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V-Day Article from the Standard

(I almost forgot to post it).

Posted by Fire @ 5:46 PM

Valentine Thoughts

Women treat men the same way they treat their gods: they worship them and they expect them to do everything for them.

Oscar Wilde, “The Perfect Husband”

Now they no longer worship us; just expect us to do everything for them.

Women undrestand our egos and our penises. They know nothing whatsoever about our souls.

Posted by Gus @ 1:15 PM

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Posted by Fire @ 11:45 AM

The Story of President’s Day.
This was surprisingly of interest.

It’s brief and does the job. It’s a time capsule back to the late sixties when they instituted the ritual of 3 day federal weekends. There’s all sorts of congressional personalities in it.

Posted by Fire @ 11:43 AM

NOW Part II.
Mike just put this one up.

It concerns NOW and a textbook I found. Hope you like it. It declares war on feminazis in general (just as you’d suspect).

Posted by Fire @ 11:37 AM

Romance Today.
Hudson strikes again

with this remarkable analysis on the situation between men and women.

Real romance can still be found in the current-day West, as a submerged social feeling bridging high romance, long-term commitment to a person one loves both erotically and spiritually, marriage, and the desire to raise a family. It challenges radical feminism, materialism, and sterile promiscuity, and hopes for the return of “friendly relations” between the sexes. At the same time, such an attitude is not exclusively tied to any one religion or denomination. It will be interesting to see whether these pockets of resistance can develop into a new counterculture of civility, decency, and common sense in sexual relationships. A restoration of real romance to society could play a very important part in the restoring of Western civilization as a whole.

Posted by Fire @ 8:24 AM

The History of Hockey Night in Canada


One of my all time

favorite programs

, Common Sense and I spoke about it last night.

Posted by Fire @ 7:06 AM

Childhood Revisited.

I’m writing a piece about Don Cherry and I found one of my favorite childhood memories, Fort Malden, online.

Take a glance and see the past.

Posted by Fire @ 7:05 AM

Valentine’s Day

Surely we cannot let this most out-moded of holidays pass without comment.


Posted by Gus @ 8:10 PM

Shut The F*@# Up!
PETA has written the town of Slaughterville, OK asking for it to change its name.

Posted by CommonSense @ 12:26 PM

You Don’t Have to Sleep Alone Tonight
Reports show a 300 percent increase in calls about bedbug infestation in homes and commercial buildings from 2000 to 2001 and 70 percent increases in both 2002 and 2003.

Posted by CommonSense @ 10:50 AM

“Summertime–and the Ho’s Are Drinking, Fish are Jumping…”

Posted by Fire @ 5:21 AM

Joanne Jacobs Blog.
She’s a pretty famous writer

who reports mostly on education. She also was on Fox News and the Fox News Blog before. It’s a good site. I just found it yesterday after the piece I wrote.

Posted by Fire @ 5:16 AM

From the Latest National Review:
Thank God We Live in America!
“I witnessed a whole family being tested on suffocating gas and dying in the gas chamber — the parents, son, and a daughter. The parents were vomiting and dying, but till the very last moment they tried to save [the] kids by doing mouth-to-mouth breathing. . . . The glass chamber is sealed airtight. . . . Normally, a family sticks together and individual prisoners stand separately around the corners. Scientists observe the entire process from above, through the glass.” These are the words of North Korean defector Kwon Hyuk, who was formerly chief of management of a concentration camp in that country. Hyuk is only one of many defectors bringing eyewitness accounts, and in some cases smuggled documents, testifying to the practice of trying the effects of poison gases and liquids on live prisoners. When a North Korean is arrested for political “crimes,” his family goes to the camps with him; this accounts for the availability of entire families as test subjects. These unimaginable horrors have been going on for decades. They are going on now, as you read. Anything the U.S. government does that prolongs the life of Kim Jong Il’s vile psychopathic regime by even one day is an act of complicity in his horrible crimes. North Korea is a blot on the human race, an outrage to the conscience of the civilized world. We should do everything we reasonably can to bring an end to his monstrous despotism, not only for our own security, but also for the relief of North Korea’s too-long-suffering people, and in the name of humanity.
Thank God We Live in America II!
If my dearest wish is to kill and eat a fellow human being, and if your dearest wish is to be killed and eaten, and if we should chance to meet and confide our desires to each other, and if I should then, with your eager consent, go ahead and kill and eat you, has a wrong been done? Such are the ethical conundrums of the early 21st century. In the particular case of Armin Meiwes, who killed and ate a person he had contacted via the Internet, recording the entire horrid process on video, a German court gave a verdict of manslaughter and sentenced Herr Meiwes to eight and a half years, of which he will probably serve about five. The mild-mannered anthropophage had methodically bagged, labeled, and frozen the flesh of his victim (collaborator? “partner”?), and consumed more than 40 pounds of it during the 21 months between the killing and his arrest. From the point of view of modern rationalist ethics, it is hard to see any objection to Herr Meiwes’s hobby. As the video record makes plain, nothing happened that could not be fairly described as agreed transactions between consenting adults. In order to see the mutilation, killing, and eating of a fellow human being for what they are — appalling aberrations of the human spirit — you need to have some conception of that spirit as more than a mere bundle of carnal desires requiring satisfaction. Herr Meiwes has no such conception. To judge from the state of our culture, in fact, Herr Meiwes is in this respect, if not in his culinary preferences, unremarkable.

Posted by Fire @ 5:13 AM

Getting Our Priorities Straight

It seems that there are some yahoo’s who are still ranting and raving about the Superbowl halftime show. So some washed up egomaniacal entertainer found a way to get people to talk about her before her album comes out. So what? Are people forgetting about the streaker? The streaker was pretty darn funny, but he represented a HUGE security lapse. Janet Jackson didn’t endanger a single person. But in the midst of terrorist concern, an unauthorized person found his way onto the field. If that person had a bomb strapped to his body, the consequences would have been a hellava lot worse than seeing a little nipple. People need to get their priorities straight.

Posted by CommonSense @ 10:21 AM

Happy Birthday, Mr Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln is like the Sistine Chapel, Beethoven’s 5th or Hamlet.

Everyone knows their great but from time to time we really experience them and know how great they really were.

One of the things we forget about Lincoln is that he is one of the great writers in American Literature.

The Gettysburg Address and his 2nd Inaugural were not written by speech writers. Whether they were written on the backs of envelopes (for PR reasons as Bob Newhart wittily contended or not) they were his words, noble, to the point and clearly thought out.

Whenever I despair of the use of words, I re-read The Gettysburg Address.

There is a little 18th century school house up the street from where I live.

When I visit it from time to time, I realize that the essentials of education are not the gadgets, gizmos and techniques that clutter our educational scene today but a teacher who cares about his pupils and knows what he is talking about and a pupil who wants to learn.

It was in a little school house like this where Lincoln learned to think and write.

A point worth remembering.

Lincoln was also unique combination of wisdom and realism. We hear about the “binding up the wounds” part of his character and it was indeed noble and truly enlightened.

But that would have been impossible had he not had the relentless determination to win the Civil War. What that meant in concrete terms was telling Grant to win battles and that meant killing Rebels, and in 1865 that meant a lot of Rebels at Cold Harbor, Sharpsburg and The Wilderness and suffering the losses to his own troops.

Finally Lincoln’s spirituality. I wonder how CBS or the New York Times would handle a tribute to Lincoln today. If George W Bush’s Christianity bothers CBS and the NYT, Lincoln’s deeply-held religious convictions would have sent the 60 Minutes crew through the ceiling of Black Rock, the CBS headquarters on 52nd St in New York.

The Bible was always on Lincoln’s desk. He read it frequently, advising that we take what we can by our understand and take the rest on faith. The rhythms of his writing come straight from the King James Version.

By any measure he was our most religious president and any analysis that neglects that is, quite frankly. dishonest.

So here’s to the kid who went from backwoods Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois to become a world figure.

“He was 6 feet 4 inches tall” as Aaron Copland says in his work on Lincoln, head and shoulders above the men of his day.

And this.

Posted by Gus @ 6:24 AM

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Posted by Fire @ 4:59 AM

Government Allowing Financial Security.

We hope so anyway.

Valuable short entry from Heritage

on proposed government exemptions of tax to enable citizens to save for their own futures. The Democrats would call this radical baby.

The idea behind creating these accounts is sound. Providing individuals with better incentives to build their own wealth is exactly why the free market has proven superior to “planned” economies. It is precisely because LSAs, as well as the simplifying RSA and ERSA plans, would provide good incentives for individuals that they should be put before Congress.

Posted by Fire @ 4:57 AM

Chick Lands Sucker.

Ah, an attractive girl gets her fiancee to agree to let her keep her last name.

Read her story

here if you need examples of whiner ladies no one should marry. Joseph sent this one over.

Posted by Fire @ 4:50 AM

Bruce Springsteen.

He’s a man claimed by all sides in the culture war.

Continetti shows him

to be a liberal but not a leftist, which is something to be grateful for when speaking of modern musicians. Personally, I wish I could hear “Rosalita” right now.

Posted by Fire @ 4:47 AM

Hot Chick? Iguana? Chapin Nation!

Posted by Fire @ 8:51 PM

Short Shrift to Mortimer Adler?

A reader thought I’ve been guilty of this for the past year. Why? I really have no idea. Why did he make an issue of this? Again, I’m at a loss, but, as the subject of his complaint was a great man, I will post his

biographical entry from an intriguing site

that offers up some strong history. Furthermore, anybody with the balls to title a work, “How to Read a Book,” is worth cyberremembrance.

Posted by Fire @ 8:30 PM

Hot Hot Heat.

Fire, you’re not going to try to indoctrinate us with your silly musical tastes are you? Absolutely. I was walking through Tower last week and

heard this 2002 CD

in the store and asked about it. This is f—ing Elavil! “Intoxicated by a quarter to ten.” It’s like a digital biography of Common Sense. I defy anyone to be bummed out in the presence of this Hot Hot Heat album. This is some peppy stuff. Brothers, I highly recommend it.

Posted by Fire @ 8:25 PM

Scuzzy Joe Eszterhas’s Attack on Hollywood.
This is a Slate review

that tries to save its readers the time of having to wade through Joe’s muck. I’m ashamed to admit it but I wanted to read the book after I finished the summary.

Pages 359-66: George Voinovich, the Republican governor (and now senator) from Ohio, asks Eszterhas to keep an eye on his Hollywood-bound daughter, Betsy. Eszterhas, who is married, immediately begins an affair with her. He dumps her a few months later.

Posted by Fire @ 8:19 PM

The Budget is a Disease and the GOP Has a Blood Addiction.

Wish it weren’t so but

Jacob Sullum sums it up well.

I haven’t blogged Reason in about two weeks and its about two weeks too long. Sorry for the neglect, Mr. Welch.

The fiscal recklessness carries over to bigger-ticket items. Do multimillionaire retirees need help paying for their prescription drugs? It didn’t matter. The president was determined to give it to them, and two months after his wish was realized the official price tag for the first decade was already a third higher than we’d been told.

Posted by Fire @ 8:15 PM

Sex Trade Scare.

Apparently The New York Times is once again guilty of hysteria.

Here Cathy Young

takes them apart on their overestimation of the disease that is the sex trade.

There is no doubt that Landesman’s article was a well-intentioned effort. But its unraveling illustrates some common pitfalls of which all journalists should beware. One is the temptation to sensationalize the plight of sympathetic victims. Another is checking skepticism at the front door when confronted with the claims of activists for noble causes, be it homelessness, domestic violence, or sexual slavery.

Posted by Fire @ 8:11 PM

A School Engineered to Fail.
A grim story

and it’s mostly because I’m living it. I think this could be a little ammunition for the homeschool and voucher side, but I doubt anyone will listen in the establishment though. Mike just put it up. Also, congratulations on MND having an article read aloud on Limbaugh today. I’m sorry I missed it.

Posted by Fire @ 8:09 PM


I don’t know how many of you guys know this but Margaret Mitchell, The Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Court which recently violated the Constitution by appropriating to itself legislative power by legalizing “same-sex marriage”, is married to Anthony Lewis, the radical columnist for–who else?–the good old New York Times.

I have no idea what is going on with these people but I do know that they have to be stopped.

And to do that they need to be exposed.

The source on this item by the way is, a conservative alert on a book entitled “Libel”.

Posted by Gus @ 1:33 PM


Thanks Fire for the warm welcome. Thought I might make a first post here. Hope you like it, enjoy.

Was Dr. King Acting Too White? — Reflections on Martin Luther King Day

Martin Luther King day came and went, which meant that all the children were off of school presumably to reflect upon and celebrate Dr. King’s accomplishments. The day following Martin Luther King day, a crying female student was brought down to my office. Being the school psychologist, having emotionally distressed students sent to me is not uncommon, however why this student was upset was of great concern.

After the student had calmed down, we began to discuss why she was crying in class. She replied, “I do well in school, I just got an “A” on a big Algebra test and my friends told me to stop acting so white”. She went on to say that the other students tease her all the time about “acting white” because she does well in school, doesn’t speak “black enough”, and thinks she is better than the other students. As I spoke with this student, it became quite clear that this was a very smart girl who was destined for college and most likely a successful and productive career in whatever area she decided to excel in. Unless she succumbed to peer and community pressure to stop acting so white and gave up.

Over the past 12 years as a school psychologist, I have had many black students share this same tale with me. It being the day after Martin Luther King day, I began to wonder why succeeding in academics became associated with selling out in the minds of my young black high school students and what Dr. King might have thought of all this.

In my public high school career way back in the late 1970’s, I seem to recall that I had learned that Martin Luther King was a man of great academic accomplishment. I recall that he studied very hard and graduated high school early (with honors) so that he could attend college with his older sister. As I also recall, he excelled in college and earned a doctorate degree. By the standards of some of the youth today, would the Rev. Doctor Martin Luther King have been acting “too white”?

It would seem that Martin Luther King’s dream was that black students would excel and demonstrate academic excellence in all areas. In my school and many just like it across the nation it is now Black history month. During black history month in the schools there are posters on the walls and daily announcements which present to the students example after example of great accomplishments by Black Americans in all areas of science, medicine, agriculture, music and the arts. I believe it is thought that by seeing the accomplishments and struggle of great Americans who were black, it would motivate the students to higher achievement. Yet somehow there seems to have developed an ideological disconnect between the accomplishments and hard work of these great Black Americans of the past and academic success now. This attitude seems to have permeated (or is co-influenced?) many levels of society as anyone who listens to the current offerings of Rap pouring from the Radio knows that there are many Rap artists that preach in their songs that succeeding in school is selling out.

This is greatly troubling and a perversion of Dr. King’s dream. If accomplishment and hard work are not rewarded by the community and individuals have a sub-cultural disincentive to success, then no amount of federal money/pressure, pandering by educators, re-inventions of history, Martin Luther King days off, or black history months will have a pronounced effect on the behavior of students who equate success with selling out.


Posted by CyberStoic @ 7:57 AM

Sex in the City: Urban Fantasy.
BUT DOES REAL LIFE often work out this way for hardened women who party and sleep around until they’re 40? Do wealthy, debonair men come out of nowhere to whisk an aging party girl away to Paris? Would a working class boyfriend you dumped because he wasn’t good enough take you back (dumping his own loyal, good-looking girlfriend in the process) when you decide you’ve made a mistake? Can women really be this promiscuous with relatively few costs and still wind up happily settled down in the end? Do the happy endings validate the lifestyle?

Let them try–oh that’s right, that’s what they’ve been doing already.

Posted by Fire @ 5:48 AM

Posted by Fire @ 5:41 AM

Sorry Gov’ner, No Execution.

Given the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ past record it should come as no surprise that

Kevin Cooper isn’t dead

. In an 11th hour stay of execution –after denial by Governor Schwarzenegger- the court ordered a literal reopening of the case against Mr. Cooper. Forget the fact that this violates the justices’ own laws against last-minute federal intervention in executions, forget the fact that every opportunity has been provided over the last 18 years to prove innocence (including request from -get this- the victim’s relatives), and that all failed. Even the application of penal code PC §1405 for DNA investigation proved futile, indeed, this condemned Cooper further. His DNA was firmly established to be at the murder scene (randomly speaking: 1 in 310 billion- yes, Billion,) he was across the street… do the math). In 2002, Attorney General Bill Lockyer stated, “The purpose of the state’s innocence law is to give prosecutors and convicted felons the opportunity to use previously unavailable DNA evidence to determine guilt and innocence. In the case of Kevin Cooper, though it certainly wasn’t the result he sought, the law worked.”

Now everyone (Mike Farrell, Jesse Jackson, and about 80 protestors) is on the “perhaps he’s innocent and black” band-wagon. The “Reverend” went so far as to say, “The state should not engage in state-sponsored murder, should not do legal lynching”. The question being one clump of hair that wasn’t tested. Test on! We got the money. I -like most- abhor the thought of an innocent man being put to death, but in our (say “real”) world, at least since 1976, the death penalty -whether you like it or not- is a viable option in the most heinous of crimes. Hacking, and stabbing to the point of dismemberment 2 adults, and 2 children would seem to meet that qualification. Perhaps the money spent is worth it in this case, and the torture of the roller-coaster ride of life (in prison) or death (game over), although cruel and unusual, is the best punishment.

Posted by Pete @ 12:47 AM


In this morning’s Chicago Tribune, there was an article discussing the economy under President Bush that stated “

Since the Great Depression, it has never taken this long for the economy to begin creating jobs after emerging from a recession


It may be a single line in a lengthy article, but that does not diminish the weight of its importance. By implication, the article is saying President Bush, a Republican, is doing a poor job on the home front. Conversely, Roosevelt, a Democrat, did a better job during what is considered the worst economic period in our nations history. As the election cycle heats up, subliminally we are being told that Democrats and their social programs will be able to solve our problems while Republicans will allow us to flounder in lazziz faire policies.

This of course is the great fallacy of 20 century American politics. As UberBern posted a few weeks ago, Roosevelt and his fellow Democrats failed miserably with their social programs known as the New Deal. The great depression ended for one reason and one reason only: World War II. An old warmonger such as myself would gladly like to see military action turned up a notch in the Middle East, but sadly, thanks to our economy shifting from a manufacturing base to a service base, a good ol’ fashioned war isn’t going to save us this time.

We can however, save ourselves from the government that wants to save us. We can become aware of the droplets of propaganda that are designed to curry favor for a leadership that doesn’t know how to lead. When we read ever so slight slights such as the one above, we can let our friends, families, co-workers, gas station attendants, or whomever, know that despite what we are being fed by the media, that come this fall, the Democrats are not the answer. We can not let the media tell us what to think.

Posted by CommonSense @ 9:11 PM

Attention! New Blood.

My long time pal and fellow school psychologist, Cyberstoic, will be joining us in the hopes of fermenting even more in the way of taboo libertarian and conservative commentary. Thanks for joining in, Cyberstoic.

Posted by Fire @ 4:08 PM

CBS: The Corrupt Broadcasting System

I think it’s time we took a good hard cold look at CBS which appears to be the sickest of the media institutions, or at least tied with the New York Times and the BBC.

Their coverage of the war last March stunk with Dan Rather intoning falsehoods like “Baghdad is burning”.

Sounds good. A nice alliteration but totally disregarded the fact that bombing and shelling was carefully done to minimize damage to the infrastructure and to minimize loss of life.

The atrocious coverage of the war was followed outrageously by a 4 hour documentary on Hitler! Gee Whiz! I wonder who they could be thinking of? (WINK)

And then there was the kiss among Madonna, Christina and Britney.

Which in turn was followed by Janet Jackson flashing her breast at the Super Bowl half time show.

To suppose that these were all gaffs is ridiculous.

But we’re not done yet.

Last Sunday there was a segment on “60 Minutes” about religion, presumably Christian since all the promo clips, including one of George W Bush, were in the “born again Christian” vein and there were a number of Southern accents.

To be fair and honest, I didn’t watch it.

The combination scowl and snear on Morley Safer’s face told me what the tone and content were going to be.

The implosion of the media industry was one of the biggest stories of 2003, unreported for obvious reaons, but crucial because the accurate gathering, transmission and assessment of information is vital in a complex socity such as ours.

And it’s more than time that the public who watch these clowns ask the relevant, pertinent and apt question, “Just who the hell do you think you are?”

I am one of those people who don’t watch TV anymore excepy for sports and even that is dwindling. I have my finger on the mute button a lot.

This country is being attacked by its own intellectual, artistic and professional elites and it’s time that we challenged them.

In conclusion I hold in special contempt people who do not have the integrity, the humanity or the decency to say what they are really doing.

I know where Billy Graham, Jerry Falwell and Chuck Colson are coming from.

Tell me, Mike Wallace, Leslie Stahl, Ed Bradley, Morley Safer and all the rest of you, where are you coming from and where are you trying to push us towards?

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Posted by Fire @ 5:34 AM

Reagan was Right–About Everything.

How couldn’t he be when Russia and China have adopted his free market reforms and supply-side theories?

Larry Kudlow on fire in this one.

Posted by Fire @ 5:31 AM


Posted by Fire @ 5:28 AM

The History of Blogs.

[Thought you might like to read this, it’s by Mallory Jensen–the Whuppus sent it over.]

The growing power of Weblogs, or “blogs,” has hardly gone unnoticed. Bloggers have been credited with helping to topple Trent Lott and Howell Raines, with inflaming debate over the Iraq war, and with boosting presidential hopeful Howard Dean. Suddenly, it seems, everyone from Barbra Streisand (whose site is a lefty clearinghouse) to guy-next-door Bruce Cole (a San Francisco foodie whose blog is called Saute Wednesday), has been swept into the blogosphere.

But blogs aren’t as new as you may think. They have actually been around since the early days of the Internet. In the strictest sense, a blog is someone’s online record of the Web sites he or she visits. Today’s blogs, of course, are much more than that. In 1999 there were dozens of blogs. Now there are millions. What happened?

Simply put, some of the blogging pioneers — in an effort to make their own work easier — built tools that allow anyone, no matter how little Internet savvy he or she possesses, to create and maintain a blog. All you need to get started is a name, a password, and an e-mail address. The most popular of these tools is the aptly named, which was launched in August 1999 by Evan Williams, Paul Bausch, and Meg Hourihan and quickly became the largest and best-known of its kind. Part of’s appeal is that it lets people store blogs on their own servers, rather than on a remote base. This allows them to have a personalized address (like, whereas with other blogging tools your address starts at the remote server. — which was recently snatched up by Google from the owner, Pyra Labs, for an undisclosed sum — may be the biggest, but it wasn’t the first. That honor goes to Andrew Smales, a programmer in Toronto who launched the first do-it-yourself blog tool — — in July 1999. Smales, twenty-nine, sort of blundered into blogging as he was developing software that would allow him to more easily update his personal Web site and also facilitate the “online diary community” he envisioned. Personal sites such as his aren’t listed prominently on Internet search engines, and Smales thought it would be “cool if l could just click around to read what other people were saying,” rather than surf blindly for their sites. As Smales worked on the software, he posted updates on his site, prompting visitors to offer suggestions. It was a comment from a visitor that clued Smales into the nascent blogging community, and he set to work on a sister project to the diary software — a blogging tool that would become Pitas. Diaryland, Smales’s diary site, followed soon thereafter, and both have grown steadily since.

Smales says the explosion of blog tools was simply a matter of critical mass. “There were finally enough people online writing blogs and wanting to read them” that someone was bound to find a way to ease the process. In fact, he notes, the technology behind these tools was neither new nor terribly sophisticated. His own reason for starting the project offers another explanation: people like to peek into others’ lives. Reading a blog has a bit of the voyeuristic thrill of flipping through someone’s journal, no matter how mundane the content.

Today’s blogs have evolved well beyond the lists of links that characterized early efforts. They are diaries and soapboxes, where people can post everything from daily minutiae to manifestoes to sophisticated political and cultural commentary and reporting. The evolution of Diaryland and Pitas exemplifies this, because while Smales originally had different aims for each, their content is now indistinguishable. So if his dream for an online diary community has not been fully realized, it certainly has been adopted in spirit.

Posted by Fire @ 5:21 AM

Lionel Tiger vs. Barbara Ehrenreich.

This is a

sensational interview

which was set at a restaurant in New York in 1999 and Tiger does great work against the nasty socialist. You will enjoy it. I’m interviewing him now and that’s why I dug it up.

Posted by Fire @ 5:00 AM

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Posted by Fire @ 4:48 AM

John Kerry in 1971.

He contributed to a book which will provide yet more ammunition for our side in the fall. The book is a collector’s item and you can

read about it here


“The New Soldier” commemorates the April 1971 Vietnam Veterans Against the War march on Washington. Kerry, not a longtime member of the organization, had become its impresario earlier that year. The theatrical protests included a staged “search-and-destroy” mission on the steps of the Capitol and, infamously, soldiers, Kerry included, throwing their medals at the Capitol. Kerry got to testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Posted by Fire @ 4:47 AM

Is the GOP Becoming Corrupt from Power?

No, not in my mind, but

Billy Tauzin looks pretty unclean

and he’s the subject of this John Fund “On the Campaign Trail” Segment. Tauzin’s getting 2.5 million to retire from Congress and run Big Pharma. He had an offer for 1 million from the Motion Pictures Industry and he turned them down even though it would have looked like less a conflict of interest. Nobody’s going to feel sorry for this guy, believe me.

Posted by Fire @ 4:44 AM

The Effects of Fatherlessness.
Grand citation I found

while writing yesterday.

These statistics translate to mean that children from a fatherless home are:

5 times more likely to commit suicide.

32 times more likely to run away.

20 times more likely to have behavioral disorders.

14 times more likely to commit rape

9 times more likely to drop out of high school.

10 times more likely to abuse chemical substances.

9 times more likely to end up in a state-operated institution.

20 times more likely to end up in prison.

Posted by Fire @ 4:39 AM

Did Bush Sabotage His Chances Yesterday?

This column states that he definitely did. It is referring to his interview on Meet the Press. It depicts him as weak and vascillating before Russert’s questioning. I did not see the interview but I link to

Babbin’s analysis

because I wanted to blog this illuminous quotation about conservatives vs. liberals:

Remember one key fact: one of the main differences between liberals and conservatives is that liberals only want to feel morally superior to the next guy. They don’t care if anything is actually done about a problem. Conservatives are action-oriented. Solve a problem and move on to the next one.

Top shelf, man, top shelf.

Posted by Fire @ 4:37 AM

Buchanan on “Kissing the Old Nation Goodbye.”

Something you may not know, and the media won’t tell you, is that Buchanan advocates a 250,000 a year quota for immigration–not zero immigration. Here, he does

a thorough job of reminding us

what millions of unassimilated immigrants will do to our national fabric. What will the country be like in 30 years time? It’s every father’s nightmare.

Posted by Fire @ 4:34 AM

The Abnormality of Normal Gay Behavior

“I know plenty of gay people. Some of my best friends are gay. My father is gay. Not that there’s anything wrong with it.” – George Costanza on “Seinfeld.”

George’s humorous remark about accepting homosexuality shifts our thoughts away from the appropriateness of gay behavior to that of tolerance for gays. As the saying goes, “not that there’s anything wrong with it.” But after visiting with an old friend a few weeks ago who happens to be a fag hag, for lack of a better phrase, I have to wonder if there really is something wrong with gay behavior. I’m not talking about the act of homosexuality unto itself, but what the vanguards of the proletariats like to call “the gay culture.” If we are to tolerate gays, I have to wonder why we should tolerate a pattern of behavior that we don’t tolerate from the 98% of society that is straight.

The behavior that I’m primarily talking about is promiscuity. My friend told me about a gay couple she knows who live together as boyfriends but have an “open relationship.” That is, they have the freedom to have sex with whomever either partner chooses outside of the confines of their relationship. Disregarding the epidemiologist’s nightmare for the potential of spreading disease, this of course leads to jealousy, and ultimately dysfunction within the relationship. My friend brushed off the actions by saying “it’s incredibly dysfunctional. That’s just how gay relationships are.” I don’t mean to imply that all gays are incapable of having a normal, healthy, monogamous relationship, but my friend certainly implied that the vast majority does not.

Why not? Why is promiscuity so accepted in gay culture and why if we are to accept the gay lifestyle, should we accept something in them that we don’t accept in ourselves? If either party of a heterosexual relationship were to cheat, or the couple themselves were to be as open to having alternative sexual partners as gay couples are, the fact is the society at large would frown. We frown because we recognize that that behavior is inappropriate and leads to instability. Hell, there’s even a bad TV show called “Cheaters” that shows the repercussions of infidelities within a relationship.

If promiscuity within a relationship is harmful, and society at large recognizes it, but if the majority of gay relationships ignore that and remain dysfunctional, then there is something wrong with gay behavior. It is built upon a foundation of sand, doomed to fail. The promiscuity that leads to the dysfunction extends well past gay relationships. Chances are, gays cruise a city park near you for a quick anonymous hook-up. Gay bathhouses, the wonderful institutions responsible for the spread of AIDS, are often out in the open, as well as the leather bars and establishments with glory holes. The straight equivalent to these wonderful promiscuous activities, prostitution and sex clubs, are generally hidden and pushed to the underbelly of society. We recognize that certain behavior shouldn’t be accepted and if engaged in, is best left where no one can see it.

My point is that I don’t believe society is really anti-gay. Sure, there will always be those people who disapprove of gays on religious grounds, just as religious grounds can be used to justify racism and anti-Semitism, but by and large we don’t care if someone is a homosexual or not. We do care however, how someone conducts him or herself – straight or gay. If gays are to be accepted, gays culture needs to change. The promiscuity, not to mention the rampant drug use in gay clubs, needs to stop. Gay clubs are virtual buffets of chemical inebriants. Anything can be had from pot, to cocaine, to cat tranquilizers. Again, that isn’t accepted in straight culture. Why should it be the norm in gay culture? Especially when TV shows such as “Will & Grace” and “Queer Eye For the Straight Guy” are mainstreaming dysfunction.

In light of the recent Massachusetts court decision allowing gay marriage, we as a society are likely to become inundated with all things gay – well beyond the Oprah appearances and Entertainment Tonight gay celebrity appearances teaching us straight squares how to be hip. Considering what that inundation consists of, I don’t want any part of it. If we as a society are going to make a concession and let gays marry, then gays need to make a concession to society. Stop sleeping with every hard-on you come across, stop spreading diseases like meningitis and syphilis, not to mention AIDs, and stop with all the drugs. Marriage and what leads up to marriage involves responsibility. In short, if we are going to accept gays, then gays need to stop being irresponsible.

Posted by CommonSense @ 4:09 PM

A Valentine’s Day Thought

Whatever happened to the expression, “To make love”?

Posted by Gus @ 2:54 PM

100 Men in NYC Seek Right to Wear Skirts

I’m completely dumbfounded by this. Unless it has something to do with a cool summer breeze.

Posted by CommonSense @ 1:46 PM

Sunday Morning Relaxation.

Posted by Fire @ 7:35 AM

Will Kerry Beat Bush?

Man I hope not, but

one poll

has them currently in a virtual tie. I don’t know how the election will pan out but, to quote Aragorn, my heart tells me Bush will conquer. Then again I thought Dean would win the Democratic nomination so I’ll let everyone else speak for me.

Posted by Fire @ 7:32 AM

Lew on Goldwater.
This is a review

from a few years back on the Goldwater revolution. I guess Rockwell must have just received permission to reprint it–which is dandy with me as it’s a story that must be told. It’s too bad Barry turned into a lightweight in his later years, but they say having the media around all the time can do that to one.

Posted by Fire @ 7:25 AM

White House Savings Initiatives.

Finally, some

promising news

from the Big Spenders in Chief. I’ll take what I can get with these leviathan loving reelection types.

Tilling the fields of pension and investment legislation is always backbreaking work, but during this election year, the landscape is particularly rocky. For example, despite the value of saving incentives, some Democrats will charge that lifting the income limits is a “giveaway” to the rich. This “flavor of the month” class warfare argument is predictable and should be addressed head on.

Posted by Fire @ 7:20 AM

The Peter Principle II.

Here’s a

scholarly overview

that I enjoyed (but not the equations) on the phenomenon known as The Peter Principle. Be forewarned, this is a 38 page abobe file but, if you work with the same type of morons I do, you may find value in it.

Posted by Fire @ 7:16 AM

The Chapin Nation

Her Cheating Heart.

[Story by a reader who’s name I’ll post if he wishes]

Just one story to you about feminism and how much this sick school of thought has been messing people up in this country. My Cousin lost his wife to a bunch of feminist eggheads at a four year college. The moment she set foot in that damn place they began indoctrinating her in to the ways and means of achieving the feminist mindset. “Don’t take sh-t from your man.”, and all that sort of stuff. She waited until her senior year to divorce him (after he worked his butt off to pay for her tuition). The story goes she ran off with a guy from the college, but before that she became the neighborhood whore and slept with all the guys on the block. Her daughter, who couldn’t wait to get away from the liberated bitch that her mom had become, went to live with her father after years of being neglected and rejected by her mother and her mother’s creepy friends. What in the hell did those people encourage her? Feminist freedom? “You are free to exercise your rights to: get educated, work and forget your kids and abort the ones you don’t want, marriage is old fashioned-just pick and dump whomever you feel you want to be your “soul mate” for as long as you like.” I went to college for a while back in the early 80’s when the crap was picking up a lot of momentum. I hated it. Remember “Rocky” the movie? It was one of my favorites. Boy did they rip it in English 101 (‘Suppose to be teaching French’; in my case English). It made me sick. I think my cousin would understand my feelings of disgust about what goes on the campuses of today’s colleges. Finally, history really does repeat itself, there will be change, and stories like yours will pop up more often and in greater number. Maybe the next generation, like my cousin’s daughter, I don’t she cares much about women’s rights, as she saw what it did to her mother. At least let’s hope so.

Posted by Fire @ 1:51 PM

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Posted by Fire @ 8:26 AM

The World According to John.

This one’s also from

S.T. Karnick

. There seems to be some worthwhile biblical films coming out. When I read the piece last night I was slightly ashamed that I had not seen many of the films he cites.

The Robe

being at the top of the list along with Zefferelli’s six hour miniseries on Jesus. I have to step it up! I loved

Ben Hur

though. That’s an alltime favorite. Here’s a few of his recommendations:

Grand and impressive Biblical films enjoyed great popularity, with such memorable releases as The Ten Commandments, The Robe, Ben-Hur, Quo Vadis? (another of my personal favorites), Samson and Delilah, Barabbas, and many others, which presented Bible-based stories with an impressive combination of reverence and entertainment values. Pier Paolo Pasolini’s The Gospel According to St. Matthew was much less spectacular in its presentation, but was likewise impressive and faithful to it source; even the several eccentric touches the director includes are effective.

Posted by Fire @ 8:21 AM

A Review of Luther by S.T. Karnick.
This is a film review

but, like many of his pieces, Karnick provides us with a free history lesson, and, if you’ve been as lazy about reading pre-Civil War materials as I’ve been, it is highly valuable.

Holding his position firmly though he is nearly paralyzed by fear, Luther says that unless the authorities can show that his teachings contradict the Bible, he cannot disavow them: “My conscience is captive to the Word of God.” Pressed to recant his writings or face death, he responds with words that still ring heroic, regardless of one’s religious leanings: “I cannot and I will not recant. Here I stand. I can do no other. God help me.”

I put his words in the foreward of my book but they still affect me.

Posted by Fire @ 8:12 AM

Feng Shui Foolishness By Pete Mayer.

Just when you thought we couldn’t get any nuttier in the land of fruits and nuts, Assemblyman Leland Y. Yee, Democrat from San Francisco (go figure) has

introduced ACR144

that would revise the current California Building Standards Code to recommend the application of –get this- Feng Shui principles in the design of public buildings. I hope you are either shaking your head in disbelief, or rolling on the floor in a fit of laughter. Assemblyman Ray Hanes, a Republican from Temecula (hey, that’s close to me) said, “The purpose of building codes is to promote public safety and public health, whether or not someone follows the principles of feng shui should be an individual choice and not the subject of regulation.” He goes on to say, “This makes California look like a bunch of flakes to the rest of the nation.” Heh heh… you’re a little late on that one Mr. Hanes.

Posted by Fire @ 7:56 AM

Hunter’s Back! JF Kerry, Slave to Special Interests.

A much needed effort on the haughty, Frenchman who served in Vietnam (Taranto).

Mr. Boston Brahmin

, Kerry, wants to pretend he is an ordinary Joe. Yet he, more so than others, is controlled by the special interests that he claims to revile.

For the lines,

What’s really disturbing is the wealthy Bostonian’s vile rhetoric about “special interests” and “influence peddlers.” Who exactly is he referring to? The good folks at NARAL who have managed to abort the confirmation of any judge to the right of Wesley Clark on infanticide?

we may have to make him an honorary knight of the Chapin Nation, although that could result in legal action against us.

Posted by Fire @ 4:05 AM

The not so little fox is quite absurd. Don’t believe me?

Then check her out for youself on the fox cam which will be sure to make you wish Al Gore never invented the Internet

. . . Also, she really should stop calling her self blond, either that or stop dying her roots black.

Posted by CommonSense @ 4:51 PM

The only memorable scene in Spike Lee’s “He Got Game” is where the main character, a highschool basketball star on a college recruiting trip, gets banged by two college girls in order to persuade him to attend that particular school. It was enough for me to curse my parents for not teaching me how to dribble a ball and not giving the genetics to be over five foot seven inches. Life just ain’t fare.

Well, in life immitating art, or maybe Spike was telling naive little me what others already know, apparently colleges have been using young chippies to entice impressionable young football recruits for some time. If I didn’t find football so boring, I’d hate my parents for not cramming that game down my throat like some demented Texas pigskin idealogue.

All joking aside, this has to stop. At the University of Colorado, the recruits sense of entitlement has come to the alledged rape of a woman. Apparently, someone promised the two football players the would get laid.

Couple that rape incident at CU with the graduation rates of football players at the big schools, I’m led to believe that universities are no longer concerned with academics.

Perhaps ALL NCAA schools Division 1 through Division 3, should follow the lead of the Division 3 programs and get rid of all sports related scholarships. Schools are for learning not for football and rape.

Posted by CommonSense @ 10:29 AM

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Posted by Fire @ 5:39 AM

Vagina Monologues of Hate.

Well, Amherst is putting

this on stage

even though they banned West Side Story. Isn’t that nice? It’s anti-male and anti-Christian which makes it quite chic by present day standards.

Gender healing? According to what has been written about the play by those who have seen it, references to men in the play are negative. This is true about references to Christians, as well. Indeed, one monologue states, “Christians don’t have vaginas.” This is, of course, quite a shock to obstetricians and gynecologists of all religions.

Posted by Fire @ 5:38 AM

Public Schools are Inferior.

Just observe my boss to find out why!

Riveting, brief piece

on the educational past and present.

Most people now realize the failure of public schools, even those who seek only to reorganize a bad system. Parents certainly realize this fact, since private and home schooling is again on the rise. Apparently, many people find that paying twice for education is better than receiving little education at all. Economic theory shows us that private businesses cater to the needs of diverse consumers far better than bureaucracies. History tells us that a private system is feasible, that those at the bottom of the ladder will gain the education they need, and that literacy will not suffer if the mass of the pubic education system disappears—if only we will listen.

Posted by Fire @ 5:35 AM

Michigan Betrays Dean.


thank you my homeland

and residence for my first 25 years. Now if they’d only betray Kerry too. Then we’d have something.

Posted by Fire @ 5:31 AM

Attention: Little Fox is Not “Large.”

She sent me two pictures yesterday which depict an in shape curvy woman. She is not large but certainly is “in charge.” She also questioned whether it was Common Sense as opposed to your humble narrator who suspected oversizality. She was wrong! We await Common Sense’s analysis with baited breath.

Posted by Fire @ 5:30 AM

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Posted by Fire @ 3:18 AM

America’s Tax Laws are Repulsive.


concise must read

by Dr. Roberts. What do you call 100% taxation? Slavery. We’re getting there folks. Our pal, Pete Mayer, out in California already pays 9% in state tax on top of everything else. Completely gruesome if you ask me.

Americans believe that they are free until they encounter the “justice” system, at which time they learn that they are as helpless as medieval serfs. The “civil rights revolution” destroyed equality before the law. Today rights are race- and gender-based. We have resurrected the status-based rights of feudalism. The new privileges belong to “preferred minorities” rather than noble families.

Posted by Fire @ 3:11 AM

The Government vs. Rush.

Here’s a

new one from Mr. Tyrrell.

I agree completely and feel sorry for El Rushbo myself. I wish I did writing full time so I could type something in Rush’s defense. Maybe next week.

Yet the American press is today highly politicized and its politics are antithetical to Limbaugh’s. The press is liberal. Limbaugh is a dissident in the best sense of the word. He is conservative. That the press in general ignores the attempts to suppress him is another example of its stupendous hypocrisy, but this is not surprising.

