Was thinking this morning — no idea why — about a friend who was once arrested on the absolutely magnificent (and no doubt Victorian) charge of “tending to lead an idle, lewd, and dissolute life.” A kind of catch-all charge, I gather, for underage kids who weren’t actually caught in any specific act, but who were nevertheless up to no good.
A 17-year-old high school senior, he was busted at a college party where drugs figured heavily. Apparently that high-flown charge was originally invented by reformists committed to the belief that minors were salvageable and as yet incapable of actually leading an idle, lewd, and dissolute life.
I can confirm that my friend was already thoroughly immersed in lewdness and dissolution (which eventually killed him) but not idleness. On the contrary, he was a diligent, focused worker who got a full-time job at 18, never left it, and continued to rise in the ranks despite being stoned out of his mind half the time he was on the clock. He bought a house when he’d barely turned 21 and owned lots of toys for his genuinely idle druggie friends to steal while he was at work.
As it happened, the “idle, lewd, and dissolute” charge had to be dropped because cops made the mistake of tossing him into a cell with adults when he was underage. So the Victorians never got a chance to save his tender young self from dissolute ways. Not that they’d have succeeded in any case. Never in my life did I know anybody so determined on slow self-destruction.
Speaking of being highly functional while on drugs, a new study casts doubts on the arbitrary blood-THC levels pot-legalizing states have chosen for punishing drivers.
Until recently, I believed Joel was the only one among us who intended to betray the revolution and become dictator for life.*
However, it now appears that others harbor this secret not-so-secret ambition. Just this week (while addressing the hotly subversive topic of pink plastic flamingos**), Commentariat member A.G. weighed in, dubiously claiming benevolent intentions, followed by Dana, who announced a more comprehensive agenda to open his term as dictator for life.***
That got me wondering. How many more intend to betray the revolution and become DfL? Good heavens, it’s possible the field is as crowded**** as the Republican and Democrat presidential races.
So. Your freedom fun question for the day is: What will you do on your first day as dictator for life?
Strictly for laughs, okay? I realize the temptation to find a certain “conservative” Supreme Court justice and give him a fair but extremely brief trial before … ahem … may be tempting once one holds the dictator seat. But let’s keep it light today.
Go for it.
* In the extremely unlikely chance that such an opportunity should arise.
** Let our NSA overlords anxiously ponder the significance of that one.
*** Presumably very short life, just before being liquidated by the usual mob of deviously plotting henchpersons.
**** Though surely not as loathsome, scurvy, and scrofulous
Ever notice how many people have pugs these days? And how big pugs figure into “funny dog” videos? They’re funky little dogs with not-horrible personalities, but they have so many health problems that you have to practically become a vet to deal with them all. You wonder why people want them.
It wasn’t like that back in those mythic golden days. Back then, everybody wanted Rin Tin Tin. Lassie. Roy Rogers’ Bullet. Even though in my neck of the woods we usually just got, “It followed me home, Mom. Can I keep it?”
Then we started getting a little frou-frou. Cocker spaniels got bought and bred and re-bred and inbred to the point of being like something out of Alien. So they got dropped and … on it goes. You get little spikes — like Dalmatians every time that d*mned movie gets reissued or remade.
But to whatever extent we identify with our dogs (and it’s the next closes thing to a human bond, closer for some) it seems as if we’ve gradually gone from wanting to identify ourselves with heroic figures to something clownish, even pathetic.
At the same time, of course, we’re living in this marvelous renaissance of larger-than-life comic book figures. And it’s great. But it’s just entertainment. The film industry has reached the point where they can make grown-ups believe in Spider-Man or Captain America and make women lust for Loki or Thor (I am a Loki woman, myself).
Even if we secretly harbor some adolescent identification with Tony Stark or Natasha Romanoff, the well-balanced among us are not hankering to don sparkly tights or iron suits.
Every once in a while these movies will really speak to us. Captain America has had some strong words for the surveillance state. And maybe we harbor that within and watch that particular film clip again. But as far as action goes it’s something way off there in the distance.
So it appears that the more heroic the movies get, the farther heroism is from our real lives or any real expectations we have for ourselves or our culture. We’ve moved “heroic ideals” into the realm of fantasy while we increasingly lurk around, cowed by political correctness, by hostile law enforcers, by the need to avoid offending, by laws made by and for well-funded elites from an entirely different culture than our own, and by the drudgy necessities of life.
Though I gasp at his apparent belief that U.S. cops aren’t hardass enough, Kevin D. Williamson is once again perspicacious. He says we’re seeing “peak leftism.” We can surely hope so, because if the current crop of ranters and banners goes much farther, we’ll end up with full-blown fascism.
Lucky Gunner has very kindly added The Zelman Partisans to its wonderful list of potential recipients of the legal fees it hopes to receive from the well-smacked Brady Bunch.
Thank you, Bear, Joel, and anybody else who had the idea to contact LG. You can go here to read more and cast your v*te, hopefully for TZP. Scroll down; we’re at the bottom of the alphabetical list.
It remains unknown whether the Bradys will ever actually pay up. But if they do, LG will allocate funds to each group according to the percentage of the v*te they receive. Even 1% could be a big deal to a small, new group like TZP. We have darned near zero overhead and can put anything we receive to work building the group and planning projects.
Does anybody on the anti-gun side ever tell the truth about anything??? Pat Toomey (spit!) who wants to restart his Manchin-Toomey-Schumer-Gottlieb legislation says:
“The only thing that our legislation would have done is it would have said if you purchase a gun through a commercial vendor, whether it’s at a gun show or at a dealership or online, you have to go through an instantaneous background check … to determine if you have been adjudicated as mentally unfit because of a mental incapacity that makes you dangerous or if you’re a convicted criminal,” Toomey said. “And we all agree that people in those two categories shouldn’t have guns, and that’s not a controversial idea. Unfortunately, it became controversial to establish a procedure to broaden the background checks. I’m very disappointed. I think some people mischaracterized the legislation, and that led others to oppose it.”
I walked to town and back. It’s six weeks today since I broke my ankle and I can hear my nurse friends yelling, “Too soon! Too soon!” But all is well.
I’m wearing a rigid clamshell brace that holds my ankle more securely side-to-side than the fracture boot did while still letting my foot flex. Last week I had a neighbor drop me in town for an experimental walk home. Though the ankle “talked” to me a bit coming up the last slope, walking was glorious.
Lord, I’ve missed this! Nothing helps me feel more healthy, sane, alive, and creative than walking.
Appears I’ll be doing a lot more of it, too. Want to or not.
You might know that the Brady bunch recently lost a cynical and highly political lawsuit against Lucky Gunner and two other firearms businesses. The Bradys exploited victims of the Aurora theater shooting in a blatant attempt to put these companies out of their perfectly lawful businesses.
The judge did not take this kindly. In addition to slamming the Bradys in writing, he awarded court costs to the defendants. While it remains to be seen whether the Bradys will end up paying, LG has announced that they’ll donate any funds they recoup to a Second Amendment organization. We get to decide which one.
Yep, finally something worth v*ting for. SAF is currently leading, with Gun Owners of America right behind. GOA got my v*te. (ADDED: This is not a winner-takes-all contest. Donations will be proportional to the voting.)
If you’ve got a blocker, you’ll need to enable scripts. V*te early and often. ;-)