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Maybe We Should Be a Bit More Like Somalia

Posted by V the K at 9:49 am - July 13, 2016.
Filed under: Free Enterprise

People of a conservative/libertarian persuasion believe that our current level of Government is overbearing, intrusive, and far too expensive to be sustainable; that it should be reduced in size to a level that doesn’t crush individual freedom or free enterprise, and is fiscally sustainable. (This is what the left calls “radical extremism.)

It’s a common trope on the left to respond to such a suggestion with, “Oh, so you HATE police, and fire protection, and infrastructure! Because those are things that only GOVERNMENT can provide. You must want to DESTROY the Government and live like SOMALIA!” Because to the left’s limited way of thinking, the only alternative to bloated, expensive, corrupt, bureaucratic, all-intrusive Government is the other extreme, anarchy. The idea of a limited Government, doing a limited number of necessary things is something the left is simply unable to conceptualize.

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Getting back to Somalia; it actually turns out that Government is *not* necessary to provide basic infrastructure and private enterprise actually does it pretty well, given a chance; even in a dystopian warzone.

The cell phone is itself a key player in the two decades of civil war in Somalia. By 2000 clan militias and warlords had created enough stability to enable growth in commercial activity. For example, by 2004 three cell phone companies competed to provide service ($10 a month for free local calls, 50 cents a minute for international calls and 50 cents an hour to get on the Internet.) Each new cell phone transmitter installed required that the local clan chief or warlord get a payment. Everyone recognizes the value of the new phone service, after having gone without for years after the old government run phone company was looted and destroyed. As a result, phone company equipment really is protected by the clans and warlords, who do not want to lose their dial tone. The new phone service is cheaper and more reliable than the old government owned landline phone network. This is because there is competition, no government bureaucracy and no taxes (other than the necessary bribes and security payments). There is some fear that if a new government gets established well enough regulations and taxes will greatly increase the cost of service, and reduce reliability. Not yet and for years all of Somalia had better, and cheaper, phone service than any of the other nations in the region. But that’s another story. Even al Shabaab had to respect the cell phone network, even though they tried to shut down cell towers some of the time to avoid detection. Al Shabaab lost that battle. Cell phone service became one of the things nearly all Somalis would fight for.

The Gaslighters in the woodwork

Let’s be honest: The problems of American blacks today are caused largely by white intellectuals and politicians, and I mean the left-wing ones.

In the 1930s, such people created Planned Parenthood specifically to abort black babies (google Margaret Sanger). In the 1960s, such people created the Welfare State (Lyndon Johnson’s “Great Society”) which annihilated the traditional black family and led generations of American inner-city blacks away from productive pursuits, into dead-ends of left-wing “community activism” and much worse.

And today, such people pander to (or sometimes form the white membership of) the group #BlackLivesMatter, which perversely tries to lead blacks into a dead-end of complaining, hateful racism against whites. If ever, after we entered the 20th century, there was some kind of plot by American whites to destroy blacks and keep them down: American left-liberalism would be it. (If.)

Racism is both an illusion and a real problem (as illusions sometimes can be). Racism in America is being fomented even as we speak, by privileged, white American left-liberals. Not racism in the sense that America discriminates terribly against blacks, but the opposite: racism in the sense that America wants to give blacks an unreal sense of entitlement. Racism in the sense that America throws crutches and deadweights to blacks (not helping hands) and foments mistaken beliefs, both about blacks and among blacks.

Whose fault is it? If, for your entire life, the rich white lady who gets away with every crime (*cough* Hillary among others) tells you that America OWES you a living and owes you intense accommodation of your whims and that she will use government (force) to make sure you get it, wouldn’t you begin to believe her? I would.

In effect and for generations, narcissistic American lefties have been trying to gaslight American blacks.

Gaslighting is a form of psychological abuse used by narcissists in order to instill in their victims an extreme sense of anxiety and confusion to the point where they no longer trust their own memory, perception or judgment…

The intention is to, in a systematic way, target the victim’s mental equilibrium, self confidence, and self esteem so that they are no longer able to function in an independent way. Gaslighting involves the abuser to frequently and systematically withhold factual information from the victim, and replace it with false information.

And yet some people blame blacks, the recipients of systematic gaslighting by American leftists. And blame blacks on the basis of their race. In short: Yes, Virginia, some people are nasty racists.

