The Exigent Duality
Lies and Confusion - 10:35 CST, 3/25/23 (Sniper)
I haven't been sleeping particularly well, but felt unusually motivated to get things done today: the wife and kids are in the Twin Cities for a birthday party so, on animal duty, I fed the chickens, guinea pigs, and cats; swept the whole house; disposed of accumulated cardboard in the coop and the upper story of the house; balanced all of the finances; submitted some medical payments to my flex account; and scheduled a liquid propane refill. For lunch, I'm going to drive into town and treat myself to Chinese.

Myriad Lies

You will never get the full, root cause truth from Tucker Carlson. But all the same, his program is great at keeping people like me in the loop as to what's going on. In yesterday's episode he walks through many of the largest lies told by the Demoncrats and establishment Republicans over the past few years. There is some overlap between his list and the one I posted here.


The establishment and my Left-wing co-workers would have all told me to stay in Robbinsdale, and to send my children to the public schools. How would that have worked out? Here is a situation where a school bus driver, five minutes away from where I used to live and transporting Robbinsdale Public School children, had to frantically go into reverse and take an alternative road because "people" were aiming guns out the windows of their car. The article also cites a few instances of "children" waving handguns around in the actual schools. Of course, we know which demographic group to which these "people" and "children" undoubtedly belong: let's just say they probably aren't white Donald Trump voters.

I'm all for gun ownership, but not for young children and their parents to be waving them around at other people. I'm also all for cooking knives, but also not when they are being waved around at people.

Ivy League

Here is Victor Davis Hanson reflecting on what's going on with Stanford. Let it be noted that similar criticisms could be made of all Ivy League colleges at the moment. The scary part is that these law "students" will be the lawyers and judges of tomorrow. Black person breaks onto your property, beats you, then you shoot him in self defense? Too bad for you whitey, when the courts are controlled by radical Left ideologues. Mark Dice recently did a video about some Creepy Joe court appointees who couldn't even answer basic legal questions.

My brother is currently making a list of Ivy Leaguers and their various "NGOs": these organizations are so innumerable they almost defy counting.

Pickup Truck Drivers

Several times, covertly to my wife when I'm not around, my bizarre and very troubled father-in-law has snipped regarding me, "My truck could beat his car in a drag race." Of course like all weird things he says, my wife laughingly relays these events to me later on. Why is he so obsessed with whose vehicle can go faster? Who cares? Nonetheless and just for the sake of amusement, I looked up the zero-to-sixty time for his 2012 Ford F-150 pickup truck: 8.2 seconds. This compared to the 5.5 seconds for my 2003 Nissan 350z.

A friend of mine is trying to persuade me to buy a truck instead of my intended Toyota GR Supra, and he made a similar claim regarding trucks: "You can buy a new truck which is quicker than your car." I hate to do it, but a fact check is in order: I reviewed Ford's entire F-150 line-up, just to pick a company, and you have to buy the seventy-eight thousand dollar "Raptor" model to beat my current car in straight-line acceleration. If you go any cheaper, the best you can do is match its quarter mile time of fourteen seconds in the "Lariat" model, which is sixty-one thousand dollars.

Recall, I bought my car thirteen years ago for only fifteen thousand dollars. My wife's 2014 Subaru Impreza WRX only cost twenty-five thousand dollars brand new, and puts any of the sub-eighty thousand dollar F-150 models to shame in straight-line acceleration with its 4.7 0-60 and 13.7 1/4 mile times. My new Supra will do 0-60 in 3.8 seconds and the 1/4 mile in 12 flat, for only fifty-six thousand dollars, versus the eighty thousand of the "Raptor" F-150.

Of course, these trucks also have terrible weight distribution, so much slop in the steering you could feed a trough of pigs with them, are not available with manual transmissions, are blown about everywhere by the wind, barely fit in the lane they are so wide, can't corner or stop due to weighing upwards of 5600 lbs, feel like they're going to fly off the road even going slowly around a clover leaf due to how high they are, have no exhaust note to speak of, and are as exciting to look at or drive as a toaster oven.

This isn't to slag off trucks: they are excellent work vehicles. But performance-oriented they are not, even with the most high-end models. You can drive the high-end models in games like "Gran Turismo 7" back-to-back with actual sports cars to prove the point to yourself.

Gaming Gatekeepers

This image has been making the rounds:

I'm not familiar with a few of the examples there, but it's a solid list which gets the point across.

For me, I've been playing a lot of PC Engine lately. I just beat "Ys Book I & II" for perhaps the fourth time, and it struck me as a masterpiece yet again, fully worthy of its number six spot here. I also ordered a repro of the PC Engine adaptation of "Double Dragon II", which is very similar to the NES version but with totally re-drawn graphics and Red Book music. There are lots of fun NES games, but the Famicom aesthetic is a turn-off. So when Famicom games get PC Engine ports, such as "Downtown Nekketsu Monogatari" or the aforementioned title, I tend to take note.