Four Supreme Court Nominations for President Trump

The terrifying news tonight is one great man died, and what is left of the Republic is in jeopardy. Justice Scalia was everything a SCOTUS justice ought to be. The power usurped by the Supreme Court has been one that fundamentally makes a mockery of having a republic as a form of government. Once the left realized they could use the Supreme Court to bypass public opinion  and the constitutional amendment process, they have used it as yet another tool to fulfill their agenda. Since Lochner was overturned in 1937, upholding existing rights for individuals have been the only victories for the right. The left, on the other hand, have seen the invention of rights and powers for the government out of thin air. This mockery must end if we are to ever return to a functioning republic.

Let’s imagine a future where McConnell gives into the Democrats and allows the appointment of another left-wing judge to the Supreme Court bent on destroying our fundamental rights. Let’s imagine this issues in Trump as President. Beleaguered Republicans, still holding onto the Senate, vow to push through any agenda he decides. Trump orders the Senate to kill the fillibuster and to appoint his nominees to the Supreme Court. That’s right, its time to pack the Court in order to kill the Supreme Court’s legitimacy. That will destroy its ability to make these awful decisions by turning the body into a mockery. This is all perfectly constitutional, of course

Chief Justice Ted Cruz

Sorry, John Roberts has screwed things up enough with his awful decisions on Obamacare. There’s nothing saying he can’t be demoted from Chief Justice, so I think Ted Cruz should get the job. Roberts, of course, stays on as an associate Justice. That is only because this plan follows the Constitution, unlike Supreme Courts from the past century.

Justice Ted “The Nuge” Nugent

He’d be the first Supreme Court justice to wear cut sleeves on his robes. Is there a surer vote for the security of our 2nd Amendment rights? I thought not. After the National Review finishing purging him from the NRA board, he’ll need a landing spot.

Justice Ron Paul

A bit long in the tooth, but nevertheless, no one could be better trusted to maintain strict adherence to the Constitution as written. With this course, it will only take a year or two to undo the horrible decisions of the past century. At least you know if he errs, it will be on the side of too much individual liberty, too many rights for states and too few powers for government. That would be a great change of pace.

Justice Tim Tebow

It is important to have people on the Supreme Court with an unshakeable commitment to their faith, and Tebow certainly has that qualification. He’d have decades to establish himself as the utmost defender of religious liberty the nation has ever seen.

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Supreme Court 2017, Scalia is still there because he was a great man and if I could find a way to put 9 of him on the Supreme Court, I would

If that is not enough to turn the court in a direction which will achieve the kind of change we so desperately need, I have several more candidates to consider: Sarah Palin, Chuck Norris, and Vince McMahon.

Only by appointing a majority justices who will overturn the eight decades of arbitrary and capricious Supreme Court rule over our nation will we be able to return to the constitutional republic we once were. Choose the right men for then job.

Self-Improvement Case Study

When I first conceived this post it was very different from how it turned out. What was originally going to be a reflection on some past events became a look into the thought process that goes into my own process of self-improvement.

I started by looking at a unique experience I had a few years ago. As adults, very few of us have the freedom to do whatever we like whenever we like. We’ve got to make enough money to make ends meet, and for most of us that means having a job. That’s certainly where I am in life. I’m salaried, paid well and charge customers by the hour.

But a few years ago, I had a chance to experience “the dream”. I had just finished grad school, and because I got a research job, I didn’t spend the money I had saved to get me through school. I also had a chance to live in an oceanfront house for a couple of months, rent free, on my own. I had to pay for gas for my car, my cell phone bill and my food, but otherwise I had no expenses for the duration. I moved in a week after I got my masters degree.

I spent the next 10 weeks living exactly how I wanted every moment of every day. After a few weeks, I settled into a routine. I woke up at 7 AM, stretched, did some exercises in the basement, then went for a swim in the ocean while the beach was empty. I ate breakfast, and took a shower at 8. At this point I’d run any errands that needed doing. I’d then settle in to spend the rest of the morning working on some sort of project. When I got hungry, I’d take a break to have lunch. Then I’d go back to working until 4PM. I’d mix myself a cocktail, make a small cheese plate and go out to the deck overlooking the beach and enjoy a solitary cocktail hour with a splendid view. I’d then go for a walk a mile or so along the beach. I’d come back, make myself dinner and relax with a book until 11 or so, then I’d go off to bed to start afresh in the morning.

I underwent a couple of big changes in living exactly as I wanted to, with very few limits. First is diet and exercise, two things that I normally have to expend willpower to maintain, came entirely naturally and without trying. Eventually, I just felt like doing them more than I wanted to sit on my ass eating junk.