Posted by Fire @ 3:04 AM

Sam Karnick on Classical Liberalism.

This is a description of political affiliation I got in an email from Sam Karnick of Hudson and NRO fame. I know that it describes my views on politics and many of yours as well:

Roger [Kimball] refers to himself simply as a liberal, clarifying, when necessary, by saying that he is a classical Liberal. I put it that I am a right-of-center liberal, or an 18th-century English Whig liberal, which makes some sense given my abiding interest in and admiration for the literature of the period. I believe that the people currently called liberals are in fact radicals, and would like to reclaim the term if possible. Given that the Left has run away from the name of liberal anyway, I am in the process of writing an essay that would clarify just who is who in terms of political stance and personal temperament in the post-Communist era. The slight changes in terms would take some getting used to but would be much more sensible.

Posted by Fire @ 3:00 AM

Indoctrinating at Our Universities.

I tried to

finish this one

on Sunday but failed. It’s quite long but it had to be. I was so offended by this Op-Ed in the NYT (not by Dowd) that I had to respond with all I had. I sent it to the professor so if she explodes on me I’ll post it for your entertainment.

Posted by Fire @ 2:57 AM

The Little Fox is Back.

Good old Common Sense complained that she never has any body shots on her site. He has long suspected her of being “large and in charge.” I differ though, based on the pics I’ve seen, I think that she’s height/weight proportionate. Anyway, here she has a photo comparison between Bush and Kerry she posted on her site–The Absurd Report.

She’s certainly right as Bush looks far more respectable.

Posted by Fire @ 2:51 AM

Just when I think reading the news can’t get any better, it does.

A Cleveland Indians minor league pitching prospect, no pun intended, appeared in a gay porno movie while in college

. To make matters even funnier, it was a Japanese gay porno video. The “pitcher” claims to not be gay and that he only did it for the money. Oh if only all our college indescretions could be brushed aside so easily. Because it was Japanese porno, I wonder if bukakke was involved?

Posted by CommonSense @ 10:01 AM

Posted by Fire @ 1:37 AM

Has Dean’s Dive Harmed the Power of Blogs?

Apparently not, according

to this article.

The internet is a force in politics that is here to stay, as are we. Some of the blog stuff is tedious but I think this is a pretty good effort from TCS.

Posted by Fire @ 1:32 AM

Best of the Web.

Always a

great feature

, but how about this Doonesbury reference from 1971!

Doonesbury: Hey, B.D.! John Kerry of the Vietnam Vets [Against the War] is speaking at the auditorium! Wanna go?

Unidentified man: You better! If you care about this country at all, you better go listen to that John Kerry fellow . . . He speaks with a rare eloquence and astonishing conviction. If you see no one else this year, you must see John Kerry!

B.D.: Who was that?

Doonesbury: John Kerry.

Posted by Fire @ 1:30 AM

Brooks on Kerry.

I meant to

post this

Sunday but it is strangely topical with his big win Tuesday. It tells about a guy who could have been something but instead is nothing. Well, he fits in well with the Democratic Party at least.

Posted by Fire @ 1:27 AM

Little Fox on Al Franken.

She’s back, the

little fox is addressing

the ridiculous behavior of that total wacko Al Franken. This refers to his Lyndon Larouche supporter wrestling. Man I hate that guy…and Naomi Wolf and Henry Louis Gates who I saw on Dennis Miller today.

Posted by Fire @ 1:18 AM

A public service request

If you live in the half of the country that is now under a blanket of snow, and you drive, please heed this request. When you brush the snow of your car, please don’t simply brush a peephole on the windsheild so you can see out. Brush off the whole FU#@ING CAR! That means brush the headlights, the hood, the windshield, the side windows, the roof, the trunk, and the tail lights! You’re a driving menace otherwise! I know we live in a self-endulgent society, but please, please I beg of you, think of your fellow drivers and someone’s safety other than your own.

Posted by CommonSense @ 11:35 PM

One good thing about this election cycle: No Pat Buchanan

Posted by CommonSense @ 11:30 PM

What we need is a dupe…

If you’re a fan of the television show

Married with Children

this should be easily recognizable to you: Al Bundy needs to cash a winning prize ticket but cannot do so himself for legal reasons. He announces he needs a dupe: Someone whose dishonest enough to claim it’s HIS winning ticket, but honest enough to share the prize with him afterward.

I’ve faced this situation myself in the past usually with bad results. There’s a saying you can’t con an honest man. Whenever I’ve seen something that appears too good to be true, and didn’t examine it closely enough, I usually wound up walking away the loser. It’s a harsh lesson and I’ve discovered I haven’t yet learned it. It’s difficult because there are situations where you need to weigh the morality of a situation and decide when to let things slack.

Many people equate men’s rights with libertarianism and they’re right: In general, feminism doesn’t exist in Federales type of places. Maybe people are poor or worried about the police hauling them away in the middle of the night but at least they don’t have to put up with their wife tossing him out of the home because he failed to wash the dishes that night! In some ways, I honestly ask myself if our higher standard of living (for now) is worth it.

In general, libertarianism or “frontier” living generates strong men and in many ways, strong women. People who appreciate the value of a dollar and friendship and community. Socialism produces no wealth and in the long run saps the power of all the people. So why would anyone in their right mind support it?

Because they hope an “honest” politician will “soak the rich” and reward them. Remember Clinton’s “millionaires?” Back when he was running in 92 for prez, a friend of mine (a hardcore republican) still seething from Bush’s breaking his “no new taxes” pledge argued that Clinton would only take people making more than $250K per year so what’s the problem? Of course, once Clinton got in he conceded that some “less wealthy” people might need to take up the load. So now, I’m a Millionaire! Can you believe it! He only promised to tax millionaires, right?

Admittantly, there is a need for government hence the Constitutional convention and the mess we have today. We need to be able to call the police if our neighbor is having his dog poop in our yard. We want companies to not dump waste into the air. There is no simple, perfect government. The devil is truly in the details and the more of them there are, the more work he has cut out for him!

This brings to mind the article in mennewsdaily stating that leftism is to be regarded entirely as being anti men’s rights. Even if they say they’re going to get those wicked millionaires, they most likely will party with that guy and then bust the poor guy working in a factory anyway. That’s just the way it is. Sorry. Only a man whose either greedy and has a self-interest (such as some special handout program he relies upon) or a total fool would vote democrat over a republican other than for perhaps a special protest vote. And even then, a protest democratic vote would most likely be interpreted as a chivalrous, socialist male rather than a libertarian casting a protest. Want to vote Green? Just take the feminist agenda and put it on steroids. But hey, you do at least get some weed.

Leftists have to be the most unhappy people around. They remind me of Al Bundy. They’re unhappy because of evil Republicans not spending enough on edu-ka-shon. Of course, saavy people know that Republicans are usually moderate and blow more than enough money on education. Democrats are a combination of stupid and corrupt. Surely they know that the Republicans aren’t going around starving senior citizens to death. Are they crazy?

I suspect they are. I believe that what happens is some people grow up putting enormous effort into becoming a leftist. It feels good to be: 1) RIGHT (they hate judgemental people but hating such people is judgemental in itself, of course) and 2) SMART and 3) CARING and 4) a VICTIM. Turning around and admitting that they’ve been wrong and betting on the wrong horse, for years, is not something many people can do. The stronger someone is, the harder it is to convince them they’ve made a mistake. The few people, including myself, who can admit they made a mistake need to be very special. It requires someone who is capable of challenging their whole environment and way of life. Most people just don’t have that in them. The ones that do are usually MODERATES and they don’t usually care enough to really think things through to begin with or change their mind.

Why am I writing this? I’m asking for help from you for strategies to try to get these people turned around. They are miserable, as I said, but needy for the ideology much like a drug addict. How does one convince a drug addict that maybe the source of their woes is their habit rather than the solution? Usually, you can only do this by them hitting bottom but here’s the trick: They can’t hit bottom without taking US (and by US I mean society) with them. (Why did we give everyone the vote again? Was this really a good idea?) Anyways, we need to find a way to communicate to these people without just sitting around twiddling our thumbs or whining about it to each other. We need, as Christ said, to hang around sinners.

I have some avenues I’m investigating. One is to maybe read books written by “deprogrammers”, the people who work to convince people to leave religious cults. Or maybe alcoholics anonymous. Or maybe suggest they don’t think about politics for a while so maybe while they’re just living their lives they’ll start from scratch. I’m sure there’s other ideas out there!

Before you toss this article and go to the next, consider that there is hope. Even without active deprogramming, the leftists are on the run because so many normal working class Joes (and Janes) are leaving their plantation. But the problem is that it’s not happening fast enough. But even just a little push might be enough to totally kick them out. So if someone can figure out a way to do this, and pass it on, it’s possible that exponentionally people might be moved to the ranks of the right AND even change the right back into what it should be! Here’s a few candidates: 1) White heterosexual men (for obvious reasons); 2) White heterosexual women (If they want to marry employable white males and have kids, she better change her attitude); 3) Minority men (White and minority women will come first ahead of them); 4) Minority women (if they want to marry successful minority men, see white women above.)

This means there’s a lot of people out there who can be turned. The question is how to wean them away from the philosophical addiction of leftism as well as the goodie bags offered to members of certain political groups. I’ve gotten some glimmers in people’s eyes, but I haven’t yet gotten a full conversion. I would love to hear tips including maybe books on hypnosis and body language.

Posted by PolishKnight @ 2:01 PM

Common Sense Experiences First Rejection at Law School.

Posted by Fire @ 4:15 AM

A Site Proud of Abortions.

So proud that they brag about what they’ve

done in print.

Thanks for sending this, Rob from STR. You can be pretty sure, if you believe as I do, that this is wrath of God stuff. Here’s a predictable confession of a young mental patient.

Ever since I was a young girl, I’d know that I didn’t like babies. At 14, I decided that I never wanted to be a mother and that I wanted to be sterilized as soon as possible.

Great, open Wing number 5 we have another one!

Posted by Fire @ 4:13 AM

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Posted by Fire @ 9:45 PM

The Story of Taxation–And it’s Damn Ugly.

This may well be the most valuable

Joe Sobran article

ever. He takes taxes apart with the help of Charles Adams. This was originally given as a speech in Oklahoma last year. I wish I was there to help clap. How’s this for a quote?

And why shouldn’t they? The sad fact is that the American taxpayer is a remarkably passive creature. He merely grumbles at conditions far more oppressive than the tyranny that drove his ancestors to rebel against British rule in 1776.

One of the chief complaints of the American colonist was that he was taxed without his consent. Yet by today’s standards, his taxes were amazingly low. Precise figures are hard to come by, but in 1764, for example, the average American was taxed by the Crown at the rate of sixpence per year. That is not a misprint. Six pennies per year. One penny every two months. Even adjusting for inflation, that is a pretty light tax burden. Today’s children pay more than that in sales taxes.

I’d say let’s revolt but I’m too passive and afraid of the IRS.

Posted by Fire @ 9:42 PM

Open Range: A Man’s Movie.

Now this appears to be a

must rent

. I missed it in the theatres but I’ll catch it now.

It’s no coincidence that the late 1960s saw the decline of the Western hero and the simultaneous rise of the gangster anti-hero, beginning with “Bonnie And Clyde.” The noble Westerner, a cinematic staple since the era of silent films, fell out of favor – not with moviegoers but with studios, critics and other arbiters of culture.

Posted by Fire @ 9:37 PM

Meryl Streep: Just Another Hollywood Idiot.

I guess she won a Golden Globe last night and decided to teach us all Leftism 101…yawn. “Oh, thank you for the


George didn’t want me to have it—wahhh, I’m oppressed.” Well you get it. Luckily I don’t watch those shows.

Posted by Fire @ 9:33 PM

The Budget, The Deficit, and What It Means To The Future of America

Douglas Holtz-Eakin, director of the Congressional Budget Office, gave an EXCELLENT interview tonight on “The News Hour With Jim Lehrer. “

Listen to the 9 minute interview with RealPlayer

. Hotz-Eakin is straight forward and talks in language the common man can understand.

“The Congressional Budget Office released a report today that said the federal budget deficit is expected to climb to $477 billion this year and rise as high as $2.4 trillion over the next ten years.”

Posted by CommonSense @ 8:36 PM

Doing Business With the Enemy

Nearly 400 companies are in most pension portfolios that are doing business in terrorist-sponsoring states. Well over 200, are actually doing business in Iran; of that, more than 60 are doing business in Libya.

Haliberton, Conoco, and GE are three of the biggest. Their investments in rogue states are ultimately funding terrorists who want to destroy this country.

Posted by CommonSense @ 5:33 PM

Rights vs Rights

Regarding single and lesbian women not being allowed artificial insemination, there was an article I beleive in MND saying that Suzi Leather, the woman who in in charge of all that stuff in England wants to change it.

She says that she feels sorry for the women who want to have children but can’t because they don’t have a man.

The issue of whether the kid has a right to a father, which frankly seems pretty basic to me, is disregarded.

So in other words, a woman’s “right” to have a child (where in hell did that one come from?) trumps a kid’s right to have a father.

I keep saying it over and over, and I know that there are people who are sick of hearing it, but these kids are going to grow up.

My advice to these “enlightened’, “sensitive” and “caring” people who don’t quite understand how babies are made and why they have two parents of different sexes, had better have a good lawyer on hand to handle their kids when they grow up or just plain DUCK!

Posted by Gus @ 4:52 PM

De-Deifying MLK

Gus reminds me of Fire who bring to mind my observation that heterosexual white males are probably the least likely to be racist of anyone on this planet. There are myths about MLK (as with any historical figure) but with MLK it’s especially amazing how the myth and legend is so far out of touch with reality.

Let’s start with the myth: I’m sure his impression as many were taught (including myself) is that MLK was a great “civil rights leader” who led marches for peace and brotherhood and left a legacy of peaceful relations betweens whites and blacks. Cum-buy-yah, right?


I’m not going to simply attack King but merely perform a reality check. Let’s start with his title: The Doctor Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. Why is his doctorate so important? As a fun article in National Review put it, most non-medical doctors are not lauded with doctor in front of their names. ( “I didn’t go to evil medical school for 10 years to be called Mister, thank you very much!” — Dr. Evil) It’s not necessarily his fault, but his doctorate is important in no small degree (pardon the pun) because people feel a need to emphasize that a famous black man could get one. Gus cited other famous black figures and at least one was a baseball player and the other an actor. King’s words were about people not being judged by their race yet here he is getting star billing precisely because of it. I suspect many whites use the Doctor in front of his name to avoid being labeled racists. Reverend King is revered by leftists even as the Reverend Jerry Falwell and the Pope are told to keep their nose out of politics and in the church.

Speaking of the church, how much do we know about the good Reverend actually lecturing about his flock about not having kids out of wedlock, academics, and taking responsibility for their own problems rather than falsely accusing others? I’m not necessarily going to accuse the Reverend of not performing these duties. They are just overshadowed by his deified role as superhero civil rights leader. His FIRST duty as a minister was supposed to be to educate people about God.

Once again, let’s focus on his famous “I have a dream” speech. Perhaps he didn’t mean it to be interpreted this way, but it’s real legacy is victim politics and an underlying racial hatred towards whites. His son is a race hustler using a double tongue to argue that while judging people by their character is a good thing and all, don’t stop gravy train preferences just yet. His speech is now being used as a classic Orwellism: Discrimination is hiring people due to ability and not a racial goal. His supporters argue that MLK was a supporter of affirmative action while he was alive. So maybe he was a hypocrite. Regardless, his legacy is not one of peace between blacks and whites but appeasement. Special privileges or expect white guys to be pulled out of trucks and bricks thrown at their heads. And if you park your car on MLK drive, be sure to have LOJAK.

He wasn’t “thrust” into civil rights leadership. He wanted what he got and, good for him, he did well. He was in the right place at the right time being a middle class son of a minister and having a flock to help propel him onto a national stage. He was well liked by leftists for having communist leanings and by the right for having a Reverend in front of his name. He may have had a lot going for him, but I wouldn’t put him in the same category as our founding fathers such as Jefferson, Franklin, and especially Washington who created TRUE legacies that EVERYONE enjoys through EXCEPTIONAL academic accomplishments. Did you ever read or watch biographies of these guys? They come close to DaVinchi. I was watching a Schwartzeneggar film where his name came up as an example of great leaders and minds who should live forever. Pulease. He got up, made some speeches, sympathetic whites passed legislation or made rulings, and that’s that. This is hardly rocket science. Rather than his myth inspiring blacks, it appears more as just white guilt and patronizing. Here’s a black guy whose famous and NOT an entertainer. Give him a holiday.

While I’m at it, let’s discuss the myth or Rosa Parks whose name also tends to come up. She’s portrayed as this lone, brave elderly woman who stood up to crazy white racists ready to bash her head in on a bus because she refused in a moment of anger to give up her seat to a white man. Put on the violin music.

Reality: She was a former worker for the NAACP aware they needed a test case for a court challenge and she took advantage of an opportunity to get a civil case on the court calendar. No crazed hordes of KKK leaders came to lynch her. She went to the jail, posted about $100 for bail, and the NAACP already had everything in place for a court to overthrow the verdict. MLK got some great press that helped to create a myth of crazy white people having bus seat fetishes for years to come. Once again, this doesn’t mean Rosa Parks was a bad person or anything. I’m just pointing out what she did wasn’t all that exceptional. People provoke test cases all the time to challenge law. Speaking of bus seats:

Another of the great MLK’s legacy is WHITE FLIGHT. For those too young to know what this term means, it refers to forced integration causing a mass white exodus out of the cities and into the suburbs creating sprawl and traffic congestion. MLK’s “dream” of young blacks and whites peacefully playing together is still just that: A dream. Or maybe a nightmare. After “civil rights”, millions of blacks moved up into the middle class but the welfare state also pushed millions of black women into poverty stricken single motherhood and millions of black men into poverty and jail. There’s a myth (or just plain lie) that it was slavery that broke up black families but the fact is that blacks had similar family statistics to whites until the welfare state took hold. Jobs that were created and farmed out to affirmative action went mostly to white and some black women. A side effect of this is radical feminism and a higher cost of living. More middle class women working created mass traffic congestion, higher costs of living such as real estate, and the divorce industry. Indirectly, all those women working out of the home created a higher demand for gasoline helping to create the middle east crisis. Yes, it all sounds very grand but hey, I just debunked a myth so I feel entitled to a little fun of my own.

Still think MLK is all that great?

As Gus and many are aware, J. Edgar Hoover was monitoring him for anti-american activities including communist sympathies. The constitutionality of this surveilace and Hoover’s own alleged interesting hobbies aside, the good Reverend was supposedly taped beating up a white prostitute soon before he died. Imagine if Reverend Jerry Falwell was caught. Would everyone be so understanding of his human “frailties”? This brings to mind Republicans getting in trouble if they said harmless jokes to women while Clinton could go around banging women in his office without criticism. Remember Rush Limbaugh popping some pain pills? The documents and tapes on MLK’s last days were sealed for about 50 years or so. Assuming they survive to the light of day, they don’t mean he was totally a bad man but taken into context with his real positions and accomplishments, taken together don’t lead me to believe he should have a planet named after him. Sorry.

Just to show everyone I’m fair (hey, I’m not a racist or anything :-), I don’t think most historical figures people go nuts over deserve to be lionized. Most were just doing their job or in the right place at the right time. Churchill for instance. Good guy and all, and I believe a great man, but still: What was he supposed to do? Hand over his country to the nazis? Of COURSE he told the British to fight to their last man. Oh, wait, then again, compared to Chamberlain he really was great. Same goes for most politicians. I’m not into sports although I do appreciate the olympics and gymnastics. But still, they are just athletes who are accomplished and interesting but not individuals deserving of individual praise and rememberance.

I would say that it’s mostly scientists, artists, and writers who get well deserved praise (or hatred) for contributing to human ideals and thought. Karl Marx has had far more influence in this world than ANY individual politician, for better or worse. Albert Einstein changed the course of the world and warfare as we know it. Edgar Allen Poe introduced a character who became the prototype for Sherlock Holmes leading to a totally new approach to policing: Inductive reasoning.

And most of all, the “common man” whose theme song was the music for the Russians during the 1992 Olympic games. Ordinary men (and women) who perform their work, build stuff, pick up trash, raise families, fight in wars (on the right and wrong sides), and take individual risks for greater glory without recognition of any kind. If our society is going to hell in a handbasket, it’s because of a loss of individual morality. If the REVEREND MLK really meant anything, his supporters would be the first to argue that his monuments should be torn down and replaced with recognition of people of all colors and races who did something to improve all humanity even if it meant just cleaning up a park. But it isn’t going to happen, is it?

Here are some links:

Posted by PolishKnight @ 4:40 PM

A bitter lesson about sugar

To keep sugar prices artificially high, domestic sugar farmers have demanded subsidies and stringent quotas on the importation of foreign sugar. And the government complies . . .

But any industry that must pay twice or three times as much for its principal raw material as do its foreign competitors is at a serious competitive disadvantage. It’s a disadvantage, remember, that is not a result of natural market forces, but because of government’s preference for one sector of the American economy over another. It’s outrageous.

. . . maybe they can explain why a sugar beet farmer’s job is more important than the job of someone who works on the line in a candymaking plant. Maybe they can explain why the near-mystical need to keep uneconomical “family farms” in business is more important than the survival of urban manufacturing and urban jobs.

Posted by CommonSense @ 10:30 AM

Maybe this is what is wrong with America?
Freshmen goal: It’s money, not meaning

CALIFORNIA — A national survey of student attitudes has found that a record-low percentage of college freshmen said it is very important or essential to “develop a meaningful philosophy of life.” Meanwhile, interest in being “very well-off financially” was at the highest level in 13 years.

Those findings appear in the American Freshman Survey, an annual study being released Monday by the UCLA. The survey has been conducted for 38 years.

This year’s study surveyed 267,449 students at 413 colleges and universities and was statistically adjusted to reflect the 1.2 million freshmen in 2003.

Slightly less than 40 percent of current college freshmen said it was important to develop a meaningful philosophy.

Posted by CommonSense @ 10:25 AM

Notice I had to do a little editing to make this family viewing!

Posted by Fire @ 3:53 AM

Man Not

Oh, you hateful shrews. It’s already Monday so maybe readers should wait to check out

this site

until it’s more favorable on the work front. What the hell stuff don’t they allow when it comes to marginalizing males? Rob from STR sent this one over.

For years lesbian and single women have been denied the opportunity of using clinics for artificial insemination

–Oh how I lament the unmasterable past.

Posted by Fire @ 3:52 AM

Social Justice and the Left’s Misinterpretation of It.
The piece

restates their positions which worry the reader but then the writer crushes all of them–in a decisive way. I thank him.

It is misguided in disciplines such as mathematics, physics, chemistry, music, accounting, statistics, etc., since these callings do not typically address issues related to Social Justice. There is no “just” or “unjust” way to deal with a “T” account, a quadratic equation or an econometric regression; there are only correct and incorrect ways to go about these enterprises. To ask, let alone to demand, that professors in these fields concern themselves with poverty, economic development, wage gaps or air pollution is to take them far out of their areas of expertise. It is just as silly as asking a philosopher to teach music, or vice versa.

Posted by Fire @ 3:47 AM

Come and Hail Kerry.
Fritz Hollings

did and he gave a Jessie Jackson impression in regards to Dick Cheney. The point of the article is that only a total frontrunner could get away with something like that.

Why, Cheney is “the Jesse Jackson of the Republican party,” Hollings roared, mimicking an African-American accent: “He wants it allll! His tiiime has coooome!”

Posted by Fire @ 3:43 AM

New Hampshire: The Circus is About to End.

Thanks to

S. Macomber

at least we have a good bit of the inside story though. This conveys a quality smattering of the soon to be smattered. I guess Kucinich actually held and organized a circus this week. Ah, to have that kind of cash.

Posted by Fire @ 3:40 AM

Vietname Vets Too Good for Kerry.
Boy that’s true!

Apparently, Johnny Hero threw his war medals over the Capitol as a member of an anti-war Veterans organization…great. Then, the medals suddenly reappeared. What happened? He threw someone else’s medals over the wall.

Posted by Fire @ 3:38 AM

Pic taken Down.

Posted by Fire @ 10:37 AM

Crazy Maureen’s Testosterone Fetish.
Mike put this up yesterday.

I need to watch her more closely than I did in the fall. She’s madder than 3 mad hatters at a mad hatter’s convention. It’s amazing.

Posted by Fire @ 10:36 AM

A Panorama of New Hampshire


From the legendary

Matt Labash

. The best is the part with Kucinich where he gets him to use the codeword “spirit.” A must read!

Posted by Fire @ 10:28 AM

Being Single Rocks.


the column

that precipitated the one below by Steinberg.

Married people are always trying to convert their unattached friends. I’m not sure if it’s because they’re so happy they can’t believe anyone would want to be single — or they’re so miserable that they resent anyone who isn’t in the same boat. How dare we move about freely in the adult world without joining the married club? That’s not how it’s supposed to work! There’s an expiration date on the single life, and career bachelors and bachelorettes are flouting society by streaking past that expiration date without even slowing down.

Posted by Fire @ 9:49 AM

The Joys of Married Life.


fine column

by a local writer at the Sun-Times. Many of you may disagree, and I do regarding being married to about 95% of the female population. If you get a good one everything is different though.

Posted by Fire @ 9:26 AM

The Chapin Nation

The St Valentine’s Day Massacre

In just 29 days the most out-dated, archaic holiday of the American year will be upon us, Valentine’s Day.

And once again American men, lured by the prospect of getting some sex, will be urged down to Kay’s diamond store (“Every kiss [and everything else] begins with Kay’s” Remember?) to buy more diamonds even before they have paid off the ones they got at Christmas with the hope of getting some sex they never got.

I humbly suggest that we American men stop to think this over.

First, there are a number of women who have changed Valentine’s Day to Vagina Day in an attempt to…well, there’s the first question: to do what?

If they want to vulgarize and cheapen everything that happens between heterosexual men and women they have certainly done that already.

Of course changing Valentine’s Day to Vagina Day will help do that as will chanting “The Vagina Monolgues” around a bon-fire of valentines.

The only people who will truly rejoice in the trashing of Valentine’s Day are the homosexuals (has anyone ever heard of a “homosexual romantic tradition”) and if anyone is thinking about squealing anything about “Homophobia!”, forget it.

The guilt days are over; the plain, blunt speech days have arrived.

What this means is that homosexuals will not be allowed to hide behind the fiction that what happened to them is the same as what happened to African-Americans or that homosexuality is merely an option to heterosexuality.


And if heterosexual women treasure anything about love and tenderness (frightening words, aren’t they?) between men and women, they will tell the lesbian women who are indulging in the demolition of Valentine’s Day to go to hell…and fast.

Second, let me pose a question to heterosexual men.

The “bribe” has historically gone like this,” If you give me something nice for Valentine’s Day, I’ll give you some sex (maybe)”. Well, it strikes me that this argument was workable back in the days of Queen Victoria (She died in the early 1900’s) but now, since we have discovered that women like sex too, a little re-negotiation is in order.

One of the most hilarious scams pulled off be the feminist movement was that men are worthless and unnecessary. Take a good look, I pray you, at the women’s magazine covers the next time you’re waiting in line at the super-market.

They are not about Martian exploration, horse-power or the state of the economy. They are most definitely about sex, being beautiful, love and MEN.

We men need to recognize that there is a strong possibility that women have not been totally up front with us in the recent past and start making the necessary corrections.

And if you don’t believe me, sex aside, don’t give even a valentine to a woman with whom you are really in a relationship with…and watch her eyes.

Posted by Gus @ 11:49 AM

Howard Dean Desparate! Begs Common Sense to Be His VP!!!

In a confidential exclusive from Reuters, CN’s spies have uncovered this unbelievable story. Apparently, a phonecall was placed to our own Common Sense by Howard Dean himself.

CS: Who the f— is this calling at 7:42 at night?

HD: Why Common Sense, old buddy, it’s your old college pal, Howard Dean.

CS: What? You’re like four hundred years old!

HD: Um, okay, it’s your Libertarian pal, Howard Dean. Listen, I have a proposition for you–

CS: You f—ing socialist! [Hangs up phone]

HD: [Redials] Listen, I know you, you’re a battler, just like me. Join the ticket and we’ll win the primaries. Without you I’m finished. Say you’ll be my Vice President.

CS: No way. You’ve fallen to 21% in Iowa. You’re as done as Indian food after I ordered four hours ago.

HD: Heh, heh, Indian food. Love that diversity! That’s the spirit. You’d look good in one of those white speedos.

CS: See, I knew you were gay and that’s what this was about [Hangs up phone].

HD: [Redials, sniveling] Please, please join the ticket. I need your charisma and charm.

CS: [Munching on a carrot while watching television] Nah, I’m in lawschool. I’m so far past that “Vice President” thing. Why don’t you grow up and quit politics?

HD: I will, I will. After we win in November. Say you’ll join.

CS: [Changes channel and has sudden epithany] Okay.

HD: Really?

CS: Yeah, but I’m now “Hot Deaniac Chick Supervisor.” I look after all the hot dumb college chicks on your staff and you, you sniveling dog, make sure their legs are shaved weekly–no! Every other day.

HD: Sure, sure.

CS: Yeah, yeah, yeah. I love it when a plan comes together. I’ll tell them they either be a part of the harem or you lose in November after I go public with the way they tried to use me due to my high status…Okay, I’ll fly out tomorrow after the morning cartoons are over. You have a limo with some ganga and four babes waiting for me at the airport.

HD: Done. I love Democracy.

CS: So do I, McGovern, or whatever your stupid name is.

Posted by Fire @ 8:46 AM

We’re Here for the Polish Knight and Bride Reception, which door is it?

Posted by Fire @ 7:40 AM

Whites Ruthlessly Raped in Prison As a Rule.

The horrors of this essay will give you gray hair. Please share with every juvenile delinquent you know.

Posted by Fire @ 7:02 AM

Thinness Does Not Equal Health. Exercise is Everything.
This is the second part of a great TCS

series on how exercise, not body fat, is the key to good health. I found it fascinating, as will everday workouters like our Gus (he’s a swimmer).

It’s now recognized that the fitness needed to enjoy health benefits means “metabolic fitness,” not being an endurance performance athlete with maximum oxygen capacity and muscular strength. Aerobic, flexibility and strength components are valuable parts of every exercise regimen, but it’s much easier to reach fitness than most people think. “To be in better physical condition most people…just need to get out there and engage in the kind of activity that brings a stronger, fitter body,” said Portnick. Anything physically active that you enjoy counts — be it dancing to gardening, walking to skating. It should be fun, not punishing.

Posted by Fire @ 6:59 AM

Ozone Al Gore.

[“mea” sent this over–thanks!]

“Former Vice President Al Gore delivered a speech on the theory of global

warming yesterday, the coldest day in New York City in decades, calling

President Bush a “moral coward” for adhering to policies that put the planet

in catastrophic peril of overheating. The speech, sponsored by the liberal

advocacy group, came when the mercury was expected to dip to

minus 1 in New York City, shattering a record low temperature that has stood

for 47 years, and notching just a few degrees higher than the coldest day

ever recorded there.”

Washington Times

, 1/16/04

Posted by Fire @ 6:54 AM

I simply don’t understand the anti-gloablization movement

Today’s Chicago Tribune has an article on how

India is moving towards becoming a developed nation

. Much of this of course has to do with the IT sector moving over there in droves. Yet, as Indians rise above the poverty level, the anti-globalization folks seem to want to drive them back down again.

There’s an anti-globalization meeting currently going on in Bombay

. I just don’t get it. The easy answer is that that anti-globies are socialists/communists/anarchists. Sure, they don’t like capitalism, but does that mean they want people to live in poverty? It certainly appears that way. Something else that completely perplexes me about the movement is that apparently is used to be funded by the Ford Foundation which I’m presumming is affiliated with Ford Motor Company. Why would an international company like Ford fund people who want to destroy them? Man, the world sure is a weird place.

Posted by CommonSense @ 8:50 PM

Is Dean Finished?

Man I hope not. We’d melt that guy like snow atop a furnace.

Podhoretz called it

last week. If Kerry is President…why even consider it.

Posted by Fire @ 4:29 PM

Labash on Mindless TV Shows.

Friends, pardon my latency (intentional misuse) today. I had to finish an interview before work and had no time to blog. I read this earlier and

it’s the best prose

of the week by none other than the excelsior, Matt Labash. Here’s a heckuva paragraph!

CONSEQUENTLY, when anything slightly different comes along, critics tend to wildly overpraise it. Take HBO’s “Sex and the City,” a critical darling. I have seen several episodes, and would rather watch puppies get railroad spikes driven through their eyelids, than to be subjected to Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrall seeing who can out-blue-streak each other in the forced patter some have called the Vagina Dialogues. It is a show written by gay men who think they know how straight women talk. If straight women actually talked that way, I’d probably become gay, too.

Posted by Fire @ 4:26 PM

pic taken down

Posted by Fire @ 3:53 PM

Your Tax Dollars At Work
PENSION AGENCY DEFICIT: Taxpayers may have to bail out program

Posted by CommonSense @ 3:40 PM

Let That Be a Lesson To You!
Streakers stranded as thief takes car

SPOKANE, WASHINGTON — Three men who went streaking through a Denny’s restaurant were chilled and chagrined when they spotted a thief driving off in their getaway car, their clothes inside.

Naked in the 20-degree weather, the three young men huddled behind cars in a parking lot until police arrived.

The three entered the restaurant before daybreak Wednesday, wearing only shoes and hats. They left their car running intending to make a quick escape. No charges were brought against the streakers

Posted by CommonSense @ 3:37 PM

American Women

Hello Everyone! My fiance arrived safe (via that famous British Airways flight that seems to be grounded every other day) and I’ve just gotten a little free time just now.

Here are some thoughts on the feminist movement and the future choices of women and men. In all fairness, consider what many young women have been going through: They are told to work and earn a living. I know few men, including all here, who would disagree with this. I believe we all want our women to be happy and fulfilled. The problem is that women have to do something men don’t: “Balance work and family”.

Feminists don’t like that term. They prefer to “balance” these things by dumping them on someone else. Have some-guy-behind-the-tree foot the bill. (I love Homer Simpson’s political slogan: “Why can’t somebody else do it?”) Life is about choices and balances and it’s difficult sometimes to manage them: Take a job that pays a lot in the city and pay higher rent? Or marry young and have kids or wait until later and accept loneliness in the meantime? These are not easy or sometimes even obvious.

Young women have few adult figures warning them honestly about life’s pitfalls. I’ve tried to act as surrogate father for many young girls I encounter who clearly want to do the right thing but don’t have anyone to advise them. They’re just told: “Get whatever you can!” and this has caused problems not only in their own life, but society in general. It would be nice to blame the feminists, but many young men also bought into this feminist nonsense to try to get their way into women’s pants.

Interesting statistic (I will try to verify): A Washington Post article about the gender voting gap claims that most Republican voters were women about 30 years ago. I would love it if this were true because we may be on the verge of a turnaround. Young men were sold the “Playboy” lifestyle of lots of great “hookup” sex as James Bond. I talked with a woman from this period and she told me she HATED those films for that reason because it depreciated the ability of kind, responsible women to attract mates. The young men all wanted to get nookie fast. Don’t forget that a close majority of men, including white men, voted democrat until recently!!!

Kobe Bryant’s case may help illustrate the fallacy of the left’s claim of caring for minorities. If they have to, they’ll take Kobe down to keep their greater voting bloc (angry, single and aging, married baby boomer women.) Then it will become apparent to many minority men that they are getting less than they are giving. But until then, most men refuse to wake up and take back their, well, gonads. That’s their own fault is it not? Should women be blamed for this?

It’s possible that the internet has a disproportionate share of women who fit the P.C. model precisely because these women are materialistic and driven to achieve as much as they can grab. I believe many kind women are out there but need a firm, honest opinion from men. I really have seen some come to grips with reality.

Gus, don’t wait for women to assert their equality. Women’s best traits are derived from their femininity just as men are defined by their ruggedness and uncouth style. I’ve been admittantly angry with women, but I never hated them. They can afford to be emotionally driven but us men have to set a different example and even lead. The men who write on these issues are ahead of the curve in observing these issues. Let’s not blow the opportunity to contribute to a major social change.

Posted by PolishKnight @ 10:38 PM

An Islamic Reformation and Its Resistence

I’m sure Martin Luther’s “heretical” ideas didn’t take off over night way back in the day. But the reformation had to start somewhere. The same can be said for Islam, which in its 1500 years has never gone through a period of critical introspection and may be why we’re dealing with what we are today.

However, there is a new book out in the U.S., “The Trouble With Islam” that is calling for muslims to get their act together. The author is a lesbian, muslim, Canadian feminist and if she were American, would probably be employed in some great pillar of academia and be busy driving UberBern crazy. Fortunately, she lives in the Great White North so she’s safe from his scorn. But she’s not safe from radical Islamic extremists who ironically are calling for her head because she’s telling muslims to reassess a faith mired in anti-Semitism and backward ideas about women, sex and relations with the West.

As Martin Luther had his detractors, so do the Islamic reformationists. There’s another rennaciance muslim author who has written a book telling men how to beat their wives and get away with it. In the book “Women in Islam,” published in 2000, recommends that in the case of a “rebellious woman” a husband should attempt “serene dialogue” and if that fails, refuse to sleep in the same bed. If rebellion persists, the woman should be struck in a “symbolic” way and “without excesses.” “If one needs to use blows, they should be administered to specific parts of the body like the feet and hands, using a light and thin stick so it will not leave scars or bruising on the body. . . ”

In a blow to what I’m sure the ACLU would say are 1st Amendment rights if it happened in the United States, a Spanish court has sentenced the “Women in Islam” author to 15 months in jail, fined him $2700, and confiscated copies of the book. The author contends that his book is based on Koranic scripture.

No wonder that the muslim world is a mess. Some peope want to embrace Western Civilization while others are trying to remain in the 14th Century.

Posted by CommonSense @ 5:43 PM

The Collapse of the Feminist Movement

Yesterday I wrote that feminism is a foundering movement.

Well, it has significantly foundered a little more over that past 24 hours.

The lead story in today’s MND is about Gen X and Y men in transition, basically rudderless men, members of “The Fatherless Generations” who were authoritatively told that “Fathers were merely sperm donors” and that men were basically jerks by the women of the past 35 years.

They are like men trying to build a house without a blue-print.

Please note that I am not saying “the feminists” here because you would have to hunt far and wide to find a woman who dissented from the vitriol of the past 35 years.

The other hole in the SS Feminist was bigger and more significant. It appeared on Fox News in the Asman Report who said that a pro-Dean magazine had said that Dr Dean’s popularity is based on the fact that he is (sit down for this, those of you old enough to rememeber the horror and contempt attached to the word “macho”) “a man’s man”!

They tweaked it a little by saying that Dean represented “progressive masculinity”

thereby making it a little easier for Dems not to choke on when they read it.

But “progressive” or not, the patterns are emerging more rapidly that the Women’s Movement of the 60’s whatever gains it brought for women, did nearly catastrophic damage to societyin general.

It was a failure.

American women right now in my opinion should sit down, shut up, listen and do some hard thinking.

What I am saying by the way is not meant as “woman-bashing”, misogyny or abusiveness.

It is merely plain, blunt even loving speech.

As Confucius said, “The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their right names”.

We have had more than enough of the word games; we need to get down to brass tacks.

American women today basically have two courses of action:

They can continue their lesbian-driven and oriented approach whose ultimate result will be another generation of emotionaly stranded women, abandoned children, disgusted and disinterested men and the notion of the family in ruins or they can do some serious re-thinking of what the situation of American women was and what they did about it.

Many times in life it’s not the mistakes you make but what you do afterwards that affects the outcome of a situation.

Back in 1979 a great baseball player and a fine man, Willie “Pops” Stargell, made an error in a game against the Cubs that could have wrapped up the pennant for the Pirates. Instead he lost the game on a bad throw into left field.

In the locker room after the game the media crowded around him asking what went wrong? An injury? The sun?

Stargell’s reply was typical of him and the kind of man he was, “I made a horse-shit throw.”

The next day he hit two doubles,knockedin4runs and the Pirates went on to win the pennant and to upset the Orioles in the World’s Series.

It is not up to American men to make excuses for American women or to save them from their follies. I am tired of reeling off lists of silly feminist writers like Andrea Dworkin & Co and I magine that everyone is tired of reading them

I am also tired of listing the mistakes, sins and follies of the Women’s Movement: Title IX, the divorce and Custody Courts, Male Bashing in the media: everyone except the wilfully ignorant knows them.

It is up to Americanwmen to assert their equality and do something about what they have done.

And I hope they remember Willie Stargell.

Posted by Gus @ 5:37 PM

Mom kills 4 Israelis in suicide attack

My initial reaction to reading that Hamas struck again was that the Palestinians are doing everything possible to insure that they will never gain independence. But after letting it sink in that a Palestinian mother of two blew herself up I thought “good, I hope more Palestinian women follow the lead.”

