The Battle Flag

cgb1I don’t know anything about the folks who run that place, except this: we’re on the same side.

This is a great time to walk up to people and shake their hands, tell them “love the flag, sir.” Give them your business, recommend them to others. Flags and colors signal allegiance. We talk about networking in real life, and it begins with a friendly approach.

“Any time I see an American flag or a Trump sign, I know I have a friend in that house.” — Lara

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36 thoughts on “The Battle Flag

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  2. If I were capable of pity, I’d pity the neutral and undecided.

    As is the case in prison wars, they suffer the most and they suffer first. They are preyed upon by both sides for money, property, food and women. And they lack the conviction to do anything.

  3. To be neutral is to be indifferent. The very nature of indifference is that few will fight for someone who will not fight for them.

    I’m sure there were neutral parties in Yugoslavia before that country was carved up by outsiders, Jackals, Wolves, Patriots, and True Believers. Neutrals make for useful cats paws for outside powers.

  4. Here’s to the Stars and Stripes, from a northern neighbour.

    And speaking of that, you probably haven’t heard, but a *massive* sea-change is just starting to get afoot here in Canada: a lot of migrants, fearful of the Trump admin’s changes, are hopping the border to come up here instead.

    Let’s see where this leads, and if it’s the final straw that breaks Liberal Gaynadia’s back.

  5. And speaking of that, you probably haven’t heard, but a *massive* sea-change is just starting to get afoot here in Canada: a lot of migrants, fearful of the Trump admin’s changes, are hopping the border to come up here instead.

    If Canadians think that the much-ballyhooed occurrence of 20 or so people trudging through snow to pass from Montana to Sasketchewan qualifies as “massive” then yes Canada does indeed have a major humanitarian crisis on the way.

  6. Well, let me re-phrase: we’ll see what it amounts to in coming months. As someone in the National Post noted today: if people are willing to make this trek in the winter, what will summer bring?

    Maybe nothing. We’ll see.

  7. My larger point being that Gaynadia is so far left because it’s essentially been the most comfortable, coddled nation on earth, and I’m interested to see how quickly that could change.

  8. “here in Canada: a lot of migrants, fearful of the Trump admin’s changes, are hopping the border to come up here instead.”

    You get all this melodramatically scripted passion and confrontation over the topic of illegal immigration; all this bold ‘taking a stand’ and ‘fearless candor’: the president of Mexico ‘will not’ pay for a wall and ‘will not’ be condescended to and ‘will not’ tolerate ‘not being respected’ nor ‘not being treated with dignity.”

    Yet among the invaded-upon reps you never hear something along the lines of this: “Is it not telling in and of itself that millions of your own residents are risking their lives to leave your country and their home country to illegally come to ours? And does that not compromise your position to complain, make demands or in other ways demand certain dispositions from international courts, politicians and opinions?”

    Nor do you or will you ever hear from the ‘invader side’:”I’m sorry we cannot control nor make appealing our invaders’ home country; I’m sorry we cannot control the hordes who come to your country illegally and make demands and commit felonies.”

  9. My larger point being that Gaynadia is so far left because it’s essentially been the most comfortable, coddled nation on earth, and I’m interested to see how quickly that could change.

    I was just joking, I understood your point. And Canada has had the luxury of being able to be very selective in its immigrants based on education, skills, etc.

  10. What does that flag really say? In some places, Baltimore, Philly, Jersey City, it’s a public show of defiance, almost like tattooing symbols to yourself in other cultures. In other places, it’s a low risk endeavor.

    Let’s remember that the mortal that the flag refers to has now been at the helm of the USG for 33 days now. He has the power so many of us have hoped for. At the stroke of a pen, he can do so many things, from cutting off funding to foreign countries to releasing inmates from custody. It’s an immense power that our society invests in one person. Does the flag refer to the mortal, his reign, or to his ideals?

  11. I was just joking

    Oh, okay, I see that now. I mean you’re right, the stories involve only a trickle of people so far. But then it becomes an experiment, doesn’t it? How much illegal immigration does it take before people are fed up with it?

  12. One flag observation that i’d imagine is quite commonly noticed among people my age but have kids currently in school or are in some way still connected to prep environments:

    When I went to grade and high-school in the 80s, in a good-to-exceptional city bordering suburban h.s. and grade schools, standing up and facing the flag during the morning pledges during announcements were all but unanimously observed; among staff and other adults it was total; among students, near-total, even involving acting-out delinquents; only the most egregious circumstances were behind non-involvement.

