Even though both sides have bad apples, there are way more takedowns of leftists than rightists. What does that underline? Not only that the left has a culture of uncouthness, but that the left controls every lever of power in the establishment. If it didn’t, a lot more right-wingers would be going down in what is becoming a seismic shakeup in the power balance. But since the right doesn’t have power, it isn’t even there to take down. More.
Reality check: It’s also that, for leftists, power is virtue. Equal opportunity for women has always meant, for them, equal opportunity to bully or destroy. And did their female voters turn it down?
Yes, to some leftists, some women are just road kill: When God made bimbos, She knew what She was doing… And women who vote for it must believe it.
These will only be the latest round of layoffs for ESPN, which cut about 100 staffers in late April in firings that gained extra attention because on-air personalities were lost. In 2015, the company laid off about 300 employees, and ESPN still is trimming costs to find how it should operate in 2017, when more and more are ditching cords. ESPN also is coping with live-sports contracts that cost billions — $1.9B annually for “Monday Night Football,” $1.4B for the NBA — in deals that looked a lot easier to swallow before traditional TV began its downturn.More.
Reality check: It’s interesting how political correctness immediately ceases to be viable when separated from coercive politics.
But also, one suspects that the demographics are changing. People who used to think they must have football or basketball find that they can live with any sport that just wants a good game.
See also: Why I hate moral panics Because panic prevents useful action. It also prevents useful reflection.
“After listening to this recording, an apology is in order. The conversation I heard does not reflect the values and practices to which Laurier aspires. I am sorry it occurred in the way that it did and I regret the impact it had on Lindsay Shepherd.”
Moral of the story: A university must be repeatedly publicly shamed, internationally, in order to apologize (oh, but keep the task force & investigation). Even then, ambiguous about free speech. Also, make sure to secretly record all meetings or they won't take you seriously.
A recent poll found that fifty percent of millennials say they would rather live in a communist or socialist country than in a capitalist democracy. These numbers can’t be laughed off — they should frighten you. Maybe they don’t know what communism means.
I do. I lived in Communist Poland.
My father worked at a water company in one of the major cities in Silesia Region. He was approached several times by the “party” PZPR with an offer of a promotion to a director’s position. But there was one small requirement.
He would need to first denounce his religion.
Yes, they asked him to become an atheist devoted solely to the communist ideology if he wanted to get a raise or promotion. Neither him nor our family would be able to attend mass or practice our religion in any manner.
Imagine a system where job success comes not from your productivity or character, but from the degree to which you adhere to party orthodoxy.More.
Reality check: That’s the system that millennials are learning to be comfortable in and perpetuate at university, actually. Ask Bret Weinstein what it is like. In his case, the rap was science, not religion, but science can be just as non-progressive as religion, or more so.
Apple’s diversity chief is stepping down after only six months on the job — after causing an outcry by saying that being a minority or a woman are not the only criteria for diversity, according to reports.
Denise Young Smith, who was named vice president of diversity and inclusion in May, made controversial comments last month during a One Young World Summit in Bogotá, Colombia. More.
Reality check: Apparently, there are only one or two ways to be diverse and Silicon Valley is in the process of narrowing it down.
“A guy who thinks he’s a girl is still a guy with a mental health condition.“
With these few words, Rep. Mary Franson (R-Alexandria) learned the hard way of the costs involved in our degenerate, pathologized society simply for speaking the truth.
The hive mind of the Regressive Left media, local and national, immediately kicked in when Franson’s blasphemous words were tweeted. Never let it be said that they don’t have religion. They do, only it presents itself in different clothing.
City Pages, our local hot mess admixture of Buzzfeed, Jezebel and Gawker, only more illiterate, came after Franson first, noting that “It’s been a while since Franson offered something that was so offensive as to be noteworthy.” Truth is offensive to these types. The only upside to the click bait shaming piece was that it featured Franson in a red MAGA hat that I’d given her. We’re friends.
WCCO television found the politically incorrect tweet newsworthy, which I read about because I’m unable to sustain thirty minutes of my intelligence being insulted. More.
Reality check: Post-modern progressives actually do not have a concept of fact, never mind truth. They see through all that. Now that progressivism is taking dead aim at the sciences, evidence for politically incorrect facts will increasingly be redacted, from fear. Save copies of sound information. And remember Theodore Dalrymple’s observation:
“In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, not to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better. When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is…in some small way to become evil oneself. One’s standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control. I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to.”
