Superluminary, Episode 08, MISTRESS OF DREAMS AND DELIRIUM, is posted on Patreon:

Episode 08 Mistress of Dreams and Delirium

In this exciting episode, Aeneas discovers the identity of his savior: his vivacious young cousin Penthesilia Tell, Lady Luna, whose servants seek his obliteration. But is she rescuer or captor? A wrong word could lead to his instant destruction!

Our Story so Far:

Episode 01 Assassin in Everest

In which Aeneas Tell, the youngest member of the Imperial family of mad scientists who rule the solar system with an iron fist, is decapitated by a high-tech vampire.

Episode 02 The World of Death

In which Aeneas Tell is flung in his pajamas onto the surface of planet Pluto.

Episode 03 The Dark Tower

In which Aeneas breaks into the forbidding and forbidden tower looming above the ices of Pluto, and finds it void of living things, but not uninhabited nor unguarded.

Episode 04 The Technology of Tyranny

In which Aeneas, paralyzed, falls facefirst into the plutonian secret it is death to glimpse: a raging singularity at the engine core of the very antique superspaceship his grandfather once used to conquer to Earth!

Episode 05 The Many Murders of the Mad Emperor

In which the helpless Aeneas delays his death sentence to sate his lonely  captor’s curiosity, and his own. Lord Pluto reveals the startling truth of their family’s bloody past. Was the Emperor a savior? Or a maniac?

Episode 06 Deathstorm

In which Aeneas, paralyzed and on fire, plunge down and down toward the death-energy powered warp singularity at the base of the dark tower of unseen Lord Pluto, while all the undead vampires unleash a ghastly barrage of negative life energy no ordinary organic life can withstand!

Episode 07 Moon of Murder

In which Aeneas is blasted by an interplanetary strength particle beam weapon issuing from the Sea of Tranquility on the Moon to his position hiding behind a rapidly melting satellite in rapidly degenerating orbit.

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The Fix is In

Posted July 5, 2016 By John C Wright

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/06/us/politics/hillary-clinton-fbi-email-comey.html?_r=0

Well, it is now official: Liberty is dead.

Rich and corrupt elite hags with friends in high places can break laws with impunity. The laws change from day to day and hour to hour, so that whether you are punished or vindicated does not depend on what you do, but who you know.

Rule of Law is over, killed by the Left. Now the government is a power struggle between savage and bloodthirsty, enemy factions, each who will stop at nothing in clawing for power, and none of whom has any worldly reason to trust any truce, seek any reconciliation, or favor any peace.

The Executive cannot correct this corruption, as it is its source; the Legislative branch has forsworn the practice of legislation, and merely signs bills no one reads, passes budgets no one budgets, and holds hearings which have no point, purpose, or effect; the Judiciary have usurped powers far in excess of their lawful powers, without any check or complaint. The Press, once the watchdogs of liberty, are actively, fanatically and with unholy monomania conniving to destroy our liberties and aid and abet enemy action against us, no matter the cost to themselves, no matter the loss to their credibility.

You fools. You damnable fools.

You had the greatest republic and the finest form of government in the history of life on Earth, the most bountiful land, the most just and self-disciplined of people, the freest press, the most abundant wealth, the greatest advancement in law, technology, medicine … and you threw it all into the sewer with a curse, and got nothing in return.

May God have mercy on this wretched nation.

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Quote of the Day

Posted July 5, 2016 By John C Wright

From the pen of Michael Crichton:

“Briefly stated, the Gell-Mann Amnesia effect is as follows. You open the newspaper to an article on some subject you know well. In Murray’s case, physics. In mine, show business. You read the article and see the journalist has absolutely no understanding of either the facts or the issues. Often, the article is so wrong it actually presents the story backward—reversing cause and effect. I call these the “wet streets cause rain” stories. Paper’s full of them.

“In any case, you read with exasperation or amusement the multiple errors in a story, and then turn the page to national or international affairs, and read as if the rest of the newspaper was somehow more accurate about Palestine than the baloney you just read. You turn the page, and forget what you know.”

https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/65213-briefly-stated-the-gell-mann-amnesia-effect-is-as-follows-you

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Happy Independence Day!

