Saturday, January 16, 2021

Time For A New Meme

Festung Washington:

National Discourse Chronicles 2021-01-16

     Just now, things are looking bleak. If you feel the same, I’m sure you know your reasons. But they might not be the same as mine. My malaise is because we’re letting ourselves be atomized and bludgeoned into silence.

     One of the oldest and most consistently intelligent of blogs in the Right is the venerable American Thinker. Its comments section has frequently been as informative and thoughtful as its articles. But that comments section is going away:

     On January 14, American Thinker founder Thomas Lifson published a blog post about shutting down the comment section. An update to the post said it was either that or shut down the website. AT appears to be very worried about the comments they are getting. The blog post didn’t explain anything. It did say people who read AT are upset about the elimination of the comments, but it didn’t dissuade them.

     From Lifson’s post announcing the change:

     Because AT lacks the ability to monitor comments in real time, and because our position that comments are a forum, not something we publish, is being called into question, we can no longer publish comments.

     We take this action with a heavy heart.

     As our Gentle Readers are surely aware, The Federalist did the same some time back, and for the same reason: certain sentiments being expressed in the comments were being used to attack it through “lawfare,” potentially leading to the destruction of the site.

     Comments sections are becoming rare among Right-inclined sites for that reason.

     Its support for finding and communicating with others of like mind has been one of the great benefits of the two-way World Wide Web. Comments sections have been a major component of that support. But one by one, they’re going away as Leftists seek them and threaten the site owners with expensive lawsuits and threats of other legal entanglements. The largest Right-inclined sites have been the first targets. When faced with the prospect of prolonged, very expensive legal actions, few are willing to stand their ground.

     If you’ll give a few moments of your time to Breitbart’s “Great Purge” section, you’ll get a good sense for the evils abroad. Tellingly, Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor says that claims that the election was stolen are not “protected free speech” — a position that, despite its absolute falsity, is being echoed by many other Leftists and Left-inclined sites.

     It’s a sign of something that Pennsylvanians would elect such an arrogant idiot to the second-highest executive position in their state. Something not too good. But I digress.

     This morning, John Hinderaker weighs in:

     Democrats are making extraordinary efforts to suppress all discussion of whether Joe Biden actually won the 2020 presidential election. In fact, they go even farther: they want to suppress all discussion of the extent to which voter fraud occurred. That naturally makes me want to write about voter fraud, and who really won the election.

     First, this question: why are the Democrats so hysterical in their insistence that fraud not be mentioned? One reason is obvious. Joe Biden will take office under a cloud, since close to half of all Americans doubt that he really won the election. The Democrats want to stamp out such doubts to preserve Biden’s authority as president.

     But there is a second reason that may be more important. The Democrats want the lax voting procedures that prevailed in 2020 to continue in the future. They know that efforts will be made in many states to improve ballot integrity, and they want those efforts to fail. By rendering all discussion of voter fraud out of bounds, they hope to forestall reforms that would make it harder for them to cheat, or enable cheating, in the future.

     I’m sure Hinderaker’s assertions are accurate. Add to them another, which has been mentioned in discussions of other Left-promulgated lies:

If you can get a man to parrot a falsehood,
When the truth is plain and open,
You can break him to harness
Through his own sense of humiliation.

     It won’t stop with censorship of our convictions and opinions. It never does.

     Brendan Eich could tell you about what happens to anyone the Left targets. He dared to donate to a California campaign to recognize marriage as applying solely to unions of one man and one woman. You can read about the scurrilous attacks on Eich for yourself. I’m not going to propagate the viciousness of activist homosexual Leftists determined to utterly destroy marriage and its defenders any further than that link.

     As of today, Parler founder John Matze can tell a similar tale:

     A new court filing on Friday from the legal team of Parler, an alternative social media platform favoured by conservatives in the US, has revealed that its CEO John Matze and his family are now in hiding after facing death threats and security breaches.

     "Matze himself, as the CEO of the company Amazon Web Services (AWS) continues to vilify, has had to leave his home and go into hiding with his family after receiving death threats and invasive personal security breaches," read the filing....

     "Although AWS's motion to seal focuses only on its own employees, Parler's employees have been similarly harassed and threatened...Parler's CEO, John Matze, Jr., reports in his declaration in support of Parler's TRO motion that many Parler employees are suffering harassment and hostility, fear for their safety and that of their families, and in some cases have fled their home state to escape persecution," the filing read.

     Cross the Left and it will do everything in its power to destroy you utterly – after first attempting a 1984-style “reeducation” on you:

     “We are not content with negative obedience, nor even with the most abject submission. When finally you surrender to us, it must be of your own free will. We do not destroy the heretic because he resists us: so long as he resists us we never destroy him. We convert him, we capture his inner mind, we reshape him. We burn all evil and all illusion out of him; we bring him over to our side, not in appearance, but genuinely, heart and soul. We make him one of ourselves before we kill him. It is intolerable to us that an erroneous thought should exist anywhere in the world, however secret and powerless it may be. Even in the instant of death we cannot permit any deviation. In the old days the heretic walked to the stake still a heretic, proclaiming his heresy, exulting in it. Even the victim of the Russian purges could carry rebellion locked up in his skull as he walked down the passage waiting for the bullet. But we make the brain perfect before we blow it out. The command of the old despotisms was ‘Thou shalt not.’ The command of the totalitarians was ‘Thou shalt.’ Our command is ‘Thou art.’ No one whom we bring to this place ever stands out against us. Everyone is washed clean.”

