NFL and the “black national anthem”

I left the below as a comment on this column I read yesterday. I’m relating it here just because it seemed to be a good blog post and in case it disappears from the comment thread over there:

“By the way, here’s another controversy the NFL just created. I’ll bet the NFL never thought of this one. How will black players feel when white fans who are angry, offended and insulted by this racist decision respond to the “Black National Anthem” by KNEELING?”

More likely is that whites will just stay home. I stopped watching the NFL, lets see now…I guess this fall will be the fourth season I’ve missed. To put this in perspective, my wife and I have been huge NFL fans all our lives. Our saying was “we spend 5 months of the year watching football and 7 months of the year waiting for football season to start”. We were fans of different teams and we used to revel in wearing all our opposing regalia on game days, for Christmas, birthdays and anniversaries, things themed in our NFL team logos was the go-to gift experience.

Like I said, I haven’t watched the past three seasons. I don’t even know who most of the players or coaches are any more and don’t care to. My wife actually lasted one more season than I did, she kept watching the first year after I gave it up but after that year, she’d had enough too.

I’m tired of being told I’m a bad person solely because of the color of my skin (we used to have a term for that, but I can’t remember what it is) or being instructed by 20-something-year-old millionaires about how oppressed they are in this country. No worries, I’ve got a LOT better things to spend my time and money on.

And I think there are a goodly number of whites (and even some blacks) with the same attitude, so no, I don’t think you’ll see a lot of whites kneeling for the “black national anthem”, you’ll just (continue to) see a lot of empty seats.

The column’s point was that the NFL is doing nothing more than feeding into the tribalism and disunity being sown by the left. I agree with him…cultural institutions should be doing their best to unite us against the tide, rather than participating into further dividing us. But the management of all the major cultural institutions has been coopted by the left so that’s never going to happen.

Honestly, disassociating ourselves from those cultural institutions isn’t going to help either, it’s just another form of isolating ourselves into cultural tribes…but honestly I don’t think, at this point, it will make any difference either way. The land of the free and home of the brave doesn’t exist any more and probably never will again.

Refusing to support the cultural institutions that are working so hard to undermine our unity may not stop the decline, but at least I’m not spending my money in support of it. I guess that’s about the best I can hope for.


So, can we call it tyranny yet?

Actually, I know that as long as people are relatively comfortable, well fed and entertained, we won’t be seeing the bulk of Americans taking to the streets in protest, but damn…what do they have to do for us to just acknowledge that our government has become tyrannical?

As previously discussed, they blatantly stole a presidential election and possibly many congressional and senate elections as well; they are purging the military of anyone who doesn’t support the party line; they are redefining anyone who doesn’t support the leftist agenda as “domestic extremists” while enabling those who support their agenda to burn and loot and disrupt society at will; they’re freeing criminals, reducing sentences, eliminating bail and defunding police while insisting that the law abiding should not have the means of self defense; for going on two years now they’ve been setting nonsensical and arbitrary rules on where we can go, what businesses can be open, and how we must conduct ourselves in public over a virus with a 98+% survival rate.

The latest and greatest, the intelligence branch of the shadow government (you don’t really think a barely functional puppet like Biden is actually in charge do you?) is officially circumventing the fourth amendment by enlisting the aid of more than willing private businesses to assist them in ferreting out dissenting opinions.

Paypal just announced that they are now expanding their efforts and partnering with the ADL to remove the ability of organizations they don’t approve of to raise, save or spend money under the guise if “anti-hate” and “anti-white supremacy” and “anti-racist”. The problem is that for years the ADL’s just been arbitrarily declaring any group that doesn’t support their leftist agenda as a “hate group” or “racist” or “white supremacist”. Even as benign a group as the Patriot Guard Riders as made the lists of “racist” groups. Anyone who knows the history and purpose of the PGR knows that is complete and utter BS. I closed my account with Paypal years ago because of their anti-gun policies, but they’re now declaring financial war on any groups that they politically disagree with.

And state and federal government agencies are now beginning to mandate their employees accept a relatively new medical treatment that has still only received emergency authorization from the FDA.

Earlier today New York City Mayor De Blasio announced mandated vaccinations for all 340,000 city employees.

Hours later Joe Biden announced mandatory vaccinations for all 115,000 front-line employees of The Veterans Affairs department.

Immediately thereafter, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced all state employees and healthcare providers will be forced to vaccinate. None of these events are disconnected.

And this is in the face of serious concerns about the long term effects of these “vaccines” on the recipients.

If the above incidents as well as many others I’ve not bothered to mention here, don’t constitute Tyranny, then nothing does.

Put a fork in the American ideal of liberty…it’s done.


Black Rifle Coffee Kerfluffle

I’m sure everyone’s heard by now about the Interview that Black Rifle Coffee’s CEO gave with the New York Times.

