The Other McCain

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Posted on | November 20, 2014 | 10 Comments

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I was extremely fortunate to get a comp ticket to see Interstellar at the National Air & Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center out by Dulles; first because the theater there is one of those ginormous IMAX installations, and second because Interstellar is a pretty good movie. Christopher Nolan deserves a lot of credit for not gunking up the movie with a lot of expository jibber-jabber; the world our characters live in is just there, not explained ad nauseam, and we move right along to the action. Matthew McConaughey plays Cooper, a NASA pilot unwillingly working as a farmer, until the “poltergeist” in his daughter’s room reveals the coordinates to a secret NASA base whose intention is to save mankind from a dying Earth. It seems there are half a dozen Earthlike planets orbiting a black hole accessible through a wormhole near Saturn, and Cooper’s wanted for the mission that will follow up on the initial probes. There’s a lot more to it than that, of course; Cooper has to leave his kids (the rebellious but talented Murph and the steady farmer Tom) behind, hoping that despite the time dilation imposed relativity he can make it home to save them, and of course this is a voyage of exploration, so there’s more than a little risk involved.

The visuals were almost overwhelming in IMAX, and the soundtrack, while mostly unobtrusive, has a way of sneaking up on you and yanking on your emotions. The actors all do an outstanding job, even Matt Damon, and both Anne Hathaway and Jennifer Chastain are looking mighty good while delivering their lines. I am not an astrophysicist, but I am assured by people who are that the science is reasonably accurate up to a point, and you’ll know that point when you see it. Finally (and this isn’t spoiling anything) the robots get some of the best lines. Definitely recommended, on as big a screen as you can stand.

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In The Mailbox: 11.20.14

Posted on | November 20, 2014 | 9 Comments

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Crashr: An Illustrated Guide To The Five Pillars Of Liberalism
Michelle Malkin: A White House Mass Pardon For Identity Thieves
Twitchy: “Sorry, Progressives!” No, Obama’s Executive Order Is Not At All Like What Reagan And Bush The Elder Did
Movoto: Minnesota Food Taste-Test (Video)

American Power: Dems Take Hard Left Turn After Losses
American Thinker: Ben Bradlee And The Death Of American Journalism
BLACKFIVE: Free Fire Zone – No Moral Equivalence For Terror
Conservatives4Palin: Race Relations Perceived To Be Getting Worse Under Obama
Don Surber: Make Obama Veto Keystone
Jammie Wearing Fools: Remember When The NIH Said They Didn’t Have Enough Money To Fight Ebola? They’re Paying Gruber $2 Million
Joe For America: Liberals In Chicago Are Teaching 5th Graders To Have “Safe” Anal Sex
Pamela Geller: Which Is More Offensive At UC Berkeley – The ISIS Flag Or The Flag Of Israel?
Protein Wisdom: Two-Minute Grubering
Shot In The Dark: An Idea Whose Time Is Long Overdue
STUMP: On Public Pension Transparency
The Gateway Pundit: After Fanning Flames, Obama Administration Concerned Ferguson Protesters May Turn Violent
The Jawa Report: Caption This – Double Agent Dr. Rusty Shackleford Edition
The Lonely Conservative: Warren Buffett’s Wind Company Sues To Block Release Of Data On Bird Deaths
This Ain’t Hell: Ferguson Protesters Target Veterans For Peace
Weasel Zippers: Ferguson – Gun Sales Skyrocket Ahead Of Grand Jury Decision “We’re Selling Everything Not Nailed Down”
Megan McArdle: GruberGate’s Insider Problem

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LIVE AT FIVE: 11.19.14

Posted on | November 19, 2014 | 14 Comments

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Palestinians Kill Four Rabbis In Jerusalem Synagogue Attack

Palestinians celebrate brutal attack

Both jihadis responsible killed by police; Netanyahu orders their homes bulldozed
Fifth victim, an Israeli Druze policeman, dies later of injuries

Early Winter Storm Pummels Much Of United States
Freezing temperatures in all fifty states; Buffalo hit with 4-6 feet of snow

Japan’s PM Calls For Snap Elections Next Month
Seeking more support for Abenomics?

