Quote ‘o the Week
“If you’re not having fun you’re doing something wrong!” – Joe Mekanic
Graphic of the Year
From Ron D., the best graphic I’ve seen in years. Absolutely perfect for the summer –
Ever been through a “check stop” by the local constabularianists? I have on many occasions. Years ago, there was the possibility of a discussion with the person representing “authority”. In more recent years, a more militaristic exchange is de rigor – less tolerance, more intrusive.
As flaming theoretical Libertarians, Joe and I think the whole Dragnet approach is not legal. That would be illegal, too. Along the lines of illegal search and / or seizure.
But who has the procedure, the skill, the money, the hutzpah to challenge the mighty forces of the gubbermint in court?
That would be the lawyerly folks.
And folks in a country / state that actually HAS a unapologetic constitution.
Following is a short video of a Floridian using the “fair DUI flyer” to travel through a check stop. It works!:
Being of sound mind and body, Joe and I thought two things (not surprising – there’s two of us in here!). One thought was “How interesting! Using the law to protect your civil rights”. OK, that was my thought. Joe immediately wondered how this would apply in Canada, specifically in BC (that’s where we live).
Alas, BC Canada seems to be a collective. You know, the law is the law, but “the common good” is an acceptable rationale for trampling on individual rights.
BC has very harsh DUI law which is both unconstitutional AND a violation of BC law.
Couldn’t find anything approaching a “Fair DUI Flyer” for BC, or Canada. The most pertinent information is several years old. It DOES reflect a sane judge in Kamloops doing the right thing.
Joe and I are Patrick Moore fans. Patrick Moore is a “climate change realist”. A brief reminder:
Whitey is taking it on the chin everywhere, most specifically, white men of the heterosexual persuasion.
White as a “race” is also a no-no in much of the non white world, and in what is left of the white world.
Who is talking for crackers / pale-skins / honkys / “conkys” (see an extensive list of derogatory terms for white people here)?
Well, Fred is, here. Fred Reed ponders, “Are White Men Gods?” in a rebuttal to Cornel West comments about “white supremacy”.
Here are some of the things Fred said –
…….”I would like to explain to Professor West a few things about this dread supremacy:
We have White Supremacy, Professor, because for 2500 years we, whites, have produced the best minds on the planet, the greatest flourishing of the arts and sciences ever seen, the most complex and organized societies. We have White Supremacy, whatever exactly it may be, because we have been the earth’s most successful race. No other has come close. Deal with it.”
…….”As a race, Cornel, we are happy for you, for anyone, to enjoy the benefits of our civilization, but that is exactly what it is—our civilization. It has become a global civilization because others among the competent—again, Chinese, Japanese, Indians, Koreans—have found it to be in technical matters superior. It came from us. They, I note, do not complain of White Supremacy or White Privilege. They are too busy making computers and money.”
…….”Now, Cornel, it isn’t that we whites want to be supreme. It is just that we haven’t been able to help it. It isn’t our fault that we produced Newton, Archimedes, Einstein, and all those mutants. They are just birth effects, things that happen to even the best families. You have to play the hand you are dealt. A little sympathy would be appropriate.”
Joe laughed and laughed.
Why?, I asked.
Well, says he, DNA, IQ, culture, environment, education, foundation documents, LANGUAGE, enlightenment, reformation, liberty, freedom, tongue-in-cheek, and straw man logic.
But I loved it when I read it.
Explain, says I.
What is success? says Joe…..
Diplomad is also vocal about the subject. Here are a few quotes from the article, “In Defence of White Dudes” –
……”I am a proud White Dude. Mind you, I say this as somebody who had zero ancestors on the Mayflower, in addition, nobody in my family tree was a Viking, or sat in King Arthur’s Court. I am ethnically an Ibero-North African-Jew whom some might consider, at best, only a member of the White Dude Junior Varsity Team. To those “some,” I would say, “Hey, don’t be too picky about your allies.” At a minimum, Dudes, if Elizabeth Warren can be Cherokee, Rachel Dolezai black, Bruce Jenner a woman, Al Sharpton a Reverend, and Donald Trump a Republican, well, I think you should let me into the White Dude Club. Deal done? OK.
White Christian Dudes (WCDs)–especially English-speaking ones–make the best countries and civilizations. Horrors! There. I’ve put the spotlight on the elephant in the Race Conversation Amphitheater.”
……”Around the world we see that just about everybody wants to live with the White Christian Dudes. We see this drive to live with White Christian Dudes every day along our southern border; Australians see it on their coasts and in the changing make up of their cities; Britons in the unceasing wave of migrants besieging their island. Canada’s beautiful Vancouver in even more beautiful British Columbia has become a largely Asian city. Everywhere, it seems, the civilization built by White Christian Dudes is the magnet. Non-WCDs don’t leave; my family certainly didn’t.”
……”One more elephant: if progressives get their wish and destroy White Christian Dude civilization, where will Third World migrants go? If, for example, the USA becomes like Mexico, why would Mexicans and Central Americans come here? If Australia becomes another Asian country, why would Asians risk their lives to go live there? Would Chinese immigrants want to live in a Third World pit? They can stay home for that.”
