Archive for April, 2010
A law is being passed in Arizona allowing someone to be held if he has no identification. The usual crowd is saying this involves racial profiling.
No one seems to have noticed that when a police radio describes someone as “a black male” that is racial profiling. The whole purpose of the description is to get policemen looking for black male. You can’t get more exact profiling than that.
To say that when you are looking for illegal aliens in the lower part of Arizona the chances are they will look Mexican is a given. But no conservative respectable, least of all Arizona state, is going to say that.
A university is throwing out a Christian group profiling homosexuals. The group requires that members of the organization subscribe to their beliefs, which include the Biblical disapproval of homosexuality.
Conservatives are yammering about this, but it is exactly what we predicted in the 1950s: Once discrimination is banned, where do you STOP?
The answer is:
Unlike the Republic of California, with the bear flag the state still has, the Republic of Texas was not a short-term stopgap. It existed for over eight years and three men were elected President of the Republic, two serving out their full terms.
The United States recognized the Republic of Texas in 1836, after they had defeated Mexico. The US did not send a full ambassador but a Charge d’Affaires. That is a rank below ambassador, but that has nothing to do with the extent of recognition. The United States sends no ambassador at all to Liechtenstein, whose foreign affairs are handled by Switzerland, but it has full recognition of its sovereignty.
The Texas Navy actually drove the Mexican Navy completely out of the Gulf of Mexico.
One President of Texas did not want Texas to become part of the United States. He wanted it to take the whole West from Mexico and set up a Republic that consisted of everything from the east border of the Lone Star Republic to the Pacific.
None of this happened in New England, so it is not part of American History.
One special thing about the Republic of Texas is that, for its entire history, it outlawed banks.
Not just a National Bank, which Alexander Hamilton proposed and Jefferson and Jackson opposed, but ALL banks.
Banks were very different then. A bank lent people money when THEY needed it, but they also took the money or the farm when THEY needed it. This was usually at the worst possible time, because if the bank was in financial trouble, it was in bad economic times. The practice of making loans for a set period was for rich people, and it did not become common until fairly recently.
The old banks also set the rate of interest very high for those who were less liable to be able to pay it back when the time came. The value of a farm on the market moved very, very fast, as did the value of its crops. When things were bad, the Cruel Banker was there to take everything.
In other words bankers could not afford to be nice guys.
In the Middle Ages, the rates at which even kings borrowed money would make a street loan-shark today green with envy. You can only imagine what they charged regular people.
People know these simple facts but they never THINK about them. That was the introduction our ancestors had to Jews.
If you want to know how Jews were viewed before the Greatest generation, there is one story in the Raffles, the Gentleman Burglar series that shows Raffles dealing with a Jewish moneylender. It’s worth reading because it is genuinely pre-PC thought.
This Jew was not a cringing, tiny, peace-loving type hated by the Authorities. He was tough and he was MEAN. He was a big-time loan shark, all of whose activities were then legal, and the cops liked him a lot more than they liked Raffles.
Our people didn’t like Jews and they didn’t like banks. For bankers and Jews, cruelty and ruthlessness was a way of life. They could not have survived otherwise.
It is always said that the Church allowed Jews to lend money because there was no Jewish law against usury. Actually there was one. They weren’t supposed to charge OTHER JEWS interest. I’ve never seen that mentioned, but the laws against usury come from the JEWISH Old Testament.
When your business requires cruelty, you HAVE to develop an attitude towards the people in general that you can see in the attitude of one New Yorker towards humanity in general. The fact that there is a reason for a person to become brutal does not change he fact that he IS brutal.
Our ancestors did not understand banking, but they did understand ruthless, vicious people without mercy. That, too, is normal human behavior.
But then again, Political Correctness says that white goyim don’t have reasons.
I have talked about the Politically Correct Pecking Order, white goy males at the top, whites in general next, human beings in general higher on the list than animals. Everyone knows it, everybody USES it, but nobody TALKS about it.
So when anybody is conversing in public, he knows that he must be very careful about non-whites but he can say anything nasty he wants to about whites. We know that but we don’t THINK about it.