Lame-Duck Democratic Senate Kills Keystone XL Pipeline Bill

Sen. Mary Landrieu (Doomed-LA) scrounges for votes in support of the pipeline bill

Bill fails 59-41 as not enough Democrats support Landrieu; GOP vows to pass bill in next session

Senate Blocks NSA Phone Records Measure

Chaffetz Tapped To Succeed Issa On House Oversight Committee

Obama Orders Review Of US Hostage Policy

Medicare Chief Used Threats, Tantrums To Force Launch Despite Concerns

Blaise Cupich Officially Installed As Chicago’s Ninth Archbishop

Rep. Rogers Floats Rescission As Weapon Against Obama’s Immigration Order Threats

House Democrats Keep Nancy Pelosi As Leader

Asian Crude Approaches Four-Year Low As OPEC Resists Cutting Output: WTI $74.05, Brent $78.19
Yen Weakens As Japan Delays Sales Tax Hike
Uber Executive’s Suggestion To Smear Journalists Backfires
Home Depot’s Profit Rises
SunEdison Buys FirstWind In $2.4 Billion Deal
Treasuries Show Inflation At Three-Year Low As Oil Declines
Now You Can Search Every Tweet Ever Sent
Facebook Groups Now Has An App
WhatsApp Deploys End-To-End Encryption
Android Rival Jolla Seeks Crowdfunding For Sailfish OS Tablet
Gift Guide: Dragons, Aliens, Robots And Superheroes For The Gamer On Your List

Tide Rolls To #1 In College Football Playoff Top 25

Lawrence Jones in action for the Crimson Tide

“We feel like Alabama is the most complete team right now,” said Jeff Long, chair of the Playoff selection committee.

Red Wings Crush Blue Jackets 5-0

Kobe Leads Struggling Lakers Past Hawks For Second Win

Billy Butler Set To Sign Three-Year Contract With A’s

Predators Tie Franchise Record, Humiliate Leafs 9-2

Pelicans Stop Kings, 106-100

Jets Beat Devils 3-1

Nationals Release Catcher Jhonatan Solano

Supermodel Janice Dickinson Details Cosby Rape Accusation

Breaking news from 1982

Claims Cosby and his lawyers pressured her to leave tale out of her autobiography

Kathy Griffin To Replace Joan Rivers On “Fashion Police”

Dave Chapelle Is Back (We’re Almost 100% Sure)

The Story Behind Lana Del Rey’s Stunning Secret Songs

Chris Hemsworth: “People”‘s Sexiest Man Alive

Kristen Stewart Joins Riley Keough For Bachelorette Weekend At Madonna Inn

Revealed: The Lost Chapter Of “Interstellar”

Benedict Cumberbatch, Fiancee Sophie Hunter Make Red Carpet Debut

Unspeakable Armenian Discusses Nude Photo Shoot

Dwight Howard Under Investigation For Child Abuse

Model Charged With Beating Up Designer Boyfriend

Matt Lauer Behind Firing Of “Today” Executive

Tiger Woods Slams Golf Digest Writer For Parody Interview

Richard Branson Reassures VIPs About Space Travel

Billy Joel Gets Top Honor From ASCAP

What Happens In Tony Danza’s “Vegas”

My Fury – One Direction Star Blasts Drug Quiz By TV Host

Second Frenchman In ISIS Beheading Video Identified
UN Panel Calls For Norks’ Referral To ICC
Hong Kong Police Arrest Six As Protesters Attempt Parliament Breakin
German Foreign Minister Meets Putin For Unscheduled Talk On Ukraine Crisis
Mexico’s First Lady To Sell Controversial Mansion
Clashes Near Egypt’s Border With Gaza Kill Ten Civilians
Burma Rules Out Lifting Ban On Aung San Suu Kyi Presidency Before Election
UN: Iraq’s Anti-ISIS Strategy Bearing Fruit
Six Dead At Hisar Ashram, Rampal Charged With Sedition
Indonesian Female Police Recruits Forced To Undergo “Virginity” Tests
UKIP: Legal Migrants From EU Would Be Able To Stay

