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Friday, October 7, 2016

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WALKING DUMBASSES 2

Have you every stopped and thought about it when a gal says something along the line of “fat bitch”, “skanky bitch”, or something similar?  Chances are good the one pointing the finger is just as fat.  I mean, when you are wearing a few score Happy Meals on your ass, you turn around and scoff at an ass that is at a max like ten to twenty pounds heavier.  Don’t get me wrong, an extra ten pounds of ass is a LOT!  But should people in glass houses be throwing stones?  There is ALWAYS someone out there skinnier, heavier, taller, shorter, smarter, better.  As soon as you think there is not, along comes one and proves you wrong.  In the case of fat bitches, do you see all that many that aren’t?  Unless you are a vegetarian jogger, odds are you are fatter than someone.  I like a bit of jiggly on my gals, personally, but I like pretty much any kind, also.  Bitches is bitches-I don’t play favorites.  But it isn’t what the guys want, is it?  Bitches be fighting amongst themselves and insults and back stabbing are routine.  The point here is, however, that you don’t believe your own hype.

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There is always someone out there better than you.  If you don’t keep that in mind, you’ll end up captured and tortured and then killed.  You can’t allow that fact to paralyze you into inactivity or cowardice,  nor can you allow it to make you act sloppy and cocky ( it rhymes, so you can remember and repeat ).  A good rule of thumb is to always keep in mind that most folks are morons, just not the enemies you face.  So always try to improve your last performance and learn from any mistakes.  Rick’s Merry Band Of Dumbasses didn’t have either attitude.  They thought they were good because they could kill zombies.  Good gravy, if you aren’t trapped and surrounded, how hard is it to kill slow zombies?  I mean, you could use better weapons than knives, hatchets or machetes ( like, more spears.  I understand that crossbows are not idiot proof.  Under stress you’ll miss and can’t reload.  But ANYTHING with reach is nice ) but it is still pretty darn easy.  That doesn’t mean they ever did all that great against human enemies-and kept making the same lame choices.  They didn’t seem to EVER acquire much in the way of combat proficiency.

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How many times are you going to surrender?  If you actually survived, would you do the same thing that almost gets you killed all over again?  Jesus, don’t EVER surrender.  In a major war between nation states that signed the Geneva Convention, surrendering got you tortured, starved and killed.  After the apocalypse, there will be even LESS restraint as far as treating prisoners.  First of all, there is the food issue.  They can’t feed you.  So they either kill you or they sell you into slavery.  The slave traders in turn can’t feed you well enough, so you die of malnourishment while laboring.  You WANT to be tortured for their entertainment, killed or die in a labor brigade?  Then surrender.  Otherwise, you attack.  99% of the time you’ll die anyway, but at least there is a slight chance of escape ( and if you aren’t a dumbass to begin with, the odds of being in that situation decrease  anyway ). 

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Now let’s discuss the female warrior aspect of The Walking Dumbasses.  Ever since Linda Hamilton in Terminator and the Xena Princess Warrior show ( if not before ), being a Beatrice Badass has been an entertainment staple.  If you’ve been reading here the last few years you know what bullcrap that all is.  Aggressiveness for its own sake is NOT a female trait.  Defending your family is not aggressiveness in and of itself.  And females simply do NOT have the upper body strength of males.  The best conditioned female athlete with very high energy requirement diets cannot perform at the same level of the average male eating the average diet.  The Walking Dead will probably never address these issues.  But at least, reading between the lines, you catch a glimpse of this in the last show of the last season ( season six ).  There were females in other groups that were subordinate to the new baddest group, but the main force was all males.  This would give any group an advantage, whether the show addresses this or not.  When your group has superior warrior qualities, all other factors being equal, they are going to prevail.  When a group already handicapped by females allows those members to be the mates of the men, their performance becomes even worse.

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Females under perform physically, their presence handicaps the men.  And then when the men are prone to surrender at the drop of a hat anyway, well, you can imagine the end result.  I don’t know if Rick, having been a cop, accepts surrender as a normal course of combat, but only in Hollywood is that not going to get you killed.  And then there is the black guy ( he also played in “Jericho” ) who goes pacifist on the group.  You have a Surrender Monkey as a leader, half your force is female, nobody is learning combat skills past pumping a trigger, and THEN, on top of all that, you coddle some stupid ass when he becomes delusional and thinks all life is sacred?  The hump you say!  The tribe is the only sacred lives-the enemy is worse than cattle to be slaughtered.  When you allow a pacifist attitude to poison the minds of the other members, there goes another drop in combat effectiveness. 

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Perhaps the whole show is a warning on how not to try to survive.  Perhaps all the dumbass-ness is merely a plot technique  to create conflict and/or trick the audience.  Perhaps it is a clever commentary on all that is wrong in our society.  Or perhaps we are just supposed to feel superior because we would never be such dill-holes.  We think.

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15 comments:

  1. My take on TWD is that they are using a simple horror show formula. Person does dumb thing. Audience waits to see if it gets them killed. Drama if you care about the character. Anticipation of karma for characters you don't like.

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    1. Seems a lame way to create drama. But you are probably correct. I never thought of it that way.

