Remarkable, really, that a group of people who measure intellect by knowing who Buzz Lightyear is and who trade in personal insults as a form of political commentary, think that they’re America’s “elite”:
When transgender people enforce their unhinged reality on us, society as a whole suffers. But this madness also claims another victim: Intelligible grammar!
If you haven’t yet heard about the allegedly “gender unknown” baby in Canada, here’s the quick version, based upon actual facts and using comprehensible grammar: A Canadian woman named Kori Doty, who sports a mustache and claims not to be any gender, miraculously carried an infant to term and, eight months ago, gave birth to a baby that has a vagina (and no penis), but that Doty nevertheless claims has no identifiable gender.
Because baby Searyl Atli Doty emerged via a private home birth, a hospital did not issue a birth certificate. When it came time to get this little girl a birth certificate so she could take advantage of Canada’s social services, Doty insisted that, in the space reserved for identifying the baby’s sex, the Canadian government write in the word “unknown.” Faced with this demand, Canadian authorities had an attack of common sense and were loath to acquiesce in Doty’s insane demand that a baby that is female in all biological respects nevertheless rejoice under a designation that she is “gender unknown.” [Read more…]
On this day, 241 years ago, fifty-six delegates from thirteen of Britain’s North American colonies huddled in the sweltering heat of Pennsylvania’s State House in Philadelphia. Calling themselves the Second Continental Congress, they were, on that day, still a voluntary association of thirteen separate British colonies.
The day before, on July 2, the delegates had voted unanimously but provisionally to commit treason against their King and declare their colonies independent. As Ben Franklin quipped after the vote, “we must, indeed, all hang together, or, most assuredly, we will all hang separately.”
On 3 July, the delegates edited Thomas Jefferson’s draft of the Declaration of Independence. The next day, they would approve the edited version, officially declare the thirteen colonies independent of Britain, and then send the edited version of the Declaration of Independence to the print shop. Congress directed that two hundred copies be printed. which they sent out on horseback and by ship to the thirteen colonies, to the Continental Army, and to all of the capitals of Europe.
How did these men come to be together in Philadelphia on this July 3 of long ago? Rather than give a dry, academic explanation, let me instead give several chapters of a work of historical fiction that perhaps may explain it in more interesting fashion. The first two chapters occur in Charleston, SC in 1773. My understanding is that all of the people named in the work below are actual historical figures but for the York family and a British officer, Alfred Smith.
It sounds very strange when the head of the security services writes down a conversation with the commander-in-chief and then leaks it to the media through his friend … How, in that case, does he differ from [Edward] Snowden? That means he is not the leader of the security services, but a human rights defender. And if he faces pressure, then we are happy to offer him political asylum, too.
— Vladimir Putin, 14 June 2017
A good question actually.
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There was Superman : The Movie, with Christopher Reeve, in 1978, and then there was and have been dozens of comic book stories that have been developed into motion pictures. Superman (1978) set the modern standard and it has become a lofty goal to match. Some have come close. (Batman, The Dark Knight from 2008, or The Amazing Spiderman of 2012) Most have come up short or simply failed miserably. Wonder Woman has finally made it to the big screen, and I wish I could say it comes close. It doesn’t. The balancing act is difficult. Movies based on Comic books more often than not, want to remain as faithful as possible to their origins. Sometimes they remain close in spirit, and sometimes they take the story literally off the comic book pages. While Wonder Woman does follow closely a few of the comic book timelines (there have been a variety of iterations, and a few are quite different from earlier versions), what Wonder Woman lacks (that Superman 1978 had) are a series of events that enable the balance of comic book silliness to mesh with the straight face drama of crime and evil in a real world. There needs to be a moment where the hero (heroine) realizes he or she is something special to this world, and that reason for being takes on new meaning. The superhero’s powers become harnessed and utilized to protect the innocent. He or she must understand this uniqueness. [Read more…]
I’m heading to LA this weekend for the Ariel Avrech Memorial Lecture, which Daniel Greenfield is giving this year. If any of you will be there, please give me a shout-out.
Also, I’ll be going home on Monday. I have to be at Burbank Airport by 11 a.m.. What I’m wondering is whether any of my SoCal readers would be interested in getting together for a morning coffee (or, in my case, tea) near Burbank Airport before I have to take off.
Let me reiterate that I’m just feeling around on this one. My wonderful in-laws are hosting me for the weekend and, if it’s disruptive to them for me to head out early on Monday, I won’t.
