It’s titled After the Republic and it articulates why we are most probably on the proverbial “express elevator to hell” as Hudson once put it.  Read it…  it’s quite will done.

Hat tip…  (do we even “Hat Tip” anymore…  like who the fuck even blogs anymore?  Eat a dick Twitter and Facebook.)  Instapundit.


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My Thoughts on the Debates

If anyone ever argues that America is not currently in decline just point to our two current presidential candidates.

It will immediately remove all doubt.


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I will most likely not be voting for Trump or Clinton in November.

I have never voted for a Democrat in a partisan election.

Given Trump’s history, the burden of proof is on him to convince me he is not a Democrat. His behavior has instead convinced me he is a Democrat.

My voting priorities are three.

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On Dallas

I know nothing.

For more reliable coverage on a different topic, Kate Paulk is wrong to suggest judging the Hugo Editor awards should be done by the standards of the current official rules. The same anonymous sources in foreign intelligence agencies who leaked us the 2016 Hugo Nominations have leaked the results of the upcoming World Con business meeting. The reconciliation process means that the rules passed at the business meeting will supersede those currently in force. The Editor (Long Form) will now officially be judged by the category’s original and unwritten criteria, the political ability to arrange vote slates for marketing and commercial gain.

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The Deal

The Constitution is a binding negotiated contract. By becoming citizens, we are agreeing to its terms and conditions.

It is a compromise. Sooner or later every party to a compromise will find some part of it objectionable.

The American People are sovereign. They are the true parties to the greater compromise, of which the Constitution is the keystone. This greater compromise saves us much danger, instability, and internal bloodshed. The greater compromise is embedded in American culture, where it is felt more than fully articulated.

Can the greater compromise hold without the debatable portions being lined out in unambiguous language that can be understood by all parties?

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Suppose gays are not like everyone else. The guy with the explosives in LA was gay. The guy in Orlando seems to at least tried the lifestyle out. Maybe homosexuals are mentally ill, and homosexual activity is unhealthy for them. Maybe the current tolerance climate predisposes some of them to act out violently. Maybe we should practicing treatment instead of acceptance.

Perhaps instead we should be able to mention UnPC crimethink when we are discussing security issues.

Mental illness often predisposes a person to making careless statements. These can be about any topic. Evaluation can be subjective. Anyone off the street can purport to believe that a fairly damning statement is innocent. Combine with disparately protecting people because of ethnicity, sexual preference or religion, and you will get events like this.

There are good and sound reasons not to build a police state around confining the mentally ill. The current mental health situation is a mess, and much of the reform suggestions are unserious.

There are a bunch of different situations that are badly screwed up. I certainly don’t have sufficient evidence to know that the mental health discussion is relevant here.

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This is going to be a lovely summer.

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Cui Bono?

Interesting times my friends. What is going on with this violence at Trump campaign events?

We infer that someone is paying for it to happen, as that seems the custom in America now. Why do it, if it is only going to motivate people to rally around Trump?

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Sometimes silences speak louder than words.

Trump apparently has carelessly and impulsively made every sort of un-PC and conspiratorial statement.

I cannot pretend to have full knowledge of what he has said, but I think my sources would have provided me with every flavor of his potentially damaging statements.

I have not heard that he has equated homosexuals with pedophiles, or repeated the blood libel. If true, this tells me that there is a rhyme and reason to his statements. He is not saying anything he thinks would be truly damaging to him.

Which means measured dishonesty, most likely for the purpose of a con. I’m not seeing anything to distinguish him from Obama or Clinton.

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Four More Long Years

It is very likely that Clinton or Trump will be the next President. The possibility that either would implement anything approaching the nuclear counter-proliferation policy we need is more remote than someone else beating them.

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My Numerous Errors

My earlier report on the 2016 Hugo nominations appears to be substantially in error.

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The World is On Fire

There are Russians numbering in the tens of thousands fighting Ukrainians on their own soil and the death toll for both sides is something we haven’t seen in Europe since the Balkans imploded twenty years ago.  The Middle East is collapsing in on itself with a Syrian civil war, ISIS occupying a gigantic piece of real estate, with Iraq welcoming in the Iranians with open arms while our government does its best to alienate whatever friends we’ve got left.  Speaking of Iraq, we’ve deployed thousands of our troops back over there again—but the progressive media has been sufficiently compliant in keeping that on the down-low.  There are about 10,000 American troops still in Afghanistan, doing nothing more than keeping the government in Kabul in power without actually influencing anything else above and beyond that.  Military aged males from the Middle East and North Africa are swarming into the west labeled as “refugees” by a media and the hard left (but I repeat myself).  The Chinese are expanding capability and capacity and challenging their Asian neighbors with their navy and air force.  The North Koreans are experimenting with submarine-launched ballistic missiles and more powerful nukes.  The Chinese just successfully tested a MIRV.  The world economy is surviving on little more than inflating away unsustainable amounts of debt and punishing those who save for the future.  Markets are over inflated, and central banks are out of tools to keep things going if we have another significant downturn.

