February 11, 2014

Over the past few weeks…

My wife began a new job — she works from home ordinarily but the central office is out of New York, so she’s had to travel quite a bit, particularly here at the onset — so I’ve been left with the two boys and, Tanner being nearly two now, he doesn’t take kindly to my being preoccupied with anything other than him.  In fact, while I was writing this, he emptied our garbage can and reset some of our electronics.

This has caused me to miss much of what is happening in politics, as well as miss coaching Satchel’s wrestling team, our regular baby sitter having lost here privileges when her parents weren’t pleased with her grades.

All in all (and I realize most of you don’t care about any of this, so consider the post my attempt at self-therapy), it’s been a brutal last few weeks:  I haven’t slept,  I haven’t been able to keep up on current events specifically — though I am aware that our press and our President have essentially gone all-in on authoritarian-style leadership and its justification under the guise of compassion and “getting things done,” which should be enough to have an engaged populace picketing outside NBC, and GOP leaders holding daily briefings on the steps of the Capitol, railing against what is an ideological coup, wherein free market capitalism is to be replaced by liberal fascism, dressed in the populist pinstripes of European soft socialism, enforced by a bureaucratic police state — and, moreover, I’ve found that having been so profoundly and obviously marginalized has begun to take its toll on me from a psychical standpoint:  you can only shout into the abyss for so long without coming to the realization that the abyss doesn’t much care whether you shout into it or not.

In fact, it is entirely indifferent to you.   As are — quite pointedly — your one-time allies, many of whom you have in the past defended from all manner of scurrilous accusations, etc.

The short of it is, I’m disenchanted with the state of “our” party and in particular “our” messaging apparatus.  And with my babysitting schedule, wrestling season, and now our rush to find a way to buy a new house (long story short, we had planned on starting the process in March or April, but the lot we wanted — which we were told wouldn’t be released for another year, and had us on the brink of walking away from the builder we’d chosen — was in fact released to us after the sales manager pleaded on our behalf, a very kind gesture but what that means we’ll have to come up with out of pocket expenses several months sooner than we’d budgeted for), I have a hard time writing over and over here about the abuses to our Constitution, the intentional strategy that’s been fast-tracked in order to break our civil society and replace it with an all-encompassing government, and the role language plays in all this, especially knowing that I’ll either be ignored, or that someone else with greater appeal will repurpose my arguments, present them as their own, and then, through a network of backscratching and mutual pleasuring, become the go-to spokespeople for things I’ve been writing on since back before it was cool to be a “Purist” or a “True Believer” who recognized just what was happening to us.

The truth is, much of what I point out here you can now find elsewhere.  Having taught others the paradigmatic lessons and the vocabulary necessary to deploy them, I now see them popping up everywhere, though I myself am never cited and — for going on 5 years now — have been treated as if I didn’t exist.

So I’m having a crisis of purpose, frankly.

My fundraising is largely drying up.  And that’s because I’m writing less and less, and people have found other communities into which to insert themselves comfortably.

Someone once promised to make sure I was, in effect, “kicked off the internet.”  And while I find that person morally abhorrent, scheming, conniving, and disingenuous,  I find those who aided in his cause even more repugnant.

I don’t know what my purpose will be going forward.  I don’t even know that I can.

Just know, those of you who have stuck by me, that I do appreciate it, and that my present foul mood — and the disenchantment (or even misanthropy) I now feel — will likely pass.  But for the time being, what is there left to say that I haven’t already said — and that isn’t being suddenly embraced elsewhere by those who at one time or another shrugged it off or belittled it?

I don’t wish ill on anyone — save the leftist scumbags and their GOP statist counterparts who are actively working to turn my family into slaves to the state — but I will say this:  were karma to come around and bite some of the assholes who worked to destroy me hard in their asses?  I don’t think I’d be able to raise a tear for them, no matter how hard I tried.

There is frontal attack and then there is betrayal.  The former I can handle.  The latter is the work of cowards and those of particularly low character.  And no matter how many plaudits they receive, deep inside they know it.  And I hope it haunts them.

 

 

Posted by Jeff G. @ 9:43am
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Comments (213)

  1. While discussing the oncoming train wreck is all well and good, it’s far more important to prepare for the aftermath. It does seem as though we’re just killing time sometimes, doesn’t it?

  2. What comes to mind for me more and more often is a clip from Casualties of War, where Michael J. Fox’s character tells Sean Penn’s character that he told everyone about Sean Penn ‘s character and the rest of his squad raping the Vietnamese girl and that, “they don’t care.”

  3. I don’t know why, I certainly don’t know whether it will be of any help, but Eisenhower’s recommendation regarding stiff problems leaps to mind:

    *** “Whenever I run into a problem I can’t solve, I always make it bigger.
    I can never solve it by trying to make it smaller, but if I make it big enough, I can begin to see the outlines of a solution.” ***

  4. I have been remiss in my contributions – I have corrected that for Feb., anyways.

    Just know, those of you who have stuck by me, that I do appreciate it, and that my present foul mood — and the disenchantment (or even misanthropy) I now feel — will likely pass.

    I’ve been coming here to read since the story of She Who Must Not Be Named raised the visibility level of this site – I have drifted in and out throughout that time, and only recently started to comment here. I can imagine that Jeff would like a larger audience/commenter pool, but it is tough enough keeping up with the discussions in my limited time as is – a smaller pool makes it manageable.

    Jeff, know this: you have made a difference for some of us, and will always be welcome to the conversation.

  5. JeffL

    “The truth is, much of what I point out here you can now find elsewhere. Having taught others the paradigmatic lessons and the vocabulary necessary to deploy them, I now see them popping up everywhere[.]“

    The truth is, Protein Wisdom worked. The wisdom is infectious, its enzymatic action advancing, and its coding is proliferating.

    Put that in your pipe and smoke it!

  6. I feel you. My “Great Opportunity” hasn’t materialized and my wife quit her job… wait, is no longer “locked into a job”. Like Dark Helmet, I spend my day surrounded by assholes who don’t value either my time or my effort. My travel credit card was hacked and the company won’t tell me what vendor was responsible for the breach, so I’m in the middle of ID theft hell. (Ironic, given what I do for a living) It is an effort to even look at the internet, and when I do I get so goddamn depressed… my ten tear old personal blog is now the internet equivalent of that one strip mall that has the discount pharmacy and the dollar store surrounded by empty fitness centers, defunct Hallmark stores, and the check cashing place with the Asian lettered signs that never seems to be open during the day. I don’t even read books any more. I have to keep a happy front on Facebook for my kids and wife, but fuck it, everyone else is miserable, why can’t I be miserable too.

