Verizon’s War on Boys

     With girls having achieved near parity with boys in most scientific college degrees, science fairs, &c., Verizon asks the important question: Are we ignoring boys enough while teaching girls that they can’t be both feminine and do well in the hard sciences?

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When Following the Letter of the Law is “Judicial Activism”

     A political science professor, of course, declared in The Guardian, of course, that the D.C. court, who ruled the Obamacare subsidies for those on the Federal exchange were illegal, were engaging in “judicial activism” because they followed the letter of the law. In contrast, political science professor Scott Lemieux praises the 4th Circuit Court for ignoring the letter of the law and embracing an obviously acceptable extra-legal tweak that was necessary due to those evil Republicans. Because typo or “speak-o” or something.

     Fun on Twitter resulted.

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Can the Traditional Conservative Narrative Triumph?

     Is our social “narrative” still a traditional conservative one?  That is what Jonah Goldberg tries to argue:

“Sure, Hollywood is generally very liberal, but America isn’t. Judging by their campaign donations, Hollywood liberals are very supportive of abortion rights. But there’s a reason why sitcoms since Maude haven’t had a lot of storylines about abortion. Indeed, nearly every pregnant TV character treats her unborn child as if it’s already a human being.

“The Left may be anti-military, but such movies tend to do poorly, which is why we see more pro-military films. Similarly, it’s a safe bet that Hollywood liberals loathe guns. But you wouldn’t know that by what they produce. Not many action stars save the day by quoting a poem. Most Hollywood liberals probably oppose the death penalty, yet they make lots of movies where the bad guy meets a grisly death to the cheers of the audience. The Left rolls its eyes at ‘family values,’ but family values are at the heart of most successful sitcoms and dramas.”

     Not to be too much of a pessimist, but perhaps that is just a legacy of a lapsing narrative that is slowly being replaced by a deluded Progressive one, where the only choices we are given are theirs and their cartoonish description of the America that is… or at least was?

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News of the Week (July 27th, 2014)

 

News of the Week for July 27th, 2014


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Barack Obama – Master of the Universe

     Not content to simply be able to travel backwards and sideways through time, Obama has declared his intent to bend the universe itself to his mighty will!

     Typical Leftist, wishing to twist all of creation to some delusion of utopia.

     A little mood music:

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Revealed at Last: The “Engine” of Oppression

     At long last the “engine” of classism, homophobia, heterosexism, sexism, &c. has bee revealed in all its kyriarchical evil: Thomas the Tank Engine!

Pictured: Oppression Incarnate

     Over at the perpetual Leftist self-parody The Guardian, it is explained how a children’s show is basically propaganda.  They have an evil capitalist overlord who enslaves the engines in a neo-colonial fashion, where evil trains have black smoke while good trains have white smoke… well, white steam because they are steam engines and the other ones are diesel.  But then The Guardian wouldn’t let a little thing like facts or even reality interfere in a good deconstruction of harmless show.

     Apparently the lack of female trains and oppresses girls by telling them they can’t be trains or something.  Also, Thomas the train himself pushes oppressive gender constructs because one of its many episodes has Thomas being made fun of for having pink paint.  Because there is nothing more oppressive to trans-gendered toddlers then the modern day association of pink with girls.

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Two-For-One: A Democrat Attacks the First AND Second Amendment at the Same Time

     Freshman Democrat member of Congress Robin Kelly wants to outlaw all gun related merchandise or political goods that are targeted to children.

     This would effectively outlaw goods related to the NRA’s Eddie Eagle program that promotes gun safety, or their annual youth day.  It would also ban any advertising or weapon aimed at persons under the age of 18.  If a parent of guardian wants to teach their child how to shoot, then why is that such a problem, and why shouldn’t companies be able to cater to those parents needs.  A day out shooting at a gun range can be good clean family fun.

Admit it. This is cute.

     While some may just make a parallel with cigarettes, the parallel is a false one.  There is nothing wrong with a child being taught gun safety, or even using a gun legally.  It would ban “youth-oriented colors” for firearms… so no more “Hello Kitty” Kalishnikovs!  Unlike with cigarettes, the right to keep and bear arms is a Constitutionally protected right.