Louder With Crowder: A Rebuttal To Russell Brand
Doug Powers: White House – Do Something About “Climate Change” Or Prepare For Fiery Death
Twitchy: Gamers Calling BS On Interview With Feminist “Social Justice Warrior”
American Power: Pushing Back Against Feminist Bullies
American Thinker: Time For Congress To Declare War On Obama
BLACKFIVE: Marine Corps Sensitivity Needed? BULLSH!T!
Conservatives4Palin: Those Dastardly Republicans Used Nefarious Money To Win The Senate
Don Surber: Gruber, The Gift That Begins Giving
Jammie Wearing Fools: John Kerry’s “Partners In Peace” Slaughter Four In Jerusalem Temple
Joe For America: Guess What? Obama Social Media Posters Are Trolls
JustOneMinute: Obama Versus Obama
Pamela Geller: Jihad Holiday – Website Offers How-To Travel Tips For Western Muslims
Protein Wisdom: Requiescat In Pace
Shot In The Dark: Trulbert! Part XXIV – Immovable Objects
STUMP: Numbercrunching – How Many People Are In Sex-Biased Occupations?
The Gateway Pundit: Obama Advisor Al Sharpton Facing Mounting Money Problems
The Jawa Report: Everyone Wave Buh-Bye To Heather
The Lonely Conservative: Illegal Aliens Will Be Eligible For Public Benefits If Obama Acts On Amnesty
This Ain’t Hell: “Master” Bateman Takes On Molon Labe
Weasel Zippers: CNN’s Ashleigh Banfield – Maybe The Palestinians Are Right And The Israelis Are Legitimate Terror Targets
Megan McArdle: Reality Check On Obamacare, Year Two

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LIVE AT FIVE: 11.18.14

Posted on | November 18, 2014 | 9 Comments

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Missouri Governor Nixon Calls Out The National Guard

Governor Jay Nixon speaks at a news conference last week

“Violence will not be tolerated”
State of emergency declared in expectation of unrest after grand jury announcement
Nixon stumbles on Ferguson responsibility question

Modi, Abbott Reveal New India/Australia Military Agreement
Both PMs to push for free trade agreement

Surgeon Who Contracted Ebola In Sierra Leone Dies
Nebraska Medical Center announced Dr. Salia’s death from advanced symptoms of Ebola

FCC Commissioner Warns Obama’s Net Neutrality Proposal Would Bring Immediate Internet Tax

FCC Commissioner Michael O’Reilly

Regulation of ISPs as common carriers would subject users to Universal Service Fund

Virginia Woman Charged With Aiding ISIS Recruitment

Senator Begich Concedes Alaska Senate Seat To Sullivan

EPA Chief Vows To Push Agency Initiatives Despite GOP

Sage Grouse Threatens Western States’ Economies As Feds Weigh New Rules

Harvard, UNC Sued Over Raaaaacist Admissions Policies

DiBlasio’s Embattled Top Aide Takes Leave Of Absence

Former MN Congressman Bill Frenzel Dies, 86

Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. Ran Record $62 Billion Deficit In 2014

Tech Firms Call On Senate To Curb Surveillance

US Cutting Planned Deployment To Liberia

Former Porn Star Asia Carrera Wears Colander For Driver’s License Photo

Bears Savage Asian Crude On OPEC Policy Questions, Sagging Demand: WTI $75.18, Brent $78.85
Japan Stocks Rise On Hopes For Fresh Stimulus
Actavis To Spend $66 Billion On Botox Maker Allergan
Halliburton Buys Baker Hughes For $34.6 Billion
Urban Outfitters 3Q Profit Plunges
Toyota To Launch Fuel Cell Car In 2015
Hands On With Mica, Intel, And Opening Ceremony’s $495 Wearable
World Of Warcraft Subreddit Returns After Launch Issues Controversy
NYC Plan Would Replace Pay Phones With WiFi Hubs
Intel To Merge Mobile, PC CPU Groups
GameStop’s Black Friday Deals Leaked

Steelers Rally Past Fading Titans

Ben Roethlisberger: Sacked five times but still pulls out the win

Titans blow 24-13 lead for fourth consecutive loss

Lightning Dominate Rangers 5-1

Bulls Beat Clippers 105-89, Now 6-0 On Road

Marlins Re-Sign Giancarlo Stanton: 13 Years, $325 Million

Lawson, Nuggets Trip Up Cavaliers

Blake, Forsberg, Hasek, Modano Inducted Into Hockey Hall Of Fame

No Wade? No Deng? No Problem! Chalmers, Heat Torch Nyets 95-83

Conley Scores 19 As Grizzlies Rout Rockets 119-93

Nats Re-Sign Matt Purke To Minor League Deal


Former MTV reality show “star”

Former “A Shot At Love” star gives birth to daughter Isabella Monroe Nguyen. Meh.
Maybe she’ll clean up her act like Snooki Polizzi.