     That is the Left’s ideal. That is the end for which they strive.

     You may be aware that I’m in the process of going to a new host for Liberty’s Torch. While Blogger has been good to me, it’s a subsidiary of Google, and Google has already shown its hard-Left character. So I’m getting out while the getting is good...hopefully, to a host that won’t turn tail and run should the Left attack this blog and / or its commenters.

     There must be places where we in the Right can congregate, can exchange opinions, and can discuss methods. It is my intention that Liberty’s Torch remain such a place, for as long as I’m alive to operate, maintain, and defend it. I hope others in the Right-leaning blogosphere (what remains of it) will do the same, but we shall see. And now, I must be off to other tasks.

     Have a nice day.

Friday, January 15, 2021

Another Highly Instructive Graphic

     If you’ve struggled to read Herbert Marcuse’s essay “Repressive Tolerance,” which is central to the assertions, beliefs, and methods of the Left, know that you’re not alone. Others have suffered equally. But thanks to Weasel Zippers, we have a Campbell’s Condensed version that anyone can grasp:

     The Marcuse essay is deliberately written in the most obscure language possible. My belief is that this wasn’t just natural to Marcuse, but deliberate, to conceal the falsehoods and fallacies at the core of his thesis. After all, he claimed that:

     The elimination of violence, and the reduction of suppression to the extent required for protecting man and animals from cruelty and aggression are preconditions for the creation of a humane society.

     ...right at the beginning of his essay. However, he proceeds thence to rationalize all sorts of violence and repression in pursuit of Leftist ideals:

     The whole post-fascist period is one of clear and present danger. Consequently, true pacification requires the withdrawal of tolerance before the deed, at the stage of communication in word, print, and picture. Such extreme suspension of the right of free speech and free assembly is indeed justified only if the whole of society is in extreme danger. I maintain that our society is in such an emergency situation, and that it has become the normal state of affairs. Different opinions and 'philosophies' can no longer compete peacefully for adherence and persuasion on rational grounds: the 'marketplace of ideas' is organized and delimited by those who determine the national and the individual interest. In this society, for which the ideologists have proclaimed the 'end of ideology', the false consciousness has become the general consciousness--from the government down to its last objects. The small and powerless minorities which struggle against the false consciousness and its beneficiaries must be helped: their continued existence is more important than the preservation of abused rights and liberties which grant constitutional powers to those who oppress these minorities. It should be evident by now that the exercise of civil rights by those who don't have them presupposes the withdrawal of civil rights from those who prevent their exercise, and that liberation of the Damned of the Earth presupposes suppression not only of their old but also of their new masters.

     Note the invocation of Marx’s “false consciousness” notion. This asserts, in the simplest terms, that Americans are wrong to think that we know our own interests. Note also the “small and powerless minorities” gambit. Who are they, who “oppresses” them, and how? Blank-out. And of course, we have “an emergency,” so there’s no time to think – we must act now!

     But wait: there’s more! Marcuse wrote his drivel in 1965, when mass media was tightly centralized and entirely one-way, and when individual Americans’ means of communication were restricted to the mails and the telephone call (apart from a small number of amateur radio enthusiasts). Can you imagine how horrified he would be by the Internet, its two-way nature, and the way it’s allowed millions of patriots to find and converse with one another? Can you imagine what he would rationalize as “necessary” in light of the present “emergency?”

     Hold on to the above graphic. You’ll find it exceedingly useful in the weeks and months to come. Sadly, I can guarantee it.

Social Media - the New Pravda

 And, given the malleable nature of the medium, even easier to memory-hole.

The Guerrilla’s Tocsin

     What’s that? You think the cautionary sentiments in the pieces you’ve read here are excessive, alarmist, hyperbolic? You say we should calm down? You’re sure “it can’t be all that bad?” Sorry, Gentle Reader. It’s war to the knife, and there are no non-combatants:

     Roger Stone’s wife was attacked by a leftist goon while walking her dog in her neighborhood on Thursday.
     Nydia Stone was attacked so viciously that she was hospitalized and will require surgery....
     “It is true that Nydia Stone was attacked by a leftist on a bicycle in front of their home and that she was already convalescing from a very bad dog bite sustained the week before and reported Broward County animal control. This re-opened a gash in her knee which required a visit to the emergency room,” [spokesman Rev. Randy] Coggins said.

     Do you have a spouse, children, or a home, Gentle Reader?

     If you know the term guerrilla warfare, you probably associate it with insurgencies that are too weak to confront their targets in open battle. Historically, that was the principal significance of the term. However, guerrilla tactics can be applied to any combat situation. They’re especially effective against an opponent that has a lot to defend and can’t defend all of it all the time.

     Terrorism is a variant of guerrilla warfare. While the terrorist may have aims that go beyond simply defeating his opponent militarily, his tactics are parallel to those of the “conventional” guerrilla. The terrorist selects a target unlikely to be defended. He musters just enough force to do severe damage and strikes the target by surprise. If possible – it isn’t always – he gets away while his target is still reeling from the strike. The differences between the terrorist and the “conventional” guerrilla are motivational.

