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Sunday, June 28, 2020

The West: Breeding Ravens

I remember an old Spanish saying my grandmother and my mother would throw at me whenever either or both felt I had acted in a disrespectful, stupid, ungrateful or uncivilized manner, "¡Cría cuervos y te sacaran los ojos!" ("Breed ravens and they will pluck out your eyes!") In other words, of course, your own kin will turn on you because they often are, to put it mildly, ingrates.

That saying plays in my head as I watch a conspiracy or unkindness of ravens, aka "youths," in our country and throughout the West, tear down statues, deface monuments, shout-down and threaten dissenters, insult and attack police officers, and loot public and private property--all the while using expensive iPhones to document their "courage" with selfies and video.

No other civilization comes close to the West in the amount of resources, praise, and devotion poured into its youth. What has all that expenditure of public and private resources and emotional investment gotten us?

We have before us quite possibly the most pampered, ill-mannered, ignorant, and arrogant generation in Western history. Notice how many "protestors" seem to have no problem festooning themselves with costly tattoos and gym clothing, and nesting in highly expensive and tony metropolises such as New York, Seattle, San Francisco, and London. Many, if not most, seem to engage in no-known labor, and have the time and resources to flap around, preening and playing at revolution, while, as noted, recording themselves on their pricey "smart phones." Not the grubby sans-culottes of 1780s France--not even close--these mobsters are well-fed, nicely clothed, healthy and wealthy cretins--better said, highly privileged and violence-prone cretins, bird brains, you know, ravens.

These ravens repeat empty-headed slogans, and screech about oppression from their perches of privilege down to working-class cops, many black or hispanic, and other ordinary folk who seek to go to work to feed their families. Indeed, the majority of those squawking about white racism and tearing down "white privilege" and "supremacy," and feigning offense over statues, road names, and Aunt Jemima syrup labels are, well-off white kids--most notably white women full of inchoate feminist resentment and rage. They have had their heads filled with a crude cultural Marxism; they live in a world almost devoid of facts and historical knowledge and context. Violent emotion rules.

The raven mobsters, for example, feel tormented, even driven crazy, by the insane dictates of today's cult of pseudo-science, eaten alive, for example, by the certainty of global climate change caused by capitalism and the fervent belief in the "mutability" of gender. No definition, no standard can hold up. All is fluid. Nothing is certain except that the West is evil, and our history must be erased. Only today counts. Back to Year Zero! Pol Pot call your office.

As I noted long ago, none of this agitation has anything to do with Confederate flags or Confederate statues. The progressive lynch mobs now prowling our streets don't know Robert E. Lee from Ulysses S. Grant; Abraham Lincoln from Jefferson Davis; Winston Churchill from Adolf Hitler. The progressive mobs have defiled monuments to the heroes of abolition who destroyed slavery, and to the heroes of WWII who destroyed real fascism. The mob's goals consist of producing destruction, and a paralysis of thought and action by the good people; they seek to generate doubt and hesitation, and, above all, fear.

President Trump must be careful not to become our President von Hindenburg, presiding over chaos and allowing the anti-freedom, anti-West, Communist-Fascist-Anarchists to own our streets and drive public discourse.

We have bred ravenous ravens.

Unless we shut down their hatcheries and nurseries, and put them into cages very soon, they will pluck out our eyes.

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Something a Bit Different: 2013 Corvette 427

I got my "new" 2013 Corvette 427 (5,000 miles on it) a few days ago.

It's a beast!

That 7.0 litre engine (427.7 cu in) is a monster! It just goes and goes and goes. I don't understand why Chevrolet did away with that engine and went to the 6.2 litre (which is also a great engine, but . . . ).

The Diplowife and I went on a long cruise along the North Carolina coast this afternoon once the rain stopped. Driving the thing requires your full attention. The six speed manual transmission is great but you need to concentrate. The same with the steering: you flinch a bit and you find yourself driving on the wrong side of the street . . . OK, OK, a bit of an exaggeration . . . It is a raw driving experience; my 2019 Stingray seems positively tame and civilized in comparison.

Anyhow, just wanted to focus on something other than the morons tearing down statues and banning books.

Back to politics in a day or so . . .

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Under Pressure from the Ignoratti

The insanity continues with the sane people gradually giving up, hoping that the loons will just go away if they get this or that concession. Ain't gonna happen. The crazies want it all.

