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Partly because they've created a society where they have most of it by their flawed definition.

Privilege comes from the Latin meaning "Private Law." So in a literal sense, unless there are laws to some effect, favoring or harming others, there is no privilege. For example, if there was a dedicated driving lane for those of a certain class, that would be privilege. I'd also be part of it and sneer at you inferior drivers, because honestly, that really should be a thing.

Actor, Action, Patient, Agent:

The ACTOR acts out.† The ACTION affects the PATIENT, for positive or negative. An AGENT is anyone capable of acting.† In a hypothetical extreme privilege society, the PATIENT has no AGENCY and cannot fight the ACTION.† Slavery in the antebellum South is a good example of this. Slaves had very little agency whatsoever, and when they did, it was usually through their owner by proxy with no personal say in the matter.

But that's not the world we live in now.† The law officially applies to everyone equally. Now, enforcement varies, and it usually works to the advantage of the wealthy and celebrities of ANY DEMOGRAPHIC.

But if, let's say, a cop and a judge decide to charge and sentence two people differently, based on race, religion, political affiliation.† The PATIENTS of these ACTIONS don't have much AGENCY to change the ACTORS' intentions. Possibly a better lawyer or publicity can change things, but there's no official strata, no, "Hey, you can't do that to me, I have this card that says ___" (Well, sometimes politicians and cops have such a card. Foreign diplomats do to an extent.† But it's exceptionally rare for anyone else.)

"They treated you better, YOU HAVE PRIVILEGE!"

No, I fucking don't. And by claiming so, YOU have just diverted the ACT from the ACTOR to me, one of the PATIENTS. †"You got treated better! You are evil!" Wrong. The ACTORS did the wrongdoing. You and I are both PATIENTS.† You are literally arguing that if you get punched in the face and I don't, that it's because I'm the bad guy, not the asshole who's punching people.

Stop with the bullshit claims of PRIVILEGE for the patients of the action, and go after the fucking ACTORS. Because every time you accuse someone else of "privilege" for actions totally beyond their control, you piss them off and make it even harder to go after the ACTORS who cause the problems.

Well, both.

God, what a dumpster fire.

Greta is home-schooled, so the BS claim that "she turned her parents around on the climate" is BS.† They had to allow it, feed it, and encourage it. Though of course, they taught her a lot of propaganda. No actual science like the chemistry of carbon sequestration, thermodynamics, electromagnetic frequency absorption, etc.

They claim she's Asperger's, but apparently that's her younger sister. Greta looks more like a victim of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.† Just how many wild parties did her "opera singer" mother go to?

Then, she's vegan, which in children is provably damaging to brain development and drops your IQ. Add that to the above, and this teenager is credibly an idiot studying to be a moron.

And what is her message?

"You have to do something."

Sure, kid. This is important to you. You're smart, right? So I assume you've studied something useful and have a proposal on how to reduce consumption? Or increase efficiency? Or reduce waste? Even a fraction of a percent will matter. So, whatchya got?† Nothing?† Well, then shut the fuck up, the adults are talking.

You see, lots of teenagers HAVE done credible research, into decay processes, efficiencies, even curves and trends. All you've done is whine.† And as far as your "stolen childhood," you can go back to it any time you choose.† Unlike children who are sex slaves in the third world, forced to fight in tribal conflicts, or work grueling hours in sweatshops to help feed their family. You're just about the single most white-privileged little bitch on the planet. Shut the fuck up, and go to your room. You're not getting dinner.

Of course, that would be a vegan dinner, so there's not much to miss.

I'll point out here that that attitude is TEXTBOOK "liberal."† "X is a problem, do something!" "We're doing Y." "Y is all wrong! YOU RUINED MY LIFE!" "Okay, we're doing Z." "CAN'T YOU EVER GET IT RIGHT? DO SOMETHING ELSE!"

And the predictable response is:

"Shame on you for attacking a child."

Well, were people attacking a child, it is true that would be wrong.†† But that's not what is happening here.

First, if you stick yourself into an adult conversation, as a young adult, you should be expected to be treated like an adult. This means you should have education, presentation, a description of a problem, and a proposed solution. Otherwise, yes, you may get treated like a child.

If a child kicks my leg, they get disciplined. This is not an "attack." It is a response.

The things subhuman "liberal" shitbags did to comedian Mini-AOC, complete to death threats, is shameful. †Fabricating an attack on a teenage boy at an abortion protest (And I'm on the opposite side from him), and trying to claim he was the aggressor, and to destroy his future is shameful.†

Pointing and laughing at an ignorant, underage troll, who was so carefully imported, scripted, and propped in front of cameras is just normal politics.

Now, Greta and her whole presentation are carefully crafted. I want you to consider this parallel:

There is a short video that shows an Israeli man revving his engine through a group of presumably Palestinian teenagers. What a monster!

Of course, if you view the five seconds before the "Attack," it turns out they were throwing really big rocks at his car and trying to jam the undercarriage with a bigger rock.

