False Comparisons Abound
Nov 26, 201507:35AM
Oh, those poor Syrian refugees, whom we must all take pity on and welcome into someone else's community.
Last week, a 15 year old boy died during an Ebola resurgence. Name him.
In the last decade, a million Rwandans and Angolans were butchered or killed with machetes. Do you know why? Name three.
Why do you suddenly care about this particular batch of refugees who somehow can't find anyone closer in location or similar in culture to take them?
I see naive leftists (which is half of all leftists, the other half being conniving and evil) trying to compare them to the Jews turned away from the US in the 1930s.
Here's the problem with your narrative:
A: The Jews had no Jewish nations to go to. There are plenty of Muslim and ethnic Arabic nations the Syrians can go to.
2) The Jews didn't have a history of extremists who blew up schools and shopping malls, decapitated journalists and Christians on camera, gang-raped schoolgirls and murdered or disfigured the ones who argued.
But if you really want, I'm sure we can arrange to deliver a 22-40 year old Syrian male to your house for your safe keeping. Thanks for your generosity.
Why Do We Care What Whiners Think?
Nov 03, 201511:41AM
TRIGGER WARNING: this post contains references to liberal intolerance, hypocritical butthurt and complete faggotry. Sensitive readers are warned.
For those of you who don't watch my Facebook wall (Probably a good thing), it's a war zone. In the last week there've been defenses of the A10, attacks on the A10, jokes about the A10, a Christ On The Cross dress up doll, jokes about Muslim suicide bombers, about feminists, about conservatives, about anarchists, vegetarians, cops and starving children.
Now, humor is both a coping mechanism and a means of maintaining attention on an issue. This is why Mel Brooks, for example, puts Hitler jokes into almost every movie. Joking about issues can reduce their emotional impact, help us cope, while keeping us aware of the issue.
This is something most people know instinctively. Some have to be taught.
But a handful of people, who can be of any political or cultural affiliation, completely lose their shit.
Thus it was with this picture:
This picture offended one Jim Long, who friended me about two days ago.
Just so we're clear which Jim Long it is, here's his FB ID: https://www.facebook.com/jimffl83
Jim came into the thread and posted this:
As a FDNY firefighter I will never forget the horrors I've seen that day and to have an scumbag like you make light of the tragic events show what kind of character you have. I am unfollowing you Michael Z. Williamson.
Now, assuming Jim actually served on Sep 11, (he's a bit pudgy for the firefighters I know, but I don't know the NYFD guidelines) he has my respect FOR THAT ACTION. I am not required to do so, but I do so, voluntarily. Doing so does not create an obligation on my part to respect any other action he may take in his life.
My response was, "Okay, bye." Then others of us had a subthread discussion about how all the other humor above was fine, but this particular joke itched his anus. I suppose I could not post anything that offended anyone, but that would be everything.
I could talk at this point at what Sep 11 meant to me, but the offended pussy will never get it, so we'll just note that I was serving military at the time, activated and deployed later in response, and had friends and family in close proximity to both the NY and Pentagon attacks, and move on.
Now, here's how a man would have handled this offendedness:
Had he actually wanted to talk about his feelings, he could have attempted, in public or message, to have a discussion about it. We all could have learned something more about the event or our society from this. It would have been productive. Jim did not do this, because Jim is a moral coward.
He could have just ignored the post and moved on to something equally offensive but not relevant to him personally. Hypocritical, but people can be. Jim is more than hypocritical and a moral coward.
He could have just unfriended or blocked me and moved on with his life. But in addition to being a moral coward, Jim insists everyone else live by his rules.
So, Jim chose the Past Full Retard All The Way To Turnip Limpwristed Faggot and Triggered Liberal Outrage response of publicly telling me what a horrible person I am (wrong) and that he knows exactly what kind of person I am (Wrong, and I'm a complex person, as we all are).
Now, I cannot prove that two minutes later he reported his butthurt and full diaper to Facebook mods, but shortly after that, I was banned from posting for 30 days, and the post was removed.
So let's look at it again: THIS WAS ON MY WALL. The man asked for my contact, came into my internet living room, publicly complained about the party, then left and called the cops.
Now, I get complaints from time to time, and complaints like this invariably come from some liberal pussy (as opposed to liberals who are not pussies, whom I enjoy talking to and learn from) who wants the world to be as they envision it, and no dissent is allowed. (This isn't actually liberal. It's passive-aggressive fascist.)(I'm also friends with real fascists to counter the real communists I'm friends with. I wouldn't want to live in their utopiae, nor they in mine, but we can learn from each other. But I digress.)