The assault on books, films, and statues rages here and abroad, especially in the UK. As I noted before, there is no appeasing this lynch mob. All the magnificent history of the West must get examined though the lens of today's wokeness.

There is no reasoning with the mob.

Slavery, the mobsters tell us, is a Western, aka "white," invention; the even more ignorant of the ignoratti claim it as an American invention with the USA founded on slavery. The fact that slavery predates America by thousands of years, practiced in biblical and even pre-biblical times, proves irrelevant. The ignoratti, for example, can provide no explanation for how black slaves got to the Americas. Who sold them initially? Who captured these unfortunates? The mob makes no demand for reparations by the Muslim world or the black countries of Africa for the descendants of slaves; Muslims and Africans were slavery's greatest practitioners and profiteers. Slavery and the slave trade, in fact, still exist in much of the Muslim world, and parts of Africa.

What response to the mob's Nazi-like destruction of Western culture and society comes from our leaders? An offering of Dane-geld: let us, they cry, tear down "offensive" monuments and put them in a museum. On bended knees, our timid leaders offer this morsel to the mob. Put it all in a museum? Really? Will the mob accept that and demand no more? Not likely. How long before they go for the museums? What museum director will stand up to the enraged and emboldened mob? I see it now. Defund museums to white supremacy!

When will we have to rename our capital? Remove Washington from the dollar bill? And on, and on, and on.

I live in a part of the country where many of the old British colonial names remain, including whole cities named after different British Royals. We have a major road named for British general Cornwallis from the War of Independence. Will all those have to go, too? Outrageous! Strike down the offending wordage! No tributes to colonialism! The ignoratti demand it and must be appeased!

When the word absurd has lost its meaning, then nothing is too absurd. That is the time in which we live.

We have no mention, of course, by the ignoratti and their academic and media echo chambers that white men put an end to slavery. The Royal Navy, for example, gets no credit for its energetic and highly effective efforts to suppress the slave trade. We hear nothing of the hundreds-of-thousands of white men, including President Lincoln, who died in the American civil war to preserve a slave-free union.

This brings us to the Juneteenth holiday about which we now hear so much. How many of the ignoratti "marchers," most of them white, by the way, ever heard of the events in Texas of June 19, 1865, much less understand their context and meaning? Now the demand has gone forth, and it will succeed, for a federal holiday to commemorate June 19. I have no problem commemorating great events in history (June 6, D-Day, anyone?), but how will this one get portrayed? What will prove the narrative? Will credit for bringing news of the end of slavery go to white General Granger who landed in Texas and issued General Order No. 3 "reminding" slave owners in Texas of the Emancipation Proclamation issued by white Republican President Lincoln ending slavery in all states in rebellion? I doubt it, doubt it very much. Soon we will learn that a black transgender woman actually wrote and issued the order . . ..

Police brutality: another of the themes now bandied about. Does police brutality exist? Yes. With my own eyes, I have seen it, for example, in Guyana, France, Bolivia, China, and Spain, among other places. Does it exist in the US, the UK, or Australia? I am sure there are valid examples; is that the norm for police behavior? Doubt it very much, and the stats strengthen my doubt. So while any human institution can use genuine reform, it remains a bad idea to launch such reform under pressure from the ignoratti lynch mob. In America, we see well-meaning Republicans, for example, offering up legislation to alter this or that police practice. Do they really think that will appease the mobsters? No, it will not. Such gestures signal weakness, the same sort that allows a mob in Seattle, once one of the world's great and beautiful cities, to occupy and vandalize a chunk of the downtown, and terrorize citizens who pay taxes not to be terrorized.

A small, loud minority is terrifying the West. Where is the reaction? Where are the leaders and the pundits who will speak the unvarnished truth to and about this lynch mob?

Always remember: no peace, no justice.

Almost certainly, this little meaningless blog will get deplatformed--I got booted from Twitter, and have learned that I cannot run advertisements here because of some unspecified "violation" of Google's "terms of service." The other shoe will drop; no doubt.

We, nevertheless, have to continue to get the word out, to wit, the West is the Best. Our history is a magnificent one.

Western civilization has brought unparalleled advancement to all of the world. That is why the world wants to live in the West.

Do not apologize.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Mao Lives . . . Here

The late Chairman Mao apparently is an almost forgotten figure in China. Nobody there runs around with his Little Red Book. The last time I was in China, it was foreigner tourists buying the Mao lapel pins, posters, and copies of the Little Red Book. The Chinese seemed mildly bemused, but willing to take the tourists' cash. Mao fans, and I know you're out there, do not become disheartened, for we see his teachings and tactics on display right here in the USA.

