The Other McCain asks, I answer

The question I truly thought I would never see? This one from Robert Stacy McCain Am I the only person who reads the Huffington Post’s “Women” category? My answer is Hell Yes! I mean I read Salon, and watch MSNBS, and have even listened to Air America in the past, but the Huffington Posts “Women” category? Come on man! Now, I read Salon for one reason to see how bad their writers can get, and to see if any of their writers can ever be as bad as Joan Walsh. OK so I guess technically that is two reasons, but still Salon’s slogan should be Salon, where bad writing gets worse. I watch MSNBS so you don’t have to, and because it is the Tree of Low-Hanging Blogging Fruit. Any blogger can find lots of material by watching MSNBS. Their slogan should not be Lean Forward. It should be MSNBS, our hosts ought to be committed . And Air America? They used to be on a Boulder Colorado station, one of the few I could pick up in whatever rental car I was driving on my vacations in Rocky Mountain National Park. And, I liked listening to how bat shit crazy their hoists and their listeners were But, I draw the line at the Women’s section of the Huffington Post!

I mean just look at what you might find in the section that RS McCain reads because I refuse to

Because I’ve got a feeling that if any feminists paid attention to it, they’d be outraged at this pink-collar ghetto of insipid journalistic dreck. Some recent HuffPo Women headlines:

  • 8 Things America Gets Wrong About Sex — Barnard College alumna Amanda Duberman says Americans are not having sex “as freely, safely and enjoyably as other parts of the world.” So, apparently, folks in Bolivia, Belgium and Botswana have much better sex than us — or at least better sex than Barnard College girls have.
  • ‘Love Hormone’ Oxytocin May Intensify Orgasms — Dyslexics beware! Oxytocin is not the same as Oxycontin, which won’t do anything for your orgasms, and will only “intensify” your lethargy, slurred speech and impaired coordination.
  • I Fell in Love With a Man Who Refused to Text Me – She loves the Luddite guy with a “cute Australian accent” she married 12 years ago. He probably never dated any Barnard College girls.
  • The Problem With ‘Waiting For Marriage’ — Mandy Velez was a virgin attending the University of Pittsburgh until she “attended a sex-positive event on campus” featuring “a fun lesbian speaker.” Somehow, this event convinced her to have sex with her boyfriend. They “eventually broke up,” but now she’s been living with another boyfriend for two years, which means . . .? I dunno. There’s no obvious point. Just one of those silly “Vagina! Empowerment!” pseudo-feminist sex columns that get published routinely at HuffPo Women. Velez calls herself “a straight, cisgendered, reasonably privileged woman” and also uses the magic feminist phrase “sexual autonomy.”
  • Shedding Light on the Myths About Women Who Have a Lot of Sex — Marrie Lobel is “irritated” by “persistent half-truths and complete fabrications hyped as fact. It’s time to expose reality by shattering outdated perceptions of women who have a lot of sex.” None of the “myths” Lobel attacks involve Barnard College girls or sex-positive events with “fun lesbian” speakers. However, she does use the magic feminist phrase “patriarchal dogma.”

This is why I have named The Other McCain my Gutsy Blogger of 2014. I mean it takes STONES, or the consumption of lots of bad bourbon to read that stuff and survive. I mean what is next, armpit hair pics? OH no EYE BLEACH!

Oh yeah, one note about why I watch MSNBS. There is another reason I watch, and why I sometimes watch the Today Show, one Tamron Hall. I just cannot resist her. She is a Texas girl, and seems very sweet and I just cannot believe any woman THAT gorgeous could be Liberal

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Yeah, about that whole “Conservatives hate science” thing

It seems that a Yale professor did a study about political outlooks and science comprehension, you know, the kind of study snotty, self-assured Liberals love to quote. Well, it turns out that Tea Party people, who are CONSERVATIVES for the most part, have a better knowledge of science. H’T Fritz

And more shockingly, admits it.

Because the “asymmetry thesis” just won’t leave me alone, I decided it would be sort of interesting to see what the relationship was between a “science comprehension” scale I’ve been developing and political outlooks…

It turns out that there is about as strong a correlation between scores on the science comprehension scale and identifying with the Tea Party as there is between scores on the science comprehension scale and Conservrepub. 

Except that it has the opposite sign: that is, identifying with the Tea Party correlates positively (r = 0.05, p = 0.05) with scores on the science comprehension measure:

The professor shows signs of an open mind, which is good, of course he is not climbing out of his Liberal closet just yet

I’ve got to confess, though, I found this result surprising. As I pushed the button to run the analysis on my computer, I fully expected I’d be shown a modest negative correlation between identifying with the Tea Party and science comprehension.

