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In 1914, the following happened: There is a political crisis in Serbia; Western Europe issues an ultimatum; Serbia calls up her military; Russia vows to support Serbia.

These same things occurred two days ago. Truly, there is nothing new under the sun. Or as Bismarck said, “One day the great European War will come out of some damned foolish thing in the Balkans.” I would add, “again”.

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Kwanzaa is a completely confected “holiday” celebrated by a few white fools among the elite—such as Biden and his tablecloth-wearing wife. Fake holiday. Fake president. Fake government. Fake elections. Fake men. Fake women. Fake pandemic. Fake vaccines. Fake Constitution. Fake law. Fake Congress. Fake media. Fake justice. Fake elite.

“What is truth?”, asked Pilate. What indeed. Don’t look for it on the Potomac.

Why the South Lost

The South lost because:

1. The strategic incompetence of Jefferson Davis and his inability to manage effectively the war and his administration.

2. The South fought an offensive war when a defensive war might have succeeded. The Southern mentality could never allow this, and so it decided unknowingly at the onset of the war to commit suicide.

3. The narrow-mindedness and strategic blindness of Robert E. Lee. He never understood the absolute importance of the West and so allowed Grant to sweep all before him and cut the Confederacy in two by 1863.

4. The low-quality generals appointed by Davis to defend the West. Losers every one.

5. The necessity of the South to achieve diplomatic recognition by either France or England.

6. The South’s reliance on a one-crop economy to fight a modern war.

7. Lee’s decision to invade the North (1862 and 1863) led to defeat and the near-destruction of his armies.

8. The South lacked generals who could operate on a strategic level. The North had Sherman, Grant, Sheridan and Thomas.

9. Sherman’s invasion of the South (1864 – 1865) absolutely destroyed its ability to defend itself and feed itself, and cut the South into 3 parts.

10. The brilliance and strategic understanding of Lincoln.

11. The Emancipation Proclamation (1863).

12. Lee’s insistence in the primacy of the Virginia theater of operations over the rest of the Confederacy. This forced him into a sanguinary war of attrition that the the South could not win.

Northern resources compared with Southern resources actually mattered very little. History is full of examples of smaller nations defeating vaster larger ones. The Northern blockade hardly made a difference until late 1863 when the South had already suffered tremendous defeats at Vicksburg and Gettysburg (1863). The South was extremely effective at “blockade running” and commerce raiding. The CSS Alabama was a special annoyance until its sinking in 1864. The war at sea really was just a side-show and had very little strategic importance.

After July 1863 it was obvious to all that the war was unwinnable by the South. But it still fought on until its extinction. Heroic, yes—but astoundingly stupid and suicidal.

No Such Thing as a Free Lunch

Some guy on some blog was boasting that “he had never paid for sex”. He was bragging that he never needed to engage the services of a prostitute—probably because he was so handsome, so charming, so witty and so wealthy. And so on. He also mentioned that he was now married. Well then.

The only man who has never paid for sex is a man who has never been with a woman and who has never desired to be with a woman. Every man, whether single, married or a confirmed bachelor, pays for sex. The single man pays for endless dinners, movies, gifts and so on for his dates—and all of this applies to the confirmed bachelor as well. The married man not only pays for his dates until he meets “the right girl”, he must also pay for a mortgage, children, insurance and on and on—and usually he pays for these for the rest of his life. And if he gets “divorce raped”? More money paid out for sex even though that spigot has been turned off. He now must pay not only for any sex he might have, but for the sex his ex-wife is having with other men. Quite the deal!

All men pay for sex. They might not put it in those terms, but that is exactly what they are doing. If you think otherwise, then consider a man who marries but then never has sex with his wife. Trust me when I say that such a thing is impossible. No man would marry a woman who told him they would never have sex. Sex is part of the deal. That deal—marriage—would not exist otherwise.

Where you find sex, you find money. Sometimes lots of it. Money that is.

Sofonisba Anguissola

Sofonisba Anguissola (1532 – 1625) was a Renaissance painter of renown. It is very cool that her family took Carthaginian names. Her father’s name, Amilcare, comes from the Carthaginian name Hamilcar, who was the father of Hannibal—yes, that Hannibal, elephants, the Alps and all. Her brother was named Asdrubale, from the Carthaginian Hasdrubal. a name that was as common in Carthage as Bill is in the US.