As tragic, current events have put “race” into the news and caused GayPatriot to increase its coverage, I have encountered perhaps 1 or 2 of these people in our comments. If “conservative” in America means that you value human dignity, independence and freedom – if – then I can’t consider these people conservatives; I personally, and sadly, am forced to think of them as accomplices to the vicious and evil schemes of the Left.

Here (#17) are (#19) three (#38) recent comments that I have in mind.

…Negroes seem incapable of governing or producing anything of value.

Black people are a violent, criminal, underclass.

If all blacks disappeared, America’s cities would become much safer and more livable.

I could spell out what’s wrong with the above quotes. (For example: What about white meth addicts and dealers, as a violent and criminal underclass? What about certain white Democrat leaders, like the Clintons or Jon Corzine (D), as a violent and criminal overclass? What about brilliant black Americans like Ben Carson, Clarence Thomas, Thomas Sowell, Condi Rice, Janice Rogers-Brown and Allen West? How about if we take people as individuals and categorize them by their behavior and ideas and character content, not by something dumb like their genes and melanin content?)

I could spell it out, but another part of me says: Why bother? Hate is hate. It’s part of racism. That being so, it’s enough to say that anyone who wants to bring it here to GayPatriot ought to take it elsewhere.

I want less criminal violence in America: less from poor people – who may be white or black or any race; AND, less criminal violence from certain rich people and top leaders in the Political-Financial Complex – who, again, may be white or black or any so-called “race”.

Obama Hijacks Funeral Service to Push the Democrat Left Agenda

Posted by V the K at 9:02 pm - July 12, 2016.
Filed under: Obama Watch

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Obama chose the occasion of a Police memorial service to call the cops racist, push for more Government spending, and… oh, yeah… push gun control.

The Westboro Baptists just called to say, “Dude, it’s a funeral. Inappropes!”

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Community Activist: “Abolish the police.”

We need to abolish the police, period. Demilitarize the police, disarm the police, and we need to come up with community solutions for transformative justice.” — Jessica Disu, community activist

“Sounds good to me” – Every urban thug.

You should really treat yourself to the video so you can see the smug look of simultaneous self-righteousness and clueless vacuity as she makes her proclamation.

What do you suppose she means by “community solutions for transformative justice?”

Nothing. She means nothing by it. She just likes the sound of the words as they dribble out of her pie hole.

You know who else thought they were a “community solution for transformative justice?” The KKK.

Jeb Bush May Have Learned Something

Posted by V the K at 2:54 pm - July 12, 2016.
Filed under: Jeb Bush

Jeb Bush was interviewed yesterday and actually might just have learned something from the experience of being beaten by a Tang-Haired Angry Clown.

NICOLLE WALLACE: Did we — I mean, it can’t all be on Trump. Our voters wanted something else. Did we stop talking to them? Did we stop understanding them?

JEB BUSH: They’re– the difference is– no, I don’t think so. I think the difference is people don’t believe anything anybody says anymore.

Well, yeah, because politicians have been promising to secure the border for 30 years, and done nothing. Because politicians claim trade deals are always good for America, yet ever since NAFTA and normalization of trade with China, middle class incomes have either stagnated or declined. Because politicians promise to do to the will of the people, but instead enact the will of the cronies and interest groups.

The voters have internalized that politicians are lying to them. They’re willing to take a chance that an outsider — even a shifty con-man — might not be lying to them. At least, not about everything.

Quibbling with Sowell

Posted by V the K at 7:21 am - July 12, 2016.
Filed under: Economy

Ace quotes Thomas Sowell:

It bothers me a little when conservatives call Barack Obama a “socialist.” He certainly is an enemy of the free market, and wants politicians and bureaucrats to make the fundamental decisions about the economy. But that does not mean that he wants government ownership of the means of production, which has long been a standard definition of socialism. What President Obama has been pushing for, and moving toward, is more insidious: government control of the economy, while leaving ownership in private hands. That way, politicians get to call the shots but, when their bright ideas lead to disaster, they can always blame those who own businesses in the private sector.

Thus the Obama administration can arbitrarily force insurance companies to cover the children of their customers until the children are 26 years old. Obviously, this creates favourable publicity for President Obama. But if this and other government edicts cause insurance premiums to rise, then that is something that can be blamed on the “greed” of the insurance companies. The same principle, or lack of principle, applies to many other privately owned businesses. It is a very successful political ploy that can be adapted to all sorts of situations.

