My Take on the Ray Rice Thing

If anyone cares….

It’s just another Two Minutes’ Hate ginned up by the Social Justice Warriors.  Rice will be quietly reinstated in six months, and he’ll sign with the Raiders in the offseason, and nobody will make a peep.

Regular reader Gary (one of about three; thanks Gary!) asked the other day for some examples of what leftists would do if they believed their own bullshit.  I’d suggest that the same people who are now calling for Roger Goodell’s head, and Ray Rice’s ass, would — if they were consistent — have also demanded the following:

  • The head of Sony Music’s chairman when Britney Spears criminally endangered her kids, losing custody of them in 2007.
  • The everlasting embargo of Carmen Electra, after her arrest for domestic abuse against Dennis Rodman in 1999
  • The head of CBS Broadcasting when pick one of Charlie Sheen’s many, many drug-and-domestic-abuse scandals came to light.

I’m betting there’s pretty much no overlap in those Venn diagrams, because 3 of 4 circles are pretty much empty.

As further evidence, I offer the ongoing SJW rage against Nike, after they re-signed Michael Vick to endorsement deals.  What, you didn’t know they did that?  I rest my case.

If I were Ray Rice, by the way, I’d be playing the race card for all its worth.  You may not have noticed, for instance — because of the latest Ray Rice stuff — that Penn State is now mysteriously bowl-eligible this season.  Convenient, that, coming as it does right after the Big 10 — i.e. the conference with the whitest fan base in all of football — laid an egg its opening weekend.  Michigan sucks, Braxton Miller of Ohio State is out for the season, Wisconsin collapsed against LSU, Nebraska nearly lost to McNeese State, and whaddaya know?  The only Big 10 team with any signs of football life is back in bowl contention.

You know, Penn State — where they covered up literally decades of child rape.  No SJW outrage about that highly suspicious coincidence, eh?


There’s a good piece at Ace’s about this.

My quick two cents: The problem with Libertarianism is that it quickly devolves into a caricature.  This is quite often Libertarians’ fault.

Not always, of course, but the problem with the caricature is that it’s quickly picked up on by the left, and the dumbasses who are responsible for the devolution in the first place have no answer for it.

For instance:  How many times have you seen a leftist jump in with “hey, I thought you rightwingers were all about the right to free association?!?” when it comes to politically motivated witch hunts against people like Brandon Eich?  Or “you rightwingers love the army and police.  Well, guess what?  Those are paid for by taxes!” (alternate version: “Using military force / supporting the police is Big Government, which I thought you rightwingers were against!”)

Put simply, government is a necessary evil.

The key word there is necessary.

One could, I suppose, make a nice, theoretical, philosophically tight case for things like subcontracting all police and military functions to private corporations.  (Robert Nozick, I’m told, actually does make something like that case, if you want some heavy reading).  But that’s not how the real world works.  The real world is Hobbesian; the state of nature is so awful that anything, even the restrains of government, are preferable to it.  The point of politics then becomes:  To minimize the number of smaller, localized necessary evils that make up the big Necessary Evil of contractual government.

That’s the argument we should be having.  Not this ridiculous inside-baseball crap about who is, or isn’t, a real conservative.  Alas, it often comes down to that:

However, his [John Kasich, Republican Governor of Ohio] expansion of Medicaid did not sit well with many conservatives. And he has been rapped for proposing a “round of tax increases; including higher taxes on tobacco products, e-cigarette/vapor products, higher oil and gas severance tax, and a hike in the Commercial Activity Tax (CAT). ” (Anti-tax groups nevertheless praised him for income-tax cuts.) In short, he illustrates the difference between a fiscal conservative and a libertarian. In contrast to the sort of tea party candidates who wiped out in the Senate primaries, Kasich doesn’t see government as the enemy. As a governor he’s been expected to improve government, not dismantle it. At a time when reform conservatives are getting attention, he may be in keeping with the current Zeitgeist in the GOP.

