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Why the South Is Rising Again

Posted on | August 21, 2017 | No Comments

 

“These Democrats will do whatever they have to stop the president.”
“Now they’re making a big deal about statues? Who cares about statues!”

That exchange between two guys in a diner in Long Island, N.Y., was overheard by a former Democratic congressman, Steve Israel, who is no fan of Donald Trump, but who is smart enough to understand why the Charlottesville riot didn’t hurt Trump’s support among his voter base. Rep. Israel said Trump has been “diabolically brilliant” in appealing to the sentiments of working-class whites who elected him.

If two guys eating breakfast in a New York diner get it, and if even a Democrat like Steve Israel gets it, why don’t the media get it?

Ask yourself a few questions: Does the typical “swing” voter who made the difference for Trump in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin consider monuments to Robert E. Lee a major social problem? Whoever you might be, or wherever you live, try imagining yourself as a white working-class resident of suburban Pittsburgh, Detroit or Milwaukee. Is such a person “racist”? Well, if judged by the standards of the elite media, perhaps so, but this doesn’t mean the Trump voter thinks of himself that way; he just doesn’t buy into the liberal elite’s interpretation of the nature and causes of racial problems in America. That white guy in Michigan who lives near the bankrupt crime-plagued disaster of Detroit isn’t likely to believe racism is the universal explanation for every problem facing the black community. No, that white guy in Michigan watches the local TV news out of Detroit, and then he sees the national news about protests over Confederate memorials, and he has the same common-sense reaction as the two old guys in that Long Island diner: “Now they’re making a big deal about statues? Who cares about statues!”

Save your Confederate money, because the South is rising again: “The latest wave of polling shows that the president’s overall job-approval rating has inched upwards since the controversy, that a sizable majority of Americans support maintaining Confederate memorials instead of tearing them down, and that a notable minority agree with the president’s use of ‘both sides’ language during Tuesday’s press conference.”

What we have witnessed since Charlottesville is an “elite Mass Hysteria Bubble,” Professor Glenn Reynolds says. This madness originated in academia, and the news that the University of Texas at Austin has taken down statues of Robert E. Lee and other Confederate figures shows how widespread this elite hysteria has become. My immediate reaction was to wonder if Texas A&M will now remove the statue of Gen. Lawrence Sullivan “Sul” Ross, a much-beloved campus landmark. And what will become of Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas?

The panicky reaction to Charlottesville among certain Republican politicians reflects a deficient understanding of the political landscape. At times of crisis, when the liberal media are trying to gin up a phony controversy to smear Republicans, it would behoove GOP leaders to consult Vox Day’s wise advice in SJWs Always Lie: “Do not try to reason with them” and “Do not apologize.” If you are not a Nazi sympathizer, why panic in response to ludicrous accusations that you are responsible for the actions of a random idiot at a white supremacist rally?

Furthermore, who are you, Mr. Republican Senator, to dismiss the grievances that might cause some misguided people to think that joining a bunch of nutjobs like Vanguard America is a smart thing to do? The liberal media expected Americans to sympathize with Black Lives Matters mobs, while Democrats made excuses for rioters in Ferguson, Baltimore and Charlotte, and yet President Trump was supposed to ignore “antifa” thuggery? Certainly, no Republican politician can endorse Jew-hating or race-baiting, but isn’t it possible that the so-called “alt-right” rally in Charlottesville signified something other than racial hatred?

Pardon me for caring about “the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances,” without regard to whether I believe their grievances are legitimate, or whether I approve of the “redress” they might seek. If the AFL-CIO convention demands an increase in the minimum wage — which they do, year after year — my advice would be to ignore them. While I might sit here at my computer and blog about why raising the minimum wage is a bad idea, I’m certainly not going to assemble a frantic mob of libertarians and try to storm the AFL-CIO convention hall. Likewise, when neo-Nazis gather to blame an international Zionist conspiracy for everything wrong in the world — which they do, year after year — my advice is to ignore them. Maybe I would write a blog post urging the neo-Nazis to go storm the AFL-CIO convention, although I’d only suggest this as a joke. On the other hand, wouldn’t a massive brawl between Nazi thugs and union goons be an amusing spectacle to watch? But I digress . . .

When President Trump said “both sides” engaged in violence at Charlottesville, he was simply stating a fact, and “facts are stubborn things,” as John Adams famously said, as an attorney arguing in defense of British soldiers accused of killing civilians in the Boston Massacre.

