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In The Mailbox: 08.19.19

Posted on | August 20, 2019 | No Comments

— compiled by Wombat-socho

OVER THE TRANSOM
Bacon Time: NJ School District Uses Tuna Fish On Kids To Punish Deadbeat Parents
357 Magnum: Family Members Of Kid Shot In Self-Defense Aren’t Happy
EBL: The British Seaside (ca. 1960)
Twitchy: President Promises Jon Gabriel’s Vision Of Greenland Won’t Become Real
Louder With Crowder: Video Montage Of Media Support For Antifa Indicates Clear Bias

RIPPED FROM THE HEADLINES
Adam Piggott: You’re Not A “Sex Worker”, You’re A Whore, also, Podcast #118 – The Black Dog Episode
American Greatness: Brett Kavanaugh – A Good Man Defamed, also, It’s Not Just Google, Microsoft Also Up To No Good In Red China
American Thinker: The Role Of Gun Control In Dictatorship
Animal Magnetism: Saturday Gingermageddon, also, Goodbye Blue Monday
Babalu Blog: Stowaway Who Fled Cuba For Miami In Plane’s Cargo Hold Arrested By CBP, also, In Cuba We Were Better Off With The Americans
BattleSwarm: Bonnen/Sullivan Controversy Takes Down Burrows, also, Democratic Presidential Clown Car Update
Camp of the Saints: Leftists Abuse Down Syndrome People
CDR Salamander: Large Unmanned Surface Vessel – Relax, We’re Just Testing
Da Tech Guy: Quick Thoughts Under The Fedora, also, Report From Louisiana – Fete Dieu De Teche
Don Surber: MAGA Donors Leave The Shadows, also, Highlights Of The News
Dustbury: Strange Search Engine Queries, also, Too Rare To Be A Hamburger
First Street Journal: The Left Will Ignore This Story
The Geller Report: British Cops Searching For Man Who Made Rude Joke To Muslim, also, Two Women Beaten In Dijon, France Fro their Cleavage. Guess By Who?
Hogewash: Team Kimberlin Post Of The Day, also, Don’t Know Much About History
Hollywood In Toto: The “Sky Is Falling” Hollywood Resistance Only Helps Trump
Joe For America: Red China Reportedly Has ALL Hillary’s State Department E-mails. How Many Lives Were Lost?
JustOneMinute: Campaign Disclosure Follies
Legal Insurrection: IL Dem State Senator Apologizes For Mock Trump Assassination At Fundraiser, also, Republicans Lining Up To Run Against Occasional Cortex
The PanAm Post: The Nine Failed Dialogues In Venezuela, also, Macri’s Egomania Sank Argentina
Power Line: The Washington Post Lies About A Conservative Journalist, also, Harris & Warren Lie About The Michael Brown Case
Protein Wisdom: The Post I Hoped I’d Never Have To Write
Shark Tank: Dem Rep Mucarsel-Powell Accuses Border Patrol Of Targeting POC
Shot In The Dark: The Decline & Fall Of Max Boot
STUMP: Are Public Pensions In A Crisis? My Opinion
The Political Hat: News Of The Week
This Ain’t Hell: USS Saufley DD465, also, “Why Would You Just Come Out Shooting?” (plus Update)
Victory Girls: Media Ignores New Facts In HIllary Clinton Email Case
Volokh Conspiracy: Rachel Maddow’s Racist Smear Of 2nd Circuit Nominee Steve Menashi
Weasel Zippers: Antifa Caught Smuggling In Concrete Blocks To Throw At People During Portland Riot, also, Palestinian Authority Bans LGBT Activities In West Bank
Megan McArdle: Uber & Lyft Are Everything We Love About Capitalism And Everything We Hate
Mark Steyn: Passing On The Red Pumps, also, Seconds

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Feminism Makes You Fat

Posted on | August 19, 2019 | No Comments

Looking back at photos and films of the Woodstock concert 50 years ago, a New York Times writer remarks how rare it was to spot a fat person in that vast crowd of hippies:

In 1969, Americans were, it would appear, much thinner — men and women equally. (That guy picking his way through the crowd at Altamont has not an ounce of body fat.) As it happens, this superficial impression is borne out by the available data, since in 1971 the average 19-year-old man weighed just 159.7 pounds, according to figures compiled by the National Center for Health Statistics, and the average woman 131. A hippie now at Woodstock 50 — if such existed and if a planned anniversary concert had not fallen apart — would have added an additional 14 pounds to his frame and a woman another 20.