Jaden, Willow Smith On Prana Energy, Time, And Why School Is Overrated

Everything (Chris Pratt Does) Is Awesome

DJ Diplo Welcomes Second Child With Ex-GF

Honey Boo Boo’s Mom Tries To Shirk Blame On “Dr. Phil”

Jennifer Aniston “Flattered” About Oscar Buzz

Bill Cosby Clarifies Statement On Rape Accusations

Melissa McCarthy Shows Off Her Weight Loss At LA Arts Event

NBC Fires Top “Today” Executive

Amanda Bynes Releases Statement On Leaked Audio Recording: “I’m Trying To Get Better”

Wendy Williams Fires Back At “Aaliyah” Critics

Four Killed, Seven Injured In Terrorist Attack On Jerusalem Mosque
Hong Kong Police Start Clearing Protest Areas
Pope Francis Says Children Have A Right To A Mom And A Dad
Duo Suspected Of Posting Body Parts Flee Thailand
President Zemen Booed As Czechs Commemorate 25th Anniversary Of Velvet Revolution
Thai Police Issue Warrants For American Suspects In Stolen Body Parts Case
Isolated At G20, Putin Shows He’ll Do It His Way In Ukraine
At Least Two Dead In Kabul Attack
Report: Global Terror Deaths Rose Sharply In 2013
C Of E Formally Approves Plans For Female Bishops
Poland Expels Russian Diplomats For Spying, Russia Returns The Favor
Former Union Boss To Lead Kiwi Labour Party After Disastrous Election Results

First Street Journal: Well, I’ve Got The Answer!
Michelle Malkin: One Nation Under Godlessness
Twitchy: Pelosi Won’t Let Pregnant Vet Duckworth Vote By Proxy, Doesn’t Understand The Fuss
American Power: Dead Democrat Walking
BLACKFIVE: Free Fire Zone – Imperial Amnesty For Illegals
Conservatives4Palin: Teachers Unions Flunked Their Midterms
Don Surber: Elizabeth Warren Being Groomed To Be The Female Obama
Jammie Wearing Fools: Obama – “Like Your Plan, Keep Your Plan”; Gruber 2009 – “Five Million People Will Lose Their Plan”
Joe For America: Political Correctness – Militant Manners Designed To Control You
Pamela Geller: Islamic State Threatens Violent Slaughter On Western Streets
Protein Wisdom: Impeachment Is The Only Viable Way To Stop Obama’s Amnesty?
Shot In The Dark: The DFL Embraces Evil With A Big Wet Sloppy Kiss
STUMP: Teaching Your Kids Math (For Free)
The Gateway Pundit: CAUGHT ON TAPE – Ferguson Activists Discuss Plans To Target White Areas
The Jawa Report: On The Run? Terror Deaths Up 61% In A Single Year
The Lonely Conservative: Obama Used To Know Illegal Immigration Hurts Low Income Workers
This Ain’t Hell: Pelosi’s War On Duckworth
Weasel Zippers: Greatest Obituary Ever – “Anti-Racist White, Secular Jewish, Transgender, Lesbian Female Revolutionary Communist”
Megan McArdle: Better Economic Policy Won’t Save Japan

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Rule 5 Monday

Posted on | November 17, 2014 | 13 Comments

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This weekend…meh. I got some stuff done and saw “Interstellar”, which was pretty awesome, but the rest of the weekend I could have done without. Anyway, the Steelers are playing the Titans tonight, so before the usual disclaimer, we have this.

Almost certainly not an actual Steelers cheerleader.

As usual, we are compelled to note that many of the following links are to pix generally considered NSFW, unless you work someplace really awesome.
Exercise discretion with the clicking.

Average Bubba leads off this week with Stephanie Seymour, Goodstuff checks in with Claudia Cardinale, Ninety Miles from Tyranny contributes Morning Mistress, Hot Pick of the Late Night, and Girls with Guns.

At Animal Magnetism, it’s Rule Five Friday and the Saturday Gingermageddon. Loose Endz reminds us of the Women of Star Trek (the original series), Blackmailers Don’t Shoot likewise brings us Chicks In Space, and First Street Journal has women on Sea Duty.

EBL’s herd of heifers this week includes the Horseback Ice Bucket Challenge Fail, Seahawks and Giants, Stupid Disease, Semper Fi Happy Birthday Rule 5, Thank You Veterans Rule 5, the Obama remake of Sunset Boulevard, Feminism and Lilith, Sexism and Gaming, America’s Favorite Drag Queen – Bugs Bunny, Comet Fashion, and Rich Kids of Tehran.

