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Sunday ramble

I was debating whether to write more about Obama’s recent (though ancient in Internet Time) fiats against gun “dealers” and gun owners. Can’t bring myself to. Our Glorious Leader is all about “gun control theater,” signifying very darned little. Bans and confiscations clearly dance through Obama’s dreams, but he hasn’t got the guts to face strong people. He strikes at the weak and vulnerable.

Then this morning I was reminded of the bottom line truth:




Well, I finished watching The Man in the High Castle. Yep, as you who got there before me said, that was certainly a “twisty” ending in more ways than one.

Excellent show all the way through. Moody, suspenseful, intelligent, brilliantly crafted.

Funny, though. When a show is that excellent, every minor slip stands out. In one episode the writer confused geography with geology, and both the actors in the scene obediently recited the goof. You’d think somebody, somewhere on the crew would have said, “Hey, wait a minute.” I wanted to knock them all silly — only because they suddenly yanked so hard on my suspension of disbelief.


Related to both High Castle and real resistance movements: Without any spoilers, I’ll say that there’s a major character who is maddeningly ambiguous. He’s someone you want to like, or at least give the benefit of the doubt to. Maybe you’d see him as a bad guy trying to be good. Or a good guy who behaves badly because he’s under duress. If you’ve seen the show, you know who I mean. He’s positioned so that he could either be very valuable, or deadly, to the resistance.

By the final episode I was rooting for the good guys to kill him and be done with it.

In a resistance, you must know how to hide, evade, and deceive. You have to know when not to say something. You have to be able to look an enemy in the face and be innocently honest when you’re a guilty liar. But you also have to be trustworthy to each other.

The defining trait of this character is that, given the choice between truth and lies, he always lies. Even when he’s “confessing” to something, he lies. Even with those closest to him, he’s always sure to shade the truth or omit vital details.

Guy like that in a resistance movement? In a time of deadly totalitarianism? When freedom depends on trust for your fellows? I say blow his brains out. Or if you can’t do that, give him some false trail to follow and send him off in pointless circles. (But in the context of High Castle, this character is too well-connected for the latter method. Brains, I say.)


I mentioned in my New Years resolutions post that I needed to economize in 2016.

This was a hard one, but the next step is canceling my Internet service. That will happen in early February.

You may not notice a lot of difference because there’s wifi at the library. I won’t make as many blog posts, but I won’t disappear, either. The posts I do make will be the product of a brain that has more time to think while being less distracted by news, politics, email, and cute cat pictures.

Though I’m doing this so I can devote more resources toward paying down last fall’s bills, I admit that another enforced absence from the ‘Net will be welcome, too. No idea how long it’ll last. But stick around. I won’t disappoint you.


  1. Old Printer
    Old Printer January 10, 2016 11:30 am

    He strikes at the weak and vulnerable.
    Wrong. Conniving, two-faced, and unspeakably evil. He is setting up something. And Burns, Oregon will unfortunately play into it. Be prepared because the SHTF moment is imminent.

  2. Pat
    Pat January 10, 2016 12:57 pm

    I understand economizing from the internet. I debated leaving entirely before I decided to change ISPs. Enjoy your freedom — the freedom to live in real time! (But please keep us posted on the progress of the house.)

  3. Kent McManigal
    Kent McManigal January 10, 2016 1:37 pm

    I saw a meme like that gun one, but in it the guy ended with more guns than he started with, because he took the guns of those who came to confiscate his.

    Which made me think of making this: link (Hope you can see it)

  4. LarryA
    LarryA January 10, 2016 6:54 pm

    Kent: “Sorry, that page was not found.”

  5. Kent McManigal
    Kent McManigal January 10, 2016 7:12 pm

    Hmmm…. OK, try this link: link

  6. Josh
    Josh January 10, 2016 10:21 pm

    “He strikes at the weak and vulnerable.”

    Wrong wrong wrong. He attacks all people (although universal effectiveness of his efforts is certainly up for debate) using the emotions of the weak and vulnerable. Sort of the way a grumpy seven year old wields a stick. Nothing new. That is how politics have worked since the beginning of tyranny.

  7. Claire
    Claire January 11, 2016 5:19 am

    The reference to the weak and vulnerable was to Obama’s outrage of urging use of the Social Security Administration and HIPAA to take gun rights without due process from … the weak and vulnerable. Did you guys actually read Bear’s analysis of Obama’s fiat, linked in that paragraph? It’s great.

  8. Bill St. Clair
    Bill St. Clair January 11, 2016 5:54 am

    Obama doesn’t strike anybody. He talks. He writes. He signs papers. Those who believe in his authority, and enforce his dictates, are the real criminals here. “Just following orders” is still not a justification, for anything.

  9. Michael Jordan
    Michael Jordan January 11, 2016 8:59 am

    I give her no more than 60 days and the DDT’s will strike

  10. Laird
    Laird January 11, 2016 9:33 am

    “DDT’s”? Surely you meant “DT’s”?

  11. Claire
    Claire January 11, 2016 10:42 am

    Guess it doesn’t matter whether I tremble like an old alcoholic or like a dying mosquito. šŸ™‚

    Given my history and my proclivities, Michael Jordan would be absolutely correct — except that this time it’s not merely one of my “I vaaahnt to be alone” impulses, but a financial incentive, too. I’m really determined to knock those bills down flat!

    And the library has wifi. And the deli section of the grocery store. And the coffee house. And …

  12. david
    david January 11, 2016 2:46 pm

    I noticed that Obama said a lot – much of it already law – in order to make the minions think he’s still ‘boss of something’. Not much was new, what was new is questionable legally and probably won’t stand a court challenge. After all, he could have simply ordered the BATFE to change it’s regulations….

    So my take on it is that he’s merely playing a favorite scene over again for the peanut gallery. It looks like he’s taking great strides against the ‘gun lobby’, yet he’s doing little – and nothing at all legal. A sop for the pigs is all it is. And that is the crux of the matter. Obama doesn’t want his legacy to be “distant last place behind Jimmy Carter’ on the presidential effectiveness list. He will be, but he doesn’t want to be. Everything he’s done has been a failure, even his so-called successes – Obama care (bankrupting itself, and driving people and providers out of the exchanges), and the Iran Deal (in which he gave away the ranch for a sack of guano) -are generally and publicly lauded as failures. So in my opinion (Yes, we all have a belly button) what he’s doing is trying to salvage at least a little bit of ‘liberal cred’ so that his career isn’t just a dead fish after office. I suppose he doesn’t want to sell access and launder the payments because he’d look like just another Clinton clone.

  13. Michael Jordan
    Michael Jordan January 12, 2016 9:03 am

    Actually I really did mean DDT’s
    Meaning Double that standard DT’s
    Knowing how our favorite writer get’s when can’t get a internet fix

  14. Claire
    Claire January 12, 2016 11:26 am

    Michael Jordan — NICE SAVE! Very good one.

    Alas, you know me all too well.

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