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Democrats Subvert U.S. Iran Policy

Posted on | February 17, 2020 | No Comments

Sucking up to the mullahs:

Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut and other Democratic senators had a secret meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Jahad Zarif during the Munich Security Conference last week, according to a source briefed by the French delegation to the conference. Murphy’s office did not respond to repeated requests for comment by press time.
Such a meeting would mean Murphy had done the type of secret coordination with foreign leaders to potentially undermine the U.S. government that he accused Trump officials of doing as they prepared for Trump’s administration. In February 2017, Murphy demanded investigations of National Security Advisor Mike Flynn because he had a phone call with his counterpart-to-be in Russia.
“Any effort to undermine our nation’s foreign policy — even during a transition period — may be illegal and must be taken seriously,” Murphy said in 2017 after anonymous leaks of Flynn’s phone call with Russian ambassador Sergey Kisylak were published. He also strongly criticized the open letter some Republican senators sent Iranian leaders during the Obama administration’s campaign for a nuclear agreement.
However, Murphy has previously defended rogue meetings if they’re done by Democrats such as former Secretary of State John Kerry.
“Unless it was authorized by the president or secretary of state, conducting independent foreign policy sends mixed signals to our adversaries,” said Christian Whiton, former State Department senior advisor in the Trump and George W. Bush administrations. “It seems very unpalatable. If we want to talk to Iranians, they know how to reach us and they don’t need to go through an intermediary.”
A State Department official who spoke on background said that the State Department was not aware of any side meetings with Iranian officials that Murphy was engaged in.

Their partisanship knows no limits — anything is OK, including the terrorist regime in Tehran, as long as it’s anti-Trump.




 

Double Standards at the Anti-Trump DOJ

Posted on | February 17, 2020 | No Comments

 

Roger Kimball examines how the Deep State protects its own:

The news Friday that the Department of Justice had decided not to charge former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe got me thinking once again about the legend chiseled into the façade of the Supreme Court: “Equal Justice Under Law.”
Is that what we have? Michael Horowitz, the Obama-appointed inspector general, concluded that McCabe had lied under oath. But as Andrew McCarthy noted last summer, “Government officials who leak while demonstrating their contempt for Donald Trump manage to land on their feet.” Like James Clapper, Obama’s director of national intelligence, McCabe left his government job to be a commentator on CNN.
Clapper, McCarthy pointed out,
is best known for lying to Congress about the government’s bulk collection of telephone metadata . . . and for discussing Steele dossier information with CNN shortly before the network published a report about it . . . CNN missed out on former Obama CIA director John Brennan, who falsely denied to the Senate that his agency spied on the chamber’s intelligence committee. Brennan, who said he was really sorry, was inked by MSNBC.
Contrast what happened with McCabe, Clapper, and Brennan with what happened to George Papadopoulos, who told the FBI he had met the international man of mystery Joseph Mifsud slightly before he had joined the Trump campaign when, in fact, it was slightly after he joined. Result: he is nabbed, disembarking from a plane at night, thrown into jail overnight, and was later sentenced to two weeks in jail.
Or contrast McCabe’s fate with that of Roger Stone, a former advisor to and pal of Donald Trump’s. Stone was subjected to one of Robert Mueller’s signature pre-dawn raids, hit with seven felony counts for allegedly obstructing Congress’s Russia investigation, lying, and threatening a witness (who later said he did not feel threatened). Prosecutors — including a couple who were on team Mueller — initially recommended a jail term of nine years — for a nonviolent first-offender. . . .

Read the whole thing. Remember the Strzok-Page “insurance policy”? During the 2016 campaign, the bureaucrats believed Hillary Clinton’s election was guaranteed, but if somehow Trump won, they were prepared to sabotage his presidency, which they never accepted as legitimate. Despite the obvious success of Trump’s presidency, the Democrats employed by the government still don’t accept that any Republican deserves to wield executive authority, and continue doing everything possible to obstruct and embarrass the administration.




 

Men and Women Are (Still) Different

Posted on | February 16, 2020 | No Comments

 

How did basic biology become “controversial”? Girls have to file a federal lawsuit to prevent males from competing in girls’ sports, and you’re a bigot — a hater, a proponent of transphobia — if you take the side of the plaintiffs in what would seem like a slam-dunk case to anyone with an iota of common sense. Alas, common sense is prejudice, according to the High Priesthood of Wokeness in the Temple of Gender Ideology.

