Stephen King Has Been in a Coma for the Past Seven Years

Today Mr. King and a bunch of other people who make their living fantasizing for money released a letter condemning Donald Trump.  It is OK as boilerplate, but coming as it does after seven years of rule by executive fiat it rings pretty hollow.  At least Stephen has an excuse since he has killed off the better part of his brain cells over the years abusing various substances, so if he is missing a few years here or there then it is understandable.  And his profession involves him locking himself in a room and ignoring the outside world so that doesn’t help either.  But all of these writers couldn’t have been locked in a cellar together for the entire last 7 years.   I have not heard of most of them, and even the ones I have (such as Amy Tan) I am only familiar with to the extent that I know to avoid their work.

Trump is not who I would pick for president over anyone other than someone like Hillary, but there is not a thing on this list that Obama hasn’t already done.  This is more otherizing, and safespace nonsense from people who can’t stand to have the slightest thing not go their way.  They hope you are a dope and will accept their celebrity as some sort of  authority.  Because really, who has a better grasp on politics than someone who thinks cars can be inhabited by malevolent spirits?

Here is the open letter they wrote to the American public along with a few comments that many Americans might wish to make in return;

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UTK Embarrasses Itself by Implementing Marxist Parking Prices

So you think that everyone should pay the same price if they consume the same good or service?  Well, you are wrong!  Little did you know that you should be charged based on your ability to pay.  Behold the parking permit prices for comrades employees of the People’s University of Tennessee.

  • $29,999 and under annual compensation will pay $20 per month
  • $30,000 to $59,999 will pay $30 per month
  • $60,000 to $149,999 will pay $35 per month
  • $150,000 and over annual compensation will pay $50 per month

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In Case You Are Not Feeling Inadequate Enough About Your Parenting

I saw where a father who is a video game designer created an enchanted tree house for his daughter’s room.

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You can go to this link to see how he did it, but it will just depress the hell out of you.

I will say though that my own daughter is doing fine even without the fancy tree and ceramic forest friends.  She is 13 now and just returned from Space Camp in Huntsville AL.  She won an academic contest and the entire trip was paid for by a local business, Harrison Construction Company.  She also was invited to take the SAT in 7th grade because her scores on the state exams were in the top 5%.  She won’t be getting into college based on the score she received, but it was good practice for her.

Not bad considering about the closest I could come to dressing up her room like the one in the picture would be to paint the walls.  The rest of it is beyond my skills.

But just the thought that there are fathers out there doing nice things like this for their children can’t help but warm your heart.  The bastard…

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Gun and Hunting Sundries

An 11 year old boy says home invader “started crying like a little baby” after the boy shot him.  You gotta like a kid with enough moxie to mock a person who just broke in his home and threatened his life.  Hopefully he sat there and gave the perp a full ration of shit while they waited on the ambulance.  Maybe the generation which comes after the millenials won’t be another total loss.

Obama pushes “smart gun” technology.  Given that this is brought to us by the same people who brought us “smart power” and “smart diplomacy” I can only assume that, like our foreign policy, these guns will similarly refuse to harm our enemies while shooting us in the foot at every opportunity.  There is nothing like building a consistent brand.  You also have to wonder if the gun used in the first story would have been biometrically keyed to the kid vs. his parent if weapons were required to have this technology.  As much as some people worry about policemen and others being shot with their own guns, it is likely far more common that people are saved by guns wielded by those who are not the primary owner.  Lots of households have home defense weapons that can be used by friends and family should it become necessary.

On the bright side, any moves to require smart weapons will likely start with the federal government acquiring them.  I suggest the Secret Service be the first to test them.  That way if anything goes wrong we won’t really be out anything of value.

Hwange National Park to slaughter 200 lions due to lack of hunters.  You might remember that this was the park where the MOB (Moral Outrage Brigade) brought down their wrath on some poor dentist who shot a lion in Africa while he was there on a hunting trip.  As a result of the boycotts and bans there has been a dearth of hunters, which has predictably lead to an overpopulation of lions at the park.  Now the wardens there will have to cull the population.  If you ask, “what is the difference between the park rangers killing the lions and hunters doing it” the answer is about $1,000,000 (assuming $50k per hunting trip) that is not available to the local economy, or for the running of the park.

