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Mitch the Ninja Turtle Will Force Democrats to Vote on Their Own Plan

Posted on | February 13, 2019 | No Comments


Amateur hour in the House Democrat majority — the blundering overreach of freshman Rep. Alexandra Ocasio Cortez — gives Senate Republicans a chance to pounce and seize, so to speak:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that the Senate would vote on the Green New Deal introduced last week by Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.
“I’ve noted with great interest the Green New Deal, and we’re going to be voting on that in the Senate to give everybody an opportunity to go on record,” McConnell told reporters.
The proposal, which is not expected to pass the Republican-dominated upper chamber, could force some Democrats to make a politically awkward calculation.
Democratic liberals, including all of the senators currently running for president, have come out in support of the legislation, which calls for generating 100 percent of the nation’s power from renewable sources within 10 years. . . .
Democratic moderates have been less than enthusiastic about the proposal. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi derisively referred to the House version of the resolution as a “green dream,” while only 11 of the 47 senators who caucus with the Democrats have signed on as sponsors.

(Hat-tip: Instapundit.) The clumsy attempt by Democrats to distance themselves from the crazy “Green New Deal” FAQ that has now been removed from Ocasio-Cortez’s website showed how the party’s brash young socialist celebrity was Not Ready for Prime Time. Even so eminent a progressive as Jonathan Chait has admitted that the problem with the proposal was not a “botched” roll-out, as some Democrats have claimed, but simply that the plan is a bad idea. And now McConnell, shrewd tactician that he is, will force Senate Democrats to vote on this idea.

In 2020, Democrats will be defending Senate seats in Alabama, Colorado, Arizona, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire and Virginia. Does anyone suppose that “swing” voters in those states would vote for candidates who have endorsed Ocasio-Cortez’s wacky radical scheme?

Assuming that all 53 Republicans vote “no” on this idea, how many Senate Democrats does Mitch need to get to vote “no” in order to make the plan a loser by a 2-to-1 or 3-to-1 margin? Because no fewer than five senators expected to seek the 2020 Democrat presidential nomination — Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) — have endorsed the Ocasio-Cortez plan, what does this suggest the Democrat primary battle looming ahead? The televised debates will be a lunatic carnival of left-wing extremism, which will make it easy for President Trump and the Republicans to play the part of common-sense grown-ups in the upcoming campaign. Wanna buy some popcorn?


In The Mailbox: 02.12.19

Posted on | February 13, 2019 | No Comments

— compiled by Wombat-socho

EBL: National Cheddar Day
Twitchy: Sen. Markey (D-Mass) Say Mitch McConnell Is Trying To Sabotage The Green New Deal By Calling A Vote
Louder With Crowder: Vegan Cory Booker Wants You To Stop Eating Meat. No Wonder He’s Such A Miserable Troll.

Adam Piggott: Podcast #102 – David Hiscox From XYZ Magazine, also, They Were The Most Worthless Of Times
American Power: Ilhan Omar Isn’t Really Sorry For Her Antisemitic Tropes
Animal Magnetism: Animal’s Daily Lever Gun News
BattleSwarm: Hard Education Truths From A Veteran Teacher
CDR Salamander: There Will Always Be Smugglers, There Will Always Be War, also, The USN’s Face Mission; Naval Presence, History & Present Use
Da Tech Guy: The Vengeful Tokenism Behind The Current Dr. Who Series, also, Bravo Sierra & Paying Attention
Don Surber: Obama Killed Steel; Trump Brought It Back
Dustbury: Thirst Come, Thirst Served
First Street Journal: Why Should Cities Spend Money To Make Shooting Up Safer For Drug Addicts?
The Geller Report: Linda Sarsour Raises Money For Muslim Who Raped, Killed 15-Year-Old, also, President Trump Calls On Antisemitic Dem Rep Omar To Resign
Hogewash: A Great Leap Backward (TM) Into Paperwork, also, Team Kimberlin Post Of The Day
Hollywood In Toto: Hollywood Stars Mum On Northam, Fairfax, & Omar
Joe For America: CA Train To Nowhere – Gov Newsom Cancels $100 Billion Boondoggle
JustOneMinute: Smoking In The DA’s Room
Legal Insurrection: Senate Finds No Direct Evidence Of Trump-Russia Collusion, also, Democratic Strategists Sour On Potential Biden Candidacy
The PanAm Post: Colombia’s Duque Claims FARC Dissidence Backed By Venezuela, also, Mysterious Turkish Company Helps Maduro Extract Gold To Fund Corruption Networks
Power Line: The Trouble With Solar, also, The Apology This Time (6)
Shark Tank: HUD Provides FL More Funding To Fight Homelessness
Shot In The Dark: Democrats
STUMP: Taxing Tuesday – Let’s Soak The Rich…Hey, Where Are They Going? also, The Undeniable Corruption Of Chicago & Illinois, Part 4
The Political Hat: Big Brother The Nanny, also, Stop (Terrorist) Hammertime!
This Ain’t Hell: The Loss Of CPO Kent, also, Trump’s Picture On MRE?
Victory Girls: Trump Says “Antisemitism Has No Place In Congress”, Omar Should Resign
Volokh Conspiracy: What’s Wrong With Telling Women Not To Drink?
Weasel Zippers: Sen. Gillibrand (D-NY) Calls Eliminating All Private Health Plans “An Urgent Goal”, also, Stoners Enter Vacant Houston Home To Toke Up, Find a Tiger Inside
Megan McArdle: “We’re Nuts!” Isn’t A Great Pitch For A Green New Deal
Mark Steyn: The Identity Politics Minstrel Show, also, Saturday Night & The Morning After