So I contacted him in private. I told him he was a pussy, as face to face as I was able to get.
He responded: Wrong on both accounts. Loser.
I guess your feeling a little guilty you need to private message me bullshit.
Guilty? No, retard, it was the only way I had of contacting you, after you shit your panties and whined to the overworked drones at Fecesbook that YOU WERE OFFENDED!!!
Nobody gives a shit if you're offended, pussy. Grow the fuck up. I get offended, usually by the existence of liberal pussies (who can't spell to boot) such as yourself, a dozen times a day. My response varies. If I think I can have a logical disagreement with someone, I do. Otherwise, the steps above outline how to deal with such things.
And I always love being called a loser. I have a loving family, have raised kids who impress people, enough disposable income to pursue my hobby of an arms race with Bermuda, and a following and readership that runs up to a half million people who pay money specifically to read my stuff (and others who get it second hand). I've got medals for helping save lives, and for helping take the war directly to the enemy. Interesting definition of a "loser," but since I don't know what his criteria are, I'm going to chalk it up to more passive aggressive "liberal" bullying intended to make me comply with his wishes.
But, since Jim finds my posting of a joke I find funny in my own forum to be so offensive it must be stopped, I am encouraging everyone with access to post it on my wall as often as possible for the duration of this ban. Or anything else offensive.
You may choose to be more direct and post it on his wall. I am not requesting you do so, but I note he felt free to dictate how my wall looks. It would be symmetrical for the same to happen in reverse.
Keep in mind your post will probably be reported by some "tolerant" "liberal," removed, and you may be banned from posting on Facebook for a duration between 12 hours and 30 days--it's entirely at the whim of the overworked drones at Fecesbook, who are forced to deal with butthurt little bitches all day long.
BTW, Jim, are you aware that reports by butthurt pussies take time to process, and have repeatedly caused the monitors to miss reports of actual crimes and suicide, where outside intervention might actually help someone? But hey, you were OFFENDED! That's what's important here, you narcissistic little pussy.
People like you make me wish Sep 11 actually happened.
UPDATE: It appears, after someone perused his info, that he may be a poser. Imagine that--stolen valor from NYFD. Rather low, I think:
Are These People Still Talking?
Oct 29, 201511:30AM
Posting here because I can't find the original thread, and got a "reply" notification.
Backstory: This is all part of the complete meltdown and retardery around the A10, almost always by people who have no fucking clue what they're talking about.
In the thread, someone once again did the "just convert them for carrier use and give them to the Marines. Simple," retardery someone in my previous thread claimed was a straw man. Funny, I hear that several times a week, obviously from retards. While we're at it, why don't we simply redesign it to be supersonic and convert into a giant battle robot? Seriously, go fuck yourself, shit for brains. You're retarded. (I'm repeating that word because retards are slow learners.)(If the use of the word "Retarded" offends you, go fuck yourself.)
Then another idiot chimed in, about how "we need the A-10 to avoid friendly fire." Except that, oh, wait---the A-10 has had friendly fire incidents, too. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/02/05/a-10-john-mccain-iraq-afghanistan/22931683/ In fact, it tops the list. Next time, have a fucking clue what you're talking about, or at least do some googling.
Then I got this response:
Brian Wheaton mentioned you in a comment.
October 29 at 10:33am
Michael Z. Williamson Weather itss called bule on blue, friendly fire, or fratricide doesn't mater to the recipient. The Army has required spotters to observe the fall of shot for inderect fire, yes it still happens. To address your retort more directly the Air Force does not nor has it ever required an observer on the ground, I will point and laugh if you mention ALOC, since you mentioned artillery which do you think accout for more dammage and loss of life since WWII stary artillery or air drop ordnance?
Okay, Brian, let me see if I can parse your comments:
Yes, targeting errors occur in war. It's war. We agree. Moving on:
Wait, so YOU want the support, YOU call for the support, but you expect SOMEONE ELSE to doublecheck your math? Hey, thanks for admitting Airmen are smarter than Soldiers!
BTW, you're wrong. There are at least two USAF AFSCs devoted to providing fire support to the Army--Tactical Air Control and Combat Control. And the Army can have them pretty much any time it asks. If they don't ask...so now you're demanding the USAF tell the Army how to do its mission? Well, seeing as you're trying to tell the USAF how to do theirs, at least you're consistent. And yet, when told the A10 won't be around much longer, you then get all smart and try to tell the USAF how much you know about CAS aircraft.