 

As I have argued elsewhere (“A World Without Norms: The Influence of Judith Butler’s ‘Gender Trouble’”), this confusion can be traced to exactly one book by an influential professor. Because Gender Trouble has become required reading for so many university students, Judith Butler’s ideas have permeated the culture of the intelligentsia and have, in the process, corrupted the feminist movement. Much of this mischief can be understood as misinterpretation of Professor Butler’s authorial intent; there was a reason she wrote that book, but because she did not explicitly state her purpose, the collegiate reader was left free to draw his or her own conclusions from Professor Butler’s opaque text.

‘Gender Trouble’ made Professor Judith Butler a major academic figure.

It was not until 2004, in her anthology Undoing Gender, that Professor Butler bothered to explain what few readers of her most famous book could have understood: Gender Trouble was intended as a defense of “butch”/“femme” identities within the lesbian community. To understand why a professor of philosophy would have felt the need to publish such a book in 1990, it is necessary to study the so-called “Sex Wars” that erupted within the feminist movement in the 1980s. This controversy centered on the 1982 Barnard College conference “Toward a Politics of Sexuality.” Pornography was the dividing line between the two sides of the “Sex Wars,” and the radical feminists (who were anti-porn) were also critical of the lesbian BDSM scene, which was celebrated by such of the Barnard conference participants as Gayle Rubin. Let anyone who has a copy of Gender Trouble handy search the index for Gayle Rubin, read Professor Butler’s text and notice where she first cites Rubin. On page 39 of the 1999 second edition of Gender Trouble, we find this sentence:

This utopian notion of a sexuality freed from heterosexual constructs, a sexuality beyond “sex,” failed to acknowledge the ways in which power relations continue to construct sexuality for women even within the terms of a “liberated” heterosexuality or lesbianism.

That sentence is footnoted and, turning to the notes (p. 201), we find:

See Gayle Rubin, “Thinking Sex: Notes for a Radical Theory of the Politics of Sexuality,” in Pleasure and Danger, ed. Carole S.Vance (Boston: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1984), pp. 267–319. Also in Pleasure and Danger, see Carole S. Vance, “Pleasure and Danger: Towards a Politics of Sexuality,” pp. 1–28; Alice Echols,“The Taming of the Id: Feminist Sexual Politics, 1968–83,” pp. 50–72; Amber Hollibaugh, “Desire for the Future: Radical Hope in Pleasure and Passion,” pp. 401–410. . . .

The ordinary reader (i.e., the college sophomore for whom Gender Trouble is the assigned text for her “Introduction to Women’s Studies” class) could not possibly be expected to grasp the significance of Professor Butler’s sourcing here. Perhaps, if she were diligent, this typical student might visit her college library and check out Carol Vance’s Pleasure and Danger, an anthology of the works presented at the 1982 Barnard conference. However, the student cannot possibly be expected to understand the controversy that surrounded that conference, which was protested by feminists who had the support of such notable pioneers of the movement as Susan Brownmiller and Andrea Dworkin. Nor is it likely that the college sophomore assigned to read Gender Trouble will do enough research to discover that Rubin and Hollibaugh were both active proponents of the lesbian sadomasochism scene. Nor would the typical student be aware that Rubin had expressed support for the gay pedophile group NAMBLA (North American Man-Boy Love Association) and criticized laws against child pornography.

Context is everything in interpreting Gender Trouble‘s original purpose, a fancy philosophical justification of the “butch”/“femme” identities closely associated with the lesbian BDSM practices for which Rubin’s “Radical Theory of the Politics of Sexuality” was an academic Trojan horse. A generation of college-educated young women (and men) have had their perception of “gender” warped by Professor Butler’s dishonest book, whose author deployed an impenetrable façade of academic jargon to conceal from the unsuspecting reader the subtextual argument which her choice of sources signified to those of her peers directly familiar with the “Sex Wars” controversy. Today’s 19-year-old, enrolling in a Women’s Studies class, cannot be expected to know anything about that 1982 Barnard conference, and certainly can have no concept of what the San Francisco gay “leather” scene was like in 1982. It was in that scene, of course, that homosexual men promiscuously engaged in anonymous encounters that incubated the AIDS epidemic.

