Francis posted a series of links yesterday (give it at least a quick glance – the titles alone will give you the gist) and suggested that they were thematically unified. This theme is apparent to anyone with eyes to see, yet when I’ve challenged Leftists on events like these in the past, they always have a rationale for why what we all see is not true.
When Donald Trump exclaimed that his choice of fast food for the Clemson team was good American food, Paul Krugman replied with a snarky tweet saying that Burger King was owned by a Brazilian company. This received thousands of likes and retweets from Leftists who, presumably, felt that Krugman had just demonstrated how stupid Trump was.
Yet, Burger King is American food. There is nothing more American than the hamburger, especially in fast food form. When you track the ownership, Burger King’s parent company RGI is 51% owned by 3G Capital, an international investment company with two headquarters, one in Brazil, and the other in New York. Krugman thinks this somehow alters the character of the food. So, since this investment company operates partly out of Brazil, does Paul Krugman think Burger King counts as Brazilian food, then? Clearly not. It’s a lie designed to score points.
The rationalization of Krugman’s statement is a way to deny the fundamental truth. Leftists are experts at this tactic. They deny the fundamental characteristics of a thing, and embrace the ephemeral in an effort to bend political realities their way.
Trump was right, Krugman was being a pathetic stooge. A 3 year old could detect the difference.
Getting back to the list Francis provided for us, each is part of a greater whole: a sort of declaration “actually, what you see and hear isn’t true, you should believe what we say instead” espoused by the Left.
The home invader is an “unwanted house visitor.” Give me a break. This redefinition has to stop. It continues because we permit it to continue. “We” being people on the Right, often enough. We assume good motives, because we ourselves possess them, often enough. This is a mistake. The other day, I spoke of an example wherein a Leftist tried to equate the probability of political violence to that of a meteor that causes a mass extinction event.
This isn’t just being slippery with your definitions, it is being brazenly dishonest, or more charitably, incredibly idiotic.
Burger King Hamburgers aren’t American, Krugman claims, because Burger King is, through a couple levels of corporate layering, partly owned by a company that’s half-based out of another country? Lolwut?
You can’t make this stuff up.
Francis’s list encompasses some of the more ridiculous examples of this behavior, but understand this: Leftists are constantly doing this. Many times they are being more obtuse and less obvious about it. Still, it’s going on.
Michael Crichton’s Gell-Mann Amnesia Effect operates similarly. Pick a subject you are expert in (it could be anything), that you know from head-to-toe. Read news articles and watch television broadcasts about this subject. Note how utterly wrong and off-base the media is. Yet, knowing this, many still believe the media when they bloviate about something else.
A similar effect exists for this Leftist propensity of redefining things to suit their argument. And yet, the next time you encounter one, you treat him as if he’s sincere? Bad idea, folks.
I’m thinking maybe we could name this the Ocasio-Cortez Amnesia Effect. Same concept. Different group of dishonest Leftists.
If you debate Leftists, carefully examine their premises. Look at their definitions, what they consider to be the essence of a thing. Odds are, you’re going to find some redefinition going on. Once, a Leftist tried to tell me that the Confederacy was just as bad as the Third Reich, because both tried to genocide an entire race. This was news to me. Don’t sign me up for the Confederate race relations fan club, certainly. Yet they did not genocide blacks. Our intrepid Leftist began a long string of legal rambling, starting with some UN boilerplate, to suggest that genocide and slavery are really the same things.
Like Krugman, he was saying that Burger King is really a Brazilian restaurant.
This concept ties into Artificial Intelligence efforts, which have yet to deal with a very specific problem. Software may be written that is very dynamic, that can learn. You can show the software, for instance, 5,000 pictures of deciduous trees, and eventually it learns (to a reasonable level of accuracy) that which is probably a tree. But then you show it a coniferous tree, and it will not recognize it as also being a tree. Now you must show thousands of additional pictures, and tell it these are all trees. Yet, show a toddler who can barely talk a picture of one tree, and he can usually make the intellectual leap. He grasps quickly the essence of what tree is.
