Jordan Peterson @ The Queen’s University in Ontario

I became a fan of Jordan Peterson around last year as I starting watching some of his Youtube videos. Peterson, if you are not aware, is a Canadian professor of Psychology at the University of Toronto. He has become in the last two years a champion of free speech against the onslaught of post-modernist rhetoric (especially in the corruption of language) used by progressive activists, particularly on university campuses. I caught a recent Youtube video posted just over a week ago and was again heartened by the message of hope and civility that he shares.

The Sweet Taste

I don’t post a lot of political views on this site, because it is not really what I want it to become. I leave that to the screeching millennials trying to fight against/save…whatever is the outrage du jour. I started off the week with a noticeable bitter tang, after LSU’s defeat on Saturday by our Maroon friends two states over to the right. It was so close. The defense took their eyes the quarterback for one moment in the fourth quarter and he gutted us. Final score was a disappointing 10-0. Other than that, it was a hard fought game.

I was filled with quite a bit of trepidation then when it came to the election. I had sent my vote in about 1 and 1/2 weeks before, paying China Mail a grand total of $27 to get it there on time. It did. I was not able to see the results on Tuesday, of course, so I went to eat with a friend (a Hillary supporter) at Khan Baba – my favorite Pakistani restaurant in Beijing. It was there that I finally saw Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania called for Trump and knew that it was over. I was particularly gracious by not crowing about it.

If you have doubts about my political bent, let me be blunt then. I am a Republican. I have been one my whole life and I came close this time with splitting from the party. I will vote for Trump. Not because I like him, but more for the fact that I abhor the Clintons with every bone in my body. Never has a grasping, more greedy duo ever stepped into that cesspool of villainy, Washington, D.C. I was originally for Scott Walker and then Ted Cruz. To be more blunt, I would vote for the Anti-Christ over Hillary Clinton. Many on the left would say I already did if they were willing to couch it those terms. I personally find Trump to be an ass, but he is now my ass.

The election reactions were as I expected. Children revolting and the revolting child-like. Seriously, your symbol is a safety pin? I woke up this morning with a sense of satisfaction that has been elusive for several years. I will not have to hear Hillary’s voice (and hopefully Pres. Empty Suit and his wife’s) ever again. Oh blessed day! Also, seen online:


At 2:30 (Beijing Time), I saw on the news that Britain had voted to leave the European Union. With a victory at about 51.7%, the British people decided their own fate, through their own electoral process. The majority was not persuaded by threats from European apparatchiks nor promises of doom from their own government, led by David Cameron. Since he risked his position on the Remain vote, it looks like he may be out.

Already, the markets are panicking under the future uncertainty, when it will take the UK up to two years (or longer) to untangle itself from Europe. The pound sterling has already fallen 10% to dollar, hitting its lowest since 1985. Since this was warned, it means that the British people voted for liberty over their pocketbook. Bravo! Many are already warning that Scotland and Northern Ireland may jump ship to reattach themselves to the EU teat. I say go ahead, despite the fact that one of the EU’s largest financial bulwarks have just been pulled, with Britain signaling to others disenchanted with the EU model that may flee a sinking ship.

Down with the bureaucrats!

*Poster at top was found at Instapundit. It is one of my favorite news sites.

**Update** – That didn’t take very long (couple of hours). David Cameron announces his resignation, stating, “I will do everything I can as prime minister to steady the ship over the coming weeks and months, but I do not think it will be right for me to try to be the captain that steers our country to its next destination.”

I Remember

For a nation that proudly touts the five thousand years of Chinese civilization, there remains an event that the government yearly endeavors to erase from the consciousness of the its people.¹ According to this article at Foreign Policy, it seems that they are succeeding, at least within the boundaries of China. I, however, choose to remember. Even today, the beautiful idealism displayed there brings tears to my eyes. I have read and seen in documentaries many accounts of those days. I have read the biographies of many arrested and sent to the laogai. If placed in a similar situation, of standing up to a despotic government, I often question if I would have the strength to stand by my convictions. I state with pride that I would, but in searching the depths of my heart, I must state with certainty that I cannot be certain. I was not there and another such moment for me has not come. Therefore, I can only do what little I can. I remember.


For me, this picture encapsulates the measure of a man. Faceless, nameless and no doubt afraid, he stood up to the Leviathan in the only way that he could. His punishment was no doubt detention and execution, but in this moment he stood up for an entire nation. Everyday in classes that I teach, my students talk about the latest superhero movie or basketball star. Here, among the ashes of history that some would bury, stands a hero greater than Superman or Ironman. I remember.

