Doctor Weasel’s House of Horrors: Political Violence, Part 12

After two more extensive posts on left-on-right political violence, threats, harassment, doxxing, and vandalism, I’m ready for another post on right-on-left violence.  All the many, many incidents of right-on-left violence over the past few months.  All one of them, listed below in no particular order.  Previous right-on-left posts were Part 3, Part 6, and Part 9  Whole series here.

Actual lethal threat that looks right-on-left

One comment on the reporting. “collecting 15 firearms and more than 1,000 rounds of mixed ammunition”.  Fifteen guns isn’t all that many compared to others who collect guns, hunt, and enjoy shooting sports.  1000 rounds of ammunition is not much at all.  A guy with 15 guns seems like he should have more ammo than that.  100 rounds per gun (two boxes of pistol ammo or five of rifle ammo) puts him well over 1000 rounds total.


Doctor Weasel’s House of Horrors: Political Violence, Part 11

I’m still catching up with all the political violence over the past two months or so.  Part 10 just went up and here’s another.  This post covers left-on-right political violence, threats, harassment, doxxing, and vandalism.  The whole series of posts here covers political violence from both sides.

Antifa goon charged with assault

Attempted arson by Antifa sympathizers

An old summary of threats from an Antifa goon with friends in the Democratic Party.

But the goon got his

Antifa attacks “Nazi” who is Jewish

Antifa attacked cop

Joke about assassinating POTUS.  Secret Service sometimes responds to these.

Canadian teacher threatens violence

Death threats

Sentencing for man with list of congress targets; strong interest in Hodgkinson; his party not noted.

Lives threatened because they wore MAGA hats

Video summary of recent violence



A useful summary

Woman stabs truck

Threatened cops?

Description of an Antifa attack


New Zealand mass murderer Brenton Tarrant
View story at
Tarrant was called a right-winger in the media, but his beliefs centered around ‘eco-fascism’ (his term). He killed Muslims not because of any hatred for Islam, but because they had more babies than other New Zealanders. It’s Humanity he hates, and his hate is leftist.  So why is he included here in this article on US political violence?  He sought to influence US policies.  He wanted gun-control advocates to push for confiscation here, expecting it to cause a civil war.

Attack plot against White House

Assassination ‘joke’

Violent threats on campus

Death threats from the left

Follow-up on threats against sheriffs

Left prefers violent criminals (armed robbery) to cops

Antifa goons get arrested


follow-up on vandalism story

real hate crime

Berkeley assault

Berkeley assault update

Berkeley assault update

Vandalism against a Lee statue, but it’s wrong Lee, wrong war

Vandalism by left on a (likely) leftist lawyer for doing his job

Assault and theft

New Jersey assault
Man, 81, Wearing Red MAGA Hat Assaulted Inside New Jersey Shop Rite, Prosecutors Say

New Jersey assault update

Minor violence

Arson on campus

Arson on campus: update

Doctor Weasel’s House of Horrors: Political Violence, Part 10

I have been too busy to post much for a while, but I have been collecting links to stories about violence.  Here’s the next post on left-on-right political violence, threats, harassment, doxxing, and vandalism.  The whole series of posts here covers political violence from both sides. Several links are from the infamous Covington Boys incident in Washington DC.

Recap of an older story: There were death threats from the left against the FCC Chairman because of a policy issue.

Leftst vandalism against a leftist. San Fran will not tolerate Jews
Someone painted a Star of David on Manny’s exterior along with the words “Fuck Zionism.” A window was broken.

Antifa doxxing conservative media

Antifa threatening letter to family of conservative media

Antifa group doxxes campus conservatives, including by sneaking into private meetings
And just in case you have a case of the stupids: doxxing is not the same thing as listing someone’s name in the phone book. Doxxing links a person’s political beliefs to personal information (in this case, pictures). Political beliefs were never in the phone book. Antifa specifically targets conservatives for violence.

Twitter leftists call for murder by shooting, arson, wood chippers, electrocution; also assaults, doxxing. Threats were on Twitter, but Twitter ignored them.

More about one of the calls for murder: Hollywood producer wants kids in wood chippers
Twitter is allowing verified, blue checkmark accounts to call for the targeted harassment and violent assault of these minor high school children.

More about one of the calls for violent assault: ‘comedian’ wants them punched

Black leftist inciting violence against whites

Lock them up! Stormy ‘Horseface’ Daniels wants boys locked in their school

Promoting violence: offering blowjobs in exchange for assault

Best wishes for Everyone at Covington Catholic High School

Promoting assault

Covington boys again…

TV host wanted to punch a high school kid

Convenient summary of threats by adults against high school boys

A summary of the fake narrative and the truth, with bonus threat from a journalist to punch a high school kid

Doxxing by a dummy. Now she’s upset not that she doxxed, but that she doxxed the wrong kid.

