My Facebook feed is fruitful — idiocy from the Left, clever cartoons from the right:
My Facebook feed is fruitful — idiocy from the Left, clever cartoons from the right:
[Scroll down for a new batch of excellent posters.]
Honestly, I can’t handle the stress as we go into the last twenty-four hours of this election cycle. For the first time in . . . well, ever, I’m deliberately ignoring the news. I haven’t opened a single blog today, and I’m ignoring Facebook too. BUT, when my friends send me good stuff, that I have to share with you. So, this is going to be the only thing I post today, and I’m just going to update it continuously to add new good stuff.
The pitfalls of dating Lefties. The only thing that’s not believable about this video is that the gal is so clean and pretty looking. Lefty gals just aren’t as well-put-together as women on the Right. Otherwise, it’s all good — but beware, it’s NSFW because it has some strong language:
That Lefty ought to have been dating someone like this. . . . William & Mary College was the second college chartered in the American colonies, all the way back in 1693. It is a beautiful campus with an illustrious history. Some of its more famous graduates are Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, and John Tyler, as well as an endless list of people who, for three centuries, have served in government. It has some shame, too, given that Jon Stewart attended William & Mary. I wonder what all those graduates, including even Jon Stewart, would think of this event announcement, which I’m printing here in its entirety:
Feel the Thunder of Our Choices: A Call for Male-Identified Individuals to Respect Bodily Integrity
Monday, November 7th 2016
7pm – 8:15pm
Williamsburg, VA 23185
As an extension of the National Red Flag Campaign, male-identified members of the William & Mary community are invited to this brave space for a crucial and intersectional conversation about respecting bodily integrity and ending gender-based violence.
We know survivors; we also know that some of us are survivors.
We know perpetrators; we also know that male-identified persons are more likely to disrespect the bodily integrity of all sexes and genders in ways that are as unethical as they are criminal.
We know that we are better than this, and deep down inside we know that the solution to end those acts of violence lies not in teaching one sex or gender to defend itself from all the others, but rather in creating a culture where rapists cease raping and potential rapists never start.
If we weren’t aware of that fact, the time has come to make ourselves aware.
The time is now.
If you identify yourself as a male within the William & Mary community, please join us for this important dialogue and its charge to act with beauty and courage.
Let us assume our blame; let us grow in a common hope; and let us help each other build our capacity to choose wisely, so that this world becomes a happier, healthier, safer space for all its inhabitants.
About our facilitator, Eric Garrison, MAEd ’94, MSc (London), DLSHTM, CSC, ACS:
Garrison currently serves as one of our Assistant Directors of Health Promotion and the Chair of the Virginia Campus Task Force. An international consultant and speaker in clinical and forensic sexology (“Our highest praises,” Oxford University), a best selling author, our first instructor of Masculinity Studies here at the College, and a former sexuality counselor with the Masters & Johnson Institute, Garrison will channel his inner Paolo Freire to guide us from a place of awareness to one of action.
I’m no fan of rape, and think it’s quite a good idea to tell men (and people who identify as men?) that it’s morally and criminally wrong to rape or otherwise sexually assault women. I find, however, that I cannot in good conscience support something that turns men (and people who identify as men) into lunatic pantywaists. And yes, “pantywaist” is an old and manifestly un-PC term of opprobrium for men lacking the obvious manly virtues, but I find it fits here.
Can’t anyone figure out a smart way to fight zombies? The problem with being a specialist in your field is that it’s very frustrating to watch other people mess things up. Fortunately, when Marine Michael Burke watches the surviving humans in The Walking Dead do incredibly stupid things with security decisions and weapons, he can console himself with the fact that it’s not real, and that he’s not responsible for leading any of those dummies into battle or relying upon them for his own safety.
It’s just too easy to game Lefties. As someone who loves McDonald’s chicken tenders and french fries, I really appreciated this video. The only thing I would have been a little bit worried about was stumbling across some student deathly allergic to preservatives or something. Otherwise, though, a good point, well made.
I’m going to try here to throw in as many good links as I can to help you to prepare for the upcoming election — and to understand the bizarre cultural Marxism that underlies so much of the battle in America today, as well as dislocations in the Middle East which are driving many pathologies throughout the Western world. Here goes:
No matter how bad Trump is, Hillary’s worse. One of the most infuriating things (at least for me) about this election is the grotesque hypocrisy on the Left. (Yeah, I know — what else is new?) This time, the hypocrisy takes the form of blackening Trump’s reputation in the most obscene way, while pretending that Hillary is a woman without stain. At least conservatives honestly acknowledge Trump’s personal weaknesses, only to focus on the strengths he brings to his candidacy. Meanwhile, on the Left, a substance-free St. Hillary is running against Satan incarnate. Thankfully, Ann Coulter has, with her usual élan, totally destroyed the Left’s line of argument. If you’re wavering, read it.
