I try never to click on Slate, but sometimes one has to. I have to share with you one of their latest book reviews. I will add no commentary, but will leave that to you:
How Can Literature Resist Islamophobia? One Writer Answers: Gay Muslim Furry Romance.
Kyell Gold’s new novel may lie at the most unlikely intersection in literary history: a gay immigrant Muslim romance involving furries—that is, people who feel a close identification with anthropomorphic animal characters.
“I wrote this book in part as a response to the wave of Islamophobia in this country,” Gold explained in an author’s note, “never dreaming at the time that it would crest as it has now.”
The Time He Desires is the story of Aziz, a cheetah in a faltering heterosexual marriage who explores the boundaries of his sexuality with the help of a gay fox. Aziz is a Sudanese immigrant, and he engages in a struggle with his desires that will be familiar to queer readers. Gold’s been writing furry romance novels full-time for several years, .
And the progs are complaining about Simon and Schuster publishing Milo?
The progressive meltdown over the election continues apace. The trajectory of that meltdown is troubling. What started as a primal scream on Nov. 9 has now coalesced around the meme that Trump only won the election because of “hacking” by Russia. Yesterday, Democrat Rep. John Lewis, in an interview with Chuck Todd, had this to say:
Lewis: I don’t see this president-elect as a legitimate president.
Todd: You do not consider him a legitimate president?
Todd: Why is that?
Lewis: I think the Russians participated in helping this man get elected, and they helped destroy the candidacy of Hillary
Clinton. I don’t plan to attend the inauguration. It would be the first one that I miss since I’ve been in the Congress. You cannot be at home with something that you feel that is wrong.
Todd: That is going to send a big message to a lot of people in this country, that you don’t believe he’s a legitimate president.
Lewis: I think there was a conspiracy on the part of the Russians and others to help him get elected. That’s not right. That’s not fair. That’s not the open, democratic process.
That exchange has resulted in two totally foreseeable responses:
The confirmation hearing for Jeff Sessions began today. It was largely without fireworks — perhaps because Senator Sessions is not the evil, racist, misogynist, card carrying Grand Cyclops of the local Mobile chapter of the KKK (actually I think Sessions had him executed — I wait for the progs to charge that was to eliminate the competition) that the deeply disingenuous progressive left wants to portray him as. But as Powerline opines, Sen. Sessions appears to be “breezing through” the hearing.
The most pointed questioning of Senator Sessions, somehow appropriately, came from the one-time comedian Al Franken. Also embedded below is an interesting analysis of the hearing from Fox’s The Five, and a bonus video of Ted Cruz reminding us the progs on the Judiciary Committee that they are only now discovering concern for fair and equal application of the laws after a collective eight year coma:
One of the biggest challenges Trump and the Republicans will face is resistance from a federal bureaucracy composed almost entirely of progressives. There is no question that they will attempt to thwart Trump however they can, and as the law exists today, it is almost impossible to fire them. It is a travesty in one respect, since federal employees, by law, are supposed to be chosen without any reference to their political leanings. Yet, for but one example, almost every hire in the DOJ for the past eight years has one thing in common, impeccable hard progressive credentials.
Firing these individuals — and countless numbers of political hacks burrowed into places like the EPA, NASA and NOAA need to be fired — would seem to be an insurmountable challenge. But is there a way to perhaps motivate them to voluntarily leave? Apparently so. This from The Hill:
House Republicans this week reinstated a procedural rule created in 1876 that allows lawmakers to cut the pay of individual federal workers down to $1, The Washington Post reported Thursday.
The Holman Rule allows members of Congress to propose amendments to appropriations bills that target specific government employees or programs in an effort to cut spending.
Under the rule passed this week in larger rules package, any such amendment that would target an employee or program would have to be passed by a majority of the House and Senate.
Now that could be useful. Equally fascinating is the man for whom the rule is named, William S. Holman, a very colorful 19th century Democrat Congressman who also happened to be that rarest of congresscritters, a miser with the public purse. And he was the longest serving Congressman in history. This from Wiki:
Half a century ago, The Jetsons promised children an amazing future of technological progress. And today that future is being realized, if albeit imperfectly. Exhibit one is Amazon which has produced an app many of you may be familiar with, Alexa. This from Wiki:
Alexa is an intelligent personal assistant developed by Amazon.com‘s Lab126, made popular by the Echo. It is capable of voice interaction, music playback, making to-do lists, setting alarms, streaming podcasts, playing audiobooks, and providing weather, traffic and other real time information. Alexa can also control several smart devices using itself as a home automation hub. Most devices with Alexa allow users to activate the device using a wake-word (such as Echo), other devices require you to push a button in order to activate listening-mode.