But then again, I don’t know a single person who identifies with the Tea Party. All my impressions come from watching cable tv — & I don’t watch Fox News very often — and reading the “paper” (New York Times daily, plus a variety of politics-focused internet sites like Huffington Post & Politico). 

I’m a little embarrassed, but mainly I’m just glad that I no longer hold this particular mistaken view.

 But not really embarrassed enough to reconsider his other biases…

Of course, I still subscribe to my various political and moral assessments–all very negative– of what I understand the “Tea Party movement” to stand for. I just no longer assume that the people who happen to hold those values are less likely than people who share my political outlooks to have acquired the sorts of knowledge and dispositions that a decent science comprehension scale measures.

Baby steps professor, baby steps

 

 

Bill Maher finds a new level of stupidity

Blackmailers Don’t Shoot has the details. Looks like Maher has almost reached that level of stupidty I call Jimmy Carter stupid

I’m willing to entertain the idea that he’s just the most dishonest. Billy’s column at the Huffington Post, New Rule: Conservatives Who Love to Brag About American Exceptionalism Must Come Here to California is one of Maher’s typical applause-trolling moves. It’s also a great insight into just how delusional liberals are.

Before I saw who wrote the article, I thought the title meant that conservatives who came to California would question American exceptionalism. The problem is that that would actually be kind of funny, which would not be keeping in character with the actual author. Instead we get this.

New Rule: Conservatives who love to brag about American exceptionalism must come here to California, and see it in person. And then they should be afraid — very afraid. Because while the rest of the country is beset by stories of right-wing takeovers in places like North Carolina, Texas and Wisconsin, California is going in the opposite direction and creating the kind of modern, liberal nation the country as a whole can only dream about. And not only can’t the rest of the country stop us — we’re going to drag you along with us.

Conservatives from other states really should visit California. They can drive through our bankrupt cities, head to the Home Depot and chat with the illegal immigrants who hang out there with impunity, and maybe make a stop in Venice where homeless people who live in trailers dump their holding tanks on the street. It would be a great lesson for anyone from a more conservative state. Even liberals could benefit from seeing what their policies result in when they rule the place for decades. It might also put their home states’ crappy weather into perspective.

As a  side note, California USED to, be the home of many big corporations, today? Not so much. Businesses are fleeing California.

There were 1.3 million businesses in California at the end of 2012, 5.2 percent fewer than in the previous year (that’s about 73,000 fewer). To put that in perspective, Massachusetts lost 5,200 businesses, the second-highest amount, and Kansas had 3.1 percent fewer businesses in 2012 than in 2011, the second-highest loss rate. 

And WHY are these businesses leaving?

If you have to be reminded why businesses are leaving California you must be watching Seinfeld instead of Fox News or even CNN.

The biggest reason is the COST of doing business—high taxes, bad regulations, and union control.  Add to this the Arnold and Jerry policies to raise the cost of energy by 33%–just because Al Gore tells a joke with a straight face.

From my good friend Dr. Ben Zycher of the Pacific Research Institute, “California already suffers from high retail electricity rates relative to the rest of the country. PRI reports that retail rates in the Golden State are up to 131 percent higher than rates in the Pacific Northwest and 70 percent higher than rates in the Mountain region. In fact, California rates are 53 percent higher than the U.S. as a whole.

“This adverse effect is certain to worsen the other important disadvantages that various California public policies have created in terms of competitive dynamics with other states,” writes Zycher.

State residents are already being hit hard if they do not install solar devices onto their rooftops. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Californians who don’t have solar rooftop installations paid an extra $1.3 billion in yearly power bills.

Apparently Bill Maher thinks driving businesses OUT of your state is a good idea.

 

Why do Leftists lie?

Several reasons, first it is critical to the perpetuation of Leftism. Since Leftist theory does not translate well to the real world, Leftists must lie to perpetuate the great lie, that Marxism works. Bob Owens exposes another reason leftists lie. That reason being they can portray Conservatives as hateful, and backwards, until Bloggers like Bob Owens but them

….when I heard about Katie Vyktoriah’s “pink headband” story I jumped on it with both feet.

It was so self-evidently fake, with such poorly-fabricated stereotypical dialogue, that it simply wasn’t plausible for anyone that grasps language and human interaction… which, I suppose is why it was so credulously echoed by the not-so-swift folks on the political left, who were eager to promote the “vicious intolerant Walmart Bubba” meme.

Sadly, Vyktoriah’s fiction writing experiment got away from her, and she is now on suicide watch.

A mommy blogger whose post ‘What happened when my son wore a pink headband to Walmart’ went viral on the Internet last weekend was Baker Acted after making suicidal comments to deputies Monday, according to a Lake County Sheriff’s Office report obtained by the Orlando Sentinel.

On Aug. 2, the blog post, written under the byline Katie Vyktoriah, was published on the Huffington Post website and quickly went viral.