    On the other hand… It’s cold as shit, there’s ice over everything, and I tore a hole in the pipe to my oil cooler by running over a block of ice on my drive home from Nashville. I JUST FUCKING REPLACED IT, AND NOW IT’S TOO DAMN COLD to do it again. So we’re down a car until I can gather enough farting cows, dry ice and two-cycle lawn mowers to raise the goddamn sea levels.

    …or is that the same hand. Anyway, take a break, cheer up, you got a lot of cool stuff going on, and you aren’t me. You win.

  7. - The worms are always hopeful you’ll disendegrate before the new spring growth pushes up through the earth.

    - The worms only seem to win.

  8. Pursuant to steveaz @ 10:15, there’s an old song that I simply cannot find any reference to on the interwebs. I think I might have heard it on Dr. Demento, but the complete and total absence of evidence that it existed leaves me contemplating the possibility that I might have written it in my sleep. At any rate, the chorus is:

    “You won’t be famous ’til you’re pushing up the daises
    Many times these wise words have been said
    They won’t care about you while you’re alive and kicking
    But they’ll write a song about you when you’re dead”

    So you can look forward to that.

  9. Pablo, it sounds like something Eric Idle would write.

  10. To be quite honest — I have no idea how you’ve managed to keep preaching in the wilderness all these years. There’s only so many ways to tell people how our language is being twisted and used against us, and there’s only so many ways to tell people that “our” side only shows a little backbone when they’re fighting to keep us down. I’m pretty sure I’d have run off with the dolphin in a peacoat a long time ago.

    So take some time off. Play with the kids. Cook something nice for the missus. Sit in the driveway and play with your guns. (Okay, maybe not that last one.)

    Don’t dwell on those who’ve done you harm; focus instead on those you’ve enlightened, and consider how many of them have spread that enlightenment to their circles. Your efforts may not have brought you fame and fortune, but that doesn’t mean they’ve been fruitless. I, for one, am glad you’re on my side.

  11. Write more about theory in practice; intentionality and language.

    I always preferred those posts to the purely-political ones anyway, especially since I’m not a Republican (and therefore care about the Republican party only for its pragmatic, contingent utility as a countermeasure to the Progressives, so long as the LP is useless – which state I expect to persist).

  12. The mood will pass. Never give in. It’s what “they” want. If the assholes use your shit to fire at the enemy while promoting themselves, well fine. Fuck ‘em but don’t let it slow you down. Sometimes the ‘fight” is all the purpose you have left. Let Billy Jack take care of business for a while.

    Listen to “Battle Born” by the Killers real loud. Good lyric.

  13. Pablo & Palaeo, could it be from The Life of Brian?

  14. Per the Gipper, it’s amazing what you can accomplish when you don’t care who gets the credit.

  15. Jeff, pw is an iconic site; nearly every post you’ve written on whatever topic you choose to cover is better written than a post written by anyone anywhere else. I don’t blog-scroll anymore, because other writers just can’t write as well (and I’ve not the time, but mostly because other writers, can’t).

    Helluva community you’ve got surrounding the site as well. Darleen is quick to post excellent work. The regular commentors always seem to find and post in comments the most relevant links. Sdferr, for instance, has given up fantastic historical gems that require immediate study and bookmarking. And all the rest, together, make up a thoughtful, intelligent community.

    Seems the other heacline posters are slacking… what happened to JHoward? McGehee steps up on occasion too, and some others. Step it up a bit, guys. Keep fresh content on the pages. That’s what drives traffic.

    Take a sabbatical if you need to, Jeff, but keep this community intact. It is one of the best, and needs be here for your writing, whenever you are ready. Your style is unique and not replaceable..

  16. Spend some time doing things for yourself, Jeff. You’ve been burning it at both ends taking care of the baby and schlepping Satch to all those wrestling events, plus trying to run the blog, keep house, spend time with the missus and now your timetable on the new house got shanghaied. Sometimes it’s just too much at once. Take a week or a month off to get ahead of all of it and make a plan of action.

    We’ve all been there, done that. It’ll be okay.

  17. Intent keeps coming up.

    In early 2011, Treasury and IRS officials realized they had a problem. They unanimously believed Congress had intended to authorize certain taxes and subsidies in all states, whether or not a state opted to establish a health insurance “exchange” under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. At the same time, agency officials recognized: (1) the PPACA plainly does not allow those taxes and subsidies in non-establishing states; (2) the law’s legislative history offers no support for their theory that Congress intended to allow them in non-establishing states; and (3) Congress had not given the agencies authority to treat non-establishing states the same as establishing states.

    Nevertheless, agency officials agreed, again with apparent unanimity, to impose those taxes and dispense those subsidies in states with federal Exchanges, the undisputed plain meaning of the PPACA notwithstanding. Treasury, IRS, and HHS officials simply rewrote the law to create a new, unauthorized entitlement program whose cost “may exceed $500 billion dollars over 10 years.” (My own estimate puts the 10-year cost closer to $700 billion.)

    Finally, what little research the agencies performed on Congress’ intent was neither ”serious” nor “thorough,” and appears to have occurred after after agency officials had already made up their minds.

  18. Have courage, my friend.
    It is because you have the strength and ability to articulate our position that some of the rest of us take heart.
    Take a break.
    There are a lot of smart people here that can take up the slack.
    And they are very nearly almost as entertaining as you.

  19. Family first. Being a good dad and husband is the most important job we men have. At least that is my “unenlightened, anachronistic, opinion.

  20. Palaeo & McGehee, I recall it having a country flavor. If it were at all Python related, I’d think it would be easy to find.

  21. There’s a kind of earlier version of that lyric, enacted in deed with a death and a statue as it seems, rather than merely made to song (though there was that too!), if we can credit D. Laertius, the prince of gossips, Pablo:

    *** [43] So he was taken from among men; and not long afterwards the Athenians felt such remorse that they shut up the training grounds and gymnasia. They banished the other accusers but put Meletus to death; they honoured Socrates with a bronze statue, the work of Lysippus, which they placed in the hall of processions. ***

  22. Jeff,

    Part of the reason I hardly ever blog anymore is because I find 3 children and the attendant responsibilities somewhat more important and simultaneously a great deal more fulfilling. I never worried whether anyone actually read my stuff. I was always pleasantly surprised at the semi-regulars who dropped by. And since I didn’t get stabbed in the back, I didn’t care when some decided that I no longer existed.

    Just so you know, PW is one of the few sites that I have visited on a regular basis since I followed a link to it many years ago. I think it was after you had just come back and created PW as a sub-blog for CW. Anyway, I’ve been coming back ever since because you’re insightful, funny and consistently honest in the applications of your principles. I also enjoy the occasional funny and profanity. That “poll” you put up years ago asking whether or not people thought you were using too many curse words had the following answers: 1) Yes, 2) No, 3) COCK! COCK! COCK! Trust me: you don’t find that kind of analysis anywhere else.

