Collecting Scalps…

I wasn’t offended in the least bit by Kathy Griffins little stunt.  Nor do I want to see her career ruined (although I am considerably amazed that she has actually had a career as a comedian).

Ms. Griffin after offering a sorry/not sorry apology, showed up at a press conference and blamed Trump, Sexism etc. for the smoldering train wreck of her career.  The solipsistic self-immolation was painful to watch from someone who would no doubt describe herself as a “Nasty Girl”.

It would be cliché to say to Ms. Griffin “If you want to blame someone look in the mirror.”  Not incorrect just cliché.

No if Ms. Griffin wants to know who is REALLY to blame she has to look around the room at the next cocktail party she goes to, if she is still invited.

When she is toasting champagne with her dulled by decades of media dominance unfunny ideological comrades, as they wax un-philosophically and bitch about Drumpf, if she has the liquid courage at the garbage time portion of the soiree, when tipsiness causes lucid honesty, she might ask in a whispered voice to her colleagues “Why did we create such a world?”

A world of political correctness run amok so that entire lives can be ruined over moments of mistakes, real and imagined.

A world where a Bloviating if not Popular TV commentator like Bill O’Reilly can lose his job over unproven allegations. Although we must give the devil his due, “FUCK IT WE’LL DO IT LIVE” is funnier than anything Ms. Griffin shit out of her mouth in her vapid career.

A world where Sean Hannity, a second rate Rush Limbaugh wannabee (There’s a double entendre insult in there, By The way), can almost lose his job for asking questions about the unsolved murder of DNC staffer Seth Rich.

A world where Former Founder and CEO of Mozilla, Brendan Eich, can lose his job and almost have his career ruined for giving $1000 to a political campaign to keep marriage legal only between a man and a woman.  It should be remembered that the campaign Eich donated to, California’s Prop 8 in 2008, actually WON its statewide election showing Eich was in the majority with his political opinion.

If you can lose your job based on unproven accusations, an honest attempt at investigative journalism, or a small donation to a more popular if politically incorrect political position from a half decade earlier what the Fuck makes you think you can hold up the severed head of the President of the United States and not experience a Backlash?

If we are honest Ms. Griffin can be forgiven for being blindsided.  There has been a double standard as the doughy old guard Bush-Falwell cuckservative right has played by Marquess of Queensberry rules, virtuous in defeat that they haven’t “descended” to the depths of their ideological opponents.

Jeb Bush said during the republican primaries “You can’t insult your way to the Presidency, Donald.”

Well, that’s where you’re wrong, Kiddo.

Look no further than the symbolic head she didn’t collect, the President who insulted his way to the presidency literally bare knuckle brawling past the political and media establishment into the most powerful position on the planet with the help of an unseen horde of 4chan /pol/ warriors that memed him into existence.

Its fitting that of all the tasteless and drone things to be done to ruin a career it was the severed head that did her in. Griffin was the First scalp to get the O’Reilly treatment as the new emerging right uses the tactics of the old descending left.  It won’t be their last scalp…

LOL against the Machine

Less than a week after Piperstradamus mentioned Mike “Fake News” Cernovich was the tip of the smally paradigm shift away from big news Cernovich then goes and scoops the planet by reporting that Obama close confidante and Former National Security Advisor Susan Rice ordered the unmasking of Trump associates unrelated to the Russian investigation and that this surveillance has been going on since before the nomination. In other words there was spying on the Trump campaign by the Obama administration (again before the nomination) and as aspects of the Russian hacked the election narrative disintegrate we are left with the increasing possibility that:

It was NOT concerns of Russian influence in the election that lead to legal surveillance on Trump and his associates.

BUT

General spying on EVERYONE: the true purpose being not the investigation of crimes or the protection against terrorism but the manufacturing of reasonable suspicion and probable cause ex pos facto of anyone perceived as a threat to any of the lawless degenerates running the surveillance spy state.

“Threats” such as an affable billionaire descending the escalator ride of destiny.

