Friendly Fire?

There appears to be a war between two factions I support.

This morning, President Trump posted a tweet critical of the House Freedom Caucus:

Breitbart posted an article about it this afternoon, quoting my Congressman, Dave Brat, a member of the caucus.

“I don’t know who has his ear,” said Brat, who is a member of the House Freedom Caucus and was part of the HFC team negotiating with the White House and the House Republican leadership to amend the Ryancare bill.

“I don’t think he is hearing that we are trying to serve him a victory–right?–Right now, this bill is at 17 percent in the polls, and that’s not a winner.”

The RyanCare bill sucked. Not as bad as the Unafforable Care Act (Obamessiah Care), but not much better. Would you rather pay $10,000 in taxes, or $9500? It still sucks.

I had Rob Andrews as a Congressman when I lived in the People’s Republic of New Jersey. Dave Brat is refreshing. This is my first real disappointment with President Trump. I don’t expect the man to be perfect, obviously. I hope he’s playing a long game, but I’m with Dave Brat and the House Freedom Caucus on this one.

One last comment: do liberals have no memory? When President Trump repealed The Obamessiah’s EPA regulations, they act like we’re all going to die. Were we all choking on our atmosphere 8 years ago? No, but it was a little easier to start a small business, cars were cheaper, and we could buy mid-sized and small trucks, and diesel Volkswagens. Most of those are gone.

Was everybody freaking stupid before the Department of Education came into being during the Carter administration? Oh, NOBODY ever had an EDUCATION before that?

Liberals have no historical memory.

Thanks To Matt Forney for Promoting Me

Matt Forney has offered to promote friend and allies on his YouTube Channel and other social media outlets. I took advantage of his offer, and he promoted some of my work:

I first came across Matt from his book “Three Years of Hate“, a collection of a blog he published anonymously called “In Mala Fide”. He wrote it when he was fresh out of college, and the writing is very well done.

I’ve been following him ever since, and have supported his work when I can, either through buying his book or through donating money.

Matt has since branched out into independent journalism. He covered the primaries last year, and both the Republicuck and Demonrat conventions. He is currently operating out of Hungary, covering European issues, including the upcoming election in France featuring Marine La Pen, the “French female Donald Trump”, a true nationalist leader who may be able to halt and reverse the cultural decay of what was once a great empire.

(Seriously, the French used to be fierce warriors. Charles the Hammer, anyone? It’s only been since about WWII that they turned into the pussies we make fun of them for being today; the “cheese-eating surrender monkeys” as a general of ours once said).

Follow Matt. I highly recommend him. I’ve been following him for a good 5 years. He’s an ally to the conservatives, right libertarians, and alt-right.

Why Do We Act So Surprised At Human Failure?

This is a repost from my old blog on Blogger. I have another post I’m thinking about writing, and wanted to reference it. But I figured I might as well redirect the traffic here. I’ll provide comments at the end. This was originally written on 15 December, 2008:

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A couple of years ago, I showed up at church on Wednesday night ready to teach the final class in my series on Judges. I worked hard to prepare for that class. It was on Judges 20 and 21, the aftermath of the slaughter of the tribe of Benjamin. I thought it was going to be very interesting, and I got, well, angry when I found out that we would instead be assembling in the auditorium (in the churches of Christ, we’re forbidden to call it the sanctuary; we are the sanctuaries) for some kind of “family meeting.” I am almost ashamed to say that I normally don’t think too highly of those things. I don’t like it when we break our normal routine for these gatherings. I don’t like it when missionaries visit and we cancel classes so they can talk. I said I’m almost ashamed because I really don’t surprise myself much anymore.

