Don’t forget that the Watchers’ Council has transmuted into Wow! Magazine, an online magazine with articles you won’t want to miss. Here’s the latest.
The past week has reinforced one of the most important rules in life and politics: Never give a Leftist an opening. Block him at every turn or you lose.
Never give a Leftist an opening about Israel. As I mentioned earlier, I had the pleasure of attending the 14th Annual Ariel Avrech memorial lecture, at which Daniel Greenfield spoke. One of the points he made was that we Jews and Israel supporters should not enter into arguments justifying or proving our right to exist. Some things, after all, go without saying. Nobody asks Norwegians or Germans to justify their right to their ancestral lands and Jews should not have to do so either.
I’ll add to what Greenfield said by noting that there’s also a very practical reason for avoiding arguments, which is that engaging in an argument also allows the opposition to continue arguing. In this regard, I was reminded of something my sister-in-law, the clinical behaviorist taught me: Don’t argue with a teenager! Instead, reflect what they said but constantly return to your rule, a rule that needs no defending or explaining. Otherwise, you will get sucked into the teenager’s world, one in which your teen has all the time in the world and all the energy to incessantly push his or her cause. Two simple dialogues will suffice:
The wrong way to talk to a teen
TEEN: Can I go to the mall with my friends on Monday night?
YOU: No. It’s a school night.
TEEN: But all my friends are going.
YOU: We’ve talked before about the fact that, just because your friends go, it doesn’t mean you can go.
TEEN: Yeah, but everyone is going. I’ll be the weird dork if I don’t get to go.
YOU: You’re never a weird dork. Look at how many friends you have. People like me.
TEEN: They only like me because I do things with them. If you won’t let me go to the mall….
YOU: Look, we’ve talked about how you need your sleep on school nights.
TEEN: That’s silly. You know that even when I’m home I always go to bed late and I’m fine.
And on it goes, with you constantly responding to the shifting sand of your teen’s argument, and your teen taking every one of your responses as a new opening and a new opportunity. After all, you’ve got a life, while the teen has a monomaniacal need to go to the mall Monday night. Who’s got more stamina for the argument?
The right way to talk to a teen
TEEN: Can I go to the mall with my friends on Monday night?
YOU: No. The house rule is no malls on a week night.
TEEN: But all my friends are going.
YOU: Nevertheless, the house rule is no malls on a week night.
TEEN: That’s not fair!
YOU: I’m sorry you don’t think it’s fair, but it’s the house rule. No malls on a week night.
TEEN: Everyone will think I’m weird if I don’t go.
YOU: [Empathetic listening statement optional here.] Still, you know the rule: No mall on a week night.
Israeli’s, Zionists, and anyone else who supports Israel should take a page out of the smart teen parent’s handbook. Israel is a nation that exists. End of story. Live with it. [Read more…]
On July 1, California gun owners may no longer possess high capacity standard magazines. Learn here what you need to know about the ban.
A friend just forwarded me a notice from Gun Owners of California informing California gun owners that, within two weeks, any high-capacity standard magazines they possess are illegal. Here’s what you need to know: [Read more…]
A delectable illustrated edition tracking today’s insanity. This particular edition is dedicated to Caped Crusader, may he rest in peace.
Donald Trump told the NRA that “The eight-year assault on your Second Amendment freedoms has come to a crashing end.” Here’s why the promise matters.
Donald Trump spoke today at the National Rifle Association’s 2017 Leadership Forum. While it’s clear that he’s not necessarily up on the finer details of the intellectual arguments supporting our Second Amendment rights, there’s no doubting his sincerity when it comes to preserving them:
The eight-year assault on your Second Amendment freedoms has come to a crashing end. You have a true friend and champion in the White House. No longer will federal agencies be coming after law-abiding gun owners. No longer will the government be trying to undermine your rights and your freedoms as Americans. Instead, we will work with you, by your side.
The fact that President Trump will de-fang the federal government’s attacks against Second Amendment rights, however, does not mean that the Left will stop their relentless press to disarm Americans. They constantly tell us how disarmament works in other countries, and insist that we can be just as safe as such sweet, law-abiding little countries as England, Sweden, Germany, and Norway, it works so well.