Isn’t the march of technology amazing. Yet we are not quite at the Jetson’s promised future of seamless automation. One of the problems is apparently the inability of Alexa to precisely understand the muddled diction of toddlers:
I’d say they still have a few bugs to work out.
“Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it.”
— Thomas Sowell
Uncommon Knowledge, Interview with Prof. Thomas Sowell:
Professor Thomas Sowell announced his retirement last week. At 86, he has earned it. While he will be sorely missed, he has thankfully left us with an immense body of his work. Before addressing that in detail, let me tell you a little bit about the good Professor.
In November, 2015, Steve Forbes wrote in a review of Prof. Thomas Sowell’s last book, Wealth, Poverty and Politics: An International Perspective:
It’s a scandal that economist Thomas Sowell has not been awarded the Nobel Prize. No one alive has turned out so many insightful, richly researched books.
Truer words never spoken. For much of his 86 years on God’s earth, Thomas Sowell has been turning out books and articles on free market economics, affirmative action (harmful), social disparities (natural), income inequality (canard), and in his younger days, Communism. If you were to read his collected works, you will find the answers, researched and footnoted, to virtually every progressive canard and shibboleth of the past half century. Which, to respond to Mr. Forbes, is why the Enron adviser, serial failed prognosticator and prog polemicist Paul Krugman has a Nobel, but Thomas Sowell does not.
“There’s not a black America and white America and Latino America and Asian America; there’s the United States of America. We are one people, all of us pledging allegiance to the stars and stripes, all of us defending the United States of America.”
Those of you capable of remembering clear back to 2004 will recognize these as the words of a certain Senator Obama, keynoting the Democrat National Convention…..how time does fly, no? And rhetoric, too.
Obama had the chance, in eight years between 2008 and 2016, to put these words into practice….in his own life, and in his speeches. And the entire 8 years was like one great big “Never Mind”, as he became the single most divisive figure to occupy the office since (perhaps) Abraham Lincoln….who at least divided the nation over something both real and important.
I’m not going to go on and on….but Myron Magnet has penned a fabulous essay in City Journal. It’s called The Obama Tragedy. There’s a LOT more – don’t miss it.
P.S. I KNEW I recognized that name – Myron Magnet is the author of The Dream and the Nightmare: the Sixties’ Legacy to the Underclass, a GREAT book (now available for $0.01, plus postage) that I read back in the early years of this century.
SUPPLYING OUR TROOPS
Have you heard of TroopsDirect.org? Well, neither had I until this afternoon when Aaron Negherbon (no, I can’t help you with the pronunciation), the guy who started it and runs it today was interviewed by Jonathan Gilliam, who was subbing for Sean Hannity.
TroopsDirect supplies our front-line fighting guys with ANYthing they need and can’t get through the red-tape-burdened military supply chain – I mean helmets, body-armor carriers, stethoscopes and other medical equipment, energy bars and other high-energy foods, K-9 dogs, parts for a forward-base’s generator, and on and on. It was just unbelievable to me, even though I remembered my time dealing with the Feds when I was in Peace Corps and needed equipment – full YEAR it took. It never had occurred to me that our guys on the front lines might have to deal with the SAME kind of Washington D.C. mulish inefficiency and block-headedness as I dealt with from 1970s Venezuela
You can donate – and I recommend you join me – in the knowledge that 94% of what you contribute goes directly into the program expenses.
MILO IS AT IT AGAIN……
Milo Yiannopoulos has apparently signed a $250K contract with Simon & Schuster. Those who know what’s best for us better than we do ourselves are FURIOUS, of course. Twitter is ablaze! Milo is laughing all the way to the bank – he LOVES making (the right – though no one on The Right seems upset) people mad, and all the buzz being produced will only increase the sales of his #1 Best-Selling (whatever that mean, these days) book, titled Dangerous. It comes out in March.
I learned about Milo when Sean Hannity interviewed him sometime last year – I was REALLY intrigued! He sounded like me and my friends when we were in (boarding) high school as he described his plans to drive the power structure crazy!! I loved it. I know little of him – just that he seems to make the Left go nuts, and what’s not to like about THAT?!?
ANOTHER OF “THOSE E-MAILS” FROM A FRIEND…..
This one was titled How to Total a Vehicle Without Scratching the Outside. You really need to go to the link and look at the photographs, or the rest of this isn’t going to make a lot of sense….
OK….are you aware of the current craze (among some) in California for “re-wilding California”, that is, bringing back all the wild animals that were historically here, and setting aside enough land for them to thrive naturally – not as though in a zoo. And yes…..that would include the grizzly bear!!
