Posted on | December 13, 2014 | 32 Comments
Because I’m about 1,500 words into another long treatise about feminism that I know I can’t possibly finish tonight, I reckon I should give y’all a little something to laugh at in the meantime. Liberalism is a joke in search of punchline. We have rich white Harvard students protesting racist police brutality, and Ed Driscoll says it best:
If you ever think liberals couldn’t possibly become more absurd, just wait. Somehow they always find a way to surprise you.
Posted on | December 13, 2014 | 14 Comments
Half the battle is showing up. The other half is staying engaged:
. . .as rotten as the CROmnibus before us is, I want to state for the record that this week leaves me with nothing but optimism. Optimism about the prospect we have for real reform and revival in the coming years. The miserable process we’ve witnessed this week represents the last gasping throes of a discredited Washington status quo. 10 years ago, this bill would not have been controversial. 5 years ago, an easy majority would have been purchased with earmarks. This week, with the full weight of both party’s leaderships it barely made it over the finish line.
I hope that Boehnerdict Arnold hears these words, and understands the Mene, Mene, Teqel, Upharsin behind them.
Update: more positive thinking from Da Tech Guy.
Posted on | December 12, 2014 | 72 Comments
Reporting by the Washington Post and ABC News is steadily ripping to shreds the gang-rape story “Jackie” told Rolling Stone‘s Sabrina Rubin Erdely. Ed Morrissey at Hot Air has a good summary of how the story is unraveling. It seems clear that editors at Rolling Stone did not adequately vet the story and, as Eric Wemple says, “Erdely’s mission appears to have been to present as sensational and damaging an account of fraternity excesses as she could gather.”
Ah, but if the story is not true, this doesn’t mean that feminists are prepared to abandon their precious narrative about how college girls live under a regime of sexual terror caused by savage males who brutally impose their phallocratic supremacy on helpless victims. At Slate.com, Amanda Hess coins the phrase “rape truthers” to describe “social media misogynists” she uses in a straw-man argument:
There are people on the fringe who believe that any rape story with any discrepancies is evidence of a vast feminist conspiracy aimed at inventing rapes and vilifying innocent men, but these rape truthers are not reasonable people, nor are they most people, and it is unwise to mold the conversation around their fantasies. I am, however, concerned with how some feminists and progressives have responded to the ever-expanding holes in Rolling Stone’s story.
At this point, it is clear that Rolling Stone failed to meet its basic journalistic requirements many times over. There is also compelling evidence that Jackie herself fabricated all or parts of her story. Neither of these scenarios serves to dismantle the anti-rape movement. Journalists have messed up reporting on rape since they began reporting on rape. In addition, there have been false rape allegations in the past, and there will be false allegations in the future. Any successful anti-rape activist or movement must be willing to accept that false accusations are not a “myth” and grapple with how to handle them appropriately. Whatever really happened at UVA one Saturday night in 2012 cannot possibly undermine a social justice movement because any understanding of justice must accommodate the truth. . . .
You can read the rest, but notice what Hess has done here:
- Imputed irrational paranoia to those of us “people on the fringe” who see evidence of “a vast feminist conspiracy” in the interminable campaign against “rape culture” that has, among other things, imposed a weird “affirmative consent” law on California campuses. To say that feminists engage in propaganda campaigns, and that they do this in an organized manner with the assistance of politicians and journalists, is merely to state a fact. Feminist rhetoric routinely vilifies innocent men, as the whole point of the “rape culture” meme is to say that any word or deed that offends feminists — from caustic sarcasm to “the male gaze” — makes men complicit in rape. And, as far as this Rolling Stone UVA story is concerned, whether or not a rape was fictionalized out of whole cloth, feminists did manage to turn an egregious example of biased agenda-driven “reporting” into a hysteria that caused the university to shut down fraternity life on campus. Like the old joke says, it’s not paranoia if they really are out to get you.
- Accepted as valid the need for an “anti-rape movement” organized around the concept of “social justice,” which is exactly how we get episodes like this UVA fraternity witch-hunt.
Could somebody ask Amanda Hess to identify the pro-rape forces in society which necessitates this kind of anti-rape movement?
Pardon me if I sound like a “rape truther” in asking such a question, but rape has been a crime under Anglo-American common law since time immemorial, and this crime is punishable by very long prison terms. All law-abiding citizens support rigorous enforcement of our nation’s laws against rape, and so the question of how “social justice” requires an “anti-rape movement” ought to be asked.
Nobody is denying that rape happens, nor is anyone denying that college girls are sometimes the victims of these crimes. The problem is that the prevalence of rape on campus has been deliberately exaggerated by feminist ideologues who claim 1-out-5 college females will be sexually assaulted during their undergraduate careers.