Meghan Murphy’s Lawsuit: Because Twitter Has Already Lost Its Credibility

Posted on | February 13, 2019 | No Comments


You don’t have to like Meghan Murphy to applaud her lawsuit against the corporate SJW totalitarians now running Twitter:

Canadian feminist writer Meghan Murphy is suing Twitter after she was banned for her tweets about transgender people.
Attorneys for Murphy on Monday filed suit in the Superior Court of California for the County of San Francisco, accusing Twitter of deceptive trade practices and breach of contract.
Twitter banned Murphy in November over a series of transgender-related tweets that included statements like “men aren’t women” and “How are transwomen not men?”
“Twitter’s repeated representations that it would uphold the free speech rights of its users and not censor user speech were material to the decision of millions of users, like Murphy, to join,” Murphy’s lawyers wrote in court documents reviewed by The Daily Caller News Foundation.
“Twitter would never have attracted the hundreds of millions of users it boasts today had Twitter let it be known that it would arbitrarily ban users who did not agree with the political and social views of its management or impose sweeping new policies banning the expression of widely-held viewpoints and perspectives on public issues,” the suit states.
“While it is appalling that Twitter would ban a journalist for asking legitimate questions about an incoherent ideology, such as gender identity, and for challenging legislation I believe is a massive threat to women’s rights, this is about more than just gender identity,” Murphy wrote in an email to TheDCNF.
“We cannot allow multi billion dollar corporations to dictate speech. Twitter is quite literally enforcing a 1984-style version of newspeak, wherein we may not speak or name material reality. The fact that it is so-called progressives, by and large, is appalling,” Murphy added.

The Wall Street Journal had the lawsuit story first. When Murphy was banned in November, I reported her story here:

Jonathan Yaniv is a notorious Canadian pervert who has filed 16 human rights complaints against women for refusing to wax his genitals. Yaniv claims to be transgender, using the name “Jessica.”
A week after the feminist blog Gender Trender exposed Yaniv’s history of describing pedophilic and voyeuristic behavior online, WordPress deleted the entire Gender Trender blog and announced a new policy that “deadnaming” (identifying someone by their birth name) is a terms-of-service violation. When people on Twitter began commenting about this egregious situation, Yaniv and/or other transgender activists got those accounts suspended and, apparently, Canadian feminist Meghan Murphy’s Twitter account has been permanently suspended and Twitter announced its own anti-“deadnaming” policy.

That a dangerously deranged pervert like Jonathan Yaniv would be able to get someone as prominent as Meghan Murphy (who runs Canada’s most popular feminist website) banned from Twitter tells you everything you need to know about who’s calling the shots at Twitter HQ. When my @rsmccain account got banned in February 2016, a lot of people were like, “Whoa! What did he do to deserve that?” And there was never an explanation. Wouldn’t you think that, if I was “participating in targeted abuse” sufficient to justify being permanently banned from Twitter, someone would have produced screencaps to show (a) who was targeted, (b) how they were abused, and (c) how I participated? But there was nothing like that, and nobody who followed my account had seen me do anything egregious prior to my account being suddenly shut down.


Oh, but I had called Anita Sarkeesian a “totalitarian ideologue” a week before I got banned. Probably just a coincidence:

Twitter had decided, in an election year, to surrender control of its platform to a crew of feminist social justice warriors (SJWs) designated the “Trust and Safety Council.” This secretive group of Soviet-style commissars included the notorious anti-male hatemonger Anita Sarkeesian, and soon Twitter began purging conservative accounts.

Anita Sarkeesian is a dishonest, selfish, hate-filled monster, and any corporation that would voluntarily associate itself with her could not be trusted to respect anyone’s freedom. Some people urged me to sue Twitter, but I recognized that (a) I would not be the ideal plaintiff, and (b) sooner or later, these Twitter purges would go too far.

