Monday, April 7, 2014

Link Rot For Our Times

I usually use a different on-line copy of the U.S. Constitution, stored at archives.gov. However, I came across another link I had to a copy at house.gov, and I gave it a try. This is what I got:


You Can Hold Any Opinion You Want As Long As It's An Approved Opinion

From Mozilla's statement regarding Brendan Eich's "resignation:"

"Our culture of openness extends to encouraging staff and community to share their beliefs and opinions in public."

"... as long as you don't oppose gay marriage, or espouse any other incorrect opinion. We'll fire your ass for that." -- Oh, wait, no they didn't say that part. They just did it.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Wrong Answer

No Problema for Mixed Illegal Alien Families to Enroll in Obamacare

Obama:
“Well, the main thing for people to know is that any information you get, you know, asked with respect to buying insurance, does not have anything to do with … the rules governing immigration,” Obama said. “And you know, you can qualify if you’re a legal resident, if you are … legally present in the United States.
“You know, if you have a family where some people are citizens or legally here, and others are not documented, the immigration people will never get that information.”
Wrong answer, Obama. The correct answer would have been:

"You're right to worry. This administration does not condone foreigners who flout the laws of this nation, and we will not help cover up illegal behavior! When we find illegals, we deport illegals!"

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Perspective

In Iraq, laws are being drafted that implicitly legalize marriage of 8-year-old-girls. "Also under the proposed measure, a husband can have sex with his wife regardless of her consent. The bill also prevents women from leaving the house without their husband's permission, would restrict women's rights in matters of parental custody after divorce and make it easier for men to take multiple wives."

Meanwhile, in the U.S., feminists crusade against a company that has a lobby rug that identifies the company as a meritocracy.

Time and effort well-spent, American feminists. Because who wouldn't be offended by a company that aspires to be a meritocracy? I bet those men in Iraq with 8-year-old wives they can rape at will don't work for some despicable meritocracy....

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Unwitting(?) Corporate Shills

At the Firing Line-style debate between Ann Coulter and Mickey Kaus, audience questions were required to be sent via Twitter.

On many websites, comments can only be submitted if you have Facebook, Google+ or another social media account.

This is frustrating to me for a couple reasons.

First, Twitter, Facebook and Google are large corporations, with political agendas that are often at odds with the sites that require them. Do people realize that by requiring participation/subscription to a particular corporation's offerings they are explicitly supporting that corporation?

Second, it's very disturbing to have people frozen out of much the community of ideas because they refuse to deal with a particular corporation. I don't use Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or any other social media account. I'm opposed to the entire idea of social media -- all social media sites engage in Orwellian tracking of their users to truly astonishing degrees. I've done research professionally that bears this out. I also have nothing but contempt for Twitter's trivializing, anti-intellectual effect on public discourse. The tiny bites of text it allows are anti-communication.

I'm required to have a Google account just to host this blog, but it's not a plus account. I even feel guilty about having that, because I know Google, even without plus accounts, is a major tracker and monitor of behavior.


Sunday, March 9, 2014

Must Practice My Tears of Aggrievement

Today the blog I read that I mentioned in I'm A Lost Cause had some links to supposed Craig's List sex ads at CPAC. Man, people are sometimes so mean to conservatives on this blog. I am shocked, shocked and offended!.... Oh, wait, no ... not bothered by what a bunch of random people say. They're entitled to their opinion, and I can laugh at myself (or at my fellow conservatives).

Saturday, March 8, 2014

I'm A Lost Cause

Funny thing about leftists. If they disagree with what you say, they'll no longer defend to the death your right to say it. Instead they'll try to dig into your writings for completely unrelated stuff and publicly shame you and turn peoples' opinions against you.

I had a guy try that on me this week, pulling up old blog posts from this site and holding them up on an entirely unrelated site as examples of what a horrible person I am. Of course, since I'm not actually ashamed of anything I've written, it didn't phase me much.

