Statement on the Capitol Violence

As most should know by now, on Wednesday, a group of apparently pro-Trump insurrectionist thugs illegally and violently stormed the U.S. Capitol. I strongly and unconditionally repudiate this behavior, period. I am resolutely consistent in condemning violence, regardless of who perpetrates it. No exceptions. People I might agree with on some issues do not get a free pass on this one!

This has been my consistent position throughout the social turmoil since late spring, whether the riots in Portland, Minneapolis, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Chicago, Denver…or this invasive lunacy at the Capitol. All who engage in these crimes need to be tried in the court of law, and where guilty, punished to the fullest extent of sentencing, no mercy. Violence has no place in any of the above settings — least of all inside the chambers of the beating heart of the republic.

One of the few people I’ll name here, officer Brian Sicknick, who was a military veteran, died in the invasion. This has been reported as a head injury, but more recently, potentially a medical disorder. A woman was shot by different Capitol Police while trying to climb into a broken window and enter. Meanwhile in other areas, police appeared to allow the rioters in willingly — apparently continuing a pattern of law-enforcement over-permissiveness toward rioting that we’ve seen in other cities since the summer. Regardless, this was an unconscionable attack on our core of governance during one of their most important, Constitutionally required functions: counting and certifying electoral votes. Whether you or I agree with how those votes were attained is irrelevant when it comes to having a violent outcome. I’m deeply saddened for our once-great nation to have arrived at this point.

The perpetrators, as it already is evident, were largely but not entirely Trumpers, as the left and most media claim. Nor were they all Antifa, as some fringe Q-maniacs insist. Instead, it’s already clear there were some substantial proportion of real Trump supporters (probably still a majority) and some embedded false-flag infiltrators. To wit, the former: the woman who was shot in the back by Capitol police as she entered a broken window was a USAF veteran and strong Trump supporter, with a history of Q-Anon support on her social media. Others there already have been documented photographically and by background to have attended and supported MAGA rallies elsewhere. The “Viking hat” guy in the House chambers has been photographed quite obviously, with the same beard and similar garb (but different face paint) at both Trump and anarchist/Antifa rallies, but seems to be a Q-Anon supporter. Another trespasser at the Capitol had a hammer-and-sickle tattoo, which is not exactly a MAGA symbol. Two others in Trump garb were identified as participating in the anti-Trump NYC demonstrations at the end of October.

This also smacks of at least a minority participation from the gaggle of general thrillseeking thugs who look for opportunities to make mayhem, who like to fight and destroy for fun, using the ambient protestors’ ideology as a pretext. There’s abundant historical precedent for this, from modern soccer hooligans all the way back to the street fighters of the Weimar Republic, who played Communist one week and Nazi the next, just to get in on the action. We can’t assume any particular arithmetic proportions of ideology (or lack thereof) amongst all these hoodlums until all the backgrounds of all the participants (arrested or not) are exposed and out there for evaluation. Does it even matter which extremism is at play, and in what proportions?

Regardless of their apparent or real leanings, I will not glorify any of these deranged thugs and give them the attention they crave, by naming them nor showing their pictures. I hope we find out more about the fuller backgrounds of all who are arrested for this, which I hope are all who unlawfully busted into the Capitol.

I unconditionally reject all rioting, no matter the specific composition of the insurrectionists in DC or the rioters in other cities, no matter their actual or portrayed motivations. This was morally and legally wrong. The left doesn’t get a pass, and neither does the right. And to the extent either side of whacked out extremists has been infiltrated by the other in false-flag operations, that is a particularly vile, evil and diabolical deed.

Media haven’t been as helpful as possible either. Those proclaiming the Capitol breach as something new or unique are pushing bogus clickbait hyperbole. Unfortunately, violence has taken place inside the Capitol on several occasions, including a few in the lifetimes of many still around today. In 1954, domestic terrorists from Puerto Rico fired from the spectators’ balcony on representatives, wounding five. Jimmy Carter actually commuted the sentences of these nutjobs in 1978 and 1979. In 1971, the so-called “Weather Underground” (a radical Marxist group not related to today’s “Weather Underground” that provides actual weather data) set off a bomb there, among other prominent places. In 1983, a somewhat related, far-left, female domestic terrorist group detonated another bomb there.

One troubling element to this latest incident was that Capitol Police pulled open gates and barricades, and waved in some of the rioters. Then they did the same with the doors of the building. What the hell was that all about? Who ordered them to stand down, and why? What purpose is accomplished by letting the rioters pour in, as has been done by police overpermissiveness in other riots in other cities this past summer? These questions need to be asked, even as I doubt we’ll get satisfactory answers from the (ir)responsible officials giving orders. “An investigation” is being promised, but I’m not optimistic we’ll get candid answers, even after the House and Senate Sergeants-at-Arms and chief of Capitol cops stepped down, and even if some low-level people and frontliners are fired as fall guys for stupid decisions made above them. After all, that’s how government works — especially in DC — find seemingly culpable people to take the fall, while the real masterminds evade justice. It’s a DC bureaucratic tradition.

