Feel the Fear!

I don’t know why, but when the Left goes all hair-on-Fire (like April Fool Ryan fantasizing about Trump being hauled out of the Oval On Jan 20 by the otherwise despiséd  “police and  armed forces”)—nobody  laughs.  The Right can’t get away with that kinda overt paranoia.   Or maybe we don’t want to; it’s ….embarrassing.

The Right suffers (probably fatally) from a “normalcy bias“.

Humans know, we can feel, when we’re encountering  a dangerous situation, dealing with people who don’t wish us well and are deceiving us,  you might sense this about a stranger who approaches you in order to do you harm: kidnap, rape, rob or even murder you.  Those predators rely on your social instinct to be polite and accommodating, to not offend others; you tell yourself not  to imagine things, of course  everything is okay, just like it “normally” is.  Until that charming sociopath (and they all are charming; they have to be!) bolts the door behind you and draws out the rope with which to bind you…..

What is so bad about mail-in ballots?  Come on ,after all, five states already do it and we’ve Always allowed absentee voting …and should Americans have to choose between exposure to Covid and exercising their right to vote? Be reasonable, calm down! It’s no big deal, there’s no danger.

Read Joondeph’s  piece on AmThinker this morning, The Real Reason the Democrats are Pushing for  Mail-in Ballots.

 

Last night on The Five,  the beautiful, always serene Dana Perino advised that we “condition” ourselves to the fact that we will not know the results of the election on November 4–and not  for a long time after that. An angelic nurse, breaking the news to America that we’re fatally ill.

If we don’t know it by Jan 20, guess who gets to choose the “acting President”?  Ready?

The House of Representatives.

They don’t have  to choose the Speaker.  But Pelosi is damned good at wheeling and dealing go get support from her chamber.  It will  be Nancy, I’d lay odds.

Remember the chaos of 2000?  On Dec. 12, 2000, six days before the Electoral College was to assemble, the Supreme Court put an end to it. ( This year, I don’t think they will be able to do that, no matter how they rule.  Or rather, NOT if they should determine Trump the winner.)

But we’re telling ourselves don’t be silly, don’t get crazy, calm down:  everything will go on just like it normally has…and the Left is telling us that too, calling us “conspiracy theorists”If like Joondeph we point out the glaringly obvious— even though they  are the ones who have been pushing demonstrably baseless conspiracy theories since 2016.  No sooner is one  hysterical, unfounded accusation dissipated (at ruinous expense-) than they pull another one outta their nether orifice—and our successful, hard-fought refutation of the old one is forgotten.  Instantly.

Gavin de Becker, whose books I recommend, has one about the “normalcy bias”, called The Gift of Fear.   Act on your impulse: refuse that stranger’s inquiries and offers to “help”.    Run!

What, O Ratty, would be the equivalent action for us to take at this point?

Is there any way  we can retreat to a position  of safety?  Is there any equivalent of kicking the threat in the balls or using our car keys to gouge out its eyes?

I’m humbly asking. I am scared.

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17 thoughts on “Feel the Fear!”

  1. I share your growing sense of fear. I observed in a comment on another post that we are watching the tide recede to unprecedented low levels before the tsunami waves crash ashore, sweeping away all before them. That, in my mind, is the degree of disaster facing us, relentlessly, in slow motion. All I think I can do is avoid driving in places where “peaceful protesters” try to stop my car, break the windows, drag me out and beat me to death (baseball bats seem to be the implement of choice). I believe such events are taking place but are intentionally unreported by the “media”, since nowadays the fact is that ONLY black lives matter. The poor pale souls who accelerate in an attempt to get away are shot at by the “peaceful” and deemed to be “right wing, white supremacists”. Premeditated mayhem committed against such innocent white individuals is not reportable, not “newsworthy”. If reported, they are deemed by the MSM to either deserve it or to be mere collateral damage in a “just cause”. My concealed carry permit allows me some possible recourse should I become subject to that terrifying prospect, though the idea of  trying to shoot one’s way out of that kind of situation (even with 45 9mm rounds at hand) is terrifying and repugnant.

    At home, defense is a different story. Let’s just say I am prepared. If and when the suburbs are invaded, I will attempt to organize neighbors to implement a planned, common defense. I imagine the lefties among them will be less than thrilled by the prospect – right up until the first home invasion and massacre of innocents. In case you can’t tell, I, too, am very frightened.