The Sheriff’s Office report identified the blogger as Kathleen Carpenter. In the blog, the author wrote that her two-year-old son had worn a pink headband in a Central Florida Walmart store, and a man approached her and yelled out, “That’s a boy?!” according to the post. Here’s what the author wrote next:

“With no notice, the man stepped forward, grabbed the headband off of Dexter’s head and threw it to the bottom of our shopping cart. He then cuffed Dexter around the side of his head (not hard, but that is not the point) and said with a big laugh, ‘You’ll thank me later, little man!’”

Then according to the post, the man hurled a homophobic epithet at her toddler.

The post was picked up by media all over the Internet, and soon, people posted outraged comments of support for the mother. But there were also comments questioning the validity of her story.

In the post, she wrote that she did not notify the store management or the police about the incident when it occurred.

According to Polk County Sheriff’s Office documents, at about 9:30 p.m. Saturday, the Sheriff’s Office received a call from Carpenter’s home reporting that Carpenter and her son were harassed at Wal-Mart the week before and that after she blogged about the incident, “now they are receiving threats.”

The report on the “harassing/obscene phone calls” was written up by a deputy on Monday. In it, the deputy notes that patrols have been requested in the area for the next two weeks in response to the threats.

In an update on her Facebook page, “A Mother Thing” late Saturday, the woman wrote “The Polk County Sheriff’s Deputy has just left our home, and all information about the original Wal Mart incident and the ongoing harassment has been documented and is being dealt with. I have been advised NOT to say any more about the situation, as the investigation is ongoing, so thank you all for your support, but I am going to be offline for the next while until all of this is resolved.”

No further posts have been written and her “A Mother Thing” blog has been taken down.

According to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office report, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office became aware of Carpenter’s blog post detailing the alleged incident at a Wal-Mart in Clermont. SincePolk County was eventually mentioned specifically in the blog as being the responding agency, a Sheriff’s Office lieutenant requested a deputy go meet with Carpenter.

Another Polk Sheriff’s report states that on Monday at about 9 p.m., a deputy went to Carpenter’s home to “assist” the Lake Sheriff’s office with the battery case, since it had allegedly taken place in Lake County. While deputies were there, Carpenter explained that her two-year-old had been battered at the Wal-Mart. Then, according to the report, she “made statements that met the criteria for a Law Enforcement Baker Act.”

Carpenter told deputies, according to the report, “that the attention obtained by her story and the negative comments and communications to her had become too much stress and she could not handle the situation…anymore,” and was thinking of killing herself.

At that time, she was taken into custody by the Polk deputy under Florida’s Baker Act, which allows law-enforcement to hospitalize people for mental-health evaluation.

If I’m reading this correctly, it appears Vyktoriah lied about the deputies coming to her home Saturday; she had merely called them (so she lied about the events there, too). They came out Monday after hearing her claim they had been there on Saturday, and that’s when she said things that caused the men in the white coats to come out and haul her off to the loony bin.

I pity Vyktoriah. She’s a sad and fragile creature that has to fabricate realities because her reality-based community is just that: reality-based (“-based” concedes it is not actually reality, but a poor facsimile thereof). She’s just the latest Jayson Blair, Stephen Glass, Scott Beauchamp, etc, who has authored a fantasy world when the progressive fantasyland doesn’t match up with what they think it should resemble.

See, like I said, when the facts do not match their feelings, Leftists retreat to their “special place” where feelings trump reality. The trouble with lying, of course, is that one lie usually requires future lies, and well, that does not end well. Once the police became involved, this woman had to either fess up, or keep lying, and well, she went with the let me just keep lying approach. I wonder if that strategy led her to play the “I am thinking of killing myself” card, thinking it would garner more sympathy. That is never a good one to play around police. When that card is played, they have to play the “OK your ass is going to be Baker Acted” card. See Libs, see where relying on lies gets you? Sure Huffington Post jumped all over this, because it fits their agenda, so the strategy of making up stories about evil Conservatives worked initially, but the truth eventually came out, as it always does.

 

Your conspiracy theory of the day

Via 90 Miles From Tyranny

A former cybersecurity advisor to President George W. Bush says a sophisticated computer hack could have been the cause of the automobile accident that claimed the life of journalist Michael Hastings last week in Los Angeles.

Richard Clarke, a State Department official-turned-special advisor to several United States presidents, said the early morning auto crash last Tuesday was “consistent with a car cyberattack,” raising new questions about the death of the award-winning journalist.

Hastings died last week when his 2013 Mercedes C250 coupe collided with a tree in Los Angeles, California on the morning of June 18. He was reportedly traveling at a high rate of speed and failed to stop at a red light moments before the single-car crash. He was only 33.

