Monthly Archives: December 2012

Here’s Your Tax Solution

Good news, it looks like your tax rate is about to go up. Good thing there are no political agendas at work here. I’d hate to think that the best plan be implemented.

But this is what we voted for. A blabbering boob who says we have stubbornness that people won’t come together on a deal, while being the guy who hasn’t even considered to deal, that is when he’s even working.

Of course the best part is that if a deal is reached in the next half a day, the blabbering boob with take all the credit and the no doubt historical deal will do absolutely nothing to fix any of the countries financial problems.

Suicide as Male Privilege

On Manosphere blogs one of the things that is pointed out in order to refute claims of “male privilege” is the suicide rate of men versus women.

Here’s the data on that;

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Of course there are many factors that have a part to play in suicides and without being able to ask the victims why they did it it’s hard to know for sure. Therefore it is next to impossible to know the cause on a case by case basis. However because the statistics lean so heavily towards males that probably tells us a lot anyway. Enough to understand the root cause.

Perhaps it’s simply that women are better at handling the issues that cause suicides, or that they simply don’t have the gumption to do that much harm to themselves. Though more than likely it is that men have more to live for and thus a failure of life for them is more inexcusable.

Men want to work, to provide. To be able to succeed in something in order to raise their family and pass on their name. There are thousands of years of civilization that prove this. We can debate the finer points of that issue, as to whether regular Joe could’ve gone his own way a thousand years ago or not, but the fact is he(all men) didn’t.

Men have a higher standard of what is an acceptable life’s performance than women. The average man, despite feminists best efforts, still wants to work and support his family. Failure to accomplish that, to provide for his family, leaves little else for him to do. If he fails at the biggest purpose he has been given it is of little consolation that he is a good farmer, carpenter, or IT tech.

Women on the other hand, haven’t got as much to live for. Oddly enough, womens traditional role was to care for the family that the male supported. It is because of that, they are less likely to feel like a failure. If the husband fails to provide for the family, it has little to do with her ability/role to care for the family. It may make it more difficult, but it doesn’t diminish her role in any way. She can not be a failure because of his failure.

If the husband/provider is a failure he has failed grandly. It is much harder(almost impossible) for a wife/caretaker to fail because the responsibility is on a secondary level to the providers.

This combined with men and women’s different capabilities in mental processing is what contributes to the high male suicide rate. When men fail they are more likely to simply take themselves out. In their mind, what else can they do, what use  are they?

Therefore it is safe to assume that in a modern, feminist society that demeans men and belittles their work and often casts them adrift without any concern for mental well-being and desire to work and provide is likely to create an increasing rate of suicides. However, I would be willing to bet that among the Red Pill & MGTOW crowds, that their awareness of the issues and often willful removal from the system or at least its mentalities, have a far lower suicide rate than the average male of the system.

Cuban Missile Crisis vs Benghazi

My father is a high school history teacher. Actually he teaches everything but this year they have him on history.

Anyway, he like to use films in his classes. He uses a number of documentaries and such but also occasionally hollywood type films of historical events. Sometimes he uses the films and other times just to get a peak at a new event he may want to talk about.

The other night he had the movie Thirteen Days, a film i’ve never seen but I know is about the Cuban Missile Crisis with Cuba in 1962.

This scene stood out to me;

The President of the United States is on the phone directly with the Captain of a Navy ship in the middle of the action giving him direct orders.

Now I have no doubt there are probably a few questionable moments as there are in all films. But the story of the Soviet Sub is true.

As this relates to Benghazi we had an ongoing firefight with terrorists occurring an American Consulate in Libya and nothing was done. There was no urgency from anyone in the administration and nothing was ever done.

While President Obama may not have the familiarity with Embassy defense as John Kennedy did with naval warfare that is no excuse to avoid your duty. No doubt technology and communication is far better today than in 1962. There is no reason why nothing should have been done while Americans were fighting for their lives in some desert hovel without anyone who was responsible for their safety and security seeming even the least bit bothered.

There are problems with liberalism, but this is not anything to do with politics. Dereliction of duty and a failure of leadership are indictments against this President. It is small consolation that a lovefest media and low-information don’t care. That is no excuse.

GI Joe, Fighting Man from Head to Toe!

Now that Christmas is over I am reminded of a thought I’d recently had. If wasn’t so much of a thought as a lamentation.

I was recently playing with some action figures with one of my nephews and this moment of grieving came back to me again post-Christmas.

'Merica!