The other thing to remember is that it would not be acceptable to anyone in the MOB to have lions running around their neighborhood.  Yet, they expect Africans to be just fine with it.  Unsurprisingly, they are not.  They no more want lions roaming the streets of their villages than the typical New Yorker wants them in Central Park.  What they used to do to protect themselves was poison the local population and hunt the lions to extinction in the areas where people live (just like every other modern civilization has done and will continue to do).  What the money from the big game hunting allowed was for there to be incentives created whereby the lions were seen as having value and being a source of revenue rather than just being a threat.  Now that those incentives have been lessened it will be interesting to see what the response is.

But all of the hashtag warriors who created this problem have moved onto destroying other things and will never learn the lesson.

I had thought of the idea that maybe parks could tag the lions and then pit hunters against conservationists in a bidding war for each animal.  That way the MOB could actually do something useful rather than running around destroying things and then preening about it on Instagram.  But in the end the park could not honor any promise they made to not destroy the lions whose lives the conservationists won short of shipping those animals off to zoos.  You simply never know which animal will become a threat, and at any rate the population has to be controlled one way or the other.

Nature is red of tooth and claw, but no gazelle is ever brought down as violently and to less purpose than social media brings down those who draw its ire for being politically incorrect.

 

 

 

 

 

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A Walking Contradiction

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It is one thing to get naked for a cause you believe in. It is another to get naked for both that cause and its opposite.

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Canada Makes Bid to Become America’s Dunce Cap

I have a question for you.  Is this quote from Canada’s new Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, more disgusting than it is dumb, or is it dumber than it is disgusting?

The Liberal leader was asked which nation he admired most. He responded: “There’s a level of admiration I actually have for China. Their basic dictatorship is actually allowing them to turn their economy around on a dime.”

First I have to ask, what is the difference between a “basic dictatorship” and the “deluxe model” dictatorship?  Does the more advanced model come with less food on the shelves and colder water in the gulags?  Does the basic model come with social justice warriors  instead of block captains?  And yes, including the word “basic” is a tell.  It is meaningless here, but stupid people think they have to throw in an adjective to make themselves look smarter.  But because they are stupid the best adjective they can come up with is something basic like “basic.”  “Actually” is another tell that you are talking to a simpleton.  I know because I use it all the time.  It actually adds absolutely nothing to the content of either sentence.  (Yes, he actually uses it in both sentences.)

Canadians are supposed to be nice people, but Trudeau has gone for the Full John Kerry in how insipid and casual he is about dictatorship.  WTF Canada?  Did you look at Obama and think to yourself, “We would certainly like to have our own embarrassing idiot!  Why should the US have the biggest and best of everything?  We must close the embarrassing, and oblivious, idiot gap!  Sharing Prince Charles with England isn’t enough!”  Or did you feel like you were being left out of the whole seventies revival thing the world has going on with economic malaise in the US under what is effectively Carter’s third term?

The truth is that the only thing that has helped China is that its government has stopped doing things it never had a right to do in the first place.  It has simply gotten out of the way.  The areas where it has tried to do something affirmative have been massive failures just as they always are.

Trudeau is one of those people who has great difficulty understanding how the world works.  Cause and effect simply eludes him.  He has never had to be useful.  He has never had to understand anything.  Everything has been provided for him.  Don’t believe me?  He is the type of man who would look at someone taking the boot off your neck and praise the boot for improving your breathing!  That is the exact logical equivalent of what he said, and it is the sort of thing you would expect one of those inbred royals that are strewn about Europe to say when they are trying to be profound between bouts of flying off to Davos to complain about how much carbon all of the peons are using with their dirty, dirty jobs, and their dirty, dirty homes, and the clothing they wear on their dirty backs while they live their fetid, little, dirty, inconsequential lives. 

In short, Trudeau is every bit the preening, useless ponce leftists hoped he would be.

On the bright side, I am older and the day I will die will come sooner than it would have yesterday.  At this rate I might just miss the complete excision of The Enlightenment from the history of human progress as all of the productive people are yoked to the ever burgeoning useless idiot cart full of people who understand nothing and decide everything.