A central tenant to the anti-Israel movement is giving the Palestinians a “right to return” to a land that historically they have no ties to. In allowing Palestininians the “right” to live in Israel proper, the hope is that through demographics, Jews will become out numbered, thus erasing the Jewish state’s exisitence. Bluntly, the Palestinians are having babies at a rate that is astonishing even for a third world country and soon will vastly out number Israelis. If more Palestinian women decide to become suicide bombers, that should mean that fewer terrorists will be born.

The time bomb is ticking.

Posted by CommonSense @ 5:24 PM

This Is Awesome

I had a teacher is highschool get high with some students, or so the students said after I saw them toking on a one hitter in the back of the class. But nothing like


ever happened. As Bill Murray said in Stripes “I wanna party with you.”

A 7th-grade schoolteacher has been suspended and faces disciplinary action after he allegedly showed up for work drunk.

Posted by CommonSense @ 5:14 PM

Create a Patriarchy Today!

Posted by Fire @ 3:01 AM

Beer: A Labor of Love.
I was so pleased to see this one.

I enjoyed the piece and agree with Brad Edmonds. Wine is no replacement. I mean I it has its uses, but there’s nothing in the world like a Bell’s Amber Ale. Froth, I mean, read away!

Posted by Fire @ 2:57 AM

A Risky Scheme By Pete Mayer.
Anti-Gay Worker’s Firing is Upheld.

This bit of news prompted an epiphany, or a stupid idea, or just a juxtaposition of Three’s Company and Office Space – you decide. At work, I will come out of the closet and proclaim my gaiety. Tenant Robert will play the role of my-up to now-secret “life partner”, or whatever euphemism is finally decided upon. I will get him health and dental insurance- he will then pay me for it. 100/month should keep me in Marlboros and Michelob for at least a week. As a bonus, I will never fear for loosing my job, even if I stopped working altogether. Oh sure, I will still put in my hours, but doing basically as I please. My boss and co-workers will cower in fear of my sledgehammer of diversity. I will certainly put them through hours of sensitivity training should they dare step out of line. Or just have them fired.

As the wolf in sheeps clothing, women will find me comfortable to be around, and enjoy the challenge of seducing me. I will weepingly mutter phrases like: “I’m soo confused; you make me feel…strange, but somehow excited at the same time”. I will then turn my head, pretending to break down, and covertly pluck a few nose hairs, turn back – with crocodile tears running down cheeks – and blubber: “can I just have a hug?” Then take it from there.

The only down-sides I can see are the stares and glares, and that all conversation will cease whenever I enter a room. And there’s always that problem of looking in the mirror every morning.

Posted by Fire @ 2:45 AM

Two More Senate Seats in 2004?

Could be, but I’m hoping for a lot more and settling for the status quo.

John Miller’s analysis is intriguing

, yet ugly for Common Sense and I:

ILLINOIS: This election remains the Democrats’ best chance to pickup a seat currently held by a Republican and state comptroller Dan Hynes appears well on his way to winning his party’s nomination. The GOP’s best hope would be for state Sen. Barack Obama to upset him in the primary. LEANING DEMOCRATIC TAKEOVER.

Posted by Fire @ 2:33 AM

Democratic Candidates.

Well, it’s getting close in NH and Iowa. I suppose Dean is no longer a certainty. I’m frankly amazed that the Democrats might actually get something together–and disappointed too. Anyway,

Hugh Hewitt here weaves an overview

concerning their gaffes and inane ejaculations.

Posted by Fire @ 2:25 AM

Illegal Alien Crime Wave.

I read this yesterday and have to say it’s

one of the best essays

I’ve read in a long time. Oh it’s depressing, real depressing, but Heather MacDonald is an outstanding writer. If you get a chance,

The Burden of Bad Ideas

, remains a personal favorite.

Illegal aliens and their advocates speak loudly about what they think the U.S. owes them, not vice versa. “I believe they have a right . . . to work, to drive their kids to school,” said California assemblywoman Sarah Reyes. An immigration agent says that people he stops “get in your face about their rights, because our failure to enforce the law emboldens them.” Taking this idea to its extreme, Joaquín Avila, a UCLA Chicano studies professor and law lecturer, argues that to deny non-citizens the vote, especially in the many California cities where they constitute the majority, is a form of apartheid.

Posted by Fire @ 2:19 AM

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Posted by Fire @ 2:18 AM

Seeing the Light

Angry Harry has an interesting piece today about the number of recovering feminists that are beginning to pop up all over the place.

I imagine that there was a similar rash of conversion experiences in Germany in 1945, the Soviet Union on Christmas Eve 1991 and in Iraq when Baghdad Bob stopped blathering long enough to see what kind of tanks those were coming across the bridge towards him.

Feminism is a foundering movement.

Sinking ships tend to produce a lot of swimming rats.

Bonnie Erbe, the columnist, chides the Gen X women for wanting to stay home instead of engaging in the ever exciting world of paper-shuffling, ooops!, excuse me, I mean of course, the career world.

There is a noticeable increase in the “How To Get A Man” literature.

But this is a phenomenon that men had best look at very closely.

Make no mistake about it: the feminist movement was a vicious, brutal and destructive movement directed towards children and men.

Being human, women are not going to be very willing to own up to what they did and said.

That’s understandable but makes any real reconciliation between heterosexual men and women impossible.

One area that heterosexual women need to lok at is the involvement of lesbian women in the feminist movement. It was deeply toxic.

There are probably a lot of women who are putting their heavily underlined Andrea Dworkin and Mary Daley books into the paper shredder as fast as possible in order to escape any hint of being connected with what they were totally immersed in not that long ago.

My own experience is to hear a lot in the beginning about sympathy with the sufferings of men then to notice a slow, barely perceptible slide into the old “Now here’s what you should do” routine.

We men have to beware of this. My experience has been that American women, particularly older women, have become obsessed with power and control.

All American women in my opinion need a strong dose os reality and limit-setting but the older ones in particular are in the greatest need.

Sorry to be so surly about this but as the great baseball umpire umpire Bill Klem once said, “I calls ’em the way I sees ’em” and I try to do the same.

I’ll believe these “converts” a lot more when I see them join forces with people like Glenn Sacks, who is doing one hell of a job attacking the degrading “Boys are stupid. Throw stones at them!’ t-shirts put out by Bon Macy’s and Tilly’s on the West Coast.

“Put your money where your mouth is” says the old adage and don’t try the Arafat gimmick of saying one thing in Arabic and another in English.

May we move forward.

Posted by Gus @ 4:28 PM

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Posted by Fire @ 3:50 AM

Posted by Fire @ 3:48 AM

The Democrats: The PC Anti-White Party.

Last week a long lost friend emailed me after coming across several of my internet columns. He said, “It sounds like you’ve become a Republican” and then nothing else. It took me a while to realize that he meant it as an insult because, in many parts of the country, the word “Republican” is a pejorative by itself.

I told him that not just I, but he, and every white person in the country should join the Grand Old Party, or, at the very least, resign their Democratic Party membership as soon as they can.

I often overlook the fact that I am descended from liberals. My parents and just about everyone I knew growing up voted Democrat. The same was true about the people I associated with in college. My father was a good man and an old school liberal but he made the mistake of thinking government spending correlates with helping people. He was wrong, but I am confident that if he were alive today and could hear the way in which the Democrats pander exclusively to their militant left wing, he would melt his party card.

Just to participate in the ranks of the donkeyites, you have to automatically embrace multiculturalism and diversity as your secondary religions. Many liberals have made the pursuit of diversity a replacement for religion as religion mandates judging yourself and others. To them judgment is as outdated a concept as property owners alone voting.

I can not bear to be around this crowd and they cannot bear to be around me as the “all cultures are valuable except the west” outlook runs contrary to the realities of the life on this planet. I have hated political correctness from the first moment it corrected me, but it took several years to realize that this anti-American, anti-male, anti-Caucasian plague originates from the left. I finally recognized that liberalism and PC are forever intertwined. I will have nothing to do with them and neither should you.

Luckily, others are slowly recognizing this as well. Voting trends illustrate that white men are beginning to see that the Democratic Party exists only to marginalize them: “In 2000, however, Al Gore lost too much white support to sustain this delicate coalition. George W. Bush beat him by 12 points among whites generally and by 24 points among white men.” [Jason Riley,, January 13, 2004]

That’s great news and I hope that the divide in white voters becomes even greater in 2004. Hopefully, there’ll be more scenes like at the 2000 Democratic Party convention, when a female Senator stood up and received a huge ovation for bemoaning the low overall number of female senators. Why would they equate gender with how one performed as a senator? They do this because, on the left, it is widely assumed that women are a fount of goodness in the world and men are a source of evil.

Yes friends, stupid and repugnant ideas never die, they just fade away into the Democratic Party platform.

These minority worshipping aristocrats care more about chromosomes and skin color than they do in representing the American people on the whole. The other day, Wesley Clark stated that, if elected, he would provide yet more goodies for Native Americans. Who would this come at the expense of? Everybody else.

Howard Dean, in the last debate, stated that altering the flawed racial consciousness of white Americans was the way in which to improve race relations. Ah, it’s all our fault. Personally, I think getting whites to stop obsessing and deferring over the subject of race is the way to improve racial relations. Start acting you’ll like not morally inferior and soon we’ll no longer be expected to apologize for things we’ve never done.

The real source of racism is people like Dean. He’s willing to evaluate the worth of citizens based on external characteristics alone. We should be grateful that Al Sharpton was there the other night to illustrate to the frontrunner that those who sleep with dogs really do get fleas.

Apparently, Dean is not enough of a racial apologist for some of the other candidates. Sharpton argued, “It seems as though you discovered blacks and browns during this campaign.” Meaning, that he didn’t spend enough time obsessing about whether his cabinet, in a state with a black population of less than one, had enough diversity in it.

Aren’t these fireworks merely an attempt to cover up the fact that this party has no new ideas with which to impress the electorate?

While it’s nice to see Sharpton attack Dean, he could not be more wrong about their soon-to-be leader. Memorizing racial hierarchies is a prerequisite to obtaining a Democratic Party identification card. He could never have got as far as he has if he didn’t.

When General Clark obtained his official membership papers last year, I’m sure he had to repeat five times “I am a privileged white patriarch” while clicking the heels of his red shoes before they’d let him take part in the primaries.

The irony about the Democratic minority fetish is that none of their policies actually benefit minorities. The only groups who profit (and I mean profit in the economic sense) are the teacher’s unions, trial lawyers and government employees.

The liberals don’t even bolster those unions who tirelessly campaign for them in Iowa and everywhere else polls exist. What Democratic initiatives help America’s blue-collar workers? Increasing taxes? Putting social security in a “lockbox” and thereby not fixing the problem? When they advocate for the unmitigated flow of immigrants through our borders it only harms indigenous workers. Unfettered immigration cannot help them, but none of this prevents forty percent of the population from voting ‘D’ when it’s election time.

It’s even sadder that so many black Americans in particular pledge their eternal support to this party of race hustlers and shysters. While it’s true that Howard Dean might get 90 percent of their vote, a Dean presidency would only hurt this predominantly middle class subgroup of Americans.

Blacks are making it in this country and should be proud of the way they have prospered, but Democratic politicians deny their success the same way Marxist professors deny that the Soviet Union was an example of their theories being put into practice. I think it was Jay Nordlinger who once said that for liberals it’s always the Jim Crow era and the location’s always Selma, Alabama.

To the Democrats, some Americans will forever be more equal than others. People like me, under their reign, are destined for the back of the civil rights and employment bus. My advice to all Caucasians is that only if you’re a masochist should you consider voting for this race-monger chain gang. It’s time that everyone gets off the plantation. Let’s hope these racists get pummeled in 2004.

Posted by Fire @ 3:47 AM

Pete Mayer on Justice Served in California

The headlines read, “Montebello woman receives death penalty for poisoning husband.

Read all about it!

Her (Angelina Rodriguez) defense? Her husband poisoned himself. Ahhh, the famous “he committed suicide” defense. All I can say is the taste of antifreeze is oh, so sweet. I’m no expert in this field, but if I were going to “off” myself, (a permanent solution to a temporary problem is not an option) an oleander tea, followed by a Prestone chaser, would not be my method of choice. Apparently the jury agrees… thumbs down. 3.25 years is a long time to wait for a conviction, but this anecdotal evidence of juror’s wisdom is just enough to keep me goin’. “She’s a remorseless, cold-blooded killer” stated Deputy DA Doug Sorintino… somehow, I don’t doubt that.

Posted by Fire @ 3:18 AM

Lost Jobs and Misdirected Anger

Chicago is the Candy Capital of America. Who knew? I certainly didn’t and I live here. But recently, our sweet little factory town has lost some teeth.

A few weeks ago Brachs, the maker of amongst other things, those loveable cinnamon swirl hard candies, left town for good. Chicago lost $700 million in revenue and nearly 1600 jobs. (I wrote about this a few weeks ago, check the archives if you’d like.)

Now, Archibald Candies, owner of Fannie Mae Chocolates is leaving town as well. Chicago is going to lose $200 million in revenue and 625 jobs. Fannie Mae is also closing 228 retail stores throughout the country.

Needless to say, people are upset. People are so upset that the Alderman and U.S. Representative that represent the Fannie Mae plant staged a protest yesterday. The protest focused not on why Archibald/Fannie Mae is leaving town, but on the compensation the workers will recieve. Apparently Federal law requires a plant to give 60 days notice if it is shutting down. If it doesn’t, then the workers are to recieve pay for those 60 days. The Alderman and Representative promised the workers that they would make sure the government would enforce the law.

That’s all well and good, the workers should get their money. But I’d think they’d be a little more upset with why they were losing their jobs in the first place. And it’s ironic that they are going to turn to the Feds for restitution when it is the Fed’s fault they are losing their jobs in the first place.

Federal sugar tariffs have made the production of candy in the United States too expensive. Therefore, Archibald and Brachs are moving to Mexico where sugar is at least 1/3 cheaper. The end result, in Chicago at least, is $900 million in lost revenue and the loss of 2100 jobs.

If the United States Government is going to talk about free trade, then we should remove our sugar tarriff. And if the workers in Chicago really want the Feds to help them, they’d ask for the same thing.

Posted by CommonSense @ 5:37 PM

Our Bankrupt State

The Illinois Governor just marked the end of his first year in office. It was a significant year because it is the first time a Democrat has been in the Illinois State House in over 25 years. While the Governor has recieved many high marks, especially in light of the man he replaced being indited in federal court a few weeks ago, he has made one major blunder that I find unforgivable. And that is his handling of state finances.

The Illinois Governor has bonded $10 billion in furture revenues. He took $2 billion of the bond proceeds and booked it to plug part of the current revenue shortfall that every state is experience. In another words, he’s not only gambling with future tax proceeds, but someone in the future is going to have to raise taxes to pay for the gambling in the form of the bonds. We’re going into debt to pay for our debt. Makes a lot of sense to me. Frankly, I’d rather have higher taxes now than pay for bonds in the future. The idea of the state going further into debt leaves me a bit uneasy.

Illinois has a 19 cent per gallon gasoline tax. It’s one of the highest in the country. The money raised is supposed to go towards road improvements. However, the Governor is diverting 7 cents of the gas tax to the General Revenue Fund. Now, Illinois doesn’t have enough to fix its roads. To solve that problem, the Governor is turning to the Feds to ask for more funds. But that won’t work either because the Feds know Illinois is effectively diveriting $400 million dollars annual. The end result will be a lot more potholes a lot more pissed off Illinois Drivers.

Good job Governor. I hope the next three years are as good as the first.

Posted by CommonSense @ 5:14 PM

In Honor of Common Sense Beginning Law School.

Posted by Fire @ 5:08 AM

Were the Old Cars Better?
Today’s cars are light years ahead of those 1954 cars in power, efficiency, roadability and durability. But cars back then had something that is largely lost today — something that is still sought through various “retro” efforts like Chrysler’s PT Cruiser, the new Ford Thunderbird and Chevrolet’s SSR convertible pickup. They had prodigious personality. Each make was instantly recognizable, not only by sight but often by sound.

Posted by Fire @ 5:02 AM

Duvall Stands Up to Spielberg and Leftists in Hollywood.

It’s such a rare treat finding out an actor isn’t a leftist dog. I guess we got some preliminary indication

about how “solid” he is

when he agreed to play General Lee last year.

Commenting on Spielberg’s 2002 trip to Cuba, Duvall innocently remarked: “Now I want to ask him (Spielberg) – and I know he’s going to get pissed off – ‘Would you consider building a little annex on the Holocaust Museum, or at least across the street, to honor all of the dead Cubans that Castro killed?’ “

Posted by Fire @ 4:56 AM

Gay Rights Movement Harms Blacks.
Star Parker right on all counts.

I have her new book but have not read it yet.

In a fashion quite the opposite of Dr. King – who challenged an unjust nation to return to the principles and traditions from which it had strayed – gay political operatives work to re-write our traditions to suit their own proclivities. They say their struggle is about equality, but it’s really about the exercise of political power and claims for entitlement.

Posted by Fire @ 9:20 PM

Foreigners Influencing Our Elections?

Why wouldn’t they? What’s a better use of funds for a foreign intelligence service? Gore would have been their choice and I’m sure that he received a fortune in contributions.

Blankley has some excelsior points.

Posted by Fire @ 9:14 PM

What’s in Store This Year For the Economy.
A bright outlook presented in this one.

Personally, I think the experts can say whatever they want to. It won’t have much to do with what the individual investor will be doing. I think considerable cash will shortly be flying into mutual funds this year and it will have to be spent.

Posted by Fire @ 7:40 PM

The Democrats Are Racist.
Here’s our hero, Taranto,

ripping to shreds the leftist cabal:

There’s something poignant about the Democratic Party’s continuing obsession with race. This was the party of segregation until 40 years ago, when Lyndon Johnson embraced the cause of civil rights. Today the Dems still practice a sort of segregationist politics. They think in terms not of what’s best for all of us as Americans, but what’s best for blacks as blacks, Hispanics as Hispanics, as well as gays as gays and so forth. Recent election results give little reason to think this strategy works. And, as Howard Dean found last night, it’s a mug’s game.

Posted by Fire @ 7:37 PM

Holiday Greetings For CS

Posted by Fire @ 4:12 PM

Twisted Deaniacs, Part 7892

Shawn Macomber is the Spectator’s man on the ground in New Hampshire and he’s doing a heck of a job covering the primary there. He goes to different events and puts the light on stuff we’d never know about.

Here’s his latest.

Posted by Fire @ 6:04 AM

No, Howard, now the Doctor is Really In!

Posted by Fire @ 5:57 AM

Interview with Ann Coulter.

Well, I’ve asked her five times and never got an answer, but then again, I’m small beer within the bigger conservative bar.

Check out what studly Glasov gets out of her.

Posted by Fire @ 5:57 AM

John Stossel, Enemy of the Left #1.
Now this looks like a great read!

I’ve know for awhile the way in which Stossel is hated and despised by his fellow journalists but now we’ll get the inside story–which will be ugly indeed.

Posted by Fire @ 5:49 AM

2004 Index of Economic Freedom.
I’ve used this site

to win countless arguments so you’d think I would have blogged it before but, for some reason, I have not. I think last year’s info is available for free and you should be able to hit the countries button and find out all you need to know.

Posted by Fire @ 5:46 AM

Canada, Axis of Evil Member?

Well, I don’t agree with all the names on this list and happen to like David Frum. I also worship the game of hockey but I had to

link to the article

not only because it’s a great idea but also because somebody has to say something about these socialists. It’s too bad this guy didn’t write a better column because the title can’t be beat.

Posted by Fire @ 5:40 AM

Common Sense’s Old Girlfriend in Iraq.

[I’m not kidding she sent this to him–cool view]

Posted by Fire @ 5:32 AM

The Sunday Funnies

Yes, I still read the comic page in the newspaper everyday. A guy needs something to do when he’s in “the office.” Here’s one that I think is

especially poignant considering today’s political climate

. Enjoy.

Posted by CommonSense @ 10:07 PM

In a stroke of genius, something dawned on me this morning. In this country, race is tied to present economic stature which is tied to education level. Racial quotas in college admissions, for lack of a better word, have drawn much criticism lately. Why don’t colleges, instead of being concerned with a person’s race, concern themselves with a person’s economic background? I think the end result would have the same desired effect, that is, an increase in minority enrollment, with out appearing outright racist.

Of course, the best thing to do would be improve the highschools of applicants but that’s probably asking too much. So, am I missing something in the desire to treat college applicants fairly?

Posted by CommonSense @ 11:39 AM

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Posted by Fire @ 7:01 AM

VDARE on Immigration.
Well at least someone writes about it.

I can write on just about anything except immigration as it to profoundly depresses me for scribbling. In the current main article, Jared Taylor recapitulates the war against him and his magazine, The American Renaissance. He is one of the most hated men in the world and the only reason, it seems to me, is that he questions the multiculti diversity cabal. It’s quite a tale.

We long, of course, for the day when it will be old hat to note the connection between GNP and average national IQ, and when it will not be controversial to point out that “diversity” is a weakness and not a strength—and when VDARE.COM is considered firmly mainstream.

Posted by Fire @ 7:00 AM

The Democratics Are Now the Rusted Socialists of Europe.

This is by Stephen Moore, and, incidentally, did you see his Club for Growth ad they’ve been showing as a means to derail the Democrats? It’s absolutely hilarious. It’s got an old married couple saying Dean stands for everything that he really stands for including “body-piecers.” The press is outraged. Good! Oh, well,

in this, Moore

describes the liberal crack up which will leave them in the gutter–hopefully forever.

The party no longer bears any resemblance to the JFK Democrats of the 1960s who embraced free trade, sound money and fiercely anti-Communist positions. In the long run, conservatives would surely be better off if the Democrats came to their senses on economics and the two parties were in agreement on growth policies. That may not happen until the Democrats are routed in the 2004 elections.

Posted by Fire @ 6:50 AM

The Mounting Debt of School Districts.

And Uncle Fire, oh yeah, that’s not a part of this piece. I

mentioned this article in class

on Thursday. It’s a must read. This one puts the “e” and “n” in enlightening.

Four general factors can interact to create financial instability. [1] the dynamics of public funding and the budgeting process encourage school districts to spend their entire funding allocation, creating a cost structure that is difficult to adjust down when revenue drops or fails to grow at an expected rate. [2] districts are constrained in how they can spend money and in the financial engineering options open to them. [3] the lack of attention afforded to the nuts and bolts of financial management in K–12 public education can result in naïve oversight and inadequate management-information systems that can delay appropriate responses to emerging financial crises. [4] school district finances are lodged within a larger political environment.

Posted by Fire @ 6:40 AM

Neocon Testimonial.

That’s right, a piece from Richard Perle and David Frum–two of the biggest names in the neocon realm. Of course, I personally, like to refer to them as “conservatives” and anti-war paleo-conservatives as “whackos,” but we celebrate diversity here. They just released a new book and today address

the two differing approaches to foreign policy.
U.S. foreign policy will always be debated from different points of view. That is as it should be. But is it too much to ask for a little truth in labeling?

Posted by Fire @ 6:36 AM

The Chapin Nation

The Fraud of Black History Month

“Racist!” I’ll bet that that was the first word that came to the minds of anyone reading the title of this piece.

Wrong. There is a large number of blacks on my personal honor roll: Drs MLK Sr and Jr., Frederick Douglass (a truly amazing man!) Harriet Tubman, Arthur Ashe and Jackie Robinson to name a few.

And I have great compassion for the race which has endured so much suffering and degradation since the first African slave came ashore here at Charleston, SC in 1607.

But I do not have compassion or respect for the white liberals who seek to perpetuate the mental and emotional slavery of blacks by re-telling every terrible thing that whites did to blacks in the past 400 years conveniently leaving out the part that blacks had in their own slavery (which must be a particularly bitter kind of suffering for black people)

being sold by people of their own color and ignoring what whites did to stop the practice of slavery.

There is a reason for this attenuation of telling the saga of black suffering: it makes

traditional white Judaeo-Christian culture bad and the New Left liberals like that.

Liberals use the disadvantaged of this society in the same way that women use children in a divorce case: “See what a terrible person your father is!”

It also leads to wildly inaccurate statements like the Egyptians were black. The Northern Kingdom was; the Southern wasn’t.

And making February Black History Month has led to our neglecting two truly world class white Americans, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.

This is wrong. American children deserve to know all their history.

I have a new formulation: let us acknowledge and honor the sufferings of the blacks, the work of the whites who tried to help them and the white men who worked to create a country which was just and fair to all.

For those who sold their brothers into slavery and for those who seek to use the sufferings of blacks for their own political advantage, let use have the most profound contempt.

Posted by Gus @ 10:27 AM

Gus Recalls His High School Years.

Posted by Fire @ 10:00 AM

Enemy of the Week.

I’ll blow the suspense; it’s


But, as always, you’ll enjoy the several paragraph ride.

Posted by Fire @ 9:59 AM

Whisky a Go-Go.
Brad Edmonds

is doing some top shelf work on sins. Here, he enlightens us about whisky in preferred Scotch and Kentucky tones.

Posted by Fire @ 8:34 AM

Bin Laden Sees the Light?

Well, who knows,


is very promising:

The large number of Muslim deaths caused by al Qaeda terrorist attacks in Iraq has created p.r. problems for Osama bin Laden, who now appears to be having second thoughts about his holy war against coalition forces there, The Post has learned.

New articles in al Qaeda’s biweekly Internet magazine Sawt al-Jihad, or “Voice of Jihad,” are urging al Qaeda supporters to stay out of Baghdad and concentrate on hitting U.S. military targets in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain, according to terrorist expert Rita Katz, whose SITE Institute monitors al Qaeda propaganda on the Internet.

“My instructions to the people of the peninsula [Saudi Arabia], young as old, men as women, is to fight Americans in their homes and the people of Yemen should fight the Americans in their bases, battleships and their consulates,” wrote an al Qaeda propagandist named Muhammad bin al-Salim in an article titled “Do Not Go To Iraq.”

Posted by Fire @ 8:33 AM

Nobody says “God bless you!” anymore

As I was sitting by my locker his morning before swimming, I sneezed.

There were 3 or 4 other guys around the locker room.

It was silent.

I sneezed again a few minutes later.

More silence.

Thirty years ago, or maybe less, someone would have said, “God bless you!” but that has been driven out of us by the hedonistic-libertarian philosophy that has been spread far and wide over the past 30 years.

“I can do whatever I like as long as I don’t infringe on or hurt someone else” was the battle cry for a large part of the 60’s.

Whenever I hear it, I want to put the person who said it in a heliocopter and drop them out in the Sahara.

As I was leaving, I would say, “Now you can do whatever you want as long as you don’t hurt anyone else.”

The cumbersome point that I am trying to make is that life is a continuum that we are all part of.

It is passed to us at birth, everything that has gone before, and we are responsible for passing it on to those who will follow us.

We are dependent on other people.

I have a feeling that the Baby Boomer generation hasn’t really grasped that there will be generations that follow them. And judge them.

And one of the things that the future will wonder about in my opinion is the way we now treat our elderly, our children and each other in general.

People don’t stand up in a bus to let an old person or a pregnant woman or even a disabled person on crutches sit down.

Our conception now is that happiness is an individual affair which would be fine if we were always say, 18-60.

But we aren’t. The very young are vulnerable regardless of how inconvenient that is for us and one day, if we are lucky, we will be old. And we will learn that it is not the same as being young.

And the hollowness of the “Happiness is a personal possession, or having it all” will be painfully clear.

Posted by Gus @ 6:32 PM

Hillary Clinton: Fiftyish Kiss Up Chick.

Florence King at her best. The National Review, even with the magnificent Mark Steyn, is not the same without her.

Warning: this one has succulent venom.

Posted by Fire @ 3:30 PM

Sleep Increases Brain Power.
So this is why

Common Sense is such a genius. I’ve always wondered. Now we all know.

Other experts say it is the first hard evidence that creativity and problem-solving may be assisted by the activity of the brain during sleep.

Dr Jan Born, who led the study, said: “This restructuring might be occurring in such a way that the problem is easier to solve.”

He highlighted a period of sleep called slow-wave sleep – a deep sleep not thought to be punctuated by dreams.

Posted by Fire @ 3:28 PM

Scoop and the Aura of Evelyn Waugh.

Waugh’s the next author I must study, should I ever return to fiction. I’ve been a non-fiction only guy for about 3 years now. Waugh and Wodehouse are the targets on my horizon along with a Wyndham Lewis novel. Anyway,

here we see

that the basis for Waugh’s bestseller of the thirties was not fictional in the least.

Posted by Fire @ 3:23 PM

The Rosenberg Left.

You know, my mother is one of those people who thinks that Ethel was innocent (yes, I’ve tried talking to her) but this is a

valuable brief piece

or the left’s reworking of history.

Posted by Fire @ 3:19 PM

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Posted by Fire @ 5:49 AM

Praise This Lord

[From today’s Opinion Journal]

Few Americans need reminders about the plague of ill-mannered teens in our public schools. But Dupo High School in southern Illinois believes it has cracked down on the worst: a high-school senior who was suspended as host of the school’s daily closed-circuit news broadcast because he signed off a Dec. 17 program with the words, “Have a safe and happy holiday, and God bless.” The aptly named James Lord returns to the air Feb. 1, and in confirmation of his incorrigibility told the Belleville News-Democrat: “I can’t guarantee I won’t say it again.”

Posted by Fire @ 12:55 AM

An End to Evil?

That’s the title of

Frum and Pearle’s new release

and you can hear the “neocon, neocon, neocon” chant from the far ends of the right and left as a response. I’m not too interested in that particular label myself though. Our link concerns a review of Frum and Pearle or F and P as they state in the column. It’s a critical, yet fair, discussion of the muscular foreign policy Reason opposes:

Moreover, P-F do not seem to appreciate, even as they heap much-deserved praise on U.S. forces, that America may not soon possess the fighting force it had in spring of 2002. Men and machines wear down in the crucible of combat. The massive troop rotation now under way and vaguely imperial “stop-loss” orders may paper over shortcomings, but these limitations still circumscribe the range of the possible for U.S. military forces.

Posted by Fire @ 10:17 PM

Dean’s Meltdown.

Solid analysis here of the

Dean self-destruct

the other night. The author attributes it to a total lack of character and the fact that this was the first crisis that he had to face– and he failed miserably. Therefore, he wasn’t fit to be president from moment one.

Posted by Fire @ 10:00 PM

Gimli on the Ropes.

Thanks Darren Blacksmith for

sending this over

. You’re old pals miss ya. John Rhys-Davies defends western civilization and the mansion on this earth it created…and catches hell. At least he’s a big enough star to put up with it. He’s a snippet of what he said along with what graces the top of chapination.

“Western Christianised Europe has values and experience that is worth defending.”


Posted by Fire @ 9:54 PM

The Wisdom of Confucius

“The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their right names.”-Confucius

In their endorsement of Sen Kerry today, the Boston Globe praised him for his “nuanced” thinking while warning of the dangers of perceiving the world in “black and white” terms.

Oddly enough as I was waiting in the doctor’s office today, I happened to pick up a November copy of US News & World Report which was also concerned about “black and white” perception of the world, specifically George W Bush’s.

Now let’s get this straight.

What is really being said here is that the Boston Globe has a different set of values from George W Bush.

It does not, by any stretch of the imagination, mean that the Boston Globe

is “non-judgemental”, “open-minded” and “tolerant” while George W Bush is about 4 notches below Scrooge before he was rehabilitated by the spirits.

If you believe that, then try talking about capital punishment, homosexuality and/or abortion with one of those people devoted to the Boston Globe.

Or try setting up a Christian-conservative organization on most college campuses today.

“Black and white” here also means that in the eyes of the Boston Globe George W Bush is guilty of being part of the Classical-Judaeo-Christian strain of culture as opposed to the Marxist-Hedonist-Feminist-Homosexual-Utopian strain.

One of the hall-marks of the Marxist-hedonists& Co people has been their decitfulness,

I know where Jerry Falwell, Billy Graham and George W Bush stand on the fundamental issues and I am free to agree or disagree with them.

The Marxists-hedonists & Co people are not so forth-coming. Does anyone else remember Marlo Thomas Donahue’s “Free To Be You And Me” which complained about the inhibiting qualities of traditional sex-roles but which was just a trojan-horse for the really inhibiting pro-homosexual sex-roles which the left is trying to impose on every one today?

The wide use of the judiciary and street demonstrations, entities responsible to no one, by the left point to the same fact: the left wants to impose their values on everyone else regardless of how everyone else thinks or feels about them.

And to suppose that they don’t see the world in black and white terms can only be maintained by the unobservant and unthinking.

Posted by Gus @ 4:09 PM

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Posted by Fire @ 5:41 AM

Jonah on top of His Game.
This speech

, posted now as a transcript, sums up my ideas on Bush and conservatism as well. When Johah takes the time, he puts together some top flight pieces. I have to teach tonight and prepare for class now. I’ll blog more before bed. See you.

Posted by Fire @ 5:39 AM

“History is strewn with the wrecks of nations which have gained a little progressiveness at the cost of a great deal of hard manliness, and have thus prepared themselves for destruction as soon as the movements of the world gave a chance for it.

“–Walter Bagehot.

Posted by Fire @ 9:22 PM

Frank Rich, Total Bastard.

I don’t know if you read this

attack piece

aimed at this balding maiden at

The New York Times

, but, to me, he rivals Dowd in the “shallow as a shot of skim milk” department. Just another guy who despises Christianity and “The Passion,” but read for yourself.

Posted by Fire @ 5:30 PM

“Democracy” in Action

So the highschool popularity contest in Iowa is over and the various people vying for captain of the football team are now headed to New Hampshire. “Great!” you think. Thanks to these early primaries, even though one isn’t even a primary, and excessive emphasis by the media, those two lynchpins of the American political system will determine who the Democratic presidential nominee should be. You won’t have sift through the endless names of nobodies to figure out who to vote for. But who exactly is doing the thinking? Well, I can tell you one thing, it’s not the American public.

That’s right, I’m going to argue that the manner in which presidential candidates are determined is not democratic. Nevermind that the caucuses are messed up with public votes and vote trading, the entire “primary” system is messed up beyond that. Iowa and New Hampshire both have state laws saying that their respective caucus and primary must be the first in the Nation. Not only does it give these bastions of political wisdom some clout, it also helps the economies of the two states. (Iowa has pigs, who the hell knows what New Hampshire has.) More importantly, it creates a tyranny of the minority.

Iowa and New Hampshire going first, and effectively telling the nation who the next presidential candidates will be is even more significant than economic growth. THERE’S NOBODY IN EITHER OF THOSE TWO STATES! There are only 576,725 registered Democrats in Iowa and Kerry collected the support of roughly 45,980 of them. That means that roughly 92% of Iowa Democrats did not support Kerry. So why is Kerry now the front runner? New Hampshire has even fewer Democrats than Iowa with 176,634 registered Democrats. Let’s see how many of those voters even bother to show up at the polls.

There’s 280 million people in America! Why are we letting TWO TENTH OF A PERCENT decide something so damn important?

Posted by CommonSense @ 5:29 PM

This May Explain the Lack of Motivation On the Court, But What About the Rest of the Team?
The man who portrays Da Bull, a mascot for the Chicago Bulls, was arrested Monday for allegedly selling marijuana . . .

Posted by CommonSense @ 5:06 PM

Geez, I don’t know; you still haven’t convinced me the invasion of Iraq was a good thing.

“Wherever they were killed, many were blindfolded and shot in the forehead. Saddam Hussein’s whole country became a killing field.

Mass graves “are everywhere””

Posted by CommonSense @ 5:01 PM


So I walk into the local post office to mail a letter and there is a line of three people.

The last person in line is a little old lady about 5’3″ tall and about 75 years old.

She is standing there berating the woman clerk behind the counter for being so slow, for having to wait, for letting people go to lunch, one thing after another and doing it quite loudly.

Eventually she got taken care of.

The woman behind the counter apologized to her for having to wait.

The little old lady forgave her.

I was next.

I mailed my letter and left but as I walked out into the January cold, I wondered what would have happened if a man, say me, would have started berating the clerk.

The cops from across the street would have come flying in.

But this not just a question of size.

Women would probably sell all their shoe collections before admitting it but society says that it is OK for women to behave badly to people and to be able to get away with it.

Women are supposed to be catered to and taken care of.

Could someone please send me a definition of “oppression”?


Posted by Gus @ 2:40 PM

Did the State of the Union Finish “Limited Government.”
Reason thinks so

…and I agree. Well, I agreed long before it. I was astounded that the Democrats wouldn’t clap, at least in public, for privatized accounts in addition to the current social security. Although that would preclude they quatro-annual mediscare and SScare tactics. The spending parade continues. We could use a man like Ronald Reagan again–but when wouldn’t we?

Posted by Fire @ 5:01 AM

The Colon and Semicolon on the Way Out?
So says the Chronicle of Higher Education in reference to book titles

. I say “Not if we don’t let them! Fight; With; Me; Brothers.”

Posted by Fire @ 4:56 AM

Chapin Nation Subliminal Interpretation of the State of the Union.

Posted by Fire @ 4:52 AM

V is for Valentine by Pete Mayer

February 14 happens to be my friend’s birthday, but I found that -like most people- she doesn’t know the origin of the holiday. The subversion of this celebration of heterosexual love, by trying to supplant it with Vagina Day, is typical of the Marxist feminist tactic to destroy, or at least water down to a level of homeopathic yogurt, yet another foundation of man/woman (say natural) love.

Sherman, set the way-back machine for 270 AD. Emperor Claudius II just issued and edict forbidding the marriage of young men. Claud had the bright idea that single men made better soldiers, so Father Valentine (Bishop of Interamna) invited all young lovers to be married by him, in defiance of said edict. In February 270, Valentine was stoned and beheaded for his efforts. According to the legend, while in prison, he sent letters and love notes to parishioners, and fell in love with his jailor’s blind daughter… what a guy. In 496 Valentine’s Day replaced the pagan festival of Lupercian. This quaint holiday, based on the deeds of a heroic, and -most importantly- romantic Man is just too much for the PC gender amazons to handle sitting down. So when you get your sweetheart a card and sign off with “From Your Valentine”, take a second to reflect on the true meaning of that, and what we may lose if we forget.

Posted by Fire @ 3:34 PM

The St Valentine’s Day Massacre-Part II

Before any American man spends a nickel on anything for Valentine’s Day, he should read, and re-read…and read again Carey Roberts excellent essay on “Feminism’s Thousand Year Reich” archived in MensNewswDaily for 12 August 2003.

It is psychotic. It is the bizarre kind of rhetoric that American men have come to accept and ignore, not realizing the destructiveness that it represents towards not only men but the heterosexual male-famale relationship and our young men and women.

And heterosexual women in whose name much of this fruit-cake writing has been done should be strongly encouraged (men have leverage too. We are just reluctant to use it.) to come out against it.

How Mary Daley was allowed to rave for years at Boston College to women only classes is a mystery to me and a sign of the efforts of American institutions to accomdate feminism. Add the nonsense at Georgetown.

It didn’t work.

Read one page of Mary Daley and you are in the psycholgical world of “Mein Kempf”.

She and other writers like her should be called on it and heterosexual men should not turn a blind-eye towards it either.

One last remark: I suppose I sound like “a misogynist”, “a woman hater”,

“a man who has issues with women”: the favorite feminist defense mechanisms of denial.

Wrong. Every serious and mature man has issues with women today.

One of the men I admire and envy most is the late Steve Allen, not for his humor and talent but for that wonderful 40 year marriage he had with Jayne Meadows. Seeing them on TV was a treat. They respected each other personally and professionally and they liked each other.

He said, “Our marriage was a 40 year conversation.”

Lucky man.

I’ll write off 15% of the TV appearances as show biz but the core was there as I imagine it is with Cokey and Steve Roberts.

The four of them are and were lucky people.

I wonder what they thought of “The Vagina Monolgues”.

Posted by Gus @ 11:48 AM

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Posted by Fire @ 5:04 AM

Economics Piece.

J. M. Keynes was not a crypto-fascist! He was a lot of other things though.

Nice historical weave here by Bartlett.

It’s short but enlightening.

Posted by Fire @ 5:03 AM

The Heavy and Habitual Spending of the Republican Party.

All I can say about this is “Yuck.”

Bush outspends Johnson and Nixon.

How deplorable. If I were him…well, what’s the point of even considering that? But the veto would be wielded like a sword that’s for sure.

Posted by Fire @ 4:59 AM

Judge Bork on Activism.
Acquiring fewer federal judges

who wish to legislate is the sole reason that I vote Republican every election. Regardless of my disgust with GOP spending (see my next blog), it’s the realization that the left views juridical masters as being our true means to change and this causes me to embrace big government “conservatives.”

