Journaling on a Friday evening in early February 2017

Been sick frequently this winter. Colds. Been battling this last one for over a week now. Makes me tired, has kept me indoors this whole week when not working. No desire for in-person company. Been skipping the gym lately too. Downtime. Sleeping more.

Mostly watching the wheels go ’round and ’round online during my waking hours. Observing the political fallout. Catching up on some of the news stories.

Currently listening to the audiobook The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds by Michael Lewis. Enjoying it. Prior to that listened to Thomas Sowell’s Intellectuals and Race and loved it. Will be re-listening to that one again! Mostly sticking with audiobooks these days, partly because lighting in my apartment sucks. Need to remedy that.

Been cooking at home more than usual, so that’s good. Tried my hand at making lasagna for the first time in a years a couple weeks back. Turned out okay. Nothing to write home about though. Otherwise fixing other simpler pasta dishes. Screw Atkins for now. It can wait. Continue reading

“Charles Murray — The Bell Curve Revisited”

From the Program on Constitutional Government at Harvard (March 14, 2014).

EXCELLENT talk! Loved how Dr. Murray outlined what the book actually stated and what can reasonably be inferred from it (and what yet cannot), as well as discussing the backlash his book received. Sad about his co-writer/co-contributor not making it to see the release and response of their research in their book. Fascinating topic with so many possible implications that we really do have to be reserved in our speculations, as Murray definitely is. It’s unfortunate that so many people chose not to actually read these men’s book yet still feel the need to trash their findings. I admit to not having read it yet, but I have watched a good many lectures/speeches from Dr. Murray, including part of this one before, and grasp his findings enough to appreciate the value of them, upsetting as they may appear to some folks.

The Truth is what what is, our opinions and desires be damned. That’s how Nature rolls. There comes a point where we have to come to grips with that, my fellow social sciences enthusiasts. Because some people’s assumptions proved wrong doesn’t mean it’s all over and that more interesting inquiries don’t exist on the horizon. And this right here points to the problems with the “social sciences” — inability or unwillingness to be flexible in light of new and substantiated data. Welcome to scientific inquiry! Learn to roll with it! Quit investing yourselves in particular outcomes. That’s called an ideology. Not true empirical Science. We have no choice but to accept that fact, lest we wind up on the wrong end of the Copernican controversy, as Dr. Murray mentioned. He’s right there. Absolutely is. See more and in-depth information on biology, physics and anatomy to start grasping the larger picture. It’s necessary for human development that we all learn to grapple with the information being presented to us and to not hide or simply dismiss it because it may not conform to our prior expectations.

Very important that we come to grips with this life lesson. Much as I love aspects of the field of Sociology, I still stand firmly on what I’ve stated here.

“The Truth About South Africa and Apartheid”

Very interesting. Worth paying close and careful attention to.

I feel here Stefan actually did a good job of being as objective and fair as he could.

“Real Racism and ‘Bogus’ Black Lives Matter (Larry Elder Interview Pt. 1)”

A Rubin Report video:

While I don’t agree with him on everything, having read a book by Larry Elder in the past, I do think his views on race relations and prejudice are spot on.

“Are Sane Liberals Centrists Now? Political Identity, Media Literacy, And The War Against The Left” (plus my thoughts)

Appreciated that video by the Hard Bastard. Stumbled across his channel recently and have been enjoying his content.

I agree with him there that one doesn’t have to move in any direction at all and yet now may appear more centrist relative to the current political situation. The reason being that so many others are swinging to the extremes, particularly the Leftist extreme. That then pulls libertarian-leaning folks like myself toward the center by comparison since the whole spectrum is going lopsided. I probably lean a bit further conservative than the Hard Bastard (though he did opt to vote for Trump in the end and I stuck with Gary Johnson), but my own views still remain pretty socially liberal. Not much has changed there recently. Maybe a slight shift rightward in reaction to so much of the fuckery we keep witnessing and due to getting sick of the SJW tantrum-fest. Gets old. But the core beliefs I’ve stood by for a couple decades now (namely, personal autonomy rights and protection of liberty and justice) remain intact and unswayed. The past several months are starting to make me rethink my opposition to the militarization of domestic police forces though (sadly enough).

