Posted on | March 10, 2014 | 14 Comments
Oh, it was just a joke, says the habitually naked HBO star, but why would she even have thought of a “joke” like this? Responding to someone on Twitter who criticized Dunham’s “branding” as The Unattractive Girl Who Is Always Naked, she responded: “Please tell that to my uncle, mister. He’s been making me!” Then she deleted the Tweet and explained it by saying she was just “sleepy” but . . .
Can we say issues, boys and girls? I think we can.
Twitchy points out that Dunham has made uncle molestation “jokes” before and — I think this is highly relevant — many women who identify as feminists (as Dunham adamantly does) have personal histories of previous sexual abuse, so that “the personal is political” becomes a way to make their grievances with specific victimizers part of an ideology that generalizes such abuse into a narrative of oppression. And if you dare to question the politicization of individual trauma, then you are a misogynist who is “blaming the victim.”
Let me digress briefly to remind you that (a) Democrats have signaled that they plan to recycle the “War on Women” meme for the 2014 mid-term campaign; (b) the whole Todd Akin episode in 2012 shows how Democrats routinely turn policy debates into discussions of rape and incest; and (c) the looming menace of Hillary Clinton in 2016 means that conservatives need to get serious about isolating feminist rhetorical tactics as an issue. But I digress . . .
When you scratch a fanatical feminist, a psycho nutcase bleeds.
That is to say, you will seldom encounter an outspoken feminist who isn’t on Prozac or some other medication to help her deal with her emotional issues. Crazy is as crazy does. To make yourself an advocate for the unlimited slaughter of unborn children is crazy and so, when we start noticing evidence that a feminist has “issues,” we ought not ignore it. You may remember the #StopRush fanatic Melissa K. Brewer, whose harassment of pro-life activists on Twitter led to her exposure as a convicted prostitute. Brewer’s defensive reaction? She’s a victim with psychiatric problems:
No matter how hard I tried to suppress it, I had underlying mental illness, and “looking normal” or “acting okay” never erased that desire to destroy myself, cut myself, or take my own life. . . .
Living with a secret mental illness isn’t easy. . . .
When I look back at it, it all feels like some surreal nightmare to me. My psychiatrist once told me that people with PTSD walk around with a feeling of “unreality” . . .
By the time I was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, I had attempted suicide three times. . . .
Go read my October 2013 post in case you’ve forgotten who Melissa Brewer is and what Melissa Brewer did. However much sympathy we may have toward abuse survivors and the mentally ill, we cannot permit emotionally damaged people to exploit claims of victimhood as an excuse to inflict their craziness on the innocent.
This would be bad enough in any situation, but the victimology obsession of feminism enables outright craziness to infect our political discourse in a way that always favors Democrats — “The Pervert Party” whose advocacy of deviant sexual “liberation” is, in fact, directly implicated in the victimization of women and girls.
“Trigger alert,” as the feminists like to say.
There is a fundamental irrationality involved which becomes evident when the feminist argument is reduced to a syllogism:
- A. I was molested as a child;
- B. Rush Limbaugh is a Republican;
- C. VOTE DEMOCRAT! BECAUSE RAPE!
If this sounds like hyperbole, you have not critically examined Melissa Brewer’s demented apologia, in which she says she “grew up with little to no sense of self-worth,” because she “had been molested by my father as a child” and she “was raped at age 17 while I was run away from home” and as a result she is certifiably crazy:
Living with a secret mental illness isn’t easy. Coping on a daily basis is nearly possible. You often end up being friends with people that are pretty much in the same situation that you are: self-hating, self-loathing, angry with the world, ashamed of their problems. Unable or unwilling to pinpoint the trauma they’ve experienced, or in some cases, put themselves through. (People with trauma issues tend to get into relationships that are toxic, turn to prostitution or despair, unknowingly from the underlying belief that trauma a “normal part of life.” If you spend the first 15 or so years of your life being abused, well..It becomes normal.) Drugs and alcohol can often numb the despair, dull the symptoms, and otherwise help you cope with day to day life. Drug and alcohol abuse enabled me to play the role I believed I was supposed to play in that world; party girl, crazy drunk, helpless addict, pathetic girlfriend who didn’t mind if you pushed her around, hit her, or called her names.
All of this may be true. However, one of the manifestations of Melissa Brewer’s mental illness is that she is a pathological liar, to say nothing of her narcissistic tendency toward self-pity and blame-shifting. Lots of people endure misfortune and hardship without turning their circumstances into an excuse for attempting to destroy the lives of innocent people who did them no wrong.
