Just saw some pictures of a bunch of celebritutes in their finest designer attire; makes me wish for celebrities who at least have the fashion sense of those in the 50's and 60's.
He gets this part right:
The way we demonize comedians for use of language or terminology is unspeakable. Because that's exactly what comedians should be doing, offending and upsetting people, and being offensive. Comedy is there, like art, to make people uncomfortable, and challenge their views, and hopefully have a spirited yet civil argument. If you're a comedian whose bread and butter seems to be language, situations, and jokes that I find racist and offensive, I won't buy tickets to your show or watch you on TV. I will not support you. If people ask me what I think, I will say you suck, and that I think you are racist and offensive. But I'm not going to try to put you out of work. I'm not going to start a boycott, or a hashtag, looking to get you driven out of the business.
The utter contempt with which privileged Eastern liberals such as myself discuss red-state, gun-country, working-class America as ridiculous and morons and rubes is largely responsible for the upswell of rage and contempt and desire to pull down the temple that we're seeing now.
I've spent a lot of time in gun-country, God-fearing America. There are a hell of a lot of nice people out there, who are doing what everyone else in this world is trying to do: the best they can to get by, and take care of themselves and the people they love. When we deny them their basic humanity and legitimacy of their views, however different they may be than ours, when we mock them at every turn, and treat them with contempt, we do no one any good. Nothing nauseates me more than preaching to the converted. The self-congratulatory tone of the privileged left—just repeating and repeating and repeating the outrages of the opposition—this does not win hearts and minds. It doesn't change anyone's opinions. It only solidifies them, and makes things worse for all of us. We should be breaking bread with each other, and finding common ground whenever possible. I fear that is not at all what we've done.
And then says this:
...If you look around the world (in the Philippines, in England), the rise of nationalism, the fear of the Other. When people are afraid and feel that their government has failed them they do things that seem completely mad and unreasonable to those of who are perhaps under less pressure. As unhappy and surprised as I am with the outcome, I'm empathetic to the forces that push people towards what I see as an ultimately self-destructive act. Berlusconi, Putin, Duterte, the world is filled with bad choices, made in pressured times.
'the fear of the Other'. I think there's little of that, and lots of pissed-off at the people he mentions in the first part.
Also, voting for Clinton, that's not a 'ultimately self-destructive act'?
“it hurts my heart that so many young people are so comfortable enough using these phrases and objectifying women with such ease.”
Welcome to the party, dumbass. A lot of people have been pointing out that how your friends, and you, influence kids is destructive in the long run, and you laughed at them. Now you're suddenly seeing what they're talking about? Really?
So, if I have this right: Boys are more prone to play with "boy" toys because boys are afforded less freedom by social norms, and are essentially forced to play with boy-toys, and girls are afforded more freedom to play as they choose, and this means that... girls are the oppressed sex?
The authoress goes on to state that the spatial skills that boy-type toys teach are important for later-in-life abilities in STEM fields. (And you can tell how important STEM fields are to feminist theorists by the exactly zero of them who majored in a STEM field.)
So if you follow this dingbat's logic -- and why should you? She obviously hasn't -- then, in order to spur girls into being better at STEM, you should force them, as boys are forced, to play with boy-toys against their inclinations.
And that, you see, will result in more "choice" for girls!
A: Yes, Obama & Co. worked hard to screw Israel. Because Obama doesn't like Jews, Netenyahu wouldn't kiss his ass, and because- for God knows what reason- they like enabling a bunch of bloody-handed savages.
B: Yes, they're still lying about it. Because that's what they do.
C: God knows what other shit this miserable bastard will throw out as he leaves.
When the last cellphone in the Caliphate is destroyed or worn out no one will know how to make another. Their 8th century is capable of producing fanaticism but probably couldn't make a ball point pen. Objects in the ISIS universe are "magical" -- put there by Allah in the possession of the infidel for holy warriors to plunder and enjoy until the power which inheres in them gradually fades away.
Surprisingly much of the modern world is not very different. Many people treat technology like magic even in the West. How does a cell phone work? Dunno. Where does it come from? The store.
If a global catastrophe destroyed all of civilization's works yet spared these few million they could re-create every object in the world again. By contrast if only these few millions perished the remaining billions though untouched could continue only until things broke down. It is knowledge which sustains civilization. Of course knowledge is also stored in libraries against catastrophe. Or is it? If universities began seeing science as old "white man" sorcery they might start purging it like ISIS does wizardry.
And the result, as Heinlein noted, will be blamed on 'bad luck'.
And if you're not familiar, there's a list of 213 things Skippy is not allowed to do; part of them:
The sound of the Phalanx anti-missile defense system going off is not just a way to alert the crew that the ship is about to sink.
Sponge Bob Square Pants is not a proper cadence for marching
Not allowed to exchange my M16 for a Pistol, “Because it’ll be more fun.”
Not allowed to Exchange my M16 for a shotgun, “Because all the cool kids have one.”
Not allowed to exchange my M16 for a Sub-Machine Gun.
Ok, I can, but only if I can find one for the commander too.
Also, there's a followon. I particularly like
Do not challenge SERE grads to play hide-and-seek.