So, wait, after a steady diet of "The Infantry is the only part of the military that matters," we're now being told, "As long as a bunch of other people help us do the job"? Well, yes. EVERYTHING is a team effort, which, when you work with expensive aircraft or ships, you know instinctively. Fifty people can cause an aircraft to crash even before it leaves the ground, and I suspect hundreds of Sailors could each have the opportunity to fuck up a ship, because I suspect the Navy doesn't take anyone aboard they don't need, given the cramped quarters and resource consumption.
The difference being, ship drivers and pilots are typically respectful to their teams and appreciate their support.
But frequently, some grunt (ASVAB requirement: 31) comes along and tries to tell everyone smarter (almost everyone), and frequently stronger (better than half) than he is how they're complete shit and don't matter. It would be insulting if the speaker was smart enough to matter. As it is, it's just cute watching them go past full retard all the way to rutabaga. No, it's not ALL infantrymen, but 7 times out of 10, that behavior is an indicator. The other three, it's someone who either wanted to be a grunt and couldn't, or is trying to white knight for them.
As to your last comment, air power has caused more casualties and damage. That's what it's for. So, you're admitting the USAF is superior to the Army in that respect.
Now, we can very roughly divide war into two components--A: smashing the enemy. 2) causing them to accede in person. The first we do with lots of bombs, the second with boots on the ground.
That, added to your bleats, supports once again my theory that the Army should be incorporated into the USAF as a Ground Corps, much like the Navy has the Marine Corps. First, the USAF will smash the enemy, then it will send its ground corps in to secure things. And since they'll be in the USAF, they won't be able to bitch about how the USAF doesn't support them. But I'm sure they still will.
Basically, if the USAF provides support, you'll bitch, and if they don't, you'll bitch, and if they don't provide it exactly the way you think it should be done, even though you have no fucking clue how it's done, you'll bitch.
I guess my only advice is to stop being a little bitch.
And stop trying to tell people who are smarter than you how to do their jobs.
Not the answer you wanted? Well, too bad.
I expect now you'll threaten to never read my books, or never read them again.
I'm cool with that.
Gun Shopping For A Young Lady
Oct 24, 201511:00PM
Since my daughter is almost an adult, I took her shopping for a good carry gun. This can be quite a task, and usually devolves to the old revolver vs auto and belt vs purse fights.
This is different.
I had her handle several different compact pistols and a couple of revolvers. Then we had different arguments.
Daughter: "This? If I shoot someone with a .32, all it's going to do is make them angry. I'd be better off throwing it at them."
Me: "They don't make a concealable .44 Magnum."
Daughter: "I like the Magnum. It puts holes in things."
Me: "It would reach halfway down your thigh when holstered. You're five foot four. "Try this revolver."
Daughter: "Ugh. I like this one much better. And it's in .45, not .38."
Me: "It's got a huge grip that will stick up to your ribs if you wear it on a belt."
Daughter: "I prefer a large grip. The small ones don't give enough purchase."
Me: "It's GOT to be small enough to conceal."
Daughter: "Let's compromise. How about this .357?"
Me: "First, it's $900. Then, it's STILL almost as long as your forearm. You can't conceal it. Look, it comes down to .38, .327, .380 or 9mm, unless you like the compact .45."
Daughter: "That .45 has too small a grip. What, are babies carrying guns now?"
Me: "Concealed has to be small and flat when you're only 5'4" and 125 lbs."
Daughter: "I LIKE my Magnum! Hey, Ruger makes a .44?"
Me: "That's a Super Redhawk, stainless, with a scope. It's for hunting."
Daughter: "Hunting, you say?"
Me: "Big game, not muggers. And the Astra is not YOUR Magnum until I die."
Me: "Of natural causes."
This is worse than trying to find a pink case for the Magnum and her .45 Long Colt. Apparently, the industry doesn't believe women have guns bigger than a J Frame.
The A-10, Still Awesome, But Damn, It's Old.
