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January 20, 2019

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Joan

Today's word is 'issues'.

randian

"My existence trumps your experience"

I wonder where that bit of projection is coming from.

David

Today’s word is ‘issues’.

Yes, I think so.

Apparently, Ms Cranz is “ignoring those fucks” - the boys who upset her at school, the boys who could “DEVASTATE” her by smirking or being confident, more confident than she was - and she’s ignoring them by referring to them, passionately, angrily, as if they were of crushing importance, and letting them shape her worldview as a supposedly grown woman. Such that she publicly airs her hang-ups about confident, smirking schoolboys, and construes those hang-ups as activism. Proof of woke righteousness.

You see, she’s “dismantling their power structures” by letting them have power over her, in her mind, years later.

Dave M

They already hate this kid more than they hated Sarah Palin, with even less reason, and they're just getting started.

Alice

Sounds like the cool boys didn't fancy her.

Adam

Back in the day, such a person would be advised to get laid.

JuliaM

"Few things make me as angry as that smirk."

Oooh, liar, liar, pants on fire! I bet there's REAMS of things that make her that angry.

Atempdog

Damn those white males & their happiness.

Trevor

Back in the day, such a person would be advised to get laid.

Or simply to 'go forth and multiply'.

Flubber

It has to be asked - how much of Social Justice is just the frothing of neurotic ugly women?

Sorry just answered my own question.

aelfheld

The fragility of these 'social' 'justice' 'warriors' is astounding.

The original Mr. X

I think I must have mist some news story -- who exactly is "that boy from Kentucky", and what exactly has he done that's so terrible (apart from being white and male)?

Farnsworth M Muldoon

I think I found her a boyfriend. I will denounce myself for assuming her preference in sex or political gender.

...who exactly is "that boy from Kentucky", and what exactly has he done that's so terrible (apart from being white and male)?

I am guessing either Senator McConnell, the senate majority leader who is not only white and male, but also old and Republican - a foul tip and three strikes.

If not him, maybe Daniel Boone, Muhammed Ali, or Colonel Sanders with his wee beady eyes and that smug look on his face, "Ooooh, yer gonna buy my chicken, oooh."

Dom

If your experience is working at Gizmodo then yes, my existence does Trump your experience.

svh

@Mr X

https://twitter.com/AG_Conservative/status/1086803454549524480

Mags

*Adds oppressive smirking to list of things-not-to-do*

Bill Peschel

Ann Althouse has two huge posts up about this, which seems to have blown up overnight.

CNN detailed an encounter at the Pro-Life march between smirking Catholic school boys and an elderly Native American with a drum. From an edited video of the encounter, CNN portrayed smirking Catholic school boys (one of them wearing a MAGA hat) as abusive, racist, and nogoodniks.

Cue outrage machine.

Scott Adams jumps in with his take, based on the CNN footage. Catholic school officials join in with abuse of the boys and promises of terrors to come.

Later, the complete video comes out. Turns out it was some kind of encounter between polite but euberant Catholic school boys, and racist white hating black Christians. Indian jumps in the middle, gets in the face of the Catholic school boys, beats his drum, and they accept him as a fun distraction and have a good time in his presence.

No racism (on the part of the schoolboys), no hatred, and a big nothingburger, except that CNN gets a fake news story out of it.

Again, I just came from Ann Althouse's site, so it's best to jump in over there to get a more complete idea of the fun.

https://althouse.blogspot.com/2019/01/scott-adams-apologizes-for-believing.html

Darleen

Bill

I refused to get sucked into that Twitter mob because the snippet I saw raised every red flag in my mind. But I'm not surprised CNN and other fake media jumped because OMG teenagers of pallor in MAGA hats? And CATHOLICS too? Obviously Hitler Youth and anything we can say bad about them is just fine.

Darleen

BTW - the Lamestream media goes out of their way to ignore the March for Life every year regardless of number of participants. But a chance to make Catholics look bad? Boy howdy!

