PTSD Is Real, and the Journos at the Capitol on 1/6 Have It
I recognize their symptoms and I believe them
Cameron Joseph at Vice.com looks at “the reporters who survived the insurrection.” He means the 1/6 riot, which I don’t think was an actual insurrection, but it was bad anyway.
The cool thing to do right now is to mock those journos for their lingering trauma after the Capitol riot, but I have PTSD and I know it’s real. When you’re stuck in a dangerous situation you can’t control, it stays with you long after you’re out of immediate danger. It affects your behavior in unpredictable ways. It makes you react to things you didn’t even notice before, in ways you don’t want to react. It changes how you see the world. It changes the way you live your life. It turns you into a different person. It’s humiliating and frightening and frustrating. It sucks, I’ve been living with it for over a decade, and I hate it.
That riot happened in the Capitol Building. Not a war zone or a disaster area. The very seat of our government. Those reporters showed up for work that day, and then a howling mob broke down the doors and ransacked the place and threatened to kill the vice president of the United States.
But none of that matters, apparently, because the QAnon Viking looked dumb:
Okay. So what? The riot didn’t happen because that guy is a clown?
Was it an insurrection? An act of sedition? It wasn’t nearly organized enough to qualify as any of that. It was a spontaneous act of violence at the behest of a demagogue.1 It wasn’t worse than 9/11, or Pearl Harbor, or any of that nonsense. But it was definitely a damn riot, and living through a riot at your place of employment is enough to shake anybody up.
I’ve had PTSD ever since I was crippled by a State Department SUV in 2010, so I’m not going to judge any of those reporters for speaking up about this. What happened to them was wrong,2 and blaming them for the misery it’s still causing them is wrong. No matter how much I disagree with them on the issues of the day, they’re still human beings.
On a related note, among the Democrats continuing to exploit 1/6 for money, power, and/or attention: DC Comics.
With the Suicide Squad sequel/reboot coming up, DC is publishing a new miniseries called Suicide Squad: Get Joker. And one of the new additions to the Squad, gun-toting vigilante Wild Dog, has now been turned into a Capitol rioter. Ripped from the headlines!
Notice they call it an “insurrection” too. Lefties.
I vaguely remember when DC introduced Wild Dog in the ‘80s — he’s basically the Punisher in camo pants and a hockey mask — and the character was added to the Arrow TV show after I stopped watching. He was always a gun nut, but turning him into a MAGA-head is new.
How quickly things change. Last year, another Suicide Squad comic depicted the villainous protagonists breaking into a senator’s office and then murdering him, and the reader was obviously supposed to cheer them on for being so edgy and cool:
I can’t imagine DC publishing anything like that now, less than a year later. Attacking elected officials in the Capitol isn’t funny anymore. Now Wild Dog is being depicted as a pathetic loser for doing so. What a difference a day made, and that day was 1/6.
In other comics dork news: Apparently I’m supposed to be mad at Captain America because he doesn’t like the country he’s named after anymore? Okay, whatever. “Disillusioned Cap” is nothing new. Marvel did the same thing almost 50 years ago, after Watergate. Cap put down his shield and just wandered around for a while because he didn’t know what America was anymore. Eventually the series went back to the status quo, just like it always has and always will.
It’s just lefty comic-book writers using superheroes to air out their gripes about the world. They’re not hurting anybody. They’re just trying to hit their deadlines like everybody else.
So, What Else Is Going On?
By now I can spot an Andrew Stiles piece just from the headline: Lincoln Project Hires Former Aide to Prominent Democratic Perverts
Joe Trippi is joining those Lincoln Project scumbags, which is just about perfect. Every presidential candidate Trippi has ever advised ended up losing, so he should be right at home with those pedophile-enabling grifters. They did nothing to help Biden get elected, but they sure did fill their pockets.
I don’t like Democrats or Republicans these days, but worst of all are the Democrats who keep insisting they’re still Republicans. The Lincoln Project hiring Trippi is the end of that fairytale.
Yesterday I ranted about that dumb ChiCom political cartoon about Americans and our guns, and David Harsanyi at NRO has also noticed that MSNBC’s Chris Hayes praised it. Hayes would be right at home in China, doing and saying what his masters tell him to do and say. Lefties only hate authoritarianism when their side isn’t running things.
I was genuinely saddened by John McAfee’s death, and I feel bad for his widow:
I can’t blame her for denying that he committed suicide, but I believe he did. The whole thing is just sad.