That night, when I found out that the class I worked hard to prepare for was replaced, my thoughts immediately went to the cynical. I had thoughts like “Oh, great, somebody stubbed her toe and we have to get together and pray for her”. The 4 elders we had at the time (we added 2 more a few weeks after this account occurred) gathered at the podium. I don’t recall the exact words used, but apparently somebody in the congregation did something really bad. I tried to imagine who it was. For a second I worried it might have been me although that was groundless. It’s just human nature. It turned out that the youth minister that we had at the time did something very bad; so bad that we may never again have a youth minister. I’ll leave out the details here on my blog. When the thing he did was mentioned, very straightforwardly, some people gasped in horror. Some started crying. Some started shrieking. Some had to run outside to cry, others just numbly walked up and down the aisles holding their head saying something to the effect of “Oh, no, oh no, this can’t be happening!” The funny thing is, although I was shocked, I was not surprised. I don’t remember being surprised at all. If anything, considering what was done, I was almost glad I didn’t find myself in similar circumstances to fall in the exact same way.

I don’t understand why we always act so surprised when people do bad things. The governor of Illinois thing has me wondering this. A corrupt politician from a state known for it’s corrupt machine politics gets caught being corrupt. Where is the news in this? Why does everybody act so surprised? What’s the point? He screwed up and acted corrupt too far in the open, so he’ll get impeached and his power to replace the Senator who didn’t do a darn thing as Senator but run for President to the highest bidder will go away for this time, and he’ll be replaced by another corrupt Illinois machine politician, and life will go on until another one steps out of line and discusses corrupt things on a tapped line. The corruption won’t go away, but the corrupt politician who screwed up will for now.

This is why the “messianic theory” of politics has me so scared. It seems to me that when you ask people who voted for either McCain or Obama why they did so, the most common answer is some variation of “I hope he’ll deliver me from…” It doesn’t matter what. “I hope he’ll save me from health care.” “I hope he’ll save me from taxes.” “I hope he’ll save me from Global Warming.” “I hope he’ll save me from McCain.” “I hope he’ll save me from Palin.” “I hope he’ll save me from Obama.” “I hope he’ll save me from liberals.” “I hope he’ll save me from fundamentalist Christians.” The list goes on and one. Of course, most of the promises made by these candidates and most of the reasons people voted for them have NOTHING to do with the job description of the President of the United States found in the Constitution of such United States. It’s just that people are afraid and somehow believe one of these men might be the Messiah and save them from whatever they fear, no matter what else the man might screw up in his attempt to, if he actually kept that particular promise, which is not something that politicians are known for anyway. Then, when President Obama doesn’t keep his promises, or screws something up, people will act surprised! “How could he have done this? Oprah told us that he might be THE ONE!”

Knowing the capacity for human failure, I have to ask: why do you act so surprised when people fail horribly, and why do you look to other humans to somehow deliver you from whatever has you scared this election or the next? I’m asking this question in the “you” context because I’m honestly not surprised in the majority of cases, and I honestly don’t believe politicians can deliver me, nor do I trust them to. I’m happier if they just leave me alone and I vote for the one who will just leave me alone. At least, I do now. I once subscribed to the “Messianic” theory of politics, although I didn’t realize it at the time.


Additional commentary:

I no longer go to a Church of Christ. I have nothing against them. I just moved on. I currently attened what is described as a non-denominational church, where our pastor has a Pentacostal background. I’d never been in a charismatic leaning church before, although that is not emphasized.

The “youth pastor” thing I was referring to is far enough in the past to explain. I kept it vague for a reason, but like I said, it’s in the past and I’m divorced from the wife I’ll be referencing.

That church brought on a youth pastor shortly before I joined it in 2002. He was approximately my age. Him and his wife had two daughters who were both born within months of my two sons. His wife had to work. I was able to structure things so that my ex-wife was able to quit working and become a full-time stay at home mom when my first born was about 7 months old and she was pregnant with my second. My ex did not love or respect me one bit, so let’s just say even with her NOT working, things were not good. I had needs that were not being met, and had somebody come along to meet those needs, I would have easily fallen for her.

The night I was referring to, it came out that the youth pastor had a two-year affair with one of the teen girls. She was 17 at the time. You do the math as to when it started. What did NOT come out in church (which we found out through the family involved) is that he’d gotten her pregnant, gave her money and sent her to get an abortion. Yeah, very youth-pastorly.

He was convicted, served five years in county jail. His wife forgave him, and last I heard they were still married and he is working as a youth pastor. Far away, praise the Lord. That church apparently knows about his past. They get what they get, I guess.