When I first heard this, I said “Nonsense!”, which (regardless of how stupid something sounds) is NOT wise – it’s the Left we’re dealing with, after all…..and “environmentalist wackos” on top of it. And then the NRA published this article, confirming what I’d heard earlier, and explaining that the idea would be to shut down all human hunting in the State, as the populations of “top predators” increased to the point where there wouldn’t be any “excess” game animals for people to shoot.
Of course, as “game animals” ran short for the grizzlies, cougars, etc…..what (who?) would be left? The folks who vote for this kind of merde live in Hollywood, Silicon Valley, San Francisco, etc…..so they have very little to worry about. But, the rest of us……?
Another book recommendation. It’s not a new one – first published in 2006, and now available from Amazon (does Bookworm still have a button?) for a penny (plus $3.99 postage). And, for most of our dear Bookworm’s readers, it’s likely not going to be bringing a big surprise, either. I heard the author interviewed today – in a “best of” show, so it MIGHT have been taped almost 10 years ago. No matter, some of the stuff he was talking about had my mouth dropping open…..
The book is Who Really Cares, and it deserves WIDE readership. Written by a (then) liberal-leaning musician and academic, Arthur C. Brooks, who was a French-hornist of sufficient quality to have toured with various bands, played in the Annapolis Brass Quintet and the City Orchestra of Barcelona and taught at the Harid Conservatory. I’m guessing his liberalism was largely absorbed from his (artistic) surroundings, considering his later efforts.
At 30, he went (back?) to college, and got a bachelor’s in Economics, then a Master’s in the same and finally a doctorate in policy analysis. He worked at the RAND corporation, Georgia State and then Syracuse University, where he did the research for this book (He now works at AEI). The big finding is that people identifiable as conservatives are far more generous (as a % of income) than are those identifiable as liberals. Big surprise, no? No. Religious people are more generous as well – and it’s not just money….they give more of their TIME than the non-religious, and religious conservatives are more generous than religious liberals.
Worth having for that annoying friend who denies the obvious, anyhow……
First, social justice warriors grab another scalp! This time it’s Cinnabon’s, whose advertisement was cute and clever:
….or an absolute outrage, of course.
Sadly, Cinnabon caved within hours and not only took down the tweet, but apologized – http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2016/12/27/cinnabon-tweets-deletes-carrie-fisher-tweet-after-backlash/95893594/
(Sorry, but I cannot [so far] figure out how to make clickable links.)
I often tell people who ask where I live that I’m from “The State of Insanity…..California”. Nothing so clearly illustrates this than the latest excretion from the Left-Liberal Legislature in Sacramento:
California Democrats legalize child prostitution
is the headline in the Washington Examiner.(Got it!)
My first reaction was Nooooooooo – someone is exaggerating! But then, I grew up in California when it was sane, and I’ve not gotten used to the new regime…..in fact, “SB 1322 bars law enforcement from arresting sex workers who are under the age of 18 for soliciting or engaging in prostitution, or loitering with the intent to do so.”
Sadly, the results are predictable – and genuinely terrible, for kids as well as for our society.
NEWS FROM ROME
Finally for this morning, I don’t know how many have been following the news of Pope Francis’ apparent attempts to introduce “Hope and Change” into the Catholic Church, but for many of us (and I’m not even of the Catholic faith), it’s a destructive and abominable effort. My apologies if your opinion is different, but there are always the comments……
So, it was with a great joy that I read a report that Frank’s attempt to silence and isolate the traditionalist Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke by removing him from his former position and making him the head of the Knights of Malta may well have backfired. Apparently, the Knights (strictly speaking, the Sovereign Military Order of the Knights of Malta) are a self-governing group – almost another “state”, like the Vatican state.
The point at issue is that the Knights have cashiered one of their own, because he was overseeing the distribution of condoms in Burma. Regardless of what you or I think of this (fine with me), it’s a violation of the official position of the Church, so the responsible guy was dumped. The Pope thought this was a bad idea, and has appointed a commission to investigate the Knights’ action. And the Sovereign Military Order has told the Pope to mind his own business. Frank may have been hoist on his own petard! If you’re to believe Father Z, peacekeeping forces might be in the future!!
More (perhaps) later…..I’ve got to go shopping!
I’m not a good photographer, but these capture a little bit about Beijing — including the appalling smog. It’s an impressive city, though, and we had a wonderful day.
Doggone it, you know its got to be better than the last eight years.
Update 1: Our President & Grandmaster Troll Elect also tweeted out some New Year’s wishes:
Happy New Year to all, including to my many enemies and those who have fought me and lost so badly they just don’t know what to do. Love!