     The attack on Nydia Stone qualifies as left-wing terrorism by guerrilla methods. The tactics were as described above. The motivation was and is to terrify major figures in the Right into silencing themselves.

     Strategically, the Left seeks to destroy as many of us as it can, and to compel the rest to go into hiding. For the moment, at least, Leftists cannot do that openly, with the force of the law at their backs rather than against them. Until their strategists are certain that “law enforcement” will not act against them, they’ll rely upon stealth ambushes and vandalism.

     Anyone in the Right with a significant profile could become a target.

     As I’ve written before, no one has ever won a war by remaining on the defensive. When there are so many people and things to defend, the terrorist/guerrilla has a huge advantage over his opponent – especially if the defense, such as it may be, is centralized.

     Centralized defense – defensive forces organized along conventional military or law-enforcement lines – will always lose to a diffuse, guerrilla-style threat. That’s the why of terrorism: it inflicts damage on the opponent without incurring open-warfare battles that would allow a centralized defense to use its forces effectively. Even if the damage is relatively slight, its emotional impact is significant. It imbues the opponent with the conviction that no one is safe.

     The Left’s guerrilla tactics have been getting them what they want. Not only are they inflicting damage on the Right, at this time the media are more on their side than otherwise. Successful tactics tend to be emulated. Clearly, they must be countered, swiftly and devastatingly...but how?

     The Israeli approach is to militarize the whole of the populace: “Every Israeli is a front-line soldier.” It’s a grim way to organize a society, but a small nation surrounded by a legion of blood enemies that seek its destruction has no alternatives. Israelis may not be “safe” in the customary sense, but they are armed, ready, and aware of the threats to them individually and nationally.

     Abraham Lincoln spoke of something similar in his 1838 “Lyceum Address:”

     At what point shall we expect the approach of danger? By what means shall we fortify against it?-- Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant, to step the Ocean, and crush us at a blow? Never!--All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest; with a Buonaparte for a commander, could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a thousand years.

     At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.

     The “nation of freemen” of which Lincoln spoke was a nation of armed men. In his day Americans understood that “to be free” means “to be armed.” Men habitually went about with a gun near to hand. They were not inherently violent, but they were prepared for violence. An attacker had to reckon with the high probability that he would lose his life in the attack. Moreover, the man who took it from him would be hailed as a hero who had done his community an important service.

     Sad to say, things are no longer as they were in Lincoln’s time.

     We speak all too easily of our rights. We lament what’s been done to them these past few decades. But a right cannot be maintained unless it is defended against those who would infringe, abridge, or destroy it. And too many Americans think that defending their rights – including their right to life – is someone else’s job. But it’s not that way and never has been.

     If we wish to be free, we must once more become an armed society: one in which every able-bodied adult is presumed to be armed, ready to defend himself and others, at all times. Needless to say, our political class dislikes the idea. Armed men, jealous of their rights and aware of the threats to them, would have no truck with 99% of what the political class has done to us this century past. Besides, the attitude of dependency upon “law enforcement” to “protect us” is exceedingly useful to the Establishment. It conduces to the steady increase of the Establishment’s power over us.

     Yes, there will be costs. But no one ever said that freedom comes for free, nor that it can be maintained at no cost. If you don’t think the costs are worth paying, ponder this:

     My wife works for the Catholic Church. Recently, several of the nuns with whom she works have received anonymous threatening phone calls that ran something like this:

     “We know you’re a Republican. Unless you change that, you won’t be voting any more.”

     Such calls have been received by nuns in New York, Florida, and elsewhere. The tocsin is sounding loud and clear.

     Have a nice day.

Mootness anyone?

Despite his imitation of a cheese-eating surrender monkey on the matter of challenging corruptly-generated electoral vote certifications, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) correctly notes the distinction between a constitutionally prescribed impeachment proceding and a Maxine Waters-AOC mud wrestling contest:
Cotton, in his statement, emphasized his priority on “fidelity to the Constitution,” explaining that “the Founders designed the impeachment process as a way to remove officeholders from public office—not an inquest against private citizens.”[1]
I'm reminded of Gene McCarthy's characterization of a Texas barbeque as an LBJ branding party that got out of hand. So with the various zealots, bed wetters, and spoil sports in the Congress who think that an impeachment that takes less time than a visit to the Bunny Ranch in Nevada (with the same general objective let it be said) will have a half life of ten years after January 20. Good luck with that, kiddies and I hope Ronald McDonald and Bozo file a class action against each one of you for sullying the clown brand.

The Supreme Court appears to adore technicalities such as "standing" and at least one other court in the land has discovered the hair trigger version of "laches" where if a litigant delays litigating an actual case or controversy for longer than a Nancy Pelosi Brazillian blowout (is that one word or two?) he, she, or it is SOL, to use a technical legal term that has come down to us from the time of King Arthur.

At least, the Court adores technicalities that disadvantage Donald Trump. Let's see how John Roberts handles the Art. I, Sect. 3 requirement that the Chief Justice shall quote unquote preside when the President of the United States is tried. If recent history is any guide John won't blink an eye over screwing Donald Trump by presiding over the trial of President Joe Biden. No, wait! It's so confusing.