A View from the Beach brings us Women of InterestPups to Participate in Nutria MassacreFemen Protests Pope, Putin and ISISFossil DNA Pushes European-Asian Split to 40,000 years (has cave girl content), An Excellent IdeaSpeaking of Conspicuous Consumption. . .Soft Serve Obamacare Schadenfreude“Dirty Work”“Heart of Glass”The Perfect Politician?, and “Lover Come Back To Me”

Soylent Siberia’s leading coffee creamer this week is Janine, followed by Dessert Topping, the Monday Motivationer, Afternooner Soylent Favorite Sarah, Evening Awesome Candice, Tuesday Titillation Lourdes, Happy Veterans Day!, Humpday Hawt If It’s Fake I Don’t Care, Czech Mate Monika Pietrasinska, Fursday Flabbergastion, Overnighty, Corset Cavalcade with Latex, T-GIF Friday, Evening Awesome^2, Weekender Impatience, and Bath Night Buoyancy.

Proof Positive’s Friday Night Babe is Julianne Hough, his vintage Babe is Ann Savage, and Sex in Advertising is covered by Givenchy. Also, the obligatory 49ers cheerleader! At Dustbury, it’s Tory Burch and Tristan Prettyman.

Thanks to everyone for their linkagery! Deadline to submit links to the Rule 5 Wombat mailbox is midnight on Saturday, November 22.

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LIVE AT FIVE: 11.17.14

Posted on | November 17, 2014 | 5 Comments

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US Officials Confirm Murder Of Islamic State Hostage

American aid worker Abdul-Rahman (Peter) Kassig in the Bekaa Valley, 2013

Obama called the former Army ranger’s death “an act of pure evil”
Kassig remembered for dedication to refugees
Islamic State beheads American aid worker

Narendra Modi Fever Grips Sydney
Over 16,000 Indians expected to pack Allphones Arena to greet India’s PM; 500 Sikhs, considerably less excited, will greet Modi with a protest

US Cities Brace For Protests Stemming From Ferguson Decision
Police departments readying for protests after grand jury decides whether or not to indict officer Darren Wilson

Lame-Duck Democrat Senate Majority Finally Going To Vote On Keystone Pipeline

Senators John Thune (R-SD) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)

Transparent last-ditch attempt to save Sen. Landrieu unlikely to survive promised Obama veto

Report: 1 In 30 US Children Homeless

State Dept. Shuts Down E-Mail System After Suspected Hack Attack

Obama Denies Gruber Three Times: “We Didn’t Deceive Anyone To Pass ACA”

Hagel Says US Speeding Up Training Of Iraqi Forces

Arizona Democrats Look For Lessons In Electoral Defeat

States Working To Fix Healthcare Websites

Sarah Palin Joins Bill Cassidy At Monroe Rally

Asian Crude Drops After Biggest Gain In Two Months On OPEC Speculation: WTI $75.33, Brent $78.80
Nikkei Posts Biggest Drop Since August On Surprise Recession
Money Flows To Mainland As Hong Kong-Shanghai Stock Link Opens
Australia, China Sign Free Trade Deal
Japan’s Toray To Supply Carbon Fibers To Boeing In $8.6 Billion Deal
Washington State’s First Pot Auction Brings In $600K
Amazon Moves To Extend Cloud-Computing Dominance
AT&T Kills The “Permacookie”, Stops Tracking Customers’ Internet Use (For Now)
Facebook At Work On Site To Rival Microsoft Office
When Is A Company’s Facebook Post Not An Ad?
AT&T Puts Fiber Installs In 100 Cities On Hold While Feds Mull Over Net Neutrality