There is nothing inherently anti-conservative about the statement “As a governor he’s been expected to improve government, not dismantle it.”  Again:  <i>necessary</i> evil.  I want my government to be maximally efficient at its very, very, very (very very very) minimal responsibilities.  But look at the proposed alternative:  either improved government, or NO government.

This is not tenable.  Nobody is proposing the outright dissolution of government.  But that’s the caricature — as Jen Rubin, the GOP uber-hack who wrote that, would surely know — and you’ve got supposedly transitioning-to-libertarianism Drew M. agreeing with her.

Yes yes, I know — John Kasich is, in fact, a Democrat for all intents and purposes.  So are most of the “establishment GOP.”  And you won’t have to look too long in the Rotten Chestnuts archives to know my opinion of those assholes.  But look:  The alternatives aren’t “big government” and “no government.”  That’s a cartoon position, which so many “libertarians” — cartoons themselves — are eager to perpetuate.  “Efficient government” is, in fact, a good way of describing a stripped-down, minimalist state.  It’s a good starting point for debate.

We’ve got to know what we’re talking about, in other words, before we can push for it.  And many “libertarians” aren’t helping.

Doping the Proles

Huh — I believe I was discussing this very thing over here a while back.

Smitty reports:

Welfare recipients can’t use their EBT cards at liquor stores but they can at marijuana dispensaries in states such as Colorado that have legalized pot, Sen. Jeff Sessions revealed Tuesday.
The Alabama Republican announced that he was drafting legislation to close the welfare-for-weed loophole after the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services confirmed to him that marijuana shops were not off limits to EBT cards, which replaced food stamps, or other federal benefits.

As noted, I don’t really have a problem with this.  Vibrant diversity which is baked off its ass isn’t out randomly beating grocery store employees into a coma.  If we’re going to support these worthless wretches on the public tit, let’s at least get something out of it.  EBT pot for public order is a decent tradeoff until the Pfizer boys cook up some real ghetto tranqs.

A Reasonable Litmus Test

Saw this over at Ace’s overnight thread:

That there are angry, bitter misanthropes out there with a chip on their shoulder about having to cook is not significant. What is significant is that this outlook gets taken seriously and finds a home and a ready audience on the left. What’s significant is that there is a constituency out there that is ready to complain about each and every basic requirement of human life, to resent the effort of taking responsibility for it, and to denounce as tyranny any expectation that life is supposed to be about work, effort, and striving.

– Robert Tracinski on Amanda Marcotte’s outrage over the tyranny of home-cooked meals.

That does seem to be the end goal of leftism, doesn’t it?  When nobody has to do anything for herself?

So I have to ask:  IS that the goal?  What would Ms. Marcotte’s ideal world look like, when women have full control of their bodies, when my rosaries are off her ovaries, when gays are married in big spectacular mass weddings like the world’s most faaaaab-ulous Moonies, and conservatism is outlawed?

I will take a liberal seriously when, and only when, she has an answer to that question which doesn’t cause half the room to burst into uncontrollable laughter.

Another Small Beacon of Hope

If there was hope, it must lie in the proles.

Or, in this case, gamers.

There are no witch hunts when things are going swimmingly for the ruling power.  The Inquisition starts hiring when the old order starts collapsing.  And, as Vox points out in that piece, the rabbits’ one weapon — social ostracism — doesn’t work on people who are already socially ostracized.  Who pride themselves on it, in fact.

What a show!

What a show!

Inquisitions temporarily prop up a decaying order by turning the entire might of the ruling apparatus on the softest, easiest targets.  It looks spectacular — there are few things more terrifying, I imagine, than an auto-da-fe — but it’s really just a gaudy admission of defeat.  Marcus Aurelius couldn’t do much about inflation, plague, and Germans, so he threw some Christians to the lions.  Torquemada couldn’t destroy the printing press, so he burned some Jews.  Neither Cromwell nor Charles II could stop the collapse of feudalism, so they burned widows.  The old Puritan elite in Salem was powerless against rising capitalism, but they could hang old women and slaves.