Oops. Read Meghan Murphy’s complaint carefully:

Meghan Murphy Lawsuit Again… by on Scribd


What you’ll see is that Murphy has them dead to rights on the breach-of-contract claim. They promised freedom, now they’re anti-freedom, and if this lawsuit withstands a motion to dismiss, I expect Twitter to offer Murphy a multi-million-dollar settlement to avoid discovery. Once that happens, well, it’s gonna be Katy-bar-the-door on such lawsuits.

You go, girl! Burn it down — burn it all down!


‘Social Justice’ Is for Homos

Posted on | February 12, 2019 | 1 Comment


Remember my post yesterday about Tumblr? How it’s a money-losing dumpster fire full of pornography and mentally ill LGBTQ activists? In the comments of that post, someone linked to Scott Alexander’s classic 2014 essay at Slate Star Codex called “The Toxoplasma of Rage,” which explains why Tumblr sucks so bad:

Tumblr’s interface doesn’t allow you to comment on other people’s posts, per se. Instead, it lets you reblog them with your own commentary added. So if you want to tell someone they’re an idiot, your only option is to reblog their entire post to all your friends with the message “you are an idiot” below it.
Whoever invented this system either didn’t understand memetics, or understood memetics much too well. . . .
I make fun of Tumblr social justice sometimes, but the problem isn’t with Tumblr social justice, it’s structural. Every community on Tumblr somehow gets enmeshed with the people most devoted to making that community miserable. . . .
Tumblr’s reblog policy makes it a hothouse for toxoplasma-style memes that spread via outrage. Following the ancient imperative of evolution, if memes spread by outrage they adapt to become as outrage-inducing as possible.

This was 2014, before Tumblr’s inherent stupidity-inducing qualities had made the platform a laughingstock. Five years ago, Tumblr was still considered a happening thing, especially because it was so popular with teenage girls, and social-justice madness was epidemic on Tumblr during the Ferguson #BlackLivesMatter excitement, Alexander explained:

If you’re not on Tumblr, you might have missed the “everyone who does not reblog the issue du jour is trash” wars. For a few weeks around the height of the Ferguson discussion, people constantly called out one another for not reblogging enough Ferguson-related material, or (Heavens forbid) saying they were sick of the amount of Ferguson material they were seeing.

This pressure-cooker of like-mindedness, with everyone seeking to one-up each other in demonstrating their commitment to #BlackLivesMatter, and denouncing anyone who didn’t show sufficient zeal for the sacred cause, did not appeal to healthy minds, especially teenagers.

A normal teenager doesn’t give a damn about politics. Even during times of societal crisis, the normal teenager can’t be bothered to care. When I was a freshman in high school, the Yom Kippur War produced the Arab Oil Boycott, and Watergate led to President Nixon resigning a few weeks before the start of my sophomore year. The next spring, Communists conquered Saigon, and the Khmer Rouge took over in Cambodia. And what was I doing during all this world-historic drama? Playing trombone in the marching band, trying to get to second base with a girl, smoking dope and listening to some awesome rock-and-roll. In other words, I was being a normal teenager, but we didn’t have online social-media then, so who knows what sort of mischief I might gotten into if there had been smart phones and wifi circa 1973-75? But even with the advent of all this technology, the vast majority of teenagers are still sufficiently normal that they are more or less indifferent to politics, just like I was back in the era of bell-bottom jeans, Led Zeppelin and $20-an-ounce weed.

If someone had tried to get us to care about politics when I was a teenager, we’d have called them a “homo,” which was a sort of generalized insult that wasn’t homophobic because the word “homophobia” hadn’t been invented yet. Circa 1974, “homo” (like “queer” and “faggot”) was just an insult slung around among a group of teenage friends, without any actual suspicion of homosexuality. Perhaps a sociology professor or a Gender Studies major would interpret the use of such slang insults as expressions of “toxic masculinity” or whatever, but of course all professors and Gender Studies majors are homos, by the standards of normal teenagers. When I was in high school, all the cool kids were completely cynical about politics and politicians, and considering that I attended high school during the presidencies of Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter, perhaps you can see why were were so cynical.

Also, we were stoned most of the time. Perhaps my adolescent association with dopehead hoodlums made me somewhat atypical, but there were a lot of teenagers who went through the 1970s in a state of altered consciousness. In high school, I sort of had one foot in the artsy nerd clique — marching band, choir, student theater, literary magazine, etc. — and the other foot in the long-haired rock-and-roll crowd. The prevalence of drug culture in the mid-1970s was such that some of the smartest kids in school also spent a good deal of time wasted on dope, including heavy stuff like LSD, PCP and mescaline. But I digress . . .