What we have underway in many of our major cities is nothing less than a (for now) pale carbon copy of the infamous Cultural Revolution, which threw China into turmoil for nearly a decade (roughly 1966-1976) and resulted in the deaths of an untold number of persons, and caused incalculable damage to the economy.

You can read up on the Great Cultural Revolution; I won't go into detail but will note that it was a top-directed assault not only on "capitalist" and "bourgeois" remnants, but, more importantly, it sought to destroy the Confucian basis of Chinese civilization:
Confucius's 2500-year old Analects still provides an accurate account of China's philosophy of governance in which every person has an assigned role; failure to keep to it has dire consequences.
In the end, there were dire consequences for those who sought to upend the traditional "assigned role" of each person in China. The abuses proved so extensive that they brought to power some no-nonsense leaders who crushed the Revolution, established relations with the West, and launched China's ongoing mission to dominate the world.

We now see in the USA, and all over the West, attacks on statues of explorers, soldiers, and politicians, all of whom cannot meet the woke standards of today. Nobody is safe; we have protestors demanding the removal of a statue to Gandhi, of one to Churchill, even long-forgotten Franklin Pierce is not safe from the wrath of the "Social Justice" mob. They want to destroy history, and make us into some sort of "perfect man" (to borrow from Castro) who only thinks and breathes the "revolution."  As noted before, there is to be no joy, no fun, no happiness, no sports, nothing outside the revolution. Only thoughts of politics and social justice, and a reliance on the guidance from the wise ones. Above all, there can be no unapproved opinions. It is an assault on the West, its civilization, and its achievements; its history is being rewritten to be one of unmitigated repression and racial hatred.

Mao has gotten his revenge.

Monday, June 15, 2020

"All Meant to Drive You Crazy"

Just got home from our safari into northern Virginia. Along with Diploson1 and Diploson2, we visited Diploson3, his wife, and the new Diplograndson. We all vowed to stay away from DC, and we kept that vow.

The Diplograndson, already three months old, has decided to use "male" as his gender designation, and will employ he/him/his as his personal pronouns. Between sips of Maker's Mark, and puffs on a Romeo y Julieta, he expressed great concern over the hysteria generated by the global warming hoax; rejected as fake the Russia collusion story; tagged the Ukraine impeachment story as another fraud; and argued that since black lives matter, he opposes federal funding for Planned Parenthood, the biggest destroyer of black lives in America. I might have over interpreted his comments . . . maybe . . ..

Diploson3 and wife fled DC a couple of weeks ago for the relative safety and comfort of Fairfax county in Virginia. We noticed that the area around Vienna, Merrifield, Fairfax City, and Dunn Loring apparently has undergone another of its every-so-often but titanic demographic shifts. Occupying the area's million-dollar-plus condos and townhouses are youngish white couples. They have, it seems, fled the big city and returned to the suburbs. When we bought a home in the area some thirty years (fortunately, we still have it), we saw the tide running the other way, with suburban neighborhoods full of recent immigrants from Vietnam and the Middle East.

This time, furthermore, we saw these youngish white couples with a surprising number of small children, almost more than dogs--also a change from thirty years ago. The politics? Ah, well, they remain the classic vacuous progressive politics of semi-wealthy young suburbanites. We saw several cars and businesses displaying "Black Lives Matter" signs, thereby, it seems, some of these white suburbanites attribute greater value to the lives of others than to their own. Examples of generosity and self-sacrifice? Empty-headed virtue signaling? Fear and the paying of Dane-geld? I report, you decide.

Northern Virginia remains very much in the grip of the Chicom virus fear. The partially reopened stores and restaurants require you to wear a mask. It all looks like a bad dystopian future scifi flick. The restaurants we tried had an austere clinical feel; hard to enjoy a meal while breathing in bleach fumes, tables damp from disinfectant "wipe downs," and attended by wait staff who look like lab techs with masks and rubber gloves. I kept expecting them to ask me for a stool sample -- all the while surrounded by written and broadcast messages telling us: "We are all in this together!" "Maintain your social distance!" "No mask, no entry!"

