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LIONEL PODCAST: Pharisaical Self-Righteousness in the Hillary Clinton Camp

It’s a mental illness. An inability and refusal to confront and address the obvious. Hillary Clinton lost. Donald Trump won. In the few weeks Obama has taken every side on every position.  Russia did, Russia didn’t.  Hillary was robbed, Hillary screwed up.  I failed, I was a success.  I have brought hope, there is no hope.  Everything is wonderful, everything sucks.  The FBI is right, the FBI is wrong.  

Hegel is very impressed.  But he’s still waiting for the synthesis.

I’ve been trying to grasp the essential mindset of those who are so viscerally opposed to Trump and his supporters that they seem willing to do anything to express their loathing for them.  Just what is the common factor?  What makes this different from the normal partisanship?

There is no need for modern psychoanalysis.  It can be easily described in an old and well used term: self-righteousness. Pharisaical self-righteousness.  The concept has gone quite out of style, but the phenomenon is very much alive and very well.  Acquaintance with the pharisaical personality has vanished as worldly unfamiliarity with the gospels has grown.  It’s a regrettable gap in our educational system. Lest I frighten the horses with god talk, there is no need for theology to grasp the moral principle under consideration. Relax.

Perhaps this pharisaism can best be seen in Hillary Clinton.  I could multiply examples, but one will suffice.  When, with her insider friends, and with their obvious approval, she called a large portion of Trump supporters “deplorables”, any biblically or even classically literate person would have immediately caught the clear echoes of the saying of the Pharisees, “this rabble is accursed, that knows not the law”.  Here is the dripping contempt, the superiority, the snobbery, the loathing of the little people by those who regard themselves as intrinsically better than others.

Unfortunately this inner rot has spread far beyond Mrs Clinton.  Millennials have been taught since infancy that they are the best, the coolest, and in the words of one young woman, the most moral generation.  Their self deception seems complete.  For all their self supposed ethicality, they do not hesitate to indulge in open displays of spite, rancor and revenge.  Their treatment of Bocelli in this matter is reprehensible, but they do not notice.  They think nothing of depriving this man of his living and his self esteem. He must submit to their will or be given the yellow badge of the outcast.  Their self indulgent weeping and hysterics show a depth of self regard and self pity that I think has not existed before or to this extent.  The attack on the electoral college electors showed this same infantile ignorance of the reasons for the law and the glorification of self interest.  Who threatens another with death for any reason other than an immediate threat to the lives of oneself or one’s family?  Yet these threats are now commonplace over matters of opinion about political traditions, though the threats are unserious and the people making them are cowards who hide behind email.

The most telling example of this self righteousness is the gross misuse of the name Hitler.  Clearly the person Hitler achieved a notoriety for evil that surpasses all others.  Comparing someone to Hitler is the ultimate in moral distancing.  Because Hitler is seen as literally almost infinitely evil, then I, who am not like him, must be at the other end of an infinite scale, and therefore, pretty good, in my own eyes. By calling someone Hitler I don a mantle of self constructed virtue.  Other epithets that end in “ist” or “phobic” serve a similar function.  But the use of “Hitler” is truly the final solution.  It is the personal and moral eradication of someone for whom my disapproval has turned to righteous loathing, to execration, to delation.  I have no problem in wishing them dead.

I know of no solution for this phenomenon.  It is.  Short of some unlikely outbreak of humility we must patiently await the slow ministration of bitter experience to drive this puerile sentiment out of this generation.  The lessons will be painful for all. Perhaps the millennials will obtain grace to at least not pass this odious trait on to their children, if they can spare the time from their own moral preening to bear them.  Yet I must not be overly hard on the millennials.  They came by their self righteousness honestly.  It is their parents and grandparents, my generation, who must ask themselves, “what have we done?”

LIONEL PODCAST: The Courage to Know You’re Right


It’s lonely knowing you’re right. You’re met relentlessly by the simple-minded and trite. They never seem to wonder what’s right or wrong. We just know. 