We most emphatically did not care about “social justice” when I was a teenager, and I suspect the vast majority of normal teenagers now don’t really care about that stuff, no matter how much Democrats get excited by the idea of young people being “social justice” enthusiasts. But the crew of #BlackLivesMatter maniacs on Tumblr in late 2014 calling each other out for being insufficiently “woke” were not normal teenagers. Scott Alexander quotes an SJW Tumblrina:

“If you’re uneducated, do not use that as an excuse. Do not say, ‘I’m not picking sides because I don’t know the full story’” because not picking a side is supporting Wilson. And by supporting him, you are on a racist side…Ignoring this situation will put you in deep shit, and it makes you racist. If you’re not racist, do not just say ‘but I’m not racist!!’ just get educated and reblog anything you can.”


That was posted in November 2014, after a grand jury investigation found that Officer Darren Wilson had acted in self-defense in shooting Michael Brown. The 6-foot-4, 292-pound Brown attempted to grab the officer’s pistol during a struggle that ensued when Wilson tried to arrest Brown, who was a suspect in a convenience store robbery. Round-the-clock cable TV coverage by CNN and MSNBC distorted the story in Ferguson to such an extent, however, that a false mythology of Brown as an innocent victim of racist police took hold in the minds of “social justice warriors” (SJWs) like the Tumblrina quoted above. This bogus narrative (“Hands up, don’t shoot”) led to violent riots in Ferguson.


A remarkable arrogance was required to denounce as “uneducated” anyone who didn’t take the side of the Ferguson rioters. The facts of this case, and the reality of race and crime in America, were examined by Heather Mac Donald in her 2016 book The War on Cops: How the New Attack on Law and Order Makes Everyone Less Safe. Considering that she got her B.A. from Yale and her J.D. from Stanford Law, Heather Mac Donald certainly cannot be called “uneducated.” Yet such is the climate created by the media’s social-justice propaganda that, unless you are sufficiently mature and well-informed to resist this kind of myth-making operation, you might easily believe that anyone who doesn’t share your belief is intellectually and/or morally inferior to you. So, who was this Tumblrina who declared, in November 2014, that anyone didn’t support the #BlackLivesMatter rioters in Ferguson was an “uneducated” racist?

Say hello to Abby, a 19-year-old lesbian who lives in New Jersey.


At the time she posted her Ferguson rant in November 2014, Abby was a high-school freshman, still a couple of months away from her 15th birthday. Abby was born on Jan. 20, a fact I know because she also had a sideblog about astrology, describing herself as a Capricorn/Aquarius cusp. So the person lecturing everybody on Tumblr on how “uneducated” they were was a ninth-grader who believes in primitive superstition about how the movements stars and planets control our earthy fortunes.

And also, perhaps not coincidentally, she’s a homo.

At the time of her ninth-grade rant about how everyone who disagreed with her was an “uneducated” racist, Abby still identified as bisexual. Having spent way too much time scrolling through her Tumblr blogging about her personal problems, I’ll spare you the details, except to say that Abby’s family seems to be so tolerant and progressive that, in order to obtain the customary adolescent thrill of teenage rebellion, she’d probably have to knife them in their sleep. Or vote Republican.

In 1975, Midge Decter wrote a book called Liberal Parents, Radical Children that explained how the extremists of the 1960s New Left originated in misguided permissive parenting styles that prevailed among who thought of themselves as “enlightened” in the Eisenhower era. (You can read Abby Schacter’s review of Decter’s book published on the occasion of its 40th anniversary in 2015.) Parents have to realize that children require structure and discipline, a system of rules and consequences, with no tolerance for disrespect or impudent resistance to parental authority. You cannot be an effective parent by trying to “be your child’s best friend”; this kind of absurd egalitarian approach to parenting produces spoiled, selfish brats. But I digress . . .

What sort of 14-year-old thinks of herself as qualified to lecture others about how “uneducated” they are for disagreeing with her? What is it that inspires teenagers to pronounce judgment on people they’ve never met, and about whom they know nothing? Well, consider that Abby mentions being in therapy, and her “coming out” as bisexual at age 15 didn’t seem to provoke any parental reaction, so that a year or so later, after deciding that boys were just too boring to merit her romantic interest, she declared herself a lesbian, and her parents actually invited Abby’s girlfriend to accompany them on their family vacation.

Without getting too deep into the etiology of homosexuality, permit me to observe that Abby is a familiar type — sexually precocious, she’d had both boyfriends and girlfriends before she was old enough to get a driver’s license and, while she’s reasonably attractive, she’s somewhat pudgy. Speculative discussion of why Abby (or anyone else) engages in homosexual behavior would be a waste of time, but what I wish to call to the reader’s attention is that Abby is a recognizable type, both in terms of her personal backstory and her physical appearance including (a) her purple-dyed undercut hairstyle and (b) her pierced nostril. When you factor in her Tumblr blogs devoted to (c) “social justice” politics and (d) astrology, Abby is a 21st-century stereotype.

There are a lot of things I could say about this observable pattern, but I’ll leave readers to draw their own conclusions, except to channel the voice of my teenage hoodlum buddies circa 1975, who almost certainly would have said, “Social justice is for homos.” Pass the bong.


