Friday, March 23, 2018

I Was A Tool of Russian Federation Psyops


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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The 50-caliber Mark

So, I find it kinda weird that the whole "right to bear arms" has essentially an intrinsic limit. Indeed, it would seem the limit is the National Firearms Act of 1934. That act has had a mightily confusing history. There's also the Gun Control Act of 1968.
What is that limit?
The caliber of what is acceptable debate concerning allowable weapons seems to top out at about, well, 50 caliber. Above that one ends up with a "destructive device" which is illegal. New Jersey, which has fairly restrictive laws regarding firearms may be banning 50 caliber guns. Nobody ever gets killed with those things -- they're fairly uncommon. But NJ may be topping out at 49 caliber. (Shotguns are exempted.)

It just seems odd to me that no one really seems to object that their right to bear arms doesn't actually include weapons a militia does in fact use. Like grenade launchers, rocket launchers, that sort of thing.

The entire argument over gun in the US is limited by a shared fiction that "arms" seems to begin and end with guns of certain calibers, that do not have explosive projectiles. So what does this right to bear arms really mean? Who knows?
Well, whatever the courts decide it means is what it means I suppose.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Gender and things to do

I'm taking sewing classes. And I'm trying to come up with examples of things we do where the gender divide has gotten worse, not better.

I think 100 years ago it would not have been as uncommon for a man to be interested in sewing. Of course, men are "tailors" whilst women are "semstresses" -- they're not even some diminutive form of "tailor." Because, you know, everything is awful.

But what else? Dancing? I think we used to see more men interested in dance.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Oh Look, A New Narrative from the Kremlin

Hey, remember when we were told that the Democratic Party was too focused on brown people and their "identity politics" to win a national election? 

Remember how it was time to reach out to white working-class voters instead?

Well things have changed. New orders have come in.

It looks like the Russian Federation has gotten a bit freaked by the election of Jones over Moore in Alabama. So their news, and their dupes and useful idiots in the West (like The Intercept), are working full-time to divide up the coalition which kept Moore out.

If you'll recall, back during our general election, the narrative that kept being pushed was that Bernie was the "people's" choice and the black women (who are a majority of the actual base of the Democratic Party in the United States) are irrelevant (because defacto their votes are worth less than those of rural, white, voters.1

That was then.

But now they lost Moore. So the new narrative being pushed is that "black women are being ignored by the Democratic Party." Which is true, but mightily rich coming from those sources. But the purpose of this new narrative is to divide the Democratic party. Before it was a matter of following the Bernie line of "Don't think in terms of identity politics, only care about the single abstract thing which matters to my white, educated base!" But now we're all about the identity politics because blacks and white liberals working together beat Moore.

So the new line is that the DNC only cares about white people. Not that it wasn't caring enough about them (which is how they lost the Electoral College.) Eastasia has always been our enemy, etc. 

And that, for both the Russian Federation, and their useful dupes and willing agents, simply will not do.


1. See the 3 million more votes that HRC received than DJT and yet still lost -- ).

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Scumbag Parents

 
The Benghazi wrongful death lawsuit brought against Clinton has been dismissed.  

"Secretary Clinton did not portray plaintiffs as 'odious, infamous, or ridiculous...'" but I will. They used the death of their own child to score cheap political points in order to elect a racist puppet of a foreign regime.


Patricia Smith, the mother of State Department information officer Sean Smith, and Charles Woods, the father of CIA operative Tyrone Woods -- just what kind of parents are they? Ones more than happy to use the death of their own kids in order to make sure rich people get some tax breaks, that's who.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Trans Pacific Partnering

Here's an interesting take on the TPP.
But yeah. Looks like the Chinese won that one.