(Hat-tip: Instapundit.) In other words, while the average 19-year-old male is now 174 pounds, his typical female peer is 151 pounds, so that the weight differential between them has diminished, from about 30 pounds in 1969 to less than 25 pounds now. And the most logical explanation for this is the influence of feminism, which teaches young women that they are oppressed by patriarchal beauty standards. No true feminist would ever make any effort to be attractive, and feminists celebrate obesity as courageous resistance to “fatphobia” and “diet culture.”



 

My Most Popular Tweet Ever

Posted on | August 19, 2019 | No Comments

by Smitty

If you still have a Twitter account and could spot me a retweet, that would be casual.

SJWs Silent as Palestinian Government Prohibits LGBT Activism in West Bank

Posted on | August 19, 2019 | No Comments

 

Intersectional snowflakes are so triggered they can’t even!

The Palestinian Authority banned members of the Palestinian Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) community from carrying out any activities in the West Bank.
The ban came after the grassroots group Al-Qaws for Sexual & Gender Diversity in Palestinian Society (Arabic for “the bow”), which engages and supports Palestinians who identify as LGBTQ, was planning to hold a gathering for its members in Nablus at the end of the month. . . .
Explaining the decision to ban the LGBTQ group from operating in PA-controlled areas, Luay Zreikat, spokesperson for the PA Police, said that such activities are “harmful to the higher values and ideals of Palestinian society.”
Zreikat said that the group’s activities were completely “unrelated to religions and Palestinian traditions and customs, especially in the city of Nablus.”
He accused unnamed “dubious parties” of working to “create discord and harm civic peace in Palestinian society.”
The PA police will chase those behind the LGBTQ group and see to it that they are brought to trial once they are arrested, Zreikat warned. He further appealed to Palestinians to report to the police about any person connected to the group.

He stopped short of calling this a Jewish conspiracy, but we know what he means by “dubious parties,” don’t we?



 

Rule 5 Sunday: Control Issues

Posted on | August 18, 2019 | 1 Comment

— compiled by Wombat-socho

So I’m sitting here munching on some homemade mac & cheese, wondering what I’m going to do about tonight’s Rule 5 post, and suddenly it hits me – who’s the most famous actress associated with pasta? Why, Sophia Loren, of course! Here she is in that famous picture with Jayne Mansfield, wondering if Jayne’s boobs are going to explode all over her plate…

It could blow at any seam.

Not so concerned about exploding boobs: Ninety Miles From Tyranny and the Hot Pick of the Late Night, not to mention the 90 Miles Mystery Box Episode #713, Morning Mistress, and Girls With Guns. Bacon Time serves up Rule 5 Hot Wheels.

EBL’s collection of spicy meatballs this week includes Sara Niemietz, Natalie Imbruglia, Debbie Harry, Grace Kelly & Brigitte Auber, Hong Kong, Liz Wheeler of OAN, Bill Clinton In Blue (ew), V-J Day, Woodstock, Klondike Women,  and a reminder to Change Your Underwear.

A View From The Beach serves up The Rook – Emma GreenwellFish Pic Friday – Tina CerroneTanlines Thursday?It Would Take a Heart of Stone Not To Chuckle#Her Too?Germans Propose to Tax Schnitzel to Save the WorldBrown Trout of the Anacostia RiverMe Too! and Small Fish Get Some Love.

Proof Positive’s Vintage Babe of the Week is Loretta Young, and at Dustbury it’s Gloria De Haven and Mata Hari.