Gayle Rubin was directly familiar with what was happening in that scene during the late 1970s and early ’80s, because she was part of a small group of lesbian and bisexual women associated with The Catacombs, a notorious gay BDSM club (see “The Catacombs: A Temple of the Butthole,” Chapter 9 of Professor Rubin’s anthology, Deviations). If you don’t know what practices made The Catacombs notorious, I’ll spare you the details, but the point is that Rubin was part of that scene which, through the auspices of Rubin’s ideological comrade Pat Califia, expanded its original all-male clientele to include “other groups — kinky lesbians, heterosexuals, and bisexuals” (Deviations, p. 226). Rubin and Califia were also co-founders of Samois, a “lesbian-feminist BDSM organization” they started in San Francisco in 1978. Highly relevant to 21st-century Third Wave “queer feminism” and its celebration of polymorphous perversion, the consequences of making the leather/BDSM scene “inclusive” were deadly. Cynthia Slater, a bisexual woman who in 1974 “co-founded the Society of Janus, which quickly became a point of connection between straight, bisexual, and gay sadomasochists in the Bay Area” (Deviations, p. 233), “introduced a couple of her female lovers” to The Catacombs and one of these women, Professor Rubin explains, was Pat Califia, who in 1979 organized the first lesbian S&M night at The Catacombs. Alas, Cynthia Slater died of AIDS at age 44 in 1989, which was eight years after the first known AIDS-related death of a Catacombs regular, Tony Tavarossi, who had been a pioneer of the San Francisco gay leather scene back in the early 1960s.

The “kinky” BDSM culture that Gayle Rubin represented as her “Radical Theory of the Politics of Sexuality” at the 1982 Barnard conference was directly implicated in the death of Cynthia Slater, and yet no college student assigned to read Judith Butler’s Gender Trouble today is likely to connect the dots when Professor Butler cites Professor Rubin.

Men and women are different, and these differences are rooted in biology, specifically the different roles men and women assume in the process of reproduction and child-rearing. It is possible for intellectuals (particularly LGBT academics like Butler and Rubin) to ignore the fact that human beings are mammals, and that the biological differences between male and female (“sexual dimorphism,” to use the scientific term) are necessary to the reproductive process.

 

What does the word “sex” mean, after all? Perhaps the hedonist thinks of sex only as a recreational activity, but scientifically, sex among mammals is inextricably connected to procreation. In the final analysis, Third Wave “gender theory” is just The Culture of Death dressed in drag, so to speak, and I wish feminists — including those radicals who fought against pornography in the “Sex Wars” of the 1980s — would give thoughtful consideration to what religious conservatives have been saying for years. We have seen a generation of young minds warped by the wicked ideology of “gender” that now threatens to destroy the category of women, without which feminism can have no meaning.




 

Rule 5 Sunday: Emma Watson

Posted on | February 16, 2020 | No Comments

– compiled by Wombat-socho

Probably best known for her role as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter movies, English actress Emma Watson is also a model and (regrettably) an activist for “gender equality”, whatever that means this week. Here she is in a fashion shoot.

Ninety Miles From Tyranny leads off with Hot Pick of the Late Night, The 90 Miles Mystery Box Episode #895, Morning Mistress, and Girls With Guns. At Animal Magnetism, it’s Rule Five Radiation Bugs Friday and the Saturday Gingermageddon.

EBL’s herd this week includes Gena Rowlands, Angie Dickinson & Senta Berger, Parasite Wins Best Picture, Victoria Pedretti, Nurses of Black Sheep Squadron, Carmela Zumbado, Valentine’s Day, and “Roses”.

A View From The Beach has Alexis FallonA Crappie Fish Pic FridayTattoo ThursdayMaryland Striper Regs SetTo Be Sure, the Difference Seems a Slim SometimesYou First, My DearChesapeake Waterfowl Doing OKAnother Muddy MondayPalm Sunday and The Bay J Takes on the Maryland Striper Regs.

Proof Positive’s Vintage Babe of the Week is Diana Dors, and Red Pilled Jew brings us pretty faces.

Thanks to everyone for all the luscious linkagery!

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FMJRA 2.0: I Live In Siberia, Through No Fault of My Own

Posted on | February 15, 2020 | 1 Comment

— compiled by Wombat-socho

Back early from Provo, much against my will. But hey, you get the FMJRA on time for once.

Ed Driscoll Misses the Lead
Dark Brightness
Pushing Rubber Downhill
The Universal Spectator
Wince & Nod
EBL

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

Obama Was Really the Smart One
EBL

Not Surprisingly, Populism Is Popular
357 Magnum
EBL

FMJRA 2.0: Monolight
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A View From The Beach

Never Trust a Bisexual
357 Magnum
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Democrats Begin 2020 Panic; Biden May Finish Fifth in New Hampshire
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In The Mailbox: 02.10.20
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A View From The Beach
Proof Positive

Oscars 2020: #GetWokeGoBroke
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Yes, Democrats Are Trying to Cheat Bernie Sanders Out of the Nomination Again
357 Magnum
Animal Magnetism
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In The Mailbox: 02.11.20
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NEW HAMPSHIRE RESULTS
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Elizabeth Warren Is Doomed, and Feminists Can’t Understand Why (And a BONUS Bidenfreude Update)
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The Pirate’s Cove
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Mike Bloomberg Is ‘RAAAAACIST!’ (But Actual Racists Still Won’t Vote for Him)
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In The Mailbox: 02.12.20
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BIAS: Roger Stone Jury Forewoman Is Partisan Anti-Trump Democrat
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Feminist Witch/University Professor Advocates Human Extinction
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Top linkers for the week ending February 14:

  1.  EBL (17)
  2.  (tied) A View From The Beach and 357 Magnum (6)

Thanks to everyone for the links!