  • A jazzman today is like a medieval monk on a Scottish island in the middle ages hand copying ancient manuscripts so that an intellectual tradition is not lost during a time when 99.5 % of the population had no clue about ANYTHING. O tempora! O mores! [REFERENCED]

  • FLOTUS told Oprah Winfrey, “Now we’re feeling what not having hope feels like.” Really?! Mrs. O, talking about how her husband sought to imbue Americans with a sense of “hope,” added that “we feel the difference now.” And this: “It has shaken me to my core in a way that I couldn’t have predicted,” Mrs. Obama said at a campaign event in October. Funny . . . my thoughts exactly.

  • Alistener reminded me of the apt lines from Auden. 

    One could go on: Dante, the Beatles, William Morris, Tolkien and so on.

    I advise the Clintons to stay out of the woods.  No good can come of it. The poetry of the woods is darksome and eldritch. (Thank you, Tom.)

Lost in a haunted wood,

Children afraid of the night

Who have never been happy or good.

  • Be a part of the revolution that’s changing the world one brave citizen at a time. #LionelNation

LIONEL PODCAST: CIA/FBI Say No Evidence of Russian Hacking But the MSM Spew Hacking Lies With Renewed Vigor


Create the meme. And keep repeating it. Don’t worry, Americans don’t read, research and have the attention span of a gnat. They don’t question connections alleged as to Putin and Russia somehow affecting and throwing the election. Why would a voter care what Podesta’s emails contained or alleged? It’s preposterous and redefines specious. And your MSM question not and nothing. 

LIONEL PODCAST: Donald Trump Will Be A Great President With Obama Pathetically Ineffectual


Verity. Donald Trump will likely be one of the greatest Presidents of our republic. And Obama one of the most ineffectual. Meanwhile, Hillary apologists are trying to reconfigure the logic anent Trump’s appointees. They’ve nothing to say since abandoning the Russian hack bit.

  • As a trial lawyer I’m rather fond of the notion that when one makes an accusation he bears the burden of proof. As to the suggestion that the election was hacked by Russia or Russian agents or Putin or Kremlin operatives, there has been absolutely no evidence whatsoever of such.
  • Crazed Dems want to provoke war with Russia, claiming they launched an unproven cyber attack against the American franchise.

HERE’S HOW THE TED BAXTER SOCKPUPPET MEDIA WORK

PROLEGOMENON:
“The dog ate my homework” is an English expression purported to be a favorite excuse made by schoolchildren explaining their failure to turn in an assignment on time. The claim of a dog eating one’s homework is inherently suspect since it is both impossible for a teacher to disprove and conveniently absolves the student who gives that excuse of any blame. Although suspicious, the claim is not absolutely beyond possibility since dogs are known to eat—or chew on—bunches of paper. It has grown beyond the educational context, becoming a sarcastic rejoinder to a similarly glib or otherwise insufficient or implausible explanation for a failure in any context.
THE BODY:
(Insert any of the many stock pictures of Vladimir Putin’s atop his trusty steed.)

THE CONCLUSION:
When you blame the dog for eating your homework, you are making a fool of yourself on so many levels. First, you are giving too much credit to the dog. Russian hackers couldn’t have pull this off because they simply could not, as in unable to. Look at all the recent Russian “spy” scandals – from poisoning of Litvinenko in London to Anna Chapman, and many in between. All were botched operations run by clowns with some FSB credentials. Second, you’re not offering any proof of hacking, except that what it led to was not to your liking. Chinese hackers – it’s a different story: CIA had located an actual building from which an organized group of hackers operated, Chinese spies get arrested at Los Alamos, FBI, etc. on a regular basis. These guys are no joke, whereas “the Russians” actually are. And thirdly, by blaming some remote and vaguely defined group of unknown people without any discernible motivation for hacking such a fundamental American institution as Presidential Election, you are undermining the institution itself. And if you are really concerned about the possibility of hacking the Elections, you should first take a hard look at the security of the system guarding it. 

LIONEL PODCAST: Free Speech Under Attack: Deep State Promotes Fake News and False Flag Putin Election Hacking Myths


Prolegomenon. Let us begin with an immutable fact of human behavior, specifically contemporary American behavior. Americans simply hate the truth. The troublesome truth, the uncomfortable and (dare I remind you) the inconvenient truth. Truth that bristles and frightens and awakens and piques. Truth that confronts us with the lie of contemporary fable masked as history. History, as Tolstoy reminds us, would be a wonderful thing if only it were true. Truth would be a wonderful thing if only it were pleasant.

