Saturday, May 23, 2015

Why voting Republican matters.

I think the outcome since the last election should make one thing clear: those who say that both political parties in America are basically exactly the same, beholden largely to the same interests, should take a good look at what's transpired since 2014.

In particular, what has taken place since the Democrats took control of the house and the senate:

An utter capitulation to plans to tolerate, even encourage, illegal immigration in America.

The prioritization of foreign workers over American workers.

 The unwillingness to even consider any restrictions on abortion, even after 20 weeks.

 Total capitulation and even demands for support of same-sex marriage.

 Near total capitulation in the fight for religious protection, such that now it's acceptable to destroy businesses that refuse to provide service to same-sex weddings.

 All this, not even a year since the election results! Really, how can anyone seriously maintain that voting for the Republican party in the house and the senate makes no difference, seeing what Democrat control of the house and senate has wrought in so short a time? How blind can we be? 

Does anyone seriously believe all this would have taken place if it was the GOP who won last November? How in the world could anyone be so naive?

(Note: I'm still waking up here, and I have the nagging feeling I got something wrong in my evaluation of all this - but I can't place my finger on what. I'm sure it'll come to me later.)

Friday, May 22, 2015

Ted Cruz on journalists asking about gay marriage

Between this event and Rand Paul's abortion response, I have at least a faint hope that the upcoming election features months of outright hostility from the GOP towards journalists.


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Magical Realism Inquiry

This one's out of left field, but I'll throw it to whoever stops by here.

Does anyone know of a work that makes use of 'Magical Realism', yet which is not A) pretty obnoxious, and B) not clearly written with a leftist/SJW bend? All the better if C) it's written with a conservative bend.

I'm curious of something along those lines.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

General Thoughts - 5/19/2015

* Well, that didn't take long. The Game of Thrones author went from the celebrated King of the SJWs aiming his cannon at the Sad and Rabid Puppies to being blindsided by feminists furious at a rape scene in Game of Thrones. The moment I heard of this, I was skeptical there would be any blowback to speak of - I don't watch GoT, but I have enough friends who watch it to know it's a show filled with violence, mass murder, sex, and a midget who's apparently King of Fucking. Is rape really going to tip the scales there? Silly me, of course it was. I notice that Martin in his response makes the very subtle move of saying 'Wasn't me, it was the TV guys, go yell at them'. Personally, I hope he's forced into an apology. Walk Tyrion's actor in front of the camera, still in character, and have him explain that rape is never acceptable, even among the Game of Thrones characters, and all good people in Westeros or whatever the hell it is find it deplorable.

* Speaking of rape, get ready for its next generation. There's announcements that Facebook doesn't plan on blocking porn made with the Oculus Rift - that's an eventuality in this culture - but believe me when this is the tip of the iceberg. These devices are coming fairly soon, and believe me, hackers are already thinking of ways to not just spam people with porn-popups using them, but ways to actually drag users into 3D simulated gang-rape events. Granted, all you have to do is take the device off your head - but all you have to do to stop the Game of Thrones rape is turn off the TV. Mark my words - this will happen, lawsuits will come from it, and the whole thing is going to be insane to behold.

* I read about the Pope calling the Palestinian prime minister an 'angel of peace'. This turns out to have been mistranslated bunk, but considering it was happening on the eve of the Vatican recognizing Palestine as a state, it's easy to see where the plausibility came from. Still, this was clearly just a translation error, and I think we can forgive both the press and the Pope for saying something that gets mistranslated once in a blue moon. I'm sure this is the last time we'll be confused about this kind of thing. (Is my sarcasm coming through? I'm not the best with subtlety.)

* For the record, I've got little concern for the Israel-Palestine conflict. I know, I know - I'm conservative and I'm supposed to be rooting for Team Israel as a result, but I mostly root for Team America, or at least I did once upon a time. Besides, I tire of the utter hypocrisy of jewish political culture, which has culturally sabotaged America and Christians every which-way, yet which has a completely different set of rules for Israel. That said, I'm still sympathetic to the Israelis, who routinely get it on the chin for daring to attack the people who try to blow them up and talk of wiping them off the map.

* I can't find the article right now, but I recently read about how 'Red States' are starting to go on the offensive increasingly against universities - doing little things like forcing their professors to teach full class loads and more. Please, may this be a portent of things to come.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Russian police detain LGBT flash mob

So, here's a happening in Russia:
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian police detained 17 protesters on Sunday as they gathered in central Moscow to release colorful balloons into the air to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, an organizer of the failed flashmob said.
Some 50 people assembled on a square outside a Moscow theater but crowd control police drove up a bus and started shoving the protesters inside before they managed to unfurl any banners or chant any slogans.
On one level, I think this is reprehensible. It's something I would oppose normally, and I would have opposed in the past. I favor free speech. I think people should be allowed to gather, make their points, give their arguments - unless they're actually and inappropriately bothering people (blocking traffic, rioting, etc). Even if I disagree with them.

Now, consider a complicating factor.

The LGBT movement in the US, with every advance, has attacked and silenced those who disagree with them. They've shut down adoption agencies that don't want to place children with same-sex couples. They've backed the firing of people who have opposed same-sex marriage in the past. They've gotten the Boy Scouts shunned in society for simply not approving of sodomy, and done so in ways which squelch speech - and in a broader way - than the russians are squelching it.

Here's the puzzle.

If I were russian and I cared about free speech, or civil rights in general, would I support or oppose the russian authorities - having seen the effect of the LGBT movement in the west?

I remember what Vox Day said about libertarianism. Basically: he can't be a libertarian, because the very things which are required to maintain a libertarian society (in a maximal sense) requires, in his view, taking positions which libertarians would oppose (controlled borders, etc.)

Is something similar in play here? Morally, intellectually, do I oppose or do I support the russians?

I will say one more thing. The fact that they apparently caught this protest and shut it down before they could engage in any theatrics... that's some funny shit right there. It's institutional-level cockblocking, probably in more ways than one.

Friday, May 15, 2015

LGBT people commit no sexual crimes

Or so the media likes to act.

Notice how far down you have to dig to get the idea that yep, this guy was gay/bisexual.

Do you think if it was a Catholic priest, you'd have to dig? (Of course, there, the sexual orientation would be omitted completely.)

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

General Thoughts - 5/13/2015

* Massimo Pigliucci has gone on record as disavowing the 'atheist movement', such as it is. Apparently the straw that broke the camel's back was Sam Harris' performance with Noam Chomsky, which Harris and his fans saw as an embarrassing non-attempt by Chomsky to engage with Harris' studied views about war, and everyone else saw as Harris acting like a jackass. I admit, I've been skeptical of Harris' transcendental meditation crap, especially his insistence that he's peered deep inside and found no 'self', but admittedly the Chomsky affair at least supports the claim that the man has no self-awareness.

* Christianity down, irreligion up in the latest Pew Forum poll. One prediction of mine seems to have been borne out, namely that the spread of irreligion is primarily taking place among the less educated portion of the population. That's the dirty secret of the New Atheism: it largely attracted idiots. Unfortunately, idiots are a pretty sizable population bloc.

* Amused by the GOP as usual, who cannot declare immigration, abortion, gay marriage and everything else as 'lost causes' fast enough, but holy hell, they will go to bat for "free trade" even after going down in flames. It's not even a bitter surprise anymore.

* Are people going to recognize yet that Hillary Clinton is not the inevitable president in 2016? She has a shot, but let's face it - if she was unstoppable, she wouldn't have been stopped in 2008. People don't seem to realize that while Bill Clinton is a master bullshitter and good at building support, that ability doesn't get transferred to Hillary by marriage.