Many years ago, I realized that the real action in politics occurs far away from the daily back-and-forth between Republicans and Democrats in Washington, D.C. American politics is ordinarily a football game played between the 40-yard lines, a boring bipartisan stalemate. If you want to find some real action — if you want to get an idea of what forces could be building up toward a movement that might produce change in the status quo — you need to look toward the lunatic fringe of kooks and radicals. Today’s marginalized wacko sometimes become tomorrow’s mainstream leader. Who ever would have imagined in 1969, for example, that radical terrorist Bill Ayers would live to see his young protégé Barack Obama elected president? For decades now, I’ve been paying attention to wackos on both the Left and Right, doing it in the Gonzo way, immersing myself in various fringe ideologies the way I’ve done the past three years with radical feminism. For example, I covered Workers World Party “anti-globalization” protests in D.C. in the late 1990s, before they spun off their anti-war front group A.N.S.W.E.R. during the Bush years. I got video of young Arab-American kids chanting pro-Hezbollah slogans at a D.C. rally in 2007, which was the same year I participated in a panel discussion about the Duke lacrosse rape hoax, where one of my fellow panelists was a Duke student named Richard Spencer. Perhaps you’ve heard of him.

 

Long before we had radical “antifa” mobs engaged in rioting, arson and physical assault in their efforts to shut down free speech on university campuses, and SJWs trying to silence dissent online, some of us were already calling attention to the rising wave of Cultural Marxism.

Consider the case of Jesse Dirkhising, who was raped, tortured and asphyxiated by two homosexuals, but whose “death received only regional media coverage until a Washington Times article ran a story nearly a month after his death, noting the lack of national coverage in contrast to that given to the 1998 death of Matthew Shepard.” Who do you think wrote that article? The liberal media bias that sought to treat Jesse Dirhising’s death as strictly “local news,” whereas the same media engaged in a national crusade celebrating Matthew Shepard as a martyred saint, is a major factor in the rise of the so-called “alt-right.” The same kind of bias helped drive the Duke lacrosse rape hoax, which in turn radicalized Richard Spencer. Grant that Spencer is an extreme example of this phenomenon, but he is the tip of a large iceberg of discontent in this country, of people who know they are being lied to by both the media and the government, and whose distrust of the existing political status quo led to the election of Donald Trump.

The “Democrat operatives with bylines” are guilty of deliberately distorting the news for partisan purposes, and in the process are inciting a firestorm of hatred that results in violence, which the TV networks then exploit for ratings and revenue. Lather, rinse, repeat.

If you want to know the real history of the Confederacy, you won’t get it from the national media, but perhaps you’d learn something from my 2001 article at the American Spectator, “Not Afraid to Fight,” which was published on the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Fort Sumter:

For a boy growing up in Douglas County, Georgia — where the ruins of the New Manchester Mill on Sweetwater Creek still stand as a silent monument to General Sherman’s destructive method of warfare — the historical reality of that war was hard to avoid, and its hyperpolitical 21st-century interpretation not even yet imagined. We were instead taught to think of the War Between the States, as most Southerners then called it, as the result of a tragic misunderstanding. The patriotic legacy of Fort Sumter our teachers imparted to us, as young inheritors of the Confederate past, was that our ancestors had been unafraid to fight, and had fought with remarkable courage long after all hope of victory was gone.
Patriotism and courage have gone long since gone out of fashion. America’s intellectual elite — “The Ruling Class,” as Professor Codevilla calls them — are nowadays the diligent disciples of draft-dodgers who once marched beneath Vietcong flags in anti-war demonstrations. In the “long twilight struggle” against communism, they were on the other side. . . .

You can read the whole thing. Our public schools and universities today are as guilty as the liberal media of promoting political propaganda, and in the process are fomenting needless animosity and division. If things continue in the direction we’ve been going the past few years — “the Crazy Years” indeed, Professor — another civil war could become a real possibility. However, as it is still within our power to avert such a catastrophic conflict, it behooves patriotic Americans to learn a thing or two about military tactics, which are often applicable to politics.

Many times during the Civil War, battles were lost by commanders who failed to adequately assess their enemy’s strength and position, and who let themselves be drawn into an attack that exposed their flank. Such was the lesson Robert E. Lee taught John Pope at Second Manassas, where the Yankee general foolishly imagined he was in pursuit of a beaten and fleeing rebel force led by Stonewall Jackson, only to discover to his eternal regret that (a) Jackson was neither beaten nor fleeing, and (b) an an entire Confederate corps under James Longstreet was in position to destroy Pope’s left flank. If only our Republican politicians today were as shrewd as Lee, but alas, they are as foolish as Pope!

