Monday, August 22, 2016

Don't Laugh!

Is there anybody out there who doesn't know that I'm a lifelong ideological Anarchist?  Okay, so try hard not to giggle when you hear what I'll be doing next week on election day. 

I'm going to be a local poll-watcher.  No kidding.

Why?  Well, the simplest answer is: money.  I lost a lot of trees this past summer, and the county pays $140 for a day of poll-watching, and every little bit helps. 

More to the point, though, I'd like to see the elections business from the inside, for once.  This is a small town, the polling-place is the local high school, and the process should be pretty simple.  The gang of us will have to show up the previous day, after school, for a three-hour training course -- and I'll definitely take notes.  I particularly want to get a good look at the tabulating machines.  If I see the word "Dieboldt" anywhere, you can bet that I'll raise a stink.

If the ballots will be counted by hand, I'll keep an even closer watch.  Back in Chicago I saw plenty of ingenious ways to disqualify ballots, and I'll be looking for them. 

Most especially, I want to see how many 3rd-party votes show up.  The number of voters registered Libertarian, and Green, in Arizona is one of the better-kept political secrets in the state.  It'll be fun to see the local media try to ignore the actual poll results, especially this year, when everybody is so disgusted with the Big Two.  The mainstream-media have been squawking merrily about Democrats refusing to endorse Hillary and Republicans refusing to endorse Trump;  what will they do when double-digit percentages of voters refuse to endorse either of them?  *Snicker*  Anyone who thinks that Arizona is a "red state" doesn't live here.

The only thing that could be more fun on election day would be poll-watching down in the border counties, where I could see how the Navajo votes goes.

--Leslie <;)))><   

Sunday, August 7, 2016

The Fix Is In

Rasty has been watching the political commentaries almost non-stop for the past couple weeks, chortling over the anti-Trump jokes.  He's seriously worried that Trump will be elected, on the grounds that the average voter has the IQ of a fence-post.  In vain do I keep telling him not to worry, Trump won't be elected;  the Democratic National Committee has been planning this gambit for years, the fix is in, the election is rigged, and Hillary will be our next POTUS.  How do I know?  Hey, I lived for 12 years in Chicago, dealing with local and grassroots politics, and I know for a fact that Democrats are much better at stealing elections than Republicans are.  Republicans tend to cheat on elections by cutting people off the voting rolls and "losing" ballots, while Democrats cheat by inflating the voting rolls and stuffing ballot boxes.  I was registered to vote in Chicago, and I'm probably still voting there.  Yeah, Hillary's going to get it.

For you political naifs out there who wonder why this will be a disaster, I recommend that you go up on the Internet and carefully search Hillary's real political history, not just what her flaks advertize.  She has a very long history of lying like a rug, lying when she doesn't have to, lying about matters large and small.  She also has a record of chasing political power by means open and covert, and trimming her political policies to get it;  what she's for one year she's against the next, so long as it's politically popular, and none dare call it flip-flopping.  Her record on real support of women's issues varies from spotty to downright nasty, and far from being "the people's candidate", she's disturbingly cozy with crony capitalism;  where do you think she (and Bill) get those hundred-thousand-dollar "speaking fees"?  But above all, she has constantly shown a tendency to ignore, evade, and end-run the Constitution.  Yes, a Trump presidency would be a catastrophe, but Hillary will do her best to be a disaster.

So what can we do in the face of this oncoming train-wreck?

Well, we can vote for anything but Democrats for congressional offices: not necessarily Republicans, but Libertarians, Independents, and Greens -- they're all on the ballot this year.  Getting a mixed non-Democrat Congress will put the brakes on Hillary's tendency to wipe her butt with the Constitution without guaranteeing Republican deadlocks.  And let's hear no knee-jerk squall about "wasting your vote";  the Libertarians and even Greens have shown remarkable increases in the polls as more voters become disgusted with the Democrat and Republican candidates.  Breaking the long media policy of blacking out any mention of the third parties, CNN a few days ago gave the Libertarian candidates an open hearing on its Town Hall program.  Johnson and Wells made an excellent showing, answering questions from both the MC and the audience with a marvelous sane clarity that won them a standing ovation.  I suspect the Libertarians' percentage in the polls went up as a result, because the mainstream media carefully avoided mentioning them -- or their appearance on the program, or the current standing of the Libertarian Party, the next morning.  And the Greens have been showing political ads all over the major networks.  So have independent candidates for offices from senator on down.  The old media wall of silence is crumbling, and voter predictability with it.

