3 Doors Down Guitarist Dies

Matt Roberts passed away yesterday at the age of 38. As you can likely guess the cause was reported as an overdose.

According to his father, Roberts had suffered from anxiety most of his life which lead him to seek medication.

I know he had prescription drug addiction. He suffered greatly from anxiety. It’s crazy as a performer; he never liked crowds or liked places he didn’t know about as a baby, as a child, and this was his way of dealing with it and me and him talked about it often,” Roberts said.

3 Doors Down came along about the time I was building my small business and was disconnected from the music scene a bit.  I really liked the fact that they were a Southern band whose singer didn’t try to hide his accent and had an authentic sound.

I have suffered from some of the same anxieties as Roberts did so I know how powerful they can be.  It played a large role in which career I picked. In this and other ways, panic attacks and anxiety can determine the entire structure of a person’s life, and if you are prone to them they can make your life a living hell.  You will think this is an odd thing to say, but Matt Roberts had to be a very brave man to face his demons down to the point where he could travel and perform as much as he did.  He ultimately lost his battle, but left us with a legacy we can all enjoy.  I hope he has found the peace that eluded him in life.

This is one thing I hate about how it is no longer possible to make a living selling music because it is all pirated, or free in one form or another.  The rates artists get from streaming are so low as to be nonexistent, so you are left with only the lowest common denominator acts, or those which can tour non-stop being the successful ones.  It has always been that way to some extent, but it is worse now.  There are a lot of great musicians, artists and songwriters out there who just aren’t cut out to be live performers.  I have known some of them, and the world has really missed out on hearing what they have to offer.  If you find music you like then buy the CD or pay to download the album — especially if it is by a small act or one which doesn’t tour.  Think of yourself as a patron of the arts on a very small scale.  You get more of what you pay for so you sculpt the musical landscape and the culture with your purchase.

Like I say, I don’t know much about Roberts, but he died while on a trip to give a benefit concert for Stars and Stripes Honor Flight which provides transport for veterans to visit the monuments that have been erected in their honor.  You can make a donation here.

“He just never did do crowds and always was nervous around public settings, but I’ll tell you he loved our military,” the father says.

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How Deeply Ingrained is Progressive Racism?

This deep;

 

At some point African Americans are going to catch on that they are being punked by the progressives.

But for that to happen the right will have to consistently make an argument instead of just conceding the black vote. If Trump does nothing else then he at least has started that conversation if others are smart enough to continue it.

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University of California Davis Acknowledges Moral Superiority of the South

In order to prevent triggering people and hurting their feelings the University of California at Davis is urging its students not to use phrases like “Hey, guys” or “Hey, Girls” but instead to say “y’all.”

Just think how their minds will be blown when they figure out that the South is more enlightened in every other way as well.

Seriously, we have reached peak victimhood when the shame of pretending that words like “Hey, guys” are unbearable to you is considered less than the power that can be gained from engaging in such a ruse.

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Well, So Much For Watching the Olympics

Some asshole just came on and said that next they will have a segment of the opening ceremony warning us that the climate sometimes changes.  In the completely irrational cant of our present age this is short for anthropogenic global warming of the sort that may, or may not, warm.  I have to say, that there is nothing  more entertaining than being lectured on the environment by a country which can’t even get all of the human waste out of their Olympic watersport venues.

The little, brain dead leftists who populate the governmental boards which plan these events think they just have to insert their agitprop into everything they touch.  When the games were held in England they even had an ode to frickin’ NHS of all things.  I am surprised they didn’t have big, brown dancing teeth as well.  I mean they have to have gone somewhere!  And I shudder to think what we will be treated to when the next Olympics is held in the US.  Maybe policemen running around shooting black children, or a paean to Planned Parenthood.  I swear to God, it is like something has been put in the water which lowers IQ by about 30 pts or so.  There is an environmental catastrophe which no one is talking about.

Here is a pro tip for future Olympic planners, if you suck at something you probably shouldn’t call attention to it. Yes, I know you think it is a prime opportunity to lobby for more money for the NHS, or to shake down the developed world over warming/not warming, but when you do that it doesn’t fool anybody and it makes you look desperate.