The AI lacks the ability to extrapolate the essence of a thing. It’s a serious challenge in software development. Leftists pretend to lack this ability in order to score points. They want you to show them 5,000 Burger King hamburgers before admitting that this is fundamentally an American food. So I am withdrawing even the charity of suggesting they are stupid. They aren’t. Toddlers can do this, and they can’t? Give me a break. They know full well what they are doing. They are pretending to the stupidity if called out on their lies.
Remember the Ocasio-Cortez Amnesia Effect. Really, I should have called it the Paul Krugman Burger Effect, but it doesn’t have quite the same ring, does it? Anyway, she does it too. They all do it.
No, this isn’t a post about the Sweet Meteor of Death, though sometimes I wonder if that’d really be so bad. No. This is a post about an idiotic argument with a Leftist that was so retarded I couldn’t resist quoting it here. Let’s go through it, shall we?
I explained to a Leftist that, should the Left gain power again, they will surely desire revenge on the Right. They will want to punish us. And that some number of them want us dead. To this, I received a very bizarre response:
Telling me that “it could happen” is not evidence that something WILL happen. We could all die tomorrow. That could happen. But something tells me you still won’t spend all your money today.
I replied with: “Poor analogy. I have historical evidence to tell me that this scenario is at least as likely as not. You have no likely historical scenario that all human life will be extinguished tomorrow.”
I listed a series of revenge revolutions gone wrong, starting with the obvious French Revolution.
I do have historical info that all human life can go tomorrow. It happened to the dinosaurs.
I replied: “The likelihood of humans butchering one another over political differences is hugely more likely than a meteor wiping out all life tomorrow. If you can’t see that, you’re a moron.”
Instead of calling me a name, why don’t you give me evidence supporting this contention, other than you just saying it?
See where this is going yet? The guy cannot even admit that his comparison of two probabilities is off by many orders of magnitude. Leftist do this kind of thing all the time, they make utterly bogus and bullshit comparisons thinking they can skate on the hyperbole. It’s like when another explained to me that slavery and genocide were the same thing, and so the slavery of blacks in America was really genocide. It’s flimsy rhetoric based on moving definitions, designed to stir up outrage more than it is to make a factual point.
My reply: “When was the last time humans butchered each other over political differences? Probably fucking yesterday. Hell, probably as we were typing this. When was the last time a meteor caused a major extinction event? Now math that shit and get back to me. Humans killing each other over politics. More likely than a meteor wiping out all life tomorrow… yes or no? If you don’t answer this one right, we’re done.”
Who knows? You certainly don’t but you act like you do.
My final reply, because I am true to my word and was done with him as this point, was meant more for the spectators to this debacle. But it contains a core truth:
You know, I appreciate this conversation. I really do. Sometimes I wake up into this damn-fool world, surrounded by Marxist claptrap, and think I’m losing my fucking mind. I evaluate the possibility that I am wrong, and that motherfucker was right.
Then somebody explains to me that meteors wiping out all life is roundabout as likely as humans killing each other over political bullshit and realize.. yeah… the other side just can’t fucking math.
I appreciate that more than you know.
Is this guy that retarded, or is he evil, knowing full well what he is doing? I don’t know, nor do I particularly care. It is comforting to see just how wrong they are, however. This is beyond category error and straight into utter lunacy. I am prone to questioning everything I know near-constantly. It is a curse, at times. And so when the Left exposes just how wrong they are, it is a great comfort to me.
I may be wrong about a great many things in life. But I’ll never equate the probability of political violence to a meteor wiping out all human life tomorrow. And that’s something to hang your hat on, at least.
Tom Kratman came up with this amusing piece in the comments of Horatius Moons the Left. I have posted it openly with his permission.
It’s definitely worth a chuckle or twenty.
