Month: May 2018

Thursday

Commie Symp Rambling

The forced acceptance of a massive Muslim invasion; the gag order on the British press surrounding Tommy Robinson; European press compliance with whatever Brussels dictates; a 180-degree turn in the mass culture with respect to homosexual activity. Something sinister has been afoot . . . and probably has been for many years:

[C]ultural hegemony . . . describes how the state and ruling capitalist class – the bourgeoisie – use cultural institutions to maintain power in capitalist societies. The bourgeoisie in Gramsci’s view develops a hegemonic culture using ideology rather than violence, economic force, or coercion. Hegemonic culture propagates its own values and norms so that they become the “common sense” values of all and thus maintain the status quo. Hegemonic power is therefore used to maintain consent to the capitalist order, rather than coercive power using force to maintain order. This cultural hegemony is produced and reproduced by the dominant class through the institutions that form the superstructure.

That’s from the Antonio Gramsci Wikipedia entry. I first ran across Gramsci in Kill All Normies and have found myself Googling him occasionally over the past few months. I’ve now begun to read a book about his life, thought, and legacy. His concept of cultural hegemony fascinates me.


I have a concept, half-baked at best, that Marx (and subsequent Marxists) offer cogent criticism. Their answers are terrible, to say the least, and they’re normally awful people, but their diagnoses are worth listening to. I’m not “there” yet with respect to the concept, but at this point, I’m buying into it enough to continue to read Capital and now a biography about an … Read the rest

Wednesday

misc-rambling-picMiscellaneous Rambling

misc-rambling-picTDE reader who knows I really dig Cedar Point sends this nuggest along: “Sandusky was a very German city in the late 1800s. Also was an Underground Railroad endpoint, to get on boats to Canada. Saw an article once that said Canadian blacks (never slaves) used to put down the former slaves saying ‘You got here by way of Sandusky!'” I’ll have to start using that one before Black Lives Matter and the Southern Poverty Law Center proscribe it.

misc-rambling-picRandom Blurb from the Notebooks:Kierkegaard wrote about the “leveling” that takes place in society. Essentially, this is how it works: When people are in public, they never behave like their “authentic” self (the self in touch with reality, with God; the recollected self). The public, therefore, does not truly exist. The perceived public is merely a bunch of people who don’t really exist (because they don’t exist while in public), hence the public is not real. When people turn to the public for guidance into morals, ethics, etc., they are turning to a non-entity. As people increasingly live in public—as is the case in mass society—they turn to a non-entity for their signals on how to live. The signals cannot help but be banal—not because the individuals are shallow (though in mass society they increasingly are), but because the individuals while in public are shallow. See Merton, Mystics and Zen Masters, “The Other Side of Despair,” for further discussion.)

misc-rambling-picThat’s it for today. Life has me on the run: tooth extraction yesterday (thirty minutes into it, my arms were shaking and I was muttering, “I’ll show you where the body is”), parochial … Read the rest

Tuesday

Miscellaneous Rambling

Ceiling. TrastevereI really like Netflix, but I’m afraid I’m going to have to cancel my subscription soon. Like all media outlets, it just can’t leave the political button alone. American Thinker lays out some of the evidence.

I was giving [the children’s show, The Who Was Show] mild attention as my kids watched in the living room until I caught this passing quip by a narrator, describing how the Roman Republic was an “extremely advanced civilization:”

While most of the world struggled to stay alive, the Romans had running water, air conditioning, shopping malls, and same-sex marriage [sic].

Idiocy and indoctrination . . . always. The left just can’t ever leave anything alone.

Ceiling. TrastevereHere’s a way-too lengthy piece that y’all might enjoy: Why Do Americans Stay When Their Town Has No Future? The answer appears to be “roots,” “family,” “friends,” and “familiarity,” which typically aren’t things Americans value, but they are the most important things. Russell Kirk, typing from his ancestral home in Mecosta, Michigan, consistently railed against American rootlessness.