Hat tip to Instapundit for finding this.

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Emma Watson Wants to Create a New Type of Porn

As part of her quest to prove just what a privileged and sheltered life she has lead, Emma Watson has recently come out for creating a new type of porn.

Emma Watson has called for the creation of “awesome alternatives” to pornography that empower instead of objectifying women.

Extraordinarily poor grammar aside…  Golly gee, doesn’t that just sound great!  A whole new way to watch people screw!

Apparently Emma has been locked under the stairs and denied internet access for most of her adult life because there is quite literally every type of erotica and porn that the human imagination can think of available at her fingertips and she can access it easier than waving her dildo and saying alohomora.   All she has to do is type a few words and click a mouse and before her will stretch every perversion, or every erotic and sincere type of lovemaking that is possible given man’s anatomical and emotional make-up.  You can also find some types that are not possible if you include anime’, special effects and furry costumes… or so I have been told.

If Emma Watson can think of something new in the area of human sexuality then she truly is a wizard and undoubtedly deserves a Nobel Peace Piece Prize for her efforts.  But despite her fame and wealth she is just another dumb, inexperienced kid who thinks she is going to recreate how we procreate from scratch.  I think at least some of this nonsense has gotten into her head because she has started hanging out with a bad crowd.

Last month she vowed to take a year off to study feminism, and as part of that effort she has started some sort of feminist book club.  The first author she chose was Gloria Steinem, and being who she is she was able to set up an interview.  Instead of talking about deadly problems women face such as honor killing or female genital circumcision they ended up prattling on about what a shame it is that the world is covered in porn of a type that they dislike.  And you know whose fault it is?  Why it is a vast right wing conspiracy of course!

Referring to a previous conversation she and Watson had, Steinem continued: “We were both worried about the envelopment of the earth in pornographic images. Young people especially. The right wing (right wing just in a general way) on one hand is suppressing sex education and allowing, or profiteering off pornography so young people look at porno and think that’s it.

Yes, those Baptists and their damnable porn studios.  It is all their fault.  If only they would allow erotica in schools people would know there are other ways of making love and not be tempted by those filthy, pornographic videos.  But then that would cut into their profits… in some unexplained manner that exists only in Steinem’s fevered imagination.  She seems to ascribe to the underpants gnomes school of economics.  Either that or she saw the porno they made earlier in their careers.

Really, there is no sense to be had here at all.  They complain that women are objectified in porn, but never acknowledge that porn is the word we give to the type of sexual depictions  where people are objectified.  Complaining about objectification in porn is like complaining about death in murder.  It is definitional.

But not everything is porn.  There is plenty of erotica.  And you know what we call videos where women and men are not objectified, and we learn something of their character and intelligence?  We call those movies, or TV shows.  They even have plots where the characters can display all of their best traits through their actions.  Indeed there is a whole genre of both movies and novels devoted just to the adulation and worship of women.  Romance novels are written specifically to cater to women’s sensibilities.  Probably over half of all lyrics and poems ever created by man are paeans to the virtues of the feminine and the beauty that is inherent in being a woman.  And possibly the most common trope in any form of entertainment is one where a man tries to prove himself worthy of a woman’s love… never vice versa.   What more do they want?  Well, if I am to believe what Emma and Gloria say, they want your porn.  And as Heston famously said, they can have it when they pry it from my cold, dead… umm… sticky hand…  ok, maybe that wasn’t the best call to arms, but you get the idea.

And of course they ignore the fact that men are also objectified in porn.  I know I spend a good portion of every day just quietly sobbing over the very thought of a woman being attracted to my naughty bits, certain in the knowledge none of them will ever see anything else of value in me.   Isn’t that normal?

Of course not!  The entire purpose of sexually stimulating material is to be sexually stimulating.  It is the rare bird who wanks off to a sonnet, or a third order differential equation (I prefer the nonhomogeneous third order ones myself, but I am kinky that way).  Humans have drives and porn is a way of sating those desires when an appropriate and willing mate is not available.  It is just like any other drive.  Sometimes I am hungry so I eat.  A good conversation would make the meal go down even better, but sometimes there are no conversationalists nearby.  But it doesn’t mean that I will forget how to talk the next time I go out to dinner with someone.

