Wednesday, September 26, 2018
The War on Men Shifts into High Gear
The “Me Too” loons demonstrating against Judge Kavanaugh have started to chant “We believe [the] survivors”. “Survivors”!? The accusations against the judge do NOT include attempted MURDER, only trivial sexual 'offenses'. “Survivors” plainly suggests violent, murderous assault. This extravagant language must be CRUSHED. When public discussion degenerates into insane overstatement, society must clamp down and DEMAND civility. How? One way is for media commentators to condemn such outrages. Another would be for media to refuse to cover such disgraceful excesses. Another would be for civic leaders, educators, public-service organizations, school boards, teachers' unions, and other elements of civil society to demand an END to this abuse of men and point out the hypocrisy of these loons in demanding respect for women when they are hurling vitriolic disrespect at men!
+ Uncountable decent Americans who may have had doubts about Kavanaugh's suitability for the Supreme Court have decided that it is very important that he IS confirmed, to rout the forces of slander and hatemongering against men. The slanderers may end up achieving the exact opposite of what they intended, to humiliate and frustrate the aspirations of a highly qualified judge with whose judicial philosophy they disagree.
+ If Judge Kavanaugh is NOT confirmed, and the slanderers win, men may have to ratchet up the discord and fight back and make this truly a war, not an unanswered, unending barrage of attacks upon men. Men may have to declare actual, military war against their enemies, and take no prisoners. Now, can we take bets on which gender would win a military war between men and women?
Saturday, September 15, 2018
Judge Kavanaugh Slandered Anonymously
While Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is testifying under oath in his confirmation hearings before the U.S. Senate, an anonymous, unsworn woman is accusing him of trivial sexual molestation IN HIGH SCHOOL in the 1980s! The “Me Too” lynch mob has hastened to believe every syllable this anonymous sniper issues, because, as everyone knows, no woman has ever LIED about ANYTHING. No, every phoneme uttered, every alphabetic character written by every woman on Earth is beyond contention true.
+ The opposite is actually the case. A great many women lie incessantly, and are very good at it. This is part of a survival strategy when women were protecting themselves from punishment (violent, financial, or emotional) by more powerful men for wrongful things the women had done, so it was important that their lies be believed.
+ In view of many women's penchant for making up stories and their ability to lie persuasively, why are media wasting so much as one sentence in covering this non-story?
+ The details in one press article I found online show the accusation to be frivolous in the extreme. There was no anatomical penetration nor even skin-to-skin genital contact; and the two high-school BOYS were drunk and laughing all thru the encounter. The girl — yes, boys and girl, not men and woman — did not report the 'assault' to anyone, not to the police, not to a prosecutor, not to ANYONE, but we are supposed to believe her fairytale. What victim of sexual assault does not report it to legal authorities, or even the parents of the kids who hosted the party?
+ At end, however, it doesn't matter. It's all 'ancient history', of a meaningless incident. Two high-school boys played sexual games with a high-school girl. Are we now, perhaps 35 years later, supposed to criminalize harmless sexplay by teenagers? The three people were all in their teens, because kids in prosperous suburbs generally graduate from high school by age 18, or even younger.
+ The more serious accusation is that Kavanaugh and the other boy were DRUNK, because the minimum drinking age in the mid-1980's was 21 in Maryland. Should we institute prosecutions of these drunk boys 30-some years later? Fortunately, we have statutes of limitations, which are laws designed to protect people from errors in trials due to deterioration of evidence or memory.
+ Kavanaugh is 53 years old. Even if a part or parts of the charges leveled against him were true, WHO CARES? A teenage boy wanted to play sex games with a girl. Assemble the firing squad! The teen years are a time of sexual exploration and experimentation. It's time for this country to lighten up! And grow up.
+ There has never in our history been so libertine an era as now, when obscenity is everywhere, from lewd remarks in Stephen Colbert's monolog to TV commercials for K-Y sexual lubricant, to telephone sexchat lines, to online porn sites with hundreds of thousands of explicit fotos and videos. It is more than a little silly for us to be bitching and moaning about an alleged sexual encounter among teenagers in the 1980s.
Friday, September 14, 2018
National newscasts have really overdone coverage of Hurricane Florence. They all hyped the strength of the storm, practically rooting for it to achieve Category 5 status — tho many people kept using the needless short form “Cat”; why? Are their jos so tiring that three more syllables would cause them to fall to the ground exhausted? Long before the storm made landfall, it had dropped to a Category 1 storm, but the media kept trying to worry us about its devastating effects, tho it had already fallen to mere nuisance rather than deadly danger.
+ Moreover, only a small percentage of the Nation's area and population are likely to be adversely affected by the storm. It was expected to be some 700 miles from the major population centers of the Northeast, and as much as 2,000 miles from the West Coast. So why all the alarums and excursions in national media about a trivial storm?
Wednesday, September 05, 2018
Trump Does Not Know History
Donald Trump is fond of saying things like “the most important [this] (or [that]) ever (or “in history”). But Donald Trump knows NOTHING about history, not American history, not world history
+ Does anyone believe that Trump knows why Iran is so proud of its place in the world and so protective of its dignity? Of course not. Does Trump know anything about the origins of the Russian Empire vis-a-vis (the) Ukraine, and the Empire's successor, the Soviet Union? Does Trump understand why Russia feels victimized by the West when the Gorbachev era stripped away large chunks of the Empire from Holy Mother Russia?
