3 stooges walk into today’s anvil to the head award

It’s a Moral Panic

knock it off

Granted, I have not been paying much attention to things outside my little realm of late. Now with the Xmas rush, I have had random moments to hear stuff in passing.

Every time I hear about this #MeToo thing, I get mad. …and creeped out.

I’m not mad at the men – I’m mad at the women. Because they are saying they cannot handle something that I, my pals of a contemporary age, my mother and her pals, my grandmother and her pals — on thru the mists of History – have faced.

NB I am not talking about physical assault/rapine, here: that is a crime and ought to face the full weight of The Law and Due Process. Or a little pocket pistol. whatever. I’m talking about the greyer areas; those mis-step moments in Life and the occasional icky perv everyone runs across from time to time.

I am being told that women [which I presume includes me] cannot handle a comment, a dirty joke, what used to be called “an advance.” That they [we?] immediately become emotional basket cases in desperate need of rescuing by…. I’m not sure. Other women? Other men?

uh… No.

Much ‘fun’ was made of Pence and his clear boundaries: my mother advised me to use the same clear boundaries. If those had not been destroyed as Social Norms, most of the incidents involving hotel rooms and closed offices would not have been an issue. Add in some humor, some moxie, and the old-fashioned *slap!*, most of these situations could have been resolved without these poor women being forced to carry around their burdens of “fear” and “freezing” and Trauma!!!™ — in some instances for over 20 years! — awaiting just the right time to address them.

If one seeks to be an equal, one must act like an equal.

Fainting at lewd jokes, panicking at a wandering hand, being traumatized by a perv are not the actions of an equal. They are the choices of Thought and Feelz™ that arise from the Victimhood Kulture.

Claire Berlinski wrote it much better than I — though she kinda goes off the rails in the last paragraphs — then had immense trouble finding someone who wasn’t too “frozen with fear” to publish it.

I recommend you RTWT.
Some teasers:

The insistence that an unwanted kiss is always about power, not courtship, simply isn’t a serious theory of the case—not when the punishment for this crime is so grave.

We now have, in effect, a crime that comes with a swift and draconian penalty, but no proper definition.

Mass hysteria and making demons of men will get us nowhere we should want to go.

Grandfathering or statutes of limitations can’t possibly be irrelevant to this, and only this, category of wrongdoing. This is not how we view any other crime.

Nor demanding things like Due Process, the ability to face one’s accuser, Evidence, and Proof.

In any case, none of us gets to watch Louis CK again—or Kevin Spacey, for that matter. They’re literally going to airbrush Spacey out of All The Money, like water commissar Nikolai Yezhov in that photo of the Moscow Canal. Comrade Spacey has been vaporized. He’s an unperson. Long live Comrade Ogilvy. Isn’t anyone a bit spooked by this?

erm… yeah.

It’s always the same statement: “I have come to realize that it does not matter that, at the time, I may have perceived my words as playful. It does not matter that, at the time, I may have felt that we were flirting. It does not matter that, at the time, I may have felt what I said was okay. The only thing that matters is how I made these three women feel,” said Representative Steve Lebsock. Now that is a remarkable thing to say. Why doesn’t it matter what he thought what was happening? Why would we accept as remotely rational the idea that the only thing that matters is how the women felt?

No One can make you feel anything. Feelings flow from perceptions to form your thoughts. You can change your thoughts and change your feelings. You can change your perceptions [educate to see more clearly] and change your feelings.

Other people are not responsible for your feeeelings.
But here I go again — bringing Facts to a Feelz-fight

Sure, most people would feel fear, for instance, if a bear suddenly leapt out at them. Everyone except that person who came prepared to fight bears.

That is the job of Mothers and Fathers: prepare your children to fight bears. That is the definition of Civilization: have Social Norms that encourage people to avoid bears, while discouraging the bears.

In recent years, especially, we have become prone to replacing complex thought with shallow slogans.

Do you want to live in the kind of paranoid society where everyone wonders—Who’s next? To whom is it safe to speak freely? What would this joke sound like in a deposition? Do you think only the men who have done something truly foul are at risk? Don’t kid yourself. Once this starts, it doesn’t stop. The Perp Walk awaits us all.

Given the events of recent weeks, we can be certain of this: From now on, men with any instinct for self-preservation will cease to speak of anything personal, anything sexual, in our presence. … They will adopt in our presence great deference to our exquisite sensitivity and frailty. Many women seem positively joyful at this prospect. The Revolution has at last been achieved! But how could this be the world we want? Isn’t this the world we escaped?

That was the prevailing Social Norm at the turn of the last century. Yanno, the one that maintained that women were too delicate to work, have the vote, or even leave the house. Next up: no trousers [or "bloomers"] for women and the burkini?

