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My Favorite Person of 2014

Posted by V the K at 7:01 pm - December 31, 2014.
Filed under: Heroes

Just to end the year on a positive note, I’d like to take a moment to acknowledge someone I’ve actually come to admire over the past twelve months: Lenore Skenazy of Free-Range kids.

Her crusade against helicopter parenting, and the insane practice of turning people in to the “authorities” for the crime of letting their kids play outside , the sheer bureaucratic idiocy of zero tolerance policies (“that kid touched a Tylenol, send him to juvie and put him on Adderall! Zero tolerance!”),  and rampant deranged paranoia against phantom sexual predators (contrary to popular belief, there is not a sexual predator behind every bush ready to leap out and carry off unattended children).

If we don’t get away from the busybody fascism Skenazy rages against, we will lose our culture and society. We will turn into Britain, a country where there are earnest efforts to outlaw kitchen knives (on the progressive basis that “no one needs a sharp kitchen knife and if even one life is saved, the ban will be worth it.”)

A lonely voice of reason standing against a cacophony of insanity:

 

Worth a Thousand Words

Posted by V the K at 7:54 am - December 31, 2014.
Filed under: Obama Watch

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“*We* find your bowing and scraping insufficiently obsequious. Go to John Boehner and let him show you the proper manner of showing obedience to your Emperor.”

NYTimes Attacks NYPD for Bringing Sadfeels to deBlasio

Posted by V the K at 7:48 am - December 31, 2014.
Filed under: Hysteria on the Left

The New York Times is very, very upset that the NYPD is demonstrating their displeasure with Mayor Bill deBlasio … who has attacked the NYPD as racist and openly sided with the protesters who’ve been chanting “What do we want? Dead Cops!”

When he spoke at a police graduation ceremony at Madison Square Garden on Monday, some in the crowd booed and heckled him. This followed the mass back-turning by scores of officers when the mayor spoke on Saturday at the funeral of Officer Rafael Ramos; the virtual back-turning the day before by an airplane-towed banner (“Our backs have turned to you”), and the original spiteful gesture by officers on the night Mr. de Blasio visited the hospital where Officer Ramos and his partner, Wenjian Liu, lay dead.

Mr. de Blasio isn’t going to say it, but somebody has to: With these acts of passive-aggressive contempt and self-pity, many New York police officers, led by their union, are squandering the department’s credibility, defacing its reputation, shredding its hard-earned respect.

Note who the NYTimes is not condemning: The protesters who’ve been chanting “What do we want? Dead Cops!”

As for Mayor deBlasio, I am sure he envies the unquestioned power and authority the Communist Sandinistas … whom he went down to Nicaragua to support back in the eighties… and the Castro Communists in Cuba … where he went for his honeymoon… exerted over their proletariat.

Who are the real progressives? (Hint: We are)

Here’s a thought: *It’s wrong to take things from people by force.*

The above is an ethical principle so basic that even leftists know it. When, say, watching a movie that has cavemen, the leftie can see that the caveman taking things (by force) is a sign of his savagery. Or, when teaching a kindergarten, even a left-wing teacher will stop the kid who grabs another kid’s toys or body parts without prior, explicit consent. The willingness to deal with others by mutual, voluntary consent is the foundation of civilized society.

But in the sphere of politics, the left-winger forgets it. Politically, her concept is that if you can get “the community” or government to take things from people by force (rather than taking things yourself)……then it’s OK. She calls that concept “progressive”. But it isn’t progressive. It’s regressive and, indeed, reactionary.

It’s reactionary because it dates back to savage times. It’s the prevailing rule in the dark(er) ages of human history. In medieval and early modern times, they called it the Divine Right of Kings. The idea was that the monarch, being answerable only to God, had the right to take anyone’s life, liberty or property at any time. Which meant, more or less, that the government had the right; government was effectively unlimited.

Beginning in the 17th and 18th centuries, unlimited government was opposed by the Lockean Revolution, a set of ideas developed by many, including John Locke. The core idea was that individuals have natural rights, superior to the government’s. The Lockeans were not anarchists; they pushed the ideas of limited government and rule of law.

The Lockean Revolution was (and still is) profoundly progressive. In itself, it is an instance of progress (over savagery). Also, to whatever extent it has been practiced, it has tended to make the surrounding society much more developed and open.

Opponents of the Lockean Revolution were reactionaries. Why? Because almost by definition they were aristocrats, defending old privileges and unjust institutions (such as slavery and unlimited government).

Eventually, the reactionaries saw that Big Government could not survive, if people understood that it was reactionary. Big Government advocates saw the need to dress themselves up as new-fangled and “progressive”. So they developed new political theories; new justifications for Big Government, that is, government which would be able to take things from people by physical force, as it pleased.