    And this is easy for me to say as an Internet Nobody, but it seems that you should focus on the people who haven’t shunned you. Glenn Reynolds, for instance, still links to your stuff once in a while. Likewise people such as Bill Quick and Mike Hendrix. They don’t help put food on the table, but at least they’ve never knifed between the shoulder blades. I’m sure that there are others, but those were the first names that popped into my head.

    So do your primary duty and take care of the wife and kids. They will always provide you with the most joy, happiness and fulfillment. When you get your mojo back, and if you’re of a mind to post your thoughts, we’ll still be here.

  23. Hey Jeff, hang in there. Take care of yourself, home and hearth first and maybe step back for a while, but know that your posts are excellent and I, for one, don’t find them elsewhere. Squid above really said it well in the third paragraph, so Ditto to that.

  24. Jeff;

    I’ve lurked on your site for over a decade now. It’s first on my feed-reader and the only blog that wholly engages me.

    I’ve not commented because I’m simply not quick enough; I reach the same conclusions as the peanut gallery it just takes me more time to get there and by that time the point has been made.
    I’ve not contributed because 9/11 wiped out my business, my savings, and my drive.

    Regularly, today at lunch being the most recent, I expound upon the insight that is to be gained here, I evangelize the level of intelligence on casual display here and I encourage others to give it a try.

    More than the $, more than the cold-shoulders of the blogerati, your words serve to spark many “a-ha” moments in the everyday lives of us, the silent but plodding “grass-roots”. Your arguments serve to bolster ours. Your reasoning inspires us to wake up, wipe the spittle from our chins and proclaim to those around us, “I’m mad as Hell and I’m not going to take it anymore!”

    Your influence is wider and certainly more profound than you may realize.

  25. Jeff, I’d just be echoing the others.

    Yesterday was trials and tribulations and I was feeling low. Today, I woke up and the sun was shining, inside and out.

    So ist das Leben, mein Freund!

  26. I think the whole news cycle is stuck in a loop, and will continue to be as long as both sides are able to find ways to stay in solid denial. But, for all the time they spend convincing themselves otherwise in their mirrors, they haven’t convinced any of us to pick up pitchforks or drink kool-aid yet.

    The story is one of frustrating existence for the previous American political standard, and losing your voice because both sides lost their minds is telling, in of itself.

  27. If the armadillo or the peripatetic dolphin in the pea coat want to put in appearances, it might not go amiss…

  28. i have ennui and this whole america thing feels like it’s kind of played out

    what’s next?

  29. Yeah, happy, quitting is a great way to solve problems.

  30. it’s not quitting it’s resigning

  31. Why would anyone resign before one’s time is up? There’s no do over or reset button. One won’t morph in at HQ fully loaded and ready to go again. And, if the Hindus have it right, you stink up this permutation, who knows? you might come back as one of ‘feet’s turtles. So, keep your nose clean of bad karmas, and soldier on.

  32. >i have ennui<

    yellow does that to you

  33. Examine, if you will Eingang, this statement of John Hinderaker (one among many such expressions of this same proposition easily found on nominally conservative websites these days):

    *** Technically, President Obama’s misuse of executive agencies to harass his political opponents and his usurpation of Congress’s powers by purporting to rewrite statutes by executive decree–the Obamacare changes are not the only instances–are grounds for impeachment. These are, in fact, precisely the sorts of abuses for which the impeachment remedy was intended, and for which no other remedy is adequate. For political reasons, impeachment is not an option, and I don’t mean to suggest that Republicans should start talking about it. But it is at least worth noting that from a legal standpoint, Obama’s banana republic conduct represents an impeachable offense, or series of offenses. ***

    What can it purport, save that the nation has quit? “Technically”? No, not technically, absolutely (as he goes on to show). And does he recommend the only rational reaction to the circumstance, that Republicans ought to be arguing these facts now, day in and day out? No, he recommends precisely the opposite: that they should keep their mouths shut! Astonishing.

    Now, I don’t think the nation should quit, nor that we should quit maintaining that not only is impeachment an efficacious remedy to the current departure from Constitutional norms and rule of law, but is as well the proper, the righteous manifestation of that rule of law we demand.

    Yet, look how thoroughly the measure has been given up most anywhere we look — has been ceded to forces which make no part of Constitutional norms. So, we argue against a kind of fait accompli .

    Yet, we argue it still, for what else ought we to do at the moment?

  34. Apologies for my failure to include a link to Hinderaker, here.

  35. -Jeff wrote: And that’s because I’m writing less and less, and people have found other communities into which to insert themselves comfortably.

    Please be assured, Jeff, that the reason I’ve been commenting less here since the beginning of the year is that (1) I just suffered through a horrendous head cold and (2) I’ve been, like you, ‘fighting vaguely the old ennui’ myself. I still come here several times each day to enjoy the insightful commentary and wit on display.

    -I second ALL of the positive and encouraging comments above. I visit only two sites daily: yours and Stacy McCain’s.

    Know that you have been a great inspiration to me.

    -Two good things have come out of your absence: (1) I’ve been studying more of Edmund Burke’s thought and (2) I’ve started rummaging around your archives.

    -Never Despair. We are on the side of all that is Good and Honorable. And we have a duty to fight for freedom and liberty – we owe it to those who fought for it before us and to those who are young and those yet unborn. Despair is a sin.

  36. >for what else ought we to do at the moment?<

    orangeman could go to the courts. i think he has standing.

  37. Oh…and fuck the backstabbers. They are not worth one moment of your thoughts and THEY WILL feel Karma’s cold hand.

  38. I am so sorry you are disheartened. This is THE best blog of them all. And you have the best commenters, too. Its interesting here. Its insipid elsewhere. You never even accidently write anything boring.

    I never understood what the shunning was about. I just thought it was jealousy hiding behind disapproval. They can’t be as interesting as you. They don’t know how.

  39. I never understood what the shunning was about. I just thought it was jealousy hiding behind disapproval. They can’t be as interesting as you. They don’t know how.

    THIS.

  40. blah blah blabbity blah SOMEBODY PAY ATTENTION TO ME!

  41. Obama is a whore for Iran

    a sleazy piece of shit whore

    it’s a thing

  42. >Because you can’t make a deal over nuclear enrichment unless you stop all the faggot hanging too. <

    yep

  43. Wow, inane has the same reading comp skills as Phillip Bump.

  44. Yet, we argue it still, for what else ought we to do at the moment?

    Certainly not quit, or as The Yellow Peril so quaintly tries to sugar coat it, “resigning”. In the olden days, the school solution was to create a salient into which the opposing forces would overextend themselves. By design or accident, that appears to be happening now, though what we can do do collectively to try to help it on is get rid of the Boehners and replace them with the likes of Cruz and Gowdy.