Donaldus Moons the Left
San Fran Nan, up upon the hill,
By the nine judges swore
That border walls and ID’d votes
Would be discussed no more
By the nine judges swore it,
And named a voting day
And sent out deep dark threats and bribes
To Left Coast dens and Northeast hives
To bring impeachment day.
East and west and south and north
The promises flew fast
Along with warnings dire,
If “evil Trump” should last,
No funding help for Democrats
Who do not vote Trump out
When San Fran Nan of blowjob land
Is hunting for his scalp.
Then tweeted bold Donaldus,
The president of late,
“I am the peoples’ choice in this –
To dems an awful fate.
And how can pol serve better,
Than fighting for his cause,
For the welfare of his own good folk
Ahead of foreigners?”
“Come bring it on, O San Fran Nan,
For every vote you get
In the corrupt House now will mean
A half a million more for me
When we run in twenty-twenty.
And speaking of the House, my dear,
You ugly twat who needs botox
Should scrub my floors and darn my socks.
The gavel you hold tight in claw
Already reeks of vaginal
Secretions, yeast, and clap because,
You use it for a dildo.”
Then stood Donaldus boldly,
And turned himself about
Then dropped his drawers and bared his ass
And bent himself while farting fast.
The Democrats began to pass
Out, falling down with gags and gasps
While Donald laughed and tweeted out
“You fucking lot of pansies!”
Yesterday, I was talking with Tom Kratman about various things, and he recommended I read Horatius At the Bridge. Halfway through, I realized I had read it before many moons ago. It was when this quote came up that I remembered:
And how can man die better
Than facing fearful odds
For the ashes of his fathers
And the temples of his gods
Indeed. And it got me thinking. Horatius denied the enemy easy access to Rome with only himself and two companions. All that it took was a measure of courage and the willingness to go all the way – unto death, if necessary – to achieve his goals.
The political Left is fond of applying immense peer pressure upon its various targets. The media will hound you, the mobs will accost you in the street, people will disown you on social media, or dump piss on your face in public. People will call your place of work to get you fired. A personal friend of mine suffered this treatment after he was attacked by three Lefties while on vacation in Washington DC, wearing his Trump hat. People were blowing up his phone making fun of him, threatening him, and otherwise making nuisances of themselves.
But in a sense, they were paper tigers. My friend laughed it off, won his case in court, and walked away a free man. Somehow, all the great peer pressure applied by the Left rolled off him. Tom Kratman likewise gives no shits how the Left perceives him. They are, in essence, much like Horatius’s companions on the bridge, stalwart and ready to fight to the end, should it prove necessary.
Trump, on the other hand, is in many ways like Horatius himself. That is to say, if Horatius had bent over and mooned his enemies while flipping them the bird and screaming “neener-neener you can’t catch me!”
This is why, despite Trump’s flaws (which are legion), I have a healthy respect for him. The sheer balls required to do this would require a wheelbarrow to move. He doesn’t just stand, stalwart and unconcerned with the enemy’s vast numbers and resources, he deliberately provokes them.
We might debate the wisdom of this. Perhaps baiting the tiger is not the best course of action. If the tiger is made of paper, though, Trump’s actions expose them. And if not, well then… at least we know something of the enemy’s constitution. Wise or foolish, Trump’s actions are necessary.
Likewise, I was reminded of a video in which Lefty animal-rights protesters stood in front of the entrance to a meat packing plant. A big rig was turning, and its driver didn’t even bother to stop. He just kept going, and the Lefties scattered like roaches, screaming and crying that their tactic had failed.
Unlike Horatius, they were not willing to go all the way. They weren’t willing to die for their cause, and perhaps the truck driver knew this. Or, maybe like Tom Kratman and my friend, he simply did not care. He was in the right, they were in the wrong, and there really wasn’t anything else to do. If you concede to evil, you enable evil. Either way, they pretended to be Horatius at the bridge, but failed their test. Either they were cowards, or did not believe in their cause sufficiently to risk death for it. Most likely, both conditions were true for them.
