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Monday, September 29, 2014

Kansas City, Kansas City (#Royals), Here I Come!

Tomorrow night I will do something I never dreamed of ever really being able to do for several reasons: Go to a Kansas City Royals home playoff game.

One, I never thought I could afford it.

Two, I never thought they'd ever go again.

Holy shit.

I will be in a suite taking pictures and trying my best to document the experience. I will be tweeting from the game so follow me @Yodacon on twitter. Sure this is a mostly political blog but those of you who followed the podcasts (hopefully back in November!) know I don't base my entire life around the drudgery of the political game. When opportunity gives you a special moment in time, best to make the most out of it.

So I will include anyone who follows me in on the fun as much as I possibly can from a cell phone and twitter. Ask me for a picture and I will try to deliver.

Course, who knows how good wi-fi is at the "K" (as the stadium is lovingly called here.) I do know that 4g service is abysmal. I'll do my best.

Go Royals! Hopefully they will not be like the eternal "one and done" Kansas City Chiefs. But even so, it's going to be a magical night.

Let's. Go. Roy-als!

Friday, September 26, 2014

How The Hell Do Climate Activists Persuade Anyone?

Seriously, these are the defenders of SCIENCE!

Sometimes the Police Do Suck

Sean Groubert went way too fucking far.

I defended the police in Ferguson. Let's check the circumstances between that and this.

The suspect in Ferguson had just robbed a store. He was a criminal. He rushed an officer,

Levar Edward appears (thus far) to be just a working guy getting gas. He was attempting to obey an officer.

We can talk about mistakes he may have made in jumping right back in the car. We can talk about the inner city culture that probably has cops on edge. I'm not going to give these excuses any attention. Cops are trained to recognize scenarios and while they can make mistakes, this was a bit over the line. And seat belt violations piss me off just on general principle but that's a different argument.

This kind of thing sure doesn't help black's view of the police.

Groubert needs to make amends to Levar personally. Some good needs to come out of this.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Saying you Love Pot and Homosexuality Isn't the Same As Endorsing Freedom

Taki had an interesting article today, as he is wont to do. Jame Miller, writing for the magazine correctly noted that just because you are for stuff for yourself and your entertainment does not mean you correctly understand the notion of freedom and liberty.
What Barney Frank calls libertarianism is just normal self-interest shaking off the bounds of tradition. There is no righteous defense of liberty behind the movement to legalize weed. State and local governments just find it too costly to enforce. When it comes to gay marriage, sexual liberation is the driving force of acceptance. Government approval of same-sex ceremonies isn’t a new freedom. It further enshrines the state as a social molder, while making us slaves to the pleasure of our body parts.
One of the prevalent psychosis that seems to permeate the populace is the idea of the status quo needs to be increased or lessened. We never even consider the idea of complete and total change.

For instance, if you ask people about retirement and what should be done about Social security, few if any will entertain the notion of simply doing away with it. It's not possible, people will die or go poor or have to eat cat food or some such nonsense. Of course doing away with something doesn't mean it has to go in 10 minutes. Grandpa can continue the way he is while new people entering the workforce can get out. Hell, I'd even accept keeping it if it were an optional thing.

Same with education, health care, and a myriad of other "services" the government does that it does not only badly but shouldn't be doing in the first place. But these things are so a part of our lives now, with the press constantly presenting these programs as de facto standard. They just are, like the planet, no need to explain the why's.

When you tell most people about getting rid of these programs, they act like you are asking them to cut off their arm, so entrenched are they in the belief of the necessity of these things. Education is run by government, so no surprise that critical thinking isn't exactly the norm.

So bad has it become that we define freedom as what we successfully get the government to condone. Gays can only live together and get married when we get the government to pass some sort of law. Freedom should be defined by the lack of laws the government can pass to dictate your life but now it's by how many it passes that you agree with.

