Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Another Project From The Back Yard. Rev 1. (New material about material and construction.)

Having been born into the Episcopal Church oh so many years ago I was early in life instilled with a respect and reverence for the 1928 Book of Common Prayer. That and being of English ancestry also brought me a love of antiques.

Close to thirty years ago I joined a newly formed church attached to the Anglican Catholic Church, primarily because they adheared to the old Liturgy that the Episcopal Church has abandoned. While there I completed the call to service bell I mentioned in an earlier post.

Shortly after one of my fellow parishioners asked me to restore an old Sacramental Tabernacle she had found. It was in terrible shape after decades of the worst kind of neglect. Rust was eating at the wrought iron frame and some of the sheet metal back panels were rusted through. Parts of the brass outer panels were deeply pitted and corroded.

I harbored no illusions that it was going to be anything but a daunting task.

The front door panel
after some preliminary

I started with disassemly and preliminary primer painting to try and stop the rust. Then as the old the saying goes life happened while on my way to do other things.

It has remained under cover in my storage building for all these years.

Once I neared the final stages of my latest bell I knew this was an obligation that had to be completed.

In the intervening years some clever soul created the metal impregnated nylon rotary brush. I had been doing much of the fine detail work with stainless steel brushes and lots of elbow grease.

These new brushes accelerated the process greatly when it came to removing the remaining laquer rust and corrusion. There was still fine cleaning to do in those places a power brush could not reach but I saw my path becoming much shorter.

Next came lots of masking tape before I could paint the iron frame. This came out quite well.

Once this was completed I had to wait several days for this to completely dry before I could mask the new paint so that the newly cleaned and polished brass with clear enamel paint.

Clear enameled panels.

The backs of each of these brass panels has a sheet metal back cover that is soft soldered to the brass to form a pocket. I suspect, from the remenants I found in them, they contained some sort of cloth covered paper board.

I decided to not go that route and opted for 1/8" thick hard board panels that I painted a rich Royal flat red color. Once these were thoroughly dry and fitted into place reassembly could commence.

During the course of doing this restoration I came to a few conclusions based on research, examination of building techniques used and the nature of some of the materials it contains.

My first guess is that the number 1076 found on the back of the top front piece is either simply aa foundry mark and unrelated to any date of manufacture or was put their to deceive. Some things are just to perfect. Secondly the frame is no doubt unheatreated high carbon wrought iron. It is very hard, rigid and immalleable. An attempt to drill a couple of small holes revealed a fine brittle grain structure that is guaranteed to break dill bits at a prodigious rate. That idea came to a dead stop right there.

Spark testing confirmed with a grinder that both the frame and the back panels were high carbon materials. These kinds of hard carbon filled materials and the crude soldering technique used both point to age. Short of sacrificing a small piece, which I wasn't about to do, to determine alloy and possible age, that age could be anywhere from the 11th/12th century to late 18th/mid 19th century.

Other elements point to the latter rather than the former. Firstly the use of a brass piano hinge on the front door and a smaller steel one on the back panel. The fact that the brass hinge appears to have been soldered in place as the back panels raises the date question. Also the catch that hold the door in place when closed is a small coil spring loaded ball that falls into a recess in a tab on the back of the door. Certainly no such technology before the later period mentioned. Thirdly the existing screw threads both into the brass and the iron all confirm to UNC 6-32 and the two existing nuts certainly appeared to be old but not that old. Really old ones would have been square not hexagonal.

As to the brass castings. They are clearly done with the very old and traditional sand casting method. The surface finish of many of the flat areas around the perimeter and other areas have, at first glance, a hammered finish. Close examination however reveals that these marks are part of the origional patterns used to make the casting molds.

My conclusion is that the origional design my have been 11th/12th century. Or it could be entirely fantastical and imaginative of some late 18th early 19th century craftsman.

Whatever the case, if I do say so myself, the final results of the restoration are quite stunning. I'm looking forward to seeing it in place in the Church Sanctuary and used in the Holy Eucharist.

All glory be to God!!

Saturday, June 9, 2018

A Hero In The Family.

I recently received this newspaper clipping from Macon County Tennessee from 1944. It concerns my 1st cousin, Pfc. Jasper T. Smith.

Jay as he was known was the eldest son of my mother's oldest Sister. As my mother was the youngest of ten children, her oldest sister was married and having children of her own by the time she was born.

Although Jay was technically her nephew they were so close in age that they we're in the same classes in school and grew up as virtual brother and sister.

I grew up hearing stories about him from my mother and members of her family but never knew the full circumstances of his death.

Given the time frame of the action we're he was killed I was expecting to find records of his being intered at the American Cemetery in Normandy but they have nothing under his name listed. I can only assume then that he lies under one of those crosses marked. "Here Rests In Honered Glory, A Comrade In Arms. Know But To God".

A truly selfless act in
the defense of others.

There are far to many of these
crosses scattered across the
American Cemetaries in
Europe and the Pacific.

We're these the luckey ones? Tens of thousands more have no graves. Lost to the vast depths of the oceans, impenetrable jungles or blown to pieces such that there was nothing to recover. May none of them ever be forgotten.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Finishing Up A Major Project.

I promised to post more pictures once I got close to finished on my bell project.

This where we left off.

Next came constructing  a table.

Living in the NC Piedmont finding even a
small level patch can be a task unto itself.

Unable to find a brass plater willing to take on my project I opted for a good
automotive paint job in gloss black with clear coat.

All that remains is to fashion a decorative fenial for the top.

Friday, May 18, 2018

So Here We Go Again. Part 1.

Another Tragedy In Texas.

Another young man has gone of the rails and slaughtered his fellow students.

There are still lots of facts to be determined but here is my bet.

This kid complained to his parents and or the school counciler. Then then dispatched him into the hands of a psychologist or psychiatrist who then proceeded to pump his young and still not fully formed mind full of psycotropic drugs.

He then went home and either continued or started smoking weed to further compensate for his sense of inadaquacy.

He then sank deeper into psychosis, the Dr. then upped the meds and made things worse. The perfect recipe for a decent into chaos.

But rather than lay the blame at the feet of Dr. and the drug companies that agressivly market these powerful drugs, the NRA and the 2nd amendment will be immediately assessed by the media and the SJW army as the only party to be blamed.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Speaking Ill Of The Living

They say don't speak ill of the dead so I'm going to get this off my chest while John McCain is still among us and before Charon drags him, kicking and screaming onto the ferryman's barge that will carry him across the River Styx.

