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Monday, May 16, 2022

Recommended Reading

See Slavery — A frank conversation by my dear friend Mustang, who occasionally posts at Politics Rewritten, my friend Layla Elizabeth Kanas-Gonzalez's site.  Worth your time.


  1. Excellent essay from our erudite friend.

  2. Friedrich Nietzsche, from Thus Spoke Zarathustra

    He is speaking of tarantulas who hide their thirst for revenge behind words of justice:

    Therefore I tear at your webs, that your rage may lure you out of your lie-holes and your revenge may leap out from behind your word justice. For that man be delivered from revenge, that is for me the bridge to the highest hope, and a rainbow after long storms.

    The tarantulas, of course, would have it otherwise. "What justice means to us is precisely that the world be filled with the storms of our revenge"—thus they speak to each other. "We shall wreak vengeance and abuse on all whose equals we are not"—thus do the tarantula-hearts vow. "And ‘will to equality’ shall henceforth be the name for virtue; and against all that has power we want to raise our clamor!”

    1. Thus, steadfast and beautiful, let us also be enemies, my friends! Divinely will we strive against one another!—

      Alas! There hath the tarantula bit me myself, mine old enemy! Divinely steadfast and beautiful, it hath bit me on the finger!

      "Punishment must there be, and justice"—so thinketh it: "not gratuitously shall he here sing songs in honour of enmity!"

      Yea, it hath revenged itself! And alas! now will it make my soul also dizzy with revenge!

      That I may not turn dizzy, however, bind me fast, my friends, to this pillar! Rather will I be a pillar-saint than a whirl of vengeance!

      Verily, no cyclone or whirlwind is Zarathustra: and if he be a dancer, he is not at all a tarantula-dancer!—

      Thus spake Zarathustra.



    2. Indeed. We'll see who get's too tired first.


  3. Layla Elizabeth Kanas-Gonzalez has a tendency to want to impose herself on everyone else. Whether it’s about how we think government should act, or what religion we choose to live by, or how often our neighbors should cut their lawn, and even about Abortion… We REAL Conservatives want whats good for the Country, and our own families.

    Perhaps she should stick to Comment on AOW’S blog and Not Wander off Base. .

    1. @ Doug,
      And perhaps you should practice what you preach and stay on topic!

    2. Doug, it's called expressing an opinion. That is what blogs are for.

      You're lucky Warren has already answered you, I would have simply deleted your stupid comment.

  4. Thank you AOW. It was very kind of you to link to this excellent post written by Mustang.

  5. I am sorry Warren that Doug felt he needed to come here and say this. Doug and I do not always agree but it has never been my intent to force what I believe on others. My whole reason for blogging on politics is to have discourse and learn what others believe and share what I believe and share discussions around that. I have always loved commenting here even when some of us do not agree it has always been civil for the most part and that is normal! :)

    1. The above comment is to Warren and AOW and my friends here.

    2. Good Morning ALL.
      Look I don't have a Dog in this fight but however I would like to have my 2 Cents heard.
      You folks seem to be very selective on who's comment to publish and who's comment to delete, or to make fools of.
      And that's just not right. If you really want to have an honest discussion then I think you should allow all sides to be heard. I read this blog very often and I seem to see many of the opinions of others deleted without any REALLY good reason... . That's just my opinion, of course the end result is up to you. .
      And Thank You for allowing me ot have my opinion read.

    3. No problem!
      IMO, Blogs are about information and the opinions of those who read them.
      If Doug has a problem with your opinions he can directly address them with counter argument and refrain from personal attack. If he can't, he can go pound sand.
      Layla, your opinions are valued here. Your opinions may change someone else's views and opinions but in no way can they "force" that outcome.
      If Doug feels threatened by your opinion, then perhaps he needs to reevaluate his own beliefs.

    4. @Warren I truly appreciate you and AOWs commom sence approach to blogging. It is the same aproach I have adopted and over the years I have learned that we all have our opinions, but that is what they are opinions. If I have anything personal to share I will email or text depending on if I personally know that person or not. I try to stay on topic and I try to refrain from hypervilly.

      Thanks for the kindness, it has not gone unnoticed or unappreciated. The people that comment here are also a good group of folks regardless if I we all agree or not. The discussions are fun and I have learned so much here from you all. Thank you for the latter also.

    5. @ Suzanne,
      I almost deleted your post, let me explain why.
      As near as I can tell, you don't own a blog. If so, you are a stranger to the day to day management and logistics involved.
      Each of the administrators have limited time and other matters in our personal life's that limit us from 24/7 hands-on administration of the Blog.
      #1 Our blog, our rules.
      You may not see our reasons for deleting certain comments but we have them. Any Blog that devolves into chaos loses its viability and finds itself without a viable readership and those that will not comment because of personal attack.
      #2 We cull "Trolls" -those that post cut and paste comments from other bogs, the unresponsive to other commenters, the chronically off-topic and a few that just like to stir up trouble, or are out and out liars.
      #3 I have many years of doing this and have tools at my disposal to see where comments are really coming from and if I wanted to spend the time, I could dox that person and make them the target of their own malicious intent. -And yes, we occasionally get those.-
      #4 I have recently started the -mostly-weekly "Get it Off Your Chest" Post, where open comments are allowed but rules must still be followed. -no personal attacks, no blog gossip, no spam. That is the place for off topic stuff.
      #5 Some commenters are more free reign than others. That's because they have a history with us and are in, some cases, our personal friends or family. Others are deleted on sight for repeated bad behavior or repeated shanghaiing of comments threads.

      I don't wish to address this -on line- again. If you wish to address this topic again, you can find an Email link in the side board.
      Any other questions?

    6. I've mentioned it before and I thought I wouldn't have to say it again. The majority of the comments that are deleted are off topic and not even tangentially related to the post. Most of those are from those on the right.
      The left wingers that get deleted are mostly hit and run comments that serve no purpose but division and are insulting in nature.
      If you can't address the post's topic, why should your comment not be deleted? It's just a distraction.
      It's not a question of like or dislike and no one forces you to comment here. You see only a tiny slice of the comments that get deleted and it's not a rush to judgement.
      Once again; this is not a message board it's a Blog. It's a different concept.

  6. Mustang is one of the best practicioners of the fine art of translating thought into written word that I know. One has to have developed reasonable thoughts first, of course.

    Worthy of special notice is his point that, "Racialism is a learned behavior." Racism is "systemic" in this country only when we systemically teach our kids to practice it. We are now doing that once more in our schools, only with whites as the object of hate.

    1. Jayhawk you are absolutely correct. I do not know anyone other than AOW who can know a subject and break it down and make it pallitable. Mustang is an excellent writer and I am honored he graces my blog with his thoughts in comments and his writings as posts at PR. I am so happy you appreciate his writing and knowledge.


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