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North Dakota Weather Alert

Via Ace of Spades HQ. Language warning for the easily offended, although if you have to put up with this most recent manifestation of "global warming"/"climate change", swearing comes pretty naturally:
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How To Land In Your Boss's Doghouse For Christmas

Step 1: Have your Superstar Opinion Writer, who made his name with a ferocious defense of free speech when it was under attack in Canada (of all places!), pen a typically biting and satiric piece on Le Affair Robertson.
Look, I’m an effete foreigner who likes show tunes. My Broadway book was on a list of “Twelve Books Every Gay Man Should Read.” Andrew Sullivan said my beard was hot. Leonard Bernstein stuck his tongue in my mouth (long story). But I’m not interested in living in a world where we have to tiptoe around on ever thinner eggshells. If it’s a choice between having celebrity chefs who admit to having used the N-word in 1977 (or 1965, or 1948, or whenever the hell it was) and reality-show duck-hunters who quote Corinthians and Alec Baldwin bawling out some worthless paparazzo who’s doorstepping his family with a “homophobic” slur, or having all of them banished from public life and thousands upon millions more too cowed and craven to speak lest the same fate befall them, I’ll take the former any day.

Superstar Opinion Writer (you know, the ferocious defender of free speech) stooped to repeating two very old, very hoary vaudeville-style jokes as examples of speech that is simply no longer allowed in today's society. Well . . .

Step 2: Have the Editor for said Superstar Opinion Writer affect the vapours that Superstar Opinion Writer would stoop to such unseemly, uncivil, biting sarcasm, singling out, of course, those very jokes that Superstar Opinion Writer identified as using language which . . . er . . . causes the vapours among the vaporous. Horrors!
By way of criticizing speech, I’ll say that I found the derogatory language in this column, and especially the slur in its borrowed concluding joke, both puerile in its own right and disappointing coming from a writer of such talent.

Er, yeah. I'll take "missing the point" for 200, Alex? But wait! There's more!

Step 3: Superstar Opinion Writer replies, bluntly and directly, to his Editor:
It is a matter of some regret to me that my own editor at this publication does not regard this sort of thing as creepy and repellent rather than part of the vibrant tapestry of what he calls an “awakening to a greater civility”. I’m not inclined to euphemize intimidation and bullying as a lively exchange of ideas – “the use of speech to criticize other speech”, as Mr Steorts absurdly dignifies it. So do excuse me if I skip to the men’s room during his patronizing disquisition on the distinction between “state coercion” and “cultural coercion”. I’m well aware of that, thank you. In the early days of my free-speech battles in Canada, my friend Ezra Levant used a particular word to me: “de-normalize”. Our enemies didn’t particularly care whether they won in court. Whatever the verdict, they’d succeed in “de-normalizing” us — that’s to say, putting us beyond the pale of polite society and mainstream culture. “De-normalizing” is the business GLAAD and the other enforcers are in.

One of the greatest lines in Hollywood movie history was uttered by Clint Eastwood, in the movie Magnum Force.



"A Man's Got To Know His Limitations."

For Step 4, and to provide a counterexample to Dirty Harry's mordant observation, the Editor defensively doubles-down on his ill-considered rebuke of Superstar Opinion Writer:
The point is basic courtesy, Mark. It’s that you could mount your opposing argument without insulting people. Sure, you have the right to insult people, but I can’t sympathize much with someone who exercises that right just to prove it exists, which seems to have been part of your rhetorical strategy. What I would like to de-normalize is boorishness, whatever its content. I would do that by criticizing your manners, not by “indefinitely suspend[ing]” you, which would not be my decision anyway.

No, Mr. Editor, that is not the point at all. There's a term on the Internet for what you have just done: beclowning yourself.

Step 5, the denouement, in which we see that Bosses generally don't appreciate it when underlings beclown themselves on the Internet. True to this rock-solid principle, we see said Editor getting very publicly, directly, and thoroughly slapped down by his boss, the Publisher.
I believe Mark Steyn’s new column is a triumph, and wrote him on Friday to say that. The ensuing critical take on it by my colleague, Jason Steorts, left my head shaking.
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The Left does not distinguish about the field of battle, culture, or state. Its goal is . . . the goal. If the desire is to shut you up, Duck Dynasty Commander or Mark Steyn or NR, they will find a way. This isn’t some academic exercise — it is a fight. So we must deal with reality, and not build artificial constructs.
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Mark’s column referred to an old Bob Hope joke about whether a California gay-rights law would become compulsory, and the stink in the air is that — compulsion. For the left, the fight is about silencing critics and, even worse, forcing people and institutions to do those things — provide abortifacients, accept gay marriage — they find wrong, and sinful.
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Fruits? Compulsory acceptance and even forced participation are the fruits the Left intends to harvest.

There's another old Internet saying for what just happened here: "That's gonna leave a mark."

Pun intended.
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"You are a sinner. We all are."

The ridiculousness of the alleged uproar over "Duck Dynasty" personality Phil Robertson hinges largely on the denial, among those who criticize Robertson for his remarks, of the very existence of a thing called "sin."

Of course, this is in itself contradictory, because the criticizers are compelled to purge Robertson from the community of right-thinking people for the sin of believing in a conception of sin which the criticizers do not wish to recognize.

If you're having trouble wrapping your head around that last sentence, don't worry too much about it--that just means that you're fundamentally a sensible person. That's because the position of Robertson's criticizers makes no logical sense, except as a naked appeal to a blatantly bigoted anti-Christian agenda. Which of course puts to the lie the criticizer's attempt to claim the moral high ground of anti-discrimination, since they're fully engaged in religious discrimination--against Christians in this case, and their beliefs--among which is the belief that homosexuality is a sin against God.

What Robertson's criticizers want to say, but don't dare to say quite yet anyway, is that the uncritical acceptance of deviant lifestyles is mandatory in order to participate in civil society--according to the criticizers, anyway. (And please, don't insult my intelligence by trying to claim that homosexuality is not a deviant lifestyle. Biology itself, let alone religion, argues against that. Saying that a behavior is deviant is not in itself a value judgment, by the way. it is simply a slightly more contentious way of stating what is and is not normal behavior--i.e. heterosexual behavior is normal behavior for any species--versus homosexual behavior which for any species, human or otherwise, is not normal behavior. If science bothers you, then that's your problem, not mine.)

Let's move on to some other things that Robertson said, that his criticizers are bound and determined to ignore. Let's have a look, shall we?
“We never, ever judge someone on who’s going to heaven, hell. That’s the Almighty’s job. We just love ’em, give ’em the good news about Jesus—whether they’re homosexuals, drunks, terrorists. We let God sort ’em out later, you see what I’m saying?”

Now, most people will see what they want to see in that quote, but try very, very, very hard to focus on the first two sentences, and the first clause of the third sentence.

Yeah.

The words of a hater, obviously.

So forgive me if I don't join the lynch mob. One side is screaming for somebody's hide. The other side is saying "we'll just try to love people and let God sort things out." One side is for the worst sort of ideological purity tests, the other side is for tolerance and compassion. One side says "We're all sinners" and the other side seems hell-bent on proving them right.

Which side you really want to be on?
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Air Force Band goes flash-mob at Smithsonian



via IJReview

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If you like your web site, you can keep it. If not . . .



Photo credit The Daily News (Memphis, TN), click on link for full story and larger picture.

I wonder if in the "Dummies" series there are the titles Governing for Dummies, American Political Philosophy for Dummies and Obeying The Very Law You Do-Gooding Twits And Idiots Yourselves Passed 'In Order To See What's In It' for Dummies.

Perhaps we could take up a collection and buy for Obama and his administration the complete set. Not that it would actually do a lot of good with this bunch, I'm afraid. But it's the thought that counts, isn't it?
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Fascist is as fascist does

Definition, from The Concise Encyclopedia of Economics:
As an economic system, fascism is socialism with a capitalist veneer.
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Where socialism sought totalitarian control of a society’s economic processes through direct state operation of the means of production, fascism sought that control indirectly, through domination of nominally private owners. Where socialism nationalized property explicitly, fascism did so implicitly, by requiring owners to use their property in the “national interest”—that is, as the autocratic authority conceived it.

See also:


Image scraped from Andrew Malcom's Twitter feed.
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It's dead, Barry . . .

Obamacare aka the "Affordable Care Act" is an unmitigated disaster. Many people who think they’ve signed up for a plan actually have not.

It is stillborn. But like a bereaved mother, its backers clutch its lifeless body to themselves, murmuring softly to it and urging it to suckle. But to no avail.

It's dead, Jim.

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Baby Turtles

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Friday Night Links

Sure. Why not?

3 Ways You Know BuzzFeed Is Taking Your Stuff

Missouri Lawmakers Override Veto to Enact Good Samaritan Law -- Yes, out-of-state doctors can now legally provide medical services to Missouri poor and inner-city people. No, they could not have done so before. Yes, the Democrat Governor of Missouri vetoed the bill to allow doctors to be doctors in Missouri. Yes, the Republican legislature of Missouri overrode the veto. Tell me again which party cares more about the poor?

And Now We Dither . . . -- Incompetence combined with a tragically mistaken worldview has its consequences.

The Death of Gun Control

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel apologizes for decades of police torture -- Hmm. What political party has been so dominant in Chicago that it's commonly referred to as a "machine?" Do you suppose maybe that's not a real good idea?

This Depressing Economy: It's far closer to the dreadful 1930s than you might think.

Chicago Ends Gun Registration Requirement -- Not voluntarily, mind you . . . forced to recognize citizen's rights by Federal courts. Hmm. Which party dominated Southern slave-holding states before the Civil War? Hint: Not the Republicans. That other party is all too willing to ignore large swaths of the Constitution when they find them inconvenient. Do you suppose maybe that's not a real good idea?

Gallup: Number of Americans Who Trust Government To Fix Country’s Problems At All-Time Low…

American Ineffectualism: Every American ally is cringing with embarrassment at the amateurishness of the last month.

Rush Limbaugh Producer: Mainstream Media Want to Take Down Champions of Conservatism -- That producer, who's had the job for many years now, is black, by the way.

Legendary Rock Star Eviscerates Media in Powerful Defense of Tim Tebow: ‘They’re A**holes’

Democrats block resolution to create joint select committee to investigate Benghazi

Yeah. That's enough. For a LONG time.

I'll be back when I can stomach some more of this . . .
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Truth, redux

Oh, my.

Ace. Of Ace of Spades HQ fame.

Ace comments:
I never doubt the equality of the sexes until I read Feminists.


Yeah. I'm there. I'm totally down with the equality of the sexes thing, until I get a snootful of doctrinaire, activist "feminist" rhetoric, which is nothing but tiresome, warmed over politics-of-envy and Marxist dogma (but I repeat myself).

See, that's why Ace is firmly ensconced in the second or third tier of big-time bloggers, and I'm . . . well . . . I post stuff, every once in a while. He's able to pound out a thousand-word-plus post inspired by this nonsense, and I am--significantly more taciturn. Sometimes I think I have an insufficiently disdainful view of my fellow men. And women.

OK, I often think my view of mankind in general is insufficiently disdainful. Hey, what can I say? I'm an optimist . . .

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