Posted July 4, 2016 By John C Wright

Of course, I mean Happy Independence for Great Britain, which wisely voted to exit the European Union. I rejoice for the good fortune of my brethren across the sea.

Meanwhile, here in America, the Supreme Court has declared the Constitution unconstitutional, and declared itself to be an unelected super-legislature able to legislate wherever and whatever it will for any reason it will. The Executive has declared itself able, with a a pen and a phone, to make laws as a second super-legislative body, but also to have the discretion not to enforce any laws for whatever reason it sees fit, or for no reason. We are expecting the FBI to announce any moment that the laws which bind all other officers of the Federal Government regarding security and secrecy of documents do not apply to Hillary Clinton, on the grounds that the uniform and impartial enforcement of equal laws equally is partisanship. Meanwhile the Congress, by failing to pass a budget and failing to declare war, has ceded its law-making authority to anyone who wishes to take it up. They have redefined their purpose to be a host for sit-ins and other student-like demonstrations.

Our government has failed in its core and basic functions of government, which is to keep the peace and enforce the law. Political Correctness permits and encourages Muslim fundamentalists, persons know to law enforcement to have terrorist leanings and ties, to walk freely among us, buy firearms, select targets in a gun free zone, and open fire. Fear of being called racist has he administration silence the FBI who otherwise would have passed warnings to local law enforcement. Fear of being called racism hinders the police from acting. Fear of being called racist prevents the friends and neighbors of the Muslim Jihadists from calling the police. Political Correctness is killing Americans, and has been since before 9/11. And when a jihadist mass shooting happens, the National Rifle Association is blamed, not the jihadist who did the act, and not the government who willing and deliberately chose not to interfere. Political Correctness is never blamed, even though it is clearly the proximate cause.

Instead, the government uses the Internal Revenue Service to harass and shut down conservative charities and political associations, and used the taxing power as an excuse for seizing control of the medical insurance industry, which is used in turn to force Roman Catholic Nuns to aid and support contraception and abortion. And the government is quick to jail or punish anyone who does not demean and insult the Christian religion by issuing a marriage license, bake a wedding cake, or host a celebration aiding and abetting the immoral and unnatural sexual abomination of sodomy.

Compared to what the current Feds impose on us, what King George imposed was as nothing. That sufficed to stir our ancestors to mutiny and armed rebellion. Will anything stir us? Or is the Spirit of America as dead as our detractors claim?

What would it take?

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The Court should abandon the pretense that anything other than policy preferences underlies its balancing of constitutional rights and interests in any given case … As the Court applies whatever standard it likes to any given case, nothing but empty words separates our constitutional decisions from judicial fiat.

The High Court ruled on WHOLE WOMAN’S HEALTH v. HELLERSTEDT, 136 S. Ct. 1001 (2016). In his dissenting opinion, Justice Thomas points out that the Supreme Court, has, in effect, overthrown the body of the constitution and ignored the limitations of the rule of law.

Notice this is the same Court which has no difficulty in restraining and restricting political speech in the context of campaign finance regulations, despite that this is enumerated in the First Amendment, nor of finding it Constitutional to have Catholic nuns fund abortions, despite the ‘Free Exercise’ clause of that same Amendment, nor in decreeing that it is lawful for the federal government to compel citizens to buy a private commercial product, such as health care insurance, on the grounds that it is the same as levying a tax.

Here are some quotes from the dissent, and strikes against the Court:

One, the standard is arbitrary.

After disregarding significant aspects of the Court’s prior jurisprudence, the majority applies the undue-burden standard in a way that will surely mystify lower courts for years to come.

Two, the Justices pretend to have knowledge beyond their ken. Do they really know more about the state of medical practice in Texas than does the State of Texas, its legislature and Governor?

Moreover, by second-guessing medical evidence and making its own assessments of ‘quality of care’ issues. . . the majority reappoints this Court as ‘the country’s ex officio medical board with powers to disapprove medical and operative practices and standards throughout the United States.’ . . . And the majority seriously burdens States, which must guess at how much more compelling their interests must be to pass muster and what ‘commonsense inferences’ of an undue burden this Court will identify next.

