Do Not Ever Trust a “Male Feminist” Around Women: Reason 2001.

 

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Charisma Carpenter is a television actress famous for her performance as Cordelia Chase in Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Angel. Two shows which many of you may not have seen, but in Ireland for me were the highlights of my young teen experience. Both shows were focused on the drama of the supernatural mixed in with the problems of coming of age for Buffy, and seeking redemption in Angel. The teenage boy in me loved Buffy, and the Catholic in me was drawn to Angel for the story. To this day I have fond memories of both shows.

Both of these shows were developed by Joss Whedon, who is both a creator of tv shows, film director, producer and comic writer. Whedon prides himself on his “male feminism” and his “secular humanism” vision and beliefs, and both make appearances in both shows however you can also see them come across in Charisma’s instagram post and not in a nice way.

CDC “Mask Guideline Update”

 

This could be medical malpractice of the highest sort. The data, and the science, show that mask-wearing by ordinary, uninfected members of the American Public does not slow or stop the spread of the Wuhan Coronavirus. If it did, the State of Washington would have had very few new cases after July of 2020 when our statewide mask mandate went into effect. Instead, we are told that there are over 700 new cases appearing daily. And the average citizen of Washington State is extremely compliant. I can count on the fingers of two hands, the number of people I have seen in stores without masks.

Today, the CDC issued new “guidelines” on mask-wearing. The result of One Lab Experiment shows that two masks, one on top of another, help slow the spread of the Wuhan Coronavirus. This is a bald-faced lie.

In a sweeping new installment of The Classicist, Victor Davis Hanson looks at how the Left has moved from a countercultural movement in the 1960s to the commanding heights of American culture in the 2020s.

Cause of Capitol Cop’s Death Unclear

 

Capitol police officer Brian Sicknick died in the aftermath of the rioting at the Capitol on January 6. Shortly thereafter, it was widely reported that Ofc. Sicknick had been murdered by rioters, with the specific claim being that he was hit on the head with a fire extinguisher.

A CNN story last week (here) casts doubt on this narrative. This article is the source of the information and quotes below. It is annoying that the article, in its opening sentence, describes the riot as an “insurrection.”

No Disrespect Intended, Of Course

 

This morning I learned that Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, has stopped the playing of the National Anthem at their home games; it was his decision alone. The anthem has not played for any of the 13 games played at home. The most shocking part of this decision is that he supposedly hasn’t received negative feedback. Or maybe fans just don’t care.

Cuban has backed players’ protests in the past. In June 2020, he supported players and coaches who refused to stand during the playing of the anthem:

‘Whether it’s holding their arm up in the air, whether it’s taking a knee, whatever it is, I don’t think this is an issue of respect or disrespect to the flag or to the anthem or to our country,’ Cuban said. ‘I think this is more a reflection of our players’ commitment to this country and the fact that it’s so important to them that they’re willing to say what’s in their heart and do what they think is right.’

Ground Zero

 

As the House impeachment managers pour gasoline onto the dumpster fire of rage over the Capitol riot, there are some things that are going unnoticed in the White House Assisted Living facility.

Watching the video of the January 6 riot at the Capitol, I was reminded of the silence from Democrats as Antifa and BLM ran wild in the streets of American cities. Portland suffered through over 100 nights of insurrection, and it isn’t over yet.

I Should Have Landed in New Orleans Just About Now

 

I should have landed in New Orleans just about now.

Four hours from now I should have checked into my hotel, showered, shaved, slipped on my white tie and tails and headed over to the Krewe’s secret ball. The ball requires that men are in white tie, but the women are permitted to attend in costume. So my date would look as if she stepped out of some 18th-century French tableau vivant.

‘The More Electric Vehicles We Build, the Worse CO2 Gets’

 

Even though Toyota Motor Company will soon start selling their own versions of electric cars, Akio Toyoda, president of the company, isn’t thrilled with the EV rage and had two important points to make about electric vehicles (EVs).

