5 Things I Learned From Twitter in 2019

5. That Conservative Inc. is a real thing.

Whether it be Charlie Kirk and TPUSA or Ben Shaprio. There is a movement parading around like they are conservative. It should be noted that worst culprits of this are NeverTrumpers who have also now changed their tune on Trump. Either way this group is a danger and God Bless Nick Fuentes and the Groypers.

4. The Fandom Menace is winning!

There is no denying the impact Jeremy ( @DDayCobra ) of Geeks and Gamers has had on Star Wars and the culture of geekdom on Youtube/Twitter. This tweet just goes to show everything Jeremy has done. Whether you like it or not since 2017 he has been a wrecking ball. Not to mention others in the real Resistance (Doomcock, Odin & Nerdrotic)

3. Ben Shaprio is a coward.

Despite how the established media and Conservative Inc has tried to spin this encounter this just goes to show how much of a coward he is. I get it looks bad on the surface but Ben’s utter avoidance of Nick Fuentes just goes to show that Ben is more concerned with money and optics. He even used his own kid as a human shield.

2. That Porn and Coomers are a problem.

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The reality is that the coomer and porn conversation happening on Twitter is more than an issue of Free Speech it is an issue of understanding that some confuse not being an SJW or libertarian Free Speech advocate as being conservative. I get that we can never truly get rid of the porn but to avoid how much of a pass we give it just because of muh speech is a joke. Lets advocate protecting children something hopefully we all can agree on.

And the biggest #1 Thing!

1. That People Do Not Know what Impeachment Means.

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The reality is this I could upload a thousand equally stupid tweets about how people think that impeachment means that Trump is actually gone. It is sad but true of the Trump Era that people are easily and emotionally duped by the frauds in the media and sham hearings to think this will actually equate in him leaving or not being re-elected. The truth is that twitter seems to be full of grown children who never got educated on the realities of civics or life.

Blog Post# 1- Looking Back

“We are products of our past, but we don’t have to be prisoners of it.”

― Rick Warren

It is not often I think highly of a Rick Warren quote but on this particular day it seems to fit. Much of the past two weeks for me has been getting set up for the future. So much promise and ambition for where I want to guide my website and my stream. I note that in order to have any real progress I have to look back at my past. Learn from both the mistakes I made and examine those who I have also seen both succeed and failed. Progress is not achievable for those blind to the past. It also is beyond anyone dead set on thinking only for the future. Being present means knowing the past and hoping for the future. Knowing that our actions now represent the past and the future.

I take from this that while I should examine what I have learned from looking back I must also look forward. I do want my enthusiasm for the future being drowned out from impact of the past. I want to be clear on what the past says about the present and the future. So for me I reviewing old podcasts and thinking on my old streams. Knowing that the benefit of looking back is that I can return to the now and change the future.

Merry Christmas from Middle-earth.

“Farewell! O Gandalf! May you ever appear where you are most needed and least expected!”

― J.R.R. Tolkien,  The Hobbit

The stories of Middle-earth are stories of comings and goings. Which sounds simple but it is at the root of a good adventure. J.R.R. Tolkien understood that a good tale had to have twists which of course would revolve around deaths but also introductions of characters. These comings and goings were after all the fate of the world playing out. It may not seem it but Smeagol or Gollum as he began calling himself was in fact fated to take the ring into the fire of Mt. Doom. On the surface Gollum does not look nor act like a hero of valor. Yet it is through his obsession he takes on a heroic course. Showing us that fate or in the theological terms of Mr. Tolkien God uses even the lowest of creatures to help save the people of Middle-earth. It is in this way Tolkien subverts our expectations and gives us surprise and sudden shocking turns of events but you realize they were fated to be. On the surface Frodo as given the task of Ring-bearer should you think have destroyed it but we are not paying attention if we make that assumption. Yes Tolkien is fine with us making that but it is only because the character around Frodo also have this hope.

I find it totally interesting to connect the dots from Isildur to Gollum to Frodo. On the surface Isildur is wise and brave. He himself cut the ring from the hand of Sauron but inside his heart was the same ugliness that deformed Smeagol into Gollum. Tolkien is warning us not to take packages on their appearance alone. This is a common set up through out the stories but it is a huge central theme of Tolkien’s. Not only does he not wanting us judging people on their appearance but he also wants us not to make assumptions about the situations our heroes find themselves in. Well he expects our nature to do a little of that but he corrects that flaw in the midst of telling his stories. For Tolkien this core tenant of his myth is directly tied to Christ and the story of his Incarnation. All the way from the birth of Christ to his death, Jesus never seems to do or be the person a lot of people around him want him to be. It seems almost Tolkien himself was involved in the story of the Messiah. The birth of small baby in a manager is the King promised to bring joy and peace. The boy who grows up in a small backwater town to be will be the one who redeems the whole world. The victory of the world will be won by the death of a man on a cross. No doubt Tolkien brought his Christian faith and sensibilities to his myth. For Tolkien the two were unavoidable. He sees the story of Middle-earth similar to that of the Christian truth of the world. While Tolkien does not go out of his way to tell you this it is evident in his view of the world which in extension Middle-earth is a part of.

The truth is that joy and sorrow of the real world are a very real part of Middle-earth. It is no accident that the day the Ring is destroyed that it is on the traditional day we observe Easter and Good Friday which is March 25th. The supreme joy of Christ is fundamental to the work of Tolkien. So it goes without saying that there is a something we can take away from it this Christmas. The joy of Christmas is that King who came to die will return in full glory to take us to his kingdom is seen the rise of Aragorn as king of Gondor. He ushers in a period of long lasting peace at the end of the third age. The same time Frodo and Bilbo sail to the undying lands with the last of the elves and Gandalf.

So this Christmas bring your smiles out and remember that despite the grief and hardships of these times the great joy of knowing our King will Return will suffice.

Saturday Night on Dlive Set To Premiere

The new Dlive Stream will be the most ambitious one of mine yet.

Since August I have been streaming pretty much exclusively on Dlive.TV/The_Wandering_Ranger. While it has been for the most part of and on, going forward in 2020 I will be doing a new stream.

In the past I have done one type of stream or the other but going forward in 2020 starting with the first Saturday in January I will be doing on 4-5 hour long epic stream. The New Dlive Stream will be most ambitious one yet. It will combine both live and prerecorded segments. It will have a variety of things including gaming, podcasts and other great content. Look for it Jan. 6th.