Patriots’ Ground Game Crushes Colts 42-20

Tom Brady shakes hands with Andrew Luck after the blowout

Jonas Gray runs wild for the Pats: 4 TDs, 199 yards

Kevin Harvick Clinches Chase Title

#4 Alabama Upsets #1 Mississippi State #rolltide

Blackhawks Rally To Whip Stars 6-2

Harden’s 19 Points Leads Rockets Past Thunder 69-65

Eagles Crushed In Sanchez’ Second Start, Packers Cruise To 53-20 Win

Warriors Hammer Lakers 136-115 Despite Kobe’s 44

Wings Fall To Habs 4-1

Bucs Rout Redskins 27-7

Supersub Frandsen Agrees To One Year/One Million Dollar Deal With Nats

Taylor Swift Explains Why She Gave Up On Men

Opens up to US about why she stopped dating


Amanda Bynes Reportedly Makes Tapes Threatening To Kill Her Parents

Solange Knowles Marries Alan Ferguson

Tori Spelling, Dean McDermott Headed For Split

Johnny Depp Gives Drunk Speech At Hollywood Film Awards

U2 Backs Off “Tonight Show” Residency After Bono’s Bike Accident

Evan Rachel Wood And Gal Pal Katherine Moennig Split

TV Producer Glenn A. Larson Dies, 77

“Mockingjay” Director Refused To Use CGI For Philip Seymour Hoffman Scenes

“American Horror Story: Freak Show” Script Stolen

Bill Cosby Canceled By David Letterman

Sister Backs Unspeakable Armenian’s Decision To Pose Completely Nude

Keith Richards’ Drug Use Scared Mick Jagger’s Kids Straight

Kate Upton And Justin Verlander Tackle The Flying Trapeze

Global Economy To Suffer As Putin Leaves G20 Early
Ethnic German Mayor Wins Romanian Presidential Election
American Tourist Tries To Express Ship Baby Parts From Bangkok To US
Female Afghan MP Survives Suicide Attack; Three Others Killed, 20 Injured
Fire In China Food Plant Kills 18
Jewish Israeli Stabbed As Tension Rises In Jerusalem
Putin Rebukes Ukraine For Severing Ties With Rebellious East
Okinawa Elects Governor Opposed To US Bases
Burkina Faso Names Interim President After Military Takeover
Colombia Suspends Talks With FARC After Kidnapping

Crashr: Obamacare – Brought To Us By Forrest Gruber (Crashr -the website formerly known as The Looking Spoon)
First Street Journal: Why Can’t Congress Meet Via Skype?
Blackmailers Don’t Shoot: The Invisible Hand Delivers A Beatdown
American Power: Mitt Romney On “Face The Nation” – Obama, Dude, You Lost The Midterms
American Thinker: Smug Filled Rooms
BLACKFIVE: Muslim Brotherhood Agitating In Ferguson, MO
Conservatives4Palin: Governor Palin’s 2014 Post-Election Scorecard
Don Surber: Compliment Of The Day
Jammie Wearing Fools: Clueless Obama On Gruber Videos – “I Just Heard About This”
Joe For America: Obama Justice – Ferguson “Protesters” Put Bounty On Darren Wilson
JustOneMinute: Not The Headline Team Obama Was Looking For
Pamela Geller: “Moderate” Muslim Medical Student Now Devout “Jihadi John” In Beheading Video
Protein Wisdom: Feminism – Vagina Warrior Outrage Brigade Takes Another Scalp
Shot In The Dark: Dear Liberals
STUMP: Obamacare Watch – Get Ready For Tax Season 2015
The Gateway Pundit: Hitler Finds Out Gruber’s Been Spilling The Obamacare Beans (Downfall Video)
The Jawa Report: Weekend War Pr0n
The Lonely Conservative: Obama Denies Misleading Public On Obamacare
This Ain’t Hell: Cubans Vs. Cubans In The Congo
Weasel Zippers: Scientist’s Shirt That Gave Feminists The Vapors Now A Sellout Hit
Megan McArdle: A Cheaper, Simpler Obamacare Plan

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‘I Suffer From Oppression’

Posted on | November 17, 2014 | 104 Comments

So says @JaclynArcher in a column for Eastern Washington University’s student newspaper, The Easterner:

What is oppression? According to the Blackwell Dictionary of Sociology “Social oppression is a concept that describes a relationship between groups or categories . . . of people in which a dominant group benefits from the systematic abuse, exploitation, and injustice directed toward a subordinate group.”
I suffer from oppression. I am black, I am a woman. I am bisexual. I am an atheist. Various systems, including a flawed justice system, the patriarchy, institutional heteronormativity, and Judeo-Christian philosophical dominance (in the United States) actively marginalize and repress my experience and limit my social freedom, to the benefit of others unburdened by these characteristics.
These various oppressions interact with one another in distinct and various ways. As a woman I am more likely to be sexually assaulted than a man, however, as a black woman I am statistically more likely to be sexually assaulted than a white woman.
Because I am a black woman I am more likely to be perceived as unprofessional, promiscuous, or having “an attitude.”

There you go, eh? The first and most important lesson college students learn in the 21st century is exactly how oppressed they are.

Honestly, I think half these kids claiming to be “bisexual” are just looking to up the ante in the Texas Hold ‘Em Oppression Tournament.

Sexual abnormality is like hitting an ace on the river. Somebody goes all-in expecting to take the pot with three of a kind — say, a female Hispanic afflicted with bipolar disorder — and then . . . “A-ha!”

Here is Ms. Archer with a full house of oppressions: Black female atheist and — what luck! — she gets the bisexuality card on the river.

Not even a pansexual genderqueer could beat a hand like that.

Of course, atheist bisexuals aren’t really oppressed in America. At least 30% of the Obama White House staff are bisexual, and let’s not even mention the gossip about Hillary Clinton and Huma Abedin, OK?