Posted by Fire @ 4:28 AM

Whit Stillman Followup.

Here’s an oldtime review of Stillman’s work as a filmmaker in addition to the one I mentioned yesterday.

It’s by Terry Teachout.

Posted by Fire @ 4:20 AM

Dr Martin Luther King, Jr

Dr Martin Luther King, Jr was born in 1929.

Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white man on 1 Dec 1955, which means that Dr King was 26 years old when he was thrust into the raging cauldron of anger, hatred and ignorance that was American racism in the 50’s and probably about 27 or 28 when he became the leader of the Civil Rights Movement.

I have been thinking about that since his death in 1968.

The next time you see a 27 year old young man, you think about it too.

It amazed me when he was assassinated and it still amazes me.

One of the qualifications for being President is that you are 35 years old, the reason being that by 35 a person has had enough life experience to make complex, important decisions.

And yet this man was called to do this before he was 30.

I did not agree with everything that Dr King said, especially about Viet-Nam, and I am aware the there were blemishes on his character but I know of no perfect human beings.

And balanced against the first rate quality of his leadersip, his integrity, his truthfulness and his courage, they fade into the backround.

That he should have done this at such a young age makes it all the lore amazing.

Dr King deserves his day. He is in the first rank of American heroes along with Washington, Lincoln and Jefferson.

For 10 years he faced possible death every day and did it with courage as he spoke the truth about American racial relations.

It cost him his life but he left us a stunning legacy of how to deal with hatred, anger and ignorance and of how to tackle “impossible problems”.

Posted by Gus @ 2:07 PM

Arguments AGAINST a manned mission to Mars

Imagine this headline: “American Astronauts die during Lunar landing!”

That’s what WILL happen and it’s unlikely that the space program could recover sufficiently to continue safely onto Mars before blowing a lot of money. Think I’m wrong? Read on. Here’s the opposition argument in favor of such a program on mensnewsdaily:

Ok, so why am I against something so noble and inspiring as a manned mission to mars and the moon? Let’s start with the rationalizations for socialism: Billions of dollars spent on a space program provides a rationalization for socialists to attack conservatives. It’s difficult for space program loving conservatives to attack other piggy programs out there. This is precisely what happened during the 60’s.

Next, we’re not dealing with the same country or agency that put America on the moon in the 60’s. I hate to be VERY un-PC here, but here goes: That agency back then was made up of a bunch of nerdy white guys in ties and starched shirts who were motivated by loving families and wives at home to do the best job they could. Sometimes they put self-interest ahead of the needs of the whole, but not that often. Today’s diverse workplace, while often comprised of gifted individuals, is far too splintered both politically and culturally to make such a push possible and it shows in the last few space accidents.

In BOTH space shuttle accidents, the errors were due to administration refusing to listen to repeated requests by engineers to evaluate serious safety issues known for some time. There’s little evidence that serious housecleaning has been done. Throwing BILLIONS of more dollars at these political fatcats is unlikely to produce good results. Sorry.

Serious space accidents involving loss of life are public relations nightmares that set a project back by years. Knowing that it’s not a matter of _IF_ a serious accident will happen, but when, a manned exploration push is largely to take far longer than the original push to reach the moon.

All of this is moot anyway since it’s unlikely that in this strained time both of economic malaise and budget deficits that anything would happen but it’s worthwhile to point out the differences between our world today and the one of just 50 years ago. Back then, new horizons of exploration seemed trivial to conquer. Today, California can barely keep the lights on and the roads paved. Just something to think about.

Posted by PolishKnight @ 11:40 AM

Valentines Day and wedding invitation

The wedding day is set! March 21st at 11AM in Vegas at If anyone can help, I would love to know about any tips on hotel/show/air packages. The more the merrier! Naturally, please RSVP me if you’re coming.

About V-day: She just asked me what I wanted. She doesn’t want or need expensive gifts although those are appreciated. She would love a fur for example. (How un-PC is that?) Last “V-day” she gave me a card she has chosen that was very romantic. I sent her one as well. Plus flowers are very popular. Her big thing is to put them in a vase and see how long she can keep them alive. In the east, even-numbered flowers are considered bad luck. (In other words, no dozen roses.) So I got off the hook when she saw that they only sold them by the dozen.

I’m friends with an American feminist who wrote in her book that she almost broke off a relationship with a man because he bought her just a card for Valentine’s day. Yet, the trouble of picking out a card is worthy of mention. I sometimes take an hour because I want just the right sentiment. Many of the cards are cheesy, some PC, or both. The most rediculous was “You’re my partner!”

So yes, Gus, she would probably be hurt if I didn’t buy her a Valentine but mostly because she would be worried I wasn’t thinking about her (not about the cost or submissive sign from me to buy her a gift.) I don’t think I would lose nookie privileges if I forgot. She probably would just shed a tear or two and be over it. Picture of her soon to follow! Unlike some people, I have to work this holiday!

Posted by PolishKnight @ 11:13 AM

When an Eagle becomes an Albatross

Albatross! Get one on a stick! — Monty Python

I’m reminded of that skit whenever I engage in a debate on abortion issues. From the 1960’s until just now, abortion was almost as useful an issue to the feminists as equal pay for women. First, here’s the “eagle”: Abortion rights were opposed by some women but these women were largely marginalized by their libertarian or moderate convictions. They supported abortion rights in the case of incest, for example. Or the first trimester. On the other side, however, women who vigorously support abortion rights were surefire voters for the feminist/leftist platform. They not only voted this issue religiously (pardon the pun) but even assumed that all the opposition to abortion rights was due to fundamentalist “women barefoot in the kitchen” men.

But that’s not all… Religious leaders backed down from a game of chicken and began to support the feminist agenda of single motherhood and socialist largesse. They felt that it was better to give women what they wanted, no matter the social consequences, to avoid them getting an abortion because they couldn’t get welfare or child-support. Instead of reducing the number of abortions, the rate soared as young women engaged in more casual sex and dumped children into poverty to boot! What’s shocking is that the Pope, a man whose famous for his hardline stance against murderous communists in the 20th century seemed to have caved in to hollow threats by these women.

Let’s not forget that young men also bought into feminism hoping they could get a life such as “James Bond” or Playboy and sleep around and have the young women get abortions in leau of him having to marry to get nookie. For many men, this is the case. I know of several who make it a policy to only date young career or university women who have no interest in motherhood at that time. I ask them “What are you going to do when you reach 50 and this lifestyle is no longer possible?” and they reply “I haven’t thought it about it that much.” Then again, the men could always date 40 year old women and totally avoid that problem.

With all that going for it, abortion rights should be a milk cow for the feminists and leftists for some time, no? Hold on a minute! Check out this URL: A woman recently gave birth to a child and legally murdered, repeat, murdered it because she hadn’t yet cut the umbilical cord. I hesitate to even tell this to women because it’s so shocking and unbelievable. Yet, since feminists hold the belief that human life is so trivial when weighed against indulgent women’s interests it’s not surprising.

Also, many young women are no longer as concerned about avoiding unexpected motherhood as they are about possibly winding up old and childless. I am good friends (on a personal if not political level) with a feminist writer who wrote a book telling women they would have multiple serial monogamous relationships: One for romance, one for family, one for fun in the middle age, etc. Instead, she wound up having one marriage and that was it. Many young career women don’t even get to join the “first wives’ club” anymore. Contraceptives have improved in quality and, hopefully, practical solutions for young men beyond the condom will also be available SOON! This will mean that young men are on the verge of being able to avoid paying for sex indirectly through unwanted bastard children and abortion rights, already of little practical value for men, will be totally irrelevent.

So, therefore, abortion rights are becoming less desirable to heterosexual men and women. Yet, the left cannot let them go for a variety of reasons. Just as the right became fixated upon flag burning (which was pretty stupid since most true right wingers I know regard flag worship as just another form of federalism) the left cannot just let it’s flagship go down because it’s usefulness is over. It’s becoming an albatross AND you heard it here first folks! Bookmark this URL!!!

They would have to join forces with the church, even if indirectly, and this is heresy (of a kind.) They would also lose the church’s fearful support for socialist programs and sanction of single-mother households. That’s a BIG concession. It’s as if Humpty Dumpty was put on a wall and now the wall is crumbling down beneath him. When does he fall?

At the same time, other social forces and demographics are lining up as if due to the stars to kill feminism and traditional politically correct leftism: The baby boomers are aging and want their precious social security. They will put an emphasis on social security over daycare and healthcare for the kiddies (even as they regard these kiddies as slave labor to pay social security taxes.) This is NOT going to go over very well with the young people. Also, with few Gen-Xers such as myself around and a new crop of young people on the horizon, the dating choices for young and middle aged men are especially super. During the 60’s and 70’s, young men embraced leftism to seek sexual fulfillment. Today, it’s young women who will embrace conservativism to find family and marriage. Leftist programs are dying including public education, social security, and the People’s Republic of California.

I’ll confess: Being “right” is a great feeling. People enjoy and find fulfillment in pointing out the shortcomings of others. For a while, it can be frustrating to be a lone voice in the wilderness but it’s also exciting to be declared a mystic and seer. I remain an optimist and find more and more validation of that viewpoint daily. Not just for us evil white guys, but for everyone. Our agenda is about empowering people in healthy, constructive, if not always sentimental ways. Don’t give up guys! It truly is always darkest before the dawn.

Posted by PolishKnight @ 10:52 AM

“The Green Fuse Drives the Flower…”

Posted by Fire @ 7:31 AM

Mike Put Up My Interview with Peter Brimelow.
An interesting guy to say the least.

I like talking to the paleo side of the conservative spectrum. They’re right on many issues, but I’ll always be a “free trade until death” guy.

Posted by Fire @ 7:30 AM

Michael Moore + Wesley Clark.

Does Clark care about anything?

Here he’s kissing up

to Michael “I hate America and let’s enact a 70% tax bracket” Moore.

“You are proof,” Clark gushed, “that a man with a conscience and a camera can move this nation. Michael, you have moved this nation.”

It should be, “Michael, you have lied to this nation and when I’m president; I’ll do the same.” Vote W.

Posted by Fire @ 7:26 AM

Whit Stillman-Conservative Icon.

I love his work. In fact, I loved his work so much that I attributed an all-time favorite, Kicking and Screaming, as being part of his oeuvre. It was not, however. Anyway Julia Magnet (perhaps Myron’s daughter) has some superb investigation into his art in

this full-bodied essay from City Journal.
Although Hollywood, post-9/11, is now edging toward patriotism, it is still at the simplistic level of the action film—usually a war film set in the past. Stillman stands for the America we want to see—of traditional mores, aesthetic sophistication, wry patriotism and wit—and does so with a style and intelligence that put to shame European babble about America’s “total lack of culture.”

Posted by Fire @ 7:23 AM

VDH with a Compelling Case Against Bush’s Immigration Plan.

Posted by Fire @ 7:16 AM

Dick Morris is Just Wrong.

Yeah, I read his pro-immigration article last week but didn’t want to comment on it as I respect and value him too much to get in his face about anything.

Alan Wall doesn’t though.

He states what needs to be stated.

But the Irish and Italians came here when America practiced assimilation and Americanization. Today’s ethnic pandering – of which Dick Morris approves – encourages Hispanics NOT to assimilate and implies that Hispanic interests are not identical with American interests, a very dangerous idea indeed.

Are Hispanic interests the same as American interests? If they are, why not just treat Hispanic voters like other Americans? If they aren’t the same, maybe somebody should spell out the difference. Maybe all Americans, not just Hispanic activists, should have a say in our country’s future.

Posted by Fire @ 7:15 AM

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Posted by Fire @ 9:04 PM

Gus Was Right, It’s Carolina!

Contrary to what cartoon-addicted Common Sense may think, it was a heck of a game. Glad to have watched it. I hope they win it all…but I’m picking

the Patriots in the Super Bowl

. I do this with the full knowledge that I have neglected to select the Panthers for three weeks in a row and all they do is prove me wrong. It should be an awesome game, but I’ll probably be too distracted and buzzed to appreciate it.

Posted by Fire @ 9:01 PM

What is this crap!

I just spent 7 hours in the library studying for law school. I came home, hoping to eat a little dinner and watch “The Simpsons” before hitting the books again. But when I turned on the TV, there was some stupid football game on instead of America’s favorite yellow family. Man, am I pissed. Fox clearly doesn’t have its priorities in order. The Simpsons should preempt all programing (except the Stanley Cup Finals). To add insult to injury, I happened to catch the halftime show. There was some jamoke on talking about NASCAR. NASCAR? Come on! Is watching a bunch of cars drive around in circles

really that

exciting? Talk about the dumbing down of America. Oh well, back to the books.

Posted by CommonSense @ 7:32 PM

Chapin Nation Refutes Charges of Being “Damn Yankees!”

Posted by Fire @ 8:04 AM

The Dean Clap.

This was part of the new standard released yesterday but this article was made public as opposed to being protected like the rest.

It’s David Tell’s insider look

at the whackos in the Dean campaign. A campaign that may no longer be in vogue the next time the standard is released.

Dean is not a “sweetheart,” let’s face it; he is chilly and abrasive and unusually prone to growl and bite. It’s not really fair to call him a “left-wing freak show,” but only because the ideological character of a prospective Dean administration is virtually unknowable: The man’s campaign platform–I can’t understand why more hasn’t been made of this–is thinly articulated where it exists at all.

Posted by Fire @ 8:02 AM

Why the Academics Hate G. W. Bush.
Goldblatt’s back.

A mighty short work on the anti-American, pro-relative thinking, scholastic left, and why they would, by definition, hate a man who actually believes in good and evil.

…for the perspectivist critic Jane Tompkins to assure her readers that “there really are no facts except as they are embedded in some particular way of seeing the world”; or for the feminist theologian Mary Daly to decry “the eternal masculine stereotype, which implies hyperrationality, ‘objectivity,’ aggressivity, the possession of dominating and manipulative attitudes toward persons and environment and the tendency to construct boundaries between the self…and ‘the other.'” Yesterday’s cutting edge is today’s conventional wisdom. Sophisticated postmodernists no longer talk about “truth” or “facts” or “objectivity” with a straight face.

Posted by Fire @ 7:56 AM

Are You Ready For Some Football?

These are the best two games of the year.

A celebration of this particular Championship weekend

was put out by the Opinion Journal. The author makes the wonderful observation that without Randy Moss old fashioned football is possible. I’m 5-3 in the postseason. Which is acceptable as I don’t bet. Anyway, I’m choosing the Patriots in the AFC because they’re a better overall team than the Colts. In the NFC, two of the three loses in the postseason have been from picking against Carolina. I won’t this week either. I like them, I root for them, but I don’t think they’ll beat the Eagles. Enjoy.

Posted by Fire @ 7:49 AM

The Chapin Nation

Gibson Analysis Incorrect.

CS’s blog concerning the views of Mel Gibson’s dad was out of line in my opinion. It is illogical to hold the views of a person’s family members against them. In my own personal context, you could argue that I’d have to be a liberal based on the words of all my relatives. You could dig out a thousand quotes from my dad (may you rest in peace) that celebrate FDR and Jimmy Carter as well as his famous statement to me that “Democrats want to help people and the Republicans don’t.” Besides, it was the gospels that ultimately inspired Gibson to make the movie and if people don’t like it they don’t have to see it.

Posted by Fire @ 8:41 PM

Lou Dobbs in US News & WR
While many news organizations continue to focus on gossiptainment, they are all but ignoring such serious issues as our out-of-control national deficit, the depths of our government’s unfunded and underfunded liabilities, which add up to tens of trillions of dollars, and the exporting of hundreds of thousands of American jobs to cheap overseas labor markets. Not to mention what is no less than an immigration crisis.

Posted by CommonSense @ 8:04 PM

Thank you, Mr Washington

His monument is the dullest in Washington, a city that was named after him and rightfully so.

It has none of the poignancy of the Viet-Nam Memorial, none of the grandeur of the Lincoln Memorial and none of the charm of the cherry- blossomed Jefferson Memorial. It dominates the historical area of Washington because of its simplicity and its size as does the man.

One of the tragedies of the past 35 years is the high-jacking of American history by the Marxist intellectuals who infest our universities and whose heroes are Lenin, Stalin and Mao.

It is a safe bet that none of those men could have written a letter to the Jewish congregation of Newport, RI welcoming them to this country and ensuring them protection as then President Washington did.

The trashing of American history means that there is a generation of people who associate Washington with having wooden teeth, slaves and an affair with Sally Fairfax. They do not know of Napoleon’s tragic words, “They expected me to be another Washington”, meaning that the French people expected Napoleon, like Scipio Africanus in Rome, to step down at the appropriate moment for the good of his country.

What this has meant to France is a nearly 200 year old struggle for legitimacy and stability with periodic fits of disgrace and dishonor.

Washington was great for two reasons.

The first was his relentless courage. Reading history backwards he comes out as “The Father of Our Country”. What we forget is that, if he and the revolutionaries had lost, he would have been the first to be hanged.

From 1776 to 1781 persevering through defeat after defeat, often at odds with the Congress that had appointed him, having an army that periodically melted away, and sometimes, as in the case of Benedict Arnold, betrayed

him, he stayed the course and ultimately won.

His second great quality was his sense of his own boundaries. He knew that he was setting precedents for future Presidents. He refused to be called “Your Highness”. He was “Mr President.” There was to be no bowing in his presence. And after 8 years in office he left.

The transfer of power was a problem the USSR (every marxist intellectual should receive a Christmas card very year reminding them that it was on this day in 1991 that their great gift to humanity imploded after killing at least 20,000,000 of its own people) never solved and either has China nor has Islam with the exception of Turkey.

The 19th century, following Parson Weems’ biography, saw Washington as the little boy who cut down the cherry tree and never told a lie.


Persevering for 6 long years against the greatest power in the world at that time and setting standards that ensured the existence and flourishing of the world’s oldest constitutional democracy for 228 years?

Not poppycock.

Posted by Gus @ 7:20 PM

The Elder Gibson Speaks Out

Remember folks, this is the guy that inspired Mel to make the movie. . .

Hutton Gibson follows a tiny wing of traditionalist Catholicism that views the modernizing reforms of the Second Vatican Council as a conspiracy between Jews and Masons to take over the church.

But my favorite quote is

“They claimed that there were 6.2 million (Jews) in Poland before the war and after the war there were 200,000, therefore he (Hitler) must have killed 6 million of them. They simply got up and left. They were all over the Bronx and Brooklyn and Sydney and Los Angeles.”

Hey, they don’t call it “Jew York City” for nuthin’.

Posted by CommonSense @ 6:56 PM


Posted by Fire @ 4:53 PM

Defending the Ring and Tolkien.

Mike just put this one up. I apologize to everyone for taking up so much space on the blog when I ran the whole article yesterday. I was pretty outraged by the article and wanted to be heard. He subtitled it,

“Chapin Strikes Back.”

Posted by Fire @ 4:46 PM

Feminists Attack Tolkien.

You’d think I made this up if I didn’t include

the link.

What an outrage. Lying scum. What can be said about such statements? I’m writing about this one, that’s it. I wish there were 90 hours in a weekend.

Posted by Fire @ 10:09 AM

Pic taken down

Posted by Fire @ 6:41 AM

Arnie Steps In.

It’s a little late now I think but we see

the Gov.

trying to take Pete’s back. I suspect that most of us, when it comes to gay marriage, don’t have much energy left to fight it (which was exactly their plan in the first place). I like the fact that the Attorney General is a Democrat who’s not letting the radical left control him. Good work.

Posted by Fire @ 6:40 AM

New Site: The Club for Growth.

Look, I know we do the Wictory Wednesday thing around here but let’s face it, if you want your money (as if any of really have any) to do great things,

Stephen Moore and his Club for Growth

are the way to go. I also like the fact that they created

to make fun of moveon.

Posted by Fire @ 6:34 AM

In Reproductive Battles, Are Women Instinctively Catty?
Got this one

from Yet more rationale as to why I love evopsych. The only thing I’d say is that one women’s opinion of another rarely meant anything to me in terms of finding them attractive, but, if they lied about another girl and said they were promiscuous when they weren’t I can see how that would have had an effect. By the way, Johnny Q-Bacca brought up last night my deficiencies in not adoring slutty chicks so never let it be said we ignore conflicting opinions and don’t convey them here [that was tongue in cheek].

Posted by Fire @ 6:28 AM

The Revolt of the Masses.

This was one of my

favorite books

in college although I was not impressed by Man and People. I forgot about this old standard and was happy to see Intellectual Conservative do a piece on it.

The hero…creates the noble life by exerting his will to go beyond the ordinary…The opposite of the hero, the mass man, is content with his own mediocrity and relies on opinion rather than reason…Though each individual sees truth from a unique perspective, truth itself is absolute.

Posted by Fire @ 6:18 AM

Cartoon From Reason on John Kerry.

Posted by Fire @ 6:15 AM

Pepper and Shelly Elope!

And to think that for all these years I was calling them sisters. Today, after a hard day of slaving in the underground aerospace mines, I came home to find a very official letter in the mail addressed to-get this- Mrs. and Mrs. Pepper and Shelly. What the f—? My Visa bill also came this very same day (go figure) with a bill to the tune of $959.75 for a Fed-Ex, round trip delivery of two canine cargoes-in first class canine cargo units, by the way, complete with kibble and DVD- to San Francisco (yeah, all that on a visa bill). I put two-and-two together, and brilliantly concluded that while this roving reporter was on his most rovingest assignment in nor-cal, these two ‘secret-canine-lesbian-lovers’ (arrange those words in any order, they all work, it’s fun) snuck right under my nose, and hurt me deeply. Couldn’t we have just talked about it? What do I call you now, what do you call each other in doggy-talk? And when are you going to get a job, like you’ve been promising; kibble doesn’t grow on trees you know- Ahhh, lazy canines. Oh well, they’re both 14 so that makes them like, 118 in people years (I left my calculator at work and the Microsoft calculator has no inverse trig functions so I never learnt it, sorry).

So I guess that makes them entitled to do whatever it is they please, in their little doggy-world. Sure, they got their piece of paper, and I’ll just have to get used to it. But about this visa bill, hmmm… Pepper, Shelly? Do you gals know how to type?

Posted by Pete @ 1:17 AM

The Rape Scam

Katie Hnida, “the place kicker” at one time for Colorado has come forward to complain that she was sexually harrassed and nearly raped while she was at the University.

First of all I find myself wondering why she was the place kicker. Do you mean to tell me seriously that there are no males who can’t kick better than Miss Hnida?

I saw her kick in a bowl game last year and she was pathetic.

Frankly I find that hard to believe.

Secondly I was intrigued by the reporting of the story in ESPN.

The incident happened at the home of the young man who was the “alleged” aggressor.

There’s a few things I want to know about that. Were they baking chocolate chip cookies at 11 am in the kitchen for a children’s birthday party?

Or was it 11 pm and they were watching porn flicks while drinking tequilla and doing “body shots”, i.e., licking salt off each other’s body parts before the tequila?

I mention the tequila and “body shots” because there is a male cadet at the Air Force Academy who could possibly face life imprisonment for rape which involved just such an incident with tequila and a female cadet.

Another of her statements says that he started to kiss her and then he was on top of her. Please notice that there is nothing about what she had done just prior to the attempted kiss. Just making batter for those cookies? Or “messing around”?

Whatever sexual activity that happens in such a situation is not rape. Period. Assault? Maybe. Or maybe we need a new category of crime called “enticement” that women can be held accountable for?

Rape according to the Torah is when the woman cries out immediately. The example I always think of is the young Central Park jogger who was tragically and brutally “wilded” by a gang several years ago. That is rape.

This nonsense started with Desiree Washington who was “raped” by Mike Tyson in his hotel room at 2 am. “What did she think they were going to do”, asked Donald Trump,”Talk about nuclear physics?”

The list goes on.

For 35 years we have been breaking down the barriers between men and women such as mixed dorms and even rooms thereby placing more and more responsibility on men and none on women.

The Air force Academy scandals are like someone being surprised when you pour out some kerosene and throw a match on it. You have a fire!

What do you know? You have a fire!

And then there are the 10-15% ship-board pregnancies, the third string catcher for the Florida Marlins who was accused of rape in a similar hotel room situation to the Kobe Bryant-Katelyn Faber affair and the rape reports coming out of Iraq.

What is interesting about all thes “rape” situations is that they occur when women are in the “red zone”, the types of situations where sexual activity is most likely to occur and WHERE WOMEN HAVE PUT THEMSELVES IN.

Don’t women have a right to be in the Air Force Academy, on shipboard in the Navy, on men’s football teams?

That’s a good question and the answer is not immediately obvious despite feminist prattle,

Our notions of sexuality and rights have become so distorted, warped and bizarre over the past 35 years that it will take time, effort and considerable suffering to sort them out.


Men must no longer tolerate infantile, narcissiatic nonsense like “‘No’ means ‘No’ and ‘Yes’ means ‘Yes’ no matter where or how we dress”. It must be emphatically confronted and changed.

What I do know is that there are 3 groups of people I do not respect:

Males who take advantage of or use women such as the Central Park rapists or the schools who use “call girls” in the recruitment strategy as Colorado apparently did.

But that is obvious.

Not so obvious are females like Miss Hnida who issue whiney self-serving statements saying how there lives have been scarred forever by these horrible experiences and the older women, huffing and puffing with indignation, who immediately start condemning men without taking into consideration the other facts of the situation. ation. The feminist movement has made a cynical and hypocritical use of rape to attack men (didn’t hear too much about Paula Jones, the woman who was groped at the White House by Bill Clinton or Jennifer Flowers, did you?)

It is time that men started witholding their automatic guilt and sympathy towards women who have claimed that they were raped until it has been established.

Finally there are the men who are so enthralled by the notion of chivalry and fear of woman-bashing that they remain silent. Each of these men needs to ask himself whether he has pointed out the dark side of woman’s nature while protecting the good side.

As for sympathy and admiration, I will withold it for the Central Park jogger who suffered innocently and horribly and valliantly fought her way back to life.

Posted by Gus @ 1:06 PM

Ford Foundation Bankrolls Womyn’s Studies.

Yuck! I knew

some of this already

but the way in which the left has denigrated our foundations is sickening.

In 1971, a group of feminists approached Ford president McGeorge Bundy with a request to involve itself in the feminist movement the way it had in the Civil Rights movement, essentially, creating it out of whole cloth. The result of those early discussions was a full-fledged womens project to fund the small number of existing womens advocacy organizations, and also to create a whole new field within academia known as ‘womens studies.’ In 1972, Ford announced the first $1 million national fellowship program for ‘faculty and doctoral dissertation research on the role of women in society and Women’s Studies broadly construed.’ A 1996 article by Heather MacDonald reported that womens studies programs had received $36 million between 1972-1992 from Ford and other foundations.

Posted by Fire @ 4:17 AM

Courtney Paranoid.

[From Today’s Opinion Journal]

TOUGH LOVE: Add Courtney Love to the list of those who believe Mother Knows Best. Miss Love, who had a bench warrant issued for her arrest after she skipped a court hearing on drug charges, is fighting for legal custody of her daughter, Frances Bean Cobain. In a rambling phone interview with Howard Stern, the rock star/actress declared that the real reason the authorities are after her is that she is “the only female rock star who’s a single mother.” According to, Miss Love told Mr. Stern that, even though she isn’t the apron-and-apple-pie type, she’s a good mom and her daughter is a model child: “If you met her, you’d be shocked. . . . she’s no Kelly Osbourne. She doesn’t cuss or swear.”

Posted by Fire @ 4:10 AM

Asian Chicks Really Do Prefer Common Sense.

Posted by Fire @ 4:07 AM

I’m A Cartoon Character, With the Anvil of Damocles Hanging Over my Head.

Yes, it is true, soon I may be

Unemployed Man

. Such is the fate of a so-Cal aerospace engineer. Can’t complain though; rockets, space stations, jets, blah blah. But if you have the time (20 min) to

read this

, perhaps you might think twice, or just think. It’s perhaps the best essay on true courage I’ve come across, and I don’t say that lightly. My buddy from work just built a plane in his garage– can’t wait to go up.

Posted by Pete @ 1:16 AM

Who Moved My Spaghetti?

Atkins, mega-protein, coral calcium, mega-vitamins, chiropractor, homeopathic, healing crystals, magnetic devices, and oh, so much more; all can be found at

Quack Watch

run by Doctor Stephen Barrett (a real, live, doctor and an all around great guy). Anyone who writes back to me-especially with this guy’s credentials-is huge in my book. He even linked to a site panning the so-called “Dr.” John Gray’s (Venus and Mars guy) degree I found. Check out Gray’s education as assessed on:

A Rebuttal from Uranus

… heh heh, get it? Oh, by the way, no wonder we are all suddenly fat in America: the


is worthless.

Posted by Pete @ 11:13 PM

Final Word on Little Fox.

Best of luck in all future endeavors. Good enough?

Posted by Fire @ 9:14 PM

The Unemployed Brotherhood.

First it was Common Sense but now Pete and I are looking at some serious bread lines. I’ll let Pete speak for himself but Princess Sparkle got emailed (from no one I know as I didn’t send it to out to any co-workers) my article the other day. They pointed out that I must be getting famous (!) I got called and was told by the powers that be…a bunch of stuff. Anyway, I sent out two resumes Tuesday and more this weekend. My contract expires July 1st, at which point I’ll show up with Yakov and a terrier to stay on your couch. Well, it’s a hell of a story at least. They’ll be more to tell before I go.

Posted by Fire @ 9:13 PM

The Fiasco in San Francisco

Where do you draw the line?

The cowardice of the elected officials in San Francisco and California to carry out their duties as upholders of the law means that we are now living in a society where there is no law.

This is not a case of civil disobedience. It is a case of anarchy and “mob and media manipulation rule.”

The fundamental problem is that our nonsensical notions that everybody should have whatever they want and no one should ever have their feelings hurt or irreparable harm will be done to their psyches has reached its limit case.

No matter how much homosexuals want the public to approve the notion that there is such a thing as “same-sex marriage”, the fact is that the public hasn’t and, according to CBS, by a 2-1 margin.

The answer is no.

And anyone who thinks that caving in once more to “protesters” will bring peace should read the history of the 20th century.

This is not about “same-sex marriage”.

This is about the Marxist-Utopian-Feminist-Homosexual activists wanting to impose their view of society on the rest of us without our having any say in it.

And trying to cloak the whole affair as a civil rights issue is pure sham.

We are heading for a messy situation no matter what the officials in California do or don’t do.

On a personal note, I was recently called “a swine” in an e-mail and “not being very sensitive” by one of these “sensitive”, “caring”, “I want my way or else” types because I didn’t agree with him.

We can bite the bullet now or we can bite the bullet later.

There is no such thing as”same-sex marriage” and it is absurd to contend that a group can have a right to something that doesn’t exist.

Homosexuality is an tragic aberration. Trying to deal with it by social approval will ultimately lead to social disaster

“Same-sex marriage” is the Fort Sumter of the culture wars.

Posted by Gus @ 3:36 PM

Critics say Gibson film mimics a hateful book: Scenes similar to nun’s anti-Semitic portrayal

This is the first review of Gibson’s movie that I have read that specifical mentions criticisms.

Knowing where Gibson is drawing his material from is VERY important. As one critic said:

“We feel secure and well established here in our country, but we know this history. We know what has happened in the past. That’s why we’ve got such a high level of anxiety.”

Posted by CommonSense @ 2:40 PM

My Gov, Why Have You Forsaken Us.

Sorry to be blasphemous, but this is one of those rare times where I don’t really care. Why isn’t S.F. Mayor Gavin Newsom arrested yet? He broke the law, the last time I checked that means you get arrested, and I do speak from experience. I expected more from you, Governor Schwartzenneger (I ignored my spell check, just to spite you) than

just a request to desist

. Terminate him, or at least fine him, and put a stop to the madness. Or just change the law; it’s been three whole years since prop 22 was passed.

Posted by Pete @ 1:47 AM

Cash on Dean.

Posted by Fire @ 9:41 PM

The Marxist-Socialist NBC Network.


it’s MSNBC

and they’re now solidly in the hands of a Clintonista. Woe are their regular watchers. Joe Scarborough will be out of there like an 20 year old college girl who just discovered her new “dorm” happened to be the bachelor pad of a Mr. Yakov Bok. I scanned this one about 15 hours ago and enjoyed it tremendously. However, the link to the fair Mr. Bok is more than accidental as this slave to Bill and Hillary hails from the same part of town as Common Sense:

“Kaplan was born in the Rogers Park section of Chicago,” wrote David Margolick in a January 1998 Vanity Fair profile. “His childhood was filled with friends and Democratic politics; Chicago mayor Richard J. Daley and John F. Kennedy were icons in his home.

Posted by Fire @ 9:37 PM

Low Carb Diet The Rage.

I hate to agree with

the New York Times

but they’re right about carbohydrates. Almost everyone I know is swearing them off (except me but I’m a gluttonous tool). Everyone I know at work is doing a variation of the Atkins. I know one guy who’s even eating egg salad every single night.

Low-carb mania has spread beyond the millions of low-carb dieters. Food industry analysts say a far greater number of people are now “carb aware,” even carb-phobic, cutting out those foods not as a way to lose weight, but because of a general sense that they are unhealthy. That is prompting changes in the way food is made, packaged and sold like nothing since the early 1990’s, when even nondieters began loading their carts with low-fat yogurts and snacks..

Of course you know it’s a NYT article later on when they announce that Europe doesn’t have any of our dietary problems.

Posted by Fire @ 9:29 PM

Leftism and the Post-Religious Church.

A 2002, pre-blog,

John Jay Ray essay.

He’s at his best when describing the left.

When their traditional religious formulas and beliefs became widely questioned, they abandoned any advocacy of them and had nothing substantial to replace them. They now offer a facility for worship and fellowship but have no authority in matters of morals, doctrine or anything else. They have become social facilities rather than religious institutions. Rather than deliver salvation, all that many churches now aspire to is to make their congregations feel good. And old stone Cathedrals, magnificent vestments, mesmeric chants, angelic choirs, soaring hymns, fragrant incense and powerful pipe organs assist greatly with that. No-one has ever denied that the Anglican churches in particular can do a good show when they try.

Posted by Fire @ 9:21 PM

The Public Square.
Got 90 minutes?

If you do, you may want to check out Father Neuhaus’s column in his epic journal First Things. It’s called “The Public Square” and it came out to 20 pages on my Word program. He puts out 10 issues a year. What an unbelievable pace of production for this holy figure. Educational material; magnificent site.

Posted by Fire @ 9:18 PM

Glenn Reynolds on the Future of Blogging.
The Rembrandt of blogs

speaks to those he has inspired about the nuts and bolts of self-publishing daily reflections and news (which is what we’re doing–at least the reflections part) on the internet. As you may know, he is



Posted by Fire @ 9:13 PM

Farebadly Howard Dean.
We’re glad you’re out.

Good riddance to leftist rubbish.

Posted by Fire @ 4:27 PM

Speaking of Big Government . . .

Last night I watched the Illinois Democratic Senatorial Candidates in a Q&A; with Chicago highschool students. Each candidate stated that he or she thinks the three biggest issues facing them are jobs, education, and healthcare. I understand how jobs can be a federal candidate’s issue. Congress has the power to regulate interstate commerce, blah, blah, blah. But will someone PLEASE tell me how Congress has the power to regulate education and healthcare? There are 50 states with 50 sets of statutes covering those very topics. That tells me that education and healthcare are STATE issues NOT federal issues! If we’re really serious about controlling the size of government, perhaps we should tell candidates for public office to stop trying to expand their powers.

Posted by CommonSense @ 10:20 AM

St George and his mother

GlennSacks wrote a great article recently panning Michael Moore, the author of “Stupid White Men”.

It reminded me of “Pinch” Sulzberger (the publisher of the New York Times, in case anybody doesn’t know) saying, “unless heterosexual white male are offended by what they read in the Times, then we are not doing our job.”

That’s a strange journalistic criterion. I always had the impression that journalism hd at least something to do with the truth but maybe I missed some thing.

Now I am intrigued by these white heterosexual guys who hate themselves so passionately as I am intrigued by their cousins, the white heterosexual men who make protecting women their top priority and still believe in chivalry.

I’ll stick to the first category.

These guys sound like males who have been raised by angry mothers in single parent homes. Daily they are treated to sermons and snide comments about how wicked, stupid and weak men are.

Over time they internalize this into a belief that their first mission in life is to protect their mothers from their fathers. Later this belief flowers into caving into their wives, having no sense of their own rights as men and holding women accountable for nothing.

Robert Blye says that men don’t start learning the truth about their fathers until they are 40. He also quotes a sad little anecdote about a son who visits his aging father to tell him that he finally realizes that his father had a story to tell too.

“Now I can die in peace”, the father says.

What women do is to pull the St George maneuver. They are the helpless, innocent maidens, totally blameless in any way for what went wrong with the marriage. (I have yet to hear a woman say that she was.) The father therefore is the Dragon. And presto! The son becomes the noble knight who has to protect and defend his mother.

And another emotionally castrated male is created.

Posted by Gus @ 8:09 AM

The Era of Big Government is…Here to Stay.

It’s pretty sad when they quote Clinton against you and that’s what

du Pont does here

. He throws the quote, deservedly, in President Bush’s direction.

President Bush would agree with Mr. Clinton’s first two sentences, but he has not worked to achieve the last three, a less bureaucratic government with reduced costs. He hasn’t vetoed a single spending bill (or any other bill).

Posted by Fire @ 5:04 AM

The Return…of the Stalkarazzi.

Posted by Fire @ 4:59 AM

Are Public and Private Schools Equal?

Only if you use jaded methodology like the authors of this study (which is being

reviewed here

). Education Next is a solid publication and they come out with stuff like this four times a year.

Posted by Fire @ 4:56 AM

The American Dream and the Public Schools.

After I finished reading Ravitch yesterday, I printed out a couple of book reviews. This one refutes a book about that offers

the usual liberal solutions

to problems the liberals started in the first place. Yeah, we need more forced integration of the schools. Right…idiots.

Posted by Fire @ 4:43 AM

Posted by Fire @ 4:30 AM

John Edwards Blazing Back.

from our old pal at The American Mind. Oh Wisconsin!

Posted by Pete @ 9:35 PM

Almost Live From San Francisco.
2,400 and counting

. I just returned from –can’t…resist…urge…to use a cliché- the Gay Area; your roving reporter will go to all lengths to bring you the story first hand. Actually, I read about it in the local paper (Contra Costa –ugh- Times) and saw it on local news, as I was visiting friends and family… I guess the ‘front line’ isn’t what it used to be. The Proposition 22 Legal Defense and Education Fund asked San Francisco Superior Court Judge James Warren to issue an order commanding the city to “cease and desist issuing marriage licenses to and/or solemnizing marriages of same-sex couples; to show cause before this court.” The judge responded to their order, which by the way is backed up by a state law and a proposition, with this pearl o’ wisdom: “The way you’ve written this it has a semicolon where it should have the word ‘or’,” the judge went on to say, “I don’t have the authority to issue it under these circumstances.” Hmmm, this begs the question; did he circle the grammar mistake with red pen, and put a little frowny face next to it? To me, this is just another example of courts run amuck. If gay couples want the same right to misery that over half of marriages face, let ‘em have it. However, this is a matter of a cities newly elected mayor (no relation) breaking the law/laws that this State has chosen to enact. Where are you Governor Schwarzenegger? If you don’t denounce this subversion of the law, I will be forced to retaliate the only way I know how, yes, I will misspell your name. Maybe then the judges, and the beauracrats, and you will take me seriously.

Posted by Pete @ 9:26 PM

Engineering Man

Recently, Fire directed our attention (mine at least) to the New Atlantis web site. One article really caught my eye:

“Why Not Artificial Wombs”

. They even have a cool new name for it, “ectogenesis.” I remember reading Aldous Huxley’s Brave new World as a kid (a little light reading), and although we are decades away according to some, this quote by a certain Doctor Liu (she even has an evil scientist name) makes one shudder, “Is it … science fiction to say maybe in the far future you could have a real breathing embryo and have a child in the laboratory?” the interviewer asked. “That’s my final goal,” said Dr. Liu. “I call it an artificial uterus. I want to see whether I can develop an actual external device with this endometrium cell and then probably with a computer system simulate the feed in medium, feed out medium… and also have a chip controlling the hormone level.” While conceding that such baby-incubating technology lies in the future, Dr. Liu said, “I believe this can be achieved, we could possibly have an artificial uterus so then you could grow a baby to term.” “Your bioethics cannot save you, Mwahahah!”, laughed the evil doctor. OK, so I made that last little bit up. But if you think stem cell research is controversial, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

Posted by Pete @ 11:48 AM

Honorary Co-Chairs of the Chapin Nation Reelection Fund.

Posted by Fire @ 4:42 AM

The Party of Carter or Kennedy?