In this day and age, many of us (myself included, at one point) are inclined to give in to peer pressure, or at least bow to what we perceive to be the superior social and cultural power wielded by the Left. The solution is simple. Be the truck driver and scatter the roaches, or maybe run them over, depending on how it all plays out. Sometimes this is as easy as saying “no” to them.
Them: “Give up your guns or we will call you a Nazi!”
You: “Come and take them.”
Somehow, peer pressure has become more terrifying for many than physical conflict is, even. I don’t know precisely why this is, but it is observably true – and also kind of silly, if you think about it. But Molon Labe isn’t just a catchphrase. Believe in it.
In any event, stand stalwart on the bridge and say “no, you move” like Captain America said before the SJWs turned him into the enemy. Or, if you have testicles the size of a semi-truck, bend over, moon the media, and yell “come and get me, assholes” like Donald Trump has done – though be prepared for hordes of angry mobs to descend upon you if you do this. That’s not just braving the bees to kill the nest, that’s deliberately waving your dick at it and stirring the nest around a bit.
Even if you lose, and let’s face it, losing is likely in such a scenario, your example inspires resistance and courage in others. Such examples inspired me, and many others besides. And you may be surprised. The enemy may flee as readily as they scattered in the face of the big rig. Sometimes, when tested, the seemingly-strong reveal their weakness. Other times, the seemingly-weak reveal their strength. The great test for all of us is coming soon, though. If they come for me, I will stand and make them fight for every inch of ground. Courage can be infectious, just as cowardice can also be. And if enough stand at the bridge, no one can overwhelm them.
Mooning not necessarily required (but hilarious, even so).
RadFems and SJWs are fond of repeating, almost as mantra, the notion of cishet white male privilege. It is almost as if being born white and male is winning the lottery to them. If I raise my hand on the side of the street, surely the cabbie will chose me over some woman. If I land the job interview, surely my light skin and male genitals will mean I will get the job over, say, an Asian woman.
It’s complete and total horseshit.
I’ve never really bought into this privilege business to begin with. Life is inherently unfair. I remember getting a call from my wife, she told me that a tornado dropped a couch on her car. She sent me the pics after, and sure enough, there was a couch that had busted up the rear window and wrecked the trunk. Apparently it bounced off the car next to hers, which was totaled, and decided to come to a rest on hers before ending its journey. Was that fair? Absolutely not. Did it happen anyway? Sure did. My father’s truck was struck by lightning, in motion, driving down I-4 during a really bad storm. Came in through the antenna, fried everything electrical in the truck. Also not fair. Also happened.
SJWs make very specific claims about fairness and equality, however. First, they tell us that racism, sexism, etc… exist. Then the tell us that it’s extremely harmful (in some cases, they claim it is the equal of physical violence). Finally, they tell us that they can fix this bigotry through bigotry of their own. Intolerance of intolerance, they claim. Fight fire with fire. Fight racism against blacks, for instance, with racism against whites. Fight sexism against females with sexism against males, and so on. And then sometimes you get women like Ashleigh Shackelford who just say “fuck you, pay me” and dispense with the window dressings.
For SJWs this is an endless buffet of grievances they can milk for Weaponized Empathy. And yet, I’ve long been aware of the fact that the supposedly-privileged really aren’t. If they ever were, that benefit ended long ago. If anyone on this Earth has privilege, it is attractive women in the West.
If you’re a hot chick in the West, everything you could ever want is yours. Always, there will be some man out there who will take you on free vacations, and buy you things. Or you can strip, or sell your body. Or, as is more common these days, you can post some vaguely Left-wing claptrap about saving the whales or something, and create an Instagram account of endless vacations funded through Patreon, because your scantily-clad bikini pictures in Tenerife attract hordes of thirsty incel SJW “men”. When a hot girl says something stupid, people pay attention to her anyway.