If you find the two minutes of video before THAT, you see where they're being coached by an adult, provided with a pile of rocks, and cameras set up to capture this "hate crime."

You can find the same in the former Irish Troubles, in Iraq, Afghanistan, other places.† Behind the "hate crime," you find manipulated terrorism, using children as the actors because they're more easily manipulated, and you get to play victim cards for them.

Greta's parents, her handlers, indeed the entire liberal apparatus are terrorists. They are willing to use a child to do their dirty work, attack you for responding to the child, and insist you're the bad guy for not giving them what they want. (And in that latter way, liberals are pretty much like children themselves. "But I waaaaant it! It's not faaiiir! Give it to meeee!")

A smart polity does not deal with terrorists. It exterminates them. It is far past time that civilized society stops tolerating liberal terrorism and ends it.

And it starts by telling Greta Goebbels to shut her face, and her abusive parents to be the ones who are ashamed, and then take her away for her own safety. She deserves better than to be the puppet of terrorists.

And we're going to need a bigger helicopter.

On Medium (so called because its contents are neither rare nor well done) last year, some clown bleats that Paw Patrol, the kids' show, is an authoritarian metaphor for the Trump administration!
It was created by a CANADIAN in 2013.† And in fact, the authoritarian statism and eco-fascism within are more typical of the so-called "left."

This type of Demorrhoid is a hypocritical shithead.

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Back in early 2002, with a war on, I get told, "Oh, yes, it's hard with gas prices so high. Crazy Republicans. What can you do?"
Me: "Um, gas doubled in 1998, when Clinton was president."
Demorrhoid: "I don't remember that. All I know it, gas is expensive because Bush has oil interests."

Bush doesn't control OPEC, nor did he pass hindering legislation on the refineries. That was Clinton and the Demorrhoids.† No memory whatsoever that they did this. Just blame the other party three years later.

This type of Demorrhoid is an ignorant shithead.

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"ZOMG! Trump's restrictions on illegal aliens are LITERALLY HITLER!"

They are the same restrictions the 0bama administration had for 8 years, that you had no issues with at all.

This type of Demorrhoid is a hypocritical shithead, and a racist, because they refuse to hold 0bama to the same standard as the white presidents before and after.† They don't really expect him to be up to speed, because he's black.† You have to treat races differently in order to be fair, or so they say.

~~~

"I want medical pot! And medicine is too expensive! And Europe can get stuff we can't! Fix it!

Trump proposes to reduce the scope of the FDA, which has created the miasma of regulations that hinder approval of medicine, and drive up costs.

"ZOMG! He wants people to die! The bureaucracy is the only thing that keeps us free!"

This type of liberal is a pagan shithead, who worships the government as god. The only way to be free is to have more government! Bigger government! Taking care of everything! But only the way I want it!

These are the shitheads who promote "The government's legitimate authority to tax" and then complain when Eric Garner gets chokeholded to death selling untaxed cigarettes.

~~~

"Real socialism has never been tried! And socialism works great in Sweden!"

It does? I thought it had never been tried?† And the Swedes have a whole bunch of private corporations for an alleged socialist nation.

This type of Demorrhoid is a hypocritical shithead.

~~~

"Muh roads! Roads are socialism! If you don't like socialism, GET OFF MUH ROAD!"

Well, so in your opinion, only those who endorse and pay for the road can use it? That's not how socialism "Works," sweetie. Further, paved roads were invented during the Palace Economy of the Bronze Age, in order to bring TAXES to the GOVERNMENT. That commoners benefited was a plus, because it meant MORE WEALTH TO TAX.† Also, a single collective endeavor would not necessarily justify all others. Or you wouldn't be complaining about all the things you hate about the government.

This type of Demorrhoid is by definition a shithead, because they think they're socialist. They're also a fucking thief who thinks they're entitled to any amount of your productivity they deem reasonable, because of the magic of roads...which predate socialism.† Once again, shitheads claim credit for something they didn't do, and attempt to pass the blame for their own failure onto others.

Socially, and possibly evolutionarily, the typical Demorrhoid ranks somewhere between a dung beetle and a leech. They survive off the waste of actual productivity, and complain about how much effort it takes, so if you could just pull them out of the muck and attach them to a vein, that would be great.† They're literally incapable of comprehending they'd be sucking productivity out of a healthy economy, while poisoning it with their filth.

~~~

"You red staters consume more than you pay in taxes!† You are scum!"

I see. So why did you BLUE STATERS vote for the tax?† You insist on a government agency to run things, force us under it, then complain about the cost.† If you had just gone fucked yourself to start with, you wouldn't be paying for it (actually, you're wrong on a per capita basis), we wouldn't be stuck with it, and you'd have to find something else to bitch about.

"If it weren't for we urbanites on our VALUABLE REAL ESTATE IN NYC, you'd be starving! We don't need you.† Your votes shouldn't count. Your land is worthless and you are contemptible."