  45. I want to have mileycyrussays’s baby

  46. Oh look. Some little baby-shit-weenie came and pissed all over the floor. It’s a good thing we have paper towels, and that won’t stay there long enough to stink. Lol.

  47. Jeff, from time to time, somebody has to remind everyone out in crazy stupid land that it is not reasonable to assume or declare than people who disagree with a plan to spend tax money on breast cancer awareness are not a pro cancer anti-woman death movement. Shakedowns need to experience at least token friction. There needs to be a nucleative surface to catalyze a reaction in the brew. Something needs to be there for the bubbles or the crystals to begin to form on. You have been that thing for some time Jeff. In the course of this, you have been badly used at times. Calling it a betrayal and an eventual falsification of what the right-bloggers said they were is not hyperbole.

    It may be time for you to not be that thing for a while, or it may be time to damn the torpedoes and flank speed to set the outlaw constellation in the heavens from the summit of the highest and recently bitch slapped mountain that thought it could shake off your boots and crampons . It’s up to you to decide what should come next and nothing you choose will make everyone happy because people are screwy like that.

    I have no right to mock what you’ve done and demand that you slog harder or suggest that you explore detachment or whatever else. I’m not in your shoes. You gave this years. You cruised the highs and you endured the lows. This is your moment. You know best what should come next. And there’s really no hurry in deciding.

    You always walk alone, but so do the people beside you. We’ve all walked alone together for a while. It was good. It is good. It is not something disciples of folly can ever hope to erase. Be proud of that whatever you choose.

    Muy bien senor.

  48. “not reasonable to assume or declare than people who disagree with a plan to spend tax money on breast cancer awareness are not a pro cancer anti-woman death movement.”

    ->

    not reasonable to assume or declare that people who disagree with a plan to spend tax money on breast cancer awareness are a pro cancer anti-woman death movement.

    There.

  49. >That was the point, right?<

    the proggtarded: ad homos

  50. for the proggtarded

    Ad hominem

  51. hey miley why you want persian fags dead?

  52. I seldom comment here but frequently read here.

    I understand how the passion can turn to depression.

    I appreciate your work here and really hope you are able to continue. I have learned much from this site.

    Thank you.

  53. Jeff, since you haven’t been following the news, here is a brief recap of what has been going on.

    http://a.disquscdn.com/uploads/mediaembed/images/831/922/original.jpg

  54. L’état, c’est pwned.

  55. I am incapable of taking a hint

  56. >Why don’t you take that new found concern and push for some international pressure against Nigeria’s leadership. <

    you be faggot 'cause you be islamonazi ahole

  57. >push for some international pressure against Nigeria’s leadership. <

    racist ahole too boot

  58. Now I’m just sputtering. I’m drunk. I should go to bed.

  59. >push for some international pressure against Nigeria’s leadership. <

    not the jihadis ahole?

  60. >Now you’re just sputtering. <

    your a cum stain pal. too damn proggtarded to respond to.

  61. > Your drunk. Go to bed.<

    oh the leigh mode of argument. go fer it you big ad homo.

  62. @havel page 50

    And yet it seems to me that the thought and activity of those
    friends who have never given up direct political work and who are
    always ready to assume direct political responsibility very often
    suffer from one chronic fault: an insufficient understanding of the
    historical uniqueness of the post-totalitarian system as a social and
    political reality. They have little understanding of the specific nature
    of power that is typical for this system and therefore they overestimate
    the importance of direct political work in the traditional
    sense. Moreover, they fail to appreciate the political significance of
    those ‘pre-political’ events and processes that provide the living
    humus from which genuine political change usually springs. As
    political actors – or, rather, as people with political ambitions -
    they frequently try to pick up where natural political life left off.
    They maintain models of behaviour that may have been appropriate
    in more normal political circumstances and thus, without really
    being aware of it, they bring an outmoded way of thinking, old
    habits, conceptions, categories and notions to bear on circumstances
    that are quite new and radically different, without first
    giving adequate thought to the meaning and substance of such
    things in the new circumstances, to what politics as such means now,
    to what sort of thing can have political impact and potential, and in
    what way.

  63. Jeff, please don’t give up…

  64. …and I suck at motivational speeches. :-/

  65. Apparently, so do I!

  66. I don’t think it’s jealousy. The person who turns to their allies and says “and if you’re honest, you can’t do it either” is never *not* a pariah.

    There are more popular people who are just as brilliant *and* just as abrasive, if not moreso.

    Basically, everyone is stupid. This is my Grand Unified Theory of Life. Smart people are stupid, dumb people are stupid, little people and big people, dark people and light people, far-thinking people and shortsighted people.

    All stupid.

    Explains everything.

  67. Heh, somebody fixed miley’s unfortunate remarks. Nice!

    Thank you for THISing me, Bob Belvedere. That was awful nice.

    Merovign, all I know is Jeff offered to slap the coxcomb off a peacock and pandemonium broke out.
    Who is just as brilliant… if not moreso?

  68. I WILL NOT BE IGNORED

  69. GIVE ME THE VALIDATION I AM INCAPABLE OF EARNING

  70. Basically, everyone is stupid. This is my Grand Unified Theory of Life. Smart people are stupid, dumb people are stupid, little people and big people, dark people and light people, far-thinking people and shortsighted people.

    All stupid.

    Explains everything.

    You’ve properly classified humans. And the helpful thing to realize is? Dust to dust, then your soul isn’t all stupid-dusty anymore.

  71. iran: let’s make a deal. oh don’t worry about the faggots hanging over there. – See more at: http://proteinwisdom.com/?p=52665#comments

    Because you can’t make a deal over nuclear enrichment unless you stop all the faggot hanging too.

    In other news – yes, it’s true. This is what I do. I troll. What of it? Sure, there’s no real advantage in it, but it feeds that side of me that makes me want to shout at my boss from my cubicle, but I’m too much of a pussy to do so.

  72. hey miley why you want persian fags dead?

    It would be really cool I guess to put my positions out there unafraid of the criticism of me personally, using my own name, that may come with it. But it’s far easier to keep anonymous and piss at people from the sidelines, and my life is all about ease. And pissing. And being a permanent sideline fixture. Kinda like a rusted out old fire hydrant.

    Only one that shoots piss.

  73. Jeff:

    Take whatever time you need.

    Monday, I had to put my pre-teen kid into inpatient counseling, which is the hardest thing I’ve had to do in my time as a father. It was harder than finding out my first daughter had cerebral palsy. I can’t even begin to describe what we discovered that led to that, but the discovery to commitment time spanned less than 24 hours.

    When your family needs you, your job as a father supercedes nearly all else. No one could begrudge you that.