Here is a poem by the poet, Meng Lang²:

· 孟 浪 ·




Mnemonic for 6/4: Three Nines Make Twenty-Seven
By Meng Lang

Between a bloody hand and a bloody handprint
Oxygen is interposed; smearing and rubbing have faded
What is setting forth and what is arriving—they collide together
Memory’s guards escort forgetting; some look on but take little in
Yet I want to give you a plain view of the invisible
That erstwhile partitioning and jettisoning, done directly
Those flames in the cranium that overleapt, again overleapt
Sin, ah sin, somehow learning to vanish
Twenty-seven years, the shame of an entire nation

Traces, criminological studies, having mastered ways of escape
Insert themselves in government and sit still, pretending innocence
Procession of vehicles, crowds—a thin, drawn-out line, a nerve fiber
Extracted by this pair of hands that were cleansed by means of sin
Roughly kneading a billion-some balls of dough: angry faces
Turn away, turn away, in the end to be twisted and wrenched
Ah, that wrenching sacrifice, its savor, nursing bereavement
Heavy rumbling, clamor and din, magnificence like a jetting fountain
Twenty-seven years, the enzyme of an entire nation…

The bloody handprint is printed on the sky; who would now
Point falsely? Is God’s fingerprint to be molded in plastic?
I hereby point out, this nothingness is to no avail
On the wide land, only this last bit of greenness remains
From tips of grass shake down that wordless dewdrop
She, the one who bears the whole sky’s weight
Her long sigh is heard from the deepest place
A mnemonic for something—not to be held back, not to be obstructed
Three nines make twenty-seven, followed by four sevens which make twenty-eight

( Tr. by XM )

¹Before any wumao heads explode, I want it to be understood that I despise all governments, including my own to a great extent. My politics tend toward libertarian. I have always maintained a great respect and love of the Chinese people. The government and party, despite what they wish people to believe, are not the people and thus can go to hell.

²This poem was originally published in the Mingpao newspaper, Hongkong, June 1, 2016. It was passed to me through Ohio State University’s Modern Chinese Literature and Culture (MCLC) Resource Center.

Football and Elections – Only Slightly Bitter

This week I have tasted defeat like nothing before. I was defeated by those pansies in Alabama that continue to use a silly euphemism for menstruating as their sports’ greeting. Then that defeat was overshadowed by the national tragedy that occurred on election night. First, let’s start with LSU, because it is the most optimistic of the two outcomes. LSU played its heart out and Mettenburger impressed me like never before. We had a better offense than at any time in the last 2-3 years. The defense played phenomenally as well. The stupid decision to play a prevent defense inside the red box is not their responsibility nor was the outcome. The sheer joy of watching the team kick Alabama’s bloody red ass was joyous, tinged only with a slight bitterness that a great quarterback was able to pull off a victory by the skin of his teeth. Our team is young and by what I saw on Saturday night, is going to rock the football world next year. If the coaches don’t get in the way, of course.

The Saints won on Sunday. It was against the Eagles, of course, who stink as bad as we do. However, I will take a W anyway I can get it. Next week will be against the undefeated Falcons. A victory here will improve me immensely.

On to last night. I have only one word really – suck. Around half of the country voted to re-elect a man who is fiscally ignorant. Many people believe that the economy will bounce back no matter who was elected, as if policy had no effect on it. They will be disillusioned. We are staring at a fiscal cliff, with higher taxes coming from the end of the Bush tax cuts as well as the Obamacare nightmare. To help with spending, Bernanke is talking more quantitative easing so our dollars are worth less, teasing at real hyperinflation. We will restrict energy output, meaning that gas prices will rise. All of this means that companies will contract – limiting expansion and layoffs or forgoing new hires. In a few years, we will become Greece, with a $21 trillion debt. The takers have prevailed and the givers will become fewer.

In all of this, I did not become depressed. I am actually more worried about the writer’s block preventing me from finishing my thesis, which is already several days late. My lack of depression stems from 3 areas: 1. I learned from the 2 ½ years of depression that I experienced with my mother’s passing. It solves nothing and merely holds me from accomplishing my goals. 2. We are Americans and by the end of the day will still be the biggest maggot on top of the dung heap. I look at China’s problems and weep. 3. I am, and always have been, a believer in the return of Jesus Christ. The scriptures say that it will only get worse before the end. With this in mind, I can only bitterly cling to “my guns and religion” until that great day comes. I will survive and overcome all things, even the disappointment that this week has given me.