More incorrect doxxing leads to threats against family of kid who wasn’t there

Covington boys respond to death threats they and their families received

Yet another threat against Covington boys

This is the mindset that leads to mass murder

Leftist activist in “smash the patriarchy” shirt arrested with gun inside middle school; drew on cops, killed during arrest

Goon posted about killing police before getting shot

Doxxing and death threats because students posted pictures of themselves with guns

Fake News Lingers

I was at a training session.  The instructor talked about accepting risk in information security.  A smart, knowledgeable, sensible guy.  At least for 99% of the training.

He was talking about how certain government officials are empowered to accept security risks.  And then he says this (paraphrased but close to a quote): Dick Cheney accepted the risk of revealing Valerie Plame’s name for political reasons.  Then he had Scooter Libby take the fall for him.

Sweet Mother of Something or Other!!!  That short statement was wrong in every particular!  He could not have been more wrong in those two sentences, because 100% wrong is all there is. This is the version of events you would believe if you got your news from Washington Post or New York Times editorials.

Facts: Dick Cheney never revealed Plame’s identity as a CIA agent.  He did not order anyone to do so.  Richard Armitage, Colin Powell’s hand-picked #2 guy at State Department did it, not under Cheney’s orders. Plame’s identity was no longer a secret, since she worked openly at CIA headquarters.  Revealing her relationship with the CIA was not a crime.  Scooter Libby did not reveal her identity, nor was he charged with revealing it.  Libby went to prison for “perjury”.

Background (1): President Bush allowed Secretary Powell to bring his own guy in to be Deputy Secretary of State.  Often a president will assign a deputy or various under secretaries, so the White House will have some control over the department.  Bush allowed the very independent Powell to appoint his own people (including Armitage) at the top of State.  Armitage did not in any sense work for Vice President Cheney, and would have been able to ignore requests or even direct orders from Cheney.  A Vice President has hardly any power according to the Constitution.  The idea that a Vice President with no authority could tell Powell’s guy to break a law or even do anything dubious is ridiculous on its face.  President Bush could order Powell to have Armitage do it, because Powell worked for Bush.  Bush did not order anything, and no one has suggested that Bush ever did.

Background (2): The Intelligence Identities Protection Act protects the identities of people who work under cover for the CIA (where association with the CIA would be a secret).  It does not protect the identities of CIA personnel working openly for the CIA.  If you work inside CIA headquarters at Langley, Virginia and park your car in the parking lot of CIA headquarters every work day, you are openly associated with the CIA, and your identity as a CIA agent is no longer protected.  At the time Plame’s identity was revealed, she worked at Langley.

Background (3): Libby was convicted of perjury based on FBI testimony backed by hand-written notes taken during the interview and interpreted later by that agent in court.  I assure you that tape recorders were available to the FBI even all the way back in the dark days of 2005.  No tapes exist of the FBI interviews with Libby, because the FBI did not, and does not to this day, record interviews.  Only hand-written notes and the agent’s recollection are used.  If it seems strange to you that an agency interested in finding the truth would not take the simple step of recording interviews, then you are not alone.  The obvious conclusion is that the FBI is not necessarily interested in finding truth.  Sad and scary, but I can’t come to any other conclusion.  It’s easier for an FBI agent to fudge his interpretation of his interview notes than it is to fudge a tape recording.

While President Trump has only been talking about Fake News for a couple of years, the phenomenon of Fake News has been around for decades.  This is a pernicious example of how fake news just lingers in the minds of people who should be smart and involved enough to find out and remember the truth.  If this (otherwise-fine) instructor had just checked the Wikipedia article about the incident before he mouthed off, even that biased account would lead him most of the way to what I have stated here.  He could have passed truth, or found a more appropriate example for the class.

Other examples of historic Fake News: (1) The 1998 impeachment of a president “for sex” when it was actually for perjury, suborning of perjury, and obstruction of justice (which are all crimes), (2) The 1968 Tet Offensive, a massive loss for the Viet Cong but portrayed as a victory for them by US news media, (2) the ‘climate of right-wing hate’ that somehow led a communist to shoot a Democrat president in 1963, (3) Second World War propaganda depicting the USSR as America’s dear friend, not just an ally of convenience.  Fake News goes back a long way.