More to the point, if any of those third-parties can get 15% in the opinion polls, they can get into the televised presidential debates.  In the debates, the Libertarians are likely to show themselves as a beacon of shining sanity, honesty, and responsibility in a sea of politics-as-usual   In that case, they just might collect enough of the final vote to give us that desperately-needed anything-but-Democrat Congress.

Cross your fingers -- and vote Libertarian.

--Leslie <;)))><         

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Shameless Plug/Review -- "Eyes of the Setting Sun"

For the past few years I've been making a little extra money doing online editing, so I wasn't surprised when an old Chicago buddy -- Chris Madsen -- asked me to beta-read/edit his SciFi novel for him.  Now in all the years I've known him, more than 30 by now, he's always been a professional systems analyst, computer programmer, technical writer, and rabid SciFi fan, so I expected to find computer references in his book.  Well, that's like saying you expect to find a firecracker or two at the New York City 4th of July celebration.  Every scene, and sometimes sections of scenes, are headed by programming instructions that clarify the plot.  I've heard that programmers who pick up this book find that they can't put it down.  What's more, the main character -- surely the strangest heroine in all of Science Fiction, and that's saying a lot -- has her brain interfaced with a computer;  she refers to it, commands it, argues with it, and searches it for hidden revelations as the plot develops, and every cybernetic conversation has the solid ring of authenticity.

Half the fun of following the plot is that it zigs and zags between past and present, building a surrealistic mosaic with a clear programming guide. And all this is against the background of a dystopian future that the heroine is trying to repair with various unlikely allies and all-too-likely enemies.  Eyes of the Setting Sun is a wide-ranging, slow-building, SciFi techno-thriller with some startlingly original scenes and concepts, not to mention characters.  It's a damned good novel for a first-time author, which is why I'm shamelessly breaking the rules to tout a book that I've personally worked on.  So I'll say no more, except go to, look up Eyes of the Setting Sun and read the excerpt.  Even non-nerds will love it.

--Leslie <;)))><  


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Downspiral: The Steady Corruption of Black Lives Matter

The assassin who ambushed and killed 5 cops in Dallas, Texas, claimed he was avenging Black men killed in Minnesota and Louisiana.  'Tis pity that nobody had time to tell him: "You idiot, you shot the wrong cops!"  Then again, it's unlikely he would have cared;  any White cops would have served.  The Baton Rouge cop-killer was a Black Muslim, and clearly he wouldn't have cared either.  Now everyone in America is aware of the problem of over-militarized -- and sometimes doped-up, on speed or steroids -- cops attacking, beating, and killing unarmed or otherwise helpless civilians;  for some reason, most people aren't aware that it isn't just Blacks who become victims.  Vicious cops have shown themselves quite willing to attack, beat, and kill White, Latino, Asian and Indian civilians.  Google "Kelly Thomas" and see a rather graphic video on YouTube of a retarded young White man being beaten to death by a small horde of disgustingly eager cops -- also White.  So when did this stop being a police-brutality problem and become a racism problem?

That can be laid entirely at the feet of the organization called Black Lives Matter.  Formed after the Ferguson, Missouri mess, BLM made a point of denouncing -- as "racist", of course -- anyone who tried to claim that all lives matter, and police brutality is more than a Black problem.  Now why would they do that?  Well, first they made the reasonable demand that cities with large Black populations should hire more Black cops and have them patrol the Black neighborhoods.  Then the demands got wider, and further out: universal employment, Black History taught in all schools, an end to US involvement in the middle-east, and -- after blocking traffic in a major city -- dissolution of the entire police department.  Most recently, one of their spokeswomen demanded reparations for the years of slavery: "Open your checkbooks and hand over your car keys".  The unspoken corollary is: "We'll disrupt your city if you don't give us what we want."  In other words, within a year of its inception, BLM became a Black extortion ring. 

And now they've upped the ante.  After over a year of BLM's bombast, Black extremists have taken to ambushing and killing random cops.  The perpetrators were killed in the resulting shootouts, so never had time to say they were inspired by Black Lives Matter, but they'd certainly seen and heard BLM's propaganda.  BLM's response has been rather mixed: a few standard statements about how they never said to go around killing cops and they didn't personally deal with these nuts, the usual shifting of blame to Police Racism, and so on.  They haven't been notable for exhorting their audiences not to kill cops.  The implication is pretty clear. 

So is BLM's obvious and rampant stupidity.  People at large are beginning to notice that BLM is deliberately fanning racism for fun and... profit.  Already there are grumbles to have Black Lives Matter legally declared a domestic terrorist organization, and of course those embattled police departments across the country are willing to comply.  Though BLM has no formal connection with the Black Muslim organization, their parallel rhetoric puts them in the same political camp.  Given the number of recent Jihadist attacks, in the US and elsewhere, the next step is an easy connection to make.  If BLM had wanted to call down the police -- and not just local -- on their heads, they couldn't have done a better job. 