Thanks to everyone for the luscious linkagery!
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Mother Cat Defends Kitten, Racks Up Impressive Body Count

Posted on | August 18, 2019 | 1 Comment

— by Wombat-socho

Oh boy oh boy oh boy oh boy! *ahem* I can honestly say that I haven’t fallen in love with an MHI book so hard since Monster Hunter: Nemesis, and oddly enough, the two books have a fair amount in common. Neither has Owen Pitt as the protagonist, and in both of them, the protagonist is pretty much on their own, without the aid and assistance of their well-armed compatriots. Monster Hunter: Guardian is Julie Shackleford’s story, and happens simultaneously with Monster Hunter: Siege, so Owen and Earl and the rest of MHI (as well as pretty much every elite monster hunting company out there) are on Novaya Zemlya attacking the City of Monsters. So here Julie is, pushing papers, bored out of her mind, something comes up…and her entire world goes sideways. Aside from being a new mom, Julie’s the Guardian of a hideously powerful artifact, very badly wanted by some evil beings, bad enough to kidnap Julie’s baby Ray and make her an offer – hand over the artifact, and Ray gets returned safe and sound. Of course, nothing is ever that simple or easy, since evil beings are notorious for welshing on their promises, and Julie takes off for Europe in pursuit of Brother Death. But she’s not alone in the hunt. She’s got Mr. Trash Bags in her pocket and a very angry, very rich, and very vindictive dragon providing her with all the help money can buy. Unfortunately, she’s also got the European equivalents of the Monster Control Bureau on her ass, and the unwanted “help” of her mom, the master vampire. Orphaned necromancer Lucinda Hunt and some of her hapless minions also make an appearance. I’m very happy with this latest addition to the MHI series, and I think you will be too.

One of the Loyal Readers sent me an interesting collection by G. “Doc” Smith, Cats of War, which is an anthology of stories about warrior cats – in space, encountering humans for the first time; in history, retelling Spartacus’ rebellion; in alternate history, where Americats fighting the Ratzis recover a captured general from a brutal concentration camp; and in a fantasy tale where bagpipes are a literal weapon of war. They’re all well written, and I can honestly echo Artemus Ward here – if this is the sort of fiction you like, then these are the sorts of story you will like. Decently priced at $2.99 on Kindle.

I picked up the second volume of Tomohito Oda’s Komi Can’t Communicate this week, and the saga of her quest to make one hundred friends continues as we get to see some of her classmates…who are not exactly normal, to say the least. Oda does a great job keeping it light and humorous; in other hands, the plot might have gone sideways into horror very quickly, especially in the chapter where one of her (female) classmates develops an obsession with her and kidnaps her friend Tamano, who most people feel is far too normal and colorless to be the friend of someone so gorgeous and aloof. It’s significantly cheaper on Kindle, and I daresay aside from the beautiful cover illos you won’t be missing much since this is a plain black & white manga.

Loans of books, donations of books, or cash to buy books are all welcome.


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Feminist Mom: ‘Memes Are Turning Teenage Boys Into White Supremacists!’

Posted on | August 17, 2019 | 2 Comments

 

MORROW COUNTY, Ohio
Saturday morning, we were driving across West Virginia, and my wife asked me to find some Christian music on the radio. So I’m searching down on the low end of the FM bandwidth — between 88 and 92, where such stations are usually found — and I come across an NPR broadcast in which a liberal woman is talking about how MEMES on the INTERNET are turning teenage boys into ALT-RIGHT WHITE SUPREMACISTS!

Joanna Schroeder started getting worried when her sons were coming to her with loaded questions.
“One of my kids said: If you can be trans and just decide what you are then how come you can’t just decide to be a penguin?” said Schroeder, a writer and mother of two sons and a daughter, in an interview with NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday.
It may sound like a normal question a kid would ask, Schroeder admits. But she also knew that their curiosities didn’t mesh with the values that she and her husband share with their children. “We’ve talked to our kids about LGBTQ community, we know trans people personally,” she said.
As it turned out, her son’s question had been inspired by a meme he saw on Instagram. “I knew it was time to start looking at their social media use and figuring out what they were being exposed to,” she said.
When she scanned the social media accounts of her sons, she saw an inundation of memes strewn with racist, sexist, homophobic and anti-Semitic jokes that she says grew increasingly disturbing as she went down the rabbit hole of Instagram’s “Explore” page, or clicked “related videos” on YouTube.
What she found led her to forge a troubling theory about how content disseminated online by extremists can radicalize white teenage boys — and how parents can prepare to handle it — captured in a now-viral tweet thread that took off this week.
“Social media and vloggers are actively laying groundwork in white teens to turn them into alt-right/white supremacists,” she wrote on Tuesday. “It’s a system I believe is purposefully created to disillusion white boys away from progressive/liberal perspectives.”