If you’re going to pull examples out of political events to make a point, at least get the facts right.  Try to read past the media version of events, which is usually both biased and superficial, if not also completely false.  Don’t keep Fake News alive.


Advice on Choosing a College Major

If there’s anything teenagers need, it’s advice about life decisions.  If there’s anything that teenagers refuse to take, it’s advice about life decisions.  So, with the parents, relatives, fiends, and acquaintances of young people in mind, I present some big-picture advice about college and college majors, for the benefit of teenagers you know.  I want to lay some groundwork that could be helpful to a high school student considering the vast array of colleges, college majors, student loans, scholarships, etc. out there staring back at him or her.  I will save the ‘college is a scam’ part for a future discussion

You may be asking yourself, “what does this weasel know about college?”  Hey, read the ‘about’ page here.  I have had more college than other weasels, and probably had more college than you, but I did it non-traditionally.

The key piece of advice is this:

Choosing the right college major is more important than choosing the right college.  OK, here’s the exception:  If you’re going to the Ivy League, the name of your school is more important than anything.  Are you going to the Ivy League?  No?  Didn’t think so.  So let me restate that: Choosing the right college major will have a greater effect on your job search, income, and overall happiness after college, than choosing the right college.  So spend a bunch of time on your major, and find a school that offers it.

Three goals for your major, in no particular order.
1. Choose a major you want to study
2. Choose a major you can do well
3. Choose a major other people are willing to pay you well to do

Now let’s discuss those three goals in more depth.

1. What do you want to study?  Look at what interested you in high school.  Look at careers that might make you happy.  Have a goal in mind when you show up to college.  You are not at college to go to college.  You are there to learn something useful that will set you on a good path in life, after college.

2. What can you do well?  In high school were you good at math?  Good at science?  consider math, science, computer science, and engineering.  Does math scare you?  Accept that and pick a field without math requirements.

3. What will other people pay you to do?  Below, I characterize majors roughly as (a) designed to get you into a career, or (b) designed to make you an educated person.  Some degrees do neither, and you should avoid them.  If you want to be paid for what you know and can do, consider a field that gives you knowledge and skills that translate directly into a job.  If your bachelors degree is there to get you into medical school, law school, or a commission as a military officer or foreign service officer, the ‘educated person’ approach is great.

A bachelor’s degree is expensive and takes up four precious years of your life. Make it pay off! You need a return on your investment.

Now we’ll characterize the majors.

The core of the University is the College of Arts and Sciences. Majors in the College of Arts and Science fall into three areas: the Humanities, the Social Sciences, and the Natural Sciences. The purpose of studying fields within these three areas is to become an educated person, not necessarily to get a job in one of these fields.  Typically, every college student is required to take courses in each of these three areas. In the past, all knowledge was thought to be interconnected, but today the three areas of knowledge seem to have little common ground. The one field which once bridged all three areas (Humanities, Natural and Social Sciences) is philosophy, which is now usually considered to be part of the Humanities.

A degree in history or English will not necessarily set you up for a job ‘doing history’ or ‘doing English’, but you will learn a lot, at least if it’s taught well.  Note: in the Humanities and Social Sciences, there are no commonly-accepted standards that will prove to anyone that the school taught anything, or that you actually learned anything.  In the Natural Sciences, there is an accepted body of knowledge that you must master, and analytic skills you must be able to demonstrate.  The one field that is more career-focused is computer science, which is often taught in the College of Engineering rather than the College of Arts and Sciences.

Typically within the College of Arts and Sciences, but not falling clearly within the three areas of knowledge above, are interdisciplinary studies (for example, Womens’ Studies). Many of these are recent developments (1960s onward)  in response to social change and student protest. Like the traditional majors, They also don’t lead to employment in the field of study. Unlike the older disciplines, they do not tend to produce educated people. These programs tend to emphasize political indoctrination over substantive and rigorous intellectual content.  I recommend strongly that you do onto waste your precious Bachelor’s Degree years studying ‘Studies’.

Outside the College of Arts and Sciences are other majors that apply knowledge to specific problems. The purpose of studying these applied disciplines is to get a job in these fields. Examples are Engineering, Business, Nursing, Education, etc. Each of these areas relies on the knowledge developed in the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences as the basis for its own specialized knowledge. An obvious example is the relationship between Engineering and the Natural Sciences. An applied discipline which does not have as its basis one of the three areas of knowledge is probably more training than education, and doesn’t belong in the University.  If you want a financial return on your investment of time and money in college, and you want to see that return from your bachelor’s degree alone, these applied disciplines are your best choices.