So, too, with our Social Justice Warriors.  They believe in outmoded ideas like equalism and socialism.  Reality is intruding — as, in the end, it always does — and they’re powerless against it.  So they’ll gin up some autos-da-fe.  The revolution will not be televised, but the witch burnings will be tweeted.  In the end, it’ll work out about as well as the Inquisition.

[It's worth noting how witch hunts usually end -- the heresy-sniffers accuse someone with real power, and wind up on the rack themselves.  That ought to be a hoot].

Settled Science Update: Polar Ice Cap Edition

Hey, whaddaya know… the polar ice caps are getting thicker.

Myth of arctic meltdown: Stunning satellite images show summer ice cap is thicker and covers 1.7million square kilometres MORE than 2 years ago…despite Al Gore’s prediction it would be ICE-FREE by now.

It was a great racket while it lasted, eh Al?  As Morgan so pithily put it, liberals are seldom right, but never in doubt.  500 years of scientific discipline, wrested by brute force from man’s natural inclination to magical thinking, have been ruined in less than twenty by self-aggrandizing politicians and the sanctimonious sheep who love them.  At this point, I wouldn’t believe an “expert” if he predicted six o’clock at five thirty.  What’s the difference between Torquemada and a 21st century liberal?  You might actually be able to reason with Torquemada.

Even Squirty's finding it hard to keep the faith these days

Even Squirty’s finding it hard to keep the faith these days

This Ought to be Fun

The people pushing these laws are the same ones who find “penumbras” and “emanations” and “dog whistles” and whatnot whenever it’s politically convenient.  I wonder how long the first “here is her signed, sealed, notarized authorization for intercourse” statement holds up in court?

But the California legislation’s language becomes clearer when it specifies which situations do not constitute consent. “Lack of protest or resistance does not mean consent, nor does silence mean consent,” the bill reads. “The existence of a dating relationship between the persons involved, or the fact of a past sexual relationship, shall not provide the basis for an assumption of consent. Consent must be ongoing throughout a sexual encounter and can be revoked at any time. The existence of a dating relationship between the persons involved, or the fact of past sexual relations between them, should never by itself be assumed to be an indicator of consent.” Parties can’t consent when they’re asleep or unconscious, or incapacitated from drugs or alcohol.

Via Vox Day’s “Game” site, Alpha Game.

Remember, lunatics like Amanda Marcotte — who still believes the Duke lacrosse players are guilty and Dan Rather’s memos are real — are at the forefront of this “rape culture” hysteria.  I can’t even conceive of the circumstances under which people like her would believe the man in one of these cases….

….well, no, that’s not quite true.  I can think of one scenario.  But it’s so gross and disturbing that I caution the weaker stomachs among our readership to skip this next part.

This “affirmative consent” insanity will end when, and only when, an impeccably left-liberal individual boffs one of these feminazi she-beast bloggers with her full, informed, authorized, signed, witnessed, and notarized consent… and then backs out and claims he was raped, because she didn’t get consent.

Now, actually achieving this is a Herculean task.  I figure our side has the tech savvy to work up an unbeatable alias for a deep-cover operative.  I mean, liberals routinely fall for the ol’ “117% of the district voted, all for one party” gambit; how hard can it be?  A few Daily Kos diaries, a few photoshopped pictures at Burning Man, a “Ready for Hillary” bumper sticker on the Prius, and you’re good to go.

The problem, of course, is this….

Marcotteand this….

Lesbian_Heteronormative_Oppression_Feministand this….

Smash_Patriarchy_Slut_Walk_2014_Chicago_Feministand this….

358599871_rachel_maddow_031009_300x296_answer_1_xlargeYou get the idea.  And that is one taaaaallllll order, because remember, our sleeper (ugh!) agent has to be provably sober the entire time.  Not even aspirin, just in case. And I know lesbian sexuality doesn’t work like male sexuality, but ye gods, that’d be a struggle for Gay Nyarlathotep.

