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July 9, 2019
This turned out to be just a collection of short stories & rants. I briefly scanned the story titles and the first one I read dealt with the M1 Garand rifle, which Williamson considers junk -- he loves AR's, which I consider junk. So far just a difference of opinion BUT: My bullshit meter hit max when MZ claimed that the sights on an M1 only go out to 460 yards. Now that's just a lie, he knows better. As a Marine officer I shot quite a bit of military rifle competition back in the early 1970's, with both the M1 Garand in 30.06 and the M-14 in 7.62, using the mil-spec standard iron sights. The course used was a national match course fired at 200, 300, and 600 METERS. That's 660 yards for the math-challenged Williamson. Both match-conditioned rifles shot quite accurately at that range and I would not have hesitated to fire the M1 on the 1000-yard range. Silly rants are OK but don't lie to support a questionable case.

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First, there is a difference between a "lie" and an "Error."

Second, per FM 23-5, the stated maximum effective range is given as 500 yards. Now, what I saw was 460 METERS, but in publications using both Imperial and Metric. I transposed. BFD. AND, the newer M16s exceed that range.

Also, just because a weapon is mechanically limited to a given range, does not mean it's impossible to shoot further. It's entirely possible. It's just that accuracy lacks.

The M1 was accepted for service at 3 MOA accuracy. That's 18" at 600 yards plus wind drift, plus rotation of the earth (And yes, that is a factor). Then, flight time is approximately 1 second, so sure, hitting paper at that range is doable, but inaccurate, and hitting a moving enemy...only by sheer luck.

Also, I own and shoot an original, complete, M1-D.

So it's your math that's challenged, as well as your reading comprehension. And if you're such an over-sensitive snowflake that a single questionable error removes 4 stars from the book and causes a meltdown of "LIAR LIAR PANTS ON FIRE!" it doesn't speak well for Marine officers. Luckily, I'm aware you're not typical.

Also, the AR platforms have been demolishing the archaic platforms at National Match for about 30 years now. 1970 was a long time ago. About the time I was 5. Technology has advanced in a half century. Witness this computer we're using.

You should probably look up an article entitled, "The M14, Not Much For Fighting ( A Case Against The M14 Legend)"

If you're that upset about my comments on the Garand, this one will cause apoplexy. But facts remain facts.


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Sep 09, 201902:48PM

Category: Writing

I just don't see much point in most of them.  I've been nominated for several, won a couple, and few of them pay anything or are anything other than a nice bit of bling.  I'd much rather have big royalty checks.

I don't turn awards down if I receive them, but I've never really agitated to win or even be nominated, and apparently missed the deadline on several I would have been well-eligible for.  Shrug.

I get money. I get positive feedback from fellow veterans who understood my language and had some of the tension, stress and boredom of deployment dulled for a few hours. That's worth something.

And occasionally I get fanmail like this:

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...In A Long Time Until Now, you have a character with hypothyroidism. I didn’t really connect the dots until months after I read the book. I have a lot of health problems. I have had them for years. Never went to the doctor. Part of it was I couldn’t afford it. Part of it was I figured any doctor would tell me to lose weight, so I kept saying “Oh, I’ll lose some weight first.” Needless to say, I never lost weight, even when I tried and then other stuff would distract me.
...
It’s been a stressful couple of years, topped off with my Dad dying very suddenly in February. So, I got distracted a lot. But then the light bulb finally turned on and I figured that I had hypothyroidism. I managed to find a doctors office with a sliding scale and got an appointment. I’ve worked with dogs and it’s a common disease in dogs. I figured it’s easy enough to manage and the meds are cheap, get to a doctor and Voila! Problems solved.  
...
So, while I don’t have hypothyroidism, which would have made this little story poetically perfect, I do have Cushing’s Syndrome, most likely caused by a tumor on an adrenal gland. I have a CT scan scheduled for later this month and the endocrinologist has already sent in a referral to a surgeon to expedite the whole thing.

If I hadn’t read that book, I’d probably still would be doing the stupid “Oh, I’ll get to it.” thing. Or maybe I finally would have gone to every specialist in town for the next million years while I continued to decline.  

Either way, if it wasn’t for that one character that you wrote, I don’t think it would have ever been figured out. Or at least, certainly not so quickly. From going to the doctor (Nurse Practitioner, whatever) for the first time in over ten years to a Cushing’s diagnosis in less than two months is probably record.