I hope the party of toast but

Brooks has a valid point here

about the Democrats. They were once reliable on national defense. Brooks doesn’t know which way Kerry will go, but if you ask me, [music please] all he is saying…is give utopia a chance.

Posted by Fire @ 4:41 AM

Education: What’s Old is New.

This one’s by the legendary

Dianne Ravitch

and I’m about to read it myself.

Posted by Fire @ 4:33 AM

The Next Mumia.

Yuck! This guy’s crime really made me queasy. His name’s

Kevin Cooper.
On the night of June 4, four people were savagely murdered in the house next door to the one where Cooper had been hiding. A fifth victim miraculously survived the attack. The bodies of Doug and Peggy Ryen, their ten-year-old daughter Jessica, and eleven-year-old houseguest Chris Hughes were discovered the next day by Chris’s father. Clinging to life was eight-year-old Joshua Ryen, who had spent some eleven hours with his fingers pressed to his bleeding throat while lying next to his dead mother. All the victims had been stabbed and hacked with a buck knife and a hatchet.

Do something like that and the Hollywood stars line up to defend you. Don’t you see? He was oppressed. That’s what made him do it. F off.

Posted by Fire @ 4:29 AM

Shane Swing’s Site.
From the Pen

is a site that Shane is running with his dad and I thought I’d post the link so you could check it out.

Posted by Fire @ 4:17 AM

Common Sense/ Little Marsupial Disclaimer.

In yesterday’s piece, “I am Journalist–Hear Me Roar,” Common Sense was not poking fun at Little Fox for saying that she was a journalist. No, he was not doing this at all. In case anyone thought so I had 3 journalists from the BBC study his blog and determine he was not referring to her when he said “canine.”

Posted by Fire @ 4:10 AM

A Valentines Day Afterthought from S/W Airlines.

As my plane ascends the friendly skies and blue sky envelopes my world, nobody watches- nobody cares. I always watch, and gawk out the window, like what’s his name who soared too close to the heavens—but not. We soar, yes, but rarely fall. Sure, when we do it’s big, but rare: Window seat, please. I promise not to get up to pee; I just want a window seat. Pull the stick back and the little houses get smaller, push the stick forward- little houses get bigger. ‘Tis truly a wonderful sight, if you care to watch. If it’s the last sight I see I can perhaps die happy. I can’t help but see the similarity of flying and dating; everyone has become so jaded. No more fascination, no more, well… discovery. Life is just too short to become world-weary to flight, to love, to life itself. I choose to gaze at the sunset, to the stars, and to the city lights from two miles high. So shoot me, I’ve been shot before. We’re landing now, thanks for flying.

Posted by Pete @ 1:58 AM

Hey Desmond Tutu, SHUT UP!

Am I the only one who, whenever Desmond Tutu comes up, is reminded of the old Saturday Night Live Eddie Murphy skit where Murphy, as Tutu, breaks Doug Flutie’s Heismond Trophy? But that is neither here nor there.

Tutu has decided to weigh in on the Iraqi war, saying that

Bush and Blair should apologize

for waging an “immoral war.” Ok, so Tutu is a peacenik a la Ghandi, I’ll give him credit for that. But I think it’s a bit ironic that considering Tutu lived through apartheid South Africa, that by condemning Gulf War II, he is implicitly saying that Hussein and his racist regime should still be in power.

If these a**holes (that’s right, I just called the good Bishap an a**hole) who are against violence don’t want to implicitly state that regime change in Iraq was a bad thing, then perhaps they would better serve humanity by saying words to the effect of “I’m glad that Hussein is out of power. However, I’m sad that it took an act of violence.”

Symantics – ain’t it a bitch? There’s no mincing words here: Hey Desmond, SHUT UP!

Posted by CommonSense @ 9:28 PM

I am a journalist! Hear me ROAR!

That’s right folks, unlike other canine bloggers we know and like to make fun of, I’m an actual PAID journalist. “What” you ask, “That can’t be. Has Uberbern lost his mind?” Well, yes, Uberbern has lost mind but it has nothing to do with my status as a PROFESSIONAL JOURNALIST! See, I actually get PAID to watch the Chicago BlackHawks lose. It’s not bad, one, because I’m a hockey fanatic, and two, because I’m a Detroit RedWings fan so every Chicago loss, and there’s plenty of them, warm the cockles of my heart.

Yesterday, the

BlackHawks played the Washington Capitals

– two of the worst teams in the league. It promised to be a good match up considering how poor both teams are playing. The promise was not fullfilled as The Caps won 4-0.

Believing in the integrity of my position as a PROFESSIONAL JOURNALIST, I decided to harass some of the Captials’ players and ask the questions others dare not ask. See, I’m not one to walk the party line, I dare to strike out on my own rather than just say “ditto.”

Olie the Goalie

is rumored to be on the trading block. As a result, he was being grilled by the not so professional as myself journalists, asking the typical answers about how he felt. He of course replied with the typical cliche answers. “My heart is Washington,” or “I try not to think about it and just play my game.” You get the idea. I decided to throw him a curve ball. “Olie,” I asked, “do you ever get tired of answering questions with the same ol’ cliches?” Olie smiled and said “Yeah I do, but I try not to. It’s hard because the same questions get asked.” Keeping along the same lines I said, “It reminds me of that line from Bull Durham . . .” Olie, having a sense of humor then quoted the movie “You have to practice your cliches.” I couldn’t believe, it, here was one of the best goalies in the world relating to a the common man. Lord knows Baba Walters isn’t going to ask such hard hitting questions.

Next up was Hobie Baker runner up and Michigan State alum,

Anson Carter

. I grew up watching Michigan State hockey so I especially wanted to “interview” Mr. Carter. “Hey, ” I informally querried, trying to relate to him on a human level, “how was your time in East Lansing? That’s where I grew up.” “Fantastic,” he said. “I’d still play there if I could. All you’d have to do is pay me $10,000 per year.” I certainly hope that management didn’t hear that, especially in light of the collective bargaining agreement. Ol’ Anson may get his payroll wish sooner than he thinks. And what other “journalist” I ask you, has the skill to get a professional athlete to admit to being overpaid? You’d have to be wiley ol’ fox to get one of those guys to admit such damning evidence.

But I’m not a wiley ol’ fox. I’m just a simple professional journalist who loves my job. And hopefully my love of the journalistic arts, and it is an art, comes through in my writing. Otherwise, it would be absurd for me to waste your time with these ramblings. So if you need someone to ask the hard hitting questions, I will be your man, it’s only common sense.

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Posted by Fire @ 2:25 PM

The Opium of Professors.

Which of course is unbridled leftism.

This is a continuation of the essay

on TCS from last week and it has to be, along with the previous one, the best blogs I’ve ever provided anyone with. MUST READS! Hey, look here, it’s Common Sense:

Yet what remains after four years at the contemporary university, after the professors have had a chance to mold him according to their own vision of New Progressive Man? A dope-smoking, Che-Guevara-T-shirt-wearing foul-mouthed serial fornicator, whose conception of the higher moral life comprises recycling and voting a straight Green Party ticket, and whose idea of “spirituality” is hanging out with other New Age flakes at a Burning Man festival in the Nevada desert. He has been taught nothing about his religion except that it is a repressive sham, nothing about sexual morality except that there isn’t any, nothing about his country and its history except that it is “racist,” “sexist,” “homophobic,” and insensitive to people in wheelchairs, and would be much better if only if it was more like the country his parents had crawled under barbed wire to escape from.

Posted by Fire @ 2:24 PM

Whites Only Scholarship.
Sweeeeet! Got this from my brother in law, Doug.
The United Negro College Fund is within legal guidelines because race-based preferential treatment is allowed to make up for past discrimination, Scott said. However, despite the reverse discrimination arguments Coday could make, the fund is questionable. “One of the goals of the educational community is to promote diversity,” he said, adding Texas Tech’s student population is not representative of the population of Texas.

Posted by Fire @ 1:32 PM

Snide Larry David.
Never saw his show and now I never want to.

Apparently, his op-ed in the NYT can be described as “Dowdian.” He attacks G.W. Bush by ridiculing his own national guard service. Great, Costanza.

Posted by Fire @ 7:51 AM

Obesity in Sweden.

I did not know any of this. I thought the Swedes were a lean, welfare worshipping clan. I had no idea they were infected with the same “Pop Tart Fetish” as our nation.

A quick, informative read.

Posted by Fire @ 7:47 AM

Fascism at Berkeley.
Poor Pipes, poor audience, poor university system.

The whole strategy here is to call anybody who questions Islamofascism a Jew rather than refute their charges. I don’t know how Daniel Pipes put up with this abuse. I think I would have declined the invitation if I were him but his presence does a lot of good for everyone else.

Posted by Fire @ 7:45 AM

Canadian Universities and Political Correctness.

I just found

this essay

and it’s quite meticulous. Worth your skim.

Posted by Fire @ 7:42 AM

Coming up for air…

I have to explain my absence: I barely have time to arrange for my wedding because of spending so much time with my fiance. Fortunately, it’s not a very elaborate affair. I sometimes ponder (when I have a chance) that this is why politics in the states is so strange. Men, being the practical creatures we are, often spend our time solving problems rather than running to government to fix them. Leftists, on the other hand, run to government to fix problems whether they are real or not. Consequently, men and happily married women are underrepresented in politics (hmmm, maybe we ought to have preferences kicked in 🙂

There’s a sort of perverse genius about George W. Bush pushing billions of dollars down Federal Education’s throat similar to a forced feeding. Leftists are at a loss for words about what to do about the sorry state of affairs for socialism in the states. In Europe, socialism often does work (which is the problem) and causes taxpayers to overlook high unemployment and economic stagnation.

Anyways, I’m happy and don’t have a lot of time to think about politics for now other than to realize that despite life being sometimes difficult, it does go on for me and apparently for Fire as well as everyone else here. We will survive and set an example. Life, for men, is about survival. There has been no end to it. It’s just a more subtle struggle than in the past. That’s perhaps the most difficult part: Most young men just didn’t know there was a problem and they were brainwashed to not even think about it. We have to start thinking a little bit more selfishly but at the same time keep our eyes open for leadership opportunities as they arise.

I continue to read the blog and notice that Fire is becoming more and more creative with “multimedia”. I expect to start seeing some Flash anytime now! Cheers!

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Posted by Fire @ 7:17 PM

Free Grammar Lesson.
Mike Bowers’ latest.

This time our buddy isn’t Get Smarting around on the tail of Islamofacists. He’s examining 6 grammatical mistakes and providing advice. I took note of them as I can use the help. He can too as this isn’t the type of stuff that will get him set on fire by men with Hamas bandannas.

Posted by Fire @ 7:15 PM

Shane Swing’s Gay Marriage Questionnaire.

1. Whose family pays for the wedding?

2. Who carries whom over the threshold?

3. What side of the isle will each family sit and how will that discussion go?

4. Who wears the wedding ring, and who wears the wedding band, or will there be

two of each, depending on the sex of the participants?

5. Won’t every single private, commercial, industrial, civil, and

local-state-federal governmental agency have to rework their forms, flyers,

questionnaires, bylaws, licenses, insurance policies, and databases to

accommodate whatever new designation or title is given to these new “Union

Couples”? Databases can’t have more than one key-field, ie, you can’t have two

husbands or two wives, so how will this be handled by computers and won’t this

cost billions of dollars which heterosexuals will have to pay for, too?

6. Doesn’t this change in marriage custom and policy give heterosexuals the

same feeling of loss-of-ownership and belonging towards marriage that a child would have towards their parents if they grew up their whole life only to find

out that they were adopted?

7. Will we allow gay illegal immigrants be wed in America?

8. Will liberal federal judges interpret the 14th Amendment and determine that

children of illegal immigrants who marry inside America can become citizens?

9. Will President Bush proclaim that America needs to match any willing gay

employer with any willing gay employee?

10. Will President Bush propose a guest-gay-worker program?

11. Will President Bush proclaim that gay immigrants do the work that gay

Americans simple refuse to do?

12. If gay marriage is passed, will I shortly thereafter see a television

program called “Queer Illegal Eye For The Straight Legal Guy” where five gay

illegal aliens show a straight legal American employer how to dress?

13. Following the rational of gay marriage and assuming cloning becomes a

reality, could a person marry their clone?

Posted by Fire @ 2:14 PM


I saw


this weekend. It’s more of the “Herb Brooks” story than a hockey story. Nonetheless, if you love hockey like I do, or just a rousing story, this a very solid movie. This movie gets the Gordie Howe hat trick: a goal, an assist, and a fight.

Posted by CommonSense @ 8:56 AM

Education: Financed like Never Before!

And what do the Democrats do?

Pretend Bush is underfunding it.

Why does Bush ever bother trying to get in a spending war with them? He can’t win. All they’ll do is lie about his committment anyway. The thing to do, if you ask me, is get the f—ing feds out!

Posted by Fire @ 8:15 AM

Book Review on Charles Murray.
This surpasses all others

if you ask me. It deals with his human achievement and accomplishment work from the end of last year and has a unique take on the conclusions:

Murray is right to stress the importance of meaning it—of commitment in the arts. He tells of the stonemasons who sculpted gargoyles on Gothic cathedrals. They worked with passionate devotion, even when their handiwork would be invisible from the ground: God would see it. I discovered a similar aesthetic psychology in my own fieldwork in New Guinea, where serious artists view a carving created for a dead ancestor differently from one knocked off for tourists. Much of our own art and entertainment is shallow and flashy, made neither for God nor ancestors, but for a market.

Posted by Fire @ 8:08 AM

The New Atlantis.
Never heard of this publication

before following a link the other day. It is a journal of science and technology and should appeal to highly advanced Pete Mayer types along with laymen like me who wouldn’t mind learning something new. Here a sample:

“Boys will Be Boys: The Science of the Y Chromosome.”

Posted by Fire @ 7:56 AM

Mark Steyn on Neil Simon.

Steyn’s New Criterion essays on the theatre are absolutely the reason I regard plays as yet another modern day grotesque vehicle for pseudo-artistic expression. I want nothing to do with the contemporary gay-o-rama but,

in this installment

, we witness a hasbeen’s last gasps. Of note is his quotation from Richler that man writes because he is afraid of death.

Posted by Fire @ 7:50 AM

The Politically Correct Dictionary.

Your’s…for free and

revealing such insights

as insane equaling “reality challenged.”

Posted by Fire @ 7:47 AM

The Daily Cause

More than 50% of managers are women. We have lost any reasonable idea of what productive work really is. R. Zupaty.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Happy Birthday, Mr Lincoln

Since February has been taken over as “Black History Month”, I think it is up to white heterosexual males to reming people that it is also the birth month of two of the greatest leaders this world has produced: George Washington and Abraham. You have to really hunt to find any recognition of this fact. The super-market I go to mentions black history month as does the day-care center I volunteer at but nothing about Mssrs Washington and Lincoln.

This, combined with the trashing of Valentine’s Day into Vagina Day and the war on Christmas (No, Mr Kristoff of the NY Times. The “War on Christmas” is real and not inconsequential. Get your butt out of “21” and the Upper West Side and try to find any decorations for Christmas or President’s Month) are a good indicators of the kind of society the far-left wants.

Pardon me while I puke.

Posted by Gus @ 10:45 PM

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Thought for the Day

American women understand men’s egos and penises but not, by any means, their souls.

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Saturday, February 11, 2006

E Television, gotta love it!

Just after E Television comes up with the season finale of The Gasineau girls where the daughter rejects her mother’s glamourous life in New York for the dream of becoming a housewife, next comes “Hit Single”.

Hit Single is about Lisa Loeb, a popular singer, who finds herself single at the age of 37 and looking to start a family. FAST! You more or less get the story from there. But there’s a twist: She doesn’t appear to be a nasty, bitter, overdemanding person. It’s more as if she went to sleep for 12 years with 2 boyfriends and woke up as Rip Vanna Winkle. But she woke up in the worst place of all: NYC.

She goes to a variety of places seeking advice including the worst source of all: Her spoiled, materialistic woman friends who advise her to stick men for money on dates and look out for her interests. She’s advised to be passive-aggressive. They take her to the book store and give her a copy of “The Rules”. She ultimatley goes to a relationship therapist who gives her mostly fuzzy advise, but some of it good: That she’s no longer a 20 year old and cannot just party and have a good time.

This week, she goes out on a date with a pleasant young man of 30 who meets her reasonable criteria: “At least as tall as her.” He’s a wimp: He goes out with her on a date, get this, shopping at the Container Store. Wow! Can it get any more fun than that? Then he forks out $300 for garbage cans and organizers.

She worries that she’s emasculating the dude by holding open the door for him and paying for dates. Later, she decides that she feels she’s taking advantage of the poor sap but pays him back just before she dumps his butt to the curb because she feels he’s too young. So the message she sent him overall was: “She pays, but only because she didn’t like you.” (Her “rules” friends would be proud.)

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World War III ?

Ahmadinejad: Israel ‘will be removed’ Tehran (dpa) –

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Saturday that the Palestinians and “other nations” will eventually remove Israel from the region. Addressing a mass demonstration in Tehran – one of many organized throughout Iran to commemorate the 27th anniversary of the Islamic revolution – he once again questioned the Holocaust “fairy tale”. “We ask the West to remove what they created sixty years ago and if they do not listen to our recommendations, then the Palestinian nation and other nations will eventually do this for them,” Ahmadinejad said in a ceremony marking the 27th anniversary of the Islamic revolution. “Do the removal of Israel before it is too late and save yourself from the fury of regional nations,” the ultra-conservative president said. He once again called the Holocaust a “fairy tale” and said Europeans have become hostages of “Zionists” in Israel.

Posted by Denis @ 12:21 PM

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Friday, February 10, 2006


The Funeral of John Paul II

“Yesterday, the huge bronze doors of St. Peter’s, where the pope lay in state since Monday, were closed to the public. In four days, some estimates say nearly 2 million pilgrims passed by his remains to say their farewells in the few seconds they had in front of their bier.”President Ronald Reagan

“More than 100,000 people, including Democratic presidential contender John Kerry, visited the flag-draped casket Tuesday at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.”

Betty Freidan

“I truly believe that Betty Friedan was the most influential woman, not only of the 20th century but of the second millennium,” said Muriel Fox, one of the co-founders with Friedan of the National Organization for Women.

Colleagues from the women’s movement as well as her three children and their families were among more than 300 mourners at the funeral for Friedan.

Ms. Friedan’s private life was also famously stormy. In her recent memoir,
“Life So Far”(Simon & Schuster, 2000), she accused her husband of being physically abusive during their marriage, writing that he sometimes gave her black eyes, which she concealed with make-up at public events and on television.

Mr. Friedan, who died in December, repeatedly denied the accusations. In an interview with Time magazine in 2000, shortly after the memoir’s publication, he called Ms. Friedan’s account a “complete fabrication.” He added: “I am the innocent victim of a drive-by shooting by a reckless driver savagely aiming at the whole male gender.”

Mssssss. Friedan, history will judge you and your cohorts harshly. Very harshly.

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Thursday, February 09, 2006

An Interview With Kate O’Beirne

Kate O’Beirne:

Far too many people think that feminism is a spent force. If you talk about feminism nowadays, it sounds so 1970’s. You know, didn’t that all die with the Equal Rights Amendment 30 years ago?

The point of this book is no, it didn’t. The equality goals were met decades ago. So the more destructive premises of the modern women’s movement are very much alive. They have enormous influence in our culture, in our schools, in our universities, in our politics. They’ve had a destructive effect on our institutions.

People ought to know who these women are. I name them, I quote them. They ought to appreciate what the agenda is and then they should decide whether or not they want their federal tax dollars funding this agenda.

The fundamental approach of these women, their fundamental conviction, is that there are no innate differences between men and women. So when they see any differences in attitudes or attributes or ambitions, they attribute it to discrimination. They have to continue seeing widespread discrimination, insist it exists, because that fuels grievance feminism and in turn that fuels the countless programs they receive funding under.

They also receive a lot of corporate funding that are only given by corporations to a host of feminist groups who all want to look good on so-called women’s issues. I think the point in this book – there is no monolithic woman’s vote and there are no monolithic views on so-called women’s issues. American women have diverse opinions.

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Wednesday, February 08, 2006

America’s War on Boys

“We are very aware that Newsweek has been a principal advocate behind the efforts of psychologists at Harvard Medical School and Wellesley College to make boys act like girls. That is also the goal of the extreme feminists at Harvard, Wellesley and NOW.”

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Monday, February 06, 2006

Wife Swap

Kraut/Hardin families swap and teach a lesson about materialism.

My wife found this show and I have to say that I like it a lot. Usually what you find is a neat freak vs. a slob but tonights episode featured:

A glitz and glamour-loving mother who lives a life of excess and luxury swaps places with a devoutly religious, country mother of eight who lives the stark and simple life.

The gimmick of the show is that the wives swap places for two weeks The first week they must live by their counterparts rules. The second week the interloper sets the rules. To the Hardin’s credit they agreed to this but on the condition that it did not violate their religious beliefs.

The Hardins being the religious family, they homeschooled their eight children and had them do chores around the house and small farm for which the children were given an allowance. From that allowance the kids were to give 20% to G-d, 20% for taxes (back to the parents), and they could keep the balance to spend as they saw fit. This was to teach them the value of money and that they must give something back. Given the size of their house and the fact that the family was on a pretty tight budget the family seemed very happy together. They accepted used clothing from their church and entertained themselves by being together. Very Waltonesque.

The Kraut family was another story. Mrs. Kraut was a self professed fashion hound spending $70,000 a year on clothes. To fund her extravagence she worked at night selling lingerie and “marital aids” at small parties for local women. She has three sons and a doormat for a husband. The poor guy cooks for the kids and was complaining that he never got to see his wife. The children spent most of their time in front of the TV when not in school. Even when they return home from school they were greated by a babysitter. Mrs. Kraut said she was spoiled as a child and it showed. During the time she was reading Mrs. Hardin’s instructions she scoffed when they said that it was a privilege to cook for her children. That was the first time I wanted to jump through the TV and slap this woman. There were many more to follow.

The majority of conflicts came from the Hardin household when Mrs. Kraut tried to dress the nine year daughter up like a Australian’s nightmare. Mr. Hardin kept asking her how much stuff was enough. I thought Mrs. Kraut was going to have a fit when she had to wear a handmedown dress. Her reaction to the Hardin household was she could not believe people lived like that, a very red state attitude to people who were nearly self sufficient in food and who valued family life more than material goods.

You could really sense this by the comments made by the oldest Kraut son and Mr. Kraut. As Mrs. Hardin took control of the Kraut household and started to mother the children they responded enthusiastically. The boys initial reaction to the fact that their TV viewing was severely restricted was shock. The eldest said he had been watching TV since he was one. All three boys had TVs in their bedrooms and every current electronic gaming console. This substituted for parenting. Mrs. Hardin had the boys playing with something she created in the kitchen called goo that seemed a lot like silly putty. Then the eldest said he liked Mrs. Hardin because she spent time with him. Just heartbreaking. These boys were starved for motherly love. And it came from a stranger.

Towards the end of the show the wives go home and the two couples sit together and discuss what they learned. During the course of the swap Mr. Kraut grew a pair and told his wife when she interrupted him that he really enjoyed Mrs. Hardin because they could have a disagreement and talk about it instead of screaming past each other. When Mrs. Kraut asked the Hardins if they had learned anything from the swap Mr. Hardin graciously said he learned that the children worked hard; during her second weak Mrs. Kraut limited the children’s chores and gave them all to the husband, including cooking dinner, while she went back to being a pampered, spoiled princess. Mrs. Hardin said she learned to appreciate what she had at home. The end of the show had the Hardins living as they always had and Mrs. Kraut spending more time with her sons. I hope that continued and wasn’t an act. If not, I hope Mr. Kraut finds a good lawyer and leaves with his sons. When your own son recognizes that his mother is no good that should be a powerful message.

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American Women Suck


Came across this site recently. It’s heartwarming to see so many men in America seeing the true nature of American women.

Posted by Denis @ 3:46 PM

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Gestapo American-Style II

“Almost everyone who reads the record of what happened to William Hetherington concludes that he was unjustly accused, unjustly convicted, unjustly sentenced, unjustly denied his due process and appeal rights, unjustly denied a new trial based on physical evidence of inaccurate testimony by government witnesses, and unjustly denied parole. A man’s life has been sacrificed, and three children have been denied their father by malicious feminists who have lobbied for laws that punish spousal rape just like stranger rape and deny a man the right to cross-examine his accuser. They have created a judicial system where the woman must always be believed even though she has no evidence, one in which the man is always guilty.”

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Sunday, February 05, 2006


Brothers, google Betty Frieden.

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When Matthew Shepherd, a homosexual, was murdered in 1998 by some heterosexuals (I have heard that there may have been drug activity in the murder which complicates it) there were 3007 stories about it printed not to mention the tsunamis of grief and anger in the electronic media.

When 13 year old Jesse Dirkhising was brutalized and then murdered by two homosexuals in 1999, the story appeared just



Admiration and honesty compel me to admit that this fact was unearthed by Andrew Sullivan, whom I believe is a homosexual and who writes for the New Republic.

I am sick and tired of people like the Muslims who butcher people at the drop of a hat complaining that their feelings have been hurt by cartoons of the Prophet.

I am also sick and tired of the mainstream press jabbering about child abuse and domestic violence when women are the leaders in child abuse and play an important incendiary role in domestic violence.

And I am equally sick and tired of the homosexuals squawking about being victims on the one hand while using every trick in the book to impose their value system on the rest of the country.

Denis made a good point in citing the article about The “Speech Gestapo”.

I never heard any complaints about white heterosexual men being called “male chauvinist pigs” back in the 70’s. I still remember it and I still loathe and despise it particularly considering the under-handed game that American women play with American men in relationships, marriages and the parenting of children.

With few exceptions like Midge Dichter, they fell into line behind the Pied-eyed Pipers, Betty, Gloria and all the rest, and now they find themselves alone with their cats and the “careers” which most likely turn out to be jobs.

Do I feel sorry for them?

Oh, yeah.

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Bad News for Hilary

ABC has announced that “Commander-in-Chief”, which it touted not so long ago as the most watched program of the new season, has been withdrawn from its time-slot for over haul. In plain English that means that it “tanked”.

Boy! Does that make me sad!

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Movie Review: Bowling for Columbine

It’s no secret: I love movies. Perhaps two movies that best illustrate two opposing worldviews would be Falling Down and (this link is the NRA review) Bowling for Columbine. One film was panned by the left due to it’s content and the other met with hysterical praise from the same group. Guess which film was which?

Falling Down remains an unintentional thought-provocing drama about a society where traditional white male influence is waining in modern Los Angeles. It’s especially relevent today as Arnold Schwartenneggar tries to clean up the mess. Bowling, on the other hand, is naked leftist, marxist propogranda masquerading as a “documentary”. “Documentary” meaning: A partisan position being the truth as that group sees it.

Once again, unintentionally, Moore has created a film that’s oftentimes hilarious, thought-provoking, and even inspiring but not necessarily for the reasons he thinks. Read on:

Moore starts out with some very entertaining and thought-provoking documentary-style observations of U.S. gun culture: He shows a bank that’s giving away a free rifle with every IRA opened. He shows a backwoods survivalist club. These are fascinating pieces of Americana.

Then, he begins to interview interesting celebrities: Marilyn Manson and the creators of South Park about a culture of fear in America. It’s not entirely a foreign theme to myself. Much of the fear, ironically, is caused by leftists themselves. But Moore doesn’t name names just yet. He dazzles with information (even if he edits out some inconvenient details such as the background check that he had to go through to walk out of the bank with that rifle.)

Then, after 40 minutes or so, he lays on the propoganda nice and thick: All the answers to the country’s problems lie in: CANADA! Canada is a paradise according to Moore. It’s quite simple: Canada has socialist healthcare, lots of welfare, and high taxes. That’s why everyone loves each other and there’s no crime and people don’t want to shoot each other. THEN, he argues that whites are afraid of people (with an entertaining cartoon) because whites went around killing Indians and people all over the world. At this point, I still found it hard not to laugh because the image he presented was so clearly rediculous. Later, I became angry realizing that this viewpoint of “white devils” is not uncommon in academia and this film is not all that unlike “The covetous Jew” or “Triumpth of the Will.”

After going on and on about how America is coated with fear (despite his own claims gun violence has been decreasing in the states), he blasts the higher numbers of gun deaths in the states compared to Canada precisely to frighten the audience. (When adjusted for population and ethnicity, the gun death rates between Canada and the states is actually quite close.) The NRA link above even argues that Moore added gun deaths due to policemen defending themselves in this comparison. Accident? Doubtful as you will see.

Moore portrays African-Americans as unfairly blamed for the gun violence in the states. He then turns around and milks, repeat, shamelessly milks the tragedy of a small white girl dying in an elementary school shooting to anger the audience about handguns. What race and background was the person who killed the girl? You guessed it: African-American and from a single mother welfare family temporarily living in a crack house. He spends more than a half hour with his heart bleeding for her and even posting her picture on Charlton Heston’s door. (Hmmm, Moore, if you cared so much about the girl why don’t you support her moving out of the nasty, poor neighborhood with such high rates of violence to the suburbs?)

Another galling incident was him taking a young man disabled due to the Columbine shooting and dragging, literally, his wheelchair around town trying to drum up sympathy. If there was a great visual about how leftists work, this had to be it. Get this: He drags the wheelchair up the stairs of the corporate headquarters of K-mart. (As if K-mart was an E-vil corporation who didn’t have a ramp. Highly doubtful) and presents the young man to return the bullets bought by the killers at their store.

This is a perfect example of the success of leftism because K-mart, much like Charlton Heston and others, actually agree to see this jerk. He rails against them and then carefully edits out their responses making them appear to be evasive and him to be heroic. This is precisely why smart companies (and politicians including Reagan) simply said: “No comment.” Leftists play DIRTY. They’re, to paraphrase the Blues Brothers “Are on a mission from God” and don’t see any moral limitations to their behaviour whatsoever. The poor disabled young man that Moore dragged around PROBABLY, to this day, thinks that Moore “cares” about him. Sorry son! You were USED!

Back to the innocent welfare mom. He makes her out to be a madonna working two jobs because of evil Republican welfare reform. He says, and I quote, that the poor woman worked two jobs to make “ice cream floats for rich people” as her son had to come home from school alone. Awwwww! Hmmm, makes a pretty good case for conservative sexual values, doesn’t it? He then argues, falsely, that the son had to live with an uncle who just happened to have a handgun because she couldn’t afford to pay the rent (Lie. She had subsidized Section-8 housing and cleared $1200 a month tax-free just from one of her jobs.) He forgot to mention that the nice uncle lived in a crack house and he had the gun to deal with problem clients. Oh, and the little boy was a school bully. How much you want to bet the little white girl, who died in a mostly black high school, didn’t have any federal investigation into racism contributing to HER death? IMAGINE if a white boy had killed a black girl going to a mostly white school…

Here’s the coup de resistance: The DVD comes with Moore returning to Columbine to make a speech, more like a rant, about how they need to change the world because, gasp!, Bush won the last election. Lions and tigers and bears! In a democracy, HIS side lost! How UNFAIR! He cries, he jumps up and down, and he wails about how the U.S. isn’t like Canada. Why was I laughing? Oh, right: Because despite all of his lies and the cheering crowds: He still LOST and his face was red. I was reminded of Cartman in South Park… “Where’s my 10 million dollars GODDAMMIT!!!!”

Then to put a cherry on top, this openly propogandistic, dishonest, but amusing tripe got an academy award for best “documentary”. What a perfect way to illuminate the artistic merit of Academy decisions, isn’t it?

I recommend conservatives and libertarians see the film if not for entertainment value, but also so they can effectively humiliate a smug leftist who actually buys his own tripe at face value and point out the numerous flaws to his face. These include: The fact that gun control has NOT made Canada all that much safer than the U.S., the fact that most people killed by guns during the 20th century were murdered by their own socialist governments, the fact that European white-male established governments are still beacons of liberty and high standards of living that most people desire to immigrate to. We can’t be all THAT bad!

Posted by PolishKnight @ 8:18 PM

The Chapin Nation

What Else Do You Want to Show Us?

Posted by Fire @ 8:05 AM

Debt and Taxes.
A fascinating history

here from Claremont. You know, as it is older now, I found many articles from their winter edition available for free online. The reason I mention them today is that a free copy was delivered to me in the mail. I hope it won’t be followed by a bill! But I enjoyed reading very much what was sent.

Posted by Fire @ 8:03 AM

Buckley on Coulter.
This review of Treason

was written by Bill Buckley who, among one million other titles and achievements, wrote a famous non-conformist biography of McCarthy. A good, just perspective on Ann Coulter; all the talent and all the invective is examined.

Posted by Fire @ 7:59 AM

The Academic Left: The Low of the Low.
The worst of the worst by Harry Stein.

It seems that they tapped the brainwaves of WHITE only undergrads and found that they felt uncomfortable and emotionally reactive when presented with issues of race. Why wouldn’t they when all their universities do is try to brainwash them along those ends?

Posted by Fire @ 7:53 AM

Estimated Legislative Costs Per Bill in Other States, 1992-93

Rank State Per bill Introduced State Per bill Passed

1 Pennsylvania $51,982 Pennsylvania $734,559

2 California 51,798 Florida 279,332

3 Ohio 50,772 Michigan 230,795

4 Alaska 50,126 Ohio 229,382

5 Michigan 43,053 Alaska 210,077

6 Florida 41,846 New York 209,932

7 Kentucky 31,076 Wisconsin 185,544

8 Texas 30,896 New Jersey 159,460

9 Washington 28,375 Minnesota 138,492

10 Wisconsin 24,985 Texas 125,884

11 Colorado 21,536 Washington 122,563

12 New Jersey 18,244 California 116,830

13 South Carolina 18,084 Missouri 115,226

14 Illinois 17,444 Illinois 106,079

15 Arizona 16,858 Kentucky 100,290

16 Oklahoma 16,073 Massachusetts 88,720

17 Nebraska 16,743 Indiana 88,198

18 Iowa 16,309 South Carolina 80,792

19 Indiana 15,026 Iowa 75,393

20 Arkansas 15,982 Connecticut 73,460

21 Nevada 14,729 Hawaii 63,687

22 Missouri 14,363 West Virginia 56,901

23 Montana 14,014 Delaware 56,642

24 Delaware 13,770 Oklahoma 54,483

25 Minnesota 13,612 Arizona 53,512

26 Utah 13,497 North Carolina 48,158

27 Virginia 13,286 Kansas 46,804

28 Kansas 13,237 Nebraska 43,895

29 North Carolina 12,684 Oregon 41,897

30 New Hampshire 12,628 Alabama 38,078

31 Maine 12,114 Colorado 37,440

32 Oregon 11,612 Maryland 35,100

33 Connecticut 11,535 New Mexico 34,578

34 Idaho 11,165 Vermont 34,100

35 New York 10,189 Utah 32,158

36 North Dakota 9,569 Nevada 30,053

37 Maryland 9,271 Maine 27,537

38 Georgia 9,184 Rhode Island 24,649

39 Alabama 9,167 Virginia 24,596

40 Louisiana 7,949 New Hampshire 24,520

41 South Dakota 7,305 Georgia 24,386

42 West Virginia 7,301 Louisiana 24,195

43 New Mexico 7,146 Montana 24,045

44 Vermont 7,005 Arkansas 24,003

45 Hawaii 6,209 Tennessee 23,607

46 Wyoming 6,027 Mississippi 22,147

47 Massachusetts 5,387 Wyoming 17,ll5

48 Tennessee 5,103 North Dakota 15,683

49 Mississippi 3,404 Idaho 12,911

50 Rhode Island 3.268 South Dakota 12,676

Sources: Expenditures compiled by Legislative Research Unit from U.S. Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census, State Government Finances, fiscal years 1992, p. 24; and 1993; and Council of Stale Governments, Book of the States 1994; 1995, Table 3.19.

Posted by CommonSense @ 3:55 PM

The Dominant, Bossy, Thin-Skinned, Insecure –Get My Husband to Threaten Common Sense– Little Fox Has Requested a Photo of Yakov. Here it is:

Posted by Fire @ 8:47 AM

From NRO

concerning the Super Bowl halftime show:

But young men are still biologically programmed to desire to mate-and to desire to partake in such, um, activity with women of childbearing age. That means women who are not nearly eligible for AARP, no matter how scantily clad. Britney is mainstream sexy because she is young. She is cute. She is blonde. She has big blue eyes and a pleasing hip-to-waist ratio. She’s accessible, not scary, to teens. Madonna, Demi, and Janet are all over the hill. Let’s be realistic: If all you’re selling is sex, you’d better at least understand that your product has a shelf life. When will the producers wake up and tell their aging stable of no-talent stars: You’re just too old for the show!

Posted by Fire @ 8:39 AM

A Feminazi Attacks Laura Bush.

F— her, the jealous loser. It’s supposed to be a biography.

Wonderbar description from the Standard


Gerhart’s “The Perfect Wife” is only partially a book about the life and “choices” of First Lady Laura Bush. What it is really, more profoundly, is an interface between our author, a high-powered working mom (spurred on by like-minded acquaintances–the Washington “many,” the in-the-know people . . .) and her subject, a woman whose traditionalist lifestyle stumps, angers and maddeningly provokes Gerhart, inspiring a kind of bilious wistfulness that creeps through on every page.

Posted by Fire @ 8:34 AM

Check Out This Site.

It’s called

the Wilson Quarterly.

I was submitting an article to another site when I saw it in the links section. This is a treasure trove of information.

Posted by Fire @ 8:31 AM

Interview with Dr. David Buss.

One of the greatest geniuses to acknowledge my presence without doubt, and also one of the more meaningful works I’ve recorded and published.

You will approve of this one.

Mike just put it up.

People think “if things like violence or infidelity are rooted in evolved adaptations, then we are doomed to have violence and infidelity because they are an unalterable part of human nature. On the other hand, if violence and infidelity are caused by the ills of society, by media, by bad parenting, then we can fix these things and make a better world.” It’s what I call the “romantic fallacy”: I don’t want people to be like that, therefore they are not like that

Dr. Buss is the best of the best.

Posted by Fire @ 9:20 PM

Principal Stalin.
Weekly cartoon

on zero tolerance and zero intelligence in our schools from Reason.

Posted by Fire @ 8:25 PM

The Fox Hunt

From the readers. . .

“I wrote CommonSense regarding his dissing of poor LF after I checked out her “Fox Cam”. I have to admit, I was embarrassed for her more than anything. Her video had no new schtick (a rehash of her written “warning”, mingled with the Pledge), and it pegged at a solid 10 on the Cornometer (just made that up). I’m reminded of the saying “you have a face made for radio”. She should stick to writing, she’s actually pretty good at that. I did watch her entire vid though, albeit like a train wreck. Not that she’s unattractive, she -like most people- just don’t have what it takes to be

in pictures– especially moving ones with sound. She left herself wide open to ridicule, and CS merely pointed this out.”

and the latest. . .

“It’s time she heard more than the sound of sycophants. Three marriage proposals, sheez what kind of losers would

commit to a future existence with her, and of course her head swells to enormous size.”

Posted by CommonSense @ 10:15 AM

pic taken down

Posted by Fire @ 3:53 AM

Common Sense Fired As Howard Dean’s Running Mate.

UPI Services Report.

Says Dean,”He was a total scum bag. The other night I went to his room to discuss strategy and found him doing a hot Asian chick. He tried to claim she was a stalker and by ‘affirming her existence’ he hoped to be rid of her. I told him to pack his bags and bong and go. You know, if it would have been a gay guy I could have looked the other way but this is f—ing nuts. That guy cost me Iowa doing all those farmer daughters.”

Posted by Fire @ 3:47 AM

Our Culture is a Sewer.
Peggy Noonan

hopes that the Janet Jackson boobus laroobus show the other night marks the moment that the frog feels the boiling water and jumps out of the pot. My only question is where they would jump to from the status quo.

Posted by Fire @ 3:40 AM

Gus, Hear’s Your Answer on Gay Marriage.
It’s from Stanley Kurtz

and it’s even more valuable than his essay in


last year. It’s a study of gay marriage’s deleterious impact on marriage rates in Sweden. I have no respect for the Scandanavian governments at any level.

Posted by Fire @ 3:36 AM

The South Will Never Go Democrat.
Not again anyway.

It’s funny the way in which people think that because John Edwards is from NC that he’ll get any votes on a national ticket. A better theory is that Kerry will pick Gephardt because he might obtain Missouri and Pennsylvania for him.

Posted by Fire @ 3:34 AM

A Question

Could someone please tell me why homosexual couples are entitled to anything?

Posted by Gus @ 3:32 PM

Kerry Wins Big.
Super Tuesday is Super Over.

Kerry’s up 5 for 7, which makes it 7 for 9. Good, now Bush can train and concentrate his fire on the aristocratic protector of the teacher unions and trial lawyers.

Posted by Fire @ 4:43 AM

The Iron School Chancellor.