In The Mailbox: 02.11.19

Posted on | February 12, 2019 | No Comments

— compiled by Wombat-socho

EBL: Democrats Omar & Tlaib – Jewish Tropes Are Fun To Tweet!
Twitchy: Matthew “Mansplainer” Dowd Has Some Really Bad Advice For The Ladies Running In 2020
Louder With Crowder: Chris Pratt Responds To Ellen Page’s Church-Shaming

Adam Piggott: Friday Hawt Chicks & Links – The Time Warp Edition, also, You Went To College To Find Yourself, Now It’s Time To Pay Up
American Power: The Disaster Of Public Education, also, Extremist Democrats Boosting President Trump’s Re-Election Chances
American Thinker: Without Elitist Racialism, There’s Little Racism, also, Why The Radical Left (And Nobody Else) Touts Modern Monetary Theory
Animal Magnetism: Rule Five Virginia Is For Lovers Friday, also, Goodbye Blue Monday
BattleSwarm: Mike Rowe On Trump’s SOTU, also, Democratic Presidential Clown Car Update

CDR Salamander: Behold The Fruit Of Thy Priorities, also, Fullbore Friday
Da Tech Guy: Baseball Thoughts Under The Fedors On A Snowy Day, also, Experiment Fails Again
Don Surber: Trump Wins So Bigly Critics Don’t See It, also, Media Won’t Call Out Gay Black Actor On Hoax
Dustbury: Strange Search Engine Queries, also, Back To The Forward Look
First Street Journal: Perhaps They’d Be Less Offended By “Learn To Pull Wire”?
Fred On Everything: John Bolton & His Codpiece Mustache – Examining The Freak Show
The Geller Report: California High School Hangs Nazi Flag In Classroom, also, Should NATO Help Sweden?
Hogewash: Looking Forward To A Great Leap Backward, also, Team Kimberlin Post Of The Day
Hollywood In Toto: “Deplorables Tour” Comics Punished For Trump Support, also, Lego Movie 2 Revels In Meta Gags (Between Woke Nods)
Joe For America: AG Kamala Harris Tried To Keep Convicts Locked Up Longer To Serve As Slave Labor Fighting Wildfires, also, Cory Booker Compares “Green New Deal” To Fighting Nazis
JustOneMinute: Green With…Laughter? also. Oh, THAT Green New Deal!
Legal Insurrection: CA Gov Newsom Recalls California Guard From The Border, also, Antifa Mobster Arrested For Assaulting Marines Was Go-To Democrat Activist
Michelle Malkin: End The “TPS” Farce – It’s Time For Ingrates To Go
The PanAm Post: Guaido – Intervention Is Justified To Guarantee Humanitarian Aid
Power Line: A Pedophile On The Reservation, also, Omar Goes Full Anti-Semite Again
Shark Tank: Defiant Democrats Refuse To Give Trump A Political Victory, also, Commerce Dept. To Withdraw From Agreement With Mexican Tomato Farmers
Shot In The Dark: NPR Bingo
STUMP: Chicago Mayoral Candidates – What Do They Say About Pensions? also, Mortality With Meep
The Jawa Report: Sasquatch! Total 100% Proof!
The Political Hat: Transing Labels – Gender Badges, Ally Badges, & Trans Puppets, also, Sheep/Human Hybrids Now Scientific Fact – Can Catgirls Be Far Behind?
This Ain’t Hell: Nathan Phillips To be Named In Lawsuit, also, God-Emperor Trump – Long Live The Great Orange Ape
Victory Girls: Rep. Omar Apologizes For Jew-Hatred, Promises To Make It Less Obvious
Volokh Conspiracy: Short Circuit – A Summary Of Recent Federal Court Decisions, also, Judging Neomi Rao
Weasel Zippers: Despite Guns In Schools Debate, Participation In PA HS Rifle Teams Increasing, also, Mumps Confirmed In Detainees At Houston ICE Facility
Megan McArdle: We Need A Single Standard For Northam, Fairfax, And All The Others
Mark Steyn: Infanticide & Minstrelsy, also, A Party Of Woke Mammy Singers

‘Stephanie Hayden’ Is a Man Named Anthony Halliday, and Must Be Stopped

Posted on | February 11, 2019 | No Comments

Not a woman: Anthony Halliday (left) as ‘Stephanie Hayden’ (right).