As the issue of the propriety of any "conviction" will most assuredly end up in the courts were the supposedly disqualified Mr. Trump to come back in 2024 with guns blazing, his lawyers could raise the issue of "mootness" as addressed hitherto by the Supreme Court:

Cases may be rendered moot because of a change in the status of the parties or in the law, or because of an act of one of the parties that dissolves the controversy.[2]
Annnyyyway, there just is no provision in the Constitution for the conviction of a private citizen, even one previously impeached while holding office. Clearly the Constitution contemplates trials only of serving officials as is evidenced by the plain language of Art. I, Sect. 3 that "Judgment in Cases of Impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from Office, and disqualification . . . ." Even disqualification (with the supposedly valid congressional precedent only of a simple majority for imposition) is possible only in cases of "Judgment in Cases of Impeachment." It's an understatement to say that it would be tortured interpretation of the Constitution that removal from office is moot as to someone no longer in office but that it would still be open season on said someone in perpetuity if, in the absence of a conviction, a majority of the senate felt like imposing disqualification the next time the sacred festival of Kwaanza rolls around.

Too, if Marbury v. Madison held that duly enacted legislation could not constitutionally expand the constitutionally-defined jurisdiction of the Supreme Court, then the attempt by a mere single chamber of the Congress to expand its jurisdiction to allow the conviction (and disqualification) of a private citizen must also fail.

So let us see how the Whores of Powertown proceed.

[1] "Tom Cotton: Senate ‘Lacks Constitutional Authority’ to Proceed with Impeachment After Trump Leaves Office." By Ashley Oliver, Breitbart, 1/13/21.
[2] "Mootness: An Explanation of the Justiciability Doctrine." By U/I attorney, Congressional Research Service, 2/7/07 (emphasis added).

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Something to Specifically AVOID on January 20

This Celeb-Waste-of-Time.

Look at the extent to which they are pulling out ALL the stops.

All channels carrying it - just like the Old Days, when, if the President wanted to address the nation, you HAD to watch it. No other alternatives.

Well, that is not happening in today's America. We have alternatives. Blogs, videos that are NOT Biden, Gab-ing - the list is wide.

Assuming that the alternatives are NOT unavailable, you can easily avoid that self-pleasuring show.

And, just in case, you might want to DOWNLOAD some alternative entertainment, that could be viewed OFFLINE - video, books, games. I'm not that certain that they won't try to block alternatives to the coronation of Our Glorious New Leaders.


     The Fortress is having its entire heating and hot water system replaced today, which will make it a cold, waterless, generally difficult period here. Moreover, the work is scheduled to begin early, just an hour or two from now. So rather than blather in my usual fashion, allow me to present a few links and two highly instructive graphics.

     First, the links:

     All good stuff, and all highly relevant to our current situation. But what nails it down are these two graphics, which have appeared at several other sites – enough so that I can no longer remember from whom I stole them:


     Ponder it all. And do have a nice day.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

The Last Hill

     If you haven’t seen the following graphic, ponder it now:

     The lady who said that is smarter than all the talking heads of the Punditocracy put together. She has an understanding of salami tactics that the all-too-comfortable commentators of the pseudo-Right have disregarded in service to their wallets and the agenda of those who fill them. The few who have recognized the nature of the Usurpers’ strategy and have had the courage to speak out about it are being “progressively” marginalized and silenced.

     “The last hill.” What is it? Are we really standing on it? What will it take to defend it, much less to move forward from it?

     It’s not the vote. That’s already been taken from us rather dramatically, even brazenly. And I don’t think it’s our firearms. At least, not the ones we already own, though getting more in the future could be a problem.

     I think it’s our ability to communicate with one another.

     As I wrote recently, we’ve allowed ourselves to be herded into mega-sites by their promise of convenience and zero cost. Now those sites are being closed to anyone who refuses to toe their preferred ideological line. Conservatives and libertarians aren’t just being prevented from expressing their own opinions; they’re being shut out altogether, unable even to talk to one another about mundane, nonpolitical matters.

     Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube are the principal offenders. But other threats lurk in the wings, awaiting their moment to strike. One of them hosts this very blog, which has moved me to buy hosting elsewhere and to ask a good friend for assistance in relocating Liberty’s Torch to that host. (Further news about the relocation will be posted as matters mature, both here and at Mike Hendrix’s Cold Fury.)

     But merely rehosting this blog isn’t a complete solution to the problem of communication. Broadband ISPs might well be attacked next, forced by political pressure to refuse service to us deplorable types. Broadband ISPs are not numerous. They require a lot of infrastructure, and therefore a lot of capital, which naturally limits the number of providers.

     Should the Usurpers decide to target the big ISPs next, Internet access itself might be closed to us.

     Accordingly, I’ve decided to take Co-Conspirator Linda’s advice. I’m equipping myself with GMRS radios: a base station and a number of handheld units. I’m going to distribute handhelds to my trustworthy neighbors, as well. If you have the means, it’s a course I can recommend to you. (Yes, it will raise some eyebrows, but in a good way.)