If there was a way to measure beauty Brazilians would lead the world in the per capita statistics.  It is too bad their leaders can’t behave themselves and decided to be so ugly when they had a chance to present their country in its best light.

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Obama Continues Experiment in Time Travel and Alternate History

One of the lowlights of Jimmy Carter’s tenure in office was the Iranian hostage crisis where the mullahs minions invaded our embassy and took several of our citizens hostage.  They then proceeded to embarrass President Carter in ways that would make the most jaded Dockside Dolly blush.

But even as feckless as Carter was, he froze money that had been transferred to the US as payment for military equipment and he cut off all arms shipments to the Iranians.  In other words, he acted reasonably in doing the bare minimum you would expect.  If you are in the middle of selling a gun to someone and they start beating on your wife then needless to say they aren’t going to get either the gun, or any of their money you have in your possession.  They may get the contents of the gun given to them at a very high rate of speed, but only a fool arms and enriches their enemy.  (Yes, that last sentence is what those in the writing business call foreshadowing.)

Every president since then has just sat on those funds for reasons I don’t pretend to understand since they could have just as easily declared them forfeit due to the tiny, little, inconsequential fact that Iran committed an act of war when they invaded US sovereign territory in the form of our embassy, and that they have engaged in terrorism against US interests ever since then.  They easily could have been used to pay for damages, and the US could have made a show of doing so.  If Iranian backed terrorists blew something up then that money could have been used to rebuild or to treat those injured until it was all used up.  Or it could have been used to fund groups opposed to the mullahs.  Either way, the right incentives would be created.

But holding the money worked out to the advantage of the United States so of course Obama could not let it stand.  He will be damned if he lets any dollar go unwasted on his watch.  He unfroze those assets and paid them to the Iranians in return for a more recent set of US hostages who were subsequently released once we had sent pallets of currency to the enemy who had taken them.  The observant reader has probably noticed a pattern of belligerent acts on the part of the Iranians here since the term “hostage” keeps occurring.  Well Obama hasn’t noticed any such thing.  The man is preternatural in his ability to misunderstand and this why no rational person can in turn understand him.  No one understands what he thinks he is gaining by dealing with the Iranians and green lighting their quest for an atomic bomb.  No one understands why he did not back the Green revolution in Iran when he first came to power and chose the mullahs instead.  No one understands why he would pay ransom for hostages and thus make it profitable for the Iranians to take more of them — which is exactly what they turned around and did immediately upon finding out how lucrative the market was for them.  I doubt even Obama can explain why he does what he does other than he is so bitter and angry at the US that he thinks if he does the opposite of what was done in the past he will be on the right side of history.

Today, when Obama’s safespace, spokesmillenial was asked about it he averred that it was a great deal because otherwise we would have been taken to court and had to pay many billions of dollars more.  I  — SHIT — YOU — NOT.  That is what the dumbass said.  And this is from an administration which would not enforce a US Court ruling that Iran pay the victims of its terrorism.  Get that?  We are supposed to funnel 1.7 billion dollars to our enemies to head off a court which has no authority over us (and which represents the most despotic nations and most backwards ideals on the planet), but a ruling from a court following laws which Obama has sworn to uphold is completely optional.   I need not mention that we could have used the frozen funds to pay the victims of Iran’s terrorism and satisfy the US court’s ruling, but Obama instead chose to pay the terrorists.

Ambassador Bolton was on air when the clip was played and he called the shameless, male trollop of a spokesperson who assumes whatever position Obama likes for money (regardless of anatomical possibility) a fool.  But he is not a fool.  He is just a tool.  Obama is the fool.  And we are fools for electing him.  He isn’t even selling our enemies the rope with which they intend to hang us.  He is handing it to them.

The original hostage crisis was resolved when the mullahs pissed all over themselves at the thought of what Reagan would do to them when he came into office.  They had a spiffy new revolution to play with and peasants they had only just started abusing.  They thought there was a significant, non-zero chance that Reagan would drop the atomic bomb on them and interrupt the party before it even got started.  Now, in a strange moral and historical inversion, this current hostage crisis was not resolved, but rather augmented by allowing the Iranians to develop their own bomb, take more hostages, and continue sponsoring terrorism around the globe.

