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Sunday, May 16, 2021

Spirited Man: We Are In A "FOURTH TURNING," What Does That Mean?


[VIDEO] Van Neistat is the brother of one Casey Neistat. Before I ever discovered Casey, there was a documentary show called The Neistat Brothers which aired for one season on HBO. Basically they were doing YouTube videos on premium cable long before Casey made a name for himself on YouTube. Casey and Van are longtime filmmakers and both have taken the YouTube plunge.

Van is a more recent phenomenon and I should've shared this video with you when it was first posted. Van was talking about this book which is called The Fourth Turning. Basically it asserts that what we're experience or have experienced occurs in 80 year cycles. We go through calm periods and then suddenly we're in periods of conflict. And it seems we're in a period of conflict right now.

I really like the idea of Gen X being the nomad generation of fixers. The other descriptions of younger generations as artists or heroes could also be apt for those generations. Time will tell if they will live up to that, right now we need the fixers and of course as time goes on the hero and artist generation will hopefully leave a more peaceful society.

Regardless I need to do more of what Van - The Spirited Man - does which is read. This book seems up my alley for sure. 


BTW, I haven't posted a lot because life happens. Often when I go to my job I carry a laptop for my own personal use and unfortunately it's been acting up on me. Goal is to get it fixed and get back onto my irregular schedule for this blog.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Joe-mentum 2021

 I just saw that term again watching Ingraham Angle and referring to the policies of the Biden administration. We're hearing about the gas shortages in the south and mention of Carter-era economy.

I came a bit too late for the Jimmy Carter administration - oh I was here on Earth just no idea of what the situation was, a bit too young. Though as I enjoy looking through history it seemed not just the Carter years but the 1970s in general were just rough years economically. You hear about inflation or stagflation and then you hear about gas lines. And what marked the Carter years is his "malaise speech". [VIDEO]

If I may explain Joe-mentum, the first time I heard the term is on the old Protest Warrior forums. It was sort of a joke on the presidential campaign of another political Joe - Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-CT) who ran for the presidency unsuccessfully in 2004. I think he used the term Joe-mentum which is supposed to mean positive momentum, however, in my mind because of the direction of his campaign at the time became a way to say he's going to lose.

Used in a sentence, yeah so the New York Rangers had a great game against the Black Hawks and had a one goal lead but then Joe-mentum struck and they lost.

It seems since Joe Biden took over the presidency earlier this year, we've had nothing but rough moments. The transition didn't start off smooth and the right seems very ready to attack some of his policies. The right is accusing his administration of incompetence. It seems in more ways than one nothing has gone well - the border, the economy, the world - the current news out of Israel is that they're at it again with the Palestinians, even issues of crime.

I'm starting to feel bad for Joe-mentum Biden. This is a shame for a man whom I do believe really wanted to be President he tried it so many times before and floundered. I could say he lucked out in edging out a very combative and loud incumbent President - and yes leaving aside any potential voter fraud I think President Donald Trump's general combativeness is one reason he's not our President right now. I feel as if for a man who spend most of his adult life as a public official has earned better than this.

Via Instapundit

Friday, May 07, 2021

Prof. Tobe Johnson R.I.P.

 When I first started this blog I had a class with Prof. Tobe Johnson and to be honest he had faded me in this course once before. The concepts he expected his students to know to be honest was going over my head, and once I became determined to understand the concepts I had an aha moment and so did he. He knew I got it, and smooth sailing since then and took two other classes with him until finally graduating in 2009.

So I've taken with him "grammar of politics" or scope & methods of political science, urban management and policy analysis, and finally financial management of local government. The one thing I had failed to do then was take him for senior thesis. By the time I graduated seniors in pol. sci. didn't have to take senior thesis, but do a capstone project at the end of their matriculation.

What I can say today is that I survived Dr. Johnson and I actually survived Morehouse College. To be honest it is still surprising to me even now. Just wish I picked his brain more.

Thursday, May 06, 2021

Mayor of Atlanta won't run again!

This is a bit of a shocker, or is it. I could criticize her response especially to the unrest that occurred in her city in the wake of George Floyd's death and Rayshard Brooks. It was noted that crime rate has risen there in Atlanta, Georgia during the past year. So either day I could criticize her, but she's had a rough year and there is an election coming up this year for mayor.

#Gutfeld: Why don't Dems care about their dying cities?


[VIDEO] From Wednesday's Gutfeld show which discusses why this summer will prove to be a very violent one with all the anti-police rhetoric going around.

Tuesday, May 04, 2021

Chauvin appeals

Even the trial judge in the recently concluded case admitted there were some grounds for appeal in the case of Derek Chauvin. Chauvin was the officer who allegedly had the knee on the neck of one George Floyd and he was convicted for being the cause of Floyd's death when he was in Chauvin's custody.