John McCain may have served his country honorably in VN. But that does not grant him a pass on his subsequent behavior in the realm of politics. Perhaps his origional intent was to continue serving the nation but sadly he breathed deep the poisonous swamp gas of DC and all to quickly and it seems eagerly, succumbed to its lure of power.

Does the ferryman await John McCain?
For his sake I hope not. Still, Megan McCain might
want to make sure he has at least two coins in his
pocket, if not on his eyes, before they close the lid
on his casket. The story is Charon doesn't like it
when he is not paid for his services.
He soon revealed himself as a thin skinned, self-centered, egotistical obstructionist jerk. Being an obstructionist for sake of being an obstructionist became his Hallmark. Having become a full fleged swamp rat he is oblivious to the rank hypocrisies his actions have revealed. What he and much of the media calls being a maverick, most others, either publicly or privately call be a plain, old fashioned asshole.  

Ever since he lost the election in 2008 and especially sinces his diagnoisis, he has doubled up on his dose of the jerk wad pills. As if he felt he was no less entitled to the office of Predident as Hillary Clinton still feels she is.

I can't be sure if his disparaging Sarah Palin at this late date is just more of his inherent bitterness coming out or his glioblastoma removing the last of his verbal inhibitions. Gov. Palin being on the ticket was the only thing that allowed me and many others, to hold our nose tightly and vote for him. I am sure that graciousness has never been his strong suit.

W gives McCain a final salute on
behalf of all the swamp rats.
The other thing I am sure of is that the Clintons, the Obama's, the Bush clan and all the rest of the globalist, neocon elites, of both parties, will be at his funeral shedding buckets of crocodile tears all for public consumption, and secretly wishing they could spit on his grave. 

Will he ask Jesus for the redemption of his soul in his last days or even hours? For his sake I hope so but I have my doubts. More likely, from what we have seen of late, is that he would rather go out doing his version of Captain Ahab. Muttering, if not yelling, at Donald Trump and all his enemies, both real and perceived, "To the last, I grapple with thee; From Hell's heart, I stab at thee; For Hate's sake, I spit my last breath at thee."

My feeling is he is gone, morally, figuratively and soon literally. Let us speak of him no more, because nobody but nobody will be addressing any future events with the prefaced question of "What would John McCain do?"

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Stirring The Debate.

How many wars against Israel do the Palestinians and by extension the Arabs have to lose before they will except that Israel and the Israelis are not going anywhere? Each succeeding war or infatada has only made their plight worse than before and hardened the resolve of the Israelis.

Let's be clear it is the Arabs that declared war against Israel in 1947 not the other way around. Although the Arabs feel they can tacticly lose repeated wars and still triumph in the end, the Israelis implicitly understand that they cannot lose even one. To think that if they were to lose, that the Arabs would not commit another horrific genocide is to deny history and their own declared intent. One virtual constant of history is that people who wage war against their neighbors and lose is that they lose territory as well. The shifting map of Europe over the centuries is ample proof of that. Who among us would propose that the Germans have a "right of return" to those territories east of the Oder river that now comprise nearly a third of Poland? It absurd on its face.

Israel withdrew in stages from Sinai in exchange for a lasting peace with Egypt. A peace that has survived even the assassination of Anwar Sadat. They withdrew from Gaza on the promise of peace. It wasn't the Israeli that betrayed that promise.

Are there bad actors among the IDF? Undoubtably. Just as there are undoubtably bad actors among Hamas and the Palistinian Authority. War does terribly things to people. Often instilling an incredible indifference to human life that those not involved can not begin to fathom. This war is no different than any other, filled with atrocities on both sides. The kind of things that can burn scars into people's souls that can never be forgotten.

My father had nightmares about things he encountered in the Philippines until he died. If he had had the strength he would have cursed the Japanese with his dying breath. I've known veterans of Viet Nam who feel the same way about their experiences. So who's to say if some of those IDF soldiers filmed shooting at Palestinian children hadn't seen a relative or friend blown to pieces in a suicide bombing? We can't possibly know. There is no excuse for the slaughter of innocents by either side. But to the best of my knowledge the Israelis do not systematically teach their children the kind of hatred and asperations to martyrdom that can be seen on Palistinian television every day.

Is there any solution to this terrible war or the seemingly endlesness of man's cruelty to man? I can only suggest that that can and will only happen when the Palistinians and by extension, the Arabs and Muslims in general, except Israel's right to exist and seriously mean it. Only then will it be possible to negotiate any change of status for Jerusalem or the withdrawal of Jewish settlements from the West Bank.

Or perhaps it can't be solved by man alone and will only be resolved when Christ himself returns and shakes the Mount of Olives.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

A Change Of Tactics, Not A Change Of Attitude.

There are many things indeed in the political realm that make me weary. One of the worst is the notion that the conditions in Gaza are the responsibility of the Israelis. Why are the Palestinians not responsible for themselves or if not them directly what not their fellow Arab and Muslim neighbors? History would tell us that this latest allegedly peaceful protest entitled the "March for Return" is not a change in attitude but rather just a temporary change in tactics.

The Gulf States both Sunni and Shia make billions and billions of dollars every year from the sale of oil. But what funds they do funnel into Gaza and the West Bank goes largely into political operations, arms purchases and the straight up corruption of those in power with very little if any actually getting down to ground level for needed infrastructure and social services. For that they are sent with their hands out to the rest of the world saying "Oh look at how poor and deprived we are. You must feed and cloth and house us."

Anyone who thinks that given the opportunity the Arabs would not enter into another paroxysm of genocide again against the Jews is either naive, a fool or a flat out liar. It's been Muslim policy since Mohamad sent his army to slaughter the Jews of Medina for the offense of ridiculing him. It has shown little abatement since.

But rather than dwell on 1400 year old history let's concentrate on the more recent past. In the late 1930s the British expelled the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem for stirring up violence against the then very small Jewish popjlation of Palestine. He went to Damascus and then after the fall of France made his way through Vichey to Berlin where he entered into well documented discussions on how to exterminate their common enemy, the Jews. Hitler provided him with a large estate outside Berlin (seized from murdered Jews) where he remained throughout the war. In exchange for this hospitality he made shortwave radio broadcast to the Arab world extolling the virtues of the Nazis and calling for them to join in an alliance against the dcadent West and the Jews in particular. He personally went to Nazi occupied Yogoslavia and recruited Muslim troops that became the dreaded 13th Waffen SS Division that became notorious for hunting down and murdering Jews all across the Balkans.