Ted S., Catskill Mtns., NY, USA

We keep getting told how awful bullying is, but the establishment absolutely loves to bully badthinkers.

[+]

Can we call them Fake News yet?

http://ace.mu.nu/archives/379288.php

David

Can we call them Fake News yet?

I think it’s pretty much imperative at this point.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Let's add a little fuel to the fake news fire.

The comments condemn the kids. One of them allegedly smirked, which as we all know is violently devastating.

WTP

The comments condemn the kids

The confidence and condescension from those criticizing the kids really doesn't surprise me at all. And even the fact that Ace and some similar on the right initially jumped on the kids as being somewhat in the wrong doesn't surprise me. Whole damn civilization's been cucked. It's just a matter of degree.

NTSOG

The videos I have seen of unmasked Antifa fascists in the USA show the smirking faces of the passive aggressive hooligans crowding into the personal space of others in public places daring them to retaliate with numerous cameras waiting to catch an incident that can be used for legal and political reasons by said insolently smirking thugs. As always the Left news-services selectively edit and comment. What I saw on the video was the Indian move to the school crowd as he banged his drum. Apparently he has been in the news before and is described as ''a “radical separatist” and “activist with a history of claiming harassment''.

https://twitter.com/johncardillo/status/1086836596895334400

Also see:https://victorygirlsblog.com/march-for-life-media-attention/

Daniel Ream

It's just Cecil the fucking lion all over again.

Darleen

Oh my, the wonderful quality of character of Congresscritters.

Rep. John Yarmuth ‏Verified account @RepJohnYarmuth

I am calling for a total and complete shutdown of teenagers wearing MAGA hats until we can figure out what is going on. They seem to be poisoning young minds. [1/2]

WTP

Heh

I'm calling for a total and complete shutdown of uninformed tweeting by Congressmen until they can figure out what's actually going on.

https://twitter.com/Yo_Susanna/status/1087060797203787776

I'd add the media as well. They seem to be poisoning American minds. But of course THAT would be censorship so...umm...

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Apparently he has been in the news before...

Likewise the black guy agitating and who appears to be out of plumb as if the comment at Ace's is correct, it seems he is an adherent of this fresh hell.

...@RepJohnYarmuth

Ban all the things. To no one's surprise, he is a democrat from Kentucky's largest city, and a former newspaper editor (speaking of fake news). IOW, playing to his crowd.

Squires

As with Pallywood, only a small percentage of people are ever even exposed to the unedited footage. Out of those, a good chunk will immediately go into crimestop mode.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3EC1_gcr34&index=17&list=PLr9hM0F87v5ZND2hO8YYQ6QxgLMowqWg5&t=0s&app=desktop

Farnsworth M Muldoon

@Squires

Regarding the aforementioned black guy, I rest my case, thanks for that.

Clam

More. https://reason.com/blog/2019/01/20/covington-catholic-nathan-phillips-video

jones

She must be a tortured soul. God help any significant other.

Almost evokes sympathy.

Spiny Norman

Clam,

Damn. Even Reason has Twitter-level blockhead commenters.

Darleen

Even Reason has Twitter-level blockhead commenters.

I try (and often fail) NOT to read the comments there.

Steve E

Viewing conditions are perfect for the Super Blood Moon where I live. It looks eerie.

Fred the Fourth

Steve E:
According to the Science Lady on NPR (a pro astronomer, apparently, unfortunately attempting to go along with the breathless Announcer), it actually a
SUPER WOLF BLOOD MOON!!!11

Super: Moon is near perigee (closest approach to earth) and appears about 14% wider and about 60% brighter.
Wolf: Any full moon in January
Blood: Well, apparently this is because of the various colors that appear during a lunar eclipse, which in my experience include pretty much everything except bright green.

also, it's RARE. Although lunar eclipses of some flavor or other occur about every 18 months.