In the 1960s what Society called “criminals” were the good guys on the pecking order. So when Attica Prison was seized by the inmates, who were overwhelmingly black, protesters shouted “ATTICA! ATTICA!” because the guards were largely white and those poor babies inside were Victims of Society.
John Lennon was crying for the poor Victims inside.
Now that even leftists have had enough of being hit by professional criminals, this little incident has gone down the Memory Holes.
And, of course, we LET it go down the Memory Hole. Only leftists repeat the history they want to talk about. Attica makes them uncomfortable, so conservative respectables never mention it, and we go along. Most of us in the real opposition spend our time repeating what shows up in the media.
You can’t have a lot of conversations without someone mentioning Hitler. You can find a program about the Fall of the Third Reich regularly. I haven’t seen a picture of Stalin in so long a time I don’t remember the last one. See how many people know what a “kulak” was.
The only “Gulag Survivor” I can remember ever being mentioned in public was Solzhenitsyn. Most people say, “Who?
All evil plots in movies while the Soviet Empire existed were set up by white Americans in coats and ties. The TV series “Hawaii Five-O” did have one really evil Communist villain, but he was Red Chinese back when we saw the Chinese as REALLY bad Communists the US had not yet recognized.
That was an interesting case because it was assumed that the OTHER Communists would have nothing to do with this Bad Guy.
The only people responsible for plots and murders in our media were those who were fanatically AGAINST the People’s Peace-Loving Democratic Republics. I seem to be the only person, including the John Birch Society, who ever NOTICED this.
After Katrina, Popular Mechanics, of all things, had a cover article pointing out that all the tales about Katrina were “myths.” Blacks, they said, behaved like little angels through the whole thing.
It is not that we let this stuff slip through. We don’t have anything for it slip through.
I hope BoardAd will put this piece the next day after “Experts and Madam Olga.” I have pointed out and will point out again and again that futurologists have nothing to do with the future. It is time to propose some examples.
I pointed out that Ben Franklin, who was the original and ONLY expert in his time on electricity, was absolutely sure that electricity would never have any practical use. The terms he developed were the ones I had to learn when I got my ham license two hundred years later.
The development of what is now called Cold Fusion would change our world the way electricity came to dominate it in the centuries after Franklin died. Right now there are European experiments trying to develop sustainable fusion reactions, like the ones that exist in every active star. It is being done, but the energy produced is a bare fraction of energy put into it.
It was big day when scientists announced that the fusion energy produced was a billionth of the energy required, and another big day when the ratio went down to a million.
Fusion energy is like the suitcase bomb, a topic of abstract discussion but never actually happening.
We live in the fusion age the way Franklin did in his. Communication in his day, as in Caesar’s, was a fast horse, or, under very limited conditions, the heliograph.
And NIGHT! We have no idea today what NIGHT was in Franklin’s time. In scriptoria or libraries the chairs were aligned to get the most out of the sun’s light. Candles were expensive and their use destroyed the eyes of men like Pepys.
One science fiction movie I remember in the 50s had a man go far into the future and find that the technology of writing had taken a giant step: the pages of the huge book he opened were thin metal. In science fiction stories, the businesslike space travelers would have clipboards to write their notes in.
To take just one example, fusion power would change everything about space settlement and getting space materials, Right now the idea of building anything self-sustaining in space is a LONG way away because we have to get things out there.
With fusion energy, “out there” would be as close as Mexico is now, and as the power developed, it would become closer. Space colonies would develop like any other settlements.
But you can’t know what ELSE will develop. The locomotive and the telegraph united the East and West Coasts in a way Franklin would have thought absurd to predict EVER happening.
Throw in a version of a suitcase bomb and the small population needed in each space settlement, and you will have some pretty exclusive communities out there. Diversity is already reeling from the development of the American Prison Yard.
I have said repeatedly that Futurology has nothing to do with the future. That is a result of Mantra Thinking: Why is information produced? Futurology is entirely based on what TODAY’s editors and foundations want to see happen and what today’s readers want to read about.
