The digital wasteland

Too much information on the information superhighway. As someone born in the 1950s, I feel like I’m bridging the gap between the ‘old world’ and the ‘new world’. FYI you young people, looking up answers in the old days consisted of going to the book shelf and choosing the encyclopedia volume that corresponded with the first letter of your question. The information was likely very good but it could easily have been 25 years or more since the said encyclopedia article was written!

Nowadays if someone dies or is impeached that information will have been edited into Wikipedia by the end of the day if not a couple of hours. Moss is not to be found growing on the IS (information superhighway). It shares many aspects with a conventional highway. Rude drivers. Traffic tie-ups. Accidents. Potholes. Highway bandits and scam artists. Hitchhikers. You can get lost. Its all there.

Another aspect I recently noticed was the boredom of “routine”, like taking the same route to work everyday, it can become rather tedious. Having been kicked off Twitter long ago, two of my favorite sites were Facebook and Gab. Facebook is so slow compared to Twitter. As has been said before Twitter is like ‘crack’ to news junkies. It is fast. Plus there are just a lot of vile people on FB. Liberals lurking about on conservative pages like trolls under a bridge.

Gab is okay once you get all the Nazis, racists and anti-Semites blocked. Some real good people. I’ve noticed a curious little aspect of it though. 2 of the absolute best people left and never came back. One was the group moderator, Dave Gilchrist and the other was a regular contributor, Diane Shearer. He was religious about hitting ‘Like’ when people contributed to his group. She was arguably the best contributor.

Both left. I can’t say for sure, but I wonder if it wasn’t due to a lack of reciprocity. Like society in general the internet is absolutely filled with selfish individuals. Most of it is a dark, violent Darwinian nightmare. Survival of the fittest. Gab to a large degree is filled with Twitter’s rejects and people who are very cynical people for other reasons. Norms wouldn’t catch the meaning of half that was said there.

But FB & Gab were getting very tiresome. So I started to visit some of my old haunts from nearly 20 years ago. The first was World Net Daily. It may be the conservative website most likely to brush up against the edge. One slightly more traditional site is Newsmax (spellcheck doesn’t even recognize its spelling). The New Revere (as in ‘Paul’) gave me their choice for ‘The Top 100’ conservative websites.

While a lot of them might be more accurately put in the Top 100 Republican sites, there are some interesting choices. One I had completely forgotten about was Free Republic. All these years later and Jim Robinson is still running it. I don’t begin to understand that site at this point, but it is interesting. Absent was The New American. Rush, Hannity, Ingraham, Coulter and Steyn all had their websites in the “Top 100”.

Once you start branching out on the “information superhighway”, you feel a little like a first time driver suddenly placed on the Los Angeles freeway system. As I wound up this post and got ready to hit ‘publish’, the thought occurred to me; are there commie lib sites like these? Is there a list of Top 100 Liberal sites?

The bottom line is, while there is more information available to a person today than in the days of the World Book encyclopedia, there is unquestionably less wisdom. As I have said for 20 years, it is very easy to get bogged down in “factoids”, and completely miss the big picture.

[As an interesting little postscript I thought I’d describe the sites I landed on so as to get off Facebook, Twitter and Gab. Free Republic turned out to be a bust, incredibly bad site design, no feedback on your comments and they are moderated, plus they have a lot of RINOs. World Net Daily is really good, though you don’t get much feedback on your comments. Great articles, though not as fast a turnover as some sites. You sign in with something like Disqus to comment. The #1 conservative site according to The New Revere was FOX News. They are pretty darn good. Lots of feedback on comments, easy to signup to comment. Lot of good turnover of articles. Probably the worst thing about FOX is that they are a target for liberal trolls. CNN as an example doesn’t have “comments”, so the liberals have no where to go to shoot off their idiot mouths. Regrettably they seem to end up on FOX. You are able to give them a ‘thumbs down’, but otherwise of course I don’t engage them. No the most interesting site I saved for last: Western Journal. I consider myself fairly aware of conservative organizations, but I had never heard of WJ. Their conservatism seems more paleo than neo, which is good, they have an easy signup and good content selection. But when I first got on there I was constantly getting suspended. They like nice little milk toast comments and no links.]