The first point is that EVs are too expensive for most people to afford. His company’s marketing model is based on affordable cars, so he knows what he’s talking about. He called EVs “a flower on a high summit” that would not penetrate the market much further than they already have. EVs sold now in the US depend heavily on government subsidies. Tesla and other EV stocks are grossly overpriced since their likely earnings will never catch up. He doesn’t see the price of EVs coming down much since cost-cutting technology has already reached its limit for the standard EV. It would seem he sees promises of an EV for $25,000 as being empty.

Arguing Against the Minimum Wage

 

The Democrat’s insane proposal to include raising the minimum wage in the most recent COVID stimulus bill has brought the Fight for $15 debate back into the national spotlight. On Monday, the Congressional Budget Office released a study on the effects of raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

There are many arguments against the minimum wage and few for it. The majority of arguments for the minimum wage revolve around the word should. “We should raise the minimum wage because it’s the moral thing to do”. “Businesses should pay a living wage.” “Employers that can’t afford to pay their employees shouldn’t be in business”. The problem with this is that should isn’t an argument, it’s a statement presented as an argument. It’s the conclusion without the premises.

The King of Stuff talks with Kevin James, star of “The King of Queens” and “Kevin Can Wait” about his new Netflix sitcom, “The Crew.”

After that brief junket interview, Jon talks with Jonah Goldberg, co-founder of The Dispatch, host of The Remnant podcast, and author of Suicide of the West. We discuss how to strengthen American institutions when the institutions have failed, the “need” for college, and where conservatism goes from here. Jon also challenges Jonah to answer the most burning question of our age: “Timothée Chalamet: For him or agin’ him?”

Jen Ross, a former analyst at an all-short hedge fund and current strategy and business intelligence consultant for the US Space Force space program, primarily focused on program strategy and business intelligence. Jen Ross and Carol Roth break down all the technical terms around trading and short-selling and other related Wall Street concepts that have recently been in the news with the GameStop and Reddit drama. Jen and Carol also talk about the issues around the Fed and the broader Main Street vs. Wall Street sentiment, as well as their respective lists on what could tank the stock market.

Plus, a “Now You Know” on how to make sure nobody sits next to you on a plane.

Psst, Consumer, Wanna Buy Your AlieNation?

 

Like many Americans right of center, the ads I see online feature plenty of vaguely patriotic products. Some of the stuff’s campaign gear. Some of it’s randomly tacti-cool. (Already got a tactical pen? Have you tried our tactical toothbrush yet? Got the toothbrush already, have you? What about a tactical toothpick?) Perhaps because my browsing habits are eclectic, the ads “targeting” me are eclectic, too. According to my ads, I’m a Trump-voting, militantly pro-life charismatic sedevacantist Catholic wiccan secular humanist who’s also militantly pro-choice and pining for the deceased Ruth Bader Ginsberg. I’m deaf, too. Because of earwax. But at least I’m not alone in that: judging by consumer ad complaints, the main symptom of Covid-19 is massive earwax buildup.

People who say they know about these things say that Covid’s virtual earwax buildup is a symptom of declining click-throughs on online ads. The more time we spend online without clicking through on ads, the more “bottom feeder” ads we see. Maybe I am who I am to online marketers because I don’t click through. Therefore I must “want”, in no particular order, Osteen Cubes, <insert name of Biblical woman here> Anointings, conversational Medieval Latin kits, “homeopathic” essential-oil blends consecrated to Jesus or my choice of goddess. Little lapel pins featuring lab flasks bubbling vacuities like “Science is real!” or light-splitting prisms spelling out “I’m gay for science!” in rainbow writing.

Rapid-fire lapel pin advertising directed my way, whether from right or left, never hits its target, since even if I saw a pin I liked, I wouldn’t buy it. If I saw an ad for a lapel pin featuring the smexxxiest anthropomorphized doped garnet laser — adorned with real synthetic garnet chips reading “She blinded me with science!” — well, I’d chuckle. But I wouldn’t click.