“I hate racist, Proud-Boyish people. Like, I’ll pay them to leave my customer base. I would gladly chop all of those people out of my f**king customer database and pay them to get the f**k out.”

Well, the attempted damage control has begun:

Hafer quickly debunked the notion that he made derogatory remarks about BRCC’s customers or conservatives and then proceeded to explain how the New York Times deliberately twisted his words and took them out of context. According to Hafer, his conversation with the NYT Magazine reporter was in the context of racism and anti-Semitism in America in light of Hafer being the target of an organized attack last year because of “my last name and my heritage.”

“We were purely discussing that,” Hafer says, and he was not conflating those groups with conservatives.

Note what’s not in Hafer’s lame attempt at damage control: It’s missing the words “I didn’t say that”. Basically, his excuse is: “Yes, I called the Proud Boys racist, threw Kyle Rittenhouse under the bus, and implied that everyone who supports them is repugnant and I don’t want them as a customer, but I didn’t mean it in a bad way”.

Sorry, not cutting it for me. If he said those things, I don’t care what the context was, he threw most of his target customer demographic under the bus.

He doesn’t want me as a customer? Fine with me. Plenty of other coffee companies out there to give my money to.


When Seconds Count…

Police are only 3 hours and 57 minutes away.

According to the incident report, officers were dispatched to Gamble’s crash at 4:30 p.m. They arrived at the scene at 4:35 p.m., three hours and 57 minutes after Gamble placed her first call to 911.

Granted, this wasn’t an active shooting or anything like that, it was a hit and run, but the people who hit and ran came back to the scene later to threaten the hittees who were still waiting for the police to show up…it could have turned out a lot worse.

Liberals who think the police can and will protect them are idiots.

Your safety and protection is your job. The constables are just there to mark where the bodies ended up.
–Phil of Random Nuclear Strikes (blog no longer active)

Hat tip to .357 Magnum.


Vaccination doubts

I was already skeptical of the vaccination. First I don’t think it’s necessary for a virus with a 98+% survival rate in my demographic group and a 99+% survival rate when the proper treatment regimens are applied.

Secondly, the “vaccinations” being pushed did not even meet the medical definition of “vaccination” a few months ago and only do now because they changed the definition to match it. The mRNA techniques are new, have never been used on this scale and the long term effects of tricking your own body into producing the proteins that then stimulate your immune system into attack mode are completely unknown.

Thirdly, the rate of serious side effects from these “vaccines” is significantly higher than would have been tolerated in a vaccine just a few years ago…not to mention that the CDC keeps downplaying and soft-pedaling these side effects, even while acknowledging that they’re happening.

Fourthly, while possibly more contagious, all indications that the “Delta” variant that has become the most prevalent strain of the virus at the moment, is much less virulent than previous iterations and has a mortality rate virtually identical with common influenza (look at the case fatality table on page 8).

This is what viruses do. Viruses persist by spreading from host to host. In order for a host to spread the virus to another host, it has to be alive. As viruses mutate, the more deadly strains die out because they don’t proliferate. The strains that do survive are the ones that don’t make the hosts sick enough to die (or even to go into isolation for that matter, when you get sick enough to go to a hospital, you’ll be isolated, hence not spreading the virus, even if you survive).

They’re claiming that the Delta variant is more transmissible than previous variants and that may be true, but the only evidence they have is a marginal uptick in total cases and the percentage of that total that is of the Delta variant is increasing rapidly.

Yes, that could mean that Delta is more transmissible, but it also could simply be a function of it being less virulent (which has already been demonstrated). If people are getting less sick from it, fewer will seek medical treatment, will remain in public longer and will spread it to more people.

But all of that is just to lead up to my final point via “The Last Refuge”:

The government push to promote vaccinations for COVID-19 has gone well beyond reasonable advancement for the public health. Now, we are entering a phase where the ongoing demand is becoming problematic, propaganda.

I am a cynic by nature. When someone starts trying to push me into doing something, my first reaction is to question their motives. What business is it of theirs anyway? Why should they care if I choose to make different decisions than they do? If there is a reasonable explanation for it, and their argument is convincing, I can be persuaded. But the harder I’m pushed to just blindly accept that their prescription for me is “for my own good”, especially when the facts right in front of my face bring that contention into question, the less likely I am to bend to their will.

I distinctly feel like I’m being pushed right now in a direction, I’m not sure I want to go. Until I make up my mind that I want to go that way, I’m going to keep pushing back.

If I eventually have to get a vaccine to function in the world, I’d be much more likely to accept the upcoming and as-yet unapproved Novavax vaccine.

The Novavax vaccine does not trick our own cells into creating the protein that activates the immune response, the Novavax vaccine uses the more traditional approach of injecting inactivated virus particles to trigger the response. This is tried and true technology that has been in use for years in vaccines such as the Hepatitis B vaccine.