  74. mileycyrussays = dishonest interlocutor

    When a vandal is in the midst of smashing the windows of your home and shoveling a fetid load of slaughterhouse leftovers into your living room, you don’t try to persuade him to stop with a reasoned discourse on the evils of vandalism.

  75. Jesus, Slart. May peace be upon you and yours.

  76. Jeff, as others have said, your site is one of the 3 or 4 that I visit multiple times daily. Your commentary is brilliant and frequently hilarious. Your commenters–with a couple of notable exceptions–are also brilliant and frequently hilarious. Take some time off from blogging if you need to focus on family stuff, but please don’t quit.

    Most importantly, I get paid on Friday, so I’ll be tossing something into the tip jar.

  77. There’s no “de-nuking” in the deal, nitwit.

  78. Praying for your family, Slartibartfast. (Not that it’s the same thing, but I have a niece who’s bipolar, and am well aware that you need every form of support you can get when you’re going through this stuff.)

  79. Slarti, I so sorry to learn this. May your child get the help that is needed. I will pray for you and yours, as well.

  80. I’m not really trolling for sympathy, but you have my thanks for the prayers.

    I think she’s going to be ok. We go in for our first family counseling session today, so we’ll have a better idea what’s up with that. But when this kind of thing happens, you have to drop everything. Which was really what I was getting at: your immediate priority is your family’s well-being.

    I’m only at work for a few hours today, and then I go back home. Trying to get a laptop so I can direct things remotely somewhat.

  81. Thanks, Lee and Stephen and Scott and Jonah. I appreciate the contributions, but I assure you this post was about none of that. Still, the gesture was generous and it did make me feel a bit more chipper.

    I also appreciate whoever changed up the comments left by the pair of preening lefty imbeciles who live, it seems, to attempt to kick people when they are down — hardly a satisfying life, I wouldn’t assume, but then I guess when you’re empty and dry and black inside you need to fill up that emptiness with something, and preparing to luxuriate in the suffering of others is I guess better than waking up each day and realizing you have nothing to offer anyone anywhere ever that they’ll ever want or need. Which has to really suck.

    Problem is, it doesn’t work with me, because I value your opinions about as much as I would the opinions of any spoiled, foot-stomping children. You don’t rank. You’re cyphers. Nobodies. Pixelated faux identities you wear on internet boards to help you get through miserable lives in which you find yourself forced to defend a wish to lord over people who are in every way your moral and intellectual superiors.

    This is why you don’t use your real names: you’re secretly deeply ashamed of what it is you do and say. And you haven’t the guts to say or do any of it in person. Which is why you need a big scary massive government to back your flaccid and otherwise risible attempts to bully.

    You are fake online. And I’d be willing to bet that means in your real flesh and blood lives, you’re just as fake, just as cynical, just as morally compromised, and just as intellectually bankrupt. And I’d be willing to bet that in those few honest moments you share w/ yourselves in some mirror, right before you break down and cry, you know it, too.

    Sucks to be you.

    update: Slart, you are a parent first, and from what it sounds, an excellent one at that. I wish your kids and family well. And know this: people like you are worth a million times more than these trolls on their very best days. The people here have kept me going many times when I thought I just couldn’t do it one more day. And that’s because I value them and don’t want to let down those I value.

    Stay strong.

  82. It sad watching the antics of a very small person, who wants so badly to push someone’s buttons, but can’t quite reach those buttons, even standing on tip toe, with their metaphorical arms extended to their maximum length. Each futile little hop is it’s own tiny self contained tragedy.

  83. Well put, palaeomerus. Only it’s less tragic than it is pathetic. So long as we’re going by classical standards.

  84. “It’s” should be “its” as it’s the possessive form of its instead of the contraction of the neutral pronoun and a verb. -2 points for Gryffindor. Ex-Spell-E-armus n’ stuff.

  85. “It” should have been “It’s” in the beginning too. How can I still have such fat fingers after losing 22 pounds?

  86. I’M GOING TO KEEP POSTING THE SAME COMMENT OVER AND OVER AND OVER UNTIL SOMEBODY OBLIGES ME WITH A DEATH THREAT SO I CAN CLAIM MORAL SUPERIORITY

  87. “Only it’s less tragic than it is pathetic. So long as we’re going by classical standards. ”

    Due to the lack of audience catharsis? The hubris and sense of impending inevitable dread due to the personal flaws of the protagonist are definitely there. The repetition should count as at least a vestigial chorus as far as the form goes.

  88. SOMEBODY NOTICE ME

    TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK WHERE’S MY RITALIN TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK

  89. Tried to transgress, just made a mess.
    Tried to transgress, just made a mess.
    Tried to transgress, just made a mess.
    Tried to transgress, just made a mess.
    Tried to transgress, just made a mess.
    Tried to transgress…

  90. TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK

  91. TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK GOD MY BUTT HURTS TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK TWERK

  92. Slart, that sucks and I’m sorry to hear about your travails. Prayers have been and will be offered.

  93. hey miley why you want persian fags dead?

    Because I want a nuclear armed Iran. Jews annoy me. I should have thought my behavior here proved that?

  94. iran: let’s make a deal. oh don’t worry about the faggots hanging over there. – See more at: http://proteinwisdom.com/?p=52665#comments

    Because you can’t make a deal over nuclear enrichment unless you stop all the faggot hanging too.

    In other news, yes, I’m still here. This is really all I have. Don’t pity me though. I find solace in trying to hurt people while impersonating a teen pop star.

  95. No, I’m not really mileycyrus. But online, I can really let out my inner catty teenage girl!

  96. Wow, tag team trolling.

    Soros must really be concerned if his minions are working this hard to sneak a few comments in.

  97. In other news, unions managed to lose again, despite pouring millions into the San Diego election.

    I’m sure that has nothing to do with the current stench of desperation coming from the twerk.

  98. We seem to have been assigned entry level trolls lately.

    *yawn*

  99. Not to pile on, but I forgot to add that my oldest dog had surgery to repair a torn ligament in her leg. The plate they put in got infected, and she’s since had to have a second surgery to have it removed. A culture of the infection showed it to be resistant to most antibiotics, so she’s been put on a special one they hope will resolve the issue.

    This ordeal has involved lots of medication, icing of the leg, stretching her out, and carrying her up and down the stairs to let her outside – all while keeping her confined most times and locking her head in one of those cone collars to keep her from developing any other infections.

    We’re hoping her progress has been such that we can at least let her out of collar by week’s end. But that, too, has been going on, and while my wife is away, it’s been difficult juggling all the various responsibilities.

    All of which I mention so that some asshole pretending to be a troubled teenaged girl can now put in writing how he hopes my dog dies.

  100. I’m sure the only reason he would hope that is so Obama could do her the honor of eating her.

  101. While discussing the oncoming train wreck is all well and good, it’s far more important to prepare for the aftermath. It does seem as though we’re just killing time sometimes, doesn’t it?

