Lies and Consequences - Gonna Believe Yer Lyin' Eyes?

Lies and Consequences - Gonna Believe Yer Lyin' Eyes?

This was originally going to be Decision Trees part two, about the Atlanta shooting. Among other things that have happened, St. Efan has been removed from the YouTube, which renders an easy reference to a lot of what I was going to bring up moot. Instead, I'm going to look at the lies surrounding that event and several recent others. Related to the Atlanta shooting of Brooks, we are of course told he was a devoted father, who didn't deserve to be shot for pointing a non-lethal tazer at a cop.  Because leftists only care about power, we're askede to…

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Worthiness, and the Common Good.

Worthiness, and the Common Good.

I just ran into this, which dovetails nicely with the core moral principle Razorfist was discussing regarding intellectual property: I’m not a fan of the word “deserve”. In many contexts, these days, it conveys (or breeds) a sense of entitlement, ingratitude and possibly selfishness. Instead, I’ve adopted the term “worthy”. I don’t deserve nice things. However, I am worthy of them. Whether it be time spent at the gym, a better pair of shoes, a cleaner home, et al, I don’t deserve it. I am worthy of it. Should, of course, I put forth the effort…

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Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends

Life has been conspiring to inspire me, and a few more posts are getting prepped. In the meantime, here are a few more bits that don't deserve a long treatment. First, Men of the West has picked up some of my posts, and will do so in the future when my articles fit their needs. It's a site I've regularly kept an eye on as they cover a broad range of subjects from the practical to the philosophical relevant to men without getting all squishy like Art of Manliness does all too often. I'll be trying out the orange chicken…

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Being Alive vs Living

Being Alive vs Living

Unfortunately, as I wrote it, the quote that inspired my most recent post on safety was utterly forgotten. During the Battle of Belleau Wood in WW1, First Sargeant Daniel Daly, 73rd Machine Gun Company, USMC, exhorted his men with the call "Come on, you sons-o'-bitches! Do you want to live forever?" before charging the Germans. Interestingly, Daly himself apparently disputes that, and claims he said "For Christ's sake men—come on! Do you want to live forever?" In either case, this quote was immortalized in lore, to the point that RA Heinlein used a similar line in his novel Starship…

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Safety Third - Covid Edition

Safety Third - Covid Edition

A While back I'd written a post on safety being important, but not the most important thing. Safety has to serve repeatably getting things done, and is not an ultimate virtue in and of itself. Put another way, there is a difference between staying alive, and living. Every choice involves risks, and one of the most common causes of death is slipping in the shower or bathtub. A guy can die as a result of simply falling over in his house and hitting his head. While I'm not in the "just a flu" or "it doesn't exist" crowd - there's…

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Joggers, again.

Joggers, again.

I'd already covered this once, but more information has come to light, and Rekeita had Branco on for an interview. I think the overall discussion by Branca with Rekeita is good, but I'd like to address one area where he, by focusing on the legal argument, undercuts the moral argument by declaring he thought the McMichaels were unwise, but worse, by classifying citizens arrest laws as an artifact of the past. He also discards any importance in looking at the grounds/reasonability of citizen's arrest. Annoyingly - he even states why those laws are on the books in the first…

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Joggers

Joggers

I've been slow to keep up with the outrages du jour, so it was only the other day I heard about the shooting of a guy in Florida for "just going out for a jog while black". I know the media and the grievance cultists have been looking for another genuine Dylan Roof, and demand has so exceeded supply that nearly every supposed hate crime - Smollett, anyone? - has been faked by the supposed victims. "But, there's video!" OK - maybe the NAACP struck gold again after all this time, but I was still skeptical that the story of…

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Karens Kill

Karens Kill

Yes, Karens are everywhere. I don't know if they are predominantly an anglo-saxon thing, but  every example seen so far has met that demographic quite nicely. There is a male version though. For those born in the 70's, you may remember the animated smurfs series, with "Brainy", an obnoxious gamma twit, having the tagline "Papa smurf always says". That is your male proto-Karen.  The guy who can't stand to see someone "breaking the rules" and just has to do something about it. In extreme cases, they kill. Take Michael Drejka. I know perfectly well that MD's defense lawyer made a…

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