Sunday, November 25, 2012

Well, yeah, why WOULD a lot of guys threaten their future

by getting married?  You all know the mess out there, some of you have gone through it personally and I'd bet most of you have seen it second-hand.  Without going into details, I have(both, unfortunately).  And it's worse now.

Personal gripe: about a year ago was at a party at a friends' place, and a couple of the guests were mid-20's females, single.  And their prime concerns were
Managing to get through the next few days until the next party, and
Finding out when the next party was after that.
Not career, not marriage, just the next party.
Yeah, a lot of guys are the same; why not?  Hook-up culture is great for them at that age: no commitment, no actual give-a-damn.  And if you do try for more, a lot of the girls in your age group are so commitment-phobic(unless it's completely on their terms, and even then) that you can forget it.  Which means, within ten years, there'll be lots of females whining about 'no good men, they won't commit' when they helped train the men to be that way...

And let's say a guy does commit and ask for marriage: he has to keep in mind that he's dealing with a current culture where he's pretty much at fault for everything:
She hits him and he calls the cops, lots of places HE goes to jail; it's in the law 'to protect women'.
Divorce?  He's probably screwed no matter what.
Just getting through the day, we've got 'entertainment' that almost always shows the boyfriend/husband as either stupid, or uncaring, or incompetent.
Put it all together, yeah there are reasons a lot of guys either aren't willing to commit for years to come, or at all.

Remember Home Improvement?  It became a show of "How can we make men look stupid/uncaring this week, and women look smart/caring/saviors of all?"  Over and effing over.

End of rant.

Responding to Republican criticism of UN Ambassador Susan Rice for claiming that the Benghazi attack on the US mission and annex there had been caused by a photo of a stuffed teddy bear named Mohammed, Congresswoman Marcia Fudge, the leader of the Congressional Black Caucus and Chairwoman of the House Subcommittee on 40 Acres, an Obamaphone and a Mule denounced any attacks on Rice as “horridly and unspeakably racist.”

While Fudge could not point to any single word that was racist, she insisted that every single word used to criticize Rice was a racist code word.
 Which is the level of stupid, arrogant and racist these idiot operate at for real.

I have an idea:  A polite letter to Reid saying "Fuck you.  You've prevented votes on a pile of things, you've slandered us, you've blamed us for all wrong, and now you want to smile and deal?  Fuck you twice.  Especially since your idea of 'working together' is "You people do what I want."  "
 And any 'republican' who wants to bend over for him should be disowned.  Preferably involving some tar and feathers.

Oh, yeah, I've had that feeling before:

I think it was the guy at Legal Insurrection who once said that it was amazing how free leftists felt to threaten someone's life.  Openly, online for all the world to see.  That's true; it's also true that people like this are first-class scumbags who deserve everything that'll happen to them.

These clowns have actively tried to get people killed(by SWATting), have harassed them and their families, threatened, and some have done it quite openly.  Pretty much dared anyone to do anything about it.  And when they actually get slammed for it, they threaten some more and whine about their 'freedom of speech'.  Some of them, it's just a ploy for sympathy; others are so effing stupid they actually believe their FOS includes harassing families and death threats and other such disgusting things.

I'm tempted to think it's in part because older methods of correction aren't used anymore.  Wasn't that long ago that if you threatened/harassed someones wife or kids, you'd either get dragged outside and the crap beaten out of you, or find a gun in your face with a warning behind it.  And it was a real warning.  Maybe if some of these clowns knew that was what they were facing, with the legal threat being secondary, it might cool some of them down.

Ogre loves Skyfall, and laments  … and I envy England because in the US… we don’t have such a character.  Jack Ryan?  (Tom Clancy) or XXX?  Captain America?  No… I want an American Bond
Oh, we've got one: Matt Helm.  Series by Donald Hamilton.  Would make some excellent movies, assuming the Hollyweird crowd didn't eff them up.  If you've never read any of the books, do.  I'd suggest starting with the linked one, it being the first of the series.  But you can read any of them in any order; while there are references to other books in later ones, it's never something that would prevent you from enjoying the one in your hands.

Oh, and Hollywood?  Heroic fantasy?  Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser.   Just sayin'.

It is striking, how unsurprised Obama, Clinton, Rice et al seem to be by the Hamas barrage against Israel over the past fortnight, and by Egypt’s swift turn toward Islamist dictatorship. It’s almost like they expected these events to happen.
 Oh, Preston, you moron, can't you realize they probably not only expected them, but actively WANTED them to?


Phelps said...

We DO have an American James Bond. The problem is, he's American. He doesn't need a Queen to tell him to go someplace and do the right thing -- he just does it. He doesn't have a dashing accent. He doesn't get a bunch of gadgets. He makes do with what everyone else has and what he can get off the bad guys. He's just the guy that runs towards the gunfire instead of away.

John McClane is the American James Bond.

Anonymous said...

"Heroic fantasy? Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser. Just sayin'."

Huh, why hasn't anyone picked up on that? Are Lieber's executors asking for an arm and a leg for the rights?

It's got buddy movie written all over it.

Grayson said...

Ah, Firehand?

There is one particular character, in literary fiction, who is every bit as good as Mr. Bond, if not better.
He's the main protagonist of a series of action\counter-terrorism novels written by author Vince Flynn.
His name is Mitch Rapp.
I recently loaned one of Flynn's books, "American Assassin," to one of my buddies. Three days later, he came back to return the book, and buddy practically begged to borrow ALL THE REST of my novels that feature Mitch Rapp. I think buddy proceeded to lose a good deal of sleep.

His verdict? "This Rapp guy is the closest thing to a precision guided weapon on two legs, that you NEVER want to meet - especially if you're a bad guy."
A while ago, I made the observation (I think over on Tam's weblog comments) that if the two of them ever faced off, Mitch would almost surely leave Bond unconcious, bleeding in an alley, and probably tagged with a booby-trapped land mine.

Hit your local library (or a good used bookstore) and just look for the name, 'Vince Flynn". Worth your time and effort.

Cheers, Firehand, and keep hammering!

Have you, by chance, heard or read the joke about the blonde lady who tried to fellate a Scotsman with a 15 inch erection?
I haven't been able to find it, but I'm certain that there's a good gag in there, somewhere.....

Firehand said...

A: Dammit, you have any idea how backed-up on reading I am? And you tell me about THIS?

there ought to be punishment for that, you bastard.

Anonymous said...

Sorry, they did several "Helms" back in the 70's. Daen Martin as Helm. Played mostly for laughs, chases, and barely dressed broads. Hmmmmmm, maybe they weren's so bad after...yeah they were.

dehakal said...

Our Man Flint with James Coburn. I believe an immediate American challenge to Mr Bond.

Firehand said...

I remember Martin as Helm; I was rather fond of them for the barely-dressed broads. Oh yes.

I remember the Flint movies, too; not bad at all.