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A Proposal For Pro-Wakanda Activists

I’m sincerely glad to hear that people are enjoying Black Panther, and I’m also glad that, like Obama’s election, it seems to be giving black Americans something that makes them feel hopeful and empowered to be great and successful. Anything that gives Americans of any group that kind of positive encouragement should be applauded, and I am happy for them.

On the other hand, you’ve got the people who are using Wakanda, a fictional place created by two white Jewish men, as a reason for an attack on white people.

Uh, actually, no it doesn’t. It proves that country can be “so far advanced” if (a) it was gifted a fictional super-strong alien material by a meteorite, and (b) used magical means to hide and isolate itself from other African countries. In fact, by twisting things to make this story all about white colonialism, Mr. Kani is using the same faulty logic employed by the film’s VILLAIN to justify his evil deeds. And, to put it simply, it’s purely racist logic. White supremacists claim that America would be better off without nonwhites; black supremacists claim that Africa and its nations would be better off without nonblacks. If there’s a difference here, please tell me what it is, because I’m not seeing it.

For all the black supremacists who think the invented world of Wakanda proves that Africa would be a paradise without white colonialism (and there are plenty of them – check out #Wakanda or #WhatBlackPantherMeansToMe if you don’t believe me), I have a proposal. Get together with all of your fellow pro-Wakanda activists. Renounce your American citizenship and take a one-way trip to Africa. Pool your money and buy a large, unspoiled piece of land and name it Wakanda. And just like that, the dream is real: you’ve got your own African country, completely untouched by colonialism or the white devil. It’s a perfect foundation to build the African utopia you’ve always wanted.

Yes, I know we already tried that with Liberia, a third-world country that is currently ravaged by civil war and Ebola, but that was founded back in the 19th century, when everything was racist and white-owned, before Django ended slavery by killing all the plantation owners. This is the 21st century, and you guys are woke now. You’ve made it abundantly clear that you hate America and everything she stands for, and you are absolutely sure that Western culture is terrible and African culture is superior, and that African nations would be the envy of the world were it not for colonialism. So what’s keeping you here? Put your money where your mouth is, rid yourself of this “racist” country and go build the paradise you’ve always wanted. I wish you all the best, and I have no doubt you’ll succeed brilliantly.

Tuesday Open Thread

Lonely cow walks near an abandoned tank and a burning oilfield during the Gulf War. Kuwait, (1991). https://t.co/uKgTE9DMrx

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This Week's Trailer Park Round-Up

Happy Presidents’ Day, Threedonia! Here are some new trailers for you to enjoy, just as George Washington would’ve wanted you to. We’ve got a beloved superhero family, a famed ’80s revival, possible Burt Reynolds and Michelle Pfeiffer comebacks, and a disturbing revenge thriller. Click the jump to see them all.

1. The Incredibles 2

A full-length trailer for the long-awaited Pixar sequel gives us more details on what Mr. and Mrs. Incredible have to deal with: a fight against the evil Underminer, a volatile superpowered baby, stay-at-home fatherhood, and worst of all, New Math. That’s right, Incredibles 2 takes a shot at Common Core. Can’t wait to see this one.


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Monday Open Thread

Sunday Open Thread

William Harley and Arthur Davidson (1914)

A Republic If We Can Keep It

From a Facebook acquaintance who always eschews attribution (explicitly 🙂 ):

Information warfare against the United States — which every thinking person understood was underway by late 2015, which means the vast majority were totally unaware until early 2017 — has the potential to be deeply disruptive and damaging, but not existentially threatening given a sufficiently robust and liberal society. The same isn’t true for the perpetrators of that warfare, which are largely autocratic and rigid societies with governments too fearful of their own citizenry to allow the things we take for granted: free elections, free information, free worship, free conscience, free association.

In other words, they advance a tactical and operational threat to us that is a strategic and existential threat to themselves.

This in turn ought to inform our response — to the whole of it, from OPM-records theft to election interference and beyond — which ought to be twofold.

First, maintain, defend, and extend the liberal society. America has a real problem in this sphere, mostly from academia and the increasingly totalitarian left, but also from an authoritarian right that feels especially empowered over the past two years. The path to disempowering society-wide active measures from abroad runs through the disempowerment of social-justice mobs and torchlight rallies at home.

Second, go on offense. Pull down and circumvent their firewalls. Broadcast to their population. Harbor their dissidents. Seek, seize, and circulate their secrets — especially the ones they don’t want told, about the leadership’s wealth or past repressions of their own citizenry. Above all else, do the one thing they fear most: tell the truth about them to their people.

To paraphrase Truman, just tell the truth and they’ll think it’s hell.

These are brutal regimes, but they are also brittle. A few days back, mostly unnoticed by the American public, Americans bearing arms in Syria responded to an aggressive probe by Russian armed forces with ruthless decision: perhaps two hundred Russians dead by American airpower and artillery. That’s our answer to traditional aggression, and it is the right one. Aggression in the sphere of information and society should be approached in the same vein.

