Monday, March 12, 2018

4chan Does It Better: Katawa Shoujo

So as I stated in the last segment of my most recent podcast, I've been getting into the whole "visual novel" thing. Up till recently I've only played Sakura Dungeon, which was fun because it had girls with animal ears (with copious amounts of lewds because let's be real here that's what those Sakura games are for) as well as a dungeon crawl and battle mechanic that kept the fun going beyond what mere breasteses could provide. I'd heard people talking up Doki Doki Literature Club, and I played that and was severely disappointed. 

Then a friend introduced this game to me. 

[Sidenote: I don't consider visual novels video games because they have only the most basic of gameplay mechanics, and are far more accurately described as slightly interactive, choose-your-own-adventure comic books. In the case of the ones that are specifically romantically focused they're choose-your-own-waifu adventure comics. I'm just going to refer to them as "games" because it's a useful shorthand rather than having to type all that bullcrap out every time.]

And this game changed my opinion on the whole visual novel thing. I won't say it was an earth shattering revelation, or a game that completely revolutionized how I think about visual novels (VN's for short from here on out), or that it was even a really fantastic game in its own right. Because at base it isn't anything particularly special. The music is decent, the art is okay, the animation (what little there is) is on the good side of amateur hour, and the writing isn't anything to write home about in and of itself. However, it's the overall effect that brings this game home as something that is obviously a labor of love, and is more than anybody currently bitching about representation has ever done in their lives to further representation of people with disabilities in video games. 

Did I mention that? That all these characters are disabled in some fashion? 

Because I should've. Maybe I need to back up a step and explain what the game is actually about, here. 

So Katawa Shoujo (literal translation: Cripple Girls, colloquial translation: Disabled Girls) is a visual novel about a last-year high school student who has a heart attack and discovers he has arrhythmia. He is placed in a boarding school for students with disabilities, and over the course of his first few days meets several girls that are all in some fashion disabled. Shizune is a deaf-mute, Hanako has burn scars and severe psychological issues because of this, Lily is blind, Emi had her legs amputated just below the knee, and Rin has a birth defect that stopped her arms from growing and as a result has stumps just below the shoulder. Over the course of the game you as the player pick which girl you'd prefer to romance and attempt to follow their arc to the "good" ending. "Good" is in scare quotes here because it doesn't always end on the happiest note. 

So far as the first act goes (wherein you pick which girl you're going to go after) it's fairly well written, and your choices in dialogue do have an effect on how this game ends up, which is more than you can say for Mass Effect 3. But you get introduced to all the girls, and via these dialogue choices you choose which you're going to get involved with. I actually had to look up a flow chart to figure out how to get the entire story from this game, but thankfully they had the foresight to put in a "skip" mechanic so you can fast forward through stuff you've seen already.

Personally I've only completed two arcs and am working on a third, eventually planning to make my way through the entire game. However I noticed some things while playing this game. The rest of this ramble is basically going to be some thoughts that I have about it and how it relates to the incredible disconnect between an internet culture like 4chan and an internet culture like Tumblr, so if you want my verdict I'll go ahead and give it here before I get into a shit ton of pointless bloviating. 

The game is good, and in my opinion you should play it. It's free, available via direct download from the website or via torrent. The writing is a bit simplistic, and as I said the music (while good) isn't going to be starting any revolutions anytime soon. However it's absolutely worth a play, and to be honest they should probably be charging for this given how well it's done considering where it came from and how emotionally impactful it's capable of being. If you're into VN's, or romance in general, or just want to experience 4chan kicking the absolute shit out of Tumblr in terms of representation done well, then I'd recommend it. But if you're anything like me, just remember this is more of a comic book than an actual video game and you'll be good to go.

So that done, let's talk a little about the development process with this game. Because frankly I can't talk too much about the story without spoiling things, and if you're going to go play it I don't want to ruin things for you.

This game came about because of a sketch from a doujin artist that 4chan just would not shut the fuck up about for years. So eventually, a bunch of anons got together and made a game studio specifically to produce this game. They called themselves 4 Leaf Studios (based on the 4 leaf clover 4chan logo) and got to work. It took a while, but eventually KS came to be and has since been translated into god only knows how many languages. Now as far as I know, and I'm open to being corrected on this, the first act was written by one guy, and then each girl's individual arc was written by different people who were invested in telling that girl's particular story.

Apparently Shizune, the deaf-mute girl, was subject to several re-writes, and looking at the flow chart I can believe it. Every other girl has plenty of decision moments, and Rin's is just completely fucked up, but then you bird's-eye Shizune compared to the rest and it's a straight line with one branching decision that leads to either the good or bad ending. So if you decided to go after the deaf-mute girl, your mileage may vary. This is the one I'm currently playing through, and I haven't gotten far enough to say one way or another. Just be aware this apparently isn't the best written of the arcs. 

However, the complete autist writing and rewriting Shizune's arc aside, each arc for this game was essentially written by somebody who thought that particular character was best girl. Therefore all the arcs (exempting Shizune of course) are written with a kind of loving care that has the quality you'd expect from an image board like 4chan, but the passion shines through beyond clumsy turns of phrase or echoed words. It's quite obvious that the people writing these different arcs cared about telling a decent story within what they were given to tell, and this leads to some legitimately heart-wrenching moments depending on what girl you've decided to romance for this playthrough. 

So here's the part where I devolve into random social science bullshit because to be honest this is the thing that really astounds me.

4chan is an anonymous imageboard. It has a well deserved reputation for being one of the worst places on the entire internet, and before Tumblr turned into the absolute fucking dumpster fire it is now, that was true. However, there's a distinct disconnect between the approach towards representation in media taken by 4chan, and that taken by Tumblr. I should be clear here, I spend a fair amount of time on Tumblr, and comparatively far less on 4chan. So while I've heard of 4chan's excesses and depredations, I've actively seen Tumblr's in real time. I can say without a shadow of a doubt that Tumblr is the worse of the two. 