Critics have repeatedly exposed the problem with this bogus statistic, yet it keeps being repeated as gospel, while feminists denounce as “rape apologists” anyone who points out the actual facts.
In a report this week, the Justice Department made clear that rape is less common on college campuses than elsewhere in society.
According to the report, the actual number of rapes of college-age females is 6.1 per 1,000, a drastically smaller number than 1-in-5. Meanwhile, non-college-attending females in the same 18-to-24 age group had about a 20% higher rate of rape (7.6 per 1,000).
To put it quite bluntly, there is zero evidence to support feminist claims of a “rape epidemic” on U.S. college campuses.
To put it even more bluntly, feminists are lying about rape.
Whether these feminist lies are evidence of a conspiracy, or merely a common habit among feminists, I’ll leave for my fellow misogynistic “rape truthers” to debate amongst themselves if they’re not too busy. Oppressing women is a full-time job, y’know.
— Got News (@GotNewsDotCom) December 12, 2014
Posted on | December 12, 2014 | 32 Comments
If you’re an optimist, you obviously don’t have young children, especially daughters. To be a parent in 2014 is to know for a certainty that the social fabric of our civilization is rapidly unraveling:
An 11-year-old girl from Arkansas gave her family the scare of their lives last week when she ran away from home after stealing $10,000 and jumped into a cab hoping to travel to Florida to meet a boy.
When Brent Waller discovered that his daughter Alexis was gone December 5, his first, terrifying thought was that she had been abducted. . . .
The 11-year-old girl had swiped $10,000 in cash from her grandmother’s sock drawer, crept out of the family’s Bryant, Arkansas, home in the middle of the night and hitched a ride with a stranger to a gas station in Little Rock.
Alexis then called a cab and asked the driver to drive her to Jacksonville, Florida, located about 830 miles away.
The girl said the taxi driver did not ask her any questions beyond her final destination and whether or not she had the $1,300 fare.
Alexis said she decided to make the long journey halfway across the country because she wanted to see a 16-year-old boy she met on vacation two years prior and had been talking to ever since.
The Florida teen said he knew nothing about Alexis’ plan. . . .
(Well of course he would say that, wouldn’t he?)
Police obtained phone records and were able to trace Alexis’ call to the Little Rock cab company, where officials said the girl wore heavy makeup and appeared to be 17 or 18, according to Arkansas Democrat Gazette.
(Parents: If your 11-year-old daughter is wearing heavy makeup, she’s planning to steal grandma’s money and run away.)
Before long, they reached the taxi driver the girl had hired, who told them they were driving in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia.
The 11-year-old’s parents immediately hit on the road, driving nine hours to pick her up.
In retrospect, Alexis Waller said she was glad her parents were able to track her down bring her home safe.
‘I knew I made a mistake after a while and I didn’t have a phone,’ Alexis told KARK-TV.
Isn’t that special? She steals $10,000 from grandma, calls a cab so she can run away to be with a teenage hoodlum she met on vacation two summers ago, but when she gets caught? “Mistake!”
She made a boo-boo, an oopsie. Just a lonely fifth-grade girl committing grand larceny to be with the 16-year-old boy she loves.
Doomed. We are completely doomed, I tell you . . .
— Robert Stacy McCain (@rsmccain) December 12, 2014
Posted on | December 12, 2014 | 6 Comments
— compiled by Wombat-socho
I thought I’d already read David Drake’s What Distant Deeps, the eighth book in his Lieutenant Leary/RCN series, but I was wrong, and gladly so. Drake has become a master of filing the serial numbers off obscure historical events, repainting them, and turning them into decent adventure novels, and What Distant Deeps is another one of these. Leary and his crew (including Adele Mundy, Deadliest Librarian in the ‘Verse) are hired to carry the new Cinnabar commissioner to his post on a rather barbaric planet on the border with the Alliance, but as usual things go pear-shaped as it seems one of the Republic’s clients would like to reignite the recently-concluded war between Cinnabar and the Alliance. Skulduggery, mayhem and hilarity ensue.
Along the same lines, John Ringo and Julie Cochrane’s Sister Time is a wheels-within-wheels tale of assassination, theft, and inter-species trade war that brings “Iron Mike” O’Neal’s daughters Cally and Michelle together against a rogue human mentat who’s obtained what can only be described as a mind-raping device. Just to make things more interesting, the theft that begins the novel, where Cally snatches some extremely valuable code keys from a Darhel chief’s office, sets off an effort by the Tongs to badly screw a Darhel clan in the best way possible – costing them money and maybe, just possibly, a couple of clan chiefs. Probably the best of the three “middle” novels by Ringo & Cochrane dealing with the secret war between the O’Neal/Bane Sidhe and the Darhel, with the return of Mosovich and Mueller from the original Posleen War tetralogy as the cherry on the sundae.