    But today? The pledge is overlooked by the majority and it’s a whim, not at all an act of defiance backed by intent. It’s more like the pledge, fundamentally inconsequential to them anyway, is just another prop that’s been sacrificed for the cause of their ever-dwindling attention spans toward EVERYTHING; yet one more pesky ritual or tradition that gets in the way of focusing intently on me, me, me.

  13. — Does the flag refer to the mortal, his reign, or to his ideals? (UlricKerensky)

    I see it as a rebellion flag.

    — in Canada: a lot of migrants, fearful of the Trump admin’s changes, are hopping the border to come up here instead. (SJ, Esquire)

    Is there a historic precedent for unprepared invading units pushing into a big, cold country only to perish in the snow?

    — But today? The pledge is overlooked by the majority (Nikcrit)

    What is America to those students?

  14. Is there a historic precedent for unprepared invading units pushing into a big, cold country only to perish in the snow?

    Haha, glad to see we are keeping up our sense of humour. But anyway it’s interesting that Canada has essentially been in the position that Australia occupied in the old Risk board game. Remember Australia? It wasn’t worth much, but it was easy to defend because there was only a single route inside.

    More than any other ostensibly white country, we’ve been spared the mass migration, but I wonder if at this moment Soros money is pushing brown people northwards.

  15. ,“What is America to those students?”

    A place filled with certain monotonous ‘spaces and places’; in terms of physical environment, like school monday-through-friday? It’s a place to congregate, eat, socialize and plug in their cell phones.

    Socially? it’s a place to compare notes, wishes, poses and affectation that come with puberty.

    Aspirationally? It’s a place to learn, through mediation, what kind of ostentatious material displays best fit their mood, ego and desire and they get to try out ‘starter’ and ‘beginner’ versions of those appartions out on friends, mainly at ‘school’ —— that other major reason for their social being(s).

    Beyond that?

    I’ll get back to you.

  16. @PA,

    I think you’re really on to something, if i’m viewing the rhetorical subtext of your question properly; i.e., meaning: “America” means nothing to them —– and not out of a sense of sedition or anarchy but rather profound and quite naturally organic ‘indifference.’ They, in fact, feel not a bit of civic commonality let alone ‘duty’ toward the larger sense of social arrangement in which they live within.

    And of course via those segments on Kimmel and Leno in the old days, we know what the aggregate level of Civics 101 knowledge is among today’s underage youth; they literally as well PRACTICALLY don’t know or have a sense of town, city, country, neighborhood or community —– though i do hear some of the kids have a certain sense of neighborhood block via gang affiliation. (not joking; lol).

  17. “More than any other ostensibly white country, we’ve been spared the mass migration”

    Huh? Canada is nearly 20% non-white. And that’s by 2011 government statistics. So you know that (1) it’s gone up appreciably since then, especially with Chinese (4% in 2011) and South Asians (5%). (2) The government stats are always a few percentage points too low on these things, since so much of the immigration is illegal, and since it’s in the government’s interest to low-ball the figures.

    So you’re likely pushing 25% non-white in Canada. That’s not being spared mass migration. And now with Gay Trudeau at the helm, it’s going to accelerate wildly. Your moose isn’t quite as cooked as America’s, but it’s close.

  18. I meant specifically the hordes of a) brown-Hispanics that have poured across the border into the USA; and b) brown-Africans-Muslims pouring across borders into Europe. *Those* migrants. We haven’t had any brown hordes pouring ACROSS THE BORDER thus far.

    Of course you’re correct that Canada is browning rapidly through LEGAL immigration, but that’s a different story. It’s an interesting story, boding tragedy looming in the middle-distant future, but I’ll spare you my further thoughts, which are probably only appreciable by a Gaynadian audience.

  19. but I’ll spare you my further thoughts, which are probably only appreciable by a Gaynadian audience.

    What are those further thoughts, and why would they only be appreciable by Canadians?

    I have noticed a strong representation in the AR from Up North, in stark contrast to their very gay public image.

  20. I had to read the story to figure out why the Walking Dead shirt was “offensive.” It reveals a nice new Prog strategy. Since you can’t actually take offense at what the shirt says, get offended by what it might have said. Sheer genius. That means anything can be offensive, because, you know, somebody might have added “nigger” to it. A hundred years ago. Good enough!