4chan is akin to the internet's red light district. You walk in there knowing what you're about to get, because of the reputation. And because of the way deindividuation works (basically anonymity), you're likely to be metaphorically stabbed because you simply look like (or sound like, given the medium of text people interact with each other through on that site) you haven't been stabbed yet. It's a kind of initiation ritual and fact of that website that if you appear to not have been stabbed yet, someone will eventually try to stab you. 

Contrast this to Tumblr, wherein you have actual screen names (a feature actively and vehemently discouraged on 4chan, despite the ability to engage in it), as well as an email address tied to your account, and shit gets far nastier than a metaphorical stabbing. People have been SWATted, reported to the police for false crimes, had their pets taken away and euthanized, driven to suicide, and all manner of other nasty shit. There are decent parts of Tumblr, but eventually that part (which is most of the site's userbase) is going to find you and decide that you are problematic in some fashion, and as such not human and not deserving of human decency, mercy, or opportunity for redemption.

And what really sets this in sharp focus in regards to Katawa Shoujo is that 4chan bitches a lot, but they don't bitch about representation. Just stroll into any thread on /v/ and you'll be subject to a deluge of autists screaming about a video game that got them all upset. But very rarely do you see 4chan wanting [x] people group to be represented more often in video games. There are occasional threads, but those are obviously troll threads and get the treatment they deserve. Overall, /v/ really seems to just want decent games. Apart from the people who are there to just interminably bitch about literally everything, of course. 

Now Tumblr? 

These people bitch on the fucking daily about how we need more representation of [x] demographic in video games. Very rarely does a day go by when I'm scrolling Tumblr and I don't see someone bitching about this very thing. They constantly whinge about this kind of stuff, and the most stunning thing about it is they never do a god damned thing about it other than bitch, despite the fact that tools like RPG Maker exist that would give them the opportunity to do exactly what they want. Game development is hard, yes, but it's not impossible. It's a learnable skill, and any one of these people shouting into the void on Tumblr could learn it and be the change they want to see.

And yet they don't. Because bitching is easy. Actually doing something about it is hard work. 

So when it comes to a game like Katawa Shoujo, I'm standing absolutely gobsmacked by the fact that 4chan indeed did this thing. Granted, a VN isn't exactly the most difficult game to produce. However they actually got off their duffs and did the thing rather than constantly bitching and hoping that someone would do it for them. And so far as I know, this wasn't done out of any kind of call for representation of cripples in video games.

It was done because these particular anons wanted to tell these particular stories involving these particular characters, and so they went out and did it. They made it happen, and that's why I say 4chan does it better. Because to do something better than someone else, you actually have to do more than complain. You have to lace up your boots and get to work. These anons have done more for the representation of cripples in video games than anyone currently pissing and moaning on their Tumblr blog about how terrible it is that there aren't more crippled people in vidya. 

These random anons approached this subject matter with a respect and tenderness that outshines the best AAA company you can think of on their best day, and they did it all for no recognition and no money. I think this was a bad move, because they had all the makings of a talented development studio, but I wasn't involved and their decision to do it for free is their own. This actually gives me a bit of respect for the anons of 4 Leaf, because putting the game out for free proves this was a labor of love rather than a cash grab.

Which, I can guarantee that any game coming from Tumblr in a similar vein would absolutely be a cash grab.

These anons cared about these characters and these stories, and as such they made a product that even the best of what Tumblr has to offer from the people who seem to be very opinionated on these matters wouldn't be able to match in a thousand years. And to be perfectly honest, when the infamous internet hate machine is giving you exactly what you ask for and doing it far better than you could ever hope to do, it might be time to hang up your spurs, cowpoke. So at bottom this post here comes down to a challenge.

4chan has already outdone Tumblr by leaps and bounds just by putting this game out. If you're really so concerned with representation of demographics in vidya, then step up, learn to make a video game, and be the change you want to see.

Because if 4chan is being the change you want to see in the world, and doing it better than you could simply by virtue of having done it in the first place, maybe you don't actually want to see this change happen. Maybe you just want to bitch. Maybe, like the cartoon says, you don't want a solution. You want to be mad.

But so far as Katawa Shoujo goes, as I said, it's a VN. You should have a basic understanding of what you're getting into, but go play it. It's worth the time it'll take you to download and play the game. Find your cripple waifu, dear reader. Because this is probably the only game that'll give you the chance. 

I realize as I'm finishing this up that I should absolutely mention the problem with Emi, and the h-scenes. Because those are things that should be addressed. 

So the issue with Emi is that she's the main storyline, and the one that (apparently) most people fall into on their first playthrough. I felt like this was railroading, and it kind of is. There's one dialogue choice that flags you for heading towards Emi's arc, and you have to do some ridiculous bullshit backflips to get out of it. This is a design flaw in my opinion, but if you just make the proper choice at the proper time (depending on whether you're planning to romance Emi or literally anyone else) it can be easily avoided. It just seems a bit bullshit to me to make her that important that it's basically one or two dialogue choices that decide whether you get shunted into her arc, or whether you get to go for another girl.

That being said, Emi's arc was very well told and enjoyable. 

She just isn't best girl.

Because apparently I have a taste for bacon. 

Now to the h-scenes. 

Being a romance VN, this game eventually rewards you with "porn" of the character you've decided to romance if you make the right choices. There is an option to turn this off, and from what I've read doing my research because I'm absolutely that much of an autist, it doesn't effect the game or the character development all that much. From what I've seen (because y'all already know what time it is if you're reading this) the h-scenes are tastefully done for porn and actually do have an effect on the relationships between the characters themselves. 