Speaking to Huffington Post this week, Clarke said that a cyberattack waged at the vehicle could have caused the fatal collision.

“What has been revealed as a result of some research at universities is that it’s relatively easy to hack your way into the control system of a car, and to do such things as cause acceleration when the driver doesn’t want acceleration, to throw on the brakes when the driver doesn’t want the brakes on, to launch an air bag,” Clarke told The Huffington Post. “You can do some really highly destructive things now, through hacking a car, and it’s not that hard.”

“So if there were a cyberattack on the car — and I’m not saying there was,” Clarke continued, “I think whoever did it would probably get away with it.”

The Los Angeles Police Department said they don’t expect foul play was involved in the crash, but an investigation has been opened nonetheless.

In an email reportedly sent by Hastings hours before the crash, he told colleagues that he thought he was the target of a federal investigation.

“Hey [redacted}, the Feds are interviewing my ‘close friends and associates,’” Hastings wrote 15 hours before the crash.

Personally, I would bet Hastings was drunk, or stoned, or just driving like an idiot, and the crash was his fault, but this is an interesting theory

 

If you get REALLY hungry late tonight…

7x7-burger

Check this burger out!

We all have dreams. Some dream of feeding all the starving people in the world. Some say, “F**k the starving people. I want all the meat for myself.”

Those people would probably love the idea of Steak ‘n Shake’s new 7×7 Steakburger.

Though the idea of a 7×7 cheeseburger isn’t new — In-N-Out, for one, has been willing to pile as many layers of patty and cheese onto a bun as you’re willing to request for as long as I can remember — the idea of a major chain putting such a burger in writing on a menu is raising some eyebrows.

But wait, the shock doesn’t end there: because according to Huffington Post, the 7×7 appears exclusively on Steak ‘n Shake’s new AllNighter Menu. Yup, you’re encouraged to eat this 1,330 tower of cheap dining excess exclusively between the hours of midnight and 6am.

Wait till Bloomberg sees this

Complete decadence indeed!

The Other McCain has a post about women in combat, a topic I admit I have not really thought about, so I will reserve comment on that. So why am I linking this post? Well, at the very end of the post, McCain notes the story of Sadie. A transgender girl of 11, who was a boy, until at age five, when he, or is it she, decided, on her or is it his own that he or she was really a girl, and transitioned

“Sadie was so proud of President Obama for including the gay community in his inaugural address on Monday; however, she felt like the trans community wasn’t included,” Sage, Sadie’s mother, told The Huffington Post on Tuesday. “That inspired her to write her own ‘speech.'”

The Trans Community? Boy, these Liberals do have a community for everything. This community, that community, segregation seems to be a big hit with the Left the way they love to divide everyone, but identity politics is just how they roll I guess. But, back to Sadie for  a minute. 

The speech, which began making the rounds on the Internet soon after the President spoke and was published in full on the TransGriot site, reads:

“The world would be a better place if everyone had the right to be themselves, including people who have a creative gender identity and expression. Transgender people are not allowed the freedom to do things everyone else does, like go to the doctor, go to school, get a job, and even make friends.

I am all for anyone, even a kid writing a letter to Obama, or any politician, so I have no issue with the letter. Or with Sadie. My issue would lie with Sadie’s parents, or whomever has indoctrinated her into believing she is no allowed to got to a doctor, or make friends, or get a job or get an education. Also, I would ask this. How does a five-year-old “decide” that they are the wrong gender? That seems very young to make such a decision, So the issue with me is not whether or not someone can be “trapped in the wrong body”, or whatever the PC term is for that these days, My issue is how this very young person already sounds like a die hard Leftist

Sadie socially transitioned from male to female in kindergarten. She was home schooled until this year and is now in fifth grade and attending public school. A vegan, she loves anything that “protects the environment,” as well as reading, swimming, basketball and texting her friends. She listens to Lady Gaga, Pink and Justin Bieber and wants to work for Green Peace when she grows up. She also wants to be a mom.

Though Sadie has been openly discriminated against, her mother says that she “isn’t shy or ashamed of who she is,” and adds, “I’m always ‘on’ when we go out because I never know when she’ll strike up a conversation with the person in front of her in line at Trader Joe’s. When she chats with people, she introduces herself as, ‘Hi, I’m Sadie, my favorite color is pink, I’m vegan, and I’m transgender. Who are you?'”

Don’t think this child has been coached to be that way? To be so put front with her eating habits, and that she is transgender? Or perhaps mommy dearest is embellishing these stories a bit, or a lot? Maybe mommy is living her activists wet dream out through Sadie? Sorry, but something seems askew with this story to me.

By the way, I would like to congratulate myself for writing an entire post about transgender issues WITHOUT going to the glaring Rachel Maddow/Chris Hayes question.