In these days of lightning-fast mass communications, we've seen other political groups -- the Tea Party comes to mind -- corrupted with amazing speed, but Black Lives Matter didn't start that clean to begin with.  The Black Muslim movement in America has been around for half a century, and though it has kept a low profile in recent years, it's an obvious target for Jihadist recruiters.  It wouldn't be hard for the various agencies of Homeland Security to find evidence for connections, and BLM will be toast.  After that, like drug cartels in the Latino slums, they'll be heroes only to the gang-banger crowd.   

Did anyone in Black Lives Matter foresee this before it started peddling Black racism for fun and profit?

--Leslie <;)))><  


Monday, July 11, 2016

Historical Essay Contest!

Well, for the second week in a row I'm posting somebody else's message, but I think this one is worth it too.  Here are the particulars:

Pro-RKBA group The Zelman Partisans is holding an essay contest. The
prize is an Israeli rebarreled Mauser,formerly Nazi-era German.


Win This Historic Israeli Freedom Tool

Enter and tell us why you’d like to own this beautiful, rare, and
historic Mauser Karabiner 98.

This rifle was born in 1940 in the factories of Nazi Germany. It was a
tool of hatred and oppression. But eventually one of those particularly
Jewish miracles possessed it.

Sometime later in that decade, after Hitler’s evil was crushed, this
rifle and others like it found their way to the hands of Jewish
liberators in Palestine. The Jews of America and Britain paid to
purchase the guns and smuggle them to their brothers and sisters in the
Middle East, defying a British embargo. Most of the Mausers that found
their covert way to Israel were Czechoslovakian. This rifle is one of
the rare few remaining that were made for Hitler and transformed by Jews.


I have no fiduciary interest.

The sheer amount of history tied up in this gun is amazing.  Please do search it on the Internet. 

Monday, July 4, 2016

A Pagan Curse Upon ISIS/ISIL/Daesh

--Leslie <;)))><  )O(

I rarely do covers of other folks' blog-posts, but this one deserves it.  Written on World Heritage Day by Aedicula Antinoi, it's the "working" part of a few "formal rituals against the bastards who think their role upon earth is to destroy the history of the devotions of their ancestors. I will not say their name in my preamble statement here, because I think it is more effective to be silent about them whenever possible, and to reserve my saying of their name for the venom it deserves, which will be mustered below."

And a splendid Pagan curse it is, too.  Feel free to use it when and wherever you think it will do the most good:

Execration of the Impious

May the poisonous spit of ten million cobras
be heaped upon the name of Daesh
and upon the heads and eyes and hearts
of everyone who masses under their banner.

May they who destroyed Nimrud and Hatra,
and who have threatened to bring low
the pyramidal jewels of Egypt’s crown
have their name ground into the dust.

Eat dust for your bread, O Daesh,
and may your only drink be vitriol,
and may everyone who says your name
spit on the ground for its impurity in their mouths.

The armies of the sand fleas have heeded
the call to arms and have inflicted you
with skin diseases–may the fleas rise again
and continue to attack your foul bodies!

You tried to destroy the city of Ninurta,
but the crowned sphinx will live again
to stride over your corpses with his strength
and to grind your bones into meal fit for hogs!

You tried to destroy all knowledge of the past,
to erase the great accomplishments of your ancestors,
but they turn their mighty backs on you now–
you are a people with no roots, no strength.

A rain of three billion stones fall upon you
from Allat, Manat, and Al-Uzza, three pillars
of strength which will never support you,
three foundation stones of your enemies returned.

Inanna daughter of Sin will bring whirlwinds of fire
upon you to scatter your resolve and your arms,
and Ereshkigal will hang you on hooks
while Nergal pisses on your shriveled souls.

From distant places Anat will rouse her armies
and bring a flood of blood upon you,
and Qadesh will dance rejoicing upon your trunks
shorn of limbs and heads and blinded in the eyes.

Syria’s Thyandrites, from Damascus,
will come again to light with his spear,
and trade it for missiles exploding with fire
burning your vile forms into shadow forever.

And she whose name has been profaned by you
and by an ignorant world, Isis Great In Magic:
when her name is called in reference to you
may her strength multiply a thousand times!

May Isis bring the Eyes of Re to focus on you
and burn through your flayed skins;
May Isis steal the vigor of your blood
and blast your kidneys and burst your livers.