But it goes back to the question: why do we act so surprised when people fail? I could have failed in a similar way had the temptation presented itself, although I’d like to think I wouldn’t have been stupid enough to end up alone with a 15 year old with daddy issues. But even a woman my own age at the time would have caused enough trouble.

I deal with this kind of temptation in a couple of ways. One is accountability. I have a few really good friends I firmly trust to throw the bullshit flag on me. And I have permission to throw it on them. A good friend will not let you get away with bullshitting yourself.

Another is to not let it happen in the first place. If you’re married and committed to being faithful to your wife, NEVER let yourself be alone with another woman. Women, never let yourself be alone with another man. Even when I travel, I make sure to go out in groups if there are women present.

I also deal with temptation by operating under the assumption that I will get caught.

Sessions Dropping the Hammer on “Sanctuary Cities”

It’s about damn time.

This never made much sense to me. I get how the Demonrats want to import millions of new voters so they can stay in power FOREVER. But I don’t get how ordinary people can think this is a good idea.

The “Sanctuary City” is even more mystifying to me. “We believe not only in illegal aliens, but we believe in it SOOOOOOOOOOO much, that we’ll catch and release illegal alien CRIMINALS back into the population so they can’t be deported.”

On what level does this make any sense?

Is YouTube Trying To Kill Itself?

I’m hearing from several YouTube channels I follow that some strange things are going on. Consider this case that I came across:

I don’t normally watch that channel. I’d never heard of it until this video was linked. But it’s interesting.

YouTube is screwing over quite a few large channels. Many of them are forms of the alt-right, like Christopher Cantwell, Mark Dice, Paul Joseph Watson, and Bernard Chapin. They’ve demonetizing content, blocking viewers, preventing notifications, and suspending the channel entirely.

Twitter and Facebook are doing similar things.

I get it. The leftists who run (or are employed) by those sites don’t like those voices, and are happy to find any excuse to silence them. And most of them can’t do anything about it, except maybe Mark Dice, who said last year that he has a lawyer locked and loaded and is just waiting for YouTube to shut his channel down ONE MORE TIME…

The time is ripe for an alt-tech replacement for YouTube. It doesn’t deserve those voices. It doesn’t deserve the traffic those voices attract. Then the liberals can live in their happy little bubble that consists of children playing video games, MTV with their racist “White People Should…” crap, and music videos.

Unfortunately, unlike Twitter, Facebook, and Wikipedia (Replacements include gab.ai, vk.com, and infogalactic.com ), replacing YouTube will require some SERIOUS money. And most of the alt-right doesn’t have it. We have jobs, no doubt. Some have businesses. But we don’t have the serious backing of George Soros. Think about it; how many SJW voices would ever be heard? Like Eric Cartman said “They’re hippies! They don’t have any money!”

As frustration rises, I’m sure a viable alternative to YouTube will rise as well. If anything, we’re the productive class. We get things done.

The Life Cycle of a Blogging “Guru”

30 Days To X recently published a post on reasons not to join a master-mind group. It got me thinking about a pattern I’ve seen among other blogs several times. I left a comment on his post, and figured I’d put it on my own blog:

1) You come across an interesting blog. The blogger has a unique perspective on life or some aspect of it, or some career field. You can learn a lot from them, and enjoy their posts.
2) The blogger starts to grow an audience.
3) Rather than continue to grow personally, (and you grow along with him), the blogger resorts to writing content to the new audience, that keeps growing. New readers comment as if this is the most insightful thing they’ve ever heard; you consider the content about a skill level between tying your shoes and not getting your dick caught in your zipper.
4) The blogger publishes a book (self or traditional; doesn’t matter)
5) The blogger starts a podcast, which is usually a rehash of old blog posts.
6) The blogger then starts selling multi-hundred dollar to thousand some dollar “courses” and $45 a month or more “master mind” groups.
7) Every blog post is either a kindergarten level overview of the blogger’s content written to a new audience, a sales pitch for said “master mind” group or “courses”, testimonials from group or courses, or teases for group or courses. Or “I so LOVE writing this blog post from a Starbucks in Bangkok! You should too!”
8) After getting several “<your name>, I can’t BELIVE YOU HAVEN’T JOINED MY $45,000 <how not to get your dick caught in your zipper> course!” emails, you move on. Nothing left to see here.