I would quibble that what Obama favors is a kind of Socialism, just that he achieves it through regulation rather than confiscation. But the end result is the same… a planned, political economy where political operatives make decisions according to their own prerogatives rather than letting people make decisions for themselves. The hugely expensive politically-driven push to wind and solar power that results in consumers paying more for energy is one example, and the wretched and unpalatable school lunches dictated by the whims of the president’s wife are another. Then there is, of course, Obamacare where the Government decides men should have to pay for women’s gynecological services and the mentally healthy must pay for the genital mutilation of transgendered people because these are voting blocs for the ruling political coalition. Britain’s NHS has politicized and bureaucratized the practice of medicine; Obamacare has achieved the same result with the thin veneer that private bureaucrats, rather than Government ones, administer the program.

If all a company’s decisions are dictated by the Government, the company is de facto socialized. And when the details of running the economy are worked out between corrupt politicians and corrupt businessmen, Obama has successfully nationalized the Chicago style of Government.

Clinton’s Epic Pander to #BlackLivesMatter

Posted by V the K at 9:45 pm - July 11, 2016.
Filed under: Hillary Clinton

In the wake of the murders of five police officers by an unhinged racist black lunatic, Hillary Clinton says…

“I will call for white people like myself to put ourselves in the shoes of those African-American families who fear every time their children go somewhere, who have to have the talk about how to really protect themselves when they’re the ones that should be expecting protection from encounters with police,” said Clinton.

Maybe you should put yourself in the heels of an ordinary black person who mishandled classified documents and lied under oath to cover it up; you’d probably be in jail.

Is there anyone who epitomizes privilege better than Hillary Rodham Clinton?

Update: The Zuckerberg Personal Data Accumulator goes to bat for Hillary: Page of memes critical of Hillary Clinton taken down by order of Facebook.

#BLM Apparently Not Serious About That ‘NonViolence’ Stuff

When #BlackLivesMatter apologists were saying, “Hey, they denounced the attacks in Dallas and said they’re committed to non-violence,” in order to absolve them of the carnage that was brought about, in part, by the violent rhetoric and actual violence that #BlackLivesMatter has promoted, or at a minimum, tolerated…. this was my response:

If BLM and its core principles really are peaceful, two things are going to happen.

1. BLM is going to crack down hard on elements within its groups that advocate violence.

2. BLM’s rhetoric is going to change from confrontational to cooperative

I will wait and see if these things happen.

Have #BlackLivesMatter activists toned down, much less rejected violence as a tactic?

This is what happened in Minnesota last night.

Protesters began throwing objects, including fireworks, rebar, bricks and a molotov cocktail at officers, according to the St. Paul Police Department. There were 21 police officers injured from thrown objects, including a hit to the head from a 25 pound item, later identified as a concrete block.

I would take that as a no.

By the way, issuing a statement to the press after the violence has happened denying that your group had anything to do with the violence is not a crackdown.

Frankly, I don’t get what these protests are supposed to accomplish anyway. What does marching through the street accomplish that is better than sitting down at a table with your opponents and talking with them? How does blocking traffic and preventing innocent people from getting to work or home to the hospital help advance the cause? Are these tactics even meant to achieve anything, or are they just to give violent people a space to act out and their enablers a space to bask in their smug sense of social justice?

Update: Interestingly, when a much larger number of dangerous assault-weapon-owners get together to engage in civil disobedience, there is no violence.

Some vids worth seeing

Posted by Jeff (ILoveCapitalism) at 9:53 pm - July 10, 2016.
Filed under: Racism (Real, Reverse or Faux)

I was already drafting this post when we were graced by the presence of Emily from V the K’s “Leftsplaining” post. She says,

What I’m advocating for is to *listen* to what black people have to say about racism. This information can be extremely challenging but it’s a necessary perspective if you ever want to think critically about racism instead of simply amplifying your own feelings in an echo chamber forever.

Excellent. Emily, this post has now been re-purposed for you. Let’s *listen* now and let our ideas be challenged, shall we?

This black person says that ALL lives matter. (What a concept, huh? #AllLivesMatter, that’s a movement I could get into.)

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A couple more. This black person discusses the connections between slavery, racism, income gaps, and the plight of African-American families:

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Compare and Contrast

Barack Obama on Micah X. Johnson:

“I think it’s very hard to untangle the motives of this shooter,” Mr. Obama said of the gunman, Micah X. Johnson. “By definition if you shoot people who pose no threat to you, you have a troubled mind.”