And may all of the Lilitu of the deserts
converge in your dreams to drive you from sleep,
and may Pazuzu vomit upon you in your retreat
and fill your waking moments with filth.

All of this, O Daesh, be upon you
for the vanity of your vainglorious desires;
all of this, O Daesh, be upon you
for the idiocy of your actions against the gods;

All of this, O Daesh, be upon you
for the offense you have become to your people;
all of this, O Daesh, be upon you
for the disgrace you have become to your ancestors.

And all of this, O Daesh, and much more
to the number of seventy-two billion curses
by every god in every land be upon you
until your name and life is cut from the earth.

May you be spat upon, O Daesh,
May you be spat upon, O Daesh,
May you be spat upon, O Daesh,
May you be spat upon with blood!


Sunday, June 26, 2016

Where Did That Come From?

Awhile ago my brother Mike had enough curiosity and spare cash to sign up with for a DNA test.  The results really surprised him, knowing what he did of our family history, so he sent me a copy, pointed out the anomaly, and asked if I knew wherethehell that had come from.

Now a brief sidebar for our family history: my Dad was the son of Polish Jewish and Hungarian Jewish immigrants, and Mom was... interesting. First, she was a professional musician.  Second, her father was a ne'er-do-well third son of a minor British/Austrian aristocrat named (as far as my grand-aunt remembered) Von Schello.  Her mother, another professional musician, was -- and this was a big family secret -- a Metis:  that is, mixed Canadian French and Chippewa Indian.  Nothing was recorded about granny's father, but her mother was a Chippewa medicine-singer.  That, Mom recalled proudly, was where the female line of our family got their musical talent.  So, my brother and I are mixed Polish/Hungarian Jewish and Austrian/British/French/Chippewa -- in other words, typical American melting-pot.

What the DNA test showed was: about 30% eastern-European Jewish (expected, except for the proportions), another 30% western European (which would cover the Austrian and French) and then...  The that was 30% Scandinavian, 5% Asian, and 5% all over the map.  The all-over-the-map I could understand -- all of us have distant ancestors who wandered in from somewhere else, and everywhere on Earth is walking distance (or at least small-boat distance) if you have time enough.  What we couldn't figure was the complete lack of "Native American" blood, and wherethehell did "Scandinavian" and "Asian" come from?

I'm pretty sure that Mom's family wasn't lying about the great family secret of Chippewa ancestry;  in my grandmother's and grand-aunt's day a touch of non-White blood was something to be hidden.  "Indian" was the formal and honorable term, "Redskin" was no worse than vulgar, and the disparaging term was "Red Niggers".  In short, nobody would have invented a story like that about their ancestry.  So why didn't the DNA test show it?  And whereinhell did "Scandinavian" and "Asian" come from?

So I did some research about the Metis and the Chippewa (a.k.a. Ojibwa) and learned something interesting.  The Chippewa lived in what's now southern Canada and the northern US, on the eastern side of the Great Lakes, near Sault Ste. Marie.  They hunted into New York state, where my mother's family came from.  Nowadays we know that the Indian tribes were a mixture of early Asians, who came from across the Bering Straits about 12,000 years ago, and -- if ya please -- Europeans, the Clovis Point people, who came from northwestern France about 15,000 years ago.  Now that would account for the "Asian" genes, and a percentage of the "western European", but wherethehell did those "Scandinavian" genes come from?  Maybe a bit from the French (the "Normans" had been "Northmen" just a few generations earlier), maybe a bit from the Austrian side of Dad's family, maybe some from the British (Normans/Northmen again), but the percentages just didn't add up.  There was still too much "Scandinavian".

Then I dug a little deeper into Chippewa history, and found the answer. 

Eastern Canada and the northern part of the eastern US was the realm of Vinland.  That's where Leif Erikson's Viking colony was founded.  Although the colony was eventually defeated by disease and attacks of the "Skralings" (99% certainly the Iroquois tribe), there were some Indians that were happy to get along with the Vikings, to trade goods and services and... genes.  Those were the Chippewa, who mutually hated the Iroquois and would gladly befriend anyone the Iroquois fought.

So there we are;  I'm the great-X-granddaughter of Vinland Vikings and Chippewa sympathizers.  The fact that couldn't read that from our DNA -- and didn't realize that all that made up a branch of "Native American" -- makes me giggle.  Didn't they realize that "primitive" people might have some complicated history?  Had they never heard of Lief Erikson and the Vinland colony?  Ah well, I suppose we can't expect microbiologists to study history too, eh?

--Leslie <;)))><