This isn't the kind of game where sex is just an, "Oh, I love you so I'm going to have teh sessy teims wit u" kind of thing. Shit has real consequences, and even gets into the personal psychology of the characters and how they react to the main character showing interest in them and actively pursuing them as a romantic prospect. This was really interesting in a few instances because, as I said, it had an effect on how the game progressed and how these characters reacted to you. 

Ostensibly, if you got the h-scenes of the character, you got the "good" ending, but this isn't always the case. There are ways you can severely fuck this up between that and the end of [x] arc. To the point of that character hating you and never wanting to talk to you again. Which is an interesting dynamic I haven't seen in my (admittedly small) experiences with games like this before. 

In my opinion this just proves that this game wasn't meant to be a vehicle for amputee porn. If they'd wanted to do that they could've just come up with the basic character designs, posted them in a thread, and let the drawfags have a fucking field day making lewds of them all day. That didn't happen.

Well, it might've happened, but I haven't seen it, and what Katawa Shoujo threads I've actually seen on 4chan nowadays have not included the lewds that may or may not exist of these characters. 

This game is meant, in my opinion, to be a heartfelt story of a young man finding out he has a disability, meeting various girls, and coming to love them not because they're disabled, but for who they are beyond the disabilities. The h-scenes are, I think, them not flinching away from difficulties and realities of getting romantically involved with a disabled person. Much like (and I know this is a stretch but bear with me) Henry Miller didn't shy away from his sexual liaisons in his various novels. It's an unflinching look at what engaging in a romantic relationship with a disabled person might be like, and given the writing I can't tell if the particular anons who wrote this game have experience in this area or if they're just extrapolating based on what they think would happen in individual situations. It gets right down to the nitty gritty, and it would've been very easy for them to shy away from this and not include it, despite the fact this is a romance game. 

They didn't, and I think that takes balls, to be honest.

But overall, Katawa Shoujo is a good VN, and moreover it shows what a bunch of autists on an imageboard can do when they put their minds to it. As I said, they've officially done more for the representation of cripples in vidya than anyone on Tumblr has ever even thought of doing.

So go give it a play.

It's free, and there are worse ways to kill an afternoon.  

Here's the link to the website for the interested.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

The JimFear138 Podcast Ep.81 - More Memos, YouTube Purge, & VN Wars

Hello everyone and welcome to another episode of the podcast! This time I go over the Democrat Memo and the Grassley Memo, talk about the YouTube Purge currently going down, and weeb out about the weird juxtaposition between the visual novels Doki Doki Literature Club and Katawa Shoujo. 

Hope y'all enjoy!

MP3 Download of this episode:

Democrat Memo:

Powerline Article on Grassley Memo:

Grassley Memo:

18 U.S. Code § 1001:

YouTube Purge from Dangerous:

YouTube Purge from Breitbart:

Alex Jones Carving a Pumpkin & Talking About Police Conspiracies:

Sen. Ted Cruz Goes At The Asses Of Social Media Representatives:

Doki Doki Literature Club:

Katawa Shoujo:

Social Media Dump:












Opening Music:
Honey Bee by Kevin Macleod:
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Monday, March 5, 2018

Guest Post: Monstergirl Madness by Anon

Image Credit to Alexander of Cirsova

[Jim: This is a guest post written by an anon who approached me about this essay they've written, but were nervous about featuring on their own website or blog. Given that I'm a total and complete sperg, and have no filter with regards to my power level, I offered to post it here so their hard work wouldn't go to waste. I was also asked to keep their name secret, so the only thing you guys know is that this isn't me. Because if I'd written something like this, you know I'd take credit for it. Enjoy the guest post!]


This essay may touch on issues that some may find uncomfortable, including fictional accounts of sexual assault. Better safe than sorry!


I am fascinated by the monstergirl fandom. It has its excesses...oh boy it has its excesses, but at the core, the monstergirl fandom is full of young men who have been hurt by the false promises given to them about the world from their elders. It is both a longing for and a reaction to those false promises. This fandom can do more than produce erotica; I believe that there is some serious storytelling potential in monstergirls.

What precisely is a monstergirl?

Generally a monstergirl is a humanoid female with many animal-like or monstrous features. Generally, they are hyper-sexualized, but this is not strictly necessary. Many beings from mythology fall squarely into monstergirl territory, like mermaids, centaurs, and the Medusa. However, there are many, many other “species” that have been imagined.

Here are some VERY NSFW resources to learn more about them.

8chan's Monstergirl Board
- Repository of stories, pictures, and discussion. Did I mention VERY NSFW? This place is VERY NSFW.
Touch Fluffy Tail
- Story repository.
Monstergirl Encyclopedia Wiki
- This a wiki about a Monstergirl Encyclopedia created by some people in Japan. It is often abbreviated as MGE. For many monstergirl aficionados this is the “canon” of monstergirls, much like the George Romero movies are the “canon” for modern zombie movies. There will be deviations (fast vs slow zombies, for example), but when in doubt, when it comes to the look of a monstergirl, this is the place to go.
Monstergirls are often stronger and faster then humans, and sometimes possess magical powers. Yet, for some reason, they enjoy the company of (relatively) weak men. In the MGE world, they generally feed off of the spirit energy of men, which is found in high concentrations within the semen of men. Thus, the sex.
Also, in most "canons", only females are monster-ized. There are no monsterboys, so the monstergirls need human men for reproduction. Once again, another reason for the erotica, but from a storytelling perspective, it gives reason for human societies and monstergirl societies to interact, which can lead to all kinds of conflict and storytelling potential. Or lots of monstergirl on human male rape. That is a distrubing trend in many monstergirl stories.

Are monstergirls the same as furries?