Photo credit: Johnnie’s Coffee Shop, by Sam Howzit. Creative Commons license; some rights reserved.
As readers may recall, a few months ago, I thought it would be useful to create an app that tracks the “values” positions various businesses have taken. In our current heated political environment, it seems that more and more businesses feel that they can no longer be neutral but, instead, must take stands on fraught issues.
For the most part, I think this is a dumb idea. It’s better to mark to all of America, rather than to half or to an even smaller niche market. Of course, with Social Justice Warriors out in force, many businesses have been coerced to take stands on issues that really don’t matter to them.
Worse, some businesses do care about certain issues but, to remain viable, the SJWs have forced them into public stances antithetical to their personal values. In other words, its not enough to market a product or service any more. You have to sell your soul.
In the ensuing months, I’ve had to do some tweaking to my app. A lot of tweaking in fact. biggest change came about when I realized that the downside of AppSheet’s incredibly user-friendly interface, which I used to build the app, is that I cannot place ads on the app.
I’m delighted to perform a public service, of course, but to the extent the app is a heck of a lot of work, I really want to monetize it. While I’m dealing with that monetizing problem, I’ve actually got the app up and running on a website. I’d love it if you would check it out. And yes, I know that there are big yellow squares and rectangles at the site. Those are holding positions for future ads.
Please check out What Business Thinks and let me know what you think. I will truly value your comments. Incidentally, I do know that the app interface is a bit primitive and inflexible. That too is a byproduct of AppSheet, which is not quite meant for the use to which I put it. If I do earn money on the app, I’ll update the interface.
I shelved my App briefly while I grappled with privacy issues — that is, I need to incorporate to protect my assets, but I don’t want to give up my privacy. I’ve figured out how to do that, and the App is now back on the way to its official launch. Meanwhile, I read the news with incredulity and try to focus myself by catching up with more corporate craziness that needs to go in the App.
The way the App plays out is that, for every 99 corporations that go Left, 1 goes right. The App therefore tells interested people which corporations are into virtue signalling and, by inference, which are not. (That is, if they’re not in the App, there’s a reasonable likelihood they’re not virtue signalling. Conservatives tend to be quiet about their beliefs.)
I’m still blogging, of course, but over the past few days, I haven’t felt as if I have much to add to political discourse. The Trump insanity continues to flood my Facebook page, but I don’t think they’re even making sense to themselves anymore. They just keep going with their relentless and reflexive “two minutes of hate,” except that, in the Trump era, that two minutes is stretched out to 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. People I once thought intelligent are revealing themselves to be as dumb as rocks. I can forgive political differences, but I find it harder to forgive arrant, hate-filled stupidity.
I’ve been busy with family matters (nothing bad, just busy stuff), which has precluded blogging. However, I have two great videos that I’d like to share with you, both of which intelligently attack Leftist shibboleths:
Here’s a down-and-dirty Bookworm Beat that’s still replete with things to entertain and inform.
I’d meant to blog more today, as well as to clean my office, but I had a sick dog and that took both my time and my attention. All is well with the dog — it’s a long term problem and we’re doing maintenance care.
And now for some quick links:
Gadzooks! It’s Gorsuch: Last week, when Neil Gorsuch was confirmed, Myron Magnet wrote a much-read article about the revolution his ascension to the Supreme Court represents:
Suppose, now that Gorsuch has been confirmed and sworn in, it understood and intended to overturn the administrative state’s usurpation of the Constitution. Suppose, moreover, that it understood the promiscuous lawlessness with which the justices have been making laws out of thin air for half a century and more—claiming some vague basis in the Bill of Rights or the Fourteenth Amendment—and resolved to end that abuse, exercising only judgment, not will. Suppose President Trump got to appoint one more justice in the Gorsuch and Scalia mold, creating an irresistible majority that upheld Madison’s original Constitution instead of Wilson’s “living” one.
Magnet’s dream may well be in the process of being realized. How do I know? Because of the manic, fevered emanations from the Left after Gorsuch’s first official appearance on the bench, all stating that Gorsuch is a mentally-disabled moron wrongfully occupying Merrick Garland’s seat. They’re terrified:
After his startlingly humiliating performance during his first day on the bench yesterday, it’s possible his earlier reticence to answer the Senators’ questions was because he didn’t understand them. As it turns out, Gorsuch is a simpleton with almost childlike understanding of the law – and the existing Justices on both sides of the spectrum already seem to have concluded he’s an idiot.