Host Joe Selvaggi talks with legal scholar and George Mason University Law Professor Ilya Somin about the details, the merits, and the likely implications of the Supreme Court case, New Hampshire v. Massachusetts, on state taxation power, federalism, and the power to vote with one’s feet.

Interview Guest:

A ‘Fearful and Compliant’ People Cannot Remain Free

 

It was late afternoon on March 6, 1836, when word came to the little log building at Washington-on-the-Brazos that the Texian forces defending the Alamo in San Antonio had been overrun that morning. Jose Francisco Ruiz did not record the feelings that must have flooded over him with the news but they had to have been many and deep.

Four days before he had walked to the front of that log building to be only the second to sign the document declaring Texian independence from Mexico. He and his nephew, Jose Antonio Navarro, were the only signers to have been born within the boundaries of what was now the new nation of Texas. But he was there as the elected representative of the fallen city of San Antonio. Ruiz’s son-in-law had ridden from Laredo to San Antonio bringing news of Santa Anna’s crossing of the Rio Grande, earning the right to later be called the “Paul Revere of Texas”. One of the Alamo’s commanders, Jim Bowie, was Navarro’s nephew by marriage. Members of the Navarro family were being held by Santa Anna during the siege of the old mission. And it had only been two years since Ruiz’s mother had been buried in the hard, bare soil floor of the room to the left of the main altar in the “little chapel” of the church in the Mission San Antonio de Valero, commonly known as the Alamo. The flood of 1819 had covered the graves of her family in the San Fernando Church and she had wanted a higher, drier burial.

At this point in his life, Ruiz had taken part in three rebellions and helped to put down two others. Before the year would be out he could claim to have negotiated a dozen treaties in the name of three different nations. The name given him among the most hostile, war-like Indian tribes of Texas translated roughly to “No Lie”. The report he wrote about the tribes of Texas in 1828 is perhaps the most informative written before the 20th century. He would be dead in slightly less than four years but in just over half a century he could claim having been a teacher, lawyer, soldier, diplomat, public official, rancher, and patriot. One title he could consistently claim from the turn of the 19th century was that of staunch federalist with a decided distrust of centralized government.

News Flash: I’m Not a Systemic Racist

 

The time has arrived when I can no longer tolerate accusations of systemic racism without speaking out against it. It is one of the most hateful, absurd, and propagandistic concepts being spread all over the world. And for some reason, many white people have embraced their supposed hatred of people of color and claim they are guilty of this detestable belief.

I’m here to tell you that I am not only not a part of this misguided theory, but it is a theory that has been created to attack white Americans for the indefinite future and have them begging for forgiveness.

I am going to limit my examination of systemic racism to what I know and my own experience, rather than discuss the lies that have been perpetrated, mixed with a few facts, to discount our Founders and the birth of our nation. I have read some of them myself, and they are so irrational and distorted that I know their trashing of our history is not to be taken seriously. Instead, I am going to look at systemic racism through my own personal prism: my history, my belief system, my self-reflection, and my self-knowledge.

Bret is a Pulitzer Prize winner and an op ed columnist for the Times, where his column appears Thursdays and Saturdays.

Bret is the author of “America in Retreat: The New Isolationism and the Coming Global Disorder”. He was raised in Mexico City, he has studied at the University of Chicago and the London School of Economics. In recent years he and his family were splitting their time living between New York City and Hamburg.

The Impeachment of a Former President, with Richard Epstein, Andrew McCarthy, and John Yoo

 

The second impeachment trial of Donald Trump begins on February 9, 2021, but a fierce debate as to the constitutionality of trying a former president in this manner has been ongoing in the legal community for weeks. To bring some possible clarity and resolution to the matter, we assembled three of best and most cogent legal minds we know: Professor John Yoo of Berkeley Law School, Professor Richard Epstein of the University of Chicago and New York University School of Law, and Andrew McCarthy, former federal prosecutor and a legal commentator for National Review and Fox News. Two of our guests argue that a former president of the United States can be tried; one guest takes the other side of the argument. We won’t reveal who takes what angle, but we can say that both points of view get a thorough airing. We leave it to our audience to determine the winning argument.