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Creepy Uncle Joe Ain’t No Ways Tired?

Posted on | February 15, 2020 | No Comments

 

The pathetic old fool has lost whatever sense of dignity he ever had:

Joe Biden’s apparent penchant for pandering to minority voters as a political tactic is insulting, and some of his remarks while campaigning in the South are “disgusting,” according to National Review Online’s Deroy Murdock.
On “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” the host played a clip of Biden’s latest campaign ad, which is running in South Carolina. The former Vice President appears to adopt a slight southern drawl and borrows a famous gospel lyric from the Rev. James Cleveland.
“We don’t feel no ways tired — We’ve come too far from where we started from. Nobody told us the road would be easy,” Biden says over a montage of images and video clips, before closing the ad by saying: “Let’s take back this country now.” . . .
Murdock focused on Biden’s comments and ones he has made in the past, saying that black voters will not receive the statements as the ex-vice president intends.
“I’m fascinated by this idea that when Democrats run to the south they have to adopt southern accents,” he said, adding that Hillary Clinton has done the same thing.
Murdock then recalled what he considered an especially “disgusting” comment by Biden when the then-vice president was stumping for President Obama’s reelection in 2012. At a speech in Danville, Va., Biden claimed to an audience that included many African-Americans that if Mitt Romney and the Republicans won the election, they would “put y’all back in chains” by loosening restrictions on financial institutions.
“It’s like outtakes from ‘Gone With the Wind’ — very odd, very inappropriate and very stupid,” said Murdock.

Comparing Joe Biden to Gone With the Wind is an insult to Margaret Mitchell, whose personal sympathy toward African-Americans was expressed through her anonymous contributions to Atlanta’s historically black Morehouse College. Furthermore, while Biden is engaged in dishonest pandering, Mitchell’s novel was an accurate reflection of the cultural attitudes of the generation that fought the War for Southern Independence. As I’ve often remarked, if you think the movie version of Gone With the Wind is racist, you should read the book, from which certain scenes had to be omitted as too shocking even in 1939. If you haven’t read the book, you don’t know why, for example, Tony Fontaine murdered the Yankee carpetbagger Jonas Wilkerson:

“My God, Scarlett O’Hara!” said Tony peevishly. “When I start out to cut somebody up, you don’t think I’ll be satisfied with scratching him with the blunt side of my knife, do you? No, by God, I cut him to ribbons.”

And certainly, Wilkerson deserved it. The way things were in the old days, a man didn’t file a lawsuit or summon the police to settle affronts to his personal honor, and Southerners were keenly sensitive about such things. My Aunt Barbara said of my Fincher ancestors that their westward migration from the Carolinas to Alabama tended to follow such incidents. A fellow who got on the wrong side of a young Fincher would end up dead, and the hot-tempered killer would be off to the frontier before the sheriff could catch up with him. Why do you think Texans are such a rowdy people? The state was notorious as a haven for Southern fugitives, so that the phrase “gone to Texas” acquired a particular meaning.

Unlike the pandering Joe Biden, Margaret Mitchell was authentic, having grown up in Atlanta as the granddaughter of a Confederate army captain, and hearing war stories in her childhood:

“I heard everything in the world except that the Confederates lost the war. When I was ten years old, it was a violent shock to learn that General Lee had been defeated. I didn’t believe it when I first heard it and I was indignant.”

Well, “old times there are not forgotten,” as the song says, but for Joe Biden to be doing an absurd minstrel-show “civil rights” act in a desperate effort to save his campaign is a shame and a disgrace. Really, the entire Democratic Party has become a shame and a disgrace, and I should be angry about it, but frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.

(Hat-tip: Ed Driscoll at Instapundit.)

 

UPDATE: Welcome, Instapundit readers! Hope you don’t mind if I take this occasion to remind readers that the Five Most Important Words in the English Language are:

HIT THE FREAKING TIP JAR!




