Saturday, December 09, 2017

Projection

As you know "projection" has many meanings. We will explore only one of them for the purpose of this post.

Projection includes,

"...a psychological defense mechanism whereby one "projects" one's own undesirable thoughts, motivations, desires, feelings—basically parts of oneself—onto someone else..."

I have written recently about the sexual harassment epidemic consuming left wing institutions. See "Good News" and "This and That #7.

As I mentioned we on the right have been accused, as a group, of misogyny and hypocrisy for a very long time. Right wing men in particular.

I have always assumed that the accusations were a manifestation of projection.

Since no one I know engaged in the often complained of behavior and most of those with much higher profiles than mine also had only very rarely been demonstrated to have manifested those behaviors (Newt Gingrich comes immediately to mind) I often thought projection might be at work. But, like our accusers, I had precious little evidence to support my theory.

Not anymore.

We now know that Ted Kennedy, Bill Clinton and Harvey Weinstein were not outliers, they were main stream for lefty institutions.

CBS, NBC, NPR, Broadway,  and a thoroughly astonishing list of other cesspools are now being exposed as hotbeds (forgive me) of sexual predation.

And apparently everybody involved in those institutions knew. The most egregious example of the extent of that knowledge is the 2008 "secret" roast of Matt Lauer . Do not follow the link unless you are prepared to be offended.

The audience was filled with all the people who claimed ignorance once he was exposed.

So where did the Republican War on Women and Republican Misogyny come from?

Unfortunately it was projection. More unfortunately the women complaining loudly appear to have been cowards (a very common human condition) at best, and enablers at worst. These unfortunate people were living and working with misogynists and predators so they naturally assumed that all men behave this way. Surely these ugly impulses could not be confined to just their men.

Well ladies and all you feminist gentlemen of the left, it seems, for the most part, that they are. Enjoy what your constant efforts to be "progressive" have earned you. Destroy all the rules of civility as you have been doing for 40 years and people will behave badly.

Those of us who have been watching in horror as women turned themselves into Victoria Secret wannabes are not surprised at the world you have created.

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Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Good News

Today marks one year since we awoke to the absolutely astonishingly good news that Hillary Clinton had lost the election. Thanks again President Trump.

There has been a lot to cheer about during this last year.

Consumer confidence is at heights not seen since 2000.

US stock markets are at all time highs.

The Supreme Court seat vacated by the death of Justice Scalia has been filled by another reliable conservative, Neal Gorsuch.

ISIS is in the process of being thoroughly destroyed.

We appear to be well on our way to defanging North Korea, one way or another.

There may be some tax reform on the way.

Liberal men, particularly those in, or connected to, Hollywood, have been exposed as the miscreants I have always assumed they were.

Liberal women, particularly those in or connected to Hollywood, have been exposed as the self-righteous dilettantes I have always assumed they were.

They never tired, male or female, of lecturing us about the evils of republican men while allowing a culture of  actual sexual assault to flourish as they remained silent lest their careers be adversely affected by speaking out. The primary by-product of that silence was to expose other young women and men to the predators.

There are other by-products coming from the exposure of the Hollywood cesspool.

Some mythical liberal narratives seem to  have disappeared.

Republican war on women. Anyone?

Campus rape culture. Anyone?

Donald Trump has a potty mouth and said some boorish things. Anyone?

Regarding Hollywood and its inhabitants I have an observation. How can anyone writing, producing or acting in the rot that Hollywood has been producing for years be assumed to have anything remotely resembling ordinary morals. Actors and actresses (why has that word disappeared) happily engage in on screen nudity and sex apparently thinking it very avant-garde to disrobe and perform sex acts for the public. It isn't. It is the simple substitution of exhibitionism for talent.

I realize there are a few high profile actors and actresses who do not engage in such on screen self-abasement but they are few.

Democrats won some elections for a change yesterday. They are celebrating. Allow them their moment of pleasure. They have endured a lot of pain in the last year.

Their paroxysm of glee will be short lived. Retaining the governorship of Virginia is no great accomplishment. It is what should have happened given that the republican candidate was an establishment rhino of long standing running in the Trump era.

They won the governorship of New Jersey proving, with finality, that Chris Christie's political career is, happily, over.

Be of good cheer my friends. All is well.



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Tuesday, November 07, 2017

This and That #7

Harvey Weinstein et al...

It has apparently come as a surprise to those who aspire to be viewed as the most sophisticated among us, that wealthy, powerful men have been known to prey on the women who depend on their wealth and or power for their own livelihoods.

