Here is a video of a man fleeing a country which has everything “progressives” want in the US — “free” healthcare, government regulation of “hate speech”, compulsory education and government service, a vanishingly small eco-footprint, and low CO2 emissions etc…
I found this footage really quite extraordinary. The good part is around 1:10 where the North Korean soldiers trying to capture him make like the Keystone Cops and can’t manage to get a lethal shot into the guy even though they are only feet away from him. They hit him a few times, but don’t manage to bring him down before he gets to the other side and freedom.
Once there the South Koreans found he was undernourished, and his body was filled with parasitic worms — which apparently is a condition not covered under Nork-u-care. Hopefully the defector will have a long and healthy life where he can make his own decisions and think his own thoughts. And unlike previous generations, he will have more than a tale to tell his grandchildren, he will have the actual footage to show them where he dragged his oversized man-balls across the border so that they could bounce freely and unencumbered without the likes of Lil’ Kim clinging to them.
The North Koreans will no doubt be angry that they lost one of their citizens subjects, so I propose we do what Obama did with Iran and trade them something they have absolutely no right to have in return for absolutely nothing. I say we give them someone who will be grateful to live under a government which provides for all of his needs and which does not allow anyone to grow rich at the expense of others. I am sure Bernie will make a model citizen. And he can leave all of his stuff here to be redistributed so it is a win-win all around!
Warning, this is just me whinging about something fairly insignificant — but then what else is on the internet?
I have a bit of a handicap which makes it hard for me to shop at a brick and mortar store. Luckily this is not so much a problem in the internet age as it would have been at any other point in human existence and I was pleased to see that Sams Club offered a laptop which I wanted to purchase for my wife for Christmas. Great!
I have never done the Black Friday thing before, but I figured I would give it a try and I dutifully opened the product page and refreshed it until the sale went live and immediately put the item in my cart once it became available. I then went directly through the checkout process only to find that the item was marked as sold out by the time I was done entering the credit card info. OK, this is annoying, and of course entirely unnecessary when you can code things so that an out of stock item can’t be put in a cart. Sure, you don’t have to let people sit on a purchase forever, but you can be reasonable about it when they are on the checkout pages. And certainly no one would do business with a non-internet store which would allow them to put something in their cart and then take it out when they try to check out, but this is an annoyance we have all experienced at one time or another I guess. It is one of the few ways internet shopping is inferior to the real thing.
So I wrote a review for the product which mainly focused on the checkout experience. They of course took it down in a couple of minutes so I know they read it almost immediately. All of that is fine since some sites only want product reviews and not reviews of the whole purchasing (or non-purchasing) experience. That is completely fair, and at least I accomplished my purpose in having someone read it.
Then a few minutes later I received an e-mail containing links to three colors of the very product I had wanted to buy. “Great,” I thought to myself. They are really on the ball and went the extra mile to help me out. But of course when I clicked on the links the item was still sold out. Either someone sent that e-mail specifically to me as a troll job, or it was part of a blast to everyone who had been interested in that product — and it was still a troll job because by that time there was no product for them to buy. Either way it made for a poor customer experience so I am telling on them in a public forum where they can’t take it down.
It is all small potatoes, but being the son of a man who ran a business for 50 years, and having run my own for 20 years I can say that when a customer has this sort of experience they will remember it and it will far outweigh that of the (very) few people who actually got a few bucks off on the product. You don’t rub people’s noses in your own failures and draw attention to them like that. You can’t always give the level of service you would want, but you can damn well not taunt your customers over it. At least you can if everything isn’t run by algorithms and your employees aren’t assholes.
I would say this product was a loss leader for them, but I don’t know how that would work on the internet since you aren’t really getting people in your store.
In truth, I almost always love Tennessee. But there are times when I am particularly proud of it and this is one of those times.
In response to the tantrum that the California legislature is throwing where they refuse to let public employees travel to states which will not let fully functional men share restrooms with little girls, the Tennessee state legislature has issued a resolution — and it is a beautiful thing.
This ridiculous. The newest attack by the Howler Monkey Press is that Trump displayed his deep seated hostility to the Jews by making this statement.
“It is with a heavy heart and somber mind that we remember and honor the victims, survivors, heroes of the Holocaust. It is impossible to fully fathom the depravity and horror inflicted on innocent people by Nazi terror.”
Did you catch it? Did you see the outrageously outragey thing that he did there? No? Here is the rest of the statement where he brazenly repeats his crime.