Amazon has a TV series based on a Philip K Dick story called The Man in the High Castle.  It is about what the world would have been like had the Axis powers won WWII.  Alternate histories have often been a trope in science fiction.  But this is the first time I can remember where someone has tried to turn back the clock and reverse the course of past events in real life.  When Obama was reciting his litany of ludicrous claims about how he was going to make the oceans recede, and make us the ones we were always waiting for I guess he forgot to mention he was also going to turn back the temporal tide and reset history.

Right now the clock sets on the 1970’s with economic malaise, US retreat from the world, the Middle East on fire and the Russians advancing.  Racial tensions are worse than at any point in my lifetime and absolutely no one thinks we are heading in the right direction because most people like to move towards the future rather than the past.  Domestically, we are fast approaching the point where we would have been had we lost the Cold War.  Certainly national socialists such as were common in WWII would recognize how we now order our society, and the international socialists would be right at home with how the laws on the books do not reflect how they are enforced.

If we screw up and elect Hillary I think this whole process will accelerate and we will be lucky if the wheel of time lands on anything much past the Dark Ages by the time my daughter is my age.  At some point Clinton allowing the Norks to get a bomb, and Obama allowing the Iranians to have one is going to bite us in the ass in a big way.  Importing our enemies and allowing the barbarians inside the gate is going to spread the problem rather than contain it.  Even if Trump turns out to be a better selection and is elected (both big ifs), our enemies have been incentivized to attack us.  And if they fail they just have to wait for the next naive leftist, or college lounge lizard to come along so he can reset the clock for them.

And who knows.  Carter is still alive and has eligibility left.

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I Will Say One Thing About Trump

No one will be able to blackmail him with pictures of his wife.  NSFW link.

I would give the Russians our nuclear launch codes myself just to prevent seeing a similar picture of Hillary, or Bill for that matter.  Speaking of which…

Former President Clinton’s office declined to comment today on reports that he managed to lose the personal identification code needed to confirm nuclear launches and never told anyone about it.

I don’t think we will have to worry about this with Hillary.  She could just e-mail the launch codes to herself and then she would always be able to call the Russians for them.

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Hillary is Still Failing the Turing Test

I made a similar joke about this clip on a football board the other day so I think pretty much everyone saw the glitch. I am sure they will have that worked out before they go to production.

At least if she loses her concession speech will already be written for her.

I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears…in…rain. Time to die.

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Mao Brothers’ Pantsuits

One of the worst things about the country right now has to be rampant and unabashed sexism such as this:

 

I don’t know who Xeni is, although I have seen the name around.  But I am going to assume she is a woman since this sort of outright sexism is not so common amongst men (and her avatar seems to indicate as much — but these days that is not so dispositive).  She seems to be overly concerned about Hillary’s naughty bits for some reason whereas to the rest of us they are rightfully (and thankfully) irrelevant.  This is similar to how Obama’s skin color was very important to racists and was seen as a legitimate reason to vote for him.  And of course only some women are worthy of this sort of rapture.  I doubt Xeni was ecstatic when Palin gave her speech at the Republican Convention where she became the first national level candidate to point out that cronyism is one of our chief problems. A view which has now been adopted by every major, national politician, who — while they rail against how the game is rigged — simultaneously promise to centralize more power and rig things better.

That aside, we should look at what exactly it is which allowed Mrs. Clinton to be the center of the world’s attention.  Somehow, I don’t think trading political favors rather than sexual ones is anything to brag about.  The latter vocation is certainly far more honorable, and far less damaging than the former.  Hillary is where she is because her husband created a corrupt, crony-tastic machine that sold access and governmental favors in return for cash, influence and power.  And to be part of this all she had to do was reject everything that makes life worth living — a true marriage where everyone loves one another, family, fidelity, and any sense of honor or shame.

That she largely achieved her position by riding on Bill’s coattails, and cleaning up after his bimbo eruptions by slandering his victims — who also happen to be women — doesn’t seem to bother people like Xeni.  Nor does it occur to her that Hillary played a large part in creating divisiveness between the sexes for political gain.  Some tools love the toolbox, and that is truer of Hillary’s followers than just about any group out there.  They have to love being lied to because that is all Hillary has to offer.  But hey, breasts!