And while all of this is going on, we here in America are arguing about letting grown men wearing dresses and face makeup urinate in public bathrooms with our wives and daughters.

What sort of madness is this?


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Fuck Facebook.

Well, I’ve been blocked by Facebook for five days now. After repeated attempts to verify my identity I finally got an email that says “you appear to be under thirteen and your account will be terminated.”

Because as my profile picture I have my son, at age four, wearing his underwear as a hat.

In the end, this might be a good thing because I’ve been away from here for far too long.

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Mr. Lane is Incorrect

Moe Lane’s Endorsement

Point of Order: If one wishes to nitpick, there is one aspect of this ad that might not be true. Everything I’ve heard suggests that the Hillary’s organization is substantially more awful than this ad describes.

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Forecast Cloudy, Try Later

One Paul Manafort is now Trump’s ‘Convention Manager’. His prior work includes helping the Russians create an excuse to invade the Ukraine.

That’s no reason to worry, because there is no way he could use access to a careless angry populist presidential campaign to create the appearence of a serious incident. Even if he did, the Russians aren’t overconfident enough to take advantage, even if they have gotten used to years of rolling Obama. Even if they did, Obama and Clinton would never cooperate with a dictator if it meant more power and wealth for them. Obama and Clinton have sound judgement, good risk assessment, and make national security their highest priority. The media would never do their best to conceal a situation if that would translate to Democratic victories.

If Trump loses heavily in the remaining primaries, the Russian symps he’s been giving access to will have less opportunity to cause trouble. If the Democratic Candidate is losing badly, they will not be able to sell a coup to the American people.

Ted Cruz would not be party to a Russian backed coup d’etat. Vote for Ted Cruz. This was written by a volunteer from People Who Have Been Paying Entirely Too Much Attention This Cycle for Ted Cruz.

Edit:4-11 Unsurprising

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2016 Hugo noms

Here at Just Barking Mad, we have long aspired to the prestige and reputability of National Enquirer.

Our sources in a national security service promised us an exclusive story so long as we waited until after the arrests were finished. Now we can share with you the 2016 Hugo nominations.

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Point of Order

A Presidential candidate recently confused several distinct things, and this may have misled the ignorant.

Conservatives do not consider the listed items identical, even if there can be some relation.

1. Treaties between different national powers about the practice of war.
2. Standard disciplinary codes imposed on a military.
3. The direction a nominal commander in chief gives a military organization.
4. What motivates soldiers to close with and destroy the enemy.
5. The results of lawyers attempting to bring their pet systems where they are neither needed nor appropriate.

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First, thank you Moe Lane.

Normally, when someone gives the IRS false information regarding a financial crime, they are in bad trouble.

Donald Trump, however, is potentially going to be in a position of oversight over the IRS. The IRS has recently had questionable oversight, and been involved in questionable activities.

The IRS will of course handle this matter independently of who becomes President, and without regard for who will become President.

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Sad PuppieSHI

Sad Puppies

Rabid Puppies by Vox Day

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Can Trump Cause Riots

Trump’s intent is difficult to evaluate with certainty, as his many conflicting statements can be cherrypicked to fit any narrative. I’m not a Trump expert, and only started collecting data this cycle. My original gut reaction was ‘ringer for the Democrats’. That and forty bucks will get you a cup of coffee.

Does Trump have the capability to cause riots in the event he loses the primary or general? Do his supporters?

Recently the usual procedure in America is arranged, and has two requirements. The first is political intervention in the law enforcement whose jurisdiction is the venue. The second is rioters organized around a core of professional and recreation rioters.

I expect other alternatives have not been viable due to perceptions of risk compared to rewards. Even if recent events have made rioting seem more effective, I think Americans still have too great a sense of ‘something left to lose’. I do not know of any high probability scenarios that would be sufficient to change that in the next eight months.

I do not think there is enough time to develop the rioters from scratch. I do not think the hard left would loan Trump rioters or organizers if he would use them against the left or Hillary.

I also doubt Trump has the necessary political pull with state and local politicians. He cannot count on Democrats when running as a Republican. His involvement with the Republican party is probably too recent and narrow for him to have any pull with Republican mayors.

There is a decent chance that Trump cannot follow through with the relevant comments, whether or not he knows that.

Does this mean Trump is not responsible for Chicago? Maybe. However, if Cruz wins the nomination, the left hates him at least as badly, and still does not manage to create such events… It seems plausible that combining a de-escalating mindset with solid intelligence on venue security would allow one to minimize such risks, and that this would be worth advertising to contrast with Trump.

Ending on a related note, Hillary continues to have been a horrible Secretary of State, and to be a horrible candidate for President. I think Trump’s specific negatives make him our best chance of losing to her. I think Cruz would win.

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