Hubris and ugliness. In fact, Lefty lies to the contrary, Hillary is deeply flawed. She lacks the humanity that would make an interesting epic character but, boy, does she have the hubris and arrogance that’s brought many people down. Couple that with Weiner’s compulsions and Comey’s cowardice and you have an election that, on the Democrat side of the aisle, reads like a badly written Green tragedy.
Will chaos theory still control the election? With Hillary being buffeted by Wiki- and Weiner-leaks, is she the chaos candidate in this election? And in that regard, I don’t think Comey’s reiterated decision not to recommend her for prosecution matters. Once he created an entirely fictional “lack of intent” standard and read it into the controlling statutes, unless there was an email standing, “I, Hillary Clinton, intend to violate national security laws because I’m stupid, for my convenience, and to hide the flow of illegal cash into my false charity and my very real deep pockets,” there was no way Comey could ever find anything that would justify referring her to the DOJ. That’s why he was able to get his team to “review” 650,000 emails in just a few days. But back to chaos theory. Neo-Neocon thinks that as Trump begins to look like the more stable candidate, the crown that Hillary managed to wear for much of the campaign season, he seems like the safer bet.
If you think Hillary’s bad, wait until you see Tim Kaine. I assume that, if Hillary wins, she won’t be in office long, as she’ll either die from whatever disease is bedeviling her or she’ll be arrested or impeached. Her departure from the White House won’t make things better. If you think Hillary’s an antisemitic Leftist, you ain’t seen nothing yet: Tim Kaine is much worse.
Linda Tripp — Hillary is worse than you imagine. Almost two decades after the Blue Dress, most people tend to think of Linda Tripp solely in the context of being Monica Lewinsky’s confidante. In fact, she pretty much sat right outside Hillary’s office, and had a front row seat to the true horrors of Hillary’s personal style and her politics. Given that Hillary’s corruption and pathologies have gotten worse in the intervening decades, we have to assume that everything she is and does will be exponentially worse.
The end of the rule of law. One of the reasons I think Hillary cannot win is because putting her in the White House sets the seal to the end of the Rule of Law in America. Since the Magna Carta, the Anglosphere has operated on the principle that no one is above the law, not even the King (or President). If Hillary gets the White House, we’ve abandoned that ancient, liberty-based principle and, in effect, created an American emperor. And if you’re wondering just how different the standards are for Hillary versus everyone else, just look at this nice graphic comparing her to General Petraeus.
Again, apologies for the silence, but something good happened. For the past 30 years, I’ve had a vague idea for a novel in my head. I had all sorts of little vignettes, but no theme, no plot, no sub-plots, no nothing. Just those damn vignettes. Last night, in the middle of my usual bout of insomnia, the whole plot and theme suddenly appeared before me. I spent a lot of today putting together an outline before I forget my insight and plan to start real work immediately. It will be a slow process, because a lot of historical research is involved, but I feel as if I’m embarking on a project that’s been 30 years in the making. That’s a very exciting feeling.
I’m so grateful to Caped Crusader for sending the following political posters to liven up the blog:
Hillary is a sex fiend who sleeps with anything that moves. You may want to bleach your eyeballs after reading the following words, but here they are:
Hillary Clinton is a secret sex freak who paid fixers to set up illicit romps with both men AND women!
That’s the blockbuster revelation from a former Clinton family operative who is sensationally breaking ranks with his one-time bosses to speak to The National ENQUIRER in a bombshell 9-page cover story — on newsstands Wednesday.
What’s more, it wasn’t just Hillary’s flings with women that the shadowy Mr. Fix It helped to orchestrate!
Hillary’s former bagman finally confessed to The ENQUIRER just how he helped her to cover up her affair with married lover VinceFoster, too!
The shadowy figure — who provided PROOF of his employment for the Clintons — also revealed 12 fixes he covered-up, including:
+ How Hillary secretly plotted to a counter-attack on Bill’s mistress Monica Lewinsky — via a document buried for two decades!
+ What crooked reporters were on the take from the Clinton camp!
+ How he covered up Bill’s seedy romp with hookers!
+ Which A-list celebrity had a secret affair with Bill during his presidency!
Read the rest here. Maybe the National Enquirer has the noise and heft to break through the Dome of Silence the media has built around Hillary. It’s managed to suppress the Wikimedia revelations that Hillary is a criminal and that the media has colluded with her. Perhaps, though, the sex scandal will finally capture America’s attention and force the media to report on her.
And now back to my regularly scheduled blogging:
It’s so Mom. I know all the stories, although some of the details are new. What’s really “Mom” about it is the scrambled syntax. I don’t know if being multilingual made her do that, or if it was just the way her mind worked. All I know is that it’s quite amusing the way her sentences break down into small, very un-English chunks of thought. I’ll be working on this for several days to come, but I don’t think it will interfere with future blogging.