Except that it doesn’t work well at all, at least not when a genocidal tyrant arises, as happened in Germany. And it doesn’t work well when a formerly culturally homogeneous country welcomes people in who bring with them violent values and an anti-Western animus, along with their guns, knives, trucks, gang rapes, bombs, etc.
While it’s great that Donald Trump backs the Second Amendment, the fight is not over. As long as there are Leftists, the fight will never be over. We therefore have to be prepared to defend our Second Amendment rights whenever they come under attack. Here’s a small toolkit for that defense. It addresses the following facts: (1) Armed citizens are the best defense against the world’s most dangerous killer: government; (2) the Founders understood that government was dangerous and added the Second Amendment as a bulwark against that threat; (e) the Jewish experience reminds us that disarmed people are easy victims; (4) only racists want to disarm minorities; and (5) a self-defended society is a safe society. [Read more…]
I’ve cleared my spindle and the articles I linked are a feast for the hungry mind — the Middle East, climate change, policing, gender, Obamacare, and more.
There’s land if the Palestinians want it. Did you know that President al-Sisi in Egypt has offered the Palestinians a state that would include Gaza plus 618 adjacent square miles in the Egyptian Sinai Peninsula? This offer reflects the fact that the Egyptians, like the Jordanians, Saudis, and every other Sunni Arab state around can’t stand the Palestinians.
With Iran looming on the Iranian, the Sunni nations are becoming more aware that Israel is their bulwark against Iran. If they can get rid of the Palestinian issue — and get the troublesome Palestinians out of their countries — they can unite to face off against Iran. You can read more here.
The Palestinians, of course, will not go for it. They don’t want their own country. They want the Jews’ country. The question is whether the combined weight of the Sunni Arab world, perhaps with help from the Trump administration, can force them to take what they don’t want and finally, once and for all, leave everyone alone. The problem is that the Palestinians (with a lot of UN help) have raised too many blood-thirsty generations who view Israel as their own land, to be taken with fire and sword.
Once again, a sociologist proves that sociology is not science. I laughed so hard I choked on my morning cereal when I read a Los Angeles Times op-ed by an academic sociologist assuring readers that atheists raise more moral kids than religious people do. The trick to this column is that the atheistic sociologist gets to define what constitutes “morality.”
I’m sure you won’t be surprised to learn that morality means having values that precisely track the Progressive/Democrat social and political agenda. My only question is for how much longer taxpayers are going to let their state and federal monies flow into the academic institutions producing this kind of biased garbage?
One brave man in blue. The ACLU sued the Milwaukee police department alleging (what else?) that it’s raaaacist. This is, of course, nothing more than a shakedown using the court system. Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn refused to be intimidated:
“If they [the police] are willing to risk their lives to protect our disadvantaged communities than the least I can do is be willing to risk lawsuits to do the same thing.”
Flynn said that the ACLU and organizations like them want only to “drive a wedge between the police and their communities.”
“The people that actually live in the neighborhoods punctuated by gunfire and non-fatal shootings every night of the week demand effective and responsive policing” while the “concerns of the neighborhoods are never on the agenda of groups like the ACLU.”
Chief Flynn also pointed out that the police are protecting blacks and other minorities, who are significantly more likely than whites to be victims of violent crime. Bravo, Chief Flynn!
There’s nothing new in this Prager U video about the Second Amendment, but it’s so perfectly lucid that even a child (and maybe a Progressive) can understand.
It’s serious business when Google — with its unimaginable reach and control over people’s understanding of their world — does what every single Leftie since WWII has done: conflate “fascism” with “right-wing.” I’ve been banging this gong for years. Rather than do yet another lengthy post, I’ll confine myself to a few brief remarks and then provide links to just a few in the laundry-list of posts I have on the subject.
A few words from fascism’s creator, Benito Mussolini:
The keystone of the Fascist doctrine is its conception of the State, of its essence, its functions, and its aims. For Fascism the State is absolute, individuals and groups relative.
All within the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state.
Fascism is a religion. The twentieth century will be known in history as the century of Fascism.
Both fascism and communism are subsets of socialism. Fascism allows ostensibly private ownership, provided that this ownership, like everything else within the fascist state, is subject to state control. Communism simply does away entirely with the illusion of private ownership.
The fascist fight against communism in the 1930s (which led many British and American people who were scared of communism to embrace fascism) was not, as people then thought, a fight between communism and its opposite. It was an internecine battle between two closely related authoritarian ideologies.