Much of the reaction to the ChiCom virus forms part of what I wrote about some seven years ago: the left's war on joy and fun. While that post dealt mostly with the assault on Christmas, it contained some observations of a more general nature that apply to the current situation:
The old irascible, politically incorrect, and acerbic sage of Baltimore, H.L. Mencken, once famously defined Puritanism as, "The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy." Mencken today likely would want to revise his definition; Puritans and their ethos have long departed the American political and cultural scene. Today's warriors against happiness, those haunted by the "fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy" are the leftist ideologues in charge of most of our social, political, educational, and cultural institutions. Yes, of course, they have an insatiable drive for power; yes, of course, they want control over all aspects of our lives. I, however, have come to the conclusion that what really fuels them, or put it another way, the hidden turbocharge in their engine, is their hatred of joy, of happiness, and most notably of the special joy and happiness that comes with an individual expressing and exercising independence. <...> 
The left cannot stand the thought of individuals doing things that bring them joy and happiness. Automobiles. Yes, automobiles form a major target of this assault. Driving an automobile can bring joy, excitement, and independence into a person's life. Driving an "impractical" automobile such as a Porsche, a Corvette, a Nissan GTR, a Cadillac CTS-V, a Ferrari, or a 700Hp modified Shelby GT-500 is fun and brings joy. The leftists would have us all in grey buses, trains, and, at best, in subsidized pokey Priuses and Volts, stifling our joy and happiness in the name of protecting Gaia against a fake warming threat. They will use taxes, and EPA and safety regulations, and absurd speed limits to ruin our joy. The same with gun ownership. Guns are fun; they bring joy to the owner, and assert an individual's right to independence and self-defense. Gun ownership, of course, also limits the power of the state, and the ability of the leftists running the state to dictate the arc of our lives. We see the same in the assault on drinking, smoking, eating meat, homeschooling, and on individual choice in medical care. The state will decide which schools our children can attend, what they will learn; the state will decide our medical choices. They wage war on small businesses, which bring joy to the owners and, again assert independence, because after all, "you didn't build that."
Diploson3 had, perhaps, a more accurate, and infinitely more pithy observation. He noted that the edicts coming out from the left are "all meant to drive you crazy." So many of the "rules" we have had imposed on us in reaction to the ChiCom virus have no rhyme or reason, no logic, no science. It's hard, therefore, to dispute Diploson3's observation.

Don't let the left succeed.

Do not get crazy, get angry.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Heading North

Tomorrow the Diplogang heads to the DC environs.

Diploson3 and his wife fled DC on June 1 for the Virginia suburbs. We will be visiting them and the new Diplograndson over the weekend.

I will try not to think about politics -- and will fail.

I want--soon!--to get some range time. I have a small gaggle of guns (do guns travel in gaggles? Herds? Murders? Flocks?) that I have yet to try. I am particularly eager to shoot my Ruger 57, and see what the fuss is about with the 5.7mm round. I still haven't fired the STI Staccato 9mm, nor my new CZ 75 compact, also in 9mm--Czechs make good stuff, btw. Maybe I can sneak away today, but, I think the Diplowife has other plans for my time.

Hope next week to get my "new" 2013 427 Corvette convertible, manual six speed, delivered from the Chevy dealer in New Hampshire. I always wanted a ZO6, but this was the closest I could get to one and have it be a convertible (ironclad Diplowife rule). It has only 5,000 miles, so I will call it new.

I had wanted to invite Greta Thunberg for a ride to help fight global cooling (warming?) but I understand that she has moved on to proclaiming her expertise on racial matters in the USA.

So, I will be back . . .

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Hoax, Hysteria, and Dane-Geld

Well, the lefties are at it again: pushing a hoax, fanning hysteria via their pet media outlets, and then extracting protection money, aka Dane-geld.

We now live ruled by hoax, hysteria, and the frantic progressive search for Dane-geld.

This was to be the time of science and rational thought, of true political liberalism. But, no. Think back just a few years to all of the vile hoaxes through which we have suffered; hoaxes piled on top of hoaxes. For years, for example, the progressive wise ones told us that the belief that Communist agents loyal to the USSR had infiltrated our key institutions, and stolen vital secrets, was akin to the hunt for witches in Salem. It was not true! The Rosenbergs, innocent! Mao, an agricultural reformer! Castro, another Thomas Jefferson! The USSR, the next dominant force in the world!

All that, of course, turned out to be lies, hoaxes.