    As for our Canuck friend: “Of course you’re correct that Canada is browning rapidly through LEGAL immigration, but that’s a different story.”

    No, it’s not a different story. The “story” is white displacement, and it doesn’t matter one lick if that displacement is welcomed legally with gibsmedats and the whole nine of social services, or if that displacement creeps over the border or overstays a visa (and then, of course, also gets the whole nine). Brown is brown. Yellow is yellow. Black is black. It doesn’t matter where or how they get there, each is ruining Canada in their own very special ways.

  21. — Since you can’t actually take offense at what the shirt says, get offended by what it might have said.

    Great news! A whole new array of ways in which we can trigger them. Our imagination is the limit! I’m not a comedy guy, but I’d love to compile a list of implied offensive things.

  22. why would they only be appreciable by Canadians?

    Don’t mistake my words for condescension, but Yanx are just about congenitally incapable of finding Canada interesting. Even when I think there’s a worthwhile sociological point to be observed.

  23. No, it’s not a different story. The “story” is white displacement

    I agree that white displacement is the meta-story, but there are subtleties at play. Public perception of illegal, crossing-the-border mass migration is quite different than public perception of a gradual, frog-in-the-pot browning. I agree that white replacement is the real important fact, but what I’m concerned about is what it’s going to take for people to *wake up* to this. I argue that low-IQ border-crossers are more likely to trigger a reaction than high-IQ Asian immigration, for example.

    A further reason that this plays out differently up here is that we are much more urbanized. We have a very sparsely populated white hinterland dominated by a handful of city-states that are browning at a lightning pace. What will a country look like that is dominated by high-performing Asians in the cities, ruling over rural whites?

  24. Ever-so-slightly off-topic:
    I recall this Canadian band making an impression on my when i was a wee lad in the early 80s, before I played, wrote about or even closely listened to to music; i thought this song was really interesting —– and then never heard a word again about the band.

  25. “What will a country look like that is dominated by high-performing Asians in the cities, ruling over rural whites?”

    I understand that template is currently fleshing out and being tested in S.F. and more recently in Portland and Seattle; you have to wonder if that dynamic is developing in Vancouver too..

    I’d really like to go back to the latter city; been there once, for one day, basically a long, rainy afternoon and early evening before hustling back to stormy Seattle.

    That weather would be a real point of contention with me; for reasons both physical and mental.

  26. “Since you can’t actually take offense at what the shirt says, get offended by what it might have said. Sheer genius.”

    This is translatable to many domains of life, both explored and heretofore concealed.

  27. “What will a country look like that is dominated by high-performing Asians in the cities, ruling over rural whites?”

    That doesn’t really work out, structurally speaking. Working-class whites tend to leave high-cost states, which is what you get when large numbers of Asians starting moving in or investing in property. An example is all of the whites leaving California for Nevada, AZ, UT and TX.

    The West Coast states have very low rural populations with very few sizable towns outside of their major cities, California is something like 95% urban.

    The states with high rural populations – Texas, Georgia, NC, SC, etc.- have lots of medium-sized towns scattered across the state. Makes for more conservative whites.

  28. Yep trump is a chaos agent and I love it.
    I don’t care what happens as long as I get to see the prissy beltway establishment go down in flames.

    Some men just want to watch the world burn.

  29. PA is right – white people need a bit of chaos to thrive. our allergy to stasis compels us to kick over the apple cart every now and then

  30. This link fits into this thread,

    https://www.theburningplatform.com/2017/02/23/why-the-narrative-failed

    It is again by Hardscrabble Farmer, who is regularly featured on that blog.

    He has become very much a leading voice in the larger Sphere, and the linked article is yet another demonstration of that.

    It covers a lot of ground, and uses for an example the Marielito Cuban Refugee Riot in Pennsylvania that was quelled by the 182nd Airborne, which remarkably the man himself was a participant in.

    I had thought that those Marielito riots occurred in Miami, as per Scarface. It is odd that they would have been in Pennsylvania.

    The other theme of that article, that resonates for me, is about how the conflicts here and now in this country and elsewhere, are larger than our individual perspectives (and lives). They are expressions of some social and evolutionary fissure that has already split and is not going to come back together without quaking. (quacking, not quacking)

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