Yet, we know that in the darkest hours of humanity, light shines the brightest. As we remember those who died, we are deeply grateful to those who risked their lives to save the innocent,”
“In the name of the perished, I pledge to do everything in my power throughout my Presidency, and my life, to ensure that the forces of evil never again defeat the powers of good,” he concluded. “Together, we will make love and tolerance prevalent throughout the world.”
What an anti-Semitic monster this man must be for issuing this statement — or so some idiot by the name of David Gibson writing for USA Today would have us believe.
Read the entire thread. It is hilarious — especially when Deadspin tries to explain how they weren’t just owned by the most conservative guy in the Senate. (Update: an adult must have stepped in because the tweets denying Ted’s ownership have been removed since I originally wrote this.)
If you are wondering why Deadspin asked the question it is because they had published an article about Cruz starting a basketball league for Senators and staffers. Since Deadspin fancies itself a humor site which tries to combine leftist politics with sports coverage this should have been fertile ground for them. But since they aren’t funny it really didn’t work out.
From the Sydney Morning Herald which I will not link to since they do not allow comments;
Motherhood has been quite a confronting experience for my feminism so far, and I’m sure it will continue to be. Ever since discovering I was pregnant it’s been a process of adjusting and reconciling my biology with my ideology, particularly when I discovered that my baby, my most-beloved Alfred, would be a boy.
It would be more correct to say to she needs to adjust her ideology. Biology is rather immutable on this subject.
There were dark moments in the middle of the night (when all those dark thoughts come), when I felt sick at the thought of something male growing inside me.
The oppressor is within the walls, the oppressor s within the walls! Seriously, I can sorta understand how she feels. Who amongst us has not had anxious moments when we feared a child we were having might grow up to be a feminist?
In this patriarchal world, this world where even the best men (and women, for that matter) engage in casual and ingrained sexism, how will I raise a son who respects me the way a daughter would? Who sees women as just like him? As just human beings?
Judging by what you have written here you will fuck him up so badly that the rest of us will be lucky if he does not go on a killing spree. He will be taught that everything he does will be the result of privilege. He will never be able to celebrate his accomplishments. He will never know the joy of winning with a clear conscience because he was better than everyone else. Everything will be pale, and without vigor in his life. If he gets too rambunctious or full of animal spirits he will be chastised. If he has normal male impulses, and God forbid acts upon them, then he shall be little short of a rapist no matter how many pleases, thank yous, and mother may I’s are exchanged beforehand.
She wants him to see women as just like him, but they are not. There are fundamental differences which she is saying he will be taught to ignore, so he will be bereft of tools with which he can live a full and successful life. He will be proceeding from false assumptions from the word go. He will have to toss aside all of the programming, and self-loathing his wicked and irrational mother handicaps him with and he will have to rise above it. That is a tall order for a tiny, hairless ape who will be completely unable to take care of itself for many years. This is why motherhood is the most honored of all pursuits, and why people who are as unfit for it as this woman are so universally loathed.
People are constantly telling me “boys are easier” to raise (casual and ingrained sexism, anyone?)
And if they said the opposite it would also be taken as casual and ingrained sexism. Sexism shares the same characteristic as most leftist shibboleths, it makes no claims which are amenable to being disproved because it is content free. Boys are difficult? That is sexism since girls can be just as stubborn and powerful in demanding their way. Girls are more difficult? Sexism since it problematicizes the feminine. Girls and boys are exactly the same to raise? Are you really saying that girls don’t face more obstacles growing up than boys you sexist pig? Climate change is another example of this. It was global warming, but it is simply more convenient for any change to be taken as proof of an assumption than to make predictions which can be disproven. And there was that little thing about there being no statistically significant warming in the satellite records for about 20 years now. All leftist goalposts come with wheels.
Here is where it gets really creepy…
Raising a boy who maintains the status quo sure would be easy, but I refuse to be satisfied with that. I will raise a feminist boy. Just like his father and grandfathers before him, but even better. I will point sexism out to him at every turn, and he will never get away with it without being called out. I will show him that girls are just people like him and that products and art targeted at them are no less valuable or enjoyable. He will be immersed in feminism by a family who models it in their everyday life.
