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So I was reading this post on the Presidential campaign, and scrolled down to catch a few of the comments, where a discussion about “who would win a fight?” had broken out. (It appeared to me that this is the politics-obsessed version of the “Who would win a fight, Batman or Spiderman?” thing in comics-fandom.)

But one thing that really jumped out at me was the sheer number of people who were arguing for their favorite as if the Presidential candidates in question were going to step into a boxing ring and duke it out.

What? How… I mean, the point is obvious, isn’t it? The matchups aren’t about “character stats” and rolling dice for a critical hit like a D&D game. Arguing who would win in a REAL fight is not the point. Presidential candidates do not literally fight each other.

Politics is not about reality. It is about perception. 

Everyone whose campaign strategy focuses on facts and figures, peer-reviewed studies and policy wonkery ends up having their butts whupped in the ballot box. All that matters in the election is what the electorate believes. 

Not actually a bee, but nobody cares about that when it suddenly appears on their person.

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Old news: women are sexist

It’s Not Your Imagination, Single Women: There Literally Aren’t Enough Men Out There” via Instapundit.

Whoa. Literally aren’t enough men? Was there some kind of apocalypse twenty years ago that killed a lot of little boys? Were males systematically discriminated against in sex-selective abortions thirty years ago? Was there a world war while nobody was watching that resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of young men ten years ago?

Nope. No. Not even close.

The “literal” lack of men refers instead to college-educated men. Not, you know, MEN men, just men who happen to have a particular credential.

Hmmm. It appears that “listening to feminists” and “putting college and career first” are not viable options for obtaining “happily ever after” after all, don’t it?


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More moral than God?

Seen on the internet (paraphrased): “I don’t like the story of Moses because I don’t think that a moral God would kill all those innocent children.”

Well, just right off the bat, that is laughable to anyone who believes in a Creator God, because really, who is responsible for morality – the Creator, or the creation? Will the clay say to the potter, “You’re doing it wrong!”?

Moreover, even if it were possible, would humanity have any standing to bring a charge against God on this issue?

The historical record indicates that infanticide has been the rule in virtually all human societies known to us, no matter when or where. Exceptions are notable for their extreme rarity and prohibitions against infanticide also notable for how often they were flagrantly violated. Not only that, but it is also legally practiced and celebrated in even the most developed of countries today, as “abortion” rather than “infanticide” (the proliferation of specific terms for who is being killed at what stage of development is not relevant to the innocence of the life taken, after all).

Considering our own behavior as a group, I don’t think any member of the species Homo sapiens has a finger left to point at God for killing the Egyptians’ firstborn. Certainly no person living in a country that annually kills hundreds of thousands of its own innocent lives has any moral standing to cast judgement on God for the deaths of the Egyptian children.

But even if one were still inclined to protest – despite the ridiculousness of a creation passing judgement on her Creator, even moreso for an act that happens regularly among her own people! – it also shows a misunderstanding of the morality of conflict. The beginning of Exodus is a tale of warfare. Reprisal in warfare is not only moral, it is a moral imperative – because if your enemy can get away with committing atrocities without fear of reprisal, then they are going to go right ahead and commit them.

“Then Pharaoh gave this order to all his people: ‘Every Hebrew boy that is born you must throw into the Nile, but let every girl live.'”



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There is no way this could possibly go wrong

“autonomous stabby poison-injecting robot submarines

How do they know the poison is harmless to other reef life? I don’t think they can possibly know that for sure. What if periodic overgrazing by starfish is critically important for the lifecycles of some reef ecosystems the way forest fires are on land?

Thankfully biological ecosystems are pretty good at recovering from stupid shit humans do because we don’t know any better… of course, sometimes that recovery takes the form of a new balance rather than the old appearance, but that’s natural, too.

Not that there’s anything wrong with poisoning predators that kill things humans want to keep alive, after all. Right??

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The slippery slope of pedo-sympathy

Apparently Salon is busily continuing their successful efforts to undermine the moral principles of Western Civ, so what else is new? (Have a Brietbart link. Worth reading.)

We should not be sympathetic towards pedophiles. At. All.

Why? Because last time we tried being sympathetic towards a “sexual orientation,” what happened? Activists who started out with “closets are bad” ended up trying to lock other people into them! And what was the weapon they used? Sympathy. Oh, feel bad for the poor homosexuals, they have life so hard because society doesn’t approve of their behavior, boohoo. Now you can’t be religious and run your own business, unless your coreligionists have a habit of throwing homosexuals off the roofs of tall buildings in the Middle East. (Then nobody bothers you.)