This is backwards and yet try to get your average liberal to understand this. Or your average republican even. Does the GOP run on any sort of abolition of dumb laws and spending?

We need a completely different perception of freedom. Freedom from government, freedom from laws and regulations and departments of fucking with your life because some special interest douchebag wants to be able to smoke pot after smoking his buddy's pole. Truth is, he should be able to do these things without special dispensation from the government, not in spite of it.

When we limit our pursuit of freedoms to that of self-gratification, we will have neither freedom or self-gratification. Freedom is being able to start a business without 8 million forms. Freedom is being able to build a porch on your own home without a permit. Freedom is not defined by what the government LETS you do, it's by what it cannot do.

We don't even come close to thinking like that anymore.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Why MUST We Fight Islam?

Because This:

So? Cause of dancing?

No. Because Iran took everyone that participated in this video and gave them 91 lashes and at least 6 months in prison. It's possible the prison sentence was suspended, but that's not the point. The point is there is a large group of people with power who are absolutely crushing people's ability to just feel any sort of joy in life, let alone be free to express themselves or conduct themselves as humans. They want religious robots.

This cannot continue. There is a kneejerk reaction by the left to bad guys doing bad things that is designed to make a liberal feel superior. When 9/11 happened, the average leftist first response was why America deserved it. This was immediately followed by scolding asshats letting us know that not EVERY Muslim is like that and we need to stop being caveman racist neanderthals. Never mind that the incidences of hate crimes against Jews dwarfs what happens to Muslims, even immediately following 9/11.

What if we reacted to the Muslim threat the way reacted to the Japanese threat? Sure, we did a lot of "racist" cartoons in Superman comics. We made them the enemy. And we nuked them. But in less than 10 years, they were making the first Godzilla movie. I'm hard pressed to find anything but respect and friendship towards the Japanese today. We love their culture, their anime, and their Sony PS4's.

Contrast to 11 years after Iraq. We went in with kid gloves. We tried to play nice. We let the scolds know that we were going to be polite and keep causalities down and never say anything offensive. And the Islamists have become more sadistic than ever. Their own people are getting lashed for dancing. DANCING for Christ sake.

I hate these dirty Muslims. I love these dancing Muslims. I love people who can and try to express joy and freedom. Everyone else deserves all the scorn I can muster, no matter how racist you scolds tell me I am. Because in the end, I want anyone to be able to dance on a video and not get beaten for it.

Liberals, why don't you want that too? Cause you don't want to get your hands dirty? Cause you want to look smart at cocktail parties? Fuck you. People are dying for your arrogant bullshit.

I stand with free Iranians. Destroy the Islamists, no matter what it takes.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

How Wonderful It Must Be To Be A Liberal

Think about it.

You don't have to produce anything, you can make a great living from starting groups whose sole purpose is to "raise awareness."

You can be a part of an oppressed minority grievance group without having to deal with any of the actual hardships that happened like ages ago.

You can be pissed off at racism without ever having a fire hose turned on you or never ever having seen a separate drinking fountain.

You can actually BE racist and no one will call you on it. Same goes for homophobic and misogynist.

You can be a terrorist without serving jail time. Later you will be chums with a future president.

You can be part of government where everyone can be forced to fund you, regardless of how useful you are.

You can fail up.

You can lie and have no real repercussions.

You can spend trillions and end up with nothing to show for it, except for white house party photos. Precious memories.

You can make enough money and have enough things that even the mightiest Pharaoh of Egypt would be envious of and never have to give a dime of it to any stinking charity as long as you say how much you hate money.

You can destroy the health care system and people will believe you fixed it.

You can be a reporter without ever actually doing any journalism.

You can deflect any criticism with the word "Racist" and voters will believe you.

You can actively avoid any knowledge of history as a history professor and get tenure.

You can avoid any problem solving with the sole understanding that white people don't like dark people and feel nuanced.

You can be a hypocrite without guilt.