You may know Sol Stern from City Journal. He wrote the outstanding a fine memoir of the 60s-90s. Anyway, here he refers to the

educational commandant

of New York.

Thousands of teachers are demoralized and close to revolt over his attempts to micromanage every last detail of their classroom practices. Reading experts representing the New York State Education Department have voted no confidence in the “balanced literacy” curriculum he has imposed top-down on most city schools, rejecting it as “a philosophical framework” unsupported by “current scientifically based research on reading.”

Posted by Fire @ 4:28 AM

Now, More than Ever!

Posted by Fire @ 4:21 AM

Boys Are Stupid–A thing of the Past.

Just in case you missed this, and I doubt anyone did,

here’s a story

about Glenn Sacks and others fighting to refuse obvious Hate T-shirts that are not qualified as hate because they slander men.

The T-shirts and pajamas are meant to be funny, with cartoon captions like “Boys Are Stupid – Throw Rocks At Them.” But some protesters, encouraged by a fathers-rights talk show host, are unamused and have pressured three retail chains into dropping the merchandise.

Posted by Fire @ 4:16 AM

Common Sense Responds!

I have him on the cellphone at the moment and he says, “Fire, tell the not so little dog that I believe her about not taking a big black paintbrush to her roots. Help! Help! I need a root job! Call queer eye.”

Posted by Fire @ 8:37 PM

It’s Little Fox: Three Marriage Solicitations Can’t Be Wrong!!!

Posted by Fire @ 7:37 PM

We Complain About Government, Well, What Are We Doing About It?

In the past two days, this blog has had two posts linking to two excellent articles.

The first article

(courteousy of UberBern) spoke to the tremendous increase in the Federal government’s size and budget over the years.

The second article

(courteousy of yours truely) spoke to competing ideologies about the proper role of government and the individual’s relationship to it. The thesis of both those articles are all well and good – as long as we chose to act on them.

As “conservatives,” or “liberaterians,” or anything in between, we often complain about the government being too big and taxes too high. The fact of the matter is, we do need some taxes and some government. We simply have to decide how much. But the problem is we want (and I mean the people in general) an increase in services with a decrease in taxes without really realizing it. That’s a combination that just doesn’t make much sense.

So as the election cycle starts to heat up, we should make it a duty – we owe to our country – that whenever we hear a politician, federal, state or local, talk about a new government program, we ask how that program is going to be paid for. Conversely, whenever a politician talks about cutting taxes, we need to ask which programs are going to be defunded along with the decrease in revenue

The tricky part will be deciding what programs stay, and what programs go. We need an FDA, USDA, and even and EPA (do you really think toxins won’t be dumped if left up to the integrity of some corporation?) As I said earlier, it’s just how much government do we want. For starters, I think the FCC should stop the absurd notion of enforcing “decency” laws. The burden should be on parents to determine what their kids view – Janet Jackson’s nipple notwithstanding. The DEA should stop wasting money on busting pot growers. There ain’t a cop nor judge in the country who gives a crap in anyone has less than an ounce. And why do we have a national education deparment when education is a local issue?

Entire governmental programs don’t need to be cut of course. We probably could get away with cleaning up the beauracracy – making it more efficient – and that alone will save billions of dollars. Case in point, on the loc?al level, here in Chicago, a friend of mine who works for the City is having a disciplinary hearing tomorrow for breaking his department’s policy. The policy he broke: he sent an email IN ALL CAPS. Does the City of Chicago really need to waste the tax payers money first by creating the policy and two by enforcing the policy? In good ol’ Cal-eeforn-yuh, our friend Pete Mayer recently wrote on this blog about some governmental asshole who wants to Feng Shui all the public buildings.

The good news is that much of the governmental proposed waste never actually becomes law. But unfortunately, simply introducing a bill in the state legislature is a tremendous burden on the tax payers. Ten years ago in Illinois, it cost $17,444 to simply introduce a bill! There were 5,800 bills introduced. You do the math to find to figure out how much is being wasted. Illinois isn’t even the worst state. In Pennsylvania it cost $52,000 to introduce a bill and $735,000 to pass a bill. That’s one bill! The next time your state senator introduces a bill for a new commerative liscense plate that costs more to produce than it brings in, let him know you object to him flushing money down the toliet.

So if we’re serious about “taking back the government,” let’s do something about it. Let’s demand that government actually reduce its size – not only in the scope of services rendered, but also in terms of employment. With the election cycle about to get into full swing, it is now the pefect time to start the revolution.

Posted by CommonSense @ 6:24 PM

Needed: A Nation of “Prudes”

Let’s get right to it. When Janet Jackson bared her right nipple tp the whole world, or at least a large part of it, during the Super Bowl half-time show, she continued a pattern which has been been going on for some time and is gaining momentum.

Tammy Bruce calls it “Incrementalism”, the slow erosion of any kind of standards of decency and morality.

(A word about the word “morality”. It’s one that curiously offends a lot of people so let’s just say, “the standards for being a human being”)

It is a combination of the idea that sex has no rules and the narcissistic notion that adults are the only people who count.

The “What’s the big deal?” defense is the first thing that has to be deconstructed.

The Super Bowl is, I believe, the most widely watched show on TV. Probably it is one of the few times that families have to get together and enjoy something as a unit.

So what are they treated to? Not only Janet Jackson’s nipple but dogs biting a guy’s crotch for a beer, gas-passing horses (a bit stolen from “Seinfeld” by the way) and suggestions of bestiality in the Budweiser commercial in which a chimp asks a woman if back hair bothers her and a rapper holding his crotch all the way through his song (and of course the camera stays on him).

If you find this funny, you might just want to ask yourself why you find it funny.

Children, who are supposed to be watching a football game, should not be subjected to this kind of abuse. And that is exactly what it is.

I’m sick of it and, no, I am not going to defend my experience of the darker side of life, which I have had more than enough of by the way, by saying “I’m no prude but..”

There are no excuses for what happened during the half-time show on Sunday. This is not about the First Amendment; it is about being an adult and respecting the rights of others.

CBS, the NFL, Viacom and MTV all had a hand in this, directly or indirectly.

Each of them should be fined and fined heavily. And each of them owes the public, who supports their ventures, a big, BIG apology.

And for the people who say, “What’s the big deal?”, the big deal is this: there are times and places for everything. That’s what being a grown-up is all about.

You laugh at “The Three Stooges” but only a nit-wit laughs at Auschwitz or a woman publicly degrading herself before literally tens of millions of people.

What Janet Jackson did is not “hip” or “cool”; it is childish and disgusting.

Last point: if anyone wants to call me a “Prude”, fine. Here’s the route I’m taking: for too long the media, arts and entertainment businesses have been dominated by no talent people whose maturity level can’t be too much higher that 15.

And that may be an insult to a lot of 15 year olds.

It’s time they were handled the same way misguided children (which is what they are) are handled, firmly and with clear rules in language they understand.

Where do Viacom, the NFL, CBS and MTV go if no one watches them?

Posted by Gus @ 6:11 PM

Bush a “Deserter?”

By Pete Mayer

Give it up Mr. Moore,

hopefully this article

-and moore like it- will finally put this non-issue to rest. In response to Peter Jennings’ confrontational questioning, Gen. Wesley Clark said, “To be honest with you, I did not look at the facts, Peter. You know, that’s Michael Moore’s opinion. He’s entitled to say that. I’ve seen — he’s not the only person who’s said that. I’ve not followed up on those facts. And frankly, it’s not relevant to me and why I’m in this campaign.” The total absence of objective thinking is -in my opinion- indicative of the General’s character… or lack thereof.

Posted by Fire @ 4:02 PM

The Little Fox Attacks the Great Hero of the People, Common Sense.

In response to “The not so little fox is absurd” blurb that Not So Much Common Sense posted a few days ago, I would like to make the following rebuttal: Why is it that when a woman is outspoken and smart that the only thing anyone wants to ridicule is her weight or looks?

[I will say, as editor, that the Little Fox does describe herself as being beautiful which is something a man would never do. If you say you’re beautiful then you open yourself up for this type of thing]

I don’t need to defend either to any of you especially when my site is not a porn site but a political commentary page (even though I’ve received 3 marriage proposals from those photos in 3 months). What is particularly interesting to me is that any woman, in Not So Much Common Sense’s opinion, who has a webpage should be selling something other than her ideas.

[Well, she did use photographic representations of herself and video clips to express her points]

I have never claimed to be a Playboy Bunny. I also will not show anyone my boobs (to N.S.M.C.S.’s deep dissapointment).

[What about her husband!]

When N.S.M.C.S. writes something I don’t like, I debate it with him. On the other hand, If I write something he doesn’t like, he criticizes my supposed weight problem (really strange, because he’s never seen me from the neck down.) I challenge Senor Cad to be brave enough to post a photo of himself so that all of us may see what is so spectacularly attractive about him that makes him an expert on everyone else’s appearance. (I suspect he is sorely in need of a Queer Eye makeover.) Advice: Put some of the energy you funnel into tearing down others into getting a job. Maybe that way could actually get a date.

Posted by Fire @ 3:59 PM

Of Boobs, TV, and Censorship

Janet Jackson, apparently in a plublicity stunt gone wrong,

showed her boobie

to a worldwide television audience during Sunday’s Stuporbowl. No man in his right mind, after watching half a football game, is going to stay seated in his easy chair in order to watch Miss Nasty herself lipsync. The point is, nobody probably witnessed it. Yet, the FCC is up in arms enough to announce they are

launching an investigation into the matter

. Hey, Howard Dean may be crazy, but at least he knows enough to

call the whole thing a bit “silly.”

The real investigation should be why Jackson’s tits are a different color than her face. Or if that piece of jewelry stays on when she’s not as cold as she apparently was that fateful night in Houston.

The thing that really ticks me off about the whole incident is the liberal use of the word “artist.” Tom Poleman, Senior VP of programing at NYC’s Z100 radio station said “Every time an artist does something you think they sort of break the barrier, and it keeps getting more and more outrageous. . . I think artists will keep on exploiting every opportunity they can get.”
Isn’t calling Janet Jackson an “artist” elevating her to a status that is just a wee bit high? Jackson is an entertainer. That’s it. Nothing more. What she does is not art. It is entertainment (although who she actually entertains is beyond me). In our empty, valueless, without meaning entertainment driven (or ridden) society, it is disgusting that a bunch of narcissists have to justify their existence by calling themselves something they are not. Do we really want to let people like Jackson (she and her brother for that matter, and I’m not talking about Jermaine) and Madonna have the same cultural weight as Beethoven, Mozart, and Bach? Since when did the ability to lip sync while gyrate your hips to someone else’s music become art? At best, Jackson and her cohorts are a successful version of the ’80s TV show, “Puttin’ On the Hits.”

Art gives value to humanity. What does Janet Jackson give besides a headline to Entertainment Tonight and Access Hollywood? The touchy part is that “art” is subjective. Hence the rise of performance “art,” tattoos, and Jennifer Aniston’s career. To paraphrase our great Supreme Court, I may not be able to define art, but I know it when I see it. And Janet Jackson ain’t it.

Posted by CommonSense @ 10:49 PM

Fire Believed By Authorities to Be Man In Front and on the Right.

Posted by Fire @ 10:43 PM

Being a Columnist Sucks.
By Paul Craig Roberts.

He’s one of the best around and ought to know. That’s the same fellow who wrote the tax attack from last week. The abuse isn’t always fun, but, you know, it’s often the only time that the leftists hear any dissenting opinions. That’s why they get so mad, I believe.

Posted by Fire @ 10:40 PM

More Words of the Master.
Roger Kimball

, hero and conservative stalwart, back again as it is early in the month, with his usual short paragraphs in the Notes & Comments section of The New Criterion. A glorious read!

Posted by Fire @ 10:37 PM

Somerset Maugham.
One of my favorite writers is the subject by a new biography

. The reviewer, is Anthony Daniels/Theodore Dalyrimple who’s also a total stud. It’s a quick read, particularly if, like me, you go few places without

The Moon and Sixpence, Cakes and Ale, and Of Human Bondage

never far from your mind. How good is Maugham? I loved him dearly. See for yourself.

Posted by Fire @ 10:35 PM

Spend Cash Until You’re Dead.

The wonderful

Stephen Moore’s

accurate view of our government: thievery and our guy’s no better than the rest–lamentfully.

In 1940 there were 4 million Americans working for government and 11 million working in manufacturing. Today, there are 7 million more Americans working for government (21.5 million) than in all manufacturing industries (14.5 million). We have shifted from an economy of people who make things, to an economy of people who tax, regulate, subsidize, and outlaw things. We certainly have more rule-makers and red-tape dispensers than ever before.

Posted by Fire @ 10:29 PM

pic taken down

Posted by Fire @ 5:31 AM

The Toiletbowl.
Here’s Reid Collins

writing in response to the low-level ads we saw last night. I was in a bar and didn’t hear any of the words spoken in them.

For reasons known only to CBS and the time buyers, the commercials during most of the second half were reasonably tame. There were some appeals to responsibility when drinking, a couple of expensive car ads, some inoffensives for AOL, but no further plays on bestiality, flatulence or painful depilatory episodes. Too bad, for by now the kiddies were in bed. The rectitude of the network had spared them and their elders the pain of watching a commercial with political overtones, the CBS practices regime rejecting such a crass offering.

Posted by Fire @ 5:30 AM

The Peter Principle.

This describes much of my experience

working in a bureaucracy.

I saw this yesterday and wanted to copy it for everyone at school but all heck would break loose.

Posted by Fire @ 5:26 AM

Words of the Master.

“The NEA, W’s way.” A new one, by the

biggest dog, Roger Kimball.
He has cut out the cutting edge and put back the art. Instead of supporting repellent “transgressive” freaks, he has instituted an important new program to bring Shakespeare to communities across America. And by Shakespeare I mean Shakespeare, not some PoMo rendition that portrays Hamlet in drag or sets A Midsummer Night’s Dream in a concentration camp.

Posted by Fire @ 1:30 PM

Confederates for Howard Dean.
Oh this is just hysterical.

Couldn’t happen to a bigger pr-ck. He deserves the parody.

A Southern Strategy for the 21st Century. Howard Dean is giving us a reason to vote Democrat again. — Robert E. Lee, Dean Supporter

That’s a riot.

Posted by Fire @ 1:28 PM

Radical Islam in our Backyard.
Here’s one by Mike Bowers

from Orland Park (IL’s) newspaper on Muslim hate. It’s an intensive investigative piece. I fear for the columnist’s health based on what we know of these extremists.

Posted by Fire @ 1:21 PM

Nice Guy Sighting.

Yes, he’s back. From Russia actually and he’s got a new screed up on his

site on men

being denied the right to vote. Personally, I am glad that felons are barred from the polls but he presents an interesting case.

Posted by Fire @ 1:20 PM

Freedom v. Equality

By George Will

“. . . 2004 may secure the ascendancy of one of two radically different ideas of the proper role of government and the individual’s proper relationship to it.”

Posted by CommonSense @ 12:30 PM

Asian Chick Stalks Common Sense.

When are these girls going to learn to leave him alone?

Posted by Fire @ 9:10 AM

Howard Dean, Killed By the Clintons.

Per the eminent

Emmett Tyrrell

of ye old Spectator writing in the Opinion Journal. The Clintons offed him to save the enchilada for El Coozos Nochos, Hillary.

Looking back on the assault on Mr. Dean before the Iowa caucuses, one is reminded of the old joke that politics really is a blood sport, and by caucus day the blood was everywhere and so were the Clintons’ fingerprints. I cannot recall such a concerted assault on a front-runner in any other primary season. Dick Morris was, perhaps, the first to claim that Mr. McAuliffe’s agents spread negative research against Mr. Dean.

Posted by Fire @ 8:58 AM

The Many Changing Positions of John Kerry.

He’s a clown but

he’s a slick clown

and I’m sure he’ll win the primary. Then I predict, Bush 51% Kerry 47% other 2% in November 2004. Then let’s get George to be a conservative.

“Kerry,” Gillespie said, is “one of the most liberal members of the Senate.” More so, in fact, than the senior senator from Massachusetts: “Americans for Democratic Action–the premier liberal rating organization–puts [Kerry’s] lifetime rating at 93 percent,” Gillespie noted. “Senator [Edward M.] Kennedy has a lifetime rating of 88 percent–five points less.”

Gillespie paused. “Who would have guessed it?” he asked. “Ted Kennedy is the conservative senator from Massachusetts!”

Posted by Fire @ 8:26 AM

Racial Football.

Rick Telander: Racist Bastard.

Here’s a piece I wrote

yesterday for Hudson on the whole reparations kerfluffle.

Telander has several “I have recently purchased a condominium on Mars” moments in this diatribe. Few are more perplexing than this doozy: “The Super Bowl, in its frenzy of glitz, hyperbole and cheery rhetoric, gives viewers a wildly skewed vision of the reality of being black in the United States.”

Posted by Fire @ 8:22 AM

The Chapin Nation

No, Status Has Nothing to Do with Attracting Women.

Posted by Fire @ 7:08 AM

Lying About America: Again and Again.

When will it end? Likely never.

You remember all this masochistic trash don’t you?

About us being the world’s real villians and that’s why the WTC got incinerated. I can hear their latte voices to this day (in my case some were relatives): “What are the root causes of the 9/11 attack? What did we do to those people?” The real question is why would anybody feel sorry for the envious, cruel and evil radical Islamists.

Nations that defend themselves tend not to win popularity contests. But that does not imply that the United States has no need to make the case for itself and its policies. For too long, Washington has failed to do that effectively.

Tell it to the mountain!

Posted by Fire @ 6:51 AM

The Cat in the Hat.

Nice little review here. Mike Myers plays the Cat as an old Jewish comic, now that’s funny!

They say it’s a bit risque and not meant for children.

I readily believe that. Things sure have changed since we used to watch Lost in Space as kids.

No, the real question is, what is the cutoff age at which children seeing “The Cat in the Hat” this weekend will connect the dots and understand who Paris Hilton is and why she’s famous at this particular moment?

Posted by Fire @ 6:44 AM

American Women Have Much to Be Thankful For!

Yes they do, and it is not because they live in an imagined patriarchy.

Here’s Carrie Lukas giving us the gratefulness scoop.
Still, this is not 1950. Women today enjoy choice and opportunity, both in and out of the home. Feminist organizations should stop fighting the last war; they should refocus their energies on reforming policies that limit flexibility and stifle economic progress. And they might focus more attention on our sisters overseas, in places like the Middle East, Asia, and Africa.

Posted by Fire @ 6:38 AM

U. of C. activists want bathrooms without gender

This shows just how out of teach these freaks are with real women. They’ve tried these kinds of gender integrating things before, and the women themselves don’t like them. I think UOC has an IWF at it.

My comments in bold.

November 26, 2003

BY LUCIO GUERRERO Staff Reporter Advertisement

Transgender, gay and feminist groups at the University of Chicago are asking officials to consider creating more gender-neutral bathrooms, saying some people aren’t comfortable selecting a gender-specific facility.

[Pfft! Let’s ruin thing for everyone because some transgendered freak can’t decide if he wants the boy or girl’s room.]

“Persons who are not easily legible as male or female often experience various forms of intimidation in these places. If a woman in a women’s-only restroom is assumed to be a man, there may be real threats to her comfort and even safety,” [oh, so women are violent now?] warns the Coalition for a Queer Safe Campus, a student group comprised of various organizations supporting equality on campus. “Students have faced gay-baiting comments in our university’s sex-segregated bathrooms.”

The issue is especially of concern to transgenders who attend the university. The coalition said they know of students who don’t use the bathrooms at school to avoid any controversy. [They’ll block off streets, take over buildings, but they can’t use the bathroom? Pfft!!!]

Members of the Feminist Majority, Queers & Associates and the Center for Gender Studies held a panel at the university last week to discuss the issue. Moon Duchin, a graduate student at U. of C. and an adviser to the Queer Safe Campus bathroom initiative, said there is a misperception on campus from some students about the gender-neutral bathrooms.

She said after the panel convened and word spread about the topic, some students posted negative comments on Web sites about the movement. [Kind of like this one.]

“This is a hot-button issue with some people who think that we are trying to do away with conventional bathrooms,” Duchin said. “But that’s not the case. We are trying to create more choices for people.” [Choices! More choices!! There’s that word again!! That’s what we need! Choices!]

In the short term, the group wants to change existing bathrooms on one floor of the Joseph Regenstein Library and one floor of Cobb Hall, a popular student hangout. In the future, the group would like the university to consider gender-neutral bathrooms to be included in the plans for new buildings.

“Access to public, single-occupancy bathrooms would be ideal for undercutting this source of intimidation, but converting existing multi-stall bathrooms to gender neutrality is an excellent, and easy, intermediate step,” the group writes on its Web site.

University officials said they are willing to look at the buildings to see if more bathrooms can be added.

“They have done a great job of raising community awareness of the issue,” said Bill Michel, associate dean of the college. [Oh my god!! Oh how I hate university admin!!! Please take a note of this person’s position in the university] “We are in the process of evaluating these two buildings to see if would be possible to create more bathrooms.”

Michel said the university already has nine gender-neutral bathrooms but none in the two most popular buildings.

But it is more than just a gay and transgender issue, for some feminists the issue of gender specific bathrooms has been a problem for years.

“Some feminists might say that any sex segregation is problematic,” [Ya, like heterosexual women choosing men and not exploring bisexuality, lesbianism, or only going solo] said Mary Anne Case, a professor of law at the University of Chicago who has studied the early roots of feminism and the inequality in sex segregated bathrooms.

Case said that along with creating more bathroom space for women — a typical problem in public facilities — the gender-neutral bathroom would also give men and women less reasons to separate in social functions. [This is blatantly false. The fact is, the more you keep men and women sepaparated, the closer you will bring them. An effective method to keep men and women away from each other romantically is to make them live together or piss together – this is a known fact.]

I thought this stupid shit died off in the late 90s. I was wrong.

Posted by Amber @ 3:04 AM

Dance, Dance Little Sister Dance!

Posted by Fire @ 6:35 PM

Sylvester Fights Back–Publishes Own Magazine!

Posted by Fire @ 7:07 AM

Men and Pulp Fiction.
Memoir-filled piece from Reason.

It regards men in the fifties to eighties reading pulpy magazines that had basic evolutionary themes: man defeats great evil, damsels in distress must be saved, man finds himself, etc. Amazingly, these themes were always contained within the pages a single book. I never did read that stuff, but you could argue that my loving comic books and The Savage Sword of Conan was not much different.

Posted by Fire @ 7:07 AM

8.2% Growth, the Times they are a’ Booming!

Well, not yet, but soon.

Here’s a piece by the charming Larry Kudlow about Bush’s chances in 2004.

In short, he loves them, but he cautions the president to stay away from protectionism, and he could not be more right. He calls Bush’s steel tariffs “silly,” but I can think of a lot worse words. That bra thing with china is outrageous and hopefully it won’t go through. Free market uber alles!

Posted by Fire @ 6:58 AM

A Complete Explanation of Supply and Demand.
And on not more than 2 pages of print too. Here Lew Rockwell explains the hallmarks of employment in relation to the economy through the question of lost jobs.

Jobs are not “lost.” People in the US can continue to work at whatever they want, but they will do so under the margin of profit. In a true free market, an economy always loses employment in some areas and finds jobs openning in others. It’s inherent to supply and demand. We don’t lament that America is no longer 70% agrarian workers do we?

Posted by Fire @ 2:22 AM

Tom Sylvester, “let’s not get too extreme”

He didn’t say it that way, but I agree with Bernard: He’s a pussy. Here’s what he had to say in his


on mensnewsdaily: “I have also argued that fathers’ rights advocates and the “men’s movement” (as represented by Men’s News Daily) undermine any legitimate grievances they might have through extreme rhetoric, conspiracy theorizing, and juvenile name-calling.”

He had just written a few sentences earlier: “Essentially, I have accused him [Bernard] of being an angry, whiny white male victimologist.” He couldn’t even write the word pussy. He had to put a “-” into it. Here’s what he wrote in an article on “Welfare policies may have contributed to the rise in out-of-wedlock childbearing.”

Gee, do you think so, Tom? Welfare policies MAY have contributed to the rise in out-of-wedlock childbearing? Wow! He’s really going out on a limb there! Extremists are basically people who say something that offend their opponents. Can’t have that!

Posted by PolishKnight @ 4:36 PM

From Women who won’t
Rod Liddle says there may be good reasons for women to stay at home, but a lot of them do it because they are plain idle

Posted by PolishKnight @ 3:48 PM

W 2004!

Posted by Fire @ 12:14 PM

America: The bland melting pot

What do you get when you mix British, German, East Indian, Chinese, and Italian food all together? I don’t know, but it would probably taste similar to something I ate a sport’s bar last night.

I was amazed. Orange chicken on the menu next to meatloaf, kung pao, fish and chips, and cheeseburgers. I ordered the fish (and regretted it.) I just moved to the D.C. area and I’m looking for a place. Foreigners advised me “This isn’t Europe. These are suburban jails. For 5 acres, there will be nothing but housing and if you want to do anything, you must drive to a strip mall.” Relatives visiting from supposed third world countries said they felt as if they were in jail. In other countries (and in the states in the past) you could walk a block or even around the corner and find a group of small shops to cater to a variety of needs.

Why is this? A variety of reasons I imagine: The un-PC phenomina of “white flight” caused whites and their career wives to flee to the suburbs and build housing that would suit families who were rarely at home other than after work. It’s ironic, isn’t it, that Betty Friedan felt as if she were trapped in a suburban jail only to make it even moreso for such women’s granddaughters? European culture has been labeled as simply “white” and oppressive resulting in a society that seeks to destroy culture. When cultural displays are permitted, it’s entirely for a hidden political demonstration. I almost want to flee to Canada if that weren’t even more dull! At least here, I have a job!

Working class Joe was asking what could be done to turn things around. I have a number of suggestions: the original leftist revolution was funded, make no mistake about it, by the sentiments of working class men and women. People will have to lead by example: Two parent families can have a tremendous amount of resources if they start forming “mom and pop” restaurants that diners will find more enjoyable than bland sports bars. Or teaching piano out of their home. The idea is to bring the community back together and by doing so, demonstrate the values that allow this to happen in the first place.

This is already happening with home schooling. When a leftist tried to have home schooling regulated, home schoolers had their fax machines ready to flood their representatives. That was the end of that. It’s a paradox that for small government to work, it has to become organized. I’m open to suggestions.

Posted by PolishKnight @ 8:42 AM

A Thanksgiving note to Working Class Joe and Common Sense

It’s interesting how both Canada and the current state of education and relationships in the states tie together.

Working Class Joe is dismayed by American society today. I agree with him. Fortunately, it’s not fatal: I’m engaged to be married. My boss is 40 and has two daughters aged 5 and 3. My co-worker is a similar age and just had a baby girl. How do men who would have been labeled “middle-aged” in a previous era have children at such a late age? (Hint: Younger or foreign women.)

Young men are told they have their whole lives ahead of them and it’s true: He cannot rush. It’s a tortoise and hare race. He has to build a career, develop an understanding of the world (and women), fight the tough battles (even if it means possibly getting killed) and find someone. Fortunately, he has a lot of time to do this. Men seemingly mature more slowly because they have many responsibilities.

For young women, the challenges are different. The world seemingly hands them everything on a silver platter and even more so in a post-feminist society. They are told to not only over-consume, but waste. When I was growing up, women were being told even by their elders that marriage for young women was for suckers. A woman could “have it all!” and men who disagreed with them would be abandoned by the sisterhood. Feminism relies, ironically, upon the notion that women are not equal to men.

Times are changing as I observed above. The guys who played the game by the rules of American society are stuck in powerless marriages or in horrid divorces. Sex and the City and Bridgett Jones’ Diary are fairy tales about a syndrome that is becoming all too familiar to aging career women. The smart men and women are those who will form the foundation of a future American society.

Ok, now onto Canada: I’ve been in Toronto and have friends there. It’s very… clean and orderly. Much like Europe. There’s a number of reasons for this: Much of European socialism worked. I love the train system and, yes, their health care system is better than our messy screwed up patchwork. Canada also reaps the benefits of low population and comparatively low immigration (it gets COLD up there!) and it’s not exactly a short bus ride from Mexico.

However, just as the party is ending for young career girls in the states the time will come for them too. My friends in Canada told me about the dark side: Low wages and high unemployment. Institutions that are even more powerful than in the U.S. being taken over by traditionally politically correct forces.

The U.S. has survived through some very hard times that have devastated Europe, Asia, and most of the rest of the world. This is not an accident. The great leaders or “Fuhrers” of the past who promised to give everyone a job and handout are the same guys that people in those countries need the stupid yanks to come in and clean up the mess afterward. Canadians aren’t allowed to own firearms or freedom of the press. I’m not just talking about burning flags. I mean that “hate speech” when someone disagrees with the orthodoxy.

America isn’t the land of the free that’s been promised or bragged about in schoolrooms, but it’s the best thing the world has to go on for now.

Posted by PolishKnight @ 8:37 AM


vs. packers.

Well, there truly is one born every minute as I’m about to skate down to the gym so I can be back home to see the game at 11 am. I stayed in last night and feel great this morning, but that will only last until the second or third minute of the first quarter. Now, if any youngsters are reading this, learn from my example. I’m going to my Cousin Vic’s house AFTER the game is over. You see, this is a pro-social move. I know people will be pointing their fingers and laughing at my Lions all afternoon so why be there and make enemies? The wise thing is to wait and scarf up all his whoresdeevorrs (our old college pronounciation) at 3 pm when Dallas comes on.

Posted by Fire @ 8:32 AM
This is a shark tank full of radicals, and frontpage offers this top-shelf primer on their odd and strange ideology.

You should read this one and check them out; if only to be grateful you’re not a member. Our Common Sense cut his teeth with these guys. He’d purposelessly write anti-PC stuff and post it there. He was given free daily beatings, but at least had the opportunity to give a little back– the site is not as closely supervised as freerepublic. He’s even, the cheeky bastard, posted a couple of my columns there so I could receive their two minute hate as well.

Posted by Fire @ 8:27 AM

Leftists Put On Rockshow.
And say nothing.

You know, this business with REM, Audioslave, whatever flavor band of the week, does not matter to me but I am sickened at the way Billy Bragg acts. He’s one of my favorite performers of all time. I loved him as a high school student when his love/relationship songs were as outstanding as they are today, and I was thankfully too politically naive to pay attention to the anti-capitalist message. Oh well, some of the music is immortal but his new CD from last year is agitation propaganda. He even writes a song about the “WTO.” How f— gay.

Posted by Fire @ 8:21 AM

Paul Hollander, Weapon of Mass Destruction


Judging by the six copies on display at the local Border’s, Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals is one of the most popular political books of the last 30 years. Barbara Olson reported that Hillary Clinton read it, and it is widely regarded as being invaluable for leftist activism. On the right, one could argue that David Horowitz’s The Art of Political War is its equivalent, but I would say that Paul Hollander’s Discontents: Postmodern & Postcommunist is a work without peer when it comes to defeating all the “isms” of the culture war.

Discontents is prolonged and efficient siege on the seductive and corrupt ideas that have hypnotized our cognitive elite. He thoroughly debunks the hogwash which poses as scholarship today. Hollander offers no circumlocution. No target evades him and, in a little over 400 pages, his pen turns the dogma of academia to verbose scrapple.

The book is comprised of 25 essays and most of them are brilliant. They should be read again and again. This is particularly true of his introduction, “‘Imagined Tyranny’? Political Correctness Reconsidered,” “Reassessing the Adversary Culture,” “The Pursuit of Identity, Community and Social Justice,” and, lastly, “Marxism and Western Intellectuals in the Post-communist Era.”

The remainder are average or better with the exception being a piece regarding Coppola’s film, “Godfather II.” This was his only offering with a conclusion I disagreed with, and I regard its inclusion in the collection as a mistake.

Unlike Roger Kimball, whose scintillating books offer case-by-case commentaries of intellectuals and their work, Hollander globally undermines the theoretical basis for political correctness, multiculturalism, feminism, and post-modernism. The result is a meticulously footnoted compendium of argumentation that, for the most part, reads without effort.

Without question, Paul Hollander is an expert on the subject of which he writes. He is a Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a fellow of Russian Studies at Harvard University, but his career is miles from winding down as he will soon release a title on anti-Americanism.

Nowadays, to be a scholar at an average American university means making concessions to certain groups and the unruly goddess of sensitivity on a daily basis. All to often, holding one’s tongue is the most sensible way to gain tenure and secure a pension. Thus, it is amazing how Hollander could have thrived in such an environment–which he referred to as the “Peoples Republic of Amherst.”

Many faculty members contend that PC does not actually exist. Hollander will not equivocate on this topic. He minutely defines political correctness on our campuses, and then explains why these beliefs are logically unsound and anathema to the pursuit of truth. For this reason, I did not exaggerate when stating he was a “Weapon of Mass Destruction.” If only we could have 50 more scholars like him.

Should Hollander be named to a college presidency, cultural Marxism would soon go the way of Khmer Rouge apologists. There would be no where to hide from his supervision. To him, a politically correct campus is one that includes the following: the presence of speech codes, advantages in financial aid, admission or recruitment for designated groups, an allowance for group self-segregation like in dormitories, freshman orientation programs drenched in leftist dogma, the presence of black studies, women studies, or gay studies, required courses in multiculturalism, required sensitivity training for staff, and, lastly, computing the profile of the school’s average commencement speaker and whether they are consistently on the left of the political spectrum.

Oh, how fortunate was I to have graduated with a B.A. in 1991. How the magnolia trees of freedom bloomed plush white flowers and the angels of our founding fathers sang accompaniment!

Well, maybe not, but almost none of the PC elements that Hollander mentions, with the exception of minority scholarships, was a part of my college experience. What a difference a decade makes, however. Last year’s alumnae magazine boasted proudly that racists like Cornell West and Randall Robinson were paid to come to campus, and now my alma mater even has a full-time Director of Minority Relations who contributes a column for the quarterly report (presumably for the benefit of distant graduates who avoided identity politics while they attended).

In my mind, the book’s strongest passage is Hollander’s dissection of what is known as “selective determinism.” I acknowledge that some readers were already aware of this concept, but I was unaware of it until reading Discontents. Selective determinism suggests that, for some blessed members of the population, nothing they do is their fault.

This minority, which strangely makes up 70% of the population, is excused and forgiven because they are deemed oppressed and were embroidered with a pink letter “O” at birth. They are not individuals. Their lives have been steered by societal forces that, like a powerful undertow, drags them in directions they never intended to go.

Yet, for those of us who happen to be without the benevolent protection of theoretical fairies there is no quarter. We are always responsible for our crimes. Society never mitigates our level of culpability. Under this theory, the non-oppressed group, often white males, have enduring characteristics beyond nurture’s impact. Hollander elaborates:

“The feminist version of selective social determinism proposes that nothing about men is ‘socially constructed’ because that would ‘let them off the hook, so men get heavy doses of essentialist attributes’ a professor of women’s studies observed.”

The author makes his discussion of selective determinism quite topical as its underlying fallaciousness makes any consideration of hate crimes legislation worthless as social considerations do not apply if one is unlucky enough to commit a felony or misdemeanor against a chosen person.

The left internalizes this view and cannot say a bad word about evils committed by “oppressed” victims. This particular quote may be one of most telling and humorous about the pathological leftist mindset:

“A student of social work at Columbia University in New York strikingly personified such beliefs. Having been ‘struck in the head with a chunk of concrete’…she expressed concern for her attacker, speculating that he must have had a troubled childhood.”

It’s really a shame that such statements don’t come with a laughtrack.

The conservative intellectuals who possess Paul Hollander’s ingenuity, while also being reader-friendly, can be counted on one hand. Should you doubt my sincerity, let’s examine the firepower of the following simple paragraph:

“It may also be argued (pessimistically) that a better understanding of human behavior and social institutions is essentially incompatible with the activist disposition because better understanding leads to the realization of the limits of benign and purposeful social action and especially their proverbial unintended consequences…more information may confirm the kind of skepticism highly uncongenial to the activist.”

Did you feel the tremors from the explosion? With that short analysis Hollander obliterates the smug, self-assurance of the radical. He confirms what we all know to be true; radicals are radicals because they never stop to consider how things can get worse, and they also have no knowledge of human nature or the human condition.

I should also warn, as I am fully aware of how educated the average reader is, that there are two flaws in this work. First, there are a great many typos. I counted more than 30, but I wasn’t looking that closely. Second, the price of the book may be prohibitive. Indeed, I spent almost 40 dollars for my copy– which is one of the many reasons why I’m on buying restriction until February 1st 2004.

In summation, Paul Hollander’s Discontents documents the humane need to triumph over lies wherever we encounter them. The contributions of this exceptional man invigorate our side in the culture war; a side that stands for free speech, liberty, and honesty. As for me, I will not sell my personal copy nor loan it out, but, should I ever awake to find a Swedish PC Inspector armed with several pens and an assistant at the door, you can be sure I’ll toss the text into a pre-constructed secret panel before inviting them in for a microscopic tour of Abba records and Jessie Jackson Cat in the Hat books on tape.

Posted by Fire @ 6:22 PM

Our Neighbors to the North

No, not Wisconsin, but Canada. A Canadian friend sent me the following articleand it makes one think about the liberatrian roots of our country.

From the Pittsbugh Post-Gazette

You live next door to a clean-cut, quiet guy. He never plays loud music or throws raucous parties. He doesn’t gossip over the fence, just smiles politely and offers you some tomatoes. His lawn is cared-for, his house is neat as a pin and you get the feeling he doesn’t always lock his front door.

He wears Dockers. You hardly know he’s there. And then one day you discover that he has pot in his basement, spends his weekends at peace marches and that guy you’ve seen mowing the yard is his spouse. Allow me to introduce Canada.

The Canadians are so quiet that you may have forgotten they’re up there, but they’ve been busy doing some

surprising things. It’s like discovering that the mice you are dimly aware of in your attic have been building an espresso machine.

Did you realize, for example, that our reliable little tag-along brother never joined the Coalition of the Willing?

Canada wasn’t willing, as it turns out, to join the fun in Iraq. I can only assume American diner menus weren’t angrily changed to include “freedom bacon,” because nobody here eats the stuff anyway.

And then there’s the wild drug situation: Canadian doctors are authorized to dispense medical marijuana. Parliament is considering legislation that would not exactly legalize marijuana possession, as you may have heard, but would reduce the penalty for possession of under 15 grams to a fine, like a speeding ticket. This is to allow law enforcement to concentrate resources on traffickers; if your garden is full of wasps, it’s smarter to go for the nest rather than trying to swat every individual bug. Or, in the United States, bong.

Now, here’s the part that I, as an American, can’t understand. These poor benighted pinkos are doing everything wrong. They have a drug problem: Marijuana offenses have doubled since 1991. And Canada has strict gun control laws, which means that the criminals must all be heavily armed, the law-abiding civilians helpless and the government on the verge of a massive confiscation campaign. (The laws have been in place since the ’70s, but I’m sure the government

will get around to the confiscation eventually.)

They don’t even have a death penalty! And yet .. nationally, overall crime in Canada has been declining since 1991. Violent crimes fell 13 percent in 2002. Of course, there are still crimes committed with guns brought in from the United States, which has become the major illegal weapons supplier for all of North America — but my theory is that the surge in pot-smoking has rendered most criminals too relaxed to commit violent crimes. They’re probably more focused on shoplifting boxes of Twinkies from convenince stores.

And then there’s the most reckless move of all: Just last month, Canada decided to allow and recognize same-sex marriages. Merciful moose, what can they be thinking? Will there be married Mounties (they always get their man!)? Dudley Do-Right was sweet on Nell, not Mel! We must be the only ones who really care about families. Not enough to make sure they all have health insurance, of course, but more than those libertines up north.

This sort of behavior is a clear and present danger to all our stereotypes about Canada. It’s supposed to be a cold, wholesome country of polite, beer-drinking hockey players, not founded by freedom-fighters in a bloody revolution but

quietly assembled by loyalists and royalists more interested in order and good government than liberty and independence.

But if we are the rugged individualists, why do we spend so much of our time trying to get everyone to march in lockstep? And if Canadians are so reserved and moderate, why are they so progressive about letting people do what they want to?

Canadians are, as a nation, less religious than we are, according to polls. As a result, Canada’s government isn’t influenced by large, well-organized religious groups and thus has more in common with those of

Scandinavia than those of the United States, or, say, Iran. Canada signed the Kyoto global warming treaty, lets 19-year-olds drink, has more of its population living in urban areas and accepts more immigrants per capita than the United States.

These are all things we’ve been told will wreck our society. But I guess Canadians are different, because theirs seems oddly sound. Like teenagers, we fiercely idolize individual freedom but really demand that everyone be the same. But the Canadians seem more adult — more secure. They aren’t afraid of foreigners. They aren’t afraid of homosexuality. Most of all, they’re not afraid of each other.