God Bless America!

Update – May 9, 2012

Well, I thought that I would put up another update. I have finished off two of the three papers that I had left over from my last semester at Utah. I hope to finish the third one this weekend. I will be so happy to finish these idiotic things off – I should never have let them progress this far. Writing block, how I curse thee! Once finished, it will be time to focus on the dreaded thesis. I can only be thankful that I did as much work on it as I did before I folded.

In addition to this paper foolishness, there are two articles about Israel that I read recently that interested me. First, Prof. Yosef Garfinkel recently released a significant find from  Khirbet Qeiyafa in the Valley of Elah. These artifacts indicate a significant find in the cultic practices of ancient Israel. The website is

The second piece of news was the fact that PM Netanyahu cancelled the elections that he had previously called for because Likud and Kadima formed a coalition. This means that an attack on Iran seems more likely. Kadima support probably means that negotiations with the Palestinians will be offered. And probably, like usual, refused. Also, Kadima wishes to end the Tal Law that allows ultra-Orthodox Jews an exemption from having to perform military service. I support this as well for what its worth. :-P  Here is the website:

Presidential Endorsement

I have decided to finally endorse a candidate for President of the United States of America. I initially supported one candidate because of his religious affiliation, but decided against him for several reasons. The only Mormon presidential candidate that would ever get my initial endorsement would be Yeah Samake, who is running for President of Mali. His website is here. Both Romney and Huntsman have several weaknesses that I feel limit them in gaining my endorsement. I feel that Romney has the perception of flip-flopping and the whole Massachusetts medicare problem. I realize the conditions in which he signed the bill and his position in a very left-leaning state. Huntsman is what a Democrat’s dream of what a Republican candidate should be, so that horse never even left the gate.

I realize that people can change as I have certainly done so in my life. I think that Romney certainly has changed as he sees where the country is headed and from where his support stems. I do not necessarily see this as the biggest drawback. He would make an admirable Vice President or even a President if he wins the Republican nomination. I will certainly vote for him in order to expunge the current malignancy occupying the White House. Despite this, I feel that I should back Herman Cain as our next President.

Cain addresses in perhaps the most simplest terms what is currently wrong with our country. It stems from loopholes, regulations, and no confidence in the system. The revamping of the tax code and its simplification is only the first step. We must start to create a business friendly environment so that we can recapture the success that we previously held. It should be easier to start and maintain a business in this country than it currently is and attacking the problem of over-taxation, over-regulation, and knee jerk loyalty to labor will in some ways solve this. Do I feel that Romney can do this? Yes and have no doubt that these are his plans. The American people, however, can be some of the stupidest in the world – just look at the adoring masses in our last presidential voting cycle. We need someone that will make it easy for the sheep to follow the shepherd.

Now, you may be asking yourself why my opinion on this matter may be of any import. My only response is that you are on my blog, reading this post.

The Pastor, the Mormon, and the Interview

Recently, a story broke in which a Dallas pastor, who after introducing Gov. Rick Perry at a fund raiser for his presidential campaign, slammed Mitt Romney for being in a “cult” – Mormonism. Admirably enough, the official response from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was that it would not respond to comments made at a political gathering, appropriately separating religion from politics. Later, Anderson Cooper interviewed Pastor Robert Jeffress. He defended Romney and later Barack Obama on the question of their religion. The video of the interview is here. Just for disclosure, I am not an admirer of either Romney, Obama, or even Anderson Cooper.

One of the interesting statements made by Jeffress is that Mormonism is a non-biblical theological cult, but not a sociological one. In this, I can only assume that he means that Mormonism was started by a man and not of the Jim Jones variety that practices mind control and communal kool-aid parties. In the past, however, members of the Association to which Jeffress belongs have accused of Mormons of said activities, perhaps unaware that green jello, not kool-aid, is the prefered [warning: insensitive joke ahead] poison of choice. Also, the last time I checked, the denomination that he preaches for were also started by a group of guys called the English Separatists, under John Smyth, stemming from the Anabaptists. Hmm.