The points showcased there by T.J. (The Amazing Atheist) were salient. His own full video follows:

Sometimes I agree with T.J., but other times he goes far beyond where I can go. Probably because he acts extreme himself in order to maintain popularity. Either way…

The most important question we’re faced with now is how to move forward. On what principles and values? With what vision in mind? He’s right that many of us aren’t interested in returning to some past point in history (assuming that were even possible), nor are we open to living under some new form of theocracy (Christian or otherwise). The “reset button” people seem intent on pressing sounds like a call for civil war, which is in nobody’s best interest. And if we weaken our society to a great extent, we’ll be leaving ourselves open to subversion by outsiders and rebellious factions among us with aims and ambitions that are ultimately undemocratic, unjust, and ideologically motivated by “ideals” already proven problematic in foreign nations. That’s no good either.

For those who desire communism, why not relocate to countries with such political schemes and allow Western societies to do as they will? Go live there and observe its reality firsthand and see whether it’s what you really want when the rubber hits the pavement. Go there and cry to their police about your civil rights and police brutality. And if Russia is such a monster that has offended your preferred presidential candidate, then why do so many of these vocal Democrats espouse ideological rhetoric not unlike that employed by Russia in decades past? Why push to create here in the U.S. that which you claim to despise elsewhere in the world? None of it makes any sense.

And on Islam…I have no loyalty to Islam. If Muslim people wish to live here and accept our justice system, with the full understanding that we strive to maintain strict boundaries between church and state (theoretically at least — we could do better at this) which means their Sharia Law cannot and will not take precedence, then fine. Go through the legal channels and welcome to it. But I don’t want us to suffer at the hands of foreign extremists (or domestic extremists either, for that matter). They have countries where they can live according to their beliefs, so it’s not mandatory that they come here, especially if their goal is to subvert our system and culture. Can’t stand that notion. I’ve always been grateful I wasn’t born in Saudi Arabia and am not acquainted with that half of my ethnic heritage up-close and personal, and I’ll be damned if it comes here and tries to push its subjugation scheme. That’s bullshit. It’s not the American way. In fact, it’s as backward as can be. The Muslims we tend to get along with practice a more liberalized version of their religion, not their fanatical minority. I am admittedly scared of the influence radicalized immigrants may have on our general safety and ways of life in America. Can’t deny that. Always have been nervous of their cultures since I’d be automatically deemed a heretic within them. No doubt. So it’s not in my own personal best interest to accept their potential influence uncritically. Feminists who defend them on multicultural grounds be damned.

Not all cultures are created equal, obviously. And perhaps we’re all biased in accordance with what we’ve experienced and what we value. Which is just life. Call it prejudice. Call it ethnocentrism or xenophobia. I care not. Not all prove compatible when living in close proximity. Sometimes space and freedom to be away from one another does more good than cramming us all together and expecting us to work shit out. Some differences won’t be sorted out anytime soon. Especially not where one group aspires to dominate all others (according to their interpretations of commandments in their holy book).

Equality under the Law is a concept that remains lost on a lot of people, even now as we’ve collectively stepped into the 21st century. Sad to see it also now appears lost on however many Democrats and their ilk within our own country. Sometimes people can’t fully appreciate what they have until it’s gone…

My patience continues to wane for so-called Leftists and “progressives”

Back in for the evening after work and have some thoughts to get off my chest here.

First off, let me note that a very close female friend of mine called again today and has been over time relating stories about her crazy female cousin. They’re both a little younger than me, which is to say in their early 30s. Won’t go into details here out of respect for my friend and her family’s privacy, but I will say that her cousin is shaping up to be the quintessential SJW (Social Justice Warrior). From talk of feeling triggered all the damn time to mentions of desiring a safe space, from manipulatively mistreating her family members and then accusing them of “bullying” when they attempt to stand up for themselves in response, to grooming her own fiance into a therapist-of-sorts to coddle and cater to her every whim AND outright bashing others publicly for their conservative views to the point where she brought an older female family member to tears — the chick has serious problems. Wouldn’t care so much if her problems didn’t impact so many others in her family, including people I care about. So I’ve been listening to more about her shenanigans in recent weeks, and the only advice I can offer my friend is to take a tough love approach at this point, for her and her family members’ own sake. Chances are the crazy cousin won’t ever see the light and might continue casting blame until her dying breath, but her allegations are false and the amount of sheer torment and pain she’s foisting upon people who love her is straight-up unacceptable. If that woman can’t get her shit together better than this then she deserves to go it alone. What she puts her parents through is particularly upsetting to learn about. All while she remains financially dependent on them. Ugh. Anyway, I’ve said enough on that. They will have to contend with that matter among their own.