When the left-wing mobs start attacking the legacy of Lee, they have in effect exposed their own flank, because Lee is still widely admired by Americans. If conservatives would simply remain calm and then counter-attack, the Left would be easily routed and driven in panic. But, no, Republican “leaders” are a bunch of selfish cowards, too concerned for their own personal prestige to risk being deemed “offensive” by the media, and retreat at the first volley of hostile fire.

Remain calm when under attack, and look for the attacker’s weakness. The problem for the Left is that bad causes always attract bad people, like the 25-year-old arrested for attempting to bomb a Confederate monument in a Houston park. The bomber’s alleged target was a statue of Richard Dowling, an Irish immigrant and Houston saloon owner who commanded the victorious Confederate forces at the Battle of Sabine Pass. Only by the weird ideology of the Left is such a figure as Dick Dowling a symbol of “hate,” but there is no shortage of weirdos on the Left, and these kooks predictably discredit whatever “social justice” cause they pursue. If Republican “leaders” would stop kowtowing to the media and start trying to help President Trump, rather than sabotaging him for the sake of their own vanity, the conflict over Confederate monuments could be turned against Democrats (and their lackeys in the media) who have incited the Left’s irrational fury.

No one should imagine that whatever “victories” the Left may score in its attacks on Confederate heritage will hurt Trump or benefit the Democrats. You go around insulting people — which is what this cultural jihad against the South is about — and you can expect them to resent it. They will not forget who is responsible for these insults, nor are they likely to forgive them. To quote Professor Reynolds, “If you don’t like the consequences, don’t do the thing that produces the consequences. Anything else is just crazy.” We can expect the craziness to get worse during the next three years, and if conservatives want to win, they will have to learn to stop panicking every time the media stir up some new “controversy.” Remain calm, look for the opponent’s weakness, and then counter-attack — hit ’em with everything you’ve got.

“Always mystify, mislead, and surprise the enemy, if possible; and when you strike and overcome him, never let up in the pursuit so long as your men have strength to follow; for an army routed, if hotly pursued, becomes panic-stricken, and can then be destroyed by half their number. The other rule is, never fight against heavy odds, if by any possible maneuvering you can hurl your own force on only a part, and that the weakest part, of your enemy and crush it. Such tactics will win every time, and a small army may thus destroy a large one in detail, and repeated victory will make it invincible.”

People need to study history, instead of trying to erase it.



 

 

In The Mailbox: 08.21.17

Posted on | August 21, 2017 | No Comments

— compiled by Wombat-socho


OVER THE TRANSOM
Pagan Vigil: Speech Wars
EBL: Jerry Lewis, RIP
Twitchy: Joan Walsh Doesn’t Need “Alt-Left” Mansplained To Her, Thanks Very Much
Louder With Crowder: Antifa Goon Assaults Old Woman Carrying American Flag At Boston Rally, also, WTF? Leftists Want To Blow Up Mount Rushmore


RIPPED FROM THE HEADLINES
Adam Piggott: Happy Wife, Happy Life?
American Power: University of Texas Removes Confederate Statues, also, Anton Myrer, Once An Eagle
American Thinker: Trump’s Unintended Consequences – The Republican Party Reveals Itself
Animal Magnetism: Goodbye Blue Monday
BattleSwarm: Google Removes Gab From Android Store
BLACKFIVE: Lisa Scottoline, Damaged and Exposed
Bring The HEAT: American Talibantifa
Da Tech Guy: Slave Cars, also, Report From Louisiana – The World Has Gone Mad
Don Surber: Bannon Is Where We Need Him
Dustbury: Strange Search Engine Queries, also, N-Word Indeed
The Geller Report: PayPal Suspends Operation AFDIThen Restores It Under Pressure
Hogewash: Vonlu’, also, Team Kimberlin Post of The Day
Joe For America: California Facing Imminent Financial Collapse?
JustOneMinute: Sly Stupidity, or, Beinart Versus Beinart
Power Line: NYT Applauds Far-Left Violence, also, Google Teaming With The Left To Drive Conservatives Off The Internet?
Shark Tank: ANTIFA’s Best Friend In Congress, Ted Deutch
Shot In The Dark: The President Was Too Even-Handed About Charlottesville
STUMP: Sunday Dumpery – Yes, It’s The Soda Tax, What’s It To You?
The Jawa Report: Eclipse 2017, Live Coverage Of The End Of Civilization
The Political Hat: News Of The Week
This Ain’t Hell: Media Criticizes Mattis For Sailor Talk, also, Lebanese Soldiers Raise Spanish Flag After Defeating ISIS
Weasel Zippers: White House Petition Underway To Declare Antifa Terrorist Organization, also, Antifa Attacks Police With Rocks, Urine Bottles At Boston Protest Against Free Speech
Mark Steyn: Byrds Of A Feather, also, Eclipsapalooza!