Barack Obama on Dylan Roof.

“The fact that this took place in a black church obviously also raises questions about a dark part of our history. This is not the first time that black churches have been attacked. And we know that hatred across races and faiths pose a particular threat to our democracy and our ideals.”

Conclusion: Barack Obama can read minds, but only those of white racists.

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Also, Ace links to this interview where a pair of #BlackLivesMatter activists were asked, “What do you want from white people?” The question is met first with awkward silence, and then with an obvious attempt to change the subject. To the question, “What actual racism have you suffered in your life,” the BLM activist can only come up with her boss suggesting her hairstyle was not professional. Not exactly Bull Connor with a firehose.

The Obamacomony

The size of the U.S. deficit isn’t the only thing they lie about. Unemployment is another.

Last week, The New York Times trumpeted, Jobs Roar Back With Gain of 287,000 in June, Easing Worry, with the official unemployment rate at 4.9%. Isn’t it wonderful?

“Wow, this one takes my breath away,” said Diane Swonk, an independent economist in Chicago.

Ooh, she’s “independent” – that makes her reaction valid! But here’s the real story.

  • The same jobs report has downward-revised the previous months’ numbers (from bad to horrible).
  • In the Bush years, the media would treat a jobs number in the 200k range as a crisis.
  • The Obama so-called “recovery” is the Weakest. On. Record.
  • Most of the jobs created in the Obama years, including the recent jobs report, are part-time and low-paying.
  • In the Obama years, tens of millions of Americans have given up even hoping for a job. “Labor force participation” has plummeted to lows not seen since the 1970s.
  • If we use the participation rate from early 2009 when Obama took office, the unemployment rate is 11%. (And that’s ignoring under-employment / the part-time jobs.)
  • And no, the declining participation isn’t because “the Baby Boomers are retiring”. They’re not retiring. Under Obama, they can’t afford it. They’ve been coming out of retirement, to take those low-paying, part-time Obamajobs from young people.
  • Young people face a crisis; many can’t get an entry-level job.

Perhaps this is why President Obama has the highest U.S. suicide rate in 30 years.

Deficit update

First, let’s do a National Debt update. You’ll see why, in a minute.

As of this day, the U.S. national debt is $19.3 trillion. ($13.9 trillion held by the public; $5.4 trillion “intragovernmental”, for example, Treasury bonds held by Social Security.)

When President Obama took over from President Bush, it was $10.6 trillion. ($6.3 trillion held by the public; $4.3 intragovernmental)

So, Obama has already more-than-doubled the part of the U.S. national debt that everyone agrees is important (what’s “held by the public”). And he’s on track to double the total, by the time he leaves office.

But there’s more. On this day 3 years ago, the total was $16.7 trillion. So, over the past 3 years, the U.S. operating deficit – the money that the U.S. Treasury actually had to borrow to pay for stuff – has been $2.6 trillion, or roughly $865 billion per year.

That’s funny because the three most recent U.S. budget deficits are supposed to be much smaller. 2014 – $483 billion, 2015 – $438 billion, 2016 – $616 billion; for a total of $1.5 trillion. (September-ending fiscal year means a 2-3 month shift from the dates I used above; but that does not alter the story drastically.)

What does it mean? It means they’re lying to us about the size of the U.S. budget deficit. And they’ve been lying for years, as I’ve blogged previously.

Oh, you could say “Come now, the accounting numbers are accurate, they’re just using some budget/accounting tricks to hide a big chunk of their spending-and-borrowing.” But I consider tricks to be lies. Don’t you?

According to left-wingers like MSNBC and Rachel Maddow, or even the Dear Leader Himself, His Dear Leadership has reduced the U.S. annual budget deficit by 2/3. No, pumpkins. It hasn’t. You lie.

Weirdo

Posted by V the K at 11:02 pm - July 9, 2016.
Filed under: Gay Culture

This dude is obsessed with food, sex, and masturbation, which makes him a much sought-after speaker on the college lecture circuit.

Describing store customers who are “repulsed” by more exotic spice combinations, Friedman argues that people who stick to salt and pepper “have a strict recipe for life … believe in sex for procreation only” and live their lives “in fear of falling off the edge.” Hence they seek “refuge in rules and regulations.”

He continues with the theme, saying people who keep their spices simple are the driving forces behind “anti-gay, anti-birth control, anti-sex education sentiment.”