In April 2012, Melissa Brewer (then using @subculturestuff as her Twitter handle) was described as “one of the main instigators” of an attempt to get conservative activists banned from Twitter. Failing to learn from that episode, she continued her online harassment as @catsrimportant until someone figured out she was the same Melissa Brewer who, at age 28 in 2006, had offered herself on Craigslist as a prostitute providing “full service” for $200 an hour — with a convicted teenage sex offender as her pimp.
Exactly how does it make sense for this person, who by her own admission is mentally ill, to appoint herself as arbiter of who is allowed to participate in political discourse, filing bogus Twitter terms-of-service violation complaints against her chosen enemies in an effort to get their accounts suspended? Yet the rage of this madwoman was accepted by Twitter as a legitimate reason to punish sane people, because PROGRESSIVE! Because PRO-CHOICE! Because FEMINIST!
The irrationality of feminism explains how you get a sexual harasser like Bill Clinton being defended by Nina Burleigh: “I’d be happy to give him a blow job just to thank him for keeping abortion legal.”
I repeat: Crazy is as crazy does, and feminism is to crazy women what your front-porch light is to moths at night.
Are Lena Dunham’s perverted uncle “jokes” merely jokes?
Maybe, but maybe not. She’s a feminist who thinks it is “empowering” to get naked on cable TV every week and, based on years of observing emotionally damaged feminists in action, that kind of persistent craziness is usually the product of a weird background.
— DanRiehl (@DanRiehl) March 11, 2014
Posted on | March 10, 2014 | 3 Comments
Thanks Texas, lauds Senator Ted Cruz, then starts in on a Dr. Seuss parody.
The rest of Seuss:
Genuinely funny, but delivered more as an entertainer than as a serious contender for high office.
Posted on | March 10, 2014 | 40 Comments
On an elevator in the lobby of the Gaylord National Convention Center during CPAC, I spotted a smiling girl wearing a T-shirt that indicated she was a volunteer for the event. She was carrying a stack of books, and when I commented about this, she explained that she had received them as freebies, distributed in the volunteer room. “Would you like one?” And how could I possibly refuse?
This explains how I got a copy of the 2010 essay collection, Proud to Be Right: Voices of the Next Conservative Generation, edited and with an introduction by Jonah Goldberg. It includes 22 essays by young writers, some of whom you likely already know — e.g., Bretbart.com editor Joel Pollak and documentary filmmaker Evan Coyne Maloney — and others you probably don’t. Nathan Harden is author of God & Sex at Yale and editor of The College Fix, and his essay in Proud to Be Right is entitled “The Girls I Knew at Yale”:
Sex in college exists apart from and, occasionally, as a prelude to love. Many girls engage in sex with the hope that it will lead to “something more.”
At Yale, a guy shows up at a party and meets a new girl. They have a few drinks, nod to the music, ask each other, “What’s your major?” and “What college are you from?” (At Yale, dorms are referred to as “residential colleges.”) Maybe they dance. At this point, if the two are getting along, it is not considered unreasonable for the guy to expect oral sex at the end of the night.
Men, I would argue, do not benefit spiritually or morally from such a promiscuous culture. But women receive the worst end of the bargain. . . .
At Yale, caring about love is a weakness. If a girl resists, doesn’t get with the program and get into bed, another girl will take her place. Expectations are so slanted toward casual hook-ups that any girl who holds out for a meaningful relationship is in danger of being left out altogether. It’s either “friends with benefits” or another Friday night spent alone. As a result, many girls go further and faster sexually than they really want to go. . . .
You can buy the book and read the whole thing, but you see the point: This is not “empowerment.” This is not “autonomy.”
This is desperation, loneliness and peer pressure. And rather than address the underlying personal problems involved in what Nathan Harden calls the “promiscuous culture” on campus, the intellectual class instead offers lectures against “slut-shaming.”
But sluts should be ashamed, because their promiscuity doesn’t only harm them, it also harms other girls by encouraging boys’ expectations of casual drunken hook-ups and “friends with benefits.”
In such a toxic environment, it’s hard to blame college girls who become LUGs (Lesbians Until Graduation) simply to avoid creeps who expect a blow job from any girl who talks to them at a party.
BTW, the girl on the elevator who gave me the book wasn’t from Yale. She was a nice girl from Oregon. Nice girls don’t go to Yale.
Posted on | March 10, 2014 | 16 Comments
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I’m a tremendous fan of this chap. His new tome looks great, as well.