     He who cannot communicate with others is locked into a sole-survivor condition. He cannot summon help when he needs it. He cannot invoke resources at a distance – his own or others’. He cannot even be certain that he can reach family members at need – and don’t prattle to me about your BLEEP!ing cell phones. They’re the most easily terminated element in the entire American communications network. Once again: big infrastructure, big capital, few companies.

     Get a GMRS radio or two: handhelds if that’s the best you can do, a base station if you’re willing to spend more and get more deeply involved. The airwaves cannot easily be closed to us.

     Along with that:

  1. Fill your pantry all the way to the top. Concerning other supplies, limit the space dedicated to disposables that you could replace with more durable substitutes (e.g., substitute sponges for paper towels and wet-wipes).
  2. Make sure you have enough batteries for your radios and other portable devices. If any require chargers, make sure you know where they are – and which ones go with which!
  3. Keep all your fuel tanks as full as is practically possible. If you have a fireplace or a woodburning stove, consider laying in an extra cord or two.
  4. If repairs to the house have been postponed “for a better time,” that time is now.
  5. Give some thought to preparing for a period of 60 to 90 days over which you will have no income and no access to your bank(s) or other professionally managed financial assets. If you have savings, have some of it as cash-in-hand: really in hand, not on deposit at the bank. Precious metals are good, but they’re not as liquid as those damnable Federal Reserve Notes.
  6. Know where all your tools are. If they’re not where they’re supposed to be, put them where they’re supposed to be!
  7. Weapons are tools. (Cf. Item #6.)
  8. Do all of the above as quietly as possible. You don’t want to attract the wrong sort of attention.

     Stay tuned.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

“Lawful Resistance”

     A cocky chum stepped forward--one who had to be sent for twice. "You can't do this! It's against the law!"
     "What law, Gospodin? Some law back in your hometown?" I turned. "Finn, show him law."
     Finn stepped forward and placed emission bell of gun at man's belly button.

     [Robert A. Heinlein, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress]

     Heinlein’s novel of revolt against unwarranted authority and its excesses is a classic of Twentieth-Century speculative fiction. It’s also one of the most instructive novels of that era – and the passage above is a sterling example of what it has to offer. “What law?” is the question of the hour. Indeed, we should have been asking it a year ago, when “the authorities” refused to act against rampaging mobs that destroyed billions of dollars’ worth of others’ property and rendered a number of American cities near to uninhabitable. The refusal to act implicitly declared that there are two laws: one for those whose actions advance the agenda of the political elite; the other for the rest of us grubby peons.

     But if there are “two laws,” is there law at all? Law in the American sense? More to the point, what’s the point of trying to act “lawfully,” if “the authorities” can suspend, alter, abridge, or dismiss the law when it suits their purposes or the purposes of their backers?

     I must dismiss the myriad calls for “lawful resistance” to the Usurpers. I appreciate the sentiments and the intent, but those who exhort us thus are living in an America that no longer exists.

     The time for prissiness about “the law” is past. It isn’t even visible in the rear-view mirror. Whether we like it or not, what matters today is the ability to impose your will upon your circumstances: in other words, the possession of force majeure in your personal context.

     Every other notion of “law” is someone’s fantasy. Ask Ashli Babbitt.

     I didn’t want to write the above. My personal inclination is to get along, rather than to trigger a confrontation. But we’re at the culmination of “a long train of abuses.” We have a Usurper Administration looming ahead of us. And it has already been made quite plain that the Usurpers and their Big Tech allies intend our subjugation.

     You doubt that? Consider this story:

     On Monday, Facebook blocked former presidential candidate Ron Paul from his own page. The move came hours after the longtime congressman and libertarian hero shared an article he wrote criticizing Twitter and Facebook for banning President Donald Trump from their platforms.

     “Last week’s massive social media purges – starting with President Trump’s permanent ban from Twitter and other outlets – was shocking and chilling, particularly to those of us who value free expression and the free exchange of ideas,” Paul wrote. “The justifications given for the silencing of wide swaths of public opinion made no sense and the process was anything but transparent. Nowhere in President Trump’s two ‘offending’ Tweets, for example, was a call for violence expressed explicitly or implicitly. It was a classic example of sentence first, verdict later.”

     Paul shared the article on Facebook sometime around 10 a.m. EST. Hours later, on Twitter, Paul said he had been blocked by Facebook.

     “With no explanation other than ‘repeatedly going against our community standards,’ Facebook has blocked me from managing my page,” Paul announced on Twitter. “Never have we received notice of violating community standards in the past and nowhere is the offending post identified.”

     Dr. Paul, a widely admired former Congressman, is 85 years old. He’s been a major figure in the liberty movement for nearly fifty years. I worked for his campaign in 1988, when he was a candidate for President. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky is his son. To cut off his communications with his many followers achieves...what? For whom?

     The irony of Facebook blocking Dr. Paul’s page because he dared to criticize Big Tech censorship is just a rotted cherry atop the fetid sundae.

     As I’ve written before, the essential requirements for the maintenance of freedom are education, communications, and weaponry. Big Tech is enlisted with the Usurper forces, and is steadily severing our ability to find and communicate with one another. The Usurper Administration has already made it clear that it intends to take our weapons. It’s also proclaimed the “necessity” of renewed “lockdowns,” to smother what remains of our economic and social vitality. Law? What law? Some law from back in the Cleveland Administration?