Heck, it’s 2014. There’s not a sorority girl in America who hasn’t at least once posed for a selfie kissing her girlfriend at a frat party, but most of them don’t “go Kappa Phi Omega,” IYKWIMAITYD.

Queer is the New Normal. Progress ruins everything it touches, and now they’ve even taken the fun out of sexual deviancy. It used to be you had to be weird and wild to do this stuff, but 21st-century progress has made it commonplace to be a perverted freak. Kinky has become boring. It’s us married Christian conservatives who are the weirdos now. My wife and I have six kids. Procreation is a far-out fringe fetish in 2014.

“You mean, you even did . . . PIV? Without protection?

Yep. PIV barebacking. Multiple times. Consensually. On purpose.

While feminists recover from that shocking idea — I probably should have included a “trigger warning” — I’ll point out that escaping patriarchal oppression is so easy it’s become a journalistic formula: Turn queer and you get your own column.

When people ask how Sam and I met, I almost never tell them the entire story — that I was Sam’s big sister in a sorority. I still feel ashamed of that detail, as if I did something wrong by falling for her, or I took advantage of her in some way. So I keep my answer simple. I tell them we met in college.
I never planned to pledge a sorority. I went to Emerson to be around nerdy artistic kids in an urban setting . . .

(This is what we used to call a “euphemism.”)

. . . but I arrived to find the small liberal arts school lacking in a party atmosphere of any kind. … I missed my friends from back home. So when a girl from my dorm asked me to go to a sorority rush event, and I found myself in a roomful of girls who talked about parties and boys and looked so comfortable together, I desperately wanted to belong. I attended more rush week events, hoping to meet a few girls I could call my friends. I never thought I’d meet the girl I’m going to marry.

(Music cue: Darlene Love.)

Before Emerson, my closest encounter with lesbians was kissing a friend on a drunken dare. I’d only ever been interested in guys. My teenage years as an insecure and unsophisticated Long Island girl — who was not only a foot taller than most boys in school, but who spent much of my time listening to Enya and writing in my journal — didn’t prove to be particularly fruitful when it came to getting noticed or falling in love. . . .

(Yeah, being “a foot taller than most boys in school” is another one of those euphemisms, like “varsity volleyball.”)

But the sorority didn’t just offer me dining companions. I now had a group of girls I could hit the bars with. Our sorority was 100 percent boy-crazy. (Well, maybe not 100 percent.) . . .

(Bah-da-BOOM-crash! She’ll be here all week, folks. Try the veal.)

I’d never been in a real relationship, and at 19, I was scared of being vulnerable. . . .

(Fear and Loathing of the Penis is rampant these days.)

I met Sam at the start of my sophomore year, my first time holding rush events as a full-blown sister. Sam was a transfer student from Florida who’d experimented with boys, girls and drugs, and she was paired with me as my Little Sister. On the surface, we didn’t have much in common: She had too many piercings and a lack of respect for the sisters. But I knew there was something different between us. . . .

(“I see,” says the therapist. “Please continue.”)

After a few months of being around her I knew that I didn’t feel the same around Sam as I felt around the other girls. When Sam touched me, my skin burned. When she looked at me I felt completely exposed, and the lingering scent of crisp fruits and fresh florals from her perfume — Ralph Lauren Cool — made me dizzy.
The old college cliché of girls experimenting with girls exists for a reason, but I didn’t want to experiment with Sam. I didn’t want to be anywhere near her, because my attraction to her terrified me. When a group of us went out to a bar one night, Sam went home with one of my suitemates. Sam tells me that it was casual, and that she knew I wasn’t ready. But I felt like she was making a bold statement. When I arrived back at the dorms, terrified and full of vodka, I pounded on the doors. Sam says I kissed her. I say she kissed me. But in all my years of kissing nothing had ever come close to this bipolar feeling of comfort and panic. I didn’t tell a soul.
Gossip soon ran rampant throughout the sorority. . . .

Yeah, you can read the rest of that, if you’re interested, but these stories — “Omigod, I Suddenly Discovered I’m Queer” — are beginning to bore me. Never thought I’d say that. However, after months of researching radical feminism, I’ve come to the conclusion that the only reason girls insist that their parents pay to send them to a “small liberal arts school lacking in a party atmosphere” (Emerson College annual tuition, $37,350) is so they can get a Salon column out of it.

And also marry a lesbian with too many piercings.

