Weekly Round-up 9/29/2023
Picking up steam
Good afternoon everyone! I’m just making myself some afternoon coffee while I watch a small herd of Nigerian Dwarf goats lose their minds over a ball I bought them at Target.
This week was the most productive yet. The elite members of the Patrician Ultraman Group (P.U.G.) held their first classic game night last Sunday and it was a lot of fun. Our first game was Zombie Panic! Source and it went so well that I think we’re going to do another in a few weeks (P.U.G. members be on the lookout for an exclusive email soon). If you want to join us in the future, the Patrician Ultraman subscription tier is just $15 more than the regular annual subscription.
There were also an astounding eight new articles this week. I’m sure at some point this manic episode will end and I’ll be nonfunctional for a while, but I’m taking the good times as they come now. Most notably, the first of three articles on famed civil rights lawyer Clarence Darrow went live as part of my ongoing series on the First Red Scare (1917-1920). If you want to catch up, you can read the first two articles in the First Red Scare series, one on the trials of Sacco and Vanzetti and another giving an overview of a forgotten series of church attacks committed by the IWW union in 1914. I have most of the articles on the key events of the First Red Scare already written, but as my research progresses I keep finding incidents in the preceding years that provide invaluable context to the main drama.
Finally, I’d like to humbly request that anyone who’s been enjoy the free content on this Substack become a paid subscriber. The paid subscription is only $5 a month. It’s tough to pump this stuff out so regularly and I am not in a position where I can work for free. If less than 1/4th of 1% of monthly viewers of this Substack became paid subscribers, I’d never have to ask again. I’m begging you. Pleading. I’m sobbing in public and people are staring at me. Please, become a paid subscriber right now.
Descriptions of the articles this week are as follows:
ACLU hero Clarence Darrow bribed juror to try to free bombers who killed 21 people (Free) - Introducing the infamous 1910 Los Angeles Times bombing case, in which union organizers blew up the L.A. Times building as part of a larger terror campaign to silence critics of unions. The explosion and ensuing fire killed 21 innocent people. Influential civil rights lawyer Clarence Darrow took up the union organizers’ case, claimed they were framed, stated that no bombing even occurred and that it was all really a conspiracy by big business, and then got caught red-handed trying to bribe a juror to vote to acquit during the trial. It’s a great story and one that has mostly been scrubbed from Darrow’s legacy as a crusader for truth and justice
Watch-along #2: The North Water E2 (Paid) - The second entry in the Watch-along series. I made these to provide more value to paid subscribers. Every week these offer trivia and live commentary on an episode of a given series. The first series is The North Water, a classic tail of adventure and murder on an arctic voyage. I think people like these so far
Conservative Underpants Gnomes (Free) - Reviews post-liberal British philosopher John Gray’s negative review of notable internet commentator Bronze Age Pervert’s book Bronze Age Mindset. Although Gray was very hostile to BAP, a lot of his criticisms seem poorly thought-out. In particular, Gray claimed that it was a conservative working class movement, and not BAP’s elitism, that would drive future successes. In my article, I dispute the idea that a conservative working class movement even exists and try to describe the Underpants Gnome logic on this and other topics that’s pervasive in conservative spaces
Newsom is their guy for 2024 (Free) - Makes the case that, contrary to popular wisdom, California Governor Gavin Newsom is both running and will be a formidable opponent for Republicans in 2024
Heroic former football star and Army paratrooper takes stand against mental health circlejerk (Free) - Covers the surprisingly large controversy surrounding former Arkansas football star and combat veteran Jake Bequette’s dismissal of University of Arkansas head coach’s Sam Pittman call for greater mental health awareness and condemnation of social media following two huge losses
Tim Pool justifies blacks beating unconscious white teen to death and then blocking rescue (Free) - Details political commentator Tim Pool’s bizarre and lazy defense of the acquittal of two black men for beating an unconscious white teenager to death after the teenager sprayed them with a gel blaster. The black men made an obviously fake self-defense claim which the jury and Pool accepted at face value
"Protestor" who condemned BLM shooting victim arrested for terrorism in Georgia (Free) - Another article on the aftermath of the 2020 George Floyd riots. An observant reader noticed that one of the leftist activists employed to create the record surrounding the victim of a BLM roadblock shooting in Aurora ended up being arrested for terrorism in Georgia this month
Gavin Newsom wins Republican primary debate (Free) - Responds to the September 27 Republican primary debate, namely Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’s missteps during and after it. Although the DeSantis campaign is going nowhere fast, it is providing an enormous benefit to the Democratic ticket in 2024, particularly probable contender California Governor Gavin Newsom
That’s all, folks! See you next week. Complete catalog below
Newsom is their guy for 2024 (Free)
Culture & Politics
Clown Car Crash (Free)
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