RL ‘Bob’ Crabb is having a big bash at McGee’s on 27 July to celebrate the ‘release’ of his new book (graphic autobiography?). Would love to be there, but travel plans will cause us to miss this significant event. All the rest of you should go and buy a couple of books – one for each hand. I am hereby placing my order for later pick-up. (more here)
Recently noted sociologist Charles Murray wrote a workmanlike essay – ‘The Trouble Isn’t Liberals; it’s Progressives’ – to hone our socio-political semantics and taxonomy. His case was understandable, but now he’s getting a little pushback from readers who point out that he really made a distinction without the benefit of a real difference. The examples are many, but the ones that resonate with me are free speech and inequality. People of both stripes on the Left are overwhelmingly against free speech as witnessed by their impact on the institutions of the academe, entertainment, and governments at all levels. They proscribe ideas that counter their religion whenever and wherever they are found in the public realm.
More and more readers are beginning to recognize the regressive nature of the Progressive policies of governance (here). They really do want to return to the days of feudalism in which a governing elite of monarch and nobles enjoyed all the prerogatives while centrally planning for the realm in which the serfs were equally poor, rigidly localized, and tightly controlled in what they could say and do. The land will again be ruled by outcome governance - no freedom, no enterprises for unequal wealth creation (or wealth creation of any kind), all will be back to a local sustainability like it was in days of yore. For the masses, uniformity über alles. Both Liberals and Progressives want to walk us in lockstep into such a future.
A couple of recent examples of leftwing madness and corruption in the land. Did you read about the father who was peremptorily arrested in his Blanchester, Ohio home on a recent Sunday while his family watched. (more here) The charge was “child endangerment” because his son skipped Sunday school and went to play with his pals instead. The father has lost his job, and faces up to six months in jail. These stories of a burgeoning Stasi police state are becoming more common daily as our militarized police departments insert themselves into the private affairs of citizens while preparing to counter a massive onslaught of terror that will supposedly arise from the ranks of veterans returning from the Mideast wars according to DHS communications. Meanwhile, the loyal leftwing lackeys rejoice as their sought after world order materializes.
And then there’s Sacramento’s lying legions led by our own Governor Moonbeam who is now celebrated in the lamestream for California’s economic recovery and creating a 'budget surplus'. No one with a functioning three-digit IQ believed him, but that apparently does not a plurality form among the nation’s or the state’s electorate. But a brave and dedicated patriot, Dean (‘Dino’) Cortopassi, spent his own savings to take out a full page ad in the 10jul14 SacBee (page A8) calling Brown an unmitigated liar as he pointed out that the only reason the state’s budget can be called “balanced” is that the scumbags in Sacramento decided not to pay about $6,000,000,000 worth of mandated CalPERS and CalSTRS retirement plan obligations. Instead they added that amount to the state's massive unfunded liabilities that now total in the neighborhood of half a trillion dollars. As befits the Left’s lamestream, not one of the outlets has reported on this fiscal legerdemain.
If private corporations filed their tax returns on the same accounting principles, there would be people serving jail time. Only the government can do that simply because the voters are unimaginably dumb. Using their methods I can create any desired level of a budget surplus by just not paying bills that are due. Cortopassi is not yet done spending his own shekels to continue his full page ‘Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire!’ ads. My hat is off to the gentleman.