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Friday, August 29, 2014

Haymarket Redux

Your Labor Day reading: What Happened at Haymarket?

The Haymarket Riot trial is a staple in Leftist worship of socialism and a cornerstone of labor union dogma. Professor Timothy Messer-Kruse was happily indoctrinating a new batch of students with liberal philosophy when a student asked him a question he'd never considered before: "If what it says in our textbook is true, that there was ‘no evidence whatsoever connecting them with the bombing,' then what did they talk about in the courtroom for six weeks?”

He couldn't answer her. The dogma states that Haymarket was cut-and-dry: Evil Capitalists and Pigs brutally slaughtered Heroes of the Labor Revolution and then staged a kangaroo court to falsely convict the remaining Martyrs of the Proletariat. But why would a kangaroo court take six weeks? Something didn't seem right... So he started digging into the actual trial transcripts to find the answer and discovered that what's taught in the modern history books is little more than propaganda:

Messer-Kruse discovered that the Library of Congress and the Chicago Historical Society had just digitized a large collection of material on Haymarket, including a transcript of the trial. He slogged through thousands of pages, consulting other primary documents to gain a sharper picture of what lay buried in the historical record. Along the way, he realized that earlier researchers had not consulted this transcript. Instead, they had relied on an abstract of the trial prepared by defense lawyers, drawing their conclusions from a flamboyantly prejudiced account of the bombing and its aftermath. 'The best source had been hiding in plain sight,' says Messer-Kruse.

Messer-Kruse believes that although it’s impossible to rule out lethal friendly fire, several policemen were probably shot by armed protesters — a fact that chips away at the belief that the anarchists were peaceful. Messer-Kruse also worked with chemists to study the forensic remains of Haymarket’s violence. He determined that the original trial experts brought in to study the bomb and bullet fragments had done their jobs well. He furthermore concluded that one of the Haymarket defendants — Louis Lingg, who killed himself before authorities could carry out his death sentence — almost certainly built the bomb.


You can guess the reaction from the Ivory Tower when he published his findings.

It's not a long article and well worth the read. Within it is displayed in the clearest possible way the deeply ingrained quasi-intellectualism of the American Left. Like Bill Ayers and Barack Obama, they see what they want to see, not what's really there. When someone points out the delusion, they react with violent disbelief. It's a very common response of the True Believer when confronted with undeniable evidence which counters his most cherished notions. One could almost feel sorry for such people, if they hadn't spent the last century trying to destroy the greatest nation on Earth with their Communist nonsense.

Justice

In Texas, we believe in justice, not legalism. I'm satisfied justice was done, even if -- no scratch that: especially if -- the guy really did shoot that bastard in the head.

For all of you liberals who are whining and rubbing your eyes over this verdict, let me pose this question to you: What would you do if some asshole brutally killed both of your children right in front of you? Wait for the courts to do their job? Drunk drivers who kill people are regularly released from prison after serving abbreviated manslaughter sentences. Is that justice? If you say yes, you're a gullible fool.

Courts are not the manifestation of justice, they are merely a venue. Judges are not gods, they are fallible men. Juries are stacked by lawyers who marvel at their own cleverness. But bullets have no biases and dead men do no more harm to those around them.

They couldn't have found a jury to convict this man anywhere in Texas. That's as it should be. If you don't like it, you're free to stay away from my State. Far, far away from it.

Friday Timewaster

StrangeClimber. Climb to the top of procedurally-generated strange... things. Why? Because it's purple, of course!


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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Thursday Tunes

Ancient Legends by David Arkenstone. Among the "second wave" of electronic artists in the mid '80s, Arkenstone has a rare talent for creating music that is simultaneously complex and melodic: many different instruments playing on a common theme to create a predictable and enjoyable melody. It's not nearly as easy to pull off as it might seem.




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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Dino in the hood

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Foreign what?

What's a foreign policy?

Twice in the past seven days, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates have secretly teamed to launch air strikes against Islamist-allied militias battling for control of Tripoli, Libya, four senior U.S. officials said, in a major escalation between the supporters and opponents of political Islam.

The United States, the officials said, was caught by surprise: Egypt and the Emirates, both close allies and military partners, acted without informing Washington or seeking its consent, leaving the Obama administration on the sidelines.


Of course they left him on the sidelines; that's where Obama's been since he took office. He's weak and ineffectual and every nation-state in the world knows it, so they're taking matters into their own hands. This is always the result of appeasement. On the bright side, more Muslims are blowing each other up every day and the sons of Moses are about one rocket away from dumping a barrel of whoop-ass on Palestine. In that sense, at least, Obama's "foreign policy" has been a resounding success.

Attitude? This is my nice half

Monday, August 25, 2014

Star Trek: Axanar

A group of motion picture mavericks is finally doing what I've hoped for years would happen: they're taking Star Trek back from the hacks and the union scriptwriters, and in the process giving J.J. Abrams (cursed be his name) a well-deserved swift kick to the jimmies. These people are producing a feature-length film via crowdfunding and it's working brilliantly: they've already made more than six times their initial asking budget, with no ceiling in sight.

The movie will be entitled Star Trek: Axanar. The setting is the final battle of the Four Years War between the Federation and the Klingon Empire. You may recognize the name from an original Star Trek episode. The hero of the Battle of Axanar was Captain Garth...