    This. Way back at the beginning of the comment thread.

  102. Slart, sorry to hear about your troubles. Hope they can get everything straightened out. Yikes.

  103. I actually hope your dog makes it through with flying colors.

    Look Jeff, let’s recap. You have two great kids. One’s a kick ass wrestler. They both adore you. Your wife has a great job, and she shows outstanding ability to climb the ladder. You’re looking to break ground on a new house.

    I get that there’s a lot of plates to keep spinning, but life is actually pretty good.

    If your biggest downer is that your blog didn’t change the world (or that it did change the world, you just didn’t get credit) then you have problems most of the world would envy.

    So buck up little pilgrim. It could be worse — you could be me.

  104. Off-topic, perhaps, but who says politics is never entertaining?

    Krystal Ball, one of four progressives who together make up MSNBC’s left-wing love-fest “The Cycle,” called on Hillary Clinton to cede the Democratic nomination to Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

    “I deeply respect Hillary Clinton,” Ball began. “I think she’s a great intellect with great fortitude. I think she was a strong secretary of state, a hardworking and effective senator. But I’ve come to a difficult realization: I don’t want Hillary Clinton to run for president in 2016. I do not think she is the right person for this moment.”

    The MSNBC host noted that she rejected the “Obama bandwagon” in 2008 and backed Hillary, believing that was the moment America was ready for the other Clinton.

  105. The moment America was ready for Hillary as president, there wasn’t a presidential election coming up.

  106. mileycyrussays says February 12, 2014 at 10:52 am
    I actually hope your dog makes it through with flying colors.
    Look Jeff, let’s recap. You have two great kids. One’s a kick ass wrestler. They both adore you. Your wife has a great job, and she shows outstanding ability to climb the ladder. You’re looking to break ground on a new house.
    I get that there’s a lot of plates to keep spinning, but life is actually pretty good.
    If your biggest downer is that your blog didn’t change the world (or that it did change the world, you just didn’t get credit) then you have problems most of the world would envy.
    So buck up little pilgrim. It could be worse — you could be me.
    - See more at: http://proteinwisdom.com/?p=52677#comments

    You’re a day late and a dollar short.

  107. On my site, if I’m not mistaken, I can change the email address on a user’s account.

    Apropos of nothing I can think of…

  108. Did Pat Frey and SWSNBN have a love child and nobody told us? It is from Or-ee-gone, yes? It could hail from You-jeen and have slithered up the highway to The People’s Republic of Portlandia.

  109. Jeff, keep up the great work. And if you decide to retire, I, for one, will miss your voice. However, I’m quite certain you have had an impact that is far greater than is generally acknowledged.

  110. I can also change a user’s display name. Like, say, to pajamaboyismyhero. Or, hellomynameismudd.

    On my site I could do that.

  111. Hey, ole’ miley is finally making sense.

  112. McG, thanks for taking out the garbage. Mucho obligado.

  113. I expect he’ll keep trying, on the theory the 47th time is the charm.

  114. rn: lt’s mk dl. h dn’t wrry bt th fggts hngng vr the. – S mr t: http://prtnwsdm.cm/?p=52665#cmmnts

    Bcs y cn’t mk dl vr nclr nrchmnt nlss y stp ll th fggt hngng t.

    n thr nws – Jff fk quts gn. Jff wll nvr rl qt bcs h’ll lwys hld t hp fr bttr pst.

  115. hy mly wh y wnt prsn fgs dd?

    w lk, nwrtr cncrn trlls. Wll f t tks dmcrtc prsdnt strkng d-nkng dl fr y t ntc th plght f th “prsn fgs”, gss tht’s smthng. Wh dn’t y tk tht nw fnd cncrn nd psh fr sm ntrntnl prssr gnst Ngr’s ldrshp.

    Shrtr Jff: ddn’t thnk cld d t, bt b gd, m cncrn trllng wrkd. W rck!

  116. ctlly hp yr dg mks t thrgh wth flng clrs.

    Lk Jff, lt’s rcp. Y hv tw grt kds. n’s kck ss wrstlr. Thy bth dr y. Yr wf hs grt jb, nd sh shws tstndng blty t clmb th lddr. Y’r lkng t brk grnd n nw hs.

    gt tht thr’s lt f plts t kp spnnng, bt lf s ctlly prtty gd.

    f yr bggst dwnr s tht yr blg ddn’t chng th wrld (r tht t dd chng th wrld, y jst ddn’t gt crdt) thn y hv prblms mst f th wrld wld nvy.

    S bck p lttl plgrm.

  117. Mein Gott. It’s like Groundhog Day on here with this one.

  118. Let me be the last in line to say how much of a joy it is to read you, and that I also sympathize with what you’re going through. I’ve experienced my own “why the hell do I even bother” thing with regards to all political commentary. Throw in having three kids and a job that is much more demanding than it once was, and I barely have time to write or even read much political commentary, but this site makes the cut.

  119. I don’t have a job.

  120. Or a life.

  121. Or anything worthwhile to say.

  122. But I’m going to keep saying it.

  123. over…

  124. and over…

  125. and over…

  126. and over…

  127. and over…

  128. and over…

  129. and over…

  130. and over…

  131. Relentless as a nazi imposing his will on the world, that one.

  132. and over…

  133. and over…

  134. I’m stuck at home because of an ice storm, miley. What’s your excuse?

  135. and over…

  136. and over…

  137. and over…

  138. Did you hear about Sid Caesar? Sad.

  139. and over…

  140. and over…

  141. So how ’bout them Trailblazers?

  142. and over…

  143. and over…

  144. and over…

  145. and over…

  146. and over…

  147. Every get the feeling that some people would be glad to face a firing squad, just cause someone finally noticed them?

  148. That, and to have the chance to smoke a cigarette without shame.

  149. That ClownDisaster’s America is the village burning constitutes a peculiar progressive admission against interest, but then, there are many peculiar — fundamentally unintelligible — aspects to the modern progressive’s world-view, so perhaps little matter for wonder.

  150. My hero’s name is McGehee, and I love Jeff’s blog more than Jeff does.

  151. My hero’s name is McGehee, and I love Jeff’s blog more than Jeff does.

  152. My hero’s name is McGehee, and I love Jeff’s blog more than Jeff does.

  153. My hero’s name is McGehee, and I love Jeff’s blog more than Jeff does.

  154. My hero’s name is McGehee, and I love Jeff’s blog more than Jeff does.

  155. M       c       G       e       h       e       e       ,             J       e       f       f             g       r       e       a       t       l       y             a       p             p       r       e       c       i       a       t       e       s             y       o       u       r                   e       f       f       o       r       t       s             a       n       d             w       o       n       d       e       r       s             i       f             y       o       u       ‘       l       l             b       e             s       e       n       d       i       n       g             y       o       u       r             F             e       b       r       u       a       r       y             c       h       e       c       k             s       o       o       n       ?

