to professionals. When COVID shut the schools, I was of a little use to my boys, but I was under no pretenses that I could teach.

Homeschooling is now making a comeback, thanks to people like Madison Cawthorn, Candace Owens, and Steve Bannon denigrating the value of public education. The right wing in this country do not place a premium on learning. Why is that? The simplest answer is they don’t want children to learn how to think and ask questions. They don’t want our young people to have access to information nor exposure to new ideas. Those are future voters/citizens who will be easier to control. In an authoritarian utopia, asking “why?” is anathema.

Well, there’s a new kid on the block in the homeschooling world. The School Of The West is not content with teaching the three Rs. They’re also shamelessly promoting classes in “white wellbeing”. I took a look at one of their free videos aimed towards pre-teens, and it’s shocking white supremacist propaganda. After showing the child a very implausible situation in a public school classroom, they tell kids that there are people who are just jealous of all the great things white people have done. And larger society is teaching whites to feel bad about themselves when they believe these things. White pride is re-labeled as “going free”. Yep, they’re feeding that sewage to young minds.

The school touts the work of the Institute For Historical Review, which, if you poke around, is very busy promoting anti-semitism and Holocaust revision.

So the Nazis have infiltrated the homeschooling business. Great. It’s icky stuff, but I wonder which of our white nationalist public figures will be first to tout this institution as a great place to help raise your kids.

Shifting Sands

It seems that President Trump is futilely clinging to the idea that he can protect his White House documents under executive privilege. Joe Biden put his abuse of that doctrine to rest. Now Trump is going whining to the Supremes after getting no satisfaction from lower courts:

The fight over the documents stems from a lawsuit Trump filed against the Archives as well as the House Committee, seeking to stop the records’ disclosure. Trump is arguing that those documents should remain secret under the former President’s own assertions of executive privilege, though so far, lower courts have rejected his arguments. Thursday’s filing with the Supreme Court marks an escalation of the dispute, in which President Joe Biden has determined that withholding the documents based on executive privilege is not in the interest of the United States. In a letter to the National Archives in October, White House Counsel Dana A. Remus said that the President had declined to assert privilege because Congress has a “compelling need in service of its legislative functions to understand the circumstances that led to these horrific events.” In their filings with the Supreme Court Thursday, the former President’s lawyers said that the House’s request for the Trump White House documents was “untethered from any valid legislative purpose and exceeds the authority of Congress under the Constitution and the Presidential Records Act.”

The lower courts can’t really find any legal basis to find the Biden guidance troubling:

“Former President Trump has given this court no legal reason to cast aside President Biden’s assessment of the Executive Branch interests at stake, or to create a separation of powers conflict that the Political Branches have avoided,” the DC Circuit said in its opinion earlier this month.

Will his Supreme Court save him? We know for a fact that they do not simply do his bidding already, so we will see.

Depopulation Weirdos

Up until today, I could not, for the life of me, understand anti-vaccine hysteria. I still don’t, because some of it is so illogical and wackadoo that it gets hard to follow.

While perusing Twitter, I came across this rather excitable person making a Twitter video in her car:

Sorry about how big that rendered. Sometimes I don’t use WordPress right. Anyway, fuck Donald Trump, eh? It may be that under each Trumper is a creature even stranger. She says something about “depopulation” and I’m immediately intrigued. What the fuck is she talking about? I was talking with some friends about how I don’t understand anti-vaxxers and would love to see the story of when a vaccine killed millions rather than save them. Because that story doesn’t exist. But, there is a plot afoot, say the antivaxxers. Buckle up- this is what they believe:

...misinformation claiming that COVID-19 vaccines are loaded with “toxins” … blaming every death reported to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) database on vaccines, when VAERS is not designed to determine causation and we would expect a large baseline number of deaths in the time periods covered by random chance alone; claiming that vaccines cause Alzheimer’s and prion disease; blaming the vaccines for cancer… “shedding” from the vaccinated … invoking evolution to predict the selection of more deadly coronavirus variants that could wipe out humanity; warning that the vaccines can “permanently alter your DNA“; and that they make females infertile…

All of this in the service of “utilitarianism”. Here’s a little from one of the theorists:

  • Utilitarianism is based on a mathematical equation that some individuals can be sacrificed for the greater good of the majority. In other words, if some people are harmed by vaccines, it’s an acceptable loss because society as a whole may or will reap gains.
  • This discredited pseudo-ethic has repeatedly been used to justify horrific human rights abuses. The Third Reich, for example, employed the utilitarian rationale as an excuse to demonize and eliminate minorities judged to be a threat to the health, security and well-being of the State. Now, utilitarianism is being called upon yet again, under the false narrative that mankind as a whole is in peril unless everyone rolls the dice and gets vaccinated.
  • In the end, the idea is that vaccine refusers won’t be allowed to freely participate in society any longer. This is the disincentive or negative incentive, which is added on top of the positive incentives previously mentioned.

