This is a really good comment — appended to my post about the Stupid Statue of the Stupid Smug Little Girl standing in front of the Charging Bull that all the left-wing idiots love because it represents their fantasy that the world will change if you just stand there and look smug — that I said I was going to promote to a post then forgot about, then remembered again.
It says so much about lefties. Reality vs. fantasy.
Fantasy: “We just need to hug it out with our enemies and learn to understand and accept our differences, because deep down, we’re all the same.”
Reality: We are all the same (dark, twisted souls), which is why we should know and accept that sometimes the only recourse is to smack down the bad guys [Because they will gladly kill you for being stupid enough to want to hug them].
Fantasy: “If I really, really, really want something hard enough, I’ll get it in the end (the plot of every Jack Black movie), despite my total lack of perseverance, work ethic, and focus on the goal.”
Reality: If you have the aptitude, resources, resolve, and opportunity and work really, really, really hard, maybe you’ll be one of the lucky ones who wins in the end. [Also, you can get what you want and still not be happy – V.]
Fantasy: “If I stand resolutely against the tide [and look really smug, and maybe direct snarky comments at those who tell me I’m wrong], the tide will bow to me.”
Reality: If you get out of the way of a tsunami, maybe you won’t drown.
Fantasy: “The laws of physics, common sense, chemistry, economics, and human nature are null and void when I make my plans to fix the world.”
Reality: Time and gravity take their toll. Facts don’t change, feelings do; bet with the facts. [And ever expanding Government is fiscally unsustainable in the long term.]
Yeah, that. All of that.
Also, if you say “of course, we support free speech,” but have to attach an asterisk and a list of exceptions to that statement… you don’t support Free Speech.
Perhaps you know Ayn Rand’s first novel, We The Living. It’s a story of two lovers, Kira and Leo, who try to survive together in the early Soviet Union. They fail, because of the myriad ways that communism (or dictatorship in general) degrades everyone and destroys their humanity.
You may also know that Rand based the character of Leo on a real person, a fellow anti-Soviet student in early 1920s Petrograd for whom she had an unrequited love. At the time, she was called Alissa Rosenbaum.
During her lifetime she wouldn’t give out Leo’s real name, but at some point after Rand’s death in 1982, her biographers/archivists figured it out. His name was Lev Bekkerman, and I recently web-surfed to this picture of him:
He was supposed to be a tall, self-confident womanizer. One reads that, sadly, Bekkerman was murdered in one of the Soviet political purges of the 1930s. By which time Rand had traveled to the U.S., married an American, and written and published We The Living (in English).
Life works strangely: if Bekkerman had returned her love, then Rand probably would have stayed in Soviet Russia – and been destroyed, much like Bekkerman and much like Kira and Leo in her novel. Instead, she came to America and became a great thinker and writer.
If anyone can read and translate the writing on the photo, please let us know what it says (in the comments).
It’s last year’s news, but worth remembering. George Soros, Hillary Clinton and the DNC paid (and probably still pay) protestors, not only to turn out and carry signs or chant slogans, but also to instigate violence.
It’s on people’s radar in the last day or so because The Washington Post now says, who cares if these left-wing protestors are paid shills? So, what? Which is a shift: the Controlled Media used to simply deny that these left-wing protestors were paid shills.
Yale Graduate Assistants have declared that they are staging a “Hunger Strike” to protest that their $30,000 annual stipend, free health care, and free tuition aren’t nearly enough to compensate them for the dangerous and dreadful work of grading papers and stuff.
Except, they get to eat when they’re hungry, because to not eat would put their health at risk.
So, it’s basically a symbolic hunger strike.
But I guess it would make them feel “unsafe” were anyone to point that out.
By the way, the Democrat National Committee supports and condones their fake hunger strike.
an Academic Study by Insane Nutjob Radicals Settled Science, breastfeeding… which was a celebrated cause like, yesterday… is now problematic because it reinforces gender norms.
I am not making this up.
It’s “ethically inappropriate” for government and medical organizations to describe breastfeeding as “natural” because the term enforces rigid notions about gender roles, claims a new study in Pediatrics.