Even under an emergency use authorization, I’d be much more willing to try a vaccine created using longstanding and proven techniques rather than a relatively new technology with unknown long term side effects.

But the bottom line is that I feel that the risks of accepting a vaccine released under emergency authorization and using relatively new and untried technology outweigh the benefits of defeating a virus with a high survival rate and the harder they push me to accept their position over my own, the harder I’m going to resist.


Are Democrats planning a Coup?

Seems a bit silly to ask that question right now since the democrats have control of the white house plus slim majorities in both houses of congress, but this story over at raises the question:

The top US military officer, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Mark Milley, was so shaken that then-President Donald Trump and his allies might attempt a coup or take other dangerous or illegal measures after the November election that Milley and other top officials informally planned for different ways to stop Trump, according to excerpts of an upcoming book obtained by CNN.

In my experience, projection is a hallmark characteristic of the left. In virtually everything they do, they ascribe their bad behavior and motives to the other side. Anti-gunners constantly spew vitriol and hatred at their opponents and then claim that gun rights supporters are hateful and violent. Democrats demand defunding of the police and then claim that it’s the Republicans trying to defund the police by failing to pass their pork barrel spending bills that have nothing to do with police. The left spends all summer burning cities, looting businesses, disrupting the lives of innocent citizens and violently attacking anyone who doesn’t agree with them, then they claim that “right wing extremism” is the most serious threat the country faces. They insist that minorities, especially blacks, are incapable of succeeding in a modern society without the assistance of whites and then claim that those who believe everyone should be treated equally regardless of race are “white supremacists”.

I could go on.

The point is, the worrying question about the story linked above to me is this: Did they truly believe that Trump was planning to attempt to use the military to stay in office after the election – or was this just another case of leftist projection?

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, the plan all along has been for Biden to serve 2 years and 1 day…even if they have to prop him up and work his mouth like a puppet at the end…and for Harris to take over on January 21, 2022. At the same time, they plan to steal enough congressional seats in the 2022 midterm so that they’ll simultaneously have a “true believer” that’s beholden to them for her ascendency in the White House, and firm majorities in both houses of Congress. Under the Constitution, Harris will be able to serve two additional full terms in addition to the 2 years minus one day of Biden’s term (assuming they can keep stealing elections). 10 years is plenty of time to consolidate and complete their control over all of the federal law enforcement agencies and the military, pack the supreme court and pass every unconstitutional “law” they ever wanted to ensure their power forever.

If, however, the states are able to clean up the election procedures to the point where we have a relatively honest election in enough states in 2024, Harris will lose.
In that event the left will be apoplectic that their plans are going awry. The fact that they were ascribing the possibility of a coup to Trump, and their penchant for projection, leads me to suspect that the reason a coup was on their minds is because…well…it’s on their minds.

Food for thought. Keep your powder dry.


The State of the Navy

Many people have been talking recently about a new report commissioned by several veteran congresspeople including Tom Cotton and my personal favorite vet in office, Dan Crenshaw:

Concern within the Navy runs so high that, when asked whether incidents such as the two destroyer collisions in the Pacific, the surrender of a small craft to the IRGC in the Arabian Gulf, the burning of the Bonhomme Richard and other incidents were part of a broader cultural or leadership problem in the Navy, 94% of interviewees responded “yes,” 3% said “no,” and 3% said “unsure.” And when asked if the incidents were directly connected, 55% said “yes,” 16% said “no,” and 29% said “unsure.” This sentiment, that the Navy is dangerously off course, was overwhelming.

I have serious doubts as to the veracity of this “study” for two reasons:

Polls are notorious for being easily manipulated. Pollsters can handily get the answers they’re looking for by wording the questions in the right way.

For example, a poll that asks:

“Do you support the loophole that allows criminals to purchase firearms from unlicensed dealers without undergoing a background check?”

Will get entirely different results from a poll asking the exact same people:

“Should private citizens be required to seek permission from the government before being permitted to sell their personally owned property to other private citizens?”

The questions are asking the same thing, just in dramatically different ways and will result in completely different data.

The second issue I have with the “study” is the number of personnel interviewed.

77 unique and formal interviews were conducted with Navy personnel via an extensive hour-long process to establish a common controlled approach to the questions at hand.

Seriously? 77 people to represent the outlook of the entire US Navy? There are many different “communities” within the Navy, and although they all fall under the basic framework of the UCMJ and Naval Regulations, the different communities have vastly different cultures. The surface navy vs submarine navy. Black shoes (ship’s company) vs Brown shoes (aviation community). Small boys (destroyers, frigates, cruisers) vs flattops (aircraft carriers). Then there are the specialties that have unique roles like the Seabees, the SEALs, EOD, etc. There are even cultural difference between the East Coast Navy and the West Coast Navy, between the individual fleets and between different ships, even different ships of the same class.