It rubs the lavender scented lotion on its skin else it gets the hose again. The poor child will not even be able to like what it likes. One thing I always tell my daughter is that she is allowed to like whatever she likes no matter what anyone else says. It doesn’t matter if it is cool or in style. She doesn’t have to explain it or make excuses for it. That doesn’t mean we can’t discuss the merits of various things, but at her age it is her job to try on various pursuits and find ones which suit her. I cannot imagine this poor boy being bullied and hectored constantly. You always wonder about those dumbasses who run away to places like North Korea or Cuba thinking things will be better there. I can only imagine their parents are much like this woman. She doesn’t see herself as a fundamentalist, but she has already picked out all of the beliefs this child will be allowed to have.
The only part of this she gets right is when she contradicts herself at the end and tries to sound more reasonable;
And I wouldn’t swap my beautiful son for all the daughters in the world. He is my sun, moon and stars, and he will teach me far more than I will teach him.
There are small, furry rodents who could teach this woman more than she could teach them. At least rodents don’t go around denying their own biology or essential nature. They chew things and they rut. They are kind of like the Lena Dunhams of the animal world, only with better hygiene. This woman is in for a wild ride. If that kid has a pair of stones she is going to come to understand a whole lot of things she never dreamed of before. And her ideology will leave her completely unable to handle it.
We are all for egalitarianism to the largest extent possible. But painting someone’s sex as an original sin to be ashamed of and atoned for is not going to end well.
At least that is what this Canadian analyst is arguing.
What we are seeing here is the world coming to terms with the fact that one of the co-conspirators in global elite’s quest to order the world to their liking has turned on them and they are left exposed. Previously Canada could get away with having a corporate tax between 30-40% and could agree to inflict an antediluvean carbon tax (Caveman politician: Hey is that fire? I will someday invent a way to tax that!) because the US and other developed countries decided to do the same (or to at least pretend to do the same thing — China has never had any intent to participate and “European” is a synonym for weasel). But what happens when the leader of a major power decides to represent the interests of his countrymen rather than those of internationalists who want to create a moat around their station so they can continue their life as parasites unmolested?
Well, as we see here Canada has to worry about the fact that no one will build a factory there if the tax rate is half that across the border. Suddenly Detroit becomes a helluva lot more attractive. Canada also has to realize that taxing carbon just because they can isn’t going to do anything but create jobs in the US because we have left the suicide pact. And can you imagine anyone on this planet more ill-prepared to reopen NAFTA and negotiate the interests of his country than Trudeau? 24 Sussex will be renamed Trump Plaza Annex and Trudeau will be the bellman.
As we have seen with the mainland Chinese, everyone is adjusting to the fact that they will not get everything they want from the US just for the asking anymore. We will represent our own interests. And given that Taiwan currently has the only legitimate Chinese government they should get the best treatment — especially in the light of Chinese aggression.
I don’t know what to think of Trump and Putin since I don’t really have enough data. My first impression is that Trump knows Putin is one of the few leader canny enough to hold his own at a negotiating table. So you always say nice things about such people while you go about the business of picking their pockets. You certainly can’t bully him. And for his part, Putin knows he won’t be able to push Trump around. This idea that somehow he would rather have Trump than Clinton as US President is just silly given how compromised she was. Putin probably reads Hillary’s e-mails at the breakfast table for entertainment like how the rest of us read our favorite blog. And somehow it is supposed to be a bad thing that the party which won the White House was the one competent enough to keep its e-mails from being hacked during the election? If Putin had wanted to influence Hillary he would have just done what everyone else did, he would have bought her by making a donation to her foundation.
Now that Trump has been elected and lot of people are sleeping soundly for the first time in eight years I thought we would lighten it up a bit. Brazil, a land of gloriously beautiful women, has a contest each year where they pick which of their native goddesses have the best butt.
This is mildly NSFW so I will put it below the fold so as not to trigger the more sensitive to the far left, or far right of us. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Miss Bum Bum 2016.
I have to confess that I never cared much for Tucker Carlson from back in his bow tie days. He just never seemed to be on point and was too much of an establishment guy. But he has really started coming into his own lately with his show on Fox News. He has been absolutely eviscerating his leftist guests by the simple expedient of asking them to explain themselves. They are so used to being the unquestioned moral authority on any subject, and so unused to having to address any differing opinions that they just go ape shit when pressed by very basic questions which they should have thought about before they took any of the positions they ended up taking.