Maybe cigars weren’t such a good idea?

Rush (Limbaugh) announced yesterday he had lung cancer. Big surprise, he smoked cigarettes until 1984 or so and cigars since then. I know a little about his history, I’ve listened to him for over 25 years. He’s going to be going through what a lot of ordinary people go through everyday. Like with Kobe though, some people forget 8 others died in that helicopter. For some reason sympathy is in direct proportion to the dead person’s cash holdings.

Rush put country club Republicans on the map. The Trump supporter he ended up being is not where he started. Like Sean Hannity, they went through an evolution in their thinking. Whereas I liked Pat Buchanan and Ron Paul 25 years ago, he didn’t. Rush was very suspicious of movers and shakers. He was very good distraction through the work day, usually.

But I guess what hit me today was his long love affair with cigars. A magazine I never would have heard of except for him, was ‘Cigar Aficionado’. What I gathered was that was where you heard about the fine cigars of the day. What cigar went well with what “adult beverage”. Smoking a cigar on the golf course. Smoking a cigar after a fine meal. Stuff the average person would never have known about cigars.

How many people did he turn-on to cigars? People who got addicted? People who might come down with cancer themselves in 25 years or so? Rush the super-millionaire made smoking cigars cool. Fashionable. But he did end up with lung cancer. So in the end, how smart was it to smoke cigarettes for 15 years and cigars for 35? After he made it sound so cool for so many decades, is he now going to do ‘quit smoking’ PSAs?

Yes we will get fooled again

My how times have changed. The above picture is the rock group The Who singing ‘We Won’t Get Fooled Again’, which is clearly not true. Their rock anthem was sounding the alarm not to trust anyone in the government or over the age of 30. Now Lefties want total government! The day of the Iowa Caucuses causes many thoughts to run through the mind. One of the most egregious is the Democrat candidates insistence on open borders.

In 2001 we let 19 Muslim visa overstays use airplanes to kill 3,000 Americans. Congress in response to not enforcing existing laws, naturally enacts new laws. All this was done in the name of a “war on terror”. Terror being the politically correct name for Muslims being Muslims. 2 days ago it came out the FBI arrested an important Al Qaeda member hiding out in Arizona, no doubt having waltzed across the wide-open southern border. In the 19 years since the ‘war on terror’ began, I never was sure how that war could be prosecuted with no control of who comes in the country?

I figure Democrats (and a good many Republicans) are absolute morons. That’s the only explanation I have for this absurdity. Just staggering. Half the country follows these morons. Half the Republicans are stinking RINOs that believe the exact same thing. It means me and a few others are surrounded by 3/4ths stupid. Its a scary thought.

What happened to: “Its time to coalesce”

In the previous 100 years when Republicans nominated one of their chumps for President, when the primary was over and conservatives were shafted once again, the refrain was, “Its time to unify behind the candidate!” (minor exception for Reagan) Why, we were one Big Tent! “Put the small differences aside, in the end, we’re all Republicans!” So went the chorus.

Funny thing though, once the 2016 primary was over, the never-Trumpers just doubled down. When the 2016 election was over, the RINOs just got more vociferous in their hatred of the Donald. When the Inauguration was over his own party STILL hated him. Let alone the riots and impeachment over nothing from the Democrats. What happened to coalescing? What happened to unification? What happened to putting our personal feelings aside? What happened to winning one for the Gipper?

I am baffled, I am stymied, I am confused! What happened to the big tent? Why did you take your ball and go home? Why is this time different?

