Weekday mornings, I work out in the gym at a university. This morning, I overheard this from between two shower stalls.
One Bro: “This water is always too cold.”
Other Bro: “That’s because you’re a faggot.”
I am not at all offended by that. I’m happy to see that the PC-indoctrination is not 100% successful, and there are pockets of resistance. If you have to go crying to a Safe Space and ruin someone’s life because they said a word that hurt your widdle feewings, you’re pathetic and you need to grow a pair.
I heard one of these guys a couple of weeks ago lamenting that one of his classes was nothing but SJW’s bitching about privilege: “The first week I thought, ‘OK, so, they’re defining the problem. But we’re like five weeks into the term and they’re still just bitching about it. They never talk about how to reform the system, all they do is just bitch.”
People can only have honest discussions when the shackles of PC speech codes are removed. Maybe that’s where the real “Safe Spaces” are; locker rooms and private spaces where you can say what you want and not have to worry about some Social Justice Queens ruining your life.
Being able to speak one’s mind freely without fear of consequences is a privilege enjoyed only by the far left on college campuses.
Went to Markoff’s Haunted Forest last night with three good friends and had an outstanding time. This is the sixth time I’ve gone, but easily the best time I’ve had there. The Super Full moon was the crowning touch of the evening. Also, I got pulled from my group and shoved down a mineshaft. MHF is just the best Halloween attraction I have ever been to.
Last year, we did the Ohio Haunted Prison (where the exteriors for The Shawshank Redemption were filmed) last year. The haunted prison itself was brilliantly done and definitely worth the price of admission. But Markoff’s wins hands down because you don’t wait in line for three hours (and that’s if you get there early) before getting in to see the scary stuff. At MHF, you get to hang around bonfires drinking hot cider and cocoa, watching flame jugglers, it’s like a big Hallowe’en party, and then they call your group and you go through the forest. There are two trails, and there always stupid liberal women yammering in line “Should we go on the other trail? Is the other trail better?” I like to think they ruined their evening by obsessing over the idea that the people in the other line had the better time.
My only thing about these attractions is my inability to suspend disbelief coupled with my hypervigilance. I walk into the ‘House of Scary Clowns’ for example, and I’m thinking, “They did a really nice job with the layout of this place. Note how the bright red eyes draw your attention upward, thus distracting your attention from the attack, which comes from the sides.”
Anyway, I hope you had a good weekend. I like to watch horror movies in October. These are some of my favorite scary/fun movies for the Season of the Lengthening Shadows. Feel free to critique or suggest your own.
- Trick ‘R Treat — Multiple interlocking storylines and a werewolf orgy featuring Anna Paquin.
- Young Frankenstein — “What knockers.” “Oh, thank you, doctor.”
- Dog Soldiers — Hunky soldiers versus Scottish werewolves.
- Dead Space — Technically, a video game, but scary than most any movie and I usually play through on Halloween.
- Black Sheep — I have a soft spot for cheesy movies, and they don’t come any cheesier.
- Pet Sematary — It holds up well.
- Shawn of the Dead — Who doesn’t love it? What, you’ve never seen it? Never? Well, FU, man.
- Sleepy Hollow — Not a huge Johnny Depp fan, but this one works.
- Darkness Falls — It’s a crappy movie, but it works for me.
Honorable Mention for Patrick Stewart’s most embarassing movie role. (Yes, even worse than Jeffrey.) He played a space vampire. That’s right, a Space Vampire.
It’s been a great couple of weeks for Iran. First, Obama lifts sanctions and gives their uranium enrichment program the go-ahead. And now, it looks like someone has gone and validated their official, state-sanctioned belief that Jews are descended from monkeys and pigs: A geneticist at the University of Georgia believes its possible that humans resulted from pigs mating with chimpanzees.
The human species began as the hybrid offspring of a male pig and a female chimpanzee, a leading geneticist has suggested.
The startling claim has been made by Eugene McCarthy, of the University of Georgia, who is also one of the worlds leading authorities on hybridisation in animals.
So, kinda like, Alec Baldwin hooking up with Rosie O’Donnell.
In the course of his research, Dr. McCarthy seems to have developed a bit of … pig lust.