After the war when the British blocked attempts to have the Mufti tried for war crimes at Nuremberg he went to Egypt and joined the nacent Muslim Brotherhood and injected his virulent hate into that organization.

Then came 1947 and the partition of Palestine. This became the first opportunity to create a free and independent Palestinian state. They rejected the UN offer, in no small part because of the Grand Mufti. They choose a war of extermination instead, determined to finish what Hitler had started. They failed.

In the wake of that failure it was not the Israelis who confined the Palestinians to the refugee camps. It was their Arab brothers in Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon. For nearly twenty years there after these same Arab states, especially Eqypt and Jordan had every opportunity to create an independent Palistinian state in Gaza and The West Bank. They made no such effort. It wasn't even discussed. What the world got instead was hate and threats and preparations for war from the U.A.R. and more failed attempts to destroy Israel.

When the Israelis withdrew from Gaza they left behind considerable amounts of economic infrastructure both agricultural and industrial. The Gazan's reaction was destroy the greenhouses and truck farms. Rather than use the industrial infrastructure to build farm equipment or exportable goods they converted them to building arms and converting needed construction equipment into rocket launchers.

In the 70 years since their independence the Israelis have become famous for making the desert bloom and becoming not just agriculturally self-sufficient but exporters of food to the world, much of which they give to the Palestinians along with free emergency medical care.

The only thing stopping the Palestinians from providing for themselves is their hatred, their arrogance, their ignorance and their political leaders who care more for destroying Israel and killing Jews than they do for providing for the welfare of their people.

He Gazans are suffering all right but their afflictions have been put upon them by their own leaders and their Arab brothers who have manipulated their plight for their own purposes for seven decades.  Frankly I don't see that changing any to soon. Certainly not if history is any acceptable guide.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Back Into The Backyard Workshop.

Some three decades ago I was finishing up a ten year stint at a large valve manufacturer and my employer made a gift to me of a surplus 8" x 16" sch. 80 pipe reducer along with an 8" sch. 80 pipe end cap. My intent at the time was to weld them together and make a large bell. This was something I had done a few times before on a smaller scale.

4" x 8" hanging on  simple angle bracket.
This 4" x 8" sch. 80 bell presently hangs on the side of my work shop. It is in need of some sanding and a new coat of paint but that will have to wait until other things are finished.

I also did a larger 6" x 12" sch. 40 that was donated to the church I was attending at the time and is used as the call to service bell. But as the old saying goes, life is what happens when you're planning to do other things and these parts languished in my storage building until last year when this project finally began.

The first step of course was to sit down at the computer and come up with a working design that I fully expected to refine as the job progressed. I decided early on that this was going to be a highly finished piece with pivot arms and a counterweight as is often seen with steeple bells.

One thing I do not have in my shop is a welder. Otherwise I would have done the welding myself. Fortunately I have a neighbor down the block who is a welding instructor at the local community college and I was able to persuade him to do the welding for me.

The tedious grinding and polishing begins.
The first step after I got the weldment back was to begin the grinding and polishing of the raw and welded forgings to a smooth clean finish. I started with an 80 grit hard disk and a soft touch to blend in the weld and remove all the remaining mill coating and scale. This alone was a two day process. I then progressed to an 80 grit soft disk to get down to where the smaller in perfections and pits in the surface were revealed.

Lots of fine detail work.
These places and the surface scratches left by the grinding wheels were then chased out with both a random orbit and a vibrating hand sander. I had to take special care to also remove the areas surrounding these pits at the same time so as not to create flat spots that would stand out on the finished surface.

The finished
polished surface.
This became an almost never-ending process of chasing smaller and smaller imperfections and scratches. I finally opted with mounting the bell onto a 4" x 4" post attached to my work bench. This made manipulating the bell much easier and allowed me to reflect light off of it from different directions making seeing where more work was needed easier as well.

It was now time to move on to what I call the counterweight pivot block assembly.

Counterweight assembly
before attaching pivot arms.
This was made from 4" x 4" fence post timbers with 1/4" steel plates sandwiched between them.  These plates provide added weight and stiffness to the assembly.

Sandwich plates with several
coats of self-etching primer paint.
There are two 3/8-16 x 5-1/2" long hex head bolts holding the long top plate to the long timber. Six long pieces of 3/8-16 all thread were then used to hold the completed sub-assembly together.

This assembly will be revisited after other other structures are completed.

This final assembly required careful fitting and
squaring up using half a dozen clamps.
Next came the mounting frame assembly. This consists of two A-frame sub assemblies, two runner sub assemblies that tie them together and an X-frame sub assembly. This X-frame will minimize any racking caused by the 110+ pounds of bell and counterweight swinging back and forth.

This assembly was made from standard 2" x 4"s, 1" boards cut to various widths along with two pieces of 3/8" plywood cut into matching octagons holding the X-frame together. All these pieces were assembled with wood glue and deck screws. All the openings and gaps were filled with plastic wood. The finished sub-assemblies and final assembly were sanded smooth with 80 grit then 100 and finally 120 grit sandpaper.

Aluminum pillow blocks
with bronze sleeves.
1" spherical bearings are used to mount the bell/counterweight assembly. This eliminates any minor misalignment issues with the pivot shafts.

Clapper ball with loop and
Bell mounting 3/4" eye bolt.
The clapper for ringing the bell is made from a 1-7/8" forged steel ball bearing. This is welded to a piece of 3/8" round bar that hooks through an eye bolt inside the top of the bell. The small eye welded to the bottom end is so the bell can be rung softly without rocking the whole assembly.

Initial fit up for alignment and balance checking.
Initial fit up was completed to check alignment and balance before staining, applying multiple coats of Spar Varnish to the frame and counterweight and clear enamel to the bell.

The as designed center of gravity came in right on target at just under one inch below the centerline of the pivot shafts. The bell swings with ease and very little effort.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Is Social Justice Begining To Contaminate Tech And Engineering Schools?

The was an interesting rant today on the Ace of Spades website ace.mu. The question was, were major universities going to have to become split between the "liberal arts" departments and the math, science and engineering schools. It was Ace's position that he was more concerned that so called Social Justice was going contaminate the hard science fields.

I felt compelled to comment that I thought it had already happened and with frightening consequences. Namely this brand new, "revolutionary design" pedestrian bridge in Miami Florida that collapsed killing six innocent people.

