Notorious RBG Passes

Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away on Friday, September 18.

First, and most importantly, let me express my condolences to her family. Cancer fucking sucks, and it hurts to watch your loved one suffer. It hurts when they pass away, even if you might feel some relief that the suffering has ended. I hope the family holds on to happy memories of her in the days, weeks, and years to come.

Second, while I may have vehemently disagreed with RBG on her interpretations of law, I never doubted her as a suitable juror and legal mind. Everything I’ve read from her and about her reinforces my opinion that she was a capable and honorable opponent.

Like her close friend of many years, Anthony Scalia, RBG passes away during a contentious election year. I was listening to one of my politics podcast when I got the news. I suddenly felt as if what I was listening to was suddenly obsolete. The difference between now and 2016 is that the Republican party holds both the Senate and Presidency. They will get the chance to ram their nominee through. But should they?

From a constitutional standpoint, there’s nothing procedurally wrong. There is no wording prohibiting such action in situations where the incumbent president was not likely to win re-election. More so regarding when the Senate was expected to flip between party controls. I also don’t doubt that Democrats would do the same damn thing if they were in the exact same situation. They would just have the media showering them with adulation about their courage. To be fair, McConnell’s actions after Merrick Garland was nominated were more appalling to me. I am still of the opinion that Garland should have been at least given a hearing.

I’m also seeing a lot of nut-picking on my Book of Face feed. I know it’s nut picking when the same few crazy tweets are held up over and over again as representing the whole. I don’t think there are whole swaths of the left ready to go to civil war, or burn the place down. As much as I hate to say it, there will be violence. Some of it will be bad violence.

Which detracts from the legacy of a great woman.

Friday Quote – Xander Opal

A civil right shouldn’t have a single point of failure.

Friday Quote – George Carlin

Sooner or later, the people in this country are going to realize the government doesn’t give a fuck about them. The government doesn’t care about you, or your children, or your rights, or your welfare, or your safety. It simply doesn’t give a fuck about you. It’s only interested in its own power. That’s the only thing. Keeping it, and expanding it wherever possible.

Friday Quote – Edward R. Murrow

When politicians complain that TV turns their proceedings into a circus, it should be made plain that the circus was already there, and that TV has merely demonstrated that not all of the performers are well trained.

I’m Disinclined to Acquiesce To You r Request

Since the riots started, I’ve been seeing articles asking where the gun owners are to defend the people against the police.

You want me to put my life, liberty, and family fortunes on the line for you? Hmm. Let’s see. How many times did you call for me to be disarmed when it suited your worldview. How many times did you wish death on me because I disagreed with you?

I’m sorry Scorpion, but I know your nature. I’m not going to carry you across the river for you to sting me in the back.

If you want guns to defend yourselves, go put down the money. Unless of course you can’t. You know, because of all those “common sense” gun control laws you demanded right before the cops came for you.

Friday Quote – Murray Rothbard

The only equality that can be achieved in the world, hence the only rational concept of equality, is equality in liberty.

Why Don’t You Trust the Experts?

With COVID roaring back, I’m hearing a lot of “why won’t you people listen to the experts?” Usually there are some expletives and/or pejoratives thrown in. I can think of two big reasons.

  1. You fucking lied to us to save your own skin on masks. Instead of telling us the truth that you knew masks helped, you lied. You lied because you didn’t trust us to refrain from purchasing masks or donating masks to help the frontline staff. You didn’t trust us.

  2. You lied again to save your own skin from the mob. When people were protesting against the lockdowns because they were losing their livelihoods, you told us how bad they were. You could do that because even when the protestors were armed, you knew deep down they weren’t going to really harm you. Then the mob came. The spark of Floyd ignited months of pent-up fury. You could have said the same things to these protesters. You could have said “we understand your anger, we sympathize, but this is a bad course of action.” Instead, you capitulated. Because the mob would hurt you. Not just physically, but in your precious professional careers.

It doesn’t help we have a president who’s more interested in self-aggrandizement than leading. It doesn’t help we have a media and media agitators who demand every choice we make be based on the political. It doesn’t help we have a mob ready to pull down any among the professional class that somehow draws their ire.

None of that helps. Neither does the cowardice of our experts.

Friday Quote – Thomas Sowell

What do automobiles, guns, and home-schooling all have in common that makes the liberals hate them? All these things reduce individual dependence on the government and the grandiose schemes for other people’s lives created by liberals and imposed by the government.

Friday Quote – Jeff Cooper

The rifle is a weapon. Let there be no mistake about that. It is a tool of power, and thus dependent completely on the moral stature of its user. It is equally useful in securing meat for the table, destroying group enemies on the battlefield, and resisting tyranny. In fact, it is the only means of resisting tyranny since a citizenry armed with rifles simply cannot be tyrannized.

Derek’s Mildly Useful Movie Reviews – Tread

The Wife and I decided on this film for our movie night viewing. I knew of the Killdozer story from the growing internet folktale of the event. I was curious to see how it was portrayed.

The documentary uses audio tapes made by Marv Heemeyer in the months leading up to the Killdozer event and interviews with his friends in the first act to bring Marv to life. The filmmakers use this time to help Marv build his case against the authorities in the town of Grady.

Then, the second act feeds in the counter narrative with interviews from members of the local government and parts of Marv’s tapes that were more, shall we say, ranting. By the end of the second act, I was a bit more ambivalent on whether Marv was fucked over by the town or Marv just had a persecution complex.

The third act was the Killdozer rampage. I learned a lot of details about how Marv built, armed, and drove the Killdozer. The last act is going to be shaded by how you come out of the previous two acts. Since I was feeling more ambivalent already, the rampaging done made me more ambivalent.

Summary – I thought this was a well-done documentary. I think anyone who champions the Killdozer as a myth of the common man against corrupt government should watch this. Then, after seeing this, do you think if the folktale holds, or should we discard this?

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