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24 November 2020

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eakens

That's just NancyK. You can't take anything she says seriously.

:)

Deap

The Road Not Taken
BY ROBERT FROST

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

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The Second Coming - Yeats

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.

The darkness drops again; but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

Societal Illusions

Keep up the good work!

R

Sir,

Draft comments? or Daft ones?

peace and love,
R

Nicolas

Thank you for your courage Sir.

GEORGE CHAMBERLAIN

I second your response!

Willy B

Already 200 years ago, Percy Shelly forecast what will happen to these people:

Ozymandias

I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: "Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert . . . Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed:
And on the pedestal these words appear:
'My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!'
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away."

turcopolier

All

Another ass wrote to me today advising me that I should consider if I am simply wrong, and repent I suppose. This reminds of what Oliver Cromwell supposedly said to Charles I. "I beseech you sir, in the bowels of Christ to think you may be wrong." I have considered the possibility, and I am not wrong.

Bill H

Those threats, sir, are proof of the importance of what you do here.

TV

Keyboard Kommandos

Peter VE

The flak is always heaviest when you're above the target.

Barbara Ann

Repent? I hope you quoted Capt. Brittles at them.

In any case, you are not wrong and even if you were, it is high time the words "voting" and "machine" were separated for good.

sova

Of course you are not wrong and they know it as well as you do! I add my voice to yours and remind us all that a place of healthy reason (as oposed to their reasoning) is now needed more than ever. I will double my contribution!
Please go on!!

turcopolier

Barbara Ann

Nathan Brittles. "Lest we forget." I have a sword in the gun cabinet engraved with those words, a gift from those I taught at West Point

John Merryman.

Shining a bit too much light in the corners?

Barbara Ann

Ford's finest work IMHO, and Wayne's.

PRC90

Credible threats, yes, but I suspect that you have considerable support, of the resolute type, in dealing with them.

ked

of all people, Col, you know how over-wrought characters spew about, threatening violence upon those w/ whom they violently disagree. I wouldn’t give them much credence, & I’m sure you hold a decent defensive position in any case.

David Habakkuk

I think it has been a major problem that the belief in the efficacy of propaganda, and censorship, which seems to have become characteristic of very large elements of Western élites, reflects the curious intellectual ‘provincialism’ endemic among them.

A 1921 essay by the great French historian Marc Bloch, entitled ‘Reflections of a Historian on the False News of the War’, informed by his own very varied military experiences in the conflict just ended, as well as wide reading, is very illuminating on the ways that attempts to control the ‘narrative’ can ‘backfire.’

One observations that may be relevant to today:

‘The role of censorship was considerable. Not only did it gag and paralyze the press during all the years of the war. Its intervention, suspected even when it had not occurred, never ceased to render unbelievable in the eyes of the public even the true reports that it allowed to leak through. As one humorist well put it, “The opinion prevailed in the trenches that anything could be true except what was allowed in print.”’

(See http://www.miwsr.com/2013-051.aspx )

A great deal of the history of the collapse of the Soviet system can, I think, be explained in these terms. (So, unfortunately, can very much of that of subsequent Russian disillusion with the West.)

An extraordinary feature of today’s ‘MSM’, on both sides of the Atlantic, is that there appears little need to ‘gag and paralyze’ them by censorship.

They have proved quite happy to do their utmost to suppress serious discussion, both about ‘Russiagate’ and now about vote-rigging, without the least hint of a threat of sanctions against them.

Part of the reason for this may well be that a very significant proportion of their fellow-countrymen are as resistant to evidence that challenges their beliefs as the journalists involved are.

The price that institutions like ‘CNN’ and ‘The New York Times’, will pay, however, is that those ‘on the other side of the fence’, who also represent a significant proportion of their fellow-countrymen, are likely from now on to disbelieve everything they say, even if they are telling the truth.

Deap

What hangs in balance this election - a deep and profound readout - it is either this or it is that: https://redstate.com/stu-in-sd/2020/11/24/election-aftermath-either-or-n284228

Think this cannot happen?

Just look what happened to California since the year 2000 - a bipartisan state fell under an iron lock by "progressive" super-majorities that cannot now be dislodged. In twenty years, they built themselves into the system, along with Dominion voting systems.

It happened. I was there, in the middle of it. I watched it all go down as "election reform" from term limits to finally mandatory mail in ballots and vote harvesting.

The irony is Gov Schwarzenegger was elected in a recall election when it was becoming obvious what was happening .He promised to go to Sacramento and "blow up the little boxes" of special interests that were worming their way into the system (the public sector unions).

Except just the opposite happened, Schwarznegger became a RINO and handed everything over to the unions and the state fell into immediate decline. That as always my biggest fear about Trump - that he would become a Schwarzenegger RINO. But Trump did not, and for that he earned my undying devotion. Promises made; promises kept - the Trump legacy.

I suspect Dems will appoint Schwarzenegger as Ambassador to Austria in grateful appreciation.

james

that's bizarre pat! keep on keeping on!

Deap

We are watching the history of Russia - From Peter the Great to Gorbachov - Great Lectures series. It is chilling to see the parallels in 19th Century Russia through the Revolution and what is happening today in the US.

Controlling speech was critical. It took decades to learn how many people died under Stalin and even know they cannot ascertain the numbers, but it was in the millions.

Then in three generations is was over - the revolutionary elites protected their own and their own protected nothing, other than themselves. Society stratified yet again even under the iron fist of communism, just like it always has since the Sumerians.

Freedom of speech is fundamental - as history teaches us over and over again. We are in dark times, but this is when the Black Swan also shows up.

Fred

Col.,

I think you have put together a regigment worthy of taking on the lefty propagandists, which is why they now resort to threats of violence.

Andy Shand

Please keep up the good work, and if you ever get to California, I will threaten you to a beer.

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