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Crimean Rallies Turn Violent
Massive rally in Kiev to celebrate Taras Shevchenko’s birthday, mourn the dead
Search Continues For Missing Malaysian Airlines Jet
No sign of debris spotted from the air
Says Fourth Amendment has to be just as important to GOP as the Second
THE ECONOMY, STUPID
Brent Declines As PRC Exports Drop, WTI Holds Steady: NYMEX $102.41, Brent $108.48
Despite Obstacles, Bull Market Turns 5
Boeing Reports Wing Cracks On 787 Dreamliners In Production
MasterCard, Visa Form Industry Group To Push for Tighter Security
Advocates Claim Americans’ Use Of Public Transit Highest Since 1956
PRC Warns Of Risks In Retiring Windows XP
Google To Offer Android For Wearables
XBox One Makes Hot Debut As Console War Heats Up
Will A Consumer Version Of Oculus Rift Debut At E3?
Facebook To Revive F8 Conference After Three-Year Hiatus
Court Order Forces Aereo Out Of Denver, Salt Lake City
A Navy pilot in WW2, Ford bought the Lions in 1963 for $4.5 million and ran them for the next fifty years
FAMOUS FOR BEING FAMOUS
It’s Not Ke$ha Any More
Reaching out to fans on social media after finishing two months in rehab for eating disorders
Japan Q4 Growth Revised Down to 0.2%
Fake Passports On Fatal Malaysia Air Flight Reveal Flaw In Airline Security
Kidnapped Nuns’ Harrowing Ordeal With Syrian Rebels Ends
Kim Jong Un “Elected” With 100% Of Vote
Both Candidates Claim Victory In El Salvador Election Cliffhanger
From Afghan Warlord To First VP: Mohammed Fahim Dies In Kabul
Former Colombian President Uribe Elected To Senate
Suicide Bomber Kills 45 At Iraqi Checkpoint
New Zealand Sets Elections For September 20
BLOGS & STUFF
First Street Journal: When Government Is Friendly To Business, Business Gets Done And Jobs Get Created
Blackmailers Don’t Shoot: Sheldon Cooper Is The New Steve Urkel
Stump: Obamacare Watch – How’s Enrollment Going? Who Knows?
Kevin Williamson: The Destroyer Cometh
American Power: GOP Establishment Pissing Its Pants Over “Challenges From The Right”
American Thinker: Changing The SAT For “Social Justice”
Blackfive: Need A Pick Me Up Today?
Conservatives4Palin: “Thank You”
Jammie Wearing Fools: Shady Farrakhan “Charity” Got $160K In Farm Subsidies
Joe For America: Sleep Soundly, America – 81 Year Old Woman Jailed For Feeding Birds
JustOneMinute: So Important They’re Not Bothering To Track It
Pat Dollard: Cardinal Dolan – No, The Pope Did Not Endorse Gay Civil Unions
Protein Wisdom: “Black Teen Unemployment 32.4%”
Shot In The Dark: Same As It Ever Was
The Jawa Report: DHS Approves Of Public Stonings
The Lonely Conservative: Mitch McConnell Wants To Crush Tea Party Challengers
This Ain’t Hell: “Wild Bill” Guarnere Passes
Megan McArdle: How Not To Help The Uninsured
Posted on | March 9, 2014 | 13 Comments
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Last week we had a complaint from a Confused Person who was having problems comprehending how Stacy could rail against various forms of social and sexual iniquity while still allowing Rule 5 posts; he felt that this was insufferable hypocrisy and could not be allowed to continue. I pointed out that nekkid women were not in and of themselves pornographic, and that if they offended him, he was free to not click the links and look at them. Now, I’ve pretty much operated on the honor system and relied on you folks not to send me actual depictions of the physical act of love, and while some of you may have dubious taste (I’m looking at you, EBL) I’m 99% sure nobody’s ever done so.* All this goes by way of warning folks that they should exercise caution when clicking the links so as not to unintentionally offend significant others, feminists, Unitarians, and other people liable to be shocked and dismayed when confronting the glory of God’s creation with or without lingerie, fur and/or swimsuits. On with the linkagery!
Valley of the Shadow returns after an extended absence with a nice pair: Metal Sanaz and (to help rattle the tip jar) the suitably named Cervana Fox. Goodstuff checks in with Brett Rossi and some vintage Rule 5, Animal Magnetism has Rule 5 Friday and the Saturday Gingermageddon, Blackmailers Don’t Shoot spotlights Mellisa Clarke, and Ninety Miles From Tyranny offers Morning Mistress, Hot Pick of the Late Night, and Girls With Guns.