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Feminism as Cliché: When You’re Just Another Privileged White Girl

Posted on | August 20, 2017 | 1 Comment

 

 

 

Where to start? Hood College is a notorious lesbian school and it’s a mystery why its enrollment keeps declining. Originally founded as a strict Calvinist college for women, Hood admitted male students in the 1970s, becoming coed just about the time it ceased to be Christian.

Hood is a bastion of far-left politics in conservative western Maryland. Republicans are persona non grata on the faculty and, while there are occasional rumors of heterosexuality on campus, the school’s reputation is such that when guys in Frederick see girls wearing Hood College T-shirts, their reaction is, “Oh, don’t bother. They’re lesbians.”

The Feminist Student Union at Hood might be more influential if it wasn’t so redundant, being more or less coterminous with the Queer Student Union, which is basically the entire student body.

Ellie Blaser is a recent Hood College graduate who works for a non-profit “social justice” organization. She is an “intersectional” feminist,” i.e., she hates everything white, male, capitalist, heterosexual and/or Republican. Or maybe she’s just name-checking black lesbian Audre Lorde in a sort of virtue-signaling gesture. It’s hard to tell with these young Third Wave types sometimes, but when a rich girl (a) feels obliged to denounce herself as “privileged, white, cisgendered” and (b) attended a left-wing indoctrination center like Hood, you know she’s got to be dealing with multiple layers of neurotic self-hatred.

 

Being an “intersectional” feminist means believing all males are sexist oppressors — “OH MY GOD MEN ARE THE WORSTTTTT,” to quote Ellie Blaser — even if you claim to be heterosexual, as Ellie Blaser did twice, in a badly-written January 2016 screed on her Tumblr blog:

I don’t think it would be an exaggeration to say that in the last couple years, “feminism” has become a buzzword.
I’m not saying that’s a bad thing — anyone who knows me could probably guess that I’m all for it. Feminism is, according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, “the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities.” Today in 2016 we still live in a world where women everywhere are constantly put at a disadvantage because of their gender (not to mention various other struggles many women face in regards to their race and presence within the LGBTQ+ community). As such, I’m all for feminism becoming a wider used word, something that any and everybody can feel comfortable and proud using. When I was in high school just a few years ago, I would only reluctantly call myself a feminist, out of fear of being ridiculed or called a “feminazi” (both of those things did happen over the course of my high school career). So yes I’m happy that positive connotations of the word have become more popular. Why wouldn’t I? . . .

Did I mention that Ellie Blaser majored in communications at Hood College? Did I mention that the annual cost to attend Hood is $48,740 including tuition, room and board? Never mind. Continue, Ms. Blaser:

Since feminism’s foray into pop culture, there have been countless articles and think-pieces written about what exactly it takes to be a “good feminist,” and more importantly, what would put you in the bad category. (If you want to read more about this specifically, I would check out Roxane Gay’s “Bad Feminist,” which I haven’t actually gotten around to reading myself but which I hear is great.) This can be a confusing and uncomfortable topic of conversation for anyone who is at all interested in social justice and also happens to enjoy most popular mainstream pieces of media, because fun fact for those of you who might not have caught on, but the majority of television shows, movies, books, and music (etc.) that we usually consume are pretty sexist. (It also goes without saying that they are also often racist, homophobic, etc.) This isn’t something I’m saying as an exaggeration — it’s quite simply and truly a fact. . . .

Well, you can read the rest of that. Or try to read it, I should say. The quoted excerpts are sufficient to demonstrate that, whatever else she may have learned at Hood College, she didn’t learn to write a persuasive essay, nor even a coherent paragraph. You might be surprised to learn that her collegiate dream was to “live in a fancy apartment in the city, writing for some cool magazine and spending my nights being [pursued] by attractive men who appreciate my looks and even more so my feminism.”