Ceiling. TrastevereI think I’ve mentioned this, but if not: Thaddeus Russell thinks small town American is undergoing a renaissance. Due to the Internet, people don’t have to work at a specific location or ply their talents in a particular city. They can work and perform from anywhere. As a result, more and more talented people are opting to live in more welcoming communities and their hometowns. I hope he’s right. I’m definitely seeing signs of it in my town, which seems well-poised to bring back upper-worldly mobile young people. Our downtown has no long-term vacant storefronts. We have three coffee shops, a downtown … Read the rest

Saturday

Holiday Weekend Rambling

Whew. I think I dodged a bullet. I worked late last night, like I do every Friday of Memorial Day weekend, drinking gin and cleaning my office. I texted a friend of mine to see if he was available for a drink around 7:00. He didn’t respond, so I rode my bike home and pedaled past the house of an old high school friend, thinking he might be on his porch. I hit the jackpot. Four old friends were on the porch, including one of my oldest and dearest friends that I rarely see anymore. I pulled in; took off my backpack; pulled out my bottle of gin, bottle of tonic, and half lime; and hunkered down for four hours. Before it was done, the friend I had texted earlier showed up, as did an old friend that I didn’t even realize had moved back to town. I’m paying for it today, but not as harshly as I should be, since it was four+ hours of drinking on an empty stomach.

I’m not remotely surprised by the Morgan Freeman allegations: he’s Hollywood and he holds sexual libertine views. That being said, the allegations so far are eye-rolling: “eight women said Freeman subjected them to varying degrees of sexual harassment in workplace situations where the balance of power was clearly tipped in his favor.” Link. One woman alleges he looked at her body before looking her in the eyes. Sheesh. Morgan Freeman’s political views set up this kind of circus, so it’s fitting, but it’s still ridiculous.

“The new season of “The Bachelorette” begins on Monday. Where the bachelorette must choose between … Read the rest

Friday

IMG_3150Welcome to Summer BYCU

I’m not a huge fan of Liquor.com, but sometimes, they suggest a recipe that looks too good not to try. This Summer Friday Cocktail is one of them. It sounds like a perfect way to start the summer today:

1 1⁄2 oz Vodka
2 oz Coconut milk
3⁄4 oz Simple syrup
3⁄4 oz Key lime juice

If you like those ingredients, link over and check out the process (basically: shake them altogether, pour over ice, add two cilantro sprigs). Note: I think you’ll have to bow to their virtue-signalling and confirm you’re 21 before accessing it.

IMG_3150Those age-verification pages, btw, aren’t required by law. The alcohol sites do it because they want you to think they’re good, responsible, virtuous people. Link.

IMG_3150Due to a youthful indiscretion in Guadalajara over 30 years ago, I detest tequila. Nonetheless, I always keep it in stock, knowing it’s instant party fuel, so I was interested to learn that there’s a global agave shortage that is potentially increasing the price of tequila: “The key ingredient to making tequila is the agave plant, which is currently in the midst of a global shortage. Reuters reported the price of the blue, spiky plant has risen sixfold over the past two years.” Link.

That link, incidentally, has some interesting tequila information:

“[Increasingly-sophisticated tequila drinkers are] definitely looking for the 100 percent agave, the 100 percent agave basically states it’s going to be of quality product,” Butler said.

Cheaper tequilas have labels like “made with blue agave” which indicates that sugar was added as a supplement in the process.

To be called tequila, the liquor must be made

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Thursday

Miscellaneous Rambling

Ceiling. TrastevereFreakin’ Africa. Stupid, ignorant Africa: “More than 200 farmers from South Africa have applied for humanitarian visas in Australia after allegedly suffering attacks for being white, according to the Australian Home Affairs Ministry.” Link. So they’re going to take the land from the white farmers, who have held it for 400 years, and give it to blacks in the name of justice. To hell with, like, horticulture, agricultural ability, food, and famine. We need to satisfy some sort of bizarre sense of justice that says 400 years isn’t long enough to stake a legitimate claim (in most states, 15 years establishes adverse possession, btw). And if that’s not good enough, we need to whip up hatred for whitey and kill him. I’m sure it’ll turn out just fine for South Africa:

The controversial reform may jeopardize commercial farming in the country, according to the Transvaal Agricultural Union of South Africa. Experts say that the South African government may repeat the mistake made by the government of Zimbabwe, which had passed through a state-sanctioned purge of white farmers in 1999-2000. The measure plunged the country into famine.

Ceiling. TrastevereAmerican fertility rates have hit historic lows. This article analyzes what it means for America. It’s repeatedly wrong-headed, but it tries to be honest. It at least acknowledges that it’s a major problem looming on the horizon.

Ceiling. TrastevereRandom Blurb from the Notebooks:“This accepting attitude toward all things has repeatedly sprung up in existentialism. The father of existentialism, Sören Kierkegaard, for instance, discusses at length the ideal “knight of faith” in Fear and Trembling (the pioneer work of existentialism). Kierkegaard’s knight of faith is a … Read the rest