This has the effect of separating the hot chick from reality even more. She might think her stupid poems are beautiful art, because thirsty men will say anything to an attractive woman. She might even think her Lefty politics are edgy and engaging. No, dear, they aren’t spamming your Instagram comments because you attended the BLM rally last week. They are doing it because you’re wearing a transparent g-string in broad daylight, and these guys haven’t been laid since Bush II was president.
Anita Sarkeesian – who isn’t even very attractive, I might add – went all the way to the UN with some vague bullshit about video games and sexism, expecting the international organization of universal idiocy to do something about it. Nobody would tolerate that much nonsense coming out of the mouth of a man. But if a not-ugly woman says it, people will nod, talk, and take it all seriously. Or at least they will pretend to, anyway.
Celebrities operate likewise. Nobody gives a rat’s ass what political claptrap comes out of Ariana Grande’s mouth, per se, but because she’s hot, it’s news. Still, Bill Clinton will stare at her ass during a funeral like he’s a starving Somali, and her posterior was a bacon-wrapped filet mignon. Somehow Beyonce is treated like the queen of the universe by hordes of white women and thirsty SJW males. She’s a singer, not an incarnation of the Messiah. Seriously, people, enough is enough.
I remember reading some months back about who it was more morally permissible to run over at an intersection. Hot girls? No, no, we can’t have that. Save the children too. But men? Eh… men are speed bumps. They scored much lower. I discussed this with a friend of mine at the bar, and he coined the term Hot Girl Privilege. Everything SJWs say about white men is basically bullshit. But it’s true for most attractive women. It’s even true for that ones that aren’t very attractive – thirst and desperation is an ugly thing.
At one club I spin at, I was told that I would be followed up by another DJ later in the night, which was unusual. Usually I was the headline act there, but whatever. So this woman shows up with a laptop. Full stop. No turntables, no mixer, no controller, no cables, nothing. Just the laptop. I ask her how she intends to plug in to the mixer in the DJ booth. She asked me if I had cables she could borrow for this. To put this in perspective for my non-DJ readers, she showed up to a gig without the equipment to do the job and just assumed everyone there would bend over backwards to accommodate her. Her set was a disaster, she couldn’t even beatmatch (it’d be like being a race car driver who can’t drive stick). But the promoter brought her in because she looked good in a glitter-bra and thong panties. DJ ability not required.
On Twitter, RadFems will talk about how they suffered some kind of microaggression because someone didn’t kiss their ass as if it was morally equivalent to the Holocaust. Another feminist made the news for walking down the street in a sketchy neighborhood, swaying her hips in tight pants, strutting her stuff, trolling for wolf-whistles – which were then submitted as evidence of evil oppressive activity. This meme captures the spirit well enough:
One feminist was quoted as saying she wanted male-female equality in high-status jobs like corporate executives and finance. When asked if she thought male-female equality should also extend to dirty, dangerous jobs like working in a sewer, she laughed and said obviously not. Women didn’t want those jobs, obviously. A newspaper printed an infographic lamenting that 1 in 4 homeless people were women. Did the author desire more men to be homeless? Somehow we are supposed to focus on 25% of the homeless, and fuck the other 75%.
In everything, the perspective of women – especially attractive women – is taken more seriously. Men don’t matter, and if anybody notices them, it’s only because they are evil oppressors. In some ways, this is a consequence of the fact that, in very biological ways, men are disposable. One man and a thousand women could repopulate mankind. The reverse means almost certain extinction. Yet RadFems want to have their cake and eat it too. They want every benefit of being women, without conceding anything to men in turn. They still want men to earn more money and be stronger – because that’s what they are attracted to – and yet think it’s unfair that they have less money (there was even a campaign to pay women more money for their work) and tend to be physically weaker. Feminism is full of implicit contradictions, and even a few explicit ones.