Incidentally, Hamilcar’s full name was Hamilcar Barca (275 – 228 BC), “barca” meaning lightning. The Barca family founded Barcelona (c. 230 BC) while it was engaged in conquering Spain. Wikipedia says that this is only a romantic tradition. But then, Wikipedia is not known for having an imagination.

Hannibal himself was at the Battle of Trebia (218 BC) where his army killed 20,000 Romans. Hannibal went on and fought the Romans again at the Battle of Trasimene (217 BC), killing another 15,000. The next year Hannibal again fought Rome at the Battle of Cannae (216 BC), a battle that is studied in every military institution on earth and has been for 2000 years. He killed 70,000 Romans at Cannae—in four hours. In other words, Hannibal killed in a little over one year 100,000 Roman legionaries in their own homeland of Italy. Compare that with the 10,000 Americans killed in Iraq and Afghanistan in 20 years of war. Hannibal himself rests among the pantheon of Alexander, Caesar and Napoleon.

The name Sofonisba resonates with historians of the 2nd Punic War (218 – 201 BC). Sofonisba herself has a biography that can titillate even staid and boring historians of the ancient world. Of course it involves sex. Surprised?

The original Sofonisba was a daughter of the Carthaginian Hasdrubal—there’s that name again—Gisco (d. 202 BC). She was a beautiful and an extremely sexual creature like Catherine the Great and Cleopatra. She used her physical talents in service to Carthage. She was a femme fatale in the manner of Mata Hari. During the 2nd Punic War (218 – 201 BC) she tried to get the peoples of north Africa—the Numidians—to side with Carthage in her war with Rome. She succeeded by marrying a Numidian chieftain named Syphax (206 BC). After a great many political and sexual maneuvers Sofonisba took poison to avoid the humiliation of being sent to Rome after the defeat of Carthage by Scipio Africanus (201 BC).

For 700 years many powerful women in Carthage chose a dramatic suicide. Dido, the founder and queen of Carthage, burned herself to death (c. 800 BC). The last Carthaginian ruler was named—wait for it—Hasdrubal, and when he surrendered to the Romans (146 BC) his wife was so outraged that she grabbed their children and rushed into the flames of burning Carthage.

Sofonisba Anguissola wisely chose another path than that taken by her namesake—the better for her, the better for the world.

China and Western Culture

The Chinese have no understanding of Western Civilization, and they are in no way a part of it. Their attempts to ape it are robotic and soulless. They cannot create anything that reimagines or carries on its traditions and culture. As I have written countless times, this is why there is no Hobbes, no Socrates and no Jefferson in all of 5000 years of Chinese history. There are though plenty of slaves, billions of them save for an infinitesimally small sliver of a ruling elite. These fine Mandarins have always treated the vast majority of their own people as cattle, mere helots to be moved around and slaughtered at the whim of the ruling class. Witness how Xi and his fellow Politburo members have locked down and continue to lock down vast swathes of Chinese, treating them like the slaves they are and have always been. After 5000 years, these barbarians have not learned a damn thing, rather like the Bourbons of old.

For a Chinaman to attempt to copy an artifact of Western Civilization is like a camel attaching a fake elephant trunk to his head. Should I take a huge leap and claim that the camel is still a camel? The Chinaman can only mimic a cultural creation he can neither understand nor appreciate, rather like a parrot singing an aria.

The Chinese should stick with what they are past masters of: mass murder, genocide and kicking to death babies in the streets.

The JQ

A rational and public discussion of what is known as the “JQ”—the Jewish Question—is no longer possible in the US and has not been for half a century or more. It is said that to know who controls a nation you must know whom you cannot criticize. No public man can criticize sodomites, for example. Such a man will be subject to the “two minutes of hate” routine and cast into the void. As well, no public man can criticize the following:

1. Israel. All public men must solemnly swear to support Israel. DeSantis made his public obeisance a few weeks ago, and Trump spent his entire time in the White House doing so. The usual canards are trotted out, the most common being “Israel is our ally.” That statement would be surprising to those on board the USS Liberty.

2. The Holocaust. To merely bring up the issue is to ruin your reputation, your employment, to be called “a Holocaust denier” and be cast into the void. The subject is off-limits. So is any criticism of the Anti-Defamation League.