The progressive proponents of these lies, however, did not retreat in shame, they just moved to the next hoax that would cause damage to the West. There are so many, I can only name a handful right now; you can think up endless examples. One of the biggest hoaxes, if not the biggest of the past 40 years, is man-made global climate change. Capitalism and its culture of consumption was destroying our very planet, yes, our only planet! We were causing the very climate to change! We were heading for a warm planet devoid of snow and ice; of rising oceans; of floods and droughts; of both more hurricanes and fewer hurricanes. Wait! No! The earth was cooling! We were heading for a new ice age! No! Cooling, in fact, showed that the earth was warming, or was it warming, in fact, showed that the earth was cooling? One or the other. Every dead fish that washed up on a beach anywhere in the world had died from cooling/warming/change! The science was settled! Doesn't matter that we can't make any predictions with the models developed. We must all give up things to save the planet from whatever it is we are saving it from! Don't drill for oil! Stop driving! Give up plastic straws! WE ARE ALL GONNA DIE! Only thing to be done is create more programs, get more bureaucracy. MONEY! Give us money and lots of respect and obedience.

Now we have a whole new cycle of hoax, hysteria, and the search for Dane-geld.

Having gone through the ChiCom "virus is gonna kill us all" hoax, hysteria, and search for Dane-geld, we now move into "the cops are genocidal maniacs killing unarmed black men willy-nilly."

We suddenly have the nation, nay, the "educated" ones of the Western world, kneeling, demonstrating, rioting, looting burning, etc., in "honor of" George Floyd. We all have gotten emails and other messages from major corporations expressing their solidarity with Floyd, with the black community, with the goal of JUSTICE, and pledging funds to Black Lives Matter and other lefty organizations. Many of these corporations, of course, are the very ones that moved their factories to China or India to avoid employing the poor people in America and Europe with whom they now express solidarity, but, never mind. Hollywood, too, is all abuzz with protestations of solidarity; the same Hollywood that had moved much of its production to cheaper venues, seeking tax breaks, denying the working class stiffs here tens-of-thousands of jobs, but never mind.

Nobody, furthermore, expresses solidarity or takes a knee for the dozens of black men killed in the past few weeks in Chicago, Baltimore, Detroit, Los Angeles, etc. But, then, of course, they were killed by other black men, so their back lives do not matter to anybody except to themselves. There will be no crowded funerals, no demands for justice, no mass protests: no violations of Covid lockdowns.

As part of the current hoax and hysteria we have the growing demand to "defund the police." We have cities such as Los Angeles, New York, and Minneapolis already taking the first tentative steps on that journey. We see them pledging the funds that would have gone to the police to progressive programs and organizations, including the criminal Black Lives Matter. Must pay the Dane not to rampage through our villages! Destroy that other town, not this one! We are on your side!

Now, of course, the progos are not really going to defund the police. They are lying. They are going to do something infinitely worse. After all, most of the country does not need police forces; thanks to the Second Amendment we can protect ourselves, and in most of America violent crime is quite rare.

The progos will not disband the police, they will REPLACE the police. With what, you ask? The answer is on the tip of my tongue . . . those of you familiar with China and Iran know the answer . . . yes, yes . . . help me out . . . ah, Red Guards! Or Revolutionary Guards!

They will get rid of those cops now on the payroll and replace them with lefty hacks. We already see some of this in England, where it seems many cops spend more of their time on the internet monitoring and suppressing "hate speech" than on the streets suppressing the guys with knives and acid. The lefties will have police revolutionary forces to prevent impure thoughts, and disallowed expressions and demonstrations. "Citizen, you are exhibiting excessive white privilege. You must pay a fine or go to reeducation camp."

That is the future the progos want for us.

Once they replace the cops, you choose how you will receive the Dane: with geld or lead?

Friday, June 5, 2020

Defund the University

The latest Democrat "talking/screaming point"? Defund the police.

Yes, because nothing says you love poor people more than putting them in the hands of criminals. The same folks who tell us we citizens should not have guns, and only the police should, now want to do away with the police. Makes sense. Well, makes sense to advocate that if you are a criminal organization, and there no longer can exist any doubt but that the Democrat party comprises America's biggest criminal organization.

Nancy Pelosi, will you "defund" the wall around your palatial estate in San Francisco? Disarm your guards?

But, OK, as long as we have gone into the libertarian mode of cutting government services, I would suggest, for starters, that we defund public education, especially the universities.

In fact, I would argue that society would be much better off by closing all the public universities permanently.