  156. It tried so hard to be a lemon but ended up as lemonade.

  157. The bright spot in my day is a co-worker who has been milking the system as much as he could and has rarely appeared in the office lately finally resigned today. I have no idea how he got another job, but I imagine he didn’t use this one as a reference.

    The guy has a lot of knowledge trapped in his head and we are trying to get it out as much as possible. Plus, we now have a full-time slot open for someone who will actually show up and work, rather than leave us hanging.

    I rejoice in life’s little good moments.

  158. T       h       i       s             i       s             w       h       a       t             i       t             l       o       o       k       s             l       i       k       e             w       h       e       n             y       o       u             b       u       r       n             a       v       i       l       l       a       g       e             i       d       i       o       t             t       o             s       a       v       e             i       t       .

  159. -Godspeed, Slart.

    -McGehee is my new hero.

  160. I was about to post the same thing, Bob. Great minds think alike.

  161. Aww. The poor little clown seems tuckered out.

  162. derp

  163. the real miley cyrus has perfect teeth and healthy gums

  164. Has guins been pulling some overtime?

  165. Someone post crap weasels’ IP? Perhaps we canz haz some innocent fun times. Maybe order him some pizza.

  166. I wish, but I don’t have keys to the blog.

  167. Then it is a self-parodying troll, which is oxymoronic.

  168. I personally love dogs and wouldn’t wish harm on any dog in the world. My two main beefs with Islam are that they think women’s bodies should not be seen and that dogs are somehow unclean and bad in some way. Neither of these beliefs is defensible. //

    I do find it funny that the man who yearns for his blog to have a much wider audience is also seemingly uncomfortable with having comments posted from people he doesn’t personally know. I find it funny that the man who is obsessed with “intentionalism” and “changing the meaning of language’ also feels free to erase the words of others and substitute his own. Not exactly the actions of a professional ready for the big leagues.

    i guess that’s why you guys value this space. It’s a safe playground where you can do all the bullying while being shielded from those who want to bully you. I understand the appeal of such a foam-padded safe-zone because it keeps your egos from receiving major damage. But if you want to play, you have to play. Ya smell me?

    MileyCyrusSays, I want to have your babies. Let’s invite Happyfeet over for a threesome. Sexytime.

  169. “My two main beefs with Islam are that they think women’s bodies should not be seen and that dogs are somehow unclean and bad in some way. Neither of these beliefs is defensible.”

    Death sentences for infidels is perfectly justified though.

    “It’s a safe playground where you can do all the bullying while being shielded from those who want to bully you.”

    Says the anonymous troll from a fake IP.

    Look dude, no one forced you to come here. And no one is forcing you to stay. In fact your behavior prompted the host of the site to ask you to leave. That makes you a member of a (sadly) elite crowd.

    You are one of less than a handful of people to have received that (dis)invitation by Jeff. I’d say he’s been much more tolerant of differing viewpoints than just about any other website in existence and it takes a special effort to get banned from PW.

    SO SPARE US THE BULLYING BULLSHIT!

  170. mileycyrussays got his rantings replaced on February 12, 2014 at 9:14 am with

    I’M GOING TO KEEP POSTING THE SAME COMMENT OVER AND OVER AND OVER UNTIL SOMEBODY OBLIGES ME WITH A DEATH THREAT SO I CAN CLAIM MORAL SUPERIORITY

    Funny thing is: It’s usually the trolls who resorts to the threats when they don’t get the attention they want. Being mocked when they want angry replies tends to drive them up the wall.

    Of course, they’re anonymous cowards so the likelyhood of them acting on those threats are rather low.

  171. There’s more than one way to evict an unwelcome clown who’s only use or value to any society is repetitive lowbrow oink-and-fart stunts. Hell, I recall one troll who drank self to stupor and posted reams of Tolstoy copypasta. This one should troll the likes of KOS, a place welcoming the stuporous.

    Organizing for ASSinine, indeed.

  172. McGehee says February 12, 2014 at 1:03 pm
    I can also change a user’s display name. Like, say, to pajamaboyismyhero. Or, hellomynameismudd.
    On my site I could do that. –

    Try “Wile E. Coyote; Genius” instead. The fool will think it’s a compliment.

    ;-D

  173. serr8d

    I loved watching Bob Reed shred him to bits with a wink and a smile.

    Sigh, I miss Bob ;^(

  174. >I personally love dogs and wouldn’t wish harm on any dog in the world. My two main beefs with Islam are that they think women’s bodies should not be seen and that dogs are somehow unclean and bad in some way.<

    what no hanging faggots?

  175. i guess that’s why you guys value this space. It’s a safe playground where you can do all the bullying while being shielded from those who want to bully you.

    You don’t own anything, do you? Start your own blog, put up with trolls for ten years or so, and then come back and tell us how we should let jackoffs like you and miley have free rein.

  176. “what no hanging faggots?”

    Feature not a bug for the wrecking ball.

  177. McGehee,

    Didn’t know we were conversing with two trolls. I’d ask for the playbill but the plot just seems like a rehash phoned in Woody Allen movie that the lefty’s will all be drooling over at the next circle-jerk award show.

  178. I don’t know for sure that Hersheysquirtle isn’t a sockpuppet; don’t really care. ;-)

    Hershey’s huffiness over trolls not being allowed to hijack another person’s property with impunity just needed to be answered in substance, just once.

    Thereafter, if necessary, perhaps he’ll get the miley treatment.

  179. The “OH GOD MY BUTT HURTS” in the middle of all the TWERK TWERK was pretty damned funny.

  180. Not exactly the actions of a professional ready for the big leagues.

    Written by a probable master of baiting hooks.

  181. “perhaps he’ll get the miley treatment.”

    Careful, he may call the internet Police and file an anonymous bullying complaint. ;^)

  182. Damn straight, Leigh, we do.

  183. This seems to be appropriate for this thread.

  184. >What I mean is, it’s impossible to read these two authors and think they are a liberal’s definition of “conservative” which includes of course, racist, sexist, homophobic, <

    why am i "anti science" to acknowledge the fact that faggots don't procreate?

  185. >it’s impossible to read these two authors and think they are a liberal’s definition<

    yea dear the language thingy

  186. This too, just for fun.

  187. mileycyrussays says February 12, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    ctlly hp yr dg mks t thrgh wth flng clrs.