In other words facts did not lead to scandal, a scandal was conjured up and “facts” (Bullshit conjecture posing as facts) were filled in from previous illegal spying. The only reason why this horseshit hacking scandal broke AFTER the election is because all these dumb asses in the Obama administration thought they could cheat their way into a Trump defeat where the illegal surveillance story would die a silent death in a Hillary administration.  This Russian hacked the election nonsense is the CYA (Cover Your Ass) attempts of the administration and The IC afterwards to avoid the inevitable pepe marches and klieg lights that are in their future when this story busts open.

This confirms President Sir-tweets-alot accusations that he was spied on by the Obama administration which isn’t surprising since the Obama administration spied on friends (Angela Merkel), friendly reporters (The Associated Press), hostile reporters (James Rosen) and once had the divorce records of his Illinois senate opponent released (Jack Ryan) to tar him as a sexual deviant because Ryan asked his wife to give him a hummer at a strip club.

The Obama administration spied on Trump for the same reason the government spies on everyone else, the Establishment is a machine which seeks to accrue as much power while keeping you as powerless as possible. If at anytime… ANYTIME… you poke your head up a little too far they will come crashing down with full force. Your texts, your emails, your tweets, your websites, your phone calls etc are combed through in an effort to crush you over any transgression in the myriad of contradictory statutes they have for “the little people”.

On the flip side are the dutiful servants of the machine who are rewarded with unspeakable riches for selling their souls at the feet of the machine. Some names such as Bush are the multi-generational architects of the machine and some Johnny come lately to the Machine make money through “charities” (Clinton) or $60 Million dollar book deals on some Ghost written Shit that will be in the 60% off bin by Xmas (Obama). 

What makes Cernovich scooping the planet on the Rice story so interesting is the Matt Drudge way of breaking the story, as Machine reporters for The NYT and Bloomberg “sat” on the story, Cernovich’s sources in these newsrooms (again the little guys) dropped the story in Cernovich’s lap to break.

Bullshit inc. fiddle fucked around thinking of a way of laying this down gently, spun in such a way to protect their allies in the O admin until Cernovich broke it and then when reporting on it refused to credit him for the story. Why is this, you ask?

  1. This confirms more parts of the allegations of President Trump that he was illegally spied on and god forbid sir-tweets-a lot turns out to be right
  2. Mainstream news organizations (Bullshit Inc.) are determined to defend their perceived status as narrative constructs. In the era where Mike Cernovich regularly scoops them, and they have lost the “Fake News” narrative (and the Trust of the majority of Americans) the slow death of BIG news continues.

Remember BIG news is not there to inform but to craft a Machine compliant narrative.  Without out ability to Bullshit the majority of the people the hallowed organs of official BIG Think like the WaPo and the NYT and MSNBC produce nothing more than a fart in the wind.

Now in this age of lawlessness its not impossible for Ambassador Rice to side step any actual consequences. Furthermore her former boss is kiteboarding in a non-extradition country so I doubt anyone is going to jail. While justice is sweet that is not what is important.

What IS important as I claimed last week “BIG” is losing control to the little but brave foot soldiers like Cernovich.

The machine likes to peddle stories that people like Obama are “outsiders”, just dark horse candidates who “came out of nowhere” when in all actuality they are groomed for the role from behind the scenes and protected from their lawlessness by the establishment press as long as they continue to play ball.  Obama’s are a dime a dozen to the machine.

The Real outsiders are the Cernovich’s and the Trumps, and they are the ones the machine fears the most.

Despite Cernovich’s ascending rock star status at the end of the day he is just another pain in the ass lawyer that said “enough”.

President Trump, a flawed man with many positive attributes, was a real estate developer and a reality TV star before he decided to take up politics as a hobby and win a most improbable office.

At the end of the day, as great as they may be, Cernovich and Trump are mere men no different than you in many regards, sticking wrenches in the gears of the machine that grinds out your very existence.

The machine will try to destroy them not for vengeance but for self-preservation, as they dont want you getting any crazy ideas about what difference you might make in your own life.

After all if you were to attempt an honest assessment of Cernovich and Trump as they do battle with the machine you might ask yourself a most dangerous question that the machine prefers you do not ask yourself at anytime in your life:

What can I Do?…

GOAT: Greatest Of All Timelines

With a spectacular Super Bowl comeback leading to his 5th Ring, Tom Brady has been declared the GOAT: The greatest of all time.