Totality just happened. Best colors usually about 30-90 minutes before and after totality.

this has been your Astronomy Information Bulletin for today.
Brought to you by DESERTCO, Inc., purveyors of the finest Hump Fat on the Planet.

Steve E

Fred thank you for that erudite summary. I got my last look about 40 minutes ago. I had to stop because my wife was yelling at me and my son for opening and closing the doors. It was spectacular. The moon was straight overhead in the sky. It started an orangy, pinky colour and worked it's way to a very dark red and then started reversing the colour spectrum it had just gone through.

I was unable to enjoy any Hump Fat during my viewing. It was very cold here tonight -20-degrees-Celsius which caused the Hump Fat to congeal and harden and become rather unpleasant.

If you ever get the chance to see a Super Wolf Blood Moon I would definitely recommend it.

David

Another unhappy woman sees “white patriarchy” in a grin.

Our betters at work.

NTSOG

It is not uncommon for people who are unsure of themselves, nervous and even anxious to display a fixed grin or smile. One has to look at the context of the whole interaction: here was an elderly Indian Man marching into the personal space of a teenage boy in a public space and then banging a drum in the lad's face for a prolonged period. As the lad and his mates were waiting as directed by teachers for a bus to take them home, he could not escape the situation. Nor should he have moved; he had a right to be where he was. No wonder the lad displayed a nervous grin. What else could he do? I suspect the Indian may have hoped for some incident to occur so as to gain him publicity - he has a record in this regard. To expect the lad to understand the political game being played by Nathan Phillips is unreasonable. Phillip's actions were provocative and, given he is a mature man and a combat veteran, he had a real power advantage over the lad[s]. I consider him a bully.

David

Incidentally, various people have been directing Ms Cranz to video evidence undermining her indignation, along with quite a bit of mockery. Naturally, our grin-detesting progressive has chosen to ignore the actual details of the story that she invoked and I’ve yet to see any acknowledgement of her own error. Instead, she’s mocking the idea that anyone but white people can be racist.

Oh, and tweeting her excitement about the latest episode of Supergirl.

Liz

Instead, she’s mocking the idea that anyone but white people can be racist.

Another one 'severely educated'.

Darleen

Instead, she’s mocking the idea that anyone but white people can be racist.

Cuz we gots that sonic color line to maintain.

David

Another one ‘severely educated’.

Well, quite.

And as Ben suggests in his tweet, linked at the end of the post, you have to wonder exactly how much intersectional sanctimony is grounded in a lingering resentment at being insufficiently statusful, or confident, or attractive, at school.

David

Cuz we gots that sonic color line to maintain.

Or, twisted and damaged individual wishes to twist and damage others.

NTSOG

Oh Alex Cranz is a girl? I thought from the photo it was a nerdy IT student.

H

#FaceCrime

WTP

Naturally, our grin-detesting progressive has chosen to ignore the actual details of the story that she invoked and I’ve yet to see any acknowledgement of her own error.

Neither she nor the left in general alone in this denial of error. Many on the NeverTrump right are as equally unhinged in regards to this young man. See, he wore a MAGA hat. That literally, in the traditional sense of literally literally meaning literally, is all you need to know. You will also note that his high school, the archdiocese to which he belongs, his city’s mayor, and members of the Kentucky congressional delegation have condemned this kid. The adults in the room. None of these bastards should be in a position of public trust ever again but I can almost guarantee you that none of them will pay the appropriate price for how they have joined the mob in attacking this young man. At most, slaps on the wrist.

WTP

My mistake on one thing. There was only one KY congress critter who condemned the kid. His own rep did speak up for him but I don’t see any response one way or the other from the ther half dozen representatives.

Ted S., Catskill Mtns., NY, USA

Spiny and Darleen:

Reason went off the rails about two years ago and a lot of the good old commenters decamped elsewhere, for several reasons.