No. I would argue that they are the mid-point between human and furry. A good cutoff point between monstergirl and furry is the face. If it has a snout, it is furry. If it has a human-ish face, it is a monstergirl.

Why I am interested in monstergirls

There are two main reasons I am interested in monstergirls. The first is the way it reflects modern Western society (particularly in the United States) and the second is the storytelling potential.

1. Reflection of modern Western society

Within the monstergirl fandom, there is a strong desire for a so-called "trad" relationship. Modern society has effectively shat all over young men and even well-meaning people have lied to them. Work hard, go to college, find a good job and a nice wife, get the 2.5 kids plus the white picket fence, etc. That is a lie.
I bought this lie hook, line, and sinker from my well-meaning Boomer parents. For most Boomers, this was enough. Even if they made awful decisions, they still generally succeeded. But, the world was changed by the Boomers. Doing the "right" thing is not enough nowadays to succeed in our society.
In the fucked-up world that the Gen-Xers, Millenials, and Generation Z inhereited from the Boomers, following the nice Boomer advice is a recipe for failure. Most Boomers do not realize that the world has changed and their advice no longer is accurate, but there is a whole generation of men who are left with no good advice on how to live their lives. Add no-fault divorce, increased number of women in the workplace driving down wages, and a loss of community through the tearing down of local organizations (federal government giving out welfare, rather than local churches doing charity), and you have a perfect recipe for hurt young men.
For example, women are still treated as "better" than men. The HR departments and courts will side with them. A woman can fuck a bunch of "alpha studs", get knocked up and the government will pay to support the woman. Now remember, where does the government get this money? Hell, a woman can claim sexual harrassment against a guy, get him fired, and take his job. Women have no real incentive in modern society to "behave" nicely. But should a man decide to not engage with society and go his own way, he is told to "man up" and marry the washed-up women who have rode the cock carousel for 15 years. How dare he not financially support a woman who does not care for him and would leave him in an instant if a handsome man shows even the slightest amount of interest!
Men are expected to just suck it up and deal with it. But without the support groups that men traditionally have had with other men, where is the strength to do that? Men need each other and need to lean on them from time to time. Yet, our society no longer values groups of men being men. We are atomized and disconnected.
No jobs, no stable families, no community to support them...where will young men turn?


No amount of cleaning one's room can replace the gaping hole where healthy masculinity once was in society.
Where will men retreat to? A world in which the Boomer promises are true. Being a honest, decent person means that life turns out okay. You don't have lie, cheat, steal, and betray to get ahead. A world, in short, of monstergirls.
In a a very real sense, monstergirls love men for their manliness. (gotta get that spirit energy from his semen!) They are loyal to their men, appreciate them, and care for them. Likewise, the men support and love their monstergirl. Rather than trying to be a roommate that sometimes has sex with them (which is what modern feminism was turned many wives into), monstergirls revel in their femininity and encourage the masculinity of their men. Each partner builds the other up in positive feedback loop.
The rise of monstergirls online is a damning inditement of modern society.

2. Storytelling

Who is sick of Tolkien-knock-off elves and dwarves?
I cannot speak for the kind proprietor of this webzone, but I am sick of the same old fantasy races. Let's try something different!
Monstergirls offer an opportunity to do something new and interesting with fantasy races. The author can put new blood into fantasy / sci fi settings. For example, imagine a forest full of elves prancing about under the full moon.
Now imagine a forest full of spider women who spin webs in the tree to catch birds that they then eat. And the main character of your story gets trapped in a web.
Will they try to eat him? Enslave him? Let him go? Marry him? Send him on a quest?
Because they are an unknown, there is an element of mystery to their motives and desires. An author can play with the mystery and hook the reader's attention.
True, most monstergirl fiction is a ghetto of erotica, but it does not have to be that way. Even in the erotica ghetto, there is (usually) a healthier sexuality on display than is encouraged in our society. Monogamy is assumed as the default (or at least the ideal) in a monstergirl world.
Here is an example of a good use of a monstergirl in a story...JimFear138's story: The Tower of Benshi features a princess who is actually a dragon monstergirl!

In conclusion

Give monstergirls a try. Stick them in your stories. See what happens. I guarantee that something interesting will come out of it.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

The JimFear138 Podcast Ep. 80 ft. J. E. Bennett

Hello everyone and welcome to another episode of the podcast! Sorry this one took so long but I think you'll realize why when you look at the length. This is officially my longest podcast to date! It's an absolute marathon with my friend J. E. Bennett, currently working on his own ttrpg called "The Pulp Trip", wherein we go over everything from tabletop rpg's, to the pulps, to Robert E. Howard, to H. P. Lovecraft, to dice, to Steemit, and god only knows what other topics! If you can get all the way through this one, you've earned something. I'm not sure what it is, but something at the very least! Thanks again to J.E. for coming on the show, and as usual he is welcome back any time!

Hope y'all enjoy!

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J.E. on Twitter:

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Opening Music:
Honey Bee by Kevin Macleod:
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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The Battle Of Athens: A History Lesson On Guns

In the wake of the tragedy in Florida there's been a lot of talk about gun rights in the United States, as there always is after a tragedy like this. Most of this is uninformed and philosophically and morally bankrupt, and we have several examples demonstrating why this is a fact and not mere conjecture or opinion on my part. So in the interest of facilitating a better discussion on gun rights, I'm going to tell you a true story as well as I can manage. This actually did happen, and here's the wikipedia page for anyone who'd like to check my accounting or do independent research.