You can have a home with the power requirements of the Mall of America and people will love you for it.

You can avoid any and all actual responsibility, decision making, or stand taking and just play golf with other liberals. People will defend you for it.

You can do good without having to actually do anything just by feeling like you've done something. A 30 second plea for equality on YouTube usually does the trick.

What a life a liberal can have.

So why are they always so unhappy?

Monday, September 15, 2014

More Racism.. again.. and again... sigh...

I do get tired of it all but I ran across this article and had to share. What do race relations look like from an objective perspective?
Surveying all the available evidence—at least as it’s framed through a Google search of the past week’s American media—a discerning Martian would reach two sobering and inescapable conclusions:

1) Being white sucks because white people suck.
2) Being black sucks because white people suck.

One might also rightly develop the sense that white people should hate themselves and be forced to live a bleak existence of constant apology and retreat. One might also conclude that black people have every right to bleed resentment from every pore until this dangerously unquantifiable, highly emotional, and uniquely human notion of “justice” is achieved.

Since you are a highly rational Martian, you would also be led to the inexorable conclusion that the current situation, whether by accident or design, cannot possibly lead to racial harmony. Instead, it almost seems purposely engineered to result in escalating levels of conflict.

Any sane Martian would conclude it’s better to stay on the red planet and let those silly black-and-white earthlings sort this one out for themselves.
Indeed. At what point is the past...  past?  Many whites seem to enjoy flogging ourselves and our fellow whites constantly even though no racism of today can compare to the slavery of the 1800's or even the segregationist environment 60+ years ago.

Few whites or blacks can honestly remember or were involved in that past. None in the slavery past. Yet none of it will ever seem to actually pass into the past.

Yes I get the idea if we forget history we are doomed to repeat it. It also seems that an obsessive fixation on history is causing repetition as well, just the other way around. The conversation never moves forward, it just zig-zags from side to side. And it's getting old. White people and black people seem to forget the important word in those two descriptions: people. We are all just that, people. We are flawed, beautiful, mistake prone, diverse, wonderful, stupid people.

Getting past this inane, unimportant color attribute is proving to be harder than it should be and I don't get why anymore. Blacks, get over yourselves. Whites, get over yourselves. Fewer and fewer of you really know what racism really is. Most of you are just trying to be cool or with-it or part of the in-crowd.

Knock it off.

Friday, September 12, 2014

EU Has Decided Going Green is for Stupidheads

From Benny Peiser and The GWPF – [Conservative MEP] Miguel Arias Canete, Spain’s former agriculture and environment minister, was nominated as the European Union’s next commissioner for climate and energy, becoming the first single supervisor of those two policy areas. The new commission will take office as energy policy is moving up the EU agenda amid a crisis in Ukraine, the transit country for around half of Russian natural gas to Europe, and the unrest in Middle East. –Ewa Krukowska, Bloomberg 10 September 2014

Jean-Claude Juncker’s decision to group EU commissioners into teams serving under a vice-president has been welcomed by some interest groups, and derided by others. Rumours of the intention to combine the climate and energy portfolios have been sparking alarm among environmentalists for weeks. But the elimination of a dedicated environment portfolio came as a genuine shock to green groups. The ‘Green 10’ – an alliance of European environmental NGOs – sent a letter to Juncker saying that his restructuring decisions suggest a “de-facto shutdown of EU environmental policymaking”. –Dave Keating, European Voice, 11 September 2014

Well not actually warming for 15 or so years will kinda screw over your "everything is going to burn and we are all going to dies" agenda. If you're losing the EU, it's all over. People cannot be dictated to anymore by this phantom apocalypse that never seems to come. It's costing real jobs, and real lives. Green movement is killing people? you ask. Yes:

Since the banning of DDT in 1972:

114,000,000 people

have died from malaria.From the Malaria Death Clock

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

So Liberalism Really IS a Religion

So this story comes across today regarding my buddy Scott Walker:
A longtime Chisholm subordinate reveals for the first time in this article that the district attorney may have had personal motivations for his investigation. Chisholm told him and others that Chisholm’s wife, Colleen, a teacher’s union shop steward at St. Francis high school, a public school near Milwaukee, had been repeatedly moved to tears by Walker’s anti-union policies in 2011, according to the former staff prosecutor in Chisholm’s office. Chisholm said in the presence of the former prosecutor that his wife “frequently cried when discussing the topic of the union disbanding and the effect it would have on the people involved … She took it personally.” Citing fear of retaliation, the former prosecutor declined to be identified and has not previously talked to reporters. Chisholm added, according to that prosecutor, that “he felt that it was his personal duty to stop Walker from treating people like this.” Chisholm was referring to Gov. Walker’s proposal – passed by the legislature in March 2011 – to require public employee unions to contribute to their retirement and health-care plans for the first time and limited unions’ ability to bargain for non-wage benefits.
So basically this prosecutor and his wife lost their shit over losing to Scott Walker and rather than realizing that 1) elections have consequences and B) change is done through persuasion and respect. They have no patience to persuade and no respect for the opposition or the rank and file citizens.

This is what reminds of a religion. Not a positive religion of which there are many. No I'm talking about the negative aspects of religion that unfortunately liberals have successfully exploited to nearly destroying religion in this country. (Except of Islam of course, that would be racist.)  Religion can be a positive force in a person's life, giving someone a place to go during times of trouble or giving higher purpose in good times.

But religion can and has been perverted, usually through an arrogance the runs through it like a virus: We know better than you. We know better than other religions. You are wrong if you don't believe what we believe.

This kind of thinking taken to its logical conclusion ends up with Americans beheaded on youtube. But what happens when a person shuns religion? Does the human psyche simply change by the absence of religion?

Whatever you believe in, I will give religion one thing: It demands a certain humility from man. It asks us to be humble in light of the fact that there are things we don't understand in the universe. However you come to that conclusion, even as an atheist, if you can experience that humility, you will conversely open yourself up to ideas and knowledge you might not have considered. Simply because you dropped the arrogance enough to allow it. You grow as a person by realizing you are small.

Arrogance closes minds. Religious arrogance is dangerous but there is another religion, the Church of Anti-religion. You know it as liberalism.

 Liberalism has no higher power than government. With nothing higher than themselves, arrogance runs rampant. But with the absolute certainty that comes with religious fervor. This combination leads to an "ends justifies the means" mentality that is dangerous. We've seen what happens when humility is removed from religion. With liberalism, even the idea of a higher power is removed.

(Don't see this as an endorsement of religion from me, far from it. Personally I think they all got it wrong except for the idea that there are things bigger than us, and we should be humbled by that fact. Otherwise, God knows what it's really all about. Pun intended.)

So what does that lead us to? A prosecutor so absolutely convinced of his own rightness, and of course a hatred of all things that don't agree with his worldview. Sounds positively religious, doncha think? Of course he went down the Islamist methodology: Destroy that which isn't liberal. Sure, he's not beheading anyone but don't think for a moment these two didn't hate with nearly the same intensity.

Open-minded. Tolerant. These are words the left co-opts and these words don't describe them with any accuracy whatsoever. These same people in a third world do end up putting on bomb vests.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

One Year Ago--

Yup, I started this one year ago. My hope was to keep building and maybe change a mind or two here and there. Unfortunately real life is now encroaching. While I was able to create a podcast and do some interesting things, the posts are going to whither for awhile. I have an opportunity to make some real money on the side doing some coding and I'm not going to refuse it. Family needs to eat and this thing isn't going to pay for it.

So while I'm not shutting down, I don't know how often I will post. More distressing is the podcast which we really enjoyed doing. I have one more in the can and I will put it out there but I don't know what will happen after that. We may come back. We'll see.