Here’s the illustrated edition I promised, with more to come today or tomorrow:
I’m making a slight change to how I present political cartoons in future. Some of my blog friends have reported expensive, losing fights because they published political cartoons or other images that were obviously, or not so obviously, subject to copyright claims. To prevent that, I will no longer publish proprietorial political cartoons. Instead, you’ll just find here endless and wonderful political cartoons and social issue posters that creative people have freely released into the world.
I was ready several hours ago to write this round-up. What delayed me was the automatic Windows 10 update that took over my computer. I can’t complain because my computer is working much faster now than it did before. Also, faced with forced non-blogging time, I used the time wisely to begin photographing my Mom’s effects to give to an appraiser.
I’ve spent the last several hours photographing her stamps, hundreds and hundreds of stamps. My Mom was a packrat rather than a collector. Collectors go for quality rather than quantity, they know what they’re collecting, and they catalog and organize them. Packrats just save, rather compulsively.
Despite the lack of order, there are a few interesting twists to my Mom’s packrat collection. She started collecting stamps in the 1920s, so they cover a pretty vast time span. Also, both she and her parents were extremely cosmopolitan. They traveled all over the world as did their friends, and all of them wrote prodigiously.
I’m only a third of the way through the review and I’ve found stamps from 1914 through the early 21st century, including stamps from now defunct nations such as Palestine, Czechoslovakia, and Nazi Germany. I’ve also got stamps covering that same time period from Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, Greece, Turkey, Switzerland, Austria, England, Holland, and the United States.
I doubt any of the stamps are very valuable — the mere fact that I have so many duplicates and that they were sent from literate countries to literate countries — argues against their rarity or uniqueness. Still, it’s been fascinating to look through them.
One of the fascinating stamps I’ve found this morning comes from Turkey. I don’t know its date or its purpose, but the fact that it has only 48 stars on the American flag means that it’s from 1958, at the latest. Can you imagine a stamp like this nowadays?
If I stumble across any other interesting stamps, I’ll share them with you as well.
I can’t say too much lest I breach Little Bookworm’s privacy, but suffice it to say that, after only two weeks at her Obscenely Expensive Liberal Arts College, she has already taken a giant step in the direction of moronic, damaging Leftism. I have refrained from berating her because that would be counterproductive. Instead, I provided her with objective information about the direction she has taken and she, with all the confident arrogance of an uninformed youngster, has refused to reconsider. I’m not feeling the love today.
I hope blogging helps me vent my spleen. Otherwise, if you read tomorrow that a woman suffered a deadly attack of spontaneous combustion during the night . . . well, that just might be me.
Preachy Leftist “comedians” may be harming Hillary. Mr. Bookworm adored Jon Stewart and was endlessly certain that, if I just sat and watched for a while, I’d be riotously amused and return to the Democrat fold. His confidence in Stewart’s powers of persuasion was misplaced. I found Stewart intentionally both ill-informed and dishonest.
When Stewart resigned, Mr. Bookworm transferred his allegiance to John Oliver and Samantha Bee, both of whom are even harder Left than Stewart, and both of whom have the same shtick: They say something insulting about a Republican or conservative, following it with a strained analogy, and then pause for the adoring audience’s laughter. It’s like a call-and-repeat in the Church of Leftism.
Mr. Bookworm has suggested that I lack a sense of humor, which may well be true. I prefer a bit of wit and intelligence to flavor political insults, so I’m probably expecting too much from the current generation of humorists. I, on the other hand, have tried suggesting to him that these smug Leftist harridans simply aren’t funny.
Ross Douthat might agree with me on that last point. He also thinks that these cultural avatars, along with the Lefties on football teams and at award shows, have pushed themselves into such an extreme political corner that they’re leaving no room for Hillary Clinton to survive:
The culture industry has always tilted leftward, but the swing toward social liberalism among younger Americans and the simultaneous surge of activist energy on the left have created a new dynamic, in which areas once considered relatively apolitical now have (or are being pushed to have) an overtly left-wing party line.
First, within the liberal tent, they have dramatically raised expectations for just how far left our politics can move, while insulating many liberals from the harsh realities of political disagreement in a sprawling, 300-plus million person republic. Among millennials, especially, there’s a growing constituency for whom right-wing ideas are so alien or triggering, left-wing orthodoxy so pervasive and unquestioned, that supporting a candidate like Hillary Clinton looks like a needless form of compromise.
Thus Clinton’s peculiar predicament. She has moved further left than any modern Democratic nominee, and absorbed the newer left’s Manichaean view of the culture war sufficiently that she finds herself dismissing almost a quarter of the electorate as “irredeemable” before her donors. Yet she still finds herself battling an insurgency on her left flank, and somewhat desperately pitching millennials on her ideological bona fides.
Isn’t that just delicious? All I can say is, from Douthat’s essay to God’s ear.