I also barely watched TV, surfed the internet, played video games or otherwise “wasted time”. I lost the desire to do any of those when I could be working on a project or reading instead.

I found I had a natural desire to be doing something productive. I had all sorts of projects. I learned programming languages and web design. I practiced writing. I did academic research. I did yard work and fixed things around the house.

Eventually, I got tired with that and I was itching to start my job and work on bigger, tougher problems. So after 10 weeks I went home and got started at the job I had lined up.

This got me thinking about the “Perfect Day” from Gorilla Mindset. I talked about the book extensively a few weeks ago.

I was originally going to write this article about all the benefits I had from living like that, but then the question struck me: why am I not still living like that?

 

The answer is complicated. For one, once that summer was over, I wasn’t going to be living at the beach for free again. I was going to need a source of income eventually. And, as I said, I had a desire to get back to my career, new degree in hand.

So, rather than try to jump back to that place, I’ve asked myself: “how can I make my life more like that?”

I was struck by my ability to effortlessly live a productive, healthy, happy life. I thought back to that summer at the beach and I realized that while I was being productive, I was choosing where my focus would be. When there was something interesting me, I worked at it. When I needed a break I moved onto something else. That’s not the way things are at my job; I’ve got a piece of a large project to work on over a long period of time that I’m supposed to be focused on for half of my waking hours every day without switching to another task for very long, if at all.

When I hit a plateau, I need to step away from a problem and accomplish something else before I come back to it. If I can’t do that, I spend an equivalent amount of time futilely trying to make progress on the problem while struggling to maintain focus. In an 8 hour workday, I don’t have a chance to step away from a task and do something else long enough to reset. The fact of the matter is, I can’t shift from programming to yard work and back again when I need to switch gears. When I was at the beach, that’s exactly what I would do.  Taking time off of project A and focusing on project B makes me more efficient at project A when I return to it.

That gave me a hypothesis for why my life now is not like my life at the beach: trying to maintain focus on a single problem all day causes me to lose energy and willpower. When I can switch focus between many different things, I accomplish more in aggregate. I just finished Scott Adams’ “How to Fail At Almost Everything and Still Win Big”, and my personal energy levels are something I observe very closely.

Now that I had identified a specific problem, identified a time when I didn’t have that problem, and identified a potential cause of the problem, I was ready to brainstorm solutions. So far, I’ve come up with a pair of items I can use to try and improve things.

First, is, I think the situation I am in at work is reflective of my current position. Looking back, these problems started as I started to rise in my career. I am not so junior that I’m constantly given small bite sized pieces to do. Nor am I managing a big project with several large parallel tasks. I tend to work in a serial manner, doing whatever seems most relevant and important at the time. I need to start setting aside time to become my own manager so that I can create tasks I can perform in parallel. This will give me the opportunity to switch focus when I need to while still working on my project.

Second, is I have realized I use my limited supply of willpower to stay focused on my job while I’m at work, and it leaves me feeling drained when I get home and I am not motivated to work on side projects until late at night. However, I always have lots of ideas and energy to tackle side projects when I first get up in the morning. I normally wake up and drag my heels as I get into work. However, I don’t work in an office with set hours. So if, when I wake up, I feel like working on side projects, I will allow myself to do so before going into work. My hope is this will allow me to spend more and higher quality time working on my various side projects. I believe that this will lead to me spending less time on an unproductive morning routine, and make it easier for me to go to bed earlier since I’ll already have worked on my side projects before coming home.

Notice, that these are systems, not goals. I’m going to change my process, not going to seek a new goal. If you haven’t read Scott Adams’ “How to Fail At Almost Everything and Still Win Big” yet, that’s how you succeed in bettering yourself.

Now, I’ve got to go and give these ideas a chance and see if they are improvements over what I normally do. I’ll update this post with how successful they’ve been.

 

Politically Incorrect EU4: South African Trade Empire

I still play some video games from time to time to relax, and I’ve been playing Europa Universalis 4 recently. EU4 is a grand strategy game set on a world stage during the Renaissance and Enlightenment (1444-1821). I picked it up recently decided to go for an achievement, Ideas Guy, where you create a custom nation and create a nation with outrageously good bonuses for your country, but only start with one of the worst provinces in the game.  My goal is to create a trading empire which would fufill a requirement for overall income. In the end, my income was 80% from tariffs on trade.