Basic needs have to be met and terrible things happen when they go unmet, or are suppressed.  Just look at how screwed up the Muslim world is where people blow themselves up in hopes of getting to see more than a woman’s ankle in the afterlife.  They have no porn, but they objectify women far more than any other culture because there is no socially acceptable outlet available to them.

No, what Emma is really complaining about is not that what she is calling for doesn’t exist, or that it is not widely available.  What she is complaining about is that you, dear reader,  do not have the same sort or repressed sexuality and naivety that she does.  It is not about offering more choices because there is nothing more to offer.  It is about her instructing you as to the proper choices to make from those offerings.  And while that might make for a pleasant diversion were she to provide such instruction in person, it really is unappealing and makes her come off as both hectoring and addlepated when she tries to start a public campaign to invalidate everyone else’s sexuality, including that of many women.  Simply put, why would I adapt my sexuality to hers when she is not my partner?  Why should I validate her choices over mine or my partner’s?  And her only answer is that she is a feminist as if that gives her some moral authority.  It doesn’t.  Catholics are great people and Catholicism is a wonderful creed, but they still have to convince me that their views on sex are the best for me befoer I adopt them.  Feminists are terrible people so the hill they have to climb is even higher.

I guess somehow us muggles will just have to muddle along without advice from Hermione and that thing that even Hagrid couldn’t love.  But if Ms. Watson really wants to convince me to change my ways I challenge her to appear in some erotica of the sort she thinks is best for my consumption so that I can make up my own mind.  I am open minded enough to at least examine the evidence.  And she can rest assured I would never presume to tell her what she should find arousing.

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More Odd Twitter Behavior?

Twitter has been taking a lot of flack for holding conservative users to a different standard of behavior than everyone else.  Recently prominent conservatives have had their accounts pulled, or had their verification checkmark removed, or been shadowbanned.  And yes, Twitter is petty enough to not even let a user have the checkmark that denotes he is really who he claims to be so as to distinguish his real account from parody or hijacked accounts.  It is almost like a gaggle of 13 year old girls took over the company and locked the adults out of the building.

The upshot is that everyone from journalists at Breitbart, to the actor Adam Baldwin, to R. S. McCain have either left Twitter or been banned.

I noticed some other odd behavior today which I thought I would see if anyone else noticed.  Yesterday, as part of the protest to Twitter’s actions,  I blocked a few of the ads they were running and let the sponsors of those adds know why.  Today I have absolutely no ads of any sort.  I can’t say I miss them any, but I wonder if this is another damage control initiative by Twitter?  If you have noticed anything similar or have a more prosaic explanation then please let me know.

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Just a Reminder About Paybacks

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Sorry for the crappy photoshop but that is but one of the many talents I do not possess.  I shall demonstrate others as time goes on.

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Due Process is Rape Culture – More on Title IX Suit at the University of Tennessee

I have been able to look over a copy of the suit since the last post.  As I said previously, I am not qualified to comment on the merits of the complaint as a whole, but I will point out a couple of things I thought were interesting.  We will start with this passage;

Varsity athletes knew that they (not victims) would be fully supported by the UT athletic department and administration’s process and that the perpetrators and athletic department could deter and discourage victims from pursuing complaints by: having their lawyers depose female victims; subjecting victims to extensive discovery; cross-examining sexual assault victims in a full blown hearing before an administrative law judge

This is typical of much of the complaint.  It assigns motives without actually offering evidence to show motive.  Here the only actions which are being complained about with any specificity are actually laudatory.  UT requires there to be an investigation into sexual assault allegations as befits the seriousness of the charge.  Good for them!  Evidence is gathered, the parties state their case and it is put before an administrative law judge.  Plaintiff’s lawyer claims that this encourages rape and sexual assault.  Get that?  The knowledge that there is a rigorous process to sort out claims encourages people to commit crimes.  Obviously, the only way this could be rectified would be with an unfair, and less thorough process.  Simply put, the argument seems to be that due process = rape culture. 