‘Merica!

Action figures have gone down hill since my own childhood took place in the 90’s. My gripe is not about the characters themselves and what they are from or attached to. Rather I lament the actual quality of the toys.

 

I was born in the mid-eighties and thus my childhood saw me grow up in the 90’s.  I think of myself as being of the last year of kids to come of age without mobile phones and the internet being truly commonplace(they did about the year I got out of high school in the early 00’s). With toys I’d say those of us born in the 80’s were the last kids before the full merchandising explosion that took place in the late 90’s to now.

However I don’t want to talk about all toys. I’m here today to talk about action figures. In my childhood GI Joes were the end all be all of action figures. Me and my brother had quite a few growing up, as did all my friends. I even saved up my own money to buy the GI Joe headquarters at some young age.Wild Bill

I spent many hours as a young lad playing with my GI Joes and remember them quite fondly. Perhaps that is why it disappoints me to see what kids have to play with today. GI Joes were special to me but it makes no difference if todays kids play with Power Rangers or Iron Man, or whatever else is the topic.

What bugs me is the lack of quality. The GI Joes are fully moveable. They have articulating elbows and knees, moveable legs at the hips and they could also bend at the waist. These are features I have never seen on any of the action figures I have bought for my nephews in the past several years.

Today’s action figures are all stiff legged and straight armed. You’re lucky if you can even find one that can move his shoulders in any direction other than up and down, let alone his elbows.

How is it that everything we have has gotten smaller and more effective yet action figures have devolved? If Moore’s law suggests that computer chip technology doubles every 2 years(and the cost halves) how is it that any modern everyday action figure couldn’t even wipe his own butt if he had too?

I understand the free market but if those wonderful flexible GI Joes could be had for $2.99 in the early 90’s than what pray tell is stopping $15 Thor from bending his elbows?

I happened to once own all the GI Joes pictured here.DukeTunnel Rat

 

America the Magnificent

I love the United States of America. I’m proud to be an American because it is the greatest country the world has ever seen. I don’t mean that it’s the greatest in terms of its success, though it is. What I mean by the greatest is that the form it has makes it the only government founded on principle rather than tribal territorial rule.

There is nothing wrong with the system of tribal government. It is the most common system throughout history and to criticize it as illegitimate is to criticize human existence. I’m simply stating that America is better because it was founded on principle first.

I love America and that is why it pains me to watch it suffer. This country we have today is far from what it should be.

That is why I want to see America fall. I want to see America crumble under the foolishness of its modern government. It most certainly has to considering the incredible burden of debt it carries.Iwo Jima

I hate to see America suffer at the hands of so many idiots. I’m not talking about just the politicians either. There are far too many Americans who are either afraid or ignorant of the responsibility they have been given under this system. It is because they are nothing but fools that I want to see America fall.

I want America to fall so that it can be rebuilt in its proper image with the original spirit it once possessed. So that it may be built even stronger the next time. It would be stronger not because there are any changes to the principles found its founding documents. Rather it would be stronger because we would know how precious it is and how it must remain guarded.

In order for America to be reborn from the ashes like a Phoenix,  it must first destroy itself. Given the present circumstances, that seems likely to happen.

No Pain, No Gain

It’s rather ridiculous that people, particularly in the news media, seem to think the economy is okay and on the way up.

Why is it ridiculous? Well here’s a good list of 75 econ. statistics from ZeroHedge that’ll blow your mind.

Here’s the real problem with the economy, the stimulus, the fiscal cliff, taxes, spending, all of it. It hurt going in. The economic contraction that started the recession in 2007 put a serious damper on the economy and it’s affect was felt by everyone. Even those not directly affected felt it’s presence.

That was just going in. We haven’t actually done anything to fix the problems, nor prepare for anything to get worse. The economy is saddled with serious baggage. For the economy to actually and truly improve it will have to seriously shape up.

I can't go on...this is too hard

I can’t go on…this is too hard

The term ‘shape up’ is actually a very good one because it is an excellent metaphor for the situation. Americas economy is fat and out of shape. Sure it’s robust, but it can barely move and it has diabetes. However it has continued doing the same things that turned it into a fat tub of lard and given it diabetes.

In order to actually improve it’s health it is going to have to hurt itself. It is going to have to go to the gym and workout out everyday in the future in order to improve. That’s going to hurt. Exercise demands effort for even an in-shape person and it’s going to actually hurt someone who isn’t even close to being in-shape. Merely going through the motions and pretending that it’s working out won’t help either. It has to really feel the burn, and not just feel tired or strained, to get improvement. Most people exercise don’t understand real strain. They never experience it, and therefore the first bit they do feel is to them the greatest pain ever when it reality it’s nothing.