Three, the High Court is merely invented tests out of nowhere, based on no law, no principles, no precedent.

The illegitimacy of using ‘made-up tests’ to ‘displace longstanding national traditions as the primary determinant of what the Constitution means’ has long been apparent. . . The Constitution does not prescribe tiers of scrutiny. The three basic tiers— ‘rational basis,’ intermediate, and strict scrutiny—’are no more scientific than their names suggest, and a further element of randomness is added by the fact that it is largely up to us which test will be applied in each case.’. . . But the problem now goes beyond that. If our recent cases illustrate anything, it is how easily the Court tinkers with levels of scrutiny to achieve its desired result.

Four, the standards change on a case by case basis, as I mentioned above.

Likewise, it is now easier for the government to restrict judicial candidates’ campaign speech than for the Government to define marriage—even though the former is subject to strict scrutiny and the latter was supposedly subject to some form of rational-basis review.

Five, real rights are being ignored and trampled while make believe rights are created out of thin air, or, rather emanations of penumbras.

The Court has simultaneously transformed judicially created rights like the right to abortion into preferred constitutional rights, while disfavoring many of the rights actually enumerated in the Constitution. But our Constitution renounces the notion that some constitutional rights are more equal than others. A plaintiff either possesses the constitutional right he is asserting, or not—and if not, the judiciary has no business creating ad hoc exceptions so that others can assert rights that seem especially important to vindicate. A law either infringes a constitutional right, or not; there is no room for the judiciary to invent tolerable degrees of encroachment.

Six, special exceptions undermine the rule of law.

Our law is now so riddled with special exceptions for special rights that our decisions deliver neither predictability nor the promise of a judiciary bound by the rule of law.

Seven, law itself, the predictable and practical operation of objective legal standards defining what is and is not permissible, has been abolished.

But the entire Nation has lost something essential. The majority’s embrace of a jurisprudence of rights-specific exceptions and balancing tests is ‘a regrettable concession of defeat—an acknowledgement that we have passed the point where ‘law,’ properly speaking, has any further application.’

My comment:

If his had been assigned to me as a make believe case in law school, or in a moot court, the students arguing the majority position would have received a flunking grade. As a case, it fails on all basic tests of law and logic. First, the plaintiffs had no standing to sue: the alleged abortion right is vested in the mothers, not in a doctor seeking hypothetical persons who may at some future time which to employ him to perform an aborticide. Second, the court must defer to the legislature unless there is an infringement on a Constitutional right, which was not alleged in this case: merely that it would be a burden. Well, no such language seems to prevent gun regulation, advertisement regulation, to the tax ruling that forbids priests and pastors from speaking about politics from the pulpit.Third, the regulation for health and safety reasons of medical practice withing a state is clearly and obviously within the purview of the State’s police power, and the Federal government has no interest therein at all. Fourth, it has no ability to make such a ruling, even if it were within their purview. Fifth, the standard is incomprehensible, vague, and overbroad.

The majority opinion would have been more clear and more honest if the Justices had merely decreed themselves to be above the law, beyond all restriction and restraint, and hereafter able to make or change any law on any matter, including the value of pi, as they see fit, for any reason or no reason.

That, at least, would had been honest. We have now an imperial oligarchy without any pretense or color of constitutional government, just like Augustus, who, although being a monarch and emperor in truth, pretended merely to exercise lawful Roman offices according to their traditional limits.

We would have been spared the empty words, empty alike of meaning as of truth, of which the Justice speaks in his dissent.

Welcome to Rome. Hail, Caesar.

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Advice on Writing Female Characters

Posted July 1, 2016 By John C Wright

A reader from a few years ago offers some writing advice, which I decline. I thought the exchange worth repeating:
“…a good practice might be to examine your female character as if she were a male character…”

This is precisely what I shall never do: the idea, if you will forgive me, is absurd. Allow me to suggest an opposite tack: if you can examine your female character as if she is a male character and detect no difference in the presentation, you are not portraying the character correctly.