That’s not what utilitarianism is at all, and it’s absurd to say Hitler used a philosophy that promotes the greatest good for the greatest number of people, which is what utilitarianism is in a nutshell. Look people, if you are liable to spread a potentially deadly disease to others, it’s not unreasonable for businesses and other establishments to protect their patrons and refuse you service. That’s the breaks. There’s no plan to cut you out of society. You cut yourself off by not doing your part to stop the spread of the disease. See, some of these people take the idea of “individual” a bit too far. Yes, we are individuals, but we do live in a larger society and have responsibilities toward maintaining it.

Here’s quackeroo Dr. Mercola, getting all biblical:

The point is, once you’re in this system, you’re under someone else’s control. If they say you have to get a booster shot, you have to comply — again and again — or risk losing basic human rights, such as the ability to buy and sell, travel or get an education.

Oh, brother. The “mark of the beast”.

But here’s the coup de grace. Ladies and gentlemen, depopulation:

The other form of population control refers to actual depopulation. A primary problem the global elite have been trying to solve for a long time is that there are too many people consuming too much of the world’s perceived limited resources and polluting everything in the process. The answer, in their mind, is to reduce the global population.

While birth control and abortions are promoted to help with this, these strategies aren’t effective, or rapid, enough. They need a less fertile population and they need people to die sooner.

While many may not want to believe this could possibly be true, you have to remember that the intention is not to cause suffering per se. It’s a form of self-preservation, as their end goal is to concentrate all the world’s wealth into their own hands.

You do NOT want to go down the rabbit hole of depopulation theory. Suffice it to say it has something to do with Bill Gates, Satanists, The Georgia Guidestones, shadowy front groups for the CIA, a plot to pack all Americans in a dozen or so cities, and the reduction of the American population by 90 percent by 2025. On the other hand, if you like conspiracies, you need to check it out. You’ll be fucking with it all night long.

In the end, it’s COVID (and this applies to every other pandemic in history) that is the real depopulator. It has taken far, far more lives than the vaccine has ever purported to do. And it’s going to keep doing it until these paranoid rubes stop “doing research” and realize that vaccines have saved countless lives and will continue to do so. Even Donald Trump, an elite, knows that.

War In America

One of Donald Trump’s signature accomplishments as President (and beyond) is promote what everyone calls the Big Lie, a concept straight out of Hitler’s diaries. He managed to convince millions that our electoral system was riddled with fraud and corruption and that the results were invalid. He literally called into question the integrity of our democracy. Why did Trump do this? The easiest explanation is his hurt ego for losing. However, if Trump is smarter than we think he is, he helped purposely lay the groundwork for the voter suppression Republicans couldn’t wait to implement.

For all intents and purposes, I think we may call time of death of democracy in 2022. But if somehow Democrats are organized enough to vote in even larger numbers than in 2020 (and Republicans discouraged in significant numbers), we can hang on to a neutral area similar to the one we are in right now where neither democracy nor fascism has any way to move forward. There’s always the long odds situation where Democrats increase their hold upon Congress too. I won’t rule it out.

I don’t have a crystal ball, but 2024 might be where things really go haywire. It’s a virtual certainty that it will be another hotly contested election, and the Big Lie will still be very popular. And the worrisome thing is that it’s very popular with people who own guns. Millions of people:

America’s massive and mostly Republican gun-rights movement dovetails with a growing belief among many Republicans that the federal government is an illegitimate tyranny that must be overthrown by any means necessary. That combustible formula raises the threat of armed, large-scale attacks around the 2024 presidential election—attacks that could make the January 6 insurrection look like a toothless stunt by comparison. “The idea that people would take up arms against an American election has gone from completely farfetched to something we have to start planning for and preparing for,” says University of California, Los Angeles law professor Adam Winkler, an expert on gun policy and constitutional law.

Winkler also imparts another worrisome development, at the Supreme Court:

If the Supreme Court ruling, expected in mid-2022, on New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen establishes an unrestricted right to carry a gun anywhere in the country, bringing firearms to the Capitol in Washington, D.C. could be perfectly legal. Says Winkler: “The Supreme Court may be close to issuing the ruling that leads to the overthrow of the U.S. government.”

One is left to wonder if all the barely restricted access to guns was always a way to arm troops for a right wing revolution, insurrection, police action or a civil war. It isn’t the left who is gearing up. Maybe that’s a screwy idea, but if I can think of it, you can bet your ass that some fascist creep already has too.

Big Steve Bannon

Steve’s been cast and casted himself as quite the lightning rod lately when it comes to tearing down our democracy. Roger Stone says he’s the poobah behind the Capitol attack. Now it’s probably not wise to listen to anything Roger Stone says without a little evidence, but is it really a bridge too far to think there’s a grain of truth to it? After all, his rhetoric leading up to the attack certainly suggests he knew what was going to happen. He’s a known “accelerationist” who wants to bring down the state. This is all circumstantial musing at this point, but it would not surprise me if it were easy to establish motive and method against him.

Anyway, he’s now making noise about decertifying the 2020 election:

“We are going to get it decertified,” Bannon said, referring to the 2020 presidential election, which the hotly contested MAGA character erroneously insists Trump won. “And hey, all they want to talk about all day long is Omicron and 6 January. And we love it,” he continued. “Cuz nobody cares. We care because we care about the legitimacy of our process. We are a constitutional republic. And guess what, we are going to take over the election apparatus.” Bannon further noted that “American citizens” will aid him in the proposed election system takeover.

