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I've cracked the code!

A- merican
N - azi
T - errorist
I - nsurance
F - raud
A- djusters

Looks to me like the alt.right has turned those ugly old "Goon Squads", into a 21st century, full service, rapid response service, with brilliant "branding"!
"Terrorism is all about branding - and the psychology of lotteries!" William Gibson, "Zero History"

How low can we slither

I had hopes, for our species.

A new glossary is needed, from minds such as ours.

And I am BEGGING for input. Fox viewers are coming out of their comas, confused as a time travelers. Some of the things that they bellow as they flail about for a problem that can be shot indicate Ailes & Acolytes have so artfully topped off the GOP's 30 year plan/dogfight in a dumpster, that conventional labels no longer apply.

I would posit that what most of the bad guys want is a return to their idea of the antebellum south, with some sort of superannuated citizens in charge - a landed gentry. Of MEN. In a lovely closet, with fresh flowers.
The working ("2nd, if you please!" class are "free", but when life is cheap, take for nothing gets ugly. The gentry will draw armies, terrorists, orcs, and monsters from the folks who really do the work, and set them against each other so the do not rise up.
Lower down, we're looking at wretched souls. Chattel slavery will exist much more openly, debt bondage and indenture will be in the open.
What I'm sayin`, here, is that a lot of people seem to misunderstand "conservative" and "liberal", particularly their relationship. I do not see them as opposite polarities in their primary meanings, maybe as 30 degrees apart on the big circle. The bad guys "Con_federates", "Barbadians", WTF ever you call them, seem well out of alignment with the "classic" side (is that a good name?) - maybe 170 deg. off axis on the Tuttle/Dean line (If you want to have money to help folks, you can't be wastin' it.) May be known to some as "the wedge of reasonability"
I can see where a lot of the folks that work on the "conservative" side of reasonable might hang out well to the left of liberal now and then - there are bookstores and potlucks, it reminds some of Vermont. And folks, there are a whole lot of weekend wildlings that button it up 9-5 when they need to conform to the Norman. (A NH Fed. Bankruptcy judge got in a fender bender when he was in town.He got in some trouble, 'cuz he'd had wine and it was messing him up trying to drive in heels and a tight skirt. Word got around he was going to resign, calls came in "Don't worry, we all have hobbies, call a cab next time! And don't put on heels, or fancy boots, 'til you get to the club. Now get back here, we need a Judge" Now, that part over around the Incels and gun fetishists could be nasty. The Organic Venison Chefs are trying to get a protective order, or a fake address.
Comments in 3 2 ONE!

Kindness. Decency. Fairness, Thrift, RESPECT

These should be the guiding principles of out Party! Not that they aren't, but 1) it can be kind of hard to tell, B) Folks need to be reminded, often!

And, in these trying times, it is critical to note, that an antipathy to kindness and decency is at the heart of "modern""movement""Ayn Rand" conservatism. It's all Trump has ever known, it certainly shows.

Sexual harassment/assault/ bullying, Victim blaming, Stiffing vendors, cutting insurance and benefits, financial crimes - they all stem from the same sources, in the dark well of the soul. And they are only justifiable if you ignore principles, if favor of greed.

The aristocracy is pissed!

Yes, we have a ruling class! They despise Roosevelt above all, because he called "the moneyed interests" out for what they were. A little knowledge of history and economics shows us WHO.

In some respects, the Civil War was an attempt by the Barbadians (The "planters" who moved into the Carolinas from Barbados, many with links to the English aristocracy) and their successors and peers. They held slaves by divine (birth)right, and believed that they held absolute, life and death power on property they"owned". The Stand Your Ground ethos comes from this.

In the North, the largely WASP economic elite - robber barons, bankers, industrialists - took it upon themselves to act like aristocracy. It's easy to put names to this bunch. Certainly Prescott Bush, the DuPonts, and the Koch family were members. The Dulles brothers were the ultimate product of this system, Richard Nixon is an example of the sort of men they recruited to their cause.

Buchanan, Reagan, and the "Dixiecrats" are examples of the "useful idiots" they employed, coerced, or used like rented livestock if they appeared (Fr. Coughlin, Joe McCarthy) spontaneously.

The gold standard!

Optician results "provisional"! Certified results by hand count, sealed and guarded ballot boxes, totals posted by/at each precinct. National vote totals independently auditable. Re register all voters during next census, provide national voter ID for anyone without state ID.

