Relax, it’s me, Thrill. Alright, first thing I should probably mention is that I’ve changed my pen name. I don’t want to alarm anyone. It’s something I’ve been mulling for months and I’ve decided it’s time.
Do we have time for some of that “lore” I keep talking about? If you’ve ever wondered, “Thrill” is a pretty innocent nickname in origin. At the time I first discovered Right-Thinking from the Left Coast, I was working for one of those bosses who liked to give everybody quirky nicknames, sort of like how George W Bush was known to do. Every now and then I’d do something good and she’d say something like, “Hey, way to go, Will the Thrill!”. I liked her.
Anyway, when I started participating in that community, I didn’t have another handle in mind, so I just started using “Thrill” since, honestly, I thought it was amusing. In reality, I’m a bookish (but generally polite) introvert and a shut-in who rarely goes on adventures and stuff. And that’s the way I like it.
It never occurred to me that I’d still be writing under that name after 14 years. I made some friends on RTFLC, we moved on to other projects, and I just kept the name because it’s how everyone knew me. This was a good thing, since there was something like a 7 year gap between the extinction of our previous blog and this one. Keeping everything “different but also the same” provided some continuity in our unsteady first months.
But if there’s one thing I learned from that excellent and groundbreaking film, The Last Jedi, it’s that leaving behind the past is necessary for defining the future. It doesn’t mean the past is bad. Contrary to that, I think it’s great. I’m proud of the writing and discussion I’ve provided and grateful for the connections I’ve made over the years. On the other hand, “Thrill” just isn’t a good name for an author these days. Don’t worry, I’m not taking myself seriously or expecting anyone else to (I mean, how could you?). It’s simply time to look forward, not backward.
So I’m now going by a derivation of my name. It’s still a pseudonym because I enjoy being a nobody and prefer to avoid embarrassing my family or employer through association with my writing. It works better as a pen name, however.
Also, I now identify as a trangender Asian polymorphous pansexual ah, let’s not make too many changes at once.
That’s that. Away with childish things.
Speaking of childish antics, yes, the whole “Nikolas Cruz is a white supremacist militiaman” was a 4chan-related hoax.
Jereb, who I’ve encountered before on Gab and can confirm that he’s worthy of mockery, appears to have decided to be “in” on the joke and to keep it going long after it should have been obvious that it was no time for lulz. I mean seriously, look at this nut:
He can’t keep getting away with it.
Lots of people are blaming the media for this debacle, but I don’t. Not entirely anyway. There’s only so much you can expect when reporters get multiple corroborating accounts from trolls who deliberately lie to them. For reporting it, I give them a pass, but they should have retracted the “white supremacist militia” allegations immediately after the Sheriff’s Department did.
I’ll agree that the ADL should be a bit embarrassed for admitting that they read 4chan, but it just goes to show that my rule about distrusting everything reported within the first 48 hours of a mass shooting or terrorist attack is valid.
If we’re talking about trolling, nobody can top POTUS.
Just like they don’t want to solve the DACA problem, why didn’t the Democrats pass gun control legislation when they had both the House & Senate during the Obama Administration. Because they didn’t want to, and now they just talk!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2018
I can answer this. Between 2009 and 2011, when the Democrats controlled both houses of Congress and the White House, they were still holding onto the illusion that they could maintain conservative Democrats in red states. Remember the Blue Dogs? Pro-Life, Pro-2nd Amendment Democrats? Yeah, they’re all gone.
The Democrats had hoped to keep them in place after they used them to sweep the 2006 midterms, they didn’t want to risk losing them in 2010, and so they didn’t move any gun control legislation. They really didn’t expect Obamacare to be as disastrous as it was, electorally speaking. The red state Democratic wipeout was almost total and permanent. It took something as crazy as Roy Moore’s nomination to get a Democratic Senator in Alabama, but he won’t last long once he has a voting record and a sane GOP opponent to run against.
Now I wager that if Democrats ever get a majority in Congress again during a Democratic presidency. they won’t make the same mistake, but nobody should be surprised that they declined to do anything back in Obama’s first term. They had a national coalition to maintain in the days before they were happy being a coastal, urban party.
Could Mueller’s indictments of a bunch of Russian bot organizers have some unintended consequences?
Thank You Robert Mueller!
Your indictments yesterday pave the way to arrest illegal aliens / dreamers who show up at protests for not being registered foreign agents and violating FEC disclosure rules!@KurtSchlichter @kausmickey pic.twitter.com/r5WZIYVpeG
— Cody Penn-Dent (@codypd) February 17, 2018
That sounds about right. Somebody want to tell me if Cody’s wrong?
I don’t have a non-expert analysis nor have I found anything to contradict my initial feelings on the indictment. Here’s a solid take though. 5 important details you missed in the Russian bot indictment.
There are three references to the “Russian government” in Mueller’s new indictment, but none of those references explicitly allege electoral interference by the Russian government itself. One of those references–on page 24–simply rehashes U.S. media reporting about alleged Russian government interference. Another reference–on page 5–notes that the Internet Research Agency LLC was registered in Russia as a Russian corporate entity. The final reference–on page 6–notes that two other organizations, Concord Management and Consulting and Concord Catering, have received contracts for the Russian government–but does not detail any of those contracts.
As expected, the Rotten Tomatoes audience score is wildly diverging from the critic score.
Far be it from me to call shenanigans, but I believe that 73% is the line at which a film is dropped from the upright popcorn symbol to the lesser ranking. Seems like Rotten Tomatoes could tactically delete just enough negative reviews to keep it hovering right about where it is now. Were they so inclined, of course.
I don’t have much else to go through. Pretty much all of the oxygen in the news cycle was inhaled this week by Parkville and Mueller. Does anybody care about the Olympics?
How was your week?