So why are people throwing money at this project as fast as they can get their wallets open? Simple: the producers made a 20 minute "trailer" called Prelude to Axanar to show what they could do. It's very good. This is not a garage production; it's professional sets and professional actors, all of whom you will recognize, including one of my all-time favorite Star Trek character actors.

If you're an old-school Trek fan, this is the movie you've been waiting forty years to see.

Enough of my babbling; go watch the trailer now. Then give them some more money.

Friday, August 22, 2014

International Car Forest of the Last Church

Same as it ever was

Now that we're out of their way, the Muslims have happily gone back to killing each other. This could have been Shiites killing Sunnis or even two sub-factions of Sunnis in a pissing match. Doesn't matter; the more the merrier. The best way for us to handle this problem is to sell guns to both sides.

What's that you say? It will destabilize the region? Horsefeathers. The region is full of Arabs; chaos is its natural condition. The only time any area full of Arabs has been stable for any length of time is when they've been ruled by governors of imperial powers: Persian, British, etc. Otherwise they're too busy trying to steal each others camels and fuck each others wives (or is that the other way around? I forget) to accomplish anything lasting.

We need to stop fretting over Iraq, which will never ever be a democracy or a republic or anything like those forms of self-determined government. Instead, we should redouble our efforts to drill here and drill now. If the Chinese and Europeans want to buy oil from the Iraqis, let them "stabilize the region." We've no compelling interest that will justify pouring more American blood into that eternally thirsty sand.

Gullibility

Slate: Why Smart People Fall for Fake News

OoH Ooh OoH Mistuh Kottuh Mistuh Kottuh I know da ans-suh Mistuh Kotter! It's because many of the people they're talking about in this article are journalists, specifically liberal journalists from lefty hiveminds such as the WaPo. They aren't actually smart, they just to like go around telling everyone they're smart. I knew several journo majors in college and have passing acquaintance with a few of the vermin in my professional life.

In my line of work, which is sales and contract negotiation, being able to identify personality types, intelligence, business savvy and political leanings in a client is a necessary skill. I can usually peg a person within a few minutes of meeting them. I've yet to meet a journalist or journo student whom I would place above 110 on the standardized intelligence quotient scale. They're perfectly average people who received degrees in a non-challenging course of study and who have subsequently created personal bubble realities, within which they are insightful geniuses with frequent flashes of political and social brilliance. That scale of delusion is like a lighthouse for satirists and con artists.

To wrap up the article, they give us some lovely patronization from a liberal professor in Delaware who tells us that those mistakes are mostly made by low-cognition voters, which she proceeds to define (via unsupported examples) as conservatives. This despite the fact that the documented examples -- in the same article, no less -- were made by liberal journalists being suckered into believing political satire which supported their leftist worldviews. I believe magicians call that a "diversionary action."

You been tellin' me you're a genius
Since you were seventeen
In all the time I've known you
I still don't know what you mean

- Steely Dan, Reelin' in the Years

This Far, No Further

The Man... standing up to The Man:

Some county sheriffs are ignoring and refusing to enforce gun laws that many see as unconstitutional... Sheriff Mike Lewis of Wicomico County, Maryland, told NBC, “State police and highway patrol get their orders from the governor. I get my orders from the citizens in this county.”

Lewis is not alone. He is part of gun rights supporting law enforcement officials who joined groups like Oath Keepers and the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association. Those organizations encourage peace officers to take a stand against gun control laws.

A sheriff’s role is spelled out not in the US Constitution but in individual state constitutions. There are 3,080 sheriffs in the US. Almost all of them are elected. By contrast, almost all city police officials are appointed.

Lewis said that puts him and other like-minded sheriffs in the position to stand up to gun laws that they consider to violate the US Constitution under the Second Amendment, that guarantees the right to bear arms. Many other local law enforcement officials, however, say that moderate gun control laws don’t violate the Constitution but provide safety to the average citizen from criminals or mentally disturbed people.


Because criminals and mentally disturbed people always check to make sure they are using a legally registered weapon before doing anything rash...

I'm gratified to see there are still some people in legal authority who understand and respect the Constitution and Bill of Rights. There sure as hell aren't any in the White House right now.

Friday Timewaster

Two weeks to the season opener. Get warmed up with Superstar Football. That's real football, mind you, played by real American men who like the taste of blood and sweat, not that candy-assed kickball pastime for girls and limp-wristed furn-ners.


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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Challenge accepted!

Ghost?

I'm normally skeptical of this sort of thing, but it looks pretty real to me.

Heh



This is apparently a source of irritation among the younger crowd. Which is fine, since "text-ese" is a source of irritation for me.

Language is not a static thing; it changes and evolves. The Oxford comma (item, thing, and stuff -- it's the second comma) was once a hard-and-fast rule but is now considered optional. I've no problem with one or two spaces at the end of sentences, and either is acceptable in modern business communications. I use two spaces because it's hardwired into my brain after thirty years of touch typing. I average 90 WPM and type every day. After doing it for that long, I could no more stop double-spacing at the end of sentences than I could stop blinking.

Hates them, he does!

Wrong Turn



Training new school bus drivers during the summers is always trying, but I'm pretty certain this one failed.