A friend of mine took a shot at me  for previous statements about me saying that Dan Marino was the greatest of all time. (Bias alert: I am a NY Jets fan so technically Marino and Brady have been responsible for a lifetime of heartbreak).

Now the reason we argue who is the best ever is because we all have different criteria for how we judge “the greatest.” For me it is simple, the greatest of all time is the one with the most pure talent. The arm strength and accuracy. The touch. The field general mentality. And perhaps the most important the Mindset. (I would argue all great QBs have a fantastic mindset.)

Another way of saying it is this:

If you were starting a team from scratch who is the QB (you could do this with any other position) who you would pick? THAT is your GOAT.

What are your criteria? Is it stats? Peyton Manning. Rings? Tom Brady. (or Joe Montana or Terry Bradshaw if the Dirty Birds don’t blow it yesterday). Talent? That’s where things get dicey for me because I could see someone making a case for someone like current Colts QB Andrew Luck: immense arm talent, mindset, mobility and he elevates a team with weaknesses most of the time.

While I am no longer resolute in my saying Marino was the best ever I look at Marino putting up the yards he did in the era he did habitually without a running game and a defense and it was awe inspiring. He didnt have Montana’s Bill Walsh designed West Coast Offense, Bradshaws defense, Tom Brady’s “system” that has produced a 14-6 (70% winning) record without him) or Mannings consistent offensive weapons throughout his career.

The number one criticism you hear about Marino is that he never got “The Ring”. This is a nonsensical argument. For starters Football is the Ultimate Team sport where while it’s possible for great players to elevate their team mates no one can carry a team devoid of a supporting cast. Furthermore QBs can earn “The Ring” while being a game manager and not an integral part of the offense. I can think of three QBs off the top of my head with “The Ring” who were side acts to their stellar defense (Jeff Hostetler, Trent Dilfer, Brad Johnson.)

Are any of them better than Marino?

Marino was a contemporary of Montana and Elway, both of whom had rings, Elway later in his career when he was no longer the driver of the offense. Marino had 10K yards more than Elway and 20K more than Montana. Those three defined the 80s and yet Marino lapped them stat wise but is downgraded simply because he never got “The ring.”

Would Marino have gotten Rings if he switched places with Montana? I think Marino to Rice would have produced a few rings as well and maybe even more prolific stats for both of them.

My point being is this: It is truly impossible to determine the Greatest of all time based on stats or championships when there are so many variables involved: such as teams (coaches and systems) they play for, supporting cast, and the era in which they played.

I decided to take a look at the stats of the top 12 passers in NFL history and the active QBs in the top 25. Their stats tell stories that the data may not tell: Look at the What ifs:

#1 Peyton Manning – Peyton almost came out of Tennessee as a Junior but papa Archie asked the team with the #1 draft pick, Bill Parcells and the NY Jets, if they would definitely draft him. The Tuna, brownie points for honesty, said he couldn’t guarantee that as the Jets were in rebuilding mode sequence #953 and Manning would have fetched a lot in a trade. Peyton returned for his senior season, the Jets traded the 1st round pick to the Rams who selected Orlando Pace a perennial all pro tackle while the Jets dropped to #8 where they selected James Farrier a linebacker who proceeded to be a perennial all pro when he defected in free agency to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Meanwhile Manning goes #1 the next year to the Colts who built up exemplary talent on offense. Marvin Harrison was there when he was drafted and they proceeded to add Edgerin James, Reggie Wayne, and Dallas Clark in the next few years. All 1st rounders all pro bowlers. All that talent and still only one Super Bowl victory with the Colts.

He goes to Denver with Demarius Thomas and Eric Decker and a few more pieces that rack up great numbers in the first year before he starts to collapse.

His final game, a Super Bowl win with the Broncos, he was little more than a side show to Denvers fantastic defense.

What if Peyton Manning is drafted by the Jets in 1997 what happens to his career. Is he number one statistical QB on this list?

#2 Brett Favre. Interesting Story. The Jets Ron Wolf tried frantically to trade up with the Cardinals to take Favre instead of the Atlanta in the early parts of round 2 in the 1991 Draft. Sensing desperation the Cardinals played hardball asking for the Jets #3 round pick, a deal the Jets would not swallow.

