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What a statesman our Dear Leader is! He sure has tamed Iran with his sheer awesomeness.
We just don’t understand them like he does.
For, lo, these many years here at KisP, I have bemoaned the apparent skewing of the definition of “normal” to include what I (objectively, of course) consider things well out on the fringes of the distribution of human thought and behavior. You know, the mainstreaming of stuff I personally consider to be abnormal or aberrant (YMMV).
Well, I was wrong. No, not morally, ethically, or objectively wrong, just, well … erroneous in thought.
(Yeah, I knowwww ! What are the chances, right?)
“Why this sudden revelation?” you ask.
Recently, I’ve been increasingly oppressed by the feeling that the margins have become the norms. I was becoming pessimistic, defeatist; and I sensed a real psychological anxiety, panic, dread … a kind of, well, you know, fear whenever I surfed the news.
Sure, we usually mentally swat-away these pesky socio-political irritants we know to be un-us-like.
(A few of us even have a medium, e.g. KisP, to do that in front of a gathered throng.)
Hey, it’s a free country.
Aye, there’s the rub — what if it’s not really a free country?
What if the abnormals really are taking over; and we, the normal, become the marginalized?
Seriously, that was gnawing at me, big time.
Two things snapped me out of it:
• First, I remembered that I’ve seen this crap before, although not quite to this degree — the Jimmy Carter era.
The cure was Ronald Reagan. Well, actually it was more the spirit he represented, a spirit which had not really died under Carter, a spirit which people were free to publicly acknowledge again. It was Reagan’s symbolic Americanism™.
No, he didn’t bring a new utopian republic; that’s not America™. He re-established the American™ idea as normal.
Today, we are faced with another, a worse, Jimmy Carter era; but now I know that this, too, can pass.
• Second, the “new normal” we’re exposed to is media-driven; and with the internet, it’s now accelerated and amplified.
We see the jackasses and the whingers and the seditionists and the fools and the con artists and the astroturf groups and the media sycophants touting this or that “new normal” 24/7.
It’s frikkin’ relentless !*
But what is it that we’re actually seeing?
We’re seeing the UNusual, not the real normal. We’re seeing the “newsworthy.”
I forgot the fundamental character of what we see in the media every day: Man Bites Dog.
Deep down, I forgot three important things which interfere with rational thinking**:
What you see is not necessarily a true representation of reality,
Not all trends are linear, and
People try to make a buck and get attention.
Sure, the enemies of Liberty are still trying to destroy us;
but. the. real. normal. still. exists.
Seriously, recognizing that, in itself, helped dispel my nagging dread of falling into despair.
(Walk it off, you pussy! You took an oath.)
reckon I’ll just get back to doin’ my normal schtick, here, but considerably less prone to defeatism.
You know, back to saving The Republic™ from all enemies, foreign and domestic.
(What? Well, yeah, okay … and entertainin’ myself in Missy’s sandbox, here. Now, hand me my pail and shovel, willya?)
* Kripes, a woman who complained that air conditioning is sexist got front-page treatment, and we spent hours responding to that, even if only to make fun of it.
** An example of this error would be the anthropogenic global warming thing.
Soooo, lemme see if I understand this right …
An IG will now have to beg a presidentially appointed cabinet member for access to the things that either the President or the cabinet member are hiding from the IG in the first place.
Hey, when you’re Obama, it’s worth a shot, right?
The Obama administration formally announced that inspectors general will have to get permission from their agency heads to gain access to grand jury, wiretap and fair credit information — an action that severely limits the watchdogs’ oversight capabilities, independence and power to uncover fraud.
Their legal argument is a bit … well, it’s BS.
An opinion, issued by the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel, says the Inspector General Act of 1978 — which was written by Congress to create the government watchdogs in order to help maintain integrity within their agencies — does not have the authority to override nondisclosure provisions in other laws, most notably in regard to grand jury, wiretap or fair credit information.
“I strongly disagree with the OLC opinion,” Michael Horowitz, the Justice Department’s inspector general, said in a statement. “Congress meant what it said when it authorized Inspectors General to independently access ‘all’ documents necessary to conduct effective oversight. Without such access, our Office’s ability to conduct its work will be significantly impaired, and it will be more difficult for us to detect and deter waste, fraud, and abuse, and to protect taxpayer dollars.” [wayyy more]
Any question that this is timed to kick the legal can down the road, thereby allowing the Obamunists to maintain cover for their crimes and abuses until after the election? Even if they eventually lose, it’ll be too late to do ‘em any harm.
delicate feminista snowflakes
Attempting to Change The World™ by whinging.