Anthony Halliday changed his name to “Stephanie Hayden” and become a transgender activist in England who “regularly threatens gender identity disbelievers with civil or criminal lawsuits, or attempts to have them ousted from their careers.” Last year, Halliday/“Hayden” sued British comedy writer Graham Linehan for “deadnaming” (i.e., accurately identifying Halliday/“Hayden” as male, using his birth name). In December, I wrote about how dangerous Halliday/“Hayden” is:

Thanks to British laws on “gender recognition,” however, any criticism of transgender ideology is now treated as criminal “harassment,” and the law is being used to terrorize critics into silence. It’s like Winston Smith in Nineteen Eighty-Four being forced to say 2 + 2 = 5.
Americans should take notice of what is happening in England. If your state or local authorities attempt to impose transgender “equality” by law, your free-speech rights could soon be similarly infringed.

Over the weekend, I started getting a surge of traffic to that post, and discovered it was because Halliday/“Hayden” has made news again:

UK: Mother Arrested in Front of Children
for Calling Trans Activist a Man on Twitter

Breitbart, Feb. 10

Mother Arrested, Spends Seven Hours
In Jail For Calling Transgender A Man

Daily Caller, Feb. 10

Mom arrested, interrogated for disagreeing
with transgender about pronouns

Lifesite News, Feb. 11

UK mom: I was arrested in front
of my kids, jailed for 7 hours after calling
transgender activist the ‘wrong’ gender

The Blaze, Feb. 11

UK Mom Arrested for Calling
Transgender Activist a Man

— CBN News, Feb. 11


When the president’s son takes notice, you know it’s a big story:

A mother was arrested in front of her children and locked up for seven hours after referring to a transgender woman as a man online.
Three officers detained Kate Scottow at her home before quizzing her at a police station about an argument with an activist on Twitter over so-called ‘deadnaming’.
The 38-year-old, from Hitchin, Hertfordshire, had her photograph, DNA and fingerprints taken and remains under investigation.
More than two months after her arrest on December 1, she has had neither her mobile phone or laptop returned, which she says is hampering her studies for a Masters in forensic psychology.
Writing on online forum Mumsnet, Mrs Scottow — who has also been served with a court order that bans her from referring to her accuser as a man — claimed: ‘I was arrested in my home by three officers, with my autistic ten-year-old daughter and breastfed 20-month-old son present.
‘I was then detained for seven hours in a cell with no sanitary products (which I said I needed) before being interviewed then later released under investigation … I was arrested for harassment and malicious communications because I called someone out and misgendered them on Twitter.’
Confirming the arrest, Hertfordshire Police said: ‘We take all reports of malicious communication seriously.’s . . .
High Court papers obtained by The Mail on Sunday detail how Mrs Scottow is accused of a ‘campaign of targeted harassment’ against Miss Hayden, allegedly motivated by her ‘status as a transgender woman’.
The papers claim that, as a ‘toxic’ debate raged online over plans to allow people to ‘self-ID’ as another gender, Mrs Scottow tweeted ‘defamatory’ messages about Miss Hayden. . . .
Mrs Scottow denied harassing or defaming Miss Hayden and said she holds a ‘genuine and reasonable belief’ that a human ‘cannot practically speaking change sex’, but Deputy Judge Jason Coppel QC issued an interim injunction that bans her from posting any personal information about Miss Hayden on social media, ‘referencing her as a man’ or linking her to her ‘former male identity’.

Free speech is dead in England, and transgenders killed it. What was happening was a debate over public policy — the so-called “self-ID” proposal to allow people to legally change their gender at a whim — and Halliday/“Hayden” is an activist on one side of that debate. What Halliday/“Hayden” wishes to do, and what English police and courts evidently will assist him in doing, is to prevent any opponent from mentioning the highly relevant information that “Stephanie Hayden” is actually an obese man named Anthony Halliday.

Like I keep saying, people need to wake the hell up.



Tumblr: The Toxic SJW Dumpster Fire That Keeps Burning Up Corporate Cash

Posted on | February 11, 2019 | No Comments


When all the SJWs were crying about journalists being laid off at Huffington Post, none of them bothered to mention Tumblr, which is part of the same Oath Media division of parent company Verizon. Let’s recount the history of how HuffPo and Tumblr got combined:

During all the moaning about the HuffPo layoffs as the death of Democracy As We Know It, nobody seemed to remember Tumblr, a gigantic cash drain that has been losing vast amounts of money ever since its creation.  During the four years between Yahoo’s ill-advised acquisition of Tumblr and Verizon’s acquisition of Yahoo, it was revealed that Tumblr is “effectively worthless” — the site has never made money, nor will it ever. Until 2014, I had no idea that Tumblr even existed, but after I began researching radical feminism, I quickly became acquainted with a phenomenon known as the “Tumblrina”:

An often unattractive, butthurt, and obnoxious female user of the popular site Tumblr.
Someone who complains all day on Tumblr about how oppressed they are by men, when 99% of ranting cases were provoked would be meaningless or of utmost minute significance to the average person.
Tumblr addicted female who is defined by her sensitivities and adherence to popular tumblr feminist opinions and/or trends resulting in undue drama and walls of text.
A dramatic, self-righteous tumblr-er who exaggerates prejudice and injustice . . . and tries to make other people feel shitty about existing. Also known as a social justice warrior or sjw, the tumblrina may list ridiculous “triggers” and claim that anyone unlike them has “privilege” and should apologize for being born.