That along with so much else has had me thinking lately about how little respect I’m feeling for the so-called Political Left these days. Just running out of compassion for a good many of them. Let it be known that I exclude classical liberals from this assessment in so far as they openly choose to call these weirdos out. But so many who profess to be “liberal” truly are not. Rather, they’re proving to be the most intolerant amongst us.

Who cares if somebody else voices a view you disagree with? Either argue against it or move on. What you don’t have the right to do, at least if you’re a person possessing any real integrity, is to dox them and basically invite violence upon them and their family members and loved ones simply because you disagree with their political positions. You don’t have a right to print false allegations against them in an effort to harm their credibility, lest you want your own credibility destroyed in the process. You don’t have the right to sucker-punch people who are in no way menacing you or threatening violence against you. That’s some cowardly shit adopted by low-grade jerks and ninny-babies with no scruples or backbone. And if your violent tactics wind you up shot by people attempting to defend themselves, I, for one, will not be alarmed and grief-stricken. Because you’re an idiot behaving in such a way that is destined to get you removed from the gene pool, and perhaps rightly so.

There’s only so much love to go around at this point in time. I’ve got compassion oozing out the yin-yang, but not for folks who aim to visit harm upon others without just cause. Having your feelings hurt does not qualify as just cause. For the record.

What values do any of us continue to share in common nowadays? I see so many people acting pissed off, speaking out against the System and taking things to such an extreme that it appears their goal is to undermine our entire civilization in favor of something extraordinarily different, something communistic/socialistic/collectivistic primarily. Well, that’s not what we’re supposed to be about in the U.S. Maybe European countries are open to such shenanigans, but Americans are known for our rebellious and individualistic instincts and drives. So good luck with that. Don’t think it will work out in the ways that some may envision.

Why would you want to completely undermine our civilization? What do you imagine you’ll gain from such an endeavor? Do you honestly believe the rich will remain here to be pillaged and taxed to the hilt in order to further support your income re-distribution efforts? And what will you do when they’re gone and you’re left at the mercy of  criminal elements without enough law enforcement officials to combat them effectively? I wish people would go deeply down into this rabbit hole to explore the possibilities of what they envision, because one thing life has been teaching me is that the road to hell is paved with good intentions. It’s oft repeated because it’s true. Because someone can envision a certain outcome in no way ensures that that outcome will be brought into fruition. So many complicating factors, so many unforeseen variables. Such is our social life, whether here or abroad, today or at any other point in history.

Life is complicated, life is mad. I witness so much passive-aggressiveness, so many pretensions, so much back-slapping for presumed victories, and yet so little honest and deep introspection. A political movement cannot save us from ourselves nor undo past problems nor perfect any society. Many have tried and all have failed. Because life’s stickier than that and less predictable — less capable of being made predictable than some might wish to believe. The top-down approach has severe limitations and tons of room for abuses and inversions of justice. History has taught us this again and again. Yet some people don’t want to accept that answer and wish to believe instead that it can nowadays somehow be tweaked just right to create the utopian outcome they so desire. This is a pipe dream, folks. Time will prove this once again…

Some days I grow so tired of my fellow humans. But then I aim to remember that it all simply is what it is and that no one promised us a rose garden. We must learn to roll with it in our own ways. I personally have chosen resistance on some level as my response, but that doesn’t mean I’m closed-minded to all these people and their concerns or unwilling to engage the reasonable among them in dialogue. They are still my brothers and sisters whether they can appreciate that or not. But then again, sometimes family deserves to be disowned. Time will tell how that shakes out too.