Bridge failure do happen. Usually they come about because of
accumulated stress and corrosion over extended periods of time.
Failures coming even before completion however are very rare.
The investigation will no doubt be on going but two salient facts have come out. Firstly that this bridge was designed by an "all female," team of engineers. I have not the slightest doubt that at some point this bunch allowed "estetic appearance" to take precedence over sound engineering practice, design standards and margins of safety.

I'm sure that FEA analysis was done but I'm also sure that there was some critical element that was designed to the bottom end of required safety margins which was then exaserbated by a manufacturing error or an "as built" condition being at the very bottom end or below the design tolerances that some "engineer" signed off on as an "exceptable variance" or both.

Secondly it has now become noted that someone reportedrepor there were already cracks in the structure before it was moved into position over this six lane highway. The obvious question is, was this defect reported to Quality Control and documented? If no, whose decision was it ignore the verbal report? If yes, where is the report? Who signed off on the reported defects again as an "acceptable variance"? If it was excepted, was quality control pressured to do so by either the engineering manager, the erection manager or the city's or university's civil engineer in order to maintain schedule and budget? Additionally were their bonuses involved for anyone for maintaining schedule and budget?

Sister Jane or Sister Joan screwed up, badly.
Was it the lack of adult, read male supervision?
Bottom line is that in the end this disaster will be revealed as multiple engineering minimums, design tolerance stack-up failures and minor deviations combining to equal more than the sum of their parts. I also think that it's very possible that this group of all female engineers became something of a coffee clatch and BFFs that allowed personal relationships to out consider critical and dispassionate analysis of the work as it is being performed.

Heaven forbid that "Sister Joan" might hurt "Sister Jane's" feeling by criticising her work as sub-standard or unnecessarily minimalist.

But hey what do I know? I'm just a retired design engineer. When working in teams tearing each other's work apart is an important part of the process. It wasn't personal. It was just the best way to produce the best product. Why was this designed as a long single span made from reinforced concrete? Was single span a design requirement? Was fabricated steal beam design considered? If it is was why was it rejected? Was dual beam with central support considered? Was it rejected? If so why?
If the answers to any of this is visual estetics or "that's what the "art director" wanted, this is going to be ugly. I'm sure the wrongful death or injury lawyers are lining up, calling the victims and their families.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Just When you Thought They Couldn't Go Any Lower

How long until the screams for
summary justice become manifest
as real executions?
Do you want to see the very real and frightining
evidence of just how far the left has sunk the nation into moral depravity and blood lust? Just look at the video of the way members of the audience shouted "Murderer!" and "Burn her!" at the NRA's Dana Loesch during CNN's town hall meeting yesterday. What made it even more repugnant was that the so called moderator, Jake Tapper, sat there in silence and let it continue.

Why don't we just go ahead and revert to the 15th century and the kind of mass hysteria that drove the Spanish Inquisition or the Salem Witch Trials? Because if we don't want to debate issues and have rational discussions that's the direction we're headed. We have the righteous indignation. All that's missing are the scarlet robes of the Grand Inquisitor and the charges of heresy.

Jake Tapper takes on his new role
as judge, jury and executioner.
It's not Christianity or conservativism or nationalism or American traditionalism or even the 2nd Amendment that has brought us to these depths. It's the left's moral relativism and consistent and constant dismissing and disparaging of those very values that has done it. It They increasingly put on the robes of moral superiority and hold themselves in judgement over any and all who would dare disagree with them. And these people have the gaul to call themselves progressives.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Black Exploitation Goes Big Budget.

What, did Cat Woman have a sex change operation? If Hollywierd and the MSM were portraying "Black Panther" as just another semi-benign super hero movie nobody would really care how it does at the box office or be searching for some important inner meaning. Except they're not and the same old crowd of manipulators are playing it up as something truly new and special. Groundbreaking as a buzzword is getting worn out at breakneck speed.

So right on cue the SJW crowd and accompanying "woke" idiots are buying into this latest con game hook, line and sinker. I can think of no better example of what happens when an entire  generation is deliberately brought up without any critical thinking skills or sense of historical precedents.

Quite simply if one were to change the characters to Europeans and the name to "White Panther", the political left, the SJWs and the news media would all be tripping over themselves trying to invent new synonyms for Nazis, the Klan, xenophobia and anything or anyone that they could remotely conflate as racist. Beyond that anyone questioning the greatness or wisdom of this movie can only possibly be motivated in doing so by their inherent racism,

But meanwhile the white and Jew producers etc. will pocket millions of dollars from the urban ghetto crowd selling their food stamps to buy tickets. (Will anyone be keeping stats on any increase in the numbers of counterfeit tickets or muggings in the vicinity of theaters showing the movie?)

There will soon of course be a whole series of follow ups, Black Panther II, Black Panther III etc. and loads of low budget knock offs intended to do nothing but siphon even more money out of the black population. As P.T. Barnum said, "There's a sucker born every minute." The Democrats core demographic base.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Do We Have A Brutus?

I've been stealing again. This time from the zman.com.  What can I say I'm a sucker for a well constructed historical parallel.