Actually, if the steak is a good cut and is cooked well, the only spices you need are salt and pepper.

But whatever… weirdo.

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Leftsplaining How White People Are Supposed to React to Cop Shootings

Posted by V the K at 2:31 pm - July 9, 2016.
Filed under: Liberals

A social leftist snowflake in Seattle shares her mindthoughts on the issue of how white people should react to “The Televised Execution of Black People.” Here’s the TLDR version:

1. Liberals, artists, and LGBTQAWXYZ are the most racially enlightened beings in the universe.
2. People who don’t live in cities are dumb.
3. If you’re not wallowing in white guilt, seek out an urban liberal artist or gay person to teach you how.
4. Once you have learned how wrong it is to be white, share your wisdom with those unenlightened hicks from the suburbs and rural areas (but try to be patient, because, remember, they aren’t as enlightened as you.)

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Nowhere does the most special of special snowflakes counsel, “When you see media coverage of a policeman shooting a black person, you should calm your t-ts and wait until you learn more about the facts and circumstances.”

Also, there’s this:

We tolerate the regular, televised execution of Black men in our streets because when it comes down to it, we don’t value their lives quite as highly as our own.

Oh, pumpkin, that’s not racism, that’s human nature. It’s normal to value one’s own life above the lives of strangers. My personal hierarchy of lives I care about goes: Immediate Family; Extended Family; Pets; Friends; Other People’s Pets; Stray Cats; Certain Porn Stars; the rest of the Human Race.

It isn’t that I don’t care about the rest of humanity *at all,* but I care much more about those whom I have bonded with than people I don’t know. However, that does not mean I “tolerate” injustice or violence against people I don’t know. It means I, rationally, recognize the limits of my ability to do anything about it.

Will PC Ruin the MST3K Reboot?

Posted by V the K at 11:36 am - July 9, 2016.
Filed under: Political Correctness

Probably. The reboot is being driven by Joel Hodgson, who was never as funny as Mike to begin with. Joel always seemed ored and too cool for the room. Mike Nelson had a fresh enthusiasm for the material. I have always preferred Mike to Joel.

If this review of the new host’s debut is any indication, I’m not going to like the new direction.

More importantly, we got a hint of the new voice (Jonah) Ray will presumably provide; Ray’s riffs included jabs at xenophobia, racism, cat-calling, and Internet trolls.

But if the new show is going to be MSJWT3K — forget it. I’ll stick with Rifftrax.

Yes, even though Felicia Day will be attached to the reboot.

#BlackLivesMatter Made a Wish, In Dallas, it Came True

Posted by V the K at 11:10 am - July 8, 2016.
Filed under: Racism (Real, Reverse or Faux)

Update and Bump: Dallas shooter literally killed by Robo-Cop. “The suspect said he was upset with white people and wanted to kill white people, especially white officers.”

Gee, and just who has been on a tirade against “White Privilege” and Racist White Cops?

Update without Bump: Idiotic Lesbian Pundit Sally Kohn:  Don’t Blame #BlackLivesMatter for the Actions of Rogue Violent Elements, But Do Blame All Cops For Racism

Further Update: OMG, even when you don’t like someone, seeing them embarrass themselves like this is painful.

 Nutjob leftists on social media apparently didn’t get the memo that they’re supposed to repudiate violence and stuff. Talking points people!

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#BlackLivesMatter, properly understood, is a racist hate group that has long been a proponent of violence against police (although they claim that the death threats chanted at their rallies are “just a joke.”)

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And last night in Dallas, the #BlackLivesMatter movement got exactly what they’ve been instigating for: Five Cops Murdered at what most of the media have taken pains to call a “Peaceful” Black Lives Matter March.

But no one is going to call them out on their violent, racially charged rhetoric. No one is going to call them an extremist hate group. That language is reserved for people who want really dangerous and radical things like reduced Government spending and Constitutional governance. Besides, Democrats are already blaming the NRA. No way are they going to hold part of their own electoral coalition responsible for this. Democrat politicians stoke racial tensions in order to increase the turnout of minority voters as part of a cynical, but highly effective, electoral strategy.

By the way, before the shootings yesterday, President Obama said that cops are racist.

Speaking earlier during a visit to Warsaw, Poland, for a NATO summit, Obama commented on the deaths of Sterling and Castile, saying the police shootings weren’t “isolated incidents.”