One was the Trump Derangement Syndrome, but the other was the shameful way they treated one of the commenters (and donors). The guy's mom was a victim of police brutality when she (a retired nurse) attempted to help a student at a basketball game who collapsed on court with an asthma attack. Reason refused to cover the police brutality because they claimed it was "too local".

The really irritating thing is that the local news stories I can find on it all dutifully report the cop propaganda and scrubbed reader comments from people who were at the game and said when the story first came out that what was on the newspapers' websites isn't what happened at all.

Ted S., Catskill Mtns., NY, USA

Oh, and add the reason writer who defended Antifa going after people like Milo Yiannopoulos, and the one who doxxed a guy for making a "make me a sammich" joke.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Phillip's actions were provocative and, given he is a mature man and a combat veteran...

So far all anything says, such as the reliably red fake news New York Times, is "He was a Native American veteran of the Vietnam War."

Granted, if he was in the Army that gets him a Shoulder Sleeve Insignia - Former Wartime Service (SSI-FWTS) (AKA combat patch), but for all we know he might have been a personnel clerk in a III Corps HQ in Saigon the whole time who never even heard a shot in anger, which is a far cry from being an 11B in the 101st.

If this guy had been a Marine Scout Sniper, given the left's penchant for getting hyperbolic over their "veterans" (war hero Navy guy Lyndon Johnson - Silver Star for one flight on an Army plane that turned back because of electrical problems), I'm reasonably sure the media would be waving that banner wide and high, so I am getting the impression that a Navajo Codetalker wouldn't give him the time of day.

Tom

"He was a Native American veteran of the Vietnam War."

I've seen more recently that he's now being listed as a Vietnam era veteran which is an entirely different kettle of fish. Props for serving but he may have done his time in Germany or stateside. If he'd been in Vietnam the 'era' wouldn't be necessary.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Naturally, our grin-detesting progressive has chosen to ignore the actual details of the story...

Speaking of which, here is another charmer.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Damnit, hit the wrong key.

Regardless, "I wept over my toxic masculinity as I punched the boy in the face", just about sums up the left these days.

David

Damnit, hit the wrong key.

Fixed.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Shukran, sahib. At least it wasn't italics, so I got that going for me.

When is my appointment for the correction booth ?

David

When is my appointment for the correction booth?

I’ve had to order a new one. Arrives on Wednesday. The old one was… terribly soiled.

Jonathan

I've learned the best recourse is to ignore those fucks, and keep dismantling their power structures.

She doesn't seem to be doing a very good job of ignoring this particular 15 year old white boy does she?

As for ' dismantling their power structures'. I can only imagine she means that majority rule should be done away with, so that ethnic minorities like her can wield power over the white majority. Because reasons (revenge).

Daniel Ream

Oh, and tweeting her excitement about the latest episode of Supergirl.

That alone disqualifies her from being taken seriously on any topic.

you have to wonder exactly how much intersectional sanctimony is grounded in a lingering resentment at being insufficiently statusful, or confident, or attractive, at school.

Seems like a variant on Sailer's Law.

Spiny Norman

Farnsworth,

(war hero Navy guy Lyndon Johnson - Silver Star for one flight on an Army plane that turned back because of electrical problems)

After initially backing up LBJ's claims of "bravery under fire" (a lie that is still part of the official record), the surviving crewmen (and descendants thereof) of the B-26 in question admitted in an interview many years later that there was never any "electrical problem"; they turned back after 5 minutes of flight because they did not want to babysit a visiting VIP in the combat zone.

David

Seems like a variant on Sailer’s Law.

Not too long ago, the self-imagined cool kids would have raised an eyebrow at ostentatious displays of piety - routinely mocking evangelists, archbishops, etc. However, now that public displays of piety largely take the form of woke politics, the self-imagined cool kids seem, for the most part, remarkably credulous. As if other motives couldn’t possibly be in play.

[ Edited. ]

Arthur Foote

https://twitter.com/porter14159/status/1087376020200665090

Liberal tankies are still brandishing their hate for the MAGA boys. They admit they just stood there, but are still raysis.