As I see on Instapundit the headline Derek Chauvin requests new trial, claims jury misconduct from the N.Y. Post

The lawyer for ex-Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin is requesting a new trial in the death of George Floyd — claiming the guilty verdict against his client was tainted by a threatened and “intimidated” jury.

In papers filed Tuesday in Hennepin County Court, attorney Eric Nelson argues that Chauvin’s murder trial should have been moved to a different city, and said publicity surrounding the trial was “pervasive” and “prejudicial.”

“The court abused its discretion when it failed to sequester the jury for the duration of the trial, or in the least, admonish them to avoid all media, which resulted in jury exposure to prejudicial publicity regarding the trial during the proceedings,” Nelson wrote, “as well as jury intimidation and potential fear of retribution among jurors….”

Nelson also accused prosecutors and Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill of “multiple errors in these proceedings,” which he said deprived Chauvin of a fair trial.

We shall see if Chauvin will be successful in his appeals. Chauvin has a right to a fair trial and I hate to see a man even if guilty essentially railroaded by the criminal justice system. A lot of people wanted Chauvin to be guilty, however, in my mind there is some reasonable doubt that he's directly responsible for Floyd's death.

Monday, May 03, 2021

O'Reilly: Pastor states BLM is worse than COVID-19


[VIDEO]According to this clip you will see here as Bill O'Reilly discusses the comments of Bishop E.W. Jackson the coronavirus is a momentary health crisis that will run it's course, however, the racially divisive rhetoric and activism of BLM or the "woke" will take generations to settle. Too bad that he's right, one something is out there it will take time to just mitigate it's effects. Trying to mitigate a virus is one thing.

I stated last year racism is a virus as it turns out so is "wokeness" and anti-racism. It seems there is an obsession with pointing out a boogeyman no matter where it is.

Sunday, May 02, 2021

Rubin Report: 'Woke' principal admits on tape 'anti-racism' hurts students


[VIDEO] A teacher at a private New York school Paul Rossi discusses his ordeal as he speaks up against "anti-racism" as his school. This is a tie-in to "critical race theory", basically in short hand in my own words: white people are racist and "minoritized" people are perpetually harmed by racist white supremacist.

The principal at this school a man named George Davison admitted on tape that they're demonizing their white students for something that they're not personally responsible for. Schools are for learning and they should learn American history and that means anything from slavery to Jim Crow to even what's going on now. However, to make a whole group of people evil because of past actions that those who aren't around now didn't personally participate in is a real problem and unfair.

Saturday, May 01, 2021

Prager U: What is "critical race theory"?


[VIDEO] James Lindsay who is a founder of New Discourses tells us about this idea that maybe some of us have heard about for over the past year. Just at a glance it seems particularly destructive and race obsessed:

Critical Race Theory holds that the most important thing about you is your race. The color of your skin. That's who you are. Not your behavior. Not your values. Not your environment. Your race.

In Critical Race Theory, if you are a member of a "minoritized" racial group—their term, not mine—you are a victim of a system that is rigged against you, a system that doesn't want you to succeed. On the other hand, if your race is "privileged," you're an exploiter—whether you intend to be or not.

Critical Race Theory begins from the assumption that racism occurs in all interactions. To see how this works, consider this thought experiment: Imagine you own a shop, and two customers enter at the same time—one white and one black. Who do you help first? If you help the black person first, Critical Race Theory would say you did so because you don't trust black people to be left alone in your store. That's racist. If you helped the white person first instead, Critical Race Theory would say you did so because you think blacks are second-class citizens. That's racist, too.

That's Critical Race Theory. It can find racism in anything, even if it has to read your mind to do it.

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Could Some Sort of Slavery Comeback to The U.S. Under Joe Biden?

 Instead of watching President Biden's address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress - and it seems I didn't miss much because even U.S. Ted Cruz was caught nodding off - I wanted to catch AEW Dynamite. I switched over from Tucker just before the President gave his address.

During his address the President state "no amendment to the constitution is absolute". Since we're in such woke times where we're burning down anything that makes America great due to it's unfortunate history on race. If no amendment to the constitution is absolute then as for the title does this mean the American people have the right to own slaves?

Yes, I just made a wild argument. However, considering the President's statement with regards to guns that was the context of that quotable. I'm willing to be he's saying what many gun control advocate has been saying for years....

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Check out this eye-opening interview with a Black policeman

 At the Federalist, we see an interview with anonymous Black police officer. His thoughts somewhat matches up with mine, I think he sees the world in the right way. Too bad the idealistic nonsensical view of the police world seems to have taken hold...

h/t Instapundit