     The aim of the proposed bill is clear:  To do whatever it takes to further the keeping of dissenting thoughts away from children so that all the children hear is anti-2nd Amendment propaganda.  In other words, it seeks to demonize and denormalize firearms.

     Prohibiting pro-2nd Amendment goods and messaging is also an attack on the 1st Amendment.  But then, some people just don’t like people exercising their fundamental rights in a way that deviates from what the anti-2nd Amendment crowd.

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Queering the Cake

     Cakes and Gay Marriages are back in the news, this time in Northern Ireland.  A baker is facing legal action for refusing to bake a cake showing Bert and Ernie from Sesame Street that explicitly states “support gay marriage.”

     Aside from copyright issues, this is unlike previous cases in the United States involving bakers refusing to bake cakes for Gay Weddings, this cake is a purely political message:

“[Ashers Baking Co.] believe that producing the cake with the slogan and the logo of QueerSpace, a gay rights group the would-be customer supports, would amount to endorsing the campaign for the introduction of gay marriage in the province, and go against their religious convictions.”

     The argument used against previous bakers was that they offered wedding cakes and that refusing to serve a couple because they are gay is discrimination, and that such anti-discrimination measures trump the 1st Amendment… despite such marriages not being legal in the baker’s own state!  Here, that excuse does not hold.

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Hippies Achieve Communal Marijuana Utopia by Government Decree

     Now, in the glorious People’s Republic of Berkeley, the great unwashed masses shall by law receive free marijuana of the chronic variety!  Free!  Absolutely free!  That’ll stick it to the “man”!

“Medical marijuana dispensaries in Berkeley must give some of their pot free of charge to low-income patients under an ordinance approved by the City Council.

“At least 2% of the marijuana each dispensary doles out needs to be given free to dispensary members who have ‘very low’ incomes and are Berkeley residents, the ordinance, approved Tuesday, says.l Related

“The ordinance also stipulates that free pot must be the same quality, on average, as the pot that other members buy.

“…[The] City Council has defined very low income as $32,000 a year for one person and $46,000 a year for a family of four.”

     $32,000 a year?  Sounds like the typical Berkeley student… or ex student who has been hanging around for decades.

     Dispensing with the outmoded ideas of “profit” it is only a matter of time before all “medical” marijuana dispensaries become anarcho-syndicalist communes where the toilers of the fields of chronic sticky green goodness will be paid back by the communal wonder of naked hippies and bongo drums!

     A little mood music:

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Biological Reality is NOT Child Abuse

     Slate recently published an article warning parents of a most insidious “treatment” that is forced on babies without the babies’ parents’ consent.  What is this “treatment”?

     Circumcision?  Nope.

     Vaccination?  Nope.

“It’s a strange hypothetical scenario to imagine. Pressure to accept a medical treatment, no tangible proof of its necessity, its only benefits conferred by the fact that everyone else already has it, and coming at a terrible expense to those 1 or 2 percent who have a bad reaction. It seems unlikely that doctors, hospitals, parents, or society in general would tolerate a standard practice like this.

“Except they already do. The imaginary treatment I described above is real. Obstetricians, doctors, and midwives commit this procedure on infants every single day, in every single country. In reality, this treatment is performed almost universally without even asking for the parents’ consent, making this practice all the more insidious. It’s called infant gender assignment: When the doctor holds your child up to the harsh light of the delivery room, looks between its legs, and declares his opinion: It’s a boy or a girl, based on nothing more than a cursory assessment of your offspring’s genitals.”

     That’s not a “treatment.”  It is recognition of biological reality.  It is not an opinion or a social construct.  In the English language a boy is a person with a Y-chromosome and a pen*s; a girl is a person with two X-chromosomes and a vagina.  While there are rare cases of medical aberrations, they are just that: Medically abnormal.  Such true cases of mixed up gender/biological sex do not denote any moral status.

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