“They’re symptomatic of a broader set of racial disparities that exist in our criminal justice system,” he said, calling Americans to work together to solve the issue rather than letting it “degenerate into the usual political scrum.”

Don’t you just love all this Obama Era racial healing?

For the record: YES, Hillary is a criminal

…who sought-and-received such special treatment that now, in her own person, she embodies the most corrupt, disgraceful and dangerous aspects of American political life.

Allen B. West gives a summary:

…here’s what FBI Director Comey said regarding Hillary Clinton and this email server episode:

  • He concluded Hillary was “extremely careless” in handling our nation’s secrets.
  • He admitted no reasonable person could have believed putting these emails on a private server was at all appropriate or acceptable.
  • He admitted 110 emails on the server were classified at the time they were sent — showing Hillary not only lied, but knowingly endangered national security as secretary of state.
  • He admitted Hillary deleted work-related emails before turning them over to the State Department, despite her claims otherwise.
  • And, most shocking, Mr. Comey even admitted it’s likely foreign governments hacked her emails — and our adversaries could know critical secrets about the U.S. government because of Hillary’s actions.

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Consider that just last week, there was a secret, private meeting between former President Bill Clinton and U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch…Over the weekend, quietly, Hillary Clinton visited FBI headquarters and then came out to give an interview with MSNBC’s Chuck Todd — who stated he had inside information there would be no charges. Then…Director Comey announces a press conference — as the pre-flight checks were being conducted on Air Force One, preparing to fly President Obama and Hillary Clinton on a campaign ride to North Carolina…Comey announces no charges, and Air Force One takes off. Barack Obama is flying, on taxpayer dollar, not with someone under criminal investigation — but a recently-exonerated Hillary Clinton. This, Ladies and Gents, is the “policy of political corruption” on full display.
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When Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton stood together on that stage [in North Carolina last weekend], you saw two people who abandoned Americans to die and lied about it.

In short, and even if we leave aside the Benghazi deaths, Hillary Clinton is 100% guilty of crimes of negligence – and obstruction of justice (lying to prevent investigation). She was given a giant pass, for no reason except politics.

David Petraeus, convicted.  Scooter Libby, convicted.  Youtube filmmaker, jailed.  Edward Snowden, charged.  Hillary Clinton, Democratic nominee for President.

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A Propos of What ILC said

Posted by V the K at 10:30 am - July 8, 2016.
Filed under: Hillary Clinton

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George Takei Not Happy That Sulu’s a Ghey

Posted by V the K at 7:30 am - July 8, 2016.
Filed under: Big Hollywood

The new Star Trek movie will contain a “shocking reveal” that Lt. Sulu is gay. Isn’t that quaint? And by quaint I mean, every lazy and hackneyed. That’s what Hollywood is.

George Takei, who originated the role of Lt. Sulu and is usually totally down with Social Juicebox bullcrap isn’t happy, because he finds the idea of a gay Lt. Sulu lazy and hackneyed.

“I’m delighted that there’s a gay character,” said Takei. “Unfortunately, it’s a twisting of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry’s creation, into which he put so much thought. I think it’s really unfortunate.”

Takei said that he had expressed his concerns immediately on hearing of the plot development, which involves the revelation that, as well as a daughter, Sulu has a same-sex partner.

The actor reportedly encouraged the film-makers to be “imaginative and create a character who has a history of being gay, rather than Sulu, who had been straight all this time, suddenly being revealed as being closeted”.

 

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Another casualty of the JJ Abrams alternate timeline.

 

Russia Passes a Law the American Left Will Love

Posted by V the K at 7:47 pm - July 7, 2016.
Filed under: War on Christians

Trying to verify this, but there is word from Russia that Vladimir Putin is going to sign, or has signed, a law that severely restricts religious freedom .

Christians in Russia won’t be allowed to email their friends an invitation to church or to evangelize in their own homes if Russia’s newest set of surveillance and anti-terrorism laws are enacted.

The proposed laws, considered the country’s most restrictive measures in post-Soviet history, place broad limitations on missionary work, including preaching, teaching, and engaging in any activity designed to recruit people into a religious group.

To share their faith, citizens must secure a government permit through a registered religious organization, and they cannot evangelize anywhere besides churches and other religious sites. The restrictions even apply to activity in private residences and online.

 

Sterilizing the public square of all religious speech? Forcing Christians to “keep it in church, behind closed doors?” Making it illegal to “shove your religion in my face” by inviting someone to church? It’s an American leftist’s wet dream.