3. Jews. One must not for any reason mention the race of anyone who is Jewish. One must never mention the race of, for example: Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, the Sulzbergers, the Kagan Clan, Anthony Blinken, Victoria Nuland, Harvey Weinstein, Jeffrey Epstein, Bernie Madoff, the Lehman Brothers, Henry Kissinger, Chuck Schumer, Volodymyr Zelenskyy—and so on. To do so is to be labelled an “antisemite” and to be cast into the void.

Even to ask the question of why such things cannot and must not be criticized is to open yourself to slander, opprobrium and financial ruin. And I know perfectly well that merely by asking these questions I will be labeled an “antisemite”. And speaking of which…

 The Anti-Defamation League claims that “antisemitism is the oldest known virus to infest the human soul.” Wrong again. Pride is. Ask Nimrod.

4. To be an antisemite has come to mean “someone who dislikes Jews or dislikes Israel”. To even prefer the US over Israel is treated as almost treasonous. It is as I write morphing into “someone who is against the war in Ukraine”. This is because the president of Ukraine is Jewish, and the movers and shakers behind the war there are Jewish neo-cons: the Kagans, Bill Kristol and Victoria Nuland. These same neo-cons also supported America’s war in Iraq. Who benefitted by this war? Not the Americans. Not the Iraqis. Then who?

5. What we call “the Jews”—actually the Hebrews—only appeared after 2000 years of History had passed. Sumer (4000 – 2000 BC) had no knowledge of Jews, as they did not yet exist. Assyria (2025 – 609 BC) dealt harshly with the Jews, but the Assyrians dealt harshly with everyone. The Neo-Babylonians (626 – 539 BC) under Nebuchadnezzar II—he of Hanging Gardens fame—destroyed the last Jewish political entity of the Jews, Judah (587 BC), leaving only a remnant to survive in their homeland and carrying the rest to Babylon. Daniel was among them. Cyrus the Great of Persia (600 – 530 BC)—called an “Annointed One”, that is, a “Christ”, in the Old Testament—freed the Jews from this “Babylonian Captivity” and allowed them back into their homeland.

6. It was the Romans under Titus (r. 79 – 81) and Hadrian (r. 117 – 138) who so completely destroyed the Jewish presence in the Middle East that they had no political structure there until 1947 when Israel was re-founded. The Romans were never “antisemitic”. What they did to the Jews is what they did to countless other peoples. How did the Carthaginians fare? The Greeks? The Gauls? In fact, after Caesar’s assassination (44 BC) the Jews of Rome lamented his death, remained three days at the place of his funeral, and “intoned their ancient funeral chants”. If the Romans were “antisemitic”, that would have been news to the Roman Emperor Titus, whose lover, Berenice, was a Jewess.

7. When one speaks of “the Jews” it must be asked: “Which Jews?” Jesus referred to the ruling Jewish elite of his day—the Pharisees, equivalent to the “cosmopolitan Jews” of our time—as “whitewashed tombs”, “hypocrites”, “broods of scorpions” and “sons of the Devil”. See what happens if you speak of Jews today as Jesus spoke of their elite in His day. Good luck.

8. No historian I know of has really dealt with this question: “Why were the Jews after their two Diasporas during the Roman Empire expelled from every country in which they had settled?” Why indeed. The usual reason is that the Jews dressed funny and spoke a funny language. Yet such a fate has never come down upon any other people. Was there something in their character that caused other peoples to hate them? If so, what was it? If not, then please explain the causes.

9. Spain expelled her Jews in 1492. All historians I have ever read lamented this fact and claimed that it led to an almost suicidal economic and cultural crisis for Spain. But in the next breath these same historians praise Spain’s “Siglo de Oro”, her “Golden Century” (1492 – 1650), when Spain’s political, cultural and military power reached their zenith, creating the largest empire in History. This was the age of the Escorial, of El Greco, of Cervantes, of Lope de Vega, of Velázquez. Did the expulsion of the Jews allow for the Siglo de Oro? Did Ferdinand and Isabella know something about the Jews that we do not? Why in fact were they expelled? Am I “antisemitic” because I ask these questions?

10. Why is it “antisemitic” to boycott Israel, but not “anti-Cuban” to boycott Cuba?

11. It is uncontestable that Jews have become members of the financial, intellectual, governmental and artistic elite of America. Their numbers among our ruling class represent a percentage far surpassing the percentage of Jews in the nation. The Jewish elite in fact boasts about this. Does this mean that “Jews control the US”? If so, then is this a good thing or a bad thing? Or does it not matter at all?

