Thursday, March 5, 2015

A Few Links

I have nothing fresh for you today. Recent events have left me too heartsick to emit any of my usual commentary. Fortunately, there are others not yet as beaten down, so I’ll simply point you to them:

I’m seriously considering writing only fiction henceforward. And emigrating...if I can find a spot on this ball of mud that the cancer hasn’t reached.

Have a nice day.


Malatrope said...

I physically don't get along with hot weather. Emigration isn't an option for me, so I guess I'll just have to stay here and defend the remnants of the homeland.

Anonymous said...

Ok, maybe I have a tidbit of optimism to spread. Who here is stocking up on things like guns, bullets, beans, and water? If you are, are you stocking up because you thought we were going to go back to America 1957 where everything was just wonderful and great? I didn't think so, me neither. We're stocking up because we fear and anticipate hard times.

What we've seen up to this point is barely the precursor to these hard times. Politicians not listening to us? Immigrants pouring across the border to get a piece of our prosperity? Tax and spend giving way to tax and borrow and spend? Laws that make everything right wrong and everything wrong right? Meh. Not in my home.

I've surrounded myself with the things and the people and the memories of what is good, and what we will need to survive the actual hard times that are coming, not this little political back-and-forth that's currently going on. Of the things that really bother us, how much of it is going to matter when things actually break down? Food is unavailable in stores, banks are raided and closed, power and fuel are cut off, the hordes take to the streets. Is Boehner caving in even going to register then? I don't think so, not when we've got a fire to get started for this evening's meal, while keeping looters away.

What we're seeing is all very sad, but it's not really a change. It's where we've been going for decades now. We're preparing for the REALLY bad stuff, and we'll tough it out. It won't be fun, it won't be easy, but we'll survive, which is more than can be said for the government-dependent, the displaced third-world Neanderthals, and the urban metrosexuals. And in this sense, the "worse the better" actually does apply. WE can take it. THEY can NOT.

And THEN, we'll talk about why it all went to hell, what can be done to rebuild, and how this can be done in a more "sustainable" way, to use their meme. Most of us won't live to see this time, but we will live, if we choose to. I'm not ramping up just so I can leave this place. No way. This is my home, this is my country, this is the United States of America. I know what that means, and I'm not going to allow myself to be displaced because of corruption and evil. When the time comes, I'm digging in and I'm fighting for the USA. In the meantime, stay strong. Remember what matters. Pray, if you pray. Don't give up hope, and don't ever surrender.

Dystopic said...

It happens to all of us. Hell, it happened to me a week ago.

I am sure the monks of Europe thought similarly as the old Roman world sputtered, stopped, then was annihilated by Islam.

Don't take this the wrong way, sir, for I mean it only in the most positive sense. But I have always seen you as one of those curmudgeonly monks. A right-thinking, but world-weary soul holding the torch of philosophy in a darkened age.

Overly dramatic, perhaps, but accurate at some level.

Anonymous said...

Many years ago when I chose the profession of enforcing foreign policy I was called upon to use force of arms to further our country’s goals. I learned something from those conflicts from a former governor of Maine, Colonel Chamberlain, which has served me well. When confronted with overwhelming odds, low on ammo, and devoid of hope “fix bayonets and charge”! That example has saved my butt on a few less than favorable happenstances.
I suggest rather than despair you sharpen your bayonet Sir. For the most dangerous man, the man to be feared is the one who will fight to the end. I’m old now but the bayonet is still sharp. Having read you for a few years I know you will not surrender nor are a quitter; you are a fighter. Now that you have gotten the “whine” out of your system (we all despair at times, but a leader stands firm with resolve) sharpen your bayonet and join me for there are things here that are worthy of our fight and sacrifice. You will need a clear head to face what must be faced. There are many more like us than you think.
Master Guns

RichJ said...

I rarely read any articles any more. Fran, For example, I spin down the page of weasel zippers and zero hedge to gain a sense of what is happening at the moment. Seldom (never!) is there anything new that is different. Seldom do I click through.

You and a couple of others are exceptions. Its about how to perceive and deal with these things that matter, and you do good job with it.

Solomon's account says it best (Ecclesiastes 1:8-10):

8 All things are wearisome;
No one can even speak of it.
The eye is not satisfied at seeing;
Nor is the ear filled from hearing.
9 What has been is what will be,
And what has been done will be done again;
There is nothing new under the sun.
10 Is there anything of which one may say, “Look at this—it is new”?
It already existed from long ago;
It already existed before our time.

I encourage everyone to pick it up and read... doesn't matter which translation..

andy5759 said...

No more can you link to Remus. Sad days for me, no woodpile. Withdrawal has brought me here for both your writings, and your links. Thankyou.

Reg T said...

I understand your concern, Fran. It would be easy enough for .gov to note our little diatribes and the say "No medical care for you." "No SS check this month or next." "You know that house you thought you owned? The one you paid off the mortgage on? Well, according to our records here at IRS, you are in arrears on your taxes, but you don't get the Al Sharpton discount, so we are taking your house." "That savings account and that 401K you've been relying on to pay the bills and the taxes? They have been seized because we deem you to be a domestic extremist."

Any of that can happen to any of us who have stuck our head up above the wall. And it would take so little effort on the part of the bureaucracy that is could - possibly - happen to each and every one of us who has bad-mouthed Obama, Congress, Harry "Short Eyes" Reid and his twisted sister Nancy "The Hag" Pelosi, the EPA or the IRS.

Based on what we have seen happen just in the last few months - Net Neutrality decided in secrecy by three individuals, billions given to insurance companies directly from the treasury without being approved by Congress (who would have, but Obama wanted to prove he could do it anyway), Obama vetoing the pipeline simply because it didn't include a section codifying his desire to have the final word on the subject, the secret, back-door negotiations with Iran that will ensure that a country which has promised repeatedly to destroy both Israel and America becomes a nuclear power - based on these things alone, we can see the writing on the wall. And it is written large.

It may not be too late to become the Grey Man - but would you want to? Do you have loved ones you would protect by ducking down at this point? I believe it would be so simple for .gov to harass each and every one of us who prizes liberty that, if/when it happens it will most likely hit every one of us. What is the cost to .gov to do so? Unless they are afraid of massive insurrection, of which they have had no indication there is even a possibility.

I believe Mencken had it right. Let's raise the Jolly Roger and damn them to do their worst. They may not like the consequences, unintended or not.