+ Did Trump ever hear of New Spain or Gran Colombia? The Empire of Brazil? Tainos? Caribs? Oneidas? Crees? Does he have any idea what the Iroquois Confederacy, the Five Nations, the Six Nations were, and where, and when? Is he familiar with the terms “First Nations”, and “Inuit”? Does Trump know how to pronounce “Rohingya”? Does he know what “Persia” is or was? How about “Siam”? “Shogun”? Chinese Republic? Does he know the earlier names of Myanmar, Guyana, and Belize? Does Trump know what Mesopotamia is or was? Can he name the two rivers that defined Mesopotamia?
+ The United States is involved in a war against people who want to restore the Caliphate. Does Trump know what the Caliphate is or was? Can Trump find Gaza on a map? The West Bank? Does he know the difference between Gaza and Giza?
+ A President doesn't have to know everything about everything, but certainly needs to recruit people who do know each of the subject-matter and geographic areas that the U.S. Government must deal with, and, regarding which, must make wise choices.
+ Trump has the arrogance of ignorance. He looks at Iran and thinks of it only in terms of its present geographic size and population (if he has any idea whatsoever of Iran's population). That is not how Iranians regard Iran. They know their history and are indignant at being treated shabbily.
+ I would love to see Celebrity Jeopardy!: m Presidential Edition, involving Trump and his two immediate predecessors, Obama and Clinton. THAT would be entertaining.
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
òm.a.róe.sa or òe.ma.róe.sa?
Why can't this country agree on ANYTHING? There is ONE person in public life with the bizarre name, perhaps unique on this planet, “Omarosa”. One word of all the hundreds of thousands of ordinary words plus names in the English language, and we can't agree on how to say it!
+ How the f* stupid has this country become that we can't agree on even the pronunciation of ONE name? I'm not demanding that we agree on an evaluation of that woman's character or trustworthiness, only that we agree on how to pronounce her f* name!
+ I tried a Google Search on how SHE pronounces her name, but came up empty. Why? No: why on EARTH not?
+ Is this now a Nation of mental defectives, retards? Why can't we get one simple answer to one simple question? Why is EVERYTHING ridiculously complicated now? — every damned thing!? How can we even ASPIRE to find areas of agreement on issues of ideology, or even fact, in public-policy matters, if we can't agree on even how to pronounce ONE DAMNED WORD? +\
UPDATE, September 3rd: I searched again and found a CSPAN interview in which Omarosa herself pronounces her name, as òe.ma.róe.sa, and defines it as a Yoruba (Nigerian) word meaning "belovèd child". She adds that her father gave her that name. So now we know. And now that we DO know, can we all stop saying òm.a.róe.sa, with a short-O at the beginning? Thank you.
Saturday, August 11, 2018
Stop Talking about Charlottesville!
Why on EARTH are news media talking about an event a YEAR AGO? That's not news. We all heard that CRAP a year ago. We don't EVER need to hear it again. Media, get a life! Deal with the NEWS, not old stories of no relevance to today. We really don't need to hear the same stories over and over again.
Thursday, July 26, 2018
Facebook Lost NOTHING! No Replacement for U.S. Agriculture
TV news has been talking utter nonsense about billions of dollars that Facebook “lost” on the stock market yesterday. Nonsense. Facebook lost NOTHING. It got its money when it sold its stock. As long as the owners of that stock do not try to sell it now, they lose nothing either. To say that the shareholders have lost money is like saying that the money in your savings account in a bank has been lost because the things that that money might buy have gone up in price! That's irrelevant. As long as the money stays in the bank, you haven't lost a cent.
+ Facebook is in the same position as the owner of a savings account. It already GOT its money when it sold its stock, which might have been years ago. That transaction is FINISHED, and Facebook still has the proceeds.
+ Facebook is an extremely wealthy corporation. It can fund all its needs from its CURRENT resources. It does NOT need to issue more stock, nor sell its reserve (treasury) stock to fund its current operations. Facebook has lost NOTHING.
+ No Replacement for U.S. Agriculture. The media are being absurd, again, as regards the costs to American farmers of a trade war in the long term. THERE IS NO REPLACEMENT FOR U.S. AGRICULTURE in world markets. Europe may or may not be largely self-sufficient in regard to food supplies, IF Europeans are willing and able to pay MORE for basic foodstuffs. If Europe is NOT self-sufficient, where is it to get supplemental food? Africa? It is to laff! Africa is perpetually starving, or at the razor's edge of starvation. Russia? Ha! Due to its severe climate and defective economic order, Russia can barely feed itself, and needs to import food. Central Asia? Nope. China? Again, no. India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Japan? No. There is little surplus food in any of those countries to sell to Europeans. Where, then? Maybe Europeans could get food from some of those Asian countries, but only if they are willing to change their diet to replace corn, wheat, barley, rye, potatoes, tomatoes, temperate-zone herbs, and other customary ingredients in their various national and regional cuisines with rice and Asian spices. Are Europeans inclined to replace their entire food history and culture? Of course not.
+ Canada and Australasia (Australia and New Zealand) might supply some of Europe's need for traditional foodstuffs, but their agricultural output all put together does not equal that of the United States alone.
+ Similarly, some of Latin America might be self-sufficient in some foodstuffs, but is there enuf surplus to ship outside of, say, Brazil and Argentina, to feed Mexico, Peru, Venezuela, and other societies in Latin America that have little surplus of their own, plus Europe, plus Asia? That is extremely dubious.
+ Current dislocations in the Midwest are thus but a hiccup in long-term economics. Now the Trump Administration is stealing from urban areas of the country to subsidize farmers. Haven't we had enuf subsidies to farmers? We've diverted TRILLIONS of dollars from economically productive urban and suburban areas to agricultural regions over the course of the past century. And now we have to divert more of our revenues from productive industries to unproductive use by farmers. If farmers are so close to bankruptcy in normal and even boom times that they need subsidy now, it has to be because they have no idea how to run their business. It is not up to the rest of us to make up for their deficiencies.