I’ve seen this pattern repeat several times on blogs I’ve read over the years. You might call it “jumping the shark”. I’m happy for the blogger for finding success, but as a reader, I’m no longer the target audience and it’s time to move on by step 8.

This cycle can take a blogger up to a decade. In a recent case, the guy released a book just last year, and already is selling spots in his “Master Mind” group.

I can think of one blogger in particular, whom I have followed for about 10 years, that only in the last few months has grown almost intolerable with trying to sell his “courses”. Even after 10 years, he was still posting good content just a few months ago, until he entirely converted to rehashing old ideas and trying to sell his “courses”. He used to say he gave “98%” of his material away for free, but now he seems to do nothing but rehash old content, sell courses, or post testimonials.

One example I used on my old blog is Michael Hyatt. (You may have to scroll to the bottom of the landing page to click “Blog”). I first came across him in 2004 when he was with Thomas Nelson. I think by that time, he was President and CEO. At that point, he was posting VERY useful content. I thought “Great! Here is a Christian man who is a successful businessman, posting content that is very helpful to me!”. I read his blog for years. Then, suddenly, the cycle I documented above began to happen. He grew an audience. Then he quit Thomas Nelson for a speaking career. Then it was all about recycling old blog content, or writing at about a Kindergarten level. He started a podcast, which I listened to at first, but it was only a rehash of old blog posts. Plus TONS of commercials, which I’d heard before.

(NOTE: It drives me nuts in podcasts to have to listen to the same thing over and over again. “Boilerplate” is for the newbies, but if you want me to stick around, CUT IT THE HECK OUT!).

I still check his blog from time to time, because he occasionally posts something useful. But I long since cut off his RSS feed and unsubscribed from his emails, although every time he launches a new “course”, I get several emails over 3-5 days trying to get me to buy.

He’s not the only case.

But there are bloggers I’ve followed relentlessly over the years. Vox Day is one example. He’s very successful and intelligent (151 IQ), but he continues to grow and doesn’t try to sell the hell out of you. Sure, he runs Castalia House, and I’ve bought tons of their books, but he keeps growing and I learn from that growth, and I grow along with him. And the majority of the commenters on his blog are people I can learn from and grow with. He mercilessly takes care of the trolls and gammas. His growth challenges me. I bought his book “Return of the Great Depression” when it was first released in 2009. For the most part, the book was over my head, but I learned and put pieces together as I went along. Then, when he started writing about “game”, little of it made sense, but I learned from it. I’m convinced that what I learned about game from Vox and branched out into was instrumental in getting through my divorce, meeting my current wife, and having a much better marriage.

But so many others seem too tempted to the great riches. They stop feeding the audience that made them big in the first place. And that audience moves on. I guess if I could find an audience that would pay me for nuggets of wisdom that amount to “A,B,C,D,E,F,G…” my life would be better.

Hell, even John Maxwell has turned into a Mastermind Group selling troll.

Someday, I probably will start collecting email addresses. But I promise, I’ll provide value for it. That’s who I am. I’ve been blogging since 2004, and haven’t yet figured out a topic I should stick to,

Is “Ryan Care” Part of a Long Game?

As of today, Ryan Care is dead. But was this part of a longer game President Trump is playing?

I know, after the previous President’s legacy became completely entangled in “Obamessiah Care”, or as I call it “The Unaffordable Care Act”, the MSM and the liberals and cuckservatives are going to try to spin this as “Trump Care”. But it’s not.

I keep hearing comments such as “President Trump claims to want to repeal and replace ObamaCare, but has been short on specifics”. WTF are you talking about? Did you want him to WRITE the replacement himself? I almost wouldn’t be surprised if he did have it written somewhere. But that’s not the President’s job; it’s the CONGRESS’ job.