This is a random news edition because I’ve spent the day doing such scintillating things as cleaning the kitchen (including behind the refrigerator) to quell an ant infestation and spraying clothes with Pemethrin to prepare for an upcoming trip to some malarial hot spots. Throughout the course of the day, whenever I had a minute, I grabbed random, but interesting links I found on Facebook, through my favorite blogs and, always my best source, from friends who email me. Because I’m heading out soon for Cirque du Soliel, brevity will be the name of the game.
How to handle rape. In America, we’re told that telling women actions they can take to defend against rape is a no-no because it constitutes “blaming the victim.” Instead, men should be taught not to rape. In Austria, which is yet another European country overrun by non-white, non-Christian (or Jewish or Hindu or . . . ) men who come from a decided rape culture, it’s all up to the women to protect themselves.
How to deal with terrorism. Writing at The Atlantic, Uri Friedman looks at the frighteningly simple truck attack in Berlin and concludes that there are only three ways to deal with terrorism on European soil: secure public spaces, expand government surveillance, or learn to live with it. He seems to have forgotten a fourth approach: Expel all the recently admitted refugees. And then expel all known trouble makers. And then break down the ghettos in which the remaining Islamic communities incubate fanaticism.
Progressives say their massive freakout is warranted. Even Progressives are realizing that their complete meltdown is out of the ordinary. But the LA Times is there to assure us that Trump is so horrible — and his supporters so evil — that Progressive mental collapse is an appropriate response. Really.
Ivanka is too good to help women. Elle, yet another women’s magazine that sells Leftism, assures us that Ivanka is a disaster for women. Hillary’s many (ahem) accomplishments were an inspiration, of course, but Ivanka is so damn accomplished that she’s intimidating and sets women’s rights back by decades, maybe even centuries. Moreover, the entire goal of her father’s upcoming presidency is an exercise in nepotism to benefit her alone. Really.
I’m back from my cruise, but not yet home, so this will be a smaller than usual round-up culling some of the best posts I’ve seen since recently about life in Trump’s America. Typing on a teeny keyboard slows me down….
The temperature in the Left’s fever swamps is rising.. I don’t need to repeat here the puerile behavior to which Mike Pence was subjected when he went to see Hamilton, nor do I need to repeat Pence’s classy response. You already know that.
What you might not know is that Pence’s appearance at the show was all part of a deep Trump plot to humiliate the Progressive Left by creating a situation in which the “others” in this new bigoted, racist, misogynistic, transphobic, and homophobic America would be forced to engage in behavior distasteful to the aforementioned bigots, racists, misogynists, etc.
Yup. No fooling. That dastardly Trump outwitted America’s most elite brains. I know this because I read it at the GQ website (and didn’t that used to be a snobby men’s fashion magazine?). Why else would a man that the Left believes is on the verge of euthanizing gays to end their evil ways even bother to attend a Broadway show?
Yesterday, I gave my scattered impressions of the NR cruise First Amendment discussions. Today, given that I didn’t take notes, you’ll get my even more scattered impressions of yesterday’s Second Amendment discussion. Mostly, you’ll get my thoughts based upon what I can remember that they said.
James Lileks was once again the moderator. The panelists were John Yoo, Charles Cooke, Jim Geraghty, and Sheriff Dave Clarke.
To be honest, none of them said anything that I had not already read or thought of myself, but they were witty, funny, and thoughtful. With the exception of Sheriff Clarke, who represented sound common sense, the discussion took place at a fairly rarefied level, with many references to Supreme Court decisions. All of the panelists were extremely grateful that Trump’s win puts the kybosh on Hillary’s loudly stated plan to do whatever she could, primarily with pen and Supreme Court, to shut down the Second Amendment.
If I remember correctly, the discussion began by stating the principle — as Scalia said in Heller — that the Second Amendment is an individual, not a group, right. Indeed, when put into practical effect, the group theory that the Left espouses is ridiculous. According to the Left, the fact that the right to bear arms arises only in the context of a well-regulated militia means that the government can bar all arms at any other time, allowing individuals access to those arms only when they show up for militia drill and duty.
The Leftist scenario, if put into play, means that the government controls the arms entirely, which entirely vitiates the Second Amendment. The Left desires that outcome, but any free person recognizes it for the con it is.
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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.