 

This thread went viral, all right — because liberals have become so paranoid about “white supremacy” in the Trump age that they’re impossible to satirize. Twitchy suspected this might be some kind of Titania McGrath-style parody, but Joanna Schroeder is actually a feminist writer living in the Los Angeles area where she and her progressive husband are raising their sons to hate themselves for being white and male. She writes articles like “18 Easy Ways to Raise Feminist Boys” and “I’m Raising Feminist Boys By Making Them Watch Supergirl (and Read Harry Potter).” She is a clichéd stereotype of the neurotic liberal woman: “In all honesty, I never even imagined myself becoming a mother. My teen years and early 20s were spent just trying to get my act together. I had an anxiety disorder, depression and was married and divorced from my first husband by the time I was 23 years old.” Her sex life? Also a cliché: “Before I met my husband, I dated a bunch of not-nice guys. I peppered in a few nice guys here and there, but I think I was so insecure and unhappy at that time that I either drove those good guys away or grew bored of their niceness.” She and her second husband have already been in “couples therapy.” Not exactly a model of good mental health, and now she’s so paranoid about “white supremacy” that she’s searching through her son’s Instagram account looking for the alt-right memes that might turn him into a 21st-century Hitlerjugend.

It reminds me of fundamentalist preachers 40 years ago who claimed to discover Satanic messages by playing Led Zeppelin albums backwards.

Anyway, that’s what was on NPR this weekend, so I guess all the liberal moms are now poring over their kids’ social-media accounts to find those evil alt-right propaganda memes that will turn their sons into neo-Nazi mass murderers — or possibly even Republicans. The horror!



 

FMJRA 2.0: Stand And Deliver

Posted on | August 17, 2019 | 1 Comment

— compiled by Wombat-socho

Rule 5 Sunday: Homeko At The Beach
Animal Magnetism
Ninety Miles From Tyranny
A View From The Beach
EBL
Proof Positive

Apparent Epstein Arkanicide
EBL

Note To Self: Heed Surber
Bacon Time
Animal Magnetism
EBL

Dead Men Tell No Tales
EBL

FMJRA 2.0: Slave To The Grind
A View From The Beach
EBL

Never Trust a Bisexual
EBL

What Happened to Patrick Crusius?
EBL

In The Mailbox: 08.12.19
357 Magnum
A View From The Beach
EBL
Proof Positive

Chris Cuomo: ‘I’ll F–king Throw You Down These Stairs Like a F–king Punk’
EBL

MSNBC Guest: Democrats Must ‘Destroy’ White People Who Voted for Trump
EBL

Verizon Sells Tumblr for Undisclosed (But Almost Certainly Rather Small) Price
Bacon Time
EBL

The Antonym of ‘Dignity’: Guys, Never Do What Liam Hemsworth Did
357 Magnum
EBL

In The Mailbox: 08.13.19
EBL
Proof Positive

Two Illegal Aliens in Maryland Accused of Raping 11-Year-Old Girl
EBL

Further Epstein ‘Mystery’
EBL

Death by ‘Blue Pill’
Dark Brightness
Pushing Rubber Downhill
EBL

Suspect in Mackenzie Lueck’s Murder Now Charged With Child Pornography
EBL

In The Mailbox: 08.14.19
EBL
Proof Positive

UPDATE: Max Boot Is Still an Idiot
First Street Journal
EBL

U.S. Attorney Blames Soros-Supported Philly DA for Anti-Police Violence
First Street Journal
EBL

In The Mailbox: 08.15.19
EBL
Proof Positive

Media Blames Trump After Democrat Jew-Haters Get Banned From Israel
EBL

Florida Man Planned Stabbing Attack at Elementary School, Police Say
EBL

Friday Fiction: 100 Word Challenge
EBL

In The Mailbox: 08.16.19
A View From The Beach
Proof Positive
EBL

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Thanks to everyone for all the linkagery!

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