Oct 02, 201503:35AM
Okay, first let's look at the numbers of combat aircraft in the USAF:
F-16 Fighting Falcon General Dynamics F-16C/D 982
A-10 Thunderbolt II Fairchild Republic A-10C 280
F-15E Strike Eagle McDonnell Douglas F-15E 219
F-15 Eagle McDonnell Douglas F-15C/D 193
F-22 Raptor General Dynamics F-22A 186
B-52 Stratofortress Boeing B-52H 78
B-1 Lancer Rockwell B-1B 62
F-35 Lightning II Lockheed Martin F-35A 47
AC-130 Lockheed & Boeing AC-130U/W/J 27
B-2 Spirit Northrop Grumman B-2A 20
See that? The A-10 is the second most numerous model, third most numerous airframe (since both F-15 variants are on the same frame).
Does that sound like something they're "trying to get rid of"?
Now, I keep hearing the same ignorant, and sometimes idiotic, comments about this, fueled by internet outrage, emotional stories, and instant expertise.
"The Air Force refuses to do CAS for the Army."
Really? In what battle did the Air Force refuse to do this? Please name the event, date and location.
"The Air Force wants to get rid of the only plane that can do CAS."
Really? What do the Army, Marines and Navy use for CAS, since they have no A-10s? What do other NATO allies use?
"The Air Force should be ordered to design a replacement."
You're an idealistic idiot and that's not how that works. The USAF doesn't design craft. First, it holds a forum to determine needs, which costs money and takes Congressional approval. Then, it takes the needs to Congress, and begs them for money for R&D. Then, it has contractors submit proposals, and has Congress assign money to develop prototypes. Then it tests the prototypes. Then it picks one, begs Congress to bless it, then begs them for money to build it. Then, Congress blames the cost on the AF, counts the R&D into the production cost, claims the production cost is too high, halves the numbers, complains the per unit cost has doubled, halves it again, complains how expensive new planes are, and cancels the project. And it takes 20 years.
BTW, we DO have such a replacement. It was even designed with the participation of the Navy and Marines. It's called the F-35. Oops.
"The Soldiers love the A-10, so the Air Force should be made to keep it."
Okay, and? Since when does a grunt's personal desires dictate air doctrine? HINT: Never. Marines liked the battleships for beach support. The Navy still got rid of them when they got old.
Then we get into really stupid territory.
"The Air Force should just give it to the Marines. They want it."
A: Cite, please, the USMC document stating their interest in this platform.
2) The Marines vastly prefer aircraft that are carrier capable, for forward deployment. This leads to the response of:
"So just put carrier landing gear on it and make the wings fold."
a} You don't "just" put carrier gear and folding wings on an airframe. It has to be DESIGNED for such. Even if it is
II] that adds a LOT of weight to the frame, typically about double, which reduces your payload, so you wouldn't have an A-10 anymore, and
C. it would cost a CRAPTON of money.
V| how do you think, btw, the Marines do CAS now, if they have no A-10s? Possibly they use other aircraft?
Then we go full retard.
"The Air Force should be made to give it to the Army."
Okay. So, assuming you revoke the Key West Agreements and give it to the Army, what then?
Hey, Army, that sure is a nice looking plane you have there. Looks GREAT!
Oh, right...the Army doesn't have any fixed wing CAS pilots. I wonder where they'll get those?
Oh, you think USAF pilots will just transfer right over and take the Army's bullshit to fly the plane? (All branches have bullshit, but they're used to USAF bullshit, and prefer it, or they'd have gone Army in the first place.) Well, SOME Hog drivers will, they love the plane that much. But others will say, "Fuck it, I'll go back to Vipers."
So, the Army will have to get trained pilots. And who will train Army pilots on the A-10? OH, right--USAF pilots. And that will take a year or so.
So, now they have planes and pilots...and where do they fly these planes from? Army FOBs are sorely lacking in runways.
Now, if you were stupid enough to propose this idea, you're probably stupid enough to think some poured concrete and planks makes a runway, and I'm going to laugh in your face.
Where is the Army going to get trained airbase engineers?
So, either beg, borrow, or steal them from the USAF, OR, add enough Army engineers to do the job, AND have the USAF train them in how to build airbases.
Get that? You have to ADD PERSONNEL to the Army to do this. And the USAF isn't going to lose any personnel, which I'll come back to in a bit.
Then, you need jet mechanics, airframe specialists, aircraft electricians, pneumatics-hydraulics specialists, life support equipment, munitions, PMEL and NDI specialists, ground support...
And all those troops need support troops--medics, supply, cooks, etc.
Some can be cross-trained from existing Army fields, but you'll still need more of them.
You're going to build 10 Expeditionary Air Wings for the Army.
And then you're going to give them a single 40 year old airframe that, best case, is going to retire in 13 years, and only does one mission, and the rest of the time, sits there as a target while the support element sits there waiting.
Oh, yeah--more MPs.
I've even heard from Army aviation troops where the Infantrytards wanted to pull them off duty, "park" the helos and just fire them up when needed. If you don't understand why that doesn't work, you probably are the type of person who proposed the idea above, so it would take too long to explain why you're an idiot.
More importantly, there's a very good chance you're in the Army, and have Dunning-Krugered yourself enough to think that operating aircraft is SIMPLER than driving trucks and shooting rifles (Yes, I was in the Army, I know there's more than that, but I'm responding with a like attitude. How does it feel?). Thanks. You've proven EXACTLY why we have the Key West Agreement and why the Army doesn't get to manage the Air Force.
Now, coming back around--it's ONE craft that does ONE mission. It was the best plane in the world at busting tanks, 40 years ago. It was one of the best at busting bunkers, movements and positions, 40 years ago. But that's all it does, and it's no longer as awesome and unique as it was.
You see, other aircraft can do those missions. Sometimes they have to overlap, but those craft also do other things, and the A-10 does not. So, the USAF will keep all its existing personnel for its other aircraft. All you'll have done is driven up Army costs and complexity.
These days, CAS is done by A10s, F16s, F15s, AC130s, B52s, occasionally B1s, but not, as far as I know, by B2s. It's done by Navy and Marine FA-18s, AV-8Bs, EA-6s, Marine and Army AH-60s, AH-64s, AH-1s, and various UAVs. Smart munitions make a lot of difference.
Now, let's look at the F-16. It has this cute trick where, if you try to attack it during its CAS mission, it suddenly goes supersonic, locks onto you, and splashes you with Sidewinder air to air missiles that it pretty much always carries for just such an emergency.
The A-10, in similar circumstances, has this cute trick where it calls for an F-16.
Which means your Army CAS wing would need a USAF fighter wing to cover its ass while it did its mission, assuming a modern enemy with an air force.
And if you're not fighting a modern enemy with an air force, you probably don't need A-10s to blow them up, most of the time.
It was originally designed to bust tanks in the Fulda Gap, when we were outnumbered 25:4. The plan was to go in slow, low, blow stuff up, take a lot of fire, duct tape back together, take more fire, and hope the aircraft lasted long enough to reduce the tank numbers so the Army could handle what was left. It wasn't expected to survive, just to die with style. And "Close" in this case is about 4000 yards. That's what the gun is indexed for.
Forty years later, neither the Russians nor Chinese would let an A-10 get that close. They know what it can do, and they have much better air defense. You're going to have to send high performance fighters anyway, and stand off and lob missiles. In which case, the fast movers can lob the missiles, and you don't need an A-10.
Oh, sorry, did you say "BRRRRRRRRRT!"? That's not quite the sound it makes, actually. It's more like a farting dragon. But it also turns out that if you get that close, you don't usually need 30mm to punch holes, and if so, Maverick missiles do it from 20 km away, and if you really think you need to get close, UAVs are cheap and don't risk pilot lives.
Now, are there missions for which the A-10 can't be replaced? Yes, a few. The combination of slow and lots of hardware does have its place (helos require more maintenance, have less loiter time, and smaller payloads).
But, then we come to budget.
The USAF is tasked with some essential but non-combat missions. Heavy strategic airlift, theater airlift, nuclear deterrence, intel and reconnaissance, refueling, transport. Those all move material and people into and around the war zone, and deter our enemies.
The combat missions roughly break down to interdiction-strike, interception, air superiority, and close air support. Four main categories.
So, hypothetically, if you have four missions, ten planes per mission, you have forty planes.
Then you get told your budget is 35 planes.
The strike craft can do CAS. The air sup can be equipped to do some, as can the interceptors. But, the CAS craft can't do ANY of the others. If you have to get rid of 5 birds, it's going to be the ones you can't cross-deploy. It's simple numbers. An F16 is not an ideal CAS platform, but it can and has done it. It can also intercept, strike and maintain air superiority. An A-10 cannot intercept, cannot do air superiority, and can do strike, but not long range (not quickly enough to matter in most engagements) and not without cover from the others. There is ONE recorded air-to -air kill by an A-10, of a hovering helicopter. Against any kind of modern fighter, it is steak.
You want to keep the A-10? The USAF needs more budget. Cut some of those handouts to non-productive people and put that money back into defense (and roads, and schools, and science, but DoD for this argument) and they can fly more missions with more aircraft.
Now, the USAF will continue to fly the A-10 for the next several years. And even when it doesn't, it will cheerfully kill anything the Army paints with a laser or has a JTAC identify. Because blowing shit up is cool.
It was doing that before the A-10 existed, and will do it afterward, and will probably do it better in the future.
But it won't be with the A-10 for long, because even though there are older aircraft, most of them don't take the heavy pounding of low altitude, high-G maneuvers, nor as many sorties.
In the meantime, new gunship packages are being developed to put even more firepower into them. They shoot sideways and poop bombs out the back ramp. Expect to see a lot of that doing CAS.
Now, the F-35 is almost an air parallel to the M-14 rifle. The M-14 was intended to replace the Garand, the Browning Automatic Rifle, the Thompson, the M3A1 Grease Gun and the M1 Carbine. In the end, it was a so-so replacement for the Garand at 3X the unit cost, but didn't do anything else worth a damn. It seems no one learned from that history.
The M-14 was a terrible replacement for the BAR, and all hopes had been pinned on it. It failed.
But we still got rid of the BAR. It was old, it no longer was as awesome as it had been in WWI, so it went away.
The M-60 was probably a terrible choice to replace the BAR. It was a general purpose machine gun, not an automatic rifle. But it's what we had.
So the A-10s replacement, if not the F-35, will possibly be some cobbled together C-17 Globemaster with forward firing 105mm howitzers.
New Book Now, More News Later
Sep 22, 201511:49PM
I need to catch up on a few things, now the panic season is over.
First, new book:
A contemporary mystery written by Travis Clemmons, with me as co-author.
A man awakens in a 21st century Illinois hospital, holding very distinct memories of being shot in Switzerland decades earlier. The nurse calls him Detective Crabtree and says the DuPage County Sheriff will be by to check on him shortly. Yet he remembers his name being Sherlock Holmes.
It's on Kindle for now, and may be in hard copy later.
To My Stalker
Aug 10, 201506:32PM
Congrats. I have to hand it to you. It takes dedication to focus so exclusively on my Fecesbook wall you can catch things to be offended by, like this image I posted:
Or, you know, you could just go to the Humorless Pussy Little Bitch section of Fecesbook.
But that's nothing. You were dedicated enough to scroll back through an ENTIRE FUCKING YEAR of comments, not posts, to find something even older to get offended at. One that used "faggot" in its correct usage referring to a bundle of sticks, and even used the format of "A faggot (a bundle of sticks) of wood." Thus proving that the Fecesbook monitors are retarded as you are obsessive.
Of course, that 12 hour ban was subsumed by the 30 day ban for the image above.
Not to rest on your laurels, you then went back to about the TWO YEAR MARK to find yet another comment to be offended about.
Now you're getting creepy.
Seriously, have you nothing better to do?
You went through possibly 50,000 comments. You COULD have been researching how to cure a terrible disease. You could have been creating great art. If you were worth anything at all as a human being, that is. Since you're clearly not, you could have been masturbating to My Little Pony bondage porn.
Nope. You have nothing better to do with your life than read tens of thousands of my comments trying to...do what, exactly? I have three backup IDs, and any number of people who'll post on my behalf.
You are truly the most worthless piece of shit the human race has ever produced. There's nothing I need to do in response to you. You've long since done it to yourself.
And may God continue to wipe his ass with you.
I have just voted NO AWARD across the board for the Hugo awards, including the category in which I am a finalist.
At one time, the Hugo WAS arguably the most significant award in SF, with the Nebula being the pro award with a different cachet.
The Nebula lost any credibility when it was awarded to If You Were An Alpha Male My Love, which was not only eyerollingly bad Mary Sue, but wasn't SF nor even an actual story. If that's what the pros consider to be worthy of note, it indicates a dysfunction at their level.
As for the Hugos, in the last twenty years or so, they've been less and less awarded for either literature or entertaining storytelling, and more and more awarded for trite fanfic. When not, it's been the same incestuous group awarding it within a circle of in-people, to the point where there are winners with literally 50 nominations and 30 wins.
This is just ridiculous.
There was some push back this year, and one could argue about the merits of doing so, or the merits of the works in question.