I told him that if he wanted to continue his campaign against me, that blog isn't the place, and to post on my blog. And that's definitely the best way to go. I have a lot to say about the things he points out, but every time I respond on that blog, I'm just further worsening the atmosphere for people who could care less about our little argument. Of course, he really doesn't want to discuss anything with me. He wants to call me out in public and make me toe the line, to shut up and stop saying things he finds objectionable.

It almost -- almost worked! He replied:
I’m sure I’m going to regret this, but all right, I’ll make one comment over there saying everything I want to get off my chest.
But then, a little while later:
Actually, some people you just can’t reach, and it’d be futile of me to try. So never mind. Best thing is to just go back to skipping over comments and avoid being baited.
So, I'm incorrigible. I'm not worth the waste of his words of enlightenment. Mom's going to be so disappointed. Anyway, that's one thing I like about leftists, they're not judgmental.

By the way, what did I say that was so objectionable? Just for the record here is the most recent set. Apparently he's been doing a slow burn for the last year or so, but I'm not going to collect all that. Since this is the series that caused the blow up, it should be sufficiently horrendous to get me on the short list for history's greatest monster. I'm not including full context, because it gets really convoluted, plus, I want to focus on what I said. My words aren't likely to look better in context than they are in isolation. Italics are quotes from others:

April’s comment in the first throwaway panel about the wedding being invaded by “gypsy assassins” just made me wonder if perhaps that wasn’t the best word choice.
I think there’s a blanket excuse from being culturally sensitive toward people who are trying to kill you.
...
 If you can’t have your fictional characters speak in the [terms the] character would use, even if offensive, you can’t really do honest fiction — you can only create politically-correct fantasy worlds where, for example, people who say “gypsy” don’t exist.
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So are you saying we should accept the Paul Dean[sic] precedent as appropriate? I dissent.
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So you are saying that the treatment of Paula Dean[sic. Again. I suck.] was appropriate, because there is “something wrong” with her. Thanks for clarifying.
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I thought Lenny Bruce had it all explained half a century ago. We’ve undone everything he taught.
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JP “Please dear, a Roma assassin squad is crashing your wedding. You know, maybe it’s attitudes like that that drive them into the criminal underworld.”
I’m afraid it’s already too late for Wilson, Manley and me. Whatever gypsies call a fatwa has no doubt already been issued because of our insensitivity and the real-life gypsy assassins are en route.
I’m being extremely wary about any approaching caravan wagons, men in colorful vests, or women in those peasant dress outfits. I won’t go quietly!
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JP: Don’t let this get around or everyone will want Gypsy Assassination Squad crashing their wedding. They’re a great live act, even if they’ve never fulfilled the promise of their first album.
Oh, my, you’re right! That’s an awesome name for a band!
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I saw Bela Lugosi drinking a piƱa colada at Trader Vic’s. His hair was perfect.
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…flapjap syrup…” Now, listen. I’ve recently been educated about inappropriate use of ethic[sic] slurs, and I don’t want you making the same mistakes I did. You need to use more sensitive language: “Flapjapanese,” or perhaps “Flapasians.” And whatever you do, don’t mention the war!
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Gosh, some of my favorites! Your outrage is delicious.
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BTW, did this have something to do with gay people? I didn’t check to see if Flapasians is gay slang. Or are you projecting? What exactly do I think of gay people? I don’t actually have a problem with gay people. I make fun of lots of people on my blog. People who get offended very easily and then try shut down people who won’t toe their line, basically pretending they are victims but acting like bullies, those are a popular target.
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Hey, it’s fine that you don’t like me or my opinions. Surprisingly, I’m growing less and less fond of you and your opinions, but on the whole I’m OK with you not having happy thoughts about me (that’s actually the point of a lot of the stuff you’ve pointed out, in context). However, this isn’t really the place to wage your campaign. Please, harangue me on my blog posts, where we can discuss things fully and not waste the time and ruin the experience of people who come here to snark on comics.
And that's all she (meaning me) wrote.

Try as I might, I just can't muster up a huge heaping load of guilt over all that.