As for the “defund police” progressives who now are complaining about the lack of stricter law enforcement at the Capitol: Which way do you want it, you hypocrites? A cop (a hero) got killed here. Are you celebrating that “another pig died”, as you so often do? Or are laws supposed to be only selectively and unequally enforced to the benefit of criminals on your side? As far as I am concerned, the laws need to be enforced strongly, equally, viewpoint-independent, under rigid neutrality with respect to the “cause” represented by the rioters. Whether burnings, beatings and destruction are perpetrated by Antifa, BLM sympathizers, white supremacists, Trumpers, roaming hooligans of opportunity, or just local street criminals taking the chance to cash in on chaos, the effect on the property and people abused is just as awful.

The cause seemingly represented by the attacker, if any, does nothing to change the healing of a guy’s skull that has been bashed in by a brick, nor does it matter to the lost inventory in a looted, burned-out store. Still, anyone being bused in from out of state to participate in or supply any of these riots should face federal charges, given the crossing of state lines to commit the vile acts.

It’s not hard to imagine that, even as they outwardly condemn the Capitol events, some leftists are quietly celebrating, even cackling in smug satisfaction, for it gives them propaganda leverage. Indeed, I’ve seen several tweets from left-wingers already overtly cheering what happened, for the same reason. Go to Twitter yourself and find such posts. It’s not hard. Saul Alinsky would love this. It will be used until the end of time to portray all conservatives or Republicans as violent, anarchic and/or fascists. You just watch. Never mind that they too have been egging on violent “protestors” (rioters) at Portland, Seattle and BLM events, for months…and months…and months. No one in the lot of them is better than Trump in that regard.

Neither side is blameless in the ramp-up of sociopolitical violence in this country. “Both-sides-ism!” you say? Damn right it is. Absolutely, unapologetically, it is. Because it’s factually true. Sue me. Both sides of extremist bozos indisputably are inciting and committing riotous violence, factually, period. No question. And it’s morally wrong. Meanwhile, Red Commie China, Russia and Iran are laughing and doing whatever they can online to keep it happening. It is in the best interests of our national enemies to divide and conquer any way possible.

I have not been a Trump voter, for several reasons elucidated up to twelve months before he was inaugurated in 2016, and but know many who are. It’s not all “a cult” as the so much of the left over-simply claims. I understand and empathize with why many people I know, who felt betrayed and belittled by politics as usual, and ignored or ridiculed in their misfortune by the powers that be, voted for Trump, and elucidated this back in July 2016, also before that election. Some of them rightly have come out to condemn this insanity at the Capitol. A minority of them (and it is a minority) persist in being lemmings following along his cult of personality, including some Christians. That needs to stop. This man is a bonafide scoundrel, a con artist and grifter, who only has been using you as entertainment, taking advantage to further his ends. He’ll make money off of this post-Presidency, some how, some way, especially seeing as he’s in very, very deep debt. Just watch.

In the meantime, he knows he lost, and finally has indirectly admitted as much, after seeing how much hell-raising he could get away with until he checks out of there on the 20th. In the process, he almost singlehandedly has wrecked what once was a Grand Old Party and set the noble cause of conservatism back decades. And in the January 2016 essay linked above, I told you this was going to happen. Yes, I’m saying “I told you so!”, because guess what: I did. In a bass-ackwards way, the left couldn’t have asked for a better ally than The Donald. What a selfish, shortsighted moron. It was foreseeable, because I did. And I’m nothing special. Anybody with half a brain could and should have seen this coming.

A Christian Perspective

I’ll offer an independent review of the Trump Presidency in a few weeks, once it’s fully done. [Hint: it’s actually going to be fair and evenhanded, not all negative, most certainly not all positive, from the perspective of someone who voted neither for him nor Democrats. You bet this lunacy will be included.] Still, to see some Christians turning a blind eye to the worst of his behavior is disturbing. It boggles my mind how some Christians can cherry-pick and “re-interpret” Biblical concepts to justify supporting someone who quite ironically, is a multiply adulterous, handicap-mocking, chronically dishonest, unrepentant heathen.

Spare me the hackneyed rationalization and fallacy, “God uses troubled men”. Yes, he does. It clearly isn’t true here. Those men, such as Paul and David, were outwardly and obviously redeemed by the Lord. I see no evidence of such here; in fact, his latest behavior is quite the evidence to the contrary. That’s not casting judgment, it’s reporting what I see based on the evidence at hand. Do not risk God’s wrath by using nor condoning the devil’s methods to do the Lord’s work!