Dreams die hard, when your college doesn’t bother teaching basic prose composition. As for attractive men who might appreciate Ms. Blaser’s looks, obviously none of them attended Hood College, where the enrollment is 63% female and, as the Frederick boys say, “Why bother?”

Readers are at liberty to appreciate Ms. Blaser’s looks, if they wish, but the question is, why should “attractive men” appreciate her feminism? Perhaps times have changed since I was a young bachelor, but I’d imagine that the minute a college girl says the word “intersectionality” aloud, every heterosexual male in the room takes this as his cue to exit: “Oh, dear God, here comes another screechy ‘rape culture’ lecture.”

Why do girls at private liberal arts colleges keep telling these Tales of the Oppressive Patriarchy? Do they expect anyone to believe they are “constantly put at a disadvantage because of their gender”? Do these juvenile feminists even believe their own propaganda?

Never mind the rhetorical questions, however, because last November, a week before Election Day, Ellie Blaser published a column in the Hood College student newspaper with the headline, “Being a Feminist in the Age of Trump,” which began:

Calling yourself a feminist isn’t always the easiest thing to do.
Despite its pretty straight-forward meaning, which according to Dictionary.com is, “advocating social, political, legal, and economic rights for women equal to those of men”, the term feminism has been misused and misinterpreted for years, developing a reputation that tends to illicit more disdain than anything else.
As someone who has been self-identifying as a feminist since high school, I’ve gotten used to receiving all sorts of negative reactions. I’ve had guys immediately try and argue why I shouldn’t call myself a feminist, and other guys drag famous women’s equality advocates through the mud, as if somehow by discrediting them I’ll change my mind.
There are people who tell me the term feminist is offensive, because it “excludes men,” and other people tell me it’s dumb to believe in feminism, because in 2016 things are equal. And then there’s my favorite: a raised eye, judgmental tone. “Oh. You’re a feminist?”
As if it’s so ridiculous.
And I want to be clear, these reactions don’t just come from men. I’ve had women and girls telling me that I shouldn’t identify as a feminist for as long as I’ve had men doing so. . . .

Notice, first, that Ms. Blaser wrote “illicit” (adjective) when she meant “elicit” (verb), suggesting that “How to Use a Dictionary” is not to be found anywhere in the Hood College curriculum. More importantly, however, Ms. Blaser’s account of reactions to her self-declared feminism suggests that young guys haven’t been paying attention to my oft-repeated advice: Never talk to a feminist.

Guys who “immediately try and argue why I shouldn’t call myself a feminist” are fools. As soon as she declares herself a feminist, as I say, the smart young man’s reaction should be to walk away in silence:

Guys: Learn to take a hint. Learn to walk away.
If a woman tells you she is a feminist, say nothing and walk away.
No feminist wants to hear what a man has to say, and life is too short to waste your time talking to feminists. Just walk away.
Leave feminists alone, and then they can complain about that.
There is no point arguing with a feminist. There is nothing to discuss. The feminist has complete contempt for males. She considers men useless and irrelevant. She has no respect for you. The fact that you are a man means you are automatically wrong about everything. She is the judge, jury and prosecutor, and all men are guilty. Case closed.

The reason why feminists think all men are stupid is because no intelligent man would ever waste time talking to a feminist.

Let the young man ask himself this: Would a woman even mention feminism to a guy if she was attracted to him? Of course not. Every woman with a lick of common sense understands that men find feminist rhetoric insulting. Therefore, if a guy meets a woman and she starts talking feminism, he may assume that she does so to insult him.

Or maybe she just doesn’t have a lick of common sense.

Either way, no intelligent man would waste his time talking to her. The feminist is emotionally committed to the belief that males are an oppressive enemy, and that she is a victim of the patriarchy, and no amount of logical argument will ever persuade her otherwise. Like a schizophrenic in the grip of a paranoid delusion, or a devoted member of a religious cult, the feminist is beyond the reach of facts and logic.

Even if a guy otherwise found Ellie Blaser attractive — hey, take a look and decide for yourself — does he really want to get involved with the kind of girl who thinks it’s clever to name-check Audre Lorde? Factor in her deficiencies in prose composition, her inability to tell the difference between “illicit” and “elicit,” and also consider that she went to Hood College, and Ms. Blaser’s not exactly a premium-quality selection.

