Taibbi is a prog journalist but recently he’s shown that he’s one of the few progs who actually believes in objective reality.
In this article he warns that when the intelligence agencies begin dictating who gets to be president then we are already living in a banana republic and revolution can’t be far behind. Worth a read.
When I saw this headline, Colin Kaepernick Agent, Increasingly Frustrated at NFL’s Snub, Sends Out Press Release
I thought it was a satire piece like in the Babylon Bee.
After reading it I knew it was real but because of that it’s much funnier than any satirical piece could be. Imagine this. Kaepernick torpedoes the NFL’s relationship with its most loyal fans, sues the league for malfeasance and wins millions and then his agent is increasingly frustrated that no one wants to hire him and start the cycle over again. It’s pure comedy gold!
In order to set the record straight and counter the false narratives out there his agent sent out a press release. Here are some of the best bits:
Has Colin been offered a job by an NFL team?
No, not a single team has offered Colin a job since the 2016 season, in which he began his peaceful protest.
Has Colin ever had a workout with an NFL team?
No, not a single team has brought Colin in for a workout. Seattle brought Colin in for a visit but did not work him out. Afterwards, Pete Carroll said Colin is a “starter in this league.” No other NFL team has interviewed or worked out Colin in the past 3 seasons, despite other false statements in the media to the contrary.
What about Colin being a “distraction” with the 49ers?
His coach, Chip Kelly, during the 2016 season said about Colin, “He is zero distraction.” In that same 2016 season, Colin also won the Len Eshmont Award, voted on by 49er players and given to the 49er who best exemplifies inspirational and courageous play.
Well I’m glad to hear he was zero distraction as he tanked the league’s ratings with his protest. Anyway, Nike will drag old Colin out for at least a year or two more until everyone actually forgets who he is. Then they’ll harass us with some new dumbass they find biting the hand that feeds him. Hey maybe Colin can go to China and try his protest over there. After all the Uighur people are being oppressed pretty awfully by the Chinese. I’m sure the Chinese would be grateful to Colin for pointing this out to them. They are a very reasonable people. Just ask the Uighurs and the Tibetans.
Mencius Moldbug (aka Curtis Yarvin) was the tech savant who got interested in the power structures of the modern world. He is credited with borrowing the red pill/blue pill imagery from the “The Matrix” and using it as an analogy for waking up to how the world really is run.
In this new set of posts, over at Claremont Institute’s “the American Mind,” he describes, in his typically long, highly elaborate way, a thought experiment to try to get at the objective truth of how our society is actually controlled as opposed to the official version.
Yarvin is not an easy read. His writing style is expansive. It reminds me of a spider spinning a web that spirals out and out until you can’t even remember where you started. But I find him extremely interesting.
The Clear Pill, Part 1 of 5: The Four-Stroke Regime
Good on him for saying what truly is one of the biggest threats to freedom of speech. I hope the Justice Department is half as aware of the problem.
The mockery is based in the reality of just how crazy this bizarre little creature is. Her parents must be even crazier. I’m jealous of the author. He really nailed it. I won’t say any more than highly recommended.
If CNN admits to being worried about President Trump flipping Minnesota in 2020 then that strikes me as meaning it’s already a fait accompli.
In 2016 Donald Trump flipped Wisconsin and missed Minnesota by about 40,000 votes. I’m guessing Minnesota hands us 10 electoral votes next year. Good news indeed.
A small business in Phoenix just won a first amendment case against a Phoenix Arizona ordinance that would have forced them to provide artwork for a same-sex marriage that they object to on religious grounds.
After the success of the Supreme Court rulings in Colorado and Washington it looks like some small sliver of sanity is returning to First Amendment legislation.
Hopefully enough precedent will build up to give SCOTUS the guts to make a more sweeping decision against this sort of thing in general.
I read this article today and as much as I hate to click on a left-wing site (in this case NY Magazine) I couldn’t resist the title (What If the Only Democrat Who Isn’t Too Radical to Win Is Too Old? By Jonathan Chait). I’ve linked to it but don’t feel you have to click on it. I took the hit for all of you. But it really is a delicious broth of fear and confusion. Apparently, the Democrat party and the Media have decided that Democrat voters will embrace a radical left wing agenda in 2020. And their reason for believing this is that Twitter told them so. They are embracing the social media exclusion of the Right as a basis for believing that everyone is a woke Millennial. It’s wonderful. Apparently soccer moms in the Midwest have just been dying for someone to take away their private health insurance and give the money to illegal aliens so they can have health care.
Now even the Democrats are starting to jump on the Creepy Joe bandwagon. I’m starting to feel pretty prescient right about now. But it’s still early, shouldn’t get too far in front of reality. But the Trump/Biden debate is looking sweeter and sweeter by the moment.