Much of what leads to these riots smacks of idolatry. Trump has become an idol to a vocal subset of his voters. “Subset” means some, not all! Idol worship is rampant amongst some Trumpers, but no doubt on the left too — Bernie bros, Che and “the environment (for the eco-terrorists), anyone? Not just people can be idolized…ideals inconsistent with the Bible also can be idols! That includes retaliation and violence, no matter who perpetrates it, no matter why.

Yet the so-called “Christian Left” (a phrase I also consider to be a complete sentence) is no better, through their haughty smugness, as they employ all manner of interpretive contortions, rationalizations, cherry picking, and outright false teachings to own the “fundies” on social media. Meanwhile, this bunch of heretics supports and endorses abortion and sexual sin all across society, while selectively condemning the sins of Trump and his lemmings. Their behavior isn’t helping the Church, either, and in many ways is diabolical and seditious toward God.

Truth is in between and off to the side of the deceived idolaters and the “Christian Left”, and that Truth resides firmly, solely and exclusively in the Holy Word. Not me, not any other imperfect and fallible human, but only the Word of our Lord! How hard is it to see that neither sexual sin, nor abortion, nor violent rioting, nor cult-personality idolatry of any public figure, are Christ-like behaviors? Because they’re not.

And neither was this riot, nor any of the others. Think about it. How are violence and destruction of property in DC and Portland, or criminal mobs looting that Target store in Minneapolis, exemplary of Christ-like behavior? Answer that question honestly, please. Since when is the proper response to violence…more violence? To hate…more hate? How again is that Christ-like?

Imperfect as MLK was, he was a wise Christian leader and so correct on this count. These destructive, reprehensible and violent behaviors, whether apparently by Trumpers in DC Wednesday, or by the Portland/Minneapolis/Seattle/Baltimore rioters much of the last few years, are born of the World (mortal man), not of the Word (Jesus Christ). These all, right and left, are worldly, lost people behaving in un-Christ-like ways. And we as a nation have, are, and will pay for these sins at the judgment hand of God.

R.I.P. Walter Williams

The prominent economist, educator and socioeconomic commentator Walter E. Williams died a couple nights ago, apparently in his sleep, of causes yet known at this writing. His best friend and fellow longtime economist and columnist, Dr. Thomas Sowell, penned this brief tribute within a day.

I related well to him, though we were vastly different in looks and age. 🙂 Williams was raised in a rough area of Philadelphia, by a single mom, and understood poverty better than almost everybody else who ever talks about it on social media, simply because he had lived it. He saw, by plenty of good and bad examples and bad, first-hand (which is the best way), how to either succeed or fail in life. A late bloomer — college dropout and cab driver as a young adult — he ultimately chose the former.

The world should be grateful he did. Alas, too few will appreciate his brilliance, because he not only didn’t conform to the prevailing welfare-state advocacy orthodoxy, nor the ridiculous “woke” social-justice herd mentality, he actively and resoundingly refuted it. This was not despite, but because, he knew better from both his own academic study and, most importantly, seeing the effects of economic hardship directly.

When I found his columns and Sowell’s as a kid and young teen, it was as if I was reading future versions of myself (adapted to becoming an atmospheric scientist instead of economist, of course). They not only served a poor city kid like me by sharing their understanding on a weekly basis, but by life example.

Sure, I strayed for a few college-age years from capitalistic enthusiasm and economic conservatism, but then a combination of simple mental maturation and first-hand witnessing the deep inefficiencies of government bureaucracy set me straight. And there they still were: Williams, Sowell, and a few others, like old friends and mentors I’d never met, still conversing, teaching me again about economics, societal issues and writing, this time with even greater appreciation on my part.

Though they traveled different paths from childhood poverty to achieve their well-deserved intellectual accolades, it’s no wonder he and Sowell became best of friends. I didn’t realize until Sowell’s post-mortem tribute that Williams was slated to be Sowell’s literary executor (younger, but still in his 80s). Can you imagine some of the discussions they had over the decades? I’d love to be a fly on the wall for just any random few of them. Between casual pleasantries, imagine the deep socioeconomic insights from such powerful thinkers.

Here’s a snippet from one of Williams’s video appearances, on the counterintuitive impacts of minimum-wage laws:

Rest in peace Dr. Williams. Maybe someday, more will grasp the simple, truthful, real-life-tested, yet oft-slandered socioeconomic concepts that you have been teaching for decades.

Scattershooting 201124

Scattershooting while wondering whatever happened to pro-life, strong-military, low-tax Democrats…like John F. Kennedy!

TOP-10 STORM-OBSERVING PHOTOS from 2020
I’ve posted my top-10 in 2020 storm-intercept photos page a little early this year, and also, added links to each of the other years going back to 2010. Enjoy this journey through ten amazing skyscapes!