Proofing and constructive comments welcome! ( Defining "projection")

This should probably be in GD, but I'd like some wiser eyes than mine on it, before I broadband it.

Projection! It's a thing...
When "A" politician has stepped in it,
They must, at TOP SPEED, accuse politician "B"of the same, but worse, plus sex with a baby goat. If your memory is longer then Donnie's "ahem", and you have any ability to verify facts, this is painfully easy to see through.
Sadly, it works ace on true believers! One of the best signs of a believer, is their perception that questioning what they represent as fact is a personal attack, and that the attack should be sufficient to end debate. "Cognitive Dissonance" is a popular phrase for aspects of this phenomenon.
To someone used to verifying and qualifying information, this looks childish at best,and evil at worst. And, the problem is exacerbated by education that seeks to produce loyal, obedient children, and shunt skeptical, inquisitive "troublemakers" aside. Formal logic and critical thinking are tools of several of my trades, as is the science of metrology. It is only logical for me to consider true believers as naive and poorly educated.
Belief needs verification to become fact. That's how it works. Loudly asserting the belief, in absence of fact, and in conjunction with a personal attack, generally means the belief is largely invalid.

The disease is spreading, produces "defective humans"

William Pierce, late (supremacist) leader of the National Socialists, founder of Resistance Records, told a trusted leiutenant that there were too many "defective humans" in the movement. The stooge (Erich Glebe) blabbed it, of course, proving that a)there werre plenty of defectives to get offended b) his turning out to be a pedophile was more inevitable than ironic.
Supremacy, and the skeezy end of policing, seem to be where these jeeters wash up - or maybe it's where they have more oprutunity to really hurt someone and "be somebody".
An upstate New York man who blew his leg off in his garage making improvised explosive devices will be held in federal custody without bail because law enforcement found white supremacist paraphernalia and believe he’s dangerous, WGRZ reports.

Michael O’Neill, 45, a former Niagara County corrections officer, is accused of making seven bombs and was arrested two weeks ago after one of the devices accidentally went off. O’Neill was rushed to a hospital where his leg had to be amputated. He was the only one injured, WGRZ reports.

“Luckily, he is detained,” Assistant U.S. Attorney John Alsup told Time Warner Cable News. “He is no longer at large in the community, he only hurt himself.” Pictures of the KKK, Nazi imagery and the Confederate flag were found inside his home, which he lives in with his stepfather, William Ross, who chairs the Niagara County Legislature, WGRZ reports.

Even with his leg now missing, prosecutors believed it would be too risky for the public if O’Neill was released from custody

So another angry, obsessed loner goes off. The last couple of potential mass killings in the press were misfires, thank your deity, but how many of us have met a potential "defective"? And said to yourself, "I'm gonna be hearin' about this one...."
I would be particularly interested in H2Oman's opinion, given the recent and ongoing tragedy in his family, and the number of spooky paralells with perpetrators.

California Cracklefest!

From the online drag racing magazine, Competition Plus.

For the unitiated, these old drag race cars are too evil to race anymore (current "nostalgia" cars have a LOT of safety upgrades), but their dramatic fire-up and distinctive crackling idle make an instant flashback to "the day". Much of the restoration has been done by the original craftsmen, and these were from the era where every car was handbuilt and unique.

2014 Climb to the Clouds is ON ! Mt. Washington scheduled for next June.


New England Hillclimb Association ‹ General Discussion Logout [ Mopar 151]Mt. Washington Hillclimb is on for 2014!

THE CLIMB TO THE CLOUDS HILLCLIMB RETURNS TO MT. WASHINGTON IN 2014 Subaru of America to serve as the event’s Title Sponsor