Men and women are radically and fundamentally different; but even if they were not, society should acculturate them to be as different as possible in dress, deportment, and even language, so as to increase the differences hence increase the drama and romance of life. Unisexuality is misery.
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Heroic Tales in the Twenty First Century — an addendum

Posted June 30, 2016 By John C Wright

I wrote my previous essay too soon. Just when I thought that there was nothing more unrealistic, showing a basic contempt for basic human psychology, than the scenes I had seen so far in the Third Season of THE ARROW, I stumbled across the pièce de résistance.

I added the following words to the middle of the column, right after describing the absurdity of having the shy, molar-filing-meltingly smoking-hot computer genius girl throw herself at the eccentric billionaire and end up cavorting in bed with him. It gets worse.

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The Gap between Worlds

Posted June 29, 2016 By John C Wright

“By essentially requiring the citizen being stalked to enforce the law against battery and assault via the use of firearms, it is in face encouraging the citizen to execute vigilante justice upon the abuser. ”

Here, again, is an essential failure to communicate due to a gap in the difference in worldviews. In the rightwing view, each man is or should be mature and able to defend himself. More than this, it is his duty to defend himself and his family. The role of the police is limited to avenging wrongs after they are done, not preventing them. Police are not bodyguards and have no enforceable, legal duty to protect citizens. (This last is not an opinion but a legal ruling. I can show the case law to anyone interested: Warren v. District of Columbia (444 A.2d. 1, D.C. Ct. of Ap. 1981).)

In the Leftwing view, all is reversed. Each man is or should be a child or an Eloi, unable to defend himself. More than this, any attempt to defend himself leads to accidental death and mayhem as the childlike creatures shoot themselves in suicidal moments, shoot each other in moments of rage, or shoot everyone accidentally through mishandling the dangerous weapon. In this worldview, the police are like bodyguards, trained and trusted professionals, and it is their duty and theirs alone to keep the childlike creatures safe.

The idea that the police derive their just powers from the will of the childlike creatures and are organized merely as a convenience so that the posse or militia need not gather at every crime or riot, this is an idea utterly incomprehensible to the Left, and it cannot be communicated to them.
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Superluminary Episode 07 Moon of Murder

Posted June 29, 2016 By John C Wright

Superluminary, Episode 07, MOON OF MURDER, is posted on Patreon:

Episode 07 Moon of Murder

In this exciting episode, Aeneas, naked and half paralyzed in the vacuum, is caught in the interplanetary strength particle beam weapon issuing from the Sea of Tranquility on the Moon to his position hiding behind a rapidly melting satellite in low Earth orbit. How can he survive the remorseless onslaught of a beam weapon half a mile in diameter and two hundred thousand miles long?

Our Story so Far:

Episode 01 Assassin in Everest

In which Aeneas Tell, the youngest member of the Imperial family of mad scientists who rule the solar system with an iron fist, is decapitated by a high-tech vampire.

Episode 02 The World of Death

In which Aeneas Tell is flung in his pajamas onto the surface of planet Pluto.

Episode 03 The Dark Tower

In which Aeneas breaks into the forbidding and forbidden tower looming above the ices of Pluto, and finds it void of living things, but not uninhabited nor unguarded.

Episode 04 The Technology of Tyranny

In which Aeneas, paralyzed, falls facefirst into the plutonian secret it is death to glimpse: a raging singularity at the engine core of the very antique superspaceship his grandfather once used to conquer to Earth!

Episode 05 The Many Murders of the Mad Emperor

In which the helpless Aeneas delays his death sentence to sate his lonely  captor’s curiosity, and his own. Lord Pluto reveals the startling truth of their family’s bloody past. Was the Emperor a savior? Or a maniac?

Episode 06 Deathstorm

Aeneas paralyzed and afire, rides the burning wreckage of his prison door down and down toward the death-energy powered warp singularity at the base of the dark tower of unseen Lord Pluto, while all the undead vampires unleash a ghastly barrage of negative life energy no ordinary organic life can withstand!

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