I had high hopes for Hugh Howey’s Shift, which is the sequel to Wool but seems to be more of a backstory to the events in Wool. Maybe I’m just not in the mood for depressing stories right now, but this was reminding me entirely too much of an old novel by Howard Berk, The Sun Grows Cold, which tells the same sort of tale about the Apocalypse, and I just wasn’t feeling up to it.
On the other hand, Sam Schall’s Vengeance from Ashes is decent brain candy and worth checking out. I borrowed it from the Amazon Prime Lending Library and may be picking it up to keep next month when the loan expires; it’s that good. Basically, this is the tale of Marine Captain Ashlyn Shaw, framed along with her unit for war crimes and imprisoned in a brutal prison camp where abuse is the norm. A change in governments allows her friends and family to free her and her men, but can she trust them enough to help her find and impose justice on those who set her up to fall, even as a new war erupts on the frontier?
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Posted on | December 12, 2014 | 6 Comments
— compiled by Wombat-socho
China, Iran and North Korea pile on with the finger-wagging despite own questionable mores
CIA chief says “abhorrent” tactics may not have been essential
Modi Tells Putin Russia Will Remain India’s Main Defense Partner
India to assemble 400 Russian Ka-226T multi-role helicopters
House Narrowly Passes Spending Bill
Breaking Down The Cromnibus Vote
Interesting splits in both parties
Warren leads liberal Dems against bill
THE ECONOMY, STUPID
Asian Crude Drops To 5 1/2 Year Low On Supply Glut, Sucky Demand: WTI $59.20, Brent $63.33
Asian Shares Lifted By US Data, Oil Glut
Holiday Shopping Boosts US Retail Sales
Sea World Pushes CEO Overboard
CBS Extends CEO Moonves’ Contract Two Years
Staples To Merge With Office Depot?
Facebook Turns Thumbs Down On “Dislike” Button, Mulls Other Options
Father Of Web Tells Putin Internet Is Not CIA Project
Google To Close Engineering Office In Russia
Windows 10 Event Set For January 21
iRobot’s Latest Roomba Designed For Hackers
Arizona wins on four field goals
FAMOUS FOR BEING FAMOUS
Marilyn Manson Denies Involvement In Lana Del Rey “Rape” Video
Teen Blows Himself Up During Kabul Play Condemning Suicide Bombers
Hong Kong Police Arrest 209 Protesters, Clear Main Camp
Abe’s Party Set To Win Big Despite Faltering Economy
Ukraine President Slams India Over Crimean Leader’s Visit
Palestinians To Discuss Cutting Security Ties With Israel Over Abu Ein’s Death
Twin Blasts Kill 31 In Nigerian City
Sensitive Topics Off The Agenda As Li Goes Overseas
No Papal Meeting For Dalai Lama During Visit To Rome
Man Charged Over London Slavery Allegations
How The Labor/Livni Deal Could Backfire
BLOGS & STUFF
First Street Journal: This Is What Senator Feinstein Was Trying To Accomplish
Michelle Malkin: The Cop-Hating Cult Of Larry Davis
Doug Powers: Elizabeth Warren Was Against Government Shutdowns Before She Was For Them
Twitchy: Rep. Jim Bridenstine’s Common Sense Reason For Voting No On The Cromnibus
American Power: The Left’s War Against Justice And Peace
American Thinker: Rolling Stone Et Al. Bemoan The Culture They Helped Create
BLACKFIVE: The New, The Discounted, The Free
Conservatives4Palin: Governor Palin – The Motivating, Simple Sparks That Can Make Our Day
Don Surber: Colleges Are Run By Morons
Jammie Wearing Fools: Lerner E-Mails Reveal Obama’s DOJ Was Involved In IRS Targeting
Joe For America: Black Lives DON’T Matter
JustOneMinute: More Reality Comes Crashing In
Pamela Geller: Biden Tried To Lecture Ayaan Hirsi Ali About Islam
Protein Wisdom: The Campus Rape And Sex Management Industry
Shot In The Dark: Number Soup
STUMP: 80 Percent Pension Funding Hall Of Shame – Experts Say
The Gateway Pundit: Armed “Black Lives Matter” Protesters Loot Black-Owned 7-11
The Jawa Report: Channel 4 Doxxes @ShamiWitness
The Lonely Conservative: $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill Passes House
This Ain’t Hell: Bob Kerrey Slams “Torture Report”
Weasel Zippers: Illegal Immigration Skyrockets As Deportations Fall To All-Time Low
Megan McArdle: Is Tomorrow Too Late For Greece?