What, after all, gets taught in those institutions? Garbage, pure and simple, hateful garbage. The little darlings are taught to hate their race, their people, their country, their history. They are taught hate. No need for taxpayers to support Anitfa recruiting centers. Shut down the public universities and remove all tax breaks from the rest. Let's see how many nonsense courses and "professors" can survive free market competition.

Learn to code, dears; better yet, learn to dig ditches; learn to do something useful with those bricks in your hands.

Thursday, June 4, 2020

So, Whatever Happened to that Virus Thing?

I don't know.

Maybe I am getting both old and confused, but I think it was just a few days ago that the wise ones were telling us that for the good of us all, especially for the old folks, the children, the very existence of Gaia, we needed to stay locked up in our lairs, trembling with fear but also full of gratitude for those "first responders" out there protecting us.

We had to stay home, wear a mask, avoid crowds. Those miscreants in places such as Lansing, Michigan who marched on the state capitol demanding to be allowed to go back to work were all just "Covidiots." Within a a couple of weeks of those armed (horrors!) rallies we would all get a massive spike in lethal CORONA VIRUS!!! They brought guns! They were going to massacre us all! Well, of course, in the end they shot nobody, looted no stores, left no trash . . . but never mind. Just another little glitch in the prediction model, let's move on . . .

Seems, however, just perhaps, that whole virus thing is over.

All very confusing . . .

While churches and synagogues all over the country are not allowed to hold services, I see states holding mass funerals for George Floyd in packed buildings. Here in North Carolina, our Democrat Governor has told us we can't open up the gyms or hold a Republican National Convention, should all be wearing masks, and practising "social distancing"; this intellectual giant, however, just tore off his own mask and joined the "George Floyd" protestors demanding, well, whatever it is they're demanding . . . it seems to me that not only is the virus "over" but that, since he is governor of the state, he could do whatever it is the "protestors" want without having to go out on the street and protest . . . all very odd,  but never mind, let's grab our cellphones, film ourselves being "brave," and move on . . .

And, oh yes, before I forget, those first responders are now evil!

Also, I guess, leftist protestors and street thugs are immune to the ChiCom virus.

Who woulda thunk it?

Time to move on to another hoax to make sure the economy does not recover and Orange Man Bad gets out of office and we can return to all the healing of the Obama/Biden years . . .

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Democrats Hold Early Convention

The Diplomad has received the following bulletin from the DNC:

The world's oldest political party, the Democrat Party, has decided to celebrate its successful handling of Trump's Corona Virus outbreak with an early holding of its National Convention. Showing, once again, that this party defies convention and stultifying ritual, the Convention is not being held in just one city.

According to DNC Spokeshuman, Mohammed Javier Sandra Rothstein-Mobuto (personal pronoun 'Ze'), "We have borrowed the idea from the World Soccer Cup, and we will be and are holding events all across the country. We, furthermore, will hold these events in what we call 'Spontaneous Mode.'" Mohammed Javier Sandra Rothstein-Mobuto explained that this concept frees delegates and their assistants to participate at times and places of their own choosing, and not get locked into a top-down dictated schedule and venue.

Mohammed Javier Sandra Rothstein-Mobuto also described the innovative approach that delegates are taking to personal attire. The Spokeshuman explained that delegates have empowered personal assistants to engage in "open shopping." That means, ze explained, "Our people are not held to arbitrary and oppressive store hours or long lines at cash registers. We, however, encourage our shoppers to wear masks for their protection."

Ze noted that the delegates and their shoppers want the convention events to have a classy touch, so they are engaging in "open shopping" at outlets for Gucci, Rolex, Nike, Apple, and other brands and at high-end stores traditionally reserved only for those who can pay for them. That does not mean, ze went on, that, "We are ignoring traditional providers such as 7-11, Dollar, and small businesses all over the country. Our shoppers will visit them, as well." Ze stressed that delegates, because of their deep interest in current events, will also be shopping for HD large-screen TVs at Target and elsewhere.

Delegates and assistants will go on full alert for efforts by white supremacists and Russian agents to infiltrate the festivities.

Mohammed Javier Sandra Rothstein-Mobuto promised that this will prove the best and most colorful party convention since 1968.

Ze rejected long-standing accusations from old cranks, e.g., The Diplomad, that the Democrats are the traditional party of lynch mobs (Here).

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I will be responding to the charge that I am an old crank.