UTERINE TRANSPLANTS? I didn’t even know uterine transplantation existed, much less is being done in East Dallas a couple miles from my old neighborhood. A marvel of modern medical science, the process only will get safer and smoother with time. Still, this seems an extreme measure for childless couples. If you want to plunk down a big bag of Jacksons to get a baby that’s genetically yours, that’s your call. I won’t deny your freedom to do so, but I also have the free-speech right to question it. I advocate for adoption instead, even knowing (through experiences of colleagues) how difficult it can be bureaucratically.

CHUMP EFFECT: No, this has nothing to do with “Two Chumps” storm chasing. Instead, please take 10-15 minutes to indulge this long but worthwhile essay on the “Chump Effect” and why real, legitimate backlashes happen to “social justice”-justified injustices.

VIRAL HYPOCRISY in the BOURGEOIS ELITE: Between California’s hypocritical governor at his fancy restaurant, and state legislators with their Hawaii junket, it’s all “Rules for thee, not for me.” But of course, that’s long been the case in politics. The hoity-toitys in the connected class are too important to abide by the rules they want to impose on us mere proletariat.

Let us eat cake! I’ve said it before and stand 100% by this: the virus is not partisan, and does not care about the purpose of the gatherings of its hosts. Also, masks are good for slowing spread, but as note below, not absolutely foolproof. The more people together (regardless of reason!), the riskier. That’s just scientifically based reality. Virology and immunology are what matter, not anyone’s opinion.

Conferences largely have been canceled, and will be until disease spread, some pre-existing coronaviral immunity a minority of people already have, and vaccines (which are coming and surprisingly effective in trails so far!) combine to bring about herd immunity. This conference was arrogant, ignorant and stupid. Even if nobody catches or spreads the illness from it, I stand resolutely by that statement. Those Who Are Above You are not learning lessons from both what medical science now knows about the Wuhan coronavirus, and what happened with the Rose Garden super-spreader event at the White House.

HARMFUL BITTERNESS over ELECTION OUTCOME: I’ll have more to say about the outcome of the 2020 national election and the impacts of the Trump presidency once the final popular and electoral vote tallies are known. Getting the facts precisely and literally correct absolutely matters. Until then, and to the extent we can know the truth, it appears that the Biden/Harris (or for the sake of reality in the face of his obvious cognitive enfeeblement, Harris/Biden) won the executive election, while Democrats unexpectedly lost House seats and gained fewer in the Senate than anticipated (also pending Georgia). Nonetheless, some are very, very bitter.

I understand why and how she got there. Her attitude toward voting sounds like some friends regarding OU football after a particularly ugly loss. Still, reasoned and reasonable people, independent thinkers, must consider the long game. The more people like her throw in the towel, the more the acceleration into totalitarian collectivism will proceed apace. These are the fruits of the two-party duopoly, as are the lack of better options on the ballot. To every lash there is a backlash, however. And believe me, there will be one to Harris/Biden, both in the 2022 midterms and in the future. The left will overplay their hand. They always do, because they have no self-restraint. Watch. She may wish to participate in that backlash, in the voting booth, once she calms down.

CORONAVIRUS MASK USE and SEX ABSTINENCE: The following is indisputable, objective fact. Pregnancy and venereal disease can be avoided by abstaining from sex. Period. This is irrefutable. For strict logical consistency, those promoting abstinence from sex for disease safety (and avoiding pregnancy) should be promoting abstinence from people to avoid the Wuhan virus too. I promote both kinds of abstinence. In both cases, the best option from a factual standpoint (and objective facts are what matter) is avoiding the risky behavior. Stay away from people the best you can until you either have had the disease, or a shot for it.

I recognize it’s harder with the Wuhan virus, because it’s airborne, highly contagious, and you don’t have to contact somebody’s genitals to get it. Masks are loosely analogous to condoms (but far leakier). Yet when you can’t avoid crowded public places, especially indoors, they absolutely are better than nothing, both for slowing transmission and reception of the airborne virus, but are far from foolproof. At least with consensual sex, that’s 100% a chosen and optional behavior, self-controlled (though people still fail to exercise said self control). So we still see venereal diseases spread. With avoiding contagious airborne viruses, it’s harder, because a lot of folks aren’t in a position to avoid being around others. Ultimately it’s about choosing to do the best we reasonably can to minimize spread, knowing there’s still risk of catching the virus anyway.

“WOKE” LEFTISM as a MARKER of PRIVILEGE and ELITISM: Elitist, privileged, soft, sheltered, pampered little “woke” students have been, are, and are going to, get many millions of dollars in student loans covered by the taxpayers for this inane horseshit. A mind is a terrible thing to waste…on “social justice” propaganda.

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