I wonder if America will ever be that cool.

Posted by CommonSense @ 3:13 PM

Rebeling Against the Black Mafia

Is Jesse Jackson and his Rainbow Coalition really any different than any other organization that has promised protection to a specific ethnic group? I’d say no. And is the case with those same groups, a crack in their veneer has to start some where. Well, Jackson’s veneer has started to crack right here in Chicago, in his own back yard. A group of protesters disrupted a Jackson rally yesterday saying he wasn’t doing enough to help the group he proports to represent.

Posted by CommonSense @ 1:12 PM

Political Correctness at the University of Chicago

The University of Chicago is arguably one of the best Universities in the world. There are more Nobel Prize winners on staff than at any other school. In fact, I think I read once that the Physics Department has more Nobel winning full professors than non-Nobel winning full professors. And yet, the school is not immune from the irrational blight of Political Correctness.

It seems that there is a group of students at the illustrious U of C that is lobbying for more “gender neutral” bathrooms. Apparently, the picture of a woman in a skirt, to connotate the of all things, a woman’s bathroom, is sexist. It assumes that a woman identifies with the picture. Judging by the all the lesbians in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood where I do my grocery shopping, very few lesbians wear skirts so I guess I understand the argument. Perhaps a picture of female and male genitials should be on bathroom doors instead?

Unfortunately, that won’t work either. That doesn’t take into consideration the feeling of our transgendered friends. What the hell is transgendered anyway? And do I want to be standing at a urinal next to something with breasts? The old Foreigner album cover for “Head games” comes to mind but the picture probably won’t be that pretty.

I’m further perplexed by the term “gender neutral.” Either a person is male or female, right? There’s no in between. Well, not according to the members of the U of C’s “Feminist Majority, Queers, and Associates” student group. While the group doesn’t define “transgendered,” it does say that in choosing which bathroom to use bathrooms will be called gender-neutral, rather than co-ed, because, “this terminology is generally used to refer to two sexes while the gender-neutral tends to be associated with more diversity and fluidity within the sex-gender continuum. As our aim is to make everyone, no matter what their gender and/or sexual persona is, more comfortable, we are using the term gender-neutral.”

This has all come about because, as Mary Anne Case, a panelist in a discussion on the topic of bathrooms said, “Going to the bathroom is a moment where definition is very important in choosing a door.” That definition has struck Nate Claxton and Red Vaughan Tremmel, other panelists personally. Tremmel knows someone who to travel across country, purchased an RV so he or she, Tremmel doesn’t say which, wouldn’t have to go through the stress of choosing a bathroom at rest stops. Claxton knows people, apparently more than one, who had contracted bladder infections because choosing a gender bathroom bothered them so much that they did not go to the bathroom all day.

Let me get this straight, there are people out there that are willing to spend over $50,000 and get bladder infections because they can’t decide which public bathroom to use? What a bunch of fucking losers. I’d suggest investing in some serious therapy rather than wasting everyone’s time on such an absurd problem as their waste discharge hang ups.

What utterly amazes me is that these people were smart enough to get into the U of C, but not smart enough to know if they should pee standing up or sitting down.

Posted by CommonSense @ 1:03 PM

Democrats Are Socialists First.

[I’ll add his name if the author asks me too]

There is a black hole out here among the rank and file flyovers.

You and I understand that the “Democratic” party is socialist beyond all

argument but when I typically use the word socialist to my democrat

acquaitances they shriek with horror(horror!! Mind you) at the term.

I now use the word “socialist” when speaking of Democrats ALL the time….I

never use the “D” word. They just go ballistic, rant and rave, start calling names and swearing and questioning my ancestery. I love it ! Most, however, don’t even know the meaning of the word and usually say something profound like “huh”,

“duh”…….”what do you mean….socialist”?? Followed by “huh” again.

A state congressman( a Republican) I write to frequently did not know the

meaning of “right wing” and “left wing”…..but this is Iowa and you really

can’t expect too much from our state politicians. Honest to God, he REALLY

didn’t know !!(He’s a friggen pig farmer who graduated from the fourth

grade) God Help Us !! But, seriously, when I see members of the Democratic Socialists of America trotted out TV and they are just identified as “democrats” something is wrong. There are about 40 members of DSA in Congress presently and the democratic mainstream simply don’t identify themselves as “socialists”

because they are NOT MEMBERS of a socialist organization. If I was a Republican( and also a member of the Club for Growth) I am sure I would not… JUST… be identified as a “republican”. Just a thought, but we have a real terminology problem out here that needs to be seriously addressed.

Posted by Fire @ 5:22 AM

Thanksgiving Joke.

A young man named John received a parrot as a gift. The parrot had a bad

attitude and an even worse vocabulary. Every word out of the bird’s mouth

was rude, obnoxious and laced with profanity.

John tried and tried to change the bird’s attitude by consistently

saying only polite words, playing soft music and anything else he could

think of to “clean up” the bird’s vocabulary.

Finally, John was fed up and he yelled at the parrot. The parrot yelled

back. John shook the parrot and the parrot got angrier and even ruder.

John, in desperation, threw up his hand, grabbed the bird and put him in

the freezer. For a few minutes the parrot squawked and kicked and screamed.

Then suddenly there was total quiet.

Not a peep was heard for over a minute.

Fearing that he’d hurt the parrot, John quickly open the door to the


The parrot calmly stepped out onto John’s outstretched arms and said :

“I believe I may have offended you with my rude language and actions.

I’m sincerely remorseful for my inappropriate transgressions and I fully

intend to do everything I can to correct my rude and unforgivable behavior.”

John was stunned at the change in the bird’s attitude. As he was about

to ask the parrot what had made such a dramatic change in his behavior, the

bird continued, “May I ask what the turkey did?”


Posted by Fire @ 5:14 AM

With Bush We Trade Conservative Principles for Power.
Boy, I’d like to argue with this guy but I can’t.

Spend, spend, spend. The idea of this medicaid bill is giving me heart palpitations. What the heck? Get government out of the economy. Oh, Lordy!

Another such example of supply-side abandonment is government spending, encapsulated by the recent passage of the mammoth Medicare prescription drug bill. The political payoff from this entitlement beast appears to be substantial. The American Association of Retired Persons endorsed the bill, and judging by the Democrats’ apoplectic reaction, it is a big coup for Bush. As a result, Bush may very likely expand the GOP coalition to include more seniors.

Posted by Fire @ 5:10 AM

The Rich Party Through 9/11.
Or at least shop and get cosmetic alterations. This is a piece of work of a piece.

I can’t believe this woman from the Hollyweird elite. She’s suing her plastic surgeon over his Botox injections. The surgury was on 9/11 and she says in her complaint that he caused her to miss a trip to Maui due to pain and trauma. Yet, she could never have taken it due to the airports being closed. No logic will stop this lawsuit though.

Posted by Fire @ 5:04 AM

Letter to Sylvester the Pussycat.

By Steven B

I just finished hearing you talking on His Side with Glenn Sacks. I admire Glenn very much and I appreciate you taking the time to speak on his show. I am writing you a letter and I hope you take the time to read it. I will try, from my perspective, to show you why the Men’s Movement is very important to a lot of guys out there. Again, I know you must hear from a lot of angry, immature, and just downright rude people. I will be as reasoned and as detailed as I can. I tend you write like I speak and for any grammatical errors I am sorry.

First off I will tell you my opinion as to why I think many men have joined the men’s movement, but in doing so I might shed some light on why so many you “hear” from seem to be the angry ones. There may be some stereotyping here, but go with it, you may end up seeing my logic. Women are better at networking than men. They seem to do it as often as breathing, whereas men seem to have different types of friendships. The men who often come to the internet seeking to find others like them have found it frustrating trying to explain their anger/disappointment to their friends. Most men I know tend to tell a few good friends and that news is not put out to the public. Women tend to network on problems better. Also, most men, including myself, have no idea what discrimination we are facing until it hits us head on. I will go into specifics, but hold on. Most men I have met don’t want to share how they have been wronged as openly as women seem to do. I guess it’s our wiring or upbringing or both. I came into the men’s movement after being pretty badly burned by the PC culture out there. I had told people in my personal life what had happened to me and they listened, but after a short bit of time, they basically told me to “get over it”. Many things can be ignored, but some are life changing events that affect you day to day for years, and that makes ignoring “it” pretty hard. So many men turn to the internet. Why the internet? Most problems men face are pretty embarrassing socially, legally, and economically. There are few support groups out there for men, and men tend not to go to support groups as often. Again, in comes the internet. So the people you are going to meet on the internet are usually people who have been burned by “the system” and finally have a place to rant. Now, common people sense will tell you if someone has been bottling up their anger for a while they are going to spout off when they finally have the cork pulled from the bottle. Also, the internet allows anonymity that interpersonal interactions do not. Many men come to the Men’s Movement for a while, vent, and leave. In some ways it’s healthy, but in others it is not. You asked in one of your articles what basic rights were being taken away. I will be happy to delineate.


Many men have gone through a divorce. The courts are heavily weighted against fathers and husbands. 80% of divorces are initiated by a woman, but a man, who did not want the divorce, is now going to pay to subsidize this ex-wife’s life style until she gets remarried (when most alimony ends). Also, many women are told by their divorce attorney’s that if they claim DV and get a restraining order they pretty well close off many of their ex-spouses options both in the divorce and in child custody. Also, most of the time (about 65-90% depending on the state) the women will get the children from the marriage. While child support is enforced, for good reasons and bad, visitation is not. Child support, from everything I have seen or read, is completely done without any verification as to where the money is going.

Child Support:

Child support, in it’s current form is very unfair to fathers. The amounts set are often based on what his “projected potential” earnings are, instead of what he may actually make. Also, many times when a NCP (Non Custodial Parent) gets remarried the child support can be raised to include his spouse’s income as well as his in the figuring what the man should pay. I know that many men complain about the amount having to be paid as being unfair. I should address this. In Michigan, for instance, the state deems that $18 a day is all a child needs. How do I know this? That is the amount the state pays to people who foster care for children. Either the state is not following the law, as it is written that child support is for the “best interests of the child”, or the child support above that is excessive. It can not be both. Either the state is guilty of financial neglect or dad’s are being overcharged. And since mom is 1/2 of the equation (she does not get a free ride) the amount should be $9 a day. $270 a month is legal for the state, why not for dads? Also, there is the problem of a lack of accountability within the system. I have heard various solutions proposed for this: a 10% slush fund, but the rest must be accounted for in receipts, and one idea I really thought had merit was a DEBIT card. Just like the ones you and I use. This would allow complete accountability. Cigarettes, alcohol, payments for beauty products for mom, and other things would be able to have a visibility. Child support is for the child. And misuse of the money should be treated as any other kind of FRAUD that it is. Right now the mother can spend the money on whatever pleases her, and there is no accountability nor deterrent for fraud. That is a situation that is ripe for misuse and often is the case. Also, many times child support is excessive to the point of absurdity. Often it is just extra alimony. If the child does not need the money, it is not mom’s to spend. Put the extra back in dad’s pocket or into an unbreakable trust ONLY for the child’s education, health, or until they hit 21.

Paternity Fraud:

Paternity fraud is a major problem to many men. I am in the military. Military members are targeted because of their steady paycheck and ease of collection. Many times a man does not even know he has been named as a father until his paycheck is garnished. I cite the case of Taron James as an example. But, not to cite only an easy one, how about all the laws that prevent a man even after proving not the father having to pay for the child. There are cases where a boy is statutorily raped and forced to pay for child support. Or man given oral sex into a condom, and the sperm being implanted into the woman, and then he was ordered by the courts to pay child support. Or men who are in a marriage, and in good faith sign a birth certificate, only to find out later they are not the father. Or women who claim to take oral birth control, but in reality are taking fertility pills. On and on it goes where a man had NOTHING to do with the child being conceived, was under the age of consent, or was lied to with the intent to create a child for whom it is very unlikely he will ever have any rights concerning, but has an eighteen year commitment for money towards. The rights of fathers is just as fundamental as the rights of mothers, but often men are treated as human wallets and sperm banks. Each of the above examples is from a famous case and I would be happy to provide you with the link to it. If you DON’T know of them, and you are writing as an informed opinion on men’s rights, you should ask yourself WHY you don’t know them.

Domestic Violence:

Domestic violence is portrayed as a syndrome of men beating women. If you think that is too general then consider that there is a VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) but no corresponding Act for men. There is study after study to show that men are abused almost or about 1/2 the time as compared to women. You could say that women do less damage, but often when we hear about women being abused it is also the psychological abuse of being beaten by the one you love. I would submit to you that abuse is abuse and humiliation, degradation, and pain are the same for all genders. If I just slap my wife is that ok? Is it then ok for a woman to slap a man or to do other demeaning and violent acts upon his person. The Domestic Violence laws in some states are written in coded phrases so that it almost ensures a man will be the one arrested. Written into the training manuals are phrases that tell the officer to look for in the batterer: “more in control” (emotionally, financially, or physically). If a man is just been hit by his wife and calls the police, should he be screaming or yelling or crying? Or he may try to control his feelings to show credibility and try to give his version of events. But this can be seen as though he is somehow guilty. Also, even if a woman is the batterer (and many times it is mutual and not clear cut) when the police arrive and the tears flow the chances she will be arrested are not great. Often the people training law enforcement are DV “experts”. The “experts” are Duluth Model trained women’s advocates. Often they will ride with police to “help them interpret” the situation. This “expert” has a vested interest in only one outcome and is not impartial. And often when a police officer arrests a woman for DV he is highly scrutinized for it. This being a short letter and not a thesis, I will not even go into what happens after a man is arrested and caught in the DV industries system. That in and of itself would take a few pages. The DV industry has known for years that men and women can both be abusive, but the radical feminists have kept the argument one sided. There are few shelters for men, police are given false and long debunked numbers, legislation is written that has clear gender bias in funding and interpretation, and most important, there is NO DETERRENT for false allegations. I can hear it now, how someone will be cited for filing a false police report. Not even on par for what happens to a man who is falsely arrested for DV and proving one’s innocence is not an easy thing to do when the system is loaded against you. And the other topic that would take a few pages is the fact the DV system is a money making industry that must self-perpetuate itself to survive.

False Allegations:

This is where I came into the picture. I was falsely accused of rape. Twice. I know this may or may not raise your eyebrows, but I am beyond trying to prove myself. The first time the woman’s story fell apart, but only 6 months after my college threw me out. She later confessed as her own parents realized something wasn’t right. The second time the ADA herself told me that the story was so implausible that she would recommend against charges. But the new college I was at had the old colleges play book and threw me out. Many people on the internet know this, but my friends and colleagues now don’t. I have learned the hard way that people don’t hear “false” allegation … they just hear “rape”. Men’s whole lives can be destroyed on the word of a woman. I understand we need to be sympathetic and understand the nature how rape happens. Even after what happened to me, I still believe in that. But the problem is that we have so systemized the way in which men are charged that the deck is stacked against you. The “victim” (I thought whoever told the TRUTH was the victim) has advocates, ADA’s, and a whole array of help. The problem is also that the “advocates” often coach the “victim” so that she is more credible. You could say a man’s lawyer does this to prepare him. Ok, but the advocates, the support groups, and the ADA’s are FREE. A man of little means is pretty well on his own. And the bar for evidence, even just a credible story, has been place so low that the man accused is pretty much guilty unless he can prove his innocence. If a prosecutor thinks a DNA test will help their case, then it’s ordered up like fast food. But if there is a chance it won’t, the DNA test can become “non-essential” for the case. And the man has to pay for the testing. There ARE ADA’s who are honest, as in the one I dealt with, but many are scared to appear weak on rape and will take a half baked story before a jury and risk a person’s freedom and what most of us call a “life”. And the machinery is again in place. Many times to get out you HAVE to confess. Otherwise you are considered a danger to society. You can go years beyond your original sentence because you wont confess. And when you get you register as a sex offender. Now, we have not covered the other side of the coin. The other problem, besides the long debunked “stats” on rape that have been put upon the public, is that there is no DETERRENT to this crime. Charging someone with “filing a false police report” is a joke when your life has been shattered. Even if cleared you are a social pariah, you are more than likely economically devastated, and you have been psychologically whipped to where you fear women. Again, there is no deterrent. A woman is more likely to stick with her story realizing the worst she faces is embarrassment at getting caught and paying a fine or community service. And with Rape-Shield laws, often you are hindered when trying to defend yourself. The whole system is set up to convict you. Early on the “advocates” polish the “victims” story (I wonder if my friends tried to “polish” mine what it would be called). Then the police arrest you and your name goes into the paper. You could likely lose your job, either from being in jail or from the stigma. The ADA’s do all the evidence searching, but only for things that convict you. ADA’s live and die for their conviction rate. The jury can’t believe that a woman would go through all this if she wasn’t telling the truth. You are sent to jail. You are more than likely raped there. And not once, oh no, you get that treatment many many time over the years. Even avoiding that even other criminals won’t have anything to do with you. You might be given to an HIV positive “daddy” before you get out, to give you a fond goodbye. And then you get out to sex registries and a low income job with little to no prospect to elevate yourself in your chosen life. And if the woman is caught lying, she gets community service and a stern look. As I said, there is no deterrent.

Colleges that indoctrinate:

You mentioned in Glenn’s show that you are attending college. Tell me, does it have a women’s studies program? If it does, and I believe you mentioned going to such a class, does it teach an unbiased, but positive towards women, view of history? Are the professors empowering women and teaching them to be strong, but full of joy about being a woman? Teaching them that men, most men, are nice, gentle, law abiding citizens, who are just as capable of loving, feeling, and rational thought? Do the words “Patriarchy” or “male-privilege” get used to explain most of the bad things in life today and in the past. Today on most campus’ the false rape statistics are still shown (heard of 1 in 4?) even though they have been disproved for over 20 years. Even someone who can do simple math can figure it out. And that false allegations of rape are rare? The stat most used is 2%. It came from Susan Brownmillers “Rape: Against Our Will” (1981 or 1982) (p14). Less than 2 years after publications she had to admit it was not accurate. Heard the refuting evidence? And how come each incoming class is indoctrinated on date-rape, but not on false allegations. Why are the staff and faculty taught about date-rape, but not life-rape? With Homosexuality and BI-sexuality being accepted on campus’, why are there not gay and lesbian rapes discussed? Why is it that the women don’t fear sexual-harassment laws. Ever hear of a woman who got a “no” during sex, but managed to change the guys mind? Wonder if she was afraid of jail? If the man had ever been told it was ok to say no? Men are being taught that there behavior is suspect, but women are being taught that their behavior is “in context” or “has an underlying behavior” that exonerates them. There is a privileged class, and it’s not men.

Media Stereotypes:

And lets not forget the bombardment of anti-male attitudes in the media. Clara Harris was touted as a victim because her husband was having an affair. Only on Glenn’s show did I ever hear about HER having an affair too. Why is that? Former Governor Ann Richards made the joke (its not exact): “We in Texas understand the hard times you in Californian are having, in Texas the price of gasoline is so high that we have to carpool to run over our husbands”. Would a male politician ever make such a comment on a women being run over by her husband for having an affair while he also had one? You must have seen dozens of shows where men are portrayed as incompetent, bubbleheaded, and just plain mean. The sight of a man getting kicked in the testicles is used as a sight gag. Slapping, punching, and kicking men is considered, at best, deserved, and at worst, funny. I don’t see any shows portraying violence against women that way. And to bring up and earlier point: humiliation and degradation are not gender exclusive. A man may not be crippled by a woman hitting him, but he is humiliated, has few legal recourses (as SHE could claim to be the VICTIM), and he is often derided by society for “whining” as Glenn’s show points out. In a movie it’s an old trick to get the audience to not like a male character by showing him arguing vehemently with a woman. The conversation is unimportant, just that he does it. Women are made to be the feminine, but tough underdog who overcomes while men are shown to be shallow, uneducated, and unsophisticated. Sure, there are EXCEPTIONS, but that is what they are.

Tom, in each of these cases I could write a long set of pages full of states, anecdotes, use links, and media reports to back up my assertions. I am not given to making broad statements and not backing them up. If any of these interest you let me know. Yes, you are going to find men in the Men’s Movement who are angry, bitter, and venting. It’s the only place they can. Largely we men have been driven underground and must put on a “good face” during the day. We see the injustices and most of us, a very large majority, don’t dislike women at all. I dislike women who hate or have contempt for men. I feel no intrinsic guilt for being born with my reproductive organs on the outside or for past crimes that I did not commit, would not have approved of, and was not there to witness against women. But women today are being taught that a phrase: “that’s different”. It’s a brand of moral-relativism and self-justification that is being packaged and sold to the public. You asked in your article (if you want the link I have it) what rights are being taken away. The above list is just some of our rights that are being infringed upon. And there is the deeper issue of our self-esteem, our acknowledgement for our hard work, and our value as a useful member of society that is being attacked. And those who are not attacking are giving their tacit approval to our plight. I hope this letter has helped you to get a better insight into why, for myself anyways, many men are using the internet to educate each other, as a place to vent, and to spread the word that “you are not alone”. I appreciate you taking the time to read this and hope to hear from you. I thank you for your time.

Posted by Fire @ 3:35 PM

I, Tom Sylvester, Shallow B-tch.

I verbally met Tom Sylvester last night on Glenn Sacks’ excellent LA radio show. I had seen his name before on this site but didn’t know anything about him before last week. When the debate was over, I got into my Central time zone bed and managed less than five hours of sleep before getting into my car at 5:45 am and driving to work. I briefly checked my emails before I left and saw an message from Mr. Sylvester.

It seems that he had the late night desire (4:30 am) to bait me some more on the issues Glenn put forth. This email may not have irritated me as much had I got more sleep or it been a Thursday instead of Monday.

Tom condescendingly expressed a desire for us to have more discussion. He’s got it. In fact, I’m glad he decided to add me to his enemies list. To Tom, I say, “I’m your man, Huckleberry.” I kept this response as short as I could, but don’t fear, I’ve got a few more missiles in the silos ready to be launched should I have the need.

He specifically stated:

“My basic disagreement with your writing boils down to tactics. After all, I don’t like Maureen Dowd’s columns either, but I think that calling her a bitch isn’t the best way to voice such disagreement. At one point you write that people like yourself ‘are rarely present to offer logic and reality as an antidote.’ Maybe that’s because you also regularly offer up insults like bitch, reptile, and so on.”

He has brought up an integral issue in debate by mentioning name-calling. We can all agree that pointless insults do not enrich debate in any way. Furthermore, the words he mentions are not fabrications. I’ve wrote them. I have used these words in articles and will repeat one of them in this piece. Yet, even though I used denigrating language in the past, I often excoriate the politically correct for their relentless name-calling. Is there a contradiction in my tactics? Is Tom right? Absolutely not.

You see, what people like Sylvester do not realize is that labeling someone with an accurate word of description may or may not be an insult, but the one thing it is certain is the truth. The truth can be beautiful, mundane, revolting, or obscene, but, for this reason, if you limit yourself to only pursuing the truth with sterile language then you will never find it.

I do not call my enemies what they are not. If I use inflammatory words it often helps to describe someone in a meaningful way. Let’s take the example he sited, Maureen Dowd. Quite frankly, Maureen Dowd is a shallow b-tch. This is a logical conclusion based on the reality of her writing.

In fact, I know no one who would dispute such a statement. My mother actually likes some of her columns but she’d never say that she wasn’t b-tchy and shallow. It’s just my mother, unlike me, thinks that she’s funny.

There are numerous justifications why Maureen Dowd is a b-tch. First, she tries to blame the Bush administration for everything that has ever gone wrong within a five thousand mile radius of The New York Times building. Second, she called Arnold Schwarzenegger a metrosexual. Third, her chronic attacks on men are both shallow and b-tchy. She despises men as they do not have all the interests and emotions that she has, which is a very shallow and far from tolerant. She’s venomous over the fact that her career girl choice was foolish [at least in her case judging from the rhetoric] and, like the grasshopper in its tale with the ant, Dowd knows a cold winter lies ahead, and she hasn’t done a darn thing to prepare for it. She also gloated about the male sex’s impending extermination [which she got wrong by the way] in a column from last July.

Was I right to use polemical language in my response to her published chortling about man’s impending doom? You bet. Calling her a shallow b-tch is best practice. However, it was also used in the title as an attention getter, and, other than this column, I would rarely use such an everyday word for the purposes of description.

On the show Sylvester made reference to my calling politically correct individuals, “Stalinists.” He’s right about that. I have and will continue to do so. “Political correctness” can be traced directly back to the communists. Some attribute it to the Frankfort School, some to Mao, and others relate it back directly to the former editor of Pravda, (Nikolai Bukharin, whom Stalin eventually had killed). Regardless, of when or where it exactly began, it came from the communists and the methods of Stalinism are alive and well in the universities, which Sylvester, believes hold no barriers for men:

“In the heyday of Stalinism, the accusation of ‘class bias’ was used by communists to undermine and attack individuals and institutions with whom they were at war. This accusation magically turned well-meaning citizens into ‘enemies of the people,’ a phrase handed down through radical generations from the Jacobin Terror through the Stalinist purges and the blood-soaked cultural revolutions of Chairman Mao. The identical strategy is alive and well today in the left’s self-righteous imputation of sexism, racism, and homophobes to anyone who dissents from its party line. Always weak in intellectual argument, the left habitually relies on intimidation and smear to enforce its increasingly incoherent point of view.” Horowitz, Hating Whitey, pp.11-12

Sylvester’s objection to this stems undoubtedly from his own lack of education. He probably wouldn’t know Stalin from Samsonov, but we should not be surprised that recent college graduates know so little about history.

What do we call a person who has no knowledge of the roots of the political correctness but parrots it anyway? Shallow. That’s a perfect description. What do we call someone who tries to bait you at 4 o’clock in the morning because he needs more attention? B-tchy,…and a whole lot of other things too. Q.E.D.

Anyway, like many others with worthless pieces of paper as a means to depict their achievement, Tom does not possess the basic knowledge necessary to realize how little he knows. Indeed, he has been so thoroughly indoctrinated that he appeared to not even be aware of the how ideologically skewed our universities are (which many a study has documented). In summation, my use of the word “Stalinism” was erudite and important. Two words that will never apply to Sylvester or Dowd.

The politically correct person uses a conveyer belt method in which attack others. Unlike me, they care not for truth. In contrast, they look to see what way they can cram their foes into their limited understanding of the world. They see enemies and look left to scream: “Homophobe!” Then they look right and yell: “Racist!” “Sexist” might be what they keep in reserve and “oppressor” is what they say to those before them.

They can say it with as much emotion as they want, but none of it means anything. I’ve been called a fascist a million times by these automatons. Yet, no name could be less descriptive of my views. If I were asked to redo the budget of the United States, when I was finished it would come back to Congress 70% smaller than it was the day before they submitted it. I am dedicated to small, defense-oriented government. Those who have called me a fascist are too ignorant to fathom that omnipotent central government is the lynchpin of fascism. [By the way, in case Tom’s wondering, my use of the word ‘automaton’ is astute. The PC masses have never thought for themselves.]

Lastly, the most shallow and b-tchy thing I can say about Tom Sylvester is to site the reason why he has chosen to attack us. It seems that the situation which caused him to become upset with Mensnewdaily was due to some of our members insulting him online. To this, I say “waaaahhhhh.”

Forgive me, but what a p-ssy. Anyway, I can defend using the p word as well because only a neutered housecat would write articles on the internet and then be mad when he gets negative responses. [Indeed, has he met any radical feminists before?] Nasty emails are part of the game. One has to accept that when you begin writing. If you expect only positive regard from your readers, then you, without a doubt, are a p-ssy.

More disturbingly, Sylvester never denied that this was the reason for going after us. He said in an article that men’s righters have flooded people with angry emails and mentioned that he had been called lots of names by us last night. So what! This guy’s a prima donna. I think our readers should contact Jennifer Lopez because she just got a new soul mate.

It’s like Sylvester expects everyone to form a prayer group and chant his name a few minutes after he writes something. I just cannot relate to any of this. After my piece on Rush Limbaugh six weeks ago I was battling angry leftists online for ten days in a row. Had I been Tom Sylvester I would have contracted for the exclusive services of the nearest sensitivity counselor just so I could make it out of bed in the morning. “But, boss, I can’t go to work today–somebody said something bad about me. Can you send home my cat nip?”

Just like many other receivers of progressive education, Tom Sylvester is someone with a tremendous amount of confidence, but there’s no reason for it whatsoever.

Posted by Fire @ 5:41 AM

Justice In Quebec.
Now this looks like a riveting film.

As many of you know, James Bowman is my favorite reviewer, and I think he points out many a reason here why this film would be worth taking a gander at. Any time the rebels from the sixties look stupid, it is well worth the admission fee.

Remy has long been estranged from both Louise and Sebastien, but both have returned to his side to be with him as he is dying. Yet he is still able to enjoy being a rogue and a ladies man by reputation a reputation accentuated by the presence among those who now visit him daily of not one but two ex-mistresses, both of whom also appeared in Decline. He is trying to impress this young girl with whom, even on his deathbed, he has tried to put on the old charm.

Sounds like the life of Johnny Q-bacca to me–especially with “Barbarian” in the title.

Posted by Fire @ 5:34 AM

Separate But Equal.

Here’s joke, Steve Deluca sent me:

A heart-warming story of the advances of women in achieving equality throughout the world…

Barbara Walters of 60 Minutes (USA) did a story on gender roles in Kabul several years before the Afghan conflict. She noted that women customarily walked about ten paces behind their husbands.

She returned to Kabul recently and observed that the men now walked several paces behind their wives.

Ms Walters approached one of the Afghani women and said. “This is marvelous. Can you tell the free world just what enabled women to achieve this reversal of


“Land mines,” said the woman.

Posted by Fire @ 4:55 AM

Health Care and the U.S.

Commonsense is on the right track, but I’ll try to add some additional observations:

For one thing, health education is a bit overrated. I think most people know to eat more healthy food and exercise, but politics and culture encourages people to drive a block to buy a gallon of milk rather than walk. I’m searching for a place in D.C. and the ‘burbs here are similar to prisons: Unless you drive outside of your complex, there’s nothing to do. (This culture is also incredibly lonely. People from third world countries often choose to go back to enjoy freedom!) The only way out of this is good ol’ European socialism (which I’m sure suits some people just fine) but to do so would involve upheavals of a nature similar to what the Eastern bloc is going through and that road doesn’t appear very rosy considering France is having a strike every week or so.

Next, there’s the issue of insurance reform: These are the most powerful lobbies around and actually serving a function to keep us out of full blown socialist medicine (see above.) It’s similar to having plaque on our teeth to keep away more dangerous bacteria… Next, the pharmaceutical companies really are producing some incredible drugs. The problem is that they are just so darn useful. It’s the paradigm that’s the problem: A certain class of people (seniors) expect to live forever beyond 65 at taxpayer expense along with Europe and Canada milking our research and development. (A friend of mine in the industry claims that some of these countries have threatened to just outright STEAL these patents if the products aren’t sold to them at bargain prices.)

Price controls might have the benefit of both reducing the price of drugs and helping to impose some indirect discipline on spending: The senior lobby can’t demand higher taxes to pay for drugs that the companies don’t bother to develop because they think it’s not price effective.

Something else I have considered is that seniors tend to be old FDR loyalists who refuse to see or accept the consequences of their policies. They see their grandchildren working 80 hours a week to pay taxes and not having any great-grandchildren, but hey! who cares! They get their check every week! All of this is moot because it’s doubtful the course can be changed: medicare will go belly up and help take the federal budget along with it. I’m reminded of this joke:

Posted by PolishKnight @ 5:42 PM

Moving Towards Socialized Medicine

This past weekend I listened to Health Secretary Tommy Thompson on the radio talk-up the new health care initiative that is working its way through Congress. Thompson, the former governor of Wisconsin, who helped reform welfare in that state, stressed how this initiative is bipartisan and will greatly benefit our seniors. He even had a nifftly little catch phrase: Seniors can lower their bills, not their number of pills. Seniors will be able to do this because the government will start subsidizing the cost of perscription drugs under the medicare program.

The problem with this plan is that it does not address the issue of why health care is so expensive in our country. Instead, Thompson, who rallied against welfare in Wisconsin, is attempting to expand a federal welfare program. And the only way to pay for this will ultimately be through higher taxes.

Here in Illinois, the Governnor has proposed buying prescription drugs from Canada because drugs are cheaper there. The only problem with this is that Canada, being representative of the industrialized world, subsidizes drug costs for its citizens by having higher taxes.

The bottom line is that drugs are more expensive in the U.S. because the government doesn’t subsidize the cost of drugs or has not placed price controls on the companies selling the drugs as has been done in the rest of the world. The result is that U.S. is paying for drug research and medical break throughs while the rest of the world benefits. We pay the cost, they reap the rewards.

As we try to move towards free markets, as far as healthcare is concerned, the rest of the world doesn’t believe in free trade. Instead, we are essentially being forced into becoming a socialized healthcare state.

The burden for paying for healthcare falls on employers because it is employers who benefit from healthy workers. The government does not benefit by paying for its citizens healthcare costs. I for one, would like to keep it that way.

While Thompson may have cleaned up welfare in his state, he is creating welfare at the Federal level. If we want to lower our healthcare costs, we need to be serious about health education, reforming the insurance industry, and freeing the prescription drug markets in the rest of the world.

Posted by CommonSense @ 5:29 PM

Free trade strikes again

November 24, 2003, a Chicago Tribune Editorial

The Bush administration is capping imports of some textiles and clothing from China. This is intended to benefit textile companies and workers–and not incidentally the president’s political fortunes–in the southeastern U.S. Everyone else in the country will pay for it in higher prices and fewer buying choices.

Happy holidays from the Bush White House.

Specifically, the administration is limiting imports of bras, robes and knit fabric like that used in T-shirts to a 7.5 percent increase over the next year because the surge in such products is hurting the U.S. textile industry. The industry and its workers blame those imports for the loss of more than 300,000 manufacturing jobs over the last several years.

The administration insists this action does not signal more protectionism ahead, and that it continues to resist congressional pressure to impose even more Draconian trade measures on China. This is merely a temporary “safeguard” measure, it says, to give a beleaguered domestic industry breathing space.

Talking up free trade in the abstract while stifling it product by product (farm goods, steel, and now bras, dressing gowns and T-shirts) is what passes for policy in the White House these days. China has broken no trade rules. As a condition of its entry into the World Trade Organization nearly three years ago, it agreed to allow the U.S. to impose just these kinds of temporary “safeguard” measures to protect against import surges that hurt U.S. industries. But that doesn’t mean they’re wise or a solution for what ails the textile industry.

When the subject is China, though, U.S. policy is downright schizophrenic: China is stealing our jobs–and making cheap stuff that we can’t live without. We love China. We hate China. We can’t get enough Chinese goods.

And to top it off, China insists on helping to finance our mammoth deficit by investing in U.S. Treasury securities. Chinese exports have tripled over the last decade, but 65 percent of those exports come from companies based in the U.S. and other foreign nations that have set up operations in China.

Ten of China’s top 40 exporters are U.S. companies such as Motorola and Dell. The growth of such chains as Wal-Mart and Target would be inconceivable without low-cost goods from China. Is this good or bad? Depends on whether you work for one of those exporters or for a North Carolina textile mill. We have a symbiotic economic relationship with China that has pluses and minuses for both countries.

Some U.S. leaders accuse China of cheating by manipulating its currency, the yuan, so it remains pegged to the dollar at an undervalued level, fueling the country’s export surge. If the yuan were free to float, critics insist, it would rise as much as 40 percent. That would make Chinese goods more expensive and U.S. goods cheaper.

Ultimately the Chinese must free up the yuan. It’s in China’s interests to do so, and not just because it would help defuse escalating trade tensions with the U.S. Pegging its currency to the dollar, as it has since 1994, “is not appropriate for a major economy like China,” said a U.S. Treasury Department report to Congress last month. But Treasury also found no evidence that China is technically manipulating its currency, as so many in Congress have charged. According to the report, “A currency peg or intervention does not in and of itself satisfy the statutory test” for manipulation. It also noted, as have many economists, that a precipitous decline in the yuan could be catastrophic, hurting American companies that import and sell Chinese goods and destabilizing China’s troubled banking sector, along with its entire economy. That would be bad news all the way around.

China has become the convenient scapegoat on the job front, even though the U.S. textile industry has been losing jobs for decades–many to other low-cost developing countries in Asia and Central America. Countries that once profited from exporting low-cost goods, such as Honduras and the Dominican Republic, have been hurt most by China’s export surge. Trade experts predict those nations will be the beneficiaries of these quotas.

This initial action covers just under $500 million worth of textile and apparel, but the industry and its principal union, the Union of Needletrade, Industrial and Textile Employees (UNITE), are unabashed about wanting more. Ultimately they would like to apply “safeguard” quotas to all $10 billion worth of Chinese textile and apparel imports into the U.S.

Other U.S. manufacturers–of furniture and handbags, to name just two industries–claim they too are suffering because of China’s surging growth and are waiting in the wings to file their own grievances.

China has turned up the heat on the administration as it weighs a decision on those disastrous steel tariffs imposed in March of last year. If the U.S. retains the steel tariffs in the face of a WTO ruling that they violate international trade regulations, China says, it will impose its own punitive tariffs on some U.S. exports. Against this ominous backdrop, Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan warned last week that “creeping protectionism” could hurt America’s ability to finance its huge trade deficit.

“This decision demonstrates the Bush administration’s commitment to our trade rules and America’s workers” and will serve to open a “dialogue” with the “goal of achieving a mutually beneficial result,” Commerce Secretary Don Evans said in announcing the quotas.

Look for that “dialogue” to lead to voluntary export restraints, similar to what Japan agreed to in the late 1980s when it was the focus of U.S. anger over lost jobs and rising imports. The Japanese limited their exports of steel and cars to the U.S. It didn’t save either industry from competitive pressures and then, as now, American consumers paid for the protectionism.

Posted by CommonSense @ 4:59 PM

This is Why Abortion Should Remain Legal and Safe

Over the weekend, the Chicago Tribune printed a story that said nationwide, about 3% of women use illicit substances duing pregnancy, while about 54% of women use legal substances that could be harmful to a fetus, including alcohol and tobacco. A California study showed that 11% of pregnant women take illegal drugs and the drug of choice seems to be methamphetamine better known as speed, or crank, or the poor man’s cocaine. Other studies show that just one drink of alcohol per week for a pregnant women translates into an increased chance for deliquent and agressive behavior in the child.

States are starting to prosecute these women once the child is born, sometimes for murder if the child is born dead. My contention is the child should have never been born in the first place. However, if a women is so strung out that she kills her kid though speed laced breast milk, one could argue she isn’t going to be responsible enough to get an abortion to start with, let alone not get pregnant. But the option of an abortion should remain. With increased public health awarness, that is speed and booze are harmful to babies, something in these pregnant women may click and they may realize that while they don’t want to quit taking drugs, they have the option of sparing a baby a great amount of pain and agony only to die a short time later. An abortion now will stop a whole lot of pain and agony later. Plus, the women can spare herself from going to jail for murder if the kid dies.

Posted by CommonSense @ 12:51 PM

The Failure of the International Community

Iran burns off more natural gas per day as a waste by product from its oil industry that could be used for energy production than the energy the Iranian nuclear reactor will generate.

Weapons grade nuclear material has been found at the Iranian nuclear reactor.

The International Atomic Energy Agency has sited Iran for violating international treaties in relation to the pursuit of nuclear weapons for the past 20 years.

Iran is the largest state sponsor of terrorism in the world today.

Iran is clearly pursuing nuclear weapons.

The UN sits idle, the Europeans shrug their shoulders, and only the Israelis have said they are prepared to destroy the Iranians pursuit of the ultimate weapon.

We have seen this before. Twenty years ago, when Iraq explicitly said it was going to build a nuclear reactor for the purpose of creating a nuclear weapon to destroy Israel, the French sold Iraq the materials with which to build.

Israel of course destroyed Iraq’s nuclear reactor before it was finished. For the past 50 years, Israel has had the dirty job of fighting terrorism on a daily basis. Basically, Israel has been left to do the world’s dirty work. For both of these Israel has largely been condemned. As Israel once again prepares to fight a battle no one else is willing to fight, in a post 9/11 world, will the world condem Israel for destroying Iran’s nuclear weapons bid – weapons that will certainly target Israel first?

Why does the international community basically not give a damn about terrorism when iterrorism targets the Jewish state?

Posted by CommonSense @ 12:08 AM

Tonight’s Debate:

Hi there, writing during this debate tonight. I started off fine, then got nervous and recovered at 10:15. Unfortunately, I haven’t got the chance to say much since. If I get a chance I’ll keep stepping it up. Nice Guy, thanks for reminding me about the prison rape issue. That’s a winner. Oh, and I meant what I said about me writing circles around that guy.