Amen says Joe.
The comments in both articles are entertaining.
This one by “a6z” caught our attention –
“To turn the screw one turn more, white Christian dudes of a *certain type* of Christianity make the best countries. And they don’t hold sway anymore anywhere.
And–yet one more turn yet–especially white dudes who speak one particular language and respect its particular laws, thought, institutions, and traditions. White dudes speaking other languages have a much more mixed record, if you look at it fair and square, of producing decent and successful countries.
Let’s take the simple Darwinian metric, to begin with: survival.
Sweden is the world’s oldest continuously-existing independent regime, unconquered and without a revolution. Its origins are lost in pre-history. But after that, what?
The United Kingdom goes back to 1707. (But, alas, may be on its last legs.)
Depending how you count, the United States goes back to 1776 or 1789. People call it a young country. It’s the third-oldest.
China? As a civilization China is thousands of years old. As a nation-state, it is 66 years old, and may well not live to be 75. The Union of Committee Socialist Republics didn’t, surprising (nearly) everybody.
France? The Fifth Republic goes back to 1958. Japan? 1947 Israel? 1948 Switzerland? 1815. Try it as a parlor game.
Europe and Asia have much older cities; but the United States is a much older country. There are several reasons for this. The Atlantic and the Pacific are two, but there are others that have to do with the specific kind of white Christian men the founding white Christian men were.
BTW, it should not matter to the argument, but in this day of *ad hominem* nonsense I will note that I am not myself a white Christian man.”
Joe and I suggest (again) the excellent book by Daniel Hannan, “Inventing Freedom – How the English-Speaking Peoples Made the Modern World”
Another comment by Malcolm Pollack –
“Another excellent post, Mr. Amselem. This is a terribly difficult topic to write about: the electrical potential regarding race is so super-charged that it is almost impossible to raise your hand without being struck by lightning. There are unspeakable truths that nearly everyone knows, nevertheless, to be true; the cognitive dissonance required for our culture to suppress them has reached a point of almost unbearable tension. It is only by speaking them as charitably, and as honestly, as we can, while being as clear as we can that our intention is not to provoke, that we can begin to discharge this dangerous potential without touching off an explosion — an explosion that surely will come if, in fear of the rewards of heresy, we say nothing.
Well done, sir.”
A tongue in cheek reading suggestion is Frank Herbert’s “Dune” – specialization, not discrimination.
As Joe maintains, your parents gave you a brain when they built you, but it’s up to you to get it running right….. It’s all about smarts.
Very serious, weighty (not whitey) stuff.
How about some humour to relieve the stress?
The top two cartoons are mocking black behavior, the third someone’s idea of “reality”. I tried to find some humour from the other perspective (black), but there is none I could find in an hour of browsing. Are there no humor? Are there no humor at all?
What I did find was actual Black Panther crap about “killing crackers”.
Those folks have to find a sense of humor…………
On the other side of the coin, Whitey has a multicultural approach to racial cartooning, most often lampooning stupid white behavior –
Seems obvious to Joe, and beyond tiring.
I’m in agreement. Lighten up world!
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Carly Fiorina is my choice for president. I may just slip across the border and vote when the time comes.
If millions of illegal beaners can vote, maybe I can null one of theirs.
Joe is willing, too. That would be two votes:
The “deal” with Iran, a country that declared war on the United States way back in 1979, is being castigated for two major reasons:
1. It is not legal because the procedure (with the House) has not been followed – a constitutional requirement
2. It is bat-shit crazy, with a long list of precedents from history which shout caution!!!
The Indigenous folks of America have the ability to see the light. A quote from Harlyn Geronimo.
Why can’t the progressive / liberal crowd break through the BS?
POLITICS, POLITICIANS, WACKJOBBERY, HUMOROUS, STUPID
THE CULTURE (THERE IS ONLY ONE)
The man known only as SABO has finally consented to a TV interview. A conservative minded street artist. Fancy that!:
SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, SMART STUFF
The shear quantity of recalls of automobiles is rising. Joe figures this is a function of complexity, not necessarily related to the cost of the affected vehicles. The sobering facts for 2014 are here.
Makes the following cartoon a suggestion box winner –
PHILOSOPHY, PHILOSOPHERS, SMART THINKING
THE RELIGION OF PEACE (ON ALL OF US)
This is what the Ayatollah Khamenei has to say to the world AFTER the historic “negotiation” with the United States.
It ain’t funny. The total per religionofpeace.com is now 26,568 deadly terror attacks since 9/11.
Shame on the world…….
Today’s sermon is a documentary produced in Norway called “Brainwash”. Presenting segment 1: “Nature or Nurture”:
WEATHER (OR NOT)
The weather meter is pointing to “fair”, which is an understatement. The heat is back in the days, although the nights are cooling so much that you don’t lie in bed sweating all night. C’est domage….
Joe (Grinning) Mekanic
p.s. Ramirez is never done – from Investor’s Business Daily –