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  2. civil westman:
    I share your growing sense of fear. I observed in a comment on another post that we are watching the tide recede to unprecedented low levels before the tsunami waves crash ashore, sweeping away all before them. That, in my mind, is the degree of disaster facing us, relentlessly, in slow motion. All I think I can do is avoid driving in places where “peaceful protesters” try to stop my car, break the windows, drag me out and beat me to death (baseball bats seem to be the implement of choice). I believe such events are taking place but are intentionally unreported by the “media”, since nowadays the fact is that ONLY black lives matter. The poor pale souls who accelerate in an attempt to get away are shot at by the “peaceful” and deemed to be “right wing, white supremacists”. Premeditated mayhem committed against such innocent white individuals is not reportable, not “newsworthy”. If reported, they are deemed by the MSM to either deserve it or to be mere collateral damage in a “just cause”. My concealed carry permit allows me some possible recourse should I become subject to that terrifying prospect, though the idea of  trying to shoot one’s way out of that kind of situation (even with 45 9mm rounds at hand) is terrifying and repugnant.

    yes, to us.   And that’s what I mean: would we, most of us, actually do it?  Would we wait the fatal two seconds * hoping to be spared having to shoot?  I don’t like to think this but I’m afraid maybe I would…

     

    At home, defense is a different story. Let’s just say I am prepared. If and when the suburbs are invaded, I will attempt to organize neighbors to implement a planned, common defense. I imagine the lefties among them will be less than thrilled by the prospect – right up until the first home invasion and massacre of innocents. In case you can’t tell, I, too, am very frightened.

    I have thought of this  kind of “attempt to organize”.  It would be very easy for  me, here in the country ( and Trump country at that, no matter what you hear about PA!)  to enlist  a cadre of well-armed neighbors—BUT: if we were to start organizing now, wouldn’t we be surveilled and arrested for “domestic terrorism”?  And if we wait till the attack materializes, will we be able,  then,  to gather forces?   Have you actually takeN steps, any “overt acts”, as the expression goes,  toward Implementing this plan?

    *Just Two Seconds  is the name of de Becker’s latest book.

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  3. Hypatia:

    civil westman:
    I share your growing sense of fear. I observed in a comment on another post that we are watching the tide recede to unprecedented low levels before the tsunami waves crash ashore, sweeping away all before them. That, in my mind, is the degree of disaster facing us, relentlessly, in slow motion. All I think I can do is avoid driving in places where “peaceful protesters” try to stop my car, break the windows, drag me out and beat me to death (baseball bats seem to be the implement of choice). I believe such events are taking place but are intentionally unreported by the “media”, since nowadays the fact is that ONLY black lives matter. The poor pale souls who accelerate in an attempt to get away are shot at by the “peaceful” and deemed to be “right wing, white supremacists”. Premeditated mayhem committed against such innocent white individuals is not reportable, not “newsworthy”. If reported, they are deemed by the MSM to either deserve it or to be mere collateral damage in a “just cause”. My concealed carry permit allows me some possible recourse should I become subject to that terrifying prospect, though the idea of  trying to shoot one’s way out of that kind of situation (even with 45 9mm rounds at hand) is terrifying and repugnant.

    yes, to us.   And that’s what I mean: would we, most of us, actually do it?  Would we wait the fatal two seconds * hoping to be spared having to shoot?  I don’t like to think this but I’m afraid maybe I would…

     

    At home, defense is a different story. Let’s just say I am prepared. If and when the suburbs are invaded, I will attempt to organize neighbors to implement a planned, common defense. I imagine the lefties among them will be less than thrilled by the prospect – right up until the first home invasion and massacre of innocents. In case you can’t tell, I, too, am very frightened.

    I have thought of this  kind of “attempt to organize”.  It would be very easy for  me, here in the country ( and Trump country at that, no matter what you hear about PA!)  to enlist  a cadre of well-armed neighbors—BUT: if we were to start organizing now, wouldn’t we be surveilled and arrested for “domestic terrorism”?  And if we wait till the attack materializes, will we be able,  then,  to gather forces?   Have you actually takeN steps, any “overt acts”, as the expression goes,  toward Implementing this plan?

     

    *Just Two Seconds  is the name of de Becker’s latest book.

    Hell no I am not waiting. If put in that situation, no way am I stopping or slowing down. I know what they are capable of and I know that they are playing for blood. Why would you risk death on the hopes that Cujo becomes Astro?

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  4. Hyp, as for your concern about being surveillance, the answer is to have someone with lots of land sponsor the training. Sure things can be seen from fly overs and so forth but it’s private land and short of some reason to search they cannot just come on in. I would screen recruits very thoroughly to cut out potential FBI informant types and to cut out jerks with troubling backgrounds who could be an opening for LE. Keep it low key.

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  5. Silent Running” by Mike and the Mechanics, 1985

    Take the children and yourself,
    and hide out in the cellar.
    By now the fighting will be close at hand.
    Don’t believe the church and state,
    and everything they tell you.
    Believe in me, I’m with the high command.