That’s Progress™ for ya.

Happy Hanukkah, y’all

ready Ohr not

Goat rope, pure and simple

Department of Justice official Bruce Ohr …was recently demoted from one of his two senior posts. … Ohr’s wife, Nellie Ohr, worked through last fall for Fusion GPS, which was behind the anti-Trump dossier. The precise nature of Mrs. Ohr’s duties – including whether she worked on the dossier – remains unclear …. [story]

Cultural ref
Again, the lure of a PhotoShop joke overcomes the lack of original content or commentary.

(What? Oh, okay. I’ll take you along, next time.)

another new normal

No, it’s not funny; but it is worth mocking

Also inspired:

Historical ref
Title ref
If I have to cite the cultural ref, I… I don’t want to know you, even you future internet historians.

Short video rant of the week

Just ban the word, not the garment

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Abby Normal

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Yayyy! Picked up by Pookie’s Toons

Again, it’s no (R)s at the (D)s’ lunch counter

Hey! This is a snowflakes-only lunch counter! Git!

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Members of the Fordham University College Republicans were asked to leave an on-campus coffee shop because their MAGA hats apparently violated the shop’s “safe space policy.”

[T]he self-identified president of Rodrigue’s Coffee House, a coffee shop run by a student club, is seen telling the College Republicans they have five minutes to get out of the coffee shop. “This is a community standard—you are wearing hats that completely violate safe space policy. You have to take it off or you have to go.” “I am protecting my customers,” the president said.

“We are your customers, we bought something,” a CR member replied.

“I don’t want people like you supporting this club… no one here wants people like you supporting our club,” the president retorted. “I am giving you five minutes.”

A student then asked for a refund, to which the president responded, “[y]ou had some coffee… do not try to outsmart me.” [story]

Offhand, I don’t think outsmarting that officious commissar would be much of a challenge.

Yeah, it’s a civil-rights thing
Some of us are old enough to remember this

(What? Nah, I thought about PShopping MAGA hats on these guys, but that would be presumptuous and disrespectful of guys who showed true *clank* just down the road from Klan HQ.)

tinfoil hats all around

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Yayyy! Picked up by Pookie’s Toons

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Yayyy! Picked up by Pookie’s Toons

Wait. It gets worse.

Sting Theory
Geeze, I hate it when satire is indistinguishable from reality.

Two “independent sources” both looked at an email, and both came away from reading that email with the wrong date? How is that possible?

It has been CTH contention for several weeks that a counterintelligence sting operation has been going on within the IC community. False trails of information, seeded by ‘White Hat’ investigators, intended to be captured by ‘Black Hat’ leakers – and delivered to their usurping allies in media. The stories are fake, the leaks are real.

All investigative documents, relating to the witness, are provided to the congressional committees prior to the interviews with the witnesses; or, if the information is classified, each committee member has an opportunity to review the documents via a controlled SCIF environment when no physical copies are allowed as part of the evidence.

The Don JR./Wikileaks email could very easily be part of a ‘sting’. The date was intentionally seeded as incorrect. The resulting story is fake. The leak, however, is real.

Each nugget of disinformation exposes a specific leaker. Each trail used in the sharing of that disinformation exposes the enabling media. The White Hat plants the fake news seed, and then watches to see where, when, how, to-whom, and from-whom, it shows up. [story]

Just discovered that my “Geeze” snark, above, is due to Muggeridge’s Law. (via Ed Driscoll)

today’s celebrity wtf is hoisted on her own flagpole

( you only have to watch about 1:40 to get my point )

Silverman: I had a boyfriend many years ago, he was my first boyfriend who had his own house, and one day I went outside to see what he was doing, and he was hoisting an American flag up the flagpole in his front yard. And I instantly felt very weird. It didn’t make sense, but I felt this feeling of like, um, I felt scared – yeah, I felt scared. So I was like, ‘Uh, what are you doing?’ and he said, ‘Raising the flag,’ and I was like, ‘Why?’ and he’s like, ‘Um, because I love America?’ and I was like, ‘Right, right, of course.’ But inside I was shaken.

And then I calmly walked to my car and I got inside and I called my sister Susie to tell her what happened. Now, maybe you’re thinking, ‘What do you mean what happened? Nothing happened, your boyfriend put an American flag up at his own house.’ No, you’re totally right, I had no idea why I was freaking out. I just – I had this very visceral reaction and my sister, who knows shit because she’s a rabbi in Israel, explained to me, she was like, ‘Dude, nationalism is innately terrifying for Jews. Think about it: flags, marching, blind allegiance? These things tend to ring a bell for us.’ Right. Of course. Duh. It made sense.

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