Dear Everyone: Please Stop Telling Me I’m
Vapid and Self-Absorbed for Posting Selfies

That was the headline on a Tumblr rant Ms. Blaser published a couple of years ago, and I don’t know how to begin describing her “argument,” except to say it is a Gordian knot of tangled solipsistic gibberish.

Ellie Blaser is a 21st-century cliché, the “privileged, white, cisgendered” girl with a “passion for feminism and social justice” who goes to a private liberal arts college, spews incoherent nonsense on social media, and can’t understand why guys don’t like her. Hypothetically heterosexual, but with not much prospect of turning theory into practice, she devotes herself to lashing out at the demonized scapegoat, Donald Trump.

 

 

You see, as Ms. Blaser says, “social justice is a journey” — down a certain road that is proverbially paved with good intentions. No hope of persuading her to turn back now. Might as well wish her Bon voyage!

Once a young feminist has spent four years at a $48,740-a-year “social justice” factory like Hood College, she’s irretrievably doomed.



 

Rule 5 Sunday: OUTRAGE!

Posted on | August 20, 2017 | 1 Comment

— compiled by Wombat-socho

Not going to lie: the BS on full display in the media over the last couple of weeks has got my Irish up, and for the last day or so I’ve been dithering between Ilsa, She-Wolf of the SS or a random hot babe in a Confederate bikini because I couldn’t decide which would be more attractive while simultaneously offensive to leftards with no sense of humor. So, I’m leaving it up to you Rule 5 aficionados: do we go with the luscious Dyanne Thorne in Nazi drag, or a wholesome Southern cutie in a bikini suitable for sending Our Moral Superiors to the fainting couch? Vote in the comments, please.
Meanwhile, it’s still summer, and our appetizer this week is Carrie Underwood in her Daisy Dukes and boots. As usual, many of the following links are to pics generally considered NSFW; the management is not responsible for any ill effects arising from your failure to exercise discretion in the clicking.

From a video shoot in the Mojave

Back after a brief absence, Ninety Miles From Tyranny returns with Hot Pick of the Late Night, Morning Mistress – Can I Pick You A Flower?, and Girls With Guns, followed by Goodstuff with “famous spicy hot Korean chicks” and Animal Magnetism with Rule 5 Japan Resurgent Friday and the Saturday Gingermageddon.

EBL’s herd this week includes The Magnificent Seven…of Westeros, Beverly Hillbillies “The South Shall Rise Again” Rule 5, Taylor Swift, more Beverly Hillbillies, “I Want Candy”, Hope Hicks, Diana Rigg, Iron Maiden/Ozzy Eclipse Rule 5, and Game of Thrones Spoilers.

A View From The Beach brings us Samantha HoopesThe ‘Game of Thrones’ EffectFish Pic Friday – HogfishTanline Thursday in the News!Taylor Swift Wins the LotteryIt’s All Part of the Rock ‘n Roll FantasyWatermen Want Catfish Regulation ReformKnow Your Place, Woman! and Taylor Swift: Case Dismissed.

Proof Positive’s Friday Night Babe is Danay Garcia, his Vintage Babe is Jane Birkin, and Sex in Advertising is covered by Calvin Klein. At Dustbury, it’s Dorothy Mackaill and Rebecca Black.


Thanks to everyone for all the linkagery!


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FMJRA 2.0: Thousand Mile Stare

Posted on | August 19, 2017 | 1 Comment

— compiled by Wombat-socho

Rule 5 Monday: Taylor On Top
Animal Magnetism
Ninety Miles From Tyranny
A View From The Beach
Proof Positive
EBL

The #Charlottesville Madness
Adam Piggott
EBL

FMJRA 2.0: Sorcerer
The Pirate’s Cove
A View From The Beach
EBL

#Charlottesville: The Left Unexpectedly Falls in Love With the Word ‘Terrorism’
EBL

In The Mailbox: 08.14.17
Proof Positive
EBL

Insanity Is Hereditary: Transgender Parents Raising ‘Gender-Fluid’ Child
EBL

In The Mailbox: 08.15.17
Proof Positive
EBL

Google vs. Science, Feminists vs. Babies, Commies vs. History, Ad Infinitum
Adam Piggott

In The Mailbox: 08.16.17
Proof Positive
EBL

Thoughts For Accusers On Twitter
EBL

NY Times Editor Claims Incompetence Led Him to Libel Sarah Palin
A View From The Beach
EBL

Neo-Nazi Alt-Right Trump Supporter Commits Racist Terrorism in … SPAIN?
EBL

Top Democrat Leader’s Aide Indicted
A View From The Beach
EBL

In The Mailbox: 08.17.17
Proof Positive
EBL

BANNON OUT AT WHITE HOUSE
A View From The Beach
EBL

Top linkers this week:

  1.  EBL (14)
  2.  (tie) A View From The Beach and Proof Positive (5)

Thanks to everyone for their linkagery!