Following more socialistic philosophers such as Rousseau or Marx, advocates of Big Government chopped off the King’s head – while preserving his Big (or nearly unlimited) government, in practice. Instead of God or the King’s right, they talked about the supremacy of the People (or Nation or Race or Proletariat or Community) over the individual. (“We’re going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good.” – Hillary Clinton)

In chopping off the King’s head – and by their own loud, ongoing proclamation – Big Government advocates have re-branded themselves as “progressives”. But they are not. They remain reactionaries. Because, in practice, these “progressives” still oppose the Lockean Revolution – which is (in Jonah Goldberg’s phrasing) the greatest gift to humankind of the last 1,000 years.

In point of fact, limited government – and the Rule of Law – are civilization and progress; while Big Government, however left-wingers may now justify it, is still as savage and reactionary as it ever was.

We who believe in freedom and limited government may often get called reactionaries, by left-wingers. Call it example #6553 of left-wing deflection and projection.

Stupid Things Liberals Say

Posted by V the K at 3:55 pm - December 30, 2014.
Filed under: Hysteria on the Left

2014: The Year in Feminist Stupidity

In 2014, the Feminists didn’t just jump the shark, they achieved Geosynchronous Orbit over it. Every week seemed to bring a new feminist outrage. Charlotte Allen at the LA Times has a rundown of some of the Peak Idiocy Feminism (Inc.) hit this year,  including:

  • The time Rolling Stone published a made-up story about a gang rape at UVAand feminists said it didn’t matter that it was made up because men who were accused of rape didn’t deserve the presumption of innocence because boys are icky.
  • The time feminists went all hysterical because a scientist who had just landed a space probe on a friggin’ comet wore a shirt that gave them the sads.
  • The time feminists went all hysterical because Spiderwoman was drawn in an attractive way on the cover of a comic book.
  • The time feminists made a video of a bunch of pre-teen girls shrieking the F-bomb like a gang of  horny sailors to promote their feminist ideals.

And then, because feminist hysteria is such a target-rich environment, Tim Blair adds a few more, mostly concerned with Western Feminism’s Huge 360-Degree Blindspot when it comes to the way Mohammedans treat women [Hat Tip: AoSHQ ONT] (the gay left has this same problem), but both of them forget to mention the feminists going nutzoid over “manspreading.”

And Yes, of course, there were the “Slut Walks.” On a related note, 2014 also had, in entertainment, the spectacle of Beyonce parading around in next-to-nothing, shaking her silicone bags in front of a giant lighted sign reading “Feminist,” decidedly a mixed message at best.

However, 2014 was also the year the ‘War on Women’ rhetoric stopped working. Colorado Democrat Mark Udall based his entire senate campaign on accusing his Republican opponent of hatin’ the womenfolk and he lost resoundingly. Democrat Abortion Advocate Wendy Davis ran her Texas gubernatorial campaign entirely on “I Am Woman, Hear Me Whine,” and went down to an epic defeat.

The fact that feminists get so hysterical over silly little things can only mean that the major stuff has been pretty much worked out; and being forced to wear a Burqa, denied an education, or stoned to death for an accusation of adultery must not be major stuff to feminists.

The Feminists may not realize how ridiculous they have become, but the rest of the world is waking up.

End of Year Poll: Who Was the Most Overhyped Mediocrity of 2014?

Posted by V the K at 9:44 pm - December 29, 2014.
Filed under: Pop Culture

* I don’t really know who this person is.

#Fergudishu Protester Auditions for MSDNC Slot

This kid’s got a pretty good shot at being the next Al Sharpton; of course, he hasn’t gotten anyone killed yet. So that’s kind of a deal breaker, I guess.

Joshua Williams has been everywhere: protesting in Ferguson, Mo., Washington, D.C., and Cleveland, Ohio. Now, he is in St. Louis, where police have arrested him for arson.

Williams has been portrayed in the media as an innocent victim fighting back against authority; he has been held up as the quintessential Ferguson protestor, decrying police brutality as he is time and again brutalized by police. When Williams interrupted a Ferguson City Council meeting in September and the meeting descended into chaos, for example, the New York Times published a photo of his disruptive antics with a caption that said that he had only “posed a question to the City Council.”

On the night after Christmas, St. Louis County Police arrested Williams on suspicion of arson in a separate incident. Williams was reportedly involved in the looting and burning of a QuikTrip convenience store on Christmas Eve in Berkeley, Mo., a St. Louis suburb approximately two miles away from Ferguson.

To the Progressive Left, acts of political violence are resume enhancers. Just ask Che Guevara, Professor Bill Ayers, Mumia Abu Jamal, and Kathy Boudin. Joshua Williams has a promising future as an MSDNC host, a tenured professor at a liberal university, or maybe even leverage his Community Organizer experience into a political career.