I say this a lot, but a leftist can’t argue from first principles because they have none. They can be against both rape culture and for safe spaces, while also being for letting men into women’s restrooms and never see the contradiction. There is no basic set of values they are building upon. This is why all of their arguments begin and end with some form of “ism” charge against their opponents — racism, sexism etc… They seem completely oblivious to the fact that they have made no argument at all when they do that.
This first interview is with the New York Times public editor. She is so overmatched that she doesn’t even realize she is yielding as much ground as she is until it is too late.
Now obviously, a completely partisan rag like the Times can’t have a public editor with any teeth and this woman is about as assertive as you would imagine she would be given her position. If she ever put her foot down she would be bullied back into line in short order, and that is exactly what was done to her after this interview aired. She backed off calling the Tweets made by her colleagues inappropriate.
But what is interesting here is that at one point in the interview she starts to panic when she realizes how bad the Times is looking and she starts to flail around and throw in the typical leftist canards that they try to use to insulate themselves when they know they have been bad. In particular she mentions the criticism that there was not enough questioning of the WMD claim going into the run-up to the Iraq war. This is of course bullshit. But it illustrates how these people think. Never do they use an example like the lies told about the ACA which they gladly conveyed, or their writing glowing reports about brutal dictators such as Assad or Castro, or “hands up, don’t shoot” which they credulously and breathlessly supported. And of course no mention of needing to be more critical of the Iran deal in which we sent pallet loads of cash to the Iranians, allowed them to resume their nuclear bomb work and received absolutely nothing in return other than body bags and more hostages being taken now that we had established a market for them. Hell, Clinton made the same deal with North Korea and they don’t even question their reporting on that.
But this poor woman isn’t allowed to say any of those things even if she wanted to… and she just isn’t bright enough to ever question her underlying assumptions even though Tucker leads her through the process of how to do it. I bet used car salesmen love to see Time employees coming. Tell them something is “green” and they hand over a lot more money in exchange for nothing.
In the next video Tucker drives a Washington Post reporter into spams of anger just by calling her out on her obvious racism. She never, in a million years, thought anyone would ever question whether it is OK to be racist against white guys. Just watch the look on her face as she tries to maintain control while he is handing her ass to her.
She uses another typical trick here. She refers to some other leftwing study here and just thinks everyone should assume it means what she thinks it means and that we should accept that the motives of whoever conducted it are pure even though we know the social sciences have never produced much in their entire history which is very reliable. She is willing to use this slender reed as an excuse to accuse white guys of being racist in their motivations for the support of certain policies or candidates when we know for an absolute fact that they probably make up the least racist cohort of the electorate. And we know this not because we have divined the motivations of the other groups, or because we have some study put out by a rightwing source, but because they TELL us. They say straight out they will vote for Obama because he is black, or Hillary because she is a woman. They are not shy about it. They tout it. We don’t have to guess. Yet if that thought ever crossed her mind I have no doubt she would have to run down to the nearest S&M store and buy a whip so that she could scourge herself for the wickedness of her thoughts. That is what her religion would demand.
And what gets me is that these people are so arrogant and oblivious to their own natures that they keep lining up for this treatment while not bothering to prepare for the interview at all.
The best part about this next one is that at the end once Tucker gets her going he just sits back and enjoys the sight of it. I don’t know who the ditz is in this video. It becomes very clear about halfway into it that she has absolutely no idea what she is talking about and you can hear the angst in her voice as she starts to come apart. This is a thing of beauty.
She can’t cite a single thing the EPA nominee has done to warrant her disapproval with enough specificity for anyone to tell whether the position he took was reasonable or not. She just uses the usual fear mongering of how if someone is against any EPA regulation then they are for death to children, and birds, and small furry animals. There is absolutely no awareness on her part that it is impossible to produce no pollution at all, that there are trade-offs, and that there may be negative consequences of regulations which make it much worse to implement them than to go without them. This is just basic stuff that one should know about an issue before deciding on their stance.
She has some wishy washy degree in some sort of nonsense that has left her completely unprepared to think rationally. Think about it. This woman got all the way through a college program where they extracted tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars from her purse and she has not been challenged enough to even know what constitutes a reasoned argument.
And finally, we have the biggest pompous ass of them all. Vibrators were originally invented as treatment for hysteria and this guy needs to go get himself a sybian to get over how worked up he is over Donald Trump. He is a businessman who says he will not do business with anyone who voted for or supported Trump.