Excuse me, but MY LAND PRODUCES FOOD. Yours merely houses morally degenerate, ignorant, stupid, failures of human evolution. When the power goes out for a few hours in your area, people riot and die. When the power goes out for a few days around here, we just shrug and work around it.

This type of Demorrhoid is a conceited, elitist, urban shithead, and piece of subhuman garbage.††

~~~

If you can find an ACTUAL socialist, you can sometimes have a reasonable philosophical discussion with them.† They might even admit they're dealing with a guiding principle that can't succeed alone in the real world. If you find an OLD SCHOOL LIBERAL, you'll find they support civil freedom, and a mutually supportive state. You will probably disagree with them on how much state intrusion is beneficial. History shows they tend to be a bit idealistic, but idealism tempered with caution yields a healthy society.

The modern Demorrhoid is just an ignorant, stupid, whining, greedy failure seeking to leech off civilization while professing their hatred for it.

More will be added later.† And the question:

Are there any Demorrhoids left who are NOT complete government cocksucking shitheads?† I ask rhetorically.†

Because the answer is no.

https://quillette.com/2019/08/22/why-white-privilege-is-wrong-part-1/

From the article:

"As it relates to economics, the oft-used median household income seems like a good place to start. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the median household income of non-Hispanic whites in 2017 was $68,145. While this is higher than the national median of $59,039, it is considerably lower than the incomes of several ethnic groups. Indian Americans, Pakistani Americans, Filipino Americans, and Taiwanese Americans each out-earned whites in 2017, boasting median household incomes of $110,716, $83,956, $83,256, and $81,903, respectively. Lebanese Americans ($76,805), Sri Lankan Americans ($73,856), Chinese Americans ($72,927), and Iranian Americans ($72,733) also out-earned whites.

In general, the U.S. Census Bureau reports that Asians have had a higher median household income than whites since the mid-1980s. In fact, figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate that white men earned 80 percent of what Asian men earned in 2017.

In 2000,†data†from the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights showed that 44.6 percent of black applicants were turned down for mortgage loans. In comparison, 22.3 percent of white applicants were turned down. In spite of†data†indicating that black-owned banks had turned down black applicants at rates higher than white-owned banks, accusations of discrimination within the banking sector were widespread. However, the same report from the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights revealed another interesting†statistic: the mortgage rejection rate for Asian Americans was 12.4 percent. In other words, Asian Americans were approved at a higher rate than whites. This data point never saw the light of day in most newspapers or television news programs.

For neo-Nazis and alt-righters, their supposed superiority lies in their genetics. For those on the far-left, the unjust supremacy of whites is based on systemic discrimination."~~~

Incorrect. For racist liberals (statistically all of them), white privilege is a code word for white supremacy. They believe white people are superior in all ways and need to be taxed to provide equality to those lesser beings who can't possibly hope to compete, not being white.

It allows them to be smug in their perceived racial superiority, explain away their own bigotry as some magical innateness that isn't genetic, while still being inheritable, and of course, "the rich" should pay for†it, thus conveniently absolving any non-rich liberal (Which is none of them, in their POV) from guilt, as long as they virtue signal about how horrible it is.

The textbook example is the bleat that voter ID is racist because "black people" might have trouble getting ID.

There are more white people living in poverty than black people, but somehow, liberals forget to mention them, because of their "privilege."

TRANSLATION: They think white people are smart enough to handle this mythical problem, but black people aren't.

Your average liberal is so fucking racist he can't see his own racism through his virtue signal.

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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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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:

~~~

...In A Long Time Until Now, you have a character with hypothyroidism. I didnít 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 couldnít afford it. Part of it was I figured any doctor would tell me to lose weight, so I kept saying ďOh, Iíll lose some weight first.Ē Needless to say, I never lost weight, even when I tried and then other stuff would distract me.
...
Itís 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. Iíve worked with dogs and itís a common disease in dogs. I figured itís easy enough to manage and the meds are cheap, get to a doctor and Voila! Problems solved.††
...
So, while I donít have hypothyroidism, which would have made this little story poetically perfect, I do have Cushingís 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 hadnít read that book, Iíd probably still would be doing the stupid ďOh, Iíll get to it.Ē 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 wasnít for that one character that you wrote, I donít 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 Cushingís 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

Iíll 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)

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[redacted]

Wed, Aug 7, 12:32 AM

to†me

And you canít 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 canít know and donít care what the man believes. As a Jew, I saw a swastika given the barest fig leaf by being ďbackwards.Ē 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 [vendorís], but if I see any such symbols or speech in the SCA, they will be reported, and you can deal with Corporate.

~~~

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,

--†


Benjamin M. Blatt

Attorney at Law

P.O. Box 221

South Bend, IN 46624-0221

574.360.4039

https://www.facebook.com/hoosierattorney

Armed Citizens' Legal Defense Network

http://armedcitizensnetwork.org/

This email is intended only for the person to whom it is addressed.

Any review or other use of this information by persons or entities other

than the intended recipient or any retransmission without the consent of

the sender is prohibited.

~~~†

(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 canít know and donít 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.)

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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?

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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.

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