It’s OK For a Child To Get COVID

 

This is one of those things I thought was common sense, but is apparently so scandalous, people have threatened to call Child Protective Services on me (no, really).

Let’s look at the numbers for how kids are impacted by COVID. For children 14 and under over the course of the entire year-long pandemic, 134 American children have died according to the CDC. Of these 134 children, when details are released about their health prior to the COVID diagnosis, tales like this are common,

The Dignity of Fate

 

“It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you” —John 15: 16

The gospel of Christianity is not only that the Creator loves us, that He understands us, and that He accepted the due punishment of our misdeeds so that we may join His holy family in the splendor of the Lord’s presence. The “good news” is also that there is a place in His plans for all. Our lives are never without purpose and value. 

The 2020 Election – Time Mag Story and the Quest for Power

 

Like many, I read the Time Magazine story, ” The Secret History of the Shadow Campaign That Saved the 2020 Election.” by Molly Ball, and was astonished. The story unfolds a couple of years before the 2020 election. A key person in the orchestration of the “shadow campaign”, Mike Podhorzer, known as “the wizard”, began to essentially “war game” the outcome of the 2020 presidential election. Mr. Podhorzer is the Political Director of the AFL-CIO, the largest federation of unions in the United States, nominated and installed by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumpka.

Here are some of the highlights of the story:

‘Does Your Blood Not Run Cold?’

 

Watching the Super Bowl last night, I was reminded of a brilliant insight I learned a few weeks ago from a public intellectual. Well, actually, it was my barber. But whatever. I went to Sport Clips to get a haircut, and my usual girl wasn’t there. There was a 30ish-year-old white lady with an Eastern European accent. Turns out she’s Ukrainian, and moved to the states with her Mom when she was 15 years old. Her uncle was accused of being critical of the communists, and he ‘disappeared’ soon thereafter. Her mother got them out soon after that. As you might imagine, she is not a fan of Putin.

Anyway, she cuts my hair poorly, but rapidly. Which is fine with me. With a face like mine, you tend to lose interest in appearances. But I like speed. She takes maybe five minutes to cut my hair, which then looks like I cut it myself with a weed whacker. But whatever.

She never stops talking. Very rapidly, like she cuts hair. She is extremely critical of “soft, stupid Americans” who don’t understand the threat of leftism they’re faced with. She said that no one who had grown up in Ukraine would ever vote Democrat. Then she said that wasn’t true – that even there they had fools who would willingly surrender their freedom to whoever promises to take care of them. Even if they know they’re lying. She then described her view of these people with language that I will leave out of this post. She sounds angry and disgusted. Maybe that’s why my hair looks like this now. But whatever.

Feasting Slowly, Part 2: Mountain Dreamer

 

In a previous post, I noted that I’d read only around half a dozen books in 2020. I always have something interesting going on my Kindle, so I was surprised to count 2020’s take and find it apparently took two months to finish each book. So to make myself feel better, I’ll say it’s not because I’m a slow reader. It’s that I savored these works, the way books should be consumed. Yeah, that’s it. At least I found satisfying items worth adding to your queue. Today I feature one written by a woman to whom I’m vaguely connected, a connection without which I might not have come across this story.