    Lk Jff, lt’s rcp. Y hv tw grt kds. n’s kck ss wrstlr. Thy bth dr y. Yr wf hs grt jb, nd sh shws tstndng blty t clmb th lddr. Y’r lkng t brk grnd n nw hs.

    gt tht thr’s lt f plts t kp spnnng, bt lf s ctlly prtty gd.

    f yr bggst dwnr s tht yr blg ddn’t chng th wrld (r tht t dd chng th wrld, y jst ddn’t gt crdt) thn y hv prblms mst f th wrld wld nvy.

    S bck p lttl plgrm.

    I think somebody had a vowel movement.

  188. “Disemvowelled” is what it’s called, IIRC.

    @newrouter: Technically, homosexuals can reproduce, so long as they get sperm from a male human to fertilize an ova in a female human they just need to work harder at it and it probably isn’t much fun for them. Humans can be inventive when they have to.

    Just because you can’t think up something doesn’t mean no one can.

  189. Just because you can’t think up something doesn’t mean no one can.

    Indeed, however the corollary is just because you can think up something, doesn’t mean you should.

  190. Well, so much for my bacon-flavored olive loaf idea, then…

  191. @newrouter: Technically, homosexuals can reproduce, so long as they get sperm from a male human to fertilize an ova in a female human they just need to work harder at it and it probably isn’t much fun for them. Humans can be inventive when they have to.

    They can, but the point of being homosexual in the first place is, they shouldn’t.

    Some genetic switch flipped in homosexuals, causing their normal and natural sex drives to malfunction. Because homosexuality isn’t natural; isn’t naturally selected as a method to advance the species, but is intended as a dead-end. For a homosexual to thwart this natural dead-end selection and produce offspring is denying truth (and mother nature), and unfortunately whatever trait should stop with their lack of offspring, doesn’t stop. Damn, that’s a shame.

    A bad thing, really. Homosexuals who want to have kids should adopt, and even that’s troubling AFAIC.

  192. The “OH GOD MY BUTT HURTS” in the middle of all the TWERK TWERK was pretty damned funny./blockquote>Hilarity!

    Even the most banal and ignorant #OFA trolls at pw are forced to serve a purpose!

  193. Oh, my. A failure of html.

    That’s rare for me. Count ‘em!

  194. Some genetic switch flipped in homosexuals, causing their normal and natural sex drives to malfunction. Because homosexuality isn’t natural; isn’t naturally selected as a method to advance the species, but is intended as a dead-end. [Emphasis added]

    How can there be intent in what we’re told is a natural, impersonal process? Evolution can have no more intent than a summer rain or a tsunami.

  195. What a thread. Jeff, if you write it, I’ll keep reading it.

    And Slart, thinking of you.

  196. I actually hope your dog makes it through with flying colors.
    Look Jeff, let’s recap. You have two great kids. One’s a kick ass wrestler. They both adore you. Your wife has a great job, and she shows outstanding ability to climb the ladder. You’re looking to break ground on a new house.
    I get that there’s a lot of plates to keep spinning, but life is actually pretty good.
    If your biggest downer is that your blog didn’t change the world (or that it did change the world, you just didn’t get credit) then you have problems most of the world would envy.
    So buck up little pilgrim.

  197. Relax, Jeff. This handbasket is awesome! Why worry about where it’s going?

    #derp

  198. I think miley’s main malfunction with his perseveration posting is that he accidentally took some penicillin and it is shorting out the spirochete connecting his only two functional neurons.

  199. Look, hellomynameisassignedtotrollhere, let’s recap. I have two great kids. One is a kick ass wrestler. They both adore me. My wife has a great job, and she has shown an outstanding ability to climb the ladder — thanks in large part to being able to travel despite having two great kids who adore her as well as me, this being part and parcel of decisions we as a couple made about a decade ago.

    We have signed up to break ground on a new house, one that will allow my wife’s mother to move here from Utah and live with her grandchildren in a space that she will be comfortable in, and that will keep her from feeling like she’s in any way intruding on our privacy. This was something I was more than happy to do for my wife.

    And yes, there are lots of plates spinning. And life is, when my health is holding up, pretty good in the short term.

    But my biggest downer is not that my blog didn’t change the world or that I don’t get credit for helping at least fuel antipathy toward the current perversions to our republic. My biggest downer is that the world hasn’t changed and, despite my having fueled antipathy toward the current perversions to our language and republic, my children are likely to suffer as a result of it, if not now then when the whole progressive illusion of Utopia is revealed as the oppressive, impoverished, soul-crushing welfare state it is, one that takes a free people, subjugates them, and casts the last best hope for humanity, embodied in our constitutional republic, into the dustbin of history, a history that has shown repeatedly that some men simply must lord over all others.

    Were more people in the world free to follow the path that at one point took the US to great heights of liberty and concomitant prosperity, then those people would likely feel no need to worry about me one way or the other, much less envy me for what I have.

    But leftist scumbags want uniform misery — with themselves the cattle ranchers to the world’s teeming herds whose needs they determine, and whose relative happiness they presume to dictate.

    I’ll buck up once I’m finished making sure nobody like you ever puts his brand on me, or has any say in the way my children are forced to live.

    So fuck off little tyrant.

  200. I second Leigh’s motion.

  201. Taking care of one’s parents was for centuries the norm. Until Government came along and fouled everyone’s nests.

    But guess what? That’s likely ending, because Government will tell us we must once again take care of our parents.

    We’ll need a new scale with which to measure familial angst soon enough..

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-02-13/martin-armstrong-exclaims-entire-social-contract-collapsing

  202. Trespassers W wrote:
    How can there be intent in what we’re told is a natural, impersonal process? Evolution can have no more intent than a summer rain or a tsunami.

    Exactly.

    Intent is something sentient beings do. Nature just… is.

  203. How can there be intent in what we’re told is a natural, impersonal process? Evolution can have no more intent than a summer rain or a tsunami.

    Exactimundo. Why should a random newly-alive life cell thinger beginning the long train ride to US, undergoing evolution, care if it evolved better lifeforms, as long as it’s alive and stays that way? Isn’t the ‘being alive’ part good enough for a random event that happened randomly? Why should our genetic proto-ancestors have evolved the mechanism of natural selection in the first place; why not just stay alive as a perfectly content sea of organic mush? Why evolve through photosynthetic green things, and thus produce as waste product all that poisonous oxygen? Why should a sea worm move out of the sea onto hurtful dry land? Why a butterfly, fer God’s sake?

    Evolution as a process isn’t satisfied and static because the genetic program written into every living species’ genes always seeks improved living. A living creature’s genes constantly evolve improvements over time, as has been explained to us; that programmed improvement should not have evolved in the first place. That it is there, signifies design and intent.

    Manufactured or created, you choose your starting point. Genetic evolution as science scrabbles to understand and define it unnecessarily defies random chance, and it’s non-random living creations laugh at SCIENCE!’s haughtiness. Right in their smug faces.

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