The Cardinals drafted DE Mike Jones, Atlanta drafted Favre (Who Ron Wolfe a year later with Green Bay traded for with a first round pick), and the Jets took the Rocket Armed Louisville Slinger Browning Nagle who proceed to suck up the universe.

The 3rd Round pick who the Jets would have missed out on had they traded up for Favre? Georgia linebacker Mo Lewis, a player who despite having an excellent and long career he is best remembered for Hitting Patriots Drew Bledsoe so hard he tore an artery in the QBs shoulder allowing some punk kid from Michigan to take his starting position which circled back around in history to Fuck Atlanta last Sunday.

What if?

In other words if the Jets made that trade for Favre that creates a potential 25 year swing in the Time space continum where Favre leads the Jets and Tom Brady has a three year career as a back up QB in New England no one ever quite realizing what they have on their hands.

How’s that for a what if?

#3 Drew Brees- I’ll keep this short. Was drafted in the second round of the 2001 draft out of Perdue and was so unimpressive in his first three years that the Chargers selected Philip Rivers in 2004 (Trade and pick with the #1 Eli Manning but you get the jist.) Brees, supposed to keep Rivers on the bench for a year, lights up the league in 2004.

Think about the Timing. What If:

Drew Brees has a big year in 2003 instead of 2004. Do the Chargers draft Rivers (#12 on the list and almost certain to move into top #7 or #8 next year) creating the environment for Brees to move to the more prolific for his abilities New Orleans offense which vaults him to #3 and does Rivers land in San Diego or in some shit hole where he is misused for most of his career?

4. Tom Brady – Currently considered the Greatest of All time. But it was some fortuitous bounces. What If:

Besides the above mention Mo Lewis Near decapitation of Patriots 1993 #1 Overall Draft pick Franchise QB Drew Bledsoe what if Brady sat on the bench a few more years before moving on as a free agent to some team that doesn’t have the Dark Hoodie. Where is he in history?

He was drafted 199 on 2000. What happens if he is drafted at 198 by the Rams who took SS Mat Bowen or Tennessee who took DT Robaire Smith at 197 etc etc. all the way to say the third round and again no Hoodie OR what happens if Brady slips another round and doesn’t get drafted at all. Is it really possible that the Greatest of All Time almost slipped through the cracks completely?

Or is it more likely that Brady was latent talent who went to a system which not only maximized his abilities AND has had success without him at the Helm?

5 – Dan Marino – Dan Marino retired when Bill Clinton was president where everyone else in the top 5 retired when Obama was president or are still active. Think about that. This era is the era of QBs. When Marino played you could mug wide receivers on the field.

The Guff between #5 Marino 61,361 and #6 Elway 51,475 is almost 10k passing yards. If 60k yards are the benchmark of the elite only one person drafted in the 80s or prior who reached it.

What would Marino do today in the Saints Offense which Brees has racked up such prolific numbers?

Marino put up elite numbers when No one put up those numbers (Except, perhaps, #7 Warren Moon who stared in a prolific 4 Wide Receiver “Run-n-shoot” offense.) Does Tom Brady rack up those Numbers on the 80s Miami Dolphins? Does Brady get the ring?

Now Marino, despite always lacking an elite running back and defense, didn’t go to a shitty team. He slipped to the AFC conference champions at 27 in the draft because of cocaine rumors.

Put another way in his second year he threw for 5,000 yards and lead Miami to another Super Bowl. Marino’s talent elevated his team to a point where they were CONSTANTLY contending. It’s hard to build from the draft when you are always drafting in the 20s, and lest we forget, this was mostly pre free agent days as we see it today.

But, you know, he doesn’t have the ring.

6. John Elway – Was always more of a rocket armed Field General and leader than a prolific passer, longevity lead him to eclipsing the 50K yard mark.

But again what if he didn’t demand to be traded by the Colts in the 83 draft. Where does his place in history reside?

7. Warren Moon – Undrafted out of University of Washington he also threw for 21k yards in the CFL for the first 5 years of his career before jumping to the NFL, racking up another 49K yards. Combining the totals from both leagues he approaches Manning and Favre territory.