“Geographic resonance”

Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in the latest poll is leading in New Hampshire by 12% points. This is dismissed by the media because he is from “neighboring Vermont” (and they don’t like him, which is also a key ingredient). I discovered this phenomena is 2016, this rule that a win doesn’t count if your home state touches the one in which you won. Now I know for Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker they didn’t apply this rule. He should have won Iowa, he didn’t.

He also should have won Minnesota, Illinois and Michigan (you may think Wisconsin doesn’t touch Michigan because of that big ol’ lake, but I got news for you bucko, it does. Its called Michigan’s “upper peninsula”. Which brings in another question does the theory still hold when separated by a body of water? And at first blush I would have to say ‘terra oozing’ of votes couldn’t apply. It seems votes only transfer over ground, not water).

John Kasich would have seemed to be a sure thing being from “neighboring Ohio” (it touching 5 other states, and large ones at that). The heart of the country and all that. But all he picked up were hotdog eating trophies, with the odd pizza eating contest thrown in. Now the ideal candidate would seem to be the one from Tennessee. That state touches 8 others! And if this political cooties theory really held true, you’d think all President’s would come from there.

No Bernie seems to be in the worst position to benefit from geographic resonance, Vermont only touches 3 states, New York, Massachusetts and New Hampshire (if you even want to count them as a real state). Though it would seem to explain the lack of Presidents from Alaska and Hawaii.

[Yes I did delve into the absurd in this post. On purpose. I was attempting to highlight the absurdity of the way the media went over the top to dismiss Sanders. They patently ignored him in 2015 until December of that year. He was drawing crowds of 25,000 and Hillary couldn’t draw flies. Then at the Iowa Caucus they wouldn’t release the raw vote totals, which makes me pretty confident Bernie won.]

Ain’t life funny?

You got to know when to hold ’em, know when to fold them. Having grew up with the activist mindset, its tough coming down from the fight. Norms go through life without a care in the world, or rather just being concerned with things that are their business. Activists/nuts worry about things that aren’t ever going to change. Washington isn’t ever going to change. That’s one a lot of activists worry about. My God, don’t they get it? Washington isn’t about you, its about cash. And how much they can accumulate.

Another big one for a lot of people is “climate change”. They’re going to change the world. Well, kind of. They want to change the United States, Canada and Europe. The idea that the problem is China, India and Brazil never seems to compute with them. Think about that, they want to solve a “problem” without confronting it. How they’re going to do that is beyond me. I know how they want to solve it, by taxing the United States taxpayer. Fix China by taxing the American.

On the local level I’ve realized the futility of several areas. No matter if I buy gas at a Casey’s in Des Moines, Boone or Ames, as often as not I won’t get a receipt at the pump, I have to go inside. Kind of defeats the purpose of ‘pay at the pump’. Then it hit my keen computer like brain, “Quit going there!” Don’t deal with the aggravation, go somewhere else. I’d quit going to Kum & Go because they wouldn’t let me pump my gas then walk in and pay. If they don’t want you take a hint and leave.

The lack of snow removal can be an irritant if you live in the Midwest. The city’s aren’t going to get it done, if you don’t like it you better move south. Life gets easier when you realize you have to do your job, no one else has to do theirs. That just reminded me how true that is! 10 years ago or so self-checkouts were just starting. I’d be going through a checkout line at Walmart watching the cashier be rude, slow, inefficient and surly and be thinking, “You’re putting yourself out of a job genius.” They did.

I went to the new Fareway downtown. They have 4 self-checkouts now. They NEVER had them. They do now. After Hy-Vee remodeled they must have 16 now! Easily half their extensive line of checkouts is now done by the customer! Its crazy. Like I say, it gets easier once you realize you and this world are phucked. Our country doesn’t have borders, we give drivers licenses to illegals, register them to vote, haven’t a clue if terrorists walk across the border too.

We give jobs here in America away to Indian graduates instead of Americans. We impeach the best president we ever had. We pay taxes but don’t get the services. We pay taxes and police the world. We die for the world. We spent the past 75 years building the biggest baddest military in the world, yet we can’t defend it against unarmed people who want to walk in. We give them welfare and free medical instead.