‘My opinion of this animal has much improved during the course of my research. Where once I thought of filth and greed, I now think of intelligence, affection, loyalty, and adaptability, with an added touch of joyous sensuality — qualities without which humans would not be human.’ [Emphasis and “Ewwww!” Added]
I strongly suspect this story may turn out to be a prank. (Sorta like Global Warming minus the trillions of dollars that could have been spent making life better for billions of people.) So, we probably don’t have to worry about a forthcoming debate over marriage rights for pigs and chimps.
Rielle Hunter admits wrongdoing, in moral language for her affair with John Edwards:
“For years I was so viciously attacked by the media and the world that I felt like a victim. I now realize that the attacks are actually beside the point. The point is: I behaved badly.”
Hunter apologized for her “wrong, selfish behavior,” admitting that she did not consider the “scope” of her actions when she became involved with Edwards in 2006 and how it “could hurt so many people.” She specifically apologized for the pain she inflicted on Elizabeth Edwards, who died of breast cancer in 2010.
“I hurt Elizabeth and her kids. I hurt her family. I hurt John’s family. I hurt people that knew Elizabeth. I hurt people who didn’t know Elizabeth but loved her from afar. I hurt people who gave their hard earned dollars to a campaign — a cause they believed in,” she wrote. “I hurt people who are married and believe in marriage. Many of these people have let me know that I hurt them. Unfortunately, I was not thinking about anyone but myself. I was selfish. I fell in love with John Edwards and wanted to be with him and that desire trumped everything else. “
I’m remarking on it because the no-responsibility, no-moral language, no-admission, “I’m sorry if YOU got offended by me; what am I supposed to do?” non-apology has become such a staple of modern culture. And this appears to be the opposite.
On the cynical side: Hunter is trying to sell her book right now. But if we (as a culture) have reached the point where wrong-doers finally have to give convincing apologies if they want to make news and sell books…I don’t know, it might be positive? Should we hope it gets trendy?
Several of my Facebook friends like to post inspirational and thought-provoking quotes on a regular basis. Two or three of them have recently posted a quote which has been attributed to Lao Tzu
If you are depressed you are living in the past.
If you are anxious you are living in the future.
If you are at peace you are living in the present.
As someone who has lately been bouncing back and forth between these states of mind, I can appreciate the essential wisdom of the quote. Most of my feelings of depression lately have been spurred on by my regrets about things I wish I had done differently in my life, and so in that regard, they are an instance of dwelling in the past. Most of my anxiety stems from my concerns about where our country is headed under its current leadership (or lack thereof), and my feelings of uncertainty or even paralysis as to what is or should be the best path for me to take from this point forward. The more I think about it, the more overwhelming the many different options start to become.
Partly because of the circumstances which have fueled both my recent feelings of depression and of anxiety, I also have to wonder whether or not the “living in the present” endorsed by the quote is really so desirable after all. When things are going well, yes, that sounds ideal, but isn’t there the risk of a sort of complacency which can result in self-indulgence, lack of ambition and disengagement?
I thought of these points and more yesterday when Glenn Reynolds linked to
a post by Sarah Hoyt entitled “If You Don’t Work, You Die.”
In the post, Hoyt reflects on the importance of what she refers to as envy and striving for growth and life, which, to my mind suggests a certain resistance to complacency. She reflects on an experiment in Denver in the 1970s with a guaranteed minimum income and the finding that a certain segment of the population was content to live on it and to stop striving to better their lives, and she speculates that it is partly an inherited trait which had value in the conservation of social energy. The part of the post that fascinated me the most was when she described herself in the following terms:
Some of us are broken. We were given both envy and high principles. We can’t even contemplate bringing others down to level things, but instead we work madly to increase our status. (No, it’s not how I think about it, but it’s probably what’s going on in the back of the monkey brain.) Most of humanity however is functional. Give them enough to eat, and a place to live, and no matter how unvaried the diet and how small/terrible the place, most people will stay put.
It seems to me that she has hit on something crucial there because although I’m often tempted to focus on being content with things the way are, every so often something happens to jar me from that state of mind, either by making me feel depressed or anxious or by throwing me off balance completely with some new dream or hope.
I’d like to write more about the disruptive power and potential value of such dreams, but for the time being, I’d like to pose a question for our readers. When we live in difficult and challenging times, how can one try to remain “in the present” without falling into complacency or without becoming disengaged from the sorts of issues and problems that threaten to make existence even more trying and difficult?