The odd part is that when people simply massively disbelieve the propaganda as a group effort, and say so, the propagandists tend to just slink away, for the time being. But there may need to be thousands of Fransons before that happens.
The $15 million-plus reportedly paid out by us, the taxpayers, to “make good” on the indiscretions, perversions, and flashing of subordinates on Capitol Hill is equally unacceptable. The perpetrators need to be exposed and removed.
They haven’t been yet because they’re the ones who set the rules governing how their actions are adjudicated. If you get to set the rules you always come out ahead. And the rules they’ve made protect them.
Those rules need to be changed. There needs to be complete and total transparency of any monies paid out for sexual harassment. It doesn’t matter if the punishment is expulsion or just censure; if we’re forced to pay they should be forced to expose who we’re paying and for what. More.
Reality check: Good approach. In some of these situations, it is hard to know how to proceed but unlike Hollywood and Big Media, the Congresspigs are spending public money, for which they can be made accountable.
Last week, an article on CNN reported that, at three years old, the “most premature baby” ever born is now thriving. Born at just 21 weeks and four days gestation (possibly the earliest any baby has ever been born and survived), baby girl Stensrud is now a “fun-loving, spunky” little girl who shows no ill effects from being born so early. Her premature birth and subsequent survival without any noticeable ill effects is giving doctors hope that, as Dr. Kaashif Ahmad, baby Stensrud’s doctor, says, they will be able to push the boundaries of “how premature a baby can be born and not only survive but have a positive developmental outcome.”
Abortion is one of the most contentious issues in our country today. Because of what each side believes, there can be no compromise. For a long time I was pro-choice. But a miscarriage I had after nine weeks of pregnancy convinced me, for a variety of reasons, that what I had lost was not a clump of cells, but a baby. Which necessarily caused me to flip suddenly (and somewhat reluctantly) from being pro-choice to pro-life. More.
Reality check: One suspects that most pro-choicers will embrace infant euthanasia (“the compassionate choice”) sooner than they will say no to late term abortions.
See also: Taylor Swift vs. the feminist ugly “As proof of her feminist failures, editor Kadeen Griffiths listed Swift’s many faults: not criticizing President Trump, not “publicly support[ing] organizations” like Planned Parenthood and not attending the Women’s March (her tweet apparently wasn’t enough.)”
In 1998, Doug Harbrecht was the president of the National Press Club and Washington news editor of Business Week magazine. Here’s how he introduced Drudge, when Drudge was invited to speak at Washington’s National Press Club in June 1998:
I’d like to welcome Club members and their guests in the audience today, as well as those of you watching on C-SPAN or listening to this program on National Public Radio.I must confess, my first reaction to having our speaker today at the National Press Club was the same as what a lot of other members of the Club have had: Why do we want to give a forum to that guy?
Then there’s Keith Olbermann, that bright spark of cable TV chat shows. Speaking at Cornell University’s commencement around that same time, he quipped that Newsweek’s story on Monica Lewinsky got scooped “by an idiot with a modem who has decided that his job is to take any rumor he hears and put it out onto the Internet.” More.
Reality check: It’s classic on the part of mediocrities to act entitled to succeed, irrespective of reality. Don’t let them get their grubby paws on any means of “controlling” the internet for “the public good.”
A professor hurled profanities about Trump and Pence in a classroom tirade. When a student countered that Pence is a “good man” he was told that he was mentally ill and needed to go to the counseling center to get “professional help” before returning to class. The accusation that the student suffered from mental illness was repeated in front of dozens of students.
It is unsurprising that students learn from their professors. Generally speaking, that is what they are there to do. So it comes as no surprise that the increase in uncivil classroom conduct by professors is being accompanied by an increase in uncivil conduct by students across our campus. Several members of the College Republicans (CR) group recently found that out when they decided to host a speech about free speech by the author of this column … More.
Reality check: Adams’ account of the event is worth reading but not surprising. Once the little dears graduate and get jobs in the government, they can Fix us all. Unless the system breaks down first.
See also: Ask Bret Weinstein how much fun baby fascists are in a science classroom.
The media’s confession is phony. But it is also brilliant. By finally condemning Bill Clinton for his mistreatment of women, the press is gently, but firmly, escorting him from the public stage. The American left wants to face forward, and there’s no place in its future for the Clintons. Seen in this light, the media’s re-evaluation of Bill is of a piece with Donna Brazile’s takedown of Hillary. It is time for the Clintons to retire. And since they no longer control the levers that might extend their tenure and punish their enemies, the Clintons are finding that their friends are of the fair weather variety.
Reality check: Folks, I am not saying it is a conspiracy. It is a well-managed opportunity. Sex panics can happen at any time. We should be glad it isn’t something about shrinking penises; that’d be even crazier.
To ease the Clintons into history, the Dems need a huge noise around sex abuse that does not force Hill to defend Bill against his accusers once again, pitilessly, the way she did in the past. Talk about a party meltdown… Conveniently the sex abuse volcano exploded this year, providing just the kabuki theatre needed.
So no, Dems aren’t conspiring about it; they simply sense it and are moving in directions that seem hopeful for them. Naturally, their real target is Trump. Any bets, readers, on how that’ll go?
But behind the scenes, TED owner Chris Anderson and other senior officials had been grappling with accusations for much of the year that their own conferences, famed for turning short speeches by leading figures into viral videos, had not been a safe place for women — and that the atmosphere of predatory male behavior was getting worse. More.
Reality check: WAPO wants money to tell me the rest. But I don’t think TED talks can compete with Hollywood. They’ll be lucky to get by with a five-star snore from evolutionary psychology on how men “evolved to” behave like that.
Women used to “evolve to” whack men down when they behaved like that.
A long time ago. Before whining was considered popular entertainment and well compensated.
When will this moral panic subside? So we can get back to real issues about abuse of women?
While the protest has received the majority of the media attention and the league and TV partners definitely believe it’s an issue, they don’t believe the protest is the reason for the substantial drop in ratings by itself.
It is one of the reasons for declining ratings, they believe, not THE reason.
There is agreement that the NFL needs to find a resolution to the protests, but the most alarming thing for the league and its TV partners is simply eliminating the protest won’t return the NFL to its ratings golden era, just two short years past.
There’s a significant belief that the league’s TV partners, who are facing up to $500 million in losses this year, need a fundamental restructuring of TV windows to avoid losing even more money in the years ahead.More.
Reality check: Rabbit feathers. The fact that no one was paying attention to key issues like the TV windows is because the NFL was having a tantrum and expecting fans to care. In the same way, Big Cool media 2016 was having a tantrum and expecting voters to care.
No one has to care. Absent a totalitarian state, all these former hotshots are doomed.
On Thursday, radio anchor Leeann Tweeden came forward and claimed that Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) forcibly kissed her and groped her while she was asleep during a USO Tour in the Middle East in 2006. While most sane people were utterly disgusted by these allegations (which had photographic evidence to boot), some on the left took a slightly more problematic approach: Hey, did you know that Tweeden posed nude in magazines, likes guns, and is a conservative?
First of all, who cares? It doesn’t matter whether Tweeden modeled for Playboy or modeled in a full burka for a different magazine. She has the right to make that choice, and she exercised her agency in making that choice. Posing nude is not an invitation for people to make their way with someone without their consent. She did not want to be kissed by Franken, and she was asleep when he was photographed groping her breasts. She had no choice in the matter. More.
Reality check: Excuse me, but I think Tweeden’s assignment choices are highly relevant.
I am not questioning Tweeden’s right to sell whatever she wants. I am saying that if she is indeed selling that kind of thing, she is part of the same industry as Al Franken.
She is not, say, a night nurse in an ER, tending to banged-up low-lifes.
I am sick and tired of endless faux reruns of the Perils of Pauline. Any woman who goes into the entertainment business today will, of course be asked to market sex. Absent legal considerations, it’s a business transaction what she will do, with whom, to whom, and under what circumstances.
If women in entertainment don’t like that, they could try taking stand for old-fashioned morality.
Hey, don’t let the cobwebs strangle you while you are waiting…
I hope the moral panic ends some time soon so we can focus on the problems of women who, like the ER night nurse, genuinely have no reason to expect or put up with lewd behaviour of any kind.
Hospitals are not, after all, marketing lewd behaviour the way the entertainment industry does.
See also: Al Franken and Roy Moore: Can we get back to reality some time soon?