The Democrats’ freshman Congresscritters continue to pay dividends in the ridicule market—Ummm, … if the DHS doesn’t get any money, how will they pay those TSA agent?
Karl Marx was a man of the 19th Century. As such, his philosophical and economic models are less refined than later thinkers who had the benefit of more historical experience, While it is probably impossible to drag Democratic Socialist politicians (Bernie Sanders, ¡Ocasio! She Guevara, etc.) into the 21st Century, perhaps they can be induced to consider basing their programs on the work of 20th-Century Marxists.
In one sense, they already do. They keep wanting to try the same failed “solutions” to nonexistent problems. That strategy models Chico’s economic behavior; he squandered his earnings and kept betting on the wrong horses. Clearly, Groucho’s approach was better. His cheerfully irreverent approach to the facts (“How the elephant got in my pajamas …”) and willingness to deal with them usually led to desirable outcomes.
However, the correct model for them is Harpo. They should just shut up and let us laugh at them.
After seeing several comments on the Interwebz about how the Right was “pouncing” on the errors made in the misreporting of the Covington Kids harassment story, I clicked on the Dictionary widget on my Mac and found this as part of the definition of pounce—
notice and take swift and eager advantage of a mistake, remark, or sign of weakness: reporters who are just as eager to pounce on a gaffe as on a significant news story.
Well, I suppose we are taking advantage of the Left’s mistake. Their whole pitch was based on lies. It was their drummer who invaded someone else’s space. It was their “elder” who tried to provoke children, and it was they who cyberabused the youngsters. And it was their “elder” who may not be a respectable veteran, but a liar who misrepresented a military service record that appears to include stateside AWOL rather than service overseas.
Yeah, we pounced on that, and in the process, turned the Left’s fake news gaffe into a significant real news story.
Brett Kimberlin is a loser. He’s failed at just about everything he’s tried. Dealing LSD got him convicted of perjury when he was still a teenager but old enough to be an adult. His grandiose dope smuggling schemes resulted in his getting caught trying to bring in over 5 tons of weed. He’s been released from supervisor on his parole, but his sentence for the Speedway bombings still has over ten years left to run. His pro se legal career has been an abject failure, and the attempts by the incompetent writers and editors at his PR blog
Breitbart Unmasked Bunny Billy Boy Unread to find something … anything … favorable to say about his LOLsuits inspired mockery and parody fiction here at Hogewash! and another blogs.
Speaking of parody fiction, I recycled this episode of BLOGSMOKE four years ago today, and I think it’s worth another run.
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While I was reviewing paperwork for a couple of the bits of lawfare Team Bomber is waging, I noticed a certain synchronicity between the cases of The Bomber and The Grouch. That brought this episode from a year ago to mind …
MUSIC: UP AND UNDER—RECORDED—CUT 1
ANNOUNCER: (VOICE OVER MUSIC) Around Twitter Town and in the territory of the net—there’s just one way to handle the harassers and the stalkers—and that’s with an Internet Sheriff and the smell of “BLOGSMOKE”!
MUSIC: THEME HITS: FULL BROAD SWEEP AND UNDER—RECORDED—CUT 2
ANNOUNCER: “BLOGSMOKE” starring W. J. J. Hoge. The story of the trolling that moved into the young Internet—and the story of a man who moved against it. (MUSIC: OUT)
JOHN: I’m that man, John Hoge, Internet Sheriff—the first man they look for and the last they want to meet. It’s a chancy job—and it makes a man watchful … and a little lonely.
MUSIC: MAIN TITLE—RECORDED—CUT 3 Continue reading
I hope Film Ladd is correct, at least about the firings. In the case of lawsuits, the process is the punishment, and it can punish both sides. It would be better for the media companies involved to offer generous settlements to the children they appear to have victimized and keep the matter out of court.
However, the individual Twitter thugs shouldn’t be left unaccountable for their cyberbullying. The question remains of how to make a public example of them sufficient to deter such acts in the future.
Public shaming? One massive lawsuit against hundreds or thousands of defendants alleging that they are jointly and severally liable for the incitement to violence?
Alea iacta est.
Neo has a post up titled Something’s going on in Europe which quotes several European source about populist movements on the other side of the Atlantic.
France and Britan—
Technically, our globalised economic model performs well. It produces a lot of wealth. But it doesn’t need the majority of the population to function. It has no real need for the manual workers, labourers and even small-business owners outside of the big cities. Paris creates enough wealth for the whole of France, and London does the same in Britain. But you cannot build a society around this. The gilets jaunes is a revolt of the working classes who live in these places…
America isn’t the only Western country in which too much power accrues to self-seeking bureaucrats and lobbyists who don’t give a damn what ordinary citizens think or want or need. America’s not alone in being run by politicians who, preoccupied with short-term personal gains and political prospects at the expense of the long-term national interest, pursue disastrous policies that threaten to bring down Western civilization. And America isn’t the only country whose mainstream news media spread “fake news” about all the above, whitewashing dangerous alien cultures while showing insufficient concern for our own.
The cities themselves have become very unequal, too. The Parisian economy needs executives and qualified professionals. It also needs workers, predominantly immigrants, for the construction industry and catering et cetera. Business relies on this very specific demographic mix. The problem is that ‘the people’ outside of this still exist. In fact, ‘Peripheral France’ actually encompasses the majority of French people.
I believe that there’s a lesson to be drawn from history about the long-term viability of a society that focuses on an urban elite at the expense of the plebes in flyover country. It is the history of Rome. Eventually, the political balance that maintains the elite in their commanding positions will fail as their internal conflicts weaken them. We may be seeing such a struggle on the Left here in the U. S.
Trump, Brexit, and les gilet jaunes are the vanguard of flyover country’s opposition to the current order. Bernie Sanders and ¡Ocasio! She Guevara appear to represent people who want to be part of the elite, but who feel that they have been cheated by a corrupt hierarchy. There are only so many slots available for executive, managerial, and professional workers, and many young inner party wannabes are finding that they have six-figure student loans and a working-class job or no job at all. They haven’t even been able to move into the outer party.
Free stuff—tuition, medical care, whatever—will ease the current burden on the elite wannabes, but many of the elite’s policies run counter to their real world interests. The internal fights on the Left are about to get interesting.
Ted Lieu is the Congresscritter who recently said that he wanted to regulate the contents of speech and who seemed to be disappointed that the First Amendment prevented it. However, he wants the privilege of using words however he wishes, regardless of their meaning.
Humpty Dumpty and the editors of the Newspeak Dictionary were unavailable for comment.
UPDATE—Another politician once explained the meaning of words with this example:
How many legs does a dog have if you call his tail a leg? Four. Saying that a tail is a leg doesn’t make it a leg.