But no rings so fuck him. And as a black man he did this in an era where despite going to pro bowls every year the media is openly questioning whether there will ever be a successful black QB 🙄

Can anyone seriously consider a reason why Moon is not in consideration for one of the greatest of all time? Again what does he do in Brady’s spread offense?

8. Eli Manning – Will surpass Elway next year and slide into #6 All Time. Beat Brady in Super Bowl twice and has as many rings as his brother.

Even mentioning him in the same breathe as those three will draw laughter.

Why?

Again Archie didn’t want him to go to San Diego which lead to a pick and trade with the Giants and then SD picked Rivers who had Brees yards (yada yada) another of History’s what if scenarios.

9. Fran Tarkington – if he won some of those super bowls against Superior teams he would be mentioned in the Same breathe as at least Montana. 47K passing and thousands more rushing.

10. Ben Roethlisberger Didnt realize he was here, did ya? Has a Chance to Jump to #7 ahead of Moon next year.

11. Vinny Testaverde – Literally Sucked in Tampa revitalized his career with Cleveland and the Jets. Imagine if he was just dumped after Tampa.

12. Rivers will Jump in front of Tarkington next year.

In the top 25 there are only 3 more active QBs

14. Carson Palmer 44,265 May be retiring.

21. Matt Ryan 37,701 Next year will Jump up to about 41,000 yards putting him #16 on the list behind Air Coryell luminary Dan Fouts. He has only be playing since 2008. Think about his potential numbers.

23. Aaron Rodgers 36,827 (Where is he on the list if he doesn’t sit behind Favre, Steve Young behind Montana style) all those years. What if the 49ers don’t select Alex Smith with the #1 in 2005?

Looking back over that list, I ask again, who do you pick to start a team from scratch?

That’s the greatest of all time. The GOAT 🐐

Is it the Kid with the best stats out of Tennessee? The Kid out of Michigan with the most rings? The undrafted black kid from Washington who lit up two leagues when Blacks “couldn’t play QB” or the Curly haired kid from Pennsylvania who never quite made it to the promised land but almost singlehandedly destroyed record books?

To many what ifs and can’t tells to be sure.

It is often said that football is a game of inches but it’s more than that, it’s a game of timing: the right people being in the right place at the right time…

Three’s a Crowd, the 4th estate is still Bullshit Inc.

I caught this picture and the subsequent story on Facebook today. Apparently No one showed up at Donald Trumps inaugural festivities. He’s very unpopular as the media incessantly reminds us.

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It’s funny that when Hillary was cancelling Rallies because they weren’t expecting a huge turnout the media didn’t cover it and when they did cover her rallies they zoomed in to make the crowds look more massive than they were.
Now size matters.
There’s many a reason a crowd would be bigger or smaller, weather being one example and demographics (Washington DC, and Northern Virginia trend heavily democratic) being another.
With that said I could understand more people showing up at 44s Inauguration. There was a moment to be proud as the 1st African American president Trumps the 44th rich white guy to be president.
But was crowd size really that different?
This being Bullshit inc. we are talking about so I figured they were lying so I looked for other images and came across this one. Sure does look like a lot of people.
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So the media is suppressing shots of Trumps crowds to prove exactly what?
I have a hunch I know why.
Politics (and Religion for that Matter) are not just topics for some but become a part of who we are, a part of our identity. The elitist organs of Bullshit Inc.  have identities revolving around Throne Sniffing felatiogarchy and don’t like being wrong, as they have been about everything since the escalator ride of destiny.
So wrong. Sad! As our new President might Tweet.
The Brains main function is not applying logic or reason or even truth but SURVIVAL.
When our politics become our identity than attacks on our ideas or our favored leaders become attacks on us.
The brain seeks emotional release to protect our ego as our ego needs our worldview to be correct because it holds our identity together. And God forbid the world sees our identity as… wrong.
Thus if nobody shows up for Trumps inauguration then that makes you Correct for having never supporting him. And all those assholes who voted for him so wrong. Hell they are so embarrassed by him now that they won’t even show up.
You were right all along!
Go ahead, admit it. You want him to fail.
You want him to fail so bigly that through the magic of confirmation bias you start seeing failure of your enemies everywhere. Like only seeing some angles of photos with few supporters . Reading only those polls showing how unpopular he is. Reading those stories saying that cutting Obamacare will both kill children AND cost money.
Now this phenomenon I describe knows no political ideology. The world was ending when (Obama, Bush, Clinton ) was in office and will continue past Trump.
However failure to see the success of your enemies will guarantee future failures. The democrats didn’t learn that with Bush. The Republicans didn’t learn that with Obama. And at this rate 2020 is looking like a repeat, as what could be Trumps legitimate and principled opposition is replaced by hysterics and tantrums and frankly a massive amount of willful denial of reality…
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A Conspiracy so so Vasterer than can be believed…