They can be forgiven for never having heard of Bill Clinton or Ted Kennedy I suppose, two wallflowers who never made a headline.

Kennedy should have been prosecuted. Clinton should have been prosecuted. Hopefully Weinstein will be prosecuted.

I do not begrudge Weinstein's victims their outrage. I do begrudge them their phony naivete while repairing to the fainting couch.

It takes a great deal of courage to bite the hand that feeds you. Very few of us are courageous, human nature being what it is, as the otherwise self aggrandizing denizens of Hollywood have clearly demonstrated.

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Massacres and Gun Control.

Another massacre, another appeal for "sensible steps" to ameliorate the problem of gun violence.

I have a "sensible step" to suggest. Let's create a government data base of everyone convicted of a felony and insist that the name of any putative gun buyer be run through that system before being permitted to possess one.

Oh, wait. We have one of those already. So how did the latest shooter get his weapons? Was it through the so-called gun show loop hole ? No it wasn't.

The real problem stems from one word in the sentence above beginning with "Let's". That word is government.

The latest shooter was a convicted felon who bought his weapons from a licensed fire arms dealer who received the all clear from the government. There is that word again.

The arm of the government that convicted the shooter of multiple felonies failed to post those convictions in the government data base.

I have another "sensible step" to suggest. Do not ever assume that the government will get anything right. Look after yourself and those you love. As the saying goes, when seconds count the police are only minutes away.

Last week another Muslim lunatic killed a bunch of people in New York City. He had been interviewed by the ICE in 2015. He was not interviewed because he had jaywalked. He was interviewed because of association with people who had overstayed their visas, a common terrorist profile. No action.

Remember the Boston Marathon bombers.?

"The brothers were Muslim; Tamerlan's aunt stated that he had recently become a devout Muslim.[174][175] Tamerlan became more devout and religious after 2009,[185][186] and a YouTube channel in his name linked to Salafist[185] and Islamist[181][187][188] videos. The FBI was informed by the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) in 2011 that he was a "follower of radical Islam."[187] In response, the FBI interviewed Tamerlan and his family and searched databases, but they did not find any evidence of "terrorism activity, domestic or foreign."" No action.

Remember the San Bernardino killers??

"They said he had contacts with five people whom the F.B.I. had investigated for possible terrorist activities — including one associated with the Shabab, the Islamist militant movement in Somalia, and another associated with the Nusra Front, the wing of Al Qaeda in Syria. In all five cases, the investigations were closed and no charges were filed."

Are you seeing a pattern here? Sclerotic bureaucracy is the problem, not the solution.

Do not allow yourself to be brow beaten into agreement with the apparently endless legion of our fellow citizens who, despite mountains of evidence to the contrary, believe that government should be the repository of all power.

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Transgender Tragedy

I was minding my own business when suddenly confronted with some astonishing "facts".

Men could "become" women and vice versa.

Humans of the same gender could "marry".

Those men who became women and vice versa are now referred to as transgendered.

Here are some facts.

Men cannot become women and women cannot become men.

Men can pretend to be women and women can pretend to be men.

They cannot ever "become" the gender they aspire to in the same way that I cannot "become" Donald Trump. I could dye my hair and put on a hundred pounds and look a lot like Donald Trump but I can never, ever, be Donald Trump. Seems pretty simple to me, but then, as I wrote recently, to me, The David is just a giant statue. Perhaps I am nothing more sophisticated than a contrarian. I am not! (sorry, could not resist)

There are, unfortunately, some real world consequences to being forced to enable the gender fantasies of some unfortunate souls.

This is a tragedy. A boy is being allowed to "compete" with the girls. This is not competition. It is as thoroughly unfair as the legendary doping of female athletes during the Soviet era. Turn athletic women into testosterone fueled athletic women and your team will win a lot of medals.

I stopped paying attention to the Olympics years ago and was surprised to find that the Russians have continued the practice.

So, getting back to our tragedy, authentic girls are being forced to compete against a naturally doped boy.

No doubt you are aware that in most sports the sexes are segregated because boys are, generally, bigger, stronger and faster than women.

Now the unfortunate authentic women are forced to lose so that this arguably deranged and at the very least, incredibly selfish, or clever, boy can force us all to indulge his idiotic fantasy.

Will the athletic scholarship committees at the schools these young women apply to take into account their victimization? One can only hope so, but that hope is a dim one.