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What Does It Mean to ‘Care’?

Posted on | August 19, 2017 | No Comments

 

Kayla Chadwick is an alumna of elite private Hebron Academy ($57,200 a year for boarding students), who got her bachelor’s degree from elite private Trinity College ($66,440 a year, including room and board) before getting her master’s degree from elite private Syracuse University ($60,239 a year including room and board). If you guessed her Daddy’s rich, uh . . . guess again, but like most rich kids nowadays, she’s the kind of “progressive” who considers herself obligated to tell the rest of us what to think. If your Daddy can’t afford the tuition at Trinity, obviously, you are inferior to Kayla Chadwick, and you should be grateful she has condescended to tutor you about your moral and intellectual failings.

I Don’t Know How To Explain To You
That You Should Care About Other People

That’s the headline on a Huffington Post column that Kayla Chadwick published in June, but which I didn’t encounter until today, and immediately took umbrage at Ms. Chadwick’s elitist condescension. Elliott Hamilton of Daily Wire said of Ms. Chadwick’s column that it “reaches peak virtue signaling while simultaneously expressing the sanctimonious nature of the political Left.” As a parody of snooty liberal know-it-all-ism, Ms. Chadwick’s argument is impeccable and if anybody wants to know How Your Get More Trump, she’s a perfect example.

 

She’s white, she’s privileged, and she wants you to know that her Emmy Award (for video editing) qualifies her to tell you what to think:

I don’t know how to explain to someone why they should care about other people.
Personally, I’m happy to pay an extra 4.3 percent for my fast food burger if it means the person making it for me can afford to feed their own family. If you aren’t willing to fork over an extra 17 cents for a Big Mac, you’re a fundamentally different person than I am.
I’m perfectly content to pay taxes that go toward public schools, even though I’m childless and intend to stay that way, because all children deserve a quality, free education. If this seems unfair or unreasonable to you, we are never going to see eye to eye.
If I have to pay a little more with each paycheck to ensure my fellow Americans can access health care? SIGN ME UP. Poverty should not be a death sentence in the richest country in the world. If you’re okay with thousands of people dying of treatable diseases just so the wealthiest among us can hoard still more wealth, there is a divide between our worldviews that can never be bridged.
I don’t know how to convince someone how to experience the basic human emotion of empathy. . . .

You can read the rest, but I think you see what it was about Kayla Chadwick’s argument that most offended me. Whereas my wife and I care so much about “other people” that we’ve raised a family of six children, Ms. Chadwick — the elite-educated beneficiary of wealth and privilege — is so self-centered she can’t be bothered. Like most young feminists, she’s childless because she’s too selfish to “care about other people,” except insofar as this involves (a) outsourcing the obligations of “empathy” to the government, and (b) urging people to vote Democrat.

Liberals care so much about the poor, for example, they insist that taxpayers should fund Planned Parenthood to give poor people abortions, and if that isn’t your definition of “empathy,” then obviously you didn’t get the kind of elite education Kayla Chadwick got at all those swanky private schools she attended. You’re probably part of those “hordes of selfish, cruel people” who don’t know “how to be a good person.” You voted Republican, and Kayla Chadwick has no empathy for you because you’re probably a heterosexual man, anyway . . .

 

 

Hating males for being male, hating white people for being white, hating heterosexuals for being heterosexual — this is “empathy,” according to the Democrat Party, and this is how you get more Trump.



 

 

In The Mailbox: 08.19.17
Early Morning Weekend Edition

Posted on | August 19, 2017 | No Comments

— compiled by Wombat-socho


Out all day yesterday dealing with the VA and Social Security. Better late than never, right?
Also, I’m taking a break from the Book of Feces and Twatter for a month. Maybe longer.