The greatest combination of scientific and social knowledge, genius, and good sense in the middle of the eighteenth century was Benjamin Franklin. He invented all the basic terms we use for electricity, battery, positive and negative and others. He was in at the beginning of the force which would transform the new century.
Franklin also said that electricity was a study of a phenomenon which should be known. He added that the one thing he was sure of was that it would never have any practical use. He said that right up until he died in 1790.
Not unusually, Franklin had an eye for the future EXCEPT in the area in which he was expert. This is so common I consider it to be a rule, whose few exceptions prove the rule.
An expert has an exact idea where his field is and where it is going. Sudden changes, like the development of practical chemical batteries and alternating current generation, catch them by surprise right in the middle of their theorizing about how things will progress. Edison died an opponent of AC.
Bill Gates flatly predicted that we would NEVER need more than a megawatt in a home computer. That’s the wrong exact number but I don’t want to try to find the quote again.
You can tell when a science fiction book was written while reading it. You can tell when a Futurology book was written when you read it. You can tell when a history book was written when you read it. That should tell you how much these writers about the future know about the real future.
But remember, unlike most writers, these are people who get published and who get paid. Their information is PRODUCED. They are paid because they are experts on the field as it is NOW, They appeal to readers who read NOW.
We see Experts as totally out of the class of fortunetellers at the fair because the Experts really do know a lot. But when it comes to the future, they are in exactly the same business. The Crystal Ball in the tent tells you what sounds reasonable to you. It tells you what you want to hear. It gives dire warnings about things you already understand.
That is exactly what the Experts do when they turn to the Future.
Only mavericks and heretics have ever been right about what is to come.
National Review ran a special piece on how researchers had discovered that blacks have bad jobs because of discrimination. It said all the factors had been compared, and the only explanation was that blacks were discriminated against.
It would be interesting to compare black income with that of whites with an average IQ of 80. There are no special programs for THEM, so I would guess that they are doing MUCH worse. But the IQ difference is now taboo, and no one is more fanatical to lynch heretics on this than are respectable conservatives.
The Genome Project is the Only True Faith. It says that there is no difference between races except skin color. If “scientists” will skew information on Global Warning, can you imagine what they release on RACE? It took many years of hard struggle to get rid of the absolute declaration by every Mommy Professor that it was proven that all inherited IQs were same.
As I keep saying, to be a forensic crime lab scientist, you routinely have to do two things: 1) Discern the race of a long-dead corpse even as a witness, and 2) Swear on the stand that race does not exist.
Once again I am saying what everybody knows but no one on our side ever says.
The racist bit is so effective even conservatives are being irritated by it, says the “racist” Tea Party.
But none of them ever asks for a definition of “racist.”
No one THINKS. And they are moral cowards.
Like the IQ heretics, the Genome heretics will take many years to appear. They were not conservatives then and they will not be now. What passes for thought on the right can’t reach that high. I’ve lived through this before, and the “modern science has proven all races are the same” is old stuff to me.
The same violence was used against anyone who said there are innate intelligence differences and National Review attacked contrary information, except for an occasional heretic who got through their screen. Then they fell back on it doesn’t matter because we are all the Christ’s Children, after all.
If it didn‘t matter, why did so many of them demand the lynching of heretics on racial IQ in the first place?
The Bell Curve pretty well shot the last of the equal innate IQ crap, so two lines developed to counter it. One said that IQ was meaningless and the other said that IQ was everything.
National Review said that IQ means nothing. We are all Children or all men are created equal said that IQ didn’t matter and because all humanity is one.
The other line argued that some blacks had enormous IQs so the average meant nothing. Mean regression is one consideration here, and so the fact that the only reason IQ differences are important is that it shows that the races DO differ. Proving IQ differences with nurture taken into account, just confirmed that general point.
IQ differences are a sign of SOMETHING important, but no matter what you prove about them, we do not get the full import of what the difference is.
Now the Wilson Quarterly complains that people are ALLOWED to talk about the racial IQ difference. The Bell Curve could not be published today. William Buckley was the only major American opinionist who endorsed Europe and Canada’s Thought Crime laws.