Back in 2014, a man minding his own business on the subway was accosted by a woman who made fun of him again and again, yelling at him for his chosen clothes. Had any man done this to a woman, the outrage would have been heard around the world. But to top it off, the woman punched him in the face. He slapped her, open handed, in turn. He was arrested. When the video came out on Youtube, proving his innocence, the charges were dropped. All the woman got for her antics and her assault was some “anger management” classes. Girl privilege saved her from being punched first for her stupidity, saved her again when he slapped her instead of punching her to do real damage, and then saved her one final time from doing any real time for her stupidity.
And what do you bet they go easy on the sixth grade teacher who had sex with a 13 year old. Just as women are more likely to get custody of the kids in a divorce, so are they more likely to walk away with a slap on the wrist, or at least less punishment than if a man does the same.
When a woman accomplishes something, it is because she is so good she broke through the evil patriarchal glass ceiling. When she fails, it is because of sexism. No matter what, she cannot lose.
Now, I don’t want my readers to think I’m bitter about all this. Fact is, some of this is biological. Men and women are different, and this produces different outcomes. I no more desire to “level the playing field” or make everything all fair (which is impossible anyway) than you do. Rather, I wish to highlight how absolutely bonkers SJWs are to claim that women are oppressed. Women in the West have more power than any comparable group of people in the history of our entire species.
No, if there is any problem with the West, it is that it puts women on a pedestal, from which even the nastiest, anti-Semitic crap-peddlers like Linda Sarsour find it difficult to fall from. Imagine if a man went to the UN and told them he was oppressed because some trolls were making mean jokes in Call of Duty like Anita Sarkeesian and Zoe Quinn did. The laughter would be audible from low Earth orbit. When a woman “free bleeds” all over herself to “fight the patriarchy”, she makes the magazine cover. Imagine if a man pissed his pants and claimed he was fighting the oppressive matriarchy… yeah, it’s that ridiculous.
Sarah Hoyt once mentioned that we live in a kind of stealth matriarchy, where women have all the power in the West, but still get to rail against an imaginary patriarchy as if they were living in some third world toilet where women are property. They get to feel like they are fighting against The Man, but they are, in fact, The Man. Just the mere fact that claiming oppression wins them notoriety and fame is tacit evidence everything they are saying is bullshit. At least the Ashleigh Shackelfords of the world saying “fuck you, pay me” are being a little bit honest. They’re just in it for free Patreon and PayPal money from idiot, guilt-tripped soyboys. At least they realize it’s all a con game and admit it openly.
Instagram girls claim the patriarchy has supposedly hindered them their whole lives, while spending that fat Patreon money – fleeced from thirsty men – on exotic vacations. They appear to be completely unaware of the inherent contradictions of everything they say. The oppressors pad their accounts. The oppressed tan on some exotic beach and post pictures of martinis and skimpy, designer bikinis. The oppressed get to endlessly shit on the oppressors. Indeed, they gain fame, money, and attention from shitting on their supposed oppressors. And if the oppressor says anything about this arrangement, the Internet mobs will hunt him down and get him fired from his job.
At some level, they know this. That’s why these “The Future is Female” t-shirts sell like hotcakes. They don’t want equality – and even if they did, equality is not possible. What they want is power. What they want is money. Ashleigh Shackelford shilling for reparations money is the real face of feminism. Her slogan “fuck you, pay me” might as well be the motto of Feminism. They want to sit on a beach in Tenerife, while the men slave in the sewers. They want the credit, and don’t want to work for any of it. Zoe Quinn claimed the title of game developer after “developing” what amounted to a fancy Word document, and people took her seriously because she possessed a vagina. Like how showing up to DJ without even the means to connect to the club’s sound system is okay if you have a fabulous rack.
Whatever. The world is what it is and there’s not much we can do about it. But what we can do is call out the utter lunacy of Western women claiming oppression. There has never been a less oppressed group in the history of Earth. And if you believe we’re alone in the universe, there has never been any less oppressed group of lifeforms in the history of the entire universe. Everything about feminism can be exposed for the lie that it is through one simple truth: Hot Girl Privilege.