The Mountain Dreamer: (Published September 2020, by Rachel A. Steffen) This fictionalized account of the author’s real childhood in a remote mountain village in Thailand appealed to me on several levels. First, the writer’s parents preceded my parents’ cohort of missionaries to Thailand, working there since the ’60s. I had heard stories of how the country was less tame back then, that elephants figured into one’s travel plans, and I wanted to find out more about that life. Second, I knew the writer’s parents. They were classic figures of my growing up years–surely everyone in the world knew this couple, whom we called “Uncle” and “Aunt.” Occasionally, their pictures came up on Facebook, and they still looked the same. Encountering them in a book would be an experience, and fill in blanks for me about their early work and life. I had never known this oldest daughter of theirs; this story explains why she went back to the States at fourteen. Third, it was about an American child’s view of Thailand, something to which I could relate, having grown up there myself.

This account did not disappoint. The writer uses fiction to vividly tell a story of her childhood years in simple surroundings with much-loved village friends, and of the rustic means of doing everything from baking cookies to arranging a long ride on elephants’ backs to find medical care. I was pleasantly surprised at how the tool of fiction gave the story smoothness and momentum. It was a fitting choice for this narrative, even though I would not (probably could not) have done it myself. I learned a great deal about Uncle D. and Aunt J. and their work in that rugged region, enough to admire them even more. And I was surprised that although the author’s village was across the country from where I started life, many of our experiences were similar. We both went to school where the instruction was in standard Thai (although I never witnessed any beatings at mine). The lifestyle of the villagers, down to the basic clay stoves they used, sounded similar. And the candles and kerosene lamps at nighttime–yes. I spent evenings in their glow too, when I was little.

Klobuchar’s Antitrust Blunder

 

This past week, Senator Amy Klobuchar, now the head of the Senate Judiciary subcommittee on antitrust, proposed the most comprehensive legislative reform of antitrust law since the passage of the Clayton Act in 1914. That statute extended the reach of antitrust law so that it covered not just Sherman Act cases of monopolies and cartels in restraint of trade, but also any merger or consideration that, to quote the language of Section 7 of the Clayton Act, might “substantially lessen competition” or “tend to create a monopoly.”

To Senator Klobuchar, that 107-year-old statutory standard is not sufficient for dealing with antitrust law in the digital economy. She has insisted that breaking up companies like Facebook “has to be on the table.” In a blunt statement, she projects her optimistic vision: “When we talk about structural remedies and breaking things up, those companies would then be unleashed to do even more”—but she doesn’t say how that welcome outcome would be achieved. Indeed, if a breakup would have that positive effect, then shareholders of those companies should be demanding that management adopt that course of action to maximize the value of their holdings. But underlying her analysis is the tacit assumption that there are no efficiency gains from the integrated operation of a single firm, let alone from any future merger or acquisition.

Unfortunately, she offers no systematic explanation as to why that negative judgment is correct. Nor does she explain exactly why the current system of merger evaluation is deficient. In his classic 1968 article, “Economies as an Antitrust Defense: The Welfare Tradeoffs,” the late Nobel laureate Oliver Williamson explained why it was not possible to have a presumptive condemnation of mergers. On the one side, mergers can increase industry concentration, exerting the usual negative effects on consumer welfare, including higher prices and perhaps lower quality. But on the positive side are the cost savings from the merger brought through efficiency gains in operations. The challenge is to measure and weigh their relative magnitudes.

A Real Conversation About Race

 

Many on the left claim we don’t have the courage to have a real conversation about race. No, we just don’t want to have a conversation on your terms. And therein lies the conundrum. Back in June, I reached out to an African-American friend to have a real conversation about George Floyd and race. While it was a pleasant conversation, with no acrimony, I felt we didn’t move the needle much. I got the sense he felt tokenized – that is, I was only reaching out to him because he was “my black friend.” I also got the sense he had a tough time moving past the left talking points.

So I would love to have a real conversation about race with someone of a different race. I sincerely would like to hear how you really feel, the pain you feel. For all progress we have made on race, I acknowledge we have more work to do. I have heard many African Americans still feel like they don’t belong in this country. That’s horrible, and I truly want to listen and understand. At the same time, I am uninterested in a conversation where: