With friends like these

(Originally posted on the Facebook- Jack)
After the last few days I’ve decided “ally” is a term mostly used by vapid people who want to sound virtuous, but not actually do anything beyond posture on the internet.

I bet every police chief with bad policies calls himself an ally.

Every mayor who’s town is on fire labels himself an ally.

Every politician you have re-elected for decades promising to fix things but never does, surely a self-described ally.

The morons who come to your neighborhood to spray graffiti and throw bricks, but not in their neighborhood? Total ally.

The guy who is cheering on arsonists, who then calls the cops on the “animals” because they got too close to his gated community. Fantastic ally there.

The people who are happy that businesses are being destroyed, never to return or who will rebuild elsewhere so those neighborhoods can be economically devastated for generations? Great allies. But don’t worry. Their towns are safe and have plenty of jobs.

The people blocking roads so the fire department can’t get through? Allies. Don’t worry though. Their houses are safe. It isn’t their kids trapped in the fire.

I’m sure the ally who won’t hesitate to sic the cops on a dude for her not having her dog leashed changed her profile picture to a black square today.

The companies that sent out In These Troubling Times ads during the pandemic totally support you today. Buy more shoes. Next week they’ll change all their logos to rainbows. This isn’t cynical at all I’m sure.

Allies are quick to explain that the real bad guys are the people who protested last week, even though you are both protesting the same control freak government. Because a government that will tell you where you can shop, which stores can be open, and that you can’t go to church or swim, totally isn’t the kind of government that will kneel on your neck.

And since the government has mistreated you, the only possible solution is to make the government even bigger, more unaccountable, and more powerful. That never backfires.

Everyone is expendable to the allies. Business burn, people die, neighborhoods are ruined, cops become even more militarized, rights are trampled, but the allies are fine. The politicians get re-elected and the rest of them get to feel self-righteous on the internet. Pat them on the back, because they are so stunning and brave.

It’s a great deal for the allies though. They don’t have to ever actually do anything but be smug. They speak for you, know what’s best for you, start shit, and when the shooting starts they go back to their white liberal suburbs and nice universities. Come November, they expect to have your vote as usual.

With friends like that, who needs enemies?

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 Edit to add: I posted this thing on facebook the day before I wrote the post about the left calling gun owners chicken because we didn’t want to go shoot the National Guard on behalf of Antifa. That post went nuts. 6000 shares, 3000 comments. I had to block like 70 something people.

Here is where it gets interesting though, and relates to this post about allies. I had actual BLM people posting there, saying no, this guy is right. Leave your guns home. We want peaceful protests. Stop burning shit. You’re making us look awful.

But all the people screaming for blood? The people declaring riots good and cheering on the arson, declaring we were cowards for not rushing to the cities to shoot government employees to fight this super obvious tyranny?

Those people, across the board, almost all white liberal “allies”.

Seriously, you have to click on somebody’s profile to block them.  Some people have fake avatars of course (one was a noble manatee, which is a filthy lie) but those with pictures? Mostly fat old white guys with socialist shit all over their page. Or young soy boy looking fuckers with punchable faces and Antifa memes. Or women with rainbow hair and feminist rants. Or vapid college chicks who think this is all some Rage Against the Machine song.

And I’m talking overwhelmingly white.  Like bad stereotypes of a Portland do-gooder white. There were a couple Latinos, and I think one super angry black dude I blocked, but that was is.  How much you want to bet the vast majority of these assholes advocating carnage don’t live in the neighborhoods that are getting destroyed?

They’re opportunistic fucking scum, getting off on the suffering of others. This is just a little excitement for their dull, coddled lives. They love upheaval and violence, as long as they’re not the ones bleeding.

Where are all you gun owners now?

(Originally posted on the Facebook- Jack)
A friend of mine posted about seeing this: “Where are all you gun owners now that the federal government and police are attacking citizens in the streets?? Now that the National Guard is out oppressing citizens? I thought this was the moment you’re waiting for? So why aren’t you out there fighting them with your guns? You’re nothing but a bunch of fucking cowards!”

My response was the GIF of Nelson Muntz going HA HA.  😀

But I’ve seen this sentiment a lot too over the last few days, so please if you are so incredibly fucking dumb that you are actually wondering why America’s gun culture aren’t commuting into the democrat cities you have banned us from in order to get into gun fights with the National Guard on your behalf, allow me to elaborate.
Hypothetical Liberal “Ally” Who Lives in the Suburbs Which Aren’t On Fire – “Hey, gun owners! Here is some civil unrest! Why won’t you come and help us?”
Snort. Fuck off. 😀
“Pussies! Why not?”
Well, every single gun nut in America has spent their entire adult life being continually mocked, insulted, and belittled by the left. You’ve done nothing but paint us as the bad guys.
In Hollywood, we’re always evil, stupid, violent, malicious, redneck, racist, murderers. That’s so ingrained in the liberal religion that when “ally” Harvey Weinstein was trying to get out of being a sleazy rapist, his repentance consisted of promising to make more movies about how the NRA is bad.
In the news, everything is always our fault. If there is a mass murder, we can always count on the vultures to swoop in and blame America’s gun culture. They flog it for weeks on end, 24/7 coverage, hoping for gun control. And if the identity of the shooter doesn’t fit the narrative, it drops off the news in mere hours.
And then at the local, state, and federal level, legally speaking, the left fucks us at every opportunity.  You ban everything you can get away with. You ban things that literally make no sense. You ban shit just out of spite.
When we fight back against gun control laws, you declare we are stupid because only the police should have guns (hey, aren’t those the guys you are protesting right now?)
“Stupid racist rednecks! We live in a civilized society! Don’t you realize the police will protect us?”  until when your democrat cities are on fire, and you call 911 and the operator tells you sorry, the police can’t come to your house right now, please try not to get murdered… How is that strict gun control working out for you?
Then you did everything in your power to chase gun owners out of your sainted liberal strongholds. You passed laws. You banned everything we like. Forced all the shooting ranges to close. Forced most of the gun stores to close. And just generally let us know that our kind is not welcome there.
But now you’ve started some shit, YOU want US to go into democrat cities, with democrat mayors, and democrat police chiefs enforcing democrat policies which cause strife among democrats, in order to get into gun fights on your behalf?
How fucking gullible do you think we are? 😀  Like holy shit. Damn dude!
Because we all know that literally 30 seconds after a gun nut blows away a government employee on your behalf, then all the national media coverage of the riots will instantly cease (sorta like the Corona Virus coverage did) and it’ll be back to the news breathlessly reporting about right wing extremist gun nuts, and all you useless fucks would go back to whining for more dumb ass gun control.
You’ve already thrown the black community under the bus, cheering as their neighborhoods get burned and yours are safe. Seriously, white liberals are the shittiest “allies” in history, and your moral foundation has the consistency of Play-Doh. Your moral compass is a wind sock.
Just a little while ago, gun nuts had a massive peaceful protest in Virginia. Tens of thousands of people turned out to protest gun control proposals from a democrat with a penchant for wearing black face (he still considers himself an “ally” though!) They didn’t break any windows. They didn’t kill any puppies. They didn’t burn any horses. They didn’t flip any police cars or murder any security guards. They were downright boring. They were polite, and even cleaned up their litter.
Except then you called them domestic terrorists, and were super sad that they didn’t get massacred by the government (said government you are now mad at for killing people, because again, you fuckers ain’t exactly consistent)
Liberal “allies” are quick to call gun nuts the bad guys, but we’re not trying to disarm people. We want everybody to be able to defend themselves. It’s a common thing to see some meme on the internet, showing a black family shooting or posing with their guns, with some caption like “bet this offends the NRA”, which is liberal projection, because in reality in my social circles everybody is like, “fuck yeah, good for them”. And the harshest complaints I’ve seen have been about trigger finger discipline or lack of eye protection.
My side isn’t the one that wants the state to have a monopoly on force. We know the 2nd is for everybody, regardless of skin color or where you live. You fuckers are the ones who keep declaring we can’t fight the government with AR-15s because they have tanks and nukes, but then you bumbling fuckheads try it by throwing rocks?

So not only no, but hell no.

Uncle Hugo’s Bookstore Burned in Riot. Fundraiser Back On! Link Below

The fund raiser is back on!

https://www.gofundme.com/f/let-us-help-save-uncle-hugo039s?viewupdates=1&rcid=r01-159106110191-60120bbd3a4a430d&utm_medium=email&utm_source=customer&utm_campaign=p_email%2B1137-update-supporters-v5b b

For those who didn’t hear, Uncle Hugo’s Bookstore, which has been serving Minneapolis since 1974 was totally destroyed by arson a couple nights ago. Don Blyly is the owner, a Minneapolis local, and all around nice guy.