For most people, the name “Brutus” brings to mind the Roman politician, who took a leading role in the assassination of Julius Caesar. Because the winners write the history books, he is also remembered as a villain, the guy who murdered the great man and sent the Roman Republic careening toward authoritarian rule. That’s probably not fair to Brutus or the other members of the Optimate faction. Julius Caesar was no friend of the Republic, despite being the leader of the Populis faction, but that’s how it goes with history.
There is another Brutus, one who is relevant to our age. Lucius Junius Brutus is remembered as the founder of the Roman Republic. Until the fifth century BC, Rome was ruled by a series of kings. According to Livy, The son of Tarquinius Superbus raped a noblewoman named Lucretia, who was a relation to Brutus. There was already great discontent with the behavior of the king and Brutus had many other grievances, but this was the tipping point. Brutus led the revolt against the king and established the Republic.
The story itself is worth relating. After she had been raped, Lucretia summoned Brutus, her father, Lucius Tarquinius Collatinus and Publius Valerius Poplicola, whose name the Founders would use when promoting the Constitution. After she told them what had happened and how she had been dishonored, she committed suicide by stabbing herself with a dagger. Brutus pulled the dagger from her chest, held it up and immediately shouted for the overthrow of the Tarquins. The revolution started at that moment.
Hidden in that story, which is most likely apocryphal, is the logic of republican virtue and republican morality. Free men fight and die for their honor, for their liberty and for their posterity. It is a form of rule based on a set of ideals, rather than a practical arrangement among men. A king is a pragmatic compromise that works now. A dictatorial committee is just the best way to establish order in the moment. A republic assumes men are not angels, but it assumes each generation will generate enough virtuous men to maintain it.
Our first Brutus is remember as an example of that republican virtue, not because he established it, but because he sacrificed for it. Brutus became the first consul of Rome. During his consulship the royal family tried to subvert the republic in order to regain the throne. This is remembered as the Tarquinian conspiracy. Among the conspirators were two of Brutus’ sons, who were sentenced to death. Brutus gained great respect among his peers for stoically watching as the sentence was carried out.
We are a long way from those times, but we have similar challenges. The emerging conspiracy among career political appointees and intelligence officials, a conspiracy to overthrow the orderly functioning of the republic, is not a lot different from what the Romans faced 25 centuries ago. It’s not very different from what faced them five centuries after the founding of the Republic. In the former case, a Brutus was able to rise to the challenge. In the latter, another Brutus was not able to answer the call.
In the current crisis, there are some similarities to both events. Those plotting against republican order are doing so claiming Trump is an authoritarian. They see his very existence as proof of some hidden conspiracy to overthrow democracy and install Trump as the 12th invisible Hitler, returned to usher in the Fourth Reich. That sounds ridiculous, but not unlike the plotters against Caesar, the people scheming to get Trump, justify their actions, not on merit, but against what they imagine Trump is secretly plotting.
Those defending the plotters believe it too. Like the conspirators, they have no choice but to believe it. They are calling the release of the memo a constitutional crisis, implying a grab for power by Trump. They have to go down this path, turning everything on its head, otherwise they are the villains. They need to see themselves as the white hats and they need the public to see them as that too. The men who assassinated Julius Caesar justified murder, by imagining themselves as the defenders of Rome for the same reason.
On the other hand, we have Trump, maybe the last man in the Imperial Capital, who still believes in the old ideal of America. Trump is a true civic nationalist. He is the first president in many generations to truly sacrifice in order to serve in office. He’s a man of old weird America. He even sounds like where he comes from, which is no longer typical of a member of the political class. He came into office believing that his victory would be enough to convince the political class to go along with his reform program.
On the other other hand, Trump is the guy tasked by history to impose order on a chaotic American political world. Much in the same way Julius Caesar was faced with a choice between obeying the rules and permitting chaos, Trump is faced with the choice of letting things go on as usual or imposing the rule of law. If he yields to the will of the Senate, so to speak, he risks undermining the constitutional order. If he goes against the political class and business as usual, he risks war with the old guard and all that comes with it.
Trump is both the tribune of the people and the defender of the prevailing order. He is in a strange position, in that he is pushing for the sorts of reforms popular with the Populis faction and tasked with defending the order that makes it possible for the Optimate faction to exist. He is Lucius Junius Brutus, overthrowing the current order, but he is also Marcus Junius Brutus, motivated by a desire to defend the old order. It’s like the confluence of two rivers of Western history. Time will tell if we have the Brutus to save the republic.

Monday, February 5, 2018

The Secret Dreams of DACA

A picture tells a thousand words.
Send them back, send them all back.

Friday, February 2, 2018

And Now it Begins In Earnest.

Comey and the Democrats apparently would have us forget that the FISA court requires the presentation of exculpatory evidence as well as evidence of probable cause when seeking a warrant. The FBI and DOJ clearly had exculpatory material that would raise serious questions about credibility of the sources of the material being presented. The deliberate exclusion from the  FBI/DOJ affidavits represents perpetrating a fraud on the court and is a serious felony. This is precisely what the Democrat have been trying to hide from the American public. More importantly the publication of this memo is only going to be the first of many revelations to come. It is impossible to minimize the seriousness of these abuses.

Nancy Pelosi's inner self will
be on full display for all to see.
While the apoplectic rage of the left will no doubt erupt anew, not that it ever stops, The President and his lawyers are laying their plans as we speak.

At soonest he is going to make his move after the Superbowl. You can bet that his lawyers are going to make sure they have their evidence and legal precedents lined up before they present their case to the public, the Congress and the courts. They probably have been working on the briefs for some time already.

Given the near parallel natures between the FISA court and the Supreme Court, I would not be surprised if the Administration takes it's case directly to the Supreme Court citing both the need to curtail the politicization of government agencies and to re-establish the public's confidence in how our investigative and judicial processes work.

We all have to hope that the Supreme Court sides with the rule of law over political agendas. If they don't we can either lower the curtain on our 400 year experiment in self governance and or prepare for another civil war.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

How Is It Possible That The Democrats are This Stupid?

I just can't understand it. The Democrats aren't really this stupid are they? The do know that teleVISION is a visual medium right? I mean good grief every political consultant in the country and beyond knows that people key on visual perceptions much more strongly than verbal ones. Just dig up Richard Nixon and ask him how that televised debate worked out.

Seriously did nobody tell Nancy beforehand that looking like you were choking on her own bile was not a good image? Could they not figure out, especially after this year's NFL season, that sitting on their hands while the President talks about respecting our nation's flag is a visual that will be used against them? It was like the entire broadcast was a custom made opportunity for Republican video tape editors.

If all those optics weren't bad enough we then got the spectacle of the newest Kennedy iconography presenting the so-called "Democratic Response". Firstly nobody in their right mind thinks Droolin' Joe Kennedy wrote that awful speech.

Maybe Droolin' Joe Kennedy has his own
special kind of substance abuse problem.
Seriously at first look all I could think of was Bevis getting wasted on paint thinner. Beyond that, after lecturing us for a year or more about "toxic, white male privilege" I don't think they could picked anyone who is more of an elite, toxic, white privileged male. Just what is it about being a Kennedy that entitles you to a seat in Congress from Massachusetts or Rhode Island? Who's brilliant idea was it to pose a Kennedy in front of an apparently non functioning automobile? Beyond the hood being up the only thing missing was an empty liquor bottle, a dead body and a discarded neck brace. I'm sure I could find a rusted out old Buick for the next go round.

I can only conclude at this point that either the Democrats have gone completely brain dead or the Republicans have a mole deeply embedded on the DNC strategic planning group. Either way, it's working out brilliantly...for the Republicans.