Remember, Wikipedia is not a source, but they list their sources, so you can do further reading if you want. On that note, though, the wikipedia page is actually a pretty balanced and faithful accounting. I'm going to be taking a little poetic license with my retelling. I'm not Howard, or even Tolkien, but I'll try to keep this more interesting than reading a history book. I should also mention that I'm not a credentialed historian, I'm just an enthusiastic student of history, so anything I say can and should be independently corroborated by interested parties who don't want to just take my word for it, hence the linking of where I'm getting my information from. I'll keep it as factual as possible, with no embellishments or taking one conflicting account over another, but this is a blog post, not an article in a historical academic journal, so I reserve the right to inject invective when I see fit.

All that said, let's get on with it.

We're going to have to go back to the late 1930's to start with, and this story starts slow, but picks up towards the end, and I have a larger point, so bear with me here. In the state of Tennessee in the late 30's, a political machine was making the rounds attempting to install toadies into positions of power in various counties and towns, even to the point of gerrymandering districts to improve their chances for election. These people were horribly corrupt to start with, and it only got worse as the years went on.

Eventually, in 1936, a man named Cantrell was elected Sheriff of McMinn County, Tennessee, where the town of Athens lies. In the years of '38 and '40 he was re-elected, and there is speculation this was due to dishonest tabulation of votes, among other methods. However in '42 he was elected to the Senate, and one of his cronies was put in his place, Pat Mansfield. 

Mansfield delivered an unprecedented level of corruption to McMinn County. This is when the gerrymandering of voting precincts occurred, as well as fiddling with the legal system to reduce the numbers of justices of the peace to a more manageable number that the Cantrell side of things could control effectively. Moreover the Sheriff and his deputies worked on a fee system, where they made money not on salary but on the amount of people they arrested and processed, guilty or not. 

During this time the United States Department of Justice investigated allegations of voter fraud in the elections of the years listed, but took no action against anybody. Because of the refusal of the DOJ to act on this egregious situation, vote control and fraud kept the situation largely in the pocket of Cantrell and his higher-ups. But something happened that they did not intend or plan for.

Now if you're not a student of history, or even mildly familiar with the timeline we're discussing here, you might not know that a fairly large conflagration was going on overseas that went by the name of World War II. Many of the boys of McMinn County were out fighting that war in several theaters, including the African and Pacific. Well, the war ended and these veterans came home to find their county and town under the grip of this tyrannical tinpot dictator that was extorting the citizens of their beloved home for money and power. The GI's were also well paid at the end of the war, and had quite a bit of cash on them.

You can see where this is going, but I'll continue.

The deputies and Sheriff began shaking down the GI's and essentially stealing money from them for crimes real or imagined. It was extortion, plain and simple, and it went on for a while before the veterans got sick of this treatment and decided to do something about it. This, however, is not where things got violent. They attempted to use the system to correct these abuses of power first. 

McMinn county had about 3,000 returning GI's, 10% of the total county population, and around 400 of them got together in a bi-partisan coalition to oust these criminals and thieves from power and install a Sheriff that would enforce the law as it was meant to be enforced. They nominated people for offices, campaigned, and at last it came down to the election. But how did the current Sheriff and his deputies react?

They went full dictatorship on the county, hiring 200 thugs from neighboring counties and towns as deputies to enforce their will, and paid them a princely sum to do so. It adds up to about $630 a day in 2017 dollars, so of course these men were eager to take the job and do whatever the Sheriff told them. These men, some of them ex-convicts, patrolled voting stations and poll locations to prevent certain people from voting, control the votes of those they allowed to vote, and attempted to steal the ballots to count them in secret. 

What this led up to was the execution of an elderly black farmer, Tom Gillespie, for the crime of attempting to vote while black.

Let me say that again, for emphasis.

These men executed an American citizen for attempting to exercise his civil liberties and vote in what should have been a free election, because he was black.

They shot him in the back as he was fleeing the polling station, and he died from this wound.

This needs particular emphasis because it needs to be made clear that in American history the attempt to restrict the right to bear arms has been used against black people to restrict their ability to defend themselves. It is not, at its fundamentals, a racist policy, but it has absolutely and frequently been used for racist ends, primarily against black people in America. So if you truly do care about the rights of minorities, you will stop trying to disarm them. Because then they will be unable to defend themselves against people like these evil men trying to cement power for themselves, and will prevent the murder of more people like Tom Gillespie.

Now the murder in cold blood of Tom Gillespie for the crime of attempting to vote while black ignited a firestorm that lasted the rest of the night and well into the morning of the next day. The veterans, along with some citizens, armed themselves and decided to fix this problem once and for all. Polling places were raided by the GI's, deputies were detained and beaten, ballot boxes were collected, and votes were tallied. There was an overwhelming majority for the bi-partisan coalition of the GI's.

The Sheriff's boys, meanwhile, had absconded with several of these ballot boxes and taken them to the jail, where they were intending on counting out the votes to their benefit, regardless of what the actual count was. This didn't sit right with the GI's, who were mainly armed with pistols at the time, which they'd legally purchased and personally owned. They laid siege to the prison, but were unable to get inside and liberate the ballots. The Sheriff and his men were also not amenable to surrender or negotiation. 

This was when the GI's, who were well and truly coordinating things on their side now, hit upon a wonderful idea.

They raided the National Guard Armory, in force, took the key from the watchman, and distributed the weapons there among themselves. This included 60 .30-06 Enfield rifles, two Thompson sub-machine guns, ammunition for all of them, and dynamite. With these they set up in a bank across the street from the jail, as well as in the Post Office, and laid proper siege to the building full of tyrants and thugs. However, they did not kill by choice.

They gave them hourly notice that if they surrendered the Sheriff and his men would not be killed, and at one point an ambulance showed up which they did not molest in any way because they thought it was to carry away the wounded. It turned out that this was a ruse to allow the Sheriff and Cantrell to flee to safety as they abandoned their men to save their own hides, like true dictators, who are always craven and cowardly sons of bitches. But fight they did, and many people were wounded, and the fighting went on into the early morning of the next day.