Yeah, he’s a douchebag. Apparently he was fine with Obama calling out the Supreme Court, Fox News, picking winners and losers, restructuring 1/6th of the US economy by force and without any support at all from half the country, but by God if Trump tells the leftwing operatives who masquerade as reporters that he expects to be treated fairly then we are on the cusp of a 4th Reich. Whatever. Tucker treats him with the derision and contempt he deserves.
There are more of these. But what they all have in common is that the people Tucker is interviewing are morally vain and intellectually vacuous. They oreen and signal rather than reason. It is like some mating ritual for dullards. None of them know how to make an argument which addresses the issue, or how to stay on topic. They all veer into hysteria, or talking points, and when pressed for specifics so that there can be an exchange of ideas they come up empty. This last guy claims Trump is a fascist, and frankly I think an argument can be made that as large and intrusive as our government is that all of our presidents are fascists (Obama certainly enjoyed picking winners and losers), but he provides no specifics. In none of these videos do we even get to the point of having a reasoned argument because once again, to the left, a reasoned debate consists of them screaming racist, or fascist, or whatever and they never, ever bother thinking beyond that point.
I can make a very good argument that Obama is a fascist, right down to persecution of his political enemies by using the apparatus of government, to scapegoating and imprisoning people such as the fellow who made the Mohammed video, to outright killing US citizens by direct order through drone strikes. I would like to have seen this guy questioned more on specifics and then seen his worries about what Trump might do compared to what Obama actually has done, and then I would want to know when he is going to stop doing business with Obama supporters. Tucker does a good job with these interviews, but it would be even more fun if he would pin them down like that sometimes. Otherwise it is like trying to catch fireflies at night. The intellectual candle power isn’t all that much and it is hard to see above the ambient light. You have to kind of stoke it a little and get the flowing in the right direction to really have fun.
People often wonder how to respond when some obnoxious social justice warrior comes up and starts making very cogent and well reasoned arguments (and by that I mean they call you a racist). I think this guy handles it very well. I have used the same technique before (although I usually try to yawn and just not respond), but there are a lot of moments here when I would not have been able to refrain from saying something — especially when the girl starts up with her “love you long time” voice and tries to mock him.
But he just keeps his cool and the predictable result is that his tormenters come off looking like the intolerant SJW twats that they are. I think at the end the fellow who was with the girl starts to twig to the fact that maybe, just maybe they weren’t going to come out of this looking so good. Self-awareness is not a big virtue of these people. I always get a big kick out of how they record the event thinking they are the heroes.
And the nice thing about this is that they got the response they deserved — none. They made no serious arguments, they just started in with the insults. So why waste time even engaging with such people? I have a relative who does this sort of thing and eventually we all just got to where we either wouldn’t respond or would just get up and walk out.
People like the ones in the video really should be an object of derision and pity. Look at the woman here. I believe she may be borderline retarded — not just in the “haha, you so dumb” or the “I want to insult you because you have different beliefs” sense, but in the real “Holy Shit there isn’t much going on up there, how does she function” sort of way. She actually thinks that going to college, or having a degree is relevant in this situation, and that it is in some way a validation of how smart she is rather than a condemnation of how poor the curriculum and standards must be there. I am sure her college very much wants to keep any affiliation with this woman a secret.
But this is all she has to work with since the guy won’t give her anything. She has to fantasize about who he is, and what might hurt his feelings. And when she does so she just projects her own fears and inadequacies. Since she mentions being dumb it is pretty clear she has some experience with how hurtful it is for people to think she is dumb. I bet she actually has a lot of experience with that. And she mentions free wifi, which is frankly just bizarre. But it shows how much she values money and thinks that this guy will be hurt if she (the moral arbiter of all that is good and holy) thinks he is poor. So basically if you combine all of the arguments the two antagonists make you get the pejoratives racist, dumb and poor — because the people making the charges are obviously racist, dumb and quite possibly poor.
And if that isn’t enough at one point the evil guy asks the victim if he is a Jew. I shit you not! The people whose first sentence includes the charge of racism asks the guy he is trying to bully if he is a Jew as if that has some bearing on what happened there. If you presented this as a parody no one would believe it.
Anyway, if anyone has the number of the Vatican you need to call them up and ask if they have an opening for a patron saint of patience, because this dude could teach a master class in it. He is like the big dog who continues napping while the little dog nips at him — safe in the knowledge that he is the big dog.
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