The "girl" had this to say after winning a state championship race,

 “It feels really good. I’m really happy to win both titles,” Yearwood of Cromwell High School told the Day after winning at the May 30 meet. “I kind of expected it. I’ve always gotten first, so I expected it to some extent. … I’m really proud of it.”

"I've always gotten first...", yes, of course, those with an unfair advantage usually do.

The girl who won last year had this to say,

 “It’s frustrating,” Hall of Stonington High School told the Courant. “But that’s just the way it is now.”

Unfortunately she appears to be resigned to being relegated to second place by a man.

Sound familiar? 




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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

This and That Italian Edition

My wife and I just returned from our first trip to Italy.

It is a very beautiful country. We spent time in Rome, Florence, Venice, Messina, the Amalfi Coast and a couple of other small towns. We also spent one day in Sibenik, Croatia. It is just across the Adriatic Sea from Italy. Very pretty place.

Seeing the Colosseum was a great treat for me. As with so many other buildings in Italy, it is an amazing example of engineering, particularly considering the time at which it was built.

I had not considered, before embarking on the trip, that most of the sites I would tour would be focused on the Catholic Religion. I know, you were just about convinced I was a smart guy! Anyway, never gave it much thought.

The tours we took were all very similar. Churches, Cathedrals, and Basilicae. Being an areligious person, these soon became quite boring although the buildings were all quite beautiful.

A few comments, in no particular order of importance.

When viewing the Colosseum I was reminded of  the "bread and circuses" style of governance. Keep the people fed and entertained and they will not complain too much. Seems like not much has changed in 2000 years as massive numbers of citizens of the welfare West are on the dole and kept cheaply entertained.

The Sistine Chapel was an odd experience for me. It is very beautiful, very elaborate. Every inch of all the walls and the ceiling is covered in art produced by many masters. It all looked very similar to what I had seen in the many other churches we had visited.

While Michelangelo's ceiling is clearly an enormous feat of human endurance and productivity, the artwork itself looked to me quite ordinary. The usual assortment of humans, angels and other religious objects. Really much ado about not so much, in my opinion. It was an Emperor's New Clothes moment for me. Then again, perhaps I am just a philistine, incapable of appreciating real art.

The David was a similarly odd experience. It is massive, 17 feet tall. Another demonstration of Michaelangelo's ability to take on and complete huge projects. It has less detail than any child's plastic super hero doll mass produced today. Well, except for his genitals. Nude men appear to have been an obsession of Michaelangleo's. According to one guide he is said to have stated that the male body is the most beautiful thing on earth. Not in my opinion.

In the Uffizi museum in Florence hangs the only individual picture authenticated as Michaelangelo's work. It is a strange painting. The background is full of naked men. One might draw conclusions, might one not?

The Vatican Museum contains an incredible array of art and religious artifacts. Much of the place, like many of the churches we visited, is gilded. There are elaborate gold and silver pieces everywhere. It occurred to me that much of the gold and silver these items were made of was stolen from the Americas. Much of the rest, not to mention the buildings themselves, were funded by the tithe. In other words, money extorted from working people to benefit the priestly class in exchange for promises of a heavenly hereafter. A disgrace, in my opinion. The Catholic Church is, in my opinion, a giant criminal enterprise.

I mentioned that we had visited Sibenik. Croatia is, apparently, a very Catholic country. Our guide was a lovely young lady of 32. She mentioned her age in passing. While in the most important church in the area she was asked where all the beautiful statuary had come from. Her answer was confirmation of my opinion of the Church. She said that some local nobles had donated some of the statuary but that most of it was paid for by the tithe. She rolled her eyes as she said it. An acknowledgment, in my view, of the basic unfairness of taxing working people for the churches' aggrandizement.

One last thing, in the nature of a tip on being a white tourist in Italy.

At many tourist sites there is a substantial army of very tall, handsome Nigerian men with beautiful smiles and arms full of trinkets.  They will approach you and say "I like your shoes". The approach is intended to disarm you and cynically prey on the inherent niceness (and perhaps racial guilt) of white people. I never saw any of them approach a person of color. Tell them to fuck off and turn away. It is, unfortunately, the only method I found to stop them trying to guilt me into giving them money.





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Sunday, September 24, 2017

NFL

I have been a football fan for a very long time.

Over the last ten years or so I have watched, dismayed, as the product has deteriorated and the NFL has become ever more greedy and unwatchable. Moving games to the NFL channel was a really bush league move.