“Coupling nature with motherhood… can inadvertently support biologically deterministic arguments about the roles of men and women in the family (for example, that women should be the primary caretaker,” the study says.
The study notes that in recent years, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the World Health Organization, and several state departments of health have all promoted breastfeeding over bottle-feeding, using the term “natural.”
“Referencing the ‘natural’ in breastfeeding promotion… may inadvertently endorse a set of values about family life and gender roles, which would be ethically inappropriate,” the study says.
This is what happens when virtue-signaling runs amok. The entire community of divorced middle-aged white women that run the progressive left are trying to outdo each other to show who cares more about the Transgendereds.
No comment. None whatsoever.
Former President Barack Obama considered being homosexual as a young man, according to a forthcoming biography of the president.
Obama wrote somewhat elusively to his first intimate girlfriend that he had thought about and considered gayness, but ultimately had decided that a same-sex relationship would be less challenging and demanding than developing one with the opposite sex.
OK, one comment. How could Obama “consider being gay.” We know that’s impossible right? You’re hard-wired gay or straight from whatever point in the womb you cease being a blob of parasitic cells and become a potential human life. Nobody chooses to be gay. It’s not possible. The science is settled.
Sentences… with… ellipses… are… really… annoying… and… fey.
For those who don’t know, DPRK is a parody account. Chelsea Clinton’s tweet is real, though, AFAIK.
Honest Question: Is Chelsea Clinton genuinely this vapid, or is this the level she has to talk at to communicate with her Democrat voting base? (i.e. single/divorced middle-aged women who aren’t nearly as intelligent as they think themselves to be.)
Terrorists are people who:
- won’t fight as part of a regular military; and who
- mainly attack others who are not part of a regular military (that is, civilians); in order to
- intimidate people into accepting (or not dissenting from) the terrorists’ political viewpoint.
Guess what? That’s Antifa.
Antifa is also a conspiracy to commit crimes. As one of our fine commentors recently suggested, they may be compared to other criminal conspiracies. Here’s my take.
- On the one hand, Antifa “only” plans crimes of felony assault and vandalism (that could get out of hand and become manslaughter or murder, semi-accidentally). In that way, they’re a bit less dangerous than the Mafia (which plans specific murders).
- On the other hand, many of the Mafia’s crimes are intra-Mafia. Not so with Antifa, ALL of whose crimes are directed at the larger society. In that way, they’re more dangerous than the Mafia.
Where is the FBI, on Antifa? Or the Department of Justice?
Yesterday, President Trump outlined his tax plan. Key features:
- Slightly lower personal income tax rates. (Top rate from near-40% to 35%.)
- Eliminating almost all income tax deductions, except mortgage interest and charitable contributions. (No more deduction for your State or property taxes, among other things.) Increase in the “standard deduction”.
- Much lower corporate income tax rates. (Top rate from 35%, one of the world’s highest, to 15%.)
- A one-time tax on overseas business profits. (That haven’t been repatriated to the U.S. Apple has a lot.)
- A “territorial system” where future profits that corporations earn abroad, are not taxed.
- Repealing a bunch of taxes and complications, most notably the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) and the estate tax.
Of course, Congress still has to chew on it.
Taking Trump’s proposals by themselves, I have little objection. Rates should be lower. High income taxes are a form of slavery. Corporate income taxes are stupid because they are an indirect, distorted sales tax (that is, a tax paid ultimately by consumers). Estate taxes destroy many small businesses (forcing families to liquidate the business in order to pay the 50% tax or whatever).
Nonetheless, I can’t praise this plan. Because it will reduce revenues at first, without being matched by spending cuts. Our budget will come no closer to balance.
President Obama already doubled the U.S. national debt in his 8 years, from roughly $10 trillion to roughly $20 trillion, for an average real annual deficit around $1.25 trillion. Is Trump going to beat Obama’s record? I sure hope not.
This is an important point. The true level of taxation is the government’s spending level. All spending must be paid for, one way or another. There are 3 possibilities.
- Overt taxes.