     In one of the less well considered things he wrote in The Law, Frederic Bastiat said that “Law is justice.” No, sorry, dear departed Frederic, law is nothing of the sort. At its best, it’s a statement of intentions we’re supposed to believe will conduce to justice. But the reality is often a good distance from the ideal.

     Many are the laws that go unenforced, or are selectively enforced according to the whim of “the authorities.” Many are the laws written to target particular institutions or individuals, who are thus made “enemies of the state” in fact if not in name. Many are the laws written so obscurely that even those who wrote them cannot explain their intent nor their effect. Many are the laws that have advanced injustice rather than justice.

     When those who claim to represent the law decide, arbitrarily, when it applies and what degree of enforcement it deserves, then there is no law. When they decide, for whatever reason, that the law binds some persons but not others, then there is no law. When the law is written in such a fashion that no one can be certain what it compels or forbids, then there is no law. And when the law is “interpreted” to override the natural rights of individuals to their lives, liberties, and honestly acquired properties, then there is no law.

     The rest is left as an exercise for my Gentle Readers.

Monday, January 11, 2021

Something sublime to lift our spirits.

Anyone Tried to Get into Parler, Gab, or Other Dissident Social Media Today?

I just tried, and it's NOT happening. Long wait times, no answers.

A link you're going to want to follow.

I'm going to treat this like an open thread, and continue updating all day.

I'd not seen this video of Trump supporters being sprayed with a noxious substance. Nor, have you, I imagine, if you depend on the Complacent Media.

Pretty bad when the President of a Narco-Republic thinks you're too repressive.

Legal Insurrection has a good post; you might want to print out copies, and distribute in public places - like libraries, work, fast food joints (if you can dine in). Or, since all of those methods are no longer assured - save that printout to be read at your virtual funeral.

9:30 am - just checked to see if Parler is accessible - it's not. But, I did manage to get on Gab, and I'm putting a link to this post there.

If you, like me, tend to use Chrome for lazy reasons (I have some extensions that I use regularly, and can't get on Brave), stop. Just stop. Use an alternative browser -  or, several. I could only access Gab on Brave.

Twitter allows "Hang Mike Pence" to trend. Which, of course, is not violent, at all.

Update: Twits took it off. Unlike all of the graphic and verbal violence against Trump. Which is STILL on the TwitsPlace.

DC's mayor ordered the police to lock Trump supporters into their hotels - placing bars on the doors to keep them from leaving. Have they not heard that's illegal?

I remember reading those documents; at the time, I thought "What a bunch of loons!"

Little did I realize that this was an open expression of The Plan.

A-a-n-n-d-d, there she goes! Gab is not loading - again. Eh, I'll not panic - likely the traffic is huge today.

Yeah, I think EVERYONE with a working brain is thinking this.

We may be reduced to this; I doubt it, as long as we can send pdfs/docs, either electronically or via flash drive. But - just in case - I'm gonna hold onto mine a little while longer.

Meanwhile, we probably need to start thinking about redundancy - mirror sites, alternative ways to bring in cash (for those blogs that use PayPal or other money processors).

“Social Media”

     What’s that, citizen? You have opinions you’d like to express where others can see them? It’s not that simple anymore. This is the Twenty-First Century. We have procedures today.

     First, you’ll need an expressive-activities permit. You’re in for a long hard slog getting that, my friend. You’ll have to prove you never supported any cause disapproved by our political class, and never opposed any of their institutions. You’ll have to certify that you never, ever voted for a Republican. And of course, you’ll have to swear that you won’t foster any anti-Establishment ideas among your family members, friends, or colleagues.

     But let’s say you get through that set of wickets. Next comes the application phase. That’s right: you must apply for a soap box from which to orate. The three soap-box vendors that currently hold federal licenses are notoriously picky about who they’ll let through their gates. It takes a while for them to reach their verdict, too – and no, you cannot apply to several of them at once.

     And once you’ve acquired a perch from which to opine, that’s not the end of it. Your words will be monitored, to ensure that you remain in compliance with the Terms of Service. They’re quite simple, in comparison to the vague and wordy documents of yesteryear: If we don’t like what you’re saying, we’ll terminate your soap-box privileges. No, there’s no appeal.

     But really, how important to you is the “right” to express yourself? Important enough to jeopardize your employment? Your community relations? The security of your family and property? Give that a long hard ponder, citizen. This is no longer classical Rome, where it was said that “words fly away.” This is the Age of the All-Seeing Eye, whose memory is eternal. Whatever you may say, it will adhere to you forever.

     And We the Watchers only do as we’re told.

     The above is not fiction...not really. It’s more of a prognostication. In some ways it’s a bit of a status report.

     We in the Right have passed the story of the wild pigs of the Okefenokee Swamp back and forth for many years. We thought we knew what it meant. We believed we were on guard. Yet all the while we were being herded into a pen designed not for our bodies but for our speech and our minds.

     Remember blogging? At its peak, there were many millions of active blogs, where the proprietor could say whatever he pleased without fear of “deplatforming.” Those blogs have dwindled to a few bitter-enders. You know: old cranks like your humble Curmudgeon.

     The millions who once blogged freely migrated, lemming-like, into the “social media.” Now those media are chokepoints: institutions that can choke off disapproved news and opinions with little effort and no recourse to him who presents them.