Color commentators afflicted with verbal diarrhea and an addiction to superlatives so severe that almost any play or player turns into the greatest ever are extremely annoying.

After enduring this nonsense for far too long I have recently taken to watching the games on mute. Big improvement which has the laudable side effect of tuning out the commercials!

Then there are the head coaches most of whom appear to have become obscenity spewing pseudo generals who think they are commanding troops in an enterprise as noble as war.

Two or three years ago my local team, the Cardinals, were featured in some program that took an in depth look at the team. I turned it off after about thirty seconds of  head coach Bruce Ariens' obscenity laced rant about leading his troops into battle. Mr. Ariens, George Patton you are most assuredly not and most of your troops would be deemed unfit characters for military service.

Then there are the players. By and large a group of spoiled, tattooed thugs more interested in stupid demonstrations of personal prowess than the dignity of their teams or the game. Is there anything less compelling than watching some behemoth do his victory dance after sacking a QB in garbage time while losing the game?

Now these spoiled millionaires, mostly black ones, have decided that living in the country that has allowed them to become rich and famous is a racist nightmare.

Good luck to all of you. I will not be watching anymore games. The anti-American demonstrations by players and entire teams today are more than I can stand.

Well, except for watching the Cardinals. I love cheering on their humiliation, their owners having stolen billions here in the Valley of the Sun over the last 29 years.

I hope you will join me in finding something else to do on football season Sundays. These miscreants do not deserve our support in their present incarnation.




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Saturday, September 23, 2017

This and That # 6

There has been quite a spat going on in the academic legal community over the last month or so.

Two tenured law professors from two different schools, Pennsylvania and San Diego, co-authored an opinion piece explaining that a lot of our current social problems, kids without families, opioid abuse, and catastrophic urban violence, among others, might be less serious if the basic rules of personal responsibility prevalent in mid twentieth century America were still in place.

"That culture laid out the script we all were supposed to follow: Get married before you have children and strive to stay married for their sake. Get the education you need for gainful employment, work hard, and avoid idleness. Go the extra mile for your employer or client. Be a patriot, ready to serve the country. Be neighborly, civic-minded, and charitable. Avoid coarse language in public. Be respectful of authority. Eschew substance abuse and crime."

Pretty tame stuff. But then they crossed the rubicon.

"All cultures are not equal(italics are mine). Or at least they are not equal in preparing people to be productive in an advanced economy. The culture of the Plains Indians was designed for nomadic hunters, but is not suited to a First World, 21st-century environment. Nor are the single-parent, antisocial habits, prevalent among some working-class whites; the anti-“acting white” rap culture of inner-city blacks; the anti-assimilation ideas gaining ground among some Hispanic immigrants."

That all cultures are not equal is, for most of us, blindingly obvious. Do I really have to explain it? Again? No, I don't.

For any of you who may doubt this obvious statement of incontrovertible fact please look around you. Do you see all those millions and millions of legal and illegal immigrants? Do you have any idea why they might have chosen to leave the countries and cultures of their birth and flee to America, often at great personal peril? I know, I don't get it either. What could possibly explain why they wouldn't have chosen to stay in, in no particular order, Russia, China, The Philippines, Mexico, Honduras, Venezuela, El Salvador, India, Pakistan, etc?

Even as degraded as our culture has become, thanks to the never ending attempts by the left to denigrate anything and everything American, it is still the culture the whole non-western world is fleeing to.

The colleagues and students of the two rogue professors who offered such an heretical analysis of culture are aghast. Fire them, string them up. How dare they!

From Penn  Law students;

"While we do not challenge Professor Wax’s right to express her views, we question whether it is appropriate for her to continue to teach a required first-year course. The Penn Law administration has long been aware that her bigoted views inevitably seep into her words and actions in the classroom and in private conversations with students. We call on the administration to consider more deeply the toll that this takes on students, particularly students of color and members of the LGBTQIA community, and to consider whether it is in the best interests of the school and its students for Professor Wax to continue to teach a required first-year class. Exposure to a diversity of viewpoints is an essential and valuable part of any educational experience, but no student should have to be exposed to bigotry or abuse in the classroom (italics are mine)."

These idiots are attending a top tier law school and want to be lawyers?


From the dean of law at University of San Diego comes this;

"I want to thank the student groups, as well as the many individual students, faculty and other members of the USD law school community who have spoken or written to me to express their concerns about the article written by USD School of Law Professor Larry Alexander, along with University of Pennsylvania Professor Amy Wax, and their subsequent interviews about the article.