It wouldn’t be the first time I heard Steve Bannon say something that sounds like a pipe dream. As dimwit Mike Lindell has found out, the 2020 election is going nowhere. Bannon should cool his jets and wait for 2022, where all of the voter suppression laws the Republicans have already passed will likely hand control of Congress to them. The dirty work is already done-I feel like Bannon is late to the party. It simply won’t matter if Joe Biden sticks around until 2024. Oh sure, Joe still has veto power, but when has a little gridlock bothered the GOP? They love it when nothing gets done.

His last words in the interview are bizarrely cryptic:

“I understand you don’t think that’s democracy because the globalists have done the misdirection plays and had everyone looking the other way,” he added.

I don’t know what he means. To understand I would have to go down the rabbit hole of extreme white American nationalism vs. “globalism” and I just don’t have it in me today to examine that particular fight in detail. The nationalists are fascist, and that’s all we need to know.

Meddlin’ Rick

Who didn’t send texts to Mark Meadows about how to explode the 2020 election?

Rick Perry is now among the conspirators. His advice, given on November 4th, was to presumably have states with Republican controlled legislatures where Trump was leading to invalidate any ballots arriving after Election Day. Trump electors would then be appointed, and once the conflicts landed in court the hope was that the conservative Supreme Court would rule in Trump’s favor.

Cute. It wasn’t likely to have worked, because we know the Court wasn’t interested in giving Trump what he wanted as the lawsuits unfolded.

What the fuck was Rick Perry doing skulking around the sidelines of this clusterfuck election? Hard to say. All we know about Rick and Trump is that their relationship started off rocky, but he quickly became an acolyte once it was established that he was a very useful friend. He was given the job of Energy Secretary. Rick, according to Trump himself, was the person who suggested Trump give Ukraine’s Zelensky a call, a call which as we know triggered Trump’s first impeachment. Rick also tried to get energy giant Naftogaz to fire its supervisory board, a power move designed to secure Trump maximum leverage on the fledgling Zelensky administration. Perry was very, very busy in Ukraine. It looks like there was a full court press to control Ukraine’s plentiful oil and gas in 2019, and all the new president had to do was play ball, sell his country’s resources to the lowest bidder, do this and that for Trump and he would be their protector-a list that included Ukraine being his version of CREEP.

All I know is the people who tried to torpedo the election are corrupt and disgusting beyond what we see on the surface, just like their fascist mob boss.

Possible Linkage

Yes, we had a hotly contested election full of illegal and seditious fuckery. That was bad enough. The big thing on my mind is who started that riot on January 6. Was it an attempt at a violent insurrection, plotted by Trump and members of the Republican Party?

Magic 8-ball says it is likely. We have three Congressional big fish on the line right now; Paul Gosar, Andy Biggs and Mo Brooks. They were in touch with Stop The Steal founder Ali Alexander before January 6. Alexander, through his lawyers, relates:

‘Ali Alexander, who founded the pro-Trump “Stop the Steal” movement and attended the rally that preceded the Capitol attack, told congressional investigators that he recalls “a few phone conversations” with Rep. Paul Gosar and a text exchange with Rep. Mo Brooks about his efforts in the run-up to Jan. 6, his lawyers confirmed in a late Friday court filing.

Per Alexander’s attorneys Jonathon Moseley and Paul Kamenar, members of Congress may have been on an organizing call with him in early January. Several were invited but he did not take attendance, the lawyers said. They also said Alexander “testified that he had phone conversations with Rep. Brooks’ staff about a ‘Dear Colleague’ letter and how his activists could be helpful.”’

Alexander also told the Jan. 6 House select committee that he spoke to Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) in person “and never by phone, to the best of his recollection,” his lawyers say.’

Alexander was a major inciter on social media, priming his followers for violence:

The Daily Beast reported that “Alexander led a host of activists in ratcheting up the rhetoric” before January 6, and that Alexander’s posts “grew more menacing” as the date approached. Alexander tweeted on December 7, 2020, that he would “give [his] life for this fight”, a tweet that was retweeted by the Arizona Republican Party with the addition, “He is. Are you?” ProPublica identified a December 23 Parler post of Alexander’s, in which he wrote “If D.C. escalates … so do we”, as “one of scores of social media posts welcoming violence” before the attack.

He also incited violence at the rally, which led to the siege:

Alexander was scheduled to speak on January 5 at Freedom Plaza, just west of the White House.The Guardian named Alexander as among the people active in inciting the crowd outside the Capitol on January 6, leading chants of “victory or death”. At 4:30 p.m. on January 6, about two hours after rioters entered the Capitol building, Alexander posted a video of himself looking out on a crowd outside the Capitol, in which he said, “I don’t disavow this. I do not denounce this.”

Ali Alexander and his movement came to Washington looking for a fight. A big one. So the question must be: did those three Congressional bozos have anything to do with planning or aiding a true-blue insurrection?

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