Holiday Discussions and Observations

Holiday Discussions and Observations

One comment I stumbled into was an Ezra Klein article that Democrats Won the Most Votes in the Election. They Should Act Like It. The title pretty much says it all. I ran into that courtesy of Daring Fireball – a pro-mac tech commentary site where the blogger further decided to state: We lost the election, but we’re the plurality. That’s the truth. It doesn’t change the results, but it’s so uncomfortable for Trump that he’s just making shit up that he somehow actually won the popular vote. That “making shit up”? It links to the following tweet: In addition to Read more »

Back in Town

Back in Town

The holiday travels and time with family – being in a household of very liberal, but rarely SJW, Hillary and Bernie supporters excepting my Dad – was good, all in all, and also fodder for a number of thoughts that will come out in the next week or two. I hope all went well for everyone, and also, prayers to the people losing their homes and escaping the fires in the southeast. It will certainly be a while before Gatlinburg will recover, and that was a favorite spot to spend a week in a rented cabin, hiking the trails in Read more »

Girl Friday

Girl Friday

I couldn’t find any Thanksgiving-themed pics I liked, so I decided to simply provide a little bit of beauty in a weekend I hope you’re getting to spend with family.    

Sci Fi I Was Never Interested In

Sci Fi I Was Never Interested In

Looks like they’re doing a TV version of the Snowpiercer, a movie based on a French graphic novel. Supposedly it will “fix” some of the problems with the movie because it didn’t have enough time. insofar as I’m concerned, there are two problems with the movie that made me never want to go see it. The first is, obvious from the trailers, a heavy handed class warfare message. The second, though, is the premise. You’ve got a goddamned perpetual motion engine – unlimited power – and instead of using it to power generators and provide heat you fucking waste all Read more »

#OrangeList

#OrangeList

Ken Burnside of Ad Astra games is a nice enough guy who has put together a few space combat sim boardgames like Attack Vector: Tactical, the Saganami Island Simulator (the same basic system set in David Weber’s Honorverse), and Squadron Strike which, despite some seriously innovative game mechanics to translate 3D movement into something approaching a playable system, still is more the province of those who, growing up, thought Harpoon, Advanced Squad Leader and Starfleet Battles were either just right, or didn’t have enough detail. Yeah, that’s me. Anyway, he’s a good enough fellow, and a sharp designer, but on the “nice guy” side Read more »

Blaming the Source – Fake News.

Blaming the Source – Fake News.

Recently had an opportunity to actually converse with a leftist about things, and they expressed cautious hope that some of Trumps picks were not too bad, all things considered. Didn’t understand why so many people were losing their minds, and figured the position deserved some respect even if someone didn’t respect the individual in office. So I pointed out that yeah, it was a shame that so many had bought into hysteria fueled by lies. The reply was basically “what?” I mentioned pointed out the media was full of lies during the election – colluding with the Clintons, and outright Read more »

The Lie That the Truth Lies in between

The Lie That the Truth Lies in between

Barry Goldwater once stated “Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice. Moderation in pursuit of justice is no virtue.” It hardly a surprise then, that I loathe the concept that the truth is always somewhere between to views. No, I am not arguing that compromise is not necessary, that it is a bad thing. I’m arguing that the moral relativism of assuming that neither side is right, and that there MUST be compromise, is the intellectually bankrupt position. Think about it one moment. You think murder is wrong, and think no-one should be murdered. The guy across the table Read more »

SJW’s and Abusers

SJW’s and Abusers

SJW’s and borderlines always project, and how often do they accuse other people of violence or abuse? In case you’re wondering, a throwaway comment by Stefan Molyneaux made me pause. Think about the bakery lawsuits for a question. He asked if you would be willing to eat a cake, or any other meal, from somewhere that you had to sue them into serving you? I fully agree that I would not unless I thought the people there were the model of forbearance. It boils down to this – and this is not a useful rhetorical argument, just an observation. It’s Read more »