A list of majors by category (incomplete but enough to get you going)

The Humanities
Philosophy, Religion
Language and Literature (English, foreign languages, Classical Latin and Greek)
Fine Arts (visual works of art)
Performing Arts (Music, Theater)

The Social Sciences
Political Science

The Natural Sciences
Mathematics, Computer Science
Physics, Astronomy, Geology
Chemistry, Metallurgy & Materials Science
Biology, Zoology

The Interdisciplinary Studies
Womens’ Studies
Black Studies, Native American Studies, Chicano Studies
Peace Studies

The Applied Disciplines (outside the College of Arts and Sciences)
Engineering (Electrical, Mechanical, Chemical, etc)
Business (Marketing, Accounting, Management, etc)
Education (Physical, elementary, secondary, etc)
Health Professions: Nursing, Veterinary Science, Pharmacy, etc
Forestry, Agriculture


Active Shooter Exercise

We had an active shooter exercise at work.  I volunteered to play in it, and there are some lessons from it that I want to share with you.

First, let me explain a bit about what went down.  Our dedicated security team had some personnel set aside to respond to this exercise.  Our purpose was to train them, by presenting a plausible scenario to which they could respond.  A secondary purpose was to get us thinking about what we would do in a shooter event.  Our guidance is ‘run, hide, fight’, but fighting was not part of the training this time.  They didn’t want us throwing chairs at the shooter in training, but that could be a reasonable ‘fight’ action in a real event.  We ran two different scenarios involving response to a conference room with several people sitting at several tables.   In one, a disgruntled employee (If ‘disgruntled’ is bad, what does ‘gruntled’ mean?) takes out his frustrations with a pistol.  In the second, an employee goes to a Christmas party with murder on his mind.

The scenario assumed that a person in the conference room would recognize the seriousness of the situation before gunfire, and call for a response.  Maybe.  If you saw an agitated worker, would you call your company’s security to have a talk with him/her?  That gave our responders a bit more time to arrive.  Would they really have that?  Who are your responders?  How long will they take to arrive?

The security responders don’t know what’s happening.  That’s the whole point of the exercise.  They know there’s trouble, then there’s gunfire.  Then they come into a room and size things up.  Is there still a shooter?  Shoot him until he’s no longer a threat.  Now, search the room.  Any accomplices?  There was one in our second scenario.  Now the responders are clearing the room, searching and restraining people.  Meanwhile, there are wounded.  Some of us were made up with moulage kits: plastic wounds and fake blood, so we looked like we had been shot.  I was ‘bleeding’ and tried to act like a man who had been shot.  Cooperative, but dazed.  Losing blood, in shock, I fell on the floor.  Was I surrounded by people providing first aid?  No, not at all.  Saving my life was (appropriately) a lower priority than getting control of the room.  The responders were searching people while I bled out and would likely have died.  This is what they were supposed to be doing.  First aid comes later.

Here’s the biggest lesson: A minute is a very, very long time in a crisis.  We had a rapid response from our team.  They took the scenario seriously and the response was well-executed.  It still seemed like forever.  A careful, determined shooter could have ended a lot more lives than the scenario called for.  What would happen in a real active shooter event?  At work, I have a response force.  At home or anywhere outside of work, I am the response force.  So are you if you choose to be.  When seconds count, the police are only minutes away.  When an incident happens to me or near me, I will be the first on the scene, because I’m already there.  I will be armed.

In the recent mosque shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand, one mosque had fewer deaths.  At that mosque, one attendee either had a gun with him or took one from the mass murderer (initial reports were contradictory, as is typical).  He prevented deaths because he was armed.


Thoughts on minstrels and music

Blackface seems to have made a comeback in Virginia.  Maybe the actual use of it was a while back, but it’s in the news now.  Blackface was traditionally used in a ‘minstrel show’, where a white man sings in imitation of a black man.

Mark Steyn mentioned minstrel shows a few years ago while discussing racial silliness in the news and politics.  Then the topic jumped back into his lap more recently.

Historically, a minstrel was a musician who sang songs and played an instrument to entertain.  That older idea is what Gordon Lightfoot was talking about in Minstrel of the Dawn, but at least one phrase fits these politicians in blackface: not too wise.

The minstrel of the dawn is he
Not too wise but oh so free
He’ll talk of life out on the street
He’ll play it sad and say it sweet

Another song that comes to mind, also unrelated to minstrel shows, is Minstrel Boy, over two hundred years old but still relevant.

The minstrel boy to the war is gone;
In the ranks of death you’ll find him;
His father’s sword he has girded on,
And his wild harp slung behind him;