Boris: Comrade Nikolai I have great news!

Nikolai: What is this great news comrade Boris?

Boris: Russian intelligence has video of American Slumlord Donald Drumpf strlumphing Russian KGB sex swallow to use as Blackmail.

Nikolai: Splendid! What seat of power does he have that we can exploit?

Boris: He is a celebrity reality TV host with access to Gary Busey and Meatloaf.

Nikolai: I see.

Boris: But President Putin has magnificent plan.

Nikolai: Go on.

Boris: If we get this Drumpf to run for president and if he beats his 16 opponents with decades of political experience who have actually run for and won office before and if the Democrats change party rules to allow democracy suppressing Super delegates and if Secretary Clinton Run for office and if she used illegal non secure server as Secretary of State and if she gets caught with illegal non-secure server because of Romanian hackers and if she mishandles classified information and if she perjures herself before congress and if she is under bumbling investigation of Stupid FBI during nomination process and if the Democrats conspire to suppress Votes of Ideological Partner Comrade Bernie and if we can hack non-secure server and if we can have Wikileaks leak conspiracy between DNC and American Puppet Press and if she doesn’t campaign in the Blue Wall states that have gone democratic for over two decades and if we spread fake news that she is poor health and if she has actual medical collapse on 9-11… than Drumpf will become elected and we will have Kompromat against American president. HaHahahaha

Nikolai: Really?

Boris: Yes. Is fool proof.

Nikolai: Can’t we just donate to Clinton Foundation if we want to influence American Politics?

Boris: Net, Dumbkof, that would never work…

😉🤔

A Bite out of the Gene Pool

I saw this article and I had to Chuckle.

Crocodiles have been kicking it on planet 3 for about 55 million years. Haven’t changed too much in that time.

Our immediate ancestor to us and Neanderthals, Homo Antecessor, was around 1.2 M years ago, while about half a million years ago Neanderthals and Denisovan homo lineages split and homo sapien (us, kind of) shows up a scant 200K years ago.

Now I haven’t been around that long myself but while humans have evolved greatly in a short several million year period I’m sure Crocs have been doing the same Shit for the past 55 million years, namely biting dumb asses who get too close.

This leads to an important evolutionary and sociological question:

Why are Crocodile species going extinct while there remains way too many stupid humans?

I think the answer lies in the fields of Evolutionary Psychology and Technology.

Humanity in all her species and sub species has had a fairly rough go at it most of her existence. The fittest and strongest passed on their genes producing a hardy stock to carry the lineage into the future like every other form of life on the planet.

Part of this evolutionary process involved development of the brain and cognitive function. The part of the brain that tells you don’t get too close to the one ton reptile is the Amygdala. The Amygdala scans reality constantly looking for threats and is involved with learned memory and threat assessment.

Example: You see a primitive Neanderthal neighbor get eaten by a crocodile it sears a neural pathway into the lymbic system teaching you be careful around the big lizard. Next time you see a lizard that size you freeze, Amygdala recalls your neighbor being eaten, and before you know it the sympathetic nervous system responds and the adrenal medulla is producing a hormonal cascade to initiate survival mechanisms (Fight or Flight for the non nerds).

The better this system worked for Various Homos the greater the chance for offspring to continue and thrive.

And then came iPads.