I also decided if I was going to be playing games, I might as well turn them into something to write about, hence this after action report. Knowing my audience, I decided to accomplish this achievement while playing the game as politically incorrectly as possible.

I started as: a Western nation; made up of Americans; worshiping Catholicism, ruled by a theocracy, who were avid colonizers and traders, in South Africa. I called my country the “Heavenly Kingdom”.

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Starting Position: 1444

I started in the northwestern province, and immediately colonized the Cape of Good Hope to start the game. Trade from China, India and Indonesia to Europe has to go through either myself, through Sinai, or across the Silk Road. Ensuring Asian trade flows through my capital will put me at the head of a trading empire.

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Expansion into Heavenly Madagascar: 1502

Expansion is slow at first. But soon I’ve got some provinces which produce gold, so I’ve got money to start expanding quickly. I’ve got the Cape of Good Hope nearly 100% for me already. Madagascar and the surrounding islands are the first step to making sure Indian Ocean trade goes through me and not through Arabia. Kilwa will have to be dealt with.

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Conquering the Gold Provinces: 1550

I’ve now seized the largest gold mines in Africa. At this point, they are about half of my income,  by the time I finish, they will be about 5%. I’ve managed to expand eastware to Diego Garcia at this point, half way across the Indian Ocean.

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Heavenly Indonesia Begins: 1577

After some more colonization and conquests, I am the undisputed ruler of southern Africa and am dominating Indian ocean trade, outside of India and Arabia. This cannot stand for long. I need to control the Horn of Africa in order to ensure all Indian Ocean trade goes through me. Then I need to dominate Indian trade to ensure all Asian trade belongs to me.

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Completely Missed Zanzibar in My Conquests: 1599

My expansion continues from Sumatra into Borneo and the Moluccas as I snake up the east coast of Africa. Spreading American Culture and Catholic religion as I go.

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Spread of Catholicism: 1623

The Yellow areas are ones which have been converted (or colonized) as Catholic Regions. I’ve begun colonizing the Philippines and Australia. Trade is really picking up for me now, and I’m starting to have more money that I know what to do with.

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Green and Blue Areas are my Nation and Subjects: 1645

A few tribes in Indonesia were happy to be my subjects, and Australia became big enough to split off on it’s own. Conquests have given my control of the Horn of Africa and Sri Lanka, with a little bit of land on mainland India. I now dominate Indian Ocean trade routes. I need to continue ramping up production in Indonesia, and I need to take more control of the Arabian Sea, Bengal Sea and South China Sea.

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Further expansion: 1686

Things start clicking faster as my advantage of Western technology over other nations makes me virtually invincible in battle. I’ve started conquering Indochina via Malaysia, and I’ve taken vital coastal provinces on the Arabian peninsula. I am at this point the second most powerful country in the world, behind France and nearly tied with the Ottoman Empire, though my far flung nature prevents me from doing much force projection.

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Mecca is Mine!: 1686

It is hard to see in the last screenshot, but I took Mecca, which, being off of the Indian Ocean is worthless to me. However, there are some good bonuses for conquering it as a Catholic state.

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Mecca is Catholic!: A few years later

Now I’ve converted the inhabitants of Mecca to Catholicism. I’m now “Emperor”, because as I grew into a larger and more advanced nation, an hereditary Empire was better than a theocracy.

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Taken Most of Indochina and Important Indian Trade Cities: 1708

I now really control Indian Ocean trade, and as I move into powerful positions in China, I’m able to control 75% of trade going from Asia to Europe. I’m nearing my income goals for the achievement.

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My First, and Last European War: Myself, Austria and Hungary vs. France

At this point, I’m by far the most powerful and prestigious nation in the world. And I’m quickly closing in on my goals. More expansion is always needed.

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Picked a fight: 1730

At this point, I just expanded as fast as I could to increase my trade power in India so that I could get the achievement. After taking more of the Bengal region, I reached my objective. I decided to spend a little bit of time expanding before ending the play through.

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Expansion into Arabia: 1766

I decided to take more control over India and Arabia. At this stage in the game, I can conquer land and give the provinces to a relative to rule until they’ve stabalized. Hence the Kingdom of Kebab which will be ruling over parts of the Arabian peninsula until I reassert control.

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Final Empire: 1772

After come more conquests,  I decided to call the game off. I am Master of East Africa, Arabia, India, Indo-China, Southern China, and the whole of Oceania. Opportunities for growth in the 50 years remaining would be few and far between. Most land has been grabbed my major powers, and any significant additions to my empire would require a long drawn out war against multiple major European powers. While my navies are second to none, the far flung nature of my empire means that it would be difficult to fight a concentrated force from a European power that managed to land a large army somewhere in my empire.

