What are the odds of the “MAGABomber” and the Synagogue Shooter living to face trial, do you think? In the case of the former, one of three things seems likely:
- He’s just a garden-variety lunatic, inspired — but not incited — by the Media.
- He’s a lunatic who was incited by the Media, and is happy to talk about it.
- He’s a full-on Deep State patsy.
Frankly, I don’t see the Powers That Be risking a trial for this guy, since even (1), the most benign scenario, means letting this weirdo take the stand to talk about how much CNN sucks. If — IF — they were absolutely sure (1) was the case, the smart move would be to let the guy talk, because then they could tar everyone to their Right as a Sayoc-style fake-Indian male stripper crazy doofus… but they won’t, because they’re not smart, and because they’re egomaniacs. CNN et al won’t be able to stand getting trashed by this guy on live TV.
I don’t discount (3), but even I find it hard to believe the PTB are that fucking stupid, even now. My money’s on (2), because crazy people, while crazy, aren’t unpredictable. They have a “delusion architecture,” as the term d’art is, and though the “break” part of “psychotic break” is sudden, there’s a long buildup that’s obvious in retrospect. Hell, read any story about the guy, even in the Media — it’s clear he’s been deeply weird for a long, long time.
Given all that, I hope for Sayoc’s sake that he’s truly a lunatic, a barking-at-the-moon schizo whose madness is plain from a mile away. If it is, he might live, since the Media can write him off as a madman and just not cover his trial. Otherwise, I’m pretty sure he’ll be “shot while trying to escape,” or commit suicide by shooting himself four or five times in the head, or any of the other charming fates that these days are called “Arkancide.”
As for the Synagogue Shooter, I doubt he’ll live through the week. We’ve come a long way from the days when the Media could just memory hole Nidal Hasan — remember him? — and anyway he only shot up an Army base. That’s the problem with lunatics, you know? They can be goaded into doing something spectacular, but you never know what they’ll do afterwards. Initial reports say this guy hates Trump almost as much as he hates Jews. They’re sure as hell not going to let him say that on the stand, and since they couldn’t ignore his trial should there be one, I’m betting Bowers comes down with a 9mm migraine here in the next few days. No autopsy at the family’s request.
Teaching and Indoctrination. A decent piece by the Federalist, only going of the rails at the end. The author is a teacher, so of course his solution is “better teaching.” While I have some sympathy for this point of view, even Dead Poets’ Society couldn’t do much with today’s curriculum.
Good teachers (which include parents, mentors, and other knowledgeable adults) train students in methods of thought while supplying the stuff of thought. They teach a person to evaluate an argument properly, find actual solutions to problems, and determine what is true and what is false.
Yes yes, but what if nothing’s true and everything’s false? What if “the stuff of thought” you’re required to supply is just ass-pulled self-esteem special-snowflake PoMo bullshit, as it has been for going on three decades now? When the Facts contradict the Narrative — as they must — ditch the Facts and keep the Narrative. “Thought-terminating cliches,” these are called, and while the man’s right — replacing Maya Angelou with Tacitus wouldn’t do any good — he’s right for the wrong reason. It doesn’t matter what Tacitus has to say, because Tacitus is a Dead While Male, and that’s all ye know in this world, and all ye need to know. Any student who says otherwise will get sent to the principal’s office, while any teacher who says so will be sent to the unemployment office.
Sting in a Thong. In steering y’all to John C. Wright’s excellent essay on the Unified Field Theory of Madness, I suggested that while Mr. Wright has me beat on name recognition, sales figures, award nominations, etc. (to say nothing of quality of thought or prose), he doesn’t have sexy sexy pictures for section breaks like I do. To which he replied that he does too have sexy sexy pictures, of Catwoman. As I am a Southerner by both upbringing and temperament, nothing gets my blood up faster than being the underdog in a pointless, self-destructive blood feud, so I promised massive retaliation. Here ya go;
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