[an essay *by a woman*] decrying “sexual paranoia” on campus and the way virtually any classroom mention of sex was being subjected to an odd sort of neo-Victorian prudery:
“Students were being encouraged to regard themselves as such exquisitely sensitive creatures that an errant classroom remark could impede their education, as such hothouse flowers that an unfunny joke was likely to create lasting trauma. … In the post-Title IX landscape, sexual panic rules. Slippery slopes abound.”
This article sat poorly with campus activists, who in response reported her for sexual harassment, on the theory that this article (and a follow-up tweet — yes, that’s right, a tweet) somehow might have created a hostile environment for female students, which would violate Title IX as interpreted by the Education Department. Because, you see, female students, according to feminists, are too fragile to face disagreement. And they’ll demonstrate this fragility by subjecting you to Stalinist persecution if you challenge them…
Yet, young lady, you will long for the warmth of the gag once you graduate and hit the Living Hell of the work environment:
Air conditioning is another big, sexist plot.
“It’s been going on for years, every building I’ve been in. It’s awful,” said Marshall, who has worked in Washington since 1973. “Everything is set at 70 degrees for those testosterone-toting people.”
…So there you have it: the gender divide, thermostat edition. All these women who actually dress for the season — linens, sundresses, flowy silk shirts, short-sleeve tops — changing their wardrobes to fit the sweltering temperatures around them. [except for the 8-10 hours a day they know they will spend *in the office*?]
…Marshall explained how frustrating it is to put on a pretty summer outfit and then get hit with that blast of cold. “And you have to put on some jacked-up sweater you left at your desk.”
Women capable — in their own minds — of telling the rest of US how to live our lives, too feeble-minded to realize that — thanks to modern technology — the temperature inside is different than the temperature outside. And apparently, too stupid to learn from their own experience of the preceding day to take a nice matching jacket to work.
Do you really think such unthinking, witless creatures ought to be allowed to vote?
Feministas: This woman collects your “pain” in her wheelbarrow.
When Ted Cruz answered questions about pop culture for a recent edition of The New York Times Magazine, he made some assertions about sci-fi classic “Star Trek.” Cruz claimed an affinity for the iconic character Captain James Kirk.
He also had some ideas about his political affiliations: “Kirk is a passionate fighter for justice,” he said. “I think it is quite likely that Kirk is a Republican.”
However, William Shatner, who portrayed the character of James Kirk in the television series and its associated movies, took to Twitter to offer up a stern rebuttal:
Gotta disagree, Bill (can I call you “Bill”?). The observation was about the character of Capt Kirk, not that of an actor born in Montreal; but DQ-ing yourself demonstrated great wisdom.
Extra points for that.
Also, geocentricity does seem to be perfectly appropriate, in my view.
Case in point, “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home“
Dr. Gillian Taylor: Don’t tell me! You’re from outer space.
Kirk: No, I’m from Iowa. I only work in outer space.
(What? Well, I’m sittin’ here waiting for somebody, so what else is there to do but post a dumb post.)
And as for “Star Trek wasn’t political” … accipiterNW in comment #3
Hillary has now been outed as too friggin’ stupid to even use pointed scissors.
An Inspector General review of emails in Hillary Clinton’s inbox found at least four instances where information she received should have been considered secret at the time she received it. The matter has now been referred to the FBI.
The Wall Street Journal reports that the Inspector General only looked at a small sample of Hillary’s inbox, just 40 emails. Of those 40, four were found to have information classified “secret.” A spokesperson for the IG told the WSJ the emails “were classified when they were sent and are classified now.”
Though the remainder of Hillary’s email has not been reviewed yet, the suggestion is that there are probably many more “secret” or even “top-secret” emails among the tens of thousands still to be examined. Based on this, the Inspector General concluded Clinton should not have been using a “homebrew” email server and should instead have been using a classified system run by the State Department. [story]
No, I’m not harping on his harpy’s corruption or dishonesty or incompetence or political villainy or even criminality.
I’m talking about her sheer, unmitigated stupidity for using a personal, unsecured server for classified information.
I mean, like, you know, hey, it’s not exactly brain surgery.
* News ref
Note: I spent over twenty years handling highly classified materials. Had my comrades or I been stupid enough to do anything like this, we’d still be digging and filling-in stupid latrines at Leavenworth.
“anthropomorphize a fetus“