Even liberals are a bit shamed by those laws, so Buckley got major Respectability Points for saying what they wouldn’t say.
That is what respectable conservatives are FOR.
In one science fiction book a group was on a planet which had once been a giant advanced society. They were trying to find the reason. They came to a town where a priesthood worshipped the Ancient Gods who had come from the sky, like the Aztecs worshipped the Fair Gods from the Atlantic.
When they found out how to communicate, one of the explorers told the priest he was there to study the collapse of civilization. The priest went deathly pale and said,
“Is civilization about to collapse?”
After all, his was the only “civilization” he had ever known.
A lot of people see some kind of “collapse” as the US slides into the third world. But what we are seeing is the third world moving at an amazing speed toward our own standard of living, but our own standard of living is just sitting there.
Marxism is based on the idea that “the economy” can be built under central direction. So back in the fifties, when hula-hoops became popular, the Soviet planners produced several million of them. They just laid there in a warehouse where they probably still are.
Marxism requires that “the economy” be a fixed thing. It’s silly.
For decades the third world tried to use a socialist model to catch up with the West. They stayed poor. One of the best-kept secrets today is that there is no more starvation and if you look at it in logarithmic terms, the third world is so much richer than it was and growing so fast it’s hard to believe.
All that was holding them back was the economic planning from LSE and Harvard.
If you get into the world economy, you can catch up.; Despite the fact that anybody in the third world with any get up and go and smarts is moving into the white world as their first entrepreneurial act, jobs are being outsourced and the results are staggering.
I am old enough have SEEN the third world. When any Intellectual bothers to look at it, all they do is whine about how someone is working for a quarter an hour. When I saw it, today’s quarter an hour would have been a nickel, and it would have been big money to a starving family.
But once again, information is produced for a reason. No one wants to talk about Africa after Liberation. Nobody wants to talk about the third world except to proved how evil the white man is and how Intellectuals should run the economy.
So stagnation does not come with a bang, but with a whimper.
Eric Hoffer lived through the Depression, and he talked about how THOSE Americans got things done. A boss would hire them and give them a job and they would do it.
They built Shanty Towns and DEFENDED them. The Obedient Generation would NEVER build such a town, and a guy with a piece of paper would order them off of it if they did. That was back when Grandma with a shotgun sat on the porch and waited for the developers to tear her house down.
Grandma lost, but nowadays Grandma wouldn’t BE there.
It is typical that Bella Abzug, who dedicated her career to letting repeat rapists back on the street, founded NOW and started screaming about how repeat rapists were victimizing women. It is typical that Hillary wrote “It Takes A Village to Raise A Child” while she dedicated her life to fighting the whole concept of a village or a group of people who naturally do things together.
Hoffer talked about how routine it was that someone would hire a group of men desperate for work and tell them to go prepare a site. He went there a week later and the site was prepared. He was trying to explain what I am trying to explain.
Americans then didn’t need a Chain of Command. They were descendants of people who went out in the country, drove out the Indians, and built farms and villages. They understood each other without a Sergeant marching them around in step.
They would have driven Hillary crazy.
But a society is not only inclusive it is also exclusive. Get rid of the exclusion and you have to agree on a set of Rules. The lesson of the USSR is never discussed because it tried to organize everything on a set of rules and destroyed Society. When things got tough, it disappeared in a puff of wind.
To fight the Nazis, they had to violate Lenin’s absolute rule against patriotism and call it The Great Patriotic War. They were also blessed with the fact that the Nazis were idiots. If the Nazis had not come in treating them the way Stalin did, the Wehrmacht wouldn’t have had the fight the Red Army at all in the Ukraine. The Ukrainians would have made their country impenetrable to the Russians, and many of the Russians would have done the same thing.
To survive Stalin had to forget his Wordism and depend on what was left of the Society.
That is the position we are in the case of Superterrorism. America before the Obedient Generation would have resisted and organized itself. Much of the 2009 plan rests on THAT America.
