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Hecies and Shecies

Once again, a bit o’genius from  Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal

No doubt this piece was inspired at least in part by the current phenomenon called, “Men Going Their Own Way” (just Google MGTOW  if you have time for a cry).  This is an outgrowth of the hideous Men’s Rights movement, in which men so socially and emotionally stunted that they repel even the most brainwashed of women decide it’s better this way.  They don’ need no steenkin’ wimmins.  They can even learn to cook!  Their recipes are a real hoot — it’s hard to believe some of them are not just food-trolling.

The parallels between Men’s Rights and White Supremacy are pretty fun to trace.  For certain very odd values of “fun”.  In both cases, the ridiculously over-privileged are incapable of seeing that privilege, and so interpret any attempt to level the field as a vicious attack and/or attempt to “oppress” them.  Which leads to idiots on social media asking every February, “why can’t we have a White History Month?”

As an aside, it is actually an interesting idea to me: whether language alone could have resulted in speciation of Homo Sapiens, had the Internet not intervened to eliminate that possibility.

Divorce and Rolling Coal

So there’s this Australian couple who have let it be known that if Australia becomes a civilized place where any two people regardless of gender can get married, they will get a divorce.  That’s right – if civil marriage in Oz can’t conform to their religious ideas then they want no part of it.

If this brings to mind images of toddlers throwing temper tantrums and holding their breath until they turn blue, I think you are being unfair.  To toddlers.

I love that they open their position statement with, “As Christians…”  That always reminds me of Bill Maher’s famous take: they think we’re hearing that they have the moral high ground, but what we’re really hearing is that they have a neurological disorder.

For some reason it also reminded me of the “Rolling Coal” idiots in the heartland of the USA.  You may have seen these guys riding around in hideously oversized diesel trucks that have had their engines specially damaged tuned to produce inky black exhaust.

This is (are you sitting down?) their way of protesting against the existence of hybrids and electric vehicles.  Protesting against other drivers trying not to destroy the environment.

If these assorted morons really wish to damage themselves because the human race is making social progress, I wish they would try harder not to harm others in the process.  And I also wish they would be more efficient about it.

Wear Orange!

Today is National Gun Violence Awareness Day.  I am wearing orange to mark it.

The NRA promotes gun ownership and “open carry” idiocy as a response to what it calls “culture war.”  Make no mistake, what it means by “culture war” is: non-whites.

Watch this video if you doubt that Open Carry is for whites only.

There is much to question about this methodology but the outcome is unsurprising.

Guns in the hands of ordinary citizens do not solve any problem we have.  They are much more likely to be used for suicide, murder of a family member, friend, or acquaintance, or to play the pivotal role in fatal accident than they are to repel a legitimate intruder.

Americans have taken the Westerns of the 20th century far too seriously.  They are bigger fantasies than Star Wars.  The situations that existed in those movies only ever existed in a movie.

It’s time to come back to reality.

American Insecurity Photo Gallery

Part I: Rock out with your Glock out



Part II: Flags.  So. Many. Flags.

Private Homes Displaying Flags? Yes, you are in the US.
Flag day on Boston Common.
Yes, we have a national holiday about our flag.
BTW those little flags are all made in China.

Part III: Personal Transportation

This is totally not compensating for anything
Neither is this.

Part IV: American Theology

Not at all worried about their own ambiguous feelings


Ceci n’est pas homoérotique

Pre-Paid Patriotism

While we know that a volunteer military has to advertise to gain recruits, advertising is usually identifiable as such.  But team outpourings of patriotic fervor: the “hometown hero” demonstrations on the fields before and during games, the flyovers, the hilariously large flags and so on… are they just another expression of the tribalism that is sports fandom?

When a magazine or newspaper publishes long-form content that is written by an advertiser, they label it as such so the reader can understand the dividing line between the editorial and business sides of what’s in the book.  We can assume that visible name-brands in TV shows and movies are paid for by the advertisers: apparently nobody in Portland has ever heard of Windows, if you believe Grimm, while in New York no one uses Apple, according to Elementary.  But these shows mention their deals with Apple and Microsoft in the credits.

Not so your typical NFL game, although perhaps they should:

This is doubly unethical: we expect even private companies to disclose these arrangements, though they arguably have more of a right not to.  But we’re asked to accept a certain level of openness amd integrity from sports events, yet taxpayer funds spent on these “advertorial” segments are routinely not disclosed.

Sports, militarism and toxic masculinity are all probably bound for all eternity in a testosterone-fueled Celtic knot, but at least we can demand some honesty in how tax dollars are used to subsidize it.

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