I wouldn’t trust a poll of 77 people to be representative of the crew of a fully manned aircraft carrier (approx 5,000 people), let alone the entire Navy of 330,000+.

So, I don’t think this “study” should be touted as the definitive statement of the attitude of all Sailors. This is very likely just another exercise in confirmation bias. Conducting interviews with too small a sample to be truly representative and wording interview questions in such a way as to receive a desired response.

With that said…

Just because the “study” framework and execution raises questions in my mind, doesn’t mean the attitude they were trying to confirm isn’t real. Whether the majority of sailors are aware of it, or will admit it, the Navy of today is in a very sad state.

This started well before I retired. The members of any military unit’s very survival depends on the skills and abilities of each of those members in their assigned duties. When such an organization begins to place more emphasis on retaining and promoting individuals based on any criteria other than merit, that organization’s effectiveness is going to suffer. Those policies were in place long before I joined the Navy in the early ’80’s and did nothing but get worse throughout my tenure. Those policies have done nothing but escalate in the 18 years since my retirement.

Additional policies include the softening of standards and requirements, the dumbing down of training and qualification standards, the elimination of longstanding trust building and team building traditions, the overt rewarding of timidity and risk aversion over boldness and warfighting ability, the incessant harping and “training” on social issues leaving little time for training designed to enhance mission capability. I could go on.

The result of decades of senior leadership promoted on the basis of their political acumen and ability to avoid controversy rather than any leadership or warfighting skills has ultimately resulted in a Navy where ships crash into civilian freighters, small boat crews who instantly surrender to third world rabble when challenged, ships in the shipyard burning to the waterline because the crew is unequipped and unable to perform the single most important function for the survival of any Navy vessel: damage control.

Not to mention an entire new class of highly technological, extremely expensive ships that serve no practical purpose, a new generation of Aircraft Carriers that can’t effectively launch or recover aircraft due to the incorporation of unproven, unreliable (also extremely expensive) technology, and a remaining fleet of overtasked, undermaintained ships that the crews struggle to keep marginally operational.

We may still have the largest, most technologically advanced Navy in the world (for now, China is rapidly gaining and will soon overtake us), and the most highly motivated, creative and dedicated sailors in history, but our Naval capability has been hamstrung by multiple generations of poor leadership and misplaced priorities, with no signs of improvement on the horizon.

And I don’t need a weak “study” of the attitudes of sailors to tell me that.


Another case of Black Privilege?

Unclear at this time, but I have my suspicions.

You may remember the story of the Philadelphia Dunkin’ Donuts murder. The one that proves the lie of the liberal anti-self-defense shibboleth “just give them what they want and you’ll be ok”:

Once inside, the suspect demanded she hand over money from the store office. After taking the money, the suspect shot Lugo in the head. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Well, it turns out that, as has happened so many times in the past, the suspect should have been in prison.

There was no need for Judge Medinilla to let Mr Gibson loose. He was already guilty of violating his probation, and she could have ordered him back to jail without the state having to prove anything else; no trial was required. With the Philly police already pointing to him as a murder suspect, why would any judge in his right mind turn him loose when it was not necessary?

Was this a case of Black Privilege? It’s impossible to really know unless this particular judge had handled a case under similar circumstances but with a white suspect. I’d say the odds of finding such a case are low so we’ll never really know.

But based on the left’s penchant for portraying black criminals as misunderstood and mistreated by the system, I’d have to say my suspicions are strong on this one. I mean, this is hardly a choir boy:

Gibson’s “extensive history of violence’’ and “documented anger issues,” including 64 previous criminal charges, with nine convictions for felonies and 15 for misdemeanors. Besides the manslaughter/weapons conviction, which had been pleaded down from a first-degree murder count, his other offenses included assault and terroristic threatening.

He had also violated probation 14 times over the years.

If ever there was a poster boy for a “three strikes” law, this guy was it. Maybe people shouldn’t be sent to prison for life after three felony convictions, maybe it should be four, or five or some other number, but in my humble opinion, 9 felony convictions including a manslaughter conviction that was plead down from murder one (I wonder how many of his misdemeanor convictions were plead down from felonies?) and 14 probation violations pretty thoroughly demonstrates to me that this guy has no desire or capacity to live peaceably in a civilized society.

But as a result of the lax treatment of criminals associated with the privilege of being black in a country that affords blacks numerous indulgences, a productive, contributing, hard working member of society was brutally murdered AFTER giving the criminal what he asked for.

And then the cities with policies that enable these predators to roam the streets try to blame lawful gun owners and gun manufacturers for their own failures.

And unless the people in charge can get the lax enforcement of our election laws and regulations straightened out before next year’s mid-terms (something I sincerely doubt they’re capable of) it’s only going to get worse from here.