The 2009 plan assumes that unloading tens of millions of shrieking minorities and helpless Yuppie whites into the countryside is the same as it was when we still had prejudices and loyalties, the world before Mommy Professor.
When desperation hits, the Government can’t handle it. Society has to take over.
We don’t have one.
When I go to Libertarian meetings, one thing always occurs to me. I look around the room and try to imagine a group of people who would MORE helpless left in an anarchical situation.
Can you imagine trying to hold a piece of ground when everybody there is dedicated entirely to his own interest?
I don’t think Survivalists would survive Superterrorism because they are not a SOCIETY. Hispanics and blacks will hunt down those White F*****rs With the Food.
In the real world, this whole business of Retiring to a Piece of Ground is another diversion from REAL thought.
The government is not good at protecting citizens, but it is GREAT at taking their guns and driving a settled group away from where they are. But all the groups I hear from assume they will be left where they are, armed.
You have to have he one thing Libertarianism and Survivalism do NOT emphasize. You need a GROUP. Not only that, it must be a SOCIETY. If you have to FORMULATE rules, I believe that they will not work.
You can’t afford minorities in your midst. But you also can’t afford “Christians.” In a lot less crucial situations than this I have seen “Christians” see how tough things are and suddenly find a quote from the Bible that INSPIRES them to do what a Libertarian would do under the same circumstances, switch sides.
If your morality comes out of a book, ANY book, I don’t want you near me when things get desperate.
The same is true of the various white attempts at communities. They end up with a couple of trailers out in the ass end of nowhere. They are not mentally organized enough to formulate an argument for their race’s SURVIVAL, much less hold what they’ve got.
In fact, we have the same old problem here. How can you have discipline when you don’t have mental discipline? Any discussion of Superterrorism collapses the same way our common front collapses on race, where people become fascinated by their own oratory and anxious to pursue any point the other side makes or show how just plain smart they are.
The documentary on the suitcase bomb went off this way. It had a few relevant facts and then went off into what a TRAGEDY it would be, how some number of people would be killed and burned and how hard it would be for the heroes in costumes to reach them.
They even got off on how the Men From the Afghanistan War were available for such a situation. It is sign of the times that they didn’t get onto the Greatest Generation.
Their only reference to the fact that more bombs may be on the way was that there were plans for evacuating cities.
Yea, right, a hundred New Orleanses at once.
They have a Plan. They have a Book.
I feel SO much better.
The Great Plan for dealing with suitcase a-bombs or biological terrorism includes “plans for evacuating big cities.” It calls for the kind of thing they did during Katrina, but on a titanic scale.
The whole city of Chicago runs and gets together under government orders in centers the government has set up. You have the whole black South Side, all the immigrants, and the rest with you.
No white person will be allowed to take a gun in to defend himself. That will be a major priority. But suitcases will go in.
Would any sane white man go in there?
So what would any sane white person be looking for? He will want a place where he knows the other people, a small group.
A society is a place where you do not need Emergency Broadcasts to tell you how to act. By definition, a society is a group that KNOWS how to act.
The planning leaves out another factor. It may be a suitcase bomb AND biological warfare. The spread for these weapons is ENTIRELY different. Trying to get a Politically Correct population of a million crowded together with a biological attack under way would be impossible even if the whites there were all from The Greatest Generation.
A black population in a non-crisis situation today is routinely ruled by the nastiest f***rs around. In a state of total panic, this is not likely to improve.
When he invaded Britain, Caesar pointed out that the Britons could have won easily if they had broken up and kept up sallies against his forces. Instead, he discovered that they fought Robert E. Lee – George Washington style. The US Army can’t handle Baghdad, a routine occupation.
Try to imagine the situation, a situation where the FIRST explosion has gone off AND the FIRST disease is spreading.
If you saw the movie Red Dawn you will remember that it was taken for granted that Europe would just quit. What was left of the small-town society resisted. That is one reason the low-budget movie was so realistic.
But those who saw the movie didn’t THINK about it.
I have been concentrating on ideological bias in the media. I did not THINK about anything else.