So, yeah, you saved my life. Literally. I owe you. Thank you.
 
~~~

You are most very welcome, and I'm thrilled I could help.
 
And that's why I write hard SF.  It's not for the plaques and trophies.

 

With a typical exchange with one, that mirrors thousands I've had:

Tony Alexander: red states are receiving assistance, not paying taxes. Moscow Mitch has 9 out of 10 of the counties that receive the most assistance in the country.
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Mike Williamson: Tony Alexander But as a good liberal, you should enjoy helping poor people with the taxes you voted for. 
If you're opposed to the government's legitimate authority to tax, maybe you should go live in Somalia.
And even her pet boy Mueller couldn't prove ANYTHING about Russia, and is in fact being countersued for the slander.
What was that about "investigated and found no wrondoing?"

:-*

They're all in favor of helping "The poor" until they're expected to pay for it from their urban petri dishes of "culture."

I briefly saw a clickbait headline to the effect of "Cost for Trump's New Air Force One near $2 billion."

Obviously, this was being shared by a "liberal."

I will now explain for liberals and complete morons (but I repeat myself) how just the headline tells us this is complete bullshit.

First: It's not "Trump's" AF1. It's THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT'S AF1, and will be used by other, future presidents. Assuming we have any. The odds look good. Also, it's operated by the USAF.

B] Trump, or any president, has pretty much zero input in the design. That's up to the aircraft designer (probably Boeing), the USAF, the Secret Service for their specific needs, and Congress.

3) So, that's about double the flyaway cost of a fully-loaded deluxe airliner with all the trimmings, BUT, it also serves as a command post for the most powerful man on Earth, all his immediate staff, and any guests and associates along with him.  It's like complaining an armored limo costs more than a top of the line Cadillac. Duh.

But keep that hatred flowing! It's certainly easier than thinking.

I'm not naming names here, and if you know who these people are, please keep quiet. The good guys don't need harassment and the jerk doesn't need publicity.

The class in question was: (Numbered notes are mine)

Historical Symbols and Modern Controversies 


With so much medieval imagery being co-opted by the alt-right(1), SCA members need to think very carefully about what symbols they use. What is the larger perspective in medievalism in general?(2) What are the different sides in the controversy?(3) What do academics and activists think?(4) How can one avoid mis-signaling?(5) This class, taught by a modern history professor(6), will provide some needed perspective(7), not only for us as individuals living simultaneously in the Modern Middle Ages and modern society (8 ), but for having the SCA as a whole avoid bad publicity.(9) After a brief talk, we will break into discussion for a frank and open sharing of views.(10)

(1) As soon as that was in the description, the people running the classrooms should have nixed it. It's obviously intended to be inciteful.

(2) As I will demonstrate, this clown has zero clue about "medievalism in general."

(3) This is like the Creationist "Controversy" that only exists in their minds, not in that of anyone rational.

(4) Who cares? If we worried what people thought of us, none of us would engage in activity that causes people to look at us and wonder why we're dressed funny.

(5) A better question is "How can we avoid some asshole from deliberately misinterpreting?"

(6) Ah, a social studies teacher.

(7) In your opinion. None of us asked.

(8 ) We live in one, we play in the other.

(9) see my response below.

(10) Right.  An open sharing of any view that agrees with you, as our exchange shows.

 

Okay, so this dudebro (assuming his gender) has a PhD in "Modern History," and does some jousting and just recently discovered the SCA (per other sources).  He even claims on his website to be a "consultant" to the SCA, which is not something any credible historian would list as a bona-fide.  Consulting with what is effectively a fantasy LARP is not something that will get you hired anywhere. 

He showed up, held this little condescension session about what we've been doing wrong since 1968, and then NAMED A MERCHANT BY NAME and claimed the individual was a "Secret white supremacist" selling "Secret Nazi symbols" in his tent.

And he's got a Buddhist sunwheel he bought to prove it. The same Buddhist sunwheel used on maps to mark temples, that both Wikipedia and the Anti-Defamation League agree is in no way a Nazi symbol.

(9) Oh, hi, N00b.  I see you're new here. (apparently he plays on-again, off-again, but anyone this ignorant of how we play is a N00b)  Let me give YOU some perspective, as someone who's been playing this game since 1990, and is friends with people who've been doing so since 1967 or so:

We only recently got (mostly) past the point where we aren't accused every week of being Satanists holding orgies. There were even lawsuits and criminal charges to this effect.  So as far as public perception, we've got a pretty good handle on dealing with ridiculous charges--Satanism, orgies, "Alt-right"ism, etc.  In fact, due to the Satanic claims, we had to prohibit any pentacle as an heraldic device, including those that are documented for various Christian groups.

We've had a number of people try to go after Crusader personae as "racist," even when the people with those personae are black or Arabic.

There have been literally thousands of classes on things like, "Cross-dressing in Renaissance Italy," and "Gender roles in the Viking Era" and even "Transgender people in history and historical context."  We've got this covered. Thanks for your concern.  If you'd like to learn about any of this, please look at the class schedule.

If you're actually concerned about historical symbolism vs Nazi appropriation, one Auntie Arwen on site is mundanely Jane Sibley, PhD, with her doctorate in Norse Runes, who has a very detailed presentation on the Norse, Aryan, Persian, Indian and Mongolian symbology the Nazis stole, and corrupted into a horrifyingly creepy occult religion hidden behind their politics.  You should ask her. You'd learn a lot. Possibly even enough to have a relevant, if minimally informed, opinion.

You might look all this up and get educated as to things you clearly know nothing about.  You might even gain some perspective.

In the real world, one of the founders of this society was a pedophile, though not active about it IN the society, and a few years back we had a couple of others hurting kids, that required a complete re-write of our guidelines to keep children safe.

And you're worried about a Buddhist symbol.