    There’s a gun and ammunition
    just inside the doorway.
    Use it only in emergency.
    Better you should pray to God,
    the Father and the Spirit,
    will guide you and protect from up here.

    Swear allegiance to the flag,
    whatever flag they offer.
    Never hint at what you really feel.
    Teach the children quietly,
    for some day sons and daughters,
    will rise up and fight while we stood still.

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  6. 10 Cents:
    “Real men have no feelings and don’t know the meaning of fear.” [Said softly so my wife doesn’t hear.]

    I’ve known at least two men who say (apparently without irony) that they “hate” emotions.   It’s a conversation stopper.

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  7. Hypatia:

    10 Cents:
    “Real men have no feelings and don’t know the meaning of fear.” [Said softly so my wife doesn’t hear.]

    I’ve known at least two men who say (apparently without irony) that they “hate” emotions.   It’s a conversation stopper.

    You need to be more in touch with your masculine side, Hyp.

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  8. 10 Cents:

    Hypatia:

    10 Cents:
    “Real men have no feelings and don’t know the meaning of fear.” [Said softly so my wife doesn’t hear.]

    I’ve known at least two men who say (apparently without irony) that they “hate” emotions.   It’s a conversation stopper.

    You need to be more in touch with your masculine side, Hyp.

    “A woman’s face, by Nature’s own hand painted/Hast thou, the master-mistress of my passion./A woman’s gentle heart, though not acquainted/With shifting change, as is false woman’s fashion.”

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  9. Hypatia:

    10 Cents:

    Hypatia:

    10 Cents:
    “Real men have no feelings and don’t know the meaning of fear.” [Said softly so my wife doesn’t hear.]

    I’ve known at least two men who say (apparently without irony) that they “hate” emotions.   It’s a conversation stopper.

    You need to be more in touch with your masculine side, Hyp.

    “A woman’s face, by Nature’s own hand painted/Hast thou, the master-mistress of my passion./A woman’s gentle heart, though not acquainted/With shifting change, as is false woman’s fashion.”

    Did I forget an anniversary or something? I am in trouble, right?

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  10. 10 Cents:

    Hypatia:

    10 Cents:

    Hypatia:

    10 Cents:
    “Real men have no feelings and don’t know the meaning of fear.” [Said softly so my wife doesn’t hear.]

    I’ve known at least two men who say (apparently without irony) that they “hate” emotions.   It’s a conversation stopper.

    You need to be more in touch with your masculine side, Hyp.

    “A woman’s face, by Nature’s own hand painted/Hast thou, the master-mistress of my passion./A woman’s gentle heart, though not acquainted/With shifting change, as is false woman’s fashion.”

    Did I forget an anniversary or something? I am in trouble, right?

    Wha’?  I’ll have to ask  Nunc To interpret this comment for me…

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  11. Hypatia:

    10 Cents:

    Hypatia:

    10 Cents:

    Hypatia:

    10 Cents:
    “Real men have no feelings and don’t know the meaning of fear.” [Said softly so my wife doesn’t hear.]

    I’ve known at least two men who say (apparently without irony) that they “hate” emotions.   It’s a conversation stopper.

    You need to be more in touch with your masculine side, Hyp.

    “A woman’s face, by Nature’s own hand painted/Hast thou, the master-mistress of my passion./A woman’s gentle heart, though not acquainted/With shifting change, as is false woman’s fashion.”

    Did I forget an anniversary or something? I am in trouble, right?

    Wha’?  I’ll have to ask  Nunc To interpret this comment for me…

    It was my way of joking that your comment was also unclear. Guys often future unclear means trouble.

    Would you interpret your comment also?

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  12. 10 Cents:

    Hypatia:

    10 Cents:

    Hypatia:

    10 Cents:

    Hypatia:

    10 Cents:
    “Real men have no feelings and don’t know the meaning of fear.” [Said softly so my wife doesn’t hear.]

    I’ve known at least two men who say (apparently without irony) that they “hate” emotions.   It’s a conversation stopper.

    You need to be more in touch with your masculine side, Hyp.

    “A woman’s face, by Nature’s own hand painted/Hast thou, the master-mistress of my passion./A woman’s gentle heart, though not acquainted/With shifting change, as is false woman’s fashion.”

    Did I forget an anniversary or something? I am in trouble, right?

    Wha’?  I’ll have to ask  Nunc To interpret this comment for me…

    It was my way of joking that your comment was also unclear. Guys often future unclear means trouble.

    Would you interpret your comment also?

    Yeah that’s fair.  The connection with your comment obviously  wasn’t clear except in my mind: the last lines are from Shakespearean sonnet, about a gent who evidently had a quite noticeable feminine side….too récherché, sorry. (Altho I found your #12 equally obscure: are you twitting me about being too emotional, too feminine? )

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