OVER THE TRANSOM
Pagan Vigil: This Last Week In Free Speech
EBL: Is Steve Bannon Finished?
Twitchy: Charles Barkley Brings Voice Of Reason To Monument Debate
Louder With Crowder: Al Sharpton Angry Over His Taxes Going To Jefferson Monument. Yeah, About That…
According To Hoyt: No More White Knights
Vox Popoli: Unintended Consequences


RIPPED FROM THE HEADLINES
Adam Piggott: Hawt Chicks & Links – But No Nazis, also, Podcast #53 – The Charlottesville Episode
American Power: Paul Joseph Watson Demonetized At YouTube, also, Richard Miles, Carthage Must Be Destroyed
American Thinker: Charlottesville And Its Aftermath – What If It Was A Setup?
Animal Magnetism: Rule Five Japan Resurgent Friday
BattleSwarm: LinkSwarm For August 18
Bring The HEAT: And Now, Turku
Da Tech Guy: Of Gibson Guitars And A.J. Delgado, also, Wise Words From The Young
Don Surber: Change The Sheets And Kiss The Byrd Statue Goodbye, West Virginia
Dustbury: Ethical Treatment
The Geller Report: CNN Says Barcelona Jihad Attack May Be “Copycat” Of Charlottesville
Hogewash: Team Kimberlin Post of The Day, also, Legal LULZ Du Jour
Jammie Wearing Fools: A Warning From George Orwell On The “Monument Wars”
Joe For America: White House To Pardon Sheriff Joe?
JustOneMinute: Trump Pushes Antifa Onto The Front Page
Power Line: Apple Funds Left-Wing Hate Group, also, Statue Of Limitations (2)
Shark Tank: Why Didn’t Pelosi Take Down Confederate-Era Statues When She Was Speaker?
Shot In The Dark: Yet Another One Of Those Incidents That Never, Ever Happens
STUMP: Cook County Soda Tax – Look Who’s Come To Save The Day!
The Jawa Report: Sandcrawler PSA – Make History, Don’t Erase History, also, Islamic State Of Losers Attack Finland
This Ain’t Hell: Yes, They Are Paid To Protest, also, Saturday Morning Feelgood Stories
Weasel Zippers: New Orleans’ Joan of Arc Statue Vandalized, also, Montana City To Remove Confederate Monument After Native American Complaints
Megan McArdle: You Don’t Need A Thermomix, But You Should Want One
Mark Steyn: Umbrellas In The Rain, also, Dieppe 75 Years On


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The Media Blame-Game Routine

Posted on | August 19, 2017 | No Comments

James Alex Fields Jr., Random Idiot of the Month.

Ramming a car into a crowd of protesters is a bad idea, and I’m against it. Because I have not advocated political violence, I cannot be blamed for it, and I refuse to play along with the liberal guilt-trip game where conservatives are expected to deny, denounce and repudiate their beliefs because some random idiot did something wrong and stupid.

Da Tech Guy offers two laws of media outrage:

  1. The level of Outrage or interest of the media and their allies on the left concerning any insult or prevarication concerning a person or thing will routinely be equal to the inverse of the degree of the political distance between said media / leftists and and the target of said insult or prevarication at the time it is made.
  2. The level of acceptance of the positions and/or actions of any group or organization by the left and media is directly proportional to their current or potential value in electing liberal Democrats.

The media ignore (or in some cases, celebrate) political violence by the Left, as for example the riots in Ferguson, Baltimore and Charlotte that were incited by the Black Lives Movement. Liberal journalists were OK with student radicals using violence (or the threat thereof) to disrupt or prevent campus appearances by Milo Yiannopoulos, Charles Murray, Ann Coulter and Heather Mac Donald. And whatever violence “antifa” protesters inflicted on attendees at the “Alt-Right” rally in Charlottesville is also acceptable to the mainstream media.

 

However, when the Random Idiot decided to plow his Dodge Challenger into the “antifa” mob, suddenly the media decided that political violence was a bad thing, and the Republican Party was to blame for it.

As to the “issue” that the media would have us believe that the Random Idiot’s crime symbolizes, Professor Glenn Reynolds nails it:

When Democrats’ national position depended on unwavering support from “the Solid South,” we got lots of pro-Southern propaganda: the Lost Cause, Gone With The Wind, Disneyfied Uncle Remus, etc. As a vital Democrat constituency group, southerners, even practical neo-Confederates, were absolved of all sins as long as they stayed in line.
Now the South isn’t “solid” anymore — or, more accurate, it’s becoming pretty solidly Republican — so rather than receiving cultural dispensations, it now gets targeted for cultural warfare.
That’s all that’s going on here.

Democrat operatives with bylines,” indeed. If a majority of gay people ever started voting Republican, suddenly the liberal media would find a way to argue that homosexuality is a threat to progressive values.



 

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