The GI's knew that if they did not finish this by morning, they would all be arrested, for they had indeed broken the law. If this were not finished before the National Guard and the State Troopers were deployed, they would have nothing to show for it and all their work would be for nothing. This was when they hit upon the use of the dynamite.

They made many bombs, and blew up several cars with them, until one man who had been in charge of a group of GI's this whole time, name of Bill White, a true hero, sneaked up to the jail and planted a bomb on the front porch. This bomb exploded, blew off the front of the building, and broke the will of the Sheriff's forces. Many of these thugs escaped out the back door, the rest were captured and many of them were beaten. The escapees phoned the neighboring town for help, but this was denied. 

The Battle of Athens was well and truly over at this time, and in the aftermath only one person was charged with a crime. This person was C.M. "Windy" Wise, the man who shot and killed Tom Gillespie.

After the battle, they tallied the votes up properly, and it was a clear landslide for the GI's bi-partisan coalition. They had broken the back of the corrupt Sheriff and Senator's forces, and rescued their town and county from the tyranny that had been forced upon them. This is one of the most significant and important events in American history, and now I'm going to explain why.

Something that people don't seem to understand is that "Tyranny", as a concept, does not have to be large to be tyrannical. Tyrants come in many forms, at all levels of power. I'm sure we've all been on websites that have tyrannical moderators that abuse their power. We've all been subject to unjust laws on the local, state, and federal level that were instituted by tyrannical politicians attempting to increase their own level of power. This is something we should all be familiar with by now, but at higher levels such as the federal it becomes too abstract to feel, and at lower levels like moderators of a subreddit (or other forum online) it's too small to really matter because you can always find or create another forum. 

This example of the Battle of Athens should hit literally every single American right where they live. Because we're all familiar with stories of police brutality. We've all heard the tales of unjust cops doing things they shouldn't. Many of us have even experienced it ourselves. The issues behind the Battle of Athens are, to be quite honest, what many on both the left and right side of politics complain about on a daily basis. Corrupt politicians in a feedback loop with corrupt police to parasite and prey on the "helpless" citizens of their districts and jurisdictions. 

But because this is America, and we have the right to bear arms in this country, "helpless" will always be in quotation marks. 

Because we are not helpless.

Understand that government is a monopolization on force. That's what it is, that's what it does, that's what it always has been and always will be. Because of this basic, fundamental truth, if the government is not checked by a comparable force, it is open to doing the most horrific and unconscionable things to its citizens. Demographically homogeneous or full of majorities and minorities, none of these people are safe if the power of government is not checked. But because the relationship that we have with government is that we accord it a certain level of power to arbitrate things, this makes it more powerful than any one citizen or small coalition of citizens. So how do you check that power when it has become so great?

You fucking arm people.

This argument goes far beyond the right and ability of self protection and protection of loved ones and property. Indeed, the latter is the consequence of the former. By granting ourselves the ability to protect against government tyranny in this fashion, we also as a consequence grant ourselves personal protection against thieves, murderers, and the like. If you allow people to arm themselves, they will protect themselves from tinpot dictators like Cantrell and Mansfield, and will have the ability to protect themselves from more mundane dangers as well. 

But because government is what it is, it is always seeking more power for itself, more control over the citizens it is meant to protect, and more direct authority over the life of the individual. This is not mere conjecture, this is absolute fact. And to see that we merely have to look at the United States.

The United States began as the greatest experiment in liberty ever conducted by human beings. It had a small government that barely paid its officials and merely kept itself to basic infrastructure, law enforcement, and national defense. Over time it has grown into the bloated monstrosity we see before us today, despite the best efforts of the founders to write in contingency plans and preventions for that kind of thing. Because that is the nature of government. Once you give it a power, it never, ever gives it up, and that power must be taken from it by force.

And the entire history of the American founding is predicated on liberty from an overly controlling government. "No taxation without representation" wasn't just a pithy slogan for some colonists. They meant it, and they were willing to kill to get England off their backs. Because the government of England was overtly, evilly tyrannical at the time. It could be argued that it still is. If the Americans of that day had not had guns privately owned by individual citizens, they never would've stood a chance against the greater forces of the English army.

Because they did have guns privately owned by individual citizens, a bunch of backwoods-ass colonists in the ass-end of the world kicked the absolute shit out of the greatest military force in the world at the time.

This is why Americans know for a fact that private ownership of firearms as a right for every citizen is absolutely necessary for personal liberty and freedom, and the two concepts cannot be divorced from one another. Our country literally would not exist without it, and we are intimately familiar with the need for it. You will never be able to convince a proper American that he or she should give up the right to bear arms, whether or not they personally feel it necessary to own a gun. And, moreover, Americans are not stupid, regardless of what other countries think of us.

Especially in the day of the internet and social media, the world is more connected than ever. We know what's happening in other countries, and this is to the detriment of the gun control narrative. We see people like Count Dankula and 6oodfella being arrested over tweets and joke videos in the UK. We see Canada restricting the right of its citizens to speak as they please. We see people in Germany being arrested for expressing dissatisfaction with government immigration policy. We see France finding it necessary to deploy what piddly little military they have on their own streets to maintain order because the unruly migrants they've welcomed with open arms are running roughshod and killing French citizens.

We see this, and we know.

Tyranny is quite literally all around us, even here in the US. We have looped back around to banning books like To Kill A Mockingbird, not because it questions the racial dogma of the day, but because it has "bad words" in it that might hurt people's feelings. We see the gun grabbers telling us that they are willing to kill us to take our guns away because of the actions of crazy people that are in no way representative of your average gun owner. We see the people who want to make "hate speech" illegal so that we suffer the same fate of those poor Germans, Scots, Brits, and Irish toiling under the yoke of their speech codes.