It was not an accident that Tumblr attracted these people. When I first encountered the phenomenon of Tumblrinas, a longtime observer of this scene explained that Tumblr is a low-skill platform, requiring absolutely zero knowledge, because any idiot could just hit the “reblog” button and create a site entirely of secondhand content. Tumblr’s user base is about 2-to-1 female-to-male and skews very young. In a 2016 interview, Danielle Strle, former director of community and content at Tumblr, expressed her enthusiasm for how Tumblr aggregates youthful stupidity:

I mean the Reblog is incredibly powerful. You can take something from someone else’s blog to all of your followers and onto your blog with one click. It allows information to spread in a way that no other platform quite does. . . . [I]t comes into your media stream and it’s just this magical river of internet awesome, of new ideas. . . .
I think that we live in an age when so many algorithms and so many platforms are just trying to serve up more of what the computer thinks we might want, based on what we’ve clicked on in the past, but because of the human element of Tumblr, your dashboard is just full of things people have Reblogged that you might not have bumped into on your own. You’re following this blog because you’re really into retrofuturist aesthetic and they post a lot of that good stuff, but then they also Reblog some politics thing because they care and are passionate about it and you’re bumped into that idea.

Tumblr’s “magical river of internet awesome” was attracting a “community” of like-minded young dimwits, Ms. Strle acknowledged:

Young people tend to be the most politically progressive, their minds are open, their hearts are open, they’re being thoughtful about things.
This young generation of feminists who are like high-school age, they are driving feminism to the top of people’s lips.

What happens when a bunch of open-minded progressive teenage girls are given an unsupervised “magical river of internet awesome”? Among other things, an infinite demand for LBGTQ+ “support”:


What does it mean to support “all sexual orientations and gender identities”? Do the more than 100,000 people who’ve “liked” or “reblogged” that post suppose that I, as a heterosexual male, am in need of their support? Do they actually support male heterosexuality? Don’t be silly! The source of that particular post declares: “I’m a queer, autistic nerd. 26, from Sweden. INFP. Pronouns: they/them.”

Translation: Mentally abnormal and deeply confused.

Do you suppose that all these thousands of Tumblrinas who endorsed this expression of support from the queer autistic Swedish nerd of indeterminate gender asked themselves what they were endorsing? No, of course not — the open-minded progressive teenagers just hit “reblog” to show their commitment to infinitely “inclusive” weirdness, because otherwise someone might condemn them as a hateful bigot.


Yet another demand for infinite “support”:

Dear straight allies: If you’re gonna support us, support all of us. Support trans girls, trans boys, non binary kids, ace and aro kids, pansexuals, bisexuals, etc. Support questioning people. Support lgbt+ people who don’t fit the stereotypes. Don’t just support us so that you can have a gay best friend or brag about your lesbian friend, and then turn around and laugh at “76 genders” memes or invalidate non LG orientations. Support us because we’re humans and we deserve human rights, too. You don’t get to pick and choose who you support.

Those who wish to be “straight allies” to the LGBTQIA community “don’t get to pick and choose who you support.” Basically, you must support any kind of identity or orientation, so long as it is abnormal, perverse and deviant. And I’m not sure that the 6,000+ people who’ve “liked” or “reblogged” that post have considered what manner of bizarre behaviors might be included in the rainbow-flag alphabet-soup to which they are “allies.” Nor do I suppose these Tumblrinas have reflected on whether anyone’s “human rights” would actually be infringed without the unlimited support of their “straight allies.” And gosh, what kind of people do you suppose might be demanding this “support”?

Elkhart man accused of uploading
child porn to Tumblr

Jan. 3, 2019

Rock Hill man uploaded child porn images
to Tumblr social media, police say

Jan. 14, 2019

Sarasota woman accused of uploading
child pornography to Tumblr

Jan. 17, 2019

Abilene police track child porn
uploaded to Tumblr to computer
used by former ACU student

Jan. 23, 2019

Florida man arrested for possessing
child porn downloaded from Tumblr

Jan. 29, 2019

Local man sentenced to prison after
posting child pornography on Tumblr

Jan. 29, 2019

Tallahassee man accused of sharing
child pornography on Tumblr

Feb. 8, 2019

Those are just a few recent headlines, among the many stories about sexual predators and child pornographers using Tumblr. And this problem was the subject of bad news for the site last November:

The social networking service Tumblr announced [Nov. 19] that its iOS app had been removed from Apple’s App Store after child sexual abuse content had been found on the platform during a routine audit.
The platform first announced an undisclosed issue with the iOS app on Friday. Monday’s update said Tumblr uses an “industry database” to prevent the distribution of illicit content; however, the content that was discovered had not yet been included in that database.
Apple requires iOS apps to have content filters to prevent the distribution of child pornography, The Verge reported.
“We’re committed to helping build a safe online environment for all users, and we have a zero tolerance policy when it comes to media featuring child sexual exploitation and abuse … We immediately removed this content,” Tumblr’s statement read.
Tumblr has a reputation as a platform with a permissive attitude towards adult content. The governments of Indonesia and South Korea have sparred with Tumblr over its handling of sexual content, the BBC reported.