And Yes It Still Stinks.

Nobody really expects the political operative careerists at the FBI or the DOJ to just give up and go away without a very nasty fight. As the scandle gets deeper and deeper it's now looking like Andrew McCabe is being set up as the fall guy, or more like the public is being set  up to accept him as the fall guy so that the rest of the bad actors can escape with their positions, power and pensions intact so as to continue to wage behind the scenes warfare against the President.

Andy McCabe performs his
 expected duty.
I have no doubt that McCabe has been told to fall on his sword in exchange for escaping prosecution and a fat numbered bank account somewhere untraceable.
I also don't doubt that he sat in the back of the car somewhere mumbling like Marlon Brando about "I could'a been a contender. I could'a been somebody!" But then they handed him a bank pass book and a picture of his family. As a Mexican drug Lord would put it, he has a choice"La plata or la plomo". Silver or lead?

But we can dream can't we?

Evidence that yesterday two separate highly placed individuals at the FBI were quoted as saying they had found "no factual inaccuracies" in the House Intelligence Committee memo. Today we get a report that the Director is taking the exact opposite position. What must be understood is not that one or the other is lying of telling the truth but that probably both are engaged in a deliberate attempt to create confusion in order slow any further investigation and hide the real truth, whatever it may be.

Never underestimate the bureaucracy's capacity for duplicity.  This ugliness and crisis is far from over.

Out Maneuvering The Enemy.

President Trump's State of the Union address last night showed that in but a single year he has transitioned from a brilliant tactician on the campaign trail to a thorough master of Presidential politics. Throughout his speech he had the Democrats, particularly Nancy Pelosi looking like they were choking on their own bile as bit by bit he out flanked them.

Other than his single thrust through the heart mention of eliminating the hated Obamacare mandate, his tone was conciliatory, positive, forward looking and addressed directly to the pubic.

He wove the experiences of his gallery guests masterfully into his narrative of telling the American people this is what we have done so far and how, and this is what we're going to do going forward and why.

As the speech, admittedly long, ended the Democrats rushed out of the chamber like scalded dogs or were their diapers so full they couldn't get to the cloke room fast enough?

The next few days are going to be amazing to watch as the President's various spokesman continue to strike a positive and conciliatory tone while the Democrats and the media ratchet up the personal assaults and hatred. The political arena is supposed to be a contest of ideas that address the needs of the people and the nation as a whole not endlessly repeated mantras of hatred and contempt.  One can only wonder how quickly the public in general are going to reach a state of negativity overload and just tune out the constant stream of hatred.

Nobody likes to be around people who are constantly bitter and angry, not in their personal lives (ask any divorce lawyer) and not on their television screens. Maybe there is a certain amount of shallowness involved but people tune in to be entertained and amused, not to be lectured to by rich privileged people telling them how stupid they are if they don't agree with them. Just look at the decline in ratings for the NFL and Hollywood's endless stream of self congratulatory award shows that have devolved into political hate fests. It's kind of like watching an exercise in self deception and self defenestration. The President opens the widow to a vision of a better future and the Democrats can't help but throw themselves out.

Democrats deciding how to best show their commitment to hating Trump.

And then there is this memo thing........

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Trump Trolls The Fools For Fools Once Again

Recall if you will the psychic meltdown in the conservative blogosphere when the President said he would sign a bi-partisan immigration bill during the White House meeting with staff and Congressional leaders. The screams of "betrayal" were all but deafening. Recall also how those concerns disappeared in the wake of little Dickey Durbin's "shithole countries" accusations.

If Trump did say it or something like it, it was a rhetorical move that was played perfectly. Twits like Durbin and the talking head fools were guaranteed to jump on it and totally miss that their phony outrage exposed their total lack of interest in finding any real solution to the immigration problem. In short Trump trolled them.

Subsequently there was of course no actual bi-partisan proposal to come out of Congress. The extremest elements would never have allowed one to come to a vote never mind pass. The President cast out the bait.

Then came the whole phony "government shutdown" charade. "No wall, no deal" became the President's announced position on immigration. The Republicans proposal for a Continuing Resolution basically gave the Democrats everything they wanted except anything to deal with DACA or immigration. Democrats being what they are, are incapable of taking yes for an answer, so they forced the issue, refused to except the proposed CR and shut down funding. The Democrats of course could  not see up front that they had overplay their hand and were left then once again looking like fools putting the interests of a small majority of illegals over and above everyone and everything else. Even with all the usual suspects in the media carrying their water the optics and no doubt their own internal polling were so bad they caved in three days. The President set the hook.

This opened the door for Trump to put forth his own proposal addressing very specific elements of the problem and solutions along the lines that he ran his campaign on and which the voters supported by electing him President. This sent some in the conservative blogosphere of the rails once again. (Are you hearing me Ann Coulter?) The President will ignore them as he continues playing his game by his rules.

The Democrats, being what they are, immediately continued their pandering to their hoped for future voting base and condemned the proposal in the vilest of terms. So short sighted and entrenched as their leadership is, they completely miss the fact that they have once again been trolled by the President into exposing that one, the race card is the only one they have and two, that they have no real interest in solving the problem on anything but their own terms. Terms and positions even they can't define. The President has begun to real them into the net.

All of this is of course happening concurrently with the continuing and unfolding scandal at the FBI and Justice Department. Given the way that virtually the entire media and political establishment has and continues to underestimate how skillful a player the President is, I have no doubt that he is somehow planning to merge these two elements together at a soon to arrive moment and in such a way as to both inflict serious political damage on the Democrats and get all the funding and logistics needed to build the wall. At this point the Democrats will have nothing left to do but flop about in the bottom of the boat.

Tump continues to play three dimensional chess while the Democrats are still fiddling with their checkers. He's been doing it since that day he came down the escalator to announce his candidacy. Trump has completely change the political paradigm and the fools still haven't figured it out. The shame is on them as the old saying would go. Good. It's called winning and I'm far from tired of it!

Friday, January 26, 2018

The Pernicious Evil And Tactics of the Social Justice Warrior Movement.

I have to admit that I stole this from Ace over at ace.mu.nu. The post title is mine but the exposure of the subject is his.

It is the common practice of Social Justice Warriors to infiltrate organizations and hobbies in which they have little to no interest -- videogames, comic books, sports, science-fiction awards organizations, all academic fields, etc. -- for the sole purpose of seizing "key nodes and critical infrastructure," as Diversity and Comics notes (echoing US military doctrine), in order to turn non-political pastimes into never-ending propaganda echo chambers -- or destroy them outright, if they cannot be made to serve the regressive left's propaganda mission.