     Freedom of expression may still be the case de jure, but it’s been powerfully inhibited by the tech barons who control the big sites. And nothing much can be done about them. They have the protection of the political Establishment. Unless the multimillions they seduced into their parlors should rebel, exit, and go back to blogs, they will continue to exercise de facto powers of censorship over the communications of Americans.

     So here you are, citizen! What next? How do you plan to cope with the Age of the All-Seeing Eye? Will you remain under its lidless gaze, forever subject to its scrutiny, or will you remove yourself from its vista and head toward freer climes?

     Don’t take too long making up your mind if you want to remain at all free.

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Cold-blooded murder.

Was Ashli Babbitt shot by the Secret Service detail of Trump's right-hand man? Hold that thought.

Mortal danger to the killer? None. Any kind of danger to him? None whatsoever.

Just in Case Blogger Decides to Join the Get-NLDs Pack

NLD - Non-Leftist Dissident.

We may have to use tiny fugue.

Yet Another Reason to Use Linux - YARUL, for short.

Something to Pass Along to Students

Ace of Spades has a great post on the mechanics of learning.

That's something often not explicitly taught today. There are techniques to use that help students remember information that they will need in the near future - and, that's the sort of thing that is NOT taught in modern schools. Those teachers who DO teach it, have more successful students.

Just that pre-skimming method would go a long way towards improving science course performance.

"The Big Lie?"

That's what Biden compared Josh Hawley's speech to. It's an obvious attempt to smear a dissenter to the Leftist Narrative (NLD - Non-Leftist Dissident) as a quasi-Nazi.

But, Oh NO! We are told that he didn't CALL Hawley a Nazi, so that's completely NOT a Nazi reference. Just a not-so subtle effort to imply it.

In this linked article, Biden's actual words from long ago are quoted:

“They’re part of the big lie, the big lie,” Biden said. “I was being reminded by a friend of mine, and maybe you were with me, I can’t recall, when we told that, you know, Goebbels and the great lie, you keep repeating the law, repeating the lie. Well, there was a print that when Dresden was bombed, firebombed, there were 250 people that were killed — was it 2,500 people that were killed? And Goebbels said no, 25,000 — or 250,000 were killed. And our papers printed that. Our papers printed it. It’s the big lie.”

So, according to Biden, that number was less - MUCH less - than what Goebells had said?

Funny, that. Wikipedia says that 25K WAS the number - more or less - of dead Germans. But, given Biden's rambling, imprecise way of saying this, I'll cut him some slack on the number, and go with that last figure.

But, was the German press completely wrong?

It seems that two different meanings of casualty were conflated. In the first - the 20K to 25K direct victims, Wikipedia and Infopedia agree - that number was confirmed by actual bodies.

That higher number? May have included the huge number of refugees that resulted from the bombings - some estimates were around 200,000 Germans.

Over time, that mangled number may have been the source of many of the reports. It's pretty clear that the number of dead in the attacks was in the tens of thousands, not hundreds. But, given the way that many of the participants on BOTH sides of the war exaggerated their numbers, it's easy to see how people could have become initially confused, then later hardened into their position.

Here is a reference to Russian dead in WWII - and, as you can see, the actual numbers are quite hard to pin down.

The thing is, Nazi references are most often used to smear NLDs with moral equivalence, and silence them. Acknowledging that the history is, at times, not clear, and that truth was bent on all sides, is discouraged.

Is Trump a Nazi?

Don't be ridiculous! Smearing him, and his supporters, is merely a strategic move.

A Test of Censorship

 I was blocked from linking to this story on Facebook (ya' know, the HORRIBLE Violation of Community Standards thingy).

I'm putting the link here to see if FB still catches it.

I'll report the results below.

7:40 am - well, it got past the initial posting block. I'll check again in a few hours to see if it's still available, and if it doesn't result in my getting banned.

It's Scary to Think WE'RE IT!

The only source of honest reporting that stands between the Left and the Public.

Look, I know we get the story wrong (in whole or in part) at times. Unlike a major news bureau, we are quite literally the Guys in Pajamas (at least today). Most of us work at it, unpaid or very poorly compensated. We don't have the pull to get the Elite to talk to us directly.

And, yet, by paying attention to the smaller stories, reading voraciously, and checking current statements from the Left with their prior actions, the Blogs have kept the Pravda from having their way without opposition.

Jim Treacher's latest story on PJ Media is an example - he points out - correctly - that the media deliberately buried the facts on the story about an assassination attempt on Biden.

It wasn't a Trump supporter. It was a Bernie Bro.

Twisting, Lying, Spewing Propaganda - all are in full implementation at present. And, the widespread effort to keep Trump from having a platform is likely to succeed, absent some assistance from every one of us.

Like this story about the source of the 'incitement to enter the Capitol' - NOT Trump, but a Far-Left group. I doubt you will hear it on the televised news (and, given the rapid disappearance of print sources, that's the only news around, other than the internet reporting - which, VERY COINCIDENTALLY, is being blocked by the Tech Giants who JUST HAPPEN to support Biden).

Google those names - John Sullivan and Insurgence USA - and don't let them slide into the Memory Hole.