Let’s see, some features he’s definitely called for:

  • Get rid of the “lines” around the states

“Little Marco” got hung up on this one during one of the debates. He didn’t seem to understand. Here’s how it goes: I live in Virginia. I can just about only purchase health insurance within Virginia. I can’t go to North Carolina, or New Mexico, even if I could get a better deal. The President is calling to eliminate that.

I tried to do that once. I had a Blue Cross plan I wasn’t very happy with. I used to listen Dave Ramsey, and a few other people. They’d talk about purchasing your own health insurance. I went to Ramsey’s website, and put in a request to speak to one of his ELPs (Endorsed Local Providers). Upon finding out I lived in New Jersey (at the time), all he could tell me was to get bent.

The President wants to get rid of this stupid fucking regulation. If you run a health insurance business in Minnesota, you should be able to sell health insurance to South Dakota and the People’s Republic of New Jersey, and the other 47 states.

This should NOT be hard to grasp. Thank GOD Little Marco didn’t last much past that debate.

There are possibilities. Since my children live in New Jersey with my succubus ex-wife, and I cover them, I have a regional plan. But I only had a single regional plan; no other choice. I could get better health insurance if I only had to worry about being in Virginia, but I have to pay more because my family is in two states.

  • Get prices down

If you can’t understand this, I can’t help you. Do you LIKE paying high prices for doctor’s visits and medications? I don’t. I have some pretty damn good insurance, and still have a huge stack of medical bills the doctor’s offices decided not to write off.

  • Eliminate the “Individual Mandate”

Again, self-explanatory. The government should not be able to force people to purchase a product or service. What if they decide to FORCE us all to purchase a Tesla, whether we want it or not?

  • Remove barriers to entry

Let’s say I’m screwing around in my kitchen, and accidentally discover a cure for cancer. Or rabies. Or whatever. You’ll never see it. I’d have to come up with probably billions in financing to stand up a company with a lab, do a decade of double-blind studies, and bribe the FDA. 20 years later, it’s possible the “Fraud and Death Administration” could arbitrarily decide not to permit my cure to go to market.  This isn’t exact, but my understanding of the pharmaceutical industry is only slightly better than my understanding of football. The President wants to make it easier for drugs and procedures to get approved.

Back to our original point. I don’t see this as a loss; I see it as part of a longer game. The President WILL probably get his “Repeal and Replace” of Obamessiah Care. Maybe not this year.

Paul Ryan failed as a leader. This is apparent. I think from all appearances, he’s trying to sabotage the President’s agenda. Maybe not as actively as the Demonrats, but still. He’s not behind the President. Remember, he was a “Never Trump” guy. He even bailed and dis-invited Candidate Trump from a rally at the last minute.

We’re also seeing which Republicucks won’t support the President either. And 2018 is coming up fast… Their game of pretending to be Republicans while really being liberals or globalist plants is coming to an end; at least, for now. So hopefully, they’ll be challenged in their next primaries. I know there are some movements to challenge these guys with people who will actually support what the Republican agenda is SUPPOSED to be in 2018.

I am blessed to have a Congressman (Dave Brat) who actually seems to see things in a manner compatible to me. Both of my Senators (Tim Kaine being one of them) are total libtards. At least in responding to my emails, Congressman Brat seems to support the President’s agenda. A neighboring district has Rob Wittman, whom I’ve met and seems to be a decent Congressman.

The biggest point of all is this: President Trump has been in office approximately 60 days. And he’s had Congress scrambling the entire time. How many other Presidents have been able to do this? He’ll move on to his next agenda item (Tax reform? Please?) and circle back to this one. Possibly after the 2017 Obamessiah Care implosion happens. When people are suddenly right in the middle of being screwed over a table by the former President and the Demonrats who passed the stupid bill before they read it, when people are screaming at their Congress Critters, both Demonrat and Republicuck alike, this will be right back on the table.

That’s my prediction. We’ll see how it works out.

And one last point: health CARE and health INSURANCE are not the same damn thing! Just because the government FORCES you to buy health INSURANCE doesn’t mean it will actually lead to health CARE.