My lands have all been converted to Catholicism, and almost all are dominated by American culture. Money pours into state coffers faster than it can be spent. All in all a very successful campaign.

The Making of a Hard Right-Winger

I don’t think many people would deny that the hard right around the world is growing in numbers and in impact. I’ve decided to write this piece for two reasons. First, many people find this trend troubling and are quick to project what they hope our stories and backgrounds are to resolve their cognitive dissonance. The second, those of us who hold views outside the mainstream of American politics tend to rightfully shroud our backgrounds in mystery in a way to stay pseudonymous, but I always appreciate learning about others and finding shared experiences.

I also want to make this point clear: when I use the phrase “hard right”, I mean that if I was honest about my views, I could not win elected office. That said, there’s nothing I’m not perfectly comfortable expressing to my friends and family. Feel free to examine my other posts or talk to me on Twitter to discern my views; that’s not what this article is about. This is an article on how I found myself a political nomad.

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Six Months Later: How Gorilla Mindset Has Changed My Life

Six months ago I was first introduced to the work of Mike Cernovich, author of various websites, most notably Danger & Play. Upon reading his work, I decided to read his book, Gorilla Mindset. The book is, in short, a set of techniques that work towards a common goal: asserting control over the things that make you an individual: your mind, your body, and your deeds. The book starts with an extended look at controlling your emotions and your thoughts. It moves on how to harness those good thoughts before switching tacks. A focus on body and health topics follows before finishing with personal finance and productivity.

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Upon reading it, it seems like a book full of great ideas that are almost overwhelming to try out in your own life. It is hard to judge the true value of a book like Gorilla Mindset until you’ve seen what it does for your life over time. That’s what this article is going to focus on: where Gorilla Mindset has directly led to improvements in my own life.

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Review of “Cuckservative”

I have been anticipating “Cuckservative” written by John Red Eagle and Vox Day since it was first announced. The book was intended to be a provocative attack on the conservative movement. “Cuckservative” provides that in strides.

The book promises and delivers a thorough take-down of the conservative movement’s response to the immigration reform of 1965, which has changed and will change America in the future; and not in a way that maintains the traditional rights of Englishmen, promotes laissez-faire capitalism or maintains Christian culture.

The focus on immigration clearly serves a larger purpose. The entire conservative movement is indicted in “Cuckservative”, and the immigration issue serves to put the authors in a position to undermine the entire movement. It is, in military terms, an example of infiltration tactics in political rhetoric.

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If You Vote in a Political Primary, You Have A Duty

There are many people going around in the Republican party today saying they’ll vote for Hillary, form a third party, stay home or otherwise not support the winner of the Republican primary this year if it doesn’t go their way. Robert Heinlein, in his work on grassroots politics, “Take Back Your Government” has a few choice words for you:

It is not legitimate to vote in the Republican primary in the summer, turn around and vote for the Democratic ticket in the fall.

When you accepted a voice in the selection of a particular party’s candidates you contracted with the other members of that party to abide by the outcome.

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The principle is formalized in a caucus. The caucus is a device used to bind a group to unanimous action and is used both for programs for the selection of candidates. If works like this: A group of people with something in common get together for the purpose of a political action. Some member moves to caucus. This is a motion of procedure; no issue of candidate is as yet before the group. If the motion carries the group as a whole is bound to act unanimously to carry out the will of the majority.

Pretty rough on the minority? Wait a moment-anyone who at this point decides that he is not willing to bind himself gets up and walks out. He has been deprived of none of his rights as a free citizen, but he has decided of his own free will not to work with this group.

You may still have misgivings. You may still feel, quite honestly, that you want to be free to pick up your ballot in November with an unlimited choice to split the ticket any way you like for the men you believe to be the most able. Well, no one will stop you. But an adult is never free in that sense. He is bound by his conscience, his sense of responsibility, and his commitments to other people. If you have taken an adult part in the preliminary democratic processes which led up to that ballot in your hand then you already have obligations and are morally bound to carry them out.

If you’re not comfortable giving your vote to the winner of your party’s primary, its time to leave that party. You are a free adult who is capable of making decisions.

The reasoning for this is simple. If you vote in a primary and vote for the opposing party in the general, you’ve proven you’re an untrustworthy ally, not just to people you abandoned, but to all people who see.

An excellent work on grassroots politics that still holds up today, give Robert Heinlein’s work: “Take Back Your Government” a read today.