And we, because we are Americans and our country is fundamentally founded on liberty, are not going to have it. 

We will not put up with this.

And we don't have to, because we are armed.

And if there is a single gun-grabber who has read this far and has not been inspired by the tale of the Battle of Athens to change, or at least think about, their position, I have bad news for you.

You are going to have to kill us. 

People love to ask the wonderfully emotive question, "How many children's deaths are worth your right to have guns?"

And the only proper answer to that is, "Of course it is sad whenever one of these tragedies happens, but all of them."

Because if we allow emotion to rule our reason, and give up our fundamental right to self protection not only from criminals but from government tyranny, we will inevitably put the yoke back on, and become slaves again. And, because we have tasted the sweet air of freedom, we are not going back to that without an incredibly serious fight.

So here's the standoff: We have our guns. You want us to give them up. We're not going to. Force is the only option you have left. And when you apply that force, we will apply greater force back until you stop. And this in and of itself proves my point. 

You want to restrict our liberty and must apply force to do so.

We have our liberty and merely want to be left alone because we're not hurting anybody.

You are the dictator, and if you go too far, we will stop you.

And you can count on that, because that is what Americans do. It's ingrained in our cultural DNA, and cannot be mewled away with sympathetic tales of tragedy or celebrities crying crocodile tears on television. 

So the gun grabbers have two options right now, and only two options.

1. You can do what we want, which is leave us the hell alone, and go about your lives unmolested because you are not molesting anybody else. Or,

2. You can initiate a conflict that will end in rivers of blood with a death toll you cannot imagine, because we will not bow to your tyranny.

And before you make your choice, remember what #1 is conditional on.

Leaving us alone and minding your own god damned business.

If I were to give friendly advice, I'd suggest you learn how to do so. Because something you have to understand is that liberty, freedom, rights, come with risk. One risk of an armed populace is that occasionally a madman will get his hands on a gun and kill a few people. This is, of course, horrible beyond imagining.

But even worse is the horror of a tyrannical government, because that doesn't effect random small numbers of citizens. It effects quite literally all of them, by definition. And this is what gun grabbers don't get. Their side of the argument is, by its very nature, evil beyond description or the limits of the human imagination. It's putting unprecedented power into the hands of uncaring politicians who are fundamentally flawed human beings that will abuse it. People like to pretend that the U.S. government would never become tyrannical, that it will always be a benevolent government.

There is no such thing as a benevolent government.

If the government and the governing officials are not deathly afraid of the citizens, that government will abuse those citizens. History bears this out, it shows it time and time again, even in our modern era in countries like Canada and the U.K. And these are facts that I would encourage every gun control advocate to absorb and chew on.

Because the gun rights advocates have been giving and giving for over 100 years now, and we're reaching the end of our patience. You people are about to go one step too far in infringing on our personal liberties, and it is not going to end well for you if history is any indication. The rivers of blood in the streets I mentioned earlier is not a joke, nor is it any kind of hyperbole.

So think very hard about how far you want to take this kind of thing. Because unfortunately, it looks to me like shit is about to get violent, and I don't want that. As I said, the incredibly vast majority of lawful gun owners, we're talking upwards of 98%, just want to be left alone. We just want you to stop trying to fuck with us.

But you can only poke a bear with a stick so many times before it turns around, rips you shreds, and eats you.

Food for thought, as I continue my habits of peaceful gun ownership. 

For further food for thought, I recommend the YouTube channel of Justicar. He's former military and police, and one of the most knowledgeable gun rights advocates I know of. He's also where I found out about the Battle of Athens, wherein as you can see a dictator was stopped before he could really get going. He has a lot of videos about guns and gun rights, and I recommend the entire channel for those interested. He also deals with other topics, but if you're looking for honest gun talk, he's one of the best on the entire site, and is criminally undersubscribed. 

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The Media Are Our Enemies

[EDIT]: I've been informed that dropping links to some of this bullshit would be helpful. Here's the memo on Vox. Here's the archive of the Vox article. Coverage of US media outlets giving favorable coverage to the despotic, criminal, human rights violating regime in North Korea.

If you've been paying attention to the news cycle lately, one thing should be abundantly clear to you, and that one thing is that these people are self-evidently the enemies of the American people. And I'm not repeating some Trump talking point, anyone who's actually been looking, listening, and reading can tell you this. After the Nunes Memo debacle and the absolute shitfit that has been the Winter Olympics coverage of North Korea, anyone who still trusts these organizations is not paying attention, or is being willfully ignorant. 

So what precisely happened with the Memo? Well, if you either watch corporate media (God help you), or watch a media commentator like Hard Bastard at the Hard News Network, and have actually read the memo yourself, you will know that the corporate media systematically and without exception lied their asses off about the contents. If you want to know about the actual contents of the memo, you can google it and read it (it's only four pages long), or you can check out my last podcast wherein I read the entire thing with commentary, and also provide a link to Hard Bastard's coverage of the memo wherein he does the same. The reason I read the memo out in my podcast is that HB is literally the only person I'd seen do so, and I wanted to inform people about what the contents actually were. 

He also covered Memo Day quite extensively, and read articles and commented on videos from all kinds of media organizations, from David Pakman, to The Young Turks, to CNN, to MSNBC, and others. Not a single one of these read the actual memo live on air to inform their viewers of what was in it. They interpreted the memo for their viewers, and I imagine desperately prayed to their heathen gods that nobody in their audiences would develop a brain and go find the thing themselves.