13. “Antisemitic” has become, like “racist”, little more than slander against one’s opponent. To call a man “antisemitic” can mean you just don’t like him, though it can take on a more sinister meaning of “anti-American”, as if support for Israel is the sine qua non of being a true and loyal American. (This idea has spread to the Evangelical community, many members of which have adopted support for Israel and the Jews as part and parcel of true Christianity.) But the term is only used against public men, as it has no power in normal society—unlike “racist”, which does. Both terms are meant to shut people up. Both terms work as they are meant to.

14. Speaking of the Evangelicals: Most of them refer to their religion as “Judeo-Christianity”. There is of course no such religion except in their own minds and in the mind of Ben Shapiro. Judaism is a dead religion, as dead as Dillinger, and has been for 2400 years. If Judaism is right, then Christianity is wrong. Calling Christianity by the invented term “Judeo-Christianity” is like sewing a corpse onto a living man.

Oy vey!

Damn Putin! Damn Russia! Damn Whatever!

It seems the geniuses who run the European Union are working on—wait for it—yet another “sanctions package”. This one will be number nine. But hey! Let the EU pass another nine, then another nine. How have they worked? The ruble is one of the strangest currencies on earth the Russian economy has never been better, and ninety percent of the Russian people support Putin. And how has the EU fared? Insane energy costs, scare food supplies, ruined economies—you get the idea.

So now these fine folks want to ban everything Russian. You know, guys like Chekhov, Rimsky-Korsakov, Rachmaninov and Balanchine. Burn their books and choreographs and operas and concertos! That’ll show Putin! And just what does the West have to counter finest composers, pianists, dancers and short story writers ever to be found? Taylor Swift?

In all of History it would be hard to find a ruling elite more incompetent, more isolated, more foolish, more degenerate, than those who sit in those fancy chairs in Brussels—except for similar imbeciles in Washington DC.

Some People Don’t Like Me!

I have found that no matter the life I lead, that some folks simply hate me. Whether because of my looks, my brains, my attitude, my talents, my opinions or my sterling personality, that I have acquired a number of enemies, some of whom I had never met or heard of. These have tried to ruin me from the shadows, using guile and cunning and slander and deception. All have failed; all their doings in fact ruined them; all their attempts have made me stronger—and much more wary.

I cannot even work up the desire to be angry at them. Amused, certainly.

Too Bad. So Sad.

Here is an open letter to all those since my birth 69 years ago who have been offended by:

1. Something I said

2. Something I thought

3. Something I did

4. Something I wrote

5. Something they thought I said

6. Something they thought I thought

7. Something they thought I did

8. Something they thought I wrote

9. My very existence

To all of you, from the very bottom of my heart and from the very pit of my bowels: Go have sex with yourself.

I was not put on earth to make you happy. You were not put on earth to make me happy. Our meeting in this earthly plane was an accident of Fate, an error of Chaos, of Chance run riot.

Deal with it and move on. I have no desire to live rent free inside your head.

Gunfighting

The fastest and deadliest gunfighters in American History were:

1. John Wesley Hardin

2. Wild Bill Hickok

3. Doc Holliday

4. King Fisher

5. Luke Short

The “fastest draw” today is a guy who shoots at—wait for it—balloons. The last time I checked, balloons don’t shoot back. How long would this guy last if he went up against a Hardin or a Hickok? Things change when you are in a contest where you just might—and in fact, if you went up against any of these five, you would—get killed. All those “pros” and “gun experts” would as well end up dead if they went against any of these five.

Being good at shooting at paper does not make you a gunfighter. It does not make you more able to kill. It makes you good at shooting at paper. Certainly, a man can be trained to kill but not at a shooting range. Truth be told, most men will hesitate if they know they must kill another man. Some men will not.

Just so you know: Hardin killed 100 men—and in his own words, “not countin’ Meskins and niggers”. Most of these were in straight-up gun-to-gun shootings. How many men have today’s “gun experts” and ex-military types killed in gunfights? How many gunfights have they even been in? Just askin’. I find it odd that a man would take advice about gunfighting from a man who has never been in a gunfight.

And to end this missive on a happy note: Here is what happens when a real expert has a run-in with a couple of goblins.

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