It’s sound logic for the left. Once whites can be destroyed for literally nothing, then all the tedious pretexts for destroying whites become unnecessary.

pst314

NTSOG: "Phillip's actions were provocative and, given he is a mature man and a combat veteran, he had a real power advantage over the lad[s]. I consider him a bully."

I have not seen any evidence that he ever saw combat, only brief statements in the news and at Wikipedia that he was in Vietnam. He could well have never seen combat, since a large fraction of military personnel are in support positions.

Rafi

*sounds of journalists' tweets being deleted*

Farnsworth M Muldoon

I have not seen any evidence that he ever saw combat, only brief statements in the news and at Wikipedia that he was in Vietnam.

Now it gets interesting...

Phillips continued, his voice breaking. “You know, I’m from Vietnam times. I’m what they call a recon ranger. That was my role.

Recon ranger [sic]. Right, no such animal champ, but I was a Green Beret SEAL Space Shuttle Doorgunner. Let me tell you about the time we were in low Earth orbit, scanning with our proton binoculars for Taliban when the flak was so thick we could have lowerer the landing gear and rolled home on it. Suddenly, there we were inverted, in a flat spin, Air Medals dangling in our faces, the two left engines on fire, and Chuck (that is what I called BG Yeager) was just freaking out. "Relax and go get some coffee in the sick bay", I said to him, "I have the controls".

Trevor

*sounds of journalists' tweets being deleted*

Not just tweets. That font of good old conservative reason and red-blooded right-wingery, National Review seems to have expunged this piece by one of their conserving conservative writers.

The same organ has a piece by another powerhouse of the conservative movement, Mona Charen, in which she explains how there is "much to like" about the recent Gillette ad.

My 'little list' is growing daily.

Darleen

You know, I’m from Vietnam times. I’m what they call a recon ranger.

Ruh-roh ... are now treading into Stolen Valor territory?

David

For those who missed it, the hat-wearing student’s account of events can be read here.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Ruh-roh ... are now treading into Stolen Valor territory?

We're going to find out, I think. TAH has a good track record of finding the phonies.

Jonathan

Can't embed, but This is still the greatest takedown of so-called 'Native American' BS ever.

Squires

...Vietnam era veteran...

Many years ago I knew someone who insisted on using that term. He was not, shall we say, very well practiced at being honest with himself. It was a running spectacle.

Darleen

Vietnam era veteran

The article then says he might have graduated high school in 72 or 73 ...

All offensive action against N Vietnam ceased in January 73 and 95% of troops (American & allies) were gone from S Vietnam by August 73.

The timeline of that alone puts the "War Vet" claim in serious doubt.

(btw, he looks a LOT older than 64 so I didn't question the 'nam vet thing at the get-go)

David

Jessica “male tears” Valenti weighs in.

Fred the Fourth

The Marine combat vets i knew of my parent's generation never, and i mean never, talked about their combat experiences.
How they smuggled booze, sure, but combat? No.

Fred the Fourth

I suppose I should say, not in front of me, or, afaict, other civilians.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

The timeline of that alone puts the "War Vet" claim in serious doubt.

As he is claiming to be a jarhead, the last Marines, other than embassy guards, were out in June 1971, and no "recon ranger" worth his salt would deign be an embassy guard, so his claim is even shakier.

Fred the Fourth

Btw. Smirk? That's no smirk.
It's a defensive smile/grimace.
It's a kid thinking "What do I do?"

David

She refuses to read it.

“Senior staff reporter.” What she refuses to read.

Darleen

She refuses to read it.

She's a "journalist", you know. Can't disturb the narrative.

Hal

That font of good old conservative reason and red-blooded right-wingery, National Review seems to have expunged this piece by one of their conserving conservative writers.

The same organ has a piece by another powerhouse of the conservative movement, Mona Charen, in which she explains how there is "much to like" about the recent Gillette ad.

Ummm???