Sounds like the pandemic is really rampaging through Russia. Well, that’s a shame. Good luck with that, comrades. We already kicked COVID-19’s ass, just like we kicked yours.
If you want our help, how about you knock it off with the cyberattacks?
Rock and roll ain’t noise pollution. Rock and roll ain’t gonna die. It’s gonna run around in its underwear through the suburbs of Adelaide, Australia.
Now that is the very picture of civil disobedience.
I can’t seem to find a way to embed the video on Substack, but it’s on the guy’s Facebook page. You really have to watch this. He’s actually talented, and he gets in some good licks before the cops shut him down. Guitar licks, that is. It almost looks like a comedy sketch: Suburban metalhead rocking out with his guitar in his driveway, wearing nothing but underpants and Chuck Taylors, until the cops scoop him up and take him away. For what, being awesome? That’s illegal in Australia?
What makes it particularly impressive is that right now Australia is in the middle of winter, so this rock god is running around in his skivvies in 50-60 degree weather. Or whatever that is in Celsius, I’m not gonna look it up.
My new hero, Subblet Hammer (real name Savas Caruso), has set up a Change.org petition called Rock N’ Roll vs. the Police with a goal of 1,500 signatures. I just signed it, and so should you. Unless… you hate freedom? You hate creative expression? You hate having a good time without hurting anybody? You do you, I guess.
This man is a political prisoner in the name of rock ‘n’ roll. It’s our duty to help him fight the forces of oppression so he can rock again.
San Francisco is a paradise on earth, ain’t it?
Let’s just hope that in the unlikely event those victims of society are arrested, the prosecutors don’t misgender them.
The other day, some dumb Salon writer did a dumb story on the Babylon Bee, whining about how the satire site “isn’t funny” and keeps “punching down” and so forth. The CEO of the Bee, Seth Dillon, then got into a back-and-forth with the dumb Salon writer and it didn’t turn out how she expected. Libs hate a lot of things, but the one thing they hate most is facts.
(Note to Trump fans: Dillon’s rebuttal links to a bunch of stories the Bee has done over the years satirizing Trump. So you probably shouldn’t click that link or you’ll get really angry.)
Even before the pandemic, I was a big fan of the increasing automation in the fast-food industry. The less human intervention between the food and my face, the better. So I love seeing things like this pizza joint in Paris that’s 100% automated.3
If the #FightFor15 people were capable of learning, right about now they’d be realizing that the real minimum wage is $0.00. If you try to force businesses to pay employees more than their labor is worth, those businesses will do away with those positions as soon as possible. Robots will take those jobs.
Sure, the robots will kill us all eventually. I’ve read enough comic books and seen enough movies to see that coming. But first they’ll give me hot, delicious food that’s untouched by human hands. That’s a future worth dying for.
Can the truism “Get Woke, Go Broke” affect even the Walt Disney Company? Now Disneyland is replacing the traditional opening for every fireworks show, “Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, dreamers of all ages,” with “Good evening, dreamers of all ages.” Because acknowledging biological reality is now bigoted toward anyone who denies it.
So, okay, let me get this straight: A woman can become a man, or a man can become a woman, just by declaring it to be so. Then what’s the problem with acknowledging gender? “Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls” is inclusive of literally the entire human race.
Oh wait, I forgot. 0.000001% of the US population uses “nonbinary” pronouns because somehow they have no gender. Theythems exist outside of human biology. We’d better reorder our entire society to tiptoe around them.
Elsewhere in California, women in prison are being forced to shower and share cells with men who claim to be women. So now, of course, those women are being beaten and raped by those men. But hey, at least activists aren’t calling Gavin Newsom “transphobic”!
None of this makes sense because it’s not supposed to. Denying reality is the point. Forcing corporations to do stupid crap to avoid bad press is the point. Sowing chaos is the point. It’s not about inclusiveness. It’s about division. That’s the easiest way to conquer, and the conquered are easier to control.
Now shut up, bigot.
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That’s what it was. That’s what he is.
And to all you Trump groupies: Yes, I’ve been calling out the left’s rioting for the past year as well. Rioting is wrong, no matter who’s doing it or why, and I’ve always said so. Google it.
Is French pizza any good? I like French bread pizza, but this robot pizza just looks like the regular American kind. (We didn’t invent pizza, we just perfected it.)
Well… probably. Maybe. Look, does it matter?