Unpacking Protest Privilege

No one must stand for the anthem. Or salute the flag. Or put hand over heart. Some people consider those respectful actions.

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If somebody wants to make a statement, so be it, because, you know, there’s that wacky First Amendment that protects it.

(Hey, can we go all Antifa and make disrespecting the flag “Hate Speech?”

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If we do that, we’ll get all kinds of support from our betters, since Hate Speech is banned in the First Amendment…I jest, I jest…)

But if you have religious convictions against gay marriage? BAKE THE CAKE.

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Aaron and Melissa Klein, the owners of Sweet Cakes By Melissa, have been ordered to pay $135,000 in damages to a lesbian couple after they

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The Elimination Process

By the way, there’s mass-shooting you haven’t heard about.  A Sudanese immigrant went into a church and shot seven people, before one of the ushers (who had a permit for his own weapon) stopped the attempted massacre.
Strangely, it’s not leading the 24-hour news cycle, nor is it fodder for the spiritual leaders of our time (Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel were too busy helping Chuck Schummer propagandize about the need for pre-socialized medicine to address it).  
But in case you were asking yourself, “Hey, I heard that Gunz are Teh Badz.  Why aren’t my leading moral lights telling me about this outrage?”, allow me to go through the Elimination Process that the good folks at Pravda Central …
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A Fire is Coming in September

 

Bringing the Fire

Volume Two of The Lonesome George Chronicles

The battle for America rages deep in the heart of Texas and from sea to shining sea, as citizens from all walks of life fight against both the invaders and the collaborators in Bringing the Fire. 

 

Familiar characters return, including reluctant freedom fighter Whistler, the vengeance-driven Molly Ivins, and George W. Bush, who is trapped in the darkness of a protected bunker as communications with the outside slowly fail.  Determined to serve his country to the last, he undertakes a dangerous escape from the safety of the bunker.  Loyalties are tested and people die as the last elected President of the United States races to save what is …

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The Infants’ Crusade

Once more, the national press is suddenly acknowledging what the wretched conservative scum have been saying for a while.  Antifa is a violent criminal organization.  

The Media mandarins can’t actually come out and say conservatives are right, of course, because conservatives are never correct about anything.

However, note that in the Politico story linked above, the violence is ultimately the fault of Trump supporters.

“…reports appear to bolster Trump’s insistence that extremists on the left bore some blame for the clashes in Charlottesville and represent a “problem” nationally. But they also reflect the extent that his own political movement has spurred the violent backlash.”

Yup.  By daring to seek different solutions to the problems they see confronting the nation, …

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A Fire is coming in July

 

Bringing the Fire

Volume Two of The Lonesome George Chronicles

The battle for America rages deep in the heart of Texas and from sea to shining sea, as citizens from all walks of life fight against both the invaders and the collaborators in Bringing the Fire. 

 

Familiar characters return, including reluctant freedom fighter Whistler, the vengeance-driven Molly Ivins, and George W. Bush, who is trapped in the darkness of a protected bunker as communications with the outside slowly fail.  Determined to serve his country to the last, he undertakes a dangerous escape from the safety of the bunker.  Loyalties are tested and people die as the last elected President of the United States races to save what is …

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Well, hush my mouth.

 
“I honestly do not know where to begin. I was not familiar with Mr. Roy Griffis, but was absolutely captivated from the very beginning. I read Book 1, The Old World, and was so drawn into the story that I forgot I was reading a story about these people, and actually felt I was experiencing their story with them. What an incredible accomplishment! Upon finishing Book 1, I felt it was such an amazing read that books 2 and 3 had to be a letdown. I could not have been more wrong. Mr Griffis’ style and storytelling did not drop off one iota. In fact, we continually get drawn further and further in to these characters’
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I used to wonder

“When will I know I’m a real writer?”

Being younger (and certifiably dumber), I imagined the answer would be something like:

  • Mansion and starlets rubbing coconut oil on my aching fingers.
  • Riots at my book-signings
  • Tabloid reports about my coke-fueled binges on croissants and women of questionable virtue during lost weekends in Vegas.
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(With bonus suspicious white powder)

 

When younger (see above), I was expecting certain kinds of evidence to confirm that I was a “writer.”  The fruits of success would be the proof.

And when those fruits (as I conceived of them) didn’t appear, I was downcast.  I failed to achieve the rewards, and thus I was a failure.

Then, as so often happens when we’re not looking, …

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The First Casualty

Welcome, Instapundit readers.  My site, roymgriffis.com, which was briefly wiped out in the devoutly-to-be-wished-for Instalanche, is back up.

(Note:  this is the original English version of an Op-Ed piece I was asked to write for Swiss newspaper Tages Anzeiger on what the election means for the United States)

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Trump won.

That surprised not only the Hillary faithful, but a lot of conservatives as well, including me.  Because, frankly, most of us (including the candidate herself) figured the end of this movie had already been written.

It may not be known in Europe, but Hillary Clinton had a vast machine behind her:  a Democrat National Committee (which, per WikiLeaks, had colluded to suppress the votes of Bernie Saunders supporters), a …

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I’m not sayin’ anything, but I’m just sayin’…

HELL AND HIGH WATER: THE CRAZIEST FITNESS TEST OF ALL TIME

There’s no fiercer test than the infamous final “Multi,” one of the world’s most physically exhausting, psychologically demanding trials by turbulence—and what every aspiring U.S. Coast Guard rescue swimmer must do.

The U.S. Coast Guard rescue swimmer test starts with the equivalent of wrestling a linebacker in a hurricane, and gets worse from there.

Called the Multi—short for Three-Man Multiple Rescue Scenario—it’s the final test a U.S. Coast Guard airman must pass to become an Aviation Survival Technician (AST), an elite swimmer who leaps into water out of a helicopter and hauls drowning mariners to safety.

“The Multi is a fitness test, but it’s also a

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