Clean up on aisle nine. Americans prefer sanitized reality with happy endings and controlled outcomes. We hate to be surprised and caught off guard. And we doubly hate to feel stupid and duped. And we will go through great lengths to control our reality. Just look at the complexity of our religions and mythology, our belief systems in astrology and psychics, media, shamans, priests, holy folk, name it. Locus of control is our only master. We hate the idea that we’ve no say in outcome and will gladly manufacture and reverse engineer reality to fit the comfortable matrix. Locus of control is the extent to which humans believe and trust they have power over events in their lives. And they hate to have that control security blanket disrupted. So much so that Americans turn to their sainted and retrofitted media platforms to reframe and readjust reality to comport and fit within the pleasantly tolerable.

Chrome wasn’t built in a day. Americans have come to think that broadcasting channels and platforms are the modality of news expression without thinking what that term even connotes. Today, it’s narrowcasting that compartmentalizes the news and view and perspective into the palatable and intellectually toothsome. Narrowcasting targets specific segments of the targeted public as defined by values, preferences, ideology or sympathies. It’s rooted in great respect as to the postmodern concept that the mass audience is extinct. The crowd has been retooled and downsized. Like-minded distortion and parochial delusion.

Intellectual seizure. Americans have developed a kata of sorts in combating news or ideas that confound and tend to destroy the warmth of misinformation and myth. Enter the conspiracy theory, perhaps the most effective tool in shutting down the intellectually troubling, especially when it hints and suggests governmental duplicity, complicity or deliberate neglect as to the presentation of truth as a platform. Being able to denounce a thought as a conspiracy theory allows the citizen to apply a self-defense choreography to avoid intellectual confrontation. And the history of the concept is worth note. But that requires attention paid.

Enter the theorem. Conspiracy theory is a term that was weaponized in the 60s by the CIA and is still used today as an effective tack to dissuade and distract. And for additional flair, throw in the tinfoil hat reference and you’re on your way as a Company dupe, thwarting active investigation by throwing up he classic intellectual road block. Americans love their news and lore and history neatly packaged amend presented in a tasty, intellectually digestible morsel. And whom have they used heretofore to present the lavish array of amuse-botches? That’s right, the mainstream media (MSM) now caught in the last throes of extinction. The meteor that hit their information planet and sent them off to enjoy the fate of the Pterosaur was the Internet along with an awakened public. It was their smelling salts. It roused hem from intellectual slumber. The Internet killed the media news star, with apologizes to the Ruggles.

LIONEL PODCAST: My Interview With A Bona Fide Genius

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Cary Harrison is a genius. Not an exaggeration. Not hyperbole or a well-intended, polite compliment. No unwarranted magnification, puffery or grandiosity here. But there’s more. And he’s more.

He’s a raconteur, radio performer, TV host and American information treasure.

As Henry van Dyke said, “Genius is talent set on fire by courage.” And if you’re in this here alternative news and interpretation biz, you’d better have beaucoup courage and a pair of elephantine, gargantuan,  and Brobdingnagian bawls. All of which, he’s ably and sufficiently possessed.

Enjoy this. Two great friends looking and laughing at the world through the peculiar prism of unmitigated temerity and the aforementioned bawls.

LIONEL PODCAST: There Are Flying Saucers

“There is no doubt in my mind, after 37 years of study and investigation that the evidence is overwhelming that planet Earth is being visited by intelligently controlled vehicles whose origin is extraterrestrial. There are no acceptable arguments against flying saucer reality, only people who either haven’t studied the relevant data or have a strong will not to believe that Earth is at the bottom of the heap sociologically and technologically in our local galactic neighborhood.” — Stanton Friedman, The Case for the Extraterrestrial Origin of Flying Saucers, 1995

It is not subject to debate. The data are everywhere.

“The evidence is overwhelming that the Earth is being visited by intelligently controlled vehicles from off the Earth.”