~~~ 

Thus follows the email exchange where I tried to give him every benefit of the doubt on not being a massive douche:

 

Mike Williamson 

Tue, Aug 6, 8:56 PM

   

to [redacted]

 

What is your evidence for [vendor] being a white supremacist? 

 

Thanks

 

Mike

 

~~~

 

[redacted]

Tue, Aug 6, 9:01 PM

   

to me

 

I’ll come talk to you tomorrow 

 

 

~~~

 

 

 

Mike Williamson 

Wed, Aug 7, 12:26 AM

   

to [redacted]

 

I prefer to keep mundane politics out of my SCA experience.  Do you have evidence or not? A link, a report, something?

 

~~~

 

[redacted]

Wed, Aug 7, 12:31 AM

   

to me

 

Yeah. I bought a swastika from him last year.

 

~~~

 

[NOTE: another source says he stole it. I have no direct knowledge of the exchange, but the source is usually reliable. However, they may be mistaken. This is called furnishing available data]

 

(11)

~~~

 

[redacted]

Wed, Aug 7, 12:32 AM

   

to me

 

And you can’t escape mundane politics. (12)

 

~~~

 

 

Mike Williamson 

Wed, Aug 7, 12:50 AM

   

to [redacted]

 

That wasn't a "Swastika."

He no longer sells it.

It had no relation to the Nazis whatsoever. Even most actual swastikas don't.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swastika

Selling an historically themed emblem no more makes one a "White supremacist" than selling a 5 pointed star makes one a "Satanist."

 

Oh, yes...and if you bought it as a swastika, that would make YOU the white supremacist, son. Thanks for that admission.

 

I can easily avoid mundane politics here, watch this:

You are never to enter my booth or address me.

See?  Problem solved.

I'm frankly saddened you were allowed to pollute Pennsic with such diatribe. However, I guess we have further proof that a PhD is no measure of accomplishment and no indication of either intellect or reasoning ability.

And since I'm sure you'd love to turn on me next:  I'm an immigrant, married to a native woman, and my family hosted escaped Jews in WWII.

 

Goodbye.

 

~~~

 

 

[redacted]

Wed, Aug 7, 9:44 AM

   

to me

 

Dear Mike,

You are not someone I would care to address or buy from.(13)

I can’t know and don’t care what the man believes. As a Jew, I saw a swastika given the barest fig leaf by being “backwards.” This is a symbol that stands for wishing me personally dead. I purchased the hateful object and destroyed it. (14, 15)

It is not my business to educate either your ignorant ass or [vendor’s], but if I see any such symbols or speech in the SCA, they will be reported, and you can deal with Corporate.

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Benjamin Blatt

Thu, Aug 8, 11:36

   

to [redacted], me

 

Dr. [redacted],

As someone involved with SCA, I would expect you to know or be aware of,  or have access to information sources that would shed light on, the many symbolic uses of the swastika as a symbol before the Nazis used it.

I find your comments and threat of action to be distasteful, harassing towards my client, and likely defamatory in nature.

I assure you that while you might hate Nazis as much as I do, you can not possibly hate them more. I want them all dead at least as much as they want me dead. I was raised on Never Forget and Never Again in a community that made sure education included interacting with the survivors still living among us.

Unless Mike is a far, far, far better actor than I know, he is not in the least anti-Semitic.  Moreover, as he is regularly involved in and known for his SCA related activities, your proposed actions would almost certainly result in actionable real financial damages.

I urge you to reconsider your statements, to consider the ill-effects of lumping other cultures in with the Nazis merely because of a symbol they stole, and to cease and desist any harassment of or defamatory acts towards my client.

Sincerely, 

Mike's very Jewish lawyer,

 

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(11) Now, there are two proper ways to deal with this issue:

First, contact the merchant coordinator, and say, "I have an issue I'd like addressed, and some clarification please."  Her Excellency, a Court Baroness, MKA Cindy Cooper, has been running this show for more than 30 years.  The merchant office is right across from Troll, and from Security.  I'm not going to guess how she might respond, but I guarantee if you bring a problem with a merchant to her attention, she'll deal with it, and her ruling will be final. She's booted people off site before. She also might tell you it's not a problem.

Or, you can contact the Mayor of Pennsic through Information Point. Same matter.

And since you reference Corporate, you've had a year, why did you not contact the Board? You claim to be a consultant to the SCA. Or is that more bullshit?  Because if you brought this up to the Board, and they thought there was a problem, they'd have addressed it.

Or do you just want lots of attention and to be the an hero nobody wanted or asked for?

Rhetorical question. We know the answer.

What you CAN'T do and expect any respect whatsoever, is rouse your screeching snowflake bullies into a hate mob. We don't NEED your "perspective."  If you have a problem, ask those who deal with problems. If you're not willing to do that, you're admitting your goal is to bully OUR club into abiding by YOUR fetishes, and the answer is "no."

In fact, I, and about 50 other vets I know of, went over and bought a crapton of handmade Norse-style gear from the fellow veteran vendor. So what you did was give him his best Pennsic sales ever.  Nice going!

Also, why did you engage in commerce with a "white supremacist"? YOU GAVE THE MAN MONEY, or so you claim. 

(12) As far as "can't avoid mundane politics: Wrong, as I demonstrated.

I've been at Pennsic during storms so wet that cars were sliding down hill from parking, and watched people with Socialist Party USA bumper stickers alongside Dole/Kemp stickers dragging each other out of the mud, because those mundane politics actually don't matter here. This time it was Bernie stickers and Trump stickers.  We're not here about politics. We're here about fun in an historical context.

Then, there's this gentleman, a seriously well-respected and near household name in law and economics:

http://daviddfriedman.blogspot.com/2013/08/creeping-mundanity-at-pennsic.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_D._Friedman

His camp is the "Enchanted Ground" where everything is as authentic as possible--candles and lanterns, authentic tents only, no modern devices, no modern conversation.

Please inform him he's been doing this wrong for 50 years.

You see, N00b, what you mean is YOU want to force everyone to think of YOUR mundane fetishes and politics every minute of the day. Well, the answer is no. But do please inform Duke Sir Cariadoc of the Bow that he's been doing this wrong for 50 years.  I'd like to watch.

Then there's a new friend who's an equestrienne in the South, who's not only Jewish, her name is Hebrew. As she notes, "White supremacists are worse than cross-fitting vegans. There's no secrecy. They're incapable of shutting the fuck up." And she thinks you're a tool. She also reports you suddenly showed up in the equestrian arm of our society and started the same crap.

You've heard from my lawyer.

Another friend, Jewish enough to wear a yarmulke and keep two sets of dishes at Pennsic, and two refrigerators, to ensure Kashrut standards, pretty much rolled his eyes at your ignorance.

Advice: Take the hint.

(13) Yeah, you're too busy buying "hate symbols" to buy anything from me.  I mean, if that's your kink, have at it.  But you sound like the chick at the orgy insisting she doesn't really like sex, and who's next?

(14) "I can’t know and don’t care what the man believes."

Wait, you just said you KNEW he was a white supremacist. Now you admit you don't actually know that, but tried to get a mob together anyway.

"Ignorance" is far different from "White supremacism."  So if you're admitting you believe the vendor acted out of ignorance, then claiming he's a white supremacist may very well be legally actionable as both slander and libel, since you made the allegation in both print and voice.

I'm not sure what school awarded your degree, but their standards are certainly sub-par. Also, you are most certainly a troublemaker.  You've refused to educate yourself, refused to use the existing processes and policies to resolve what appears to be a very mild misunderstanding, showed up and lectured us, attacked one of our oldest members, and now admit you have literally nothing to base this on.

(15)  Wait again, not your job to educate me?  Then why did you hold a presentation to EDUCATE PEOPLE?  Or are you admitting your degree in social studies is worthless bullshit? (HINT: your degree is worthless bullshit, because you demonstrate no ability to think, analyze, or even inform yourself before throwing a tantrum.)