Alexi Vandenburg launched a Gofundme the next morning (which I donated to and promoted) but then he put it on hold at Don’s request as he worked some things out and figured out how to proceed. The fund raiser has been turned over to Don’s son Sam to run (I don’t think Don does much of anything involving computers) and is now live again.

On a personal level, Uncle Hugo’s is how I got my start as a writer. Don Blyly read my first self-published book, and told Toni Weisskopf that it would be a perfect fit for Baen. I’ve signed books at Uncle Hugo’s I believe almost every book tour I’ve done, every year. There was always a wonderful crowd of locals and people who drove in from all over the region. Even during a blizzard people still turned out.

Losing Uncle Hugo’s sucks, but a lot of readers, fans, and people in the publishing business know Don and will want to help him rebuild. So please share that link. Thanks.

GoFundMe for Uncle Hugo’s Bookstore, destroyed by rioters last night

The GoFundMe for Uncle Hugos is now live. Please, share this far and wide.

For those of you that don’t know, Uncle Hugo’s is a locally owned, indy bookstore in Minneapolis. It got burned down last night by rioters. The building it a total loss. All the inventory was destroyed.

Uncle Hugo’s has been there since 1974. It was a special place, beloved by the locals. Because it specialized in used books, a bunch of irreplaceable 1st editions and signed copies by authors who are no longer with us were lost.

Don Blyly is the owner. On a personal level, he’s the bookstore owner who got a copy of my first manuscript, who then passed it on to Toni Weisskopf at Baen, telling her that it was a perfect fit for Baen, and that he could sell this book, except the dummy who wrote it was self publishing. I’ve been to Uncle Hugo’s to sign books probably eight or nine times now. Basically, Don helped launch my career, and I’m not alone.

Don is trying to figure out how to proceed, with a new location, or with a scaled down operation.

https://www.gofundme.com/f/let-us-help-save-uncle-hugo039s?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=m_pd+share-sheet

Perspective

Yep. The people wanting people to go back to work? They just love money more than life. They just want to get hair cuts and eat hamburgers. They want to kill grandma so the stock market will go up. It certainly can’t be a risk/cost analysis. Nope. They just hate science. Even the scientists among them hate science.

But don’t worry, if millions of poor people starve in the third world now, the same smug fucks who’ve been yelling at us to shut down everything for the last couple of months will take zero blame for that. I’m willing to bet that when/if this happens, they’ll still be out there, signalling their virtue from their comfy homes, because They Care So Hard.

Check out the article below from the ultra right wing New York Times, quoting the ultra right wing UN, so you can just proclaim it is biased conspiracy theory and can be safely dismissed. Now share some more memes about how everybody who disagrees with you is too stupid to wash their hands. That never gets old.

My only hope is that the UN’s math is as wrong for this as it is for everything else, but even if they’re off by an order of magnitude, the cure would still be worse than the disease. This is potentially a perfect storm of a lot of really poor people getting hit really hard. Food production down. Food costs up. Their exports down. No tourism. Less income. Which means more deaths from all the regular diseases, and of course, the resulting unrest. One big nasty spiral.

But that’s okay. You guys with the spicy memes, and your work from home jobs, and savings in the bank, just keep on pretending that everything is simple. Right/wrong, good/evil, black/white, your shit don’t stink, and anybody who disagrees with your hot take, well it can only be because they’re a fool. That guy who lost his job, business, and is worried about losing his house, or how he’s gonna feed his kids? He’s dumb. You’re the real champion.

Because you listen to the experts. Just not *those* experts. You listen to the *right* experts. The ones who agree with what you are already doing.

In reality, deep down, you probably know that everything is complicated. And it’s calculating risk vs. cost. There’s no easy answer. No matter what you do, somebody gets hurt. Actions have consequences. There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch. But that’s scary to admit, and it means that you aren’t that virtuous after all, and you certainly aren’t any better than those you’ve been smugly mocking because their risk/cost analysis came back with different results than yours.

Because that would mean that they’re just people, just like you.

Nope. Can’t have that. This is the internet, where we say fuck your nuance.