The United States felt pain going into this economic mess it’s become and it’s going to have to feel it a lot worse in order to come out again.

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas.

Just because today is Christmas don’t think nothing can happen. Here are a few things that have happened on December 25 over the years.

  • In 800 Charlemagne was crowned the first Holy Roman Emperor
  • in 1066 William the Conqueror was crowned King of England
  • 1776 George Washington crosses the Delaware river for a surprise Christmas attack on a  Hessian force.
  • President Andrew Johnson pardoned all those involved in the southern rebellion in 1868
  • Russian invades Afghanistan in 1979
  • 1991 Mikhail Gorbachev announces the dissolution of the Soviet Union

Have a Merry Christmas and if you don’t celebrate Christmas, have a nice day, there’s no need for you to be sour.

POTW: General Thomas ‘Stonewall’ Jackson

This week’s person of the week is Confederate General and Virginia native Thomas ‘Stonewall’ Jackson.

Jackson earned the nickname of Stonewall at the First battle of Bull Run though there seems to be many stories as per who said it and the circumstances for it.jackson

Jackson fought for the Confederacy, because he fought for Virginia. A home state being as unfamiliar as a concept to us today as is slavery. By all accounts Jackson appears to have treated slaves and blacks with the utmost courtesy and respect, largely stemming from his religious beliefs. However his overall opinion on the issue of slavery is less clearly understood. He did own slaves and seems to have not really opposed that institution but still treated his slaves better than most and a quote about Jackson says he was the black mans friend.

But it is not for being a gentemanly slave owner that Jackson is our person of the week. Rather he was selected for his success in military strategy.

Though Jackson was relatively unknown at the start of the Civil War, and only a Colonel, had he been more well known and given the overall command instead of Robert E. Lee, the Confederacy may have very well won the war.

While Lee’s typical strategy was to stand in front of the enemy and fight, Jackson was a master strategist who regularly developed plans of campaign as well as battlefield maneuvers to outwit the numerically superior Union forces. Having to fight under Lee however his plans were often neglected.  General Longstreet is once reported to have said, “General Jackson never showed his genius when under the immediate command of General Lee.”

It was at Chancellorsville that Lee finally allowed for a plan of Jacksons to be implemented. Jacksons force split off from the main Confederate force and around the right of the Union lines. He found himself staring down the line of the Union force at camp. Jackson led his forces forward and routed the Union. Jackson rolled up the Union line to its center until daylight ran out and brought the days action to a halt.

Jackson and Lee at Chancelorrsville

Jackson and Lee at Chancelorrsville

However it was at this point, in the darkness around Chancellorsville that Jackson was shot, it is suspected by Confederate troops, who mistook the officers on horseback in the dark for Union cavalry. Hearing about Jacksons wounds, General Lee remarked, “I have lost my right arm” in regards to Jackson.

Jackson was shot three times and evacuated. His left arm had to be amputated and he died of pneumonia several days later on 10 May, 1963.

Following are some quotes of General Jackson.

Captain, my religious belief teaches me to feel as safe in battle as in bed. God has fixed the time for my death. I do not concern myself about that, but to be always ready, no matter when it may overtake me.” He added, after a pause, looking me full in the face: “That is the way all men should live, and then all would be equally brave.

Always mystify, mislead, and surprise the enemy, if possible; and when you strike and overcome him, never let up in the pursuit so long as your men have strength to follow; for an army routed, if hotly pursued, becomes panic-stricken, and can then be destroyed by half their number. The other rule is, never fight against heavy odds, if by any possible maneuvering you can hurl your own force on only a part, and that the weakest part, of your enemy and crush it. Such tactics will win every time, and a small army may thus destroy a large one in detail, and repeated victory will make it invincible.

The patriot volunteer, fighting for country and his rights, makes the most reliable soldier on earth.

Don’t say it’s impossible! Turn your command over to the next officer. If
he can’t do it, I’ll find someone who can, even if I have to take him from
the ranks!

When war does come, my advice is to draw the sword and throw away the
scabbard.

Then, Sir, we will give them the bayonet!

Bevin Alexanders book Lost Victories: The Military Genius of Stonewall Jackson is a good read for more information about Jacksons ability as a commander and strategist.