A View From The Beach submits Sophia Bush, The Boston Peeper, When Movies Predict Science, Venezuela Is So Screwed, FEMEN Fights For Ukraine, Can A Mermaid Save The Bay? A Visit To Easter Island, Giant Virus Found Frozen In Tundra (has cavegirl content), Vive la Différence, and A Very Interesting Species.
Soylent Refuge supplies your morning coffee creamer, moans about the lack of football, something to ogle before the storm, Monday Motivationer Emily, ICYMI At SI…, Overnighty Izabela, Tuesday Titillation Mardi Gras, Humpday Hawtness Auburn Awesome, Then Again…, Falconsword Fursday Classic Suzi Schott, Happy Hour Hotness Dany, Corset Combination Platter, T-GIF Friday, and Weekender Eva.
The DaleyGator’s DaleyBabes this week included Ariadne Diaz, Chasty Ballasteros, Markie Post, Nana Ozaki, Tiara Turley, Leslie Mann, Ashley Jones, Ally Maki, Rachel Frew, Nina Mercedez, Daniele Watts, Laura Haddok, Madeleine Stowe, Haruki Sato, Asuka Kishi, Kana Matsui, Mayu Sato, Michelle Lewin, Yukina Momoyama, and Hot Women In Hot Kitchens.
*I don’t click all the links I’m sent, but I do test a representative sample. Just to be on the safe side.
Thanks to everyone for their linkagery! Links for next week’s Rule 5 roundup are due to the Rule 5 Wombat by midnight Saturday, March 15.
Posted on | March 9, 2014 | 4 Comments
Her conversational, mocking tones make all the needful heads ‘splode on the Left. At the same time, her lack of demonstrated interest in running again saw her take 2% in the CPAC straw poll. Nevertheless, we luv huh.
Posted on | March 9, 2014 | 20 Comments
— Keystone Keynesian (@smitty_one_each) March 8, 2014
In stark contrast to the Vichy GOP propping up the wrong side of history, here we have a clip of Ted Cruz telling a smarmy little mongrelish semihuman reporter that, if the will of the people is expressed strongly enough, Democrats could in fact put a stake in the undead heart of ObamaCare:
We must all respect the calmness with which Ted Cruz treats Beltway wisdom like a urinal cake.
UPDATE: Ted Cruz differentiates himself from Rand Paul on foreign policy. I don’t think there is a substantial difference between their views; it’s mostly stylistic. In reality, international power abhors vacuum, and the U.S. either fills that void, or stands by like a gaping Obama while less savory figures like Putin do.
What truly inspires about Cruz, however, is his rhetorical command. Stacy McCain says, and all of these blow-dried codpiece media idiots do, “The only way that a journalist should look at a politician is down the nose.” Cruz, however, is completely undaunted by any of them. Either his legal training or his debate practice (or both) seem to enable Cruz to play verbal chess three moves ahead of whatever buffoon is trying for a piece of him.
Truly inspiring stuff.
Posted on | March 9, 2014 | 72 Comments
The expression on the face of Duke University freshman Women’s Studies major Miriam Weeks (“Belle Knox”) represents . . .
- A. Her disappointment that the #4-ranked Blue Devils lost to Wake Forest by 10 points on Wednesday;
- B. Her disgust over recent claims that Thomas Bagby, her fellow Duke freshman who told everybody on campus about her porn career, has his own $1,000-a-month porn habit;
- C. Her indignation “that the same society that consumes me is also condemning me“;
- D. Yeah, she’s getting boned on camera again.
This may be on the final exam. Getting boned on camera is an expression of “sexual autonomy,” Miriam Weeks told Piers Morgan, who agreed to interview her using her porn pseudonym. The dwindling audience of Morgan’s soon-to-be-cancelled CNN show might be surprised to learn that “autonomy” looks an awful lot like . . . getting boned on camera.
Inevitably, dimwit feminists have adopted Miriam Weeks as a cause cèlébre, with Ayesha Adamo at the progressive site AlterNet calling the Duke freshman “the hero I was waiting for”:
According to an interview clip of Belle on the Duke Chronicle Soundcloud page, even Knox’s father is still paying for his own medical school education over twenty years after the fact, which really says it all: that we’ve entered an era of multi-generational student debt, an era in which parents and children are both simultaneously paying for the education that their keen minds entitled them to, but that their empty wallets knew was out of the question. This is what we do to our best and brightest, who make the cut at top universities by virtue of their merits (and not by their wealth): we saddle them with the burden of overwhelming debt. Even with the help of financial aid packages that include both government aid and aid from the university itself, middle class students still need to cover tens of thousands of dollars in tuition costs on their own. . . .