As for the definition of un-biblical, Baptists were part of a movement to split from the dead traditions of the Catholic church, as they saw it, and rediscover “simple Christianity.” I have always found this interesting as early Christianity certainly was never simple. Even now, trying to find something in common between the many denominations that exist is difficult, up to and including the nature of Christ. Two thousand years of “historical Christianity,” as Jeffress describes it, have not allowed us to reach consensus on a great many topics. Perhaps the most amusing part of the interview was when Jeffress describes as Christian any person who has faith in Jesus Christ as their only Lord & Savior. Mormons certainly believe this, but are denied the title of Christian by these stout defenders of the “orthodox” faith.

Fine. I know and Christ knows that I joined the community of His Saints. On religion, I do not care what Jeffress thinks of my faith. Politically, it makes him look very narrow-minded by stating that he would prefer Perry to Romney based on faith, but would vote for Romney against Obama, even after accepting Obama’s Christian-ness. If he had answered otherwise, however, it would mean that he is not just narrow-minded, but an idiot. So good for him on that score.

Update: Jonah Goldberg articulates this argument much better than I in his Oct. 12th National Review Online piece here.

Hate Crimes?

This week in the US there were two executions of convicted murders. One was convicted of killing a police officer in Georgia and the other for a particularly brutal dragging murder in Texas. The man in Georgia was executed despite a lot of pressure from the public there to overturn the case. No one seemed to mourn the man in Texas. He and a few friends drug a black man to death behind his pickup. Putting the professions of innocence and the moral ramifications of the death penalty aside, I want to address something that has always bothered me – hate crime laws in the US. I don’t understand it.

Here is an imaginary example detailing my confusion. Say I am of a criminal persuasion and go into a 7-11. The cashier takes too long to give me the money and I, high on drugs, shoot him a couple of times. The cashier dies, I am on video and the cops come to arrest me a couple of days later after my mom rats me out so she can have my not-so-secret coke stash. I am found guilty and am sent to the electric chair.* Another tale – harboring a life-long hatred of Jews and other supposed sub-humans, I walk into my local Jewish deli and shoot the manager because I, like Mel Gibson, believe that Jews start all the wars. The local SWAT team raids my house hours later, finding me absentmindedly fondling my hoard of Nazi memorabilia. A ZOG controlled judge by the name of Goldstein sentences me to death by lethal injection. A decade later, after several appeals, I am executed by the state.±

The issue that I really have is over cause and effect. What difference does it make why a man was killed? I am not saying that intent should totally be eschewed, as that would totally throw out accidents, self-defense, and insanity. But a murder over racial or other equal motivations is no more heinous to me than one over money or anything else. A man (or woman) is still dead, leaving a hole in the victims family. All murders (by which I mean not of the three exceptions) should be processed to the harshest degree currently allowed. Allowing gradation in crime will in some sense create special social definitions where one person’s death is more horrific than another’s. Also, do we draw the same lines across all boundaries? Will a black man, if he is filled with hate towards “The Man,” then drive up and shoot me as I pick up the morning paper because of my skin color get the same treatment as an Aryan Brother pulling the same crime? I do not know. All of this current rush towards “fairness” leads me to believe not. I do not mean to just limit this to just murder either, but include rape, assault, etc. In any of these moments, no matter the reason, I am sure there is a lot of hate there.

*The first imaginary me could probably get a good lawyer and get it whittled down to just Manslaughter or Murder 2.

±The second imaginary me would probably try for an insanity plea. Pre-planned videos of me saluting “Heil Hitler” while watching Triumph of the Will, getting loaded on schnapps and repeated loops of Wagner on high volume would no doubt aid my cause.

Great Article on George W. Bush

Today I read a great article on President George W. Bush by a long time friend and sometime confidant. In it, he describes the intelligence of the 43rd president and his understanding of past and current events. He also details Bush’s voracious appetite for books and the knowledge that he gained from them. In this, I feel a little vindicated because I have tirelessly defended George W. Bush’s intelligence from those who would launch ad hominid attacks. I, like the former president, stutter and am tongue-tied in front of an audience. This does not mean that I am any less intelligent for having this problem. The author, Walt Harrington, succinctly sums up our perhaps most debilitating political issue when he writes, “It baffles me that grown people must convince themselves that those with whom they disagree are stupid or malevolent.”

In moments of weakness, I have chosen poor words describing our current president. This is not over the belief that he is an idiot or evil. I believe that we see the world in different spectra of light. I in red and he in blue. The pun was intended. Joking aside, I need to work on how I voice my dissent and not fall in the same trap that has befallen those I opposed.