“There are no good arguments to be made against the conclusion that some UFOs are intelligently controlled vehicles from off the Earth.  Some skeptics may be well intentioned, but they are almost always ignorant of the significant scientific data indicating UFO reality.  They read the newspapers but not the solid information.  They are unaware of the myriad landing-trace cases, the multitude of “critter” reports and Earthling abductions, the numerous large-scale scientific collections of data, the many published scientific studies indicating that trips to nearby stars in our galactic neighborhood are already feasible without violating the laws of physics or invoking science fiction techniques.”

Stanton Friedman, nuclear physicist, premier Ufologist and leading UFO researcher, author of several books and numerous articles on UFOs.

I can think of nothing more fascinating and truly awesome! than the notion of life forms vastly superior to those (us) who think they’re vastly superior, swimming about the multiverse, multidimensionally and anti-gravitically, at inconceivable speeds, surrounded and pillowed by their self-contained personal gravity and inertia fields, destroying our hard-wired notions of space travel absolutes. And it’s been going on since man first slogged from the bog.

Think if it this way. Mother Earth is 4.5B years old. Or 4500M years old. If another planet were 4501M years, they’d have a Mil on us. From 1903 to 1969 we went from Kitty Hawk and the Brothers Wright to Neil Armstrong and his small step for man. In 66 years! Think what a planet can do with 1000 millennia under its belt.

LIONEL PODCAST: America Needs to Grow a Huge Set of C.O. Jones

We’ve become impuissant. Castrated. Geldings the lot of us. Orchiectomied invertebrates. No hits, no runs, no errors. Play it safe. Watch what you say. Get along, move along. Curse the maverick. Chide the revolutionary. Don’t make waves. Pray, be obsequious and obeisant. Be scared and timorous. And vote. Pretend it matters. Know your shibboleths and pat, trite phrases. Disregard history, make it up as you go. Learn the two sides of the coin. The left-right paradigm. The illusion of choice. The perception of option. Your lone voice matters, right? Watch what you say. Offend no one. Blessed be the troublemakers. Here’s to you, Ms. Rivers. You inspire pissed off in so many colors. Join the ranks of Messrs. Bruce, Carlin, Gregory and Hicks. Just don’t bother us. Leave us to our Facebook where we chronicle our oblivion and tag the unsuspecting hostages. Leave us alone on Labor Day to barbecue our charred carcinogenic animal carcasses and flesh slabs. Let us bake melanomas into our flesh. Just leave us alone. We’re busy being busy. “Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.” (Albert “Big Al” Einstein)

LIONEL PODCAST: We’re Living In The Twilight Zone

Barney Fife: “All I’m saying is that there are some things beyond the ken of mortal man that shouldn’t be tampered with. We don’t know everything, Andy. There’s plenty goin’ on right now in the Twilight Zone that we don’t know anything about and I think we oughta stay clear.” “The Andy Griffith Show: The Haunted House (#4.2)” (1963)

Adios, Sheriff Andy. I’ll take Barney over this growing crop of lunatics any day of the week. And I’m tired of hearing the cop apologists weigh in with their drivel about how we citizens don’t understand the necessity of gunning gown the innocent every now and then. I’m a lawyer yet I understand the frustrations people have with the profession. I’m not an apologist. I dig their perspective. I understand the horrors you’ve experienced in the system. I don’t bore you with stories of how you’re unable to understand the big picture or that your take on jurisprudence is de minimis because you’re a civilian. Cops had better wake up, especially their superiors. Because there are more of us than you. You work for us. You’re a public servant. A peace officer. When we insult you or fail to evince the proper scared fealty to you, you have to do what we do. Live with it or join the military which is really what you seem to want to be. A soldier versus a law enforcement professional.

LIONEL PODCAST: Help Me Save Our Country

“My fake plants died because I did not pretend to water them.” Mitch Hedberg

My simple formula. First and foremost you must vow never to listen, read and/or view anything American as to news for a month. No American mainstream Ted Baxter media. Period.

Next, use the greatest invention of all time the Internet and scour the world for foreign and alternative media, blogs, opinion, anything. And don’t ask where to start. Just start.

Next, reset your values as to what’s best for you and the country. Better yet, take conventional wisdom. And destroy it. Eschew any ideology with a name.

And finally: Think for yourself yourself. Critically think. And that should get you started.