Saturday, August 30, 2014

Rape Crisis Hysteria: Former GWU President Accidentally Speaks The Truth, Is Vilified

Still more insanity.

Will Trachtenberg be forced to publicly admit to counter-revolutionary thinking, and to recommend a stint at re-education camp for himself?

The advice "don't blame the victim," like so much we got from old-school feminism, was sound. In the current climate of hard-left rape hysteria, however, this has become: it is thoughtcrime to entertain the idea that there is anything women can do to decrease the probability of being raped. To suggest that women might lower their odds of being raped by drinking less--or by doing or refraining from doing anything whatsoever--is blaming the victim. (See: the recent freak-out about anti-rape nail polish...)

This is, of course, the utterest hogwash.

It is simply a fact that women--especially in a typical college environment--can tilt the odds in their favor by, for example, not getting black-out drunk. Again: that is a fact. 

To insist, on daft ideological grounds, that this very sound piece of advice not be uttered is to be willing to sacrifice the well-being of actual people to an insane political commitment. And that is either evil or damn near to it.

The crazies are ascendant in contemporary feminism, and that feminism is at the forefront of the effort by the loony left to lead liberalism over the cliff.


Edmonton Teacher Fired For Giving Well-Deserved Zeroes Wins Appeal

So this guy got fired for the sin of giving students zeroes for not turning in work...

WTF other grade should one give out?

(Incidentally, if students simply turn in a piece of paper that says "I don't know" I give them 50%. Not passing, of course, but it prevents a lot of bullshitting and forces them to admit ignorance. I give a lot of zeroes for bullshit answers--answer that are 0% correct. But just admit--to yourself and to me--that you don't know, and you can dodge a zed.)

Everything Is Racist: The Ice Bucket Challenge Is Racist

...because its purpose is to make us forget about Ferguson...

WARNING: Jezebel

Do not click!

Some more lowlights:
...more than any other story, Ferguson defines and encapsulates modern-day America. 
The case itself, combined with everything surrounding it and the centuries that made it possible, makes Ferguson quite possibly the most important story of the past decade. 
...we should feel guilty, not just as white people but as human beings, that we even for a second forgot about the prevalence of systemic racism in America
Now, I grew up with an evil racist father, and even fairly mild instances of racism make me see red...  But... Idiocy is idiocy... Since there's absolutely no justification for being idiotic in one's (alleged...) anti-racism, and since blatant idiocy in anti-racism just gives aid and succor to racists...and since there's more than a hint of (anti-white) racism in this kind of bullshit anyway...I've got no patience for it.

So...this is just one more instance of idiotic clickbait from a website that makes money by being idiotic.

(Remember the Jezebel business model summed up in one picture?)

But here's an actually important question lurking in the background of all of this stuff:

A wave of loony left nonsense is sweeping the country. Will American liberalism fall for it, or repudiate it?

The fate of sane American liberalism hangs in the balance.

Everything Is Racist: Being A Busybody Is Racist

Whelp

Both parties seem pretty off-putting to me.

The one dude seems like a busybody of jaw-dropping/world-historical proportions...

But not every asshole is a racist. And I'm just not seeing racism being a plausible charge here.

Also, of course, I'm sick to death of the charge of racism being thrown around indiscriminately.

Racism is a serious thing. One shouldn't level the charge lightly.

Anyway.

(Sidebar: "transracial"? Seriously?)

Friday, August 29, 2014

Don't Forget: Conservatives Heart Putin...

Thursday, August 28, 2014

GOP Not Doing Too Well With Women

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My own view is that women are marginally less irrational than men, on average...  So it doesn't surprise me that they pose a problem for our friends across the aisle...

The 1033 Program: YOU NEED A TANK

video, one naughty word

Eric Hoffer: Causes: Movement, Business, Racket

Eric Hoffer:

"Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket."

(h/t J. Carthensis)

Rape Hysteria: Anti-Rape-Drug Nail Polish Backlash

facepalm

This literally-not-from-The-Onion collection of facepalmery is like a concentrated shot of web feminism.

Look.

There is a reason why a significant majority of Americans support sex equality, but only a small-ish minority consider themselves feminists.

Feminism has a problem.

I don't doubt that your average feminist-in-the-street is as sane as ever. Johnny Quest, for example, literally the most reasonable person I have ever met, if forced to say, says that she considers herself a feminist--though she doesn't go around talking about things in those terms.

But the most prominent current public representatives of feminism are batshit crazy.