It is this sort of thinking with one’s genitals or voting with one’s tribe that is at the heart of every problem we face now.  We can’t judge Hillary based on her character, or her failures.  We have to judge her based on her membership in a group because we have become both feral, and tribal, and because Xeni says so.  In part, I can understand the instinct towards this because there is simply very little else about Hillary which can be painted as laudable.  When the highest praise you can think of for your candidate is that she has breasts which no one wants to see (Xeni’s words not mine — although I endorse them) you should probably re-think the basis on which you make your decisions.  Amongst similar irrelevancies, Hillary may also be the first presidential candidate to have sucked a man’s dick — but I don’t see cocksuckers rallying to her cause wouldn’t go around pretending that was some great accomplishment if she were my candidate.  Yet somehow, these sorts of things are seen as very serious by people who are themselves very unserious.

Presidential candidates should be judged on the content of their character, not on the content of their Mao Brothers’ Pantsuits from the Romulan Warbird Line.

There is no place for identity politics in something as serious as choosing the best leader for the most powerful nation on earth.  In fact, there is no place for identity politics in civilized society at all.

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The One Question Which Stephen Colbert Wants to Ask Donald Trump

Apparently Stephen Colbert is the host of something called “The Late Show” on CBS.  I vaguely recall a show with that name that was on many decades ago before I became gainfully employed.  During one of the breaks in filming Colbert participated in a question and answer session with the audience where he was asked what the one question was that he wished he could ask Donald Trump.  To which he replied;

What does Vladimir Putin’s dick taste like?

In case you don’t understand where this comes from it is based on the charge that Trump is too friendly with the Russians, and also that he made a recent remark about how they should release the info they hacked from Hillary’s server.  Leftists are pretending to be upset about this because it might expose secret information, which they also simultaneously believe was not on Hillary’s server.

The Russians have already been doing something similar.  Through their surrogates they have been slowly leaking information they hacked from DNC servers about how the Democrats were going to screw over Bernie.  So Democrats latched onto Trump’s remark as a distraction and are trying to imply the Russians are working to help elect Trump.  That could be true since I think Putin rightfully thinks Hillary is an idiot and a danger to both herself and the world. And Trump has made noises about NATO that I take as his bargaining position to get our European allies to pay something for their own defense instead of dumping all of their money into social programs and then lecturing us on why we don’t do the same when we are already footing the bill for their defense.  No one freeloads like a socialist.  Nevertheless, the Russians might read Trump’s remarks in a different light.

But there are other motivations for the Russian’s actions.  No one has mentioned the possibility that it serves Russia’s purpose to boost a socialist like Bernie Sanders.  Not only does it advance the cause, but in this instance it also points out the corruption in our system.  This is something the Russians often do because it helps to get Russian citizens to accept the even greater level of corruption in their own system.  They can point and say, “See, the Americans do it too.”  This has been a favorite game of theirs since the revolution.  It is also likely that they tried, and were unsuccessful at hacking the RNC, or were successful and were disappointed with what they found.

At any rate, that is the predicate and you are welcome to have a go at answering Colbert’s question.   I would merely speculate that given where it has been the last 7 years it probably tastes exactly like Obama’s bunghole.  But somehow, I don’t think that is the answer Colbert was looking for.

 

 

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You Must Not Venture Outside the Prescribed Area

Q. Should I wave the white flag?: Two months ago, I met someone wonderful and we stayed up talking until sunrise. He lives far away and we don’t know where this is going but we are both pleasantly surprised. I’m thrilled at how open-minded he is; he’s an Army guy who builds guns and I’m a Bernie supporter with a masters in global affairs, but we just get each other. Last night he sent me a photo and it was the first time I let myself see that he has two tattered flags tattooed on his chest: the American flag and the Confederate flag with a particular animal in front of each. (This is apparently a common tattoo.) Our relationship is already a long shot but I really am impressed by him and want to be open to his explanation that this isn’t in support of the Confederacy (how?). Is there any world where this isn’t doomed? FYI, I’m black, he’s white and I don’t want to ask my family or close friends for fear that if he and I can continue they would have a hard time putting that knowledge aside

This question was asked of someone named Prudence at Slate.  Her advice is what you would predict.  The young woman should run away from the racist bastard.  And that might be decent advice. But you really can’t arrive at that point based on just the information in the question.

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