Of course, there’s no inherent reason why someone who’s exclusively attracted to the same sex shouldn’t be given a bit of sympathy for their deviation from the norm, since at least heterosexuals have the option of a socially approved outlet for their own sexual desires. But, of course, the requirement that people restrain their sexual impulses is not unique to anyone – and there are plenty of heterosexual people who are deeply frustrated by their inability to get what they want (since it involves other people having veto power). Just ask the users of Ashley Madison and the authors of every “Where have all the good guys gone?” women’s magazine article.

While in theory sympathy isn’t necessarily grease on the edge of a cliff, experience teaches us that practice is different than theory. Taking pedophilia off the list of “if anyone finds out you swing that way, your life is ruined” and moving it to “oh, it’s just one of many mental illnesses” is exactly the same path homosexual activists used to put themselves in a position to go around ruining people’s lives over the acquisition of artistically sugar-crusted baked goods. Do you really want to end up living in a world where not wanting a pedophile to babysit your children makes you the target of a mob of angry people on Twitter calling you a bigot, harassing your friends, family, and employer, and making death threats?

Because that’s what happened last time.

Instead, I suggest that pedophiles carefully close and lock the closet door with themselves on the inside. Closets are the ultimate in safe spaces, after all. Mental illness, despite what Tumblr and the Victimhood Olympics would have you believe, is a medical condition, and medical conditions should be kept PRIVATE. As in, only your doctor and your closest confidantes have any business knowing about it. If you have decided to spend your entire life refusing to indulge unacceptable sexual inclinations, there’s no reason to shout it from the rooftops. People don’t go around proclaiming how virtuous they are that they’ve decided not to murder anyone despite their anger management problems, now do they?

Imagine what would happen if a man came out and said “I’m only sexually attracted to women who don’t want to have sex with me: I’m sexually oriented to rape. But rape is bad so I will never indulge myself.” Are you going to see paeans to that guy, celebrating his self-restraint? Uh, no. All it takes to show how ridiculous pedo-sympathy is – is to replace the sanitized word “pedophile” with the name for the desired action: raping children. Sympathy for someone who refrains from committing rape? I don’t think so. Not raping other people – at least in Western Civ – is called “basic human decency.” Just like not bludgeoning people to death doesn’t make you admirable. Even if you really, really want to. Not even if you’re sexually attracted to bludgeoning people to death.

If you want to convince people you’re a good person who should be admired, you should probably actually do good, not go around talking about how you aren’t doing evil. And if you have a therapy group to deal with whatever problems you happen to have, that’s fine. Just keep it in the closet where it belongs. Normal people don’t feel the need to attention-whore with “Oh hey, I want to commit adultery, but I refuse to cheat on my spouse! Have sympathy for me, it’s so tough to be faithful.” Pedophiles likewise should avoid going around proclaiming how they absolutely refuse to rape children even though they would really like to. It’s nobody else’s business, after all.

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Van Vogt: The Silkie

Last year I picked up a whole stack of books from a library book sale in a tiny lake town in Minnesota, and quite a few of them were Van Vogt paperbacks. The Silkie was rather odd; rather than a single narrative, there were three stories about the fantastic things that happened to good ole space-neighborhood police officer Nat Cemp, who is a super-powerful telepathic space creature of a race that can change shape and breed with humans. Warning: spoilers abound!

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I’ve been microaggressed!

“People-first language” is such bullshit. In ENGLISH we put ADJECTIVES before NOUNS. This is how our language works.


Example of hideous writing taken straight from the Wiki article on this illiterate idiocy: “people who ride bicycles rather than bicyclists.” May you be bludgeoned to death by an entire shelf of hardback dictionaries falling on your head, you language-raping monster. How could you commit this heinous crime against your mother tongue?!

If you are offended by proper syntax, then you are a deliberately illiterate moron. Not a person of diminished intelligence lacking in lingual education. AN ILLITERATE MORON. Whose dictionary-bludgeoned corpse should be skinned with the stiffened pages of a thesaurus, stuffed, and mounted in a public library to warn other “social justice” language police what happens when you cross the grammar nazis. WE are the ones who police language use. According to proper rules. Not you. NEVER. YOU.  If there were any justice in the world, anyone caught using “person first language” would immediately be disowned by every school he ever attended, right down to his preschool, and hounded out of polite society until he learned to speak properly and respectfully of his mother tongue instead of drenching her in stupid leftwing thought-police manure.

And people wonder why American students keep getting dumber… the schools are graduating illiterate students ON PURPOSE!

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