(This is a false dilemma: College students must either take on massive debt, or work as porn stars. But not every university has $40,000-plus annual tuition, and it is only the snooty elitism of Miriam Weeks — who evidently thinks she is too good to attend a state university, and who turned down a full scholarship to Vanderbilt — that put her in the financial predicament by which she justifies her porn career.)
Knox asserts that, “If Duke had given me the proper financial resources, I wouldn’t have done porn.” Naturally, a statement like this has everybody who isn’t Belle claiming that surely she could have done something else, found some more “respectable” job if she’d wanted to. And sure enough, during high school, Knox had a “real job” in which she attempted the delicate balance of waiting tables while completing her schoolwork. She recounts the experience to the Duke Chronicle saying this . . .
“For people to tell me that doing porn and having sex, which I love, is more degrading than being a waitress and being somebody’s servant and picking up after somebody and being treated like a lesser, second-class citizen, that literally makes no sense. To be perfectly honest, I felt more degraded in a minimum wage, blue-collar, low paying, service job than I do doing porn.”
Degradation is in the eye of the beholder, and if you think that Belle’s accounts of being treated like a second-class servant are an exaggeration, then you probably don’t know many waitresses, nannies, maids, or personal assistants. . . .
(This is an outrageous insult to every service-industry worker in the country. My own daughter, by the way, graduated high school with honors when she was only 16 and, although she was recruited by several private liberal arts colleges, she attended community college and then a state university. She worked her way through school waiting tables at Pizza Hut and working at a daycare center, and graduated summa cum laude — debt-free. Oh, but Miriam Weeks is too good to wait tables, and Miriam Weeks is too good to attend a state college. Miriam Weeks is so much better than everybody else that she simply must attend Duke University . . . and get boned on camera to pay the bills.)
In my eyes, Belle Knox is already a hero simply for fearlessly bringing these types of issues into the spotlight for public discussion. Here she stands, with great strength and intelligence, owning her life and her story, saying all the things that no one wants to talk about in the face of such threatening adversity.
“Threatening adversity”? My 21-year-old Army son has been through basic training, infantry training, airborne training and Special Forces selection, aspiring to obtain the coveted Green Beret so that he might have the honor of facing our nation’s enemies in armed combat. Does Ayesha Adamo expect me to admire a Duke freshman as a “hero” — overcoming “threatening adversity” — for doing porn to pay her elite university tuition? A hero is, by definition, someone who exemplifies virtues that we wish to encourage others to emulate. If hiring out her vagina for commercial display makes Miriam Weeks a “hero,” doesn’t that term imply that we wish more 18-year-old girls would do the same?
Behold the bankruptcy of our intellectual class, who will celebrate even the most despicable depravity, if it can be used as an excuse to lecture us, to display their alleged superiority to normal people who consider pornography inherently shameful.
Is it any wonder that no one at Duke University — no student, no professor, no administrator — seems capable of articulating a coherent argument against pornographic “empowerment”? Why would anyone pay money to be taught by these people?
- March 7: Now @PiersMorgan Interviews Duke Porn Star @Belle_Knox a/k/a Miriam Weeks
- Feb. 27: Special Snowflake™ @Belle_Knox and Make-Believe Feminist ‘Empowerment’
- Feb. 25: If Porn Is Not Shameful, Why Doesn’t Miriam Weeks Use Her Real Name?
Posted on | March 9, 2014 | 1 Comment
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Top linkers this week:
- Regular Right Guy (20)
- Proof Positive (6)
A slack week for linkagery, probably on account of CPAC. Thanks to everyone who linked, regardless!
Posted on | March 9, 2014 | 4 Comments
While staking out a line of sight for Sarah Palin, along came Erika Harold, and I was suddenly glad to be an old married fart, and spared the need to be any more than Platonically respectful of a truly gracious lady.
But don’t stop at the pretty face. She’s got the mind and the soul to go with it, as unfolds in her speech:
What she fails to mention in her CPAC speech is her Congressional candidacy in Illinois 13th District:
The incumbent is Rodney Davis, a first-term Republican who won by a razor-thin margin in 2012.
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