But writing about the suitcase bomb, another major difficulty occurred to me. They are trying to reeducate and entertain, so anything that is important develops without their noticing it. That is the reason I seem boringly repetitious about certain incidents. I have to remind you of them because, in the midst of all the with-it news, the few important incidents are forgotten.
I must have told you twenty times about the incident when my boss John Ashbrook demanded that looters after a hurricane in Florida be shot. The local newspaper screamed that that was ruthless fanaticism, and was totally overruled by their readers. They took a poll and found that 83% agreed with Ashbrook that looters should be shot on sight.
This is a critical question in the case of super terrorism. A country that can’t shoot looters in a riot can’t deal with a superterrorist incident.
The last I heard on this subject was a documentary which simply said that “Modern society will not accept such summary punishment” as shooting looters on sight. Of course, a rational person knows this has nothing to do with punishment. You don’t kill people for stealing TV sets, you shoot them because they are out of control where one cannot afford for people to be out of control.
Traditionally you shot looters so society could defend itself
The problem is that, like the USSR under Communism, we have no SOCIETY. The documentary naturally speaks in terms of law courts and Political Correctness. In a totally out of control situation, one must depend on SOCIETY to protect itself.
In the Florida incident John was talking about, the secret the press kept was that the only reason any order was restored was because private citizens had guns.
And USED them.
But Government would have punished them if it had had the chance. In a superterrorism situation, safety will be provided illegally or not at all. Those doing the job will realize that once the situation is over, the Government will be coming after them the way it goes after 90-year-old ex-Nazi prison guards.
Once the shooting starts, it is not likely to stop.
When a guy goes to prison the second time, the first thing he looks for is his own race. Even the giant population in American prisons is split between northern and southern Mexicans.
I am sure that many a hippie on drug charges his first time tried walking over to the black and Hispanic inmates and tried to Bridge the Gap, but few of them were able to walk afterwards.
Prison is a desperate situation. This gives us a guide to what will happen when REAL terrorism begins. We got a look at some of it during Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.
By REAL Terrorism I mean the stuff that will make 9/11 look like a garden party. Atomic or biological warfare makes knocking down two buildings child’s play.
When I last mentioned this, commenters said Government would just use it as an excuse to crack down. I’ve been in that government, and I don’t think it would last long. I’ve worked in prisons, and I think that mentality would take over fast.
I watched a news segment on the new technology that made a suitcase atomic bomb feasible. To illustrate, the reporter put on a Russian Army uniform and left a suitcase of the right size and shape on a bench in New York City. He left it for an hour, time for him to get well out of blast range, and retrieved it on camera.
My thought was that that must have been the only thing left on a New York park bench for an hour that didn’t get stolen in the meantime. The blast would probably have occurred in Harlem. That, of course, was not discussed on camera.
The important thing about that segment is that it happened forty years ago, about 1969.
In 2009 the United States Government accounted that it had developed a complete plan for dealing with a suitcase bomb incident. It took them forty years to produce it, but it was not in response to the forty-year-old problem. They didn’t START on it until the Twin Towers attack in 2001.
So you could say that they didn’t take forty years to deal with an emergency. It really only took eight.
They have plans to isolate the area and bring in supplies and so forth.
You may notice that the problem with the above sentence is the word “the.” When the bomb goes off, how do we know it is “the” bomb? I think everybody would be looking for the next bomb to go off.
The 2009 plan was in terms of the 2001 attack. And it only deals with one potential super terror weapon.
There is an old saying, “You can’t plan for total disaster.” There seems to still be a lot of people who think there is a Genius Elite at work. My opinion is that if you still think that way you can’t predict the real future, particularly a real future where hundreds of thousands have been killed and you don’t know what is coming next.
Ever since The Obedient Generation, who learned that the Government had to tell them when and where to relieve themselves, our government has gotten stronger and our society has gotten weaker. I think the commenters who said super terrorism would just let Them take over completely are blind to who They are.
This government consists of millions of bureaucrats, some of whom wear costumes.
I believe that in OUR real world, there is a point, not very far away, when we would revert to a prison yard.