~~~

Now, if at any point, any ACTUAL evidence that the guy I've known for 30 years is some sort of secret white supremacist who's never mentioned this to me, any mutual acquaintance, to a Jewish duchess, to several Jewish tradespeople, a half-dozen Jewish merchants who are neighbors to him, while drinking coffee and beer and mead and hanging out with all of us, and in fact has almost never been heard to utter an unkind word about anyone, in our group or in the public world, we'll make sure he's shunned.

But since you've provided zero evidence, then tried your "marginalized" wail, Mister East Coaster With Horses and Fencing and Money for Worthless Degrees Son of Extreme Privilege, you're going to have to throw your tantrum while we treat you like the immature little brat you are.

So, if you're going to come to Pennsic again (most of us would rather you didn't), you might try listening to your betters (which is most of us) and more experienced members (ditto) and learning what we're about before providing your "much needed" perspective that we don't need, didn't ask for, and don't want.

And way to be racist against South Asians, and bigoted against Buddhists and people portraying them, you bigoted sack of shit.

Now kindly go fuck yourself.

 

UPDATE:  Turns out this PhD has written very few actual papers, but lots of fan commentary about GoT and the SCA.  He defends the SCA elsewhere, attacks it within, so he's a classic attention whore.

And apparently fell for the "milk is racist" crap from 4chan a couple of years ago.  He's an idiot. Apparently, he hoped his PhD would make up for a lack of 50 IQ points, and is frustrated that it doesn't.

Dennis Mallory

Same old ignorant rhetoric from AMMO-SEXUALS! 
For them, NO efforts to control the proliferation of GUNs will be acceptable. They serve their lord and master, the NRA. 
No matter that men, women, children are being slaughtered in the streets.
Doesn't look like all those (any of those) 'good guys with guns' are stepping up to protect either!!!
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Shawn O'Loughlin
Lol! You crazy lefties with your altered perception of reality.
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Dennis Mallory
Shawn O'Loughlin but you can't dispute the comment can you?

Hard to believe there are adult human beings as DUMB as YOU!

I hope the heifer ur huggin' has at least half a brain--but NO--she hooked up with YOU.
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Sheldon Steinlauf
Dennis Mallory Nonsense.
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Michael Z. Williamson
If guns in Indiana are the cause of the problems in Shicago, why is crime lower in Indiana?