Give it a few years, and maybe she’ll write another Salon column — perhaps “Omigod, My Lesbian Wife Dumped Me Because I’m Not Queer Enough for Her” — but my point is that (a) the sapphic bildungsroman is swiftly becoming a journalistic cliché, and (b) it is therefore absurd for Jaclyn Archer to say she is oppressed by “institutional heteronormativity” at Eastern Washington University.

“We’re here! We’re queer! And it’s hopelessly boring.”

It’s like those drug-addict stories we read about in junior high. Nice kid smokes a doobie and, two pages later, he’s murdering people to feed his heroin habit or flying out a window on LSD. Then we got to high school — it was the 1970s — and everybody was on dope.

Mostly it involved toking up, turning on a blacklight in your basement rec room and listening to Pink Floyd. We wasted a lot of time and nearly flunked out, but very few of us turned into murderous junkies or took acid-induced suicidal leaps from tall buildings.

There weren’t any tall buildings in Douglas County, Georgia, in 1975, but watching “Romper Room” on purple microdot? Wow, man.

Fortunately, nobody ever told us we were “oppressed.” The Democratic Party didn’t have a Teenage Dopehead Caucus, so there was nothing political about our situation. Nor is there anything truly political about Jaclyn Archer’s bisexuality, except she has been told so.

“In the hands of a skillful indoctrinator, the average student not only thinks what the indoctrinator wants him to think . . . but is altogether positive that he has arrived at his position by independent intellectual exertion. This man is outraged by the suggestion that he is the flesh-and-blood tribute to the success of his indoctrinators.”
William F. Buckley Jr., Up From Liberalism (1959)

How naïve are these kids to believe so fervently that they are oppressed? Oh, look, another bisexual college student. I’m shocked.

No, I’m not shocked, not at all. Do these kids believe they invented deviant sex or something? You’ve got no idea, kids. No idea.

At least three guys I went to high school with in the 1970s died in the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s. I could name them, but that would serve no purpose. One of those guys played first clarinet in band, which gave him the privilege of sitting next to Kelly Goldsmith, a privilege I envied him, from my distant seat back in the (all-male) trombone section.

Some days Kelly wore halter tops, and when she turned a certain way you could see — well, quite a lot, but Mr. First Clarinet was rather obviously not interested in girls that way.

Nobody gave a damn. Forty years ago in Georgia, gay people were known to exist. They didn’t need a ideology to do so. It wasn’t until Ronald Reagan got elected president, then re-elected by a landslide, and the AIDS epidemic broke out that suddenly sodomy ceased to be a private amusement and became a Democrat Party issue.

There are now only two reasons to vote Democrat, sodomy and abortion, and Wendy Davis got 38.9% of the vote in Texas on that basis.

Having lost friends in the AIDS epidemic (the clarinet guy was never my friend, but a couple others were) I’m tired of being accused of homophobia and tired of watching young people wallow in confusion and misery while claiming to be “oppressed” — by me!

That’s it, you see? Married, white male Christian father of six — I’m the demonized oppressor in this political morality tale these kids are taught. I’m so heteronormative it’s probably a hate crime.

How the hell did I become so powerful that college kids thousands of miles away are victims of my patriarchal oppression?

And why do I find myself diagnosed by complete strangers who insist that anyone who votes Republican must be suffering from a mental illness — homophobia, an irrational fear of gays — when my fearlessness in that regard is quite nearly notorious. I am not sexually “repressed,” nor am I “ignorant,” and neither my Christian faith nor the fact of my rampant heterosexuality are symptomatic of insanity.

You Can’t Out-Crazy Stacy McCain™ — you have my guarantee on that — and who else would even try to make sense of the radical feminist theory being taught in Women’s Studies programs in 2014?

What has happened is that the whole world has gone so crazy in the past 40 years, no sane person could possibly hope to understand it.

In crazy times, the Madman becomes the Prophet.

And hey, just because I’m hetero doesn’t mean I’m normative.

Blame it on that purple microdot.



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New Word: “Grubado”

Posted on | November 16, 2014 | 15 Comments

by Smitty

Instapundit was noting that ‘gruber‘ is now a verb. Surely, though, the pile of hooey that is ObamaCare has room for a little more coinage as the ooze flows about, engulfing Progressive dreams in fetid sludge.

Grubado: noun. A portmanteau of ‘Gruber’ and ‘bravado’, this is that special panache with which a sociopath politician suddenly disavows a formerly prominent advisor.

Two great examples of grubado are Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi.

Let this be a lesion to all of their other thralls: once you’re a liability, your principle-free Progressive masters will un-person you with great grubado.

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