Leftist Protesters Have Forfeited Any Moral Standing They Might Have Had

Posted by V the K at 3:25 pm - December 28, 2014.
Filed under: Progressive immorality

First of all, defending thugs like Mike Brown and Antonio Martin does not provide one’s movement a lot of moral authority to begin with. But it is safe to say that between the vandalism and the violence against the police that have come to characterize the #ThugsCan’tBreathe and #ThugLivesMatter movements have sapped any moral standing the protesters might have claimed.

The Progressive Left likes to pretend that their outspoken and unconditional support for whatever the Progressive Left seems to be “Social Justice” is absolution for any and all moral shortcomings. The evil and obnoxiousness steaming from the #ThugLivesMatter movement show how hollow and ridiculous this moral preening really is.

Idiots

Do they even know how effing stupid they look?

Now, with Eric Garner, that was a legitimate thing to protest. Garner was far from innocent, but nobody should be choked to death for selling cigarettes either. So there was moral standing to protest the way he died. Then, they had to ruin it by murdering cops, shutting down traffic, and generally being dicks.

Why does the Left make heroes our of thugs like Mike Brown, Trayvon Martin, and Antonio Martin anyway? Can’t they find any Black teenagers doing good things to celebrate instead? And could they celebrate those youths without killing cops or trashing stores?  #I’mJustAsking. (more…)

More Pushback Against the Wedding Cake Fascists

Posted by V the K at 2:56 pm - December 28, 2014.
Filed under: Gay Marriage

Indiana has become the latest state to produce legislation protecting Christian bakers, photographers, florists and others with legitimate moral objections from being forced to participate in gay marriages. Sadly, the Gay Progressive Left (Wedding Cake Fascists) have forced this legislation to become necessary because of gay couples who decided their “Special Day” just wasn’t complete unless they could force unsupportive Christians (but curiously, never Mohammedans) to participate.

The Progressive Fascist Left is claiming that this type of legislation will lead to firemen and EMT’s refusing to provide treatment to gay people, (speaking as the father of an EMT, this is boolsheet). But then, these are the same people who swore that Christians would not be forced to participate in gay weddings, so why should we believe a single damn world that comes out of their lying pie-holes?’

Democrats opposed to the bill claim that legislators should focus on more important things, like condemning the Washington Redskins as racist.

GWB Was a Much More Decent Man Than Emperor Obama

Posted by V the K at 1:22 pm - December 26, 2014.
Filed under: Bush-hatred

I disagreed with so many of his policies, but at least GWB wasn’t a thoughtless jerk.

George W Bush never left D.C. before Christmas. He did that so that the hundreds of people involved when he traveled could be home with their families. Obama doesn’t think about things like that. It takes a certain amount of mental horsepower to color within the lines, whether they’re legal, traditional, ethical, or lines that simply represent the bounds of decent behavior. Obama can’t do that. He’s self-absorbed and inconsiderate. He does what he wants with little or no regard for others.

[Swat me with a bouquet of oopsie-daisies for not crediting RDBrewer at AoSHQ for the Summary Quote.]

Happy Life Day Everybody

Posted by V the K at 10:37 am - December 24, 2014.
Filed under: Holidays

It’s Christmas Eve, and I just don’t want to talk about another innocent black urban youth shot dead while innocently pointing a gun at a cop, so… let’s watch this instead:

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To Jong-Un, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar

More Open Threadiness well I try and make some damn money.

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Leftists Fret That Cubans May Not Remain Poor and Oppressed

Posted by V the K at 8:31 am - December 23, 2014.
Filed under: Socialism in America

Whatever the merits of Obama’s opening to the hardcore Communist regime in Cuba, one curious side effect is the number of leftists who fear that economic ties to the USA might bring about prosperity and freedom to Castro’s Tropic Island Gulag.

National Post reporter Adrian Humphreys offered “advice to Canadian travelers: book your trip to Cuba now before it gets a McDonalds and Walmart in Havana.”

Sacramento Bee writer Marcos Breton warned “Cuba & it’s people…[to] beware [of] Pizza Hut, McDonalds, American Idol & Khardashians [sic].”

Adam Parker‏, a journalist at Charleston’s The Post and Courier, asked “How long do you think it will take for McDonald’s and Chick-fil-A to expand their empires?” And Fox News’s Shepard Smith instructed Cubans that “the last thing they need is a Taco Bell or a Lowe’s,” wondering if the United States is “about to get up in there and ruin that place.”

If these hipster pinkos really seem to believe that Wal-Marts and Taco Bells are worse than gulags and work camps, then there are a lot of other countries they should probably be living in. And they can take Khadija “I hate this f-ing country” Lynch with ’em.