It must be forty years since I first saw on a news segment that one could then build an A-Bomb to fit in a suitcase. The reporter put on a Russian uniform, and left a suitcase that size in the middle of New York. It stayed there. It was probably the only one that year that was left out in public in New York City and wasn’t stolen.
About anything that was possible forty years ago is easy now.
I hear the suitcase bomb mentioned in passing many times on TV.
Contrary to what I thought, I have been informed that many of the Islamic extremists are technicians. The terrorists I saw down the years blew themselves to Kingdom Come and many of them wandered around with bombs and didn’t know where, in the African bush, to put the damned things.
I keep reading about suicide bombers who blow themselves up. Naturally, since I can’t help being one of those smartasses who “has experience in the field,” so like them I just chuckled to myself and made a generalization.
I have said it before: I have made about every mistake I denounce, including thinking of myself as the Intellectual and the Idealist, at least twice. Many, many times, since I was the Spokesman and the writer of press releases, I thought I was smarter than the people who really knew what was going on.
But when I found out how many real techs they have, I immediately started wondering about that suitcase bomb again.
A lot of you knew all along that there were these real techs on the other side. It is not really my special knowledge, but my way of thinking, what I call Mantra Thinking and BBG calls street smarts, that I have to offer you. You had the knowledge before me, but you don’t THINK like I do.
That worries me, because knowledge can be passed on fairly easily, but a way of thinking dies with the man who does it.
This suitcase bomb maybe a very good case of this.
You must have the ability to create that forty-year-old device, but you, the few who can, must USE it. Our picture of the Islamic extremists is carefully cultivated to see them as mindless nuts. Any serious THINKING about it undermines this image.
More than one book has illustrated that the Islamic extremists only use terror when we go into THEIR territory. This is a message no one wants to hear, least of all respectable conservatives and Christian fundamentalists who demand total war in the Middle East.
When discussing 9/11, I have been astonished to find some people have MEMORY of it, and not just the stuff the media keeps repeating. A few people actually REMEMBER the It’s Not Israel Campaign right after 9/11.
When the towers went up, support for Israel in America dropped like a rock. Every discussion, and there were a LOT of them, had everybody agreeing that the Towers weren’t bombed, as those who did it claimed, because of US support for Israel.
They did it, and they SAID that was WHY they did it. So every single professional talker in the media began a It Has Nothing To Do With Israel campaign. They convinced a lot of people, according to their polls.
You have to be a bit stupid to think Arabs would attack the United States because our women don’t cover their faces when they see themselves as victims of a country that holds their territory in their own back yards.
So if you THINK about the suitcase bomb, it may be that the Arabs don’t want to just kill. There are devices that could do that a lot more intensely than the 2001 incident.
I think the suitcase bomb or its equivalent will be developed and used. But that can only happen when a critical mass of money and expertise decides to use it. So far, the total basket cases are blowing themselves up, and technology is beyond them.
So we are left with the conclusion that so far at least the Arabs who have the money and the technical expertise have not decided to USE it the way the They Just Hate America crowd say they naturally would, the way our image of them says they would.
The media doesn’t do any THINKING, but I think they avoid the whole question of suitcase bombs and bacteriological warfare by instinct. It requires a consideration of what the other side is THINKING, and the whole media image is based on insisting that they DON’T think.
The Human Betterment Industry is not unique. When the PTL minister went to prison and came out, what did he do?
He founded another ministry. He would SAY he is just dedicated to God, and Somebody Important told me not to judge lest I be judged, and a man with a career in politics on his conscience can’t afford THAT.
It was found another ministry or try to get a job at Burger King like the computer experts did. This is the way the world WORKS. It’s just that it is considered a crass way of analyzing high callings like Causes or Religion.
One of the people I regularly met at Washington conservative cocktail parties had a tie with a tie clasp shaped like a revolver. I tried to talk to him about guns and he said he knew nothing about them. He didn’t even OWN one. He just ran an organization lobbying for gun rights to the right of the NRA, and I happen to know he did a very good job of it.