There were, coincidentally, only two interpretations. On the one hand, this was a nothingburger, it was blown way out of proportion, it didn't prove anything, and was a big waste of everyone's time. On the other hand, this was an apocalyptic level event that absolutely required violent revolution to overthrow this tyrannical dictatorship that is undermining our trust in beloved law enforcement organizations like the DOJ and FBI. Now both of these can't be true at once, and it looks like some wires got crossed between the handlers at the top and the toadies on your screen. So which is the truth?


They are both lies. Bullshit media spin to misdirect the American people and either keep people complacent and stupid with their "Dems & Hillary dindu nuffin!" narrative, or to actually inspire violent revolution in the dumber parts of the American populace. I'm not sure where they expected this to go, but I don't think it went where they were planning. Either way, we can say with total confidence that anybody who told you either of these things are liars and should not be trusted. At this point, if these people tell you the sky is blue and clouds are white you should probably get up and have a look out the window to see for yourself. 

What the memo contained in actuality was information regarding a FISA warrant issued for Carter Page, former Trump campaign employee. In order to get this warrant to spy on Mr. Page, the FBI and the DOJ conspired with the Clinton campaign and the DNC to use false information created from whole cloth by Christopher Steele for his infamous and discredited dossier, as well as a Yahoo news article based on information that Steel himself leaked to the press, to lie to a FISA court judge! It also mentions that Steele was fired from the FBI because he was talking to Mother Jones and Yahoo news and revealed his association with the FBI, which they view as a serious breach of security. But don't take my word for it, go read it yourself. All the links necessary are in that link above to the last episode of my podcast. 

This is why it's so important to stay abreast of what's going on in American politics, especially if you're a citizen of this country. These people, who are supposed to be trusted to deliver information clear of bias to the American people, have blatantly, flat-out fucking lied to everyone, and did it with a smile on their faces as they collected their paychecks. It has become clear from this alone that none of these people can be trusted to read a fucking thermostat, let alone deliver proper news coverage to the average citizen.

"Journalist" has become synonymous with "Professional Liar" at this point.

And what of the Winter Olympics?

Well I can tell you right now that I don't give a flaming fuck in space about the games themselves. I don't watch any Olympic coverage, because I'm not interested in sports and don't care who won the gold medal in competitive underwater basket weaving. What I do care about, however, is the way the American media covered the country that the games are being held in this year.

Because North Korea drew the lucky straw this time, and the US corporate media outlets have been tripping the fuck over each other to praise a genocidal, monstrous, utterly evil regime that regularly tortures its own citizens to death.

This is one of the most embarrassing things I've ever seen the US media do. They praised the cheerleaders, who are literal slaves that will be imprisoned and have god only knows what done to them if they perform badly. They praised Kim Jong Un's sister, almost as bad a tyrant as the fat tub of shit himself, who orchestrates tortures and the slaughter of innocents. There are so many examples of behavior like this that I would be here all day if I tried to list them all. Merely go and check the twitter feeds of these media outlets and you can see instance after instance of US media praising a Communist dictatorship that currently, while these games are going on, is running torture camps where they execute pregnant women by cutting the babies from their stomachs while the women are tied to trees. 

The media had a perfect chance to show us, the voters, the American people, that they weren't our enemy. That they condemn the monstrous human rights violations committed daily by the Kim regime, that they do not support Communist dictatorships and are, in fact, on the side of the average person with more than two brain cells to rub together.

And they completely squandered it.

Not only did they squander it, they did the exact opposite of what they should be doing. Rather than condemn this evil regime, they tried to turn the dictator's sister, a vile monster in her own right, into a "yass kween sley" diva. This kind of behavior is unconscionable, and reveals the true purpose and attitude of the media.

Think about it. What do they do all day?

They castigate Donald Trump and all his plans, policies, and appointments, despite the fact that his policies are making America better. Lower immigration, forced integration of those already here, and lowered regulation on businesses alongside lower taxes has brought jobs back to this country and boosted the economy. Say what you like about the man, he seems to be trying to do what he said he'd do, and that's Make America Great Again. He hasn't taken a single right away from women, the LGBT, Muslims, non-whites, or anybody else these people spent two years claiming that he'd immediately throw into concentration camps on Inauguration Day. And what's more, he's said publicly several times that he doesn't intend to.

And when it comes to a country that is being run into the ground by a regime that I don't even have words to describe the horror of, what do they do? They paint it in the most positive, glowing light possible! A Communist dictatorship where they imprison people for less than nothing, as well as imprison their family members for three generations for the infraction of one, feed people alive to rats, cut the babies from pregnant women's bellies, use rape as a punishment, have actual concentration, work, and death camps, and force so much propaganda on their remaining people that they are convinced that "Dear Leader" is actually some kind of deity. This they glorify, while someone who seems to be trying to make his own country better gets nothing but vitriol and lies spread about him.

It has become monumentally clear that the US media are our enemies. They've turned into propaganda outlets for North Korea, for fuck's sake. If that doesn't make them traitors in deed and intent if not legally, I don't know what will. If you actually trust the mainstream US media after these two incidents, I don't know what to tell you. Go see a neurologist, and have them take a look at your brain, because you might be missing your frontal lobe. These people are self-evidently the enemies of every American, and this is not an attack on our democracy, or our Constitution, or anything else to say that. 

If someone acts like your enemy, treat them like an enemy. Trust nothing they say, suspect everything they do, take nothing on faith, verify whatever they tell you, because if they've lied to you once (and they have, many times) they'll lie to you again. I would go so far as to say that this behavior is demonstrably evil, and there is no excuse they could make that would make it okay to cover up what's in that memo, and praise North Korea. Not a single thing will ever make that okay, or right, or good. 

So the next time you see a report from a mainstream media organization, or someone paid by a mainstream media organization, or someone who wants to be a mainstream media organization, don't trust a fucking word of it until you've verified it for yourself.

They are very likely lying to you.

That seems to be a thread with Communists, doesn't it?