Sooooo… any patriots out there up for the challenge? I think I can speak for the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy when I say we’ll happily pay all your expenses, including a lifetime of therapy and / or a lobotomy after.  It’s the only way to stop the madness.

Stick Your Head in the Ice Bucket and Keep It There

Can I vent for just a sec about how much I hate this stupid fucking “ice bucket challenge” thing?

Here again, we see the terminal narcissism of the Millennial Generation.  Yes, ALS is a horrible disease, and I want to encourage anyone and everyone to give up to 100% of their income to anti-ALS research.

That said: It is not about you.

It is not about you.

It is NOT about you.

It is NOT about you.

It is NOT about you.




Please cut, paste, and repeat this as many times as you find necessary.  Thanks.

Still not about you.

Still not about you.

This Explains a LOT, Actually

Tim Blair, via Ace of Spades:

This is beautiful rhetoric.  It’s like boxing.  Here’s the jab — Blair quoting some puff piece on a climate activist agonistes –

Several experts suggest that the overall intersection of mental health and climate change is one we ignore at our peril.

then the crushing overhand right:

There’s a 100 per cent overlap for those particular Venn diagrams, that’s for damn sure.

Note that the following is from the puff piece:

“We can be very sure that many people in the field of climate change are distressed – highly distressed – and it can have a significant psychosocial impact on their wellbeing,” Burke said. “If you’re feeling stress, anger, guilt, anxiousness or hopelessness, it has effects on your life. Depression becomes a real risk.”

Yeah.  I think “highly distressed” covers it.  “Bugfuck insane, with a side order of Asperger’s” is what I’d call it, but then again, I’m not a shrink and don’t play one on teevee.

What…too harsh?  Then definitely don’t read Mr. Blair’s sendoff:

Are they self-harming yet? Because that would be awesome.

Squirty sez: "Oooh... burn!"

Squirty sez: “Oooh… burn!”

Chick Pitchers

Yeah, I said "pitchers," but here's a great picture anyway

Yeah, I said “pitchers,” but here’s a great picture anyway

You may have heard of Mo’Ne* Davis, the girl pitcher from one of the teams in the Little League World Series.  She is, of course, the latest proof that anything you can do I can do better.  Standard Media You-Go-Girl Story #3.2.2(a4).

I’m sure she’s a sweet kid, which makes busting this particular rotten chestnut seem extra-mean, but c’mon, people.  Y’all do know that boys and girls mature at dramatically different rates, right?

Yes yes, fine, it’s all a social construction, but every sixth-grade class in the history of the world has been socially constructed in such a way that most of the girls tower over most of the boys.  Even if they’ve managed to overcome this cisgender patriarchalist bias in the posh Upper Manhattan academies where New Soviet Men are forged New York Times writers go to junior high, the “ohmigod their star player is a girl!” storyline has been a staple of kid-lit since the 19th century.  We’re supposed to be surprised by this?

But, as always, feel free to check my work.  Here’s my fearless prediction:  Mo’Ne Davis will kick ass in Little League for at most one more year, and then she’ll either a) discover softball, or b) drop sports entirely.  Either way, she’ll never be heard from again, because by the time she’s 15, she’ll still be throwing 65mph heat while the boys on the JV squad start hitting the mid 80s.  And that will be that.

That’s all the “Little League World Series” — which, for the record, I find both silly and offensive on any number of levels — really measures, anyway: The rates at which different tranches of kids mature.  There are exactly twenty four big leaguers who have played in the LLWS.  That’s in the entire history of baseball, mind you.  And that’s not because MLB guys are playing in some other, special, secret league as kids; they play Little League just like everyone else.  It’s just that lots of boys grow into their bodies sometime after the Little League years (11-13).  Why do you think those hyper-competitive Latin American and Asian countries are always trying to sneak 15 year olds in?

I’m glad for Mo’Ne* Davis, I guess.  I hope she has fun.  But no, Virginia, she’s not going to be the first girl drafted by a major league team, she’s not going to be mowing down batters in college, or even high school.  You know, because biology.


*[sic], I think.  I can’t keep this lunacy straight.