Is there a connection between (a) Tumblr’s “permissive attitude towards adult content,” (b) its popularity with “progressive” teenagers, and (c) its support for “all sexual orientations and gender identities”? One might easily theorize such a connection, and gather evidence in support of that theory, which might also explain why the idiots at Yahoo were willing to pay more than a billion dollars for Tumblr in 2013, despite the platform’s total lack of any profit-generating capacity: “Hey, a site crammed full of perverts, pornography and confused queer teenagers — let’s buy it!”

Everything was sailing along nicely for this toxic waste-dump of a site, however, until Tumblr’s kiddie porn problem got them kicked off the App store, and then they announced a change in policy:

Tumblr announced [Dec. 3] it will ban photos, videos, and GIFs that show “sexual acts” on its website starting Dec. 17.
The move comes two weeks after child pornography creeped onto its website, The Hill reported . . .
“If your post has been flagged as adult, it will be reverted to a private setting viewable only by you,” Tumblr’s website said.
Exceptions to the ban on adult content include exposure to nipples in relation to breast-feeding and gender reassignment surgery, erotica, nudity found in art and nudity connected to political or newsworthy speech, Tumblr’s website said.

Also in December, more bad news for Tumblr’s parent company:

Verizon just admitted that the brand value of its media company, Oath, is almost nothing.
Verizon (VZ) announced Tuesday that it would take a $4.6 billion writedown on Oath, which includes Yahoo and AOL.
Oath’s brand value is now just $200 million, according to Verizon. That’s a stunning decrease in value since it formed in 2017. Verizon said Oath’s brand was worth $4.8 billion when it last accounted for the company’s goodwill valuation. A goodwill valuation encompasses a company’s brand value and reputation.
Verizon snapped up a number of legacy media brands in recent years to create Oath. It bought Yahoo for $4.5 billion in 2017 and AOL, which owns HuffPost, for $4.4 billion in 2015.

Oh, the “magical river of internet awesome”! Verizon blew nearly $10 billion to acquire AOL and Yahoo, the value of which is “almost nothing,” including the porn-infested swamp of LGBTQ-inclusive madness that is Tumblr. Maybe those journalists laid off by HuffPo should just go start Tumblr blogs like that queer autistic Swedish nerd.

Otherwise? Learn to code.



Rule 5 Sunday: Pre-Valentine’s Day Pinups

Posted on | February 11, 2019 | No Comments

— compiled by Wombat-socho

It’s that time of year again, when men check out the prices on chocolate and flowers, and their women wonder what sort of desperate expedient their men friends will show up with next weekend. Here’s a vintage pinup by Gil Elvgren suitable to the occasion.

A dozen red American Beauty roses and a box of See’s Chocolate, stat!

Ninety Miles From Tyranny warms up with Hot Pick of the Late Night, The 90 Miles Mystery Box Episode #524, Morning Mistress, and Girls With Guns; Animal Magnetism remembers happier times with Rule Five  Virginia Is For Lovers Friday, and the Saturday Gingermageddon.

I begin EBL’s contributions with an apology for somehow leaving Perdita Weeks out of last week’s post; there’s also Super Bowl Rule 5, Vanessa Tyson, Sophie Turner, Game of Thrones Dorne Rule 5, Loving Spoonfuls, Millennial Black Magic, Laura Harrier, National Pizza Day, and Priyanka Chopra.

A View From The Beach adds Jewish Model Called Nazi for Trump Support – Elizabeth PipkoWe’ve Been Saying This For Several YearsWe’ve Been Saying This For Several YearsA Court Case Plumbers are Following with Great AmusementI Hate Being VegangelizedRussiagate RevivedMy Dentist Would ApproveRussiagate, BabyThen the Rains Came . . .Now That Football Season is Over . . .,  I Hear Gisele’s Hubby Has a Big Game Today and A Profile in Courage Award for the Queen of Queens?

Proof Positive’s Friday Night Babe is Jaimie Alexander, his Vintage Babe is Jennifer Rubin*, and Sex in Advertising is covered by J-Lo. At Dustbuty, it’s Daisy & Violet Hilton and Margarita Levieva.

*Not the “conservative” Washington Post columnist. This is a classy joint.

Thanks to everyone for the luscious linkagery!

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