You do have two utterly different viewpoints lumped together there. Right wing does remain utterly distinct from actual conservative.

. . . this piece by one of their conserving conservative writers.

Wellll, no.

With that article's headline of The Covington Students Might as Well Have Just Spit on the Cross , that's utter and absolute pure faith, rather than observant reason . . . . a more accurate summation would be to note . . this piece by one of their emphatically right wing, right wing writers., even if a bit redundant. Particularly where the column is listed near the top of the page as "religion" . . . and where one also easily notes that the accurate reference for the article is faith, rather than actual personal practicing religion.

And something that also doesn't help with the article is . . .

The evangelists are terse in their descriptions of the humiliations heaped on Jesus in the final hours before his crucifixion, the consummate humiliation. Read the accounts again or, if you’d rather not, watch the video.

The video.

In that list of What Have The Romans Ever Done For Us, somehow moving pictures and other forms of telecommunications just don't seem to be turning up, somehow. As A Guess, A Thought is that the writer of the article might have in mind the movie Jesus H. Christ By Mel Gibson . . . or mebbe something else, given that he doesn't explain what he means by the video. But all of any instances of video are going to be 20th century, Common Era, or later, not earlier.

A definite show of his confusion is reinforced further down the article, with . . . more broadly, for one side in the great divide between Right and Left, or red and blue, . . . Yes indeed, quite the Oops, there. If he wants people to focus on metaphoric colors, either he remembers the absolute ocean of purple in that "great divide" between red and blue, or his entire audience will focus instead on what he's leaving out . . . .

Quite by contrast, with the other article commenting on the Gillette ad, we do get statements such as . . .

These are followed by more-uplifting images of men breaking up fights, interfering with men who are harassing women, and being loving fathers to daughters. We hear a quote from former NFL star Terry Crews, saying “Men need to hold other men accountable.” These images didn’t strike me as a reproof of masculinity per se but rather as a critique of bullying, boorishness, and sexual misconduct.

I haven't seen that video, but in that article, statements of what to do, rather than merely what to believe in, do indeed show the essence of conservative over mere right wing.

The right wing article certainly jumped the gun, and also jumped the shark, and that would be an easy reason it got pulled. At the same time, when one notes the overall and clear differences between actual conservative and mere right wing, and when looking at editorial focus in general, that clear difference would also be an excellent reason why the right wing article got pulled and the conservative article remains.

Darleen

Smirk? That's no smirk.

My twin grandsons are 16 ... and they get that same rictus when stuck in a situation they have no clue on how to respond.

None of the boys responded to all this race-baiting and targeting by getting angry or violent. But awkward, defensive smiling is now beyond the pale of acceptable reactions to assault.

Jonathan

Smirk? That's no smirk.

Clearly it's an Assault Smirk and should be banned.

Fred the Fourth

Also. "Recon ranger"?
Wtf is that?
Ranger is US Army.
Force Recon is US Marines.
Did this guy get his service history from the movie Trading Places?

Farnsworth M Muldoon

She refuses to read it.

Replying in a huff to all the people slagging her in the comments for not reading "Reason" because "Reason"...

Melissa Gira Grant

@melissagira
16m16 minutes ago

Where were all the brave truth-seekers when I also wasn’t reading Reason’s often disappointing sex work coverage

Not exactly covering herself with glory today.

David

Not exactly covering herself with glory today.

It’s a little bizarre. Ms Grant refuses to read an article that disproves her assumptions with extensive video evidence, and simultaneously claims that the article, which she pointedly hasn’t read, says things it doesn’t actually say. And when several readers point out that maybe this isn’t an ideal attitude for a professional journalist, she accuses them, wholesale, of being racists. Perhaps we can look forward to Ms Grant bemoaning how people aren’t taking her seriously as a journalist because she’s a woman.

David

I say it’s bizarre, which it is, but, as we’ve seen over the last 24 hours or so, it’s also not an outlier or some random aberration.