Victor Davis Hanson apparently agrees with my guess that Creepy Uncle Joe is the Dems choice for least likely to frighten off the marginally sane portion of their voters.
Well, good. I was starting to feel self-conscious with all the Fauxcahantas talk. And we deserve to have Joe at the debates. I think he’ll charge Trump’s lectern and will have to be tranq darted by his own Secret Service team to prevent Trump’s larger Secret Service team from handling him themselves.
One of my guilty pleasures every week is listening to the Voice of Saruman on his Friday morning podcast. I refer of course to the mellifluous musings of the ZMan on his on his Z Blog’s Power Hour. As with others on the Far Right, I find it easier to agree with his analysis of the modern world’s dysfunction than with his solutions to these problems. So back on Friday I listened as he regaled us with the tragicomic details of the War of the Sexes or, as he called it, “Wammin’s World”. And after enjoying the mockery of the absurd antics of the feminists I reflected on the takeaway message that the speaker was making;
“The thing about the war of the sexes is that it is really a war on normal women. When you examine the arguments from the Left and from feminists, not a lot of it is aimed at changing male behavior that is beneficial to women. Mostly it is aimed at eliminating the protections a healthy society has for its women. The resulting social breakdown creates more unhappy women, who can then be recruited into the coven of feminism.”
With that analysis I agree wholeheartedly. But the ZMan doesn’t specify how this lunacy can be ended. Being the pragmatic fellow that I am I tried to think what practical changes could be made that might move us in the right direction.
And the first thing that came to mind was something else that the ZMan touches on often; that the way that our civilization cannibalizes its less affluent members is by setting up institutions that monetize the social capital of the family in ways that end up destroying the family. So, for example, parents bankrupt themselves to send their daughters to expensive colleges and this ensures that the daughters will attempt to recoup that investment by entering the economy as corporate drones. And during their time in both college and the corporate world it will be drummed into them that their real value and their happiness is as drones, busily making up power point slides and decorating their cubicles with colorful diversity slogans. And so, between working in the corporate environment and drinking the Kool-Aid of female empowerment they either never get around to marriage and children or they raise their one or two children by proxy with nannies and daycare. And the next generation doesn’t even know what a normal family life even is. This is social capital (families trying to do the right thing) being monetized by the colleges and corporations. The schools and the corporations that use these women profit immensely from the process. But the families that underwrite the whole thing are basically cutting their own throats by doing it. And flooding the labor force with women depresses the value of labor for the men trying to find a place in the world too. This along with the rampant female affirmative action makes it more than likely that a man will find his wife making more money than him. This further degrades the likelihood of a normal happy family relationship for all involved. Society might as well just turn us into Soylent Green and save the time.
So, the practical changes should be a way to avoid this whole family destroying cycle. And the first change would be, Don’t send your daughters to college. I could expand it to don’t send any of your kids to college but let’s start small. As the father of daughters who went to expensive colleges, I can tell you that not doing this would first of all restore solvency to many an American family and also allow families to provide much needed help to their daughters when they want to get married. In other words, reinstitute the dowry. This might sound almost medieval but can you imagine if the money that a father spends on his daughter’s college education could be diverted to a down payment on a house? That could be enough to allow his son-in-law to support his new family with just his own salary. In other words, letting a woman stay home to raise her kids. Additionally, if parents don’t have to bankrupt themselves to turn their daughters into childless drones then those parents will have the wherewithal to help the young married couples when the pitfalls of life intrude on their world; illness, unemployment and Acts of God.
And a non-financial benefit of this arrangement would be the restoration of the normal relationships within the extended family. Parents would be respected and appreciated for the financial and familial leadership they would represent when decisions like home purchasing occurred. Husbands as the primary bread winners would be appreciated by their wives and this would give the men the psychological reinforcement to value their roles that they currently lack. But most importantly, it would allow young women to fulfill their most valuable roles in our world. They would be the mothers that every child needs and deserves. Modern society has denigrated and devalued the role stay at home mothers play in producing happy and sane children. Anyone who has seen how children are raised today knows that it is a miracle that any of them avoid becoming psychopaths. This alone would justify any productivity to our economy associated with women withdrawing from the workplace during their childbearing and childrearing years. But another facet that people rarely discuss is the satisfaction that a woman gains from being a mom. Now granted there are some women who are unsuited for motherhood. I wish there were a blood test that could identify these poor things and redirect them to something where they’ll do less harm like loan sharking. But for the majority of healthy well-adjusted women motherhood is fulfilling as well as extremely valuable to society.