The quoted passage also muddies some issues.  The statement, “having their lawyers depose female victims” has a whole bunch of base stealing in it.  First I am not aware of a university lawyer deposing anyone as part of this process.  I believe it is the defendant’s lawyer who does that.  Secondly, it uses the word “victim” which assumes facts not in evidence at the point a deposition is taken.  Indeed that is the whole point of taking a deposition; to figure out who, if anyone, is the victim.  And lastly, it uses the word “female” when victims can be of either sex.

And that is a key point.  The same rules apply whether the accuser is a man or a woman and whether the accused is a man or a woman, so you really can’t stuff this under Title IX.  The complaint more or less admits that point by also making an equal protection argument rather than just a Title IX claim on this particular issue by stating that the process favors the defendants, whatever sex they might be.  Perhaps that is so and it is a flaw in the process. The complaint is not clear enough for that to be determined.  But  it still lists the adjudication process as being part of the hostile environment.  I think it shows what the true aim of the lawsuit is, and to what extent the lawyer was willing to contort himself in order to shoehorn it in.

The complaint is also larded up pretty good.  It lists everything from underage drinking incidents where a student had a fake ID, to a fight during an intramural basketball game, to the fact that the rapper Lil’ John was invited to speak to some of the sports teams all as evidence of the promotion of “rape culture.” Every incident where an athlete got into trouble, whether they were later exonerated or not, or whether it involved anything of a sexual nature or not, is listed.  It also complains that athletes share the same apartment building with females.  But the NCAA outlawed athletic dorms in 1996 and we all know a lawsuit would not be long coming if women were not allowed the same access to housing as men.  I guess UT could just switch housing back and forth based on who won the last lawsuit.  That is more or less how everything is run in the country now anyway.

The complaint also states that no punishment has been given in any of these cases, but in all of the cases which I have recent memory of the athletes, even ones eventually cleared, have been suspended from their teams immediately upon the university taking up the complaint.  Some have been reinstated once they were cleared and others have transferred out.  A few have been punished in the court system, but the complaint even lists the fact that there were some plea deals as also being evidence of a hostile environment when that is completely beyond UT’s control and is, at any rate, unfortunately commonplace these days.

As a non-lawyer I also have trouble understanding how the plaintiffs would have any standing to bring a complaint of this nature when no official body of any sort has found that they were actually assaulted.  It seems to me that at some point, despite what the plaintiffs (or at least their lawyer) clearly want, there must be a determination of facts.  Perhaps the trial judge will do it in this trial.  But if you are claiming that there is a hostile environment which encourages rape then at some point I think it would be incumbent upon you to show that a rape actually occurred as a result of that environment.  If I had to bet I would say that at least one of the plaintiffs was actually assaulted as claimed, but we don’t punish people based on our gut instincts.  We punish them based on facts.

And we must remember that what they are asking for would also create a hostile environment where presumably all assault claims are assumed to be true, and rappers like Lil’ John would have their music and presence banned from all campus activities.  While aesthetically it would please me to see that happen, I prefer not to give up my 1st Amendment, or due process rights just to listen to less irritating music.  Although I admit that in the case of Lil’ John it is a near thing.

UT seems to be ready to put up a vigorous defense.  This is evidenced by the fact that they have brought in outside counsel.  From what I have seen thus far I don’t think UT’s process is inherently unfair, and seems to be much more thorough than those at other universities.  If you are dead set on having a university handle these sorts of claims rather than an actual court then you could certainly do a helluva lot worse.  But even if the process is ultimately found to be acceptable by the courts, UT will still have to show that they followed that process in a scrupulous fashion without regard to whether a student was male, or female, or an athlete.  Like all suits of this sort there will be many areas where they could have stumbled along the way even if they had only the best of intentions, and they will pay a price if it turns out that they did.  And they should.  There will also likely be people within the university who believe as the plaintiff’s lawyer believes so there will be dissension in the ranks.

But attaching these other agenda items to what amounts to a due process claim does these women a disservice and would only serve to make campuses more hostile places if they were to be adopted.  Also, please keep in mind that my comments are only addressed towards the political aspect of this.  I truly hope with all of my heart that these women find justice if they were injured by either UT or their alleged assailants.  I hope they find peace if they cannot find justice.  And finally, I hope they do not deny justice to others if they can find neither.

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