On 27 January 1838, a young man named Abraham Lincoln addressed the Young Men’s Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois, and in doing so rendered what is still the best assessment of the internal and external threats to America:

“At what point shall we expect the approach of danger? By what means shall we fortify against it?— Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant, to step the Ocean, and crush us at a blow? Never!—All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest; with a Buonaparte for a commander, could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a thousand years.

“At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.”

Let’s stay free. Let’s fight back.

Saturday Open Thread

Olive bonsai tree from the Japanese Garden at The Huntington Library in Pasadena, CA.

Random Thoughts On The Florida Shooting

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*First and foremost, my heart goes out to the victims’ families. I can only imagine the pain and sorrow they are going through right now, and I will keep each of them in my thoughts and prayers. (And if you’re one of those people who ridicules praying for someone because it somehow means not helping them in other ways, shut up and get a clue. People can help in multiple ways at once. Welcome to reality.)

*Secondly, forget all the fake news flying around right now about the shooter’s motivations. No, he wasn’t part of a white supremacist group, he wasn’t a registered Democrat, and he wasn’t pictured wearing a MAGA hat. Those are all unsubstantiated rumors being supported by photoshopped documents. Forget the BS and give it a chance for the actual facts to come out.

*Naturally, every leftist on the planet is currently exploiting this horrible tragedy to push for banning guns. It takes a truly sick mind to hear about some dead kids and immediately think, “how can I stand on these bodies to promote my personal politics?” but that’s exactly what they are doing. Considering that (a) like almost every mass shooting, this one occurred in a place where guns are not allowed, and (b) the shooter was already planning to commit mass murder, which suggests he wasn’t particularly interested in following the law, I fail to see how further gun laws would’ve prevented this tragedy. I don’t know why we have to keep going through this over and over, but after every shooting, liberals apparently require us to go through this Groundhog’s Day of stupidity.

*Of course, liberals claim that they just want to help stop the shootings, so let’s talk about solutions. Here’s my two-part solution to stop these mass shootings. First, we need a top-down commitment from out law enforcement agencies to start looking into these threats – the shooter was expelled from school, the cops visited his home nearly 40 times, and he was reported to the FBI for threatening online to shoot up a school. But he was still able to buy a gun and walk onto school grounds without being stopped. You want to talk about closing loopholes? Close that loophole. I don’t know enough about FBI policy to know exactly where the ball was dropped there, but it needs to get resolved, quick. Second, every school in America needs to (a) have armed guards on the grounds whenever classes are in session, and (b) have a voluntary program that allows teachers to attend gun safety classes and conceal-carry on the school grounds if they wish. Nothing mandatory, but we should allow the teachers who want to take this on, and get properly trained to, to do so.

Would it be a perfect solution? No. Is is a solution that would ever get implemented in 2018 America? No way; it makes way too many people uncomfortable. But I guarantee it would be effective. That said, you’ll never see me going on social media 5 minutes after some horrible tragedy like this happens, and demanding that everyone implement my solution immediately or else “you don’t care about dead children” and “you have blood on your hands”, the way leftists do with gun control. That’s soulless and exploitative, and it makes me sick. But if liberals ever want to have an actual conversation about how to protect our kids from attacks like this, there are ways to do it that don’t involve confiscating the property of innocent people.

*However, the solution I suggest is merely a reactive one. It doesn’t really get to the root of the problem. Everyone is looking for something to point a finger at when these shootings happen: guns, video games, MTV, R-rated movies. Everyone’s looking for a single underlying cause, so that we can find a magic bullet solution to fix it. Well, the reality is not so simple. All of these shooters – the ones who don’t commit suicide – give different reasons for doing what they did when asked. They don’t all have one motivation in common.

What they dohave in common is that they all live in modern Western culture, a culture that has had all the basic values drained out of it. We’ve had guns and violence in our culture for hundreds of years, but up until recently we haven’t had mass shootings. It’s not a coincidence that these shootings started to happen around 25 years ago, when our culture started to get more and more valueless. Our values keep us morally rooted, and we are supposed to get them from our families and our society. Even during our country’s worst times, this was true. But now the nuclear family has been broken and treated like a joke, so we have people growing up in broken homes with no values. And so they look at society to learn what to believe in, but we have systematically removed our Judeo-Christian values, the very foundation of our civilization, from that society. And then we’re surprised that kids grow up rudderless, and that some of them malfunction and bring a gun to a school.

I’m not trying to lazily shove the blame off on “society”. Ultimately the blame for these shootings rests with the shooter and the shooter alone. This punk made his own choice; no one else made it for him. What I am saying is that, if we want to prevent more shootings long-term, we need to give some serious consideration to the moral fundamentals we’re stripping away from our society, and how working to reinstate them might just help kids grow up into healthy, well-balanced adults again. When we stop blaming, stop trying to figure out what to ban, and start having that conversation, then these mass shootings, and a lot of other problems, will start to get better.