...We must recognize that, for many students, racial discrimination and cultural subordination (WHAT!) are not academic theories, they reflect the students’ personal experiences.

... The views expressed by Professor Alexander were his personal views. I personally do not agree with those views, nor do I believe that they are representative of the views of our law school community."

Luckily for them and us both professors are tenured. If they were not they would probably both have been fired. For being polite, truthful and honest. That is no longer permitted, unless you have protection.

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Speaking of LGBT let's explore a real dilemma. I am working on another post about the tragedy of transgenderism and via Instapundit I came across a story headlined,

"Why Can't My Famous Gender Nonconforming Friends Get Laid".  Interesting I thought, so I clicked through and read the piece. Profoundly stupid, extremely long and entirely unnecessary. Why unnecessary, you ask?

Because...

Now you know the rest of the story, as Paul Harvey famously intoned back when boys were boys and girls were girls.

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Trump and DACA

You will all have noticed the goings on over the last few weeks regarding DACA, the program undertaken, unconstitutionally, by Barry O a few years back to protect young illegals from the sins of their parents. Most of us are sympathetic to them.

It was announced as a temporary measure as his imperial majesty became impatient with that pesky congress for not doing as it was told. It would disappear as soon as congress did its job, his majesty told us.

DJT announced that it would end in six months and congress had better get to work.

As you know Mr. Trump, and all of his supporters, have been denounced as racists because we disapprove of illegal immigration. So be it.

For reasons too embarrassing to recount Trump ended up negotiating with Pelosi and Schumer on a DACA replacement. Completely brilliant.

For the tiny price of giving some kind of official status to about 800,000 very compelling illegals (details unknown at this time) and working with Democrats to do so, he has immunized himself from the racist anti-immigrant charges the left saddled him and us with. Brilliant. The art of the deal indeed.

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Thanks Again Mr. President

I thought President Trump's UN speech Tuesday was great. I hope you were able to watch it, hear it or read it. A breath of fresh air. Devoid of diplomatic double speak. Entirely.

A few of my favorite moments.

The United States of America has been among the greatest forces for good in the history of the world, and the greatest defenders of sovereignty, security, and prosperity for all."

Indeed. Well, a bit humble in my opinion. Has there ever been a greater force for good in the history of the world? In a word, no. Will there ever be one? Look around the world. The answer is clearly no. We are it and hopefully DJT's election will have helped prevent our destruction and the extinguishing of the only real beacon of liberty in the world.

As I watch more and more of my fellow citizens seeming to embrace socialist notions I was very pleased that the President put the case clearly.

"The problem in Venezuela is not that socialism has been poorly implemented, but that socialism has been faithfully implemented. (italics are mine)  (Applause.)  From the Soviet Union to Cuba to Venezuela, wherever true socialism or communism has been adopted, it has delivered anguish and devastation and failure.  Those who preach the tenets of these discredited ideologies only contribute to the continued suffering of the people who live under these cruel systems."

On North Korea.

"The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.  Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime.  The United States is ready, willing and able, but hopefully this will not be necessary.  That’s what the United Nations is all about; that’s what the United Nations is for.  Let’s see how they do."

The no BS network* is a beautiful thing. Notice the last sentence. I was surprised but delighted he did not say "we".

On Iran,

"We cannot let a murderous regime continue these destabilizing activities while building dangerous missiles, and we cannot abide by an agreement if it provides cover for the eventual construction of a nuclear program.  (Applause.)  The Iran Deal was one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into.  Frankly, that deal is an embarrassment to the United States, and I don’t think you’ve heard the last of it -- believe me."  The no BS network on display again!

 A very important phrase banished by Barry O and his cadre is back.

"We will stop radical Islamic terrorism (italics are mine) because we cannot allow it to tear up our nation, and indeed to tear up the entire world.

Last, but by no means least.

"As President of the United States, I will always put America first, just like you, as the leaders of your countries will always, and should always, put your countries first.  (Applause.)" 

Shortly after the speech concluded a headline appeared on Yahoo "News" noting that some diplomats were offended by the speech. Who were they? The ambassadors from Iran, North Korea, Syria (I didn't mention them but he did) and Venezuela. As though that was some unintended consequence. It was the whole point for goodness sake.

*Pop culture 1970's style reference to "Tunnelvision", the no bullshit network.

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