- Borrowing. This is a covert tax, a tax on the future (when either the debt must be repudiated, or more and more government revenues must be diverted to servicing it).
- Money-printing. Another hidden tax, this time on the real value (the purchasing power) of everyone’s wages and savings. Also known as “inflation”.
So really, it isn’t a tax cut unless it’s a spending cut also. Trump wants to cut the overt taxes. So, what? Without spending cuts, it’s only a corresponding increase in the hidden taxes: borrowing and/or money-printing.
And what happens when we add (say) a Trump infrastructure spending package and a Syria or North Korea war on top of that? More of the hidden taxes: borrowing and/or money-printing.
I meant to do this awhile back, updating previous posts in the series.
When President Obama left office on January 20, 2017, the U.S. national debt was $19.9 trillion. ($14.4 trillion held by the public; $5.5 trillion “intragovernmental”, for example, Treasury bonds held by Social Security.)
When Obama took office on January 20, 2009, the U.S. national debt was $10.6 trillion. ($6.3 trillion held by the public; $4.3 intragovernmental)
Obama more-than-doubled the part of the U.S. national debt that everyone agrees is important (what’s “held by the public”). And he nearly doubled the total.
And for what? Eight years of the weakest economy “recovery” on record.
Ann Coulter had to cancel her talk at Berkeley because violent leftists threatened to disrupt it, and the University decided it couldn’t stand up to them.
Now, the city of Portlandia has canceled its annual Rose Parade because violent left-wing groups threatened to disrupt it.
Before anyone offers the weak tea defense, “Well, of course *I* don’t condone this, but both sides do it,” please remind me the last time a left-wing speaker or public event had to be canceled because the alt-right threatened a violent response?
The New York Times, by the way, endorses the view that conservatives have no business trying to present their views in leftist environments like college campuses, and thus implicitly endorses the use of violence to keep such views out.
Don’t condone violence my butt.
Ann Coulter and Jesse Lee Peterson, together at last. Enjoy!
Hulu has adapted a leftist fantasy novel about the United States becoming a Christian Theocracy into a dumb TV show. In this leftist fantasy, gays are publically executed and women are subjugated to serve as sex slaves to powerful men. This is just like Trump’s America, according to the Democrat Media Complex.
“A time very much like ours” is how The New York Times describes the scenes, shown in flashback, in which the gay-executing, woman-subjugating theocracy seizes power, using a terror attack in Washington as its Reichstag fire. Another Times piece says the show “arrives with a newfound and unexpected resonance in Trump’s America.” The Hollywood Reporter calls it “a story for the time and place we’re living in.” Harper’s Bazaar avers that it “Strikes uncomfortably close to real-world political rhetoric.” Slate deems it “Eerily prescient.”
This is the leftist world of paranoia and delusion; where Christians are just one election away from creating a Theocracy that will turn women into sex slave and murder all the homosexuals.
There’s only one religion out there that is subjugating women and killing gays. It ain’t Christianity. And it’s the one religion that progressive leftists love.
Ace notes that the Antifa Wing of the Democrat Coalition is having second thoughts about engaging in violent protest ever since Skanksquatch (a.k.a. “Moldylocks”) got punched at one of their recent Riots Against Free Speech and Basic Decency. Also because 4Chan Detectives identified the cowardly POS who was whacking free speech supporters with a bike lock. (“How dare they dox one of us. It’s so unf-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-i-r!“)
Others in the Antifa Wing of the Democrat Coalition have suggested they should arm up and learn to fight better. But still others find this approach problematic because it would reaffirm manliness and other cis-normative social values.
Nordstrom is selling pre-mudded jeans for $425 a pair. So hipsters can wear them ironically, I guess.
In its description for the pants, the company says they “embody rugged, Americana workwear that’s seen some hard-working action” and that, when worn, they show “you’re not afraid to get down and dirty.”
Wonder how much a hipster would pay for the muddy, paint-stained jeans I’ve been wearing for the last year of doing house renovations. Probably nothing since they don’t have a 26″ waist.
The last few weeks, I’ve explored the so-called “alt-Right” a little. Not joining it per se, just looking at material produced by people who are supposed to be it.
I keep having the same, strange experience. I’m told that these people are supposed to be neo-Nazi white nationalist fringies. But they aren’t! Milo, Mike Cernovich, the handsome Jack Posobiec, Rebel Media, Breitbart.com, Diamond and Silk, Jesse Lee Peterson – None of them are like that.
For sure, my search isn’t objective. When I come across some web site or material that starts to get racial – like, say, therightstuff dot biz – I go “Ugh!” and don’t look much further. Because assigning importance to race is dumb, whether it’s from the Left or the Right, I usually don’t want to waste my time on people/sites that do it. (Fuller comment in this thread.)
So I’m sure there must be some swathe of the alt-Right, somewhere, that gets racist. But again: left-wing protestors and media promised me that the names mentioned above would be that way… and they just aren’t.
As to the alt-Right: the names mentioned above talk about it in much the same way, like “I don’t know if I’m part of it. If it’s white nationalists, I’m out. If it’s challenging the Left / Deep State / Big Government / globalists in ways that are persuasive and fun, I’m in.” That’s roughly how I feel.
In Atlanta, a group of artistes engaging in the same, tiresome “shock the normals” stuff that artistes have been doing for about 70 years now, are putting on a production recasting major figures of the Bible as flamboyantly gay and sternly lesbian.
First performed in 1998, Rudnick’s show follows gay couple Adam and Steve, and lesbian couple Jane and Mabel as they navigate Biblical history—each duo believing that they were created first by God. The Virgin Mary, and assorted other figures, are also recast as homosexual.
They don’t dare try these stunts with the Koran. Mohammedanism has become the de facto state religion of the left. No criticism is allowed. No joking is allowed. Absolutely reverence and deference must be paid to Mohammedanism and its followers. And if the state wants to proselytize for Islam in public schools or prisons, why that’s just fine.
You will never, ever, see a group of “progressive” artists mounting a production portraying Mohammed as a gay man, or mocking the tenets of Islam. Not because they respect Mohammedanism, but because for all of their “fearless girl” posturing, at their core, leftists are cowards.
House Minority leader, Nancy Pelosi, says that Trump “talking about this [border] wall is expressing a sign of weakness.”
Umm…isn’t Pelosi showing weakness, by not retiring?
(I’m thinking of the mental weakness or illogic that she displays, as she talks on these issues. Also the spiritual weakness that keeps her clinging to power, rather than letting go and trying something new at age 77.)
After Milo’s trouble in February, I knew he’d be back. He has a lot to say, he needs the attention, he’s fun and the camera loves him.
Via Breitbart.com, it’s MILO’S FREE SPEECH WEEK. (I think the all-caps are part of the shtick?)
In light of recent controversies, I am planning a huge multi-day event called MILO’S FREE SPEECH WEEK in Berkeley later this year. We will hold talks and rallies and throw massive parties, all in the name of free expression and the First Amendment. All will be welcome, regardless of political affiliation.
During MILO’S FREE SPEECH WEEK, we will give out a new free speech prize — the Mario Savio Award — to the person we believe has done most to protect free expression at UC Berkeley and its surrounding area. Each day will be dedicated to a different enemy of free speech, including feminism, Black Lives Matter and Islam.
If UC Berkeley does not actively assist us in the planning and execution of this event, we will extend festivities to an entire month. We will establish a tent city on Sproul Plaza protesting the university’s total dereliction of its duty and encourage students at other universities to follow suit.
I intend to return Berkeley to its rightful place as the home of free speech — whether university administrators and violent far-left antifa thugs like it or not.
Mario Savio was, per Wiki, “a key member in the Berkeley Free Speech Movement. He is most famous for his passionate speeches, especially the ‘put your bodies upon the gears’ address given at Sproul Hall…on December 2, 1964.”
P.S. I respect and admire Ann Coulter, but do you want to know the difference between her and Milo? A penis and $20,000. (My understanding is that she charges 20K to speak to College Republicans, while he charges them zero. If that’s incorrect, I would be happy to hear it in the comments.)