Thursday, September 6, 2012

A New Workout I Made Up

I put on my fifteen pound weight vest and my ten pound leg weights, put my feet up onto a cooler, and did thirty partially-inverted pushups.

Then I put on my wraps and boxing gloves and shadow-boxed for a good while.  I did fifty toe-raises.  Then I did twenty slightly-upright pushups using a staircase.  Then I switched to three-pound hand weights, shadow-boxed some more, and did some sprinter's curls.

Then I dry-fired my snubby Smith & Wesson with a laser trainer I made out of a checkout-line laser pointer, duct tape, meat skewer, and elastic band.  I did find that my aim was less steady, but I could keep the point on the green masks on the wall (which was probably five or six yards away).

Then I did twenty more pushups and did some elbow- and knee-strikes against my heavy bag.  (I don't punch the heavy bag because my right wrist is wonky.)

I haven't figured out what to call it yet.  Probably some clever like "My Workout" or "This Workout I Do".  That would be cool.

Psychology versus Sociology

The trouble with our study of depression is that it relies on psychology rather than sociology--not because psychology is better, but because it is individualistic.  Nothing wrong with individualism per se, but it can't rationally be applied to massive secular trends like anomie, bulimia, cutting, depression, egomania, and whatever starts with an F.

Finding out the individual reason why so-and-so won't come outside and hates talking to people is pointless because it only forces you (if you have enough honesty to continue questioning) to explain the enormous coincidence implied by "everyone found invidual/unique/psychological reasons to become unreasoningly despondent 36 hours after global leftist hypercapitalist nihilism destroyed culture, family, and our entire way of life".

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Brief Farewell

Well over a year ago, I made a pledge to the Republican Party that I would stay in their party for at least a year.  Ron Paul's candidacy was the reason I extended my pledge.  I decided that if he were treated fairly at the national convention, and if the eventual nominee said anything against immigration, even just illegal immigration, I'd stay in the party and give [Romney] a fair hearing against the Constitution Party candidate in November.

There's no reason for me to spend much time on this.  The national convention decided that the results of the Maine state convention were unfair in a pro-Paul, anti-Romney direction.  This is an intensely tendentious conclusion, because fairness never prevented Republicans from excluding Rep. Paul, and Paulist viewpoints, from GOP events over the campaign season.  I don't like being put in the position of defending a libertarian (and an ex-Libertarian) I barely agree with (Paul's stand on The Issue, immigration, is weak in a way that is completely consistent with his libertarianism).

The GOP establishment has made me do that, so I say: Farewell.  Your nomination process told me I could support someone who was against indefinite detention, affirmative action, health care centralization, and the rest of the establishmentarian attack on my people.  You told me my vote would be counted.  You lied, as I fully expected you too.

I'll be changing my registration to unaffiliated at my next opportunity.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Geoffrey Ingersoll Thinks Muslims are a Race

In a very strange piece of writing (I'm not sure if it is supposed to a news article or not), Ingersoll has decided that calling for the widespread torture and murder of Whites is comparable to declaring that 10% of Muslims (a group he apparently thinks are a racial subgroup of "brown people") support terrorism.

Of course, Sura 9:29-30 pretty much calls upon all Muslims to commit terrorism until non-Muslims have all been financially enslaved:
You shall fight back against those who do not believe in GOD, nor in the Last Day, nor do they prohibit what GOD and His messenger have prohibited, nor do they abide by the religion of truth among those who received the scripture, until they pay the due tax, willingly or unwillingly.
The Jews said, "Ezra is the son of GOD," while the Christians said, "Jesus is the son of GOD!" These are blasphemies uttered by their mouths. They thus match the blasphemies of those who have disbelieved in the past. GOD condemns them. They have surely deviated.
So it would be reasonable to say that all devout Muslims support terrorism.

Incidentally, King Samir Shabazz is a former member of the Nation of Islam, which, according to some of the whiterpeople I've known, isn't a "real Muslim organization" ... because Islam is really a religion of peace.  (One of these whiterpeople came from San Francisco, home of the Zebra killings, so of course she had to do some rhetorical gymnastics in order to separate the murder of her city's people from the Nation of Islam; failing to do so would have caused some discomfort given the nature of left-coast leftism.)

Ingersoll's hatchet job is instructive for several reasons:

A.  He lasted for a whole sentence discussing planned Black-on-White violence before shifting attention (and blame) to "right-wingers" (most of whom are probably not WN / race-realist / White Zionists in the first place).

B.  He revealed, probably unintentionally, that the reason leftists have a soft spot for gay-hating, woman-bashing, slavery-condoning Muslims is that leftists think Muslims are "brown", and leftists love anyone "brown".  (Hesperado has several good article on this; they are linked here.  Hesperado believes "Muslims are not a race!" is a pretty weak mantra for anti-Islam apologists; I agree with him in a way, but I'm still going to call J-school race Marxists on it when they try to racialize Islam.)

C.  He apparently thinks it is just fine for him, and Business Insider, to give attention to terrorists, but not for Rupert Murdoch to do so.

It's all the usual J-school racial Marxism: shift the blame, cover up the crimes of leftist shock troops, make everything into a racial issue unless it would reflect badly on Black or Marxists, etc.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

American Fifth Position

So, here is my current tally of Presidential endorsements by alt-right bloggers:

For Barack Obama, Democrat Party: 1 (by Borepatch)
For Gary Johnson, Libertarian Party: 1 (by Aretae)
For Mitt Romney, Republican Party: 1 (by nydwracu)

To that I will add 1 for Virgil Goode, Constitution Party.  I'll keep this post short.