In the private sector, it was not unusual for someone who started his career in health foods to end up working for a cigarette company. It is not unusual for a person who starts out as a libertarian activist to be working for a pro-Life outfit.
Bella Abzug was a far-left congresswoman. She was as fanatical an advocate of letting repeat rapists and other criminal repeaters back out on the streets as any other liberal.
Then one day she and several other leftist women founded the National Organization for Women. They just called a press conference and announced that they were the Women’s Movement. One of their big bitches was how a male-dominated society let repeat rapists right back on the streets.
NOW became her main source of income and fame.
I have said before that what we call respectable conservatives are actually conservative respectables. The second word is what they ARE, the first word is a modifier. A person can switch sides and make a living in politics, but if he loses his respectability as “main stream,” he is OUT.
Consistency doesn’t pay your bills. Everybody knows that, but few take it for granted in the growing Cause Industry the way we do in all other walks of life.
While others wonder at the bravery or stupidity of the crew of the Save the Whales boat, I always think, “God, that ship costs a LOT of money!” I have never seen the slightest bit of discussion as to where all that money comes from.
If someone had a yacht that cost as much as that boat, the question of who is paying the bills would be front and center. But no one seems to think of people who are Saving the Whales as people who are looking for a JOB.
If you are looking for a job on Capitol Hill, the first thing you are asked is, “How much Hill experience do you have?” It’s bigger now, but when I was there the Hill had 20,000 staffers.
It was not nearly so important what you DID on the Hill, or who you worked for. Staffers did whatever was needed, but they had to know how the Hill worked to fit in.
So if you ever wonder why a group of offices is dedicated to Cat Lib, you should wonder why, with that many Experienced Activists looking for work, Dog Lib is not better represented.
One of the basics of our society is the Human Betterment Industry. You can see it in obvious action with the NAACP. It was founded in 1905 with legal equality as its goal. It got lots and lots of money and didn’t have a black president for sixty years.
But by 1965 it had lots and lots of money and all its purposes were accomplished. So what do you do if you are a forty-year-old Jewish lawyer who has never done anything but work for the NAACP? Does everybody just close up shop and go home?
You have to be pretty desperate to take up fighting the Confederate flag as a full-time job for thousands of employees, but that is not as ridiculous as imagining that, when the goal is accomplished, a group will cease to exist.
There is a similar problem with Pro-Life. If they got abortion banned nationwide, you would still have thousands of people whose only claim to fame is being in that particular movement. Most of its leaders had their first and only political experience with Pro-Life groups.
We have a president whose entire life’s work resume is being an “activist.” This is not just the first generation that would accept that, this is the first generation that would UNDERSTAND it.
Many think of it was a Conspiracy. I think of it as a growth as natural as a weed bed.
It is hard to find a new career when you are middle aged. That is a simple truth everybody knows but once again they don’t THINK about it.
There is a lot of confused discussion about where all these crazy causes come from. The explanation is the same as for anything else: There are more people than jobs. There are hundreds of thousands of people right now looking for a cause to get into. Their only resume is in causes.
Not all of them can be elected president.
Here is an ironic thing about the Human Betterment Industry. Almost everybody in it claims to denounce American capitalism, but they are themselves entrepreneurs of a type almost unique to this country. While others are out trying to found a company that uses the expertise they got in business management, these hordes are out founding causes for the exact same purpose.
I get the impression that specific cause groups originate here. In Europe or other places, you will have Marxist organizations that have been around forever. But a lot of Americans FIND things like the Spotted Owl.
In earlier days the Communist fronts were founded by the organized Communists. They were not generated by people marching and then raising money. That is more easily understood from history. But while there is certainly ideological conformity and everybody justifies his particular Cause by telling people who count that they are Promoting Change, the element of going out and MAKING jobs in an Industry is the opposite of the genuine Conspiracy the small groups of yesterday were engaged in.
The reason we have organizations demanding Votes for Dogs is because hundreds of thousands of people are looking for prospects in causes the way a metal worker is looking for something that can use a steel framework.
It is, in a weird way, American entrepreneurship in action, which is the LAST thing anybody in the Human Betterment Industry would like to hear.