Technology and modern living has stunted human development and potentially the evolutionary process itself. Instead of hard Amygdala developing life styles we live in such realitive comfort we don’t have actual stress.

Yes, your job may “stress you out” but sitting in a cubicle in a climate controlled environment plodding away at a keyboard to get computer digits created from the ether deposited into your bank account to buy food and Carmel macchiatos sure beats hunting a saber tooth tiger for dinner this WEEK.

Modern living has it so that these neuronal processes are so weakened your inability to evaluate threat assessment degrades to the point where you get bit in the ass by a crocodile while taking a selfie on your Thailand Vacation.

That’s the problem these days; you don’t have to be strong to survive. Any dumb ass can make it to tomorrow.

Because of modernity this tourist will survive and make a full recovery as she got quick modern medical attention (no Medivacs in the Bronze Age) instead of dying as crocodile lunch on a Thai river.

That’s the good news. The bad news is she can still reproduce passing on the stupid gene 😉

 

The Truce to end all Truces

A little over a century ago today, in a not well enough known story, hostilities temporarily ceased within the War to end all wars (which obviously didn’t end all wars). Truth be told all sides at that time thought the little dust up in Europe started in August would be over by Christmas 1914.

It started simply enough with German Troops singing “Silent Night”. They were soon joined by their enemy combatants, Scottish bagpipers cordially joining in defying the call to war just as their kilts defied the December cold. Along the Frozen Western Front, French, British Scottish (and some conscripts from Far away India and Nepal) and opposing German troops extracted themselves from their trenches and dugouts, approaching cautiously at first then eagerly, across so called No Man’s Land where comrades had fallen and the destruction of war was born. Greetings and handshakes were exchanged as were gifts. German souvenirs that ordinarily would have been obtained only through death – such as spiked pickelhaube helmets, or Gott mit uns belt buckles – were bartered for similar British trinkets. Carols were sung in German, English, and French. Good natured ribbing was also bantered about. A few photographs were taken of British and German officers standing alongside each other, unarmed, in No Man’s Land.

And then the unthinkable among bitter rivals happened. Without higher military sanction a friendly match of football broke out between English and German forces. Generals said nothing as the fight was ceased for cordial activities. Although not everyone kept quiet.

“Such a thing should not happen in wartime…Have you no German sense of honor left at all?” groused an unknown at the time whiney little fuck of a Corporal.

Considering the speaker this was to be expected. Adolph Hitler was always a Asshole.

Christmas night shots started to ring out reminding the suddenly coordial soldiers that they were still at war and within a week Hostilities roared as if they never ceased. Unfortunately the Spirit of Christmas Hitler won, then and tragically into the future as the seeds of future wars were tragically laid during the first world war.

I always think of this story on Christmas Day, the day Christians celebrate as the Birth of their Prince of Peace. Christianity spread from the Holy land, seeded upon the rocks and crags of Golgotha, where the blood of the sacrificial lamb was spilled. To this day, near that site in Jerusalem, three major religions exist in hostile truce marked by all too frequent bloodshed. It was from this hostile incubator that the LOGOS λόγος of Christianity spread; ideas centered on the trinity virtues of Love, Truth and Fraternity, ideas in search of a people, which it eventually found in its most receptive audience in the hardy stock of European men of the North. There has always been a word for So Called European wing of Western Civilization: Christendom.

When I think of today I always ask: What if…

What if Christendom didn’t resume its attricious slaughter of itself after the Christmas Truce 102 years ago Today?

No treaty of Versailles or Rise of Hitlers National Socialism from a decimated Germany?
No collapse of Czarist Russia into the ghastly Soviet Union?
No Spread of Communism and the horrors it unleashed on the world?
No Imperialist American empire that felt that all too often felt it necessary to turn to the Dark side to stop communism?

Of course hindsight teaches us that if we knew then what we knew now we might have stopped the most horrific aspects of the 20th century from happening. Maybe if more people knew of the Christmas truce along the Western Front 102 years ago today, learning from our mistakes and more importantly living within that spirit, we can have that peace.

That’s what the Prince of peace whose birth is celebrated today would have wanted, not just for his people, but for all good people who desired the Peace he preached.

Merry Christmas Everyone. And yes I mean everyone 😉