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  2. I agree. The pacifists who have something to offer might be able survive surrendering as long as they offer the victors enough to maintain a surplus. This is what I predict for the Amish and related groups - they will be the farmers for the first biker gang to roll into their communities after end of rule of law. Their women will be used and abused, their boys either inducted to be cannon fodder, or sent to work the fields.
    Women are best trained to be defenders of the village and homestead. Vicious and reliable for defending their families they might not generally be aggressive or strong enough to be members of the roving patrols or raiding parties but put them on the walls behind fortifications with weapons that use less muscle power and they will keep your castle secure while your menfolk are out doing what ever remote things they need to do (raiding the other tribes surpluses? hunting and ranching? mining? fishing? collecting fuel? roving patrols to secure the area and gather intel?). A look at the historical setup of every single society, tribe, or civilization out there shows that something along this line works. There are no major exceptions without outstandingly unusual environmental factors. Not to say that a young woman should be FORBIDDEN from trying to match the men in the male field. They should be allowed to try, but no reduction in the requirements should be allowed. Same for men who wish to stay back in town and be only a defender- they need to be able to meet the requirements and not forbidden either (and suffer the laughter and lack of breeding opportunity that should imply). Shamans, Wisemen, disabled and injuired, specialists, all are examples of stay at home men. There are fewer examples of go abroad females, but there are some, and it might just be that the females are just smarter at not getting noticed...

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    1. I disagree on allowing women to try out for combat. Both the Russians and Israeli's discontinued frontline woman combatants for valid reasons. Israel is surrounded by hostiles and has a REAL terrorist problem ( as opposed to our fake one ), AND they have far less women in positions where they could come under fire than the US does. There is a reason for this.

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    2. If you FORBID something it becomes far more appealing to the contra-wise nature of teens, the very ones needed to fight. You insist that EVERYONE have the basics of training, and discourage the breeders from choosing the outward bound military with social inducements and unappealing rewards (how many girls is a girl going to want to kiss after winning a battle with her comrades? if it is appealing to her, she isn't going to choose to be a good breeder anyways...)
      Women should fight defensively most of the time. Men should be the ones out and about patrolling and bringing the offense to the enemies turf. most people will fall into these molds easily - the few that are on the cusp of resisting will easily be persuaded IF they cant make a "statement" by resisting. The few who REALLY want to go the other way will probably loose out in the breeding lottery even if they can meet the requirements of the other position.

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    3. In a post-oil age society, you can forget about all our quaint customs of present. Like being a teenager. Having a choice in career. Women equality. Choice is what breaks down culture. "Hey, Junior, ya wanna be a fighter? Oh, okay, go play with your dolls and consume our limited resources. No problem, since all are equal and need to make a life choice to please only themselves and hump the group, right?" That society should thrive and prosper.

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    4. basic knowledge for all. never know when the weak ones may have to defend, such as flu epidemic.
      good to know what women do and good to know what men do, general knowledge may save the tribe when unusual circumstances present.

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    5. Actually every historical society had a place for the non-fighting males or non-breeding females. It was just usually an unpleasant place- think eunuch harem guards, monasteries, nunneries, shaman, etc. 'Choosing' (or more often being forced) into such a direction guaranteed you would be the lowest on the totem pole, and only one assigned to "work the barrel" for at least first decade. Similar positions can be made for the non-fighting male, perhaps the night soil collector/street sweeper and methane plant laborer. For the non-breeding female, well, make her the one to change the elders diapers and pre chew their food, if she refuses or wants the mans role- throw her on the front line as the bait, or the solitary long range scout of the (soon to be enemy) neighboring tribe... According to studies less than 10% are seriously interested in being homosexual. I would expect similar stats to apply toward crossing any sort of other gender role you care to name if there is even minor social pressure. Major social pressure and the only alternative being even more unpleasant will keep all but 1% from even thinking seriously about it. You need that 1% though - as an example, as the position of the lowest one can fall to before losing the security of the group, etc.
      A written "FORBIDDEN" just gets that 10% to find ways around it without necessarily suffering enough to dissuade copy-cats. Think Romeo and Juliet, etc.

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    6. Assuming food pre-chewers as well as non productive elders presupposes a food surplus. Good luck with that for the next 500 years.

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  3. On surrendering, I know of soldiers from our era who have decided they will never be taken prisoner. This involves things like unapproved backup pistols, scary Rambo-type knives, fix bayonet and charge, etc. When surrounded with hopeless odds, keep fighting and take as many with you as possible until they're forced to finish you off.
    Peace out

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    1. The American Indians had a policy of torturing prisoners ( similar to the Nips ) as it was considered rude to not go out fighting. I don't necessarily agree with that policy, as things happen beyond your control like getting knocked out and you had no choice.

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    2. I new a old fella that was in WW2 reckoned the most scarred he ever was, was one time they(about 30 of them) were pined down in a gully by a bunch of Japes out in front of them. That was bad enough till they got flanked by a Jap sniper who proceeded to shot one of them ever 30 seconds or so starting with there officer. He reckoned he nearly pooed his pants when the sergeant gave the order to fix bayonets thinking they would all be mowed down. As it turned out fixing bayonets and going over the top was the best thing they could have done, the Japes took one look at these enraged Aussies bearing down on them and ran.

      I have read that European military observers were dumfounded by the combatants in the American civil war reluctance to press home there Attacks with cold steal. Apparently this caused fare higher causalities, as they would stand back exchanging volleys or the cavalry would mill around in front of the enemy firing there pistols. If armys engage in bayonet or sword fighting one side wins and the other side looses in short order with overall less killed on either side.
      Aussie

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    3. Well, of course, don't go charging into a machinegun. That didn't work out so great in WWI.

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  4. Back online again....

    We survived !
    MATHEW 10-16
    It was truly biblical !

    Got within twenty miles of the BOL. Wind averaged between 100-120 mph for five hours, only about ten inches of rain.
    Water never got inside.
    House survived without major damage. Lots of tree's and bushes ripped up. The eye came within twenty miles of the BOL and thirty from the house.

    Can't really comment on TWD, as I've never bothered watching it...too many books to read. Saw part of one episode once and just didn't do anything for me....sorry.

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    1. I think all of your rain is north near my daughter in SoCarolina. Poor girl is a magnet for crap weather.

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