Its crazy. Well it is if you think about it. The trick is to not think about it, just accept it. Its not 1970 anymore. Something happened in the intervening 50 years. I’m not sure what, but it most certainly happened, whatever it was. We are now on autopilot. Sit back and let it happen. We have auto-driving cars now. You don’t have to think. All you have to do is spend, and accept. Work and die. I’m not sure exactly when the world went crazy.

[The frozen pepperoni pizzas are kind a funny. The top one is a DiGiorno, it comes with a whole 4 pepperonis. The bottom picture is after I made it a pepperoni pizza by way of Armour pepperoni slices. Do you know how many the much more expensive Bellatoria “ultimate” pepperoni pizza comes with? 5. You just have to accept it and buy a bag of pepperonis.]

CO2

Atmospheric pollution concept: CO2 formula

I can’t even remember the name, ‘Conference at Iron Lake’? (1964) The Bilderberg types saw that communism wasn’t sustainable as the existential threat to mankind to continually whip us into a frenzy for more control and more tax dollars, so they chose “environmentalism” as the new threat that would never end. The ultimate Boogeyman.

Think about that, the globe’s a big place, there will always be something to “fix”. Endless taxation and social engineering.

Enter the Environmentalism Class that suddenly became a class option in my 1972 junior high curriculum. (Another good “ism” is terrorism. Most of the ills in the world are identified by an ‘ism’, socialism, communism, humanism…) Should environmentalism ever fail as the catalyst du jour, they are prepping (with their DNA swapping experiments) to have an ‘alien’ ready to go as the Threat From Outer Space!

They didn’t help bake that bread

President Trump signs a “Phase 1” trade deal with China and all of a sudden all these naysayers come out of the woodwork (CNBC, New York Times, CNN) saying its a bad deal! It very likely could be, so what? You’ve done nothing. You haven’t tried. In fact it was in your financial interest to give away the store and you did. And now you’re going to criticize Trump for trying to correct it? You’re going to criticize Trump for calling attention to the problem and addressing it head on?

Steve Liesman epitomizes this mindset. He is so “make my head explode” irrational on China and the concept of fair trade that I can’t begin to understand how he could arrive at such an illogical conclusion. You know he’s not “stupid”. But how the hell… it just doesn’t make sense. Bake your own goddamn bread.

Too dumb to vote

Dear Citizens of Maine:

I regret to inform you that your right to vote is hereby rescinded, effective immediately. We had hoped it wouldn’t come to this, but your insistence on continually electing Susan Collins to the Senate, cannot be tolerated. We can tolerate Democrats, and we can tolerate Republicans, but this whole ‘Benedict Arnold’ thing has to stop.

You will be glad to know you won’t be the only State to lose this Right. We are in the process of removing all voting booths from Arizona, Utah, Kentucky and Alaska as well. This sort of dipshitery cannot be tolerated or allowed to spread. We must nip it in the bud!

You’ll get over it, and will likely find something else to do with your time. People of your intellectual ability should have no problem with finger-painting or binge watching episodes of The Kardashians. Your water supply will be tested to see if that’s what’s making you so damn stupid.

Signed;

The Committee to Stop Dipshitery

Its not rain …

… they are pissing on you. Trump has been doing this since spring of 2017. That’s evidently when they set the work visa levels for the country, in the spring for summer job levels and whatnot. I’m tired of it. I ain’t voting for him. He sold us out. I’ve been watching this a long time. When Bill Clinton signed NAFTA back in 1993 they sold it to us on the basis of “We don’t want those boring old manufacturing jobs, those are yesterday’s jobs, we want high tech!” So what happens when all we are left with is high tech jobs? They bring in graduates from India to work them! What the hell is that?? When do American workers ever make out? You’ve had open borders for 50 years flooding the labor pool with Mexicans, taking away the low-skill jobs, now you take away the high-skill jobs too?

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