Cuba has long been a Socialist Disneyland to the American Left, who just wish they could butcher all of the middle class people who disagree with them, as did their hero, Che Guevara. The prospect that the poverty and oppression Che Guevara and the Castros have inflicted on their people might be relieved is insufferable to them.

Is it just me…

Posted by V the K at 7:42 am - December 23, 2014.
Filed under: Progressive immorality

… or is the left a lot more open now about how much they hate America, along with all other things normal and decent?

A student leader at Brandeis University has jumped to her Twitter account to celebrate the murder of two New York City police officers saying that she has “no sympathy” for the dead officers and saying that she “hates this fu**ing country.”

Khadijah Lynch, a junior and an Undergraduate Department Representative in the African and Afro-American Studies Department at Brandeis and has been a featured speaker at various university events. She is also a noted student leader and speaks for students in the African and Afro-American Studies Department.

Khadija, by the way, is a Mohammedan name.

Also, it’s bad enough that the extreme radical left is now openly calling for cop murder and social destruction, it’s worse that the less radical left is making excuses for it.

It would be interesting to find out more about the radicals whose slogan is “shoot back.” What we know now is that, out of the people arrested on the bridge, one is a Harvard-educated poet and another was making more than $100,000 a year working for one of the most the most powerful unions in New York City.

There are conservatives arguing that the essence of these protests is a call for dead cops, while liberals like New York Rep. Charlie Rangel deny that it happened at all.

It happened and it was a group of maybe 200 in a movement that has drawn tens of thousands in New York alone.

You see, because “conservatives” have come out against violence against cops, the knee-jerk response of the left is not to condemn the violence, but to immediately begin voxsplaining how conservatives are “wrong.”

The Worst Movies of 2014 from Some Guys Who Should Know

Posted by V the K at 8:39 pm - December 22, 2014.
Filed under: Movies/Film & TV

Not a big “Let’s go to the movies” guy, personally. I think I saw… two?… movies in theaters this year? Sounds right, or close anyway.

Anyway, the brilliant minds of Rifftrax asked their fans to vote on the 10 worst movies of 2014.  I have seen… um, one of them.

2. Transformers: Age of Extinction (26,220 votes)

If you’d like the experience of seeing this movie but prefer not to give any portion of your income to Michael Bay, just have a screaming lunatic beat you into unconsciousness with small engine parts.

Talk Amongst Yourselves

Posted by V the K at 10:31 am - December 22, 2014.
Filed under: Holidays

Between work and the unwelcome presence of future in-laws, my time is limited and my stress is infinite. So, consider this a thread with some nice transgender Christmas Music for accompaniment. Take it away, Steve…

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Hollywood’s Real Bigotry

Posted by V the K at 5:04 pm - December 18, 2014.
Filed under: Big Hollywood

Amy Pascal, the soon-to-be-ex Sony executive is currently kissing the hinders of Al Sharpton in a desperate desire to save her career after it was revealed by hacked emails that she made the horrifically racist observation that the extremely race-conscious Emperor of the United States probably likes movies with members of his own race in them.

ILC hates Twitter-centric posts, but I thought this was… IDK… maybe worth a look. It kind of demonstrates that Ms Pascal has quite a lot of deep-seated prejudices, but some are more politically correct than others.

It’s a constant source of bafflement to liberals that not every minority wants to be a token on the Democrat Plantation. See also, Harry Reid, who found the existence of Hispanic Republicans inconceivable even as a Hispanic Republican was kicking his son’s butt in the race for Nevada Governor (and may well kick Harry’s withered butt out of the senate in 2016).

2014 as seen on MSDNC

Posted by V the K at 2:47 pm - December 18, 2014.
Filed under: Media Bias

The Washington Free Beacon presents

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Professor Punished for Gay Marriage Thoughtcrime

Posted by V the K at 11:29 am - December 18, 2014.
Filed under: Academia,Liberal Intolerance

Background: A philosophy professor at Wisconsin’s Marquette University (annual tuition and fees: $24,000) told her class that gay marriage was an unacceptable debate topic in her class because there was only one correct opinion on gay marriage, and expressing any other opinion was hate speech.

A political science professor by the name of John McAdams got wind of this and blogged about it. In the spirit of academic freedom and tolerance… the University suspended him and barred him from campus.

A tenured Marquette University political science professor has been officially barred from campus and suspended for writing a blog post criticizing a philosophy instructor who refused to allow a conservative student to debate the topic of gay marriage in her classroom.

The suspended professor, John McAdams, received a letter on Tuesday from Richard Holz, the dean of the Wisconsin school, informing him of his suspension. […]

According to McAdams, Abbate told the student that topics like gay marriage would not be discussed because gay students might find it offensive and because, she said, “you don’t have a right in this class to make homophobic comments.”

Expressing an opinion contrary to the opinion of a leftist is now officially defined as harassment.