Posted by Fire @ 11:38 PM

Wise Words from a Working Class Joe:

[I’ll post his name if he says it’s okay]

As a father of two lovely daughters and a married man ( to the same woman of 23 years) it dismays me much to see the current trend that has been wrought by feminism in today’s society. I want my daughters to marry strong young men and enjoy the kind of marriage my wife and I share. I want this for all young people. Never have I seen the dichotomy between men and woman so great. Its even more depressing to see that men today are no longer interested in being married and refuse to do so in large numbers. Although they cannot be faulted given the times which they live in and how much hatred is being aimed at them. Several articles were written about this but the most disturbing one was a feminist take on this stating that it was woman who at 80% are opting not to get married. It did state however that part of it was men’s refusal to commit, but can you see that negative take on this?

Its sad that so many women are allowing their thoughts to be shaped by a few who have nothing in common with them whatsoever.

The best that I can do as a father is show my daughters what men are really like in the way I carry myself to offset any images being fed to them whether it be in the media or academia. It appears to work since my daughters are somewhat conservative in thought and values and seem to refute many feminist dictates. They are self efficient, intelligent young ladies who appear to know what they want but are fully aware that there is a different role both men and woman play in relationships. One that is not better than the other but compliments instead.

It’s important that men take a proactive approach in combating the hogwash that is being fed into the minds of woman today especially in the media and universities. Its strange to see that movie tickets no longer sell and the dearth of young male viewers..hmm…coincidence? The same with television. As men we need to boycott these institutions that promotes bad images of men. However its alarming that young men are not going to colleges at the same percentage as that of women which could be attributed to the feminist policies that are being enforced in many of our universities that somehow are creating a hostile learning environment for men. Another thought. This must not be allowed and we as a society must take all types of measures to see what we can do to bring men back to our institutions of higher learning.

Posted by Fire @ 8:47 PM

Keeping an Eye On America’s Enemies

According to an article on Yahoo this morning, the FBI has collected extensive information on the Anti-War movement.

Civil Libertarians are leary of the FBI’s “true” intentions because the memory of the FBI watching such 1960s groups as the Black Panthers, the Students for a Democratic Society, or even Dr. Martin Luther King’s organization are still relatively fresh.

There is no doubt that the 1960s were turbulent times. Well so is right now. The question therefore is, what action should the Government take, if any?

The International A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition is an umbrella organization that encompasses much, if not all of the Antiwar movement as well as the Anti-globalization movement. It is a radical socialist organization that hates capitalism and essentially everything the American system stands for and supports. ANSWER has organized numerous Anti-globalization protests that have resulted in riots and the distruction of property both nationally and internationally. They have protested in support of U.S. actions against known terrorist organizations and legally supported people responsible for terrorist activity. And they conducted one of the most successful propaganda campaigns since Goebbels by creating the Jenin Massacre myth in order to slander the Israeli government in support of people who want to finish what Hilter started.

Why shouldn’t the authorities watch an organization like that? It clearly supports what we as Western Civilization do not. By supporting what is ideologically opposite of us, ANSWER is attempting to destroy the United States from within. The government is not preventing ANSWER and its allies from meeting but saying “don’t cross the line.”

ANSWER certainly has a right to free speech and political debate should not be stifled. The problem is, when push comes to shove, ANSWER’s past tactics have led to violence and supports further violence. The government has a responsibility to make sure that doesn’t happen again.

Posted by CommonSense @ 12:07 PM

Men and Women Think Differently.

What a shock, but so many people resist the notion that there is a biological basis for our thoughts and behavior.

This is a nice short course on the subject that is devoid of bias or incendiary materials.

Use it in discussions with all your “social influences determine everything” associates.

Posted by Fire @ 8:47 AM

Here’s a review from a leftist who pokes fun at another leftist in the fashionably chic leftist, London Review of Books.

I don’t agree with most of the article but I found that I agreed with the reviewer more than I think I’d agree with the author of the book. Oh well, it concerns a new “history of the vagina” and was sent to me by our friend Steve Deluca. Yawn! “Did you just yawn when mentioning the vagina? Now you’ve entrenched the partriarchy!”

Posted by Fire @ 8:40 AM

The Chapin Nation

Previous, Art from the

Boys King Arthur.

Posted by Fire @ 1:37 PM

Lucy’s New Feminazi Class.

We at the Chapin Nation are lucky to have an inside reporter at a university in a Womyn’s Studies program. She got her job from her harassment of our blog writers and now she’s sending us play by play accounts from her first class at NYU. Here it is:

Hello class, I’m Lucy Goldman and I’m a new professor here. Although I don’t have an actual degree I was promoted for being a master in the art of toddler hate speech. In case you’re too uneducated to know what toddler hate speech is, it is defined by repeating moronic insults like “fatty” without acknowledging that your opponents exist. I’m a master.

Now, let’s start, I see that I have 2 students. Well, that’s okay, Betty Friedan started out with a few housewives. Let’s see, this class is titled “Vagilicious: A Survey of Radical Thought.” They’ll be no tests or work because they are patriarchal constructs. What we’ll do is come in here and talk each week and then you’ll get degrees in the art of hate and be unemployed after graduation–which is good because then you can blame it on President Bush. Oh, by the way, contrary to campus rumor, I do not masturbate to pictures of Gary Coleman.

Okay, now first, let me explain what radical feminism is. It’s just like Nazism but you take out the “Jew” and replace him or her with “white male.” Then everything else stays the same along with the planned executions and concentration camps.

Okay, what next, I know…”When was I born?” Yes, you, right there with the brush cut and the Sleater-Kinney shirt.

Student: “1979.”

Lucy Cuntman: No, you’re so stupid and fat. You fatty, watty, fatty. I was born in 1980. How can you be so dumb?

[Student begins crying and leaves room]

Good, we didn’t want you anyway, you fatty. Now, how about you [turns to last student]. I guess this will be a tutorial for us. I notice by your gaze at my vagilicious beauty that we should move this meeting to the Motel 6. You know, I’m strictly a lesbian unless the men happen to be cute child actors from Diff’rent Strokes.

Well, what do you say? Box time? You can braid the hair under my arms. How about it? Come on, we can have our own little Vagina Monologue. I’ll even call you names.

Posted by Fire @ 9:17 AM

Denis Boyle’s EuroPress Review.
I’ve been reading him for a long time

and whenever I do, I think: “Man, I should blog this for others” and then I always forget to. He’s an American stuck out in EU land who sends us back a weekly report on their bizarre views of the USA and everything else. It’s bright, lively writing with venom. A few weeks ago, he got into with their press over whether he referred to them as cockroaches or not. I say why split hairs.

Posted by Fire @ 8:59 AM

The Double Standard of France’s Muslims

The Chicago Tribune has an interesting expose today about a growing rift in France between its muslims and the general population. It infers that a lack of jobs and general French xenophobia has marginalized a growing muslim population. The article, in my opinion, is written en vogue of today’s journalism, portraying France’s muslims as happless victims, ostracized by the homogenius French.

Hey, I’m no fan of French. I didn’t like the French long before 9/11 and Gulf War II. One hopefully only needs to be reminded of when the French wouldn’t let U.S. jets use their air space on the way to bombing Libya in 1985. We can’t forget that the French sold the Iraqi’s a nuclear reactor which had the explicit purpose of creating weapons grade materials for bombing Israel. But I digress, this isn’t meant to be a French polemic (but it’s so darn easy!). So in that light, maybe the muslims in France simply want a better life and for whatever reason, probably because of the French connection to Tunisia, France is the place to be for a sizable North African muslim population.

Unfortunately, I don’t think the French Muslims are the victims they portray themselves to be. Sure, maybe 99% don’t speak Arabic and think democracy is what allows them to practice Islam, but their words and actions tell a much different story. According to the Tribune, a popular N. African pop songs sings “The only way to make yourself heard is to burn cars.” There’s nothing quiet like a small riot to get someone noticed!

One muslim convert says “For me, first and foremost is my identity as a Muslim. Certainly, I would feel closer to a Chechen Muslim or an Iraqi Muslim than I would to a non-Muslim French citizen. My nationality is my faith.” What faster way to integrate into French society than to seperate yourself from it almost immediately?

The muslim women still wander around in their tradition muslim outfits, covered from head to toe while the men are able to dress comfortably in Western style clothes. One French official, when asked what is the main obsticle to muslim integration is, responded “the husbands.”

I don’t think there could be a better answer which seems to sum up muslim emmigration throughout the world. Non-muslims in the muslim world are expected to become second class citizens, curbing their particular religion in preference for Islam. But in all the other socities, whether it be Bridgeview, IL, Dearborn, MI, or London, the muslims want to continue living their Islamic lives without integrating. The fact is, there are more fights going on right now for the creation of an Islamic state yet none for any other religion. France is experience that fight on its doorstep. As Islam originally spread by the sword of Muhammad in the 7th century, muslims are set to have expand again. It is the muslim crusades all over again.

Not that I mean to come across as “anti-muslim.” Go ahead and practice Islam all you want. Just stop talking about burning cars and try to integrate into mass society.

Posted by CommonSense @ 2:15 PM

They Shot the Wrong Creature!

A women jumps a fence at Chicago’s Brookfield Zoo. She tries to pet a wolf. The wolf bites her arm and instictively does not let go. Zoo officials shoot and kill the wolf. The wolf was being wolf. The woman on the other hand was being a moron. Zoo officials shot the wrong creature.

Posted by CommonSense @ 1:32 PM

So Why Is Common Sense So Buff And the Rest of You Are Not?

In the words of Pinker: “Genetics, baby, genetics.”

Posted by Fire @ 10:32 PM

George Soros: Bankroller of the Evil Left.

The right has all the fatcats? Hell no, very few in fact. The majority of the big money contributors are on the left.

Soros may well be the worst of them all.

He supports the left because he lived through the Nazis, oh, and the Jews are to blame for why people don’t like them (in his mind). You see, it’s all Sharon. Funny how he hasn’t equated the Arabs with the Hitler who they still revere as a hero. Ask the Grand Mufti. At least Howard Dean will be grateful for his support.

Posted by Fire @ 6:59 PM

The Great Natan Sharansky.

I’ll always love him for the tale of he and his fellow GULAG zeks sitting around waiting to hear about Reagan what said in a speech from their guards,

but here he describes the history and causations of anti-semitism.

It’s a lengthy essay but worth the time.

Posted by Fire @ 6:54 PM

Who, or What, is the Peace Party?

Well, the way they do it on this website does not allow me to link you to the specific article,

but if you scroll down you’ll find it by the name “James Q. Wilson.”

This tells us exactly who is for what in our land. It also disproves several lies such as blacks disproportionally dying in Vietnam, Korea, and Desert Storm in comparison to whites. It, like all of Wilson’s stuff, is worth reading.

Posted by Fire @ 6:48 PM

The Goodfellas of Chicago.
Here’s Emmet Tyrell on the regular Joes he observed in Chicago last Sunday.

It seems many of us were in church or being productive as opposed to picketing in the streets and maintaining that the USA is Nazi Germany. Even in the bluest of zones, there are red state Americans.

Posted by Fire @ 6:45 PM

Will Homosexuality Become Compulsory?

From this week’s National Review:

It is not yet a crime to disapprove of homosexuality, but it sometimes seems as though that’s where we are headed. Most recently, a court in Denver has forbidden a mother to tell her child that homosexuality is wrong. The mother will, in fact, be in contempt of court if she exposes her daughter to any ideas “that can be considered homophobic.” Mother and daughter were formerly two of the three components of one of those wonderful new styles of “family” the sexual revolution has brought us, the third component being Mom’s lesbian lover (who had, and has, no legal relationship to the child at all). Then Mom became a devout Christian, concluded that her homosexuality was sinful, and broke up the “family.” Inexplicably, the court awarded joint custody to both mommies, and the ban on “homophobia” was included in the deal. In a single generation we have gone from universal disapproval of homosexuality, to tolerance, to court-mandated approval. As the old joke asks: How long before they make it compulsory?

Posted by Fire @ 6:40 PM

And the Great Debate Continues. . .

Homosexuality may be issue of brain chemistry

By Ronald Kotulak

Tribune science reporter

November 13, 2003

In the ongoing effort to determine whether sexual orientation is hardwired, University of Chicago scientists have used high-tech imaging to confirm that the hypothalamus–the sex center in the brain–functions differently in gay men than in heterosexual men.

Click here to read the rest of this story.

Posted by CommonSense @ 2:27 PM

Chicago SUV Owners Are One Step Closer to Paying Their Fair Share

It’s no secret that I hate SUVs. It’s a marketing ploy that has made sheep out of the American consumer. It’s mass marketed consumer individualism through consumer conformity.

And then there’s the whole ecological aspect that I can’t stand, the safety issue that I can’t stand, the tax loop hole that I can’t stand, and the increased insurance/repair costs that I can’t stand. Each of those pass costs on to non-SUV drivers. But now, the City of Chicago is going to start charging SUVs over 4,500 lbs. $90 to register in the City opposed $75 for regular cars. That’s a cost that SUV owners won’t be able to passively pass on to me and it makes me happy.

Why shouldn’t SUVs cost more to register in the City? They use more of our resources, they’re heavier and therefore cause more wear and tear on the roads, and at the risk of sounding like a progressive, are a general nusiance. SUV drivers are more likely to be aggressive on the road and oblivious to their surroundings causing me a great deal of aggrevation as I am already fighting a wicked case of road rage. So if SUV owners want to make up for their small dicks with their big cars, let them pay for their psuedo status symbol with a higher vehicle registration fee.

Posted by CommonSense @ 1:54 PM

Chapin Nation Blog Creates Feminazi Star.

AP Press Release: Lucy Goldman, professional box o’rocks and low functioning lizard, has just been named Full Professor of Women’s Studies at New York University due to her low functioning harassment of people at this blog. She presented her emails to a professor there who liked them so much that she forwarded them to the hiring committee and they assigned her five classes for the spring semester. The conversation went like this:

Hiring Chair (HC): So you’ve been sending out emails where you call everybody “Fatty?”

Lucy C-ntman: Yeah.

HC: And how do you know they’re fat?

LC: …I don’t.

HC: Amazing. And if they were fat why would it matter? I mean, you realize that’s not an argument.

LC: …I guess it wouldn’t matter, but I don’t need arguments. I’m oppressed. That’s why I email people.

HC: Amazing. The repetition–it’s goddess like. Your vocabulary’s so limited, it’s goddess-like.

LC: Well, there’s more. Not only do I call them all “fatty”, I called the girl a “lesbian,” said I’d bite Common Sense’s weiner off and I also call Fire “bald.”

HC: “Bald”? That’s worthy of Steinem. Do they say anything back to you?

LC: Lots of things but I just keep repeating “fatty” at all of them as a response. I’m not big into thinking or responding.

HC: Amazing. And what do you have against fat people?

LC: …I don’t know, nothing I guess. All of my friends are hideous beasts.

HC: Amazing. This Fire, here’s his picture, he’s neither fat nor bald.

LC: Yeah, but I just keep calling him “fatty.” It’s a wonderful plan.

HC: Amazing, you’re so…low functioning. Have you thought of a career at a college?

LC: Yes, how about women’s studies?

HC: That’s just the place for you. Keep repeating yourselves and never acknowledge your opponents positions. By the way, how do you feel about men?

LC: I hate them.

HC: You are hired and eligible for tenure next fall. Congratulations, Lucy.

Posted by Fire @ 1:52 PM

John Kerry’s Quagmire

I happened to catch John Kerry on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno a few nights ago. At least I think it was John Kerry. My NBC station doesn’t have very good reception so I’m not exactly sure. (Other than missing this all important final season of Friends, there isn’t much worth watching on NBC. ) Anway, Mr. Kerry was very relaxed, wearing jeans and a leather jacket. He was certainly trying to reach out and connect with the common man.

Mr. Kerry said in order to straighten out the situation in Iraq, the U.S. must get U.N. support in rebuilding the country. This will show that the world is serious about the mission and if the world is behind the mission, then the Iraqi people will be as well. Only then will the hostilities stop.

Take the flip side of that. Why isn’t the message now being sent that only the U.S. is serious about rebuilding Iraq? Sure, the Italians, Austrialians, British, and Poles are helping a bit, but where are the Germans, the French, and the Russians? Aren’t those the very countries that one could very easily argue were for the destruction of Iraq by wanting to continue sanctions against the Hussein regime? If the U.N. had it’s way, wouldn’t Iraq’s infrastructure continued to deteriorate, thus destroying the country?

And now Kerry is saying that U.N. support is needed to show the opposite of its original actions? It doesn’t make much sense to me. The U.S. is the one rebuilding Iraq, not the countries or the organization that wanted Iraq to continue to fall apart. Anyone with a set of eyes can see that. Mr. Kerry appears to be showing sympathy for the enemy.

Posted by CommonSense @ 1:38 PM

More Celebrity Hypocrisy

I happened to catch Madonna on David Letterman the other night. She, feminist icon, media whore, pop culture diva, and queen of self-promotion, was telling Dave how she does not allow her children to watch TV or movies. I don’t get it. She represents what is wrong with pop culture. She made more money than she’ll ever know what to do with from exposing herself to the masses and lowering the standards of good taste. Yet when it comes to her own children, they must be protected from the monster she helped create? We need to start knocking these hypocritical celebrities from the pedestals on which they think they sit.

Posted by CommonSense @ 8:32 AM

Sorry about the Delays…

Blogger’s been up and down over the last 24 hours so I tried to blog a few things yesterday but found I could not. Our apologies.

Posted by Fire @ 6:47 AM

G-d As An Educational Intervention.

At the school where I work, once a week, a social worker and I run a “Drug and Alcohol” group with seven or eight at-risk students. All of the students drink or smoke marijuana on a regular basis. Special education guidelines in Illinois allow for children to be in school until they are 21 years old so we have a diverse mix of young and old students in the room. As an incentive to get the students to attend, we let them listen to their favorite station as background music.

We have modest goals for our group. It is fairly unlikely that any of the students we serve will suddenly decide to quit using substances based on the information we provide them or the discussions that we have. However, we hope to make students conscious of the fact that the choices they make could have long-term repercussions both in terms of health and freedom.

Our method is never to lecture, as that would mean they probably wouldn’t listen at all. Instead, we let them talk and intervene whenever we have insights to contribute or if their conversations become vulgar or directionless.

Nearly every student has some sort of gang affiliation, although some of them may be merely wannabes or groupies, but we actively attempt to keep overt gang talk off of the table.

We share articles and charts with them and expose them to the costs of drug use. I’ve found that a consistent soft sell is the most effective approach: “I’m not saying that smoking weed is a death sentence; what I’m saying is that I’ve known tons of people who smoke it regularly and aren’t real motivated to do anything with their lives. I knew guys in college who stayed inside and smoked dope with a couple of buddies instead of going out on the weekends or leaving their rooms. I think it could prevent you from getting anywhere in life.” The problem, of course, is that most of them, other than being rich, have little idea about where they want to go when they’re adults.

Usually, the students have a low arousal level during our sessions, and appear to regard us as being just another group of staff preventing them from obtaining naps. Yet, the other day a very unusual thing occurred. One of the students suddenly turned to me after mentioning an area shooting and asked, “What happens after you die?”

I drew back a little and decided to tell them what I thought despite all the propaganda I’ve heard about never discussing religion with children. It felt like the right thing to do under the circumstances. Before I spoke I remembered that there was another school employee present. I looked at him and he gave no look of disapproval. I told the kids, “Well, in my mind, G-d exists and what I’ve done on this earth will determine what happens in the afterlife. The decision as to what happens to me is in His hands, but I want to make it as simple as possible for him.”

Then, in fine bureaucratic fashion, I added the disclaimer, “Of course, that’s just my opinion. I’m not trying to convince you to accept it.” Surprisingly, the other staff member then agreed with me and shared his predictions for the afterlife. He put his beliefs into better words than I did. Unlike almost every other topic we address with them, no side conversations interrupted and the students appeared legitimately interested in what we had to say.

Shortly after we finished speaking, one student interjected, “I don’t believe in G-d. That’s a bunch of bulls—! How do you know G-d’s real? I’ve never met him.” What followed was really a landmark moment as, without a word from myself or the social worker, everyone at the table presented their own convictions on the subject. Even a student who generally slept through our meetings, woke up and offered his sentiments.

Several of them forcefully corrected the student expressing atheism, and I, in his defense, stated that there were millions of Americans who held the exact same opinion he did and that, as adults, they’d have to get used to it being presented.

One adolescent, who sells dope for his gang after school everyday (and who knows what else!), said, “It’s not enough to believe but also to follow His rules.” Well, I suppose some people would have a field day with his hypocrisy, but I think, from his words, there may be a seed in him that could one day bloom into the flower of a law-abiding adult. In time, he could internalize the religious guidance he has heard and realize that the gang he associates with is not merely a source of income and companionship, but also a source of evil.

We then tried to moderate the discussion. We both agreed that believing in G-d was a personal choice and that it, in both of our cases, was based on a lifetime of cumulative evidence and observation. I told the students that when I was their age my faith was not what it is today. When I was in high school, faith and belief were nowhere near the forefront of my mind.

It turned out to be the most productive group we ever ran with a non-stop exchange among all participants until the period’s end. In the final minutes, we even steered the conversation back to drugs and alcohol by asking them if they thought they would one day have to pay for way in which they have damaged G-d’s gift of their bodies.

As sometimes happens when working with students, I saw the world slightly differently once the group was finished. I realized that I, who avidly defends my political views thousands of times in a year, almost never makes any effort to defend G-d. I, and perhaps the reader, have grown up in days where any type of evangelizing is considered contemptuous. Indeed, I have become so used to trying not to burden others with my religion that I often fail to make my own ideas known.

Is this not simple cowardice? Have I not failed G-d by not taking a stand for him on this earth? It occurred to me that not mentioning Him to others and forbidding Him from being a part of my daily conversation is an unforgivable act of ungratefulness.

Few have the types of opportunities I have to work with youth whose futures are in such jeopardy. Can I be sure that I have not been placed in such a position on purpose just to bring G-d’s name into a child’s life? Perhaps that is the way in which I have been chosen to serve.

By speaking in generic, neutered, therapeutic talk, I offer nothing to kids that they could not hear from any “parent” on a television sit-com. Could it be that workers like myself have been placed in such positions as an assessment of our own worth? I realize now that for me to continue to resist using G-d’s name is to cheat those whom I am supposed to be helping.

C.S. Lewis, and other thinkers far brighter than I, have suggested that there is a part of us that is forever amenable to G-d. We just have to make ourselves available. Many of the children I know cannot do so on their own. Last week, I realized that if I keep my conversation within proscribed limits I am no better than all the other bureaucrats who methodically enter and leave a child’s life.

In the future, when encountering youth who question or desire answers, I will always offer them. If they reject them, then at least I’ll know that I have stopped welching on my debt to G-d.

Posted by Fire @ 6:46 AM

History Now.
Column from American Heritage.

This is a feature they have about history in general. Short, succinct paragraphs and I’m always greatful if its online for free.

Posted by Fire @ 6:01 AM

What Actual Iraqis Think About Us.
Nice polling data from the American Enterprise.

As usual, the data differs from what the press presents.

Posted by Fire @ 5:57 AM

The EU Sucks.

I’ve read quite a bit about their upcoming regulations and coercion. I can honestly say I’ve never felt happier to be an American.

Here we see that their new deal is a raw deal.
Meanwhile, Europe’s misery looks set to continue. Euroland GDP continues to shrink, with no real prospect for growth next year. Exports are falling, retail trade volumes are shrinking. Building bridges and picking winners is not the way to break this cycle of failure. Until Europe’s policy makers learn the lessons of Roosevelt’s mistakes and Reagan’s successes, and put their faith in the people they represent, Euro-Bust will be here to stay.

Posted by Fire @ 5:55 AM

Ann Coulter Doll Available!
Now you can have your own Coulter doll for those lonely winter nights when you’d profit from a lean angular face staring into yours.

Gee, Common Sense and I have already ordered twelve.

Posted by Fire @ 5:50 AM

Women don’t want the fast life

I really enjoyed this article from Phyllis Schlafly on MND. In it, she mentions a study that found women who had advanced degrees ending up not pursuing high level jobs, instead prefering being mothers, working with their husbands, or freelancing.

I’d also like to add an observation of mine. Feminists cry about women going into law and business careers. But women themselves just get burnt out. Meanwhile, thousands of (conservative) women in touch with their feminine nature get into fields that they will actually enjoy. They become teachers, nurses, writers. And they actually become polished, respected individuals in their field. The joke, really, is on feminists.

Posted by Amber @ 4:20 AM

The New Black Anti-Education Campaign

A staggering 1 in 4 – that’s 25% of all black males in grades 9-12 in the Chicago Public Schools drops out. The combined drop out rate for all blacks, males and female, is 20.3%. Blacks have the highest drop-out rate of any ethnic group in the Chicago Public Schools. Meanwhile, the overall drop out rate in the City is 17.3%. That may not be as quiet as bad, but that’s looking at the problem with rose colored glasses.

“This is the future of the of the city’s black community being written in Chicago’s public high schools, and it is not good,” said William Leavy, executive director of the Greater West Town Community Development Project. The non-profit group runs employment and education programs on Chicago’s West Side.

I’m sure somehow teachers will be blamed for this alarming trend.

Posted by CommonSense @ 2:56 PM

Critiquing the Drug War.
Here’s a review of Saying Yes: In Defense of Drug Use by Jacob Sullum.

I don’t know if I’ll ever get to this one but it looks worthy.

The same holds true for several other drugs. Among others, Sullum quotes a CEO with a cocaine habit, as well as the housewife that likes to shoot heroin before she cleans the house (anonymously, of course). What’s more, Sullum argues, the CEO and cleaning lady are part of a non-trivial part of the population (as high as 7 percent) who use illegal drugs on a regular basis, and still manage to function more or less normally.

Posted by Fire @ 5:32 AM

Berkeley Professor Says Jews “Cause” Anti-Semitism.

Yeah, if you believe that you’ll even believe that the average male “causes” anorexia.

Yikes, what a depressing tale.

It still confounds that a person like this has tenure at a public university.

Hitler’s professors (to borrow the title of Max Weinreich’s famous book of 194612) were the first to make anti-Semitism both academically respectable and complicit in murder. They have now been succeeded by Arafat’s professors: not only the boycotters, not only the advocates of suicide bombings, but also the fellow travelers like Martin Jay.

Posted by Fire @ 5:29 AM

Boyhood Banned!
…Not exactly, but Rich Lowry equates banning toy guns with banning boyhood.

I like the analysis here that the cops almost shot someone with a cellphone–thinking it was a gun– so should we then ban cellphones? In 1976, I went to my school’s Bicenntenial Celebration with a toy musket in hand at the bus stop. Can you imagine what would have happened to me today? I’d be before the board for expulsion. Great quote from Chesterton in the piece too.

Posted by Fire @ 4:09 AM

Rah, Rah, Flat-Tax.
Comprehensive discussion of the anti-progressive flat tax

; made topical by Paul Bremer declaring that no citizen in Iraq will have to pay more than 15% tax on their earnings. I do not think we will ever get to this on the federal level due to the accountant/tax lawyer lobbies fighting it tooth and nail, but imagine, what life would be like without it. That’s the road to smaller government if you ask me. The article states that Arnie is considering doing it in California.

Posted by Fire @ 4:04 AM

Bob Faraday on a Man’s Obligations:

…But, what about the “old fashioned” idea of a woman obeying her husband?

Just because the mouths that have controlled the world for the past 35 years say

it’s wrong, doesn’t by default mean the mouths that spent the previous 100 million years saying a woman must obey her man were wrong.

Fasten your seat belt and steady your emotions for a theoretical attack on the

current theories in gender and racerelations:

The ease with which Western women assume men have an inherent duty to place

themselves in physical danger to selflessly protect any women in danger – truly – amazes me. This amazement is only surpassed by the ease with which men accept

this assumption. I spent an afternoon in a resturant in Yogykarta, Indonesia as

a lone White man in a Brown man’s country discussing this very point with a lone Dutch White woman in a Brown man’s country.

The position I presented to her was, if a man places himself in harm’s way to

protect a woman, especially a woman he doesn’t know, once he has delivered her from danger, he should have an inherent right, should he so choose, to demand

some form of sexual gratification. She was stunned. Literally. Essentially,

her argument was, “Sure, a man might get murdered, maimed, or in some other way seriously harmed in protecting a woman. But what’s that? It’s a man’s duty to

protect women. But, sex, now that’s sacred.”

It is my personal belief that men do have the potentially fatal duty of placing

themselves in harm’s way to protect an old fashioned “nice” female of from danger. In the same “old fashioned” light, I don’t believe a tramp, slut, whore, or

otherwise “independent” woman is entitled to expect, receive, or demand from

society the same level of protection that an “old fashioned ‘nice’ female” can.

Posted by Fire @ 3:58 AM

DNA Lies.
Here’s a piece from James Hickey from about the horrors of innocent men having to pay for the offspring from their wives/girlfriends’ infidelities.

As usual, it’s brought to you via the state.

In a society which increasingly points the finger at the behaviour of men and seeks to criminalize and punish male behaviour whilst denying men reproductive choices and then to make DNA testing by alleged fathers illegal without permission, making fathers again dependent on the goodwill and decisions of others, creates serious doubt about social equity and justice for men.

Posted by Fire @ 3:52 AM

Going Undercover In the Black Community

What you are about to read may come across as racist and/or conspiratorial. It is not meant to be either.

I live in Chicago’s Rogers Park. It is the most ethnically and economically diverse neighborhood in the City, split almost evenly between white, black, and Hispanic residents. For the most part, as far as I can tell, each lives in their own little ethnic conclaves that change from block to block and street to street. Nobody bothers the other and each intermingles as much as anyone intermingles on the street, in the park, or in a store. But recently, I have had two separate interactions with young black males in my neighborhood that has made me seriously wonder about the state of race, particularly the black community, in my fair city and the country at large.

In the first incident, I was walking through the park that is directly across from my home. On a park bench sat a young black male smoking a joint with a grizzly looking white guy whose mountain bike rested next to him. It wasn’t a particularly unusual scene as my neighborhood has the most laissez fare attitude of any that I’ve come across. Nonetheless, I remember the scene because about 20 feet earlier there were three black guys smoking a bowl while a child played nearby. This time I thought, “how nice, the races are coming together.”

On my walk back through the park, the grizzly white guy peddled off as I approached. After he left, the black kid stood up and started talking to me. He said the white guy had been in and out of the neighborhood for a few weeks and was quite suspicious. Apparently, the white guy had a few pounds of pot that he wanted to move and was looking for a dealer. As he smoked up with the black kid, he solicited the black kid to give a few free joints to his friends and then start charging them afterwards.

His method of distribution was right out of an anti-drug commercial. Both the black kid and I laughed at the absurdity of this.

No self-respecting dealer would move product in this way, especially when the product was a few pounds of pot. That led the black kid to believe that the white guy was an undercover FBI agent, sent into the black community to entrap people. He swore that undercover agents were always trying to infiltrate the black community and catch people breaking the law. When I pointed out that the supposed FBI agent was smoking up himself, the black kid said that was ok, FBI agents are trained to do drugs and still pass drug tests. This was all just another way to try and keep the black man down. It all seemed like a paranoid delusion to me, but then again, why would some grizzly white guy mysteriously show up in the neighborhood and try to entrap unsuspecting black youths into selling pot?

As the black kid and I walked through the park, he threw some litter on the ground while a trash can sat a mere 5 steps away. I admonished him for littering and he replied “Oh, I forgot, you the white man.” I responded, “It has nothing to do with being white. This is our park, we shouldn’t have trash laying around.” Again, the black kid said something about me being white to which I said, “See, that’s the black man talking, saying it’s ok to litter. You should clean up after yourself. Littering is being inconsiderate to everyone around us. Don’t act like a black guy and litter. Pick up.” He didn’t. But if he was going to try and play the race, I was too. I don’t know what being white and littering have to do with one another, but I have to presume by his comments, that to not litter is to act “white” while littering is to act “black.” That may explain why so many black neighborhoods are full of trash.

After talking with the kid, who was 22, for ten more minutes, much of which was spent listening to him talk about hitting people, we went our separate ways. And as I walked away, I couldn’t help but wonder how his distrust for society went so far as to think whites were going undercover to bust blacks and that somehow, littering wasn’t a black concern, but something that only effected whites. Littering became a way to “stick it to the man.” It didn’t matter that the end result was his neighborhood looking like crap was well.

In the second incident, I was walking alone on a Saturday night along Rogers Park’s major street. I don’t know if this is relevant to the story or not, but I was stoned out of my gourd and happier than a pig in shit. Nothing was about to bother me.

A group of 6 or 7 black kids, probably between 13 and 15 years old, came walking up behind me and soon surround me. They were talking about the usual teenage topics with an added bit of inner city bravado thrown in. We walked for a good block, the group completely surrounding me, I suspect in attempt to intimidate me, playing on a perceived fear of black people. It didn’t work. We were on a well-lit, major thoroughfare, with plenty of foot and auto traffic. Plus, I had nothing to fear. I wasn’t bothering them, so why should they bother me?

Unfortunately, they didn’t see it that way. As two of the kids bantered back and forth, the one closest to me, who was also the biggest, said out of now where, “I may have to bust this guy upside the head.” Let me add, that I am 5’7”, 150 lbs, wear glasses, and though I’m 32, often am mistaken for being 21. The last thing I am is physical imposing. But at the same time, I’m not going to let someone fuck with me. So as the kid tried messing with me, in my stoned relaxed voice, I looked at him and without missing a stride said “That ain’t going to happen.” Charles Bronson eat your heart out. I of course called the kid onto the carpet, which elicited some hoops and hollers from his friends. He asked why “it wasn’t going to happen” to which I said “It just isn’t. You have no reason.”

That pretty much dropped the subject and I slowed my pace slightly allowing the group to pass. If they were going to fuck with me, I was going to fuck with them right back. I started talking to the straggler of the group who happened to be the smallest and one of the two that started the whole incident. As I talked to him, and asked him questions about the conversation he was just having and couldn’t help over hearing when they surrounded me, he repeatedly accused me of being 5-oh. That is, a Narc. He wasn’t going to answer anything because I was an undercover cop. He was sure of it. There was a bit more banter between us and the group soon outpaced me. As they passed, the smallest kid repeated twice “We only messin’ with you.” I told him I knew and wasn’t worried and kept walking.

Now that I think about it, I wonder why they would threaten an undercover cop but were fearful of talking to one? But I also wonder, why were they willing to fuck with someone so randomly in such a threatening manner? The implication of what they were doing I’m sure was far beyond their grasp.

So I wonder, in two completely separate and random interactions with blacks, why did both talk about whites being undercover in the black community? Why were they fearful of whites? Just how far spread is this conspiracy in the black community? Is it left over from the days of the FBI infiltrating the Black Panthers and the legitimate Civil Rights movement? It was as if blacks naturally presume that all whites are some how out to get blacks. What perpetuates this myth, and how does it negatively impact the black community? Why was one group willing to openly threaten me for no reason and another black willing to talk so freely about getting into fights? What the hell is going on in the black community?

Posted by CommonSense @ 4:28 PM

One Conservative Wishes “The Reagans” Had Run.
An interesting opinion.

This fellow thinks we should have been chanting “Bring it on” rather than “Take it off” regarding the Reagans. Perhaps it could have been the last nail in the coffin for those citizens who are on the fence about abandoning CBS. As for me, if it’s not football, I won’t watch CBS.

Posted by Fire @ 5:49 AM

Barbra Streisand Has a Blog!
I ran across this link and thought it was a spoof at first.

Then I realized it’s really hers. How f—ing sad. Be sure to buy some of the hot merchandise and write down her political wit and observations. I was hoping to send her an email but, of course, there is no email. Just a snail address.

Posted by Fire @ 5:46 AM

The Politics of Rage.
Here we see our enemies in their hateful glory–

attacking President Bush and confusing political leaders of the past with those of the present. This is illustrative as well of the lack of historical knowledge on the part of the American population in general. One of them calls Bush the worst American president ever. Can you imagine? How realistic is that? I had a leftist announce to me about 10 months ago that Jimmy Carter was the best president of the century. Wow.

Posted by Fire @ 5:43 AM

Great Book Alert!
Just got Norman Podhoretz’s Ex-Friends, and think it’s sensational.

It’s about 230 pages long and covers Allen Ginsberg, Hannah Arendt, Lionel Trilling, Lillian Hellman, and Norman Mailer. You can really see how the left has operated in the course of the book. For one reason or another, they reacted to Podhoretz’s political evolution very negatively and became…ex-friends.

Posted by Fire @ 5:39 AM

I agree with Amber (on evolution) Eeek!

Amber made a very philosophical point: When a creature has evolved to the level where it can alter it’s environment and engage in self-examination and consciousness, then the normal rules no longer apply as before.

This doesn’t mean that people don’t express previous evolutionary behaviour in strange, bizarre ways similar to Pavlov’s dog though. Observe young men who engage in displays of chivalrous behaviour even as that behaviour is given little positive reward. They are emotionally driven but both socially conditioned behaviour (the herd instinct) and sexual urges just as lemmings may be driven over a cliff. However, conscious beings have the ability to adapt or alter their environment to suit them. Your retort to her point about flamingos only proves it: The flamingos had to migrate while human beings literally changed their environment or created tools to fit the situation. This is why human beings dominate the globe and potentially, the universe, rather than vice-versa. God truly did give man the command to be fruitful and multiply and the ability to force everything else under his dominion by rising ABOVE his evolutionary behaviour.

When we discuss feminism, it’s interesting that I consider it a by-product of helpless feminine behaviour! Feminists depend upon the good graces of western society and men to protect and provide for them and blame everyone else for their problems. I find it intriguing that Amber may be making thoughtful philosophical observations and criticism of modern scientific dogma while it’s often the men being romantic and seeking to oversimplify the discussion (I’m not talking about Fire directly.)

Looking at Amber’s point in more detail, it can be argued that many of the changes mankind makes in himself are based upon evolutionary impulses: He seeks to appear stronger and more powerful through genetic engineering and more powerful machines but it’s the lunatic Kaczinski who observed that men are actually becoming weaker due to technology: Putting on animal skins, building homes, and driving SUV’s which result in him becoming less and less able to handle his environment without technology. We are in some ways, devolving!

I’m no luddite, but I do try to avoid viewing technology as something more than a tool. It’s to improve my quality of life. Nothing more. I don’t serve it. I do not carry a phone on a belt clip. I do not carry around a notebook computer. etc. Our fundamental humanity is to be found within ourselves and our minds need constant exercise. What will the day be like when our minds can be sharp without such personal growth? I won’t be closed-minded and am willing to look at both sides of the coin (or more sides if need be too!)

About dating people whose philosophies agree with ours: Many people, Amber, really don’t match their philosophical beliefs. People may believe in exercise but never work out, for example. Some people just have no clue or real depth in their philosophical beliefs. We’re a bunch of geeks here. Most people just want to live life well and have fun. Some people care more about cooking for instance and I don’t think less of them. It’s just what we are all interested in. Christian men can be a bit quirky and yes, can find ways to be as hypocritical as a P.C. nut or a campus atheist. It’s our natural behaviour to not want to exercise but a truly evolved man makes a conscious effort to do so. Men who dogmatically reject evolutionary theory are probably even more driven by their own emotions than someone such as Fire.

Yes, I know I may talk to you as if you are a kid. I do so out of genuine affection and respect for you. I can still hear what you have to say and even concede a point to you from time to time.

Finally, Fire declared that men and women both seek intelligence and kindness. I wish that was true. These are recent romantic notions that we’ve been given but I believe that most men and women are driven by the opposite: By mates who demonstrate through indifference a power to control and toy with their emotions. (It’s the true fundamental drive of romance and “coy” behaviour.) Men, at their most hedonistic, could care less about children or kindness in women and just want to have sex and leave that night. They don’t need to discuss Proust either. (I did meet a prostitute who wanted to talk all night about legal theory though, on her time. I wish I could have stayed! It would have been fun!)

Hedonistic women clearly do seek status and wealth but in more primitive societies they are more sensible precisely because they need reliability more. Amber has a point that many men are acting similar to cavemen and continuing to drag their knuckles and chase after pretty young things without looking at their character. That’s why most women such as Amber probably have a simple test: She has a fight with the man and sees if he gives in to her because he doesn’t want to lose nookie privileges. If he does, he’s through in her eyes! She wants a man who is reliable and is not going to run off with another cave-woman if he has the option. This is fundamental evolutionary behaviour and works with the most attractive women.

Posted by PolishKnight @ 1:35 AM

I, Howard Dean, Jackass


A rewarding essay on the quirks and lark that is Howard Dean.

I must say that I personally think he will win the nomination and then lose to Bush by 5 percentage points in 2004. Go ahead and copy this down so you can make fun of me if I’m wrong, but I really don’t think this guy will charm the general public with his lack of charm.

Posted by Fire @ 8:30 AM