 

They Can’t Blame Trump for This

Posted on | February 15, 2020 | No Comments

 

But they probably will, anyway:

THE END OF THE WORLD is upon us, as Coronavirus, an apocalyptic locust plague and the conflict between Iran and the US fulfils the prophecy for Jesus’ Second Coming, according to outrageous claims among Biblical scholars.
The deadly disease has now claimed the lives of more than 1,300 people in China and is threatening to become a global pandemic, while conflict in Iran and the African locust invasion have the Middle East on high alert. But, Biblical scholar Melvin Sandelin, has urged viewers on his “Christian Life” YouTube channel not to fear, claiming it is just part of the process for the return of Jesus Christ. Mr Sandellin wildly suggested coronavirus is “just one of the examples” that the End Times prophecy is “being fulfilled” and he is not alone in his thinking. . . .
“As the whole world is sucked into this media-furled fear for the coronavirus, Jesus said ‘don’t fear’.
“These things must happen, they are a sign of what is soon to come, Jesus is coming back soon.”
Meanwhile, a locust swarm “as big as a major city” is wreaking havoc in Africa and experts say it could grow 400 times the size by June, spreading to Uganda, South Sudan and further North, threatening the Middle East. . . .
A pastor in Kenya’s capital said he was asking for God’s forgiveness following the invasion earlier this month.
He said: “It is not normal that the country has been invaded by desert locusts and having rain in the month of January.
“I am here to repent our sins and ask God for forgiveness because something is wrong somewhere and also ask God for His visitation.
“God bless you all, call the Lord and he will hear your prayers.” . . .
The popular Christian novelist Joel Rosenberg, who in recent years has led trips of evangelical leaders to meet with leaders in the Middle East, said that while he is cautious about saying that prophecies from the Bible are unfolding right now, he takes those forecasts from the Old and New Testaments seriously.
He interprets biblical texts such as Ezekiel 38, which describes a forthcoming war, as meaning that Iran will ally with Russia and attack Israel.

Also, there’s this terrible portent of forthcoming doom.




 

Zombie Candidate Elizabeth Warren Attacks Billionaire Bloomberg

Posted on | February 15, 2020 | No Comments

 

Let’s hope she inflicts maximum damage:

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) hit fellow Democratic presidential hopeful Michael Bloomberg on Thursday, taking aim specifically at his recently resurfaced comments he made in 2008 about the controversial practice known as redlining.
“Now this has been some presidential primary already. We’ve been going about this for about a year,” Warren said during a packed town hall in the Washington, D.C., suburb.
“Some people got in a little later than others. Michael Bloomberg got in on the billionaire plan,” she said to widespread boos from the audience.
She then went on to address 2008 comments resurfaced by The Associated Press, in which Bloomberg said that the end of redlining contributed to the financial crisis.
The practice involves banks discriminating against racial minorities looking to take out loans in an effort to afford homes. Those specific communities were identified by redlines on maps.
“Michael Bloomberg is saying, in effect, that the 2008 financial crash was caused because the banks weren’t permitted to discriminate against black and brown people,” Warren said.
“I want to be clear,” she continued. “That crisis would not have been averted if the banks had been able to be bigger racists, and anyone who thinks that should not be the leader of our party.”

Of course, what Bloomberg said about “redlining” and the financial crisis, like his defense of “stop and frisk,” was just the facts. Banks were under pressure to demonstrate that they were not discriminating against minorities, and this resulted in a lowering of lending standards. Bloomberg was not advocating racial discrimination, he was merely explaining how the history of discrimination and the efforts of finanical institutions to compensate for past wrongs were a crucial factor in what went wrong during the housing “bubble.” But facts don’t matter in a Democratic primary campaign. What does matter is (a) Warren’s campaign is doomed, and (b) on her way to oblivion, she’s taking a shot at the guy who many Democrats see as their best hope to beat Trump:

Establishment Democrats who had hoped that Michael Bloomberg could ride to their rescue might need to start looking for another plan. The former New York mayor got kneecapped this week when recordings surfaced of his previous remarks about race, crime, and economics that make Bloomberg look guilty of the kind of “hate” that Democrats routinely accuse Republicans of perpetrating. Desperate to stop socialist Bernie Sanders from winning the party’s presidential nomination, Democrats are now reckoning with the consequences of their habitual rhetoric of racial blame.
Having endorsed the anti-police agenda of the “Black Lives Matter” movement, Democrats won’t find it easy to defend Bloomberg’s record as mayor. Even if the billionaire’s lavish spending could buy him the party’s nomination — an untested proposition — Bloomberg’s record on racial issues would make it difficult for him to play the race card against President Trump in the general election campaign. Does anyone really think Democrats can win without the race card? . . .

Read the rest of my latest column at The American Spectator.




 

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