And a fair bit of it is on display here. Anti-rape-drug nail polish? A little gimmicky, perhaps...but if invented by women, would be lauded...however, invented by...dudes.  Ergo: not cool. Also: falls afoul of perhaps the most insane bit of contemporary webfem orthodoxy: there is absolutely nothing any woman can ever do to lower the odds of rape! Is impossible! Also: it is wrong to try to stop some rapes if you are not stopping all rapes.

Contemporary feminism is deranged.

It has abandoned any effort to be rational or reasonable, and replaced those things with a kind of ideological primal scream.

And it isn't just that these people make feminism seem crazy. Rather: they are actually making it crazy. These are the people influencing the direction of the movement.

As I've often said, I try not to hold the lunatic fringe against any movement. For example, if the GOP merely had its nutty fringe like the Dems have theirs...well...that plagues even the best of political movements and parties. But when the crazies take over, it's a different story...  In the case of contemporary feminism, the nuts have taken over. And, almost as bad: the rank-and-file seem hesitant to criticize them.

Look:
Rape drugs are a factor in only a small number of rapes. See? That is what we call a good point. That is a reasonable and important thing to point out.

Contrast that with this, written by Jessica Valenti:
"I'm appreciative that young men like want to curb sexual assault, but anything that puts the onus on women to 'discreetly' keep from being raped misses the point," writes Jessica Valenti for the Guardian.
"We should be trying to stop rape, not just individually avoid it."
The mind, it reels...

"We should be trying to stop rape, not individually avoid it."

Hey, let's apply this principle generally, shall we?

Don't exercise or eat right--we should be trying to stop heart disease, not individually avoid it!

Don't lock your doors--we should be trying to stop burglary, not individually avoid it!

Don't wear your seat belt--we should be trying to stop car accidents, not individually avoid them!

If physically attacked, do not fight back--we should be trying to stop ass-kickings, not individually avoid them!

Two. Seconds'. Thought.

That's what it takes to see how insane this is.

Two. Seconds'. Thought.

This is basically a paradigm of a false dilemma. Nothing about seeking to individually avoid rape is in any way inconsistent with stopping rape. In fact...it's a kind of turbocharged false dilemma. Individually avoiding rape is, in fact, a step toward stopping rape.

Also from Valenti:
Valenti argues that promoting products like Undercover Colors is not only ineffective, but also can lead to "victim-blaming," if women don't take all the suggested precautions.
Analogously: telling people to exercise to avoid heart disease is bad, because then if they don't exercise, it might lead to people blaming others for not exercising...

Don't blame the victim: sound advice.

Criticizing methods of avoiding victimization because they might lead to victim-blaming if you don't use them: nuts.  (In Vaelenti's words, they "leave room for" victim-blaming...  Egad.)

Again: criticizing them because they are ineffective is perfectly reasonable.

But criticizing them because someone might conceivably blame someone who didn't use them, or because they do not end all rape everywhere, or because they are not the methods you prefer...is just nuts.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Boehner's Lawyer Is Charging Us All $500/hr To Sue Obama

Yeah, you really can't make this stuff up.

Thanks, party of fiscal responsibility!

(via /r/politics)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Drum On the Latest Conservative IRS E-Mail Conspiracy Theory

News Flash: American conservatism is cracking up.

Driverless Cars In D.C.?

Godspeed, robo-bros...

Monday, August 25, 2014

Drum: Current Republicans Really Are Unprecedented In Their Obstructionism

In case there was, somehow, any doubt in your mind...

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Women v. ISIS

Get killed by a female, no heavenly virgins for you

Get 'em, grrrls

Everything Is Sexist: Ladies' Night Is Sexist

As a Tar Heel: facepalm

Buzzword bingo highlights: rape culture, "Blurred Lines," objectify, commodify.

Most embarrassing paragraph:
“I don’t think a lot of women really realize that they are actually the product being sold,” Sekay told The Daily Tar Heel. “By advertising ladies' night or by offering no cover to women, that tells the male audience that this is where all the women are going to be. And not only is that objectifying the women, but it’s also commodifying them as well, which is pretty harsh.”
Yes, I know. This site seems to be several steps down even from Buzzfeed... So this is likely to be deliberately stupid clickbait...  And yet...the crazy is metastasizing...

By doing something that women like, thus allowing men to predict that women will take advantage of it, you are "objectifying" women. Oh and: "commodifying" them...

This is hard-core bullshit from stem to stern.

And this is why feminism is disintegrating. So much of it is built on nonsense. Throw in a few lefty/po-mo-y all-purpose bullshit buzzwords, rely on your target to flee in terror at the charge of misogyny and related sins, and rely on your audience not to think too hard about how cracked your accusations are.

How the mighty have fallen.

Jame's Foley's Murderer Identified?

Somebody is about to get a visit from Delta Force and/or Seal Team 6 and/or the SAS...

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