WTP

Perhaps we can look forward to Ms Grant bemoaning how people aren’t taking her seriously as a journalist because she’s a woman.

Well, regrettably I’ll cop to that. It’s reactions like Ms Grant’s that cause people like me to question if I should take women journalists seriously. Most of the hysteria (hysteria, heh) and overreacting on this and Kavanaugh and similar issues has come from women, journalists or not, and similar soyboy men. Hey, just trying to be unnecessarily honest.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Perhaps we can look forward to Ms Grant bemoaning how people aren’t taking her seriously as a journalist because she’s a woman.

She has been a contributing writer at the Village Voice and Pacific Standard, and her work has also appeared in the Guardian, the New York Times, BuzzFeed News, the New York Review of Books, and the Nation, among others.

She might think that, but as an journalist opinion writer for rags like those, I would more seriously take young Bucky Trumble, 7th grade reporter for the East Overshoe Junior High "Fightin' Galoshes Weekly Times" school paper.

Squires

And when several readers point out that maybe this isn’t an ideal attitude for a professional journalist, she accuses them, wholesale, of being racists.

The more unstable the aircraft, the better suited it is to acrobatics.

Adam

This “national conversation” with death threats and doxxing is about some 14 YO boys smiling while grown men hurl insults at them. Nobody was hit, kicked, spat upon. No weapons were brandished. No pushing or shoving. No police were called. No one arrested. Media blow up aside, this event is nothing. That is how nuts the media have become. I blame Twitter.

Steve E

I say it’s bizarre...

Well in a post modern world "truth" is relative and personal and when you really "know" the "truth" there is no need to test it further.

Sort-Of-Mad Max

"I would more seriously take young Bucky Trumble, 7th grade reporter for the East Overshoe Junior High "Fightin' Galoshes Weekly Times" school paper."

HAVE YOU SEEN THE SMIRK ON THAT BUCKY OH WAIT TILL WE GET HIM INTO COLLEGE WE'LL FIX (snerk)HIM!/education harpies everywhere.

WTP

That is how nuts the media have become. I blame Twitter.

Seriously? I blame the media. And if anyone else, our clown colleges and entertainment industry. But mostly ourselves for not doing anything about this crap as it was marching up 5th Avenue. But blame is for the past. The future is what matters.

Chester Draws

My twin grandsons are 16 ... and they get that same rictus when stuck in a situation they have no clue on how to respond.

Correct. I see it all the time at school, when boys are being disciplined and are uncertain if they should fight back or take it.

I've also seen it on a boy at his father's funeral. He wasn't smiling, and he sure wasn't "smirking".

pst314

I blame Twitter.
and
Seriously? I blame the media.

It's both: The left-dominated news media are intent on demonizing and eventually silencing all opposition. But Twitter does facilitate bad behavior by making it easier to comment without thinking and while emotion rules initial reactions.

WTP

But Twitter does facilitate bad behavior by making it easier to comment without thinking and while emotion rules initial reactions.

But that’s like blaming Jameson for my hangover. I can blame Twitter (TBC, not a fan) for selective censorship, etc. but not for its features.

pst314

But that’s like blaming Jameson for my hangover.

We really need a more precise word than "blame": We all have free will and are responsible for our actions, but nonetheless Twitter does facilitate bad behavior. (And to generalize, note how the comment threads on so many blogs are cesspits of invective and ad hominems. Anonymity can tempt good people to be uncivil in ways they never would in face-to-face encounters, and it enables people who are actually malicious.)

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Great. Now the leftists are dredging through all old news and anything they can find to try to keep the rayciss Catholic school kids narrative going.

The sign they are flashing is something the NBA players started after someone hit a 3 point shot, but as you can see in the comments, facts bounce off leftists like BBs off a tank.

"There's a pattern", yeah, just not the one you think it is.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Revise and extend, that sign is actually a referee sign - hold up hand one before the penalty shot attempt, two if successful.

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