The rest of your bloody-shirt bleat is ignored. Especially the hilarious claim that the NRA does anything to stop gun control. They've endorsed every major federal gun control law in the last 80 years.
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Dennis Mallory
Sheldon Steinlauf why Sheldon? Can you dispute the FACTS? I guess not - - therefore your comment is WORTHLESS!
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Eric Eslinger
Dennis Mallory remember prohibition?
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Dennis Mallory
Eric Eslinger point?
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Dennis Mallory
Eric Eslinger we're not speaking of BOOZE! FOCUS.
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Dennis Mallory
Eric Eslinger get your sorry ass back out in the woods to abuse some defenseless DEER--u have zero chance of matching wits with ME!
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Paul Bartels
Dennis Mallory 
Why don't you do a mike brown and attack a cop?
You'll get a memorial that looks like a pile of garbage
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Paul Bartels
Dennis Mallory 
With all the black babies that get murdered why could you have been one?
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Dennis Mallory
Paul Bartels I was spared to fulfill a MISSION--to confront ignorant, bigoted, racist BUTTHOLES like YOU! Now GET LOST, punk!
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Michael Z. Williamson
Dennis Mallory let's educate you again, public school grad:

Same old ignorant rhetoric from AMMO-SEXUALS! --no fact in evidence, ad hominem attack'

For them, NO efforts to control the proliferation of GUNs will be acceptable.--no fact in evidence, ad hominem attack. Also false dichotomy (either this or that, no nuance or multiple options accepted).

They serve their lord and master, the NRA. --no fact in evidence, ad hominem, boogeyman, no evidence provided that the NRA is involved in this debate, or that it opposes gun control (it doesn't. The NRA specifically ASKED for the bumpfire stock ban, for example, thus completely negating the claim).

No matter that men, women, children are being slaughtered in the streets.--"Waving the bloody shirt." No facts in evidence that changing the laws in Indiana will affect crime in Chicago. Especially since, as noted in the article you didn't read, existing gun control makes it ILLEGAL for a Chicago resident to buy a handgun in Indiana. Further, if Indiana's "weak" laws led to crime, then logically IN should have worse crime than Shicago. As it does not, logically the presence of guns is not the cause.

Doesn't look like all those (any of those) 'good guys with guns' are stepping up to protect either!!!--unsupported claim. A quick google finds this: https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/breaking/ct-met-cicero-shooting-update-20180914-story.html

So to reiterate: Everything the socialist and his friend have said is provably incorrect, is unsupported hyperbole, is logically inconsistent, is ignorant of the facts, and is emotionally-charged ad hominem.

FYI, I'm an immigrant who was educated in a church-run school, though I'm no longer religious, and a veteran.

And who are you other than someone who hopes to be a leech on society?

Also, as far as our laws in Indiana, which come from our government, last I checked, you drive on roads. Since the government provides those roads, I don't see that you have any basis for argument. If you want to live in a society without laws and roads, why don't you move to Somalia?

~~
 

 
Dennis Mallory
Pretty much EVERYTHING americans take for granted and benefit from, is based on Socialist Theory and implemented by Democratic Liberals -- all americans--all states. Here's a few things: social security, medicare, interstate highway system, most infrastructure (bridges, buildings, dams, tunnels etc), 40 hr work week, workman's compensation, unemployment insurance, city/county police and fire depts., public education/libraries/health.

Now shut the fuck up and consider yourself SCHOOLED! No need to thank me, I enlighten the DUMB as a hobby!
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Dennis Mallory
Sheldon Steinlauf it ewas funded by the taxpayers for the purpose of TRanSpORTATION for ALL. It was pa-d for by all for the benefit of all. It has been used for the benefit of all ever since--thats SOCIALISM.

Now get lost PUNK!
 
Michael Z. Williamson
Dennis Mallory Going through your drivel:

social security--pyramid scheme created by a fascist who put people in concentration camps, stole property, banned Jewish refugees, endorsed eugenic sterilization of native peoples, and ordered the US Navy to fire on German ships fighting the British, thus getting us into WWII. If that's your hero, you may as well shout "Sieg Heil!"

medicare--proof that government health care doesn't work, if you've ever used it.

interstate highway system--Eisenhower was a Republican. Its primary purpose, as others have stated, was strategic. It's also paid for by a mix of state and federal funds. There are also a goodly number of toll roads, thus proving there are valid ways to accomplish the same thing with less government. Your claim is completely erroneous.

most infrastructure (bridges, buildings, dams, tunnels etc)

Bridges, dams and tunnels predate the existence of "socialism" by thousands of years, and became popular during the Palace Economy of the Late Bronze Age, for the purpose of bringing taxes to the Emperor, not to help the people. Your claim is ridiculous.

"Most buildings" are not built by the government. Yet another fail.

40 hr work week--created by negotiations between union and management. There is no codified "40 hour work week" in either state or federal law. Fail.

workman's compensation, unemployment insurance, -- see above. 

city/county police and fire depts--predate socialism by millennia.

public education--look how well that's worked for you. You're 0 for 13 so far.

libraries/--Benjamin Franklin invented the concept long before socialism. There are numerous private libraries in both communites and universities.

health.--the public health service does very little that can't be accomplished, and is accomplished, by consensus in the medical community.

You're 0 f0r 15.

Socialists, just like socialism, create nothing, and merely attempt to claim the product of others as their own.

Now why don't you stop wasting time on the internet and go get a second job to pay for my free health care I'm supposed to get.

~~~

They'd be pathetically hilarious if it wasn't legal for them to vote.

Actually, sitting at my desk. Phone rings.

Me: "Hello?"

Neighbor: "Meet me out front. Bring a pistol."

Me: Grabs Glock 34, heads outside.  "What's up?"

Neighbor: "Crazy bitch just shot at one of my customers in the shop. She ran up into the woods. The police are looking."

Me: "Hold this." Hands pistol over.  Goes inside. Retrieves something more authoritative than 9mm, with more range, and shall we say, more fire control options. Goes back out.  "So next time, tell me the threat and I'll make the loadout decision."

Both: Watch the treeline while he talks to sheriff dept, who had already arrived in four minutes from his call, before he came over, with 15 officers and two drones.

Me: Calls wife who's napping. "Keep Small Person inside, just in case."

Both: Continue to watch treeline for armed, crazy woman while police report in.  Neighbor explains.  Guy came for some Jeep work. Ex wife drove up, shot at him, fled. Hilarity ensues. 5'1", 40ish, dark hair.

Cops: Report suspect in custody.

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And that, boys and girls, is why I keep a few fucking guns on hand.

I've occasionally edited or commented on WP. Usually it's to fix some grammar, add a link, minor housekeeping stuff. I've occasionally opined on a talk page about a matter.

Recently I added content on two pages, and was amazed at the retardery I had to wade through.

First was on the page for John Illsley, former bassist for Dire Straits.  I saw a message to the effect of, "Before you add instruments to a musician's page we have to discuss it and get consensus."

Um, no. He played bass and sang backup for Dire Straits. On his solo albums, articled on Wikipedia, he plays bass, guitar, and sings.  He sings and plays on his Youtube channel (And he's very good: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XdrvmuAeJK4 ).  The liner notes of his albums document these facts. "Consensus" is irrelevant when faced with facts.  Grow up.

Then on David Bowie's page, same message. Are you fucking kidding me?  Bowie played about 17 instruments, most of them live on stage and on film and noted in liner notes. That means he fucking played them. There's no "consensus."

This demonstrates the problem. Wikipedia is the plywood fort in the back yard where the unpopular kids go to look at each other's wangs and talk about how awesome they are.  You have to impress them, or they'll not take note of you!

And so we get to me.

Back in 2008, I argued a point on the 0bama election on that WP page. Now, ultimately, I was wrong* and the statement was corrected.  However, in response some asshole "article for deletion"ed my page, claiming I was "not notable, or his non-notable works."  He specifically stated in discussion he was doing this in revenge for daring to question the history of The One.

This was quickly shut down as "WTF are you talking about? Of course an author with a dozen books from major publishers is notable."

Some years back, I got hatemail in IM on Facebook.  Anonymous troll had already blocked me, so I have no idea who, but the gist was they were going to doxx me and get me fired (good luck, I've been self-employed since 1991. My boss is an asshole, but I understand him), and "You also have a Wikipedia page. Yeah that's gone.  It might take me a year or two, but say goodbye."

So, the threat was to remove the WP page about me, because?  Dunno. No reason given.

So Saturday night, a friend and antagonist (we disagree on several things, frequently where he's more libertarian than I am) (I am an anarchist, sort of) pings me that the WP page about me just speedy deleted.

WTF?

And apparently, someone was claiming that none of the references on the page (after 15 years and at least two attempts to delete it) were "Credible" or some such.  Apparently, the books are not considered valid as evidence of relevance, for an author page,--wait, what?  It doesn't matter how many books an author has published, that doesn't make them relevant as an author?  Really?  I guess then it doesn't matter how many races a driver has run, or how many TV shows an actor has been on.

The page was reverted and protected for discussion, but despite that, some fat troll in Sweden kept deleting content if he couldn't "verify" it from "independent sources" (Um, google, you mouthbreathing ignoranus (sic)?)

In discussion, there's even some asshole claiming Baen is a "vanity publisher," (magically distributed by Simon and Schuster).  I suggest they delete that page, too, then.

Apparently my Year's Best Military SF award was "self-awarded."  Weird. I gave myself a plaque and $500 cash?  I guess I should do that more often.

They claim they somehow can't source my Locus or Bookscan bestsellers.

And apparently, I "claim" to be a veteran. What standards do they require for proving military service or bestseller status, and do they require this of other authors?

Someone on my side even linked to an article in Stars and Stripes about veteran writers. And apparently, that's not an official source.

This has happened a lot. I remember when they were complaining that Howard Tayler, "Couldn't have more than 100,000 readers," for his comic, and therefore wasn't "notable," despite numerous awards, interviews, GoH status, etc. Are you fucking kidding me?  100K readers is plenty big enough in this field.

They also went after Jim Rawles at Survivalblog, simultaneously insisting online references weren't good enough, and complaining that paper references from the 1980s weren't available online.

The error here is ignorance, or as the few honest people in that forum of failure call it, "WP:IDONTKNOWIT."  That YOU don't know who or what something is does not mean it is not relevant in that field and to people in that field.  One is supposed to assume good faith on an article's existence and ask for elaboration, not "speedy delete."

You see how this works? Nothing is credible unless they say it is.

And as a random aside, in the HELPDESK forum was this exchange, so you get an idea of the type of people who edit WP, usually without asking:

 

Am I allowed to add the following counter argument to this entry: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godwin%27s_law ?
Am I allowed to add the following counter argument to this entry: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godwin%27s_law ?

Counter argument:

While Goodwin appears to be coming around as documented in the above "Generalization, corollaries, usage" what Goodwin originally pretended to fail to take into account when he created Goodwin's Law is that some ideologies, like Conservatism and Nazism require innocent people be murdered for the ideology to be even be implemented - THAT, not the racism of the Conservative base, or the Nationalism that American Conservatives use as a bludgeon is what makes Conservatives' vile evil murderous pro-pollution ideology no better than the Nazis' vile evil murderous race-purifying ideology.

It doesn't matter if an ideology requires 1,000 people to be murdered, or if an ideology requires 6,000,000 be murdered - crossing the line into murdering people is what makes these two ideologies no different from each other.

Without the murder of innocent civilians, Conservatism could not be implemented:

https://news.vice.com/.../trumps-epa-knows-its-new-coal... "Trump’s EPA Knows Its New Coal Rule Could Kill 1,400 People Per Year"

Other ideologies, like Democratic Socialism, or as it used to be called "a mixed market economy", aka Capitalism, does not require people to be murdered for those ideologies to be implemented. Even Socialism can be implemented without actually having to murder people - just incarcerate those who don’t believe that private property is theft from humanity.

Conservatism requires that people be murdered or it's just another example of what the sociopaths call 'Radical Extremist Far Left Big Gubment Socialism.' — Preceding unsigned comment added by Kuni Leml (talk • contribs) 17:41, 20 July 2019 (UTC)

Not unless you can find a WP:Reliable source that makes that claim. Dbfirs 17:49, 20 July 2019 (UTC)


@Kuni Leml:No. You can only add an argument like this if you have found it in a reliable source, not if you propounded it first. Please read WP:OR and WP:SYNTH. Furthermore, you could only add this argument to that particular article if the source itself referred to Godwin's law. -Arch dude (talk) 18:38, 20 July 2019 (UTC)

 

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Holy fuckballs, that's retarded.

Well, I don't need the bullshit. The deletion of the page ended my writing career, destroyed my awards, drained my bank account...

Oh, wait, no, it did nothing whatsoever. Utterly fucking irrelevant.

Which pretty much sums up the failures who've appointed themselves gatekeepers of what is "credible" or "notable."

Easy enough: go to google. There are 69,800 google hits for my name.  If only it was 70,000, they might care...

well, no. They've specifically claimed I'm all kinds of bad things for what I post. What relevance that has to notability, I'm at a loss.  I guess only certain orientations are allowed.

"It's not political! And have you seen the horrible out of context things he's posted?"

Ah, so it is political. Well, I knew that. Or at least, it's what shitheads think my politics are from out of context soundbites. 

This is like the time Mercedes Lackey got death threats, had to don body armor, and was accused at a convention of being a paranoid troublemaker for wearing body armor and refusing to be alone.

They then went Full Autism Retard on people commenting. Apparently, everyone is a "sock puppet."  One guy made an edit on a page about a small nation's military within a short time of me editing a different page about the same military! Aha! That proves collusion!

Or, it could be that we're both veterans (from different nations) and he's a writer I'm acquainted with. Duh.

What it comes down to is politics. These are largely fat, incel leftist failures (I've met a number of them), and I'm the diametric opposite.  They can hide in internet anonymity and pretend to have credentials, while denigrating my real, public ones.

The page is gone, and it's a relief. My fans shouldn't have to grovel, degrade, and humiliate themselves before a "consensus" of social failures to document that a best-selling, award-winning author with over 20 publications and 100 editions in 3 languages is more culturally relevant than a disgusting freak who was fucked to death by a horse. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enumclaw_horse_sex_case  

I think I last checked in on the page in 2015.  On my list of priorities, if #1 is sex with my wife and our girlfriend, and it is, taking my daughter to the museum is about #3, writing my current contracts is #5, showering and wiping my ass is about #12, pulling out the stove to scrape the congealed grease is #57, identifying that weird tree way up the hill on the fence line is #348, and giving a shit about some page argued over by fat, angry, pompous failures is approximately #4,762,051.

The fact is, Wikipee is irrelevant, and my sales and credentials do not depend on it for either existence or credibility. A simple google search finds me, and you can get direct info without "consensus."

So let them lovingly maintain the article about the guy who was fucked to death by a horse.  Because if that's the cost of notability, I'm happy not to be listed.  Call me a prude. It tells me all I need to know about their organization.

 

 

 

 

 

 

*I insisted he was the "President Designate" until after the (as of then not yet held) Electoral College vote. This was a term Reagan used.  I was shouted down that there would be no question of the EC vote, it was a done deal. Eight years later, the same fat, weeping failures even tried bribing the EC to keep Trump out.  So much for moral consistency. But then..."liberals."

ADDENDUM: Apparently it's back again. My attorney will be having words with someone.

And in the "discussion," everyone who supports the article is a "Sock puppet," only people who are uninvolved should discuss a page....huh?

Fan-voted awards are not credible, but the Hugo is credible, even though it's fan-voted.

My Hugo nomination was "fake."

ISBNs aren't credible sources, Amazon isn't, IMDB isn't, the publisher's site isn't, my site isn't, Publisher's Weekly isn't, Stars and Stripes isn't, Locus Magazine is too "niche," my site can't be used as a source of info about me, only third party sites, who aren't credible because they're fan sites...

You see where this is going. These are the same fat, festering fascists who spent last year trying to get "conservatives" banned from conventions with false allegations of rape and violence.

UPDATE: they are going after Tom Kratman's page, too. Purely by coincidence. No politics involved. Riiigght.

UPDATE: And now Sarah Hoyt's page. Entirely predictable that the racists would then start on the women of color who don't cling to their leftist bigotry.

Jesus Titty-fucking CHRIST, this column was supposed to be weekly.  I could do a dozen a day if I had the time.

And yeah, I've been  busy. Catching up:  

So let us look at the following:

https://reason.com/2019/07/03/indiana-is-still-arguing-that-its-constitutional-to-seize-your-car-for-driving-5-mph-over-the-speed-limit/

Suppose you were Indiana Solicitor General Thomas Fisher, and suppose you'd made history by getting SCOTUS to LITERALLY FUCKING LAUGH AT YOU for standing by your position that the 8th Amendment magically doesn't apply to the states, and that it's hypothetically perfectly reasonable to seize a half million dollar car for a 5 MPH over speeding violation.

Now, in such case, you'd probably come back and say, "Well, guys, that's it. We tried."

But no!  This complete phaggotte and total cockgobbler doubles down and says, "That was only regarding CIVIL forfeiture! So as long as we can prove a tenuous connection between the property and the owner and some utterly unrelated crime, it's still valid!"

This is literally precedent for the state to impose a death penalty and seizure of your entire estate for speeding.  And yes, I know a bunch of liberal faggots just read that and claimed I'm an hysterical right-winger (for wanting a smaller government? That's the exact opposite of how a "right wing" works, shit for brains), except I keep making these predictions, and we keep following the curve.  But they love sucking government cock so much they just can't quit it.

Digressing. It wasn't even the state that seized this vehicle. It was a third party who then seized the vehicle and transferred it to the state, who presumably sold it, since the plaintiff wants it back and they're fighting this hard to avoid doing so.

Institute for Justice lawyer Sam Gedge says in a statement to Reason that Indiana "has resorted to an increasingly dangerous view of governmental power" over the years it has been fighting to keep Timbs' car.

"In the State's view, it can constitutionally forfeit a Bugatti that goes five miles over the speed limit. And the State insists that it can take any property from any person who has ever struggled with drug addiction," Gedge says. "That boundless view of governmental power cannot be squared with the Constitution."

Yeah, no shit.

On the positive side, since SCOTUS laughed in his face once, they will hopefully do so again, and this asset forfeiture faggotry, which is government-sanctioned highway robbery, will come to an end. That means pig departments nationwide will have to do actual law enforcement, not theft by false warrant, and will weep and wail.  We'll cover them in a future column.

In the meantime, Indiana Solicitor General Thomas Fisher, YOU are the Asshole of the Week.

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From comments:

cspschofield wrote:

I realize I'm being a pedantic pain, but I object to your use of the word 'faggot'.I don't know this nitwit's sexual preference (nor do I want to) but IF he's gay, it has nothing to do with what he's an objectionable waste of air.

Nor is he, of course, a bundle of sticks used for fuel. 

Pity.

I do, however, have some suggestions of alternative terms;

Parasite.
Vermin
Statist Flunky
Criminal Officeholder
Fascist (and we're back to the bundle of sticks)
Oxygen Thief
Guillotine Bait
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I may change the term just to get around Fecesbook blocks.

I use it in its presexual connotation of someone at the very bottom of consideration, usually forced into menial labor.  I had a post on this a while back.

It was unfairly ascribed to gays and I want that fixed.  Straight or gay, a faggot is a contemptible little weed beneath consideration.

But it's probably easiest to adjust it to something else due to both concerned readers (you) and screeching assholes (most).

"“Democrat Rep. Frederica Wilson (FL) says that people who are “making fun of members of Congress” online “should be prosecuted” "

Dear Frederica "Saloon Hooker" Wilson:

Go fuck yourself, you festering cuntpustule.

Per the First Amendment, Common Law, and in fact, Common Sense, I have the right to mock you however I wish. If I think you have the manners of a Denebian Slime Devil, then that's what I'll say. If I think you're a textbook Demorrhoid--ignorant, retarded, bigoted, stupid and humorless--I'll say so. And you can do fuck-all about it.

And just remember: They're words, not dicks. Don't take them so hard.

I've shit out better candidates. Your existence in office just proves your entire constituency are retarded.

And you are their queen.

What are you going to do about it, whore?