They're deadly parasites for any organization that allows them to crawl inside their bodies.
But these organizations let them in -- hell, they actively seek them out -- just so that social justice blogs and websites like The Mary Sue or Buzzfeed will give them the Social Justice Warrior Stamp of Approval.
Trouble is, as Marvel Comics is finding out, Social Justice Warriors are not consumers of any of these products, and will not buy them even if they have been converted into full Social Justice Warrior propaganda outfits.

These organizations are being infiltrated by Social Justice Warriors not because Social Justice Warriors like them or the cultural products they produce, but because Social Justice Warriors know that non- Social Justice Warriors enjoy these products, and thus these cultural artifacts must be seized and repurposed to serve leftist indoctrination ends or simply destroyed.

If they cannot be remade to be useful indoctrination centers, then they must be destroyed, so that, at least, non-Social Justice Warriors will have one less enjoyable thing in their lives, and may be forced to seek Social Justice Warrior-controlled entertainments as an alternative.

But do tell me how afraid I should be that Donald Trump keeps whining, ineffectually, that he might have to "open libel laws" for reexamination.

Let's keep laser-focused on that while ignoring the widespread subversion of cherished relics of traditional Americana to either serve the left's propaganda efforts or be destroyed from within.

Have you heard of a genre of movie called the "Beautiful Loser" movie? It was late-sixties thing about so-called "beautiful losers," people who just didn't fit into Society, and, of course, who were therefore losers, but were "beautiful" in their loserdom. They felt so much, and had such Integrity in their Losing.
They were beautiful precisely because they were losers, and ineffectual in changing their fates in a Society rigged against them.

I've never seen one of these movies, by the way. I just hear of this genre on occasion.
As I have no interest in Beautiful Loser movies, I also have no interest in Beautiful Loser "Conservatism."

Friday, January 12, 2018

Digging Their Own Grave, One Shithole At A Time.

What fools the leftists are. As usual they are incapable of considering even the possibility of unintended consequences. Good. By latching onto an unverified, second hand source remark, the media minions think they have found their "gotcha" of the week or perhaps month.

What it is turning into however is the new meme of the right that they are going to get pilloried with endlessly. It's going to be hilarious.

Socialism, making the shitholes of tomorrow today.

Haiti, the Caribbean shithole where slavery is a growth industry.

Haiti, incubating AIDS and tuberculosis and exporting shitholeism to the world.

Liberia, a West African shithole exporting Ebola to the world.

Detroit, showing American solidarity to the shitholes of the world.

CNN, shitholyer than tho.

BBC, Doing our part to make Britain a Muslim shithole so you don't have to.

The meme possibilities are endless.

A Stable Genius Indeed.

A day after volumes of angst spilled out onto conservative websites, blogs and twitter feeds over the DACA/immigration meeting in the White House, Trump played a master stroke that worked at at least three different levels.

The left and the RINOs, which just yesterday thought they had maneuvered Trump into a deal they could use to their advantage, today were left with the taste of ashes and infuriation. "Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?" was probable themost brilliant, succinct question ever openly and publicly asked in the course of the entire immigration debate.

This instantly became the question that every honest conservative citizen and voter had been asking themselves for years but no damn politician had ever dared to express before. In the midst of all the left's anger and screeching about racism they were left with the problem that they couldn't dare actually answer the questions. So they can only screech platitudes about being a nation on immigrants.

Wednesday's conservative angst quickly became Thursdays cheers of jubilation that Trump had executed a brilliant trap once again. It won't be the end of the immigration debate but it set the left and the RINOs back and placed a big rhetorical obstacle in their path going forward.

A stable and brilliant genius. The talking heads of the Pu dit class have underestimated the President's once again.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Trudging Down The Path To Insanity.

It's an old an often-repeated adage that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. As such it becomes fully understandable if we were to see the American left and the news media reaching the final stages of a psychosis.

We can recall one Dan Rather of CBS News who invented a narrative concerning George W Bush, that when exposed as false, put forth the claim that the forged document was "false but true". We also recall that Mr. Rather was left without a job and on the outside looking in.

For months the media and establishment elites of both parties all said with absolute certainty that Donald Trump had no chance in the primaries against the vaunted Bush machine or up-and-comers like Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz. When that great vision failed their hopes and dreams fell back to a narrative of calling for a brokered convention and a dark horse Mitt Romney riding in to save the day for the establishment pols and media.

This fantasy of course went up in smoke with the results of the Indiana primary and the next day's satirical and mocking headline, "Hoosier Daddy?" This was the moment that created the psycological tipping point where sanctimony and condescension became blind hatred and visceral contempt. Unable as they were to except or even comprehend this new reality, this paradigm shift, they instead doubled down on their insistence that they and only they could possibly know or communicate the direction the nation needed to move. And that direction of course was Hillary Clinton. Hillary the qualified, Hillary the inevitable, Hillary the exalted, mellenial destiny of America was constantly juxtaposed against Donald the incompetent, Donald the dangerous, Donald the incomprehensible, Donald the mad.

I needn't go into the details of their behiviour during the general election campaign, except to say that like so many deluded, egomaniacal fools they became convinced of their own propaganda and couldn't see that it wasn't helping but rather hurting their cause. Between Hillary's arrogant labeling of Trump supporters as irredeemable, deplorable racists, the growing questions about the content of her unsecured email server and her constant hacking and her televised physical collapse on September 11th, her fate was all but sealed.

Watching reruns on YouTube of the election night emotional meltdowns on CNN and The Young Turks is still some of the greatest entertainment around. Once again rather than excepting that Donald Trump is the new political paradigm and that he had won the election in accordance with the long established Constitutional requirements, they all doubled down once again.

Never mind Hillary's laughable hypocrisy challenging the out come of the election that she had decried against Trump. The goal now became not to just oppose his policy initiatives but to promulgate any narrative, any lie, any deception, any fraud, no matter how how absurd or provably untrue in order to try and drive him from office. The preservation of Obama's dubious legacy has taken precedence over any Constitutional procedure or the desires of the voters.