BTW, download a copy of Orwell's 1984 - don't use the Amazon copy - it's been 'Un-Booked' before.

Do a search for a pdf, and save it on a flash drive. Future USAians may need to know how it happened.

The government cannot outsource the deplatforming and banning of free speech/press. Yet, in effect, that is what the FAANGs, in collusion with the financial industry, have facilitated. I seem to remember a government going after private companies that limited civil rights of American citizens.

What WAS that government?

This is not new. Businesses that fear a government crackdown, will gladly act in ways that the government is forbidden to do. The Tech companies are jumping into action to prevent Trump, or his supporters, from expressing their opinions - all absent a violation of their Terms of Service.

It's based on a twisted interpretation of Hate Speech. Read the Liberty Unyielding post in entirety - it makes the violation clear.

Chronicles Of The Cleansing, 2021-01-10

To all Gentle Readers of Liberty’s Torch:

     Keep an eye on Cold Fury for news about our relocation away from Blogger. Proprietor Mike Hendrix assures me that his host will not terminate him – or us – for our content. It’s become imperative that we move, for a reason you’re about to learn.

     Here it is, just in case you haven’t yet heard:

     Amazon notified Parler that it would be cutting off the social network favored by conservatives and extremists from its cloud hosting service Amazon Web Services, according to an email obtained by BuzzFeed News. The suspension, which will go into effect on Sunday just before midnight, means that Parler will be unable to operate and will go offline unless it can find another hosting service.

     Like that “conservatives and extremists,” don’t you?

     In an email obtained by BuzzFeed News, an AWS Trust and Safety team told Parler Chief Policy Officer Amy Peikoff that the calls for violence propagating across the social network violated its terms of service. Amazon said it was unconvinced that the service’s plan to use volunteers to moderate calls for violence and hate speech would be effective.

     I’ve been on Parler for more than a year. I haven’t seen any of these “calls for violence and hate speech.” (Just what is “hate speech,” anyway? The definition seems a bit...fluid.)

     Mind you, Facebook and Twitter are chock full of leftists proclaiming their hatred for us in the Right, slandering us in every imaginable way, and wishing us all sorts of harm and death. Outcries against Facebook or Twitter from the other tech barons? None. Yet there are people scoffing at my concerns about Blogger. I must be some sort of crackpot, eh what?

     Why Parler first? Because President Trump just joined it. The Left feels he must be silenced above all things. A man with 74 million supporters could be dangerous. He must be kept from inciting the masses to resistance!

     The tragedy of Amazon is staggering in its breadth and depth. While a multitude of conventional businesses have been forbidden to operate because of the Wuhan Flu, Amazon has allowed ordinary persons access to innumerable goods and services from the security of their homes. It’s been of immense use to millions. (As I reside in the Vampire State, I could hardly have done without it.) Amazon has profited hugely from the pandemic. The pandemic was Amazon’s biggest friend! But its masters cannot allow us to speak freely to one another through its servers. And there’s essentially nothing to be done about it.

     Worse for me personally, Amazon is how I sell my books. I have no other outlet. No other channel to the market means anything much to an indie writer. How much longer that channel will be open to me – or to any other indie who refuses to kowtow to the Left – I cannot say.

     It’s become painfully obvious that no organization of any size can be trusted to remain free and open. The antidote is non-organization: a system that, like TCP/IP itself, requires only that the user conform to its communication protocol. Such an arrangement is usually called a peer-to-peer network. We need such a network, independent of any central control, and we need it now. Something like Kazaa. (Remember Kazaa?)

     Stay tuned.

Pearls of expression. Alternative title: The Voice of the Pond Scum.

Trump could not be permitted to leave office with such a massive showing of support—a terrible embarrassment to the corrupt scum who “speak for the people.” So the support had to be discredited by turning it into an insurrection ordered by Trump against Democracy, a holy word that is observed nowhere in the Western World.[1]
Mr. Roberts has written a brilliant essay on the pond scum who pass as our political elite. Highly recommended if only for the witness account of agents provocateurs at the back of the Capitol. The lies and cowardice he records are epic.

[1] "America’s Color Revolution." By Paul Craig Roberts, The Unz Review, 1/7/21.

Just Shoot Me Department.

As we’ve said consistently, we do not tolerate violent agitators and extremists who use the guise of First Amendment-protected activity to incite violence and wreak havoc,” he continued. “Such behavior betrays the values of our democracy. Make no mistake: With our partners, we will hold accountable those who participated in yesterday’s siege of the Capitol.
FBI Director Christopher Wray quoted in "America’s Color Revolution." By Paul Craig Roberts, The Unz Review, 1/7/21.

Not just media whores.

Everyone who was not at the US Capitol building on January 6, which is the entire world except the Trump supporters, has been brainwashed, by a corrupt, despicable collection of media whores serving an Establishment of Oligarchs, that Donald Trump intended an insurrection, but it was defeated. By Whom?

It was Trump who called out the National Guard and who told his supporters to leave the Capitol and to go home.

What kind of people can present this as an insurrection that requires Trump’s removal from office and prosecution? The answer is totally evil people who have not only the United States but the entire Western World in their clutches.

The Western World is dead.

"America’s Color Revolution." By Paul Craig Roberts, The Unz Review, 1/7/21.