Will continue observing and pondering…

Learning about Eldridge Cleaver, former Black Panther

Archived speech at UCLA (10/4/1968):

Was a colorful figure, to say the least. Started out committing petty crimes and was sent to reform schools. Then graduated on to raping black women, honing his skills until he felt comfortable attacking white women as well, which he openly admitted to in his essays written during his time served at Folsom state prison. Those essays were later published as a book titled Soul on Ice.

Wound up involved in a shooting between the Black Panther Party and Oakland, CA, police officers. Then skipped out on bail and left the country, headed to Cuba and then Algeria and then France. Came back to the U.S. years later with a different attitude about communism after witnessing it up close and personal abroad. Came out as a Republican by the early 1980s and spoke out in support of Ronald Reagan, despite his expressed disdain for the man in the past. Was actually permitted to teach students at a California university after all that too.

Over time he switched from Islam to Christianity, then to Mormonism specifically, then back to evangelical Christianity later in life.

Then he got involved in using crack cocaine in the late ’80s and ’90s and faced a couple charges related to that plus burglary. Then somehow got his head bashed in, presumably by another crackhead, and was found wandering the streets bleeding and incoherent with crack in his pocket.

His wife divorced him, stating that he had changed ever since leaving Algeria and basically wasn’t mentally stable. He died in 1998 at age 62.

So, that’s Leroy Eldridge Cleaver in a nutshell. Some folks still glorify him as though he was a quality role model. I’m not understanding their enthusiasm over this character.

Following are quotes from Eldridge Cleaver:

We would go out and ambush cops, but if we got caught we would blame it on them and claim innocence. I did that personally in the case I was involved in.… We went after the cops that night, but when we got caught we said they came after us. We always did that. When you talk about the legacy of the ’60s, that’s one legacy. That’s what I try to address, because it helped to distort the image of the police, but I’ve come to the point where I realize that our police department is necessary.

  • Interview by Reason magazine (1986), referring to the death of Bobby Hutton

I can understand J. Edgar Hoover, because he wasn’t inaccurate.… He said that we were the main threat. We were trying to be the main threat. We were trying to be the vanguard organization. J. Edgar Hoover was an adversary, but he had good information. We were plugged into all of the revolutionary groups in America, plus those abroad. We were working hand-in-hand with communist parties here and around the world, and he knew that.

  • Interview by Reason magazine (1986)

From his book Soul on Ice:

I became a rapist. To refine my technique and modus operandi, I started out by practicing on black girls in the ghetto — in the black ghetto where dark and vicious deeds appear not as aberrations or deviations from the norm, but as part of the sufficiency of the Evil of the day — and when I considered myself smooth enough, I crossed the tracks and sought out white prey. I did this consciously, deliberately, willfully, methodically — though looking back I see that I was in a frantic, wild and completely abandoned frame of mind.

Rape was an insurrectionary act. It delighted me that I was defying and trampling upon the white man’s law, upon his system of values, and that I was defiling his women — and this point, I believe, was the most satisfying to me because I was very resentful over the historical fact of how the white man has used the black woman. I felt I was getting revenge.

[bold emphasis mine]

Why people choose to pedestalize this man, I do not understand. He may have been intelligent, but that does not in any way minimize the severity of his crimes. Why he was allowed to later on teach college students is beyond me. All I can really appreciate him for was his honesty after-the-fact.

“BLACKS AGAINST BLACK LIVES MATTER”

Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3:

Part 4:

Part 5:

An excellent compilation that I wish others would take time to view. Will add more of the videos when I get back from my afternoon work.

Back in and continuing on…

Part 6:

Part 7:

Part 8:

Part 9:

Part 10:

Especially appreciate that last man’s commentary in video 10.

Part 11:

Excellent response.

Part 12:

Part 13:

Part 14:

Part 15:

Glad I watched ’til the end. A lot of interesting voices there. Also wasn’t what I expected from rapper Lil Wayne (never listened to his music, so far as I’m aware, but have listened at least on one other occasion to his commentary before).

Overall, I’m very glad this compilation series was created.