First of course came the "Russian collusion" narrative and Fusion GPS's Hillary Campaign bought and paid for dossier. As the examination of this alleged scenario goes deeper it is being revealed as laughably absurd and has raised serious questions about who was really in bed with Russian operatives in its production. Both the collusion and obstruction of justice stories have unraveled faster than a ball of yarn in a box full of kittens as more and more evidence of the politicization of the FBI and Justice Department come out.

As the corruption within the Obama administration becomes more exposed and new investigations into the Clinton Foundation are opened the desperation has gotten deeper and more unhinged the left and the media have been reduced to the tactic of questioning the President's mental stability and even his sanity. This latest tactic of course is being being based on the contention that the President's continued use of and arguably bombastic rhetoric on Twitter is some sort of prima facie evidence. Never mind that it was this very method that propelled him into the White House and that no matter how hard they try to adapt his methods themselves, he remains a step if not more ahead of them and continues to out maneuver them. Their hopes that if they could keep him so busy defending himself that he would not have the time to launch attacks of his own have so far come to naught.

Clearly logic and reason have not just taken flight on the left but have completely flown the coop. If anyone one wants prima facie evidence of this, look no farther than this book "Fire and Fury" by Michael Wolff. A book that even the author admits he doesn't know what in its contents is untrue and what is true, while at the same time making the self aggrandizing claim that it will "finally...end this Presidency." Conjunctively we hear the likes of MSNBC talking head Stephanie Rhule doing her best Dan Rather impersonation by stating, "Even if not all of it is true, the spirit of the book is..."

The definition of insanity is ...

Read And Learn. Why did the head of the DOJ-National Security Division, John P Carlin resigns?


Take the time to read the article. It progresses from deliberate obfuscation buy the State Dept, Fusion GPS and others at DoJ conducting illegal surveillance against private Trump associates both before the election was over and during the Transition  period.

More to come.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Another Bad Week For The Democrats.

1. The FBI's chief FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) officer has stated that the memo that Comey leaked and all the memos he wrote were classified when they were written and are still classified today. So where are the charges?

2. The FBI's Little Rock Arkansas office is launching a new investigation into pay-to-play at the Clinton Foundation. And what was destroyed in that fire at Chappaqua?

3. A Federal Judge has ordered that all of the Fusion GPS bank records must be released to Congressional investigators. Why did the previous Obama appointed judge recuse themselves?

4 . The DOJ has agreed to release all records and emails relating to the termination of FBI Supervisory Special Agent Peter Strzok and his illicit lover FBI lawyer Lisa Page.

5. Congressional panels are now officially requesting the FBI open an investigation of the author of the now infamous Trump Dossier.

Not to quote Sean Hannity but tick tock, tick tock.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Martial Law or Frontier Justice. The Choice Is Coming Like It Or Not.

I fear that the problem of Baltimore or Detroit or south Chicago cannot and will not be solved until we have a straight up race war. Unfortunately that means a lot of innocent people will die both white and black. But until the black population is effectively culled of it's feral animals and the rest understand that going forward they are going have to become civilized members of society, work and behave or die by starvation or swift justice, nothing will change.

We have spent decades subsidising both criminality and stupidity. Why is anyone surprised then that our cities are flooded with more and more stupid, violent criminals? 

As American settlers spread across the continent building farms and towns, industry and cities, one of the first things they did was kill off the predators, both two legged and four, or drive their numbers down to the point where they were no longer a threat to people, property or livestock. Why then as a civilized society should we treat these predators any differently? Not doing so has turned our inner cities into their hunting grounds. Time has come once again for "frontier justice" and for the predators to become the prey. Sadly it's a choice THEY are forcing upon us.

Friday, November 17, 2017

The Swamp Is Being Revealed As An Open Cesspool

The Rolling Stone has just ran a story purporting to debunk the "Pizzagate" story. I find both the timing of the release of the story and the fervor with which it stakes out a position of righteousness in their claims as highly suspicious.

Firstly, this story hasn't been anywhere near even the back burner of public interest in months. Given that and the daily deluge of revelations coming out of Sodom and Gomorrah (Hollywood and Washington DC) one has to wonder if Rolling Stone knows more than they are telling and is this a preemptive cover story.

I posted the following comment directly on the Rolling Stone story:

Let's look at the givens.
1. Hollywood has now been exposed to be filled with every variety of sexual and perverts. Straight, gay and pedophiles.
2. The Halls of Congress are now exposed as being filled with the same sorts of entitled, self-absorbed, predators. So badly so that over $15 million in tax payer money has been shelled out in hush money to cover it up and PROTECT the perpetrators.
3. Historically there is nothing new about sexual predation, the sexual exploitation of children or beastiality.
4. Judge Moore may not be exactly the exception to the rule but so far the vast majority of these so far exposed pervs have been reliable Democrat donors and water carriers.

Given the above facts why would anyone be surprised by accusations that the rich and powerful would operate an underground (literally and figuratively) network to both feed and hide their disgusting sexual appetites?

Questions then arise that demand answers:

1. How bad is the Capitol Hill situation that newly elected members will have to take mandatory sensitivity classes on not harassing Congressional staffers.
2. Why did the recent story on Capitol Hill predators stop short of naming names, especially as the Hollywood revelations have been filled with the names of both the perps and the accusers.
3. Why is Rolling Stone so engaged in trying to discredit the Pizzagate story rather than assigning staff to dig into both the story AND more importantly its implications.
4. Could it be that the majority of Capitol Hill predators are well know and highly placed Democrats? (Just look at all the available videos of creepy Joe Biden engaged in publicly touching young girls in highly inappropriate ways.)
5. Could it be that Rolling Stone and other reliable left-wing media outlets are puting a political agenda over and above the welfare of children?
6. How long will this post remain up before it gets removed? Or will it simply go into the "awaiting moderation" pile and never see the light of day?

(To their credit RS has at this point not censored my post.)

I further noted that people generally collect art and or objects that reflect their interests and tastes. NASCAR fans often collect die cast models of their favorite drivers cars. Many sports fans collect and frame autographed jerseys of famous players. I then invited the defenders of the article to Google "John Podesta's art" and assured them they would find disturbing images of cannibalism and child bondage and torture.

I would invite any of my readers to do the same.

When asked about this image depicting cannibalism John Podesta
remarked, "It's better to be the man with the guy with the fork
than the guy on the table."

Torture sculpture displayed prominently
in Tony Podesta's home.
Jeffery Dahmer posted his victims in death and
kept Polaroid photos. Look familiar to you?
Speaking of monstrosities.
Have we found the DNC's 2020 ticket?