In fact, Gorsuch was pointing out that the answer lies in actually reading the statutory language — and he was embarrassing those attorneys who were trying to make things complicated in hopes of getting a ruling that allows agencies to make their own laws. (I’ve lost my link for this, but I’ll fill it in as soon as I find it.)
If Dennis Prager is happy, I’m happy. Everything Dennis Prager says about the political and moral clarity of the last two weeks . . . I agree:
2. The terrible presidency of Barack Obama is beginning to be acknowledged.
Following President Trump’s order to attack Syria about 63 hours after the Syrian regime seemingly used chemical weapons, even many in the mainstream media couldn’t help but contrast his prompt response with Obama’s nonresponse to Assad’s use of chemical weapons in 2013. And almost every report further noted that Obama failed to do anything after having promised that he would regard the use of chemical weapons by Assad as crossing a “red line.”
Likewise, Obama’s do-nothing policies vis-a-vis North Korea are being contrasted with Trump’s warnings to leader Kim Jung Un about further testing of intercontinental ballistic missiles and pressure on China’s leaders to rein in the North Korean regime.
These contrasts are important for a number of reasons, not the least of which being there is now hope that Obama’s star will dim as time goes on.
This will come as somewhat of a surprise to those on the left, but many of us who are not on the left believe that Obama did more damage to America than any previous president — economically, militarily and socially.
The pranks have been happening since 1775:
In a world in which Leftism and Islam have joined in battle for ascendancy, lies are the coin of the realm and truth is a rare and precious commodity.
Law written in stone versus law written on sand. The Gorsuch nomination process revealed more clearly than usual how devoted the Left is to a “living” Constitution — that is, they dream of a Constitution the meaning of which is determined, not by its actual words and principles, but by whatever their current needs are. You can call it a Narcissists’ Constitution.
Jonah Goldberg has points out with exceptional clarity something point I should have seen a long time ago, which is that the Left does have its own immutable founding document. It’s just not the Constitution:
Consider Dianne Feinstein’s performance during the Gorsuch hearings in the Senate. “I firmly believe that our American Constitution is a living document, intended to evolve as our country evolves,” Feinstein said. “So, I am concerned when I hear that Judge Gorsuch is an ‘originalist’ and ‘strict constructionist.’”
Yeah, okay. But at the same time, Feinstein prattled on about how Roe v. Wade is a “super-precedent,” which I assume is a version of what Senator Arlen Specter (D., R. & I., Republic of Jackassistan) called a “super-duper precedent” — which actually sounds more intelligent when sung by Young Frankenstein.
After noting a bunch of court cases that reaffirmed Roe, Feinstein went on to make an additional point: “Importantly, the dozens of cases affirming Roe are not only about precedent, they are also about a woman’s fundamental and constitutional rights.”
I’m a bit fuzzy about what she sees as the distinction between fundamental and constitutional rights, but that doesn’t matter. Clearly her bedrock belief is that the process of constitutional evolution stopped with Roe v. Wade. One might say that instead of being a 1789 originalist, she’s an originalist of 1973.
Lies from the British police. The Metropolitan Police in London sent out this typically Leftist, entirely disingenuous tweet:
“We need to establish why Khalid Masood did these unspeakable acts to provide answers & closure for families affected” #WestminsterAttack
— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) March 26, 2017
Why? Really? Why?
The Left cannot acknowledge the straight-line connection between Islam and death. Bruce Bawer can and does:
Sorry for the silence today. I’ve spent the entire day working on my app, which has morphed considerably from my original idea. And yes, I’m being cryptic here because I’m so excited about the direction the morphing has taken, I don’t want to share too much information before I’m ready to go public.
I’ll try to blog in a little while. It’s just that it’s so rare for me to have a full day of energy and momentum for a project that I couldn’t resist riding that wave.
I promise to keep you all updated as things move to fruition.
“Before I Fall”
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Let me suggest that this movie is not for everybody, even while I tell you how much I enjoyed it. It’s more or less aimed at the youth market, and is somewhat of a more somber-reflective re-make of the 1992 box office hit, “Groundhog Day”.
“Before I Fall” takes the same premise of a character who repeats the same day, over and over. In the early going, it’s bizarre, then it becomes a nightmare, and eventually the protagonist comes to grips with the situation and makes the best of it. In both BEFORE I FALL, and GROUNDHOG DAY, the title character eventually realizes that he/she is given an opportunity to do something positive with their lives, and that primarily means becoming a better person.