Instead, what has happened has been egregious ad hominem to the point of Godwin failure (Referring to us as "neo-Nazis") followed by false apologies ("I'm sorry it upset you to be called a neo-Nazi"), defense of the false apologies by alleged professionals in the use of language, with simultaneous denial that apologies were necessary or even actually took place (we agree. No apologies were actually made).
One former winner, whom I feel did in fact deserve his award, piled on to the point of equating us in exact words to domestic abusers, which is not only egregiously ridiculous, it is morally corrupt and a gross insult to actual victims and survivors of domestic abuse. Including me.
Another suggested we should create our own award, separate but equal, and then betrayed his position by failing to know anything about other SF awards. Perhaps we can have a Civil Award, that will be like a Hugo, but not like it, preserving the sanctity of the Hugo for the trufen.
The sheer, frothing, irrational vitriol aimed at us makes it clear that content will not be considered. We are Unclean, and many have stated they will not even look at our works.
Sadly, there are quite a few nominees this year who genuinely deserve awards for their work and creativity, including other members of my own category.
And perhaps someday, an award will come along that reaches the standards of credibility and accolade their works deserve.
But at present, no such award exists.
This was my choice. I am not telling my fans not to vote for me. If you feel my work is worthy, by all means vote for it. Just understand that if I win, it will be subject to the same scathing derision I give to any and all social and political issues. It deserves no less.
Some Fights You'll Never Win
Jun 24, 201512:32AM
So, even though some murderous little punk wore the flags of two defunct nations on his jacket, it inevitably became about the Confederate battle banner. Which doesn't fly over the SC capital, but what do facts matter?
Several major retailers stopped selling merchandise with that image, and, under pressure, eBay and Amazon folded, too. They'll still sell Swastikas, SS death's heads, The Turner Diaries, etc, but those are okay, I guess.
So it started with me telling Amazon, CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!:
And I figured this one would have a nice cognitive dissonance, too, though someone pointed out Tennessee might actually do it:
And there's this variation, which definitely belongs on a wife beater:
To which someone responded with this:
And someone actually questioned the orientation of the Swastika, as if it isn't free to live the orientation it feels itself to be.
Well, we're up to THIS:
And at some point, one of these is going on a shirt.
But what if you "Enjoy Tasty Bacon"?
And it's going viral, and seems to have started a meme.
Someone just sent me these:
Cisracial People Need to Shut Up
Jun 21, 201503:05AM
I've become aware lately of a (renewed) trend of verbal attacks against transracial couples. Commonly, a white man will be attacked for having a minority girlfriend or wife, as a "shield," or some other morally corrupt crap.
When transracial relationships were less common, this was the venue of a few clearly backward social conservatives. Now, it's not only in vogue with alleged liberals, it is extolled.
The perpetrator is almost always either single, or in a cisracial relationship, usually white, yet claims some kind of moral authority to place themselves above the transracial couple.
It should be obvious why this is wrong, but I'll explain anyway.
First, if someone is involved transracially and you're not, you hardly have any room to criticize them at all.
Also, this isn't 1950, and those relationships are normal, as they should be. See above. WTF is wrong with you?
Second, your implication is that the only reason a white person is involved transracially is for some sort of dominance game over "lesser" races. And if that's what you think, then that puts you right there with the people who claim being gay is a "choice," thus admitting they've thought about it. You're flat out admitting that's what YOU think about romantic involvements with other races. IOW: You're a huge fucking racist piece of shit.
Third, your attack impugns the mental and emotional competence of the minority partner. You're stating that they lack the ability to identify racism, or escape from it, and are some sort of helpless prisoner. Now, there's no reason to believe this is any more common among transracial couples than cisracial. You're demeaning the minority member. IOW: You're a huge fucking racist piece of shit. And, since such attacks are overwhelmingly addressed at couples with a white male and minority female, you're a huge fucking sexist piece of shit, who doesn't believe women can make rational decisions for themselves. You have the conceit to believe you know their partner better than they do. Wrong.
Fourth, in many cases, there are children from these relationships. Your implication is that these children are somehow less worthy than cisracial children. Hearken back to the medieval practice of referring to out of wedlock children as "bastards" and blaming them for their parents' actions. That's exactly what you're doing. You're heaping your racism onto innocent children, and maligning their parents in front of them.
If you see a transracial couple and find flaw with it, you need to remember these very simple facts: They're probably not racist. You almost certainly are. And you need to shut your racist fucking mouth.