Pinkham, Notch, NH – Officials with the Sports Car Club of New Hampshire and the Mt. Washington Auto Road which is located in Pinkham Notch, New Hampshire, announced today that the legendary Mt. Washington Hillclimb will be returning June 26-29, 2014, due in part to the generous help from Subaru of America.
Organized and sanctioned by the Sports Car Club of New Hampshire, the 2014 Subaru Mt. Washington Hillclimb will be a 3-day motorsports festival including a 75-car competition field filled with some of the best drivers from around North America and the world as well as a contingent of rare vintage race cars.
Also known as the “Climb to the Clouds”, the Mt. Washington Hillclimb is one of America’s oldest motorsports events, first run in July, 1904, seven years before the first 500-mile race at the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway and twelve years prior to the inaugural Pikes Peak Hillclimb in Colorado. The Climb to the Clouds was run sporadically from 1904-1961, then not again until 1990 when it was run consistently until 2001. Following a ten-year hiatus, the Mt. Washington Hillclimb returned in 2011 as part of the 150th anniversary celebration of the Mt. Washington Auto Road which first opened on August 8, 1861.
Originally referred to as the Mt. Washington Carriage Road due to the horse-drawn wagons that traversed the road to the summit of Mt. Washington in the late 1800’s, auto manufacturers believed that the Carriage Road would serve as the perfect proving ground for them to demonstrate the ability of their new "horseless carriages." Promoted as "the greatest contest of motor vehicles ever held", the inaugural Climb to the Clouds in 1904 included manufacturers such as Rambler, Mercedes,
Oldsmobile, Stanley Steamer, Pierce and a high priced Daimler.
In the 1904 Hillclimb F.E. Stanley from Newton, Massachusetts, co-creator of the famous Stanley Steamer, drove his 6-horsepower, 800-pound steam-powered Locomobile to the summit of Mt. Washington only to be beaten by Harry Harkness from New York driving a 40-horsepower Mercedes that weighed 2,200 pounds. Harkness posted a winning time of 24 minutes, 37 and 3/5 seconds.
Since that first year of competition, many well-known drivers have competed and won the Climb to the Clouds including "Cannonball" Baker in 1928 & 1932 and the legendary Carroll Shelby in 1956. Driving a Franklin in 1928, Baker raced to a time of 14:49.6 seconds. Carroll Shelby, driving a specially prepared Ferrari roadster in 1956, posted a record-setting run of 10:21.8 on his way to victory.
In 1961 Bill Rutan from Connecticut drove his Porsche Carerra-powered Volkswagen to another new record time of 9:13.0 that would stand for the next 29 years - until the return of the race in 1990 when Champion rally driver Tim O'Neil from nearby Franconia, NH drove his 300+ horsepower all-wheel-drive Volkswagen Rally Golf to the summit in an amazing time of just 7 minutes and 45 seconds.
Following the return of the Mt. Washington Hillclimb in 1990, the event was run annually as part of the Mt. Washington Auto Road’s summer event schedule until 2001. During that time, several new course records were shared between 7-time Sports Car Club of America National Rally Champion Paul Choiniere from Shelburne, VT and multi-time Canadian Rally Champion Frank Sprongl from Mississauga, Ontario. Sprongl went on to set a record time of 6:41.99 in 1998 driving his 500 horsepower Audi Quattro S2 that would stand for 13 years.
In 2011, ten years after the last Mt. Washington Hillclimb was run, Subaru Rally Team USA driver and 4- time Rally America Overall Champion David Higgins, from the Isle of Man, came to Mt. Washington for the very first time. Driving a Vermont SportsCar-prepared 2011 Subaru WRX STI all-wheel-drive rally car, Higgins set a new overall course record of 6:11.54 - smashing Sprongl’s previous record time by more than 30 seconds!
Following his record-setting run, Higgins stated “It was a very big challenge because the road was still wet in spots and would turn very slick suddenly. With the clouds the visibility was so low I could hardly see past the hood of my car," explained Higgins. "Our Subaru was setup perfectly for a road like this but I’ve never raced here before and it was a lot of work to try to learn the course. It's fantastic to have the record at such a prestigious event."
Those racing in the 2014 Subaru Mt. Washington Hillclimb will be competing on the very same 7.6 mile road as the original 1904 event 110 years earlier. Of course these days the surface has changed with nearly 87% of the road now asphalt and 13% still gravel. The 7.6 mile Auto Road is one of the ultimate challenges for driver and automobile alike. The serpentine road is lined with trees on the lower half and dramatic drop-offs above halfway as it winds its’ way to the 6, 288 foot summit of the Northeast’s tallest peak – Mt. Washington.

The 2014 Subaru Mt. Washington Hillclimb will take place June 26-29, 2014 and will be organized and sanctioned by the Sports Car Club of New Hampshire – New Hampshire’s premier sports car club. For more information regarding the Subaru Mt. Washington Hillclimb, the Mt. Washington Auto Road or the Sports Car Club of New Hampshire, visit http://www.climbtotheclouds.com.

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