Here are some ratings at one of the few ratings groups I care about.  (For some reason they haven't rated Goode, even though they linked to one of his op-eds.)

The comments on the other bloggers' pages are interesting.  Obviously I don't agree with those bloggers on this particular matter, and I have little philosophically in common with Aretae (though my position on this election is probably closer to his than the others).

Since there is no real way to predict the future, I figure I will vote for the person who I agree with the most.  I don't agree with Borepatch that a victory for Obama will increase support for the Tea Party, since a victory for Obama may result in a well-enforced ban on the Tea Party, and every political organization outside the DemocRINO mainstream.

Friday, June 1, 2012

The Wild Frontier: A Short Story of the Neolithic

This time you've had it.

You're done with your village.  Your prodigious weapon-making and hunting skills have netted you another kill, a young stag, that had eluded your cousins for weeks.  And yet here they are, leering at you arrogantly, telling you with mocking smiles that they'll be generous enough that they'll let you have a bite once they are done.  They have stung your pride and they delight in that.

You know what they'll do.  Bring the kill back to your father and grandfather, claiming it is theirs.  The old men will believe them, because you won't protest.  You gave that up when you were scarcely ten summers old.  You don't talk like the others.  You must choose your words carefully.  Words don't roll off the tongue like they do for the rest of your village.  Others have a way of persuading, a song to their words that you lack.  You are a fine observer and a poor speaker, and you've known this since the kicks and jeers of the boys became so rough, five summers ago.

It is no good appealing to the elders.  Your mother stopped protecting you, as all mothers must stop protecting their sons.  The wisest men in the village are too old to hunt so they never see your prowess.  It is their practice to listen to the eldest and most confident of the hunters, that is all.  Beyond recognizing that you are a hard worker, the elders take little notice of you.

Yet you're not completely alone in the village.  Another young man respects you.  He is no hunter, but he has watched you make a spearhead and set it into a shaft with grace and skill far exceeding men twice your age.  He has copied your technique, and--though you may hate to admit it--he has improved upon it.  Orphaned as a boy, he spends his spare time making sure his skinny little sister gets enough to eat.  No one else would deign to notice the shy girl.

A thought emerges through your shame and anger.  A few of the older men marveled at a view some of them had seen--a mountain pass was clear, just a few days' journey to the North.  The younger men took little note of it but you listened.  Tradition holds that the mountain pass has been closed by ice since the eldest villager's grandfather's grandfather was a baby.  Let the old men speculate on what spirits have melted the ice and opened the path; your mind is on more concrete matters.

As you turn and follow the meat thieves back home, shame drains out of you and is replaced by resolve.  At your first opportunity you relate your plan to your only friend.  There is pain in his eyes but he knows you are right--neither of you will ever be allowed to take a mate if you remain in the village.  You gather supplies while he talks quietly to his sister.

Just before daybreak the next morning, you are greeted by three misfits rather than two.  The skinny girl is hand in hand with the blue-eyed one who people say is too pretty for her own good.  Another orphan, her face is still bruised from the hand of a jealous young woman, a rival for the eyes of the men.

The four of you are dressed for travel, but your supplies are meager.  You are not worried about the villagers pursuing and catching you.  They will assume you are as good as dead.

You hoist the pack onto your back, pick up the best spear you've ever made, and nod silently to the other three.  The four of you set off northwards towards the pass.  Beyond it lie streams choked with fish, a multitude of herbs, and enough game to delight hundreds of hunters.  The villagers may be right--you may well die of starvation or exposure--but in you, pride has overcome fear.

You will build a home of your own, take a mate, and raise her sons in the certain knowledge they are your own, or you will die trying.  Pride will not protect you from death, but it will protect you from living in shame.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Political Parties Cannot be Defanged

... unless you adopt the following plan and get it on your state's ballot as an initiative:

I.  Eliminate government-conducted partisan primaries.  Require nomination by petition only for all elected positions.  Ballot-access petitions work for city governments, and independents generally have to use them.  Why not save the expense of one entire election every two years?

II.  Eliminate partisan labeling on ballots.  This will make it harder for semi-informed partisan voters to influence elections.  This is probably best combined with a free voters' pamphlet with a page or so of information provided by each balloted candidate; otherwise, you may end up with a lot of non-informed voters.

III.  Use approval voting.  Under this system, each voter is able to vote, once, for as many candidates as he or she likes.  One advantage of approval voting is that works equally well for both single-member and multi-member constituencies.  Furthermore, it allows philosophical allies to run in the same race without spoiling each other's chances, thus eliminating one of the main justifications of political parties.

IV.  Require legislators to arrange themselves regionally, rather than ideologically, on the floor of their chamber.  Ban the use of capitol rooms and facilities by partisan or ideological groups.  Rather than formalizing party blocs, legislatures could ensure that the minority is represented (on a committee, say, or among floor leaders) by using multiple-winner, one-member-one-vote systems.

This is not a ban on political parties per se.  I'm not in favor of banning parties or any sort of association.  This proposal simply aims to put parties cleanly on the civic side of the state-civic divide.  Parties could continue to endorse candidates, hold caucuses and fundraisers, and generally do as they please, as long as they don't breach that divide.