SteynOnline: Climate Of Corruption
Posted on | December 11, 2014 | 31 Comments
It’s been depressing to see the fine print unfold: elections have consequences, so long as those consequences tend toward expanding the federal government, centralizing power, diminishing liberty, and crushing the borders.
. . .Brat takes his mandate to halt amnesty as a promise made to his district. Most point to Brat’s opposition to amnesty as the primary reason he defeated Eric Cantor, and Brat’s victory over Cantor was later revealed to be the primary reason that amnesty didn’t happen last summer.
I’m kind of looking forward to CPAC next year. Conservatives have a long slog ahead of them, struggling against the Democommies and their Vichy GOP sympathizers. But I expect Brat will get a hero’s welcome, rolling in off the grill.
Posted on | December 11, 2014 | 2 Comments
— compiled by Wombat-socho
Hong Kong Police Clear Central Pro-Democracy Protest Site
Banner near downtown PLA base: “It’s Just The Beginning”
Putin Arrives In India For Summit Talks With Modi
Putin looking for economic deal to blunt Western sanctions
THE ECONOMY, STUPID
Asian Crude – Bears Still On The Rampage: WTI $61.41, Brent $64.75
Asian Stocks Fall With Oil, Dollar Gets Respite
Wall Street Drops Most Since October As Energy Renews Selloff
Multiemployer Pensions Could Face Cuts
Airfares May Be Cheaper In 2015 Thanks To Fuel Slump
Walgreens CEO Announces Plans To Step Down
Google News To Shut Down In Spain
Delhi High Court Bars Xiaomi From Importing, Selling Phones
Jesse Jackson Pushes For More Diversity In Silicon Valley
Instagram Now Bigger Than Twitter
Apple Goes On The Offensive In iPod Trial
Fourth-quarter rally gives Golden State the win, 105-93
FAMOUS FOR BEING FAMOUS
Scarlett Johansson: Motherhood Is “Magical – And Exhausting”
“I’m nursing and I love it…It’s the best way to get back in shape”
Israel Reinforces West Bank Troops Ahead Of Palestinian Minister’s Funeral
Suicide Bomber Kills Six Afghan Soldiers On Kabul Bus
Afghan President “Shocked” BY CIA Torture, Vows Investigation
UN Human Rights Chief Slams Indifference To Deaths Of Boat People
UK Police Arrest 76 At Eric Garner Protest In London
Kurdistan Remains Part Of Iraq – For Now
Brazil Renews Debate Over Amnesty For 1979 Junta Leaders
Australia Looks To Sell Uranium To Ukraine
Livni Joins Opposition to Challenge Netanyahu
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BLOGS & STUFF
Doug Powers: Trey Gowdy Pummels The Obamacare “Architect”
Twitchy: Lizz Winstead Gripes About “Taking Down Rape Survivors”, Gets Schooled
American Power: Democrats Lost The South With Culture War And Elitism
American Thinker: American Deceptionalism
Blackmailers Don’t Shoot: LAUSD Embraces Candy Crush And Marxism
Conservatives4Palin: Governor Palin Reacts To The Omnibus Spending Bill
Don Surber: Our Moral And Intellectual Superiors
Jammie Wearing Fools: After Being Arrested, Moronic NYC Protester Returns For Fanny Pack, Gets Busted For Another Assault On Cop
Joe For America: Are Americans Sufficiently Impaired?
JustOneMinute: As Usual The President Will Disavow Any Knowledge Of His Actions
Pamela Geller: Mass Polygamy In UK Muslim Community – “Practiced In Enormous Scale”
Protein Wisdom: “The Torture Revealed In The Senate CIA Report”
Shot In The Dark: This Saturday, Help Save Freedom
STUMP: Public Pension Choices – Visualizing The Sources Of Bad Experience
The Gateway Pundit: Betrayal – Boehner Funds Obamacare For A Year In Spending Bill
The Jawa Report: Ferguson Protester Prophesied – White People Going To Laugh At Your Ass
The Lonely Conservative: All Hope Is Not Lost
This Ain’t Hell: Obama Wants Authorization For “Boots” In Iraq
Weasel Zippers: Food Stamp Recipients Top 47 Million For 37 Straight Months
Megan McArdle: Amazon Doesn’t Have To Treat Its Workers Fairly
Mark Steyn: Congress Shall Make No Memo